PPE and SERVPRO
In addition to being extra protective, sometimes they just look funny!
Personal Protective Equipment
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be worn by our crews for various reasons. OSHA online states “Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is equipment worn to minimize exposure to serious workplace injuries and illnesses. These injuries and illnesses may result from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. Personal protective equipment may include items such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, earplugs or muffs, hard hats, respirators, or coveralls, vests and full body suits.”
If you would like more information on “PPE”, please click the link provided above to continue reading.
Our crews wear these often to ensure maximal safety when operating in your home or business. PPE’s may be used in crawlspaces, attics, or even a living room depending on what kind of damage is incurred!
We proudly service Ringgold, Trenton, Lafayette, Chickamauga, Summerville, and surrounding communities!
Mold in Summerville/Mold in Rossville/Mold in Trenton
Self-drying sometimes doesn't complete the drying process on water damage.
Cleaning on your own..
What happens when a customer decides that they can clean up a water damage with towels or a Wet Vac? MOLD!
What you can see and also what you CAN'T see.
If there is no proper mitigation done by a professional, this damage can turn dangerous. Trying to mitigate water damage on your own may seem like an inexpensive alternative, but it can prove to be more expensive in the long run. There is a possibility that microbial growth, mold growth, or even structural damage could occur as a result of incomplete drying.
SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties has professional equipment that is able to detect moisture in the walls, insulation, floors, ceilings and anywhere else you might not be able to see.
It is free for us to come out and investigate. Water damage restoration is much less invasive and less expensive than mold remediation.
Dryer Vent Fires
Dryer vent with excessive lent production.
The More You Know
Different kinds of home fires..
We all know about the kitchen fires, the cigarette fires, and the electrical fires that cause severe damage in homes. There is another kind of fire that causes over 34% of home fires each year: Dryer Vents. Failure to clean these drying vents are causing more and more fire damage in homes each year.
According to our friends at FEMA, during the peak months of fall and winter, they are even more likely to occur in your home.
The facts do not lie, FEMA reports: "2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss." That's a staggering statistic.
Keep your home safe during the winter season and year-round by keeping those dryer vents nice and clean!
If you want to see a video of us in action cleaning a dryer vent, check out this link!
What To Do If Your Basement Floods
1/2 inch of standing water in a flooded basement.
Rossville, Lafayette, and the entire state of Georgia has suffered a severe droughts in the recent past. While heavy rainfall is a very common cause for flooding basements, there are several other causes of basement flooding. Some of these major causes are:
- A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
- Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
- Foundation drainage failure
- Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
Because basements are the lowest part of a home and generally built underground, the basement is prone to suffering from flooding and high moisture levels. High moisture levels are worrisome as well due to the risk of microbial growth.
If you have any questions or need help, call us at (706) 866-5646
SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties will always respond to your call within 1 hour, begin the water extraction process within 4 hours, and notify the adjuster no later than 8 hours from the time of your loss. If the water damage is not handled quickly and properly it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get. SERVPRO is here to help.
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