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Restaurant Water Damage: 5 Essential Prevention Tips

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

Restaurant water damage in a Union County restaurant The professionals at SERVPRO are here to help you combat restaurant water damage!

Let the professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties help you combat restaurant water damage.

Restaurant water damage can have a devastating effect on your business. Not only can it cause extensive property damage, but it can also risk the safety of your customers and employees. That's why it's essential to take the necessary precautions to prevent restaurant water damage from happening in the first place.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties have been helping restaurant owners mitigate commercial water damage for many decades. We understand the unique challenges that restaurant owners face when it comes to water damage prevention, and we're here to help.

In the following blog post, we will share our top five tips for preventing restaurant water damage so that you can keep your business up and running in the event of an emergency.

What is restaurant water damage?

Restaurant water damage is damage that occurs when water enters your restaurant, either through a leak or a flood. When left unaddressed, restaurant water damage can lead to:

  • Extensive property damage
  • The growth of mold and mildew
  • The contamination of food and beverages
  • The spread of bacteria 
  • The risk of electrical shocks
  • The risk of slips and falls

As you can see, restaurant water damage can seriously impact your business. That's why taking the necessary precautions to prevent it from happening in the first place is essential.

Our five restaurant water damage prevention tips

There are several steps that restaurant owners can take to prevent restaurant water damage. Here are our top five tips:

1. Inspect your restaurant regularly for water leaks

One of the best ways to prevent restaurant water damage is to inspect your restaurant regularly for water leaks. You should check all of the pipes and fixtures in your restaurant, including the sink, toilets, dishwasher, and washing machine. If you find a water leak, make sure to repair it immediately.

2. Keep an eye on the weather forecast

If there are severe weather conditions in the forecast, be sure to keep an eye on the weather report and take the necessary precautions to protect your restaurant. For example, if there is a flood warning in your area, you may want to move restaurant equipment and furniture to higher ground.

3. Have a water damage restoration company on standby

In the event of a restaurant water emergency, it's essential to have a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO on standby. They can help you quickly assess the damage and take the appropriate steps to dry out your property and get your business back up and running. The quicker you can address restaurant water damage, the less damage it will cause.

4. Train your employees on restaurant water damage prevention

Make sure your employees are trained on restaurant water damage prevention. They should know what to do when there's a leak or flood, including how to shut off the water supply and where to find the main breaker.

5. Invest in a sump pump

If your restaurant is located in an area that is prone to flooding, consider investing in a sump pump. A sump pump is a device installed at the lowest point of your restaurant. It will pump water out of your restaurant in the event of a flood.

How SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties can help you combat restaurant water damage

Restaurant water damage can be a severe issue. However, with the help of a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties, you can mitigate the damage and get your business back up and running.

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties has been helping restaurant owners recover from water damage for many years. As an IICRC-certified firm, we have the experience and expertise necessary to handle any restaurant water emergency. We will work quickly to assess the damage and take the appropriate steps to dry out your property and get your business back up and running.

If you're experiencing a restaurant water emergency, don't hesitate to contact us via our contact page. We're available 24/7, 365 days a year, to help.

4 Signs of Crawlspace Water Damage & Our Restoration Process

7/15/2022 (Permalink)

A dry Blue Ridge crawlspace performed by the water restoration professionals at SERVPRO SERVPRO is available 24/7 for emergency water restoration services!

Crawlspace water damage can happen at any time, and it's essential to be aware of the signs so that you can take action as soon as possible.

There has recently been an influx of calls here at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties regarding crawlspace water damage, and we have seen multiple different causes. Unfortunately, water damage in crawlspaces can quickly become a big problem. For example, we have witnessed flooded crawlspaces due to faulty sump pumps and slowly leaking pipes that have gone undetected for months.

We put this blog post together to help home and business owners identify the signs of crawlspace water damage and also to explain our process for crawlspace water damage restoration for when you need us. So without further ado, let's get started.

What is crawlspace water damage?

Crawlspace water damage is water damage that occurs in the crawlspace of a home or business. The crawlspace is the area between the ground and the first floor of a building and is typically only large enough for a person to enter by crawling.

While most people don't spend much time in their crawlspace, it's actually an essential part of their home or business. The crawlspace provides access to the plumbing and electrical systems, and it also helps to support the structure of the building. However, because crawlspaces are often dark and damp, they can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew. And if there is water damage in the crawlspace, it can quickly spread to other parts of the building.

What are the signs of crawlspace water damage?

There are four main signs of crawlspace water damage:

  1. Wet insulation: Wet insulation is one of the most common signs of crawlspace water damage. If you notice that your insulation is wet, it's a good idea to call in a professional to take a look. Insulation damaged by water can become moldy, and it will lose its ability to protect your home or business from heat and cold.
  2. Water stains on the walls or ceiling: Another common sign of crawlspace water damage is water stains on the walls or ceiling. Leaks in the crawlspace often cause these stains, and they can be a sign that there is significant water damage.
  3. Musty odors: Musty odors are another telltale sign of crawlspace water damage. If you notice a musty smell in your crawlspace, it's a good idea to call a professional to take a look. Musty odors are often caused by mold and mildew, which can signify significant water damage.
  4. Visible mold or mildew: Finally, visible mold or mildew is another sign of crawlspace water damage. If you see mold or mildew in your crawlspace, it's essential to call in a professional as soon as possible. 

If you notice any of these signs of crawlspace water damage, it's essential to call in a professional as soon as possible. The sooner you take action, the less damage the water will cause.

How does SERVPRO restore crawlspace water damage?

When you call SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties for crawlspace water damage restoration, our first step is to assess the extent of the damage. We will then develop a plan to restore your crawlspace to its pre-damaged condition.

Our crawlspace water damage restoration process includes the following steps:

  1. Remove wet insulation: The first step in our crawlspace water damage restoration process is to remove any wet insulation. We will also dispose of any moldy or mildewed insulation.
  2. Dry out the crawlspace: Once the wet insulation has been removed, we will use industrial fans and dehumidifiers to dry out the crawlspace.
  3. Clean and disinfect the crawlspace: Once the crawlspace is dry, we will clean and disinfect it to prevent mold and mildew from growing.
  4. Install new insulation: Finally, we will install new insulation in your crawlspace. We will also ensure that any plumbing or electrical systems are in good working order.

Final thoughts

We hope you enjoyed reading this blog post about crawlspace water damage. If you have any questions about our crawlspace water damage restoration process, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are available 24/7, 365 days, for any size water damage emergency. Remember, the sooner you take action, the less damage the water will cause.

Before we wrap up, we must remind you that our professionals have undergone extensive training and are certified by the IICRC. We have the knowledge and experience to handle any size water damage emergency, big or small. So contact SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties today, and we will get to work right away on restoring your crawlspace.

The Top 4 Reasons Why Containment Walls Are Essential

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO containment wall for mold removal The professionals at SERVPRO can handle any size remediation project!

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties know the importance of containment walls during remediation projects. 

Here at SERVPRO, we install containment walls when a property has mold growth concerns or asbestos removal is needed. When unwanted particles become airborne, they can quickly spread to other areas of a property through the HVAC system or people’s clothing unless the particles are contained.

There are many benefits to containment walls, but the top four include:

  1. Preventing cross-contamination.
  2. Protecting all parties in close proximity
  3. Ensuring the containment area is under negative pressure.
  4. Ensuring a successful remediation project.

Containment walls are vital if you want to avoid having to remediate a larger area than necessary. The following blog post will discuss containment walls and their role during a remediation project.

What is a containment wall?

A containment wall is a physical barrier that is used to separate the contaminated area from the rest of the structure. A containment area is typically under negative pressure, which means air is drawn into the containment area through an Air Filtration Device (AFD).

A well-designed containment wall contains materials that can withstand high humidity levels and cleaning agents used during the remediation process.

Why are containment walls essential?

As we mentioned earlier, there are several reasons why containment walls are essential, but the four main reasons are:

  1. To prevent cross-contamination
  2. To protect all parties in close proximity
  3. Ensuring the containment area is under negative pressure.
  4. To ensure that the mold remediation process is successful.

1. Preventing cross-contamination

At SERVPRO, we design the containment area so that it is sealed off from the rest of the structure to prevent the spread of mold spores and asbestos fibers. If the containment area is poorly sealed, air from the containment area can escape and contaminate other areas of the building.

2. Protecting all parties in close proximity

Containment walls protect people who are working in or near the containment area. For example, if asbestos fibers or mold spores become airborne, they will be contained by the containment wall within the containment area. Therefore, they will not spread to other areas of the building or people who are not wearing proper personal protective equipment.

3. Ensuring the containment area is under negative pressure.

One of the essential aspects of containment is ensuring that the containment area is under negative pressure. Negative pressure is air being drawn into the containment area through an Air Filtration Device (AFD).

The negative pressure will prevent air from escaping the containment area and ensure that any mold spores or asbestos fibers that become airborne are drawn into the containment area and filtered out.

4. Ensuring a successful remediation project

Containment walls are essential for ensuring that the mold remediation process is successful. If the containment area is sealed incorrectly, mold spores and asbestos fibers can escape and contaminate other building areas.

Let the experts at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties build your containment walls.

When you have a mold or asbestos problem, containment is essential to preventing the spread of unwanted particles and ensuring a successful remediation project. The experts at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties have the experience and training to build containment walls that will contain your remediation project and prevent it from spreading.

We have invested in top-of-the-line containment equipment, and our technicians are certified in mold remediation and asbestos abatement. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and we will work with you to create a containment solution that meets your needs. 

Contact us today for any questions or more information on our containment process.

3 Beneficial Ways 3D Technology Is Changing the Restoration Industry

6/10/2022 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO 3D technology rendering Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for accurate property assessments!

The ability to generate three-dimensional (3D) models of restoration projects has vastly improved the accuracy and efficiency.

When a disaster strikes a property, be it from water, fire, or storm damage, time is of the essence to mitigate and repair the damage. In the past, this process required an on-site assessment by a restoration professional and insurance adjuster. Unfortunately, the on-site assessment was often inaccurate, as all parties missed essential details.

With 3D technology such as Matterport, restoration professionals can now create virtual 3D walkthroughs of properties allowing for a much more thorough and accurate assessment of the damage and a better understanding of what is needed to restore the property to its original condition. Matterport is just one of many 3D technologies used in our industry and has already made a considerable impact.

The following blog post will explore the top three benefits of using 3D technology and why you should contact SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties when your property needs restoring.

The top three benefits of 3D technology 

Here are the three main benefits of 3D technology in the restoration industry:

Benefit 1: Increased accuracy

When a 3D model of a property is generated, it provides an incredibly accurate representation of the property because 3D models use lasers and 360-degree cameras, which capture every detail of the property.

This level of accuracy is essential for a more accurate assessment of the damage. An accurate assessment is vital because it will enable restoration professionals to develop a more precise repair plan. 

Benefit 2: Save time

Another huge benefit of 3D technology is that it can save significant time. One of the most critical ways 3D models can save time is by being used for insurance claims. Insurance companies can assess the damage without sending an adjuster to the property. Again, this can save a significant amount of time, which is important when every minute counts.

Benefit 3: Improved communication

The last benefit of 3D technology is that it can improve communication. For example, 3D models can be used to create virtual walkthroughs of properties allowing those looking at the rendering to see a before and after of a restoration project.

Before and after scans can be beneficial for all parties, as they can see the extent of the damage and the quality of the work done. 

Why SERVPRO 3D technology

We understand that you need a reliable and trustworthy restoration company when your property has significant damages. That's why we're proud to offer 3D renderings to our clients. This technology will give you an accurate damage assessment and a more precise repair plan.

SERVPRO is a proud user of Matterport. We are one of the first companies to use it in the restoration industry. As a result, we've seen firsthand how this technology can help our clients.

Wrapping up

We hope you enjoyed learning about the three benefits of 3D technology in the restoration industry. 3D technology is changing the way that restoration companies operate, and it is providing several benefits to both customers and restoration professionals.

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is proud to offer 3D technology to our clients, and we are committed to providing the best possible service. When you choose SERVPRO for property restoration services, we will:

  • Use the 3D model to generate a virtual walkthrough of your property
  • Use the 3D model to create an accurate damage assessment
  • Use the 3D model to develop a more precise repair plan
  • Perform a 3D scan before and after the restoration project to show you the quality of our work

If you have any questions or need a reliable and trustworthy restoration company, please contact SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties. We're here to help! 

Firework Fire Damage: 5 Essential Safe Tips

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

A firework show in Union County The professionals at SERVPRO are prepared for any size fire disaster!

The professionals at SERVPRO have seen fireworks cause extensive fire damage.

Fireworks are a staple of celebrations all across America. These colorful explosives from the 4th of July to New Year's Eve provide plenty of excitement and fun. However, as with any type of firework, there is always a risk of fire damage.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties have seen firsthand the damage that fireworks can cause. In fact, we responded to hundreds of fire damage calls a year, many of which were caused by fireworks. 

In this blog post, we will discuss the dangers of fireworks and how to avoid firework fire damage. We are tired of homes and businesses being damaged by firecrackers and other fireworks because these tragic incidents can be preventable. By following the essential firework safe tips mentioned in this blog post, you can help keep your family and property safe from firework fire damage!

The dangers of fireworks

Fireworks can be dangerous if not handled properly. They often contain high levels of explosive material, which can cause extensive fire and smoke damage if they ignite.

It is essential to take the following five safety tips when handling fireworks to avoid fire damage:

  1. Always read the instructions on the fireworks before igniting them.
  2. Never try to relight a firework that has failed.
  3. Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby in case of a fire.
  4. Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  5. Keep children and pets away from fireworks at all times.

When can you set off fireworks in Georgia?

In Georgia, you can set off fireworks any day of the week between 10 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. However, your local government can restrict these times with a general noise ordinance. If you are setting off fireworks on public property, you will need to get a permit from your local fire department.

You should also check with your homeowner's insurance policy to see if it covers fire damage caused by fireworks. Many policies have exclusions for fire damage caused by fireworks, so checking before setting them off is essential.

What should you do if a firework starts a fire?

If a firework does cause a fire, it is essential to call 911 immediately and evacuate the area. Do not try to extinguish yourself, as fireworks are highly flammable.

Once the fire is out, you will need to assess the damage and call a fire restoration company to begin the cleanup process. The right professionals will work quickly to assess the damage and develop a fire restoration plan. They will also work with your insurance company throughout the process to ensure that your property is restored to its pre-fire condition. 

How SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties handles fire damage restoration?

When it comes to fire damage, time is of the essence. The sooner you call SERVPRO, the sooner we can get to work restoring your property. 

Our fire restoration process includes the following steps:

Assessment: We will assess your property's fire, smoke, and water damage and develop an action plan.

Board-up and tarping service: We will tarp your roof and board up any windows or doors that have obtained damage. Board-up and traping services help prevent further damage to your property.

Water removal and drying: We will remove any water that has been left behind by the fire hoses and dry out your property.

Smoke and soot cleanup: We will clean any soot or smoke damage from your walls, ceilings, and floors.

Odor removal: We will identify and remove any lingering odors caused by the fire.

Reconstruction: We will repair any structural damage caused by the fire.

Need help recovering from firework fire damage?

You don't need to handle firework fire damage alone. SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is here to help. We are a team of IICRC-certified fire restoration professionals dedicated to restoring your property.

We understand that fire damage can be overwhelming, but we will work with you to ensure that your property is restored as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Contact us today to get started on your fire restoration project. We are available 24/7 to take your call, and we will respond as soon as possible.

The Top 5 Common Reasons For An Air Conditioner Leak

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

A leaking air conditioner unit Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for any size water restoration project!

When an air conditioner is leaking, it's crucial to find out the cause and take corrective action as soon as possible.

Summer is right around the corner, which means that it's air conditioner season! Air conditioners are a lifesaver during the summer months, but they can also be a pain when they start to leak.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties receive numerous calls each summer from customers whose air conditioners have caused water damage. 

Puddles near your air conditioner are the most common indication that you have a leak. This blog post will discuss the top 5 most common reasons why an air conditioner leak occurs and how SERVPRO can help!

If your air conditioner is leaking, don't panic. We're here to help. 

Indications of an air conditioner leak

An air conditioner unit that leaks water can cause a lot of damage to your home, so it's essential to take action as soon as you notice a leak. Some common indications that your air conditioner is leaking include:

  • Water stains on the ceiling or walls near the air conditioner unit
  • A musty smell near the air conditioner unit
  • A puddle of water around the air conditioner unit
  • Ice or frost on the air conditioner unit

If you notice any of these signs, it's essential to take action immediately. The longer you wait, the more damage your air conditioner will cause.

Top 5 common reasons for an air conditioner leak

Now that you are familiar with the signs of an air conditioner leak let's look at the top 5 most common reasons for air conditioners to start leaking.

1. A clogged drainage pipe

One of the most common reasons for an air conditioner leak is a clogged drainage pipe. An air conditioner unit produces a lot of condensation, which needs draining. If the drainage pipe becomes clogged, the water has nowhere to go and will start to leak out of the air conditioner unit.

2. A broken seal

Another common reason for air conditioner leaks is a broken seal. The air conditioner unit has a seal that prevents air and water from leaking out. If the seal is broken, air and water will leak out of the air conditioner unit.

3. A loose drain pan

The air conditioner unit has a drain pan that collects the condensation produced by the air conditioner. If the drain pan is loose, it can cause the air conditioner to leak.

4. A broken air handler

The air conditioner unit has an air handler that circulates air around the unit. If the air handler is broken, it can cause the air conditioner to leak.

5. A frozen coil

The air conditioner unit has a coil that helps to cool the air. If the coil becomes frozen, it can cause the air conditioner to leak.

How to prevent air conditioner leaks

Now that you know the top 5 most common reasons for air conditioner leaks let's look at some tips to prevent air conditioners from leaking.

Tip 1: Schedule regular maintenance

One of the best ways to prevent air conditioner leaks is to schedule regular maintenance. A professional can clean the air conditioner unit and check for any potential problems helping keep your air conditioner unit in good working condition and preventing leaks.

Tip 2: Replace the air filter

Another way to prevent air conditioner leaks is to replace the air filter. The air filter helps remove dust and dirt from the air, clogging the air conditioner unit. 

Tip 3: Clean the air conditioner unit

You should also clean the air conditioner unit regularly to remove any dirt and debris that could clog the air conditioner unit. 

Tip 4: Regularly check for leaks

You should also check for air conditioner leaks regularly. If you find any leaks, you should repair them immediately. Ignoring air conditioner leaks can lead to severe problems, such as water damage to your home.

What to do if your air conditioner causes water damage

Many air conditioner leaks can cause water damage to your home. If you find that your air conditioner has caused water damage, you should call a professional to restore the damage. 

Ignoring air conditioner leaks can lead to severe problems, such as mold and mildew growth. In addition, mold and mildew can cause structural damage, so it is essential to repair air conditioner leaks immediately. 

How SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties can help

When it comes to air conditioner leaks, prevention is vital. But if you do find yourself with a leaky air conditioner that causes water damage, SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is here to help. We are a 24/7 emergency service company that specializes in water damage restoration. Our team of IICRC-certified technicians has the knowledge and experience to restore your home or business back to its preloss condition.

We understand the importance of timely mitigation and will work quickly to prevent further damage. We use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to thoroughly remove the water and dry your property. We also disinfect and deodorize to help prevent mold and mildew growth.

Contact SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties today if you have questions about air conditioner leaks or water damage. We are always here to help!

Hotel Mold: 5 Amazing Prevention Tips

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

A hotel room free of mold Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for any size mold remediation project!

Mold spores are not good to find in any environment, but they can be especially problematic in a hotel.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties know that mold spores can be found almost anywhere and are not generally a good thing to find in any indoor environment.

One of the worst places to find mold is in a hotel because the rooms are often close to one another, and mold spores can spread quickly from room to room.

We put the following blog post together to help hotel owners prevent the spread of mold in their hotels. Your hotel guests rely on the establishment to provide a clean and healthy place to stay, and cleanliness will be compromised when mold is present. 

If you're concerned about mold in your hotel, read this blog post until the end to find out the familiar places mold hides and what you can do about it.

What is mold?

Mold is a type of fungus that thrives in moist environments and can grow on virtually any surface. However, mold thrives in damp, dark places like bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.

While mold is necessary for the breakdown of organic matter, it can cause serious problems when it starts to grow indoors.

The places to look for mold in a hotel room

When it comes to spotting hotel mold, you should look at a few key places. The following are some of the most common areas where mold can grow in a hotel room:

  • Behind the headboard: Mold often grows behind the headboard of a bed, as this is a dark and moist place.
  • Inside the air conditioning unit: The air conditioning unit is another common place for mold to grow, as it is often damp and humid.
  • In the bathroom: The bathroom is a prime spot for mold growth, as it is typically moist and humid. Be sure to check around the toilet, shower, and sink for any signs of mold.

Tips to prevent hotel mold

Now that you know where to look for mold in a hotel room, here are a few tips on how to prevent it:

  1. Keep the rooms clean: One of the best ways to prevent mold is to keep the rooms clean. Be sure to dust and vacuum regularly, and wipe down surfaces with a disinfectant.
  2. Use the air conditioning unit: The air conditioning unit can help to keep the room dry and prevent mold growth.
  3. Install a dehumidifier: A dehumidifier can help to keep the room dry and prevent mold growth.
  4. Open the windows: Opening the windows will allow fresh air to circulate and will help to keep the room dry.
  5. Clean up water damage: Any water damage should be cleaned up immediately to prevent mold from growing.

What to do if you find hotel mold

It is essential to take action immediately if you find mold in your hotel establishment. The following are some steps you should take if you find mold in one of your hotel rooms:

Identify the source of the problem: The first step is to identify the source of the problem. Identifying the source will help you to prevent the mold from returning.

Contain the mold: Once you have found mold in a hotel room, your should prioritize containing the spores. Containment will prevent spores from spreading to other areas of the hotel.

Remove the mold: The next step is to remove the mold. Hiring a professional remediation company is the best course of action.

Prevent the mold from returning: It is essential to fix the source of the problem to prevent the mold from returning. Fixing the source may involve fixing leaks, increasing ventilation, or installing a dehumidifier.

How SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties can help

We hope you enjoyed learning about how to spot and prevent hotel mold. However, if you do find mold in your hotel, it is vital to call a professional mold remediation company to help remove it.

At SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties, we are experts in commercial mold remediation. We have the training and experience necessary to safely and effectively remove mold from your hotel.

When you choose to contact us for a hotel mold issue, we will:

  • Identify the source of the problem.
  • Contain the mold
  • Remove the mold
  • Prevent the mold from returning

Our professionals are available 24/7 and understand the importance of addressing mold problems promptly. Our goal is to restore your hotel to its pre-mold condition, "Like it never even happened."

Apartment Water Damage: 5 Ways to Prevent Water Damage in Your Apartment

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage in an apartment Quickly restoring apartment water damage is essential for you and your neighbors.

Water damage is a massive problem for many apartment complexes, and in some cases, evacuation is necessary until the problem is fixed. 

Like most people, you probably don't think about water damage until it's too late. And unfortunately, one small leak can quickly turn into a significant problem. The professionals at SERVPRO have seen an apartment with a tiny leak lead to severe consequences for surrounding apartments.

If you're ever faced with water damage in your apartment, it's essential to take action right away to prevent any further damage to you and your neighbors' apartment.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties put this article together to help prevent apartment water damage. We will include five ways to prevent water damage in your apartment to keep your home and belongings safe from water damage.

What is apartment water damage? 

Apartment water damage is any water damage that occurs in an apartment. The common causes of apartment water damage include:

  • A broken pipe
  • A leaky roof
  • Leaking windows
  • A flooding toilet

What are the consequences of apartment water damage? 

The consequences of apartment water damage can be severe. In some cases, the entire building may have to be evacuated until the problem is fixed. Some of the most common consequences of apartment water damage include:

  • Mold growth
  • Structural damage
  • Electrical damage

Five ways to prevent apartment water damage

There are several steps you can take to prevent apartment water damage. Some of the most critical prevention tips include:

1. Check for leaks regularly

One of the best ways to prevent water damage in your apartment is to check for leaks regularly. Even a small leak can quickly become a big problem, so it's essential to catch them early. In addition, you should check all the plumbing fixtures in your apartment, including the sink, toilet, shower, and tub. 

2. Repair any leaks immediately

If you find a leak in your apartment, it's essential to repair it immediately. Ignoring a small leak can often turn it into a big problem. So if you see any water damage, be sure to call a professional to fix the problem right away. 

3. Check your roof and windows regularly

Another critical step in preventing water damage is regularly checking the roof and windows of your apartment. If you see any signs of leakage, be sure to call a professional to address the issue as soon as possible. 

4. Install a leak detector

Installing a leak detector can also help prevent water damage in your apartment. These devices use sensors to detect any leaks or moisture in your home and then send you an alert so that you can take action right away.

5. Upgrade outdated appliances and fixtures

If your apartment has any outdated appliances or fixtures, it's essential to add upgraded appliances as soon as possible. These items are more likely to break and cause water damage, so replacing them with newer, more reliable models is essential. 

Taking these steps can help prevent water damage in your apartment. However, if you face water damage, call a professional commercial water restoration company right away to prevent further damage. 

You can count on SERVPRO.

We hope this article has helped provide ways to prevent apartment water damage. At SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties, we understand just how severe apartment water damage can be, and we're here to help you get your property back to normal as quickly as possible. So if you ever find yourself facing water damage in your apartment, don't hesitate to give us a call. 

When you contact us, you will be receiving a team of IICRC certified restoration technicians who will handle your water damage emergency from start to finish. We know our way around insurance repairs, and we're here to make sure that your apartment is safe and sound. So if you need help with water damage in your apartment, don't hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties today.

Kitchen Fires: The 3 Most Common Causes

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire damage in a blue ridge Georgia home Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for fast responding fire restoration services!

A kitchen fire can cause severe fire damage. 

Kitchen fires can cause significant damage to your home. In the worst-case scenario, a kitchen fire can lead to a total loss of property. Some of the most common damages caused by kitchen fires include:

  • Smoke damage
  • Water damage from putting out the fire
  • Damage to the kitchen cabinets, appliances, and countertops
  • Soot damage
  • Odor damage

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties receive multiple calls a year regarding kitchen fire damage. Out of all the fire calls we have received, there has been one thing to stay consistent; not one fire damage job is like another. 

The following blog post will cover the three most common causes of kitchen fires. By the end of this post, you will know how to help prevent kitchen fires from happening in your home and who to call if they do.

The three causes of kitchen fires

When it comes to kitchen fires, there have been three leading causes that we have seen:

1) Leaving a pot or pan unattended on the stovetop 

2) forgetting to turn off the oven 

3) grease/oil build-up.

Now that we know the three most common causes of kitchen fires, let’s go into more detail about preventing a kitchen fire from occurring in your home. 

How to prevent kitchen fires

The best way to deal with fire damage is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Here are some tips on how to help prevent kitchen fires:

1) Never leave a pot or pan unattended on the stovetop. If you have to leave the kitchen for any reason, turn off the stove.

2) Always double-check the oven before leaving the house or going to bed. Make sure that it is turned off and cooled down.

3) Keep your stovetop and oven clean. A build-up of grease and oil can quickly turn into a fire. Wipe up any spills as soon as they happen, and clean your stovetop and oven on a regular basis.

4) Don’t overload electrical outlets. If you need to use multiple appliances at the same time, use a power strip with built-in circuit protection.

5) Keep flammable items away from the stove. Everyday flammable items include things like paper towels, wooden utensils, and curtains.

6) Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Make sure that everyone living in the house knows how to use a fire extinguisher properly.

Who to call if you have kitchen fire damage

As you have already learned, kitchen fires can leave significant damage in their wake. So if you find yourself in this situation, the first thing you should do is call to call a team of fire restoration professionals. 

When searching for the right team, you need to ensure that they have experience with kitchen fire damage and have the proper training from the IICRC. You will also want to ensure that they are a reputable business by checking out their reviews online. 

Wrapping up

We hope you enjoyed learning about the three most common causes of kitchen fire damage. By following the tips in this post, you can help prevent a kitchen fire from happening in your home. In the event that a fire does occur, make sure to call SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties for all of your fire damage restoration needs!

The team at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties has the experience and training from the IICRC needed to handle any size of kitchen fire damage. We are a locally owned and operated business with over 25 years of experience in the fire restoration industry. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and will work quickly and efficiently to get your kitchen back to its original state. 

If you need help with kitchen fire damage, contact us. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will respond quickly to any size disaster.

5 Tips for Finding a Quality Contractor for Restoration Repairs

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

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It's not always easy finding a quality contractor when you need restoration repairs done on your home. 

The devastation caused by a natural disaster can be heartbreaking. Not only do you have to deal with the emotional stress, but you also have to deal with the physical damage to your property. So when it comes time to start repairing your home, it is essential to find a quality contractor who will do the job right. 

The good news is that you can do a few things to make the process easier and increase your chances of finding a company you can trust. This blog post will outline five tips for finding a quality contractor for restoration repairs. Keep these tips in mind during your search, and you should be able to find a company that meets your needs!

The importance of hiring a quality contractor

When it comes time to repair your home after a natural disaster, it is essential to hire a quality contractor. A quality contractor will do the job right and ensure that your home is properly restored.

There are a number of reasons why you should only hire a quality contractor. First of all, quality contractors are licensed and insured, meaning they have the proper training and insurance to do the job. They will also be up-to-date on all the latest OSHA safety regulations.

Second, quality contractors stand by their work. If there are any problems with the work done, quality contractors will be happy to fix them. 

Third, quality contractors are professional and courteous. They will work with you to ensure the job is done on time and within budget. They will also clean up after themselves and leave your home in better condition than when they found it.

Finally, quality contractors are experienced. They have the knowledge and expertise to get the job done right the first time. You can trust them to do a good job, and they will always put your needs first. When it comes time to repair your home after a natural disaster, be sure to hire a quality contractor!

Tips for finding a quality contractor

Here are five tips for finding a quality contractor for restoration repairs:

1) Ask friends and family for recommendations. Recommendations from friends and family are always a good place to start.

2) Check online review websites like Yelp or Google Reviews. Reviews from past clients and any rating systems provided by the company should give you some idea about how good they might be.

3) Get insurance estimates from multiple contractors. Obtaining various insurance estimates will help you compare prices and quality of work. Keep in mind that not all contractors understand the insurance process, so be sure to ask them questions.

4) Request references from past clients. References are a great way to find out more about the contractor's past work.

5) Make sure the contractor is licensed and insured. You will want to hire a licensed and insured contractor to protect yourself from accidental damages.

When it comes time to find a quality contractor for restoration repairs, keep these tips in mind! With a little bit of research, you should be able to find the perfect company that meets your needs.

The #1 best quality contractor

There is no better company than SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties for restoration repairs. SERVPRO is a licensed and insured restoration contractor that stands behind its work. All crew members pride themselves on being professional and courteous and will work with you to ensure the job is done on time and within budget. Lastly, they are experienced, and we have the insurance repair knowledge and expertise to get the job done right the first time. 

Wrapping up

We hope you found this blog post helpful in finding a quality contractor. Finding a quality contractor may be difficult, but it should be a little easier with the five tips we have provided. If you have any questions or want more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

If you are looking for a fast responding quality contractor for restoration repairs, look no further than SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties! Our reviews speak for themselves, and we are licensed and insured. Not only do we stand behind our work and will do everything possible to make sure the job is done right the first time, but we are also an IICRC certified firm

Contact us today for 24/7 emergency services!