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DIY TIP: Coffee Stain Removal Steps

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

A cup of coffee spilled on the carpet with the blog title in front. It's always best to stay away from harsh chemicals when it comes to removing carpet stains yourself.

We love sharing our tips and tricks, especially for our DIY peeps. Here's one for the books: how to get those stubborn coffee stains out of your carpet. Follow these steps to improve your carpet's appearance before the holidays!

Step One:

Always start with water! If you catch the spill immediately, take a clean towel and blot blot blot. Start at the edges and work your way to middle. Spray with water and repeat until the coffee is all removed. On a still wet stain this may be all you need to do!

Step Two:

Still stained? Try foamy white shaving cream. Gently rub into the carpet without pressing (you don't want to push the stain in further). Allow to stand for a few minutes, then blot.  To rinse, spray with water and blot. Repeat process until completely rinsed. 

Step Three: 

Got an already dry stain? No problem! Make a baking soda and water paste, rub into the carpet, and allow to dry. Once dry, vacuum up the powder. You should be stain free!

Step Four:

Stain a tad more stubborn? Mix one part white vinegar, two parts water and spray directly to the stained area. Blot with a clean dry towel. Rinse by spraying water and thoroughly blotting. Repeat the rinse until all the vinegar is removed. 

Step Five:

Once your stain is gone, take a dry towel and lay over still wet area then stomp your feet over it. Ta Da!

Need any other tips? Just give us a call and we'll try to help you the best we can!(205) 926-6010

SERVPRO Tips: Leaky Toilet

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

What's Really Going on with My Leaky Toilet?

Sometimes a small leak is manageable if the source of the leak is confirmed, right? 

Give this a try.

Check the washers between the bowl and tank, firstly. They may have failed. To do this, we would need to shut off the supply valve and empty the tank with a flush. Then remove the nuts, bolts, and washers from the underside of the tank. Finally, lift the tank to position it on its side, and see if the washers need replacing.

If the washers check out okay, let's check something else.

Faulty fasteners securing the fill valve and ballcock to the bottom of the tank could be the corporate. However, before you replacing those parts, first try simply tightening the nuts and bolts holding them in place. That often solves the problem, and it's cost friendly—which we like!

If the leak is at the base of the tank, that changes things.

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 to also replace any bolts that show signs of corrosion. This will pay off in the long run. 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, your SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion, and Selma friends have your back.

We're here for you(205) 926-6010

Professional Drying Equipment

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

Moisture meter being held to wood flooring. Moisture Meters (like this one above) are used to determine the actual moisture of various materials. This is how we make sure the job is done right!

"Like it never even happened."

Small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion & Selma has the equipment, training, and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology, and equipment must be counted on to perform properly. Our team will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by our highly trained technicians: 

Moisture Sensors - Used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards, and walls. 

Moisture Meters - Used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPROof Centreville, Marion & Selma to monitor the drying process. 

Thermohygrometers - Measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, we can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.

 Ultra-Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers - Atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas. 

Thermal Foggers - Dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor-causing particles to deodorize structures, garments, automobiles and other places where cleaning cannot reach. 

Your SERVPRO friends are not only professional technicians with water restoration knowledge, but also have the equipment that allows us to do the job right the first time. Call SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion & Selma if you are experiencing any type of water damage.

(205) 926-6010

Business Owners: Are You Aware?

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

Water on the floor. Knowledge is power! We want to keep our business owners aware, so we can better help our community.

Damage? To My Business? I Think We'll Be Ok

Ok is not always guaranteed, unfortunately. We don’t want your business to have any type of damage, but the reality of it is that any damage that can affect a residential property can also affect your commercial building. It is a topic no one likes to think about, but is necessary to be knowledgeable about.

So What Can Happen?

Storm: Damage caused by strong winds and heavy rain which can remove roof tiles, break windows and more. Storm damages can be very devastating and can cause your business to be put on hold until it’s restored.

Water: This damage can be caused by burst pipes, floods, rain or a number of other things. In any case, this can then result in contaminated water affecting surfaces and furniture, in mold growing and in items being eroded. Electricity and water damage are particularly volatile when combined.

Fire: This type damage can come from a gas stove, faulty outlet or a cigarette that isn’t properly put out. In any case, this can then cause severe destruction to your property which requires cleaning and restoration services.

Mold: This is highly unhygienic as well as being unappealing to look at. Mold spreads quickly around properties as air-borne spores and remediation is very important to prevent it from getting out of hand. Mold grows in any kind of moist environment. Even that small leak under your office’s bathroom sink can eventually cause mold growth.

Don’t remain unaware of what can happen to your commercial building. If you have any uncertainties of a problem you may be having, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion & Selma at (205) 926-6010.

Need-to-Know Water Damage Facts

2/21/2022 (Permalink)

When a pipe bursts, a drain backs up, or a flood occurs in your home, it can be hard to see past the mess. A million questions will run through your mind.

What do I do now?
What’s going to happen?
Is my stuff ruined?

And the most important question of all: Will my homeowner’s insurance cover the damage?

There’s no doubt about it. Water damage is extremely stressful, and the more you know about it, the better you’ll be able to decide how to address it. Here are five things that every homeowner needs to know about water damage.

1. There are different insurance policies for flood damage and water damage.

You might think that water is water, whether it’s from flooding or a burst pipe, but flood damage is not covered under homeowner’s insurance. If your area in Marion, Selma or Centreville county is likely to experience flooding, you probably already have a separate policy through the National Flood Insurance Policy (NFIP). When you report the claim to the insurance company, make sure to specify whether the claim is for water damage or for flood damage, so they can begin adjusting your claim correctly.

2. Not all water damage is covered by your insurance.

It is a good idea to look over your insurance policy and familiarize yourself with any exclusion to your water damage coverage. For instance, most policies cover sudden damage, like water damage from a really bad storm or from an overflowing washing machine. On the other hand, any water damage that happens because you didn’t maintain the property may be excluded, as well as gradual leaks that caused water damage over time.

3. Once water damage has happened, the clock is ticking before it gets worse.

When your property has been water damaged, you don’t have the luxury of waiting around for a convenient time to start the cleanup. Secondary damage from mold growth can present serious health effects associated with mold in the living environment.

Mold spores are everywhere, but they need moisture and a nutrient source to grow. And that is exactly what your wet carpet or drywall offers.

There is a 24 to 48 hour window from the time something gets wet until mold CAN begin to grow. After that time, mold will multiply rapidly. When mold growth is widespread, you may need the services of SERVPRO mold remediation service to safely treat and remove the mold.

To prevent mold growth, you will need to get your property completely dry again within that 48-hour window. To do this, you’ll need to contact a company that specializes in water damage restoration and emergency water extraction. Like us, they will have the professional water removal equipment and drying equipment to get the job done as quickly as possible. Many have 24-hour a day emergency hotlines, so you can start recovering your property almost immediately.

4. Your insurance company needs to know right away.

It’s a good idea to call your insurance company right away when you discover water damage. Your insurance agent can start the claims process immediately, as well as guide you through the first steps you will need to take to protect your property from more damage, like stopping the source of the water at the main water turnoff.

5. The pollution level of the water is important.

Water damage is categorized as one of three levels by how polluted the water source was that caused the damage.

Category 1: Water from a clean water source, like a fresh water line for a dishwasher. This water will not cause illness or any ill effects.

Category 2: Water that may cause illness through contact. It may have bacteria in it,

Even though water may start out as Category 1, that doesn’t mean it will stay that way. Any contamination that the water touches, such as dirty carpeting or soil from the ground, can change water damage Category to 2 or even Category 3. And since standing breeds bacteria, the longer the water is around, the worse the contamination of your property.

More contamination can mean that the restoration team will have to use more aggressive measures to clean your structure and property, and it might mean that soft furnishings, like your carpet and the carpet pad, may have to be discarded for your safety.

Water damage can be dangerous and expensive, so preventing water damage is an important part of home maintenance. But if you know the basics of what to do once it happens, you can prevent it from doing its worst.

Call SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion, and Selma for any water damage restoration you may have. (205)-926-6010

Business Owners: Plan to Stay In Business

2/21/2022 (Permalink)

We want to keep our local businesses.

2020 was crazy enough: This year join us in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types.

Disasters not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes. As an employer in either Marion, Selma or Centerville county, having a business continuity plan can not only help protect your company and its infrastructure, but also your employees. Maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster.

Ready Business asks companies to take 3 simple steps:

  • Plan to stay in business
  • Encourage your people to become Ready
  • Protect your investment

This year we want to emphasize our encouragement with individuals, families, and businesses to take active steps toward becoming Ready. Lets work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, places of worship, and neighborhoods are Ready.

Ready Business, an extension of the Ready Campaign, helps business owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses prepare their employees, operations and assets in the event of an emergency. At Ready.gov/business, companies can find vital information on how to get started preparing their organization and addressing their unique needs during an emergency.

Tips to Help Your Business be Ready

  • Update and Distribute Emergency Contact Information to your Employees. Additionally, you can create and distribute a list of important emergency numbers in the areas you do business.
  • Organize an Emergency Preparedness Procedures review with employees to review your company’s emergency plans.
  • Conduct Office Evacuation/Shelter-in-Place Exercises and Drills. Once completed, evaluate how well they worked and if additional training or exercises are needed.
  • Put Emergency Items of Display. Showcase an Emergency Supply Kit in your break room or other high-traffic locations and encourage employees to get their own Emergency Supply Kit for their homes.

Why SERVPRO: Heart & Dedication

2/21/2022 (Permalink)

A group of Servpro workers smiling at the camera. Our mission is to make it "Like it never even happened."

We, at SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion & Selma, truly care for your situation.

We understand that disasters happen at anytime, and the stress that it brings to you. Travis and our office manager is dedicated to spending time on the phone with you— writing down every little detail of the situation, scheduling around your time and getting in touch with your adjuster. Sometimes, whether business owner or homeowner, you need some words of encouragement during this emotional time. We are here to help you.

Our whole crew teams up with the owner and calculates how we can get the job done the most efficient, fastest and cost-friendly way. We do not encourage disposal of damaged items. SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion and Selma Alabama will always try to salvage your personal belongings and your business's equipment, if we can.

Though our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., that is not always the case with our technicians, especially our owner Travis Boyd. Depending on how crucial the damage is, they will stay till dark and on weekends working to get your home or business back to preloss conditions. We are dedicated to what we do, and we want you to feel comfortable in our care. 

If at anytime you have any questions about our services and prices, please do not hesitate to call during our office hours or reach out through email.

Phone: (205) 926-6010
Email:  office@SERVPRO11236.com

Thanksgiving Safety Tips - Pandemic Edition

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

Happy Thanksgiving From SERVPRO poster Wishing you and your family a safe Thanksgiving!

Last Thanksgiving was weird enough. But let's talk about this year. Thanksgiving still isn't the same, but at least we can feel some relief from the progression in combating COVID-19. Though things are looking more hopeful, we should still keep up the good work of cleanliness. 

With festivities around the corner, we here at SERVPRO of Cenreville, Marion & Selma want to share what YOU need to know to keep your family safe this year. We also want to share the other major safety hazard... house fires. House fires can begin in an instant, normally because cooking is left unattended in the kitchen.

Wonder what you can do to stay safe and keep your kitchen under control? Follow these simple safety tips on preventing fires. In addition, due to widespread fear on the pandemic we have also included some safety tips to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Fire Safety Tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking and check on frequently on your dishes.
  • Keep children away from the stove by at least 3 feet.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

COVID-19 Safety Tips

  • Save the fine china. Disposable utensils/cups/plates not only keeps germs from piling in your sink, but also less cleanup afterwards.
  • Keep two trashcans out to help prevent germy trash laying around.
  • Have germ-x available at your entrance and the beginning of the food line.
  • Avoid crowding around in the kitchen or any other food-preparation areas.
  • Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets.
  • If the weather is right, why not put up tables and eat outside?
  • If that's not an option, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors to allow circulation.
  • Ideally, we suggest keeping your guest list minimal.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
  • Call us to aid your cleaning needs!
    (205) 926-6010

We are here for all of your cleanup and fire restoration needs. Make sure that you're practicing fire safety this Holiday season and exercising precaution with company this year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Backyard Fire Pit Safety Tips

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

Cooler Weather is Here

Here in Centreville, AL its a tradition to enjoy the cooler nights outside around a homemade fire pit! Many of us are looking forward to spending time gathering around them to enjoy time with family and friends. Before you start dreaming of moonlit nights and toasted marshmallows, take a moment to check out some of these tips from Allstate to remember.

Tips & Tricks:

  • Whether you prefer a built-in or portable fire pit, choose one that is not too large for the area. The pit should be a minimum of 10 feet away from any structures or combustible materials as well as away from trees, fences, sheds, power lines, and telephone wires.
  • Make sure that the seating area is large enough and properly placed for comfort and ventilation.
  • Check wind direction before lighting a fire.
  • Don’t use flammable fluids (gasoline, lighter fluid, etc.) to light or relight fires.
  • To start the fire, use a lighter to ignite crumpled pieces of paper covered with small sticks. Then, add larger sticks and a log or two to keep it burning. 
  • Burn only dry material. Damp material will create excess smoke. 
  • Don’t wear flammable clothing (like nylon) or any loose-fitting clothing.
  • Never leave the fire unattended, and keep pets and children far away from the fire as they will be attracted to it.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose, or bucket of water nearby.
  • As the fire dies down, use a shovel and spread out the ashes to allow them to cool down. Then slowly pour water over those ashes and watch them closely to be sure that no burning embers remain or reignite. Put the cooled ashes in a specially designated ash storage metal can. 

Autumn Damage Prevention

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

Outdoor Cleaning Tips that Could help Prevent Damage this Fall

The chill is in the air and the leaves are piling up. Our team at SERVPRO of Centreville, Marion & Selma is committed to helping our friends, you, by offering little tips and important reminders to help during times of need or to prevent damage altogether. As cooler weather approaches, here are some things you may want to add to your cleaning to-do's:

  • Check weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows.(Repair or replace as needed.)
  • Check and clean the gutters.
    (Do the downspouts, too.)
  • Clean the patio furniture.(Then store away.)
  • Drain and store garden hoses.
  • Check the exterior paint.(Touch up as needed.)
  • Drain the pool, if applicable.(Close it up for the year)

Some of these tips can help prevent future water damage as well, like cleaning your gutters and repair the weather stripping & caulk. So, remember:

Stay ahead. Be prepared.