What to Do When Severe Weather Becomes a Threat | SERVPRO of South Atlanta
If you have storm damage in your home, you can depend on SERVPRO of South Atlanta for restoration assistance.
Though severe weather is a common occurrence, it can always be a dangerous one. When the heat and humidity of a Georgia summer come together, it can quickly create the ideal fuel for a severe storm to develop—in many cases, in a very sudden and surprising way.
Even outside of the summer season, severe weather can occur anywhere and at any time, so it is vital to be prepared.
While some storms provide more warning than others, it is important to always know what to do when severe weather becomes a threat. That way, when the risk begins, you and your loved ones will know exactly what to do. Because these severe events can come about suddenly, it is best to prepare in advance so you never get caught off-guard by the threat of a storm.
How to React When Severe Weather Becomes a Threat
Stay tuned into local weather updates
One of the best things you can do in the event of severe weather is to stay informed about the current situation. Weather conditions can change rapidly, so it is best to find a trusted local source to tune into so you can stay aware of watches, warnings and other pertinent severe weather updates. Having two ways to get alerts, such as your cell phone and an NOAA weather radio, is also advised.
Have a sheltering plan in place
Because severe weather can come about quickly, do not wait until it is a threat to have a plan in place. Make sure you know where to seek shelter, both when you are at home or away from home, so you know what to do as soon as severe weather threatens your area.
Communicate with your loved ones
If you are not with your loved ones at the time that severe weather becomes a threat, make sure to communicate with them so that everyone can stay safer. If you have children who are away from home, give them clear instructions on what to do until the threat passes. After the storm, check in with everyone so you can be certain you are all safe.
If you have storm damage in your home, you can depend on SERVPRO of South Atlanta for restoration assistance. Get in touch with us 24/7 to learn more about our storm damage restoration process. Call (404) 592-9634 or contact us online.
How Water Damage Progresses Over Time | SERVPRO of South Atlanta
No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of South Atlanta has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.
Take a look around your home. Do you notice anything that seems out of place? Perhaps you spot a small water spot on the ceiling.
It may seem like a minor issue with little connection to the rest of your home. However, small water issues like this or even a leaky faucet can cause catastrophic damage over time.
An average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year, and you never know exactly where that water is traveling to in your home.
Water damage progresses rapidly, seeping into floors, walls and soft surfaces. That’s why it is crucial to address the issue right away to produce the best results.
Here’s what you need to know about the timeline of water damage:
In the First 24 Hours
When you live in a house, there is a one in four chance of a flood damaging it within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. Knowing what to do next is essential.
The first 24 to 48 hours after flooding or water damage in your South Atlanta home are crucial. Certain items will immediately fall victim to water’s disastrous effects.
This could include anything from personal belongings like books and photographs to soft furnishings and upholstery. All of these items are especially prone to warping and ruin. Additionally, mold can begin to develop within this timeframe. That’s why it’s important to act swiftly.
SERVPRO’s expertise and “restore vs. replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. If any materials cannot be successfully restored, this will be communicated to you. These materials are typically removed as soon as possible to expedite the drying of all restorable materials.
Within the First Week
We want to tackle the water damage in your home as soon as possible because within the first 24 hours, water damage will already be taking hold of your home. Mold can spread like wildfire with excessive moisture, and as mold sets in, it can damage your home’s structure.
Additionally, porous surfaces, such as wood surfaces and walls, will become increasingly compromised, and metal surfaces will start corroding.
After One Week
The best approach is to avoid letting moisture sit in your home because water damage progresses so quickly and some of the effects may be irreversible.
As time goes on, the costs and efforts required to restore the structure will increase significantly, and the risks associated with structural damage are greater.
How SERVPRO Will Help
SERVPRO’s restoration process begins with the first call, preferably within the first 24 hours. Service work normally starts with a thorough extraction of water. This helps prevent the spread of water in the structure and reduces drying time.
Mostly likely, floors, furniture and other belongings will require cleaning, sanitizing and deodorization. After the bulk of the water has been removed, our specialists will use industry-leading drying equipment to remove the water and moisture you can’t see.
After these initial steps, your home may need construction work to get your property back to its preloss condition. This step could include minor repairs or rebuilding entire areas of your home.
We can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. SERVPRO will keep you up to date on every step and have you back in your home or business in no time.
Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO of South Atlanta has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Call (404) 592-9634 or Contact us 24⁄7 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.
Why SERVPRO Is the Right Choice for All Your Restoration Needs | SERVPRO of South Atlanta
Choosing a partner in restoration before disaster strikes is a good idea. SERVPRO of South Atlanta is here to help!
Discovering that you need restoration to your home or business is far from a welcome surprise. There are many things that can cause damage to a structure, but whether you are dealing with the aftermath of a kitchen fire, damage due to a severe storm, a flood due to a burst pipe or something else entirely, it is not something that anyone wants to experience.
As with all unpleasant occurrences, the best time to plan for these types of incidents is far before they happen—which is why choosing a restoration partner well in advance is a good idea. If you know who you want to work with for restoration, you can make a call quickly when you discover damage and have issues addressed rapidly.
Below, we will look at how SERVPRO of South Atlanta can be your restoration partner for any type of damage.
Why to Choose Us for Residential and Commercial Restoration?
We are here 24/7: No matter what day of the week you call us or what hour of the day, you can be confident that you will receive a rapid response from us. When you have damage on your hands, every moment matters, especially when it comes to preventing further damages from arising. That is why we are here 24/7, 365 days a year to handle your damages promptly.
We can handle all types of damage: We are capable of handling a variety of damages, which is helpful as these things are rarely a simple black and white scenario. For example, fire damage is often coupled with water damage, while flooding can cause structural issues—but that is fine by us, as we handle it all. Regardless of what you need at your home or business, we are ready to help.
We care about the community: As a locally owned and operated business, we are members of the community as much as we are a business in it—and that is why we are so passionate about helping out. We have the backing of our national brand to scale our services up and down as needed, but we are also local to the area and understand what is unique about the South Atlanta community.
If you have residential or commercial damage, get in touch with SERVPRO of South Atlanta today! Call (404) 592-9634 or contact us here 24/7 to provide you with a rapid response.
You May See These Types of Floods in Your Community | SERVPRO of South Atlanta
Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO of South Atlanta has the team to help you recover from any disastrous event.
Of all the natural disasters, flooding is the most common in the world, and it claims more lives in the United States per year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning. Flooding takes its toll on everything from individual homes to wide swaths of communities and cities.
Flooding affects all 50 states and every U.S. territory. However, there are similarities in types and causality among all them. In general, there are three types of flooding, which happen for four reasons.
3 Types of Natural Flooding
Flash floods are common, and they happen when heavy rain passes or sits over an area and overwhelms the ability of the ground to contain the moisture. Excess water runs off and takes garbage cans, cars and more with it.
River floods are exactly what they sound like. When there’s too much water for a river’s banks to hold, the water spills over the sides and causes destruction.
Coastal floods happen in areas next to large bodies of water, when storm surges or cyclonic activity causes ocean or gulf levels to rise to flood levels.
The 4 Most Common Causes of Natural Flooding
Heavy rainfall. Storms with excessive rainfall, or storms that sit and rest over an area for an extended period can cause flash floods or river flooding. Urban areas are more at risk for flooding because the higher percentage of concrete and asphalt means there’s a lack of soil to soak up all the water. In September 2009, catastrophic flooding hit the Atlanta Metropolitan area after multiple days of heavy rainfall. At its worst, the National Weather Service estimated 10 to 20 inches of rain fell in less than 24 days. Over 20,000 homes and businesses sustained major damage, and the damages totaled around $500 million. Ten people also lost their lives in the historic flooding.
Oceanic activity. Storm surges, hurricanes and rising tides can cause water levels to rise in waves, which can invade coastal communities and wreak havoc.
Dams and levees failing. The most notable example of this in recent history would be the disastrous levee breaks during 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Levees and dams fail when cracks occur or excess pressure overtakes the dam’s ability to contain the surge of water behind it.
Snowmelts and ice dams. In areas of the country where heavy snow and prolonged freezing temperatures are common, snow and ice can build up over a winter’s time, and when they start to melt, they cause rivers of water to flow through area communities. Ice dams or ice jams happen when rivers become blocked by built-up ice being carried downstream, causing the banks to overflow.
Regardless of the cause of the flooding , SERVPRO of South Atlanta has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime online or call (404) 592-9634 when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life. SERVPRO of South Atlanta’s 24/7 Emergency Service will make it like it never even happened.
Why Do House Fires Occur? | SERVPRO of South Atlanta
Take a look at the most common ways Atlanta house fires can occur.
House fires are extremely dangerous for a multitude of reasons. Not only do they cause significant amounts of damage, but they can also cause injuries and fatalities to those caught in their path—and often, they come about suddenly, requiring a rapid reaction time. Fires are also traumatic events, and can disrupt the lives of everyone in the household.
Because house fires are so common (totaling nearly 500,000 in 2020), there is a lot of information out there about why they occur. By understanding what causes house fires, it is our hope that it will be much easier to understand how they can be prevented and what hazards to look out for in your own home.
Why House Fires Happen
There are a variety of reasons why house fires occur, but today we will be looking at their most common causes so you know what to be aware of. While this list is far from comprehensive, it can help identify things around the home that are potentially hazardous.
Hazardous Cooking Techniques
Cooking is the leading cause of house fires year over year, and while many of us likely do it on autopilot, it is important to remember that using any type of heat source can lead to a fire. Simple errors, such as laying a dishcloth too close to a stove or neglecting to clean out the crumb tray of your toaster, can lead to major kitchen fires in an instant.
Electrical Outlet Overload
Electricity is a leading cause of fires, and considering how many electronics most people have in their homes, this is no surprise. Plugging too many things into a wall outlet can easily cause overheating, which is why extension cords should always be used with caution. Additionally, frayed cables can cause sparks which can lead to flames, and should be replaced immediately.
Candles are a staple of most homes, but leaving them unattended can quickly allow flames to spread throughout the home. Always keep flammable objects well away from candles, and never leave them burning if they will be unattended.
If you have fire damage in your home, SERVPRO of South Atlanta is the team to call. Get in touch with us 24/7 to learn more about our fire restoration services or to report your damages. SERVPRO of South Atlanta is here to help with your residential fire cleanup and restoration needs at (404) 505-1760.
Your Hidden Business Partner | SERVPRO of South Atlanta
SERVPRO of South Atlanta is your local commercial restoration expert. Contact us today if you experience any damage or require restoration services.
As a manager or owner of an Atlanta business, you are well aware of the difficulties inherent in ensuring operations run smoothly. It’s understandable that you’ll need every possible hand on deck to keep things afloat. Businesses like yours are often forced to permanently shut their doors as a result of downtime or losses caused by a property damage event.
When your company needs cleanup and restoration services, it already has a loyal business partner in Atlanta on deck and ready to be of service. SERVPRO of South Atlanta has the training, equipment and expertise to handle a wide variety of commercial cleaning and restoration requirements. It’s as if you had a committed companion looking after an entire aspect of your operations.
Here’s what we mean:
- Large Loss Recovery - Fires, storms and flooding are among the most frequent causes of financial loss for businesses throughout the country, and they have the potential to cause considerably more damage if swift action is not taken. When you call SERVPRO of South Atlanta, you are interacting with a team of trained professionals who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to deliver proven emergency services and aid you in recovering your footing quickly after a disaster.
- Emergency Ready Plan - If your company is prepared, restoration can begin before a tragedy occurs. We can assist you in determining the most effective response by designing an Emergency Ready Plan that will be implemented immediately when you need it. You might need an emergency chain of command, alternative meeting or workplaces, or a number of other needs during a crisis, and we’ll set you up with a simple button press that begins all of these preparations.
- Cleaning of All Kinds - We have a cleaning solution for any case, from trauma scene cleanup and safe biohazard removal to general needs like carpet and upholstery cleaning and restoration. We’ve been in this industry a long time and have seen and cleaned just about anything.
- Restoration Services - Flash floods from a bad storm can sweep through. Interns may unintentionally start a fire. Water damage may occur as a result of a broken water main. All of these situations need cleaning and restoration, which is our specialty. You can count on us to restore the spark to your business after a property damage incident.
- Industry Specialization - We are able to assist any company since we have spent decades gaining an understanding of each industry’s unique needs. We are equipped to handle any cleaning or restoration needs your company may have, no matter how unusual or particular they are.
*Whatever your recovery needs may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO of South Atlanta to get the job done. Contact us at (404) 505-1760 today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or visit www.SERVPROsouthatlanta.com to find out how we can serve your business.
Planning a Fire Escape Plan for the First Time | SERVPRO of South Atlanta
SERVPRO of South Atlanta is here to help Atlanta homeowners when fire damage strikes. Call us 24/7 at 404-505-1760 for restoration & cleanup services.
If you have not yet come up with a fire escape plan for your Atlanta household, now is the time. Having a plan in place for escaping a fire is extremely important—once flames start to spread, you will typically only have about two minutes to escape.
Because fires are frightening events, knowing what to do well in advance is the best way to ensure that you and your loved ones will be able to get out in time.
It can be difficult to know where to begin if you have never thought about your fire escape plan, but we are here to help. Below, we have listed out some key considerations so you can be certain that you have all your bases covered as you work to keep your Atlanta household fire safe.
What to Consider When Planning Your First Fire Escape Plan
| Who is in your household? |
- Every household has different needs, so it is important to consider your unique situation from the beginning. For example, if you have young children or pets, your fire escape plan will look different than someone living on their own. Consider who in your household may need help escaping, and be sure to have a plan in place accordingly.
| What is your home’s layout? |
- It is important that you have two exits from every area of the home to account for fires starting from different areas and spreading in different ways. Draw out a blueprint of your home and mark every exit on the map—that way, you will know if areas have an adequate amount and can remedy the situation if they do not. Emergency escape ladders can often be useful for second-floor bedrooms that do not have roof access.
| What are your risk factors? |
- While fires can break out in unpredictable ways, understanding your unique risk factors can help you know where to focus your planning efforts. For example, if you cook a lot, preparing extensively for a kitchen fire is wise. Additionally, if you use space heaters, candles or other risky objects around the home, consider where these are placed in order to determine your risk factor.
*If your Atlanta home has been damaged due to a house fire or suffered smoke damage, you can count on SERVPRO of South Atlanta to help. We offer 24/7 emergency restoration and cleanup services and can start the restoration process as soon as we arrive on site—contact us today at (404) 505-1760 or visit www.SERVPROsouthatlanta.com to learn more about our fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup services.
The Range of Severe Weather in the U.S. | SERVPRO of South Atlanta
Extreme temperature changes can lead to the possibility of severe weather. SERVPRO of South Atlanta is a click away if you experience any damage.
The United States is one of the world’s biggest countries. That being said, in a country of this size, seasonal weather is highly varied throughout such a large area—different sections of the nation encounter a range of weather patterns, resulting in a variety of weather threats.
As spring approaches and warm and cold air masses meet throughout the country, let’s examine the different weather patterns that may be predicted nationwide, as well as what we can expect here in Georgia.
In the spring, the Pacific Northwest is prone to heavy rain, which may result in floods and water damage. At higher altitudes, snow will continue to build, and its melting and runoff will cause issues of its own.
The chill of winter lasts the longest in the Upper Midwest and Northeast, where frigid conditions will linger throughout the season. Residents from Maine to the Dakotas should brace themselves for very low temperatures and the prospect of snow and cold weather, even into the spring season.
The Southwest, in particular, will need to be alert for extreme heat waves that might damage lives and property.
Windstorms, derechos and the threat of wildfires, which spread easily in strong winds and dry seasons, will be a hazard for the central United States, from Iowa to Texas. Tornado Alley is a section of this region that is prone to severe storms and tornadoes.
Finally, the Southeast, including here in Atlanta, may see a range of severe weather. Thunderstorms are widespread in Georgia, especially during the spring and summer, and often produce heavy rains that can result in serious flooding for landlocked regions. Then you also have to consider the threat of dangerous rip currents and early-season hurricanes along the coast later in the spring.
* Extreme weather is a real threat across the United States, regardless of where you live. While yours may differ from a friend who lives a few states away, it is always wise to be prepared. If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO of South Atlanta at (404) 505-1760 for fast, expert recovery or visit www.SERVPROsouthatlanta.com for more information on storm damage restoration and cleanup services.
Why Every Business Should Have an Emergency Action Plan | SERVPRO of South Atlanta
SERVPRO of South Atlanta can help your business recover after smoke and/or fire damage. Call us 24/7 because we are faster to any size disaster.
When you think about keeping your workplace safe, you likely consider things like security alarms and doing regular maintenance—but have you stopped to consider how important an emergency action plan can be? Not only is a plan like this required by OSHA in many instances, but it is also something that can keep you and your staff much safer.
In the event of an incident such as a workplace fire, flood or other emergency scenario, being able to quickly and effectively get to safety is a must. Below, we will be taking a look at several of the reasons why an emergency action plan is important for any business owner.
Why You Should Have an Emergency Action Plan at Your Business
Panic can Cloud People’s Judgment | If an emergency situation such as a fire occurs, it can be a panic-inducing event. Many people have never experienced something like this before, and its frightening nature can cloud people’s judgment in the moment. However, if everyone has been trained on the evacuation plans and procedures, they are more likely to remember exactly what to do in this type of scenario so they can get to safety.
The Authorities can be Alerted More Quickly | Part of your emergency action plan should include having a designated person call 911 if it is appropriate to do so. That way, there is no confusion regarding who should be getting in touch with authorities and they are contacted as soon as possible in order to quickly address the issue. In an instance such as a fire in your commercial space, this quick response can make all the difference in regard to how much damage is sustained.
Everyone can Evacuate More Safely | Oftentimes, quick evacuations lead to panicked crowds trying to crowd exits or trample one another trying to get to safety. If everyone is trained on the evacuation procedure, they will know where all the exits are (to avoid crowding in one or two spots) and will know exactly where to go in the event of an emergency to avoid any confusion or chaos during an otherwise frightening event.
*If you have an emergency scenario at your business that results in damages, SERVPRO of South Atlanta can help. We are your go-to team for any commercial restoration needs—contact us today at (404) 505-1760 or visit www.SERVPROsouthatlanta.com to learn more.
Is Your Business Prepared to Bounce Back After Disaster? | SERVPRO of South Atlanta
If the day comes where your business is hit with disaster or emergency, you can rest assured SERVPRO of South Atlanta will be there to help.
When you run a company, you may end up working more hours than you anticipated. With all that you’re responsible for, it becomes more than a full-time job...You manage a workforce, pay employees, keep up with a constantly changing environment, compete in the market, innovate, establish a strong internet presence and so much more. It’s like attempting to walk a tightrope all day, every day.
Businesses are busy places, and it is no surprise that some important tasks like disaster preparedness might slip the mind. But a single setback can quite likely permanently change a company’s course.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40% of small businesses never reopen following a natural disaster, and another 25% of those that do open close within a year.
Given the recent shutdowns as well as concerns about the future, companies need to have a well thought out crisis response strategy in place now more than ever. And yet 75% of small businesses don’t have a natural disaster response strategy in place, and this has to change.
SERVPRO of South Atlanta is available to help Atlanta and Fulton County companies build an Emergency Ready Plan. We can design an emergency plan that is suited to your unique environment by conducting a comprehensive examination of your individual needs and concerns.
We’ll cover everything from workplace fires to data recovery and backup so you can just hit “go” and the plan will go into effect immediately, minimizing downtime and long-term cost. We can produce a comprehensive strategy to help you and your teams operate together, including everything from the chain of command to alternative suppliers, workspaces and everything in between.
Take caution not to hinder your company’s progress by failing to plan for disasters. Contact your local SERVPRO professionals if you need assistance developing an Emergency Ready Plan.
*When your business is ready to prioritize planning and safety to prevent extended downtime, contact SERVPRO of South Atlanta at (404) 505-1760 or visit www.SERVPROsouthatlanta.com to get the Emergency Ready Plan underway from the folks who know all there is to know about disaster and recovery.