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Faster to any disaster

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

When a storm or water disaster strikes a commercial facility in Gainesville, the concerns of the business owner are very different from that of a homeowner. The old saying “time is money” is especially true when confronted with the reality that your business is under assault and being destroyed by storm damage. Fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, or broken water mains can cause serious damage to your Gainesville commercial facility. The reality that your business is slipping away can be overwhelming. When your livelihood is directly threatened by a storm disaster, call SERVPRO of Gainesville and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

When Water Damage Happens To Your Business...

Fortunately, SERVPRO of Gainesville is the only name you need to know when water disasters happen. Our experts will use their years of experience to create a fast and comprehensive plan to help you get back to business as soon as possible.

We create a full estimate for all mitigation and repairs then keep you involved with timely updates throughout the restoration process. SERVPRO is a preferred service provider with most insurance companies in Hall County and Gainesville, GA and we can work directly with them from start to finish. We understand that saving your property and reopening your business as quickly and safely as possible is especially important when you have a business to run and your employees count on you for their livelihood.  

Help Is Just a Call Away When a Storm Disaster Occurs In Gainesville

When facing a storm disaster, action must be taken now; call SERVPRO of Gainesville immediately, no matter what time of day or night. We have a live person to answer your call 24/7. Our emergency response dispatch will send highly trained and Certified Restoration Technicians to save the day. Just make one phone call to start the process of getting back into business.

SERVPRO of Gainesville 770-536-1010.

Time Is Money... Secure Your Structure From Secondary Damage

The longer a facility sits with water or fire damage, the more time and money it takes to be fully restored. One critical action to help minimize secondary damage is to make sure that the structure is properly secured from top to bottom. If needed, we can set up temporary fencing and board up exterior walls, entry-doors and tarp rooftops for full security to prevent further damage from the outside elements.  

No Disaster Job In Gainesville is Too Big For Us

For extreme disasters that require more manpower and equipment, we have a nationwide network of SERVPRO franchises to call on. We’ll be the first to arrive onsite and we can call our Disaster Recovery Teams to ramp up to fit any size disaster. We’ll get you reopened as fast and as safely as possible with the peace of mind that saving your business is our only business.

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises with your Indianapolis business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.

Call SERVPRO of Gainesville, 770-536-1010, we’re faster to any size disaster.  

Do you need a fire remediation expert?

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage to your home can be traumatic. In addition to the destruction from heat, your property and belongings can be damaged by smoke and soot. Smoke particles can coat walls, ceilings, and almost any surface and cause permanent damage if not cleaned quickly and efficiently.

The particles in the smoke contain unburned carbon that can be difficult to remove after a fire. Furthermore, not all particles are alike, and it takes a multi-step process to eliminate them. It’s a job for professionals who have years of training and expertise in fire damage restoration. Here are some strategies that professionals use to get rid of smoke and soot damage from your property. 

Strategies are developed based on the type of residue

Here at SERVPRO of Gainesville, our expert team evaluates the type of smoke residue and prepares a plan accordingly. Dry smoke residue is easier to clean than wet smoke residue. As dry smoke residue does not stain the surface as intensely as wet smoke residue, it is easier to remove by wiping. In these cases, our IICRC certified technicians use less aggressive methods to clean surfaces.

Wet smoke residues, on the other hand, are significantly harder to clean. The heat streams during a fire can drive these smoke particulates deep into cracks, crevices, and porous surfaces, further exacerbating the difficulty of cleanup. SERVPRO of Gainesville technicians uses a variety of methods such as wet cleaning, foam cleaning, and abrasive cleaning to mitigate the damage caused by wet smoke residues.

Deodorizing

Smoke and soot pose another challenge during the restoration process—the odor. If proper precautions are not taken during restoration, the scent can linger long after the fire. SERVPRO of Gainesville technicians uses Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers, heat foggers, deodorizing beads, and other methods to combat odors. Our technicians have years of experience in managing odors after fires of all sizes. We get your home smelling like home again in no time. 

Call SERVPRO of Gainesville at (770) 536-1010 today to talk to one of our fire restoration experts.

We're always here to help

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO

 “Thank You for Choosing SERVPRO, We are Always Here to Help”

When calling SERVPRO you are greeted with our friendly and accurate greeting.  Our Office Staff and Professional Team are thankful you have chosen SERVPRO for your emergency services and we are always here to help.  We provide 24/7 emergency service for any size disaster.  SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the Industry and has access to over 1,700 Franchises.  Our network allows us to be faster to any disaster no matter the size.  Each franchise has the training, experience, and equipment to quickly get your property and life back to the way it was.

Restoring property is less expensive than replacing property. Our professionals have immediate response time to limit the amount of damage.  With a quick response there is less expense to the homeowner and your insurance carrier.  We work directly with your adjuster to save our customer time and prioritize their claim. 

Not only is residential property a priority but commercial as well.  Time down is money lost and our professionals act promptly to assure your business is back up and running in a timely manner.  SERVPRO has developed the most extensive performance guidelines in the industry.  These guidelines assure you receive the best restoration service in the industry. 

During the time of a large loss or disaster, SERVPRO is composed of the best of the best restoration professional disaster team. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle large losses. 

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals When seeking the best of the best, call your local SERVPRO franchise for mitigation and large loss recovery. “Thank you for Choosing SERVPRO, We are Always here to Help”.

Things that can cause fire and water damage in the winter

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Hot chocolate. Warm blankets. Snuggling. Snow angels. Holiday decor. Christmas movies. Any of that sound familiar? It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … and winter. All of those things are all fine and dandy and reasons why a large part of the population loves the winter season. However, there are some things that can happen during the winter that you may not love so much.  

Fire damage and water damage are two things that can happen and are never any fun. It can be a result of a number of things, so we encourage you to be on the lookout for things that can cause fire damage and/or water damage during the winter at your residential or commercial property. In the event it does happen, SERVPRO® of Gainesville can make it “Like it never even happened.”   

Things that can cause fire damage during the winter:

  1. Candles
  2. Cooking
  3. Christmas trees
  4. Holiday decor
  5. Heating units 

Things that can cause water damage during the winter:

  1. Frozen pipes
  2. Leaking water heater
  3. Snow melting on the roof
  4. Overflowing gutters
  5. Poorly or non-insulated pipes 

If any of those things cause fire damage or water damage at your home or business this winter, just contact the heroes at SERVPRO® of Gainesville. We’ll come to your family’s rescue.  

We pray your winter and holiday season is emergency-free. If it’s not, just remember, SERVPRO® of Gainesville is a 24/7, 365 emergency service Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration™ company that will be there for you and your family during your emergency. Call anytime: 770-536-1010

How to prepare for a winter storm

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Take the time to prepare a winter survival kit for your home

The winter kits should include several days of non-perishable items, such as bread, crackers, cereal, canned foods, and dried fruits. An emergency supplies list should include an alternate way to stay warm during a power failure, such as kerosene for a kerosene heater or extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm winter coats.

Ensure that you have matches, a first aid kit with instruction manual, candles, flashlight or battery-powered lantern, battery-powered radio, battery-powered clock or watch, extra batteries, non-electric can opener, snow shovel, rock salt, any special needs items (diapers, hearing aid batteries, medications, and so forth)

Prepare your home for the coming storm

If you plan to use a fireplace or wood stove for emergency heating, ensure that your chimney or flue has been inspected. Ensure that there is a working smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated.

Make sure to have a communication checklist

Listen to emergency broadcasts and weather forecasts. Get your phone batteries charged, and all devices that you may use.

Make a family communication plan. Your family may not be together during a winter event, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together, and what you will do during an emergency.

Look over your car and emergency checklist

Get gas in your car ahead of the storm. Check your antifreeze, oil, and wiper fluid.

Clogged toilet

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Dealing with an overflowing toilet in your home is frustrating, especially if the situation seems to frequently occur. Along with the mess it leaves behind, a flooded toilet can quickly lead to water damage in other areas of the home. As well as potentially being a costly endeavor, repair is made worse by the fact that the toilet could be a sign of a bigger sewer damage issue.

Toilet Problems

In most situations, there are three main reasons for a toilet overflowing:

Clogged Lines: This is the most frequent culprit, and a plunger often can fix the issues. In some cases, the clog may be too far down the line, a situation which may require calling a plumber. Frequent clogs may indicate it is time for a new toilet as well as serve as a reminder to only flush waste and toilet paper.
Blocked Vents: Plumbing fixtures store air and release it when flushing. Debris in vents can quickly lead to clogs that make toilets begin to drain more slowly or stop altogether.
Sewer Issues: The plumbing in your home is connected to the outside world. If the main line to the sewer is clogged or broken, it can cause sewage backup. Along with toilet issues, there may be leaks in the basement or around other drains.

Professional Cleanup
When the culprit is sewer damage, it means that the overflowing water is contaminated and should be handled by a sewage company. Considered black water, it contains potentially harmful pathogens and microorganisms. If the overflowing water had waste in it, it is best to contact a water remediation and restoration expert to handle the problem. Along with having the proper safety gear for the process, they have the know-how to detect additional damage and ensure that the cleanup is done properly. This guarantees your bathroom and affected areas are safe and clean.
While a toilet issue may seem like something that is easy to deal with, checking that there is no sewer damage is imperative before diving into cleanup.

Household appliances and water damage

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Gainesville we have seen our share of water damages caused by everyday household appliances. Hot water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerators are all common sources. But there are preventative measures you can take to make your appliances less susceptible to water damage.

Get your hot water heater inspected at least once a year by a certified electrician. Water heater issues occur with malfunctioning temperatures, or bad plumbing connections. With a dishwasher and washing machine, most water damages occur when you use too much detergent or have bad fixtures. Check your water hoses regularly for cracks or tears and get them repaired if the damage looks problematic.

When it comes to your refrigerator, most water damages occur from freezer and ice maker issues. If the drain at the bottom of the freezer clogs or becomes frozen, water accumulates and can cause a problem. If you notice an unusually large amount of ice, chances are you will need to thaw out your freezer and clean the drain.

Regular maintenance on these household appliances can save you time and money by preventing a water damage from happening in your home. If you experience a water damage due to a faulty appliance, call SERVPRO of Gainesville at 770-536-1010. We guarantee to help make your water damage feel “Like it never even happened.”

What to do after a fire at your business

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

Suffering a fire at your business fire at your business can be a difficult experience. Many times a fire in a business can shut down the business for a while depending on the damage. While a fire can cause substantial damage to your business, it doesn’t have to mean the end of your business. Below we will cover the steps to take after a fire to your business. These steps will help to ensure there is no more damage to your business and to get it back up and running as quickly as possible.

Turn Off Power, Gas, and Water

It’s always a good idea to play it safe and turn off your electricity, gas, and water after a fire. None of those mix well with fire and it’s always best to shut them all off at the meters if possible. Once your property has been inspected for any damages to electrical, gas and water lines and they are intact, you can turn them back on. If there is damage to any of them, you’ll want to get them repaired before turning back on the utilities.

Contact Your Insurance Company

An obvious but still important step is to contact your insurance company as soon as possible. They can get any claims started so there are no delays. They’ll probably request lots of paperwork and receipts of inventory. They’ll also most likely need documentation of repairs and any other costs from the fire. It’s a good idea to keep track of all contacts, receipts, paperwork and other documentation going forward in case your insurance company or other parties request any documentation.

Secure Your Business & Property

Fire damaged properties are attractive to vandals and burglars as they are usually unsecured and easy to access. It’s important to make sure any windows or doors or openings are boarded up and secured. You also want to notify your local police after a fire, so they can keep an eye on your property during the repair and restoration process. In some cases, you may need to hire a security company to guard your property 24/7 during the restoration process depending on the extent of the damage.

Call the Fire Damage Restoration Pros

Businesses that suffer major fires will also usually suffer from water damage also. This can be from the firefighters or from the fire sprinkler system. It’s important to have water damage and fire damage restoration pros, like those at SERVPRO of Gainesville, at your business as soon as possible. Once the fire is out and your business is safe to enter, the pros at SERVPRO of Gainesville can be on the scene and remove the water, drying the floors and walls, and treat the damage quickly to ensure more damage does not happen. If you wait, the water damage can lead to even more damage from mold. It can also permeate further into the walls and floors leading to further water damage in your business. SERVPRO of Gainesville is ready 24/7 to handle whatever emergency comes its way. Contact us immediately if your business or home should suffer a fire 770-536-1010.

Freezing Rain

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

If you haven’t had freezing temperatures you can expect to soon, so we thought we would give you some tips about freezing rain. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory freezing rain occurs when snowflakes descend into a warmer layer of air and melt completely & because they are “supercooled,” they instantly refreeze upon contact with anything that that is at or below 0 degrees C, creating a glaze of ice on the ground, trees, power lines, or other objects. A significant accumulation of freezing rain lasting several hours or more is called an ice storm.

  1. Stay off the road.
  2. Be prepared for power outages.
  3. Treat your driveways and roads before the freezing rain comes
  4. Be aware of black ice: Since black ice is highly transparent, it is unlikely you'll be able to see it while driving down the road. Roadways become very slippery when black ice forms, leading to hazardous driving conditions and an increased risk of car accidents.

We hope you have safe holidays during this winter season but if your home or business experiences storm damage we’re here to help. We are a part of a national SERVPRO storm team whose members respond to disasters nationwide. From hurricanes to wildfires, SERVPRO storm teams are always prepared to respond to major catastrophic events. SERVPRO's large-loss response is uniquely qualified to handle any disaster. We are prequalified, experienced, and strategically located across The United States to respond to any loss. When an event comes to devastate a community, in Gainesville or Hall County, we are proud to operate in your neighborhood.

Halloween Fire Prevention

10/21/2021 (Permalink)

Don’t Make Halloween Scarier than it should be

October is here. That means Halloween is close at hand. It is a great time for families and friends to gather, carve pumpkins and eat a lot of candy. But, there are a few safety tips you need to follow during this time of year. Because, Halloween can be fun & scary, but really scary if you do not follow simple Fire Safety tips.

Make Halloween safe for your little monsters!

Here are five simple Halloween Fire Safety tips:

1.) Use a battery-operated candle or glow-stick in your jack-o-lanterns, instead of regular candles.

2.) When choosing costumes, stay away from long trailing flammable fabrics.

3.) Dried flowers, cornstalks, crepe paper and plastic can catch fire easily. Keep all of your decorations away from heat sources, including candles, light-bulbs and heaters.

4.) Teach children to stay far away from open flames, including candles in jack-o-lanterns, bonfires and tiki-torches.

5.) Remember to always keep decorations away from every exit, to not block escape routes. And make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working properly.

Following these simple but effective Fire Safety Tips will help ensure that your little monsters have a safe, fun and memorable Halloween.