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Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold in your home or business
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If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Keep the area contained if possible. Close doors to the areas if possible
- Contact SERVPRO of North Huntsville for a mold inspection and/or mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don't touch or disturb the mold.
- Don't blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don't attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don't spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of North Huntsville specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it's a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today: 256-534-1177
Emergency Tips Before Help Arrives
Keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from the water damage
Here are some Emergency Tips to perform before SERVPRO of North Huntsville arrives on the scene. When in doubt before you turn the claim into the insurance company, have SERVPRO of North Huntsville come and evaluate the loss. SERVPRO has the tools to determine where the water has migrated to and the knowledge to show you the extent of the damage. Then our team can determine the best course of action to take in order to properly take care of the water damage.
WATER DAMAGE- Emergency Tips
- Shut off the water source , if possible.
- Remove excess water by mopping or extracting with a Wet Vacuum Unit
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under the furniture legs.
- Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from the wet area.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.
- Keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
- Move any books, magazines, papers, boxes out of the wet area
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Improve Indoor Air Quality
Changing your HVAC filter will improve air quality in your home.
Well, it's that time of year again where we're all stuck indoors either staring at each other, or our smartphones, all day long because Mother Nature refuses to cooperate with any outside plans. Which brings me to my question: When's the last time you changed your HVAC air filter for your house? Hmm? I can’t remember when I did …and if that's the case, it's time to change it, trust me! You see, your air filter is like the lint trap in your dryer, and NEEDS to be changed at least every two months, if not every month. In the wintertime it's suggested to change every month and upgrade your filter since we're all stuck indoors a lot more than usual, and so the collection of particulates in the air is greater. By changing your filter it will increase your air quality. It will also help increase the functionality of your HVAC system to run more efficiently as well. A dirty air filter is one of the main causes for system breakdowns. When your air filter is maxed out with dust and such, your system has to work harder to do its job. This will reflect on your utility bill & can also cause your unit to overheat and cost you more money!
Check your filter’s condition and change it once a month if:
- You run your unit six months a year to year-round.
- You have pets. Pet dander can become airborne and circulate through the home’s ventilation system just as typical household dust does.
- You smoke indoors.
- You or someone in your household suffers from allergies or a respiratory condition.
- You have a fireplace that you occasionally use.
- You live on a working farm or ranch. Dust and dirt that gets kicked up by outdoor work activity and/or large animals can be pulled into the home’s ventilation system, especially through open windows.
- There is construction taking place around or near the home. You may be installing a new roof or a pool, or perhaps a neighbor is building a home or addition.
Change the filter immediately if:
- The filter is damaged. Whether it happened inside the packaging or while being installed, a damaged filter that has bent fins, collapsed cells or holes will not work as well as an undamaged filter, especially if it allows system air to bypass the filter at any point.
- The filter is damp. A filter affected by moisture intrusion, system condensation, or even high indoor humidity can quickly become moldy and spread airborne mold spores throughout the home via the ventilation system.
- There is evidence of microbial growth or mold on the filter.
Also having your HVAC duct system cleaned can improve the air quality in your home.
How often should you have your residential HVAC systems be cleaned?
Frequency of cleaning depends on several factors, not the least of which is the preference of the homeowner. Some of the things that may lead a homeowner to consider more frequent cleaning include:
- smokers in the household
- pets that shed high amounts of hair and dander
- water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system
- residents with allergies or asthma who might benefit from a reduction in the amount of indoor air pollutants in the home’s HVAC system
- after home renovations or remodeling
- prior to occupancy of a new home.
Call SERVPRO of North Huntsville with any questions concerning indoor air quality, HVAC duct cleaning or mold (256) 534-1177
What to do in Flooding Events
Commercial building water damaged from flooding
Heavy rains can often lead to flooding conditions in North Alabama. These tips will help reduce the flooding that may happen to 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 heavy rains, especially when you hear flash flood warnings. Never drive into fully submerged roadway. “Don’t drown turn around!” 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.
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 handle your water damage needs and mitigate any mold growth. Our franchise professionals have the training and experience to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.”
Please refer to our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.
Huntsville Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Huntsville 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 North Huntsville 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.
Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call SERVPRO of North Huntsville Today – 256-534-1177
Mold on drywall after a water damage that was not taken care of promptly.
Any home can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a structure in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause health effects. If you have had water damage in your home or business and the structure was not dried properly you could potentially have mold. Our team can inspect your home or business for any moisture problems or mold.
If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of North Huntsville at 256-534-1177 to schedule an appointment. We can send a team member out to do an assessment of your structure and determine the best course of action.
Huntsville Don't Let Your Water Pipes Freeze This Winter
As Huntsville temperatures drop, the likelihood of pipes freezing and resulting water damage increases
Don't Let Your Water Pipes Freeze This Winter
Everyone has had it happen. It's a cold day. You switch on the tap, and there's no water. Frozen pipes are frustrating. Then, you have to worry about how quickly they'll thaw out and what will happen when they do. As Huntsville temperatures drop, the likelihood of pipes freezing and water damage increases. It could happen at your home or your business, and it will probably occur at the most inconvenient time. Fortunately, there are measures that you can practice to protect your pipes from freezing weather.
Insulating water pipes is an excellent long-term solution to prevent water damage. Pipe blankets should be installed on hot and cold water lines. They block condensation and keep pipes from freezing. Pipe wraps also prevent heat loss, so they can save energy and help you reduce water heating costs, during those cold spells in Huntsville.
Weatherizing your home is another way to save energy and protect your pipes from water damage. Insulate crawlspaces. Install vapor barriers, and caulk small cracks and gaps where cold air enters. Pay extra attention to areas where pipes and utility lines pass through the foundation. Use a faucet cover which covers and safeguards outdoor faucets from freezing.
Good habits will also keep your pipes safe on the coldest nights. Listen to local weather reports for the Huntsville area. If temperatures are anticipated to drop below freezing, prepare your plumbing for the cold weather.
Opening your faucets during cold weather is one of the most effective and dependable ways to prevent frozen pipes and water damage. Ordinarily, you'll have the best results if you turn on faucets that are furthest away from the water main. You might also want to turn on faucets in cold areas that are prone to freezing in your Madison County neighborhood.
Pipes that pass through crawlspaces, cupboards and unheated areas are especially vulnerable. You can buffer temperatures by opening cupboards under sinks in kitchens and bathrooms. On extremely cold nights, you can protect your plumbing by covering crawlspace vents and reopening them the next day.
If your pipes do solidify, it's important to follow the correct thawing procedure. Always open the tap before warming the area. Never pour hot water over pipes or use direct heat sources. Burst pipes are caused when steam builds up as the blockage thaws. Then, you have to deal another problem and call a professional to repair the pipe and clean up the mess from water damage. If a pipe does burst this winter, our SERVPRO of North Huntsville water damage specialists can help provide fire and water damage restoration services.
. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure caused by:
- Water Damage
- Fire Damage
- Disaster, storm and flood damage
- Mold Damage
Call SERVPRO of North Huntsville @ (256) 534-1177 for all your fire and water damage restoration services.
For Immediate Service in Huntsville, Call SERVPRO of North Huntsville
Our trucks are stocked and ready to roll at all times.
Huntsville Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!
SERVPRO of North Huntsville provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Huntsville. 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
Whether your Huntsville 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
There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your Huntsville 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.
- Commercial Water Damage Restoration
- Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
Washing Machine Hoses
Old washing machine hose
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
SERVPRO is recognized and respected as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by insurance companies nationwide. SERVPRO professionals 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, unsanitary 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 specialized safety equipment and cleaning products to return affected areas into safe clean places for your family, co-workers and customers.
Post Construction Clean-Up
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
*Air Duct Cleaning
* Debris Removal
Why not leave the heavy lifting and cleaning to the Pro’s here at SERVPRO Of North Huntsville!!!
What to do when you have a "Clean Water Damage"
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.