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Quickly Restoring Flood Damages to Your Wetumpka Home

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Quickly Restoring Flood Damages to Your Wetumpka Home Trust SERVPRO for Storm Damage Mitigation and Preventative Measures in Wetumpka

Call SERVPRO Fast for Mitigating Flooding Incidents

Flash flooding is a threat that people all over the country have to deal with, and this threat only increases through the times of the year where rainfall is all but a certainty. These instantaneous and substantial bodies of water can be almost impossible to prepare for and can leave all manner of flood damages in their wake.

Fortunately, we at SERVPRO have seen all manner of flood damages in Wetumpka over the years. It has helped to not only respond more quickly and efficiently in these times of crisis but to hone our equipment for fast extractions and restorations to your home. Understanding this process ahead of time can allow you to see the steps involved to restore the damages completely. Ask us about our ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan that can help prevent, or at least mitigate, some of these storm damages.
With any large volume of water, cleaning up begins as a two-fold process. Simultaneously, our SERVPRO professionals assess the situation to ensure that more water is not still accessing the affected area while also formulating the most efficient plan for water removal. The equipment needed for each job is likely to change, but most commonly portable gas-powered pumps and smaller submersible pumps can remove nearly all of the water in the flooded part of your house.
Restoration is not just about getting the water out of the house. While extraction is the first step, drying the area is the next. Industrial strength drying fans are used to remove any trace of wetness from the floor, walls and other contents. Based on the damage done to the structures, furniture, and flooring, our SERVPRO professionals walk you through the next steps of the repair process.
No job is going to be complete for our SERVPRO team without working to eliminate the possibility of a flooding incident happening again. Since these flash floods can happen without much warning, our team helps to make your home less susceptible to penetration when future hazardous conditions are expected to occur.
Our emergency response time prevents the damage from getting any worse. Time is of the essence when it comes to flood damages, so be sure to call SERVPRO of Prattville right away at (334) 358–1186.

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Do Not Delay Commercial Water Removal For Your Prattville Business

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Do Not Delay Commercial Water Removal For Your Prattville Business Do Not Let Your Prattville Business Profits Float Away Because of Water Intrusion--Call SERVPRO

Fast Service Mitigates Water Damage to Your Business

So, you have got a shop or a storefront that is flooded. What should your next step be? While commercial water removal might not always be the first thing people think of in an emergency, it cannot be overstated just how important it is. Here are some important things to consider when it comes to getting our experienced professionals to remove your water problem for you.

You Get Back To Business
Your company needs to stay open and accessible for you to make a profit. If you are in need of commercial water removal for your Prattville boutique or business, it is unlikely that you can run at full capacity. In some extreme cases, you might have to close down the store completely until the damages are restored and the excess water completely removed.

Things Are Not Going To Get Worse Progressively
Using high-end submersible pumps and sophisticated vacuum equipment, our SERVPRO team can assess the situation and begin work on removing the water quickly. This ensures that the damage that has already occurred does not degrade into ongoing damages. The longer that affected areas are permitted to stay wet (or worse, submerged), the worse the damage and more expensive the restoration. This is where the fast response of our team can greatly benefit you.

You Can Focus On Other Important Things
When you are running a business, one of the last things that you want to have to put on your plate is micromanaging a restoration firm. Fortunately, with our experience and professionalism and IICRC certifications, you can get back to running your business and let us restore the damage without worrying about the quality of the work being performed. We meet or beat deadlines, along with your expectations.

With SERVPRO, you are not just getting just any local restoration company. Our team takes a great deal of pride in how we respond to customers, providing a positive experience overall, and most of all: getting your damaged areas back to normal quickly and efficiently.

Commercial water removal is a necessary component to water damage restoration in your business. You can count on us at SERVPRO of Prattville to be there for you at any hour of any day. Don’t let the problem get worse. Give our professional team a call right now at (334) 358-1186.

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Possible Causes of Mold Damage in Wetumpka Homes

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Possible Causes of Mold Damage in Wetumpka Homes It is important to regularly check the ceiling below an attic for mold damage, a leak in the roof can go unnoticed for a long period of time.

Common Causes of Mold Growth

Mold growth is a serious concern in Wetumpka homes, especially during cold and rainy seasons. Mold requires food, moisture, and a suitable temperature range to thrive. It can grow anywhere in the house, including walls, carpeting, floors, furniture, clothes, and even drywall. The worst cases of mold damage occur in hidden areas, where water accumulates and promotes mold growth without detection.

If you find mold on any part of your house, contact SERVPRO immediately for mold remediation services. Our mold damage control experts are available to serve Wetumpka and its environs anytime, ensuring that your home is back to normal as quick as possible. We use IICRC-approved methods in every restoration job and always put safety first when we arrive at the site.

After several days of rainfall, it is common to see mold growth on walls, ceilings, and other surfaces. If your area is particularly prone to high humidity levels, then mold damage can be a recurring problem in your home. Indoor humidity can also increase when moisture inside the house evaporates into the air. If you have poor ventilation, the humidity may stay for a long time, leading to mold growth.

Drying clothes indoors is another common cause of mold growth and mold damage, as it tends to bring indoor humidity problems. Additionally, your HVAC system can create humidity issues while it artificially cools or heats the air. In some cases, SERVPRO mold remediation experts install humidifiers to keep the humidity levels to below 55% (which is when mold growth occurs).

Water leaks from pipes can also cause mold growth, especially if they go undetected. Similarly, a leak in the roof may cause water to drain into the attic unnoticeably until signs of mold damage appear. The best thing to do in this situation is to check the space regularly and watch out for the ceiling below the attic. In the event of a leaking problem, contact SERVPRO immediately for mold detection and remediation services.

Cold surfaces can lead to condensation in the house, which may, in turn, collect on cold metal pipes and cold concrete floors. Places like these are susceptible to mold damage. Avoid leaving clothes wet for too long in the house as mold can grow on them and spread to other surfaces.

Quick reaction is the key to fighting mold growth in the house. As soon as you detect the presence of mold damage, SERVPRO of Prattville can come in and start the mitigation process. Call us today at (334) 358-1186.

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Tips on Insurance for Prattville Flood Damage Victims

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips on Insurance for Prattville Flood Damage Victims SERVPRO can act as the middleman for any negotiations with your insurance provider.

SERVPRO Can Help Make Recovering From Flood Damage Easier

Staying on top of your insurance claims and dealings in the event of flood damage to your Prattville home is essential for getting as much out of your policy as possible. Depending on your specific policy, you may be fully covered for everything lost in the storm, or you may just as easily end up fighting to get what you deserve. Insurance companies are naturally skeptical of customer claims, but with verifiable damage and SERVPRO's help, getting the most out of your insurance policy should not be difficult. Here are a few tips that might make everything related to your insurance easier to manage.

Keep Records and Inventories

Keeping formal records and inventories of your belongings can give you a significant advantage in insurance negotiations should your Prattville home incur flood damage. SERVPRO offers a professional inventory service to determine what is lost and what can be recovered in the home, and if we have a recent inventory list from you, we can compare the two documents to see what items are missing. Keeping updated inventories may mean full compensation for irretrievable items in the event of future damage, and takes an hour at most for the majority of homeowners.

Ask Us for Help

SERVPRO representatives maintain close contact with all local insurance providers. Insurance companies favor us for our professional and friendly service, and may even prefer us as a middleman for any negotiations. We can help you to manage insurance claims and information, and inform the insurance adjuster of any new developments in the restoration job.

Find Out What's Covered

Many people are discouraged when they discover that their homeowners' insurance does not cover flood damage. However, they are also often surprised to discover a check from their insurance provider later on down the road. Some effects of the flood may be covered under your plan even if you have no flood insurance. Always ask representatives from the insurance provider and us alike what your options are before writing off costs in full.

SERVPRO of Prattville makes it easy and inexpensive to recover from the effects of flood damage. Call us 24/7 at (334) 358-1186.  

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Cleaning Your Walls and Ceilings After a Space Heater Fire in Your Wetumpka Home

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Your Walls and Ceilings After a Space Heater Fire in Your Wetumpka Home Improperly used space heaters can quickly start fires. Make sure to use your space heaters as directed and contact SERVPRO after a fire.

SERVPRO Technicians Clean Your Property Efficiently After Fire Damage

Space heaters are one of the most common appliances which can cause fires and fire damage in Wetumpka homes. When they are run continuously or are too near items which are combustible, such as curtains, you run a greater risk for a fire starting. You should place your space heaters at least three feet away from anything flammable. A space heater can start a slow burn, going unnoticed for a long while if you are sleeping, as your home fills with smoke.
When your Wetumpka home has suffered smoke and fire damage from a space heater, do not attempt to clean up the damage yourself. A professional fire remediation company, such as SERVPRO, is needed to take care of the problems the smoke and fire have left behind. We can also clean up any water damage which has been left from putting the fire out.
Restoration after a fire includes us removing soot residues from the various materials and surfaces in your home. Not all soot is the same. Some of it is simple to clean, while other soot can be very difficult to remove.
Procedures for cleaning ceilings and walls after a fire address various surfaces including painted, stipple, textured plaster, finished or unfinished paneling or wood, and sprayed-on acoustic plaster. Before beginning any work, we identify the surfaces of your walls and ceiling while pretesting for cleanability.
SERVPRO technicians organize the dry cleaning of your home to avoid creating a bigger mess. Therefore, we dry clean ceilings before walls, and walls before floors. We start at the top of walls, working downwards. When this is the only process to be done, we avoid making the area dirty again by wiping from dirty areas to clean ones.
When we need to wet clean ceilings and walls, we do the walls first. Cleaning the ceilings first with this method can cause cleaning solution to fall from the ceiling, dripping on soiled walls and creating streaking. We also start cleaning the wall from the bottom and work upwards, as this stops solution from dripping down onto a soiled surface and make streaking as well.
A spotting pad holder and extension pole are used to reach higher ceilings, and a five-foot ladder can be used to reach ceilings that are eight feet in height.
For areas that are heavily soiled, we use steel wool pads to clean more aggressively. As the pads become moderately contaminated, we rinse them thoroughly and keep using them. Since the pads might scratch the surface area, we use them only when walls or ceilings need to be repainted.
SERVPRO of Prattville is well-trained in the proper cleaning of fire and smoke damaged homes. Contact us as soon as a fire is out at (334) 358-1186 when you reside around the areas of Millbrook, Wetumpka, or Prattville.

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Solutions for Water Damage Affecting Your Personal Belongings in Wetumpka

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Solutions for Water Damage Affecting Your Personal Belongings in Wetumpka It can be devastating when water damage ruins personal belongings, SERVPRO has special equipment to help restore these items.

Rely on SERVPRO to Save Your Personal Items After Water Damage

The big pumps, extractors, and fans that a restoration service brings to your home, work wonders in reversing the damage done by water to the structure and fixtures. You are left wondering if there are solutions that work as well for documents, pictures, and other treasured heirlooms, and electronics soaked and seemingly ruined. We have solutions we offer customers experiencing personal possession water damage and loss.

When the water heater cracked and sent gallons of water throughout your utility area, the walls and floors were not the only things affected. Water damage to storage areas nearby in your Wetumpka home means boxes of important papers and irreplaceable memories are at risk of complete ruin. Our services extend to solutions for the contents of your water damaged home, as well as the building materials and furnishings.

Help us assist you with this heart-wrenching part of a water disaster by sharing your concerns immediately. The faster we attend to saturated paper, pictures, and other delicate items the more likely it is the damage can be arrested and reversed. As other members of our crew work on structural drying, we dedicate workers to inventorying, packing up, and moving stored items out of the affected area. SERVPRO makes certain our technicians receive training in this component of water damage restoration.

Any protected area within your home or outbuildings, such as a garage, can act as our staging area. While we help you sort through what needs specialized drying services and what is better relegated for disposal, we are creating a record for you and your insurance company. SERVPRO offers advanced solutions like freeze drying for your essential papers and pictures. Freeze drying via sublimation, a process that prevents water vapor from returning to a liquid state, uses a vacuum to remove the moisture. Freeze drying stops ink from bleeding, mold from forming, and paper from further deterioration.

Because the process is expensive, we work with you to determine what paper and pictures receive the freeze drying process. It is done off-site, which is another reason for our comprehensive inventory system. SERVPRO is a full-service restoration company, affording our clients a broad range of answers to the problems arising from water damage.

SERVPRO of Prattville awaits your water damage questions with proven solutions. Give us a call at (334) 358-1186 to schedule an inspection as soon as possible after water damages your possessions.

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Wetumpka Area Hotels Receive Water Damage Restoration Services They Can Count On to Recover Quickly

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Wetumpka Area Hotels Receive Water Damage Restoration Services They Can Count On to Recover Quickly Rely on SERVPRO to minimize the damage and time it takes to get your hotel back and running after it is affected by water damage.

Rely on Water Damage Restoration Professionals

The consequences of water intrusion into your Wetumpka area hotel can be devastating, often to the point of affecting operations. Having a qualified professional available to assist during these type of events can help limit or even prevent any losses you experience. 

With access to a professionally trained water damage restoration technician in Wetumpka, any water problems are easily taken care of and keep your business running, even through rough times. We help you avoid expensive replacement bills, provide restoration, water removal, and deodorization services that help you provide guests with a comfortable, clean place to rest and relax.

Unfortunately, water can ruin a variety of different flooring. Everything from carpeting to vinyl, tiling, and wood floors all require special attention, especially if water penetrates into the wood subfloor of your building. If a leak occurs on higher floors, water can encroach into other areas and surfaces, creating secondary damages in the ceiling below. 

Walls are also likely to sustain damages as they absorb moisture through porous surfaces, leading to the removal and replacement of water-damaged drywall. At SERVPRO, we have access to hygrometers and other moisture detection devices that help technicians keep costs down, avoiding the replacement of any surfaces that we can successfully restore. 

Water can also damage electrical wiring and insulation, creating fire hazards that affect guests and staff alike. SERVPRO technicians take the time to search everywhere, locating hidden pockets of moisture and eliminating possible problems. We help you maintain a clean, healthy environment, every step of the way.

SERVPRO’s water damage restoration services extend to personal belongings, furniture, as well as the structural contents of your building. Our technicians specialize in restoring precious antiques, valuable artwork, and electronics, making every effort to produce the results you desire. 

You can avoid many problems associated with water making its way onto your property by giving our staff at SERVPRO of Prattville a call. We respond to your request for help 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, day or night, providing quality solutions throughout Elmore, Deatsville, Eclectic and more, call today. (334) 358-1186

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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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