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The Impact of Water Damage in Your Lilburn Home

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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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How to Deal with Flood Damage to Your Lilburn Home

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How to Deal with Flood Damage to Your Lilburn Home When your flooding prevention efforts fail, SERVPRO is here to help restore your home.

SERVPRO Offers Rapid Response to Flood Damaged Homes

Floods have always been a part of Lilburn history. While many of the residents here have taken precautions to thwart invasive water from entering their home, there are times where these measures fail. The resulting damages could be overwhelming to see at first, especially if this is the first time it has ever happened to you.

Our SERVPRO technicians are always ready to handle any manner of flood damage to your Lilburn home. Understanding that your house and what you have inside of it are of the utmost importance to you is evident in the service that we provide every one of our clients. Our commitment to customer satisfaction begins with your phone call, where we will dispatch our professionals to your home quickly.

With flood damages, often the first step that our SERVPRO team will take is to stop the water coming into the house. Whether this is something like patching up existing holes in the foundation that are allowing water to penetrate the block or something even more invasive that permits high volumes of water to reach areas of your house. Stopping the water comes before any restoration efforts.

Our team will then get to work on removing the water from the area. Given that this usually means a significant amount, we commonly dispatch a pump truck with the technicians to your house. Truck mounted pumps are the fastest means of removing all of the pooled water. From here, our IICRC certified technicians use wet vacs for a more concise and concentrated water removal process.

Finally, we use air movers for drying out the saturated structural components and contents of the affected area. The process ensures that there is no lingering moisture, which could result in the growth of mold or allow for degradation of the structure. Our fast and thorough process will lessen any incurred expense not covered by insurance, and simultaneously prevents damage to contents that are irreplaceable.

Our rapid response team is always standing by for when you might need restoration services. You can call SERVPRO of North Lilburn anytime at (770) 709-3266.

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Why Technology is Needed for Water Removal in Lilburn

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why Technology is Needed for Water Removal in Lilburn SERVPRO of North Lilburn has the equipment and expertise to remove water from your property.

Why Advanced Equipment is Essential to Water Removal in your Lilburn Home

An unchecked leak or structural weakness could result in large quantities of water spreading around your home. Liquids can quickly saturate fabrics, furniture or upholstery and begin to stain them. Equally, water can migrate to areas unseen to the naked eye and can quickly stagnate or become hotbeds for microbial growth. Professional help can help to both restore your property to preloss conditions and protect it against further damages.

The quality of service for water removal in Lilburn depends very much on the provider. Most agencies have access to gas-powered pumps, as well as water extraction equipment which makes removing standing water a relatively easy process. However, guarding against further damages by checking behind walls, fittings and floors can often go beyond their scope.

SERVPRO is a local company with access to national scale resources. IICRC certifies our technicians in applied structural drying and odor control. These qualifications are essential to protecting your home from future damages. It is not uncommon for mold damages to occur several weeks after a water damage event like this; a thorough drying of your home inside and out can prevent secondary issues.

One essential equipment we use is Thermal Imaging Cameras. These use infrared light to detect hidden moisture pockets from inside wall cavities. By scanning the affected area, your SERVPRO technician can accurately assess the level of water migration and whether or not to mobilize specialist drying equipment.

In the case where moisture has migrated beneath your subfloor or behind walls we can use structural cavity drying equipment. Dry mats, for example, can be placed on hard tiles and draw moisture from underneath them — these technologies work primarily by using a centralized vacuum hub which channels through air flow tubes. Water can be drawn up ensuring the drying of cavities beneath your floor.

Access to expert equipment can protect your home from future damages, contact SERVPRO of North Lilburn at (770) 709-3266 for your restoration needs.

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How to Protect Your Belongings From a Flash Flood in Lilburn

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How to Protect Your Belongings From a Flash Flood in Lilburn Spring rains are on their way, Are you prepared for possible flash floods?

Protecting Belongings When Flash Floods Affect Lilburn Homes

After a long and steady rain or heavy rainfall that happens over a brief period, Lilburn homes can suffer from natural disasters. Flash flooding can affect many more homes than what lies in lower elevation properties, though these stand the highest risks of becoming damaged by floods developing quickly. Our team provides fast responses to ensure that irreplaceable contents in your home can get protected from rising waters and exposure through our effective mitigation tactics.

Flood damage can impact your Lilburn property in many destructive ways, and it is often the contents and personal belongings within the house that absorb much of this damage. While no homeowner wants to deal with the headache of reconstruction and restoration for their property, there are keepsakes and personal items that hold sentimental values worth protecting. Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive quickly with our effective mitigation techniques to move these items to safety and work to restore them individually for their later return to your restored home.

Our pack-out process is one of the first stages of mitigation when flooding has occurred. Our dedicated and highly-trained technicians assess the full scope of the damage throughout your property and tag items for removal to a safe location or one of our nearby facilities. Once these items have gotten carefully removed from the damaged areas, our professionals can get to work on the necessary steps to restore your home entirely.

While in our care, the items that have gotten removed from a flood-damaged home receive individual treatment to clean, dry and disinfect them before their return to your restored house. Once this restoration process ultimately completes, including any necessary reconstruction, our contents department can return these items to their original positions within the property.

Protecting the things that matter most is part of the pride that our professionals take in flood mitigation and restoration for the customers we serve. If your home falls victim to flash flooding or water damages, give our SERVPRO of North Lilburn rapid response team a call today at (770) 709-3266.

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You Can Trust Our Experts When Water Damage Plagues Your Lilburn Home

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO You Can Trust Our Experts When Water Damage Plagues Your Lilburn Home Our employees learn from full-time instructors in state-of-the-art facilities that ensure top quality education standards.

SERVPRO Technicians Are Highly Trained For Water Cleanup In Lilburn

The core of SERVPRO's ability to provide premium water cleanup solutions to Lilburn homeowners is our highly trained and adaptable team of technicians. Every individual on our work crews, whether they are brand new on the job or a veteran employee with years of experience, is trained and certified at a national level to provide superior care for your home in as short a time as possible. To get an idea of just how thoroughly our technicians know their stuff, here is a quick overview of the training available to them.

Initial Training at SERVPRO HQ
By learning damage restoration techniques from a specialized class at our national headquarters, our technicians learn to take care of water cleanup in Lilburn to a standard that exceeds local and state standards. Our employees learn from full-time instructors in state-of-the-art facilities that ensure top quality education standards. Multiple weeks of courses culminate in rigorous final testing and hands-on exercises that ensure every technician has a solid grasp on our techniques.

Optional Continued Training
Many SERVPRO technicians choose to take their training further with online and in-person training that grants them specialized knowledge of the types of work they enjoy the most. We make sure to spread out these highly trained individuals in our teams, making each job we take highly likely to have multiple technicians with advanced knowledge assigned to it.

Mentorship and Guidance
Newer franchise employees get paired with those with years of experience under their belts to make sure that veteran eyes are always watching their work. By combining freshly trained individuals with those who have been on our team for years, we make sure that water in your home gets cleaned up with minimal complications or examples of human error.

SERVPRO of North Lilburn handles water damage cleanup, mitigation, and restoration work in homes across the local area. Call us 24/7 at (770) 709-3266.

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What are Drying Goals and Why They Are Important When There is Water Damage in Your Lilburn Home

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO What are Drying Goals and Why They Are Important When There is Water Damage in Your Lilburn Home Broken pipes and appliance failures can cause your kitchen to be out of commission.

The Right Procedures Ease Restoration of Water Damage in Lilburn

Water is a great utility, but when it spills into unwanted areas, it leads to significant issues. It is crucial to follow proper drying procedures, so further damage does not occur. For example, when the temperatures in the drying area exceed 85°, moisture levels in the air might be too high which leads to secondary damage. Our crew has certified ASD, Applied Structural Drying technicians, so we can deal with water spills in your Lilburn property without causing secondary damage.  

Every incident of water damage in Lilburn is unique. Issues like how long it takes to discover spill, where it originates, and the volume of water released during the spill vary the dynamics of restoration. If our SERVPRO technicians are called many hours or days after the spill happens, we have to tear down drywall and remove carpets for drying. Extended exposure allows water to permeate deep into the affected materials. Drywall loses its structural strength while insulation loses R-value. We must, therefore, remove and replace them for effective restoration.  

The source of the spill determines whether there is a need for cleanup. Should a pipe bursts in the ceiling or the walls, it carries dust and other debris from these confined spaces to the areas where the water pools. It would not be the case if a sink left running overflows. The water might also affect items such as upholstery and draperies, and if they are non-colorfast, the dyes run causing stains. Our SERVPRO technicians use various cleanup approaches to deal with these problems. We deal with stains on the carpet while it is still wet because it is easier to remove them.  

Drying the affected areas helps prevent bad odor and microbial growth. It is imperative to remove most of the moisture within the first 48 hours because mold starts developing within a day or two. Our SERVPRO technicians can achieve this because before starting the process, we set a drying goal. We do this by taking readings from unaffected contents and structure. We then take separate readings from affected wooden and non-wooden materials. The information collected helps us pick the right number of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the structure to normal levels.  

Dealing with damages caused by water spills is easier when you work with SERVPRO of North Lilburn. You can reach us at (770) 709-3266 any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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