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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!

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.” 

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

As the holiday season approaches, SERVPRO of Athens wants to help you and your family have a happy and safe holiday. Fire damage is not something that is at the top of your mind during this time, but it’s important to remember some easy suggestions in order to ensure your family’s safety. The American Red Cross has provided the following tips to prevent any fire damage and to make sure you have a safe and joyous holiday!

  • Cooking and Baking: No holiday celebration would be complete without a feast, but be sure to take precautions against kitchen fires when you’re cooking and baking. That includes keeping children and flammable items such as grocery bags and kitchen towels away from the stove and oven. Clean up greasy spills as you go to remove another fire hazard. If you’re deep frying a turkey, keep the fryer well away from structures and trees, make sure your turkey is fully thawed, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your fryer
  • Christmas Trees: Old fashioned Christmas celebrations featured wax candles on live tree branches – inside homes! Today we know better, but risks still remain. If your family prefers real trees, be sure to water yours every day because dry needles and wood catch fire more easily. Go ahead and use many strings of light, but don’t plug more than 3 strings into each other (opt for a power strip instead). Discard light strings that are worn or broken. And be sure to always unplug the lights before leaving the house or going to sleep.
  • Fireplaces: Nothing takes the chill off winter holidays like the light and heat of a fire on your hearth. Just be sure to keep “fuel” – from wrapping paper to rugs to clothing – at least three feet away from the flames. Use a fire screen to keep embers and logs from escaping. Lastly, make sure all embers are fully extinguished before you turn in for the night.

If you experience any fire damage, please give SERVPRO of Athens a call today at (706) 549-3366.

For more information, please visit https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/holiday-fire-safety.html

Cleaning Services in the Athens, Georgia Area

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that we offer general cleaning services? SERVPRO of Athens offers structural cleaning for a wide variety of issues including animal or nicotine odors, residues from cooking or smoke damage from a fire. SERVPRO of Athens cleans ceilings, walls, floors, light fixtures, cabinets and much more. We specialize in deep cleaning and offer cleaning solutions for any size need including post-construction cleaning and rental property cleaning. We also offer ozone and thermal fogging for odor remediation needs.

Air Duct cleaning is another SERVPRO service that is often needed in conjunction with structural cleaning. In the event of a smoke damage we can apply a sealant to the inside of your ductwork to further prevent odor after cleaning. Let a member of our SERVPRO staff meet with you to give you a free no obligation estimate and help you determine the best cleaning solution for you. When you need detailed cleaning at your home or business call your local cleaning professionals at SERVPRO of Athens.

Call SERVPRO of Athens today to schedule your estimate for a wide variety of cleaning services!  706-549-3366

FREE Cleaning Estimates!!

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Athens offers free cleaning estimates on a wide array of both commercial and residential cleaning services. You can have a SERVPRO of Athens Representative come to your home or business to give you a free, no obligation estimate on cleaning services by calling our office to schedule an appointment.

Our in person estimates allow us to customize your service by informing you of all of the service options available to best suit your cleaning needs. We will take the time to answer any questions you may have about your cleaning and scheduling options. If you would like to know more about the representatives that can give you a free estimate head over to the Our Employees page to meet our friendly Sales staff.

Call us today at 706-549-3366 to schedule your free estimate on any of our cleaning services including:

  • Carpet cleaning
  • Upholstery cleaning
  • Drapery cleaning
  • Tile and grout cleaning
  • Air Duct cleaning

40 Years in Business

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

Our 40 Year Anniversary is coming soon! SERVPRO of Athens has proudly served Athens and the surrounding areas for almost 40 years as a locally owned and operated franchise. Owners Peter and Claudia Wood are active in the day to day operations and enjoy being able to offer a valuable service that you can rely on when your most valuable asset is affected by a water or fire damage. 

Peter and Claudia are active in the local community as members of the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce and their church. Peter often consults with customers to help guide them through the mold remediation or water damage process. Claudia oversees many aspects of operations including the office and sales departments.

SERVPRO of Athens hopes to enjoy many more years as your local trusted resource for home or business. We will strive to make every home or business damage "Like it never even happened" thanks to our dedicated staff of restoration pros who live and work right here in our community. Thank you for 40 great years Athens!

SERVPRO of Athens Employee Spotlight: David Chance

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

David Chance

In 2002, David Chance launched into SERVPRO of Athens as a Production Crew Chief. He then moved into the position of Sales and Marketing Manager utilizing his “gift of the gab” and worked towards his current position as Production Manager.  David wears many hats and is the glue to our foundation.  While he is rarely in the office his time here is used to generate estimates, update adjusters and customers, and drive the office staff batty all while enjoying a handful of Cheez-Its. 

While out in the field, you can find David under or inside a home inspecting for mold, water, and fire damage. He also enjoys property routes and meeting with property managers to create and maintain relationships in our community.  David holds many IICRC certifications including the Applied Microbial Remediation Technician certification.  He also holds a Bio-Recovery certification.

David is a valued employee at SERVPRO of Athens! Thank you for your dedication!

Water Restoration Process

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Imagine waking up in the wee hours of the morning stepping out from your bed onto squishy wet carpet!  The toilet had been running for hours.  You stop the water source but what do you do next?  Call SERVPRO of Athens of course!  But what comes next?  What do we do?  This is an outline of what to expect during a water damage service:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Call SERVPRO of Athens 706-549-3366 we answer the phone ready to help. SERVPRO of Athens does not have an automated call center!  We have trained professionals to answer your call. Expect to tell them your name, phone number, and address. 

Step 2: Inspection

Our technician will arrive onsite to scope the damage by identifying the water source, the type of water, and survey the extent of the water damage.

Step 3: Water Extraction

With the use of water removal equipment such as truck-mounted vacuums or pumps, we quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your property. During this process we also inspect the materials that may need to be removed for proper drying of the structure. 

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home or business. We’ll carefully monitor the progress using moisture meters until the materials return to acceptable drying goals.

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

SERVPRO of Athens specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. Some of our restoration tools include carpet cleaning, deodorization, and sanitizing treatments.

Step 6: Restoration

Restoration, the final step, is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.