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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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Assisted Living Water Damage Challenges in Prattville

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Assisted Living Water Damage Challenges in Prattville Water damage can happen quickly in a facility with multiple residents. Call SERVPRO and we respond quickly to your disaster.

SERVPRO's Quick Response can Help Avoid Mold Damage at Your Facility

When apartments built for assisted living sustain water damage keeping the residents safe and on-site, if possible, is of particular importance. Our experienced and trained technicians at SERVPRO pledge to make every effort to contain the restoration efforts we make, so that vulnerable residents stay in their homes while damage is mitigated.
 
Assisted living facilities face the same risk of commercial water damage as any Prattville multiple family dwelling. If a resident or an attendant in one unit lets a tub overflow or fails to secure a shower curtain, excess moisture leaks into other apartments, causing a complicated water damage scenario. Appliance failure resulting in water damage to common areas such as laundry rooms or the facility's group kitchen impacts the daily routines of all residents. We plan our restoration work to minimize disruptions, often permitting uninterrupted meal and personal care services to those who live in the facility.
 
Our professional grade equipment makes short work of water extraction, undaunted if multiple levels of your assisted living facility are affected. We can scale our response to the level of your disaster, taking care of the water damage fast even if it means reaching out to other SERVPRO franchises in our nationwide network. Our connections ensure we have enough staff and tools to dry out affected areas quickly, averting the need to move residents. Air movers and dehumidifiers bring moisture levels down to the drying goals our skilled staff set within hours.
 
A swift restoration also prevents the danger of mold growth due to the water damage. Attending to harm done by leaks or appliance flooding immediately greatly decreases the possibility of microbial infestations. Some residents of your facility may be susceptible to health effects if mold is present. Only their health care professionals advise appropriately about mold concerns, but our drying and cleanup deflect the issue by preventing mold from getting a chance to thrive.
 
If we find a mold outbreak, we contain it using air scrubbers. Negative air pressure, physical barriers and air filters guard your staff and residents against exposure. Our staff is trained in EPA approved protocols for mold remediation in schools and commercial buildings, precisely the level of response needed for your facility.
 
Line up a crew from SERVPRO of Prattville immediately after water damages your assisted living facility. Call (334) 358-1186 to ask for the help needed to restore water and collateral damage fast.

Finding Mold Damage in Your Prattville Home

4/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Finding Mold Damage in Your Prattville Home Mold can hide in corners or be very visible. SERVPRO is equipped to deal with either situation and has the latest detection tools. Call today.

SERVPRO Has a Trusted Proven Process to Remediate Mold Damage in Your Home


Mold exists everywhere. When water, darkness, and cellulose are located near each other, the mold that is already present can begin to grow. Mold grows as long as it continues to have both food and moisture available – direct sunlight can kill small amounts of mold, and often inhibits the growth of larger colonies.
 
Homes in Prattville that have unused areas and rooms can develop mold damage. Finding mold growing in your guest room can be embarrassing and scary. Mold growth does not happen overnight, even though it might seem that way. Guest rooms that are closed off and have little to no ventilation are often victims of mold. Occasionally airing out a room and allowing sunlight to enter can help prevent mold from growing out of control. When mold has already become a problem, SERVPRO can help get everything back to normal again.
 
Because mold can grow on different surfaces and permeate various materials, we do more than just structural restorations. Textiles that have been mold damaged can often be cleaned so that mold returns to normal levels again, preventing them from rapidly disintegrating. Damaged walls and ceilings can be removed and replaced, and then treated with safe mold-inhibiting agents, making mold much less able to affect them in the future. Air scrubbers are an excellent way to remove mold spores that are suspended in the air, keeping you and your family from breathing them in, and from spreading to other areas of your home.
 
These methods are only a few of the ways SERVPRO removes mold damage. Our work is not complete, however, until mold is reduced to normal levels within your home. Finding the source of the moisture that let mold begin growing is one of the first things we do.
 
We are certified in mold remediation and know that removing mold contamination is only effective when mold prevention is also part of our work. Keeping your home dry with the use of dehumidifiers can keep mold from returning.
 
SERVPRO of Prattville wants to help you maintain a healthy environment indoors. Mold damage can prevent this, so we are available 24/7 to take your call. Whenever you find mold damage, call us at (334) 358-1186.

Proper Use of Space Heaters to Avoid Fire in Your Millbrook Home

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Proper Use of Space Heaters to Avoid Fire in Your Millbrook Home Caution Is Required with Space Heaters to Prevent Fires in Millbrook

Fire Damage to Millbrook Properties Require SERVPRO Assistance for Restoration

When the weather is cold, many people turn to space heaters to heat a room instead of heating the whole home. Portable and convenient, space heaters are popular small appliances to heat homes whenever the temperatures drop, but they can also pose a danger. These portable heaters are a potential source of fire if you do not use them properly.
 
Not being careful with space heaters can like lead to fire and fire damage in your Millbrook home. If this does happen to you, SERVPRO needs to come to your home to clean up and restore the damages. A professionally trained fire remediation company, we have your best interests in mind as we plan to restore the state of your home to its preloss condition. "Like it never even happened."
 
Selecting the Right Space Heater
You want a space heater which includes a heating element with a guard around it. Pick a heater that has been certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory and one that is the right size for the area you are trying to heat. The wrong size heater might not be an efficient use of energy. Make sure to also read and follow the operating instructions from the manufacturer, ensuring everyone who uses it knows how to use the heater safely and correctly. Check to see if the heater has an automatic safety switch, which acts as a cutoff switch that turns the heater off if it falls over.
 
Preventing a Fire
Put the heater on a surface which is hard, level, and stable. Do not place it on countertops, tables, or other furniture. Keep the heater three feet or more from files and other items which are combustible. Do not use the heaters in an area where water is present, such as a bathroom, and do not place items such as files, books, papers, or the like on top of the space heater.
 
The space heater needs to be plugged into an outlet directly. Do not use an extension cord, unless it is specifically approved and safe for such use. You should also not plug the space heater into a surge protector strip for your computer. These strips are made specifically for computer equipment, and other appliances being plugged into them can negate the warranty on your PC hardware. Keep the space heater off when you are leaving the area, and do not ever leave it on when not at home. Do not use the heaters with cords which are frayed or cracked, as this can easily spark a fire.
 
If a fire still starts even when you have followed these precautions, do not hesitate to get in touch with our professionals at SERVPRO once the fire is out. You need to act quickly so that the soot, smoke, and water left after the fire do not do even more damage to your home. The faster we can begin remediation, the better chance there is for salvaging items in your home and reducing repair and replacement costs.
 
SERVPRO of Prattville is available anytime you need fire damage restoration services. We are easy to reach when you dial (334) 358-1186.

Save Your Bowling Center From Water Damage

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Save Your Bowling Center From Water Damage Do Not Let Your Dallas Business Get Bowled Over by Water Damage--Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Spares the Damage Caused by Water to Your Bowling Lanes

Offering a place for both locals and travelers to relax and enjoy some drink and food while playing a fun sport, the community bowling alley is a favorite destination both for leagues and the casual bowler. The festivities stop when heavy rains overwhelm the flat roof and water floods the lanes. Get everyone back in the groove with a fast response by SERVPRO.
 
Water damage to the wooden lanes in your Prattville bowling alley needs specialized attention from a restoration industry leader. The hardwood is sturdy, but moisture poses a grave risk if it is not removed swiftly and properly. Our team of water damage experts studies a broad range of water removal and moisture reduction techniques designed for wooden floors as they complete the coursework required for IICRC certification.
 
The faster SERVPRO technicians inspect the water damage, the better the outcome for your entertainment venue. We arrive with powerful water extraction equipment almost before you ask “is there a quality water damage restorer near me?” and approach the problem scientifically. Our staff measures the moisture content of the water damaged lanes after removing visible water. Next, they formulate a plan to remove the excess moisture without marring the wood further. Air movers are one option, with the flow directed beneath the boards if possible as well as blowing across the surface. The high gloss of a bowling lane risks sealing the water within so we take all precautions to make sure the drying happens, even drilling small holes to release trapped moisture. Dehumidifiers and heat join the battle, with careful monitoring to achieve the balance necessary to limit warping and overdrying.
 
Closing for even a day to manage the water damage is not an option you are likely to want to pursue. Our experienced and skilled employees take pride in identifying the areas most in need of intensive restoration. Lanes within your alley that sustained only minimal damage are back online as soon as possible, Count on us to know the difference and keep your venue open for the birthday parties and after work sessions on the lanes unaffected.
 
We appreciate the confidence SERVPRO of Prattville inspires in our commercial clients. Expect a quick inspection within hours of your call to our dispatchers at (334) 358-1186 when water damage threatens to prevent letting the good times roll.

SERVPRO's Emphasis On Speed For Flood Damage

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO's Emphasis On Speed For Flood Damage After a flood, your home likely has significant damage requiring fast restoration work.

Quick Response Time Is Key To Flood Damage


After a flood, your home likely has significant damage requiring fast restoration work. A rapid response and smooth restoration process are critical to ensuring as little time and money are spent on the damages as possible. SERVPRO is built around a strategy of mitigation, meaning we can respond around the clock to local homeowners' disasters and provide appropriate immediate care to stop further damage from occurring. However, many homeowners ask, why is speed so important in our playbook?

Stopping Further Damage
The most important reason why we respond so quickly to flood damage in Autaugaville is to reduce the overall damage taken by the structure. While there may be significant initial damage already from the flood, this can grow far more severe in a matter of hours as water remains in the building and further damages begin to manifest. Standing water may seep into materials and create long-term problems or pockets of water, potentially breaking down the home's foundation. In the shorter term, if water is not removed within a few hours of the flood, mold can start to grow and become a much more troubling issue for the home. In addition to responding and acting quickly to the scene of damage, SERVPRO inspectors are careful to monitor for these added damages as mitigation efforts are taken.

Speeding Up Recovery Times
By arriving early to the scene, we can set up critical systems such as water extractors, dehumidifiers, and other water removal tools to hasten the drying process. The faster drying is complete, the sooner we can begin to work on repairing damages, and the less of them we have to handle. These advantages may speed up restoration times by days or even weeks, depending on the severity of the flood.

SERVPRO of Prattville is at your doorstep ready to work within four hours of your first call to us. For our help or more information on our services, call us at (334) 358-1186.