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Flooded River Affects Shooting Houses in Marion, AL

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Owners of SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion, and Selma Patrick and Valorie Smith were called in by a friend to come in and dry out his shooting houses. His shooting houses were close to the river when it decided to rain excessively and caused the river to flood and get water in both of his shooting houses. They just took two or three air movers down there and placed them inside the shooting houses to dry them out in three days. Once the shooting houses were dry we picked up our three air movers and the owner of the shooting houses was allowed to put his shooting houses back where they were and keep using them to hunt deer, ducks, etc with them now being dry.

The Importance of Draining Pipes for Winter

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

A majority of our customers who have suffered a water lost due to a broken pipe, ask us how it could have been avoided. At SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion, and Selma, we're always glad to assist with helping our customers to take preventative measures at avoiding future property damage. Here are some maintenance tasks you can take to prevent future losses when the temperatures begin to drop.

  1. Shut off the main water valve. It may be located inside or outside of your house. If you cannot locate the main source, contact your local water supply company.
  2. Drain pipes of water. Turn on every water fixture in the house until the water stops running. Drain all water outside of the house by attaching a hose to a sill cock or basement faucet. Open all faucets and flush all toilets in the house, starting with the top floor and working your way down. Remove the toilet tank cover and continue flushing until all of the water has drained out.
  3. Force the water out. Use an air compressor to force any remaining water out of the pipes. Starting on the top floor, apply bursts of air to the main drains for several seconds each.
  4. Drain appliances. Turn on the dishwasher and allow it to run to clear water from the drain line. Run both hot and cold water through the washing machine to flush out all the lines. Open the shut-off valve beneath each toilet to allow compressed air to blow out water for a few seconds each, then close the valve.
  5. Extra Protection: Pour anti-freeze into all sink and bathtub drains. Add a small amount of anti-freeze to each toilet tank.
  6. When you are ready to use the water again, turn on the main water valve and let each fixture run until the pipes are full.

Top Tips for a Leaking Toilet

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

In some cases, you may find that your toilet has a small leak that is manageable if you understand where the leak is coming from. First, some of the washers between the bowl and tank may have failed. Shut off the supply valve, empty the tank with a flush, then remove the nuts, bolts, and washers from the underside of the tank. Lift the tank, position it on its side, and see if the washers need replacing.

Another culprit may be faulty fasteners securing the fill valve and ballcock to the bottom of the tank. Before you replace those parts, however, first try simply tightening the nuts and bolts holding them in place—that often solves the problem.

On the other hand, if the leak seems to be coming from the base of the tank, chances are the wax ring that seals the toilet to the floor has failed. Replacing the wax ring is a much bigger job, since it involves removing the entire toilet from its base. If you decide to replace the wax ring yourself—preferably with a friend to help with the lifting—take the extra step of also replacing any bolts that show signs of corrosion. And, once you have the toilet back in place, don’t forget to add a bead of caulk around the base.

If you feel that a job such as this is more than you can handle, SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion, and Selma is glad to help. Feel free to call us at 205-926-6010.

Disasters

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Disasters Equipment access from our trainership, and various SERVPRO locations.

Disaster waits for no one. It strikes when it wants too, usually leaving us barley any time to try to protect our homes. No matter when it strikes well try an get there as fast as we can. It doesn't matter if you own a 10 floored hotel and every floor is soaked from head to toe. We have the access to equipment, people, and help from many different SERVPRO locations. Doesn't matter where or who it is we are constantly helping each other with other jobs whether it be we didn't have time to do the job from being busy, or it was so big we needed help. Our goal is to always get done as quickly as possible, as we do it right.

When storm strikes CMS is ready!

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

As a flood damage restoration specialist, SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion, and Selma utilizes and maintains and inventory of state of the art equipment and houses a staff of highly trained and certified personnel to return your property to a pre-storm condition.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Being a locally owned and operated business enables us to respond fast with the correct resources. This is critical, as a fast response minimizes potential secondary damage and reduces the restoration cost.

Storm & Flood Resources

When a storm strikes, our team will measure our resources to handle a either a large storm or a flooding disaster. We have continuous access to equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650+ Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the entire United States.

When Storm or Flood Damage Strikes, Call the Experts at SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion, and Selma. (205)-926-6010.

https://www.SERVPROcentrevillemarionandselma.com/

Storm damage is no game

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm damage can happen anywhere, not too long ago hurricane Micheal decided to come through the Florida pan handle coming up through the states of Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi following all the other hurricanes. He left a lot of water on the ground all throughout our six counties. We had three water damages come from Micheal, and they were all from, trees hitting the roof and making the water come through the roof going all the way down through the houses. These problems can be prevented by trimming any of the trees that branches could land on your roof, and cut down all the trees that count crush your house have them no closer than 20-30 feet away from your house. Doing this could prevent a major storm damage, if the tree were to land on your house you'd have to call SERVPRO, then after us you would need a contractor, and he'd have to build you a new roof, which could all be prevented.

how to use: a fire place

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

STEP 1: Stay Safe
Before bringing out the lighter, it’s vital to understand safety precautions for using a fireplace. First, always double-check that your fire extinguisher, smoke detector, and carbon monoxide detector are each in working order (check those batteries!). Remove anything flammable within three feet of the fireplace in case stray sparks escape the hearth, and use a fireplace screen as well. Make sure the flue isn’t blocked by obstructions like an animal’s nest, especially if this is your first time using the fireplace. If the system hasn’t been recently inspected, hire a chimney sweep certified by the Chimney Safety institute of America (CSIA) to do the job.

STEP 2: Gather the Kindling
Gather kindling in a variety of sizes (small, medium, and large) for the proper fire-building technique that is outlined below. To emit less smoke and soot, make sure the wood is dry, well-seasoned, and split a minimum of six months ago. You can choose either hardwood or softwood for the fire; while hardwoods like oak or maple burn longer and create more sustained heat, softwoods like cedar or pine start fires easier because they ignite quickly. Whatever you don’t use can return to the firewood rack, best stored outdoors in an elevated and covered location.

Note: Never burn trash, plastic, painted materials, or anything with chemical treatment like scraps of pressure-treated wood—these materials can release harmful chemicals into your home.

STEP 3: Open the Damper
The damper is a movable plate inside the flue. When opened, it allows the smoke and ash to travel safely up the chimney. If you start a fire with a closed damper, however, the smoke will have no escape route and circle back into the house.

Adjust the damper as needed with the handle located inside of the chimney. It will move either front to back, left to right, or in a clockwise or counterclockwise rotation. Check to make sure you opened it properly by sticking your head in the flue and looking upwards, using a flashlight if necessary. You should see up the flue without any obstructions if the damper is open; a closed damper will block your view entirely.

STEP 4: Prime the Flue
Now, gauge the temperature. If you feel a rush of cold air (which usually occurs if the chimney is built on the outside of the house), then you need to prime the flue—in order words, you need to preheat it. Otherwise, the cold draft may cause smoke to blow into the room. Light a roll of newspaper and hold it against the open damper to send warm air into the flue. The draft should reverse after a few minutes, making your fireplace ready for action.

STEP 5: Build the Fire 
While there are multiple ways to build a fire, the CSIA recommends the top-down method, which produces less smoke and requires less tending. Start by donning thick fireplace gloves and grabbing a metal poker. Position large pieces of wood in the bottom of the fireplace in one row, perpendicular to the opening of the fireplace. Next, take mid-sized pieces of wood, and stack four or five rows on top of the base layer in alternating directions. Make sure the stack takes up no more than half the height of your fireplace. Now add your smallest pieces of wood, making sure these pieces are very dry. The tiniest bits (which can take the form of wood shavings or bunched-up newspapers) should be at the very top.

Light the top of the stack with a single match. The fire should travel down, igniting the pieces underneath without prompting. Let the fire burn for as long as you’d like. Don’t close the damper until the fire is completely out and all the embers have stopped burning.

STEP 6: Clean the Ashes 
The CSIA says you can leave a bed of ashes between one to two inches in the fireplace as an insulating layer, which helps the next fire to burn. But when you need to dispose of ashes, proceed with caution. Coals may take several hours or several days to completely cool, and ash could still be burning during that time. Using a metal shovel, scoop ashes into a metal container with a tight-fitting lid. Store the container outdoors away from the house, and not in trash cansor on decks.

Following these steps could avoid a major fire damage.

Moisture Control is Key to Mold Control

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%--all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Humidity levels change throughout the day as changes occur in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so check the humidity levels more than once a day.
  • If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source.  Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
  • Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans, which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
  • Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
  • Clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after flooding.
  • Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly. Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture. 

Call SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion, and Selma at 205-926-6010 to remediate your mold growth.

Weather in Alabama

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Living in Alabama we never know if its going to be freezing, warm or hot outside, what ever Alabama decides to do you need to be prepared for freezing pipes. One way to avoid freezing pipes is to barely leave your sink faucet on where its dripping water. if you have a crawlspace, and not a concrete slab, you can take a small mini heater and place it right inside to make it warm under your house. Another way to avoid freezing pipes is to purchase heating tape from your local, Lowes, Home Depot, or Hard wear store. the wrap it around your pipes and plug it in which will allow the pipes to stay fairly warm. One last way to avoid busting pipes is insulate your pipes to avoid cold freezing air from flowing past your pipes.

Mold Remediation

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold all together can appear anywhere it can come from any type of moister buildup whether its from rain, dew, or anything else, and also it can grow in dark places that being said Mold, is a nasty thing, it can cause pain, or allergic reactions to anyone. Mold is in just about every house, business, and just about any other building in Alabama because of the humidity,rain and other various weather patterns we have down here in the south. If you even think you see mold, smell it, or anything dealing with mold you need to call SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion, and Selma right away. SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion, and Selma is always here to help. Our professionals know how to properly take care of your mold needs, leaving your house clean, and smelling amazing.