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Get Your Business Back on Track After a Water Damage

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Do you know what the process looks like to get your business back to normal after a water loss?

Although it is not something most people ever think about, a water damage can happen, and it can cause a great deal of damage if not treated properly. If you find standing water in your building, you will need to take immediate action to lessen the amount of damage to your property. As a business owner, you may want to hire a professional remediation company to clean up the mess. Here are several things that must happen to get your business back to normal.

1. Stop the Flow of Water: The most important thing you can do to minimize the damage to your building is to stop the flow of water. You can do this by shutting off the main water valve.

2. Extract the Water: Now that you have stopped the water flow, you can see how much water there is left to clean up. If it is only a little, you may be able to use a towel or mop to clean up the moisture. However, if it is more than a little, you may need to hire a professional remediation company to extract the water using specialized equipment.

3. Determine the Extent: Water damage water can easily get between cracks and into porous surfaces. This can lead to problems in drywall, subfloors, and other materials. A moisture meter can be used to identify water inside these areas.

4. Remove Unsalvageable Items: There may be some objects that have sustained enough water damage that they will need to be replaced. These items can be identified and removed before the drying process begins.

5. Dry the Area: It is important to dry out the area as quickly as possible so that mold does not have a chance to grow. Professional drying equipment can be used to speed up the drying process.

If something like this ever does happen and you do need professional help, don't wait to give SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties a call. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Make Sure Your Business is Prepared for a Fire

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

There are a few fire prevention steps every Walker and Winston County, business should be aware of for protecting their employees and company property. These steps can not only help ensure that everyone makes it out of the building safely if there is a fire but can also help mitigate damage and the likelihood of a fire occurring. Follow these simple tips below.

1. Have an Emergency Plan

Having an emergency plan can help ensure your employees know what to do in an emergency. Consider making this part of the handbook and posting safety maps in your business.

2. Know Emergency Tool Locations

Knowing where emergency tools such as alarm pull or fire extinguishers can help protect your company from a fire loss. Make sure your employees know where these things are, and that they know how to properly use them.

3. Maintain Equipment

It’s important to maintain any equipment your company may use as a method of fire prevention. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for keeping things clean, and call a professional if any repairs need to be made. Older equipment may need to be replaced.

4. Use Safety Precautions

Another way to prevent a business fire is to know the safety procedures for any equipment your business may use. This includes everything from a microwave or copier, to any manufacturing equipment kept on site.

5. Keep Emergency Numbers Handy

It’s a good idea to keep emergency numbers handy. This not only includes the number for the fire department or paramedics, but also for your insurance provider. You may also want to keep track of a number for a local fire damage restoration service who can help with cleanup and repairs if a fire does occur.

Using these fire prevention steps can help prevent a fire, and may also help mitigate damage if a fire does occur. Remember, after a fire restoration service can help with cleanup as repairs.

High Humidity Can Bring Mold in Walker & Winston Counties

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Mold remediation companies are important for the maintenance of your home or business. Dealing with mold damage can sometimes be tricky. First, it requires inspection. Only a professional can inspect mold and get rid of the fungi because of the equipment they have for the process. In fact, it is vital that the home or business is inspected thoroughly to save yourself from any health effects down the road. This is especially important for places that are high in humidity. Mold can thrive where there is moisture, and it grows at an alarming rate.
After inspecting the home or business and finding mold growth, remediation is necessary. This remediation is where you have to bring a healthy environment back to the property and also contain the growth. Mold can quickly spread. The method of remediation involves isolating the area that is damaged by mold. The professionals get rid of the affected items. They also eliminate the sources of moisture. Afterward, they completely remove the mold. Mold is not limited to surfaces. There are also spores in the air which people can inhale. Eliminate the mold to prevent a return.

Fire and Soot Clean Up

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Fire and soot cleaning jobs can be an emotional time for our customers.  The trauma from the actual fire and the overwhelming task to clean the structure and affected contents often proves to be too much for a homeowner or business owner to perform the cleaning and deodorization work themselves.

Our first course of action is to meet with the homeowner or business owner to establish their concerns and schedule the work to begin as soon as possible.  The quicker the homeowner sees progress the sooner they feel at ease. 

We want to address all aspects of the fire loss: the visual soot particles that are to be cleaned, the odor resulting from the fire and the emotional part affecting the customer. 

We want to make sure our customer's know that we will treat their items as if they were our own.  We take our time so that we can be as thorough and successful as possible.  Our goal in fire and soot cleaning jobs is to make the customer feel whole again after such a tragic life event.  We try to make a bad situation as pleasant as possible.

We take our time and do not rush to complete the job. Our technicians take pride in their work.

What is an Air Scrubber?

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Do you ever wonder why restoration professionals use Air Scrubbers or Negative Air Machines on a fire or water clean-up job? 

These devices are utilized to clean the air from the odors and toxic gases that are left over after the fire has been extinguished or the residual odors from a water loss. 

This special piece of machinery also creates a safe working environment for the crews that are working in the damaged environment and air scrubbers can also can prevent damage from spreading to other structural building materials and to help limit contents from absorbing the odors. 

This is achieved by changing over the air in the damaged structure at a minimum of three to four times per hour.  We accomplish this by setting up the machines under positive air flow or negative air flow.  Which type of air flow needed is determined by the severity of the job.  This ultimately helps  our cleaning crews reduce or eliminate smoke or soot residue, ash particles and residues which are present after a fire. 

With Storms Comes Damage

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Some people love to sit and watch thunderstorms from the comfort of their porch or covered deck, while others wish they would hurry up and move on!  No matter which you prefer do you know what to do if a tree were to fall on your home?

As soon as the storm has passed you will need to survey the extent of the damage.  You may want to contact your homeowner's Insurance company to see if they can help you contact a tree removal company to remove the tree or limbs that fell on your home.  After the tree has been removed the damaged area may need to be tarped or boarded up by a contractor.  Once the area has been confirmed to be structurally sound, any water mitigation mitigation or debris clean-up may begin.

Mitigation would include any additional demolition necessary, such as the removal of any wet drywall, flooring, trim etc.  Sometimes, the contents in the affected area may need to be packed and moved out of the affected area in order to complete the demolition.  SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties will then dry the remaining structure back to its normal moisture content using air movers and dehumidifiers.

Post Construct Cleaning

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties works with many local businesses within our territory to assist them with what we call post construction cleaning after repairs. 

Whenever a business experiences some kind of water damage that requires demolition, additions or remodeling you may come across construction dust throughout the areas worked in. Contractors will cut flooring, trim-work and may have to sand drywall in the area they are working.  As a result, there is a fine dust/powder that can be on all horizontal surfaces. 

When the construction work is completed and all repairs or remodeling are done, the commercial business will contact us to schedule a crew to come out and clean the space before returning it to their tenant or customer.  We go on-site and do a thorough cleaning of the areas worked in: cleaning walls, baseboards, window sills and flooring.

Be Prepared for Future Disasters

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Financial preparedness is crucial in every aspect of life. Whether it comes to vacations, emergencies, and disasters. No matter what your tax bracket is, a safety net is always encouraged and wise to have. 

When a disaster strikes, that creates a stressful situation, and not having enough financial backing can add even more stress.  

5 Tips to Be Financially Prepared for a Disaster:

  1. Have emergency cash-on-hand 
  2. Keep a robust emergency fund, and continue to contribute to it on a monthly basis 
  3. Open a safe deposit box
  4. Have proper insurance coverage
  5. Keep detailed, accurate records

We hope you and your family do not have to face a disaster. In the event that you do, you can always rely on SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties. If a disaster hits your home or business, you can have confidence knowing our heroes can make the damage “Like it never even happened.” We’ll get you back to life, back to business -- faster. 

We are the Mold Remediation Professionals

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

Mold can be associated with many different health effects, unnecessary contact through touching, inhaling, or swallowing the spores or residues is not ideal. When cleaning mold infested properties, specific procedures must be followed to avoid such contact. Seeking help from professionals presents the best chance of avoiding such exposure.

When SERVPRO technicians clean up a home or business affected by mold, we use protective equipment such as respirators to avoid this risk. We also set up containment barriers using plastic sheets, isolating the affected areas from the rest of the house. Other helpful protective gear includes: 

  • Rubber and latex gloves
  • Full bodysuits with hoods
  • Eye protection such as goggles or face masks

Our SERVPRO production trucks are already stocked with most of these protective gear, so our technicians do not have to source them first before using them to clean up your loss site. 

SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties uses advanced equipment to handle mold remediation. Call us at (205)-387-7656 today!

How to Dry Out A Commercial Property

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

When a commercial building becomes overrun with water, property owners must do more than open the windows and grab a few towels. The excess moisture quickly absorbs into the walls and flooring, creating a habitat for mold and mildew. 

1. Remove Saturated Items
Of utmost importance in your cleaning tips is to focus on reducing wetness. Pull drenched objects out of the room. If they remain in the space, they add to the moisture levels, which may be hard to treat. Instead, work with a water restoration company to determine if specialized equipment can sanitize and salvage these pieces.

2. Complete Flood Cuts and Tear Outs
Flood damage tips concentrate on gutting spore levels; that centers on eliminating fungus triggers such as water. Use moisture readers to identify wet areas. Consider both the length of the affected wall and how high the water has reached. Go above that measurement by about two to three feet, taking out these designated portions of the wall.

3. Reduce Humidity
The pipe burst increased dampness in the building's bones and the property's air supply. Run dehumidifiers around the clock to extract the wetness from both objects and air circulation.

4. Control the Air Flow
Blasting the air conditioner is not the best solution because a fast, intense drying process could lead to problems with the interior's integrity. The air supply should be blocked with a negative air chamber, preventing cross-contamination. Fans or air movers should gently control the flow.

When water becomes stagnant, it develops a musty smell that most find quite unpleasant. That is only the beginning of trouble as the moisture permits additional deterioration to the structure the longer it sits. Therefore, property owners should use damage tips to combat potential concerns and restore the business to functional order.