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Spring Cleaning Your Office

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to spring cleaning, most people think of it as referring to their homes. But where do you spend so much of your time during the week? Spring cleaning shouldn’t be just for the home, the workplace can also benefit from a good cleaning!

How about those desk drawers?

Just like your junk drawers at home, desk drawers can collect a lot of unnecessary items in a year’s time! Take the time to go through your drawers at work. Keep and organize the essential items and throw away the rest.

Are your filing cabinets in order?

After a year of use, does your closet at home stay organized? Many times filing cabinets become disorganized over time. Sort through your papers, organize what you need to keep and throw away or recycle the rest.

What is that stuck between the keys of your keyboard?

After a year of snacking at your desk and dust mites flying, computers and electronics need a good cleaning. Take some time to wipe down monitors and spray your keyboard. Get those crumbs out!

Germs are everywhere!

When was the last time you wiped down your office phone? How about the surfaces of your desk and chair? With so many employees working together, illnesses are bound to spread! Use disinfectant spray and wipes to keep those germs away!

Spring is finally here and it is time to start fresh, declutter and organize. So open the office windows, take a breath of fresh air and rejuvenate your workspace with a good spring cleaning!

Reconstructing Your Home After A Fire

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO Team Works Hard to Make the Fire Damage Cleanup Process as Easy as Possible for You and Your Family!

There is no easy way to contend with a fire to your Huntsville home. For many people who have experienced this disaster, the effect on the structure of your home can be overwhelming to see. When it comes to restoring the damages to your home and to reconstruct the weakened portions of your residence following the fire, professional restoration services are more than just highly recommended. 

Your home might show its fire damage in several different ways, but the most pressing of any of these issues are the ones that threaten the structural integrity of your home. These issues must be resolved before any of the other problems from the fire, as these make your home unsafe to live in. Fortunately, our SERVPRO technicians get trained in all aspects of fire restoration for houses, including preparation techniques for reconstruction. 

The entire process begins with a thorough inspection completed by our experienced SERVPRO professionals. This inspection determines the farthest reaches of the damage from the fire, our approach to restoring the damage from the fire that trouble you and your family, and lastly to assess what areas of your home must get reconstructed or rebuilt to have the structural integrity it once had. 

While no one wants to hear that parts of their home must get rebuilt to be safe to live in, our technicians work to make this process as fast and simple as possible for you. Our team utilizes our training in controlled demolition to remove the highly damaged portions of your home and ready these areas for new materials. 

It is never an easy thing to deal with the effects of a fire, especially when reconstruction is a requirement, but SERVPRO of North Madison County can make this process as easy as it can be. We can restore all of the damage to your home and reconstruct the areas with the worst damage. Our emergency response team is available anytime you need us by calling (256) 261-3266.

The Water Damage You Don't See

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Not all water damage looks like wet floors or water dripping from the ceiling. Some water damage is harder to spot, but that doesn’t make it any less dangerous to your home. There are a few signs that you can check for to see if there may be unnoticed water damage, especially if you are coming home from a trip or thinking about buying or selling a home. 

Behind the Walls: Check your walls for discoloration or staining. You might also see peeling paint or bubbling. You can also touch walls to see if they are buckling outwards or if they feel soft or squishy to the touch. These can be indicators that water has leaked or migrated behind the walls of your home or business. Drywall loses its integrity when wet and, even if it doesn’t feel “wet,” it's behavior can still be an indicator of unseen moisture.

Under the Floors: Even if there isn’t water pooling on top of the flooring, or if the carpeting doesn’t feel wet, there could still be water affecting the subfloor. Check for any buckling, warping, or discoloration in your floors. These can be signs of the presence of water or excess moisture between the flooring and the subfloor or in the subfloor.

Special Locations: Be sure to use these techniques to check the basement and the attic, where water damage is most likely to occur.

Other Indicators: Of course, if you are smelling a musty odor or if you can see any mold growth, these are also clear indicators that there may be water or moisture where it shouldn’t be.

These tips are just the beginning!  If you do suspect water damage in your home, give us a call!

About SERVPRO of North Madison County

3/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Madison County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 256-261-3266

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of North Madison County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

    • Your name and contact information
    • Your insurance information (if applicable)
    • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
    • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
    • What caused the water damage (if known)?
    • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of North Madison County

SERVPRO of North Madison County 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.

Restoring Commercial Properties

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Huntsville 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.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

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.

About SERVPRO of North Madison County

SERVPRO of North Madison County 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 SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

IICRC Certified Firms

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Madison County 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 North Madison County

SERVPRO of North Madison County 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.

Faster to Any Size Disaster

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Madison County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Madison County. 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 – 256-261-3266

Residential Services

Whether your Madison County 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 Madison 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: click here.

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Commercial Water Damage: Protect your businesses from flooding

12/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage: Protect your businesses from flooding

The maintenance on internal building systems can prevent water damage, and should therefore be inspected. Items to inspect would include some of the following:

Repair Guidelines – Are there rules in place regarding installations by tenants/unit owners that address quality of fixtures and quality of workmanship in upgrading plumbing? Is there a list of pre-approved contractors?

Unit inspections – Regular inspections should include reviews of all plumbing connections inside a unit. Slow leaks should be addressed, along with condensation forming or other evidence of problems to reduce the potential for mold and moisture damage. Inspect radiators for evidence of leaking that has not been reported.

Central Hot water/Steam Heating – Is there proper drainage for the boiler room?

Hot water tanks – Is there a floor drain and/or a dyke to allow for a tank rupture without causing significant damage to surroundings? Are large tanks drained and inspected a minimum every 6 years? Have small tanks been replaced within past 10 years?

Pipe Freezing - Are radiators and piping protected from freezing? If there are areas susceptible to freezing, have supplemental heating and/or antifreeze solutions been used?

Sprinkler Systems – Have systems been installed with flow sensors? Are sensors monitored? Are systems inspected annually?

Water Mains – Are all mains and branches labeled and able to be isolated? Is there a valve diagram chart to allow quick shut-off in the event of an emergency?

Is That Mold or Mildew?

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is That Mold or Mildew? The differences between mold and mildew

SERVPRO enjoys raising mold and mildew awareness in our Huntsville/Madison County community. Both mold and mildew are types of fungi. Mildew is never useful, but some kinds of fungi are okay, like mushrooms (if you like mushrooms) and some molds can be useful, like penicillin. Other kinds of mold are definitely not okay and you don’t want them growing inside your home or office. SERVPRO of North Madison County can help, if you discover something growing in your home or business that should not be there.

Education about the different types of mold and mildew in your home is important, and finding an industry expert to inspect it critical. SERVPRO of North Madison County recommends getting an inspection done. If you need assistance getting rid of the problem, please give SERVPRO of North Madison County a shout and we would be happy to help.

For more information about mold and mildew visit the following helpful link.

https://www.fema.gov/pdf/rebuild/recover/fema_mold_brochure_english.pdf

Preventing Commercial Water Damage

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Business owners everywhere should start thinking about how to prevent commercial water damage. Everything from maintenance checks to grading systems should be checked. So how do you plan on protecting your business from water damage? Read on to find out what you should be considering.

Building and Street Maintenance

When was the last time your storm drains were cleared? Annual inspections of your floor, storm, and roof drains can help you avoid drainage problems. If your floor drains haven’t been cleaned lately, take a vacuum hose and clear it or call a professional.

Sump Pumps

There are at least two sump pumps in each sump under your building. Sump pumps are used to keep flood waters from building up and causing water damage. But are yours both working? When was the last time they were tested? Do they have battery backups in case of a power outage? Power outages were the cause of 18 percent of water damage incidents involving a sump pump. Because sump pumps run on electricity, power outages shut down the pumps allowing water to flood your facility. If these pumps are your main source of protection, you should consider a generator to keep them going.

Generator Fuel Tanks

In areas subject to flooding, it is important to relocate your generator fuel tanks out of the basement. Generator fuel can be contaminated in the event of a basement flood, prohibiting generator functions, and prevent power from reaching the pumps.

Runoff

Does grading lead away from your building? Grading helps to move water away from your building instead of moving towards it. Checking your grading system can help keep water from flowing into your building.

Clear the Floor

One of the leading causes of water damage is the items on the floor. You can avoid this by removing porous materials, boxes, and paper from the floor of your basement. Keep all of your electronics off the floor and make sure to turn off your electronics when you are expecting heavy rains.