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3 Steps To Recovery After A Storm Damages Your Rental Property

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damages to a rental property in Blue Ridge Contact the storm damages professionals at SERVPRO for 24/7 emergency services!

Knowing the best way to navigate storm damages to your rental property is essential, so your tenets stay happy and safe.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties know how stressful it is to navigate a storm that causes damages, let alone ones that happen to a rental property. For anyone looking to recover from storm damages, we want to ensure that all members involved are safe, and that is why we put together the following blog post.

The best way to prepare is to have a plan in place before a disaster strikes, so you know how to navigate storm damages to a rental property. Continue reading if you are interested in the three most essential steps to take after a storm damages a rental property.

Communicating with your insurance company

Communicating with an insurance adjuster can be difficult right after storm damages occur to a rental property because the insurance company will be busy with multiple claims regarding storm damages in the area. Before your initial call with your insurance adjuster, you will want to:

  • Describe the severity of the damage
  • Note if the property is inhabitable
  • Describe how it impacted the tenants and their belongings

3 Immediate steps directly after the storm damages

As a landlord of the rental property, it is your responsibility to contact your insurance company as soon as possible to start the claims process. Your insurer will most likely want to come out and assess the damages. To ensure that you are well prepared before the property inspection, you will want to take the following three steps:

1) Document the damages: Right after the storm has passed, the landlord's responsibility is to perform an initial inspection of the damages that occurred to the rental. The best way to get started will be by taking pictures and documenting what damages occurred to the rental property. The documentation will be helpful for not only your insurance company but also the restoration professionals you hire for repairs on your rental property.

2) Assess the needs of your tenants: Directly after storm damages, you will want to contact all the tenants that inhabit the rental property. In some cases, you may need to provide temporary housing accommodations if necessary for those who cannot live on-site due to damages. In the meantime, you should advise your tenets to make a claim with their renter's insurance so that they can recover any losses.

3) Avoid further damage: The best way to avoid further damages to a rental property is going to be by being proactive and noticing all compromised areas. Depending on the extent of the damages, you may need to further secure roof or siding damage with tarps and boards to avoid additional damages from occurring before repairs take place. In addition, if there is storm damage to electrical appliances, you should go ahead and shut off all electrical power to prevent any further damages. 

Getting an estimate

Estimating the cost of damages to the property and belongings inside the rental is critical in restoring your rental to its pre-storm condition. And no matter how much damage there is, you will want to hire honest and reliable restoration professionals. The restoration experts at SERVPRO can provide you with an estimate for damages and help make sure that everything is restored to its original state.

Please contact us today to learn more about how SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties can help you get back on track with the restoration process.

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is a professional remediation and restoration contractor that provides 24-hour emergency service. We are ready to respond immediately to your residential or commercial property for any water, fire, mold, storm damage, or repairs needs.

Emergency Roof Tarp: The #1 Best Way To Avoid Water Damage

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

An emergency roof tarp on a Blue Ridge, GA house. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for emergency roof tarp services!

After a property has experienced roof damage, the owner must quickly contact restoration professionals for emergency roof tarp services.

No matter the type of roof a property has, it will always be susceptible to having leaks or damages. In fact, it doesn't take much to cause a leak in a property. The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties receive many calls a year for emergency roof tarp services after:

  • A heavy branch or entire tree falls and damages the roof.
  • A storm with high wind speeds causes shingles to go missing.
  • An old roof has holes.

You now know the common calls that our SERVPRO professionals receive regarding roof tarping, but are you now wondering what the emergency roof tarp process looks like? Well, we're here to explain! The professionals at SERVPRO want you to avoid water damage. If you ever need emergency roof tarp services, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week, for emergency services.

Our emergency roof tarp process

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties have years of experience tarping roofs of different sizes. To ensure that each roof is tarped in the quickest amount of time, we have created a process that ensures quality and fast installation times.

  1. Measure & Inspect: To start the emergency roof tarp process, we will first measure and inspect the roof to determine damages that require tarping.
  2. Pre-mitigation pictures: All of our professionals know the importance of taking pre mitigation pictures of the damaged parts for insurance claim purposes. We will take pictures before any work is performed.
  3. Remove debris: Next, we will remove any debris on the roof. It is best to leave a roof clean at all times to avoid any gutter clogs.
  4. Cover the damaged roof: This part of the process is covering the damages with a tarp.
  5. Secure the tarp: The final step in our emergency roof tarp process is securing the tarp. To adequately secure a tarp, the ending of the tarp will need to be wrapped around a piece of lumber. The lumber will serve as an anchor so that the tarp stays secure. The amount of lumber used will vary depending on the extent of the roof damage.

The best type of tarps for temporary roofing

No matter who you choose to perform emergency roof tarp services at your property, you need to know what kind of tarp will be installed. The best types of roof tarps for temporary roofing are UV-treated, heavy-duty, and waterproof.

Here are some questions to consider when choosing a temporary roofing tarp:

  • Is it designed to withstand abrasion and heavy winds?
  • Can the tarp withstand different types of climates (Winter/Summer)?
  • Is it mold and mildew resilient?
  • Is it flame retardant?
  • Does it come in different colors?
  • Does it have a certain odor?

The above questions will help property owners choose the best emergency roof tarp to protect their property.

Wrapping up

We hope you enjoyed learning about roof tarps and the process the professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties follow when tarping a roof.

Please contact us today if your property has recently had damages to the roof and requires emergency roof tarp services. The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7, 365 days a year, and promise to treat your property as if it were our own. When you call us, you will receive a team of IICRC certified professionals who will quickly install an emergency roof tarp because we understand that an emergency roof tarp is the best way to avoid future water damage.

Damaged Chimney Flue: 1 Small Crack Can Cause Serious Fire Damages

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

Remodeled living room after a chimney flue cause fire damages Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for complete fire restoration services!

The professionals at SERVPRO have had to restore severe fire damages caused by chimney flue issues.

A damaged chimney flue can cause severe damages to your property without warning. To avoid an unwanted fire damage disaster, you should get your chimney flue inspected for any cracks or damages once a year.

A damaged chimney flue can be caused by many things, such as a small crack that worsens over time. The following blog post will go into detail about how a chimney flue can become damaged and a real-life situation that left an elderly couple with a home with severe fire damage. 

How can a chimney flue become damaged?

Natural disasters, neglect, or improper installation are the main causes of a damaged chimney flue. The number one way to tell if the chimney flue has damages is when there is chipped-off cement mortar inside the fireplace. A property owner must contact a chimney repair specialist at the first sign of excess cement mortar; a crack will only worsen over time and lead to serious structural damage.

A damaged chimney flue may not directly lead to fire damage right away, but the cracks will allow for moisture to enter, increasing the likelihood of mold growth or water damage. It is best to contact the property restoration professionals at SERVPRO when water or mold issues are inside the property.

A recent call

Earlier this year, the professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties received a call from a distraught gentleman. The call was because the home that he and his wife have been living in for the last fifty years caught on fire and damaged their living room and bedroom. 

Soon after the call, we dispatched our crews and were on-site in thirty minutes. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a fire marshal who explained to us that a crack in the chimney flue caused the fire loss.

After the property owners signed the necessary paperwork, we began removing all the fire-damaged debris and categorizing what could and couldn't be salvaged. The fire damage clean-up took two weeks to completely remove all caracoled items and free the property from excess smoke damage.

The next step was to rebuild the property "Like it never even happened." Before the rebuild process, the rebuild team at SERVPRO agreed that we wanted the elderly homeowners to feel like they were getting an upgrade rather than a replacement for their home. So, we went and upgraded their bedroom and living room that now has their dream bar.

In the end, the elderly couple was delighted with our team and was astonished at how we turned a terrible situation into something that they can proudly call their home.

How to avoid chimney flue fire damage?

The best way to avoid any type of chimney fire damage is to schedule regular chimney inspections with a chimney repair company. During a chimney inspection, the professionals will carry out a complete check of your chimney to ensure no damaged or worn parts are in place. If there is excess soot build-up, they will even perform a chimney cleaning.

Wrapping up

We hope you now know how important it is to schedule professional chimney inspections because when your chimney flue gets damaged, it can cause severe fire damage to the inside of your home.

Please contact the professionals when a damaged chimney flue causes fire damage to your property. SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is an IICRC certified firm with the professional knowledge to handle any size fire damage disaster. We are readily available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, to help you with your fire damage claim.

Siding Damage: 4 Steps To Get Siding Replaced By Insurance

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

repairs being done to hail damaged siding Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for siding repairs!

Wind and hail are two natural forces that are known to cause siding damage.

The siding on your property is one exterior element that protects the property from outdoor elements. When the siding gets damaged, the home or business will become more susceptible to water damages leaking through the damaged areas.

Damage to the siding can be stressful to navigate. Fortunately, the professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties have found that insurance companies will commonly cover damaged siding replacement costs. Therefore, we have put together the following blog post to help property owners get their damaged siding replaced by insurance. We will go over the clear signs of wind or hail siding damage and the four steps in getting your siding replaced by your property insurance company.

When to check for siding damage

As a property owner, you want to always ensure that the property is safe from the outdoor elements. The best way to ensure that your property is ready to fight against mother nature is to check the siding for damages regularly, but most importantly, right after a recent storm has passed.

To check for siding damage, you will need to have a reference image of what the siding looked like before any damages occurred. The best reference type will be a video or pictures of the siding when it was in good condition.

There are two signs to watch out for when checking for siding damage:

  1. Cracks or holes
  2. Missing planks

The four steps for insurance repairs

Suppose the siding on your property was damaged during a windstorm, hail storm, or another natural force. If this is the case, it needs to be addressed and replaced ASAP so no further damages will occur to the property. The following four steps are the fastest proven way to get your property fixed and covered by a property insurance company.

1) Fast contact: When dealing with an insurance claim, it is best to contact the insurance provider sooner rather than later. The faster that the property owner contacts the insurance company, the faster the claim will get started.

2) Accurate information: Not all siding is alike. Different types of siding require different siding replacement protocols. Knowing the type and color of the siding that received damages will help the insurance adjuster ensure accurate siding is compensated.

3) Documentation: To ensure that the siding damage insurance claim is quickly processed, you will want to provide the property insurance company with pictures and videos of the siding damages.

4) The number to a reliable restoration contractor: Having the number to a reliable restoration contractor is imperative to getting the siding replaced. In addition, the right restoration contractor will know how to communicate with insurance adjusters to ensure that a claim is quickly estimated and approved.

Wrapping up

Wind and hail siding damage can happen at any time without warning. You might be going about your day when a storm blows through, or you might be sleeping soundly in bed on a windy night. Either way, siding damage is not something that people plan for.

We hope you enjoyed learning about siding damage and how to get the claim processed by your property insurance company. SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is a well-known reliable restoration contractor throughout north Georgia and is available 24/7.

As an IICRC certified firm, we guarantee that all restoration projects are professionally done while focusing on customer satisfaction. In addition, all of our restoration professionals are well trained in using industry-standard equipment and follow insurance restoration protocols.

Please contact us today if your siding has recently been damaged by wind or hail.

Warehouse Flood: 5 Ways to Reduce the Severity of Flood Damages

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

Removed drywall after a warehouse flood Contact SERVPRO when flood damages affect your warehouse!

A warehouse flood can result in many thousands of dollars worth of damages. 

A warehouse can serve many purposes, but it is most common for a warehouse to hold large amounts of product and inventory for a business or multiple businesses. The last thing that any warehouse owner or manager wants is to have damages from flooding. 

Not only is the flooding itself detrimental to the warehouse structure, but it will also leave the warehouse owner with a large mess to clean up and the need to reduce product damages as soon as possible. 

The following blog post will discuss 5 ways to ensure minimal damages will occur before a warehouse flood occurs. The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties have mitigated the most severe warehouse flood damages. With that being said, we want to ensure that you are well prepared for a warehouse flood and the best ways to make the cleanup process easier for when a flood disaster occurs.

5 Ways to reduce damages before flooding occurs

As you probably are already aware, flooding can result in catastrophic damages to a warehouse. To prevent flood damages from resulting in more severe damages, we put together the following list: 

1) Have a video surveillance system installed. The installation of a video surveillance system will keep your warehouse protected from thieves and help monitor inside and outside of the warehouse. 

2) Keep all packages and products at least a foot above the ground. The higher up you can keep the stored products in the warehouse, the better. The professionals at SERVPRO have found that keeping products on pallets will not be high enough when flooding occurs. 

3) Design an emergency flood plan. When designing the warehouse flood plan, ensure that it includes all emergency exits and emergency shut-off valves for electricity, water, and gas supply lines. 

4) Ensure that all members of the managing staff have the number to a restoration contractor. Having the number to a professional restoration contractor will ensure that the damages are mitigated quickly and adequately. 

5) Monitor and check the property frequently for damages. For example, holes and cracks in the warehouse will make it more susceptible to damages when flooding occurs. 

What to do when flooding occurs 

When flooding occurs to your warehouse, you will want to call an IICRC certified restoration contractor to come out and mitigate and restore the damages that occurred to the property. The right team of restoration contractors will: 

  • Document all the warehouse flood damages
  • Extract standing water from all surfaces 
  • Move all salvageable packages and products to a dry location 
  • Use dehumidifiers or air movers to ensure that the property is dry
  • Work with the property insurance company to ensure that all parties are compensated correctly for the damages

Why choose SERVPRO

Have you just experienced a flood in your warehouse? You are not the first, nor will you be the last. The professionals at SERVPRO know that water damages are the most common causes for business interruption, loss of inventory, and damage to equipment. 

When you choose to work, hire SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties, you will be granted an IICRC certified team of professionals that have helped property owners with all types of property damages. 

As a preferred insurance vendor, we know how to properly communicate with property insurance companies to ensure that the property damage claim is processed quickly. 

Please contact us today if you are in the middle of dealing with a warehouse flood situation in North Georgia. It does not matter what time you call; emergency service crews are available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Attic Water Damage: 2 Main Causes With Prevention Tips

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

Professional inspection of attic water damage with a flashlight Contact SERVPRO the next time your property has water damage!

Any property owner can experience the unfortunate event of attic water damage.

One of the most devastating things that can happen to a home or business is attic water damage. When attic water damage occurs, you may be left wondering how it started in the first place. To make matters worse, what seemed to be a small water damage situation may have turned into mold growth because an attic environment is a perfect place for mold to grow.

The good news is that attic water damage is preventable by paying attention to key factors like insulation and moisture control. In this blog post, we will discuss the two main causes of attic water damage in detail, so you know what you're up against!

What does attic water damage look like?

Every attic water damage situation will differ depending on the amount of water damage present and how long the damages were left to sit. When an attic experiences water damage, the property will be left with:

Water stains on the ceiling: Dark-colored spots on the ceiling directly below the attic will start to appear.

Wet insulation: Wet insulation will become discolored and absorb water like a sponge, often leaving the attic with an unpleasant odor that may only be remediated by removal.

Wet attic rafters: During an attic water damage situation, the attic rafters will become wet, and without quick attention, attic mold growth will occur because an attics environment encourages moisture retention on the attic rafters when wet.

There are two main causes of attic water damage:

1) Roof leaks: A roof leak can cause severe damage to the attic and the rest of the property. In most cases, a roof leak will go unnoticed until it has caused severe attic water damage.

To prevent attic water damage from a roof leak, you will want to check the roof for any leaks after a heavy rainstorm passes because, during these times, a roofing system will be especially vulnerable to leakage. The best way to check for attic water damage is by physically going up into the attic space after a rainstorm.

Suppose you do not feel comfortable entering the attic space. In that case, you should consider hiring a reputable water damage restoration company like SERVPRO or a professional roofer to inspect your roof and attic for any signs of a roof leak.

2) HVAC leaks: Attic water damage will occur when the property has an HVAC system that leaks inside the attic. An HVAC leak in an attic is more likely to occur in a commercial building, but the professionals at SERVPRO have also seen HVAC systems leak in residential homes.

The best way to prevent an HVAC leak in an attic will be to schedule regular checks of the attic HVAC system.

Who to call for attic water damage?

The number one company to call for attic water damage is SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties. SERVPRO is a highly reputable national restoration company that has been helping property owners since 1967.

The IICRC certified professionals at SERVPRO understand that water damage can be very costly, especially when it occurs in the attic and goes unnoticed for a while. Therefore, when you contact us, we will not only help you mitigate the damages done to the property, but we will also help you with your property insurance claim.

Keep in mind that the best way to prevent water damage in the attic is to check the attic space at least once a month and never let attic water damages sit for a prolonged period because the water damage will turn to mold damage.

Please contact us for any further questions regarding attic water damage prevention!

Clean Gutters: 3 Reasons Why Simple Exterior Maintenance is Essential

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

Dirty gutters on a Blue Ridge home The professionals at SERVPRO are prepared for any size disaster!

Having clean gutters is a sure way to keep your property safe from unwanted damage!

With fall right around the corner, the experts at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties want to ensure that your gutters are clean to prevent unnecessary water damage. In the following blog post, we will be going over why well-maintained gutters are necessary for a home and the three damages caused by dirty gutters.

Why are clean gutters necessary?

We are sure that you have heard multiple times that your gutters are an important part of your home, but do you know why? Clean gutter systems will help prevent water from seeping into the building and causing costly damage to your property's structure.

Additionally, your property's gutters will protect against mold and mildew growth that can lead to structural damage. In the following paragraph, we will share a real-world scenario that our SERVPRO professional handled last fall.

Real-world scenario

Last fall, our IICRC certified professionals received a call from an elderly property owner who found water and mold damage in the basement of their vacation home in Blue Ridge, Georgia. During our initial inspection, our professionals located the cause of the loss.

At first, we thought that the cause of the loss was a foundation leak, but after further inspection, we found out that a gutter clog was the culprit. When we looked at the gutters, we noticed that they were full of debris that prevented water from flowing away from the property.

In this particular case, water backed up into the roof and down into the walls causing wall water damage and a flooded basement. To move forward, we performed demolition to remove all the materials affected by mold and set our industry-standard drying equipment.

The property was completely dry and free of damaged materials within five days. To go the extra mile, we put together an extensive insurance estimate for rebuilding the property. After approval from their homeowner's insurance, we began to rebuild the customer's dream basement. In the end, the property owner was extremely happy with the finished remodel and told us that their new basement was better than the damaged one.

4 Damages caused by dirty gutters

Keeping leaves and twigs out of gutters is crucial for protecting the structure of your home and preventing costly damage. Having dirty gutters can lead to the following three different issues:

  1. A damaged roof - When water continues to flood over a gutter system, it will cause excess water to potentially rot the roof's fascia.
  2. Interior water damage- Rainwater may not drain properly and may cause water damage to the interior of a home. (See above case study)
  3. A cracked foundation- Excess water around your property will occur when a property's gutters are clogged. Pooling water will eventually start deteriorating the foundation of a home and cause cracks.

Final thoughts

We hope you enjoyed learning about the importance of having clean gutters and the three types of damages you want to prevent. To ensure your property does not experience water damage caused by dirty gutters, we recommend you check your gutters at least once a month to ensure they are functioning correctly.

Clean gutters are essential for preventing water damage, and they also help prevent the growth of mold and mildew in your home. Please contact us today for any further questions about water damage and tips on how you can prevent damages from occurring in your home.

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is a well-known water damage restoration company in north Georgia. All of our SERVPRO professionals are highly trained and are ready to handle any size disaster!

3 Great Reasons To Hire Asbestos Abatement Contractors

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

An asbestos abatement contractor in PPE Contact the asbestos abatement professionals at SERVPRO today!

It is possible for a property built before 1980 to contain asbestos in old floor tiles, ceiling tiles, roof shingles, and insulation. 

Asbestos is a building material that the EPA did not officially ban in the United States until July 1989, when they issued the Asbestos Ban and Phase-Out Rule (ABPR).  Although it was banned in 1989, many residential and commercial property builders halted using asbestos in 1970 when the EPA banned spray-applied asbestos products.

In the following blog post, we will discuss the dangers of asbestos and three reasons why it is important to hire a licensed asbestos abatement contractor for removal. 

Why was asbestos used in building materials?

Asbestos was commonly used in construction materials for its durability and heat-resistant properties until the 1980s when the science behind the dangers of asbestos was released, and safer alternatives became available. Although asbestos materials are no longer legal in modern-day construction, they can still be found in older homes throughout the counties in North Georgia.

To ensure that a property is asbestos-free, a property owner should contact a licensed asbestos abatement contractor to perform a thorough inspection. During an asbestos inspection, a licensed asbestos abatement contractor will remove a building sample to send to a third party to get tested for asbestos. Suppose the sample comes back positive for asbestos. In that case, a property owner must move forward with asbestos abatement by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor.

1) An asbestos abatement contractor will follow asbestos removal laws.  

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is licensed for asbestos abatement and follows the asbestos removal laws by The State of Georgia, and are OSHA trained to work with high-risk materials.

2) An asbestos abatement contractor will ensure all members of the property are safe. 

During an asbestos removal project, the professionals at SERVPRO will contain the area to avoid airborne asbestos particles from traveling to other parts of the property.

When there is a lot of asbestos-containing materials present, the asbestos abatement professionals may not allow any of the property members to be anywhere near the property. No matter the amount of asbestos present, it is always recommended to stay away until all the asbestos is safely removed.

3) An asbestos abatement contractor will ensure all asbestos materials are properly disposed of.  

When the professionals at SERVPRO remove asbestos, they will ensure that the asbestos is disposed of only in a permitted landfill. In addition, they will ensure the asbestos-containing waste in a sealed leak-proof container that is properly labeled.

Common reasons when SERVPRO gets called for asbestos removal

The only time asbestos is dangerous is when it is disturbed and becomes airborne. Asbestos can be disturbed from water damage, fire damage, mold damage, and a remodeling project. The professionals at SERVPRO know the importance of taking precautionary measures when they arrive at a property built prior to 1980. Property owners are often happy to find out that SERVPRO can move forward with the asbestos removal process when found in a property that requires emergency restoration services. 

Why Contact SERVPRO for asbestos removal?

When choosing an asbestos removal contractor, you will want to choose a contractor that prioritizes safety and training. SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle asbestos removal in a way that is safe for their customer and their property.

The experts at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties have dedicated themselves to providing excellent service, unsurpassed quality, and competitive pricing on any size asbestos abatement project.

Please contact us today if you own a property built prior to 1980 and require an asbestos inspection. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year, for any questions or emergency services.

Fire Pit Safety: What is the Correct Fire Pit Distance From A House?

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

A fire pit in the backyard Count on the professionals at SERVPRO for any size fire restoration project caused by a backyard fire pit!

Make sure your fire pit is the correct place this summer. 

There is nothing better than starting a fire in a fire pit on a pleasant summer evening. A fire's warmth and light are the perfect way to end the day. But before you fire up your fire pit, there are some important things to keep in mind for safety's sake!

In the following blog post, we will discuss two types of fireplaces: permanent and portable, as well as how far your fire pit should be from your house, as well as fire pit safety tips to make sure that everyone stays safe.

The 2 types of fire pits: permanent and portable

There are two main types of fire pits homeowners install on their property: permanent fire pits and portable fire pits.

Permanent fire pits are often built into the ground, with cement blocks to contain the fire. This type of fire pit is most common in areas where fire restrictions are minimal.

On the other hand, portable fire pits are often made from metal and don't need to be built into the ground. These fire pits are great for a homeowner who is curious if they want to invest in a permanent fire pit.

The proper fire pit distance from a house

No matter what type of fire pit you decide to use, fire safety must always be a top priority. Fire pits should be at least ten feet from the house, but we recommend 20 feet to avoid fire damage. The fire pit should also be at least ten feet away from any other type of flammable surface, such as a swing set or tree.

Fire safety needs to be a priority!

Whenever you decide to start a fire in a fire pit, you need to ensure that appropriate safety measures are followed. The team at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties has put together a list of 10 fire pit safety tips to ensure you get the most enjoyment from your fire pit this summer while keeping everyone safe.

10 Fire pit safety tips 

  1. A fire pit should never be placed on a wooden deck or any wooden surface.
  2. Avoid burning seasoned wood
  3. Follow any fire pit laws by your local city and county authorities.
  4. Keep a fire extinguisher or a water source close by in case of an emergency
  5. Avoid operating a fire pit beneath a building overhang or under a partially enclosed space.
  6. Keep a portable fire pit make sure the ground is level 
  7. Check for overhanging trees that can easily ignite from sparks. 
  8. Surround a fire pit with non-combustible materials, like stone, brick, and sand.
  9. Don't use lighter fluid or gasoline to start a fire.
  10. Surrounding chairs should be at least 5 feet away from the fire pit. 

What to do when a fire pit causes fire damage

If you are dealing with fire damage caused by a fire pit, you need to contact a reliable fire damage restoration company for help.

Professional fire restoration experts will clean up the fire-damaged area and remove all of the smoke damage left behind after the fire is put out.

The right team of fire restoration professionals may be able to save certain items from your home that were not significantly fire-damaged through an extensive cleaning process.

Final Thoughts

As with any outdoor fire event, homeowners need to keep their property safe when hosting guests by following the backyard fire safety tips above. 

When dealing with a fire damage claim, you can count on the professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties. All of their fire damage restoration professionals have gone through extensive training and are IICRC certified

Please feel free to contact us for further questions on our fire restoration services. We hope you are having a great summer!

The Dishwasher Leak: 2 Causes for Dishwasher Water Damage

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

Dishwasher water damage to kitchen Dishwasher water damage needs to be handled by a certified professional!

A leaky dishwasher could lead to a major water damage disaster in your home.

The water damage professionals at SERVPRO have seen it all when it comes to home water damages. To date, one of the leading causes of water damage is the result of a leaking dishwasher. The SERVPRO professionals have seen a small leak turn into a severe disaster when a homeowner allows the water to leak for a prolonged period of time. Therefore, a homeowner needs to get a dishwasher leak fixed as soon as it is first noticed to avoid further expenses.

In this blog post, we'll teach you why a dishwasher may be leaking, the damages it can cause, and who to call when your home suffers from dishwasher water damage.

Why does a Dishwasher leak?

There can be many reasons why a dishwasher leaks, but there are two leading causes the SERVPRO professionals have found:

  1. Dishwasher door malfunction
  2. Poor dishwasher drainage.

A door malfunction will be quickly noticed when a puddle is located directly under the door of a dishwasher. A dishwasher door may malfunction because the door latch is either bent or loose, causing it not to latch properly. If the door latch is not the cause of the dishwasher water damage, it may be because of a faulty dishwasher door seal. A seal can be compromised if the metal or plastic around it is bent, broken, or has any damage to it.

Another main cause of dishwasher water damage is when there is improper drainage causing the dishwasher to overflow. When a dishwasher is not properly draining, water will be forced out of the dishwasher and onto the floor. 

What to do when you notice a dishwasher leak?

To avoid severe water damages, stop use and unplug the dishwasher at the first sign of a dishwasher leak. Next, check the owner's manual and the manufacturer's website to see if there are any recalls on your dishwasher. At this time, it would also be an excellent time to see if you are lucky enough to have your dishwasher under a manufacturer's warranty. You may be able to get the leaky dishwasher fixed for free if it is still under warranty. Under warranty or not, you will need to decide if you want to get the dishwasher professionally fixed or buy a new dishwasher altogether. 

Damages a dishwasher leak can cause

Dishwasher water damage will be a massive headache for a homeowner. A prolonged leak will cause water damage to the flooring, subflooring, and walls of the kitchen. As well, if your kitchen is on the second floor, the dishwasher leak can head toward the basement and cause water damage to the ceiling and other areas in the basement. You will want to get the water damages mitigated as quickly as possible to avoid secondary damages like mold growth and structural damages.

Who to call for dishwasher water damage restoration?

It is essential to call for professional water restoration help at the first sign of dishwasher water damage. A water restoration company will be able to take care of the dishwasher leak and make sure that your kitchen is back in order with minimal fuss.

Throughout North Georgia, the locals have relied on SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties for water damage restoration services. All of the professionals at SERVPRO have gone through extensive training by the IICRC. They have also proven to be a reliable water damage restoration company by the Better Business Bureau with their A+ rating. 

Contact SERVPRO today if you are in the middle of a dishwasher water damage disaster and need fast quality services. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year!