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Commercial Water Damage

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

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A few weeks ago we got a call for a commercial water damage. The caller said they needed water extracted in a 250,000 square foot warehouse and they wanted emergency services. 

In the blink of an eye we were routing crews to this warehouse. A supply line to the fire sprinkler system had burst and water had flooded the warehouse. The burst supply line was cut off and repaired quickly before we arrived.

Our crews set up extraction equipment. In just a few hours there was no standing water in the 250,000 square foot building. The warehouse did not need drying equipment set up on it and we were able to get them back operating in just a few hours. 

SERVPRO of Anniston helps commercial properties get back to business faster.

If you own, operate, or manage a commercial property call us and ask about our FREE ERP (emergency ready profile) and how it could help your business.

House Fires

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

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House fires are caused by a number of things, such as lightening, brush fires, electrical shorts, candles, fireplaces, heaters and more. Fire damage is often doubled wih water damage due to the fire fighters efforts to extingush the flames. 

Home fires are dangerous. The best precautions to take are having a plan in case of emergencies and having working smoke detectors in the home. A plan needs to be in place of how each person will get out of the house and where to meet in the event of a fire.

Fire is fast and deadly. The smoke is just as dangerous as the flames. Once you are outside of your home during a fire, NEVER re-enter the home. The smoke will make it hard to see and breathe. Wait for the fire department to do what they are there to do. 

Should you experience a fire damage, give us a call. We are #HereToHelp.

Tornadoes

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

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In our area it seems the word tornado is said all too often. These natural disasters have sparked fear in so many people over the last few years. We watch the weather on live streams and set our phones to alert us should emergency management agencies put out warnings. After the tornado outbreak April 2011 and the tornado in April 2018 that devastated Jacksonville, Alabama it's easy to see why. 

Here is some information about tornadoes from ready.gov:

-They can happen at anytime anywhere the conditions are right.

-Winds produced by a tornado can reach over 200 miles per hour.

-If a tornado warning is issued, seek shelter in a safe place (on the interior room on the ground floor of a sturdy building away from windows and doors if you do not have a tornado shelter or basement).

-Flying debris can cause serious injuries and even death. It is always a good idea to cover your head with your arms, or as local weatherman James Spann says "get your helmet". 

Should a tornado strike our area, SERVPRO of Anniston is #HereToHelp. We offer emergency board up and tarping services. If our call volume gets large enough we can pull in teams from SERVPRO's all across the country to get you and your loved ones taken care of. 

Call SERVPRO of Anniston at 256-236-8889 if you experience damage from a tornado.

For more information on tornadoes follow this link to ready.gov. 

https://www.ready.gov/tornadoes

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Commercial Fire Damage

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Recently we received a call from a local commercial property. They had suffered a fire damage in their office area. We routed crew to their location. 

The damage from the fire itself was not very severe. But the soot. Oh, the soot. It was everywhere. The walls and floor were black with it. The filing cabinets were balack and the contents of those cabinets were covered in soot as well. 

Rooms that had not been affected by the fire becuase the door had been closed were in fact affected. The air conditioner had been left running and that allowed the soot from the main room to be dispursed throughout the offices. 

We set up equipment to clean the air and set to work cleaning. We cleaned each surface in each office (walls, floors, ceiling, desks, shelves, etc.). the files in the filing cabiniets were packed up and moved to an offsite facility where we cleaned each file to remove the soot. 

Causes of Water Damage In The Home

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

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Here is a list of the top water damages in the home and how to prevent them:

1. Broken Pipes and/or hoses are the most common cause of water damage. The supply line to the toilet and the line to the ice maker cause more water damages than you think they do. 

Broken hoses or pipes can be prevented with routine maintenance and replacing outdated ones. Metal braided lines are the best for washing machine supply lines. Copper pipes are the best choice for ice maker supply lines. A plumber can come to your home and inspect pipes to see if any old pipes need to be replaced with PVC piping. And in the winter time remeber to leave water dripping to prevent freezing.

2. Accidents are the second most common cause of water damages in the home. A heavy picture could fall and break a supply line to a toilet, we've seen it happen. Has your child ever overflowed the bathtub? Mine has! The water over flowing the tub can cause water damage.

Accidents can sometimes be prevented. Watch your children. Supervise bath time. Rethink the weight of a picture or object or make sure it is secured properly.

3. Those gross sewage back ups are the third most common cause of water damages in the home. No one likes to talk about them. It's nasty and we get it, but it happens. 

Trees should not be planted near septic tanks or sewer lines. Keep in mind how far a trees root can spread as well. Another way to help prevent these back up is to have septic tanks serviced regularly (a plumber or septic compnay can advise you on how often this needs to be done based on how many people live in your home). Also, check with your home improvment stores for products that can be flushed that can help.

4. Flash flooding is the fourth most common cause of water damages in the home. In our area rain storms can often come with flash flood warnings. These flash floods can cause water damage to homes not in a traditional flood zone. 

We can't help you prevent flash floods, no one can. However, we can advise that you speak with your insurance agent to see if you are covered in the event of a flash flood.

Commercial Water Damage & Common Causes

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

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Water damages happen every day all over the world. Here in Anniston the numbers are smaller, but they still happen. With all of the factories and manufacturing and processing plants we decided to write a blog on commercial water damages and the causes of these water damages. 

One of the causes is damaged plumbing and broken pipes. Whether it is accidents, age of the plumbing, freezing temperatures, or some other cause theese things happen. 

Sprinkler systems in large commercial buildings can pose serious problems when they malfunction. A pipe could leak. A sensor could break or malfunction causing the system come come on when it is not needed. 

Equipment and appliances that break can cause serious water damage as well. Imagine if the water heater leaks or the air conditioner. What about the washing machines or dishwashers. 

Sewage back ups are anothercommon cause of water damage in commercial buildings. How many tiolets are in a high rise office building? 

How would you handle a water damage in a commercial building? SERVPRO of Anniston is #HereToHelp.

Hurricanes

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

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Hurricanes. They seem like they happen so far from us that they can't possibly affect us, but that thinkiing is incorrect. While we may not get hit head on by the front side of a hurricane like people who live along the coast or in the Gulf, we can still get hit by one.

Most of the time any affects of a hurricane that we may get will be rain, lots of rain and maybe some winds. It is not common for Central and North Alabama to get hurricane force winds, but it can happen. Especially if a large category 4 or 5 were to hit the coast moving at a higher than average rate of speed. 

Hurricane season is said the be the most active in the month of September, but season ranges from June 1st thru November 30th. These stroms are given names. Each hurricane season names are listed one from each letter of the alaphabet alternating between male and female names. 

The highest treats to our area from these storms are heavy rainfall, tornadoes, and winds. These storms can pack a punch and produce widespread water damages. Most often in our area these storms would cause shingles to be blown off roofs and trees and powerlines to fall, which can cause serious water damage. 

SERVPRO of Anniston can help with not just the water damage restoration, but roof tarping and emergency board ups once it has been deemed safe to get out by the local authorities. 

Causes of Water Damage In The Home

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Anniston is always #HereToHelp with any water damage, no matter the size.



Here is a list of the top water damages in the home and how to prevent them:

1. Broken Pipes and/or hoses are the most common cause of water damage. The supply line to the toilet and the line to the ice maker cause more water damages than you think they do. 

Broken hoses or pipes can be prevented with routine maintenance and replacing outdated ones. Metal braided lines are the best for washing machine supply lines. Copper pipes are the best choice for ice maker supply lines. A plumber can come to your home and inspect pipes to see if any old pipes need to be replaced with PVC piping. And in the winter time remeber to leave water dripping to prevent freezing.

2. Accidents are the second most common cause of water damages in the home. A heavy picture could fall and break a supply line to a toilet, we've seen it happen. Has your child ever overflowed the bathtub? Mine has! The water over flowing the tub can cause water damage.

Accidents can sometimes be prevented. Watch your children. Supervise bath time. Rethink the weight of a picture or object or make sure it is secured properly.

3. Those gross sewage back ups are the third most common cause of water damages in the home. No one likes to talk about them. It's nasty and we get it, but it happens. 

Trees should not be planted near septic tanks or sewer lines. Keep in mind how far a trees root can spread as well. Another way to help prevent these back up is to have septic tanks serviced regularly (a plumber or septic compnay can advise you on how often this needs to be done based on how many people live in your home). Also, check with your home improvment stores for products that can be flushed that can help.

4. Flash flooding is the fourth most common cause of water damages in the home. In our area rain storms can often come with flash flood warnings. These flash floods can cause water damage to homes not in a traditional flood zone. 

We can't help you prevent flash floods, no one can. However, we can advise that you speak with your insurance agent to see if you are covered in the event of a flash flood.

Preparing For Wildfires

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Keep your home safe during a wildfire and call us if your home is damaged. We are always #HereToHelp.

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Did you know that there are ways to prepare your home for a wildfire? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) there are ways to reduce the risk that your home would suffer from a wildfire.

Landscaping has a bit to do woth this. Your grass should be kept cut. Trees should not have low hanging branches, especially near the house. Hardscaping areas can create barriers tht make it hard for fire to cross, such as rock beds, driveways, and more).

There are 3 zones that are considered when talking about wildfires nears homes. The extended zone is 30 to 100 feet away from the home. The intermediate zone is 5 to 30 feet from the home. The immediate zone is 0 to 5 feet from the home. Limiting the flammable substances in these areas will increase the chances of your home surviving a wildfire. These items should also never be stored under a porch or deck. 

Ensure that signage throughout your neighborhood is visible and legible. This will help first responders as they try to locate your residence. 

Should your home suffer damage from a wildfire, call the fire restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Anniston.

Emergency Readiness Profile

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

An ERP could help your business get back to business faster.

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Did you know SERVPRO of Anniston offers a free service that can help commercial properties get back to business faster after a fire or water damage? It's true. We offer a free service called an ERP (emergency ready profile). 

Do you know where the water shut off is in your building? Do you know who to contact at the water company or the power company? Do your employees know all of this in case you are unavailable?

That's where we can step in with an ERP. One of our representatives can schedule an appointment to sit down with you. They can help you get all the information together. The representative would then input all of this into an app that gets shared to you. Any employee who you wish to have this can download the app and have the information as well. 

At a previous place of employment we had the supply line to the sprinkler system rupture and it was dumping water out all over the floor. Merchadise was getting soaked. It was a holiday and the supervisor on duty had no idea who to contact for help. By the time she got the manager on the phone (who did not know how or where to shut the water off) she was in a panic. The water damage took twice as long to get cleaned up and dry because of how long it took for someone to shut the water off. 

We are #HereToHelp and would love to help prevent a situation like this from happening to you. Call us today for more information on ERPs and how they can help your business.