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Why Air Movement Is Essential For Repairing Flood Damage In Your Homes

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

For more than two decades, water damage restorers have been utilizing air moving equipment for the purposes of structural drying. The reason for this is because controlled drying processes depend on evaporation – the transition of liquid water to vapor.

Several different factors influence the rate of evaporation. Most are linked directly to changes in the air around damaged materials. Therefore, the application of air movement at the surface of wet objects is essential for the successful repair of water damage in Alabama homes.

The Control Of Microbial Growth
High powered air movers are very effective when it comes to drying surface water. At SERVPRO, they are a critical tool for preventing microbial growth. Practically speaking, if water activity (aw) can be limited to a level below 0.75, the development of microbes is slower. However, if held at a level under 0.65 aw, it is difficult for any microbes to grow, even on the most vulnerable materials.

It means that SERVPRO has to commit to drying all damaged materials in order to reach an equilibrium with an environment below the 0.65 aw cut off. The fastest way to do this is to install air movers and direct clean, dry air over wet surfaces. Crucially, if the exposed surface of hygroscopic substances (plasterboard) get dried quickly but their interior remains wet, microbial growth is still unlikely.

The Even Distribution Of Heat And Air
As the drying process progresses, SERVPRO tightly regulates the humidity, temperature, and airflow within the water damaged space. When air movers get used correctly, they must redirect clean air and support the even distribution of heat to any materials which are still intolerably wet. As the job is nearing completion, the technicians can start to relax humidity and airflow controls, but they must still maintain established drying goals. Moisture tests are carried out periodically to determine how much moisture the materials in the room contain and how long it is likely to take for them to be dried out.

At SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion, and Selma, we take water damage restoration seriously. By using sophisticated structural drying techniques, our technicians ensure that all excess water, damp, and moisture gets eliminated. Call us 24/7 at (205) 926-6010 for fast, effective repairs.

When you need to get back to business quickly

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

As a commercial property management professional, your clients and tenants rely on you for efficient day-to-day operations of their property. They also depend on you to protect it. SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion, and Selma understands there is no such thing as a small emergency when it can negatively impact occupant safety, revenue loss and business continuity.

If you experience a loss in the following areas, we can assist you:

  • Water Damage Cleanup & Restoration
  • Fire, Smoke and Soot Restoration Services
  • Mold Mitigation Services
  • Commercial Large Loss and Storm Response Program

Timely mitigation is key to minimizing damage, business interruptions and recovery costs. You and those who depend on you will appreciate the rapid response, expertise and training that enables SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion, and Selma to help get your facility back into operation quickly.

Our 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines help ensure timely communication and response and can reduce loss expense from secondary damages.

1 - You will be contacted within one hour from notice of loss to arrange for service

4 - A SERVPRO project manager will be onsite within four hours of loss notification

8 - Within 8 business hours, a verbal briefing of the scope of work will be communicated to the property manager or appropriate point of contact.

Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion, and Selma at 205-926-6010. With our trained professionals and specialized equipment, we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

A clean clothes dryer reduces your chance of fire

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, between 2010-2014 US fire departments responded to an estimated 15,970 fires each year involving clothes dryers and washing machines. Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of those fires, washing machines and washer dryer combinations accounted for the remainder.

Doing laundry is most likely part of your everyday routine. But did you know how important taking care of your clothes dryer is to the safety of your home? Failure to clean dryers is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires. With a few simple safety tips, you can help prevent a clothes dryer fire.

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
  • Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
  • Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
  • Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.

And don’t forget…

Dryers should be properly grounded. Check the outdoor vent flap to make sure it is not covered by anything. Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn, like boxes, cleaning supplies and clothing, etc. Clothes that have come in contact with flammable substances, like gasoline, paint thinner, or similar solvents should be laid outside to dry, then can be washed and dried as usual.

If you experience smoke or fire damage in your home or business anywhere in The Blackbelt area, call SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion, and Selma at 205-926-6010 to clean and restore you to preloss condition. We have highly trained technicians and top of line equipment to help clean and repair your fire loss, no matter how large or small

Teaching children what to do in a fire.

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

In 2014, there were an estimated 367,500 reported home structure fires and 2,745 associated civilian deaths. In the United States Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm. Make sure to have a meeting location outside the home.

How to help prevent flooding to your home in Helena or Great Falls due to a storm.

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

According to the National Flood Insurance program flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States causing $2.7 billion in losses between 2001 and 2010. Flooding is not covered by most homeowner’s insurance policies so it may be necessary to buy a separate flood policy for your home.

Here are a couple of tips to keep water from entering your home during a heavy rain event:

1.    Fix foundation leaks that may allow water to enter your home.

2.    Make sure your roof is secure and protected.

3.     Clear gutters and drains

If water ever floods your home, getting someone on site as soon as possible is key to keeping the amount of damage to a minimum. SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion, and Selma is ready to respond at any time and also provides a free assessment and estimate.

Why Pipes Burst

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

When water freezes, it expands. That's why a can of soda explodes if it's put into a freezer to chill quickly and forgotten. When water freezes in a pipe, it also expands the same way. If it expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes and serious damage results.

Surprisingly, ice forming in a pipe does not typically cause a break where the ice blockage occurs. It's not the radial expansion of ice against the wall of the pipe that causes the break. Rather, following a complete ice blockage in a pipe, continued freezing and expansion inside the pipe causes water pressure to increase downstream. Between the ice blockage and a closed faucet at the end. It's this increase in water pressure that leads to pipe failure. Usually the pipe bursts where little or no ice has formed. Upstream from the ice blockage the water can always retreat back towards its source, so there is no pressure build-up to cause a break. Water has to freeze for ice blockages to occur. Pipes that are adequately protected along their entire length by placement within the building's insulation, insulation on the pipe itself, or heating, are safe.

Call SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion, and Selma if you experience a broken pipe in your Marion or Selma home (205) 926-6010.

Who is responsible for rental property damage?

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can strike both renters and property owners alike. A large water related disaster can render a property uninhabitable and cause permanent damage to the resident’s personal belongings.  When water damage strikes an apartment, who is the responsible party? The owner or the tenant?

Tenant Rights

Generally speaking, the responsibility of property maintenance falls on the landlord. If a landlord refuses necessary repairs or fails to address them in a timely fashion, and his negligence results in damage to the tenants property, (such may be the case with mold) they may be liable for the cost of replacing the affected items. Although details can vary from state to state, there are certain basic principals in place that outline the liable party. If in doubt, check with your local housing authority. 

Keep Lease Current

It’s a good idea to be aware of the terms laid out in your rental agreement/ lease as it pertains to property damage. Rental properties generally have property insurance and the lease agreement should specify what is covered and what is not.

Rental Insurance

It is a good idea to have a rental insurance policy in the event of an accident. Many property managers require rental insurance. Coverage can vary from policy to policy. Some policies cover property damage, theft, personal belongings and even lodging in the event of a displacing emergency. It’s a good idea to look into obtaining a rental insurance policy, and if you already have one, it’s good to be familiar with what is and what is not covered.

Property management/ owner duties

Any landlord is responsible for keeping the apartment maintained to an acceptable level of livability. Basic plumbing, appliance and electrical maintenance is the responsibility of the landlord, as is basic property upkeep. The landlord can be held negligible for damage incurred due to failing to perform these basic functions.

Damage to personal property

Damage to the building itself, as well as utilities and appliances should be covered by the property owner’s insurance policy. Damage to personal property falls under the responsibility of the party who caused the damages, which may or may not be the tenant.

We’re always here to help

When rain hits the Portland metro, SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion, and Selma is on standby to help our local residents and businesses with their water damaged homes, apartments and businesses. If recent storms have caused flooding or a pipe has burst, our highly trained technicians are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your property. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our local technicians will closely monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal. Call us today. 205-926-6010

Commercial Carpet Cleanings

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to having a highly visited office, as a business owner, you want to make the best impression possible on the clients that come in. If the client see visible dirt and spots they will associate that filth with the business. The dirt and germs that accumulate in carpeting will accelerate wear and tear on the carpet and will greatly reduce the overall cleanliness of the office. There are very simple ways to protect your carpet and to keep them clean.

Step 1) Understand the difference between stains and spots. The only difference between a spot and a stain is the time it was left to sit. You should immediately blot the affected area with a paper towel to absorb as much of the spill as possible as soon as it happens. Never wipe or rub the material into the carpet as it may cause lasting damage.

Step 2) Pre-spray cleaning solution onto the carpet to remove spots. Make sure to follow the instructiona on the product being used. If the product is improperly used you risk the chance of leaving behind sticky residue and it can collect even more dirt overtime.

Step 3) Choose the best equipment for the job.Routine cleaning, such as vacuuming daily, can reduce the need for a deep cleaning.

Step 4) Pre-vacuum before attempting to clean.This will remove the dry soil from the carpet as once it gets wet it could become embedded into the carpet.

Step 5) Train your staff. Keeping up a daily routine of cleaning will reduce cost overtime and will help the carpet to last longer.

Are you in need of a heavy cleaning for your carpets? Turn to the experts. SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion, and Selma can do that for you!

Give us a call today to make an appointment.

(205)926-6010

Be Emergency-Ready

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

A reported 50% of businesses fail to reopen after suffering a major disaster.  Our goal is to help you ensure continuity and viability even in the most challenging of circumstances.

Across the nation, and free of charge, SERVPRO franchises have provided literally thousands of "Emergency Ready Plans" (ERP) to help commercial customers respond quickly and precisely to a disaster.  The tool helps ensure that your business will suffer minimal downtime and workplace continuity.

The SERVPRO is an excellent tool because it is so user friendly. By downloading the app on your telephone, you'll have finger-touch access to all the critical information you may need in an instance. Ever get those 3 a.m. water damage calls from your security guard? No need to get dressed and head to the office to show people where the water shut-off valve is located -- direct them using the app. It's a simple way to mitigate the critical problems that arise at the worst of times.

Call us, SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion, and Selma, at (205) 926-6010, and we will be happy to provide a complimentary, no-obligation ERP for your commercial properties. www.SERVPROmiamibeach.com

Storm Damage: How to Protect Your Business From Flying Debris

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

High winds produce flying debris which can cause property damage, like a roof leak or broken windows, and even structural damage, like a fractured wall. You can minimize the risk of flying debris by following the steps below.

1. Trim Trees and Clean Grounds

While high winds may result in a few missing shingles, the most significant damage is caused by flying tree branches and other miscellaneous debris. Therefore, all trees and bushes should be trimmed to minimize the risk of a damaged roof or structure. Additionally, you can police the property daily to collect any refuse, ensuring that it, too, does not harm your property in future storms. 

2. Secure and Reinforce Exterior Objects/Decor

Exterior objects like signs, furniture and fences, should be secured and reinforced to minimize any potential property damage. Depending on the severity of the winds, furniture and fence posts can become projectiles in volatile storms. You can secure these objects by mounting them to cement slabs or, regarding fences, replacing loose boards and railings.

3. Convert Gravel Pathways and Landscaping to Dirt or Concrete

A roof leak is common after high winds, and the main reason is roof damage caused by flying debris. Loose gravel and rock are some of the most common elements of flying debris, and each material adds to the risk of property damage during high winds. Replacing gravel driveways and pathways with concrete or asphalt and converting rock beds to mulch will minimize your risks during wind storms. 

4. Create an Emergency Action Plan

While you can take every preventative measure possible, nothing is guaranteed, and that is why you should have an emergency action plan in place. Restoration specialists from around the Selma, AL, area help with this type of planning, and many even offer customized plans that take effect immediately following a disaster.

Wind damage can result in many issues like a roof leak or broken windows, but there are things you, as a business owner, can do to help protect your property. Trimming trees, policing the grounds and reducing risks through appropriate landscaping are all proactive ways of protecting your business from future high wind storms.