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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!

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.

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.

Warehouse Mold: How 1 Mold Spore Caused A Severe Profit Loss

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

Warehouse mold damage Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for top-of-the-line mold remediation services!

Keeping mold out of your warehouse storage area is essential to keep inventory safe.

A warehouse is a great place to store excess inventory, except when there is a mold issue in the warehouse. Mold can grow anywhere with moisture and a food source.

The professionals at SERVPRO have seen mold damage cause severe losses for a business. This article will explore the story of a business that faced significant financial damages after a minor mold issue developed in its warehouse. Unfortunately, the company was forced to close soon after finding the damages due to dramatic inventory loss. Fortunately, the company knew to contact a professional remediation company like SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties as soon as they noticed the mold issue. 

We could not save their business but were able to completely remediate the warehouse mold damages. Here at SERVPRO, we offer comprehensive services that will quickly get your warehouse back to normal!

What is mold?

Mold is a type of fungi found both indoors and outdoors. There are many different types of mold, but the most common type found in warehouses is black mold. Black mold is a greenish-black color and can be fuzzy or slimy to the touch.

What can lead to mold growth in a warehouse?

There are a few things that need to be present for mold to grow:

  • A food source: This can be from cellulose (wood, paper, cardboard) to protein (human or pet hair, skin flakes, meat).
  • Moisture: Mold needs moisture to grow. Sources of moisture can come from a leak in the roof or walls, high humidity levels, or condensation.
  • Warmth: Mold loves warmth and can grow in temperatures as low as 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Dark spaces: Mold also prefers dark spaces to grow.

If any of these conditions are present in your warehouse, you could be at risk for mold growth.

A recent warehouse mold damage call.

Mold can significantly affect businesses, especially if it goes undetected for an extended period. For example, recently, we received a call from a produce supply warehouse. They were calling because their warehouse had a small mold issue in one of its storage areas. The mold was visibly growing on the insulation in the ceiling.

The company had recently moved into this building and didn't realize a preexisting flat roof leak that was causing the high humidity levels. The high humidity and the warmth from the light fixtures created the perfect environment for mold to grow.

Unfortunately, after further inspection, we found that the mold had been growing for some time and had spread in more areas than the customer thought. As a result, there was significant damage to their stored inventory and the insulation in the ceiling. We didn't know right away but later found out that the supply warehouse had over $100,000 worth of mold-damaged inventory.

How can mold damage warehouse inventory?

Mold can damage inventory in a few ways:

Direct physical damage: Mold can cause physical damage to goods by eating away at the material it is growing on.

Contamination: Mold can cause goods to become contaminated. The damaged item is unsuitable for use and must be disposed of.

Odor: Mold releases an unpleasant odor that can contaminate nearby goods.

Awareness and prevention are key.

The best way to avoid mold damage is to be aware of the conditions that can lead to mold growth and take steps to prevent it.

Here are a few things you can do to prevent mold growth in your warehouse:

  • Inspect the building for water leaks and repair them immediately.
  • Keep the humidity levels low by using a dehumidifier or opening windows when weather permits.
  • Inspect stored goods regularly for signs of mold damage.
  • Keep storage areas well ventilated and free of clutter.
  • If you find mold growing in your warehouse, take immediate action to remediate the problem.

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is here to help

If you've been in business for any time, you know that unexpected things can happen. And when it comes to warehouse mold, one small issue can cause severe losses for your company. That's why it's essential to have a reliable and experienced team like SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties on standby to help remediate any warehouse mold issues. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to handle any size mold problem quickly and efficiently. 

Contact us today for more information!

3 Reasons Why Commercial Fridge May Be Leaking

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

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One of the most common causes of water damage in a commercial kitchen is a refrigerator leak.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties have seen multiple causes of water damage in commercial properties. However, one of the worst kinds of water damages comes from a refrigerator leak because it can go unnoticed for a while. After all, the refrigerator will still be fully functional, but, eventually, a chef or staff member will notice the refrigerator leak when puddles develop or a strange smell appears.

If your refrigerator is leaking, it is essential to know the reason why. In the following blog post, we will go over the three main causes of a refrigerator leak and how you can prevent further issues from arising.

Why does a refrigerator leak need to be quickly attended to?

A refrigerator leak can be a major headache for any commercial property owner, especially if it's not fixed quickly enough. As we mentioned earlier, a refrigerator leak is one of the most common reasons for property damage in a kitchen. When a refrigerator leak is left unattended for too long, a property owner risks major water and mold damage.

The 3 causes for a leaky refrigerator

1) Malfunctioning water line

When the water line to the refrigerator is damaged, you'll quickly know because there will be water pools under your refrigerator on the floor. Also, you will see water dripping from behind the refrigerator.

When you notice water coming from the waterline connectors, you will need to get them replaced ASAP! If the leak continues, it will damage the floor underneath the refrigerator.

It is best to check the refrigerator waterline connector every six months to ensure it is in good condition with no damage. In some cases, the water line is loose and can be easily tightened. 

2) Damaged water shut off valve

Unfortunately, the professionals at SERVPRO have seen loose, clogged, or damaged shut-off valves cause water damage. The water shut-off valve is located behind the refrigerator. 

It is best to check that the water shut-off valve is in working condition every six months to ensure it is in working condition. If you notice water leaks from the water shut-off valve, you should have it replaced immediately. 

3) A dirty drain pan

At the very bottom of a refrigerator is a drain plan. The purpose of the drain pan is to catch any refrigerator condensation or dripping water that falls. 

If the refrigerator drain pan is clogged or dirty, water will not collect and cause water damage. It is best to examine the refrigerator drain pan every six months to ensure it is free of dirt and debris.

Wrapping up

We hope you enjoyed learning about the three main causes of refrigerator leaks and the importance of inspecting your refrigerator every six months for damages. 

As we mentioned early on, there is likely water damage that needs to be mitigated with a refrigerator leak. The professionals at SERVPRO are not experts in fixing malfunctioning refrigerators, but we can help restore water damage. 

Please remember that it is best to fix the problem before it gets out of hand when it comes to commercial water damage. For example, you should unplug the refrigerator and get it fixed ASAP at the first sign of a leak because the refrigerator repair costs will be much less than the water damage repair costs!

Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties at the first sign of water damage. Our IICRC trained professionals are ready to help you 24/7 with water damage restoration in your commercial property.

5 Ways To Spot Water Damage Early In Rental Properties

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

Rental units with a sunset Contact the commercial water damage professionals at SERVPRO when you spot water damage in a rental unit.

The best way to prevent severe issues is by being proactive.

Water damage in rental properties is one of the most common property management problems. Whether it's a flooded unit, faulty plumbing, or even severe weather, water damages need to be spotted early on before they impact other properties.

The best property managers know how to spot water damage in rental properties early on to avoid more expensive problems down the line. The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties put together the following guide to help property managers identify the five tell-tale signs of water damage so that they can act accordingly before any significant damage occurs.

What is water damage?

Before we go into what you should look for, first know what water damage is. Water damage is any type of damage caused by water, whether it's a flood or leaks, but it can also include things like extreme humidity and the effects of freezing.

Water damage is not only expensive to repair but also hazardous. Water damage can be placed into three categories based on the source of the water damage.

Category 1: Clean Water - This is regular old H2O and will only affect the surface level. It's considered to be the least hazardous type of water damage.

Category 2: Gray Water - This is water that has been contaminated but may contain chemicals, such as in a dishwasher or washing machining water.

Category 3: Black Water - This is sewage or other forms of contaminated water. Blackwater can contain microorganisms and pathogens that are hazardous.

The five signs to look out for

Several signs of water damage will help property managers spot the issue early on. Below is a list of the top five things that you should look out for:

1) Look for watermarks on the ceiling

Stains or watermarks that appear on a ceiling are a tell-tale sign of a plumbing leak - either a broken pipe, a faulty seal, or a loose connection which will often become evident when it becomes time to pay the water bill! 

2) Watermarks on the floors

As soon as a stain appears on the floor, consider it a red flag that water damage is involved. The problem with floor stains is that several different issues can cause them, but if there are multiple watermarks in one location, it's safe to assume there is a water leak issue.

3) Hard to open windows

If the window begins to stick or is difficult to open, this could indicate moisture in your walls. If not dealt with quickly, this can lead to mold and mildew growth.

4) Mildew and mold growth on walls, fixtures, and carpets.

Mildew and mold should not be taken lightly. If you notice mold or mildew growing in places exposed to moisture or humidity, there could be a larger issue than just water damage.

5) Plumbing issues

Plumbing issues like sludge buildup in sinks and toilets or unusual smells coming from pipes or drains are never a good sign as this could be the result of a clog that can turn into a leak.

Final Thoughts

Even though it takes a little bit more effort upfront, spotting water damage early on will prevent future issues from occurring and save you lots of headaches down the line - not to mention money! If you do happen to spot any of the water damage signs above, it's best to contact a professional with experience in restoration, like SERVPRO.

If you are looking for more information about commercial water damage, please contact us at any time. SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is available 24/7, 365 days a year. We are certified by the IICRC and are ready to help mitigate the damage caused by water or other unexpected issues that may arise.

Warehouse Flood: 5 Ways to Reduce the Severity of Flood Damages

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

Removed drywall after a warehouse flood Contact SERVPRO when flood damages affect your warehouse!

A warehouse flood can result in many thousands of dollars worth of damages. 

A warehouse can serve many purposes, but it is most common for a warehouse to hold large amounts of product and inventory for a business or multiple businesses. The last thing that any warehouse owner or manager wants is to have damages from flooding. 

Not only is the flooding itself detrimental to the warehouse structure, but it will also leave the warehouse owner with a large mess to clean up and the need to reduce product damages as soon as possible. 

The following blog post will discuss 5 ways to ensure minimal damages will occur before a warehouse flood occurs. The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties have mitigated the most severe warehouse flood damages. With that being said, we want to ensure that you are well prepared for a warehouse flood and the best ways to make the cleanup process easier for when a flood disaster occurs.

5 Ways to reduce damages before flooding occurs

As you probably are already aware, flooding can result in catastrophic damages to a warehouse. To prevent flood damages from resulting in more severe damages, we put together the following list: 

1) Have a video surveillance system installed. The installation of a video surveillance system will keep your warehouse protected from thieves and help monitor inside and outside of the warehouse. 

2) Keep all packages and products at least a foot above the ground. The higher up you can keep the stored products in the warehouse, the better. The professionals at SERVPRO have found that keeping products on pallets will not be high enough when flooding occurs. 

3) Design an emergency flood plan. When designing the warehouse flood plan, ensure that it includes all emergency exits and emergency shut-off valves for electricity, water, and gas supply lines. 

4) Ensure that all members of the managing staff have the number to a restoration contractor. Having the number to a professional restoration contractor will ensure that the damages are mitigated quickly and adequately. 

5) Monitor and check the property frequently for damages. For example, holes and cracks in the warehouse will make it more susceptible to damages when flooding occurs. 

What to do when flooding occurs 

When flooding occurs to your warehouse, you will want to call an IICRC certified restoration contractor to come out and mitigate and restore the damages that occurred to the property. The right team of restoration contractors will: 

  • Document all the warehouse flood damages
  • Extract standing water from all surfaces 
  • Move all salvageable packages and products to a dry location 
  • Use dehumidifiers or air movers to ensure that the property is dry
  • Work with the property insurance company to ensure that all parties are compensated correctly for the damages

Why choose SERVPRO

Have you just experienced a flood in your warehouse? You are not the first, nor will you be the last. The professionals at SERVPRO know that water damages are the most common causes for business interruption, loss of inventory, and damage to equipment. 

When you choose to work, hire SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties, you will be granted an IICRC certified team of professionals that have helped property owners with all types of property damages. 

As a preferred insurance vendor, we know how to properly communicate with property insurance companies to ensure that the property damage claim is processed quickly. 

Please contact us today if you are in the middle of dealing with a warehouse flood situation in North Georgia. It does not matter what time you call; emergency service crews are available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Flat Roof Leaks: 3 Reasons Why There's Now Water Damage

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

Flat roof ponding on North Georgia property Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for flat roof leak issues!

A flat roof leak is one of the most common reasons for water damage in a commercial property. 

A flat roof system is designed to be waterproof and withstand heavy rainfall. As time goes on, a flat roof can have problems with leaks that cause commercial water damage, but do you know what is causing the flat roof leak?

The following post is designed for commercial property owners or property managers that have a flat roofing system. We will go over three of the most common reasons why there may be a flat roof leak to your commercial property. 

3 most common reasons for a flat roof leak

  1. Ponding water
  2. Damaged membrane
  3. Penetrating structures

A flat roof leak from ponding water

The professionals at SERVPRO have seen ponding water as the most common cause of a flat roof leak to a commercial property. Flat roof ponding is where water will pool on the flat roof. When ponding occurs for longer than 48 hours, it will possibly lead to a flat roof leak causing water damage to your building. A good rule of thumb to remember is, the longer that water ponds, the greater the chance of a flat roof leak.

Call a reputable commercial roofing contractor to come out and inspect your property's roof if you are worried about ponding. They will ensure that the commercial flat roof was designed with a slight slope so that the water can quickly drain. Keep in mind that even if the flat roof is designed with a slight slant, ponding can still occur, especially when the flat roof is old. 

A flat roof leak due to a damaged membrane

In more recent years, roofing membranes are made from thin, durable rubber, unlike back in the day when a commercial flat roof involved multiple layers of materials. 

The common day flat roof membranes are less expensive and faster to install yet can be damaged as time goes on. The most common causes of damages and wear to a membrane is:

  • Punctures 
  • Splits 
  • Cracks 
  • Blisters

These kinds of wear can happen over time from wind, hailstones damaging the roof's surface, or tree branches falling on the flat roof. A damaged membrane will give rainwater quick access to insulation beneath the membrane. As the insulation beneath the membrane gets saturated, it will then lead to commercial water damage. To avoid water damage, you should contact a reputable roofing contractor to come and inspect your commercial roofing system. 

A flat roof leak from penetrating structures

Penetrating structures are structures that rise through the surface of a flat roofing system. Every penetrating structure installed on a flat roof will be vulnerable to a flat roof leak. 

Common penetrating structures are: 

  • Plumbing vents 
  • Pipes
  • Gas lines
  • HVAC tubes

Professional commercial roofers commonly use roof boots to protect commercial properties from a flat roof leak. Even with the best-installed roof boot, water may still find its way into the property and cause water damage. If you are worried about a penetrating structure causing a flat roof leak, you need to call a reputable roofing contractor for a commercial roof inspection.

Final thoughts

We hope you enjoyed learning about the three most common causes of a flat roof leak. The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties receive many calls a year for commercial water damage caused by one of the three common causes. Contact us ASAP if you are currently in the middle of a flat roof leak issue. Our IICRC certified crews will quickly respond because we understand that we have roughly 48 hours before mold will start to grow. 

We are available 24/7, 365 days a year, for emergency services. Once we receive your call, we will dispatch a crew immediately to mitigate any size disaster!

5 Steps To Take When An Elevator is Affected By Water Damage

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Water damage to an elevator needs to be mitigated quickly.

If your elevator has been affected by water damage, you may be wondering what to do. Many outcomes can occur when an elevator is damaged by water, but these five tips will help your elevator get back up and running as soon as possible!

Commercial property owners and property managers have a lot of responsibility on their plate. They have to make sure the property is being taken care of, residents are happy, and ensure everything is maintained regularly.

A property manager's worst nightmare will be when there is fire or water damage to their property. In this post, we hope to relieve some stress if your property has elevator water damage. We go through common reasons why elevator water damage occurs and five actionable steps you can take to ensure your elevator is quickly back to running normally. 

How can elevator water damage occur?

Elevator water damage can occur from multiple different sources. Normally, it results from water ingress or commercial sprinklers in the property going off and flooding the elevator shaft.

The water damage professionals at SERVPRO have also seen an overflowing toilet or sink flood the area in and around your elevator, causing severe damage to the elevator equipment.

5 steps to take during an elevator water situation

Once a water damage situation arises, the key is to act swiftly in a calm manner. The most important thing you need to do as a property manager is to ensure that all of the residents and staff of the property are safe. With that being said, here are 5 steps for when a property has elevator water damage:

  1. Ensure no one is trapped inside the water-damaged elevator.  
  2. Shut off all power to the elevator
  3. Document the entire scenario through pictures. Ensure you include all the damaged areas and anything that has been in contact with water. 
  4. Contact a reliable water restoration vendor.
  5. Contact your elevator service provider.

By following the 5 steps above, your property will be back up and running in no time. Since your elevator runs off electricity, under no circumstance should you turn the elevator back on until it has been cleared by an elevator repair professional. 

How to protect an elevator from water damage

Building engineers know that the elevator pit is the lowest point in a building's infrastructure, so even a broken pipe could easily cause flooding.

Here are specific steps you can take to ensure minimal or no damage from water hazards: 

  • Equip your elevator with a surge protection system.
  • Conduct inspection of all emergency lighting and call systems.
  • Ensure a standby generator is functional. 
  • There should be no point of leakage anywhere in the elevator. 
  • Install sump pumps in the elevator pit and make sure they function. 

Understanding what kind of water is present in the elevator

When you are dealing with elevator water damage, you must know what type of water is present. There are three categories of water damage that you will be learning. Before we get started, remember that the water is deemed less sanitary the higher the category. 

1.CLEAN WATER

This category involves water damage sourced from a place of sanitation. It can include broken water lines, toilets, or faucets. And although this source is considered sanitary, it can proceed to unhygienic standards if not treated promptly. 

2.GRAY WATER

As the name suggests, this category involves water that is not entirely sanitary and has been contaminated in one way or another. Sources of greywater are from a broken dishwasher, overflowing toilet, or washing machine. These bodies of water contain a varying amount of bacteria and other organisms that make it imperative to be addressed in a timely fashion. 

3.BLACKWATER

The third category is the most unsanitary out of all the varieties. This water may have human or animal feces and many other pollutants. Floods and sewage water commonly cause blackwater water damage. 

Contact SERVPRO for commercial water restoration.

In instances such as water damage, it is imperative to seek professional help to limit the destruction. SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties has water damage restoration specialists available at your service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for emergency purposes. When you contact us, you will be getting highly trained, and IICRC certified technicians at your property. You can count on us to put you, the customer, first!

What Type of Commercial Sprinkler System Is Installed At Your Property?

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

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Every commercial building needs to have a sprinkler system installed to fight fire damage

When you’re a commercial property owner, one of the prime concerns is to have safety and precautionary measures in case of an emergency. It is imperative to have a system in place that follows both OSHA and the EPA guidelines to protect your infrastructure as well as your personnel. One of these includes having a commercial sprinkler system that lessens the damage if a fire breaks out. Many apprehensions surround the use of commercial sprinkler systems; understanding the various types will enable you to make an informed, timely decision when installing a commercial sprinkler system. 

Have you ever paid attention to whether or not you have such a commercial sprinkler system installed in your building? And if not, do you intend to have one installed? How would you know which type works best for your business? This post will be going over the importance of a commercial sprinkler system and the types you should consider getting installed. 

What is a commercial sprinkler system?

When you have any commercial property or building, you need specific fire safety protocols in place in case of an emergency. A fire sprinkler system does precisely that; it lessens the damage caused by a fire breakout. Sprinkler systems generally work in conjunction with a smoke alarm to protect your infrastructure and personnel from an unprecedented event.

How do commercial sprinkler systems work?

Fire sprinkler systems are usually placed in ceilings and contain a water source, a distribution channel pipe, and a sprinkler head. The sprinkler releases water when the fire is recognized and acts as both a means of detection and eradication.

Types of commercial sprinkler systems

There are primarily four different types of commercial sprinkler systems. 

  • Pre-Action: Pre-Action sprinklers are ideal for buildings where valuable items are stored. Water stays inside the pipes, and the valve only opens when there is an actual fire detected. These are, however, costly in terms of maintenance and installation. 
  • Wet-Pipe: Typically found in North Georgia commercial buildings, a wet-pipe commercial sprinkler system keeps standing water in the pipes allowing them to act timely in case of a fire. They are the most commonly used type because they are cheaper to install and maintain, but chances of water damage arise at higher temperatures. 
  • Dry-Pipe: A dry-pipe commercial sprinkler system does not contain water but stores air or nitrogen inside the pipes, but water is released onto the target area when the fire is detected. These are ideal in places with shallow temperatures, and so they cost more to maintain and include a slight delay between the signal and water release.
  • Foam-Water: A foam-water commercial sprinkler system mixes water with a concentration of foam that then puts out the fire. It is rapid in dissipating the fumes and eliminates solvent fires. 

How can commercial sprinklers cause water damage? 

Commercial sprinkler systems are your safety net when it comes to commercial properties. The property owner has invested millions in the building infrastructure, so specific safety protocols must be put in place to secure the property and the personnel. 

A typical sprinkler system utilizes hundreds of gallons of water to put out a fire which means there will likely be a water damage problem on your hands once the catastrophe is averted. Common issues with sprinkler system water damage include mold, stagnant water, wet drywalls, or damaged upholstery. 

Call SERVPRO for commercial sprinkler water damage cleanup.

SERVPRO is your one-stop solution to all kinds of catastrophic events. Their professionals are trained in providing timely emergency services, water restoration, and various other cleaning operations. 

When it comes to commercial water damage, hiring a professional cleaning service is imperative to ensure that the problem is sought after to complete restoration. SERVPRO will assess the issue and strategize a plan to ensure that your property is renewed. 

A commercial water damage plan includes: 

  • Analyzing existing possessions: Any porous or susceptible object is removed from the premises to avoid further damage. 
  • Dry the water: Equipment including dehumidifiers, water extractors, and air movers are used to dry up any ceiling water damage or existing moisture that has affected the structure. 
  • Odor Control
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning

Final thoughts

With the information provided above, it is safe to say that commercial sprinkler systems are mandatory preventive measures that ensure protection in an emergency. The water damage that follows can quickly be restored with the help of skilled professionals like those offered at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties. We will restore any size damage and follow the SERVPRO slogan “Like It Never Even Happened.”

What To Do When A Concrete Water Tank Leaks

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

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Your commercial property is at risk when a concrete water tank is damaged.

Concrete water tanks have become famous due to their cheap building materials and accessibility. However, durable concrete might be, it can’t last forever. When leaking concrete water tanks appear, you’ve got a problem on your hands.

Small leaks can cause more significant damage if they’re left unnoticed and unattended. They can increase in frequency or cause larger leaks. 

Leaking concrete water tanks in commercial buildings waste large amounts of water and can increase the company’s costs. If you want to avoid such problems, seek professional help as soon as there’s a water problem. Any sign of a leak is enough to contact a professional, so you avoid the additional costs associated with the leakage.

What is a concrete water tank?

Concrete water tanks store water. The design is dependent on where the water is stored; for example, underground and above-ground tanks have different structures. 

These tanks come in various shapes and sizes, but most are rectangular or circular. Elevated tanks sit high above the ground, and underground tanks reside in the building’s base. 

All concrete tanks are tough and durable. Leaking concrete water tanks are a problem that requires immediate attention. 

Concrete water tank damage

Over time a concrete water tank can develop various cracks. These cracks could result from the concrete contracting in extreme weather or the shifting of the tank. 

Cracks are one of the significant causes of a leaking concrete water tank. The leak will cause the water to drain away, and there’s a chance for bacteria to build in the crack. This water could become dangerous, resulting in significant health problems. 

A professional repairs cracks through a cement liner and patch. 

Fixing the leak

These are the steps the SERVPRO professionals take to solve your leaking concrete water tank issue. These will help prevent further damage: 

Step 1. Measure the tank

Firstly, we measure the concrete water tank before repair. This measurement affects the size of the tank liner. 

Step 2. Unload the tank 

It is crucial to empty and clean the water tank before repairing the leakage. Once no water remains, we will check whether there is any dirt or cracks in it. Experts will remove loose concrete or debris instantly. There will be time given for the tank to dry, and nobody should put tools directly into the cracks. 

Step 3. Repair the first layer

Once the tank has dried, a concrete binding agent will be brushed on the first layer, focusing on the affected area around the crack. 

Step 4. Create the cement solution

A concrete solution is made and applied to the walls of the tanks. The cement solution will have a moist, dirt-like consistency. We will check if cement is sticking to the surface—this is a crucial part of repairing the leakage. 

Step 5. Fixing liner into the tank

In this step, the tank’s exterior is coated with epoxy, and the liners are installed inside. These linings help the water from being polluted with bacteria. They also extend the life of your tank and prevent leaks and erosion. 

Step 6. Final step

The final step in repairing the leaking concrete water tank is adding holes in the concrete walls, injecting the epoxy, and letting it dry. This process reinforces the liner’s edges and provides a perfect finish. After this, refill the tank without leakage.

Commercial restoration professionals

Leaking concrete water tanks have the potential for creating larger water damage issues. Quick action will ensure that you minimize the risk of more extensive repairs down the line.

Whenever your property suffers water damage, there’s a risk of mold, bacterial growth, and more significant structural damage.


Whatever hazard hits your business, SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is here for you. At SERVPRO, we have professional IICRC certified restoration technicians who will provide critical support and mitigate water damage, including leaking concrete water tanks. Efficient and fast clean up is crucial. Our commercial restoration specialists can help your business get in pre-disaster condition and fully operational.

How to Trace a Leak in the Ceiling?

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

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Locate the Source of a Water Leak like Pros

An unattended leak in the ceiling can cause significant damage to the structure of a commercial property. While some leaks may be easily traceable, especially when water is dripping, but sometimes ceiling leaks remain concealed and end up weakening the ceiling without a single sign. To avoid severe structural damage, it is essential that leaks are identified early and treated accordingly. 

Three ways to locate a ceiling leak

The highly trained certified water damage vendors at SERVPRO have suggested a few simple ways to identify and trace a leak in the ceiling. Here are a few signs that will help property owners inspect these leaks sooner and get them resolved before they cause substantial damage:

One: One of the clear signs of a leak in the ceiling includes discoloration over an entire area. The discoloration will be apparent if the ceiling is white. You may notice that the ceiling paint starts to peel off in a particular spot. There may be blistering of the plaster or the most obvious sign; the entire ceiling may crumble from underneath the leak. 

Two: Other leaks leave a yellow or brown stain at a spot on the ceiling. These stains might be easy to miss when the ceiling is not painted white. We recommend that you use a flashlight directed towards the ceiling to help identify any ceiling spots. 

Three: Another way to inspect a leak is to press on the ceiling and assess dampness and sagging within the ceiling. If you choose to press on the ceiling, be sure to use a stable ladder to climb up and get better access to the ceiling. 

Common leak sources 

While identifying a leak is an essential first step, it is vital to locate the leak source. One of the most familiar ways to tell the source is through the appearance of the water causing the leak. Water that is brown or dirty in color is likely to be coming from the roof. Roof leaks generally occur after a rain or ice buildup. If you suspect the source is the roof, use a hose to spray water on the roof, and then look out for dripping water from the ceiling. If you spot damp insulation within the ceiling, it usually means you have found the source.

Wet insulation is a sign of a problem coming from plumbing pipes. Common plumbing issues usually direct leaks near kitchen sinks, basins, and around or beneath bathrooms. If you suspect faulty pipes, you can identify the source by wrapping tissue paper around the pipe; the tissues will ultimately dampen where the pipe is leaking. Once a source has been narrowed down, you should turn off the water supply valve to limit further damage and call a local professional to resolve the issue. 

Roof or pipe leak?

A leak in the ceiling might be easier to identify based on the kind of signs visible. Leaks that originate with the ceiling are usually associated with clear water and faulty plumbing pipes. If the water is dirty, it means the leak is in the roof as the water takes up the dust on the way. The water might leave a trail that will be identifiable by dampened paint or crumbled ceiling, and following the trail will help conclude if the leak is from within the ceiling or outside. 

Avoid mold growth 

When a leak has been identified in the ceiling, the first thing you should do is prevent further damage. Spread a plastic sheet on the floor beneath it and place a bucket over it. Using a stable ladder to drill a half an inch hole in the damp spot allows the pooled water to drain into the bucket, preventing further harm to the drywall and enabling it to clear up. Keeping this area dry will prevent the buildup of any mold. Make sure to turn off the water supply to that area, open all the windows, and remove any carpets or rugs that are wet. Keeping the area dry will prevent the growth of any mold. 

Ceiling leak repair specialists  

Our exceptional SERVPRO team is the perfect solution to all your clean-up and restoration related problems. They possess impeccable skills and will help transform your worries into solutions. We, at SERVPRO, make sure that trusting us for cleaning and restoration services will be the best decision you make. Contact us today if you have any issues with ceiling leaks or water intrusions from your faulty roof.

Mitigation vs. Restoration

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO offers both mitigation and restoration services 

To prepare your business premises and yourself for any disaster and its cleanup, you should be aware of the work type that needs to be done. Knowing the difference between restoration and mitigation is necessary when a disaster strikes; they are standard terms used in the disaster restoration industry. In this blog post, we will use commercial fire damage as an example of defining mitigation and restoration. 

What is the difference between mitigation and restoration: 

Mitigation 

Mitigation is referred to as reducing the seriousness of something, which is, in this case, are the consequences of fire damage. For example, say the fire damage resulted in smoke damage from a kitchen fire. With the help of mitigation, further secondary damage is avoided. 

Mitigation companies restrict the damage by methods and tools like: 

  • Installing roof tarps
  • Building a vital structure that is safe against collapse
  • Water to be removed through firefighting efforts.
  • Plugging holes
  • Disinfecting and cleaning

Mitigation services don't replace or repair but ensure that the hazard doesn't continue to have further consequences. 

Restoration

Restoration is started after mitigation. The experts help rebuild and repair your damaged property and bring it back to the pre-disaster condition. They help to replace floors and walls that have been damaged and combat odors, mold, and infestations. The most common difference between them both is that mitigation allows you to move forward. Mitigation helps prevent further damage by the fire cleanup, whereas restoration helps your business get back to normal. 

What does a mitigation company do? 

The SERVPRO team consists of mitigation professionals. As mitigation requires a lot of experience and skills, we are known to be the best. A mitigation company's job is to lessen the damage to your business or home and make it secure for repairs after water damage, mold damage, smoke, and fire damage that have drastically affected a property. The SERVPRO team is an expert in cleaning, drying, and making an area ready for restoration services. 

Water mitigation services

Water mitigation is referred to as the process of providing all the safety precautions necessary, such as stabilizing floors and ensuring that the water damage doesn't continue to cause further damages. 

The severity of the water damage will help to determine its mitigation services. Our certified technicians will remove unsalvageable contents, perform water extraction, and use antimicrobial agents. Sketches will also be prepared for drying logs for the insurance company. 

Water restoration services

Water restoration is the act of restoring a property after water damage occurs once the water damage is stabilized. Water damage restoration professionals will remove, dried, and disinfected all wet contents. 

The drying and cleaning time will be determined by the damage that occurred. It can take from 3 days to a week but will be done as quickly as possible. The air movers and water damage equipment are left at your property to complete the cleanup process. The equipment will only be removed when the humidity and moisture test confirms that all affected areas are dry. 

Further water restoration services include replacing damaged floors and walls, mold removal, repair roof damage, and moisture and humidity tests to ensure that all the problems are treated efficiently and resolved. The services drastically depend on the seriousness of water damage that has occurred. 

SERVPRO restoration and mitigation services

Different mitigation and restoration services are depending on the type of hazard that has occurred. Mitigation is referred to as long-term pre-disaster planning, which involves non-structural and structural efforts to prevent future risks. 

For fire damage, SERVPRO can mitigate and secure your structure caused by smoke, fire, and water. In water damage, we will take quick action to prevent the destruction of your structure. For mold damage, tests will be conducted, and the necessary precautions will be taken. At SERVPRO, we will handle all such emergencies and will be here for your assistance so that you're stress-free in this challenging time.


When your business or home has experienced any kind of hazard or damage, be it from smoke, flood, or fire, it's essential to get accurate mitigation and restoration services so your lifestyle can quickly get back to normal. SERVPRO is a preferred restoration vendor amongst insurance companies and  offers residential and commercial restoration services that will make your business and home damage "Like it never even happened."

How To Remove Water In The Elevator Shaft

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Water Getting Inside The Elevator Shaft Is Common 

Although standing water in the elevator shaft is common, you must be aware that it limits the elevator's functionality, and it can also cause a hefty amount of damage. So, when you find out that there is water in the elevator shaft, here is what you need to do about it!

If there is water in the elevator shaft, you need to take the following 3 steps to ensure you minimize damages. 

How Can Water Get Inside The Elevator Shaft

Suppose you are wondering how water gets inside the elevator shaft in the first place. The most common way the SERVPRO professionals have seen is when water seeps inside the shaft through the pit's walls. Water seepage is usually caused by water damage from a pipe burst or buildings with cracks in the concrete or has leaky foundations. Foundation leaks are the most common cause of water getting inside the elevator shaft. The risk for foundation leaks is significantly higher for building near areas with a higher water table and where the land is poorly drained.

3 Steps To Take When Water Is In The Elevator Shaft  

1) Halt Elevator Usage For The Time Being

The first and probably the most important thing you need to do is stop elevator usage as long as there is water in the elevator shaft. It is common knowledge that water near an electrical system can cause an electrical short circuit and, in the worst case, even fire. Also, if there is someone in the elevator, a short circuit may lead to them being trapped. 

2) Contact The Elevator Service Provider

You might think that ordinary staff working at the premises may know how to service the damaged elevator. However, that is not the case. You need to contact the elevator service provider as soon as possible because they have the required expertise to ensure that the elevator does not receive any additional damage. Let the experts do the job for you!

3) Contact A Professional Water Restoration Company

Lastly, contact a professional water restoration company like SERVPRO to remove the water in the elevator shaft. With qualified technicians and years of experience, your safety will be ensured. We will remove the water from the elevator shaft and make sure there is no more water intrusion that can damage the electrical system.

Also, water being stuck in the elevator shaft can lead to mold growth. Fortunately, SERVPRO can help with mold restoration as well.

Why Choose SERVPRO For Elevator Water Damages?

SERVPRO ensures that there is no mold or other intoxicants and takes out water from the shafts by carefully carrying out the following steps:

  1. We use a suitable sump pump and remove all the standing water in the elevator shaft. The remaining water is then wiped out with the help of a suitable water extraction machine.
  2. We use IICRC cleaning techniques to remove any mold damages. 
  3. We take the necessary steps to ensure water does not seep in anymore, and the elevator is safe to use again. 

If you want complete water restoration cleanup, SERVPRO is your best bet. SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is available 24/7 to help you with any water loss. 

Commercial Biohazardous Waste Disposal Guidelines

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO follows the OSHA biohazardous waste disposal guidelines 

Due to the extremely harmful nature of biohazard waste, it is essential that professionals, such as those at SERVPRO, dispose of the waste using OSHA biohazardous waste disposal guidelines! 

What are the biohazardous waste disposal guidelines?

Biohazardous waste generally means any waste with potentially infectious materials or agents that prove hazardous to health and the environment. Biohazardous waste includes sharp objects, medical waste, animal waste, and microbiological waste. Furthermore, there are four different categories of biohazardous waste, which include:

  1. Solid waste: these include non-sharp items such as gloves, towels, pipettes, or other materials with biological materials or bodily fluids.
  2. Liquid waste: these include massive quantities of bodily fluids or blood.
  3. Sharp waste: these include wastes that can puncture or pierce through the skin and are contaminated, such as needles, syringes, broken glass pieces, etc.
  4. Pathological waste: these include human tissues, organs, and other parts except for teeth.

Biohazardous waste disposal containers

There are some basic guidelines that you must know when disposing of biohazard waste. The first and most significant thing that needs to be done is by segregating the different types of waste in their respective containers. 

  • General healthcare waste or non-hazardous material should be kept separate from biohazardous waste. If mixed, all of the waste must be considered hazardous.
  • Sharps must be contained in a tamper-proof and puncture-proof container. These may include containers made of high-density plastic or metal. 
  • Infectious waste must be contained in suitable containers or leak-proof plastic bags.

How to properly dispose of biohazard waste

If the waste is in decay, the date of packaging, required storage conditions, and type must be included in the labeling. A professional will write a clear description of the waste on the labels and include recognizable biohazardous waste symbols. Other vital information to add to the label will consist of the container's weight, the organization's name, where the waste was produced, and the date the container was produced. Properly labeling will comply with all the OSHA rules and regulations.

As a rule of thumb, the container should be only three-quarters (3/4) full. Once the containers are closed, they must be sealed appropriately to avoid any accidental spillage during transportation. Also, ensure that the vehicle being used for transportation does not have any sharp edges or pointy materials in the storage area that can damage the containers.

Additional guidelines to follow when storing biohazardous waste:

  • The storage area floor must be easy to clean and disinfect, have a good drainage system, and be impermeable.
  • Cleaning equipment, water supply, protective clothing, containers, and water bags must be easily accessible and available.
  • The staff and waste-collection vehicles must have easy access to storage.
  • It must be well-guarded to prevent any unauthorized personnel from entering.
  • Not even birds, animals, or insects must be able to get into the facility.
  • Do not expose the containers to direct sunlight.
  • There must be adequate lighting and ventilation to avoid health problems or accidents.
  • The storage facility must not be near food preparation areas or food stores.

The most common way to treat biohazardous waste will be done by incineration. The sanitary landfill will apply extremely high temperatures to the waste and kill all the organic substances that are potentially hazardous.

Another process to treat biohazardous waste is known as autoclaving. Autoclaving includes sterilizing biomedical waste in a highly pressurized and steam-heated chamber. If the waste consists of plastic, this process can make it pathogen-free!

SERVPRO's approved method for disposal of pathologic biohazardous waste

Collecting, storing, and disposing of biohazard waste while keeping the OSHA guidelines in mind can be pretty challenging for anyone. Therefore, SERVPRO is here to do the job for you. We follow the steps provided by OSHA, which include accumulation, handling, and transportation. If you require cleanup services for the following, we are here for you!

  • Blood cleanup
  • Vehicle blood and bioremediation
  • biohazard remediation and removal
  • Homicide and suicide cleanup

There is no reason to put your staff in a risky position when you can hire us to do all the work for you. By hiring us, you are protecting yourself and everyone around you by contacting the SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties professionals. We work quickly and follow all standard biohazardous waste disposal protocols and make your commercial property sterile again!

Does Mold Attract Bugs? 5 Bugs That Eat Mold At Commercial Properties

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

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The majority of the time that SERVPRO professionals arrive at a mold damage job, the job site is also experiencing a bug issue. The reason being is that mold and bugs thrive in the same environmental conditions. In this blog post, you will learn why mold attracts bugs. 

Environmental Conditions For Mold Growth 

Mold and bugs thrive in the same environmental conditions. Warmer, wet conditions are the known best environmental condition for mold and bugs. Mold and bugs are similar to most living organisms; they both need food and water to survive. The real questions are, do mold and bugs feed on the same things? And does mold attract bugs?

What Do Mold and Bugs Eat? 

What Does Mold Eat?

Mold mostly enjoys eating things that are made of porous materials. Porous materials make it easy for mold to grow and plant more mold spores. 

Porous materials include the following: 

  1. Sponges 
  2. Wood 
  3. Rubber 
  4. Rocks 
  5. Drywall 

Porous materials are everywhere inside your home. If you’d like to know more about mold and how SERVPRO handles mold issues, check out What is Black Mold.

What Do Bugs Eat?

Since this post focuses on mold eating bugs, we will go through the types of bugs we see at mold remediation jobs. Bugs associated with active mold growth like to consume things outside of mold itself as well. The SERVPRO professionals have found bugs eating food in the pantry, organic matter, and wet drywall. Mold mites are one known type of bug with a name to reflect their relationship with mold eating. The following are other bugs that are attracted to mold: 

Bugs That Mold Attracts:

1. Mold Mites

Mold mites, are the cousins of dust mites, thrive off of mold. These bugs need a source of constant humidity and moisture to survive. Mold grows where the air is humid, making it a perfect habitat for mold mites. A mold mite is a tiny white bug consisting of long hairs known as setae. Mold mites may be hard to notice at first because they're nearly invisible to the naked eye.

2. Cockroaches 

Cockroaches survive by eating paper and easily digestible foods. Mold breaks down wet drywall, making it easier for a cockroach to digest. Mold also can break down wood, making wooden materials a delicacy meal for cockroaches. 

3. Termites

A typical mold job will consist of musty odors that attract termites. These musty odors are also known as mycotoxins or Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's). The VOC’s produced by mold contribute to a termite growing appetite. Mold will also break down the wood and makes it more easily penetrable for termites. Termites will contribute to home mold growth by tunneling wood, causing it to spread.

4. Booklice

Booklice has received its name by consuming the paper of books. The mold professionals have also found these bugs in wet paper piles, behind damaged wallpaper, and around windows in a mold damage job. Mold will break down paper and cause a booklice infestation because they love to eat moldy paper.

5. Foreign Grain Beetles

The foreign grain beetle is usually found in older homes with high humidity levels. However, the SERVPRO professionals have seen these bugs to infest new homes where lumber and building materials are still wet, attracting mold growth. 

Concluding, Does Mold Attract Bugs?

Yes, mold attracts bugs. Mold and bugs seem to have an engaging relationship since mold provides excellent food sources for the different listed bugs in this post. The easiest way to prevent mold growth and the bugs is to control the amount of moisture in your commercial property. The best way to remove excess moisture is by investing in a commercial dehumidifier. If you have mold and bugs in your home, it is best to contact a professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties


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Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

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We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of  Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties

SERVPRO of  Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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Choosing the Proper Fire Extinguisher

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

A fire extinguisher can be a life-saving tool when used correctly.  The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recommends individuals are properly trained in order to use and maintain an extinguisher.

USFA says an extinguisher should only be used if:

  • You have alerted other occupants and someone has called the fire department.
  • The fire is small and contained to a single object, such as a wastebasket.
  • You are safe from the toxic smoke produced by the fire.
  • You have a means of escape identified and the fire is not between you and the fire escape route.
  • Your instincts tell you that it is safe to use an extinguisher.

Classes of Fire Extinguishers:

Class A:   Use on ordinary combustible materials, such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and many plastics.

Class B:   Use on flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline and oil.

Class C:   Use on appliances, tools, or other equipment that is electrically energized or plugged in.

Class D:   Use on flammable metals and are often specific for the type of metal in question.  These are typically found only in factories working with these metals.

Class K:   Use on vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances.  These are generally found in commercial kitchens, but are suitable for the residential market.

Check out the Fire Equipment Manufacturers Association for more information about fire extinguisher use, type and care.

The Next Step After Having Fire And Water Damage

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire and water damage are nightmares for any home or business owner because they typically force expensive repairs. This is particularly true when the building is flooded or a pipe bursts. Such disasters can destroy entire floors of a building, and make it uninhabitable until it is cleaned out. But cleaning it out is something that only professionals should be allowed to handle, especially if there is contaminated fluid or a lot of ash residue present. Certified technicians will have the tools and expertise needed to restore the building to normal and allow people to work or live in it without fear of health issues. 

How do professionals perform fire and water damage restoration?

The only way to deal with a flame’s aftermath is to clean the area up thoroughly. Even a small fire can leave behind a good deal of ash and soot, and it will become more than just an annoyance if it is allowed to spread through the building. Smoke is another concern, as it will create noxious odors that penetrate through walls and seemingly last forever. Technicians are prepared to work through the building, scrubbing down all affected surfaces, and surveying the property to find areas where the residue has settled. This includes the ventilation system as well, as ash is readily picked up by the building’s climate control system. In places where the residue has formed a thick, almost lacquer-like substance, technicians have special detergents that can eat through the muck and make it easy to wipe away. As for smoke odors, professionals typically use a device known as a thermal fogger. This device will fill the building with particles designed to neutralize smoke odors, and these particles are small enough to reach through walls, so they can go where the smoke is.

Floods, sewage backflows and plumbing disasters offer their own challenges, and take a lot of equipment that only fire and water damage restoration professionals have access to. For example, if the building is harboring several inches of water, industrial strength pumps will be needed to pull it out, and these pumps are often mounted to a truck. Once this is done, trained professionals will be able to identify what materials can be rescued and what materials are completely compromised. It is essential to get this part right because destroyed materials that are left behind can ferment mold and bacterial growth. 

Technicians will then work to dry the building, a process that requires several heavy duty air mover fans and dehumidifiers. This normally takes several days to see through, and technicians will monitor drying progress with moisture meters and regular inspections. Also, if there are any areas infested with mold or other microbes, fire and water damage restoration professionals can eliminate the threat with fungicides or other cleaning solutions. 

Certified fire and water damage restoration professionals are the people to call when disaster strikes. They can operate in any environment and ensure a building is as good as new, giving people the peace of mind they need when returning home or to work.

www.IICRC.org

Water Damage

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

When the Pipes Crack: Tips to Prevent Water Damage


When extreme temperatures strike, homeowners across the U.S. are crippled with millions of dollars in water damage to homes and buildings.

Leaving a home alone can become an expensive implication if things go astray while you are gone. And unfortunately more often than not, things do go wrong. Opportunely, there are certain things homeowners can do to protect their home and the interior possessions.

Water is the homeowners’ biggest enemy. If a pipe were to burst thousands of gallons of water can begin to flood the home. The IICRC responds as an authority on pulling the pieces back together for home and business owners. When water damage results from cracked pipes, IICRC offers these tips for clean-up.

To Prevent Frozen Pipes:

• Wrap electrical heating tape on exterior pipes. Remove garden hoses from faucets.

• Cover pipes with foam rubber or fiberglass insulation and secure it with tape.

• Let cold and hot water faucets drip. Running water helps prevent freezing pipes and reduces pressure build up in them.

• Inside the home, open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to promote warm air circulation around plumbing.

• Leave the thermostat at the same temperature both day and night, at least 55°F.

To Thaw Frozen Pipes:

• Locate the problem pipe, if possible, and open a faucet. As the pipe thaws, running water aids the melting process.

• Apply heat to the frozen section using a hand-held hair dryer or portable electric space heater. Do not use a blow torch as it could cause the pipe to explode. Do not use a propane or kerosene heater as these are hazardous for indoor use.

• If you are unable to locate or access the frozen pipe area, call a licensed plumber.

• If all else fails and you experience a burst pipe that results in water damage, shut off the main water valve and contact a professional water damage restoration company with trained technicians and extraction, drying and dehumidifying equipment. 

If Water Damage Occurs, Tips for Clean
-Up:

• Shut off the main water valve, if practical, and call a plumber to fix the leak.

• Call an IICRC-certified professional water restoration firm immediately for mitigation services, as required by your insurance policy. Certified Firms have the knowledge, experience and equipment to locate water wherever it goes, remove the excess, and dry your structure to industry standards. 

• Mop up standing water on flooring surfaces to prevent slip/fall hazards. If the burst pipe is overhead, drain ceiling cavities by punching “weep” holes.

• Prevent mold growth. Although it takes a few days to appear, mold thrives on wood, paper, particle board or even household soil, when stagnant air, moisture, and temperatures between 68 and 86 degrees are present.

• Wet clothing usually is salvageable. A 10-minute wash cycle in detergent and hot water should sanitize washable clothing and many household fabrics.

• Dry out before you rebuild. Professional water restorers have a variety of instruments to determine when a building is dry, to prevent on-going microbial growth. Drying should not stop until wood or drywall moisture content (MC) falls below 16% MC. Normal MC is around 10% in most areas of the country.

www.IICRC.org

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

http://www.SERVPROuniontownsfanningilmercounties.com/crew-photos

10 Ways to Prevent Water Damage

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs. Here are some ways to prevent water damage to your home or business:

1.       Clean and inspect gutters regularly.

2.       Keep downspouts clear of any blockages.

3.       Repair or replace roofing as needed.

4.       Be sure soffit vents are clean and unobstructed.

5.       Check for any cracks or peeling paint. These could indicate moisture retention.

6.       Fill low spots around building foundation with clean fill dirt.

7.       Create slope away from structure to drain runoff properly.

8.       Trim plants around building to avoid growth of mold or mildew.

9.       Make sure garden areas have adequate drainage.

10.   Apply a waterproofing coating to interior or exterior basement walls.

If you have any questions regarding any troubles you are experiencing, do not hesitate to contact our SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties office.

Spruce Up Your Space

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Birds are chirping and the temperatures have warmed up---spring is finally here! Spring cleaning is a tradition allowing us to freshen our environment and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer. While many people deep clean their homes, this is also a great time to clean and organize your business.

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties can help get your facility in tip top shape. In addition to air duct and HVAC cleaning, SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties crew professionals are trained to use state-of-the-art equipment to remove soils hiding deep within your carpet, as well as focused stain removal and stain resistance applications. Other services include: upholstery and drapery cleaning, hard floor cleaning and care, and odor deodorization.

A clean environment is a healthy environment! Improve your living and work spaces this spring. If you need a little help, don’t work, SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties have the tools to make your  home or business sparkle in no time!

Here are some Spring Cleaning Tips in Your Workplace from SERVPRO!

·         Divide Your Workspace Into Zones:

Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions. You may require a workspace for your computer, a library area for your research, a storage area for supplies and a filing area for your archives. This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.

·         Keep Only What You Need At Arm’s Length:

Boxes of pens, stacks of papers and old coffee cups need to go. Rid your desk of visual clutter by paring down the items on top to the essentials only. Supplies, paperwork and personal items should be kept in the zones you’ve established for them.

·         Sort Your Catch-All Drawer:

Use drawer dividers to give everything a place, like compartments for paperclips and rubber bands. Go through the drawer every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn’t being used.

·         Eliminate Digital Clutter:

Digital clutter can be just as stressful as physical clutter. Organize digital files and your e-mail inbox just as you would paper files-with a system of logical and clearly labeled folders. Also, keep the icons on your desktop to a bare minimum, and trade in sticky notes on your monitor for calendar reminders.

·         Create A Daily Paper System:

Consider creating hanging files or baskets labeled “To Read,” “To Do,” and “To File.” Establish set days for each, so that you don’t get behind or feel the overwhelming need to do everything at once.

·         Disinfect Regularly:

Prevent the buildup of dust, dirt, food stains and fingerprints. Wipe down your desk, phone keyboard and monitor once a week with disinfection wipes.

Water Damage

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

When the Pipes Crack: Tips to Prevent Water Damage


When extreme temperatures strike, homeowners across the U.S. are crippled with millions of dollars in water damage to homes and buildings.

Leaving a home alone can become an expensive implication if things go astray while you are gone. And unfortunately more often than not, things do go wrong. Opportunely, there are certain things homeowners can do to protect their home and the interior possessions.

Water is the homeowners’ biggest enemy. If a pipe were to burst thousands of gallons of water can begin to flood the home. The IICRC responds as an authority on pulling the pieces back together for home and business owners. When water damage results from cracked pipes, IICRC offers these tips for clean-up.

To Prevent Frozen Pipes:

• Wrap electrical heating tape on exterior pipes. Remove garden hoses from faucets.

• Cover pipes with foam rubber or fiberglass insulation and secure it with tape.

• Let cold and hot water faucets drip. Running water helps prevent freezing pipes and reduces pressure build up in them.

• Inside the home, open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to promote warm air circulation around plumbing.

• Leave the thermostat at the same temperature both day and night, at least 55°F.

To Thaw Frozen Pipes:

• Locate the problem pipe, if possible, and open a faucet. As the pipe thaws, running water aids the melting process.

• Apply heat to the frozen section using a hand-held hair dryer or portable electric space heater. Do not use a blow torch as it could cause the pipe to explode. Do not use a propane or kerosene heater as these are hazardous for indoor use.

• If you are unable to locate or access the frozen pipe area, call a licensed plumber.

• If all else fails and you experience a burst pipe that results in water damage, shut off the main water valve and contact a professional water damage restoration company with trained technicians and extraction, drying and dehumidifying equipment.

If Water Damage Occurs, Tips for Clean
-Up:

• Shut off the main water valve, if practical, and call a plumber to fix the leak.

• Call an IICRC-certified professional water restoration firm immediately for mitigation services, as required by your insurance policy. Certified Firms have the knowledge, experience and equipment to locate water wherever it goes, remove the excess, and dry your structure to industry standards.

• Mop up standing water on flooring surfaces to prevent slip/fall hazards. If the burst pipe is overhead, drain ceiling cavities by punching “weep” holes.

• Prevent mold growth. Although it takes a few days to appear, mold thrives on wood, paper, particle board or even household soil, when stagnant air, moisture, and temperatures between 68 and 86 degrees are present.

• Wet clothing usually is salvageable. A 10-minute wash cycle in detergent and hot water should sanitize washable clothing and many household fabrics.

• Dry out before you rebuild. Professional water restorers have a variety of instruments to determine when a building is dry, to prevent on-going microbial growth. Drying should not stop until wood or drywall moisture content (MC) falls below 16% MC. Normal MC is around 10% in most areas of the country.

www.IICRC.org

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

http://www.SERVPROuniontownsfanningilmercounties.com/crew-photos

Is Your Business Prepared for a Fire?

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

How prepared are you? Do you have a fire escape plan for your business? A fire can spread quickly, leaving only mnutes to escape. Having a plan in place prior to an emergency will allow you and your employees to exit quickly in the event of a fire. We at SERVPRO can help you plan for a fire or other emergency by creating an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including: emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP is a no-cost assessment. All it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call us at 706-896-1880 or 706-273-7776 to schedule an appointment to begin your ERP.

Is Your Business Prepared for a Fire?

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

How prepared are you? Do you have a fire escape plan for your business? A fire can spread quickly, leaving only mnutes to escape. Having a plan in place prior to an emergency will allow you and your employees to exit quickly in the event of a fire. We at SERVPRO can help you plan for a fire or other emergency by creating an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including: emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP is a no-cost assessment. All it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call us at 706-896-1880 or 706-273-7776 to schedule an appointment to begin your ERP.

Water Damage

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

When the Pipes Crack: Tips to Prevent Water Damage


When extreme temperatures strike, homeowners across the U.S. are crippled with millions of dollars in water damage to homes and buildings.

Leaving a home alone can become an expensive implication if things go astray while you are gone. And unfortunately more often than not, things do go wrong. Opportunely, there are certain things homeowners can do to protect their home and the interior possessions.

Water is the homeowners’ biggest enemy. If a pipe were to burst thousands of gallons of water can begin to flood the home. The IICRC responds as an authority on pulling the pieces back together for home and business owners. When water damage results from cracked pipes, IICRC offers these tips for clean-up.

To Prevent Frozen Pipes:

• Wrap electrical heating tape on exterior pipes. Remove garden hoses from faucets.

• Cover pipes with foam rubber or fiberglass insulation and secure it with tape.

• Let cold and hot water faucets drip. Running water helps prevent freezing pipes and reduces pressure build up in them.

• Inside the home, open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to promote warm air circulation around plumbing.

• Leave the thermostat at the same temperature both day and night, at least 55°F.

To Thaw Frozen Pipes:

• Locate the problem pipe, if possible, and open a faucet. As the pipe thaws, running water aids the melting process.

• Apply heat to the frozen section using a hand-held hair dryer or portable electric space heater. Do not use a blow torch as it could cause the pipe to explode. Do not use a propane or kerosene heater as these are hazardous for indoor use.

• If you are unable to locate or access the frozen pipe area, call a licensed plumber.

• If all else fails and you experience a burst pipe that results in water damage, shut off the main water valve and contact a professional water damage restoration company with trained technicians and extraction, drying and dehumidifying equipment.

If Water Damage Occurs, Tips for Clean
-Up:

• Shut off the main water valve, if practical, and call a plumber to fix the leak.

• Call an IICRC-certified professional water restoration firm immediately for mitigation services, as required by your insurance policy. Certified Firms have the knowledge, experience and equipment to locate water wherever it goes, remove the excess, and dry your structure to industry standards.

• Mop up standing water on flooring surfaces to prevent slip/fall hazards. If the burst pipe is overhead, drain ceiling cavities by punching “weep” holes.

• Prevent mold growth. Although it takes a few days to appear, mold thrives on wood, paper, particle board or even household soil, when stagnant air, moisture, and temperatures between 68 and 86 degrees are present.

• Wet clothing usually is salvageable. A 10-minute wash cycle in detergent and hot water should sanitize washable clothing and many household fabrics.

• Dry out before you rebuild. Professional water restorers have a variety of instruments to determine when a building is dry, to prevent on-going microbial growth. Drying should not stop until wood or drywall moisture content (MC) falls below 16% MC. Normal MC is around 10% in most areas of the country.

www.IICRC.org

Spruce Up Your Space

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Birds are chirping and the temperatures have warmed up---spring is finally here! Spring cleaning is a tradition allowing us to freshen our environment and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer. While many people deep clean their homes, this is also a great time to clean and organize your business.

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties can help get your facility in tip top shape. In addition to air duct and HVAC cleaning, SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties crew professionals are trained to use state-of-the-art equipment to remove soils hiding deep within your carpet, as well as focused stain removal and stain resistance applications. Other services include: upholstery and drapery cleaning, hard floor cleaning and care, and odor deodorization.

A clean environment is a healthy environment! Improve your living and work spaces this spring. If you need a little help, don’t work, SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties have the tools to make your  home or business sparkle in no time!

Here are some Spring Cleaning Tips in Your Workplace from SERVPRO!

·         Divide Your Workspace Into Zones:

Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions. You may require a workspace for your computer, a library area for your research, a storage area for supplies and a filing area for your archives. This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.

·         Keep Only What You Need At Arm’s Length:

Boxes of pens, stacks of papers and old coffee cups need to go. Rid your desk of visual clutter by paring down the items on top to the essentials only. Supplies, paperwork and personal items should be kept in the zones you’ve established for them.

·         Sort Your Catch-All Drawer:

Use drawer dividers to give everything a place, like compartments for paperclips and rubber bands. Go through the drawer every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn’t being used.

·         Eliminate Digital Clutter:

Digital clutter can be just as stressful as physical clutter. Organize digital files and your e-mail inbox just as you would paper files-with a system of logical and clearly labeled folders. Also, keep the icons on your desktop to a bare minimum, and trade in sticky notes on your monitor for calendar reminders.

·         Create A Daily Paper System:

Consider creating hanging files or baskets labeled “To Read,” “To Do,” and “To File.” Establish set days for each, so that you don’t get behind or feel the overwhelming need to do everything at once.

·         Disinfect Regularly:

Prevent the buildup of dust, dirt, food stains and fingerprints. Wipe down your desk, phone keyboard and monitor once a week with disinfection wipes.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

http://www.SERVPROuniontownsfanningilmercounties.com/crew-photos

Smoke Alarm Campaign

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

The Red Cross DAT team and the Towns County Fire Dept. finished up their third SMOKE ALARM CAMPAIGN in Towns County and welcomed their new community partner SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties. SERVPRO was a great addition to the team that provided much needed additional manpower, as well as, additional smoke alarms. 
Red Cross is in its second year of working with Fire Chief Harold Copeland and his fire fighters on the Smoke Alarms Saves Lives Campaign. This campaign was a program started by the Red Cross nationwide 3 years ago in an effort to reduce injuries and deaths in house fires by 25% within 5 years. On Wednesday, June 8th, we installed 150 new 10­year lithium battery smoke alarms in 51 homes in Towns County that couldn't afford them, didn't have working smoke alarms, or had old ones that needed replacing. We also proudly expanded this program to include Veterans in need of these alarms.
The Red Cross and Fire Dept. would like to especially thank Mr. Keith Wall, Owner, of SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties and his team who are now a permanent member of this campaign going forward for all their time and efforts supporting this life saving campaign and for the purchase of the additional alarms needed. We'd like to thank Home Depot of Blairsville for their discounts on those smoke alarms.

We'd also would like to thank additional businesses in Hiawassee that supported us in this campaign. They are Hiawassee Hardware who provided batteries to be used in some current existing alarms, as well as, Hardee's, McDonalds and Zaxby's for
providing food for all the volunteers who came out to work this event. And last but not least thank you to all the workers, SERVPRO employees, Fire Fighters and Red Cross volunteers, this couldn't have been accomplished without you.

Caleb Weaver: Production Manager

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties, a premier cleanup and restoration company, congratulates Caleb Weaver, as the new Production Manager. He will be responsible for managing production crews and jobs from start to finish.
Weaver joined the SERVPRO production team in 2009 as a Technician. He progressed to Crew Chief, Senior Crew Chief, and Assistant Production Manager before this promotion. He has earned the Water Damage Restoration and Applied Structural Drying certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration . He is a certified lead paint renovator and has also completed forklift training.
“Our most important priority is to provide the very best support and service to our customers,” said Keith Wall, owner of SERVPRO® of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties. “The experience, knowledge and skills that Caleb Weaver brings to our franchise management team will help us better serve our community and continue to ensure our customers' satisfaction.”
“I’m very excited to join the management team at SERVPRO® of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties,” said Weaver. “It’s a unique opportunity to continue to grow as a professional while helping people in a time of need.” 
SERVPRO® of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties provides cleanup and restoration services following a fire, water or even mold-related damage. Additional services offered include: cleaning and restoration of special items, such as HVAC duct systems; building exteriors; electronic equipment, including computers and documents that have sustained water damage.
For more information on SERVPRO® of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties , please contact Keith Wall at 706-896-1880.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

http://www.SERVPROuniontownsfanningilmercounties.com/crew-photos

Water Damage

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

When the Pipes Crack: Tips to Prevent Water Damage


When extreme temperatures strike, homeowners across the U.S. are crippled with millions of dollars in water damage to homes and buildings.

Leaving a home alone can become an expensive implication if things go astray while you are gone. And unfortunately more often than not, things do go wrong. Opportunely, there are certain things homeowners can do to protect their home and the interior possessions.

Water is the homeowners’ biggest enemy. If a pipe were to burst thousands of gallons of water can begin to flood the home. The IICRC responds as an authority on pulling the pieces back together for home and business owners. When water damage results from cracked pipes, IICRC offers these tips for clean-up.

To Prevent Frozen Pipes:

• Wrap electrical heating tape on exterior pipes. Remove garden hoses from faucets.

• Cover pipes with foam rubber or fiberglass insulation and secure it with tape.

• Let cold and hot water faucets drip. Running water helps prevent freezing pipes and reduces pressure build up in them.

• Inside the home, open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to promote warm air circulation around plumbing.

• Leave the thermostat at the same temperature both day and night, at least 55°F.

To Thaw Frozen Pipes:

• Locate the problem pipe, if possible, and open a faucet. As the pipe thaws, running water aids the melting process.

• Apply heat to the frozen section using a hand-held hair dryer or portable electric space heater. Do not use a blow torch as it could cause the pipe to explode. Do not use a propane or kerosene heater as these are hazardous for indoor use.

• If you are unable to locate or access the frozen pipe area, call a licensed plumber.

• If all else fails and you experience a burst pipe that results in water damage, shut off the main water valve and contact a professional water damage restoration company with trained technicians and extraction, drying and dehumidifying equipment. 

If Water Damage Occurs, Tips for Clean
-Up:

• Shut off the main water valve, if practical, and call a plumber to fix the leak.

• Call an IICRC-certified professional water restoration firm immediately for mitigation services, as required by your insurance policy. Certified Firms have the knowledge, experience and equipment to locate water wherever it goes, remove the excess, and dry your structure to industry standards. 

• Mop up standing water on flooring surfaces to prevent slip/fall hazards. If the burst pipe is overhead, drain ceiling cavities by punching “weep” holes.

• Prevent mold growth. Although it takes a few days to appear, mold thrives on wood, paper, particle board or even household soil, when stagnant air, moisture, and temperatures between 68 and 86 degrees are present.

• Wet clothing usually is salvageable. A 10-minute wash cycle in detergent and hot water should sanitize washable clothing and many household fabrics.

• Dry out before you rebuild. Professional water restorers have a variety of instruments to determine when a building is dry, to prevent on-going microbial growth. Drying should not stop until wood or drywall moisture content (MC) falls below 16% MC. Normal MC is around 10% in most areas of the country.

www.IICRC.org

Is Your Business Prepared for a Fire?

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

How prepared are you? Do you have a fire escape plan for your business? A fire can spread quickly, leaving only mnutes to escape. Having a plan in place prior to an emergency will allow you and your employees to exit quickly in the event of a fire. We at SERVPRO can help you plan for a fire or other emergency by creating an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including: emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP is a no-cost assessment. All it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call us at 706-896-1880 or 706-273-7776 to schedule an appointment to begin your ERP.

Is Your Business Prepared for a Fire?

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

How prepared are you? Do you have a fire escape plan for your business? A fire can spread quickly, leaving only mnutes to escape. Having a plan in place prior to an emergency will allow you and your employees to exit quickly in the event of a fire. We at SERVPRO can help you plan for a fire or other emergency by creating an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including: emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP is a no-cost assessment. All it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call us at 706-896-1880 or 706-273-7776 to schedule an appointment to begin your ERP.

Water Damage

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

When the Pipes Crack: Tips to Prevent Water Damage


When extreme temperatures strike, homeowners across the U.S. are crippled with millions of dollars in water damage to homes and buildings.

Leaving a home alone can become an expensive implication if things go astray while you are gone. And unfortunately more often than not, things do go wrong. Opportunely, there are certain things homeowners can do to protect their home and the interior possessions.

Water is the homeowners’ biggest enemy. If a pipe were to burst thousands of gallons of water can begin to flood the home. The IICRC responds as an authority on pulling the pieces back together for home and business owners. When water damage results from cracked pipes, IICRC offers these tips for clean-up.

To Prevent Frozen Pipes:

• Wrap electrical heating tape on exterior pipes. Remove garden hoses from faucets.

• Cover pipes with foam rubber or fiberglass insulation and secure it with tape.

• Let cold and hot water faucets drip. Running water helps prevent freezing pipes and reduces pressure build up in them.

• Inside the home, open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to promote warm air circulation around plumbing.

• Leave the thermostat at the same temperature both day and night, at least 55°F.

To Thaw Frozen Pipes:

• Locate the problem pipe, if possible, and open a faucet. As the pipe thaws, running water aids the melting process.

• Apply heat to the frozen section using a hand-held hair dryer or portable electric space heater. Do not use a blow torch as it could cause the pipe to explode. Do not use a propane or kerosene heater as these are hazardous for indoor use.

• If you are unable to locate or access the frozen pipe area, call a licensed plumber.

• If all else fails and you experience a burst pipe that results in water damage, shut off the main water valve and contact a professional water damage restoration company with trained technicians and extraction, drying and dehumidifying equipment.

If Water Damage Occurs, Tips for Clean
-Up:

• Shut off the main water valve, if practical, and call a plumber to fix the leak.

• Call an IICRC-certified professional water restoration firm immediately for mitigation services, as required by your insurance policy. Certified Firms have the knowledge, experience and equipment to locate water wherever it goes, remove the excess, and dry your structure to industry standards.

• Mop up standing water on flooring surfaces to prevent slip/fall hazards. If the burst pipe is overhead, drain ceiling cavities by punching “weep” holes.

• Prevent mold growth. Although it takes a few days to appear, mold thrives on wood, paper, particle board or even household soil, when stagnant air, moisture, and temperatures between 68 and 86 degrees are present.

• Wet clothing usually is salvageable. A 10-minute wash cycle in detergent and hot water should sanitize washable clothing and many household fabrics.

• Dry out before you rebuild. Professional water restorers have a variety of instruments to determine when a building is dry, to prevent on-going microbial growth. Drying should not stop until wood or drywall moisture content (MC) falls below 16% MC. Normal MC is around 10% in most areas of the country.

www.IICRC.org

10 Ways to Prevent Water Damage

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs. Here are some ways to prevent water damage to your home or business:

1.       Clean and inspect gutters regularly.

2.       Keep downspouts clear of any blockages.

3.       Repair or replace roofing as needed.

4.       Be sure soffit vents are clean and unobstructed.

5.       Check for any cracks or peeling paint. These could indicate moisture retention.

6.       Fill low spots around building foundation with clean fill dirt.

7.       Create slope away from structure to drain runoff properly.

8.       Trim plants around building to avoid growth of mold or mildew.

9.       Make sure garden areas have adequate drainage.

10.   Apply a waterproofing coating to interior or exterior basement walls.

If you have any questions regarding any troubles you are experiencing, do not hesitate to contact our SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties office.

Spruce Up Your Space

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Birds are chirping and the temperatures have warmed up---spring is finally here! Spring cleaning is a tradition allowing us to freshen our environment and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer. While many people deep clean their homes, this is also a great time to clean and organize your business.


SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties can help get your facility in tip top shape. In addition to air duct and HVAC cleaning, SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties crew professionals are trained to use state-of-the-art equipment to remove soils hiding deep within your carpet, as well as focused stain removal and stain resistance applications. Other services include: upholstery and drapery cleaning, hard floor cleaning and care, and odor deodorization.


A clean environment is a healthy environment! Improve your living and work spaces this spring. If you need a little help, don’t work, SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties have the tools to make your  home or business sparkle in no time!


Here are some Spring Cleaning Tips in Your Workplace from SERVPRO!


·         Divide Your Workspace Into Zones:


Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions. You may require a workspace for your computer, a library area for your research, a storage area for supplies and a filing area for your archives. This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.


·         Keep Only What You Need At Arm’s Length:


Boxes of pens, stacks of papers and old coffee cups need to go. Rid your desk of visual clutter by paring down the items on top to the essentials only. Supplies, paperwork and personal items should be kept in the zones you’ve established for them.


·         Sort Your Catch-All Drawer:


Use drawer dividers to give everything a place, like compartments for paperclips and rubber bands. Go through the drawer every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn’t being used.


·         Eliminate Digital Clutter:


Digital clutter can be just as stressful as physical clutter. Organize digital files and your e-mail inbox just as you would paper files-with a system of logical and clearly labeled folders. Also, keep the icons on your desktop to a bare minimum, and trade in sticky notes on your monitor for calendar reminders.


·         Create A Daily Paper System:


Consider creating hanging files or baskets labeled “To Read,” “To Do,” and “To File.” Establish set days for each, so that you don’t get behind or feel the overwhelming need to do everything at once.


·         Disinfect Regularly:


Prevent the buildup of dust, dirt, food stains and fingerprints. Wipe down your desk, phone keyboard and monitor once a week with disinfection wipes.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/11/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

http://www.SERVPROuniontownsfanningilmercounties.com/crew-photos

Smoke Alarm Campaign 2016

6/10/2016 (Permalink)

Owner, Keith Wall, and our SERVPRO crew with the American Red Cross and the Towns County Fire Department.

The Red Cross DAT team and the Towns County Fire Dept. finished up their third SMOKE ALARM CAMPAIGN in Towns County and welcomed their new community partner SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties. SERVPRO was a great addition to the team that provided much needed additional manpower, as well as, additional smoke alarms. 
Red Cross is in its second year of working with Fire Chief Harold Copeland and his fire fighters on the Smoke Alarms Saves Lives Campaign. This campaign was a program started by the Red Cross nationwide 3 years ago in an effort to reduce injuries and deaths in house fires by 25% within 5 years. On Wednesday, June 8th, we installed 150 new 10­year lithium battery smoke alarms in 51 homes in Towns County that couldn't afford them, didn't have working smoke alarms, or had old ones that needed replacing. We also proudly expanded this program to include Veterans in need of these alarms.
The Red Cross and Fire Dept. would like to especially thank Mr. Keith Wall, Owner, of SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties and his team who are now a permanent member of this campaign going forward for all their time and efforts supporting this life saving campaign and for the purchase of the additional alarms needed. We'd like to thank Home Depot of Blairsville for their discounts on those smoke alarms.

We'd also would like to thank additional businesses in Hiawassee that supported us in this campaign. They are Hiawassee Hardware who provided batteries to be used in some current existing alarms, as well as, Hardee's, McDonalds and Zaxby's for
providing food for all the volunteers who came out to work this event. And last but not least thank you to all the workers, SERVPRO employees, Fire Fighters and Red Cross volunteers, this couldn't have been accomplished without you.

Is Your Business Prepared for a Fire?

4/28/2016 (Permalink)

How prepared are you? Do you have a fire escape plan for your business? A fire can spread quickly, leaving only mnutes to escape. Having a plan in place prior to an emergency will allow you and your employees to exit quickly in the event of a fire. We at SERVPRO can help you plan for a fire or other emergency by creating an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including: emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP is a no-cost assessment. All it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call us at 706-896-1880 or 706-273-7776 to schedule an appointment to begin your ERP.

Water Damage

4/21/2016 (Permalink)

When the Pipes Crack: Tips to Prevent Water Damage


When extreme temperatures strike, homeowners across the U.S. are crippled with millions of dollars in water damage to homes and buildings.

Leaving a home alone can become an expensive implication if things go astray while you are gone. And unfortunately more often than not, things do go wrong. Opportunely, there are certain things homeowners can do to protect their home and the interior possessions.

Water is the homeowners’ biggest enemy. If a pipe were to burst thousands of gallons of water can begin to flood the home. The IICRC responds as an authority on pulling the pieces back together for home and business owners. When water damage results from cracked pipes, IICRC offers these tips for clean-up.

To Prevent Frozen Pipes:

• Wrap electrical heating tape on exterior pipes. Remove garden hoses from faucets.

• Cover pipes with foam rubber or fiberglass insulation and secure it with tape.

• Let cold and hot water faucets drip. Running water helps prevent freezing pipes and reduces pressure build up in them.

• Inside the home, open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to promote warm air circulation around plumbing.

• Leave the thermostat at the same temperature both day and night, at least 55°F.

To Thaw Frozen Pipes:

• Locate the problem pipe, if possible, and open a faucet. As the pipe thaws, running water aids the melting process.

• Apply heat to the frozen section using a hand-held hair dryer or portable electric space heater. Do not use a blow torch as it could cause the pipe to explode. Do not use a propane or kerosene heater as these are hazardous for indoor use.

• If you are unable to locate or access the frozen pipe area, call a licensed plumber.

• If all else fails and you experience a burst pipe that results in water damage, shut off the main water valve and contact a professional water damage restoration company with trained technicians and extraction, drying and dehumidifying equipment.

If Water Damage Occurs, Tips for Clean
-Up:

• Shut off the main water valve, if practical, and call a plumber to fix the leak.

• Call an IICRC-certified professional water restoration firm immediately for mitigation services, as required by your insurance policy. Certified Firms have the knowledge, experience and equipment to locate water wherever it goes, remove the excess, and dry your structure to industry standards.

• Mop up standing water on flooring surfaces to prevent slip/fall hazards. If the burst pipe is overhead, drain ceiling cavities by punching “weep” holes.

• Prevent mold growth. Although it takes a few days to appear, mold thrives on wood, paper, particle board or even household soil, when stagnant air, moisture, and temperatures between 68 and 86 degrees are present.

• Wet clothing usually is salvageable. A 10-minute wash cycle in detergent and hot water should sanitize washable clothing and many household fabrics.

• Dry out before you rebuild. Professional water restorers have a variety of instruments to determine when a building is dry, to prevent on-going microbial growth. Drying should not stop until wood or drywall moisture content (MC) falls below 16% MC. Normal MC is around 10% in most areas of the country.

www.iicrc.org