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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.
 

Flood Damage Services Available For Your Roswell Area Home

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Services Available For Your Roswell Area Home Our SERVPRO cleaning and sanitation technicians put the finishing touches on many of your contents affected by the flood damage event.

Is your Rosewell Home Needing Flood Damage Sercies? 


Being ankle-deep in water after a pipe bursts in your kitchen can be an overwhelming, emotional experience, even if you have been through it before. Are you prepared to handle these kinds of damages in your home?

We have a quality solution to the flood damage affecting your Roswell area home. Our technicians have several years of training and the experience necessary to put the latest in technology and equipment to use for you.

SERVPRO technicians have dealt a few severe flood damage incidents over the years, each case requiring a specific response. Our detail oriented staff asks a series of questions about your situation during your initial call, helping us determine the proper amount of equipment, and personnel to assign to perform your repairs.

That way SERVPRO technicians have a general idea of the type of situation we are dealing with before arriving on site. After arriving at your home, we perform a full inspection of the affected area and make service recommendations tailored to fit your situation. Getting started immediately means that we can prevent additional damages or mold growth from forming saving a variety of personal belongings and household contents along the way.

SERVPRO drying technicians specialize in water removal from hard to access areas like under your kitchen cabinetry, inside of wall cavities, and other areas where moisture tends to hide. We use moisture detectors to determine how far the water has advanced and moisture meters to monitor the effectiveness of the services we provide. Dehumidifiers make controlling the relative humidity of your home easier, while air moving equipment helps us maintain a quick, efficient drying process in a variety of spaces.

Our cleaning and sanitation technicians put the finishing touches on many of your contents affected by the event; using EPA-registered chemicals to deliver quality results. Sanitizers help reduce the population of microorganisms, while disinfectants and sterilizer chemicals destroy all organisms, prevent their growth and their spores. You should consider giving our professional restoration technicians the opportunity to inspect each item thoroughly before disposing of any of the contents of your home. We may surprise you.

Our technicians finalize your restoration process by performing any necessary repairs, including drywall and carpet replacement, returning your home to a quality pre-flood damage condition that you and your family can enjoy.


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


Give SERVPRO of North Fulton County a call today for a quality scientific approach to restoring your property after a flood damage incident strikes. (770) 992-2777

Fast Fire Damage Odor Remediation Allows Roswell Hotel To Remain Open

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fast Fire Damage Odor Remediation Allows Roswell Hotel To Remain Open Odors carried by smoke cannot simply be covered up with air fresheners.

Odor Remediation


Your quick-thinking staff extinguishes a fire before structures sustain damage, yet smoke odor issues threaten to ruin your guests’ lodging experience. Avoid a long-term closure of your hotel by teaming with SERVPRO to remediate the odor and remove the smoke evidence even a brief fire can cause.

The on-site laundry facilities flirt with potential fire damage daily at your Roswell hotel. Piles of dirty linens near cleaning solutions and oily or greasy rags put your business at risk of a spark that smolders or bursts into flame. If your staff is vigilant and discovers the problem before fire engulfs the laundry room, damaging smoke, and irritating odors, still move throughout common areas and guest accommodations. Our trained and certified technicians know exactly how to remediate smoke damage quickly, without requiring a total closure of your business and the bad press that follows.

Avoid the temptation to have your housekeeping employees manage the smoke residue left by the fire damage. No matter how skilled your crew is when cleaning up regular guest messes the grime, dirt, and smell of a laundry room fire responds best to the techniques of SERVPRO’s smoke removal experts. Odors carried by smoke cannot simply be covered up with air fresheners. SERVPRO has staff who specialize in fire damage, ready to deodorize smoky smells.

Your guests deserve and expect to have healthy, clean smelling air at all times. Our deodorization methods use a variety of techniques matched to the way the odor infiltrated guest rooms, lobbies, and hallways. The SERVPRO team dispatched to your property assesses each area affected by malodors and determines how best to eliminate the smell. We identify the sources of smoky smells and dispose of burned linens and ash or other debris floating throughout the building. Once no obvious sources of the smell remain, we use a chemical fogger to recreate the “fog” of smoke that caused the smell. This technique deactivates the smell of the microscopic particles in the air, removing this final odor source. In some cases, an ozone machine also helps with residual odors. Chemical foggers and ozone machines must be applied or operated only by certified technicians such as our staff. These options swiftly clear the air without one canceled reservation.

Go online and ask “which commercial smoke odor remediation service is near me” and SERVPRO of North Fulton County tops the list. Call (770) 992-2777 for an immediate inspection of your hotel’s smoke damage.

Dealing with Fire Damage can Bring Your Sandy Springs Home Back to Life

1/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dealing with Fire Damage can Bring Your Sandy Springs Home Back to Life Smoke & Fire Help for Your Sandy Springs Home, Call SERVPRO

Fire & Smoke Loss to Your Property Restored By SERVPRO

A fire has many uses in the home – cooking, warmth from both furnaces and fireplaces, hot water, outdoor grills, but the fire must always be in a controlled situation. In an uncontrolled situation, it can spread quickly. A blaze is not only dangerous and potentially deadly, but it also creates much damage that can make your home unlivable.

Home-cooked meals are a part of life in Sandy Springs, but fire damage can erase that from a family's routine. Because SERVPRO is a locally owned business, we know how important this is to you and your family. We will work as fast as it is safe to do so that you can get your family back in your home. We want to minimize as much as possible how much time you will stay with relatives or in a hotel after a fire has compromised the safety and security of your home.
 
Fire damage includes not only the charred parts of your home but also the soot that has settled on practically everything within your home. These include areas that never had any flames, as smoke can travel easily from room to room and down hallways and up staircases. At SERVPRO, we pride ourselves on having technicians who are trained in IICRC standards regarding the latest fire damage restoration methods.
 
Knowing how to handle a particular aspect of fire damage best means that your home and the items in it receive professional treatment. Our training ensures that your belongings are given the care they deserve. Having Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT) certification shows we are serious about, and capable of, delivering the results you hope for and expect.
 
Providing a complete and thorough job also takes the right equipment and tools. From removing charred materials to restoring walls, floors, and ceilings, we have the capacity. However, even with those measures of replacing with new materials, and cleaning your personal items to remove all traces of oily soot, smoke odors can linger. We can treat this problem until smoke odors disappear. Methods include the use of thermal foggers that can render smoke particles inert and direct deodorant compounds.
 
Whenever fire damage happens in your home, give us a call. You can always reach us, SERVPRO of North Fulton County at (770) 992-2777. We can get your house back to livable condition so that your family can return home.

Commercial Mold Damage Affecting Alpharetta

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Mold Damage Affecting Alpharetta Moldy Bread and Restaurants in Alpharetta Require SERVPRO Remediation

Restaurants and Businesses Can Benefit from a SERVPRO Mold Remediation Service

Every day you go into work, preparing food in your kitchen and servicing customers. As a small restaurant owner, you take great pride in providing your patrons with a quality experience that they can't get anywhere else. A true nightmare for you and your business would be something causing you to close down for any length of time. So, proper maintenance is vital to maintaining a clean, safe, environment for your customers to enjoy. Making sure that your appliances, pots, pans, and dishes receive the proper maintenance is essential. But let's not lose track of properly maintaining your plumbing or other heavy moisture areas, where mold could easily develop, under the right conditions.
 
Keeping the doors open to your restaurant in Alpharetta and offering you the mold remediation services you require is a job we take very seriously. We are locally owned, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and have access to the proper resources to provide you with quality services to adequately mediate any mold problems that exist in your business. We can quickly restore your kitchen, washroom or storeroom to a quality pre-damage condition, "Like it never even happened." Our staff is qualified to help you fill out any insurance claim paperwork and even teaches you how to avoid these sort of events from happening in the future. Place a call to us today and put our services to the test, you will not be disappointed.
 
Not sure if you're experiencing a mold infestation? They usually begin with a musty, damp smell that develops in a small area. By the time you can see the signs it has already reached a point that professional chemicals and equipment, like those offered at SERVPRO, are necessary to get your mold problem under control. Ask us about a complimentary mold inspection; though we suggest you get a third party company for a thorough investigation. Microscopic spores exist almost everywhere within our environment. If the right conditions are met, such as a dark, wet area, it can spread out of control and enter areas we don't want it to be. If there is enough water to maintain a wet area over a prolonged period, it is almost a guarantee that mold has begun growing already.
 
SERVPRO technicians respond quickly and work fast to mitigate secondary damages from developing. It takes as little as 48 hours for mold to start spreading after exposure to water. Mold spores grow into colonies and produce allergens and irritants. We use specialized equipment to contain, filter and remove mold infested materials from your place of business.
 
SERVPRO also offers content restoration for all of your inventory and equipment We will pre-test the materials to determine which items are viable for recovery. Then we utilize various cleaning methods to return them to a quality pre-damage condition. Specific protocols are followed to ensure that there is no cross-contamination from the mold remediation service.
 
Contact SERVPRO of North Fulton County today for all of your mold damage restoration needs. (770) 992-2777