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How to Prevent Freezing Pipes While You're Away

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

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Did you know water pipe damage is one of the most common home damage claims?

Water pipes are more susceptible to freeze easily, especially when you have not been around to keep them going. Nobody really knows when they will be expecting a pipe damage therefore it is best to be prepared. If you are leaving home for a couple of days, there are a few things you can do to prevent pipe freezing.

These are a couple good tips to keep in mind before you head out:  

  • Keep cabinets open where there are pipes exposed because warmer air flows through.
  • Leave the faucet running with just a drip so that it keeps pipes clear of still water.
  • Leave thermostat at a set temperature(50° minimum,) if not gone for too long.
  • If you are leaving for more than a week, you can add insulation to where the pipes are located and/or you can add heating tape around the pipes.
  • Make sure any hoses are disconnected from outside to prevent bursting. 
  • Make sure your garage door is closed so that is stays warm. 
  • Make sure small cracks and holes are covered so that cold air doesn’t flow through. 

Lastly, it is important that you and any other household members know where the main shut off valve is located, and learn how to turn it off in case of an emergency. 

SERVPRO of Limestone & Lawrence Counties/Decatur is available 24/7/365 for any water damage needs, residential or commercial!

Your Contents Affected by Water!

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

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When a water damage happens, it can be devastating. The flooring, walls, and sometimes contents can get wet and damaged. Unfortunately, if a water damage should happen, any contents in contact with the floor typically get affected as well. I’m going to give you tips on how to protect your home’s contents until help arrives.

If there is furniture sitting on wet carpet, place aluminum foil, tupperware lids, or unfinished wood blocks underneath the feet. This will help get the furniture out of direct contact with the carpet, and will help prevent further damage to furniture legs, and protect the carpet from furniture stains.

If there are affected contents that are nonporous (items that can not soak up water, such as plastics, glass, etc.) use a towel to wipe the items off. With fabric materials, get as much water out of them first. Then, if they are machine washable, run them through the washer and dryer. If there are contents that are porous (items that can soak up water, such as wood, paper, area rugs, etc.) it is best to get them laid out in an unaffected area so they can start air drying. Porous materials that contain organic materials need attention right away so the damage does not get worse. If allowed to stay wet, these materials have a high risk of developing mold growth.

Call SERVPRO of Limestone & Lawrence Counties/Decatur for any water damage needs TODAY! (256) 233-4033

Tips for Extinguishing a Grease Fire

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

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Cooking is the number one cause in home fires and injuries. Annually, there are 160,000 cooking fires caused by ignition of food or cooking materials.

Knowing how to smother a grease fire can help keep you, your family, or friends from getting hurt or having a severe house fire.

If A Grease Fire Starts:

  1. Cover the flames with a metal lid or cookie sheet. Leave the cover on until it has cooled.
  2. Turn off the heat source.
  3. If it’s small and manageable, pour baking soda or salt on it to smother the fire.
  4. As a last resort, spray the fire with a Class B dry chemical fire extinguisher.
  5. Do not try to extinguish the fire with water.
  6. Do not attempt to move the pot or pan outside.

DO NOT use flour, baking powder, or other cooking powders that resemble baking soda or salt. They act differently, and could make the fire worse.

If You Are Unable To Extinguish The Grease Fire:

  1. GET OUT!! You need to leave as soon as possible to prevent injury or loss of life
  2. When you leave, close the door behind you. This will help contain the fire inside.
  3. When you get to a safe distance from the fire, call 911 right away.
  4. Don’t re-enter your home until it has the “all clear” from the fire department.

Tips To Prevent Grease Fires:

  1. Stay in the kitchen while you’re cooking. One of the leading causes of kitchen fires is unattended cooking.
  2. Don’t cook if you’re exhausted or inebriated.
  3. Keep anything that can catch on fire away from your stovetop.
  4. Remove as much moisture from the food, and don’t add frozen foods to hot oil.
  5. Keep an eye on the temperature of your oil. If you see smoke or smell oil, that means your oil is too hot. Turn off the burner and let it cool down.
  6. Heat the oil slowly.
  7. Add food gently, so there is no splashing.
  8. Keep a lid in arms reach in case of a fire.
  9. Always keep children and pets away from the stove while cooking.

Call SERVPRO of Limestone & Lawrence Counties/Decatur for your Fire Damage needs TODAY! (256) 233-4033

Lightning Safety

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

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During the lightning season, you should always be prepared for changing conditions. Everyone is at risk if you have thunder and lightning where you live. You should know what to do if you get caught in a lightning storm.

Lightning and what you need to know:

  • NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area.
  • If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
  • When you hear thunder, move to a safe shelter. Inside a building is best. If a building is not available, a metal topped vehicle with the windows rolled up is a good alternative.
  • Stay in the shelter for at least 30 minutes after you hear the last roll of thunder.

 Indoor Lightning Safety:

  • Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.
  • Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths, and faucets.
  • Stay away from doors and windows.
  • Stay off of porches and balconies.
  • Don’t lie on concrete floors, and don’t lean against concrete walls.

Last Resort Outdoor Risk Reduction Tips:

If you are in a situation where there is no shelter nearby, following these actions will help reduce your risk.

  • Immediately get off of a hill, mountain ridges, peaks, or anything that is elevated.
  • Never lie flat on the ground.
  • Never shelter under a tree.
  • Never use a cliff or overhang for shelter.
  • Immediately get out of any bodies of water, including ponds, lakes, or ocean.
  • Stay away from objects that conduct electricity such as barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.

 Lightning is very beautiful, but also very dangerous. A typical lightning strike yields about 300 million Volts and about 30,000 Amps.  A household current is 120 Volts and 15 Amps. There is enough energy in a typical flash to light up a 100-wall incandescent light bulb for about three months. Taking the appropriate safety precautions against lightning can help keep you and your family safe.

Call SERVPRO of Limestone & Lawrence Counties/Decatur TODAY for help with any Storm Damages to your home or commercial property! (256) 233-4033

Do You Need Professional Mold Remediation in Your Office?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Offers Reliable and Safe Mold Remediation in Any Business!

Having mold damage does not necessarily mean visible mold growth. Other indicators such as a moldy odor or an unmitigated water issue might also indicate mold. Professional mold remediation by SERVPRO of Limestone & Lawrence Counties can prevent mold from spreading throughout the structure and affecting the air quality. 

SERVPRO restorers use a variety of methods during mold remediation of your office. The procedures used depend on the size of the contaminated area and the type of affected material. SERVPRO professionals can schedule mold inspections, remediations, and removal activities during off-hours when the occupants are less likely to be affected.  

Remediation Methods That SERVPRO Mold Specialists Use in Commercial Spaces

The three most common methods of mold removal that SERVPRO techs use are-

  • Wet-vacuuming- Used if a moldy area contains standing water or if the materials in the area, such as carpets, are still wet. SERVPRO techs pull up wet carpets to speed up the drying process. 
  • Damp wiping- Mold growth on hard, non-porous surfaces is removed by wet wiping with a detergent. Mold growing on porous surfaces might be difficult, if not impossible, to remove. If the damage is severe, SERVPRO mold experts might have to discard the material altogether. 
  • High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) vacuuming- It is used as a final cleanup method of the contaminated area once the materials are fully dry. SERVPRO techs use this method to clean the dust that has settled outside the containment. 

Materials that are heavily contaminated and can’t be salvaged are double-bagged in 6-mil plastic bags and discarded according to EPA regulations.  

Call SERVPRO of Limestone & Lawrence Counties at (256) 233-4033 to talk to our mold specialists and schedule an inspection for your business today!

Can Mold Be Contained and Cleaned Up Inside a Production Facility?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Limestone & Lawrence Counties Has the Ability to Restore Your Production Facility with Proven Methods and Techniques

You count on day to day operations at your Limestone or Lawrence County production facility to go off without a hitch. Once you or one of your employees suspect a mold infestation, you must address it as soon as possible. As the symptom of some water or moisture issue, merely handling it with cleaning products or bleach only treats the surface problem. SERVPRO has skilled technicians on staff trained to handle mold mitigation and removal so that you can have peace of mind. 

What Could Have Caused Mold to Grow Inside Our Facility? 

Several issues call for the professional assistance and guidance of SERVPRO. Some of the more common reasons for mold development include: 

  • HVAC system drainage problems
  • Leaking plumbing fixtures or water piping
  • Excessive, consistent humidity
  • Leaking windows or roofing
  • Persistent condensation
  • Improperly cleaned up flood damage 

When our crew gets called out for mold remediation, we treat the root cause of the problem and the mold to ensure your commercial space interior is safe for all employees. We will: 

  • Moisture Source: Our team will carefully inspect the moisture source that brought on the mold growth.
  • Mold Removal: We take the time to dispose of any contaminated materials, including carpeting, wood, and drywall.
  • Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Deodorization: Using EPA-registered cleaning agents and antimicrobials, SERVPRO technicians clean, deodorize, and sanitize the affected area to help prevent future mold growth.
  • Repair, Rebuild and Restore: We will take care of all of the rebuilding required to bring your business's impacted area to its original condition. 

Due to the potential health effects that may arise, it is best to have mold removal companies handle the cleanup. If you suspect there is mold growing within your commercial space, SERVPRO of Limestone & Lawrence Counties can be reached at (256) 233-4033

Why Choose SERVPRO of Limestone & Lawrence Counties For Your Water Lose?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

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Our SERVPRO professionals have several efficient and effective practices to restore your home after water damage

As tempting as DIY cleaning and restoration might be after a water damage incident, these situations often fall short of what a property needs. Our professional SERVPRO team can help in many ways.

What Are Practices You Can Expect from SERVPRO? 

As the leading Water Mitigation Company in Limestone & Lawrence Counties, our SERVPRO roster offers various recovery and cleaning solutions for water-damaged residences. Some of these include:

  • Content Recovery – Protecting your personal belongings through relocation and on-site cleaning can ensure that irreparable harm does not befall the things that matter most.
  • Water Removal Services – Eliminating surface water can be a considerable obstacle, but with many of our rapid-removal solutions like truck-mount extractors and submersible pumps, we can overcome standing water fast.
  • Surface Cleaning – Using several potent and health-conscious cleaning products designed to protect material substrates without chemical residues, we can prevent unnecessary structural tear-out and build-back.

When you consider choosing a professional water restoration company, remember that our SERVPRO of Limestone & Lawrence Counties team has multiple ways to help after water disasters. Give our experienced team a call today at (256) 233-4033

Have SERVPRO of Limestone & Lawrence Counties Check Your HVAC System!

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

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Companies have many reasons to have their air ducts and HVAC systems cleaned on a regular basis. Just some of the benefits business owners would have from scheduling the cleaning is:

  • Creates a cleaner living environment
  • Reduces allergens
  • Help people breathe easier
  • Removes unpleasant smells
  • Improves airflow efficiency, which can lower energy bills

We've never met a small business owner who does not want to lower their energy bills. Have you? Some businesses even require specific air quality levels, so the only way to keep this within their regulations is to schedule cleaning on a regular basis. 

When is the last time you had your air ducts or HVAC system checked? Give us a call at (256) 233-4033 and we will let you know where you stand. 

Lightning Strikes can Lead to Residential Fires

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

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It does happen and we want you to be prepared and be safe. 

Know when a fire extinguisher is needed from the tips below:

Generally, if you’ve used one fire extinguisher, you’ll use them all, as they typically follow the same usage procedure known as PASS:

  • Pull the pin to break the tamper seal
  • Aim the nozzle at the bottom of the fire
  • Squeeze the handle and release extinguisher chemicals
  • Sweep the nozzle back and forth at the base of the fire until it’s extinguished

By now, fire extinguishers have become staples in most disaster-ready homes and businesses and provide billions worldwide with a quick, straightforward way to respond to sudden blazes.

Knowing the steps below, can save you a ton of hassle with instances like the average kitchen fire but to really mitigate as much fire damage as possible, there are a few other things you need to take into account.

1. Choosing Your Extinguisher

The first thing you should always be aware of is that not every fire extinguisher is good for every job. For example, when dealing with a grease fire, you’ll need a class B extinguisher to really get the job done safely. It’s a good idea to research different extinguisher uses before deciding where to allocate these appliances around your home.

2. Emergency Services

Just because you have an extinguisher on your side doesn’t mean you won’t need emergency services. Ideally, you should have someone calling 911 as you attempt to extinguish the flames. This ensures you’re able to get the assistance you need in the event that your attempts are unsuccessful.

3. Be Smart

Lastly, know when to leave the house. If the blaze becomes too large or your extinguisher runs out of juice, it’s time to get outdoors. You can pass over the firefighting responsibilities to emergency responders and work with a fire cleanup crew, such as SERVPRO of Limestone & Lawrence Counties afterward to get your home back to normal again!

Personal Contents Cleaning After a Storm

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

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Contents Restoration

SERVPRO specializes in restoring contents damaged by storms and other water damage events. Our expertise and our “restore” versus “replace” mentality, can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that CAN'T be replaced. We'll pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Storm and water damage affects not only the structure of your house, but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Limestone & Lawrence Counties understands that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home.