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All Businesses Deserve Exceptional Cleaning | SERVPRO of South Atlanta

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee in PPE prepping an area for cleaning Are you ready to have one of the cleanest businesses in Atlanta? Contact SERVPRO of South Atlanta for all your cleaning needs.

Homeowners know that after a disaster or accident, SERVPRO is who to contact for restoration services! But did you know that we help business owners, too?

SERVPRO of South Atlanta offers business owners the same restoration services that we provide to homeowners and we also offer specialized services specifically for businesses! Like helping you keep your facility clean and well represented.

Commercial Services for Businesses of Any Kind or Size

Business owners don’t need any additional things on their plates! That’s why we focus on making your facility beautifully clean and sanitized so you can keep your eye on keeping the business running smoothly. We help businesses of all kinds, including:

Retail facilities, such as specialty retail, malls and supermarkets. All kinds of businesses, no matter the size, deserve the same respect! And we are committed to providing everyone with the same high-quality service.

Educational facilities, such as athletic performance centers, daycares and schools. These types of facilities see a lot of people during their business hours, which is why cleanliness is essential. Studies show that only half of bacteria is removed from desks when students and teachers clean, and the numbers are much worse for items that don’t receive daily cleanings.

Health facilities, such as assisted living centers, hospice facilities and hospitals. It’s mandated that health facilities meet specific requirements for cleanliness, but with SERVPRO there to help, we not only meet them—we exceed them! We can ensure that we will go above and beyond the CDC standards as well.

Foodservice facilities, such as manufacturing and distribution centers, bakeries and restaurants. When food is involved, cleanliness is required. Take advantage of SERVPRO by letting us do the dirty work for you.

Property management, such as commercial complexes, apartment buildings and multi-level high rises. The lobby of such facilities is the face of the company! We provide exceptional environmental cleanliness and sanitation services.

Workplaces lose up to an astounding $260 billion per year in lost productivity from sick employees. We can help you get rid of germs and provide your employees with a clean and healthy work environment.

Find your local SERVPRO Cleaning & Restoration Service Provider...Click here!

*When you’re ready to be one of the cleanest businesses in Atlanta, the team a SERVPRO of South Atlanta is ready to help. Contact us at (404) 505-1760 to get the pros working on the cleaning so you can work on the work.

What are the Dangers Associated with Thunderstorms? | SERVPRO of South Atlanta

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

Stormy sky backdrop with SERVPRO of South Atlanta Logo SERVPRO of South Atlanta is here to help you recover and restore your property after storm damage. Call us today at 404-505-1760 for immediate help.

Thunderstorms are an extremely common weather occurrence, with about 100,000 happening in the United States every year. As anyone who has lived in Atlanta can attest to, thunderstorms can happen with some regularity, especially in the warmer months of the year where conditions are ripe for them to form. However, the fact that thunderstorms are common does not mean they are not dangerous. 

While most thunderstorms are fairly mild, severe storms can happen suddenly and cause a variety of safety concerns for anyone in their path. That is why it is so important to be aware of the dangers that are associated with thunderstorms so that you can be better prepared the next time one is in the forecast.

Why Are Thunderstorms Such a Dangerous Thing?

| Lightning Strikes are a Serious Hazard | Any time there is a thunderstorm present, there will be lightning involved—in fact, lightning is actually what causes thunder in the first place. This is part of the reason why lightning strikes are fairly common, and they can be quite dangerous. Lightning strikes cause Americans over 300 injuries every year, and in many cases, the damage they do can be deadly. Additionally, lightning can cause serious property damage such as fallen trees and household fires.

| Flash Floods are Often Deadly | Flash flooding can occur any time there are heavy rains, and they are often unpredictable. Overwhelmed storm drainage systems, rising bodies of water or poorly designed roads are often causes of flash flooding, which can put anyone near the area in harm’s way. It is vital to never walk or drive through a flooded area, as only a few inches of water can cause major dangers.

| Wind Damage Can Be Deadly | While tornadoes are an obvious danger, even severe storms without rotational activity can produce winds that are over 58 miles per hour. This can lead to flying debris and serious property damage, such as downed branches and even trees falling on the home. Before any large storm, be sure to secure any patio furniture or other objects that could become a projectile in a storm.


*If your Atlanta home has suffered storm damage during a recent storm, SERVPRO of South Atlanta can help. Get in touch with SERVPRO of South Atlanta today by calling (404) 505-1760 or visit www.SERVPROsouthatlanta.com for more information about our restoration services. We are your locally owned storm restoration franchise that has the backing of over a network of over 1,700 SERVPRO franchises. SERVPRO of South Atlanta can make your storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

Finding a Restoration Company You Can Trust | SERVPRO of South Atlanta

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

three green SERVPRO trucks lined up on a side street You can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line, SERVPRO of South Atlanta.

When something pops up unexpectedly, it can cause chaos in your home or business. Whether you have been affected by a natural disaster or an accidental fire, you will have to make a quick decision about who can help you get your home back to normal.

When it comes to choosing a restoration company, consider these questions before committing to one:

What Do Others Have to Say About Them? 

  • When disaster strikes, you may have someone show up at exactly the right time, offering the best solution for the best price. But if you haven’t done your research, there’s a big possibility that you are dealing with a scammer.
  • These people are known to show up, take your money, then never be seen or heard from again. Don’t let this happen to you!
  • At SERVPRO, we are no fly-by-night company. We have been involved in this industry for over 50 years. We have worked hard to earn a reputation where our customer’s feedback shows that we put customer needs first.

What Are Their Available Hours?

  • When disaster has taken over your home, you need to be sure that you have someone you can call who you know will get to you right away! When it comes to water damage or a fire, time is of the essence and it’s imperative to get to work immediately on restoration and repair.
  • That’s why we have people on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Because after being in the industry for over 50 years, we know that when you need help, you need it now!

Are They Supported by Others?

At SERVPRO of South Atlanta, we are locally owned and operated, which means that we have a team right here in Atlanta! We are always prepared with a team ready to act, but there are times in which there might be an abundance of damages and therefore we can’t do it alone. When our community is struck by disaster, we can call in a national network of support and resources. Once we put out a call for help, other locations across the country will be on the way to make storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

*When you call SERVPRO of South Atlanta, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line. When disaster hits home, contact us to get our local experts and nationwide network on your side.

Do You Know the Signs of Household Water Damage? | SERVPRO of South Atlanta

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

removing water damaged hardwood floors SERVPRO of South Atlanta is a 24-hour emergency service water restoration company. We have technician in the field 24/7 to better serve our community!

Water damage can mean a lot of things when it comes to the household. While water damage is often caused by obvious culprits, such as a flood or a leaking water pipe, there are also sneakier ways that water damage can creep into your Atlanta home that may not be quite as evident if you are not sure what to look for.

Water damage is an issue that should be addressed as quickly as possible, as it will only continue to worsen if left untreated. Therefore, it is important for homeowners to understand how to spot water damage, even if it is sneaky, so they can quickly have the issue addressed.

Read on for our top tips to keep in mind for spotting water damage quickly.

How to Identify Signs of Household Water Damage

| Pay Attention to How Things Smell | 

Homes carry a lot of odors through the air, and water damage is no exception. The smell of water damage is quite distinct once you know what to look for—caused by mold and mildew growth, it will often smell musty, stagnant and even a little bit sweet. If you notice this odor anywhere in your house, you may have water damage on your hands.

| Keep an Eye Out for Ceiling Stains |

If you notice a sudden splotch on your home’s ceiling, that is a clear sign that something is amiss. Brown or copper-colored ceiling stains are often sure indicators that something is leaking from above, whether that be the roof, a pipe that runs through the ceiling or a fixture in an upstairs bathroom or laundry room.

| Soft Spots in the Floors |

Often, water damage will not be evident on the floor, but it can begin to seep into the subfloor below and cause serious damage. Subfloor is designed to be rather absorbent, which means that it will soften and yield if water damage is present. This might lead to floors that feel a little extra soft, springy or spongey when walked on, which is another important thing to watch out for.

*If you suspect that your home has a problem with water damage, you can count on SERVPRO of South Atlanta to help. We are local to your area and are here to help 24/7. Contact SERVPRO of South Atlanta at (404) 505-1760 or visit www.SERVPROsouthatlanta.com for more information on residential water damage restoration.

Getting Ahead of Fall Fire Safety | SERVPRO of South Atlanta

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

a small campfire burning bright in the dark night Be mindful about fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of South Atlanta is the trusted leader in the restoration industry.

We still have a little bit of time before we feel the crisp cool evenings, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to look ahead and dream of cooler weather! Fall temperatures will be here soon enough. In the meantime, as you still get to enjoy evenings by the pool, take a look at a few fall safety tips.

Campfire Safety

Like you do on summer evenings, sitting by a bonfire of some sort can be relaxing during the cooler evenings of fall, too.

  • When getting prepared for any kind of campfire, you need to be aware and alert as to where you are going to build your fire. Make sure that it’s away from anything flammable, and only use dry wood or limbs to set it up.
  • When lighting your campfire, you should never resort to using an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid.
  • And like all good things, even campfires have to come to an end. Before you ever leave the campfire, ensure it’s completely extinguished and has been for a while.
  • You can make this happen a little faster by slowly dousing the fire with a bucket of water. The water can help ensure that all the embers are put out.

Space Heaters

While here in Atlanta we know that sometimes we can skip fall altogether, it can get chilly sometimes. Rather than starting up the entire heater, a portable space heater can become quite handy. But it’s important to take safety measures.

  • Space heaters have truly come a long way since they were originally introduced. They now usually come equipped with an automatic shut-off capability so that if they are knocked over or become too hot they will automatically shut off.
  • While this is great, it’s still in your best interest to stay aware and keep heaters away from heavily trafficked areas of the home and keep it settled on a level surface.

Halloween

Halloween is still a few weeks away, clearly the year sneaks by us quicker than we realize. While we will get into further discussion about this holiday (and others) in later blog posts, let’s quickly touch on why you need to be fire-aware. As you get ready to set out your fall and winter holiday décor, it’s important to remember the fire hazards that these items can create. Costumes, candles and décor can all be hazards if not used carefully.

*If your home should suffer fire or smoke damage, remember the trusted leader in the fire restoration and recovery industry...SERVPRO of South Atlanta. You can contact SERVPRO of South Atlanta at (404) 505-1760 to get your property fully restored, including odor removal that will make that annoying smoke smell “Like it never even happened."

When Water Lurks Where It Should Not | SERVPRO of South Atlanta

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

a leak in ceiling creating water lines running down an interior wall A water leak can turn into a big problem. Contact the SERVPRO of South Atlanta team if you are dealing with water damage...large or small!

Today the comforts of home are all around us and water is one of the things that makes life so much easier. Think of life before indoor plumbing and all the modern conveniences we take for granted. We have cold and hot water on demand, not to mention indoor bathrooms! But along with today’s conveniences, we also have to contend with potential water disasters.

Educating yourself about the systems of your home designed to reduce or eliminate the possibility of water getting outside of its designated location is a smart thing to do. Let’s look at a few of the most common sources of home water damage:

  • Sinks and Drains - Sinks and drains have multiple locations where water can escape. Supply lines into the faucets, sink adhesive and caulking, and the drain line from the sink are all locations where water can leak.
  • Garbage Disposals - Garbage disposals are a great invention and definitely increase the convenience factor in the kitchen. However, occasionally, they can leak. Over time, the connections can corrode and seals can break down. Check out these tips about why your garbage disposal may be leaking.
  • Downspouts and Gutters - Downspouts and gutters can cause great damage if they are not installed properly or become obstructed. Leaves and other debris caught in the gutters of a home can quickly destroy a roof. Water backs up under the edge of your roof and finds its way into the attic and down your walls, peeling paint, ruining drywall and rotting beams. Gutters should be sloped toward the downspout to ensure proper flow.
  • Vent Boots - The vent boot seals the plumbing vent pipes that protrude through the roof to vent sewer gases. These are designed to last about 15 years and should be inspected regularly for damage.
  • Septic Tank Solidification -  Over time, some septic tanks can solidify. Usually a professional will have to come out and empty the septic tank to get it back in working condition. If your home uses a municipal sewer system, this is one water disaster problem you are immune to.
  • Crawlspace Drainage and Moisture - Today, most crawlspaces are required to have a vapor barrier to help prevent condensation from forming because of the difference in ground temperature and the air. Keeping moisture from the crawlspace is key to preventing mold growth. While mold isn’t water damage, it’s a byproduct of “water where it shouldn’t be.”

All of these systems work together to keep your home free of water damage. Catching the signs of impending water damage early can help you avoid major repairs and associated bills.

If your home experiences a water leak, you’ve got the best water restoration team in the business on your side...SERVPRO of South Atlanta! Contact SERVPRO of South Atlanta today at (404) 505-1760 so we can get help on the way or visit www.SERVPROsouthatlanta.com for more information.

Why Cleaning Your Gutters Regularly is so Important | SERVPRO of South Atlanta

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

cleaning leaf filled gutters Whether its a roof leak from clogged gutters or a toilet backup water that floods your bathroom...SERVPRO of South Atlanta is here to help!

Cleaning your gutters is something that you may not think about all that often, but did you know that it is more than simply a household chore? Cleaning out your gutters as soon as they need it is a key way that you can prevent water damage to your Atlanta home by ensuring any rainfall is properly drained away.

By keeping up with this household task, you can be sure that you are not causing any unnecessary damage to your home and are doing what you can to prevent water damage from becoming a costly and complicated problem.

How Often Should I Clean My Gutters?

Typically, gutters should be cleaned every six months, which most homeowners do in the spring and fall seasons. However, if you have a lot of tree coverage around your home, you should be sure to check in on them more frequently—debris such as leaves and sticks getting caught in the gutters and downspouts are common causes of harmful clogs.

How Do Clogged Gutters Cause Household Water Damage?

  • Water Damage to Your Home’s Foundation | If your gutters are clogged to the point where they can’t drain water away fast enough during a period of rainfall, then the water will begin to spill over the sides—which would put it landing directly adjacent to your foundation. This can lead to serious water damage as the water may seep toward the foundation instead of being routed away from it.
  • Water Damage to Your Home’s Roof | If the water is allowed to sit inside of the gutters for an extended period of time, it can cause the edges of your home’s roof to begin to rot. Where theroof meets the gutter can be a vulnerable spot, and if water is allowed to seep in you may end up having to replace shingles and even the OSB boards underneath.
  • Water Damage to Your Siding | Clogged gutters can leak down the side of your home, putting an unnecessary amount of water onto your siding, window frames and door frames. This can lead to damage in the areas that are taxed the most, requiring you to replace them and fully repair the water damage before it worsens.

*If you need help with water damage, you can depend on SERVPRO of South Atlanta! Contact us today at (404) 505-1760 to learn more about the water damage services we offer and how we can help—we are here 24/7 to take your call.

We're Committed to Providing Outstanding Service | SERVPRO of South Atlanta

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

damaged furniture and other home items sitting outside of red brick house When you are dealing with any damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of South Atlanta is your local restoration expert.

We work hard every day in Atlanta to make sure things run smoothly...however, life doesn’t always work in our favor, and oftentimes life throws curve balls our way. Disasters happen, and when they do, all of your responsibilities get thrown by the wayside and new priorities take over.

You can count on us to help take some of that pressure off of you. Disaster recovery is what we know and what we do best.

Any Time, Any Day, Any Place

Disasters or accidents don’t typically happen at a time that works best for us...and as restoration specialists we know that. Which is why we have someone on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week so that we can jump when you call. We stay ready so that you don’t have to.

Quick Service

When disasters take over, you have to act fast, which is why we are here. Allowing damage to sit after a disaster can allow for more mold growth, more smoke smell or more water damage. Responding quickly is essential, and that’s why us being here in Atlanta can pay off for you. We can act fast.

"Like it never even happened."

We take pride in our work, and it’s imperative to make sure that our customers are satisfied with the work we do. We stay trained in recovery and restoration so that we can provide you with the most up-to-date services.

A Whole New World

Thanks to the pandemic, life has drastically changed and now people have a large focus on disease prevention. This is why we now offer a cleaning service that will go above and beyond the traditional janitorial services that others provide.

Businesses are going to have to provide a customized clean to prove to employees and customers that their health is a top focus. Accidents and disasters happen. But with SERVPRO on your side, you can focus on more important things and let the professionals take care of the restoration.

*As much as proactive planning can help, disasters happen. Regardless of why you need cleanup or disaster recovery, SERVPRO of South Atlanta has the tools, technicians and training to get your situation under control. When you need help, get in touch with SERVPRO of South Atlanta for the best service possible.

How to Stay Safe in the Event of Flooding | SERVPRO of South Atlanta

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

SUV driving through high water levels SERVPRO of South Atlanta is here to help restore your property if storm or flood damage happens. Give us a call at 404-505-1760 day or night!

An Atlanta flooding event is extremely concerning for multiple reasons. Not only is the initial damage to your home and property alarming, but floods can also cause major threats to the safety of you and your family for a variety of reasons. In fact, flooding is one of the leading causes of deaths related to severe weather, mainly due to how quickly floodwaters can move.

If you live in an area of Atlanta that is prone to flooding or you simply want to make sure you are prepared, it is important to understand all the dangers that flooding can present so you are aware of what precautions to take to keep yourself safe.

| What to Do if a Flood Is Possible |

If there is a flood watch or warning in your area, it is vital to begin taking precautions right away so you are prepared in case the flooding begins to impact you. Stay tuned into local weather authorities for current updates, and move to higher ground if you are in an area that commonly floods. Additionally, it is wise to fill up containers with water from your taps—in the event of widespread flooding, drinking water can become contaminated.

| What to Do During Flooding |

If it is safe to do so, it is wise to turn off your electricity, water and gas mains if flooding begins. Be sure to gather your emergency kit for your family in case you need to evacuate to higher ground. If you are in a vehicle, never attempt to drive over a flooded roadway and never attempt to cross flood water on foot. If you need to evacuate, local authorities should tell you what direction to head in.

| What to Do After a Flood |

After a flood, there are many different types of damages to take into account. Avoid coming in contact with floodwater, as it can be contaminated and potentially electrically charged. Additionally, check with local authorities before utilizing tap water, as it can become contaminated. Wait until you receive the green light from authorities before returning home if you have had to evacuate and do not come into contact with any objects that flood water has soaked.

*If you have flood damage, you can count on SERVPRO of South Atlanta to help you quickly. We are here 24/7 to assist you with the restoration process. Contact us today to learn more about our processes or to report damage.

Why Storms Increase During the Summer | SERVPRO of South Atlanta

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

a large bright lighting strike in a dark stormy sky If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of South Atlanta is ready to make things right again.

When you think of summer, you probably envision beautiful landscapes as the sun shines! You dream about that upcoming vacation with friends and family, but what most people don’t think about is stormy weather. Summer months in most places tend to get more rainy weather—the summer months are wetter than most. In Atlanta, there’s one thing we all know is a given, it’s HOT! When you combine that intense heat with moisture in the air (hello, humidity), it creates the perfect recipe for summer storms.

Stay Weather-Aware

Storms happen, and since they happen so often, it can be easy to overlook the fact that they can become serious. If you suspect that a storm is getting dangerous or is going to be dangerous, consider rearranging your plans.

While it’s a good idea to stay aware using weather apps or local news stations, it’s also a good idea to invest in an NOAA Weather radio. Even if your power goes out, a battery-operated weather radio can keep you in the know.

Flooding can be difficult to predict, but if a storm lingers for too long, it’s a big possibility that it can happen. Flooding not only can cause damage to homes or businesses but it can also create life threatening problems. If you think it’s going to flood, stay put until the weather has slacked off.

Dozens die every year from weather-related incidents, so you have to stay aware. Storms can become scary or deadly in a matter of minutes.

Other Tips for Storm Safety

If you see a flash of lightning, it’s imperative that you go indoors, and make sure kids are out of the pool. And even if lightning isn’t present, as long as you hear thunder, you should know that lightning is certain to follow. Lightning can cause death so you should make sure that even indoors, you stay away from windows and avoid baths or showers during these storms.

As we all know, stormy weather happens everywhere, so it’s smart to keep an emergency kit prepared for your family. Make sure to keep the kit in a safe and dry place, and ensure that the entire family knows where to find it.

If flooding occurs in your area, you should always stay on high ground and avoid flood waters at all cost. You should never attempt to cross through flooded roads, and you should avoid wading through moving water. It can easily knock you down or carry your car away.

*There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of South Atlanta is here to help and ready to make things right again.

”Like it never even happened.”