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Freezing Rain Damage: How Freezing Rain Causes Home Damages

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

Freezing rain damages to a tree. Contact the storm damage professionals at SERVPRO for emergency services!

Homeowners need to be aware of the dangers that freezing rain can cause.

The Georgia winter weather seems to be different year after year. However, one thing that never changes is the property damages that come with every winter season. During the winter season, the professionals at SERVPRO receive numerous water and fire damage-related calls and calls relating to exterior damages.

One of our team's most recent calls was regarding a house with freezing rain damage

We put together the following blog post because we want the homeowners throughout greater Atlanta to realize the dangers that freezing rain has on one's home.

So, let's get learning!

What is freezing rain?

Freezing rain is a type of precipitation that occurs when snowfall melts and turns into rain but then freezes when it hits the ground level. Freezing rain is a form of ice that can be hazardous and cause severe damage to one's property.

Freezing rain can affect a home in three significant ways:

1) Roof leaks

A leaky roof is the number issue that homeowners in the Greater Atlanta area tend to notice after freezing rain. Roof leaks can lead to serious property damages when not handled correctly.

Ice dams commonly form at the gutters due to freezing rain coming down from the roof or gutter. Therefore, it is common for roof leaks to occur from an ice dam.

Homeowners with older homes should keep greater caution. The shingles on an older house can get worn out from the water and ice, making it more prone to a roof leak.

2) Exterior damages 

Freezing rain can affect one's siding and windows, especially when it freezes on contact. The SERVPRO restoration professionals have seen broken windows and siding caused by freezing rain.

Another major type of exterior damage to be aware of is gutter damage. If a home has a broken gutter system, then it is likely that other damages will occur.

3) Interior damages 

Freezing rain is not always known for its exterior impacts; it can affect one's home interior when there is a leak. Water damage is the most common interior damage that freezing rain can cause. Water can damage both hardwood and carpeted flooring. It can also lead to mold damage if the water damage is not restored quickly.

Tips to protect your home from the effects of freezing rain

Before the next time freezing rain occurs, you want to ensure the following susceptible areas are secure:

  • Keep rain gutters clear of debris so water can drain properly.
  • Remove any additional snow from your roof so it won't turn into an ice dam. If there is no way for the water to escape, it could potentially damage your roof or cause water to leak into your home.
  • Inspect your windows for cracks and leaks, which may have developed over time.

Call for professional help when there are damages.

We hope you enjoyed learning about the dangers of freezing rain and how it can impact a homeowner's property. Homeowners that prioritize home maintenance will be better equipped for the next time freezing rain occurs. But, before freezing rain hits the area, all homeowners must keep the tips above in mind!

When it comes to property damages caused by freezing rain, it is advised to call on a professional restoration company that knows its way around insurance repairs.

The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton are available 24/7 and provide immediate emergency help when needed. Although most damages caused by freezing rain may be minimal, some severe damage may occur if not handled correctly in time.

Contact us today for all your property restoration needs!

3 Ways Water Damage Can Decrease Home Value

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

home water damage in Atlanta, Georgia. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO immediately after water damage strikes!

Water damage is the number one cause of home damages that affects many homeowners each year in Atlanta.

Water damage issues become more severe when a property owner decides to wait for restoration services. The more time you wait, the more damage that will occur to your home and possibly lower its value.

In the following blog post, we will discuss the three main problems that arise from water damage and how they can decrease the value of your property.

Does water damage decrease home value?

Yes, water damage can decrease the value of your home, but it will depend on the length of time it is allowed to accumulate and how much water damage is present. The longer a homeowner waits to deal with the water damage, the more damage will surface in their home.

How does water damage decrease home value?

When a property undergoes a water damage disaster, three things can cause a home to decrease in value:

  1. Structural issues
  2. Foundation damage
  3. Mold damage

Structural issues

Structural issues are the most obvious value decrease after water damage. Clear indications of structural issues are when the floor is not level, the floors sink in, the walls are leaning in or out, or when doors and windows do not operate correctly. The right team of professionals can fix structural issues, but the cost to fix them rises when neglected for too long.

Foundation damage

Water damage can also affect your foundation if it is not addressed immediately. Foundation damage typically occurs in homes with basements that have water damage. Foundation damage can include cracks or holes in your foundation, leaning walls, and bulging floors.

Mold damage 

Amongst IICRC certified professionals, it is a known fact that mold will begin to grow after48 hours of water damage. Therefore, you will want to take care of water damage quickly before mold starts to grow throughout the home's structure. Mold damage can decrease the value of a home by more than 50% if left untreated.

How do you know if water damage has affected the property value?

The best way to determine how much damage has been done is to contact a professional home inspector. A professional inspector will be able to look at the structure and offer their insight on how much it would cost to fix any issues, if necessary.

Are you thinking about buying a water-damaged property?

Buying a property with water damage may sound appealing due to the lower cost, but think again. If you purchase a property with water damage, you will likely have to fix this damage at some point and repair any resulting structural, foundation, and mold issues.

Before you decide to buy a property with a history of water damage, you should contact a local home inspector to inspect for signs of structural damages. Once the inspection is complete, you will receive a report to understand the extent of the damages in your home.

Final thoughts

We hope you enjoyed learning about how water damage can decrease the value of your home. In short, remember to always handle water damage situations as quickly as possible to avoid more severe damage. 

Here at SERVPRO, we care for the property of our customers as if they are our own. With the help of the IICRC, our professionals have been trained to evaluate your property and let you know if there is any mold growth or other structural issues that may be present.

If you have any questions or need help, feel free to contact us at any time. The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton are available 24/7, 365 for emergency services.

Contents Pack-Out: The #1 BEST Way To Start The Fire Restoration Process

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO professional performing content pack-out services after a house fire in Atlanta Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for superb fire restoration services!

A contents pack-out is necessary for any situation where contents need to be sorted and stored before cleaning services begin.

Many types of disasters can cause severe damage to a home or business, but the arguably absolute worst is fire damage. The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton receive hundreds of calls a year from property owners who are distraught after fire damage to their property. 

We want to be there for any property owner who needs help navigating the fire restoration process! Therefore, the following blog post will outline the first step in the fire restoration process, also known as the contents pack-out phase. Keep reading to discover why it is so essential in the content cleaning process.

What is an contents pack-out?

Contents pack-out is the process of removing contents from a building before further restoration services can begin. A contents pack-out is usually done for two reasons- to determine which contents are salvageable and for storage purposes.

The contents pack-out process

The list below is the standard process that will occur during a contents pack-out. The process can take anywhere from a few hours to several days, depending on the scope of the contents and the size restoration job.

Step One: Organizing

The organization process requires a restoration professional to separate all salvageable items from unsalvageable items. The restoration professional will be in close contact with the property owner during the organization step to ensure they are aware of the unsalvageable items.

Step Two: Inventory  

The inventorying process will require a detailed list of all contents removed from the property. The inventory list will include a description of each item, its condition, and its location in the property.

Step Three: Transportation 

The transportation process will require the contents to be moved into our trucks and then returned to our facility for contents restoration. 

At our facility, we will place your contents in our secure contents storage area until the restoration process is complete.

Step Four: Contents Restoration

The contents restoration process requires contents to go through deep cleaning and repairs needed for contents damaged from smoke, fire, or water damage. The following contents may be restored to their pre-disaster condition:

  • Books
  • Clothes
  • Furniture
  • Electronics
  • Photos

Step Five: Pack-back

After contents are restored, the contents will need to go through a vigorous unpacking process, also known as a back-back. The pack-back process is performed after the property is restored. The restoration professional's detailed inventory list will ensure that each item is placed back in the correct location.

Choosing the right pack-out company

When choosing a pack-out company, you will want to ensure they fully understand the property insurance claim estimating process because an insurance claim should cover content pack-outs.

It is common for a restoration contractor to use the Xactcontents estimating software to help with the contents pack-out. Xactcontents is a known estimating software that most insurance companies use to help with content restoration claims.

Wrapping up

We hope you enjoyed learning about the contents pack-out process and why it is essential in the fire restoration process. The contents pack-out process ensures a property gets restored faster with minimal interruption to life's normal routine while protecting property owners' most valuable possessions and keeping them at their preloss value.

SERVPRO of North Fulton is a turn-key restoration company that offers professional content pack-out services. When you choose to work with us after a fire damages your property, we will restore the property and the contents to their preloss condition.

Please contact us today to learn more about our restoration services. We are available 24/7 for emergency fire restoration services.

Renovation vs. Restoration: The 3 Key Differences

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO professional putting new tile in a bathroom Contact SERVPRO for the best renovation and restoration services in Georgia!

Understanding the difference between renovation and restoration will ensure you are receiving the correct services.

Many of our customers contact us after their property has received damages from either fire, water, or mold. When a property has been damaged, our crews will come and clean up the mess and make the property habitable again. Part of our process includes rebuilding a property back to its original state.  

Due to the quality craftsmanship, we have seen an increase in call volume for construction services! SERVPRO of North Fulton can provide a property owner with full construction needs starting from the ground up.

Recently, we have been getting calls where customers are mistakenly asking for the wrong construction service. For example, just last week, we received a call from a customer who wanted renovation services but called asking for restoration services. The industry standards for the two words are very different, but it can confuse anyone, not in the construction industry.

We constructed the following blog post to help clear up the confusion between restoration and renovation. In the paragraphs below, we will define the two and add three key differences that will help you discern between restoration and renovation.

What is renovation?

Renovation is the process of modernizing or fixing an outdated property. For example, we often receive renovation calls when a customer wants to update a kitchen or a bathroom. Many older properties do not have the features we consider normal today, such as granite countertops and modern-looking tile. Renovating your current property can be much cheaper than building from scratch, which is why so many people call us for our renovation services.

What is restoration?

Restoration is the process of returning a structure or item to its original condition. Most of the time, people call for restoration services because they have recently experienced a disaster on their property. Our SERVPRO restoration includes cleaning up the property and then rebuilding it to its original state. Here are the four most common restoration calls we receive:

The three key differences between the renovation and restoration

1) Scope of work

One of the most significant differences between restoration and renovation will be the scope of work. When estimating restoration repairs, a professional restorer will create a scope of work using Xactimate. Restoration services will include a more significant scope because more work needs to be performed.

On the other hand, a construction professional can deliver a renovation scope through Xactimate or another estimating software, depending on what part of the property needs renovations.

2) Time 

The average renovation of a kitchen should take around 2-3 weeks, depending on the size of the job. On the contrary, a restoration project may take roughly 3-4 weeks or even longer because the restoration team must perform the initial clean-up before the repair process begins. 

3) Payment

Payment for renovation services is much different from restoration services because the property owner will likely submit an insurance claim to their insurance company to cover restoration costs. In most cases, insurance companies do not cover renovation services because they are not considered a necessary service.

Also, the average cost of a renovation will be less than a restoration because the entire restoration process takes much longer and requires more time to clean up the initial mess. 

SERVPRO construction services

We hope you enjoyed learning about the key differences between renovation and restoration! If you are interested in learning more about how SERVPRO of North Fulton can help with your renovation and restoration needs, please give our office a call today.

SERVPRO of North Fulton has been offering construction services for the last decade. Our professionals are certified and available 24/7, 365 days a year, for all your restoration and renovations needs!

The 3 Causes For A Leaking Tub During A Shower

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

shower tub that had a leak Contact the water damage professionals at SERVPRO for fast services!

A leaking tub can cause many gallons of water to seep into the ceiling below.

The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton have seen it all when it comes to water damage disasters. For that reason, we want our customers to know how to navigate around this terrifying situation before it happens. Water damage is not only expensive to repair but also a disruptive and stressful experience. So whether you've dealt with a burst pipe or an overflowing tub, we want to help keep your home and family safe the next time water damage strikes.

Out of all the opportunities for water damage in Atlanta homes, perhaps the most common comes from the bathroom. The following blog post will explore three of the most common causes for leaks in shower tubs and let you know how your local water damage professionals can help. We hope this post will help save your home from water damage and keep it looking great for years to come.

How much damage can a shower tub cause?

Before we get started, we want you to know how much water can be leaked during a shower. The water flow from a shower faucet is about 2.5 gallons per minute, and if you take into consideration the average person takes about a 10-minute shower, then there will be 25 gallons of water escaping out of the tub from a single leak.

When a property has an extra 25 gallons of water running through it, you can bet that the water damage will be extensive. Therefore, at the first sign of a leaking tub, you will want to stop the water flow immediately and call water restoration professionals to begin the drying and extraction process.

What causes a shower tub to leak?

The first leading cause for leaking tubs comes from clogged drain pipes

A clog can be caused by soap, hair, and other particles accumulated in the drainpipe over time. Therefore, it is essential to clean your tub every once in a while to avoid future clogs!

The second reason is a leaky drain gasket.

Leaky drain gaskets are a common problem with shower tubs because the metal ring around the drain wears down over time, and water seeps through the sealant; this causes it to leak into the wall or ceiling of your home. To avoid water damage from a leaky drain gasket, you will want to check the drain gasket often and reseal it when necessary. 

The third reason is damaged faucets or spouts.

Broken faucets or spouts play a huge part in causing extensive water damage. A damaged faucet or spout can be from various issues such as heavy usage, corrosion, faulty valves, damaged seals. So, if you have a leaky spout or faucet, then it's safe to assume that is the cause of your leaking tub. To avoid water damage from a damaged faucet or spout, you will want to check the faucets and spouts often and reseal them when necessary.

Wrapping up

We hope you enjoyed learning about the three causes of leaking shower tubs. A leaking tub can cause extensive water damage to your property, which is why it's essential to be aware of any possible problems.

Also, remember never to let water damage sit because it can lead to mold growing throughout your property within 48-72 hours.

When water damage strikes, you need to contact water damage professionals as soon as possible. The water damage technicians at SERVPRO of North Fulton are highly trained and ready to tackle any water damage situation.

Once you see our green trucks arrive, you can guarantee that we will work quickly to remove the standing water, dry your home, identify the source of the leak, and repair the problem.

SERVPRO of North Fulton is available 24/7 for emergency services and will be there for you when disaster strikes!

Painting Over Mold: 3 Reasons Why It's A Bad Idea

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

Mold damage that needs to be remediated Contact the mold damage professional at SERVPRO for superb services!

When you paint over mold, you are not removing the problem.

The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton have heard many horror stories about unprofessional mold remediation processes that ended up causing more damage. Unfortunately, most mold removal issues start with untrained mitigation professionals. 

All mold mitigation professionals know not to simplify the mold removal process by simply repainting over a mold issue. Instead, a certified mold remediation company will remove the mold damage while killing the spores with an antimicrobial agent to prevent future growth. Only after the mold is removed will professional mold remediators apply paint to the affected areas.

In the following blog post, we will be explaining three main reasons why painting over mold is not a good idea. Painting over mold may give you a momentary fix, but it can cause more severe issues in the long run.

What is mold?

Mold is a fungus that thrives in moist warm environments. Mold is a known natural component of the outdoor environment, but exposure to indoor sources of moisture can start a severe indoor mold problem. Mold feeds on organic materials such as wood and drywall. 

Common signs that mold was painted over without removal

The easiest way to tell whether or not mold was painted over is by inspecting the painted area closely. If you notice that the paint is peeling, chipping, or cracking, you can safely assume that the mold is underneath the pain and the mold damage was covered by a paint application.

Another way to tell if paint was used to cover mold is by looking for discoloration of the paint. For example, mold can sometimes cause paint to darken in certain areas where the mold is present.

The last way to tell if paint was used to cover mold is by smelling the paint or paint-covered area. Mold tends to emit a very unpleasant musty odor, while paint does not.

3 reasons to never paint over mold

1) Paint does not kill mold

Paint is not an antimicrobial that can eliminate mold. In addition, painting over mold won't remove the problem; paint can trap moisture and cause paint to peel off before drying properly. 

2) Mold can grow under paint

If you paint over mold instead of having the property professionally removed, there is a good chance that mold spores will still be present in covered areas. In addition, the paint used to cover the mold damage can trap the excess moisture behind the paint, causing the mold to continue to grow under the paint. Continued mold growth can result in future structural issues that are more expensive to mitigate and restore down the road.

3) Ignoring the cause of mold

Part of the professional mold remediation process understands why mold growth is occurring in the first place. For example, a mold growth area may be occurring because of a high humidity area or a leak. Ignoring the cause of the mold damage will likely result in more mold damage. 

Wrapping up

We hope you found this blog post informative and have learned the issues of painting over mold damage. When there is mold in a home or business, it is best to hire mold remediation professionals certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Trained mold remediation professionals understand the consequences of covering up mold damage rather than properly removing it.  

Please contact the IICRC certified professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton if a previous contractor or property owner used paint to cover up the mold damage in your home or business. Our professionals are available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Avoid School Mold With The #1 Best Mold Cleaning Team

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

A school classroom free of mold Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for commercial mold removal services!

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)

wet insulation inside an Atlanta homes ceiling Contact the professionals at SERVPRO when your home or business has been damaged by water!

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)

A house that was damaged by fire Contact the professionals at SERVPRO to get your property quickly rebuilt after a fire!

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)

Properly installed deck flashing to avoid water damage Contact the professionals at SERVPRO when you have water damage in your home or business!

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.