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What Saddlewood Homeowners Need to Know About Water Damage | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

f you have to file a water damage claim in 2021, you won’t be alone.

Experts estimate that one in 50 American homeowners file a water damage claim each year. And those water damage claims have grown steadily every year.

That’s not just a function of all types of claims growing, either. Fire damage claims have actually dropped over the past few years.

What to Look for When Evaluating Water Damage

Homeowners in Saddlewood, Sugarloaf and Rambling Woods may not always know the signs to look for that signify that a leak has turned into a more serious problem.

You may know that some water can be cleaned up with towels or a mop and bucket if caught early enough. But if it’s more significant, water can start to damage your home within hours.

If you’re wondering when a leak and the resulting water issues become a problem that requires professional intervention, these tips can help you determine what needs remediation by professionals:

The floorboards or furniture show signs of damage. Wet wood will start to warp within days. If that happens in your home, it’s best to start seeking help from professionals who can help you restore your home.

Your windows or walls are warped. Wood in your home, like your window panes and walls, can also start to warp if the water damage is severe. That means it’s vital if you notice these signs to get remediation help.

You notice your home has a musty smell. Smell can be among the first signs of mold damage, meaning if you notice that scent, it’s time to call in a professional to help you deal with remediation issues.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Need Fire Damage Help? It's Right Here in Lawrenceville l SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know house fires are more common during the winter months? They can happen at any time during the year, but the cooler winter months put homeowners at a higher risk for fires.

People who live in Lawrenceville, Sugarloaf, Old Peachtree, Rambling Woods and the surrounding communities can get help from our team if they’re dealing with fire damage.

Why SERVPRO Is the Best Choice

Lawrenceville residents know they can call us when they need our help. Here’s why we’re their choice:

We are a locally owned business. SERVPRO locations are all across the United States. But this location is a local business. Because we’re a SERVPRO location, we can use the resources, equipment and training you would find at a large, thriving company with the advantage of choosing a partner here in the community.

We put restoration efforts first. Our team helps families recover from fire damage in a way that’s both logical and economical. Experts help through each step of the process, working to save your family time and money. We work to keep repairs affordable and insurance premiums down.

We can help with all your restoration projects House fires can damage your walls, your furniture’s upholstery and more. Other issues homeowners deal with after a fire include smoke and water damage. We have the tools and resources to remediate these issues and more.

We are available 247. Getting started early on restoration efforts can make a difference. That’s why our team is here to help you at any time. Just reach out when you need our help.

What You Should Know About Winter Fires

Home heating fires are common during the winter. For example, if your space heater doesn’t have an automatic shutoff mechanism, it can turn over and cause a fire while it’s still running. Furnace issues and accidents involving home appliances happen, too.

The holiday season comes with some additional dangers you should know about. Christmas tree accidents are a leading cause of house fires.. Cooking fires are more common during the holidays, too. More people are spending time in the kitchen, cooking larger meals.

If you have fire damage in your home due to a kitchen, heating or other fire, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Top Ten Global Holidays and Festivals

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

December 2020 has significant important dates to celebrate throughout the month. Here are the top ten celebrated across the world.

1) Feast of Immaculate Conception-This is celebrated on December 8,2020.

2) Saint Lucia's Day-This is celebrated on December 13,2020.

3) Hanukkah-This holiday is celebrate from December 10,2020-December 18,2020.

4) Yule-This holiday is celebrated December 21,2020-January 1,2021.

5) Festivus- This holiday is celebrated on December 23,2020.

6) Christmas- This holiday is celebrated on December 25,2020.

7) Boxing Day- This holiday is celebrated on December 26,2020.

8) Kwanzaa-This holiday is celebrated December 26,2020-January 1,2021.

9) Saint Stephen's Day- This holiday is celebrated December 26,2020.

10). New Year's Eve- This holiday is celebrated on December 31,2020.

SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville wishes everyone a safe and joyous holiday season as you observe and celebrate these special days. Call 678-376-5515  24/7. We are your trained professionals.

Are you Ready in the Event of a Burst Pipe? | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage is not an enjoyable occurrence for any home, but in the event of a burst pipe, it can feel extra chaotic to deal with. Because of the sheer volume of water that can quickly get dispersed into an area by a burst pipe, it is an event that can cause a serious amount of damage in a short time.

Though many people do not prioritize planning for water damage, it is something that you should absolutely keep in mind just in case. One home out of 50 will have water damage within a year in the United States, but planning ahead is the best way to reduce the overall damage.

If a Burst Pipe Happens, Do You Have a Plan?

Shut off your water main. When a pipe bursts, it can immediately begin to pour water into the area, fully soaking everything around. Being able to locate your water main and cut it off if need be can significantly reduce the overall damage that is caused.

Shut off your electricity. If you can, not letting water come into contact with electricity should be a top priority. If it is safe to do so, cut off your breaker box—this way, if water comes into contact with outlets or electronics, the risks will be greatly reduced.

Contact your restoration company. One of the things you can do to plan for water damage in advance is decide which restoration company you will be working with. This way, you can call them immediately when you discover water damage to have the restoration started right away.

Take a record of the damages. For those who are eligible to file an insurance claim, keeping good records is key. Taking photos and videos is a great way to document the damages for your records.

Contact your insurance company. No two insurance policies are the same, which is why it is wise to get into contact with your insurance provider so you can determine what your coverage looks like. This way, if you are eligible to file a claim you can start the process right away.

Open windows and doors if possible. Drying out the area as quickly as possible is key when it comes to mitigating damage, so if you can, it is wise to open up windows and doors around the impacted area to increase airflow and speed up evaporation.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Local Dentist Office Experiences Supply Line Leak

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Equipment Placed and Drywall Removed Damaged drywall was removed along with baseboards. Equipment was placed in affected rooms.

When SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville was contacted by a local dental office regarding a supply line leak, their highly trained professionals were dispatched immediately. These Franchise Professional undergo extensive water restoration training and certification and they were on the scene to determine their plan of action. Since this office location had not been open for several weeks prior to this, there was significant damage to the lobby, reception area, hallway and some examination rooms. Water was extracted and equipment was placed to stabilize the structure. Also evident was mold in different areas. Containment was placed to minimize open air space and to shrink drying chambers. Baseboards were removed, affected cabinets were removed and drywall was removed in several rooms. Affected areas were also wiped down with an anti-microbial product. Their professional team walked this business owner through the job step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome. Call SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville at 678-376-5515  24/7 to assist you "Like it never even happened."

The Dangers Surrounding Flash Flood Conditions | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

There are many ways that weather can cause risks to our property and our lives, but one of the most dangerous severe weather events by far is the flash flood. Floods cause the second-highest number of deaths in regard to weather-related fatalities, narrowly coming in behind heat. All floods are dangerous, but flash floods carry the most risk because of how quickly they can occur.

If conditions are ripe for a flash flood, there will generally be little notice to those in its path, making acting quickly a crucial component of safety. By knowing the facts around flash floods, you can much more easily create a safety plan for your family and protect your loved ones.

Why Should I Be Concerned With Flash Floods?

It is always wise to be concerned with floods of any type, but if you are faced with a flash flood situation, exercising extra caution is key. The definition of flash floods is that they occur in less than six hours after a storm, but often, they begin much more rapidly. Additionally, flash floods do not provide much warning that they are going to begin, making quick decisions key for staying safe.

What Is the Warning System for Flash Floods?

If it is possible that a flash flood may come along, staying tuned into your weather alerts is the best thing you can do in order to have as much notice as possible if you are in danger. Officials will issue a flash flood watch if conditions are favorable for one to develop.

If there is a flash flood warning issued, that means that a flash flood is likely to occur (or is already occurring nearby) and you should get to safety quickly. If there is a flash flood emergency, get to high ground as fast as you can.

What Should I Keep in Mind for Flash Flood Safety?

Making the correct decisions under pressure is key for flash flood safety, which is why knowing what to do beforehand can be such an important aspect of preparedness. Here are some of the best safety tips to memorize so you can be certain you are ready to endure a flash flood.

  • Stay aware of the weather and have a way to receive local emergency alerts in your area.
  • Plan and practice flood evacuation with your entire family.
  • Avoid crossing floodwater, either on foot or by car.
  • Limit your contact with floodwater if at all possible.
  • Be aware of multiple evacuation routes so you can turn around if the road is blocked by water.

If your home or business has been damaged due to a flood or other severe weather, you can depend on us. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damage to your property.

Enjoy Winter Activities Without InEnjoy Winter Activities Without Increasing Your Fire Risk |creasing Your Fire Risk | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

Fire safety is something that should be a concern no matter the time of year—but in the winter months, it is necessary to be extra vigilant with it. The Red Cross has found winter to be the top time for house fires to happen, and there are many winter activities that can increase people’s risks without them realizing it.

Not only do people tend to use their ovens and stoves more during the cooler months, but many people also use heaters, fireplaces and place decorations around their home during the winter, too. These activities can be perfectly safe as long as you implore safety measures as you partake in them to keep your winter fire-free.

Keeping Your Home Free From Fire Incidents Around the Holidays

Keep safe when cooking. Cooking and baking routinely cause the most fires every year, but during the winter is when the frequency of these incidents peak. It is important to always practice fire safety in the kitchen, even when things are hectic. Watching out for flammable objects near the stove, always having a fire extinguisher on-hand and never cooking when tired or when things will be unattended are all key for safety.

Heat the house with proper precautions. When you are trying to heat the house, a space heater or a fireplace can be a great way to keep the energy bill down. However, these things can introduce many hazards to the area, so it is essential to take precautions when you use them. Never leave space heaters or fires unattended in the home, and ensure neither is near anything flammable at any moment.

Decorate with care. Holiday decorations are a great way to bring some festive cheer to the home, but with the dangers that can be introduced by electrical wires, it is important to be cautious. Frayed wires are a big concern, and cause around a quarter of all Christmas tree fires each year. Lights should always be unplugged when you are going to sleep or not at home, and it is also wise to not plug in multiple strings of lights to a single outlet or power strip.

If you have damage due to a house fire, you can depend on us to help. Contact us 24 hours a day to report damage and receive a quick response from our certified restoration technicians. Get in touch today.

Disaster Recovery Steps for Business Owners | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

If you own your own business, you understand how important it is to consider all the possibilities in your planning—but for many business owners, this planning mindset has yet to extend to disaster preparedness. Many businesses find themselves impacted by disasters every single year, often to completely devastating results. While there is no way to prevent disasters, planning for them is the best way to lessen some of the damage they can cause.

We always recommend starting with safety planning for yourself and your staff, to make sure everyone knows how to evacuate and execute emergency procedures safely. Once this is done, however, it is smart to consider what steps you will take towards recovery. Contacting your insurance provider and customers is key, as is making use of all the resources out there to help business owners.

Considering the Steps of Disaster Recovery for Business Owners

Contact your providers for insurance and restoration. No two commercial insurance policies are the same, which is why it is so important to make sure you get in touch with your insurance provider quickly after a disaster in order to understand if and how to file a claim. Once you do this, it is wise to get in touch with the company you have chosen for your commercial restoration so you can set that process in motion as well.

Contact customers regarding your reopening. Thanks to social media, it is easier than ever to contact customers and keep them aware of any changes to operating hours or closures. This is wise to do after a disaster when so many things can be changing and they will be curious as to how they can support you once more. Additionally, social media can be a great way to offer promotions on gift cards or other items they can purchase during your closure to help your business throughout the rebuilding process.

Be aware of what resources are out there for you. Once your area has experienced a disaster, there will be many business-specific resources available that you can make use of. The Small Business Administration’s disaster loans are a great example of this—they are easy to qualify for, offer flexible repayment solutions and enable you to use the funds towards a variety of expenses you might incur post-disaster.

If your business has been damaged due to a disaster, we’re here to help. Contact us at any hour to report your damage or to learn more about our commercial restoration services.

We Are Committed to a Restoration-First Mindset | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

If there is a disaster in your home, keeping your family safe is the most important thing. However, once your safety is accounted for, being concerned about your home is normally top of mind for homeowners. The trauma after an emergency event can be long-lasting for everyone, but the faster you are able to rebuild, the easier it can be to reclaim a sense of normalcy.

As you work to take care of recovering, let us work to take care of restoring your home. We focus on restoration instead of recommending you replace your items, which is a costly and time-consuming process. This allows you to keep the items you love, save money and ensure your house feels like home when you return.

Benefits of Focusing on Restoration Instead of Replacement

We can help you save money on your insurance. For most homeowners insurance policies, there are many things you can claim that will be covered. However, claims can be quite costly for incidents such as water damage, leading to a rise in your premium. When we are able to restore items, it can reduce the amount you have to claim with your insurance and save you money in the long-term.

We can protect your sentimental items. When you have to quickly leave the home to preserve your family’s safety, there are many irreplaceable items that must be left behind in the process. Photographs, heirlooms and other sentimental objects could never be bought in a store, and while you may assume these items may be totally lost, our high-tech restoration equipment allows us to save many objects that have become damaged.

We make sure your home feels like home again. When you get ready to return home after your home has been restored, it can be an emotional time—but because we handle all aspects of the restoration and save your items whenever it is possible, we can help it be an entirely positive experience for you and your family when you are able to walk through the door.

If you have damages and are feeling overwhelmed, we are here to help. You can call us as soon as you need to in order to begin the restoration process. Contact us today to learn more.

Doing Your Own Home Moisture Damage Inspection | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

There are many issues that can impact the health of your home, but few should be taken more seriously or treated more quickly than water damage. There are many visual issues that will arise due to moisture damages, but the real danger lies in the structural problems it can cause when left untreated.

If you are concerned about water damage in your home, it is wise to do your own inspection to check for any signs of problems. Not only will this mitigate damages, but it can lessen your insurance claim amount, too.

How You Can Do Your Own Water Damage Check

Inspect your walls and ceilings. Because there are many systems lurking behind the drywall and ceilings in homes, water damage will often be hidden there, too. There are often giveaways, however, if you know what to look for. Bubbles or peeling of the paint, as well as water spots of softening are often clear signs that something is amiss.

Don’t forget to look down. Under the floor you see, your home has a subfloor that is designed to provide you with a solid foundation. However, this subfloor can easily begin to absorb moisture if there is a nearby leak, leading to floors that are uneven or buckled, or wood that appears warped through the room.

Inspect your roof. Your roof is your best defense to keep moisture damage out, and if you take the time to inspect it, you will be able to catch any issues early on. With a pair of binoculars, go out and inspect your roof for any shingles that are loose, missing or otherwise appear to be in disrepair, as this is often a sign that water damage is possible.

Pay close attention to the basement. Basements often fall under the misconception that their being musty is a given, but really, if you have moisture in your basement it is important to eradicate it. Whether water is seeping in from the outside or you have an interior leak, leaving it untreated can lead to much more serious issues down the road.

If you have water damage anywhere in your home, we are here to help. You can contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damages. Get in touch today to speak with a water damage restoration expert.