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Laundromat Fire: Our Expert 5-Step Process For Recovery

11/28/2022 (Permalink)

A laundromat after rebuilt after fire damage occurred. The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7 for fire restoration services!

A laundromat fire can leave your business with extensive damage, but we can help!

Laundromat owners know there’s an inherent risk in owning a business with many heat-producing machines in one place. Although, laundromat fires are not as common as other commercial fires, they can cause significant damage to your building and its contents. 

While a laundromat fire can be devastating, the professionals at SERVPRO of South Cobb have put together a 5-step process to help alleviate some of the stress you might endure during a laundromat fire disaster. As a trustworthy fire damage restoration company in the greater Atlanta area, we understand how to get your laundromat back up and running in the fastest way possible. 

What can cause a laundromat fire?

Laundromat fires can be caused by various things, including faulty wiring, malfunctioning machines, or even arson. However, the most common cause of laundromat fires is lint buildup in the dryer’s exhaust ducts. Like residential dryer fires, lint can ignite, easily causing fire. In addition, it can spread quickly throughout the building through your property’s ductwork.

Our five laundromat fire recovery steps

Now that you know the causes of laundromat fires let's look at our five-step process for recovery. Before we go through these steps, we assume you have contacted your insurance carrier and filed a claim. 

Step 1) Assess the damage

The first step is to assess the damage and develop a plan of action. Then, our team of certified professionals will come in and do a thorough inspection of your laundromat to determine the extent of the damage and develop a recovery plan. The recovery plan will be based on the results of our initial assessment. 

Step 2) Boarding up and securing the building

The next step is to board up and secure the building. Securing the property is essential for two reasons: first, it will help prevent further damage to your laundromat; second, it will help keep people and critters from entering the building. 

Step 3) Cleaning and restoring all salvageable items and surface

Once the building is secure, we will start the process of cleaning and restoring all salvageable items and surfaces. We use state-of-the-art fire restoration equipment and techniques to restore your laundromat to its original condition. Cleaning and restoring all salvageable items and surfaces includes shampooing carpets, cleaning walls, and sanitizing any surfaces affected by smoke or soot.

Step 4) Deodorization

The next step is deodorization. Even if an item or surface looks clean, it can still hold odors from the fire. Our certified professionals will use industrial-strength deodorizers to eliminate all odors from the laundromat. 

Step 5) Reconstruction

The final step is reconstruction. Reconstruction includes anything from minor repairs to major renovations. Our team of certified professionals has the experience and knowledge to rebuild your laundromat back to its original condition. 

What can you do to prevent a laundromat fire?

The best way to prevent a laundromat fire is to ensure that your machines are properly maintained and that the exhaust ducts are cleaned regularly. You should also have a working fire suppression system and ensure your employees are trained in its use.

Wrapping up

The professionals at SERVPRO of South Cobb hope you enjoyed learning about laundromat fires and our five-step process for recovery. Of course, we also hope that you never have to experience a laundromat fire. However, if you do, we want you to know that we are here for you.

We understand that a laundromat fire can be a very stressful and overwhelming experience. But with SERVPRO of South Cobb by your side, you can rest assured that your business is in good hands. We have the experience, knowledge, and resources to get your laundromat running again and are always available for questions so that you can stay updated throughout the entire process. 

Feel free to contact us today regarding any questions or to get started on your laundromat fire recovery. We are always here to help!

Thermal Fogging: The #1 Best Way to Neutralize Smoke Odors

10/24/2022 (Permalink)

Fogging services being performed by a SERVPRO professional in Cobb county. SERVPRO offers quality and effective thermal fogging services!

The professionals at SERVPRO of South Cobb use thermal fogging to remove smoke odors from homes and businesses after a fire. 

After a fire breaks out in a home or business, there are often lingering smoke odors that can be tough to remove. That's where thermal fogging comes in. 

Thermal fogging is a process that uses thermal energy to produce a fog or mist. The fog or mist penetrates and treats an area with a thermal disinfectant, chemicals that kill microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, and spores. The professionals at SERVPRO use state-of-the-art disinfectants to ensure that unwanted organisms are removed and do not come back. 

SERVPRO of South Cobb uses thermal foggers to create a thermal fog that will neutralize the smoke odors in your home or business. We are dedicated to helping our customers through the entire fire restoration process, from start to finish. 

The following blog post will go over when you should use thermal fog, the benefits of thermal fogging, and how SERVPRO of South Cobb uses thermal foggers to remove smoke odors from your home or business. Then, keep reading to find out why SERVPRO is many property owners' go-to company for fire restoration! 

When to use thermal fogging?

Thermal fogging is usually used in one of two scenarios: 

  • When traditional cleaning methods aren't enough to remove the smoke odor
  • When the smoke odor is widespread and permeates throughout the entire property

If you've tried cleaning the affected areas with traditional methods, such as airing out the property or using air fresheners, and the smoke odor is still present, thermal fogging may be your best option. 

Thermal fogging offers many benefits, including: 

  • Effective at removing tough smoke odors
  • Fast and convenient
  • Safe to use in occupied spaces
  • Leaves your home or business smelling fresh and clean

How does thermal fogging work?

Thermal fogging is a process that uses thermal energy to produce a fog or mist. The fog or mist penetrates and treats an area with a thermal disinfectant. Thermal disinfectants are chemicals that kill microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, and spores.

SERVPRO of South Cobb uses thermal foggers to create a thermal fog that will neutralize the smoke odors in your home or business. The thermal fogging process works by heating the thermal disinfectant until it becomes a vapor. This vapor is then released into the area needing treatment, where it will penetrate and kill any microorganisms.

Our thermal fogging process

When a customer contacts us for help with smoke odors, our first step is to assess the situation and determine the best course of action. Once we've decided that thermal fogging is the best option, we will begin the process by setting up our equipment. 

We will then heat the thermal disinfectant until it becomes a vapor. Afterward, we release this vapor into the area needing treatment, where it will penetrate and kill any microorganisms. The thermal fogging process is effective against many microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, and mold spores. 

After the thermal fogging process, we will conduct a final assessment to ensure that the smoke odors have been completely neutralized. 

SERVPRO of South Cobb fire restoration services

If you're dealing with smoke odors after a fire, SERVPRO of South Cobb can help. We are dedicated to helping our customers through the entire fire restoration process, from start to finish. Our fire restoration services include:

  • Assessing the damage
  • Cleaning and repairing damaged items
  • Pack-out and storage services
  • Smoke and odor removal
  • Reconstruction

We understand how overwhelming it can be to deal with the aftermath of a fire. Our goal is to make the fire restoration process as stress-free as possible for our customers. Our professionals have undergone extensive training and are certified by the IICRC, and we have a wide range of state-of-the-art equipment to provide our customers with the best possible service. 

Contact us today for more information about our thermal fogging services.

Water Damaged Ceiling: 4 Actionable Steps To Prevent Further Damage

9/28/2022 (Permalink)

A water damaged ceiling in a Smyrna property The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7 to help combat water damage.

After discovering a water damaged ceiling in your home, it's essential to take action immediately to prevent further damage like mold growth.

No one ever said that being a homeowner was easy. In fact, it can be downright challenging at times. One of the most common problems homeowners face is water damage. Whether it's a leaky roof, a flooded basement, or water seeping in through windows and doors, water can cause severe damage to your home if not addressed promptly.

The professionals at SERVPRO of South Cobb have mitigated and restored water damaged ceilings for many homeowners in the area. Therefore, we know how important it is to take action quickly to prevent further damage like mold growth.

In this article, we'll look at four actionable steps you can take to prevent further water damage in your home after discovering a water damaged ceiling. So, if you're dealing with water damage, read on for some helpful tips.

Signs of a water damaged ceiling

Water damaged ceilings can exhibit various signs, depending on the extent and severity of the damage. Some common signs of water damage to a ceiling include:

  • Stains or watermarks on the ceiling
  • Peeling or bubbling paint
  • A sagging or drooping ceiling
  • Wet spots on the ceiling
  • Mold or mildew growth

Steps to take after discovering a water damaged ceiling

If you've recently discovered water damage to your ceiling, it's essential to take action immediately to prevent further damage. Here are four steps you can take:

  1. Assess the damage and determine the source of the leak.
  2. Dry out the area and repair the damage.
  3. Monitor the area for any further signs of water damage or mold growth.
  4. Take steps to prevent future water damage.

Assessing the damage

The first step in dealing with a water damaged ceiling is assessing it; you want to determine its extensiveness and what caused it. Once you know the source of the leak, you can start taking steps to address it and prevent further water damage from occurring.

Drying out the area and repairing the damage

Once you've assessed the damage, it's time to start drying out the area and repairing the damage. Common repairs include:

  • Repairing water-logged ceilings.
  • Replacing water-damaged insulation.
  • Fixing broken pipes
  • Fixing leaks in roofs or walls.

It is best to call in a professional water restoration company to help get the job done right the first time.

Monitoring for water damage and mold growth

Once you've addressed the water damaged ceiling, monitoring the area for any signs of further water damage or mold growth is essential. Therefore, you will want to check for wet spots on the ceiling, watermarks or stains, peeling or bubbling paint, or sagging or drooping ceilings. Let your restoration contractor know if you notice any signs of further damage.

Preventing future water damage

In addition to monitoring for water damage and mold growth, it's essential to take steps to prevent future water damage in your home. Preventing future water damages may include:

  • Installing gutter guards.
  • Trimming trees and branches around your property
  • Installing a sump pump if you have a basement.

Let SERVPRO of South Cobb repair your water damaged ceiling.

As we mentioned earlier, finding a reliable restoration contractor who can quickly and accurately repair your water damaged ceiling is essential. The professionals at SERVPRO of South Cobb are experienced in water damage restoration and can help get your ceiling back to its original condition. In addition, our professionals have undergone IICRC water restoration training and have the necessary equipment to properly dry out your water damaged ceiling and repair any damage.

When you choose to hire us, we will:

  • Assess the water damage and create a mitigation and restoration plan.
  • Use industrial-strength fans and dehumidifiers to dry out the area.
  • Repair or replace any water damaged ceilings, insulation, or other water-logged materials.
  • Monitor the area for mold growth.
  • Take steps to prevent future water damage in your home.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule a time for us to come out and assess your water damaged ceiling. We are available 24/7 and will be there when you need us most.

Winter Storm Damage: 5 Tips to Prepare For a Winter Storm

9/14/2022 (Permalink)

Snow on the ground with tire tracks The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7 for storm restoration services!

The professionals at SERVPRO of South Cobb can help you recover your property after winter storm damages occur. 

As the fall season nears and winter quickly approaches, many homeowners begin preparing their homes for the cold weather. However, don't feel left out if you are unsure how to prepare your home for the winter. 

Every winter, many homeowners in Atlanta deal with winter storm damage, and there are always a few things they could have done to prevent the winter storm damage or minimize the amount of damage that the winter storm caused.

The professionals at SERVPRO of South Cobb have put together this post today because we want to help you prepare your home for winter weather. We understand that winter storms can cause much damage, and we want to help keep your property safe. This blog post will discuss five ways to prepare for winter storm damage. So, without further ado, let's get started! 

What causes winter storm damage?

Winter storm damage can occur by several things, such as high winds, snow, ice, and sleet. All of these weather conditions can cause severe damage to your home or property.

The wind is often one of the biggest culprits of winter storm damage. High wind speeds can easily knock down trees or power lines and cause a lot of damage to your roof. Snow and ice can also cause much damage, especially if a lot is sitting on the roof. The weight of the snow or ice can cause roofs to collapse, and the ice can block your drain lines.

Five tips to prepare for winter storm damage

Preparing your property is the best way to avoid winter storm damage. Here are five tips to help you prepare for winter storm damage:

Tip 1. Make sure your roof is in good condition and repaired adequately if necessary. Before winter arrives, have a professional roofing contractor inspect your roof and make any necessary repairs.

Tip 2. Trim trees around your home. Trimming trees will help to prevent branches from falling on your house or property during a winter storm.

Tip 3. Clear snow and ice off your roof regularly. The weight of the snow and ice can cause damage to your roof, so it is essential to clear it off regularly.

Tip 4. Install gutters and downspouts. Gutters and downspouts will help to prevent water damage to your home by directing the water away from your house.

Tip 5. Seal any cracks or gaps in your home. Sealing cracks will help to prevent cold air from coming into your home, and it will also help to prevent water damage.

What to do after your property is damaged during a winter storm?

Even the most prepared property owners can still experience winter storm damage. If your home or property has been damaged during a winter storm, the first thing you should do is contact a professional restoration company and your insurance company. After you contact these two entities, you should: 

  • Take pictures of the damage for insurance purposes
  • Ensure you are getting an accurate insurance estimate
  • Remove any debris left behind
  • Start drying out any wet areas to prevent mold growth

By following these steps, you can help to ensure that your winter storm damage is minimized and that your home or property is repaired as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO of South Cobb can help you recover from winter storm damage!

We hope you enjoyed learning about the tips we recommend to help prepare for winter storm damage and now know what to do if winter storm damage does occur. If your home or property has been damaged during a winter storm, don't hesitate to contact the experts at SERVPRO of South Cobb. 

SERVPRO of South Cobb has handled hundreds of winter storm damage cases and can ensure you get the fairest and most accurate insurance estimate possible. Our expert technicians are also trained in the latest water damage mitigation techniques and can help you prevent further damage to your home.

We are available 24/7/365, so contact us when winter storm damage affects your home or property!

Restoration Estimate 101: Find The Best Help After Disaster!

8/24/2022 (Permalink)

A restoration estimate performed by a SERVPRO of South Cobb professional. The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7 to perform a restoration estimate!

Getting an accurate restoration estimate helps when you deal with your insurance company.

When disaster strikes, it's essential to have a plan to get your home or business back to normal as quickly as possible. That's where restoration comes in—returning a structure to its pre-disaster condition.

But before you can even begin to think about restoration, you need to have a firm understanding of the cost. In this article, we'll discuss how to get a restoration estimate so that you can be prepared in the event of an emergency.

The process of getting a restoration estimate

The first step in getting an estimate for restoration work is to contact a professional restoration company. Many companies offer free estimates, so be sure to ask around before making your final decision. Once you've found a company that you feel comfortable with, the next step is to schedule an appointment for them to come out and take a look at the damage.

During the initial consultation, the restoration company will assess the extent of the damage and estimate the cost of repairs using specialized restoration estimate software. Be honest with the company about the scope of the damage so they can give you an accurate estimate.

Restoration estimates and insurance

Once you have an estimate, you can begin to work with your insurance company to see if they will cover any of the cost. If you're not sure whether or not your insurance will cover the restoration cost, you can always ask the company for a list of preferred vendors. These companies typically work with insurance companies and can help you get the best possible rate. Be sure to get several quotes before making your final decision to be sure you're getting the best deal.

SERVPRO is a preferred vendor for many local and national insurance companies. So you can rest assured that you're in good hands when choosing SERVPRO of South Cobb for your restoration estimate and work. We'll make your property "Like it never even happened" after disaster strikes!

Talking with the professional providing your restoration estimate

When it comes time to start the restoration process, it's crucial to understand what you want to accomplish. Be sure to discuss this with the company so that they can give you an accurate estimate of the time and cost involved. In most cases, it's best to start with a small area and work your way up from there.

Once you've selected a company and scheduled an appointment, ask about their payment options. Find out what the company's policy is on payments so that you can be ready.

What to expect after your restoration estimate

When it's time to start the restoration process, be patient and realistic about the results. It may take longer than initially expected, but it will be worth it when you see the final results. Be sure to ask the company for updates along the way so that you can track their progress.

If you have any questions about the restoration process, ask the company for more information. They should be able to answer any questions you have to be as informed as possible.

Call SERVPRO of South Cobb for your restoration estimate!

If you follow these tips, you should have no problem getting an accurate estimate for restoration work. Be sure to contact a professional company as soon as possible so that you can get started on the road to recovery.

Getting a restoration estimate is an essential first step in restoration. However, you can't just contact anyone for your restoration estimate and expect to get a good result. It's best to find someone who has experience doing restoration work; these professionals understand what it will take to restore your property to normal after disaster strikes.

Contact SERVPRO of South Cobb today for your accurate restoration estimate and effective restoration services! We'll make your property "Like it never even happened."

Summer Fire Damage: The 3 Main Fire Risks

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

Summer fire damage to a home in Smyrna. The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7 for fire restoration services!

SERVPRO of South Cobb is here to help you avoid summer fire damage to your home.

Summertime always brings a sense of relaxation and fun. But sometimes, this fun can be ruined by fire damage that can occur as a result of careless behavior. The professionals at SERVPRO of South Cobb have seen it all when it comes to summer fire damage, and we're here to help you avoid becoming a statistic. Here are the three risks that can lead to fire damage during the summer months:

  1. Fire pits and patio heaters
  2. Fireworks
  3. Grilling

The following blog post will go over each of these summer fire risks in more detail and what you can do to avoid them.

What is summer fire damage?

Summer fire damage is any fire that occurs during the summer months. Summer fire damage can cause anywhere from minor damage to a lot of damage to your home and belongings. But, no matter the size of summer fire damage your property has sustained, SERVPRO of South Cobb can help.

How to avoid summer fire damage?

There are several ways you can avoid summer fire damage. The most important thing is to be aware of the risks and take precautions to prevent them. As we mentioned earlier, there are three primary risks of fire damage during the summer months:

  1. Fire pits and patio heaters
  2. Fireworks
  3. Grilling

Let's take a closer look at each of these summer fire risks.

Fire pits and patio heaters

Fire pits and patio heaters are an everyday summertime staple. They provide warmth and ambiance for outdoor gatherings. However, if not used properly, they can be a fire hazard. To avoid summer fire damage from fire pits and patio heaters:

  • Ensure the area around the fire pit or patio heater is clear of flammable materials.
  • Keep the fire pit or patio heater at least 10 feet away from buildings or structures.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Make sure the fire is fully extinguished before leaving the area.

Fireworks

Fireworks are a summertime tradition for many people. However, they can also be very dangerous. Each year, thousands of people have property damage caused by fireworks. To avoid summer fire damage from fireworks:

  • Follow the fireworks safety tips
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Older children should only use fireworks under close adult supervision.
  • Always have a bucket of water or a hose handy in case of an emergency.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Only use fireworks outdoors.
  • Never try to relight or pick up fireworks that have not fully functioned.

Grilling

Grilling is a summertime favorite for many people. It's a great way to enjoy the summer weather and make delicious food. However, grilling can also be very dangerous. Each year, there are thousands of fires caused by grilling. To avoid summer fire damage from grilling:

  • Only use grills outdoors.
  • Make sure the grill is on a level surface to prevent tipping.
  • Keep the grill away from flammable materials such as trees, bushes, or deck railings.
  • Never leave the grill unattended while it's in use.
  • Always make sure the grill is fully extinguished before leaving the area.

SERVPRO of South Cobb: summer fire damage experts

We hope you found this blog post helpful. Remember, the best way to avoid summer fire damage is to be aware of the risks and take precautions to prevent them. If you experience summer fire damage, the experts SERVPRO of South Cobb are here to help. When you choose to work with us for fire restoration services, we guarantee that we will:

  • Work quickly and efficiently to minimize the damage.
  • Communicate with you throughout the entire process.
  • Work with your insurance company to make sure all claims are filed correctly.

For more information on our fire damage restoration services, contact a professional at SERVPRO of South Cobb today!

Temporary Repairs: The 2 Main Types SERVPRO Performs

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

Temporary repairs performed by the professionals at SERVPRO of South Cobb The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7 for temporary repairs!

Temporary repairs will ensure your property is secured until we can make permanent repairs.

When disaster strikes, it's essential to have a plan, and part of the plan should include temporary repairs. SERVPRO of South Cobb offers temporary repairs to help minimize the damage until the property can be fully restored. We have helped many customers with temporary repairs due to water, fire, and storm damage in the past year. All of the temporary we performed were done promptly and professionally, so the customers could rest assured that their property was in good hands. 

Our two main temporary repairs include: 

  1. Tarping services: To prevent any further water or debris from entering the property 
  2. Board up services: To prevent any more damage from occurring 

In the following article, we will discuss these two types of temporary repairs in further detail and explain how our SERVPRO of South Cobb professionals can provide assistance for water, fire, and storm damage victims. We want your property to be as secure and as safe as possible until permanent repairs can be made. So when disaster strikes, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of South Cobb for all your temporary repair needs.

What are temporary repairs? 

Temporary repairs are a type of repair made to secure a property until permanent repairs can be made. They are typically used when a property has water, fire, or storm damage. Temporary repairs are essential because they help to minimize the damage until the property can be fully restored. 

The materials used for temporary repairs should be of high quality and should be able to withstand the elements. The repairs should also be made promptly so that the property is not left unsecured for an extended period. 

The two types of temporary repairs SERVPRO of South Cobb offers

SERVPRO of South Cobb offers two types of temporary repairs: 

  1. Tarping 
  2. Board-up services. 

Tarps are typically used in the case of water and storm damage. They are placed over the affected area to prevent further water from entering and damaging the property. For example, you will commonly find roof tarping covering a hole in the roof until permanent roof repairs can be made. 

Board-up services are typically performed in the case of vandalism and fire damage. Board-up services involve putting up boards or plywood over windows and doors to prevent further damage. 

Four scenarios for temporary repairs 

There are many scenarios in which temporary repairs may be necessary. Here are four common scenarios: 

  1. A severe storm damages the roof 
  2. A fire breaks out, and damage is done to the windows and doors 
  3. Vandalism occurs, and the property is left with broken windows 
  4. A car crashes into the side of the building, causing damage to the wall. 

No matter the scenario, temporary repairs will help secure your property until permanent repairs can be made.

Why choose the professionals at SERVPRO of South Cobb for temporary repairs

As you can see, temporary repairs are a vital part of the restoration process. At SERVPRO of South Cobb, we have the experience and expertise to help with all your temporary repair needs. We will work quickly and efficiently to ensure your property is secure and ready for permanent repairs. 

When you work with temporary repair professionals from SERVPRO of South Cobb, you can expect the following: 

  • IICRC certified professionals 
  • A thorough assessment of the damage 
  • A plan of action for the temporary repairs 
  • The completion of the temporary repairs promptly 
  • A follow-up to ensure that the temporary repairs are holding up and that no further damage has occurred. 

Please don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO of South Cobb for all your temporary repair needs. We're always here to help!

High Water Table: The 5 Ways Your Property Can Be Affected

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

A yard with a high water table in Austell, Ga The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7 for emergency water damage services!

High water tables are a common problem for property owners in Georgia.

The professionals at SERVPRO of South Cobb have recently received numerous water damage calls caused by high water tables. Therefore, we put this blog post together to help customers facing similar problems with their properties.

Knowing how they affect your property is essential if you live in an area prone to high water tables. This blog post will discuss five ways a high water table can cause water damage. Keep reading for more information.

What is a water table?

A water table is an upper level to which water will naturally rise in an unconfined aquifer. The water table is important because it's the source of groundwater. When the water table is high, there's a lot of water in the ground leading to problems for property owners.

Signs of a high water table

If you're experiencing water damage and aren't sure if it's related to a high water table, there are a few ways to determine if that's the case. Here are three methods:

  1. Look at your property's elevation map: If you have an elevation map, you can use it to see if it is in an area prone to high water tables. If you don't have an elevation map, you can find one online or at your local zoning office.
  2. Check for water in your basement or crawl space: If you have a basement or crawl space, water damage will be more likely to occur if the water table is high. Water can enter through cracks in the foundation or walls, causing severe damage.
  3. Look for saturated areas on your property: If there are any low-lying areas on your property that are constantly wet or have standing water, it could be a sign of a high water table.

The five ways high water tables can cause damage

Now that we've gone over what a water table is and how to tell if you have a high one, let's discuss the five ways high water tables can damage a property.

1) Flooding

Flooding is the most obvious way high water tables can cause damage. If the water table is high, there's a greater chance that your property will experience flooding. Flooding can damage your home's foundation, ruin personal belongings, and lead to mold growth.

2) Basement leaks

High water tables can also cause basement leaks. If the water table is high, water can seep through cracks in the foundation and walls, causing leaks. These leaks can damage the structure of your home and lead to mold growth.

3) Soil erosion

When the water table is high, it can cause soil erosion. Soil erosion is when the water washes away the soil around your property, causing the foundation to become unstable, leading to severe damage to your home.

4) Septic tank problems

High water tables can also cause septic tank problems. If the water table is high, it can pressure the septic tank, causing it to leak or even collapse. 

5) Humidity issues

High water tables can also cause humidity issues. When the water table is high, it can increase the humidity in your home, leading to mold and mildew growth.

What to do if you experience water damage caused by a high water table?

Taking immediate action is essential if you experience water damage caused by a high water table. Here are five steps you should take:

Step 1. Contact a professional

If you're experiencing water damage, it's essential to contact a professional right away. The proper professional can assess the damage and recommend the best course of action.

Step 2. Stop the water source

If you can identify the source of the water, it's essential to stop it immediately. Identifying the source will help prevent further damage.

Step 3. Remove the water

Once you've stopped the water source, you'll need to remove the water from your property. 

Step 4. Dry the area

Once you've removed the water, you'll need to dry the area as soon as possible. Restoration technology like dehumidifiers and air movers is the best way to dry wet property thoroughly.

Step 5. Clean and disinfect the area

Once the area is dry, it's essential to clean and disinfect it to prevent mold and mildew growth.

High water tables can cause a lot of damage to your property, and these steps can help prevent further damage and keep your property in good condition.

How SERVPRO of South Cobb can help

We hope you enjoyed learning about high water tables and found the information provided in this blog post helpful. If you are dealing with water damage caused by a high water table, SERVPRO of South Cobb is here to help. We're a professional water damage restoration company with the certifications and experience to get the job done right. When you choose to contact us for water damage services, we will:

  • Assess the damage and recommend the best course of action
  • Stop the water source.
  • Remove the water
  • Dry the area
  • Clean and disinfect the area.

We understand how overwhelming it can be to deal with water damage. That's why we're available 24/7, so don't hesitate to contact us. We're always here to help!

The 5 Most Common Causes of Apartment Odors

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO professional performing apartment odor removal services Contact the professionals at SERVPRO to help combat strong odors!

Apartment odors can come from a variety of sources.

If you've ever walked into your apartment and been hit with an overwhelming smell, you're not alone. Odors can be caused by various things, from pets to cooking. In some cases, the smell may persist, and if you can't seem to get rid of it, you will want to contact professional help. 

SERVPRO of South Cobb has years of experience in dealing with all types of apartment odor removal jobs and can get your property smelling fresh and new again in no time. Through our extensive experience in dealing with apartment odor removal, we have compiled a list of the five most common causes of apartment odors so that you can be prepared for when they occur to your property.

The five most common causes of apartment odors 

As we already mentioned, apartment odors can come from various sources, and some smells may be more noticeable than others, and some may be more difficult to remove. Here are the five most common causes of apartment odors that our SERVPRO professionals have come across:

  1. Pet urine or feces - This is one of the most common apartment odors and can be challenging to eliminate if not dealt with immediately. The smell of pet urine or feces can be powerful, pungent, and may linger in your home for a long time if not cleaned up properly.
  2. Cigarette smoke - Cigarette smoke is another common apartment odor that can be difficult to remove. The smell of cigarette smoke can be powerful and lingering, and it can be hard to get rid of if you don't have the right tools and products.
  3. Cooking odors - Cooking odors are another common apartment odor that can be difficult to remove. The smell of cooking can linger in your home for a long time, especially if you don't have the proper ventilation.
  4. Dirt and dust - Dirt and dust can also cause apartment odors. The smell of dirt and dust can be powerful and pungent, and it can be hard to get rid of if you don't have the right tools and products.
  5. Mold - Mold damage can also cause apartment odors. The smell of mold can be powerful and pungent, and certified professionals should only handle it to avoid the spread of spores.

If you're dealing with any of these apartment odors, SERVPRO of South Cobb can help. 

What to expect when working with an apartment odor removal professional

When working with an apartment odor removal professional, they will first identify the source of the odor. Once the source has been identified, they will assess the best course of action to remove the odor. 

Sometimes, the apartment odor removal process may be as simple as cleaning up a spill or removing pet urine. However, in other cases, it may be necessary to use an ozone generator and products to remove the odor.

SERVPRO of South Cobb: Apartment odor removal professionals 

We hope you found this blog helpful in indicating your apartment odor. No matter the apartment odor's cause, SERVPRO of South Cobb has the experience and expertise to get rid of it quickly and effectively. We understand how important it is to have a fresh and clean space, and we will work promptly and efficiently to get your home smelling its best.

If you're dealing with an unwanted apartment odor, contact SERVPRO of South Cobb today. Our professionals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help you with your apartment odor removal needs. We're always here to help!

The Top 5 Causes of Crawl Space Water Damage

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

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Standing water in your crawl space is not only a nuisance, but it can also lead to severe structural damage.

Most homeowners don't think about their crawl space until there's a problem. And by that time, it's often too late. Crawl space water damage can cause severe problems for homeowners, from structural damage to mold growth.

The professionals at SERVPRO of South Cobb have mitigated crawl space water damage caused by countless reasons, but here are the top five:

  1. Roof leaks
  2. Plumbing leaks
  3. Overflowing gutters
  4. Grading issues
  5. Foundation cracks

This blog post will detail these five most common causes of crawl space water damage. We'll also provide some tips on handling standing water in your crawl space and preventing future damage.

What is crawl space water damage?

Crawl space water damage is damage that occurs when water enters the crawl space of a home and causes damage to the structure and contents. The crawl space is the area between the ground and the first floor of a house. It is common for a crawl space to store HVAC systems, plumbing, and electrical wiring. Therefore, a property owner will want to mitigate crawl space water damage as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

The five most common causes of crawl space water damage

Now that you know more about crawl space water damage, let's look at the five most common causes:

1. Roof leaks

A roof leak is one of the most common causes of crawl space water damage. If your home has an old or damaged roof, it's more susceptible to leaks. Water can enter through holes or cracks in the roof when it rains and drips down into the crawl space. To prevent crawl space water damage from a roof leak, have your roof inspected regularly and repaired or replaced as needed.

2. Plumbing leaks

Leaking pipes can also cause crawl space water damage. If a pipe in your crawl space leaks, the water will seep into the surrounding soil and may eventually find its way into your crawl space. To prevent crawl space water damage from a plumbing leak, have your crawl space inspected regularly and any leaks repaired immediately.

3. Overflowing gutters

Another common cause of crawl space water damage is overflowing gutters. If your gutters are not properly cleaned and maintained, they can become clogged with leaves and debris. When it rains, the water will overflow from the gutters and run down the side of your house. If the gutters are improperly installed, the water can pool near your foundation and eventually find its way into your crawl space. To prevent crawl space water damage from overflowing gutters, clean your gutters regularly and make sure they are correctly installed.

4. Grading issues

Grading is the process of designing slopes and hills around your home to prevent pooling near the foundation. However, if the grading around your home is improper, water can pool near the foundation and eventually find its way into your crawl space. To prevent crawl space water damage from improper grading, inspect the grading around your home regularly and correct it as needed.

5. Foundation cracks

Foundation cracks are another common cause of crawl space water damage. If there are cracks in your foundation, water can enter your crawl space and cause damage. To prevent crawl space water damage from foundation cracks, have your foundation inspected regularly and repaired as needed.

Tips for dealing with standing water in your crawl space

If you find standing water in your crawl space, take these steps to dry it out and prevent further damage:

Tip 1) Remove any standing water

If there is standing water in your crawl space, remove it as soon as possible. The longer the water sits, the more damage it can cause.

Tip 2) Inspect for leaks.

Once the water is extracted, inspect your crawl space for leaks. Look for cracks in the foundation, holes in the roof, or any other openings where water could have entered.

Tip 3) Repair any leaks.

If you find any leaks, repair them immediately to prevent further damage.

Tip 4) Dry out the crawl space.

Once all the leaks are repaired, dry out the crawl space as much as possible. A professional restoration company like SERVPRO of South Cobb will strategically place industrial fans and dehumidifiers to dry the crawl space and prevent mold and mildew growth.

Preventing future crawl space water damage

To prevent future crawl space water damage, inspect your crawl space regularly and ensure any leaks are repaired immediately. You should also clean your gutters regularly and ensure they are correctly installed. If you live in an area with a high water table, you may consider installing a sump pump to remove any water entering your crawl space.

These steps can prevent crawl space water damage and keep your home in good condition.

How SERPVRO of South Cobb can help with crawl space water damage

We hope you enjoyed learning about crawl space water damage. If your crawl space has been damaged by water, SERVPRO of South Cobb can help. We are a professional water damage restoration company with the training and experience to dry out your crawl space and prevent mold and mildew growth.

As an IICRC-certified firm, we know the importance of working quickly to minimize the damage and get your home back to normal. So please feel free to contact us at any time for all your water damage needs. We're always here to help!