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Does Your Business have a Water Damage Prevention Plan?

10/9/2021 (Permalink)

a computer keyboard showing signs of standing water on keys If water damage should become an issue, call SERVPRO of Carrollton. We are your local restoration team.

Carrollton business owners know that water damage incidents ruin products, important devices, and pieces of technology, delay business and wreak havoc on your building’s interior. And though no business owner wants to have to deal with water situations, a surprisingly low number of business owners actually take the proper measures to prevent one.

Most offices have a plan for fires—procedures, planned escape routes and even drills. But your business is statistically more likely to encounter water damage than to experience a fire, so it’s of high import to make sure you know the risks and the measures necessary to protect your building, your assets, and the people who make it all run.

Your Water Damage Prevention Plan

There’s not a hard and fast, one-size-fits-all solution for water damage prevention, so it’s important to take into account the needs of your business, the tendencies of extreme weather in your area and even the time of year, because needs may change during different seasons. But a few basic action points should be part of your overall plan, including:

  • Utilize insurance inspections and routine examinations, which can identify current water risks and leakage situations and make recommendations about needed changes and routine maintenance programs going forward. Insurance inspectors will know where to look for weaknesses in your plumbing system and other common areas of water emergency.

  • Create a team of leaders who have been trained for water response, equipped with water intrusion response kits.

  • Have a thorough knowledge of your water system’s shutoff mechanism, whether it includes a single shut-off or multiple zones. Make sure your teams know who has responsibility and authority to shut off water mains or zones in an emergent situation.

  • Maintain your contractor contacts for emergencies—aka keep SERVPRO of Carrollton on speed dial.

  • Consider using modern water-detection technology that can alert you to a possible situation before you would otherwise become aware, especially in areas that don’t always receive attention.

These steps will get you on your way toward minimizing the likelihood of damage from a surprise water situation. And make sure your insurance covers water damage, including floods, just in case your prevention methods can’t overcome a water incursion.

SERVPRO of Carrollton is nearby and trained to take care of water situations quickly. If water damage should become an issue, just call or click, and we’ll be there right away to help.

Destroy Odors with Deodorization

10/9/2021 (Permalink)

smoke damage on ceiling and walls If you or a customer suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services, contact SERVPRO® of Carrollton.

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard-to-reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.

With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO® of Carrollton professionals provide specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO® of Carrollton professionals do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out and remove the source of the odor. Once the source is found, SERVPRO’s own proprietary line of cleaning products is used to treat and prevent the odor from returning. Any restorable item in affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts and more.

Ask SERVPRO® of Carrollton to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.

If you or a customer suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services, contact SERVPRO® of Carrollton. Whether it’s fire, water, or mold damage or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Do You Know Where to Check for Water Leaks in Your Home?

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

water dripping from a faucet If you have damage due to a water leak, you can count on SERVPRO of Carrollton for restoration!

While water damage can occur unexpectedly and with seemingly no rhyme or reason, there are
fortunately some ways that homeowners can prevent certain kinds from becoming severe. In
fact, hidden water leaks are a major source of household water damage and are known to waste over 10,000 gallons of water every year—but by being vigilant about checking for leaks
regularly, you can significantly reduce the chances that this will happen to you.

While many leaks show up in evident areas, others will be in far more sneaky spots that
homeowners may not think to check. If you are worried a hidden leak could be costing you, be
sure to read the list below for places you can keep an eye on throughout your home.

Where to Keep an Eye Out for Hidden Water Leaks

In your home’s bathrooms. Because of how much water is used in a bathroom on a daily
basis, they are often culprits of hidden water leaks for ages before homeowners realize
something is amiss. Splash leaks—the types of leaks that occur when water is splashed out of
the tub or shower—are the most common kind of bathroom leak to watch out for. Additionally,
leaks under the sinks, around the toilet base and in the walls surrounding the shower are all
common and should be checked for regularly.

Behind your home’s appliances. Any appliance that uses water, such as your dishwasher,
washing machine and refrigerator, is susceptible to developing a hidden leak. Because these
appliances are rarely moved, leaks can happen for years without becoming noticeable—and by
that time, the water damage will be severe. Make it a habit to check under and behind your
appliances at least once every few months so you can be sure there is nothing hiding right
under your nose.

Around your home’s spigots. While outdoor spigots are convenient, they can cause issues if
they are not properly maintained. As they are exposed to the elements every season, they can
begin to wear and have their seals break down in time—which can lead to a serious leak in the
exterior walls of your home.

If you have damage due to a water leak, you can count on us for restoration! Contact us at any
time to learn more about how we handle water damage for homeowners.

Fire Safety for Preschoolers

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

a firefighter on one knee talking and giving high five to a child If fire should take over and do damage in your home, SERVPRO of Carrollton is here to help.

When it comes to fire safety, it’s likely that you’re generally aware of the important steps to take in case of a fire.

You’ve been told about stop, drop and roll, emergency plans, calling 9-1-1 and the like for so long now that the knowledge is pretty engrained. And yet, even with after the reinforcement of safety campaigns and fire drills, many adults still panic in real-life fire scenarios.

So knowing that children have taken in much less information and are much more likely to freeze or panic in an emergency, how much more important is it for us to take special care to teach and inform them about fire safety? Sadly, children younger than age 5 are twice as likely to die in fires as adults and older kids.

Here are a few essential things preschoolers need to be taught about how to think and react in a fire situation:

Firefighters aren’t scary.

Young children can be spooked by first responders—hey, if somebody four times your size walked up to you in a weird costume, you’d be intimidated, too. Familiarizing young children with who firefighters are and why they wear what they wear can keep them from becoming frightened when they come face to face with one.

You can also take a tour of local fire stations and teach them how firefighters can help kids in the event of a fire. Trust us, they’ll love the trucks.

Stay under the smoke.

When’s the last time you crawled around on your hands and knees? It’s probably been a while, but to your preschooler this style of moving through the house isn’t all that far removed. Teach them to assume the crawling position to stay under the smoke that comes from a fire in the house.

Tell them why breathing in smoke is dangerous, and crawl around with them—you can even make a game of it.

Stop, drop and roll.

A young child’s first reaction to having clothing catch fire will probably be to run, which can cause the fire to spread more quickly. Teach your preschooler to cover his or her face, drop to the floor, and roll side to side until the fire is safely smothered and put out.

Repeat this often, because it’s an unnatural action.

Nobody wants to think about fires burning in the home, but it’s an unfortunate reality. If fire should take over and do damage in your home, SERVPRO is here to help.

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO When You Have Water Damage

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

a broken water heater leaking water onto concrete floor If water damage brings you an unexpected emergency, we’re here to help. Contact SERVPRO of Carrollton for immediate attention.

Did you know the average traditional water heater has about a 10-year shelf life? Well, now that your old one has exploded and sent water gushing through your garage, that piece of information is probably beating you over the head. (We would never say we told you so, though.)

So, now what? Water is everywhere, belongings are damaged, walls are soaked and you’re on the clock for mold growth. The problem here is that you’re a professional, but not this kind of professional.

Fortunately for you, you’ve got the best team in the industry right here in your backyard, and we’re specially situated to help restore the damage caused by water leaks, flooding and more.

We’re Always Ready

Burst pipes and flash floods don’t send Save the Date cards. And when a sudden water emergency strikes, any time you have to wait is time that could be spent saving important items and clearing your home of standing water. That’s why we’re ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency services. Your water emergency didn’t wait for you, and you won’t have to wait on us.

We’ll Be There Fast

SERVPRO offers you the power of a national resource network with the speed and flexibility of a local office, which means it doesn’t take an act of Congress to get the most powerful tools in the industry on your site—it only takes a click or a phone call, and we’ll be on the case in minutes, not days.

We’re Highly Skilled

Each SERVPRO professional has undergone extensive training specific to the area of water damage restoration, and they have been equipped with top industry tools to take care of any scenario regardless of its origin. We’ll find the best strategy for your water recovery, formulate a plan and execute it down to the letter.

Our Goal Is Restoration First

You’re surrounded by things you have curated, secured and designed, and we don’t want to see you have to replace those things just because a flood came through. Our goal is always restoration first: We work hard to extract, dry and dehumidify so that your original items can stay right where they belong—with you.

If water damage brings you an unexpected emergency, we’re ready to help. Get in touch with us today to get the industry leader on your team.

Damage Due to Vandalism

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies, SERVPRO® of Carrollton also offers fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup* and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO® of Carrollton professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO® of Carrollton helps turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices.

SERVPRO® of Carrollton can help with the following issues:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Methamphetamine Labs
  • Crime Scene Residues
  • Arson
  • Vandalism 
  • Sewage Backups 
  • Black Water Intrusions
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

State and local regulations vary. Contact SERVPRO® of Carrollton today at 770-258-7557 for 24-hour emergency service.

*Services vary by location

**Courtesy of Restoration Newsline Vol 29, Iss 6

Making Sure Your Business Is Able to Recover Quickly After a Disaster

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

group around a table in a meeting If you need assistance after a disaster impacts your business, SERVPRO of Carrollton is the team to call.

For a business owner, there are few things that can be more devastating than a natural disaster
impacting your area. Not only does a natural disaster put the safety of you and your staff
members at risk, but it can threaten the very future of the business you have worked so hard to build, too.

It is likely no surprise that small businesses are hit the hardest during natural disasters, so as a
business owner, it is vital to be sure you are preparing in every way you can.

If you are impacted by a disaster at your business, one of the best things you can do is ensure you are prepared to reopen again as soon as possible. By making sure in advance that you
have an adequate disaster recovery plan and insurance coverage in place, you can do your
best to mitigate the impact of a disaster and get back to business as soon as possible.

How to Prepare Your Business to Recover From a Natural Disaster

**Be sure you have proper insurance coverage.** The world of business insurance can be complicated, but it is one that is worth gaining an understanding of for any small business owner. Generally, your property will be covered by your commercial policy, but there are other things, such as flood damage, loss of income and interruption costs, that will require a different
policy altogether. It is important that you understand what is and is not covered so you can
purchase additional insurance if necessary.

**Understand the resources available to you.** Through the American Small Business
Association, business owners have disaster recovery loans available to them if they are in a
declared disaster area. These loans are often provided with very low interest rates and
generous repayment terms so you can use them as funding to tackle damage and get reopened
without the worry of going into extreme amounts of debt.

**Craft a plan for your restoration process.** Knowing who to call when you have damage to your business is a must for having it handled quickly and efficiently. In a disaster scenario, there will be many private residences and businesses vying for damage restoration, so it is vital to choose a company that can handle the volume and respond to your damages quickly.

*If you need assistance after a disaster impacts your business, we are the team to call. We are
here 24/7 and have the resources to handle any size disaster. Contact us today to learn more.*

Fire Sprinkler Myths Debunked

9/4/2021 (Permalink)

a silver water sprinkler hanging on ceiling If your home should sustain damage from a fire of any kind, SERVPRO of Carrollton is here to help.

Most of the experience many of us have with fire is fiction—we have a mental image of what happens when a sprinkler system goes off because of what we’ve seen on TV shows or in movies, or even what we’ve read in books. But these portrayals are for story effect, and often don’t reflect reality.

In fact, much of what you may presume about the operation and impact may not be accurate. Let’s debunk some myths about sprinkler systems:

“I don’t need a sprinkler system.”

First: Your home smoke alarms are essential, but they can only alert you. They are powerless to stop a fire. Sprinklers both detect and act, saving lives and property quickly.

Second: Yes, the fire department will come, but in the nine to 12 minutes they need to get to your home, a sprinkler system may have already been able to do the necessary work to contain or put out the fire. Without a sprinkler, you’re looking at more damage from the fire, the smoke, and the water it takes to quench the spreading flames.

“They’re not worth the damage they cause.”

Many people assume (because of movie portrayals) that once a sprinkler system is activated, the entire system is triggered and water instantly sprays everywhere. In truth, the system operates in independent zones, and only the sprinkler closest to the detected fire will activate. And this is most often all that’s necessary: Multiple sprinkler heads are only needed 16% of the time in home fires in which sprinklers are triggered.

And sprinklers cause much less water damage than having the fire department hose your place down for an hour or more. Compare the 10–26 gallons per minute of a sprinkler system to up to a fire hydrant soaking your home with multiplied hundreds, even thousands of gallons per minute.

“They can’t be that effective.”

They really can. The risk of dying in a home fire is reduced by 80% when sprinklers are present, and the average property loss from a home fire with active sprinklers is cut by about 70%.

“Sprinklers are a disaster of their own waiting to happen.”

Sprinklers can occasionally leak, but that situation is less likely and less severe than a typical plumbing problem you’d encounter at home. And like any water pipes, sprinklers are susceptible to freezing temperatures, but installers are held to standards that mandate that sprinklers be safely and properly installed in regions where freezing is common.

Overall, the value and loss prevention of sprinkler systems make them an appealing and potentially lifesaving investment for your home.

If your home should sustain damage from a fire of any kind, we’re here to help. Get in touch today to get SERVPRO on your side.

Resilience and Recovery After a Tornado

9/4/2021 (Permalink)

two large tornado's forming in grassy open field When storms strike, SERVPRO of Carrollton is here to help in your recovery process. Call us if you experience any damage.

The devastating EF-4 tornado that ripped through our area in March is still fresh in the minds of everyone in Troup County, and its effects can be seen everywhere you look.

It will be a long time before things fully return to normal, especially for the residents who lost their homes and business owners whose buildings were destroyed and damaged heavily.

But the community has banded together in beautiful ways, and people have been glad to give time and resources to help one another in times of crisis and need. Even outside help, like the 10-week, half-million dollar cleanup investment by Home Depot Foundation, has made an impact in the recovery in Newnan, Lagrange and surrounding areas.

Rebuilding for the Future

There are ways we can rebuild and use federal disaster funding to create a city that is more prepared for these kinds of events in the future and more resilient when they occur. There are many applications and sides to this kind of sweeping process.

Some of them are political and governmental, but some are practical and educational. Let’s look at a very broad overview of some ways we can rebuild with the future in mind.

Realism and Education

How many times have we heard a meteorologist predict a storm and blown it off as an afterthought? Anyone who was impacted by March’s tornado will certainly carry a fresh perspective on the importance of paying attention and heeding local warnings, but we would all do well to stop assuming we will be exempted from potential harm in storms.

Did you know that, though the federal government gives disaster assistance, it only funds about 20% of the recovery for what you lose in a flood, versus approximately 85% recovery from flood insurance? Yet a huge number of people choose not to carry flood insurance, in some cases because their insurance companies are not accurately reflecting their flood plain status due to outdated resources.

And did you know that modern, storm-resilient construction only costs about 10% more than traditional construction? But many builders require you to opt in if you want it done, rather than offering it as a base option, because they want to hand you a lower bid.

Thinking resilience-first can save you a lot of money and hassle in the future, and even increase the value of your home should you sell it in the future.

Part of building a storm-resilient city requires that we take our own safety seriously and educate ourselves on risks and prevention methods. We can’t prevent storms, but we can inch ourselves forward toward communities that are safer, more prepared and more durable when they come.

When storms strike, SERVPRO is here to help in your recovery process, and we have a restoration-first methodology that means you get to keep more of what you value. Click or call today to find out how we can serve you.

The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

When there is water intrusion, like a roof leak or a leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can affect your health and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Carrollton have the industry training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process.

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO® of Carrollton. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water which can be hidden from plain view.

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO® of Carrolton professionals utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

SERVPRO® of Carrollton will also clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment.

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may also be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs, such as reconstruction.