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Carpet Cleaning After Flood Damage To Your Cumming Home

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Carpet Cleaning After Flood Damage To Your Cumming Home SERVPRO Restores Carpets After Flooding in Your Cumming Home

You Do Not Want to Be "Cumming" Home to Wet Carpets, Call SERVPRO

When Hurricane Michael hit Florida in October of 2018, residents saw for themselves just how much damage severe weather can do. With severe flooding affecting the county, many homeowners found themselves facing a challenging and prolonged cleanup job.
 
Flood damage is not always as dramatic as being caught in a hurricane. Seepage from the basement of your home or runoff from the garden during bad weather can quickly cause flood damage to your house. If you have had the misfortune to suffer flood damage to your Cumming home, one of the major parts of the cleanup process is restoring your carpets to their pre-flood condition. It is an unfortunate fact that carpets quickly absorb flood water. If carpets are left untreated, there is a real risk of mold growing in them. This does not only smell bad; it can also become a health hazard for everyone in your household.
 
Whether or not your carpets can be saved depends on the type of flood water they were exposed to and the length of time. If the flood water contained sewage, your carpets are not salvageable. In most other cases your carpets can be saved if they get the right treatment. Our SERVPRO team comes with all the necessary treatment agents and equipment to get your carpets clean and dry as quickly as possible. Our aim is to give your carpet such a thorough workover that our slogan is appropriate-- "Like it never even happened."
 
Before we can treat your carpet, we need to extract all water from the surrounding area. Our IICRC certified professionals come with both hand-held and truck mounted water extraction equipment to clear your home of the flood water. Once that is done, we turn our attention to your carpets. We dry under and around your carpets using powerful fans and dehumidifiers, to dry them out as quickly as possible and prevent mold growth. We can lift the carpeting from the tack strips and "float" them as we inject rapid air circulation. This effort greatly enhances the drying time and offers a better chance of a full restoration.
 
The final stage in carpet cleaning after a flood is to deodorize. Your home will not really feel like yours again until the damp flood smell has gone, which is why our technicians are trained to deodorize your carpets and leave them smelling clean. We can fog your carpets, HVAC systems, and wall voids with our SERVPRO odor control system to get rid of any odors.

If your carpets have been damaged by flood water, let SERVPRO of Forsyth and Dawson counties assist you. Call us at (770) 887-1962 to arrange a visit.

How To Avoid Mold Growth in a Restaurant

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Avoid Mold Growth in a Restaurant Good ventilation will reduce growing mold in your Amicalola,GA restaurant

Food and moisture can combine to result in mold growth. Take the following measures to prevent mold from becoming a problem at a foodservice establishment in Amicalola, GA.

Keep Surfaces Clean

Mold requires organic material and moisture to thrive, particularly if an area is undisturbed. Restaurant employees should regularly:

  • Clean food residue off of surfaces
  • Sweep out crevices
  • Prevent water from pooling

These practices help to keep a restaurant clean while preventing mold. Overall cleanliness can also contribute to food safety.

Limit Excessive Moisture

Fungus requires moisture to grow. Water may result from condensation, a leak, or even high humidity levels. Limit moisture by:

  • Washing dishes in an suitable dish tank
  • Drying common locations of leaks or splashes
  • Cleaning under sinks and refrigeration units

Reduce the risk of mold growth and water damage by controlling moisture levels. Create task lists to enforce these preventative measures.

Date and Properly Store Ingredients

Another aspect of employee training and checklists should involve checking the age and condition of ingredients. All food items should be:

  • Dated based on arrival or preparation
  • Properly sealed
  • Stored in safe conditions

These measures can help to ensure that customers are served fresh food. Even if one item starts to mold, proper storage may prevent cross-contamination.

Install Proper Ventilation

Hood vents circulate and filter air. Restaurant owners should ensure that facilities are sufficiently ventilated to further reduce the likelihood of mold.

  • Regularly clean and test hood vents
  • Make sure sufficient ventilation is available
  • Use a dehumidifier if necessary

Ventilation equipment can be expensive, but it plays an important role in the functionality of any kitchen. Repair or replace a broken hood vent.

These are several of the best ways to prevent mold growth at a restaurant. If you smell a moldy odor or see any signs of mold, contact a commercial mold testing and mitigation service in Amicalola, GA.

What To Keep and What To Toss After a Flood

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO What To Keep and What To Toss After a Flood A Holocombe,GA flood remediation company may be able to save some of your home items

After flooding, homeowners are faced with the hard labor of cleaning and drying out their homes. When those homes are affected by black water, that hard work often includes tearing out walls, discarding carpeting, and tossing many furnishings and belongings. Fortunately, a content cleaning service from a Holcombe, GA, flood remediation company may be able to save some of the most precious items.

Items You Can Clean on Your Own

For those belongings that haven't been contaminated, you can use the following steps from FEMA for salvaging your valuables:

  1. Set aside those things that are most important to you.
  2. Let items gently air-dry, handling them as little as possible.
  3. Carefully remove dirt and debris with soft brushes or cloths.
  4. Rinse and air-dry photographs.
  5. Freeze any items that you can get to within 48 hours. This protects books and documents from further damage.

After flood waters have fully receded, it's time to get everything dried out as quickly as possible. Remove wet items from the home, and document the damage while you work with a camera or cell phone.

Belongings That Should Be Discarded

At this point, many homeowners either want to chuck everything or save everything. Neither option is appropriate. Some items must be thrown out. These include composite flooring, particle board furniture, and any furnishings with signs of mildew. Upholstered furniture is often cheaper to replace than to recover. The same is true for mattresses.

Furnishings You Can Keep

Many of your valuables can be saved by professional content cleaning services. For example, if you have silver, contact a qualified restorer. If you have framed art, expensive rugs, or solid-wood furniture, the pieces can be saved if you get them out of the water quickly enough. Contact the appropriate professionals for help in your restoration efforts. Photographs, books, documents, and family heirlooms are usually worth the cost of hiring professionals.

Content cleaning efforts are a vital resource for homeowners who've experienced flooding. Separate out belongings to be discarded, those that can be saved by your own efforts, and those that require the work of professionals for the most successful flood recovery.

Devices Used to Combat Smoke Damages and Odors

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Devices Used to Combat Smoke Damages and Odors Commercial fire clean up in Marble Hill,GA

After your Marble Hill, GA, business has been affected by a fire, you'll learn that not all damages are structural. Some of the longest lasting damages may include smoke damage. Fortunately, there are several devices professionals could use while smoke cleaning to reduce or eliminate unpleasant odors from your property and furnishings.

Services Provided by Fire Remediation Professionals

Content restoration professionals specialize in dealing with the many types of damage caused by fires and as a result of fire-saving efforts. Some of the methods they use to clean furnishings, equipment, and inventory include:

  • Dry and wet cleaning
  • Foam cleaning
  • Abrasive cleaning
  • Immersion cleaning

Once the cleanup is complete, these professionals will turn their attention to stains and odors left by smoke.

Air Filtration Devices

These air purification devices remove contaminants directly from the air. They are generally made of some type of fibrous material that attracts and traps particulates, such as soot, mold, and bacteria. They are a valuable tool for smoke cleaning in rooms or structures affected by contaminants and when high levels of pollutants are present.

Ozone Machines

Ozone generators are another effective tool for dealing with smoke damage. These devices create ozone gasses and kill or remove airborne particulates. They are effective at deodorizing and disinfecting, so the air in your building won't hold onto an unpleasant smoke odor.

Thermal Foggers

This type of device removes odors by recreating the same heat and pressurization that caused the odors initially. Heat is used to vaporize a solution that penetrates into hard-to-reach locations, eliminating smells that are trapped in porous walls or furnishings.

With a variety of tools available to combat the bad smells left over after the flames are gone, fire recovery professionals can choose the best method for getting your business back on track. Smoke odor damage may not be the first thing that concerns you when fire affects your business place, but it does present a significant challenge to getting back to normal. Smoke cleaning services are a crucial part of a full recovery.

3 Ways To Recover Items After a Fire With Content Cleaning

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 3 Ways To Recover Items After a Fire With Content Cleaning Fire damage in a Dahlonega, GA home

Dealing with the aftermath of a fire at your Dahlonega,GA, residence can be overwhelming. From gathering information for your insurance company to finding that important documents and other items have been damaged will likely be stressful. However, there are ways to salvage items ravaged by fire, including dry-cleaning and smoke removal, and understanding the process may give you some peace of mind that important objects can be rescued.

1. Smoke Cleaning

Items that have taken on smoke damage can be set aside in content storage for professional cleaning, including certain types of furniture, artwork and cooking supplies, such as pots and pans. While porous items may have to be discarded, foam, spray and wet cleaning can remove soot and smoky smells from others before they are sanitized.

2. Dry-Clean Services for Clothing

Content cleaning can help salvage a variety of items, such as clothing. Smoke and soot can damage fabric and leave it stained or smelling unpleasant. Dry-cleaning can be used for many different types of fabric, even certain types of expensive leather, and leave them looking and smelling as good as they did before the fire.

3. Ultrasonic Cleaning

A fire damage and restoration service might be able to provide you with ultrasonic cleaning. This service uses ultrasonic waves, along with different types of solvents or distilled water, to clean away ground-in soot and smoky odors. Ultrasonic cleaning is usually suitable for non-porous items, such as smoke-damaged jewelry. You can ask your cleaning professionals which objects can be salvaged with this type of process, which may be especially important in the case of antiques or heirlooms.

When a fire damages your Dahlonega, GA, home, the results can be physically and emotionally devastating. Reaching out to a service that offers professional dry-cleaning and other types of specialized restoration techniques can offer you peace of mind as you recover from a fire.

3 Ways To Protect Your Building From Winter Storms

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 3 Ways To Protect Your Building From Winter Storms Flooded building due to a broken pipe in Dawsonville,GA

Winter storms in Dawsonville,GA, may seem like outdoor problems, but the freezing temperatures they bring can cause issues inside your commercial property as well. A burst pipe can flood the building, and pipes burst easily when they freeze. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to ensure that the pipes in your walls stay warm and intact, even during a winter storm.

1. Insulate Pipes

Most of the pipes in your building are inside the walls, which means they may be isolated from the warmth the rest of the building enjoys. Because of this, it is imperative that you insulate your pipes, particularly those that run along the outer perimeter of the building. A frozen pipe can occur in no time if it is not protected from external temperatures.

2. Drip Water

When water drips through the faucet into a sink, the water in the pipe must keep moving in order to supply it. This can keep your pipes from freezing. It may seem wasteful at first, but the payoff justifies the minor excess. If you don't want to return from your weekend to discover that a burst pipe has left hundreds of gallons of standing water in your building, it may be profitable to accept the lesser waste of strategically dripping faucets.

3. Set Thermostat

Knowing that no one is going to be in the building every night and weekend may tempt you to turn off the heating system while the building is empty. This is not a wise idea. By keeping your building at the same temperature overnight and at a minimum of 55 degrees Fahrenheit over the weekends, you can keep the pipes warmer and less likely to burst.

A burst pipe can cause just as much, if not more, damage to your building as a basement or roof flood can. While remediation experts can fix the problem, it's best to make the effort to prevent it in the first place.

When Does Secondary Damage Form?

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Does Secondary Damage Form? Mold caused by water loss in a Cumming,GA home

When there's a flood in your Cumming, GA, home, what goes through your mind? You likely think about the damage that could be caused by the standing waters. Did you know that some of the damage you think of, such as black mold, may in fact be considered secondary damage? This secondary form of water damage isn't caused by the initial surge of water. Instead, it is usually formed when one of the following takes place:

  • A leak is not properly repaired.
  • The humidity is not controlled.
  • The flooding is not addressed quickly.

Understanding when more damage may occur can help you and your residential water cleanup team create the best repair plan possible.

Poor Cleanup

If you try to handle water damage repairs on your own, you may end up missing some important steps. This poorly planned cleanup could lead to unexpected problems down the road. For example, you may miss signs of a hidden leak. Even after you clean up the initial water damage, more liquid may be pooling inside your walls because you didn't fix the hidden problem. Forgetting to address high humidity could also lead to more damage after the flooding is addressed. High levels of humidity in your home could be enough to lead to black mold growth.

Slow Cleanup

Not only do you have to know how to properly cleanup after a flood, but you have to make sure the repair process is started as quickly as possible after the standing water makes its way into your home. Dawdling at all can allow clean water to degrade and become contaminated. This increases your chances of having to deal with mold growth and other secondary issues.

Not all flooding is going to lead to secondary damage especially if you make sure to address the issues quickly and properly. Failing to take care of standing water can lead to extra problems, such as black mold growth.

The Steps of the Clean Water Mitigation Process

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Steps of the Clean Water Mitigation Process Commercial water damage in a Dawsonville, GA office

Finding out that you need water cleanup in your commercial building in Dawsonville, GA, is never fun. If you must require the services of water mitigation specialists, however, clean water remediation is usually the least problematic. Here are the steps you can expect the technicians to follow during pipe burst cleanup.

1. Initial Consultation

As soon as you call, the representative on the other end of the line may ask questions designed to get to the root of the problem. This helps the company plan which equipment to bring to your building and can make the process flow more smoothly.

2. On-Site Assessment

The real plan is formed when technicians arrive at your property. They inspect the building and determine a course of action. They may also provide emergency services, such as shutting the water or power off to the area if you have not already done so.

3. Water Extraction

Using industrial pumps, the professionals remove water from the area. The sooner the pipe burst cleanup begins, the less likely you are to experience secondary damage, so it's imperative that as much water is removed as quickly as possible.

4. Surface Drying

To prevent mold, everything must be dried. Dehumidifiers tame the moisture in the air; fans and wet vacuums pull water out of fabrics and off surfaces.

5. Restoration Process

Even if the water damage is a result of a supply line breaking, that doesn't automatically mean the damage wasn't extensive. Walls and insulation, as well as ceiling tiles and flooring, may still have to be removed and discarded. The restoration experts then replace them and try to make sure wallpaper, paint or tiles match up before the job is done.

Even if your damage is a case of pipe burst cleanup, it's best to take care of it as soon as possible. By mitigating clean water damage quickly, you can avoid secondary damage and get back in your building.

Cleaning Out Your Closet… And Pantry… And Basement… And: What Can You Salvage After a Flood?

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Cleaning Out Your Closet… And Pantry… And Basement… And: What Can You Salvage After a Flood? Flooded room after heavy rain in Dawsonville, GA

A flood has hit you, and now the long process of content cleaning begins. While you will likely want to keep everything and salvage as many memories as possible, the unfortunate reality is that flooding causes black water, which is toxic for both humans and pets. This does not mean that everything must go, but it does mean that you may have to part with some things that hold significant intrinsic value.

1. Nonporous Materials Can Likely Be Saved

As nonporous materials are things that cannot be penetrated by the water, these types of items can typically be salvaged. Some examples of nonporous materials are solid plastics, ceramics, metal, and glass, meaning that most dishes and even jewelry can be saved; however, all will have to be extensively disinfected.

2. Porous Materials Likely Can’t Be Saved

Unfortunately, as porous materials can easily be penetrated, these types of items likely can’t be saved. Some examples of porous materials are paper, wood, carpeting, drywall, insulation, and laminate, meaning that any photographs, draperies, flooring, and drywall that has been exposed to water should be removed because no amount of content cleaning will eliminate all the contaminants.

3. Seek Assistance from Professionals

It is understandable to be overwhelmed in this process. Flooding is invasive and destructive by definition, and no amount of preparation can prepare you for the emotional turmoil of a damaged home. Fortunately, you don’t have to make the decisions of what’s salvageable and not on your own because there are likely several restoration specialists in Dawsonville, GA, who have the expertise to make that decision for you.

Content cleaning can be an exhausting process because it stresses you not only physically but emotionally; however, if you can go at the cleanup process systematically dividing items between porous and nonporous materials, you may find the process a little easier.

Do Air Purifiers Remove Mold?

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Do Air Purifiers Remove Mold? Mold damage behind kitchen cabinets in Cumming, GA

Do Air Purifiers Remove Mold?

Mold infamously reproduces by traveling through the air and finding a damp area to grow and spread. It makes sense that air purifiers can prevent mold from spreading in your home, but do they really work? This informative article can give you a better idea concerning mold removal and whether air filtration can work for you.

What Air Purifiers Do

A purifier removes contaminants from the air, such as dust and pollen. This can be helpful for people with allergies or asthma. Luckily there are specific purifiers that can remove mold from the air. These machines have HEPA filters.

HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air and is designed to trap airborne particles that are 0.3 microns or larger. This type of air filtration is recommended by most health agencies such as the EPA and the American Lung Association.

Why They Are Useful

Most mold spores span 1-30 microns, which means that the HEPA filter can remove the spores from the air. By using a purifier, you can prevent spores from spreading or contaminating other parts of your home in Cumming, GA. It can also protect you and your family members from inhaling any spores.

When Professional Help May Be Needed

You can prevent mold from spreading, but what happens when mold has already spread throughout your home? This might require the help of mold removal specialists. Here are some reasons you should consider doing more than just purchasing an air purifier:

  • The mold may already be spreading
  • Spores may be embedded in furniture and other porous objects
  • Leaks or condensation may be a big issue in your home

 If these problems are familiar to your house, then you should seek expert advice and help. Complete removal of all mold is important.

Air filtration can help prevent mold if you use a purifier that uses HEPA filters. Doing this can stop the spreading of airborne mold spores, but you might need professional help to remove past or current mold growth.

More Than Flames: Recovering From a Business Fire

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage More Than Flames: Recovering From a Business Fire Damage fire in a Dahlonega, GA home

When your business is affected by fire, your first thoughts will naturally turn to the safety of your employees and customers. Soon after that, the dread of potential damages may settle in. After all, the extent of fire damage goes far beyond what the actual flames touch; you'll also have to handle smoke and water damage. While waiting for fire fighters to arrive, remember these safety tips:

  • Follow established evacuation protocol for the safety of all staff members.
  • Avoid sources of electricity and watch your footing. These are two of the most likely sources of injury.
  • Don't reenter the building.

Putting Out the Flames

Before they enter your building, firefighters will assess the situation to determine the best way to safely contain and subdue the fire. Most often, they'll use their fire hose and water to smother the flames and cool the area. After smothering the fire, chemical retardants may be used to prevent further chemical reactions, including new fires from electrical sparks.

Assessing Fire and Water Damages

After the fire has been put out, you'll find that firefighters have used a lot of water to put out the fire. Flooding and extensive damage from water could be problems. Unfortunately, your business property may be still dangerous. Lingering smoke and chemical fumes could be present. Reach out to your insurance company to discuss the involvement of fire restoration professionals. Before hauling anything out on your own, remember that water-logged items are heavy and hard to handle.

Resolving Odors and Smoke Residue

Finally, there may be smoke damage and odors that must be resolved. Those odors may have a variety of sources. Fire damage restoration professionals have the equipment and training necessary to restore your business to it's original condition. These services include removing the remains of soot from your carpets and smoke odors from your furnishings.

Avoid further damages and injuries following a fire by allowing professionals to handle fire damage and restoration. You'll have plenty of other things to focus on as you reach out to Dahlonega, GA, customers and vendors during this time.

Responsibilities of a Commercial Tenant During a Rental Flood

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Responsibilities of a Commercial Tenant During a Rental Flood Flood damage in Dawsonville, GA

When a flood hits your rented business property in Dawsonville, GA, you may be wondering who is liable for the damage. It may depend on circumstances of local law and lease agreements, but it’s often like a residential lease. Knowing what coverage is offered to a tenant by renting and what’s covered by renter’s insurance teaches you your legal responsibilities if a flood happens.

Lease, Law and Understanding

In a traditional lease, the process of addressing damage is often by a standard procedure:

  • A tenant pays lower amounts to occupy a property while the owner handles any damages to the property that are explicitly not the tenant’s fault.
  • If there is an unsafe condition or damaged part of the property caused by a flood or other event, the tenant has an obligation to write the landlord about it.
  • The landlord has an obligation to repair any reported problems in a timely manner.

Depending on state law and the language of a commercial lease, all repairs may fall on the tenant. It is advised to consult the original lease to see what any specified conditionals on flooding and other damage. Some states have laws or court rulings that establish the landlord’s responsibility regardless.

For Everything Not Covered, There’s Other Coverage

The landlord has no obligation to cover property inside the building. It is up to the commercial property’s occupant to obtain renter’s insurance to protect assets inside. As a standard, this insurance coverage offers protection against unintentional damage alongside vandalism and theft. Sometimes, flood damage is not included and offered as an additional service, but it is advised in regions prone to flooding.

Restoring the Building Once Coverage Is Figured Out

Renter’s insurance is used to restore and replace damaged business assets or the building. Restoration is typically accomplished by using a commercial damage restoration company. Working out the coverage with the property owner will speed the damage restoration process up to get your business’ location restored and functional quickly.

Is All Flood Water Dirty?

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Is All Flood Water Dirty? Damaged facility by a broken pipe in Cumming, GA

If you have dealt with any sort of flooding in your Cumming, GA, home, you may have heard the water damage cleanup crew talking about dirty water. Typically, the waters that fill a home fall into one of three categories:

  • Clean
  • Contaminated
  • Black

As a homeowner, it can be beneficial for you to have some understanding of these different types of flood water. Learning what makes contaminated water contaminated can help you better assess emergency situations in your house.

Category One

The first category of flood water is often called clean. If the flood source is a broken supply line or leaky shower head, chances are the water does not have any contaminants in it. While any water can do damage to your home, anything from a clean source is easier to cleanup if addressed quickly because it does not already contain spores and bacteria.

Category Two

The second category is contaminated water. Some professionals may refer to it as gray water. Floods that fit under this description contain bacteria and viruses. Often, this flooding comes from some type of appliance overflow. The water that seeps out of your dishwasher hose, for example, may have some bacteria already in it.

Category Three

The third category is called black water. This is the most contaminated flooding that can affect your home. Sewage backup and outside water often falls into this category. This type may have feces, microbes and harsh chemicals in it.

Degradation

Even if your flood starts off as clean, you need to address the water buildup as quickly as possible. Even clean water can start to degrade. As the water from your supply line runs through your walls and into your basement, it may pick up bacteria that turns it into category two water.

Ways to Prevent the Spread of Mold During Cleanup

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Ways to Prevent the Spread of Mold During Cleanup When you have mold growing indoors, spores are more abundant leading to further spread of mold in your building.

By the time you discover mold, from seeing it or smelling it, you already have a big problem. Mold spores exist in the air all around you and are never fully gone. The problem is when spore populations are excessive and when they encounter a damp environment indoors, where they take hold and grow. Mold thrives anywhere with moisture and oxygen, including in Cumming, GA. Indoors, you often find mold on materials damaged from water, such as from a leaking roof or a broken pipe. It's critical for mold cleanup to begin as quickly as possible, even in the first 24 hours, to prevent the fast growth and development of additional colonies.

Since spores are so small, they easily find their way indoors flowing in your ventilation system and even hitching a ride on your clothing. With particles dispersing that easily, how can you avoid mold contamination in other parts of your building especially during cleanup procedures? Well professional mold remediation specialists minimize further contamination through two key practices.

1. Containment. Professionals help limit mold contamination by creating a containment area. Ventilation and fans are turned off and a negative air chamber is created using basic principles of airflow, where air moves from high pressure to low pressure areas. This in conjunction with physical barriers helps prevent the escape of spores from the contaminated area during mold cleanup.

2. Air Filtration. Mold spores are tiny, microscopic particles and exist naturally in the air. To prevent additional spreading of the spores from the mold contamination area, filters knowns as high-efficiency particulate absorber (HEPA) are used with all air scrubbers and vacuums. These filters trap the tiny particles and prevent the airborne distribution to other parts of your building.

When you have mold growing indoors, spores are more abundant leading to further spread of mold in your building. The process of mold cleanup is a serious task that should be done with deliberate care and consideration. Thankfully, professional mold remediation specialists use careful containment and filtration methods during removal of mold-infested materials, minimizing the spread of mold in your building. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROforsythdawsoncounties.com/.

How To Properly Use a Fire Extinguisher: The PASS Method

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Properly Use a Fire Extinguisher: The PASS Method Keeping these simple tips in mind will help to ensure that you are getting the most out of your fire extinguisher in an emergency.

Having a fire extinguisher in your home is never a bad idea, but it won’t be of much use if you don’t know how to properly operate it. When an emergency happens, seconds can mean the difference between a minor kitchen fire and total disaster. Thankfully, there are a few basic tips and one simple acronym that can help you and your family to easily remember the basics of using an extinguisher:

• Assess the size of the fire. Extinguishers are meant for smaller fires still in their infancy, known as the incipient stage. If the flames have grown taller than an average adult (5-6 feet), your extinguisher won’t help. Evacuate the home immediately and call 911.

• Check the available pressure. If the flames are still incipient, the next step is to check the pressure gauge on your fire extinguisher. A needle in the green means you’re good to go. If it falls anywhere outside of this acceptable range, abort and get your family out of the house.

• Position yourself appropriately. Learn and memorize the effective discharge range of your extinguisher ahead of time. Before you begin, position yourself as far away as possible while still ensuring that the discharge will reach the fire itself. Have an exit strategy in mind in the event that the flames are unable to be controlled.

• Utilize the proper technique by remembering the PASS method:
P – Pull the pin from the handle.
A – Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.
S – Squeeze the trigger to initiate discharge.
S – Sweep from side to side while continuing to aim for the base until the fire is out or the extinguisher stop discharging.

Keeping these simple tips in mind will help to ensure that you are getting the most out of your fire extinguisher in an emergency. Once the flames are out, contact a professional cleanup and restoration specialist in Cumming, GA, that can help repair any fire damage and remove smoke odors from the home. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROforsythdawsoncounties.com/.

Understanding the Flood Cut: What Is it and What Is its Purpose?

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Understanding the Flood Cut: What Is it and What Is its Purpose? A flood cut is a normal process of the post-flooding cleanup process.

The goal of hiring a Cumming, GA, flood damage restoration team is to restore your home to pre-flood condition, not make it worse. Yet, it is not uncommon for remediation experts to suggest a flood cut post-flooding. To many homeowners, a flood cut sounds like the exact opposite of what needs to be done—after all, how can tearing out a section of drywall make things better? The truth is that in many situations, a flood cut is precisely what a home needs.

If your water damage remediation team informed you that it needs to tear out a portion of your wall in order to make everything better, don't argue. There are several reasons a team might perform a flood cut, including:

• There is wet insulation behind the drywall.
• There is a high risk of contamination.
• There is a high risk of microbial growth.

What Is a Flood Cut?

A flood cut refers to the process of removing a portion of drywall post-flooding. Typically, a team will remove drywall 12 to 24 inches above the flood line, depending on the extent of damage. The goal is to prevent further water damage to the drywall, assess the scope of damage behind the drywall and replace damaged materials, which may include insulation and electrical wiring.

Why a Professional Is Necessary To Perform a Flood Cut

Many homeowners mistakenly believe that they can perform a flood cut on their own—after all, how difficult is it to tear out a section of drywall? While it might not be hard to cut a section of drywall on your own, you risk damaging wiring or other critical components in the process. Moreover, you risk injury, especially if you don’t know what is behind a section you intend to cut. You should always leave a flood cut to the professionals for these reasons.

A flood cut is a normal process of the post-flooding cleanup process. If you're worried about your Cumming, GA, water damage remediation team performing the procedure, don't hesitate to ask questions. The right team will be more than happy to address any questions or concerns that you may have. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROforsythdawsoncounties.com/.

How To Prevent Water Damage When You’re on Vacation

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Prevent Water Damage When You’re on Vacation Taking the time to prep your house before you leave on vacation can save you from coming home to an emergency water pipe repair.

Nothing ruins a great family vacation faster than coming home to a flooded house and an emergency water pipe repair. There’s not much you can do about coastal storm surge or an overflowing river, but there are many types of flooding you can prevent. With a little bit of planning and forethought, you can reduce your chances of needing to call a water damage mitigation specialist in Cumming, GA, your first night home.

1. Have Your Plumber Do a Maintenance Check

You don’t have to wait until there’s a crisis to have a professional check your pipes and supply lines. A plumber can tell you about any potential problems so you can deal with water pipe repair and upgrades before you leave.

2. Insulate Your Pipes

If you expect freezing temperatures at home while you’re away, insulate your pipes. This prevents them from freezing and bursting while you’re gone. Focus on pipes in uninsulated parts of your home that are likely to be exposed to outside temperatures.

3. Turn Off Your Water

You can also turn off your home’s water supply at the main. Then open up all the water taps in your house and let them drain. This ensures you won’t have any plumbing-related floods while you’re gone.

4. Clean Your Gutters and Drains

Make sure to clean your gutters, drains and downspouts before you leave town. That way if there are heavy rains in your absence, the water will be directed away from your home. This makes leaks less likely.

5. Back Up Your Sump Pump

If there’s a power outage during a storm, your sump pump may not be able to handle a rising water table. By connecting your sump pump to a backup generator or getting a battery-powered pump, you can avoid coming home to your basement under water.

Taking the time to prep your house before you leave on vacation can save you from coming home to an emergency water pipe repair. While a water damage mitigation specialist in Cumming, GA, can handle the cleanup if the worst occurs, it’s better if you don’t have to call for help. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROforsythdawsoncounties.com/.

Dealing with a Pipe Break as a Team

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Dealing with a Pipe Break as a Team After you assess the state of your flood, it's time to communicate what you've found to the various parties involved.

Nobody wants to be responsible for water damage in Cumming, GA. If you have bursting pipes in your place of business and the building owner or any other authority figure is not present to give direction, there are several things that you could do to stop the problem before it gets out of hand. Keep in mind that if your business has any standard rules for dealing with this type of problem, you can probably find them in a handbook or a manager could direct you to them over the phone. However if all else fails follow these simple steps.

The first thing you should do, probably before you even call for help, is stop the flow of water. This action has several benefits:
• Stops current damage and potentially allows water to drain
• Prevents future damage due to seepage
• Reduces the risk of a water damage category increase
After the water has stopped flowing, then you can start to take action by identifying the major risks involved with your incident. A good first step is to try to estimate the type of water damage you have.

Knowledge Is Power

Instead of trying to fix a broken pipe by yourself, focus on gathering information. Ask yourself a few simple questions. Where did the water come from? Bursting pipes and sewer drains pose much different risks. Does the water have any chemicals, such as cleaning supplies or cooking chemicals? These questions should help you determine the type of water you have and therefore the water cleanup measures needed to get your business back to a like-new state.

Spread the Word Carefully

After you assess the state of your flood, it's time to communicate what you've found to the various parties involved. Keep in mind that not everyone needs the same information. Responsible people, such as business owners, building managers or janitorial staff, might not need the same information as customers, fellow employees or other similar stakeholders. Dealing with bursting pipes is a team effort, so tell everyone exactly what they need to know in order to minimize professional risks and accelerate your cleanup process. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROforsythdawsoncounties.com/.

When Can Employees Safely Return To Work After a Flood?

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Can Employees Safely Return To Work After a Flood? Once the necessary cleanup is finalized, demolition has been completed, and restoration has begun, you and your employees can often safely return.

When your commercial building is damaged by flood waters in Cumming, GA, it’s only natural to be concerned for the structure, your employees, and damaged business equipment. Wondering when you can get the business open again and your employees back to work is natural, but don’t be too hasty. Restoration professionals will typically let you know when it is safe to return, but first, the team needs to make sure the building is safe by checking for black water, contaminates, and structural damage.

Lost Time

While flood cleanup and restoration can take days or weeks, the lost time can be about more than just business revenue. Employees are often anxious to get back to their jobs and resume their normal schedules. They may even begin pressuring you to let them return to work, but before you do consider these important facts:

• Flood black water is often filled with dangerous bacteria and unhealthy chemicals.
• Wet items such as furniture, floors, and walls can often become saturated with mold and mildew.
• Air quality may continue to decline the longer the stagnate water stands.

Rather than put your employees in harm’s way, wait until the recovery team has cleaned up the dirty water before allowing work to resume.

Necessary Recovery

Flood water restoration and recovery teams can do more than help with flood cleanup by removing standing water. The professionals can use specialized fans to begin drying the building out to prevent mold growth. Then the dehumidification process begins with air movers and dehumidifiers to draw any remaining moisture out of floors and walls. Only then can the cleaning and sanitizing begin with antimicrobial treatments and odor removing air scrubbers.

Open Business

Once the necessary cleanup is finalized, demolition has been completed, and restoration has begun, you and your employees can often safely return to work in Cumming, GA. Black water may be a hazard, but with a recovery team on your side to remove it quickly, you may find yourself resuming normal business operations in no time. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROforsythdawsoncounties.com/.

How To Protect Your Home From Mold

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Protect Your Home From Mold Protect your home from extra humidity and water damage.

How To Protect Your Home From Mold

Mold can enter your home in a number of ways. It gets in through drafts around windows or other cracks or crevices. It can hitch a ride from outside on your hair or clothing. You cannot fully prevent mold from entering your home in Cumming, GA, but by taking care of leaks and water damage when they occur, you are more likely to prevent mold growth. Here are four ways you can practice mold prevention.

1. Check for leaks often and fix them in a timely manner. There are many ways that water can leak into your home, and leaks set the stage for a mold problem. When it rains, check for signs of leaking from the roof. Loose or broken pipes or supply lines can cause water to pool under sinks or in walls. By preventing water damage, you can often prevent mold from growing.

2. If your home floods, have it cleaned and dried professionally. Flood restoration specialists are trained and certified to clean up thoroughly after a flood. They take care of any damage and replace the waterlogged parts of your home so that mold doesn’t have a hospitable place to land and grow.

3. Increase the air flow in your home. Mold loves a warm, wet, stagnant area. A room that is often humid, such as a bathroom or laundry room, must be ventilated well so that condensation doesn’t remain on the walls, setting you up for mold growth.

4. Lower the humidity level. The more humid your home is, the more likely it is to develop a mold problem. Use a dehumidifier in your home, particularly in wetter seasons when your home in Cumming, GA, is the most vulnerable.

Protect your home from extra humidity and water damage. If you make these four ways to prevent moisture in your home an integral part of your maintenance plan, you can lower your chances of mold growth. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROforsythdawsoncounties.com/.

What Type of Smoke Alarm Is Best for My Home?

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Type of Smoke Alarm Is Best for My Home? Whether you're well-versed in the world of smoke detectors or are just getting started, expanding your knowledge on product options is never a bad ide

There are few more frightening experiences than a house fire. While this is the last event Cumming, GA, residents likely want to think about, it is nevertheless a vital consideration. Protecting your home and the lives of everyone in the household is top priority, so look to the following different types of equipment to choose the best smoke alarm for your home.

While some fire alarms pick up heat, the effectiveness of these models can pale in comparison to a smoke detector. There are three basic types of such detectors to choose between:

1. Ionization Alarms

An ionized detector is generally cheaper than other types of alarms. These alarms use miniscule amounts of radioactive material to ionize the air in a small chamber in the device, allowing the air to carry an electric charge. When smoke passes through this chamber, it causes a disruption in this electrical current, which then sets off the alarm.

2. Photoelectric Alarms

According to most smoke alarm experts, photoelectric alarms have a smaller chance of making false alarms than their ionization counterparts. This type of fire safety device uses a light beam and a photoelectric sensor to detect smoke. While ionized alarms are usually better for spotting fast fires, photoelectric alarms typically best detect smoldering fires.

3. Smart Alarms

Most smart alarms use photoelectric sensors, and some even have a split-spectrum sensor for greater accuracy. Although identical to non-smart detectors in terms of basic function, a smart detector has more customized options and can send alerts directly to phones and tablets.

If you're like most homeowners in Cumming, GA, you've probably wondered which device is best for your space. Whether you're well-versed in the world of smoke detectors or are just getting started, expanding your knowledge on product options is never a bad idea. Once you've chosen the proper spots in your home for a smoke alarm, you can install the right ones to protect your living space. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROforsythdawsoncounties.com/.

Quick Guide to Secondhand Fire Damage

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Quick Guide to Secondhand Fire Damage You don't expect to find smoke damage in your building when you didn't have a fire.

A building next to your commercial property had a fire. The flames never touched your Cumming, GA, building, so you were surprised to find smoke damage on your walls, near your windows and around your doors. Smoke can travel to nearby buildings and cause secondhand fire damage.

How Can You Get Rid of It?

When you find this unexpected soot damage, your first concern may be that your business will always smell like smoke. Thankfully, there are a lot of smoke cleaning techniques your fire restoration team can use to rid your property of the damage and odor.

• Sprays: There are a variety of cleaning agents that can help clean walls, furnishings and belongings of smoke. Depending on what is being cleaned, you may need to soak or spray the objects.
• Wipes: Certain objects, like computers and walls, shouldn't have the cleaners applied to them. In this case, the professionals may try a dry-cleaning method. Wipes and dry cleaning may be enough to rid some objects of minor smoke damage.
• Filtration: Odor is a big part of smoke and soot. To rid your building of the unsavory aroma, you may need to rely on special equipment. Air filtration devices, thermal foggers and ozone machines can help clear out the air.

Cleaning up smoke can seem like a daunting task, but when you work with a team of experts they know exactly what to do for each object.

Does Insurance Cover It?

So, you didn't have a fire in your own building. Will your insurance help pay for the smoke cleaning you had to do anyway? This can depend on your particular coverage. However, typically secondhand damage caused by a fire in an adjacent building is still covered by insurance.

You don't expect to find smoke damage in your building when you didn't have a fire. Smoke can travel a long way, so you should be prepared for the unexpected if an adjacent business has a fire. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROforsythdawsoncounties.com/.

Are Your Commercial Building’s Air Ducts Growing Mold? 3 Ways To Know for Sure

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Checking your Cumming, GA, commercial building for mold can be a challenging job. Different types of fungi are capable of hiding almost anywhere moisture and darkness are present, such as inside your building’s ventilation ducts. If you suspect your ductwork is breeding mold, there are several strategies you can use to find out for sure, from professional HVAC cleaning to performing a bit of detective work on your own.

1. Check HVAC Coils and Drip Pans

The moisture inside your heating, ventilation and air conditioning ducts may be the perfect breeding ground for mold. While fungi may be difficult to see there, checking your system’s coils and drip pan may offer clues about its presence. An infestation within the ducts may spread to these components. If you discover mold growing on the water inside the drip pan, this could be a sign that it has traveled from inside your air ducts.

2. Follow Your Nose

When mold grows unchecked in places you cannot easily see, the mycotoxins it releases as it eats and grows release a foul odor. It may smell dusty or like wet, dirty laundry. If this stink is more noticeable while your HVAC system is running and then fades after the unit shuts off, this is a sign you might have mold inside your air ducts. Since it is unlikely cleaning vents will resolve the problem, you may need to call in a qualified mold remediation and removal company to have fungi eradicated permanently.

3. Have Your Unit Cleaned

If you are uncertain if what you smell is mold, investing in a deep HVAC cleaning can solve the mystery. Moldy ductwork can be replaced and other sections sanitized to prevent further growth. Having this cleaning performed at least once a year can prevent fungi from growing unchecked within your ventilation system.

Mold can spread quickly through your Cumming, GA, commercial building when it breeds within the ventilation system’s ductwork. Yearly HVAC cleaning and vigilance on your part can prevent damaging fungi from taking over. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROforsythdawsoncounties.com/

3 Fast Facts About Category 3 Water

4/22/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in your Cumming, GA, commercial building can happen without warning. In many cases, flood water may be the result of a plumbing problem, such as a toilet overflow. When this type of flood occurs, the water is usually graded as a category 3, as it is contaminated with chemicals and human waste. Because of the possible danger present, it is wise to call in a qualified water cleanup and restoration company; however, knowing as much as you can about category 3 water may help you and your employees stay safe during the cleanup process.

1. It Can Carry Human Pathogens

Category 3 water may contain human pathogens that could result in serious illness for you and your employees. Stomach and digestive problems, hepatitis and bacterial issues can all be contracted from dirty water, especially if you enter an affected room without protective clothing. If a category 3 flood should occur in your building, it is a good idea to evacuate the affected area immediately.

2. It Cannot Be Cleaned by Typical Flood Cleanup Measures

Because category 3 flood water contains such toxic substances, it usually cannot be cleaned up by ordinary means, such as with a wet/dry or shop vacuum. Black water needs to be cleaned up and disposed of safely by qualified professionals who have the know-how and safety equipment needed to do so. Trash pumps and industrial tankers may be brought in to remove, contain and haul away the water before the restoration process can begin.

3. It Can Become More Toxic With Time

Black water can be dangerous when it first floods an area. However, if it is allowed to sit for more than 24 hours, bacteria can cause it to become even more toxic. It may also cause the spread of black mold. To prevent long-term damage to your property, you may want to have standing black water removed as quickly as possible.

Flood water can affect your Cumming, GA, commercial building without warning, and category 3 can be the most damaging. However, knowing how to recognize and handle black water may help you prevent the worst of the potential problems it may cause. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROforsythdawsoncounties.com/.

Recovering From Fire Damage To Your Dawsonville Dwelling

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Recovering From Fire Damage To Your Dawsonville Dwelling An old smoke alarm that should be changed to keep the home safe from fire.

SERVPRO Plans Professional Restoration Practices After a Fire in Dawsonville

A fire can ignite inside your home in an instant, the ensuing damage often traceable to ordinary activities that unexpectedly go awry. Brief inattention to a pot on the stove, a child or pet knocking over a candle, or faulty wiring kindling behind the plaster are possible fire risks in any household. The result of these accidents may range from a brief blaze, quickly quelled by you, to a slower moving, hidden burning that causes widespread damage before becoming evident and requiring professional firefighters to bring under control. Regardless of the source of fire damage within your home, SERVPRO is the fire restoration company that stands apart in experience and quality. We are ready to inspect your home, develop a comprehensive plan, and answer all your questions about how to recover from the devastation of fire damage.
 
Once the flames are out, there is no time to lose before responding to fire damage suffered by your Dawsonville residence. Obvious issues like charred furnishings or building structures may seem to take precedence, but the more subtle ways that fire can harm the safety of your home and the comfort and health of your family also must be addressed. Our fire restoration project managers and work crews are highly trained and experienced, ready to scout out all ways flames, soot, and smoke damaged your home. If not managed quickly, soot, other residues, and even the chemicals or water used to knock down the flames, begin to infiltrate the structure and contents of your home. Permanent damage can follow, perhaps requiring demolition and replacements that could have been avoided if we had been on-site immediately after the fire. Cleaning with proper products and methods can minimize the need for extensive renovation. Restoring is our goal, always ahead of replacement.
 
Only when all areas, including hidden locations like attics, closets, cabinets, and crawl spaces, have been evaluated for damage and odor can the fire damage restoration plan be completed. The compounds spread throughout your interior during a fire move fast, sometimes lodging in normally inaccessible places. SERVPRO reviews options with you, determining when porous items like insulation or carpet padding are better replaced, or when our grasp of cutting edge technologies can restore original components and contents. We aim always to offer you back your home after our efforts are completed, “Like it never even happened.”
 
SERVPRO of Forsyth & Dawson Counties does not disappoint when you need professional fire damage restoration in your home. Contact us 24/7 at (770) 887-1962, sending you assistance as soon as possible after the flames are out.

The Best Storm Shutters To Safeguard Your Home

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Living in Cumming, GA, can come with a lot of advantages, giving you and your family a great place to reside and enjoy your busy lifestyles. However, every place has its disadvantages as well, such as particularly hard-hitting storms that can leave devastating consequences behind. However, there are methods for preparing your home for such extreme high winds and downpours, and one of your best options is to invest in storm shutters. Here are a variety of shutters to choose from that can safeguard your home from the onslaught of intense weather systems.

? Colonial Hurricane-Style Barricades. Probably the most popular style that’s a permanent fixture on the outside of your home, this option allows for a lovely aesthetic design to your home’s exterior while also providing a durable defense against strong storm conditions. They are available in aluminum, traditional wood or polycarbonate materials, and they can be designed in various panels to accentuate the look of your home in any way you see fit.

? Roll-Down or Roll-Up Varieties. These hurricane-type shutters are considered to be one of the strongest and most dependable variations when it comes to storm shutters. Also a permanent fixture that rests above your window frames, this option can easily be drawn down via a mechanical cranking lever that rolls them from top to bottom and bolts into place once they’re safely opened all the way.

? Accordion-Style Barriers. As a different approach to the vertically positioned options already mentioned, this style extends horizontally across your windows and latches into place for superior protection. These hinged panels are generally made of polycarbonate or metal, ensuring your safety in high winds.

Depending on your style or preference, there are a wide variety of storm shutters to choose from to protect your Cumming, GA, home against downpours and high winds. Any of these choices can help protect your home from inclement weather and give your family peace of mind. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROforsythdawsoncounties.com.

Help! The Toilet Leaks When Flushed

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Leaking water is never ideal. It can waste your money and even cause damage to your Cumming, GA home. If you have a leaking toilet, you may be at your wits end. Why is it happening and how can you stop it?

Top Reasons Toilets Leak When Flushed

Knowing the why can help you better understand how to fix the problem. As you try to investigate your bathroom leak, consider these possibilities:

" Damaged Wax Ring: The wax ring at the base of the toilet may dry out or get damaged in another way. This makes the seal imperfect and can lead to leaks. If this is the culprit, you'll notice the water coming from the base of the toilet.
" Loose Tank: Over time, the tank of your toilet may loosen due to use. Tanks have to fit tightly onto the seat to stop leaks from taking place. If the tank is the issue, you may notice water seeping out at the base of the tank.
" Broken Closet Flange: The closet flange provides a mount for the toilet on the floor. If this part is bent or damaged, it could lead to a leaking toilet. Fixing this piece requires you to either replace the whole flange or fill in the missing piece.
" Loose Closet Bolts: The closet bolts work to hold the toilet to the ground. If they get loosened over time, you may notice water pooling at the base of the toilet every time you flush. You may be able to fix this problem by simply tightening the bolts. However, you need to be careful not to overtighten, as this can lead to cracks.
" Poor Installation: Finally, if the toilet was not installed correctly to begin with, you may have leaking problems from day one. The only way to fix this issue is to try to reinstall the toilet. You may need a new wax seal and flange anyway.

Because a leaking toilet can lead to major water damage, you may not want to try to fix the problem on your own. Turning to a residential water damage specialist can help you fix the problem quickly. Visit http://www.SERVPROforsythdawsoncounties.com for more information on water damage. 

Quick Guide to Cleaning Mildew From Grout

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Bathroom mildew can appear in your showers seemingly overnight. The dark-colored fungus thrives in the bathroom space because of the repeated humidity introduced by the shower. There is no easy solution to getting it out of your grout line. Chances are it's either going to take a lot of work on your part or on the part of a residential cleaning service. No matter how you look at it, removing this mildew will require three basic steps:

1. Applying a cleaning product
2. Scrubbing the affected area
3. Rinsing the cleaning product away

With the steps being so simple, what do you really need to know about cleaning mildew from shower grout?

Choose a Cleaner

Most mildew cleaning companies use products known to remove the dark-colored fungus from your bathroom crevices. However, some may let you pick the type of cleaner you want to use. You can either choose a natural product or commercial product. Some cleaners bought from the store have harsh chemicals, while others use mild detergents to rid your shower space of the unsightly growth. The cleaning method used on your grout line will depend on the cleaner chosen. For example, some natural options may have to soak overnight to really allow the ingredients to get to work on the mildew.

Manage Humidity

Once your bathroom mildew has been cleaned up, you likely want to stop its reappearance. However, this can be a difficult task. The first thing you have to do is manage a recurring humidity problem. You may need to install a new ceiling fan, take cooler showers or wipe down the shower surface after each use. Your cleaning service provider may be able to give you more tips on how to stop the growth of this particular mildew.

Seeing mold in your Cumming, GA house is never a fun thing. However, bathroom mildew is one of the most common types of mold problems people can have. Learning a proper cleaning and preventing technique may help you see less of this fungus. Visit http://www.SERVPROforsythdawsoncounties.com for more information on mold. 

Why Is There Sewage Backup During Heavy Rains?

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Why Is There Sewage Backup During Heavy Rains? Our team responded to a large water loss in this facility and got right to work drying up the water.

Storms can be really stressful for commercial building owners in Cumming, GA. You have to worry about hail, wind and water damage every time a storm is predicted for your area. Even when a storm is forecasted, you never know what's going to happen. Sometimes, the storms may leave your building unaffected, and other times, you're left dealing with lots of damage. For example, your area could be under threat of heavy rains, but did you know that could put you at risk for a sewer backup?

Overwhelming Amounts of Water

Lots of rain water can leave systems waterlogged, and the city sewer system is no different. During heavy downpours, sewer systems can take on too much water. This causes the sewer water to back up into commercial buildings and sometimes homes. Downpours aren't the only potential cause of a sewer backup. This issue can also be caused by the following situations:

* Tree roots grow into pipes.
* Broken pipes don't allow sewage to leave.
* Grease or other waste creates a plug.
* Vandals drop large items into manhole covers.

No matter why sewage is coming into your building, you need to react quickly.

Creating Black Water

When flooding is combined with sewage, your building is now full of contaminated water. This particular variety of contaminated water is often referred to as black water because it could contain fecal matter, microbes and harsh chemicals. Because this water can be highly unsanitary, you need to get the flooding taken care of as quickly as possible. Not only could you be dealing with normal flooding issues, but you may add other problems to the mix as well.

If you ever have to deal with black water, it may be a good idea to bring in trained water damage restoration experts as soon as possible. When there is a sewer backup in your building, it's nice to know who you can turn to for fast, reliable help. Visit http://www.SERVPROforsythdawsoncounties.com for more information on commercial storm damage. 

Mold Can Grow in Your Favorite Beverage Dispensers

2/24/2018 (Permalink)

Whether your business has a coffee pot for office workers or a fountain machine for store patrons, these beverage dispensers can create the perfect environment for mold growth. The constant presence of water in these beverage units is what makes them susceptible to the growth of fungus and the accompanying presence of a moldy smell. Commercial cleaning professionals can help you keep your building and equipment clean and free from mold. What sort of cleaning method can keep these beverage machines free from mold?

Decalcify the Unit

The reservoirs of coffee makers and tubing of fountain machines can be the perfect places for mineral buildup. When these calcifications take root in your beverage machine, they can create extra nooks and crannies for moisture to get trapped. As you know, extra moisture is one of the leading causes of fungus growth. Professionals often decalcify these machines for the following reasons:

• It discourages the growth of fungus.
• It clears potential clogs that could stop your machine from working.
• It results in better-tasting beverages.

The frequency of decalcification depends on your main water source and how often your unit gets used. Say your beverage dispenser is used every day. If you have hard water, you may want to have the interior of your machine cleaned once a month. If you have soft water, you may only have to clean the machine once every other month.

Clean the Outside

Using a damp cloth to clean the outside of your coffee pot or fountain drink machine can also help stop mold growth. This easy wipe down should take place at the end of every day the machine is used. It's beneficial because it removes potential clogs at the spouts, which could result in extra moisture within certain parts of the machine. The external cleaning can also stop mold from growing on the outside of the unit.

Mold growth and its accompanying moldy smell can be a serious concern for businesses in Mcdaniel, Georgia. Pinpointing every potential area of growth, such as beverage dispensers, may help you keep your building mold free.

For more information on mold visit us at http://www.SERVPROforsythdawsoncounties.com.

How To Clean Contents After a Fire

2/16/2018 (Permalink)

If you are recovering from a fire in Dawsonville, Georgia, you probably have possessions that you want to clean or restore. There are several methods of content cleaning that are suitable for a variety of materials.
Specialized cleaning services may also provide content storage to protect cleaned items until your property has been restored to pre-fire conditions. Keep reading to learn about dry-cleaning and other effective methods.

• Dry-cleaning: This method is ideal for items that should not be exposed to water. A specialized process can completely remove soot and smoke odors. Traditional methods may actually set smoke odors in garments or upholstery.
• Wet cleaning: Wet cleaning is ideal for durable items with moderate to heavy soot or smoke residue.
• Spray and wipe: Spot cleaning is a good strategy for delicate materials that cannot withstand wet cleaning.
• Foam: Foam cleaning is suitable for upholstery that could shrink or bleed color during wet cleaning.
• Abrasive: Agitation is reserved for durable items or materials with moderate to heavy residue.
• Immersion: This complete method of cleaning involves dipping items into a bath.
• Ultrasonic: Ultrasonic cleaning can be ideal for nonporous items.

Specialists rely on all of these cleaning methods to restore property to pre-fire conditions. A combination of these methods can be used to entirely eliminate soot and smoke residue from most types of materials. During the cleaning process, it can be helpful to remove contents from the scene of the fire. Temporary storage may also be helpful to prevent recontamination if these cleaning processes are completed prior to the full restoration of the property that has suffered a fire.

If you have recently experienced a fire, you should schedule an assessment with restoration experts in Dawsonville, Georgia. These specialists can help you determine when dry-cleaning or any of these other content cleaning methods are the best way to clean and restore your property.

Visit us at http://www.SERVPROforsythdawsoncounties.com for more on commercial fire. 

3 Ways To Reduce the Likelihood of a Cigarette Fire in Your Home

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

In the US alone, the average cigarette fire is responsible for over 1,000 deaths and 3,000 injuries each year, making up around 20 percent of total fire deaths annually. Therefore, if you’re a smoker in Cumming, Georgia, you may want to consider taking a few precautions while you indulge your habit. These are some of the most effective yet simple changes you could make:

• Going outdoors to smoke
• Keeping ashtrays away from the house
• Considering smokeless alternatives

1. Take It Outside

Cigarette fires typically gain their momentum when hot cinders come into contact with dry, flammable materials such as carpets, upholsteries and other household fabrics. The best way to avoid the fire cleanup efforts these can lead to is to smoke outdoors. It may not be as comfortable as an experience, but it certainly leads to fewer fires overall.

2. Position Ashtrays Properly

Not every cigarette fire starts as a carelessly discarded cinder. In fact, many start in ashtrays. When you flick your ashes into the tray, it’s important to remember that not all of them are dead. If a blaze comes back to life and it’s too near your home or other belongings, an ashtray fire could lead to a serious fire in a matter of minutes. Keep ashtrays away from your home’s siding while outdoors.

3. Try E-Cigs and Vapes

You can also combat the issue by using a number of cigarette alternatives, such as e-cigarettes and vapes. These are designed to give smokers the nicotine fix they crave while cutting out the harmful effects and odors of smoke and the risks that fire offers.

Don't put your home at risk. Taking any or all of these precautions can help to drastically reduce the chances of a cigarette fire occurring on your property, so you can enjoy your habit without worry.

Visit us at http://www.SERVPROforsythdawsoncounties.com for more information on fire. 

2 Tips To Help Reduce Potential Flood Damage

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Consider the old saying that warns that it is too late to shut the barn door after the horse has escaped. It is much the same when it comes to dealing with flood damage. While you can’t always know when the weather and other conditions in Cumming, GA could result in flooding, there are steps you can take each year to prepare for any potential storm damage situation. Here are two tips that can help you reduce potential damage to your home and the inconveniences and costs involved.

1. Inspect and clean your home’s gutters and downspouts at least once a year. It may seem that all storm damage results from rising waters, but the reality is that the rainfall cascading off your home’s roof could contribute quite a bit to that. If your home’s gutters and downspouts are not properly directing this runoff, you could end up with a damaged foundation, roof damage and more flooding than you would have had otherwise.

2. Know where your neighborhood storm drains are and keep them clear. While it is true that your municipality is responsible for keeping the storm drains free from debris, it won’t do you much good after flood damage has occurred to complain that they didn’t keep up with it. A better plan is to be proactive and keep an eye on the storm drains yourself, particularly prior to rainy season in Cumming, GA and alert authorities if you notice a problem or clean them up yourself. Keeping your trees trimmed can also be a good way to reduce the debris that can end up at the storm drain.

If despite your best efforts to prevent flood damage, you do experience flooding in your home, it is important to call a professional storm damage professional as quickly as possible. This can reduce the added problems that can result from the added moisture in your home. It could also get you back to normal more quickly and avoid the risks doing the cleanup yourself could entail.
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Cleaning Up After a Leaking Water Heater

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

A broken water heater is a nasty surprise that can cause a lot of damage. If you notice your water heater is making funny noises, take some steps to minimize the impact on your home. You don’t want to get caught in the shower with a failed water heater. A leaking water heater can cause a lot of frustration and damage.

Minimizing Damage

If you notice your water heater is acting up, follow these steps to help mitigate any further damage:

• Turn off the power supply.
• Cut off the water.
• Drain your water heater.
• Flip open the pressure-release valve.
• Use cold water to rinse the water heater.

Cleanup Procedures

If you are dealing with a leaking hot water heater, it is important to not just fix the source of the problem but to clean up any water and address any damage that occurred as a result of the leak. Standing water can lead to a lot of frustrating problems. Warm, moist areas are breeding grounds for mold, germs, fungus and all kinds of other pathogens.

Depending on the amount of water you are dealing with, most cleanups require more than just soaking the water up with a towel. Carpet, walls and wood tend to absorb and hold in moisture. It is important to dry out carpets and behind walls where mold can grow undetected.

If you are dealing with a leaking water heater that has caused significant water damage, water mitigation specialists can help you dry things out and prevent secondary damage from occurring. If your home isn’t properly dried out within the first 48 hours, you could be looking at substantial damage.

A water heater problem is frustrating. Don’t let the resulting water damage be an ongoing process. Hire professionals in Cumming, GA to come in and make sure moisture isn’t trapped behind your walls and that your carpets are thoroughly dried. You don’t want have to deal with mold growth.


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How To Fight Damage From Polluted Water

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water pipe repair in Cumming, GA can be challenging, especially when you have to deal with water damage. When a pipe bursts, water naturally finds its way through the building. To prevent mold, it’s often important to determine which category the water is classified as so you can deal with the damage accordingly.

Category 1

There are three types of water pollution. Category 1 water is pure, clean water that isn’t affected by bacteria. Sink or tub overflows or broken water supply lines can contain clean water.

Category 2

This classification of water refers to water that is polluted. Known as “gray water,” this source of water contains bacteria and harmful contaminants. A couple of examples of gray water include:

• Sump pump failures
• Dishwasher discharge
• Stagnation of clean water
• Water containing building materials

Water pipe repair will likely be needed immediately.

Category 3

Water that is full of bacteria, fungi, and unsanitary agents is called “black water.” Common types of this classification include sewage and seawater. Gray water that isn’t removed from your fixtures or remains stagnant can soon be classified as Category 3 water.

How To Take Care of the Damage

Burst pipes can often lead to flooding or serious water damage if they aren’t taken care of quickly. If the water is classified as Category 2, it’s a good idea to call a professional to deal with the pipe repair and damage. Because of the bacteria in the water, there can be significant risks. Be sure to remove the water as soon as possible to avoid getting mold.

When you discover that a pipe has broken, turn off the water supply to avoid any extra water damage. Getting water pipe repair as soon as possible is important, but don’t forget to clean up any flooded areas. If the water is polluted at all, it can lead to nasty mold problems in the future. Visit http://www.SERVPROforsythdawsoncounties.com for more information on commercial water damage.

What is the fastest way to clean up water after a dishwasher fails?

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

Many times in a kitchen water damage is caused by the appliances. Since there is a water line running to the dishwasher it is common for it to malfunction and cause a huge mess in your kitchen. 

SERVPRO can be on site quickly and begin to mitigate the damages. The important thing is not to let the water sit for too long. This can start to cause secondary damages like mold and other types of microbial growth. 

Once on site our team will quickly extract all of the water. Then they will start to place drying equipment throughout the home. Each day they will monitor the drying progress until the area is completely dry. 

After that they can replace any damaged materials and have your home back to pre loss condition. 

How to dry a large space after a water loss

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

Experiencing a water loss is a traumatic experience that no one should have to go through. However when you do have one it is important to make sure you get it taken care of immediately. SERVPRO of Forsyth and Dawson Counties are able to handle any size water loss and get your business back and operational again. 

1. The first step is to get SERVPRO of Forsyth and Dawson Counties onsite immediately to perform emergency services. Once the water has been extracted, the team can begin to place drying equipment. 

2. After a few days of monitoring, SERVPRO of Forsyth and Dawson Counties will update you with the drying progress. 

3. Once the drying is complete, the team will notify you and give you copies of all of the records. 

4. If you need anything rebuilt, SERVPRO of Forsyth and Dawson Counties has an in house construction team that will be ready to serve. 

Let us know if you have any questions. We will be happy to help you. 

Cleaning up after a fire

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

If you have ever experienced a fire loss in your home, you know it is a tough time to get through. SERVPRO of Forsyth and Dawson Counties wants to be there for you from start to finish to help you have the smoothest transitions. 

It is important to make sure each step of the project is properly documented. SERVPRO of Forsyth and Dawson Counties project managers can explain this in more detail. 

Once the job is complete, all of those notes can be held for your records, and if the insurance company has any questions. 

After all of the cleaning has been completed, SERVPRO of Forsyth and Dawson Counties has an in house construction team that can put your house back to pre loss condition. 

Sometimes you can't see soot on the walls after a fire

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

If you have a fire in your home, you more than likely will have soot on your walls. In most cases you might just notice the odor but if you take a dry sponge and move it down a wall you will clearly see that there is soot damage. 

SERVPRO of Forsyth and Dawson Counties has a team in place that can help clean your content and the entire structure. Most of the time a fire starts in the kitchen and causes a lot of unseen damage throughout the whole house. 

Our team will be sure to walk and clean the entire areas that were affected. Sometimes the damage can be less if doors are closed or a window is open during the fire. There are many variables that can change the project and what needs to be done. 

Getting rid of water in your home

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

Sometimes in life the unexpected happens. You could be at work all day and come home to find inches of water in your home. 

SERVPRO can be on site within a short amount of time to start extracting the water. It is important to get as much water out, to prevent secondary damages from happening. Secondary damage can include mold and other types of microbial growth that you do not want inside of your house. 

Once all of the water has been extracted, SERVPRO will start to place drying equipment throughout the home. Once the home is dry, SERVPRO will remove the equipment and start the rebuild process if necessary. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at anytime. We have team members standing by 24 hours a day. 

What is the best way to handle water damage after a storm?

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

Sometimes a storm can cause unforeseen damage to your home. In many cases a tree can fall through your roof. If it is raining, there can be much secondary damage as well.

SERVPRO has teams available 24/7, that are able to respond and get on site to help with the mitigation process. If a tree damages the roof, the first thing will be to set up a temporary tarp on the roof. This will keep more water from coming in and prevent more damage. 

After the roof has been covered, SERVPRO can start the drying process inside. It will be critical to get the roof repaired as soon as possible for the tarp will not last forever. 

If you have any questions feel free to contact SERVPRO at anytime. 

What to do if you have damage from high winds?

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

High winds can hit in Georgia at any given time throughout the year. In some cases high winds can cause significant damage to your home. Here are some pointers if you need your home restored. 

1. Contact SERVPRO immediately. They will send a project manager on site to start evaluating the damages. 

2. If there is water damage, SERVPRO will start extracting water and placing drying equipment inside the home. They will make sure to monitor it daily, and take accurate notes. These notes can be critical when dealing with your insurance company. 

3. After the restoration process is done, SERVPRO can help with the rebuilding of your home. Our in house construction team is able to handle everything for you from start to finish. 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us at anytime. 

4 Little Known Facts About Mold

12/2/2017 (Permalink)

4 Little Known Facts About Mold

Most people know a few common facts about mold, but the majority of the public is unaware of the more specific details about it. Being knowledgeable about black mold is the first step towards ensuring it doesn’t become a problem in your Cumming, GA home.

1. It Produces Allergens

Different types of molds produce various kinds of allergens. Because each person is different, everyone will respond to mold and the allergens it creates in a unique way. 

2. Mold Is Everywhere

A common myth about mold is that it only exists when you can see it in patches. In reality, mold spores are in the very air you breathe. The existence of mold is not the problem but rather how concentrated it is.

3. Dead Mold Is Still a Threat

The allergens produced by mold are still present even after the mold itself is dead. This means it is insufficient to just kill the black mold; it must be completely removed to be safe. Mold cleanup is always something best left to professionals with the appropriate equipment and training to get rid of it completely.

4. All Visible Mold Is Concerning

If you can see a patch of mold, you can be certain that is just the tip of the iceberg. Most molds grow beneath the surfaces of your home, especially in moist areas. If you have a moisture problem, such as leaky pipes or a damp basement, you have a breeding ground for mold.

Because of how easily mold spores are spread and the extreme effort it can take to kill and remove them from your Cumming, GA home, call a team of mold removal experts if you find black mold in your home. Visit http://www.SERVPROforsythdawsoncounties.com for more information on mold.

You Have Mold Because...3 Common Reasons for Mold Growth

12/2/2017 (Permalink)

You Have Mold Because...3 Common Reasons for Mold Growth

Mold is not a problem that discriminates, and it can be found in any home, no matter how clean and well-kept a home may be. Burst pipes, dripping pipes, poor ventilation and flash floods can all give rise to black mold. If you have recently discovered mold in your home and want to know how it got there, consider the following:

High Humidity

In order to grow and thrive, mold needs an environment that is warm, wet and humid. Bathrooms, laundry rooms and basements with poor ventilation create the perfect breeding ground for mold spores. If one or several rooms in your home have a moisture problem, it might be the cause of your mold problem.

Broken Pipes

Broken pipes in and of themselves are not an issue (other than being a pain to clean up). However, if water is allowed to sit for more than 24 hours after a pipe bursts, then a burst pipe becomes an issue. Sitting water is the ideal breeding ground for a number of parasites, pests and bacteria, including black mold. To prevent mold, reach out to the Cumming, GA water damage remediation team near you for immediate assistance with the mold cleanup process.

Flooding

Flooding is one of the most common causes of mold growth. Unfortunately, when floods do occur, it can be difficult for a water damage remediation team to get in and clean up until after the danger has passed—which can be up to 72 hours later. At 72 hours, the mold spores have already flourished and spread.

High humidity, broken pipes and flooding are the three most common reasons for black mold growth in Cumming, GA homes. Fortunately, with the right mold remediation team on your side, you can minimize damage and bring your home back to good health as soon as possible. Visit http://www.SERVPROforsythdawsoncounties.com for more information on mold.

How to Remove Water From a Commercial Basement

12/2/2017 (Permalink)

How to Remove Water From a Commercial Basement

Surveying the damage to your commercial building in Cumming, GA after a flood can seem overwhelming. Not only do you have a mess on your hands, but your business may be shut down in the meantime. A flooded basement can be caused by many varying disasters including heavy rains, faulty sump pump or insufficient drainage around basement walls. Cleaning up a mess of two feet of water or more requires special equipment. Depending on the circumstances, you may be dealing with debris, contaminated water and mud.

Protection

When you notice the basement of your commercial building is flooded, take the time to protect yourself, your employees and your customers. Don’t let anyone enter the area without boots, gloves, mask and goggles. Until you determine the cause of the flooding, you don’t know what the contamination level of the water is.

Electricity

Before entering the water, cut off the main electricity to the basement. You can get electrocuted in even one inch of water. Always play it safe when it comes to electricity.

Cause

Try to ascertain the cause of the flood. If it is a busted water line, turn off the water at the shutoff valve. If it is due to a blocked drain, you may need special equipment to unblock it. If it is due to rising flood waters or sewage, limit your contact with the water. It is likely contaminated.

Water

Removing the water is the first real step to getting things back in order. For higher water, consider hiring a professional. They can use truck mounts and trash pumps to effectively and efficiently remove the water.

Don’t get overwhelmed by a flooded basement. Take care of the problem as quickly and efficiently as possible. Standing water can degrade and become contaminated quickly. Once you have cleaned up the water, make sure to have your building thoroughly inspected for mold. Seasoned professionals can make the job easier. They have all the special equipment to get the job done right.
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How to Deal with Water Damage in the Home

9/14/2017 (Permalink)


How to Deal with Water Damage in the Home

For anyone who has ever dealt with flood damage, you know how frustrating it can be to have water damage in your home or business. A flooded home can mean a damaged home, so it is absolutely imperative that you have mitigation and restoration done by a professional restoration company. When you make the decision to hire a Restoration company, you are doing something that is beneficial to your home and to your future well-being.

A lot of times, you may deal with water damage due to a pipe break or supply line break that is now going to need the assistance of water cleanup. The way that a Restoration company will clean the area is by drying any water that is present. This helps the area to remain dry and free of excess flood damage, so you will find that it helps tremendously over the course of time. Water in your home or having a lot of water in your business office can be problematic for many different reasons, so be sure to hire a Restoration company to help out with the flood damage overall.

When it comes to the flood damage and water damage, it is also nice to know that your insurance may cover the costs of water cleanup. This means that your flooded home has the chance to be repaired and put back to normal in no time at all. The water damage does not have to affect every area of your life, especially considering the fact that there are so many different options available to you. Whether you have a pipe break or supply line break, it is nice to know that a mitigation and Restoration company is going to be there to help out. Restoration should always be left to the professionals because they have the drawing tools necessary to do the water clean up for you.

Another wonderful thing to realize about restoration and mitigation done by a professional water cleanup company is that they have the tools and experience necessary to get the job done for you at a price you will be able to afford. You do not have to worry that this is going to be too expensive for your budget, since the right types of drying techniques are incredibly affordable. The most important thing for you to do is to contact the nearest company and to ask them to come out and evaluate the damage that has been left. They will come to your flooded home and see what has been going on as well as what they can do to remedy the situation.

Water in a business office can be incredibly difficult to handle because of your clients, but it can also be problematic if you have water in your home. The drying techniques that the restoration professionals will do for you will help with the overall mitigation. If there is a pipe break or supply line break, you may need to get a plumber in to fix the issue for you before water cleanup can get underway.

Drying the water in your home should always be left to the experts. Water in a business office or even some type of water in your home can be dealt with quickly and effortlessly when contacting a professional company. Whether it is a pipe break or supply line break, it is great to know that there are professionals out there who will help you with a flooded home. Water in a business can be an issue if you would like to run a successful company, so make sure to contact a professional near you so that they can come out and do an assessment.
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What to Know About Commercial Fire Damage

9/14/2017 (Permalink)


What to Know About Commercial Fire Damage

If you have recently dealt with a fire in your home, it is imperative that you work with experts in order to get fire restoration done as soon as possible. Whether it is fire damage or commercial fire damage, you need to have professional fire restoration experts they are to take care of the smoke damage and soot damage that has been left to linger. Once you have made the decision to hire a professional fire restoration expert, it is important to let them do the work for you so that commercial fire damage is resolved as soon as possible.

Once the firefighters have left using their fire trucks and fire hoses, you will be left with quite a mess to clean up. If this has been a problem for you to handle on your own, there are professional fire restoration experts who cannot only clean up the smoke damage that has been left behind, but they can also install a fire sprinkler system and fire suppression system and put that into place for your home or business. The fire sprinkler system and fire suppression system is key to preventing a fire from going out of hand in the future.

Whether you dealt with a utility room fire or electrical fire, the professionals can handle this issue on their own. This is something that you will not have to do after dealing with a utility room fire or electrical fire. The last thing you want to have to deal with is the fire damage left behind after a significant event. Instead of dealing with this on your own, there are professionals out there who can install the fire sprinkler system and fire suppression system for you. Smoke damage from an electrical fire or utility room fire is difficult when it concerns commercial fire damage. This is why there are so many fire damage experts out there who are more than willing to help with this particular project.

Smoke damage and soot damage that has been left behind after a problematic fire can easily be remedied by contacting the right company. Another thing that you are going to want to realize is that these companies can install a fire sprinkler system and fire suppression system for you after the firefighters have left using their fire hoses and fire trucks. Commercial fire damage should never be handled on your own as fire damage can leave a lot of work to be done that you may not necessarily have the skills or tools to finish on your own.

Despite the fact that the firefighters have left using their fire hoses and fire trucks, you are still going to be left with a lot of fire damage after a utility room fire or electrical fire. The soot damage that is Left Behind can be quite significant, and firefighters alone will not be able to handle the restoration after putting out the fire itself. They are only able to use their fire trucks and fire hoses to put out the fire and then they normally leave. This leaves you to take care of the issue yourself, and this is where you will want to contact a local company so they can handle the soot damage themselves.

Now that you know how important it is to hire a company like this, it is imperative that you work with them on an individualized basis so that you can be sure you are making the most out of the fire you have recently dealt with. It can be incredibly devastating to deal with fire damage in the home or in your business, but it is nice to know that there are restoration experts out there who are more than willing to handle the issues for you and take your homeowners insurance policy as a form of payment so that you are able to save a lot of money in the long run as well.
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Professional Storm Damage Restoration Options

9/14/2017 (Permalink)


Professional Storm Damage Restoration Options

When it comes to the flooding and flood damage that you have dealt with, it is important that you have professional storm remediation. There is a reason why a lot of people choose to have Professional Home restoration done after they have dealt with flooding or river flooding in their home. A flood pump alone may not get rid of the river flooding and flooding that you have in the home. This is why it is important for you to have professional home restoration done despite the fact that you might have already used a flood pump. There are many different reasons why people are choosing to hire storm remediation experts.

Along with the flooding that you might have been experiencing, you might also have hail damage and roof damage that needs to be repaired. A roof leak can be incredibly problematic over time, and this is why so many people have chosen to hire the professionals in order to get the roof leak taken care of and any type of roof damage that is apparent after hail damage. Storm damage is difficult to handle on your own, especially if you are dealing with ground water and any other type of hail damage that happens to be present. This is why it is important for you to consider hiring storm remediation experts.

The flood water and ground water may not be able to be handled with a flood pump alone. The flood pump may not get rid of the flood water that is present in your home or business, as well as any ground water that you have. This is why it is so important for you to have home restoration done by an expert. They are the ones who will be able to take care of the frozen pipes, ice dams and Ice damming that you have. They also handle the river flooding and roof damage that you currently have. This may be as simple as a roof leak or total roof damage, and roof repair is incredibly beneficial for these reasons. Home restoration and water restoration go hand-in-hand, so be sure to contact a company that does this type of work and deals with frozen pipes as well as ice damming.

Storm damage and wind damage can be problematic for families and their homes. Water restoration and Storm Restoration should always be done by professionals. The reason for this is due to the fact that you need the right skills and tools in order to get Storm Restoration and water restoration done correctly. Water restoration and Storm Restoration deal with the hail damage that has been left after a storm. This is why storm damage is so problematic, you may be left with a lot of hail damage that you simply would not be able to handle on your own. Whether you have River flooding or storm damage, the company you choose is going to be there for you every step of the way.

Wind damage and a roof leak will require roof repair. The reason it is so problematic to do roof repair on your own is because you may not know how to get it done. Wind damage can also cause a lot of problems and require more significant roof repair to be done. This is especially true if you have ground water or water damage on the roof. Flood water and wind damage go hand-in-hand, so be sure to hire the experts to help with this task. Hurricane damage is becoming incredibly common among families and businesses around the country. The reason hurricane damage is very common is because of how often hurricanes are happening, causing a significant amount of hurricane damage that is difficult to handle on your own. This is why it is a good idea to hire a company specific to hurricane damage. Ice damage is another problem for those who have had flood water issues. Ice damage can cause frozen pipes, ice damming, and Ice dams to form which is essential when it comes to Storm Restoration. Ice damming and frozen pipes cause a lot of ice damage to form. Ice dams that have caused ice damage need to be handled by a professional, as ice dams can be difficult to deal with on your own.

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Why You Need The Experts During Flood Damage Restoration

8/31/2017 (Permalink)


Why You Need The Experts During Flood Damage Restoration


Mitigation of damage at the flooded home


Be sure to shut off the electricity supply system. If the system has come into contact with the water, you will have to redo the wiring. Drying the electrical system is vital if you want to avoid the risk of electric shocks. Check whether any of the electronic appliances has come into contact with the water. Remove the mud and wipe the appliances with a wet sponge. Be sure to look for the right detergents to clean and disinfect the surfaces. Also, you need to invest in the chlorine-based disinfectants. Such disinfectants will cleanse every surface except the metallic items that tend to react with chlorine.

Unless the damage is quite severe, it is always possible to salvage the wooden surfaces. If your books are soaked in water, freezing might be a good idea. It is quite easy to remove the ice without damaging the papers. Before you start drying any surfaces, be sure to remove mud and wash them properly. Disinfection is also important if you are looking to get rid of the germs and contaminants that come with the floodwaters.

Dealing with the supply line break

The main causes of water damage and the percolation of water in home floors are the supply line breaks, damaged plumbing fixtures, and drains. Repairing the pipe break is vital if you want to stop the water from damaging your floors. Remember that a small puddle of water can damage your hardwood floor, meaning that you must address the supply line break immediately. Besides identifying the pipe break, you should undertake a thorough plumbing inspection if you want to resolve the problem. Once you have looked at the supply line break in the flooded home, you can start pumping out the water. The supply line is one of the most common causes of water damage in residential properties.

Why you need a restoration company to repair your flooded home

After commissioning a plumber to repair your pipe break in the bathroom or kitchen, you need a restoration company to undertake the renovation. However, the restoration company cannot begin the job unless you undertake the water cleanup. In addition, you should do a thorough water cleanup that entails disinfecting the surfaces, drying the indoor environment, and mitigation against flood damage in the future. While the restoration after water damage seems like an easy job, you risk escalating the flood damage if you do not seek the professional help. The restoration company has the potential to deal with the pertinent issues that include pipe break repair, flood damage mitigation, drying the surfaces, and repairing your flooded home.

Water cleanup during home restoration

The water in home floors can cause the laminates to swell. In addition to swelling, the water in home surfaces can cause the wood to rot. When the wood starts rotting as a result of the water in home floors, you need to start the water cleanup to prevent further damage. A flooded home can pose some health risks to your family unless you embark on the water cleanup process as soon as possible. Investing in the mitigation of flood damage is better than dealing with the consequences of water damage since the restoration might be costly. The water in business sewers can also pose some risks. Backflow prevention is the key to facilitating the movement of water in business sewers. Getting rid of the storm water in business drainage systems can be a daunting task. The water in business gutters should also flow to the drainage systems smoothly.
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Fire Damage and Steps in Restoration

8/31/2017 (Permalink)


Fire Damage and Steps in Restoration

Experiencing a fire outbreak can be devastating and can leave your premise looking worse. Fire can cause large amounts of damage to property as well as the building. This fire damage can be from soot damage, smoke damage or smoke smell. After fire damage, it is critical to contact a restoration company. This is because, after the fire truck leaves, your home is likely to suffer from extensive water damage from the firefighting efforts. Whether its fire in home or fire in business what matters is the course of action that you will take in containing the situation.

You may be anxious to conduct fire cleanup in your home and restore it to its previous form but unless you take the proper professional advice, you might find yourself creating more damage on your property. For this reason, your first step should be to contact the insurance agency. The insurance agent should advice you on the best commercial fire damage restoration process. All the same, the best option would be to contact a restoration company. A good restoration company should be quick on response and able to provide professional expertise on fire in business and damage restoration.

Steps on fire damage restoration process

Fire damage can be a very difficult situation to tackle especially if it is fire in business or fire in homes. Many people are caught off guard especially on commercial fire damage and challenges arise in ensuring the future safety on commercial fire damage. Below are several guideline and steps in fire in home or business fire cleanup process

? Step one: Making an emergency contact

The best restoration company dealing with fire damage provides emergency lines that should be capable o operating on 24hours schedule. Commercial fire damage can be severe as compared to fire in home. For this reason, it is necessary to have the company’s speed dial on your phone. This important feature should always be noted when searching for commercial fire damage emergency service offered by different companies. Although the company’s job is to put out fire, another important feature should be the ability of a company to offer fire damage restoration. Fire in business incurs further damages such as smoke damage, soot damage, and smoke smell if not carefully monitored. For instance, a hole in your property’s wall or ceiling will attract external factors such as corrosion and smoke smell. For this reason, it is necessary to board up such spaces to reduce further damages.

? Step two: Property assessment

The next thing a fire damage restoration is that the company is supposed to do is to assess the damage caused by the fire and smoke. Unlike certain types of smoke, soot damage is relatively visible as compared to other types of smoke damage. For this reason, soot damage should not be overlooked when accessing the properties damage. Fire in home damage causes soot damage and smoke damage and does not only ruin the appearance of your property wall but also creates future representation of fire effects by leaving permanent marks that are hard to do away with.

? Step four: Cleanup process

The next step after fire in home assessment is the fire cleanup process. A good restoration company should be capable of providing both fire damage restoration and professional fire cleanup process. However, the frequency of the above step may be more than one. It will depend on the condition of the house after the fire and the extent of suit build up. This step is later followed by painting, smoke smell removal, refurnishing, and board up of the spaces in the houses. Board up and a fresh sealing layer should be applied on all of the walls and surfaces affected by the soot. Finally, damage restoration should also involve the removal and disposal of items that are too badly damaged and cannot be repaired.

? Step five: Repair and renovation process

The next step involves repairing and renovating damaged furniture destroyed in the fire. The idea of this stage is to not only renovate the place but also better on its appearance. Repair should also include board up services where necessary.
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Professional Mold Remediation; Taking Charge of Mold Removal

8/31/2017 (Permalink)


Professional Mold Remediation; Taking Charge of Mold Removal

Everyone loves summer because of the sun and the free time to relax. However, the season also brings with it an added level of complications such as excess heat and humidity. When these two elements meet in certain hidden corners of the house, the result is mold growth behind wall and mold damage . Many negative side effects come from having mold growth, especially the smelly odor, and this is why you need to consult a restoration company to help with removal as soon as you realize that you could be having the problem. Here are some of the things that you need to note about mold growth behind wall, mold damage and professional mold remediation.

The dangers of having mold growth and mildew in the home

Mold is a fungus and an important part of the ecological setup. The role of the fungus is to recycle nutrients back into the earth. This function of breaking down everything it comes across is what makes black mold a threat to structural integrity when there is mold in home. When the mold damage infests a place, it leads to a gradual process of dry rot to the structures in the building resulting in a smelly odor. This could result in eventual collapse.

The process that the mold remediation company will follow

The first thing the company will do when contacted is visiting the place with suspected mold in home as soon as possible. They will assess the fungus and mold damage that has been done and the type of mold that is affecting the home. In case you have a severe mold in home infestation, or there is the presence of mold growth behind wall and black mold, the restoration company might recommend that the occupants of the house leave as they perform the fungus and mold removal and remediation.

The second step in the process of mold removal will be removing any furniture and other structures that could be obstructing access to the areas affected by growth mold behind wall and mildew. The mold restoration company will then use various techniques to remove the mold in home. These include cleaning up the areas, using a wet vacuum to remove any excess water that could lead to the problem persisting, use of HEPA vacuums to pick up dust and spores which could be contaminated and deodorization to freshen the smelly odor.

Vacuuming will be followed by drying up the areas which still have moisture by making use of special drying agents. The commercial mold damage removal experts capitalize on all hidden corners of the home where there was mold growth behind wall by removing this moisture because it is the hidden corners that retain most of the dampness which leads to mold growth and increase in black mold and mildew. After they have dried up all the surfaces, they will use deodorization agents to remove the bad odor which is usually left behind after the mold removal. The process of mitigation and deodorizing the house is accompanied by checking to make sure that no mold spores are remaining in the home as this could lead to further growth of the black mold.

Restoration and mitigation

After mold removal and deodorization to remove the smelly odor, the next step in the process, which is mitigation and restoration, will start. Restoration of the house includes repainting any parts of the home which could have come in contact with the mold. Repainting takes care of the dark circles that are usually left behind on the walls. In case the infestation of the mold was severe, the result could be dry rot. The commercial mold damage restorers will remove the dry rot and replace them with newer pieces of wood, whether it is the cabinets, door panels or any other part of the house’s internal structure.

These are all mitigation processes that can only be carried out by a restoration company with experts in deodorization and mold remediation. Trying DIY is not recommended because it might lead to an incomplete cleanup, which could further dry rot and compromise your house further. As a homeowner. Therefore, it is recommended that you take time and choose commercial mold damage restoration experts who have been in the business for a long time and understood the process. When looking for professionals, look at the reviews that other customers have left behind on their services. It is also advisable to ask for the relevant documents showing that the commercial mold damage restoration experts are legally accredited. When you take time and do your due diligence, you will get a reliable company to handle your mold growth, black mold and mildew issues once and for all.
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A Fast Recovery from Attic to Floor Level Flood Damage in Your Cumming Residence

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage A Fast Recovery from Attic to Floor Level Flood Damage in Your Cumming Residence No matter how large or small the damage may be, SERVPRO will be there to restore.

SERVPRO Can Get Your Attic and Floor Back to Pre-Storm Condition Quickly and Efficiently 

Water lines can break anywhere along their lengths, either on the tubing itself or at a joint or other connection. When a water supply line breaks apart, water comes bursting out at several gallons per minute, regardless of its location.

Cumming homes that have any flood damage need fast and reliable mitigation services started immediately. When a break is, by chance, located in the attic, that water is not only going to spread from one side of the attic to the other, but a large portion of that water is also going to come downward. As it is brought down by gravity, water is also absorbed by both the exterior sides of walls and the interiors of those walls.

When water comes from an overhead position, drywall is bathed in water on both sides. Electrical wiring can short out and switch boxes can become full of water, rendering the circuits within broken and unusable.

Both ceilings in a two-story home with overhead flooding are often damaged unequally, with the upper floor ceiling being impacted the hardest, and usually left beyond simple repair. The lower floor's ceiling may escape major, catastrophic damage and with some repairs being made instead, be as good as new.

The attic floor is often saturated and until this is completely dried, the ceiling repairs for the second level cannot be completed. If insulation was present in the attic, it needs to be replaced. Insulation that has been wet can rarely be saved after this type of incident.

Carpeting can often be restored, however, if care is taken to not allow stretching of the fibers or backing during the drying process. The sub-flooring must also be completely dried out as well. After this is completed, sanitizing and deodorization are also done, leaving everything like new, but without the sometimes offensive 'new carpet' smell.

Structural deficits that occur because of overhead flooding can also happen, and at SERVPRO, our water damage technicians are trained to handle this. Restoring your home so that it is once again “Like it never even happened” is a specialty of ours. We want your home not only to look like it should but also to be as safe as it should be.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

From woodwork to wallpapers and painting to carpeting and underlay to electrical and plumbing, and everything in between, we know how to bring your home back to how you remember it, once again, and quickly. Call us when you have any degree of flood damage. We, SERVPRO of Forsyth and Dawson Counties, are local, and only a phone call away. Contact us, 24/7, at (770) 887-1962.

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A Fast Response Reduces Costs Associated With Fire Damage In Your Cummings Area Home

7/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A Fast Response Reduces Costs Associated With Fire Damage In Your Cummings Area Home Never Leave Stove Top Cooking Unattended in Cumming, Fire Damage Happens

SERVPRO Rapidly Removes Smoke and Soot Residue to Save Your Belongings

The condition of your home and the choices you make after a fire occurs can make a severe impact on any costs associated with your recovery. You need to begin your restoration as soon as possible to prevent permanent damage caused by a mixture of water, smoke, and soot residues.  

A professional restoration technician understands that a quick response helps control fire damage occurring on your Cumming area property. The longer you take to make the call, the likelier you are to experience additional damages. Do yourself a favor and locate an IICRC certified remediation company in your area, before you need any help.
 
SERVPRO’s IICRC certified restorers have the training and experience necessary to test materials and apply the proper restoration techniques to return items caught in the fire to a usable condition. The results may not always be perfect, and some items might not make it, that does not mean that you cannot come out on top.
 
Within minutes of firefighters extinguishing your fire, acid residues begin staining plastics with a yellow hue, cause small appliances near the source of the fire to become discolored, and permanently stain highly porous materials such as marble. If you wait hours, plumbing fixtures begin to stain; uncoated metals tarnish, countertops yellow, finishes on appliances and furniture further away begin to discolor as well.
 
If for some reason it takes days or even weeks to contact a company like SERVPRO, these acidic residues can cause severe damage to your walls, corrosion and rusting of metal, along with damaging the finish on wood furniture, vinyl flooring, upholstery, and fabric items permanently. Restoration costs escalate feverishly at this point, causing glass, crystal, china, and even silver to corrode and etch.
 
You need to give SERVPRO fire damage restoration technicians an opportunity to clean residues created by smoke, soot, and ash as soon as possible. Even the few hours it takes for them to respond can make it difficult to recover some items, but they increase your chances considerably.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Forsyth and Dawson Counties to schedule your initial inspection and begin your home’s restoration, today. (770) 887-1962

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Water Removal and Restoration Gets Cumming Rec Center Back in Business

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Removal and Restoration Gets Cumming Rec Center Back in Business Make sure that your basketball court recovers after water damage by calling the technicians at SERVPRO quickly after damage.

Team SERVPRO Gets Your Center or Business Back to Operational After Water Damage

Plumbing failures spread the misery of standing water throughout your commercial building. Your focus must move toward solving the water problem before you return to your vision of serving your community with a place to meet, play, and improve in a variety of games and sports. SERVPRO has the experienced staff and specialized equipment to complete the restoration.
 
A major pipe sprung a leak, flooding your gymnasiums with several inches of water. Although the hardwood is relatively resilient, you need to arrange for professional commercial water removal in your Cumming recreation center. You have thousands of square feet of varnished narrow plank flooring under water. We have industrial strength pumps and water extractors to make short work of moisture removal.
 
Our SERVPRO hardwood floor restoration specialists learned how to get rid of the visible water in IICRC sponsored classes before we even considered sending them out on their first job. We value both the instruction received and the lessons only hands-on experience delivers. Our crew treats a water removal job holistically, concentrating first on ridding the area of standing water and then taking all the steps necessary to ensure the structures affected are monitored for excess moisture and brought to the proper moisture content through efficient drying technologies.
 
Wood floors need particular care as warping, buckling, and cupping happens all too quickly if drying goals are poorly established and implemented. The surface planking presents one issue while the subflooring interferes with proper restoration if its drying needs go ignored. SERVPRO crew members measure the moisture of both levels of the flooring while active drying completes, using air movers, dehumidifiers, and drying mats to pull excess water out of both layers. Patience is necessary as it can take weeks to a month or two to reduce the wetness to below 12 percent, the sweet spot for wooden floor sanding and refinishing.
 
Hire a company that truly understands the science of water removal and drying when you contract with SERVPRO of Forsyth and Dawson Counties. Be sure our phone number, (770) 887-1962, is on your speed dial, so we arrive quickly to your water damage emergencies

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The Big Challenge of Repairing Water Damage in Cumming Crawlspaces

5/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Big Challenge of Repairing Water Damage in Cumming Crawlspaces Water damage in your crawlspace can get neglected and lead to mold developing over time. Call SERVPRO to avoid any secondary mold damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Experience and Tools to Handle Water Damage Restoration in ALL Parts of Your Home

There are some areas of a home which are much trickier than others to repair. Unfortunately, in many cases, these are also the most vulnerable spots. The crawlspace is a great example. Normally, it is close to the ground (often directly underneath the house), so it is the first place to fill up with water if there is a natural flood. Similarly, the crawlspace is vulnerable to internal leaks, because gravity forces the water downwards.

On the other hand, there doesn’t even have to be much excess water for a problem to develop. As it is darker than the rest of the house, without direct access to heating, damp can linger and start to generate mold after a time. Fortunately, SERVPRO has plenty of experience repairing water damage in Cumming crawlspaces. We have a range of tools designed specifically for small, enclosed areas.

Gaining Access

To access the crawlspace, it might be necessary to remove floorboards and sections of underlying components (like underfloor heating). It allows us to lower or direct dehumidifiers and fans into the affected area and start removing water vapor. All structural materials, underfloor components, and furniture is returned to its original position later.

Capturing Water Vapor

Often, crawlspaces are too tight and compact for direct contact. However, what SERVPRO can do is attach flex hoses to dehumidifiers and reach all four corners. Adding hoses does not compromise the quality of the drying process, but it does lengthen it. The water vapor has further to travel, so it takes longer to reach that all important ‘healthy’ humidity level.

Handling Wet Materials

If there is wet fiberglass inside the crawlspace, it may be salvageable. It depends on the severity of the damage and the length of exposure. It also depends on the source of the water damage. Groundwater contains contaminants and, therefore, fiberglass is not safe for use if it has made contact with these substances.

Encapsulating the Space

The most powerful long-term solution for water damage in crawlspaces is encapsulation. It is a comprehensive service which works to completely waterproof the area. Our encapsulation service includes the sealing of cracks, fissures, and entry points. Then, a vapor barrier is applied to vulnerable surfaces to make it harder for water to collect there. Finally, SERVPRO uses polyethylene liners to protect the atmosphere from any moisture which might build up on walls, ceilings, or floors.

SERVPRO of Forsyth and Dawson Counties is a local water damage repair and restoration service. We are in your neighborhood, and there are several different ways to contact the team. You can use our handy mobile app, or you can call us 24/7 at (770) 887-1962.

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Garden Supply and Nurseries with Sprinkler Snafus Benefit from Commercial Water Removal in Cumming

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Garden Supply and Nurseries with Sprinkler Snafus Benefit from Commercial Water Removal in Cumming Cumming Commercial Water Damage and Contaminants Are Handled by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Safely Removes Contaminated Water

There could be many reasons why a sprinkler system goes haywire and releases more water than needed in a garden nursery. Timers malfunction, lines break, fittings and connections can burst apart, and any of these mishaps can be the cause behind standing water. When this water has been in contact with soil, fertilizers, and other plant and seedling elements, it can no longer be considered as 'clean' but has become contaminated.
 
In situations where water has overflowed in a Cumming garden supply and nursery, commercial water removal is often the best choice as it protects employees, customers, and inventory from additional harm. SERVPRO has the technicians well-suited for the job, no matter how large, or how much contamination exists. We are trained according to IICRC standards, and our certifications are broadly acknowledged. Being local, we can respond Faster To Any Size Disaster, meaning your business is cleaned up as quickly as possible.
 
Professional removal of standing water is the best way to get your garden shop operating normally again. When contaminated water is present, this can pose safety hazards to customers and staff. While the chemicals may be known to your employees and even sold to your client base, those same chemicals change when exposed to water. Substances that were previously nontoxic can be rendered harmful to people.
 
When a sprinkler system functions abnormally, gallons of water can end up throughout a nursery, and the path that the water travels can include merchandise that otherwise might remain intact if water had come in at ground level. Much of the merchandise affected by this type of malfunction can often be saved if water removal starts soon enough. More than pump trucks, SERVPRO removes all the water that can create a damaging atmosphere, protecting your investment from the damaging effects of water.
 
Making a call to SERVPRO of Forsyth and Dawson Counties at (770) 887-1962 is what any over-watered garden supply and nursery needs. We know water removal can seem simple, but when contamination exists, it is always better to have knowledgeable and certified professionals perform all necessary work.

Get Mold Damage In Your Cumming Home Under Control Today

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Get Mold Damage In Your Cumming Home Under Control Today Mold Damage to a Wall in Cumming & SERVPRO Remediation and Cleanup

SERVPRO Provides Professional Mold Remediation in Cumming Properties

Remediation means the action of remedying, reversing, or stopping environmental damage; basically, it means to control or alter circumstances that make mold growth in your home possible, it does not mean removal. Keep in mind that total removal of mold spores in your home is simply not possible.
 
Mold damage in your Cumming area home is much more than unsightly; it can contain a variety of organisms that could affect your family's health. Regardless of the amount or type of mold that exists on your property, if left untreated, can lead to problems that you simply are not equipped to handle properly.
 
A quality mold remediation company, like SERVPRO, physically removes contaminated materials, using a variety of quality cleaning and deodorization services necessary to regain control of mold growth in your home. We help contain contaminated areas, dispose of infested materials, and return your property to a quality pre-mold damage condition.
 
Recovering from exposure to mold is easier than you may think. However, without taking the proper safety and handling steps to ensure containment, you could end up spreading mold spores throughout your home, without even realizing it is happening. That is until growth occurs in other areas of your home, days or even weeks later.
 
There are companies online that tell customers how well they can remove mold and eliminate dangerous mold found in their households. However, mold exists within our eco-system, as a part of the process to recycle decaying materials. We would not want to eliminate it entirely, nor should we. Moreover, we cannot. Which is why SERVPRO uses no nonsense, straight forward containment methods, handling and disposing of exposed materials using EPA-registered detergents to control the spread and clean the contained area after removal of any items with untreatable growth.
 
SERVPRO technicians are IICRC professionally certified with years of experience dealing with mold damaging situations of all sizes. Whether you have a small space or your entire home contaminated by mold, we have the personnel and equipment available to perform the services you need.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Forsyth and Dawson Counties for further explanation of our mold remediation process or to schedule an appointment today. We can help you get things under control. (770) 887-1962

Reconstruction To Your Cumming Home Due To Storm Damage

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Reconstruction To Your Cumming Home Due To Storm Damage Reconstruction of your home needs to start immediately in order to prevent further loss and put your life back together.

Storm Damage Restoration


A disaster brings devastation to every community and this year has been no different. Area homes have been hit by enough wind and water for nearly a year, and spring had barely gotten underway. Reconstruction of your Cumming home needs to start immediately in order to prevent further loss and put your life back together.

SERVPRO has years of experience in restoration, keeps a skilled team on call 24/7, and maintains one of the largest equipment inventories in the business to do just that in a fast and professional manner. We provide general contracting services to include reframing and reroofing. Team members carefully follow the original floorplans to make certain new walls look the same as the old ones. If a storm has damaged an exterior wall, we can lay new bricks or hang new siding. Once construction is finished, we repaint the inside and outside both to make it look just like the pictures in your family albums.

If you want to use this situation to make changes, our technicians can redesign window framing and expand a single doorframe into one big enough for a set of double doors. Our team can even add or subtract windows and doors as long as we continue to meet county and state building codes. In addition to the actual rebuilding, we also work with your insurance company. With decades in the restoration business, our offices collaborate with every major insurance agency in the state of Georgia. Local agents and regional offices pay out for services quicker when they have a professional company providing regular reports and submitting detailed invoices for supplies and labor. It is a very simple rule we follow: The sooner you get paid, the sooner we get paid. That also means you return to your home sooner as well.

Rebuilding your home after a disaster can take weeks and even months. The stress of living in temporary quarters and the anxiety from worrying about the repair cost puts unneeded strain on you and your family. SERVPRO of Forsyth and Dawson Counties is here to take the strain off your shoulders and help you to return to your normal life as quickly as we can. Call us today at (770) 887-1962 to get started.

Water Damage Restoration in Cumming Follows a Process

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration in Cumming Follows a Process Silica Gel in Dehumidifiers Reduce Moisture and Water Damage in Your Cumming Home

SERVPRO Mitigates Damage to Your Cumming Property Caused by Water

A broken water line leading into your home or a rusted out water heater can cause hundreds of dollars in damage to your home. Attempting to clean it up yourself normally results in the removal of standing water, further property damage and not much else.

To stop further water damage to your Cumming home and repair what has already happened, you need to call a professional restoration team.

SERVPRO is one of the most experienced disaster restoration agencies in Georgia. We keep one of the largest inventories of equipment on-hand in the state and a 24-hour response team to run it all.
Removing the water you see is important, but it is not enough. To prevent further damage, we check three criteria before our technicians declare your home safe and dry once more; humidity, temperature, and air movement.

Humidity - This is simply the percentage of moisture in the surrounding air. The standard range in most homes is from 30 to 50 percent depending on the elevation of where you live and proximity to a large body of water. If the percentage is over sixty, it slows the natural drying process or evaporation. Our technicians counteract this with dehumidifiers which draw moisture from the air and blow out warmer air.

Temperature - If the temperature is too low, this also slows the evaporation process. Our technicians set up space heaters to raise the temperature. If the air in the affected area becomes too warm too quickly, it retains, even more, moisture than the cooler air did originally. The first to factors are measured with an RH baseline.

Air Movement - Air movers circulating the surrounding atmosphere help the other machines work more efficiently. The warm, drier air put out by the dehumidifiers is directed into an air mover which helps pull more moisture faster. This drier air rises in temperature more quickly, making the heaters more efficient. Directed air movement also helps to evenly dry the surfaces of walls, floors, furniture, and other property. This extraction of excess humidity significantly reduces the chances of secondary water damage.

SERVPRO of Forsyth and Dawson Counties does our best to make certain these three criteria are not simply met, but work together to speed up the evaporation process. It prevents further damage from water and stops the threat of mold before it can get started. Call us today at (770) 887-1962. We are here to help.

More Hotels In Afton Make The Call To SERVPRO For Water Removal Services

2/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial More Hotels In Afton Make The Call To SERVPRO For Water Removal Services Call SERVPRO for Water Removal in an Afton Hotel

Removal of Water from Your Business in Afton is Critical

High winds, severe storms, broken pipes and standing water all have the ability to cause major damage to your hotel. Sadly, it does not take much moisture to cause these issues, and the problem only gets worse if it goes undetected for a while.

A severe storm could cause extensive flooding that sweeps through your Afton Hotel, making water removal services necessary. Storms allow water to penetrate unprotected areas through broken windows or a damaged roof, letting the water run rampant throughout your structure.
 
At SERVPRO, our experience shows that water tends to enter and head in various directions while making its way through your building. The unpredictability of water makes it especially dangerous to your business and your guests.
 
SERVPRO technicians have access to moisture sensors that are used to detect how far any water has migrated into the structure of your building. Moisture sensors are perfect for locating hidden pockets of water within your walls, while only moisture meters can determine if a section is drying correctly.
 
When dealing with massive amounts of water in your establishment, SERVPRO utilizes both hand-held and truck-mounted water extractors, along with submersible pumps for situations where standing water exceeds two inches deep. As we know, removing water as quickly as possible helps bring damages under control and prevents additional harm from forming. So, this equipment is especially crucial to the entire process.
 
We also have access to a variety of machines necessary to help with the drying process including thermo-hygrometers, which allow technicians to take readings that determine the specific humidity of an area. While air moving equipment such as air movers, wall cavity ventilation systems, and venting box fans are used to allow direct airflow into various locations including the space between your walls, crawl spaces, or entire rooms. The setup and use of this equipment can get quite sophisticated and technical.
 
Other equipment such as refrigerant, low-grain, and desiccant dehumidifiers are also used to pull excessive moisture directly out of the air while lowering the relative humidity of an area. Giving technicians, even more, control over the entire process, assisting with drying your structure or contents caught in the event. Our goal is to be unintrusive as possible to your guests and keep as many rooms as possible available for use.
 
Give SERVPRO of Forsyth and Dawson Counties a call today for additional information on our water removal process or to obtain the quality services you need. (770) 887-1962

Ways To Detect Mold Damage Issues Developing In The Attic Of Your Juno Home

2/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Ways To Detect Mold Damage Issues Developing In The Attic Of Your Juno Home SERVPRO Tip: Check Your Juno Attic for Mold Damage

SERVPRO Gives Advice to Bypass Damage Caused by Mold in Your Attic

Discovering mold damage in the attic of your home many be rather difficult. Most attics do not have adequate lighting, or you do not spend enough time in to identify problems that exist properly.
 
Protect your family the correct way by learning what you need to know to discover if a mold damage problem exists in your Juno home. A professional restoration company can help you identify problems early on and save you time and costs associated with recovering your home to a quality pre-damage condition.
 
The number one cause of mold issues in your attic are related to roof leaks. Roof leaks themselves do enough damage to the interior of your walls and ceilings; you do not want to add mold to the mix. When you become aware of an existing roof leak, it is important to track down and eliminate any moisture source to prevent mold from forming.
 
A company like SERVPRO can help locate hidden pockets with moisture detection devices to help you determine the amount of exposure your home is experiencing. Often revealing improperly installed insulation sources along the way.
 
Many homeowners install additional insulation in their attics to cut heating and cooling costs. However, improper installation and choosing the wrong type of insulation causes moisture that rises in your home to get trapped in your attic, causing severe problems.
 
At SERVPRO, we also find that inadequate attic ventilation plays a key role in mold growth. While many homeowners think that properly installed insulation should help your home stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, the purpose of basic attic ventilation is to maintain constant temperatures and humidity levels throughout the year.
 
It is entirely possible for you to find out how good your attic ventilation is on your own. During the next snow storm, keep a close eye on your roof, if you see a nice even distribution covering your entire roof, your ventilation is fine. It is when you notice sections where snow disappears that you should worry.
 
It means that hot pockets of air are somehow being trapped in your attic and need your attention. You can try to fix the situation yourself by ensuring that your soffit vents are free of insulation, bird nests, and debris. However, you should consider hiring a professional company like SERVPRO to evaluate the condition of your attic, in most cases, you can reveal problems that you did not even know existed.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Forsyth and Dawson Counties today for additional information on how to keep your attic insulation working correctly. (770) 887-1962

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