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Whether it is with Prevention or Remediation, SERVPRO is Here to help ® | SERVPRO® of Prattville

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded house surrounded by standing water with SERVPRO logo Flooding can be devastating. Contact SERVPRO® right away after damage for remediation efforts to quickly commence.

Storms can wreak havoc on any home. You might be wondering whether there is anything you can do to stop the weather from trashing your home. SERVPRO®  is here to let you know that, yes, there are several steps you can take.

Sadly, sometimes flood damage caused by inclement weather cannot be prevented. However, not all storms have the power of Cindy, and there are many instances where a few simple checks or changes to your home can prevent storm damage. Taking a few preventative measures means a home is more likely to remain intact, and you save yourself the cost of the cleanup, too.

Clean and functional gutters are more liable to survive a storm without flooding. Get your gutters cleaned regularly, especially in the fall when many leaves gather in them. Check gutters for any leaks or weak spots and get them fixed as soon as possible.

Carry out an annual roof inspection. A loose shingle in your roof gives storm water easy access to your home! Your roof needs regular inspection. Get any leaks, or other damages, repaired at once.

Consider investing in metal storm shutters for windows and doors. Storm shutters are unnecessary if you do not get many storms where you live. However, if you reside in an area that often suffers from storms, it might be worth investing in storm shutters to protect your windows when inclement weather hits.

In the event of storm damage to your home, it is crucial to put in a call to SERVPRO right away. Our caring call center staff take down your details and ask questions about your situation so we can dispatch a fully-equipped team to your home. Our IICRC-certified technicians arrive with powerful pumps to swiftly remove water from your home and extraction equipment to dry out carpets and rugs.

We know you want your home back to normal as quickly as possible, so we draw up a detailed drying plan that covers everything from carpets and drapes to wall spaces, floors, and furniture. We do not quit until the drying goal is reached. We aim to restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

For help with the aftermath of a storm, call SERVPRO®  of Prattville at (334) 358-1186 today.

The Top Three Things You Should Do After Experiencing Storm Damage

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

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Prattville families aren’t strangers to significant storms. Still, severe storms and their damage to your homes are stressful and can be overwhelming. However, there are a few things that you should do immediately after experiencing storm damage to return your home and life to normal as quickly as possible. 

Assess the Damage 

When reviewing storm damage around your home, be extremely careful. Powerlines may be down or exposed, floodwater may contain dangerous debris, and damaged trees may still lose limbs. Wear the appropriate gear to protect yourself while surveying the property.

Call Your Insurance Company

Find out what’s covered immediately. Stay in direct communication with your agent to ensure your needs are being handled in a timely fashion. Take photos of as much of the damage as you can. Have pre-damage pictures of your home on hand as well. Doing so will help with getting accurate insurance adjustments and restoration services.

Check for Disaster Assistance

Visit FEMA’s disaster assistance website to determine if assistance is available in your area. The questionnaire is anonymous and will populate recovery assistance types and contact information. FEMA representatives may walk through your neighborhood when storm damage is severe enough. In this case, speak with a local representative to start the process. 

All three of the post-storm damage actions above require quick response times. If your home sustains damage from a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us anytime to learn more about our storm damage restoration process.

SERVPRO® of Prattville Can Extract Water From Your Commercial Business

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

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When you own a warehouse in Prattville, it is essential to check your roof regularly. Remember, each inch of water weighs around five pounds. Pooled water can cause incredible strain over time and lead to leaks and water damage inside your building. Look for any damage to the perimeter flashing, roof membranes, or penetrations to the roof like pipes, drains, and gas lines. These critical safety measures can deteriorate over time, which leaves you with several potential hazards.

Dealing with a water intrusion in your Prattville business is not fun. You need commercial water removal services as soon as possible to get the standing water out and dry your building to prevent additional loss. Our staff at SERVPRO® of Prattville understands the urgency in a situation like this, so we are here to help whenever you need us. With the professional tools and training we have, letting us handle the problem is the best to get your business back on track.

To dry your structure, we also need to remove moisture from the air. Evaporation adds moisture to the atmosphere, and dehumidification eliminates the moisture. Two systems can be used for drying: an open system and a closed system.

An open drying system exchanges the moist air inside your building with the drier air outside. Opening up windows and using fans and air movers to ventilate the structure exchanges the air. These systems work only when the outside air has fewer grains per pound than the air inside. Outside air should have a high temperature and low relative humidity for the best conditions. The difference between the specific humidity of the air outside and inside is also significant.

In a closed system, SERVPRO® of Prattville techs closes off areas affected by the outside air and areas of your structure unaffected. Dehumidification equipment is used to dehumidify the inside air. We must control the indoor environment with air movers and dehumidifiers for a closed system to work. It is easier for us to dry smaller areas, creating a drying chamber by hanging plastic sheeting or closing windows and doors. Using air conditioning may be used as well to assist us in dehumidifying. 

The drying process moves faster by setting up a drying chamber, and we can dry everything more thoroughly.

SERVPRO® of Prattville is careful to use the best drying system to get your property in Prattville or the surrounding areas dry again after a water loss. Contact us at  (334) 358-1186 for all your water restoration needs. 

How SERVPRO® Determines Water Categories | SERVPRO® of Prattville

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

flooded water being extracted with Servpro logo SERVPRO® of Prattville is ready to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today for all your water restoration needs!

Whether the water cleanup needs in your property are a result of a leaking roof or a broken water pipe, you must take immediate action. The amount of water on your property and its source helps us to select the most appropriate restoration procedures. SERVPRO® of Prattville classifies water damage into three categories based on their water sources. 

Professional water restoration services are necessary, even when the water is from a treated source such as burst pipes or overflowing sinks.

Category One: Clean Water

Clean water originates from a sanitary water source and does NOT pose a substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure.

Clean water usually presents few health effects unless it has flowed across the soil. In most cases, carpets and pads exposed to this water category are salvageable. It is also essential to note Category One can deteriorate quickly to Category Two or Three as it flows through other materials.

Category Two: Gray Water

Gray water contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed by humans. 

Gray water contains waste products, not human waste. It might be water from an overflowing toilet - without solid matter - or a washing machine. Our SERVPRO® technicians typically advise property owners to replace the carpet pad exposed to gray water. In rare cases, some carpets might be salvageable through thorough cleaning. A Category Two water damage can also deteriorate to a Category Three depending on the time the materials remain wet and how high the temperature rises.

Category Three: Black Water

Black water is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents, and can cause significant adverse reactions to humans if contacted or consumed.

Category Three requires Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and containment until adequately cleaned. Water from floods full of debris and silt is under this category. It is mandatory to replace porous items and all carpets exposed to this form of water. SERVPRO® technicians ensure we comply with the safety standards recommended by OSHA when dealing with black water.

Here at SERVPRO®, we understand the concerns about possible health effects when exposed to contaminants during the restoration process. Since every situation is unique, we have the experience to choose appropriate Personal Protective Equipment. The most common PPE we use include respirators, hearing protection, disposable coveralls, head protection, gloves, and disposable boots.

SERVPRO® of Prattville attends to all sizes of residential and commercial restoration emergencies. Call us at 334.284.1612 when you need to work with a trusted and locally owned restoration industry leader.

Restoration Services at First Baptist Church of Downtown Montgomery is ALMOST Complete! | SERVPRO® of Prattville

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

multiple rooms in local church with Servpro logo “SERVPRO® of Prattville knows what it means to have a disaster strike. We also know what it takes to fully restore your home or business.”

After 309 days, SERVPRO® and the First Baptist Church of Downtown Montgomery are racing toward the finish line! Our teams have become one family, working together to make the terrible fire in early October of 2021 “Like it never even happened®”. 

We want to give you a quick update on the status of the Church as well as a little sneak peek at when we estimate the restoration will be complete. 

Since our last update, we have completed all carpets in the Main Sanctuary, the pews are replaced and secured, and we have completed the ceilings! All the walls have fresh paint, handrails are screwed tight, and the stairs are now in use. The only thing that remains is the lighting for the stage, cleaning the organ pipes, and resetting the choir loft. 

The grand piano initially taken out of the Church is being carefully brought back into the building and secured into its place. 

Fun fact! Did you know that over two hundred lightbulbs had to be replaced in the Main Sanctuary? Soot covered every light on the high ceilings, under the entrance, the balconies, AND the stage! 

The congregation will finally have their first morning of worship back in their Main Sanctuary on July 24th! Everyone is excited to be returning to one, big worship service. 

Our crews geared up and began restoration work in the Stakely Sanctuary yesterday. Monday, July 18th. We are removing pews, replacing carpeting, restoring the plaster, and replacing the stage floor. We are so excited to move on to this next phase of restoration! 

SERVPRO® Construction Managers estimate it will take approximately three to four weeks to restore the Stakely Sanctuary. From there, we will move on to the six elevators replacing the carpets with wood. The fellowship hall will have the carpet replaced as well. 

As of right now, SERVPRO® and First Baptist Church of Downtown Montgomery are projecting early fall for the completion of this project. Our crews have worked tirelessly to fully restore this Church for nearly a year since the fire damage occurred. 

With over 350,000 square feet of flooring affected, and soot taking over every surface in the building, we finally have an end in sight! This job will be bittersweet as we will miss our First Baptist Family. 

Stay tuned for another update coming soon! 

If you find yourself in need of fire or water restoration services, SERVPRO® of Prattvilleis ready to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 334.284.1612 to see how we can help you. 

Team Bowen Expands SERVPRO® Franchise Territory into Charlotte and Surrounding Communities

7/6/2022 (Permalink)

southeastern states with Servpro logo Here we GROW again! Team Bowen is ready to make it “Like it never even happened®.”

Team Bowen is excited to announce our expansion in Charlotte, North Carolina, which will add to the existing SERVPRO franchise in East Mecklenburg/Matthews. East Charlotte, Northeast Mecklenburg County, and South Mecklenburg County are now a part of the Team Bowen franchise. This means over 250,000 additional households and 8,000 businesses will receive support when in need of emergency response due to fire, water, or mold damage.

These additions are part of our commitment to helping our local communities flourish. We are available 24/7, 365, and are ready to take your call. Although we can’t prevent a disaster, we are ready for whatever happens!

“We are humbled yet excited to continue to grow and expand our market presence in the Charlotte community,” Bruce Bowen, CEO of Team Bowen, commented. “Our team of quality people who focus on excellent service, fairness, and mutual respect, have allowed us to expand our footprint and still provide that same quality service throughout the southeast. These locations are key to our regional coverage. Whether it is a storm event or a complex commercial/industrial loss, quick response time is critical. Our team has the resources, manpower, and equipment necessary to respond to these specific situations. We are the National Disaster Recovery Team.”

About SERVPRO®

For more than 50 years, SERVPRO® has been a trusted leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, mold mitigation, and biohazard and pathogen remediation. SERVPRO’s professional service network of more than 2,000 individually owned and operated franchises spans the United States and Canada, responding to property damage emergencies large and small – from million-square-foot commercial facilities to individual homes. When disaster strikes, homeowners, business owners, and major insurance companies alike rely on SERVPRO® to make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® Team Bowen

In 1977, Barry and Beth Bowen decided to follow their passion for service to others with their careers and set out on a mission to build a reputable and respected property damage restoration company in Tuscaloosa, AL. Having grown up entrenched in the family business, it was no surprise when the current owners, Bruce and Brian Bowen, took over in 2004. Now based in Montgomery, AL., the Bowen Team has franchise locations in Montgomery, AL., Norcross, GA., Charleston, SC., and Charlotte, NC. Today, due to their continued dedication and hard work, we are a leader and trusted name in mitigation, remediation, restoration, reconstruction, and premier cleaning throughout Southeast and U.S.

Our team has more than a century of combined restoration experience. Each team member is equipped with unique and practical skills to excel in every project and exceed the expectations of our customers. Furthermore, we have an extensive inventory of restoration equipment designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of every facet of mitigation and reconstruction for damaged homes and businesses that we serve, no matter how big or how small.

Click below to find more information on our expansion:

SERVPROeastcharlotte.com

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Summer Grilling Safety | SERVPRO® of Prattville

7/6/2022 (Permalink)

man grilling food outside with SERVPRO logo  “SERVPRO® of Prattville is Here to help® if your summer grilling goes from flames to ashes.”

What better way to spend a summer night than grilling out with your loved ones? Summertime is the season for enjoying hamburgers and hotdogs out by the swimming pool with ice-cold lemonade in hand. While one may think it is easy to light the grill and start cooking, there are a few safety measures you should take. 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) warns families that the onset of the summer season also marks a rise in home fires started by outdoor grilling activities. According to the NFPA, on average, 10,600 home fires are started yearly by grills. July is the peak month for grill fires, followed by June, May, and August. 

Did you know that 61% of U.S. households own a gas grill? 64% own at least one outdoor BBQ, grill, or smoker. The popularity of this outdoor cooking equipment combined with longer, warmer days creates a unique fire hazard that should be taken seriously. 

The NFPA offers these essential tips for fire-safe grilling. 

For Gas and Propane Grills 

Always?check the gas tanks for leaks ?before using them. Clean the connection between the propane tank’s cylinder valve and regulator output with soapy water or a specific leak detecting solution. The cylinder valve must be?slowly?opened. If there is a leak, bubbles will form.? 

Opening the lid to a gas grill before lighting is essential for safety. Gas can quickly fill your grill if the top is closed, causing the flame not to be able to escape and creating an explosion.   

For Charcoal Grills 

Only use charcoal starter fluid to start the fire.?NEVER?add it or any flammable liquids to a fire that is already burning. It can cause an uncontrollable fire causing harm to any structure or persons around you.? 

Also, ensure?coals are completely cool?before you dispose of them in a metal container.? 

For All Grills 

Place your grill far away from any structure as well as deck railings. Do not place under eaves or branches. Maintain clear surroundings near your grill. Grills need proper ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide and smoke building up to dangerous levels. 

Remove grease and fat buildup from grills and tray after each use. Cleaning will improve the safety of your grill and the taste of your food.? 

Key Reminders 

  • Never leave the grill unattended when in use. 
  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill. 
  • Clothing is highly flammable. Keep shirt tails, sleeves, and apron strings tucked in, so they do not dangle over the grill. 
  • If the flame goes out on your grill, wait to re-light! A minimum of five minutes should pass by before restarting your fire. 
  • Have baking soda on hand for a grease fire and a fire extinguisher nearby for other fires. If you do not have a fire extinguisher, keep a sand bucket next to the grill.?NEVER?use water to put out a grease fire. 

Basic precautions set the stage for a safe and enjoyable outdoor cooking experience. Life is unpredictable, but you can take steps to control the risk of house fires. Whether you are a summer grilling warrior or a year-round grilling pro, we can all agree that the only smoke we want to smell is the sweet aroma of steaks and vegetables cooking. 

SERVPRO® of Prattville specializes in fire and water restoration, helping to remediate damage for commercial and residential customers. Contact us today at 334.284.1612 for all your restoration needs. 

Is Your Basement Showing Signs of Water Damage? | SERVPRO® of Prattville

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

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Having a basement in your home can be a wonderful thing. It can be a place for kids and grandkids to play, an area for watching movies on the couch, or even a safe place for an aging relative to live. Regardless of the setup, finish, or function of your home’s basement, you as a homeowner are likely to encounter a common issue: water damage. Since basements are underground, they are prone to become damp from outside moisture finding its way inside.??? 

Although you may never have any issues, it is always best to prepare for any indicators of potential damage. Below we’ll examine the most common signifiers of a basement that is taking on water—and if you realize you have an issue, we are right Here to help®. 

Warning Signs of Basement Water Damage

Unpleasant and Musky Odors?

Water leaking into your basement doesn’t have to be toxic to create a problem. Even clean water breeds bacteria over time, causing your basement to develop the musty odor often associated with underground rooms. While this smell may be commonplace, its presence indicates?mold and mildew in the environment. This can be difficult to see with the naked eye, but they are easy to smell.? 

Flaking Paint on Masonry or Walls

Even waterproof paint can’t hide the effects of leaking water for long. If your paint is bubbling, cracking, or flaking, it’s a sure-fire indicator that you’ve got water inside from somewhere. Waterproof paint may even mask a problem for a little while. Eventually, you will see signs of damage, which may be vast by the time you uncover the problem.???  

Foundational Cracks

Homes are known to shift over time but breaks in your foundation cannot be ignored. Breaks or cracks can indicate a significant leak that has gone unfixed.?Cracks may also appear on the floor, the ceiling, or in your walls,?suggesting that your structure is under uneven pressure because of a damaged foundation. No need to worry about hairline cracks, but if they grow, call for help soon.?? 

If you notice any of these signs in your basement, call SERVPRO® of Prattville to take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat them properly.?Contact us today?to learn more.? 

Rebuilding After A Natural Disaster Impacts Your Business | SERVPRO® of Prattville

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

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Here is a question for all the business owners; What was the biggest lesson you learned during the COVID-19 Pandemic and in the years following? For many business owners, the answer is unanimous. You cannot always plan for what will happen in the future. To date, no one has built a time machine allowing us a peek into things that come. You can, however, be agile and proactive in looking for ways to operate your business during less-than-ideal circumstances.

While very few of us had plans for a worldwide pandemic, many business owners already had a disaster plan for more common natural disasters such as severe storms, fires, or floods.

In our years working with business owners like you, we have learned that preparing for and dealing with a disaster can be two very different experiences. That is why our team has pulled together some of the best tips on reopening and rebuilding for businesses.  

Reopening your business quickly and efficiently after a disaster is doable. Here is how we recommend you do it. 

Work Your Disaster Plan 

It is wise to work on a plan BEFORE you need it. Having a disaster plan gives you a better frame of mind to think things through. For example, some may consider moving to a backup location to continue offering services. Ask SERVPRO® of Prattville how we can help create your Emergency Readiness Plan (ERP). 

Reach Out to Your Employees 

A force close of business or a change in operation can impact those who work for you. It is crucial to have a group discussion of what happens when disaster strikes. Staff may also need assistance if your business is closed for a while. The Small Business Administration (SBA) may be a good resource to reference on assisting your staff in emergency situations. 

Stay In Touch With Your Insurance Company 

If a disaster has occurred, document every detail. Take pictures of the damage and build an inventory of everything that has been lost or damaged. Make providing any documentation they ask for a priority to ensure accurate coverage for the loss.

Communicate With Everyone? 

Communication with suppliers, employees, customers, and the wider community is crucial. Everyone involved in your business will need to know where you are in the restoration process and if you are moving to a temporary location. Think about using social media or an email list as a mass communication tool. 

Work With The Right Partners 

Choose professionals such as SERVPRO® of Prattville who are knowledgeable and skillfully trained in the restoration process. Experience in the restoration industry will make reopening your business run more smoothly and quickly. 

If a fire, flood, or any other disaster causes damage to your business, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us anytime to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you. 

Firework Safety and Hazards | SERVPRO® of Prattville

6/25/2022 (Permalink)

fireworks in sky with SERVPRO logo and fireworks safety “More fires are reported on July 4th than any other day of the year. Use caution and be safe when using fireworks.”

Independence Day is just around the corner, and you know what that means! Celebrating our freedom, parades, remembering our country’s history, enjoying tasty food, swimming, and watching FIREWORKS! Many of us look forward to spending the day with our loved ones and watching fireworks together.

Did you know that China invented fireworks as a tool to frighten evil spirits away? They believed lighting fireworks would scare them back into the underworld, shunning them from entering our earthly world. The only thing you should be frightened of now is using fireworks irresponsibly. 

Each July 4th, thousands of people are injured while consuming fireworks, most often children and teens. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks, including devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death.  

Let’s Talk About Statistics

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 2020 Fireworks Annual Report, there has been a fifty percent increase in deaths and injuries since 2019. The same report shows an estimated 16,000 injuries reported for fireworks and 900 injuries reported for sparklers. Of those injuries, 44% were severe burns comprising 14% eyes, 22% head, face, and ears, and 31% hands. With statistics like these, it is crucial to know how to be safe and prevent injuries.

Light In A Safe Area 

When using fireworks, you want to ensure you are lighting them in a safe location. The ground must be clear of trees or brush, with ample open space. Make sure it is flat and sturdy as well. Fireworks must be used away from structures, people, and flammable objects.

Ensure Your Fireworks Are Legal

Check your local laws and regulations to ensure that fireworks in your area are legal BEFORE buying or using them. Some counties do not allow for the use of fireworks and can carry hefty fines.

Light Fireworks Responsibly 

It is essential to light one firework at a time. Remove the firework from the container, light it with a long flame lighter, and move away quickly after lighting the fuse. Ensure anyone observing the fireworks is maintaining a safe distance. Remember, do NOT try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks! Soak them in water and ditch them immediately. 

Position fireworks away from homes, trees, and shrubbery. Never point or throw fireworks at another person. Never hold lighted fireworks in your hand. You want to ensure the safety of everyone and prevent as many injuries as possible. 

Sparklers Are More Dangerous Than You Think 

Sparklers alone can burn up to 2,000 degrees resulting in severe burns. That is as hot as a blow torch, and that level of heat can burn through some metals! Sparklers can quickly ignite clothing; many children have received severe burns from dropping sparklers on their feet. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sparklers account for more than 25% of emergency room visits for fireworks injuries. For children under five years old, sparklers accounted for nearly half of the estimated injuries. Children must be heavily supervised if you allow them to use fireworks. 

Supervise Children Closely

Ideally, children should not use fireworks. The highest number of reported injuries comes from  . Ensure you have close adult supervision if you allow children to use fireworks. Do not allow children to play with or light fireworks unattended. 

Disposing Fireworks Properly

It is a good idea to keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of a fire. After fireworks finish burning, douse them with plenty of water from a bucket or garden hose before discarding them. 

Fireworks can not only lead to severe injuries but also destructive fires. House fires, damaged entertainment venues, and wildfires are typical results of the misuse of fireworks. Know how to use fireworks safely and how to educate those around you on taking safety precautions. 

Should you find yourself with fire damage because of fireworks, SERVPRO® of Prattville is ready to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 334.284.1612 for all your fire restoration needs.