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Ways to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Bathroom
Ways to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Bathroom
Whether you are managing a commercial or residential property, fighting mold in the bathroom is necessary if you want a clean and safe bathroom as well as prevent damage to the walls and ceiling.
All bathrooms will have moisture, it goes with the territory, but by eliminating as much moisture as possible in the bathroom, you can stop mold growth or at least slow it down if it does appear.
Maintaining a mold-free bathroom is actually pretty easy if you follow these easy tips and remain diligent in your cleaning effort.
Stop Bathroom Mold Growth with a Good Fan
Effective fans are your first line of defense against mold and moisture. Be sure that all your bathrooms have a well-functioning fan. Make sure the CFM, cubic feet per minute, count is enough to cover the size of the bathroom.
Run the fan during all showers and baths for at least a half hour afterwards. You can put the fan on a timer so that you don’t have to worry about remembering to turn it off.
Fighting Bathroom Mold with a Squeegee
Who knew the bathroom squeegee could be so useful. Using the squeegee on your tub and shower walls after every shower or bath reduces up to 75 percent of the moisture in the air. That alone takes care of so much moisture that can lead to the rapid growth of mold in all areas of the bathroom.
Stop Mold Growth by Fixing All Leaks
If you have any leaks within the bathroom, fix it right away. Call a plumber immediately and have them check for any hidden leaks within the walls. Going a long period of time with any leaks will cause mold growth and will make it hard to get rid of later.
If you do ever find mold, have a professional take care of it. Mold is so complicated and getting rid of it is hard. SERVPRO of Gainesville, GA has trained and certified mold specialists to help you with your mold issues
Finding mold at your Gainesville, GA, business or home is not only stressful, but can also be worrisome. Mold often takes hold in damp, humid places like basements and inside cupboards that hide plumbing, where it can grow and spread. However, before you attempt to clean up any fungus, it is important to understand which methods and actions may only remove it temporarily or encourage further growth.
- Using Bleach
Though bleach may be associated with cleanliness, it is not effective for attempting to cleanup mold. Most products that include this element also typically contain a large amount of water. Spraying fungi patches with pure hydrogen peroxide only add moisture to them, which can encourage regrowth once you scrub away their surfaces. The roots of the growth are likely to remain, even after you complete the mold cleanup process, and then continue to spread.
- Confusing Mold With Mildew
Telling the difference between mold and mildew can be important when it comes to fungus cleanup because of the differences between the two. While both are types of fungi, mildew does not grow roots into what it has invaded and is therefore usually simpler to clean up with a rag and a simple household cleanser. Mold is much more invasive. If you are unsure which you are facing, examine the color and texture. Mildew is grey and watery, while mold tends to be thicker with a fuzzy or furry surface.
- Cleaning Black Mold on Your Own
If you find black mold at your business or home, trying to clean it up on your own can be a serious error. This type of fungus can spread quickly and hide behind walls and under carpeting, especially after a flood. Calling in a mold cleanup and restoration service that can send experienced technicians is a wise choice, especially when it comes to long-term cleanup management.
Fungus cleanup at your Gainesville, GA, business can be challenging. However, when you know which mistakes to avoid, your chances of eradicating mold completely can improve vastly.
Reduce Mold Spores
Every building contains mold spores. The presence of spores is not a problem, but it can quickly become one if the environment is conducive to mold growth. From air filtration to carpet cleaning, there are four ways to lower the number of spores present in a commercial structure and prevent colonies from forming.
1. Keep the Premises Clean
Thoroughly cleaning the interior of a commercial structure can eliminate many spores. Regularly dust surfaces and use HEPA-certified vacuums. It is also a good idea to lay out mats by the door to prevent dirt and spores from getting tracked inside. Have carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned several times a year.
2. Change Filters and Clean Air Ducts
Change HVAC filters on a regular basis and consider using HEPA-certified replacement filters. Other than carpet cleaning, this is one of the best ways to stop spores from circulating through a structure. Mold may also form in the HVAC system, particularly in moist components such as condensate drip pans, AC coils, and in ductwork. Schedule an air duct cleaning if you notice a moldy odor or any indication of mold problems.
3. Run a HEPA Filtration System
A HEPA air filtration system can also eliminate spores in an office space. Mold spores range from one micron all the way up to 100 microns in size. Look for a filter rated for mold and regularly clean or replace filtration components.
4. Take Out the Trash
Encourage employees to discard food packaging into receptacles that are emptied on a regular basis. It is also a good idea to avoid leaving coffee cups around an office.
Carpet cleaning, air filtration, and proper disposal can reduce spore levels in a building and prevent mold problems. Regular upkeep is necessary to stop spore buildup. If you think mold may be growing, call a commercial mitigation service in Gainesville, GA.
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“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
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:
- Christmas trees
- Holiday decor
- Heating units
Things that can cause water damage during the winter:
- Frozen pipes
- Leaking water heater
- Snow melting on the roof
- Overflowing gutters
- 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
Four benefits of hiring a professional service
The 4 Benefits of Hiring a Professional Service
Residential and commercial water damage can be one of the most costly and challenging problems faced by those who own a property. From leaky toilets to general plumbing problems, there are a number of causes for flooding that often occurs. Although it may seem easy to clean and repair yourself, there are a few benefits to hiring a professional service to handle the task.
- Prevent Mold Spores From Spreading
A water damage professional is skilled and trained to properly clean areas where water has leaked in between walls, under floorboards, and in places that are hard to reach. This can help salvage areas that would need to be replaced if proper cleaning didn't take place immediately. In locations where mold has developed, the professional can properly clean it with the right tools and prevent the spores from spreading.
- Avoid Further Damage
For those who are inexperienced with cleaning or restoring areas where the water damage has occurred, it can be easy to make the problem worse and allow it to escalate if it's not remedied immediately. Professionals will be able to visit the property right after the Palm Bay mold damage has occurred to prevent further problems from developing.
- Identify Hidden Signs of Moisture
A water damage professional will be able to use sophisticated moisture tools to identify hidden signs of moisture that are often undetectable to homeowners. They can also take specific steps to prevent water damage from occurring again in the future.
- Quality Restoration Services
Water damage professionals will be able to restore and replace insulation or flooring for a final product that looks incredible with the highest quality of materials used.
Become a member of our team
Do you love helping people through difficult situations?
Then, don’t miss your chance to join our Franchise as a new Production Crew Chief. In this position, you will be making a difference each and every day. We have a real drive toward the goal of helping make fire and water damage “Like it never even happened.”
Our Franchise is seeking someone comfortable working hard in challenging situations, enjoys meeting new people, has excellent communication skills, enjoys supervising others, and is a serious multi-tasker. If you are self-motivated and have superb interpersonal skills, then you’ll thrive in this work environment. Are you highly dependable and super-excited about routinely exceeding expectations? Then you may be our perfect hero!
As a valued SERVPRO® Franchise employee, you will receive a competitive pay rate, with the opportunity to learn and grow.
- Explain the process and answer customer questions, as needed.
- Monitor, communicate and respond to customer needs/concerns.
- Communicate clear expectations to Production Technicians and supervise their activities.
- Perform production processes as scheduled and ensure quality control.
- Identify safety hazards, communicate, and establish control measures to ensure the safety of occupants and workers.
- Manage job file documentation to ensure complete and accurate project details.
- Cleaning and documentation of equipment and materials properly.
- Effective written and oral communication
- Basic math skills
- Experience in cleaning/restoration preferred
- After hours availability
- On-call availability
- High school diploma/GED
- IICRC certifications preferred but not required
- Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds regularly, occasionally up to 100 pounds with assistance
- Ability to climb ladders, work at ceiling heights, work in tight spaces (e.g., crawls spaces, attics)
- Ability to sit/stand/walk for prolonged periods of time
- Ability to repetitively push/pull/lift/carry objects
- Ability to work with/around cleaning products/chemicals
- Ability to travel locally when necessary
The SERVPRO Story
"Ted and Doris Isaacson created SERVPRO in 1967 as a painting business in Sacramento, California. With a background in cleaning and restoration, Ted and Doris soon transformed the company into a franchisor of cleanup and restoration specialists.
After selling the first franchise in 1969, SERVPRO continued to grow, acquiring the Bristol-Myers Domesticare Division and its 175 franchises in 1979.
SERVPRO relocated its corporate headquarters from Sacramento to Gallatin, Tennessee, in 1988 to place itself within 600 miles of 50% of the U.S. population.
At the time of the relocation, the SERVPRO System consisted of 647 franchises.
The company's headquarters quickly became a key contributor in its community, and in 1991 the Nashville Business Journal named SERVPRO Industries, LLC, the Small Business of the Year. The company continued its impressive growth, selling the 1,000th Franchise in 2000. Learn more about our Awards and Recognition.
In 2005, SERVPRO Industries, LLC, moved to a new 140,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Gallatin to provide more room for expansion.
More than 1,700 franchises are operating nationwide, and SERVPRO continues to grow. The need for experienced, trained, and professional cleanup and restoration experts is recession resistant, and the growth potential inside of a proven system presents an opportunity for prospective franchisees.
With a proud history, a positive current growth, and a bright future, SERVPRO will press on toward becoming the premier cleaning and restoration company in the world."
Advanced equipment and technology
At SERVPRO of Gainesville, we strive to provide our customers the best service using our latest, up-to-date equipment and technology. We understand the stress that comes with experiencing a water or fire damage and our goal is to alleviate that stress as quickly as possible. We always follow the practices and standards set by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
When we report to a water damage at a home or business, the first step is to determine the extent of the damage, and the areas affected. Our advanced moisture meters allow us to detect water that cannot be seen behind the walls or under your flooring, and exactly how saturated it is. We use our infrared cameras for areas that are harder to detect with the meters.
Once we determine the affected areas, we will set up drying equipment. Our industrial dehumidifiers and high-speed air movers are typically used in a residential or small water loss. The dehumidifiers help remove the moisture from walls, ceilings, and floors. The air movers increase air circulation, improving the overall drying time by helping to evaporate moisture in the air quickly. For larger commercial water damages, we use our high-grade desiccants to complete the drying process more efficiently.
Water and fire damages have the potential to cause powerful odors. We use air scrubbers and deodorization agents to remove these odors and help control air quality. Our air scrubbers remove chemicals, contaminants and gasses from the air through a filtration process. Our deodorization agents control the odors helping to eliminate them from the air all together.
If you have a water or fire damage, call us at 770-536-1010 with our advanced equipment & expertise, we promise to make the damage feel “Like it never even happened.”
What to expect from Mold Remediation
Whether it’s a slow leak or a sudden flood, water damage can cause mold to form in as little as 48 hours. Because a mold problem can quickly evolve from a minor nuisance into a potential hazard, it’s important to solve the problem as soon as possible. Mold remediation is the best way to eliminate a mold problem and restore a home to its normal state.
Since no one likes surprises or unexpected disruptions, it helps to know what goes into the typical remediation process. Read on to learn what you can expect - and should demand - from a reputable mold remediation company.
Getting Things Ready
In most instances, you will have very little responsibility in the mold remediation process. That said, there are a few things you will need to take care of to streamline the process. Before any work can begin, there are a few things you will have to take care of:
Start by fixing the water issue that led to the mold outbreak. Mold remediation is a big job and you don’t want to have to do it more than once. If you fail to adequately address the underlying cause of moisture in your home, another outbreak is likely if not inevitable.
Prepare your home, so the remediation crew can easily move in and out. Clear furniture out of the way and remove cars from the garage and driveway. You should also keep pets out of the way, either locked in a room or out in the backyard where they will be safe and non-disruptive.
What to Expect
On the day of service, you can expect the remediation experts to park as close to the house as possible, so they easily move equipment in and out of the home. They will then lay plastic sheeting down and run hoses through the entryway all the way to the area affected by mold (in some cases, they may be able to access the impacted area through a crawl space).
The mold remediation workers will then suit up in protective gear, which will include white suits, respirators, booties and goggles. Don’t be alarmed by these protective measures. It doesn’t necessarily indicate that your mold is black mold; they do this on every job, whether the mold is toxic or non-toxic.
Next, the remediation workers will spray the molded area with an EPA-approved biocide that will kill the living organism. This can take a while, so the team will generally leave for the day to let the biocide take effect.
They will generally spray beyond the area to eliminate the chances of future mold growth. For instance, the entire attic will usually be sprayed even if the mold is only apparent in one spot. A thorough process is important to help ensure that mold is not allowed to get a new foothold after the remediation process is finished.
Finally, the team will wrap things up by cleaning the air with a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) scrubber and exchange that removes mold spores and discharges fresh, clean air. They will then use a HEPA vacuum to clean the floor and any other vacuumable surfaces to remove any lingering spores.
Bear in mind that mold remediation usually includes disposal of all porous moldy building materials including drywall and insulation. Remediation experts will also attempt to clean and disinfect carpet and personal items if there’s a chance they can be saved.
Why You Should Act Fast
Because mold spreads very quickly, even minor mold infestation can rapidly escalate into a major problem requiring thousands of dollars in repair. At SERVPRO of Gainesville, we’re dedicated to responding immediately to your mold emergency. Our fast response times lessen the existing damage, limit further damage and reduce the overall cost or remediation.
Contact SERVPRO of Gainesville and we will quickly assess your mold damage, take steps to contain the mold, thoroughly filter the air, and remove and clean any affected materials.
Common Warning Signs of Mold
This blog post will go over some of the common warning signs of mold so that you can call SERVPRO of Gainesville to come help you with your mold problems (and the associated water damage, if applicable) as soon as you have a suspicion.
Condensation on windows. High levels of condensation on windows could indicate that your home has a high level of humidity. Mold growth thrives in high humidity, so it is likely that mold could be growing somewhere in your home if the humidity level is already this noticeably high.
Odor. An odd, musty smell often accompanies mold. This smell is similar to that of damp clothes that have been left overnight in a dryer after the cycle completed. If you persistently notice this smell in your home, you may want to have your home checked for mold growth.
Water problems. Water damage is the leading cause of mold growth in buildings, as water creates ripe conditions for mold growth. Whether you had just a leak or full fledge flooding, you should have your home checked for mold growth. Regularly check leaky pipes or areas outside your home that tend to pool standing water for signs of outdoor mold growth.
Discolored walls or wallpaper. Mold can grow between your walls and wallpaper. If you notice that your wallpaper is beginning to display odd colors (particularly orange, pink, or purple) you may want to have your home assessed for mold growth.
If you suspect that your home may have any mold growth, call SERVPRO of Gainesville. We can check your property for early signs of possible mold growth after water damage as well!
Spring Cleaning Should Include Your Air Ducts
As spring allergy season approaches, you may hear companies make bold promises to improve your health by reducing allergens in your home. Such boasts may appeal especially to the nearly 25 million American adults and children with asthma and the approximately 50 million who have allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, because the symptoms of both can be triggered by dust mites, mold, and other allergens often found in air ducts and elsewhere in the home. Allergies, according to the CDC, are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S.
But should you believe the hype? Will air duct cleaning help you breathe more easily?
Common Allergy Triggers
1. Your Overactive Immune System
Many things can trigger an allergic reaction. It happens when your body's defenses attack something that's usually harmless, such as pollen, animal dander, or food. The reaction can range from mild and annoying to sudden and life-threatening. In the US, about 30% of all adults and 40% of children have allergies.
It comes from plants such as grasses, trees, and weeds and can trigger hay fever or seasonal allergies. You might sneeze and have a runny or stuffy nose and itchy, watery eyes. Treat these with over-the-counter products, prescription drugs, and allergy shots. To help prevent symptoms, stay inside on windy days when pollen counts are high, close windows, and run the air conditioning.
- Animal Dander
You love your pet, but if you're allergic, you react to proteins in his saliva or in his skin's oil glands. It might take 2 years for that to start. Luckily, you may still be able to live with him. Make your bedroom a pet-free zone, opt for bare floors and washable rugs instead of carpets, and bathe him regularly. A HEPA filter and allergy shots may help, too.
- Dust Mites
These tiny bugs live in bedding, mattresses, upholstery, carpets, and curtains. They feed on dead skin cells from people and pets, as well as on pollen, bacteria, and fungi. They thrive in high humidity. To cut down on problems, use hypoallergenic pillows, cover mattresses, pillows, and box springs, and wash sheets weekly in hot water. Keep the house free of dust-collecting items such as stuffed animals, curtains, and carpet.
- Insect Stings
These could cause swelling and redness that may last a week or more. You might feel sick to your stomach and tired and have a low fever. In rare cases, insect bites trigger a reaction that can be life-threatening, called anaphylaxis. If you're severely allergic, you'll need medicine called epinephrine right away. Your doctor may recommend allergy shots to prevent reactions.
It needs moisture to grow. You can find it in damp places such as basements or bathrooms, as well as in grass or mulch. Get air moving in moist areas of your home.
Milk, shellfish, eggs, and nuts are among the most common foods that cause allergies. Others include wheat, soy, and fish. Within minutes of eating something you're allergic to, you could have trouble breathing and get hives, vomiting, diarrhea, and swelling around your mouth. If your reaction is severe, you will need emergency medical help. So call 911, and use your epinephrine pen if you were prescribed one.
Found in some disposable gloves, condoms, and medical devices, latex can trigger a reaction ranging from itchy, red skin to anaphylaxis with trouble breathing. Symptoms can include a rash or hives, eye irritation, runny or itchy nose, sneezing, and wheezing. If you’re allergic, wear a medical alert bracelet and carry an epinephrine kit if you were prescribed one.
Penicillin, aspirin, and other drugs can cause hives, itchy eyes, stuffiness, and swelling in your face, mouth, and throat. If you're allergic to a drug, it's best to not take it. Your doctor can talk to you about other medicine options or treatments that may allow you to take a medicine if it's necessary.
A protein in their droppings can be a trigger. Roaches can be tough to get rid of, especially in a warm climate or if you live in an apartment building where they can move back and forth between neighbors. Treat them with bug killer and keep a clean kitchen. Repair cracks and holes in floors, walls, and windows to keep them out of your home.
Physicians in the allergy and immunology fields often talk with their patients about their heating systems as he investigates the possible environmental triggers of their allergies. If patients live is a household that has forced air, this needs to be part of the conversation.
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems push air through ducts that run throughout your house in walls, ceilings, and floors. Mark Zarzeczny, who sits on the board of directors of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), calls ducts the "lungs of the home."
How can you tell whether your air ducts need attention? Visual clues, like signs of mold and excessive dust around the air vents, can point to a need for cleaning. But when there’s no evidence in plain view, ask yourself the following questions:
- If your house is more than 10 years old, have your ducts ever been cleaned?
- Does your house constantly collect dust no matter how much you clean it?
- Do you notice allergy symptoms when you turn on your heating/cooling system?
- Do you have asthma that’s not well controlled even though you’re taking your medicine?
Answering YES to any of these questions should encourage you to consider cleaning your ducts.
Time, Cost, and What to Avoid
The typical job on a 2,000-square-foot home will take about 3 to 5 hours and should be done every 3 to 5 years or if the signs described above return. Expect to pay at least $500 to $600.
“Anybody who offers to do a job for less than a few hundred dollars is not going to deliver to you what you need to have done,” says Zarzeczny, who chairs NADCA’s anti-fraud task force. “You don’t want a company that advertises at prices like $79.95 because they’re either going to be in and out in half an hour or they’re going to upsell you and walk out with $4,000.”
In fact, a rushed, inadequate job can do more harm than good. According the EPA, “an inadequate vacuum collection system can release more dust, dirt, and other contaminants than if you had left the ducts alone.”
Some Quick Tips to Help You Breathe Better Inside
- Outside Air
Most home heating and cooling systems simply recirculate the air that’s already in the house, including all the dust, dirt, and pollen. When the weather’s nice and pollen counts are low, open windows and doors to freshen things up. This is especially important if there are fumes from painting, cooking, kerosene heaters, or hobbies like woodworking.
- Simple Cleaning Products
Some cleaners have harsh chemicals that can cause breathing problems or trigger an allergy or asthma attack. Read labels carefully and stay away from ones that have volatile organic compounds (VOCs), fragrances, or flammable ingredients. You can make your own cleaners with plain soap and water, vinegar, or baking soda.
These can be more than nice to look at, especially if your home is energy-efficient or not well-ventilated. In addition to getting rid of carbon dioxide and boosting oxygen levels, some can even help clear the air of chemical vapors. Of these, the easiest to grow and keep healthy include English ivy, ficus trees, peace lilies, and certain types of palms.
- Your HVAC
A dirty filter on your heating and air conditioning unit can keep air from flowing the way it should and lead to mold growth if it gets damp. Change it at least every 3 months and make sure it fits well. If you have asthma or allergies -- or you have pets or a large family -- you might want to check it once a month. It’s also a good idea for a professional to inspect the unit once a year.
If there’s mold in your house, the tiny spores can float into your nose and even your lungs. That can lead to allergy symptoms, like coughing or sneezing, or other breathing issues. The fungus loves damp areas, so keep bathrooms dry. Turn on a fan or open a window to help move air after you shower and hang up wet towels and washcloths. If you see mold in the tub or other areas, you may need to clean more often to help keep it at bay.
- Air Fresheners
Even pleasant smells can cause problems. Some air fresheners have VOCs in them that may bother your nose and throat. Other aerosol sprays, including some health and beauty products, have VOCs, too.
- Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
If you keep them too long, mold can grow on them. Check stored fruits and vegetables often, and toss anything that has mold or slime on it. To keep them fresh longer, don’t wash them before you store them -- do that just before you eat them. If you’re not sure if something is fresh, throw it away.
These bugs can cause problems even after they’re dead. When they die, their bodies break down into small bits, and those can get into the air. The same can happen with their poop. Those bits can get into sheets, pillows, and other fabrics, and may trigger asthma attacks or allergic reactions. If you know you have a roach problem, use roach baits instead of sprays.
These can happen with sinks, toilets, showers, dishwashers, or refrigerators -- even your roof. Pooled water can lead to issues with mold and cockroaches, so any leak needs to be taken care of quickly. Call a plumber if you can’t find where it’s coming from or don’t know how to fix it.
The only thing cockroaches like more than water is food. When dinner’s over, put anything that’s left in airtight containers. And if you throw food away, make sure it’s into a trash can that has a lid on it.
Dander and other allergens that Fido and Fluffy bring in from outside can cause trouble for your lungs. As hard as it might be, it’s a good idea to keep them out of bedrooms and off beds. If that’s not an option, bathe them regularly and vacuum the areas where they spend time.
- Forgotten Areas
Cabinet tops and vent hoods are a couple of places people sometimes forget to clean, along with behind toilets and under bathroom sinks. Wipe them down every so often with warm, soapy water. Give your pets’ dishes a daily wash, too, and check around for other areas that might collect grease, food, grime, or water.
- Linens and Rugs
Wash sheets, pillowcases, blankets, and area rugs once a week in 130-degree F water to help get rid of dust, mold, mites, and other things that can affect your breathing. And get rid of throw pillows that don’t have zip-off covers. They collect dust mites and pet dander and can be hard to clean.
Fabrics can trap dust, pollen, and other allergens. The next time you give the living room a new look, consider leather or vinyl furniture instead of cloth. If you have issues with allergies or asthma, you also might want to hang blinds instead of curtains, and dust them regularly.
Hard surfaces, like wood, don’t collect things that affect your breathing the way carpet can. If you need some soft areas, use throw rugs you can clean in a washing machine or sink. If you can’t take up your carpet, vacuum it weekly with a cleaner that has a HEPA or small-particle filter. When it needs to be professionally cleaned, be sure to use a certified “asthma & allergy friendly” service.
While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one. Just give us a call any time 24/7 we are always here to help.
SERVPRO of Gainesville
Phone: (770) 536-1010
Reasons to Trust SERVPRO with Remediation Services
There are many disasters that can befall your clients' commercial buildings. No matter what kind of damage occurs, professional remediation services are necessary to ensure that the building is restored properly. When you need a response that's Faster to Any Size Disaster, SERVPRO is the company you call.
SERVPRO offers full restoration of the damages caused by a variety of problems:
Whenever your clients have damage in their buildings, you need a company you can rely on to provide thorough mitigation. If you recommend a company that also offers restoration to them, the whole process can be tackled by the same team. This can save a lot of time and money.
Another benefit of trusting SERVPRO with your clients' remediation needs is that no matter where the building is located, there is probably a local franchise within a reasonable distance. Once the call center receives the call that help is needed, it can contact the closest location to respond to your client quickly. With the number of service centers totaling over 1,700 nationwide, SERVPRO is well-equipped to be Faster to Any Size Disaster.
SERVPRO's Claims Information Center is your one-stop information hub for all details pertaining to the restoration progress on your clients' property. You can view the original estimate to check it against the insurance claim the client files. As restoration progresses, any changes that have to be made are reported on your clients' records. You get up-to-date reports that both you and your clients can access at any time.
When a disaster destroys all or part of your client's building in Gainesville, GA, you need a restoration service that can respond quickly and professionally. SERVPRO not only offers complete restoration from assessment to rebuilding but also mobilizes the local team as soon as you contact the company. SERVPRO provides services that are Faster to Any Size Disaster.
Protect your furnace in the winter
Nobody likes being uncomfortable, especially when it’s 20 degrees and your furnace goes out. Then you have to make that painful call to your expensive repair man, who can only work on the furnace while you’re at home. Oh, let’s not forget those pesky Holiday or after hour fees they charge. So now you’re stuck in a freezing house in the middle of winter with no heat, which is not only uncomfortable, but can also be dangerous. Everyone says hindsight is 20/20, so here are a couple of tips you could have used to help prevent this unfortunate situation.
- Keep An Eye On Your Furnace’s Air Filter
The air filter for the furnace is there for just that, to filter out the dirt, dust and debris from your home, and when this filter gets overused, it reduces the amount of air flowing into your system. In turn, this causes a negative impact on your system and starts to make it work harder, making it more vulnerable to those costly breakdowns and running up your energy bill. It’s always smart to change your furnace filter everyone to three months.
- Make Sure You're Keeping Your HVAC System Free of Debris
As previously mentioned, dirt and debris can block airflow and can cause a system to shut down. So making sure the area around your furnace is clean and clear is a must. Also, occasionally checking your air vents to make sure they are open and unblocked by furniture that can impede the heat coming into rooms is a good habit to get into. Contact SERVPRO of Gainesville to schedule your HVAC system cleaning now.
- Have Your HVAC System Maintained Regularly?
Having your HVAC system maintained by a professional who can spot and stop problems not only saves money by avoiding major issues, but also allows your system to run more efficiently ending up with lower energy bills. Ultimately, the visit of the maintenance visit will pay for itself through less money towards bills, fewer repairs and a longer lasting furnace.
Know you are getting the best!
It's natural to want your Hall County, Georgia home and business to be safe and as comfortable as possible. When any part of the building is compromised, it becomes a serious concern. Fire or water damage creates many issues that affect the structural integrity of your property. It's usually necessary to contact home remediation professionals who can arrive faster to any size disaster, fix the problem and return your home or business to its pre-damaged condition.
Recognize Professional Qualities
SERVPRO franchises are some of the most respected restoration companies in your community. There are several reasons for this:
- Professional help is available all day, every day. Emergency services prevent further or secondary damages from occurring.
- All specialists receive ongoing training, which gives them the skills necessary to respond appropriately to any type of damage.
- Local franchises allow technicians to arrive faster to any size disaster. Local technicians can arrive more quickly than out-of-town competitors.
- SERVPRO has more than 1,750 franchises positioned around the country, so it's very likely there's one in your area.
- SERVPRO is often preferred by national and local insurance companies, which makes filing an insurance claim easier.
Whether it's your home or your business that's at risk, SERVPRO technicians have the equipment, training and location necessary to provide fast, thorough services.
Did you know that you don't have to wait for significant damage to occur before you contact professionals? For example, residential services are available when your home has been flooded due to heavy storms or when it has smoke damage from a chimney fire.
SERVPRO technicians are also qualified to complete the work needed at your business facilities. When you need professional cleaning services or any type of restoration services for your commercial building, choose the best remediation professionals available.
Your Hall County property deserves full attention from restoration professionals. Choose SERVPRO of Gainesville for technicians who arrive faster to any size disaster and who don't leave until the work is complete.
Call us 24/7 at (770) 536-1010.
Take the stress out of water damage
Allow us to stress your small stuff
Allow us to stress your small stuff.
Damaged structures can lead to severe and complicated problems, especially if they are not treated promptly and professionally.
When your business or your home is ankle-deep in water, you don’t want to hear about problems. You want solutions.
Allow SERVPRO of Gainesville professionals to be your solution. With over 50 years of leadership in the cleaning and restoration business, SERVPRO can help get homes and businesses back in working order, helping to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Due to the potential risk associated with water-related damage, moisture and water should be handled by properly trained, equipped and experienced professionals to ensure complete and necessary drying. Proper and professional cleanup and restoration can help prevent future harm, extensive structural damage and possible contamination. So, the next time a water disaster strikes, whether it be your home or business, leave it to SERVPRO of Gainesville to handle it promptly and professionally. We have all the experience and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Allow us to stress your small stuff
Damaged structures can lead to severe and complicated problems, especially if they are not treated promptly and professionally.
When your business or your home is ankle-deep in water, you don’t want to hear about problems. You want solutions.
Allow SERVPRO of Gainesville professionals to be your solution. With over 50 years of leadership in the cleaning and restoration business, SERVPRO can help get homes and businesses back in working order, helping to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Due to the potential risk associated with water-related damage, moisture and water should be handled by properly trained, equipped and experienced professionals to ensure complete and necessary drying. Proper and professional cleanup and restoration can help prevent future harm, extensive structural damage and possible contamination. So the next time a water disaster strikes, whether it be your home or business, leave it to SERVPRO of Gainesville to handle it promptly and professionally. We have all the experience and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Choosing a Restoration Company
The complications of a catastrophic property damage event are extensive and often impact a business’s livelihood. After a disaster, almost half of all businesses never reopen as reported by FEMA. It is essential for business owners to resume operations as quickly as possible and choosing the right restoration company will make all the difference. Knowing what to ask is essential to ensure you are working with a reputable company—here are the questions we recommend:
How Do They Handle Emergency Response?
The faster damage is treated, generally, the less costly and time-consuming the restoration process will be. Inquire about how companies handle emergency responses and what their operating hours are to ensure they are able to get to you quickly and efficiently. At SERVPRO we have 24 hour service, 365 days per year and can mobilize immediately. Your damage gets addressed quickly and allows you to focus on other important recovery tasks.
How Do They Train Their Employees?
Quality restoration work comes from quality training, so it is important to ensure the technicians working on your property are qualified and well-trained within the field. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) have established the guidelines and standards that are the best in the industry. SERVPRO technicians hold certifications from the IICRC which also require continuing education and training allowing them to be industry leaders in restoration.
How Do They Pick Their Equipment?
Technological advancements have impacted the restoration industry heavily, and it is important for companies to keep their equipment updated. A wide range of equipment is used in the restoration industry including extractors, dehumidifiers, air movers, air scrubbers, vacuums and deodorization machines. SERVPRO equipment is chosen based on the IICRC standards along with extensive testing from equipment manufacturers. All property damages are most effectively treated with the proper tools, which is why this is an important component of our restoration work.
Should you find yourself in need of restoration services in Hall County, contact SERVPRO of Gainesville, Georgia at (770) 536-1010. At SERVPRO, we work to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Why Hall County Communities use SERVPRO
Why Hall County Communities use SERVPRO mitigation and remediation Services
The process of decontaminating and deodorizing a property is not a straightforward one. In our years of owning and operating a restoration company, we have seen countless examples of pre-existing restoration attempts that have covered damages with paintwork, carpeting or flooring, only for issues to keep recurring at the cost of the Gainesvillle and Hall County homeowners. In this industry, there are no short cuts. The job is either complete or incomplete- there is no in-between. Getting the property back to how is was before water, fire, mold, or storm damage requires dedication, expertise, and equipment. Our experience spans restoring individual rooms for private residents to entire tenement buildings for commercial clients, which has earned us the reputation of being "faster to any size disaster."
Microbial growth is frequently the result of an incomplete restoration or a pre-existing property issue. The situation that develops results in the signs, and musty smells that are consistent with mold damage in your Hall County residence. The causes can be quite varied, making them tough to anticipate. A slow leak in your internal plumbing or an incomplete flood restoration that results in residual moisture inside wall cavities. With the ideal food supply, moisture and relative humidity, microbes like fungi can proliferate, causing mold damage.
Our restoration services incorporate mold assessment and remediation. SERVPRO technicians complete the process from start to finish using the five principles of remediation set out by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The first principle is to ensure safety by Providing Personal Protective (PPE) equipment to technicians that prevent inhaling spores or microbes during the cleaning procedure. Recording conditions throughout remediation which can then be passed on to an independent indoor environmental specialist (IES) is principal two.
Once the first two criteria are fulfilled, SERVPRO can begin the remediation process of your Gainesville or Hall County property. Removing contamination may include demolition of drywall or other porous materials that have become severely infested with mold. During this procedure, mold spores can become airborne and spread. To combat this SERVPRO apply negative air pressure during demolition or cleaning to control cross-contamination. The final principle of remediating your Gainesville or Hall County home is to stop the source of moisture. Without repairing the source, mold can keep recurring again and again, resulting in endless frustration for the homeowner.
Our company is built on a foundation of comprehensive restoration for water damage here in Gainesville. Unwanted moisture that enters dry areas of the home can be especially damaging to your contents. Even small quantities of water can do significant harm to sofas and upholstery. These harms can include joint swelling of wooden interior frames, which in turn causes cracking. Industrial glues can also be worn away by the presence of moisture resulting in rapid deterioration and permanent damages.
Restoration services for the contents of your Gainesville and Hall County home present several unique challenges for a SERVPRO technician. Dry clean fabrics may suffer from spotting, which requires the entire piece to be wetted to avoid water lines. Color bleeding is also an issue that can spread from a sofa onto carpets, flooring, or walls. These stains require immediate attention as clearing the stains is near impossible once materials are dry- foam cleaning can be an effective solution to bleeding fabrics.
Homeowners in Gainesville and Hall County want their contents restored to a preloss condition, so drying upholstery is as important, if not more important than cleaning cosmetic stains. Moisture residing inside furniture or upholstery can quickly become a microbial infestation. Since most furniture has porous materials, mold growth can result in having to dispose of the infested item. SERVPRO places dehumidification equipment around furniture and takes regular readings of internal moisture content to ensure furniture is restored both inside and out.
An adverse weather event can cause many problems to your property in Gainesville and Hall County. Even with appropriate safety guards in place, there are too many factors at play to control the outcome truly. SERVPRO is here to provide restoration services for storm damage in Gainesville and Hall County that cover a range of unpleasant issues including contaminated water problems, electrical hazards, and structural deficiencies in your home. Our rapid response units are available on-call for out of hours emergencies and can respond quickly by being local to the area.
One of the main concerns in a storm situation is flooding. Floodwaters carry highly infectious waste into your property, requiring restoration services for Bio-Hazardous materials. Waters may contain cholera, tetanus, typhoid, polio, hepatitis and many more water-borne pathogens that can be absorbed into your drywall, insulation, carpeting, and subfloor. As such, biohazard technicians must only enter the affected area with correct personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure safety. You must also be prepared for disposal and replacement of structural contents in the affected areas of your Gainesville and Hall County home.
The human health threat of floodwaters means that the affected area must be thoroughly disinfected using environmental protection agency (EPA) registered cleaning agents. Solid wastes must be shoveled out before standing water can be drained using submersible gas-powered pumping equipment. Demolition of drywall, insulation, and other porous materials is necessary to containing infectious waste. Valuable fabrics may be rescued by mechanical cleaning methods such as our Esporta washing machines, but the affected area must be restored to a disinfected state before it can be returned to a preloss condition.
Knowing your enemy is an essential part of providing comprehensive restoration services. Residents with fire damage in Gainesville and Hall County can rely on us to understand the patterns of smoke deposits around the home and the appropriate methodology needed to remove them. This knowledge is valuable because it increases the efficiency of our service as well as ensuring the property is comprehensively cleaned. The two guiding principles of fire damage restoration technicians (FRT) are the temperature of the smoke and the temperature of the surfaces that come into contact with smoke.
Materials that burn at high temperatures increase the surrounding air pressure. From a restorer’s perspective, that increase in pressure can push smokes further into materials or wear away finish. Cooler surfaces take the brunt of hot smoke damages, so walls or ceilings likely need repainting. Structural posts, pillars or banisters with substantial smoke damage can be sanded down to remove surface charring and refinished. Only in the most extreme fires is there a need to replace large quantities of structure through remodeling.
Since hot smoke is attracted to cooler surfaces, you may often find that the more substantial damages are inside cabinets or draws- where the interior surfaces are cooler than the room. These areas are often the culprit when it comes to unpleasant, tough to remove odors. Your Gainesville and Hall County home can be cleaned inside and out to ensure that odors are removed at the source. Residual odors, which may last long after the event, can be controlled through deodorization pellets or ULV fogging.
Comprehensive restoration services are labor intensive and require a specialized skill set. Contact SERVPRO of Gainesville at (770) 536-1010 to arrange expert service.
Property restoration includes a wide area of services all with the primary purposes of cleaning up messes, repairing damages, restoring building structures and contents, and protecting fragile properties against further damages. The professionals who offer these services typically offer solutions for residential and commercial property owners who have suffered damages because of
Flooding and excess moisture
Fire, smoke, and soot
Sewage and odors
Severe weather and storms
Although property restoration professionals may have training and expertise in specialized areas, most are required to have met some certifications. The IICRC, or Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration, is a certification organization that sets standards for the related industries.
What Is the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration?
The IICRC is a third-party certification agency that also oversees the training and education of restoration and cleanup technicians. Some of the classes that technicians study includes fire and water restoration, carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, and structural drying. Technicians may also earn certificates in mold remediation, restorative drying, and tarping services. If restoration professionals plan to work with biohazards, special training courses must be completed.
What Is Mitigation?
Mitigation is an important element of cleaning and restoration services. The goal of mitigation is to reduce losses by limiting the effect of disasters. When a property has been damaged by flooding or fires, it may seem that the extent of damages is complete. However, secondary damages are often a possibility. For example, mold growth can take place after floodwaters have been cleaned up. Once the flames of a property fire are gone, the structure may suffer secondary damages because moisture has been absorbed from the water used to fight the fire. A mitigation certificate shows that technicians have demonstrated their ability to prevent further losses.
The Importance of Industry Standard Makers
The IICRC plays a vital role in preparing property restoration and cleanup professionals to perform their jobs with top quality results. It also keeps industry standards high, protecting clients from all walks of life. If you require restoration services in Gainesville, GA, choose a company that lives up to these standards and requires trained employees.
Expertise Beyond Fire and Water
We are well known for our expertise in cleaning up after some of the most extensive water, fire and mold damage. We have helped Gainesville and other Hall County property owners through many emergencies. The technicians at SERVPRO of Gainesville are also trained in duct cleaning, odor control, construction clean up and content cleaning.
Duct cleaning: If you’re having unexplained allergy related illness, excessive pet hair or debris coming from the air vents, bad odors, or visible mold. These could make the air quality in a home uncomfortable. Duct cleaning can help.
Odor control: Tobacco, pets and years of buildup can be challenging odors to combat. The right cleaning solutions, equipment and expertise can bring a pleasant smell back to your home or business.
Construction clean up: when your remodeling project leaves dust everywhere, we can help. We specialize in fine particle cleaning. When your traditional cleaning methods are not working it may be time to call in the pros.
Content clean up: We all have items in our house we consider priceless. Your heirlooms or household items in need of specialized cleaning or items you thought could never be cleaned could be renewed with proper care.
Let us help. Give us a call here at SERVPRO of Gainesville. 770-536-1010.
Mold in Crawlspaces
In the humid south, moisture is constantly present in the air. Combining moisture with a dark and undisturbed area, such as a crawlspace, will often lead to mold growth.
Crawlspaces are rarely bothered by homeowners as they are usually small, dark, closed off, and house various bugs or other unwanted critters. When we avoid crawl spaces however, we prevent air circulation and sunlight in the area. The unbothered area is an ideal place for mold growth because moisture is not evaporated, and the temperature is kept relatively constant.
Mold thrives in areas that are moist and kept at a temperature ranging from 60 to 80 degrees. A crawl space ends up being an ideal place for mold growth due to its environmental conditions.
Considering you don’t regularly go into your crawl space, and it isn’t open to the rest of your home, you may think a little mold is nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, mold in these areas can still affect your and your family’s health.
Mold spores are tiny and easily released into the air. Spores can slip through cracks, be pulled in from air conditioning systems, or even float through open doors or windows. The mold spores can cause health effects when breathed in on a regular basis.
Concerned about mold in your crawlspace? Call SERVPRO of Gainesville at 770-536-1010.
When Shouldn't You Use Drain Cleaner?
You may be tempted to treat a clogged drain with store-bought drain cleaner in Hall County. However, you should be careful about when and how you apply this potent chemical liquid. There are certain situations in which drain cleaner should never be used, in order to prevent more damage from occurring.
The chemicals in drain cleaner react together to transfer electrons to and from organic substances, causing them to break down. This process also produces heat - that's how they force their way down further into the pipe. These two factors mean that they can warp and eat through piping made of pliable materials, like plastic. The three types of cleaners you should stay away from if you do have plastic pipes are:
- Sulfiric or muriatic acid cleaners
- Lye or caustic potash cleaners
- Bleach, peroxide or nitrate cleaners
Often, drain cleaners won't be able to clear a clogged drain if there is a solid mass of hair, oil and debris completely blocking the flow of air and liquid. So, if they are used in these situations, the cleaner ends up sitting there above the block. Given enough time, the strong chemicals can deal out some real damage to your pipes, even if they aren't plastic or old.
Old pipes will have a lot of the same problems as plastic pipes, because they are brittle and delicate. If you discover that your pipes are old or rusting, you are probably better off replacing your plumbing rather than going through sewage cleaning. New pipes are the best way to ensure that one doesn't burst, and you have water damage remediation to deal with instead of a blockage.
Most people don't even know there are other options for dealing with a clogged drain. Instead of chemical cleaner, you can try a drain snake. Ask your local hardware store for more guidance.
The Importance of Acting Quickly After a Disaster
When a disaster strikes, it is imperative to respond quickly in order to prevent further damages and complications. Fires, mold infestations and floods from broken pipes, overflows or heavy storms – all such disasters must be dealt with in a timely manner. If not handled immediately you could experience one or more of these issues:
- If water-damaged structures and contents are not dried out quickly and correctly, potential health risks can develop. Mold can begin to grow within the first 24 to 48 hours after the disaster.
- Excessive water can cause: rusting in metals, corrosion in electronic components, cracking, splitting or warping of furniture items, color bleeding or transfer in fabrics, furniture stains and secondary damage to upholstery, drapery, clothing, wallpaper, photos and papers.
- Fire or smoke damaged properties can also experience irreversible damage, regardless of the size of the fire. Soot residue is highly acidic and can pit or corrode the metal in doorknobs, plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, etc. It can also etch glass in windows, mirrors and cabinets, causing them to look soiled and cloudy. Moreover, plastics, appliances, fabrics and vinyl windows can become discolored.
- The safety and security of the home can be compromised. Windows and doors may become weak and function improperly, wet materials may collapse and electrical installations and components can be a health hazard when they come in contact with water. Slips and falls are also potential dangers.
If you’re not sure how to act after experiencing water, fire or mold problems in your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Gainesville at 770-536-1010. We have a team of restoration professionals ready 24/7/365 to help you
Keep Your HVAC Clean
Keep your HVAC System Clean to Reduce the Chances of Microbial Growth
Mold in HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems can cause serious health problems. When the furnace or air conditioner is turned on, microscopic mold spores can blow out of the air ducts and circulate through the air, where they are easily inhaled.
Keeping your Ducting and the Intake clean is vital to reducing the amount of contamination your HVAC system has.
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today SERVPRO of Gainesville, 770-536-1010
How to Clean Up Smoke Damage After a Fire
The worst part of most house fires isn’t necessarily the damage from the actual fire but the damage caused by the smoke and soot of the fire. Most house fires that are contained and put out quickly leave little to no damage. If the fire is in the oven or on the cooktop, the flames may cause damage to the oven, hood, and back wall. If replacing the oven or cleaning up the oven was the only thing needed, that wouldn’t be so bad. Unfortunately, it’s the smoke from the fire that can quickly spread that can leave lasting damage if not cleaned up properly.
In this blog, we will go over some tips to clean up “minor” smoke damage after a fire. We use the word “minor” because smoke damage can quickly turn into a much bigger problem as it spreads quickly. The other problem is that the homeowner may exacerbate the smoke damage by using the wrong cleaning supplies and chemicals. This leads us to the first tip.
Assess the Smoke Damage Before Cleaning
Once the fire has been safely put out, check the area for smoke damage. If you see that the smoke has gone up the walls and to the ceiling, it is usually best to call a professional to clean up. The reason is that it can be difficult to remove smoke from porous ceilings and walls. Also, if the smoke is visible on the ceiling and walls, there’s a good chance that it has been carried elsewhere. Fire damage restoration professionals will know where to look and how to clean the smoke damage. Also, smoke can easily slip behind appliances, through cracks, and other hard to reach areas which if not cleaned could leave that the smell of smoke lingering behind.
Air Out the Room
If you experienced a small kitchen fire, open the nearest window and/or door to let fresh air in. This will allow any airborne soot or smoke to hopefully blow out of the house. It’s also a good idea to turn off your central air or heat so the smoke isn’t sucked up into your air ducts. Once the smoke has dissipated and you’ve gotten plenty of fresh air circulating through the area, you can turn back on your central air or heat. It is, however, a good idea to check your air filter on your furnace and change it out if you smell any smoke from it. Another good idea is to use box fans to push the air out through your open windows and/or doors.
Clean Up the Fire Extinguisher Residue
If you use a fire extinguisher to put out the fire, you most likely used the common ABC dry powder fire extinguisher. It’s important to clean up the dry powder from any appliances or metals as the powder can be corrosive over time. A simple wet rag can remove the powder from any surfaces like an oven, sink, or refrigerator. Also, with small kitchen fires, the powder probably spread further than the actual smoke damage, so you want to be thorough in examining all of the surfaces and areas around where the fire occurred.
Vacuum Up Any Fire and Soot Debris First
Before using towels and cleansers to wipe the surfaces, you will want to use a vacuum to remove any loose debris or soot from the damaged area. The debris could scratch surfaces like cooktops if using a towel to wipe the surface. Use the brush attachment of your vacuum to lightly dislodge any debris so the vacuum can suck it up. You make also want to use a broom to sweep up any debris but be careful not to use too much force as you could scratch the surfaces or make the stains worse.
Don’t Use Liquid Cleaners Just Yet
This is where most people would tend to grab a towel and a liquid cleaner to remove the smoke from the walls, ceiling, and other surfaces. Doing this usually makes the damage worse and harder to clean up. Using liquid cleaners and a towel at this stage can sometimes smear the smoke stains or push them deeper into the surfaces especially walls and ceilings. To get most of the soot and smoke off surfaces, you need to use a dry chemical sponge. This is a special type of sponge that is impregnated with chemicals that are designed to remove soot and smoke. By gently wiping the surface, the sponge absorbs and/or picks up the soot and smoke from the surface. If the smoke damage is minimal, this can be an easy task but if there is extensive smoke damage, this can be an enormous project that is usually best left to the professionals.
Next, Wash the Surfaces with Professional Cleansers
Once you’ve removed most of the smoke and soot from the surfaces with the dry chemical sponge, you’ll then want to use professional cleansers and a towel to wipe down the surfaces. Some of the different cleaners that people use are commercial soot/smoke cleaner, white vinegar, dish soap, and trisodium phosphate (TSP). A professional smoke damage restoration company will know better what cleaners to use and when. Some cleaners may remove the smoke and soot stains but leave the smell behind. Some may kill the smell with natural, biologically activated enzymes but not remove the stains.
The Best Step to Take is Call the Professionals
Removing the stains and smells from smoke and soot is not a simple and easy process. We just went over some steps that may work for smooth surfaces but what if the smoke gets into fabrics or furniture? That is why it is usually best to call the professionals to handle the cleanup and restoration of fire and smoke damage. Fire damage restoration experts, like those at SERVPRO of Gainesville, have the knowledge, expertise, tools, cleaning agents, and equipment to effectively remove all the stains and odors and damage from a home fire. Contact us 24/7 when the next time disaster strikes at your home or business, 770-536-1010.
Warmer Weather is Near!
Time for Spring Cleaning!
Let us help! Call us today (770) 536-1010 for help with:
- Duct Cleaning - improve your home's air quality and reduce dust circulation through your HVAC system and home.
- Carpet Cleaning - help increase the life of your carpet and reduce future cleanings with a deep restorative cleaning and top it off with a stain and soil protectant.
- Upholstery Cleaning - give your furniture a refreshing look with a deep clean and stain extraction.
- Rug Cleaning - remove stains and odors from your rugs to improve appearance.
SERVPRO of Gainesville looks forward to hearing from you soon to assist in your spring cleaning needs!
Odors and deodorization
If you have odor from a fire or any another source call SERVPRO of Gainesville, we will help you remove the odor.
Destroy Odor with Deodorization
Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke, and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems. As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits of surfaces and in hard-to-reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.
With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO of Gainesville professionals provide specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO of Gainesville does not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance. We seek out and remove the source of the odor. Once the source is found, odor can be removed by using equipment such as air scrubbers or ozone machine and SERVPRO's own proprietary line of professional cleaning products is used to treat and prevent the odor from returning. Any restorable items in affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, draperies and upholstery, and more.
Other odors that may require deodorization:
- Cigarette Smoke
- Pet Odors
Ask your highly trained SERVPRO of Gainesville technician to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.
If you or one of your customers suffer a fire damage or some other accident that require deodorization services, contact SERVPRO of Gainesville your trusted locally owned restoration company. Whether it's fire, water or mold damage or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we'll help make it "Like it never even happened."
The Mold Remediation Process
If you have mold in your home or business call SERVPRO of Gainesville
The Mold Remediation Process
When mold is not visible, SERVPRO recommends hiring a hygienist to perform an air quality test to properly determine the affected areas in the home or business. But when the mold has spread more than 10 square feet then there is a process that begins towards addressing it properly and efficiently:
- Assessment-Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold and the water sources possibly causing it. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.
- Containment- Different containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold, like physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.
- Air Filtration- Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO technicians use air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.
- Removing- The process of mold remediation depends on the amount of mold growth and the type of surface it's on. Antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new ones from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary.
- Cleaning- SERVPRO cleans your furniture, decorative items, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings.
- Restoration- Depending on the level of mold damage, some building materials may have to be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs or major repairs.
If you have water damage to documents we can help dry and restore the documents.
In the aftermath of disaster, some of your most valued contents—documents, photographs, and books—could be lost forever. As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO knows that timely mitigation is the key to recovering damaged possessions. With years of experience and state-of-the-art technology, SERVPRO’s restoration professionals will help you recover your paper goods before it is too late.
Our Document Restoration Facility:
- Innovative: we use the latest vacuum freeze-drying method, as well as gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing
- Secure: managed by HIPPA Master-certified technicians, under 24/7 surveillance
- Digital: we use a computerized inventory system for digitizing your documents
- Flexible capacity - we can accommodate large commercial losses or small residential jobs
- Full Service: we offer a range of services including drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization
The SERVPRO document restoration team uses innovate vacuum freeze-drying techniques; in fact, we use the same freeze-drying methods used by the Library of Congress to dry valuable historic documents and books. Our vacuum freeze-drying process is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration (GSA).
Types of content:
- paper documents
- books and magazines
- manuscripts and files
- photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
- blueprints and maps
Document Cleaning and Disinfecting
In many water damage situations, like sewage or flood water, documents will be exposed to bacteria, viruses, pesticides, or other harmful chemicals. Our team uses a gamma irradiation process to safely and effectively sterilize your documents.
In the digital age, converting your paper files and photos to digital formats can have an invaluable impact on your business or home. With the help of SERVPRO’s restoration professionals to digitize your documents, you can save storage space and have access to your records at the touch of a button. And perhaps most important of all, you’ll have digital copies of your valuable documents that can’t be lost in a flood or fire.
Need your valuable documents restored? Call SERVPRO of Gainesville 770-536-1010
Don't Wait, call SERVPRO of Gainesville today
When you've had water damage like this Gainesville family did, it is important to act quickly to avoid any secondary damages.
We all get very busy with our day-to-day schedules and water damage can really put a wrench in your plans. As inconvenient and time consuming as it may be, leaving water damage for even 1 day can make things significantly worse.
Within Minutes water will spread throughout your property soaking into drywall, upholstery and other belongings.
Within the first 24 hours drywall will spread and break, metal surfaces begin to tarnish, and a musty odor becomes present.
Within 48 hours to a week mold and mildew grow and spread, paint blisters, wood flooring swells and doors and windows swell and warp.
After 1 week of being untreated, the time and money needed for restoration significantly increase and the home or business may no longer be structurally sound.
If you have water damage in your home or place of business call SERVPRO of Gainesville today 770-536-1010.
We have the technology in our hands to track the progress of your water or fire loss and to help make it "Like it never even happened."
Being a part of a franchise system is truly amazing (as if we don't mention the SERVPRO family enough). Through this system, we have specific resources and tools that help us be consistently follow the SERVPRO system.
Let's start with DryBook! We have a program called DryBook that our technicians use on the job site. Using DryBook on the job all of the paperwork, pictures, and information is captured electronically. This allows our technicians to not have to worry about paper and pen and this will update our office staff real time! This means that the minute that they hit save, our team at our office can pull up that customers file and make sure they have everything that they need to send to the insurance company.
We also have WorkCenter Office. This program helps us track our jobs and ensures that we know the exact duration of the job. In addition, WorkCenter Office maintains a historical point of reference for all jobs once they have been completed and sent to insurance companies for processing.
With the combination of these two programs, DryBook and WorkCenter Office, we can accurately tell a story for the insurance company!
SERVPRO of Gainesville is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (770)-536-1010.
We answer the phone ready to help
When water or fire damage occurs it is important to act quickly to avoid secondary damages. SERVPRO of Gainesville is here and ready to help.
SERVPRO of Gainesville is available 24 hours a day for fire, water or storm emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with damage to your home or business, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the damage to your structure and contents.
We’re available 24/7 Ready to Help
Call Today - (770) 536-1010
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Gainesville has the specific training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water and fire damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the damage occur?
- What caused the damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Gainesville
SERVPRO of Gainesville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Quick Mitigation for Water Damaged Gainesville Homes
We've added a new van with a truck-mount to our fleet. This new addition will help us respond faster to your water loss.
Water loss incidents can quickly spread throughout your Gainesville home and threaten areas even far removed from the source of the emergency. As much as many homeowners might strive to handle many of these disasters on their own, water losses can affect areas beyond what is easily seen, requiring sophisticated equipment and mitigation tools to overcome. Without a fast turnaround on the effects to your house, construction materials risk deterioration and the property also becomes susceptible to hazardous conditions like mold growth.
Professional restoration technicians like our SERVPRO team can offer real-time solutions for water damage to Gainesville homes. We have a broad inventory of equipment, and with the connection to a larger national network, we can continually upgrade and improve our equipment and tools to be the most competitive in the restoration industry. We know how quickly water loss incidents can get out of control, so we have a 24/7 response to these emergencies to begin mitigation work as soon as our professionals first arrive.
Mitigation serves to reduce your overall loss when disasters strike your residence. While this ultimately involves multiple tasks happening simultaneously, it involves working to extract standing water, dry saturated elements, and protect the contents of your house that are at risk for damages. Our SERVPRO team has extensive training the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in both Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) to offer our customers fast and confident solutions when every minute counts.
Our fast response in a water loss crisis can get vital drying efforts started immediately to prevent unnecessary tear out and replacement of materials like carpeting and drywall. We have a restore before replacing mentality, and that begins with a quick mobilization whenever emergencies occur.
While many homeowners might strive to provide their house with the restoration and cleaning it needs when damaging situations occur, water loss incidents can spread much farther than you might realize. Trust in our SERVPRO of Gainesville team to work quickly to make these situations “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (770) 536-1010.
December 12, 2018 - 4.4 magnitude earthquake
An early morning earthquake in east Tennessee early Wednesday December 12th was widely felt over the Southeast U.S.
The magnitude 4.4 quake struck around 4:14 am est and was followed about 12 minutes later by a magnitude 3.3 aftershock.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, light shaking was observed over most of the Atlanta metro area, and a number of states from southern Alabama to South Carolina, North Carolina, and Kentucky.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
This quake was one of the strongest on record in east Tennessee, exceeded only by a November 30, 1973 near Maryville, south of Knoxville which lead to minor damage near the epicenter.
Today's earthquake reminds us that it is always a good idea to be prepared for any type of emergency.
What is an earthquake? An earthquake is the sudden, rapid shaking of the earth, caused by the breaking and shifting of underground rock. Earthquakes can cause buildings to collapse and cause heavy items to fall, resulting in injuries and property damage. Earthquakes can:
- Happen anywhere – though higher risk areas include California, Alaska, and the Mississippi Valley;
- Happen without warning;
- Cause fires and damage roads; and
- Cause tsunamis, landslides, and avalanches.
If an earthquake happens, protect yourself right away. Drop, Cover, then Hold On!
- If in a vehicle, pull over and stop.
- If in bed, stay there.
- If outdoors, stay outdoors.
- Do not get in a doorway.
- Do not run outside.
HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN AN EARTHQUAKE THREATENS
- Secure items, such as televisions, and objects that hang on walls. Store heavy and breakable objects on low shelves.
- Practice Drop, Cover, then Hold On with family and coworkers. Drop to your hands and knees. Cover your head and neck with your arms. Crawl only as far as needed to reach cover from falling materials. Hold on to any sturdy furniture until the shaking stops.
- Create a family emergency communications plan that has an out-of-state contact. Plan where to meet if you get separated.
- Make a supply kit that includes enough food and water for at least three days, a flashlight, a fire extinguisher, and a whistle. Consider each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.
- Consider obtaining an earthquake insurance policy. Standard homeowner’s insurance does not cover earthquake damage.
- Consider a retrofit of your building to correct structural issues that make it vulnerable to collapse during an earthquake.
Making A Small Fire "Like it never even happened."
Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.
With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO of Gainesville professionals provide specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO of Gainesville professionals do not coverup lingering odors with fragrance; they seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Once the source is found, SERVPRO’s own proprietary line of cleaning products is used to treat and prevent the odor from returning. Any restorable item in affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more. Ask your SERVPRO of Gainesville professional to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you. If you suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services, contact us at 770-536-1010. Whether it’s fire, water, or mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”
When Your Basement Floods
Gainesville, Georgia Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!
A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are several reasons why your basement could flood, including:
- A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
- Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
- Storm sewer backup
- Sanitary sewer backup
- Foundation drainage failure
- Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
- And many more
Have Questions about Basement Flooding?
Call Today 770-536-1010
If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.
The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Gainesville, Georgia and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.
We are Flooded Basement Specialists:
- We are available 24 hours/7 days per week
- We’re a preferred vendor to many national insurance companies
- We bill the insurance directly – one less thing for you to worry about
- Our technicians are highly-trained in water restoration techniques
- We use s500 IICRC restoration standards
- Advanced inspection and extraction equipment
Basement Flooded? Call SERVPRO of Gainesville 770-536-1010.
Fires - Assessing the Damage to Properly Mitigate
When a fire starts inside your home, it is never a pleasant experience. Fires not only threaten the safety of you and your family but can also be costly to repair. The heat, flames, and smoke produced by a fire can cause extensive damage to your home.
Whether the fire is small or large, the best choice would be to have the professionals come in and assess the situation. SERVPRO of Gainesville is IICRC certified and have experience with different types of fire scenarios.
Both the heat and smoke created by a blaze causes several types of damage to your home. Flames can burn content and building materials inside the home. Smoke spreads throughout the structure leaving behind soot and foul odors. Our professional technicians at SERVPRO of Gainesville are taught how to mitigate fire damage by putting each case into a category based on the severity of the damage.
No matter how severe the damage is in your home after a fire, hiring professionals can always get you the best results. SERVPRO of Gainesville can be reached at (770) 536-1010, available 24 hours a day and seven days a week to help you.
What Are All These Green Machines
Pictured are air movers.
When water damage has occurred, water can be absorbed into the drywall (sheetrock), baseboards, subflooring, etc. Drying these surfaces requires high-velocity air movers to accelerate the release of absorbed water into the air. Dehumidifiers are necessary for removing this excess moisture to help protect property and create conditions for efficient drying.
TYPES OF AIR MOVERS
There are two types of industrial air movers we use at SERVPRO of Gainesville. Both types vary by direction and speed of airflow:
- Axial: Axial air movers blow large amounts of air in a wide space. These air movers are usually larger and produces a higher airflow. Axial air movers can only move air horizontally, but they are ideal for drying walls and floors, cooling equipment and ventilation.
- Centrifugal: Centrifugal air movers are compact models. They draw air from different sources and direct it all to one spot. You might use a centrifugal air mover in hard-to-reach areas such as closets, cabinets and crawl spaces.
TYPES OF DEHUMIDFIERS
There are two types of industrial dehumidifiers we use at SERVPRO of Gainesville. Both types vary by direction and speed of airflow:
- Refrigeration: Electric refrigeration dehumidifiers are the most common type of dehumidifiers. They work by drawing moist air over a refrigerated evaporator with a fan. The cold evaporator coilof the refrigeration device condenses the water, which is removed, and then the air is reheated by the condenser coil. The now dehumidified, re-warmed air is released into the room. This process works most effectively at higher ambient temperatures with a high dew point In cold climates, the process is less effective. Highest efficiency is reached above 20 °C (68 °F) and 45% relative humidity.
Desiccant: This process uses a special humidity-absorbing material called a desiccant, which is exposed to the air to be conditioned. The humidity-saturated material is then moved to a different location, where it is "recharged" to drive off the humidity, typically by heating it. The desiccant can be mounted on a belt or other means of transporting it during a cycle of operation. Because of the lack of compressor parts desiccant dehumidifiers are often lighter and quieter than compressor dehumidifiers. Desiccant dehumidifiers can also operate at lower temperatures than compressor dehumidifiers as the unit lacks coils which are unable to extract moisture from the air at lower temperatures.
If you’ve had water damage at your home or business call SERVPRO of Gainesville 770-536-1010 for emergency service.
September Is National Preparedness Month
Are you ready?
SERVPRO Industries, Inc. is once again proud to be a member of the National Preparedness Month Coalition and is committed to helping the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in their efforts to promote the importance of preparedness planning.
It is no secret that many families and individuals are looking to cut back on spending. But with the frequency of disasters, both natural and manmade, can you afford not to be prepared? Preparedness doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. September is National Preparedness Month, and we are asking you to help your family and friends prepare for whatever may come. Here are a few tips* on how you can protect those that matter to you without spending a fortune.
- Make a Plan.Work with you family and neighbors to make an emergency plan for the types of disasters that affect your area. Make sure everyone in your family understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. You can download Family Emergency Plan templates ready.gov/make-a-plan
- Update Contact Information.Having accurate records for family, friends and neighbors will help you stay in contact and possibly help those in need. Make sure updated contact information is posted in visible places throughout your house and workplace.
- Check Your Policy.Review your insurance policy annually and make any necessary changes – renters, too! When a disaster strikes, you want to know that your coverage will get you back on your feet.
- Make a Ready List.You may not need all of the items in ready-made preparedness kits. Choose the essentials that fit your needs and budget. Don’t forget to keep supplies at work and in your car. Sample Ready Lists can be found at ready.gov/document/family- supply-list
- Plan Your Purchases.You can save money by thinking ahead. Don’t buy preparedness items just before a storm when they’re expensive and supplies will be in high demand. Buy items at the end of the season when you can get good deals.
- Shop Sales.Shop at sales and used goods stores. Buy preparedness items throughout the year, instead of all at once, and you won’t notice the cost as much.
- Make Sure it Keeps.Store water in safe, containers. You don’t need to buy expensive bottled water, just make sure your water containers are disinfected and airtight
- Request a Gift.We all get things we don’t need. Suggest preparedness supplies as gifts from your friends and family. It just might save your life.
- Trade a Night Out.Trade one night out to fund your 72-hour kit. Taking a family of four to the movies can cost upwards of $80. Just one night staying in could fund your Ready kit.
- *The best tip: start now.Take small steps toward preparedness and before you know it, you will be Ready!