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Winter Proofing Your Home

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Colder weather is just around the corner!

     These past few years, whether you're nestled on the mountain in Trenton, or living along highway 27 in Lafayette, drastic winters have been seen. Plunging temperatures can cause everything from puddles to ponds to pipes to freeze-especially pipes. Taking steps to prevent the freezing of these pipes in your home is very important. While SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties is here to help you after disaster, we want to make sure disaster never strikes for you!

Trouble Areas To Check

     It is obvious that any sort of outdoor piping such as spigots and sprinklers are more susceptible to freezing than indoor piping. One thing that many don't take into account, though, is that some indoor piping is more susceptible to freezing than other pipes due to their location inside the home. There are two main areas to treat before heading into winter weather:

  • Pipes outside or on the exterior of your house.
  • Exposed pipes in unheated areas of the home.

Unheated/Exposed Indoor Plumbing

     Opposed to the common idea that basement pipes are the most likely to burst, pipes in unheated attics, garages, and crawl spaces are the most likely to burst. An easy way to ensure these pipes are safe during winter is coating the pipe with foam installation. For more severely unheated/exposed areas, heat tape, or tape that will use energy create heat once below a certain temperature, can be wrapped around at-risk pipes.

For the Unexposed At-Risk Pipes

     If there are pipes that reside within walls that have been problems in the past, it is best to get those checked out. Signs of pipe damage within walls could be that the affected area is darker than other areas of the wall. More extreme signs are moist walls and mold accumulation local to one area. If these signs are visible, give your local SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties a call!

Heading South For Winter?

     If you plan to leave your house vacant for the colder winter months, there are two extra measures to take to ensure your home isn't a pond when you return home.

  • Set your thermostat to go no lower than 55 degrees
  • Shutoff all water supplies and open all faucets, toilets, showerheads, and spigots for draining (leaving no residual water in normally active pipes)

About SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties

     SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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 a question?

Call us today!

(706) 866-5646

Classifications of Mold

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

There are over 100,000 forms of fungi that can turn into mold.

Mold in excessive amounts may cause health issues or worse. When water gets into a part of your home or business, getting the water out before mold sets up is ideal. Here are the warning signs to look for if water has not been removed before the mold begins to grow:

-visible mold growth

-a strong or musty odor

-mold problems in the past

What SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties Professionals Can Do For You:

  • Fire, Smoke and Soot Cleanup and Restoration
  • Water Removal and Dehumidification
  • Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation
  • Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning
  • Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care
  • Stain Removal, Stain Resistance Applications
  • Odor Identification and Deodorization
  • Upholstery and Drapes Cleaning

No matter your needs, expect the most reliable information as well as the best service. We are committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs. No damage is too big or too small.

National Preparedness Month

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Be Prepared this month!

September is National Preparedness Month and we at SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties wants to make sure you are prepared in case of disaster. The American Red Cross encourages that each household and car have a preparedness kit. A statistic according to FEMA states that 60% of Americans have not practiced what to do in a disaster. 80% of American live in counties that have been affected by disaster at some point. Also, according to The American Red Cross 48% of Americans do not have emergency supplies, and 44% do not have first aid kits. Emergency kits should include things like water, canned food, a can opener, flashlights and batteries, including enough food and water for each person in your household for 5 days. Considering recent events, an emergency plan is paramount to ensure you are safe when disaster strikes. Whether you live on the coast or in the woodlands, having resources put away that you can grab at a moment's notice is imperative.

Here to help!

All month SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker will be bringing tips and information on how to best be prepared in case of disaster.

Should disaster strike your home, don't be afraid to call us today at (706) 866-5646

How to Deal with Mold

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Managing Mold

When there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or a leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can cause significant damage to your property. This month being National Preparedness Month, it is important to encourage everyone to take precautionary measures to prevent mold in their home. With that being said, SERVPRO is here to ensure you are taken care of after disaster strikes your home. Here is a guide to what steps to take if you discover mold in your home. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a typical mold removal process.

  1. Call SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties
  2. Your property will have an inspection and a damage assessment
  3. Mold containment will be used if needed
  4. Specialized air filtration will be used
  5. We will remove mold and mold-infested materials
  6. Your belongings and content in your home will be cleaned if needed
  7. Restoration of your home!

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

Removing the dog smell from your home

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Removing That Dog Smell from your Home

            The sweltering heat is on its way out and that means you can go outside too!! For many of us living in Northwest Georgia, our dogs are part of the family. Whether Fido is our hunting, walking, or riding buddy, we love that dog with all of our hearts. Sadly there is no amount of pure love that can make up for a bad smell, and having our four legged pal inside for the colder winter or the humid summer months might stir up some smells. Even though the door is open and Fido is out of the house, the smell seems to hang around! With family coming around for the seasonal Shindig, we are here to offer some tips on keeping your house smelling clean!

Clean any surface/furniture the dog touches

            A handheld vacuum can work wonders for removing pet hair (and resulting odors) from couches, chairs, and any such like your canine compadre comes into contact with. With a little plug and switch, you can make sure that the family home smells a lot less like the family dog. Be sure to remove cushions and pillows to:

1)      Be able to get otherwise forgotten areas under the cushions

2)      Vacuum and clean the pillows and cushions individually (for a more thorough clean)

Although this task may seem ineffective in theory, it could just prove to be the difference in whether or not your in-laws approve of your housekeeping.

            If your cleaning requires more than you can do, bring your furniture or rugs by your local SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties! We will help you get your summer started off fresh!

Fully Licensed Home Builder and Remodler

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and Walker Counties is a fully licensed homebuilder in Georgia? Did you know we rebuild portions of homes that have been damaged by water, fire, mold, or storms?

We also remodel homes that aren’t damaged in any way, but the owners feel it is time to freshen things up a little. Why not use a company that you know and trust? We are a locally owned and operated franchise for SERVPRO, are fully licensed and insured, have a great reputation, and have a office building you can come to discuss your project at any time. Call today for a free estimate on your remodeling project or your water, fire, or mold damage. SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and Walker Counties, your best choice for your restoration or remodeling projects.

In Chattooga, Dade, or Walker Counties?

Call (706) 866-5646

How Dirty is my Flood Water?

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

We all know that there are many different uses for water. In our household alone, water is used for drinking, sanitation and even sewer purposes. When water damage occurs, it’s important to know where the cause of the damage started so that 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 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.

Source - http://www.IICRC.org/the-basics-water-damage-restoration-training-a-23.html

Does Your Home Have Mold

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Does Your Home Have Mold Insulation Riddled With Mold

Does Your Summerville, Lafayette, or Trenton Home Have A Mold Problem?
In North East Georgia, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today

(706) 866-5646

WATER DAMAGE TIMELINE

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

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.

About SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade and West Walker Counties

SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade and West Walker Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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 a question?

Call us today (706) 866-5646

Mold? Here is a guide to follow!

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

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:
Stay out of affected areas.
Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
Contact SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and 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 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