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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.

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!