How residential fires get started
Experiencing a fire, no matter the size can be very traumatic for a family. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) published a report that showed there were 1,291,500 fires in 2019, 3,704 deaths, and 16,600 injuries. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three-quarters of civilian fire deaths were caused by home fires, and children under 5 and the elderly are at a higher risk of dying in situations like this. Fire losses amount to almost $15 billion.
Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires with almost 50%, following by heating equipment (14%), electrical distribution and lighting equipment (10%), Intentional fires (8%), and smoking materials (5%).
The majority of home fires start in the kitchen, that is why it is essential that you do not leave the stove unattended while cooking.
Install smoke detectors throughout the home, and make sure that every level of the home has at least one.
If the unthinkable happens and you are affected by a house fire, please do not hesitate to call the experts at SERVPRO of Decatur. We have decades of experience in dealing with situations similar to yours, and we will be there to help you throughout the restoration process. Call us at 404-378-9998, we are Here to Help.
Sewage backup damage
It is very difficult for homeowners to deal with water damage in their homes, but there is an extra level of stress when it is due to a sewage backup since that can be dangerous to the family living in the home.
In the industry, that type of water damage is categorized as a Cat 3 or “black water.”
It is important to identify what kind of water our technicians are dealing with since different sources of water cause different types of damage.
This is the least contaminated, and it comes from a relatively sanitary source. It does not contain waste products and it comes from overflowing sinks, burst pipes, broken appliances, snow, and rain.
Gray water contains waste products and it could be from dishwasher leaks, washing machine leaks, aquarium malfunctions, waterbeds, etc. This type of water loss does not present the hazard of spreading diseases.
This is the most contaminated type of water loss and that is why it is called black water. This type of damage, if not done properly, can cause severe damage to your property.
At SERVPRO of Decatur, we follow the IICRC Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration. Our technicians will identify any safety hazards, try to save as many of your possessions as possible, and start the mitigation process right away.
If you need help with sewage cleanup, call SERVPRO of Decatur at 404-378-9998
Do you need temporary repairs after a vandalism incident or storm preparation?
SERVPRO of Decatur offers emergency tarping and board-ups services for commercial properties.
Throughout the years, we have done thousands of board-ups in order to protect our customers’ belongings from the elements, vandalism, break-ins, etc. Our team has the necessary training and equipment to get it done quickly and safely. We will walk the affected area and conduct an initial assessment to determine what needs to be tarped, board up, secure, etc. Then our team will start the process to minimize secondary damage, such as mold damage, pest infestation, etc.
Some of the services we offer
- Storm Board up
- Fire Board up
- Vandalism Board up
- Windows and Doors Damage Board up
- Roof Tarps
- Dangerous Structure Stabilization
- Temporary Fencing
Keep your property and possessions safe…Call SERVPRO of Decatur at 404-378-9998. We are Here to Help.
For all your Commercial Restoration Needs… Call SERVPRO of Decatur
A water or fire disaster at one of your facilities needs to be handled by professionals with decades of experience in the industry.
At SERVPRO of Decatur, our Managers and Certified Technicians have the experience to handle any size disaster, be it in a commercial building or multi-family property. We strive to minimize interruptions of daily operations, not just for you but for your tenants too.
SERVPRO of Decatur provides a variety of services to these facility types:
- Industrial and Manufacturing Facilities
- Apartment Complexes
- Shopping Malls
- Multi-Tenant Facilities
- Multi-Level Commercial Buildings
SERVPRO of Decatur works to make your fire, water, or mold disaster “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 404-378-9998.
Commercial Building Restoration Services
- Water damage restoration
- Fire damage restoration
- Mold remediation
- Storm damage cleanup
- Disaster recovery team
Sump pumps and rainwater damage
Picture Source: A diagram of a centrifugal sump pump © 2009 HOWSTUFFWORKS.COM
We have had a fair amount of rain these last couple of weeks here in Decatur, and we have received several calls from homeowners dealing with flooded basements and crawl spaces. In some of those cases, the reason why their homes had sustain water damage was that the sump pump had not been working.
When was the last you inspected your sump pump? Most manufacturers recommend inspecting the unit every couple of months, especially if there is a big storm or heavy rain coming, to make sure the sump pump is working properly.
A sump pump is a device installed in the lowest part of a basement or crawlspace to help prevent this space from flooding and keep it as dry as possible, by keeping the water away from the structure.
SERVPRO of Decatur has the experience, qualifications, and necessary knowledge to help homeowners deal with this type of water damage.
Give us a call at 404-378-9998
- 24 Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any Size Disaster
- Highly Trained Water Damage Restoration Specialists
- Locally Owned and Operated
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Hurricane Dangers This Season
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), we will have an above-average 2021 hurricane season, which started June 1st and runs through November 30th.
The updated National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently updated the definition of the “average season” using new data. Now, an average season has 7 hurricanes and 14 named storms. It is estimated that in 2021 we will have 7-9 hurricanes (2-4 that could be categorized as 3 or higher), and 15 to 18 named storms.
Sadly, hurricanes not only affect coastal areas but can cause severe damage to properties more than 100 miles inland. Storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, landslides, high winds, and tornadoes can cause catastrophic damage.
If you have not done so, take to your family and come up with an evacuation and emergency plan. If your home or business has suffered storm damage, call the experts at SERVPRO of Decatur. Our certified technicians will help you throughout the mitigation and reconstruction process and make it “Like it never even happened.”
Call SERVPRO of Decatur at 404-378-9998
Do you know how to use a fire extinguisher?
Do you have a fire extinguisher at home? If so, do you and your family know where it is located? And the most important thing…do you know how to use it?
If you do not have one at home, we recommend that you purchase one right away. You can find small ones for as little as $20. The next step is to learn how to properly use it in case of a fire emergency.
REMEMBER THE ACRONYM PASS
Pull the pin. This allows you to start discharging the extinguisher.
Aim at the base of the fire.
Squeeze the top handle or lever.
Sweep from side to side until the fire is out.
Most fire extinguishers last for many years, but if they are not properly maintained, if you see a lot of rust, it might be time to get a new one.
If you ever have the misfortune of dealing with a home fire, SERVPRO of Decatur’s fire technicians can help restore your property to its preloss condition. You can reach us at 404-378-9998. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Dealing with water damage…Call an experienced company
Water damage can be very traumatic and stressful for homeowners. At SERVPRO of Decatur, we will remediate your home to its preloss condition and make it “Like it never even happened.” The science of restoration can be extremely confusing and complicated, that is why our technicians will provide guidance and assistance and help homeowners make the best decision throughout the mitigation process. SERVPRO of Decatur’s technicians have the equipment, technology, and training to handle any size disaster.
We take pictures before, during, and after the remediation process, and document each step of the drying process. Our restore versus replace method helps customers know that we will do everything possible to save their valuable and sentimental possessions. Before we leave, we will ensure that the worksite is clean and professional.
If you need our help, we are ready to assist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call SERVPRO of Decatur at 404-378-9998
Join Our Team! Hiring Production Technicians Now
Call us today at 404-378-9998
Do you love the challenge of leading a team and helping customers through difficult situations? Do not miss your chance to join our nationally-recognized company. As a Production Technician for SERVPRO of Decatur, you will be making a difference in the lives of our customers each and every day. We have a sincere desire of helping make fire and water damage “Like it never even happened.” We are seeking a team member who has a great attitude, is able to work efficiently in high-demand situations, and is dependable and energetic. Our idea of the ultimate candidate is one who is proactive, enjoys providing superior service, and loves taking ownership. As a valued member of our team, you will be part of a stable, growing company, offering state-of-the-art customer service and products throughout the United States. You will receive a competitive pay rate, with the opportunity to learn and grow.
Hours: 40 hours/week, flexible to work overtime when required.
SOME OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES:
Respond to and manage water/fire losses.
Ensure job processes and procedures are followed.
Monitor projects to completion.
Maintain equipment and vehicle inventory.
Must have a professional appearance and great attitude.
Must have a valid driver's license with a reasonable driving record.
Ability to pass a criminal background check with no felony convictions or misdemeanors involving violence or theft. Must be able to pass a drug test.
Because we provide 24-hour emergency services, must be willing to be on-call, as needed.
Some night and weekend work is required.
Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.
Experience in the Fire and Water restoration industry.
IICRC WRT certification.
Please email your resume to sp8537@SERVPRO11349.com or visit our office to complete an application.
Do you think you may have mold after a severe storm?
It’s been raining a lot in Decatur these past few weeks. Those are some ideal conditions where mold can spread quickly since it requires moisture and high temperatures to spread throughout our homes. If you can see something resembling mold…it is probably mold.
Prevention and maintenance are key to keep your attic mold-free. Call a professional roofing company to inspect your roof and check for leaks. A small leak over a long period of time can cause extensive damage to your home.
Inspect your attic regularly and make sure vents are not blocked by boxes, crates, critters, or insulation. If your HVAC system is in your attic, check to see if there are any leaks or excessive moisture around the unit (pay close attention to the condensate pan and drain line.) Make sure ducts from the kitchen or bathrooms run to the exterior of your home and not just the attic.
Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today at 404-378-9998. We specialize in water and mold damage restoration, with advanced training in restoration techniques and the experience and specialized equipment to quickly restore your property.