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Storm Season

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Season We are ready for whatever happens

Storms typically bring wind and rain showers, and both can cause damage to communities in it’s pathway.  Severe storms occur when hail, high wind, and tornadoes are present within the storm. High winds can remove siding from your home, tear shingles off of your roof, and even blow foreign debris in the air. If you’re local weather service announces that a severe storm watch or warning are in effect, you should take precautions to protect yourself.

  • Supply your home with an emergency supply kit.
    • Recommended items include a first aid kit, food (non-perishable), water, battery operated flashlights, hygiene items and sometimes cash.
  • Create a family emergency exit plan.
  • Stay inside.
  • Secure any outdoors objects such as patio furniture, plants, etc. to prevent them from blowing away or being damaged.

When a storm presents itself unexpectedly, actions need to be taken immediately. Local emergency services will be on standby, as well as your local SERVPRO of Decatur. As soon as you realize you have water, storm, or fire damage, call us immediately. We can be on site as soon as possible with skilled professionals and advanced equipment.

Call us today at 256-340-1541

Spring Storms

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Spring Storms Storm damage

Spring typically brings a good amount of rainfall. As much as we all love the warmer weather, heavy rain can cause stress for many families. Those who are located in flood zones, have cracks in their foundations, or simply have a bad sump pump, will all, unfortunately, experience some sort of water damage. Water damage may occur occasionally for some, while others may have water damages each time that it rains. Having flood insurance and/or fixing cracks in your homes foundation can help to alleviate the stresses that come with water damages.

Why does my basement flood when it rains?

When the ground absorbs the water, the water needs somewhere to expel. The ground will eventually become saturated and need to rid of the water that it has absorbed. Where does the water go? The rain drains into cracks in your homes foundation and creates havoc for your basement. In the event that your basement has standing water, it’s also important to understand the possible hazards.

If there are any electrical wires, outlets, cords, or the like, in the area, then it’s important that you do not enter the standing water. SERVPRO of Decatur is committed to keeping your family safe and getting your home back to normal as fast and efficiently as possible.

We're available 24/7 should you find yourself needing our water mitigation expertise. Call us today at 256-340-1541

Fire Damage in a home

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in a home This was a fire that happened in an oven. The entire home was affected by soot.

When you experience a fire in your home. it can be a very traumatic event. We understand what it takes to get your home back in order after a fire. We will come in and restore what wasn't damaged by the fire, clean your contents, and do what we can to make it easier for you to cope. 

We also offer pack out and move out services should you need it. We have storage set up at our location to clean and store your contents until you are ready for them to me moved back to your home. We will come in and inventory, box, wrap, and move all of your contents to our secure location until you are ready. 

Once your home is back to preloss condition, we will bring all of your belongings back to you. We make the process as painless as possible for you so that you can quickly get your life back. 

If you experience a fire in your home, give us a call at (256) 233-4033 and let us help you through the process. 

Residential Fire Damage

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Residential Fire Damage Fire Damage in a home

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Decatur will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 256-341-1541

Flooding

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooding Flooded basement

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Decatur provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Decatur arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (256) 340-1541

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious bio-hazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and bio-hazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Decatur

SERVPRO of Decatur specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Don't let water sit untreated

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Don't let water sit untreated Buckling wood flooring

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Decatur arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (256)340-1541

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Decatur

SERVPRO of Decatur specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Be prepared for an emergency at your place of business

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Be prepared for an emergency at your place of business Tile floor after a water emergency

An estimated 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen.

 SERVPRO of Decatur  has worked with many businesses in the area to ensure they are prepared for any emergency. 

 Between 2004-2008 16,360 fires happened in retail stores and other mercantile properties such as grocery stores beauty and barbershops.

 Those fires caused $648 million in property damage. Fire damage is worse after normal business hours. Fires that started between 9PM-5AM caused $75,000 dollars in damage. First that started between 5AM-9AM caused $24,000 dollars in fire damage.

More than 60% of U.S. small businesses do not have formal emergency response plans & do not back-up their data off site.

 No Plan Means You're Less Likely to Recover

 80% of companies that do not recover from a disaster within 1 month are likely to go out of business. 75% of companies without a business contingency plan fail within 3 years of a disaster.

 70% of small business that experience major data loss go out of business within a year.

 43% of companies that experience catastrophic data loss never reopen.

 51% of companies with data loss closed within 2 years.

 80% of companies that do not recover from a disaster within 1 month are likely to go out of business. 75% of companies without a business contingency plan fail within 3 years of a disaster.

Tips For Creating a Successful Emergency Ready Plan 

1.  Let the professionals help you. Work with an emergency restoration company for assistance in creating your emergency ready profile.

2. Identify and label utility shut-off locations.

3. Identify local utility contact information.

4. Identify local emergency contact information such as fire, police, and hospital contacts.

5. Establish main internal contacts for purposes of employee safety and emergency work authorization.

The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. Please contact one our Business Development Representative to setup your free Emergency Ready Profile.256-340-1541

Commercial Cleaning

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Cleaning Cleaned carpet

Commercial Carpet and Upholstery

Even the highest-quality items can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery.

 

Today's carpet and upholstery materials vary dramatically. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning?
Call Today 256-340-1541 SERVPRO OF DECATUR

Preventative Maintenance

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.

IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions to add life to your carpet include:  Regular vacuuming Spot removal Pilating the carpet to prevent matting Moving furniture to change traffic patterns

Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

Professional Cleaning

Professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

 SERVPRO of Decatur Professionals will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today. 256-340-1541

Mold Remediation

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Mold Remediation Mold on sheetrock

The very thought of mold can make any home or business owner cringe. Yes, mold can be beneficial, used in making brie or penicillin, but it can also be a very big problem when it is growing undetected somewhere on your property or belongings. It can grow on just about any surface such as clothing, paper, carpet, and food. It can produce allergens and irritants and, in some cases, toxins that are dangerous to your health.

Here is an example of what happens when you have a leaking AC unit on the outside wall of your home. Many times, homeowners can have this problem and not even know it because the mold grown in an area that is hidden. This mold was behind the sheetrock so it was completely hidden. If you discover mold in your home, give us a call and let us help you. (256) 340-1541

Storm Damage

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Tree that fell during a storm

Please remember to have a safety plan in the event of severe weather. With the severe weather threatening our area once again this evening, please stay safe and remember we are here for you 24/7.

When heavy rains and high winds hit hard, property destruction and loss can be devastating to you as a homeowner. Structural damage to the exterior of your home is followed by interior devastation from water and winds.

Storm damage is rarely isolated to just a few buildings in an area adding the challenge of finding a restoration company that can quickly respond swiftly to your needs to an already difficult situation. SERVPRO of Decatur will deliver the help that you need when you need it. Call us today (256) 340-1541.