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The Challenges of HVAC Mold Damage in Alpharetta

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Challenges of HVAC Mold Damage in Alpharetta When mold forms in your HVAC system it is important to contact a professional mold remediation specialist like SERVPRO.

SERVPRO is Highly Trained in Mold Damage Remediation

Mold damage in an Alpharetta home's HVAC system can be tough to remove, requiring specialized training and knowledge in both restorative processes and proper HVAC care. SERVPRO is one of only a handful of companies possessing the expertise to handle both at the same time, but even for our most experienced technicians, mold in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems is no easy obstacle to overcome. Here are a few things that can complicate restoration procedures even with ideal tools, training, and circumstances.

Water Leaks

All varieties of mold damage in Alpharetta homes require water to be sustained, and while some species can subsist off of unusually humid conditions, most infestations accompany a water leak of some kind. Finding these leaks can be difficult, as both water lines in your home and HVAC systems run through unoccupied, dark, and out-of-sight areas of your home. SERVPRO representatives carry advanced thermohygrometer devices to spot patches of water behind walls and in unusual locations, allowing us to figure out the source of the mold's growth and put a stop to it. Only once we stop the flow of water can we begin to conduct restorative procedures.

Tight Spaces

Depending on the size, layout, and age of your home, your HVAC system may be very difficult to access and navigate. However, we prepare for this eventuality by training our technicians to handle all prevalent types of ventilation systems and should be able to take out colonies growing even in the farthest reaches of your home.

Spread-Out Spores

Many cases of mold damage in HVAC systems become much more substantial problems over time as air circulation allows spores to spread around not only the ventilation system but also throughout the entire home. No matter where you find a colony growing in your home, your first step should be to turn off any HVAC functions running at the time to prevent further spreading. While we cannot reverse any existing spread, our preventative measures and quarantines help to prevent additional problems from appearing throughout the home.

SERVPRO of North Fulton County is always available to take on a mold remediation project in your home. Call us as soon as you identify a problem at (770) 992-2777.  

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Sandy Springs Commercial Flood Damage Professionals

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Sandy Springs Commercial Flood Damage Professionals If your auto shop's crawlspace experiences regular flooding during rainstorms, SERVPRO can install a crawl space system to prevent future flooding.

SERVPRO Works to Remediate and Prevent Future Flood Damage

If a storm ever hits town, excessive rains and high-speed winds likely take place. It is a possibility that your Sandy Springs auto shop gets affected by the poor weather. If the storm is severe, then flooding likely occurs.

One of the first places water flows during a flood is into the crawl space of your business' building. SERVPRO's commercial flood damage experts in Sandy Springs use specialized equipment to remove water from crawl spaces. Many times tight spaces underneath your structure are hard to access and reach with drying equipment.

When water gets into a crawl space, the area often fills up with thick, muddy water. Submersible pumps are efficient at sucking up standing water but sometimes prove difficult when attempting to remove all of the moisture. Once extraction gets completed, structural drying takes place.

Many automobile repair businesses store extra supplies underneath the office portion of their shop. When water gets into the storage area of your company, it is essential that we dry the area so that contents do not get negatively affected. If there is convenient access to the area, air movers and dehumidifiers get set up to speed up drying of the floor joists. If the crawl space's access point is too small, then either a section of the sub-floor get removed, or hoses from hot air sources get fed into the tight dwelling.

Some mechanical shops have a problem with crawl spaces filling up with water every time it rains. If you notice water underneath your business every time a storm hits your town, then after we remediate the issue we can install a crawl space encapsulating system. The system contains a submersible pump located in a hole dug in a low spot of the crawl space. The rest of the area is covered with plastic so that the area is not affected by ground moisture and the wooden floor joists do not get affected by the moisture in the crawl space.

The crawl space system is one of the ways that we prevent future issues from happening. If your auto shop's crawlspace ever has an excessive moisture problem, call SERVPRO of North Fulton County at (770) 992-2777 for assistance 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

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What to Do When Water Invades Your Sandy Springs Home Causing Damage

3/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to Do When Water Invades Your Sandy Springs Home Causing Damage Broken Pipe and Water Damage Solutions for Sandy Springs Homeowners? Why SERVPRO, of Course

Moisture and Water Removal and Cleanup Mitigate Damages

Water damage can feel like an absolute disaster when it strikes. Whether caused by rain, flooding, or even humidity, unwanted water found inside your Sandy Springs home can be a nightmare. It can be discouraging and quickly turn into an exhausting situation to try and handle.

In Sandy Springs, water damage can come from any source: rain, leaks from plumbing, a forgotten tap left running, or flooding. Beyond the weather, there are appliances in your own home that can also cause water damage should they leak. The truth is, water damage can come from a multitude of places, and it can be hard to prevent an occasional water damaging incident.

Thankfully, SERVPRO is nearby to help. When water damage strikes, our skilled technicians can evaluate the levels of moisture in every point of your home. From there, we can establish a drying plan and return the damaged points of your home to their previous condition. "Like it never even happened."

We can evaluate the percentage of humidity in the air and create an environment which promotes evaporation through dehumidifiers. From there, our technicians can measure moisture levels throughout your home through the use of a moisture meter and even thermal topography. Once those levels are known, the appropriate drying method can be employed and expertly seen too.

No matter where the damage exists, we at SERVPRO know how to dry out the material and return your home to its preloss state. No matter if the flooring of your home is concrete, tile, or hardwood, we have the appropriate tools for every situation. Through the use of air movers, axial fans, and dehumidifiers, we make sure every nook and cranny of the damaged space gets airflow. Using this method ensures the moisture lifts from the surfaces of your belongings and then evaporates so it will no longer be a problem.

When moisture invades your home and causes damage to it, do not wait. Call SERVPRO North Fulton County at (770) 992-2777. We guarantee you fast, efficient, and reliable service 24/7.

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Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration Services for Residents in Sandy Springs

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration Services for Residents in Sandy Springs Contact SERVPRO should fire or smoke damage your home. We provide efficient remediation services that will leave you more than satisfied with results.

Certified SERVPRO Professionals Thoroughly Remediate Your Fire and Smoke Damaged Home

Smoke can be just as damaging, if not more so, than the flames associated with fire in your Sandy Springs home. Small house or kitchen fires often result in horrible smoke odors that can linger forever if not treated correctly.  

Having a fire damage restoration company in Sandy Springs help you return things to normal is likely your best option. A quality company can provide you with the proper equipment and resources necessary to remove unwanted odors while offering full-service restoration and cleaning services as well.

SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, regardless of when your incident occurs, we can be there. We have access to air-movers, fogging equipment, cleaning and sanitizing methods that make restoring your home much faster than ever before.  

SERVPRO technicians scrub every surface affected by the event, including the ceiling, walls, floors, cabinets, countertops, appliances, and more. We use EPA-registered disinfectants to help clean and sanitize the entire space. Our technicians work hard to reduce any losses you might experience and make it a point to address specific concerns you might have.

SERVPRO has an entire fire damage restoration service, designed to adjust to meet your specific needs. Since each circumstance is different, we make it a point to thoroughly inspect your home and keep you informed throughout, making the entire experience as stress-free as possible.  

It takes dedication and devotion to the task at hand to remove odors clinging to fabrics, soft plastics, clothes, curtains, bags, shoes, carpeting, and other household items caught up in the aftermath of a fire. Our technicians make sure to do everything in their power to prevent losses and are determined to provide you with the quality results you deserve.

SERVPRO of North Fulton County handles cleaning and restoration requests from residents in Newtown, Milton, Birmingham, and all surrounding communities. We are proud to offer restoration solutions that help members of our local community and show it in everything that we do. Call today for an initial inspection or to learn more about what we can do for you. (770) 992-2777

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What Black and Gray Water Mean for Your Sandy Springs Home After Flood Damage

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What Black and Gray Water Mean for Your Sandy Springs Home After Flood Damage Floodwater that makes its way into your home can be categorized into two types, black and gray.

SERVPRO Keeps Your Safety Their Number One Priority after Flood Damage

When flood damage in Sandy Springs originates from a storm, we usually classify the waters as either gray or black and handle them with safety protocols based on that classification. Whichever category the standing water in your home falls into does not depend solely on the color or visual appearance of the water, but also on the contents of it and any debris contained within. Here is a brief overview of what goes into each classification, and what each one can mean for your home.

Black Water

Black water is the most severe category of floodwater and is what we deal with most often for cases of flood damage in Sandy Springs that result from a storm. Black water is any water heavily contaminated with dirt, debris, microorganisms, chemicals, and many more hazardous substances. Most of the time, this type of water should be easy to identify with a dark brown or black color and murky appearance, but heavily contaminated water can sometimes appear gray or even somewhat clear in certain lighting conditions. Wait for a SERVPRO professional to evaluate the situation before you conclude what type of water is in your home. If you do find standing black water anywhere in the building, avoid the room or area in question until one of our technicians can provide you with safety advice. This type of water can be highly dangerous, so be very cautious around it.

Gray Water

Less commonly, SERVPRO technicians may identify floodwaters in your home as gray water, which is a category of water that still contains contaminants but is not as immediately dangerous or severe as black water. However, gray water can still harbor dangerous microorganisms and rapidly develop into black water as these organisms grow and multiply. Be very cautious around all standing water on your property, and avoid entering pools of water without the express permission of our personnel.

SERVPRO of North Fulton County provides expert flood damage mitigation and restoration services after every major disaster. Call us for 24/7 service at (770) 992-2777.

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Controlling Odors Related to Flood Damage in a Sandy Springs Diner

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Controlling Odors Related to Flood Damage in a Sandy Springs Diner The highly skilled technicians at SERVPRO can remove odors left behind by flood damage in your commercial space.

Rely on SERVPRO to Get Your Business Looking and Smelling Clean after Flood Damage

Flooding can happen so suddenly, giving business owners little time to prepare for the impact. Sandy Springs continues to gain more businesses, both large and small, creating constant construction and building activity in and around the area. This construction often includes new parking lots and the repaving of roads. These and other kinds of construction can mean rainfall drains in new and unexpected ways.

At times, the manner in which precipitation travels through Sandy Springs puts businesses at increased risk of flood damage. With less porous ground available to swallow up the rain because of substantial, impenetrable roadways and lots, the amount of water increases rapidly. When water accumulates in an area, flooding can occur suddenly. Not only does this cause damage from the water itself, but other problems quickly develop. These can remain after flooding recedes and mitigation work ensues.

Part of flood damage mitigation should include odor control. Floodwaters contain organic debris, including parasites, microscopic pathogens, and one-celled microbes. As these decay, they give off odors that can become highly disturbing. Not only must diner and restaurant owners deal with the flooding itself, and the restoration of their business, but the odors can impose an unnecessary hardship. However, SERVPRO employs IICRC-certified Odor Control Technicians (OCT) who can remedy these situations.

Once we complete the cleaning and restoration of your diner, including kitchen facilities and seating sections, we can eliminate the odor-causing particles left behind. Because floodwaters become absorbed by porous materials, hydroxyl machines help immensely in eliminating the odors that can detract from your patron's enjoyment. We know your staff works hard to provide an environment suitable for guests of all ages and backgrounds, but detestable odors can make all your efforts worthless.

Helping restore your business after flood damage means it must not only look clean, but it must also smell clean, too. Otherwise, your business risks losing customers, meaning a staggering decline in profits, and the ability to remain in business. At SERVPRO of North Fulton County, we are your neighbors, living locally and always ready to help. Call us at our round-the-clock number, (770) 992-2777, whenever your business suffers from flood damage.

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Both New and Old Appliances are Capable of Causing Fire Damage in Your Alpharetta Residence

2/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Both New and Old Appliances are Capable of Causing Fire Damage in Your Alpharetta Residence Fire damage that stems from a cooking incident can happen very fast and cause a lot of damage. Contact SERVPRO should you face a fire.

Team SERVPRO Reacts Quickly to Fire Damage to Minimize Secondary Damages

While many appliances made years, or even decades ago can still provide a great deal of utility to Alpharetta residents, the risk of electrical shock increases significantly with each use. Newer appliances may seem to pose much less threat than their older counterparts, but many of these become subject to recalls. A large number of recalls involve electrical wiring or other components that can create sparks under normal conditions.

Paying attention to any recalls involving appliances installed during renovations can help homeowners avoid preventable fire damage in Alpharetta after updating their home's kitchen or bathroom. Older models have electrical problems but seldom find a place on recall lists. Sparks or a burning odor when in use should cause future use to take place with extra caution, or not at all.

Once a fire occurs, cleaning up the damage and removing the smoke and soot become a priority. Charred materials create new dangers while smaller particles from smoke can cause health effects to people and damage their belongings in other ways. SERVPRO technicians can remove these problems so the necessary work happens quickly, speeding up the restoration of your home to prevent conditions.

Removing burnt drywall and paneling from your home's framework and properly disposing of it helps remove a great deal of soot, but ash and other deposits exist wherever smoke traveled during the fire. Propelled by the heat, smoke can seep into areas of your home that otherwise sustain no damage. Cleaning soot away and deodorizing can help brighten up a home after fire and smoke.

Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) understands the ways soot can affect your home, even after restorative work ends. When a kitchen appliance catches fire, it might involve a cooking appliance in use. Fires involving food can lead to a different type of smell that also needs attention to ensure your home once again feels like home to you and your family. No matter the source of malodorous problems in your home, we can resolve the situation for you.

SERVPRO of North Fulton County employs individuals dedicated to helping others in our community. Fire damage can gravely affect your family and keep your home unsafe and unwelcoming. Call us at our local number, (770) 992-2777, available 24 hours a day year-round.

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SERVPRO's ERP For Large Office Buildings MItigates Water Damage in Sandy Springs

1/28/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO's ERP For Large Office Buildings MItigates Water Damage in Sandy Springs The ERP Helps Many Sandy Spring Area Businesses Minimize Water Losses--Call SERVPRO for a Free Consultation

Many Institutions and Commercial Enterprises Rely on SERVPRO to Help Prevent and Mitigate Water Losses

For some damage restoration companies, conducting large-scale water damage repairs on office buildings in Sandy Springs can be very difficult. In the event of a sprinkler malfunction, upper floor flood, or other disasters, the vertical nature of many office spaces in the city can pose a significant challenge even for experienced restoration professionals like SERVPRO. However, with the help of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile system, you can make sure that your office receives the care and treatment it needs without sacrificing the slightest bit of lagtime from communication to execution. SERVPRO ERP?

The commercial Emergency READY Profile Program is a mobile app that allows locations like offices in Sandy Beach to report water damage and other disasters as soon as they happen and provide many details with no additional time or hassle. To use the system, just log on to the website or download our free app and create a profile for your business. Better yet, arrange an appointment for a consultation. If you own or manage multiple locations, you can create individual profiles for each one. Then, you can upload any documents that may be of use to us so that we can access them at will in the event of an emergency. This is a excellent manner of quickly getting critical information on larger buildings like high rises and office spaces to our technicians.
Benefits of Using the System
A profile in the Emergency READY Profile system allows you to operate your company with a higher degree of security, knowing that help for any disaster is only the press of a button away. Prevention is a large segment of the ERP, we help you identify hot-spots, and areas of concern. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Should water damage in any form happen to the building, you can alert SERVPRO and have our IICRC certified technicians sent out with only the push of a button. Furthermore, while procuring essential documents can sometimes be both difficult and time-consuming, we can reduce both the difficulty and time spent to zero, as any information we need is at our fingertips. If we need additional documents, we just let you know.

SERVPRO of North Fulton County has years of experience working in the local area and knows the ins and outs of water damage to larger office spaces. Call us 24/7 at (770) 992-2777.

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Rising Creeks and Swollen Rivers Bring Flood Damage to the Homes of Sandy Springs

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Rising Creeks and Swollen Rivers Bring Flood Damage to the Homes of Sandy Springs Stormy Flooding in Sandy Springs? Call SERVPRO for Help

When Unwanted Water Damages Your Sandy Spring Property, SERVPRO Offers a Crucial First Response

Sandy Springs homeowners might find their neighborhoods taking on the water this spring when nearby waterways rise too quickly. These can bring about the flooding of not only yards and streets but also homes when debris clogs multiple drains at the street's curb.

When drains become clogged up, water must go somewhere, and too often, the water ends up causing flood damage to homes in Sandy Springs. Reacting swiftly to this type of emergency can mean the difference between a little damage and much more extensive problems that becomes increasingly more expensive to mitigate and restore.

SERVPRO technicians, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, so calling us for even slight flooding can protect your property from on-going water damage, microbial infestations, and other situations that you most likely wish to avoid. Many materials can remain and do not require removal for restoration to proceed. Our employees use cleansers and antimicrobial agents to remove grime and organic matter from surfaces.

Removing carpets from flooded homes helps to reduce the amount of moisture that can affect the home's interior. Flooding increases the amount of humidity held in the air, which can then condense on, and damage, other surfaces within your dwelling, including personal belongings. This occurs at every level of the home, including second stories and attics.

We continually work at drying a flooded home with air movers, desiccant machines, heated mats, and air movers. This can take several days or more, depending on how saturated a house became during the flooding event. Our technicians regularly check the moisture levels to keep the rate of evaporation steady and at an appropriate speed. Drying too quickly can also pose problems because shrinkage rates on one side of material must match the other side to avoid cracking of materials and other problems.

SERVPRO of North Fulton County's specialists and technicians understand the particular requirements of flooded homes. Flood damage continues to spread within a home until professional mitigation commences. Calling us at (770) 992-2777 puts you in contact 24/7 with us.

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Removing Mold Damage From Your Alpharetta Home Protects Your Indoor Air Quality

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold Damage From Your Alpharetta Home Protects Your Indoor Air Quality While mold and its spores exist almost everywhere, the presence of an excessive number of these can affect your home's air.

Removing Mold Damage From Your Home

While mold and its spores exist almost everywhere, the presence of an excessive number of these can affect your Alpharetta home's air. While mold causes damage to materials and belongings, it can also decrease the quality of the air that your family breathes.

Residents in Alpharetta often find mold damage affects their home in visible ways. However, the microbial count in the air should always remain low. When mold reproduces, it uses airborne spores to accomplish the task of spreading to another area for colonization. While these spores remain suspended, people breathe them in, which can cause health effects.

Removing the mold growing inside your home, including inside crawl spaces and other non-living areas, can protect your home and your family's health. SERVPRO's technicians hold certificates from the IICRC in Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT). Prepared to not only locate unknown locations of mold growth but also to remediate microbial populations until they reach normal levels, we use the latest in technological advances and developments to help protect your home from mold growth.

Normal levels of microbial activity rarely pose problems, and no one can provide the total elimination of mold or other tiny microorganisms. This is partly because microbes continuously enter into your home. Using their favored mode of transport, air currents, we do eliminate the bulk of them by creating negative pressure in areas suffering from mold growth. Along with containment set up, we use air scrubbers to forcefully pull the air, and any particles suspended in it, out of your home.

Using negative pressure significantly reduces the number of spores able to infiltrate uncontaminated areas of your home. This is crucial for protecting your home during the removal of contaminated materials. As we work in removing anything with mold damage, the mold releases spores into the air. We wear personal protective equipment so we can safely work in such situations. We also wear this equipment during cleaning of non-porous materials, and during the application of antimicrobial agents.

SERVPRO of North Fulton County removes mold damage, prevents future mold colonization, and cleans the air during remediation services. Protecting your home is a crucial part of protecting your family's health. Call us, 24/7, at (770) 992-2777 for the latest in technological advances and equipment that can make any restoration work fast and effective.

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