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Practicing Microwave Safety to Prevent Fires and Smoke Damage in Your Wetumpka Home

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage  Practicing Microwave Safety to Prevent Fires and Smoke Damage in Your Wetumpka Home SERVPRO Tip--Maintain Small Appliances in Your Wetumpka Home to Help Prevent Fire & Smoke Damage

Smoke is a Major Problem with Faulty Appliances in Your Home

Just about every home in Wetumpka has a microwave oven. They make the preparation of food much easier, but they can also be a fire hazard if not properly used or there is a malfunction of the oven. There are some simple safety tips you and your family can follow to prevent painful burns and potential fires in your home.
For installation and operation, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions, plus their safety precautions before using a new microwave to prevent fires and fire damage. Do not ever use an extension cord to plug your microwave oven in at your Wetumpka home, but rather, plug it directly into a wall socket. Children should also be supervised always when using the microwave. It can be easy for them to forget and put something in the oven that is not suited for it, causing a safety hazard.
When a microwave fire has damaged your home, however, SERVPRO is standing by to come to your rescue. Our technicians can arrive quickly after the fire is out when you contact us so that we can repair and restore all that is possible.
You should only use microwave-safe food containers in your microwave oven. Do not ever use metal or aluminum foil in it, as the metal can spark a fire quickly. At the very least, the metal damages your oven and makes it unusable.
Also, do not try to sterilize clothes, baby bottles, or blankets in these ovens, as these items can result in a fire after they are removed from the oven.
Clean your microwave regularly to reduce the potential for fire. Unplug the oven when you are cleaning it and be sure that the inside and outer edges of the microwave are cleaned. Do not use recycled papers inside the oven, either, unless it is approved specifically for microwave use. Products which are recycled, including paper towels, can contain minute metal flecks which cause sparks and flames. Have you ever noticed sudden small, quick sparks? Fire statistics, caused by faulty appliances, are frightening.
Heat popcorn up according to what the instructions state, starting with the shortest time suggested since some microwaves can burn popcorn in just two minutes.
If your microwave does catch fire, turn it off right away and unplug the power if it is safe for you to do. Do not open the door, but wait until the fire dies out. When the fire has caused damage to your home, do not hesitate to contact our staff at SERVPRO as soon as the fire is out, no matter the time of day. We repair anything that is salvageable, clean and sanitize your home from soot and smoke damage, plus clean up any damage done by firefighting efforts.
SERVPRO of Prattville are experts at cleaning up your home after you have experienced fire damage from a microwave oven. Anyone living in the areas of Tallahassee, Wetumpka, or Prattville can reach us anytime by dialing (334) 358-1186.

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Professional Flood Damage Restoration Services Available in Wetumpka

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Professional Flood Damage Restoration Services Available in Wetumpka SERVPRO can inspect your home and find solutions to decrease your chances of flood damage.

Solutions to Your Flood Damage Restoration Needs

Severe storms can lead to river floods, putting many Wetumpka homeowners on edge this time of year. Floods are just behind tornadoes as the number one natural disaster, throughout the United States, causing significant damage wherever rainfall exceeds expectations.

We all understand how rain or snow seeps into the ground after a storm. However, when the ground is frozen, or already saturated, flood waters have nowhere to go, creating severe flood damage issues for Wetumpka area residents.

You might see these problems slowly develop right in front of you and have zero options available to stop what is happening. The river or stream next to your home can fill quickly, eventually leading to water overflow that enters your home, which can take days or even weeks to dissipate. 

It is important for you to understand what to do and how to react to situations like this that may occur in your neighborhood. SERVPRO technicians can help you develop an emergency plan that keeps you and your family safe, while also providing you with quality services and resources that make recovering after flood waters subside, easier.

In some cases, it is entirely possible to make preparations using a qualified flood damage restoration company to reduce damages and limit your losses. Places, like SERVPRO, can inspect your property and provide you with solutions to existing problems both before and after flooding occurs. 

However, some situations are simply too severe to protect your home against, making it necessary to have access to trained professionals who understand how to get things under control. SERVPRO, for instance, has access to a variety of extraction and drying equipment that helps improve your chances of a full recovery after a flood, saving many of your contents.

SERVPRO of Prattville gives you access to IICRC-industry certified flood damage restoration specialists that can make a true difference in the quality of your home’s restoration. Whether you are looking for help with increasing your chances of avoiding a flood, or need help with your recovery, we are ready to help. Call (334) 358-1186 for help anytime, day or night.

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Signs Water Removal in Your Wetumpka Bathroom is Needed

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Signs Water Removal in Your Wetumpka Bathroom is Needed Gaps between caulk, tub and tile can cause water damage to your floor and walls. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate the water damage.

Signs of water damage in your bathroom

If you are noticing problems in your Wetumpka bathroom such as the floor feeling a bit soft, the toilet feeling something like a rocking chair, or the fact that you sneeze every time you take a shower, these could be signs of hidden water damage. These issues could threaten the structural integrity of your home and even affect your health.

When moisture gets beneath the shower basin or tub, or between the shower line and wall, it not only creates water damage and the need for water removal but encourages mildew and mold to grow, eventually leading to the rotting of the wood in the subflooring and walls. If the water damage in your Wetumpka home is severe enough, it could send the toilet, bath tub, or shower crashing down to the floor below.

At SERVPRO, we are expert water removal specialists and can repair all kinds of water damage in your home. Contact us immediately if you notice a problem, as the longer you wait, the worse it becomes.

There are various signs you can watch for to indicate you have hidden water damage, one being warped walls. Drywall absorbs moisture, and becomes soft or starts to bubble. If it is not protected properly, it eventually warps and breaks into smaller pieces. Also, if you see recurrent mildew or mold on bathroom surfaces, it is an indication of an ongoing moisture problem. Decaying caulk or grout, broken tiles, and poor waterproofing can lead to moisture behind painted surfaces, tile, and wallboard.

Other indicators include gaps between tub, caulk, and tile, as shower spray or bath water can seep into the subflooring and walls, creating mildew, mold, and rot. A soft or spongy floor indicates a subfloor that is water damaged and rotting.

Any time you see these indicators or experience a water leak in your bathroom, you should contact SERVPRO right away. We move fast to help you with any necessary water removal and repairing the damage left behind. Our expertise, experience, and industrial tools help us to get the job done thoroughly and in a timely fashion.

Call SERVPRO of Prattville if your bathroom has water damage from a leak or other issue. If you reside in Wetumpka, Tallahassee, or Prattville, you can reach us anytime by dialing (334) 358-1186.

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What Can You Do to Prevent Flood Damage to Your Home After a Storm in Prattville?

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What Can You Do to Prevent Flood Damage to Your Home After a Storm in Prattville? Flooding can be devastating. Contact SERVPRO right away after damage for remediation efforts to quickly commence.

SERVPRO Technicians are Ready to Help Whether it is with Prevention or Remediation

Tropical Storm Cindy unleashed her full power on Alabama earlier this year and provided a stark reminder of just how much damage a storm can do. As any homeowner who saw the news can attest, storms have the capacity to wreak havoc on any home. You might be wondering whether there is anything you can do to stop the weather from trashing your home. SERVPRO is here to let you know that, yes, there are several steps you can take.
It is a sad fact that sometimes the flood damage in Prattville caused by inclement weather simply cannot be prevented. However, not all storms have the power of Cindy, and there are many instances where a few simple checks or changes to your home can prevent storm damage. Taking a few preventative measures means a home is more likely to remain intact and you save yourself the cost of the cleanup, too.
Clean and functional gutters are more liable to survive a storm without flooding. Get your gutters cleaned regularly, especially in the fall when many leaves gather in them. Check gutters for any leaks or weak spots and get them fixed as soon as possible.
Carry out an annual roof inspection. A loose shingle in your roof gives storm water easy access to your home! Your roof needs regular inspection. Get any leaks, or other damages, repaired at once.
Consider investing in metal storm shutters for windows and doors. If you do not get many storms where you live, storm shutters are not necessary. However, if you reside in an area that often suffers from storms, it might be worth investing in storm shutters to protect your windows when inclement weather hits.
In the event of storm damage to your home, it is important to put in a call to SERVPRO right away. Our caring call center staff take down your details and ask questions about your situation so we can dispatch a fully-equipped team to your home. Our IICRC-certified technicians arrive with powerful pumps to swiftly remove water from your home, and extraction equipment to dry out carpets and rugs.
We know you want your home back to normal as quickly as possible which is why we draw up a detailed drying plan that covers everything from carpets and drapes to wall spaces, floors, and furniture. We do not quit until the drying goal is reached. Our aim is to restore your home “Like it never even happened.”
For help with the aftermath of a storm, call SERVPRO of Prattville at (334) 358-1186 today.

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Help With Trauma Scene Cleanup Services In Prattville

7/22/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Help With Trauma Scene Cleanup Services In Prattville Call SERVPRO to Cleanup Your Prattville Property After a Mishap

Avoid Biohazardous Risks, Call SERVPRO for Crime Scene Sanitation

These days it is not uncommon for the unexpected to happen. People do all sorts of crazy things, make poor decisions, and get caught up in problems that often involve trauma. Accidents happen every day, with some infectious diseases present, it never hurts to ask for help.
Obtaining qualified trauma scene cleanup services in Prattville is rather easy. There is a locally owned company, with a 24-hour emergency response and expertly trained technicians available to get the job done right the first time. Always consider safety when deciding whether to tackle a job alone, never take any chances.
SERVPRO technicians have extensive experience following local authorities after processing a crime or accident scene. We find that many of these situations leave behind bloodborne pathogens and other bio hazards that pose a grave risk to property owners and their families. Why put yourself at risk when there are highly trained professionals waiting to assist?
SERVPRO responds to your request immediately, providing specially trained technicians, protective equipment, and understanding during even the most tragic events. All of our technicians follow strict protocols set by OSHA and the EPA to transform your home or business back into a clean, healthy, environment that you can enjoy. We consider customers safety, treat your property and the people involved with empathy and respect at every turn.
SERVPRO technicians understand how to clean powder and evidence-gathering residues, tear gas, pepper spray, and those left by fire extinguishers. We can also remove blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants from the scene removing hazards involved in bloodborne pathogens.  
If you find yourself cleaning up remnants of a methamphetamine lab on your rental property, we can help remove harmful residues from your structure following both federal and state guidelines. Cleaning specialists help protect your property and extend the life of your personal belongings or company assets through professional cleaning.  
SERVPRO of Prattville offers these services and more to every customer. Find what you are looking for and get the help you need by contacting our office, today. (334) 358-1186

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Possible Fire Damage from Frayed Phone Charger in Your Wetumpka Home

7/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Possible Fire Damage from Frayed Phone Charger in Your Wetumpka Home Don't use wires that have visible damage. If your house does have an electrical fire, contact SERVPRO for remediation and restoration.

Electrical Fires Happen Quickly and Need Immediate Remediation by Qualified Technicians

Everyone has at some point gone ahead and used that damaged phone charging cord, not thinking it would do any real harm. However, why do you need to say goodbye to these damaged cords?
Electrical failures, electrical fires, or malfunctions have caused thousands of home fires and fire damage. Your damaged phone cord can create one of these fires in your Wetumpka home very easily and should be replaced right away. SERVPRO, a professional fire damage remediation company, can assist you in cleaning up and restoring your home after a fire if you have unfortunately experienced a fire of this type.
Phone wires can be damaged in various ways. One of the most commonly seen is when the cable is yanked from the wall to unplug it from the wall socket or side of your laptop, instead of pulling the connector or plug itself. The plug is pulled from the wire covering, which leaves exposed wires dangerously near where your fingers go, but can also snap the grounding prong for the plug.
Cords can sometimes be caught under the leg of a chair, in a door, or even chewed on by a pet. These all lead to pinching, resulting in sliced cords which expose wires that are energized. You risk electric shocks, but also short circuits, fires, and damaged gadgets.
Your phone cord is made up of three layers. The outer is a plastic or rubber which snuggly fits around the wires. Then there is the insulation that gives a bit of protection against wear to the layer farthest inside, the copper wires which are energized.
Once you see damage beginning to happen to the outer layer, that is a hint that the inner layers could also be damaged. You are then at risk for short circuits and fires. When you see this kind of harm, you can patch it temporarily with electrical tape, but replace it as soon as possible.
Our SERVPRO technicians do not waste any time in getting to your home to clean up and repair damages after a fire from a frayed power cord. We understand that the longer the soot and smoke sit, the more damage is done. Whatever can be cleaned and salvaged is taken care of, and when everything is fixed the affected area is deodorized.
Do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Prattville if you experience a fire of any size. We can take care of your home for you and restore it back to its original state when you dial our number at (334) 358-1186.

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Stop Procrastinating, Get Water Damage in Your Prattville Area Home Under Control Today

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Stop Procrastinating, Get Water Damage in Your Prattville Area Home Under Control Today A small leak can turn into large scale damage over time. Call SERVPRO when you notice a leak so that we can remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Offer Thorough Investigations Aimed at Reducing Water Damage in Your Home

There are many household maintenance issues that people put off for a variety of reasons. However, leaks in your roofing should never be one of them. Small leaks lead to significant problems if ignored long enough.
Having early signs of roof leaks or water damage appear in your Prattville area home is serious business. You want to contact a qualified restoration company immediately, or the problems you face could involve your entire home. Ignoring a small roof leak can allow water to wreak havoc on your attic, eventually making its way into your ceiling, walls, and living space.
SERVPRO technicians get calls for roof, attic, and ceiling problems quite often and have experienced many jobs where small leaks become larger ones that cause severe damage over time. They can cause damage to items you store in your attic, expose untreated framing materials to water causing swelling, cracking or warping and can lead to mold or other biohazards that threaten your family's health.  
SERVPRO often responds to situations where a roofing leak leads to fire hazards as well. With water making its way through your attic, into your ceiling and walls, where it makes contact with electrical wiring and devices causing shorts that lead to a fire. Imagine making your way to your kitchen in the middle of the night, slipping on a puddle of water that was not there when you went to bed. You may also end up making payments on higher utility bills, both wasted water, and energy caused by damage to your insulation.  
At SERVPRO we can tell you that ignoring the initial signs of water damage caused by a leaky roof leads to all of these additional problems and more. You might be facing structural integrity issues if you ignore it long enough, where rafters, joists, and framing in your attic, walls, and ceilings become rotten, cause buckling and safety hazards to develop in your home where you and your family feel safest.
Avoid simple problems becoming major concerns. Contact SERVPRO of Prattville to obtain access to expertly trained water damage restoration specialists who care about securing your home and providing you with the best results possible. (334) 358-1186

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Prattville Mold Damage Treatments Vary

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Prattville Mold Damage Treatments Vary Mold Has Many Forms and Shapes in a Prattville Home, SERVPRO Remediates Them All

SERVPRO Inspects and Remediates Mold Infestations in Prattville According to the Conditions of the Property

Mold growth can go unnoticed for days and weeks. The contamination can range from small patches on the wall behind a washer with a leaky hose to a massive growth over the entire attic thanks to a leaky roof or a damaged drain pipe.

Removing mold damage from a Prattville home is not a ‘one-spore fits all’ process. The methods we use at SERVPRO depend on what kind of surface the mold is on. The requirements for glass, metals, and plastic (nonporous surfaces) are very different from carpeting, drywall, fabrics, and insulation (porous surfaces.)
When it comes to porous materials, we recommend disposal for many of them. Carpeting and fabrics can be cleaned in some cases by either spraying or shampooing them with an anti-microbial agent and then thoroughly drying them. Curtains and drapes are often salvageable, but furniture is harder to clean since the upholstery is not removable without damaging it further. However, the type and makeup of the furniture plays a large part in salvaging.

Drywall and insulation are particularly vulnerable to mold damage, as it is very time-consuming and expensive to attempt to clean off or destroy the mold without damaging the building materials. It is so difficult because as mold spores grow, they extend root-like objects called hyphae across and into surfaces. Once these extensions grow into drywall, the affected section must be cut away to remove the mold. These same hyphae grow into insulation rolls and around the individual strands which make them impossible to remove, and the only option is to dry out the material to force the spores back into an inert state.

Property and material with a nonporous surface can be cleaned using water, an antimicrobial cleaner or a vacuum with a special HEPA filter. These filters are designed to catch and trap even a single spore and are very effective in removing dry mold spores from glass and metal surfaces. If our technicians use water or a cleaning agent, we clean and dry the item, then check it for missed spores and then repeat the process as needed.

SERVPRO of Prattville has decades of experience when it comes to cleaning mold from area homes. If you require our help, call today at (334) 358-1186.

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How SERVPRO Keeps Track of Your Possessions After Fire Damage in Prattville

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How SERVPRO Keeps Track of Your Possessions After Fire Damage in Prattville Let the fire damage experts at SERVPRO help you to recover rather than just replace fire damaged treasures in your home. Call today to have us assess

SERVPRO's Remediation Process is FULL SERVICE Starting From Repairing the Structure of Your Home to Cleaning Individual Small Items

Sometimes fire damage is relatively minor and is confined to one small area. However, there are also times when unfortunately the fire gets a lot more out of control, and in those circumstances, the cleanup and restoration process is more complex and takes longer. When there is a bigger remediation job to be done, or there is extensive damage to your home or belongings, it is sometimes more efficient to remove your possessions to a secure location while your house is cleaned and restored. Taking your possession to another location is known as a pack out.
What happens when a pack out becomes necessary after fire damage to your Prattville home? It is natural to be concerned about the safe return of every item that leaves your house. SERVPRO is glad to put your mind at rest: Our strictly monitored inventory process ensures everything is safe and tracked at all times.
Our Content Claims Inventory Service is a piece of software that helps make the pack out process as easy as possible. Every item is labeled with a barcode and registered in a database, so we know where everything is, all the time. SERVPRO teams can store pictures of every item, and can also classify each thing as salvageable, non-salvageable, and questionable. Taking pictures means we have a record of everything we remove and its condition.
Your contents are transported to our secure storage units using sturdy removal trucks equipped with luggage straps and furniture blankets to prevent knocks on the road.
Once your items reach our specialist storage facility, we do not just store them securely. We also have the necessary equipment to clean salvageable items and return them to you better than we found them.
Our pack out sites are equipped with powerful ultrasonic cleaners which use the action of ultrasound combined with a detergent to clean soot from many things, including jewelry, tools, and lenses. We also have access to Esporta washers, which clean soot from soft furnishings much more efficiently than standard washers, thanks to their use of a unique hydraulic washing action.
Thanks to our Content Claims Inventory Service you can rest assured that each item that goes out is returned to you, aside from those that you have agreed cannot be salvaged.
Let SERVPRO of Prattville take care of your belongings after a fire. Call us at (334) 358-1186 today for assistance.

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Understanding What Makes Mold Damage Occur in Your Prattville Area Home

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding What Makes Mold Damage Occur in Your Prattville Area Home Our technicians assess your house for mold or can remediate damage. Let our expertise work for you.

SERVPRO Technicians Take Consideration of the Factors That Lead to Mold Proliferation

You should understand that the right conditions need to exist for mold damage to begin growing within your family's living space. Without the proper food source, lighting conditions, temperature, or the amount of oxygen and water, mold cannot grow.
If even one of these is missing within your Prattville area home, mold damage halts, making it essential to control your home’s indoor environment correctly. However, mold can lie dormant for a very long time, waiting for the right conditions to exist that promote growth.
SERVPRO technicians can help you identify moisture sources that exist causing mold to flourish in your home. Things such as humidity level, plumbing leaks, a/c condensation, and inadequate ventilation all play a role in the quality of environmental conditions your family interacts with on a daily basis.
At SERVPRO we recommend using dehumidifiers when warm, humid weather strikes your area. Extensive rainfall creates condensation on a variety of surfaces including windows, doors, and walls that you can brush up against, easily transferring microscopic spores to other sections of your home.
Plumbing leaks of any size can go unnoticed for weeks, or even months, before becoming visible. What little you can see, often hides a much larger problem that you simply are not adequately suited to deal with properly, making professional SERVPRO technicians even more important.
Improper ventilation in areas with constant water sources found on your property, allows moisture to create pockets where mold grows unencumbered. This gives mold an opportunity to spread throughout your common areas, such as the laundry room, bathroom, or kitchen.  
Ground water seeps into the crawlspaces, or utility access locations, causing structural damage and affecting your indoor air quality. With grading, drainage, and the proper emergency precautions in place, the majority of these issues get the attention they need.
However, it is in your hands to put expertly trained technicians to work for you. You can take advantage of what these professionals have to offer and secure your family's future with a simple phone call.  
The staff at SERVPRO of Prattville makes every effort to provide you with a stress-free restoration process and return your home to a quality pre-damage condition you and your family can enjoy for years to come. Call today. (334) 358-1186

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