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Flood Damage To Your Smyrna Home

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Will find The Best Solution to fix Your Water Damaged Home

Most of the time, after heavy storms, flood damage occurs, which is distressing and frightening. Within a blink of an eye, your home can no longer seem like your own. After the initial water extraction, you may see visible damage to furniture and other personal belongings. The worst part is going to the tell-tale damp smell that lingers after flooding.

Help from skilled professionals may be needed to help you deal with flood damage to your Smyrna home. Thankfully SERVPRO is only one call away and will offer all the necessary assistance to get your home cleaned up, dried out, and odor-free. 

We Know Our How To Operate Advanced Equipment 

The home drying process is knowing the correct use of dehumidifiers. The purpose of dehumidifiers is to reduce the amount of humidity in the air using a process where air from the environment is pulled and passed across cooling coils. The cooling coils lower the air temperature, causing condensation (Water Vapors), which the unit collects. Next, the dehumidifier reheats and redistributes hot air into the room.

Most people use small dehumidifiers when they have a humid basement. The reason is that as explained above, a dehumidifier removes water vapor held in the air. Georgia is no stranger to humidity, especially during the warm summer months.  

Did you know that humidity rises after a flood because there's more water vapor in the air? Our water damage professionals know that the higher the moisture level, the more difficult the drying process.

How Do Dehumidifiers Work?

Dehumidifiers will reduce the amount of humidity in the air by using a smart but straightforward process. The unit sucks in moist air from the room and passes it across cooling coils located inside the dehumidifier. The inner coils lower the air temperature, causing condensation. After the condensation, the drier air is reheated and redistributed into the room, removing all moisture from the air.

I hope you can see why dehumidifiers are such a vital piece of equipment to handle flood damage. We put our SERVPRO technicians in extensive training to calculate the best dehumidifier set-up for every unique situation.

How We Place Our Drying Equipment 

First, when we arrive on-site, our teams will take into account key factors, including the amount of water present in flood damage. We also take a look at the kinds of wet materials that are present (porous or non-porous). Lastly, we know how important it is to see whether water has seeped into walls and floors. We can tell the number of dehumidifiers that are necessary for the job when we know how severe the flood damage is. 

We want our Smyrna homeowners to be aware that it is impossible to tell how dry a structure is by looking at a structure. When we arrive on-site, you can be sure that our technicians will carefully monitor drying progress using moisture meters and information gathered from other water mitigation tools. With our tools, we will know if we should add or remove dehumidifiers. In some cases, we have had to create a small drying chamber to speed up the drying process.

The Difference Between a Storm Warning and a Storm Watch

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Storm over Atlanta Skyline If your home has experienced storm damage, call us ASAP at (770) 739-2355.

Population size can affect the severity of a storm by at least 2% in rainfall. This is due to a higher temperature in cities like Smyrna, Georgia. Fortunately, our phones have the convenient ability to alert us of an oncoming storm, whether the storm happens tonight, tomorrow, or within the next few days. However, these alerts come with two different descriptions of the storm, a storm watch or a storm warning. Without being informed on the difference between the two, how can we know how prepared we need to be for storms headed our way? Here’s the difference. A storm warning is a less severe storm message. 

A storm warning is for a storm that:

  • will arrive soon 
  • lasts between twenty minutes and an hour
  • covers only portions of a county
  • indicates we should take cover when the message is received

A storm watch is for a storm that:

  • will arrive within a few hours
  • lasts for several hours
  • can cover across multiple states
  • indicates we should have a plan prepared for when it arrives

With this information, we can better prepare ourselves for when that message shows up on phones. The next time a storm message arrives, whether a watch or a warning, save your stress about the possibility of damage until the following day. And before looking for how to handle storm damage from last night, consider hiring storm damage specialists directly from businesses like your local SERVPRO, who have the power of a commercial company with the speed and customer service of a local company. SERVPRO of South Cobb can take all the hassle out of the inevitable. While we cannot avoid the path of a storm, they can restore our homes as though storms never happen. 

Seasonal Severe Weather Causes Flooding in Smyrna

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Teams Arrive Ready and Equipped to Tackle Flood Damage in Your Home

Residents of Smyrna pay close attention during hurricane season, tracking the path of the storms making landfall off the Gulf and/or moving through Florida. The storms may decrease in ferocity, but if they pass over our area, heavy rains and strong winds are anticipated. Flood damage is common, and we are ready to assist if water fills any areas of your home. 

Multiple inches of rain falling over just the span of a few hours spells flood damage in Smyrna to your home. The lowest levels of your dwelling and any foundation or crawl space are at risk, and the quantity of water requires professional help to remove. We have tracked the storm as well, and have the crews assembled and equipment inventoried to come to the aid of our community. 

Fast action by SERVPRO minimizes the long-term effects of flooding. Contact us as soon as you note water is climbing inside or swamping your foundation or crawl space. Standing water is extreme in its destructive power, and the sooner we arrive to assess and plan, the more quickly we remove the water and move on the structural drying and restoration. 

Expect your SERVPRO team to arrive fully-equipped to begin water removal. Often power outages accompany flooding events because of high winds and lightning. We power our industrial strength submersible pumps and high-efficiency water extractors from vehicle loaded sources. No waiting means less time for the water and any hazardous substances or items it contains to accelerate damage to your home. Water removed we dispose of off-site, necessary as floodwater is considered contaminated, often filled with sewer backup, chemical runoff from neighboring lawns and pavement, and overflow from nearby waterways. 

Trained technicians then measure and monitor the moisture in structure and contents. SERVPRO uses advanced technology to locate hidden and trapped water inside walls and in recesses of your foundation or crawl space. Once we note this obscured moisture, we work to release and remove it. Sections of walls may be cut out to permit extractors to suction the water out, or holes may be drilled into mortar joints for the water to evacuate. 

We position air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce the remaining moisture rapidly as well as sanitizing surfaces to inhibit microbial activity. Any furnishings or stored items are moved to a dry area for experienced restorers to review. Do not assume precious items are ruined. Many saturated items, including documents, pictures, and heirlooms, gain new life using unique resources SERVPRO offers.  

A flood event is frightening and overwhelming, but SERVPRO of South Cobb restores both your home and peace of mind. Call us for a flood damage evaluation at (770) 739-2355

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Flood Damage in Clarkdale can Ruin Your Home and Endanger Your Health

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO Technicians Can Quickly Assess your Property After a Flood

Floods cause a great deal of damage and can come from many sources. The worst floods come from external sources, although it is possible that clean water from burst water lines can become contaminated inside our home, making them almost as bad as floods originating outside your home. Contaminants make things especially hazardous to your health, but here are other dangers that can lurk inside your home after a flood has receded. 

In Clarkdale, flood damage can include silt and soils left behind in your appliances. These can retain moisture, creating not only breeding grounds for microorganisms but also moist environments that cause rust and other corrosive actions. As you know, rust can ruin your electric appliances over time, even if they seemed fine at first. Hot water heaters are especially dangerous because silt can shift, blocking pilot lights and creating gas leaks in the process. The same is true of gas dryers and ovens. 

It is vital to have your home appliances examined by a qualified professional to check and to make repairs on them. While we at SERVPRO are excellent at cleaning such items, we want to make sure that they are in perfect working order and recommend that these always also be examined by a certified technician after we have cleaned them. Most water damage technicians will not clean appliances to the degree required after a flood, but we can.

Other cleaning aspects can help you preserve your wood floors. After a flood, you are not merely battling moisture. You are also working to remove sediments that can act like sandpaper in your home. Some of this sediment is so fine, it can become airborne, and when breathed in, it can irritate your nasal passages and throat. Air scrubbers can help remove these particles, just like they do mold spores. As we dry your home with our heaters and air movers, we can also place our air scrubbers in the most effective locations to catch much of the silt, and other particles, floating in the air, making your home air much cleaner in the long run for you and your family. 

When you find yourself coping with flood damage, give us, SERVPRO of South Cobb a call at (770) 739-2355. Day or night, we are here to help you fight restoration emergencies.

Flood Damage Remediation in Austell

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

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We First Determine the Source of the Flooding and then Start the Remediation Process. 

When flooding in your home occurs for any reason, you will need a professional water damage restoration company such as SERVPRO to help you with the water damage clean up. Water mitigation takes several different steps to stop more damage from happening after a flood. Natural disasters or failures in plumbing can create water damage, most of which are beyond your control. However, time is of the essence in these situations in mitigating the adverse effects that flooding can have on your home. 

A lot of overflows and flood damage are caused first by freshwater, which comes directly from the faucet in Austell and is not harmful, or gray water, which is contaminated water from appliances. Floodwater and sewage water is thought of as black water and is very dangerous because of the genuine possibility for the transport of fatal pathogens. If gray and white water is not cleaned up and aired out within forty-eight hours, mold will begin to grow and cause more significant issues. Therefore, it is essential to call us at SERVPRO of South Cobb right away when you see the water has settled into your ceilings, floors, or walls. Some water mitigation techniques that should be performed include:  

  • Water extraction
  • Restoration of water damage
  • Inspection for mold, remediation, and removal
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Upholstery cleaning
  • Drying of your home, including flooring and contents
  • Ventilation and dehumidification
  • Stain and odor removal
  • Antimicrobial treatment

At SERVPRO, we are available 24/7, as we understand how important water mitigation is within the first forty-eight hours. As water damage restoration IICRC trained experts, we should be the first ones out to your home. This allows us to find any signs of mold and contamination and to stop them from developing any further and creating additional damage that can be even more costly. 

We will minimize the damage by taking objects of value out of the home and cleaning the area for the total removal of excess water. Our water removal equipment is top of the line, and we always staff enough crew, so the damages are handled efficiently. Once water extraction is done, we dry and sanitize the area, so your home is left smelling fresh and clean. Lastly, we renovate the space, so the investment in your property value remains sound. 

Flood damage is never anything to take lightly, so that is why our staff at SERVPRO of South Cobb is standing by to help you whenever you need it. Just give us a call by dialing (770) 739-2355 as soon as possible after your home suffers from flood damage of any kind, and we will come and fix the problem for you.

Factors Affect Drying After Storm Damage

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Storm damage repair Water Removal equipment used to dry Smyrna home.

To Mitigate Storm Effects, SERVPRO Suggest Immediate Water Extraction

Flooding as a result of storm damage, many objects and parts of your home will be soaked to differing degrees. Some areas may be very lightly touched by moisture, and will, as a result, dry out quickly. Others, however, may be inundated and soaked through by floodwaters, including porous materials such as carpeting and fabrics. Aside from the sheer volume of water, some other factors will also significantly affect the rate at which your home dries out. 

Water Extraction 

The most important part of the drying process for storm damage in Smyrna is bulk water removal. Our drying technology, while thorough and adaptable, is by nature capable of the removal of far less water than a traditional pumping system. For example, our truck-mounted water extractors can move up to 36,000 gallons per day, but our drying systems are often limited to around 30 gallons daily under optimal conditions. We prioritize getting IICRC trained service crews on-scene within hours of an initial call, so to be sure to keep drying times as low as possible. 

Air Movement 

We use high-powered air movers to create strong currents of air in a drying room. These capture water droplets and vapor from all surfaces and are then coupled with thermal or chemical dehumidifiers to take the water back out of the air and into a holding tank or piped directly to the exterior of the structure.


Temperature profoundly affects the rate at which water evaporates, and thus the drying rate of your home. The ideal drying temperature is typically anywhere from 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit, as at any lower, our air movers will not be able to pick up much moisture. Any higher and the air becomes too humid for optimal results.

Relative Humidity--RH

Finally, the most important factor is the relative humidity. Many of our tools and even the factors described above are related to and designed to accommodate moisture. One device we use to measure this important component of drying is a Thermo hygrometer. Humidity must be kept at a relatively ordinary level, so as to encourage fast evaporation and removal but also to avoid further damage to the room. 

SERVPRO of South Cobb carries advanced equipment and specialized techniques to help dry out your home as fast as possible following a storm. If your home has experienced storm damage, call us ASAP at (770) 739-2355.

Measuring the Size of a Potential Storm at Home

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The most common types of storms include: thunderstorms, hail storms, blizzards, tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes.

Lightning strikes are 50,000° Fahrenheit, which is five times hotter than the surface of the sun. That’s a terrifying fact knowing how often these strikes hit the surface of the Earth. While storm videos are cool to watch, it’s less fun when the storm we’re watching are headed our way. There are many types of storms that can affect our lives. The most common types of storms include: thunderstorms, hail storms, blizzards, tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes. Each storm can make itself obvious from the formation of the sky when it occurs. For example, a thunderstorm often presents itself as an anvil shaped cloud at first, low and flat at the bottom while standing tall. An easy way to tell it’s a blizzard and not just regular snow is the visibility. Blizzards lessen the visibility for at last three hours, usually longer. Hail storms can present a variety of danger as the hail itself can be as small as peas and as large as watermelons. While larger hail can have more powerful damage, crushing cars, roofs, windows, etc, small hail can also break windows and create holes in roofs. Fortunately, storms may cause inevitable damage to our homes but not irreversible damage. Storm damage assessments are not hard to receive, especially from specialists like your local SERVPRO of South Cobb. It can be fun to know more about types of storms when we’re aware of how close a storm damage professional is, and how easy it is for a company like SERVPRO to return our home as if the damage never occurred.

Proper Mitigation of Flood Damage Helps Eliminate Problems in Atlanta Real Estate

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Atlanta Flooding Gets Relief from Fast SERVPRO Water Extraction

SERVPRO Provides Fast Emergency Flood Water Removal and Restoration

Any location can experience problems with bad weather, and Atlanta residents know that the area's landscape affects our climate in both
good and bad ways. When severe weather damages a home or other property, acting quick can help to reduce related damages.

For Atlanta homeowners, flood damage can eclipse almost any other disaster endured by a family. Not only can floods happen instantaneously, but responding must also happen just as rapidly. A delayed reaction can allow countless other problematic situations to
develop. These include mold and mildew growth, secondary water damage, wood rot of structural beams, and damage to wiring, personal belongings, and electronic appliances.

Our Green Fleet is Faster To Any Size Disaster, including flooding catastrophes. After receiving a call, our team leaves almost immediately to ensure we lose no time in starting the mitigation work your property requires. We keep our equipment in excellent shape and always ready.

Because floods carry harmful and injurious items with it, we recommend that you always keep contact with the water and any saturated materials to a minimum. Hazards that did not exist inside your home before the flood can also develop. Electrical hazards and broken portions of trim can remain hidden until after an injury occurs. Because of these hazards, our technicians wear personal protection equipment (PPE). Our other equipment centers on mitigating the flood's havoc.

Pumping happens quickly, and we follow this up with additional extraction methods. Making sure that your home becomes dry swiftly means we can also begin checking for damage to areas of your home and removing those areas that require restoration. We do our best to keep this minimized, as reparative work carries a smaller financial burden, gets completed much faster, and eliminates the need to match replacement materials.

Other aspects of flood damage mitigation that affected homeowners can expect include removal and disposal of ruined foodstuffs. Getting
these out of the home quickly reduces the likelihood of rodents and other vermin becoming attracted to your home. Cleaning the rest of
your kitchen protects your family's health upon your return.

The professional technicians at SERVPRO of Southwest Cobb / Cascade receive IICRC certifications in fields related to the mitigation of flood damage. Our 24-hour service line can be contacted at (770) 739-2355 whenever flooding occurs in the Cascade Heights, Austell,
Furniture City and surrounding areas.

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Determining Flood Damage In Atlanta

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding is a normal occurrence in Georgia, but it does not have to mean you have to write off your home afterward.

Flood Damage In Your Home

Removing storm water from an Atlanta home is much like removing water from a broken water heater. The equipment needed is the same, but there are additional precautions to take depending if this outside water is contaminated. The same concerns are there when it comes to restoring the property.

SERVPRO understands that after flood damage, Atlanta homeowners want to get back into their house, and to their life before they woke up to find ankle-deep water in their living room and kitchen. To make certain we can provide a safe, clean environment; our restoration team first checks to see if the water is Clean, Gray, or Black.

Clean flood water contains no threatening microbes and does not pose a risk to the health of the homeowners or other residents. Team members bring in the same pumps and extraction wands used to clean up after a broken kitchen sink sends water across the linoleum. Clean water can become contaminated if it stands too long, so we begin to remove it as soon as we get the first pump-off our truck. We also start to lower the humidity level since dry air also inhibits microbial growth.

Gray water contains low levels of microbes and other contaminants. The majority of them is usually urine or wash water forced out of overwhelmed sewers after a severe storm. This results in rapid microbial growth and the bacteria or fungi pose a threat to anyone who comes in contact with it. These same microbes can spread to walls and furniture as the water recedes and become a threat to property. To kill the microbes and prevent spreading them, SERVPRO technicians spray an anti-fungal agent across the surface of the water and nearby property before taking any other actions.

Blackwater is a severe threat to people and property. Here, the flood water has drawn in everything from the surrounding area as it rises. That includes animal waste, carcasses, and even sewage when the force of the water splits lines open. Since this contamination is obvious, our technicians pull on protective gear like rubber suits and even breathing gear. Once protected, they spray the water and nearby property before bringing in any pumps or other extraction gear.

For both Black and Gray water, we pump out the water into the nearest, functioning sewer opening. If there is not one available, then we pump it into a tanker truck for removal to the nearest wastewater treatment plant.

Flooding is a normal occurrence in Georgia, but it does not have to mean you have to write off your home afterward. SERVPRO of Southwest Cobb / Cascade is here to help return your residence and your life to normal as quickly as we can safely do so. If you need us, call today at (770) 739-2355.

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When Storms or Floods Hit Cobb County, SERVPRO of SW Cobb/Cascade is Ready

9/1/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of SW Cobb/Cascade specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Cobb County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 770 739 2355