Flooded Basement from storm waters
A flooded home is a devastating event for any homeowner. It has the ability to ruin many of your possessions in addition to your property itself. Due to the fact that water damage can quickly become permanent if not addressed as soon as possible, if you do suffer flood damage to your home, it’s important that you call the professionals at SERVPRO of Decatur to help restore the home. Here are some things you can do immediately after a flood to start the restoration process.
Call Your Insurance Agent
Regardless of how bad a flood has hit your home, it has likely done some significant damage to some of your possessions and to the structure of your home. Soon after you recognize the damage, you should call your insurance agent.
Check Before Entering Home
Before you re-enter your home after flood damage, check for any structural damage that may have occurred. Severe flooding or water damage has the ability to compromise the integrity of the structure. If you enter the home without closely inspecting what you’re walking into, the building could potentially collapse, trapping you inside. Once you’ve entered the home, you should be very careful about where you’re walking, especially if you’re moving from carpeting onto a hard surface.
Once you have entered the home, document the evidence of that damage that has been done by taking photos of it. If there are any questions, particularly by your insurance company about the validity of your claim, you’ll have evidence to show them. While you document the damage, save any items that you can. Some items, such as porous materials, may have been damaged beyond repair. When the SERVPRO crew arrives to restore the home, they’ll save as many items as possible. But if there are items that have not been damaged, you can take them out to avoid any further potential damage.
While you’re examining the damage that has occurred in your home, make a list of the damage or lost items in the home. Make sure to include the date they were purchased and their value with any receipts you may have. Store that list with any inventory of your possessions that you may have taken before the flood. If any of your possessions must be disposed of, which some may, make sure you have photographs of the items.
Turn Off Power
After the flood damage occurs, turn off all power, especially to the affected rooms. Also refrain from using any electrical appliances as you could electrocute yourself if you’re standing in water. Keep the power to the home off until an electrician can come and thoroughly inspect the system to ensure it’s safe to turn back on again.
Mold thrives in environments where moisture is present which makes flooded parts of a house ideal for mold growth. The existence of mold in a home can be hazardous so it’s important to prevent the mold from growing if at all possible. Removing any wet contents from the home as soon as possible will help to prevent such mold growth around the home.
Regardless of how well you think you can clean up after a flood, you should call the professionals at SERVPRO of Decatur to ensure that as much of your property is salvaged as possible. But if you do decide to start the cleanup process before they arrive, it’s important that you are properly attired. Wear long sleeves, pants, gloves, and boots when dealing with flood water to ensure your safety.
Give us a call at (256) 340-1541
Sump pump in basement
If you have a basement, your sump pump is often your last line of defense against flooding. It works by safely diverting water away from your house and is especially important during times of heavy rain when it puts your home at risk of water damage. If your sump pump fails, you could find your basement under water. When this happens, it is important to act fast! Water damage can be a progressive issue and if not dealt with in a timely manner, this could lead to structural damage, mold and much more.
Is My Sump Pump Working? Tips to Avoid Water Damage
- It is important to make sure your sump pump is in working order. Otherwise you risk the chance that It could fail when you need it most.
- After heavy rains, check the sump pump inlet screen for any blockages, one of the leading causes of sump pump failure.
- Occasionally, test your sump pump to ensure it is working properly. You can do this by filling the pit with water and watch to see if it is pumped away. If not, you may have a problem.
- Check the float control to make sure it is free and not restricted or hung up.
- Replace the battery backup every 2-3 years. The last thing you need is to find out your batter backup is dead in the middle of a power outage during a big storm.
Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources
We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Decatur is close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergency.
Tips for homes with children
Fire damage from a kitchen fire
Fires can happen so quickly and so can burns. Keep these tips in mind when you have small children at home:
- Set water heater temperature to no higher than 120°F or just below the medium setting.
- Create a "no kid zone" in the kitchen around stoves, ovens and hot items.
- Keep hot drinks away from the edge of tables and counters.
- Place pots and pans on the back burner with handles turned away from the edge of the stove.
- Never hold an infant or child while cooking, drinking a hot liquid or carrying hot items.
- Keep matches and lighters high out of the reach and sight of children, in a locked cabinet.
- Closely supervise older children when using microwaves, or have them prepare non-hot food. Many burn injuries occur from children pulling hot foods and soups out of microwaves.
- Teach children to stop, drop, and roll if their clothes catch fire.
- Test the water before placing a child in the tub. Fill the tub or sink by running cool water first and then adding hot water. Seat the child facing away from the faucets.
If you or someone else sustains a burn injury be sure to:
- Cool the burn with cool (not cold) water to stop the burning process.
- Remove all clothing and jewelry from the injured area.
- Cover the area with a clean dry sheet or bandage.
- Seek medical attention.
Residential Fire Damage
Fire damage caused by lightening.
While fire damage might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of storms, they do bring an increased fire risk. Flooding, downed electrical lines, and lightning all can lead to fires.
After a fire, significant restoration may be necessary to make your building safe to enter and work in again. Fortunately, we have the training, experience, and equipment necessary to restore your building to pre-fire condition.
Fire and smoke damage can have lasting, dangerous effects if not properly resolved. Smoke and soot can seep into fabric, carpeting, and more. Additionally, your HVAC system can spread smoke and soot into areas not otherwise affected by the fire.
Our technicians are trained in the following services and more:
- Fire and Smoke Restoration
- Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning
- Odor Control
- HVAC Services
From windstorms, to floods, to fire, natural disasters can cause significant damage to your business. At SERVPRO® of Decatur, we understand that time spent recovering from such a disaster leads to frustration. We’re dedicated to providing you with fast, quality service. We even work with your insurance companies, so you can have peace of mind knowing that we are taking care of everything. Call us at (256) 340-1541.
Tornado Safety Tips
If your area is expecting a tornado or other major storm, there are several steps you can take to stay safe. After the tornado passes, SERVPRO can help you clean up any storm damage and restore your home.
Look for Storm Warning Signs
Tornadoes typically occur when there is a severe thunderstorm in the area. Rain, hailstorms and lightning strikes are some of the signs of a possible tornado. Some other warning signs of an oncoming tornado include:
* Orange or Green Skies
* Rumbling or Roaring Sounds in the Air
* Very Calm Conditions after a Storm
* Damaged Power Lines or Debris
* Rotation of the Clouds
Staying Informed during a Storm
Local television and radio stations are your best source for updates on how the storm is developing. However, if you hear a tornado siren, you should immediately head to the nearest shelter.
What is the Difference between a Tornado Watch, Warning and Emergency?
* A Tornado Watch means that a storm could be coming in your area soon because of the current weather conditions.
* A Tornado Warning is a sign that one or more tornadoes are in the immediate area. Look for shelter as soon as you see this signal.
* A Tornado Emergency is the final step in the warning process. A tornado has been spotted near a populated location. Move to the safest possible place if you cannot get to a real shelter in time.
How to Find Safe Shelter
Head for a sturdy building before the storm approaches. Look for a home or office with a basement whenever possible. If a basement is not available, move to the center of the building. Stay away from windows and debris. Try to place as many solid walls as you can between the coming storm and your family. Avoid mobile homes and trailers during strong winds or heavy rains.
Cars also do not provide much shelter. If the storm is too severe for driving, secure your seat belt, get as low in the seat as possible and place a blanket over yourself.
Stay close to the ground if you are caught in an open field. Cover your head and keep an eye out for debris flying through the air. Avoid hiding under overpasses or bridges.
Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources
SERVPRO of Decatur is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a flooding or storm emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.
What you need to know about mold
Mold on floor
Our SERVPRO of Decatur website gives some neat facts about mold that you may have not known
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth.
If you have mold in your home, it is nothing to be embarrassed about, however it does need to be addressed and looked at if you question your well-being and your home being negatively affected by it. Call SERVPRO of Decatur today and we will glad to assess any mold damage that you may suspect. (256) 340-1541.
Commercial Restoration services
From a burst pipe in an office building to faulty wiring in an apartment complex, fire and water losses are never planned, but they do occur. SERVPRO of Decatur knows there's no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens the welfare of tenants and the revenue of the property owner. Have you developed a thorough contingency plan? Is the emphasis on the first 24-48 hours to help you get back in your building as quickly as possible?
SERVPRO of Decatur can provide you assistance in developing an Emergency Ready Profile. As part of a well thought-out contingency plan, your ERP will contain information you need in the event an emergency situation occurs.
SERVPRO professionals can manage the damage with
-Over 45 years of business in the cleanup and restoration industry
-More than 1700 franchises
-Detailed communication throughout the cleaning and restoration process to help keep you informed and in control
-Experience and training in mitigating damages ranging from single family homes to skyscrapers
We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! SERVPRO of Decatur will work hard to restore the property and its contents to preloss condition.
Residential Water Damage
Ceiling damage from a residential water loss.
When it comes to fire & water damage, or specialty cleanup needs, it’s the SERVPRO brand that comes to mind. Our TEAMS work endlessly to make sure our customers are happy, and have one objective in the aftermath of disaster, to make their loss Like it never even happened.
No matter the job or the size, our SERVPRO teams are ready to handle any size loss. With 1,700+ franchises nationwide, we have access to numerous highly trained personnel and thousands of pieces of equipment. Our SERVPRO Disaster Recovery teams are strategically placed throughout the country to respond when needed. Our Teams have a proven track record for success, assisting with cleanup of floods, tornadoes, wildfires, and damage caused from frigid temperatures.
Whether it’s a major storm event, or faulty appliance, we will be there with one call. (256) 340-1541
Storm Damage 4/3/2018
A very large storm moved through our area and left a path of destruction behind it. Over 70 homes were damaged in addition to businesses.
Storms and other natural disasters can cause considerable damage to your home or business. Windstorms like this one for example, can result in anything from a littered parking lot to missing shingles to a tree falling on your building.
We understand that every hour you spend working on recovery is an hour lost of productivity. Let us help you get your home or business back in order quickly.
No matter whether a flood hits your building or rain leaks in through a broken window, water does not take long to damage your property. Our highly trained technicians can help mitigate the damage done by water and help to restore your building.
With our 24/7 service, we are able to contain and treat water damage quickly, which allows us to save and restore as much of your home or building as possible.
Commercial Post Construction Cleaning
Commercial Post Construction Cleaning
Along with our restoration and building services, SERVPRO of Decatur provides a variety of cleaning services. One of the services we provide is Post-Construction Cleaning.
After restoring and rebuilding your property, there is still work to be done. It is important to get your property properly cleaned and ready to re-open. Let SERVPRO of Decatur help. There is no job to big or too small.
Both interior and exterior cleaning is needed after a remodel or new construction. When considering cleaning services please keep in mind that all walls, ceilings, floors, and fixtures will most likely need to be cleaned. Construction causes dust that gets on every surface. It is also very important to make sure you do not have duct in your heating and cooling unit.
If you are needing a quote for a post-construction clean, give us a call at (256) 340-1541