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Prepping for Wildfires Using Defensible Space | SERVPRO of South Atlanta

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

a gated long brown pebble driveway tucked next to a large brick home If your home is damaged by fire or water loss event, SERVPRO of South Atlanta is ready and able to restore your property to preloss condition.

We have all seen the animated bear who encourages you to do your part in helping prevent forest fires. And it’s important, because wildfires happen and create or cause property damage for many people all over the United States. It’s important to do our parts in saving our communities but also our own homes.

Our world is made up of so many combustible materials that wildfires are becoming quite common, and we are lucky to ever stop them at all. We can do our part by doing something as simple as being more careful. But you can also take more decisive steps by practicing fire prevention strategies such as defensible space.

Defining Defensible Space

Defensible space is a barrier that you can help create around your home. While we don’t realize it, there are many things around our homes that can help fuel wildfires, so it’s important to use responsible planting and pruning practices and to incorporate items such as flame-resistant gravel to help lower your risk.

This defensible space is needed to help stop or slow the spread of wildfire as it becomes a threat to your property. By creating a defensible space, you give firefighters their best chance of stopping a wildfire before it takes over your home.

In some states that are particularly wildfire-prone, such as those on the West Coast, defensible space is legally required. In Georgia, it’s not required, but it’s an excellent idea.

Wildfires on the Rampage

California is widely known for their wildfires that seem to take over at times, but truly wildfires happen often and they can happen anywhere. There were over 59,000 wildfires across the United States in 2020. California did account for 10,000+ of those, but the average number of wildfires per state in 2020 was right under 1,000. Here in Georgia, we had 1,699 wildfires last year, burning 5,677 acres of land.

Anything that we can do to help prevent or quell the spread of wildfire must be done. Defensible space is one more way that we can do our part.

*If your home is damaged by fire of any sort, wild or not, SERVPRO of South Atlanta is ready and able to repair the damage caused. Get in touch today at (404) 505-1760 to get the SERVPRO of South Atlanta pros on your team.

Does Your Business Have Insurance Coverage for a Natural Disaster? | SERVPRO of South Atlanta

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

water damage coverage for natural disasters Call SERVPRO of South Atlanta 24-hours a day at 404-505-1760 or visit www.SERVPROsouthatlanta.com for more information on storm damage restoration.

When you invest in an Atlanta business, you are investing in both your livelihood and your happiness—especially if your concept is something you are truly passionate about. However, in the event of a natural disaster, your future plans can easily be derailed if you do not have the proper insurance coverage to protect your investment.

While many business owners assume that their commercial insurance policy is enough to protect them from harm, that is unfortunately not always the case. A commercial insurance policy will generally cover some aspects of the damage, but often, the cost of rebuilding can far exceed the physical damage repair.

It is important to do a thorough review of your business coverage, and consider making some additions to your policy accordingly.

Smart Types of Insurance Coverage for Businesses

| Commercial Flood Insurance | 

Even if you are not in a “high risk” flood area, it is wise to consider adding commercial flood insurance to your policy. The Federal Emergency Management Agency reports that up to 30% of all flood claims are paid out to areas that are not “high risk”. Flooding can happen due to weather, drainage issues and other causes, and it will generally not be covered at all by your regular policy.

| Commercial Windstorm Insurance | 

Depending on your policy, you may have a separate deductible for wind damage to your business or it may be excluded altogether. Thunderstorm season in the Atlanta area can be quite dangerous, with straight-line winds posing a major threat. It is wise to make sure that your business would be covered in the event of wind damage either under your existing policy or by adding additional coverage to your portfolio.

| Business Interruption Insurance | 

The overhead for businesses can vary, but regardless of what industry you are in, it is likely that you could not afford to completely shut down your business for any length of time. Oftentimes, recovering from a natural disaster can be a rather drawn-out process—and if you are not able to generate income, it can be a disaster of its own kind. Business interruption insurance provides coverage for these areas where your income might lapse so you can still pay necessary bills and not take on debts for your business.


*If your commercial property is damaged in a natural disaster, you can depend on SERVPRO of South Atlanta for help. Contact us at (404) 505-1760 any hour to learn more!

Why SERVPRO is the Right Choice to Handle Your Water Damage Restoration | SERVPRO of South Atlanta

7/11/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged sheetrock or drywall If your Atlanta home has suffered water damage call SERVPRO of South Atlanta at 404-505-1760. We are here to help 24-hours a day!

Experiencing water damage is never a welcome surprise for an Atlanta homeowner, but when you do discover it, it is vital that you act fast in order to mitigate the issue. Mold and mildew can quickly begin to grow in areas that have been damaged by water, and the longer they are allowed to fester, the worse the issue can become.

When you are determining what company to use for water damage restoration, it is vital that you use one that truly understands what the process takes and how to properly dry out the area so no issues arise in the future.

Why You Should Choose Us to Handle Water Damage Restoration

| SERVPRO of South Atlanta Understands That Time Is of the Essence |

As previously mentioned, mold and mildew can quickly begin growing in a water damaged area—in some cases, it can start in as little as 24 hours. Additionally, if you discover water damage, you will want to take action quickly so you can regain a sense of normalcy in your home. That is why SERVPRO of South Atlanta is here for you at any hour of the day or night. You can call us any time and receive a rapid response from our expert technicians who are ready to get to work.

| SERVPRO of South Atlanta Understand Water Damage Types |

Not all water damage is created equal, and unfortunately, water damage from flooding or other contaminated sources will create a lot more headache than clean water leaks. We understand how to handle all the different types of water damage, and are fully equipped with cleaning and sanitizing tools to mitigate any contamination issues that may have been caused by the damage.

| SERVPRO of South Atlanta Focus on a Restoration Mindset |

There is a reason we emphasize our restoration process, and that is because we prioritize restoration over replacement whenever it is possible to do so. Restoring your home and belongings is typically much more cost-effective for homeowners, keeping insurance premiums down and returning your home to the way it was before the damages instead of doing a complete overhaul.

*If you need help with water damage or other types of restoration, you can count on us. Contact us at any hour to report damages at (404) 505-1760 or to learn more about our restoration process.

Severe Storms and the Rising Associated Costs | SERVPRO of South Atlanta

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

a large yellow warning sign stating that there is stormy weather ahead When storms damage your home or business, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO of South Atlanta to start the restoration process ASAP.

2020 was eventful to say the least, and it was no different when it comes to weather. In fact, it was a record-setting year for climate and weather disasters.

Of all the years in history for which we have data, 2020 was the most financially destructive.

During 2020, there were 22 official weather disasters, which are defined as events that cause at least a billion dollar in damages, plus so many other damaging storms that aren’t included in the statistic.

To give you an idea of how many named storms we had, the NWS used the entire alphabet and then dipped into the Greek alphabet just to have all of the storms named.

Costs Are Steadily Going Up

Hurricanes can destroy any and everything in their path, causing immense damage and large amounts of monetary damage, but severe storms are catching up to hurricane costs. The most expensive disasters of 2020 in the contiguous United States were thunderstorms and tornadoes.

During 2020, there were 14 official weather disasters that were severe thunderstorms, and some of these brought along tornadoes as well. Thunderstorms are so common that we tend to downplay how dangerous they can really be. But they can happen at any time and at any place!

In August 2020, eastern Nebraska had what seemed to be a typical thunderstorm turn into something much more eventful called a derecho. A derecho is something like a tornado, but with straight-line winds instead of swirling ones, combined with a heavy thunderstorm.

When Nebraska had this hit, it impacted more than 10 million acres of corn fields, which is almost half the state’s corn crops—that’s over 11% of the entire country’s corn fields.

In 2020, Georgia got the remnants of Hurricane Sally and then a month later the remnants of Hurricane Delta! And as if that wasn’t enough, two weeks later, Tropical Storm Zeta affected us, too.

Not an Outlier

While it might seem like the severe weather we saw in 2020 was a rarity, the reality is different. 2020 was the 10th consecutive year that had at least eight billion-dollar disasters!

2017 saw the highest total of damages on record, with over $300 billion in damages. And then in 2018 and 2019, there was a combined total of $136 billion in damages.

Thunderstorms are becoming more intense and frequent, so as a home or business owner, it’s never too early to take whatever precautions are possible. in order to minimize the damage to your property.

Knowing the risk and taking precautions doesn’t always prevent damage, so it’s nice to know you’ve got friends in the restoration industry whose goal is to recover your valued items and restore your property “Like it never even happened.”

When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO today to see how we can help.

Cleaning That Your Clients Can Trust | SERVPRO of South Atlanta

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee placing a CSC sticker on building glass If your Atlanta local business has sanitation and cleaning needs, reach out to the SERVPRO of South Atlanta Team.

We’re halfway through 2021 and areas across the country, including Atlanta, are finally starting to experience major turnarounds. That brings the hope of a return to a more normal life.

More customers are now choosing to return to in-person shopping, and as they do, they bring with them new expectations. Armed with a better understanding of how fragile our health can be, customers now want the businesses they patronize to prioritize their health and wellness.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned can help you do that.

The Basics of Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned can help to give you, your employees and your customers peace of mind by taking the worries of sanitization and cleaning out of the equation.

There are many companies you can hire to simply clean your business. But the work we do goes well beyond basic cleaning. Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program uses advanced biohazard techniques and technologies.

Let’s consider the three C’s of a Certified: SERVPRO Clean:

  1. Consult - Since SERVPRO of South Atlanta is locally owned and operated, it means we will already be in tune with the intricacies and needs of the area. We put that knowledge to use, and we also meet with you to discuss your business’ specific needs. This will include details about the work you do, your office or retail space and the people who use the facility.
  2. Clean - Once you’re ready, we have technicians on hand 24⁄7 that specialize in this type of cleaning. They come out with proprietary, hospital-grade cleaning solutions you won’t find anywhere else. Using these types of products makes sure that your company is adhering to (or exceeding) the CDC COVID-19 standards. And they provide protection for much more than simply COVID-19; the cleaning technology also clears the space of other viruses and bacteria.
  3. Certify - Once our technicians have completed the cleaning process, you then get to proudly display the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield in your business window. This shield proves to consumers that you have gone to great lengths to protect everyone inside. You’ll also receive a digital emblem to place on your website and any of your social media profiles.

If you’re ready to get serious about sanitation and have your Atlanta business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, get in touch today to get the best team in cleanup and restoration on your side.

When You Discover Fire Damage, We Are Who You Want to Call | SERVPRO of South Altanta

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Homeowner surveying fire damaged home Call SERVPRO of South Atlanta for 24-hour a day for fire restoration services. We're always open & here to help your family recover after fire damage.

It is true that no one ever wants to discover that a fire has damaged their home, but it is also true that many Atlanta homeowners are faced with this unwelcome reality every year. House fires are extremely common, and while they are always unexpected, there are still smart steps that homeowners can take to make sure they are prepared.

One of the most important things you can do to prepare yourself (aside from having an evacuation plan) is to plan for the aftermath and recovery process. Fires can be traumatic and emotionally taxing, so knowing what steps to take in advance can significantly reduce overwhelm.

Deciding in advance what restoration company to use to mitigate the damage can help you feel more in control of the situation and help you recover more quickly.

Deciding Who to Call for Fire Damage Restoration

Pick a Company That Can Handle Every Aspect of Fire Damage

While the flames of a fire can cause serious harm to a home, in most cases, this is not where the majority of the damage comes from. Fires also produce soot, which can cost nearly any type of surface or material and must be cleaned with special solutions to be fully removed. Additionally, lingering smoke odors can persist long after other damage is addressed, and damage from water or fire extinguishers can cause serious issues as well. It is important that you pick a company like SERVPRO that has experience in all of these elements in order to ensure you are receiving a full restoration.

Pick a Company That Does Not Send Your Call to Voicemail

SERVPRO of South Atlanta understand that when a fire occurs, most homeowners want to act quickly to get the recovery process started—and that is why we are extremely proud of our response time. You can get in touch with us 24 hours a day, seven days a week to report damage, and SERVPRO of South Atlanta will immediately begin the process of dispatching a team of expert restoration technicians out to you.

Pick a Company That Will Work With Your Insurance

As with any property damage scenario, it is important to work closely with your insurance company to ensure you are getting the maximum amount of coverage possible. Fortunately, SERVPRO of South Atlanta can handle this element for our customers so you do not have to burden yourself with yet another chore during the taxing process of recovery.

If you need help with fire damage restoration, give SERVPRO of South Atlanta a call at (404) 505-1760 are the company to call! Contact us 24/7 to learn more or to receive a rapid response to your damages.

How to Stay Cool During a "Hotlanta" Summer

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

man drinking water and wiping sweat from his head SERVPRO of South Atlanta wants to remind you to stay hydrated during warm weather and summer activities.

Atlanta has earned its nickname “Hotlanta” due to its busy nightlife, bustling economy and hot summer weather. Summer heat in Atlanta can be brutal if you are not prepared for it. That’s why SERVPRO of South Atlanta wants to equip you with the following tips for staying cool and safe over the coming summer months. Beat the “Hotlanta” heat with SERVPRO of South Atlanta.

Dangers of Summer Heat in Atlanta Georgia

Atlanta’s average summer temperature is in the neighborhood of 87°F to 88°F. This probably doesn’t seem like it would cause heat related health risks, but when the human body is unable to cool off, oftentimes heat exhaustion and even heat stroke can set in. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include but are not limited to: Muscle cramps and heavy sweating; Dark-colored urine (early indicator of dehydration); Pale or cold clammy skin; Weakness and/or confusion; Dizziness or headaches resulting in nausea or vomiting; elevated heartbeat. Symptoms of heat stroke are very serious and medical attention should be sought should you experience any combination of the following: Fever of 104°F or greater; red or flushed skin: lack of sweat or cessation of sweating; trouble breathing; fainting or seizures.

Stay Cool in Hot Weather by Beating the Heat

  1. Drink Plenty of Cold Water - Staying hydrated is key to staying cool. Not only will the temperature of the cold water give you much needed relief from the heat but it also replenishes your body so you can create sweat to further cool yourself. 
  2. Avoid Peak Sun Hours -  In Atlanta, peak sun hours are typically between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm (EST). If possible, plan your day to avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight during these hours, especially on days when it is inclemently hot outside.
  3. Dress Weather Consciously - Wear loose fitting light colored clothing made of materials that allow adequate ventilation and breathability. Hats and sunglasses can offer some protection from the sun’s heat and UV rays.
  4. Cool Down Your Pressure Points - Apply an ice pack, bottle of ice water, or a clean cool damp towel to your pressure points for relief from the heat and to cool your body’s temperature. The following body parts are ideal places to apply cooling actions: 
    • Ankles
    • Behind the knees
    • Elbow bends
    • Neck
    • Temples
    • Wrists
  5. Eat or Drink Something Cold or Hot - Eating a popsicle or drinking a smoothie is a great way to cool down on a hot day. Popsicles have been known to be a great way of cooling down youngsters and toddlers that may not be as conscious of over-heating. As strange as it may sound, spicy food can also help cool you off as well. Spicy foods are notorious for causing people to sweat, which as we know is the way the human body cools itself. 

With these great tips for beating the Atlanta summer heat in mind, we here at SERVPRO of South Atlanta would like to wish everyone a fun and safe summer…and remember if water, fire or storm damage happens to your property, call the restoration professionals that are faster to any size disaster...SERVPRO of South Atlanta!

Fire Safety When It's Hot Outside | SERVPRO of South Atlanta

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

flames and smoke from a bonfire Restoring fire and smoke damage is one of our specialties. Contact SERVPRO of South Atlanta to learn more.

Every year, the warmer months bring about summer vacations, camping and seasonal celebrations! With warmer weather, we tend to forget that fires are often a part of the warmer months as well.

Did you know that spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year? But the good news is that you can take steps to lower your risk.

Here are some areas to pay close attention to:

| The grill | Grills create the perfect combination of flames, heat, grease and gas, which can make things escalate quickly. Make sure you are taking care of the essentials to help prevent a fire. Verify that the grill is in good working condition, have it placed at least three feet away from everything and clean it before each use. Cleaning the grill before each use is particularly important because almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning.

| Campfire | Keep these tips in mind as you and your family vacation or camp. Never leave your children unattended near a fire pit. It’s also a good idea to keep a bucket of water or drag a water hose close to the pit. You should never add leaves or pine needles to the fire, and finally, put the fire out slowly to avoid scattering embers.

| Chimneys & Dryer Vents | Since most people don’t use a fireplace in the warmer months, this could be the prime time to do the yearly cleaning or maintenance that it needs. It can help avoid a potentially dangerous buildup of ashes. Warmer months also means swimming! Which means lots of towels and other laundry. Make sure you clean out your dryer vent pipe to check for lint buildup.

If you experience a fire, know that SERVPRO of South Atlanta has technicians on hand 247! These technicians are ready and waiting, no matter the cause of fire, to help you have it cleaned up. Contact SERVPRO of South Atlanta today to talk with a specialist.

Even a Small Fire Can Cause Odors for Years to Come | Fire Restoration

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

Craftsman style home after rainstorm at sunrise SERVPRO of South Atlanta is here to help 24-hours a day. If your home has experienced smoke or fire damage call us at 404-505-1760.

Any fire in your home is a bad situation to have to deal with. But when you try to clean it up yourself, it can be a disaster twice over. Especially considering that smoke and soot from even a small fire can permanently damage contents throughout a home and cause odors that may resurface for years.

SERVPRO of South Atlanta fire restoration professionals understand how disruptive fire can be for you and your entire family. For this reason SERVPRO of South Atlanta professionals offer 24-hour emergency response, and under normal circumstances, will have trained, uniformed technicians on-site of a fire damage within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services (in most cases SERVPRO professionals will arrive on-site within two hours because we know how crucial a speedy response can be to a fire restoration project). By responding quickly with a full line of fire, smoke and soot cleanup and restoration services. SERVPRO of South Atlanta can help you regain control quickly while deodorizing and protecting your home and belongings. 

Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home can create unpleasant and permanent problems if not properly addressed. As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the home leaving odorous residue and deposits on surfaces and in those hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in periodically resurfacing odors. Unfortunately, such damage is often made more severe when unprepared homeowners attempt to perform the cleanup themselves.

Trained and Equipped to Find the Source of Odor and Remove Them

All of your restorable items in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. This includes furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and so much more. SERVPRO of South Atlanta professionals do not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance, they seek out the sources of odor and remove them.

Deodorization Process

SERVPRO of South Atlanta fire restoration professionals are trained and equipped to find the sources of smoke odor and to effectively eliminate them from your home. Proper deodorization is vital as smoke odors may appear to be gone, only too reappear months later.

SERVPRO of South Atlanta Emergency Response Guidelines

  • Within one hour from notice of loss, SERVPRO of South Atlanta professionals will contact you to arrange for service.
  • Within four hours of loss notification, SERVPRO of South Atlanta fire restoration specialists will be on-site to start mitigation and fire restoration services. In most cases our team will be on-site within two hours of notification, because we know time can be of the essence when it comes to fire restoration.
  • Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the appropriate person.

*Before you risk doing more damage by attempting to clean it up yourself, call your local fire, smoke and soot cleanup and restoration experts at SERVPRO of South Atlanta at (404) 505-1760 or click here and one of our loss coordinators will contact you as soon as possible.

Commercial Restoration and Cleaning Services | Healthcare and Educational Facilities

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, call SERVPRO of South Atlanta. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO of South Atlanta to make your workspace look its very best. Our restoration professional will get the job done right and get it done quickly, because the SERVPRO Advantage includes benefits like award-winning training, over a decade of experience, and exclusive cleaning products.

Healthcare Facilities

At SERVPRO of South Atlanta our professionals are trained in adhering to the highest sanitation standards. We understand that time is crucial for both your operations and your patients. Our employees know how to handle regulated medical waste and undergo specialized training to work in operating rooms and other restricted areas, always adhering to HIPPA regulations. We also coordinate with environmental and infection control teams to establish containment areas, monitor progress and make sure that all necessary health certifications are obtained prior to completing any job. Our number one priority is to quickly and safely take full responsibility for your cleanup needs so that you are free to focus on your number one priority...the patients.

  • SERVPRO of South Atlanta’s experience in restoring healthcare industry properties has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for healthcare facilities like Medical Office Buildings, Hospitals, Assisted Living and Outpatient Surgical Centers, along with Hospice and Rehabilitation Facilities.

Educational Facilities

SERVPRO of South Atlanta believes learning shouldn’t be paused or canceled, even in the face of disaster. Disasters at an educational facility are highly complex and require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a small school or a campus of higher education, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area so that normal operations can continue while we restore your facility. Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area. Your job is to provide valuable lessons and information to the students; ours is to make sure you have a safe place to do so.

  • SERVPRO of South Atlanta’s experience in restoring healthcare industry properties has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for healthcare facilities like K-12 Schools, Colleges and Universities, Dormitories, Event and Sporting Arenas, Libraries, and Daycares/Pre-K Facilities.

Emergency Ready Program

Most businesses have an emergency contingency plan in place for when disaster strikes, but few have a detailed understanding of how to get back into their buildings following a disaster. To access all of the SERVPRO capabilities, services and additional benefits, visit www.SERVPRO.com/READY or you can click here and one of our business development managers can contact you directly.

Specialty Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of South Atlanta offers commercial cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to commercial water damage and even removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your commercial property back to business “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO of Atlanta’s commercial services include the following cleaning services:

*If your Fulton County or Atlanta based business is in need of help to recover from a disaster, you can count on SERVPRO of South Atlanta! Contact us today at (404) 505-1760 or to learn more or report non-emergency damages to us 24/7 click here.