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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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Recent Flood Damage in Pleasant Hill Puts All On Alert

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Recent Flood Damage in Pleasant Hill Puts All On Alert Flooding can be both unexpected and devastating. Call SERVPRO to handle the remediation and help with dealing with insurance.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Remediate Flood Damage on Your Property

Spring flooding reminds that with today’s weather extremes no neighborhood is safe from water covering streets and invading basements. The good news is SERVPRO looks forward to being your ally in any battle you have with flooding, any time of the year. We extract the water, assess the damage, and complete each step of the restoration, welcoming you back to your home in its preloss condition.
Many inches of rain in just a few hours causes flash flooding, damage resulting to your Pleasant Hill home as water pushes into the lower levels. The ground saturates with moisture, seeping in around your foundation. Once the water enters your home, it pools up, needing immediate removal and follow-up cleaning and drying of all affected areas. Our seasoned flood damage crews are up to all the tasks associated with this type of restoration.
When flood waters following heavy rains invade your home, you may be caught by surprise. Your location far from streams, ponds or lakes lulls you into a sense of false assurance that you are forever safe from flooding. In the end, it matters not in the least how the water crept into your home. The crucial question becomes, is there a SERVPRO near me? You know we are a premium water restoration company. Now is the time to see us in action.
As soon as we can get a crew to your home, we leap into the fray. Standing water exits via pumps and powerful, vacuum water extractors. Although the flood often takes your home temporarily off the electrical grid for safety reasons, our truck-mounted equipment does the job. Once visible water disappears, industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers take on the job of reducing moisture levels further. Our staff determines drying targets based on humidity and moisture measurements, using specialized training to arrive at goals that protect your structure from secondary damage due to microbial growth. Mold can cover damp surfaces within 48 to 72 hours. SERVPRO urges you to get us on the scene far before that incubation period expires as we remove the flood waters that feed the mold.
Fight back when floodwaters threaten your home by partnering with SERVPRO of North Lilburn. Day or night our operators staff the phones at (770) 709-3266.

Get The Restoration Services You Deserve When Fire Damage Occurs On Your Pleasant Hill Property

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Get The Restoration Services You Deserve When Fire Damage Occurs On Your Pleasant Hill Property Pleasant Hill Fire Damage Gets Great Restoration from SERVPRO

Call on SERVPRO for One-Stop Smoke & Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Fire damage can be brutal, regardless of where it is on your property, or how it starts. As a fire advances through stages, it produces heat, smoke, and soot residues that do much more than simply settle on the various surfaces found in your home.
Whether you live in the Pleasant Hill area, or on a tropical beach, fire damage can occur. Let's say you had a small fire in your kitchen. Things got out of control when you were attempting to cook your evening meal, and the curtains caught fire.
The fire spread quickly out of control, causing damage to your cooking area, including your stove, vent, countertop, cabinets, walls and flooring. Firefighters respond to your call for help, put the fire out using any methods necessary. They do their job, quite well, but it often leaves you with a huge mess, wondering what to do next.
You would need to start with a demolition crew to remove and dispose of any fire damaged materials, contents and personal belongings that are simply not restorable. Sheetrock, skeletal remains of your cabinetry, melted appliances and anything stored inside of your cabinets, gone.
Next, a cleaning company needs to scrub the entire area. All surfaces affected by the event require specific attention, or they may need replacement as well. Often enough, cleaning and deodorizing the entire area is the most important step of the process, especially important before any reconstruction can occur.
After all of that, someone else needs to install new sheetrock, flooring, framing and the other structural materials scarred by the event. Requiring many different companies, all of which you would need to call, schedule and manage under normal circumstances.
Using a quality restoration company, like SERVPRO, gives you access to a team of expertly trained professionals that manage your entire restoration process for you, give you the support you need during a trying time and make things as stress-free as possible.
You deserve to have someone available 24-7, 365, day or night that can help you get things back to normal quickly and efficiently. SERVPRO can do just that, including allowing you an opportunity to restore many items that you thought you might have lost forever.
SERVPRO offers fire, water, storm, and mold restoration services, local and national emergency resources, and much, much more. We care about your family, home, and each service we provide shows it.
Contact SERVPRO of North Lilburn today for additional information on available services or to get the help you need to return your property to a quality pre-damage condition that you and your family deserve. (770) 709-3266

Valuable Information Concerning Mold Damage In Your Lilburn Area Home

3/26/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Valuable Information Concerning Mold Damage In Your Lilburn Area Home Mold Removal and Repair Are the Remediation Service Offered by SERVPRO for Your Lilburn Property

Testing for Mold Does Not Remediate the Fungi--Call SERVPRO

Dealing with a small patch of mold you find in the corner of the ceiling in your bathroom is one thing, having to deal with larger areas and excessive damage requires professional help. Never take the chance of exposing yourselves to possible health risks, not when expertly trained technicians are available.

Sadly, many homeowners think that buying a kit for testing mold damage in their Lilburn home protects them from hazards that exist. Unfortunately, that is often not the case. Even the Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that regardless of the type or amount of mold that exists on your property, seeking professional remediation services is your best avenue for removing contamination and preventing future growth.
The company you use for mitigating damage in your home should know that testing to determine which type of mold exists in your home is usually without merit. Anyone who tells you any different is simply trying to take more of your money or provide you with services that you simply do not need. If mold is visible, there is no reason to test.
SERVPRO, for instance, never offers customers unnecessary services. We get right to the guts of the problem, confine the affected areas of your home, locate the moisture source causing the issue, repair it, and remove as much moisture as possible using professional water extraction equipment of all sizes. We even use infrared cameras to locate pockets of moisture hidden in your walls, or within small hard to reach areas where moisture can hide and cause future damage.
SERVPRO technicians utilize fast drying techniques after disposing of contaminated porous materials where restoration is not possible. We avoid using chemical applications when at all possible and allow a more physical approach to control the spread and growth of microbes. The company you use should know that applying chemical products as your sole source of remediation does not get the job done entirely.
However, during the cleaning and deodorization phase of your restoration, an EPA-registered broad spectrum disinfectant becomes useful for treating contaminated surfaces. SERVPRO technicians follow strict safety guidelines to protect the occupants and any workers throughout your entire restoration process, using personal protective equipment to avoid exposure.
SERVPRO of North Lilburn gives you access to useful information and has the proper resources to assist with remediation services in your home, give us a call today. (770) 709-3266

What Items Are Most Vulnerable to Water Damage in Pleasant Hill Hotels?

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial What Items Are Most Vulnerable to Water Damage in Pleasant Hill Hotels? Leaking sinks can flood a bathroom or the entire hotel room if not controlled. Call SERVPRO quickly for remediation services.

Our Certified Technicians are Experts in their Field and Have the Latest Equipment to Remediate Your Commercial Water Damage

Flooding of any kind spells big trouble for businesses. Unfortunately, some buildings are at more of a risk than others. Hotels are substantially more vulnerable, for example, because they rely very heavily on their water supply. It gets moved through more than one main pipe.

It is directed through the building and into multiple rooms, each with its own plumbing. Wherever there is a shower, sink, or toilet, there is a danger of commercial water damage in Pleasant Hill. The good news is that SERVPRO has the right tools and techniques to chase water damage right out of your business.

Keep reading for information on the most vulnerable areas of your hotel and why our technicians make them a priority.

Soft Furnishings

Usually, the most costly form of damage after flooding in a hotel is to carpets, curtains, and other soft furnishings. If there are several rooms on the ground floor, there is likely to be water intrusion in all or most of them.

Replacing all of the carpets is an expensive job, so our technicians try to dry and clean them if the liquid is Category One or Two. Sewage and liquids containing toxic chemicals render carpets unusable. They require speedy disposal for safety reasons.

In most cases, carpets are dried using dehumidifiers. Depending on the size of the rooms, SERVPRO activates 1-2 machines in each. The restoration team keeps a close eye on how much moisture is being extracted, in order to reach the optimal level of relative humidity.

Wallpaper and Paint

The other big problem after flooding is water stains in ground floor rooms. They typically only extend a few centimeters above the ground, but they are unsightly and require attention. If the plasterboard has been heavily saturated, we may need to cut the bottom section away.

It is replaced later after the repair team has dried out the interior wall cavity. Stubborn watermarks are easy to cover with paint. We also make sure to seal the stains first, so that no moisture rises through the new paint and becomes visible again.

Wallpaper tends to warp and become unusable upon contact with water. Normally, we recommend stripping damaged pieces and replacing them. It makes it easier to dry out the materials underneath, and we can arrange for a contractor to carry out the job for you.

At SERVPRO of North Lilburn, no job is too big to handle. We help businesses of all sizes to rescue their assets from water damage. Call us 24/7 at (770) 709-3266 for emergency repairs and restoration.

Long-Term Water Damage SERVPRO Finds Regularly In Pleasant Hill

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Long-Term Water Damage SERVPRO Finds Regularly In Pleasant Hill Mold is one of the most difficult long-term forms of water damage to remove.

Long-Term Water Damage

Although many of our water damage calls pertain to short-term, sudden damages taken by the home in some recent event or disaster, we often find signs of more long-term damages as well upon reaching the job site. Long-term water damage can manifest in many ways, and shouldn't be ignored. If your home has any of these long-term signs of water damage, it may be worth looking into more immediate options for their restoration.

Oxidation is the natural process whereby water reacts chemically with a metal, creating a new material in the place of the latter. The most well-known form of Pleasant Hill water damage from oxidation is rust, which is created when unprotected iron or steel comes into contact with water. However, many other types of metal react in the same way, potentially creating dangerous substances as products or suffering as their metallic surfaces become marred by discoloration and rough texture. Oxidation may also lead to further problems for your home, such as cracked pipes, leaky gutters, or malfunctioning machinery.

Cracks And Crumbling Material
Water may sometimes root itself inside cracks or pockets of a home's foundation or exterior walls, creating almost undetectable but still potentially volatile centers of damage. In the long term, these pockets can cause larger cracks and problems to arise, from temperature or chemical changes in the tiny pockets of liquid. Most often, this is an issue in older buildings or homes where safety standards were not met. SERVPRO inspectors use thermal moisture detection tools to find these pockets of water and identify potential centers of damage in the building.

Mold is one of the most difficult long-term forms of water damage to remove. It is so problematic and potentially dangerous that companies such as SERVPRO have to go through lengthy certification processes to be legally allowed to interact with it. We carry a full-featured set of certifications and equipment to deal with any mold we find on the property during inspections.

SERVPRO of North Lilburn is a locally-owned company with specialists and equipment dedicated to resolving any water damage problem your home may have. Just call us 24/7 at (770) 709-3266.