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Interesting facts about fires

Interesting facts about fires

A single fire hydrant in San Francisco survived a massive earthquake in 1906 and aided fire fighters in saving the Mission District.  In memory of the event the hydrant was painted gold. 

Interesting facts about fires

Interesting facts about fires

No one knows who invented the fire hydrant, because its patent was destroyed in a fire. 

Mold On Your Subflooring

Mold On Your Subflooring

Mold isn't always visible, it can be hidden beneath your flooring and spreading on your sub-floor.  If you suspect you have mold call the professionals at SERVPRO of Gainesville 770-536-1010. 

Commercial Water Loss in Gaineville

Commercial Water Loss in Gaineville

When a toilet supply line broke in this Gainesville business we were on-site quickly extracting the water and drying the structure to help this customer re-open within days of their loss. 

IICRC Certified Firm

IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Gainesville is an IICRC Certified Firm.  Being an IICRC Certified Firm we stay up to date on all of the latest techniques and technologies in the fire and water restoration industry.  This continuing education within the industry helps us make sure your home or business is restored quickly and "Like it never even happened."

Faster to any Disaster

Faster to any Disaster

No matter the size of your loss, SERVPRO of Gainesville is ready to respond.  SERVPRO of Gainesville is locally owned and operated but has the backing of the SERVPRO National Disaster Recovery Team and can respond quickly to any loss large or small. 

Hurricane Updates - October 9, 2018

Hurricane Updates - October 9, 2018

Hurricane Michael is threatening more than 300 miles of the Gulf Coast, prompting emergency declarations in more than 100 counties from Mobile, Alabama through the Florida Panhandle and into the state's Big Bend region.

Residents in those areas are being warned to prepare for Michael to make landfall Wednesday as a "dangerous major hurricane," bringing damaging winds, and life-threatening storm surge and flash flooding. The storm will move further inland later in the week and bring rain and wind to Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

Mold On Your Walls

Mold On Your Walls

The most common causes of mold growing on walls are high humidity, condensation and water leaks (which are often hidden inside the wall).

Condensation forms when water vapor in the air meets cold surfaces and cools to become liquid. Condensation is especially common on walls which form the perimeter of a house. These walls are often colder because of cool outdoor air on the other side.

Things like drying wet clothes inside or steam from hot water increases the humidity in the home. If humidity stays high in your home for a long time then you might see mold starting to grow on your walls. Usually the best way to decrease the humidity is to ventilate your home by opening windows and doors.

Leaking pipes near or inside of walls are a common cause of mold. If there's a leaking pipe inside a wall cavity then mold will usually be well and truly set in before it's discovered.

Are Your Trees in Danger of Falling?

Are Your Trees in Danger of Falling?

During storms trees often cause damage to homes. What can you do to help eliminate tree damage to your home?  Look for warning signs for trees at risk of falling.

Mushrooms in the ground near the base of a tree may mean your tree is sick and you should have it checked out.  Artist’s Conk mushroom is a mushroom that grows on the trunk of a tree and may mean there is rot inside the tree.

Space at or near the base of the tree trunk or if the soil is starting to push back as the tree moves may indicate the tree is in danger of falling.

If you’re in doubt about a tree near your house contact a specialist to see if it should be removed before a storm causes the tree to fall.

Winterize Your Home

Winterize Your Home

Though the tempertures are still in the 80's and 90's we know winter be here soon. Here are some tips on preparing your home for the coming winter:

  • Winterize your home by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic
  • Clear rain gutters; repair roof leaks 
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys have them cleaned and inspected 
  • Insulate pipes 
  • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand and know how to use them
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts)
  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside
  • Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain heavy weight from snow or water
How to use a Fire Extinguisher

How to use a Fire Extinguisher

To properly use a fire extinguisher just remember the acronym “PASS.”

  • Pull the pin.
  • Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire. Hitting the tops of the flame with the extinguisher won’t be effective. You got to smother it at its base.
  • Squeeze the trigger. In a controlled manner, squeeze the trigger to release the agent.
  • Sweep from side to side. Sweep the nozzle from side to side until the fire is put out. Keep aiming at the base while you do so. Most extinguishers will give you about 10-20 seconds of discharge time.
Mold after water damage

Mold after water damage

After a water loss you may be capable of starting the drying and cleaning processes, but it is important to know that mold can grow in areas of the home that you can't see. Simply cleaning and drying your carpet will not always be effective in preventing mold growth, especially if there is a large quantity of unwanted water. Mold can still grow in different areas of your home, including the carpet padding, underneath wallpaper, behind the drywall, along ceilings and baseboards, in voids and furniture. 

Fire Damage in Local Commercial Property

Fire Damage in Local Commercial Property

This fire in a local Gainesville, Georgia commercial property resulted in both damage from the fire as well as from water damage from the fire suppression, sprinkler system.  We are busy on-site getting the customer back to business as quick as possible. 

Disaster Recovery Team

Disaster Recovery Team

SERVPRO is Ready For Whatever Happens!

With the backing of our National Disaster Recovery Teams SERVPRO of Gainesville provides 24 hour emergency service and is dedicated and ready to respond to any-sized disaster. 

Commercial Water Loss in Gaineville

Commercial Water Loss in Gaineville

Our team responded to call at a Gainesville commercial property damaged by water after a fire. Our experts are using a commercial desiccant dehumidifier and “lay-flat ducting.” “Lay-flat ducting” is a soft plastic tube that is flattened in a roll and is connected to the dehumidifiers with air moving through it as it inflates. The team at SERVPRO will work quickly and efficiently to restore this property to pre-damage condition.

Damage From Uprooted Trees

Damage From Uprooted Trees

Falling trees and limbs cause millions of dollars in damage each year damaging homes and cars and downing power lines. Windstorms, such as tornadoes and hurricanes, are a leading cause of such damage and injury ... Good pruning can prevent many problems, but over-pruning can significantly weaken a tree.

Hurricane Updates - September 13, 2018

Hurricane Updates - September 13, 2018

NOAA’s National Hurricane Center issued a Public Advisory at 8 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, September 13, 2018, due to the presence of Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Florence is currently located 170 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina and is moving to the northwest at 12 mph.

What is Black Mold?

What is Black Mold?

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Gainesville at 770-536-1010. 

Water Damage In Light Fixtures

Water Damage In Light Fixtures

In many situations, the first signs of a leaking pipe or roof occur when the watermakes it into your home through the ceiling. If you see water pooling in a light fixture, do not attempt to let it out. Water and electrical fixtures make a dangerouscombination.

Broken Pipe In Your Wall

Broken Pipe In Your Wall

A leak in a copper water pipe behind a wall can cause damage to walls, ceilings and floors. Hidden moisture also increases the risk of dangerous mold buildup. A leak in a pipe behind a wall may start slowly and go undetected for a long time. Once a leak is found, it should be repaired as quickly as possible to limit the amount of damage done. 

Fires In Your Heating and Air System

Fires In Your Heating and Air System

There are several factors that commonly cause fires involving AC systems.

  1. Storing flammable materials near the system - An accumulation of leaves or other combustible materials and debris, or gasoline too close to your air conditioning system puts it at a risk of catching fire. Keep the space around your unit free and clear with any materials or debris at least 3 feet away. 
  2. Failing to keep the unit cleaned properly - The accumulation of dirt and dust particles in its air vents, filters, coils and fins could obstructs normal air flow and result in your unit malfunctioning and in the end cause a fire.
  3. Faulty parts and equipment - When you neglect your air conditioning system, you fail to notice when there are faulty parts and equipment.
Smoke Webs

Smoke Webs

We often hear customers exclaim "I didn't know I had so many spiderwebs in my house!" after a fire.  What customers are seeing is not the handiwork of a spider - but a chemical reaction that happens after some fires. 

The ionisation process of burning (particularly) synthetic materials like plastics, rubbers and polymers, creates charged smoke particles which can attract towards certain surfaces, and attract to each other creating chains, and ultimately web-like formations. They form under certain conditions called wet smoke, which involves low heat, or smoldering type environments. Smoke webs are typically sticky and pungent and will smudge easily and show up in particular areas where there is limited air flows, typically corners and edges of ceilings, in curtain folds, cabinets etc.

Spider webs will burn up very quickly in a real fire.

Mold in Common Walls

Mold in Common Walls

Common wall construction consists of wood studs installed vertically with drywall on the interior side of the studs, an exterior siding or masonry system on the outside of the studs, and fiberglass or foam insulation between the studs.

When moisture gets into this wall "cavity"and it is not properly dried or treated with an anti-microbial agent.

Georgia State Parks Open to Hurricane Florence Evacuees

Georgia State Parks Open to Hurricane Florence Evacuees

Message from the Georgia State Parks:

We are closely monitoring Hurricane Florence and our thoughts go out to our neighbors and hope everyone remains safe. 

Please know that we welcome evacuees and their pets. We can accommodate equestrians at some parks as well. 

Campsites and cottages are still available and “Dry camping” outside of normal camping areas is available for no charge. Our Group Shelters are also open to those fleeing the storm. Contact park offices directly for assistance.

For more information go to:

 https://gastateparks.org/Alerts

Causes of Household Fires

Causes of Household Fires

The most common causes of household fires are:

  • Appliances and equipment – cooking, heating, washers/dryers, air conditioners
  • Arson and juvenile fire setting – children playing with fire and intentional fires
  • Candles
  • Chemical and gases – natural gas and LP gas, spontaneous combustion
  • Electrical and consumer electronics
  • Fireworks
  • Holiday – Christmas trees and other decorations
  • Household products – mattress, bedding and upholstered furniture
  • Lighting fires and lightning strikes
  • Smoking materials – such as tobacco products
Mold in Air Ducts

Mold in Air Ducts

According to the U.S. EPA, you should routinely inspect your HVAC systems, not just for mold, but for moisture.   Look at drain and condensate pans to make sure they are draining properly.   If they are plugged, the moisture that accumulates will become a mold factory.  Also make sure that all HVAC ducts and system components such as air handlers, blowers, plenums and the like are free of any moisture.

Dri-Eaz Ace Axial Turbo-Dryer Air Mover

Dri-Eaz Ace Axial Turbo-Dryer Air Mover

A low amp, 1.5 axial air mover that can be used in multiple ways to dry materials affected by a water loss. Constructed to be used at different angles: tilt forward – to dry floor level materials; tilt back – to dry elevated materials; face down – directed airflow on flooring; face up – drying ceilings and overhead materials.

Dri-Eaz Evolution Dehumidifier

Dri-Eaz Evolution Dehumidifier

A versatile compact dehumidifier which only draws 5 amps per unit (less than the average toaster oven) but is capable of removing up to 70 pints of moisture a day from a water loss such as this one in Gainesville, GA.

The Right Equipment For The Job

The Right Equipment For The Job

When a business suffers a large water loss it may require a large piece of equipment as pictured here to assist in the drying process. A local Gainesville, GA business had a water loss over the weekend and we have installed a mobile truck mounted disiccant dehumidifier to help remove all the moisture from the loss site. 

Faster to any Disaster

Faster to any Disaster

When disaster strikes at your business SERVPRO of Gainesville can respond quickly with the right equipment to handle any size loss.  A Gainesville, GA business had a small fire this weekend that resulted in a large amount of water damage. With the help the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team we are working hard to get them back up and running quickly. 

Hurricane Updates - September 10, 2018

Hurricane Updates - September 10, 2018

The National Hurricane Center is currently tracking four tropical storms and one Hurricane (Florence) currently.  Having five systems in the Western Hemisphere is fairly common for this time of year.  September 10th is considered to be the statistical peak of the hurricane season.

On Sunday Tropical Storm Florence was upgraded to hurricane status as it strengthened and moves towards the North and South Carolina coasts, Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall by the end of the week. 

The National Hurricane Center has advised residents along the southeast coast to prepare.  Virginia, North and South Carolina have already declared states of emergency.

Fire damage to contents

Fire damage to contents

There's no such thing as a small fire. Regardless of the size of the event, a fire in one room can damage belongings and surfaces throughout your entire home.  SERVPRO of Gainesville understands how events like fire can affect your life. By responding quickly with a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Gainesville can help you regain control quickly and help protect your home and personal belongings. 

What's in your storage room?

What's in your storage room?

Molds are found in virtually every environment and can be detected, both indoors and outdoors, year round. Mold growth is encouraged by warm, dark and humid conditions. Outdoors they can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors they can be found where humidity levels are high, such as basements or showers or where long term, slow leaks may be occurring and go undetected for extended periods of time. 

For help restoring your home after mold has been detected, call SERVPRO of Gainesville at 770-536-1010. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Customer Care

Customer Care

The Honor Guard of the Hall County Fire Department provided the refolding of the flag of one of our customer's fallen family members after a fire in the home.

Containment

Containment

Containment chambers are created in order to achieve optimal drying. Creating the chamber reduces the size of the drying area and makes for more efficient drying of the affected materials by focusing de-humidification, heat and air directly. 

Desiccant Dehumidification

Desiccant Dehumidification

We can work around you and your business. Desiccant dehumidifiers use 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.

Commercial Equipment

Commercial Equipment

There's never a convenient time to have fire or water loss strike your commercial property.  Every hours spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.  When disaster strikes SERVPRO will respond with the right equipment to get your property back to business. 

Content Manipulation

Content Manipulation

When you have fire or water damage at your home or business we will make sure your contents are taken care of while your home or business is restored. Your contents will be cleaned and stored in our warehouse while your property is being cleaned and restored.  

Furniture Care

Furniture Care

Whether we are at your home or business after a disaster or if we are cleaning carpets, we always take measures to protect your belongings. Placing blocks under the legs of table and chairs or under other pieces of furniture after a carpeting cleaning insures that the wood on furniture will not be harmed by the moisture. 

Injectidry

Injectidry

Many people believe that replacement is the only option when their hardwood floor is affected by a water loss. However, this is not always the case. Injectidry is a direct drying technique used on hardwoods after a water loss. The panels on the flooring have an airtight seal around the edges and the hoses connected to the Injectidry System form a suction underneath the panels. Air will travel from between the subfloor and the hardwood floor through the grooves between the boards, bringing with it any moisture out of the wood.

Duct Cleaning

Duct Cleaning

Having your HVAC system and ducts cleaned can improve indoor air quality removing air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals circulating through your home. Also with a cleaner unit, it doesn't have to work as hard to maintain the desired temperature. Call SERVPRO of Gainesville today to schedule your system cleaning! (770) 536-1010

Carpet Cleaning

Carpet Cleaning

Putting your home on the market? Moving out of a rental apartment or home? Have your carpet cleaned by our professionals to make your carpet look its best. Call SERVPRO of Gainesville at (770) 536-1010.

Stairs

Stairs

When you have your carpet cleaned don't forget the steps, these high traffic areas often can collect dirt and grime more than larger rooms in your house. Carpeted stairs are no match for our professional cleaning services! Call SERVPRO of Gainesville at (770) 536-1010.