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

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

An insurance estimators office desk Contact the insurance estimating professionals at SERVPRO today!

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

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

The best insurance estimating software

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

Why are insurance estimators so important?

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

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

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

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

Pitfalls in not having an insurance estimator in your corner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact the insurance estimators at SERVPRO.

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

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

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

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

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

A historic home in Atlanta, Georgia SERVPRO is available 24/7 for any size disaster!

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

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

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

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

How to know if a property contains asbestos siding?

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

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

4 types of asbestos siding found on historic homes:

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

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

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

2 options for if your siding contains asbestos

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

1) Covering the asbestos siding up

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

2) Removing the asbestos siding

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

Final Thoughts

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

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

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

What to Expect When Drying Water Damage With A Dehumidifier

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

House flood in sandy springs GA before dehumidification Call the professionals at SERVPRO for quick drying times!

Learn how long it will take to dry a property after water damage 

Water damage technicians use high-volume air movers, powerful extractors, and pumps to remove water from damaged properties.

However, a successful water damage restoration job entails drying out moisture that isn't visible, such as hidden wall water damage, damp construction materials, soaked subflooring, and high water vapor content in the air. To adequately dry out a property, the team of water restoration professionals will use a dehumidifier to ensure all aspects of the property are dry to avoid secondary water damages.

This blog post will answer common questions regarding dehumidification and dehumidifiers.  

What is a dehumidifier?

A dehumidifier is an electrical device that extracts water from the air and will minimize the amount of relative humidity in the air. Restoration professionals will use a dehumidifier to remove musty odors and avoid mold growth. A dehumidifier can be used in a variety of settings, including residential, commercial, and industrial.

How long does it take to dry a property after water damage?

The water damage professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton are often asked how long a dehumidifier will need to be onsite after water damage has occurred. The common question does not have an easy response.

Here at SERVPRO, the typical goal is to have a property completely dry within four days, but there is no fixed time limit. A dehumidifier can stay onsite anywhere from 24hours to several weeks; it depends on the severity and the category of water damage. 

When a professional water restorer arrives onsite, they will look at the amount of water involved, the extent to which the water has spread within the property, the form of construction materials damaged, and the property's age.

Since concrete and linoleum are less absorbent, a water leak will cause less drying time. If the water has affected carpeting, drywall, wood furniture, or other wooden materials, a dehumidifier will be needed for a prolonged period.

  • To obtain satisfactory dryness, disaster recovery professionals typically run dehumidifiers & high-volume fans continuously for 24 hours to four days on average.
  • The professionals use a device called a moisture meter to determine dryness. Moisture readings for drywall should read between 5 to 12% to be considered dry.
  • Indoor relative humidity should be adequately stabilized below 50% to avoid the activation of mold formation.

Water damages require air movers and dehumidifiers.

When water damage occurs, water may soak into drywall (sheetrock), baseboards, subflooring, and other surfaces. High-velocity air movers are used for drying surfaces and speeding up the release of absorbed water into the air.

Dehumidifiers are used to remove this excess moisture to protect property and provide ideal drying conditions.

After a flood, you'll need powerful equipment to clean up the water damage, and a compact, powerful air mover, will help. An air mover paired with a dehumidifier can be used to dry carpets, sub-flooring, and hard surfaces and dry out walls or upholstery.

After water damage, it's critical to dry out the damaged areas within 48 hours because that's how long it will take for mold growth to start. The more saturated your contents are left damp, the more likely they are to get moldy.

How does dehumidification prevent mold growth?

Mold will remain dormant in the air and on surfaces even when there isn't excess moisture for it to grow. Mold can begin to grow in patches on walls, clothing, and other surfaces as the humidity in a room increases. Dehumidifiers can not destroy mold, but they help avoid further growth by lowering the humidity levels in the affected areas.

Contact SERVPRO for quicker drying times! 

After you have made your emergency call, our first responders will arrive at your property ready to mitigate all damages. After thoroughly inspecting the situation, team North Fulton will start the restoration process.

Our water extraction and drying techniques include our powerful extraction vacuums, air movers, dehumidifiers, and sanitization procedures: including industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

A SERVPRO IICRC certified professional takes each step with experience. Our experts will ensure that your house gets back to its pre-water disaster state as quickly as possible.

Throughout the greater Atlanta area, SERVPRO of North Fulton is a renowned company serving clients in Sandy Springs, Georgia, since 1967. If you want your everyday life to be normal again after you have suffered water damage, SERVPRO is the most reliable option for you.

Our team is fully equipped with advanced tools and qualified experience in restoring water damage. We understand how devastating and problematic water damage can be; that's why we provide 24/7 emergency services to our customers. Contact us today!

What Equipment Is in A SERVPRO Truck?

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

Drying equipment found in a SERPVO Truck Air movers and dehumidifiers are two pieces of equipment that will always be found in a SERVPRO Truck.

SERVPRO trucks are designed and equipped with state of the art equipment

Every SERVPRO professional's main priority is to restore your damaged items and properties to their pre-disaster state as if the disaster had never occurred. Each member of the SERVPRO of North Fulton team is committed to providing every customer with the best assistance when they most need it.

Our SERVPRO truck is an essential commodity at SERVPRO. A SERVPRO truck has various state-of-the-art tools for dealing with water, fire, and mold damage. Our well-known green extractor truck is equipped with a mount extractor. Our mount extractor is powerful; it comes with a 250-foot hose that allows it to get into a property to perform water mitigation service. On top of extracting water, it also works to clean carpets! Due to the truck's size, several tools and equipment can be efficiently added if necessary, and that is what our job and your damaged property require!

SERVPRO trucks are made for restoration services

Restoration, no matter the size of the damage, requires reliable vehicles that can accommodate not only the wide range of equipment needed by various job types, as well as the waste material extracted from them. In the restoration industry, restoration vehicles with large payload capacity and spacious, well-organized cargo areas are highly beneficial. SERVPRO trucks fall right in that category and meet all the requirements of a useful/handy restoration truck, precisely what a highly trained professional needs during an emergency. 

The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton use advanced equipment and cleaning procedures to clean and repair damaged property. Their "restore first" approach minimizes disruption and allows you to get back to your daily life in no time. With such an approach, all that our experts need is the right type of equipment at the right time, and SERVPRO trucks fulfill that requirement because they are designed to carry out restoration procedures efficiently. 

Equipment inside a SERVPRO truck

At SERVPRO, we truly understand the immense importance of the role that the right type of equipment plays during our restoration services. That is why we always come prepared with our SERVPRO truck fully equipped. Quite evidently, every kind of damage restoration requires a specific set of tools. Here is a list of the most commonly found tools inside a SERVPRO truck:

  • Thermo hygrometers:

Thermo hygrometers are used to determine relative humidity and temperature. A SERVPRO specialist can take these two readings to determine the exact dew point, humidity, and vapor pressure.

  • Air Moving Equipment:

Air movers are used to improve evaporation at the surface and are useful in water damage restoration; as airflow rises, moisture rises as well and is then eliminated by dehumidification equipment.

  • Dehumidification Equipment:

Dehumidifiers reduce humidity and blow warm, dry air out the vents. SERVPRO specialists use both refrigerant and dehumidifiers

  • Detection Equipment:

Detection equipment involves locating the areas impacted by water and determining how much the contents and structures have absorbed water. The use of these moisture sensing systems allows the SERVPRO professional to know when the contents or structure has achieved complete dryness. Detection equipment senses moisture in walls, baseboards, and flooring.

  • Deodorization Equipment:

Deodorizing equipment, like foggers, contain deodorizing agents, allowing an odor-causing substance to be eliminated. The device enables disinfectants and antimicrobials to be injected into trouble spots and walls.

What does a SERVPRO truck look like

Our SERVPRO green service trucks are difficult to ignore as they pass through a neighborhood. Our SERVPRO green color is pretty apparent and was designed to catch the attention of potential customers. 

Every SERVPRO franchise across the country now uses the iconic green paint on whole fleets of vehicles, from production vans to disaster recovery storm trailers. Our vehicles are ready, and our experts are well equipped for any size disaster 24/7.

What to expect when a SERVPRO truck shows up

At SERVPRO, we understand how difficult and exhausting it can be to deal with disasters as they never come with a warning. The first thing to expect when a SERVPRO truck shows up at your property after you called for help is assurance and certainty. Because now your property is in the best hands of our well-trained experts, and you can finally relax, knowing that your home/property/business will be in a pre-disaster state within no time. 

Disasters like storms, floods, and fire never wait for business hours to show up, and neither do we! We know how important it is to act quickly in such a situation; that is why our customers should always expect an immediate response. When you have suffered damage and have called for our help, expect fast service from our professionals as they show up in a SERVPRO truck!

SERVPRO of North Fulton is a preferred water restoration vendor in Alpharetta for many insurance companies. Contact us today for the best customer service in Metro Atlanta.

Does SERVPRO Replace Drywall?

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Newly replaced drywall by SERVPRO construction SERVPRO construction specializes in drywall repairs!

SERVPRO construction has perfected the art of smooth drywall finishes 

Homes in Georgia are beautiful and intended to live in. The more use a home gets, the more likely restoration damage will occur. When a restoration disaster occurs, you will find drywall with cracks or defects. The excellent part about damaged drywall is that it's relatively easy to repair it. If you scratched the wall when moving furniture around or have to patch an untidy hole, our drywall technicians can notice and fix it all in a matter of minutes.

Were you aware that SERVPRO construction also replaces drywall after a fire, water, and mold damage occurs? When our professionals have finished drying out the home or cleaning smoke damage, we will set the house back together exactly the way it was before any destruction or damage occurred. From drywall to painting, we can work on any size restoration project!

SERVPRO drywall repairing professionals 

If you'd like a couple of holes repaired or want to create an entirely new space, drywall is vital to the infrastructure of your home. When the SERVPRO construction professionals replace drywall, they will ensure your house looks gorgeous for generations to follow.

SERVPRO's specialists are highly qualified to replace or restore the drywall and refurbish the wall with any painting, decorative cover, or custom finishing you need. SERVPRO construction should be your one-stop destination for all the drywall repair requirements, from minor holes to installing new drywall panels, carving, repairing, and adding the ultimate coat and varnishing.

SERVPRO has established a strong credibility in Georgia for offering an outstanding level of consumer service. We are available to help with residential or commercial drywall replacement or repairs. 

Why Does SERVPRO Remove Drywall?

Drywall damage is a reasonably widespread issue for many households after restoration damage occurs. We know that replacing or repairing drywall can be challenging and that several owners cannot fix it alone. For individual homes, the primary advantage of drywall repair is aesthetics. Damaged drywall continues to be highly visible, ruining the entire look and feel of the wall. 

Some types of damage, such as holes and moist spots, can result in structural problems that can impact your house's quality and cause secondary damages. It is best not to conceal the damages with a picture frame but instead take the extra time to patch it.

If you find any cracks or blemishes in your drywall, you can always contact SERVPRO drywall repair experts to identify and fix the situation. We understand how messy drywall replacement is to do so; this is why we offer our customers efficient services. SERVPRO construction has years of professional expertise in drywall replacement or repair, making it easy for them to produce excellent outcomes.

Types of Drywall SERVPRO Repairs

We cover a wide range of drywall repairs, and there is no work too big or too little for SERVPRO specialists. Please feel free to get in contact with us on any of the following tasks that our drywall professionals can assist with:

  • Drywall Repair
  • Tile Damage
  • Water Damage
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Finishing
  • Nail Holes
  • Termite Damage
  • Drywall Patching
  • Popcorn ceiling removal and repair
  • New Ceiling

Our drywall specialists focus on drywall repairs for every part of your home or workplace, from fixing holes to replacing drywall. We're going to tackle any drywall job you have for us. We're professionally armed with the best equipment and resources to have the job done the first time correctly. We also are known to make traditional old walls look fresh again!

Other SERVPRO Construction Services

In addition to drywall replacement or restoration services, we specialize in safe, reliable, and affordable residential and commercial construction services. We will create a professionally personalized approach for your construction needs.

Our professional staff is available and ready 24/7/365 to help you with any significant residential or commercial damage. Our IICRC certified professionals are centered on supplying you with the finest construction services possible.

SERVPRO of North Fulton 24/7 Restoration

SERVPRO of North Fulton is a fully insured and licensed restoration company. We always maintain a 100% quality guarantee for our 24/7 repair services. Whenever any damage occurs, you can be confident that we'll have an unmatched repair service ready at your doorstep. We employ only the finest professionals and use the highest quality of supplies to improve your home or business's appearance. Your approval is our primary concern. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

How does Mold Grow On Bread?

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

Black mold on bread Call SERVPRO today for mold remediation services!

Never eat clear signs of mold growth on bread  

We thought we had seen it all regarding restoration damages until recently when SERVPRO of North Fulton got a call to perform a mold remediation job at a customer's house. At this specific job, the customer had left water damage go uncared for too long and resulted in mold growth. The customer did not have a problem with the mold until months later when the customer kept finding mold growth on new bread loaves. When there is a mold issue, it is common to hear about mold spreading throughout a home and contaminating many objects, but a call about moldy bread was a first.

What is Mold?

Many may think mold is an animal or a plant; however, both of these assumptions are untrue. Mold is a type of fungus and a living organism that produces tiny, microscopic spores and feeds on rotting food and other organic matter types. It spreads through these spores, which can drift through air or land via water and food.

Why Does Mold Grow On Bread?

Mold grows on bread because it needs food to survive. Bread contains rich organic materials, such as sugar and carbohydrates, that are necessary for its growth. The moisture in the bread also allows for mold growth as mold needs this water to survive. Bread is more susceptible to mold growth over other foods because it contains higher moisture content than other foods.

3 Common Types of Bread Mold 

There are three common kinds of bread molds, Penicillium, Cladosporium, and aspergillus mold. The appearance of mold growth will Depend on the type of mold present in your home and on the bread. Common mold growth on bread will appear as a fuzzy blue or green patch on the bread's surface that can develop into black, splotchy centers. Another standard key indicator of bread mold is the smell. Moldy bread will usually smell rotten.

Penicillium bread mold 

Penicillium bread mold is unique and is also used by people in certain foods, such as blue cheese. They often appear on bread in fuzzy white, grey, or light blue patches. 

Cladosporium bread mold 

Cladosporium bread mold is the most irritating to people with allergies. Cladosporium usually appears as a dark patch that can be either deep green or black. It is one of the most pungent molds and produces a noticeable odor. 

Aspergillus bread mold  

Aspergillus bread mold grows as fuzzy patches, and the color of these patches varies due to the different types of species of this mold. They usually appear in a yellow or light green patch.

Final Thoughts 

Mold growth on bread is hard to avoid, especially when your home has clear indications of mold growth. House mold can grow in the HVAC unit, walls, and food left on the kitchen counter. If you notice mold growing in your home, it is best to hire a mold remediation company like SERVPRO of North Fulton. As a leader in the restoration industry, we have highly-trained professionals available 24/7. SERVPRO offers both commercial and residential restoration, specializing in mold damage restoration and water, fire, and storm damage restoration.

The Number 1 best Type of Air Purifier To Clean The Air In Your Home

9/7/2020 (Permalink)

Mold damage clean up will need a HEPA filter Mold jobs involve a containment barrior and a HEPA filter.

Have you been looking for the best air filtration to keep the air in your home clean? This post will go over the best type of air filtration system. 

Being a SERVPRO franchise located right outside the city of Atlanta, we understand the concerns for air pollution. Major cities are known to have a lot of smog in the air. Smog is the name of pollution in the air. Smog typically contains dust, odors, and other contaminants. 

According to the World Health Organization, the worse the air is in a city, the higher the risk for a stroke, heart attack, lung cancer, and respiratory diseases for those who live in them. 

Did you know that the highest polluted city in the world in 2019 was Ghaziabad, India? In the US, the highest polluted city was Los Angeles. 

We believe that all homeowners need to prioritize the air quality in their homes, primarily when located near a city. If you live in the middle of the woods where there are many trees, you're in luck because trees absorb odors and pollutant gases and filter particulates out of the air. 

However, living in or near a city grants a higher possibility that your home can quickly develop dust, contaminants, and odor problems. 

Some homeowners believe that moving air with a fan will help promote fresh air. The truth of the matter is that this is not the best solution. A fan will only move the polluted air from one room to another. It would be best to look into an air filtration device to help clean the polluted air in your home. 

The number 1 best type of air filtration system:

  1. HEPA Technology

The team at SERVPRO has chosen Hepa technology as the best air filtration system because it is the most cost-effective and has a proven track record of cleaning the air. We use Hepa technology when we are performing any mold cleaning jobs. A HEPA filter works by forcing the dirty air through the filter where the particles are captured. The clean air is then forced out of the filter, filling your home with fresh, renewed air.

Why should you invest in a HEPA filter? 

It is known that mold, dust, and other odors live in the world around us. The goal is to keep them out of our homes. Pollutants generally fall into five primary air pollutants:

Ozone pollutants come from harmful industrial chemicals and fuel burning.

  • Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)

Nitrogen oxides pollutants come from vehicles, power plants, and other forms of fuel burning.

  • Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Carbon monoxide pollutants come from fossil fuel burning from vehicles and heavy machinery.

  • Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)

Sulfur Dioxide pollutants come from fuel-burning from industries and power plants and ships and vehicles with heavy equipment.

  • Particulate Matter

Particulate Matter pollutants come from construction sites, smokestacks, fires, and unpaved roads directly emit coarser particles such as windblown dust, dirt, smoke, and soot. 

When one of the five types of air pollutants enter your home, it can be difficult to breathe. With the use of a HEPA filter, breathing will become much more manageable.

SERVPRO uses its HEPA filters from the removal of mold and allergens in the air. We have found that our HEPA filters make a cleaner atmosphere inside your home. HEPA filters also combat lingering odors and deliver fresh, breathable air. 

Deciding what type of air filter is best for your home and family can be challenging. The SERVPRO staff here at SERVPRO of North Fulton is here to help you choose which of the HEPA air filtration machines are designed to effectively remove pollutant particles in your house. 

Allergens, dust, and mold can try to take over your home, but you can fight back with a HEPA air purifier system. If you have a severe mold issue, we ask that you call us today, and we will come out and evaluate the extent of the mold present in your home. Our IICRC certified team is ready to help you with mold remediation services. 


Call us at (770) 992-2777

SERVPRO Construction Division Is Ready To Repair Any Size Disaster

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Construction pre loss damages SERVPRO is ready to repair the damages to your home or business.

WHY SERVPRO Construction? 

SERVPRO has made its name known for helping customers when there is a fire/water/mold disaster in their home or business. Many people aren't aware that SERVPRO of North Fulton has a construction division that has helped multiple homeowners and businesses in and out of the Atlanta metropolitan area.

In this post, you will learn why we have been chosen by local residential and commercial owners to restore and remodel their property. For starters, we want you to know that SERVPRO of North Fulton has all of the licenses and insurance coverage to handle all size disasters. 

The way that our SERVPRO construction division helps residents starts with three main attributes: 

  1. Training 
  2. Management
  3. Craftsmanship 

SERVPRO Training 

When you hire SERVPRO to handle the reconstruction portion of your home or business damages, it is essential to know that you are hiring a company that takes pride in their higher education. Each of our outstanding staff members has passed extensive training through the IICRC and learned from individuals who have been in the industry for 20 plus years. 

SERVPRO Management

When it comes to a restoration project, you must hire a company with years of project management experience. Our project management staff starts from the top; owner Rick Northen has handled multiple sized projects from start to finish. Our SERVPRO construction division would not be where it is today without Rick's hard work and dedication. He is the one that has influenced all of the project managers and Crew chiefs at SERVPRO of North Fulton. 

SERVPRO Craftsmanship 

The craftsmanship at SERVPRO of North Fulton is highly reputable in Atlanta. Our staff consists of individuals that can repair the most extensive damages to a property. For typical category three water damage jobs, we will have to demo out portions of the building to ensure that the structure stays free of any potential pathogens. We promise to not only dry out the structure of your building but also to repair it “Like it never even happened.” 

Choosing SERVPRO Construction For Insurance Repairs

Our SERVPRO Construction division has the experience to work with your insurance company to make sure that you are getting the most out of your estimate. Working with a customer's insurance company can be tedious because there is a lot of going back and forth of what will be covered for repairs. We will make sure that we get the most out of the estimate that we submit to your insurance company because we want to not only repair the structure but also deliver something that you will like even better. 

Conclusion 


The SERVPRO construction division at SERVPRO of North Fulton is here to go above and beyond your expectations. We want to be your go-to company for insurance repairs as well as build a lasting relationship. If you're interested to see how we have helped our customers, check out the SERVPRO reviews that were left from our past construction jobs!

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professional pathogen deep cleaning a wall Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Business

Following the CDC rules and regulations for commercial cleaning 

Guidance for cleaning and disinfecting PDF

In the attached file, the CDC states that general cleaning needs to occur once every seven days in an unoccupied business. The CDC also lets us know the importance of using EPA grade disinfectants when it comes to pathogen cleaning. When it comes to commercial cleaning, SERVPRO of North Fulton knows how important it is to be on top of the latest cleaning trends to keep our Atlanta residents safe. 

When to call for Pathogen cleaning 

If your business has an employee that has recently been diagnosed with having the coronavirus, it is essential that you call us as soon as possible. Coronavirus is passed through the air and stays on surfaces for different amounts of time, depending on the surface type. 

List of time coronavirus is thought to live on different surfaces:

Copper- Up to four hours 

Cardboard- up to 24 hours 

Plastic- up to 3 days 

Stainless steel- up to three days 

Safety for reopening businesses 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends cleaning high touch surfaces in your home or business each day. In a business environment, multiple people are using the bathroom and touching doorknobs multiple times a day. It is essential that these surfaces are being whipped down every day to prevent further damages. 

Planning for reopening 

If you are a business in Georgia that is considering opening at this time, we recommend meeting with your team to come up with a plan. Implementing a reopening plan will allow your customers and employees to enter the facility without second-guessing safety. 

Developing a plan 

When designing and implementing a plan, it is necessary to know what types of materials are present inside the building. In your created plan, you will be able to tell what needs to be disinfected versus what needs to be cleaned. 

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program 

During the coronavirus's first outbreaks, SERVPRO created a defensive cleaning program offered to businesses and commercial buildings. Our proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes beyond a general janitorial or carpet cleaning. When you decide to be a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned building, your employees and customers can rest assured that the property has undergone a higher cleaning standard. 

SERVPRO training and EPA approved products

We have more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Our SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills. We make it a point to extensively train our staff so that the Atlanta residents know that we are always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.

Coronavirus in different temperatures 

In this time, there is much information that is unknown when it comes to how long Covid19 lives in different environments. We know that it is possible that the virus can live on surfaces for up to nine days but typically only lives for up to five days. We also know that the virus is primarily spread through respiratory droplets. Since the virus is spread through the air, we make sure that our SERVPRO staff will always wear masks and protective equipment when cleaning an affected business. 

Pathogen cleaning 3 C's – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When businesses partner up with a company like ours, we want you to know that you are getting professionals that have gone through an extensive proprietary training program. We know what cleaning solutions to use in your business and how to remove any contaminated surfaces effectively. Our team has cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. 

Consult 

We know that every business is different, so you'll be assigned a professional cleaning protocol consultant when partnering with SERVPRO of North Fulton. Our cleaning consultant will dig deep to understand your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. Our cleaning consultants will note the business type, size of space, amount of high-frequency touchpoints, foot traffic, and the congestion points.

Clean 

Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough cleaning using exclusive cleaning products. Our employees have ample training and guarantee to go beyond the scope of work that your regular janitorial staff performs. Our pathogen cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces. We act fast in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 event in your business. When we get a notice that Covid19 has affected a specific business, we will arrive to clean within 24 hours to ensure your business is up and running as quickly as possible.

Certify

Once your business location has been Certified, access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you've selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. We add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean so that your guests will know that your business chooses to be Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Call us today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

Your safety is always our number one priority here at SERVPRO of North Fulton. We are available 24/7 for any questions or concerns. (770) 992-2777  

Mold Containment Keeps You Safe- North Fulton Mold Restoration Specialists

5/25/2020 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO of North Fulton

When it comes to mold damage, that team at SERVPRO of North Fulton is trained and prepared to take on any mold remediation projects at homes and businesses across the North Fulton county area.

How does mold spread?

Evidence shows that mold damage spreads quickly in any environment. The quickness of home mold spreading relates to the amount of moisture and organic material in North Fulton homes. Mold can feed off moisture indefinitely, causing mold to reproduce and spread more mold spores through the house. Currently, it is said that the home mold spreads through the air, water, and pets.

What is A Mold Containment Barrier 

Our SERVPRO technicians know to prevent the spread of mold spores, it is best practice to set up a mold containment while cleaning. A mold containment will keep the spores in the affected areas rather than spreading through the home. The contaminants are set up with pieces of plastic enclosing the affected area. The next step is using Hepa Vacuums that create a negative air chamber. The Chamber keeps the mold spores within those physical containment barriers.

Alpharetta's best mold remediation company 

Before any mold remediation, our technicians will make sure all heating and cooling systems are turned off, keeping air from blowing the spores around. We take pride in our extensive knowledge regarding mold cleaning. 


Your safety is always our number one priority here at SERVPRO of North Fulton. We are available 24/7 for any questions or concerns. (770) 992-2777  

The Professional Training of SERVPRO Employees

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Ongoing Inspections and monitoring during a restoration loss

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Once the project has been controlled, and the correction of the damage has begun, our SERVPRO technicians will continue to gather information through ongoing inspections and monitoring. The monitoring process will include recording temperature and relative humidity readings and other calculated psychrometric values. According to Webster, the definition of psychrometric is "a graphic representation of the properties of mixtures of air and water vapor." The way that we measure psychrometric values includes checking moisture levels or moisture content of materials. Psychrometric also includes the balancing of temperature, humidity, and airflow of both open and closed drying systems in any water damage job. It will be necessary to measure the relative humidity and temperature and have the right types and capacity of dehumidifiers to handle the water load in the structure. This is why our SERVPRO technicians are constantly carrying around an Ipad; we use our Ipad to update progress reports and to keep track of our readings. Our technicians make sure that we use the same meters throughout to be sure that readings stay consistent and accurate. Our IICRC certified technicians are all trained in the proper use and application of the meters. Part of the job of our technicians is to be in accordance with the meter manufacturer literature and have an understanding of the intended use. At SERVPRO of North Fulton, we make sure to record and monitor relevant moisture measurements daily at the same time of day. Once the drying goals have been achieved and documented, we can then pack up all the equipment and leave the site, "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO is the Best Fire Restoration Company

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

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

The Dangers in Your Home You Don't Know About

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are Cleaning Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

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

Specialized Training

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

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

Specialized Products

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

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

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

Sources:

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The Professional Training of SERVPRO Employees

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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