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It's the water you don't see [Part One]

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO® of South Jefferson County have the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO® of South Jefferson County will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by SERVPRO® of South Jefferson County:

Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.

Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO® of South Jefferson County to monitor the drying process.

It's the water you don't see [Part Two]

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO® of South Jefferson County can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.

Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.

Thermal Foggers dispense solvent based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor causing particles to deodorize structures, garments, automobiles and other places where cleaning cannot reach.

The bottom line? SERVPRO® of South Jefferson County has the training and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Defense Against Mold Growth

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Keep the humidity between 30 to 60 percent. 

Provide for proper drainage away from building foundations.

Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks.

Keep gutters and drains clear of debris.

Respond to all water intrusions immediately.

Inspect the roof, windows and other areas where water might enter the building and perform necessary maintenance.

Contact SERVPRO® of South Jefferson County for assistance after a water damage or if you discover mold.

How To Prepare For Hurricanes

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over ocean water and often move toward land. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. The heavy winds of hurricanes can cause damage or destroy homes, buildings, and roads, as well as cause power, water, and gas outages. These effects can injure or kill people, disrupt transportation, and pollute drinking water. Hurricanes cause deaths and injuries primarily from drowning, wind, and wind-borne debris. The impact from hurricanes can extend from the coast to several hundred miles inland. To find your risk, visit FEMA’s “Know Your Risk Map.” Be better prepared for this hurricane season, and learn more at ready.gov/prepare.

  • Stayed informed
  • Plan for evacuation
  • Take action to protect your property from against wind and water damage

For more information check out www.fema.gov

Restaurant Water Damage

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

A local restaurant called SERVPRO of South Jefferson County regarding a water loss where their sprinkler system burst causing damage throughout the kitchen and adjoining rooms. The water was extracted, all areas were treated and equipment was set. Luckily, this job only needed a few days of drying. The restaurant is in a very populated area with a lot of traffic so getting them back to normal needed to happen rather quickly. 

We know that no one plans on this happening but we want to be top of mind if it does. SERVPRO of South Jefferson County has trained professionals, who care about your business or home as if it is their own. This can be a tough time for you and your family. Give us a call if you need us, 205-664-6670

Relationships with Fire Departments

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Who do you usually call first when you have an emergency? Usually 911 or your local fire and/or police department. We want the local fire and police departments to know about what SERVPRO of South Jefferson County has to offer; especially when it comes to assisting them. Once they get done inspecting the scene, we are able to come in and assist the customer. 

More times than not if you're dealing with some type of emergency then you are so frantic you do not know what to do next. The police and/or fire department are able to give you suggestions of who to call or your next steps. That's why we want to be top of mind to them, when this situation occurs.

Have A Plan!

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Have a plan for your family before severe weather strikes:

  • Pick a place where family members can gather: the basement, bathroom, an interior hallway or closet on the lowest floor.
  • Make sure your home, school, workplace and church have a designated shelter.
  • Pay attention to weather information during the risk.
  • Know the difference between a watch and a warning.
  • Have redundant sources of weather warnings, including at least one that will wake you in the night if a warning is issued.
  • Notify friends and family who may not be aware.
  • Have shoes, wallet, emergency kit and phone close by so you can grab them on a moment’s notice.
  • Keep important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
  • Don’t forget your pets: collars with identification, sturdy leashes, food/drinking water/bowls, cat litter/pan, pet beds and toys.
  • Do drills with your family. Include pets.

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Relationships

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Who do you usually call first when you have an emergency? Usually 911 or your local fire and/or police department. We want the local fire and police departments to know about what SERVPRO of South Jefferson County has to offer; especially when it comes to assisting them. Once they get done inspecting the scene, we are able to come in and assist the customer. 

More times than not if you're dealing with some type of emergency then you are so frantic you do not know what to do next. The police and/or fire department are able to give you suggestions of who to call or your next steps. That's why we want to be top of mind to them, when this situation occurs. 

Mold Continuing Education

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Every month we host a continuing education course here at our facility for insurance agents and adjusters. They are usually between 2 and 4 hours and listed below is what you would learn if you come to the mold course:

The insurance professional will gain a better understanding of how mold affects today’s society. They will also become more aware of the different entities that participate in the mold restoration industry.

The insurance professional will learn about mold, mold growth requirements and the goals of mold remediation followed by professional vendors. They will also be educated on the science of mold and the dangers/health effects of mold exposure.

Insurance professionals will gain a better understanding of the processes professional vendors use to complete mold remediation projects, including the guidelines recommended by leaders in the mold industry.

The insurance professional will learn the procedures that must take place if any mold remediation is to happen. They will also gain an awareness of common issues related to mold property damages, including education on typical remediation cost parameters and the responses to the mold issue.

Managing Mold Part One

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, your local SERVPRO of Bessemer/SW Jefferson have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.

Call the Team in Green

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call your local SERVPRO of Bessemer/SW Jefferson. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection and Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.