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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!

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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.

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.

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. 

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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.

Our Storm Team Can Help You

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

When a storm or disaster strikes your home or business, SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team is poised and "Ready for whatever happens." With a network of more than 1,700 franchises nationwide, the SERVPRO system strives to be faster to any size disaster. Strategically located throughout the United States, SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team is expertly trained and readily equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. Providing experience, manpower, equipment, and other resources, the Disaster Recovery Team is always on call and available to assist SERVPRO of Prattville. SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team has responded to hundreds of disaster events. In the aftermath of a disaster, there is only one objective: to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

Did you know that SERVPRO has a specialized storm team and large loss response network to provide the resources to your property when others can’t? In the event of a disaster, SERVPRO professionals have the resources to relocate crews with equipment to take care of all of our customer’s needs. SERVPRO strategically places mobilization teams across the country to travel when needed to support recovery after large storm events such as hurricanes. Our job as water damage restoration professionals is to limit the amount of business interruption. We understand that fast mitigation is key to getting your business back up and running. SERVPRO provides the resources in the event of a large storm event to make sure that the right equipment, procedures, and training are in place to ensure that the structure is dry the first time and saves you time and money.

Do you have questions about how SERVPRO of Prattville can help you prepare for a disaster? Contact us today at (334)358-1186!

Types of Storm Damage

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Severe weather can take a toll on your home. It's not unusual for storm damage to affect your home, leading to serious problems in the aftermath of the weather. SERVPRO of Prattville provides 24-hour restoration services for weather-related damage to homes.

When a storm strikes, it's important to be aware of the potential problems that can develop. You can't control the weather, but you can control how you respond in the immediate aftermath. Here are three of the issues that could afflict your home after a storm hits:

  • Roof Damage: Roofs are susceptible to damage during any major storm, from heavy winds and torrential rains to snowstorms. Moisture can weaken already vulnerable areas of the roof, and strong winds can knock down loose shingles or cause visible damage to them. You may notice a leak in your attic or ceiling if a storm damages your roof.
  • Windows Are Vulnerable: A thoroughly sealed and weather-stripped window is unlikely to suffer severe storm damage, but old windows that haven't been catered to recently could develop problems if it rains. For example, the moisture can seep into openings around the window, causing a leak inside the house. Rain can also cause wood to rot and mold to develop in the window's vicinity. Rugs and carpets in the area could also be susceptible to water damage. Windows in the basement are extremely vulnerable if they aren't protected, which leads to flooded basements and potentially damaged property.
  • Gutters Can Become Clogged: Gutters aren't immediately obvious problems because you have to inspect them to see if they've become clogged after the storm. Rain can wash all kinds of debris into them, and once they become congested, they no longer filter water away from your home. The result could be water damage to your property, and the gutters could also suffer damage later since the excess weight of debris can cause them to sag.

Storm damage affects more than just the trees around the house. It can also have an impact on your home's foundation. After a major storm, take a close look at your home and investigate for problematic signs. If you discover anything, call the restoration service team at SERVPRO of Prattville at (334) 358-1186.

We Have The Advanced Equipment To Restore Your Wetumpka Home After A Flood

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Driving rains breached this home's roof and caused storm damage. We arrived right away and began restoration with our expertise and experience.

Getting Your Home More than Dry after Flood Damage in Wetumpka

Most of the properties within Wetumpka that we work on have problems with water from one source or another that adversely affects their interiors. Water, as either moisture or humidity, can cause a wide array of unwanted situations to develop, worsen, and spread. We have equipment that uses the latest technology, and our technicians hold certificates from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

When the water inside your home in Wetumpka comes from destructive floodwaters, the situation calls for more than the typical drying and restoration services. You need debris removal and elimination of the pathogens and other hazards that now occupy space inside your dwelling. 

A flooded property requires several different types of work, and the sooner it happens, the lower we can keep your overall expenses. SERVPRO's specialists concentrate on the structure, the furnishings, and the contents of your home. Looking at these more closely, we see the amount of damage that we can undo, areas where we need to prevent damage from occurring because of raised humidity levels inside flooded homes, and contamination. 

We use the ordinary bucket and shovel method to remove as much silt and other smaller-sized debris items as possible. Medium-pressure streams of water from a hose helps clear out leftover sand and mud, which we work quickly to rinse out of your home. We treat these same surfaces, as well as any other locations left contaminated, with effective disinfectants. Sprayed on, the application goes on evenly. 

We also keep in mind the restoration stage that follows mitigation. Our building services team, General Contractor License # 41839, includes experts in reconstruction. They make sure that the results of our combined services fulfill our customers' needs. As soon as the moisture content of interior materials returns to normal levels, we can begin reconstruction on your home.

The electrical system in your home can end up severely damaged by flooding. Not only does the water render many components dangerous, but the interior of outlet boxes can harbor sediment. We make the necessary repairs and get your house's electricity working safely again. We can also make sure that your drains are clear. Clogs from debris that wash down through your drains need broken apart and cleared. Also, homes should have a qualified professional provide a thorough inspection of their HVAC system after a flooding event affects their home. 

SERVPRO of Prattville's building services provides all these services to smooth things out for you and cover all the bases after a flood. Clean, dry, and rebuilt makes your Tallassee, Millbrook, or Elmore home safe and livable, “Like it never even happened.” Contact our 24-hour emergency services line, (334) 358-1186, any day of the year.

SERVPRO of Prattville's building services provides all these services to smooth things out for you and cover all the bases after a flood. Clean, dry, and rebuilt makes your Tallassee, Millbrook, or Elmore home safe and livable, “Like it never even happened.” Contact our 24-hour emergency services line, (334) 358-1186, any day of the year.

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We Are Available 24/7 For Your Wetumpka Flood Damage Restoration

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

When large loss events are encountered there is a need for a lot of equipment and a lot of trained technicians to operate the sophisticated equipment.

Flood Damage Cleaning And Restoration In Wetumpka Homes

With the Coosa River running through the heart of our city, Wetumpka residents are familiar with floods. They understand what kind of threats flooding presents to their home and health, and know that they need a professional restoration company to come in and get the job done right. 

With flood damage, Wetumpka homes need thorough cleaning as well as water removal. The extra task is needed since outside water contains soil, fertilizers, animal waste, and other contaminants. SERVPRO response crews train to certify as Water Damage Restoration Technicians, or WRTs, to eliminate and remove every contaminant possible and dispose of items beyond restoration efforts.

Efforts start with spraying the surface of the standing water and all property with an anti-bacterial or an anti-microbial agent to eliminate the possible health threat from bacteria and mold. Depending on the type of surface, technicians may use a sterilant such as bleach.

Next, WRTs remove standing water and floodwater trapped in carpets or covering floors. They accomplish these steps with industrial-grade pumps and smaller extraction devices. All contaminated water removed goes into the nearest sewer access. If an access point is not available, they pump it into a tanker truck for eventual delivery to a water treatment plant.

After removing the water, SERVPRO crew members remove and dispose of all carpets and rugs. It is impossible to provide a 100% guarantee of cleanliness, so this action is the only one team leaders take. The only reason they remove the floodwater is to make disposal easier and safer for the work crews.

Now, the WRTs spray every exposed surface with another chemical agent. They can apply a sterilant on concrete, stone, and linoleum, but use a less-damaging agent on wood floors to protect against accidentally damaging them. After it dries, WRTs use either water or a mild cleaner to remove any residues.

After cleaning, crew members look for water trapped under floors and behind walls. To remove it, they spray the sub-floor and wall cavities with a chemical agent and then remove it all with small extraction devices and a hose.

At SERVPRO of Prattville, we cover a large area, including other towns like Elmore, Millbrook, and Tallassee. It is our privilege to help return homes here, and in other areas, to a clean and dry condition after flood damage. If you need us, call today at (334) 358-1186 to get started.

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Guaranteed No Stress Flood Damage Restoration in Your Wetumpka Home

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage can happen at the most inopportune times. Contact SERVPRO today for all flood damage remediation needs.

Where to Get Restoration After Flood Damage in Your Wetumpka Home

Flooding is a problem that no one wants to encounter. Unfortunately, buildings close to a river can flood after the river breaks its banks. Severe thunderstorms and hurricanes can also cause flash flooding in cities. Flood waters can ruin your belongings and affect your home’s structure, resulting in expensive repairs.

If your Wetumpka home has flood damage, you can hire a professional water damage restoration company to reduce the destruction. An experienced company like SERVPRO can remove the water and dry your property quickly. We can use portable pumps to remove as much standing water as possible from a home to expedite the drying process.

Once we remove the water, we can conduct moisture readings for the floors, ceilings, and walls to determine which areas need drying. The moisture readings also enable our technicians to estimate how long the drying process can take and when you can return to your home. We can also heat the affected areas. Drying occurs faster when rooms are heated to 70 to 90 degrees because hot air can hold high levels of moisture. We can use portable heaters if a home heating system is not functioning. We then use dehumidifiers to remove the moisture from the air.

Our SERVPRO technicians can also perform some repairs after completing the water cleanup and drying process. Where it’s the hardwood flooring or walls that have sustained damage, our restorers can make them look like new again. If the floodwaters have soaked into your carpet, we can remove and discard it since flood waters usually have bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. If the damage is serious, we can work with subcontractors to perform the necessary repairs. Our technicians are compassionate and can ensure that your home is restored exactly the way you want it. We have the expertise to make the damage seem “Like it never even happened.”

When dealing with flood damage in your home, SERVPRO of Prattville can assist you to restore the property to its preloss, safe, healthy and clean conditions. Our staff has sophisticated equipment to deal with water and its potential complications. Contact us through our twenty-four-hour helpline at (334) 358-1186 for prompt restoration.

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Flood Damage Remediation Success in Wetumpka: Back To Basics

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage can overtake an entire neighborhood. Don't let it ruin your home. Contact SERVPRO for help.

Cleaning Up Flood Damage in Wetumpka is a Messy Job

The darkened skies during a torrential downpour can bring darkened water into homes around Wetumpka and leave them soaked with mud and silt. Among the soils deposited, homeowners often find waterlogged plants, other organic materials, and garbage that became washed into their homes. Because SERVPRO is a locally owned and operated business, we understand the possibilities that rainstorms can cause in our area.

When a customer calls us about their house because it sustained flood damage in Wetumpka, we assure them that we can get their home back to normal again. Flooding leaves messes behind that the CDC considers extremely harmful and full of possible unwanted health effects for anyone who comes into contact with the water from flooding, or saturated materials after the waters recede. To avoid these risks, our team members all have their own personal protective equipment (PPE) and other safety gear.

Once we arrive, we do our initial inspection and consultation with you. As our inspector does this, our team members begin unloading our Green Fleet of the necessary equipment. We use buckets, shovels, rakes, brushes, and hoses to rid your home of the flood's filth. Getting things clean again takes time, and we do not want to waste any in getting started.

Because many items, like electronics and other electricity-using appliances, can become damaged if not cared for correctly, we call one of our trusted partners to inspect and test these items for you. We provide the initial cleanup of these items, making them safe for our partners to handle, however. The same applies to electrical systems and plumbing, as well as gas lines.

We often prepare an area where our partners can safely work, while other times, the item might need transporting to their site for more detailed inspections and repair work. This also protects your belongings from possible cross-contamination or other damage while we work, as well as providing us with additional space to work in your home that we would not have access to, otherwise.

SERVPRO of Prattville has dedicated specialists and partners who want to help your family recover after flood damage makes your home unlivable. Contact us at (334) 358-1186 if your home is in the Autaugaville, Elmore, or Eclectic areas for more information and fast service by experienced professionals.

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Call SERVPRO When Your Wetumpka Home Has Been Under Stormy Weather

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

When a storm hits your city call SERVPRO to restore your home.

Flood Damage In Wetumpka Can Cause Problems With Your Roof And Attic

Any time a storm makes its way into Wetumpka, conditions can develop that could cause you problems with your building materials. Excessive rains can saturate materials on your building's exterior and possible cause flood damage to occur inside your home. When the rain gets thick, it can deteriorate shingles and cause your roof to leak. The wind created during the storm can blow rocks or branches into your home and create holes in your roof's structure. Once there is a small hole in your building, rainwater can get into the interior of your house and cause extensive flood damage.
If anything on the inside or outside of your building gets ruined after a storm, it is important to call in a professional restoration company like SERVPRO. Once flood damage in Wetumpka takes place the problems can slowly get worse if they are not treated immediately. Saturated materials can lose their structural integrity if they do not get dried out quickly. Elevated moisture levels in materials inside your home can increase the indoor relative humidity level which can create more problems with your building materials. If organic substances inside your house stay wet for more than 48 hours, then mold can develop.
The two most common places to suffer from moisture-related issues after a storm are your roof and attic. Once something destroys your shingles during a rainstorm, water can get the wood underneath wet. First, the roof's structure gets damaged, then moisture can find its way into your attic. Since your roof is made out of wooden materials and there is mostly wood inside your attic, moisture levels must be dropped quickly so that mold cannot develop and spread.
To accomplish rapid structural drying, our SERVPRO technicians utilize a mixture of dehumidification and air moving equipment. When working in attics, we can seal off the area with a containment chamber so that drying takes place rapidly. If you ever find your attic wet after a severe rainstorm, call SERVPRO of Prattville at (334) 358-1186 any time of the day.
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Why Efficient Water Removal is Key to the Elmore Flood Damage Remediation Process

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes flooding is just not avoidable after a storm or a river overflows. Call SERVPRO to remediate any flood damage in your home.

Drying a Structure Properly After Flood Damage in Elmore

Various problems can crop up when your Elmore property floods. Among the issues expected include mold development, rotting, and air quality problems from a combination of the first two problems, or other issues such as debris dumped in the property by the intruding waters. A thorough cleanup of the affected property helps eliminate most of the issues. However, failing to dry the structure to the right levels causes proliferation of some problems.
After the initial extraction of water and cleanup necessary after flood damage in Elmore, removal of excess moisture is essential. The process mostly involves the use of dehumidifiers. Dehumidifiers fall into two categories, desiccant and refrigerant and sometimes it is best to use the two types to get a good outcome. For instance, in the early stages when humidity is higher, the refrigerant variety is better. When porous materials are dry but structural elements are wet, the desiccant variety works best. Since our SERVPRO team is equipped with different types of dehumidifiers, we can handle the drying process effectively.
Depending on the size of the property, more than one unit might be necessary to ensure the structure not only dries properly but also within the right timeline. Remember, mold can start developing within 48 hours, so time is a significant constraint. Our SERVPRO technicians calculate the number of dehumidifiers needed by considering the capacity of each unit and the nature of the environment being dried. We check the amount of porous or absorbent materials in an area, as well as whether there is any water trapped in wall cavities.
Drying a structure would be easy if it only requires placing the drying units and waiting. However, as the process of moisture removal progresses, it requires constant monitoring so that any changes in the placement or number of equipment can be made. Sometimes our SERVPRO technicians can isolate small areas within the main structure for drying using plastic sheets. Such isolation helps because smaller drying area quickens the process.
When your property floods, call SERVPRO of Prattville to help dry it to normal levels. You can reach us at (334) 358-1186 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Repairing Flood Damage In Wetumpka

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Flood damage can lead to various problems such as the growth of bacteria, toxins, mold, and issues with the electrical appliance and system.

Repairing Flood Damage

Of all the potential disasters that can happen in your home, the flood is the most unpredictable and massive dilemma. Some homeowners are fortunate enough to salvage their home despite having to throw away some of their furniture, appliances, carpets, curtains, or other items. However, other homeowners find themselves faced with thousands of dollars worth of damage and repair.

Flood damage in Wetumpka can lead to various problems such as the growth of bacteria, toxins, fungi, mildew, mold, and issues with the electrical appliance and system. People do not realize that Homeowners insurance cannot cover flood damage. Some homeowners may qualify for disaster relief assistant or bank loan, but this cash often falls short from the actual cause of the flood. With all these headaches, the most important thing to do is to find a company that can repair the flood damage at an affordable price.

After the flood, the important thing is not to touch any electrical appliances. If the floors are wet, you should make sure that the electricity is off, so you do not get hurt. Then you should call a flood renovation company to send someone over to help you. SERVPRO can send technicians to check out the extent of the damage. They can use the mitigation process to reduce additional property damages. They can also use other high-tech tools such as moisture sensor, moisture meter, and thermohygrometer. This technology helps detect the amount of moisture in the air. This functionality can help the technician to tell if the environment is favorable for drying or not. The techs can also control the temperature and humidity level to create the optimal drying condition.

SERVPRO technician has other equipment to remove moisture from the air. The extractor can help clean the carpet from the flood, and the air movers can enhance the evaporator at the surface level to reduce the drying time. After the completion of the extractor process, the technicians can use a thermal fogger to neutralize the odor-causing particle that is left behind by the flood. Once everything is complete, the technician can walk you through the house to make sure that you are satisfied.

If you have experienced a flood, and you need an expert to help you, definitely give SERVPRO of Prattville a call at 334-358-1186. They can promptly send a technician to your residential area as soon as possible.

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Making The Most Of Things During Flood Damage Mitigation In Millbrook

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Heavy rains from severe storms and other harsh weather can leave Millbrook residents drenched.

Flood Damage Mitigation

Heavy rains from severe storms and other harsh weather can leave Millbrook residents drenched. SERVPRO technicians can help get things dried out correctly, resulting in the least amount of sustained damage possible, saving their customers substantial amounts of money and from experiencing unnecessary aggravation.

After a Millbrook home sustains flood damage, getting things dry becomes a priority. Having a safe, dry place to live until then is also crucial to your family's comfort. Without a temporary but stable location, normal activities can become quite tricky. Our technicians live in the area and understand that life's pace scarcely slows down, even for emergencies. We can help you gather the things in your home to help your family adapt more readily to the stresses of this situation.

Keeping you informed of the progress our experts make in mitigating flood damage that affects your home can make the time before your family can move back home more understandable. We can give you updates according to your wishes. Plus, we always make sure that we explain any new developments that occur. We understand that delays in expected move-back-in dates can lead to disappointments, so we do all we can to keep these from happening. When they become unavoidable, we assure you that we do everything possible to make the delay as short as possible.

Other services from community agencies often help families who suffer during disasters, including flood damage. SERVPRO can put you in touch with these helpful resources by giving you phone numbers for local agencies that you can call. These can often help with the various needs your family might experience, while others can provide advice on how to deal with the situation and the changes your family experiences because of the flood damage and related circumstances.

SERVPRO of Prattville understands the difficulties imposed on your family when flood damage happens to your home. We work as quickly as possible to keep damage minimized and to shorten the time as much as possible before you can move your family back into their own home. Contact us to have IICRC-certified technicians restore your home by calling (334) 358-1186.

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Saving Your Home's Floors from Flood Damage in Tallassee

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

When More than a Puppy Puddle Covers Your Tallassee Flooring after a Storm--Call SERVPRO for Removal and Restoration

Swift Stormwater Removal Can Salvage Hardwood Flooring

During a flood in Tallassee, your home's entire structure can become weaker. This change takes place not only because of the water's ability to soak everything it comes into contact with but also because of its weight and the force with which it moves.
Your floors support this weight, which can significantly add to the severity of water damage experienced in Tallassee properties. Larger rooms might seem to bow downward much more than hallways and smaller rooms after a flood recedes. The structure of your home can also change slightly during a flood. Stairways leading to the basement can also warp and become unsafe.
SERVPRO can help restore your home by resolving these problems through their professional mitigation services. We do more than merely remove any leftover water. We also dry out your home and curtail a significant amount of damage to materials that might otherwise happen.
We restore your floors to a safe condition by getting them dry in a rapid fashion, but not too quickly. We use Injectidry equipment to dry the floors from the surface you see through the underlay, including joists and the rest of the internal framework. On the top, we lay down heat-producing mats that also extract any evaporated moisture. Below, we insert tubing that forces warm air into the floor so it can quickly dry out. We measure the air leaving the floor for the amount of moisture our machines force out. When this reaches a standard point, we know that the floor's interior area no longer needs further drying. A science and a little art provide professional protocols for salvaging hardwood floor boards.
We do the same with your walls, as well, and any other cavities and dead spaces inside your home. At times, we remove baseboards to drill small weep holes to allow water to drain out before forcing air inside. We always replace the mop-boards once we finish, so we remove any risk to our customers.
SERVPRO of Prattville can take your flooded home from soggy to “Like it never even happened” fast and efficiently. Our professional mitigation team is always available to help the residents in Elmore and Eclectic protect their homes from this and other types of damage. Call us at (334) 358-1186 to speak to an experienced company that is locally owned and operated.

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Learn To Take the Right Actions When You Face Flood Damage in Wetumpka

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Coosa River Flooding Can Damage Your Wetumpka Home or Business--Call SERVPRO for Help

Storm Cleanup and Restoration in Wetumpka Means a Call to SERVPRO

You need the right equipment and expertise to restore your contents after experiencing a flood damage event on your property. The restoration process starts typically from the time you call a restoration service provider, and the necessary assessment and inspection follow. After that, we employ appropriate methods to extract the water from your Wetumpka property.
Since most flood damage events in Wetumpka are associated with hundreds of gallons of water, our SERVPRO technicians use techniques that remove a large volume of the water within the shortest time possible. Depending on the situation at hand, we may use powerful truck-mounted vacuum systems and pumps to extract the water. The use of portable water extractors can be an option when the area has limited access. Where necessary, our team can perform organized move-outs and pack-outs to allow extensive restoration and cleaning.
Carpets are prone to water saturation, and during the restoration process, our SERVPRO technicians give them specific attention. We understand that latex deterioration and delamination are the main problems that carpets face during such incidents. Latex deterioration happens when the latex, which holds the secondary and primary backing of the carpet begins to deteriorate. The degeneration may lead to the separation of the secondary and primary layers in what is known as delamination. It is hard to fix carpets that have undergone delamination, in such cases, we advise the property owner to make a replacement. Typically, the fibrous materials are contaminated from Black Water requiring disposal.
Our SERVPRO technicians also examine the padding's condition during the restoration. Usually, wet conditions make it break apart, and there might be the need to do a replacement after a flood. In most cases, the cost of replacement is much cheaper compared to the drying and fixing costs.
After water removal, drying the walls, floors, and other wet contents is necessary. During that step, we use dehumidifiers and air movers to enhance dehumidification and drying. By measuring the relative humidity and temperature of the room, we are in a position to determine the number of the drying and dehumidification equipment to put in place.
At SERVPRO of Prattville, we make every water disaster "Like it never even happened." Call us at (334) 358-1186 and let our experienced team make the difference that you need.

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Removing And Restoring Flood Damage In Wetumpka

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO knows that the best response to Wetumpka flood damage is a rapid one.

Removing And Restoring Flood Damage

The weather of the last year and even recently has put Wetumpka homes underwater. The flooding puts entire neighborhoods at risk and property loss can begin in less than an hour when items like books and some upholstered furniture absorb too much water.

SERVPRO knows that the best response to Wetumpka flood damage is a rapid one. We keep a response team on call, 24/7 to make sure we can be at your home in less than an hour after you call us. The process we have developed after more than twenty years serving Illinois residents provides our customers the best we have to offer when it comes to restoring their homes and property.

We start with removing anything that might bleed color or furniture finish into the water covering carpets and floors. That includes sofas, dining room sets, area rugs, and curtains as well as books and other paper products. Our team members also remove any items that might accidentally damage while removing water or otherwise restoring the home. If possible, we move it to a safe area of the home or else put it into temporary storage.

Next, we remove the flood water. We can accomplish this with commercial pumps to remove the bulk of the water and then switch to extraction pumps to draw it out of carpets and from between floorboards. The idea is to do these first two steps quickly enough to prevent or at least limit furniture damage, staining on carpets and floors, and stop rust from forming on appliances and other metal framed property.

SERVPRO technicians now lift the carpet to examine underneath. If there is a carpet pad, we dispose of it. Replacing it is far more cost-efficient than expending the time needed to attempt to dry it. If the floor still has water on the surface, we can roll up the carpet and use squeegees to push or pull water out of the room.

Once the floor is completely dry, we lay down the new pad and then the carpet. If needed, technicians use air movers to force warm air under the carpet to make sure it is completely dry.

These are the first steps we take to ensure your home is safe and dry after a disaster. More rain and storms are in the near forecast, so if your home has flood damage, or if you want to learn how to reduce the effects, contact SERVPRO of Prattville at (334) 358-1186 today. We are here for you.

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Checking for Hazardous Materials After Flooding in Your Wetumpka Home

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Wetumpka Storm Damage Properties Get Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Offers Water Extraction and More for Flood Damaged Properties

After this year’s hurricanes, residents in Wetumpka are taking more notice of these storms and what they need to do to protect their homes from flooding. They are also paying more attention to their insurance policies and what they cover in the event of a massive disaster like this. Flooding can create havoc in your life in an instant, and being prepared is your best defense.

When the worst has happened, and a storm has brought flooding to your Wetumpka residence, you might not know where to begin. After the storm has passed and it is safe to go back to your home, you want to get the water out as quickly as you can. To do this best, you want the help of SERVPRO and our professional staff who have the right tools and experience to assist you.
Your storm-damaged home could pose hazards since floods can create significant damage to a building. Plus, long-term exposure to water can weaken materials like drywall and flooring which creates a hazard for everyone. We look for these and other structural hazards before beginning water mitigation and restoration.
SERVPRO techs understand that hazardous chemicals and asbestos can be present in some buildings which have been damaged by water. We look out for hazardous materials and try to avoid handling or removing them when it is above our qualifications. If needed, we use qualified subcontractors to help us dispose of these dangers.
Asbestos is especially dangerous, and we do not continue work if we find it until after calling in a licensed asbestos abatement worker to remove any materials that contain the asbestos. We never disturb these materials ourselves if we suspect they contain this dangerous chemical.
SERVPRO of Prattville are the ones to turn to when you have a flooding emergency in your home. We are cautious before we begin our remediation services so that anyone in the areas of Deatsville, Tallahassee, or Elmore can be confident of our services when they call us at (334) 358-1186.

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Quickly Restoring Flood Damages to Your Wetumpka Home

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Trust SERVPRO for Storm Damage Mitigation and Preventative Measures in Wetumpka

Call SERVPRO Fast for Mitigating Flooding Incidents

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

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

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Tips on Insurance for Prattville Flood Damage Victims

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can act as the middleman for any negotiations with your insurance provider.

SERVPRO Can Help Make Recovering From Flood Damage Easier

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

Keep Records and Inventories

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

Ask Us for Help

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

Find Out What's Covered

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

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

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Professional Flood Damage Restoration Services Available in Wetumpka

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can inspect your home and find solutions to decrease your chances of flood damage.

Solutions to Your Flood Damage Restoration Needs

Severe storms can lead to river floods, putting many Wetumpka homeowners on edge this time of year. Floods are just behind tornadoes as the number one natural disaster, throughout the United States, causing significant damage wherever rainfall exceeds expectations.

We all understand how rain or snow seeps into the ground after a storm. However, when the ground is frozen, or already saturated, flood waters have nowhere to go, creating severe flood damage issues for Wetumpka area residents.

You might see these problems slowly develop right in front of you and have zero options available to stop what is happening. The river or stream next to your home can fill quickly, eventually leading to water overflow that enters your home, which can take days or even weeks to dissipate. 

It is important for you to understand what to do and how to react to situations like this that may occur in your neighborhood. SERVPRO technicians can help you develop an emergency plan that keeps you and your family safe, while also providing you with quality services and resources that make recovering after flood waters subside, easier.

In some cases, it is entirely possible to make preparations using a qualified flood damage restoration company to reduce damages and limit your losses. Places, like SERVPRO, can inspect your property and provide you with solutions to existing problems both before and after flooding occurs. 

However, some situations are simply too severe to protect your home against, making it necessary to have access to trained professionals who understand how to get things under control. SERVPRO, for instance, has access to a variety of extraction and drying equipment that helps improve your chances of a full recovery after a flood, saving many of your contents.

SERVPRO of Prattville gives you access to IICRC-industry certified flood damage restoration specialists that can make a true difference in the quality of your home’s restoration. Whether you are looking for help with increasing your chances of avoiding a flood, or need help with your recovery, we are ready to help. Call (334) 358-1186 for help anytime, day or night.

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What Can You Do to Prevent Flood Damage to Your Home After a Storm in Prattville?

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding can be devastating. Contact SERVPRO right away after damage for remediation efforts to quickly commence.

SERVPRO Technicians are Ready to Help Whether it is with Prevention or Remediation

Tropical Storm Cindy unleashed her full power on Alabama earlier this year and provided a stark reminder of just how much damage a storm can do. As any homeowner who saw the news can attest, storms have the capacity to wreak havoc on any home. You might be wondering whether there is anything you can do to stop the weather from trashing your home. SERVPRO is here to let you know that, yes, there are several steps you can take.
It is a sad fact that sometimes the flood damage in Prattville caused by inclement weather simply cannot be prevented. However, not all storms have the power of Cindy, and there are many instances where a few simple checks or changes to your home can prevent storm damage. Taking a few preventative measures means a home is more likely to remain intact and you save yourself the cost of the cleanup, too.
Clean and functional gutters are more liable to survive a storm without flooding. Get your gutters cleaned regularly, especially in the fall when many leaves gather in them. Check gutters for any leaks or weak spots and get them fixed as soon as possible.
Carry out an annual roof inspection. A loose shingle in your roof gives storm water easy access to your home! Your roof needs regular inspection. Get any leaks, or other damages, repaired at once.
Consider investing in metal storm shutters for windows and doors. If you do not get many storms where you live, storm shutters are not necessary. However, if you reside in an area that often suffers from storms, it might be worth investing in storm shutters to protect your windows when inclement weather hits.
In the event of storm damage to your home, it is important to put in a call to SERVPRO right away. Our caring call center staff take down your details and ask questions about your situation so we can dispatch a fully-equipped team to your home. Our IICRC-certified technicians arrive with powerful pumps to swiftly remove water from your home, and extraction equipment to dry out carpets and rugs.
We know you want your home back to normal as quickly as possible which is why we draw up a detailed drying plan that covers everything from carpets and drapes to wall spaces, floors, and furniture. We do not quit until the drying goal is reached. Our aim is to restore your home “Like it never even happened.”
For help with the aftermath of a storm, call SERVPRO of Prattville at (334) 358-1186 today.

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SERVPRO's Emphasis On Speed For Flood Damage

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Flood Damage from Overflowing Toilet in Elmore

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Related Flood in an Elmore Bathroom Can Cause a Fall

Bathroom Overflows Can Lead to Significant Flooding

Flooding from a toilet that is malfunctioning can create quite a mess. Sometimes, you can mop up the water and dry the area properly with heaters or fans if the commode overflows in a situation that is isolated. If you experience the toilet clogging multiple times, hear a hissing sound coming from the pipes that are behind the toilet or even in the tank, then what to do? If you discover wet spots on the ceiling right below or next to the bathroom, it is time to have professional plumbers check it out and have flood damage restoration experts, such as SERVPRO, come and survey the damage before it gets out of hand.

When your toilet causes flood damage, there are different forms of damage that you should be aware of which could make your flooded Elmore home unsafe:

Damaged Flooring – All kinds of flooring are susceptible to water damage from flooding including rugs, carpet, and wood. Even waterproof or resilient flooring like vinyl planks, ceramic tiles, and laminate hardwood can crack, loosen or depreciate over time if standing water is left to dry up on its own. Evaporation takes precious hours or days, resulting in continuing harm to the surface.

Electrocution Risk – The bathroom and any surrounding rooms on the same level or below have power sources and outlets which could create an electric spark, and electrocution when they come into contact with water. Do not take chances, call for professional help.

Mold Growth – After a toilet flood, even if your infrastructure is still sound, or your ceilings show no signs of a leak, mold can set into your walls and flooring. Fungi are living organisms which feed off of organic materials in places which are damp. A bathroom that is flooded is the perfect place for mold to grow. Mold can cause serious health effects for you and your family.

The above damages are all reasons why you need to contact our SERVPRO team right away if your toilet malfunctions. The longer you allow the water to sit in your home, the more damages that you will have to deal with, including a costlier repair bill. Our technicians will have the proper equipment such as industrial fans and dryers, dehumidifiers and disinfectants to properly clean up the damage. If the water was from the water line, clean water, the cleanup is less strenuous and faster. If the backup is from the sewer line, then do not hesitate to contact us for removal and sanitizing.

SERVPRO of Prattville is always here, ready to help you if you have a problem with an overflowing toilet and flood damage. You simply have to call us at (334) 358-1186, and we will have a team to your home as soon as possible.

What Can Grow in a Home After Storm Flooding?

11/8/2016 (Permalink)

Fungi tend to appear in any location that has been figuratively turned upside-down

Beware of Organisms That Can Grow in Your Home After Flooding

Storm flooding not only damages your home but also often sets it up as a breeding ground for organisms large and small, if left alone. Fast water removal and the start of treatment is essential for anyone wishing to prevent organic growth in their flooded home, which is why SERVPRO uses a strategy of mitigation to respond quickly to a disaster and get it contained before further damage can occur. These organisms are the ones we fight hardest against in most residential flood cleanups.

Plants and Seedlings

Floods may wash in soil and debris, which can quickly accumulate in corners or out-of-reach places. However, contained within this debris are the seeds of wild grasses and plants, which, in the warm and wet environment of your flood damaged Autaugaville home, will grow easily. Some types of plants may also be able to grow from wood or even tile grout, making them difficult to stamp out entirely. Our SERVPRO team works fast to remove major debris and soil from your home, and scrub and sanitize thoroughly to prevent vegetation from taking any permanent root in your home.

Mold and Fungi

Fungi tend to appear in any location that has been figuratively turned upside-down. A flooded home often provides the perfect habitat for fungi and especially mushrooms, with damp and warm conditions being coupled with many dark corners and sources of food. Some types of mold and fungi may also cause health effects, so avoiding their growth is a top priority.

Microbes and Bacteria

In any liquid water, even after an area has mostly dried, microbes, bacteria, and pathogens are likely to be breeding. These occur naturally in most soils, but that doesn't mean they are harmless. Some common types of soil bacteria can be very dangerous in a home. Only through thorough sanitization methods, such as UV ray projectors, can we truly rid a home of these microscopic critters.


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SERVPRO of Prattville has experience cleaning up and restoring flood damage in residences of all types in the local area. If your home has encountered a disaster, call us at (334) 358-1186 to find out how we can help.