Why SERVPRO® Is the Right Choice For You | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
No matter what type of disaster you face, SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville is only a phone call away.
Because we are independently owned and operated, we can relate to the hardships that you as a business owner face. There are countless things that you have to account for in order to succeed, and an unexpected disaster could put you off track or out of business.
We can’t just wave a magic wand and prevent these events from occurring, but we can be prepared for them.
Aside from the physical damage that businesses suffer, we know that home damage is also a serious problem that many Americans face. To make sure your home is ready, you should make an effort to practice an emergency plan. This process is started by discovering the disasters that we most often see here.
Our American Red Cross does more than providing disaster relief; they’ve compiled this website to help with general disaster preparedness.
In Georgia, we see severe storms come through and get trapped in the mountainous region, dumping thousands of gallons of rainwater on our region every year. You should take a look at this site put together by our state government aimed at preparing Georgians for natural disasters.
If you’re a business owner, homeowner or both, odds are that you’ll face damage from a disaster eventually. However, it’s most important for you to get started on your restoration immediately so that you can avoid extensive damage that happens over time. Here are some reasons why we should be your choice:Why Choose SERVPRO?
We understand that no two situations are alike. Even though damage that needs restoration is frequent in our country, every situation is unique.
To further that point, over 14 million homes face significant flooding risks annually, but each home will suffer varying levels of damage. Thankfully, we have experts who specialize in all kinds of damage so that you’re covered from anything and everything. In every case, we customize assistance based on the unique factors that affect you.
We are available 24 hours a day. In terms of restoration, it’s a requirement to act quickly. Not only will this have you back in your home or business sooner, but it will also help prevent the damage from becoming more severe over time.
When water is able to seep inside, it can begin to damage furniture, drywall and flooring almost immediately. Even worse, when water is left unaddressed, it can sprout immense amounts of mold that can weaken the structure of your home. This is why we’re on call 24⁄7 and always ready to assist you with your needs.
We provide more than simply damage restoration. In addition to restoring the damage around your property, we can take responsibility for everything else you might need as well.
Our team can help you pack up valuables to prevent more destruction, and we are always happy to speak with your insurance agent to ensure you’re covered. Our goal is always to provide the best assistance we can to make this heartbreaking process go a lot smoother.
Whatever kind of disaster you face, your local team at SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville has your back! Our experts use industry-leading equipment and years worth of knowledge to get you back in your home or business as soon as possible.
When you suffer damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get restoration started faster.
Get Your Emergency Ready Plan Ready to Go | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
If the day comes where your business is hit with disaster or emergency, you can rest assured SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville will be there to help.
Running a business is a 24⁄7 commitment. You are expected to be available to maintain staff, handle payroll and so much more!
There’s so much that goes into owning a business that it can be overwhelming. That’s why SERVPRO works hard on helping you to become better prepared for any type of emergency that can take place.
Because you dedicate so much time and effort to your business, it can be scary to know that one disaster can disrupt your business in a matter of minutes. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses don’t reopen once they have been struck by disaster. And a quarter of those that do reopen will have to close their doors within a year.
Disasters are one thing, but now businesses are faced with another concern like shutdowns because of the pandemic. That’s why you must be prepared at all times. Three-quarters of all businesses don’t have a plan in place—and we are ready to change that.
We are proud to serve our local communities like Lawrenceville, Sugarloaf, Dacula and more! We can work together to get an Emergency Ready Plan for your business.
While you can’t avoid Mother Nature or accidents, you can do your part in preparing for these types of incidents. We will work with you to carefully analyze your business needs that you will be covered from cleanup of materials to data recovery and backup. We work so that your downtime and impact is less eventful.
Let’s work together so that poor disaster planning doesn’t affect your business. Let your local SERVPRO experts get you on track with an Emergency Ready Plan. We will protect your business and your employees, so you can focus on the more important things, while knowing that you are in good hands.
When your business is ready to prioritize planning and safety to prevent extended downtime, contact SERVPRO to get the Emergency Ready Plan underway from the folks who know all there is to know about disaster and recovery.
Know What to Do When You Spot a Leak | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
If you have any water damage, call SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville. We have the tools and experience to handle any job.
A leaky faucet can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water annually. That much water would have been enough for 180 showers! Knowing what to do as soon as you notice a leak inside your home is crucial not only for saving water but also for avoiding costly water damage.
When you spot signs of a leak in your Lawrenceville home, do you know what steps you should take first? There are a few important actions to take to prevent a water emergency from getting any worse.
Many disastrous water emergencies are brought on by a small leak that turns into a bigger issue. Homeowners should understand what they can do around the house to stop this leak in its tracks. It all starts with knowing where the water is coming from:
Identify your problem. Understanding how to spot the clues of a water leak is the best way to prevent expensive water damage. To identify where your water problem is stemming from, check for discoloration, the sound of water dripping or wet spots. As soon as you find the source of your issue, you can begin taking action to keep the leak from worsening.
Turn off the source. Once you have found the root of your issue, you’ll need to turn off the water supply to your home. Knowing where your main water valve is and how to turn it off is essential when any water emergency pops up on your property. Turning off appliances such as faucets, showers and toilets is another way you can find the source of your leaks.
Check your water meter. After turning off all sources of water, you can check your water meter to see if water is still dripping. The flow indicator on your meter can help you determine if water is still running somewhere in your home. If the indicator is still moving, there is a leak present somewhere in your home or your lawn.
Clean up what you can. After locating the source of your leak, you might find a puddle of water or other wet areas. Ensuring the area where your leak occurred is dry can help limit water damage. Cleaning and sanitizing these areas can help prevent mold and mildew from growing as a result of moisture as well.
Contact the experts. Some damage brought on by water leaks may be too much for you to treat on your own. It might be essential to contact a restoration expert to help clean up any leftover damage. A team like SERVPRO can rid your home of standing water and return your property to its preloss state.
If your home is damaged by a leak in the home, call upon the water restoration experts at SERVPRO. We have the tools to clean up any water left over by a leak.
Staying Safe From Fires Around Your Home | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville today.
Most people in America have enjoyed the warmth of an outdoor fire on a cool night, either for eating hotdogs and telling stories or just watching the flames burn.
Fires are used in many ways—for survival, enjoyment or as a way to clean out dead leaves and debris. However, no matter how innocent, fires are always dangerous, and according to the National Park Service, almost 85% of wildfires are started by humans.
In Georgia, we face a high risk of wildfires, which means that we will frequently see weather capable of supporting an outdoor fire for an extended time.
This shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying and using fires for all of your needs. Outdoor fires can be done properly by using the right safety procedures, allowing you to grill food and char marshmallows as much as you desire.Recreational Fire Hazards
All fires pose somewhat of a risk, but campfires, fireworks and grills are always at the top of the list for wildfire causes. It may not seem like a lot, but over 8,800 home fires are started by grills each year in the United States. Most of these are due to improper usage, so always ensure that the propane is off or that the coals are cooled before walking away. Never leave the grill unintended while in use.
When constructing an outdoor fire, it’s important to pick a good spot away from structures, overhangs or vehicles. It may be tempting to use gas, but it’s never a good idea to add accelerants unless absolutely necessary. However, you should only use wood as your fuel and watch where embers are landing to make sure nothing sparks up.
Many Americans choose to implement a fire pit into their property, and it’s a wonderful piece of equipment to have. These still pose a risk just like any other fire, though, and should still be used with the proper precautions. Some of these include keeping extra wood fuel at least 15 feet away and clearing any dead plants nearby.
It may seem harmless to burn your excess construction materials and household junk, but you should only burn approved firewood to reduce any potential health risks.
Fireworks are one of the great celebration tools, and although the Fourth of July has passed, many opportunities to launch more off are right around the corner. Fireworks are legal here in Georgia, but our Gwinnett County government recommends leaving them to the professionals.Other Outdoor Fire Hazards
The risks with fires and flammable material are apparent, but they both serve a purpose. In areas like ours with a lot of falling leaves in the fall, it’s important to dispose of them as they will become fuel for an outdoor fire. If you don’t have access to street pickup, burning this debris might be the best option for clearing your yard.
Before you light that first leaf, understand the regulations we have here in Gwinnett. Our local government has imposed a burn ban from May 1 through Sept. 30.
Removing dead plants and limbs from your yard is a crucial piece of being protected from wildfires. There are also specialized landscaping techniques that can spread out your existing foliage, preventing a fire from spreading around your property easily. Understand what to burn and always adhere to basic fire safety rules to prevent a disaster.
Most homes store gas and oil in their shed or garage for a variety of reasons, but improper storage can put your home at serious risk. Only use approved containers for these materials, and keep them out of the reach of children or animals.
Whenever you have a fire outside, it’s important to check the local weather and advisories for any signs that you should stop. When the air is dry and the winds are blowing, it’s a good idea to save the fire for another day.
If you happen to experience fire damage, call SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville for any cleanup and restoration needs. We have experts with training in every part of handling fire damage, and we always want to recover as much of your home as possible.
Burn safely outdoors. And save some chocolate for us! If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact us today to get restoration started faster.
Team Bowen Expands SERVPRO® Franchise Territory into Charlotte and Surrounding Communities
“Here we GROW again! Team Bowen is ready to make it “Like it never even happened®.”
Team Bowen is excited to announce our expansion in Charlotte, North Carolina, which will add to the existing SERVPRO franchise in East Mecklenburg/Matthews. East Charlotte, Northeast Mecklenburg County, and South Mecklenburg County are now a part of the Team Bowen franchise. This means over 250,000 additional households and 8,000 businesses will receive support when in need of emergency response due to fire, water, or mold damage.
These additions are part of our commitment to helping our local communities flourish. We are available 24/7, 365, and are ready to take your call. Although we can’t prevent a disaster, we are ready for whatever happens!
“We are humbled yet excited to continue to grow and expand our market presence in the Charlotte community,” Bruce Bowen, CEO of Team Bowen, commented. “Our team of quality people who focus on excellent service, fairness, and mutual respect, have allowed us to expand our footprint and still provide that same quality service throughout the southeast. These locations are key to our regional coverage. Whether it is a storm event or a complex commercial/industrial loss, quick response time is critical. Our team has the resources, manpower, and equipment necessary to respond to these specific situations. We are the National Disaster Recovery Team.”
For more than 50 years, SERVPRO® has been a trusted leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, mold mitigation, and biohazard and pathogen remediation. SERVPRO’s professional service network of more than 2,000 individually owned and operated franchises spans the United States and Canada, responding to property damage emergencies large and small – from million-square-foot commercial facilities to individual homes. When disaster strikes, homeowners, business owners, and major insurance companies alike rely on SERVPRO® to make it “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO® Team Bowen
In 1977, Barry and Beth Bowen decided to follow their passion for service to others with their careers and set out on a mission to build a reputable and respected property damage restoration company in Tuscaloosa, AL. Having grown up entrenched in the family business, it was no surprise when the current owners, Bruce and Brian Bowen, took over in 2004. Now based in Montgomery, AL., the Bowen Team has franchise locations in Montgomery, AL., Norcross, GA., Charleston, SC., and Charlotte, NC. Today, due to their continued dedication and hard work, we are a leader and trusted name in mitigation, remediation, restoration, reconstruction, and premier cleaning throughout Southeast and U.S.
Our team has more than a century of combined restoration experience. Each team member is equipped with unique and practical skills to excel in every project and exceed the expectations of our customers. Furthermore, we have an extensive inventory of restoration equipment designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of every facet of mitigation and reconstruction for damaged homes and businesses that we serve, no matter how big or how small.
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How Weather Alerts Can Help You Stay Safe From Storms | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
If you suspect any damage to your home from a recent storm, call SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville.
In our country, there are 42 different kinds of weather alerts that are used for various events across seven categories. During a storm, you won’t have much time to read through paragraphs about what each alert means because you’re preparing for what could be a dangerous storm.
By knowing what a warning, watch or advisory means for each event, you can be more prepared for the damage that they might cause. In addition to understanding the alert system, there are steps you can take to keep your home safer from damage as well.
It’s good for everyone to know about the various kinds of weather events, but it’s crucial to learn the specific risks that we face here in North Lawrenceville.How Alerts Are Issued
Are you aware of how our weather alert system works? You’re probably aware that forecasts are just predictions based on what information we can gather, but how do they know the strength and location of a storm being monitored?
The National Weather Service handles weather forecasts and issues warning for locations that are at risk of being affected by extreme weather. Throughout the United States, there are six regional offices that provide coverage for almost everyone in the country, along with hundreds of local offices. Our area is covered by the Southern Regional headquarters.
The NWS takes extreme weather very seriously, employing scientists and meteorologists that collect data from satellites, sensors and seismic activity to develop the best forecasts. The type of instrumentation used changes based on the severity of the event, but the goal is always to be thorough and accurate.The Most Important Alerts to Understand
The most basic principle that everyone should know is the difference between a “watch” and a “warning.” These two terms are used in practically every weather alert, including tornadoes, thunderstorms, winter storms and flooding.
A watch is telling you to prepare because a storm that’s coming your way has the potential to become dangerous. These alerts will cover multiple counties and are intended to keep everyone aware of what might happen.
A warning is a sign that danger is closing in and that you should take immediate measures to protect your home and family from destruction. These alerts are going to be issued in smaller areas, like singular counties or cities.
You should also be aware of the weather common in our community of Lawrenceville so that you can understand the types of alerts that are frequently issued for us. We often see thunderstorms that come down over the mountains and hang around for extended periods of time. This is due to our mountainous region, which also flows all rainwater toward our cities and homes.Protecting Your Home During a Storm
Staying in touch with local officials and knowing what our common weather alerts mean is the best way to be prepared and stay safe during extreme weather. However, you can take steps prior to the arrival of the storm that can help reduce the damage to your home.
Clearing your gutters and securing your outdoor furniture are two relatively simple steps that can prevent damage. Clogged gutters can allow rainwater to pile up and flood your home, while outdoor furniture can be lifted and thrown into your walls or windows during a storm.
You should also create a location inside the home for everyone to take shelter if need be. Make sure to pack extra clothes, water, food and flashlights in case of a power outage.
When the storm is gone, be sure to take photos of all the damage, and call us at SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville. We’re ready day or night to be there for you.
As we said before, knowing about the weather common in our region can help you be more prepared for the risks we often face. Learn the various alerts used, and keep your home well-maintained so the next storm has less chance of affecting you.
Experienced storm damage to your home or property? Contact us today for a quick response!
We Can Get You Back on Your Feet When Severe Weather Strikes | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
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
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
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
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 24⁄7 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, 24⁄7.
Follow These Simple Steps for Better Fire Prevention | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
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, 24⁄7.