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How to Prepare for a Storm

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

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- Stock up on food, water, first aid kit, flashlights, batteries, portable phone chargers, toiletries, food, and medication for your pets. It is best to over-prepare for a storm than run out of supplies. 

- Make a clear exit path in case of an emergency. 

- Organize all your important paperwork in a waterproof bag or safe. Make sure that you are prepared for any damages to your important belongings. 

Exterior 

Bring in your outdoor furniture and contents. Move your contents into a shed or your garage. 

- Make sure that the trees near your home are trimmed and maintained. Branches can snap during a storm and cause your home of thousands of dollars in damage. 

- Have your roof inspected to make sure there is no damage. Even the smallest roof leak can cause your home a tremendous amount of damage. 

-  Have a professional board up your windows to prevent further damage and water to enter your house.

Your HVAC System Is a Black Mold Superhighway

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

Your HVAC System Is a Superhighway for Black Mold

Mold spreads by releasing its spores, letting them float through the air and land where they may. If the spores end up somewhere warm and moist that makes it easy for them to grow, then you could have black mold building up in your facility relatively quickly. You can't always do much about the moisture itself, but you can inhibit mold's mobility and potentially control the source of your water damage problem by taking the following steps:

  • Stop the flow of air between rooms
  • Turn off the HVAC units
  • Switch off your water

Mold Travels

There are many things that could contribute to the transmission of black mold spores throughout a building. Some of them are unavoidable:

  • Foot traffic
  • Water damage or mold cleanup activities
  • Construction

In a normal situation, even major renovations shouldn't spread mold excessively. Unless there's heavy airflow, spores don't travel very far when they go airborne. However, a powerful HVAC system could potentially suck up a significant amount of mold. These spores could then become trapped in the crevices of your ducts to periodically recirculate them throughout your entire facility.

Counterintuitive Solutions

It might seem like dealing with a mold and moisture problem would include cranking your ventilation system all the way up to dry out your rooms. However, that could cause more problems. It's often best to let mold cleanup professionals in Lee & South Chatham Counties  handle the issue. The difference is that the pros use equipment designed specifically to be tough on moisture and mold, while your HVAC system is engineered for a completely different purpose.

Cleaning the Ducts

It's a point of some debate in the black mold remediation community whether or not duct cleaning has a major influence on mold problems. Even the EPA is still undecided on the subject. However, it is a good idea to inspect your ductwork after you discover a mold problem. If you have mold populations lurking in your HVAC system, they're likely to spread.

What You Need to About Fall Fire Safety

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

We don’t know about you, but we’re ready to welcome the cooler fall weather!

But like all the other seasons, autumn brings about safety risks. Taking a few minutes to learn about those risks now can help you prevent a fire later.

Campfire Safety

Did you know there’s a right and a wrong way to build a campfire? Seriously, when building a campfire, you need to stay aware and alert from beginning to end.

Knowing where and how to build a campfire is the first step. Make sure you keep it in an open area and away from anything flammable. Also, remember to use dry logs or limbs.

As you’re preparing to ignite the campfire, only use a match or lighter, never an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid.

And before you are ready to call it a night, you must ensure that your fire has been completely extinguished. If you aren’t careful, all it takes is a small gust of wind to help reignite the fire. To be safe, you can slowly douse your campfire with a bucket of water to help ensure all the embers are put out.

Space Heaters

As most of you know a portable space heater can become quite handy. This is true at all times of year, especially when you’re working in a chilly office environment. But space heaters are also a significant fire risk, especially during the fall and winter.

Make sure to keep your heater away from anything flammable. It’s also imperative to keep it on a level surface, because even though most come with an automatic shut-off, it’s better to be extra cautious.

You should also plug the heater directly into an outlet rather than into an extension cord. Using an extension cord to power your space heater creates a fire hazard.

The Return of the Mold: How To Minimize Your Risk of Repeat Growth

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

The Return of Mold: How to Reduce Your Chances of Recurring Growth

It is impossible to have a completely mold-free home. Mold is in the air. It hitches a ride on your clothes and hair when you come in from outside your home in Lee & South Chatham Counties and it seeks out any moisture source it can find. Black mold growth can appear in areas that have water damage from leaks or malfunctioning plumbing. Mold remediation experts can resolve the problem, but unless you take certain precautions, the mold could return, even after professional cleanup.

1. Maintain Your Home.

Vigilant maintenance is the key to preventing the need for future mold cleanup. Take note of the places in your home where condensation tends to gather or leaks often occur. Fix the problems causing the leaks. This not only prevents unsightly water damage but also denies black mold spores a place to land and thrive.

2. Ventilate Stagnant Areas.

Your attic gets stuffy quite easily, so you must make sure that it is properly ventilated. Moisture is more likely to gather in areas lacking in air flow. Giving the stale air in these places a place to escape outside your home can be an effective mold growth deterrent.

3. Control the Humidity.

Your indoor humidity should stay within a range of 30 and 50 percent. Humid rooms are prone to mold issues. Exhaust fans in your kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms can help prevent the need for mold cleanup.

4. Hire Professionals.

If you do discover a mold problem in your home, don’t try to clean it up yourself. Certified technicians are trained to assess the problem and resolve it thoroughly. If your mold issue is not resolved completely, it is likely to return again.

Mold remediation specialists can resolve a problem with black mold in your home. Your responsibility is to do everything you can to keep the problem from recurring by making your home a place where mold feels less welcome.

What is the best extraction tool for flooding in my house?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO professionals have access to a wide range of water removal tools that can be used in any flood situation.

Flooding can cause a lot of water to remain on your property. If you don't act quickly to eliminate this water risk, the conditions could worsen such as structural deterioration and saturation. Our SERVPRO team can quickly take action to restore your property. Our professionals will assess your situation and determine the best equipment or products to help you achieve this goal.

Like every aspect of flood relief for businesses and homes, there are many ways to restore and recover the structure. There are many tools that can be used to extract water from a structure. The severity of the situation, depth of standing water and materials that are affected by flood water will all play a role in deciding which equipment is used. Our technicians have many tools available to them when mitigation starts. However, the most commonly used are:

  • Submersible Electric Pumps
  • Trash pumps
  • Truck-Mount Pumps
  • Wet Vacuums
  • Specialty Extractors

Recovering a flooded home can feel like an insurmountable task when property owners first see the damage to their residence. Our team can help with efficient water removal, drying, and cleaning, to make all flood losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today! 

How Do You Dry Electronics After A Water Leak?

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® professionals have the experience to help you save these resources in your home.

Leakages can cause havoc in a home. Water leaks can cause damage to electronics throughout a home. Homeowners often use their phones and tablets in multiple rooms. Experts who are familiar with how to protect your equipment and data can save you money.

What type of damage can a water leak usually cause?

A water leak can cause power problems with various electronics in your house. It is important to remove electronics from harm as soon as possible.

What are the first steps when electronics become damaged?

First, ensure there are no electrical hazards. All electronics must be unplugged and backup batteries disconnected. Fuse breakers and trip breakers also need to be removed.

What are the other steps?

All electronics should be removed from any exposed areas if possible. To prevent further water damage, electronics should be covered with plastic if possible.

What about the water leaking from the leak?

SERVPRO® professionals are skilled in removing any standing water. You should wipe away any water remaining from your electrical equipment after the water has been removed. Do not turn on the equipment until you have thoroughly evaluated it. Otherwise, further damage could be caused by running an electric charge through electronics.

What equipment can we use in addition?

SERVPRO® professionals may use dehumidification equipment to stabilize electronics. As this can lead to corrosion and condensation, electronics should not be allowed to cool to the room's dew point.

What happens if you need more specialized knowledge?

We may need to use an electronics restoration specialist in order to finish the job and ensure the integrity of the electronics.

24/7 Emergency Service

10/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties operates locally allowing us to respond immediately to emergencies in our community.  Our quick response lessens the damage and reduces the cleaning and restoration cost.

We provide unmatched services for water damage, fire damage, storm damage, mold removal, and commercial services such as COVID-19 cleaning.  Our community first mindset allows us to respond faster to any disaster all over Lee and South Chatham Counties. 

SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties Professionals have the training and equipment to quickly restore your property - "Like it never even happened."  When unexpected disasters strike, you need exceptional service from a company that you can trust.  When your home or business is damaged,  we'll be the first to arrive! For a stress free claim process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process.

Faster to Any Size Disaster - call today 24/7: (919) 533-6776. 

What To Do After A Fire Disaster?

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage on attic. Call SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties at 919-533-677

Fire damage can cause emotional turmoil and make it difficult to see the work involved in restoring a home or business. Your first call for fire damage restoration should be to your local SERVPRO.

Once the damage is done, we will quickly arrive at the scene to assess the situation and provide you with a quote for the restoration of your property. You will receive regular updates about the progress of the project that will allow you to understand the steps required to restore your property.

You can be sure that your property will be restored to its original condition by our professional contractors. Our 'Start to Finish' approach makes us an affordable choice for restoration projects of any size. Contact our office for more information at 919-533-6776.

Not all Storm Damage Is The Same

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Damage is a very broad category. There are many different types of storms that cause very different damages.

 Here are a Few examples:

  • Water Damage: Rain storm damage can effect your entire home. Heavy rains and flash flooding can cause basement flooding due to seepage  or sump pump malfunction. A leaking roof could cause severe interior damage.
  • Wind Damage: Heavy winds could cause damage to roofing, siding, fencing, and other areas of your property. Wind could also cause flying debris resulting in more damage.
  • Hail Damage: Although hail is more common in certain parts of the country it could happen anywhere. Hail effects roofs, siding, fencing, cars, and many other things. Large hail can break windows and skylights in homes and buildings.     

These are just a few examples of Storm damages. No Matter what the damage  SERVPRO is Always here to help our Lee & South Chatham Counties homes and businesses recover and get things back to normal.

Commercial Restoration Services

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

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When emergency water or fire situations arise in your business,  SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties is here to help!  NO job is too large!  We will be there fast to assure you don't lose any more productivity and revenue than you have too. 

Services we Provide

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation 
  • Commercial Storm and Major Events
  • Disaster Recovery Team 

Certified: SERVPRO cleaned, ensures that your business will be clean and safe for you, your employees and customers.  Whether you need odor removal or a deep clean due to water and fire damage, SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties is here 24/7 to help you get back to business. When disaster strikes your business give us a call at(919)533-6776.