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How SERVPRO of Bartow County Cleans-up Mold In Your Cartersville Home

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How SERVPRO of Bartow County Cleans-up Mold In Your Cartersville Home SERVPRO of Bartow County can make it "Like it never even happened."

When there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Bartow County have training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solutions, the general mod remediation process stays the same. the following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process.

Call SERVPRO of Bartow County (770) 387-7455 your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional 

 The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Bartow County call center. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

  • Inspection and Damage Assessment - your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water can can be hidden from plain view.
  • Mold Containment - Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.
  • Air Filtration - Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.
  • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials - The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Anti-fungal and antimicrobial treatment will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to re-mediate heavy mold growth.
  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings - SERVPRO of Bartow County Franchise Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.
  • Restoration - Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, sub-floors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas of rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO of Bartow County understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bartow County is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the Cartersville community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.

Ten Thing Your Should Know About House Hold Mold

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Ten Thing Your Should Know About House Hold Mold HEPA Vacuuming after removing mold effected materials

SERVPRO of Bartow County and the fine people over at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would anyone that encounters mold in there home or business to know the following 

  1. Exposure to mold can be contribute to negative health effects and should be avoided if at all possible.
  2. The way to control indoor mold is by managing the moisture level of the environment; eliminating all mold and mold spores in an indoor environment is impractical in most cases.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix any and all water leaks or water problems to inhibit mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
    • Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
    • Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
    • Increasing ventilation
    • Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dish washing and cleaning
  6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bartow County is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the Cartersville community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.

When a major storm or event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

What Does It Mean for a Company To Be Certified in Mold Cleanup?

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Does It Mean for a Company To Be Certified in Mold Cleanup? Heavy mold growth hidden behind drywall next to this family's fireplace.

Are the people cleaning your property certified in mold cleanup?


When you have a mold problem in your Acworth, GA home, you need to act quickly. If you don't already have a residential mold remediation team, you need to find a reliable company. As you search for a professional, you may find that some companies are certified mold cleaners while others aren't. Is this certification simply justification for a company to charge you more money? Actually, working with a certified mold remediation crew can be a big benefit for you.


Expert Knowledge
A mold certification from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Cleaning means the professionals have proven knowledge of mold remediation and cleanup. The crew would have passed a test proving they understand mold cleanup, which encompasses the following:

• How to contain a colony
• How to meet legal requirements
• How to use safety gear to reduce contamination
• How to find hidden mold growth

When you work with a certified team, you can feel confident that they will know how to get the job done correctly.


Insurance-Provider Approved

Not only can you feel confident working with a company that has certified mold knowledge, but your insurance provider may also feel better about the situation. Depending on your policy, some of the mold damage remediation may be covered by your insurance. This means you need to follow the stringent guidelines set up by the provider to ensure the work can be reimbursed. Insurance providers prefer working with companies that are certified in mold cleanup because they know the right steps are being taken to address the fungus growth.


State Approved 

Some companies in this industry may work without a proper state license. This may allow them to charge less money for the remediation, but it also means you may be legally and financially liable should anything go wrong. In order to become certified, a company has to be properly licensed.

Going through the cleanup process after discovering fungus growth can be hard. When you work with a certified mold expert, however, you can feel confident that you're getting sound advice and service.

For more information call 

(770) 387-7455

or please visit us at www.SERVPRObartowcounty.com

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bartow County is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the Cartersville community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.

When a major storm or event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Bartow County Commercial Property Water Damage Restoration

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Bartow County Commercial Property Water Damage Restoration Large or small - SERVPRO of Bartow County is here to make it "Like it never even happened."

Flooding and water damage events at Bartow County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Bartow County is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a flooding or water emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Cartersville community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Bartow County

SERVPRO of Bartow County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Prevent Commercial Property Fire Loss In Acworth GA

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial fires often are the most devastating real estate that a property owner will have to oversee. In addition to wreaking havoc on your property, fires can force you to relocate temporarily so you can maintain running your business while the restoration process is completed. However, property owners who implement high-quality safety practices can often avoid the devastation and destruction that results from commercial fires. Read the brief outline provided below to learn how you can protect your property:

  • Install Automatic Fire Sprinklers

As many authorities know, having an automatic fire sprinkler on your property can reduce the risk of fire by up to 71%. Additionally, sprinklers can decrease your insurance premium. To keep your sprinkler in excellent condition, be sure that it is not blocked by dirt or paint. Also, be sure to inspect regularly your main control valve so that it is not left off. Finally, be sure that you take the precautions necessary to prevent the pipe from freezing.

Conduct Fire Emergency Training

Each of your employees should undergo fire safety training. The training can help prevent your staff members from being victimized. Here are a few subjects that should be covered in the emergency training:

  • Hazard Recognition - Keep all combustible chemicals and materials away from heat-generating and electrical equipment.
  • Prevention - Inspect your power sources regularly and don't overload your extension cords and outlets.
  • Response - Teach your employees how to respond when a fire breaks out. Some subjects that should be covered include how to perform an organized evacuation, operate the fire extinguisher, and set the fire alarm.

Other issues that should be involved in the training include:

  • Breathing Apparatus Training
  • Fire Extinguisher Training
  • Confined Space Entry Training
  • First Aid Training
  • General Staff Emergency Awareness Training
  • Evacuation Exercise

Also, be sure that your employee team officials undergo the following fire emergency response training:

  • Fire Safety Officer Training
  • Fire Safety Adviser Training
  • Chief and Deputy Chief Warden Training
  • Emergency Control Organization Warden Training
  • Spill Response Training
  • Lay Flat Hose Training

Call SERVPRO of Bartow County Immediately

Although accessing and utilizing fire prevention measures is crucial and advantageous, there is still a chance that a fire could break out on your commercial property. If this happens, you need to know who to call for fast, efficient restoration services. The company to trust is SERVPRO of Bartow County. We have extensive industry experience and a passion for restoring offices to their original condition. We're ready to assist you immediately, so contact us now at (770) 387-7455.

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Bartow County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about SERVPRO of Bartow County training and certifications.

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bartow County is strategically located to respond quickly to your fire emergency event. When commercial fire damage occurs in Acworth we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (770) 387-7455.

Your Business Needs An Emergency Ready Plan

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Your Business Needs An Emergency Ready Plan An ERP can be the difference in getting your business back up and running in a timely and orderly manor, and all out chaos.

The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. Please contact one our Business Development Representative to setup your free Emergency Ready Profile (770) 387-7455. SERVPRO of Bartow County has worked with many businesses in the area to ensure they are prepared for any emergency. 

An estimated 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen.

  • Between 2004-2008 16,360 fires happened in retail stores and other mercantile properties such as grocery stores beauty and barbershops.
  • Those fires caused $648 million in property damage. Fire damage is worse after normal business hours. Fires that started between 9PM-5AM caused $75,000 dollars in damage. First that started between 5AM-9AM caused $24,000 dollars in fire damage.
  • More than 60% of U.S. small businesses do not have formal emergency response plans & do not back-up their data off site.

No Plan Means You're Less Likely to Recover

  • 80% of companies that do not recover from a disaster within 1 month are likely to go out of business.
  • 75% of companies without a business contingency plan fail within 3 years of a disaster.
  • 70% of small business that experience major data loss go out of business within a year.
  • 43% of companies that experience catastrophic data loss never reopen.
  • 51% of companies with data loss closed within 2 years.

Tips For Creating a Successful Emergency Ready Plan

Let the professionals help you. Work with an emergency restoration company for assistance in creating your emergency ready profile.

  1. Identify and label utility shut-off locations.
  2. Identify local utility contact information.
  3. Identify local emergency contact information such as fire, police, and hospital contacts.
  4. Establish main internal contacts for purposes of employee safety and emergency work authorization.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Bartow County has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. "Like it never happened." Contact us for more information.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

SERVPRO of Bartow County | Smoke and Soot Cleanup

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of Bartow County | Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and soot damage can cause a pervasive odor in your Bartow County home.
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Bartow County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (770) 387-7455

October Is Fire Prevention Month

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

October is fire prevention month, a perfect time to examine emergency preparedness plans for your home and business, including your fire escape plan. Do you have a fire escape plan? Have you changed your smoke alarm batteries within the last year?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designates a week each October to focus on fire prevention awareness. The 2018 theme is "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere." This theme hopes to create awareness in the steps necessary to reduce the chance of a fire and how to react in the event a fire does happen. The National Fire Protection Association states the following:

  • "LOOK" for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
  • "LISTEN" for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
  • "LEARN" two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

Stay safe and prepare now to help ensure you are ready for any disaster. Find additional safety tips on our website www.SERVPRObartowcounty.com

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bartow County is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Cartersville community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

American Red Cross Fire Fact Sheet

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage American Red Cross Fire Fact Sheet The Fire Restoration Professionals - SERVPRO of Bartow County -

Damage caused by a fire is devastating for your family and your home. It’s a stressful and confusing time, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with great care.

SERVPRO of Bartow County has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your Cartersville home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

  • The American Red Cross responded to more than 74,000 disasters in communities across the United States last year and 93 percent of these were fire related.
  • The American Red Cross is responding to 10 percent more home fires today than it was six years ago.
  • Nationally, the number of home fires is on the rise with the number of fires increasing 8 percent since 2000. The average cost of a home fire in 2006 was more than $17,000.
  • Eighty percent of Americans don’t realize that home fires are the single most common disaster across the nation.
  • Only 26 percent of families have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
  • Fires kill more Americans each year than all natural disasters combined, and affect people from all backgrounds and geographic locations.
  • In 2006, a home fire was reported every 80 seconds, and someone dies from a home fire every 204 minutes.
  • Children under five and adults over 65 are more than twice as likely to die in a home fire than the rest of the US population.
  • African Americans in this country are disproportionately affected by home fires, and account for 25 percent of all fire deaths while they represent less than 13 percent of the population.
  • Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. And, two out of three cooking fires start with the range or stove.
  • Heating fires are the second leading cause of home fires.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of home fire deaths.
  • In 2005, 74 percent of home fire deaths occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • Sprinklers and smoke alarms together cut your risk of dying in a home fire 82% in relation to having neither.
  • Each year over 200 people die from carbon monoxide produced by fuel burning appliances in the home including furnaces, ranges, water heaters and room heaters.
  • High-rise fires are more injurious and cause more damage than all other structure fires.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (770) 387-7455

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bartow County is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Cartersville community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

When Water Damage Strikes Your Cartersville Home or Business

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Water Damage Strikes Your Cartersville Home or Business SERVPRO of Bartow County has the trained professionals with the right equipment to make it "Like it never even happened."

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. With four hours of loss notification, SERVPRO of Bartow County professionals will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.

Inspection

SERVPRO of Bartow County trained professionals will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work.

Emergency Services

SERVPRO of Bartow County professionals will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water an preparing the area for drying. They will explain the need emergency services to you step-by-step.

Monitoring

To help your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO of Bartow County professional will monitor the drying process. The updated will be consistently communicated to you.

Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Bartow County professionals will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walk-through of the job site will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to preloss conditions.

Emergency Water Damage Tips

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Place aluminium foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
  • Don't enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Don't use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter room where ceilings are sagging from retained water. 

For more information on recovering from water damage, contact SERVPRO of Bartow County today! (770) 387-7455