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Ready, Set, Storm Prep (Part I) – Preparing Your Home for a Storm

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

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Ready, Set, Storm Prep (Part I) – Preparing Your Home for a Storm

One of the most prudent things a homeowner can do to protect their home is to start preparing for a storm ahead of time. Read on for some best practices you can do right now to ensure your home is storm ready. 

 Purchase a Weather Radio

Relying on a cell phone as your main source of information seems like a no-brainer… until the power goes out! A weather radio is a small device that broadcasts weather warnings and information 24/7 and can be a lifesaver (literally!) in emergency situations. Most weather radios are equipped with a hand crank so they never run out of juice, and some models even come with a built-in flashlight. These radios are fairly inexpensive (many are $20-$40) and can be purchased from most local hardware or big box stores.

 Compile a List of Emergency Contacts 

In this day and age, it’s rare to remember family members’ contact information because so much critical information is stored on our cell phones. Take the time now to make sure you have a written list of emergency contacts (phone numbers and addresses) in a safe place in case your phone dies or cell networks are down. 

Stock an “Emergency Pantry”

Having enough water and nonperishable food on hand for at least three days per family member is a must for storm preparedness. Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends storing one gallon of water per person for at least three days. And don’t forget your four-legged family members! Make sure you stock some dry or canned food for your furry friends and be sure to include them in the count when planning for water needs.

Have Fun… (No, really!)

Once the immediate danger of a storm has passed, you may be left without power for many hours, or even days, which means limited or no access to TV and mobile devices. (Queue the grumpy children and bored teenagers!) Consider stocking your Emergency Pantry with some “fun” items like board games, a deck of cards, coloring books, etc. 

Storms can hit unexpectedly so don’t wait until the last minute to make sure your home and family are protected. With these helpful tips, you’ll be equipped for any storm.

TBC…

Here at SERVPRO we always want to help you put your best foot forward to avoid any fire, water, or mold damage. In the event that you do experience fire, water, or mold damage, we’re here to help! 

Give us a call for your quote today at 706-965-7378

From Rising Fawn to Lyerly, Trenton to Rock Bridge, Ringgold to Lafayette, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience!

Leading Causes of Kitchen Fires

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

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Leading Causes of Kitchen Fires

On average, 49% of fires start in the kitchen making it one of the leading causes of house fires.. It only takes a quick moment for something on your stove to catch on fire, and you have a costly disaster on your hands. Here are some safety tips to avoid expensive home repairs:

Frying With Oil

66% of kitchen fires occur while cooking with oil. Anytime you fry food using oil, it needs constant attention. Grease fires can spread fast and still have the capability to cause a fire if the residue is left on the stovetop after use. If your food catches fire while cooking, safely cover a non-glass lid onto the pan to extinguish the flames, and then turn off your stove. Do not use water; this will only cause your fire to spread.

Leaving Cooking Unattended

It is imperative not to walk away from your food while you're cooking. Neglecting your food while cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires. If you are cooking, it is essential to only focus on that one task. It is not recommended to multi-task while cooking because an accident can happen in a split second. 

Cooking with Too High Temperatures

Although turning your stove to its highest setting seems like a good idea when cooking, setting your appliances too high is very dangerous. It is recommended to cook at medium temperatures to prevent food from combusting. If you have a gas stove, never let the flame rise above the top of the pan. Cooking requires a lot of patience; jumping the gun and attempting to cook faster than intended can put you and your family at risk.

If your kitchen catches on fire and you can’t control it, call 911 immediately. After the fire was safely put out, you may need repairs to your kitchen, including flooring, cabinets, and countertops. Keep in mind that smoke damage can also factor in the cost of repairs as it can damage your walls and the material underneath.

Here at SERVPRO we always want to help you put your best foot forward to avoid any fire, water, or mold damage. In the event that you do experience fire, water, or mold damage, we’re here to help! 

Give us a call for your quote today at 706-965-7378

From Rising Fawn to Lyerly, Trenton to Rock Bridge, Ringgold to Lafayette, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience!

How to Get Rid of Water Mold in Your Pool

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

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Does your pool have white tissue paper-like residue floating on the surface? Is it accompanied by pink slime around the pool’s waterline? It sounds like you have a mold problem in your pool. Fortunately, this is a fixable issue, and you can also prevent pool molding in the future.

White Water Mold & Pink Slime?

White water mold is a type of fungus. Although there is a low chance of getting sick from water mold, it isn’t something you want to have in your pool.

You’ve probably seen pink slime in bathrooms. The formal name for the slime is serraita marcescens. It’s an airborne bacteria that feeds on minerals and fatty deposits in soap and shampoos. It can be hazardous as it causes illness. If recognized, it is vital to rid your pool of this bacteria.

How To Clean

White water mold or pink smile can occur in your pool when the water isn’t correctly balanced, or your pool is simply not clean. Cleaning your pool should be a consistent task to prevent these molds and bacteria from growing and spreading. Here are a few tips on how to clean your pool from bacteria:

Clean The Filter

If there is white water mold in your pool, it is most likely in your filter too. Thoroughly clean your pool’s filter to be reused later; the cleanliness of your pool won't be as effective with a mold-infested filter.

Balance The Water

It is essential to balance the PH of the water in your pool. A PH of 7.4-7.6 is ideal for the pool water.

Chlorine Shock Pool

A regular dosage of chlorine will not be effective in this type of situation. Add 3-4 pounds of calcium hypochlorite per 10,0000 gallons to shock your pool from the bacteria correctly.

If you find mold in your pool, it could be helpful to hire professional help. At SERVPRO, our trained technicians can clean your pool from mold and bacteria.

Here at SERVPRO we always want to help you put your best foot forward to avoid any fire, water, or mold damage. In the event that you do experience fire, water, or mold damage, we’re here to help! 

Give us a call for your quote today at 706-965-7378

From Rising Fawn to Lyerly, Trenton to Rock Bridge, Ringgold to Lafayette, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience!

Fire Prevention: Everything you Need to Know

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

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ire Prevention: Everything you Need to Know

Unfortunately, a house fire can happen anywhere at any time. It is important to practice preventive measures to ease the possibility of a fire occurring and protect your loved ones. Always be prepared if a fire occurs in your home. Here are a few ways to ease the possibility of a fire taking place in your home.

Use Surge Protectors

A surge protector is a device used to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes. With a surge in power, you are more likely to experience an electrical fire. A surge protector will alleviate the anxiety of excess electricity causing a fire. It can also be helpful to unplug devices when they aren’t in use. Unplugging your device will ensure that there is no electricity being used and can reduce the chance of a fire. Devices like TVs, game systems, and computers still use power even when they are not in use. 

Never Leave Flames Unattended

You can identify a problem by paying attention to lit flames in your home. Stay mindful when cooking, lighting a candle or starting a fire in your fireplace. Always stay in the kitchen when cooking, as kitchen fires are one of the top causes of house fires. Keeping a fire extinguisher in your kitchen or near the fireplace can help fix the issue.

Keep Your Home Clutter-Free

Not only can a cluttered house start a fire, but it can also be one of the main reasons a fire spreads rapidly.  An abundance of items covering your home gives the fire plenty of space to spread and cause more destruction. Keeping an organized home can potentially be the saving grace for you and your family.

While fires have declined tremendously over the last few decades, today’s fires cause much more loss and damage. On average, the fire loss per house is around $23,500; however, with homeowners insurance, you may be able to rebuild or replace your belongings lost in the fire.  According to ton the NFPA, the leading causes of house fires include:

  • Cooking
  • Heating Equipment
  • Electrical Fires
  • Arson
  • Smoking Materials 

After 911, contact us to repair your home from damage after a fire.

Here at SERVPRO we always want to help you put your best foot forward to avoid any fire, water, or mold damage. In the event that you do experience fire, water, or mold damage, we’re here to help! 

Give us a call for your quote today at 706-965-7378

From Rising Fawn to Lyerly, Trenton to Rock Bridge, Ringgold to Lafayette, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience!

My fridge is leaking!

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

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My fridge is leaking!

One day you come in and there’s a puddle in front of the fridge. You clean it thinking the kids dropped some ice or something, then tomorrow there’s a new puddle. At this point you’re frustrated. Then the third day you know it’s not the kids, it’s the fridge. Right now with gas prices and everything else high you decide to just clean it up as you find it. The real issue is the damage that water is causing to your flooring, especially as it sits.

According to Forbes

According to Forbes, home improvement section Fridge leaks come from leaky water supply lines and/or inlet valves. They also suggest that you should check your water supply line if you notice poor ice making or a poor flow with your water dispenser. 

If that water issue remains you might have to take that flooring up, clean and dry it, and replace that flooring which could be a lot more expensive than getting your fridge repaired.

Here at SERVPRO we always want to help you put your best foot forward to avoid any fire, water, or mold damage. In the event that you do experience water damage, we’re here to help!

Give us a call for your quote today at 706-965-7378

From Rising Fawn to Lyerly, Trenton to Rock Bridge, Ringgold to Lafayette, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience!

Do I need sprinklers in my building?

6/12/2022 (Permalink)

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Do I need sprinklers in my building?

After the pandemic, many people were without work and forced to make ends meet by means of side hustles and government assistance. Those same people have seen how it is in fact possible for them to make a living with their side hustle, so they took the entrepreneur route. As their businesses are growing, many are deciding to expand into commercial buildings, but this raises more questions. One of their recent questions is “Do I need sprinklers in my building?”

According to NFPA

According to the National Fire Association, NFPA 13 is an installation standard and does not specify which buildings or structures require a sprinkler system. NFPA 13 specifies how to properly design and install a sprinkler system using the proper components and materials after it has been determined that a sprinkler system is required. 

According to google and OSHA

According to google and other sources, automatic sprinkler systems are required in new commercial buildings with more than 5,000 square feet in the fire area. It has also been said that OSHA requires that sprinkler systems are inspected and tested annually to ensure that they will work correctly in the event of a fire.

Here at SERVPRO we always want to help you put your best foot forward to avoid any fire, water, or mold damage. In the event that you do experience water damage, we’re here to help!

Give us a call for your quote today at 706-965-7378

From Rising Fawn to Lyerly, Trenton to Rock Bridge, Ringgold to Lafayette, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience!

The kids are on summer break, my toilet is overflowing…HELP!

6/12/2022 (Permalink)

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The kids are on summer break, my toilet is overflowing…HELP!

Let’s be honest, we love the kids but do the kids love us? When we get home after a long day of work, and one of the toilets is clogged up for the thousandth time it seems like they can’t possibly love us. Maybe we need to sign them up for summer camp instead of letting their older siblings watch them. Either way, our toilets are overflowing and we need help!

According to Google

According to Google, the most common cause of toilets overflowing is a clogged toilet bowl. That means that thick toilet paper that helps our tushies isn’t helping our pockets. What if it isn’t the thick toilet paper… Maybe it’s those “flushable wipes”, that really shouldn't be flushed. Either way when your toilet overflows water (dirty/contaminated water) hits your bathroom floor and can possibly still be under that tile or flooring if it isn’t properly cleaned up.

Let SERVPRO help!

Here at SERVPRO we always want to help you put your best foot forward to avoid any fire, water, or mold damage. In the event that you do experience water damage, we’re here to help!

Give us a call for your quote today at 706-965-7378

From Rising Fawn to Lyerly, Trenton to Rock Bridge, Ringgold to Lafayette, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience!

Different Types of Smoke Damage

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

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When a fire breaks out in a home or business, flames are not the only culprit for damage. Ever-present smoke can cause many problems for weeks on end. Smoke damage can destroy a property’s value, stability, and safety if not appropriately treated.

 What does Smoke Damage Mean?

Smoke damage is damage to your property caused by smoke. It comes in many different types. It can encompass physical devastation, but invisible smoke damage can reside in small particles in the air. Factors like the unique type of gasoline used to begin the fire, substances broken throughout the process, and location plays crucial roles in deciding severity. There are four different types of smoke damage:

  • Protein residue
  • Dry smoke
  • Wet Smoke
  • Oil/Fuel Residue

 Protein Residue

You typically find protein residue when a kitchen fire occurs. It is present when organic materials dissolve during a fire. This can cause discoloration on wood or painted surfaces. Protein residue is hard to spot as it is invisible; however, an experienced technician can spot it.

 Dry Smoke

Dry smoke takes place in a high-temperature fire. Its texture is powdery and very fine, making it one of the more accessible types of smoke to clean. Unfortunately, dry smoke can easily fall into small surfaces like cracks or holes because it is so fine.

 Wet Smoke

Opposite to dry smoke, wet smoke occurs when a low-temperature slow-burning fire occurs. These fires leave behind a strong smell, making cleaning a longer and more tedious process. Thick, black, and sticky residue is typically left behind when dealing with damp smoke.

Oil/Fuel Smoke

Oil smoke happens when an oil-based substance is burned. These types of fires are the least common but leave a dark, sticky residue is left behind.

At SERVPRO, our technicians are trained to restore all types of smoke damage that could happen on your property.

Here at SERVPRO we always want to help you put your best foot forward to avoid any fire, water, or mold damage. In the event that you do experience water damage, we’re here to help!

Give us a call for your quote today at 706-965-7378

From Rising Fawn to Lyerly, Trenton to Rock Bridge, Ringgold to Lafayette, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience!

Benefits of a Professional Water Damage Specialist

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

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Water damage is not something that you plan for as a business owner. Water damage can come from a storm, faulty pipes, malfunctioning sprinkler systems, etc. Before you try to tackle water damage clean-up on your own, you should consider all of the benefits of hiring an experienced team of specialists to handle such a task.

Reduced Losses and Cost

Hiring a professional water damage specialist should occur as soon as possible to reduce the total cleanup, drying, and restoration costs. By responding to the issue quickly, restoration companies can mitigate the area and the minor damage.

Safe Mold Remediation

Mold can always be a concern when water damage is involved. It can become present in a space up to 48 hours following water damage.  Professional water damage specialists know where to look for mold in a damaged area and how to treat mold infestations properly. They also have the proper equipment and PPE to protect themselves. With the help of a trained water damage professional, mold can be safely removed to prevent further growth.

Professional Advice

Experiencing water damage on your property can be stressful enough. Hiring an expert technician to remediate water damage on your property will determine whether carpet, drywall furniture, etc., are ruined or can be restored. These experts can provide advice on the extent of the damage.

Takeaways

Nobody wants to experience water damage on their property. An experienced water damage specialist has the know-how and expertise to complete the job in a timely and professional way. When you call SERVPRO, you will get the best results for your business. Our trained technicians will work swiftly to locate the water source, address hidden leaks, and cultivate a plan to restore your property.

Here at SERVPRO we always want to help you put your best foot forward to avoid any fire, water, or mold damage. In the event that you do experience water damage, we’re here to help!

Give us a call for your quote today at 706-866-5646

From Fort Oglethorpe to Varnell, Cohutta to Praters Mill, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience!

How often should an office be deep cleaned and disinfected?

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

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It can’t be stated enough how important it is to have your office space deep cleaned. 

COVID-19 has shifted how we view hygiene and how often cleaning popular surfaces is encouraged. Office cleaning should include cleaning:

  • Hard to reach places
  • Vents, Baseboards, Windows, etc
  • Disinfecting office furniture
  • Office floors
  • Desks/Counters
  • Regularly used screens

 Regular Office Cleaning

Regular office cleaning should occur weekly and consist of cleaning desks, dusting surfaces, taking out the garbage, and wiping down tables. These are things that individuals can do on their own to help maintain the office’s overall presence.

Deep Office Cleaning

Deep cleaning is recommended to protect your health and safety. A deep clean from a certified service provider can help knock out harmful bacteria. Cleaning of this caliber would require office cleaning services.

 At SERVPRO, our certified technicians are available to help business owners take on professional cleaning projects in your office building. We’re trained to clean your HVAC system and air ducts and perform odor removal. Contact us today for more information!

Here at SERVPRO we always want to help you put your best foot forward to avoid any fire, water, or mold damage. In the event that you do experience water damage, we’re here to help!

Here at SERVPRO we always want to help you put your best foot forward to avoid any fire, water, or mold damage. In the event that you do experience water damage, we’re here to help!

Give us a call for your quote today at 706-965-7378

From Rising Fawn to Lyerly, Trenton to Rock Bridge, Ringgold to Lafayette, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience!