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Mold from Heavy Flooding a Serious Concern

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold from Heavy Flooding a Serious Concern 5 reasons to suspect you didn't cure your mold issues on your own! SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is here to help!

Mold from Heavy Flooding a Serious Concern

From August till the end of December 2015, North Georgia saw several incidents of heavy rainfall that led to massive flooding. In some parts, like Blairsville’s Meeks Park or entire neighborhoods in Ellijay, rising water levels were enough to shutter access to main roads and close down communities completely.

As the new year brings a break from the rain and the region settles into its familiar chilly weather pattern, many residents are still left dealing with the aftermath of last year’s torrential rains. Most notably, the potential for mold and bacteria growth is  concern for those affected by flooding.

SERVPRO has been helping businesses and residents since 1967. They will be happy to assist you in the cleanup and restoration of  your home from the serious aftermath effects of flooding fromheavy rains or plumbing.

5 reasons to suspect you didn’t cure your mold issues on your own:

  • Mold spores are airborne and invisible to the human eye. They can quickly multiply after your cleaning attempt. Air duct cleaning is essential after mold cleanup to capture mold spores and sanitize the system.

  • If you used bleach, it leaves residual moisture, which is one condition mold needs to grow.

  • If you used bleach on porous surfaces, such as unfinished wood and drywall, you may have killed mold on the surface. However, you quite possibly did not kill the roots beneath the surface.

  • You have a musty smell after cleaning.

  • If a dark stain reappears after cleaning, it could possibly be the return of mold

You may need a professional to, at least, evaluate your home and make sure it’s mold free. Mold issues are always best caught early or completely prevented.


For more information please visit SERVPROBLUERIDGE.com or call us today at 706-896-1880.

Don't take a chance on getting the Heebee Jeebees!

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Household mold is fungi and is commonly referred to as mildew. You know the stuff, mostly ... you know the smell. Childhood visits to lakeside cabins, 1970s ranch home basements and even your grandma's house might bring back the memory of your mom saying "shew, it smells musty in here." Musty, is, in all actuality a word. Your mom didn't make it up. See, fungi used to be classified as plants, for years, until some scientist discovered that it acts more like an animal. So, fungi got their very own kingdom. Ah, a kingdom … "my kingdom for a horse" said Shakespeare. Seemingly simple (like the illustration from the Bard), fungi actually appears in many forms, the quickest to come to mind is usually, a mushroom. Additionally, fungi can appear as a plant parasite and damage crops. The type of fungi we are talking about today is the type which produces household, “mildewly” and musty ol mold. That culprit, though common, is actually a diverse group of organisms.   

All fungi are made up of tiny filaments called hyphae. Isn't that interes … zzzzzz …. 

The hard walls of fungus (mold) are built out of chitin, the same material that insects and arthropods have as a hard outer shell. Ok, so that's kinda cool. That totally makes the "like animals" part make more sense. Mold reproduces via microscopic particles called spores. It's largely understood that spores are irritants and can cause health effects. The fungi in the outdoors is part of the highly complex process of decomposition, you know … how fallen trees rot and stuff. Organisms such as ants will actually transport bits of fungus to their food supply (usually leaves or plants) to aid in the breakdown. Ants cannot digest cellulose. So, they use fungi kinda like we use meat tenderizer.  

Mold lives by breaking down organic material and it spreads in a largely invisible web. The type of fungi that produces household mold and woodland mushrooms do differ, however; in the way that mushrooms emerge as visible evidence of fungi, so does dusty, fuzzy looking household mold.   

The common denominator in the growth of all mold, is moisture. All this talk of fungi, mold, mildewy smells, invisible webs … it's creepy, huh? That's why, here at SERVPRO, we recommend you never try to take care of mold issues in your house by yourself. If you can see it, there is usually so much you can't see … we don't want you to even think about it.  

We offer complete mold remediation services so you don't even have to! See, now that you understand how mold works … you'll also understand that a spray bottle of bleach and some rubber gloves are only going to worsen the bigger issue. If there is mold showing on the wall, the carpet … that invisible web we talked about ... is strewn far and wide. You can't be thinking about that! You'll get the heebee jeebees! No one wants the heebee jeebees! Not to mention, if you start trying to eradicate the visible stuff and you manage to get a little of the not so visible stuff, you'll stir up the spores! So, please if you see or suspect mold in your home, or Grandma's home … give us a call! 

Fire And Water Restoration Needs Immediate Attention

7/28/2018 (Permalink)

Houses can suffer a great deal of damage from a natural catastrophe, making fire and water restoration jobs two of the most common emergency services. It is even more common for these damages to arise from within the home itself, be it from faulty pipes or improper construction. Families shouldn’t suffer beyond the physical damage of their houses, so it becomes imperative to seek out only certified technicians in order to properly repair a home. Since these disasters can quickly get out of hand and will get worse as time goes on, one must move to expediently address the damages.

Depending on where the source is, rain and storm damage will begin to erode the bare surfaces surrounding it. Drywall for instance is one of the first victims, as it will quickly become saturated and discolored, eventually losing its structural integrity and collapsing. Fire and water restoration typically involves a thorough inspection of the premises, as the underlying source must be identified and treated in order to properly prevent the building from future damages. Carpet, furniture and electronics can all be damaged or destroyed if the problem is not dealt with in a reasonable time frame and by certified technicians. 

The process for resolving this type of damage involves removing any saturated drywall and replacing it with new material. In order to maintain the appearance throughout the home, technicians will affix the new drywall with the proper fasteners and it is then sanded down to match the surrounding wall. Further complications, either from waiting too long to treat, or from improper drying, involve the growth of mold throughout the home. To avoid this, technicians will use air mover fans and dehumidifiers to accelerate the natural drying process and fully remove the threat.

As destructive as floods and pipe breakages can be, damages from a blaze can be just as disastrous. IICRC-certified fire and water restoration crews use only the most recent and effective means in treating these types of disasters. While the worst-case scenarios involve the destruction of the entire building, blazes can affect many different things in a building, even if they were very small. For instance, soot is notorious for spreading into every nook and cranny. While it can be nearly impossible to remove it by one’s self, trained technicians utilize large HEPA certified vacuums and thermal fogging machines to remove all traces completely. 

On top of the immediate damage, fire and water restoration crews are necessary for removing the residual damage that can linger from old disasters. Only trained technicians can properly inspect a building or home in order to uncover problem areas such as damp materials and ash. Damp materials can foster mold growth, while ash can corrode metal, scratch glass, and when left untreated for long enough time, it can cause a strong, unpleasant odor.

www.IICRC.org

Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem?

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –706-896-1880

SERVPRO Christmas

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

The ladies of SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties had a great time at the Christmas Party! If you have questions for us, feel free to contact SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties and our office or production staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have any kinds of issues you are experiencing. SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin and Gilmer Counties is always here to help!

About SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties

SERVPRO of  Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

http://www.SERVPROuniontownsfanningilmercounties.com/crew-photos

Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –706-896-1880

Fire And Water Restoration Needs Immediate Attention

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Houses can suffer a great deal of damage from a natural catastrophe, making fire and water restoration jobs two of the most common emergency services. It is even more common for these damages to arise from within the home itself, be it from faulty pipes or improper construction. Families shouldn’t suffer beyond the physical damage of their houses, so it becomes imperative to seek out only certified technicians in order to properly repair a home. Since these disasters can quickly get out of hand and will get worse as time goes on, one must move to expediently address the damages.

Depending on where the source is, rain and storm damage will begin to erode the bare surfaces surrounding it. Drywall for instance is one of the first victims, as it will quickly become saturated and discolored, eventually losing its structural integrity and collapsing. Fire and water restoration typically involves a thorough inspection of the premises, as the underlying source must be identified and treated in order to properly prevent the building from future damages. Carpet, furniture and electronics can all be damaged or destroyed if the problem is not dealt with in a reasonable time frame and by certified technicians. 

The process for resolving this type of damage involves removing any saturated drywall and replacing it with new material. In order to maintain the appearance throughout the home, technicians will affix the new drywall with the proper fasteners and it is then sanded down to match the surrounding wall. Further complications, either from waiting too long to treat, or from improper drying, involve the growth of mold throughout the home. To avoid this, technicians will use air mover fans and dehumidifiers to accelerate the natural drying process and fully remove the threat.

As destructive as floods and pipe breakages can be, damages from a blaze can be just as disastrous. IICRC-certified fire and water restoration crews use only the most recent and effective means in treating these types of disasters. While the worst-case scenarios involve the destruction of the entire building, blazes can affect many different things in a building, even if they were very small. For instance, soot is notorious for spreading into every nook and cranny. While it can be nearly impossible to remove it by one’s self, trained technicians utilize large HEPA certified vacuums and thermal fogging machines to remove all traces completely. 

On top of the immediate damage, fire and water restoration crews are necessary for removing the residual damage that can linger from old disasters. Only trained technicians can properly inspect a building or home in order to uncover problem areas such as damp materials and ash. Damp materials can foster mold growth, while ash can corrode metal, scratch glass, and when left untreated for long enough time, it can cause a strong, unpleasant odor.

www.IICRC.org

Mold from Heavy Flooding a Serious Concern

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold from Heavy Flooding a Serious Concern

From August till the end of December 2015, North Georgia saw several incidents of heavy rainfall that led to massive flooding. In some parts, like Blairsville’s Meeks Park or entire neighborhoods in Ellijay, rising water levels were enough to shutter access to main roads and close down communities completely.

As the new year brings a break from the rain and the region settles into its familiar chilly weather pattern, many residents are still left dealing with the aftermath of last year’s torrential rains. Most notably, the potential for mold and bacteria growth is  concern for those affected by flooding.

SERVPRO has been helping businesses and residents since 1967. They will be happy to assist you in the cleanup and restoration of  your home from the serious aftermath effects of flooding fromheavy rains or plumbing.

5 reasons to suspect you didn’t cure your mold issues on your own:

  • Mold spores are airborne and invisible to the human eye. They can quickly multiply after your cleaning attempt. Air duct cleaning is essential after mold cleanup to capture mold spores and sanitize the system.

  • If you used bleach, it leaves residual moisture, which is one condition mold needs to grow.

  • If you used bleach on porous surfaces, such as unfinished wood and drywall, you may have killed mold on the surface. However, you quite possibly did not kill the roots beneath the surface.

  • You have a musty smell after cleaning.

  • If a dark stain reappears after cleaning, it could possibly be the return of mold

You may need a professional to, at least, evaluate your home and make sure it’s mold free. Mold issues are always best caught early or completely prevented.


For more information please visit SERVPROuniontownsfanningilmercounties.com or call us today at 706-896-1880

Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –706-896-1880

Don't take a chance on getting the Heebee Jeebees!

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Household mold is fungi and is commonly referred to as mildew. You know the stuff, mostly ... you know the smell. Childhood visits to lakeside cabins, 1970s ranch home basements and even your grandma's house might bring back the memory of your mom saying "shew, it smells musty in here." Musty, is, in all actuality a word. Your mom didn't make it up. See, fungi used to be classified as plants, for years, until some scientist discovered that it acts more like an animal. So, fungi got their very own kingdom. Ah, a kingdom … "my kingdom for a horse" said Shakespeare. Seemingly simple (like the illustration from the Bard), fungi actually appears in many forms, the quickest to come to mind is usually, a mushroom. Additionally, fungi can appear as a plant parasite and damage crops. The type of fungi we are talking about today is the type which produces household, “mildewly” and musty ol mold. That culprit, though common, is actually a diverse group of organisms.   

All fungi are made up of tiny filaments called hyphae. Isn't that interes … zzzzzz …. 

The hard walls of fungus (mold) are built out of chitin, the same material that insects and arthropods have as a hard outer shell. Ok, so that's kinda cool. That totally makes the "like animals" part make more sense. Mold reproduces via microscopic particles called spores. It's largely understood that spores are irritants and can cause health effects. The fungi in the outdoors is part of the highly complex process of decomposition, you know … how fallen trees rot and stuff. Organisms such as ants will actually transport bits of fungus to their food supply (usually leaves or plants) to aid in the breakdown. Ants cannot digest cellulose. So, they use fungi kinda like we use meat tenderizer.  

Mold lives by breaking down organic material and it spreads in a largely invisible web. The type of fungi that produces household mold and woodland mushrooms do differ, however; in the way that mushrooms emerge as visible evidence of fungi, so does dusty, fuzzy looking household mold.   

The common denominator in the growth of all mold, is moisture. All this talk of fungi, mold, mildewy smells, invisible webs … it's creepy, huh? That's why, here at SERVPRO, we recommend you never try to take care of mold issues in your house by yourself. If you can see it, there is usually so much you can't see … we don't want you to even think about it.  

We offer complete mold remediation services so you don't even have to! See, now that you understand how mold works … you'll also understand that a spray bottle of bleach and some rubber gloves are only going to worsen the bigger issue. If there is mold showing on the wall, the carpet … that invisible web we talked about ... is strewn far and wide. You can't be thinking about that! You'll get the heebee jeebees! No one wants the heebee jeebees! Not to mention, if you start trying to eradicate the visible stuff and you manage to get a little of the not so visible stuff, you'll stir up the spores! So, please if you see or suspect mold in your home, or Grandma's home … give us a call! 

SERVPRO Christmas

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

The ladies of SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties had a great time at the Christmas Party! If you have questions for us, feel free to contact SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties and our office or production staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have any kinds of issues you are experiencing. SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin and Gilmer Counties is always here to help!

About SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties

SERVPRO of  Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

http://www.SERVPROuniontownsfanningilmercounties.com/crew-photos

Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem?

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –706-896-1880

Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –706-896-1880

Fire And Water Restoration Needs Immediate Attention

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

Houses can suffer a great deal of damage from a natural catastrophe, making fire and water restoration jobs two of the most common emergency services. It is even more common for these damages to arise from within the home itself, be it from faulty pipes or improper construction. Families shouldn’t suffer beyond the physical damage of their houses, so it becomes imperative to seek out only certified technicians in order to properly repair a home. Since these disasters can quickly get out of hand and will get worse as time goes on, one must move to expediently address the damages.

Depending on where the source is, rain and storm damage will begin to erode the bare surfaces surrounding it. Drywall for instance is one of the first victims, as it will quickly become saturated and discolored, eventually losing its structural integrity and collapsing. Fire and water restoration typically involves a thorough inspection of the premises, as the underlying source must be identified and treated in order to properly prevent the building from future damages. Carpet, furniture and electronics can all be damaged or destroyed if the problem is not dealt with in a reasonable time frame and by certified technicians. 

The process for resolving this type of damage involves removing any saturated drywall and replacing it with new material. In order to maintain the appearance throughout the home, technicians will affix the new drywall with the proper fasteners and it is then sanded down to match the surrounding wall. Further complications, either from waiting too long to treat, or from improper drying, involve the growth of mold throughout the home. To avoid this, technicians will use air mover fans and dehumidifiers to accelerate the natural drying process and fully remove the threat.

As destructive as floods and pipe breakages can be, damages from a blaze can be just as disastrous. IICRC-certified fire and water restoration crews use only the most recent and effective means in treating these types of disasters. While the worst-case scenarios involve the destruction of the entire building, blazes can affect many different things in a building, even if they were very small. For instance, soot is notorious for spreading into every nook and cranny. While it can be nearly impossible to remove it by one’s self, trained technicians utilize large HEPA certified vacuums and thermal fogging machines to remove all traces completely. 

On top of the immediate damage, fire and water restoration crews are necessary for removing the residual damage that can linger from old disasters. Only trained technicians can properly inspect a building or home in order to uncover problem areas such as damp materials and ash. Damp materials can foster mold growth, while ash can corrode metal, scratch glass, and when left untreated for long enough time, it can cause a strong, unpleasant odor.

www.IICRC.org

Fire And Water Restoration Needs Immediate Attention

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Houses can suffer a great deal of damage from a natural catastrophe, making fire and water restoration jobs two of the most common emergency services. It is even more common for these damages to arise from within the home itself, be it from faulty pipes or improper construction. Families shouldn’t suffer beyond the physical damage of their houses, so it becomes imperative to seek out only certified technicians in order to properly repair a home. Since these disasters can quickly get out of hand and will get worse as time goes on, one must move to expediently address the damages.

Depending on where the source is, rain and storm damage will begin to erode the bare surfaces surrounding it. Drywall for instance is one of the first victims, as it will quickly become saturated and discolored, eventually losing its structural integrity and collapsing. Fire and water restoration typically involves a thorough inspection of the premises, as the underlying source must be identified and treated in order to properly prevent the building from future damages. Carpet, furniture and electronics can all be damaged or destroyed if the problem is not dealt with in a reasonable time frame and by certified technicians. 

The process for resolving this type of damage involves removing any saturated drywall and replacing it with new material. In order to maintain the appearance throughout the home, technicians will affix the new drywall with the proper fasteners and it is then sanded down to match the surrounding wall. Further complications, either from waiting too long to treat, or from improper drying, involve the growth of mold throughout the home. To avoid this, technicians will use air mover fans and dehumidifiers to accelerate the natural drying process and fully remove the threat.

As destructive as floods and pipe breakages can be, damages from a blaze can be just as disastrous. IICRC-certified fire and water restoration crews use only the most recent and effective means in treating these types of disasters. While the worst-case scenarios involve the destruction of the entire building, blazes can affect many different things in a building, even if they were very small. For instance, soot is notorious for spreading into every nook and cranny. While it can be nearly impossible to remove it by one’s self, trained technicians utilize large HEPA certified vacuums and thermal fogging machines to remove all traces completely. 

On top of the immediate damage, fire and water restoration crews are necessary for removing the residual damage that can linger from old disasters. Only trained technicians can properly inspect a building or home in order to uncover problem areas such as damp materials and ash. Damp materials can foster mold growth, while ash can corrode metal, scratch glass, and when left untreated for long enough time, it can cause a strong, unpleasant odor.

www.IICRC.org

Mold from Heavy Flooding a Serious Concern

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold from Heavy Flooding a Serious Concern 5 reasons to suspect you didn’t cure your mold issues on your own! SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is here to help!

Mold from Heavy Flooding a Serious Concern

From August till the end of December 2015, North Georgia saw several incidents of heavy rainfall that led to massive flooding. In some parts, like Blairsville’s Meeks Park or entire neighborhoods in Ellijay, rising water levels were enough to shutter access to main roads and close down communities completely.

As the new year brings a break from the rain and the region settles into its familiar chilly weather pattern, many residents are still left dealing with the aftermath of last year’s torrential rains. Most notably, the potential for mold and bacteria growth is  concern for those affected by flooding.

SERVPRO has been helping businesses and residents since 1967. They will be happy to assist you in the cleanup and restoration of  your home from the serious aftermath effects of flooding fromheavy rains or plumbing.

5 reasons to suspect you didn’t cure your mold issues on your own:

  • Mold spores are airborne and invisible to the human eye. They can quickly multiply after your cleaning attempt. Air duct cleaning is essential after mold cleanup to capture mold spores and sanitize the system.

  • If you used bleach, it leaves residual moisture, which is one condition mold needs to grow.

  • If you used bleach on porous surfaces, such as unfinished wood and drywall, you may have killed mold on the surface. However, you quite possibly did not kill the roots beneath the surface.

  • You have a musty smell after cleaning.

  • If a dark stain reappears after cleaning, it could possibly be the return of mold

You may need a professional to, at least, evaluate your home and make sure it’s mold free. Mold issues are always best caught early or completely prevented.


For more information please visit SERVPROBLUERIDGE.com or call us today at 706-896-1880.

Don't take a chance on getting the Heebee Jeebees!

7/25/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Don't take a chance on getting the Heebee Jeebees! Avoiding the heebee jeebees is easy with one call to SERVPRO!

Household mold is fungi and is commonly referred to as mildew. You know the stuff, mostly ... you know the smell. Childhood visits to lakeside cabins, 1970s ranch home basements and even your grandma's house might bring back the memory of your mom saying "shew, it smells musty in here." Musty, is, in all actuality a word. Your mom didn't make it up. See, fungi used to be classified as plants, for years, until some scientist discovered that it acts more like an animal. So, fungi got their very own kingdom. Ah, a kingdom … "my kingdom for a horse" said Shakespeare. Seemingly simple (like the illustration from the Bard), fungi actually appears in many forms, the quickest to come to mind is usually, a mushroom. Additionally, fungi can appear as a plant parasite and damage crops. The type of fungi we are talking about today is the type which produces household, “mildewly” and musty ol mold. That culprit, though common, is actually a diverse group of organisms.   

All fungi are made up of tiny filaments called hyphae. Isn't that interes … zzzzzz …. 

The hard walls of fungus (mold) are built out of chitin, the same material that insects and arthropods have as a hard outer shell. Ok, so that's kinda cool. That totally makes the "like animals" part make more sense. Mold reproduces via microscopic particles called spores. It's largely understood that spores are irritants and can cause health effects. The fungi in the outdoors is part of the highly complex process of decomposition, you know … how fallen trees rot and stuff. Organisms such as ants will actually transport bits of fungus to their food supply (usually leaves or plants) to aid in the breakdown. Ants cannot digest cellulose. So, they use fungi kinda like we use meat tenderizer.  

Mold lives by breaking down organic material and it spreads in a largely invisible web. The type of fungi that produces household mold and woodland mushrooms do differ, however; in the way that mushrooms emerge as visible evidence of fungi, so does dusty, fuzzy looking household mold.   

The common denominator in the growth of all mold, is moisture. All this talk of fungi, mold, mildewy smells, invisible webs … it's creepy, huh? That's why, here at SERVPRO, we recommend you never try to take care of mold issues in your house by yourself. If you can see it, there is usually so much you can't see … we don't want you to even think about it.  

We offer complete mold remediation services so you don't even have to! See, now that you understand how mold works … you'll also understand that a spray bottle of bleach and some rubber gloves are only going to worsen the bigger issue. If there is mold showing on the wall, the carpet … that invisible web we talked about ... is strewn far and wide. You can't be thinking about that! You'll get the heebee jeebees! No one wants the heebee jeebees! Not to mention, if you start trying to eradicate the visible stuff and you manage to get a little of the not so visible stuff, you'll stir up the spores! So, please if you see or suspect mold in your home, or Grandma's home … give us a call! 

Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

7/11/2016 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –706-896-1880

Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem?

7/11/2016 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –706-896-1880

2015 SERVPRO Christmas

6/13/2016 (Permalink)

The ladies of SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties had a great time at the Christmas Party! If you have questions for us, feel free to contact SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties and our office or production staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have any kinds of issues you are experiencing. SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin and Gilmer Counties is always here to help!


About SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties


SERVPRO of  Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


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Matthew Parton

6/13/2016 (Permalink)

"Being able to bring great customer service to our customers in their time of need is the best part of my job. We are the first step in making their disaster like it never even happened."

Fire And Water Restoration Needs Immediate Attention

4/21/2016 (Permalink)

Houses can suffer a great deal of damage from a natural catastrophe, making fire and water restoration jobs two of the most common emergency services. It is even more common for these damages to arise from within the home itself, be it from faulty pipes or improper construction. Families shouldn’t suffer beyond the physical damage of their houses, so it becomes imperative to seek out only certified technicians in order to properly repair a home. Since these disasters can quickly get out of hand and will get worse as time goes on, one must move to expediently address the damages.

Depending on where the source is, rain and storm damage will begin to erode the bare surfaces surrounding it. Drywall for instance is one of the first victims, as it will quickly become saturated and discolored, eventually losing its structural integrity and collapsing. Fire and water restoration typically involves a thorough inspection of the premises, as the underlying source must be identified and treated in order to properly prevent the building from future damages. Carpet, furniture and electronics can all be damaged or destroyed if the problem is not dealt with in a reasonable time frame and by certified technicians. 

The process for resolving this type of damage involves removing any saturated drywall and replacing it with new material. In order to maintain the appearance throughout the home, technicians will affix the new drywall with the proper fasteners and it is then sanded down to match the surrounding wall. Further complications, either from waiting too long to treat, or from improper drying, involve the growth of mold throughout the home. To avoid this, technicians will use air mover fans and dehumidifiers to accelerate the natural drying process and fully remove the threat.

As destructive as floods and pipe breakages can be, damages from a blaze can be just as disastrous. IICRC-certified fire and water restoration crews use only the most recent and effective means in treating these types of disasters. While the worst-case scenarios involve the destruction of the entire building, blazes can affect many different things in a building, even if they were very small. For instance, soot is notorious for spreading into every nook and cranny. While it can be nearly impossible to remove it by one’s self, trained technicians utilize large HEPA certified vacuums and thermal fogging machines to remove all traces completely. 

On top of the immediate damage, fire and water restoration crews are necessary for removing the residual damage that can linger from old disasters. Only trained technicians can properly inspect a building or home in order to uncover problem areas such as damp materials and ash. Damp materials can foster mold growth, while ash can corrode metal, scratch glass, and when left untreated for long enough time, it can cause a strong, unpleasant odor.


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