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What To Do Until Help Arrives After A Fire

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

WHAT TO DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet. 
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork. 
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas. 
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor. 
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant. 
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and to tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures. 
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants. 
  • Change the HVAC filter, but leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system. 
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system. 

SERVPRO of North Lilburn is a team of specialists, trained to professionally clean your home and personal belongings. If you experience a fire in your North Lilburn home or business, give us a call at (770) 709-3266. 

Are Your Pipes Ready for Cold Weather?

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Fall weather is upon us, which means lots of pumpkin spice, sweaters, and football.  Yay! However, fall weather also means, winter is right around the corner. Which means colder temperatures, higher electric bills, and possibly snow.   

That’s why it is important to prepare for the colder weather by winterizing your pipes.  Below is a checklist of important things to consider/complete.

  1. Use insulation sleeves to insulate pipes. Make sure you cover the pipes fully and do not leave any gaps without insulation as cold air can reach these areas and affect the pipe. 
  2. Be sure to inspect the outside areas of the home or property. Cold air can enter through cracks and cause freezing.  That is why it is important to seal any visible cracks with caulk or spray foam.
  3. When freezing temperatures do occur it is a good idea to allow a faucet to drip to allow water to move continuously throughout the pipes preventing freezing water.
  4. If the home or property has a crawl space be sure that it properly insulated and block any openings that can allow cold air in.

These measures should ensure that your home or property will be safe from water damage this winter.  But, if you do suffer from a water loss, remember that SERVPRO of North Lilburn is always “here to help.”

Our Emergency Ready Profile Can Help Your Business Be Prepared

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

If you own a business and suddenly have a water or fire damage, would you and your employees be prepared?

SERVPRO of North Lilburn offers the ERP: Emergency Ready Profile, a useful tool that can help prepare your business for anything that may happen. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile serves as a quick reference document, detailing important building and contact information. It can be an ideal supplement to any existing emergency preparedness plan. Rather than simply reacting to a disaster, businesses can be proactive by establishing a relationship with a restoration company. SERVPRO of North Lilburn is a leader in fire and water damage response and can help you get your property back in working order.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile offers the following:

A free assessment of your facility's emergency preparedness.

Secure information in one location that will help you get back into your building following a disaster.

Facility details such as shut off valve locations, priority contact information and identification of the line of command to authorize emergency work to begin.

Call us today for your ERP at (770) 709-3266!

How Much Do You Know About Mold?

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is among the worst silent but dangerous contaminants known to grow in buildings. It can grow both indoors and outdoors. All it needs is a wet or damp surface such as carpets, wood, ceiling tiles, insulation, and drywall just to mention a few.

Mold growth can start and spread within 48 hours if it is not checked. It can have a significant impact and damages to your building's physical structure and the quality of your home. A lot of people in Manhattan have mold allergies. For safety purposes, it is vital to ensure that you get rid of any mold growth causing agents before the damage occurs.

We are here to help you with the remediation of mold damages. After carrying out a comprehensive inspection, our mold damage remediation specialists will contain the affected surfaces with physical barriers to ensure that the growth does not spread during the restoration process.

Some of the important facts to note about mold problem are;

  • Mold can affect your health and that of your pets. It also compromises the physical structure of your building
  • Mold growth occurs mostly in warm and damp surfaces under humid conditions
  • Mold is hard to see since it grows in hidden areas like under the floors, under the ceiling carpet and in walls.
  • If the mold is not yet visible, after two days, it can affect any wet material in the house
  • Whether you already suspect a mold problem or already seen the problem, only a professional can help you identify its source and the extent of the damage
  • Some home remedies for example bleaches can add to the problem

It is wise to avoid using your homemade remedies to minimize the issue and let a professional handle it for you. If you suspect or you see that you have a mold issue in North Lilburn, call us at (707) 709-3266 and we will immediately respond to solve your problem before it worsens.

Tips to Avoid Kitchen Fires

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that the leading cause of house fires is cooking fires? 

It’s also the number one cause for injuries! 

Here are some tips to help prevent cooking fires: 

When cooking, you should never leave the kitchen unattended. 

Stay in the kitchen when you fry, broil or grill. 

Turn off the heating source when you leave the kitchen, for any amount of time. 

Keep flammable objects away from the stovetop. 

Clean ovens and stovetops regularly to remove any food debris, oil or grease. 

Don’t wear loose-fitting clothing while cooking. 

SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston knows how to properly restore your home after a fire. Call us at (843) 577-2470 immediately after the fire is out so we can get to your property and help you.

We Have The State Of The Art Equipment To Restore Your Lilburn Home

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

We have the technicians to place and operate our state of the art equipment. We are ready at a moments notice so don't hesitate and call right away.

Flood Damage Drying And Restoration In Lilburn 

Storms in Lilburn and the surrounding area can drop an incredible amount of water in a very short amount of time. The rain can quickly overflow sewers and storm drains, leading to homes flooded from one end to the other.

To complete Lilburn flood damage restoration, drying the structure is extremely important. Anyone can set up a series of fans in a home, but SERVPRO restoration teams understand that properly drying the interior of each residence prevents further problems such as drywall rot and odors that can result in more damage and expense.

When flood damage becomes trapped in floors or behind walls, it evaporates far slower than water on floors and carpets. Increasing ventilation and circulation is crucial to speeding up evaporation. The tools used to increase it include exhaust fans, dehumidifiers, and air movers.

First, though, SERVPRO technicians have to expose the parts of the home with trapped water, draining and removing as much as possible. They lift a floorboard that is normally under a bookcase or other piece of furniture to improve ventilation and insert a small hose connected to an extraction wand to draw out water trapped underneath. They next replace the wand with an air mover to increase circulation by forcing warm, dry air inside to displace the cold, damp air.

For walls, team members remove floor trim and, if the drywall is still intact, drill a hole into each affected wall cavity for ventilation. After letting the water drain, they increase circulation with an air mover which speeds up the drying process.

The moisture forced out from the walls and floors now increases the humidity level inside the home. To eliminate this problem, technicians set up a dehumidifier in each affected room to draw out water from the air at about 20 gallons every 24 hours. They also install the exhaust fans at key exit points to increase air circulation and the efficiency of the dehumidifiers.   

For SERVPRO of North Lilburn, our task is always to serve our neighbors here, Pleasant Hill, or the surrounding area in returning their homes to a dry, safe condition after any flood or another water intrusion. If this describes your residence, call us today at (770) 709-3266 to schedule an inspection. We are here for you and your home.

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The Restoration Services You Can Expect from SERVPRO in Lilburn

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO will be there for their Lilburn community when disaster strikes.

You can always count on us for all restoration services in Lilburn

We have always prided ourselves on the quality work and the fast response that we offer when emergencies and disasters threaten Lilburn residences. As traumatic and damaging as these situations can become, our extensive experience and network of franchises nearby can help us tackle even substantial loss incidents with confidence and efficiency. We know that your home or your business is more than just a heap of construction materials – so we mobilize quickly to help protect your property and the memories that it holds. We live up to the motto that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Water

Water loss incidents require experience and efficiency, as many homeowners can barely recognize the source of the damage, let alone its full spread throughout their Lilburn property. Part of our success in offering restoration services to the area stems from having the premier equipment for recovery work, and quickly, our trained professionals can turn the situation around positively. Without this confident and capable response during the crisis, materials used in the construction of the property and the contents within it continue to be at risk until these measures get taken. 

As with many of the other restoration services that we offer, our SERVPRO team specializes in content management to protect the personal belongings, furniture, apparel, and other items within your Lilburn house. The skilled professionals that we designate to protect your belongings throughout cleaning and drying in our facility are involved with your possessions every step of the way. They can help restore them to the highest quality and protect them in a climate-controlled environment until they can get safely returned to the house after the restoration. 

Knowing how to dry out water damage in Lilburn homes is a critical skill to have, and our technicians arrive with the full measure of our inventory to begin addressing concerns like extraction and thorough drying. We have multiple water removal tools and hundreds of air movers and dehumidifiers to make a significant change quickly. The faster these tasks can complete, the less likely that widespread demolition and subcontracted reconstruction must occur to recover the damage. 

Fire

Fires are among the most destructive forces that Lilburn homeowners face, and this is primarily because it is common to flee these instances as they occur, so the situation continually worsens until extinguishment. As fast as first responders and firefighters can arrive at your damaged property, it can be impossible to limit the spread and severity of many of these conditions. We can offer you well-trained service personnel that arrives with a broad inventory of cleaning, deodorization, and air filtering equipment and devices. 

As you might expect, content management is a significant factor in our fire damage recovery of Lilburn properties as well. Our professionals can quickly and thoroughly assess the damage throughout the entire property and earmark specific items, belongings, and possessions for removal in the pack-out phase that occurs shortly after that. These items, once in our care at the SERVPRO facility, get professionally cleaned, deodorized, dried, and safely stored until it is time for their return. 

Containment is a big part of the work that must occur when our technicians first arrive at a fire damage situation in Lilburn. With physical barriers and the employment of devices like hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers, we can save our customers both time and money on the work that their property needs. 

Mold 

Mold is a highly underrated threat, especially considering the humid climate that many residents can expect throughout the year. Understanding your relative humidity levels and knowing when an area “feels different” can help to identify a threat. You are always the first line of defense against a growing mold concern. The objective of our SERVPRO professionals is to learn the full extent of this mold damage in Lilburn properties and customize a remediation plan tailored to the specific needs and obstacles present in one specific emergency. 

While many companies around the area might offer ‘mold removal’ these are just strong words with baseless facts or worse yet, completely unsubstantiated sciences. We cannot tell you that we can remove all the mold present in any Lilburn house because spores naturally exist in every conceivable environment our customers encounter. Colonization, on the other hand, is a symptom that we can eliminate and restore safe living on the property. 

We have multiple remediation strategies that differ based on the specific needs of your house and how severe the mold damage is in your property. With a full line of antimicrobial products and machines that can implement approaches like media blasting and sandblasting, we can quickly recover many hosting materials supporting mold colonies in Lilburn homes and businesses. 

Storm

Storm relief and disaster response are areas where our SERVPRO of North Lilburn team must shine and excel. We push to be the fastest to these damaging situations, because we understand how quickly threats like structural breaches can become widespread flooding and ultimately mold concerns. Much of the work that we do when natural disasters impact your property is to reduce the presence of floodwater and begin the recovery of a house impacted by these emergencies. 

Disaster relief often pulls multiple levels of our response team together, unlike water and fire recovery teams that we dispatch. Storm damage in Lilburn homes typically starts with our water loss team complete with Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) with experience in Applied Structural Drying (ASD), but must also often utilize our mold remediators also endorsed through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) In more widespread circumstances, houses require our biohazard cleaning technicians accredited through the American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA) as well.  

As much as structural breaches can be alarming, the fast response that we can offer during these devastating storm effects at your Lilburn home can reduce the deterioration, degradation, and destruction of exposed materials and contents. 

There are multiple levels of recovery necessary in every restoration project our experienced SERVPRO of North Lilburn team undertakes. If you want a truly tailored experience designed to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, you can count on the professionals that can make any loss incident “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (770) 709-3266.

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When Flooding Causes Damage To Your Lilburn Property, Our Technicians Are Ready 24/7!

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

When commercial flood damage strikes, SERVPRO of North Lilburn is available 24/7 to work quickly and lessen the time until your business reopens.

SERVPRO Treats Doctor's Office In Lilburn With Commercial Flood Damage

There could be a loose comparison to a property in need of water damage restoration, much like a sick patient visits a doctor to become well. Our technicians find the source of the issues, causes of the damage and fix it through proprietary cleaning and restoration services.

SERVPRO responded to a call from a physician's office in Lilburn with commercial flood damage caused by improper roof drainage from damaged gutters which directed water into the property instead of diverting it away. What had been a slight problem became exacerbated by the regionally heavy storms. In cases where there is damage to the structure, we do different types of temporary repairs such as:

    •    Tarping over damaged roofing to stop any further water coming in.
    •    Packing out paperwork and files to secure storage
    •    Moving out furnishings as needed during the mitigation process

The front of the building was affected with heavy saturation of the carpeting and reception room furnishings. Water entered via the ceiling, and our technicians drilled weep holes to assist with the airflow. We noted buckling of the sheetrock had not occurred, so there was restoration potential after drying, thus saving the owner the cost of replacement. The furniture was quickly packed out for cleaning and disinfection in another area. SERVPRO team members are certified as Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technicians and dried, cleaned and deodorized the cushions on the wet reception room chairs for reuse when the office reopened for patients.

Our certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians extracted water from the carpeting using weighted extraction wands and loosened one side to float it for complete drying with our air movers and followed up with hand cleaning and disinfection of affected surfaces. Because this is a business that caters to clients on-site, our certified Odor Control Technicians used ultra-low volume fogging to eliminate the residual water odors so there would be no reminders of the water damage when the office reopened.

When commercial flood damage strikes, SERVPRO of North Lilburn is available at (770) 709-3266 to work quickly and lessen the time until your business reopens and make your water loss incident “Like it never even happened.”

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Flood Damage and Odors in Your Lilburn Home

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Is flooding causing lingering odors in your home? Call SERVPRO to sestore your home today!

How the Containment of Microbes Is Crucial to Control Odors Caused by Flood Damage in Your Lilburn Residence 

The gutters that run from one side of your Lilburn home to the other direct the rain down to the ground via the downspouts after it falls onto your roof, protecting your home's exterior sides and the foundation. Your roof keeps storms from soaking your home from overhead.

When one of these, or something else, causes storm-related problems with a Lilburn home, flood damage can happen within only a few minutes. Drying and cleaning the affected locations make such a home habitable after a disaster, but odors can make doing so quite unpleasant. SERVPRO uses different ways to get rid of unwanted and offensive odors for our customers.

Odors generally come from airborne particles, and not just the presence of gases. Such particles show the breaking down of substances somewhere in the home. After a flood, your home contains multiple locations of odor-producers. Even though we eliminate as much of these substances as possible, odors can persist. Storms can force a wide variety of debris into your residence. Moisture that came from clean sources, including a broken water line, can also produce smells that you find distracting.

A diverse set of odor-causing sources requires that SERVPRO uses multiple methods to control such odors. As SERVPRO teams work on a home with any type of storm or flood damage, an air scrubber or two runs to clean the air of microscopic-sized particles. These can include odor-causing particles. We learn different methods while studying for certification from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) understands how important odors, or their absence, are to homeowners.

With contaminated water, many times odors come from microbes on surfaces. Wherever this happens, a disinfectant sprayed onto the area can kill both microbes and their odors.

For house-wide odor elimination, we use Ultra Low Volume foggers with pairing agents. These eliminate odor-causing particles. When the fog's chemicals bond with unwanted particles, they no longer cause odors.

Activated charcoal strips the air of odors and leaves a sweet scent behind. This method does not harm fabrics, and SERVPRO prefers using it over ozone generators, which have limitations on usage.

To help ensure our customer stays satisfied with our efforts, we install time-released beads that slowly waft a highly pleasant scent into the area. We use these as a final step to boost our earlier efforts.

SERVPRO of North Lilburn can make it all smell “Like it never even happened.” after a storm or flood. Damage to your home is not always visible. Contact us for help with water-borne smells and odors that you need eliminating. Our 24-hour service line is (770) 709-3266.

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How To Minimize The Water Damage In Your Lilburn Hotel

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

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What You Can Do To Minimize Your Losses When A Room In Your Lilburn Hotel Suffers Water Damage

Owning a large scale enterprise based on renovations can be very rewarding, but there is always the chance that something like water damage can throw your business off. When water-based damages interrupt any business that you own, it is essential for you to get help as soon as possible. Promptly dealing with the problem is the key to a smooth and swift remediation process.

The water damage in your Lilburn hotel came from a very popular suite overlooking the trees in Bryson Park. A cracked pipe, which ran through the ceiling above the suite, allowed water to leak down the walls and onto the floor. The water then followed gravity downward and flowed directly into the room underneath the suite as well.

At SERVPRO, we understand this can be a stressful time for you as the owner of the business in question. You undoubtedly have to cancel renovations to one of your most profitable rooms, as well as an additional room beneath it. We know that canceling reservations means a loss of foot traffic and income for your establishment. For this reason, SERVPRO is available whenever you need us, and we always try to get to your property as swiftly as possible after your call.

SERVPRO can begin the brief investigation of the damage as soon as we reach your hotel, prepared with a van-full of advanced technology made with fighting water damage in mind. After our Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC)-certified technicians identify the problem areas, SERVPRO can make a remediation plan and immediately begin to address the damage.

SERVPRO can start by removing all of the standing water from the suite, using rover-mounted extractors and wet/dry vacuums. Afterward, we can focus on the areas that suffered the most damage and are not salvageable, such as sections of the drywall and the hardwood flooring. Once removed, SERVPRO can begin to use drying equipment, such as dehumidifiers, heaters, drying mats, and ventilation fans, to pull the excess moisture out of the suite. Meanwhile, another team can remediate the room directly below, following similar steps. Our main goal is to make it “Like it never even happened” as swiftly as possible.

If your business is hit suddenly with water damage, react swiftly. Dial (770) 709-3266 to get in contact with SERVPRO of North Lilburn. We're available no matter what time or day that you need us.

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