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The Top 5 Common Reasons For An Air Conditioner Leak

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

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When an air conditioner is leaking, it's crucial to find out the cause and take corrective action as soon as possible.

Summer is right around the corner, which means that it's air conditioner season! Air conditioners are a lifesaver during the summer months, but they can also be a pain when they start to leak.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties receive numerous calls each summer from customers whose air conditioners have caused water damage. 

Puddles near your air conditioner are the most common indication that you have a leak. This blog post will discuss the top 5 most common reasons why an air conditioner leak occurs and how SERVPRO can help!

If your air conditioner is leaking, don't panic. We're here to help. 

Indications of an air conditioner leak

An air conditioner unit that leaks water can cause a lot of damage to your home, so it's essential to take action as soon as you notice a leak. Some common indications that your air conditioner is leaking include:

  • Water stains on the ceiling or walls near the air conditioner unit
  • A musty smell near the air conditioner unit
  • A puddle of water around the air conditioner unit
  • Ice or frost on the air conditioner unit

If you notice any of these signs, it's essential to take action immediately. The longer you wait, the more damage your air conditioner will cause.

Top 5 common reasons for an air conditioner leak

Now that you are familiar with the signs of an air conditioner leak let's look at the top 5 most common reasons for air conditioners to start leaking.

1. A clogged drainage pipe

One of the most common reasons for an air conditioner leak is a clogged drainage pipe. An air conditioner unit produces a lot of condensation, which needs draining. If the drainage pipe becomes clogged, the water has nowhere to go and will start to leak out of the air conditioner unit.

2. A broken seal

Another common reason for air conditioner leaks is a broken seal. The air conditioner unit has a seal that prevents air and water from leaking out. If the seal is broken, air and water will leak out of the air conditioner unit.

3. A loose drain pan

The air conditioner unit has a drain pan that collects the condensation produced by the air conditioner. If the drain pan is loose, it can cause the air conditioner to leak.

4. A broken air handler

The air conditioner unit has an air handler that circulates air around the unit. If the air handler is broken, it can cause the air conditioner to leak.

5. A frozen coil

The air conditioner unit has a coil that helps to cool the air. If the coil becomes frozen, it can cause the air conditioner to leak.

How to prevent air conditioner leaks

Now that you know the top 5 most common reasons for air conditioner leaks let's look at some tips to prevent air conditioners from leaking.

Tip 1: Schedule regular maintenance

One of the best ways to prevent air conditioner leaks is to schedule regular maintenance. A professional can clean the air conditioner unit and check for any potential problems helping keep your air conditioner unit in good working condition and preventing leaks.

Tip 2: Replace the air filter

Another way to prevent air conditioner leaks is to replace the air filter. The air filter helps remove dust and dirt from the air, clogging the air conditioner unit. 

Tip 3: Clean the air conditioner unit

You should also clean the air conditioner unit regularly to remove any dirt and debris that could clog the air conditioner unit. 

Tip 4: Regularly check for leaks

You should also check for air conditioner leaks regularly. If you find any leaks, you should repair them immediately. Ignoring air conditioner leaks can lead to severe problems, such as water damage to your home.

What to do if your air conditioner causes water damage

Many air conditioner leaks can cause water damage to your home. If you find that your air conditioner has caused water damage, you should call a professional to restore the damage. 

Ignoring air conditioner leaks can lead to severe problems, such as mold and mildew growth. In addition, mold and mildew can cause structural damage, so it is essential to repair air conditioner leaks immediately. 

How SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties can help

When it comes to air conditioner leaks, prevention is vital. But if you do find yourself with a leaky air conditioner that causes water damage, SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is here to help. We are a 24/7 emergency service company that specializes in water damage restoration. Our team of IICRC-certified technicians has the knowledge and experience to restore your home or business back to its preloss condition.

We understand the importance of timely mitigation and will work quickly to prevent further damage. We use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to thoroughly remove the water and dry your property. We also disinfect and deodorize to help prevent mold and mildew growth.

Contact SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties today if you have questions about air conditioner leaks or water damage. We are always here to help!

Hotel Mold: 5 Amazing Prevention Tips

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

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Mold spores are not good to find in any environment, but they can be especially problematic in a hotel.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties know that mold spores can be found almost anywhere and are not generally a good thing to find in any indoor environment.

One of the worst places to find mold is in a hotel because the rooms are often close to one another, and mold spores can spread quickly from room to room.

We put the following blog post together to help hotel owners prevent the spread of mold in their hotels. Your hotel guests rely on the establishment to provide a clean and healthy place to stay, and cleanliness will be compromised when mold is present. 

If you're concerned about mold in your hotel, read this blog post until the end to find out the familiar places mold hides and what you can do about it.

What is mold?

Mold is a type of fungus that thrives in moist environments and can grow on virtually any surface. However, mold thrives in damp, dark places like bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.

While mold is necessary for the breakdown of organic matter, it can cause serious problems when it starts to grow indoors.

The places to look for mold in a hotel room

When it comes to spotting hotel mold, you should look at a few key places. The following are some of the most common areas where mold can grow in a hotel room:

  • Behind the headboard: Mold often grows behind the headboard of a bed, as this is a dark and moist place.
  • Inside the air conditioning unit: The air conditioning unit is another common place for mold to grow, as it is often damp and humid.
  • In the bathroom: The bathroom is a prime spot for mold growth, as it is typically moist and humid. Be sure to check around the toilet, shower, and sink for any signs of mold.

Tips to prevent hotel mold

Now that you know where to look for mold in a hotel room, here are a few tips on how to prevent it:

  1. Keep the rooms clean: One of the best ways to prevent mold is to keep the rooms clean. Be sure to dust and vacuum regularly, and wipe down surfaces with a disinfectant.
  2. Use the air conditioning unit: The air conditioning unit can help to keep the room dry and prevent mold growth.
  3. Install a dehumidifier: A dehumidifier can help to keep the room dry and prevent mold growth.
  4. Open the windows: Opening the windows will allow fresh air to circulate and will help to keep the room dry.
  5. Clean up water damage: Any water damage should be cleaned up immediately to prevent mold from growing.

What to do if you find hotel mold

It is essential to take action immediately if you find mold in your hotel establishment. The following are some steps you should take if you find mold in one of your hotel rooms:

Identify the source of the problem: The first step is to identify the source of the problem. Identifying the source will help you to prevent the mold from returning.

Contain the mold: Once you have found mold in a hotel room, your should prioritize containing the spores. Containment will prevent spores from spreading to other areas of the hotel.

Remove the mold: The next step is to remove the mold. Hiring a professional remediation company is the best course of action.

Prevent the mold from returning: It is essential to fix the source of the problem to prevent the mold from returning. Fixing the source may involve fixing leaks, increasing ventilation, or installing a dehumidifier.

How SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties can help

We hope you enjoyed learning about how to spot and prevent hotel mold. However, if you do find mold in your hotel, it is vital to call a professional mold remediation company to help remove it.

At SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties, we are experts in commercial mold remediation. We have the training and experience necessary to safely and effectively remove mold from your hotel.

When you choose to contact us for a hotel mold issue, we will:

  • Identify the source of the problem.
  • Contain the mold
  • Remove the mold
  • Prevent the mold from returning

Our professionals are available 24/7 and understand the importance of addressing mold problems promptly. Our goal is to restore your hotel to its pre-mold condition, "Like it never even happened."

Apartment Water Damage: 5 Ways to Prevent Water Damage in Your Apartment

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage in an apartment Quickly restoring apartment water damage is essential for you and your neighbors.

Water damage is a massive problem for many apartment complexes, and in some cases, evacuation is necessary until the problem is fixed. 

Like most people, you probably don't think about water damage until it's too late. And unfortunately, one small leak can quickly turn into a significant problem. The professionals at SERVPRO have seen an apartment with a tiny leak lead to severe consequences for surrounding apartments.

If you're ever faced with water damage in your apartment, it's essential to take action right away to prevent any further damage to you and your neighbors' apartment.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties put this article together to help prevent apartment water damage. We will include five ways to prevent water damage in your apartment to keep your home and belongings safe from water damage.

What is apartment water damage? 

Apartment water damage is any water damage that occurs in an apartment. The common causes of apartment water damage include:

  • A broken pipe
  • A leaky roof
  • Leaking windows
  • A flooding toilet

What are the consequences of apartment water damage? 

The consequences of apartment water damage can be severe. In some cases, the entire building may have to be evacuated until the problem is fixed. Some of the most common consequences of apartment water damage include:

  • Mold growth
  • Structural damage
  • Electrical damage

Five ways to prevent apartment water damage

There are several steps you can take to prevent apartment water damage. Some of the most critical prevention tips include:

1. Check for leaks regularly

One of the best ways to prevent water damage in your apartment is to check for leaks regularly. Even a small leak can quickly become a big problem, so it's essential to catch them early. In addition, you should check all the plumbing fixtures in your apartment, including the sink, toilet, shower, and tub. 

2. Repair any leaks immediately

If you find a leak in your apartment, it's essential to repair it immediately. Ignoring a small leak can often turn it into a big problem. So if you see any water damage, be sure to call a professional to fix the problem right away. 

3. Check your roof and windows regularly

Another critical step in preventing water damage is regularly checking the roof and windows of your apartment. If you see any signs of leakage, be sure to call a professional to address the issue as soon as possible. 

4. Install a leak detector

Installing a leak detector can also help prevent water damage in your apartment. These devices use sensors to detect any leaks or moisture in your home and then send you an alert so that you can take action right away.

5. Upgrade outdated appliances and fixtures

If your apartment has any outdated appliances or fixtures, it's essential to add upgraded appliances as soon as possible. These items are more likely to break and cause water damage, so replacing them with newer, more reliable models is essential. 

Taking these steps can help prevent water damage in your apartment. However, if you face water damage, call a professional commercial water restoration company right away to prevent further damage. 

You can count on SERVPRO.

We hope this article has helped provide ways to prevent apartment water damage. At SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties, we understand just how severe apartment water damage can be, and we're here to help you get your property back to normal as quickly as possible. So if you ever find yourself facing water damage in your apartment, don't hesitate to give us a call. 

When you contact us, you will be receiving a team of IICRC certified restoration technicians who will handle your water damage emergency from start to finish. We know our way around insurance repairs, and we're here to make sure that your apartment is safe and sound. So if you need help with water damage in your apartment, don't hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties today.

Kitchen Fires: The 3 Most Common Causes

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

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A kitchen fire can cause severe fire damage. 

Kitchen fires can cause significant damage to your home. In the worst-case scenario, a kitchen fire can lead to a total loss of property. Some of the most common damages caused by kitchen fires include:

  • Smoke damage
  • Water damage from putting out the fire
  • Damage to the kitchen cabinets, appliances, and countertops
  • Soot damage
  • Odor damage

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties receive multiple calls a year regarding kitchen fire damage. Out of all the fire calls we have received, there has been one thing to stay consistent; not one fire damage job is like another. 

The following blog post will cover the three most common causes of kitchen fires. By the end of this post, you will know how to help prevent kitchen fires from happening in your home and who to call if they do.

The three causes of kitchen fires

When it comes to kitchen fires, there have been three leading causes that we have seen:

1) Leaving a pot or pan unattended on the stovetop 

2) forgetting to turn off the oven 

3) grease/oil build-up.

Now that we know the three most common causes of kitchen fires, let’s go into more detail about preventing a kitchen fire from occurring in your home. 

How to prevent kitchen fires

The best way to deal with fire damage is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Here are some tips on how to help prevent kitchen fires:

1) Never leave a pot or pan unattended on the stovetop. If you have to leave the kitchen for any reason, turn off the stove.

2) Always double-check the oven before leaving the house or going to bed. Make sure that it is turned off and cooled down.

3) Keep your stovetop and oven clean. A build-up of grease and oil can quickly turn into a fire. Wipe up any spills as soon as they happen, and clean your stovetop and oven on a regular basis.

4) Don’t overload electrical outlets. If you need to use multiple appliances at the same time, use a power strip with built-in circuit protection.

5) Keep flammable items away from the stove. Everyday flammable items include things like paper towels, wooden utensils, and curtains.

6) Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Make sure that everyone living in the house knows how to use a fire extinguisher properly.

Who to call if you have kitchen fire damage

As you have already learned, kitchen fires can leave significant damage in their wake. So if you find yourself in this situation, the first thing you should do is call to call a team of fire restoration professionals. 

When searching for the right team, you need to ensure that they have experience with kitchen fire damage and have the proper training from the IICRC. You will also want to ensure that they are a reputable business by checking out their reviews online. 

Wrapping up

We hope you enjoyed learning about the three most common causes of kitchen fire damage. By following the tips in this post, you can help prevent a kitchen fire from happening in your home. In the event that a fire does occur, make sure to call SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties for all of your fire damage restoration needs!

The team at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties has the experience and training from the IICRC needed to handle any size of kitchen fire damage. We are a locally owned and operated business with over 25 years of experience in the fire restoration industry. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and will work quickly and efficiently to get your kitchen back to its original state. 

If you need help with kitchen fire damage, contact us. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will respond quickly to any size disaster.

5 Tips for Finding a Quality Contractor for Restoration Repairs

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

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It's not always easy finding a quality contractor when you need restoration repairs done on your home. 

The devastation caused by a natural disaster can be heartbreaking. Not only do you have to deal with the emotional stress, but you also have to deal with the physical damage to your property. So when it comes time to start repairing your home, it is essential to find a quality contractor who will do the job right. 

The good news is that you can do a few things to make the process easier and increase your chances of finding a company you can trust. This blog post will outline five tips for finding a quality contractor for restoration repairs. Keep these tips in mind during your search, and you should be able to find a company that meets your needs!

The importance of hiring a quality contractor

When it comes time to repair your home after a natural disaster, it is essential to hire a quality contractor. A quality contractor will do the job right and ensure that your home is properly restored.

There are a number of reasons why you should only hire a quality contractor. First of all, quality contractors are licensed and insured, meaning they have the proper training and insurance to do the job. They will also be up-to-date on all the latest OSHA safety regulations.

Second, quality contractors stand by their work. If there are any problems with the work done, quality contractors will be happy to fix them. 

Third, quality contractors are professional and courteous. They will work with you to ensure the job is done on time and within budget. They will also clean up after themselves and leave your home in better condition than when they found it.

Finally, quality contractors are experienced. They have the knowledge and expertise to get the job done right the first time. You can trust them to do a good job, and they will always put your needs first. When it comes time to repair your home after a natural disaster, be sure to hire a quality contractor!

Tips for finding a quality contractor

Here are five tips for finding a quality contractor for restoration repairs:

1) Ask friends and family for recommendations. Recommendations from friends and family are always a good place to start.

2) Check online review websites like Yelp or Google Reviews. Reviews from past clients and any rating systems provided by the company should give you some idea about how good they might be.

3) Get insurance estimates from multiple contractors. Obtaining various insurance estimates will help you compare prices and quality of work. Keep in mind that not all contractors understand the insurance process, so be sure to ask them questions.

4) Request references from past clients. References are a great way to find out more about the contractor's past work.

5) Make sure the contractor is licensed and insured. You will want to hire a licensed and insured contractor to protect yourself from accidental damages.

When it comes time to find a quality contractor for restoration repairs, keep these tips in mind! With a little bit of research, you should be able to find the perfect company that meets your needs.

The #1 best quality contractor

There is no better company than SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties for restoration repairs. SERVPRO is a licensed and insured restoration contractor that stands behind its work. All crew members pride themselves on being professional and courteous and will work with you to ensure the job is done on time and within budget. Lastly, they are experienced, and we have the insurance repair knowledge and expertise to get the job done right the first time. 

Wrapping up

We hope you found this blog post helpful in finding a quality contractor. Finding a quality contractor may be difficult, but it should be a little easier with the five tips we have provided. If you have any questions or want more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

If you are looking for a fast responding quality contractor for restoration repairs, look no further than SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties! Our reviews speak for themselves, and we are licensed and insured. Not only do we stand behind our work and will do everything possible to make sure the job is done right the first time, but we are also an IICRC certified firm

Contact us today for 24/7 emergency services!

Warehouse Mold: How 1 Mold Spore Caused A Severe Profit Loss

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

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Keeping mold out of your warehouse storage area is essential to keep inventory safe.

A warehouse is a great place to store excess inventory, except when there is a mold issue in the warehouse. Mold can grow anywhere with moisture and a food source.

The professionals at SERVPRO have seen mold damage cause severe losses for a business. This article will explore the story of a business that faced significant financial damages after a minor mold issue developed in its warehouse. Unfortunately, the company was forced to close soon after finding the damages due to dramatic inventory loss. Fortunately, the company knew to contact a professional remediation company like SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties as soon as they noticed the mold issue. 

We could not save their business but were able to completely remediate the warehouse mold damages. Here at SERVPRO, we offer comprehensive services that will quickly get your warehouse back to normal!

What is mold?

Mold is a type of fungi found both indoors and outdoors. There are many different types of mold, but the most common type found in warehouses is black mold. Black mold is a greenish-black color and can be fuzzy or slimy to the touch.

What can lead to mold growth in a warehouse?

There are a few things that need to be present for mold to grow:

  • A food source: This can be from cellulose (wood, paper, cardboard) to protein (human or pet hair, skin flakes, meat).
  • Moisture: Mold needs moisture to grow. Sources of moisture can come from a leak in the roof or walls, high humidity levels, or condensation.
  • Warmth: Mold loves warmth and can grow in temperatures as low as 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Dark spaces: Mold also prefers dark spaces to grow.

If any of these conditions are present in your warehouse, you could be at risk for mold growth.

A recent warehouse mold damage call.

Mold can significantly affect businesses, especially if it goes undetected for an extended period. For example, recently, we received a call from a produce supply warehouse. They were calling because their warehouse had a small mold issue in one of its storage areas. The mold was visibly growing on the insulation in the ceiling.

The company had recently moved into this building and didn't realize a preexisting flat roof leak that was causing the high humidity levels. The high humidity and the warmth from the light fixtures created the perfect environment for mold to grow.

Unfortunately, after further inspection, we found that the mold had been growing for some time and had spread in more areas than the customer thought. As a result, there was significant damage to their stored inventory and the insulation in the ceiling. We didn't know right away but later found out that the supply warehouse had over $100,000 worth of mold-damaged inventory.

How can mold damage warehouse inventory?

Mold can damage inventory in a few ways:

Direct physical damage: Mold can cause physical damage to goods by eating away at the material it is growing on.

Contamination: Mold can cause goods to become contaminated. The damaged item is unsuitable for use and must be disposed of.

Odor: Mold releases an unpleasant odor that can contaminate nearby goods.

Awareness and prevention are key.

The best way to avoid mold damage is to be aware of the conditions that can lead to mold growth and take steps to prevent it.

Here are a few things you can do to prevent mold growth in your warehouse:

  • Inspect the building for water leaks and repair them immediately.
  • Keep the humidity levels low by using a dehumidifier or opening windows when weather permits.
  • Inspect stored goods regularly for signs of mold damage.
  • Keep storage areas well ventilated and free of clutter.
  • If you find mold growing in your warehouse, take immediate action to remediate the problem.

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is here to help

If you've been in business for any time, you know that unexpected things can happen. And when it comes to warehouse mold, one small issue can cause severe losses for your company. That's why it's essential to have a reliable and experienced team like SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties on standby to help remediate any warehouse mold issues. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to handle any size mold problem quickly and efficiently. 

Contact us today for more information!

Wet Insulation: The 2 Best Times to Replace Over Dry

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

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Wet insulation can be a severe problem, especially if you don't know when to replace it and instead dry it out.

Many times that a property has water damage, you will notice water stains on the ceilings, walls, and floors. Other times you may not have any external evidence of water damage, but you will notice a musty smell in certain areas of your home.

One effect of water damage is wet insulation. Wet insulation can lead to serious mold growth, decreased energy efficiency, and structural damage. This blog post will discuss the dangers of wet insulation and the best time to replace the damaged insulation rather than dry it out.

What is insulation?

Insulation is a material installed in buildings to reduce heat loss and prevent the formation of condensation on cold surfaces. There are several different types of insulation, but all insulation has two main components: a thermal barrier and a moisture barrier.

The thermal barrier prevents heat loss, while the moisture barrier prevents water vapor from passing through the insulation. However, when water vapor passes through the insulation, it can cause the insulation to become wet, leading to several problems.

What are the dangers of wet insulation?

There are several dangers associated with wet insulation. The most severe is when wet insulation leads to mold growth. Mold damage may lead to structural issues that can cause a building to be less stable.  

The two options in handling wet insulation

When a property has wet insulation, there are only two choices: dry or replace the insulation.

Drying the insulation is a less expensive option and is usually the best course of action if the damage is not severe and caught soon enough. Wet insulation can commonly dry out within three to five days with the proper use of dehumidifiers and air movers. Replacing the insulation is a more expensive option but may be necessary.

The two times to replace wet insulation

There are two specific times when it is best to replace wet insulation rather than try to dry it out:

1) When the insulation is saturated with highly contaminated water. Category two and three water damage to insulation are two categories where the insulation needs to be replaced. Category two and three water damage is water that has been contaminated with fecal matter, urine, blood, or contains microorganisms. All items affected by these two categories of water damage need to be replaced to avoid the spread of disease. When choosing a restoration contractor for contaminated water damages, you should select a restoration company that prioritizes safety.

2) When there is mold growth on or around the insulation. In some cases, mold growth will not be visible. To be safe, you should consider getting your insulation tested by a third-party environmental consultant.

If the insulation falls into either of these categories, it is best to replace it rather than dry it out. The risks of drying out the insulation are too high, and the possible benefits do not outweigh the risks. If you are unsure what category of water has damaged your insulation, don't hesitate to contact a water restoration company to inspect the damaged material further.

Why call SERVPRO

You should highly consider contacting the professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties regarding wet insulation. Our SERVPRO professionals have the knowledge and experience to handle any water damage situation. 

Our professionals are trained by the IICRC and have the equipment and resources to dry out your property quickly and safely. We also offer various services that can help you restore your property, including content cleaning, pack-outs, and storage.

If you think you may have water damage, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are available 24/7 to help.

5 Great Tips To Protect Your Home From Winter Storm Damage

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

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Winter storms can cause a lot of damage to your home.

Winter storm damage is a known culprit that causes many problems for homeowners. Not only can the weather be hazardous, but it can also lead to costly repairs. To protect your home from winter storm damage, you need to take some preventative steps before the storm hits.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties know winter storms' impact on residential properties. Winter storm damage is typical in any storm that consists of wind, ice, snow, or sleet.

In the following blog post, we will go over preventative measures you can take before the storm. Then, we will follow up with actionable steps to take when your property does get hit by winter storm damage.

Protecting your home from a winter storm

There are five things you can do before the storm hits that will help protect your home from damage. 

  1. Clear any snow or ice from your roof, as these elements could cause the roof to collapse. 
  2. Clear any dead trees near your house. Dead trees can fall and damage your home during a heavy winter storm. 
  3. Remove ice dams from the gutters. Ice dams occur when water accumulates and freezes on top of the roof and melts and refreezes over time. This process causes ice buildup around the dam at the eaves. 
  4. Trim back any tree branches that are close to your house. Branches can snap during heavy winds and puncture holes in the siding of your home, or damage windows.
  5. Clean your gutters and downspouts so that water can flow freely away from your house.

Restoring winter storm damage

If your home does get damaged, it's essential to act quickly. The faster you address the damage, the easier it will be to repair.

When your property has winter storm damage, the first step is to contact a reliable restoration company. The team at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties are experts in dealing with storms and water damage.

After you contact your restoration contractor, you will want to get in contact with your insurance adjuster to let them know about any damage.

The next step will be to determine what caused the winter storm damage. For example, was the damage caused by a fallen tree limb breaking windows or punctured holes in your siding, or water damage caused by a melted ice dam, or maybe the damage was caused by too much snow built up on your roof. No matter what kind of winter storm damage your home suffered from, it is essential to know how the damages happened in the first place for insurance purposes.

Next, it will be essential to document winter storm damage. As a homeowner, you will want to take pictures and videos of the damage to your home and its surrounding area. The documented images and videos will support your insurance claim.

If you follow the above steps, you will be in a great place to get your property restored promptly.

Final thoughts

Winter storm damage can be costly and devastating if not handled quickly and adequately. Taking proper precautions before a storm hits can help protect your home from costly repairs.

When it comes to winter storm damage repairs, you can rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties. All of our professionals are IICRC certified, which means you can have confidence that we follow industry best practices to restore your home to its pre-storm condition.

Contact us any time for more information about winter storm damage. All our crews are available 24/7 for storm damage restoration services.

Extension Cord Safety: 8 Tips to Help Avoid Fire Damage

2/11/2022 (Permalink)

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One of the best ways to avoid fire damage is knowing extension cord safety.  

Fire damage to a property is one of the leading causes of insurance claims in the United States. Typically, short circuits are to blame for these types of fires, and the misuse of extension cords is one of the leading causes of short circuits. A short circuit can occur when an extension cord isn't used correctly or becomes damaged; there is an increased chance of an electrical current not following the intended path.

Each year, extension cords are responsible for starting thousands of fires in the United States. However, there are ways to use these cords safely and minimize the risk of a fire. In the following blog post, we will go over eight extension cord safety tips to help keep you and your family safe from unwanted fire damage!

The dangers of extension cords

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties know first hand that extension cords can be hazardous when not used correctly. Improper use of an extension cord can lead to a fire, which can cause extensive damage to a home and property.

An extension cord is made of tiny wires, each with a specific function. However, when these small wires are broken or crushed, they cannot do their job. If one of these tiny wires breaks, it can increase the resistance in that wire and cause the circuit to overload and eventually cause a fire.

Tips for using an extension cord safely and avoiding fire damage

To increase the lifespan of your extension cords and to avoid fire damage, there are eight things you should do when using them:

  1. Never remove the grounding pin to make a three-prong plug into a two-prong outlet: By doing this, you are removing one of the safety features of an extension cord.
  2. Don't overload the circuit: Don't plug too many things into the same extension cord. Using too much wattage in one extension cord can be very dangerous and overload the circuit, increasing the risk of an electrical fire.
  3. Keep all plugs and connections clean so that no debris can ignite.
  4. Don't run cords under rugs, carpets, or furniture.
  5. Periodically inspect the cord for damage, such as cuts or discoloration. If there are cuts or discolorations, replace the cord immediately.
  6. Unplug the cord when it is not in use, and before wrapping
  7. Use extension cords outside that are only labeled for outdoor use
  8. When using more than one extension cord to power an appliance, make sure they have a similar current output rating (do not exceed a cord's amperage rating)

Storing extension cords

When not in use, it is best to unplug your extension cords and store them in a dry place. If you must store them outdoors, make sure they are in a waterproof container. In addition, cords should be loosely coiled when stored and never kinked or tied in a knot.

Final thoughts

Extension cords are supposed to be used for short-term purposes, but some people like to use them permanently. If you choose to use your extension cord as a permanent fix, you must follow all of the safety tips above and inspect the extension cord regularly.

Extension cords are a great tool, but if they are misused or abused, then severe fire damage can occur, and the professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties have had to clean up quite a few fire damage claims caused by extension cord misuse.

Please contact us today for more information about our fire restoration services or the proper use of extension cords. All of our professionals are IICRC certified and can help with 24/7 emergency fire restoration services.

Moisture Mapping: 3 Reasons To Create A Moisture Map

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO professional creating a moisture map. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for superb moisture detection services.

Moisture mapping is a key component in starting a restoration project.

Anytime there is water damage or a mold issue in a property, restoration professionals will start by creating a moisture map to help identify and inspect the source of water and how much damage is present in the property. Restoration efforts can begin once the source and the amount of moisture are identified. 

The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties also create moisture maps to help them develop a plan of action. The plan that the professionals at SERVPRO create will identify the damages and provide an accurate estimate for how long restoration efforts will take and what is needed to get a property back to normal again.

This blog post will discuss more on moisture mapping and list three reasons why restorations professionals create moisture maps before starting the restoration project. 

What is a moisture map?

A moisture map is a diagram or image that shows the location and extent of moisture in a structure. It is created by taking readings with a moisture meter and then plotting these readings on a drawing or map of the structure.

Three reasons to create a moisture map

There are three main reasons why it is essential to create a moisture map:

  1. It can help identify hidden moisture sources.
  2. It can help prioritize drying more severely damaged locations.
  3. It can help document the drying process for insurance purposes.

By creating an elaborate moisture map, certified restoration professionals can ensure that every step is taken to restore your home or business to its preloss condition.

Tools needed for moisture mapping

It is essential to have the right tools when creating a moisture map. Standard tools include a moisture meter and thermal imaging technology to take readings. A drawing or image software to plot the data will also be necessary.

There are many different types of moisture meters on the market, so selecting one suited for the specific application is essential. For example, some meters are designed for reading wet drywall, while others are specialized and are for hard surfaces like concrete.

Accurate measurements are crucial when creating a moisture map because errors in data collection will lead to errors in the final map. For this reason, it is important not to disturb the area being measured so that there is no inaccurate data.

It is also important to ensure that the moisture meter is in good condition and has not been exposed to extreme temperatures or strong sunlight; the exposure to high heat affects a moisture meter's readings. 

Once a restoration professional has plotted all of their data points on a moisture map, they may identify sources and patterns that can help prioritize restoration efforts and prevent future issues with the same areas of the structure.

Wrapping up

We hope you enjoyed learning about the importance of getting a moisture map created before starting the water damage restoration process. Creating a moisture map can be challenging because you must use the moisture meter in close contact with the surface being measured, which means getting close to the sources of moisture issues. 

Reach out to SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties when you have moisture damage in your property. Our professionals are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We are also a preferred restoration vendor among many insurance companies. 

If you have any questions about our moisture mapping services, please feel free to contact us at any time! We are happy to serve the residents and business owners in the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding areas.