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Prevent Mold Damage To Your Alpharetta Home Dishwasher

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Prevent Mold Damage To Your Alpharetta Home Dishwasher Thorough cleaning prevents mold growth and protects your dishwasher.

Prevent Mold Damage

Did you know that your dishwasher is susceptible to mold damage? People usually associate fungal growth with damp basements, bathrooms or laundry rooms, but in fact, the fungus can thrive anywhere there is moisture and a food source. As you can imagine, a dishwasher provides both water and nourishment. Food particles in the machine make it possible for mold and mildew to grow – and no one wants mold inside the dishwasher of their Alpharetta home!

SERVPRO knows that the thought of mold damage inside your Alpharetta dishwasher is not pleasant. Thankfully, dishwasher mold is not inevitable. Thorough cleaning prevents mold growth and protects your dishwasher. Here are some easy tips to help you.

Regularly cleanse areas of the machine where food particles collect. That includes the dish racks and silverware holders, the base and inside of the door, and of course the plastic filter at the bottom where bits of gunk accumulate.

Encourage drying by leaving the door open for a while after the end of a cycle. If your washer has a heat-dry setting, use it regularly. Using the hot dryer might cost a little more in electricity, but it saves you money in home mold remediation!

Clean seals once a week with a mild cleanser. You can make a useful cleaning agent by mixing a mild solution of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the seals with the mixture and then wipe thoroughly with kitchen towel.

Deep clean your dishwasher once a month. Remove all racks and wash them thoroughly. Take advantage of the empty machine to wipe down all interior surfaces. Replace the racks, add a bowl of vinegar to the top rack, and run the machine on its hottest cycle. You can also sprinkle baking soda on the floor of the appliance before starting the cycle, for an even better clean.

The key to reducing mold growth is spotting signs of fungus. If you spot mold colonies in your kitchen or anywhere else in your home, call SERVPRO at once. Our professional mold remediators clean away visible mold and take steps to discourage regrowth.

For help with fungal growth in Alpharetta, Birmingham, Johns Creek, Crabapple and surrounding areas, contact SERVPRO of North Fulton County at (770) 992-2777 today.

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When Is a Store Pack-Out Necessary During Water Removal in Alpharetta?

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial When Is a Store Pack-Out Necessary During Water Removal in Alpharetta? SERVPRO understands the importance of getting your doors open again, so we work quickly to restore your business after water damage.

Thorough Water Removal Services

One of the most distressing parts of water damage to your Alpharetta store is the disruption it causes. As any business owner knows, even one unplanned closure might cause a loss of profit, because customers cannot come in and buy if you are not open. All it takes is one leaking appliance or damaged roof to cause costly damage to your business. SERVPRO understands the importance of getting back in business as soon as possible after water damage.

We always focus on the quickest and most efficient solution for water removal in Alpharetta. Sometimes a pack-out is the most efficient option. A pack-out means we remove inventory and business items from your store while our team carries out water removal at your premises.

We assess each situation on an individual basis to decide whether a pack-out is necessary. Sometimes removing items from the premises is the quickest way to remediate the situation and restore your business. In some cases, there is extensive water damage and working with existing stock and business furniture in situ is difficult. In those cases, it is better to clear the space so we can work more efficiently.

Another benefit of a pack-out is that we remove your items to one of our specialized storage and cleaning facilities. Our storage locations contain specialist cleaning equipment such as patented Esporta wash systems and ultrasonic cleaning. We also have access to freeze-drying facilities for the preservation and restoration of essential books and documents.

SERVPRO understands that it is daunting to hand over your stock and perhaps electronics, books, or office furniture, to a third party. That is why we take care of your items as if they were our own. We carefully log everything we remove, and our drivers use professional packing equipment to secure your possessions in our vans.

Once your facility is empty, we set to work removing water and drying out the premises. We use moisture probes to check for dampness inside carpets, under floors, within walls, and behind baseboards. Rest assured that we do not stop until your building is dry and ready for use once more.

For help with water removal in Johns Creek, Crabapple, Birmingham, Alpharetta and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of North Fulton County at (770) 992-2777 today.

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Seasonal Severe Weather Causes Flooding in Alpharetta

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Seasonal Severe Weather Causes Flooding in Alpharetta If flooding, after or during a storm, affects your property, contact SERVPRO right after for a quick response and drying plus remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Ready and Equipped to Tackle Flood Damage in Your Home

Residents of Alpharetta pay close attention during hurricane season, tracking the path of the storms making landfall off the Gulf and/or moving through Florida. The storms may decrease in ferocity, but if they pass over our area, heavy rains and strong winds are anticipated. Flood damage is common, and we are ready to assist if water fills any areas of your home.
 
Multiple inches of rain falling over just the span of a few hours spells flood damage in Alpharetta to your home. The lowest levels of your dwelling and any foundation or crawl space are at risk, and the quantity of water requires professional help to remove. We have tracked the storm as well, and have the crews assembled and equipment inventoried to come to the aid of our community.
 
Fast action by SERVPRO minimizes the long-term effects of flooding. Contact us as soon as you note water is climbing inside or swamping your foundation or crawl space. Standing water is extreme in its destructive power, and the sooner we arrive to assess and plan, the more quickly we remove the water and move on the structural drying and restoration.
 
Expect your SERVPRO team to arrive fully equipped to begin water removal. Often power outages accompany flooding events because of high winds and lightning. We power our industrial strength submersible pumps and high-efficiency water extractors from vehicle loaded sources. No waiting means less time for the water and any hazardous substances or items it contains to accelerate damage to your home. Water removed we dispose of off-site, necessary as flood water is considered contaminated, often filled with sewer backup, chemical runoff from neighboring lawns and pavement, and overflow from nearby waterways.
 
Trained technicians then measure and monitor moisture in structure and contents. SERVPRO uses advanced technology to locate hidden and trapped water inside walls and in recesses of your foundation or crawl space. Once we note this obscured moisture, we work to release and remove it. Sections of walls may be cut out to permit extractors to suction the water out, or holes may be drilled into mortar joints for the water to evacuate.
 
We position air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce the remaining moisture rapidly as well as sanitizing surfaces to inhibit microbial activity. Any furnishings or stored items are moved to a dry area for experienced restorers to review. Many saturated items, including documents, pictures, and heirlooms, gain new life using unique resources SERVPRO offers. Lyophilization, also known as freeze-drying, and similar advances in the drying industry are familiar to our well-trained work crews and project managers. Do not assume precious items are ruined. Ask to explore the opportunities modern restoration science can offer.
 
A flood event is frightening and overwhelming, but SERVPRO of North Fulton County restores both your home and peace of mind. Call us for a flood damage evaluation at (770) 992-2777.

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Fire Damage Remediation for Your Alpharetta Home

10/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Remediation for Your Alpharetta Home Fire damage is often devastating. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services for the structure and contents of your home.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Make Your House Safe After a Fire

The disaster which does not discriminate is fire. No matter if you live in Alpharetta or elsewhere, or what the condition and age of your residence, there is always a chance that your home could suffer from a fire for various reasons. Most homeowners understand this, and it is a widespread fear for people who purchase their own homes. However, when fires do occur, what happens next?
 
Once the fire is out, and you are left behind with all the fire damage to your Alpharetta home, you need the professionals of SERVPRO to help you restore your home back to the way it was. Loss from fire presents restoration challenges which are different from normal repair and cleaning. The combined effects on a building from intense heat, burning fire, smoke residues, and water from fire-fighting efforts need us to provide you with various services and work together with licensed subcontractors and contractors.
 
Starting with mitigation, the goal is to secure your structure and stop further damage. It could include boarding up your home and establishing a temporary source of electricity. When your home is wet, we also need to perform emergency drying to stop secondary water damage, such as mold growth.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians then take care of cleaning your structure from fire damage, removing smoke residues and deodorizing odors given off by the residues. We consult with you on which structural components can be cleaned and which we need to replace. Repair or replacement for anything which cannot be cleaned is the next step.
 
Our content cleaning services include cleaning your possessions inside your home. Sometimes, contents can be cleaned on site, while other situations require them to be packed and moved to a different location for cleaning and storage.
 
We also subcontract cleaning of certain contents like electronics, dry cleaning of clothing, refinishing furniture, and cleaning expensive artwork.
 
In some cases of fire, structural components could have too much damage to the point that they cannot be restored. In this case, we work with licensed general contractors to provide the needed reconstruction services.
 
SERVPRO of North Fulton County is expertly trained to take care of your home after fire damage. For anyone living in the areas of Roswell, Ocee, or Alpharetta, we can be reached by dialing (770) 992-2777.

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Effects of Water Damage in an Alpharetta Property

10/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Effects of Water Damage in an Alpharetta Property SERVPRO Offers Water Damage Restoration and Moisture Control to Alpharetta Properties

SERVPRO Can Restore Properties in Alpharetta Damaged by Water

SERVPRO has the experience necessary to inform you of the downsides of excess water in your home. The removal of excess moisture from your Alpharetta home should be a matter of top concern at all times. That is because excess water may find its way into your home through several access points. These include unattended taps, leaks in pipes, excess precipitation, and outright negligence, to mention but a few.

 Regardless of its source, such water may adversely impact your home. In the discussions below, SERVPRO describes the dangers of water damage in Alpharetta and some of the various means and ways of mitigating them.

Carpets are highly absorbent. They easily soak up plenty of water which subsequently weakens its fabrics. If the situation is left to go on unabated, this may often lead to the diminished overall lifespan of the carpets. This means that your carpets can end up being obsolete before their time.

SERVPRO knows too well that wooden pieces of furniture are also very susceptible to excess moisture. That is because such moisture often gets absorbed by the wood and in so doing dampens those wooden components. The resultant effect is rotting of the same and substantially diminished lifespan. Apart from that, they also weaken the furniture so much so that, they may subject anyone who sits on them to the risk of falling off.

Foundations of the buildings may be weakened by excess moisture. Moisture does weaken the foundations if the underlying soil shifts. This makes the soil quite weak as not to offer the required support. This issue may lead to the overall collapse or cracking of the foundation if not mitigated in time.

SERVPRO points out that hidden moisture can encourage the growth and proliferation of mold. Molds and other fungi thrive well in areas with excess moisture. They can lead to health effects.

Count on us, SERVPRO of North Fulton County, to remove water and dry out your home or business by calling  (770) 992-2777 to request a quote or book an appointment.

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Obtain Professional Water Damage Restoration Services in Alpharetta

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Obtain Professional Water Damage Restoration Services in Alpharetta SERVPRO’s technicians are certified and ready to assist you with your water damage restoration needs.

Fast and Efficient Water Damage Restoration Services

Regardless of the cause, when your Alpharetta home suffers water damage, it can be difficult to repair. A certified professional helps you fight against structural threats and removes any serious unhealthy hazards. The longer these issues fester, the easier it is for things like mold, rot, and corrosion to threaten your home.

You need to remain cautious whenever entering your Alpharetta home after water damage takes hold. The water itself can contain a variety of microbial or infectious hazards while flood waters also often bring wildlife and other contaminated materials into your home as well. It is important to take the proper steps to protect your investment and maintain safety properly at all times while performing repairs of any kind.

Professionals working on your home wear the appropriate protective clothing and so should you. Respirators, gloves, boots, and eye protection are key to eliminating possible hazards; this includes quality materials that can protect you from punctures or animal bites provided by snakes, rodents, reptiles, and other pests hiding under debris that can lash out when startled. 

SERVPRO technicians help you identify these types of hazards and assist you by providing insight into how to avoid additional damages. We offer full-service solutions to water damage issues found in your home, using industrial-grade equipment and years of experience to locate hidden pockets of moisture that could easily cause problems later.

SERVPRO also uses hygrometers and other detection equipment to test moisture levels throughout your home. We can help you determine how far water penetrated specific areas, which helps make the entire drying process simpler. Our technicians also work towards preventing microbial growth, cleaning and restoring areas using both chemical and mechanical methods.

Remember, your best opportunity for a complete restoration is to hire a certified professional. SERVPRO’s entire restoration team has IICRC-certification and follows guidelines set by the EPA to provide you with quality services that help return things to normal after an emergency occurs.

Contact SERVPRO of North Fulton County for more insight into available services or to schedule your initial inspection, today. We stand ready to assist anytime, 24/7, day or night. (770) 992-2777

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Carpet Mold Damage Remediation in Alpharetta

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Carpet Mold Damage Remediation in Alpharetta If you notice discolored patches in your carpet or a musty smell in your home, call SERVPRO to remediate the mold damage.

Hidden Mold in Your Carpet

No one in Alpharetta wants mold in their home. It is unsightly and can cause health effects. Just because the mold is not visible does not exactly mean that it is not there. In fact, mold prefers dark and moist environments, and the only time you can see it growing on the surface is in cases of severe contamination. Mold growth on the carpet is particularly aggressive and more often than not requires replacing the whole thing as well as the padding underneath.

If you suspect the presence of mold on your carpet, you need to contact a professional mold cleanup company immediately. As a locally-based and operated water damage remediation company, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond quickly to your emergency in Alpharetta. Our IICRC-approved technicians are available 24/7, delivering swift and efficient restoration services to the community and its environs.

Mold thrives under four conditions: oxygen, an organic source of food, moisture, and a surface on which to grow. Damp rugs and carpeting meet these requirements perfectly. The dust, dirt, pet dander, and microbes that settle in your carpet offer sufficient organic material on which the mold can feed. All you need is a little water to initiate mold growth.

If you act fast (typically within the first 48 hours), SERVPRO may be able to salvage the carpet. Using water extraction and dehumidification equipment, our technicians can remove the moisture and dry the fabric completely to counter the mold damage. Once the carpet is dry, we clean it thoroughly using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuum to get rid of the developed bacteria and mold spores.

If you notice a musty odor around the carpet area, it is a definite sign of mold growth and, possibly, mold damage. This smell might not be immediately noticeable if you spend a lot of time indoors, but take note if your guests comment on a moldy odor in your home as it may be a direct indication of mold. In severe cases, the mold may cause discolored patches on the carpet. These patches can be black, white, green, and a wide range of other colors.

When mold attacks your carpet, you have a short time before it causes irreversible damage. As soon as it happens, contact SERVPRO of North Fulton County to come in and counter the mold damage. We are available 24/7 at (770) 992-2777.

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When To Use An Extinguisher To Prevent Fire Damage To Your Alpharetta Home

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When To Use An Extinguisher To Prevent Fire Damage To Your Alpharetta Home A fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives.

Do You Have A Fire Extinguisher In Your Home?

A home fire is a frightening experience for any resident of Alpharetta. However, there are some cases where it is safe to use a fire extinguisher against a home fire, and doing so might prevent fire damage to your home or stop the flames from spreading further.

SERVPRO would like to remind readers of the US Fire Safety Administration’s advice about the use of fire extinguishers to prevent fire damage to Alpharetta homes.

It is certainly a wise idea to keep a fire extinguisher in your home. Commercially available devices such as those you can buy at your local hardware store usually fall into one of three categories:

A – for use with ordinary materials such as cloth, wood, and paper.
B – for use with combustible and flammable liquids such as grease, gasoline, oil and oil-based paints.
C – for use with electrical equipment such as appliances or power tools.

Although there are category D and K devices available, these are generally for commercial purposes.

The important thing to remember when fighting a blaze in your own house is to stay safe and do not tackle a fire that is bigger than you can handle, or larger than your home fire extinguisher can safely tackle.

Before attempting to fight a blaze in your home, it is important to alert everyone else in the house that there is a fire. Shout or do anything else you must to get their attention and ensure they have exited safely. SERVPRO suggests them to call the fire department immediately.

Do not try to be brave or tackle a fire that is going out of control or spreading. Your safety is the most important thing. If you cannot extinguish the fire without putting yourself in danger, simply get out as fast as you can and let the fire department handle it. However, if a fire is small and contained in a specific area such as a pan or a wastepaper basket, it might be safe to tackle it yourself.

Only use a fire extinguisher if you are confident you have a clear escape route and that the flames are not blocking and not in danger of blocking that route.

In the event of a home fire, call SERVPRO as soon as you can. Our IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to scrub and clean soot-damaged surfaces and deodorize your home so that it is livable once more.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

For help with fire problems in Roswell, Crabapple, Milton, Ocee and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of North Fulton County at (770) 992-2777 today.

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Your Answer to Flood Damage in Your Sandy Springs Area Home

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Your Answer to Flood Damage in Your Sandy Springs Area Home SERVPRO can mitigate damage from a storm and help you take steps to prevent damage from future storms.

Restoration and Prevention of Flood Damage

Storms can push a bunch of potential problems your way that makes owning a home in Sandy Springs painful on your pocket book. However, with changes in how we respond to emergency situations as a society, it is easier to get the help you deserve. 

Calling and scheduling multiple contractors to receive quality repairs after flood damage occurs in your Sandy Springs home is a thing of the past. There are qualified professionals all under one roof that can provide you with the services you need to recover quickly after a flood. Our services help limit any losses you might experience, and give you access to professionals who respond to emergency situations with a sense of purpose. 

By contacting your local SERVPRO, you gain access to highly trained, IICRC-certified professionals who can help you understand what to do during emergency situations. We do far more than offer you unique solutions to problems that exist on your property. Our technicians can help you make the most of any unfortunate situation and teach you how to avoid future problems that might occur. Whether you have flood damage caused by a broken window, fallen tree, or heavy winds, we produce quality results you can trust. 

If you happen to have roof damage that causes flooding in your basement, your SERVPRO technicians understand how to locate the problem and perform any necessary repairs to get the job done right. We can correct grading in your yard to improve runoff performance, install additional drainage, backflow valves, and submersible pumps to keep water away from your home. 

SERVPRO technicians also perform crawl space encapsulation services that help improve your home’s living environment and provide you with many solutions against corrosion, rot, and even mold. We maintain your property as if it were our own, offering quality cleanup and restoration services to everyone in our surrounding community. 

Contact SERVPRO of North Fulton County, we understand and care about your situation. There is no reason for you to go it alone, our team is ready to help restore your home, today. (770) 992-2777

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Quick and Efficient Water Removal Services for Alpharetta Homes

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Quick and Efficient Water Removal Services for Alpharetta Homes Call SERVPRO for fast and effective water removal.

Emergency Water Removal Services

From leaking faucets and ruptured pipes to heavy rainfalls and storms, excess water is one of the most unfortunate problems a homeowner can face. Failure to address it immediately can lead to electrical hazards and expensive damage to the structure and its contents. Furthermore, contaminated water can come with various types of ailments, which may be difficult to treat. Gray water and black water, in particular, is packed with disease-causing organisms such as viruses and bacteria.

To protect your family and your property, you need professional help – and you need it fast. SERVPRO has highly trained technicians at your disposal for emergency water removal services in Alpharetta. We are approved by the IICRC to ensure that our equipment is up to par with industry standards.

Safety is an essential part of the water removal process. After stopping the water at its source and eliminating any electrical hazards in the area, it may be necessary for the occupants to evacuate the building. Indeed, water-damaged structures tend to create slip, trip, and fall hazards, particularly loose power cords, equipment hoses, and wet surfaces.

Confined spaces are usually difficult to access, especially because they are not designed for human habitation. The typically confined spaces that SERVPRO workers enter during water damage removal efforts are attics and crawl spaces. In the presence of sewage contamination, crawl spaces may contain severe hazards like gas lines, electrical wiring, infectious waste, and sewer gas. Our technicians use personal safety equipment and gas masks for additional protection.

Water removal on walls and floors is one of the most challenging parts of the water removal process. Walls behind cabinets, in particular, contain drywall and numerous layers of the cabinet back. Drying depends on the construction of the cabinets and nature of the paint. If the cabinets are hung on an interior wall, we create holes from the other side of the wall to promote ventilation.

Water damage is one of those problems no one loves dealing with, but it has devastating consequences. If it happens to you, SERVPRO of North Fulton County is readily available for quick and efficient water removal services. Call us anytime at (770) 992-2777.

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