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Subfloor Damage: 3 Surefire Signs of Damaged Subflooring

12/26/2022 (Permalink)

Subfloor damage in a Union County property. The professionals at SERVPRO can help repair or replace your subfloor damage!

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties know that subfloor damage is a common issue that can often be challenging to recognize. 

Your home is layered with subflooring. The subfloor sits between your floor covering, such as carpet or hardwood, and your home’s structural floor joists. When subfloors become damaged, they can compromise the structural integrity of your home and make it difficult to install new floor coverings. 

While subfloor damage isn’t always easy to spot, there are a few tell-tale signs. In the following blog post, we will be going over the three most common subfloor damage indicators. 

If you are currently suffering from subfloor damage, contact our team of professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties. We specialize in subfloor replacement and other subfloor repair services.

Three signs of subfloor damage

Water Damage

Water damage is one of the most common subfloor damage signs. Water damage may occur from a significant leak, flooding, or even more minor sources, such as high humidity levels over an extended time. If you notice any water damage on your floor, call water damage professionals immediately before the damage worsens.

Termites

Another standard subfloor damage indicator is termite infestation. If you see signs of termites, such as mud or damaged wood, it’s essential to take action quickly before the problem worsens. 

Rot

Finally, subfloor rot is another subfloor damage indicator. Rot is caused by water seeping into the subflooring, creating an ideal mold growth environment. If left unchecked, subfloor rot can lead to major structural issues in your home. 

Common areas for subfloor damage to occur 

Some areas of your home are more susceptible to subfloor damage than others. The most common rooms where subfloor damage occurs include bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens due to the increased moisture levels in these areas. In the bathroom, watch for subfloor damage around the tub, shower, and toilet. 

In the kitchen, you will want to inspect subflooring around areas where water or steam may accumulate, such as near the sink and dishwasher. And in the laundry room, subfloor damage can occur from a washing machine leak or high humidity levels. 

Steps to take after you suspect subfloor damage in your home

After you have identified subfloor damage, it’s essential to take action right away. The first step is to contact a water damage restoration company like ours. The team of professionals at a company like ours will be able to assess the damage and recommend the best course of action for subfloor repair or replacement. 

After you contact your restoration contractor, contact your insurance company. They can help you determine what subfloor repair services are covered under your specific policy. 

Finally, you should take steps to prevent subfloor damage in the future. Inspect subfloors regularly and address any leaks or water damage before they cause extensive subfloor deterioration. 

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties offers subfloor damage repair services

When you choose to hire the team of professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties for subfloor damage repair services, you will receive peace of mind knowing that we will be able to get the job done right. We specialize in finishing projects in a timely and efficient manner—that's why we're the industry's best!

Our subfloor repair services include subfloor replacement, subfloor drying and dehumidification, subfloor cleaning and sanitizing, subfloor repair, and subfloor insulation. 

No matter what type of subfloor damage you may be dealing with in your home, our team can help. Contact us today to learn more about our subfloor repair services. We look forward to helping you get your home back in top condition!

Frozen Pipes: 3 Effective Water Damage Prevention Tips

11/23/2022 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes that caused water damage to a Union County home. The professionals at SERVPRO can help mitigate any amount of damage caused by frozen pipes.

Frozen pipes can result in severe water damage to your home if they unexpectedly burst.

It's that time of year again when the temperature starts to drop. Unfortunately, as the weather becomes colder, the professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties begin receiving an influx of calls from customers with frozen or burst pipes. While frozen pipes are most common in unheated home areas, such as basements, attics, and crawl spaces, they can occur anywhere water is present and the temperature drops below freezing.

Since frozen pipes can result in severe water damage to your home, it's essential to take steps to prevent them from happening in the first place. The following blog post will cover everything you need to know about frozen pipes and how the water damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO can help you restore your property after any size water disaster a burst pipe may cause.

What exactly causes frozen pipes?

Frozen pipes occur when the water inside them freezes and expands; this expansion either directly causes the pipe to burst or increases the pressure of the water still flowing so much that the pipe can’t handle the added stress. A pipe freeze usually happens when the temperature outside drops below freezing and water in the pipes isn't being used regularly, allowing it to cool down and freeze in the first place.

Pipes that run against exterior walls or in unheated home areas are most susceptible to freezing because they're most exposed to the cold air. When water freezes in a pipe, it can cause the pipe to burst, leading to severe water damage in your home, increasing your water bill and requiring professional restoration.

What to do when you find frozen pipes?

If you discover a frozen pipe before it bursts, turn off the water to your home using the main shut-off valve. Turning off the main water shut-off valve will help prevent any further damage and flooding.

Once the water is off, open your faucets to release any built-up water pressure in the frozen pipe. Next, use a heating device like a space heater or hair dryer to thaw the frozen pipe. Never use an open flame to thaw a frozen pipe because it can result in a fire.

After the water in the pipe is thawed, turn it back on at the main shut-off valve and check your faucets to ensure they're working correctly. If a frozen pipe has already burst, call a professional water damage company to repair the damage and prevent further flooding.

Three tips to prevent frozen pipes

Now that you know what to do when you find frozen pipes, it's also essential to understand how to prevent them. The following are three tips to avoid freezing pipes:

  1. Keep your thermostat at a steady temperature: When the temperature outside starts to drop, make sure you keep your thermostat at a constituent temperature because a sudden drop in temperature can cause your pipes to freeze.
  2. Allow at-risk faucets to run during cold weather: Even flow as slow as a drip during cold weather can help prevent frozen pipes because it keeps water moving through the pipes, preventing them from freezing.
  3. Insulate exposed pipes: Properly insulating exposed pipes in your home helps prevent them from freezing, particularly those in the basement or garage

How can SERVPRO help if your frozen pipe bursts?

When your frozen pipe bursts, you can rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties. We have the training and experience to handle any size of water damage disaster. We will work quickly to remove any standing water and dry out your home to prevent any further damage.

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is an IICRC-certified water damage restoration company. We are dedicated to helping our customers restore their homes and businesses to their preloss condition. We understand the importance of a quick response time and will work quickly to mitigate further damage.

Our water damage restoration service includes:

  • Water extraction
  • Structural drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Mold Remediation

If your home has been affected by frozen pipes or any other water damage, contact SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties! We are available 24/7 and will respond quickly to any water damage disaster.

Lint Trap Fire: 5 Effective Tips To Avoid Major Fire Damage

10/24/2022 (Permalink)

A dirty lint trap that caused a fire in a Union County home. The professionals are on call and ready to restore your fire-damaged property!

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties are here to help your property avoid lint trap fires. 

Dryer fires are common in homes across the United States, and lint build-up is the leading cause of this type of fire. SERVPRO professionals have seen the damage these fires can cause, and we want to help you avoid becoming a victim of a lint trap fire.

Lint trap fires typically happen when the lint build-up in the dryer or around the vent becomes hot enough to ignite. The fire then has access to the home through the ductwork and quickly begins to spread, causing significant fire damage.

The following blog post will go over five tips the experts at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties advise to help avoid a lint trap fire in your home. Keep reading to learn more about lint trap fires and what you can do after fire damage occurs on your property.

What is lint, and how does it cause fires?

Lint is a fluffy, cotton-like material produced when clothes are dried. Lint can cause fires because it is very flammable and often collects in the dryer and around the vent where there is extra heat. Lint build-up in the dryer is the leading cause of dryer fires.

Tips to prevent a lint trap fire

Now that you know the dangers of lint build-up let's review some tips on preventing a lint trap fire from happening in your home.

1) Clean out the lint trap after every load of laundry

One of the best ways to prevent a lint fire is to clean out the lint trap after every load of laundry. Lint can quickly build up in the trap and cause a fire if it is not removed regularly.

2) Keep an eye on the dryer while it's in use

Another way to prevent a lint fire is to keep an eye on the dryer while it is in use. If you notice any sparks or excessive heat coming from the machine, unplug it immediately.

3) Have your clothes dryer installed by a professional

If you are unsure how to install a clothes dryer properly, it is best to hire a professional. Professional installation will help ensure that the dryer is installed correctly and will not pose a fire hazard.

4) Clean lint out of the vent pipe every three months

It is vital to clean lint out of the vent pipe every three months. Lint can quickly build up in the pipe and cause a fire if it is not removed regularly.

5) Check regularly to make sure nests of small animals and insects are not blocking the outside vent

Nests of small animals and insects can block the dryer's outside vent, limiting airflow and contributing to a fire. Therefore, it is essential to check the vent regularly to ensure it is clear.

What should you do if a lint fire occurs?

Call the fire department immediately when a lint fire occurs in your home. Once the fire is out, you should contact a professional fire restoration company. The right company will be able to quickly and efficiently restore your home to its pre-fire condition and will know its way around insurance claims.

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties—your local fire damage restoration company

When a lint trap fire breaks out, you must have a company on-call that you can trust. The experts at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties are here to help! We have the knowledge and experience to quickly and efficiently restore your home or business to its pre-fire condition.

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is a leading provider of fire restoration services. Our team of certified professionals has the knowledge and experience to handle any sized job, big or small. When you hire us for fire restoration services, you can expect a quick response time because we understand that time is of the essence when a fire occurs. Our team will arrive on-site within hours of your call to begin the restoration process.

Contact us today for more information about our fire restoration services.

Banquet Hall Water Damage: 3 Easy Steps For Minimizing Damages

9/30/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage in a Union County banquet hall. The professionals at SERVPRO are always available to help combat commercial water losses!

With SERVPRO in your corner, you can forget combating banquet hall water damage alone!

Commercial property owners know that water damage can be a significant setback. Unfortunately, your banquet hall is one of the most versatile event spaces that is a common place for water damage. Whether the damage is caused by a natural disaster or a plumbing failure, taking action as soon as possible is essential to minimize the damage.

The inspiration behind the following blog post is due to a recent banquet hall water loss our SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties production team was able to help mitigate and restore. However, the damages would not have been as extensive had the banquet hall owner known the steps to minimize the damages. 

Continue reading to learn the three steps you can take to quickly bounce back and minimize the banquet hall water damage and how the professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties can help.

What is a banquet hall, and what are the common causes of water damage?

A banquet hall is a large event space for various occasions, such as weddings, business meetings, and conventions. Water damage is a common occurrence in banquet halls and can occur by many different factors, such as:

  • Plumbing failure
  • Natural disasters,
  • Leaking roofs
  • Burst pipes
  • Overflowing toilets

These are just a few potential causes of banquet hall water damage. However, no matter the cause, it is essential to minimize the damages quickly!

3 Steps to minimize banquet hall water damage

When banquet water damage is not addressed quickly, it can cause extensive damage to the property and put the business out of commission for quite some time. Here are three steps you can take to minimize banquet hall water damage:

Step 1. Shut off the water source: No matter what the cause of the water damage is, it's essential to shut off the water source as soon as possible. Shutting off the water source will help prevent further damage to the property.

Step 2. Call a water restoration company: The next step is to call a professional water restoration company that can quickly assess the situation and start the water mitigation and restoration process.

Step 3. Contact your insurance carrier: Once you have contacted a water restoration company, you must contact your banquet hall insurance carrier to start the claims process. Your insurance carrier will recommend that you document the damages with photos and video to support your claim.

When a banquet hall experiences water damage, getting the business back up and running can be daunting. However, by taking actionable steps and working with the right professionals, you can minimize the damages caused by water and get your banquet hall back on track.

How SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties helps with banquet hall water damage

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties are water damage experts. We have the training and experience to assess the situation and start the water mitigation process quickly. Here is what you can expect when you work with SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties:

  • Create a plan: The first step our professionals will take is to evaluate the damage and determine the best course of action.
  • Water extraction: The next step is to extract the water from the banquet hall. Extraction is performed by using industrial-strength pumps and vacuums.
  • Drying and dehumidification: Once the water has been extracted, our professionals will use industrial-strength fans and dehumidifiers to dry the banquet hall.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting: The last step is to clean and disinfect the banquet hall to prevent the growth of mold and mildew.

When you work with SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties, you can rest assured that you are in good hands. We will work quickly to minimize the banquet hall water damage and get your business back up and running.

Wrapping up

We hope that you found this blog post helpful. Banquet hall water damage is a common occurrence that many factors can cause. However, you can minimize banquet hall water damage by taking these three actionable steps:

  1. Shut off the water source
  2. Call a professional water restoration company
  3. Contact your insurance carrier

By contacting the professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties, you can rest assured that we will work quickly to minimize the banquet hall water damage and get your business back up and running.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact us at any time. We are always here to help!

Electrical Fire Damage: 5 Steps to Take to Speed Up Recovery

9/23/2022 (Permalink)

An electrical fire caused by faulty wiring in a Union County home. The professionals at SERVPRO are always available to help combat electrical fire damage!

Having a restoration company like SERVPRO in your corner can help make electrical fire damage disappear! 

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties understand that an electrical fire can be a frightening experience. Not only is there the potential for extensive damage to your property, but there is also a guarantee that your personal belongings could be lost or damaged. We have seen electrical fires occur for several reasons, but the most common causes include:

  • Faulty electrical wiring
  • Overloaded electrical circuits
  • Extension cords
  • Appliance malfunctions

When an electrical fire occurs, you will want to take steps to ensure that your home or business is back in its pre-damaged condition as quickly as possible. This blog post will discuss five steps you can take to speed up the restoration process.

What is an electrical fire? 

Electrical fires are a type of fire caused by electrical wiring or equipment. These fires can be hazardous and can cause extensive damage to your property. The best way to prevent electrical fires is to ensure that your electrical wiring and equipment are in good condition and are not overloaded.

Five steps to take when an electrical fire occurs

You will want to prioritize your family's safety when an electrical fire occurs. Once you have done that, you can focus on the steps needed to get your home back to normal as quickly as possible. The following steps are recommended to start the restoration process quickly and to save your damaged belongings:

Step 1. Call the Fire Department 

The first step you should take when an electrical fire occurs is to call the fire department. Electrical fires can be hazardous, and you must have professional help to put out the fire and ensure safety. 

Step 2. Evacuate the premises 

Once the fire department has been notified, you will need to evacuate the premises. You and your family must leave the area immediately and go to a safe place. 

Step 3. Shut off the power

It is essential to shut off the power to reduce the risk of further damage.

Step 4. Contact a fire restoration company 

The next step is to call a fire restoration company. Electrical fires can cause extensive damage to your property, and it's essential to have a professional help you restore your home or business. 

Step 5. Contact your insurance company

If your home suffers any damage from an electrical fire, contact your insurance company. They will be able to help you with the claims process and provide you with the financial assistance you need. 

Our electrical fire restoration process

As you have learned in step four, calling a restoration company is crucial as soon as possible after an electrical fire occurs. SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will respond quickly to your electrical fire emergency. Our electrical fire restoration process includes the following steps: 

  1. Inspection and assessment: The first step in our electrical fire restoration process is to inspect and assess the damage. The fire damage assessment will help us determine the best action to restore your property. 
  2. Board-up and tarp-over services: If necessary, we will provide board-up and tarp-over services to secure your property. These services will help prevent further damage and protect your property from the elements. 
  3. Electrical system repair: Repairing your electrical system is essential to avoid another electrical fire. Common electrical repairs include replacing electrical wiring, outlets, and switches. 
  4. Fire damage cleaning: Once the electrical repairs are complete, we will begin fire damage cleaning. Deep fire damage cleaning will remove any smoke and soot from your property. 
  5. Rebuild: The final step in our electrical fire restoration process is to rebuild your property to its pre-fire condition. They may involve drywall repairs, painting, and structural rebuilds. 

Wrapping up

We hope you enjoyed learning the steps you need to take if an electrical fire occurs in your home or business. Remember that the first thing you should do when an electrical fire occurs is to call the fire department and evacuate the premises. Then, once the fire is extinguished, you should contact a fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties. 

As an IICRC-certified firm, we have the experience, training, and equipment necessary to restore your property quickly and efficiently. We understand the stress that electrical fires can cause, and we will work tirelessly to return your home or business to its pre-fire condition. 

If you have any questions about our electrical fire restoration process or need assistance with a restoration project, please contact us today. We are always here to help!

Autumn Storm Damage: 4 Common Weather Threats

9/16/2022 (Permalink)

Autumn storm damage to a Union County home. The professionals at SERVPRO offer emergency storm restoration services!

The professionals at SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties are here to help you combat autumn storm damage.

The autumn season is most people's favorite season. The leaves are changing color, the air is getting cooler, and pumpkin spice lattes are back on the menu. But autumn also brings potentially dangerous weather conditions that can cause severe damage to your home or property.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties have seen it all when it comes to autumn weather damage, and we want to ensure you are well prepared before the storm hits. 

Here are four of the most common autumn weather threats: 

  1. High winds
  2. Heavy rains 
  3. Cold fronts 
  4. Snowfall

In the following blog post, we will be going over what damages each weather condition can cause and how SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties can help.

What is autumn storm damage?

Autumn storm damage is any damage that is caused by autumn weather conditions. The best way to protect your home or property from autumn storm damage is to be aware of the threats and take the necessary precautions. Here is a list of the four most common autumn weather threats and the damages they can cause: 

1) What damages can high winds cause?

High winds can cause severe property damage by blowing objects around or even lifting them and carrying them away. They can also knock down trees and power lines, causing power outages. 

2) What damages can heavy rains cause?

Heavy rains can lead to flash flooding when water accumulates rapidly and causes sudden flooding in areas that are generally not prone to it. Flash flooding can be hazardous and will leave a property with water damage. 

3) What damages can cold fronts cause?

A cold front is a weather system that brings a sudden drop in temperature and is often accompanied by rain or snow. Cold fronts can cause power outages and pipe bursts from the extreme influx in temperature. 

4) What damages can snowfall cause?

Snowfall can cause several types of damage, including roof collapses, downed power lines, and slippery conditions.

How can you protect your home and property from autumn storm damage? 

Now that you know the four most common autumn weather threats and the damages they can cause, it's time to learn how you can protect your property from them. Here are some of the most important tips to remember this autumn season:

  • Have a disaster preparedness plan. This plan should include a list of emergency contact numbers, evacuation routes, and a safe place to go if you need to evacuate.
  • Make sure your home is properly insured. Autumn storm damage can be very costly, so it is essential to have insurance coverage in case of a storm.
  • Keep an eye on the weather forecast and be prepared for severe weather conditions. Make sure you have plenty of food, water, and other supplies if you lose power or must evacuate.
  • Clean up any debris or branches that could cause problems during a storm. Clogged gutters are a real issue, so it is essential to ensure your gutters are clear and free of leaves so water can flow away from your home.
  • Stay safe during a storm! Do not try to leave your home during high winds or heavy rains, and stay away from downed power lines. 

How does SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties help with autumn storm damage restoration?

Even the most prepared property owners can't always avoid autumn storm damage. If your home or property is damaged by an autumn storm, SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is here to help. We are a professional storm restoration company with years of experience helping homeowners recover from storm damage. We have the knowledge and equipment to quickly and efficiently restore your home or property to its pre-storm condition.

When you choose to hire us for storm damage restoration, we will:

  • Inspect your home or property for damage and identify the extent of the damage.
  • Determine what type of repairs are needed and create a plan to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. 
  • Create a detailed insurance estimate.
  • Work quickly and efficiently to repair any damage caused by the storm. 
  • Keep you updated on our progress and answer any questions you may have. 

Contact SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties today for all your autumn storm restoration needs! We are available 24/7 and will respond quickly to help minimize the damages caused by a storm.

5 Amazing Tips to Prevent Roof Leaks

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

A hole in a Union county ceiling caused by a roof leak. The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7 to help combat water damage caused by a roof leak!

Recover quickly from a roof leak with help from the professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties!

Water damage is one of the most severe problems a homeowner can face, and roof leaks are often to blame. Unfortunately, a roof leak can lead to costly repairs and, in some cases, even cause your home to be uninhabitable. But don't worry, the team at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is here to help!

Every year the professionals at SERVPRO receive numerous calls regarding roof leaks. As a result, we have put together the following blog post today to help educate our customers on roof leaks and how to prevent them. 

Roof leaks can cause a lot of damage to your home and possessions, so it's essential to take steps to prevent them from happening in the first place. In the following blog post, you will learn about five tips we recommend to keep your roof in good condition and avoid costly water damage.

What causes a roof leak?

A roof leak can occur for several reasons, such as weather damage, roofing failures, or improper roof maintenance. Although, in most cases, roof leaks result from faulty roofing materials or poor installation. If your roof isn't properly sealed or the flashing is damaged, water can easily find its way in and cause damage to your home.

One of the telltale signs of a roof leak is water damage on the ceilings or walls of your home. If you see any water stains or discoloration, this is a sure sign that you have a roof leak.

Five tips to prevent roof leaks

Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to help prevent roof leaks from happening. Here are our five tips that we recommend to every property owner:

Make sure your roof is adequately sealed. 

Ensure all seams and joints are properly sealed with caulk or sealant to keep moisture out. When your roof isn't properly sealed, water can easily find its way in and cause damage.

Install wind anchors

Wind anchors are installed around the roof's edge for additional support. They will help keep your roofing materials in place and prevent them from becoming loose or dislodged.

Keep your gutters clean and install gutter guards.

Clogged gutters can cause water to back up and overflow onto your roof, leading to leaks. Make sure you keep your gutters clean and free of debris so that water can flow freely. It is a good idea to install gutter guards to help keep leaves and other debris out.

Keep trees and other vegetation trimmed away from your roof.

Overhanging branches and other vegetation can damage your roof or allow water to pool on top of it. Keep trees trimmed away from your roof to prevent any damage.

Get regular roof inspections done by a qualified professional

One of the best ways to prevent roof leaks is to get regular roof inspections done by a qualified professional. A roof inspector can identify any potential problems and fix them before they become a more significant issue.

SERVPRO can help in the event of a roof leak

A roof is an essential part of a home, and it's crucial to ensure it functions correctly. By following the tips in this blog post, you can ensure that your home and possessions are safe from damages caused by a leaking roof.

In the unfortunate event that your roof does leak, SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties can help. We are a water damage restoration company that specializes in helping homeowners recover from water damage.

When you choose to hire us for a roof leak, we will:

  • Assess the damage and develop a plan of action
  • Work to prevent any further damage from occurring
  • Restore your home to its original condition

As an IICRC-certified firm, we have the knowledge and experience to restore your home to its original condition quickly and effectively. Please get in touch with us today if you have any questions or would like to schedule an estimate.

Fireplace Fire Damage: 5 Tips to Prevent Fireplace Fires

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

A fireplace fire in a Union County home. The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7 to combat any amount of fire damage.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties want to ensure that you and your family are safe this fireplace season. 

Fireplaces are a cozy addition to any home in the fall and winter, but they can also be dangerous if not used safely. The professionals at SERVPRO have seen the first-hand effects of fireplace fire damage and want to ensure that the residents of the North Georgia Counties avoid any possibility of a fireplace fire in their homes.

The following blog post will cover our top five favorite tips on how a property owner can avoid a fireplace fire and what steps they should take in the event that a fireplace fire does occur. However, before we get started, we must mention that it is best to contact fire restoration professionals immediately after experiencing fire damage. 

The dangers of fireplace fires

Fireplace fires are one of the leading causes of residential fires in the United States. A fireplace fire can cause extensive damage to your home and, in some cases, even may be catastrophic. Many things can contribute to a fireplace fire, but some causes are more common than others. The following outlines the most popular reasons for a fireplace fire:

  1. Burning materials other than wood- One of the most common fireplace fire hazards is burning materials other than wood in your fireplace. Avoid burning paper, leaves, and trash. While it might be tempting to burn these items in your fireplace, it is best to avoid them, as they can easily ignite and cause a fire.
  2. Not using a fireplace screen- A fireplace screen is designed to keep embers and sparks from flying out of the fireplace and landing on nearby combustible materials. If you do not have a fireplace screen, keep a close eye on the fireplace while it is in use.
  3. Creosote build-up- Creosote is a flammable substance that builds up inside your chimney. If not removed, it can easily ignite and cause a fireplace fire. Be sure to have your chimney cleaned regularly to avoid build-up.

Five tips to prevent fireplace fires

Now that we have covered the dangers of fireplace fires, let's look at some tips for preventing them.

  1. Use a fireplace screen- As we mentioned before, fireplace screens are designed to keep embers and sparks from flying out of the fireplace. Be sure to use one whenever you have a fire in your fireplace.
  2. Only burn dry wood- Wet or green wood is one of the leading causes of fireplace fires. This type of wood contains a high amount of moisture, which can cause it to ignite quickly and produce a lot of smoke. Be sure only to burn dry, seasoned wood in your fireplace.
  3. Minimize creosote build-up- As we mentioned before, creosote is a flammable substance that can build up inside your chimney. To avoid this hazard, be sure to have your chimney cleaned regularly.
  4. Schedule annual chimney inspections- A yearly chimney inspection can help identify any potential fireplace hazards before they have a chance to cause a fire. 
  5. Install a chimney cap- A chimney cap is designed to keep debris and animals out of your chimney. A chimney cap has proven to help prevent a fireplace fire from starting in the first place.

What to do in the event of a fireplace fire?

In the event that a fireplace fire does occur, it is essential to take the following steps:

Step 1: Evacuate your home immediately- The first step is to evacuate your home immediately. Be sure to leave all of your belongings behind and get out safely.

Step 2: Call the local fire department once you are safely out of your home.

Step 3: Contact your insurance company- After you have evacuated your home and contacted the fire department, be sure to contact your insurance company. They will be able to help you with the next steps in the claims process.

Step 4: Contact a reliable restoration company- Once the fire is extinguished and you have contacted your insurance company, it is essential to contact a dependable restoration company. They will be able to help you restore your home back to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties can help when disaster strikes!

We hope you enjoyed learning about fireplace safety and what to do in the event of a fireplace fire.

When a fireplace fire occurs, acting quickly and contacting a reliable restoration company is essential. SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties has the training and experience necessary to restore your home back to its preloss condition. 

Our fire damage services include:

  • Board-ups
  • Contents cleaning
  • Smoke and odor removal
  • Structural repairs

We understand that fireplace fires can be stressful, and when you choose to hire us, we promise to work quickly and efficiently to get your home back to normal. So do not hesitate to contact us when you have experienced a fireplace fire! We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Summer Storm Damage: 5 Tips for Cleaning Up After a Storm

8/19/2022 (Permalink)

A summer storm in Union County Georgia The professionals at SERVPRO are here to help you combat summer storm damage!

With the help of the professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties, you never have to face summer storm damage alone!

Summer storms can cause a lot of damage, both to your property and to your peace of mind. When unprepared, a summer storm's aftermath can be chaotic and overwhelming. That's why it's essential to have a plan in place before the storm hits. 

Although even with thorough planning, your property may still obtain severe summer storm damage, and you may not know what to do to start the cleanup process. That is why we put together five tips for cleaning up after a summer storm has passed so that you can get your home back to normal as soon as possible!

The most common type of summer storm that causes damage

Every summer, the state of Georgia is hit with multiple storms, and thunderstorms are the most common type of storm that causes damage. Thunderstorms can cause damage to your property in several ways, including exterior damage, water damage, and fallen tree damage.

While all thunderstorms have the potential to cause summer storm damage, some are more powerful than others. Severe thunderstorms can produce wind gusts with high mph, hail the size of quarters or larger, and tornadoes. Therefore, when a severe thunderstorm hits, it's essential to take shelter immediately.

What to do after summer storm damage has occurred?

Once the storm has passed, it's time to start the cleanup process! Here are five tips for cleaning up after summer storm damage has occurred:

  1. Stay Safe: First and foremost, staying safe is vital after summer storm damage. Be sure to avoid any downed power lines and beware of broken glass or other sharp objects that may be present. Contact a professional for assistance if you encounter any summer storm damage that presents a safety hazard.
  2. Contact Your Insurance Company: The next step is to notify your insurance company of the summer storm damage that has occurred. They will likely send an adjuster to assess the damage and determine if your insurance policy covers the damages. 
  3. Make a List of Damages: Once you have contacted your insurance company, it's time to list all the summer storm damage that has occurred to your property. Your list will be helpful when filing your insurance claim. At this time, you will also want to take photos or videos of the damage for documentation purposes.
  4. Start the Cleanup Process: Once you have made a list of all the summer storm damage, it's time to start the cleanup process. Depending on the severity of the damage, you may be able to clean up some of the summer storm damage yourself. However, it's best to contact a professional storm damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties for more severe summer storm damage.
  5. Prevent Further Damage: Once you have started the summer storm damage cleanup process, it's essential to take steps to prevent further damage. You should remove all salvageable items to a secure location. 

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties are always here to help with summer storm damage cleanup!

We hope you enjoyed learning about summer storm damage and the steps you should take after summer storm damage has occurred. Storm damage does not have to be the end of the world, but it's essential to be prepared and know what to do after summer storm damage.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties are always here to help if you need assistance with summer storm damage cleanup! As an IICRC-certified firm, we have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to handle any size storm damage cleanup project. Contact our team of professionals to get started!

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.