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We are Cleaning Experts

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion, and Selma 205-926-6010

Prevent Fires When Cooking With Oil

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

Are you cooking with oil during this holiday season? If so, read these tips to prevent a fire:

If the worst happens and your oil does catch on fire, do the following:

• Turn the Heat Off - Don't try to move the pot. You might accidentally splash yourself or your kitchen with burning oil. And that would be bad.
• Cover the Pot with a Metal Lid - Fire cannot exist in the absence of oxygen. With the lid on (and the heat off), the fire should quickly consume all the oxygen and put itself out. Use a metal lid since glass will shatter.
• Pour on Baking Soda - Baking soda will extinguish grease fires, but only if they're small. It takes a lot of baking soda to do the job.
• Spray the Pot with a Class B Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher - This is your last resort, as fire extinguishers will contaminate your kitchen. Still, it's better than the alternative if the fire is getting out of control.
• Get Out and Call 911 - If the fire does break out of control, don't try to be a hero. Get out and find a phone to call 911.

Whatever you do, DO NOT do the following:

• Do Not Use Water - Pouring water can cause the oil to splash and spread the fire. The vaporizing water can also carry grease particles in it, also spreading the fire.
• Do Not Move the Pot or Carry It Outside - Throwing the pot outside might seem logical in the frenzy of the moment. But trying to move the pot might splash burning oil on you, your home, and anything outside.
• Do Not Throw Any Other Baking Product On the Fire - Flour might look like baking soda, but it won't react the same. Only baking soda can help put out a grease fire.

Keep Your Storm Damage Minimal

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

Reduce the Damage
-Stop the water at its source
-Take small electrical devices out from areas with excess water if safe to do so and turn off electricity to the home.
-Do not walk on wet carpeting.
-Take out small furnishings from areas that are carpeted or put aluminum foil under the legs of the furniture. This will stop permanent rust of furniture stains.
-Pin up furniture skirts and hang draperies, so they don’t come into contact with wet floors.
-Take out any breakables, high-value items, and moisture-sensitive items, plus any items that could stain the floor coverings. Look under beds and other furnishings.
-Plan for the restoration crews to move furniture to areas that are dry.
-Always wash your hands after you handle any items which are damaged.
-Avoid the risk of electric shock. Don’t use a home or shop vacuum to take the water out of your home.
-Do not be tempted to turn on heating, fans or air conditioning units, as they could spread contamination if the situation is related to sewage.


We Will Get the Water Out
-We’ll bring extraction equipment into your home to remove any water that is freestanding.
-Soaked and damaged carpeting and padding will be removed and need to be replaced.
-We use professional grade dehumidifying and drying equipment to dry the affected areas and get the humidity levels in your house back to normal. Additional tools will be used to find pockets of water that are hidden.
-Proper drying and extraction techniques will help minimize the possibility of damage that is secondary, like potential microbial growth.
-Our professionals will monitor daily the drying process and reposition the drying equipment as needed.

Prepare For Flooding

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

If you experience flooding during a storm event then pay attention to these tips:

Before

  • Build an emergency kit.
  • Make a family communications plan.
  • Tell an adult if you hear a flood warning on the TV or radio.

During

  • Listen to authorities and safety officials.
  • If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move  immediately to higher ground. 
  • Help your family move important items to an upper floor. 
  • Do not walk through moving water. Even 6” of water can make you fall.

After

  • Stay away from flood water. It could be contaminated, meaning contain dangerous substances.
  • Stay away from moving water. It can knock you off your feet.
  • Stay out of the way of emergency workers so they can do their job easily.

Call us if you need us! 

Checking for Moisture

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that with any leak it's the water you don't see that causes the most damage.

Emergency mitigation means that under normal circumstances, a SERVPRO professional is on-site within four hours to begin drying your building and restorable contents.  Remember, the faster the water is removed, the less chance of serious damage to your facility.

Each SERVPRO professional is trained and understands how to manage the drying process. There is a science to dehumidification. By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your building is quickly and thoroughly dried, which helps prevent secondary water damages.

SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion and Selma is ready to provide emergency water restoration services 24/7/365.

Give us a call today with all your restoration needs!

Why SERVPRO?

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO has over 1,700 Franchises in the United States and Canada!? Or that SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and are the preferred vendor for many National and Local Insurance Companies!? 

Our highly trained restoration technicians are dedicated to responding faster to any disaster. We provide 24 hour services with experts that are highly qualified and trained to properly take care of your cleaning and restoration needs. 

We are here to take the stress and worry you may have when a disaster occurs and make it "Like it never even happened." You can depend on us for services to your residential and commercial needs! 

We are available 24/7, 365 days a year. Give us a call for your restoration needs. 

Fire Damages in the Winter

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Cooking 

  • Never leave the kitchen or hot appliances unattended while cooking.
  • Keep paper products, towels, potholders and other flammable materials away from the stove.
  • Clean your stove and oven often to avoid grease build up.
  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the stove while food is being prepared.

Candles 

  • Be sure to extinguish all candles before heading to bed at night.
  • Never leave the room with any candles burning.
  • Candles should be placed at a minimum of three feet from combustible materials such as your Christmas tree and/or decorations, curtains, blankets, etc
  • There are a variety of flameless scent options available on the market today, such as: wax warmers, oil diffusers and plug in air fresheners.

Smoking 

  • The warmth of your home may be tempting to smoke in during cold weather, but avoid smoking indoors at all costs. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms and dens or in bedrooms.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches and other smoking materials away from children, either high out of reach or locked in a cabinet.
  • Always use a sturdy, deep ashtray to put out smoking materials. Never discard your cigarette in vegetation such as plants, peat moss, mulch or anything else that can ignite easily.
  • Before you toss butts and ashes, ensure they are completely out. Douse them with water or sand to be certain.

Electrical Lighting 

  • Never use lit candles to decorate your tree.
  • Replace any string of lights that has loose bulb connections, frayed wires or a worn appearance with a new strand. Read the manufacturers instructions for how many light strands you can connect. Overloading your outlet and/or power strip can be very dangerous.
  •  Always turn Christmas lights off before you leave the house and before heading off to bed.

Dryers & Washing Machines 

  • Clean lint filters every time you use the dryer.
  • You should also have your dryer vent and ductwork professionally cleaned once a year.
  • In the interim of those cleanings, frequently check your vents and ductwork to ensure nothing is getting backed up. Make sure someone is home and awake while the cycle is going.

Christmas Trees

  • If using a real tree, be sure to choose one with fresh, green needles that don’t fall off when touched.Cut 2” off the trunk before you place it on the stand.  Add water to your tree daily to ensure the needles don’t dry out, real trees are extremely flammable when dry.

  • As with other combustibles, keep your tree three feet away from any heat sources like radiators, fireplaces, heat vents, etc. Make sure your tree isn’t blocking an exit out of the home, like a hallway or door.

Conserve Water this Fall

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

1. Adjust your sprinkler timer

Water during the early morning and evening hours to reduce evaporation and find out how much water is required to effectively water your lawn.

2. Check for leaks and building damage

Inspect all interior fixtures, as well as basements and crawlspaces and you may also want to inspect your building’s exterior for damage.

3. Insulate water pipes in unheated areas

To reduce the likelihood of freezing, wrap water pipes in unheated areas with insulation tubes and apply heat-tape prior to wrapping pipes with insulation.

4. Know the location of your property shut-off valve

Knowing the location of your shut-off valve could save you money on water and damage repairs. The faster you can turn off the water, the less goes to waste.

5. Install a smart water flow monitoring system

When excessive water usage is detected, it immediately notifies the property manager that water spike above the preset limit has occurred. The alert can be sent to both a computer and a smartphone for the manager to act upon, and can be customized for business hours, as well as after hours and weekends.

Leaks, Big and Small

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Small or big leaks, they are all big!  A leak from a hole that is 1/16" in diameter can pour 822 gallons of water a day into your home! 

With any leak or spill, it is the water you don't see that can cause the most damage. In order to find what materials are wet we mainly rely on a Moisture Meter. There are two types, penetrating and non-penetrating.  Penetrating Moisture Meters measure the resistance between test pins inserted into a piece of wood/building material and use that reading as a proxy for the object’s absolute moisture level. Non-Penetrating Moisture Meters rely on the ability of moisture to inductively distort an electric field created by turning on the meter.  This sounds like a bunch of scientific talk, and it is!  But mainly the moisture meters will tell you when something is wet and how wet, so you can find any hidden wet spots in your home.  While the surface may seem dry, the water you don’t see can contain bacteria, cause mold or rot, and cause other unseen damage that must be mitigated immediately.

SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion, and Selma has the tools to find where any water is lurking and we can come out and inspect to see how best to tackle any water damage. Call us today! 205-926-6010

Fire & Smoke Deodorization

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized.  Fire, smoke, and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard-to-reach places.  Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.  

SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion, and Selma technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO also provides specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO technicians also do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out and remove the sources of odor.  (205) 926-6010