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Hidden Mold Damage to Structural Components and Interior Contents of Residences in Atlanta

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Hidden Mold Damage to Structural Components and Interior Contents of Residences in Atlanta When finding mold behind furniture, it is time to bring in the professional technicians at SERVPRO for remediation services.

SERVPRO Takes a Mold Infestation in Your Home Seriously

As a darkness-loving microorganism, mold easily avoids detection by human eyes. This ability to quickly gain a strong foothold provides microbes more than enough time to cause damage inside an Atlanta home. The areas affected might stay hidden until the homeowners decide to start a home-improvement project or rearrange the furniture.

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

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

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

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

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

SERVPRO of Southwest Cobb / Cascade can be contacted by calling our local number, (770) 739-2355, 24-hours every day of the year. When you discover mold, call us to help prevent mold damage from spreading and growing to other areas of your home.

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Restoring Your Fire Damaged Atlanta Home

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring Your Fire Damaged Atlanta Home SERVPRO technicians have the experience and certified training to properly restore your home after fire damage.

Rely on SERVPRO to Fully Restore Your Home after Fire Damage “Like it Never Even Happened”

While your Atlanta home might still be standing after a fire, there are plenty of things that remain to make it difficult to live in the house. After a traumatic event like a blaze in your house, it can be difficult to know where to begin regarding putting everything back in order and restoring the damage. Fortunately, this is not a situation that you have to deal with on your own, and there are experienced and professional technicians waiting to help you through the entire process.

Fire damage to your Atlanta home is painful to witness, but it is even more difficult to recover from on your own. Appreciating your need for professional restoration services is the first step towards reclaiming your damaged home, and our SERVPRO experienced technicians have the expertise and equipment to restore your home to preloss conditions quickly.

When we arrive, an assessment must be done to determine the areas of damage that require the most immediate attention. In many cases, structural concerns like holes and broken windows must be boarded up or tarped over to prevent further elemental exposure through the restoration process. Keeping communication with you, our SERVPRO team can determine the lingering symptoms of the recent fire that affect you and your family the most.

In many cases of house fires, extinguishing efforts from local fire departments leave significant water damage that compounds on top of the present effects of the fire. To prevent more serious conditions like mold growth or weakening of load bearing components, water extraction and restoration is a priority for our technicians on site.

Smoke and soot damage are common symptoms to significant (and even minuscule) blazes, and cleaning your walls, ceilings, floors, and contents is an involved process that our professionals take very seriously. Depending on the severity of the soot and smoke damage, we use either wet cleaning scrubbers or dry scrubbers. Ideally, this process should either entirely restore the affected surfaces or prepare them for priming and painting.

Fire damage to your home is not something you have to face alone. Our SERVPRO of Southwest Cobb / Cascade emergency response team can handle any level of disaster. You can give our experienced restoration specialists a call 24/7 at (770) 739-2355.

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Appliance Malfunction Leads to Water Damage in Atlanta

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Appliance Malfunction Leads to Water Damage in Atlanta An appliance malfunction can cause much damage to your home, SERVPRO knows how to eliminate the moisture and prevent further damages.

Water Damage Cleanup after Unexpected Appliance Failure

The very consumer goods we purchase to make life easier can take a turn for the worse when they fail to perform correctly in Atlanta. A dishwasher hides a loose drainage hose or the refrigerator ice maker has a crack in a pipe. These and other appliance mishaps can ruin floors and cabinets. We can help set it right.

When the particle board base of a cabinet or drywall between the water main and the refrigerator become soaked in your Atlanta kitchen, water damage has modern convenience as its ultimate cause. Invite one of our crew to consult, and we find the leak and arrange for its repair or the pipe or connection’s replacement. Then we turn to the resulting water damage, devising a plan to dry out and restore structural components and fixtures.

Our SERVPRO crews use sophisticated moisture meters and scanning devices to set drying goal baselines and locate any hidden pockets of water that built up over time. We remove kick plates to get to water under cabinets and drill small holes in drywall to release recessed puddles. The trained technicians examine flooring to ensure no moisture made its way underneath. If seepage occurred, we employ drying mats or strategically place air movers to dry out both the top layer of flooring and the subfloor.

If a wall or cabinet is wet, we use an extractor to suction moisture out and then use air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture in the materials to normal levels. SERVPRO crew members monitor moisture throughout the process, taking care to reach but not exceed the drying targets determined by using criteria learned in IICRC training.

The area is then thoroughly cleaned, and touch-ups are done on painted areas. Woodwork, including the removed bases of the cabinets, is replaced and restained to match the rest of the kitchen. Waterlines are tested to ensure the problem will not happen again, and a final inspection for any mold or other secondary damage is completed.

SERVPRO of Southwest Cobb / Cascade is capable of assisting with any kind of water damage scenario, large or small. Contact us at (770) 739-2355 to set up a visit to commence a high-quality restoration effort by our crews.

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Can Your Atlanta Gas Station's Drains Protect Against Water Damage?

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Can Your Atlanta Gas Station's Drains Protect Against Water Damage? Water Removal by SERVPRO Keeps Many Atlanta Businesses Open During Restoration Services

SERVPRO Can Help Keep Your Atlanta Business or Shop Open During Water Removal Services

If draining in your gas station in Atlanta is poor, water damage could lurk just around the corner. Many commercial services buildings and businesses are increasingly including drainage systems in all areas of the structure to eliminate threats of water damage and prevent potentially harmful situations. If your gas station or other unrelated business building lacks adequate drain systems near pumps, in the store section, or in restrooms, you may find yourself at odds with these damage factors.

Foundation Cracks
Water damage can happen to an Atlanta gas station's foundation when water is allowed to pool or puddle above it. While the most severe damage typically only results from situations where there is standing water of a measurable depth, puddles, and persistent moisture can cause many of the same disastrous effects as this much larger and more visible problem. A small storm, plumbing mishap, or mop bucket spill could be all it takes to start to cause damage to your foundation that could cost a fortune down the road. Though fortified, fuel tanks must always be protected from the elements.

Grout and Material Deterioration
While most types of flooring are resistant against the effects of water, long-term exposure to moisture can cause some deterioration of materials. Most notable are different types of tile grout: some can break down, crack, expand, contract, and develop mold growth after long-term contact with water. While SERVPRO can help to reverse these effects, it is best never to let them happen in the first place. To keep your floor and its materials in top shape, try to keep excess water to a minimum. Keep the floors dry.

Injury and Liability Lawsuits
Drainage systems are essential to ensure that your business retains as little water as possible across its floor space for liability reasons. While wet floor signs and warnings can do an excellent job of warning against temporary wetness that evaporates quickly, persistent puddles may be a lawsuit waiting to happen.

SERVPRO of Southwest Cobb / Cascade has helped dozens of local businesses to deal with the effects of fire, water, and mold damage to their properties over the years. Call us at (770) 739-2355.

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Determining Flood Damage In Atlanta

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Determining Flood Damage In Atlanta Flooding is a normal occurrence in Georgia, but it does not have to mean you have to write off your home afterward.

Flood Damage In Your Home

Removing storm water from an Atlanta home is much like removing water from a broken water heater. The equipment needed is the same, but there are additional precautions to take depending if this outside water is contaminated. The same concerns are there when it comes to restoring the property.

SERVPRO understands that after flood damage, Atlanta homeowners want to get back into their house, and to their life before they woke up to find ankle-deep water in their living room and kitchen. To make certain we can provide a safe, clean environment; our restoration team first checks to see if the water is Clean, Gray, or Black.

Clean flood water contains no threatening microbes and does not pose a risk to the health of the homeowners or other residents. Team members bring in the same pumps and extraction wands used to clean up after a broken kitchen sink sends water across the linoleum. Clean water can become contaminated if it stands too long, so we begin to remove it as soon as we get the first pump-off our truck. We also start to lower the humidity level since dry air also inhibits microbial growth.

Gray water contains low levels of microbes and other contaminants. The majority of them is usually urine or wash water forced out of overwhelmed sewers after a severe storm. This results in rapid microbial growth and the bacteria or fungi pose a threat to anyone who comes in contact with it. These same microbes can spread to walls and furniture as the water recedes and become a threat to property. To kill the microbes and prevent spreading them, SERVPRO technicians spray an anti-fungal agent across the surface of the water and nearby property before taking any other actions.

Blackwater is a severe threat to people and property. Here, the flood water has drawn in everything from the surrounding area as it rises. That includes animal waste, carcasses, and even sewage when the force of the water splits lines open. Since this contamination is obvious, our technicians pull on protective gear like rubber suits and even breathing gear. Once protected, they spray the water and nearby property before bringing in any pumps or other extraction gear.

For both Black and Gray water, we pump out the water into the nearest, functioning sewer opening. If there is not one available, then we pump it into a tanker truck for removal to the nearest wastewater treatment plant.

Flooding is a normal occurrence in Georgia, but it does not have to mean you have to write off your home afterward. SERVPRO of Southwest Cobb / Cascade is here to help return your residence and your life to normal as quickly as we can safely do so. If you need us, call today at (770) 739-2355.

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Discovering Mold In Your Atlanta Home

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Discovering Mold In Your Atlanta Home Spores exist naturally in the air that we breathe, so it is not difficult to understand how so many homeowners in have mold damage in their homes.

Discovering Mold

The humidity in Atlanta throughout every season of the year can be hard to combat. When it comes to keeping this same kind of moisture on the outside of your home, and preventing it from finding a place inside your home to settle, can often be an uphill battle. Prevention is a fight that you need to be involved in, however, as lingering moisture in your home could develop a problem that is incredibly difficult for the average homeowner to eradicate on their own: mold.

Spores exist naturally in the air that we breathe, so it is not difficult to understand how so many homeowners in Atlanta have mold damage in their residences. While this might often occur in darker areas that rarely see much traffic, like your basement, there are also numerous circumstances that can have mold colonies growing right where your family spends a great deal of their time. Excessive use of an air conditioner at frigid temperatures can be a cause of mold colonies forming in the vicinity.

So, how does your air conditioner create the kind of conditions that can allow mold to grow and thrive? Consider what happens when something icy meets up with a warm or hot structure. The result is often the formation of condensation. This created water provides wet surfaces that give the mold spores the kind of food and conditions that they need to grow and spread. The more moisture that you create on the walls and floors, the more likely the scenario exists for the creation of this fungal organism in your house and that you need the professional remediation services of our SERVPRO technicians.

While no one wants to have to call our local SERVPRO team to help get rid of the problem that they have, it is a known fact that mold can cause health effects. So instead of waiting around, you can be better served by approaching the problem head-on and getting our professionals involved that can remove the growing colonies and can help you to limit the present moisture from then on to prevent any recurrence.

Mold damage is something that many homeowners have to contend with, but you do not have to do it alone. Give SERVPRO of Southwest Cobb / Cascade a call. You can reach us 24/7 at (770) 739-2355.

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What To Expect From Our Atlanta Fire Damage Restoration Firm

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Expect From Our Atlanta Fire Damage Restoration Firm Flames and Smoke Damage Homes In Atlanta--Call SERVPRO for Restoration and Cleanup

SERVPRO Provides Profession Fire & Smoke Abatement to Atlanta Properties

A house fire is a tragedy no one anticipates, so if you experience a blaze in your Atlanta home, you likely have little idea what the next steps are. Contacting a reputable fire damage restoration company immediately after the firefighters leave is the only course of action. We have the trained technicians, latest equipment, and years of experience in the business.
Phase one is a general safety check. Fire damage to your Atlanta home can destabilize floors, ceiling, steps, and walls, among other building structures. Chemicals and water used to knock down the flames leave areas slippery. Combustion of some materials like insulation and lead paints or asbestos on older walls, pipes, and siding may release volatile fumes or particulates that require the use of personal protective gear to work in the area safely. Our crew leaders have extensive experience in evaluating the risks a burned house present to both restorers and residents and develop a restoration plan with safety as a prime consideration.
Removing water and drying the structure is phase two. Water disintegrates materials made of cellulose, including wood, drywall, insulation, and many other building staples. Metal oxidizes, and secondary damage such as mold growth follows within 48 hours if water damage is not mitigated. Extraction of standing water and then drying with air movers and dehumidifiers starts before the soot and smoke cleanup begins. SERVPRO crews measure and monitor moisture levels as this step progresses.
The third phase is fire debris containment and cleanup. HVAC systems should be disabled to prevent further spread of ash and soot; SERVPRO may clean that system as one of the final steps if it shows contamination. Our crews assess the type of residues present and use the proper strategies, products, and tools to remove them. Light, friable ash and soot vacuum and dust off surfaces, while stickier coatings from electrical or cooking fires may need abrasive cleansers, scrubbers, and even solvents to loosen and remove.
Finally, after all surfaces, structures, and belongings are clean, restored, and repaired, SERVPRO’s deodorization experts employ different methods to eliminate the smoky, burned smell. We start by removing odoriferous items and cleaning surfaces. If needed, we seal porous surfaces to prevent residual odor particles from vaporizing. As last resorts, we employ technologies like thermal fogging and hydroxyl generation to create odor neutralization particles that seek out and chemically change the odor-bearing particulates in the air, on surfaces, and within crevices.
The team SERVPRO of Southwest Cobb / Cascade is fully equipped, experienced, and trained to restore your fire-damaged home. Call us at (770) 739-2355 as soon as the authorities permit inspection for restoration.

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Proven Water Damage Restoration Services for Atlanta Residents

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Proven Water Damage Restoration Services for Atlanta Residents When you discover signs of water damage, rely on SERVPRO to resolve the hidden issue and restore the damage.

Call on SERVPRO for Quality Restoration Services after You Discover Water Damage

Water loss events in Atlanta require a specialized approach to ensure that the cleanup and remediation is thorough and meets industry standards. Failing to find and evacuate all the water or permitting building materials to remain damp leads to secondary damage. Our experienced team has the training and the experience to respond appropriately and comprehensively the first time.

Typical causes of water damage in Atlanta are not particularly dramatic and rarely make the news. For example, homeowners do not notice a small leak in the kitchen or bathroom, and the cabinetry or vanity conceal the harm done to walls or floors. Finally, saturated drywall or the ceiling below starts to bulge or stain, making it clear trouble lurks in hidden places. Our water damage remediation crews are familiar with this slowly accumulating damage and have effective strategies to find and resolve the leak before moving on to removing pockets of water and using our inventory of equipment to dry out the affected areas.

Water removal and drying are not always straightforward in these cases. The SERVPRO crew assigned to your home employs advanced technology like moisture sensors and thermal cameras that detect the water built up between walls, under floorboards, or in ceilings. Our IICRC certified technicians use powerful extraction tools to suction water out of recesses, removing small sections of walls, temporarily pulling off kick plates, or carefully breaking a hole in a ceiling for access if necessary. Water accumulating in several levels of flooring responds well to drying mats, and we may lift selected planks or other coverings to ensure the subfloor also has water released and removed.

Once our technicians eliminate the pockets of water, we concentrate on drying soaked building materials and fixtures. SERVPRO hosts a full inventory of industrial-strength air movers, heaters, and desiccant or refrigerant dehumidifiers to swiftly reduce the moisture content in walls, cabinets, floors, and more. Throughout the process we monitor the efficiency of our work with tools like thermohygrometers, keeping us apprised of the relative air humidity, remaining moisture in the structure, and temperature to inform our positioning of equipment and power level selection to dry out your home following industry standards.

SERVPRO of Southwest Cobb / Cascade looks forward to helping you untangle the mystery of hidden water damage, and then restore your home to preloss condition. Call (770) 739-2355 to schedule an evaluation and begin the process of water loss remediation.

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When Storms or Floods Hit Cobb County, SERVPRO of SW Cobb/Cascade is Ready

9/1/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of SW Cobb/Cascade specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Cobb County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

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Smyrna, GA 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

8/25/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of SW Cobb/Cascade is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today – 770-739-2355

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of SW Cobb/Cascade has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of SW Cobb/Cascade

SERVPRO of SW Cobb/Cascade specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.