Thunderstorm Safety and How to Prepare
Thunderstorms can happen anywhere and they have the potential to be extremely dangerous. The typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts an average of 30 minutes; nearly 1,800 thunderstorms are happening at any moment around the world! Although thunderstorms can occur year-round they are more common during the spring and summer months.
WATCH VS. WARNING
- A watch is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and around the watch area. It does not mean that a thunderstorm will occur, only that it is possible.
- A warning is issued when severe thunderstorms are occurring or imminent in the warning area.
- Build an emergency kit and make a family communication plan.
- Keep dead or rotting limbs trimmed to prevent them from falling during a storm.
- Do not hesitate to postpone outdoor activities.
- Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
- Shutter your windows and secure outside doors.
- Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives!
If your home or business is damaged from a storm call SERVPRO of Henry and Spalding Counties at 678-432-3003!
Understanding Mold Remediation
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Here at SERVPRO we are trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to tackle any mold problems you are having in your home or business. We are a qualified restoration company that understands the science behind mold and mold growth.
When signs of mold growth are found our initial focus is to stop the source of water feeding the mold such as a leaking hot water heater, or busted pipe. Once the source is completely fixed we use air scrubbers to remove the particles from the air, and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process. We then make sure to apply an antimicrobial treatment to eliminate the mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It is also important to completely get rid of and replace any infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting.
If you have concerns about mold in your property call SERVPRO of Henry and Spalding Counties and let us help you!
Three Ways to Prevent Storm Damage to Your Home
Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Henry and Spalding Counties.
An unexpected storm can hit your town at any day throughout the year. While it is hard to prepare on the spot when a storm is headed your way there are several preventative measures you can take ahead of time to minimize the risk of damage to your home when severe weather does hit. According to MoonWorks here are three steps you can take before a major storm hits your town.
- Remove Dead Wood.
By trimming the trees around your home on a regular basis there is less of a chance for heavy limbs to fall on and damage your home when large winds blow through.
- Secure Outdoor Items.
When you are aware of a storm coming your way try to put all loose items such as grills, picnic tables, umbrellas, and lawn furniture inside in order to prevent damage to these items or a nearby window.
- Inspect Roof Periodically.
A brand new roof should be able to withstand most weather that comes it way, but if your roof is more like 5-10 years old it might be time to get it checked for loose shingles, nails and sheathing. It is better to go ahead and fix these small aspects of your roof now then to have to pay for the extensive damages when a big storm hits.
How to Rescue Residential Stonework from Fire Damage
When a fire breaks out in your home the main concern is to put it out and then repair all of the damages to the inside of your home. But if you have experienced a moderate to severe fire it is very likely that these incidents have lead to visible marks and blemished on the outside of your home as well.
The good news is that stains on stonework, concrete and other structural materials can almost always be fixed. While brick and concrete are not indestructible, they are extremely sturdy and do not usually crack under the pressure of heat! Therefore we can use straightforward cleaning techniques to restore the outside of your property. Below are three levels of stains that might occur to the outside of your building if you experience a fire:
If there is no structural damage, our SERVPRO technicians can use mild cleaning agents to wash the soot and smoke damage off the surface.
The problem with soot is that it can be very acidic and if it is not removed from a structure quickly there is a chance of corrosive residues becoming embedded deep into your stonework. This is why SERVPRO makes sure to pay very close attention to cracked joints.
The most severe staining occurs when heavily combustible materials have caught fire and burned for some time. When this happens, jet washing is usually a suitable method for cleaning up the stains!
If you need help restoring your home after a fire give SERVPRO of Henry and Spalding Counties a call at 678-432-3003!
How to Prevent Mold in Your Home
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Unless you are attempting to make blue cheese or penicillin mold is not something that you want to be messing with or run across in your home or business. Mold can grow anywhere with a lot of moisture present, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes as well as paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can be a difficult and costly problem to fix, but it also can produce harmful allergens and irritants that can compromise your health.
According to the Mother Nature Network here are nine ways to prevent moisture indoors, and the mold that thrives on it.
- Identify problem areas in your home and correct them.
- Dry wet areas immediately.
- Prevent moisture with proper ventilation.
- Equip your home with mold-resistant products.
- Monitor humidity indoors.
- Direct water away from your home.
- Clean or repair roof gutters.
- Improve air flow in your home.
- Keep mold off household plants.
If you are having issues with mold growth in your home or business, SERVPRO of Henry & Spalding Counties is here to help!
Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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After a fire damages parts of your home or business you understand that you are going to have to deal with and renovate the obvious structures that have been destroyed, but what many people forget about is the smoke and soot that needs to be cleaned up all around your house. Smoke and soot is extremely invasive and can get into all kinds of nooks and crannies in your home. Our smoke damage expertise allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damages.
Smoke and Soot Facts
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a building.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The specific type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke – Wet and Dry. As a result, there are different types of soot that formed based on what kind of smoke was present in your home or business. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Henry and Spalding Counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred and figure out their cleaning procedures from there.
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.
Categories of Water
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Water damage can happen to anyone and at any point in time. In fact, it usually happens at the least opportune times; like the saying goes, “when it rains, it pours.” With this in mind it is important to be as knowledgeable and prepared as possible to handle a water damage situation in your home or building. As stated by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification), which certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries such as SERVPRO, there are three categories of water that you need to be on the lookout for.
- Category 1 Water: This form of water comes from a clean and sanitary source (faucets, drinking fountains, showers, etc.) and does not pose a hazard if consumed by humans.
- Category 2 Water: This category of liquid is also referred to as “grey water” and contains a significant degree of chemical, biological or physical contaminants. If ingested by humans, this type of water can cause illness. Common examples of category 2 water include losses from toilet bowls, water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines, and sump pump failures.
- Category 3 Water: Refers to the worst classification of water and is known to be grossly unsanitary. It is also called “black water,” and it could cause severe illness or even death if ingested. Sources of this type of water include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, and ground surface water or standing water.
If you ever run into a situation where you are dealing with any of these categories of water, give SERVPRO of Henry & Spalding Counties a call at 678-432-3003 and let us handle this disaster for you!
SERVPRO of Henry & Spalding Counties is a Certified Large Loss Response Team
SERVPRO disaster recovery truck
SERVPRO’s of Henry & Spalding Counties has been certified as a SERVPRO, Inc. Large Loss Provider! This means we can handle losses of any size, large or small!
The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.
At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement. Get help from the professionals; call SERVPRO of Henry & Spalding Counties at 678-432-3003!
With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. We are ready for your phone call!
When "What If" becomes "What Now".... Emergency Ready Profile
Emergency Ready Profile
Managing a property or being a landlord is not a 9 to 5 job! Problems do not care if you are supposed to be on vacation, they can arise 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Be prepared before an emergency happened with our Emergency Ready Plan.
A large chunk of businesses actually have to close down following a disaster. Of the businesses that do survive the majority of them had some form of preparedness plan in place before the disaster struck their building. SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile helps your business to have a plan in place to know exactly how to handle fire and water damage as it is occurring.
To learn more about SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile you can visit http://ready.SERVPRO.com or call SERVPRO of Henry & Spalding Counties at 678-432-3003.
Fire Prevention Tips for the Workplace
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We all know how quickly we can get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the work place and forget to stop and consider the important things we need to be consistently doing in order to keep the work place as safe as possible. Here are a couple fire prevention tips to keep in mind even while we are busy at work…
- Keep your work area free of waste paper, trash, and other items that can easily catch fire.
- Turn off electrical appliances at the end of each day.
- Do NOT overload your circuits.
- Periodically check your electrical cords, and replace any damaged cords immediately.
By following these tips you can greatly reduce the chances of an office fire, but in the event of a fire you should have an evacuation plan posted all around the building. Once everyone is safely removed from the building and the fire has been put out then you can call SERVPRO of Henry & Spalding Counties to help mitigate the damages and make your building feel “Like it never even happened.”