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We Can Get You Back on Your Feet When Severe Weather Strikes | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

view of a person looking through rainy windshield during a storm Choosing the right restoration company is crucial to getting things back to normal. Call SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville.

The total national cost of damage resulting from extreme weather in 2021 was estimated to be around $145 billion. That’s a lot!

Weather disasters are the most unpredictable form of destruction that could affect you and your home. These circumstances are frequently inevitable and often wind up inflicting much more harm than communities anticipate.

These kinds of conditions can leave you and your family in need of repairs that need to be addressed right away. Having an experienced crew like SERVPRO accessible is crucial for a prompt response when severe weather strikes your home.

For more than 13 years, our team in Lawrenceville has offered restoration services to the community. When severe weather impacts our community, we see it firsthand and we know what it takes to get a damaged property back in shape! Here’s the SERVPRO difference:

We Serve Our Local Communities

Having a crew nearby to assess the damage is essential for a rapid restoration when your house is affected by severe weather, such as storms, tornadoes or flooding. SERVPRO is locally owned and operated, so we are already nearby and ready to respond to any type of storm damage your property has suffered.

When the community is left to pick up the pieces after a disaster, you can trust that our SERVPRO team will be right there with you.

We Can Help You Rebuild

Your home could be left with damage from flooding or hail after a storm. Our team is trained and certified to repair the damage leftover from any kind of natural disaster. We can use advanced technology to restore, sanitize and repair any destruction caused by extreme weather.

Weather like severe winds and tornadoes can completely destroy homes when conditions are extreme enough. For your home to be restored to its pre-storm state, construction work might be necessary. Our crew at SERVPRO offers building services and can restore your home to full functionality.

We Offer a Prompt Response to Storm Damage

Not only is our team right in your neighborhood, but we also offer 24-hour emergency services
to ensure a prompt response to any emergency. Don’t panic if a disaster strikes your home!
Take comfort in knowing that our team can be there as soon as possible to start the restoration
process.

When severe weather strikes our community, don’t hesitate to contact our team at SERVPRO. We can swiftly repair the damage and bring your family back home!

Common Sources of Leaks in the Home | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

a plumber fixing a toilet handle with a special tool If a leak in your home gets out of hand and leads to damage, reach out to SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville.

Leaks are a common household problem. Whether they originate in your plumbing or from a dripping faucet, leaks can cause costly infrastructure damage and, in some cases, mold growth. Water leaks also lead to valuable water being wasted and an expensive water bill.

Every year, household leaks account for around 10,000 gallons of wasted water. These leaks can sometimes develop without you noticing and develop into a much bigger issue. The best way to stop leaks in their tracks and avoid costly damage is by knowing where they may emerge in your Lawrenceville home:

Clogged drains. Clogged drains can create issues all over the home. Your shower drain, plumbing pipes and bathtub can all become clogged, causing water to slowly seep into your home through cracks or access points. This water enters your home and quickly becomes a costly flood disaster.

To prevent your pipes from getting clogged, safeguards like drain screens can keep hair and other unwanted items from entering your drain. Cleaning out your drains of soap scum regularly can also keep water from backing up into your drains.

Toilet leaks. The bathroom is one of the most common places to find leaks, and the toilet is one of the most prevalent sources of leaks. According to studies, between 20 and 35% of toilets in the home will leak at some point. Toilet leaks often go unnoticed because they begin in a location where you can't see or hear them.

Regular maintenance and having your toilet inspected frequently should prevent these kinds of leaks. Be sure to replace the flapper and filler valve when you notice your toilet is filling up slowly, making loud noises or constantly running. Maintaining and repairing your toilet as needed is a great way to stop bathroom leaks before they develop.

Appliance leaks. Leaks commonly occur in washing machines, dishwashers and refrigerators. Dishwashers and washing machines can leak due to malfunctions, while a clogged defrost drain or a blocked water supply line might cause a refrigerator to leak. Water puddles down to the bottom of these appliances.

To avoid leaky appliances, use the correct detergents varying by model and be sure to replace any faulty seals or tubes. Replacing appliances as they age could help to prevent leaks from older appliances as well.

If a leak in your home gets out of hand and leads to costly water damage or mold growth, we can help. We are the experts when water damage needs to be repaired or cleaned up quickly.

How to Tackle Commercial Damage and Its Causes | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

a large commercial building with extensive damage to roof and siding SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville is your local commercial disaster team. Contact us to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services.

It is important to recognize that businesses are the cornerstone of this country. Whether we utilize, work for or own a business, everyone feels their importance.

A business owner must wear many hats, including training employees, helping customers or managing the finances. The last thing you want to deal with are the damages from a natural disaster.

In terms of costs, natural disasters have cost people approximately $90 billion each year. And while that number may seem high, it’s steadily increasing.

In a place like North Lawrenceville, storms can enter through the mountains and linger for days or even weeks. The amount of damage this rain can do can add up when it comes to our homes and businesses. Especially in storm season, this area is no stranger to rain.

Below are the common ways nature can damage our businesses and how to tackle them:

Water Damage

Water is a huge threat to the foundation of a building. Excess water and moisture can cause devastating damage over the long term and often stems from natural causes. Flooding is a common cause of this damage.

When heavy rains occur, the flat areas around your business can pool with water, allowing it to seep into the exposed areas around your foundation.

Taking preventive measures is the best way to solve this in the long-term. Consider landscaping deliberately to direct water away from your building.

Over a long period, leaks cause major destruction. The best way to prevent this is to keep a watchful eye on your ceilings, walls and floors. Catching warping or discoloration early on can reduce the need for expensive repairs.

Storm Damage

In the event of a storm, an entire area’s businesses and homes are affected. Even a less severe storm can take out power or send branches and rocks flying to damage your business.

Usually, storm winds do not exceed 25 to 45 mph. But a damaging wind of 100 mph can uproot large trees and knock over mobile homes when rampant. These are the most dangerous and can even lead to loss of life.

Storm-protective window covers can be expensive but can limit the damage that storms cause. You can also take steps to prevent damage by inspecting your window and door seals to ensure that they’re maintained. Additionally, a roof inspection will keep things more secure and safe.

Clear your property if a storm approaches. Getting rid of any loose furniture or debris can prevent those things from being thrown around and potentially damaging the exterior of your business.

Know Who to Call

Water damage and storm damage are the two biggest culprits when it comes to commercial damage. If they occur and owners need to close their business to implement repairs, the costs can be great.

Fortunately, our 247 availability allows us to quickly respond to any disaster you could face. It’s important to our expert team to find the right restoration plan for your business and implement it properly.

If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Follow These Simple Steps for Better Fire Prevention | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fire If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration need.

The risk of fires in our country continues to rise, and in fact, this year the American Red Cross has attended to over 20,000 house fires, which still only represents a small fraction of the total fires in the United States so far in 2022.

Smoke detectors continue to hold the top spot in terms of preventing loss of life and fire damage, but there are multiple other steps you can take to give you added protection. Some are more extensive than others, but many of them are relatively simple.

Inspect Your Appliances

Home appliances are one of the leading precursors to home fires because they can be too dirty, used too frequently or even faulty to begin with. Most home fires begin as a result of a kitchen appliance, but the risk from many other devices is very serious as well.

The stove, oven and microwave are all frequent causes of fires, often because there is grease and grime that fuels the flames you create while cooking. Beyond that, sparks from wiring in the dishwasher and refrigerator can ignite dust and other flammable materials during routine use.

Old and outdated appliances are another common source of fire in the home. These machines likely have frayed wires or malfunctioning parts and safety mechanisms that can induce a home fire rapidly.

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

When fires from outside threaten your home, the yard and surrounding area can play a major role in preventing the spread. There are landscaping techniques that can both protect your home and allow proper space for firemen to stop fires before they make their way inside.

In response to these disastrous fires, states like California have enacted defensible zone requirements for the property surrounding homes to slow wildfires down. While these ideas have been proven to help stop the spread of fires, it’s not a bad idea to follow suit and use this style of landscaping here in Georgia.

Utilizing this strategy doesn’t stop you from growing beautiful floral arrangements or harvesting your garden—what the idea focuses on is strategic planning and placement of those plants, ideally preventing the fire from easily spreading between them.

You should take time during the year to remove any dead plants, leaves or limbs, since these items will only fuel the flames of a fire. This will not only reduce the amount of flammable material that fires have to work with, but it will also brighten up your home and highlight the beautiful plants on your property.

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

On top of maintaining your yard and keeping tabs on your home appliances, a good spring-cleaning routine can really help you limit the potential risks of fires. It’s smart to schedule a few days during the spring or summer when your family will perform a deep-clean on the home.

This may seem overwhelming, but even simple methods like dusting can help with fire prevention. Many appliances and outlets will become clogged with dust, needing only the slightest spark to burst into a disaster.

Our homes serve us in so many ways these days—workspace, play area and relaxation sanctuary. Keeping your house clean can be an easy way to prevent the devastation a fire would cause.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Staying Lightning-Safe if You Get Caught Outdoors | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

a bright lightning strike in the dark purple night sky Have you sustained property damage and are not sure what to do next? Call SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville right away.

If you are hoping to boost your storm safety, it is important to consider how you can best be safe from lightning. Lightning is an extremely dangerous element of storms, and every thunderstorm has the ability to produce lightning that strikes toward earth—meaning every storm has the potential for an injurious or fatal lightning strike.

Ideally, the best place to be in the event of severe weather is in a secure building, such as your home, a store or a parking garage. Unfortunately, this is not always a possibility, and it is important to know what to do in case it is not.

Being aware of what the safest shelter option is can help you make a quick decision if you find yourself in danger, so we will review some key options below.

How to Stay Lightning-Safe if You Are Caught Outdoors

Move to a car if possible. While it is not as safe as a building, being in a vehicle is safer than being outdoors in the event of severe weather. If possible, park the car under an overpass with the windows rolled up, and avoid using electronics or touching any metal surfaces within the car.

Avoid being near tall objects. Lightning tends to strike the tallest object in any given area, which means trees, light poles and electrical towers are all common targets outdoors. If you are trapped outside, avoid standing near these types of objects so you are not near a potential danger zone. If you are in a group of people, make sure to spread out by about 20 feet to make yourself a smaller target.

Crouch down in a low-lying area. If you are in an open space with no viable shelter around, move to the most low-lying area and make yourself as small as possible. Crouch down and balance on the balls of your feet so you are in contact with the ground as little as possible, preferably in a ditch, near a cliff face or in some other type of sheltered spot that is not wide out in the open.

If you discover that a storm has damaged your home, we are here to help. You can get in touch with us at any hour to learn more about our restoration process or to report damage.

Will Your Emergency Plan Hold Up Against Severe Storms? | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

a dark cloudy sky with lighting strikes off in the distance If you discover storm damage to your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville right away.

It’s natural to have fears about extreme weather. Storms are unpredictable and can cause rain, hail, lightning, flooding and strong winds that can all do serious damage to your home. Plus, considering that there are around 100,000 thunderstorms throughout the United States every year, everyone has a substantial risk of facing these weather events.

In Georgia, extreme weather is part of our daily lives. The mountainous region seems to hold in the weather for weeks at a time, and we’re stuck suffering the effects. On top of the dangerous storms and tornadoes, our risk of flooding is increasing as the average annual rainfall continues to rise.

Preparing for extreme weather is important because no one can control what may come—and we’re here to help. You should create an emergency kit, a communication strategy and a contingency plan for handling these disasters. Taking these steps can help you stay safer during dangerous weather, and it can help your home avoid major damage.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

The first step to being prepared for emergencies is ensuring clear communication between everyone in your immediate family. Next, you must make sure that you can receive alerts from your local authorities so you know when to seek shelter or evacuate the area.

Secondly, you should guarantee that you won’t be missing out on emergency alerts. While cell phones are incredible pieces of technology, they always seem to run out of charge at the worst time. Having a power bank for your phone and a battery-operated NOAA weather radio is the best way to avoid this problem.

Finally, creating a communication strategy for your household is important. You do this by making sure that everyone knows to get in the safe room (a room in the center of the house with no windows is best) when the weather goes from bad to worse. Checking in and communicating with everyone who is away from home can help you keep peace of mind while making sure everyone stays safe.

Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit

Crafting an emergency kit that is custom to your needs is crucial for being prepared. It should be kept stocked with a minimum of 72 hours worth of gear, and stored in the safe room of your home.

Packing your emergency kit can be complicated, but the basic items should be nonperishable foods, clean water (more than you think), flashlights, batteries and first-aid supplies. Additionally, items like extra clothing, blankets, potential prescription medication and helmets can come in handy during disasters.

Your Severe Weather Aftermath Checklist

Once the dangers have passed, you should always take the proper steps to improve your level of preparation. Going through your safety plan and building on it, as well as taking a walk around your home to check your property for damage.

Additionally, it’s a good idea to check your roof and the seals around windows, doors and the corners of your house where water damage is most common.

In the event that you find damage, you should know who to call. SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville has an expert team in green that you can count on for a quick response. We’re on call 247 so we can be there as soon as you need us, anytime that you need us.

With storm season in full swing and the constantly changing weather that comes with living in Georgia, it’s critical that you stay prepared.

After the dust has settled and your family is safe, taking a moment to check your safety plan can help you improve it for next time. Learning how your communication strategy either worked or did not, and understanding what additional items you may need in your emergency kit are good steps to take so that you’re better prepared overall.

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.

The Evolution of Water Damage Over Time | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

a bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville is your 24/7 water restoration expert. Call us right away if you need immediate service.

When it comes to home damage, seemingly insignificant issues like leaky faucets and small water spots are actually quite destructive. The problems often go overlooked, leading to gradual damage that wreaks havoc on the home over time.

An average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

Water damage can begin slowly, but it progresses rapidly; water seeps into floors, walls and other soft surfaces that are in every home. These issues must be addressed immediately to get the best cleanup results and reduce further damage.

Here’s some important information to know about the water damage timeline:

In the First 24 Hours

If you’re a homeowner, there is a one in four chance of facing flood damage over a 30 year period in high-risk zones. Knowing what to do next is essential.

The most critical time period is the first 24 to 48 hours. Many items both structural and personal will fall victim to the damaging effects of water.

Water will soak through soft furnishings and upholstery; wooden structures can swell and become deformed from the moisture. Unfortunately, personal artifacts like books, photographs, and notes are particularly at risk of warping beyond repair.

Just as bad, mold can begin to grow during this timeframe, especially in areas like Lawrenceville where we see rain and humidity year-round. Acting quickly on water damage is essential to make sure your home is safe.

SERVPRO’s expertise and “restore vs. replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We maintain constant communication with you, especially regarding any materials that cannot be restored. We will remove these items in order to expedite the drying of those that we can restore.

Within the First Week

Once the 24-hour mark hits, water damage progresses further and faster. Mold can spread like wildfire at this point when excessive moisture is present. As mold sets in and expands, it can even damage the structure of your home.

In addition, wood, drywall and other porous surfaces/walls will become increasingly compromised. Water damage isn’t exclusive to wood and concrete. After 24 hours, metal surfaces, hinges and hardware will start corroding.

After One Week

Allowing moisture and standing water to sit for extended periods of time may be catastrophic and irreversible. As time passes, significantly more effort is required to restore the structure and items, causing increased costs.

Water left in the home or business will seriously degrade wooden supports and frames after a week, increasing the likelihood of major structural damage.

How SERVPRO Will Help

SERVPRO’s restoration process begins with the first call, preferably within the first 24 hours.

We usually begin all service work with complete water extraction. This step helps prevent the spread of water further into the structure and helps reduce the drying time.

In most cases, the floors, furniture and other belongings subjected to water will require a deep cleaning, sanitizing and deodorization. Once we remove the majority of the water, our specialists use our industry-leading drying equipment to help remove the water you can’t see.

After these initial steps, your home may need construction work to get your property back to its preloss condition. This step could include minor repairs or rebuilding entire areas of your home.

At SERVPRO, we simplify the restoration process by managing the initial damage mitigation and handling the rebuild of the affected sections. We keep you up to date on every step, with the primary goal of having you back in your home or business as soon as possible.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

A Team of Restoration Experts You Can Trust | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

two SERVPRO employees unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

SERVPRO does more than basic cleanup, construction, and restoration services. We’re always available to take care of you, no matter what disaster comes your way.

Water Damage

Flooding is a constant occurrence in our area. With thunderstorms and hurricane season, we see constant rain throughout the year. It takes only an inch of water to do major destruction to the home, and in fact, floods cause more than $10 billion in damages nationwide every year.

If you own a home or business, you’ll more than likely face flooding at some point, but SERVPRO has the equipment and knowledge to deal with the damage. We’ll assist you in understanding the extent of the damage, and let you make the best decision for your restoration.

Our specialized tools can detect hidden moisture and even extract standing water from the home or business. We’ll then help you create a custom water damage restoration plan to ensure that your home is clean, dry and restored to its preloss condition

Fire Damage

Unfortunately, structure fires happen every day in the country, and they’re almost all accidental. A fire department in the United States responds to a fire every 23 seconds, and there was roughly $8.1 billion in direct property damage and losses nationwide in 2020.

If fire damage hits your home or business, we’ll get to work with our seven-step restoration process. This starts with an inspection and damage assessment and progresses through all the necessary, in-between steps before starting repairs and construction.

Storm Damage

The general term “storms” doesn’t illustrate the depth of disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, wildfires and floods. Whatever disaster affects you, our main goal is to have you back in your home or business as soon as possible.

Storms can damage the structure of your home and cause further damage, but what’s worse is having your belongings damaged. SERVPRO specializes in content restoration, with the mindset of restoring rather than replacing.

Some of the services we offer include dry cleaning, wet cleaning, foam cleansing, and abrasive cleaning. However, if your home needs a more extensive clean, we provide move-out services; this allows you to take your mind off the problem while we handle the mess.

What Sets SERVPRO Apart?

We’re there when you need us. You can reach out to a SERVPRO expert via our 247 Emergency Line day or night and receive immediate assistance.

SERVPRO’s expert team in green is No. 1 in cleanup and restoration nationwide. We have more than 50 years of experience in all kinds of disasters. We are locally owned and operated to better understand our local communities, while also being backed by over 1,900 locations in the United States.

With our team always on call, you can rest assured that we’ll have your home or business restored and running as quickly as possible.

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.

Call The Professional Cleanup Team

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

So many mixed emotions sweep over home owners and business owners when a fire destroys their investment. Fear, stress and uncertainty about the days ahead and the future of their property. These emotions are there long after the flames are extinguished. If the unimaginable happens and a fire strikes, call SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville and let the experts assist you. With our industry-approved training, our rapid response time, the most advanced technology and excellent communication, it is our goal not only to restore the property, but our customers peace of mind. Call the team you can trust and a brand that is trusted by insurance companies nationwide. SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville delivers reliable and consistent service every time. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Don't risk further damage to your asset. Call 678-376-5515 and let us help you "Like it never even happened."

Weather Damage Insurance Coverage

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

When unpredictable weather causes damage to your home, your ability to file a claim with your insurance company depends on the type of policy coverage you have and what that policy includes or excludes. Although not all damage is covered by a standard policy, items such as busted pipes, fires usually are covered. Flood damage is usually not covered by most home insurance companies, but can be purchased separately. When weather patterns change, so does the risk of damage to your investment. You can find yourself subject to extensive damage due to strong storms and heavy rains. Thoroughly review and understand your current policy coverage and make adjustments if necessary. Prepare ahead and keep your  home safe. Call SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville and let our trained professionals assist you in restoring your emergency "Like it never even happened." 678-376-5515  24/7