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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

Frequently Asked Mold Questions

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Frequently Asked Mold Questions Image depicts mold affected area after it was sealed, cleaned, and ready for mold spore testing.

According to IICRC S520 Molds are microorganisms that utilize organic substrates as nutrient sources in the presence of moisture.” Fungi (molds) can find a food source in a variety of common materials in our indoor environment, such as wood, wallpaper, upholstery, and even dust.

Mold is ubiquitous, meaning it is present everywhere all the time. When mold has access to moisture and nutrients, it can grow in large quantities and pose a significant health hazard to humans, potentially causing allergic reactions, severe respiratory problems, brain damage, and even death. Children, in particular, are highly susceptible to mold-related health problems.

Why is mold growing in my home?

  • Many different types of mold can typically be found outdoors and are part of the natural environment. They reproduce by means of spores so tiny the human eye can not see them with out substantial magnification. The spores can float through the air and can begin growing if it finds a favorable moist habitat. Any areas in your home that might have elevated moisture levels and/or exposure to mold spores, would be at risk of developing mold growth.

Can mold cause health problems?

  • Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Indoors, mold is usually not a problem unless spores are given the opportunity to grow in wet or damp areas.

Why do I need to remove this mold?  

  • Molds can gradually destroy the things they grow on. You can prevent damage to your home and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth.

How do I get rid of mold?

  • It is almost impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors (out side of a clean room environment). Some mold spores can be found floating through the air and in house on dust partials. Indoor mold growth can be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors. Mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the moisture issue. If you clean up the mold, but don’t fix the water problem, then, most likely, the mold problem will come back.

Who should do the cleanup?

  • Who should do the cleanup depends on a number of factors and your personal comfort level. One consideration is the size of the mold problem. If the moldy area is less than about 10 square feet (less than roughly a 3 ft. by 3 ft. patch), in most cases, you can handle the job yourself, or you can call SERVPRO of Bartow County.

  • If there has been a lot of water damage, and/or mold growth covers more than 10 square feet, we strongly advise you to call a licensed professional like SERVPRO of Bartow County and would encourage you to consult the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guide: Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings.

  • If you choose to hire a contractor (or other professional service provider like SERVPRO of Bartow County) to do the cleanup, make sure the contractor has experience cleaning up mold, and check references.
  • If you suspect that the heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) system may be contaminated with mold (it is part of an identified moisture problem, for instance, or there is mold near the intake to the system), consult a trusted professional like SERVPRO of Bartow County.

  • If the water and/or mold damage was caused by sewage or other contaminated water, then call in the professional from SERVPRO of Bartow County who have experience in cleaning and fixing buildings damaged by contaminated water.

  • If you have health concerns, consult a health professional before starting cleanup.

The primary factor that limits the growth of mold indoors is lack of moisture. Substantial indoor mold growth is generally caused by the presence of moisture inside the building envelope. Moisture can come from rainwater leaking through faulty gutters or a roof in disrepair, from a foundation leak, or even from condensation on windows or pipes. Water also can come from leaks in the plumbing or sewage system inside the structure. 

Due to the serious health hazard that mold poses, it is essential after water damage situations that the building structure and contents be dried out as soon as possible Studies of mold growth on building materials, such as plywood, have found that mold grows on materials that remain wet for 48-72 hours. 

Call SERVPRO of Bartow County - Mold Removal Professionals - (770) 387-7455

Don't Let Your Cartersville Apartment Go Up In Smoke

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Don't Let Your Cartersville Apartment Go Up In Smoke Emergency Water Cleanup & Fire Restoration - SERVPRO of Bartow County

If you life in an apartment or condominium in Cartersville Georgia (or anywhere else for that matter) the United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would like to advise you of the following fire safety measures.

Building Fire Safety 

  • Don’t prop open exit or stairway doors. These are installed to slow the spread of heat and smoke if there is a fire.
  • Speak to your apartment manager if you see a damaged smoke alarm, fire extinguisher or an emergency light that has burned out.
  • Make sure your apartment has working smoke alarms inside each sleeping room. Test them every month. Replace the batteries every year.
  • Tell your apartment manager if you think there is a problem with one of your smoke alarms.

Be Prepared

  • Create an escape plan. Discuss how you will get outside. Practice your plan.
  • Count the number of doors there are between your apartment and the nearest fire exit. Memorize the number in case you have to find the exit in the dark.
  • Know where all the exit doors and stairs are on your floor.
  • Learn your building evacuation plan if you have one. Create and practice an escape plan for your own apartment. 

Stay Calm

  • In the event of a fire, stay calm. Move to the exit as you have practiced. Call the fire department once you are outside.
  • If your door feels warm to the touch, do not attempt to open it. Call 9-1-1 and tell the dispatcher your apartment number and that you can’t open your door.
  • Stuff the cracks around the door with towels, rags, bedding, or tape. Cover vents.
  • Wait at a window and signal for help with a flashlight or by waving a white cloth.
  • If your apartment door is cool to the touch, open it slowly. Stay low and check for smoke or fire in the hallway. If the hallway is safe, follow your building’s evacuation plan.
  • Never use an elevator to escape a fire. Always use the stairs.

Wait Outside for the Fire Department

  • Once you are outside, move away from the building. Give firefighters and fire trucks plenty of space.
  • Stay outside. Do not go back inside for any reason.
  • If you think someone is still inside, tell firefighters where you think they are.
  • Wait until firefighters tell you it’s safe to go back inside.

Call SERVPRO of Bartow County (770) 387-7455

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:

Need to Know: Wireless Emergency Alerts

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are free notifications delivered to your mobile device as part of a public safety system provided by authorized government-alerting authorities. The alerts are designed to inform you of imminent threats to safety or missing persons alerts in your area (e.g., AMBER Alerts). Government partners include local and stat public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. A WEA can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm's way, without downloading an app or subscribing to a service. WEAs may be used to share extreme weather warnings, local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action, AMBER Alerts, and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.

A WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will typically show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters. Visit www.ctia.org/wea to learn more about Wireless Emergency Alerts.

SERVPRO of Bartow County provides 24/7 Emergency Storm & Water Restoration

If you find yourself in need of water extraction or restoration call (770) 387-7455! SERVPRO of Bartow County the trained professionals that make it "Like it never even happened."

Fires Are Preventable: Protect Your Cartersville Home

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to your home, business, or property, there are certain safety precautions that can be taken to help prevent fires. Ready.gov shares the following tips on home fire prevention.

Electrical and Appliance Safety

  • Frayed wires can cause fire. Replace all worn, old or  damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.
  • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a  three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
  • Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.

Fireplaces and Wood Stoves

  • Inspect and clean wood stove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.
  • Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.

Call SERVPRO of Bartow County (770) 387-7455

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:

Protect Your Cartersville Business From Storm Damage

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Protect Your Cartersville Business From Storm Damage SERVPRO of Bartow County is an approved vendor for most insurance companies - Give us a call if you suffer storm damages.

Protecting yourself today means having sources for information, preparing your business, developing an emergency communications plan, and knowing what to do when a flood is approaching your home or business. Taking action today can save lives and property.

Know Your Flood Risk

Learn whether you live, work, or travel through areas that are prone to flooding. To help communities understand their risk of flooding, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) creates flood maps (Flood Insurance Rate Maps, or FIRMs) to show the locations of high-risk, moderate-tolow risk, and undetermined risk areas. To check your flood risk, enter your address at www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/flooding_flood_risks/defining_ flood_risks.jsp. According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), more than 25 percent of all flood claims each year come from homes outside areas at high risk for flooding. To participate in the NFIP, local communities must adopt floodplain management regulations that meet or exceed its minimum requirements.

Know How To Stay Informed 

Receiving timely information about weather conditions or other emergency events can make all the difference in knowing when to take action to be safe.

  • Monitor the weather reports provided by your local news media.
  • Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, do an Internet search with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”
  • Consider buying a NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) All Hazards receiver, which receives broadcast alerts directly from NWS. You can purchase these at many retail outlets, such as electronics and big box stores, or online. Some NWR receivers are designed to work with external notification devices with visual and vibrating alerts for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. 
  • Think about how you will stay informed if there is a power outage. Have extra batteries for a battery-operated radio and your cell phone. Consider having a hand crank radio or cell phone charger.
  • You can use USGS’s WaterAlert system to receive texts or email messages when a stream in your area is rising to flood level. Know your evacuation routes; plan your transportation and a place to stay. The safest way to survive a flood is to evacuate the area if advised to leave. To ensure that you will be able to act quickly should the need arise, you need to plan ahead.
  • Know your community’s local flood evacuation plan and identify several escape routes for your location if roads are blocked; include plans to evacuate people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, pets, service animals, and livestock.
  • If you will evacuate by car, keep your car fueled and in good condition. Keep emergency supplies and a change of clothes in your car.
  • If you will need to share transportation, make arrangements now. If you will need to use public transportation, including paratransit, contact your local government emergency management agency to ask how an evacuation will work, how you will get current information during an evacuation, the location of staging areas, and other information.
  • If you need to relocate for an extended period of time, identify a place away from home now where you could go if you had to leave. Consider family or friends who live outside of the local area.
  • If you expect to go to a shelter after evacuating, download the American Red Cross Shelter Finder app. This app displays open American Red Cross shelters and provides the capacity and current population of each shelter. Visit www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/shelter-finder-app. You can also text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area.
  • If you have pets and plan to go to a shelter, call to inquire whether the shelter can accommodate your pets. Shelters will accept service animals.

SERVPRO of Bartow County - Emergency Flood & Water Removal (770) 387-7455

In a disaster, SERVPRO is "Ready for whatever happens."

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage In a disaster, SERVPRO is "Ready for whatever happens." SERVPRO of Bartow County - 24/7 flood and water cleanup service

When storms or disasters strikes, SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team is poised and "Ready for whatever happens." With a network of more than 1,700 franchises, the SERVPRO System strives to be faster to any size disaster. Strategically located through out the United States, SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team is trained to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. Providing experience, manpower, equipment, and other resources, to your local SERVPRO of Bartow County. SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team has responded to hundreds of disaster events. in the aftermath of a disaster, there is only one objective, to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

  • 2017 Hurrican Harvey: Category 4 Hurricane Harvey hit Texas on August 26 with winds of 130 mph. The hurican made a second landfall just hours later and lingered over Southeast Texas for about two days, dropping more than 40 inches of rain. On August 29, Harvey made a third landfall in Louisiana. Following the storm, an estimated 550 SERVPRO storm crews were deployed, representing more than 240 SERVPRO franchises. 
  • 2016 Houston, TX, Flooding: In April, a nearly stationary mesooscale convective system developed over Houston, resulting in widespread rainfall rates of 2-4 inches per hour. This was a historic flooding event for Harris County, which saw a total of nearly 18 inchs of accumulated rainfall. The Storm Team dispatched 81 crews to over mitigating over 360 jobs.

Call SERVPRO of Bartow County if you have an storm clean up needs (770) 387-7455

September is National Preparedness Month

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month:
“Disasters happen, prepare now, learn how”

Local SERVPRO disaster recovery specialist offers Cartersville property owners tips for preparing for, surviving, and recovering from the unexpected

SERVPRO of Bartow County, would like to remind Cartersville property owners that September is National Preparedness Month. This annual event, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), provides families and businesses with the information and resources they need to plan for, react to, survive, and recover from an emergency, before the emergency happens. (https://www.ready.gov/september)

For National Preparedness Month 2018, themed “Disasters happen, prepare now, learn how,” FEMA has prepared a week-by-week calendar of recommended actions property owners can take to be ready if disaster does strike:

Week 1. Create an emergency plan that includes signing up for emergency alerts and making contingency plans for shelter, evacuation, and family communication.

Week 2. Learn life-saving skills. CPR is a good place to start, but also be certain you know how to turn off the utilities in your home and ensure your smoke and CO detectors are properly installed and working.

Week 3. Check your insurance coverage. Once the emergency is over, appropriate and sufficient insurance will be key to getting your life back to normal, or at least on track.

Week 4. Plan financially for the possibility of a disaster. This goes beyond having a “rainy day fund” for immediate needs. Gather and organize important home, business, insurance, financial, and personal documents and keep them up-to-date and stored in a secure, water-and-fire proof location.

“There’s a difference between surviving a disaster and recovering from a disaster,” says Astin. “Families and businesses who take the time to create both a short- and long-term plan to deal with the unexpected are better able to respond quickly if the unexpected happens, which can improve their chances of survival. Having key information at their fingertips in the aftermath of the emergency can set them on the path to recovery more quickly and with less stress.”

Because SERVPRO recognizes a fast response is critical in any emergency, Astin reminds Cartersville-area commercial and residential property owners they can download the SERVPRO READY app for free at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp. The app allows users to store essential contact and property information electronically, where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds, right from the scene, if disaster strikes. For local business owners who designate SERVPRO of Bartow County as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider, SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of their facility, help the owner complete a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP), and store that profile in the READY app.

“SERVPRO disaster cleanup and restoration specialists are ready to respond to emergencies big and small,” said Astin. “From SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team, a group of elite large-loss specialists, prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster, to local SERVPRO professionals like SERVPRO of Bartow County, we specialize in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping make it ‘Like it never even happened’ for both commercial and residential customers.”

For more information on SERVPRO® of Bartow County, please contact (770) 387-7455 or SERVPRO10259@gmail.com. For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team mobilizes from across the country, as needed, to support large storm events. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team has responded to large loss and storm events across the country, including: 2018 California Wildfires, 2017 Hurricane Harvey, 2017 Hurricane Irma,  2016 Hurricane Matthew, 2016 Louisiana Flooding, 2016 Houston Flooding, 2015 Siberian Express, 2014 Mid-Atlantic Flooding, 2014 Polar Vortex, 2013 Colorado Floods, 2013 Alberta, Canada Floods, 2012 Hurricane Sandy, 2012 Hurricane Isaac, 2011 Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, 2011 North Dakota Floods, 2010 Tennessee Floods, 2010 New England Floods, 2009 California Wildfires and 2008 Hurricane Ike.

How To Recover Your Cartersville Home After A Fire

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

In addition to being physically and emotionally draining, home fires are typically financially taxing. Of course, your family’s health and safety are your first priority, but over the weeks and even months that follow, you will need to take some practical steps to recover your financial well-being. This is where SERVPRO of Bartow County can help lift the burden of both emotional and financial stress. Our trained professionals help family recover precious belongings, family heirlooms, and critical documents every day.

Here are some prudent steps you can take once everyone is safe and you are ready to start the recovery process:

    • Contact your insurance agent as soon as you can to report how, when, and where the damage occurred. 
    • Be prepared to provide a general description of the damages (a list/photographs of damaged or lost items are helpful in most cases).
    • Do not through away items you plan to claim without discussing it with your agent or adjuster.
    • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
    • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
    • If electricity is off, empty freezer/refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
    • Leave system off until a trained professional can check the system;Change HVAC filters once system has been checked.
    • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting trained professional.
    • Don't attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting trained professional.
    • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV set, radio, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water with out first consulting an authorized repair service.
    • Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water, as they may be contaminated.
    • If ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fans. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
    • Don't send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

Call SERVPRO of Bartow County for all of your fire restoration needs (770)387-7455

If you found this article useful, check out our related blog "Fire Damage: What To Do Until Help Arrives"

For more helpful advice, our friends over at the American Red Cross have published this guide - Disaster Recovery: A Guide to Financial Issues.

You many also find some helpful direction in replacing vital documents after a disaster below:

 Driver's License: Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles (or appropriate state issuing authority) 

Government Issued ID: Contact the issuing authority

Insurance Policies: Your insurance agent or company

Military Discharge: Department of Veterans Affairs, Papers 1-800-827-1000 or TDD/TTY 1-800-829-4833

Passports: Visit State Department website

Birth, Death, Marriage and Certificates: Georgia Bureau of Records (or appropriate state issuing authority)

Social Security or Medicare Cards: Visit www.ssa.gov or your local Social Security office or 1-800-772-1213 or TDD/TTY 1-800-325-0778

Credit Cards: The issuing financial institution, as soon as possible

Titles to Deeds: Records department of the area in which the property is located

Stocks and Bonds: Issuing company or your broker

Wills: Your attorney

Income Tax Record: The IRS center where filed, your accountant or 1-800-829-1040

Citizenship Papers: Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, 1-800-375-5283 

Mortgage Papers: Lending Institution

Crawl Space Water Damage In Your Cartersville Home

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

If you have a crawl space under your Cartersville home, you might find this information useful. Water can enter your home's crawlspace or basement from various sources. These include plumbing leaks, groundwater, and heavy rain. Water can cause problems in side of a crawl space by causing mold, wood rot, electric problems, and mildew.

  • The most obvious source of water tends to be heavy rain water. This type of water incursion comes after a large rainstorms and result in noticeable pools of water gathering in low spots in the crawlspace or basement. Even smaller showers can cause water damage as well, and can be detected by noting a pattern of moisture or water developing in your basement or crawlspace regularly. 
  • Cracks in your home's foundation can be the source of crawlspace moisture. Ground water moves along the water table and when the ground water come in contact with even a small crack in the foundation of your home, water can make its way in.

No matter what the situation is, you should get it taken care of a soon as you can to avoid additional water damage to your Cartersville home. Our SERVPRO professionals are always standing by to assist you with an emergency like this.


Since working in water-damaged crawl spaces can be a challenge due to small access doors which makes equipment challenging to pass through. We have specialized equipment that will allow us to place equipment in tight spaces, insuring that your crawlspace is dried thoroughly.

SERVPRO staff also checks for electrical hazards which may be present and ensure that electrical circuits under your home are deactivated. The water in crawl spaces is usually black or gray water because of dirt floors, so we also wear appropriate safety equipment.

We can then remove the standing water from the crawl space. Finding the lowest point, we use a submersible pump to get rid of the majority of the water. Once it is removed, we then figure out the best way to dry out the structural parts of your floor. We block off foundation vents unless we can use an open drying system.

If possible, we place dehumidifiers and air movers in the crawl space to finish the drying. We might need to remove a section of the floor or other methods if they do not fit. We also tent the area off to create a smaller drying area.

We can use a flex hose as a duct if our equipment does not fit so air can be moved from dehumidifiers into the crawl space. A piece of light gauge sheet metal can be cut to fit the outlet of the dehumidifier to vent dry air into spaces which are small.

SERVPRO of Bartow County has different methods of drying the crawl space in your home in Cartersville, AdairsvilleEmerson, Acworth, or Euharlee when space is tight.

Call us at (770)387-7455 as soon as you realize a problem, and we work with you to get your home dry and safe again.

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Who do you call after the fire department leaves?

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

 Did you know SERVPRO of Bartow County cleans up all the chaos after the firemen leave your home? We clean up the fire damage left behind from the brutal flames, smoke, soot, water, and fire retardant.  

SERVPRO of Bartow County has been tasked with job of removing the debris, then demolishing the walls and removing that debris and then assisting with the starting back over building the house from the inside out.

SERVPRO of Bartow County cleans up the fire damage left behind from brutal flames, smoke, and the lifesaving fire extinguishing techniques used by your local fire department.

If you have suffered from a fire damage or smoke damage and do not know who to turn to, call

SERVPRO of Bartow County today (770)387-7455

We will walk you through the process every step of the way, and make it "Like it never even happened."

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bartow County

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Insurance agencies and adjusters have an obligation to keep the cost of claims low while still delivering the level of coverage outlined in your particular policy. SERVPRO of Bartow County is uniquely qualified to help you through a water, fire, or mold claim and understands your situation. We can help your insurance agent and adjuster keep claims cost down while still providing the best service possible to our customers. 

Emergency Response to Claims

Restoring property is the SERVPRO's first priority. Customers appreciate immediate response and regain control of the hectic situation that a home insurance claim can cause, and your insurance company will know everything is being done to limit the damage through industry leading trained professionals that document the work preformed.

Pretesting Reduces Claims Expense

Restoring property is less expensive than replacing property. Claims Professionals know the rule is, "Restore whenever possible, replace only when necessary." SERVPRO Franchise Professionals make sure pretesting is completed on every loss to determine restorability. This process helps insure that the restoration process is runs smoothly, efficiently, and in a timely manor. After all SERVPRO of Bartow County's goal is to get our customers back into their homes or businesses with as little disruption as possible. By adhering to this principle we can provide great customer service while maintaining both effective and economical options to your adjuster and agent.   

Claims Inventory Service

SERVPRO can provide an itemized loss inventory. You will receive an Excel formatted report and pictures of important items.

Electronic Claims Information

Our Claims Information Center provides fast, accurate information you need to make sound decisions, including:

  • A Complete Electronic Job File.
    • First Notice of Loss
    • Detailed Estimate
    • Digital Loss Photos
    • Scanned Forms and Paperwork
    • All delivered by email or hard copy
  • On-line Access to All Files
    • New Assignments
    • Pending Jobs
    • Completed Jobs
  • Informative Reports to Improve Results
    • Job Cost Data
    • Performance Comparison to Industry Standard.

Superior, Time-Tested Training

Effective training is the best way to help ensure your customers receive the service they deserve. Franchises are trained to IICRC standards in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration. In addition, continuing education classes are available to Franchise Professionals and Insurance Clients at our state of the art IICRC Approved Training Facility

Vendor Qualification Compliance and Professionalism

If you call SERVPRO of Bartow County, we will use only qualified vendors to service your home or business. This is a commitment we have made to insurance providers which results in:

  • A locally owned company with the backing of national call center to achieve prompt handling of claims and 24/7 customer service
  • Implementation of best practices and job process programs
  • National Accounts qualification criteria and annual compliance checks
  • Crew and vehicle standards
  • File documentation requirements
  • Quality assurance program

Serving Adjusters and Their Clients

A SERVPRO's job is to reassure the customer, perform quality service and to report to both you and insurance adjusters quickly. An Adjusters job is to interpret the policy and adjust the claim... and not to deal with problems from vendors! Working together we strive to save adjusters time so that they can focus on priority files, while having complete control of every loss they are assigned. 24-hour emergency response, damage mitigation, loss assessment, and an electronic file are available to them within hours. 

Hard-earned results have made SERVPRO the leader in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry. The SERVPRO System is geared to achieve customer satisfaction and mitigation results which contributes to insurance company's customer retention and competitive advantage.

Call SERVPRO of Bartow County (770) 387-7455

Whether you are an insurance professional or property owner, SERVPRO of Bartow County has proven itself to be your most reliable and trusted restoration company in the Cartersville area.

Proud to have served the following areas for 5+ years:

Do You Know Where To Turn Off Your Water Supply?

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Do You Know Where To Turn Off Your Water Supply? Contact our marketing dept. if you would like schedule a free business assessment of your readiness! MarketingMW@rproenterprises.com

When the unfortunate happens, and a water pipe bursts in your business property, do you know where to run and turn off your water supply?

That is where SERVPRO of Bartow County comes in! One of the many services we provide is what we call, an ERP (Emergency Ready Profile). We create an Emergency Ready Profile personalized specifically for your business. The ERP helps make a plan for your business in case a disaster were to happen in your property, such as a bursting pipe that causes a flood.

Benefits from an ERP:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes that SERVPRO of Bartow Count as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

These benefits help with a much faster response time to your business, which helps avoid any further damages to your property.

50% of businesses may never reopen again following a disaster.

Stay informed by visiting: https://www.ready.gov/

Call us today to schedule your free ERP, SERVPRO of Bartow County (770) 387-7455

Cartersville's 24 Hour Emergency Water Removal Service

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cartersville's 24 Hour Emergency Water Removal Service Cartersville's most trusted water removal company!

SERVPRO of Bartow County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (770) 387-7455

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Bartow County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Bartow County

SERVPRO of Bartow County 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.

Why Mold Grows in Your Bathroom

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Mold Grows in Your Bathroom Mold growth on drywall needs to be removed ASAP to prevent spreading

Why is there mold in my bathroom??? Trust SERVPRO to Remediate the Mold Damage.

This is a question most homeowners in Bartow County and surrounding areas are having to ask themselves any time of year. One of the largest enemies homeowners of all kinds are facing is mold. 

Mold spores are naturally occurring almost everywhere on Earth, but given the right conditions for growth, can multiply exponentially and cause major problems for your home. Some types of mold may even cause health effects. 

So why would your bathroom support this mold growth? Here are some conditions and causes for mold infestation in your home.

Damp or Wet Fabric and Wood 
Mold Damage in Bartow County typically needs two things to get pressing: wet conditions and an organic food source. Both of these are often found in homes, where outside water can seep in, or a leak can cause wooden floors, walls, and structural elements to soak up water. Additionally, fabrics such as carpets, drapes, and shower curtains are also commonly affected.

SERVPRO takes the important step in halting any mold colony's growth and preventing future ones from forming. This step is known as dehumidification. Dehumidification is taking almost all of the moisture out of materials and air by reducing the relative humidity.

Dark, Warm Areas 
Some types of mold can only grow in dark areas, and preferably in warm places. Unfortunately, residences also commonly provide this environment, and many mold colonies end up growing behind walls or in attics and basements.

These are some of the first places that SERVPRO of Bartow County staff will check for moisture and mold when responding to your home. Mold growth in the bathroom is one of the most common and typical areas due to the dark corners and special areas that support mold.

Spoiled and Forgotten Food 
Spoiled food almost always grows mold at some point; most people know that. However, if not disposed of, this food can be a catalyst for future growth elsewhere in the home. Once matured, mold colonies release large amounts of spores which travel across a home through the air, and these may take up residence in another room or the ducts.

We are the experts in mold remediation and cleanup SERVPRO of Bartow County is a tried and true solution to any mold problem, large or small. With proper accreditation, certification, and training for all of our crew members, we feel confident we can tackle your residential mold problem.

Call us today for emergency services!

(770) 387-7455

Five Easy Facts About Mold

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

You can usually recognize mold on sight if it’s invaded your Carterville, GA home, but do you really know the ins and outs of this nuisance? It’s important to be able to identify mold easily, particularly black mold – and to know what to do about it when you find it.

Taking a Look at the Basics of Mold

Let’s take a look at these things you should always remember about mold:

1. Mold is a fungus - This means that like any fungus, it sprouts from spores. Those spores are usually free-floating in your environment at all times, and only need a catalyst to grow into an active fungus infestation. That catalyst is water in any form, whether it’s a puddle or humidity in the air.


2. Mold grows on organic surfaces - This can include food and plant matter, but you would be surprised what else is considered “organic” that mold will happily take root in. This includes the drywall of your walls and ceilings, as well as wooden floorboards and furniture upholstery.


3. Black mold doesn’t always start off black - Black mold can start of gray or green or white or even yellow, before darkening through stages to brown and then black. You may not think you have a black mold infestation when you actually do.


4. Mold is not the same as mildew - Mold and mildew are actually two different types of fungus. They can be differentiated by color and texture, and by their growth patterns. Mold is fuzzy and thicker, while mildew has a sort of soft, powdery texture.


5. Often mold can only be detected by trained professionals - Certified mold remediation specialists can identify mold that isn’t apparent to the naked eye. Mold remediation specialists can also help you develop strategies for mold prevention and mold cleanup, depending on if you have an active infestation or not.

For more information, give us a call! 

(770) 387-7455

or visit us at www.SERVPRObartowcounty.com

Going On Vacation? Protect Your Home From Water Damage

5/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Going On Vacation? Protect Your Home From Water Damage Call SERVPRO of Bartow County (770) 387-7455

Lots of things can go wrong in your home while you’re on vacation, most commonly leaks and water damage. Read our steps below to learn how to help prevent and reduce the risk of water damage when you’re away:

Check for Leaks

Before you leave on vacation, be sure to check around your house for any leaks. Pipes under sinks, your water heater, anything resembling rust, cracks, or other damage. It’s important to check the seals around your windows and the exterior of your home as well. If you find any leakage, be sure to fix it right away so everything can be repaired and in good condition before you leave.

Inspect Appliances

Important appliances such as your dishwasher, washer/dryer, and refrigerator are all connected to your home by hoses. If these hoses are damaged in any way, they can cause major water damage to your home. Inspect your appliances and, if needed, replace their hoses prior to leaving on vacation.

Clean Your Gutters

Cleaning leaves and other debris out from your gutters before taking a vacation is an easy way to prevent potential blockage and build up. To learn more about the advantages of clean gutters, click here.

Turn Off the Water

Whenever you leave your home for an extended period of time, it’s important to turn off the water main and make sure the pipes are completely drained. This will stop any water from continually leaking in your home while you’re away. Simply run the water and flush your toilet after you turn off the water.

Have Someone Check on Your Home

Coordinate to have someone come over and check on your home while you’re away. Having a friend, neighbor, or family member keep an eye on your property can help keep it in good shape, and they can notify you immediately if something goes wrong.

With these tips, you can truly enjoy your vacation with the peace of mind that your home is safe from any potential water damage that could occur in your absence. If your home does suffer from water damage, call our team at SERVPRO of Bartow County. We can help remove, repair, and restore any damage to your home.

Basic Steps to Commercial Mold Restoration in Cartersville GA

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Basic Steps to Commercial Mold Restoration in Cartersville GA Finding mold in in your commercial building doesn't have to ruin your business. Call SERVPRO of Bartow County (770) 387-7455

Do you run a business in Bartow County? Do you have a mold problem that you want to be remedied immediately but don’t have the slightest clue about what happens during remediation?

Like any other business owner or manager, you need accurate and reliable information to make important business decisions. If the answer to the above questions is yes, you should keep reading on below to learn what commercial mold restoration typically involves.

Why is Mold Remediation Necessary?

Mold growth can occur anywhere, be it indoors or outdoors. However, it thrives in areas with wet and humid environments.

For the most part, this fungus that grows outdoors does not present any significant problems for people and businesses. But when the growth occurs indoors, it becomes a major source of worry to building owners and the people that occupy the affected buildings.

Mold remediation is meant to restore normal levels inside a building.

What Happens During Commercial Remediation?

No two restoration situations are exactly the same, but the basics of mold remediation remain unchanged in all situations.

The basic steps to commercial remediation include the following:

1. Getting in Touch with Remediation Specialists

The process begins when you call the professionals working at a mold remediation company/service and inform them that you have a mold problem in your commercial building. They will arrive at your business location in the shortest time possible, prompt response to the problem is critical. 

Every business owner or manager needs to keep the emergency contact of a trusted remediation service with them all the time so they can immediately call for help when a problem arises.

2. Inspection and Testing

Upon arriving at your commercial premises, the remediation experts will carry out a thorough inspection of your building to identify areas that have been affected by mold damage.

The inspection involves identifying obvious signs of mold growth, like the presence of colored, fluffy growths on the walls, ceilings, floors and other surfaces of the building interiors. This is known as a visual mold assessment.

The inspection also involves performing a series of tests to see if spores are airborne, growing on various surfaces of the building interiors without showing any visible signs, or in settled dust.

There are many different techniques that can be used to detect infestation. Your mold remediation specialist will select the most appropriate testing methods for your specific situation.

3. Containment

Once the trouble areas have been identified and severity of damage ascertained, measures will be taken to contain the mold. The containment is meant to maximize protection and limit further damage to your property.

Mold produces spores, which can quickly spread into the air and contaminate it. In addition, it requires oxygen and moisture to thrive, so cutting off oxygen and moisture supply to infested areas is a critical part of containment.

4. Air Sanitization

This involves using an air purifier equipped with an air filter to remove spores that may linger in the air.

When exposed to a water or moisture source, the spores can quickly turn into colonies and cause a recurrence of mold problems.

There are many types of air filters that may be used in tandem with air purifiers, but HEPA filters are generally considered to be the most effective at the job.

5. Removal

Once spores have been completely removed from the air, the mold and the affected materials in your building will be the next to be removed.

This is a job that requires specialized handling and advanced equipment because mold growth can easily become airborne and settle on other surfaces if it not properly removed.

The process for removal varies from scenario to scenario, depending on the extent of infestation in your building.

Before getting started with mold removal, the water or moisture source causing the problem will need to be identified and remedied. Otherwise, mold growth and damage will continue even after it has been removed.

6. Cleanup

Cleanup involves cleaning various items and surfaces, such as wood furniture, walls, and floors that may be contaminated by mold.

The principal goal is to eliminate the growth that may still be lingering in your commercial space even after removal.

It is, however, important to point out that not all items in your commercial space may be restorable through cleaning service.

Absorbent belongings like carpets and upholstery furniture, for example, may need to be replaced.

We Are Here to Help

At SERVPRO of Bartow County, we pride in helping both residential and commercial clients remedy mold damage in their indoor spaces. Don’t hesitate to reach if you need help with your remediation project

Mold Removal May Not Be an Ideal DIY Project

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Removal May Not Be an Ideal DIY Project Call SERVPRO of Bartow County for more information on residential and commercial mold removal

There are over 1,000 types mold found in North America (Cartersville, GA). Did you know mold will eat just about anything? This includes metals, concrete, fabric and wood. 

People spend about 90% of our time indoors. This makes mold and it’s destructive nature a major concern for many of us. Search DIY mold removal on the internet and you will find tons of articles suggesting different ways to rid your home of mold yourself. One of the most common suggestions is spraying the mold with bleach or some other concoction aimed and killing it. Mold cleanup is not that simple.

The EPA ( United States Environmental Protection Agency) has come up with a rigid set of guidelines for mold removal. The Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildingsdocument recommends that you should only attempt to remove mold yourself if the area impacted is less than roughly a 3ft. by 3 ft. patch. Even in this instance you should first wear protective gear and fix any leaky pipes or issues that caused the mold damage. IICRC ( Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) does not recommend spraying but promotes removal of mold and proper air filtration.Major steps in a proper mold remediation process includes  analysis of the impacted area, thorough drying, fixing any causes of water and wetness as well as wearing  proper protective gear during the process.

Before you take the health and monetary risk of improper mold remediation review the EPA guidelines and contact your local Durham, NC mold remediation and abatement professionals to have an analysis of the area. This will give you a better idea if your mold problem is a do it yourself project or not.

Source: http://www.gotmold.ca/2013/03/20-interesting-facts-about-mold/

 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.

How a Water Damage Restoration Company Can Help Your Cartersville Home

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

A Cartersville Water Damaged Home and Help

Once a flood or fire has damaged your Cartersville home, it's important for you to obtain water damage restoration services. Restoration services are multi-faceted in so much as they involve both cleaning, removing excess water from your home and repairing regions of the house that have been subjected to substantive water damage. As the water damage specialists know from SERVPRO, it is important to start the cleanup and repair process right after the flood or fire to ensure that the water damage is minimized and that mold and mildew do not begin to accumulate on the property. Learn more about the helpful services that this water damage restoration company can offer by reading the following short reference guide: 

A Water Damage Restoration Company Remediates Your Property Quickly

One of the benefits that results from employing a water damage restoration company is that they complete the cleanup, repair, and restoration processes quickly. A water damage restoration company like SERVPRO employs a large staff who can work with expedience and excellence. This group effort ensures that they can tackle a large number of problems that have resulted in the accumulated water damage in your Cartersville home. The end result is the rapid restoration of your home, a reality which can greatly reduce the onset of secondary water damage and offer you peace of mind.

A Water Damage Restoration Company Limits Mold and Mildew Proliferation

Another great service provided by this water damage restoration company is the treatment of mold and mildew growth in your private living space. Restoration specialists accomplish this objective by removing excess water quickly so that the fungi do not have an opportunity to form and proliferate. If mold has already begun to grow in your home, this will commence in 48-72 hours after the initial water intrusion, the restoration specialists can eliminate it through the use of cleaners and industrial-grade disinfectants. These cleaners will not put you and your family at risk. It's important to let a team of trained professionals handle your water damage issues rather than attempting to solve the problem on your own. In recognizing that a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO can restore your home to its original condition, you may wish to ask your insurance agent for recommendation and advice.

Let's Get Started Now 

Homes that have been subjected to water damage are in need of high quality remediation services. Once you start looking for a professional water damage company to assist you in restoring your home, you should look no further than SERVPRO. Our company is committed to consistently offering cutting edge, expedient restoration services that get your home back in great condition with lightning speed. For water damage restoration services that work, contact us today and let's get started.

Locally Owned and Operated

We live and work in Cartersville 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 flood or water 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:

The Restoration Process Begins When You Call Us.

Here is the number for an immediate response.  (770) 387-7455

Go Big and Go Green with SERVPRO of Bartow County

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Go Big and Go Green with SERVPRO of Bartow County SERVPRO of Bartow County - The locally owned restoration company with National backing.

If you have ever had a weather related emergency, such as a flood, tree fall, pipe burst you may have experienced the frustration of calling for help only to find you would be put on a list and gotten to when you’re gotten to.  If you have not had a weather or event related issue at your home or business, good.  If you ever do, here’s a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Everyone you reach out to, whether a plumber, tree company or SERVPRO wants to help you and as quickly as possible.
  2. When an area is affected, whether by a micro burst, hurricane or deep freeze, the damage is common.  In other words, if your pipes freeze when the temperature drops from 40 to seven over a 24 hour period, the same thing is happening all around you.
  3. Immediate response resources in an area are always limited.  Your plumber of 15 years can not hire additional crews overnight, as much as he would like to.

So when this occurs, it pays to Go Big.

At SERVPRO of Bartow County, our first question is always: Is the source fixed or do you need help fixing the source? As one of the largest SERVPRO in Georgia, we work with a huge network of trades people and labor and can often recommend someone to help out. Once the source is fixed, our IICRC trained staff supplemented by experienced labor and equipment sources from all over the metro Atlanta area will be rolling.

Whether its factory fire, burst water heater or a tree on a house, We are Ready for Whatever Happens.

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How do I clean up a flooded basement?

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How do I clean up a flooded basement? Call SERVPRO of Bartow County for professional emergency water extraction service (770) 387-7455

One of the most common areas that flood in our homes are our basements. The water seeps in from different places and can ruin many beloved items. Typically, garages are near basements and can run into the same treatment. Water damage requires a professional to make sure you steer clear of possible mold damage. Here are some techniques you can use to make the process easier before we arrive:

  • Use wooden clothespins to hang up clothes, children’s stuffed animals, and photographs that may have been effected.
  • Make sure that furs and leather items dry separately and at room temperature.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture and wet carpeting.
  • Remove upholstery and cushions for drying.
  • Remove any excess water by mopping or blotting until we arrive.

SERVPRO is ready for any size disaster. If your basement floods, call us at (770) 387-7455.

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Different Types of Water Damage

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Different Types of Water Damage Call SERVPRO of Bartow County for all or your water removal and extraction needs! (770) 387-7455

When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.

There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

Damage from Clean Water

  • Shut off the wate source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribuion panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying. 
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure;air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

When you have a water damage, don't leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO of Bartow County (770) 387-7455

Visit us at http://www.SERVPRObartowcounty.com/

Protect Your Home From Water Damage Before You Go On Vacation

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Protect Your Home From Water Damage Before You Go On Vacation 24/7 Emergency Water Extraction Call SERVPRO of Bartow County (770)387-7455

Going on vacation should be relaxing and worry-free, which is why it is important to make sure your house is secure before you leave for your trip. Be SERVPRO ready so you don’t come back to damages in your home. Here are some tips for preparing your home provided by SERVPRO of Bartow County.

Make Arrangements with an Emergency Contact.

  • Choose a close friend or neighbor you trust as your emergency contact and provide them with all of your itinerary information in case they need to contact you.
  • A timer on lights will give the impression someone is home.
  • Leave written directions for alarm codes, doors, or other information needed to properly care for your home.
  • Make sure your mail is collected; burglars often look for homes with overflowing mail. 
  • The Post office can suspend your mail and deliver the day you get back. Here is a link to the US Post Office.

Take plumbing and electric precautions.

  • Prevent leaks and floods from damaging your home by shutting off gas and water at the meter, supply tank, or appliances.
  • Turn off the water valves to washing machines, sinks, and the dishwasher.
  • Unplug electronics to cut down on any possible shortages which could potentially cause a disastrous fire.
  • Check your smoke detectors to ensure they are working properly.
  • Adjust your thermostat for the season. Keeping your thermostat at 55-60 degrees in the winter and 75-80 degrees in the summer should help control usage.

 Right before you leave:

  • Notify your security company that you are leaving town.
  • Take out the kitchen trash and other trash that could get smelly.
  • Go on one last walk through of your house to secure windows, blinds, fences, doors, and plugs. This will ensure all entries are safe from hazardous obstructions.

 If you come back from vacation and encounter damage to your home, call SERVPRO of Bartow Count (770) 387-7455. We clean up mold, fire, or water damage to your home or business in the Cartersville Area.

Visit us at http://www.SERVPRObartowcounty.com/

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The Dangers of Mold & The Need For Mold Removal Services

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Scientists have revealed that there are more than 1000 types mold that can breed in homes and buildings. If you are wondering why you should be concerned about the mold situation in your home, you’d be interested to note that on average, most people spend 70% of their time indoors. This means that you can easily be affected by exposure from mold damage,and smelly odor. Mold in home should not be taken lightly; mold removal needs to be sought from professional companies. Mitigation and deodorization of the mold damage is much easier than letting the situation get out of control.

To appreciate the need for mold removal services or commercial mold damage expertise, you need to understand the dangers of mold. If the mold in the home is visible, then the situation is already bad. However, the tricky bit about mold in home and fungus is that in most cases it is not visible. However, it could still cause health effects your family.

Mold requires a host surface to grow on. Mold and fungi may lurk in places such as kitchen cabinets, walls and on bread. In fact, the green stuff often seen on bread is a cluster of networks of mold. This type of mold is visible to the naked eye, but most of the other types are not. These “un-clustered” types are usually in the air. This means that mold, and fungus are very hard to spot. In light of this, it is important to conduct a mold inspection check. Commercial mold damage companies have specialized tools to spot the mold in home and conduct mold removal, remediation and deodorization to deal with the smelly odor.

Mold also lives off humid and warm environments just like other organic matters. These places include old newspapers, window sills, bathroom walls, wall-paper, ceilings and leather jackets. The same case applies to mildew which is a type of fungus or mold. Mildew also lurks in musty basements, shower walls and other places with high moisture. Mold, mildew, and fungus find a way into homes through doors, carpets, windows and walls. Mold spores can also be carried and dispersed into the environment through pets, shoes, and clothing.

If unattended, the mold situation can bring about a smelly odor. For this, mold damage professionals conduct deodorization to musk the smell and improve the indoor air quality. Most home owners ignore the mold, fungus and mildew removal on the argument that small amounts of these microorganisms cannot hurt. However, mold replicates and grows rapidly. When it gets worse, it leads to a serious hazard. Mold remediation should therefore not be taken lightly. Mitigation and mold removal services need to be sought immediately.

Mold removal services include deodorization, remediation, and mitigation. Commercial mold damage companies have the equipment, technology, and expertise to conduct thorough mold removal for mold in home and mold in business. It can effect your health to allow for mold to get out of hand, hiring mitigation services and improve the quality of air in your home.
Visit www.SERVPRObartowcounty.com for more information on mold removal and remediation.

Call SERVPRO of Bartow County for All of Your Mold Removal Needs! - (770) 387-7455 -

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Five Things To Know About Mold Damage in Cartersville GA

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians Look for Causes and Contributors to Mold Damage in Your Home

Cartersville GA gets balmy sometimes during its beautiful warm weather seasons. It is also humid and wet at times. Unfortunately, these conditions tend to give rise to humidity and where there is humidity there is the risk of fungal growth. Homeowners in Cartersville need to be aware of the problem of mold damage, and the difficulties of keeping mold away. 
 
SERVPRO has much experience with mold damage in Cartersville GA. Our customers ask us many questions about mold, what it is, how it grows, and how best to prevent it from coming back. Here are five facts about mold damage that we would like to share with you. 
 
1. Mold can grow almost anywhere if it has enough moisture and food. Moisture is key to fungal growth, so anywhere that is humid is a prime location for the spores to settle and grow. Mold also needs a food source – most organic materials work. 
 
2. Mold is around us all the time. It is not a very pleasant thought, but in fact, invisible mold spores are present in almost all of nature. The spores settle anywhere that has good growing conditions and set to work growing a new colony. 
 
3. There is no such thing as mold eradication. Customers often ask us if it is possible to eradicate mold. The answer is no; it is not feasible to remove fungus altogether because it is omnipresent. However, it is possible to discourage regrowth by removing water sources. 
 
4. The visible part of the mold that you see with your naked eye is called the mycelium and is made up of many tiny thread-like cells called hyphae. The hyphae release spores which travel to other locations within your home and set up new colonies. 
 
5. You can do a lot to discourage mold growth by keeping your home dry and well ventilated and fixing any leaks or damp patches as soon as you find them. 
 
SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians are on hand for mold remediation in your home. We use a combination of scrubbing, wiping, and HEPA vacuuming to remove visible fungus. We also have negative air machines and dehumidifiers on hand to remove contaminated air and lower humidity. 
 
For mold remediation in Runyon, South Bay, Watson and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Bartow County at (770) 387-7455 for assistance. 

If you would like more information about our restoration services Visit us at http://www.SERVPRObartowcounty.com/

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Crawlspace Moisture Problems in Cartersville GA

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Do you have problems with moisture in your crawlspace? Has a leak pipe caused mold, mildew or wood rot? Call SERVPRO of Bartow County and we can handle that for you. Our trained and certified mold remediation technicians can diagnose your crawlspace moisture problem and get your crawlspace dried out in no time. Our technicians will remove any wet insulation in your crawlspace, treat the mold and mildew with an anti microbial sanitary solution, dry the wet floor joists or subflooring and remove and reset the vapor barrier so that you have no more problems of moisture damaging your home environment.

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Bartow County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

Don’t forget to call your locally owned SERVPRO of Bartow County at (770) 387-7455 to get a complimentary estimate!

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Distraction is a Significant Cause of Fire Damage in Cartersville GA

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke Odors and Fire Cleanup Performed by SERVPRO Professionally

Household fires frequently elicit an “if only” remark from the homeowner after the flames die down. “If only” I had turned off the stove before watering the flowers. “If only” I checked to make sure curtains were tied back when I turned on the space heater. “If only” I blew out the candles on the dining room table when my guests and I retired to the living room after dinner.

We hear these stories regularly when assessing homes for needed fire damage restoration in Cartersville. Letting a pot boil dry because you get caught up chatting with a neighbor is a not uncommon tale, but yours ignited a blaze. Smoke and soot quickly covered every inch of your kitchen and the space on your laminate countertop where you placed the red-hot pan suffered a deep and unsightly burn. Our fire damage restoration and repair team assesses the situation and lists the tasks needed to transform a sooty, smelly mess to preloss “Like it never even happened.” condition. 
 
You put out the fire in the pot with a chemical extinguisher and were glad that kitchen structure did not sustain damage from open flames. Even though charring, other than the melted counter, is minimal, you are astonished at how far the soot drifted through your home. The smell of burning plastic is pervasive as well. The SERVPRO project manager we send to evaluate takes note of the widespread nature of soot and smoke damage and devises a plan to clean up the various residues and eliminate that horrible odor. 
 
Technicians on our SERVPRO team hold certifications in Fire and Smoke Restoration, Odor Control, Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning, and Carpet Cleaning received from completing IICRC courses. All of these specialties are crucial as we move from room to room in your Florida home cleaning up the ash and soot from all surfaces. Making professional decisions on the tools to use and the products that enhance the equipment's cleaning action is essential to a successful outcome. Fire damage cleaning is not a “one size fits all” process. Light dustings of soot vacuum or dry-sponge up well, while sticky airborne residues from the melted countertop may need a solvent and abrasive scrubbers to eliminate. 
 
Repair of the counter top and the deodorization procedure are likely to be our last jobs. Depending on the depth of the melted area, the burn mark may buff out or the damaged piece might have to be removed and a new portion installed. SERVPRO approaches deodorization step by step, beginning with the removal of the offending substance and then moving to high-tech solutions like thermal fogging, ozone machines or hydroxyl generators. You can rely on our expertise on all counts. 
 
SERVPRO of Bartow County is more than ready to rescue you and your family from a momentary lapse that resulted in fire damage to your home. Call for a consultation at (770) 387-7455.

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What to do Following a Fire at Your Home or Business

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

One of the most devastating experiences you can face in your lifetime is a fire in your home or business. If that occurs, there are some specific steps you need to take to best protect your property in the aftermath of a residential or commercial fire.


Emergency Fire Damage Response


A crucial step that you need to take in the aftermath of a fire in home or fire in business is obtaining prompt emergency fire damage response from a professional. The reality is that fire in home or fire in business damages are best mitigated if a professional team is on site as soon after a fire as possible. The reality is that not every fire restoration company in operation has the ability to provide a rapid response for you.


Securing the Premises


Another important step following a fire in home or fire in business is securing the premises. This includes securing the premises from further damage, but also from others who might try to enter the property inappropriately.

The process of securing the premises following a fire includes a proper board up. The board up process covers the obvious, including windows. However, when it comes to the board up process, doors are likely to be damaged. Indeed, the board up effort may need to include sections of walls as well. In the aftermath of a residential or business fire, engaging a professional who is experienced in all elements of securing the premises, including appropriate board up, is vital.

Covering the Essential Elements of Fire Damage Restoration


Appropriate fire damage restoration is a multifaceted endeavor. The process begins with essential fire cleanup. Fire cleanup is a task that must commences in a timely manner to prevent further degradation of the premises. In addition, fire cleanup in a prompt manner is necessary to open the doors for the remaining tasks that must be undertaken to remediate fire damage. Fire cleanup is best undertaken by a professional.

Once the preliminary cleanup tasks are completed, the focus moves to address issues like addressing smoke damage, soot damage, and smoke smell. Once again, in order to appropriately address smoke damage, soot damage, and smoke smell after a fire in home or fire in business, professional assistance is a must. In order to thoroughly address issues like smoke damage, soot damage, and smoke smell, a home or business owner must have access to a professional with suitable skills and equipment. As part of the fire restoration process, smoke damage, soot damage, and smoke smell must be addressed in a timely manner to protect the property and minimize the long-term impact of fire damage.

Residential Versus Commercial Fire Damage


When seeking fire damage restoration services, you need to make sure that you select a restoration company that focuses on residential or commercial fire damage, or both areas, depending on your specific needs. The reality is that there are difference in what needs to be addressed when it comes to residential and commercial fire damage. You must access a restoration company that works in the realm of residential or commercial fire damage remediation, depending on the nature of your situation.

Expenses and a Fire Restoration Company


There are notable price disparities between fire damage restoration professionals. Although you must be quick in obtaining assistance, you can take a reasonable amount of time to engage in at least some price shopping. Take the appropriate amount of time to examine the price points of fire restoration services available in your community. In addition, make sure you examine the scope of services offered by a particular restoration provider. In the final analysis, you are best served engaging a professional that provides comprehensive restoration services for your home or business.


Visit www.SERVPRObartowcounty.com for more information on fire damage or call us at (770) 387-7455.

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SERVPRO...Your Experts in Commercial Water Removal & Restoration in Cartersville GA

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Handle Your Cartersville Commercial Water Damage with SERVPRO of Bartow County

If you have recently become a victim of commercial water damage in Bartow County, you may be wondering what you can do to mitigate your damages. There is a critical period in which certain actions must be taken to preserve as much of your property as possible and to decrease any health risks when water damage has occurred in a commercial space. 

Preparing a Space for Water Damage Restoration

Before you enter your commercial space or any flooded building, you will need to make sure the electrical power to the structure is shut off. You should also be aware that during a flooding event, small animals or reptiles tend to seek shelter inside of buildings. Be prepared to deal with the discovery of wild animals in your space.

Protect yourself from entering any flooded building by wearing an organic vapor respirator. You can purchase these at any local paint and building supply stores. You also want to have rubber gloves, protective clothing, and eye protection. The first thing you should do is ventilate the affected areas by opening the windows and placing fans where possible.

Unfortunately, there likely will be items that you need to throw away. Any items that are porous and have absorbed contaminated floodwater cannot be restored. If your commercial space has drywall, mattresses, pillows, box springs, particle board, carpets or carpet pads, these will need to be discarded if they have become saturated. However, there is good news: If you have clothing or household fabrics that can be machine-washed, you may be able to salvage them. Use your washing machine to clean these items with a 10-minute soak at the minimum in hot water with detergent. The soap and normal wash should remove most of the contamination and any staining that is present.

Be aware that your commercial space will need a thorough professional inspection, cleaning and possibly restructuring. Water damaged walls and installations must be removed and repaired, and pockets of saturation should be exposed for drying and sanitizing. Always remember that mold growth could take a few days to appear as it thrives in a moist environment with organic-type materials such as paper or particle board and in temperatures that range between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep good airflow throughout the interior environment, and maintain moderate temperatures to decrease the risk of any mold growth. It is also important that you let your space dry out before any rebuilding occurs.

Services You Can Count on in the Bartow County Area!

We are proud to serve our local communities:

You can depend on SERVPRO of Bartow County to provide reasonable prices for commercial damages and other services in the Louisville area. Our restoration services include cleanup after water damage, fire damage, and storm damage. We also assist with mold remediation, and we're qualified to provide cleaning and building services. Our trained and certified IICRC technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to begin your restoration. Whether you require cleanup after a commercial water damage or simply need a carpet cleaning, call us at (770) 387-7455.

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

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How The Pros Restore Flooded Homes

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage is one of the most perilous events that any property owner can have happen to them. Without the help of experienced professionals, water damage can quickly become an existential threat to any property. Fortunately, there are set processes that a professional restoration company can use to quickly begin the flood damage mitigation and restoration process.

The single most important thing that any property owner facing water damage should remember is that minutes and hours count. The faster a restoration company can be called in to begin the mitigation and restoration process, the higher the likelihood of a successful restoration of the flooded home or business will be. Nearly all water damage that is not the result standing outside flood waters can be completely reversed. However, waiting more than 24 hours to begin the mitigation and restoration process begins to dramatically increase the chance of permanent damage to the flooded home or business. If mitigation of serious flood damage is not begun within one week, almost all properties will sustain permanent damage, up to and including complete loss of the property.

The Flood Damage Mitigation Process

It is important to emphasize that individual property owners should never attempt water cleanup themselves. Professional restoration companies have access to highly specialized, powerful equipment and staff with thousands of hours of water cleanup experience. Only a professional restoration company can minimize the damage from a supply line break, pipe break or external flooding source.

  • Place the call as soon as possible

The first step in the water cleanup process is to place the call to the restoration company. Your local restoration company will have a crew on standby to respond to calls from flooded homes or businesses 24/7. And they will be able to dispatch a crew to the scene of the flood damage, usually within 30 minutes.

It is important to remember that even small amounts of water in a home or water in a business can potentially cause lasting damage. If the water in the business or water in the home exceeds about a gallon, it is always prudent to call in a professional water cleanup team.

  • The Team Arrives

Upon arriving on scene, the team will assess the extent of the water in the business or water in the home and will immediately examine the supply line break or pipe break to see if it is still an active source of flooding. Using special instruments, they will carefully inspect the area around the supply line break or pipe break to determine if any water has seeped into spaces not visible to the naked eye.

  • Water In The Home or Business is Removed

The next step of cleaning up the flooded home or business is to remove all standing water from the property. This is accomplished through the use of large-scale vacuum equipment that is able to remove thousands of gallons per hour. Once the water in the business or home has been completely removed, the team will begin the drying process.

  • Let The Drying Of The Property Commence

The next step is to begin a thorough drying of the property. In this stage, the team will use industrial drying equipment to quickly remove moisture from both materials within the property and the air. This is the longest part of the restoration process, typically lasting between 5 hours and a full day. Once this step has been completed, there will be no further risk of the property incurring damage from the original supply line break, pipe break or outside flooding incident.

  • The Final Cleanup Begins

The final step involves thoroughly cleaning all internal surfaces and furniture. This is done through the use of chemicals similar to those used in dry cleaning. Once this step is complete, the home or business will be restored to its original condition.


Visit www.SERVPRObartowcounty.com for more information on water damage or give is a call!

(770) 387-7455

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Rehab Your Home or Business After Water Damage

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Regardless of the intensity of the floods water in homes or water in business, the results of the flood damage caused can be immense. In case your home is flooded or the business premises by either flooding as a result of rainfall, storms, pipe breaks or supply line break you need a professional water clean-up process. Below are some of the tips that can guide you when carrying out mitigation measures to reduce the effect of water damage or flood damage and help you come up with an elaborate water cleanup and restoration process.

  • Clearing The Water Drainage System & Maintenance Around Your Property

The primary causes of flood damage in home or business are due to blocked sewer and water drainage in your home or at the business premises. You should, therefore, clean the internal and outside water drainage systems and redirect the water in home or business away from the premises. Redirecting and clearing the drainage will reduce the spread of more water damage on the property.

One of the mitigation measures you can carry out is by regularly checking the internal and external drainage system or ask a plumber to help you maintain the water pipes and drainage to prevent risks such as pipe break and the main supply line break.

  • Drying Out The Flooded Home Or Business

Drying is an essential part of the water cleanup and restoration process after water or flood damage. When tackling areas such as commercial areas you may need to use sophisticated water drying equipment such as the wet vacuum cleaner or a suck pump whereas you may use buckets to drain out a flooded home after fewer intensity floods. It does not mean that the furniture is restored back to the original condition, but it might salvage some furniture that has not been exposed to water for more than 48 hours by carrying out mitigation measures. Poke holes in walls can also aid in the speeding of the drying process. The restoration company typically handles the dry-up process professionally. Any pipe break or water leakages should be inspected and repaired to ensure through the dry-up process.

  • Clear Filters & Vents To Let In Fresh Air

After the water cleanup and the restoration process is over you should open up the windows and ventilation to allow proper air circulation. However, this can only be done if one is sure that the drainage is cleared or the floods have stopped. The fresh air that comes in helps to accelerate the water cleanup process in the affected regions by enabling a better air circulation.

  • Removal & Disposal Of Furniture & Equipment That Cannot Be Repaired

In the case of water in homes or water in business, some of the furniture and equipment are not very friendly with water, and therefore they get damaged to the extent that they cannot be repaired even after being in contact with water for a short time. The items may be precious to you due to their cost, but they still have to be removed and disposed of the property before commencing the drying process. A restoration company may relocate and dispose of these items, the risk of mold growth is minimized therefore preventing more water damage.

  • Removing Any Moisture Trapping Object

Some of the things in the house are water absorbent and will, therefore, absorb water and get moist in the case of a flooded home. The items need to be moved out of the house for them to dry up. Water damage restoration involves general repairs and re-installation of finishes and ceilings which were damaged by the water in home. These repairs should be carried out probably when the house is fully dried. As a mitigation measure of preventing mold growth, a restoration company improves some inner wall linings, supply line break maintenance and the front panels of showers and baths to speed up the process of drying. Any pipe break within the home or business should be reported to the plumber or local water company.

  • Insurance Company And Restoration Company’s

In cases where the owner of the business has a home insurance cover or water in business insurance cover, the insurance company can help you recover your property. If you don’t have an insurance cover, organizations such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and others can help you salvage your flooded home.


Visit www.SERVPRObartowcounty.com for more information on water damage or give us a call!

(770) 387-7455

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How to Inspect a Fire Extinguisher

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Inspect a Fire Extinguisher In the event of a home fire get to safety immediately and call 911 - Then call SERVPRO of Bartow County

When was the last time you took time to check the fire extinguisher that sits under your kitchen sink? Or the one hanging from a dusty hook in your garage? If you’re struggling to remember, it’s time to check it. Like any other piece of safety equipment, a home fire extinguisher should be inspected regularly to ensure it’s in proper working condition. A fire extinguisher in good working condition is your first line of defense when a home fire erupts.

Ideally, you should inspect your portable home fire extinguishers every month.

Tips for Performing a Monthly Fire Extinguisher Check

  • Check the label or tag.

Every fire extinguisher, whether disposable or rechargeable, has a manufacturer’s label or tag. Read the tag and follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance suggestions.

  • Check the tamper seal.

If the tamper seal has been broken or is cracked, a disposable fire extinguisher needs to be replaced. If it’s rechargeable, it needs to be serviced professionally. Check the locking or pull pin as well to make sure it’s in the correct position. If the pin missing, the fire extinguisher needs to be inspected or serviced by a professional.

  • Inspect for physical damage.

Physically inspect the fire extinguisher for obvious damage. This may include but is not limited to dents, corrosion, cracks and obvious leakage. If a fire extinguisher has leakage, it’s no longer under full pressure and may not work properly when you need it most. Check the fire extinguisher nozzle as well, to ensure it’s not clogged by grime, dust, bugs or leakage from the unit itself.

  • Check the pressure gauge.

Check that the pressure gauge needle indicates the fire extinguisher pressure is in the optimum operating range. Often the correct pressure range will be designated by green on the gauge.

  • Is the fire extinguisher full?

During your monthly check, lift the fire extinguisher and determine if it still feels full. If there has been a leak, it will feel light, and it won’t have the right amount of pressure to work correctly.

  • Shake it.

If you have a dry chemical fire extinguisher, it should be shaken once a month during your inspection. This helps prevent the chemical dousing agent from solidifying at the bottom of the unit.

  • Write inspection date on tag.

Keep track of every inspection date by writing it on the fire extinguisher tag.

  • Ensure easy access to your fire extinguisher.

Fire extinguishers should always be easy to access if there is an emergency. You don’t want to have to search for it once a fire breaks out. Don’t block fire extinguishers with furniture, boxes or any other items. Everyone who lives in the household should know where the closest fire extinguisher is located and how to use it in case of an emergency.

In the event of a fire emergency, first make sure to get people safely away, then call 911. A home fire extinguisher can be used to put out or control small fires, but it’s still safest to call professional fire fighters before you attempt to control a fire on your own.

If you need professional fire, smoke or water damage cleanup after a fire, call the experts at SERVPRO of Bartow County - (770) 387-7455 -

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Be Aware & Be Prepared - In Bartow

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Aware & Be Prepared - In Bartow When fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO of Bartow County helps you take it back.

The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency or disaster. While each situation is unique, your family can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies.

Be Disaster Aware - Take Action to Prepare

The following are measures you and your family can take to start getting ready. A commitment to begin planning today will help support your family, home, and the community. Review the following questions to learn if your family and home is prepared.

  • Be Informed

Do you know what kind of emergencies might affect your home or daily life? Do you know what you and your family will do in an emergency situation?

  • Prepare Your Emergency Plan

Do you have an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan? Do you have a plan to communicate with your family before, during, and after an incident? Do you have an emergency supply kit?

  • Practice the Emergency Plan

Have you practiced your plan recently? Does your family know where to go in the event of a natural disaster? Have you reviewed your plans in the last 12 months?

  • Review Insurance Coverage

Have you reviewed your insurance coverage recently to see if you’re covered in a disaster?

  • Secure Your Home

Have you conducted a room-by-room walk-through to determine what safety measures can be taken?

  • Improve Cyber Security

Have you installed a firewall on your computer? Do you regularly update your antivirus software? If you answered “No” to any of these questions, visit ready.gov and learn how to better prepare your family and home for an emergency or natural disaster.

After any disaster, SERVPRO of Bartow County is there to make it "Like it never even happened."

Call Our Bartow County Location

(770) 387-7455 -

Serving the Cartersville, Emerson, Kingston, Euharlee, Acworth, Adairsville, White, Rydal, & Cass areas! 

Repairing Your Cartersville Property After A Fire

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Repairing Your Cartersville Property After A Fire Don't face this type of mess on your own. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Bartow County!

Has your home recently been damaged by fire? If so, you’re probably eager to get started cleaning up and restoring your home and belongings. Most people who suffer fire damage want their lives and their homes to return to normal as soon as possible. But many don’t know the costs. According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost to repair smoke and fire damage in the metro Atlanta area is $6250.

Fire damage can make areas of your home unusable until the fire damage has been repaired. More extensive fire damage may make your entire home unsafe and you may have to live in temporary housing or with relatives until cleanup and repair work is completed.  No matter how minor or significant the fire damage restoration work is, you want to know how long it will take. The timeline depends on the restorative process and whether you take the opportunity to do remodeling at the same time.

  • Starting Fire Damage Repair Work 

It can be difficult to determine how and where to get started with fire damage repair work. The first step in the repair process is to remove water from the home if firefighters used water during the extinguishing process. Water extraction can be completed by the professionals from SERVPRO of Bartow County quickly and properly. We arrive in our green vehicles stocked with equipment and supplies to tackle any cleaning and restoration need you have. 

  • Other Things To Consider

SERVPRO of Bartow County can also suggest to you and your adjuster what items and materials are salvageable. Keep in mind that smoke damage can also be a problem.  Some items, such as carpeting and your HVAC system, may need to be professionally cleaned to remove the smoke odor from your home. 

  • Get Professional Help

Repairing your home after you have suffered fire damage is not something that you want to attempt on your own. A fire damage restoration project requires a considerable amount of time and energy to complete. SERVPRO can help you restore your property in minimal time with minimal costs. Our IICRC certified cleanup and restoration technicians have the skills and assets to do a quality job. We are a locally owned and operated, water and fire damage restoration franchise. 

Call SERVPRO of Bartow County 24/7 - (770) 387-7455 -

For additional information about our restoration services Visit us at http://www.SERVPRObartowcounty.com/

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Emergency Board Up - Cartersville GA

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Emergency Board Up - Cartersville GA We will be there in your time of need...day or night!

Board-ups - In some cases it may be important to secure openings to your home or structure using sturdy, durable materials designed to protect it from both weather intrusion and intrusion by outsiders. SERVPRO of Bartow County Professionals can and will perform the board-up themselves.

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 provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Cartersville. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

24/7 Emergency Service: Cartersville, Emerson, Kingston, Euharlee, Acworth, Adairsville, White, Rydal, & Cass

Call SERVPRO of Bartow County 

(770) 387-7455 -

When Storms or Floods hit Bartow County, SERVPRO is Ready!

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Bartow County, SERVPRO is Ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Cartersville Georgia.

SERVPRO of Bartow County 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 Cartersville, 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 (770) 387-7455

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SERVPRO of Bartow County are Commercial Drying Specialists

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of Bartow County are Commercial Drying Specialists Call SERVPRO of Bartow County for all of your commercial water drying needs! -(770) 387-7455-

Our SERVPRO Franchise has taken the IICRC Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) class and has obtained special certifications to complete water mitigation in commercial buildings. Drying out a commercial building can be much different than performing a dry out service for a residential home. The materials a commercial building and residential home is built of can be completely different. The buildings are also used for different purposes.

The CDS course is a five day class and covers commercial, industrial, institutional and complex residential structures. The class teaches students to become skilled at performing damage inspections and evaluations. The class covers workflow management, process administration and technical methods of effective and timely drying of commercial, industrial, institutional and complex residential water damaged structures, systems and furniture.

Commercial drying projects often have additional potential hazards and safety risks than residential water mitigation projects. According to the IICRC, potential hazards include but are not limited to higher voltages, confined spaces, energized machinery, hazardous chemicals, heavy equipment and forklifts. In addition to this information, it is important that state and local laws for safety and contractor s are still followed.

If you are in need of having mitigation performed on a commercial or industrial building in the Cartersville area, make sure you utilize a company that has the knowledge to perform the services properly and effectively.

Call SERVPRO of Bartow County (770) 387-7455

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SERVPRO Salvages Cartersville Fire Damaged Homes Quickly

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Salvages Cartersville Fire Damaged Homes Quickly House fires can be dangerous and messy, call SERVPRO of Bartow County for cleanup!

A home fire can be one of the most damaging experiences a homeowner can face, something no one should ever face alone. Fire does not simply cause damage to your home; it ruins your life, destroys personal belongings, and often leads to loss of fond memories that you can never get back. 
  
You can help prevent fire damage in your Cartersville area home by learning more about various events that happen in your neighborhood. By discovering more about these incidents, you can eliminate common causes that affect you in your home. Remember, every home is susceptible to fire damage, making it necessary for you to understand how to protect yourself properly. 
  
Having an experienced, licensed, and IICRC certified fire damage restoration technician on your side would not hurt, SERVPRO can help put the pieces back together after disaster strikes. We can fully manage your restoration process and provide you with any additional services required to return your property to normal working order after an event occurs.  
  
Consider this, fires cause much more than heat and smoke damage. You would need to include water extraction, various types of cleaning, sanitation, deodorization, and many repairs to that list to be more accurate in your evaluation. SERVPRO technicians can provide you with each of these services, including repairs that often include replacement of framing materials, drywall, painting, and finish work necessary to return your home to normal.   
  
It is a firefighter's job to put out fires and save lives, leaving additional damage and water in their wake, they are not concerned with saving the contents of your home. It simply is not in their job description. However, every SERVPRO technician takes the time to address items individually, taking a restore versus replace mentality that often returns damaged items to a quality condition you can enjoy for years to come. 


Making the call to SERVPRO of Bartow County puts your home in expertly trained hands that you can count on to put every effort into restoring your home properly after a fire.

Learn more about what our technicians can do for you, call our office and begin your homes recovery, today. (770) 387-7455

Source: http://www.SERVPROevergreenparksouthchicagocity.com/

SERVPRO Helps Prevent Fire in Your Bartow County Home with Dryer Vent Cleaning

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Helps Prevent Fire in Your Bartow County Home with Dryer Vent Cleaning Protect your Bartow County home from fire damage with dryer vent cleaning!

House fires affect millions of people every year at the cost of over $500 Million. Smoke detectors have proved their value every year, saving lives and homes from total loss. Most house fires start in the kitchen, but a significant number still occur in a place most forget about once the item is installed, the dryer vent. 

A dryer vent cleaning cost may seem like an avoidable charge, but it is needed to prevent fire in your Bartow County home. There are over 15,000 dryer fires each year, and the accumulated property damage cost exceeds $70 Million annually. SERVPRO has the personnel and equipment needed to keep you from adding to those numbers in the coming year. This vent cleaning can also reduce the workload of your clothes dryer while lowering energy usage.

A dryer inside the house or apartment uses a metal exhaust pipe (galvanized iron or steel usually) to vent hot air to the outside of the home. The zinc-coated material is designed to handle the highest dryer setting and more, but not open flames from burning, built-up lint. Since this is an exhaust pipe and smoke seeks the easiest access, a vent fire goes undetected by the smoke detectors much longer than a fire anywhere else in the house. 

If your dryer is in the garage or under a carport, the chance for a major fire is reduced, but not eliminated. The flexible vent tube may not run under the house, but it is still at risk. The buildup of lint can still ignite, destroying your dryer and the washer next to it. As the flexible, plastic pipe melts, the burning material quickly ignites drywall and other building material. Worse, there is the possible loss of a car, boat, ATV or RV that might be parked next to the dryer as well. 

Our SERVPRO technicians can eliminate this threat with an inspection. We can attach an air mover which introduces high-velocity air flow into your vent for just a few minutes. If the build-up has caked against the sides of the pipe, they use a brush with a telescoping handle to scrape the sides and then reattach the air mover to blow the lint outside your home. For a flexible conduit, we detach it from the dryer and clean it outside using either an air mover or your own garden hose to wash it out. 

The cost for vent cleaning is minor compared to other restoration and cleaning work. It is significantly cheaper than removing fire damaged drywall and cleaning smoke and soot covered property. If you need our services or would like an inspection...

Contact SERVPRO of Bartow County - (770) 387-7455 -

Source: http://www.SERVPROsouthnashville.com/

Our Technicians are Equipped to Remediate Your Flood Damage In Cartersville GA

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Technicians are Equipped to Remediate Your Flood Damage In Cartersville GA After you and your family are safe, call SERVPRO of Bartow County to remove the standing water and prevent mold damage. We are ready to help.

Always contact local authorities when you are in immediate danger or need help when it comes to your safety. There are a variety of state and local agencies primed to respond to flooding situations throughout the state. Your family is not alone; help may be closer than you think. 
 
During a flood, make sure that you avoid contact with flood waters. Contamination levels of flood waters may include raw sewage or other toxic substances that cause significant health issues for you and your family. Follow a few simple guidelines for avoiding extensive flood damage in your Cartersville area home. 
 
If you become stranded on your property during a flood and use a generator for energy, remember that generators produce toxic vapors called carbon monoxide. These vapors are extremely dangerous for you and your family, resulting in death if not handled correctly. 
 
Never allow your children or their pets to play in flood waters. Several chemicals and diseases exist which heighten the risk of exposure and sickness to small children. If one does become exposed and experiences flu-like symptoms, report this to first responders, immediate medical attention for your loved ones is important. 
 
When it is deemed safe by local authorities to return to your home, make sure to contact a quality restoration company, like SERVPRO to provide you with the services you need to get things under control as quickly and efficiently as possible. 
 
SERVPRO of Bartow County offers a variety of services to remove flood waters quickly and help prevent mold growth that happens due to extensive exposure. Mold can cause severe health issues that you want to avoid, get the help you need within 48-hours to prevent these problems and other issues in your home. 
 
SERVPRO technicians utilize a variety of techniques, including IICRC training and EPA guidelines to help return your indoor environment to a healthy, safe one that you and your family can enjoy. Take this opportunity to talk to professional technicians about possible improvements and address any concerns you may have for future events. 

 
SERVPRO of Bartow County can help, call today for access to a variety of specialty procedures that help return your home, its contents and any personal belongings to a quality pre-damage condition. (770) 387-7455

Source: http://www.SERVPROsouthnashville.com/

What to do before help arrives!

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to do before help arrives! Call SERVPRO of Bartow County for all your water removal and restoration needs! - (770) 387-7455 -

If you have a water damage from a clean source such as water supply lines, sink overflows, tub overflows, or appliance malfunctions, here are some things to do before SERVPRO of Bartow County arrives.

  • Shut off the source of the water.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if the access panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors

SERVPRO of Bartow County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. Our highly trained technicians can respond immediately to your residential or commercial emergency.

Call SERVPRO of Bartow County -(770) 387-7455-

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Document Restoration

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Document Restoration Need your valuable documents restored? Call Today - (770) 387-7455 -

In the aftermath of disaster, some of your most valued contents—documents, photographs, and books—could be lost forever. As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Bartow County knows that timely mitigation is the key to recovering damaged possessions. With years of experience and state-of-the-art technology, SERVPRO’s restoration professionals will help you recover your paper goods before it is too late.

Our Document Restoration Facility:

  • Innovative: we use the latest vacuum freeze-drying method, as well as gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing
  • Secure: managed by HIPPA Master-certified technicians, under 24/7 surveillance
  • Digital: we use a computerized inventory system for digitizing your documents
  • Flexible capacity - we can accommodate large commercial losses or small residential jobs
  • Full Service: we offer a range of services including drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization

Our Technology

SERVPRO document restoration team uses innovate vacuum freeze-drying techniques; in fact, we use the same freeze-drying methods used by the Library of Congress to dry valuable historic documents and books. Our vacuum freeze-drying process is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)and the General Services Administration (GSA).

Types of content:

  • Paper Documents
  • Books and magazines
  • Manuscripts and Files
  • Photographs, Films, Negatives, and Microfiche
  • X-rays
  • Blueprints and Maps
  • Parchment

Document Cleaning and Disinfecting

In many water damage situations, like sewage or flood water, documents will be exposed to bacteria, viruses, pesticides, or other harmful chemicals. Our team uses a gamma irradiation process to safely and effectively sterilize your documents.

Digitizing Services

In the digital age, converting your paper files and photos to digital formats can have an invaluable impact on your business or home. With the help of SERVPRO’s restoration professionals to digitize your documents, you can save storage space and have access to your records at the touch of a button. And perhaps most important of all, you’ll have digital copies of your valuable documents that can’t be lost in a flood or fire.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bartow County? 

SERVPRO of Bartow County will get the job done right. For document restoration backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards.

Call us today! - (770) 387-7455 -

Water Damage Restoration - What You Need to Know

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration - What You Need to Know If your basement floods call SERVPRO of Bartow County - (770) 387-7455 -

From a broken pipe to inclement weather, standing water in a home or standing water in a business can cause mayhem on possessions and the property. It is hard to be prepared with full mitigation plans, but it is very important to react as fast as possible and expect to need water damage restoration. To minimize the harm done to the home, water cleanup and water damage restoration must happen quickly. When an emergency flooding happens, it is best to seek expert help and to do so as quickly as possible. Experts will arrive with high-tech, powerful equipment that will extract the water and minimize flood damage.

It is best to seek out certified experts who are trained extensively to deal with flooding emergencies whether the water is in the home or if the water is in a business. They can also advise homeowners on how to handle mitigation of water damage while the tenants or owners wait for them to arrive. Below is a list that can help reduce flood damage and help manage fallout mitigation.

  1. If possible, immediately stop the water at its source to reduce the water in the home or the water in the business and speed up water cleanup.
  2. If it is safe to do so turn off all electricity and move all smaller electric device. 
  3. Pin up any furniture skirts, drapes, or tapestries that hang low or have contact with the floor to avoid water damage to the fabric.
  4. Wash your hands after moving damaged belongings.
  5. As much as possible, avoid walking on carpet.
  6. Remove all moisture-sensitive, fragile belongings, anything of high-value, as well as items that could cause stains.
  7. Move any furnishings that can be moved from the carpeted area of the home or place aluminum foil underneath furniture legs. This should help mitigation of the risk of long-lasting rust caused by flood damage.
  8. Plan for a water damage restoration team to move furniture to already drying areas.
  9. Avoid any/all possibility of electric shock to any living persons and pets. Do not use any electric devices until the emergency flood removal crew tells you it is okay. Do not use a shop or home vacuum to attempt water removal on from the property without cleanup experts onsite.
  10. Do not turn on the heating, air conditioning, or fans in an attempt to speed the drying and cleanup process. Air movement may spread contamination if the flooding is at all sewage-related.

Powerful extraction and air movement gear is then brought into the home by expert cleanup crews to remove any presence of freestanding water. Water is then thoroughly removed from upholstery, carpet, and carpet padding. Then the drying by air movement with professional fans begins.

If flooding is particularly bad, carpet and carpet padding may be moved temporarily to assist with drying.

Water in a home can be an extremely expensive emergency if there is extensive flood damage. Water damage can be even more costly if there is water in a business that carries a large inventory. In order to prevent flood damage and water damage, it is important to contact professional cleanup crews that can speed up the drying process with water cleanup and air movement as soon as possible. The sooner water cleanup is completed water damage restoration can begin.

In the event of a home or commercial water loss please contact SERVPRO of Bartow County – (770) 387-7455 - or you can visit www.SERVPRObartowcounty.com for more information on water damage.

Source: www.SERVPROdowntownlasvegas.com/

Mold Myth Busting 101

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Myth Busting 101 Call SERVPRO of Bartow County if you encounter mold damage in your home or business -(770)387-7455-

Its name evokes images of green rot. Mold is a menacing pollutant existing naturally in the environment. But it's the last thing you want growing in your home.

Like most people, you probably know that indoor mold ruins homes and threatens health. And you might agree that the first step to eliminating mold is locating its sources.

But do you know where to look for mold? Or even that using a popular disinfectant to clean it can do more harm than good? Chances are, you've been duped by these mold myths that should be laid to rest:

  • A Clean Home is Mold-Free.

A dirt-free home is no guarantee against mold infestation. Mold thrives in closets, dark corners, and drywall, a common construction material in homes today. Its microscopic spores sail through the air, so you can't see them or know where they land.

  • Your home has no moldy odors.

It's true that gasses produced by mold give off a musty odor. But it's false to assume that having no odor means your home isn't infested. Not all molds produce smells. And if mold is lurking in a basement, its smell doesn't enter the air you normally breathe. It's there, and you never knew it.

  • Your home's basement never floods.

Wet basements are a major source of mold. But they're just one of many in your home. Other mainsprings for mold are humidifiers, leaky pipes, dryers that vent indoors, bathrooms and cooking areas that aren't ventilated, even carpets in a basement.

  • Bleach can remove mold.

A powerful disinfectant, bleach wipes away mold on glass, metal, or plastic surfaces. But while its chlorine component doesn't penetrate to the sources of mold in drywall and wood, the water contained in bleach does. And--you guessed it--that water lingers beneath the surfaces, providing more than enough food for mold to grow.

If you have more questions about mold damage or have mold damage, please don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Bartow County today - (770) 387-7455!

Source: www.SERVPROmidtownmanhattan.com/blog/post/

The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process Call SERVPRO of Bartow County for mold mitigation! (770) 387-7455

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 affect your health and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Bartow County professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.

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

  • Inspection & 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 which 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 & Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments 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 remediate heavy mold growth.

  • Cleaning Contents & Belongings

SERVPRO of Bartow County 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 deodorize using fogging equipment.

  • Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, 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 or rooms in a home or business.

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

Do You Have Dirty Ducts?

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Do You Have Dirty Ducts? Improve your indoor air quality with duct cleaning!

Did you know your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality? In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home. A routine part of SERVPRO of Bartow County’s service is inspecting the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary.

In some circumstances, such as after a fire, smoke, or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, SERVPRO of Bartow County can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.

If you have a fuel-burning furnace, stove, or fireplace, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends they be inspected for proper functioning and be serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

The SERVPRO® Duct Cleaning System is proven and cost-efficient. Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, SERVPRO of Bartow County uses a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

  • The process begins by using patented equipment, including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct’s shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.  
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.
  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

For more information on duct cleaning, or to schedule an appointment, contact SERVPRO of Bartow County today. -(770) 387-7455-

Biohazard, Crime Scene, and Vandalism Cleanup

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Biohazard, Crime Scene, and Vandalism Cleanup Call SERVPRO of Bartow County today for 24-hour Emergency Service. -(770) 387-7455-

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies, SERVPRO of Bartow County also offer fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup* and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.


Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substance scan contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO of Bartow County is trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Bartow County can help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices.

SERVPRO of Bartow County can help with the following issues:

  • Blood-borne Pathogens: SERVPRO of Bartow County professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death. Trained SERVPRO of Bartow County technicians thoroughly clean, disinfect, and deodorize the structure. 
  • Methamphetamine Labs: Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO of Bartow County professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces. 
  • Crime Scene Residues: From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO Bartow County Professionals can clean and restore your property and contents. 
  • Arson & Vandalism: SERVPRO of Bartow County Professionals are recognized as leaders at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage. Your local Franchise Professional also provides general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods, and human or animal waste.
  • Sewage Backups
  • Black Water Intrusions
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

State and local regulations vary. Contact SERVPRO of Bartow County today for 24-hour Emergency Service. -(770) 387-7455-

Preparing for a Flood

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for a Flood Call the clean up team that is "Faster to any size disaster" - SERVPRO of Bartow County - (770) 387-7455

Flooding Can happen fast in many environmets. The American Red Cross recommends having the following list of items packed and ready to go in the event of an evacuation due to flooding.

  • Water - 3+ day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food - 3+ day supply of non-parisable, easy-to=prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra Batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation/personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra Cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, caries, bowl)
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra set of car keys and house kes
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repelient and sunscreen
  • Camera or photos of damage

According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), "Approximately seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding." NOAA lists the most common flood hazzards in the United States as:

  • Flash Flooding

  • River Flooding

  • Storm Surge and Coastal

  • Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems

  • Burn Scars/Debris Flows (caused by wildfires)

  • Ice/Debris Jams

  • Snowmelt

  • Dry Wash (caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)

  • Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

Just because you haven't experienced a flood doesnt mean you won't in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the United States.

When catastrophic water damage happens to you SERVPRO of Bartow County can help. We can help you prepare ahead of the time with an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP), or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get you back in your home as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of Bartow County is ready to help make it "Like it never even happened." -(770) 387-7455-

Faster To Your Water Damage Event

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Faster to any Disaster

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Bartow County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Bartow arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

·         Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.

·         Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.

·         Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.

·         Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

·         Drywall begins to swell and break down.

·         Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.

·         Furniture begins to swell and crack.

·         Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.

·         A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

·         Mold and mildew may grow and spread.

·         Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.

·         Metal begins to rust and corrode.

·         Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.

·         Paint begins to blister.

·         Wood flooring swells and warps.

·         Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

·         Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

·         Structural safety, mold growth, and bio-hazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Does Your House Have A Mold Issue?

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your House Have A Mold Issue? SERVPRO of Bartow County's highly trained mold remediation technician.

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 -SERVPRO of Bartow County – (770) 387-7455

Flooding Can Happen Anywhere

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooding Can Happen Anywhere Call the clean up team that is faster to any size disaster! - SERVPRO of Bartow County (770)387-7455

According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), "Approximately seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding." NOAA list the most common flood hazards in the United States as:

 

 

    • Flash Flooding

 

    • River Flooding

 

    • Storm Surge an Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems

 

    • Burn Scars/Debris Flows (caused by wildfires)

 

    • Ice/Debris Jams

 

    • Snowmelt

 

    • Dry Wash (caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)

 

    • Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

 

 

Just because you haven't experienced a flood doesn't mean you won't in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were fro policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the U.S., and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).

 

When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO of Bartow County can help. We can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP), or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get you back in business as soon as possible.

 

SERVPRO of Bartow County professionals are ready to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Holiday Fire Facts

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

  • One of every three homes Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems
  • Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average one of every 31 reported home Christmas tree fires result in a death compared to an average of one death per 144 total reported home fires.
  • A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four of Christmas tree fires.
  • Two out of five home decoration fires are started by candles
  • One-third of all candle fires start in the bedroom.

The holiday season is a time for gathering with friends and family to enjoy fellowship and quality time. As the weather outside turns frightful, we rely on the warmth of our homes to host gathers with loved ones. Of course, if disaster does strike during the holiday season, SERVPRO of Bartow County is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Call SERVPRO of Bartow Country for all of your mitigation and restoration needs - (770) 387-7455

Is your property winter ready?

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to prepare and help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, that can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery of hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, concider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure tit drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
  • Ask SERVPRO of Bartow County -(770) 387-7455- about completing an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no cost assessment to your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.

When winter weather strikes, call SERVPRO of Bartow County -(770) 387-7455- to strike back.

Celebrate Safely This Holiday Season

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

Pretty lights, candles and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday season-however, if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening.

The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to hel greatly reduce the fire rick in your home or business this holiday season.

  • Place Christmas trees, candles and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles.
  • Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire (pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils,paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains) away from your stove top.
  • Designate one person to walk around your property to ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guess leave.

SERVPRO of Bartow County wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!

From The Ordinary To The Unhealthy

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods and other food products, including some alcoholic beverages. the unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold. An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold (Penicillin chrysogenum).

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold. different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.

Call the Cleanup Team That's Faster to Any Size Disaster

10/24/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Call the Cleanup Team That's Faster to Any Size Disaster Tub overflowed, pipe burst, sewage backup? Call SERVPRO of Bartow County!

There's no such thing as a small disaster-especially when the water you don't see contains bacteria or can cause mold, rot and other unseen damage. A pipe bursts. A water heater leaks. A bathtub overflows. Flood waters rush in. A sprinkler system malfunctions. Water damage can happen in any number of ways. If your business or home is under a few inches of water, only one thing that matters. Finding a solution!

SERVPRO of Bartow County Professionals are that solution. Equipped with the knowledge, the experience, and the training to help make your water damage "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO of Bartow County Professionals will start helping the moment you call. Backed by more than 40 years of experiences, your SERVPRO of Bartow County Professionals will help put your worries to ease, because they understand the science of drying. Before you risk further damaging the value of your home or facility by attempting to clean up the mess yourself, call SERVPRO of Bartow County (770) 387-7455, your local water damage clean up and restoration professionals.

Water damage can affect the value of your property. Before you get out the mop bucket and try to clean it yourself, consider how the damage can affect your property. SERVPRO of Bartow County Professionals know how disruptive water damage can be for your home or business. SERVPRO of Bartow County Professionals are trained and equipped to manage the drying process. By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your building will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards, which will help prevent secondary water damages. With rapid response time and full line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Bartow County Professionals can help you regain control quickly, ensuring your facility and its contents are properly dried, deodorized and protected.

When water damage strikes, give SERVPRO of Bartow County a call (770 387-7455)

We will help to make things right, make things dry and make it "Like it never even happened."

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Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying?

10/24/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? When your basement floods, call the professionals with the scientific know how and experience at SERVPRO of Bartow County.

Knowledge and experience are essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of Bartow County Professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.

If your business suffers a water damage, SERVPRO of Bartow County Professional will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does it mean to help "speed up Mother Nature"? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material-but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out.

SERVPRO of Bartow County Professionals have the tools and equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. SERVPRO of Bartow County Professionals also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

The Bottom line? SERVPRO of Bartow County Professionals have the training and equipment to help make water damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRP of Bartow County - Water Removal, Fire Restoration, Mold Cleanup -

(770) 387-7455

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SERPRO of Bartow County Duct Cleaning Services

10/24/2016 (Permalink)

Did you know, your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality? Inspecting the duct work in your facility or home should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

A routine part of SERVPRO of Bartow County service is inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and duct work clean can potentially extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO of Bartow County will inspect your HVAC system and duct work and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and duct work.

In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke or  suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, SERVPRO of Bartow County can often restore the HVAC system and duct work to pre-damage condition.

If you have a fuel burning furnace, stove or fireplace, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends they be inspected for proper functioning, and be serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

The SERVPRO Duct Cleaning System is proven and cost efficient. Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, SERVPRO of Bartow County uses a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine duct work fan make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

  • The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the ducts shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97% of the particles in the air stream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.
  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating products may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

For more information on duct cleaning, or to schedule an appointment, contact SERVPRO of Bartow County today.

SERVPRO of Bartow County (770) 387-7455

Spring Cleaning For Your Workspace

10/24/2016 (Permalink)

Spring cleaning is a tradition allowing us to freshen our environment and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer. While many people deep clean their homes, this is also a great time to clean and organize your business.

SERVPRO of Bartow County can help get your facility in tip top shape. In addition to air duct and HVAC cleaning, SERVPRO of Bartow County is trained to use state-of-the-art equipment to remove soils hiding deep within your carpet, as well as focused stains removal and stain resistance applications. Other services include: upholstery and drapery cleaning, hard floor cleaning and care, and odor deodorization.

A clean environment is a healthy environment! Improve your living and work spaces this spring. SERVPRO of Bartow County have the tools to make your home or business sparkle in on time!

Quick Workspace Tips:

  • Divide Your Workspace Into Zones: Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions. You may require a workspace for your computer, a library area for our research, a storage area for supplies and a filing area for your archives. This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.
  • Keep Only What You Need At Arm's Length: Boxes of pens, stacks of papers and old coffee cups need to go. Rid your desk of visual clutter by paring down the items on top to the essentials only. Supplies, paperwork and personal items should be kept in the zones you've established for them.
  • Sort Your Catch-All Drawer: Use drawer dividers to give everything a place, like compartments for paperclips and rubber bands. Go through the draw every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn't being used.
  • Eliminate Digital Clutter: Digital clutter can be just as stressful as physical clutter. Organize digital files and your e-mail inbox just as you would paper files-with a system of logical and clearly labeled folders. Also, keep the icons on your desktop to a bare minimum, and trade in sticky notes on your monitor for calendar reminders.

Be Ready With the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Program

10/24/2016 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens."

In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile, can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including: Emergency Contact Information, Shut-off Valve Locations and Priority Areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO's free Rady Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.

The ERP establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional (SERVPRO of Bartow County - (770) 387-7455) as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 45 years experience and a system more then 1,700 franchises strong. Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is key to quick response and timely mitigation. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it.

The ERP is a NO COST assessment, all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call SERVPRO of Bartow County to establish your Emergency READY Profile.

It Doesn't Cost a lot to be Prepared

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage It Doesn't Cost a lot to be Prepared Your preparedness kit should last you at least three days.

It is no secret that many families and individuals are looking to cut back on spending. But with the frequency of disasters, both natural and man-made, can you afford no to be prepared? Preparedness doesn't have to cost an arm ad a leg. Here are a few tips:

  • Make a Plan. Work with your family and neighbors to make an emergency plan for the types of disasters that affect your area. Make sure everyone in your family understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. You can download Family Emergency Plan templates www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
  • Update Contact Information. Having accurate records for family, friends and neighbors will help you stay in contact and possibly help those in need. Make sure updated contact information is posted in visible places throughout your house and workplace.
  • Check Your Policy. Review your insurance policy annually and make any necessary changes - renters, too! When disaster strikes, you want to know that your coverage will get you back on your feet.
  • Make Ready List. You may not need all of the items in ready-made preparedness kits. Choose the essentials that fit your needs and budget. Don't forget to keep supplies at work and in your car. Sample ready lists can be found at www.ready.gov/document/familysupply-list
  • Plan your Purchases. You can save money by thinking ahead. Don't buy preparedness items just before the storm when they're expensive and supplies will be in high demand. Buy items at the end of the season when you can get good deals.
  • Make Sure it Keeps. Store water in safe, containers. you Don't need to buy expensive bottled water, just make sure your water containers are disinfected and airtight
  • Trade a Night Out. Trade one night out to fund your 72-hour kit. Taking a family of four to the movies can cost upwards of $80. Just one night staying in could fund your ready kit.

*The best tip: Start now. Take small steps toward preparedness and before you know it, you will be ready. 

FEMA Emergency Supply List

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

Through its "Ready Campaign", the Federal Emergency Management Agency educates and empowers Americans to take some simple steps to prepare for and respond to potential emergencies/natural disasters. The "Ready Campaign" asks individuals to do three key things: get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, and be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.

All Americans should have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs. Following is a listing of some basic items that every emergency supply kit should include. However, it is important that individuals review this list and consider where they live and the unique needs of their family in order to create an emergency supply kit that will meet these needs. Individuals should also consider having at least two emergency supply kits, one full kit at home and smaller portable kits in their workplace, vehicle or other places they spend time.

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water 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 and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheets and duct tape to secure shelter-in-place
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps

Additional Items to Consider adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula ad diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper- When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of reular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Do you have a plan?

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Do you have a plan? Storm Team ready to tackle a job.

How quickly your company can get back to business after a tornado, hurricane, or flood often depends on the emergency planning done today. The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency. While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies. The following are basic measures business owners and managers can take to begin preparing. A commitment to being planning today will help support your employees, customers, the community, local economy, and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival.

 

  • Develop a Business Continuity Plan - Your organization's risk needs will vary depending on the specific industry, size, scope and location. Begin by reviewing your business process flow chart, if one exists, to identify operations critical to survival and recovery. Carefully assess your internal and external functions to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating. You should also establish procedures for succession of management.
  • Review Insurance Coverage - Inadequate insurance coverage can lead to major financial loss if your business is damaged, destroyed or simply interrupted for a period of time. Insurance policies vary; check with your agent or provider about things such as physical losses, flood coverage and business interruption. Understand what your policy does and does not cover
  • Prepare Your Emergency Plan - Your employees and co-workers are your business' most valuable asset. Communication is central before, during and after a disaster. Include emergency information is newsletters, on your company intranet, in periodic employee e-mails and/or other communication tools.
  • Practice the Emergency Plan - Some disasters will require employees to leave the workplace quickly. The ability to evacuate workers, customers and visitors effectively can save lives. If you business operates out of more than one location, establish evacuation procedures for each individual building. If your company is in a high-rise building, an industrial park, or even a small strip mall, it is important to coordinate and practice with other tenants or businesses to avoid confusion and potential gridlock.
  • Secure Your Facility and Equipment - Install fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and detectors in appropriate places. Secure all entry and exit points and plan for mail safety. Plan what you will do if your building, plant or store is not usable. Secure valuable equipment.
  • Improve Cyber Security - Protecting your data and information systems may require specialized expertise, but even the smallest business can be better prepared. Use anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date. Don't open e-mails from unknown sources. Use hard-to-guess passwords. Protect your computer from intruders by using firewalls. Back up your computer data and download security protection updates known as patches regularly.

Fire Damage: What To Do Until Help Arrives

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage: What To Do Until Help Arrives Kitchen Fire

A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems. Ceilings, walls woodwork, carpeting , and floors will often need a thorough professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until SERVPRO of Bartow County arrives. The following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of successful restorations.

 

Do:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer/refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim and appliance, then protect these surfaces with light coating of lubricant.
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Change HVAC filters; leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

Don't:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Bartow County.
  • Don't attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Bartow County.
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV set, radio, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water with out first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water, as they may be contaminated.
  • If ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fans. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Don't send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

Contact SERVPRO of Bartow County at (770) 387-7455

Can you do it in under 2 minutes?

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Can you do it in under 2 minutes? Fire Safety

Every second counts during a fire. Fire experts agree, people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it's too late to get out. In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. Increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building an escape plan, and then practicing the escape plan.The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan.

  1. Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. find to ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
  2. Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.
  3. Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to make the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
  4. Teach children how to escape o their own in case you cannot help them. Pla for everyone in your home with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.
  5. Practice your fire escape plan during the day and at nighttime.

Helpful Tips to Keep Your Home and Family Safe from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Helpful Tips to Keep Your Home and Family Safe from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Make sure you check your carbon monoxide detectors when you check your fire detectors.

Carbon monoxide is often call “The Invisible Killer”. It is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (including: wood, natural gas, gasoline, propane, methane, and oil) burn inefficiently. Carbon monoxide is particularly dangerous because it can be a bi-product of using many household heating or cooking devices. It can be ingested into your body by simply breathing. Carbon monoxide poisoning is often times confused with flu symptoms, food poisoning and other illnesses. Some symptoms include: nausea; shortness of breath; dizziness; light headedness; headaches (any combination of these symptoms). High levels of carbon monoxide can be fatal.

  • Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards.
  • For the best protection, interconnect all carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height.
  • Choose a carbon monoxide detector that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Call your local fire department’s non-emergency number to find out what number to call if the carbon monoxide detector sounds.
  • Test carbon monoxide detector at least once a month; replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries. If the battery is low, replace it. If it still sounds, call the fire department.
  • If the carbon monoxide detector sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel.
  • If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow.
  • During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.
  • A generator should be used in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings.
  • Gas or charcoal grills can produce carbon monoxide — only use outside.

SERVPRO of Bartow County for all of your mitigation and restoration needs - (770) 387-7455

10 Ways You Can Be Prepared

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

Community 10 Ways You Can Be Prepared Always be prepared.

If a disaster strikes, will you be ready?

In recent years, many different types of disasters have affected the United States. Flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires and blizzards are natural disasters that can threaten your home, business and community. SERVPRO of Bartow County wants you and your customers to be aware of the steps to take to help prepare for Mother Nature’s worst.

It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs. Consider the following steps to help you better prepare for an emergency:

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts.
  • Develop and test emergency communication plans.
  • Assemble update emergency supplies.
  • Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
  • Participate in a preparedness discussion, training, or class.
  • Collect and safeguard critical documents.
  • Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.

You can reach SERVPRO of Bartow County at (770) 387-7455

Helping Schools: Provide Clean, Health Environments for Our Children.

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Helping Schools: Provide Clean, Health Environments for Our Children. SERVPRO of Bartow County is on call 24/7

SERVPRO – In a class by ourselves

Educational institutions can depend on SERVPRO Bartow County for fast, thorough service in the event of fire, water or mold damage. With 24-hour emergency response, SERVPRO of Bartow County provides mitigation, cleanup and restoration services to reduce recovery costs and to help ensure minimal interruption to your curriculum. SERVPRO of Bartow County also provides expert cleaning for emergencies or special needs exceeding routine janitorial capabilities, including stain removal, upholstery and drapery dry cleaning, indoor air quality and vandalism cleanup. Our franchise is trained to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA registered cleaners and disinfectants.

Restoration:

  • Fire, Smoke and Soot
  • Water Removal and Dehumidification
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation
  • Catastrophic Storm Response
  • Move Out and Contents Restoration
  • Electronics and Equipment
  • Document Drying
  • Contents Claim Inventory Service

Cleaning

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard, Crime Scene and Vandalism
  • Carpet, Walls and Hard Floors
  • Deodorization

Contact SERVPRO of Bartow County at (770) 387-7455

You Have So Much Invested In Your Property; Trust Professionals to Protect Your Most Valuable Asset!

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage You Have So Much Invested In Your Property; Trust Professionals to Protect Your Most Valuable Asset! SERVPRO of Bartow County has all the equipment and trained personnel necessary for what ever size job you may have.

The Right Equipment

SERVPRO understands that using professional equipment make a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to preform. SERVPRO of Bartow County will answer your call with fast action, exceptional equipment, and trained, uniformed personnel. Certainly, the right tool for the job is vital to timely mitigation and restoration, but perhaps more important, SERVPRO fire damage professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup an restoration. for instance, knowing the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.

  • Wet Smoke - Plastics and Synthetics; Low heat, smoldering pungent odor, sticky, smeary
  • Dry Smoke - Paper and Wood; Fast burning, high temperatures, dry powdery non-smeary residues.
  • Protein - Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  • Other Types - Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.

Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows SERVPRO of Bartow County to focus on saving your precious items. Isn't that what really matters?

Deodorization Equipment

  • Ultra Low Valume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that easily penetrates sites where odor-causing residues accumulate. The device can also be used to apply fungicides and disinfectants.
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products in large volume, dense fogs suitable for confined areas. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that pair with and neutralize odor-causing particles.

If you or your business has experienced any size fire loss and need help restoring or mitigating the home or business please contact SERVPRO of Bartow County at (770) 387-7455

The SERVPRO Difference

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

General The SERVPRO Difference Making it like it never even happened.

The People, Experience, Training and Equipment to make it "Like it never even happened."

The People - With over 10,000 quality teammates nationwide, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are availible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Experience - SERVPRO is a Franchise System with over 40 years of leadership in fire and water cleanup and restoration. Our track record of results has earned us the trust of the insurance industry, countless homeowners, commercial property managers and in one unforgettable instance, even the Pentagon. 

The Training - Franchise Professionals undergo extensive fire restoration training an d certification SERVPRO Industries, Inc. offers an IICRC-approved school to help ensure our training meets and exceeds accepted industry standards.

The Equipment - With over 5,000,000 square feet of building space, housing over 140,000 pieces of cleaning and restoration equipment, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the resources to help you take back control of your life.

Lower Recovery Cost- The SERVPRO SYSTEM Helps Save Money

Mitigation requires quick action. The faster SERVPRO of Bartow County arrives on-site to preform cleanup and restoration, the better the results - including lower claim costs.

  • Emergency Mitigation Services help minimize additional property damges.
  • Restoration versus replacement of contents saves heirlooms and money too.
  • Restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition when possible.

Call SERVPRO of Bartow County at (770) 424-0400 for all of your restoration and mitigation needs!!!

A History of Trust and Professionalism

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

General A History of Trust and Professionalism SERVPRO Corporate Headquarters

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Industries, Inc. Franchise System is a national leader of fire, water, mold and other specialty clean up and restoration services. SERVPRO's professional network of more than 1,500 Franchises has responded to property damage emergencies ranging from multi-million dollar disasters such as the Pentagon, to those suffered by individual businesses and homes. Providing coverage nationally, SERVPRO franchise Professionals have established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients nationwide.

Following Tremendous growth in the late 1990's Entrepreneur Magazines ranked SERVPRO the #1 Franchiser in the restoration industry in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. In April 2005, SERVPRO moved to a new 140,000 square foot facility in Gallatin, TN. The state-of-the-art building houses a newly designed training facility and National Call Center.

You Can Trust SERVPRO!


  • SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have been helping home and business owners recover from fire damages across the United States since 1967.
  • Over 1,500 Franchises Nationwide. More locations mean faster response. A SERVPRO Franchise Professional can usually be on-site within four hours to help protect the structure, business and personal property.
  • SERVPRO National Call Center served over 300 insurance and property management companies and their clients nationwide in the last year alone.
  • 24-Hour emergency service. In our business you need us fast! The sooner we arrive , the better the chance we can reduce damage and save money, Franchise Professionals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 365 days a year.
  • A Trained, uniformed and equipped SERVPRO Franchise Professional will walk you through the job process and then work quickly to restore your property to pre-loss condition whenever possible.


From large commercial environments to small residential losses, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals understand your loss is the job that matters most! We will be happy to provide references so you can feel confident that SERVPRO is the best system to service your needs.


SERVPRO of Bartow County for all of your restoration and mitigation needs!!!

(770) 387-7455

When Storms or Floods hit Bartow County, SERVPRO is ready!

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Bartow County, SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Bartow County.

SERVPRO of Bartow County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews at SERVPRO of Bartow County 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 Bartow County, 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 SERVPRO of Bartow County Today (770) 424-0400

SERVPRO of Bartow County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/16/2016 (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

Bartow County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

8/16/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Bartow County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Bartow County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Bartow County

SERVPRO of Bartow County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (770) 387-7455

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Bartow County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Bartow  County

SERVPRO of Bartow County 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.

Certifications

  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program

Affiliations

  • Bartow County Chamber Of Commerce
  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification - IICRC

Get to know SERPRO of Bartow County

Now Hiring Production Helper

6/29/2016 (Permalink)

We are looking for an energetic, hard working individual to assist our production technicians on water, mold, and fire losses. this position is full time and requires no experience. Please email your resume to employment9265@yahoo.com to apply.

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