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SERVPRO of Prattville Can Remove Water and Dry Out Your Commercial Business

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

When you own a warehouse in Prattville, it is essential to check your roof on a regular basis. If you find a pond sitting up there, your drainage is not working efficiently. Remember, each inch of water weighs around five pounds. The pooled water can cause incredible strain over time and lead to leaks and water damage inside your building. Look for any damage to the perimeter flashing, roof membranes, or penetrations to the roof like pipes, drains, and gas lines. These critical safety measures can deteriorate over time, which leaves you with several potential hazards.

Dealing with a water intrusion in your Prattville business is not a fun task. You need commercial water removal services as soon as possible to get the standing water out and dry your building to prevent additional loss. Our staff at SERVPRO of Prattville understands the urgency in a situation like this, so we are here to help whenever you need us. With the professional tools and training we have, letting us handle the problem is best to get your business back on track.

To dry your structure, we need to remove moisture from the air as well. Evaporation adds moisture to the air, and dehumidification removes the moisture. Two systems can be used for drying which is an open system or a closed system.

With an open drying system, the moist air inside your building is exchanged with the drier air outside. Opening up windows and using fans and air movers to ventilate the structure exchanges the air. These systems work only when the outside air has fewer grains per pound than the air inside. For the best conditions, outside air should have a high temperature and low relative humidity. The difference between the specific humidity of the air outside and inside is also significant.

In a closed system, SERVPRO of Prattville techs closes off the area affected by the outside air and from areas of your structure that are not affected. Dehumidification equipment is used to dehumidify the inside air. We must control the indoor environment with air movers and dehumidifiers for a closed system to work. It is easier for us to dry smaller areas, creating a drying chamber by hanging plastic sheeting or closing windows and doors. Air conditioning may be used as well to assist us in dehumidifying. By setting up a drying chamber, the drying process moves faster, and we can dry everything more thoroughly.

SERVPRO of Prattville is careful to use the best drying system to get your property in Prattville or the surrounding areas dry again after a water loss. You can reach out to us at any time by calling  (334) 358-1186

Storm Damage in Your Prattville Home or Business? We Have You Covered!

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Prattville has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call 334-358-1186

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after the removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Safety Considerations to Prevent Grill Fires | SERVPRO® of Prattville

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

a person in grilling chicken and hot dogs on an outdoor grill SERVPRO of Prattville is the fire restoration expert. To learn more give us a call or contact us online.

When you want to spend a summer day outside, a freshly grilled meal is one of the best ways to make the most of it. Grilling is a great cooking method for nearly anything, but because it involves an open flame, we do always want to remind the community to take the proper safety measures every time it is time to cook outdoors.

Grill fires happen more frequently than many would assume according to reporting from the U.S. Fire Administration—close to 6,000 fires are a result of grilling incidents every year. However, many of these incidents are entirely preventable, so it is wise to know the top safety tips to remember.

The Top Grill Safety Tips to Remember

Create a safe zone around your grill. Having your grill located in a good spot involves placing it somewhere that is both convenient and safe. Because flare-ups spreading to other objects are a common cause of grilling fires, a three-foot buffer is recommended to have surrounding the grill that is free from flammable objects.

Clean your grill grates often. Your grilling grates can get dirty with every use, which is why it is best to brush them after each grilling session. Stuck on bits of food and grease not only make consistent grilling less achievable, but they also increase the risk of fires as they can suddenly ignite if temperatures rise hot enough.

Never leave the grill unattended. Catching a grill fire before it gets out of hand can be the difference in a small incident and a large emergency, so never walk away from the grill when it is lit. If you have to take a break, have someone swap in for you and always keep a fire extinguisher within arms’ reach.

Inspect the grill regularly. Grills can be subject to wear and tear with age, especially the propane connections and tubes. It is best to do a visual inspection before you get ready to light the grill so you are aware of any potential spots that could cause a gas leak, which could be quite dangerous.

If you have a grill fire that does damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us any time, day or night, to have a quick response from our restoration experts.

Quickly Getting to Safety if a Storm Starts Suddenly | SERVPRO® of Prattville

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

lighting strike during a storm at night Have you been affected by a storm event? SERVPRO of Prattville is available 24/7 and ready to assist you with any storm damage.

If you are enjoying a clear summer day, you may not even consider the possibility that the weather can turn sour—but clear skies can be deceiving. Storms thrive off of heat and humidity, so sudden pop-ups can occur with little notice and leave people desperate to find shelter.

Fortunately, there are many options for sheltering safely from a summer storm so you can be better prepared no matter where you are.

Be Prepared for a Storm No Matter Where You Are

Know your options for shelter. It would be ideal if you find out about an incoming storm somewhere you can also seek shelter, but that is not always the case when a storm catches you out and about. Experts recommend knowing how to seek shelter in your car safely in case of a sudden storm so you can always pull over and be relatively protected from the weather.

Practice electrical safety. Because thunder is caused by lightning, any thunderstorm has the potential to lead to lightning damage as well. No matter where you shelter, there is a possibility that the building will get struck, which can cause a dangerous power surge. If you can, unplug all the electronics in the vicinity to be safer. For your home and your office, installing inexpensive surge protectors around every outlet is a wise move.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. While concrete is one of the sturdiest materials to construct with, it does present certain considerations when it comes to stormy weather. Concrete is often reinforced with metal pieces, so it is recommended that you avoid coming into direct contact with it during a storm in case the building is struck by lightning.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. If the skies clear suddenly after a summer storm, you may be antsy to get back outside, but beware of the false sense of security. Lightning can travel extreme distances, even striking up to 30 miles away from where the clouds are. For this reason, it is best to wait for a half-hour after the last thunderclap before heading back out.

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.

Commercial Cleaning, We Have You Covered.

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning your business or home is essential to the health and wellbeing of everyone occupying these spaces. Especially now more than ever, the need to "keep things tidy" is of utmost importance. Unfortunately, there are some misconceptions and information that is not as widely known to help keep your home or business at the highest standard of clean that it could be. It is best to hire a professional to clean and disinfect, but in the case that you are unable to, we wanted to give some information on an important and lesser-known fact, the difference between cleaning and disinfecting.

Cleaning vs Disinfecting

The first thing to know is that there is a difference. Many people use the term interchangeably, but the 2 serve different functions and are used for different reasons. Approaching a "cleaning" job, without realizing the difference, may end up not getting the results you intended.

What's the difference

Cleaning removes germs and dirt from the surface. by lowering the amount of germs, it lowers the risk of spreading them. It is important to note that cleaning removes germs but does not kill them.

Disinfecting, on the other hand, uses chemicals to actually kill germs on the surface. By killing germs lowers the risk of spreading by eliminating them altogether. It is important to note that disinfecting only pertains to killing germs, it doesn't refer to cleaning dirty surfaces or removing germs.

Best practices

Cleaning and disinfecting is an important part of regular home and business health upkeep. It is best to first clean surfaces, removing any dirt, then disinfect, killing the germs. Many disinfecting products require a time frame to remain wet on a surface to fully disinfect. Products such as Lysol can take up to 3 minutes, and up to 10 minutes for the Norovirus.

When to do which one

It is always best, when possible to clean and disinfect for the highest level of cleanliness. Some of the more necessary times to disinfect include:

  • Counters where food was prepared
  • Times of seasonal illness
  • Viral outbreak
  • If a person in your home has been ill

If you are wanting a professional cleaning in your home or business, contact us today!

Call us today at 334-358-1186

SERVPRO of Prattville is Available 24/7

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Prattville is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Prattville has specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  •         Your name and contact information
  •         Your insurance information (if applicable)
  •         The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  •         When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  •         What caused the water damage (if known)?
  •         Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Prattville

SERVPRO of Prattville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call us today at 334-358-1186

Prattville Fire Cleanup

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

A fire to your home or business is absolutely devastating. You definitely experience a swirl of different emotions. SERVPRO of Prattville can be there immediately to help guide you on what to do from securing the residence to calling your insurance. We want to make the process super easy for you! We can be there any day, any time. SERVPRO of Prattville is only a call away. 

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Prattville will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – 334-358-1186

For Immediate Service in Prattville, Call SERVPRO

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Prattville provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Prattville. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 334-358-1186

Residential Services

Whether your Prattville home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your Prattville commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: 

Prattville Flood Damage Precautions To Take

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Prattville Flood Damage Precautions To Take 

When you first see Prattville flood damage invading your business or home, you’ll have that sinking feeling as your belongings are under mud and debris. Possessions and important papers are likely soaked through after a Lilburn flood has gone through the building, however before you wade into the water and try to salvage anything essential that you can, think about your own safety and be careful. 

There are several steps you can take according to FEMA, or the Federal Emergency Management Agency to keep yourself safe from water damage in Prattville:  

Put on protective clothing first, such as boots and rubber gloves to protect yourself from possible infections and bacteria.

Do not put your hands near your mouth or face while you are working.

Turn off the main power to your business or home before beginning any work.

Look for shifts in the building and cracks in the foundation.

Open up windows and doors to assist in drying out the rooms and prevent mold from forming.

Get rid of any standing water. Pump out basements slowly, about a third of the water each day to avoid any added pressure on walls and flooring. The water soaked grounds can cause the basement walls to collapse.

Clean up any silt, mud or other debris before it dries out.

As soon as you can, hose down walls and then hose them a second time with water that has disinfectant or bleach. Disinfect surfaces such as shelving.

Any appliances which have insulation will not be easy to clean up. Instead, have them checked by a professional service person before you try using them again.

Take out any furnishings and soaked materials after experiencing flood damage in Lilburn. Mattresses and fully upholstered furnishings can’t be cleaned and will need to be destroyed to avoid any health problems.

Rugs and carpeting can be cleaned. Carpeting which is permanently attached needs to be removed first before you try cleaning it. Clean the items outside or have them cleaned by a professional company.

Items such as bedspreads, sheets, draperies and curtains will need to be washed with detergents and very hot water, or they can be dry-cleaned professionally.

Any food items which got flooded need to be thrown away unless they are in cans which are not damaged by the flood, or in glass jars that are commercially sealed. Make sure to sanitize the container before you open it.

Sanitize your pans, pots, glassware, dishes, utensils and any other items that you plan on keeping. Many of these can be boiled for ten minutes to kill any germs.

When you are suffering from flood damage, it is important that you take the necessary precautions for cleaning up so you can prevent further damage and any dangerous health hazards to yourself and your family. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

For professional clean up help, get in touch with SERVPRO of Prattville. We will be happy to help you anytime when you call us at 334-358-1186. 

How Floods Can Damage Your Home

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Expertly Removes Storm Water After Flooding to Mitigate Structural Damage

Storm flooding is often the most destructive and dangerous type of flooding, as it is unpredictable, in high volumes and typically composed of Black Water, which contains heavy debris and many contaminants. Flooding after storms cause some of the most devastating and costly damage possible to home and sometimes has the potential to destroy the place completely. There are some ways that serious storm flooding can hit a house, directly or indirectly. 

Water Source Overflow 

Some of the worst flooding storm damage in Prattville comes from overflowing water sources. Rivers, ponds, streams, or any other water source can rise over its banks to flood the surrounding area and any buildings within it. Any home near a water source is vulnerable to this type of damage, but homes located near a bend or twist in a stream are at particular risk. 

Septic Tanks and Sewage Overflow 

In some cases, faulty or swamped sewage and septic systems may overflow during a storm, dumping heavy and potentially toxic sewage water onto a street or property. This water is highly dangerous, as it most often carries dangerous pathogens and viruses and can infect people and pets. SERVPRO advises you not to come in contact with Black Water.

Flash Floods and Street Overflow 

In the event of sudden, massive rainfall, flash flooding can quickly start a flood in otherwise unassuming areas. Streets can become swamped and filled with water, and this can overflow onto nearby properties. Even homes on high ground aren't necessarily safe from this type of flooding. 

Basement Flooding 

Basement flooding can be caused by any one of the above but deserves its mention due to how bad damage can be. Basements collect water from a wide area and often take on multiple feet of water even if the flood itself was only a few inches. Basements often require substantial water removal and pumping by our technicians, and should be seen to as quickly as possible. We have portable generators and sump pumps for emergency use on hand at all times.

SERVPRO of Prattville is locally owned and operated so as to provide fast, expert care and mitigation services in the event of a storm. If your home has been damaged in a recent storm, call us 24/7 as soon as possible at (334) 358-1186.