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The Truth About DIY Mold Damage Removal In Your Pleasant Hill Residence

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Truth About DIY Mold Damage Removal In Your Pleasant Hill Residence At the first sign of mold in your Pleasant Hill home, you should be thinking about removal.

Mold Damage Removal

At the first sign of mold in your Pleasant Hill home, you should be thinking about removal. While it is no secret that the presence of mold can cause health effects, this is not something that is worth gambling on. Too often people are led to the misunderstanding that the presence of this fungus is removed easily through DIY methods you can discover with some quick research on the internet, but this just is not true.

There is a reason that mold damage to your Pleasant Hill home is nothing to do by yourself. Airborne spores can severely affect those in the area, agitated further by improper removal techniques. This real threat is why professionals like the Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians we employ are IICRC Certified. This certification ensures that each of our technicians is educated in all types of mold and the appropriate means of restoring the affected area.

The problem with attempting to remedy the problem yourself is three-fold. The first of these issues is the lack of knowledge about the best treatment plans for different variations of mold colonies on specific surfaces around your home. Not only could your internet researched method become more volatile and hazardous, but it also might not do anything at all.

The second branch of this to consider is the common misconception that eliminating the mold that you can see is eliminating the problem. The entire organism or hyphae can penetrate deep into the organic materials and surfaces that the colonies are growing on. While your plan could have removed some of the surface molds, it did not remove the entire colony that was thriving there.

The last consideration (and one that SERVPRO technicians hold as a principal element in mold remediation) is removing the moisture that allows mold to grow and thrive. Without this moisture being present, the mold spores that naturally occur in the air we breathe cannot seat themselves and grow into colonies in the first place.

You do not have to handle mold in your home alone. Our trained and certified team can remove the problem quickly and efficiently. Give SERVPRO of North Lilburn a call at (770) 709-3266.

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Removing Residues After Fire Damage in Your Catering Kitchen in Pleasant Hill

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Removing Residues After Fire Damage in Your Catering Kitchen in Pleasant Hill Pleasant Hill Commercial Kitchen Fires Get Cleanup from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Utilizes Methodologies and Products for Successful Post-Fire Cleanups to Businesses

When you own a professional catering kitchen, the number one hazard to your business is fire. It only takes one little spark to begin a fire which could result in a costly and even business-ending disaster. Excessive grease accumulation, poor housekeeping, or malfunctioning equipment are among the most common fire hazards for your Pleasant Hill kitchen.
A busy catering kitchen has so much going on at one time, and sometimes even when you are very careful in keeping your business running correctly, disaster strikes. When a fire has caused fire damage in Pleasant Hill, even if it was small, it puts a stop to your operations. You need help to get up and running again as soon as possible from the professional staff at SERVPRO, who act fast to come and help you with their expert equipment and knowledge.
When we are restoring smoke-damaged materials in your business, our goal is restoration to their preloss condition. We apply basic principles of cleaning to accomplish this.
First, we identify smoke residues by carefully inspecting your kitchen. We start near the source of the fire, and then we trace how far the smoke moved through the structure. We locate the different kinds of smoke residues next, as different ones can exist in the same environment. We select a cleaning method which effectively removes the kinds of residues present. Oily coatings need specific detergents to reduce the chances of smearing and staining.
SERVPRO techs identify the kind of surface next to figure out which cleaning methods and products are safe to use. We must be careful to preserve the surface or material being cleaned, and some materials might not be restorable since they cannot withstand the process of cleaning. Especially, softer, porous materials.
We then capture and remove residues. Smoke residues bond with the surfaces they come into contact with. We use dry and wet cleaning processes to release and carry residue particles away from the surface that is affected. Lastly, we dispose of the residues and cleaning waste properly.
At SERVPRO of North Lilburn, we understand how important it is to get your business up and running again as soon as possible. When you have an enterprise that experienced a fire in Pleasant Hill, Lilburn or the surrounding areas, call us right away at (770) 709-3266.

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After the Flood: Restoring Flood Damages To Your Lilburn Home

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After the Flood: Restoring Flood Damages To Your Lilburn Home Floods in Lilburn Get Help with Water Removal and Cleanup from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Stands Ready for Removal of Water and Cleanup After Storms

Flooding is not an event that allows everyone to be prepared. While some people might be able to realize that they are in an area that is more prone to such natural disasters, sometimes it can affect those that exceed far beyond the average floodplains of Georgia. Flood damage is as devastating to your home as nearly any other emergency situation, and restoring your property can be almost impossible to do on your own.
Flood damages in Lilburn might be a frequent discussion in recent months, but it had not always been a looming threat for the residents here. With the recent devastation that Hurricane Irma caused to the Southeastern United States, Lilburn and other cities and towns far from the coastline were at the mercy of unforgiving storming and high volumes of water. That is when many of the townspeople reached out to our experienced SERVPRO team for their expertise in water removal and home restorations.
At any hour of any day, we at SERVPRO are prepared for the kind of natural disasters like Hurricane Irma that wreaked havoc across several states in its path. This is not just a company policy to be ready at a moment’s notice for those that need our services; it is a promise to those that ever need our experienced team that we can be there.
Our state of the art equipment for removing water can help to alleviate the threat of a problem getting any worse quickly. Depending on the severity of the affected area, we have portable submersible pumps, portable high-powered gas pumps, tanker trucks to suck out water and completely remove it from the area, and wet vacs that can do a more intricate and condensed removal of water.
The next step is to formulate a plan to restore the damage that has been done to your home and to help you to prevent the same kind of problem from happening again in the future. This involves assessing where water was able to access your house, and helping you to devise a more efficient system of diverting water away before another disaster could occur.
If you need us at SERVPRO of North Lilburn, you can call anytime at (770) 709-3266. While you cannot always stop disasters from happening, our crews can always be there for you.

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Why Mold Damage Affects Homes in Pleasant Hill

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Mold Damage Affects Homes in Pleasant Hill SERVPRO recommends cleaning with a damp cloth rather than a feather duster to prevent spores and other particles from getting into the air.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Mold Damage and Take Steps to Prevent Future Mold Growth

Challenging homeowners for millennia, mold grows everywhere and on almost everything. Even if the surface contains non-organic materials, dust that collects there can hold the nutrients microbes require. Housecleaning with a feather duster can spread microbial infestations in your Pleasant Hill residence. Wiping with a soft, damp cloth instead can clean without sending spores and other particles into the air.

When conditions become relatively dry in Pleasant Hill, mold damage might not seem possible. However, because mold often grows on porous surfaces more often than on non-porous ones, the very material infested can continue providing the water required for continued growth.

Carpeting collects a significant amount of debris no matter how clean you keep your home. This debris often contains organic matter that mold and other microbes thrive on, creating the perfect environment for them. Wooden sub-flooring can also end up on the dinner menu for microbes, leading to weak areas and depressions.

Drywall, wooden moldings, and other trims can become infested with microbial activity when elevated moisture in a home becomes an ongoing phenomenon. Because microbes require not only food, an ever-present item in any house, we start to control the problem of mold damage by eliminating any water sources.

We quickly find these sources through thermographic sensors and hygrometers. Both detect the presence of water. Sources vary greatly from one home to another. The water in your residence can come from the ground under crawlspaces, foundation cracks, leaky pipes or drains, drips under counters, or a faulty roof. Gutters that contain debris from trees can also create a damper than normal environment. We find the places where the water comes from and then stop it from continuing.

The IICRC-certified professionals at SERVPRO remain equally dedicated to providing thorough mold remediation. Tearing away severely damaged carpeting can create a dust storm inside your home. Having tarps and plastic sheeting already in place prevents this from becoming a problem in other areas of your home. Likewise, drywall can also pose risks to uncontaminated areas.

To prevent loosened spores from affecting your home in the future, we cut carpeting into smaller pieces so they can comfortably fit into plastic bags. We treat mold infested drywall similarly. After bagging, we carry these items out of your home. We dispose of these bags according to local guidelines. However, to ensure that even if some spores do escape, they do not get too far into other areas of your home. We place air scrubbers in strategic locations, so any loose particles, spores, or microbes quickly become trapped.

The friendly professionals at SERVPRO of North Lilburn can help you with remediation of any mold damage found inside your home. Contact us at (770) 709-3266 so we can begin the process and restore your property to a healthy, clean home.

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Restoring Commercial Water Damage in Pleasant Hill

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Commercial Water Damage in Pleasant Hill Broken Water Heaters and Leaky Plumbing Can Close Pleasant Hill Businesses

Experience and Skill from SERVPRO Help Mitigate Water Cleanup and Reopens the Doors Faster

Although Pleasant Hill avoided the recent storm, for the most part, that does not stop disasters which can close a business for a few days or longer. In most cases, these come from conventional sources like a malfunctioning microwave or a pipe failing in an older plumbing system.
Pleasant Hill commercial water damage also affects more than just a single business and its owner. Every day it is shut down, the owner of a clothing store cannot generate the income needed for payroll and to cover the bills, while expenses such as rent still add up. SERVPRO knows that every disaster has to be dealt with quickly so owners and employees can return to their pre-disaster lives.
We start by stopping the source of the damage and removing standing water. It is usually just a matter of minutes to determine the location of a leak and then turn off the water line leading into the structure. The response team divides into two groups at this point. One or two members replace the broken valve, pipe, or split hose while the others start to draw out water off floors and carpets using pumps and water extraction wands.
As each group completes its work, the emphasis moves to drying out the structure. To do this, SERVPRO technicians set-up dehumidifiers to draw water from the air, clothing inventory, and even the walls themselves. To increase the effectiveness, they also use exhaust fans to force damp air outside the building using warm, dry air generated by air movers.
If the cause is an activated or faulty sprinkler system, we bring in additional racks to hang inventory around the business and set-up additional fans and air movers to dry the property. If the items are not damaged using a dryer, we can bring one to the site if space allows, or take the items to our offices and dry them there.
Getting your doors open soon after a disaster is necessary to keep them open long term. With decades of experience, SERVPRO of North Lilburn does it quickly while also providing a dry, safe environment for everyone. If you have questions about what we can do for you or have a problem now, call us at (770) 709-3266 today.

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How Moisture Causes Water Damage in Pleasant Hill Attics

10/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Moisture Causes Water Damage in Pleasant Hill Attics Moisture in your attic can lead to bigger problems such as water and mold damage. Call SERVPRO today to have your attic inspected.

SERVPRO Can Inspect and Repair Your Attic for Water and Mold Damage

While most people in Pleasant Hill use the attic for storage only, the space can also become an environmental pressure cooker as it accommodates moisture, heat, and cold simultaneously. Inspecting its condition can alarm you of damaging water problems that need correction. Most water damage in the attic occurs as a result of ignoring telltale signs.

If you detect any signs of water damage in your home, contact SERVPRO immediately. We have a team of highly skilled water damage restoration experts within Pleasant Hill who can arrive at your home in no time. Following IICRC guidelines, we can control the problem and return your home to preloss conditions quickly and efficiently, "Like it never even happened."

Every house generates moisture in the living areas, which can move into the attic. The moisture can condense on various surfaces if the attic fails to disperse it. Moisture may originate from non-vented kerosene or gas heaters, inadequately vented bathrooms, a un-vented clothes dryer, green firewood stored inside, humidifiers, or ground moisture from the crawlspace. It can find its way into the attic through the chimney, plumbing vents, fans, or unsealed openings around your lights.

Warm, moist air can cause various types of impairment that, if ignored, can cause water damage to your attic. For instance, when warm air reaches a snow-covered roof, it can cause the snow to melt and flow to the colder side of the roof. Here, it forms ice dams or icicles that allow snow to melt and penetrate the interior of your home.

After assessing the damage, SERVPRO technicians can treat any mold infestations in the interior of your attic. Apart from being unsightly, mold growth can cause health effects and can transfer into living areas. Excess water in the attic also promotes wood rot on internal structures, including roof sheathing. The rot, in turn, causes premature failure of your roof that can lead to costly repairs.

The attic is an important part of your home that is uniquely susceptible to water and mold damage. If you suspect the presence of water damage in this space, SERVPRO of North Lilburn is here to help. Our resources are at your disposal, and our technicians are available 24/7, every day of the year. Call us today at (770) 709-3266.  

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Preventing Fire Damage from the Toaster in Your Lilburn Kitchen

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preventing Fire Damage from the Toaster in Your Lilburn Kitchen When crumbs accumulate in the bottom of your toaster, they can easily catch fire during normal operation.

Steps for Fire Damage Restoration

Given the right circumstances, almost any electrical appliance in your home in Lilburn can become a fire hazard. Electric toasters are being included in this category more and more lately. Toasters have existed almost as long as electricity. They are naturally fire hazards because of the heat they produce. After all, they are made to generate enough heat with electricity to brown slices of bread put into the slots. If the electric elements which generate heat do not turn off as they are supposed to, the bread can burn and cause a fire.

After bread is toasted, it is more fragile and produces crumbs which many times fall into the appliance. When these crumbs are left to accumulate, they can catch fire easily during normal operation of the toaster and can cause fire damage in your Lilburn home quickly.

It is best to reach out to our technicians at SERVPRO after a fire in your home. We are an experienced fire damage remediation company, and we know that time is of the essence once the damage has been done so that more damage does not occur from soot and smoke.

After assessing the fire damage, our technicians look at four fundamental elements that are needed to suspend residues left by the fire so we can remove them.

Temperature is the first, as heat increases the speed of chemical reactions in cleaning products. We choose an appropriate temperature depending on the solution and the material we are cleaning.

We also agitate surfaces by using brushes, towels, air and water pressure, and sonic vibrations in ultrasonic machines. Agitation dislodges the residues from surfaces and spreads the cleaning products over them.

Our SERVPRO staff also choose the right cleaning product according to the action we desire, which includes emulsifying, dissolving, oxidizing, bleaching, digesting or changing pH. The professional cleaning products work by various chemical reactions, so the appropriate one needs to be chosen. Also, the time which is necessary to thoroughly clean and deodorize your home depends on the types of residues present and the products used.

You can trust SERVPRO of North Lilburn to take care of your home after a toaster fire properly. Residents in the areas of Pleasant Hill or Lilburn can reach us at any time by dialing (770) 709-3266.

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Preventing Water Damage From Your AC Condensation Line in Your Pleasant Hill Home

9/17/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Water Damage From Your AC Condensation Line in Your Pleasant Hill Home A/C Clogged Lines Often Cause water Damage in Pleasant Hill Properties

SERVPRO Offers Options for Drying and Removing Water from Your Home

Water damage from your air conditioning condensation line springing a leak is more common than most people think. These types of leaks in Pleasant Hill can be quite devastating since they go unnoticed, mainly because they are inside walls and situated in low traffic areas.

The dark space and high humidity around the AC lines in an HVAC system can make them susceptible to the growth of mold. However, water damage to your Pleasant Hill property usually occurs first.

The most important thing in preventing A/C condensation line leaks is inspecting your system on a regular basis, as even a bit of condensation is a sign you could have a problem. When your unit does cause water damage in your home, SERVPRO is the one to call in for help. We are professionally trained and certified to repair and clean up the water damage so that your home is dry and safe again.
Make sure that there are proper AC condensation line pitch and lower elbow connection angles. It is ideal to have your AC line run as straight as possible, with a drop of 1/8 inch per every twelve inches of length. Get rid of any elbow connections with 90-degree angles and use 45-degree elbow connections when you can.
While you are running your AC, look at the opening of the condensation line to ensure you see water flowing to the drain. How much water you see depends on the humidity level in your home.
Clean the line every three to six months. An easy way to do so is using a nylon string and a bit of cotton rag. A shop vacuum can pull the string out on the exit side, and then you can tie a small piece of rag to the other end and pull it through. Doing so brings all the debris in the line out. SERVPRO can also offer a duct cleaning service to ensure your indoor air quality is at a high level.
If you have any problems with a leaking AC unit, SERVPRO is always standing by to help you clean up the damage. We have industrial strength pumps, dehumidifiers and fans to get your home dry again in a short time.
SERVPRO of North Lilburn knows what to do in a water damage emergency from your AC condensation line leaking. You can reach us anytime you need when you live in the areas of Pleasant Hill and Lilburn by dialing (770) 709-3266.

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Why Drying is Vital for Mold Damage Remediation in Pleasant Hill

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Drying is Vital for Mold Damage Remediation in Pleasant Hill At SERVPRO, we thoroughly dry behind and underneath cabinets to prevent mold from regrowth.

Proper Drying Reduces the Risk of Mold Returning in Your Home

Mold damage is a headache for any homeowner. Those tell-tale black or green spores and unpleasant musty smell make your home much less pleasant. Naturally, you want to deal with mold growth as quickly as you can. SERVPRO knows that swift action is key to successful remediation, which is why we recommend taking action as soon as you can.

Your first step is calling SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified remediation experts are on hand to deal with any mold damage problem in Pleasant Hill. Our team arrives equipped with everything needed to clean away the fungus and restore your home.

However, cleaning is just one stage of the remediation process. Drying is a vital element of mold damage cleanup and is key to successful remediation.

Why is drying so necessary? Drying is essential because the fungus needs moisture to grow. If you clean away the visible mold but do not tackle the underlying moisture, there is a much greater chance of fungal regrowth, which is something no homeowner wants.

Our remediation experts assess the moisture levels in the area where the mold has grown. The next step is to dry both the area and the items in it. For example, we tent couch cushions and prop up mattresses so we can dry under and around them. If you have mold in a bathroom or kitchen cabinet, we dry under and behind the cabinet, so no hidden pockets of moisture are left behind.

We use a combination of dehumidifiers, air movers, and box fans to achieve our drying goal. We train our teams to position dehumidifiers and air movers in just the right numbers and configuration to achieve optimum results. We also test moisture levels regularly throughout the drying process to ensure we reach the goal. We test under floors, inside walls, or behind furniture if necessary to make sure everything is dry.

Thorough drying reduces the risk of mold regrowth. For help with mold in Lilburn, Pleasant Hill, and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of North Lilburn at (770) 709-3266 for help.

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Where Water Might Be Lurking In Your Pleasant Hill Home

8/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Where Water Might Be Lurking In Your Pleasant Hill Home It is best to address water damage quickly.

Where Water Might Be Lurking

Long after the most obvious water damage has been cleaned up and restored, there may still be some amount of dampness trapped in hidden places throughout your home. These are difficult to detect, and typically it is only after mold damage has formed, or structural collapse has occurred that SERVPRO is called in. When we restore water damage, we use thermal detectors to help find and eliminate these pockets of water before they can cause you any further trouble.

Water Trapped Below The Floor
The most common place for Pleasant Hill water damage to become trapped is beneath flooring materials. Standing water creates pressure on these materials, and unless they are fully waterproofed, water inevitably seeps into the spaces below. All types of flooring are at risk, from wood to tile to concrete. It is best to address this problem quickly; if left for too long, this water can cause permanent damage to the floor and necessitate costly replacements.

Water Trapped In Walls
Behind your walls is a space not ever meant to dampen or take on water. Here, exposed wood and building materials are very susceptible to leaks and spills that work their way into the tight, enclosed spaces you never see. This is one of the most common places SERVPRO technicians find long-term mold damage, as mold spores thrive with a source of moisture and ample food sources.

In Furniture And Belongings
While we are careful to address all belongings individually and apply care as needed, others in the industry are not so thorough. Even if the structure of your home has been fully and adequately cleared of water damage, your belongings may have been forgotten. We have specialized treatments and contractors for all varieties of objects in your home, so everything you own should receive careful and expert attention should it take on water.

SERVPRO of North Lilburn has helped residents to clean up and recover from home damages for years. Give us a call 24/7 at (770) 709-3266.

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