Recent Water Damage Posts

Six Possible Signs of Water Damage

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Finding Water damage isn’t always as obvious as walking into a room flooded with six inches of water. Sometimes picking up on the signs of water damage is a little more difficult than that. A slight musty smell could be an indicator that moisture is intruding into your home or business.

If you have questions about water damage give SERVPRO of Bartow County call. We can schedule a convenient time to inspect your property.

This is a list of possible causes and signs of water damage. Take a moment to review them to better understand the possible signs of water damage and how water damage sometimes happens.

  1. Drainage Issues- A major contributing factor to most water loss caused by outside water coming in is the structures drainage. It can also be one of the most expensive to fix, and is not always obvious to home or business owners at first glance. Most drainage issues become apparent after a large rainstorm, but oftentimes this is too late to prevent water damages.
  2. Foundation Faults or Cracks - The foundation of a building provides structure and stabilization for the entire building. Issues with the foundation can cause some nasty problems including water damage. You should inspect your foundation periodically to insure you have not developed any cracks, existing cracks have not expanded, or see any crumbling portions of the foundation. Often times damage to a foundation is due to the house “settling” into the ground. Water damage stemming from foundational issues can be very complicated and are best handled by trained professionals like SERVPRO of Bartow County,
  3. Signs of Leaks - This is probably one of the easiest types of water damage to spot. Signs include paint or wallpaper bubbling, staining and discoloration of walls, ceilings or carpets. Ceilings that appear to be sagging could be a result of water damage and can be hazardous due to the likely-hood of falling sheetrock. Leaks like these are typically slow moving and develop over time. They can also be signs of other issues like an aging roof, permeable masonry or brickwork, plumbing in need of repair, and faulty rain gutters, just to name a few.
  4. Sewer Line Issues - Sewer backups or overflows are probably one of the hardest types of water damage to prevent because you have little control over the public sewer systems. However, home and business owners are typically responsible for maintaining the pipes and drains that lead from their property to the road or sewer system. Short of calling a professional and having them “scope” your sewer lines, send a small camera on a retractable line down drain pipes and lines. There is no way of knowing what lies in your sewer lines. A possible indicator of “back-up sewer lines” would be slow draining fixtures like showers and sinks.
  5. Flickering Electricity - Flickering lights and humming switches, particularly in older homes or buildings, could be a sign of water intrusion. They can also be fire hazards, so it is important to have trained professionals inspect any electrical circuits that are behaving irregularly.
  6. Mold - Mold, mildew, dry rot, and fungus can all be a result of water damage. Often times you will find these types of growth in areas that have experienced “slow moving” water damage. Meaning that the water damage and growth developed over an extended amount of time. Even small amounts of moisture under the right conditions can foster millions of mold spores and fungus. For more information about mold check out our previous blog Ten Things You Should Know About Mold.

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What To Do When Your Toilet Overflows in Acworth GA

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bartow County has been an industry leading restoration company in the North Georgia area for over a decade. We are ready for any size disaster and can make it “Like it never even happened." Sometimes home owners encounter small water cleanups that can be easily handled with mops and towels and other times things are better left to the professionals. If you choose to go at it alone, please take the time to read through these helpful guidelines.

Grab Some PPE

The first step in any sewage or water clean up is insuring that you protect yourself from potential health risks. PPE stands for “Personal Protective Equipment” and can include but is not limited to the following types of equipment: gloves (chemical resistant & protective), different types of respirators, protective suits, and protective eyewear (a general knowledge of water mitigation safety is imperative). If at any time you are unsure of your safety or question your exposure to chemicals and/or pathogens, immediately consult your local health department or emergency services agency. The tricky nature of water mitigation and safety protocols is a major reason the restoration industry has grown to over a billion-dollar industry in recent years.

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Locate & Shutoff Water

The quicker you can locate and shutoff the source of water to the toilet the better. By shutting off the source of water you will limit the amount of water you and your property are exposed too. Water borne pathogens can be found in sewage water and can cause untold amounts of damage if left unchecked. Most toilets (and sinks for that matter) have shutoff valves located under or behind the plumbing fixtures, while other plumbing features like showers, jacuzzi tubs, and sprinkler systems can be more difficult to shutoff. These “other” types of water fixtures can typically be cut off using dedicated shutoff valves or at the water main. In the event that closing the toilets shut-off valve doesn’t stop the leak you may be forced to turn the water off at the main.

*Note that shutting off the water at the main will stop all water to the property.

Clean Up Starts ASAP

“No time like the present” is the attitude to have when it comes to water mitigation. Often, time is of the essence when it comes to recovering from any size water disaster. By acting quickly and removing the water as soon as possible you can reduce the over all scope and cost of repairs. To remove the water, you can use mops and towels, but always remember to wear PPE to protect yourself from sewage water.

Call SERVPRO

If you have experienced a toilet overflow or any other type of water loss getting the water turned off is paramount. If you find your self in need of professional help or advise give SERVPRO of Bartow County a call. We answer emergency calls 24 hour a day 365 days a year, including all major holidays. If you decide to handle a small water leak or toilet overflow on your own, give SERVPRO call after the fact. We can come by and perform a moisture check to ensure that your property is completely dry, reducing the likelihood of mold growth.

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Planning a Summer Vacation?

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

It is not a pleasant thought, but many things can go wrong when you leave your home on vacation. The types of things this article is going to focus on are water losses. More specifically we going to talk about different thing you as a homeowner can do to protect your home from water damage while you are out of town.

The following guidelines can reduce the risk of water damage while your home is vacant during vacation:

Check your home for moisture leaks – Prior to leaving on vacation, check around your property’s fixtures, drains and any other water features in or around your home for leaks and signs of wear and tear. Pay special attention to pipes under sinks, your water heater, make note to repair if possible. Should you find rust, cracks, or other damage to pipes, fixtures and/or drains. It’s important to check the seals around your windows and the exterior of your home as well. If you find any leakage, it should be fixed right away by a trained professional.

Inspect your appliances - In our experience, appliances that you use on a daily basis that have water supply lines like dishwashers, washer/dryers, and refrigerators have a propensity to leak. Should you find any damaged supply or drain lines you should replace them as soon as possible and without fail before leaving your home on vacation. Damage to either supply lines or drain lines can cause major water damage to your home or business.

Cleanup around the exterior of your property - Before going on vacation an easy way of preventing outside water from getting in to your home is to clean your gutters. By cleaning leaves and other debris from your gutters before going on vacation it will also prevent potential blockages from building up while you are away. Clear all downspouts so that water can quickly and easily  drain away from the structure.

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 trusted neighbor or family member check on your property - Coordinate to have someone you trust to 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.

SERVPRO of Bartow County Is On Your Side

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bartow County locally owned and operated franchise!

SERVPRO of Bartow County is and emergency fire, water and mold restoration company that is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We service all size restoration emergencies, large or small. Cleaning up and restoring water damaged homes and businesses is our specialty. Delaying even just a few hours can increase the severity of water damage. Immediate action is the best course of action. Call SERVPRO of Bartow County if you have a sewage backup, water heater leak, or any other type of water loss. We will make it, “Like it never even happened!”

We Answer the Phones 24/7 - 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 -https://www.IICRC.org/page/IICRCCertifications- , 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

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Fastest To Your Cartersville Water Disaster

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

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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 bio-hazard 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.

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When Water Damage Strikes Your Cartersville Home or Business

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

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

Cartersville's 24 Hour Emergency Water Removal Service

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Going On Vacation? Protect Your Home From Water Damage

5/26/2018 (Permalink)

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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.

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.

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How do I clean up a flooded basement?

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

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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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Protect Your Home From Water Damage Before You Go On Vacation

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

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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.

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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.


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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.


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What to do before help arrives!

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

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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Water Damage Restoration - What You Need to Know

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

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.

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Flooding Can Happen Anywhere

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

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."

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

10/24/2016 (Permalink)

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)

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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Bartow County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

8/16/2016 (Permalink)

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

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