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What Time of Year Do Storms Mostly Occur?

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

Every year there is an average of 100,000 thunderstorms, 10% of which are categorized as severe storms. Though this is a year-round statistic, most storms take place within the spring and summer months, between the hours of noon and midnight. The reason why this time of year is beneficial for the formation of thunderstorms is due to the warming of the Earth. Starting in the spring and especially in the summer, the sun is out for longer than it is during the fall or winter. This gives sunlight time to warm the surface of the Earth, therefore heating the air surrounding the areas where this is happening. While most of us enjoy this process because it makes the temperature perfect for going outside, it creates the ideal conditions for a thunderstorm to form. Though air near the surface of the Earth becomes hotter during these months, the air higher in the sky remains below freezing throughout the entire year. Therefore, when something triggers the warmer air upwards, colliding with the freezing air, the contact of these differing temperature particles creates electric charges. In the fall and winter, the air near the surface is cooler, due to less sunlight and distance from the sun, so should the surface air collide with the distant air, there is no opposing force to cause electric charges. It makes sense why we relate thunderstorms to the summer, then. 

What does this mean for homeowners?

In the summertime is when storm damage is most likely to occur. While we have differing concerns for each season, warm weather brings storm damage opportunities. Heavy rainfall can create floods which pose a threat of water damage. Lightning strikes can cause fire damage to our homes. There’s a lot to think about during the enjoyable warm months of the year.

However storms affect your home, SERVPRO  of North Fulton covers any destruction that may come from a storm. Summer is the time of year we allow ourselves to kick back, relax, and enjoy the sunlight. Don’t let storm damage stop you from experiencing summer relaxation. Call us, your local SERVPRO, for any storm damage needs.

How to Spot Water Damage Pt 1

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

There are many signs that your home or business has been damaged by water that can range from a burst pipe spraying into a hallway to something as subtle as a small dripping leak that goes unnoticed for months. No matter the source, water damage is crucial to respond quickly to restore anything damaged and prevent any further damage from being done. The problem sometimes with spotting water damage is that it isn’t always apparent, so you may not even realize you have a problem until it’s a big one. A professional water damage restoration company like us here at SERVPRO of North Fulton can detect most issues with specialized equipment and trained professional technicians, but how would you know that you need to call us in the first place? Please give us a call if you feel that your home or business may be suffering from water damage. We have the advanced equipment and expertise to turn the loss around and make it, “Like it never even happened.” 

How to Spot Water Damage Pt 2

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

Here are six simple ways to spot potential water damage: 

Pooling/Standing Water 

A pool of water can indicate an indoor leak or a burst pipe or several issues related to water damage. If you notice moisture or water collecting in any area that doesn’t go away or gets more extensive, you may have a leak or seepage somewhere. There may also be times you see water pooling in areas of your lawn. If you see this, it may indicate a rise in the level of groundwater usually after heavy rainfall or a burst pipe underground, which could result in significant foundation water damage. 

Smell

Areas that have been exposed to moisture for long periods tend to have a very distinct musky, moldy odor. If you notice any spaces in your home or business that have the strange smell of mold or moisture, you may have water damage somewhere not immediately visible. The IICRC trained professionals here at SERVPRO of North Fulton are trained to clean, sanitize, and deodorize your home after water damage resulting in a lasting odor. 

Coldness

Frequently along with the musky smell, areas that are damaged by water are usually noticeably cooler than other areas due to moisture in the walls and other materials evaporating. If there are colder areas around your home or business that are cooler than others, check for some of these other signs of water damage as well to determine if you may have a leak or seepage somewhere. 

Discoloration 

A very easy to spot indicator of water damage is discoloration of materials like the walls and ceilings of your property. Standing water in a ceiling will eventually seep through the insulation and drywall and leave a yellowish stained spot where the water has collected. Over time these areas can sag if they’re large enough and even collapse if enough water has collected and sat long enough. 

Mold 

Many sources of moisture can cause mold, and things such as bathroom condensation may cause mold that wouldn’t be extensive enough to require water damage restoration. However, mold in any area of your home is any indicator that there is too much-standing moisture that needs to be removed. Our professional technicians here at SERVPRO of North Fulton are specially trained in water damage restoration. They can adequately locate and remove all sources of mold in your home or business. 

Sound 

The final and more subtle sign of water damage to your property is sound. While sounds of moving water, dripping, and creaking may all be sounds of a perfectly normal plumbing system. It is essential to keep an ear out for changes in typical sounds to identify if there are any problems with your plumbing system or if there is a leak somewhere in your home or business. 

In the event your home or basement floods, it is best to contact a company of professionals to respond quickly and adequately to help the situation. Give us here at SERVPRO of North Fulton a call at (770) 992-2777 for any water damage restoration emergency, and we will respond right away.

The Difference Between a Storm Warning and a Storm Watch

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

Population size can affect the severity of a storm by at least 2% in rainfall. This is due to a higher temperature in cities like Alpharetta, Georgia. Our phones have the useful ability to alert us of an oncoming storm, whether the storm happens tonight, tomorrow, or within the next few days. However, these alerts come with two different descriptions of the storm, a storm watch or a storm warning. Without being informed on the difference between the two, how can we know how prepared we need to be for storms headed our way? Here’s the difference. A storm warning is a less severe storm message. 

A storm warning is for a storm that:

  • will arrive soon 
  • lasts between twenty minutes and an hour
  • covers only portions of a county
  • indicates we should take cover when the message is received

A storm watch is for a storm that:

  • will arrive within a few hours
  • lasts for several hours
  • can cover across multiple states
  • indicates we should have a plan prepared for when it arrives

With this information, we can better prepare ourselves for when that message shows up on phones. The next time a storm message comes, whether a watch or a warning, save your stress about the possibility of damage until the following day. And before looking for how to handle storm damage from last night, consider hiring storm damage specialists directly from businesses like your local SERVPRO, who have the power of a commercial company with the speed and customer service of a local company. SERVPRO can take all the hassle out of the inevitable. While we cannot avoid the path of a storm, our water restoration specialists can restore your homes as though the storms never happen.

Hidden Mold Damage to Structural Components and Interior Contents of Properties in Alpharetta

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO takes a mold infestation in your property or business seriously. As a darkness-loving microorganism, mold easily avoids detection by human eyes. This ability to quickly gain a strong foothold provides microbes more than enough time to cause damage inside an Alpharetta apartment complex. The areas affected might stay hidden until a tenant moves in or out. Or a rearranging of furniture.

Once a property manager in Alpharetta discovers mold damage, they should immediately start remediation to repair the situation. Beginning the repair work and other aspects of restoration as soon as possible helps to prevent several different problems from occurring or escalating. Keeping mold and spores contained through the use of temporary barrier walls, double-bagging, and quick disposal keeps them from spreading. Rendering them incapable of spreading protects people and any uncontaminated areas of your home. 

When a project involves areas damaged by microbial activity, many contractors refuse to continue until after an expert remediation team removes the moldy materials. This is because not only can mold cause health effects but can also infest new materials. Completely removing any ruined materials protects people's health and your investment. 

During storage in the warehouse, special measures ensure that your new building materials and supplies arrive safely and without any defects. The responsibility of preventing cross-contamination within your home now rests upon your shoulders. Our SERVPRO IICRC trained technicians are ready to help you protect your home and new materials from the hazards that microbes can introduce.

Rearranging furniture, even within a room, can reveal mold growing on walls behind furniture. Other locations that often suffer in the presence of mold include floors under large pieces of furniture and also around window frames. Many mold spores can easily collect underneath a bed or couch, while window frames collect spores from the air outside as it moves through tiny cracks. 

Before placing furniture pieces in their newly intended spots, calling  SERVPRO to clean up the mold can help remove the excess microbial population and give your apartment a fresh start. Doing so can help keep your residence free of excessive mold in the future and protect other tenants from future mold issues. 


 SERVPRO North Fulton can be contacted by calling our local number (770) 992-2777, 24-hours every day of the year. When you discover mold, call us to help prevent mold damage from spreading and growing to other areas of your property.

Why SERVPRO is the Best Fire Restoration Company

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

The severity of fire damage puts lives on hold, ruins entire homes, and threatens the safety of families. It’s important when picking a fire restoration company, to choose one that has you as the priority. What that means is that the fire restoration process is more than just a project. For example, if you experience fire damage in your home, you can call the 24-hour SERVPRO National Customer Care Center. At any time of the day, you can call and have a SERVPRO professional listen to you explain your experience to plan the best strategy for the fire restoration process. Following this phone call, which you can make at your leisure, a team of SERVPRO fire restoration professionals will arrive at your home to make an assessment of the damage and plan the restoration process. This step is a vital part of creating an efficient plan that allows SERVPRO professionals to fix the fire damage as quickly as possible. The team will then cover the damaged areas to avoid further damage to the home, including windows, walls, and the roof. Then they will remove the smoke and soot. After it has been entirely removed, a critical cleaning and sterilization process will occur to ensure the safety of the home.

SERVPRO is an excellent company for fire restoration because they prioritize the safety of the family. At any time you need, you can call SERVPRO and receive helpful information and even begin the process of fire restoration. If you require fire damage restoration, call your local SERVPRO of North Fulton at (770) 992-2777. SERVPRO of North Fulton is an affordable option for fire damage restoration. Our IICRC professionals will assess the damage and walk you through the process required to make your home “Like it never even happened.”

The Dangers in Your Home You Don't Know About

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

Nancy Nord, the commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, once said, "The home is where people feel comfortable and secure, but constant awareness is the key to keeping families safe." She phrased perfectly the balance of owning a home. Of course, it's where you feel safest, and yet it can pose unpredictable threats to you and your family's safety. What kind of risks are most common, though? Well, as professionals in restoration and experts on damage sourced from fire, water, storm, and mold, SERVPRO knows a lot about these potential hazards. We're here to share what we've learned with you to keep your home as safe as you dream it can be.

Each year, on average, 20 million visits to the hospital across the United States are due to accidents involving the home. From a fall to a fire, a burn to a break, there are several sources of danger we need to be more conscious of. In our time in the restoration field, we have seen it all. Risk can be as apparent as an unmaintained basement, with exposed pipes and electrical circuits that threaten children. It can also be as silent as mold, growing from a water leak in the walls, polluting our home's air. While there are regulations to make sure our homes are as up-to-date as possible, what can you do if you don't even know the issue is there?

Here's a story from one of SERVPRO's recent jobs on mold remediation, since it appears to us that mold can be one of the trickiest dangers to avoid.

A busy family, with the size and chaos of the Brady bunch, had no idea that black mold was growing in the wall of their home's foyer. The reason why they had no idea something so dangerous was happening in their own home was because of the way it had started. See, the bathroom above the foyer didn't indicate any damage inside it, leaving them to believe everything was normal. However, there was a crack in the foundation of the bathtub. That meant every time someone took a shower or bath, a subtle amount of water was dripping into the foundation until, eventually, the drywall had become soggy enough for mold to move in. Drywall is one of the most common places for mold to grow, due to its high quantity of cellulose, which creates an exceptional living environment for mold. 

By the time we were called, the black mold was visible. The family was nervous when we arrived because they had no idea how the mold had happened. When mold grows, we tend to believe it's due to a lack of cleanliness or, at least, a lack of awareness. But it's perfectly normal to have situations where water damage can be so subtle we only find out about it when the damage is severe. We had to remove the drywall because once mold grows in drywall, it cannot be repaired. We were also able to fix the break in the bathtub and use our dehumidifiers to clear the remaining moisture out of the air.

Sometimes things are out of our control, even in our safest place to be. That's why SERVPRO of North Fulton spreads what we know about possible dangers in the home, to protect you and your family. If you're ever in need of restoration for water, fire, mold, or storm damage, give us a call. Let our IICRC trained professionals keep your house safe.

Can Water Damage in Your Apartment Affect Your Neighbors?

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

Apartments are convenient for many reasons, like cost, location, and in-building facilities. One factor that can be a benefit or a drawback is the relationship between neighbors of an apartment building. One apartment’s water damage can easily become water damage for surrounding neighbors. If you’ve experienced water damage of any kind in your apartment, for example:

• A burst pipe

• Overflowed toilet

• Cracks in bath causing flooding

• Large spills

• Dysfunctional appliances

It is possible that the water damage in your apartment could reach the apartment below or beside you. Being that water is heavy in large quantities, can break through the material when built up, and flows through all kinds of materials laterally, then it’s more than likely that the damage might reach another neighbor. Don’t feel bad; it’s a prevalent issue, and the physical properties of water cause it to spread quickly through floors. So, what do you do?

• Contact Your Property Manager

• Recommend SERVPRO as Your Commercial Water Restoration Specialist

• Alert Neighbors to Check for Water Damage

The property manager will repair the damage for both you and your neighbor. When SERVPRO of North Fulton arrives at the scene, they’ll finish the rest of the restoration process, which is a five-step process.

• Contact (This is what you and your property manager did in calling SERVPRO)

• Assessment (SERVPRO reviews the damage and creates a plan)

• Drying (Using their equipment, the drying process begins)

• Salvage (Any water-damaged material that isn’t ruined is now restored)

• Restoration (Ensuring the quality of every damaged content)

The Best Way to Protect Your Home from Water Damage

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Dealing with water damage in your home or business can be overwhelming and costly. The average bill to repair and restore water damage to a home or business is thousands of dollars, and damage can be anywhere from the basement to the roof. You should be especially aware if you live in a flood zone; however, water damage can still occur at any time and anywhere around your property. At SERVPRO of North Fulton, we pride ourselves on our industry expertise with handling water damage and restoring your home or business to its original state. Here’s how you can best protect your home from water damage to be prepared year-round. 

It’s first best to know the most common causes of water damage to know what to look for and where to look if your home or business suffers water damage. Here’s a list of some common cause of significant water damage: 

  • Roof damage (broken/missing shingles, cracked flashing, etc.)
  • Burst or leaking pipes
  • Leaking household appliances such as laundry machines or dishwashers 
  • Extreme weather and floods 

Some things to look for when trying to determine if there is water damage in your home or business are: 

  • Warped or sagging ceilings 
  • Peelings paint/wallpaper
  • A musty smell of mold and moisture 
  • Warped floors
  • Water pooling in areas of your lawn

The big secret to best protecting your property from water damage and other damages is in home maintenance. Inspect your roof. It takes the forefront of the elements 24/7 year-round. Your roof should be inspected periodically to ensure all shingles, caulk, and flashing are in place and undamaged. Your gutters should also be maintained to ensure that proper drainage is available to water running off your roof. If your gutters are clogged, and water cannot correctly escape your roof, it can pool on the roof or around your foundation, leading to potentially severe water damage. Your windows can be caulked to prevent snow and other moisture from penetrating inside during inclement weather. This also applies to indoor areas that may be exposed to water as the kitchen and bathroom by caulking things like sinks, tubs, and backsplashes so that water cannot get into the walls of your property. The best sealant to use for these indoor areas is one that is 100% silicon. Silicon caulking is waterproof, doesn’t crack over time, and is flexible, unlike acrylic caulk, which can shrink over time, allowing water through. 

While all these steps may be taken to prevent water damage from occurring, it cannot be guaranteed that water damage can be prevented. Things like natural disasters and floods arise, and water damage can still happen. However, no matter what event may occur, you can call our trained water damage restoration professionals here at SERVPRO of North Fulton, and we will make it our top priority to get your home or business back to its original state so that you can take a breath. No one wants to deal with water damage to their property, SERVPRO will be there for you. 

SERVPRO of North Fulton at (770) 992-2777 is ready to help local homeowners with flood damage. They have the advanced equipment and expertise to turn the loss around and make it, “Like it never even happened.”

We are Cleaning Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Fulton is here to help during this time of need during this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs on a daily basis. The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of North Fulton,(770) 992-2777

Sources:

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