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Before Severe Weather Strikes, Take Safety Measures for Your Household | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

Severe weather can feel like a part of the routine during the heat of the summer, but it is important to remember that all thunderstorms are capable of causing damage when they move into an area. In order to protect yourself and your household, taking safety measures in advance of severe weather can make a tremendous impact on your peace of mind when storms roll through.

By paying attention to watches and warnings, making sure you have provisions on hand and staying tuned in to weather alerts, you can make sure you are staying as safe as possible during severe weather.

Pay Attention to Watches and Warnings

When weather alerts are issued, they provide a clear way to understand exactly what the situation at hand is with the thunderstorm—so it is important to pay attention. When a storm watch is issued, that means to stay alert, as conditions are favorable for a storm, but one has not yet begun. When a storm warning is issued, a storm could be on the radar or already on the ground, and it is important to seek shelter if you are in its path.

Make Sure You Have Provisions on Hand

Before a storm rolls through and forces you to hunker down, make sure you have the necessary provisions and supplies on hand to stay safe. Electricity is often the first thing to go in severe weather, so flashlights and batteries are a must. Additionally, having food and water is also a good idea, as well as a stocked first-aid kit. Having a household safe area is also wise—generally a closet or hallway is recommended as a spot to shelter in place.

Stay Tuned in to Weather Alerts

Our cell phones have become our main source of information during our day to day lives, but unfortunately, they are not always reliable during an emergency scenario. Not only can power outages cause dead batteries, but cell and data reception are often poor during thunderstorms. Make sure you have a way to stay tuned into potentially life-saving alerts with a weather radio that is crank-powered or operates on batteries.

If your home has been impacted by storm damage, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to get a quick response to your home’s damages.

Faster to Any Disaster

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Fire and water losses in commercial buildings are never planned but unfortunately they do occur. Emergencies such as a pipe burst in an office building to an electrical fire in an apartment complex can threaten the revenue of the property owner. SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville quick response time may help avoid revenue loss for property owners and minimize any inconvenience to the tenants. Our restoration services can help your business resume normal business hours quickly while avoiding costly downtime. Our highly trained professionals arriving with the proper equipment and industry approved procedures, can save you time and money. SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville is available 24 hours a day by calling  678-376-5515. We will work hard to restore your investment "Like it never even happened." Let us help you become the hero in a disaster situation.

Hurricane Facts

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

1.In the Atlantic, hurricane season starts June 1, while in the Pacific, it starts May 15. Both end  November 30.

2. Hurricanes are large, spiraling tropical storms that can pack wind speeds of over 160 mph and unleash more than 2.4 trillion gallons of rain a day.

3. Over 1/3 of cat and dog owners don't have a disaster preparedness plan in place for their animals. Help neighbors and friends come up with a hurricane plan for their pets.

4. When they come onto land, the heavy rain, strong winds and heavy waves can change buildings, trees and cars. The heavy waves are called a storm surge.

5. 40% of the hurricanes that occur in the United States hit Florida.

6. The difference between a tropical storm and a hurricane is wind speed. Tropical storms usually bring winds of 35 to 47 mph, whereas hurricane wind speeds are at least 74 mph.

7.Hurricanes are classified into 5 categories based on their wind speeds and potential to cause damage.

8.The costliest hurricane to make landfall was Hurricane Katrina, a Category 5 storm that slammed Louisiana in August of 2005. Damages cost an estimate $ 108 billion.

Home Fire Facts

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

. Nearly 4,000 Americans die each year in house fires and over 2,000 are severely injured.

. In only 3.5 minutes, the heat from a house fire can reach over 1100 degrees Fahrenheit.

. About 80% of all civilian deaths from fire occur in the home.

. In rooms that are not even on fire the temperature can reach over 300 degrees; this is hot enough to melt plastic and kill the people in those rooms.

. Adults 65 and older are more than twice as likely to die in fires as the overall population.

. The leading cause of fire deaths is careless smoking.

. Having a working smoke detector more than doubles one's chances of surviving a fire.

. Don't forget to change the smoke alarm's battery. Never remove the battery from the smoke alarm without replacing it. Smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month and batteries should be replaced at least once or twice a year.

Benefits of Contacting SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville Restoration Professionals consist of a 24 hour emergency response team, trained in caring for both the home or business and the owner. Within one hour notice of emergency loss, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional contacts you to arrange for service. Within four hours of notification, a SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville professional is on-site to start services. Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope of work is communicated to the appropriate person. By responding quickly with a full line of services and highly trained personnel, your local SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville can help you regain control quickly and make it "Like it never even happened." Call 678-376-5515  24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Proactive Misting for County Vehicles

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Trained professional misting vehicle. SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville misting interior of vehicle wearing proper PPE attire for proactive cleaning.

SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville takes great pride in being part of their community. They value the loyalty of their customers and are always available to assist them in their time of need. When SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville was contacted recently by the county to proactively clean several vehicles, they arrived ready to perform necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize the vehicles. Their cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities. The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similiar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line meet these standards and carry the EPA registered emerging pathogens claims. There is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus. SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville is following all current updates and protocol when handling this service. Should your business need emergency response services, call 678-376-5515. Let our trained professionals be your HEROES in the GREEN TRUCKS. Available 24/7

Residential Fire

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

Destruction in Several Rooms caused by Fire A fire originating outdoors quickly spread and ignited this home also on fire. Many rooms suffered damage.

There's really no such thing as a small residential fire. Regardless the size of the blaze, a fire in one room can cause damage to personal belongings and surfaces throughout the home. Not only can soot be evident, the lingering odors may last for years. SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville understands how an event like fire can affect your life. Your concerns range from the expense of replacing your belongings to all your emotions of losing a priceless keepsake. SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville can discuss possibly restoring items versus replacing them. This will reduce your concerns of losing a item you've treasured for years. By responding quickly with a full line of services, SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville can help your regain control quickly and make the fire damage "Like it never even happened." Call 678-376-5515 and let the professionals handle your emergency. We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Mold Growth on Walls and Ceilings

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

Ideal Moisture Conditions for Mold Growth Heavy mold growth is evident on walls and ceiling in this vacant structure

Water intrusion or long standing undetected leaks combined with poor humidity control offers the perfect opportunity for mold spores to grow and multiply. This is a great reason to begin drying any water or moisture situation promptly. Materials such as drywall, wood, insulation and even paper can provide the proper food source for mold to flourish. Water damage left unattended for a period of time has potential to lead to mold growth and indoor environmental conditions and health concerns. SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville will arrive on site to check for any visible signs of mold. If conditions are severe enough the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental professional may be required. If you suspect mold present in your investment call 678-376-5515 and let the trained professional assess the situation. We are available 24/7 to assist you with any question or concerns you have.

Electrical Fire in Home

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

Severe Fire Damage in Attic Electrical fire originating in the attic causes severe damage to home.

SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville understands that your home consists of more than 4 walls. It consists of years of memories, events and personal belongings that just can't be replaced. Fire damage to your investment is extremely stressful and concerning. Our timely response and highly trained uniformed professionals can help alleviate these concerns. Our number one goal is returning damaged areas and items to preloss conditions, doing our best to make it "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville is dedicated to restoring not only the structure but the lives of the customers they help. Our franchise professionals training meets and exceeds accepted industry standards. Call 678-376-5515 if you are faced with an unexpected emergency. SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville is focused on YOU!  We are available 365 days a year.

Did You Know That Rain Can Be a Catalyst for Water Damage? | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

Moisture in any amount can lead to water damage if it interacts with the right surface, meaning it is more than just flooding that can lead to issues.

We commonly see water damage due to general rain showers , as they can work their way through a home's weather defenses and begin to damage the materials underneath. Knowing what to look out for and where to check often is the best defense homeowners have against this type of surprise damage.

Water Damage That Can Occur Due to Heavy Rain

Backup of clogged gutters. Cleaning the gutters every six months keeps them free of debris and doing their job properly, which in turn can prevent water damage. Backed-up gutters can lead to large puddles sitting against your roof line, which the wood can then begin to absorb.

Leaks around windows and doors. Heavy rainfall has a way of working itself into the tightest spaces, including the microscopic cracks that can develop around windows and doors. Quality weatherstripping is a great preventive to stop rain from eating away at the wood underneath.

Poor drainage around the foundation. The foundation of a home can be susceptible to pools of water after large rain showers, which can work their way in instead of draining away. Landscaping and drainpipes are smart tools you can use to discourage this water buildup and fight against damage.

Leaks in and around the roof. Roof leaks tend to come as a surprise to homeowners, as they are not always evident if the roof is above an attic. However, looking for missing shingles or other vulnerable spaces can give you an indicator that a leak is a possibility and help you take the next steps toward preventing it.

Malfunctioning of a sump pump system. Installing a sump pump is a smart move to defend your home against water damage, but remember the importance of maintenance. A broken sump pump can cause far more damage than you might realize, so check up on yours often.

Leaks around chimneys and skylights. When something is installed that intersects with the roof, it must be sealed against leaks. However, these seals can deteriorate over time, increasing the chances that a leak will develop and should thus be checked often.

If you’ve experienced water damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us 247 to have our trained technicians respond quickly and begin your restoration.