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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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An Unknown Rodent Infestation can Cause Fire Damage in a Lilburn Residence

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage An Unknown Rodent Infestation can Cause Fire Damage in a Lilburn Residence Electrical fires caused by rodents in the wall can be overwhelming. Call SERVPRO to remediate the damage quickly and rewire the electric.

SERVPRO Technicians Expertly Remediate Fire Damage Regardless of the Cause

Wild rodents are voracious and unwanted houseguests. They destroy the materials homes are made of as they make their bedding. Everything from drywall to insulation to clothing to wiring is fair game in a rodent's mind.
 
Lilburn homes may have rodents living in the attic and other seemingly closed-off spaces that are rarely seen by human inhabitants, and the presence of these undesired rodents can lead to fire damage. These animals, including raccoons, are often smart enough to avoid detection by only gnawing on those materials enclosed behind drywall or paneling.
 
What both mice and raccoons alike do, however, is gnaw on wiring, leaving wires bare and exposed to shredded insulation, stolen clothing, paper and other items. Much of what rodents view as great bedding choices are also the same ones that can easily ignite.
 
When you have a fire, the fire department sends highly qualified firefighters to battle the blaze that is destroying your home. Once the fire is out, your home needs professionals who are also trained and skilled in restoring the fire damage so your family can again live in a safe and secure setting that is completely their own.
 
We at SERVPRO have the qualified individuals who can get everything required by code authorities completed for you. We also understand that the tragedy and trauma of a fire, coupled with having to live with friends or family, can threaten to destroy more than the structural aspects of a home. We aim to finish each restoration and recovery from disaster as quickly as we possibly can without taking any shortcuts that could result in less-than-perfect results.
 
When a destructive fire begins in the wiring, on the surface, the cause may seem unknown until fire investigators complete their assessment of the situation. When the official cause shows that rodents have played a hand in causing a fire, this knowledge can help bring some relief in that none of the blame rests on any particular individual.
 
Experiencing a house fire can create intense stress and strain within any family, and this can continue until things are once again “Like it never even happened.” This is why the dedicated professionals at SERVPRO of North Lilburn restore family homes ruined by fire damage. Whenever this catastrophic nightmare becomes a reality for your family, call us, day or night, at (770) 709-3266. We can make it right again.

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Flood Damage in Your Pleasant Hill Kitchen

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage in Your Pleasant Hill Kitchen Standing water on your kitchen floor can cause irreparable damage to the flooring, and we may need to replace it if it is beyond repair.

When Flood Disasters Strike, SERVPRO Will Be There to Help

If you have ever had a flood in your kitchen, you know the extent of the disaster which happens, with water covering the surfaces of your entire kitchen. From the countertop to the cabinets, and electrical appliances to the flooring, your kitchen looks like quite a different picture when it has flooded. It is a challenging task to dry up a flooding kitchen and restore it to its former condition, which is why you need the professional help of SERVPRO, a flood damage remediation company.

Flood damage in your Pleasant Hill kitchen can happen for many reasons, ranging from a clogged drain pipe or sink to a leaking water pipe. A dishwasher which is not functioning properly in your Pleasant Hill home can result in a flooded kitchen as well, making water flow all over your kitchen floor.

A flood in your kitchen causes severe damage to different appliances and fixtures in the room. Various electrical appliances used in your kitchen can suffer damage and may not function properly if they are drenched in water. Sometimes, you may have to replace them.

Your countertops can flood easily, and water can seep into any cracks, and accumulate underneath, loosening any adhesive materials keeping the countertop in place. You may not see any changes, but water erodes the countertop material consistently until it gets dried up. The interior and surface of your cabinets can rot if the water is left, and develop mold as well. Our technicians at SERVPRO help you with this, getting every area of your kitchen dried back out with our special tools and knowledge. Plus, if there is any mold, we clean that up as well.

Standing water on your kitchen floor can cause irreparable damage to the flooring, and we may need to replace it if it is beyond repair. However, anything that is salvageable we dry out and repair.

If your kitchen does flood, open any windows that you can and switch off and remove any electrical appliances if it is safe to do so while you wait for our staff to arrive.

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SERVPRO of North Lilburn is ready to help you with your flooded kitchen at any time you need. Just give us a call at (770) 709-3266 so we can help you get your kitchen dried back out and back to its usual condition as soon as possible.

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Check Your Insurance Policy Regarding Mold Damage to Your Pleasant Hill Home

7/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Check Your Insurance Policy Regarding Mold Damage to Your Pleasant Hill Home Review what you are covered for under your insurance policy yearly so there are no surprises after damage. Check that you are covered for mold.

Prevent Mold by Taking SERVPRO Suggested Measures to Control Moisture Conditions in Your Home

Mold growth in the home frequently pops up on news stories and blogs, and householders are rightfully warned to be careful of the fungus which can cause damage to your home and belongings, and might even cause health effects.
 
Unfortunately, many homes are at risk of mold damage, including your Pleasant Hill home. Mold likes to grow wherever there are damp conditions and a suitable food, organic material food sources such as wood, drywall or cloth. In reality, this means that basements, showers, and laundry rooms are all prime places for mold to set up camp.
 
You might be asking yourself if your insurance policy is useful in the case of an outbreak. Sadly, in many cases, the answer is a definite no.
 
Often, whether or not insurance covers mold damage depends on the cause of the damp that provided the growth conditions. Some insurers cover mold damage in cases of an event such as a flood, severe storm, or a burst pipe.
 
However, many insurance policies do not cover damage caused by “maintenance” issues. Maintenance problems include leaks, water drainage from your garden or outside, long term humidity problems, and condensation.
 
SERVPRO recommends that you check your insurance policy carefully and read the small print, so you know which kinds of mold damage are covered by it, and which ones are not.
 
It is important to prevent mold as much as you can, especially as you cannot claim for it on your insurance. Be mindful of any wet areas where the fungus could grow, and check your home for issues with humidity or condensation. Any leaks or seepage should be dealt with immediately.
 
When you find traces of mold in your home, give SERVPRO a call at once. Our IICRC-certified technicians are trained to handle any mold remediation job, big or small. We deal with the immediate problem by establishing containment so the spores cannot spread and employing a negative air machine to filter spores and vent the contaminated air outside your home. As soon as the problem is contained, we set to work cleaning the mold using scrubbing, damp wiping, HEPA vacuuming and any other necessary techniques.
 
After cleaning the fungus, we work on restoring your home to acceptable levels of dryness using dehumidifiers. We monitor progress carefully. The drying process discourages repeated mold growth.
 
Do not wait for mold to become an even bigger problem. Call SERVPRO of North Lilburn at (770) 709-3266 for help.

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The Importance Of Professional Fire Damage Restoration Assistance For Your Home In Pleasant Hill

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Importance Of Professional Fire Damage Restoration Assistance For Your Home In Pleasant Hill Don't Burn Up Your Money Along with Your Home in Pleasant Hill--Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

Let SERVPRO Assist You in Restoring Your Fire Damaged Property

The fire itself leaves heat and scorch marks on surfaces near the actual flames, while smoke, ash, and soot often extend into areas exceptionally far from where the fire originally took place. It leaves you facing damages like stains, smears, and odors throughout your entire home.

Dealing with fire damage in your Pleasant Hill home is far from easy. It takes specialized training, equipment, and experience to tackle some of the circumstances that exist. Attempting to address these problems on your own, generally, leads to additional damage, causing you to get rid of contents and personal belongings that you could have saved.
 
SERVPRO wants you to understand how important it is to seek professional assistance after a fire occurs on your property. Others may think of it as an opportunity to benefit from your misfortune. However, we look at it as a way to help inform homeowners, a way to prevent problems from ever occurring at all.
 
Calling SERVPRO technicians after local authorities deem your property safe to enter, gives you access to expertly trained personnel who help you avoid hazards that may exist, understand how fire behaves and makes every effort to help you understand your situation and provides you with quality solutions you can afford.  
 
SERVPRO works with you and your insurance company to arrange a happy medium that ensures you get to return to a clean, safe, healthy living environment when everything is said and done. We manage your entire restoration process, help with any paperwork involved in your claim, and provide you with quality solutions that give you peace of mind during an emergency.
 
You are not alone; we are on your side making sure that you receive the help you deserve. During a time when uncertainty rules, it helps to know that someone is out there looking out for you and your family that you can trust. We want to help and make a variety of services available to ensure your survival.
 
Contact SERVPRO of North Lilburn for additional information or to begin your restoration, today. Our IICRC certified technicians can help return your home to a quality pre-damage condition and get you back on your feet. (770) 709-3266

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Lilburn Commercial Mold Damage to Small Businesses

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Lilburn Commercial Mold Damage to Small Businesses SERVPRO Keeps Your Mold Remediated Shop Open in Lilburn

SERVPRO Can Remediate Stubborn or Hidden Mold Problems in a Lilburn Shop

Today, small businesses occupy many older homes in the area. They are perfect for specialty shops like etiquette and manners instruction (this is Georgia after all) and photography studios. The architecture and period furniture provide a level of style and grace simply not found in a typical commercial structure.

When it comes to mold damage in these old, Lilburn homes, however, the problem can be harder than in a standard, commercial structure. The older wood in the floors and walls, as well as the insulation, is more vulnerable to mold spore growth. The HVAC system is out-of-date and vulnerable if it exists at all. Fortunately, SERVPRO has years of experience in handling these issues.

While photographers are switching to digital, many still prefer film for certain kinds of photographs; black and white especially. A darkroom for developing film has a higher rate of humidity than the average room unless the business owner has the funds for additional air conditioning when not in use. For a small business owner, this is not normally the case.

To clean and remove mold in a dark room, we first relocate the equipment, film, and negatives. We maintain climate-controlled storage for sensitive items, and our work crew places everything that the photographer desires into it. Next, we carefully pull away the wainscoting and other trim to expose and inspect the wood behind it. After the walls, we do the same inspection on the ceiling and floor.

In most cases, the mold has not penetrated too far into the surfaces. Our technicians first vacuum affected surfaces if there is room to bring in our equipment. Then, they wipe down the surfaces to remove as much remaining mold as possible. If there is still mold, they apply one of our chemical cleaners and then repeat the process. For areas behind the walls, we have a variety of anti-fungal foggers that penetrate the surface and destroy mold spore masses.

For the larger areas of the business, we perform the same services, but on a larger scale. Our SERVPRO AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians may set up containment barriers to limit the migration of mold spores and reduce the treatment size. For studio areas or waiting rooms, we use air content and surface meters to test for mold. If the parts per million exceed the EPA recommended levels, one of our inspectors begins a visual check to determine the source of the mold and how far it has grown.

Returning your business to a safe condition is not an easy process, but it can be accomplished quickly with a professional restoration service. SERVPRO of North Lilburn keeps an extensive inventory of equipment and cleaners to ensure your doors reopen as soon as possible. If you need our help, call today at (770) 709-3266.

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The Impact of Water Damage in Your Lilburn Home

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Impact of Water Damage in Your Lilburn Home When damage is not found initially, problems can result. Call SERVPRO for a thorough assessment so that the job can be done well, preventing issues.

SERVPRO Follows the Path of the Water in Order to Prevent Finding Secondary Damage Later On

Significant amounts of water from a flood, a broken pipe, or an overflowing tub to rises in humidity from over-watered plants, a constantly damp basement, or a poorly functioning dehumidifier can lead to various problems in a home. These problems all have a solution, and each one begins with eliminating the excess water.
 
After the issue of excess water is eliminated from your Lilburn home, SERVPRO can start restoring areas affected by water damage. These areas can have different signs of water damage. Any area of your home can become affected adversely by water.
 
Walls and ceilings can show signs of water damage in different ways. Wallpapers and borders can detach after their adhesive backing becomes too watery. Drywall can crumble and disintegrate, including the drywall used in the ceiling. Water stain can also appear, and in various sizes and shades of brown.
 
Wood items can swell, crack, splinter, warp, and lose their glossy finishes. Stairs can become hazardous to climb or descend when steps are uneven, and boards have come loose from the stairwell base. Doors and frames can fail to work together, making them perilously tight when attempting to open the door or increasingly difficult to close when desired. Windows that have wooden frames can react to water damage similarly.
 
Carpeting and other flooring systems can also become damaged by exposure to water. If wood, again, hazards can develop rather quickly due to swelling of the floorboards. This is also relevant when wooden underlay is saturated, although this can quickly deteriorate and become unable to support the weight of heavy furniture. In bathrooms and kitchens, where tile or linoleum are more common, the adhesive can detach and cause loosened tiles or bubbles to form under solid linoleum.
 
Your personal belongings can also become water damaged. SERVPRO technicians can restore much of the typical household's contents when water damage is involved. To restore everything “Like it never even happened,” call us, SERVPRO of North Lilburn. Our number, (770) 709-3266, is like us – local to you and always available, every day, each and every hour.

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Mold Growth in Your Lilburn Bathroom

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Growth in Your Lilburn Bathroom Call SERVPRO for mold prevention tips or to remediate a mold infestation.

Combating Mold Growth Starts With Prevention

A form of fungus which is all around you in the natural environment, mold grows indoors as well where there is moisture that is not dried right away, such as where flooding or leakage is. In your bathroom, mold can easily grow since the conditions in this room are usually wet.
 
The best way to deal with mold and mold damage is to keep it from growing in the first place. So, how do you do that in the dampest room in your Lilburn home? The key here is ventilation. Mold grows only when moisture cannot get out, and if there is no vent in your bathroom or it is not working correctly, that is the first thing you need to address. If you do have a vent in your bathroom, be sure to turn on the exhaust fan during your shower and afterward as well. You should also leave the bathroom door or windows open after a shower.
 
SERVPRO has trained experts who can take care of an existing mold problem in your bathroom. It is an issue that you should not try and handle on your own, as regular bleach and household cleaners are not able to get all the mold cleaned up.
 
The indoor air humidity has much to do with the ability of mold to grow in your home as well. Try and keep the humidity levels between thirty and fifty percent, and not any higher. To help you monitor the humidity levels inside your home, you can purchase a hygrometer from a local hardware store.
 
Leaving your air conditioning at seventy-four or below if you are going away in the summer months is also a good idea, so the levels of humidity do not rise quickly and end up leaving you with a breeding ground for mold.
 
You also need to check below all of the sinks in your home, not just your bathroom, once or twice each year to ensure that you do not have any leaks. Even a hint of moisture in the wrong place can trigger a mold outbreak, and mold spreads quickly.
 
SERVPRO of North Lilburn can take care of your mold problem by finding the source of the moisture and cleaning up the mold, then disinfecting the area. Give us a call at right away at (770) 709-3266 if you see mold growing, so it does not have a chance to spread and create further damage.

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