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Flooding in Georgia

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

According to the World Economic Forum, “in the last 20 years, flooding has been the most common natural disaster by far, accounting for 43% of all recorded events.” We can completely understand this with all of the rain and floods we have been having in Georgia this summer! You wake up on a Saturday morning ready to relax by the pool or go to the lake after a busy week at the office, only to see the dark clouds glooming over you. You see the trees shaking from the gusts of wind blowing by and you hear the thunder in the distance. You hope that the storm will “blow over” quickly, but then it begins to pour. You watch as the water accumulates across your property and then, just like that, the water is now intruding into your home. Now are you not going to be able to spend your weekend outside enjoying a dip in the pool, but your basement has become your own personal swimming ground! Take the measures to prevent additional damage to your home or office, then call SERVPRO of Decatur to properly take care of the damage that has already been done.

If your home or commercial building is affected by a flood, give us a call day or night! Give us a call at 404-378-9998.

What is Black Mold?

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What is Black Mold? Do not let mold growth get out of control in your home, give us a call at 404-378-9998!

According to the CDC Stachybotrys chartarum is a greenish-black mold more commonly known as “black mold” or “toxic mold.” This type of mold is known to grow on material that has high cellulose and low nitrogen content, for example, fiberglass, gypsum board, paper, dust, and lint. Mold growth occurs when there is constant moisture exposure from water damage, excessive humidity, water leaks, condensation, or flooding.

Molds are very common in buildings and homes and will grow anywhere indoor where moisture is present, so you should be aware of this fact and be proactive in searching for potential mold growth. If any mold is found in your home or business it should be inspected and treated by a professional, you should be cautious around the infected area and be sure not to touch or disturb the mold.

If you are worried about mold growth in your home or business let SERVPRO of Decatur help you out!

Be Ready for Any Size Disaster

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Any type of disaster, big or small, can be scary when it is directly affecting your business. According to the latest research as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster; of the businesses that do manage to survive a large portion of them had a preparedness plan in place. SERVPRO offers a no cost assessment of your facility in order to provide you with an Emergency READY profile, so that you will know the exact steps to take when your business is in need. Do not let a storm take advantage of you, but instead be prepared for anything it has to throw your way!

Our Emergency READY Program and the American Red Cross Ready Rating program are perfect partners.

Call us today to schedule an assessment of your facilities. #BeAHero #beSERVPROready

Tornado Facts

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

According to the weather channel, Georgia is the U.S. state with the most tornadoes so far in 2017, setting a new state record of 102 tornadoes. With that in mind it is important to be knowledgeable and up to date on these facts about tornadoes.

Tornadoes are arguably nature's most violent storms. Generated from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes generally appear as rotating, funnel-shaped clouds extending from the closed base to the ground. With winds that can reach up to 300 miles per hour, tornadoes can cause massive destruction within seconds. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and fifty miles long.

  • The average tornado moves southwest to northeast, but tornadoes have been known to move in any direction.
  • The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 miles per hour, but may vary from stationary to 70 miles per hour. 
  • Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land.
  • Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during spring and summer months.
  • Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

If a storm does happen to occur, please don't hesitate to contact us at 404-378-9998!

How to Prevent Water Damage

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

With a summer that has been full of so much rain, reports of water damage have been extremely high. Even though some water fiascos are completely unavoidable, there are some preventative measures you can take to help avoid water damage in your home and prevent costly repairs.

The Top 3 Ways to Prevent Water Damage

  1. Properly Storing Valuables

As mentioned above some storms and leaks you cannot predict, but the best way to prevent water from destroying your belongings is with proper storage. We recommend going through your home and storing your valuables such as photo albums, books, or old toys in plastic storage bins so they are safe from water!

  1. Seasonal Cleaning

Throughout the year, it’s tempting to throw unused items into the basement or garage. But when a big hurricane appears, you might not have time to clear these rooms out. To avoid potential water damage from ruining your items, clean before storm season approaches.

  1. Gutters

Properly functioning gutters are essential during storm season because they help guide water away from the home and foundation. Clogged gutters can spell disaster. Without anywhere to go, the water will backflow into your home, potentially causing significant water damage. Make it a priority to regularly clean gutters and have them professionally maintained throughout the year.

No Job Too Big or Small!

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial No Job Too Big or Small! Give SERVPRO of Decatur a call at 404-378-9998!

Not all restoration companies can handle a wide array of restoration necessities. Some companies are too small and not well equipped enough to handle large losses that nearly destroy an entire building, while other companies to not feel like a small water problem is worth their time to investigate; that is not us.

We can handle any of your restorations needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No job is too big or too small! We have a fully equipped warehouse and highly trained crews that are capable of responding to any size disaster. Our production crews are available to help you deal with mold removal, water damage, fire damage, storm damage, as well as repairs! We are here to assist you with any damages that might arise and we will not quit until it looks “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damage: The Dangers You Can't See

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage: The Dangers You Can't See When it comes to your health and the health of the people you love, don't take any risks. Give us a call today!

If told to image fire damage, we would probably all visualize a similar picture. Roaring flames that once spread throughout a home now leaves behind blackened debris, burnt furniture and belongings, thick soot all over the walls, and a smell of smoke that you think is going to be impossible to ever get rid of. While all of these things can be harmful to humans, and pets alike, the most dangerous thing that fires can leave behind are invisible asbestos deposits and the combustion deposits of lead paint. These chemicals are especially harmful to children and the elderly.

 Although more recently built homes are less susceptible to the dangers of asbestos and lead paint, those homes and buildings built prior to 1980 may contain these chemicals. In these cases, it is important that professional remediation is used when dealing with a fire. The professionals at SERVPRO of Decatur is here to help with all of your remediation and restoration needs!

The Importance of Cleaning Dryer Vents

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

According to the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Data Center, clothes dryers are responsible for more than 15,000 structure fires around the country each year, and 80% of those fires start with clogged dryer vents.

There are a few warning signs that your dryer vent needs to be cleaned out. One sign is if your laundry is taking longer to dry than usual; dryers work by removing hot, moist air, so if something is preventing that air from getting out, your laundry will most likely need a few extra cycles to dry. Another sign is if you notice that your clothes have a strange smell, this could mean that your dryer is not ventilating properly.

To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your or your insured’s home or business, SERVPRO of Decatur can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup.

For more information on cleaning dryer vents contact SERVPRO of Decatur at 404-378-9998.

Is Mold Hiding in Your Attic?

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is Mold Hiding in Your Attic? Do not led mold take over your attic! Call SERVPRO of Decatur today!

If you are anything like me, the only time you make it up to your attic is during the holidays when you are trying to find the decorations you stored up there a year ago. An attic can be a somewhat scary location where cob webs tend to take over and homeowners tend to avoid. In our experience, 95% of all mold problems in attics go completely unnoticed for a long time due to the fact that most people do not spend any time up there.

Attic mold tends to be discovered during a home inspection when homeowners are getting prepared to put their house on the market, and it is almost always a shocking surprise to find out that your attic has had mold growing in it for who knows how long!

That is why it is very important to be proactive. Don’t be afraid to wander around your attic from time to time to search for signs of mold. Finding mold growth in the early stages makes it far easier to remove and is much cheaper than letting it fester and not taking action.

The approach is simple: if you see visible mold, it should be removed!

Thunderstorm Safety and How to Prepare

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms can happen nearly anywhere around the world and have the potential to be extremely dangerous. The typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts an average of 30 minutes; nearly 1,800 thunderstorms are happening at any moment around the world! Although thunderstorms can occur year-round they are more common during the spring and summer months.

WATCH VS. WARNING

  • A watch is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and around the watch area. It does not mean that a thunderstorm will occur, only that it is possible.
  • A warning is issued when severe thunderstorms are occurring or imminent in the warning area.

BE PREPARED

  • Build an emergency kit and make a family communication plan.
  • Keep dead or rotting limbs trimmed to prevent them from falling during a storm.
  • Do not hesitate to postpone outdoor activities.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Shutter your windows and secure outside doors.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives!

If your home or business is damaged from a storm call SERVPRO of Decatur at 404-378-9998.