Recent Storm Damage Posts

Flooded Roads Can Pose Hidden Dangers

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Car rides in heavy rain on a flooded road Precautions need to be taken when you encounter a flooded street

Preparation and quick thinking are key to navigating a residential flood in Waleska,GA. If the flooding occurs when you're on the road, extra precautions needs to be taken when you encounter a flooded street.

Tips for Traveling in a Flood

While, ideally, you should avoid driving during a flood, life doesn’t always work out that way. To safely traverse a flooded terrain, consider these travel tips before rushing into the flood:

  • Use alternative routes. If the water appears to be deep and strongly flowing, choose a different route to avoid getting stalled or swept away.
  • Verify water depth. A standard vehicle should avoid heading into waters 6 inches deep or greater. You can determine how deep it is by safely getting out of the vehicle or watching how other vehicles handle the water.
  • Be patient. Dealing with extreme weather is stressful. Taking a deep breath and acknowledging movement will be slow is essential. Let other cars pass through flood water instead of passing yourself. When it’s your turn, keep the speedometer under 5 mph to maintain traction
  • Stay centered. Since roads often dip at the sides, staying in the middle or at the highest point will keep more water away from your car.
  • Avoid hitting the brakes. Once you’ve entered a flooded street, keep moving, albeit slowly. Slamming on the brakes could result in stalling.

The Power of Water

Along with the potential for downed power lines and an array of large and small debris, the water itself on flooded roads is often more powerful than it may seem. Six inches of water can stall nearly every vehicle and easily carry a full-grown adult away. Once there is a foot of water, especially if it is a strong current, it can float a vehicle. No matter what vehicle you drive, two feet of water is enough to whirl it away in a strong current.
When a flood happens, safety should always be the top priority, whether you're at home or out and about trying to cross a flooded street. Once the crisis is over, you can count on water damage specialists to get your home back to normal.

Mold Prevention in Commercial Buildings

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

Bathroom with vents Clean ventilation fans in your commercial restrooms to keep them in good working order.

Mold growth in your Holly Springs, GA, business can cause serious problems. Fortunately, with routine maintenance, you can prevent most serious mold issues.

General Mold Prevention

Because mold spores are everywhere, it is important to understand the conditions that lead to mold colonization. Most indoor areas are sufficiently warm to sustain a mold infestation. However, mold, like all living things, also needs a water source. Here are some tips for preventing a mold infestation:

  • Keep the humidity in the building below 45%. You may need to use a dehumidifier or air conditioner to accomplish this.
  • Use mold-inhibiting paint on walls.
  • Clean bathrooms and any other continuously humid areas with a cleaner that kills mold. You may want to open the windows daily in these areas or install a dehumidifier.
  • Use a HEPA air purifier to trap mold spores in the air.
  • Routinely check for hidden mold: in ductwork, under rugs, etc.
  • Mold grows particularly well on pulpy items, like paper. Keep important paperwork away from water sources.

Preventing Post-Flood Mold

Flooding can lead to mold growth within 24 hours. After a flood, be sure to begin drying out the affected area as quickly as possible. Depending on the water level, you can use buckets, wet/dry vacuums or specialized pumps. After removing the standing water, begin drying out other affected items. Because of the bacteria present in flood waters, wet carpeting and dry wall should be torn out and replaced. All items should be sanitized and dried. Anything that cannot be fully cleaned should be replaced. If the humidity outside is low, you can open the windows and doors to speed the drying process. Fans and dehumidifiers may also be used.
Cleaning and preventing mold growth may seem like an overwhelming task. You may want to enlist a certified restoration company to help you get your business back to normal after a flood or mold damages your commercial space.

How To Prevent Mold Growth After a Flood

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Air movers and dehumidifiers drying up a hallway of a home Air movers and dehumidifiers drying up a hallway of a home

How To Prevent Mold Growth After a Flood

After a flood in Free Home,GA, your home may have some water damage. If you are not proactive in removing the water, secondary damage can occur. One common problem that homeowners experience after their home has been damaged by water is mold growth. This fungus thrives on moisture, so this situation makes it easy for colonies to form. Use the following tips to help prevent this from happening.

1. Remove Water From the Building

The first thing that should be done after flooding is to have excess water removed from your house. The longer it sits, the worse the damage becomes. Mold can begin to spread in as little as a day, so you should not hesitate.

2. Allow the Area To Dry

Once the water has been completely removed from your home, you should allow it to dry so there is no excessive moisture to further the mold growth. There are a few things that you can do to help speed along this process. A dehumidifier will remove moisture from the air, and fans can increase circulation. Keep windows and doors open if you can.

3. Clean and Sanitize Everything

Flood water is category 3 and is highly contaminated. It can bring mold spores, bacteria and sewage into your home. In order to prevent mold growth, as well as other problems that this water can cause, everything that has been affected should be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. This includes walls and flooring as well as furniture and smaller items. If the damage is severe, some things may need to be thrown out.
Because flood water contains such a high level of contaminants, it is not recommended that you try to remove it on your own. A cleanup and restoration service has properly trained workers and the necessary equipment to remove this water safely. They can also inspect your home and perform any mold removal that might be needed.

How To Prepare Your Building for a Storm

8/24/2019 (Permalink)

Sand bag wall Place sand bags anywhere your building is especially vulnerable to flood damage.

Preparing Your Building For A Storm

You always want to keep your commercial building from flooding no matter what time of the year it is, but during storm season in Free Home,GA, your concern is likely to become a more pressing matter. Having extra flood insurance, especially if your building is in a flood plain, is vital in the event you need storm cleanup services. There are also precautions you can take when the storm approaches to avoid a flood in your building.

Sand Bags

Sand bags provide a barrier against rising floodwaters and your building. You should place sand bags anywhere your building is especially vulnerable to flood damage:

  • Around perimeter of building
  • In front of doors and windows
  • Beside garage service doors

Look for additional areas that seem to flood easily. If the slope of your landscaping, for example, seems to direct water toward your foundation, you may consider putting some sandbags there to block the flow of extra water. Barriers can slow the rise of floodwaters around your building.

Safer Storage

It's always a good idea to protect important documents from potential flooding by storing them on high shelves. It is particularly useful to do this during storm season. Another option is to digitize all your most important files, eliminating the need to find a storage place high enough that they won't get wet. With cloud storage, your documents never have to be vulnerable to the threat of floodwaters again.

Equipment Arrangement

Electronic equipment and outlets should always be placed above the flood line. This includes everything from the manufacturing machines in your warehouse to the computers in your office. Keeping sensitive equipment off the ground or floor minimizes its risk of storm damage just in case your building does flood.
Your insurance company can cover the cost of repairs. Taking some of these measures to minimize or avoid damage from flooding altogether is even better, though.

Beginner's Guide To Making a Flood Damage Claim

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can help you walk through a Flood Damage Claim.

Once you become a homeowner, you take on a lot of firsts. While some firsts are fun, others are a bit more tedious. If your Woodstock, GA, home is ever flooded, you may have to make your first claim through your flood insurance. Some storm damage experts may be able to help you walk through this process.

Making a Flood Damage Claim

  1. Contact your provider. As soon as flooding ravages your home, you need to start the insurance claim process. Getting in touch with your provider gets you on the right path.
  2. Schedule an adjuster. Most insurance providers want an adjuster to come out to your house to assess the damage done. You should schedule this appointment right away because the adjuster's schedule may be full.
  3. Record the damage. Take pictures of damaged materials and flood levels for proof of your need of the flood insurance coverage. Unless the adjuster can make it to your home the same day, you cannot wait for him or her to start the cleanup process.
  4. Begin cleanup. Start drying out your home as soon as you can. If you leave this for too long, you have a greater chance of having to deal with mold growth.
  5. Keep damaged materials. While you do want to start the cleanup process right away, you also want to make sure your adjuster will understand the extent of the damage. Keeping the materials can give you further proof of the damage done to your home.
  6. Sign a proof of loss statement. When the adjuster is able to come to your home, he or she will look around the property to assess the damage done. You will likely have to sign a proof of loss statement to show you agree with what was found.

Flood insurance can make cleaning up after a storm much less of a headache. If you don't have this coverage, you may be financially responsible for the cleanup and remediation.

What To Expect With Crawlspace Water Removal

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

A sum pump can get the water out of your crawlspace

What To Expect With Crawlspace Water Removal

If you have a flooded crawl space in your Lebanon,GA, home from a recent storm, then understanding the proper equipment and methods for removing any water may seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, there are water damage restoration professionals available who can handle this process for you. Here are a few things you can expect to see happen during the process.

1. Expect To Act Quickly

In the event you have a flooded crawl space you can expect to need to act quickly in order to remove the water. Doing so is an important step in the prevention of additional problems such as a damaged foundation, or potential mold issues. Fortunately, your chosen restoration company may already have many of the tools needed to help protect your home.

2. Use the Proper Tools

Using the proper equipment such as a sump pump or trash pump can be important for getting the water out of your crawl space quickly. Doing so will allow you to move large amounts of water into an area where it can no longer cause damage to your home. For hard-to-reach areas you may see the professionals working in your crawl space use tools such as a squeegee or push broom to pull water away from the walls so the pump can get at it more easily.

3. Thoroughly Dry the Area

After the water has been removed it's an important step to thoroughly dry out the area. Doing so not only helps prevent potential mold growth, but will then allow the restoration experts to perform the proper sanitation steps, and begin formulating a schedule for any necessary repairs.
With the proper tools and equipment the restoration team taking care of your crawl space can quickly and efficiently get the water removed before further damage occurs. They will also thoroughly dry the area before continuing with repairs to help avoid potential mold problems. If you have any questions your restoration team may be able to answer them.

Storm Flooding Versus Burst Pipes: Water Contamination

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Our disaster recovery team is available to respond any time day or night to help you with storm damage cleanup.

Three Water Contamination Categories

Cleaning up after storm flooding is much different from other types of water disasters. If your pipes break, the resulting water damage is only categorized at a level one while storms lead to Category 3 contamination. What do these categories mean?

  • Category 1 Water comes from a clean source and doesn't pose a threat to humans.
  • Category 2 Water comes from a source with a significant amount of chemical, biological, or physical contaminants and may cause sickness.
  • Category 3 Water is known as black water. It contains unsanitary substances, such as fungi or harmful bacteria. This water may contain sewage.

How does this knowledge affect your response to damages?

Water Is Removed as Quickly as Possible

After flooding, professionals who specialize in flood damage remediation will remove water and dry your materials as much as possible. These professionals tend to have equipment, supplies, training, and other resources to thoroughly eliminate contaminants from your home.

Heavy Equipment Moves In

After standing water has been removed, high levels of humidity may still hang around. This can lead to moisture throughout the home, especially in out-of-the-way corners, such as in the basement. It's important that dehumidifiers are put into place to reduce humidity and prevent lingering smells or mold growth.

Extra Precautions Are Taken

Category 3 Water from storm damage require extra precautions than a burst pipe. The water remediation technicians may show up to your Free Home,GA, home in protective gear, such as boots, waterproof covers, gloves, and eye protection. Specialized cleaning products are used to sanitize your home and furnishings. These products should also prevent further contamination. Professionals may also ask you and your family to find a temporary place to stay while cleanup and repairs are completed.

Flooding from storm damage is a serious issue that must be treated with care. If your Free Home,GA, home has been affected by Category 2 or 3 Water, it's critical that you turn the resulting cleanup over to professionals.

3 Tips For Storm Safety

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Broken branch on a Canton,GA property due to rain storm

Three Tips for Ensuring Safety During a Thunderstorm

A rain storm in Canton, GA, may start small, but with a little change in atmospheric pressure, it can turn into a cause for concern. To protect your building and the employees it shelters, you need to make sure you take certain precautions to avoid as much storm damage as possible. It is also advisable to train employees on emergency procedures just in case the storm turns bad. Here are three tips for ensuring safety during a thunderstorm.

1. Maintain Landscaping Regularly

The trees and shrubberies around your building can easily turn into projectiles when high winds arise. Broken branches can crash into your building, which can damage the roof and break windows. Large limbs may mark the surface of your roof while debris clogs gutters, increasing the potential for flood damage. By making sure that all loose, weak or broken branches are trimmed away on a regular basis, you can help minimize the damage they cause to your building during a rain storm.

2. Inspect Lightning Rods

Storm cleanup experts recommend that you install lightning rods on your commercial building. Often these buildings are the tallest around, making them more susceptible to strikes during electrical storms. A lightning strike can not only damage various sensitive equipment such as the fire safety and security systems but also put it at risk of a fire. Once installed, your lightning rods should be inspected frequently by professionals.

3. Have an Emergency Plan

If your area is under a thunderstorm warning, everyone in your building should know what to do and where to go. Make sure that you designate a safe place for employees to congregate away from windows and skylights. Have enough fully stocked emergency kits that you can place several throughout the building. Planning ahead can help you keep people calm and safe.

Even if a rain storm means you are faced with flood cleanup later, the mess can be minimized if you plan ahead. Most importantly, your employees can stay safe if they are trained how to behave during a storm.

6 Severe Storm Safety Tips

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Keep trees trimmed in Ball Ground, GA

6 Severe Storm Safety Tips 

Depending on the season and your location, your business may be vulnerable to damage from a variety of weather phenomenon, such as an intense rain storm, tornado or hurricane. When a significant weather event occurs, following several key safety guidelines can help you protect your building and safeguard the wellbeing of your staff.

1. Keep Trees Trimmed

Tree branches can become dangerous objects during strong winds. To minimize the risks of broken windows and roof damage, you should keep trees adjacent to your property neatly trimmed and routinely remove dead branches.

2. Stay Away From Windows and Skylights

Flying debris can easily shatter windows and skylights. As a precaution, everyone should move away from these structures during a severe storm with high winds or hail.

3. Elevate Essential Equipment

A significant rain storm can increase the risk of flooding. If floodwaters enter your building, essential equipment, including components of your HVAC system, may be vulnerable to water damage. To alleviate this concern, you should elevate important devices off the floor.

4. Move to an Internal Room

In the event of a tornado, seeking adequate shelter is essential. Your staff should promptly move to the basement or a windowless, interior room on the lowest level of the building.

5. Avoid Using Electronic Equipment

Because cords conduct electricity, using electronic equipment during a thunderstorm can be dangerous. Staff should shutdown computers and avoid using phones until the storm has passed. As an added precaution, you should utilize surge protectors to safeguard vital equipment from potential damage.

6. Inspect Your Roof

Hail and strong winds can wreak havoc on your building’s roof and cause damage that may lead to destructive leaks and potential mold contamination. For this reason, it’s a good idea to inspect your roof after any storm and promptly commence any necessary repairs.

A severe rain storm can produce damaging high winds and cause extensive flooding. Taking proactive measures can help every business in Ball Ground, GA , avert serious injuries and minimize the risk of significant destruction.

Proudly Offering Restoration and Reconstruction Services To Woodstock Residents

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Woodstock Renovations and Reconstruction After Storm Damage Are SERVPRO Services

Why Call on SERVPRO for Help? One-Stop Restoration and Rebuilding of Your Property

Homeowners used to be responsible for a variety of home repair issues, making it necessary for you to spend your time off performing maintenance or repairing areas of your home. However, times have changed. It is no longer required for someone to hold down a full-time job and learn to patch a roof, install a drainage system, or prepare your home for winter.

For homeowners in the Woodstock area, professional reconstruction and restoration technicians are a simple phone call away. We decided long ago to devote our time to learning the correct way to provide our community with safe emergency environmental services people can count on to help improve their lives. From a natural disaster resulting in flood damage to your house or business to fire cleanup of debris and rebuilding your home, count on us.
Each SERVPRO staff member proudly serves the area in which they live, making every effort to address your concerns, inform our communities, and make disasters manageable. Our technicians obtain IICRC certification, follow EPA and OSHA guidelines for performing repairs, and treat each customer with the respect they deserve.
If you need help recovering after a fire, flood or mold issue invades you home, SERVPRO is there. Regardless of the kind of home repair you face, give us a call, it does not hurt to get an expert opinion before you decide which direction to take.
SERVPRO also serves as a one-stop source for all of your repair, rebuild, remodel, and general contracting needs. Our technicians hold the proper contracting licensing and work closely with homeowners to deliver quality results that often exceed your expectations.  
Remodeling your kitchen, bathroom, or helping provide you with additional space when you need it. We perform everything from yard grading, drainage, and sump pump installations to roofing, flooring, and structural repairs. Our technicians can help you prevent massive loss during an emergency and get you on the road to recovery faster, should an incident occur in your home. Give us the opportunity to make problems in your home disappear, “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Cherokee County has expertly trained technicians available with years of experience dealing with damages that occur in your home. We have the proper resources and equipment available to meet your needs, call today. (770) 924-3848

There’s Still No Place like Home: Managing Your Expectations and the Cleanup after a Storm

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Severe storm damage at Canton, GA

It can be challenging to look at your home after a severe storm, seeing the extent of the damage, but when a storm causes extensive water damage, the path to restoration can seem insurmountable. Thankfully, the storm restoration process can be summarized in a few simple steps.

1. Extract Excess Water

The first step in the process is to extract as much excess water as possible, using several wet/dry vacuums. It’s essential to remove the water thoroughly and quickly to avoid the buildup of mold because, believe it or not, mold begins to develop within 24 hours.

2. Remove/Tear Out Wet Materials

Once you have extracted the excess water, it is time to begin the tear out process. During this time your focus has to be on removing anything that’s wet, which goes beyond just removing rugs and furniture. You should also remove carpeting and the pad underneath, drywall and the insulation behind, and anything else where mold can develop.

3. Dry the Structure

Once you have removed any wet materials and opened the walls, it is time to dry your house. You are going to need to do more than just open doors and windows, while this helps it does not do enough to circulate the air. During this phase of the cleanup process, you’ll want to rent several industrial fans and air movers to help distribute the air and dry your home.

4. Seek Assistance

While trying to salvage your home can be a massive undertaking after a storm, you do not have to do it alone. You can look up storm restoration specialists in your Canton, GA, for assistance. Many insurance companies even require it. These professionals will not only have the tools necessary for drying out your home, but they clarify the restoration process and relieve some of your worries.

Storm damage, with its grueling process of water removal and tear out, can be overwhelming, but the few steps above should help alleviate some of that stress, and, while the cleanup process takes time, just know that there’s still no place like home.

4 Commercial Storm Preparation Tips

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Air mover on a storm damage in a Canton, GA home

Many businesses are unprepared for storm damage, which can range from the slight presence of flood water all the way up to a completely flooded building. The four steps below can help owners and occupants of commercial properties limit the extent of damage and get back to work as soon as possible.

4 Commercial Storm Preparation Tips

  1. Check your insurance coverage. Make sure that your business or commercial property is protected against the most common types of storm damage in your region, including flood water. This may involve taking additional riders or endorsements on top of a standard business insurance policy.
  2. Check stores of emergency supplies. A commercial property should have a store of sandbags and polyethylene sheeting, hand tools, and possibly a generator and fuel supplies in the event of a storm.
  3. Have a data protection plan in place. Insurers can replace equipment that sustains storm damage, but it is much more difficult to restore corrupted or lost data. Businesses should have data backup plans in place well before a storm and follow protocols to prevent information loss.
  4. Come up with plans for evacuation and property safety. You should have a plan to limit damage as a storm is approaching. Lift and disconnect appliances, fixtures, and wiring. Shut off the flow of electricity to non-necessary appliances. You should also have a detailed evacuation plan for all occupants and visitors in the building posted in visible areas throughout the structure.

A little planning ahead of time can help you prepare a business in Canton, GA for a storm. If the property sustains damage, reach out to a commercial water or storm damage restoration service as soon as possible. These experts specialize in the removal of flood water and cleaning, drying, and deodorizing flooded buildings. A quick response can limit the extent of secondary damage resulting from water damage, including mold growth.

Tips to Maintaining Your Sump Pump

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Though it’s one of the most important items in your home, you may not even think much about your sump pump. This critical tool works in areas of Woodstock, GA, that has both high and low groundwater. It will help ensure that your home is safe from flooding, and it usually does its job without concern. However, like any appliance or system you have at home, it’s important to maintain this pump and ensure that it’s in proper working condition.

How Often Should You Check on It?

It may be easy to forget about doing pump maintenance, but you don’t want to go too long before you inspect it. You can do this yourself or have a qualified technician look at it.

• Inspect it at least once a year.
• Spring is an ideal time to maintain it.
• You may need to check on it more frequently if you have high groundwater.

Locate It

Unlike other appliances or tools in your home, you may not even know where to find your sump pump. If you’re not sure, look for the lowest point in your home, which will be in your basement or crawl space. Your home will never have a sump pump on an upper floor.

Check for Power

Your pump works on electricity, so it’s critical that electrical connection is sound and working as it should. Problems in the power connection are common reasons your pump may not be working.

Make Sure it’s Oriented Correctly and Pumping Water

If your pump is tilted or leaning to one side or the other, it won’t work effectively. Check to ensure it’s sitting straight. Also, you need to verify that it’s actually pumping water. To do this, manual pour water into the pump and see whether it discharges it.

You can’t afford to have sump pump problems in the event of a flood. If you follow these steps, you can keep it working smoothly. For more information, visit

3 Ways Black Water May Enter Your Business

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Protecting your Woodstock, GA, commercial building from water damage can be a challenge, especially when you are facing a flood.

You probably go to great lengths when it comes to protecting your Woodstock, GA, business. However, one danger you may not have considered is how flooding and other types of water damage might harm the property. Floods can have a variety of sources, especially in the case of contaminated water, and knowing their sources might help you better prepare for a water disaster and protect yourself and your employees from the danger it can cause.

1. Sewage Floods

When heavy rains occur, debris and overflow may cause your neighborhood’s sewer system to fail. When this occurs, toilets may back up and spill over. Because this water can contain human feces, urine and sewage chemicals, it would likely be graded as category 3 by a storm damage and flood cleanup service, which you may want to call in instead of trying to drain it away yourself.

2. Overflow From Creeks and Streams

Category 3, or black water, can enter your commercial building when it overflows from nearby creeks and streams during the rainy season. This water is considered contaminated because it may contain animal or human feces, runoff from sewer drains and other dangerous toxins. If this type of flood enters your building, it is a good idea to evacuate until flood cleanup experts can come to handle the draining and disposal of the water.

3. Plumbing Floods

While most any kind of flood can cause water damage, even clean water can degrade if it is not cleaned up right away. For example, if a pipe bursts under your breakroom sink on a Friday evening and the water sits until Monday morning, the stagnation can cause bacterium or mold to form. Installing moisture alarms in your building may help prevent such issues.

Protecting your Woodstock, GA, commercial building from water damage can be a challenge, especially when you are facing a flood. However, knowing how to deal with black water safely may help you feel confident in the face of a water emergency. For more information, visit

Why a Flood Cut Is Worth It After a Storm

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

When a storm hits in Woodstock, GA flooding is many homeowners’ biggest fear. However, while contamination from standing water is a serious danger, water damage and contaminates left after the flooding recedes can cause concerns with your homes structure and insulation. A flood cut, or removal of the drywall from the floor to 12 inches above the flood line in a room affected by flooding, can ensure that your walls dry completely and don’t harbor mold or other hazards. Additionally, a tear out of the drywall can reveal further water damage that must be repaired.

Not all cases require a flood cut. When the flooding only involves clean water, as from a broken pipe, and if there is no insulation in the wall, a flood cut may not be necessary. Flood cuts are typically used in the following situations:

• If flooding is due to a storm or sewage backup and the flood water may be contaminated
• If wet insulation is detected
• If microbial growth of any kind is detected

Flood Cuts Keep You and Your Family Healthy

When flood water is contaminated, it can foster the growth of mold and other bacteria harmful to your health. Because flood waters can seep through drywall, hazards can be hidden in the walls even if the room looks dry and clean on the surface. A flood cut ensures that walls are thoroughly dried and free from growth, keeping you and your family safe.

Flood Cuts Reveal Hidden Damage

While not all walls are insulated, flooded homes with insulation need flood cuts to reveal water damage behind the drywall. Drywall tear out can reveal whether insulation has been damaged by the flood. Because insulation cannot be properly dried after a flood and maintain its R-value, any wet insulation must be replaced.

When your home floods in Woodstock, GA professional water restoration experts can ensure that you and your family stay healthy and your home stays insulated. Visit for more information on storm damage.

Who do I call if I have a tree fall through my home?

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

If you have a tree come through your home as the results of a severe storm, SERVPRO of Cherokee County is ready to help. 

1. Contact SERVPRO of Cherokee County immediately. They will send a project manager out on site quickly. Once on site they will determine what equipment is needed to get the tree off of your home. 

2. If there is a lot of rain the inside of the home might be damaged. SERVPRO can handle all of the cleanup and drying to get your home back to pre loss condition. 

3. If there is rebuilding necessary in results of the tree damage, SERVPRO of Cherokee County's construction team will be able to handle the job from start to finish. 

Overall it is nice to have one point of contact. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (770) 924-3848.

Cleaning up your business after a storm

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

Living in Georgia there are many cases where storms cause significant damage to your business or the building you operate your business out of. If that is the case SERVPRO of Cherokee County is here to help. We want to make sure that you have help from start to finish getting your business back up and operational again. 

In most cases high winds will cause significant wind damage. This can cause shingles to come off, trees flying into windows and other types of high impact damage. SERVPRO of Cherokee County has a team in place that can handle all of the situations 24/7, 365 days a year. 

It is important if you have any questions to reach out to us at anytime. We hope you don't experience a severe storm, but if you do know that we are here for you. 

Key Things To Consider When Doing Storm Damage Repair

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Key Things To Consider When Doing Storm Damage Repair

There are several key things to consider when doing storm damage repair. Depending on the storm, damage such as frozen pipes and ice damage from ice storms and flooding caused by river flooding, ground water or flood water can occur. Frozen pipes are quite rare except in cold regions during the winter. Each type of storm damage needs be repaired differently, since each natural phenomenon requires different repair needs.

Things to consider when doing hurricane damage repair

The main type of hurricane damage results from flood water. Wind damage also leaves large amounts of debris in its wake. Because of rain, flooding and strong winds, areas hit by hurricanes require a great deal of damage repair. A storm restoration, home restoration and/or storm remediation specialist can assist is evaluating and arranging for repairs.

A list of things to consider before undergoing storm restoration from a hurricane are:

-Identify damaged areas to evaluate the level of home restoration required for storm remediation.
-Assess the damage and taking pictures for insurance companies
-Keep electrical appliances turned off
-Discard debris and dispose of damaged items before undergoing storm restoration
-Ensure storm remediation services are arranged by insurance companies
-Make sure that roof damage repairs are done roof repair experts

Things to consider when doing wind damage repair

The most damaging force of hurricane damage, aside from flood water that homes face is high and fast winds. Most homes are usually not able to withstand and sustain wind damage, let alone hail damage or heavy rain.

Contact a wind damage repair contractor who can provide services like:

-Wind damage repair
-Storm damage assessment
-Water damage repair, due to storm damage
-Emergency board up
-Tree debris removal

Evaluate the roof integrity for signs of roof damage and roof leaks, like cracks and tears before undergoing roof repair. Routine inspection of the gutters for decay and rust can help future roof repairs, before and after a roof sustains hurricane damage. A storm restoration specialist can assist in roof repair evaluation.

Other types of storm damage include hail damage, ice damage, ice damming, frozen pipes, frozen ground water or river flooding. Ice damage can be destructive to power lines and nearby trees. Ice damage, like frozen pipes and frozen ground water, can be a complicated process to repair, especially in regions with harsh winters. Most storms also cause roof damage, which can cause a roof leak. Hail damage and ice dams are the most common roof damage. However, hail damage is rare in most climates. Most storm remediation involves roof damage proofing. Home restoration also starts with roof repair and patching roof leaks.

Water restoration methods are dependent on the amount of water. Contact a professional water restoration specialist to properly restore water damaged property. To avoid water borne diseases caused by water damage and flood water from river flooding, it’s important that the home undergoes water restoration. River flooding also affects people who live along river basins and can require water restoration. Flooding can cause standing ground water, which may require a flood pump to remove. Although it may be possible to rent a flood pump to remove standing ground water it is best to call a professional first. Flood pumps, also known as sump pumps, are a regular tool of plumbing professionals in home restoration processes. Flood pumps can dispose of water from flooding to jump start the repair process.

In colder weather, ice damming from ice storms is caused as a result of an ice dam forming on the edge of a roof. This ice dam formation traps water on the roof causing a roof leak and possible destruction to gutters. Ice damming is dangerous because it can cause serious physical hazards as the ice melts. Be sure to safely remove large icicles and ice dams formed by ice damming to prevent injury.
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How Flood Damage Affects The Furniture In Your Canton Home and How SERVPRO Can Help

7/1/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for Water Removal from Your Canton Property After a Flood

Salvaging Your Furnishings from Storm Water 

Flood damage is a serious issue for any homeowner. A sudden quantity of water can do untold damage to your house and belongings. That is why we recommend you call us as soon as possible after a flood – swift action helps mitigate damage and gives the best chance of restoring your house “Like it never even happened.”
One particular concern after flood damage to your Canton home is your furniture. Tables, chairs, beds and more are such an integral part of every day but losing them to flood damage is a reminder of how important they are. Some items also have a sentimental value especially those handed down from relatives, bought as antiques, or purchased for special occasions.
SERVPRO understands that you would much rather save your furniture. After all, furnishings are personal items and new ones do not feel quite the same. That is why we train our IICRC-certified technicians in all aspects of flood damage remediation, including restoring wet furniture.
Here are the four main issues to be aware of regarding flood-damaged furniture and how SERVPRO helps with them:
1. Water causes wood to swell, and as much furniture has a wooden frame this is a real problem. Water-swollen wood might warp or even crack. Our technicians extract and wipe water from the furniture and surrounding area as quickly as possible and ensure drying is carried out evenly and at the correct speed.
2. Water stains give furniture an uneven, splotchy look and are a particular concern for items that are dry clean only. We come equipped with foggers to wet the furniture evenly and encourage more even drying. Our teams also spot-treat stubborn stains.
3. Upholstery dyes might run and cause stains, and there is also a risk of colors bleeding onto the floor. The best remedy against color bleeding is swift and efficient drying. Our teams know how best to “tent” furniture cushions and the best configuration of air movers and dehumidifiers for a fast result.
4. Furniture that is left damp is subject to the risk of mildew growth. We discourage mildew growth by extracting water quickly using a specialist upholstery extraction tool and by drying furniture thoroughly inside and out, so no wet spots are remaining.
You can rely on us to give you an honest evaluation on whether your furnishings can be restored and whether the cost of restoration is practical or prohibitive.
For help with water damaged furniture, give SERVPRO of Cherokee County a call at (770) 924-3848 today.

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The Reconstruction Process in Woodstock

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Storms can create many problems for a homeowner. Call SERVPRO to see how we can help deal with any storm damage issues that you may have.

SERVPRO Technicians Provide Many Types of Repair Services to Homeowners

Storms and fires have been all too common in Georgia this last year. Thanks to the recent breaks in the weather, there are many homes out there that can begin to examine minor and major damage to determine what they need to repair, rebuild, or replace.  

Home reconstruction in Woodstock after storm damage can run from simple tasks like replacing windows or nailing up a few roof tiles to replacing siding and complete reconstruction of interior walls. SERVPRO has decades of experience in Georgia to handle these tasks and much more. Each of our offices maintains a 24-hour response team to meet every requirement short of laying a foundation or building a new home. Here are just a few of the services we offer:

Carpentry – Our technicians can construct new wall framing to match the original floor plan or even make changes at your direction as along as the structural integrity remains intact. They also install kitchen cabinets, bookcases, and shelving wherever needed.

Flooring – We can lay in a new wood floor in less than a week, depending on the size of the room. Carpet installation requires only a day, even in larger living and dining rooms. Technicians can lay in a new kitchen laminate or vinyl flooring just as quickly, but another day or two is required to make certain it dries properly with no bubbling.

Patios - Team members have extensive experience with installing stone and ceramic tiles. They can lay in a brand new one, reuse material undamaged from the disaster, or combine both to create something unique.

Roofing – Technicians can replace support beams, roof panels and re-tile the entire roof if needed. We also replace the rain gutters and drainpipes, carefully attaching them to the new roof line and securing them to the side of your home.

Walls – Our employees are fully trained to replace siding as well as perform repairs to brick walls and even patch damaged masonry.

Insurance – We also work with your insurance company as much or as little as you want. Many agencies prefer dealing directly with the service performing the restoration and remediation work. Our experience helps you to get every dollar possible as well as keep your local agent happy.

Returning your house to its original state is not going to happen overnight or even in a week or two. It is our job to rebuild your home correctly so you can begin rebuilding your life. Call us today at (770) 924-3848 to get started. SERVPRO of Cherokee County is here to help.