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Are You Prepared for Severe Storms? | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

a dark cloudy sky with lighting strikes off in the distance If you discover storm damage to your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO® of North Lilburn right away.

Extreme weather is not only dangerous, it’s scary, too—and rightfully so. Severe storms can cause lightning, winds, hail and intense rain that can bring about flash flooding.

All of these events can cause serious property damage and increase your personal risk of damage. Plus, considering that there are around 100,000 thunderstorms throughout the United States every year, these events occur frequently in pretty much every part of the country.

In Georgia, we face almost every kind of natural disaster imaginable. The rainfall and humidity are a constant bother, combined with the risk of flooding due to all of the creeks and rivers. In fact, this latest bunch of storms brought down trees and power lines, and damaged the roads in Lilburn recently.

No one can actually control the weather, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared for it. There are numerous steps you can take, from building emergency kits to formulating a strategy for when disaster strikes. It’s important to take steps, whether small or large, so you can be prepared for dangerous storms and hopefully reduce the impact they have on you.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

First, it is important to know the difference between watches and warnings so you aren’t caught off-guard by a storm that you didn’t even know was coming.

It’s important to keep the lines of communication open with everyone in your immediate family or household. Beyond that, making sure that your phone and emergency radio are charged can help you stay up to date with the local authorities.

It’s always smart to have a backup plan, and this includes your phone. Keep your battery fully charged because storms often knock out power that can last for hours or days. It’s also a good idea to keep batteries and a battery-operated NOAA weather radio on hand.

Along with ensuring communication between your family and the local authorities, it’s important to have a plan for your home as well. Selecting and preparing a safe area in your home (basement, bathroom, ideally center of the house with no windows). On top of that, you should create a plan for communication in case not everyone is home during the storms.

Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit

Packing an emergency kit can seem daunting, but you just need to fill it with the essentials that your family might need over a 72-hour period. It’s a good idea to include nonperishable foods, plenty of clean water, working flashlights, backup batteries and first-aid supplies in the event that someone is injured.

Having all of these things readily available can save you a ton of trouble when you most need it.

Your Severe Weather Aftermath Checklist

When the severe weather has passed, you should audit your safety plan, make changes to it based on the situation and analyze your home for any damages. Once it is safe to do so, check your property for damage.

You will want to keep a close eye on your roof and seals around windows and doors, as these are areas where water damage is most likely.

In the unfortunate event that you do find damage, it’s important to know who to call. Knowing that you have a local team of restoration professionals like SERVPRO of North Lilburn, you can rest easier during severe storms. When damage happens, call us immediately and we’ll jump into action right away!

Once you have checked with your family and everyone is safe, reevaluating your safety plan is a good idea. Go through what worked, what didn’t and what could be improved to keep everyone safer. Doing the same thing with your emergency kit can help you be better prepared for when those storm clouds come through your area.

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.

The Destructive Timetable of Water Damage | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

a bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak SERVPRO of North Lilburn is your 24/7 water restoration expert. Call us right away if you need immediate service.

Small water spots or leaky faucets and hoses might seem unimportant in the moment, but underestimating the destruction that moisture and standing water can cause is a big mistake. The average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

Water damage starts slow and ramps up quickly, seeping into floors, walls and soft surfaces, and slipping through cracks in the foundation. It’s crucial to address the issues as soon as possible to achieve the best outcome.

Here’s some important information about the timeline of water damage:

In the First 24 Hours

If you live in a house, there is a one in four chance of your home being affected by flood damage in a 30-year period in a high-risk area near rivers and coasts. Knowing what to do next is essential in protecting your property.

The initial 24 to 48 hours after flooding or water damage is critical. Certain items will face immediate damage from water; drying and protecting your items timely is necessary to rescue them.

Soft furnishings and upholstery will soak through, and wooden structures can swell from the moisture. Personal artifacts like books, photographs, notes and documents are particularly vulnerable to warping and tearing beyond repair. In addition, mold begins development during this timeframe, so acting fast is essential in keeping your things safe.

At SERVPRO, our expertise combined with a “restore vs. replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving your precious and irreplaceable keepsakes. We stay in constant communication with you, especially when your items have been damaged beyond restoration. We will remove any damaged materials as soon as possible to expedite the drying and prevent the damage from spreading.

Within the First Week

After the 24-hour mark, water damage progresses exponentially as each second passes. Mold can spread like a wildfire when excessive moisture is present.

In hot humid climates, mold grows even quicker and begins immediately with the onset of water damage. As mold sets in, it has the capability to damage the home’s structure, studs and drywall.

Additionally, porous surfaces such as wood surfaces and walls will absorb the water immediately, becoming increasingly compromised. Water damage and flooding will also start corroding metal surfaces and items at this time.

After One Week

You want to avoid letting moisture sit for an extended period at all costs because some effects may be catastrophic or irreversible. With the passing of time, the costs and effort required to restore the structure increase substantially.

Even worse, as water sits and affects the home for long periods, the risk of structural damage skyrockets.

How SERVPRO Will Help

SERVPRO’s restoration process begins with the first call, ideally within the first 24 hours. We begin service work with thorough water extraction, helping prevent the spread of water and reducing the overall drying time.

Floors, furniture and personal belongings will most likely require cleaning, sanitizing and deodorization. After the bulk of the water has been removed, our specialists will use industry-leading drying equipment to remove the water you can’t see.

After these initial steps, we’ll perform an inspection on your property. Your home may require construction work to get it back in preloss condition. This step could include some minor repairs or even rebuilding entire sections of the home.

We simplify the restoration process by controlling the initial damage alleviation and the rebuilding/construction of the affected areas. Here at SERVPRO, we’ll keep you up to date with constant communication during each step, having you back in your home or business as quickly as we can.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

Dedicated Restoration Experts You Can Trust | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

two SERVPRO employees unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of North Lilburn has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

At SERVPRO, we focus on more than basic cleanup, restoration and construction services. We’re here to take care of you 247 after any natural or manmade disaster strikes.

We are proud of the multiple certifications that each location has to ensure that we do the job the right way. From carpet cleaning to structural drying, we’ve got you covered against any issues.

Water Damage

Flooding isn’t limited to a certain time of year or place. It happens all over the country every single day.

More so, it only takes an inch of water to do serious damage to your home. In fact, floods cause more than $10 billion in damages nationwide every year.

If you’re a home or business owner, odds are that you will experience flooding issues over the course of your lifetime. At SERVPRO, we have the tools and the experience to deal with the damages. We work to help you understand the extent of the damage so that you can make the right choice for restoration.

Our specialized tools will detect hidden moisture and extract standing water from the home and business. In addition, we will assist you in forming a water damage restoration plan, ensuring that your home is clean, dry and restored to its former glory.

Fire Damage

Fires are extremely dangerous and scary because of how unpredictable they are. A fire department in the United States responds to a fire every 23 seconds, and there was roughly $8.1 billion in direct property damage and losses nationwide in 2020.

If fire damage affects your home or business, we’ll get to work with our seven-step restoration process. We begin by performing an inspection and a damage assessment that progresses through all the necessary, in-between steps before starting repairs and construction.

Storm Damage

Storms aren’t just rain and lightning; they encompass anything from wildfires and tornadoes to hurricanes, blizzards and floods. Regardless of the disaster, our main priority is to get you back in your newly restored home as soon as possible.

The damage from storms and water can weaken the structure of your home and cause other problems like mold. Even worse, it can affect your personal belongings and heirlooms. SERVPRO specializes in content restoration, with the mindset of restoring rather than replacing.

We offer a variety of services that include dry cleaning, wet cleaning, foam cleansing, and abrasive cleaning. If your home needs more extensive cleaning, we also offer move-out services, allowing us to bring your home back to preloss condition as soon as possible.

What Sets SERVPRO Apart?

We’re there when you need us. You can reach out to a SERVPRO expert via our 247 Emergency Line day or night and receive immediate assistance.

The SERVPRO experts in green are the No. 1 cleanup and restoration team in the country. We have over 50 years of experience and are locally owned and operated to be directly connected to each community we’re part of.

Lastly, we’re backed by a network of over 1,900 locations across the United States. So when disaster strikes, you can rest assured that we’ll have your business back to “Like it never even happened” status as quickly as possible.

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.

Knowing What to Do After Storm Damage Gets Your Business Up and Running Quicker | SERVPRO of North Lilburn GA

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

storm damaged tress about to fall onto building roof Has your business experienced storm damage? Contact SERVPRO of North Lilburn GA at (770) 709-3266 for immediate assessment and remediation.

Building Owners and Property Managers Trust SERVPRO to Return Them to "Business as Usual" After a Storm

Storm damage to a business is devastating is more than one way.  Not only does it cause severe structural damage. It can also cause catastrophic losses in revenue. In Lilburn, Lawrenceville, and surrounding areas, we’re accustomed to storm damage. Keeping up with storm watches and warnings is imperative around here as conditions can change in an instant.

For low-rise buildings, we’re getting a lot of rain this year which means waterlogged tree roots need less wind for trees to be blown on to your roof. Some storm damage is much more substantial than roof damage and we handle it all. Not only do we mitigate and remediate, but we also can provide reconstruction as well. Our construction project managers and their teams have handled storm damage to universities, large government buildings like the Pentagon, hotels, and airports. Our disaster recovery teams are always “ready for whatever happens”.

When SERVPRO of North Lilburn is your provider of choice, you can rest assured we are ready to answer the call for whatever storm damage you incur. We receive emergency calls 24/7.  Our licensed professionals can be on their way to you shortly after we speak.  Until we arrive, we urge you to:

  • Be careful: We know you need pictures for insurance purposes so be careful and alert when surveying your business.

When we arrive, we make sure no further damage is incurred.  We also ensure the area is safe for our construction crew to begin the storm damage restoration process. During this process, we’re looking for and remedying possible dangerous conditions such as structural weakness, and electrical, as down power lines are usually an issue.

Water Damage from Storm Damage

Standing water can cause permanent damages by seeping into subfloor or wall cavities. Where standing water is above two inches, we can use submersible gas pumps to drain the affected area. Below two inches, we bring in portable water extraction units that reduce the risk of damaging your carpets or upholstery. However, the job does not finish there. 

Removing water is the first step. Secondary damages can occur if water resides hidden in areas of the building. We use moisture meters to seek out these areas and can remediate them using advanced technology. Drying mats, for example, can remove moisture from your subfloor without removing hardwood flooring. The use of deodorizers and dehumidifiers can help make the damage "Like it never even happened." 

You can trust SERVPRO of North Lilburn, GA to show up and be professional to every job.  As a reminder, the perks of working with us are:

From Lilburn churches, upscale shopping centers and fitness centers to downtown Atlanta commercial facilities, many properties depend on our fast response to protect their buildings and its contents from detrimental storm damage, flooding and loss scenarios. If your business experiences storm damage, contact SERVPRO of North Lilburn at (770) 709-3266 for immediate assessment and remediation.
 

Easy Ways to Make Your Home Safer From Fires | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Yellow, orange, and red flames House fires are preventable. SERVPRO® of North Lilburn is available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

Making your home safer from fire hazards isn’t as difficult as you might think.

You can add simple steps to your daily routine and simple home maintenance items to your checklist that will lower your risk for common causes of house fires.

Be Sure You Know How to Prevent Fires

Most of these fire prevention tips are easy to add to your home safety routine. They don’t cost a lot but can make your family safer by lowering your risk of a house fire.

Know how to fight a grease fire. Grease fires are a well-known kitchen hazard. Part of the danger they present is because grease fires can’t be put out with water. In fact, water makes these events worse. Instead, keep a fire extinguisher handy. Metal pan lids and baking soda can work for smaller grease fires, too.

Keep your fireplace clear of old ashes. If you enjoy using your wood-burning fireplace, be sure you’re not letting the ashes collect there. Instead, clean your fireplace regularly and dispose of your ashes safely.

Watch how you use your space heater. Don’t plug your space heater into an extension cord. Use one of your wall outlets instead. Also, take steps to ensure your space heater is clear on all sides by at least three feet.

Keep your smoke detectors working. Testing your smoke detectors, changing their batteries twice each year and replacing them every 10 years will ensure they are best able to help protect your family.

Consider switching to battery-operated candles. Scented candles are popular during the fall and winter months because they add a warm glow to your home and can smell delicious. But these can be a fire hazard if they’re left burning while you’re not home or knocked over. Battery-operated candles eliminate these hazards.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

How Our Focus on Restoration Helps Our Clients | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

orange sign and sky in the background Have you sustained property damage and feeling overwhelmed? We are here to help, contact SERVPRO® of North Lilburn to start the process.

When you experience damage to your household, whether it be from a natural disaster or some other type of emergency, the mental and emotional impacts can be difficult to handle throughout recovery. Working to regain a sense of normalcy and get back in your home is hard, but it can help your family begin to heal.

There are few things better for your recovery efforts than choosing the right restoration company to work with. We focus on restoring your items completely to their pre-damaged state, instead of pressuring you toward expensive replacements that will cost you more time and money in the long run. With our restoration-first mindset, we can help your recovery process be as smooth as possible for your family.

How Restoration Saves You Time and Money

We can help you save money on your insurance. You can claim many types of household damage on your home insurance policy, but for things like water damage, they can be quite costly. This can lead to an increase in your monthly premium, which can add up significantly. By restoring your home and belongings instead of making you replace them, we can keep the cost of your claim lower.

We can protect your sentimental items. Getting your family to safety is the top priority in any kind of emergency scenario, so as you evacuate, you will not have time to grab even the most sentimental items in the home. Fortunately, we are able to help. We have invested in the most state of the art restoration equipment available, which has enabled us to restore photographs, heirlooms and other irreplaceable items that would be devastating to lose.

We make sure your home feels like home again. It is emotional to go back home after a disaster has caused damage, but we can help make sure your house still feels like home. We handle all the cosmetic considerations, such as paint, flooring and more, and put your belongings where they go in your house to ensure it feels like home.

If you have damages and are feeling overwhelmed, we are here to help. You can call us as soon as you need to in order to begin the restoration process. Contact us today to learn more.

Helping Business Owners in North Lilburn Thrive During Uncertain Times | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

People wearing white hazmat suits If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. Contact SERVPRO® of North Lilburn to learn more.

How much work have you put into making your North Lilburn business venture successful? If you’re like most entrepreneurs, the answer is “a lot.”

We know it’s hard work because our locally owned business is also part of the North Lilburn business community. We have a passion for ensuring that our fellow business owners succeed. It helps keep our community strong. And it’s important to individual business owners like you, too.

We know building a business is anything but easy. When you do it, you’ll have to work hard. In some cases, that includes a lot of long days and nights.

Planning for future growth and challenges is part of owning a business. However, even the most thorough and promising five-year plan can’t predict everything. The COVID-19 pandemic is a powerful example of unpredictability. If you own a business, you’ve likely spent a lot of time looking for new ways to reach and serve your customers.

Some local businesses have found new ways to serve customers remotely, while others opt to open up restaurants, stores, and companies for in-person services. There’s help for you regardless of how you’ve decided to move forward.

Reopening With Safety in Mind

The good news is that everyone in our community and the surrounding communities wants you to succeed. There are business loanstips, advice, and more from sources you can trust.

Businesses that are open again are searching for new ways to ensure in-person interactions are safe. That’s where we can help you. We’ll ensure your business is “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.” Here’s how our process works:

  • First, our technicians will consult with you about your business’ needs and organize an individualized cleaning plan.
  • Then, the team will clean your space. Our technicians use a high-level system to ensure you’re ready for customers. We use proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Plus, we use cleaning and decontamination standards directly from the CDC.
  • The last step is certifying your business. You can open again with confidence.

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.

Safety Considerations to Prevent Grill Fires | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Food on grill SERVPRO® of North Lilburn is the fire restoration expert. To learn more give us a call or contact us online.

When you want to spend a summer day outside, a freshly grilled meal is one of the best ways to make the most of it. Grilling is a great cooking method for nearly anything, but because it involves an open flame, we do always want to remind the community to take the proper safety measures every time it is time to cook outdoors.

Grill fires happen more frequently than many would assume according to reporting from the U.S. Fire Administration—close to 6,000 fires are a result of grilling incidents every year. However, many of these incidents are entirely preventable, so it is wise to know the top safety tips to remember.

The Top Grill Safety Tips to Remember

Create a safe zone around your grill. Having your grill located in a good spot involves placing it somewhere that is both convenient and safe. Because flare-ups spreading to other objects are a common cause of grilling fires, a three-foot buffer is recommended to have surrounding the grill that is free from flammable objects.

Clean your grill grates often. Your grilling grates can get dirty with every use, which is why it is best to brush them after each grilling session. Stuck on bits of food and grease not only make consistent grilling less achievable, but they also increase the risk of fires as they can suddenly ignite if temperatures rise hot enough.

Never leave the grill unattended. Catching a grill fire before it gets out of hand can be the difference in a small incident and a large emergency, so never walk away from the grill when it is lit. If you have to take a break, have someone swap in for you and always keep a fire extinguisher within arms’ reach.

Inspect the grill regularly. Grills can be subject to wear and tear with age, especially the propane connections and tubes. It is best to do a visual inspection before you get ready to light the grill so you are aware of any potential spots that could cause a gas leak, which could be quite dangerous.

If you have a grill fire that does damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us any time, day or night, to have a quick response from our restoration experts.

North Lilburn Residents Can Get Expert Help Dealing With Fire Damage l SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Flames coming from a house If you have fire damage due to a heating malfunction or other issue, count on SERVPRO® of North Lilburn to fully restore your home.

No one likes to think about dealing with the aftermath of a house fire, but millions of them happen here in the U.S. every year. And that number could include members of the community here.

More fires happen during the colder months of the year, and they’re often caused by how we heat our homes or celebrate the holiday season. Christmas tree accidents are a leading cause of house fires..

If you’re using a space heater without an automatic shutoff mechanism, it can topple over and cause a fire. Broken furnaces and mishaps with other appliances happen sometimes.

Prattville residents can rely on a team of local experts if your home ever needs fire damage restoration or repairs. We’re prepared to work with you to remediate and repair in the aftermath of a fire.

Why Choose SERVPRO

Want to know why so many families in the North Lilburn area trust our work? Here’s what we offer our customers:

We’re available 247. Beginning the restoration process quickly is an important step in getting your home back to its original state and ready for you to make good memories once more. When it’s an emergency, we’re available at any time.

We are locally owned. SERVPRO locations are everywhere—all across the United States. But this location is locally owned. Because we’re a SERVPRO location, we can use the resources, equipment and training you would find at a leading-edge company with the advantage of choosing a partner here in the community.

We believe in restoration. Our team helps families recover from fire damage in a way that’s both logical and economical. Experts help through each step of the process, working to save your family time and money on the repair process and insurance premiums.

We can help with any of your restoration needs. House fires can damage your walls, your furniture’s upholstery and more. Issues resulting from water and smoke are common problems, too. We have the tools and resources to remediate these issues.

If you have fire damage in your home due to a kitchen, heating or other fire, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

How Our Cleaning Technology Makes a Difference for Your Business | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Someone in a white hazmat suit spraying a surface Our cleaning technology can help put business concerns at ease. If you need a deep cleaning contact SERVPRO® of North Lilburn.

Operating a business during a pandemic is a challenge. And it’s one that business owners here in Matthews are meeting with resilience.

Because we want to be a resource and support for business owners during this unprecedented time, we’ve pulled together tools and information you can use to keep your doors open.

Pandemic Resources You Can Use

The Mecklenburg County government has helpful resources for business owners and other residents to track the prevalence of COVID-19 in our county. You can find the latest information about Mecklenburg County here.

Business owners can also get information they can trust from the Small Business Administration. Their website includes information that can also help you deal with added pandemic stress. The SBA recommends setting realistic goals for the pandemic, among other things.

And of course, you want to know who to turn to if your in-person business needs a deep-cleaning after any type of exposure. Here in Matthews, you can call on SERVPRO for that help.

We have advanced technology that can be used to ensure your business is clean and ready for customers. Our technicians use an electrostatic sprayer.

How Our Electrostatic Sprayer Works

You may not have heard of an electrostatic sprayer or understand why having this powerful technology in our arsenal makes a difference. Let’s take a closer look at how it works.

Our sprayer charges the disinfectant we use with a positive charge. That allows the particles to make a 360-degree coating on objects. So we can use less product and still get a powerful result.

Additionally, our sprayer allows us to provide touchless disinfection services. That means you can rest assured nothing else is introduced into your business while we’re cleaning the space.

We’re here to help you at any time if your business needs powerful touchless disinfection services. We’re here early mornings, nights and weekends if you need us. Don’t wait to call.

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.