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

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

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

Fire Damage Water Removal Following Fire Damage To Your Alpharetta Home 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)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Restoration Services After a Storm in Alpharetta 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)

Mold Remediation Prevent Mold Damage To Your Alpharetta Home Dishwasher 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)

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

Storm Damage Seasonal Severe Weather Causes Flooding in Alpharetta 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 Fire Damage Remediation for Your Alpharetta Home 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)

Water Damage Effects of Water Damage in an Alpharetta Property 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)

Water Damage Obtain Professional Water Damage Restoration Services in Alpharetta 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)

Mold Remediation Carpet Mold Damage Remediation in Alpharetta 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)

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

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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)

Storm Damage Your Answer to Flood Damage in Your Sandy Springs Area Home 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)

Water Damage Quick and Efficient Water Removal Services for Alpharetta Homes 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)

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

Storm Damage Family Reunion and a Flood Damage In Roswell 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)

Water Damage Avoiding Basement Water Damage In Your Alpharetta Home 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)

Mold Remediation Remediating Mold Damage in Alpharetta 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)

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

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

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

Mold Remediation Alpharetta Mold Damage Needs Remediation 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)

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

Water Damage SERVPRO's Class-Based Dehumidification System 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)

Fire Damage Cleaning Smoke After Fire Damage in Sandy Springs 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)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Services Available For Your Roswell Area Home 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)

Commercial Fast Fire Damage Odor Remediation Allows Roswell Hotel To Remain Open 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)

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

Commercial Commercial Mold Damage Affecting Alpharetta 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)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Remediation in Mountain Park 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 Remediation Removing Mold Damage in Birmingham 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)

Commercial How to Save a Basement Stockroom from Commercial Water Damage in Newtown 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 Flood Damage in Alpharetta can Ruin Your Home and Endanger Your Health 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)

Water Damage A Fast Response To Water Damage In Alpharetta 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 Damage Fire Damage Preventitve Construction Saves Lives and Properties 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)

Storm Damage Factors Affect Drying After Storm Damage 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)

Water Damage Water Removal -  For More Than Just Flooding 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)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Is Arrested 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)

Fire Damage The Damage Caused By Fire 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 Remediation Professional North Fulton County Mold Remediation Experts 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 Damage Roswell Water Damage--Why Call the Experts? 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 Damage Fire Damage Sandy Springs - 3 Reasons to Contact a professional 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)

Water Damage How to Keep Water Damage from Your Alpharetta Home's Crawlspace 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 How to Overcome Sandy Springs Water Damage in Your Home 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)

Commercial Alpharetta Commercial Fire Damage Information 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)

Fire Damage Things to Remember After a Residential Fire in Sandy Springs 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 Damage A Quick Reference Guide to Water Damage Response in Your Alpharetta Home 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)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Experts for Your Johns Creek Home 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 Damage What You Need to Know in the Event of Alpharetta Water Damage 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)

Fire Damage Effective Steps to Johns Creek Fire Damage Recovery 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 Remediation The Most Common Places for Mold in Your Milton Home 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

6/18/2015 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Clean Up After a Sandy Springs Flood 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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Commercial Roswell Commercial Water Damage: What to Do 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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