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Smelly Odors in Walker & Winston Counties?

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Two species of skunks that inhabit our area are the striped skunk and the spotted skunk. Both are nocturnal and are primarily solitary creatures. They are known to like to hang out on front porches. They will spray and the odor can linger around for what feels like forever. If a skunk, or any other animal leaves a smelly odor, call us, and we can get the odor out. We cannot remove the animal, but we can remove the odor.

SERVPRO technicians are on call 24/7/365 and have the necessary training, and equipment necessary to identify and eliminate offensive odors. Our technicians never use shortcuts or try and mask odors, they use odor removal products that penetrate surfaces and thoroughly remove them.

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No matter what the situation is, and no matter how smelly the job is...we can take care of it!

Humidifiers & Dehumidifiers- What Do I Need?

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

Humidifier or dehumidifier? Do I need more moisture or less moisture? What's the difference?

Luckily, SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties can help you understand the difference.

Tools such as the humidifier and dehumidifier have were made to measure, control and regulate humidity, circulation, and temperature to best suit our bodies. Humidity is a very important factor in determining how comfortable a space can feel.

Low amounts of water vapor in the air can cause dry skin and hair, static electricity, and increased likelihood of catching a cold or respiratory illness.

Both humidifiers and dehumidifiers help improve indoor humidity levels and eliminate respiratory illnesses like asthma and chest congestion.

A humidifier increases the amount of moisture in the air while a dehumidifier decreases the amount of moisture.

Cold and Winter Months:

During the cold, winter months the air is usually dry and viruses become airborne. A humidifier will add moisture to the air and can help you avoid getting sick.

Humidifiers are also often used in babies and children’s rooms to aid in their breathing throughout the night.

Basements:

Basements are often susceptible to mold growth because they have little exposure to sunlight and tend to gather moisture which leads to high humidity. A dehumidifier would be best in a basement- especially if your basement always seems to be damp and musty.

Mold:

Mold thrives in dark, damp places. To reduce the likelihood of mold, the amount of moisture in the air needs to be reduced. This is where a dehumidifier would be appropriate.

If the humidity levels in your home are all out of sorts, or mold has already taken up residence in your home, it is probably best to call SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties. We can assess your air quality and help you make the right call.

Chimney Fires Are Preventable

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Every year in the United States there are more than 25,000 chimney fires. On average these yearly fires cause cost more than $125 million in property damage.

These tragedies can be preventable. Regular inspection, cleaning, and repair of your chimney can help prevent malfunction or dangerous build-up that could put your family at risk.

Follow these prevention tips to help avoid chimney fires, that could save your family! 

  1. Minimize creosote build-up in the chimney
  2. Get an annual chimney inspection
  3. Clean your chimney or have it professionally cleaned when you discover a 1/8-inch layer of build-up on the walls
  4. Install an appropriate fitting chimney cap
  5. Use only safe approved fire starters
  6. Practice clean burning techniques Only

If you experience a chimney fire that causes smoke or soot damage up your house, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties to clean your home properly.

Keep Your Furry Friends Safe During a Storm

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Storms can be very stressful event for your furry friends. Follow these tips to help alleviate some of the off of your pet. 

  • Anxiety Levels: Many pets have anxiety with fireworks or storms. If your pet has been prescribed medication for anxiety, talk to your vet about the best course of action leading up to firework events or storm systems coming through your area. 
  • Finding Shelter: Often times during a storm, it may be the best course of action to take shelter in a small bathroom or basement. Make sure your pet is familiar with this area just in case you need to take shelter there. Practice going to this designated place beforehand. 
  • Evacuation Plan: Make sure you have an evacuation plan that everyone in your household is aware of. Create an area that you can easily locate your pets leash, carrier, medication and food if you need to evacuate. Be sure to know where your pets most desired hiding place is just in case you cannot find them when you need to evacuate. 
  • First Aid Kit: Talk to your vet about adding items to your first aid kit that are dedicated for your pet. Keep your first aid kit stocked so it is always plentiful of supplies.

What To Keep and Discard After Mold Damage

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Mold can inflict devastating amounts of damage to your home or business. While all hope might seem lost, there are certain mold cleaning techniques you can use to save your possessions.

Items to Throw Away

It's important to know which items simply cannot be saved when attempting to expedite your mold cleaning efforts:

Porous Objects: Because of their tendency to absorb water quickly, it's unlikely that you'll be able to save objects with porous surfaces. This includes items made of cardboard, padding, stuffed animals, upholstered furniture, carpeting and mattresses.

Paper Products: While it is possible to restore these items, the process is rather costly and should be saved for sentimental items. Place any possessions you wish to preserve in the freezer to prevent mold damage from spreading.

Food Items: Moldy or water damaged food must be thrown away. The same goes for any water damaged food preparation appliances.

Items to Keep

Glass, Metal or Plastic Materials: Clean these items using either antibacterial hand soap or a homemade mixture comprised of 1 gallon of water and 1/2 cup of bleach.

Most Clothing Items: Time is of the essence with clothing, so make sure to wash them using regular laundry detergent as soon as possible. Leather clothing needs to be taken to a cleaning professional.

Electronic Devices: Appliances exposed to mold can vary.. Any water damaged electronics or appliances are potentially dangerous and need to be thrown away. You should consult a professional if you wish to restore these types of items.

Knowing which items to keep and which you need to get rid of can certainly help expedite your mold cleaning efforts. If you have any further questions, or require additional help getting rid of mold, contact mold remediation experts as soon as possible.

Tips for a Longer Lasting Roof

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

Tips on maintaining your roof:

  • Make sure that any trellises, gutters and other additions to your roof are not rotting and are suitably attached.
  • Get an annual inspection from a licensed, experienced roofer. If you get overwhelmed by google, call our office today for a few local companies that we like to work with.
  • Confirm with said roofer that all seams, especially those around chimneys and where a flat roof meets the pitched roof or a wall, are sealed properly to help prevent water intrusion.
  • Ensure that any roof cleaning is performed by a professional with extensive experience and proper equipment and products.
  • Get a stamp of approval that there is sufficient airflow in and out of the attic, proper ventilation is key to prevent moisture getting trapped in your attic space.
  • And don’t forget that you shouldn’t wait around to repair or replace the roof when needed, it is one part of your home that is worth staying on top of.

In the end, a smaller investment is worth it to make sure that you are guaranteeing a well maintained roof. The little bits of extra work can go a long way toward helping prevent a loss down the road. If you suspect that you may have a moisture issue or water intrusion into your building from your roof, give our SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties team a call to help get your loss back to normal “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Makes Their Own Products

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO formulates and manufactures its own proprietary line of cleaning products?  SERVPRO Corporate has a team of chemists on hand, that make up the Professional Cleaning Products Team.  Listed below are some of the chemical categories:

  • Spotting Agents
  • Carpet and Upholstery Products
  • Wood & Leather Care Products
  • Decontamination Products
  • Deodorization Products
  • Ceiling and Wall Cleaning Products
  • Hard Floor Care Products
  • Specialty Products
  • Coatings & Sealant Products
  • Environmentally Friendly Products

We feel this is just one aspect of our company that sets us apart from our competition.  SERVPRO knows what works and is always looking to better our products and come up with new ideas. Did we mention that they smell great too! Our products are for the exclusive use of SERVPRO franchises and are not for resale, but if we are working for you, we are using these wonderful products.

Call us today! We are here to help you.

We Make the Claims Process Smooth

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

If you have suffered a disaster at your home or business the last thing you want is to worry about is how to handle the process of moving forward. For this reason, our team ensures they make the claim process as stress free as possible. SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette will help make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Our goal is to make the insurance process as smooth as possible. Therefore, we will:

  • Create thorough visual and written documentation of the damage to your home or business
  • Document the condition of each item we remove for cleaning or storage
  • Work directly with your insurer, communicating with you at all times
  • Handle the paperwork to make sure the processing and payment of your claim is as fast as it can be

We are so proud that so many insurance companies recommend SERVPRO to their clients. They are fully aware of the benefits that come along with our partnership. We do everything we can to make the entire process as easy as possible.

Our trained professionals are here for you if you experience a disaster. Our technicians have specialized training and years of experience in water, fire, mold and bio-hazard clean up and restoration services.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/18/2020 (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 Walker & Winston Counties at 205-387-7656!

Odor in your Walker County Car? Call us!

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

A bad odor in your car can become extremely annoying and bothersome. There are endless causes for a bad smell in your car, however, when trying to get rid of the odor there are less possibilities. 

Common suggestions for getting rid of an odor in your car are to vacuum the seats while sprinkling baking soda on the affected area, leaving a charcoal chunk in there for a few days, or using a natural deodorizer. If none of those options work, that’s when you need to call in the professionals at SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties. Our technicians will take care of your car and get to the root of the problem and eliminate it.

We have specific machinery and products that we use to safely and effectively remove odors after identifying the source. We have many methods of deodorizing a space including ozone machines, solvents, and even as far as professional upholstery and carpet cleaning. Call us today at 205-387-7656!

Great Work that We Can Guarantee!

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO we guarantee the quality of our work and aim to deliver the best possible outcomes to our customers.

One way we deliver great results is by letting the construction materials used in the rebuilding process acclimate for the necessary amount of time. When a material acclimates, its physical temperature changes to match that of the room in which it is scheduled to be used.

This practice is of paramount importance for a few reasons. Not only is the material much easier to work with once it is properly acclimated, but it diminishes the chances of problems occurring in the final result. The fact that materials will expand and contract as their temperature changes becomes less of a worry.

If materials are used before acclimation is complete, a variety of issues can potentially occur. Gaps can form between separate sheets of drywall, floor boards can buckle, and paneling can get a rippling effect. These problems not only cause the final product to lose its aesthetic look, but the material itself is ruined and must be totally replaced.

Also, different materials need to acclimate for varying amounts of time. The minimum for every type of material is twenty-four hours. However, some materials need to acclimate for much longer.

Two examples of this are hardwood plank floor (three to four days) and snap-lock laminate flooring (minimum of forty-eight hours). As a local construction company, it is incredibly important to us that we provide the very best in quality for our customers and community in Walker & Winston Counties.

Our construction project managers are always here to help and answer any other questions you may have, so feel free to ask!

In need of repairs or remodeling work? Call SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties!