Tropical Storm Florence
SERVPRO of Athens has been keeping an eye out for Tropical Storm Florence. According to our Meteorologist Florence will be continuing on a westward path towards the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas. She also predicts Tropical Storm Florence to make landfall on approximately Thursday September 13, 2018. As the storm approaches it is intensifying. At landfall Florence may turn from tropical storm to hurricane strength possibly Category 3.
Florence East Coast Landfall Risks:
- Wind Damage
- Major Storm Surge Inundation Possible
- Power Outages
- Fuel Shortages
When storms hit Athens, Georgia 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.
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Advancements in storm alerts have allowed Athens, Georgia residents to prepare themselves and their property for severe weather. These advancements warn residents in an ample amount of time from the increasingly violent weather phenomena.
Disaster safety involves being prepared for severe weather. Homeowners and their families can come together to create a disaster recovery kit. Ideas of items that should be included in the disaster kit are as follows:
Non-Perishable canned goods
First Aid Kit
Cell Phone and Chargers
Supplies for Children and Pets
Personal Hygiene Items
SERVPRO of Athens can assist your family or business with an Emergency Ready Profile. This booklet lists all numbers and information you may need in almost any type of emergency situation. Call SERVPRO of Athens today to speak with a member or our team for more information.
Water in Basements and Crawlspaces on the Rise in Athens, Georgia
Water intrusion into your home can become a headache and fast! Athens, Georgia has experienced an increase in damages to basements and crawlspaces due to recent flooding. If water begins to pool into your basement or crawlspace there can be major structural damage and health issues that may arise for you and your family.
Once you identify you have a water intrusion issue it is imperative to find the source of the damage. Some of the most common sources of basement or crawlspace water damages are:
- Sewage backup
- Broken or leaking water heater
- Improper grading
- Ground water flooding
- Cracks in foundation
- Faulty or absent gutters
It is significant to restore these issues as soon as possible to stop the source of water damage to your home.
SERVPRO of Athens is a phone call away to help you dry your home properly to put structural damage to a halt! 706-549-3366
Why Choose an IICRC Certified Firm?
SERVPRO of Athens is proud to be an IICRC certified firm. IICRC, or the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, is a non-profit organization for the cleaning and restoration industry. The goal of the IICRC is to establish and advance globally recognized standards and certifications for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration and installation industries. To accomplish this goal, the IICRC sets standards and certifications for inspection, cleaning, and restoration. The IICRC ensures that when consumers hire a certified firm or technician that they have hired experts who will provide reasonable assurance that work will be completed in accordance with the industry's "standard of care." The technicians of SERVPRO of Athens set themselves apart through training, experience, and comprehensive examination.
If fire, water, or mold damage your business, please contact SERVPRO of Athens at (706) 549-3366.
For more information about the IICRC, please visit https://www.IICRC.org/.
How Does Mold Affect Your Health?
According to the EPA, molds have the potential to cause health problems if mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Molds produce allergens and irritants, which can cause allergic reactions if an individual inhales or touches mold or mold spores. Allergic reactions to mold are common and can include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. Molds can especially trigger asthma attacks, so it's important that people with asthma avoid exposure to mold.
Since mold can adversely affect your health, and therefore interrupt your daily life, it's important to remediate the mold in your home or business as quickly as possible. Luckily, SERVPRO of Athens is here to help. 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.
Call SERVPRO of Athens at (706) 549-3366 for mold remediation services.
To learn more about the effects of mold on your health, please visit https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-and-health.
Thunderstorm Safety Tips
Thunderstorms are common in Georgia, and can oftentimes become very severe with strong winds, lightning, tornadoes, hail, and flash flooding. It is important to be prepared before these storms happen to protect yourself and your family. Ready Georgia recommends that you take the following precautions in order to keep you and your family safe.
Before a Thunderstorm:
- Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a thunderstorm hazard, including understanding the difference between a severe thunderstorm watch and a severe thunderstorm warning.
A severe thunderstorm watch means there is the potential for severe thunderstorms (damaging winds/large hail) to impact your area within the next 6 hours.
A severe thunderstorm warning means a severe thunderstorm is occurring or will likely occur soon. If you are advised to take shelter, do so immediately.
Note, a severe thunderstorm refers to a thunderstorm producing winds of 58 mph or greater, 1-inch (quarter) sized hail or larger, and/or a tornado. Although lightning can be deadly, severe thunderstorm watches and warnings are not issued specifically for lightning.
- Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a thunderstorm.
- Know your lightning safety rules. For example, if you hear thunder or see lightning, go indoors. Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
- If thunderstorms are expected in your area, postpone outdoor activities.
- Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
- Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades, or curtains.
During a Thunderstorm:
- If there is a thunderstorm in the area, go quickly inside a home, building, or hard top automobile, if possible.
- If shelter is not available, go to the lowest area nearby.
- If on open water, get to land and shelter immediately.
- Listen to a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio or radio for the latest updates.
- Avoid taking a shower or a bath during a thunderstorm. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
- Do not use electrical items such as computers or television sets as power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
- A corded telephone should only be used in an emergency, but cordless phones and cell phones are safe to use.
Things to avoid include:
- Tall or isolated trees or other tall objects
Hilltops, open fields, the beach, a pool, a boat on the water, isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
Anything metal — wires, metal fences, tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.
After a Thunderstorm, remember to:
- Never drive through a flooded roadway. Turn around, don’t drown!
- Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of thunderstorms.
- Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately to your local power company.
If your home or business is damaged by a storm, please contact SERVPRO of Athens. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Athens property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.
For more information on thunderstorm safety, please visit http://ready.ga.gov/be-informed/thunderstorms-and-lightning/.
Keep Your Business Clean with SERVPRO of Athens!
SERVPRO of Athens understands the importance of keeping your business and office space looking clean. Whether it's a retail space, a professional business office, or a restaurant, SERVPRO of Athens has experienced professionals to get your workspace to look its very best.
SERVPRO of Athens offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:
- Air Ducts and HVAC
- Biohazard and Sewage
- Trauma and Crime Scene
- Carpet and Upholstery
- Drapes and Blinds
- Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
- Odor Removal and Deodorization
If you need a specialty cleaning in your business or office space, call SERVPRO of Athens today at (706) 549-3366.
SERVPRO of Athens Sponsors News in Education at Local School
SERVPRO of Athens is proud to be a sponsor of the News in Education program at Hull-Sanford Elementary School, which is located in Madison County. News in Education provides teachers with newspaper e-editions and useful, interesting, and innovative curriculum to enhance learning and help students meet the challenges of the future. Teachers receive newspaper e-editions and curriculum at no cost to them thanks to the support of the community and local business sponsors. SERVPRO of Athens is honored to serve the Athens community and to be able to support local students to be better prepare them for the future. SERVPRO of Athens takes pride in being an active member of the Athens community and is happy to support many organizations.
If you would like to learn more about News in Education, please visit https://www.nieonline.com/athens/.
Sewage Cleanup and Contaminated Water
The three types of contaminated water:
Category 1: "Clean Water"
Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.
- Water from a clean source like a broken water line
- If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3
Category 2: "Gray Water"
Category 2 water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.
- May contain bacteria and viruses
- Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated
Category 3: "Black Water"
Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
- May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
- Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup
Sewage cleanup must not be taken lightly. Serious long term health issues to adults, children and even pets may occur due to bacteria, viruses and even parasites. Don't delay. Take immediate action. Call SERVPRO of Athens today for a free estimate!
Athens, Clarke County Area 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service
SERVPRO of Athens 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! - (706) 549-3366
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 Athens 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 Athens
SERVPRO of Athens 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.