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Storm Damage 4/3/2018

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage 4/3/2018 A very large storm moved through our area on Tuesday 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.

(256) 233-4033

Commercial Post Construction Cleaning

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Post Construction Cleaning Commercial Post Construction Clean

Along with our restoration and building services, SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties 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 Limestone and Lawrence Counties 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) 233-4033.

Commercial Cleaning

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Cleaning Commercial Cleaning

This was another big commercial post construction cleaning. A fireplace was removed from one of the rooms downstairs which caused soot to cover all of the surfaces in this business.

Cleaning of both the interior and exterior is typically needed after a remodel or new construction.

Interior cleaning includes:

  • Walls(removing dust, dirt, and scuff marks)
  • Ceilings and light fixtures/fans
  • All trim including baseboards and crown
  • Door faces, hardware, and frames
  • Windows and window frames
  • Ducts, vents, and heaters
  • Floors
  • Cabinetry inside and out, appliances, fixtures, and countertops
  • All trash and plastic containment removed.

If you have just experienced a remodel, rebuild, or new construction and you would like a quote for post-construction clean, give SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties a call at (256) 233-4033

Commercial Fire Damage

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Damage Hotel Room Fire

SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties can help if you have had a fire at your business. This is a photo of a fire that happened in a hotel room. Not only was there fire damage but the entire room was affected by the smoke. Smoke damage can be very detrimental if not properly cleaned.

Fires can be very a stressful time for you and your business. Let SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties help. With our industry approved training, rapid response, professionalism, cutting-edge technology, and open communication, we strive to restore not only your business but your peace of mind.

SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties will make it "Like it never even happened." If you have had a disaster at your business call us at (256) 233-4033.

Commercial Fire Damage

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Damage Commercial fire damage at a hotel

Even small fires can leave significant property damage. Smoke can enter your ventilation system and spread soot and debris throughout your building. We can accurately assess fire and smoke damage to ensure that you can get your business back to normal as quickly as possible.

At SERVPRO of Limestone and Limestone Counties, we can create an Emergency Ready Profile for your business. When a disaster strikes, you don't want to spend time trying to figure out who to contact for what. Our ERP's include a detailed assessment of your facility along with a profile document and guide to getting you back to business faster after an incident. We even offer a mobile app for convenience.

Call us today to schedule your free Emergency Ready Profile appointment for your business (256) 233-4033.

Commercial Water Damage

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage The roof was being replaced on this commercial building when a storm came through. The tarp did not hold which caused the damage to the inside.

The longer water spreads through your building, the more damage it causes-especially as it becomes more contaminated over time. Prolonged periods of moisture in your business can also lead to mold problems. We are committed to the phrase, "Faster to any sized disaster".

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 you building and property as possible.

At SERVPRO, we prefer to restore before we replace. Restoring saves money and gets the business back up and running faster.

Our technicians are highly trained and are available to help at any time. If you have water damage in your business, do not wait, call us today at (256) 233-4033. Let us make it "Like it never even happened."

Severe Weather is moving back into our area

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe Weather is moving back into our area Storm Forecast

Here is the forecast for our area this evening. Please remember, we are here to help 24 hours a day 7 days a week. If you experience any damage from the storms that come through, please give us a call and let us help. (256) 233-4033.

In the event of severe weather, here are some tips and tricks:

  • Clear storm drains and gutters of debris
  • Purchase a sump pump if you have a basement.
  • Have an emergency plan readily available and make sure everyone in your home knows what the plan is.
  • Secure items around your property
  • Protect your windows
  • Trim your trees
  • Inspect your roof and garage on a regular basis.

Severe weather can happen at any time in our area so it is very important that you are ready.

We are here to help

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage We are here to help Storm damage in Limestone County in March 2018.

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 Limestone and Lawrence Counties will deliver the help that you need when you need it. Call us today (256) 233-4033

Mold Remediation

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation Mold growing behind the 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) 233-4033.

Residential Mold Remediation

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Residential Mold Remediation Mold in a closet

Here is a picture of mold that was found in a closet in a home. The homeowner was cleaning out the closet and found this behind some boxes.

Humidity levels in your home that are too high can promote mold growth. Mold grows quickly in damp conditions. Allergens and irritants are released as it spreads, and in some cases it can become toxic.

To prevent this, you can install dehumidifiers in areas of your home that remain moist and humid. Optimal humidity levels are between 30-50%, with 45% being the best level possible. Dehumidifiers help maintain your indoor humidity at a comfortable level.

Making sure that your HVAC system is running efficiently will also help to keep your humidity level down in your home. Inspect and replace your filters on a regular basis and keep vents cleaned.

If you have a problem in your home, give us a call at (256) 233-4033. We are here to help.

Mold Remediation

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation This is a photo of mold that grew on a sub floor of a home. When removing the flooring from a water damage, this was discovered.

Mold is a serious problem. For some homeowners, it can cause problems for the foundation of their home and ever cause health problems. Many of our customers want to know how to prevent mold from invading their home and also prevent it from coming back once it is taken care of. These are some very simple steps that you can take to help with the prevention of a mold problem in your home.

  • Keep moisture and humidity in the home to a minimum.
  • Make sure there is good ventilation in the home. Clean, fresh air can help get rid of mold. Ventilation systems helps to remove water vapor and improve air circulation in your home.
  • Cleaning your home to include periodically wiping areas that are not cleaned routinely.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us and schedule and inspection (256) 233-4033

Storm Damage

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Hail picture

The storms that moved through our area left us with a lot of damage. This is a picture of the hail that fell. Some areas reported that the hail was the size of a softball.

Storm damage can feel overwhelming, but your fear and panic will disappear when our team of professionals respond to your water, wind, and flooding repair and restoration needs. Your particular situation is very important to us, and you need not worry that your repairs and restoration will take a back seat even when many in your area are struggling to recover from the same issues.

Choosing SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties puts in motion a vast support system in which you will receive personalized service with regard to your situation. We strive to make it "Like it never even happened". Call us today (256) 233-4033.

Commercial Water Damage

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage This was a flooded break room at a commercial building. The pipe burst in the ceiling and flooded most of the first floor.

It doesn't matter if it is a flood, a leak, or a broken pipe in the ceiling like this picture, water does not take very long to damage your property. The janitorial staff at your business most likely will not have the tools, equipment, or training necessary to get your business back up and running after a water damage.

Our trained professionals will get you back in business as quickly and safely as we can. Our highly trained technicians can help locate the source of the problem, remove the water, and treat the affected area. The longer water spreads through your building, the more damage it causes-especially as it becomes more contaminated over time. Prolonged periods of moisture in your business could also lead to secondary issues down the road.

If your business suffers a water damage, give us a call today (256) 233-4033.

Storm Damage in Limestone County

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage in Limestone County Storm Damage

Roof damage may range from a missing roof, to harsh winds and rains shearing away asphalt tiles. Roof repair of obvious defects usually ensues in the wake of tornado damage and storm remediation. Correcting roof damage may challenge homeowners after a disaster, since a roof leak may not appear obvious. How can a roof leak and roof damage escape easy detection in this situation? Wind damage may loosen flashing, eventually causing another roof leak weeks after the storm. Even a subtle roof leak of this nature can produce damp, moldy conditions inside the home. Obtaining fast roof repair may prevent long term interior damage. A wind damage home restoration expert may assist clients in receiving comprehensive roof assessments and roof repair services when hurricane damage afflicts an area. Their expertise helps property owners address storm damage and roof damage more effectively.

 If you experience storm damage, call us at (256) 233-4033 and let us help you get your home back in order.

Residential Water Damage

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Residential Water Damage This picture is from a home that had a sewage back up when no one was home. We did the tear out, cleaned it up, and dried it out.

Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits-these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. We remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure that the property is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties is trained to safely remove unsafe materials from a sewage backup and dispose of them properly.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes.

If you experience a sewage backup in your home, do not wait. Call our trained professionals in to help. We are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. (256) 233-4033.

Residential Fire Damage

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Residential Fire Damage Residential Fire Damage that started on the stove in the kitchen. The smoke quickly spread throughout the entire home.

A fire in your home or business is always hard to handle emotionally and physically.  There are often so many "what if's" that run through your mind, but how do you figure out where to start once the fire is put out and the smoke clears. What is on your list of things to do?  How quickly can you get you home restored to its original state? Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties is here to help. 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. With the many years of experience, and our certified crews on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all you need to know is SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties will help make the damage “Like it never even happened.”

Residential Mold Damage

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Residential Mold Damage This is what can happen when your toilet has a slow leak around the base. The sub floor in this home was covered with mold.

The very idea 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 really big problem when it is growing undetected somewhere on your property or belongings.

It can grow just about anywhere: on clothing, food, paper, carpet and the backside of drywall, just to name a few spots. It can produce allergens and irritants and, in some cases, toxins that are dangerous to your health.

  • Do an audit of your property. Are there any areas that are full of moisture much of the time? Seepage into storage areas or accumulation from leaky pipes should be dried within 48 hours to avoid mold damage. Encourage workers to keep wet items picked up, hanging wet coats up and keeping rain boots and wet shoes in an area that won’t soak up moisture. Take steps to keep floors and windows dry at all times, but especially during wet weather.

Residential Mold Damage

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Residential Mold Damage Mold caused by a slowly leaking pipe. It was able to be cleaned, treated and sealed.

We aim to get your building back at full productivity as quickly and safely as we can. We offer comprehensive services to make your business “Like it never even happened.” Our services include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Water Removal and Drying
  • Mold Remediation
  • Odor Removal
  • Carpet Treatment and Installation
  • Commercial Cleaning

Our highly trained technicians can help locate and fix the source of the problem, remove the water, and treat the affected area. 

The longer water spreads through your building, the more damage it causes—especially as it becomes more contaminated over time. Prolonged periods of moisture in your business can also lead to mold problems. That’s why we’re committed to being faster to any sized disaster.

With our 24/7 service, we’re able to contain and treat water damage quickly, which allows us to save and restore as much of your building and property as possible.

At SERVPRO Limestone and Lawrence Counties, we commit to a “restore first” mentality that prioritizes restoration above replacement to save you money and get you back into your building faster.

Residential Mold

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Residential Mold This is what mold in a crawlspace looks like. This was caused by excessive moisture and humidity.

Proper ventilation is a good way to keep mold at bay. Keeping bathroom and kitchen doors open can help, increasing air circulation and aiding in the drying process. Using dehumidifiers keeps areas dry and pleasant, and always keep an eye on them to make sure they are in good repair and not contributing any moisture themselves; the manufacturer’s information provided will give directions on cleaning and care of your unit.

Clean, fresh air can help get rid of mold. New mold remediation efforts may focus on bringing cleaner air into the home. It's a good idea to think about air circulation. If the air is stagnant, the problem can recur. Ventilation systems help remove water vapor and improve air circulation in your home.

Residential Fire Damage

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Residential Fire Damage This fire was caused by a faulty sewing machine. The sewing room is the room in the picture.

After fire ravages your home, fear and uncertainty along with stress and doubt about the future of your home start to set in. Cleanup after a fire can be very stressful. Let us take the stress of cleanup from you. Our technicians are highly trained in fire mitigation. SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties is here to help restore your home. With our industry approved training, rapid response, professionalism, and open communication, we strive not only to restore your home but also give you peace of mind.

Call the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at (256) 233-4033. SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties has the tools and experience to make your home "Like it never even happened".

SERVPRO came in and packed the home so that salvageable items  and the rest of the structure could be cleaned.

Soot covered bathroom

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Soot covered bathroom Soot covered bathroom

This is what happens when soot travels throughout an entire home. The fire was on the opposite end of the house and yet this bathroom was covered in soot. We were able to clean it and make it look "Like it never even happened."

Tips for your home:

  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a fire in half.
  • If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If a pan of food catches fire, slide a lid over it and turn off the burner.
  • Stir and test food cooked in the microwave before serving. Open lids away from your face, to prevent burns from hot steam.

Attic Fire

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Attic Fire Attic Fire

Faulty wiring in a home caused the wires in the attic to catch on fire. The ceiling and insulation had to be completely torn out and replaced. SERVPRO was able to demo the ceiling and insulation to get this home ready to be re-built.

After a fire, significant restoration may be necessary to make your home safe again. Fortunately, we have the training, experience, and equipment necessary to restore your home

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

Residential kitchen fire

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Residential kitchen fire This fire started on the stove in the kitchen. SERVPRO was able to clean the soot from the home and get rid of the odor from the smoke.

In most cases, it does not matter where a fire originates in a home, the entire home could end up being affected. Soot is very difficult to clean and should not be done without taking the proper steps. Here are some tips:

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home. This helps prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets throughout your home.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place towels on carpet traffic areas. Use dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas to limit damage.
  • Empty freezer and refrigerator. If electricity is off, empty your freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open to help prevent odors.
  • Wipe soot from chrome. Clean soot from chrome kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then apply a light coating of petroleum jelly to protect surfaces.
  • Wash houseplants. Wipe down both sides of leaves on your houseplants.
  • Change HVAC filters. Change your filters, but leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Cover HVAC intakes. Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of your HVAC system.

DON'T:

  • Wash any walls or painted surfaces. First contact SERVPRO of North Everett/ Lake Stevens/ Monroe.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture. Before cleaning carpets by yourself, call us at 360-243-8313.
  • Clean any electrical appliances. TV sets, computers and other electronics that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water need to be looked at by an authorized repair service.
  • Consume food and beverages. Food and beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water, may be contaminated.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures. If the ceiling is wet, wiring may be wet or damaged and can cause electrical shock.
  • Dry clean clothing. Improper cleaning may set smoke odors. Make sure you use a service that knows how to remove soot and smoke from clothing.

Drying a carpet from underneath

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Drying a carpet from underneath This is a drying method that we frequently use in order to save the carpet in homes.

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.

We always try to restore the materials in your home instead of replacing. In this home, we were able to lift the carpet, remove the wet carpet pad, and treat the carpet as well as the sub floor with our EPA registered disinfectant. The carpet was able to be saved and re-used.

Whether it’s a major storm event, or faulty appliance, we will be there with one call. (256) 233-4033.

Drying after flooring removal

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Drying after flooring removal Drying after flooring removal

This is a picture of a hallway that we dried after the flooring was removed in a water damaged home. The subfloor was able to be dried much quicker after the flooring was out.

Water damage in a living room

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water damage in a living room Standing water

This was what this living room looked like when we arrived. We extracted the water and dried the room.

Swelled particle board

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Swelled particle board Vanity swelling after water damage

This picture is of the side of a vanity in a bathroom that had some water damage. The side was made of particle board so you can see what happens when it gets wet. The particle board began to swell by the time we arrived. This vanity was not able to be saved due to the amount of swelling that occurred to this wood.

Water damage to kitchen

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water damage to kitchen Kitchen after demo

This photo is of a kitchen that sustained significant water damage. We removed some of the cabinets as well as the flooring in order to dry it properly.

Do you have storm damage?

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Do you have storm damage? Storm near Athens yesterday

With the storms that moved through our area last evening, we are hoping that everyone is safe and did not suffer any damage. If you did happen to have damage to your home due to the weather, please remember that we are here to help.

Roof damage may range from a missing roof, to harsh winds and rains shearing away asphalt tiles. Roof repair of obvious defects usually ensues in the wake of tornado or straight line wind damage and storm remediation. Correcting roof damage may challenge homeowners after a disaster, since a roof leak may not appear obvious.

When it comes to storm damage, its the SERVPRO name that comes to mind.

SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties is equipped to handle jobs of any size.

Residential Dryer Fire

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Residential Dryer Fire Laundry room dryer fire

It is very important that you make sure to clean the lint trap in your dryer frequently. Lint build up can cause the dryer in your home to catch fire. This fire could have been a lot worse if the homeowner was not home at the time of the fire.

When a fire quickly rips through your business or home, there are many factors to consider. The numerous steps are overwhelming on a practical, mental, and emotional level. Once you’ve made sure that everyone is safe, that 911 has been called, and that the fire has been put out, it’s time to let SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties take some of the burden off your shoulders. By calling us as soon as possible is what can help save your belongings from the devastating effects of fire damage.

Some of your belongings can certainly be saved from the after–effects of a fire and it’s important to responsibly start the process right away. Once you’ve been given the “go ahead” from your local fire department, you should begin an inventory in your property. Soot and smoke from the fire can immediately begin to rust, discolor, and stain your walls, floors, textiles, porous surfaces, and metal objects. The oils and acid in the soot will begin to erode materials quickly and the oils will make it stick to surfaces. 

Green Means Clean

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

General Green Means Clean Happy St. Patrick's Day

Remember on this St. Patrick's Day weekend that Green means Clean. We are here to help 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

2018 Limestone County Home and Garden Show

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Community 2018 Limestone County Home and Garden Show SERVPRO booth at the 2018 Limestone County Home and Garden show.

SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties participated in the Limestone County Home and Garden show last month. The rain did not keep people from coming out and enjoying this great event.

2018 Hospice of Limestone County Chili Challenge

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Community 2018 Hospice of Limestone County Chili Challenge Marketing Representative Penny Stevens (right) and Marketing Manager Julie Lowery (left).

We had such a great time participating in the Hospice of Limestone County Chili Challenge again this year. It was great to help raise money for such a great cause. We went with a very "basic" Chili this year and it was a huge hit!!!

Burn Marks and Stains In Your Home

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Burn Marks and Stains In Your Home Fire Burn Marks and Stains

Even if burns are not very deep, fire can leave obvious visual blemishes across a home. Stains and burn marks can happen to any material, from wallpaper to wood to glass to laminate, and each of these materials and types of burns can require a different approach to clean up properly. This complicated burning result is why many companies fail to adequately solve the problem: they simply lack the training or equipment necessary to handle a broad array of situations. SERVPRO technicians are trained extensively and have access to a franchise supply of tools to ensure that every job gets done right the first time. We are also part of a national network for disaster mitigation.

Superficial Burn Marks
Many burns from fire damage  are, aside from their visual appearance, virtually harmless for the building in question. Aside from discoloration and perhaps a layer of smoke residue, these burns have done very little to degrade the material they coat. Typically, these are easy for our technicians to deal with, requiring only a thorough cleaning with professional grade detergents, hand tools, sponges, and repainting. Another issue, for a future article, explores the problems associated with smoke odors and how to eliminate their pervasiveness.
 
Smoke Staining
Some types of smoke may leave stains on various materials, especially when mixed with water. Here is where SERVPRO’s flexibility comes into play: smoke can be tough to remove without damaging many materials. To name a few materials, upholstery, wood, carpet, fabric, and tile grout all require careful attention to adequately and safely clean away the smoke. Smoke and soot can dig deep into a material, sometimes requiring thorough washing or dry cleaning to remove effectively. The nature of the smoke, whether it is wet or dry, is a key factor in utilizing correct IICRC best practices for restoration. We realize the acidic nature of this combusted residue and how pitting can harm many surfaces.

Deeper Burns
When a fire has burned around an object or surface, it usually causes both visual and structural damage. Materials are often heavily degraded or deformed, and discoloration is typically pervasive. Again, different materials can require different approaches, with flammables such as wood, fabric, and upholstery requiring especially extensive restorations or perhaps replacement.
 
SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties is a local fire damage restoration company with national backing and resources. Call us as soon as possible after a fire at 256 233 4033.

Electrical Fires

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Electrical Fires Electrical Fire Damage

They can begin small, but electrical fires can spread fast, especially if it is inside a socket and able to travel through the wall before you realize there is a fire. Since the way in which these fires start is unique, they also require special measures when dealing with them. Prevention is, of course, the first step, however, in case you have one in your home, you should be prepared how to react. As with any fire, if it is growing too quickly or is unsafe, evacuate you and your family and pets right away.
 
You should shut down the power source from the electrical panel to help deter more fire damage to your home. The simplest way to do this is to access the main. Be sure you know where your circuit box is and never obscure your path to it. Once the power is cut, spray the fire with a Class C chemical extinguisher. You can also use baking soda. Do not ever use water since it is a conductor and can electrocute you. Do not restore power until a licensed electrician checks your wiring.
 
SERVPRO, a licensed fire damage remediation company, can then come in to repair any damages and clean up soot and smoke left behind.
 
Basic steps can deter electrical shorts and sparks from leading to full blown blazes. Begin by not overloading circuits, maintaining electronics and appliances with care, and regularly inspecting your wiring. Exposed or frayed wires should be replaced to stop the risk of shorts. Plus, cut the power to your home so you can open and inspect outlets, looking for singles or frayed wiring which suggests an electrical problem.
 
Never leave any space heaters, stoves, or electric blankets on while you are not home, and keep a good eye on portable heating units, placing them three feet or more away from curtains and furniture. Also, put these devices on sturdy, hard surfaces to eliminate the risk of tipping over. Check your fire detectors twice a year and cut power from any appliance that begins to smell strange, smoke, or run erratically.
 
Our staff at SERVPRO are specially trained to handle damage after an electrical fire. We repair any damages, plus clean up soot and smoke, deodorize the affected area and dry up any water from firefighting efforts if necessary.
 
SERVPRO arrives at your home quickly after receiving your call for help. You can reach us anytime by dialing (256) 233 4033 so do not hesitate to call.

 

Prevent Grill Fires this Summer

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Prevent Grill Fires this Summer Grill Fire

Summer bring the peak outdoor cooking season to North America, with U.S. grill masters "reaching for their spatulas, eager to usher in the long-awaited cooking season," notes the National Fire Protection Association, which is already asking grillers to follow smart cooking safety precautions. NFPA's most recent "Home Grill Fires" report indicated three out of five households own a gas grill, and from 2009 to 2013, an annual average of 8,900 home fires involved grills, hibachis, or barbecues and almost half of all grilling injuries involved thermal burns.

 

Grilling fires peak in July in the United States, followed by May, June, and August as the months with the highest numbers.

All types of grills pose a risk for fires and burn injuries, NFPA reports, adding that 27 percent of home grill fires started on an exterior balcony or open porch; another 27 percent started in a courtyard, terrace, or patio; and 8 percent began in the kitchen. "As friends and families get ready for the grilling season, make sure the grill is working properly and review safety tips," said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy for NFPA. "The leading causes of home grilling fires are failing to properly clean the grill or having a flammable object too close to the grill. It's also important to check the grill for damage before using it for the first time each year and then to check it regularly."

NFPA offers these tips for grilling safely:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed away from the home or deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Children and pets should be at least 3 feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease and fat buildup from the grates and trays below.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

For more information and resources, visit www.nfpa.org/grilling.

Humidity and Mold

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Humidity and Mold Humidity can cause mold

Usually, something fairly obvious like a leak or a flood is the cause of a mold outbreak. You trust this to be the rule to explain mold growth, so microbial activity in non-water damaged areas of your home take you completely by surprise. SERVPRO knows microbial outbreaks do not always play by the rules, but we have confidence in our mold remediation methods.

Why would mold damage be a problem in your  home if the roof is sound and all plumbing up to date? Many homes have central air conditioning or window units to minimize the discomfort of extreme heat and excessive moisture in the air. If your air conditioning system malfunctions or underperforms the air quality in your home suffers, feeling moist and sticky.

Humidity in your home of more than 60 percent supports mold growth even without any water seeping out of leaky pipes, a hole in the roof, or other water flooding situations. If you try to save on energy use by running your air conditioner infrequently or not at all when the humidity is high, do not be surprised that mold damage is an unintended consequence. When SERVPRO hears a story of mold growth absent an obvious leak we pay close attention to the level of moisture in the air of your home. We use precise measuring tools to monitor the humidity levels as we take all the steps necessary to abate the fungal damage.

Once we contain and remove the mold and disinfect the area, we turn to reducing the moisture content of the air to prevent future mold outbreaks. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers both remove dampness, and we advise continuous operation until the humidity drops. The ideal range is between 30 and 50 percent ambient moisture. Our technicians evaluate the operation of your air conditioners, checking for clogged drainage hoses or other easily repaired issues to improve their air drying capacity. We have portable dehumidifiers to decrease humidity if necessary. As a final step, we help you set up your own AC and dehumidifiers to maintain the levels we achieve with our professional equipment.

Contact SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties whenever a musty smell or mold growth invades your home. Call 256 233 4033 for an inspection and depend on us to craft a plan to remove the mold and limit moisture to prevent more growth.

Hidden Water Damage

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Hidden Water Damage Water Damage

It is no secret that old homes are plagued by problems. The main issue, whether the house is ancient or modern, is the threat of water damage. It does not take long for it to wreak havoc on a home. One broken pipe could be enough to result in damage which requires several hours of labor and thousands of dollars for repair.
 
Sometimes the water damage your home sustains is very evident and can be spotted easily by the untrained eye. However, it can be a subtle problem as well, creeping up on you and making significant destruction before you realize it is there. No matter the type of water damage, you want to have a professional water damage remediation company come in to help you dry your home out and make the repairs needed. SERVPRO is always ready to assist you with this.
 
Some signs that you could have water damage are good to keep an eye out for, especially in your older home. Water stains are telltale signs on your wall or ceiling and are usually evident. If you see one suddenly appear, it is a good time to call up SERVPRO and get a technician to check your home to see where the water is coming from.
 
Buckling walls and floors are another very clear sign, and is often the mark of a severe problem. Wood or drywall absorbs water, making it swell. The result is buckling which you can feel or see when you are walking over the area. It can occur over time like with a small leak in your shower or can happen suddenly like when an appliance floods your home.
 
Areas which are crumbling, such as the wood around your windows, molding, or baseboards, is also a sign of water damage. Any crumbling may indicate the wood is disintegrating from water infiltration.
 
Trust your nose as well. The damage might be hidden from your sight, but many times you can detect it with your nose. If you smell a musty or mildew scent, there may be moisture damage behind your walls. SERVPRO can use special moisture meters to detect such moisture and fix the problem for you. A lot of old houses have a musty, old smell, but in rooms, with water damage, the smell is much stronger.
 
If you cannot see a leak anywhere, you can sometimes sense it, so listen closely. If you believe there is a hidden leak coming from your roof, you should try using your ears to listen. During a rainstorm, turn everything in the house off including the central air or heat. The goal here is to make the house as quiet as possible; then you can stand in different places where you suspect there is a leak and listen. Water dripping through your roof is a very different sound then water landing on your roof.
 
SERVPRO can find the source of the leak in your older home and fix it, dry your home and possessions out and repair any damage. 

How Severe is Your Water Damage?

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Severe is Your Water Damage? Water Damage

To get started in the restoration of a home or business that has been affected by water damage, it is important to know the extent of damage that you are getting into. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), there are four classes of destruction that explain the severity levels of water damage. Knowing the class of destruction first will help in making a restoration plan to fix the water damage.            

Classes of Destruction

Class 1 –

            Class 1 is the easiest water damage to deal with due to the slow evaporation rate. Only part of the room or area is affected for this class and there is little to no wet carpet that has been affected.

Class 2 –

            Due to the fast evaporation rate of Class 2, the whole room becomes affected. From the carpeting to the walls and structure, moisture covers the room.

Class 3 –

            This class involves the fastest evaporation rate where ceilings have now become involved. Most instances from this class have had liquid come from the ceiling. The moisture in these incidents will most likely affect the ceiling, walls, insulation, carpet and sub-floors.

Class 4 –

            When an area has reached class 4, this means that the liquid has had enough time to completely saturate materials such as hardwood, brick or even stone. These incidents require specialty-drying situations.

Source - http://www.IICRC.org/the-basics-water-damage-restoration-training-a-23.html

How To Prevent a Pipe Burst

5/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Prevent a Pipe Burst After a pipe burst in this home happened, we at SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties fixed this bathroom to be like new!

 Hope Plumbing blog site gives some great tips to prevent a pipe burst. These tips can't promise for your pipes not to burst, but they can decrease the chance of this happening in your home. 


1. keep one or two faucets running slowly


2. direct warm air to any colder areas of your home


3. leave cabinet doors open to allow warm air into the cabinets


4. disconnect your hose from the outside faucet


5. Install heat tape in the winter to warm the pipes in the winter


6. Seal leaks that allow cold air into your home where pipes are located


7. Prevent temperatures from dropping below 32 degrees


8. If you still have concerns about your system, call a licensed plumber and ask them to come to your home and advise you about how to prevent pipes from freezing


Worst case scenario, if your pipes do burst, or if you suspect that there is damage around your pipes, call SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties and let us come and repair your pipes. Our number is (256) 233-4033


Site reference: http://www.hopeplumbing.com/blog/2015/december/8-tips-on-preventing-pipe-bursting/

Commercial Fire Damage

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Damage Stove top after fire damage

Unfortunately, fire damage can happen to anyone. Some of the most common reasons for fire damage include:


-forgetting to turn off heating products in the house (iron, straighteners, curling irons, microwaves, ovens, stoves, etc). 


-smoking in bedrooms


-candles


-children playing with matches/fire


-inadequate wiring 


 


The picture included shows a stovetop that we were asked to clean up after a fire had started in the kitchen. SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties was called to save the day and restore the kitchen back to normal. The owner was thrilled at how fast our team was able to come out and restore the kitchen back to the way it had originally looked.  


 


If you have had a fire occur in your Athens, AL business, give SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties a call at (256) 233-4033.

Who To Call To Restore Items Damaged In A Fire

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Who To Call To Restore Items Damaged In A Fire This is a team photo right before we were headed out to a home in Athens to restore clothes that had been burned in a fire.

Unfortunately, housefires are very common. Not only can housefires cause physical items to be damaged, but they also cause heartbreak because of the important items that get damaged due to the fire. SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties has the tools to restore important items that are burned in a fire back to normal. With our cleaning equipment, we are able to make items burned in a fire appear as if they had never been burned. 


We use specialized equipment to remove smoke and soot from all over the house. We also take the time to remove odors caused from the fire and use air scrubbers to make it smell new again. We have a variety of other tools and equipment that restore all types of goods. Here are just a few items that we can restore in a home:


-clothes


-toys


-paintings and artwork


-kitchen items


-furniture


-electronics


-wooden items


-metal items


 


 

Next Steps After a Fire

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Next Steps After a Fire Let SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties help you with the next steps to take after a fire.

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 


SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties can help you take the right steps after you have experienced fire in your home or business. Here are the steps we take to restore your home:


1. Inspection and fire damage assessment (by inspecting the amount of fire,smoke, and soot damage we can determine the best plan of action)


2. Immediate board-up and roof-tarp service (by boarding up damaged or missing walls, windows, and roofs, safety is more ensured for people and items in the building


3. Water removal and drying 


4. Removal and smoke and soot from all surfaces 


5. cleaning and sanitizing (yes, we are able to restore personal belongings damaged in a fire back to their original look and feel)


6. restoration


 


Call us today! (256) 233-4033

What You Need To Know About Mold

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What You Need To Know About Mold This is a floor that was affected by mold and water damage. SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties was able to come and restore it.

Our SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties 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. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.


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 Limestone and Lawrence counties today and we will glad to assess any mold damage that you may suspect. (256) 233-4033

SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties Knows Mold!

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation   SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties Knows Mold! This kitchen in Athens, AL was affected by mold and water damage after a sink had been left running.

SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties has a team of production technicians that get to be a part of education classes to learn how to handle, treat, and remove mold safely: 



  • IICRC Training

  • Employee Certification Training

  • Initial Franchise Training

  • e-Learnings

  • Continuing Education Classes


It is important to know how to do mold remediation and how to do it as safely as possible. Being educated to know how to remove mold and in a safe way is vital to your home or business and to the health of others. Some of the trainings that SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties provides to it's workers are courses that are several days long because of the amount of quality information our team needs to know about to be able to perform the job as effectively and efficiently as possible. 

How To Know How Far Away Lightning is From You

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

According to an article written on LiveScience, all you have to do to determine how far away lightning is from where you are is to "just count the number of seconds that pass between a flash of lightning and the crack of thunder that follows it, then divide that number by five." They go on to say that "the resulting number will tell you how many miles away you are from where lightning just struck." 


Why is this important to know? Because it's important to know how you would handle storm damage on the inside and outside of your house if it were to happen. Are you in an area that frequently has storms? And what would you do if your house did get damaged by storms? SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties has the right tools, technology and people to do the job. Call us today at (256)233-4033


 


 


http://www.livescience.com/37734-how-far-away-is-lightning-distance.html

Black Mold: What You Need To Know

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Black Mold: What You Need To Know This room was affected by mold. SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties was called and we were able to do mold remediation is a timely manner.

Black mold is also called stachybotrys chartarum. Mold can cause health effects in humans. In any case, if you suspect or see mold in your home or business, SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties can fix this problem with mold remediation.


SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties uses specialized equipment, educated team members, and a variety of tools to remove different types of mold safely. Some of the benefits of using SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties to help with mold remediation is that we are open 24/7 to help in cases of emergencies, we have a team of highly educated production technicians to do the remediation process effectively and efficiently, and we can work with insurance companies to make the process as easy as possible.


 


http://blackmold.awardspace.com/stachybotrys.html

When Storms or Floods Hit

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property and personal items. 


 


Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces restoration cost. 


When storms hit Limestone and Lawrence County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.


 


If you have experience storm damage call SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties at (256) 233- 4033 today!

What To Do After You Notice Water Damage

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do After You Notice Water Damage This room in Athens, AL had water damage and we were able to remove the water damage and install new flooring.

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:



  • Is it safe to stay in the house?

  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.

  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!


SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties can help you with any water damage needs you have that arise in your home or business! We use specialized equipment to clean and restore items and your home or business back to pre-water damage conditions. Some of the specialized tools we use include :


-dehumidification equipment


-monitoring equipment (to track progress)


-high-speed air movers


We have trained our hard-working staff to know how to properly use this equipment so that you can have the peace of mind that your house or business is being restored effectively and efficiently. No job is to big for SERVPRO in Athens, AL. Call us today about what steps you need to take after having water damage. 


 


SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties (256) 233- 4033

When storms or floods hit

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage When storms or floods hit Call the restoration pros from SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties

SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre storm condition. 


 


Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces restoration cost. 


 


When storms hit Limestone and Lawrence County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.


 


If you have experience storm damage call  SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties (256) 233-4033

What To Do In The Event Of A Fire

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do In The Event Of A Fire Fire Damage

It's devastating to experience the chaos of a fire in your home. Not only is it difficult to deal with the loss, but the clean up too. If it is a small isolated fire, getting the area cleaned and repaired should be a priority.


The first thing to consider is the ash and smoke damage that occurred. These can lead to corrosion, discoloration and unpleasant odor. Getting ash and smoke cleaned up immediately will prevent any of these from leading to an even larger problem.


Take these action steps if you find yourself handling the aftermath of a house fire.


1. Contact your insurance company.


2. Contact your local SERVPRO.


3. Take photographs of the damage.


4. Keep a record of all conversations with your insurance company.


5. Make a list of everything you lost or that was destroyed.


6. Find a place to stay while your restoration company cleans up your property.


While a house fire is a trying experience, it helps to have a game plan in place. So, remember these steps for the next time you or a loved one is handling the aftermath of a house fire.  

Emergency Ready Profile

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

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


SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties 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.256-233-4033

Content Restoration After a Fire

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Content Restoration After a Fire Content Restoration

From furniture to antiques to artwork and appliances, we'll treat your treasures with the care they deserve. While some items can be cleaned on-site, in many cases we'll need to inventory, pack out and transport the contents of your property to our state-of-the-art facility to ensure the best care possible.


Key Issues



  • Contents may need to be cleaned off-site

  • Contents inventory

  • Determine replacement and restoration

  • Pack

  • Ozone treatment

  • Cleaning

  • Odor removal

  • Secure

  • Return


Contents Inventory



  • We arrive on-site and inventory all of your personal belongings.

  • We carefully pack all salvable items to transport to our secure warehouse and cleaning facility.

  • Unsalvageable contents are inventoried and discarded.


Contents Valuation


We have trained professionals to help you establish replacement values versus restoration costs. We are also available for pricing of non-salvable inventory items.


Restoration



  • Thorough cleaning

  • Proper handling of all electronics

  • Photographs and artwork

  • Fabrics

  • Clothes

  • Memorabilia

  • Antiques

  • Soft goods

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Appliances

  • Surfaces

  • Odor Removal


If you've experienced a fire and need help restoring your contents, call SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties. 256-233-4033

What do I do if I have a water damage?

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

General What do I do if I have a water damage? Water Damage

If you have a water damage from a clean source such as water supply lines, sink overflows, tub overflows, or appliance malfunctions, here are some things to do before SERVPRO arrives.

  • Shut off the source of the water.

  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if the access panel is safe from electrical shock.

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.

  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.

  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.

  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.

Faster to any size disaster

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Faster to any size disaster Faster to any size disaster

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 Limestone and Lawrence Counties 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 Limestone and Lawrence Counties 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 Limestone and Lawrence Counties will work hard to restore the property and its contents to preloss condition.

Storm Travel

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Travel Faster to any size disaster

The Tennessee valley area has been very fortunate to not have had a wide spread weather-related emergency in a few years. I hope that we never go through another weather related disaster. 

We have had some of our teams travel to assist other SERVPRO franchises when their areas were struck by major storms and they needed extra hands to care for folks in the midst of crises.

In the same way, we at SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties  are ready for any size disaster. SERVPRO franchises work together, locally and nationally to help families and businesses during times of unexpected crises. If the need happens to require more hands than we have, our fellow SERVPRO local franchises know how to work together with us to take care of our community. 

You can always count on SERVPRO. We are always ready to help!

Mold can be hazardous to your health

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold can be hazardous to your health Mold can be hazardous to your health

Mold can seem almost benign due to its slow rate of visible damage and sluggish spreading but make no mistake; it can pose a health hazard to you once it has taken hold. SERVPRO technicians take entire courses on mold safety. There are many species of fungi that can create widely varied situations and problems depending on a high number of factors. If you have uncovered mold in your home, protecting your health and safety becomes a concern, and should top your list of priorities. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind as you live and work in your home during the remediation service. SERVPRO stance is that mold does cause health effects, we do not diagnose, but we do remediate.

You May Want to Wear a Mask
Timonium mold damage has a potential to cause respiratory health issues, in particular for individuals with weakened immune systems or asthma. SERVPRO technicians have access to industrial-grade protective masks and even suits when needed, and you should, at the very least, try to protect your mouth and sinuses with a mask when working near mold damage. For those with asthma or respiratory issues, the urgency of this precaution is even higher. We firmly recommend that you do not grapple with this problem. Our main advice is to call us to tackle your mold problem. Be safe, not sorry.
 
Hands Off
Some types of mold can produce toxic or infectious byproducts, making the act of touching mold with your bare hands potentially dangerous. In general, you should never touch visible mold growth, as doing so can not only hurt you but also spread the mold to other surfaces. If you touch mold by accident, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before touching other surfaces.
 
Be Mindful of Other Dangers
Many mold damage cases come with additional problems, whether you are aware of them or not. That patch of mold could be the result of a five-year-old water pipe leak, and in addition to allowing mold growth, it may have already long weakened the surrounding structure. Being aware of structural issues and other types of damage could save you money while protecting your home investment.
 

Call SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties if you suspect you have a mold issue.

256-233-4033

Are you Prepared for a power outage?

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

General Are you Prepared for a power outage? Emergency Readiness Kit!

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days. Depending on the nature of the disaster road conditions may prevent help from arriving in a timely manner. 

Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.  If the power goes out keep your pipes from freezing by shutting off the valve that allows water to come into your home. Then, open any drain valves and all faucets and let them run until the pipes are empty (it's helpful to identify these valves in advance). Next, flush all toilets and pour denatured alcohol into toilets and sinks to prevent water in the traps from freezing. Do NOT use automotive antifreeze in case there's trouble with your water system; you don't want the antifreeze to contaminate your drinking water. You may, however, use nontoxic antifreeze that's made for winterizing motor homes.

Be prepared for a power outage by keeping necessary items centrally located in your home. Take the time to ensure that everyone in your family is aware of the "kit." Periodically check your kit to see that batteries operate properly. The following is a list of items that are suggested to keep on hand:

1.     Flashlights for each family member

2.     Battery-operated radio and clock

3.     Extra batteries

4.     Containers of bottled water

5.     Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated food, powdered milk, baby supplies for infants

6.     Non-electric can opener

7.     List of important phone numbers

8.     First-aid kit

Following a disaster, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils. The following items are suggested when selecting emergency food supplies. You may already have many of these on hand.

•Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.

•Choose foods your family will eat.

•Remember any special dietary needs.

•Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.

•Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.

•Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener

•Protein or fruit bars

•Dry cereal or granola

•Peanut butter

•Dried fruit

•Nuts

•Crackers

•Canned juices

•Non-perishable pasteurized milk

•High energy foods

•Vitamins

•Food for infants

•Comfort/stress foods

These and many other helpful tips are available at ready.gov Here is the link to winter tips for before during and after a winter storm http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather When winter weather strikes the Winston Salem area knowing what to do until SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties arrives will make a difference.  Call us directly at 256-233-4033!

COMMERCIAL CARPET CLEANING

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial COMMERCIAL CARPET CLEANING CHURCHES RECEIVE A 10% DISCOUNT ON CARPET CLEANING AND PEW CUSHIONS

Carpets and Upholstery Cleaning



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 256-233-4033 SERVPRO OF LIMESTONE AND LAWRENCE COUNTIES


SERVPRO Franchise Professionals also offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:



  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.

  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.

  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.

  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.

  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.


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 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 Limestone and Lawrence Counties 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. 256-233-4033

Tornado Safety Tips

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tornado Safety Tips Tornado

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 Limestone and Lawrence Counties 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.

SERVPRO OF Limestone and Lawrence Counties is an IICRC certified Firm

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SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties

SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

 

Commercial Water Damage

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Commercial Water Damage 01/08/2017 A sprinkler system pipe froze and burst above an office at a local plant causing water damage.

 


Flooding and water damage events at  commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.


Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.


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


 


 

Winter Weather

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Weather Winter Weather

Although it hasn't felt like it lately, winter is here. It is the season that we see water damages due to frozen pipes. Not responding to your damage quickly can lead to costly mistakes. If you experience a water damage in your home, be sure to follow these steps.


1. Stop the water flow. 


Turn off the water main as soon as you notice something is wrong.Make sure to drain the lines throughout the home.


2. Inspect


Inspect the damage to determine if it is something that you can handle on your own or if you need additional help.


3. Call Professional Help


Call professional help if needed.  A plumber may be necessary to repair any damages to your pipes. Once that repair is made, SERVPRO can begin the restoration process. 


 


 

When Storms or Floods Hit

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Storms or Floods Hit Our highly trained crews are ready to respond to storm or flood damage 24/7 in Limestone and Lawrence Counties.

SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre storm condition. 


Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces restoration cost. 


When storms hit Limestone and Lawrence County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.


If you have experience storm damage call SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties at (256) 233-4033 today!

Hospice Chili Challenge 2017

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Community Hospice Chili Challenge 2017 SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties Chili Challenge for Hospice

SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties participated in the 30th annual Hospice Chili Challenge on 2/18/17. This year we made Creole Chili and decorated with a Mardi Gras theme. We had a great time and were happy to help raise funds for such a worthy cause.


Creole Chili Recipe


 1 lb ground beef


12 oz andouille sausage


1 green pepper


1 onion


1 can crushed tomatoes


1 can Rotel


1 can black beans


1 envelope creole spice mix


 


Brown ground beef, sausage, pepper and onion.


Mix all ingredients in crock pot and simmer for 8 hours on low.


 


If you are in need of fire or water damage mitigation in your Athens, AL home or business, give SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties a call at (256)233-4033

GOT MOLD?

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation GOT MOLD? Mold in Athens Bathroom caused by moisture. 01/20/2017

 


Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:



  • 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. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.


 


If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.


If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties 256-233-4033

SERVPRO Sewage Cleanup & Restoration

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Sewage Cleanup & Restoration Sewage cleanup, Toilet overflow, sewage backup SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties

Proper cleanup and remediation of sewer backups are critical aspects of keeping you and your family safe whenever the unexpected occurs. These backups should be considered an emergency because the water that is exposed may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that possess the ability to cause serious illnesses. With that being said, water damage can be classified by three types of contaminated water. 

Category 1: "Clean Water"

Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into either a category 2 or 3, depending on the length of time. Also taken into consideration is the temperature and contact with surrounding contaminants. An example includes the water from a clean source like a broken water line.

Category 2: "Gray Water"

Category 2 water is contaminated and can cause serious discomfort and illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow. 

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and can cause severe illnesses or even death if ingested. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams; water from beyond the toilet trap; water from the toilet bowl with feces; or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth. 

Any of these categories, if left untreated, has the potential to harm you and your family. Don't take the risk. When a water backup of any kind occurs, please contact SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties at (256) 233-4033 or visit our website.

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Are you Prepared for a power outage?

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

General Are you Prepared for a power outage? Emergency Readiness Kit!

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days. Depending on the nature of the disaster road conditions may prevent help from arriving in a timely manner. 

Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.  If the power goes out keep your pipes from freezing by shutting off the valve that allows water to come into your home. Then, open any drain valves and all faucets and let them run until the pipes are empty (it's helpful to identify these valves in advance). Next, flush all toilets and pour denatured alcohol into toilets and sinks to prevent water in the traps from freezing. Do NOT use automotive antifreeze in case there's trouble with your water system; you don't want the antifreeze to contaminate your drinking water. You may, however, use nontoxic antifreeze that's made for winterizing motor homes.

Be prepared for a power outage by keeping necessary items centrally located in your home. Take the time to ensure that everyone in your family is aware of the "kit." Periodically check your kit to see that batteries operate properly. The following is a list of items that are suggested to keep on hand:

1.     Flashlights for each family member

2.     Battery-operated radio and clock

3.     Extra batteries

4.     Containers of bottled water

5.     Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated food, powdered milk, baby supplies for infants

6.     Non-electric can opener

7.     List of important phone numbers

8.     First-aid kit

Following a disaster, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils. The following items are suggested when selecting emergency food supplies. You may already have many of these on hand.

•Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.

•Choose foods your family will eat.

•Remember any special dietary needs.

•Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.

•Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.

•Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener

•Protein or fruit bars

•Dry cereal or granola

•Peanut butter

•Dried fruit

•Nuts

•Crackers

•Canned juices

•Non-perishable pasteurized milk

•High energy foods

•Vitamins

•Food for infants

•Comfort/stress foods

These and many other helpful tips are available at ready.gov Here is the link to winter tips for before during and after a winter storm http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather When winter weather strikes the Winston Salem area knowing what to do until SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties arrives will make a difference.  Call us directly at 256-233-4033!

The Best 3 Vacuums for Getting Rid of Pet Hair!

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning The Best 3 Vacuums for Getting Rid of Pet Hair! Pet Hair

Many families consider the family pet a member of the family. Unfortunately, these family members can leave behind fur and dander that is not only unpleasant to look at but can also aggravate allergies. The first line of defense in combating the pet hair that may be taking over your house is a great vacuum designed to pick it up.

 Most vacuum manufacturers carry a line that is specifically designed to work on pet hair and dander. There are many different kinds to choose from, but the best vacuum will pick up the pet hair, dander, and dirt effortlessly. These three models get consistently high ratings and are big hits with the cat and dog crowd.

1) The Dyson DC25 Animal is a light-weight and bagless vacuum. All of the vacuums in the Dyson Animal series have a great reputation for picking up dirt and hair that other vacuums leave behind. They have a HEPA filters and work well for those suffering from allergies. They can be a little costly, but happy owners believe that they are worth every penny.



2) Bissell's Pet Hair Eraser® Vacuum includes a Pet TurboEraser Tool, a Pet Hair Lifter, and a Pet Contour Tool. These features are all formulated specifically to pick up pet hair. Bissell also sells a attachment that works as a groomer directly on your pet.

 

3) The Kenmore Progressive Canister has great reviews and pet owners are amazed at its cleaning capabilities. It is fairly reasonably priced, but one major complaint is the cost of repairs. The canister allows it to move around easily and it works well on all surfaces.



SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties recommend that you should brush your pet every single day to reduce pet hair. In lieu of that, get a great vacuum and allow Fido on the furniture.

If you need more help getting rid of that pesky pet hair, call the Pet Hair Removal Pro's at SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties (256) 233-4033

Water Damage-What Happens When Left Untreated

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage-What Happens When Left Untreated Water damage in Athens, AL

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 Limestone and Lawrence Counties 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) 233-4033

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 Limestone and Lawrence Counties

SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties 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.

For Immediate Service in Athens, AL Call SERVPRO

11/8/2016 (Permalink)

General For Immediate Service in Athens, AL Call SERVPRO Athens, AL Residents: We provide immediate service day or night! 

SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Athens, AL. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 256-233-4033

Residential Services

Whether your Athens, AL home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Limestone County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services

Does Your Limestone County Home Have A Mold Problem?

11/8/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Limestone County Home Have A Mold Problem? In Limestone County, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

 

 

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • 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. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

 

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 256-233-4033

When Storms or Floods hit Limestone and Lawrence Counties SERVPRO is ready!

11/8/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Limestone and Lawrence Counties SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Limestone and Lawrence Counties.

SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.


Faster Response


Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.


Resources to Handle Floods and Storms


When storms hit Athens, AL we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.


SERVPRO's Storm response team is "faster to any size disaster" and can get your home and life back to normal.


Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties Today 256-233-4033

Athens, AL Limestone County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

11/8/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Athens, AL Limestone County Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Athens, AL 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 Limestone and Lawrence Counties 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 – 256-233-4033

What is it that we do at SERVPRO?

8/4/2016 (Permalink)

General What is it that we do at SERVPRO? Fire, Water, Mold.... Call SERVPRO 256-233-4033

When your home or business has been damaged by fire, water, or storm damage, the immediate concern should be temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, and boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris.

After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties can begin the restoration process. Your home or business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its pre-loss condition.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.


  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Scalable Resources
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

  •  Call Now! (256) 233-4033


    Fire Damage in Athens, AL

    7/5/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Fire Damage in Athens, AL A grease fire in the kitchen was the source of this fire cleanup job in Athens, AL. We completely cleaned this home until there was no soot left.

    SERVPRO Of Limestone and Lawrence Counties has the expertise, training, and experience to handle your fire damaged home or office!

    Our teams of experts has over 50 years of fire restoration experience and we are here to help when you need us the most! 

    Our company is able to handle every aspect of your fire damage claim in Athens, AL from communicating with your insurance company, moving out your contents for cleaning, painting, demolition, and reconstruction to even your laundry. 

    Our state of the art eSporta Laundry Wash System has been specifically designed to get your clothing looking their best even after being tarnished with smoke and soot from a fire.

    It doesn't matter if the smoke came from a kitchen fire, electrical fire, grease fire, or a lightning strike. Our team of experts can handle the claim from start to finish. No need to wait on getting on any other contractor's schedule and waiting to get your life back to normal. We can make your fire loss "like it never even happened".

    Give us a call at SERVPRO (256) 233-4033!

    Mold in Crawlspace Athens, AL.

    7/5/2016 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation Mold in Crawlspace Athens, AL. Mold in your crawlspace in Athens, AL? SERVPRO can make it like it "Never even happened".

    SERVPRO Of Limestone and Lawrence Counties is your source for crawlspace mold problems in Athens, AL.  Our IICRC certified and trained technicians can diagnose your crawlspace mold problems and eliminate your black mold problem.

    The first step in our crawlspace cleaning process is to spray the mold with an antimicrobial treatment to keep the mold from growing and spreading.  We then hand wipe and/or HEPA Vac the floor joists and subflooring to remove the mold spores. The next step is to seal any wood that is showing any signs of water staining. Our technicians will test the moisture content of the wood to make sure that the moisture content level of the flooring is less than 20% so that you will not have further moisture issues. 

    We can also remove and replace your crawlspace vapor barrier. A lot of the homes that we visit do not have adequate coverage of their crawlspace floor which allows moisture to enter the crawlspace and create mold problems on the wood. Mold spores in your crawlspace can also negatively affect your indoor air quality as the the air flows up into the home.

    Give us a call at (256) 233-4033 to schedule a free estimate.

    Garage Remodel in Athens, AL

    6/13/2016 (Permalink)

    Building Services Garage Remodel in Athens, AL Garage Organization, Garage Remodel, Garage Rebuild

    SERVPRO just finished another garage remodel in Athens, AL. 

    The same team that can rebuild your home when it is damaged from a fire or flood is the best team to help you with your remodeling or construction project. Our construction team can can handle any size job from installing carpets to a full kitchen remodel. We are licensed,bonded, insured and have years of experience in the construction industry. Let the green team turn your dream home into a reality!

    (256) 233-4033

    Locally Owned Company with National Resources

    SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties is your smoke and fire damage restoration providers. We have the knowledge, equipment and experience to facilitate the entire clean up process, from start to finish. Contact us today at (256) 233-4033 to find out more about our fire damage repair services. We are locally owned and operated. We service Athens, Decatur, Madison, East Limestone, East Lawrence, Clements, Moulton, Courtland, and Town Creek, AL.

    Athens, AL Pressure Washing

    6/13/2016 (Permalink)

    Cleaning Athens, AL Pressure Washing Pressure washing concrete in Athens, AL

    SERVPRO can pressure wash your driveway, sidewalks, and vinyl siding to make it look new again!

    Call SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties for your pressure washing needs. Our trained technicians are capable of tackling any residential or commercial pressure washing job. Our pressure washing services include soft wash of homes, roofs,buildings,wood, vinyl, decks, fences, driveways, sidewalks, patios and gutters. It is important to have your property cleaned on a regular basis because pollutants take such a toll on our environment. Regular cleaning can extend the life of your property while adding value. You can rest assured that we will use the best possible cleaning method for your needs. No job is too big or too small for the SERVPRO team!

    Give us a call today to get a quote! 
    (256) 233-4033

    Crawlspace Moisture Problems

    6/7/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Crawlspace Moisture Problems Wet Crawlspace, Mold In crawlspace, Sewage in Crawlspace, Broken Pipe in crawlspace, crawlspace drying, crawlspace moisture problems.

    Do you have problems with moisture in your crawlspace? Has a leaking pipe caused mold, mildew or wood rot? Call SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties and we can handle that for you. Our trained and certified mold remediation technicians can diagnose your crawlspace moisture problem and get your crawlspace dried out in no time. Our technicians will remove any wet insulation in your crawlspace, treat the mold and mildew with an anti microbial sanitary solution, dry the wet floor joists or subflooring and remove and reset the vapor barrier so that you have no more problems of moisture damaging your home environment. If you think you might have a moisture problem, give us a call so we can come out a take a look!

    Call SERVPRO 256-233-4033

    Skunks in crawlspace

    3/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Biohazard Skunks in crawlspace Cleaning Technicians with their Personal Protective Equipment on including Tyvek suits and respirators. They are ready for whatever happens.

    We have received several calls recently for skunks invading crawlspaces and stinking up people's homes. Our SERVPRO technicians can help get the odor out of your home once the animal has been removed by an extermination company. With one of our many products for deodorization we are confident we can help you get your home back to normal in no time.Dont wait to call us while the smell gets worse. We also can process the laundry and soft contents as well to remove the skunk odors with our new state of the art laundry system that was recently received. Our ultimate goal is to make it  "Like it never even happened."

    Call SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence at (256) 233-4033 to remove your skunk odors today!!!

    Has a Fire Damaged your Clothing?? SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties can help!

    3/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Has a Fire Damaged your Clothing?? SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties can help! Esporta IS4000 Laundry Machine

    We are excited to announce that we have just acquired an Esporta Wash System and will now be providing soft contents restoration to our clients. SERVPRO strives to be a one-stop shop and with the addition of our newest laundry division we are now able to make that claim. The Esporta wash system uses patented technology to restore moldy, biohazard, smoke damaged soft content items such as shoes, handbags, clothing, draperies, and hats to pre loss condition.

    Now that we are armed with the Esporta iS4000, we are capable of cleaning 2X more than ordinary dry cleaners!

    The Esporta iS4000 cleans 90% of all damaged soft contents. These soft contents include the homeowners clothing, bedding, outerwear, pillows and stuffed animals. It includes leather items such as shoes, boots, belts, purses and jackets. Plus the full range of sports equipment, helmets, rollerblades & ski boots. Even ceramic collector dolls can be held stationary for cleaning.

    The Esporta Wash System is capable of cleaning soot, sewage, water damage and bio-contamination.

    If your home business has experienced a fire or water damage, give SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties a call at 256-233-4033! We can make it "Like it never even happened."

    Sandblasting Damaged Brick

    3/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Sandblasting Damaged Brick Clean area of smoke damaged brick home as a result of a fire.

    Athens residents. If you have a fire at your home and have smoke damage to your bricks, SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties can help! We recently sandblasted this customer's home to remove the soot from the brick. The customer was very happy with the results and we were able to save the insurance company a lot of money by restoring instead of replacing!

    SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties is also able to dry ice blast or soda blast your smoke damaged brick if sandblasting is too abrasive for your particular situation. Dry ice blasting is a great solution to your media blasting needs, and the cleanup is quick and easy!

    If you have smoke damage at your home:

    Call SERVPRO 256-233-4033 We are always here to help!

    Our trained technicians are have lots of experience restoring homes to "Like it never even happened."

    Hospice of Limestone County Chili Challenge 2016

    3/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Community Hospice of Limestone County Chili Challenge 2016 Athens Limestone Chili Challenge

    We were proud to support our community by participating in the 2016 Hospice Chili Challenge held at Athens High School. We decided to go with a Hawaiian themed chili and it was a huge success! We had many people compliment and vote for our chili. We look forward to next years challenge!  

     

    Aloha Chili Recipe

    2 pounds ground beef

    1 large onion, finely chopped

    1 20 oz can pineapple chunks

    1 16 oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

    1 15 3/4 ounce can pork and beans

    1 cup ketchup

    1/4 cup packed brown sugar

    1/4 cup white vinegar

    In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain.

    Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.

    2016 Athens Home and Garden Show

    3/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Community 2016 Athens Home and Garden Show Our Home and Garden Show booth

    SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties was glad to be apart of the 2016 Home and Garden show held in Athens at the Limestone County Event Center. The event was on March 11 & 12 and we had a great time.

    Flooded Basement Cleanup

    3/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Flooded Basement Cleanup This Athens home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains

    A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Athens, AL basement could flood, including: 

    • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe 
    • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
    • Storm sewer backup
    • Sanitary sewer backup
    • Foundation drainage failure
    • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
    • And many more

    The flooding in this Athens, AL home was caused by heavy rain runoff.  Athens had received over several inches of rain that week and it overwhelmed the system.

    We were onsite within an hour, to inspect the damage and to begin the water extraction process.  In less than four days we had basement dry. We use advanced inspection and monitoring equipment to determine you’re your home’s structure is actually dry. 

    If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

    We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

    • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
    • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
    • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
    • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
    • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
    • We have advanced inspection and extraction equipment

    Call Us Today – We’re Here To Help - 256-233-4033 

    Duct Cleaning in Athens, AL

    2/9/2016 (Permalink)

    Cleaning Duct Cleaning in Athens, AL This is what we pulled out of a recent customer's duct system.

    Have you had your air duct system inspected recently? The Indoor Air Quality Industry recommends having your HVAC system cleaned once every five years. SERVPRO can come and do that for you. Our pricing starts at $695 for a typical 9 register, 1 return system and $15 per register over that. Cleaning your duct system will prolong the life of your HVAC unit as well as make your indoor air quality much better. If you or your children suffer from allergies in the spring make sure to give us a call at (256) 233-4033 to come clean your air ducts and make your indoor air super clean again!

    Benefect, All Natural Disinfectant For Your Home or Business

    12/2/2015 (Permalink)

    Cleaning Benefect, All Natural Disinfectant For Your Home or Business Benefect 100% Natural Disinfectant

    Benefits of Benefect Natural Disinfectant

    Have you ever worried about the chemicals you are cleaning your home or workplace with?  Sure they might do the job as far as cleaning goes but what is it actually doing to your system?  How toxic are they?  What are they doing to our environment?

    What exactly is Benefect?  Benefect is a patented technology based on Thyme Oil.  In nature, plants produce germ-killing essential oils to protect themselves from invading microbes, similar to how our bodies produce antibodies for our protection.  Benefect is a revolutionary blend of these antimicrobial extracts particularly from the herb Thyme, and it achieves remarkable efficacy & safety profiles without using any traditional synthetic chemicals like ammonia or chlorine.  Benefect has been proven to kill over 99.99% of mold, mildew and bacteria.

    Who can use Benefect - the 100% Natural Disinfectant?  Anyone from a Homeowner to a Healthcare Facility can use Benefect due to the fact that it is 100% Botanical and Non Toxic.  It is highly recommended for those with allergies, asthma, respiratory problems and the chemically sensitive.  If you or someone you love has the above you know what the leading cleaning chemicals can do to them, why not give them a safe and effective alternative.  Our 100% natural disinfectant is so safe that you could spray it in your mouth!  

    What can I use Benefect on?  Our 100% natural disinfectant is safe to use on just about anything.  You can simply spray and walk away.  Benefect will dissipate and won't leave a film on anything. Benefect is completely food surface safe.  Benefect the 100% natural disinfectant is ideal for the following; kid's toys and high chairs, diaper pails and change tables, countertops, sinks and food preparation, toilet seats, sickrooms, pet areas, garbage cans and sports equipment.  Benefect is also ideal for odor control on carpet and carpet pads and will kill pet urine and vomit, even from concrete.  Some commercial applications would be in food preparation areas, day cares and nurseries, hotels and restaurants, schools and fitness gyms and kennels and barns.

    Why use Benefect? I think the better question here is, why wouldn't you use Benefect the 100% natural disinfectant. It's a healthy choice for ourselves and our environment. It's just sensible.

    Crawlspace Mold in Athens AL

    11/4/2015 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation Crawlspace Mold in Athens AL Crawlspace Mold Removal

    Does your home or business suffer from mold in your crawlspace or or on your floor joists or subflooring?

    Due to the high levels of humidity we experience here in North Alabama, it is very common for homes with crawlspaces to have some form of mildew or mold growing. Typically most people do not know this until they are getting ready to sell their home and get a home inspection. Although the main cause of mold in a crawlspace is high humidity levels, other causes could be leaking pipes in the crawlspace, or an inadequate vapor barrier.

    SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties has professionally trained technicians that can help you with that. Depending on the amount of mold that is present and the severity, our technicians can go in and  disinfect or kill the mold with an EPA registered anti-microbial disinfectant. After the mold has been killed, we then come in and remove the mold spores by wiping or HEPA-vaccuming the floor joists or decking to remove any residual dust or mold. Once that process has been completed, we come in and seal the wood with an anti-microbial sealant so that you have the peace of mind not to have to worry about the mold regrowing in the future. The final step is to remove the old vapor barrier where the mold spores have fallen onto, and replace it with a new one that will cover the entire floor of the crawlspace and prevent residual moisture from seeping up from the ground into the crawlspace and creating future problems. 

    Call SERVPRO Today for a free estimate! (256) 233-4033

    SERVPRO wins top company at the Apple Annie Charity 5k!

    11/2/2015 (Permalink)

    Community SERVPRO wins top company at the Apple Annie Charity 5k! Our team after the race!

    SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence had a blast this weekend at the 2nd Annual Apple Annie 5k.  Our company was voted the Top Company and we had the most participants. Our tent was setup for the kids to enjoy face painting, balloon animals, SERVPRO balloons, cornhole boards as well as two bounce houses. We even had a hot air balloon! Jordan and John won first and second place in their respective age divisions also! Amanda's son, Garrett Hamlin won 3rd place in the 1 mile fun run!

    Protect your property

    10/28/2015 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Protect your property Frozen pipes in Athens, AL cause major structural damage.

    Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious property damage. While you can’t control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared, and help take the sting out of winter weather.

    To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions before winter weather hits.

      •  Check your property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries. 
      • Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, causing roof damage and interior water problems.
      • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 
      • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
      • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
    • Ask SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties Professionals about completing an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no cost assessment to your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.

    Call SERVPRO - (256) 233-4033 - Ready for Whatever Happens

    Come Join Our Team!

    10/28/2015 (Permalink)

    General Come Join Our Team! Come join our growing team of qualified professionals!

    SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence is looking for a commercial marketing representative in Athens, AL.


    Primary Role:
     Promote and sell franchise services in assigned territory, which results in meeting or exceeding assigned sales goals. Grow and develop customer base by utilizing a systematic process to identify new prospects and to routinely contact and follow up with customers. Conduct repetitive contact calls to build relationships and educate the customer on why SERVPRO is the best cleaning and restoration company. Utilize the quarterly Marketing Media Kit to market SERVPRO services and to sell the benefits. Provide and communicate clear and accurate pretesting, scoping of services, and job estimates. Monitor and follow-up on all assigned jobs ensuring that customer needs are met.

    Results Expected: Established sales goals are met or exceeded. Customer base is diverse and new customers are routinely added. Both internal and external communications are timely and effective. Customer jobs are completed either meeting or exceeding customer expectations.

    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. This company does not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, national origin, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Be Ready For Whatever Happens

    10/28/2015 (Permalink)

    General Be Ready For Whatever Happens Call SERVPRO to get your Emergency Ready Plan Today! (256) 233-4033

    Our Emergency READY Program and the American Red Cross Ready Rating program are perfect partners. Call us today to schedule an assessment of your facilities.

    SERVPRO (256) 233-4033

    Apple Annie 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run

    10/28/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence is a proud sponsor of the Apple Annie Charity 5K which will be held October 31, 2015.

    The Apple Annie 5K is a charity race benefiting the Joy House and the Children's Advocacy Center of Athens/Limestone County.  The race will be held at the Athens Swan Creek Park (directly beside Athens High School).  After the 5K we will have a 1 Mile Fun Run for kids of all ages!  We will have a Family Fun Zone with games, face painting, food, music, and a hot air balloon!  Awards will be given for the race and for the most spirited Apple Annie runner!  Please come out and join us to run, walk, or play! 

    Here is the link to register: Apple Annie 5k

    Burning Leaves

    10/23/2015 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Burning Leaves Burning leaves

    With fall upon us, the question of the safety of burning leaves comes up.  Leaves pile up and bagging them for the city to take away can be a hassle.  Despite the inconvenience, SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence recommends that you should not burn leaves.  Burning leaves can cause problems to an individuals’ heath as well as damage to the environment.

    When leaves are burned, they can release several gasses and particulates that are hazardous to human health.  There is moisture in leaves, which cause them to burn slowly and release soot, dust and other solid materials into the air.  These items, if breathed in, can cause respiratory problems.  Gasses that are released can also cause problems in the bloodstream if inhaled.

    The particulates released into the air by burning can cause a serious drop in air quality.  Multiple leaf fires in an area greatly increase this risk.

    An easy solution to burning that is actually beneficial to the environment is composting.  By composting leaves, a great soil conditioning agent is created!

    For more information please visit the EPA’s website

    For help with a fire loss at your home or business,

    Call SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties at (256) 233-4033

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