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3 Reasons to Avoid Driving During a Flood

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Standing muddy flood water in the street front and parking lots of two Commercial restaurants. This is a picture of the flash flood that occurred in one of our local communities Commerce,GA.

It can be frustrating to be stuck inside your house when it’s flooding in Athens, GA but it is important that you avoid driving in this situation. A flooded street may seem easy to handle, but it can be a risk to your safety. The following are just a few reasons why it is best to stay off the roads during a severe storm.

1. It can damage your vehicle 

One reason to avoid flooded roads is that it can cause serious damage to your vehicle. Your car is not made to be driven in water, so it does not have the necessary equipment to protect it. If water enters your engine, it can cause it to stop functioning correctly and leave you with massive repair bills. Areas of your car may rust, and electronic components can be ruined.

2. There may be hidden road damage

Even if you think the road looks safe, there might be something lurking beneath the water’s surface. A flooded street may be hiding potholes, tree branches and debris from the storm. Any of these could damage your car and make it more difficult for you to drive safely.

3. You could lose control of your car

Whether you have been driving for a few years or a few decades, you cannot be prepared for everything. Even a long history of driving experience is not enough to keep you safe during a flood. Moving water in a flooded street can easily sweep your car away and create an incredibly dangerous situation. Just a few inches of water can cause you to hydroplane and result in a crash.
One of the best travel tips for driving during a flood is simply not to do it. Stay put if possible and, once the water has receded, you can find a more comfortable place to stay while an emergency restoration company performs any necessary repairs on your damaged home.

Steps of a Storm Restoration Process

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Repairing extensive water damage is far more intensive than simply removing standing water and allowing the room to dry. That is why it is critical to hire a professional team to ensure every step of the storm restoration process is carried out precisely. You may not have the tools at your disposal to tear out damaged materials and dry porous items, so leave this work to the experts in Athens, GA.

1. Extraction

Before anything else can be done, the team needs to remove all water from the premises. Any furniture or other items will be removed too so that the proper equipment can be moved in. 

2. Removal

Once all the standing water is gone, the team can eliminate any wet materials. This typically involves cutting away the drywall. A professional will create a flood cut about 12 inches above the flood line. This step is even more essential if there is insulation located behind the wall that could have absorbed some of the moisture. A professional tear out helps remove any mold that could have developed. 

3. Drying

You can assist in the ventilation process by opening up all windows and setting up fans to help dry the room. The team may bring in a heavy-duty industrial fan to expedite the process. During the dry down, the team will also look at all items affected by the flood to see what can be salvaged and what will need to be tossed. Your team in Athens, GA will do everything possible to save all valuables, but there may be little hope for certain items. 

4. Restoration

The team can then install new drywall and insulation to make the room look as good as new. Make sure to ask about getting materials installed that are waterproofed and will remain resilient in case another flood occurs in the future. With the right materials, you may be able to avoid another tear out later. 

Drying underneath carpet

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

This is a drying method that we frequently use in order to save the carpet in homes.

When it comes to fire & water damage, or specialty cleanup needs, it’s the SERVPRO brand that comes to mind. Our TEAMS work endlessly to make sure our customers are happy, and have one objective in the aftermath of disaster, to make their loss "Like it never even happened."

No matter the job or the size, our SERVPRO teams are ready to handle any size loss. With our highly trained team and our pieces of equipment we will get the job complete.

We always try to restore the materials in your home instead of replacing. In this home, we were able to lift the carpet, remove the wet carpet pad, and treat the carpet as well as the sub floor with our EPA registered disinfectant. The carpet was able to be saved and re-used.

No matter the damage SERVPRO of Athens is ready 24/7. (706)549-3366

Difference between Mold VS Mildew

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Know the difference between mold vs mildew. How to determine which one you have?

We live in the south, in a humid environment. Everyone has mold in their house. Everyone.

Mold and mildew have a few common characteristics. They both like warm areas and spread easily. They live on various surfaces, from food to your shower. And of course, they are both types of fungi.

But they are very different when it comes to size, color and texture.

Mildew is a plant disease but it can thrive on any organic matter, not just living tissue. It can appear on clothing, leather, paper, walls, ceilings, and floor and even on your shower wall. It usually grows in a flat pattern in a white, gray or yellowish color. It will turn brown or black over time.

Mold is usually fuzzy and appears in irregular shaped spots. It also can appear in many different colors – blue, green, yellow, brown, gray, black, or white. Mold grows on organic matter everywhere but is only visible once the colonies grow.

While most mold is not toxic, prolonged exposure can cause a variety of health issues.

You can have it tested to determine what you have. Obviously the best course of action is to ask for professional assistance but you can easily identify which one it is with a little bit of household bleach.

Apply a few drops of bleach to the affected area. Wait about 5 minutes and inspect the spot. If it becomes lighter, you are dealing with mildew. If it remains dark, it is most likely mold.

The best and most efficient way to prevent mold and mildew in your house is to keep all areas dry and moisture free. Keep your air ducts clean and in good condition.

Do not try to remediate this yourself. Call our professionals contact SERVPRO of Athens at 706-549-3366 and we can help!

Storms and Your Home

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

A storm event can affect a home in multiple ways. You can have a water loss caused by flooding, a tree through the roof or even shingles being blown off. These situations can allow water to infiltrate your home. It’s important to deal the water in a timely manner, it can lead to mold.
Mold can start within the first 48-72 hours of a water loss. Sometimes that time frame is shorter if the climate cannot be controlled by your heating or air and it is very humid and warm out. Sometimes that time frame can go a little further if the home is conditioned or it is cold and dry temperatures outside. A storm event can be a continuous heavy rain or strong winds or even hail not just hurricane and tornadoes.
If you have water coming into your home and you are unsure if it was caused by a storm event or just need some advice, contact SERVPRO of Athens at 706-549-3366 . We are available 24/7 for any of your needs. 

Commercial Water Damage

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage to your commercial building can be as simple as outside flood water entering the front lobby of your building or as complex as a fire sprinkler discharging on the tenth floor of an office building.  We have extensive experience on all different types and sizes of commercial water losses.

Developing a Plan

As soon as we arrive onsite our number one priority is learning your main priority. Our professional technicians understand that you need to have your business up and running as soon as possible.  We also understand that as a business owner or manager you are having to deal with dozens of needs during a crisis: employees, inventory, technology, customers.  We need to understand your priority so that we can develop a plan that works for your business.

Large Loss Response Team

SERVPRO of Athens is a qualified Large Loss Response Team (LLRT).  Being named an LLRT team member means that we have been vetted for having the resources and experience to handle large commercial losses.  So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call, 706-549-3366, and we will be on our way with the help you need! 

SERVPRO and Your Business

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO blends customer service with accountability! We qualified to help when disaster strikes, making you their "hero" in their times of need.

We are here to make you look good.

There are many ways to ensure success as an insurance agent. Having a strong office staff, a company who pays claims in an ethical and timely manner, advertising, being involved in your community, and maintaining a positive relationship with your clients are just a few. SERVPRO knows how critical it is that every job goes as smooth as possible, ensuring your clients trust you time and time again when they need help.  We are trained to reduce the lost time and mitigate the damages as quickly as possible. Whether it’s fire, water, mold or any other cleanup; we are here to help, 24 hours a day.

Our team members are available for direct cellular calls 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. You earn your client’s loyalty by providing timely solutions. You provide help in a time of need. Instead of offering a call center solution, our team members are available to take the call on their business line! We will personally call your client back, offer a listening ear, and take away some of the fear they are experiencing.

Having a relationship with SERVPRO and our team of highly trained professionals has many benefits. We will ensure help arrives quickly (following our 1-4-8 time commitment), and our production team will help your clients regain control of their lives by treating them with respect, courteousness and working hard to get the job done correctly the first time. There are no unwelcome surprises with SERVPRO. Calling direct reduces wait times. The faster SERPVRO's team can arrive onsite to perform the cleanup, the better the results.

That’s the SERVPRO difference. Contact us at the SERVPRO of Athens  at 706-549-3366. We are always here to help!

Colbert 4th of July Parade!

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Athens loves giving back to the community!!  July 4, 1970 marked the beginning of 50 consecutive years of the Independence Day Celebrations in Colbert, Georgia, then called the "July 4th Homecoming." This year those in attendance include Gov. Brian Kemp, State Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, and numerous other community programs and businesses. Everyone who joined this year's 50th year of celebration and made this a real "Colbert Homecoming" to remember our heritage and "Honored our Roots" with Family, Farms, and Friends. 

We had the pleasure of attending the 50th Anniversary of the Colbert Parade by riding along in our decorated vehicles throwing candy and soaking attendees with numerous water guns. SERVPRO of Athens marched behind the horses cleaning up the streets “Like it never even happened.” 

Preventing a Fire….

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Here are some of our top tips for preventing a fire.

  • Teach everyone in the house basics of fire safety and how to prepare for a fire.
  • Only smoke outside of your home.
  • Prep your outdoor area before having a fire by spraying everything down. Don’t start a fire outdoors if you live in a relatively dry climate. Spraying down the outside area is important in case sparks land outside of the fire pit.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking.
  • Make sure you install fire alarms and smoke detectors.
  • Keep all matches and lighters out of reach of children and in a safe place.
  • Learn about electrical fires as they are entirely different.
  • Keep all flammable items at least 3 feet away from anything that gets hot.

What to do in a fire!

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

To protect yourself, home, and loved ones, follow the fire safety guide below so that you’re prepared!

  1. Plan an escape route. Start by drawing a map of your home including doors, hallways, and windows. Identify any main emergency exits. Come up with your primary escape route and then a few alternate routes in case one is blocked. Test your escape route out by having a fire drill with your family to better prepare yourself and loved ones.
  2. If you can, extinguish the fire. Call the fire department the moment you identify a fire but also assess if you can put it out. Just make sure that if there is too much smoke or heat, get yourself to safety.
  3. Don’t panic.
  4. Test doorknobs. If you feel heat, it is probably not safe to enter.
  5. Humans and pets first – belongings second. Resist the urge to grab your laptop or other valuables and rescue all living as they are not replaceable. Rank the family in order of who needs most help. If you have the time go back and get your important documents such as birth certificate, marriage certificates, and photos.
  6. Stop, drop, and roll. Smoke and heat are often more dangerous than the actual flames. Smoke rises, so the best breathable air is going to be lower to the ground. When you see heavy smoke, drop to the floor and crawl to the nearest exit. Use a piece of clothing or even a towel over your nose to filter the smoke.
  7. Don’t use the elevator.
  8. Get out and don’t go back.