When You Need Restoration, SERVPRO is the Team to Call | SERVPRO of Bartow County
SERVPRO of Bartow County is away ready to help homeowners who have fire and water damage. We can dispatch help to start emergency services 24/7.
We are all familiar with the core adages about teamwork, such as “teamwork makes the dream work” and “all for one and one for all,” but even those helpful sayings do not always get across how important having the right team for the job can be. When it comes to trials in life, having the right team on your side can make all the difference—and honestly, there are few things more trying than experiencing damages to your home or business.
If you have damage from water, fire, a storm or some other cause, it can be an extremely difficult thing to handle. From physically handling the damage to dealing with the aftermath (and the insurance claims payment process), there is a lot to consider. Fortunately, however, we are here to be your support team during every step of the way in order to make the process as easy on you as possible—see why below:
SERVPRO Responds Quickly
As you can see from all of our advertising materials, our quick response time in the Bartow County area is a major source of pride for us. Our customers can call us 24 hours a day and we will spring into action, assembling our technicians and our equipment to take care of the job quickly and effectively.
H1>SERVPRO Understands the Restoration Process
When it comes to restoration, there is often more than meets the eye to deal with. For example, in a fire damage scenario, there will typically be water damage as well—and when there is water damage, there is often hidden moisture that can lead to mold or mildew. We have a solid understanding of the restoration process due to our extensive training process that adheres to the IICRC standards, so we can handle anything that damage sends our way.
SERVPRO Is Here to Support You
In addition to being an interruption in life, sustaining damage is something that is very emotionally taxing and stressful—which is something we completely understand. We are here to be a support system for you throughout the process, from helping your family pack the essentials while we handle the damage to helping you through the insurance claims process.
*If you have sustained damage to your home or business, we hope you agree that SERVPRO of Bartow County is the team to call. With the backing of over 1,700 locally owned and operated franchises nationwide, we can make just about any type of home or commercial property damage “Like it never even happened.” Contact us at any hour for emergency services at (770) 387-7455 or visit www.SERVPRObartowcounty.com to learn more about our processes or get more information about how we can help.
This is How You Can Determine if You Can Trust Your Commercial Restoration Company | SERVPRO of Bartow County
You can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line, SERVPRO of Bartow County.
Disasters come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: They are unplanned and they cause a major disruption to life. Whether it’s an office fire or a tornado, odds are you may need the services of a restoration company. When that happens, you’re going to be in a tricky situation because you need to hire someone quickly to begin the restoration process.
Consider these criteria when hiring a restoration company:
Are They Legitimate?
It’s important to know that not everyone who shows up after an emergency is there to help. Unfortunately, disasters can bring out the worst of the “fly-by-night contractors.” All they want to do is make a quick buck and provide as little service as possible.
We are not newcomers, as we have been in business for over 50 years. We have earned a solid reputation in the restoration community as a quality provider of services and have millions of satisfied customers to prove it.
Plus, we are trusted by national brands like the PGA Tour. They work with only the highest quality companies, and we’re proud to maintain their affiliated facilities and tour stops.
How Fast Can Resources Be Deployed?
When disaster attacks your community, you need to know that someone locally can respond right away and begin working on your restoration.
You can’t squander time when a storm rips through town and unleashes its fury. That’s why we’re on call 24⁄7 for emergency situations.
Are They Locally Owned With National Resources?
SERVPRO of Bartow County is locally owned and operated, which means there’s always a team right here in Cartersville ready to act. But when major disasters come or there is a swell of demand, your local franchise is backed by the full, nationwide network of SERVPRO franchises.
This means when there’s a rush during a disaster, we’ll be sending in expertly trained people to assist and make sure every local and regional business owner or property manager in need gets the service they require.
*When you call SERVPRO of Bartow County, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line. When disaster hits your commercial property, contact us to get our local experts and nationwide network on your side.
What to Know About Fire Extinguishers in the Workplace | SERVPRO of Bartow County
If you business or commercial property has experienced fire damage SERVPRO of Bartow County is here to help 24-hours a day...every day!
If you own a commercial space in Cartersville or the surrounding Bartow County area, it is important to do everything you can to ensure the fire safety of the area for yourself and your staff. Workplace fires are not only dangerous, but they can be quite costly, too. Businesses will often have to shut down for a period of time after a fire to properly have the area restored, which can lead to significant losses in revenue and expenses.
Just as it is with home fire safety, making sure you have an adequate number of fire extinguishers is a fantastic way to cut down on the risks for your commercial space. Below, we will go through some of the things that business owners need to know about fire extinguishers so they can be certain they are being as safe as possible.
What to Know About Fire Extinguishers as a Business Owner
| You Are Required to Train Employees on Their Use |
Not only does OSHA require businesses to have an adequate number of fire extinguishers in the workplace, but they also require business owners to train employees how to use them. You should conduct fire extinguisher training with every member of your workforce at least every year to be certain that everyone knows how to take action should a fire start.
| You Need to Choose the Right Type of Fire Extinguisher for Your Needs |
The chemical composition of fires can vary based on what causes them to start, and as such, the most efficient way to douse them can vary as well. Choosing the right class of fire extinguisher for your needs is a must to ensure that you have the right tool for the job should a fire start in your commercial space.
| You Need to Check Your Fire Extinguishers Regularly |
While fire extinguishers do have a long shelf life, hopefully they will not need to be used regularly, so it is important to check them at least every few months and make sure they are still in working order. Most modern fire extinguishers have a pressure nozzle that will indicate when the unit should be replaced, so be sure all of yours are within this threshold.
*If you’ve experienced fire or smoke damage to your commercial property, you can depend on SERVPRO of Bartow County to make the fire and smoke damage “Like it never even happened.” We are here 24/7 to help you sort through the red tape that comes along with restoring the aftermath. Contact us today at (770) 387-7455 for emergency service or visit www.SERVPRObartowcounty.com to learn more about our commercial fire and smoke damage restoration services.
The Most Common Fire Safety Code Violations for Businesses to Watch For | SERVPRO of Bartow County
SERVPRO of Bartow County is here to help businesses recover after commercial fire damage. Call us 24-hour a day..we are alway here to help!
If you own a Bartow County business, you are likely juggling many things throughout your daily work routine, and it is not uncommon for a hectic schedule to allow for fire safety to slip through the cracks. While fire codes may seem like quite the nuisance, they are actually vital in keeping you and your staff safe when on the commercial premises. Though keeping up with them can be taxing, the safety they provide is extremely worth it.
Unfortunately, commercial fires are more common than most business owners realize, and it is estimated that over 100,000 businesses are impacted by fires every year. This can lead to costly damage to your commercial property as well as downtime while you have the damages restored—but by adhering to fire codes, you can reduce the chances that your business will experience a fire at all.
Below, we will take a look at the most common workplace related fire violations that have been reported in commercial spaces across the United States so you can be on the lookout for these issues at your own business.
Blocked Fire Exits
According to a 2019 report, blocked fire exits were the No.1 fire safety code violation among businesses. Leaving merchandise, stored items or other blockages in front of fire doors may seem harmless, but in the event that everyone needs to evacuate quickly, it could be a deadly oversight. All fire doors in a commercial space must be able to be opened quickly and easily, and must be self-closing to hinder the spread of fire.
Improper Use of Extension Cords
Many businesses that utilize a lot of technology, such as stores and office spaces, will make use of extension cords regularly. However, when used improperly, extension cords can cause a serious problem for fire safety. Plugging extension cords into one another and overextending them are both fire risks that are entirely avoidable.
Malfunctioning Exit Signs
Did you know that all commercial buildings are required to have illuminated, unblocked exit signs? While this may seem like a silly rule, if the lights go out during a fire, having a properly illuminated sign can be key for a safe escape for those left in the building.
*If you have experienced fire damage in your commercial space, you can count on SERVPRO of Bartow County for assistance getting your business back up and running. We are here 24/7 to provide a swift response to your business’ damage—Contact us today at (770) 387-7455 or visit www.SERVPRObartowcounty.com for more information.
Autumn Weather Means Football...and an Increased Risk of Fire | SERVPRO of Bartow County
Be mindful about fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of Bartow County is the trusted leader in the restoration industry.
Anybody else tired of the intense heat of summer? While it might not feel like it quite yet, fall is quickly approaching! It officially begins on Sept. 22 this year.
As fall sets in, the evenings are starting to cool. The oppressive humidity is dropping as the seasons begin to change. Football is being played everywhere, and people are making plans to go camping. Fall is perfect for many fun activities. But as seasons change, so do the fire risks; each season brings its own potential fire hazards as outdoor activities begin. So grab a pumpkin spice latte, and let’s assess the fire risk for the season.
- Fire Pits, Grilling and Campfires -
- Fire pits see increased usage as we spend more fall evenings outdoors and grills are used at tailgates and at home.
- Make sure your grill is cleaned of excess grease before starting it this fall. Failing to clean the grill properly, removing grease specifically, is the No. 1 cause for grill fires.
- Building a campfire is almost as important as knowing how to properly extinguish it. Use a match or lighter to set fire to dry leaves or twigs, then add dry wood and bigger sticks.
- Never use an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid. Your fire should be built away from structures and out from under trees.
- Make sure to extinguish the fire completely with water and ensure no embers are left. Any embers you leave behind can start up again with the right breeze.
- Yard Cleanup and Pruning -
- Even though the best time to trim shrubs and trees is just prior to spring, many homeowners do this activity in the fall of the year. Your yard is almost certainly full of dry, brown leaves, and many people like to burn them as a disposal method.
- This is fine, provided it’s legal in your area, but only burn leaves in an area that can be controlled and have a water source that can reach the fire if needed.
- Precautions for Space Heaters -
- Make sure to take the proper precautions with portable space heaters. They are one of the most frequent causes of home fires in fall and winter.
- Keep your heater away from anything flammable on any side. Ensure it has the proper safety mechanisms such as an automatic shutoff should the heater be tipped over or overheat.
- Halloween -
We’ll share more on this later in an upcoming blog post, but candles, decorations and even costumes can be fire hazards. Be attentive and responsible as you celebrate Halloween.
*If your Cartersville or Acworth home should suffer fire or smoke damage, remember the trusted leader in the fire restoration and recovery industry...SERVPRO of Bartow County. You can contact SERVPRO of Bartow County at (770) 387-7455 to get your property fully restored, including odor removal that will make that annoying smoke smell “Like it never even happened.”
How to Avoid Water Damage in Your Bartow County Home | SERVPRO of Bartow County
A water leak can turn into a big problem. Contact the SERVPRO of Bartow County team if you are dealing with any water damage.
Water leaking into your home in places it shouldn’t be always creates stress and usually an expensive repair bill. Situations like this are faced by many Bartow County homeowners each year, and we rarely get notice of the impending disaster.
Water can enter your home any number of different ways. Knowing which areas of your property are most vulnerable or have the highest likelihood of experiencing a water damage event, is an important step in preventing water losses. Let’s take a look at some of the most common sources of water leaks and water damage:
- Supply Line Drips | Supply lines to toilets and faucets are a great place to look for drips. Pay special attention if your home was recently constructed, since these drips usually occur quickly after water pressure is put into the pipes.
- Refrigerator Drip Pan | Occasionally, refrigerator drip pans can overflow. The drip pan is used to catch water during the defrost cycle of most modern-day refrigerators. The defrosted water usually hits an evaporator coil and turns into a small amount of steam. If the evaporator coil isn’t working or the drips from defrost miss the coil, the water flows to the drip pan.
- Debris-filled and Clogged Gutters | Gutters are a leading culprit of water damage in homes. Clogged gutters are a serious problem, and one that can be prevented. If you have trees around your home, leaves and other tree debris can fall onto your roof and end up in the gutter system. Clogged gutters can create multiple problems from roof damage to foundation issues if the water is not properly directed away from the home.
- Roof Issues | The roof system is designed to move the water off of the roof and into the gutters. We’ve already addressed clogged gutters and roof issues that create similar situations to clogged gutters. Gutters usually cause issues on the outside walls. Roof issues can create leaks on any part of the home. Roof issues are challenging to diagnose as water takes the path of least resistance and is often far away from where the leak finally emerges.
- Drainage Pipes | Pipes draining water and waste from your home are common places for leaks to occur. In the past, exterior drain/piping systems were sometimes made of clay, and often tree roots would find the moisture and infiltrate the pipe, causing a clog or backup over time as more of the tree roots grew into the pipe. Clay pipes are still in use today as the technology has evolved so they seal better and are most resistant to root intrusion.
- Clogged Toilet | No one wants to deal with this! There are a number of tools available to handle this task. Plungers, drain snakes and chemical solutions are all available to assist with this chore.
Keeping your home properly maintained is the key to avoiding these leak disasters. Frequently inspect the systems that protect your home from water intrusion. It can save you time, money and the stress of dealing with a water disaster.
*If a water leak happens at your home and turns into a big (or small) problem, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side...SERVPRO of Bartow County!
You can contact SERVPRO of Bartow County 24-hours a day at (770) 387-7455. Call us today so we can get started ASAP or visit www.SERVPRObartowcounty.com for more information.
How Cooking Fires Commonly Get Started | SERVPRO of Bartow County
SERVPRO of Bartow County is here to help make your home's fire damage "Like it never even happened." Give us a call 24/7...we're always here to help!
Cooking is something that most of us do in our homes every single day, but did you know that every time you cook, you are at risk for a fire starting? Cooking is the No. 1 cause of fires within the home, and there are a number of ways that these dangerous fires can begin. Because of how often most people use their kitchen, it can be easy to become lax about fire safety, which can quickly lead to an emergency scenario.
Practicing fire safety is important every single time you switch the stove on. Below, we will be looking at some of the main causes of kitchen fires so you can be certain you are practicing prevention each and every time you use your kitchen.
The Common Ways That Cooking Fires Start
- When Food is Left Unattended on the Stovetop | Leaving food unattended is one of the most dangerous things you can do while cooking, as it increases the likelihood that a minor issue will lead to a fire that goes unnoticed until it is too late. It is important to always stay in the room while you are cooking and to never use appliances if you are drowsy or have consumed alcohol.
- When Flammable Objects Are Too Close to the Stove | Putting flammable objects near the stove is something many people do not realize is dangerous until it is too late. Dish towels, pot holders and wooden cooking utensils are all fire hazards when they are near a hot stovetop eye, so be sure to keep the area directly around the stove clear for safety.
- When Grease is Allowed to Build Up | Grease fires are extremely dangerous because they only grow worse when doused with water, which is many people’s first instinct in a fire. Trapped grease can become highly flammable, whether it is built up on the cooktop or thrown away while still hot.
- When Items Are Stored in the Oven | If you store items in the oven, it can be very easy to forget about them until it is too late—as in, when the oven is turned on and the item inside catches fire. Whether it is food, cutting boards or something else altogether, avoid storing anything in your oven and always check inside before preheating.
*If you have fire damage in your home, you can count on SERVPRO of Bartow County for restoration assistance. Contact us at any time to learn more about house fire damage and how we can help.
Be Mindful of Summer Storms | SERVPRO of Bartow County
If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Bartow County is on the line, ready to make things right.
Summer is here, and with it comes many things that we love and one we don’t! Vacations, pool parties, days full of sunshine…and summer storms. If it feels like there are more storms in the summertime, you’re right! Conditions are perfect for afternoon thunderstorms since all you need are moisture and warm air. In Bartow County, we can expect high temperatures in August and precipitation a few inches above normal.
Now that we know storms are more prevalent in summer, it doesn’t mean you get to take them lightly. Always listen and heed storm warnings broadcast by local weather experts. If necessary, consider cancelling outdoor events. Consider getting an NOAA Weather radio that you can use in the event of a power outage.
The possibility of flooding exists with every storm, and many times it’s hard to predict the amount of rain a storm will generate. It’s best to stay off the roads during storms. High winds can break tree branches, so keep limbs trimmed and dead limbs removed before a storm hits. Move garbage cans indoors along with outside items like lawn furniture that could be turned into a projectile during high winds.
Too many people die every year in storm-related weather. Caution is the best policy, and taking storms for granted could be a serious mistake.
Understand Safety Precautions
It goes without saying, but let’s say it anyway: Don’t go outside when lightning is near. Wait at least 30 minutes from the last thunderclap to venture back outside. Lightning has been known to strike 10 miles away from a storm!
- Avoid bathing and showering, and stay away from windows during a storm.
- Make sure you have an emergency kit prepared, and know your evacuation routes in advance.
- If you’re caught in a flood, try to get to high ground. Avoid flood waters if possible and don’t drive through standing or rushing water.
- Fast-moving flood waters can easily knock a person off his or her feet, and in many instances, they can move vehicles! Flood waters conceal hidden road damage from view, increasing the risk and danger level.
*There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Bartow County, ready to make things right again.
Why Thunderstorms Can Be So Dangerous (Part II) | SERVPRO of Bartow County
SERVPRO of Bartow County can make any storm damaged to your property "Like it never even happened."
Summer storms are a very common occurrence in Bartow County, but because of their frequency, it is easy to forget that they can pose serious threats to your safety. Not only can storms cause serious damage to homes and property, but they can also threaten lives and lead to serious catastrophes.
Any time there is thunder associated with rain, there is a serious threat of danger. If that thunderstorm is upgraded to a severe thunderstorm (which indicates that hail over an inch in diameter is present and winds are greater than 58 miles per hour), there are even more concerns to consider. It is important to understand why thunderstorms are dangerous so you can take proper precautions any time one is in the forecast.
Why Thunderstorms Are a Dangerous Weather Event
| The Danger of Lightning Strikes | Lightning occurs during every thunderstorm, even if you do not see it—in fact, thunder is a result of lightning, not the other way around. While it is a common myth that lightning will only strike the highest object in an area, lightning can strike anywhere. If lightning strikes a person, it can cause serious injury or be fatal. If lightning strikes a house, it can cause a fire or an electrical short, which can be quite dangerous for anyone inside.
| The Danger of Flooding | Flooding is far more dangerous than people often give it credit for. Flash flooding causes more annual deaths than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning, and it can happen extremely fast. Many people do not realize how dangerous flood waters can be, so the majority of deaths are due to people attempting to walk or drive through flooded areas and being swept away.
| The Danger of High Winds | While tornadoes are often the main thing people associate with thunderstorm danger, simple high winds can still cause major issues. Wind can lead to felled branches, household damages and injuries due to debris being dislodged and blowing around in storms. It is wise to secure any patio furniture or other loose objects if high winds are in the forecast to minimize risks.
*If you have damage due to storms, you can count on SERVPRO of Bartow County to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our restoration services or to report damage to your home or business.
What Sets SERVPRO Apart | SERVPRO of Bartow County
When you are dealing with any damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Bartow County is your local restoration expert.
As a business or home owner in Bartow County, your responsibilities never stop. It’s up to you to have your operations, whether at home or in business, running smoothly. Add to that the need to be efficient with limited resources while keeping morale high. That all changes when disaster strikes. Those responsibilities are set aside, and your new focus is disaster recovery. Whether you’re prepared or not is irrelevant, you still feel the pressure to step into a role you neither wanted nor agreed too.
SERVPRO of Bartow County can help relieve the pressure! Why? Because it’s what we do. Disaster recovery is our job, not yours. When life throws you a curve, you can trust SERVPRO of Bartow County to get you back on track.
Ready, Set, Go...
We’re ready at a moment’s notice to help you recover from a disaster. After all, time is critical after a disaster. Who has time to wait when the house is full of water or there is a fire at the office? We don’t have to get ready. Since we’re already ready, we can be faster to your disaster!
Quick and Ready to Support You in a Time of Disaster
Minutes matter in a disaster situation, and we understand that…Each minute that passes allows for more mold growth, more smoke smell to permeate the building or more water damage. A quick response is imperative and with a local office right here in Bartow County, you’ll reap the benefit to quick response time.
Our Techs Are Specialty-Trained for Both Commercial and Residential Services
Since disasters target everyone equally, homes and businesses can be victims of damage. We have custom solutions for a number of disaster scenarios. We can get your home or business back to normal and get you back to your normal routine.
"Like it never even happened," Is Our Mantra
Our satisfaction comes from recovering and restoring your home or business after a disaster. We won’t stop until your property is restored to its original state.
A Changing World Requires Modified Services
Our world is changing. Today, disease prevention is at the forefront of our minds. That’s why we now provide cleaning services that go beyond what the normal janitorial staff provides. If you want to ensure your premises are sanitized and provide your employees and customers a safe working environment and shopping experience, we can provide that ultra-clean space you desire.
Natural disasters happen. Accidents happen. Pipes burst, storms erupt, fires blaze! When disaster strikes, your local SERVPRO is ready and waiting for your call so you can get back to your life.
*Regardless of why you need cleanup or disaster recovery, SERVPRO of Bartow County has the tools, the technicians and the training to get your situation under control. When you’re ready to get help from the best, get in touch with SERVPRO of Bartow County.