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Leaky Roof Woes

4/3/2021 (Permalink)

The old adage, “The roof doesn’t leak when it doesn’t rain,” might be true, but that doesn’t mean water damage from rain has gone away.

When the roof leaks, water seeps into the roof structures, ceiling, into walls and eventually can reach supporting structures, even the floor. Even small undetected leaks cause damage over time. The longer leaks go undetected or unrepaired, the greater the damage.

Roof leaks can be catastrophic if a section of the roof suddenly gives way or be slow leaks that start by soaking into surround structures before eventually leaking through the ceiling or soaking into the walls.

  • Roof leaks can damage electrical wiring and lead to fire.
  • Undetected leaks lead water damage and rotting structures.
  • Where the leak appears in the ceiling or wall is not necessarily the same place the roof is leaking. Water travels the path of least resistance and can cause damage between the source of the leak and where the water begins to drip.
  • Leaks damage paint, plaster, art hanging on the walls, and drapery.
  • A hidden leak that drips into a closet or cabinet can damage the contents in addition to the structures before being detected.
  • Leaks into walls can also soak into flooring.
  • Mold, the frequent companion of water damage, brings another set of problems that can lead to health issues and expensive repairs.

There are a few things that can be done when a roof leak is discovered:

  • Place buckets and other large containers under the ceiling leak to prevent water damage to carpets and floors.
  • Stop the leak, this means finding the source of the leak in the roof and covering that area with a tarp as soon as the weather allows safe access to the roof.
  • Immediately repairing the roof as soon as weather allows.

Inspecting for leaks and signs of leaks is also advised. The top signs of a leaking roof, aside from the dripping water, include:

  • Stains on the ceiling, and interior and exterior walls.
  • Mold on the ceiling or walls.
  • Moss or mold on exterior walls.
  • Missing or loose roof shingles.
  • Roof debris in the gutters or flowing out of the drain spouts.

To prevent more damage, make repairs as soon as possible. Call SERVPRO of Dothan to repair water damage or mold damage. The team of highly trained technicians have the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables them to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. Call SERVPRO of Dothan 334.699.5961 and let us help!

Because we're the best that's Why SERVPRO!

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

If you have ever had a disaster in your home whether it was flooding and water damage, fire or smoke damage, discovering mold in a hidden corner, or you have a bat infestation in your attic you might wonder who among all the restoration and clean up companies to call. SERVPRO has over 50 years of experience, highly trained certified technicians, 24-hour emergency service, locally owned and operated, and a trusted leader in the restoration industry.  If you don’t believe SERVPRO is the best check it out these testimonials left by some of our customers!

We had a coupling break on our water heater, and it flooded our master bedroom and bathroom (and ductwork and closet.....it was a disaster ??) Total mess. SERVPRO came out immediately and sprang into action. They had a water and mold remediation crew that handled everything wet and mildewed/molded, then they had framing guys come out and do their part, and now we're onto the drywall and flooring guys! It has been a pleasant and incredibly professional experience so far. Everyone has been very nice and the work done is above par. Would highly recommend!!!!!  - Katie

As an insurance agent it is extremely important that when a claim arises, the insured is priority one! The folks at SERVPRO are the very best at what they do! Not only does the work speak for itself, but they are all professional, courteous and dedicated to making sure the customer is the primary focus during the entire clean up process! I highly recommend them!!   -  Andrew

Every single employee was absolutely wonderful and knew what to do and exactly when to do it. I cannot say enough kind words about Chris Gilbert and his entire staff.
From the moment I made the call to SERVPRO and all throughout the restoration process, I was VERY satisfied with their response time AND quality workmanship. I am so very thankful that I called SERVPRO! I will HIGHLY recommend this company from now on!  - Brenda

If you find your home in need of a restoration and clean-up company do yourself a favor and call SERVPRO of Dothan today! We’re here to make it "Like it never even happened."

Why Board Up After a Fire?

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

If you have experienced a fire, there are several reasons why you might want to board up structural damage or windows. In addition to keeping the external elements out of a building with fire damage, boarding up can also prevent additional losses due to looting and make the fire cleanup process easier. 

Most full-service restoration specialists offer boarding-up services. Here are four reasons to board-up after a fire.

1. There is still viable stock on the premises. If products that appear viable remain in the building, you should consider boarding up. These items may require assessment and cleaning and may not be fit for sale but having them properly processed rather than stolen can be helpful for insurance purposes.

2. You want to protect electronics and other valuables. Depending on the extent of the fire damage, you may be able to restore some electronics or other valuable property to working condition. Loss can be far more expensive than restoration or covered replacement.

3. You need to keep out the elements. If the structure of your property has sustained extensive damage, you should try to keep the elements out. Exposure to additional water, wind, or sunlight can compound the damage caused by smoke residue and soot.

4. You want to limit soot damage. It is generally a good idea to reduce foot traffic on the scene of a recent fire. When soot gets embedded into carpeting or upholstery, it can be much more difficult to restore these materials to a pre-fire condition.

Talk to restoration experts at SERVPRO of Dothan, about whether boarding up is a good strategy for preventing loss and limiting damage after a fire. Your major concern is likely to be how to recover from fire damage as quickly and completely as possible. Preventing looting and exposure to the elements can make fire cleanup more successful. Don’t hesitate to call us 334.699.5961.

Tornado Season is Upon Us

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

Weather forecasters have been gearing up for what they think looks to be a busy severe spring weather season. If last week’s storm is any indication, they may be right. Last year, Alabama had a total of 73 confirmed tornadoes and 52 of those storms came between March and April. The National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist John DeBlock gave this information to al.com reporters last week, you can read the full article by clicking here.

Here are some basic storm tips to help you be more prepared this spring:

  • Create a plan for where you and your family will go in the event of a tornado — at home, at work and at relatives’ or friends’ homes that you visit frequently. Always be alert to changing weather conditions.
  • Pick a safe room in your home where household members and pets may gather during a tornado. This should be a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information.
  • Check with your work and your children’s school and day care center regarding tornado emergency plans. Every building has different safe places. It is important to know where they are and how to get there in an emergency.
  • Make sure everyone understands how tornado siren warning systems work and if a warning system is installed in your area.
  • Mark clearly where your first-aid kit and fire extinguishers are located. Make sure the first-aid kit is properly stocked with medical supplies.
  • Teach your family how to administer basic first aid, how to use a fire extinguisher, and how and when to turn off water, gas, and electricity in your home.
  • Mark clearly where the utility switches or valves are located so they can be turned off – if time permits – in an emergency.
  • Learn the emergency dismissal policy for your child’s school.

Remember, SERVPRO of Dothan is here to help with all your storm needs. Give us a call, we’re here to help! 334.699.5961

Water Damage Restoration Experts

3/21/2021 (Permalink)

Any amount of unexpected water can cause a lot of damage, fast. We get calls from customers who have had water damage in their home or office all the time, often we are told the water has only affected a small area. But more often than not, that is not the case it is just the only water damage that is easily visible. Water runs across and down easily, it does not stay put in one area where a water loss has occurred.

We’re ready to deal with your water damage emergency day or night. When water causes damages in your home or office we are ready 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you. Not only are we ready to help, but we are also ready to answer your call.

SERVPRO of Dothan specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. We can handle any size disaster!

Call SERVPRO of Dothan 334.699.5961 and let us help!

Water Damage and What a Leaking Roof Really Means

3/21/2021 (Permalink)

The old adage, “The roof doesn’t leak when it doesn’t rain,” might be true, but that doesn’t mean water damage from rain has gone away.

When the roof leaks, water seeps into the roof structures, ceiling, into walls and eventually can reach supporting structures, even the floor. Even small undetected leaks cause damage over time. The longer leaks go undetected or unrepaired, the greater the damage.

Roof leaks can be catastrophic if a section of the roof suddenly gives way or be slow leaks that start by soaking into surround structures before eventually leaking through the ceiling or soaking into the walls.

  • Roof leaks can damage electrical wiring and lead to fire.
  • Undetected leaks lead water damage and rotting structures.
  • Where the leak appears in the ceiling or wall is not necessarily the same place the roof is leaking. Water travels the path of least resistance and can cause damage between the source of the leak and where the water begins to drip.
  • Leaks damage paint, plaster, art hanging on the walls, and drapery.
  • A hidden leak that drips into a closet or cabinet can damage the contents in addition to the structures before being detected.
  • Leaks into walls can also soak into flooring.
  • Mold, the frequent companion of water damage, brings another set of problems that can lead to health issues and expensive repairs.

There are a few things that can be done when a roof leak is discovered:

  • Place buckets and other large containers under the ceiling leak to prevent water damage to carpets and floors.
  • Stop the leak, this means finding the source of the leak in the roof and covering that area with a tarp as soon as the weather allows safe access to the roof.
  • Immediately repairing the roof as soon as weather allows.

Inspecting for leaks and signs of leaks is also advised. The top signs of a leaking roof, aside from the dripping water, include:

  • Stains on the ceiling, and interior and exterior walls.
  • Mold on the ceiling or walls.
  • Moss or mold on exterior walls.
  • Missing or loose roof shingles.
  • Roof debris in the gutters or flowing out of the drain spouts.

To prevent more damage, make repairs as soon as possible. Call SERVPRO of Dothan to repair water damage or mold damage. The team of highly trained technicians have the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables them to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. Call SERVPRO of Dothan 334.699.5961 and let us help!

Water damage got you feeling soggy?

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

If your property in Servpro of Dothan and Coffee, Dale, Geneva & Henry Counties has been damaged by water caused by flooding or water leaks, we have the experience, expertise and equipment to restore your property properly. Our water removal and cleanup process also provides validation and documentation that your property is dry.

SERVPRO of Dothan

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • Highly Trained Water Damage Restoration Specialists
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Flooding or Water Damage? Call Us Today 334.699.5961

24 Hour Emergency Water Removal Service

We know that water and flooding emergencies can happen any time, so we’re ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – including holidays. We provide immediate emergency water services to your home or business, day or night.

Faster To Any Size Water Emergency

When water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. Day or night, residents and business owners can expect us to respond immediately to your water emergency.

Highly-Trained Water Restoration Specialists

We are water damage specialists. We get started quickly to get your property dry and back to pre-water damage condition. We use advanced water removal and drying equipment and scientific drying principles to get you property dry quickly, including documenting the drying process to validate your home or business is ready.

Locally Owned and Operated

We are proud to be an active member of this community. SERVPRO of Dothan is locally owned and operated so we’re already nearby and ready to help Wiregrass residents and business owners with any-sized water and flood damage emergencies.

Why SERVPRO? Because We're The Best!

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

If you have ever had a disaster in your home whether it was flooding and water damage, fire or smoke damage, discovering mold in a hidden corner, or you have a bat infestation in your attic you might wonder who among all the restoration and clean up companies to call. SERVPRO has over 50 years of experience, highly trained certified technicians, 24-hour emergency service, locally owned and operated, and a trusted leader in the restoration industry.  If you don’t believe SERVPRO is the best check it out these testimonials left by some of our customers!

We had a coupling break on our water heater, and it flooded our master bedroom and bathroom (and ductwork and closet.....it was a disaster). Total mess. SERVPRO came out immediately and sprang into action. They had a water and mold remediation crew that handled everything wet and mildewed/molded, then they had framing guys come out and do their part, and now we're onto the drywall and flooring guys! It has been a pleasant and incredibly professional experience so far. Everyone has been very nice and the work done is above par. Would highly recommend!!!!!  - Katie

As an insurance agent it is extremely important that when a claim arises, the insured is priority one! The folks at SERVPRO are the very best at what they do! Not only does the work speak for itself, but they are all professional, courteous and dedicated to making sure the customer is the primary focus during the entire clean up process! I highly recommend them!!   -  Andrew

Every single employee was absolutely wonderful and knew what to do and exactly when to do it. I cannot say enough kind words about Chris Gilbert and his entire staff.
From the moment I made the call to SERVPRO and all throughout the restoration process, I was VERY satisfied with their response time AND quality workmanship. I am so very thankful that I called SERVPRO! I will HIGHLY recommend this company from now on!  - Brenda

If you find your home in need of a restoration and clean-up company do yourself a favor and call SERVPRO of Dothan today! We’re here to make it "Like it never even happened."

Is your Business Ready?

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

A disastrous event can be detrimental to your brand and can put your property and customers at risk. Disasters, emergencies, and crises can happen anywhere and at any time. Business owners need to prepare for the impact of all potential hazards including hurricanes, fires, floods, mold growth, and other perils.

How quickly your company can get back to business after a disaster happens depends on emergency planning done prior to the incident. According to the latest industry research, it is estimated that 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster. This is mostly due to improper emergency planning. Preparing and pre-planning will give you an ease of mind knowing when a disaster happens you and your team are properly prepared to mitigate damages.

Give us a call today at 334.699.5961 and let SERVPRO of Dothan help.

Workplace Fire Safety

3/7/2021 (Permalink)

A fire is one of the most terrifying and devastating risks in the workplace which can compromise the safety of the workers as well as the public. If not killed immediately, it can cause serious injuries or even casualties and damages to the property. Hence, fire safety is really important in the workplace and should be a priority. Everyone in the workplace should be aware of fire risks and be familiar with the necessary fire safety information and ways on how to prevent fires.  If you own or manage a business where others work, fire prevention measures are of the utmost importance. For everyone’s safety in the workplace, here are some fire safety tips you can follow.

COMMON FIRE HAZARDS IN AN OFFICE

What is fire safety? Apparently, this is a set of fire safety rules that aim to reduce the damage caused by fire. If you know how to prevent fire, the damages in the workplace and injuries can also be reduced. You should also know the common causes of fire and other important fire safety information.

ELECTRICAL

Most fires are caused by electrical problems such as damaged wiring, faulty equipment, and overloaded plug sockets. Faulty appliances may also cause a fire in the workplace so you should always check if your office equipment and appliances are working properly. Fixing electrical problems immediately should be a part of your workplace fire safety plan.

HEATING

Overheating can also be a cause of a fire. If you have heaters at the office, never leave them unattended or place them close to flammable objects as they can spark a fire. This is why everyone should know the importance of workplace fire safety.

COOKING

Some offices have their own kitchen so the workers can cook their own meals.  Nonetheless, unattended and unsafe use of cooking appliances can cause a fire. To prevent this, the employer should provide safety in workplace tips. Most workplace messages should be organized so everyone can follow them easily and consistently.

WHAT TO DO IF THERE’S A FIRE IN YOUR WORKPLACE

If there’s a fire in your workplace, it can be really terrifying. A lot of people tend to panic when there’s a fire, especially if they don’t know what to do. This is why everyone should know effective ways to prevent fire. During the fire, workers should follow all safety procedures in the workplace. Panicking should not be an option; instead, follow this fire safety precaution.

RAISE THE ALARM

If you’re the one who discovered the fire, you should alert everyone in the workplace and activate the fire alarm. If it doesn’t work, raise the alarm until everyone becomes aware of the fire. Some workers won’t know how to prevent fires so you should call the fire safe center right away. The key to effective fire hazard prevention is taking action and asking for it immediately. Nonetheless, you can use a fire extinguisher but don’t forget to adhere to the fire extinguisher regulations in the workplace.

EVACUATE

Once the fire alarm is on, Get out of the building immediately. Stay calm until you find your way to the fire exit. When you’re outside the building, let your immediate supervisors know that you are safe.

GET TO THE ASSEMBLY POINT

There should be an assembly point that you all agreed upon. That is where you should head to meet your co-workers and check if they are all safe. Wait until the firefighters come and get rid of the fire completely.

IF TRAPPED INSIDE

When your workplace is crowded or if you don’t keep your calm during a fire, there’s a chance of getting trapped inside the building. Also, there may be obstructions that won’t allow you to get out of the building. If you’re stuck in a room, you should find a way to prevent the smoke from coming inside. You may ask if there’s a window and keep calm while waiting for. If you are nervous, you will find it hard to think clearly so you should find ways on how to keep yourself relaxed. Breathe slowly to reduce your heart rate; this can you think more clearly while waiting for the firefighters.

While you’re trapped inside, think about the office fire safety tips and try to follow them. Fire and safety don’t always go hand-in-hand but if you can do any fire safety measure, you can save yourself from any possible danger.

Give us a call today at 334.699.5961 and let SERVPRO of Dothan help.