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Ramping Up Your Spring Storm Safety at Home l SERVPRO of Prattville

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

heavy rain coming down from dark clouds If you experience any property damage from spring storms, contact SERVPRO of Prattville.

This year’s cold, wet winter is quickly coming to an end. Even in Alabama, where winters are typically mild, it’s easy to get spring fever during these long, dreary pandemic winter days.

So, if you’re thrilled to turn the page in February and start March with dreams of a warm spring afternoon filling your head, no one can blame you. It’s a great time to start planning new projects. For you, that might mean you want to create a vegetable garden or redo your landscaping.

Or maybe you like to spend the spring hiking or enjoying the outdoors before summer’s heat sends you back inside.

Spring is an enjoyable season, but like any season, it also brings some hazards for homeowners to manage. When it comes to this season, healthy and severe thunderstorms are always a concern.

While we don’t have the ability to make a storm take a different path around our home, we take steps to make our homes as safe and secure as possible, so they’re in good shape if a severe storm hits.

Projects to Do This Spring

Add these items to your project list this spring.

Cut and remove tree branches and limbs that need it. Limbs and branches that hang over your garage or home can be a hazard during storms. You can keep them from falling on your roof by cutting them down.

Declutter your gutters. We talk about the importance of this project every season. Keep your drains clean so that the water around your home is moving in the right direction instead of backing up and causing water damage.

Repair your roof.If you can check your roof to be sure it doesn’t have any missing shingles. Look for signs of a leak, too.

Make sure your home’s sump pump works. Not every family has one of these (or needs it), but it’s important to be sure it’s working correctly before your house goes through a rainy spring.

Don’t let items around your home become hazards. Be sure your patio furniture or other similar things don’t become tools for the wind to damage your home.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damage to your home, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We 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.

Odor Removal after Fire Damage | SERVPRO® of Prattville

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Flames coming from a pan on the stove Fire damage can leave behind an awful smell that affects your belongings. Click here to learn the best practices.

One of the most troubling side effects of fire damage is the smoky odor it leaves behind. Why does smoke seem to stick to everything it touches? Smoke particles are tiny and can easily embed into porous materials like carpets, furniture, fabrics, books, and even paint which are, unfortunately, very common to our homes. Furthermore, certain materials, like plastics, that burned in the fire can make removing the smell even tougher. With that said, it’s best to leave fire, smoke, and soot restoration to the professionals!

After you’ve called us and before you leave the home, please be aware of how much you’re moving around the house. Try to limit your movements because with each step or touch you can further embed soot particles into upholstery and carpets. This means that even though it might be instinctive to throw sooty towels into the washer or start washing your walls, you shouldn’t!

At SERVPRO® of Montgomery, we have technicians who have the training, equipment, and several odor removal products to identify and efficiently eliminate these odors. Our technicians can identify not only the cause of the odor, but the conditions when smoke or a fire touched the surfaces of your belongings. This knowledge enables them to often remove the odor over time without a trace.

Successfully removing offensive odors can be a challenging task, so give us a call, and leave the job to us! We’ll take care of you.

If your home or business needs fire, smoke, or soot restoration or any of our services, we are here to help. You can contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damages. Get in touch today to speak with our team regarding our services.

You Can Do More Than You Think to Protect Your Prattville Home From Water Damage| SERVPRO® of Prattville

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

bright blue rain splashing into a pool of water If you need help dealing with any damage caused by water, contact SERVPRO of Prattville today.

Here’s a fact you might not know: One out of every 50 American homeowners will have to file a water damage claim next year.

That means if you need water damage help, you won’t be alone. Given the numbers, someone in your circle of friends, family members and coworkers will likely have to file a claim, too.

But have you thought about the things that can cause water damage? Storms, flash flooding and major appliance malfunctions are usually at the top of that list. But other things can cause water damage—namely heavy rains.

You can take basic precautions to lower your water damage risk. Thoughtful planning can actually go a long way toward protecting your home. Plus, most of the things you can do to protect your home are simple.

Cut Your Risk for Rain Damage

We see many water-damaged homes, so our team has in-depth knowledge of some of the ways water can damage a home. That means we can offer tips that can help you avoid it, too.

Here are some things experts recommend:

Understand the way your yard drains. Knowing how your yard drains around your home is key to protecting your home. If the water in your yard drains toward your home, then it’s time to chat with a landscaping expert. They can help you find ways to protect your yard.

Use native plants. The flowers and shrubs you choose can do more for your home than add to the curb appeal. Landscaping can help protect your home from water damage, especially if you choose native plants. Talk to a local expert about native plants or visit a native plant sale.

Explore sealing your roof. Experts estimate that almost 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles, which can be prevented with this step. It’s definitely worth considering.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.

Here’s What Every Home Restoration Project Has in Common l SERVPRO® of Prattville

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

black glasses and pen sitting on top of white insurance policy If your home is damaged due to a disaster, Contact SERVPRO of Montgomery. From start to finish, we will help navigate the restoration process.

No matter why you need home restoration, you have at least one thing in common with the millions of American homeowners filing damage claims each year. What is it? The importance of getting started on your project promptly.

Why is timing so important? It’s simple.

Common household damage culprits can get worse much sooner than you probably expect. Hardwood floors and furniture can show damage within just a few days, and mold can begin to grow within hours.

We’re Always Here

That’s why we’re passionate about providing service to our community 247 because we know that timing is everything when your home is damaged. No matter what time your emergency occurs, we’ll be here to answer your questions, address your concerns and start on your home restoration plan.

There are plenty of other powerful reasons to choose SERVPRO beyond our speed and availability:

Our team members are all highly skilled experts in their field. When you interact with one of our technicians, you’re talking with an expert. We ensure they have the latest training and certifications that ensure the strategy they’re suggesting will consider the latest advances in home restoration.

Our technicians use the most up-to-date technology. Our relationship with SERVPRO allows us to bring their leading-edge technology here to our community. And it gives our technicians the tools they need to restore your home.

Why You May Need Restoration Services

There are a wide variety of reasons people seek our help. In many cases, people need home restoration services after severe weather moves through their areaAccidents and appliance malfunctions can also do a lot of damage to a home.

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.

How Would You Answer These Fire Safety Questions? | SERVPRO® of Prattville

3/19/2021 (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.

You can take simple steps today to keep your home and family safer from winter fire risks.

These fire safety questions offer you a roadmap for easy, inexpensive ways to maintain your home and lower your fire risk:

Do you know if your furnace is in good condition? Just because your furnace is working doesn’t mean it’s in good shape. Dirty, clogged vents from your furnace can create a fire hazard that puts your family at risk. The fix is surprisingly simple. If you haven’t had your furnace checked by a heating and air professional this year, it’s a good idea to have it looked over and ensure the ventilation is clear and everything is in good working order.

Does your family have a kitchen fire extinguisher? Grease fires can happen in any kitchen. Because these fires don’t respond to water (it makes them worse) and they’re a common threat to homeowners, keep a fire extinguisher handy. Fire extinguishers can help you put out a small grease fire before it becomes an enormous blaze.

Are you using your fireplace safely? Fireplaces with chimneys that are clogged and dirty create a fire hazard. If you want to light a crackling fire, be sure you’re you’re disposing of the ashes from your last fire correctly. Also, never light a fire before you are sure your chimney is in good shape.

Do you use battery-operated candles? Many people love the look and scent of a traditional candle burning at home. But they can be a fire hazard if you don’t use them properly and blow them out when you leave your home. These issues aren’t a concern if you opt for a battery-operated option.

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.

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.