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The First Thing to Do When Your North Fulton Property is Damaged

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

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When damage occurs in a commercial property, the capacity for the spread of damage is much higher than in personal property. From surface area to multiple floors, there’s far more to consider when repairing a commercial property. The quantity of people using bathrooms, sinks, ovens, and other appliances raises the risk factor of accidental damage taking place. When it does occur, it can create a decent mound of stress for any property manager in charge of maintenance and restoration. Make sure to take the first, important steps:

Take pictures of everything. You’ll want to remember each part that needs to be fixed and make sure everything is returned to normal.

Ensure your restoration professional has the right equipment. In order for any restoration professional to cover a large surface area or multiple floors, depending on the structure of your commercial property, they’re going to need a large quantity of equipment and workforce. Equipment includes: Dehumidifiers (for restoring humidity), air movers (for drying quickly), truck-mounted vacuums (for drying surface water), and negative air machines (for trapping contaminated air).

Call the right restoration professional. SERVPRO of North Fulton is a large restoration company, with over 1,700 locations nationwide. They know what the standards are for a professional restoration job, and they have a large quantity of equipment and employees to bring their best effort to the table, regardless of the size of the project.

If you’re a property manager, unsure where to start with a little or big restoration job, call SERVPRO of North Fulton to take the weight off your shoulders. In just one call you can alert SERVPRO of the necessary procedures needed to take care of the damage in a time-efficient manner and return operations to normal. While businesses are not immune to any restoration needs, time is the most valuable consideration in commercial restoration projects. Your business will be returned to normal as soon as you call your local SERVPRO.

The Chemistry Behind Fire

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Fire flame The flame itself occurs during the ignition point, which is a part of the combustion reaction.

In order to understand fire damage, we should understand the process of fire itself. Fire occurring is due to the oxidation of something during the exothermic chemical process. Essentially, that means that when oxygen fuels, combustion, heat, and light are produced, which is what you see and feel as a result. While most of us aren’t chemists and haven’t been in a chemistry class in years, we can recall some knowledge of elements and compounds to understand fire better. The flame itself occurs during the ignition point, which is a part of the combustion reaction. The flame, however, is only the visible part of the fire itself. The flames are a combination of not only oxygen but also nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and water vapor. A variety of temperatures and colors of the flames are produced dependent on the circumstances. Different materials can burn hotter, and some can create flames that may be blue in color. 

Fire is a hazard to life, once the reaction creates spreadable flames. Of course, we understand that it burns and spreads. However, there are other dangerous aspects of fire itself. For one, it can create pollution because certain things, when burned, can put chemicals into the air. Plastic, for example, isn’t something that can be burned safely. Forest fires can threaten the nutrition in the soil, which can prevent a forest from growing back easily. Fires cause permanent damage.

Though fires are helpful, used to benefit the growth of society since the beginning of time, there are a lot of boundaries between it being helpful and destructive. For light and warmth, we use it in many ways, but the moment we lose control of it, it threatens the well-being of our homes and belongings and lives.

Fire damage is important to take seriously since the lingering effects of fire can harm our bodies, homes, and material possessions. In case of fire damage, immediately contact a restoration company such as SERVPRO of North Fulton to limit damaging after-effects of the chemical process that we just learned about.

Creating a Fire Escape Plan For Your Family

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

The silhouette of a firetruck spraying down a bright orange fire. Fires can grow very quickly so plans help us react in a timely manner to the possible danger.

It is vital for every family to have a plan together in the event of a household fire. This plan can be memorized or printed and posted somewhere in the home that is easy to find. Having a plan ready can lessen the consequences of a fire by having everyone respond out of habit to the possible danger. If your family doesn’t already have a plan ready for a possible fire emergency, here are some tips for creating one.

Firstly, it matters where your smoke detector is located. If the smoke detector is in the hallway, make sure people sleep with the doors open in order to hear it should it go off. If it’s inside a room, it would be okay for that door to be closed since they’ll be able to hear it go off. Make sure there isn’t anything in the way of blocking the alarm sounds. Create a predetermined meeting place for the family. The best possible places for this to occur would be farther from the home. Making the meeting location too close to the home can be dangerous, depending on how the fire spreads. A good meeting place could be a neighbor’s house or an easily identifiable landmark across the street from the home. These preliminary assessments can ensure that everyone is prepared, especially considering the fire may happen during the night and waking up to a fire can be an overwhelming experience.

If fire damage does occur to your home, call your local SERVPRO of North Fulton at (770) 992-2777. SERVPRO of North Fulton can remove smoke damage and restore your home to the way it was before the fire happened. Fires are serious events, but with the right planning and the right fire damage professionals, your life can go back to normal soon after a fire occurs.

The Professional Training of SERVPRO Employees

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

A construction worker looks at the construction site, with it's vans and equipment and materials everywhere. Professionalism comes from the right kind of training, which SERVPRO exhibits in their many programs for employees.

There are plenty of restoration companies across the country, corporate and local alike. The most well known restoration company is SERVPRO, due to the fact that, firstly, they’re a franchise capable of being owned by anyone, and secondly, they have an extensive training program for their employees. This training program is the core of their professionalism, by ensuring that employees show up to the site of any restoration location with the know-how to make it “Like it never even happened,” as their slogan ensures. The training program covers specific topics, including all types of restoration, such as fire, water, carpet and upholstery, and mold. There are further training courses for active employees who want to further their knowledge of the restoration field. The importance of SERVPRO’s training program is that any employee can engage in a number of beneficial classes and continue to train beyond the requirement if they chose to. By having a training program in place, SERVPRO can hire anyone dedicated to the work and teach them how to get the job done to SERVPRO’s standards. SERVPRO has been commended for this training program in the past and it’s obvious why. 

In comparison to other restoration companies, SERVPRO has the professional credentials for each of their employees due to the training program they’ve put in place. You can be assured, when hiring them, that the SERVPRO employees showing up to your home or building has gone through several hours of training to be able to do the work they’ve come to do for you. That is just one of the great differences between SERVPRO and other restoration companies. 

If you’re in need of a restoration professional, hire your local SERVPRO of North Fulton at (770) 992-2777. SERVPRO of North Fulton has employees who have gone through the well known training program of SERVPRO and can offer you the most professional restoration services. 

How to Remove Mold From Your Home

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

A window and curtain on a rainy day, covered in raindrops with the sunlight coming in. Mold comes from water damage and water damage can come from anywhere, including as simple as a rainy day.

Knowing the facts about mold is helpful in household information. However, many of the details and truths about mold can get lost in the process. This is the case, especially when it comes to the fact that we can search for any process online through all of the blogs that exist. Several unaccredited, sourceless websites can post procedures without actual facts about things like, for example, how to remove mold from your home. For instance, some people believe bleach can kill mold. That’s not true. While it can temporarily remove the mold, the spores from the initial mold will grow back within a couple of weeks of spraying the bleach.

Similarly, people may consider merely painting over the mold. The truth is that you cannot only paint over top of the mold. Even if it could be, that would pose a long term threat to the safety of the home because the mold would still impact the air quality. The truth is that mold can only be removed appropriately with equipment by professionals. There isn’t an article online that can teach the ways of mold removal in the safest possible way. Most of the life hacks centered around mold removal do not acknowledge that mold spores can exist unseen even after we remove the mold. Mold spores can wait for the proper environment and begin the fruition process as soon as those environmental needs have been met. Therefore, only professionals can create a genuinely safe removal process of mold.

If you find mold in your home, call your local SERVPRO of North Fulton at (770) 992-2777. SERVPRO of North Fulton is an affordable option for mold remediation. They’ll assess the damage and walk you through the process required in order to make your home “Like it never even happened.” 

Causes of Commercial Water Damage to Watch Out For

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

A ripple of water. Every drop matters in a water damage situation.

There are a lot of things to consider when maintaining a commercial property. Of course, safety is managed by laws and requirements that every commercial property must maintain, however unexpected damage is still possible. One case of unexpected commercial property damage is water damage. Commercial water damage can not only be a safety threat, but be incredibly costly to repair. So here are some possible causes of commercial water damage to watch out for.

Windows with cracks or weak construction can allow leaks from weather to invade the interior of the building. Make sure windows are strong and up to date. The foundation of the building is an easy place for water damage to occur since it’s low to the ground where water runoff or storm build up can accumulate. Ensure regular check ups of the integrity of the foundation, including cracks and leaky pipes. Sprinkler systems are required in buildings for safety reasons, but nonfunctional sprinkler systems can pose a threat by unexpectedly turning on and soaking rooms. Like the other causes, make sure someone is constantly assuring the quality of the sprinkler system. The answer to all of these possible causes is to invest in a person or team who can ensure the maintenance of the commercial property.

If you own or maintain a commercial property that has experienced water damage, no matter how much, call your local SERVPRO of North Fulton at (770) 992-2777. SERVPRO of North Fulton has dealt with commercial water damage before and knows exactly how to fix and restore your commercial property to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Putting Out Small Interior Fires

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

A hallway with soot and smoke damage on the walls. The fire damage in this hallway caused it to be unsafe.

The source of each individual fire changes the way the fire must be dealt with. Small fires, which are usually started by cooking or electrical outlets, can usually be put out by an individual. In case you experience a small fire within your home, office, or building, here is the way to deal with each type of fire.

Electrical fires occur due to dysfunctional or misused electrical outlets, cords, and appliances. If the fire is due to a broken cord, pour baking soda on the cord. Fires caused by outlets or appliances can be put out with a Class C fire extinguisher. It’s important that you never use water on an electrical fire due to the possibility of being shocked as a result.

Fireplace fires are not dangerous since they’re in a contained area, but if you no longer need the fire to be going you should put it out before leaving or going to sleep. In order to put out a fireplace fire, poke at the wood and cover the coals in order to take away the fuel for the fire. In addition, you may use baking soda to put it out by sprinkling some on the fire.

Cooking or gas fires can be stopped by placing a lid over the pot to stop oxygen from reaching the fire. Turn off the gas supply to stop it from spreading. Fire blankets work well for these situations.

If a small fire occurs in your home, office, or building, call your local SERVPRO of North Fulton. at (770) 992-2777. SERVPRO of North Fulton has professionals who know how to remove smoke damage and make the area affected by the fire look “Like it never even happened.”

What Can I do to Prepare for Power Outages?

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Candlelight Candles are the go-to source of light during a power outage.

What Can I do to Prepare for Power Outages?

The potential for a power outage is a risk for all households, no matter the location. Whether as a result of a big storm, equipment failure, or even wildlife, power outages can occur seemingly out of nowhere and when we least expect it, leaving families scrambling to figure out what to do next. While a brief power outage might not cause too much of a disruption to work or routine, an outage lasting hours or even days can have a great impact on your comfort and even safety. For this reason, taking proper steps for how to prepare for power outages is crucial. From gathering power outage supplies to learning tips for cooking without electricity, and more, use the following to navigate life in your home with no electricity.

Before a Power Outage

When thinking about how to prepare for power outages, it is important to consider what can be done before an outage actually occurs. In fact, how you fare during an outage is entirely dependent on the actions you take before one actually occurs. Fortunately, there are a number of preventative steps you can take today to prepare for periods of no electricity.

Gather power outage supplies. The most important preemptive step to take is to gather your power outage supplies you’ll need if there is no electricity. Power outage supplies will include items such as flashlights, bottled water, candles, batteries, lighters, and even a hand-crank radio. Also, keep in mind that no electricity means no heat or air conditioning. Stock up on warm blankets or battery operated fans to help regulate temperature to keep you and loved ones comfortable while waiting for power to be restored.

Also crucial to your inventory of power outage supplies is food for power outages. The amount of food for power outage you store will vary, but you should plan to have at least a few day’s worth of food per person. If you have pets, make sure you have enough extra food to last a few days as well. Because cooking without electricity can be tricky, stock up on nonperishable food items that can be prepared and consumed with no electricity. Foods such as canned beans and veggies, protein bars, and granola make great options for food for power outages. Cooking without electricity is possible with a gas-powered cooking tool, however grills and other appliances should only be used if conditions are safe.

Create a family emergency plan. Power outages that strike out of nowhere can be scary, causing a lot of stress and anxiety especially for younger members of the family. For this reason, it is important to discuss as a family the steps you’ll take if there is no electricity. Make sure every member of the family know where the power outage supplies are kept, and that they can each easily reach and access the power outage supplies they need if the power fails.

Another important component of the family emergency plan for how to prepare for power outages is determining a meeting place away from home. In some cases, a lack of electricity can make the home unsafe and uninhabitable. Should this be the case, your family should have a designated alternate meeting location.

During a Power Outage

During a power outage it is most important to remember to stay calm. While it’s easy to worry in such a high stress situation, staying calm will help you think more clearly and will keep children and other family members at ease. If you’ve taken the proper steps to prepare for a period of time with no electricity, remind yourself that you are ready and equipped to make it through a power outage. There are  few actions to take directly following the start of a power outage. These include:

Unplugging electronics from outlets. Following a power outage, it’s possible that power surges might occur. If you have appliances or other electronics plugged into outlets, they would be at risk for damage or even ruin in the event of a power surge.

Safety first. Stressful situations often lead us to consider potentially risky decisions, but remember that safety is always the first priority. Do not use camp stoves, gas stoves, or outdoor grills to heat the interior of your home, as you could easily start a life-threatening fire or leak carbon monoxide into the house. Further, if using candles or lighter to see, make sure they are never left unattended or near flammable items like curtains or blankets. When there is no electricity, making sure you and your family are safe can help you get through a power outage without causing further damage.

Ask for help. In most cases when a power outage occurs, the homes around you are experiencing the same event. If you don’t have the proper supplies to make it through the outage safely, don’t be afraid to reach out for help from neighbors. Those around you will likely be willing to offer what they can, and you can do the same in exchange.  

After a Power Outage

Once you’ve made it through a power outage, you can start to reconnect appliances and electronics you have unplugged. Check that they are still functioning properly and have not been damaged by a power surge. Following the outage, you’ll also want to check the status of food items in the refrigerator. Loss of power for an extended period of time likely means certain items have spoiled and will need to be thrown away.

Managing Power Outages with SERVPRO

Following a power outage, you may experience damage in need of professional cleanup, repair, and restoration. The experts at SERVPRO of North Fulton are here to help, offering a wide variety of unmatched services you won’t get with smaller firms. A nationally recognized brand, SERVPRO of North Fulton services homes of all types and sizes, helping families restore their houses to like-new conditions following damage. Contact us today to discuss your specific needs, and determine an affordable, satisfaction-guaranteed plan of action you can only get with SERVPRO of North Fulton.

Professional Mold Testing: Why Everyone Should Have Their Homes Inspected For Mold

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

As a homeowner, you know there is a lot that can go wrong without regular upkeep and maintenance. Lawns can become unruly, dust will collect, and HVAC systems can harbor nasty buildups of dirt and debris. One thing that often gets overlooked on the to-do list is to get your house screened for mold by a professional. Mold lives in every home, whether in large or small amounts. However, if not properly managed and remediated, it will continue to grow, eventually leading to potential structural damage. Not only can mold wreak havoc on the surfaces and framework in your house, but it can also pose serious health risks to you and your family. Learn the types of mold you might find in your home, signs for when it’s time for professional mold testing, reasons why professional mold testing is important, and steps involved in the home mold inspection process.

Kinds of Mold Found in Homes

There are thousands of types of mold growing in the world, and a number of them can be found right in your own home. The three most common types you might find growing in your house during a home mold inspection include Stachybotrys, Aspergillus, and Cladosporium.

Stachybotrys: Stachybotrys, also known as the infamous black mold or toxic mold, is an incredibly common household mold. It is typically dark green or black in color and has a slimy texture. Black mold is a toxigenic mold, meaning it can cause certain symptoms in the human body if inhaled or ingested. Black mold flourishes in moist areas with high humidity, such as kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and crawl spaces.

Aspergillus: Aspergillus is a type of allergenic mold that can be found primarily in-home air conditioning systems, as well as growing on foods that are decomposing. As an allergenic mold, it can cause symptoms such as lung infections and asthma attacks if inhaled. Aspergillus can be a variety of different colors and can grow in thick layers on walls.

Cladosporium: Rounding out the list of the most common household molds is Cladosporium, an allergenic mold that makes its home in materials such as carpets, fabrics, and upholsteries. You might even spot inside cupboards. As an allergenic, it can produce a variety of symptoms on the skin, or in the eyes, nose, and throat.

When to Test for Mold

If you think you might have mold growing, how do you know when it’s time to have a professional mold testing? The following signs can indicate that it’s time for a professional home mold inspection:

  • Visible signs of mold: if you spot mold, you should have a home mold inspection. Even if it looks to be a small amount, mold will continue to grow in the environment. If you spot mold, do not attempt to touch or disturb it. A professional company will have the proper equipment to handle the situation safely.
  • If you smell a musty odor: many types of mold emit a tell-tale musty, moldy odor. If you notice an unpleasant smell without a clear source in your bathroom, basement, or crawl space, have your home tested to locate the mold and take remediation steps.
  • Water damage: flooded basements, burst pipes, and leaky roofs all leave your home vulnerable to mold growth. If you’ve recently had a water damage event in your house, it’s time for a professional mold testing. Following water damage, mold can begin to grow almost immediately, so having the test done right away can prevent large overgrowths.
  • The onset of health issues: If you or someone in your home starts to experience symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, itchy eyes, sore throat, sneezing, or rash that are not tied to a known health condition, have a home mold inspection as various types can cause symptoms mentioned.
  • If you spot unusual stains: unusual stains on your house or on furniture could mean mold. If you spot new stains have a professional mold testing done to address the issue.

Impact of Mold on Health

Making the decision to have a professional mold testing is important, as exposure can spell serious consequences, especially for particularly vulnerable populations like infants, the elderly, or individuals with existing respiratory conditions. Exposure to mold can result in serious skin rashes and hives, as well as lung infections, difficulty breathing, and asthma. Some exposure will require treatments such as antibiotics, antihistamines, decongestants, or nasal sprays.

Professional Mold Testing: What to Expect

The mold testing process involves a few specific steps to make a determination about the extent of your mold problem, and what should be done next to remediate. The test will begin first with a visual inspection. The inspector will walk throughout each room paying close attention to hidden spaces. They will also inspect your HVAC system, a well-known spot for mold growth. In addition to visually inspecting the interior of your house, they will also take a look at the outside of your house to note any potential risks for water entering your home.

Following the visual mold inspection, during the mold testing, the inspector will make a diagnosis. You will be notified of any sources of moisture that might be causing mold growth, areas of particular concern where larger, potentially harmful overgrowths were spotted, as well as any sources of humidity noted.

Once a diagnosis has been made, the inspector will conduct a fungal sampling as part of the mold inspection. Samples will be taken of not only the colonies of mold found growing, but also of the air in your home to determine whether or not the mold you have is allergenic and a health risk. Once the results of the fungal sampling are complete, the inspector will have a better idea of the level of contamination you’re dealing with.

The final step in the professional mold testing process is a written report. In the written report, the inspector will thoroughly layout for you their findings and recommendations for remediation.

The Water Restoration Process: Why You Should Hire A Professional Water Removal Company

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Following a water emergency in your home, whether it be a flooded basement after a heavy rain or burst pipe, you may be at a loss for what steps to take to remediate the damage caused. Additionally, once the water has been removed, restoring your home to like-new and safe condition requires a great deal of attention to detail and knowledge of ways to address structural damage. Because the water restoration process can be extensive in the cases of ceiling water damage, floor water damage, or wall water damage, it’s best to hire a professional water removal company equipped and experienced with such situations. A professional water removal company will offer a range of skills and expertise to help navigate through whatever issues might be present in a water-compromised home.

Causes of Water Damage

Your house is filled with sources of water that cause water damage throughout your home. In addition to causes from within the home, natural disasters can also cause extensive water damage that will require assistance from professionals.

Torrential Rain: After an intense rainstorm, you can experience flooding in your basement that can cause water damage if the water is left standing for a period of time. Water can enter your basement through holes and cracks in the foundation of your home. Rainwater can also find its way into your home through cracks or holes in your roof, leading to water damage on the ceilings, walls, and floors of top-level floors of your house. Water can even enter your house through doors and windows in some cases.

Plumbing Issues: The network of structures that make up the plumbing systems of your home is complex, featuring a variety of joints, pipes, and fixtures. Due to the sheer number of components involved, eventually, you will likely experience an issue with the plumbing in your house. A busted pipe or backup can cause water damage in any area of your house. Without timely repairs, plumbing issues can get worse over time.

Appliances: Constant dripping from appliances such as a dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator, or water heaters can lead to water damage over time.   

Types of Water Damage

There are a number of tell-tale signs that you have water damage in your home. These types of water damage include mold, cracking, and dry rot, to name the most common.

Mold: Mold grows where there is moisture. It may come as no surprise, then, that following a flooded basement, leaky roof, or built up condensation in a kitchen or bathroom, mold might be present. Mold grows quickly and can find its way throughout many spaces of the house. Mold can grow to be a variety of different colors, the most common being dark green, blue, or black.

Cracking: As water damage become worse over time, you will start to notice cracks throughout your house. These cracks can be seen on walls, floors, and ceilings. Cracks will become more noticeable following prolonged water damage, eventually leading to shifts in the house’s foundation and unstable framework.

Dry Rot: Drywood used in the construction of homes is incredibly tough and durable. When wet, however, wood becomes weaker and prone to rotting. Soft and decomposing wood also attracts a variety of insects, the most damaging being termites which can wreak havoc on the framework.

How to Fix Water Damage

If you spot any types of water damage, you’re likely asking yourself, what exactly does the water restoration process entail? It begins with first identifying the source that has caused the ceiling water damage, floor water damage, or wall water damage. This is an important step, as you can then make the necessary repairs to prevent future damage. Once the source of water has been addressed, water removal can begin. Using pumps and vacuums, water will be removed from the affected area as soon as possible.

After as much moisture has been removed as possible, the drying process can begin. Drying can be done using dehumidifiers, fans, sponges, and cloths. This step can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

Next, the affected area should undergo a deep cleaning and sanitization. Because water damage can lead to bacterial growth and the presence of harmful chemicals, it’s important to conduct a thorough cleaning of any carpeting, curtains, clothing, or furniture that has been affected. In some cases, it may be necessary to dispose of items that cannot be salvaged.

The final step in the water restoration process is to replace any insulation or drywall if it has been damaged beyond repair.

Why You Should Hire Professionals

It’s important to hire a professional who can recognize the various types of water damage to conduct home water damage repairs for a number of reasons. One of the most important reasons to hire water damage professionals is to protect your health and safety. Extensive water damage can compromise the structural integrity of your home, making affected areas hazardous.  Professionals will be able to recognize spaces that are not safe to venture into without proper safety gear. Additionally, water damage often results in the presence of chemicals, bacteria, and other toxic materials that can have a negative impact on your health if inhaled or touched. Experienced professionals will be able to identify these hazards and safely remove them with special equipment.

Another reason to hire a professional water removal company for home water damage repair is that they can work quickly and efficiently. While you may be tempted to tackle the water removal process yourself, many individuals who attempt to do so find themselves overwhelmed with the tasks involved, or find that they simply do not have the time in their busy schedules to dedicate to the removal. With years of experience, professionals have a routine in place to get your water damaged home back in working order in no time.

Finally, a professional water removal company has the equipment and capacity necessary to get the water restoration process job done. For water removal, you will need air-moving machines, industrial grade dehumidifiers, antibacterial solutions, and more. As you likely do not have these items on hand, you will not be able to address water damage successfully. A professional company will have everything needed to restore your home.