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Family Reunion and a Flood Damage In Roswell

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Family Reunion and a Flood Damage In Roswell Roswell Flooding from Storms or Tubs Means Water Damage and Cleanup--Call SERVPRO

Roswell Homes Suffer from Unwanted Water Displacements

Summertime is family time, young and old spending time together at the grandparents. Everyone is distracted, catching up, cooking, planning tomorrow’s events, and the youngsters take full advantage. When the unsupervised children’s escapades result in water flowing where it should not, SERVPRO is faster to solve that disaster, getting the family reunion back on track.
 
Grandma and grandpa finally remodeled their bathroom, adding a hot tub spa. A group of cousins decided to fill it up and take a swim, causing flood damage to the extended family’s Roswell home base over the holiday weekend. Fortunately, we have lots of experience restoring master bed and bathrooms after this type of adventure. Just when you need fast and sure help, we are there with the equipment, the technicians, and a plan.
 
Powerful water extractors, in the hands of trained SERVPRO crew members, pull moisture out of vast expanses of carpeting. We take care not to stretch the carpet nor separate the fibers from the backing, a possibility when inexperienced individuals wield the wet vacuum. Typically the padding is harder to dry and inexpensive to replace, so we remove it and prop up the carpeting. Air movers positioned to best advantage, direct flows above and below the carpeting. Dehumidifiers assist in reducing the moisture.
 
The restoration team evaluates the water flow within and out of the bathroom. Tile floors are not reliably watertight, so we look for leaking onto the subfloor and along joints that send water to lower levels of the house. Walls and ceilings below the bath receive a close inspection, seeking areas where water possibly migrated.
 
Any indication that the flood damage moved beyond the master suite is added to the comprehensive SERVPRO recovery plan. Water damage, wherever it migrated, must be remediated within 48 hours, or less, to avoid secondary harm to structure and contents. Flood water from a bathtub classifies as gray, or somewhat contaminated. Soap and skin cells mixed into the typical spa bath water provide the moisture and nourishment mold spores need to grow. We train our technicians to recognize this and manage the cleanup, disposal, and final sanitation accordingly.
 
SERVPRO of North Fulton County gets the family festivities focused back on fun and fellowship after remediating your flood damage. Call (770) 992-2777 to schedule an inspection by an experienced project manager to start the process of flood damage restoration.

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Avoiding Basement Water Damage In Your Alpharetta Home

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Avoiding Basement Water Damage In Your Alpharetta Home In your basement, water damage can ruin furniture and flooring, plus lead to mold growth very quickly.

Avoiding Water Damage To Your Basement

In your basement, water damage can ruin furniture and flooring, plus lead to mold growth very quickly. The best way you can avoid such damage is to regularly inspect your basement appliances, helping you not to need water removal and save you time and money.

The first appliance most people have in their basement is a washing machine. When they go bad, water removal is going to be needed fast for your Alpharetta home. Look at the hoses regularly for fraying, bulging, and cracking. Any signs of deterioration can lead to big trouble. Replace the hose right away if you see a problem. Ideally, the hose should be replaced every three to five years to prevent any accidents. When you do have an accident with your washing machine, SERVPRO is the one to call, as we are a professional water remediation company. We have the experience and equipment necessary to recover your basement.

The water heater should be checked next. Most water heaters last eight to ten years, however, there could be signs of a leak before that time. Look for wet areas on the floor, and if you see any, call a professional plumbing contractor right away. If you have it, sump pump equipment should be inspected each year by a professional plumber. They look for gravel, dirt, and sand which can obstruct the ability of the pump to drain properly.

Extra refrigerators and freezers kept in your basement also should be inspected. Ensure the hose connection is attached securely to the water supply line. Watch for wet spots on the floor which could indicate a problem with the ice maker line, as this is a common problem. It's a good idea to replace the original water line with a sturdier aftermarket one.

Our SERVPRO staff arrives quickly to your home to help you with a water agency in your basement. With special truck-mounted pumps plus dehumidifiers and fans, we have your basement dried out again in no time. Any repairs that are necessary are also made, and a mold check is performed.

SERVPRO of North Fulton County is standing by always to assist you and make cleanup easier when your basement needs water removal. Just give us a call at (770) 992-2777, and we make your emergency our priority.

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Remediating Mold Damage in Alpharetta

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediating Mold Damage in Alpharetta Let us investigate the moldy smell in your home. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold to root out the cause.

SERVPRO's Thorough Investigation Discovers the Cause of the Mold Infestation in Your Home

Mold is the disaster that sneaks in when no one is looking. After a fire or flood, a tiny number of spores can go unnoticed to expand, grow, and spread through a home in just a few weeks. Most people first notice mold by the telltale musty odor, but since not all mold gives off an odor, it is not a reliable indicator.

To ensure we take care of any mold damage in Alpharetta homes, SERVPRO uses the guidelines developed by the EPA as a framework for our work processes. We clean and dry moldy materials, discard moldy items that cannot be cleaned and dry non-moldy items within 48 hours.

Our first step is to find the source and extent of the growth. Our inspectors examine laundry rooms, basements, crawlspaces, and behind walls. They use air content meters to determine the percentage of contamination in each area of the home. Both examinations help us decide on the best cleaning methods.
If the contamination is limited to one area, we isolate it from the rest of the structure. Technicians establish containment by sealing off the HVAC vents and covering all entrances and other openings with thick, plastic sheeting. Now, we can clean the structure and personal property without spreading mold spores to the rest of the home.

We start by wiping down all surfaces. Technicians use a variety of cloths and sponges to dry wipe, removing most of the spores. If the growth is very thick in some spots, we use a vacuum that contains a HEPA filter. This filter is designed to remove and capture mold spores and works very efficiently on a dry or wet mold.

If the mold is wet or very damp, we use a cleaning agent to help separate the mold from the surface and remove it. Once removed, we wait for the surface to dry then wipe it down with a dry sponge or cloth to make certain we remove loose spores that may have settled from the air.

If the property is mold-free or if we cannot restore it, we remove it from the contaminated area. We dispose of the contaminated property according to state and federal regulations. Technicians place the mold-free items in a room where they can dry on their own, or we can set up air movers and fans to speed up the process. If there is not a mold-free room in the home, we will take it to our facility or other off-site storage to dry.

Restoring a home after a mold infestation can be a frustrating experience for owners and residents. SERVPRO of North Fulton County is here to help and walk you through every action and step along the way. If you have found mold or wish to schedule an inspection, call us at (770) 992-2777 today.

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Change Your Habits, Protect Your Sandy Springs Home Against Fire Damage Today

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Change Your Habits, Protect Your Sandy Springs Home Against Fire Damage Today The majority of fire incidents involve common mistakes, accidents that occur due to misuse, neglect, or distraction.

Guard Your Property Against Fire Damage

Apart from causing severe damage to your home, avoiding damage can be quite easy. The majority of fire incidents involve common mistakes, accidents that occur due to misuse, neglect, or distraction. You can learn how to avoid these problems and regain control of your living environment entirely.

If you experience a fire in your Sandy Springs home and are looking for fire damage restoration assistance, you are in luck. There is a company available to help restore the damage on your property, that can also teach you how to avoid developing these types of problems in the future. Start protecting your home by having smoke detectors installed in every room. You and your families safety come first. Having security systems in place that allow you time to reach a safe location gives you the best chance of survival, and early detection is the key.

Have a qualified fire damage restoration technician, like those offered at SERVPRO, inspect your entire property. They can help point out areas that require professional attention, perform needed repairs, and provide you with the advice you need to mark issues off of your list. It helps if you can keep track of storage areas on your property that contains easily flammable materials. SERVPRO technicians can help you learn how to store items in a way that prevents problems from occurring, limit damages that you experience, and possibly even avoid them altogether.

It never hurts to have a solid escape plan for you and your loved ones. Every family member needs to understand how to respond to emergency situations, get them involved, practice your escape route to ensure their safety. SERVPRO Professionals can offer solutions to assist with organizing your plan, recommending routes, and discuss available options.

Your safety comes down to your habits. No more leaving candles unattended in the bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom. Same goes for portable electric heaters that you use during the winter. If you smoke cigarettes, take responsibility and maintain smoking materials properly.

If you have any questions, would like more assistance, or just need general advice, contact SERVPRO of North Fulton County today. SERVPRO can help provide you with a solution (770) 992-2777.

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Check These Three Places For Hidden Mold Damage In Your Alpharetta Home

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Check These Three Places For Hidden Mold Damage In Your Alpharetta Home Remediation of Mold Damage in Alpharreta Carpets and Homes by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Tips For Mold Prevention

Mold is the enemy of every homeowner. Mold looks unsightly, smells bad, and can cause damage to your soft furnishings, carpets, clothes, and even your appliances or the structure of your home itself. Often the first sign of mold is a glimpse of discoloration on a wall or ceiling, or maybe noticing that telltale moldy smell in a bathroom or laundry room.

 
However, spores can grow in hidden places, too. You can reduce the risk of the fungus growing unnoticed and causing mold damage to your Alpharetta home by being proactive about looking for evidence of mold. SERVPRO recommends you check the following places for hidden contamination.
 
Chimneys
Chimneys are cold and can easily get damp from rain or even snow. Brickwork provides plenty of hidden crevices for spores to grow in. Make sure your chimney flashing is in good condition and replace it if need be. An annual visit from a chimney sweep is a good idea, too.
 
Kitchen Appliances
Most kitchen appliances get washed after every use, but there are still some hidden areas you must check regularly. Take a look at refrigerator drip trays, the door and seal of front-loading washing machines, and refrigerator and freezer seals. You can deal with mild cases using a weak bleach solution followed by a quick wipe with white vinegar.
 
Carpets and Carpet Pads
Carpets and carpet pads provide an environment where mold can propagate unnoticed, especially if a carpet gets wet. If your floor coverings get wet, call us at once. Our skilled teams come with free standing and truck mounted pumps and extraction tools to remove water and lessen the risk of fungus growing under your carpet or pad.
 
SERVPRO recommends putting in a call to us at the first sign of mold in your home. Our IICRC-certified technicians come prepared to set up containment to protect the rest of your home before getting to work on thoroughly cleaning the affected area. We use powerful HEPA vacuums to vacuum loose spores from surfaces, along with a combination of sanding, wire brush scrubbing, dusting, and wiping with a detergent solution to ensure each surface is properly cleaned of mold. We also use negative air machines when needed, to vent contaminated air outside your home.
 
When mold cleaning is complete, our trained experts bring in dehumidifiers and air movers to dry the affected room, carpet, or area back to its normal level of dryness and discourage further growth.
 
If you suspect mold growth in your home, give SERVPRO of North Fulton County a call at (770) 992-2777 today.

Water Removal Protects Birmingham Homes From Flooding, Overflows, Back-Ups, And Storm Damage

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Protects Birmingham Homes From Flooding, Overflows, Back-Ups, And Storm Damage Homes that face such disasters usually benefit from water removal services.

Water Removal Protects Your Home

Many different types of disastrous events and catastrophes can happen to a home, even when it is maintained correctly. Accidents can happen at the worst times. Many are small while others present dangers, all within what is supposed to be a safe and welcoming environment.

Birmingham homes that face such disasters usually benefit from water removal services. When our experts are called to clean up different disasters, one of the first parts of providing the required services is often removing any water on the premises. Water can come from sources that were intended to prevent damage from other emergencies from either taking place or becoming worse, such as water that extinguished a fire, in addition to being the problem itself.

When water has overtaken a home, contamination from solids and liquids is often part of the mess. SERVPRO professionals receive training that fully prepares them to deal with such situations effectively. Because of this training, our technicians are IICRC certified, ensuring that your home receives the best in remediation, repairs, and restorations. Contamination and debris of all material types are removed along with the majority of the water.

This removal of water and other elements that can turn your beautiful home into a dangerous mess continues until even the air inside your home is once again at a normal moisture level. This prevention of mold growth, deterioration of materials, rusting of metal fittings and hardware pieces, and other 'minor' situations can only benefit your home for the long term. In situations where water removal is only partially completed, these damaging situations can become a reality for the homeowner involved.

We at SERVPRO of North Fulton County want to help protect your home from all types of disastrous events. We know that water removal is often the first step that must be taken in restoring your home “Like it never even happened.” Without removing the water first, it is almost next to impossible to carry out the rest of the work your home might require to remain habitable. We are available 24/7 simply by calling (770) 992-2777.

Alpharetta Mold Damage Needs Remediation

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Alpharetta Mold Damage Needs Remediation Alpharetta Mold Remediation Starts with a Call to SERVPRO

Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Cleanup in Your Alpharetta Home

Most fire and water damage are easy to see and straightforward to clean. An untrained individual can remove burned siding or waterlogged sheetrock, although we do not recommend this. What is much harder to find, clean, and remove is mold.

To stop and remediate the effects of mold damage in Alpharetta SERVPRO uses the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) Mold Remediation Standard. This is a five-step process that protects occupants and workers, cleans and removes mold, then eliminates the environmental factors that led to the initial infestation.

First, we reduce exposure. Homes with extensive mold growth can cause a limited number of health effects once the growth is disturbed by cleaning and removal procedures. Technicians isolate the affected areas from casual foot traffic by occupants in untouched areas and use the latest in industry-standard equipment to protect themselves.

Second, we document every action. Our remediation team records the initial inspection to include mold growth size, which rooms, hallways or work areas where it was found, and air content test results of mold spore and moisture levels. These are baselines we use to make sure surfaces are cleaned, and air quality has returned to normal after technicians complete their work.

Third, we control contamination at the source. After the area is isolated, we keep it from spreading as the cleaning procedures get underway. One of our best practices uses negative air machines at the point of drywall and other demolition. These devices draw out dust and particulates from the air; when combined with a HEPA filter, they pull out mold even down to the size of a single spore.

Fourth, we remove the contamination. The particles removed by negative air machines are typically blown outside of your home, but can also be captured and removed to another location. Any debris that has settled onto a surface is then wiped down using a dry cloth. Thicker amounts of contamination require a cleaning agent and a wet cloth. In some cases, a vacuum with a HEPA filter may be used for larger quantities.

Fifth, we reduce the humidity level. As the current infestation is remediated, SERVPRO technicians set up dehumidifiers to lower the moisture content to normal levels, preferably below 60%.

Once technicians have completed work, we test the areas to make certain everything is back to safe levels and then hand you the keys back to your home. Remediation can be an extensive and complicated process, but SERVPRO of North Fulton County is here to help you through it. Call us today at (770) 992-2777 to begin.

Quickly Mitigating Commercial Flood Damage Keeps Residents Safe In Birmingham Nursing Facilities

4/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Quickly Mitigating Commercial Flood Damage Keeps Residents Safe In Birmingham Nursing Facilities Working quickly helps protect everyone associated with your facility from possible complications that flooding can cause.

Mitigating Commercial Flood Damage

An influx of water from a broken water main can cause panic among those who can flee the area, but the elderly are not as capable of doing the same. Bedridden patients are most likely the least likely to try to leave the facility, but those patients who can walk may not realize the dangers that a water main break can cause. In the chaos that such water can cause, nursing staff and doctors can expect to have a multitude of problems on their hands, with both patients and flooded areas.

Nursing homes and hospice care centers in Birmingham are relied on by patients and their families to provide excellent care, but commercial flood damage can threaten not just their safety but also normal daily operations long after the water has been cleaned up. SERVPRO knows that your facility is more than just a place of employment for your employees, but that it is also home to your patients. Any disaster can greatly interfere with the peace and quiet that your resident patients expect.

Because of their expectations and needs, as well as your own, we can work quickly and efficiently to minimize disruptions. Working this way helps protect everyone associated with your facility from possible complications that flooding can cause.

After the water has been removed, we can begin working on the restoration and cleaning processes that are needed to bring your facility back up to par. If you find that your patients are uncomfortable because of our equipment, we can work with you to find a solution that provides relief to them but is still sufficient in bringing your facility back to a dry condition. Large air movers, dehumidifiers, heaters, and air scrubbers can create noise but must be left running until normal moisture levels are achieved.

Because we do not want patients to move to other areas unnecessarily, we can use items that are safe to be around. These can include hydroxyl-producing machines instead of ozone machines. Hydroxyl-producing machines are safe around people, plants, and wet carpeting, unlike their ozone-producing equivalents. Also, when we apply mold inhibitors to walls and other porous or semi-porous surfaces, we always use safe salt-based treatments that, after drying, pose no risk to anyone.

When you have water problems that result in commercial flood damage in your facility, SERVPRO of North Fulton County wants you to know that we have family in the area, also. We want to assist you in the continuation of providing services to your patients. Call us at (770) 992-2777 for any emergency that threatens your facility's safety and ability to operate normally.

SERVPRO's Class-Based Dehumidification System

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO's Class-Based Dehumidification System Regardless of the category of damage, contacting SERVPRO right after a water damage event leads to best results.

Evaluating the Class of Water Damage is Essential to Planning Remediation


Dehumidification is one of the most difficult - and one of the most important - tasks to be done in any water removal job. Determining the correct timing, volume, intensity, and equipment for dehumidification can be a difficult task even for our veteran technicians, so SERVPRO locations nationwide have adopted a fairly straightforward class-based dehumidification system to provide for any drying situation adequately. While a Class 1 scenario requires far less work than a Class 4, we make sure to give all projects we take on the time and attention needed to ensure a thorough job done.
 
Class 1
 
Class 1 scenarios are most common when only light water removal is necessary in Alpharetta. Here, very few porous materials such as carpet, padding, and fabric have been affected by water damage, and the only drying we need to do concerns puddles and non-invasive water throughout the area. These situations do not often require more than minor dehumidification regimens. To make sure damage is not worse than it at first seems, we always make sure to use thermal sensors to determine if water has penetrated into any materials we find it on.
 
Class 2
 
In a Class 2 scenario, there may be moderate soaking of porous materials, and larger sections of carpeting may be damp. Water may also have wicked up walls around the home, although usually less than two feet high. These situations are when we start to need more advanced dehumidification regimens and machines to address the problem.
 
Class 3
 
A Class 3 scenario usually contains wide stretches of wet carpet, fabric, upholstery, and other porous materials. In most cases, water has seeped in from above, such as in a flood. Heavy dehumidification may be required to remove the deep-seated water molecules present throughout the environment.
 
Class 4
 
Class 4 scenarios are what challenge SERVPRO personnel the most. In these relatively rare situations, water has penetrated into much harder materials such as tough woods and concrete, requiring specialty dehumidification procedures. Although these hurdles are tough to surmount, our diverse array of tools and national resources allow us to handle them fully.
 
SERVPRO of North Fulton County takes water removal seriously, ensuring that no step gets skipped over and no home is left with excess moisture. Contact us at the first sign of water damage at (770) 992-2777.

Cleaning Smoke After Fire Damage in Sandy Springs

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Smoke After Fire Damage in Sandy Springs Rely on SERVPRO for Smoke Cleanup in Your Sandy Springs House

Inspection and Assessment Lead to Correct Fire Cleanup Procedures

You had a kitchen fire, so now what? Even though you got it put out relatively quickly, there is still plenty of damage, including much damage from smoke. Instead of cleaning it yourself, you need the help of a knowledgeable professional, such as SERVPRO, who is trained to handle this kind of damage.

You may be quite out of sorts after experiencing a fire, but as soon as you can gather your thoughts a bit, a call to SERVPRO should be immediate so as to prevent further fire damage to your home in Sandy Springs. The longer you wait to call, the longer the acidic soot and smoke have time to do more harm. Our technicians follow core principles for cleaning up smoke residues including:
 
• Finding all the residues
• Identifying the kind of residues
• Identifying the type of surface the residues are on
• Capturing the residues in dry particulate form or a solution
• Removing the residues
• Properly disposing of the residues
 
Finding and Identifying the Residues
The technician first inspects and tests for smoke residues to determine the extent of damages and decide what cleaning methods are needed for restoration. The technician also pre-tests particular items to figure out the best restoration procedure. By doing this inspection and pre-testing, the tech locates residues, identifies the kinds of residues, and decides what surfaces to clean.
 
Capturing and Removing Residues
Before being removed, you have to capture the residues. The restorer uses air and fluids to release and carry soils away. Air and fluids carry particles suspended with them on contact. Dissolving and vacuuming are two ways to contact soils and dispose of them.
 
Dissolving
Soils and residues which are not loose need to dissolve before being removed. Doing so loosens their bond with the surface and suspends them in a cleaning product and flushed away once it is rinsed or extracted from the surface. The kind of surface and soil are two main factors in dissolving soils. Some soils dissolve in water while others do not and need the use of a cleaning product which is solvent-based. The kind of surface has to be considered to preserve what is being cleaned.
 
Vacuuming
Smoke residues with solid particles consist of mostly carbon. Dry particles which are loosely attached to surfaces can be suctioned by vacuuming. Moisture contacting particles allow the surface to absorb them and therefore are harder to remove. Vacuuming is always attempted first before applying wet cleaning products.
 
Disposing Residues
There are general rules which the SERVPRO tech follows to dispose of the residues properly, so you do not have to worry about it yourself. They understand not to dispose of cleaning solvents in a sewer and septic system and not to dispose of cleaning wastes in a gutter or storm drain. If needed, water with biohazards is brought to a proper disposal firm to handle correctly.
 
Smoke damage left from a fire can have detrimental effects on your possessions and needs to be cleaned right away, so call SERVPRO of North Fulton County immediately after a fire. We can be reached with just a phone call to (770) 992-2777, and we will be to your property quickly to help.