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Top Reasons You Have Mold in Your Home

12/2/2017 (Permalink)

Top Reasons You Have Mold in Your Home

There is always talk about how dangerous mold is and how you should ensure you do not have it in your home, especially black mold. Doing a check of your home on a regular basis is important to spot any black mold issues and to get mold cleanup started right away. However, the key to really ensuring you do not get mold in your Atlanta, GA  home is knowing why mold grows in the first place.

The main instigator for mold is moisture. In a home, there are plenty of sources that can create a moisture problem. Some common issues include:

High humidity
Broken pipes
Flooding

If you have any of these issues, it is essential to address them right away and get rid of the excess moisture before black mold even has a chance to begin growing.

High Humidity

High humidity is typically a weather or season issue. You can take steps to reduce the humidity in your home. Using an air conditioning unit will remove excess moisture in the air and reduce your homes humidity. In areas that tend to attract moisture, such as attics or basements, you may want to run a dehumidifier.

Broken Pipes

If you have a plumbing issue, you should get it fixed asap. You also need to check for water leaks to ensure the plumbing issue did not lead to water getting in your walls, floors or ceilings. If water did leak out, then you should clean it up immediately. Never let water sit too long.

Flooding

If you experience flooding in your Atlanta, GA home, you should take steps to stop it from occurring again, if possible. Anything that was damaged from the flood waters should be removed, such as bedding, drywall or furniture.

Your best bet when tackling mold is to call in professional help. You can find mold removal professionals or others who can assist you with your moisture issues and ensure mold is not growing in your home.
Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthatlantabuckhead.com for more information on mold.

4 Tips for Containing Mold Damage in Your Home

12/2/2017 (Permalink)

4 Tips for Containing Mold Damage in Your Home

Any time there is standing water in your Atlanta, GA home from incidents like a leak or a flood, mold almost immediately follows. Within 48 hours of the water issue, mold can grow and spread throughout your home, causing damage and structural issues. Take advantage of these tips to keep black mold out of your home while you wait for the professionals to arrive.

1. Restrict Airflow in Your Home

Mold spores spread more rapidly when they are blown around by fans or air conditioners. They can also get sucked into your HVAC system and cause an infestation you are unaware of. Turn off your HVAC system and all fans. Resist the urge to point a fan at wet carpet or flooring.

2. Shut off the Water

If you have a leaky water pipe or sewage system, turn your water off immediately after locating the leakage point. This will prohibit any further damage to your home and make the mold cleanup process easier. Any time there is a moisture problem, it is best to keep the water off until the issue is resolved.

3. Vacate Your Home

When possible and especially in cases of an extreme water problem, it can be best to stay somewhere else while your home is recovered.

4. Don’t Move or Touch Anything With Mold

Even small spots of mold can be extremely dangerous. Rather than trying to handle it yourself and unintentionally spreading mold spores or making yourself sick, call mold removal professionals. They are experienced and have the proper training, equipment and protective gear to make sure the mold is entirely eradicated without injury.

Water problems in your Atlanta, GA home can lead to an even bigger black mold infestation unless you react quickly. Stay safe by not allowing the mold to spread and calling the right experts for help.
Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthatlantabuckhead.com for more information on mold.

Removing Two Feet of Water from Your Basement

12/2/2017 (Permalink)

Removing Two Feet of Water from Your Basement

Dealing with a flood in Atlanta, GA is every business owner’s worst nightmare. The water usually winds up in the basement, and whether your basement is filled with offices or not, water damage is often a result of the flood. If there are two feet of water or more in your basement, you will definitely want to call a water restoration professional to take care of the job. Using the latest equipment and techniques, they should be able to restore your business in an efficient manner. Here are a few things you should expect to happen.

1. Move-Outs

Depending on how large the affected area of your property is, the restoration company will likely move furniture and other personal belongings out of the building. This will allow them to clean and restore the affected area more effectively, including treating the furniture and belongings they’ve moved. It will also make room for the restoration equipment, which often takes up considerable space.

2. Water Restoration

Once the affected area has been cleared, the restoration professionals will haul their specialized equipment into your building. This often includes trash pumps and truck-mounted extraction units. A trash pump functions much like the sump pump some homes may have in the basement, except it’s intended for water that contains outside debris and trash, such as leaves, sand or sludge. They may also use submersible pumps depending on how severe the flooding is, and wet-dry vacuums once most of the water has been removed.

3. Drying and Cleaning

At this stage of the restoration process, the professionals will use specialized dehumidifying and drying equipment to restore your basement to its original state. As this process is in motion, a good restoration company will regularly monitor the moisture levels in the affected area to make sure all the water is removed. Odor removal is also another crucial part of this process, since odors are much more difficult to remove from a dry environment than a moist one. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthatlantabuckhead.com for more information on water damage.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Preparing your business from natural and man made disasters is critical. Due to recent storms across our country, Atlanta is not immune to natural disasters. It is important to make sure that you have the proper plan in place to be best prepared for when disaster strikes. 

SERVPRO of North Atlanta/ Buckhead has some great resources that can help you in planning the process. A few years ago we created a no cost app called the Emergency Ready Profile. This can be downloaded in the Apple App Store or Google Play store. This tool allows you to add emergency phone numbers and cut off switches for your facility. The best part is you can print it out or leave it on your phone to access anywhere in the world. 

We also have team members that are available to complete the app with a basic walkthrough of your facility. Call us at (404) 261-2925 to schedule an appointment. 

Commercial Flooding

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Flooding SERVPRO of North Atlanta/ Buckhead

If you have a large commercial flood in your building, SERVPRO of North Atlanta/ Buckhead is here to help! We have a lot of large loss experience and have been family owned for many years. 

It is important that every large loss is properly handled with documentation and proper steps taken. Doing the job correct the first time is important to prevent secondary damages from happening. 

We strive to be an education company in the disaster restoration industry. With that said if you have any questions on what to do or how to even be better prepared, feel free to reach out to us at anytime. We have several team members that are trained and specialize in different areas of large loss restoration. 

You can reach us 24/7 at (404) 261-2925 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROnorthatlantabuckhead.com/

Fire Damage to your home in Atlanta, GA

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Experiencing a fire loss can be a traumatic time for you and your family. SERVPRO of North Atlanta/ Buckhead is here to help if you ever experience such a situation. 

It is important to first make sure your structure is safe to enter. We high recommend not entering your home until it is inspected by a certified company. It is also important to understand your insurance coverage before signing any contracts with a restoration company. Many companies can take advantage of you so make sure you ask plenty of questions before you get started. 

Once the process begins, it is important to make sure if your content is salvageable, to make the restoration company takes a detailed inventory on a spreadsheet and with photos before taking your belongings to be cleaned.

Overall if you have any questions about handling a fire loss in your home feel free to reach out to us at http://www.SERVPROnorthatlantabuckhead.com/ or call us at (404) 261-2925

Dealing with Mold Damage in Atlanta

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Mold is something no one wants to have to deal with. It is important to understand that hiring the right professional is critical when discovering any types of microbial growth in your home or business. 

The first step when microbial growth is discovered is to have an environmental hygienist do a test to determine what kind of growth it is. Once it is determined there will be a written protocol on how to treat and remove the growth. 

It is important to not create further spread of mold spores when discovering mold by immediately cutting into structures and discarding. In most cases, containment will have to be set up to prevent further spread of mold spores. 

If you have any questions about mold remediation in Atlanta or the Buckhead area, feel free to reach out to us at anytime at (404) 261-2925

What to do if you find mold in your home?

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Finding mold in your home can be a stressful situation. We want to make sure you know what to do and how to handle it. First if you have any questions feel free to call us at anytime at (404) 261-2925.

If you discover mold or any kind of microbial growth growing in your home, it is important to get a hygienist to test the substance. Once the growth is determined the proper recommendations can be written for how to remove and treat. It is very important to make sure each step is taken into account. This way the job can be completed and not have to be redone for a second time. 

Overall if you need more insight on mold remediation, visit our website at http://www.SERVPROnorthatlantabuckhead.com/mold-remediation

Hurricane Irma Restoration Work

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Atlanta/ Buckhead was called to assist on commercial large loss projects in Jacksonville, Florida after Hurricane Irma ripped through the area causing massive flooding. 

Our team is prepared 24/7 to travel anywhere in the United States to help those in need. We have the equipment and manpower to dry any size loss. Our team is trained and experienced with many large commercial water losses under our belts. 

It is important to have adequate manpower to extract the water immediately but also make sure that more water does not come in. Once the water is extracted, the drying process can begin. We have several large commercial desiccants that are designed for climate control in large facilities.

If you have any questions about our Large Loss capabilities, contact us at anytime at (404) 261-2925

Storm Damage Restoration

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Sometimes unexpected things can happen to our homes. One of those can be a tree falling through our roof in the middle of the night. When this happens, our team is available 24/7 to respond. 

One of the major concerns is secondary damage such as rain. If a tree falls through the house and it leaves a big opening you could look at a very expensive restoration project versus just the initial damage. It is important to get temporary cover on the roof or side of the house that is damaged. 

SERVPRO of North Atlanta/ Buckhead has the team and equipment to get the job complete from start to finish. If you have any questions, you are welcome to call us anytime or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROnorthatlantabuckhead.com/