What To Do After Roof Damage
Powerful storms often cause multiple cases of roof damage in Chattooga County, roof damage in Dade County, or roof damage in Walker Counties. Because so many homeowners in your area may be affected by the same issue, it can be hard to get a storm damage repair team to your home in a timely manner. If you have to wait a bit to start the real repairs on your roof, you may want to take some steps to protect your home. Protection can help do the following:
• Decrease chances of flooding
• Stop more materials from getting ripped off
• Stop material tears from getting bigger
Now that you know protecting a damaged roof is important, you may want to learn what you can do to guard your system from further damage.
Your roof repair team can use boards to temporarily fix certain aspects of a roofing system. For example, if the wind damage caused a tree branch to fall onto a roof, you may want to use a combination of boards to secure the damaged tree to ensure more branches do not fall onto your house.
Making your home watertight is an important part of roof repairs. However, roof damage often opens your house up to water damage even if there is the smallest of sprinkles. You can use a tarp to cover any holes or missing shingles on your system. If necessary, you may want to use a couple of boards to help keep the tarps securely in their place.
Your insurance coverage may help you make repairs to your house. Before you start doing anything too big, you may want to call your provider to learn more about your policy. You may need to take photos, call an adjuster or work with a repair team familiar with the insurance claims process.
Roof damage can be a major concern for you. This disrepair can leave the rest of your home vulnerable. If you cannot get a permanent repair started right away, you may want to protect the damaged system from further harm.
For more information, call us!
Moldy Food and Drinks
Mold can be found almost anywhere. Even your coffee.
Mycotoxins in My Food/Drink?
Don't make your midnight snack in the dark!
We've all been in the same situation. It's late at night and you just can't sleep without filling your stomach with a nice sandwich. Oh no! You open the bread cabinet and find your slices have mold on the corners. Do you still eat it? According to Science, you shouldn't. Even if you tear off that translucent green part, mold will still be in the bread. Mold, like plants, have root systems. So unless you want a mouthful of fungus you might need to make a midnight trip to the store or just skip the snack altogether.
What happens if I eat mold?
According to the USDA, some molds contain "mycotoxins". Now what is a mycotoxin you might ask? Great question! Mycotoxins are a property of foodborne molds that have the potential to make you sick. Some scientists disagree on the severity of sickness these mycotoxins can produce, but either way, who wants to eat mold? Not me.
Mold and You
Mold can be found in odd obscure places.
How Mold Affects You
Microbial Growth Around You Can Be Dangerous
According to the Center for Disease Control, mold will affect everyone in different ways. Some more or less severe than others. No matter who, though, mold is a problem that needs to be dealt with as soon as it is presented as an issue to begin with. SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties is trained to help you if you find yourself dealing with mold. We are trained and certified through The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC is a trains and certifies our employees on internationally recognized industry-standard practices in mold remediation.
What You Can Do
If you suspect mold or microbial growth is in your home follow the instructions in the following link on our page! SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties is Here To Help!
During tornado season, ensure you're adhering to proper safety procedures for inclement weather.
We are in the middle of tornado season here in Northwest Georgia with our main threat being tornado and wind damage. Here are a couple of things from ready.gov to help be prepared in the event of severe weather.
To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.
If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.
Go to a pre-designated area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of a small interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
Fire Equipment You Need
Follow the PASS guide
Your Property and Fires
Fires and fire damage are common tragedies among homeowners. But, there are ways to lessen the damage. SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties is Here to Help so fires don’t ruin your warm weather activites. One is having a proper fire extinguisher --especially, during grilling season. Make sure you follow these rules from our friends at the American Red Cross when it comes to having a good extinguisher:
- Always have more than one working extinguisher in your home.
- Install extinguishers high on the wall and away from any heat sources.
- If an extinguisher doesn’t work on a fire immediately, drop it and get out. Most portable extinguishers empty in 8 seconds.
- Make sure the gauge on your extinguisher is properly charged.
Once you have the right fire extinguisher, always remember PASS:
P- Pull the pin and hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you.
A- Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
S- Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly
S- Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
We hope these tips keep fires and fire damage from your homes. But, if you have fire damage and need SERVPRO, we are always Here to Help.
I have Water Damage. What do I do?
Flooding in your home can cause a big stress. Les us help you with your home restoration issues!
If your home in Rossville, Lafayette, Chickamauga, Trenton or surrounding areas has water from a clean source such as:
- water supply lines
- sink overflows
- tub overflows
- appliance malfunctions
follow these procedures before SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties arrives.
- Shut off the source of the water.
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if the access panel is safe from electrical shock.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
- Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
- Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors
- Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors
If you experience water damage call SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties today at
Esporta Washing System!
The wash system in action!
Leaders in The Field!
SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties is proud to be one of the first local providers of textile washing services! Thanks to the latest technologies, our team is now able to restore:
- mold damaged
- sewage damaged
areas on your bedding, clothing, linens, and leather goods.
Items once thought to be trash are now able to be restored and back in your hands in a matter of days! This Esporta cleaning process will now be implemented as a part of our textiles restoration process and can be delivered cleaner than ever! Let us salvage all of your families memories, and help to restore your life, "Like it never even happened."
About the Esporta Wash System from the makers:
"How Does The Esporta iS4000 Clean 90% of Soft Contents?
The Esporta iS4000 utilizes a game-changing Hydraulic Cleaning process to guarantee the best clean possible. The Hydraulic Cleaning process breaks the chamber of the machine into multiple parts, and items are placed in these areas to be cleaned with a specially patented tumble.
The Hydraulic Cleaning process has been tested in over 15 independent laboratory studies in addition to thousands of cleaning jobs. In every instance, the iS4000 ensures products are food grade clean."
Improving for you!
We want to work smarter to make everything smoother for you! With faster and more quality services, your disaster can seem less impactful.
SERVPRO is here to make your restoration process seamless and easy
Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to safely clean and remove biohazardous substances and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.
Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are here to help transform any unsafe environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.
If the unfortunate happens, SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties has the training, knowledge, and experience to handle even the most difficult of situations. We perform Bio-Hazard cleanup from either homicide, suicide, sewage, etc. and wanted you to be aware of it.
With an office in Rossville we are centrally located to respond quickly to your needs. Call the office today:
Fire Damage-How do we do it?
We have processes to optimize your SERVPRO experience!
Do you ever wonder how SERVPRO keeps up with every customer’s job progress? SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties has a tried and true method to keep everyone up to date on the progress of every job!
Steps we take:
- When a customer first calls in a loss, we at SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties enter all of the pertinent information into a form called the FNOL or “First Notice of Loss.”
- This form is sent to everyone involved including our First Responders, Office staff so they can communicate with your insurance company, managers and ownership so they know the status of every job in progress.
- Every note, assessment, detail associated with that job from that point forward is attached to that initial FNOL so that it is at our fingertips if you ever have any questions or concerns.
Locally owned and operated, with the resources you would expect from a National Brand. SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties gets the job done right.
Call us today at (706) 866-7646
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.