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How To Know When A Commercial Mold Job Has Been Completed

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of North Fulton, mold cleaning is a service that we take seriously because if not performed correctly the mold can spread rapidly to non-affected areas. We have important steps and precautions that we take into consideration when working on a mold remediation job. Our IICRC trained staff knows that it is important to contain the affected area with containment. The reason that we use containment barriers is so that the mold spores are not spreading throughout other areas of the home or business. After the affected area is contained, we then know that we can perform the mold-cleaning job.

Our SERVPRO professionals will:

Remove all water damage/mold-infested materials.

Remove and replace the affected drywall.

Clean and disinfect walls/carpets/ and other personal items.

Filter the contaminated air to remove any debris or spores.

The best way to know that a mold job has been completed to its fullest is through a post-mold remediation inspection.  The first inspection that our SERVPRO professionals will perform is a visual inspection to see if any mold is still present. The next inspection test that will be conducted is moisture measurements. The human eye is not always able to see if moisture is present. Our team will use moisture meters and infrared cameras to detect whether there is any moisture hidden behind walls or under flooring. The last part of the inspection is not always conducted but important. For a homeowner to be one hundred percent positive, we will bring out one of our industrial hygienist vendors to take air samples. The industrial hygienist takes separate samples in different areas of the building because not all areas are impacted to the same degree. Once all three parts of the mold inspection (visual, moisture measurements, air samples) are performed will give you a report that tells you the mold remediation process has been completed.

How to Prevent Kitchen Fires

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

A man in the kitchen unplugging appliances to avoid fire damages. Unplug kitchen appliances when not in use.

A good number of household fires begin in the kitchen as there are many potential fire hazards present in the average kitchen. Kitchen fires can be hard to deal with, especially in the event of a grease fire, which can very quickly escalate out of control into a large fire, endangering life and property. Luckily, the fire and smoke damage restoration experts here at SERVPRO of North Fulton are specially trained to help repair fire and smoke damage after a fire occurs. While you can’t get rid of every potential fire hazard in your kitchen, there are some pretty easy ways to help prevent a fire from occurring: 

Keeping your kitchen appliances clean and in good working conditions can help prevent a fire from starting up over the combustion of food and grease buildup. Your toaster is a good example of something that many people don’t think to clean often enough. Be sure to dump the bottom tray of your toaster out every now and then to remove the build-up of dry bread crumbs. Over time these may build up and combust during use leading to a kitchen fire. 

Another simple step to preventing a fire is to unplug kitchen appliances that do not need to be plugged in when you’re not using them. Older appliances with faulty wiring may burst into flames leading to smoke and fire damage even if you’re not using them. 

Keeping proper safety equipment ready around your home is another step you can take to help yourself in the event of a small fire. Smoke detectors should be kept relatively close to your kitchen, not too close to be easily set off by cooking smoke, but close enough to detect smoke that could indicate a fire. The batteries should be tested monthly to ensure that everything works as you never know when a fire could happen. Fire extinguishers are also an extremely important item to keep in your kitchen to help put out a fire on the spot before it gets out of control.

While cooking there are some steps you can take to prevent accidental fire, especially a grease fire. Do not overfill pots and pans with oil and grease. While you might not think about it, the buildup of grease and cooking oil on the surface of your stove is extremely flammable and if not cleaned up properly, may lead to a sudden grease fire while cooking. It’s also important while cooking to keep yourself safe by keeping your hair up, sleeves pulled up and not wearing clothing that is too loose as to possibly catch fire. Keep things like dry rags and paper towels away from the stove while cooking and don’t leave burners on if you aren’t using them. 

The final way to help prevent a kitchen fire is to never leave food unattended while cooking. This might seem like common sense, but leaving anything unattended in the kitchen is a potential disaster waiting to happen. Keep an eye on your food until you’re finished cooking and keep the area around your cooking space clean.

Following all of these steps can drastically reduce the odds of a kitchen fire occurring in your home, however, fires can’t always be prevented. In the event you have a fire in your kitchen, please give SERVPRO of North Fulton a call anytime at (770) 992-2777. Our IICRC trained professionals are here to help you 24/7.

Ensure Fire Safety this Summer in Your Home

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Just the thought of going through a fire is terrifying to most families. Loss of life and property are possible outcomes of fire, and dealing with the aftermath can be very confusing and overwhelming. There are over 300,000 house fires a year in the U.S., and unfortunately, most of these home fires can be prevented by simple things. The professionals here at SERVPRO of North Fulton are here to help you avoid this kind of disaster from happening to your home. Here are some ways to keep your home fire safe for the summer.

First, Be Mindful of Candles 

Candles can be so lovely to smell and look at, but it’s easy to forget it’s still a dangerous open flame within your home. Candles have caused tens of thousands of home-related fires and deaths over the past few years alone. Most home fire damages are caused by leaving flammable items too close to the candle or by falling asleep with candles lit. 

To prevent a possible candle fire, you should: 

  •   Blow candles out before you go to sleep or when you leave the area 
  •   Keep candles at least one foot away from flammable sources 
  •   Use candle holders that cannot be tipped or knocked over easily 

A few small actions can go a long way when it comes to preventing drastic smoke and fire damage within your home. 

Second, Cell Phone Charging and Overheating

Have you ever gone to sleep with your phone on the charger overnight and tucked somewhere in your bed, under a blanket, or even worse, under your pillow? Leaving a phone to charge is much more dangerous than you might have thought. If you notice when charging your phone, it will typically get warm, and in some cases, when the phone is covered overnight and in combination with a faulty battery, the trapped heat can cause the phone to explode right next to you. Not only can this itself cause extensive damage, but it can also start a house fire that can quickly escalate. 

If your phone ever feels like it’s overheating on the charger, you should unplug it and turn it off right away until it cools down before using it or attempting to charge it again. 

Third, Fix Your Fire Alarms 

Too many homes often forget about or neglect their fire and smoke detection systems. Not having a well-functioning fire alarm system could make the difference in loss of life and property in the event of a fire. In the event of a fire after alerting authorities and safely evacuating the area, your next step should be to contact a local fire and smoke damage restoration company. The professionals here at SERVPRO of North Fulton are specially trained in fire damage restoration and can help in the recovery process after a fire occurs. 


There are many ways to keep your home safe during the year from accidental fires. Check out some of our other blog posts about fire safety to learn more, and in the event of an emergency, give SERVPRO of North Fulton a call anytime at (770) 992-2777. Our IICRC trained professionals are here to help you 24/7.

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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Does the Size of Property Change the Restoration Process?

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

The proper restoration process does not change based on The size of a property. The process can slide on a scale of necessary equipment and workforce but remains the same. For instance, if you had two floors of completely saturated flooring, one plan might be two individuals running each level with as many tools as needed in the assessment. While for homeowners, a restoration company with fewer capabilities could get the work done promptly, we must consider the smaller surface area of possible damage and the amount of equipment needed. However, commercial properties require a reputable restoration company that can handle any size disaster. The best bet for a commercial property in need of any type of restoration, whether its fire, water, mold, or storm damage, is a company that has an ample supply of equipment at hand. The volume of equipment and workforce that SERVPRO of North Fulton has allows quick response time and quick restore time. Our franchise can have an ample number of technicians, and tools can be at any location in a prompt time. In the past, SERVPRO has helped restore several commercial properties, including:

  • Office buildings
  • Retail stores
  • Strip malls 
  • Apartment buildings
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants

Don’t worry about the size of the damage, the tenements or individuals affected by the restoration process, or anything else that might prohibit the smooth running of the business. That will be little to no concern with SERVPRO, who knows efficiency and can create a flexible restoration plan that works around business operations, allowing you to keep running or to be back as quickly as possible.

Home Fire Evacuation Plan: What to do Before and After the Fire

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

House Pets Do not forget your pets!

An important part of fire safety is knowing what to do when a fire happens. For this reason, a home fire evacuation plan is a great thing to have. In the event of a sudden fire, an evacuation needs to happen quickly and efficiently while leaving as few important things behind as possible and knowing where to go. Once you can escape home or business that is in flames and alert authorities, your next step should be to contact a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO of North Fulton.

Here’s what you need to do before, during, and after the fire.

Before Evacuating

It is important to prepare properly in order to evacuate effectively. A few things you can do to prepare for a fire evacuation is to create a disaster relief kit or a to-go bag. This will contain any essentials that you would need in case you had to up and leave in case of an emergency. Good things to also put in this bag would be extra cash, clothing, emergency health information, and some plastic bags to keep sensitive items safe. Having a to-go bag ready to go in case of emergency can make keeping a level head in an emergent situation much easier while helping keep you safe. 

Everyone in the household must also be on the same page in the event of fire damage. Everyone should have the same meetup location, such as a neighbors house, in case everyone has to leave in a hurry. If a fire is large enough to affect multiple homes or a large area, it is good also to have a meeting location in several areas. 

During an Evacuation 

It is important to know already what to do in the event of a fire so that you can make decisions to keep you and your loved ones safe. You must maintain clear communication with everyone in your home in the event of a fire; power lines may be down, or phones may not be working in some situations or others may not be able to get to you. It’s essential to listen to important updates from the news and authorities that are keeping up with the situation. 

Do not forget your pets and try to keep them in a place they’re accessible so that you can easily retrieve them should you need to evacuate your property.

After an Evacuation

It’s important to wait to inspect your property after a fire until after you are permitted to do so by authorities. Once you are allowed back within the distance of your home or business, your next step should be to contact a professional fire damage restoration company. SERVPRO of North Fulton is ready and available for fire damage restoration and will immediately lend aid to the recovery process. Experiencing this kind of scenario can be extremely frightening and overwhelming. Please leave it to the professionals here at SERVPRO to help you restore your home from smoke and fire damage

What to Expect From the Water Restoration Process

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Water Restoration Water Restoration Process

Since every flood and water damage scenario is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored to the specific conditions. However, the overall water restoration process remains the same. The process begins when you give us a call. SERVPRO of North Fulton is available 24 hours a day for any size water emergency. 

Immediate action is crucial when facing flooding or water damage and a delay of just a few hours can drastically increase the severity of water damage left behind. While water damage can be chaotic and traumatic to deal with, SERVPRO of North Fulton has the expertise and experience to help you through a water damage disaster. 

When you give us a call, we will ask you questions to assess the situation and determine what equipment and resources will be necessary to bring. Upon arrival at the site of water damage, we begin with a detailed inspection and damage assessment of your home or property to determine the scope of the water damage to create the best plan of action. After inspection, we will identify the source of moisture in your home or business and the type of water. When dealing with water damage, there are three types of water according to their level of contamination: “Clean Water”, “Gray Water”, and “Black Water” are used to classify how contaminated the water is so that our trained SERVPRO Professionals can restore your property to industry guidelines. 

The next step of the water damage restoration process is the actual water removal. After the damage assessment and the source of moisture have been stopped, the water extraction process may begin. If the water damage is great enough to call for extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of North Fulton can assist with an organized and efficient move-out to ensure your belongings are protected from any further damage. Our highly trained technicians will then begin the water removal process immediately once the surrounding area is cleared. Depending on the level of damage, our technicians may use equipment varying from industrial wet/dry vacuums to powerful submersible pumps. 

Once all water has been successfully removed, the drying and dehumidification process is next. While floors and walls may appear to be dry, they will be wet to the touch as most building materials such as wood and drywall retain water once submerged. Our Professionals use measurements, temperature, and humidity to best determine how much equipment such as dehumidifiers and air movers will be needed to dry your home or business. 

Most of your home or business will require professional cleaning following water damage from the floor to the ceiling. After monitoring the drying process, our technicians will clean your property’s structure, furniture, upholstery, clothing, and any other restorable items or property damaged by water. Following any kind of water damage, your home or business will require cleaning, odor removal, and sanitization depending on the scenario. Our technicians here at SERVPRO North Fulton are trained to deodorize, sanitize, and dispose of damaged materials in your home or property. 

The final step following a water damage disaster is the restoration of your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. This may involve minor repairs such as replacing drywall to major repairs such as the reconstruction of various rooms or areas. Our professionals will provide immediate protective measures during the water damage restoration process such as tarps and will handle rebuilding all affected areas. We are a company qualified to handle the initial damage and rebuilding of the area afterward, and can guarantee to get any building back up to full functionality. 

SERVPRO of North Fulton 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.”

Measuring the Size of a Potential Storm at Home

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Fulton Storm Clouds "Is it a storm warning or a storm watch? Storm watches are more severe storms, therefore, more likely to do damage".

In 2018 climate disasters cost Americans a total of $91.0 billion in damage. Some storms drift by without a single scratch on our homes. Some storms cause storm damage that causes us both stress and money. While we receive storm warnings and watches from our phones, TVs, and computers, news channels cannot assess personal damage to each individual family home. Storm and rain damage can lead to other issues, not only destroying the structure of the house but creating leaks from burst pipes, water buildup, and other internal problems. The best thing to do for the prevention of storm damage would be to monitor the integrity of our roof and pipes consistently. Of course, that isn’t always manageable with a busy schedule. No one can blame homeowners for not knowing every detail of their home, mainly when damage occurs regardless.

To tell if storm damage is potential, consider the following. Is it a storm warning or a storm watch? Storm watches are more severe storms, therefore, more likely to do damage. What other factors does a specific storm bring? Large enough sized hail can do roof damage, shatter windows, and dent cars. If storm damage does occur, leave the stress to storm damage specialists. A storm-damaged roof is a dangerous site to repair, and companies like SERVPRO of North Fulton are equipped with the necessary equipment to repair while staying safe and avoiding further damage. Once the structure of the roof has been secured again, shingles can be replaced and secured quickly. The process not only repairs previous damage but can prevent damage in the future by reinforcing the strength of a storm damaged roof.

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

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Downtown Alpharetta Downtown Alpharetta, Georgia

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

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

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

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

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

The Chemistry Behind Fire

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Creating a Fire Escape Plan For Your Family

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

The Professional Training of SERVPRO Employees

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

How to Remove Mold From Your Home

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Causes of Commercial Water Damage to Watch Out For

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Putting Out Small Interior Fires

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Can I do to Prepare for Power Outages?

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

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

What Can I do to Prepare for Power Outages?

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

Before a Power Outage

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

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

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

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

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

During a Power Outage

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

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

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

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

After a Power Outage

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

Managing Power Outages with SERVPRO

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

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

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

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

Kinds of Mold Found in Homes

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

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

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

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

When to Test for Mold

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

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

Impact of Mold on Health

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

Professional Mold Testing: What to Expect

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

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

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

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

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

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

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

Causes of Water Damage

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

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

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

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

Types of Water Damage

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

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

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

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

How to Fix Water Damage

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

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

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

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

Why You Should Hire Professionals

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

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

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

Mold Remediation Tips: How To Control A Mold Outbreak

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

As a homeowner, you know that caring for a house comes with a great deal of responsibility in order to maintain value and upkeep over time. Unfortunately, in homes large or small, there are lots of things that can go wrong. Among one of the most common challenges homeowners face is the presence of mold. Finding mold in your house is a cause for worry, and should be addressed immediately. When left untreated, mold outbreaks can cause damage and even pose a health risk to occupants of the home. To best equip yourself in the fight against mold, learn what it is, its cause, mold remediation definition, and mold remediation tips.

What is Mold?

Molds are actually a very natural part of the environment and are found in many places in the outside world. In the proper environment, molds are effective in breaking down dead matter, such as decaying trees and dead leaves. What exactly is mold? They are a type of fungus, and they are comprised of microscopic spores that can’t be seen by the naked eye. There are thousands of different types of molds, and they can appear in a variety of colors. Most often, they will take on a green, blue, or black appearance. The nutrients from which the mold feasts are what determines its colors. Additionally, the age of a mold colony and surface on which it grows influences the color.

When inhaled, mold can have harmful effects on the respiratory system, causing symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, sneezing, itchy eyes, sore throat, and more. Contact with mold can also result in skin rashes and hives that require treatment from a medical professional. Those with existing conditions such as asthma should pay particular attention not to enter mold-prone areas.

Types of Household Mold

While there are a number of different types of mold that can be found growing in the damp areas of a home, a few of the most common are:

Black Mold: One of the most common types of mold found in a household is the infamous black mold. Black mold is classified as a toxigenic mold, that can elicit allergic reactions in humans when inhaled. In most cases, black mold will be black or dark green in color and will feature a slimy texture. It is attracted to surfaces including cardboard, woods, and wicker.

Alternaria: Alternaria is the most common type of allergenic mold, that can be found in areas of the home including leaky sinks, showers, and bathtubs. Alternaria is usually brown or dark green in color and has a velvety texture. Following water damage in a home, it is likely that Alternaria will appear.

Chaetomium: In addition to black mold and Alternaria, Chaetomium is another type of mold often found growing in water damaged homes. This type of mold has a cotton-like texture and ranges in color from brown to grey to white. Chaetomium is a common inhabitant of basements and leaky roofs. It can be identified by its musty odor.

What Causes Mold Outbreaks?

Humidity: Humidity a common cause of mold outbreaks, as mold needs moisture to grow. Following particularly humid weather, it is not uncommon to start to see mold growing in your house. Those that live in particularly humid areas, such as individuals with homes on the coast, are likely to experience recurring issues with mold. Humidity can also be created from humidifier machines and drying clothes indoors on clotheslines.

Poor Ventilation: A poorly ventilated room means moisture can start to pool and puddle. This, in turn, feeds mold growth. Spaces such as kitchens and vacuums, where high amounts of steam are produced, are especially susceptible to mold growth when ventilation is poor.

Flooding: Mold growth is also common following the flooding of a home. Basements, in particular, are at risk for flooding, whether due to cracks in the foundation, burst pipes or backed up sewer. Where there is standing water for a period of time, mold will follow. Making it more difficult to control the growth of mold is the fact that it can take days or even weeks for your home to fully dry.

Mold Remediation Tips

Mold remediation is defined as the removal, cleaning, and sanitizing of areas and surfaces that have been contaminated by mold. While it is impossible to remove all traces of mold, through mold remediation, you or a professional can restore mold levels to normal, natural levels.

If you’ve found mold growing in your house, do not despair. Use the following mold remediation tips to control a mold outbreak.

Contact a specialist. While you may be tempted to tackle a mold problem on your own, the safest option is to contact a specialist equipped to handle the mold remediation process safely and efficiently. They will conduct a full examination of the extent of mold growth, and develop a plan of action to remove harmful overgrowths.

Area containment. Once the problem areas have been identified, the specialist will contain the areas to prevent the travel of mold spores into other areas of the house. During this step, the specialist will also take dehumidifying measures to remove as much moisture from the space as possible.

Removal of contaminants. The specialist will now begin the process of removing mold, using various treatment products. Once done, they will safely dispose of the mold. The specialist will help to identify sources of moisture that might have caused the mold growth to begin with and offer recommendations for repairs.

Final testing. After the mold remediation process is complete, the specialist will conduct a final test of the space to ensure normal mold levels have been restored.

Following these mold remediation tips will help you quickly address mold issues, and prevent future outbreaks. Black mold removal and removal of other common household molds is a delicate process, but one that is necessary for the safety and well-being of your family. Contact a mold specialist today to discuss black mold removal, how to protect your house from water damage, or other questions you might have.

Fire Prevention Tip: How To Prevent House Fires

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Your home is a special place for you and your family. With so many cherished moments associated with this one of a kind place, it is hard to imagine losing it. Unfortunately, many families are forced to go through the heartbreaking process of saying goodbye to their homes as a result of fires. What is even harder to accept is that most house fires could have been prevented with a few fire safety facts and fire prevention tips in place. So just what items in your home pose a threat to your safety and the safety of your family? Use the following fire safety information and fire prevention tips for how to prevent house fires, and continue making memories in your home.

Fire Prevention Tip #1: Test Smoke Alarms

One of the easiest fire prevention tips is to regularly check smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly. Smoke alarms are essential for how to prevent house fires, serving as the first line of defense when a house fire is imminent or already underway by emitting a piercing alarm to notify those in the house the moment smoke is detected. A non-functioning smoke alarm can, therefore, mean serious disaster. Each smoke alarm comes with important fire safety information and features a small button to test whether it is working or needs new batteries. If the beep is weak when testing the alarm, change the batteries right away.

Fire Prevention Tip #2: Clean Ovens and Stoves

Cleaning ovens and stoves are among the most important fire prevention tips. While cleaning your oven and stove is likely a least favorite chore, doing so on a regular basis can help prevent house fires. Fires from ovens and stoves can result when food particles fall onto burners and get too hot. In addition to removing particles of food in your oven and stove, make sure to keep the area around your oven and stove clear as well. Curtains that hang too close, cookbooks left in the vicinity of these appliances, or ill-placed dish towels can all put you at risk for house fires as well. Create a routine for before and after you cook that ensures ovens and stoves are free of hazards.

Fire Prevention Tip #3: Stay in the Kitchen

With a busy schedule, it can be hard to focus on just one thing at a time. During the evenings, many individuals are pulled in multiple directions, preparing dinner, helping the kids with homework, and getting the house in order for the next day. However, even short distractions that happen while cooking can have serious consequences. One of the well-known fire prevention tips is to never leave food unattended when cooking in the kitchen for any reason, as it only takes mere seconds for a fire to break out. If you must leave the kitchen, make sure to turn off any burners in use, or call a family member to watch over the food until your return.

Fire Prevention Tip #4: Check your Cords

With an increasing dependence on electronics for daily tasks now more than ever, you likely always have something plugged in to charge, whether a cell phone, tablet, or smartwatch. Another method for how to prevent house fires is discarding frayed wires and cords used to transmit power into electronics. Among your list of fire prevention tips, add regularly checking the condition of cords, looking for damage such as exposed wires or frays. If you notice damage, replace the cord immediately. Keep in mind that pets often like to chew on rubbery items, so keep cords out of reach to avoid damage.

Fire Prevention Tip #5: Take Care with Fireplaces

Though one of the more obvious fire safety facts, pay special attention when using fireplaces. Fireplaces pose a special risk for house fires as sparks can easily escape and fly out onto flammable surfaces. When having a fire, make sure there is a door between the fire and the floor to prevent the escape of sparks. When you have distinguished the fire, make sure that all ashes are completely cool before throwing them away. Purchase a metal container to dispose of ashes to reduce the risk of any still-warm ashes from causing a fire. Lastly, never leave a fire unattended under any circumstances.

Fire Prevention Tip #6: Check Your Dryer

Another very common source of house fires is clothes dryers. Fires result from dryer when vents are not properly installed or are not cleaned out regularly. Heat produced during the drying process can cause lint and other debris to get too hot, and lead to a fire. To prevent fires, make sure that dryer vents are properly installed using the instructions that came with the appliance. To be safe, you might consider enlisting a professional to assist with the installation process. Additionally, clean out the lint filter after every load of laundry. This often overlooked step takes just seconds but can save you and your family from experiencing a fire

Fire Prevention Tip #7: Don’t leave Candles Unattended

Candles work wonders for enhancing the ambiance of a home, promoting much needed calm and relaxation through soothing scent and light. However, the exposed flame makes candles a hazard and potential risk for house fires. Another of the key fire prevention tips when lighting candles is to make sure they are placed far away from any fabric, such as curtains or blankets, and other flammable objects. If you’re leaving the house or starting to feel a bit drowsy, extinguish the flames immediately. Further, if you have little ones or furry friends around, consider waiting until they are out of the room. Pets and kids can easily tip over candles on accident.

Fire Prevention Tip #8: Maintain Heating Sources

Most of us rely on heating systems to keep us warm during the chilly months of winter. Because of this reliance, it is important to make sure that all heating sources are well-maintained and functioning properly. Heating sources that are broken and in need of repairs pose a great risk for fire. Filters should be cleaned regularly to avoid a buildup of dust and debris that can catch on fire. Additionally, you should have all heating sources inspected by a professional on an annual basis to catch malfunctioning components early.

Fire Prevention Tip #9: Avoid Old Space Heaters

 If you not only rely on your home’s heating system to keep you warm but also rely on space heaters, take special care. One of the not so well known fire prevention tips, Many old space heaters pose a great risk for house fires, as they often do not have the same safety features now found in newer models (such as turning off automatically when tipped over). When using space heaters, other best practices including keeping heaters away from curtains, blankets, and furniture that can easily catch fire, place them in spots with little foot traffic, set space heaters on solid, firm surfaces, and do not set space heaters on any other surface besides the floor.

Fire Prevention Tip #10: Safely Store Flammable Products

Many of the products we use every day are flammable and therefore put us at risk for house fires. There are obvious products such as gasoline, which should always be stored in UL approved containers in a location outside of the house. Other flammable products include shaving cream and hairspray, which should be stored in cool places away from sources of heat. 

Fire Prevention Tip #11: Don’t Smoke in the House

Smokers should pay special attention to their habits to prevent house fires. While you may enjoy the convenience and comfort that comes with smoking in your home, it is best to take smoke breaks outside of the house. A single unattended cigarette or a cigarette dropped after falling asleep in bed or while lounging on the couch, can result in a fire. When cleaning out your ashtray, be sure that all ashes are completely cool. Then, dampen ashes in the sink before placing in a trash can and out of the house.

Fire Prevention Tip #12: Grill Safely

There is nothing more exciting than a backyard barbeque with friends and families in the summer. There are a few precautions to take, however, for how to prevent house fires when grilling. If you’re grilling on the deck, be sure to place non-flammable pads beneath your grill to prevent the start of fire in the event of dropped food or coals. Also, be sure the grill is attended to at all times. Call a friend over to watch the grill if you must step away, even if only for a minute.  If there is no one around to watch the grill, turn off the propane. 

Fire Prevention Tip #13: Purchase a Fire Extinguisher

One of the best investments for how to prevent house fires is to purchase a fire extinguisher. Having a fire extinguisher handy can make the difference between a frighteningly close call, and a serious disaster resulting in the total loss of your home. Fire extinguishers can be purchased at most home improvement stores, and are incredibly affordable. Store your fire extinguishers in spots that pose a special risk for fires, such as in the kitchen or near fireplaces. Make sure that all family members in the house understand how to operate the fire extinguisher, and are comfortable taking the steps necessary in the event of a fire emergency.

Fire and Smoke Damage: How To Deal With It

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Knowing how to deal with fire and smoke damage is important in restoring your home back to normal.

Experiencing a close call with even a small fire can be a traumatizing event for individuals and families. If a fire is caught in time, many homes will not experience any structural damage that makes the house unlivable. However, even if a house is still standing, there is often times damage from the fire and its smoke that requires attention and repair in order to make the space safe and comfortable again. Following fire and smoke damage, there are steps you can take to restore your home to its previous condition, as well as ways in which professional restoration companies can step in to offer assistance and help determine fire and smoke damage clean up costs.

Signs of Fire and Smoke Damage

Following a fire, there will likely be a number of signs to look out for that can help you determine what is considered smoke damage. One of the most obvious signs includes discoloration. Immediately following a fire, you will be able to see damage on your ceilings, walls, and other surfaces as a result of smoke damage in the form of discoloration in stains. Discoloration and stains will become more obvious in the few days that follow the fire, taking on a yellow color. Metal surfaces in the home will indicate smoke damage by becoming rusted and displaying other signs of corrosion. Rust and corrosion will begin to present just a few hours after the fire. Any plastic surfaces in your home that come into contact with smoke or fire will likely experience warping, a change in shape, in addition to discoloration. Lastly, countertops, often constructed from porous materials like granite or marble, usually become discolored from soot. Unfortunately, this damage is likely permanent.

In addition to discoloration, smoke or fire damage is defined by a strong, smoky odor. Fabric items like clothes, furniture, curtains, and carpets are particularly at risk for trapping smoke residue, thus giving them this odor. In many cases, fully cleaning and deodorizing household items to remove the smell requires the help of professional cleaning services.

Following a fire, you should also look for electrical damage, another sign of what is considered smoke damage. Examine all electrical wiring throughout your home to see if any systems have been compromised, paying close attention to cords, outlets, breaker boxes, and fuses. Also, examine any appliances in your home that may have come into contact with smoke or fire. Failing to take this important step following a fire can leave you at risk for yet another incident.

Finally, another sign of fire and smoke damage in your home might be interior damage in the form of degradation to the house’s insulation, ventilation systems, framing, and wall studs. Pay close attention to your HVAC system in particular, as improper cleaning can cause harmful smoke particles to travel throughout your home and put your family at risk for respiratory issues.

Areas Most Prone to Fire and Smoke Damage

There are a few key areas to pay close attention to following smoke or a fire, as they are prone to experiencing damage.

Walls and windows: smoke is naturally drawn to areas with a lower temperature, making exterior walls and windows vulnerable. It is not unusual to find a great deal of smoke residue on outside walls and behind curtains.

Ceilings: we all know that hot air rises. So it won’t come as a surprise that following a fire, ceilings tend to have a large amount of smoke residue. The highest concentration of smoke residue will be found directly above where the fire began.

Corners: When smoke particles have an electrical charge, called ionization, they are pulled towards certain surfaces. With particularly strong electrical charges, such as those resulting from burning plastic, the smoke residue will take on the appearance of cobwebs, found in the corners of rooms where the ceilings and walls come together.

Repairing Fire and Smoke Damage

Smoke and fire damage cleanup following fire and smoke damage, it is usually the best option to enlist the help of trained professionals experienced in handling these difficult situations. Professionals will work with you to provide comprehensive fire and smoke damage clean up costs. Professionals will typically engage in the following fire damage cleanup steps and fire damage restoration tips:

  1. Ensure ventilation: following a fire, it’s important to prevent soot particles from further burrowing into surfaces of your home. The first step to fire damage cleanup is to ensure proper ventilation so that specialists can remove harmful dust and soot from the air. Once this has been done, it is then safe to get to work.
  2. Sort belongings: after a fire, some belongings can be saved, while others must be disposed of. During fire damage cleanup, specialists will examine the items in your home and make recommendations as to what should be discarded given their level of damage.
  3. Deep cleaning: Very important during fire damage cleanup is deep cleaning of walls, ceilings, and floors to remove all smoke residue to ensure occupants don’t continue to breathe in these harmful particulars. This cleaning will also remove the smoky odor likely present in your home. The cleaning process often includes a cleaning of the HVAC system so that soot won’t travel throughout the home next time you use your heating or cooling systems.

Costs of Fire and Smoke Damage Repair

The cost of fixing fire and smoke damage depends largely on the extent of damage and the size of your home. Smoke damage clean up costs will be lower in cases where only a few damaged items or appliances need to be removed. On the other hand, expect higher fire and smoke damage clean up costs in cases where smoke has caused significant damage to HVAC systems, ceilings, walls, and floors, and there is extensive soot building on carpeting and other fabrics.  It is important to contact a professional to discuss your options and specific fire and smoke damage clean up costs. Specialists will also provide helpful fire damage restoration tips.

The Challenges of HVAC Mold Damage in Alpharetta

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

When mold forms in your HVAC system it is important to contact a professional mold remediation specialist like SERVPRO.

SERVPRO is Highly Trained in Mold Damage Remediation

Mold damage in an Alpharetta home's HVAC system can be tough to remove, requiring specialized training and knowledge in both restorative processes and proper HVAC care. SERVPRO is one of only a handful of companies possessing the expertise to handle both at the same time, but even for our most experienced technicians, mold in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems is no easy obstacle to overcome. Here are a few things that can complicate restoration procedures even with ideal tools, training, and circumstances.

Water Leaks

All varieties of mold damage in Alpharetta homes require water to be sustained, and while some species can subsist off of unusually humid conditions, most infestations accompany a water leak of some kind. Finding these leaks can be difficult, as both water lines in your home and HVAC systems run through unoccupied, dark, and out-of-sight areas of your home. SERVPRO representatives carry advanced thermohygrometer devices to spot patches of water behind walls and in unusual locations, allowing us to figure out the source of the mold's growth and put a stop to it. Only once we stop the flow of water can we begin to conduct restorative procedures.

Tight Spaces

Depending on the size, layout, and age of your home, your HVAC system may be very difficult to access and navigate. However, we prepare for this eventuality by training our technicians to handle all prevalent types of ventilation systems and should be able to take out colonies growing even in the farthest reaches of your home.

Spread-Out Spores

Many cases of mold damage in HVAC systems become much more substantial problems over time as air circulation allows spores to spread around not only the ventilation system but also throughout the entire home. No matter where you find a colony growing in your home, your first step should be to turn off any HVAC functions running at the time to prevent further spreading. While we cannot reverse any existing spread, our preventative measures and quarantines help to prevent additional problems from appearing throughout the home.

SERVPRO of North Fulton County is always available to take on a mold remediation project in your home. Call us as soon as you identify a problem at (770) 992-2777.  

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Sandy Springs Commercial Flood Damage Professionals

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

If your auto shop's crawlspace experiences regular flooding during rainstorms, SERVPRO can install a crawl space system to prevent future flooding.

SERVPRO Works to Remediate and Prevent Future Flood Damage

If a storm ever hits town, excessive rains and high-speed winds likely take place. It is a possibility that your Sandy Springs auto shop gets affected by the poor weather. If the storm is severe, then flooding likely occurs.

One of the first places water flows during a flood is into the crawl space of your business' building. SERVPRO's commercial flood damage experts in Sandy Springs use specialized equipment to remove water from crawl spaces. Many times tight spaces underneath your structure are hard to access and reach with drying equipment.

When water gets into a crawl space, the area often fills up with thick, muddy water. Submersible pumps are efficient at sucking up standing water but sometimes prove difficult when attempting to remove all of the moisture. Once extraction gets completed, structural drying takes place.

Many automobile repair businesses store extra supplies underneath the office portion of their shop. When water gets into the storage area of your company, it is essential that we dry the area so that contents do not get negatively affected. If there is convenient access to the area, air movers and dehumidifiers get set up to speed up drying of the floor joists. If the crawl space's access point is too small, then either a section of the sub-floor get removed, or hoses from hot air sources get fed into the tight dwelling.

Some mechanical shops have a problem with crawl spaces filling up with water every time it rains. If you notice water underneath your business every time a storm hits your town, then after we remediate the issue we can install a crawl space encapsulating system. The system contains a submersible pump located in a hole dug in a low spot of the crawl space. The rest of the area is covered with plastic so that the area is not affected by ground moisture and the wooden floor joists do not get affected by the moisture in the crawl space.

The crawl space system is one of the ways that we prevent future issues from happening. If your auto shop's crawlspace ever has an excessive moisture problem, call SERVPRO of North Fulton County at (770) 992-2777 for assistance 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

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What to Do When Water Invades Your Sandy Springs Home Causing Damage

3/4/2018 (Permalink)

Broken Pipe and Water Damage Solutions for Sandy Springs Homeowners? Why SERVPRO, of Course

Moisture and Water Removal and Cleanup Mitigate Damages

Water damage can feel like an absolute disaster when it strikes. Whether caused by rain, flooding, or even humidity, unwanted water found inside your Sandy Springs home can be a nightmare. It can be discouraging and quickly turn into an exhausting situation to try and handle.

In Sandy Springs, water damage can come from any source: rain, leaks from plumbing, a forgotten tap left running, or flooding. Beyond the weather, there are appliances in your own home that can also cause water damage should they leak. The truth is, water damage can come from a multitude of places, and it can be hard to prevent an occasional water damaging incident.

Thankfully, SERVPRO is nearby to help. When water damage strikes, our skilled technicians can evaluate the levels of moisture in every point of your home. From there, we can establish a drying plan and return the damaged points of your home to their previous condition. "Like it never even happened."

We can evaluate the percentage of humidity in the air and create an environment which promotes evaporation through dehumidifiers. From there, our technicians can measure moisture levels throughout your home through the use of a moisture meter and even thermal topography. Once those levels are known, the appropriate drying method can be employed and expertly seen too.

No matter where the damage exists, we at SERVPRO know how to dry out the material and return your home to its preloss state. No matter if the flooring of your home is concrete, tile, or hardwood, we have the appropriate tools for every situation. Through the use of air movers, axial fans, and dehumidifiers, we make sure every nook and cranny of the damaged space gets airflow. Using this method ensures the moisture lifts from the surfaces of your belongings and then evaporates so it will no longer be a problem.

When moisture invades your home and causes damage to it, do not wait. Call SERVPRO North Fulton County at (770) 992-2777. We guarantee you fast, efficient, and reliable service 24/7.

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Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration Services for Residents in Sandy Springs

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO should fire or smoke damage your home. We provide efficient remediation services that will leave you more than satisfied with results.

Certified SERVPRO Professionals Thoroughly Remediate Your Fire and Smoke Damaged Home

Smoke can be just as damaging, if not more so, than the flames associated with fire in your Sandy Springs home. Small house or kitchen fires often result in horrible smoke odors that can linger forever if not treated correctly.  

Having a fire damage restoration company in Sandy Springs help you return things to normal is likely your best option. A quality company can provide you with the proper equipment and resources necessary to remove unwanted odors while offering full-service restoration and cleaning services as well.

SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, regardless of when your incident occurs, we can be there. We have access to air-movers, fogging equipment, cleaning and sanitizing methods that make restoring your home much faster than ever before.  

SERVPRO technicians scrub every surface affected by the event, including the ceiling, walls, floors, cabinets, countertops, appliances, and more. We use EPA-registered disinfectants to help clean and sanitize the entire space. Our technicians work hard to reduce any losses you might experience and make it a point to address specific concerns you might have.

SERVPRO has an entire fire damage restoration service, designed to adjust to meet your specific needs. Since each circumstance is different, we make it a point to thoroughly inspect your home and keep you informed throughout, making the entire experience as stress-free as possible.  

It takes dedication and devotion to the task at hand to remove odors clinging to fabrics, soft plastics, clothes, curtains, bags, shoes, carpeting, and other household items caught up in the aftermath of a fire. Our technicians make sure to do everything in their power to prevent losses and are determined to provide you with the quality results you deserve.

SERVPRO of North Fulton County handles cleaning and restoration requests from residents in Newtown, Milton, Birmingham, and all surrounding communities. We are proud to offer restoration solutions that help members of our local community and show it in everything that we do. Call today for an initial inspection or to learn more about what we can do for you. (770) 992-2777

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What Black and Gray Water Mean for Your Sandy Springs Home After Flood Damage

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Floodwater that makes its way into your home can be categorized into two types, black and gray.

SERVPRO Keeps Your Safety Their Number One Priority after Flood Damage

When flood damage in Sandy Springs originates from a storm, we usually classify the waters as either gray or black and handle them with safety protocols based on that classification. Whichever category the standing water in your home falls into does not depend solely on the color or visual appearance of the water, but also on the contents of it and any debris contained within. Here is a brief overview of what goes into each classification, and what each one can mean for your home.

Black Water

Black water is the most severe category of floodwater and is what we deal with most often for cases of flood damage in Sandy Springs that result from a storm. Black water is any water heavily contaminated with dirt, debris, microorganisms, chemicals, and many more hazardous substances. Most of the time, this type of water should be easy to identify with a dark brown or black color and murky appearance, but heavily contaminated water can sometimes appear gray or even somewhat clear in certain lighting conditions. Wait for a SERVPRO professional to evaluate the situation before you conclude what type of water is in your home. If you do find standing black water anywhere in the building, avoid the room or area in question until one of our technicians can provide you with safety advice. This type of water can be highly dangerous, so be very cautious around it.

Gray Water

Less commonly, SERVPRO technicians may identify floodwaters in your home as gray water, which is a category of water that still contains contaminants but is not as immediately dangerous or severe as black water. However, gray water can still harbor dangerous microorganisms and rapidly develop into black water as these organisms grow and multiply. Be very cautious around all standing water on your property, and avoid entering pools of water without the express permission of our personnel.

SERVPRO of North Fulton County provides expert flood damage mitigation and restoration services after every major disaster. Call us for 24/7 service at (770) 992-2777.

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Controlling Odors Related to Flood Damage in a Sandy Springs Diner

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

The highly skilled technicians at SERVPRO can remove odors left behind by flood damage in your commercial space.

Rely on SERVPRO to Get Your Business Looking and Smelling Clean after Flood Damage

Flooding can happen so suddenly, giving business owners little time to prepare for the impact. Sandy Springs continues to gain more businesses, both large and small, creating constant construction and building activity in and around the area. This construction often includes new parking lots and the repaving of roads. These and other kinds of construction can mean rainfall drains in new and unexpected ways.

At times, the manner in which precipitation travels through Sandy Springs puts businesses at increased risk of flood damage. With less porous ground available to swallow up the rain because of substantial, impenetrable roadways and lots, the amount of water increases rapidly. When water accumulates in an area, flooding can occur suddenly. Not only does this cause damage from the water itself, but other problems quickly develop. These can remain after flooding recedes and mitigation work ensues.

Part of flood damage mitigation should include odor control. Floodwaters contain organic debris, including parasites, microscopic pathogens, and one-celled microbes. As these decay, they give off odors that can become highly disturbing. Not only must diner and restaurant owners deal with the flooding itself, and the restoration of their business, but the odors can impose an unnecessary hardship. However, SERVPRO employs IICRC-certified Odor Control Technicians (OCT) who can remedy these situations.

Once we complete the cleaning and restoration of your diner, including kitchen facilities and seating sections, we can eliminate the odor-causing particles left behind. Because floodwaters become absorbed by porous materials, hydroxyl machines help immensely in eliminating the odors that can detract from your patron's enjoyment. We know your staff works hard to provide an environment suitable for guests of all ages and backgrounds, but detestable odors can make all your efforts worthless.

Helping restore your business after flood damage means it must not only look clean, but it must also smell clean, too. Otherwise, your business risks losing customers, meaning a staggering decline in profits, and the ability to remain in business. At SERVPRO of North Fulton County, we are your neighbors, living locally and always ready to help. Call us at our round-the-clock number, (770) 992-2777, whenever your business suffers from flood damage.

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Both New and Old Appliances are Capable of Causing Fire Damage in Your Alpharetta Residence

2/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage that stems from a cooking incident can happen very fast and cause a lot of damage. Contact SERVPRO should you face a fire.

Team SERVPRO Reacts Quickly to Fire Damage to Minimize Secondary Damages

While many appliances made years, or even decades ago can still provide a great deal of utility to Alpharetta residents, the risk of electrical shock increases significantly with each use. Newer appliances may seem to pose much less threat than their older counterparts, but many of these become subject to recalls. A large number of recalls involve electrical wiring or other components that can create sparks under normal conditions.

Paying attention to any recalls involving appliances installed during renovations can help homeowners avoid preventable fire damage in Alpharetta after updating their home's kitchen or bathroom. Older models have electrical problems but seldom find a place on recall lists. Sparks or a burning odor when in use should cause future use to take place with extra caution, or not at all.

Once a fire occurs, cleaning up the damage and removing the smoke and soot become a priority. Charred materials create new dangers while smaller particles from smoke can cause health effects to people and damage their belongings in other ways. SERVPRO technicians can remove these problems so the necessary work happens quickly, speeding up the restoration of your home to prevent conditions.

Removing burnt drywall and paneling from your home's framework and properly disposing of it helps remove a great deal of soot, but ash and other deposits exist wherever smoke traveled during the fire. Propelled by the heat, smoke can seep into areas of your home that otherwise sustain no damage. Cleaning soot away and deodorizing can help brighten up a home after fire and smoke.

Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) understands the ways soot can affect your home, even after restorative work ends. When a kitchen appliance catches fire, it might involve a cooking appliance in use. Fires involving food can lead to a different type of smell that also needs attention to ensure your home once again feels like home to you and your family. No matter the source of malodorous problems in your home, we can resolve the situation for you.

SERVPRO of North Fulton County employs individuals dedicated to helping others in our community. Fire damage can gravely affect your family and keep your home unsafe and unwelcoming. Call us at our local number, (770) 992-2777, available 24 hours a day year-round.

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SERVPRO's ERP For Large Office Buildings MItigates Water Damage in Sandy Springs

1/28/2018 (Permalink)

The ERP Helps Many Sandy Spring Area Businesses Minimize Water Losses--Call SERVPRO for a Free Consultation

Many Institutions and Commercial Enterprises Rely on SERVPRO to Help Prevent and Mitigate Water Losses

For some damage restoration companies, conducting large-scale water damage repairs on office buildings in Sandy Springs can be very difficult. In the event of a sprinkler malfunction, upper floor flood, or other disasters, the vertical nature of many office spaces in the city can pose a significant challenge even for experienced restoration professionals like SERVPRO. However, with the help of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile system, you can make sure that your office receives the care and treatment it needs without sacrificing the slightest bit of lagtime from communication to execution. SERVPRO ERP?

The commercial Emergency READY Profile Program is a mobile app that allows locations like offices in Sandy Beach to report water damage and other disasters as soon as they happen and provide many details with no additional time or hassle. To use the system, just log on to the website or download our free app and create a profile for your business. Better yet, arrange an appointment for a consultation. If you own or manage multiple locations, you can create individual profiles for each one. Then, you can upload any documents that may be of use to us so that we can access them at will in the event of an emergency. This is a excellent manner of quickly getting critical information on larger buildings like high rises and office spaces to our technicians.
 
Benefits of Using the System
A profile in the Emergency READY Profile system allows you to operate your company with a higher degree of security, knowing that help for any disaster is only the press of a button away. Prevention is a large segment of the ERP, we help you identify hot-spots, and areas of concern. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Should water damage in any form happen to the building, you can alert SERVPRO and have our IICRC certified technicians sent out with only the push of a button. Furthermore, while procuring essential documents can sometimes be both difficult and time-consuming, we can reduce both the difficulty and time spent to zero, as any information we need is at our fingertips. If we need additional documents, we just let you know.

SERVPRO of North Fulton County has years of experience working in the local area and knows the ins and outs of water damage to larger office spaces. Call us 24/7 at (770) 992-2777.

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Rising Creeks and Swollen Rivers Bring Flood Damage to the Homes of Sandy Springs

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Stormy Flooding in Sandy Springs? Call SERVPRO for Help

When Unwanted Water Damages Your Sandy Spring Property, SERVPRO Offers a Crucial First Response

Sandy Springs homeowners might find their neighborhoods taking on the water this spring when nearby waterways rise too quickly. These can bring about the flooding of not only yards and streets but also homes when debris clogs multiple drains at the street's curb.

When drains become clogged up, water must go somewhere, and too often, the water ends up causing flood damage to homes in Sandy Springs. Reacting swiftly to this type of emergency can mean the difference between a little damage and much more extensive problems that becomes increasingly more expensive to mitigate and restore.

SERVPRO technicians, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, so calling us for even slight flooding can protect your property from on-going water damage, microbial infestations, and other situations that you most likely wish to avoid. Many materials can remain and do not require removal for restoration to proceed. Our employees use cleansers and antimicrobial agents to remove grime and organic matter from surfaces.

Removing carpets from flooded homes helps to reduce the amount of moisture that can affect the home's interior. Flooding increases the amount of humidity held in the air, which can then condense on, and damage, other surfaces within your dwelling, including personal belongings. This occurs at every level of the home, including second stories and attics.

We continually work at drying a flooded home with air movers, desiccant machines, heated mats, and air movers. This can take several days or more, depending on how saturated a house became during the flooding event. Our technicians regularly check the moisture levels to keep the rate of evaporation steady and at an appropriate speed. Drying too quickly can also pose problems because shrinkage rates on one side of material must match the other side to avoid cracking of materials and other problems.

SERVPRO of North Fulton County's specialists and technicians understand the particular requirements of flooded homes. Flood damage continues to spread within a home until professional mitigation commences. Calling us at (770) 992-2777 puts you in contact 24/7 with us.

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Removing Mold Damage From Your Alpharetta Home Protects Your Indoor Air Quality

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

While mold and its spores exist almost everywhere, the presence of an excessive number of these can affect your home's air.

Removing Mold Damage From Your Home

While mold and its spores exist almost everywhere, the presence of an excessive number of these can affect your Alpharetta home's air. While mold causes damage to materials and belongings, it can also decrease the quality of the air that your family breathes.

Residents in Alpharetta often find mold damage affects their home in visible ways. However, the microbial count in the air should always remain low. When mold reproduces, it uses airborne spores to accomplish the task of spreading to another area for colonization. While these spores remain suspended, people breathe them in, which can cause health effects.

Removing the mold growing inside your home, including inside crawl spaces and other non-living areas, can protect your home and your family's health. SERVPRO's technicians hold certificates from the IICRC in Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT). Prepared to not only locate unknown locations of mold growth but also to remediate microbial populations until they reach normal levels, we use the latest in technological advances and developments to help protect your home from mold growth.

Normal levels of microbial activity rarely pose problems, and no one can provide the total elimination of mold or other tiny microorganisms. This is partly because microbes continuously enter into your home. Using their favored mode of transport, air currents, we do eliminate the bulk of them by creating negative pressure in areas suffering from mold growth. Along with containment set up, we use air scrubbers to forcefully pull the air, and any particles suspended in it, out of your home.

Using negative pressure significantly reduces the number of spores able to infiltrate uncontaminated areas of your home. This is crucial for protecting your home during the removal of contaminated materials. As we work in removing anything with mold damage, the mold releases spores into the air. We wear personal protective equipment so we can safely work in such situations. We also wear this equipment during cleaning of non-porous materials, and during the application of antimicrobial agents.

SERVPRO of North Fulton County removes mold damage, prevents future mold colonization, and cleans the air during remediation services. Protecting your home is a crucial part of protecting your family's health. Call us, 24/7, at (770) 992-2777 for the latest in technological advances and equipment that can make any restoration work fast and effective.

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Commercial Water Removal Is Essential To Get Your Alpharetta Clothing Store Up And Running

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Timing is critical when it comes to water removal from your clothing store.

Commercial Water Removal

Clothing stores and water damage don't go hand in hand. Not only do you lose business, but you also stand a chance of damaging your inventory if you don't act fast. Being prepared and seeking professional help for water removal is your best chance to minimize the damage to your Alpharetta store.

SERVPRO has helped millions of business owners to restore commercial water damage to their businesses. We have the expertise, the technical knowledge and the equipment to get your Alpharetta clothing store back on its feet in no time. We can not only help you restore any structural damage, but also protect and restore your inventory.

We understand that keeping the shutters of your shop closed can be expensive. We can get to work immediately after the first assessment and work with you to develop a plan that suits your needs.

A Multi-Step Approach
SERVPRO technicians use a multi-step plan for commercial water removal and restoration. Depending on the amount of water in the establishment, our technicians use hand-held pumps or call in our pump trucks for fast water removal. With these trucks, we can get rid of the water in no time.

The residual moisture is removed by using dehumidifying equipment and high-efficiency air movers. We also offer deodorizing services if the water damage has caused any odors to develop in your establishment.

Items such as furniture, display cases, and inventory can be cleaned and dried on site. If the damage is extensive, we also offer off-site restoration in our facilities. We have a crew of specialists that are trained to restore the most delicate and expensive items as well.

Timing is critical when it comes to water removal from your clothing store. Call SERVPRO of North Fulton County at (770) 992-2777 today to schedule an appointment. Talk to one of our experts and inform us about your situation as soon as you can. We are Faster To Any Size Disaster, no matter the size and severity.

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Water Removal Following Fire Damage To Your Alpharetta Home

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

There is nothing quite as devastating as a fire breaking out in your Alpharetta home, regardless of its size.

Water Removal Following Fire Damage

There is nothing quite as devastating as a fire breaking out in your Alpharetta home, regardless of its size. Once the fire extinguishing completes, restoration efforts are in full swing. While this might typically involve putting scrubbing machines and detergents to your walls and flooring to get rid of the soot lingering behind, even this step cannot come before the removal of the water that was needed to put out the blaze.

Our SERVPRO technicians are well equipped and experienced with crossover restoration projects like water removal on top of fire damage to your Alpharetta residence. Depending on the size of the fire that needed extinguished, you could find moderate flooding in profoundly affected areas of your home. To prevent further losses from this current disaster, time is of the essence to get restoration efforts underway.

From the moment that you call us at SERVPRO, we are already piecing together a plan to help you bring back your home from the damages you sustained. Our emergency response team can be there quickly to begin assessing the problems and walking you through what it takes to fix it completely. Water removal is one of the first concentrated efforts from the team to mitigate any damages that extinguishing might currently be causing.

Our professional staff begins by setting up our portable pumps and wet vac systems to rid the area of standing water. Once all of the noticeable water is gone, drying fans are then used to eliminate any lingering wetness and moisture in structural components, flooring, and furniture. Since excessive moisture left unchecked can result in the formation of mold colonies, the final aspect of water removal is often running a dehumidifier for an extended period. Dehumidification can pull the remaining moisture out of the air and away from hungry mold spores looking for the proper conditions to thrive.

Fires can create a great deal of damage to your home, regardless of their size. When extinguishing efforts have left you with a considerable mess, call us at SERVPRO of North Fulton County. We are available anytime at (770) 992-2777.

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Flood Damage Restoration Services After a Storm in Alpharetta

11/25/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO responds quickly after flood damage to prevent additional damage and to restore your home "Like it never even happened."

Contact SERVPRO Immediately to Minimize the Damages from a Flood Waters in Your Home

When a storm breaks out in Alpharetta, you cannot afford to lose time. You need to act fast to counter the floods that normally come as a result of heavy rains. Often, the flood waters are able to find their way into the house, where they spread and cause significant water damage to the property therein.

If your home has sustained flood damage, you need to hire a company with competent, IICRC-certified technicians to quickly remedy the situation. With record flood damage response times in Alpharetta, the professionals at SERVPRO can arrive promptly to prevent additional damage to the structure and restore your home to preloss conditions as soon as possible.

The most obvious sign of possible flood damage is the presence of a pool of water in the house. However, the extent of the damage may go much deeper. During a flood, the structure absorbs water that causes it to weaken and, eventually, break down. Water damage can also accelerate mold growth, leading to possible health effects and poor air quality.

On certain occasions, SERVPRO technicians can use powerful truck-mounted equipment to reverse flood damage on your carpet. Hot water extraction is particularly useful, as it does not use harsh chemicals or abrasive brushes. The process involves carefully controlling the pH, temperatures, and pressures of the surfactant cleaning agent. In the end, it leaves the carpet soft and bright and restores its original texture. The idea is to remove most of the moisture and ensure that the carpets dry faster and stay cleaner for longer.

The SERVPRO cleanup crew can also inspect your upholstery and choose the most effective cleaning process. We may set the furniture on stands when it is necessary to protect your environment and then treat it with the same cleaning solution we used on your carpets. As well as removing water damage, the general extraction process eliminates dust, spills, spots, oils, bacteria, and numerous other pollutants from your fabrics.

Natural flooding is stressful and can come with a host of dangerous pollutants. If it comes knocking, you need to get your family to safety and then contact SERVPRO of North Fulton County immediately to mitigate the flood damage. For any emergency, you can reach us anytime at (770) 992-2777.  

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Prevent Mold Damage To Your Alpharetta Home Dishwasher

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Thorough cleaning prevents mold growth and protects your dishwasher.

Prevent Mold Damage

Did you know that your dishwasher is susceptible to mold damage? People usually associate fungal growth with damp basements, bathrooms or laundry rooms, but in fact, the fungus can thrive anywhere there is moisture and a food source. As you can imagine, a dishwasher provides both water and nourishment. Food particles in the machine make it possible for mold and mildew to grow – and no one wants mold inside the dishwasher of their Alpharetta home!

SERVPRO knows that the thought of mold damage inside your Alpharetta dishwasher is not pleasant. Thankfully, dishwasher mold is not inevitable. Thorough cleaning prevents mold growth and protects your dishwasher. Here are some easy tips to help you.

Regularly cleanse areas of the machine where food particles collect. That includes the dish racks and silverware holders, the base and inside of the door, and of course the plastic filter at the bottom where bits of gunk accumulate.

Encourage drying by leaving the door open for a while after the end of a cycle. If your washer has a heat-dry setting, use it regularly. Using the hot dryer might cost a little more in electricity, but it saves you money in home mold remediation!

Clean seals once a week with a mild cleanser. You can make a useful cleaning agent by mixing a mild solution of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the seals with the mixture and then wipe thoroughly with kitchen towel.

Deep clean your dishwasher once a month. Remove all racks and wash them thoroughly. Take advantage of the empty machine to wipe down all interior surfaces. Replace the racks, add a bowl of vinegar to the top rack, and run the machine on its hottest cycle. You can also sprinkle baking soda on the floor of the appliance before starting the cycle, for an even better clean.

The key to reducing mold growth is spotting signs of fungus. If you spot mold colonies in your kitchen or anywhere else in your home, call SERVPRO at once. Our professional mold remediators clean away visible mold and take steps to discourage regrowth.

For help with fungal growth in Alpharetta, Birmingham, Johns Creek, Crabapple and surrounding areas, contact SERVPRO of North Fulton County at (770) 992-2777 today.

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When Is a Store Pack-Out Necessary During Water Removal in Alpharetta?

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO understands the importance of getting your doors open again, so we work quickly to restore your business after water damage.

Thorough Water Removal Services

One of the most distressing parts of water damage to your Alpharetta store is the disruption it causes. As any business owner knows, even one unplanned closure might cause a loss of profit, because customers cannot come in and buy if you are not open. All it takes is one leaking appliance or damaged roof to cause costly damage to your business. SERVPRO understands the importance of getting back in business as soon as possible after water damage.

We always focus on the quickest and most efficient solution for water removal in Alpharetta. Sometimes a pack-out is the most efficient option. A pack-out means we remove inventory and business items from your store while our team carries out water removal at your premises.

We assess each situation on an individual basis to decide whether a pack-out is necessary. Sometimes removing items from the premises is the quickest way to remediate the situation and restore your business. In some cases, there is extensive water damage and working with existing stock and business furniture in situ is difficult. In those cases, it is better to clear the space so we can work more efficiently.

Another benefit of a pack-out is that we remove your items to one of our specialized storage and cleaning facilities. Our storage locations contain specialist cleaning equipment such as patented Esporta wash systems and ultrasonic cleaning. We also have access to freeze-drying facilities for the preservation and restoration of essential books and documents.

SERVPRO understands that it is daunting to hand over your stock and perhaps electronics, books, or office furniture, to a third party. That is why we take care of your items as if they were our own. We carefully log everything we remove, and our drivers use professional packing equipment to secure your possessions in our vans.

Once your facility is empty, we set to work removing water and drying out the premises. We use moisture probes to check for dampness inside carpets, under floors, within walls, and behind baseboards. Rest assured that we do not stop until your building is dry and ready for use once more.

For help with water removal in Johns Creek, Crabapple, Birmingham, Alpharetta and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of North Fulton County at (770) 992-2777 today.

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Seasonal Severe Weather Causes Flooding in Alpharetta

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

If flooding, after or during a storm, affects your property, contact SERVPRO right after for a quick response and drying plus remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Ready and Equipped to Tackle Flood Damage in Your Home

Residents of Alpharetta pay close attention during hurricane season, tracking the path of the storms making landfall off the Gulf and/or moving through Florida. The storms may decrease in ferocity, but if they pass over our area, heavy rains and strong winds are anticipated. Flood damage is common, and we are ready to assist if water fills any areas of your home.
 
Multiple inches of rain falling over just the span of a few hours spells flood damage in Alpharetta to your home. The lowest levels of your dwelling and any foundation or crawl space are at risk, and the quantity of water requires professional help to remove. We have tracked the storm as well, and have the crews assembled and equipment inventoried to come to the aid of our community.
 
Fast action by SERVPRO minimizes the long-term effects of flooding. Contact us as soon as you note water is climbing inside or swamping your foundation or crawl space. Standing water is extreme in its destructive power, and the sooner we arrive to assess and plan, the more quickly we remove the water and move on the structural drying and restoration.
 
Expect your SERVPRO team to arrive fully equipped to begin water removal. Often power outages accompany flooding events because of high winds and lightning. We power our industrial strength submersible pumps and high-efficiency water extractors from vehicle loaded sources. No waiting means less time for the water and any hazardous substances or items it contains to accelerate damage to your home. Water removed we dispose of off-site, necessary as flood water is considered contaminated, often filled with sewer backup, chemical runoff from neighboring lawns and pavement, and overflow from nearby waterways.
 
Trained technicians then measure and monitor moisture in structure and contents. SERVPRO uses advanced technology to locate hidden and trapped water inside walls and in recesses of your foundation or crawl space. Once we note this obscured moisture, we work to release and remove it. Sections of walls may be cut out to permit extractors to suction the water out, or holes may be drilled into mortar joints for the water to evacuate.
 
We position air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce the remaining moisture rapidly as well as sanitizing surfaces to inhibit microbial activity. Any furnishings or stored items are moved to a dry area for experienced restorers to review. Many saturated items, including documents, pictures, and heirlooms, gain new life using unique resources SERVPRO offers. Lyophilization, also known as freeze-drying, and similar advances in the drying industry are familiar to our well-trained work crews and project managers. Do not assume precious items are ruined. Ask to explore the opportunities modern restoration science can offer.
 
A flood event is frightening and overwhelming, but SERVPRO of North Fulton County restores both your home and peace of mind. Call us for a flood damage evaluation at (770) 992-2777.

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Fire Damage Remediation for Your Alpharetta Home

10/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage is often devastating. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services for the structure and contents of your home.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Make Your House Safe After a Fire

The disaster which does not discriminate is fire. No matter if you live in Alpharetta or elsewhere, or what the condition and age of your residence, there is always a chance that your home could suffer from a fire for various reasons. Most homeowners understand this, and it is a widespread fear for people who purchase their own homes. However, when fires do occur, what happens next?
 
Once the fire is out, and you are left behind with all the fire damage to your Alpharetta home, you need the professionals of SERVPRO to help you restore your home back to the way it was. Loss from fire presents restoration challenges which are different from normal repair and cleaning. The combined effects on a building from intense heat, burning fire, smoke residues, and water from fire-fighting efforts need us to provide you with various services and work together with licensed subcontractors and contractors.
 
Starting with mitigation, the goal is to secure your structure and stop further damage. It could include boarding up your home and establishing a temporary source of electricity. When your home is wet, we also need to perform emergency drying to stop secondary water damage, such as mold growth.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians then take care of cleaning your structure from fire damage, removing smoke residues and deodorizing odors given off by the residues. We consult with you on which structural components can be cleaned and which we need to replace. Repair or replacement for anything which cannot be cleaned is the next step.
 
Our content cleaning services include cleaning your possessions inside your home. Sometimes, contents can be cleaned on site, while other situations require them to be packed and moved to a different location for cleaning and storage.
 
We also subcontract cleaning of certain contents like electronics, dry cleaning of clothing, refinishing furniture, and cleaning expensive artwork.
 
In some cases of fire, structural components could have too much damage to the point that they cannot be restored. In this case, we work with licensed general contractors to provide the needed reconstruction services.
 
SERVPRO of North Fulton County is expertly trained to take care of your home after fire damage. For anyone living in the areas of Roswell, Ocee, or Alpharetta, we can be reached by dialing (770) 992-2777.

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Effects of Water Damage in an Alpharetta Property

10/14/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Offers Water Damage Restoration and Moisture Control to Alpharetta Properties

SERVPRO Can Restore Properties in Alpharetta Damaged by Water

SERVPRO has the experience necessary to inform you of the downsides of excess water in your home. The removal of excess moisture from your Alpharetta home should be a matter of top concern at all times. That is because excess water may find its way into your home through several access points. These include unattended taps, leaks in pipes, excess precipitation, and outright negligence, to mention but a few.

 Regardless of its source, such water may adversely impact your home. In the discussions below, SERVPRO describes the dangers of water damage in Alpharetta and some of the various means and ways of mitigating them.

Carpets are highly absorbent. They easily soak up plenty of water which subsequently weakens its fabrics. If the situation is left to go on unabated, this may often lead to the diminished overall lifespan of the carpets. This means that your carpets can end up being obsolete before their time.

SERVPRO knows too well that wooden pieces of furniture are also very susceptible to excess moisture. That is because such moisture often gets absorbed by the wood and in so doing dampens those wooden components. The resultant effect is rotting of the same and substantially diminished lifespan. Apart from that, they also weaken the furniture so much so that, they may subject anyone who sits on them to the risk of falling off.

Foundations of the buildings may be weakened by excess moisture. Moisture does weaken the foundations if the underlying soil shifts. This makes the soil quite weak as not to offer the required support. This issue may lead to the overall collapse or cracking of the foundation if not mitigated in time.

SERVPRO points out that hidden moisture can encourage the growth and proliferation of mold. Molds and other fungi thrive well in areas with excess moisture. They can lead to health effects.

Count on us, SERVPRO of North Fulton County, to remove water and dry out your home or business by calling  (770) 992-2777 to request a quote or book an appointment.

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Obtain Professional Water Damage Restoration Services in Alpharetta

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO’s technicians are certified and ready to assist you with your water damage restoration needs.

Fast and Efficient Water Damage Restoration Services

Regardless of the cause, when your Alpharetta home suffers water damage, it can be difficult to repair. A certified professional helps you fight against structural threats and removes any serious unhealthy hazards. The longer these issues fester, the easier it is for things like mold, rot, and corrosion to threaten your home.

You need to remain cautious whenever entering your Alpharetta home after water damage takes hold. The water itself can contain a variety of microbial or infectious hazards while flood waters also often bring wildlife and other contaminated materials into your home as well. It is important to take the proper steps to protect your investment and maintain safety properly at all times while performing repairs of any kind.

Professionals working on your home wear the appropriate protective clothing and so should you. Respirators, gloves, boots, and eye protection are key to eliminating possible hazards; this includes quality materials that can protect you from punctures or animal bites provided by snakes, rodents, reptiles, and other pests hiding under debris that can lash out when startled. 

SERVPRO technicians help you identify these types of hazards and assist you by providing insight into how to avoid additional damages. We offer full-service solutions to water damage issues found in your home, using industrial-grade equipment and years of experience to locate hidden pockets of moisture that could easily cause problems later.

SERVPRO also uses hygrometers and other detection equipment to test moisture levels throughout your home. We can help you determine how far water penetrated specific areas, which helps make the entire drying process simpler. Our technicians also work towards preventing microbial growth, cleaning and restoring areas using both chemical and mechanical methods.

Remember, your best opportunity for a complete restoration is to hire a certified professional. SERVPRO’s entire restoration team has IICRC-certification and follows guidelines set by the EPA to provide you with quality services that help return things to normal after an emergency occurs.

Contact SERVPRO of North Fulton County for more insight into available services or to schedule your initial inspection, today. We stand ready to assist anytime, 24/7, day or night. (770) 992-2777

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Carpet Mold Damage Remediation in Alpharetta

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

If you notice discolored patches in your carpet or a musty smell in your home, call SERVPRO to remediate the mold damage.

Hidden Mold in Your Carpet

No one in Alpharetta wants mold in their home. It is unsightly and can cause health effects. Just because the mold is not visible does not exactly mean that it is not there. In fact, mold prefers dark and moist environments, and the only time you can see it growing on the surface is in cases of severe contamination. Mold growth on the carpet is particularly aggressive and more often than not requires replacing the whole thing as well as the padding underneath.

If you suspect the presence of mold on your carpet, you need to contact a professional mold cleanup company immediately. As a locally-based and operated water damage remediation company, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond quickly to your emergency in Alpharetta. Our IICRC-approved technicians are available 24/7, delivering swift and efficient restoration services to the community and its environs.

Mold thrives under four conditions: oxygen, an organic source of food, moisture, and a surface on which to grow. Damp rugs and carpeting meet these requirements perfectly. The dust, dirt, pet dander, and microbes that settle in your carpet offer sufficient organic material on which the mold can feed. All you need is a little water to initiate mold growth.

If you act fast (typically within the first 48 hours), SERVPRO may be able to salvage the carpet. Using water extraction and dehumidification equipment, our technicians can remove the moisture and dry the fabric completely to counter the mold damage. Once the carpet is dry, we clean it thoroughly using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuum to get rid of the developed bacteria and mold spores.

If you notice a musty odor around the carpet area, it is a definite sign of mold growth and, possibly, mold damage. This smell might not be immediately noticeable if you spend a lot of time indoors, but take note if your guests comment on a moldy odor in your home as it may be a direct indication of mold. In severe cases, the mold may cause discolored patches on the carpet. These patches can be black, white, green, and a wide range of other colors.

When mold attacks your carpet, you have a short time before it causes irreversible damage. As soon as it happens, contact SERVPRO of North Fulton County to come in and counter the mold damage. We are available 24/7 at (770) 992-2777.

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When To Use An Extinguisher To Prevent Fire Damage To Your Alpharetta Home

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

A fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives.

Do You Have A Fire Extinguisher In Your Home?

A home fire is a frightening experience for any resident of Alpharetta. However, there are some cases where it is safe to use a fire extinguisher against a home fire, and doing so might prevent fire damage to your home or stop the flames from spreading further.

SERVPRO would like to remind readers of the US Fire Safety Administration’s advice about the use of fire extinguishers to prevent fire damage to Alpharetta homes.

It is certainly a wise idea to keep a fire extinguisher in your home. Commercially available devices such as those you can buy at your local hardware store usually fall into one of three categories:

A – for use with ordinary materials such as cloth, wood, and paper.
B – for use with combustible and flammable liquids such as grease, gasoline, oil and oil-based paints.
C – for use with electrical equipment such as appliances or power tools.

Although there are category D and K devices available, these are generally for commercial purposes.

The important thing to remember when fighting a blaze in your own house is to stay safe and do not tackle a fire that is bigger than you can handle, or larger than your home fire extinguisher can safely tackle.

Before attempting to fight a blaze in your home, it is important to alert everyone else in the house that there is a fire. Shout or do anything else you must to get their attention and ensure they have exited safely. SERVPRO suggests them to call the fire department immediately.

Do not try to be brave or tackle a fire that is going out of control or spreading. Your safety is the most important thing. If you cannot extinguish the fire without putting yourself in danger, simply get out as fast as you can and let the fire department handle it. However, if a fire is small and contained in a specific area such as a pan or a wastepaper basket, it might be safe to tackle it yourself.

Only use a fire extinguisher if you are confident you have a clear escape route and that the flames are not blocking and not in danger of blocking that route.

In the event of a home fire, call SERVPRO as soon as you can. Our IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to scrub and clean soot-damaged surfaces and deodorize your home so that it is livable once more.

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For help with fire problems in Roswell, Crabapple, Milton, Ocee and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of North Fulton County at (770) 992-2777 today.

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Your Answer to Flood Damage in Your Sandy Springs Area Home

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can mitigate damage from a storm and help you take steps to prevent damage from future storms.

Restoration and Prevention of Flood Damage

Storms can push a bunch of potential problems your way that makes owning a home in Sandy Springs painful on your pocket book. However, with changes in how we respond to emergency situations as a society, it is easier to get the help you deserve. 

Calling and scheduling multiple contractors to receive quality repairs after flood damage occurs in your Sandy Springs home is a thing of the past. There are qualified professionals all under one roof that can provide you with the services you need to recover quickly after a flood. Our services help limit any losses you might experience, and give you access to professionals who respond to emergency situations with a sense of purpose. 

By contacting your local SERVPRO, you gain access to highly trained, IICRC-certified professionals who can help you understand what to do during emergency situations. We do far more than offer you unique solutions to problems that exist on your property. Our technicians can help you make the most of any unfortunate situation and teach you how to avoid future problems that might occur. Whether you have flood damage caused by a broken window, fallen tree, or heavy winds, we produce quality results you can trust. 

If you happen to have roof damage that causes flooding in your basement, your SERVPRO technicians understand how to locate the problem and perform any necessary repairs to get the job done right. We can correct grading in your yard to improve runoff performance, install additional drainage, backflow valves, and submersible pumps to keep water away from your home. 

SERVPRO technicians also perform crawl space encapsulation services that help improve your home’s living environment and provide you with many solutions against corrosion, rot, and even mold. We maintain your property as if it were our own, offering quality cleanup and restoration services to everyone in our surrounding community. 

Contact SERVPRO of North Fulton County, we understand and care about your situation. There is no reason for you to go it alone, our team is ready to help restore your home, today. (770) 992-2777

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Quick and Efficient Water Removal Services for Alpharetta Homes

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for fast and effective water removal.

Emergency Water Removal Services

From leaking faucets and ruptured pipes to heavy rainfalls and storms, excess water is one of the most unfortunate problems a homeowner can face. Failure to address it immediately can lead to electrical hazards and expensive damage to the structure and its contents. Furthermore, contaminated water can come with various types of ailments, which may be difficult to treat. Gray water and black water, in particular, is packed with disease-causing organisms such as viruses and bacteria.

To protect your family and your property, you need professional help – and you need it fast. SERVPRO has highly trained technicians at your disposal for emergency water removal services in Alpharetta. We are approved by the IICRC to ensure that our equipment is up to par with industry standards.

Safety is an essential part of the water removal process. After stopping the water at its source and eliminating any electrical hazards in the area, it may be necessary for the occupants to evacuate the building. Indeed, water-damaged structures tend to create slip, trip, and fall hazards, particularly loose power cords, equipment hoses, and wet surfaces.

Confined spaces are usually difficult to access, especially because they are not designed for human habitation. The typically confined spaces that SERVPRO workers enter during water damage removal efforts are attics and crawl spaces. In the presence of sewage contamination, crawl spaces may contain severe hazards like gas lines, electrical wiring, infectious waste, and sewer gas. Our technicians use personal safety equipment and gas masks for additional protection.

Water removal on walls and floors is one of the most challenging parts of the water removal process. Walls behind cabinets, in particular, contain drywall and numerous layers of the cabinet back. Drying depends on the construction of the cabinets and nature of the paint. If the cabinets are hung on an interior wall, we create holes from the other side of the wall to promote ventilation.

Water damage is one of those problems no one loves dealing with, but it has devastating consequences. If it happens to you, SERVPRO of North Fulton County is readily available for quick and efficient water removal services. Call us anytime at (770) 992-2777.

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Commercial Water Removal Services for a Water-Soaked Restaurant in Alpharetta

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Removes Water From Restaurants in Alpharetta--Keeping the Doors Open and the Food Safe

SERVPRO Works Hard to Keep Your Eatery Open after Water Damage

Water damage in a restaurant can be devastating to the restaurant owner. Whether the cause is internal such as a ruptured pipe or external like a natural disaster, it is important to act quickly to save the restaurant and prevent loss of property. Depending on the extent of the damage, the owner may have to close the business if there has been structural devastation.

If water damage in your Alpharetta restaurant affects your business, you can count on SERVPRO for quick and efficient commercial water removal. Our IICRC-certified technicians are highly skilled in dealing with water damage emergencies in restaurants.

Drying the Structure
The idea is to get rid of excess water and return the restaurant to normal conditions. SERVPRO technicians use truck mount pumps, and portable submersible pumps to remove standing water over two inches high in the affected area. This step is useful to speed up the water removal process, considering that truck-mounts can extract thousands of gallons a day.
 
Drying occurs faster when the temperature in the room is between 70 and 90 degrees F since hot air tends to hold more moisture. In the absence of heat, our technicians use portable heaters. The drying process is rather technical. Overheating the structure on the first drying days can cause excess moisture in the air, leading to secondary damage. There is a balancing technique to expedite evaporation while not damaging porous materials like furniture and walls with a too rapid elimination of moisture.
 
It is also important to lower relative humidity during the water removal. The RH needs to be at a particular level to accelerate the drying process. To do this, we have to remove some of the moisture in the air. After the first day or so of drying, the relative humidity should be less than 40 percent.
 
Another significant factor to consider when drying is air movement. The air in a water-damaged restaurant is usually damp and humid, which slows evaporation. Our staff can blow the damp air out and replace it with warm, dry air to quicken drying. We can utilize lay flat ducting, which when expanded with air movers or air scrubbers acts as huge conduits to channel water vapor ladened air to the exterior.
 
Commercial water removal in a restaurant can be daunting. You need to ensure that your business meets acceptable industry standards. As a locally owned company, SERVPRO of North Fulton County can respond quickly to provide the necessary water removal services. Call us anytime - (770) 992-2777.

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Family Reunion and a Flood Damage In Roswell

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Roswell Flooding from Storms or Tubs Means Water Damage and Cleanup--Call SERVPRO

Roswell Homes Suffer from Unwanted Water Displacements

Summertime is family time, young and old spending time together at the grandparents. Everyone is distracted, catching up, cooking, planning tomorrow’s events, and the youngsters take full advantage. When the unsupervised children’s escapades result in water flowing where it should not, SERVPRO is faster to solve that disaster, getting the family reunion back on track.
 
Grandma and grandpa finally remodeled their bathroom, adding a hot tub spa. A group of cousins decided to fill it up and take a swim, causing flood damage to the extended family’s Roswell home base over the holiday weekend. Fortunately, we have lots of experience restoring master bed and bathrooms after this type of adventure. Just when you need fast and sure help, we are there with the equipment, the technicians, and a plan.
 
Powerful water extractors, in the hands of trained SERVPRO crew members, pull moisture out of vast expanses of carpeting. We take care not to stretch the carpet nor separate the fibers from the backing, a possibility when inexperienced individuals wield the wet vacuum. Typically the padding is harder to dry and inexpensive to replace, so we remove it and prop up the carpeting. Air movers positioned to best advantage, direct flows above and below the carpeting. Dehumidifiers assist in reducing the moisture.
 
The restoration team evaluates the water flow within and out of the bathroom. Tile floors are not reliably watertight, so we look for leaking onto the subfloor and along joints that send water to lower levels of the house. Walls and ceilings below the bath receive a close inspection, seeking areas where water possibly migrated.
 
Any indication that the flood damage moved beyond the master suite is added to the comprehensive SERVPRO recovery plan. Water damage, wherever it migrated, must be remediated within 48 hours, or less, to avoid secondary harm to structure and contents. Flood water from a bathtub classifies as gray, or somewhat contaminated. Soap and skin cells mixed into the typical spa bath water provide the moisture and nourishment mold spores need to grow. We train our technicians to recognize this and manage the cleanup, disposal, and final sanitation accordingly.
 
SERVPRO of North Fulton County gets the family festivities focused back on fun and fellowship after remediating your flood damage. Call (770) 992-2777 to schedule an inspection by an experienced project manager to start the process of flood damage restoration.

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Avoiding Basement Water Damage In Your Alpharetta Home

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

In your basement, water damage can ruin furniture and flooring, plus lead to mold growth very quickly.

Avoiding Water Damage To Your Basement

In your basement, water damage can ruin furniture and flooring, plus lead to mold growth very quickly. The best way you can avoid such damage is to regularly inspect your basement appliances, helping you not to need water removal and save you time and money.

The first appliance most people have in their basement is a washing machine. When they go bad, water removal is going to be needed fast for your Alpharetta home. Look at the hoses regularly for fraying, bulging, and cracking. Any signs of deterioration can lead to big trouble. Replace the hose right away if you see a problem. Ideally, the hose should be replaced every three to five years to prevent any accidents. When you do have an accident with your washing machine, SERVPRO is the one to call, as we are a professional water remediation company. We have the experience and equipment necessary to recover your basement.

The water heater should be checked next. Most water heaters last eight to ten years, however, there could be signs of a leak before that time. Look for wet areas on the floor, and if you see any, call a professional plumbing contractor right away. If you have it, sump pump equipment should be inspected each year by a professional plumber. They look for gravel, dirt, and sand which can obstruct the ability of the pump to drain properly.

Extra refrigerators and freezers kept in your basement also should be inspected. Ensure the hose connection is attached securely to the water supply line. Watch for wet spots on the floor which could indicate a problem with the ice maker line, as this is a common problem. It's a good idea to replace the original water line with a sturdier aftermarket one.

Our SERVPRO staff arrives quickly to your home to help you with a water agency in your basement. With special truck-mounted pumps plus dehumidifiers and fans, we have your basement dried out again in no time. Any repairs that are necessary are also made, and a mold check is performed.

SERVPRO of North Fulton County is standing by always to assist you and make cleanup easier when your basement needs water removal. Just give us a call at (770) 992-2777, and we make your emergency our priority.

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Remediating Mold Damage in Alpharetta

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Let us investigate the moldy smell in your home. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold to root out the cause.

SERVPRO's Thorough Investigation Discovers the Cause of the Mold Infestation in Your Home

Mold is the disaster that sneaks in when no one is looking. After a fire or flood, a tiny number of spores can go unnoticed to expand, grow, and spread through a home in just a few weeks. Most people first notice mold by the telltale musty odor, but since not all mold gives off an odor, it is not a reliable indicator.

To ensure we take care of any mold damage in Alpharetta homes, SERVPRO uses the guidelines developed by the EPA as a framework for our work processes. We clean and dry moldy materials, discard moldy items that cannot be cleaned and dry non-moldy items within 48 hours.

Our first step is to find the source and extent of the growth. Our inspectors examine laundry rooms, basements, crawlspaces, and behind walls. They use air content meters to determine the percentage of contamination in each area of the home. Both examinations help us decide on the best cleaning methods.
If the contamination is limited to one area, we isolate it from the rest of the structure. Technicians establish containment by sealing off the HVAC vents and covering all entrances and other openings with thick, plastic sheeting. Now, we can clean the structure and personal property without spreading mold spores to the rest of the home.

We start by wiping down all surfaces. Technicians use a variety of cloths and sponges to dry wipe, removing most of the spores. If the growth is very thick in some spots, we use a vacuum that contains a HEPA filter. This filter is designed to remove and capture mold spores and works very efficiently on a dry or wet mold.

If the mold is wet or very damp, we use a cleaning agent to help separate the mold from the surface and remove it. Once removed, we wait for the surface to dry then wipe it down with a dry sponge or cloth to make certain we remove loose spores that may have settled from the air.

If the property is mold-free or if we cannot restore it, we remove it from the contaminated area. We dispose of the contaminated property according to state and federal regulations. Technicians place the mold-free items in a room where they can dry on their own, or we can set up air movers and fans to speed up the process. If there is not a mold-free room in the home, we will take it to our facility or other off-site storage to dry.

Restoring a home after a mold infestation can be a frustrating experience for owners and residents. SERVPRO of North Fulton County is here to help and walk you through every action and step along the way. If you have found mold or wish to schedule an inspection, call us at (770) 992-2777 today.

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Change Your Habits, Protect Your Sandy Springs Home Against Fire Damage Today

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

The majority of fire incidents involve common mistakes, accidents that occur due to misuse, neglect, or distraction.

Guard Your Property Against Fire Damage

Apart from causing severe damage to your home, avoiding damage can be quite easy. The majority of fire incidents involve common mistakes, accidents that occur due to misuse, neglect, or distraction. You can learn how to avoid these problems and regain control of your living environment entirely.

If you experience a fire in your Sandy Springs home and are looking for fire damage restoration assistance, you are in luck. There is a company available to help restore the damage on your property, that can also teach you how to avoid developing these types of problems in the future. Start protecting your home by having smoke detectors installed in every room. You and your families safety come first. Having security systems in place that allow you time to reach a safe location gives you the best chance of survival, and early detection is the key.

Have a qualified fire damage restoration technician, like those offered at SERVPRO, inspect your entire property. They can help point out areas that require professional attention, perform needed repairs, and provide you with the advice you need to mark issues off of your list. It helps if you can keep track of storage areas on your property that contains easily flammable materials. SERVPRO technicians can help you learn how to store items in a way that prevents problems from occurring, limit damages that you experience, and possibly even avoid them altogether.

It never hurts to have a solid escape plan for you and your loved ones. Every family member needs to understand how to respond to emergency situations, get them involved, practice your escape route to ensure their safety. SERVPRO Professionals can offer solutions to assist with organizing your plan, recommending routes, and discuss available options.

Your safety comes down to your habits. No more leaving candles unattended in the bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom. Same goes for portable electric heaters that you use during the winter. If you smoke cigarettes, take responsibility and maintain smoking materials properly.

If you have any questions, would like more assistance, or just need general advice, contact SERVPRO of North Fulton County today. SERVPRO can help provide you with a solution (770) 992-2777.

Looking to learn more about Sandy Springs, visit http://www.sandyspringsga.gov/ for more information.

Check These Three Places For Hidden Mold Damage In Your Alpharetta Home

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Remediation of Mold Damage in Alpharreta Carpets and Homes by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Tips For Mold Prevention

Mold is the enemy of every homeowner. Mold looks unsightly, smells bad, and can cause damage to your soft furnishings, carpets, clothes, and even your appliances or the structure of your home itself. Often the first sign of mold is a glimpse of discoloration on a wall or ceiling, or maybe noticing that telltale moldy smell in a bathroom or laundry room.

 
However, spores can grow in hidden places, too. You can reduce the risk of the fungus growing unnoticed and causing mold damage to your Alpharetta home by being proactive about looking for evidence of mold. SERVPRO recommends you check the following places for hidden contamination.
 
Chimneys
Chimneys are cold and can easily get damp from rain or even snow. Brickwork provides plenty of hidden crevices for spores to grow in. Make sure your chimney flashing is in good condition and replace it if need be. An annual visit from a chimney sweep is a good idea, too.
 
Kitchen Appliances
Most kitchen appliances get washed after every use, but there are still some hidden areas you must check regularly. Take a look at refrigerator drip trays, the door and seal of front-loading washing machines, and refrigerator and freezer seals. You can deal with mild cases using a weak bleach solution followed by a quick wipe with white vinegar.
 
Carpets and Carpet Pads
Carpets and carpet pads provide an environment where mold can propagate unnoticed, especially if a carpet gets wet. If your floor coverings get wet, call us at once. Our skilled teams come with free standing and truck mounted pumps and extraction tools to remove water and lessen the risk of fungus growing under your carpet or pad.
 
SERVPRO recommends putting in a call to us at the first sign of mold in your home. Our IICRC-certified technicians come prepared to set up containment to protect the rest of your home before getting to work on thoroughly cleaning the affected area. We use powerful HEPA vacuums to vacuum loose spores from surfaces, along with a combination of sanding, wire brush scrubbing, dusting, and wiping with a detergent solution to ensure each surface is properly cleaned of mold. We also use negative air machines when needed, to vent contaminated air outside your home.
 
When mold cleaning is complete, our trained experts bring in dehumidifiers and air movers to dry the affected room, carpet, or area back to its normal level of dryness and discourage further growth.
 
If you suspect mold growth in your home, give SERVPRO of North Fulton County a call at (770) 992-2777 today.

Water Removal Protects Birmingham Homes From Flooding, Overflows, Back-Ups, And Storm Damage

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

Homes that face such disasters usually benefit from water removal services.

Water Removal Protects Your Home

Many different types of disastrous events and catastrophes can happen to a home, even when it is maintained correctly. Accidents can happen at the worst times. Many are small while others present dangers, all within what is supposed to be a safe and welcoming environment.

Birmingham homes that face such disasters usually benefit from water removal services. When our experts are called to clean up different disasters, one of the first parts of providing the required services is often removing any water on the premises. Water can come from sources that were intended to prevent damage from other emergencies from either taking place or becoming worse, such as water that extinguished a fire, in addition to being the problem itself.

When water has overtaken a home, contamination from solids and liquids is often part of the mess. SERVPRO professionals receive training that fully prepares them to deal with such situations effectively. Because of this training, our technicians are IICRC certified, ensuring that your home receives the best in remediation, repairs, and restorations. Contamination and debris of all material types are removed along with the majority of the water.

This removal of water and other elements that can turn your beautiful home into a dangerous mess continues until even the air inside your home is once again at a normal moisture level. This prevention of mold growth, deterioration of materials, rusting of metal fittings and hardware pieces, and other 'minor' situations can only benefit your home for the long term. In situations where water removal is only partially completed, these damaging situations can become a reality for the homeowner involved.

We at SERVPRO of North Fulton County want to help protect your home from all types of disastrous events. We know that water removal is often the first step that must be taken in restoring your home “Like it never even happened.” Without removing the water first, it is almost next to impossible to carry out the rest of the work your home might require to remain habitable. We are available 24/7 simply by calling (770) 992-2777.

Alpharetta Mold Damage Needs Remediation

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Alpharetta Mold Remediation Starts with a Call to SERVPRO

Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Cleanup in Your Alpharetta Home

Most fire and water damage are easy to see and straightforward to clean. An untrained individual can remove burned siding or waterlogged sheetrock, although we do not recommend this. What is much harder to find, clean, and remove is mold.

To stop and remediate the effects of mold damage in Alpharetta SERVPRO uses the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) Mold Remediation Standard. This is a five-step process that protects occupants and workers, cleans and removes mold, then eliminates the environmental factors that led to the initial infestation.

First, we reduce exposure. Homes with extensive mold growth can cause a limited number of health effects once the growth is disturbed by cleaning and removal procedures. Technicians isolate the affected areas from casual foot traffic by occupants in untouched areas and use the latest in industry-standard equipment to protect themselves.

Second, we document every action. Our remediation team records the initial inspection to include mold growth size, which rooms, hallways or work areas where it was found, and air content test results of mold spore and moisture levels. These are baselines we use to make sure surfaces are cleaned, and air quality has returned to normal after technicians complete their work.

Third, we control contamination at the source. After the area is isolated, we keep it from spreading as the cleaning procedures get underway. One of our best practices uses negative air machines at the point of drywall and other demolition. These devices draw out dust and particulates from the air; when combined with a HEPA filter, they pull out mold even down to the size of a single spore.

Fourth, we remove the contamination. The particles removed by negative air machines are typically blown outside of your home, but can also be captured and removed to another location. Any debris that has settled onto a surface is then wiped down using a dry cloth. Thicker amounts of contamination require a cleaning agent and a wet cloth. In some cases, a vacuum with a HEPA filter may be used for larger quantities.

Fifth, we reduce the humidity level. As the current infestation is remediated, SERVPRO technicians set up dehumidifiers to lower the moisture content to normal levels, preferably below 60%.

Once technicians have completed work, we test the areas to make certain everything is back to safe levels and then hand you the keys back to your home. Remediation can be an extensive and complicated process, but SERVPRO of North Fulton County is here to help you through it. Call us today at (770) 992-2777 to begin.

Quickly Mitigating Commercial Flood Damage Keeps Residents Safe In Birmingham Nursing Facilities

4/8/2017 (Permalink)

Working quickly helps protect everyone associated with your facility from possible complications that flooding can cause.

Mitigating Commercial Flood Damage

An influx of water from a broken water main can cause panic among those who can flee the area, but the elderly are not as capable of doing the same. Bedridden patients are most likely the least likely to try to leave the facility, but those patients who can walk may not realize the dangers that a water main break can cause. In the chaos that such water can cause, nursing staff and doctors can expect to have a multitude of problems on their hands, with both patients and flooded areas.

Nursing homes and hospice care centers in Birmingham are relied on by patients and their families to provide excellent care, but commercial flood damage can threaten not just their safety but also normal daily operations long after the water has been cleaned up. SERVPRO knows that your facility is more than just a place of employment for your employees, but that it is also home to your patients. Any disaster can greatly interfere with the peace and quiet that your resident patients expect.

Because of their expectations and needs, as well as your own, we can work quickly and efficiently to minimize disruptions. Working this way helps protect everyone associated with your facility from possible complications that flooding can cause.

After the water has been removed, we can begin working on the restoration and cleaning processes that are needed to bring your facility back up to par. If you find that your patients are uncomfortable because of our equipment, we can work with you to find a solution that provides relief to them but is still sufficient in bringing your facility back to a dry condition. Large air movers, dehumidifiers, heaters, and air scrubbers can create noise but must be left running until normal moisture levels are achieved.

Because we do not want patients to move to other areas unnecessarily, we can use items that are safe to be around. These can include hydroxyl-producing machines instead of ozone machines. Hydroxyl-producing machines are safe around people, plants, and wet carpeting, unlike their ozone-producing equivalents. Also, when we apply mold inhibitors to walls and other porous or semi-porous surfaces, we always use safe salt-based treatments that, after drying, pose no risk to anyone.

When you have water problems that result in commercial flood damage in your facility, SERVPRO of North Fulton County wants you to know that we have family in the area, also. We want to assist you in the continuation of providing services to your patients. Call us at (770) 992-2777 for any emergency that threatens your facility's safety and ability to operate normally.

SERVPRO's Class-Based Dehumidification System

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

Regardless of the category of damage, contacting SERVPRO right after a water damage event leads to best results.

Evaluating the Class of Water Damage is Essential to Planning Remediation


Dehumidification is one of the most difficult - and one of the most important - tasks to be done in any water removal job. Determining the correct timing, volume, intensity, and equipment for dehumidification can be a difficult task even for our veteran technicians, so SERVPRO locations nationwide have adopted a fairly straightforward class-based dehumidification system to provide for any drying situation adequately. While a Class 1 scenario requires far less work than a Class 4, we make sure to give all projects we take on the time and attention needed to ensure a thorough job done.
 
Class 1
 
Class 1 scenarios are most common when only light water removal is necessary in Alpharetta. Here, very few porous materials such as carpet, padding, and fabric have been affected by water damage, and the only drying we need to do concerns puddles and non-invasive water throughout the area. These situations do not often require more than minor dehumidification regimens. To make sure damage is not worse than it at first seems, we always make sure to use thermal sensors to determine if water has penetrated into any materials we find it on.
 
Class 2
 
In a Class 2 scenario, there may be moderate soaking of porous materials, and larger sections of carpeting may be damp. Water may also have wicked up walls around the home, although usually less than two feet high. These situations are when we start to need more advanced dehumidification regimens and machines to address the problem.
 
Class 3
 
A Class 3 scenario usually contains wide stretches of wet carpet, fabric, upholstery, and other porous materials. In most cases, water has seeped in from above, such as in a flood. Heavy dehumidification may be required to remove the deep-seated water molecules present throughout the environment.
 
Class 4
 
Class 4 scenarios are what challenge SERVPRO personnel the most. In these relatively rare situations, water has penetrated into much harder materials such as tough woods and concrete, requiring specialty dehumidification procedures. Although these hurdles are tough to surmount, our diverse array of tools and national resources allow us to handle them fully.
 
SERVPRO of North Fulton County takes water removal seriously, ensuring that no step gets skipped over and no home is left with excess moisture. Contact us at the first sign of water damage at (770) 992-2777.

Cleaning Smoke After Fire Damage in Sandy Springs

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO for Smoke Cleanup in Your Sandy Springs House

Inspection and Assessment Lead to Correct Fire Cleanup Procedures

You had a kitchen fire, so now what? Even though you got it put out relatively quickly, there is still plenty of damage, including much damage from smoke. Instead of cleaning it yourself, you need the help of a knowledgeable professional, such as SERVPRO, who is trained to handle this kind of damage.

You may be quite out of sorts after experiencing a fire, but as soon as you can gather your thoughts a bit, a call to SERVPRO should be immediate so as to prevent further fire damage to your home in Sandy Springs. The longer you wait to call, the longer the acidic soot and smoke have time to do more harm. Our technicians follow core principles for cleaning up smoke residues including:
 
• Finding all the residues
• Identifying the kind of residues
• Identifying the type of surface the residues are on
• Capturing the residues in dry particulate form or a solution
• Removing the residues
• Properly disposing of the residues
 
Finding and Identifying the Residues
The technician first inspects and tests for smoke residues to determine the extent of damages and decide what cleaning methods are needed for restoration. The technician also pre-tests particular items to figure out the best restoration procedure. By doing this inspection and pre-testing, the tech locates residues, identifies the kinds of residues, and decides what surfaces to clean.
 
Capturing and Removing Residues
Before being removed, you have to capture the residues. The restorer uses air and fluids to release and carry soils away. Air and fluids carry particles suspended with them on contact. Dissolving and vacuuming are two ways to contact soils and dispose of them.
 
Dissolving
Soils and residues which are not loose need to dissolve before being removed. Doing so loosens their bond with the surface and suspends them in a cleaning product and flushed away once it is rinsed or extracted from the surface. The kind of surface and soil are two main factors in dissolving soils. Some soils dissolve in water while others do not and need the use of a cleaning product which is solvent-based. The kind of surface has to be considered to preserve what is being cleaned.
 
Vacuuming
Smoke residues with solid particles consist of mostly carbon. Dry particles which are loosely attached to surfaces can be suctioned by vacuuming. Moisture contacting particles allow the surface to absorb them and therefore are harder to remove. Vacuuming is always attempted first before applying wet cleaning products.
 
Disposing Residues
There are general rules which the SERVPRO tech follows to dispose of the residues properly, so you do not have to worry about it yourself. They understand not to dispose of cleaning solvents in a sewer and septic system and not to dispose of cleaning wastes in a gutter or storm drain. If needed, water with biohazards is brought to a proper disposal firm to handle correctly.
 
Smoke damage left from a fire can have detrimental effects on your possessions and needs to be cleaned right away, so call SERVPRO of North Fulton County immediately after a fire. We can be reached with just a phone call to (770) 992-2777, and we will be to your property quickly to help.
 

Flood Damage Services Available For Your Roswell Area Home

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO cleaning and sanitation technicians put the finishing touches on many of your contents affected by the flood damage event.

Is your Rosewell Home Needing Flood Damage Sercies? 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


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

Fast Fire Damage Odor Remediation Allows Roswell Hotel To Remain Open

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

Odors carried by smoke cannot simply be covered up with air fresheners.

Odor Remediation


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

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

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

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

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

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

1/21/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke & Fire Help for Your Sandy Springs Home, Call SERVPRO

Fire & Smoke Loss to Your Property Restored By SERVPRO

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

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

Commercial Mold Damage Affecting Alpharetta

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Moldy Bread and Restaurants in Alpharetta Require SERVPRO Remediation

Restaurants and Businesses Can Benefit from a SERVPRO Mold Remediation Service

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

Flood Damage Remediation in Mountain Park

12/28/2016 (Permalink)

Flood damage can occur quickly after a storm. Call SERVPRO to remediate the damage!

SERVPRO will First Determine the Source of the Flooding and then Start the Remediation Process Accordingly

When flooding in your home occurs for any reason, you will need a professional water damage restoration company such as SERVPRO to help you clean up. Water mitigation takes several different steps to stop any more damage from happening after a flood. Natural disasters or failures in plumbing can create water damage, most of which is beyond your control. However, time is of the essence in these situations in mitigating the negative effects that flooding can have on your home.

A lot of overflows and flood damage are caused first by fresh water, which comes directly from the faucet in Mountain Park and is not harmful, or gray water, which is contaminated water from appliances. Flood water and sewage water is thought of as black water and is very dangerous because of the very real possibility for the transport of deadly chemicals. If gray and white water is not cleaned up and aired out within forty-eight hours, mold will begin to grow and human contamination is likely. Therefore, it is very important to call us at SERVPRO right away when you see the water has settled into your ceilings, floors or walls. Some water mitigation techniques that should be performed include:  

  • Water extraction
  • Restoration of water damage
  • Inspection for mold, remediation, and removal
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Upholstery cleaning
  • Drying of your home, including flooring and contents
  • Ventilation and dehumidification
  • Stain and odor removal
  • Antimicrobial treatment

At SERVPRO, we make ourselves available 24/7, as we understand how important water mitigation is within the first forty-eight hours. As water damage restoration experts, we should be the first ones out to your home. This allows us to find any signs of mold and contamination and to stop them from developing any further and creating additional damage that will be even more costly for you.

We will minimize the damage by taking objects of value out of the home and cleaning the area for total removal of excess water. Our water removal equipment is top of the line, and we always staff enough crew so the damages are handled efficiently. Once water extraction is done, we dry and sanitize the area so your home is left smelling fresh and clean. We lastly renovate the space so the investment in your property value remains sound.

Flood damage is never anything to take lightly, so that is why our staff at SERVPRO of North Fulton County is standing by to help you whenever you need it. Just give us a call by dialing (770) 992-2777 as soon as possible after your home suffers from flood damage of any kind and we will come and fix the problem for you.

Removing Mold Damage in Birmingham

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

Mold can be found anywhere in your home. Once found, call SERVPRO to remediate!

SERVPRO has a Plan to Remediate Mold Whether it was Slow Growing or a Rapid Infestation

Bathing in an improperly maintained shower stall or tub causes excess water to seep into your walls, floor, and even your ceiling. If you are lucky, most of this water evaporates quickly with little to no effect on your home. However, water can travel pretty far, even in small amounts. Mold can develop anywhere that the right conditions exist and remain hidden until the conditions are perfect for a full blown infestation that breaks out in the crawl spaces and other unprotected areas of your home. When the first signs of mold appear in your home, contact a professional service immediately.

It is important to get any mold damage found in your Birmingham home taken care of as soon as possible. We are locally owned, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and have the resources to provide you with the services you need to return your home to a quality pre-damage condition, "Like it never even happened." Our staff helps fill out any insurance claim paperwork and even teaches you how to avoid these sort of events from happening in the future. Place a call to us today and put our services to the test, you will not be disappointed.

Mold intrusions start with a musty, damp smell that develops in a small area. By the time any visible signs of mold appear, you have already reached a point that professional chemicals and equipment, like those offered at SERVPRO, are necessary to get your mold problem under control. Mold can grow almost anywhere, but dark, wet spaces tend to offer premium opportunities for growth. If there is enough water to keep an area wet over a prolonged period, it is almost a guarantee that mold has begun growing already.

SERVPRO technicians respond quickly to prevent further intrusion into your home. It takes as little as 48hours to start spreading after exposure to water. Mold spores grow into colonies and produce allergens and irritants. We use specialized equipment to contain, filter and remove mold infested materials from your home.

SERVPRO also offers content restoration for all of your belongings caught up in the mold-affected areas. We will pre-test the materials to determine which items are viable for recovery. Then we utilize various cleaning methods to return them to a quality pre-damage condition.

Contact SERVPRO of North Fulton County today for all of your mold damage restoration needs. (770) 992-2777

How to Save a Basement Stockroom from Commercial Water Damage in Newtown

11/27/2016 (Permalink)

Minimize Loss in a Commercial Business in Newtown with Fast Water Extraction

SERVPRO Works Fast to Extract Water from Your Business

Some business owners believe that, once flooding strikes, there’s nothing much that you can do to save damaged property and possessions. Fortunately, however, this is not the case. If you respond quickly and seek help as soon as you spot the problem, SERVPRO can take steps to minimize the destruction.

Speed is vital, particularly for smaller businesses like local stores, pharmacies, and homeware outlets outside of the big cities – businesses that don’t have huge profit margins and can be easily devastated by internal flooding. For Newton basement stockrooms, commercial water damage can be a hard task to rectify. Lots of stores keep their surplus products below ground level and if the area gets wet, so does the stock.

This guide to dealing with a stockroom flood can give you some advice on how to respond, what to do, and whom to call.

Acting Fast
The quicker you respond, the more chance that we’ll have to save your products. So, before you start trying to identify the source of the water damage (if it is not obvious), get in touch with the experts at SERVPRO. Our technicians are highly skilled and trained in the art of leak detection. They have access to sophisticated moisture readers and pinpoint the source of flooding in minutes.

Calling for Help
Plus, we are a local company so that we can get out to your location fast. It is safer, if the flooding is high, you wait outside the building until the team arrives. However, we understand that you may want to start moving stock items out of the water damaged basement. You must only do this if you are confident that the stockroom is free of structural and electrical hazards. If wiring has been compromised, please allow the SERVPRO team to neutralize the danger before entering.

Saving the Stock
Even in small stores, a basement stockroom can be worth thousands of dollars. Flooding puts a huge hole in profits, so it is our job to save as many items as possible. The success of this process will depend on the nature of your stock, the severity of the damage, and how it was packaged and secured. It boxes were lifted off the ground, for example, they have a good chance of making it out unscathed (if a little damp).

Drying the Basement
Once the basement has been entirely cleared of items and furniture (you can then start your inventory), we will set up industrial grade pumps to eliminate the water. The first stage is pumping the large amounts of standing water back out. Only after it is gone will we be able to assess its impact on the foundation. Basements which have been specially lined and built with water damage resistance in mind are designed to contain the liquid so that it does not seep into foundations. In the future, it is worth investing in a sump pump for subterranean spaces to mitigate the accumulation of unwanted water and moisture.

This is just a basic guide to the way in which a water damage restoration team would approach a stockroom flood. SERVPRO of North Fulton County has access to a whole range of industrial pumping and drying machines. We can also bring in high-powered fans to direct clean, fresh air into the building and eradicate odors. Call us 24/7 at (770) 992-2777.

Flood Damage in Alpharetta can Ruin Your Home and Endanger Your Health

11/17/2016 (Permalink)

Storm damage can be devastating. Call SERVPRO to remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Quickly Assess your Property After a Flood

Floods cause a great deal of damage and can come from many sources. The worst floods come from external sources, although it is possible that clean water from burst water lines can become contaminated inside our home, making them almost as bad as floods originating outside your home. Contaminants make things especially hazardous to your health, but here are other dangers that can lurk inside your home after a flood has receded.


In Alpharetta, flood damage can include silt and soils left behind in your appliances. These can retain moisture, creating not only breeding grounds for microorganisms, but also moist environments that cause rust and other corrosive actions. These can ruin your electric appliances over time, even if they seemed fine at first. Hot water heaters are especially dangerous because silt can shift, blocking pilot lights and creating gas leaks in the process. The same is true of gas dryers and ovens.


These appliances should be examined by someone qualified to make repairs on them. While we at SERVPRO are excellent at cleaning such items, we want to make sure that they are in perfect working order and recommend that these always also be examined by a certified technician after we have cleaned them. Most service technicians will not clean appliances to the degree required after a flood, but we can.


Other cleaning aspects can help you preserve your wood floors. After a flood, you are not simply battling moisture. You are also working to remove sediments that can actually act like sandpaper in your home. Some of this sediment is so fine, it can become airborne and when breathed in, it can irritate your nasal passages and throat. Air scrubbers can help remove these particles, just like they do mold spores. As we dry your home with our heaters and air movers, we can also place our air scrubbers in the most effective locations to catch much of the silt, and other particles, floating in the air. This makes it much cleaner in the long run for you and your family.

When you find yourself coping with flood damage, give us, SERVPRO of North Fulton County a call at (770) 992-2777. Day or night, we are here to help you fight emergency situations like this.

A Fast Response To Water Damage In Alpharetta

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

Flooring, Both Wood and Carpets and Ceiling Tiles Can Suffer Water Damage in Alpharetta

SERVPRO Tip: Mitigate Water Damage with Rapid Water Extraction

If you’ve been putting off repairing or replacing your roof or drainage system, heavy rains may cause water damage to your house. Clogged gutters and missing or poorly positioned downspouts can direct water into your home rather than away from your structure. Leaks can damage your walls and ceilings while accumulated drainage that is not routed properly can enter lower levels of your house, flooding out storage and living areas. SERVPRO has the experience to investigate and respond to any of these water damage disasters with well seasoned and trained crews who are experts in the use of state of the art drying equipment and restoration strategies.

Responding to water damage in Alpharetta will be swift, and a plan for restoration will be developed within hours of your first call to our dispatchers. We are proud of our commitment to be Faster to Any Size Disaster, making solving your water damage issues a priority. Our locally owned company knows how important it is for homeowners like you to have a water removal restoration team on site as soon as possible after waters intrude. No water damage problem is too big or too small for us to offer our industry-leading solutions, always working toward restoring as much of your structure and as many of your treasured household possessions as possible.
 
Our aim is to return your home to a pre-loss condition quickly, and we urge you not to wait to have our staff visit, inspect and begin remediating your water damage. The longer water stands in a lower level of your home or moves through the layers of plaster or sheetrock in your walls and ceiling the more likely secondary damages will occur such as mold overgrowth or the warping or buckling of hardwood floors. Mold can begin spreading within a day or two and may require chemical treatment to get it under control. Hardwood floors that cup or warp because they had many days to absorb standing water may not be restorable; a condition SERVPRO technicians can avoid by extracting water fast and using their extensive training to dry out the flooring and sub-flooring appropriately. Carpeting, including padding, can be dried and restored in many instances when our crews are on the job the same day. If mold or separation of carpeting fibers and layers, called delamination, happens because too much time has elapsed the floor coverings may not be salvageable.
 
As soon as you notice the annoying drip of a leak or step into a puddle in your lower level after rainfall immediately contact SERVPRO of North Fulton County. Our office, reachable 24/7 at (770) 992-2777, will ensure trained technicians are on the way to respond to your water damage disaster.

Fire Damage Preventitve Construction Saves Lives and Properties

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Doors Help Preserve Life in Times of Conflagrations in Commercial Buildings in Milton

Fire Codes Help Mitigate Damage and Present Personal Harm

If you follow Georgia 400, Highway 9 or Highway 141 and you will come to a Georgia community that has historic charm, easy living and great planned commercial and residential developments. The community's reputation as the crown jewel of Metro Atlanta is one of economic and social growth. There are many new and established businesses along this corridor with a small town feel. SERVPRO is even close by.
 
If fire damages any of our commercial establishment, it would not only have a negative economic impact, but it would considerably affect our historic communities. A fire damage in the Milton Crabapple District would significantly disrupt our rooftop restaurants and our cool pubs. Either as a resident or a guest in any of our commercial businesses, you may have passed a doorway labeled “fire door.”
 
If we use or work in a building and a fire breaks out, we expect that we will be protected, but this is not always the case. Fire doors are a part of a building's “passive” fire protection system. Since fire is never predicted, the fire door, unlike other doors, is designed to protect lives and offer protection to a major part of the building.
 
Fire doors are manufactured to withstand the spread of fire for a specific period, between 30 to 60 minutes. This time allows people to escape the building. Fire doors are a necessity in nearly all types of buildings. They are made to provide necessary fire safety measures and standards, such as accessibility, sound proofing, safety glazing, thermal efficiency and ventilation.
 
Fire doors are made of solid constructions, like flax board or a wood composite material that burns very slowly. They are fitted with special seals which seal the door on impact with heat, to stop the spread of fire and smoke around the edges of the door.
 
When a fire door is closed, it will slow down a direct fire attack. The doors are classified with different fire ratings which indicate their level of protection. After people in a building have been evacuated, fire doors will continue to provide a certain degree of protection for fire responders to enter the building.
 
In the case of fire damage, when the dirt, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you need SERVPRO of North Fulton County. You need a company that provides results while minimizing the disruption to your business. We are available 24 hours a day to get your Georgia business back up and operational.
 
We are locally owned and operated so you can depend on us to get the job done right and quickly. Our highly trained technicians use state-of-the-art equipment to get your business back open for business. Call us at ( 770) 992-2777 and learn more about our commercial cleaning and restoration services.

Factors Affect Drying After Storm Damage

9/20/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Has the Equipment to Dry Your Sandy Springs Flood Damaged Property

To Mitigate Storm Effects, SERVPRO Suggest Immediate Water Extraction

Following flooding as a result of storm damage, many objects and parts of your home will be soaked to differing degrees. Some areas may be very lightly touched by moisture, and will, as a result, dry out quickly. Others, however, may be inundated and soaked through by flood waters, including porous materials such as carpeting and fabrics. Aside from the sheer volume of water, some other factors will also significantly affect the rate at which your home dries out.
 
Water Extraction
The most important part of the drying process for storm damage in Sandy Springs is bulk water removal. Our drying technology, while thorough and adaptable, is by nature capable of the removal of far less water than a traditional pumping system. For example, our truck-mounted water extractors can move up to 36,000 gallons per day, but our drying systems are often limited to around 30 gallons daily under optimal conditions. We prioritize getting service crews on-scene within hours of an initial call, so to be sure to keep drying times as low as possible.
 
Air Movement
We use high-powered air movers to create strong currents of air in a drying room. These capture water droplets and vapor from all surfaces, and are then coupled with thermal or chemical dehumidifiers to take the water back out of the air and into a holding tank or piped directly to the exterior of the structure.
 
Temperature
Temperature profoundly affects the rate at which water evaporates, and thus the drying rate of your home. An ideal drying temperature is typically anywhere from 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit, as at any lower, our air movers will not be able to pick up much moisture. Any higher, and the air becomes too humid for optimal results.
 
Relative Humidity--RH
Finally, the most important factor is relative humidity. Many of our tools and even the factors described above are related to and designed to accommodate moisture. One device we use to measure this important component of drying is a thermal hygrometer. Humidity must be kept at a relatively ordinary level, so as to encourage fast evaporation and removal but also to avoid further damage to the room.
 
SERVPRO of North Fulton County carries advanced equipment and specialized techniques to help dry out your home as fast as possible following a storm. If your home has experienced storm damage, call us ASAP at (770) 992-2777.

Water Removal - For More Than Just Flooding

8/19/2016 (Permalink)

Complete water removal is required to stop these pathogens from growing and becoming a problem in any Roswell home or business.

Water Damage Removal and Restoration

Beginning with you discovering that water has developed a presence in your living space and making the call to SERVPRO for assistance in fixing the problem, SERVPRO will do everything possible to ensure that your home or property gets back to its original condition, fast. We can also help you with residual water removal and drying when you've discovered water damage in your dwelling's interior walls, floors, ceilings, and other structures, including carpeting and other flooring types. We are IICRC trained and certified with substantial levels of experience.

If you own property in Roswell and need water removal work completed, SERVPRO can handle all types of work, large and small. We know that even small areas in your home that become flooded due to an overflowing sink, tub, or toilet can quickly create a paradise for mold and bacteria. Complete water removal is required to stop these pathogens from growing and becoming a problem in any home or business.

Depending on the extent and location of the water, we will use equipment ranging from a sump pump to commercial grade wet vacs to large truck mounted pumps that will rapidly extract any standing water. For water that has seeped into porous materials, we employ heating units that evaporate the moisture, then ventilate with air movers to remove it from your property and push it to the outdoors.

When it comes to belongings that have become waterlogged, we will remove these items to a dry, and safe, location, to extract the moisture in various ways to ensure that they are preserved as well as possible. This can include books, papers, clothing, paintings, photographs, and even delicate wooden items that are used as décor in your home and may warp when exposed to high humidity levels. Clothing may end up bleeding onto other items, and also may develop mildew spots.

We understand the many ways that water can damage your home, your business, and the items within it. We know how to perform the correct level of water removal so that mold, deterioration of internal structures and any other type of secondary damage is ruled out. We are available 24/7 and can help with all your water removal needs. Call us, SERVPRO of North Fulton County at (770) 992-2777, and we will respond to your emergency immediately.

Mold Damage Is Arrested

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

Our professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton County can break your mold and make it look like it never even happened!

Problems with Mold 

Georgia is known as a state for its peanuts, onions, as well as high humidity and plenteous rainfall. Rain and humidity is a very favorable condition for mold growth. When standing water is introduced into any environment, it gives rise to mold, generally within 48 hours. Black mold (“Stachybotrys chartarum”) is the more common species of mold which is toxic. However, it is best to treat any mold condition as dangerous.

If you experience any mold damage in Alpharetta, call us. Our SERVPRO Professionals can handle all types of mold conditions. After a fire, mold can grow due to the water used to put it out. Small leaks behind walls due to burst pipes, can happen. Sewage and plumbing problems are other events that can cause mold growth. 

Our mold containment process involves our knowledge of how mold grows and hides. We do a thorough property inspection for mold and places with hidden water. Our SERVPRO experts then use various technology procedures to stop mold in its tracks. We use advanced negative air pressure procedures, specialized filtration equipment, powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums. 

Place your mold problems into our hands. We will clean your furniture, clothing, curtains and so much more. Our IICRC certified technicians are trained to remove the odors that emanate from the mold. If your home or business has extensive mold damage, our restoration service also involves minor and major repairs to help get you back to a pre-mold condition. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of North Fulton County is locally owned and operated. We can respond quickly when you contact us for mold emergencies. We are available with 24-hour emergency service, including holidays. No matter how small or how large your mold issue is, we can handle projects of any size. Call us at (770) 992-2777 with any questions you may have. 

The Damage Caused By Fire

6/27/2016 (Permalink)

Even though the immediate fire danger is past, after it is gone it leaves behind a lot which will continue to affect your Johns Creek structure.

Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

You may think you are in the clear after the firefighters have left, and that your home won’t experience any more fire damage in Johns Creek, however, if you don’t call in the experts right away to help you clean up the smoke damage, your building will never get back to normal. The principles of fire restoration are quite simple, but it does require a lot of experience and manpower to perform correctly. This means that it should never be attempted on your own.


Even though the immediate fire danger is past, after it is gone it leaves behind a lot which will continue to affect your structure. Smoke and ash, if left untouched, will cause extensive etching, corrosion, and discoloration, plus lingering powerful odors. A professional company that cleans smoke and fire damage will be able to prevent this before it becomes a huge problem, as long as you contact them soon enough. Several companies say they can restore the areas affected by the fire, but you should only use ones that have the right certification and training, such as SERVPRO. The IICRC is the leading agency in this industry, and they require its registrants to take coursework which is extensive before they can earn their certification. Therefore, this is a symbol of excellence, and anyone upholding these standards can be found through the IICRC.


At SERVPRO, we can clean your smoke damage and restore affected items. However, we need to be brought to your property as soon as possible to stop the issues that are ongoing which ash residue can create. The first thing ash will do is discolor a majority of surfaces. Anything that was near the fire or made of plastic will begin discoloring in just minutes, and in several hours the finish on appliances and fiberglass will start to yellow. Metals will tarnish as well. When a few days have passed, ash will make the walls permanently discolored, along with upholstery and clothing. Wood and vinyl will have to be replaced or refinished, and metal will begin corroding.


If you don’t get our professional staff in to clean your fire and smoke damage, the cost for restoration will get very high in just a few weeks. You might need to replace metals, carpet will discolor permanently, and glass could be etched severely, causing the need for replacement. Odors will also be obvious and could be intense enough to be disruptive. Since ash is acidic, the longer you take to hire our experts, the more destruction there will be.
The first thing we’ll do is find all the materials that are affected and locate the source of any odors. The process has to be very thorough to be successful, and we will be sure to do so.


Any time you experience Johns Creek fire damage, please contact us right away at SERVPRO of North Fulton County by dialing (770) 992-2777 so we can assess your damages and get you back on your feet.

Professional North Fulton County Mold Remediation Experts

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

Mold damage can be detrimental to your residential and commercial property.

Professional Mold Remediation

As a natural existing fungus, mold belongs to a group of biological organisms, but with both harmful and positive characteristics. Alexander Fleming accidentally discovered penicillin by using mold that was growing in a petri dish. Dr. Fleming knew what mold was, which was not the miracle, but that the mold had killed the diseased germ - Staphylococcus aureus, that he had been growing in the petri dish. The result is, of course, an antibiotic like penicillin.

However, mold damage in Sandy Springs that is growing in homes and businesses is not beneficial because it is too toxic to breathe in. Is mold considered dangerous? Yes, as identified by the CDC and the EPA, but the mold removal industry is not regulated in all U.S. States. Congress and around 20 states are working together to create a state-wide mold-related legislation. Georgia is one of the non-regulated states which is why property owner's need to find reputable, trustworthy mold specialists. For this purpose, it is essential to find experienced commercial and residential mold removal professionals.

Many people believe that bleach can easily kill mold, but this is a myth. The hyphae, or root structure, allows mold to attach and grow on surfaces. Bleach can remove the surface mold, but it can not penetrate into porous materials, like drywall and wood. When people spray the porous surface mold with bleach, the water part of the bleach soaks into the surface, which can foster further mold growth, while the bleach element sits on top of the surface, turns to gas and begins to evaporate, which only partially kills the surface layer of mold.

Georgia's climate can also affect how mold grows. Mold spores can reproduce in wet or damp part of a home and in areas where there is flooding or where leaks occur in rooftops, pipes, walls, clothing and even house plants especially if they have been over- watered. Mold can grow from spores 48-72 hours after conducive conditions are met, meaning moisture, food source, and temperature between 45 and 100 degrees. Sandy Springs mold damage in a home or business not only threatens the health of its occupants, but it will also decrease the value of your property.

All of these factors contribute to the growth of mold, which is why only licensed professionals should be used to rid your home or office from its colonization and contamination. The first step in mold remediation is to remove it to prevent human exposure and to limit further damage to building materials and furnishings. All infected materials must be discarded because mold can infiltrate porous surfaces and continue to grow on or to fill in empty spaces and crevices.

As your SERVPRO of North Fulton County mold remediation experts, we are ready 24/7 with quality emergency services. Our staff is trained in property damage restoration, no matter how big or small your structure is, we've got you covered! We are locally owned and operated, which means that we live and work in this community. We are proud to help our local communities, like Alpharetta, Johns Creek, and Roswell. If a catastrophic storm or event occurs, call us immediately at (770) 992-2777.

Roswell Water Damage--Why Call the Experts?

4/30/2016 (Permalink)

Water Leak in Roswell Can Cause a Lot of Problems--Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Expertly Restores Your Water Damaged Property in Roswell

After local storms have hit your Roswell water damaged home with a deluge of rain, it is important to secure the aid of an experienced water damage restoration company. This important initial step must be done quickly to keep damages as minimal as possible. A team trained in the industry standards of the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification), can efficiently remove the water and dry out your property, even from hidden cracks and crevices. As certified experts, this crack team can provide industrial grade equipment for water extraction, drying, cleaning, sanitizing and odor control. Applied structural drying techniques mitigate losses along with your stress level.
 
SERVPRO believes that the faster the water is extracted from your home, the secondary water damage will be mitigated, along with your stress. Property owners know the reputation of this company over the years and are very comfortable for its assistance when water damage has occurred. Other than Roswell water damage caused by inclement weather from flooding, homes can also experience interior water damage from events such as fire, a sewage backup, or a leaking appliance, such as a washing machine. Structural failures from foundation cracks, burst pipes, and roofing problems are also sources of damaging water intrusion. These types of unexpected water damage events, require emergency removal, clean up, and restoration, which is why property owners sometimes don't have time to look for a reliable and dependable flood damage company at the last minute.
 
SERVPRO is a one-stop restoration shop for dealing with these stressful issues with innovative equipment and tools, including truck-mounted water pumps, air movers and dehumidifiers for decreasing moisture levels. As IICRC certified experts, your home and business can be restored to its pre-loss condition, just "Like it never even happened." This company is not an insurance company but preserves and restores water damaged properties. They can assist with the paperwork to lessen the claims burden, but the final decisions rest with you and your insurance company.

SERVPRO of North Fulton County proudly services any water damage to your Roswell property, as well as our local communities of Alpharetta, Milton, and Johns Creek. As a clean-up and restoration company, they are available to help with any fire, storm, or mold problem 24/7, just contact them at (770) 992-2777.

Fire Damage Sandy Springs - 3 Reasons to Contact a professional

3/22/2016 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damage can completely destroy a home

Sandy Springs Fire Damage - 3 Reasons to Contact a professional

When a fire breaks out in a home or business, it’s not easy to contain. However, some things can be done in advance to minimize the potential for fire damage in Sandy Springs that may occur. In most cases, people may have a fire extinguisher in a particular place so that everyone will have easy access to it at all times. In some situations, however, when the fire spreads and damages other areas in a building, there will be some after effects that the owner will have to address. Getting the proper assistance right away is one of the best ways to get things back in order quickly. Therefore, for those who may need help in determining what they should do, here three reasons why professionals in the industry should be contacted instead of trying to handle these problems in-house only.

Professionals Know How to save salvageable items
It’s not uncommon for everything in a home to look like it cannot be restored after a fire has occurred. Specifically, because fire and smoke damage can quickly destroy many things. However, when an individual has the expertise and knowledge to save items using various kinds of professional techniques, they can save possessions that people would normally throw away. For instance, if the fire did not completely burn the draperies but has left a lot of smoke, fire damage Sandy Springs professionals have the equipment required to remove all of the smoke smells from the fabric.
 


Saves Time
Another great benefit of hiring professionals to take care of fire and smoke damage is saving time. Since people like to get back to their regular lives as quickly as possible, they may try to obtain all of the help that they need from friends, families and the like. However, with the assistance of a professional, the family can secure a survey of the damage with a strategic plan to take care of it quickly while also doing a thorough job.
 


Saves Money
Because these professionals have the expertise and equipment to address both small and large jobs, they can help people with saving money. This is because the person may find costly items in the home that the owner may want to throw away. However, when an individual is well versed in what things can be restored, they can save money by not having to buy the item again.
 


Fire and smoke damage can completely destroy a home. However, for those of you who want to get a quick assessment of things that can be restored instead of being thrown away, you should contact SERVPRO of North Fulton County at (770) 992-2777 any time of the day or night.

How to Keep Water Damage from Your Alpharetta Home's Crawlspace

3/1/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Install a Sump Pump with the Crawlspace Encapsulation System

SERVPRO's Encapsulation System for Your Alpharreta Crawlspace Helps Prevent Water Damage

Alpharetta water damage can originate from many sources. Many of our local structures utilize a crawlspace for the foundation. This area of your home is often viewed as a potential source of water damage caused by exterior forces like rainwater seepage, flooding, plumbing failures, or sewage backup. But high moisture levels can lead to a host of unwanted consequences within this space. Let's peek inside your crawlspace and see what goes on under your home.
We might have to crawl, stoop, or even walk to inspect the condition of your crawlspace. The many structural variations may show concrete block foundation walls set on footers, piers supporting floor joists, metal supports, and other engineered supporting materials. Between external water intrusion and moisture accumulation, many bad things can happen here. By understanding the building science to remedy these issues, a specific program is available.

SERVPRO of North Fulton now offers a Crawl Space Encapsulation Program
We are Certified Moisture Control Experts. It is imperative to have a full understanding of how moisture, migrating through air, soil, and building materials, affects many facets of your home's structure and your health. The encapsulation process will create a cleaner, dryer, and safer environment in your basement or crawlspace, therefore improving your interior air quality.
•    Encapsulation Process
•    Inspect crawlspace to determine characteristics of moisture, energy efficiency, and health management
•    Remove organic debris and stored items, level ground
•    Install sump pump and drain tile, if necessary, around perimeter for heavy moisture or water levels
•    Install poly sheeting (6-20 mls thick) over earthen or concrete ground surface, foundation walls and piers to 3 inches below sill plates. Tape seams to seal and fasten to secure encapsulation.
•    Monitor interior ambient air for moisture, humidity, and temperature using devices such as psychrometers and moisture meters. SERVPRO Moisture Control Specialists can then determine if a dehumidifier should be installed and if vents should be blocked to ensure a functional final product.

Water damage from a flood or frozen pipe is dramatic and visible. Though excessive crawlspace moisture is less pronounced, the effects can be far-reaching and more devastating. There are many benefits to SERVPRO's Encapsulation Program:

•    Mold growth and odors are mitigated
•    Bacterial odors and proliferation are diminished
•    Reduction in insects, termites, rodent and vermin infestations
•    Energy savings in dollars, less stress on your HVAC system, a good green reward
•    Healthier ambient air that does find its way into your living space
•    Moisture and water damage to floor joists, hardwood flooring, and rusting of structural metals are greatly diminished
•    Cleaner, dryer area for storage

Of the many factors that lead to water damage in your Alpharetta home, encapsulating your crawlspace can offer a return on your investment that protects your house, enhances your property value while offering you and your family healthier living conditions. A proactive initiative can save you stress, time and money. We are trained Crawlspace Encapsulation Experts and invite your call for a no cost, no pressure consultation. We have proudly served our local communities for many years and will always do what is best for you. SERVPRO of North Fulton is available 24/7 at (770) 992-2777

How to Overcome Sandy Springs Water Damage in Your Home

2/26/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation.

Overcoming Water Damage in Your Sandy Springs Home

Sandy Springs water damage can occur because of a wide range of events. Reputable companies can provide the effective remediation services that you need to restore your home to its previous condition. Water damage in Sandy Springs is common after a major storm strikes the area, and it also may occur when you have a plumbing leak or another similar type of damaging water event. When your home has been negatively impacted by a water event such as this, you understandably want to restore it to its previous condition as soon as possible so that life can return to normal for your family without delay.

What Happens with a Damaging Water Event in the Home

Water is a necessity in your home, but it must be properly contained inside the pipes and plumbing features. When it is not contained, it can cause considerable damage to many surfaces in the home. This ranges from the furnishings to the flooring, walls and other features. It can also cause electricity issues, plumbing back-up issues and more. Beyond that, water in the home can cause high humidity levels, and high humidity levels can result in the increased likelihood of mold growth. Mold growth can cause property damage, illness and more. It is not something that you want to contend with.

The Steps to Water Remediation

Water damage in Sandy Springs can be difficult to overcome, but you can walk through the repair and remediation process to restore the damage. The first step to take is to stop the flow of water in the home. For example, if the leak is from a plumbing issue, turn off the main water valve and call a plumber for repair service. Then, a professional company can use a powerful extraction method to carefully and precisely remove signs of standing water with speed. Speed is critical when drying out a Sandy Springs home because it can decrease the likelihood of mold growth. After standing water has been removed, the next step of lowering the humidity level by drying out the air in the home must be completed. After all signs of water and high humidity levels have been removed, the actual restoration process can be completed to return the home to its former condition.

 Setting Up Remediation Service for Your Home

Whether you have had a minor water event or a major one, scheduling a fast, reliable water remediation service for your Sandy Springs home is important. At SERVPRO of North Fulton County, we want to help you remove the water and restore your home so that it's like a flood never even occurred.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of North Fulton is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. Call us today! (770) 992-2777

Alpharetta Commercial Fire Damage Information

12/11/2015 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO When the Fire Trucks Are Gone to Get Your Business Back in Business

SERVPRO Can Restore an Alpharetta Business After Fire Damage Has Closed the Doors

When Alpharetta fire damage strikes your commercial property, you need to know what steps must be taken to mitigate the disaster from destroying your office and business. Learn more about the negative impact of fires and why a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO can accomplish the difficult tasks to restore your business property.

The impact of the fire damage can render your office or retail space inoperable until a fire damage restoration team from SERVPRO can deal with some of the following problems.

• Standing water--the first responders probably left accumulate volumes of water that must be removed as quickly as possible. Powerful water pumps, sump pumps, and portable and rideable wet vacs can be used by skilled technicians.

• Moisture--the follow-up to water removal is more refined in the detection and elimination of moisture and condensation in hidden voids and visible areas of the business structure. Air movers and dehumidifiers do the job. The drying process helps deter mold proliferation and damage to inventory.

• Smoke damage--incomplete combustion depending on the type of fuel burnt, the heat of the flames, the length of the event, and extinguishing source will dictate its severity. The smoke can circulate through the HVAC system, so that must be disengaged promptly.

• Soot damage--oily residue that sets on hard surfaces like desks, flooring, filing cabinets, walls, ceilings, and electronics. Special sponges, tools, and cleaning agents are required for major wipe down. The step lessens the need for discarding materials like drywall or drop-ceilings.

• Corrosive gasses-- another reason why clean up is essential
• Nitrogen  • Hydrocarbons  •   Sulfur ---by-products of combustion can cause some of the following conditions and fire-damage:
• Within seconds, metal and steel surfaces can begin to discolor.
• Within minutes, marble, plastics, and small appliances can discolor.
• Within hours, coated steel, chrome plumbing fixtures, brass, grout, fiberglass, hardwood, and upholstered furniture can discolor.
• Within days, vinyl floors, ceilings, clothing, and painted walls can discolor.
• Within weeks, crystal and china can etch and pit.
Unfortunately, fire damage can start to deteriorate your property with shocking speed.

What Can A Fire Damage Restoration Company Do?
We begin with a thorough property assessment that enables us to determine the nature and scope of the damages. Since we have working relationships with over 315 insurance companies, property management companies, and govt agencies, chances are we can work toward a mutual and rapid solution. We will then move forward with the cleanup, drying, and repair and restoration services. 

• Content restoration--critical to your business. Stock, merchandise, office furniture and such can be cleaned on-site or packed and sent to our facilities for cleaning and restoration. For sensitive electronic devices, we can call in a third party to assist. Our IICRC certified technicians engage in industry standards for clean ups.
• Sanitation--application of antifungal, anti-bacterial, and cleaning products
• Deodorization--after odor removal
• odor removal--using foggers and industrial air scrubbers, air duct cleaning
• Smoke removal--special tools, equipment, and techniques are used.
• Air duct cleaning  • vent cleaning

Call SERVPRO For Fire Damage Restoration Services

With 57 years franchise wide experience, SERVPRO has become the industry leader because of our commitment to offering detail-oriented, client-centered services that get results. Our IICRC-certified professionals utilize contemporary technology and advanced methodologies to restore your Alpharetta fire damaged property quickly. We also offer 24/7 emergency services. Our aim is to expediently, efficiently, and safely allow you to re-open your doors for business so that you may get back to business.

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of North Fulton County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large and small commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, small shop, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage, whether in Alpharetta, Johns Creek or Roswell, and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about SERVPRO of North Fulton County training and certifications. Call us 24/7 for help. (770) 992-2777

Things to Remember After a Residential Fire in Sandy Springs

11/16/2015 (Permalink)

Candles are a huge cause of residential fires.

The Aftermath of a Sandy Springs Residential Fire

Four Things To Do Following A Fire

Experiencing a fire on your residential property can be the most upsetting thing that happens in your life. Following a residential fire in Sandy Springs, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed and unprepared to deal with the aftermath. However, the professionals of SERVPRO want to ensure that you take all the steps necessary to get your home back in absolutely amazing condition. Make it happen by doing these four things following the fire:

 Ask To Reenter The Building

 Your first course of action following a Sandy Springs residential fire is determining whether it is safe for you to reenter your home. In many cases, houses impacted by fires are not structurally sound. This means going back inside could prove dangerous and even deadly. For this reason, make sure you ask the local fire department or another authority whether it is ok to go back inside.

 File Your Claim And Attain A Fire Report

 After you determine whether it is safe for you to reenter the premises, your next step is to file your claim with the insurance company. This process is very important because it determines how much coverage you will attain for any restoration services provided for the property. To ensure that you get the greatest coverage possible, make sure that you take excellent photos of all damages done to the property. In addition to filing your claim, you should also obtain a fire report which indicates the condition of your property, the areas where the fire took place, and the time and date in which it transpired.

 Make Temporary Living Arrangements

 In many cases, Sandy Springs fire damage is severe enough to preclude you from sleeping in your home. For this reason, it is prudent to make temporary living arrangements in advance. In many cases, you can stay with a friend or family member. If you do not live close to anyone you know, you may find it advantageous to relocate to a temporary lodging facility such as an extended stay hotel.

One final step you must take following a Sandy Springs residential fire is contacting the professionals of SERVPRO. As a fire damage restoration company with over 50 years of experience, we specialize in eradicating all fire damage with speed and skill. Each of our IICRC-certified technicians will also treat you with dignity and warmth as we recognize how challenging it can be to deal with the fire aftermath. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of North Fulton County is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (770) 992-2777

A Quick Reference Guide to Water Damage Response in Your Alpharetta Home

9/12/2015 (Permalink)

Water in All the Wrong Places

Help for Water Damage to Your Alpharetta Home

Once a flood or fire hits your home in Alpharetta, water damage is a strong possible outcome. If you leave the water damage unchecked, the damage can turn your property into a breeding ground for harmful fungi like mildew and mold. Additionally, water damage can adversely impact the structural integrity of your home. If your home's structure and furnishings start to warp and swell due to water absorption, you could be subject to costly repairs. For these reasons, it's important that you contact and hire a water damage restoration company as soon as your home is affected. Water damage specialists are highly skilled in executing the cleanup, water removal, repair, and restoration aspects of the remediation processes. Learn how a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO can help you by referring to the following quick reference guide:

Cleaning Your Home

Although there are many important services provided by water damage specialists, two of the most important are the immediate drying and cleaning of damaged areas. As water damage experts from SERVPRO know, it is imperative to start these processes within 24 hours of the flood or fire. Addressing water damage issues early is the most effective way to safeguard against mold and mildew accumulation and growth. If mold growth goes unchecked, you could subject yourself and loved ones to unwanted health complications that could severely compromise your quality of life. Specialized equipment such as water extractors, vacuums, dehumidifiers, and powerful air-movers expedite this process

Repairing Your Home

In addition to cleaning your home, water damage specialists from SERVPRO are highly skilled in repairing your property. In many cases, natural disasters result in damage to both structural and household items. By hiring this water damage restoration company, you can ensure that your property is restored to its pre-water damaged state, thereby making it safe to live in again. The technicians are skilled, and have the equipment and tools, to tackle most repairs quickly and efficiently.  Restoration, rather than replacement, helps minimize costs for you.

If your property in Alpharetta has been impacted by water damage, it's best to call a team of professional restoration experts. These individuals can clean, repair, and restore your residential property with remarkable expedience. When you start looking for the ideal water damage company to call, remember SERVPRO. We offer round the clock assistance for your convenience and necessities, and we're also skilled in offering exceptional customer service. 

Locally Owned and Operated

We live and work in Alpharetta too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of North Fulton County is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Alpharetta community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. (770) 992-2777

Fire Damage Restoration Experts for Your Johns Creek Home

9/12/2015 (Permalink)

After the Inferno, Call SERVPRO

Johns Creek Help for Fire Damage

Once a fire has taken place in your residential property in Johns Creek, you may find yourself wondering if your home will ever return to its pre-fire damaged condition. Although witnessing the negative impact that fire can have on your home can be disheartening, it's important to realize that restoration of your property is possible. To make it happen, you need to call a certified, qualified fire damage contractor like SERVPRO. Learn more about how fire damage contractors can help restore your property by reviewing the short outline provided for you below: 

Equipment and Expertise

There are numerous reasons that hiring a fire damage contractor can prove beneficial for your home after it has been impacted by a fire. First, a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO has the licensing, equipment, and experience necessary to complete the job in a quick and professional manner. These technicians understand the significance of smoke seepage and soot buildup into walls, furnishings, fabrics and hidden voids. This seepage results in a pervasive smoky odor unless the issue is addressed. These experts utilize specialized equipment to eliminate unwanted smells, and then deodorize affected areas. Some of the equipment employed is Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers and Thermal Foggers. Additionally, SERVPRO will make use of water extractors, vacuums, high-velocity air movers and dehumidifiers to remove water. This immediate response helps to prevent or control mold and mildew growth. Additionally, the educational background that these contractors possess empowers them to ensure that your residential property passes post-fire safety and building codes inspections. 

Ensuring Your Safety

It is not prudent for you to start the cleanup process right after a fire of any large scale; your property may not even be safe for reentry. In fact, there are several factors that can decrease the safety of your property, such as water pooling near appliances and electricity. Additionally, fire damage can result in the weakening of your floor's structure, thereby making it unsafe to walk through damaged areas of your home.  For these reasons, it's a good idea to have a professional fire remediation contractor like SERVPRO inspect and determine if reentry is safe. After a severe fire event, the fire marshall would initiate the inspection.  

If your residential property in Johns Creek has been adversely impacted by a fire, it's important to know that a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO can be of great assistance to you. By offering customized, cutting edge remediation services, these contractors can restore your home to its original condition. We have extensive experience in cleanup, water removal, repair, and restoration. We offer round the clock services for your emergency needs.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We are proud to be an active member of  the Johns Creek community. SERVPRO of North Fulton County is locally owned and operated, so we’re already nearby and ready to help Alpharetta, GA residents and business owners with any size cleaning or fire restoration emergencies.

We are dedicated to responding to any local emergency.  Call us at (770) 992-2777

What You Need to Know in the Event of Alpharetta Water Damage

6/19/2015 (Permalink)

Water can quickly soak through everything you own.

What You Need to Know in the Event of Water Damage

What are the most frequent causes of water damage?
Common sources of Alpharetta water damage include foundation leaks, burst pipes, poor drainage around the home, appliance valve failures, and sewer backups. Burst pipes, valve failures, and sewer backups typically involve large amounts of water causing significant damage in a short time.


Is water damage dangerous to my health?
Yes. Water can quickly soak through everything you own. The water, especially from floods and sewers, may be filled with harmful bacteria and viruses such as e-coli, hepatitis, and cholera. These disease-carrying organisms can live and multiply in anything that has come in contact with the water. Proper disinfecting of the home and belongings is essential in protecting your family’s health.


Warm, moist environments are also a perfect breeding ground for mold. Mold spreads by way of air-borne spores. A small patch of mold in one room can quickly spread throughout the entire house if not treated properly. The mold may cause health problems ranging from mild allergic reactions to life-threatening respiratory complications. These complications are typically worse in the young, elderly, and immune-compromised.


How will a certified technician handle my water damage?
Alpharetta water damage restoration professionals, such as SERVPRO of North Fulton County, start by removing any damaged materials. This includes everything from carpet to insulation, to sheetrock. SERVPRO will then pump out any standing liquid before drying and disinfecting the home. The process may take several days depending on the extent of the damage. It is important not to rush the drying process to prevent further damage to any of the home’s fixtures.


SERVPRO will test the entire area for mold and other microbes. If any problem areas are identified, the technician will treat them using the latest remediation techniques.


What should I look for in a water damage restoration company?
You should look for technicians certified in the latest restoration techniques. SERVPRO technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). An IICRC certified technician has undergone a number of courses on restoration, including structural drying and microbial remediation. These courses prepare the technician to handle virtually any type of Alpharetta water damage situation they may encounter in a manner that is safe for them as well as your family.

Our Water Damage Restoration Process

Every water disaster is different, from the amount of water to the level of contamination of the water. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Effective Steps to Johns Creek Fire Damage Recovery

6/19/2015 (Permalink)

It is important to leave the restoration process to the experts.

Effective Steps to Fire Damage Recovery

While a Johns Creek fire in your home or office can be devastating, it is important not to delay in restoring your property. A fire alarm system can make sure that everyone evacuates the area safely, but burned and heat-damaged possessions pose a different sort of challenge. Even with the flames extinguished, other agents like soot and smoke can continue causing damage, making it imperative to start the restoration process as soon as possible.


Take Inventory
As soon as the Johns Creek fire has been extinguished and it is safe to enter the building, you should take inventory of the damage. Put together a detailed list of items that have been destroyed or damaged in the fire. If possible, you should include photographs of the damage. This will allow you to clearly explain the situation when you contact your insurance company and the restoration contractor. It is easy for things to be misunderstood, so having a written list of the damage with photographic evidence puts you in a better position to know and communicate what has been damaged and to what extent. You should try to put this inventory together within a few hours once the fire has been put out.


Once you have finished documenting and have a good understanding of the damage, it is time to call your insurance company. Preferably, this should be done within one day of the event. The sooner you contact your insurance company, the sooner they will be able to send an insurance adjuster to assess the damage to your home or office.


Hire a Reputable Fire Damage Restoration Contractor
First step is to contact SERVPRO which is certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This assures that SERVPRO possess necessary health and safety certifications and have been trained in the latest restoration technologies. It also indicates that SERVPRO has the experience with a wide range of fire damage restoration projects. 


Working together with your insurance company to create a restoration plan, SERVPRO can return your property to its pre-fire condition. By communicating directly with your insurance adjuster regarding which items can be cleaned and restored and which need replacement, SERVPRO can save you a lot of time and energy.


Johns Creek fire damage is not the only problem caused by fire. Putting out the fire also causes extensive water damage, while smoke can travel to every part of the building, damaging areas that are untouched by fire.


Let the Professionals Handle It
It is important to leave the restoration process to the experts. While you may want to start by cleaning things on your own, this can often make things worse. You should especially avoid:

• Wiping walls, ceiling tiles or any other absorbent surface
• Reusing carpet and upholstery that have been damaged by the smoke
• Eating or cooking with anything exposed to heat and smoke, including canned goods
• Turning on any electronics such as your computer, TV, or an electrical appliance before it has been examined and professionally cleaned


Restoring your home or office after a fire can be stressful, but SERVPRO handling your insurance company and reconstruction makes it much easier to have a full recovery.

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

The Most Common Places for Mold in Your Milton Home

6/19/2015 (Permalink)

Mold grows from constant moisture buildup from damp surfaces, water leaks, and humid climates.

The Most Common Places for Mold in the Home

For as long as people have been living indoors, Milton mold has been a serious issue to conquer. No dwelling is immune to the spread of mold. Mold grows from constant moisture buildup from damp surfaces, water leaks, and humid climates.


The problem with Milton mold is it can spread if it is not treated immediately. You may find a little mold in the corner of a wall and it will quickly spread to the floor, all over the wall, on your furniture, and even up to the ceiling. There is really no place that mold cannot spread. To keep from developing a mold infestation, perform regular checks where mold typically grows like the basement and other areas of the home that tend to stay damp.


Basements
The basement can be a breeding ground for mold. It has a tendency to be damp due to the drainage of water that flows through it. Basements are filled with pipes, sinks, sump pumps, and other fixtures that can potentially develop a water leak, overflow or a simple collection of water, which will in turn create the perfect scenario for mold to grow. Spores can grow from any type of moisture in the ground and spread to your walls. Home basements with concrete walls tend to be covered with drywall and drywall can be a perfect environment for mold spores to grow, since it is made from wood.


Bathrooms
Bathrooms are another important space to check regularly for mold. Bathrooms are filled with pipes, drains, porous surfaces and fixtures that use water on a daily basis. Bathrooms are the one room in the house that stays damp more than it stays dry. Every shower and bath taken in a bathroom can create a moist, damp, and humid room for mold to grow. Your bathroom is the last room you want mold growing and destroying your space. Tile is used in bathrooms to keep mold at bay, however, drywall is still used under the tile making it a hot bed for mold growth.


Kitchens
The kitchen, though not as bad as bathrooms, can still develop a mold situation. The sink area is the main area to keep a focused eye on because drains and pipes could have leaks, not to mention the water left behind from washing dishes and preparing food. Keep in mind, though you may only have one water source in your kitchen, spills and standing water can also cause mold.


Milton mold can be a costly condition in your home. Performing regular checks and cleaning the traditional areas with a cleaning agent designed to kill mold and prevent its re-occurrence can help you keep your home mold free. If your mold problem gets worse contact SERVPRO of North Fulton County to help.

Understanding Mold

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

How to Clean Up After a Sandy Springs Flood

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Cleaning up after a Sandy Springs flood must begin as soon as possible.

How to Clean Up After a Flood

Cleaning up after a Sandy Springs flood must begin as soon as possible. Here are the steps you should take.


First, contact SERVPRO to get rid of standing water and dry out floors, walls and household items as fast as possible to prevent mold and mildew and prevent additional damage. Their clean-up professionals will pump out the water, dry out the affected areas and their contents and find hidden spaces where mold and mildew could grow undetected. Make sure you get a complete assessment of all the damage, from the sub-flooring to the furniture.


Many homeowners and business owners treat this as a do-it-yourself project to save money. However, their lack of knowledge and experience in this field often results in additional damage.


SERVPRO is IICRC certified, its professionals possess the equipment, skills and knowledge to efficiently and effectively solve this daunting problem. They will evaluate the situation and promptly begin cleaning up your property and possessions.
Drying out your property and possession is critical but only a certified professional can determine whether disinfection or other steps are required based upon the water source and nature of the damage.


The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification has established the S500 standards, which classify the water involved in a Sandy Springs flood and the water damage that occurs.

The three categories of water are

1.)sanitary sources such as undamaged water lines, bottled water or a clean toilet tank;

2.)some contamination that could result in illness, such as from a toilet (with only urine), washing machine or dishwasher and;

3.)extremely unsanitary that could produce serious health problems or death. The first two categories can become extremely unsanitary if not dealt with promptly or if they are exposed to increasing temperatures or further contamination.


The four categories of water damage are:

1.) a low volume of evaporation and absorbed moisture, usually only impacting some of the property and not affecting the floor or surrounding objects

2.) a larger water volume that can include an entire room with walls damaged up to two feet high

3.) the greatest amount of water with the entire area soaked and walls damaged above the two-foot mark (water often is found in carpeting, walls, insulation and sub-flooring)

4.) involves non-porous surfaces and can include large moisture pockets.


Only certified professionals with the right moisture detection equipment can search for structural damage. If this isn't done properly, there could be future problems. Professionals know to shut off the electricity and other utilities and protect themselves against pathogens and animals in the Sandy Springs flood waters. They also can work with your insurance company during the claims process.


Technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, such as those from SERVPRO, are trained to identify the causes and locations of moisture, assess current and future mold growth and control damage while also preventing additional contamination. They also have the materials and tools to return your property to its prior, undamaged condition.

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Roswell Commercial Water Damage: What to Do

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Water damage can happen in any building.

Commercial Water Damage: What to Do

Water damage can happen in any building. However, commercial property tends to sustain greater damage because they are often empty at night, during holidays, and on weekends. Plus Roswell water damage can occur and do damage to parts of commercial structures that are not used often. If your commercial structure has sustained water
damage and you do not want it to lead to bigger problems, you should call the professionals at SERVPRO. We have the equipment, staff, and experience to quickly identify the source of the problem and repair the damage.


Preventing Water Damage to Commercial Properties
Preventing Roswell water damage to commercial property requires diligence, proper planning, and being proactive. Small leaks left unaddressed can lead to serious damage, invite mold, and lead to health problems. People who own commercial structures should have systems in place to perform regular maintenance to appliances, equipment, plumbing, roofs, and gutters. Prompt action should be taken when a problem is identified. Making time to remove debris from roofs, fix small leaks, and inspect areas that are prone to water damage can prevent serious and expensive repairs to your property.


What to Do If You Have Water Damage
Quick, effective action is the key to containing and stopping water damage. At the first sign of Roswell water damage, call in the professionals at SERVPRO. We know exactly what to do to address the problem, limit your losses, and protect your valuable equipment, inventory, and documents. We can quickly stop the water intrusion, clean up the damage, and restore your property. Water emergencies can happen at any time. Putting a plan in place which includes contact numbers for reputable, experienced, water damage repair companies and your insurance company can make a dramatic difference.


Choose a Water Restoration Company Carefully
A good water restoration company should be available 24/7, have the appropriate equipment, training, certification, and experience, be able to provide an accurate estimate for the cost of the work prior to beginning their cleanup, do high-quality work, and have the ability to help you get your business back up and running fast. At SERVEPRO we do all those things and more. We are water damage cleanup experts with the experience to get the job done right. We have been providing the highest quality cleanup and restoration services for commercial property for many years. Call us today with any questions you may have or to schedule our service.

Commercial Building Restoration Services

SERVPRO of North Fulton County is available 24 hours a day to restore your Alpharetta property and get you back to business. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire, or mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,650 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

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