Recent Storm Damage Posts

Tips for Spring Storm Preparedness

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

Severe spring weather does not only bring lots of rainfall, but it can also result in power failures, loss of communication services, and infrastructural damage.

 Hence, it’s important to know how to keep yourself and your family safe when a spring storm hits.

 Here are some steps you can take to prepare for a spring storm:

Stock Up All Essentials

 Before a brutal spring storm hits, the first thing to do is stock up on all essentials, including food, water, medicines, and hygiene items. Ideally, you should have three days' worth of supplies in your home.

 Make sure your pantry is stocked with non-perishable items, so in case you lose power, you don’t have to worry about your food getting spoiled.

 Also, don’t forget to buy food and water for your pets as well!

Prepare An Emergency Kit

 Ensure that you have easy access to anything you might need during an emergency by preparing an emergency kit.

 The kit should include first aid items, snacks, and water, flashlights with extra batteries, waterproof matches, candles, blankets, and sleeping bags.

 It’s a good idea to waterproof the items in your emergency kit and put them in a small suitcase if you need to leave in a hurry.

Create A Communication Plan

 It’s pretty common to lose cell reception during a spring storm. Plus, if the storm lasts long, your phone’s battery may run out too.

 Therefore, it’s essential to plan with your family about how you can connect during an emergency.

 Write down all important family phone numbers and emergency numbers and designate an out-of-town contact to reconnect everyone in case you get separated.

Insulate Your Windows

 If the temperature is expected to dip for 4 hours or more, you should take precautions to protect your home from spring storm damage.

 Windows can be drafty at times, allowing cold air to come in and warm air out. Hence, make sure you seal your windows with an insulation kit well before the storm arrives as chances are that your heating system might not work properly.

Takeaway

 Preparing for a spring storm in advance can protect you, your family, and your home from severe damage.

 However, no matter how much you prepare, there’s still a chance of something going wrong.

 But don’t stress, because SERVPRO, the #1 cleanup and restoration company specializing in spring storm damage, is here to help.

 Get in touch with your local SERVPRO today! 

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!

Does My Homeowner's Insurance Cover Damage From A Snowstorm?

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

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Many of us wait the entire year for the winter season. After all, there’s nothing better than chilling with a hot cup of coffee by the fireside, is there? Oh, and not to mention the mesmerizing snow we can’t get enough of! 

However, when the weather is accompanied by damaging winds, hail, or worse, snowstorms – the excitement soon turns into disappointment. 

The snowstorm can wreak havoc by blocking the gutters and downspouts, freezing pipes, and causing serious damage to the roof. 

This brings us to one of the most frequently asked questions – does homeowner’s insurance cover snow damage? 

Winter Storm and Damage: What’s Covered? 

Most standard insurance policies provide coverage for winter-related storm damage, with a few exceptions. Here is what you can usually expect to be covered: 

  • Roof Damage and Collapse 

A roof collapses when the roof cannot bear the weight of ice and snow. 

A standard homeowner’s insurance usually helps cover the cost of replacing or repairing a roof that is damaged or destroyed by a collapse. 

If your home is inhabitable after a roof collapse, the additional living expense coverage in your homeowners' insurance may also help cover additional expenses, such as hotel bills. 

  • Ice Dams 

When ice forms on the edge of a roof and stops melting water from running off, an ice dam is formed that can result in water leakage and subsequent damage. 

Most homeowners’ insurance help pay to repair the damage caused by ice dams. However, it probably won’t cover damages to personal belongings caused by ice dams. 

  • Frozen Pipes 

A snowstorm exposes homeowners to another serious threat: burst, leaking, or frozen pipes. 

Standard homeowners’ insurance policies help cover the subsequent damages, but only if they weren’t caused due to negligence on the homeowner’s part.

Check your policy terms and limits to check how much coverage you have for frozen pipes. 

  • Landscaping Damage 

A snowstorm doesn’t only threaten your building’s integrity, it can also cause severe damage to your landscape. 

Homeowner’s insurance usually provides protection for fallen trees and damaged landscapes due to heavy amounts of snow. However, it might not provide coverage for subsequent damage to personal property. 

Other common winter damages include hail damage, power outages, wind damage, and some cases of water infiltration. Parting Thoughts 

Snowstorms can negatively impact your home and life in ways more than one. While your homeowner insurance can cover damages, depending on your policy terms and conditions, it’s better to prepare for the worst well in advance. 

Wondering how you can do just that? 

By teaming up with SERVPRO, the specialists in storm damage restoration. 

Rest assured, knowing that whatever storm comes your way, SERVPRO has you covered. 

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 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!

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!

How to handle Spring storms?

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

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Mark Twain once said, “In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.”

We’re here to say that statement is true to this day! A few weeks ago it was freezing temperatures. Last week we experienced severe storms that caused damage to homes and businesses in our community. Today it’s beautiful, with an overwhelming amount of pollen but it is beautiful so we won't complain. We’ve said all of that to say, Springs weather is unpredictable and you should be prepared in the event of severe weather.

Did you know that under the right conditions, rainfall from thunderstorms causes flash flooding, killing more people each year than hurricanes, tornadoes, or lightning?

We want to remind you…

  1. Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way.
  2. Turn around, don’t drown. If driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  3. Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to see flood danger.

We know when a storm hits your Scottsboro home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs. 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. From Rising Fawn to Lyerly, Trenton to Rock Bridge, Ringgold to Lafayette, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! Call 706-965-7378 for more information or to get your free quote!

Winter storm Uri updates

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

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Let’s start off with what a winter storm is. According to weather.gov a winter storm his term may refer to a combination of winter precipitation, including snow, sleet, freezing rain, etc. In this case, Storm Uri has smashed snow records in Texas and will continue to spread snow and potentially damaging ice from the South into parts of the Midwest and Northeast through Tuesday. What does that mean for us?

It means our temperatures have been lowering and some have even experienced snow! To stay safe we’ve provided some tips!

  1. Have a generator or backup power source in the event of a power outage! Many times snow and freezing ice make power lines go down so be prepared!
  2. Drip water faucets
  3. Keep your pipes warm by opening cabinets and keeping all rooms in our harm warm
  4. Store nonperishables, batteries for a radio, and blankets in the event of a power outage.

We are a part of a national SERVPRO storm team whose members respond to disasters nationwide. From hurricanes to wildfires, SERVPRO storm teams are always prepared to respond to major catastrophic events. SERVPRO's large-loss response is uniquely qualified to handle any disaster. We are prequalified, experienced, and strategically located across The United States to respond to any loss. When an event comes to devastate a community, our goal is to be instrumental in restoring the community the best we can. From Rising Fawn to Lyerly, Trenton to Rock Bridge, Ringgold to Lafayette, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! Give us a call if your home or business suffers from any fire or water damage due to storm Uri! 706-965-7378

What is a bombogenesis?

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

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According to forbes.com a powerful nor’easter affected the East Coast at the beginning of January 2018 and brought heavy snow from the swamps of southern Georgia to the Canadian Maritimes. Not only noteworthy for being the south's second major snowstorm of the year, the storm explosively intensified as it traveled up the coast. This rapid intensification is known as bombogenesis. A few storms in the United States achieve bombogenesis every year, but this storm was impressive for its deepening. The January 2018 storm deepened 54 millibars in 24 hours, reportedly setting a record for this part of the western Atlantic Ocean.

This winter is predicted to be a cold one! If your home or business experiences water damage due to burst pipes or even water damage due to putting out a fire give us a call! We have experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment and practices to find and remove water in a quick and efficient manner. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process from start to finish ensuring your experience with us goes seamlessly. Weather can be unpredictable so being prepared is paramount to ensuring your property or business can return to normal after a disaster. 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!

Contact us today at 706-965-7378 SERVPRO OF Chattooga, Dade, W. Walker COUNTIES is here to help!

FREEZING RAIN HAZARDS…

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

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We’ve recently been experiencing freezing temperatures thus we thought to give you some tips about freezing rain. According to The National Severe Storms Laboratory occurs when snowflakes descend into a warmer layer of air and melt completely & because they are “supercooled,” they instantly refreeze upon contact with anything that that is at or below 0 degrees C, creating a glaze of ice on the ground, trees, power lines, or other objects. A significant accumulation of freezing rain lasting several hours or more is called an ice storm.

  1. Stay off the road.
  2. Be prepared for power outages.
  3. Treat your driveways and roads before the freezing rain comes
  4. Be aware of black ice: Since black ice is highly transparent, it is unlikely you'll be able to see it while driving down the road. Roadways become very slippery when black ice forms, leading to hazardous driving conditions and an increased risk of car accidents.

We hope you have safe holidays during this winter season but if your home or business experiences storm damage we’re here to help. We are a part of a national SERVPRO storm team whose members respond to disasters nationwide. From hurricanes to wildfires, SERVPRO storm teams are always prepared to respond to major catastrophic events. SERVPRO's large-loss response is uniquely qualified to handle any disaster. We are prequalified, experienced, and strategically located across The United States to respond to any loss. When an event comes to devastate a community, 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!

SERVPRO OF CHATTOOGA, DADE, & W. WALKER COUNTIES 706-965-7378

Are you prepared for a winter storm?

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

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It’s now December and although we’ve had a few warms days this month we must be prepared in the event of a winter storm. The National Severe Storms Laboratory defines a winter storm as a combination of heavy snow, blowing snow, and/or dangerous wind chills. A winter storm is life-threatening. That means it can be just freezing temperatures with strong wind. We’ve encountered that many times before but were you prepared? If so how did you prepare? Do you know what you’re preparing for?

Here are a few things you can do to be better off in the event of a winter storm.

  • Prepare for power outages. That means to have food/non-perishables that doesn’t need electricity to cook. 
  • Have batteries for a flashlight and radio so that you can keep up with the latest news.
  • Purchase a generator, if you’re somewhere where during storms your power is usually out for long periods of time a generator could be of good use in the event of a winter storm.
  • Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.
  •   Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Keep a full tank of gas in your emergency car kit.

We are a part of a national SERVPRO storm team whose members respond to disasters nationwide. From hurricanes to wildfires, SERVPRO storm teams are always prepared to respond to major catastrophic events. SERVPRO's large-loss response is uniquely qualified to handle any disaster. We are prequalified, experienced, and strategically located across The United States to respond to any loss. When an event comes to devastate a community, SERVPRO's goal is to be instrumental in restoring the community the best we can. 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 if you experience storm damage.

Want to learn more about a few types of storms?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

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We usually hear about thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes, or tropical storms. But do we really understand what they are? Below we’ve gathered information from Britannica.com on the storms mentioned above to give you a better understanding of what’s happening when you experience them

Thunderstorm, a violent, short-lived weather disturbance that is almost always associated with lightning, thunder, dense clouds, heavy rain or hail, and strong, gusty winds. Thunderstorms arise when layers of warm, moist air rise in a large, swift updraft to cooler regions of the atmosphere. 

Tornado, a small-diameter column of violently rotating air developed within a convective cloud and in contact with the ground. Tornadoes occur most often in association with thunderstorms during the spring and summer in the mid-latitudes of both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.                

Tropical cyclone, also called typhoon or hurricane, an intense circular storm that originates over warm tropical oceans and is characterized by low atmospheric pressurehigh winds, and heavy rain. Drawing energy from the sea surface and maintaining its strength as long as it remains over warm water, a tropical cyclone generates winds that exceed 119 km (74 miles) per hour. In extreme cases, winds may exceed 240 km (150 miles) per hour, and gusts may surpass 320 km (200 miles) per hour.

We hope that information brings a little clarity into thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes, especially since we’re in hurricane season now. Speaking of which we are a part of a national SERVPRO storm team whose members respond to disasters nationwide. From hurricanes to wildfires, SERVPRO storm teams are always prepared to respond to major catastrophic events. SERVPRO's large-loss response is uniquely qualified to handle any disaster. We are prequalified, experienced, and strategically located across the United States to respond to any loss. When an event comes to devastate a community, SERVPRO's goal is to be instrumental in restoring the community the best we can. We are here to help, so give us a call at 706-965-7378!

ANOTHER HURRICANE?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

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Hurricane season is not letting up! Today tropical storm Delta is projected to strengthen to a hurricane by later this week. As of now a tropical storm warning for the Cayman Islands to be issued and a hurricane watch is posted for western Cuba. According to CNN, it would hit the US by Wednesday of this week.

Tropical cyclone intense circular storm that originates over warm tropical oceans and is characterized by low atmospheric pressurehigh winds, and heavy rain. Drawing energy from the sea surface and maintaining its strength as long as it remains over warm water, a tropical cyclone generates winds that exceed 119 km (74 miles) per hour. A hurricane is when a storm's maximum sustained winds reach 74 mph, it is called a hurricane. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating, or category, based on a hurricane's maximum sustained winds. The higher the category, the greater the hurricane's potential for property damage.

The good news is we’re a part of a national SERVPRO storm team whose members respond to disasters nationwide. From hurricanes to wildfires, SERVPRO storm teams are always prepared to respond to major catastrophic events. SERVPRO's large-loss response is uniquely qualified to handle any disaster. We are prequalified, experienced, and strategically located across the United States to respond to any loss. When an event comes to devastate a community, SERVPRO's goal is to be instrumental in restoring the community the best we can. We are here to help, so give us a call at 706-965-7378!

Hurricane Season

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

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Wow has this year had a crazy hurricane season or what?! We have parts of our production crew out right now working from the Hurricanes Laura and Marco. Right when we think things are slowing down we’re hearing news of another hurricane named Sally. As of now, they’re expecting up to 20 inches of rain with a possible 30 inches. What does that mean? Serious flash flooding and major river flooding could occur. According to weather.com flood watches have been issued by the National Weather Service in portions of the Florida Panhandle, southern and central Alabama, and southern Mississippi.

There’s a possible storm surge that can happen as well. There will be an increasing chance of isolated tornadoes from Sally on Tuesday, from southeast Mississippi to southern Alabama and portions of the Florida Panhandle. If you’re in that area we recommend you stay abreast on weather updates to evaluate if necessary. In the meantime FEMA recommends you prepare for a hurricane by having the following.

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (in case storm damage results in mold or airborne particles in your home)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (consult your water or gas utility companies to learn how and when to turn off utilities with these tools)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local paper maps (in case you can’t access the internet)
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Change of clothing for each person
  • Sleeping bags or blankets for each person
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Paper plates, cups, paper towels, and plastic utensils
  • Paper, pen, and pencil

In the event, your home or business suffers storm damage don’t hesitate to give us a call! 706-965-7378.

Hurricane Marco

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

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As many have heard, on August 23rd Hurricane Marco was declared a hurricane by the Air Force. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Marco is about 85 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River moving 10 mph with decreased maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.

The storm is projected to approach Louisiana sometime Monday afternoon, the NHC’s 8 a.m. We urge residents in that area to stay up to date on the news and to prepare as much as possible for flooding and other storm damage.

You might be wondering what does a storm that far away from our location have to do with us...Well, did you know that we’re a part of a national storm team? We are a part of a national SERVPRO storm team whose members respond to disasters nationwide. From hurricanes to wildfires, SERVPRO storm teams are always prepared to respond to major catastrophic events. SERVPRO's large-loss response is uniquely qualified to handle any disaster. We are prequalified, experienced, and strategically located across The United States to respond to any loss. When an event comes to devastate a community, SERVPRO's goal is to be instrumental in restoring the community the best we can. We are here to help give us a call at 706-965-7378

STORM SAFTEY TIPS

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

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We’re thankful for meteorologists also known as the weather people, including our weather apps on our phones. These are the ways we stay informed about incoming storms and inclement weather. So what happens when you see that cloud with the lightning strike on your weather app? How do you prepare for a storm or severe weather? Since you’re not here to respond here are a few tips:

  1. Keep a storm safety kit. Yes, even if you have a storm shelter you’ll need this kit. The best part about it is you can make it yourself so include things like a flashlight & the batteries needed, non-perishable food, water supply, you may want to keep a copy of your insurance documents in there, a first aid kit and many other things.
  2. Keep candles & a lighter! In the event of a power, outage candles can be a real lifesaver!
  3. STAY INSIDE! We know it may look beautiful or maybe you’re just nosey to see what’s going on. Stay inside!
  4. Stay away from trees and damaged power lines! In the event, you don’t have a shelter or you happened to not follow #3 please stay away from trees and damaged power lines.

Our tips don’t prevent damage done to your business or home. The good news is when you or your insurance professional calls SERVPRO, our staff is prepared for whatever is required. We are a locally owned and operated company with the ability to respond to your call no matter the size! Our goal is to provide you with the quickest and most professional restoration experience. We know that emergency situations are never an enjoyable time, but we strive to make life get back to normal quickly and smoothly. If you have an emergency home or business restoration need, call SERVPRO! We are here to help!

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –      706-965-7378

After a thunderstorm go inspect your roof!

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Be aware!

Your insurance company sends out contractors when you report damage done to your home after a storm. They can tell if it’s damage from being an old roof or if a storm has caused damage to your home. Thus, we say be aware! After a thunderstorm, windstorm, or even hail go look at your roof!

Check for things like

  1. Broken gutters
  2. Shingles missing
  3. Holes in your roof
  4. Trees/debris on your roof

If you do find that damage has been done due to a storm give your insurance company a call right away!

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard, or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.

GIVE US A CALL TODAY AT 706-965-7378 FOR YOUR ROOF REPAIR/REPLACEMENT QUOTE!

Know the difference between a single cell and a super cell storm?

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

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Know the between a single cell and a super cell storm?

According to weather.gov a single cell storm lasts 30-60 minutes, has a brief updraft & downdraft, and has brief severe weather if any. A super cell lasts longer usually hours and is very dangerous! Of course severe weather is usually accompanied with a supercell.

Wikipedia says a single cell or pulse storm life cycle is as follows:

  • formation: the upward current of the cell intensifies and allows the condensation of water vapor from the rising air parcel. This forms a cumulus congestus, then a cumulonimbus when ice crystals form at its apex which spreads horizontally in contact with the tropopause.
  • maturity: downdrafts are emerging. This stage is accompanied by characteristic phenomena such as lightning and thundershowers (sometimes hail) and gust front.
  • dissipation: the cold pool descending from the cloud extends to the earth's surface and helps to block the feed by pushing the updraft downstream. The outflow can then serve as a trigger for other single cell thunderstorms.

Pulse storms usually aren’t tornado producers, but they often produce large hail and/or damaging winds.

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. We’re available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable. The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Can storms affect fishing?

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

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We know that you don’t want to get caught out at sea during a storm, but what if it means a big catch? Let’s look at the seasons, Fall for instance is a tradition season. Meaning the winds and temperature varies as. Professional fishers know that when cold & warm front meets a storm usually brews. So how can that storm help you? Predator fish usually come out right before a big storm. Many have said their best catches usually take place right before or right after storms.

Outdoor life reminds us that During the fall, both water temperature and daylight hours are decreasing. These factors compel fish to feed heavily in order to fatten up for migrations or just to get through the winter. What does that mean for you? Possibly a good catch! Well, what if you’re out fishing and come home to a flooded basement? Or what if those strong winds blew over a tree onto your home while you were out?

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard, or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2017 California wildfires
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew
  • 2015 Carolina floods
  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

Give us a call today if you're dealing with storm damage 706-965-7378!

Are you thinking of building a storm shelter?

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

underground storm shelter with a woman going downstairs an underground shelter with two big red doors and a lowered staircase. A woman in a dark purple shirt and blue jeans is seen entering.

Did you know each year United States residents spend more than 3 billion person-hours under tornado watches? Many of us have experienced what looks to be a redirection of tornado alley. Did you know that FEMA has a booklet that gives out design criteria and more information for building your own storm shelter?

According to FEMA's booklet, there are two general types of residential shelters: in-residence shelters which are also called a “safe room,” is a small, specially designed (“hardened”) room, such as a bathroom or closet that is intended to provide a place of refuge for the people who live in the house. An external residential shelter is similar in function and design, but it is a separate structure installed outside the house, either above or below ground.  

Here’s the link to the booklet in the event you find yourself building a safe room or a storm shelter. https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1604-20490-1479/ra2_storm_shelters.pdf

Did you know that we’re apart of a national storm team and that we have members that respond to disasters nationwide? From hurricanes to wildfires, SERVPRO storm teams are always prepared to respond to major catastrophic events. We are prequalified, experienced, and strategically located across The United States to respond to any loss. When an event comes to devastate a community, our goal is to be instrumental in restoring the community the best we can. SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties is here to help!

We also offer reconstruction! So whether you need help building that storm shelter or rebuilding your home or business. WE’RE HERE TO HELP!

Call us at 706-965-7378 for more info!

Tornado season is around the corner are you prepared?

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Tornado season is around the corner are you prepared?

Here are a few tips

  1. Keep homeowners insurance
  2. Have an emergency bag packed w/ water
  3. Keep homeowners Insurance

If you live in an area where tornadoes frequent

  1. Have an emergency bag packed with water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, any needed medications, and other necessities.
  2. Have a cellar
  3. Stay aware of weather conditions

If one lands: Seek shelter or a sturdy building if you’re not home.

Most importantly know the difference between warning and watch.

A tornado watch means a tornado is possible

A tornado warning means a tornado is occurring or will occur soon so GET TO SAFETY.

If one does land and causes damage to your home give us a call!

No Job Is Too Large

Did you know that we’re apart of a national storm team? We are a part of a national SERVPRO storm team whose members respond to disasters nationwide. From hurricanes to wildfires, SERVPRO storm teams are always prepared to respond to major catastrophic events. SERVPRO's large-loss response is uniquely qualified to handle any disaster. We are prequalified, experienced, and strategically located across the United States to respond to any loss. We are a certified IICRC staff https://www.IICRC.org/ and we have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – 706-965-7378 we're open 24/7 365 days a year!

How to handle storm damage to your home?

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

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A flood can occur due to heavy constant rain, snow melting, overflow of dams or more!

Your main concern is probably what to do if/when it happens.

  1.   1. Don’t Drown - easier said than done. Some street floods are deeper than anticipated so if your street is flooded and you’re not sure how deep it is turn around!
  2. Move to higher ground
  3. After a flood don’t assume only water has been in your home. Sometimes snakes, and other animals come in with the water. Not only animals but germs and other contaminations can occur so give us a call immediately if your home or business floods.
  4. Electrocution can occur! If you can, turn off your electricity from the breaker box in the event of a flood.

Our highly trained restoration technicians are prepared to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your property. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment and practices to find and remove water in a quick and efficient manner. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process from start to finish ensuring your experience with us goes seamlessly. SERVPRO will have your back from beginning to end in any disaster! Give us a call!

Ice Storm Tips

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

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ICE STORM TIPS

Did you know that Ice storms were caused by freezing rain and that ice storms usually happen between December & January?

Well, we’re here to tips to keep you prepared!

  1. Ice can increase the weight of branches by 30 times so if you have any branches hanging low or near your home be sure to have them trimmed.
  2. Reserve heat: Many power lines go down during ice storms so to keep heat in a room put towels under your door and stay in that room as much as possible.
  3. Cover your windows: heat can also escape from your windows so put up blankets to keep the heat in.
  4. Keep an emergency kit: have batteries, charged batteries for your phone, and an old radio to be able to keep up with the news in the case of a power outage.

We know that emergency situations are never an enjoyable time, but we strive to make life get back to normal quickly and smoothly. If you have a fire or water emergency to your home or business call SERVPRO! We are here to help!

What to do during a rainstorm?

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

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Rainstorm tips

Whether you get them frequently or rarely a rainstorm can be deadly. In the event of a rainstorm, there are several tips below provided in an effort to keep you safe.

  1. If you’re driving during a rainstorm put on your headlights, hazard lights, and drive slowly to prevent hydroplaning.
  2. Get out of boats and stay away from large bodies of water in the case of lightning striking.
  3. Take shelter!

We know that emergency situations are never an enjoyable time, but we strive to make life get back to normal quickly and smoothly. If you have a fire or flooding emergency takes place at your home or business call SERVPRO! We are here to help!

What types of damage does the common storm cause?

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Several types of common storms. Lighting storms, Tornadoes, hurricanes and hail storms are some of the leading causes of water, mold, and fire damage to homes.

Types of storms and the damage they can cause.

  1. Ice Storms
  2. Tornadoes
  3. Lighting
  4. Heavy Snow/Blizzard
  5. Derecho Storms
  6. Hurricanes

According to the National Storm Damage Center these are the common types of storms explained

Ice Storms: produce freezing rain that coats everything in its path with a layer of glaze ice. This type of accumulation can cause broken tree branches, power outages and other hazardous conditions.

Tornadoes: are violent rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground and they can destroy large buildings, uproot trees and hurl vehicles hundreds of yards.

Lightning: that hits trees and the ground is a common cause of wildfires, structure fires, property damage and power outages. 

Heavy Snow / Blizzards: are severe winter storms that combine heavy snowfall, with high winds and freezing temperatures. The combination of cold, wind and snow damages homes, businesses and automobiles. Heavy snow can produce dangerous conditions, including roof collapse.

Derecho Storms: A derecho is a large, violent, fast-moving, complex of thunderstorms that follow one another along a path of at least 240 miles, with wind gusts of at least 58 mph. Although derechos are very difficult to predict, they often form along the boundary of a large, hot air mass near a jet stream air current.

Hurricanes: are the most powerful classification given to a tropical cyclone. Characterized by low barometric pressure systems, extremely high winds, heavy rainfall and storm surges and swells – hurricanes that make landfall can be extremely destructive. 

SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and W. Walker Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Northwest GA, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 706-965-7378

Have you heard of Hurricane Lorenzo?

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane Lorenzo as a Category 5 from a meteorologists viewpoint Hurricane Lorenzo recorded as the strongest hurricane ever in the central North Atlantic - with winds blowing at 259km/h (161 miles/h).

CNN has stated the following facts about Hurricane Lorenzo


September 23, 2019 - Tropical Storm Lorenzo forms about 255 miles south of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.
September 25, 2019 - Lorenzo strengthens into a hurricane.
September 26, 2019 - Lorenzo becomes a category 4 hurricane churning in the eastern Atlantic Ocean about 1,620 miles south of the Azores.
September 28, 2019 - Lorenzo becomes a category 5 storm before weakening significantly.
October 2, 2019 - Lorenzo rapidly passes the Azores as a post-tropical cyclone and weakens into an extratropical storm system expected to bring wind and rain to Ireland and the United Kingdom.

As the rain/wet season approaches we want you to keep us in mind for ALL of your flood, mold, and fire damage issues!

SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and W. Walker Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Northwest GA, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 706-965-7378

Atlantic Hurricane Season

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

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According to CNN, the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. The areas covered include the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

Hurricanes are rated according to intensity of sustained winds on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. The 1-5 scale estimates potential property damage.

A Category 3 or higher is considered a major hurricane.

The National Hurricane Center advises preparedness:

  • A hurricane watch indicates the possibility that a region could experience hurricane conditions within 48 hours.
  • A hurricane warning indicates that sustained winds of at least 74 mph are expected within 36 hours.

SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and W. Walker Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Northwest GA, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 706-965-7378

What Category is Storm Water Damage?

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Category 1 Water - Refers to a source of water that are classified as "clean water". Examples are broken water supply lines, tub or sink overflows or appliance malfunctions that involves water supply lines.

Category 2 Water - Refers to a source of water that is known as "grey water".  Examples are toilet bowls with urine (no feces), sump pump failures, seepage due to hydrostatic failure and water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines.

Category 3 Water - Storm Water--- Known as "black water" and is grossly unsanitary. This category includes water sources from sewage, seawater, rising water from rivers or streams, ground surface water or standing water (STORM WATER). 

SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and W. Walker Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Northwest GA, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 706-965-7378

Thunderstorms in Georgia

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

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The most common natural disasters in Georgia result from – you guessed it – thunderstorms. When large storms pass through the counties of Chattooga, Dade, West Walker and surrounding areas, residents and business owners alike are most commonly at risk of water, flood and mold damage. However, intense lightning is also capable of causing fire damage, and strong winds can cause property damage. Each of these negative outcomes has the possibility of being linked to one another, making it especially important for individuals to be prepared for anything.

Since thunderstorms are incredibly common natural events, be sure to pay close attention to the weather forecast and prepare for any damages that may occur as a result of a thunderstorm.

Before the storm:

  • Keep trees and bushes pruned to avoid flying branches in case of severe winds.
  • Secure all free-standing outdoor objects (chairs, grills, etc.) by moving them to a shed, garage or other indoor space.
  • Unplug electrical equipment to avoid potential power surges.

During the storm:

  • Seek shelter and remain indoors.
  • Patch or place a bucket beneath any leaks that occur from the ceiling.
  • Keep windows and doors shut and locked.

After the storm:

  • Assess any damages.
  • Call SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade & West Walker Counties (706-866-5646) if you experience water, flood, fire and/or mold damages. We’re here to help make the thunderstorm "Like it never even happened."

How Meteorologists Predict Storms

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

Meteorologists inform us of incoming storms. By doing so, they are warning you to take precautions to avoid potential damages. But how do weather forecasters predict incoming storms?

By using satellite imagery, computer models amd air observations, meteorologists can detect  instable conditions or abnormal patterns in the air. Using physics and other dynamics, computer models predict the formation of thunderstorms before they occur. On the other hand, radar technology and satellites track the storm once it is formed.

Predicting storms is important because it helps us to be informed and therefore better prepare for possible damages. Additionally, meteorology assists airplanes and their passengers in staying safe while in flight.

Be sure to thank your local meteorologist for keeping us informed!

SERVPRO Disaster Response

2/10/2019 (Permalink)

How Our Local Community Responds to Hurricanes

SERVPROworks as a team across the country to help those that have been affected by a disaster. In years past, our local franchise has sent crews to various hurricane sites to help reach customers faster so that they can begin putting their lives back together. Local crews from SERVPRO has helped with Hurricane storms Ivan (2004), Katrina (2005), Lee (2011), Isaac (2013), and now Harvey/Irma(2017).

Faster to Any Size Disaster

Being a part of SERVPRO, we know that our job is to help customers and victims of disasters put their lives back together. It's nice to know that if a tornado, flood, ice storm, or any other disaster were to strike the heartland, that there are over 1,700 franchises in our system that can come to our aid to help you put your life back together.

Just remember that SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster.

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 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)

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

Standing by for disaster

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians are Standing By to Help Remediate Storm Damage in Your Home

Storm flooding is less common than clean water flooding but is much more destructive. Clean water floods start from a source inside the home, such as a water-based appliance or busted pipe. Storm floods come from outside the home, carrying waters caused by rainfall or river overflow into the home. As this water encounters many more substances and materials than most clean water floods, storm flooding comes with a host of unique issues SERVPRO personnel have to work against in the fight to get your home back to normal.

Staining

One of the most easily visible effects of storm damage in Summerville and Lyerly is the staining of floors, walls, and furniture that comes with most of these floods. Even if it is only a very shallow layer of water, storm floods carry dirt, debris, chemicals, and plant matter that stain nearly everything they touch. In addition to heavy discoloration and warping of materials, stains of this sort usually imbue the damaged surface with a pungent and unpleasant odor. SERVPRO handles these messes with heavy cleaning equipment and special deodorizing foggers.

Organic Waste

Organic matter is one of the more unpleasant aspects of many storm floods. In addition to plants and timber, floodwaters can carry dead animals, fungi, and human waste into the home, creating potential biohazards requiring extreme care to handle. Luckily, we are fully certified to handle biohazards, so these issues should not interrupt our work process.

Power Outages

Power outages are a common facet of many storm damage cases, especially when far-reaching disasters like hurricanes are the principle cause of damage. Most of our equipment runs on alternative fuel sources or is self-powered, meaning that even though power may be out for the area, we should still be able to get work done and repair 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.

It's Flooding. What Do I Do?

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

It can happen everywhere

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. FEMA reports, in the last 8 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. As most of us have recently experienced, nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas. 

Here are a few Flood Facts provided by FEMA:

  • Flash floods can bring walls of water from 10 to 20 feet high.
  • Flooding can be caused by spring thawing (snow and frozen grounds melting in the spring), heavy rains, snow melt runoffs, flash floods, and mudflows.
  • Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires
  • A 2,000 square foot home undergoing 12 feet of water damage could cost more than $50,000 to repair.

Here are a few supplies you need to prepare for a flood:

  • Stock up on First Aid items
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Three gallons of water per person for 3 days
  • Battery operated radio for weather reports
  • Extra batteries
  • Personal hygiene necessities

About SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties

SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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

Still Storm Season

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Weather in Summerville and Lyerly

Each year in Summerville and Lyerly we get several heavy late summer storms. We see flash flooding in the area on a regular basis. Seeing as how the Tennessee Valley weather can never make up its mind, being prepared for the worst weather possible is paramount! That is where we will help!

SERVPRO is here to Help

SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties has the team and experience to make sure you are properly prepared for any size disaster. If you have a commercial facility, you can chat with us about our Emergency Readiness Program (ERP) that helps document things like shut off valves and other critical emergency information. We even have a mobile phone app to help you develop your plan with us! We understand that many times you might just have questions. We encourage you to reach out to us! Just ask using one of our many platforms of communication and social media listed on our website! We have team members that are always available to help!

Have any question?

Call us today (706) 866-5646

Here is the link to our mobile phone application:

https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/MobileApp.

Red Cross preparedness kit!

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Be Red Cross Ready!

Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.

At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:

Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)

Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).

Flashlight

Battery-powered or hand-crank radio

Extra batteriesFirst aid kit [Avail

First aid kit

Medications (7-day supply) and medical items

Multi-purpose tool

Sanitation and personal hygiene items

Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)

Cell phone with chargers

Family and emergency contact information

Extra cash

Emergency blanket

Map(s) of the area

Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:

Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)

Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)

Games and activities for children

Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)

Two-way radios

Extra set of car keys and house keys

Manual can opener

Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:

Whistle

N95 or surgical masks

Matches

Rain gear

Towels

Work gloves

Tools/supplies for securing your home

Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes

Plastic sheeting

Duct tape

Scissors

Household liquid bleach

Entertainment items

Blankets or sleeping bags


For more information check out redcross.org

Potential floods

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Floods can happen anywhere!

There is always potential for flood damage no matter where you live. According to the American Red Cross floods cause more damage in the United States every year than any other weather related disaster. The American Red Cross offers these flood safety tips:

-Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.

-If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are riding rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

-Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water. 

If a flood occurs and affects you, call SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and Walker Counties.  Even minor floods have potential to cause major damage. We are faster to ANY size disaster. Let us help you get your life back in order. 

Dade County Storm

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Dade County Storm Flooding

Because of our location nestled in the valley, Trenton residents are especially prone to damage caused by floods.  Flooding can be common during the warmer seasons, but unusual weather patterns can also bring unexpected flooding that Dade County can see throughout the entire year.

If your home has flooded, it is important to conduct a list of safety checks before you move back in.  The Department of Housing and Urban Development has a detailed outline listing these safety steps.  They include:

  • Checking the roof for dips across the surface
  • Checking external walls to determine if they are no longer plum
  • Checking the foundation from the outside to see if it has been damaged
  • Making sure electricity and gas have been shut off

Once inside, there can be many safety hazards and threats. The presence of mold is a real possibility and a valid concern for your personal safety. If you have an older home, there is also the risk of lead or asbestos contamination. Flood water contains multiple health hazards and just because the visible water is gone, it doesn’t mean the contaminants are no longer a threat.

That burning desire to check your home after major water damage is natural but even a few minutes inside could be bad for your health.  At SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties, we provide emergency water disaster services.  We have given our mitigation specialists extensive training for safely entering this type of potentially dangerous environment and for getting the remediation process started.  It is our hope you never have to experience this type of natural disaster or other types of water damages, but if you do, we are a phone call away at (706) 866-5646 and are always ready to help! “Like it never even happened.”

What To Do After Roof Damage

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Boards

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.

Tarps

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.

Claims

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!

(706) 866-5646

Tornado Season

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

During tornado season, ensure you're adhering to proper safety procedures for inclement weather.

Twister Time

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.