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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.

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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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Commercial Water Removal Services for a Water-Soaked Restaurant in Alpharetta

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Removal Services for a Water-Soaked Restaurant in Alpharetta SERVPRO Removes Water From Restaurants in Alpharetta--Keeping the Doors Open and the Food Safe

SERVPRO Works Hard to Keep Your Eatery Open after Water Damage

Water damage in a restaurant can be devastating to the restaurant owner. Whether the cause is internal such as a ruptured pipe or external like a natural disaster, it is important to act quickly to save the restaurant and prevent loss of property. Depending on the extent of the damage, the owner may have to close the business if there has been structural devastation.

If water damage in your Alpharetta restaurant affects your business, you can count on SERVPRO for quick and efficient commercial water removal. Our IICRC-certified technicians are highly skilled in dealing with water damage emergencies in restaurants.

Drying the Structure
The idea is to get rid of excess water and return the restaurant to normal conditions. SERVPRO technicians use truck mount pumps, and portable submersible pumps to remove standing water over two inches high in the affected area. This step is useful to speed up the water removal process, considering that truck-mounts can extract thousands of gallons a day.
 
Drying occurs faster when the temperature in the room is between 70 and 90 degrees F since hot air tends to hold more moisture. In the absence of heat, our technicians use portable heaters. The drying process is rather technical. Overheating the structure on the first drying days can cause excess moisture in the air, leading to secondary damage. There is a balancing technique to expedite evaporation while not damaging porous materials like furniture and walls with a too rapid elimination of moisture.
 
It is also important to lower relative humidity during the water removal. The RH needs to be at a particular level to accelerate the drying process. To do this, we have to remove some of the moisture in the air. After the first day or so of drying, the relative humidity should be less than 40 percent.
 
Another significant factor to consider when drying is air movement. The air in a water-damaged restaurant is usually damp and humid, which slows evaporation. Our staff can blow the damp air out and replace it with warm, dry air to quicken drying. We can utilize lay flat ducting, which when expanded with air movers or air scrubbers acts as huge conduits to channel water vapor ladened air to the exterior.
 
Commercial water removal in a restaurant can be daunting. You need to ensure that your business meets acceptable industry standards. As a locally owned company, SERVPRO of North Fulton County can respond quickly to provide the necessary water removal services. Call us anytime - (770) 992-2777.

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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.