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Mold Prevention

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Moisture and Mold Prevention and Control Tips:

Moisture control is the key to mold control, so when water leaks or spills occur indoors, ACT QUICKLY. If wet or damp materials or areas are dried within 24 to 48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases, mold will not grow.

Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.

Make sure the ground slopes away from the building's foundation so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.

Keep air-conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.

Keep indoor humidity low. If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60% relative humidity (ideally, between 30% to 50%). Relative humidity can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter, which is a small, inexpensive instrument (from $10 to $50) that is available at many hardware stores.

If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes, ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.

How dirty is the flood water in my home?

2/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How dirty is the flood water in my home? Some water is cleaner than others!

What to Know!

There are many different uses for water. In our household alone, water is used for:

  • drinking
  • sanitation
  • sewer purposes
  • and more!

When water damage occurs, it’s important to know where the cause of the damage started. With that information, we’re able to identify the category of the water that we’re dealing with.

According to the Institute of Inspection and Restoration Certification, certain categories of water can pose a higher threat than others. The IICRC set the standards for the cleaning industry and water damage restoration. The professionals at SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties are highly trained by certified IICRC instructors.

Categories of water contamination

Category 1 –

This category of water is also know as “Clean Water”; the most known out of all of the categories. This is the water that is sanitary to drink, cook with and wash in. This water is only sanitary while in it’s source though, such as the pipes in your home. Once it is exposed to other elements, there is a possibility of becoming contaminated.

Category 2 –

Once the water reaches category 2, it usually is noticeable due to foul odor or different look. At this level, the water is unsafe to consume or come in contact with. This category is also known as “Gray Water”. It usually occurs from an overflow of the toilet or other appliances. Do not leave this water unattended for long.

Category 3 –

Category 3, or also known as “Black Water”, is almost always pretty noticeable to point out due to the high level of contamination. Being at this level means that it may contain raw sewage, pesticides, heavy metals or other toxic substances. This high level category is extremely toxic.

It is always important to clean any type of flood or water damage as soon as it is noticed. The longer the water damage sits, the higher risk of the water becoming contaminated and causing illness.

Faster to YOUR disaster

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to YOUR disaster SERVPRO is here to help make sure your disaster seems like it never even happened!

Damage That Can Be Done..

No one likes to think about the possible ails of a disaster attacking your property. SERVPRO wants to help you become more knowledgeable. Understanding the extent of potential damage is key to taking the right steps in getting your property back to pre-damage condition!

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.

Faster to YOUR disaster

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to YOUR disaster SERVPRO can help you get your disaster looking like it never even happened!

What You Can Do

No one wants to think about the possible ails of what a disaster can do to your property. Education on the subject is paramount to ensuring you take the correct steps in getting your property back to preloss condition as soon as possible.

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.

Mold in your Lafayette, Summerville, or Lyerly Home!

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in your Lafayette, Summerville, or Lyerly Home! Mold can have negative health affects. Call us today if you suspect mold in your home.

"I think I have mold. What do I do?"

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  1. Stay out of affected areas.
  2. Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  3. Contact SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 

(706) 866-5646

Fire Safety Tips!

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety Tips! Safety is key when dealing with fires.

Fire Damage Fire Safety Tips

Tips For Fire Safety:

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.

Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

We partner with the American Red Cross and also our local fire departments so fire prevention is VERY important to us! These tips are from REDCROSS.ORG

Here are some tips on WHAT TO DO AFTER A FIRE:

Call 9-1-1. Give first aid where needed; cool and cover burns to reduce the chance of further injury or infection.

Let friends and family know you’re safe.

People and animals that are seriously injured or burned should be transported to professional medical or veterinary help immediately.

Stay out of fire-damaged homes until local fire authorities say it is safe to re-enter.

Caring for Yourself & Loved Ones

Pay attention to how you and your loved ones are experiencing and handling stress. Promote emotional recovery by following these tips.

  • Discard any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke or soot.
  • Watch pets closely and keep them under your direct control.
  • Help people who require additional assistance- infants, elderly people, those without transportation, large families who may need additional help in an emergency situation, people with disabilities, and the people who care for them.
  • Also from REDCROSS.ORG, check it out for more information and make sure you are prepared in case an emergency happens in your Chickamauga, Lafayette, Ringgold, Trenton, or Rossville home!

Large-Scale Flooding

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Large-Scale Flooding Desiccant working alongside air movers.

Desiccant!

This is a tool we use alongside dehumidifiers for larger buildings. Desiccants operate differently than low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers. Desiccants do not collect water through condensation. They vent moisture-laden air from inside the structure to outside the structure using a ventilation system. These are large units that sit outside the structure with venting tubes and air input tubes.

The tubes come from and go to the affected building. They create the greatest vapor pressure and are best used when trying to dry wood flooring, plaster, or concrete. They work on the principle of absorption rather then condensation.  In this process, water vapor is adsorbed by a silica gel. The silica gel is then activated by air movement. This energy causes the desiccant to push the water vapor; Releasing its moisture to the outside air.

Mold Growth

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Growth Don't let mold be a hassle! Call us today!

Mold Damage

Mold is not quite as common as the Alabama sunshine, but it does happen to many residents. There is a common myth that mold starts due to poor housekeeping or it only happens to hoarders. It is untrue because mold is everywhere.
Mold spores only become a threat when they have the right combination of moisture, temperature, and a food source. To stop the threat; an experienced restoration company knows that we need to break one side of that triangle of resources. The easiest method is to remove the source of moisture. SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties knows that the sooner we get started, the faster we can stop the mold damage and prevent further growth in a Summerville or Trion home.

To get quickly started, we have developed a list of questions for the homeowner that help us determine where the mold source might be along with other, useful information:

1. Is there visible mold in your home? Where is it?
2. Is there a strong, musty odor?
3. Have you had any problems with mold previously?
4. Is there current water damage or have you had water damage in the past? When did any previous damage happen?
Once we have this information, our inspectors can quickly find the source of the mold infestation, areas of excess moisture and how to stop both. 

What We Can Do


Technicians begin by removing any standing water. For puddles and other small areas, we use water extractor wands to get into crawlspaces and small areas. For areas we cannot physically get into, we place a chemical desiccant to draw moisture from the surrounding air or set up a dehumidifier to draw larger amounts of moisture. Some of these machines can draw out over 20 gallons of water per day.

Once the air is dry enough, the mold spores return to a dormant state. If the spores are only on a surface, we attempt to vacuum them up or use dry wiping to remove them. Vacuuming and dry wiping get the spores out of the home without adding moisture to the environment.

If the spores had time to grow into building material such as drywall, we prefer to remove the entire panel and dispose of it. Attempting to dig out the mold to prevent replacing panels is rarely ever cost-effective. It is a labor-intensive process that adds up quickly on a final bill. 

Here to Help!

SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties is ready 24/7 to help local homeowners mitigate the effects of storms and weather disasters.

Call us at the first sign of trouble!

(706) 866-5646!

Dealing with Contaminated Water!

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dealing with Contaminated Water! Be sure you know the difference between clean and contaminated water!

SERVPRO's Tips on Contaminated Water

These Emergency Tips will assist you in taking the proper action until SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade and West Walker Counties professionals arrive. Please follow these DO's and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

Here are the DO's and DON'Ts for Water damage from Contaminated Water.

DO's 

  • Call SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker immediately at (706) 866-5646.
  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. This includes damages incurred by a sewage backup.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON'Ts 

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to contaminated areas.

Note: If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation. Consult with your local health department or physician.

About SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties

SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a sewage backup or a contaminated 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.

Have questions about Contaminated Water Damage and Cleanup? Call us - (706) 866-5646

Recovery Stats

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Recovery Stats Are you prepared for disaster?

Statistics on Business Recovery

  • Almost than 40% of businesses never reopen after a disaster. (FEMA)
  • 75% of small businesses do not have a disaster recovery plan. (Nationwide)
  • 52% say it would take at least 3 months for them to recover from disaster.
  • 26% of business owners believed that there was a low likelihood that they or their business would be affected by natural disaster.

The Eastern Kentucky University Department of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management (EKU) has put together a very informative graphic on the subject of business preparedness. The link to that infographic is (HERE).

Here are some statistics cited by EKU's "TOP NATURAL DISASTERS that Threaten Businesses":

  • Between the years 2000-2013, natural disasters cost the global insurance industry around $37 billion
  • In totality, natural disasters have cost the global economy $2.5 trillion
  • 1 in 3 small business owners say they have been personally affected by a storm or extreme weather
  • Small businesses, on average, lose $3,000 a day after closing due to a major storm
  • 84% of small businesses do NOT have disaster insurance
  • Additionally, 71% of owners do not own a backup generator in case of power outage
  • On May 18-22 of 2013, Severe Weather caused $3.8 billion in economic loss adding to the total of $16 billion dollars in economic loss nationally for the year 2013.
  • Every state in The Southeast is most at risk for Hurricane damage with Texas being the largest target of Natural Disasters in 2013

Tips for Creating a Successful Emergency Ready Plan

  1. Let the professionals help you. Work with an emergency restoration company for assistance in creating your emergency ready profile.
  2. Identify and label utility shut-off locations.
  3. Identify local utility contact information.
  4. Identify local emergency contact information such as fire, police, and hospital contacts.
  5. Establish main internal contacts for purposes of employee safety and emergency work authorization.

The SERVPRO Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. Please contact one our Business Development Representative to setup your free Emergency Ready Profile.

Here to Help!

If you have any question, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties!

(706) 866-5646