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How to predict rain fall?

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

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Seems like we’ve had about 3 weeks of rain off and on, but more on than off. It has many of us thinking how can we predict rainfall? Well, according to weather.com Nimbostratus clouds and Cumulonimbus clouds, are the two most common forms of clouds that produce rain.

Dictionary.com describes nimbostratus clouds as a cloud of a class characterized by a formless layer that is almost uniformly dark gray; a rain cloud of the layer type, of low altitude, usually below 8,000 feet (2,440 meters).

They also describe cumulonimbus clouds as a cloud of a class indicative of thunderstorm conditions, characterized by large, dense towers that often reach altitudes of 30,000 feet (9,000 meters) or more, cumuliform except for their tops, which appear fibrous because of the presence of ice crystals: occurs as a single cloud or as a group with merged bases and separate tops.

Weather.com tells us that nimbostratus clouds Hang low in the sky, and they appear dark and grey. While the cumulonimbus clouds are shaped like a mountain, with a dark grey base - this type of cloud is a thunderstorm cloud. These clouds also produce hail and tornadoes.

If you see clouds like such that have been described above you can bet your bottom dollar it’s going to rain. What can make it even worse is that sometimes rain finds its way into your home and/or business. No worries, as water damage specialists, we have the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete. Learn about our water damage training and certificates.

Call us at 706-965-7378 for your quote. 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!

Does more rain mean more mold?

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

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It can be! While rain can help reduce mold spores it also can mean more moisture trapped in your home. According to FEMA.GOV Mold growths, or colonies can start to grow on a damp surface within 24 to 48 hours. They reproduce by spores - tiny, lightweight “seeds”- that travel through the air. Molds digest organic material, eventually destroying the material they grow on, and then spread to destroy adjacent organic material.

If you are finding small spots of mold FEMA recommends cleaning and disinfecting that area. Here’s how they recommend doing so:

Before you begin - Make sure the working area is well ventilated. 

Wear gloves, mask, and protect eyes. 

If mold is present, clean a small test patch. If you feel you are experiencing health effects, consider hiring a professional to carry out the work.

All in all, we want you not to worry, any home or commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Since mold can home or business if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. 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!

What are the two types of floods?

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

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According to USGS there are two basic types of floods: flash floods and the more widespread river floods. Flash floods generally cause greater loss of life and river floods generally cause greater loss of property.

flash flood occurs when runoff from excessive rainfall causes a rapid rise in the water height (stage) of a stream or normally-dry channel. Flash floods are more common in areas with a dry climate and rocky terrain because lack of soil or vegetation allows torrential rains to flow overland rather than infiltrate into the ground.

River flooding is generally more common for larger rivers in areas with a wetter climate, when excessive runoff from longer-lasting rainstorms and sometimes from melting snow causes a slower water-level rise over a larger area. Floods also can be caused by ice jams on a river or high tides, but most floods can be linked to a storm of some kind.

Keep in mind that we’re here to help! As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition. 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!

Are there differences in flood & sewer insurance?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Yes, below we’ve described some differences in flood and sewer backup insurance.

Sewer Insurance: Most homeowners insurance policies come with an endorsement for water backup and sump discharge which will cover losses, up to a certain limit, caused by the backup of water or waterborne materials through a sewer or through a drain. It will also cover water or waterborne material that overflows from a sump, even if the backup of water is due to the mechanical breakdown of the sump pump. Coverage includes damage to property but excludes the sump pump and any related equipment that has broken down.

Flood Insurance: is a type of property insurance that covers a dwelling for losses sustained by water damage specifically due to flooding caused by heavy or prolonged rain, melting snow, coastal storm surges, blocked storm drainage systems, or levee dam failure.

Our highly trained restoration technicians are prepared to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your property. We have experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. 

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! 706-965-7378

Tropical Storm Elsa

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

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We're not sure if you’ve heard or not but there’s a tropical storm named Elsa with growing strength near Florida. As of yesterday it was back over water and producing heavy rains over Cuba, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is expected to move near the lower Florida Keys and the Dry Tortugas Today, forecasters say. As of this morning tropical storm Elsa nears the Florida Keys and is expected to strengthen. Their local news stations are now issuing Tropical Storm WARNINGS for Sumter County and most of Marion County.

How do you prepare for a tropical storm?

  • Write down emergency phone numbers and keep them on the refrigerator or near every phone in your house. Program them into your cell phone too.
  • Prepare an emergency supply kit.
  • Locate the nearest shelter and different routes you can take to get there from your home. If shelter locations in your area have not been identified, learn how to find them in the event of a storm
  • Pet owners: Pre-identify shelters, a pet-friendly hotel, or an out-of-town friend or relative where you can take your pets in an evacuation. Local animal shelters may be able to offer advice on what to do with your pets if you are asked to evacuate your home.

Keep in mind that we’re here to help! As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition. 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!

Flood Water Damage Overview

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

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Many have no clue how quickly is absorbed throughout your home or business during a flood. Here’s a timeline to provide more clarity into that type of situation. 

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.

If you find your home or business flooded we are here to help! We specialize in water damage restoration, it’s the cornerstone of our business. Thus we have extensive water damage restoration training, and our process emphasizes regular monitoring and documentation of the drying process from beginning to end. 

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!

Call 706-965-7378 for your quote today!

Dish Washer Flooding Issues

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

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Did you know that your dishwasher will usually drain into the kitchen sink drain or garbage disposal? If these are clogged, the water will not go down the pipes and may back-flow into your dishwasher, causing flooding. When this happens water gets under your dishwasher and into your flooring and cabinets making it hard for you to clean properly. Meaning, yes you may clean the water around it but water may be absorbed into your cabinets and flooring if not dried well this could cause mold issues later on.

Here are the steps recommended to clean and dry cabinets after they’ve been exposed to excessive water.

  1. Remove all items from the cabinet.
  2. Remove excess water pooling inside cabinets. Soak up water with towels and wipe dry the cabinet interior.
  3. Take off cabinet doors. ...
  4. Utilize drying equipment. ...
  5. Reduce humidity. ...
  6. Dry the hidden spaces. ...
  7. Prevent mold contamination.

In the event, you don’t have the proper drying tools give us a call! Using specialized equipment and products, our technicians extract standing water and dry your property quickly and efficiently. We then finish the job with professional-grade cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing products for your comfort and safety. 

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

Overflowing Toilet Issues

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

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With it being the summertime many kids are home a bit more than often which might not be the best if your kids are busybodies. We’re not sure if they play in the toilet or if the toilet plays them at this point. What we do know is that nasty toilet water can be a health hazard as it spills in your bathroom. Let’s first look at the reasons why your toilet may overflow:

An overflowing toilet is caused by one of three things: 

  • a clogged or blocked drain that doesn't allow for a proper flush,
  • an improperly adjusted float that allows the tank to overfill or 
  • a blocked vent pipe that replaces the air in the pipe after each flush.

When your toilet overflows you know that it is nasty but what you may not know is that an overflowing sewer or your overflowing toilet in your home or business can also bring with it bacteria that can make people sick. Ailments like leptospirosis, hepatitis A, tetanus, and E Coli can come from such an overflow.

Let the professionals clean it up! Using specialized equipment and products, our technicians extract standing water and dry your property quickly and efficiently. We then finish the job with professional-grade cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing products for your comfort and safety.

Firework Prevention Materials

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

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Are you a new home buyer or did you just get your first apartment? Either way you should be prepared in many ways to prevent a fire or in the event of a fire what to do. The Red Cross has provided the following tips:

  1. Install the right number of smoke alarms. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year. 
  2. Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one. 
  3. Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
  4. Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.
  5. Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire“ to alert everyone that they must get out.
  6. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  7. Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire. 

If you have a fire emergency home or business restoration need, call SERVPRO at 706-965-7378. As fire and water restoration specialists, we have the training, experience, and specialized equipment necessary to restore your home or business! 

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!

Firework Safety

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

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Did you know according to the National Fire Protection Association, that fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year?! We want you to have a safe time as you celebrate the Fourth of July! Here are some tips from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to keep in mind.

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or another mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

If you have a fire emergency home or business restoration need, call SERVPRO at 706-965-7378. As fire and water restoration specialists, we have the training, experience, and specialized equipment necessary to restore your home or business!

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!