Recent Water Damage Posts

Frozen Pipes: 3 Effective Water Damage Prevention Tips

11/23/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What exactly causes frozen pipes?

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

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

What to do when you find frozen pipes?

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

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

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

Three tips to prevent frozen pipes

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

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

How can SERVPRO help if your frozen pipe bursts?

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

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

Our water damage restoration service includes:

  • Water extraction
  • Structural drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Mold Remediation

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

5 Amazing Tips to Prevent Roof Leaks

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

What causes a roof leak?

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

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

Five tips to prevent roof leaks

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

Make sure your roof is adequately sealed. 

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

Install wind anchors

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

Keep your gutters clean and install gutter guards.

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

Keep trees and other vegetation trimmed away from your roof.

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

Get regular roof inspections done by a qualified professional

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

SERVPRO can help in the event of a roof leak

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

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

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

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

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

4 Signs of Crawlspace Water Damage & Our Restoration Process

7/15/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What is crawlspace water damage?

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

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

What are the signs of crawlspace water damage?

There are four main signs of crawlspace water damage:

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

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

How does SERVPRO restore crawlspace water damage?

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

Our crawlspace water damage restoration process includes the following steps:

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

Final thoughts

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

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

The Top 5 Common Reasons For An Air Conditioner Leak

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Indications of an air conditioner leak

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

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

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

Top 5 common reasons for an air conditioner leak

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

1. A clogged drainage pipe

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

2. A broken seal

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

3. A loose drain pan

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

4. A broken air handler

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

5. A frozen coil

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

How to prevent air conditioner leaks

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

Tip 1: Schedule regular maintenance

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

Tip 2: Replace the air filter

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

Tip 3: Clean the air conditioner unit

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

Tip 4: Regularly check for leaks

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

What to do if your air conditioner causes water damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wet Insulation: The 2 Best Times to Replace Over Dry

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO professional removing wet insulation Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for any size water damage disaster!

Wet insulation can be a severe problem, especially if you don't know when to replace it and instead dry it out.

Many times that a property has water damage, you will notice water stains on the ceilings, walls, and floors. Other times you may not have any external evidence of water damage, but you will notice a musty smell in certain areas of your home.

One effect of water damage is wet insulation. Wet insulation can lead to serious mold growth, decreased energy efficiency, and structural damage. This blog post will discuss the dangers of wet insulation and the best time to replace the damaged insulation rather than dry it out.

What is insulation?

Insulation is a material installed in buildings to reduce heat loss and prevent the formation of condensation on cold surfaces. There are several different types of insulation, but all insulation has two main components: a thermal barrier and a moisture barrier.

The thermal barrier prevents heat loss, while the moisture barrier prevents water vapor from passing through the insulation. However, when water vapor passes through the insulation, it can cause the insulation to become wet, leading to several problems.

What are the dangers of wet insulation?

There are several dangers associated with wet insulation. The most severe is when wet insulation leads to mold growth. Mold damage may lead to structural issues that can cause a building to be less stable.  

The two options in handling wet insulation

When a property has wet insulation, there are only two choices: dry or replace the insulation.

Drying the insulation is a less expensive option and is usually the best course of action if the damage is not severe and caught soon enough. Wet insulation can commonly dry out within three to five days with the proper use of dehumidifiers and air movers. Replacing the insulation is a more expensive option but may be necessary.

The two times to replace wet insulation

There are two specific times when it is best to replace wet insulation rather than try to dry it out:

1) When the insulation is saturated with highly contaminated water. Category two and three water damage to insulation are two categories where the insulation needs to be replaced. Category two and three water damage is water that has been contaminated with fecal matter, urine, blood, or contains microorganisms. All items affected by these two categories of water damage need to be replaced to avoid the spread of disease. When choosing a restoration contractor for contaminated water damages, you should select a restoration company that prioritizes safety.

2) When there is mold growth on or around the insulation. In some cases, mold growth will not be visible. To be safe, you should consider getting your insulation tested by a third-party environmental consultant.

If the insulation falls into either of these categories, it is best to replace it rather than dry it out. The risks of drying out the insulation are too high, and the possible benefits do not outweigh the risks. If you are unsure what category of water has damaged your insulation, don't hesitate to contact a water restoration company to inspect the damaged material further.

Why call SERVPRO

You should highly consider contacting the professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties regarding wet insulation. Our SERVPRO professionals have the knowledge and experience to handle any water damage situation. 

Our professionals are trained by the IICRC and have the equipment and resources to dry out your property quickly and safely. We also offer various services that can help you restore your property, including content cleaning, pack-outs, and storage.

If you think you may have water damage, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are available 24/7 to help.

Basement Water Damage: 5 Great Recovery Tips

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

Basement water damage in Blue Ridge, GA. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for emergency basement water damage repairs!

Basement water damage can have a devastating effect on your home.

Basement water damage can occur for numerous reasons; some of the most common causes include a sump pump failure, a pipe burst, and flooding.

Depending on the category of water damage present will dictate how the water damage professionals you choose to hire move forward in restoring your basement.

The following blog post will describe what a homeowner should do after their basement floods. We will also be including five tips to help you recover basement water damage. By following the tips below, you will take the proper steps to get your basement back to pre basement water damage condition.

Five basement water damage recovery tips

After your basement floods, you must contact a reliable water restoration company because basement flooding can cause extensive damage that only IICRC certified professionals can properly assess, remediate and restore.

Before the certified water damage professionals arrive, there are five things that you can do to enhance the basement water damage recovery:

1) Prioritize safety

Safety should always be the top priority before entering a basement with water damage. Understandably, you want to go down there and assess the damage but use your common sense. For example, it will not be a good idea to enter through knee-deep water or enter a basement with electrical hazards.

It will be a good idea to wear personal protective clothing if you decide to enter a flooded basement, especially if you do not know the source of the water damage.

2) Shut off the power supply

Before the water damage professionals arrive, you should consider shutting off the power supply to your basement, so electrical hazards do not exist. Water and electricity are not a good mix, and a homeowner needs to prevent electrocution at all costs.

3) Turn off the water source

In some cases, basement water damage will occur after a pipe burst. The professionals at SERVPRO have seen minor damages turn into more severe ones only because a homeowner neglected to turn off the water source.

Therefore, to speed up the water damage recovery process, you should shut off the main supply of water running into your basement. In addition, shutting off the water supply will help lower the degree of basement water damage that has already occurred.

4) Remove all non-affected contents

In some cases, there will be contents that did not come in contact with the water damage. It would be good to gather up all non-affected contents and put them in a dry location in the home to ensure they stay clean, dry, and safe.

5) Document the damages

Finally, for insurance purposes, it will be a good idea to take pictures and videos before the basement water damage recovery begins. The basement flood pictures will help document the damages that occurred.

Your home insurance may cover your basement water damage, but that depends on your insurance policy. Contact your insurance provider to find out if your water damage is covered.

Prevent future basement water damage

The water damage professionals at SERVPRO suggest taking the following preventive measures:

  • Ensuring downspouts are directed away from your home.
  • Grading around your property to achieve proper drainage is achieved.
  • Installing a sump pump.
  • Elevating all valuables off the basement floor.

Final Thoughts

When basement water damage occurs, there can be quite a bit of damage that happens quickly if not dealt with immediately. Therefore, it's important to take action quickly after basement water damage occurs. The best way to restore your home is to quickly contact the water damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties are preferred water restoration vendors that are known in the community for basement water damage services that are second to none.

Our professionals are IICRC certified and know the fastest way to recover from a basement water damage disaster. We will extract all standing water and inspect all furniture and belongings exposed to water. Our goal is to have your property completely dry within five days after the basement water damage occurred.

Please contact us today for basement water damage services.

5 Great Steps To Take When Experiencing Wet Drywall

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

Wet drywall in a Blue Ridge GA home. Contact the water damage professionals at SERVPRO for drywall repairs!

Wet drywall needs to be handled carefully to prevent further damage.

Water damage is a property owner's worst nightmare because there are only about 48 hours before mold growth begins to form. On top of that, whenever a home or business experiences water damage, you will likely find wet drywall and other structural damages. 

Drywall is a wall building material made of gypsum plaster, commonly used on interior walls and ceilings. The term wet drywall describes a scenario where water has entered your walls, and they are absorbing moisture, usually because of a pipe burst or extreme flooding. If you have experienced this type of damage in your home or business, there are some steps that you should take immediately upon discovery.

In the following blog post, we will go through five great steps you should take when your home or business has experienced wet drywall damage. The purpose of this blog post is to help anyone with a small amount of drywall damage; for severe water damage, you should contact the professionals at SERVPRO ASAP.

The five steps to take

1) Assess the damage

The first thing you should do is assess the damage. Check to see if the moisture is only localized or spread out. The more water damage that has occurred, the longer it will take to clean up. Check for wet drywall along baseboards, wall studs, and ceilings.

Be sure to also check for mold or mildew growth on surfaces where moisture has come into contact with them (carpeting, walls). Mold damage will need to be cleaned thoroughly before proceeding with any other tasks.

To help assess the damage, you can find a moisture meter online or at your local hardware store that checks drywall moisture levels.

2) Remove all standing water 

The next step is to remove all standing water with a wet vac. It is best to strategically place fans to speed up the drying process and ensure proper ventilation to prevent mold growth. Mold thrives in warm moist environments where the air is stagnant.

3) Remove any wet drywall 

Once all the standing water has been removed, you will want to remove any wet drywall. You should use a drywall knife to help speed up the process, but be careful not to damage drywall in good condition.

4) Lower humidity levels 

You will want to lower the humidity levels in the area that the water damage occurred because high moisture content can cause mold growth. You can purchase a dehumidifier online or at your local hardware store to accomplish this task.

5) Install new drywall

After completing the first four steps, you can now install new drywall in the areas needed.

Water damage can be hard to deal with, but if you follow these five steps, there is no reason why your home or business will not be back up and running in no time!

What to do when there is extensive water damage?

It is best to call for the professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties if you are dealing with extensive water damage where there is a lot of wet drywall that needs to be restored. With the help of our IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians, we will be able to bring your property back up to how it was before the damages occurred.

In most cases, water damages will be covered by your property insurance provider, so be sure to refer to your insurance policy for any terms and conditions. 

Please contact us today if you are currently in the middle of a water damage disaster and need professional help.

Emergency Roof Tarp: The #1 Best Way To Avoid Water Damage

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

An emergency roof tarp on a Blue Ridge, GA house. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for emergency roof tarp services!

After a property has experienced roof damage, the owner must quickly contact restoration professionals for emergency roof tarp services.

No matter the type of roof a property has, it will always be susceptible to having leaks or damages. In fact, it doesn't take much to cause a leak in a property. The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties receive many calls a year for emergency roof tarp services after:

  • A heavy branch or entire tree falls and damages the roof.
  • A storm with high wind speeds causes shingles to go missing.
  • An old roof has holes.

You now know the common calls that our SERVPRO professionals receive regarding roof tarping, but are you now wondering what the emergency roof tarp process looks like? Well, we're here to explain! The professionals at SERVPRO want you to avoid water damage. If you ever need emergency roof tarp services, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week, for emergency services.

Our emergency roof tarp process

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties have years of experience tarping roofs of different sizes. To ensure that each roof is tarped in the quickest amount of time, we have created a process that ensures quality and fast installation times.

  1. Measure & Inspect: To start the emergency roof tarp process, we will first measure and inspect the roof to determine damages that require tarping.
  2. Pre-mitigation pictures: All of our professionals know the importance of taking pre mitigation pictures of the damaged parts for insurance claim purposes. We will take pictures before any work is performed.
  3. Remove debris: Next, we will remove any debris on the roof. It is best to leave a roof clean at all times to avoid any gutter clogs.
  4. Cover the damaged roof: This part of the process is covering the damages with a tarp.
  5. Secure the tarp: The final step in our emergency roof tarp process is securing the tarp. To adequately secure a tarp, the ending of the tarp will need to be wrapped around a piece of lumber. The lumber will serve as an anchor so that the tarp stays secure. The amount of lumber used will vary depending on the extent of the roof damage.

The best type of tarps for temporary roofing

No matter who you choose to perform emergency roof tarp services at your property, you need to know what kind of tarp will be installed. The best types of roof tarps for temporary roofing are UV-treated, heavy-duty, and waterproof.

Here are some questions to consider when choosing a temporary roofing tarp:

  • Is it designed to withstand abrasion and heavy winds?
  • Can the tarp withstand different types of climates (Winter/Summer)?
  • Is it mold and mildew resilient?
  • Is it flame retardant?
  • Does it come in different colors?
  • Does it have a certain odor?

The above questions will help property owners choose the best emergency roof tarp to protect their property.

Wrapping up

We hope you enjoyed learning about roof tarps and the process the professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties follow when tarping a roof.

Please contact us today if your property has recently had damages to the roof and requires emergency roof tarp services. The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7, 365 days a year, and promise to treat your property as if it were our own. When you call us, you will receive a team of IICRC certified professionals who will quickly install an emergency roof tarp because we understand that an emergency roof tarp is the best way to avoid future water damage.

Attic Water Damage: 2 Main Causes With Prevention Tips

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

Professional inspection of attic water damage with a flashlight Contact SERVPRO the next time your property has water damage!

Any property owner can experience the unfortunate event of attic water damage.

One of the most devastating things that can happen to a home or business is attic water damage. When attic water damage occurs, you may be left wondering how it started in the first place. To make matters worse, what seemed to be a small water damage situation may have turned into mold growth because an attic environment is a perfect place for mold to grow.

The good news is that attic water damage is preventable by paying attention to key factors like insulation and moisture control. In this blog post, we will discuss the two main causes of attic water damage in detail, so you know what you're up against!

What does attic water damage look like?

Every attic water damage situation will differ depending on the amount of water damage present and how long the damages were left to sit. When an attic experiences water damage, the property will be left with:

Water stains on the ceiling: Dark-colored spots on the ceiling directly below the attic will start to appear.

Wet insulation: Wet insulation will become discolored and absorb water like a sponge, often leaving the attic with an unpleasant odor that may only be remediated by removal.

Wet attic rafters: During an attic water damage situation, the attic rafters will become wet, and without quick attention, attic mold growth will occur because an attics environment encourages moisture retention on the attic rafters when wet.

There are two main causes of attic water damage:

1) Roof leaks: A roof leak can cause severe damage to the attic and the rest of the property. In most cases, a roof leak will go unnoticed until it has caused severe attic water damage.

To prevent attic water damage from a roof leak, you will want to check the roof for any leaks after a heavy rainstorm passes because, during these times, a roofing system will be especially vulnerable to leakage. The best way to check for attic water damage is by physically going up into the attic space after a rainstorm.

Suppose you do not feel comfortable entering the attic space. In that case, you should consider hiring a reputable water damage restoration company like SERVPRO or a professional roofer to inspect your roof and attic for any signs of a roof leak.

2) HVAC leaks: Attic water damage will occur when the property has an HVAC system that leaks inside the attic. An HVAC leak in an attic is more likely to occur in a commercial building, but the professionals at SERVPRO have also seen HVAC systems leak in residential homes.

The best way to prevent an HVAC leak in an attic will be to schedule regular checks of the attic HVAC system.

Who to call for attic water damage?

The number one company to call for attic water damage is SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties. SERVPRO is a highly reputable national restoration company that has been helping property owners since 1967.

The IICRC certified professionals at SERVPRO understand that water damage can be very costly, especially when it occurs in the attic and goes unnoticed for a while. Therefore, when you contact us, we will not only help you mitigate the damages done to the property, but we will also help you with your property insurance claim.

Keep in mind that the best way to prevent water damage in the attic is to check the attic space at least once a month and never let attic water damages sit for a prolonged period because the water damage will turn to mold damage.

Please contact us for any further questions regarding attic water damage prevention!

The Dishwasher Leak: 2 Causes for Dishwasher Water Damage

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

Dishwasher water damage to kitchen Dishwasher water damage needs to be handled by a certified professional!

A leaky dishwasher could lead to a major water damage disaster in your home.

The water damage professionals at SERVPRO have seen it all when it comes to home water damages. To date, one of the leading causes of water damage is the result of a leaking dishwasher. The SERVPRO professionals have seen a small leak turn into a severe disaster when a homeowner allows the water to leak for a prolonged period of time. Therefore, a homeowner needs to get a dishwasher leak fixed as soon as it is first noticed to avoid further expenses.

In this blog post, we'll teach you why a dishwasher may be leaking, the damages it can cause, and who to call when your home suffers from dishwasher water damage.

Why does a Dishwasher leak?

There can be many reasons why a dishwasher leaks, but there are two leading causes the SERVPRO professionals have found:

  1. Dishwasher door malfunction
  2. Poor dishwasher drainage.

A door malfunction will be quickly noticed when a puddle is located directly under the door of a dishwasher. A dishwasher door may malfunction because the door latch is either bent or loose, causing it not to latch properly. If the door latch is not the cause of the dishwasher water damage, it may be because of a faulty dishwasher door seal. A seal can be compromised if the metal or plastic around it is bent, broken, or has any damage to it.

Another main cause of dishwasher water damage is when there is improper drainage causing the dishwasher to overflow. When a dishwasher is not properly draining, water will be forced out of the dishwasher and onto the floor. 

What to do when you notice a dishwasher leak?

To avoid severe water damages, stop use and unplug the dishwasher at the first sign of a dishwasher leak. Next, check the owner's manual and the manufacturer's website to see if there are any recalls on your dishwasher. At this time, it would also be an excellent time to see if you are lucky enough to have your dishwasher under a manufacturer's warranty. You may be able to get the leaky dishwasher fixed for free if it is still under warranty. Under warranty or not, you will need to decide if you want to get the dishwasher professionally fixed or buy a new dishwasher altogether. 

Damages a dishwasher leak can cause

Dishwasher water damage will be a massive headache for a homeowner. A prolonged leak will cause water damage to the flooring, subflooring, and walls of the kitchen. As well, if your kitchen is on the second floor, the dishwasher leak can head toward the basement and cause water damage to the ceiling and other areas in the basement. You will want to get the water damages mitigated as quickly as possible to avoid secondary damages like mold growth and structural damages.

Who to call for dishwasher water damage restoration?

It is essential to call for professional water restoration help at the first sign of dishwasher water damage. A water restoration company will be able to take care of the dishwasher leak and make sure that your kitchen is back in order with minimal fuss.

Throughout North Georgia, the locals have relied on SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties for water damage restoration services. All of the professionals at SERVPRO have gone through extensive training by the IICRC. They have also proven to be a reliable water damage restoration company by the Better Business Bureau with their A+ rating. 

Contact SERVPRO today if you are in the middle of a dishwasher water damage disaster and need fast quality services. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year!

5 Steps To Mitigate A Water Damaged Ceiling

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

Ceiling damage to a home garage in Blue Ridge GA. Contact us today for any ceiling water damage repairs!

Ceiling water damages need to be mitigated quickly.

One night you're at home resting in the living room with your favorite beverage, having a relaxing, lovely evening. As you lay back against the sofa, stretch out a little, and raise your eyes to the ceiling, and notice a bulging, brown patch on your white ceiling.

Your first thought is wondering what the cause could be and how to move forward. How can you possibly get rid of all ceiling water damage? What is the correct way to deal with a water damaged ceiling? 

If you are currently in this position, then this blog post is for you. The Blue Ridge water damage professionals at SERVPRO have the answers to all of your questions. Read on!

5 steps to mitigate ceiling water damage

By following the following five steps, you can minimize any water damage caused by a leak and move on to the restoration process. Mitigation happens before restoration takes place. Check out this post to learn more about the difference between mitigation and restoration. 

The five steps:

  • Step 1: Prevent Further Damage

As soon as you notice the ceiling water damage, remove the furniture from the damaged area and place a bucket or bowl on the floor to catch the water.

  • Step 2: Search for the source

Once that situation is stabilized, identify the leak's source. Is it coming from inside or outside the house? The timing of the leak is a good predictor of its source. If the leak only occurs when it is raining outside, then that is a clear sign that there is a roof leak.  

Leaks that arise continuously indicate that the leak originates from inside the property. Depending on the source, you might be able to stop it temporarily.

  • Step 3: Stop the leak

After the leak's source has been located, you will want to ensure that the leak does not become a recurring issue. Stopping the leak may mean calling a local roofing contractor to perform roof repairs or calling a plumber to perform pipe repairs.  

  • Step 4: Remove the Damaged Materials

Once the source of water damage is fixed, it is time to remove all the damaged material. Keep in mind that wet drywall can crumble; it is best to put down a plastic sheet to collect all the waste. All damaged materials should be placed in plastic bags for the trash. 

  • Step 5: Dry out the water damaged ceiling

The last step in the mitigation process is to dry out the water damaged ceiling. To properly dry out any size water damage, you will want to get help from IICRC certified water restorers. The accredited professionals will use advanced drying techniques to ensure your property is dried correctly.  

Avoiding mold damage

It's essential to call an expert as soon as you detect ceiling water damage because the sooner a specialist comes to assess the issue, the sooner the water damage issue will be fixed. Mold growth is typical when water is not adequately removed. 

Mold growth can start in the first 24-48 hours in ideal conditions that include moisture. If left untreated, mold will quickly spread throughout your house. Here are two signs of mold growth. 

  1. Musty odors (Mold will have a powerful, musty smell around the damaged area.)
  2. Visible mold growth (Brown, dark-green, or black)

Address the situation calmly

Ceiling leaks aren't fun, but you don't have to be distressed when they happen. When you have the proper knowledge, you can confidently take complete control of the problem and quickly develop a solution. Panicking will only slow things down, and you will not be able to temporarily fix the problem until professional help arrives. With that being said, it is best to address the situation calmly.

When to call SERVPRO

When a disaster occurs, one can only do just a little without the proper knowledge; It is always wise to seek professional help as soon as possible to avoid secondary water damages. The faster you get an expert's assistance, the faster you'll get rid of the problem. 


The professionals at SERVPRO are insurance preferred water restorers that have been serving Blue Ridge customers since 1967. If you want your everyday life to be normal again after you have suffered damage from leaks in your ceilings, then SERVPRO is the most reliable option for you.

5 Important Questions To Ask When Choosing The Right Restoration Contractor

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

Restoration contractors drying property after water damage Contact the restoration contractors at SERVPRO!

Not all restoration companies are the same.

Have you recently undergone water damage at your property? To be safe from getting the run around from many restoration contractors, there are specific questions you can ask for picking out the perfect restoration contractor for services. In order to get long term results, your service provider must be detail-oriented and certified. Your main goal should be to hire a company that can quickly repair the damaged area of concern and get rid of the source of the problem to avoid a future loss.

The following questions are designed to aid you in picking out the perfect service for water restoration:

Is the restoration contractor qualified?

You need to be well aware that many contractors take as many jobs as they possibly can. They hold making money and their business profit margins at a greater value than delivering high-quality work. 

Ensure that your restoration contractor is the best at their job and are reliable. 

Please do your homework about them beforehand. Carefully examine customers’ past experiences with them. Look at their portfolios, paying attention to testimonials and reviews from past clients. You can also go further ahead by requesting a customer list of references so that you can get in touch with them directly. Every contractor works differently, and you ought to always pick out the best company for your home or business water damage repairs.

Can the restoration contractor handle all of the repairs? 

Just like any other service provider business, every company that delivers restoration services may not be able to cater to every issue regarding your home insurance claim. Some restoration vendors may only have expertise in water cleanup or fire mitigation services; some might only deal with mold remediation. To ensure the best possible experience, try working with a provider that deals with everything restoration related, from beginning to end. Let us dive into common circumstances a homeowner would find themselves in:

Roof Leaks

Several situations, sometimes natural, sometimes not, can deteriorate a roof. Your water restoration contractor must be capable enough to diagnose and spot the exact source from where the penetration of water is happening. Repairing the problems would include:

  • Finding the intrusion of water and take care of the leaking roof
  • Inspecting for damage in walls, floors, or ceilings and take care of any repairs 
  • Mold remediation services
  • Re-insulating walls, floors, and ceilings
  • Drywall repairs

When faced with water damage, you should get in touch with a provider familiar with the process and service of remediation. The restoration contractor should also be capable enough to carry out the repairs for home construction efficiently.

Pipe Bursts

A common result of the freezing temperatures can cause a pipe to freeze cold and burst. A pipe burst can result in a home being left with a flood. Pipe burst damages can be massive if they are not looked noticed quickly. Additionally, if the water leak managed to occur on a

the upper story of the house, the restoration damage will be much worse.

Once again, the contractor must have a tight grasp of the following services.

  • Repairing the pipes that might be broken 
  • Inspect for damage to the structure of the home and make required repairs
  • Re-insulate all ceilings and walls 
  • Replace and repair drywall

The repairing process starts by first diagnosing, then mitigating the water intrusion immediately. You will want to hire a contractor that is available 24/7 and has expertise in all the services mentioned. In case of a pipe breaking, the 24/7 available contractor can show up immediately, decreasing the repairs’ cost.

Is the restoration contractor within budget? 

We are well aware that sudden expenses are stressful. One might need to take out money from a savings account. The best-case scenario is that your insurance company will handle the cost. The restoration contractor you choose should have experience working with insurance claims to ensure you get what you desire.

Does the water restoration vendor know mold remediation?

It is possible that the water damage claim will require mold remediation. However, if mold remediation is required, it should be ensured to be done thoroughly. Things will continue to get worse if the restoration contractor is not competent enough to diagnose the origin or fails to remove the mold growth effectively.

It is best to ensure that the restoration contractor you choose has experience dealing with a mold infestation. An IICRC certified mold specialist will know the meat remediation practices so that the mold is not exposed to any other areas of the property. 

Is the restoration company detailed-oriented?

Getting repairs to your home or business requires top quality service. The company hired to perform the job for you must be very detail-oriented. The restoration service should ensure that all risks are eliminated.

Hire the restoration professionals at SERVPRO

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties have all the qualifications and certifications. SERVPRO will deliver detailed-oriented work no matter what kind of restoration services you may need. SERVPRO is a preferred insurance vendor known to provide high-quality work “Like it never even happened.”

What To Do When A Sink Trap Leaks?

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Well functioning kitchen sink  Common kitchen water damages are caused by sink trap leaks.

A leaking pipe can be tough to navigate; let the professionals help

The pipe below your kitchen sink is called a sink trap. The purpose of a sink trap is to allow the water to flow and reach the sink tap. However, these pipes can easily cause water damage to your entire kitchen when not properly maintained. The good thing is that these pipes are designed to be easily changeable to keep you from suffering from a pipe burst or sink trap leak. 

In this blog post, you will learn the importance of fixing a leaking sink trap and the common causes why a sink trap may leak. 

A leaking sink trap can cause severe water damage

The leakage of a sink trap isn't similar to the leak from the pressurized water pipe. A leaking sink trap can cause major damages unless you notice pooling at the base of your cabinet early on. 

If a sink trap leak goes unnoticed for a long period, it will increase your water bill. An expensive water bill is not the only thing to worry about; if you do not notice the leak quickly, it can cause mold growth. 

Mix water damage with mold, and you can be certain that there will be structural damages to your home showing in the form of discoloration and stains. Be mindful that structural damage can decrease the value of your home as well.

Common causes of sink trap leaks

The most crucial thing when dealing with a leaking sink trap is to know the primary cause. Here are some common causes of a sink trap leak:

  • Loose connections

If a P-Trap causes leakage, it probably is due to a loose connector that needs tightening. If this is the case, you need to get the appropriate size wrench and tighten the loose connection.

  • Damaged O rings

Another common cause of a sink trap leak is the displacement of an O ring. Sometimes, the O ring moves out of its correct position, causing a leak. If the O ring happens to be out of place, then unscrew the two joining pieces and place them back together and ensure that the O ring is in the right place. Follow the same process if the O rings are worn out. Unscrew the trap and replace the old O ring. 

  • Corrosion

Plumbing systems that haven't been maintained for years might be affected by rust or corrosion. Rust and corrosion can eat away the pipes and cause a sink trap leak. 

  • Temperature changes

Sudden changes in the extreme water temperature can cause the water pipes to expand or contract. These radical changes from too hot to too cold can result in the pipes cracking, which will lead to water leakage. In such a case, make sure your sink traps are prepared for unexpected temperature changes. 

  • Water pressure

Excess water pressure can destroy your water traps and eventually your house. If your traps are being strained with a pressure they can't withstand, they will leak. Contact a plumbing professional to help lower the water pressure to your property. 

Call the water damage pros for water damage repairs

If you happen to wake up one morning and find water on your kitchen floor, you need to call the professionals at SERVPRO ASAP! SERVPRO understands the worry and distress a water leakage can cause. 

When an IICRC certified water damage professional shows up to your property, they will start by locating the water damage source and then proceed with water mitigation services. For plumbing issues, they will ensure that the pipes are properly working to ensure secondary water damages don't occur.


SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is a preferred water restoration vendor that provides the best team of heroes to repair any size water damage. 

4 Common Plumbing Problems In Apartments

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Apartment building sink plumbing An apartment can be damaged by faulty plumbing in a matter of minutes!

In short, older apartments are more susceptible to plumbing problems.

A sound plumbing system is one of the most overlooked aspects of a properly functioning home. It's one of those things that people take for granted until there's a problem.

Plumbing problems appear anywhere, whether you're living in a house or an apartment.

This article is about common plumbing problems in apartments. Although they are possible in all apartments, older apartments are at a higher risk of occurring.

Signs of plumbing issues

Being on the lookout for plumbing issues is essential for anyone occupying a home, but property managers and owners have more skin in the game. 

Renters have the luxury of calling someone else. Property managers and owners call SERVPRO.

The most common sign of a plumbing issue is an altered flow rate. Weak streams can indicate problems with seals or joints, and if the flow rate stops altogether, you have a clog on your hands.

Other signs include water leakages. These can show up as wet spots on your walls or as collected water on the floor. 

Plumbing problems in apartments occur in greater frequency in older units because there is more time for seals to rupture or sediment.

What's worse, the proximity to other units creates a hassle for multiple occupants.

4 common problems

Here are some of the most common plumbing problems in apartments that you might encounter. This list will help you identify what might be happening on your property so that you can take steps to remedy the situation, including calling IICRC certified specialists.

1. Poor drainage

One of the biggest plumbing problems in apartments is the clogging of drains that leads to water backing up. This issue usually happens due to some residues blocking the drain, such as soap, bathing products, or hair. Another cause of blockage is grease from the kitchen going down the sink. 

You can quickly fix this issue yourself at home in one of two ways. You can use a drain snake to break the clog or use a liquid drain cleaner to clean your sink. Carefully follow the included instructions; if these don't solve the problem, contact SERVPRO.

2. Clogged toilets

Clogged toilets are another pretty common plumbing issue that you are likely to experience in your apartment. Clogged toilets are very similar to clogged drains— materials block the pipes. 

To fix this, use a plunger with a flange to cover the bottom bowl of the toilet. Push air into the pipe through the flange of your plunger and keep repeating it until you loosen up the clog. Then flush it several times to ensure the clearance of the pipe.

Be careful: this process may cause contaminated water to push back out. If the dirty water overflows and you can't stop it, make sure to call a water remediation company.

3. Rattling pipes

Rattling pipes are a problem that is quite frustrating—your pipes should be reasonably quiet, even with water rushing through them. 

These noises commonly occur after you shut off the valve. The banging noises are made when the flow of water changes direction and creates a shockwave, generally caused by high water pressure in the pipes. 

In the case of older buildings, the irritating noise is made through the flooding of air chambers.

Poor pipe design can also cause this. Pipes weaken over time, and the spaces created by shifting seams can make noises and result in water damage and even bursting of pipes. In such a case, you will need to contact a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO.

4. Low water pressure

Another one of the most recurring plumbing problems in apartments is low water pressure. It can affect everything from taking a shower to washing dishes. 

Apartment buildings face this issue quite a lot due to the blockage of the aerators. The first thing a professional will do is check if both the hot and cold water valves are working. If they are not, they will remove the aerators and clean them. Replacing the aerators can drastically help in improving the water flow. 

Plumbing problems lead to water damage 

Some of the plumbing problems in the apartments are simple and basic enough to fix yourself, but many complex ones might require you to seek a professional's help. These problems won't only cause annoyance but can also end up increasing your water bill, cause a foul odor, or create a scenario of unstoppable leakage.

Without proper action taken, these plumbing problems can lead to water damage, which has a higher cost and an intense restoration process. Water damage puts your property's structure at risk and can cause mold.

All of this can pose problems for your budget as well as a risk to the health of your property. So, make sure to call the SERVPRO experts to inspect all the plumbing problems and fix them before the job turns into a water damage disaster. SERVPRO is a preferred water damage vendor for many of the major insurance companies for a reason. Contact the certified water damage professionals today!

How To Get Rid Of Carpet Odors From Flooding

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

puppy smelling carpet odors Ignored water damage will leave musty carpet odors

Musty Carpet Odors Are Hard To Ignore

A musty mildew-filled carpet can be challenging to overlook. When you first notice your carpeting to smell, you should check to see if there is mold damage. Removing odors out of carpeting is relatively easy. Particularly if your area had been flooded, getting rid of the smell (with thorough attention) can be easy. 

Consider yourself lucky if you have not struggled with carpeting smelling your entire home. There are many reasons for carpet odors, like extra moisture, leaks, or floods. Wetness left untreated will cause mold, which may be the source of the unpleasant scent. 

In this blog, we'll look closely into some of the most effective ways to remove stinking carpet odors, saving your time and money in the long run.

Why Does The House Stink After A Flood?

The most frequent source of a peculiar musty smell in your home is caused by flooding. As pipes break during flooding, sewage and groundwater won't be delivered to public sewage lines causing a backup in your home. 

If the furniture from flood water is not removed correctly or washed, the bacteria can release a heavy, irritating odor. When homeowners don't let their homes properly dry after flooding, mold and mildew development can also occur.

Getting rid of the odors 

If you're struggling with floodwater carpet damage, the following are ideas to get rid of the stinky smells:

Dry or clean the area

Stinky or unpleasant odors in the carpet are typically the consequence of floodwaters. When your home suffers from flooding, there is likely ongoing water damage in the neighborhood. The best course of action would be to use the same water restoration company for services since they are already in the area.  

Vacuum the carpet

When your carpet becomes dry, vacuum it to minimize the dust to allow the smell to disperse quicker. Make use of a Wet vacuum cleaner to clear extra particles.

Apply Vinegar or Baking Soda

Vinegar is a perfect home cure to remove unpleasant smells. Based on the scale of mildew on the carpet, add one cup of white vinegar per two cups of water. Transfer the spray bottle's solution and spray it on the carpet, making a nice layer. Be cautious not to overdo it! Additional moisture can contribute to mold formation. 

Also, use baking soda, as it is one of the safest odor neutralizers. Drop a considerable quantity of baking soda on the smelly carpet, as it will not damage the carpet. Then consider waiting a few hours or for better performance, let sit overnight.

Know when to call for professionals 

If the smell remains, repeat this procedure. If all your attempts remain ineffective, get your carpet treated by a reputable restoration company like SERVPRO. SERVPRO offers professional carpet cleaning, water restoration cleanup, and mold damage recovery. When we execute our cleaning services, we do so with outstanding consumer satisfaction as our main focus. Our open and friendly professionals have are qualified in various restoration fields to detect and assess any future problems.

Types of Water Damages That Affects Carpeting 

Water damage doesn't originate from a single cause. Did you know that there are various kinds of water damage? It may come from a broken toilet, leaked drains, waste, etc. In addition to getting a greater understanding of how severe the condition could be, you have to consider the three forms of water damage that can impact your home's smell.

Clean Water

Clean water is often referred to as the best or most secure of all categories of water damage. An overflowing sink is generally the cause of this type of damage. 

Gray Water

Gray water is much more harmful than clean water. A prime example of a gray water occurrence will be a toilet bowl leak. 

Black Water

Blackwater (the most serious of all) arises from natural hazards such as flooding and hazardous waste. In all instances, the carpet and padding need to be removed. 

Count on SERVPRO 

You can count on the professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties to mitigate and treat all unwanted damages. We are a preferred water restoration vendor for many insurance companies, and all of our SERVPRO heroes are IICRC certified



Call us at (706) 896-1880

How to Choose The Right Water Restoration Vendor

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Two signs being pointed in different directions Choosing the right water restoration vendor is a lot like being pointed in two different directions.

SERVPRO Is A Preferred Insurance Water Restoration Vendor

After an unfortunate event such as water damage, you will want to file a claim for your homeowner's insurance. Then you will need to make sure that you also find the best and licensed water restoration vendor with the right set of skills to manage all the repairs on your property. Although many of the best insurance companies recommend water restoration contractors to get the job done, you will want to go with one YOU can trust. 

Before choosing the first water restoration vendor provided by your insurance adjuster, you should look and see past reviews, years of experience, highly-trained professionals, and the quality of repairs. In this post, you will learn all that makes a trustworthy water restoration vendor. 

3 Things That A Good Water Restoration Vendor Must Provide 

There are five things that all food water damage vendors must provide you before they start mitigating the damages. Those five things are as follows:

  1. A written estimate that states all the possible expenses, including the labor and equipment used to carry out the repairs.
  2. Give you an estimate about the time the repairs could take. 
  3. The right water restoration vendor will provide you with their contractor's license number, the amount of liability insurance they carry, and the insurance policy number for their liability coverage.

Remember that any professional water restoration vendor will provide you with all the necessary information beforehand. 

4 Steps to Protect Yourself When Working With Water Damage Restoration Contractors

Once you find the right water damage contractor you can trust, you will want to follow the following four steps to safeguard your interests.

1) Get A Written Estimate Cost From The Contractor

The first thing you need to do is get a written estimate. A written estimate will safeguard any future disagreements because there will be documented proof.

2) Check Contractor's Reviews And Licensing

To ensure that you are the best water restoration vendor out there, it is always good to check online reviews. Secondly, it is essential to make sure the water damage contractor has insurance and proper licensing. Go with a preferred water damage vendor recommended by your insurance agent. You will not have to worry about their documentation because preferred vendors need to have the proper documentation to be part of the programs. 

3) Get Approval From Your Insurance Company 

Carefully examine and read all the papers that the contractor asks you to sign to ensure that your rights are protected. Also, getting approval from your insurance company is vital to ensure that all damages will be covered. 

4) Keep A Record Of All Claim Repairs, Details, And Receipts

Keep a file containing all essential information and paperwork of the work being done. Here are some of the things you might want to include:

  • The signed contract
  • Bills and invoices
  • Specifications and plans of all the work being done
  • Information of any subcontractors (if applicable)
  • Copies of certificates of insurance
  • Before and after restoration images

If you have all such essential information, your claim will go much smoother.

Conclusion

When you hire the professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties as your water restoration vendor, you will be happy to know you are working with the best restoration contractors in North Georgia. We are a preferred insurance repair contractor and have experience in fire, mold, water restoration cleanup


Call us at (706) 896-1880

7 Reasons Not to Ignore Water Damage

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

If you experience water damage in Northern Georgia, it’s no big deal. Right? Afterall, it’s only water. But water is known as the universal solvent for a good reason - because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid. That includes major structural parts of your home or business. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here’s are seven negative impacts of leaving water damage untreated:

  1. Devalued Property - The signs of water damage are difficult to hide. They’ll usually reveal themselves to any appraiser even if you attempt to paint over the stains. Also, when water’s left untreated, a repellent smell can linger which will probably turn buyers away.
  1. Structural Damage - this occurs depending on the amount of water surrounding the affected area. Drywall begins to deteriorate and the subfloor can easily warp or even split, meaning you’ll end up replacing and restoring the affected areas. Even solid materials that foundations are made of, whether masonry, concrete or stone, can soak up small amounts of water through their cracks and pores. Unless these pockets of water are removed, they can create defects in the building foundation that eventually weaken the entire structure.
  1. Mold - Any presence of water can cause mold to begin growing in as quickly as 48 hours. Once mold is present, it can be very difficult and expensive to treat and remove. Also, if mold is left untreated it can spread and can cause health effects.
  1. Electrical Damage - Once electrical systems are damaged by moisture, wiring, outlets, and electric boxes become unsafe to use until they’re professionally inspected. Electrical water damage usually occurs to kitchen appliances, washing machines, dryers, hot water tanks, furnaces, and low mounted electrical outlets.
  1. Health Hazards - A home or business exposed to floodwaters are susceptible to harmful bacteria and other microbes. If not treated correctly, toxins will linger on your affected furniture, carpets, and inside your HVAC system long after the water has dried. Those bacteria and microbes can cause serious respiratory issues and other health issues.
  1. Lost Personal Items - The same water that causes structural damage can destroy many personal items including, photographs, books, electronics, and personal documents, among other items. However, if you act quickly and call SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties, we can help save and restore many of your personal items.
  1. And…Bugs! - Bugs love moisture and water damage creates the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, beetles, fleas, ticks, spiders, and more. And the hatching eggs and dying bugs will attract even more insects to the area as well as spread bacteria.

As you can see, when water damage occurs, immediate action is needed as it helps to minimize the damage and cleaning and restoration costs. SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. Be sure to give us a call so you never have to suffer long from the seven dangerous impacts of water damage.

Water Damage Can Be Invisible

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Have you ever seen the disappearing water trick where a magician causes water that’s poured into a cup to magically vanish, as if into thin air? (Spoiler alert: sodium polyacrylate, the stuff in disposable diapers, is first put in the bottom of the cup to soak up the water!)

But water can still disappear even without any “magic” involved. It’s very adept at hiding and can be almost invisible. It sometimes hides so effectively that it can’t be detected unless special moisture meters are used. Why do you need to know this? Because even though water is essential for life, it’s also one the most destructive elements that can attack your north Georgia home or business.

It Can Run…

Water can be elusive because of the way it moves. It spreads out like the letter "T" – moving out and downward from its source. Even if water looks to be setting still, it really isn’t. Gravity continues to pull it down into the surface of the material it’s resting on. And as it moves, it spreads and soaks into whatever porous (allowing liquid or air to pass through) materials it encounters. But after spreading out and down it has another trick up its sleeve. It can also move up. It does this by wicking action. For example, water sitting at the bottom of drywall can wick up the wall at a rate of one inch per hour for the first 24 hours!

Because of water’s meandering ways it can easily hide inside insulation, behind walls and cabinets and in subfloors. Even if a surface feels dry, there may still be moisture hiding underneath or inside of it. What this can mean for your north Georgia home or business is that secondary damage like mold or warping may occur. It can even ruin expensive hardwood floors.

But it Can’t Hide

If you have, or even if you suspect you may have water damage, it’s highly important that a professional from SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties comes out and tests for moisture with specialized moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras. With this equipment we’ll be able to locate the confines of the affected area and show you the scope of the damage. Then our techs will go to work removing and drying the moisture to ensure that no further damage occurs, making it “Like it never even happened."

Why do we do this? Because water can’t hide from SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties!

Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 706-896-1880

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 706-896-1880

Caleb Weaver: Production Manager

9/23/2019 (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.

Buy Local Extravaganza 2019

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties had so much fun at the Buy Local Extravaganza in Blairsville hosted at North Georgia Technical College! We were able to meet customers and give them information they never knew regarding what was lurking in their HVAC duct systems and information regarding mold due to flooding among so much more! Thank you to everyone who came out to see us! If you didn't get a chance to come out or have questions for us, feel free to contact SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties and our office will be happy to answer any questions you may have any kinds of issues you are experiencing. SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin and Gilmer Counties is always here to help!

Summer Safety Tips!

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks displays; but along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms-especially during July.

In 2013, eight people died and about 11,400 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.  In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage.

There is nothing like firing up the grill during the summer months!  Did you know, July is the peak month for grills fires?  A backyard barbecue can become dangerous quickly if proper safety precautions aren't considered.  SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties wants you to have an enjoyable and safe summer.

Consider the following tips to ensure your summer celebrations are disaster-free!

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • When using a charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks.  Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire.  Children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over, as they may still be active.
  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

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

9/3/2019 (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.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 
(706) 896-1880

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.

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

Ready for Whatever Happens!

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

As severe weather approaches, you and your family are reminded to check our emergency supply kits, we are also reminded of the SERVPRO slogan "Ready for whatever happens".  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommends having at least one full emergency supply kit for your home and smaller portable kits for your office and vehicles.

A basic emergency supply kit should contain at least the following:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA weather radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents; copies of insurance policies, ID and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

Remember, this is only a basic kit.  Your circumstances may require additional items.  Check out the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website on readiness at www.ready.gov for more information.  You can also contact SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties to learn more and be "Ready for whatever happens!"

Damage from Water Should be Cleaned by Certified Professionals

7/28/2018 (Permalink)

The amount of damage water can cause is amazing, and often underestimated by homeowners. Excess moisture is bad enough, but when a home is flooded or hit with a plumbing disaster (like a burst pipe), the situation can quickly get out of hand. There’s a reason why these incidents are among the most expensive problems a homeowner can face. Contaminated water not only creates immediate structural problems, it can leave serious biological threats behind after it has been removed.

Floods, sewage backflows, and other sources of contaminated fluid usually cause the worst damage. Dirty water is filled with all kinds of harmful substances, ranging from chemical residues to animal feces to parasites. Bacteria, viruses and fungi grow explosively in contaminated fluid, and severe health risks, like salmonella and hepatitis, are common in flood waters.

This problem is compounded by the composition of most homes, which are filled with organic materials. Drywall, wood and the matter that is trapped in carpet fibers are just a few examples, and they can give pathogens room to grow. Within 48 hours, mold may begin creeping behind the walls and releasing spores, and any organic materials that have been soaked through by contaminated fluid will usually have to be destroyed.

That’s why restoration firms, in addition to surveying the home for structural problems, will dry the home quickly and apply antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agents to all surfaces that had contact with the water. This ensures the family can return to a safe home, and not one harboring a collection of harmful pathogens.

www.IICRC.org

Towns County Sheriff's Office Empty Stocking Fund

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin and Gilmer Counties is so excited to help Sheriff Chris Clinton and the Towns County Sheriff's Office with their Empty Stocking Fund! We were able to provide toys to more than 61 children!

The Empty Stocking Fund empowers parents and guardians of children living in poverty by providing them with an opportunity to give their children gifts at Christmas time. 

About SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties

SERVPRO of  Union, Towns, Fannin and 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.

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

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

7/26/2018 (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.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 
(706) 896-1880

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.

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

Faster to your Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer County Water Damage Ever

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

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.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –706-896-1880

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

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.

Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 706-896-1880

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 706-896-1880

10 Ways to Prevent Water Damage

2/27/2018 (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.

Faster to your Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer County Water Damage Ever

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

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.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –706-896-1880

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

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.

Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 706-896-1880

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 706-896-1880

Towns County Sheriff's Office Empty Stocking Fund

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin and Gilmer Counties is so excited to help Sheriff Chris Clinton and the Towns County Sheriff's Office with their Empty Stocking Fund! We were able to provide toys to more than 61 children!

The Empty Stocking Fund empowers parents and guardians of children living in poverty by providing them with an opportunity to give their children gifts at Christmas time. 

About SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties

SERVPRO of  Union, Towns, Fannin and 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.

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

Home & Garden Show 2016

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties had so much fun at the Home & Garden Show in Hiawassee hosted at the Events Center at Fieldstone! We were able to meet customers and give them information they never knew regarding what was lurking in their HVAC duct systems and information regarding mold due to flooding among so much more! Thank you to everyone who came out to see us! If you didn't get a chance to come out or have questions for us, feel free to contact SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties and our office will be happy to answer any questions you may have any kinds of issues you are experiencing. SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin and Gilmer Counties is always here to help!

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

7/31/2017 (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.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 
(706) 896-1880

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.

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

Damage from Water Should be Cleaned by Certified Professionals

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

The amount of damage water can cause is amazing, and often underestimated by homeowners. Excess moisture is bad enough, but when a home is flooded or hit with a plumbing disaster (like a burst pipe), the situation can quickly get out of hand. There’s a reason why these incidents are among the most expensive problems a homeowner can face. Contaminated water not only creates immediate structural problems, it can leave serious biological threats behind after it has been removed.

Floods, sewage backflows, and other sources of contaminated fluid usually cause the worst damage. Dirty water is filled with all kinds of harmful substances, ranging from chemical residues to animal feces to parasites. Bacteria, viruses and fungi grow explosively in contaminated fluid, and severe health risks, like salmonella and hepatitis, are common in flood waters.

This problem is compounded by the composition of most homes, which are filled with organic materials. Drywall, wood and the matter that is trapped in carpet fibers are just a few examples, and they can give pathogens room to grow. Within 48 hours, mold may begin creeping behind the walls and releasing spores, and any organic materials that have been soaked through by contaminated fluid will usually have to be destroyed.

That’s why restoration firms, in addition to surveying the home for structural problems, will dry the home quickly and apply antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agents to all surfaces that had contact with the water. This ensures the family can return to a safe home, and not one harboring a collection of harmful pathogens.

www.IICRC.org

Damage from Water Should be Cleaned by Certified Professionals

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

The amount of damage water can cause is amazing, and often underestimated by homeowners. Excess moisture is bad enough, but when a home is flooded or hit with a plumbing disaster (like a burst pipe), the situation can quickly get out of hand. There’s a reason why these incidents are among the most expensive problems a homeowner can face. Contaminated water not only creates immediate structural problems, it can leave serious biological threats behind after it has been removed.

Floods, sewage backflows, and other sources of contaminated fluid usually cause the worst damage. Dirty water is filled with all kinds of harmful substances, ranging from chemical residues to animal feces to parasites. Bacteria, viruses and fungi grow explosively in contaminated fluid, and severe health risks, like salmonella and hepatitis, are common in flood waters.

This problem is compounded by the composition of most homes, which are filled with organic materials. Drywall, wood and the matter that is trapped in carpet fibers are just a few examples, and they can give pathogens room to grow. Within 48 hours, mold may begin creeping behind the walls and releasing spores, and any organic materials that have been soaked through by contaminated fluid will usually have to be destroyed.

That’s why restoration firms, in addition to surveying the home for structural problems, will dry the home quickly and apply antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agents to all surfaces that had contact with the water. This ensures the family can return to a safe home, and not one harboring a collection of harmful pathogens.

www.IICRC.org

Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

7/11/2016 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 706-896-1880

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the tust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 706-896-1880

Faster to your Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer County Water Damage Even

7/11/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

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.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –706-896-1880

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

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.

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

7/11/2016 (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.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 
(706) 896-1880

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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Home & Garden Show 2016

6/13/2016 (Permalink)

Jesse Gibson

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties had so much fun at the Home & Garden Show in Hiawassee hosted at the Events Center at Fieldstone! We were able to meet customers and give them information they never knew regarding what was lurking in their HVAC duct systems and information regarding mold due to flooding among so much more! Thank you to everyone who came out to see us! If you didn't get a chance to come out or have questions for us, feel free to contact SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties and our office will be happy to answer any questions you may have any kinds of issues you are experiencing. SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin and Gilmer Counties is always here to help!

Towns County Sheriff's Office Empty Stocking Fund

6/13/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin and Gilmer Counties is so excited to help Sheriff Chris Clinton and the Towns County Sheriff's Office with their Empty Stocking Fund! We were able to provide toys to more than 61 children!


The Empty Stocking Fund empowers parents and guardians of children living in poverty by providing them with an opportunity to give their children gifts at Christmas time. 


About SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties


SERVPRO of  Union, Towns, Fannin and 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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Frozen Pipes in North Georgia

4/28/2016 (Permalink)

It is very important, if you own a second home or are going to be gone for an extended period of time, that some form of heat if left on if the temperatures could get to freezing or below.

Most feel that they will be saving SO much money by turning off all their heat. But how much money is going to be saved when you come home to busted water pipes that have resulted in this type of damage?

Damage from Water Should be Cleaned by Certified Professionals

4/21/2016 (Permalink)

The amount of damage water can cause is amazing, and often underestimated by homeowners. Excess moisture is bad enough, but when a home is flooded or hit with a plumbing disaster (like a burst pipe), the situation can quickly get out of hand. There’s a reason why these incidents are among the most expensive problems a homeowner can face. Contaminated water not only creates immediate structural problems, it can leave serious biological threats behind after it has been removed.

Floods, sewage backflows, and other sources of contaminated fluid usually cause the worst damage. Dirty water is filled with all kinds of harmful substances, ranging from chemical residues to animal feces to parasites. Bacteria, viruses and fungi grow explosively in contaminated fluid, and severe health risks, like salmonella and hepatitis, are common in flood waters.

This problem is compounded by the composition of most homes, which are filled with organic materials. Drywall, wood and the matter that is trapped in carpet fibers are just a few examples, and they can give pathogens room to grow. Within 48 hours, mold may begin creeping behind the walls and releasing spores, and any organic materials that have been soaked through by contaminated fluid will usually have to be destroyed.

That’s why restoration firms, in addition to surveying the home for structural problems, will dry the home quickly and apply antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agents to all surfaces that had contact with the water. This ensures the family can return to a safe home, and not one harboring a collection of harmful pathogens.

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