Mold can be found both indoors and outdoors in places with high levels of moisture, such as leaks around pipes, windows, or roofs. If flooding has occurred and saturated your home, mold will also grow in drywall, dust, upholstery, and carpet, just to name a few. This is why it is of utmost importance to reach out to SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties immediately if any water damage has occurred - our specially trained professionals will ensure your home and belongings are properly cleaned and dried to inhibit mold growth.
Acting on Mold Growth
Mold can be many different colors, smell musty, and will often look like spots. Regardless of what type of mold it is, it needs to be removed. If you see visible mold, do not disturb it by attempting to clean the area yourself, touching the mold, or blowing air across affected areas. 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. If you suspect mold, keep loved ones out of the area, turn off fans and the HVAC system, and contact your friends at SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb today!
Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. FEMA reports, in the last 8 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. As most of us have recently experienced, nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas.
Here are a few Flood Facts provided by FEMA:
Flash floods can bring walls of water from 10 to 20 feet high.
Flooding can be caused by spring thawing (snow and frozen grounds melting in the spring), heavy rains, snow melt runoffs, flash floods, and mudflows.
Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires.
A 2,000 square foot home undergoing 12 feet of water damage could cost more than $50,000 to repair.
Here are a few supplies you need to prepare for a flood:
Stock up on First Aid items
Three gallons of water per person for 3 days
Battery operated radio for weather reports
Personal hygiene necessities
About SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties
SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties 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.
SERVPRO Technicians are Standing By to Help Remediate Storm Damage in Your Home
Storm flooding is less common than clean water flooding but is much more destructive. Clean water floods start from a source inside the home, such as a water-based appliance or busted pipe. Storm floods come from outside the home, carrying waters caused by rainfall or river overflow into the home. As this water encounters many more substances and materials than most clean water floods, storm flooding comes with a host of unique issues SERVPRO personnel have to work against in the fight to get your home back to normal.
One of the most easily visible effects of storm damage in Fort Payne and Scottsboro is the staining of floors, walls, and furniture that comes with most of these floods. Even if it is only a very shallow layer of water, storm floods carry dirt, debris, chemicals, and plant matter that stain nearly everything they touch. In addition to heavy discoloration and warping of materials, stains of this sort usually imbue the damaged surface with a pungent and unpleasant odor. SERVPRO handles these messes with heavy cleaning equipment and special deodorizing foggers.
Organic matter is one of the more unpleasant aspects of many storm floods. In addition to plants and timber, floodwaters can carry dead animals, fungi, and human waste into the home, creating potential biohazards requiring extreme care to handle. Luckily, we are fully certified to handle biohazards, so these issues should not interrupt our work process.
Power outages are a common facet of many storm damage cases, especially when far-reaching disasters like hurricanes are the principle cause of damage. Most of our equipment runs on alternative fuel sources or is self-powered, meaning that even though power may be out for the area, we should still be able to get work done and repair your home.
Here to Help!
SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties is ready 24/7 to help local homeowners mitigate the effects of storms and weather disasters.
The past few decades has seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties Professionals to restore a property back to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets practical standards for restoration and cleaning. The IICRC S500 Water Damage Guide is a specific set of practical standards that incorporate the field of psychometry, which involves the manipulation of temperature and relative humidity to remove moisture and dry a property quickly and effectively.
Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment
Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure, and monitor a property’s moisture levels. Recent advances, like infrared cameras, can help us detect water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.
An infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal.
Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation.
Water Extraction Equipment
Powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.
Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water.
Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.
Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the remaining moisture from ceiling, walls, and floors of your home or business. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.
High-speed air movers causes moisture to evaporate at a faster pace.
Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.
Odor Removal and Deodorization
Water and fire damage often causes powerful odors. The machines we use remove airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup process.
Air scrubbers remove airborne particles and contaminants.
Thermal foggers and deodorization agents control odors.
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provide emergency water restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.
Need Emergency Service? Call Now (256) 259-4333
A Fast Response Is Crucial
In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, our SERVPRO franchise is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency.
An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.
Water Damage Timeline
Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
Drywall begins to swell and break down.
Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
Furniture begins to swell and crack.
Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
Metal begins to rust and corrode.
Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
Paint begins to blister.
Wood flooring swells and warps.
Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties has the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.
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Why Choose a SERVPRO Professional?
They’re Faster to Any Size Disaster
SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.
Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.
With them, come not only the Holidays, but also the time of year when most residential fires occur. SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties wants to remind you to not only are safe, but also to prepare an escape plan with your family in the event the unthinkable happens.
Below you will find fire prevention safety tips, as well as a link to FEMA's website that outlines escape plans that you can utilize in your own home. We encourage you to become familiar with the safety tips, but also to forward this email along to family and friends as a loving reminder to be safe.
Did you know that Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for residential fires involving cooking equipment?
Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop
Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check it often
Never leave an oven on overnight, or while you are sleeping
When choosing a tree, always make sure to choose one with fresh, green needles that aren't falling off
Make sure to cut off the bottom 2 inches of the tree. This allows for the tree to stay more hydrated
Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from ANY heat source including ceiling lights
Heating sources too close to trees cause 1 in every 5 tree fires
Add water to the tree daily
Never connect more than 3 strands of lights together
Only use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory
Turn lights off when leaving the home or going to sleep
Follow the same cooking rules as stated above for Thanksgiving
General Fire Prevention Tips-
Have heating sources and chimneys cleaned and inspected annually
Turn portable heaters off when going to sleep
Have a sturdy screen in front of your fireplace
Test smoke alarms monthly
Extension cords are not meant to be a permanent source of power
Only plug one cooking source, such as a toaster or microwave into the same outlet
Since 1967, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., has been redefining the mitigation and restoration industries. In addition to training at the regional level, SERVPRO developed the National Training Center in 1992 to teach restoration and mitigation skills to Franchise Owners and insurance industry employees. SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties is proud of the training and standards our employees are held to!
Employee Certification Training
A self paced program designed for the franchise employee. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination. Modules include:
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
New Franchise Training
A 15 day in-house, hands-on training program at our corporate training facility. Designed primarily for new franchise owners but also a valuable course for franchise employees. The program covers all aspects of:
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
A web based program designed to be an ongoing self-paced training program. Video presentations and support materials are followed by a knowledge test at the end of each module.
IICRC Training Program
SERVPRO is an approved IICRC Training School that offers year-around classes in the following categories:
Applied Structural Drying (in our purpose-built ASD facility)
As one of the nation's leading providers of restoration services, SERVPRO has developed the most extensive performance guidelines in the industry. These guidelines assure you receive the best restoration service in the industry when you call SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties!
When you call our office directly, you are met by a trained and efficient office staff who is prepared to handle whatever issue you may have. SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties is trained specifically to help you with your home or property damage! We will document and guide you through the process from the first call to the time our job is complete!
National Account Participation Agreement
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals must agree to 21 different guidelines to receive Insurance Client referrals from 1-800-SERVPRO. From insurance to background checks on employees, each requirement is maintained continually to help ensure clients get the best possible service providers performing work.
SERVPRO's drying workbook can provide complete industry standard validation. Proper equipment utilization and drying validation can be a part of every job file when you use SERVPRO as your vendor of choice.
There’s nothing better than coming home after a long, hot Jackson or Dekalb County summer’s day ready to eat a big supper. Hungrily, you grab a pan, pour some oil, and turn the stove on. Right on schedule, a family member calls to ask about your day and you step outside of the house to talk. After a few minutes, and more than a few goodbyes, you step back inside only to see your entire kitchen is enflamed. You have officially learned the first of many tips SERVPRO would like to give you today on preventing kitchen fires.
Never leave your kitchen unattended. An out-of-sight kitchen means that the kitchen is not within your control.
If you have to leave your kitchen, ensure all appliances are turned to off-not just low.
Wear your hair pulled back, be sure your sleeves aren’t loose or too long, and don’t wear easily flammable garments.
To prevent any unfortunate spills that could result in disaster, keep your work space clear of kids, animals, and company unless given instructions on what to do.
Clear your cooking area of any flammable material. Oven mitts, food packaging, towels, and clean your countertops of grease accumulation.
Double Check all surfaces and appliances before you go to bed to guarantee a good night’s rest.
Consider taking cooking classes or watching online instructional videos to ensure safe cooking practices.
SERVPRO Is Here to Help!
In some instances you are going to have problems, and preparedness is key. Give your family an escape plan with a designated safe zone outside of your home in case of fire. For when disaster strikes, we here at SERVPRO are here to help you get back into your home (and your kitchen) as soon as possible! Your local SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties is here to ensure you are taken care of quickly and your home truly looks, “Like it never even happened.”