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A Water Loss can Lead to Mold

6/17/2020 (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.

Water Restoration in Your Home

6/14/2020 (Permalink)

When heavy rains and high winds hit hard, property destruction and loss can be devastating to you as a homeowner. Structural damage to the exterior of your home is followed by interior devastation from water and winds. Storm damage is rarely isolated to just a few buildings in an area adding the challenge of finding a restoration company that can respond swiftly to your needs to an already anxiety provoking situation. SERVPRO of Gwinnett County South delivers the help you need swiftly, even when a local disaster is widespread as we can call upon a network of over 1,650 franchises nationwide to respond if the need is great.   Storm damage can feel overwhelming, but your fear and panic will disappear when our team of professionals responds to your water, wind, and flooding repair fulfilling your restoration needs. Your particular situation is of paramount importance to us, and you need not worry that your repairs and restoration will take a back seat even when many in your area are struggling to recover from the same issues you face. Choosing our company puts in motion a vast support system, but our local ownership means you will receive a personalized approach to your particular situation, efficiently returning your home back to its pre-storm condition just “Like it never even happened.”   Placing your trust in SERVPRO of Gwinnett County South for your storm damage needs will reap you benefits that less qualified companies simply cannot deliver. We use state of the art equipment to clean, repair, and restore your home and in the process, we also restore your and your family’s peace of mind. Our technicians are highly trained and qualified, current in Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) for any procedure needed to bring your home back to the comfortable and comforting refuge you deserve. We also work closely with your insurance company, ensuring that all the work necessary is approved and compensated according to the terms of your policy. Our high standards and relentless drive to do the job on time while meeting local specifications means you and your family will quickly return to the quiet enjoyment of your house and neighborhood. We are not satisfied until you are happily back in your restored dwelling.   Once you make sure that your family is safe after a major storm, your first call should be to SERVPRO of Gwinnett County South. Dial 770-448-5782  24/7 and begin the road to recovery by scheduling an inspection with our storm damage experts.

Steps to Take After a House Fire | SERVPRO® of Gwinnett County South

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

woman with hands covering face upset with burnt house in background If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Gwinnett County South is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

Having a house fire strike your home is a fearful and overwhelming life experience. Whether it was extinguished immediately or continued on to become severe, the damage caused by a house fire can be far-reaching and difficult to deal with.

In order to help you recover, we have included some things to remember in order to pick up the pieces from a house fire and be able to continue on with life.

Picking Up the Pieces Following a House Fire

Prepare yourself for what to expect. Though many of us are familiar with fire damage in the abstract, seeing it firsthand in a way that impacts your own life is a different experience altogether. Prepare yourself before you enter your home, and remember that fire damage can often impact areas that were not even near the flames due to the way that smoke and soot can travel.

Wait to enter your home. While springing into action is a common reaction following a house fire, it is important that you are not doing anything that could put you in harm’s way. Fires can lead to structural issues for a home, and entering too early could put you at risk. Be sure to check with officials to make sure it is completely safe before you attempt to go back into the home.

Contact your insurance company. Filing a fire insurance claim is different with every provider, so getting in touch with yours to learn more about the process will help you make sure you follow the right protocols and get the most out of your claim.

Document the damages. Creating an inventory list and taking plenty of photos is a great way to stay organized and not accidentally leave something out. Go room by room to document the damages to your belongings and structures so you have clear records both for your benefit and to ease the difficulties of filing an insurance claim.

Contact your restoration company. The aftermath of a fire can be emotionally taxing to deal with, which is why we always recommend working with a reputable, professional restoration company to make things easier on your family. A good restoration crew will give you immeasurable peace of mind so you can worry less about the recovery process and focus more on healing.

If your home is damaged in a house fire, you can count on us to help you. Get in touch at any hour for a quick response.

Equipped to handle large commercial losses

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

When you're a business owner and you run into an unexpected commercial disaster, you should call our franchises SERVPRO of Gwinnett County Southeast or SERVPRO of Gwinnett County Southwest at 770-448-5782. We can immediately dispatch technicians to come assess any situation that is stopping your business from operating. SERVPRO of Gwinnett County South will do everything in our power to help you and your business when trouble arises. 

Tips until SERVPRO arrives:

  • Shut off the water source, if identified.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
  • DO NOT use regular vacuum to remove water
  • Locate insurance information
  • When we arrive we will do a very thorough dry out and complete it in a timely manner. We practice the science of drying...and we specialize in restoring your property. We are a "One Stop Shop" – Which means we are a company that can dry out your property, take care of your contents, and rebuild if necessary. Call our franchises SERVPRO of Gwinnett County Southeast or SERVPRO of Gwinnett County Southwest at 770-448-5782, we are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all your commercial needs.

Are you prepared for severe weather damages?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

Are you ready for Severe Weather?

Severe weather is unpredictable and SERVPRO® of Gwinnett County South wants you to be safe no matter the season! Below are some severe weather readiness tips to help guide you, no matter what type of disaster you may encounter.

Weather Radios: Weather radios are the most reliable way to receive notifications of severe weather in your area. Although cellular phones, weather apps, social media as well as wireless emergency alerts (WEA’s) are what the majority of us depend on to keep informed, the truth is those devices can have their limitations during severe weather and can be interrupted. Mobile devices rely on towers and those towers can be damaged and cease to function during severe weather. A weather radio, WITH CHARGED BATTERIES, is the most reliable way to be informed of severe weather. Be sure to properly program your weather radio so you only receive the alerts you want for the counties you want.

Emergency Supply Kit: Having an emergency kit can be a life saver. Most emergency management agencies recommend supplies for up to three days. The following is a list you can use as a guideline:

Water – 1 gallon per person per day

Food – non-perishable

Manual can opener

Battery operated radio, preferably a weather radio

Flashlight

Extra batteries for radio and flashlight

First Aid kit

Whistle to signal help

Clothing, blankets

Dust mask 

Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape

Wrench or other tools to shut off utilities

Hygiene items

Important documents. (Copy of insurance policy, bank account info, identification, etc.)

Fire extinguisher

Matches in waterproof case

Cash

Make family plan: Make sure all members in the household are aware where they are to go in the event of severe weather. If for some reason the family is separated in the event of a severe storm, have a meeting place established as to aid in finding each other amidst devastation.

Call SERVPRO® of Gwinnett County South 770-448-5782. We are here to help!

Severe Wind Damage and Flooding

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane damage sometimes includes severe wind damage. Roof damage in this situation may range from a missing roof, to harsh winds and rains shearing away asphalt tiles. Roof repair of obvious defects usually ensues in the wake of hurricane damage and storm remediation. Correcting roof damage may challenge homeowners after a disaster, since a roof leak may not appear obvious. How can a roof leak or roof damage escape easy detection in this situation? Wind damage may loosen flashing, eventually causing another roof leak sometimes weeks after a storm. Even a subtle roof leak of this nature can produce moist, moldy conditions inside the home. Obtaining fast roof repair may prevent long term interior damage. A wind damage home restoration expert may assist clients in receiving comprehensive roof assessments and roof repair services when hurricane damage afflicts an area. Their expertise helps property owners address storm damage and roof damage more effectively.

Flooding and recovery flood water frequently poses a risk in coastal areas. Yet heavy rains may cause river flooding miles inland also. If the surrounding terrain cannot absorb ground water, runoff contributes to flood water. Even residents of mountainous areas sometimes sustain varying degrees of flood damage if frozen pipes rupture. Flood pump failures contribute to basement flooding and contaminated ground water in some locations, too. Flooding may disrupt municipal water systems. Experts need to assess ground water and evaluate the condition of pipes following flood damage. By relying upon a trained specialist, you will usually obtain faster storm remediation. These experts may suggest ways to help mitigate flood water damage in the future, for instance, by requesting backup flood pump installation.

Call SERVPRO® of Gwinnett County South at 770-448-5782 for any of your storm concerns.

Tips to Improve Your Safety in Advance of Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of Gwinnett County South

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

severe weather red sign with dark cloudy sky in background If your home has been impacted by storm damage, SERVPRO of Gwinnett County South will respond quickly to assist in any repairs.

Because of how regularly severe storms and weather events can occur during the warmer seasons of the year, every single storm should be revered as a possible threat. Every storm has the potential to cause significant damage and pose a serious threat to unprotected people, so before one strikes, make sure you are doing what you can to boost your household safety efforts just in case.

Being aware of what watches and warnings mean, having ample emergency supplies stored and having multiple ways to tune into emergency broadcasts will help you be certain that you are as prepared as possible.

Be Aware of What Watches and Warnings Mean

When severe weather is on the way, local officials will generally issue watches and warnings to keep the public informed about the current conditions, so it is important to know what they mean. A storm watch is issued if conditions are particularly favorable for a storm to develop, but one has yet to occur in the area. A storm warning is more serious, as it means storms have been spotted on the ground and are a threat to the area. During a storm watch, you can simply stay alert, but during a storm warning, you should take cover immediately

Have Ample Emergency Supplies Stored

If a storm is nearby, it is important to seek shelter and stay put until the threat passes—which is why having everything you need at home is so highly recommended. Be sure you have enough food and water packed for everyone in your family in case utilities go out, as well as flashlights and extra batteries so you have a light source. You should also have a “safe zone” in the home—somewhere you can go that is sheltered from external walls as much as possible where you can wait out the worst of the storm.

Have Multiple Ways to Tune Into Emergency Broadcasts

While most of us rely on our smartphones to get information about the weather, this method can have some drawbacks and is not reliable during severe weather. Because cell reception can be spotty during severe storms and electricity is often unreliable, make sure you have multiple ways to get alerts that do not depend on the traditional power grid. A non-electric weather radio powered by batteries or manually is often a good solution for this.

If your home has been impacted by storm damage, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to get a quick response to your home’s damages.

Damage to Commercial Property

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

Water loss in an office building that affected carpet in a storage closet. Don't let water damage like this slow you or your business down, contact SERVPRO of Gwinnett 24/7 to help get your commercial property back in order.

Flooding and water damage events in Georgia commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and immediate response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work as diligently as possible for each situation and isolate the affected area. In many situations, normal operations can continue in a temporary work space while we restore your commercial property.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents  Challenges

SERVPRO of Gwinnett South's professional technicians are trained to be aware of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your financial constraints. We understand that time spent cleaning up is time of lost revenue and productivity. So if you find yourself in an emergency situation at your location of business, give us a call so we can get there fast and help you and your business in a desperate time of need.

SERVPRO of Gwinnett County South

SERVPRO of Gwinnett County South specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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. Call us when your commercial property experiences damage from water, flooding, or fire!

Fire Safety During Summer

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

Summer is a glorious season full of vacations, cookouts and firework shows, but along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms—especially in July. Each year around 230 people are injured badly enough to require medical treatments after firework-related incidents, according to the U.S consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition to causing injury, fireworks are responsible for thousands of house fires each year with countless numbers of dollars in property damage.

There is nothing like firing up the grill during the summer months! Did you know, July is the peak month for grill fires? A backyard barbecue can become dangerous quickly if proper safety precautions aren’t considered. As your local SERVPRO professional, we want you to have an enjoyable and safe summer. Consider the following tips to help ensure your summer celebrations are disaster free!

-Grills should only be used outdoors.

-The grill should be placed far from the home, deck railings, garages and out from under eaves and over hanging branches.

-Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grill and in trays below the grill.

-Never leave your grill unattended.

- When using a charcoal grill, let the coal completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

-If you are using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eye-wear.

-Do not to try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire. Children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over as they may still be active.

-The Safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

Four Frequent Commercial Loss Causes Business Owners Should be Aware of

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

When you are the owner of a business, it is easy to picture water damages as a massive storm wiping out power, flooding offices, or shutting down your business for long periods of time. While this sometimes may be the case, severe storms are not the only causes of water damage and floods. The following are common causes of water damage in commercial properties.

  1. Malfunctioning Sprinkler Systems
    Some older commercial buildings, still to this day, have faulty sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While these sprinklers may be beneficial during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are outdated or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.
  1. Damaged Appliances and Equipment
    Although, it is more often seen in restaurants, this cause of commercial flood damage can also happen in any business that has equipment and appliances that make use of water. If your appliances were to fail, especially after business operating hours, you may come back to a water emergency at your place of business.
  1. Broken Pipes and Plumbing
    Frequently seen in residential properties, but it could also happen in a workplace facility. If the plumbing system at your commercial space fails, you could have a serious water damage loss on your hands.
  1. Backed Up Sewer Lines
    There are very real, potential dangers that come along with the possibility of contaminated Black Water if your sewer line in your commercial building were to back up or become damaged. Black Water could put your health at risk, ruin products, and maybe even contaminate the furnishings in your office. Backed up sewer lines is a commercial water loss that catches a lot of business owners by surprise.

While many other issues can cause a commercial loss, we see these frequently. Our technicians are well trained in the commercial loss area. So, if your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Gwinnett County South can help you and your business get back up to production in no time. Call us anytime 24/7 at 770-448-5782 for fast help.