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The Impact of a Flood on Your Home | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Impact of Water loss Flooding and water losses to your home

There are many disasters homeowners must be aware of that can occur, but flooding is one of the often-overlooked events. With the rate of flooding on the rise, though, homeowners are wise to be aware of its effects.

Many scenarios can lead to a flood and flood damaged can be multifaceted. To provide you with an overview, we have compiled a list of common damage types to allow homeowners to be better prepared.

The Ways Flooding Affects Homes

Foundational Damage. The foundation of a home sets upon the soil, which can move and swell in unpredictable ways when it becomes saturated with a high volume of floodwater. This can cause the foundation to shift unevenly, leading to problems within the home’s structure.

Drywall Damage and Mold. Drywall that has been damaged by a flood will often lose its structural integrity, but that is not a clear indicator of what has been impacted. Any panels that you believe have come into contact with floodwaters should be replaced due to how well drywall can hide mold.

Insulation Saturation. A home’s insulation resides within the walls and ceiling, but if the drywall becomes soaked through, the insulation can, too. Most insulation is highly absorbent, which will not only reduce its effectiveness but also encourage mold to grow within the walls.

Temporary Frame Swelling. A house’s frame is one of the most structurally integral elements, and because they are typically constructed from solid lumber, they are not particularly vulnerable to flood damage. Once the swelling of the wood resides, they will typically remain intact after a flood.

Appliance Ruining. The appliance types with insulation will typically have to be replaced after a flood as they are vulnerable to water exposure. However, not every appliance is constructed the same way, meaning a professional should be able to evaluate the situation and give you guidance on what to keep and what to discard.

Furniture Damage. Solid, non-porous furniture such as metal and wood pieces can generally survive a flood following a thorough cleaning. However, upholstered furniture is often difficult to completely dry, presenting health concerns if it has become saturated with floodwater.

Business Owners Water Damage

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded Office Business Owners and Flood Preparations | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

For business owners, one of the most important things they can do when practicing preparedness is to prepare for every type of disaster. Even if you are not in a known flood plain, considering that natural disasters involve flooding a majority of the time, it is wise to consider the possibility and plan for it.

While planning for a flood is similar to planning for other disasters, there are also flood-specific considerations to keep in mind. By taking care of these things before an emergency situation begins, business owners can prepare themselves to reopen more quickly after a disaster.

What You Should Know About Flood Preparations

In disaster planning, it is important to ensure you are considering all possibilities and planning well for possible scenarios. Here are some helpful tips to get you started:

  • Research flood maps such as the one from FEMA’s, which will allow you to find your location and further understand your risks.
  • Determine a secondary location to store copies of all your documents, making sure it is secure both against flooding and theft.
  • Get organized by using OSHA’s guidelines to create an official emergency action plan for training purposes.
  • Plan disaster drills regularly so staff has a chance to practice evacuation.
  • Be educated about your insurance coverage, as many companies require flood insurance to be a separate policy.
  • Plan for what to do if you are stranded until help arrives, and consider making an emergency kit.
  • Elevate computers on high shelves if possible.
Keeping Documents Secure

It is important to copy your essential business documents and keep them in a secure location. Be sure to include essential papers such as:

  • The outline of actions to take as you work toward reopening
  • A list of suppliers, vendors and any other colleagues that should be contacted
  • Details regarding your general and flood-specific insurance coverage
  • An instruction manual for recovering files from computer backups
  • Relevant financial documents, such as lease agreements, bank records, etc.

If your business has experienced a flood, we are always here to help. Call us 247 to get our team of professionals to your business quickly so you can get back on track.

The Hidden Places Water Can Accumulate | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

Water behind baseboards and walls How Water finds places to accumulate that are not easy to see or find. Let the professionals find it

Water damage sometimes occurs after heavy rains, but this is not the only thing that can cause it. Many issues around the house can give rise to water damage, often manifesting in secluded areas of the home.

Discovering water damage is not only inconvenient, but it is also costly. Many homeowners’ insurance policies do not consider water damage claims, and for those that do, claims are generally over $6,000. Understanding the hidden places where water can accumulate will go a long way in protecting homeowners.

Where Water Damage Might Lurk

  • Under windows. The deterioration of a window’s exterior seal can allow water to leak into the wall, causing damage that goes unnoticed until it is severe.

  • Under siding. The various overlapping points of siding panels can become leaky if not sealed properly, causing damage to the exterior walls underneath.

  • Under door thresholds. Exterior doors often have a metal base plate, which serves to protect the wood but not weatherproof it. If it is often exposed to water, the wood underneath can become soggy and weak.

  • Between exterior paint. The exterior pieces of a home that are painted many times are extremely susceptible to water damage given that moisture can seep in between the layers.

  • Under the dishwasher. Dishwashers can leak from a number of places, and this combined with the fact that they are rarely moved can be a recipe for hidden water damage.

  • Inside interior walls. Around bathrooms and kitchens, leaky pipes can begin to cause damage to the walls they are within.

  • Beneath an unstable toilet. A toilet’s seal can become worn and leaky, which is typically only noticed when the toilet itself becomes unsteady due to the water-damaged flooring.

If your home has suffered water damage (even in a hidden place like one of these), we are happy to help! Give us a call right away, and we’ll get there quickly.

Things You Should Know About Water Damage | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Water is vital for our survival, but it can also turn into a highly destructive force when conditions are right.

There are many possible ways water can damage your property—how many of them are you familiar with?

The Deal With Water Damage

During a six-year span from 2009 to 2015, The Travelers Companies Inc. found that the five most common causes of home claims were:

  • Exterior wind damage
  • Non-weather-related water damage
  • Hail
  • Weather-related water damage
  • Theft

As you can see, water damage appears on this list twice, but in two different ways. You can classify water damage as non-weather-related and weather-related.

Damage not caused by weather will be the most common and is generally caused by plumbing and appliance problems. Water damage caused by the weather can be as damaging but is not as common. This type of damage is caused by rain, snow and ice melt.

The most popular reasons for water damage in your home are malfunctioning plumbing, appliances that leak, insufficient water pipes, aged water heaters and, of course, weather.

Intervening to Prevent Water Damage

You already know that water damage is very expensive, now can you imagine if none of it was covered by your homeowners insurance? It’s best practice to review your policy so that you know exactly what is covered. Covered in a standard policy are:

  • Damages caused by winter weather
  • Water from discharge and overflow, including accidental
  • Disintegrating or damaged pipes for a steam heating system
  • Frozen plumbing

Luckily, preventing some water damage conditions is possible—this means less muss and fuss for you.

Make use of these preventive maintenance ideas and you can help keep your home as dry as possible:

  • Hire a plumber to install back flow valves and standpipes in basement drains.
  • Raise your appliances and personal items up off the basement floor.
  • Clean all gutters and downspouts.
  • Never place grease down the kitchen drain.

By following some of these suggestions, you will be taking positive steps to protect your property.

Water damage can be a nightmare to deal with, but fortunately, you will always have SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville on your side to help with the cleanup and restoration process.

Readying Your Home for a Flood | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Worrying about a flood is typically not on a homeowner’s to-do list, but considering 90% of natural disasters include some form of flooding, it is important for homeowners to know how to prepare even if they do not live on a historic floodplain.

How to Prepare Your Household for a Flood

The damage from floods can be devastating for homeowners, but with some advanced planning, it can be lessened. These precautions will help you [protect your home from flood damage]]( and keep your family safe:

Raise hazardous materials. Any liquids that contain hazardous chemicals should be elevated to prevent spills into the water. Substances like antifreeze or coolant can make the floodwater toxic and even lead to fires in some cases.

Anchor propane and fuel tanks. A rushing current can easily carry away a fuel or propane tank, even if it is mostly full. Secure them safely to prevent creating an explosion risk.

Prepare appliances. Bricks or cinder blocks can be utilized under refrigerators and dishwashers to keep their motors and internal workings from getting hit with water.

Turn off electricity. Water and electricity do not mix, even if you think it is unlikely to rise to the levels of electrical outlets. Cut the breaker off in any rooms that may be at risk.

Elevate valuables. Family memories cannot be replaced, but important documents might be very difficult to get reissued as well. Passports, social security cards and any precious items should be protected or kept off-site.

Discuss emergency procedures. Educate your household about what to do in the event of a disaster. Keep emergency food and water on hand, and know the evacuation procedures in your area.

Keeping your home and family safe is what’s most important during a disaster. By taking advance precautions and understanding evacuation procedures ahead of time, homeowners can help to protect their home from extensive water damage and keep their family safe from harm as well.

If you’ve experienced water damage due to a flood or other causes, SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville is here to help. Our technicians are fully trained in water remediation, and our 247 Emergency Line means we’ll be there for you when you call.

Why Clean-up Professionals Should Be One of Your First Calls After a Pipe Break

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

One of the hardest parts of suffering water damage in your home is the loss of personal belongings and your home’s contents. You may have years of accumulated furnishings, clothing, and other items belonging to family members that you don’t want to say goodbye to. 

Why Call Professionals Early On?

As part of a pipe burst cleanup effort, you may be surprised what a sewer cleanup company in North Lawrenceville can do to save the contents of your home. Getting professionals on board as soon as possible will offer you the best chance of salvaging much of your property.

What Special Services Can They Offer?

A broken pipe can happen for a variety of reasons, and the ensuing chaos can be overwhelming. Calling a professional emergency restoration service can make things go more smoothly than you ever imagined. They can help find and eliminate the source of the flooding and get the ball rolling much faster toward mitigating damage and beginning the cleaning up your home. They will have powerful extraction equipment and large fans to help dry out rugs and floors, minimizing water damage. Pipe burst cleanup can entail dehumidification equipment to reduce the potential for mold and bacteria and ozone equipment to remove more bacteria and odors. Wallboard and structural elements will also be dried out and salvaged where possible.

Can They Save Your Belongings?

A sewer cleanup company will understand that your home and belongings are important to you and will work to ensure that as much as possible can be restored to usefulness. Because it is a clean water source, personal content can, in many cases be dried, cleaned and restored to their proper place in the home. Fabric items can be laundered and hard surfaces can be cleaned and disinfected.

So when a pipe leak or flood happens in your home, call in trained professionals as soon as possible to deal with your pipe burst cleanup. They can help meet insurance requirements and salvage much of your content, getting your life back up and running before you know it.

Plans for Traveling

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

We have all been there, anxiously awaiting our planned vacations to commence. Whether heading to the beach for our summer vacation, home for the holidays or just the short weekend "get away" for some much needed R&R, it is an exciting time.

However, before you depart and leave your home vacant for any period of time, you may want to consider doing some preventative maintenance to insure you don't arrive home nice and relaxed but with a mess on your hands.

First, check all the supply lines to items such as toilets, refrigerators and fittings on dishwashers and washers. Second, you may want to consider turning off the water to your home to prevent a serious water leak.

Lastly, remember SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville  is here to assist you in any situation so if you should arrive home and find that the unthinkable has occurred, call us at (678) 376 - 5515 - 24/7. Our trained technicians will make it seem like "it never even happened" 

Impacts of Water Losses

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

Accidents occur, it is part of life. When water accidents happen, be it from an overflowing sink or bathtub, just cleaning up the water is not enough. Usually it is the water you don't see that causes the problem and creates a larger headache in the future.

While mitigating surface water is imperative and prevents more extensive damage, those water intrusions can find there way to cracks in floors, ceiling and walls and to the lowest point of your home. It is this water, searching for the low point that if not addressed, can result in greater damage.

No loss is to small for SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville at 678-376-5515 immediately. Our trained professionals will mitigate the situation quickly and prevent further damage.

Freezing Temps

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Depending on where you reside, frozen temperatures can be a common occurrence or an infrequent event. What is common however, is the impact homeowners experience when broken pipes  result in a flooded residence and the adverse impact it can have.

Fortunately, there are some simple steps that can be taken to limit potential damages. The first is to leave water running (both hot and cold) in one of your inside rooms. The amount of water left "on" is minimal and should only amount to a trickle. Other housekeeping items to complete include insuring outside water lines (such as outside faucets, in ground sprinkler systems, etc.) should be drained and turned off.  Lastly, any pipes that are exposed should be insulated (or re-insulated) to be protected. Additionally, move any plants "inside" along with pets to prevent harm.

Finally, keep the number to SERVPRO handy (678 376-5515) in case something does go wrong. Remember we are here to insure it looks like "IT NEVER EVEN HAPPENED".

Unseen Effects of Water Damage

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Accidents happen all of the time, whether it be from an overflowing sink, bathtub, or toilet, you get up the water and you think you're in the clear. Its the water that you don't see that can cause issues for you down the line.

Removing surface water can help prevent more extensive damage. However, water intrusions can invade floors, ceilings, and walls to find the lowest point in your home. The standing water searches for any pinholes or cracks in the floors and walls while traveling downward. This allows water to get into the interior of the home, and if not addressed, could cause further damage.

Even if the loss appears small in the beginning, call SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville, 678-376-5515, as soon as you've had a water loss. This will allow our trained professionals to mitigate the situation and prevent further damage from occurring. 

Impacts of Water Losses

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Whether the leak is large or small there is no such thing as a small disaster within your home or business. Not only is our stated motto "Like it never even happened." our goal at SERVPRO Of North Lawrenceville is to minimize all inconvenience to you during this stressful time by being mindful and aware of the impact and needs of our clients.

Left untreated, water damage can result is a variety of damage.This is especially true with water that could contain mold or bacteria. Unseen damage, usually caused by unseen leaks, can create larger claims later on. By responding quickly, your SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville professionals can help you regain control of the situation quickly and help you protect your home or business from further damage.

So, before attempting to clean up any damage yourself, contact SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville at 678-376-5515 and let their trained professionals assist you.

Water Damage in Lawrenceville

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Your water loss in your Lawrenceville home can start out small. It may have started with a leaky faucet, or a small mishap in your bathroom or kitchen. Water travels fast however. What happens to the water you don't get up with a towel or a wet/dry vacuum? Water can travel underneath your flooring, go behind cabinetry, and even go inside walls. 

Don't worry though because help is on the way. At SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville, we have trained professionals who are able to detect where the water has traveled and come up with the best way to assist you with drying out your home. So before you attempt to clean up the water yourself, or just stop after you have gotten the surface water up, call SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville to assist you. 

Undiscovered Leaks in your Business

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

Undiscovered leaks and moisture build up can cause damage to floors walls and ceilings of your Lawrenceville business, leading to soft dry wall, stained ceiling tiles, and other more serious problems. Although the damage may go unnoticed for an extended period of time, proper cleanup is vital to the restoration of your property and equipment.

Thermal Imaging equipment, provided by participating Franchises only, can detect even the smallest amounts of moisture within your building. After locating the water damage, SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville professionals are trained in water extraction and drying to help you get back to business.

Serving commercial properties for over 35 years, SERVPRO will help you protect your business from further damage due to water. Contact SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville 24 hours a day at 678-376-5515.

Faster to your Lawrenceville Water Damage Event

9/21/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 678-376-5515

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville

SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Lawrenceville 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

9/21/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone 24/7 Ready to Help! Call Today - 678-376-5515

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville

SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Suffering from a Flooded Basement in Lawrenceville? Call SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville Today!

4/18/2016 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Lawrenceville basement could flood, including:

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe

  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home

  • Storm sewer backup

  • Sanitary sewer backup

  • Foundation drainage failure

  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure

  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 678-376-5515

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s definitely worth making a call to SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week

  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies

  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About

  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques

  • We use the s500 IICRC Restoration Standards

  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today - We're Ready To Help 678-376-5515

Late night flooded basement

2/26/2016 (Permalink)

This Lawrenceville home had their basement flooded late one Saturday night. This picture shows some of the affected area after the crew began the mitigation.

SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville was on the scene that night and worked through into Sunday morning. No matter when disaster strikes SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville will be there for you.