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Post Construction Clean-Up

4/15/2016 (Permalink)

Post Construction clean-up

Post construction clean-up is another service that SERVPRO of North Huntsville offers. It could be as big whole commercial building or as small as a kitchen remodel in your home.

What we do to make it as good as new:

*Carpet, resilient and non-resilient floor prep

*Ceiling, walls, and fixture cleaning

*Deodorization

*Air Duct Cleaning

* Debris Removal

*Window Cleaning

Why not leave the heavy lifting and cleaning to the Pro’s here at SERVPRO Of North Huntsville!!!

Old Washing Machine Hoses

3/14/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Old Washing Machine Hoses Rubber washing machine hoses.

About 4 years ago you bought a new washer and dryer. The new machines were delivered and set up. For the past 4 years everything has been working fine. Your neighbor had a SERVPRO truck at her house a few days ago. When you see your neighbor the next time she tells you a washing machine hose burst and her basement was flooded. 

This happens more often than you might think.  Rubber washing machine hoses are in danger of failing after they are 5 years old. The chances of a failure go up with each year after 5 years is reached. Rather than waiting for an old hose to burst, here are a few proactive steps that can be taken to lessen the chances of coming home to a flooded basement.

Replace your rubber hoses regularly. An accepted rule of thumb is to replace rubber washer hoses every 5 years. To make this replacement time easy to remember replace your hoses every leap year.

Stainless steel braided hoses are more durable and longer lasting than rubber hoses. Stainless hoses will be a little more costly than rubber, but the piece of mind will be well worth the investment.

Emergency shutoff kits can be a good choice. These systems are designed to detect leaks and shut the water off before the leak becomes a flood. Just like the stainless hoses, a few extra dollars is well worth the piece of mind.

If a hose does burst and the basement or laundry room floods SERVPRO of North Huntsville is ready to help. We have the equipment to get the water out, dry the floor and walls and get your house back in order. Remember with SERVPRO we make it, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of North Huntsville does Biohazard and Crime Scene Cleanup

3/11/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is recognized and respected as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by insurance companies nationwide.SERVPRO professionalls offer fast, reliable biohazard, crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health problems for building occupants, employees, customers and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely dispose of such hazardous materials can contribute to unhealthy, unsanatary and even dangerous conditions. Police and fire departments to not perform cleanup for biohazards or crime scene areas. 

SERVPRO of North Huntsville has professionals that are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal in compliance with OSHA, EPA, state and local health regulations. Our technicians are equipped with specilized safety equipment and cleaning products to return affected areas into safe clean places for your family, co-workers and customers.

What to do when you have a "Clean Water Damage"

3/11/2016 (Permalink)

What to do/ What Not to do

What to Do:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible, or contact a qualified plumbing technician to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution 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 carpet.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Pin up upholstered furniture skirting to keep off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with carpeting or floors. 
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

What Not To Do:

  • Do not enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Do not enter effected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items that may cause staining on wet carpet or floors.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damaging the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not use TV's or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixture if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

What to do in Flooding Events

3/11/2016 (Permalink)

Spring showers can often lead to flooding conditions in North Alabama. These tips will help reduce the impact spring floods that my happen on your property. 

Watch for Pooling Water 

Look for places around your property where water pools, and channel it away from buildings. Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and they are directing water as intended.

Maintain Sump Pump 

If you have a sump pump, check to be sure it is operational before water starts rising. Consider a back-up generator to ensure your pump works when you need it most. Contact your insurance agent to add coverage in case your sump pump fails. 

Raise Storage Goods 

Use shelving and/or pallets to keep storage items off the floor to reduce the impact of small floods. In many situations, raising boxes just a few inches will be enough to keep storage goods above the water line. 

Cut Power if Necessary 

As rising water approaches the level of electrical outlets, you risk having a live current flow through all the water. Cut the power if you can safely do so without standing in water. Otherwise, evacuate and contact an electrician to cut the power before you go back in for recovery.

Keep Storm Drains Clear

If you see water pooling around a storm drain, the drain may be clogged with debris. Clearing the debris will help keep the water flowing away from your neighborhood.

Be Aware on the Road 

Be careful when driving during spring storms, especially when you hear flash flood warnings. Never drive into fully submerged roadway. The water surface will be at the same level as the pavement you can see. This view can deceive you into thinking the water is shallow because you cannot see how the road dips under the surface. 

Act Fast 

When a flood happens, you need to act fast to dry out any wet items, particularly structural materials like walls and flooring. Call SERVPRO® of North Huntsville 256-534-1177 to extract water and mitigate any mold growth. Our franchise professionals have the training and experience to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.”