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Avoid School Mold With The #1 Best Mold Cleaning Team

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Mold in school buildings should be quickly remediated to ensure a healthy learning environment.

It's no secret that schools are breeding grounds for mold. Kids spend their days in classrooms where the air is often stagnant, and there are plenty of opportunities for water to get tracked underneath the floorboard after it rains outside. With all the staff and students, school buildings become giant Petri dishes for mold spores and other forms of bacteria.

The problem with mold is not just how it looks; it also can disrupt valuable education with its harsh smell. Such an environment isn't one that anyone should be in, especially not students or teachers.

Since mold spores thrive on damp and humid surfaces, schools with poor ventilation, inadequate drying systems, and violations of building codes can find themselves with serious mold problems.

In the following blog post, we will be going over mold in school buildings, how it can occur, and the best way to prevent mold growth in schools. 

What does school mold look like?

Mold is commonly found in damp and humid areas, which may include classrooms. A mold is a form of fungi that grows in wet areas and thrives on organic materials such as wood, paper, or cotton. It appears as patches of moldy black, orange, brown, or white spores.

Why should schools be proactive about preventing and removing mold?

All schools should strive to create a healthy learning environment for children. One aspect of this is the prevention and removal of mold from classrooms, as mold can disrupt time in a classroom with musty odors. To safely clean surfaces for kids and prevent mold from growing, schools need to hire mold remediation professionals at SERVPRO who understand mold spores and their roots.

A mold infestation will require remediation specialists to properly clean the mold and spores from surfaces before allowing children back into the affected area.

How can schools prevent the growth of mold?

Schools need to take mold prevention seriously. The professionals at SERVPRO have found that the number one cause of mold growth comes when a water damage disaster is not properly restored. Therefore, to prevent mold in school buildings, the faculty staff must never try to restore water damages without help from certified water restoration professionals.

One of the best approaches to prevent future mold issues is to design a mold prevention plan for your school building. First, one must establish an action plan with priorities and individual responsibilities assigned to faculty staff to inspect a specific school property area, searching for mold. If mold is found, it should be removed from the surfaces immediately before it becomes a greater problem. Without taking mold prevention measures, schools are risking exposing students to mold spores.

It is best to also schedule regular mold evaluations with a mold remediation professional to prevent future mold outbreaks. The professionals at SERVPRO have found that mold evaluations are the number one best preventative measure to avoid mold growth in the future. 

Wrapping up

We hope you learned that mold in school buildings is not something to take lightly. No matter the size of your school's mold problem, your staff is not trained to handle the issue independently. However, SERVPRO of North Fulton has the experience and expertise needed to remediate mold with minimal disruption. Our IICRC certified SERVPRO professionals will get the job done when they show up with their personal protective gear and industry-standard equipment to ensure that students and staff don't have to deal with musty odors anymore!


Contact our 24/7 emergency crews today if you want help removing mold from surfaces in classrooms and preventing future mold outbreaks.

Wet Insulation: The #1 Way To Recognize Wet Insulation

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

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There are early indications of wet insulation that every homeowner must know.

The water restoration professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton deal with hundreds of water damage calls a year. The severity of each call varies depending on the extent of water damage, location, and the category of water damage present.

There will be wet insulation that needs to be dried out or removed in almost every water damage situation. In the past, we have received some water damage calls where a homeowner did not realize that there was water damage to their home until they started to notice soggy drywall or water spots.

In the following blog post, you will learn what wet insulation is and how to catch the early signs of wet insulation using one of your five primary sense organs.

What is wet insulation?

Every home is insulated, commonly by a fiberglass insulation material. The insulation in a home is used to protect a home from outdoor conditions and stop heat and air conditioning from exiting a home.

Wet insulation is when the insulation becomes wet from either a plumbing issue or rainwater. When the insulation is moist, it will act as a sponge and hold the wetness until dried out by a professional water restoration company.

The number one sign of wet insulation

The number one indicator of wet insulation is going to be the smell of the damaged insulation. When insulation gets wet, it will give off a musty odor that is very intense. In the past, customers have compared the must odor of wet insulation to cat urine.

Another early sign that a home has wet insulation will be visible water damage on the ceilings or walls.

Why does wet insulation need to be mitigated quickly?

Wet insulation can be a major problem in your home. When wet insulation is not adequately dealt with, it will lead to more structural issues down the line.

The professionals at SERVPRO have seen wet insulation cause severe mold damage throughout the home or because mold grows quickly inside wet insulation. Therefore, it is essential to contact a professional water restoration company at the first sign of wet insulation. The right company will be able to quickly locate the cause of the wet insulation and will have adequate drying equipment to ensure all water is extracted.

How to prevent wet insulation

The number one way to prevent water damage is to do regular property maintenance. For example, a property owner will want to ensure that gutters are clean and draining properly so rainwater cannot get in contact with the insulation inside a home. 

Suppose a water damage issue has occurred on your property. In that case, it's essential to call an experienced restoration technician as soon as possible before more damage occurs or causes further discomforts such as mold growth or odors/pest infestations getting out of control.

Final thoughts

We hope you enjoyed learning about wet insulation and why it is essential to act quickly before further structural damages to your home occur. You must remember the early indicators of wet insulation. Your main sense organs are in place for a reason, and you can use these organs to catch early water damages.

If you have wet insulation or other water damage, contact us today for help! SERVPRO of North Fulton is a leading restoration company that services the greater Atlanta region. We are certified as an IICRC certified firm and have the experience to tackle any size water damage disaster. Please feel free to contact us at any day at any hour because we are available 24/7, 365 days a year.

The #1 Best Guide To Rebuilding A Fire Damaged House

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

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Rebuilding a fire-damaged house starts with hiring the right team of fire restoration professionals.

No homeowner ever expects their house to be damaged by a fire. However, when a fire tragedy does occur, a homeowner must ensure that the rebuild is adhering to specific regulations and restrictions that will ensure the home is rebuilt in compliance with building codes and laws.

The following blog post will cover the steps necessary to ensure that a property is adequately restored to its preloss condition. The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton put together this guide because we understand how overwhelming rebuilding a property can be for those who have recently suffered from a fire damage loss.

Most common reasons why fire damages occur

Restoration contractors receive many calls a year inquiring about fire damage restoration services. The most common reason that fire damages occur is the result of the following:

No matter why the fire damage occurred, the right fire restoration contractors will have the professional knowledge to rebuild the property to its preloss condition. 

7 Part guide to rebuilding after the fire 

Rebuilding a fire-damaged house is not an easy task. A complete rebuild requires the owner to start by contacting the right fire restoration contractor. The right contractor should have the team and crews in place to ensure that all members are on the same page and skilled in rebuilding properties that fires or other natural disasters have damaged. With the right team in place, the following rebuild steps will occur:

Starting point: Board up & tarping 

When a house is damaged by fire, the homeowner will want to ensure that the property's windows and doors are adequately boarded up and tarped. The board-up and the tarping process are in place to secure all belongings from further damage and uninvited guests. 

2nd step: Documentation 

Documentation is the process of taking pre-mitigation pictures and videos and an inventory list of all items damaged during the fire. Fire restoration professionals will commonly use advanced technology that thoroughly scans the property for damages. 

3rd step: Water damage restoration 

Most people forget to consider that firefighters use gallons of water to put out a fire. Therefore, on every serious fire damage project, water damage restoration services will also be necessary. 

4th step: Contents inventorying and cleaning 

Contents inventorying and cleaning will start by separating all salvageable and unsalvageable contents. All unsalvageable contents will be removed and thrown away while the salvageable items will go to an offsite location for cleaning. Restorable fire-damaged items include but are not limited to: 

  • Upholstery 
  • Textiles 
  • Electronics
  • Glass items 
  • Metal items

5th step: Demolition 

Demolition of all burnt structural items is a necessary step in the rebuild process. The structural items that are demolished will be thrown away and hauled to a waste location. 

6th step: Structural cleaning 

The restoration contractors will deep clean all soot and smoke damage for structural items that do not require demolition. In most cases, structural items made from porcelain, metal, and glass can be cleaned and restored to their pre-fire condition. 

Final step: Reconstruction 

The final step in rebuilding a house after a fire involves reconstructing the home to its preloss condition. The right restoration contractor will ensure that the house receives new building materials equal to or greater value than what was damaged by the fire. 

Wrapping up

As you can see, rebuilding a fire-damaged property can be an overwhelming process for those who do not know what they are doing. We hope you enjoyed reading the guide we put together. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or require fire restoration services.

Deck Flashing: Protecting Your Property From Water Damage

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

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The proper installation of deck flashing will ensure the property is safe from interior water damage.

When installing a deck, you will want to ensure that the deck builders install the proper deck flashing to avoid wood rot and interior water damage. Unfortunately, the professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton have received their fair share of water damage calls from deck flashing being improperly installed.

The installation of a new deck should be only done by professionals who have experience installing any type and size deck. In addition, true deck-building professionals understand the importance of deck flashing and how it protects water from entering a home. 

The following blog post is ideal for anyone who does not know the cause of their basement water damage or someone thinking about installing a deck without professional knowledge. Keep reading on to learn more about the importance of a properly installed deck flashing and the repercussions from a deck that was not professionally installed.

Causes deck flashing water damage

New decks built in the summer months may not show signs of water damage because of the lack of rainfall in the warmer months. A property will be more susceptible to the water damage caused by improperly installed deck flashing during months with heavy rainfall or in the winter when it snows. Water will get into the wood and siding whenever there is excess water on a deck that is not flashed properly. When the water is trapped and not able to escape, three things will occur:

  1. Wood rot
  2. Siding mold
  3. Interior water damage

A recent water damage service call

April of this year was a wet month in Atlanta. With all the rainstorms that passed, the professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton received many water damage calls. However, out of all the service calls we received, one call differed from the rest.

The call was from a homeowner who needed basement flood mitigation services after finding water damage on the ceiling and walls of their basement. When we arrived, we pulled out our moisture meters, inspected the walls and ceilings, and were surprised to see that water intrusion occurred the entire length of the basement wall.

We then went outside and started to inspect the siding and roof of the home. Everything was intact, and there wasn't siding or roof damage. We then started to inspect the home's deck and quickly found out that the deck flashing was not properly installed.

We asked the homeowner how old the deck was and who had installed it. The homeowner let us know that it had been installed about a month ago by themselves. We didn't make any further comments to the homeowner, but we have seen this situation happen many times; a homeowner decides to save money by doing a home improvement project on their own only to have to pay more in the long run.

After locating the cause of the loss, we began drying out the property's basement and performed the proper deck repairs so that no further water damages occurred.

Wrapping up

We hope you enjoyed learning about the importance of deck flashing and how it is a crucial component in constructing any deck. In short, deck flashing water damage can be caused by improper installation. Still, when installed correctly, it will shield against moisture intrusion from excessive precipitation or high humidity levels in the air.

Please contact us today if your property has recently been damaged by water. Our IICRC certified professionals are available 24/7, 365 days a year, and use advanced moisture mapping techniques to determine the cause of the water damage and the number of damages to the structure.

Boiler Room Mold: The #1 Way to Stop Mold Growth in a Boiler Room

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

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Boiler rooms are a great environment for mold to grow.

You are likely reading this blog post because the commercial property you own or manage has commercial mold damage inside the boiler room

The team at SERVPRO of North Fulton has put together the following blog post to discuss boiler room mold causes and solutions that can help stop mold growth in your boiler room.

We want to be your go-to provider for mold remediation services and to remind you that all mold damage is removable with the right mold remediation company. 

Why is there boiler room mold damage?

Mold thrives in humid and damp environments, making boiler rooms the perfect environment for mold to grow. A commercial boiler room is known to be the hottest room in a commercial building due to all of the exposed pipes going from the boiler to different systems that need hot water. 

Mold is highly likely to grow in the boiler room when a boiler leak goes unmaintained for a prolonged period. It is common for a boiler leak to occur when a water pipe connection or a valve or pump is damaged. 

It is best to call a plumber that specializes in boiler systems as soon as you notice that your boiler system is leaking water.

A recent boiler room mold damage remediation project

Last month we received a call from a commercial gym in Alpharetta, GA, who wanted to have their ducts cleaned after they smelled a mold-like odor throughout the gym. During the initial walkthrough, we began to search for the cause of the strange mold-like smell. We were not surprised when we finally found the cause of the smell. The boiler room had mold damage on the ceilings and walls, resulting in mold entering the duct system and affecting the entire building.

We explained to the facilities manager of the gym that it would be best if we removed the mold damage before cleaning the ducts because the mold will likely reenter the duct system again and cause the smell to reappear.

Fortunately, the facilities manager took our expert advice and allowed us to start the commercial mold remediation project the following day. Within a few days, the mold remediation project was complete, and we moved on to cleaning the ducts.

In the end, the smell throughout the commercial gym was gone, and an industrial hygienist cleared the building for use after an air quality test proved to determine that the mold had no longer affected the air quality.

The #1 way to stop mold growth

The single best way to stop mold growth in a commercial building is by hiring a mold remediation company that prioritizes removal and air quality. A mold remediation company like SERVPRO of North Fulton provides mold inspections services that include a visual inspection for mold growth, moisture mapping, air sampling, and checking the duct system for signs of mold.

Wrapping up

As we mentioned earlier, boiler rooms are hot and humid environments with inadequate ventilation that create perfect conditions for mold growth. 

The commercial mold remediation professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton have seen the most extreme cases of commercial boiler room mold damage. Our professionals have adequate training to stop boiler room mold from causing further damages.

Through training and experience, the team members at SERVPRO of North Fulton are prepared to help remediate boiler room mold issues with certified mold remediation protocols. In addition, all of the professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton have gone through extensive training by the IICRC and are available 24/7 for services and questions.

Contact us today!

Insurance Estimator: The #1 Best Software Used After a Disaster

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

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Insurance estimating professionals will ensure you get the most out of your insurance claim.

Suppose you have experienced a disaster in your home and are wondering what to do next. If this is the case, the first step is hiring a restoration team to mitigate the damages with trained insurance estimators. This blog post will teach you what insurance estimators do and why they are so important when dealing with insurance companies following property damage.

The best insurance estimating software

Insurance estimators are trained professionals who use Xactimate to estimate damages and losses after disasters strike. Xactimate was the first lineage of estimating software started by Xactware in 1986. Xactimate is designed to help contractors and insurance adjusters estimate repairs quickly and accurately.

Why are insurance estimators so important?

After a disaster strikes a property, an insurance estimator will arrive at the scene and begin documenting the damages done to the property through pictures and videos. You may even see the insurance estimator use a Matterport device to show a virtual tour of the damages. The awesome thing about Matterport is that it integrates well with Xactimate.

The images captured before mitigation are essential for reference purposes when the insurance estimator is creating the insurance estimate. When an insurance estimator is creating an insurance estimate, they will take into account the following factors:

  • The extent of the damages
  • Removal of damaged building materials
  • Extraction services 
  • Labor costs
  • Equipment needed
  • Hauling debris

After the insurance estimator has put together an extensive insurance estimate, they will send it over to the insurance adjuster handling the claim. In most cases, an insurance adjuster will approve the estimate, but sometimes they will disapprove line items on the estimate. When disapproval occurs, the insurance estimator and the insurance adjuster will go back and forth and compromise on a fair-approved estimate.

Pitfalls in not having an insurance estimator in your corner

When a customer chooses to hire a restoration company that does not specialize in insurance estimating, they will run into the issue of not getting the most out of their insurance claim.

Restoration repairs go much deeper than being able to perform the work. The right restoration company will know how to communicate with insurance adjusters and explain effectively why an insurance estimate includes certain line items.

How to tell if a restoration company specializes in insurance estimates?

The best way to know if a restoration company includes an insurance estimator on their team is to ask what level of certification they hold by Xactimate. Xactimate has three levels of certifications. These certification levels are:

Level 1 - Xactimate Fundamentals: Verifies that a user has the foundational skills to create an insurance estimate in Xactimate.

Level 2 - Xactimate Proficiency: A user has passed the level 1 certification and knows more intermediate Xactimate practices.

Level 3 - Xactimate Mastery: A user is a subject matter expert in insurance estimating and has passed the level 1 and level 2 certifications.

Contact the insurance estimators at SERVPRO.

When it comes to estimating small and large losses, the SERVPRO of North Fulton professionals has proven to deliver quality estimates for over a decade. Our insurance estimators have gone through extensive training from Xactimate and know how to get insurance estimates approved quickly.

Insurance estimators at SERVPRO of North Fulton also have access to the industry’s best corporate training to give our customers accurate estimates of their losses. Therefore, it is essential to contact us at the first sign of a water/fire/mold disaster so that we can help you quickly and accurately.

SERVPRO of North Fulton is available 24/7, 365 days a year for any size disaster!

5 Steps to Take When an Elevator is Impacted by Water Damage

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

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Elevator water damage often occurs due to it being the lowest point in a commercial property.

The professionals at SERVPRO have restored thousands of commercial water damages. Commercial water damages often occur from a foundation leak, pipe burst, sprinkler malfunction, or flood event. Our IICRC certified restorers know to always check an elevator pit for standing water after any size commercial water disaster occurs.

One can only imagine how terrifying it must be for someone who is stuck in an elevator during a water damage disaster. For this reason, a commercial property owner needs to know what to do when a property's elevator has been affected by water damage. With the right plan in place, all members of a commercial property can avoid all unnecessary panic and chaos caused by elevator water damage. This blog post will discuss five steps a property owner or property manager should take when an elevator has been impacted by water damage.

Step 1) Ensure that there are not any patrons on the elevator

Ensuring that everyone is safe in the commercial property should be a property owner's greatest priority. When an elevator has been impacted by water damage, you or a property manager should go to the elevator and make sure that there are no people inside of it before initiating any other steps.

Step 2) Turn off the elevator power

Water and anything electrical will never go together. A commercial elevator consists of multiple high voltage electrical wiring that will be damaged when coming into contact with water. To avoid electrocution and a power surge, you should shut off all power to the elevator.

Another reason you will want to turn off all of the elevator power is to avoid an electrical fire. Water can touch an exposed elevator electrical wire, causing it to spark and ignite a fire. The last thing a property owner wants is a water and fire damage disaster. 

Step 3) Shut off all water sources

Suppose the water damage was from a broken pipe or a sprinkler system malfunction. In that case, you should make sure that the water supply valve is completely shut off to avoid additional gallons of water damage from occurring.

Step 4) Contact your elevator repair company

Whenever there is damage to an elevator, it is best to contact your elevator repair company to ensure everything is functioning in order.

Step 5) Contact a water restoration company

Contacting a professional water extraction service is crucial when there is water damage in an elevator shaft. A professional water restorer will know how to properly dry the elevator water damage and apply an antimicrobial agent to avoid mold growth.

SERVPRO can handle any size elevator water damage

Countless customers have relied on the professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton for commercial water damages. Our professionals have built a powerful reputation throughout the greater Atlanta region by prioritizing quality customer service and quick response times. In the restoration industry, you must be fast-acting to ensure the damages are mitigated quickly.

If elevator water damage has impacted your business – don't hesitate to call us! We have professionals available 24/7 for any size of commercial water damage. You should also consider calling us too if you are not aware of the location of your property's emergency shut-off valves.

SERVPRO of North Fulton offers a free Emergency Readiness Plan (ERP) for any property owner to ensure their property and members are safe when a disaster happens. Our well-constructed Emergency Readiness Plan will include the location of all emergency shut-off valves, a copy of blueprints, and important contact numbers.

Contact us today!

3 Causes of Flat Roof Leaks: Save Your Business With SERVPRO

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

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A flat roof leak can result in severe water damage to a commercial property.

One of the most frustrating problems that commercial properties face is flat roof leaks. There are various causes for flat roof leaks, and property owners may get frustrated trying to determine which one it is. If you're not sure what's causing your flat roof leak, you should contact SERVPRO of North Fulton; they offer flat roof restoration services with a comprehensive pricing structure.

In this blog post, we'll cover three common flat roof leak causes so that you can get to the bottom of them before secondary water damages occur.

What is a flat roof leak?

A flat roof leak is when water penetrates the flat roof and finds its way through to the interior of your property. Flat roofs are a popular choice for commercial properties because they're easy to install, inexpensive, and relatively maintenance-free. However, flat roofs have their own set of problems, including leaks that can lead to water damage on all levels.

The 3 causes of flat roof leaks

It's not uncommon for flat roofs to leak. In fact, flat roof leaks are one of the most common commercial issues that we encounter at SERVPRO North Fulton. The three causes of flat roof leaks are as follows:

1) Drainage issues 

The number one cause of a flat roof leak comes from drainage issues. If you notice that there is ponding water on your flat roof, then it is likely that there is a drainage issue. Flat roofs need to be installed in a way that will allow water to runoff without ponding. It is essential to get a flat roof professional inspected when there are drainage issues because it may lead to a sagging roof or structural weakness.

2) Damaged membrane

A damaged membrane is another reason a flat roof leaks. A damaged membrane can happen from various causes like ice dams, tree branches, or hail balls. It is essential to have flat roof repair done if the flat membrane has been compromised because it can lead to leaks inside your building. Another common reason a flat roof has suffered from a damaged membrane is caused by poor installation or lack of maintenance.

3) Old age 

Even the most maintained flat roofs will become susceptible to leaks when they get to a certain age. In addition, the flat roof will become worn over time, and this could also cause leaks. The best way to keep a flat roof from aging will be to start with an initial quality installation with the best roofing materials.

2 types of companies to call for flat roof leaks

When a flat roof leak begins, it might not even be noticeable at first because the water is seeping in slowly! Eventually, a property owner will notice mold growth or wet ceiling tiles as proof that there is a flat roof leak. When it is certain that there is a flat roof leak, there will be two types of companies to call:

  1. A commercial roofing company
  2. A water restoration company

A commercial roofing company will be able to quickly stop a flat roof leak in its tracks. In contrast, a water restoration company will be able to mitigate the damages that occurred.

Contact SERVPRO ASAP

When a property owner deals with a flat roof leak in and around Atlanta, they need to consider calling SERVPRO of North Fulton. SERVPRO of North Fulton is independently owned and operated by Rick Northen, who has built his SERVPRO franchise to include roof restoration and water damage services.

You can count on the IICRC certified professionals at SERVPRO to help with commercial water damage restoration after a flat leak occurs! Contact us for flat roof restoration services near Atlanta today!

Asbestos Siding Removal for Historic Homes in Atlanta: Vital or Not?

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

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Many Historic homes in Atlanta were likely built with asbestos-containing materials.  

Did you know that asbestos was a common building material before 1970? For this reason, when you are shopping for a new home, you need to be aware of the year the property was built and the building materials used during the building process. 

Before 1970, asbestos was a go-to building material because of its fireproof, durable, and relatively inexpensive attributes. However, building with asbestos materials was halted after the EPA banned its use in the '70s. Fast forward to the 21st century, and asbestos is still commonly found in the siding of Atlanta historic homes

This blog post is designed to answer the question of whether asbestos siding removal in Atlanta is necessary or not. In addition, we will discuss the common types of siding that may contain asbestos and how a historic property owner can avoid being exposed to asbestos. 

How to know if a property contains asbestos siding?

The use of asbestos in building materials began in the early 1900s. Asbestos in siding was also commonly used for insulation, as well as fireproofing. It is challenging to know whether a historic home has asbestos-containing siding without hiring an asbestos abatement company. An asbestos abatement company will come out and assess the property and tear off a small sample of the old siding on the historic home for further testing. 

Although it is not certain whether the siding of a historic home contains asbestos without testing, a home built before 1970 likely contains asbestos. Even natural wood siding on historic homes is likely to have been treated with spray-applied surfacing asbestos-containing material for fireproofing or insulating purposes.

4 types of asbestos siding found on historic homes:

  1. Natural and synthetic wood
  2. Vinyl siding
  3. Synthetic or Real stucco
  4. Cement siding

Rather than testing the siding material, a property owner may be able to tell if the siding of a historic home was built with asbestos by these indications: 

  • Asbestos siding is easily chipped or cracked
  • Printed information identifying the siding manufacturer and date of installation.
  • Multiple paint layers indicate age and increase the chance of asbestos.
  • Compare the newer siding to older siding areas and look for evidence of age.
  • Asbestos siding was commonly built to resemble wood shingles.

2 options for if your siding contains asbestos

The EPA recommends taking further precautions if you live in Atlanta Historic Home with asbestos-containing materials because asbestos can be disturbed during any renovation process. The best way to avoid asbestos exposure is by hiring a certified asbestos abatement company that knows the 2 best options in handling a historic home with asbestos siding, which are:

1) Covering the asbestos siding up

In some instances, the best solution in treating a house with asbestos siding will be covering it up because asbestos is only a hazard when it is disturbed. However, before moving forward and covering up the asbestos-containing siding, you should check if this method follows the building codes in your area. 

2) Removing the asbestos siding

Asbestos siding removal needs to be handled by professionals that understand asbestos and the asbestos removal process. Removing asbestos siding on a historic home will require special precautions to avoid disturbing or releasing asbestos fibers into the air.

Final Thoughts

We started this blog post with whether asbestos siding removal on historic homes is necessary or not, and the honest answer is: it depends. The asbestos abatement professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton understand that every asbestos project is unique. Many people purchase a historic home for the look and feel, and SERVPRO can help ensure the same look and feel is kept like the day it was built. 

When asbestos siding is removed or covered up on a historic home, the SERVPRO professionals will ensure that safety is the main priority and will follow the EPA's asbestos abatement regulations.

We hope you enjoyed reading this blog post. Contact our licensed, and insured asbestos abatement company in Atlanta for any questions or removal inquiries.

When the Base of a Toilet Starts Leaking: A Guide to What To Do

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Toilet leaking at base from a damaged toilet seal Contact the water restoration professionals for water damage caused by a leaky toilet.

A small leak at the base of a toilet can result in thousands of dollars worth of damages.

Every homeowner knows that many problems can arise when owning a home and a toilet leaking is one of them. Unfortunately, toilets sometimes leak from the base; it's important to know what to do in case this happens so you can get your toilet up and running and avoid unwanted water damage

The following blog post is intended for those currently finding a leak at the base of a toilet. 

Why does a toilet leak at the base? 

There are four major causes for a leak at the base of a toilet:

  1. A damaged toilet seal
  2. A clog 
  3. Loose T-Blots 
  4. A crack 

A leaky toilet seal

The most common reason why there is a leak at the base of the toilet is due to a leaky toilet seal. Toilet seals are made of wax and rubber, which will wear out over time. 

A toilet clog

Another major cause of a toilet leak is when there is a clog in the toilet piping. Toilets consist of pipes that run into the floor in order for the contents to go down properly - these pipes may become blocked by limescale or other contaminants, causing a leak at the base of a toilet.

Loose T-blots

The purpose of t-bolts is to connect the toilet to the floor. When the t-bolts become loose, water will leak out from the bottom of the bowl. If loose t-bolts are the cause of your toilet leak, you can use a wrench to tighten the bolts.

A cracked toilet bowl 

A crack in the toilet bowl will also result in a water leak at the base of the toilet. Therefore, when you find a crack in the toilet, it is clear that it is time to purchase a new toilet bowl

Avoiding toilet leak water damages

The best thing to do is stop using the toilet and turn off the water supply valve located under or near the toilet bowl at the first sign of a toilet leak. The water damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton have responded to many small toilet leaks that appear to have been left to sit for months. Unfortunately, the damages resulted in rotting subflooring and mold growth throughout the bathroom. 

Most water damages caused by a leak at the base of a toilet are categorized as category three water damage. Category three water damage is the most severe type of water damage because the water is contaminated with pathogens and bacteria. When water damage professionals arrive at a category three water damage, they will show up in full PPE to avoid direct contact with the highly contaminated water. In addition, all contents that have been affected by category three water will need to be properly discarded. 

Who to call to fix a leaky toilet 

A leaky toilet needs to be fixed by a professional plumber. Toilet leaks can be very serious and may lead to a significant rise in water bills and cause water damage to your home. Therefore, you must call for help if you have noticed any signs of leakage at the base of your toilet.

Who to call for water damage restoration

You can count on the help of SERVPRO of North Fulton when you find yourself in a situation where there is water puddling at the base of the toilet. The professionals at SERVPRO offer water extraction services and have experience handling any type of water damage situation. When you contact SERVPRO, an IICRC certified professional will quickly locate the cause of the loss and determine the severity of the water damage. 

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