Warning Signs of Mold
It can be difficult to spot mold in the beginning stages when you have an untrained eye. Mold also loves to hide behind walls or underneath sinks and other places that aren't so easy to notice. That's why you can trust us to come and inspect your home. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation. However, we want to share a few things so you know when to give us a call.
First and foremost, visible mold. However, in the beginning stages when it is still a small area, it can be mistaken for dirt or soot. If you are concerned, don't hesitate to give us a call 24/7.
Secondly, be on high alert if you have had water issues in your home, whether that is just a small leak or minor flooding. Again, beware of small leaks as mold can grow in as little as 48-72 hours.
Lastly, beware of the health issues that can be associated with major mold infestations. If you have a similar feeling to being affected by "allergies" when you are at your home but feel better when you are out then your home could be being affected by mold. There are also more severe issues that can be the result of toxic symptoms of mold. We share this not to scare you but to make sure you know what to look out for.
Remember, the best way to know if you have mold in your home is to give the professionals a call and let us assess your property!
Mold at Your Business
Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property.
Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. The list could go on and on because it can be caused by a number of different things. We know that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. We are ready to respond quickly and manage the situation if you suspect that your Phenix City, Eufaula or Tuskegee business may have a mold problem. A fast response can also lessen the damage, limit further damage, and reduce costs.
We have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation. Give us a call anytime. We're here for you 24/7.
Commercial Large Loss Division
The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.
Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.
At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.
Clients who have trusted SERVPRO and the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:
- The Hospitality Industry
- Property Managers
- The Pentagon
This means that SERVPRO of Phenix City, Eufaula and Tuskegee is a part of a network of franchises across the country to be able to get you and your business back to "Like it never even happened." No job is too large for us. Give us a call today.
Your Home's Contents
As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Phenix City, Eufaula and Tuskegee has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.
This means that our employees are highly trained on getting your home back to normal and most importantly, caring for your belongings. We understand that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home. Our "Restore > Replace" mentality means that we work our hardest to save your belongings.
When your home is struck by a storm, we know and understand the stress that goes along with that. From our contents restoration, to our organized move-outs, to our contents claim inventory service- we do our best to help you feel a little less overwhelmed.
We're here to take your call 24/7.
Keeping Your Home Safe
According to ESFI, home electrical fires account for an estimated 42,210 fires each year, nearly 500 deaths, 1,370 injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage.
Here are their electrical and fire safety tips right off their website:
- Have your home electrical system thoroughly inspected by qualified electricians to ensure that all electrical work in the home meets the safety provisions in the NEC.
- Install smoke detectors on every level of the home, inside each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.
- Ask a qualified electrician if your home would benefit from AFCI protection, especially during inspections of older homes or upgrades to electrical systems. These advanced new safety devices recognize dangerous conditions that are not detected by standard breakers.
- Test smoke detectors and AFCIs monthly to ensure that they are working properly.
- Establish an evacuation plan that can be used in case of an emergency, and practice with your family.
- Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the light fixture.
- In homes with young children, install tamper resistant receptacles to prevent electrical shocks and burns.
- Conduct a basic assessment of your home electrical system, electrical cords, extension cords, power plugs, and outlets.
- Look for telltale signs of electrical problems such as dim and flickering lights, unusual sizzling and buzzing sounds from your electrical system, insulation and circuit breakers that trip repeatedly. Contact a qualified electrician immediately.
- Use extension cords only temporarily, and never with space heaters or air conditioners.
- Avoid overloading outlets. Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician as needed.
Special thanks to the Electrical Safety Foundation International for having all of this information up and sharing it across the globe for National Electrical Safety Month! We're glad we're able to share this information with our followers.
National Electric Safety Month: Extension Cords
As you know, May is National Electric Safety Month and we are celebrating by bringing you tips to keep you and your home safe.
Here's some great information straight off of ESFI's website:
Roughly 3,300 home fires originate in extension cords each year, killing 50 people and injuring 270 more. Extension cords can overheat and cause fires when used improperly, so keep these important tips in mind to protect your home and workplace.
- Don’t attempt to plug extension cords into one another
- Make sure extension cords are properly rated for their intended use, indoor or outdoor, and meet or exceed the power needs of the device being used
- Keep all outdoor extension cords clear of snow and standing water
- Do NOT overload extension cords
- A heavy reliance on extension cords is an indication that you have too few outlets to address your needs. Have additional outlets installed where you need them
- Inspect cords for damage before use. Check for cracked or frayed sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections
- Do NOT nail or staple extension cords to walls or baseboards
- Do NOT run extension cords through walls, doorways, ceilings, or floors. If a cord is covered, heat cannot escape, which may result in a fire hazard
- Never use three-prong plugs with outlets that only have two slots. Never cut off the ground pin to force a fit, which could lead to electric shock
- Buy only cords that have been approved by an independent testing laboratory
- Do NOT substitute extension cords for permanent wiring
- Do NOT use an extension cord or power strip with heaters or fans, which could cause cords to overheat and result in a fire
We are ready to help you if your home is affected by a fire but we're also here to help you know ways to avoid giving us that call. Keep your home safe.
We are excited to bring you more tips this month!
Cleaning Your Schools
Out with the spring and in with the summer cleaning!
Summer is coming and that means that school is going to be out. We're sure that you're excited to be able to take the kids on vacation and for them to get a little break. We're excited because it means we can get your schools clean and get them in tip-top shape to be able to have them ready for August.
If it's just a carpet cleaning for those school rugs or maybe you've got some places where you're a bit concerned about potential mold, just give us a call at (334) 298-8252 so we can schedule a date to get the job done right.
We are locally owned and operated so we live right here in the community! We're nearby and ready to help.
When Water Damage Hits Your School
Flood the rams! (Get it?)
Quite some time ago, a pipe burst at one of our local high schools and caused major water damage. We wanted to make sure that we took the time and wrote a blog about it. Not only did we work through the night to get the job done to get the school back to "Like it never even happened." but we even got to ride along in their homecoming parade (see the photo for their great pun).
We love being able to serve our local communities. As summer rolls in slowly but surely, make sure to give us a call for any of your Phenix City, Eufaula and Tuskegee schools. We're here to help. You can give us a call at (334) 298-8252. We'll be waiting to get you scheduled.
Storming and Your Local School
Nearby and ready to help!
When a storm hits and flooding starts, your contents are at risk. When you sit down and think about how many different contents are in a school between the desks and the books and the list goes on- it really starts to add up. We have quite the number of ways to handle your content restoration because we strongly believe in our "Restore > Replace" mentality.
We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:
- Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to cleaning.
- Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
- Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand cleaning.
- Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if cleaned.
- Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
- Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
So now you know a little bit more about how we can clean your contents (for your home or business of any kind). If you find your school being affected by storm damage, trust the professionals to handle your contents well. Give us a call at (334) 298-8252.
Mold Problem? Not A Problem!
School's are buildings just like your home or business. We've written blogs before about mold so as you may already know, mold is actually almost everywhere! If you think that mold may be in your classroom or somewhere in your school, don't panic. Just give us a call at (334) 298-8252.
Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects. We've got the professional training and the equipment to handle your mold remediation quickly and safely to ensure that we get it back to "Like it never even happened."
If you think that mold may be affecting your school, let us come by and inspect and assess so that we can make sure your school is safe for you and the kids.