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The Importance Of Professional Water Damage Restoration in Atlanta

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Importance Of Professional Water Damage Restoration in Atlanta Drips Turn Into Water Damage, Call SERVPRO for Help with Cleanup in Atlanta

SERVPRO Provides Cleanup and Water Extraction After Damage

Imagine coming home from work to a flooded home, thanks to a faulty mechanism in your washing machine. You are ready to pull your hair out! You know you need help now because those hardwood floors will absorb a lot of water, as will the lower portion of your walls. If left untreated, water damage can lead to mold and mildew problems, as well as cause structural weakness to the damaged areas.
 
Trying to repair the water damage yourself to your Atlanta home may end up making the problem even worse. Our professional techs at SERVPRO know all too well the damages water can do to your home. We have all the equipment needed to dry your walls and floors before that damage becomes permanent.
 
We also know that problems can happen anytime - day or night; this is the reason we offer our customers 24-Hour Emergency Services. We understand you need immediate professional help after your home is flooded.
 
SERVPRO is a locally owned and operated business with professionally trained technicians. Our techs are skilled in water restoration, mold remediation, carpet, and furniture cleaning as well as any other cleaning that may be needed. We know how to assess the problem and get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Our techs have all the knowledge, experience, and tools they need to restore your property correctly. We use four factors to help determine how long it will take to dry your home:
 
* Temperature: needs to be kept between 70 and 90 degrees.
 
* Humidity: ideally between 30% and 60%.
 
* Extraction of water: the more that can be removed, the better.
 
* Air Movement: need to steadily move wet air away from wet surfaces.
 
We finish each job by providing our customers with documents proving the property is restored to its preloss condition. SERVPRO works with you and your insurance company, providing you with any paperwork you need to process your claim.

No matter what time of day or night, when an emergency happens, you can trust SERVPRO to respond to your water removal needs quickly. It's nice to know that someone has your back when a crisis strikes.
 
 
Contact SERVPRO of North Atlanta / Buckhead for more information about restoring your water damaged home. Our IICRC certified technicians can arrive promptly. (404) 261-2925.
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Atlanta Fires Affect HVAC Systems

7/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Atlanta Fires Affect HVAC Systems Fires, Smoke, Ductwork Cleaning in Atlanta

Smoke & Fire Damage Are Common After a Fire in Your Atlanta Property

A fire in any home is a frighening sight. Fortunately, most of the damage after the flames have been put out is from smoke and soot residues. Smoke and soot are easier to restore than removing scorched and burned property, but it does take time and patience.

One item residents forget about before or after fire damage to their Atlanta home is the air and heat or HVAC system. It may not be necessary to clean the HVAC after a fire, but it must be inspected to make certain. If the system is turned on with residue still inside, it is possible to contaminate the entire house in a matter of minutes. SERVPRO has developed a thorough list of questions to inspect an HVAC system and another to clean and repair it if there is smoke or soot residue.

First, how close was the fire to the HVAC vents or the furnace unit?
Did smoke enter either the supply or return sides of the system?
How long did the fire burn? Was the HVAC in operation at any time while the fire was active?

These questions help us determine just how likely there is contamination, the type of residue, and how extensive it might be. Do not assume there is no contamination because the HVAC was off. An active fire creates air pressure which can force smoke into the system if it burns long enough. An inspection provides the information we need to answer these questions and prepare a restoration plan.

Are mechanical components of the HVAC damaged? Do they need to be replaced? If so, our technicians can service most HVAC systems. For certain brands, it may be necessary to call in one of their technicians to perform the work.

Is the ductwork sheet metal, duct board, or flex duct? Sheet metal ducts are easy to clean, duct board is a bit more difficult, and flex duct may have to be replaced because it is not cost effective to pull it out and stretch it to clean out every crease.

Are the filters contaminated? If yes, then they must be replaced. It is a precautionary practice to toss all filters before the fire and run new filters, inspect, and replace again if the residue is exceptionally thick.

Does the HVAC need to be disassembled? Taking it apart may be required if the residue is particularly thick and resists cleaning.
Once we or your contractor has rebuilt the HVAC, our technicians seal the ductwork as tightly as possible to prevent additional contamination and then test it.

This process is not simple, but restoring the HVAC system in your home is the final, needed step before it is truly safe to return. For SERVPRO of North Atlanta / Buckhead, this is not just a job. We understand the need to go back to normal after a fire or any other disaster. Call us today at (404) 261-2925 to begin.

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SERVPRO Saves Time For Franchise Owners In Atlanta After Water Damage

6/11/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Saves Time For Franchise Owners In Atlanta After Water Damage SERVPRO Keeps Your Doors Open in Your Atlanta Retail Shop Post Water Damage

With Comprehensive Water Damage Cleanup and Rebuilds, SERVPRO Gets Your Doors Open Swiftly

Water damage to a franchise is bad news. Whether your franchise is food based, a coffee shop, a clothes store, a stationery store or something else, water can bring business to a standstill. All it takes is a burst pipe, a flood, or a simple leak and suddenly you have to close your doors during repairs.
 
Naturally, the first concern after water damage to your Atlanta franchise is getting the water out, and your shop restored so you can resume business. Fast action is essential to minimize profit loss. That is why we recommend you call SERVPRO as soon as you are able - We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
 
Our IICRC certified technicians begin by extracting water from your property. In some cases, a free-standing pump is enough for this. Sometimes we need to use a more powerful truck-mounted pump that can remove a greater volume of water and also draw it uphill if necessary. We also have submersible pumps so that even if there is quite a depth of water (over 2 inches), we can remove it quickly.
 
Thorough water extraction is key to getting your business up and running again as soon as possible. We extract water first before moving on to the drying process. We train our technicians in how to position a range of axial box fans, dehumidifiers and air movers for maximum effect.
 
However, SERVPRO also understands that extraction and drying are not the whole story. Depending on the extent of the water damage, there might also be minor or even major damage to your business premises. We save you time by taking care of repair, rebuild and construction as well, so you do not have to call in a separate service to deal with those things. We save you time, money, and stress with our comprehensive service package.
 
In cases of extensive damage, we supply roof tarps, and temporary fencing to secure your property and also take care of boarding up doors and windows. Do not worry about your equipment or stock: SERVPRO has well-managed warehouse space and offers a full pack-out service to keep your inventory safe as we clean the elements during repairs.
 
We also take care of a range of repairs including drywall removal and installation of new drywall, hardwood or tile floor repair, repainting, and removing and installing carpet.
 
Using one service for drying and repair is both quicker and more cost effective. Call SERVPRO of North Atlanta / Buckhead at (404) 261-2925 for help.

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How To Protect Your Pipes And Prevent Flood Damage To Your Atlanta Home

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How To Protect Your Pipes And Prevent Flood Damage To Your Atlanta Home Frozen Pipes from Storms or Plumbing in Atlanta Need Water Damage Restoration from SERVPRO

Malfunctioning Pipes That Flood Your Home Can Be Fixed By SERVPRO

Georgia residents were reminded of the power of cold weather when winter storm Helena hit in winter 2017, bringing snow and ice and unfortunately leading to casualties. The weather is warm at this time of year, but it is never too early to start planning winterization to prevent a burst pipe when the cold weather hits again.
 
Burst pipes occur when the water in the pipe freezes. Water expands as it freezes and this pressure causes the pipe to break. The result for your Atlanta home is often significant flood damage. No homeowner wants to discover a wet floor or ceiling due to a burst pipe, and the problem is often preventable. The water damage caused inside wall cavities often effectively ruins both walls. That is why SERVPRO recommends the following actions to protect your pipes.
 
Insulate Your Pipes
Good quality lagging insulates your pipes and helps prevent them from bursting. Lagging is of particular importance for pipes that are below ground or located in areas where it gets cold enough for them to freeze.
 
Insulate Your Water Heater
Even homeowners who remember to insulate their pipes sometimes forget about the water heater. However, a frozen cold water tank is a flood damage risk, so be sure you get it insulated too. Insulating your tank protects it and reduces the chance of water leaks or broken pipes. This also cuts down on your utility bill.
 
Keep The Heating On
Keep your heating at an even 76 degrees during a cold snap. Leaving your heating on provides just enough background heat to keep water flowing and stop your pipes from freezing. When the weather is dreadful the extra cost of background heating is worth paying – it is less than the cost of dealing with extensive flood damage to your home.
 
Know Where Your Main Shut-Off Valve Is
In the unfortunate event of a broken pipe, shutting off your stopcock prevents more water damage until SERVPRO arrives to  possibly fix the plumbing. Also, be aware of the location of the main shut-off valve, usually on the exterior perimeter of the property.
 
When you see signs of a leak, it is important to put in a call to SERVPRO at once. Swift action means flood damage is mitigated faster and the harm to your home is minimized.
 
Our IICRC-certified technicians come equipped with all the professional equipment necessary to handle any burst pipe leak, large or small. We siphon water from the affected area, before bringing in dehumidifiers, air movers, and box fans to dry out your house. Our teams also use moisture detection equipment such as penetrating moisture probes, moisture meters and even thermal imaging technology so we can check that the affected area is thoroughly dried out. This documentation assists with your insurance claim.
 
Prevention is better than cure when it comes to burst pipes. However, accidents and storm conditions do still sometimes happen and if you suspect a burst pipe in your home, you can call SERVPRO of North Atlanta / Buckhead at (404) 261-2925 for immediate assistance.

Mold Damage Remediation and Restoration in Atlanta

5/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation and Restoration in Atlanta Finding hidden mold is our specialty. Call SERVPRO so we can investigate the damage or smell on your property.

Each Surface Type Warrants a Different Approach When it Comes to Mold

Mold can go undetected for days, weeks or even months, depending on where it is hiding. While small amounts of mold spores are everywhere and pose no threat, a large colony can destroy building materials and pose a health threat.

Restoring property from the effects of mold damage in Atlanta homes requires trained professionals. Every SERVPRO office maintains a crew that is trained to identify mold infestations and determines the best method available to remove or clean it off surfaces.

We determine the method used to remove mold depending on the type of surface the mold is on. It is simpler to clean nonporous materials. These surfaces include glass, metal, certain kinds of plastics, marble, and smooth stone. We remove dry mold by vacuuming the surfaces with special HEPA filters that catch even a single mold spore. Wet mold is wiped off with a cloth dampened with water. If the mold is growing in a layer of soil, our team members use a detergent solution.

Porous materials with visible mold growth often should be removed from the home and disposed of according to state regulations. These materials include carpets, carpet pads, drywall, and insulation. Technicians can clean fabrics such as upholstery, drapes, and curtains using foam, spray, or immersion techniques depending on the thickness of the mold and the colors used. Before starting with those methods, crew members vacuum the items to remove loose mold fragments. If needed, they agitate the materials to loosen more mold and then vacuum them again.

Semiporous materials require methods not usable on porous or even nonporous surfaces. The surfaces (wood and concrete) may require sanding, wire brushing, and other abrasive methods. The cleaners we use on these surfaces have abrasive agents mixed in to be certain the agent gets into and agitates cracks and grooves that non-abrasive agents miss. If exposed to mold for too long, the structural integrity of the wood might be compromised by rot.

Restoring your home after a mold infestation is a long process. SERVPRO of North Atlanta / Buckhead is here to help you through every step. If you need our services or simply want to schedule an inspection to ally concerns, call us at (404) 261-2925.

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Commercial Flood Damage Remediation in Atlanta

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Flood Damage Remediation in Atlanta When flooding affects your commercial location, SERVPRO is the business to call for quick response and remediation. Call immediately after damage.

SERVPRO's Three Levels of Cleaning Your Environment After Damage Defined


How clean does it need to be? For a house or apartment, the answer depends on who lives there. When it comes to a commercial facility, the answer depends on what is manufactured.

One effect of commercial flood damage in Atlanta results in dirt and other soil left behind after the water slowly drains away or is pumped out. SERVPRO has three levels of cleaning that cover every environment from building refrigerators to creating medicines. They are sanitary, disinfected and sterile.

Sanitary is the common level needed for manufacturing plants that do not process food or pharmaceuticals. Contaminants left behind from flood waters are removed to protect the general health of the workers and any visitors to the plant. This process does leave a certain amount of dirt, but at a level acceptable to maintain a clean environment. To keep a sanitary level, we recommend a regular cleaning schedule depending on the needs of the plant and any budgetary restrictions. Semi-annual cleaning is very effective in most cases.

Disinfected is the next level of cleaning that is required for plants where food is processed. This level is marked by a 99 percent removal of all contaminants. Disinfection is also necessary for structures where flooding caused a sewer backup and pathogens such as bacteria are left on surfaces. For this level of cleaning, our response team uses EPA approved cleaning agents to all affected surfaces and machinery.

Sterile cleaning is used for areas that must be 100 percent free of all contaminants. To achieve this, our response team disinfects multiple times if needed and our inspectors follow a checklist created by the FDA to ensure the proper environment is maintained for the production of pharmaceuticals and some types of medical tools and equipment.

Recovering after a flood is not a simple task, but SERVPRO of North Atlanta / Buckhead has the experience, tools, and training necessary to get the job done. Regardless if your company is manufacturing chain-link fencing, canning peaches or creating the latest migraine medicine, we can get your production back on track. Call us today at (404) 261-2925 for an inspection and initial estimate.

How to Rescue Residential Masonry from Fire Damage in Atlanta

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Rescue Residential Masonry from Fire Damage in Atlanta SERVPRO handles fire damage on the inside and the outside of the property. Call today to discuss and start the remediation process.

SERVPRO's Experience with Fire Damage Restoration Works to Your Benefit


In the wake of a residential fire, the primary focus is on repairing the damage done to the inside of the house. However, moderate to severe incidents can lead to visible marks and blemishes on the outside of the building too. It is why SERVPRO conducts a full inspection of fire-damaged properties before we start any restoration work.

The good news is that stains on masonry, concrete and other structural materials are almost always superficial. While brick and concrete are not impervious to fire damage in Atlanta homes, they are extremely sturdy and don’t succumb easily to heat. It means that, in most cases, we can use straightforward cleaning techniques to restore the outside of the property.

Light Stains

If there is no structural damage to the masonry, the SERVPRO technicians use mild cleaning agents to wash soot and smoke deposits from the surface. Where the staining is very light, dry sponging is enough to wipe away grime on block, brick, and concrete. Stubborn marks get lifted with alkaline detergents and direct scrubbing. Sodium hypochlorite is highly effective when it comes to soot removal, and it leaves no residues.

Moderate Stains

The difficult thing about soot is that it can be highly acidic. If it is not removed quickly, particularly from structural materials, there is a chance of corrosive residues becoming embedded deeper and deeper into the masonry. It is why SERVPRO pays close attention to cracked joints.

They are delicately cleaned and repointed to dislodge any soot deposits which may be trying to move into the capillaries. Once this is complete, larger areas are dry sponged and vacuumed. Then, they are jet washed with a high powered pressure cleaning device.

Heavy Stains

The most severe staining occurs when heavily combustible materials have caught fire and burned for some time. In some cases, jet washing is still a suitable method of cleaning. We can add soot dissolving formulas like high PH degreasers, dry ice, or soda ash to increase optimal results.

SERVPRO rarely recommends sand blasting for brick, block, and concrete because it is a very abrasive process and can cause additional damage. If there are smaller patches of masonry which are heavily soiled, the technicians may apply a poultice (sodium hypochlorite and diatomaceous earth). It takes 24-48 hours for the formula to take effect.

The great thing about a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO is that we offer a complete package. We are part of a huge network of contractors, so there is no repair job too big for our team to handle. Call SERVPRO of North Atlanta/Buckhead at (404) 261-2925 today for expert advice.

Use the Right Services to Overcome Flood Damage in Your Atlanta Area Home

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Use the Right Services to Overcome Flood Damage in Your Atlanta Area Home SERVPRO can help you with any stage of flooding from prevention to remediation. Call right away for best results.

Professional Technicians Quickly Remove Standing Water From Your Property


Water damage in your home can be especially brutal, causing many different issues and leading to a variety of hidden damages. However, you hold all of the cards, take the proper steps to help prevent these problems from developing into something you simply cannot afford and help us help you get things under control quicker during an emergency.
 
Start by contacting your insurance company to ensure that you have the proper coverage for common issues that plague the Atlanta area. You can prevent flood damage, or instances concerning fire, water, or mold in your home by contacting a quality restoration company for help. So, that is what you should do next. Make it a priority to develop a relationship with them, before an emergency occurs on your property.
 
A company, like SERVPRO, offers a variety of services to help prevent flooding in your home. Everything from a full inspection of your property to help identify common problems, to the installation of additional drainage, backflow valves, or submersible pumps for use during an emergency. Our technicians can help you prepare. Something as simple as providing your home with the proper grading in your yard can save you from damages that would otherwise occur on your property.
 
SERVPRO has done all of the research and planning for you. We have a preparedness app available online to get things started and make ourselves available 24-7, 365 days a year. Without question, our technicians, answer your call and respond to any emergency situation you may be facing. We even assist you with filling out any paperwork required for your insurance claim and ensure that your entire restoration process is as stress-free as possible.
 
SERVPRO technicians are expertly trained, have access to quality, industrial-grade equipment for water location and extraction. While also having the ability to perform quick drying services using air moving equipment and dehumidifiers to help prevent additional damages from forming, including pesky mold damages that happen rather quickly if not attended to right away.
 
Our team provides you with a full-service solution to problems that occur on your property. We help you handle the entire event, from start to finish and return your home to a quality preloss condition in the quickest and most efficient way possible. Often exceeding expectations of customers just like you and saving a variety of contents and personal items you thought lost.
 
SERVPRO of North Atlanta / Buckhead stands ready to assist you, contact us today. (404) 261-2925

The Three Essential Steps in Atlanta Water Removal

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Three Essential Steps in Atlanta Water Removal SERVPRO has a proven process that works for water removal. Call today to discuss how it can work for your water emergency.

SERVPRO's Water Removal Process Can Help to Prevent Secondary Damage


SERVPRO observes a relatively simple process for our water removal jobs. Although many underlying concepts and intricacies complicate matters, our process is, at heart, only composed of three essential steps. First, we use water extractors to remove volumes of standing water that can be pumped out of the home. After this comes the drying phase, where we use carefully-positioned air movers to pick water up off of surfaces and get it into the air. Finally, to ensure that the now-saturated air does not cause additional water damage, we use dehumidifiers to chemically or thermally catch water droplets from the air and collect them into removable storage bins.
 
The first step, water extraction, worries homeowners the most but is, in fact, one of the easiest steps in Atlanta water removal jobs. While huge volumes of standing water can appear daunting and do indeed need heavy equipment to take care of properly, our industrial grade extractors can usually clear an area in a matter of hours.
 
Drying is perhaps the longest step of the project and is often done in tandem with dehumidification. SERVPRO technicians move in heavy-duty air movers to create powerful air flows in an area, catching water on all surfaces and bringing it into the air. This is an all-encompassing step, where we simultaneously dry out all materials including carpet, fabric, wood, laminate, and other common household elements.
 
Dehumidification may be done alongside drying, but is always done immediately after it at the latest. If the airborne water droplets are not dealt with quickly, they can cause additional problems throughout the home such as oxidation and reintroduction to surfaces. Dehumidifiers attract and collect water back into a liquid form, this time in easily-handled buckets that can easily be removed and handled.
 
SERVPRO of North Atlanta / Buckhead is a local company with national resources backing up every water removal job we take. Call us 24/7 for our help with water removal and restoration at (404) 261-2925.

From Remediation to Reconstruction, We can Restore Your Atlanta Home After Any Type of Storm Damage

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage From Remediation to Reconstruction, We can Restore Your Atlanta Home After Any Type of Storm Damage SERVPRO Works Fast to Make It "Like it never even happened." Call For Storm Damage Rebuild in Atlanta

SERVPRO Has the Experience and Expertise to Rebuild Your Damaged Property

Disasters and emergencies that affect your home can range in size and severity. Many of these situations can keep you and your family from living at home until restorations are finished. Not only can these problems create safety hazards themselves, but repairs and other types of work can make it difficult to normal family life.

In Atlanta, we provide all of the storm damage services needed to restore your home completely, from initial cleaning and remediation to complete reconstruction. We know having one company provide all of the services your situation requires not only reduces the time involved but that doing so can also save thousands of dollars. You can put these savings to use in beneficial ways for your family.

Our SERVPRO technicians are highly skilled in all phases of damage-repair, including reconstruction. Upgrading the features in your home after damage to meet the latest code requirements or to gain additional energy savings or safety features are options we can discuss with you.

Other options that reconstruction can provide include increasing room size, altering the floor plan, widening stairways, adding windows and exterior doors, and many others that can be extremely cost-effective. We can explain more when we make our initial assessment of your home. We add creativity to our experience and skills to provide you the best in reconstructing your home.

Rebuilding a home after being damaged may seem the best option if the structural and cosmetic damages cover only a small area, but when the area damaged is much greater, reconstruction can keep a home from becoming condemned and demolished. When a home is destroyed, insurance often does not pay enough to purchase another home of similar size, and this can lower your family's standard of living significantly.

When you need more than cleaning and damage repair, call us, SERVPRO of North Atlanta / Buckhead at (404) 261-2925. We would love to make your home your dream home, one that is designed with your family in mind.