Do You Know the Signs of Household Water Damage? | SERVPRO of South Atlanta
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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
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.
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.
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 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."
Why Cleaning Your Gutters Regularly is so Important | SERVPRO of South Atlanta
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.”
Why You Want SERVPRO on Your Business' Side | SERVPRO of South Atlanta
If your business has experienced a water, fire or mold damage call SERVPRO of South Atlanta. We are here to help 24-hours day, every day.
In some regards, being faced with difficulties is simply part of owning a business...but if you are faced with an emergency or a natural disaster, it can feel like an extremely unlucky chance happening. Many businesses are impacted by disasters every year, and there is no way of knowing when one will strike. That is why ensuring that you have a disaster recovery plan in place for your business is so important to getting your doors reopened and resuming operations as quickly as possible.
In addition to making sure your employees are accounted for, your business inventory is up to date and you have a continuity plan in place for continuing operations, one of the most important things you can do to reopen your doors is to partner with a reputable restoration company.
Finding a company that can handle any type of damage, from fires to flooding and more, can make all the difference in how quickly you are able to get your business back up and running in the face of damages.
What to Look for in a Commercial Restoration Partner
| A Company That Will Always Be There For You |
Mother Nature adheres to no one’s schedule, and certainly does not care one bit about business hours. Disasters can strike at any time of the day or night, but regardless of when they do, we are always ready. We have set up a 24/7 emergency line for this very reason—no matter when you call us with your commercial damages, you can be certain we are ready to take action.
| A Company That Can Handle All Types of Damages |
In a disaster or emergency, there are often multiple types of damages to deal with—fires can lead to water damage if sprinklers go off, while flooding can cause structural damage to walls and floors. We can handle all of this and more, so you can be certain we will be able to help with whatever calamity befalls your business.
| A Company That Cares |
As a locally owned and operated location, we fully understand how important your business is to you because we are in the same scenario. When you work with us, you can count on us treating you with empathy and respect, because we are small business owners, too.
SERVPRO of South Atlanta is here to help things go right when natural disasters strike and make everything go wrong. We offer every business in the Atlanta area a complimentary Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). By establishing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile with an immediate action plan, you can minimize the interruption your business would face.
What is a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan?
An ERP serves as a no cost, quick reference report of important building and contact information that can be a very important tool in the event of a disaster. Your SERVPRO of South Atlanta marketer will assist you by working with your maintenance team, if available, to develop a plan that is personalized to your business. The information gathered by our mitigation specialist will be neatly organized into an easy to use ERP information packet that you can keep on hand at your facility in case of disaster. The information gathered will also be available in digital format via the SERVPRO ERP READY App so you can literally take this information with you anywhere you go (available for free on both Apple and Android devices app stores).
*If you need assistance with commercial property damage or need to make sure your business is prepared, let SERVPRO of South Atlanta help. Contact us at any time at (404) 505-1760 or visit www.SERVPROsouthatlanta.com to learn more about our services.*
Prepping for Wildfires Using Defensible Space | SERVPRO of South Atlanta
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
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
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.