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Spring Time, A Good Time To Evaluate For Mold Damage In Atlanta

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Spring Time, A Good Time To Evaluate For Mold Damage In Atlanta Moldy Odors in Atlanta? Call SERVPRO for Remediation

SERVPRO Says: Mold Remediation Done Early Mitigates Damages

As the weather warms, many Atlanta residents treat their home to a thorough spring cleaning. As windows are washed, and closets cleared of last season’s garments it is a great time to keep an eye open in case microbial infestation is an issue. Catching mold colonization early on allows our mold remediation team to eradicate a current problem and help homeowners avoid future involvement.
 
Mold damage in Atlanta need not create a panic. Homeowners reading about the dangers of mold in the media should understand that fungal growth is manageable if properly trained experts follow procedures developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Our mold remediators use this protocol, containing and removing mold employing plastic sheeting or negative pressure air scrubbers to prevent spores and other moldy debris from entering clean areas of your home. Bagged and discarded mold creates no more problems you eliminate the moisture that saturates organic surfaces in your home and fuels mold growth.
 
SERVPRO mold experts know where to look for likely fungal incubators in your home. When cleaning out a cabinet or closet during your spring blitz, check walls and joints where the ceiling connects. Mold grows regardless of light, so a damp front hall closet or under sink cabinet are perfect places for it to multiply. Take a climb up to your attic or uppermost living area and look for staining, damp areas, and that unmistakable musty smell. Failing roofs and flashings can let just enough water inside to provide a feast for mold spores.
 
Move outside and gaze critically at your gutters and downspouts. SERVPRO technicians have plenty of experience tracing water damage from a battered set of gutters inside walls. Mold grows in peace between the interior papered or painted surfaces and the exterior cladding. Clogged drainage systems fail to direct water away from a foundation, and excess precipitation seeps inside a slab or crawlspace. Anywhere moisture collects mold spores use as opportunistic growing mediums. Note the symptoms as you complete your spring cleaning chores and let us help you with the treatment.
 
SERVPRO of Southwest Cobb / Cascade awaits your call to (770) 739-2355 if you expose mold activity during your annual spring cleaning. Our experienced crews quickly remediate active colonies and help you devise a plan to avoid ongoing mold growth.

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Cleaning Is Key When Attending To Fire Damage Events In Atlanta

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Is Key When Attending To Fire Damage Events In Atlanta Remediation services are mandatory after a fire damage incident if you want to salvage your items and prevent further damage.

Attending To Fire Damage

Remediation services are mandatory after a fire damage incident if you want to salvage your items and prevent further damage. Cleaning is part of the restoration process, and the goal is to break the bond that binds the dirt to the surfaces. Chemical action, mechanical action, lubrication, suspension, and dispersion are the significant cleaning actions which can help you dislodge different smoke particles when you face these challenges in Atlanta.

Our SERVPRO technicians usually use mechanical actions before carrying out other cleaning actions when attending to fire damage incidents in Atlanta. The procedure can dislodge non-greasy particles from surfaces before using solvent-based cleaning agents. If we want to make areas slippery during cleaning, then we can opt for lubrication. This procedure weakens the bond between the surface and the smoke residues.

In a few cases, it might be necessary to chemically alter the dirt adhering to surfaces through chemical actions when cleaning. For instance, we might use such procedures when removing oxidized stains from woolen fabrics. Dispersion and suspension are also useful cleaning procedures when cleaning areas with soil particles.

Another essential procedure that our SERVPRO technicians carry out is deodorization. The goal of this method is to remove odors from the building. The most significant challenge with the smells is that they do not come from the same source. We start by removing the materials causing the odor before we can spray the deodorants. After that, we can use detergents that have antimicrobial abilities to clean surfaces with odor-causing particles. Deodorants also sterilize surfaces and prevent the possibility of mold growth.

If move-outs are necessary to make the restoration process more efficient, our SERVPRO team is ready to do the work. Sometimes, move-outs can help in protecting your contents from potential damage during the remediation process. For instance, some materials may absorb moisture if there is high humidity in the area, so we move them out until dehumidification is complete.

At SERVPRO of Southwest Cobb / Cascade, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether fire, mold, storm or water-related. Call us at (770) 739-2355 industry proven services that you deserve.

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Atlanta Homes with Window AC Units Could Be Welcoming Water Damage

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Atlanta Homes with Window AC Units Could Be Welcoming Water Damage Window AC units are not made to last forever, if your unit fails and causes water damage in your home call SERVPRO to help.

SERVPRO Can Help Restore Your Home after Water Damage

When you think about your Atlanta home, there are likely many convenience appliances that come to mind to help you live more comfortably. While these might seem like typical staples of the modern home, without the proper preventative maintenance and occasional forward-thinking repair work, some of these appliances can make your life anything but convenient. Take for example the air conditioning units hanging in the windows in various areas of your home.

With the water that has to pass through the system from both condensation and the natural production of cooled air, a malfunction to your air conditioning unit could result in substantial water damage to your Atlanta home. If one of these units were to malfunction, it stands to reason that removing it from the area might prove to be a difficult task. Fortunately, there is often only a finite amount of water in one of the units at any given time, meaning that at worst, the water eventually does stop pouring out of the appliance.

The best thing that you can do for the sake of your home and the structural integrity of areas like your floor supports might be to contact our experienced SERVPRO professionals. When our team arrives at your home, the quick initial assessment determines the full scope of the possible damage and helps our technicians to determine the best approach to giving you lasting results.

While these circumstances might not always warrant the use of portable pumps and wet-vacs for extraction purposes, they always require drying tools at our disposal. Our drying processes have to be complete and thorough because leaving any trace of lasting moisture could permit the growth of mold in your home. For instances where the water is often explicitly confined to the floors and supports, drying mats get used to penetrate deeply below the thin layer of aesthetic flooring material to entirely dry the region and provide peace of mind from fungal growth.

While you might be among the majority that utilizes convenience appliances like air conditioners heavily throughout the warmest months of the year, you should understand that these machines do not get designed to last forever. If they do break down, spilling high volumes of water inside your home, as a result, contact SERVPRO of Southwest Cobb / Cascade. Our experienced emergency response team is available 24/7 at (770) 739-2355.

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Your Atlanta Office Building Cannot Afford to Wait on Water Removal

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Your Atlanta Office Building Cannot Afford to Wait on Water Removal Call SERVPRO as soon as you discover standing water in your office space to get your doors back open quickly for your employees and customers.

Rely on SERVPRO for Quick and Thorough Commercial Water Removal

When your Atlanta office building suffers from a water emergency, there are so many concerns that you circle back through in your mind. Ultimately the best thing that you can do to ensure that your doors can reopen quickly is to entrust the cleanup and restoration to a professional, but how do you know that this is the right decision for your business?

The office building that you oversee in Atlanta might be in need of water removal, but have you stopped to consider what this means for the business? For starters, much like any business in any building, customers and clients are heavily relying on your doors being open and your services being available whenever they need them. Without this, you are running a severe risk of losing profits while you mull over the best approach to deal with your substantial water damage emergency inside.

In this digital age, no matter what profession or service that you offer to the public, your reputation is everything. The trouble with the instantaneous exchange of information that has been made possible through the advancements of the internet is that the longer your doors remain closed, the more that your reputation is going to suffer from those with a harsh opinion and a keyboard. That is what makes expedient restoration a necessity, and that requires professional expertise like our SERVPRO team.

Another critical consideration that comes with your water emergency and its apparent need for professional SERVPRO restoration services is the employees that depend on the company. You likely have an entire staff of individuals that rely on their positions within this company to support themselves and their families. The longer that they are kept away from work due to a water emergency, the more displeased they become and the more each of them struggles financially.

You should not sit on a water emergency in your facility for very long. The longer that standing water and moisture get permitted to sit in one place, the more likely that structural damages and mold damage could result. Contact us at SERVPRO of Southwest Cobb / Cascade at any time to help you clean up and restore your office building. Just call (770) 739-2355.

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Proper Mitigation of Flood Damage Helps Eliminate Problems in Atlanta Real Estate

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Proper Mitigation of Flood Damage Helps Eliminate Problems in Atlanta Real Estate Atlanta Flooding Gets Relief from Fast SERVPRO Water Extraction

SERVPRO Provides Fast Emergency Flood Water Removal and Restoration


Any location can experience problems with bad weather, and Atlanta residents know that the area's landscape affects our climate in both
good and bad ways. When severe weather damages a home or other property, acting quick can help to reduce related damages.

For Atlanta homeowners, flood damage can eclipse almost any other disaster endured by a family. Not only can floods happen instantaneously, but responding must also happen just as rapidly. A delayed reaction can allow countless other problematic situations to
develop. These include mold and mildew growth, secondary water damage, wood rot of structural beams, and damage to wiring, personal belongings, and electronic appliances.

Our Green Fleet is Faster To Any Size Disaster, including flooding catastrophes. After receiving a call, our team leaves almost immediately to ensure we lose no time in starting the mitigation work your property requires. We keep our equipment in excellent shape and always ready.

Because floods carry harmful and injurious items with it, we recommend that you always keep contact with the water and any saturated materials to a minimum. Hazards that did not exist inside your home before the flood can also develop. Electrical hazards and broken portions of trim can remain hidden until after an injury occurs. Because of these hazards, our technicians wear personal protection equipment (PPE). Our other equipment centers on mitigating the flood's havoc.

Pumping happens quickly, and we follow this up with additional extraction methods. Making sure that your home becomes dry swiftly means we can also begin checking for damage to areas of your home and removing those areas that require restoration. We do our best to keep this minimized, as reparative work carries a smaller financial burden, gets completed much faster, and eliminates the need to match replacement materials.

Other aspects of flood damage mitigation that affected homeowners can expect include removal and disposal of ruined foodstuffs. Getting
these out of the home quickly reduces the likelihood of rodents and other vermin becoming attracted to your home. Cleaning the rest of
your kitchen protects your family's health upon your return.

The professional technicians at SERVPRO of Southwest Cobb / Cascade receive IICRC certifications in fields related to the mitigation of flood damage. Our 24-hour service line can be contacted at (770) 739-2355 whenever flooding occurs in the Cascade Heights, Austell,
Furniture City and surrounding areas.

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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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