Are you ready for severe weather?
After a severe storm passes through Clayton County, the damage to your home could range from non-existent to extensive. Before venturing outside to inspect the damage, make sure it is safe to do so.
Wait at least 30 minutes after the storm has passed to go outside. Watch for downed power lines, trees, broken glass or any other sharp objects. If you smell gas, shut off the main gas line immediately, open doors and windows and step outside. Only go to the roof if you believe it is absolutely necessary; if not, call a professional company to do it for you.
Call a trusted restoration company like SERVPRO of Clayton County to help you with any board up or tarps needed. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
It is always a good idea to have a basic disaster supplies kit handy and always be prepared for the unexpected next time a big storm hit our area
- Food- A minimum of three-day supply of non-perishable items
- Water- one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio
- First aid kit
- Fully charged cellphone (backup charger)
You can download the recommended supplies list here
What does it mean to scope a job?
Experiencing water damage in your home or business is a traumatic event. After contacting a water restoration company like SERPVRO of Clayton County, it is hard for homeowners to understand the drying process. Rest assured that our highly trained technicians will explain the process every step of the way.
Every crew member at SERVPRO of Clayton County receives extensive training from our Training Specialist and know how to properly operate all our equipment. They will start the drying process as soon as they get to the job site.
The first thing the Crew Chief will do is scope the damage. They will use moisture sensors, thermal imaging cameras, and moisture meters to determine the areas that have been affected.
- Moisture Sensors- The techs use this tool to detect moisture in carpets and padding.
- Thermal Imaging Cameras (Infrared cameras)- We use these cameras to inspect and monitor moisture found in wet materials like walls, ceiling, floors, etc. Our technicians use this to find “hidden” spots that would have gone undetected just by looking. Another benefit of using these cameras is that we minimize the damage by avoiding unnecessary demolition of walls, floors, etc.
- Moisture Meters- Our crews use this to measure the moisture content of affected materials.
These are just a few of the tools we use to scope a job. If you have a question about what the technicians are doing, just ask them, they will be more than happy to explain the process.
SERVPRO of Clayton County has the training and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 770-997-5689.
Lightning and Home Fires
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that local fire departments in the US respond to an average of 22,600 fires started by lightning every year. Lightning-related fires are more common from June through August, specially in the afternoons and evenings.
If you think your home has been struck by cloud-to-ground lightning, call your Clayton County Fire Department immediately. When a bolt of lighting hits a surface, it is over 53,000 degrees Fahrenheit (5 times hotter than the surface of the sun). A fire might not be evident at first, until it is too late, since it is common for these types of fires to start in the attic.
If you can hear thunder, you are within 10 miles of a storm, that means that your home can by struck by lighting even that far away. Stay indoors and away from windows and doors, try not to use too many electronics, and it is a good idea to unplug phones, computes and TVs. Wait at least 30 minutes to go outside after a storm has passed.
SERVPRO of Clayton County is locally owned and operated, and we are always ready to help homeowners with fire damage emergencies. If you need help, call us at 770-997-5689
Fire and Water Damage Restoration for Assisted Living Facilities in Clayton County
There are so many things that can cause a fire or water damage at an assisted living facility (an overflowing toilet, an unattended pan left on the stove, the sprinkler system damaging several units on multiple floors, etc.) and can disrupt the daily schedule of its residents.
Our technicians receive extensive training and know that the most important thing is the residents’ safety. They know how to position our equipment so that they would not be in the way of guests. They will work with the facility’s staff to keep disruptions to a minimum, so residents can continue with their regular schedules and your facility can resume with daily operations as usual. Our office staff will work directly with your insurance provider if you choose to file a claim.
If you are dealing with a fire or water emergency at an assisted living facility, call SERVPRO of Clayton County at 770-997-5689. We have the knowledge, experience, and the right equipment to deal with any size disaster 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Fire Prevention- Do Fire Drills at Home
The National Fire Protection Association says that every 24 seconds, a fire department in America responds to a fire in the country; 72% of those were home structures.
Our kids are more prepared to know what to do if a fire happens at school than at home. That is why it is so important to come up with a home evacuation plan and do a fire drill. Get the whole family involve and make it fun for the little ones.
Pick a spot on the front yard (far enough from the house) and designate it as the meeting place. Show the kids the smoke detector and tell them that when it starts beeping to get out of the room, and start heading towards “the meeting spot”.
Here are good resources and games for parents to do with the kids.
If you are dealing with a fire emergency, contact the fire damage experts at SERVPRO of Clayton County at 770-997-5689.
Why Choosing an IICRC Certified Water Damage Restoration Company is Important
It is important to call an IICRC-certified professional company to help you with water damage in your home. At first, it may not seem like a big deal to tackle the problem with a DIY remediation (especially if there is no extensive damage) but it might end up costing you a lot more in the future if it wasn’t done properly.
Our highly trained technicians have the required training, knowledge and equipment to assess the damage, determine what category of water they are dealing with, and start the water mitigation process right away.
All our technicians have gone through extensive training (at our corporate office and with our training specialist) and are IICRC Certified. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industries. Its mission is to establish and advance globally recognized standards and certifications for the inspection, cleaning, restoration and installation industries. If a company has this certification, it has proven that they have the resources and equipment to manage any number of jobs, small or large.
For help restoring your commercial or residential space after a water loss, call SERVPRO of Clayton County at 770-997-5689
SERVPRO of Clayton County…Faster to Any Size Disaster!
After a storm, SERVPRO of Clayton County is prepared to help you with any size disaster. We specialize in storm and flood damage restoration.
Our professionals have the necessary training and equipment to make sure that your home or business is restored to its preloss condition. The key to minimize the damage after a storm is to act quickly, since mold can develop in as little as 24 to 48 hours.
Dealing with the aftermath of a storm is devastating…call the experts at SERVPRO of Clayton County to guide you through the restoration process. We are locally owned and operated, so we can start the mitigation process right away. Contact us here or call 770-997-5689 if you need help with
- Flooding caused by heavy rains
- Tornadoes and wind damage
Back to School… is your school prepared for a fire or water emergency?
It’s that time of year again. Kids all around Clayton County are getting ready to go back to school on August 5th.
Schools should take the time to get a plan in place to prepare for a water, fire or storm emergency. These types of events are complex and the school system needs to trust a remediation company with the resources to handle any size disaster and keep the disruptions to a minimum. We work with the maintenance team to asses the damage, put a plan in place and let our technicians use their training to restore the building to its preloss condition. Our staff is OSHA trained to take into account any legal and environmental concerns.
We have experience helping k-12 schools, colleges, libraries and daycares facilities with their fire, water and storm emergencies. Call SERVPRO of Clayton County today and we can tell you more about our Emergency Ready Plan- 770-997-5689.
How to avoid mold problem in your building or rental property
Every property manager, building engineer and business owners should take mold in their building seriously. That is why keeping up with the maintenance of the property is so important. A small mold problem can turn into a disaster if it remains unaddressed (or undiscovered).
Mold loves to grow where there is excessive moisture and it can be found almost anywhere, on wood, carpet, insulation, drywall, etc. The best advice we can give is to fix the leak or the source of the moisture problem, when you control the moisture, you can control the mold growth. It is important to clean the affected areas within the first 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth.
To learn more the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has more information about mold here.
Contact SERVPRO of Clayton County at 770-997-5689 if you need assistance with mold remediation.
Save your furniture after a water damage
If you recently experienced a water damage due to flooding, a broken pipe, etc. we know how painful it is to see all your precious furniture and possessions completely ruined. How much of your furniture can be saved after a water damage would depend on how long it was exposed to standing water. The faster you can remove the items, the higher the probability of been salvageable.
Here are some tips on how to help save your furniture from further water damage.
Inspect the furniture and determine what can be saved. Wipe excess water from wood furniture and let it dry completely. You can turn on a fan or the AC to help speed up the drying process. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and any wet surface like a wet carpet or rug. Use a good disinfectant to get rid of bacteria that might have been present in the water.
Call a professional residential water remediation team like SERVPRO of Clayton County to help you get your home and your possession to their preloss condition. Call us today at 770-997-5689 to learn more about what we can do for you.