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Ways to Prevent Fires While Cooking | SERVPRO® of Gwinnett County South

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Ways to Prevent Fires While Cooking | SERVPRO® of Gwinnett County South Extinguishing an oven fire.

Even though the kitchen can be a wonderfully versatile place where family and friends gather to catch up or enjoy preparing and eating a meal together, it is also a place where many home fires occur.

Cooking fires are the No. 1 cause of home fires and injuries. The leading cause of these kitchen fires is unattended cooking.

State Farm paid out a whopping $130 million for homeowners insurance claims related to grease and other cooking fires in 2017. According to the insurance company, these are the worst states for kitchen fires:

  • North Carolina
  • Texas
  • Pennsylvania
  • California
  • Ohio
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
Fire Safety Tips in the Kitchen

Staying in the kitchen while cooking is not the only fire safety precaution you should observe. Take a look at these other helpful tips to observe while cooking:

1. What type of clothing are you wearing? Does your outfit have long, flowing sleeves or is it big and baggy? It could catch on fire if you aren’t careful while cooking over the stove. It’s best to wear short or close-fitted sleeve shirts and make sure any baggy shirts are tucked in or tied back.

2. What type of items are you placing around or on the stovetop? Make sure you don’t have kitchen towels, oven mitts, appliance cords or even curtains too close to the stovetop when cooking. Ideally, anything flammable will be moved away from it.

3. Do you have a fire extinguisher in/near the kitchen? Hopefully you have at least one fire extinguisher located in your home, ideally one that is near your kitchen. Make sure you know how to properly use the extinguisher, just in case it is ever needed.

4. How are you disposing of hot grease? While the grease may not be on fire, it could be hot enough to cause something in the trash to burn. You should let the grease cool a bit and then dispose of it in an old coffee can. Also, know the smoke points of the oils you cook with. Be sure to never subject a low-smoke point oil to high heat when cooking, as it could catch fire.

5. Do you have a fire escape plan? Thinking about the worst-case scenario is never fun, but it’s better to be prepared than unprepared if an emergency were to occur. Go over exit routes and designated meeting points with your family, making sure that everyone knows what to do.

Fire safety in the kitchen is an absolute necessity, as it can help prevent dangerous and destructive cooking fires. If your home has experienced damage from a cooking fire, know that SERVPRO® of Gwinnett County South is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

 

Commercial Large Loss

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

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Commercial Water Damage Restoration

Water damage to your commercial building can be as simple as outside flood water entering the front lobby of your building or as complex as a fire sprinkler discharging on the tenth floor of an office building.  We have extensive experience on all different types and sizes of commercial water losses in the greater Atlanta area.

Developing a Plan

As soon as we arrive onsite our number one priority is learning your main priority.  After all, nobody knows your business better than you do!  Our technicians understand that you need to have your business up and running as soon as possible.  We also understand that as a business owner or manager you are having to deal with dozens of needs during a crisis: employees, inventory, technology, customers.  We need to understand your priority so that we can develop a plan that works for your business.

Large Loss Response Team

SERVPRO of Gwinnett County South is a qualified Large Loss Response Team (LLRT).  Being named an LLRT team member means that we have been vetted for having the resources and experience to handle large commercial losses.  So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we will be on our way with the help you need!

Our Service Sets Us Apart

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Why use SERVPRO of Gwinnett County South for your water, fire or mold disasters?  The main reason to use our company is the type of service we give.  We are committed to helping the homeowner or business understand the process of mitigation and to offer the highest quality of service.  Our technicians have many years of experience and have the knowledge of how to best apply the guidelines for the restoration process.

Our clients can rely on us to call before we come, to show up on time, to perform the needed mitigation work in a timely manner and to explain the process in extensive detail.  We value the confidence that our clients have with us.  Our technicians’ high standard of professionalism can turn an unfortunate water or fire damage into a more positive one by our extraordinary customer service.

Here to help!

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

We understand that emergencies never happen at a good time.  That’s where we can help!  No matter whether you have water, mold or smoke damage, you can count on us to be ready.  SERVPRO of Gwinnett County South has a qualified team that can begin your emergency restoration services today. 

Water Damage

Suffering severe water damage from flooding water or a burst pipe needs immediate attention.  The water needs to be extracted so that drying can take place as soon as possible.  The longer water sits in your home or business the greater chances of having secondary damages such as mold.  We have a team of trained water technicians on call 24 hours a day.  When you call our number after hours you will get a live person who will page the water team that is on call.  Our average call back time for the technician responding is just 14 minutes.

Mold Damage

If you see mold inside your home or office then give SERVPRO of Gwinnett County South a call.  We have trained IICRC technicians certified as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians that can remediate the problem.  Mold estimates are scheduled by our office administration team during regular business hours.  There is a service fee for scheduling a technician to visit your home and develop a written estimate for remediation.  This service fee is deducted from the estimate if you select us to complete the work. 

Mold often appears from water damage that is not seen or was not dried properly.  Sometimes mold is not visually present but there is a moldy or stale smell in the air.  In this case you will need to call an Industrial Hygienist to come and sample the home.  They will send these samples to a lab to determine what types of mold are present and if you have a problem that needs our attention.

Fire Damage

Fires can be destructive along with the soot and smoke that are also present.  Fire damage requires emergency service as soon as possible.  Securing the home from unwanted visitors and mitigating corrosive damage to metals that can become pitted from the acidic soot are just a few of the items that require immediate attention.  We are trained, licensed and insured to handle all the problems that come from having a fire.

When Water Damage Strikes

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

One of the most important things about water damage is to treat it quickly. Whether you have sustained a busted pipe or something more serious, if the water damage reached your carpets and was not treated professionally, you still have damage happening right beneath your feet. Mold is growing in your carpets, and you need to take care of it. ASAP.

Mold can start within 24-48 hours of the time of loss in the right environment and conditions. Your home offers a constant food supply to the mold spores. Mold spores feed on wood, drywall, insulation, paper and anything it can get attached on. After a day or more, the mold starts colonizing, creating those big black stains we all know from photos (or from our home, if luck wasn't on our side).

Mold Is Dangerous, Even When Hidden

In most cases, mold will be discovered after it colonizes, and by then its growth is rapid. If you suspect you have mold, you should call a mold expert to check it out. Whether it's a water damage certified technician, a home inspector or an industrial hygienist. The mold usually grows where water damage hit, or where high humidity is found. If water leaked on your carpet - that's where the mold will start growing.

To protect your carpets from mold after they're flooded by water, you should follow the steps below. If it already happened, and you missed one of the steps, you should check your carpets for dark stains or moldy smell. You don't want mold growing under your carpets, in your floors and all around your home.

Steps to prevent mold after water damage:

  1. Stop the water source - first thing first. Stop the water from flowing in and get them out of your home. If it's a leaky pipe or a broken appliance, close the water main. If it's the roof, try and see if you can get a roofing company to come for an emergency service and close the gap. Once you've stopped the water from coming, you need to get it out.
  2. Extract the water - to prevent further damage and minimize long term effects, it's important to get the water out. If it's a small amount, you can blot it out or use a mop to absorb it (if on the floor and not carpets). If it's a large amount, get a water mitigation company like SERVPRO of Gwinnett County South to help you with it.
  3. Get it Dry – Fast! - If you have fans, or you know where you can rent drying fans - go for it. If you need some help with drying your home, we'd be glad to help as well. Call us and let us know what you need. It's important to have the property dried as fast as you can to avoid mold growth, as well as the water being absorbed in carpets, floors, rugs or other items. It's also recommended to use dehumidifiers to lower the humidity in the affected area, especially if you can't air it out properly.
  4. Steam clean everything you can - carpets, rugs, flooring, furniture - if it had water get to it you want it professionally cleaned right now, before the mold gets comfortable and colonizes. Once the mold sets in, that item is probably lost and will need to be replaced.
  5. Sanitize the affected area - if you hired a professional damage restoration company, they'll do it as part of the water mitigation process. If you didn't, and decided to solve the issue yourself, you should clean anything that met the water.

WE WILL MAKE SURE THE MOLD IS GONE

If you still feel like your clean-up wasn't enough, or you feel there is mold hiding somewhere - contact us at SERVPRO of Gwinnett County South at 770-448-5782. We'd be more than happy to pay you a visit and provide a professional opinion on the matter.

Remember, it's very dangerous to have mold in your home - mold can have very serious side effects on you and your health. Get your mold remediated as soon as you can.

Smoke and Fire Deodorization

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and Fire Deodorization

Strong smells often linger after having a fire.  The type of smells that develop are determined by the type of material that was on fire or smoldering.  A hot fire that burned natural building materials will smell different than that of a protein fire from frying or a slow smoldering fire that burned plastics and rubber.  These odors can cause years of problems if they are not handled by a professional.  At SERVPRO of Gwinnett County South we employ a multi-step approach to deodorization.

Source Removal

The first step in deodorization is to find the source.  In the case of a fire the area may be obvious, however there are many causes of odor that may not be easily noticed.  Once the source is found by our trained technicians we must remove it. 

Cleaning

The next step in the process is to clean the effected areas.  Many of the soot particles are deposited both on and often inside certain building materials depending on how hot the fire was.  Our technicians are trained on different cleaning strategies dependent on the surface to be cleaned and the soils deposited.

Deodorizing

We employ a combination of pairing and masking deodorization techniques depending on the situation.  Hot fires open the pores of building materials where foul smelling soot can be deposited.  When the fire is extinguished and the materials cool down, the pores of these material shrink, thus trapping odor molecules inside.  In such cases we will use a pairing agent along with a Hot Thermal Fogger to reopen the pores.  The pairing agent will attach to and change the odor molecule so that it no longer smells.

Sealing

While sealing of wood is not always required, we will often do this on studs and structural members.  One of the reasons for sealing is because these building components are often covered up by drywall, or they are located in hard to reach areas.  Summer brings hot weather and as building materials heat up, these materials are capable of releasing odors.  Sealing ensures that any soot not completely eliminated from cleaning remains trapped.

Steps for Preventing Mold

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Intrusion of water into your building can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.

If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.

SERVPRO of Gwinnett County South handles water damages every day and knows that prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

To control mold growth in your business, we offer the following tips:

  • Repair leaky plumbing and leaks in the foundation of your building
  • Reduce moisture with increased surface temperatures or reduced humidity levels in the air. To increase surface temperatures, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce humidity, repair leaks, increase ventilation if outside air is cold and dry or use a dehumidifier.
  • Keep heating, ventilation and air conditioning drip pans clean, flowing properly and unobstructed
  • Maintain indoor humidity below 50 percent
  • Perform regular inspections and maintenance on buildings and heating and air conditioning equipment
  • Clean and dry wet or damp spots within 1-2 days
  • Provide adequate drainage around the foundation of your building.  Regularly maintain roof gutters, and ensure that water does not collect near the foundation
  • Insulate windows, walls, pipes, roofs, exterior, floors and other cold surfaces to reduce condensation
  • Watch your utility bills; an unusually high water bill could signal an interior leaking problem 

If you are sure or suspect that there is mold in your building, call SERVPRO immediately at 770-448-5782. The longer you wait to call, the mold growth will continue to spread, resulting in a greater chance of unrecoverable property. SERVPRO professionals have the expertise to prevent or mitigate the devastating effects of mold damage.

Why Call SERVPRO for your Mitigation Needs?

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

We understand that emergencies never happen at a good time. That’s where we can help! No matter whether you have water, mold or smoke damage, you can count on us to be ready. SERVPRO of Gwinnett County South has a qualified team that can begin your emergency restoration services today.

Water Damage

Suffering severe water damage from flooding water or a burst pipe needs immediate attention. The water needs to be extracted so that drying can take place as soon as possible. The longer water sits in your home or business the greater chances of having secondary damages such as mold. We have a team of trained water technicians on call 24 hours a day. When you call our number after hours you will get a live person who will page the water team that is on call. Our average call back time for the technician responding is just 14 minutes.

Mold Damage

If you see mold inside your home or office then give SERVPRO of Gwinnett County South a call. We have trained IICRC technicians certified as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians that can remediate the problem. Mold estimates are scheduled by our office administration team during regular business hours. There is a service fee for scheduling a technician to visit your home and develop a written estimate for remediation. This service fee is deducted from the estimate if you select us to complete the work.

Mold often appears from water damage that is not seen or was not dried properly. Sometimes mold is not visually present but there is a moldy or stale smell in the air. In this case you will need to call an Industrial Hygienist to come and sample the home. They will send these samples to a lab to determine what types of mold are present and if you have a problem that needs our attention.

Fire Damage

Fires can be destructive along with the soot and smoke that are also present. Fire damage requires emergency service as soon as possible. Securing the home from unwanted visitors and mitigating corrosive damage to metals that can become pitted from the acidic soot are just a few of the items that require immediate attention. We are trained, licensed and insured to handle all the problems that come from having a fire.

We Certify Our Whole Team

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

How do you know if the company you choose to mitigate your water damage has the proper training?  In the restoration industry, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration and Certification (IICRC) developed the “Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration” or S500.  Along with the written standard the IICRC also provides training and certification for restoring property damage.

We believe that ALL our employees need to be IICRC trained in Water Damage Restoration.  We don’t believe in sending out one trained technician with a team of uncertified workers.  On the job training certainly helps but being a certified Water Damage Technician is crucial.  At SERVPRO of Gwinnett County South we send all of our full-time employees to the three-day IICRC training class after six months of employment.  This includes production personnel, our office staff and the marketing department.  If you touch a water damage file…you get trained!

Meet Our Mitigation Team

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gwinnett County South would like to introduce you to our hard-working team. We have a well-educated group here to help you in a disaster situation. Our office staff consists of Vicki Wheeler, Amanda Barber and Baylee Kelley. They will be the first voice you hear and your first contact with our company. Tammie Logan is our accounts manager and will be able to help with any payment questions or concerns. Lori Miller is our reconstruction administrator and will be able to answer any questions your have regarding reconstruction after your mitigation has been completed. Our office staff is IICRC certified and knowledgeable in the mitigation process.

Our crew chiefs hold certifications in WRT (Water Damage Restoration Technician), AMRT (Applied Microbial Remediation Technician), FSRT (Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician) & ASD (Applied Structural Drying Technician) amongst their other certifications. Our crew chief team consists of Jesse Garmon, Benny Stanley, Tom Jackson, Keonte Askew and Alex Flores. Our technicians that are always there to lend a helping hand are Mindi Marshall, Melody Marshall, Michelle Kelly, Brittany Trotty-Moctezuma, Cindy Purvis, Gilberto Villagomez, Jerry Moctezuma, Mauricio Vargas and Elizabeth Abreu. We make sure that anyone in our crew can assist you with any questions or concerns during the mitigation or remediation process.

Please call our office at any time, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Our office number is 770-448-5782.