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Minutes Matter for Prattville Homeowners When They Need Restoration Services | SERVPRO® of Prattville

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

black glasses and pen sitting on top of white insurance policyblack glasses and pen sitting on top of white insurance policy If your home is damaged due to a disaster, Contact SERVPRO of Prattville. We are here to help from start to finish.

Do you know what every homeowners insurance claim has one thing in common? And it might not be what you think.

Every home is indeed unique, and every homeowner’s restoration needs are slightly different. But in every case in our years of experience, we’ve noticed that every job we work has one thing in common—timing.

No matter what kind of damage your home suffers, starting the remediation process quickly will help ensure that your home can be economically restored to its original state.

Timing matters more than you might expect when your home is damaged, especially if you’re dealing with damage caused by water (like flooding or a burst pipe). Within a few hours, you can begin seeing the signs of water damage, including the earliest sign of mold (usually a musty odor permeating your home).

Common Reasons Families Need Restoration Services

Homeowners will need restoration help in 2021 for various reasons. They’ll include severe weather issues, such as wind, hail and rainAccidents and appliance malfunctions can cause significant damage to homes, too.

Regardless of why you need help, it’s important to move quickly and choose a team of experts you can trust.

How SERVPRO Is Different

Our team is always here to help you when you need us the most. That means we’re available to answer your questions and help you get the process started at any time. We’ll answer 247 if you call us and help you get the restoration process started during an emergency.

There are other good reasons to choose SERVPRO, too. Here’s what makes us different:

Our teams are staffed by skilled technicians. Our teams are staffed by experts. They hold high-level certifications in their fields. So that means they will bring their wealth of knowledge about water damage to your home.

We use leading-edge equipment on our jobs. We have the ability to access the best technology and the latest equipment because we’re affiliated with SERVPRO. When we work with you, you can be confident we’ll bring both skill and technology to your home’s restoration process.

Our SERVPRO is a locally owned business. When you reach out to us, you can be confident that you’re talking to a member of your community. Our team members live here in the community and are ready to serve their family members, friends and neighbors.

If your home is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Rebuilding After A Natural Disaster Impacts Your Elmore Business | SERVPRO® of Prattville

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee wearing black shirt reviewing restoration plans on tablet with business owner in gray SERVPRO of Prattville knows the commercial restoration process inside and out. Here are some great tips in choosing the right restoration company.

Here’s a question for business owners: What was the biggest lesson you learned dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020 (and beyond)?

For many business owners, the answer is clear. You can’t always plan for what will happen in the future or predict it. But you can be nimble, imaginative and look for new ways to do business even during less than ideal circumstances.

And that’s true of any issue that impacts your business. While few of us had plans for a pandemic, many business owners already have a disaster plan in place for more common natural disasters like severe storms, fires or floods.

In our years working with business owners like you, we’ve learned that being prepared for a disaster through planning and dealing with a disaster can be a very different experience. That’s why our team has pulled together some of the best tips for business owners who are facing the rebuilding process after a disaster.

Advice Business Owners Can Use

You can reopen your business quickly and efficiently after a disaster. Here’s how we recommend that you do it:

Work your disaster plan. It’s smart to work on this plan before you need it because you’ll be in a better frame of mind to think things through. For example, some may consider moving to a backup location to continue offering services.

Reach out to your employees. The people who work for you will be impacted by your business having to close or change temporarily and may need assistance. The Small Business Administration (SBA) can be a good resource for you.

Stay in communication with your insurance company. Take plenty of pictures of the damage and build an inventory of everything that was lost or damaged during the disaster. Make providing any documentation they ask for a priority.

Update the members of your community. Communicate with your suppliers, your employees, your customers and your wider community so that they know where you are in the restoration process. You’ll also want to let them know if you’re working from a temporary location. Think about using social media or an email list as a tool.

Work with the right partners. Choose competent professionals to work on your restoration process and repair any of the damage. It will make opening up again easier.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damages your business, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

Easy Ways to Make Your Home Safer From Fires This Winter | SERVPRO® of Prattville

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

large image of red, yellow and orange flames House fires trend to peak during the winter. SERVPRO of Prattville is available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

Making your home safer from fire hazards isn’t as difficult as you might think.

You can add simple steps to your daily routine and simple home maintenance items to your checklist that will lower your risk for common causes of house fires.

Be Sure You Know How to Prevent Fires

Most of these fire prevention tips are easy to add to your home safety routine. They don’t cost a lot but can make your family safer by lowering your risk of a house fire.

Know how to fight a grease fire. Grease fires are a well-known kitchen hazard. Part of the danger they present is because grease fires can’t be put out with water. In fact, water makes these events worse. Instead, keep a fire extinguisher handy. Metal pan lids and baking soda can work for smaller grease fires, too.

Keep your fireplace clear of old ashes. If you enjoy using your wood-burning fireplace, be sure you’re not letting the ashes collect there. Instead, clean your fireplace regularly and dispose of your ashes safely.

Watch how you use your space heater. Don’t plug your space heater into an extension cord. Use one of your wall outlets instead. Also, take steps to ensure your space heater is clear on all sides by at least three feet.

Keep your smoke detectors working. Testing your smoke detectors, changing their batteries twice each year and replacing them every 10 years will ensure they are best able to help protect your family.

Consider switching to battery-operated candles. Scented candles are popular during the fall and winter months because they add a warm glow to your home and can smell delicious. But these can be a fire hazard if they’re left burning while you’re not home or knocked over. Battery-operated candles eliminate these hazards.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Let us help you get back to business| SERVPRO® of Prattville

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® vehicle parked in front of a building When disaster strikes, every hour spent worrying about the damage is a lost hour of productivity. Let us help you quickly get back to business!

You put everything into your business. At SERVPRO® of Prattville, we strive to provide that same level of excellence in servicing your property.

When disaster strikes, every hour spent worrying about the damage is a lost hour of productivity. Being in limbo during this period of time can be frustrating and anxiety-inducing. Our goal is to help you get back to business as quickly as possible! We are available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year and are prepared for the unpredictable.

Our technicians are trained in water removal; fire, smoke, and soot restoration; reconstruction, and more. Additionally, they have the equipment needed to service your property, whether it’s a large building or a big box store. We will manage the restoration of your property from mitigation to, if needed, restoration. Learn more about our services here.

If your business has been damaged due to a disaster or if you need any of our other service, you can depend on us. You can contact us at any hour of the day to learn more about our services or to report damages.

Residential Cleaning Services | SERVPRO® of Prattville

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees cleaning together Let’s be honest. Clean ducts aren’t necessarily at the top of our day-to-day priority list, but it’s important!

Let’s be honest. Clean ducts aren’t necessarily at the top of our day-to-day priority list, but it’s important!

The phrase “duct cleaning” usually refers to cleaning heating and cooling systems such as an air conditioning unit (HVAC) or ventilation. If these pieces of equipment are not properly installed or maintained, their parts can collect dust or pollen. If this occurs in a humid or moist environment, this material can be released into parts of the home. Breathing this in can cause health effects. Essentially, failing to maintain your ducts can lead to poor air quality in the home.

Don’t let that happen to you! Call SERVPRO® of Prattville for a duct cleaning.

Why SERVPRO?

  1. Our technicians have the skillset needed to give your home the detailed cleaning that it needs to look its best.
  2. We have the equipment and training needed to eliminate offensive odors from your home.
  3. An HVAC cleaning can help reduce the potential for mold growth.

If you need our services, you can depend on us. You can contact us at any hour of the day to learn more about our services or to report damages.

Meet the First Responder of the Year, Chief of Staff Addie | SERVPRO® of Prattville

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Chief of Staff Addie in uniform Meet Chief of Staff Joseph J. Addie, Jr. He was the recipient of SERVPRO’s First Responder Award for the Montgomery area.

Meet Chief of Staff Joseph J. Addie, Jr. He received Montgomery's "Firefighter of the Year" award for 2020 and was our nominee for SERVPRO’s National First Responder Award.

SERVPRO is a proud supporter of the nation’s first responders. For the last 3 years, SERVPRO has presented the award to honor the many men and women who rush into danger while everyone else rushes out.

On December 23rd, we had the pleasure of presenting Chief of Staff Addie with SERVPRO’s First Responder Award for the Montgomery area as his family proudly looked on. Chief of Staff Addie has dedicated the last 37 years of his life to serving the residents of Montgomery in various and challenging capacities within the Montgomery Fire and Rescue Department.

He began his career with the department as a member of the Hazardous Materials response team in 1983. Since then, he has received several promotions and held positions such as Fire Sergeant, Fire Captain, District Fire Chief over the Training Division, Director of Training, Deputy Fire Chief, and much more. As of August 23rd of 2019, he holds the title of “Chief of Staff,” replacing the retiring Chief of Staff J.L. Petrey. Throughout his career Chief of Staff Addie has shown exceptional work ethic.

“I never realized how committed I would feel about serving others. It is this commitment that keeps me here today,” Chief of Staff Addie said. “When people ask when I am going to retire, I am unable to give a time frame. It is difficult to plan a retirement date when you love what you do, and I truly love what I do.”

Leading up to the event, we had the pleasure of speaking to Chief of Staff Addie on a few occasions. During these encounters he was polite, friendly, and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve the community.

Thank you for your service, and we wish you the best in all that you do.

Restoring Your Belongings after Storm Damage | SERVPRO® of Prattville

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® “After the Storm” graphic Storms threaten our peace of mind and our homes. Click here to learn about how SERVPRO® of Prattville can restore your belongings and serve you after

For many of us home is everything. However, storms threaten our homes in more ways than one. Not only does a storm threaten your home’s structure, but the quality of your belongings and keepsakes. Our restoration services can help you save money and give you back your peace of mind by preserving your precious belongings.

Nowadays, we hold many of our memories and keepsakes digitally on our computers, phones, family videotape, and more. Please note that water-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard so do not attempt to operate any of them in the wake of water damage. Let us coordinate the restoration of your electronics for you!

First, we will clean the outside of your electronic devices to help stop any further corrosion and damage. From there, a qualified electronics technician will clean and inspect the electronic devices.

More traditionally, valuable documents like wedding certificates and photographs make our house a home. Extreme caution must be taken with items like these because they can be delicate and easy to destroy. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage condition, SERVPRO® of Prattville may be able to save a great deal of them and help minimize further damage. Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, we have five options for the restoration process: air-drying, dehumidification, freezer drying, vacuum freeze-drying, and vacuum thermal drying.

If you have storm or water damage anywhere in your home you can count on us to help. You can contact us at any hour of the day to learn more about our services or to report damages.

Prattville Residents Can Get Expert Help Dealing With Fire Damage l SERVPRO® of Prattville

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

firefighter with water hose trying to put out large flames engulfing brick home If you have fire damage due to a heating malfunction or other issue, count on SERVPRO of Prattville to fully restore your home.

No one likes to think about dealing with the aftermath of a house fire, but millions of them happen here in the U.S. every year. And that number could include members of the community here.

More fires happen during the colder months of the year, and they’re often caused by how we heat our homes or celebrate the holiday season. Christmas tree accidents are a leading cause of house fires..

If you’re using a space heater without an automatic shutoff mechanism, it can topple over and cause a fire. Broken furnaces and mishaps with other appliances happen sometimes.

Prattville residents can rely on a team of local experts if your home ever needs fire damage restoration or repairs. We’re prepared to work with you to remediate and repair in the aftermath of a fire.

Why Choose SERVPRO

Want to know why so many families in the Prattville area trust our work? Here’s what we offer our customers:

We’re available 247. Beginning the restoration process quickly is an important step in getting your home back to its original state and ready for you to make good memories once more. When it’s an emergency, we’re available at any time.

We are locally owned. SERVPRO locations are everywhere—all across the United States. But this location is locally owned. Because we’re a SERVPRO location, we can use the resources, equipment and training you would find at a leading-edge company with the advantage of choosing a partner here in the community.

We believe in restoration. Our team helps families recover from fire damage in a way that’s both logical and economical. Experts help through each step of the process, working to save your family time and money on the repair process and insurance premiums.

We can help with any of your restoration needs. House fires can damage your walls, your furniture’s upholstery and more. Issues resulting from water and smoke are common problems, too. We have the tools and resources to remediate these issues.

If you have fire damage in your home due to a kitchen, heating or other fire, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

What Is the Danger of a Flash Flood? | SERVPRO® of Prattville

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

flooded water running over blacktop road SERVPRO of Prattville is your local water & flood restoration expert. We will get the job done right, contact us today.

There is so much danger surrounding severe weather, but few things present more hazards than flash flooding. For weather events, floods are the second most dangerous condition that could occur in the country, and flash floods create the most hazardous scenarios of all.

When a flash flood becomes possible, it can be extremely dangerous to anyone who finds themselves in its way. For this reason, we always encourage people to know the facts about flash floods ahead of time so they can create a safety plan and take action in the event o danger.

How Flash Floods Become So Dangerous

Floods are always dangerous and quite serious, but with flash floods, they carry even more hazard due to the element of surprise. Flash floods must start within six hours after a heavy rain by definition, but in many incidents, they start in under three. This creates a rapid situation where people in the path of the flood must quickly get out of its way.

Stay Aware of Flash Flood Warnings

Having a reliable way to receive local weather alerts is so important if severe weather is possible, especially if there is the potential for a flash flood. If you see that a flash flood watch is issued, stay alert and stay tuned.

A flash flood warning is far more serious, meaning you should execute your safety plan quickly. For a flash flood emergency, it is important to do everything you can to get to higher ground.

How to Evacuate a Flash Flood Safely

Because of how frightening it can be to discover that a flash flood is on the way, it is so important that you know the safety tips beforehand so you can make better choices under pressure.

  • Sign up for local weather alerts and be sure you stay tuned if severe weather is possible.
  • Plan and practice your household evacuation plan.
  • Do not attempt to cross a flooded pathway or road.
  • Avoid contact with any floodwater.
  • Be aware of several evacuation routes in case your main one becomes flooded.

If your home or business has been damaged due to a flood or other severe weather, you can depend on us. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damage to your property.

Here’s What You Do After Water Damage Happens to Your Home | SERVPRO® of Prattville

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® water damage graphic Water damage can be devastating and overwhelming. Take these steps immediately after water damage.

Flooding in your home can be damaging and devastating. Anything from heavy rains to burst pipes and appliance malfunctions can easily land you in this overwhelming position.

Relax, we’re here to help! Here are some steps to take immediately after water damage happens to your home.

Safety First

Your belongings can be replaced, but your family cannot be. Make sure you and your family are safe. Beware of electrical and “slip and fall” hazards. Stay out of rooms where ceilings are sagging should it collapse. Water damage can lead to mold growth within hours which can cause health effects after prolonged exposure. With that said, after you determine that everyone is safe, it’s important to act immediately to take care of the problem.

Call Us

Within 24-48 hours, water damage cleanup should begin. There are a few routes you can take from here, but we recommend that you give us a call as soon as possible. After we collect the necessary information to best serve you, we’ll come to your property to assess the damage and get to work.

Start Cleanup

Before we arrive, you might start trying to clean up the mess. Although tempting, don’t use a household vacuum to remove water. Instead, use a mop to clean up excess water. You should gather colored and loose items, like rugs, from floors as they can leave behind a stain should they meet water.

After you’ve done what you can, you might find that the rest of the damage requires professional assistance. At SERVPRO®, we have the expertise and equipment to help complete the job.

We got it from here! From there, we’ll take the following steps:

Water Removal

We have powerful pumps and vacuums that can remove up to hundreds of thousands of gallons of water. We’ll use these to minimize further damage to your property. To remove water from hard to reach places, we’ll use air movers and humidifiers.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

Water damage can destroy expensive and meaningful items like furniture and clothing. Furthermore, water damage can leave behind a musty smell. Our specialized cleaning techniques, air scrubbers, and fogging equipment can restore and sanitize your belongings and remove unpleasant odors.

Restoration

Sometimes, restoring your property to pre-water damage condition requires reconstruction. This can range from replacing drywall panels to rebuilding rooms of the property. Whatever solution your home needs, we will do our part in helping you get it.

If you have water damage anywhere in your home, you can count on us to help. You can contact us at any hour of the day to learn more about our services or to report damages.