Understanding Mold Remediation
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Here at SERVPRO of Clayton County we are trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to tackle any mold problems you are having in your home or business. We are a qualified restoration company that understands the science behind mold and mold growth.
When signs of mold growth are found in your home or business our initial focus is to stop the source of water feeding the mold such as a leaking hot water heater, or busted pipe. Then once the source is completely fixed we use air scrubbers to remove the particles from the air, and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process. Our next step is to make sure to apply an antimicrobial treatment to eliminate the mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It is also important to completely get rid of and replace any infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting.
If you have concerns about mold in your property call SERVPRO of Clayton County and let us help you!
When the "What If" becomes "What Now"...Emergency Ready Profile
Emergency Ready Profile
Managing a property or being a landlord is not a 9 to 5 job! Problems do not care if you are supposed to be on vacation, they can arise 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Be prepared before an emergency happens with our Emergency Ready Plan.
A large chunk of businesses actually have to close down following a disaster. Of the businesses that do survive the majority of them had some form of preparedness plan in place before the disaster struck their building. SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile helps your business to have a plan in place to know exactly how to handle fire and water damage as it is occurring.
To learn more about SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile you can visit http://ready.SERVPRO.com or call SERVPRO of Clayton County at 770-997-5689.
Fire Prevention Tips for the Workplace
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We all know how quickly we can get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the work place and forget to stop and consider the important things we need to be consistently doing in our to keep the work place as safe as possible. Here are a couple of fire prevention tips to keep in mind even while we are busy at work…
- Keep your work area free of waste paper, trash, and other items that can easily catch fire.
- Turn off electrical appliances at the end of each day.
- Do NOT overload your circuits.
- Periodically check your electrical cords, and replace any damaged cords immediately.
By following these tips you can greatly reduce the chances of an office fire, but in the event of a fire you should have an evacuation plan posted all around the building. Once everyone is safely removed from the building and the fire has been put out then you can call SERVPRO of Clayton County to help mitigate the damages and make your building feel “Like it never even happened.”
Why you Should Keep your Commercial Air Ducts Clean!
Many people or businesses tend to overlook certain aspects of their commercial buildings when they are going through their maintenance checklist. One thing that is often forgotten about is air duct cleaning, because cleaning an air duct system that is not showing any obvious problems can seem like an unnecessary expenditure of time and money. According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) the rule of thumb for consumers is that “if your air ducts look dirty, they probably are.” While you do not need to clean you air ducts every year, it is not something that you want to forget to maintain. Below are some benefits to cleaning your air ducts:
- Improved indoor air quality
- Greater HVAC system efficiency
- Longer HVAC component lifespan
- Air duct cleaning conserves energy
- Air duct cleaning will save you money in the long run
Summer Fire Prevention Tips
Household fires can start from a variety of ways, especially during the hot summer months when people are hosting barbecues and firing up their grill. There are potential sources of fire all throughout a household that many homeowners tend to overlook. Here are a few safety tips to prevent fire in several different areas of you home:
- Clean out the lint buildup on the lint filter after every load of laundry.
- Only dry items that are safe to be put in a dryer.
- Fire Pits
- When building a fire pit strategically place it at least 10 feet from any structure.
- Build your fire pit on a solid surface that is away from overhanging trees.
- NEVER leave the fireplace unattended.
- Gas Grills
- Place the grill outside, at a reasonable distance from the house.
- Constantly check the grill’s propane hoses durability.
- Never light a gas grill with the lid closed.
How to Rescue Residential Stonework from Fire Damage
When a fire breaks out in your home the main concern is to put it out and then repair all of the damages to the inside of your home. But if you have experienced a moderate to severe fire it is very likely that these incidents have lead to visible marks and blemished on the outside of your home as well.
The good news is that stains on stonework, concrete and other structural materials can almost always be fixed. While brick and concrete are not indestructible, they are extremely sturdy and do not usually crack under the pressure of heat! Therefore we can use straightforward cleaning techniques to restore the outside of your property. Below are three levels of stains that might occur to the outside of your building if you experience a fire:
If there is no structural damage, our SERVPRO technicians can use mild cleaning agents to wash the soot and smoke damage off the surface.
The problem with soot is that it can be very acidic and if it is not removed from a structure quickly there is a chance of corrosive residues becoming embedded deep into your stonework. This is why SERVPRO makes sure to pay very close attention to cracked joints.
The most severe staining occurs when heavily combustible materials have caught fire and burned for some time. When this happens, jet washing is usually a suitable method for cleaning up the stains!
If you need help restoring your home after a fire give SERVPRO of Clayton County at 770-997-5689!
Three Ways to Prevent Storm Damage to Your Home
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An unexpected storm can hit your town at any day throughout the year. While it is hard to prepare on the spot when a storm is headed your way there are several preventative measures you can take ahead of time to minimize the risk of damage to your home when severe weather does hit. According to MoonWorks here are three steps you can take before a major storm hits your town.
- Remove Dead Wood.
By trimming the trees around your home on a regular basis there is less of a chance for heavy limbs to fall on and damage your home when large winds blow through.
- Secure Outdoor Items.
When you are aware of a storm coming your way try to put all loose items such as grills, picnic tables, umbrellas, and lawn furniture inside in order to prevent damage to these items or a nearby window.
- Inspect Roof Periodically.
A brand new roof should be able to withstand most weather that comes it way, but if your roof is more like 5-10 years old it might be time to get it checked for loose shingles, nails and sheathing. It is better to go ahead and fix these small aspects of your roof now then to have to pay for the extensive damages when a big storm hits.
How to Prevent Mold in Your Home
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Unless you are attempting to make blue cheese or penicillin mold is not something that you want to be messing with or run across in your home or business. Mold can grow anywhere with a lot of moisture present, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes as well as paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can be a difficult and costly problem to fix, but it also can produce harmful allergens and irritants that can compromise your health.
According to the Mother Nature Network here are nine ways to prevent moisture indoors, and the mold that thrives on it.
- Identify problem areas in your home and correct them.
- Dry wet areas immediately.
- Prevent moisture with proper ventilation.
- Equip your home with mold-resistant products.
- Monitor humidity indoors.
- Direct water away from your home.
- Clean or repair roof gutters.
- Improve air flow in your home.
- Keep mold off household plants.
If you are having issues with mold growth in your home or business, SERVPRO of Clayton County is here to help!
How to Deal with Commercial Water Damage
Commercial Water Damages
Water damage can strike your commercial property in Clayton County when you are least expecting it. Water damage can happen in a variety of ways including a broken or leaking water line or even a weather related event.
If your property ever experiences water damage here are some tips on how to deal with the damage safely and efficiently.
- Turn off the electricity.
- Do NOT use home vacuums to attempt to remove water in order to avoid the risk of electric shock.
- Wash your hands after coming into contact with damaged items.
Steps to take before professionals arrive:
- Attempt to stop the water at its source.
- Mop up excess water from floors.
- Take out wet cushions from chairs or other furniture.
- Move art and other decorations to a dry area to prevent them being damaged.
- Take a deep breath, because the professionals at SERVPRO of Clayton County is on the way to help you deal with the damage!
Categories of Water
Water damage can happen to anyone and at any point in time. In fact, it usually happens at the least opportune times; like the saying goes, “when it rains, it pours.” With this in mind it is important to be as knowledgeable and prepared as possible to handle a water damage situation in your home or building. As stated by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification), which certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries such as SERVPRO, there are three categories of water that you need to be on the lookout for.
- Category 1 Water: This form of water comes from a clean and sanitary source (faucets, drinking fountains, showers, etc.) and does not pose a hazard if consumed by humans.
- Category 2 Water: This category of liquid is also referred to as “grey water” and contains a significant degree of chemical, biological or physical contaminants. If ingested by humans, this type of water can cause illness. Common examples of category 2 water include losses from toilet bowls, water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines, and sump pump failures.
- Category 3 Water: Refers to the worst classification of water and is known to be grossly unsanitary. It is also called “black water,” and it could cause severe illness or even death if ingested. Sources of this type of water include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, and ground surface water or standing water.
If you ever run into a situation where you are dealing with any of these categories of water, give SERVPRO of Clayton County a call at 770-997-5689 and let us handle this disaster for you!