Recent Storm Damage Posts

The 3 Main Types of Storm Damage | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

8/17/2022 (Permalink)

a large lightning strike off in the distance of a dark sky When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, make SERVPRO® of North Lilburn your first call.

Severe storms are every homeowner’s worst nightmare. While many modern homes are designed to withstand the effects of an extreme weather event, almost every home or property will see some level of damage when wild storms come through town.

Violent winds and wind-related disasters can blow debris all over the region, as well as cause freezing rains, snowstorms, lightning and flash floods, varying by the season and the storm—all pose a significant risk to your property and the structure of your home.

Depending on the type of storm and events occurring, your house may be exposed to varying levels of damage. Many factors come into play in determining the level of potential damage, including the landscape around your property, the geography of the region and the quality of your home’s foundation or building materials. (We admit, there’s also an element of luck involved.

You should make an effort to learn about general storm safety, and more specifically, the ones we see here in Georgia. In our state, we see between 54 and 90 thunderstorm days on average yearly. This means that one in five days of the week will be filled with high winds, heavy rainfall and potentially even damaging hail.

It’s never safe to stay put in a home that has been damaged from a storm unless safety experts clear you to do so. Many types of damage will be immediately visible, but you should always follow proper protocols to avoid any further disaster.

Let’s take a look at the three main kinds of storm damage so that you can be better prepared for them:

Wind

This type of destruction occurs when buildings are exposed to strong gusts of wind that blow at insanely high velocities. Tornadoes and hurricanes are the most common sources of intense winds, but even thunderstorms can cause winds of up to 100 mph.

Strong winds can pick up debris left on your property and fling it into your vehicles or your home, and the wind itself can also rip shingles off the roof and siding off the house. When storms roll through, it’s important to stay inside, away from any windows or external walls in case glass breaks or the walls are punctured by debris.

You can also take steps before the storm arrives to prevent excessive damage due to wind. Keep your property clear of any limbs, large rocks, untethered furniture or dying trees so that you can limit the amount of debris a storm has to work with.

Water

Damage from water is an extremely common occurrence both during and after a storm. Heavy downpours during even a minor storm can allow water to accumulate outside your home, which then leaks through the seals on your doors and windows.

When the amount of water is substantial enough, it can even seep into your foundation and cause serious structural damage.

In order to limit the amount of destruction that water can cause to your property, consider utilizing special landscaping techniques that allow water to flow away from your home rather than collect next to it. You can also install a rain garden, which is a beautiful way to brighten up your yard and prevent all that rainwater from causing a big problem.

Additionally, you should always keep your gutters clean so that they can work as designed and keep the weight of water off your roof. Clogged gutters can allow water to pool and push its way inside your home from the top, leaking its way down to ground level.

Impact

“Impact damage” is another common type of storm damage that can have catastrophic outcomes on your home. This damage is seen in the form of fallen trees or debris being blown by strong winds into your home. Essentially, impact damage encompasses any damage caused by an object that hits (or impacts) your house or property.

The single best way to avoid this kind of disaster is to trim trees around your home and make sure any dying tree is removed, instead of Mother Nature bringing it down on your house.

Weather-related disasters caused over $145 billion in damages in 2021 in the United States alone. These tips could help you save countless amounts of time and money and can keep your household safer by avoiding these frequent disasters before they begin.

If you do experience storm damage, you should give SERVPRO of North Lilburn a call right away. Our restoration experts come equipped with industry-leading technology and years of experience handling every kind of disaster.

When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get your storm damage restoration started faster.

SERVPRO® Is Your Silent Business Partner | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

a workspace and cubicle showing signs of water damage SERVPRO® of North Lilburn is your local commercial restoration expert. Contact us today should you experience any damage.

Keeping a business going requires all the help you can get. When you own a business or manage a property, you know you need every hand available in order to keep things running smoothly. A major disruption to your company or a loss can be devastating.

The good news is that your retail space, rental property or manufacturing facility has a silent built-in partner right here in your backyard. SERVPRO is locally owned and are prepared to carry the burden of emergency planning and deep-cleaning for you. It’s like having an ally that is invested in your business and your business success plan.

Large loss recovery. Among the top reasons businesses suffer losses are natural disasters such as fire, storms and flooding. These events have caused crushing financial damages across the United States, something we have certainly felt in Georgia after a tornado has swept through. SERVPRO offers highly trained professionals who are ready to respond 24⁄7 with proven emergency recovery methods. We can reduce the time you are away from your business and get your company back on track.

Emergency Ready Plan. There is never a wrong time to plan, and when you have a clear emergency plan, your recovery time begins long before a natural disaster or other catastrophe strikes. We can write a plan tailored specifically to your company’s needs that can include everything from alternate work locations to temporary vendors and a detailed chain of command. Our plans are ready when you say go, keeping your company moving forward no matter what you may face.

Cleaning of all kinds. While you may know us as the disaster professionals, SERVPRO has been cleaning for a long time. Our professional cleaning service goes deeper than traditional cleaning services and covers your business from floor to ceiling. Whether you have general cleaning needs like carpets or high traffic areas, or specialty needs like trauma site cleanup and safe biohazard removal, we can clean it all.

Restoration services. Storms in Georgia can get severe pretty quickly, which can lead to flooding or a burst pipe in an extreme temperature drop. Or maybe your new coworker tried to make a nice warm lunch and caused a fire in the office kitchen. As a business owner or property manager, you will run into a variety of reasons for needing restoration services, and we can cover them all. SERVPRO of North Lilburn can remove water or reconstruct any damage that may have been done.

Industry specialization. SERVPRO has been around a long time, and we have studied all the ins and outs of the commercial enterprises around our area. We have learned all the unique needs that can occur and there isn’t a business we can’t help. In many cases, we can even restore an area while you keep your business moving, and in our small towns, we know how important keeping a company running can be.

Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.

Stay Safe During Storms By Following Local Alerts | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

a red and white severe weather alert sign If you suspect any damage to your home from a recent storm, call SERVPRO® of North Lilburn.

Our national weather service utilizes 42 different kinds of weather alerts, divided into seven distinct categories. This amount of information can be overwhelming for the average person, especially while you’re battening down the hatches for a potentially dangerous storm!

By understanding the difference between a warning, advisory and other alerts, you can spend less time trying to interpret the alert and more time getting ready for what’s coming. In addition, you can take steps to protect your home and property from storms before they arrive.

Everyone should have a foundation of knowledge about weather and the risks that every event can inflict. However, it’s most important to be aware of the weather that’s most likely to impact us here in Lilburn.

How Alerts Are Issued

Before discussing what each alert means, we should talk about how they are used. A weather forecast is merely a prediction as we all know, so what tells us how severe, the specific locations and duration of a storm is? Well, that’s complicated, but there are multiple factors that can affect this.

The National Weather Service is responsible for weather forecasting and consequently issuing any necessary warnings. The NWS headquarters receives data from six regional offices, along with hundreds of sub-offices that can do highly localized predictions and alerts. We are covered by the Southern Region headquarters.

The NWS employs scientists, astronomers and meteorologists who work as a collective to gather data and create forecasts for each region. These men and women use information from satellite radars, weather tower sensors, ocean currents, and solar flare activity from the sun.

All of this data allows the National Weather Service to make fairly accurate predictions that can and do save lives each year.

The Most Important Alerts to Understand

The most basic knowledge that everyone should have is the key differences between “watches” and “warnings” for any kind of weather event. These terms are used frequently with thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding.

When a watch is issued, this is a sign to start prepping for the incoming storm. These alerts mean that a storm could potentially be dangerous to people in your area. Watches will typically cover multiple counties, as they want everyone in the region to be ready for a disaster.

warning is issued in smaller zones that may cover a single city or county. These alerts are red flags, meaning that danger is on its way, and you should take immediate measures to protect your home and family.

You should also be aware of the weather that we commonly see here in Georgia, and Lilburn specifically. Because of the mountainous region, storms seem to drop in from the sky and collect for days and weeks at a time. We see flooding frequently in this area because of how our geography flows rainwater right through our cities when the creeks overflow.

Protecting Your Home During a Storm

Obviously, knowing what weather alerts mean is the best way to stay safe from severe weather. But there are a few things that you can do to mitigate the damage dealt to your home and property.

Clearing your gutters and securing your outdoor furniture are two very simple tasks you can complete before a storm arrives to help prevent flooding or destruction from debris.

It’s also a smart idea to create a safe zone inside your home with nonperishable food, water and an emergency exit plan for your family if things turn south.

Once the storm has passed, take pictures of any damage that your home may have suffered, and call us at SERVPRO of North Lilburn right away. We are proud to offer 247 availability so that we can be there to begin your restoration process immediately.

As you learn more about the weather we see in this community, the better prepared you can be for severe events. Learn what the commonly issued alerts for our community mean so that you can choose the next course of action to stay safe and keep your home standing.

Experienced storm damage to your home or property? Contact us today for a quick response!

Where to Shelter When a Storm Catches You Off Guard | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

multiple bright lightning strikes in the dark night sky The storm season is officially here. SERVPRO® of North Lilburn is here to help you navigate through any disaster.

Severe weather is a frightening thing no matter when it happens. Torrential rains, high winds and threats of hail are never pleasant, but if you are safely at home and near your emergency shelter area, it is much less frightening than if you are out and about. Unfortunately, the weather can be unpredictable and as such, can turn severe with little notice.

If severe weather begins to become a threat, it is important to get to a safe shelter as quickly as possible—but how do you determine what the safest option is? Below, we will go through some common scenarios for how you can stay as safe as possible no matter where you are when a storm strikes.

Determining the Safest Option When Sheltering From Severe Weather

Find indoor shelter when possible. If at all possible, it is best to be indoors if there is severe weather around. A shopping mall, store or gas station can be a good solution if you are in a populated area. If there is no building around, being in your car is safer than being outside, but avoid touching anything metal or using the electronics in the vehicle.

Get to low ground. If you are stuck outdoors, try to move to lower ground when possible. Lightning is the biggest threat, and it tends to seek out the highest area possible. Crouching down in an area that is low-lying and unexposed, such as a ditch, is the best strategy. Avoid being near tall objects, such as electrical towers, trees or light poles, if at all possible.

Follow the 30/30 rule. The 30/30 rule is a good rule of thumb in case a thunderstorm catches you outdoors. This states that you should stay in your shelter if thunder and lightning strikes are less than 30 seconds apart, and you should stay sheltered for 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder sounds.

Stay out of a crowd. If you are with a group of people when a storm becomes a threat, be sure to spread out from one another—that way you are less of a target for lightning strikes.

If you have damage to your home due to a storm, we are here to help. Get in touch today to learn more about our restoration process or report damage 24/7.

Are You Prepared for Severe Storms? | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

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

Extreme weather is not only dangerous, it’s scary, too—and rightfully so. Severe storms can cause lightning, winds, hail and intense rain that can bring about flash flooding.

All of these events can cause serious property damage and increase your personal risk of damage. Plus, considering that there are around 100,000 thunderstorms throughout the United States every year, these events occur frequently in pretty much every part of the country.

In Georgia, we face almost every kind of natural disaster imaginable. The rainfall and humidity are a constant bother, combined with the risk of flooding due to all of the creeks and rivers. In fact, this latest bunch of storms brought down trees and power lines, and damaged the roads in Lilburn recently.

No one can actually control the weather, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared for it. There are numerous steps you can take, from building emergency kits to formulating a strategy for when disaster strikes. It’s important to take steps, whether small or large, so you can be prepared for dangerous storms and hopefully reduce the impact they have on you.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

First, it is important to know the difference between watches and warnings so you aren’t caught off-guard by a storm that you didn’t even know was coming.

It’s important to keep the lines of communication open with everyone in your immediate family or household. Beyond that, making sure that your phone and emergency radio are charged can help you stay up to date with the local authorities.

It’s always smart to have a backup plan, and this includes your phone. Keep your battery fully charged because storms often knock out power that can last for hours or days. It’s also a good idea to keep batteries and a battery-operated NOAA weather radio on hand.

Along with ensuring communication between your family and the local authorities, it’s important to have a plan for your home as well. Selecting and preparing a safe area in your home (basement, bathroom, ideally center of the house with no windows). On top of that, you should create a plan for communication in case not everyone is home during the storms.

Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit

Packing an emergency kit can seem daunting, but you just need to fill it with the essentials that your family might need over a 72-hour period. It’s a good idea to include nonperishable foods, plenty of clean water, working flashlights, backup batteries and first-aid supplies in the event that someone is injured.

Having all of these things readily available can save you a ton of trouble when you most need it.

Your Severe Weather Aftermath Checklist

When the severe weather has passed, you should audit your safety plan, make changes to it based on the situation and analyze your home for any damages. Once it is safe to do so, check your property for damage.

You will want to keep a close eye on your roof and seals around windows and doors, as these are areas where water damage is most likely.

In the unfortunate event that you do find damage, it’s important to know who to call. Knowing that you have a local team of restoration professionals like SERVPRO of North Lilburn, you can rest easier during severe storms. When damage happens, call us immediately and we’ll jump into action right away!

Once you have checked with your family and everyone is safe, reevaluating your safety plan is a good idea. Go through what worked, what didn’t and what could be improved to keep everyone safer. Doing the same thing with your emergency kit can help you be better prepared for when those storm clouds come through your area.

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

Prepare in Advance for Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

Yellow sign that says "stormy weather ahead" If you suspect storm damage from a storm, contact us. Our team is eager to offer quick assistance to start the restoration process.

It is difficult to know if a storm that is forecasted to move through an area will be severe enough to cause damage before it arrives. Storms—as well as the damage they cause—can vary wildly, which is why we always recommend taking an approach grounded in advanced preparation to remain as safe as possible.

By taking steps to protect your home, you can be certain that no matter what type of storm moves through your area, you are as protected as possible.

Prepare your home as much as possible. Though the nature of storm damage might seem erratic, by doing some preparation work in advance to protect your property, you can ensure you are taking the right steps to mitigate any possible damages. Trimming back any dead or overhanging trees is a great start, as is securing any objects that could possibly become loose during a storm. Many homeowners also have whole-home generators installed, allowing for utility usage if your power is out.

Create a family communications plan. When your family is all at home when severe weather is forecasted to come through the area, you can move as a group to your designated sheltering area and be certain you are all safe. However, if a storm catches one or more of your family members while they are out and about, it is important to have a communications plan so you can check in and be certain that everyone is safe.

Make sure your emergency kit is stocked. The best thing you can do to be prepared for any emergency is to have an emergency kit in your home, and storms are no exception. Your emergency kit can house everything your family might need, both during the storm and after the fact. Items like flashlights, batteries, first aid supplies, food and water are all good to keep on-hand just in case.

Consider getting a weather radio. Having cell phones has made it much easier to receive emergency weather alerts no matter where you are, but in case of severe weather, it is always good to have a backup such as a weather radio. Storms can cause power outages and even knock out cell towers, so having a weather radio that is either powered by replaceable batteries or a manual system is smart.

If your home is damaged by a storm, you can depend on us to take care of any damages. Contact us at any hour to report damage and receive a rapid response.

What Is the Danger of a Flash Flood? | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

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There is so much danger surrounding severe weather, but few things present more hazards than flash flooding. For weather events, floods are the second most dangerous condition that could occur in the country, and flash floods create the most hazardous scenarios of all.

When a flash flood becomes possible, it can be extremely dangerous to anyone who finds themselves in its way. For this reason, we always encourage people to know the facts about flash floods ahead of time so they can create a safety plan and take action in the event o danger.

How Flash Floods Become So Dangerous

Floods are always dangerous and quite serious, but with flash floods, they carry even more hazard due to the element of surprise. Flash floods must start within six hours after a heavy rain by definition, but in many incidents, they start in under three. This creates a rapid situation where people in the path of the flood must quickly get out of its way.

Stay Aware of Flash Flood Warnings

Having a reliable way to receive local weather alerts is so important if severe weather is possible, especially if there is the potential for a flash flood. If you see that a flash flood watch is issued, stay alert and stay tuned.

A flash flood warning is far more serious, meaning you should execute your safety plan quickly. For a flash flood emergency, it is important to do everything you can to get to higher ground.

How to Evacuate a Flash Flood Safely

Because of how frightening it can be to discover that a flash flood is on the way, it is so important that you know the safety tips beforehand so you can make better choices under pressure.

  • Sign up for local weather alerts and be sure you stay tuned if severe weather is possible.
  • Plan and practice your household evacuation plan.
  • Do not attempt to cross a flooded pathway or road.
  • Avoid contact with any floodwater.
  • Be aware of several evacuation routes in case your main one becomes flooded.

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.

Restoring Your Belongings after Storm Damage | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® water damage graphic Storms threaten our peace of mind and our homes. Click here to learn about how SERVPRO® of North Lilburn can restore your belongings and serve you.

For many of us home is everything. However, storms threaten our homes in more ways than one. Not only does a storm threaten your home’s structure, but the quality of your belongings and keepsakes. Our restoration services can help you save money and give you back your peace of mind by preserving your precious belongings.

Nowadays, we hold many of our memories and keepsakes digitally on our computers, phones, family videotape, and more. Please note that water-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard so do not attempt to operate any of them in the wake of water damage. Let us coordinate the restoration of your electronics for you!

First, we will clean the outside of your electronic devices to help stop any further corrosion and damage. From there, a qualified electronics technician will clean and inspect the electronic devices.

More traditionally, valuable documents like wedding certificates and photographs make our house a home. Extreme caution must be taken with items like these because they can be delicate and easy to destroy. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage condition, SERVPRO® of North Lilburn may be able to save a great deal of them and help minimize further damage. Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, we have five options for the restoration process: air-drying, dehumidification, freezer drying, vacuum freeze-drying, and vacuum thermal drying.

If you have storm or water damage anywhere in your home you can count on us to help. You can contact us at any hour of the day to learn more about our services or to report damages.

Ramping Up Your Spring Storm Safety at Home | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Stormy weather If you experience any property damage from spring storms, contact SERVPRO® of North Lilburn.

This year’s cold, wet winter is quickly coming to an end. Even in Georgia, where winters are typically mild, it’s easy to get spring fever during these long, dreary pandemic winter days.

So, if you’re thrilled to turn the page in February and start March with dreams of a warm spring afternoon filling your head, no one can blame you. It’s a great time to start planning new projects. For you, that might mean you want to create a vegetable garden or redo your landscaping.

Or maybe you like to spend the spring hiking or enjoying the outdoors before summer’s heat sends you back inside.

Spring is an enjoyable season, but like any season, it also brings some hazards for homeowners to manage. When it comes to this season, healthy and severe thunderstorms are always a concern.

While we don’t have the ability to make a storm take a different path around our home, we take steps to make our homes as safe and secure as possible, so they’re in good shape if a severe storm hits.

Projects to Do This Spring

Add these items to your project list this spring.

Cut and remove tree branches and limbs that need it. Limbs and branches that hang over your garage or home can be a hazard during storms. You can keep them from falling on your roof by cutting them down.

Declutter your gutters. We talk about the importance of this project every season. Keep your drains clean so that the water around your home is moving in the right direction instead of backing up and causing water damage.

Repair your roof.If you can check your roof to be sure it doesn’t have any missing shingles. Look for signs of a leak, too.

Make sure your home’s sump pump works. Not every family has one of these (or needs it), but it’s important to be sure it’s working correctly before your house goes through a rainy spring.

Don’t let items around your home become hazards. Be sure your patio furniture or other similar things don’t become tools for the wind to damage your home.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damage to your home, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

Quickly Getting to Safety if a Storm Starts Suddenly | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning strike Have you been affected by a storm event? SERVPRO® of North Lilburn is available 24/7 and ready to assist you with any storm damage.

If you are enjoying a clear summer day, you may not even consider the possibility that the weather can turn sour—but clear skies can be deceiving. Storms thrive off of heat and humidity, so sudden pop-ups can occur with little notice and leave people desperate to find shelter.

Fortunately, there are many options for sheltering safely from a summer storm so you can be better prepared no matter where you are.

Be Prepared for a Storm No Matter Where You Are

Know your options for shelter. It would be ideal if you find out about an incoming storm somewhere you can also seek shelter, but that is not always the case when a storm catches you out and about. Experts recommend knowing how to seek shelter in your car safely in case of a sudden storm so you can always pull over and be relatively protected from the weather.

Practice electrical safety. Because thunder is caused by lightning, any thunderstorm has the potential to lead to lightning damage as well. No matter where you shelter, there is a possibility that the building will get struck, which can cause a dangerous power surge. If you can, unplug all the electronics in the vicinity to be safer. For your home and your office, installing inexpensive surge protectors around every outlet is a wise move.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. While concrete is one of the sturdiest materials to construct with, it does present certain considerations when it comes to stormy weather. Concrete is often reinforced with metal pieces, so it is recommended that you avoid coming into direct contact with it during a storm in case the building is struck by lightning.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. If the skies clear suddenly after a summer storm, you may be antsy to get back outside, but beware of the false sense of security. Lightning can travel extreme distances, even striking up to 30 miles away from where the clouds are. For this reason, it is best to wait for a half-hour after the last thunderclap before heading back out.

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.

Add These Projects to Your To-Do List and Prevent Storm Damage l SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

heavy rain coming down from dark clouds If you experience any property damage from spring storms, contact SERVPRO® of North Lilburn.

Do you have spring fever?

Even though Georgia winters are mild by comparison, it’s easy to see why you would be ready for the seasons to change this year. Between a pandemic and wet, dreary days, we all want something to look forward to.

Spring is also the time many of us start planning new projects. For you, that might mean deciding how you want to change up your home’s landscaping for the new season. Or you might research parks in the area to (finally) get outside.

Most of us enjoy changing the seasons, but there are always hazards that can come along with it, too. Spring thunderstorms can cause a headache for many homeowners.

The good news is that are many ways you can ensure your home is ready to withstand the weather, and it doesn’t take as long as you might think.

Many of the projects that will help you protect your home can be completed over a long weekend. They’re well worth the time you’ll invest.

Are These Projects on Your To-Do List?

Here are some home improvement projects that need to be a priority:

Don’t let tree branches threaten your roof. Limbs and branches hanging over your home can be hazardous. Winds can bring them down and cause damage. You can prevent this from happening by cutting them down.

Spend time cleaning your gutters. Clean gutters allow water to move around your home the correct way. Don’t let water backup up your home and cause water damage.

Check your roof for leaks and damage. Be sure your roof doesn’t have any missing shingles. You don’t want to end up in a situation where you find out your home has a leaky roof during a thunderstorm.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damage to your home, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

Are You Prepared For Storms?

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know September is National Preparedness Month? 

Different types of disasters and emergencies happen in communities across the country, but there are key steps that every household can take to be better prepared for them. If you do nothing else this month, take time to create a disaster plan including an emergency escape plan.

Make a clear plan of what to do in an emergency and in case of an evacuation.

Identify clear roles for everyone in the house.

Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that can happen at home, work, and school.

Make a list of all the important things you may forget when in an emergency.

Have a disaster kit assembled for everyone in the house.

Have an out of the area emergency contact person saved on a smartphone.

Practice evacuating your home twice a year, especially if you have kids or pets. This makes it a routine and can make a real emergency situation less stressful.

According to the Red Cross, there are many disaster apps now available for smartphones and tablets that can be downloaded to help with emergencies. Some of these apps include a full emergency app, tornado, hurricane, earthquake, wildfire, and flood apps. If any of these disasters are common in your areas I would recommend downloading the corresponding app. With these apps, you can know when to evacuate, where shelter may be located, and exactly where the disaster occurred.

Go to: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps for more information

We Have The State Of The Art Equipment To Restore Your Lilburn Home

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

We have the technicians to place and operate our state of the art equipment. We are ready at a moments notice so don't hesitate and call right away.

Flood Damage Drying And Restoration In Lilburn 

Storms in Lilburn and the surrounding area can drop an incredible amount of water in a very short amount of time. The rain can quickly overflow sewers and storm drains, leading to homes flooded from one end to the other.

To complete Lilburn flood damage restoration, drying the structure is extremely important. Anyone can set up a series of fans in a home, but SERVPRO restoration teams understand that properly drying the interior of each residence prevents further problems such as drywall rot and odors that can result in more damage and expense.

When flood damage becomes trapped in floors or behind walls, it evaporates far slower than water on floors and carpets. Increasing ventilation and circulation is crucial to speeding up evaporation. The tools used to increase it include exhaust fans, dehumidifiers, and air movers.

First, though, SERVPRO technicians have to expose the parts of the home with trapped water, draining and removing as much as possible. They lift a floorboard that is normally under a bookcase or other piece of furniture to improve ventilation and insert a small hose connected to an extraction wand to draw out water trapped underneath. They next replace the wand with an air mover to increase circulation by forcing warm, dry air inside to displace the cold, damp air.

For walls, team members remove floor trim and, if the drywall is still intact, drill a hole into each affected wall cavity for ventilation. After letting the water drain, they increase circulation with an air mover which speeds up the drying process.

The moisture forced out from the walls and floors now increases the humidity level inside the home. To eliminate this problem, technicians set up a dehumidifier in each affected room to draw out water from the air at about 20 gallons every 24 hours. They also install the exhaust fans at key exit points to increase air circulation and the efficiency of the dehumidifiers.   

For SERVPRO of North Lilburn, our task is always to serve our neighbors here, Pleasant Hill, or the surrounding area in returning their homes to a dry, safe condition after any flood or another water intrusion. If this describes your residence, call us today at (770) 709-3266 to schedule an inspection. We are here for you and your home.

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Flood Damage and Odors in Your Lilburn Home

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Is flooding causing lingering odors in your home? Call SERVPRO to sestore your home today!

How the Containment of Microbes Is Crucial to Control Odors Caused by Flood Damage in Your Lilburn Residence 

The gutters that run from one side of your Lilburn home to the other direct the rain down to the ground via the downspouts after it falls onto your roof, protecting your home's exterior sides and the foundation. Your roof keeps storms from soaking your home from overhead.

When one of these, or something else, causes storm-related problems with a Lilburn home, flood damage can happen within only a few minutes. Drying and cleaning the affected locations make such a home habitable after a disaster, but odors can make doing so quite unpleasant. SERVPRO uses different ways to get rid of unwanted and offensive odors for our customers.

Odors generally come from airborne particles, and not just the presence of gases. Such particles show the breaking down of substances somewhere in the home. After a flood, your home contains multiple locations of odor-producers. Even though we eliminate as much of these substances as possible, odors can persist. Storms can force a wide variety of debris into your residence. Moisture that came from clean sources, including a broken water line, can also produce smells that you find distracting.

A diverse set of odor-causing sources requires that SERVPRO uses multiple methods to control such odors. As SERVPRO teams work on a home with any type of storm or flood damage, an air scrubber or two runs to clean the air of microscopic-sized particles. These can include odor-causing particles. We learn different methods while studying for certification from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) understands how important odors, or their absence, are to homeowners.

With contaminated water, many times odors come from microbes on surfaces. Wherever this happens, a disinfectant sprayed onto the area can kill both microbes and their odors.

For house-wide odor elimination, we use Ultra Low Volume foggers with pairing agents. These eliminate odor-causing particles. When the fog's chemicals bond with unwanted particles, they no longer cause odors.

Activated charcoal strips the air of odors and leaves a sweet scent behind. This method does not harm fabrics, and SERVPRO prefers using it over ozone generators, which have limitations on usage.

To help ensure our customer stays satisfied with our efforts, we install time-released beads that slowly waft a highly pleasant scent into the area. We use these as a final step to boost our earlier efforts.

SERVPRO of North Lilburn can make it all smell “Like it never even happened.” after a storm or flood. Damage to your home is not always visible. Contact us for help with water-borne smells and odors that you need eliminating. Our 24-hour service line is (770) 709-3266.

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Our Fast Response Will Restore Your Home In Lilburn To Pre-Damage Condition After A Flood

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

When dealing with flood damage, SERVPRO of North Lilburn can assist you to extract the water and dry your property completely.

How To Get Fast Flood Damage Restoration For Your Lilburn Residence

Flooding is a common problem because of extreme weather and other factors caused by climate change. Increased urbanization adds impermeable surfaces like pavements and alters the natural drainage system. This leads to flooding when water from heavy rain overwhelms the stormwater drainage capacity of a city.

If your Lilburn home has flood damage, extracting the water and drying your property quickly and properly is imperative. Water damage can leave you with wet floors, walls, and a musky smell. Drying the floors, walls, furniture and other areas is a challenge, but a professional restoration company like SERVPRO can handle the situation to restore your home to its pre-flood damage condition. We can use submersible or truck mounted pumps to remove the water. We can then use equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home.

It often takes several days for a home to dry. Our technicians monitor the drying process to ensure that the equipment works properly, and the structure is drying. By keeping the drying equipment operating, we ensure that there is dry air and air movement required to dry a house.

Flood water can pick up sewage and hazardous chemicals, creating an unhealthy environment. We categorize it as black water, which usually contains disease-causing agents like fungi, bacteria, parasites, and viruses. It can also cause mold spores to grow in your home within 24 to 48 hours. Our technicians are trained to clean and remove biohazardous substances from homes and dispose of them properly while abiding by OSHA regulations. We are equipped with the right cleaning products and personal protective gear like full body suits, full face masks, and rubber or latex gloves to handle bio-hazardous substances. We can disinfect the affected areas to eliminate health hazards.

At SERVPRO, we make the restoration process easier by mitigating the damage and rebuilding the affected areas. This can reduce your entire cost and save time. We offer several services intended to restore a home to its preloss condition, including removing and replacing drywall, repairing hardwood or tile flooring and painting.

When dealing with flood damage, SERVPRO of North Lilburn can assist you to extract the water and dry your property completely. You can contact us at (770) 709-3266 anytime for restoration services. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Considerations Before Flood Damage Remediation in Your Lilburn Home

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Sometimes flooding and other storm damage cannot be prevented. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation efforts.

Steps That Can Improve Turnaround Time After Flood Damage in Lilburn

Restoring the damages caused by flooding takes several steps including removal of standing water and cleaning up the debris and soiling in the property, so it takes time. Involving a professional restoration service is one way to speed up the recovery process. However, the chosen restorer should also take steps to ensure a faster turnaround.

It is possible to get faster results during the restoration of flood damage in Lilburn by planning the procedure to follow at the beginning. Establishing aspects such as whether there is a need to remove some materials such as drywall or move contents help because it limits time wastage. Our SERVPRO technicians carry out evaluation on arrival at the loss site. Using equipment such as thermal cameras and moisture sensors, we can establish the level of water migration especially in concealed wall cavities and crawl spaces determining whether to perform flood cuts or take other steps immediately.

Extracting water and cleaning up affected areas take up a significant portion of the restoration effort. Having sufficient resources can help reduce the time taken because the problem is attacked from different angles. Our SERVPRO technicians bring several units of restoration equipment including truck-mounted water extractors, submersible pumps, and portable water extractors. Operating such equipment together quickens the water removal process. We also have other tools including floor scrubbers and power washers, which help during cleaning.

In most cases, a flooding problem is temporary ending once cleanup and reconstruction of the affected area is over. However, the process can take longer is secondary problems develop. One common secondary issue is mold development if the moisture from floodwater is not dried properly. Our SERVPRO technicians take moisture readings in wet materials and surrounding areas allowing us to set a drying goal. We use air movers and dehumidifiers to extract moisture until we satisfy our drying goal, restoring your property to the preloss state.

In case of flooding, call SERVPRO of North Lilburn to help. You can reach us at (770) 709-3266 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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After A Storm Has Hit Your Lilburn Home Trust The Professionals To Come To Your Rescue

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fallen tree on the roof after a big storm.

Why Experience is Essential for Repairing Flood Damage in Lilburn Properties

Flash flooding can be devastating and as little as 2 feet of rushing water has the power to uproot trees and flip SUV's. In a community like ours keeping abreast of flood warnings is a necessary part of everyday life. We would also recommend creating an emergency kit containing essential documents, a cell phone, satellite radio as well as medication in a sealed, water-proof carrier. Reparations after the event need professional attention, and that is what we are here for.

A call-out to a property in the aftermath of Flood Damage in Lilburn is something we have much experience in. Being able to move and store items, relocate citizens and make ongoing repairs on site are just some of the essential things that experience has taught us. SERVPRO operate a 24-hour emergency call line for natural disasters with both individual IICRC certificate holders and Large Loss response teams.

Mitigating loss and establishing a safe environment for contractors to begin restoration is the first port of call in an emergency. Our technicians are trained to identify and remedy potential hazards like electrics as well as structural weakness. SERVPRO can restore power to property or perform emergency board ups to prevent further damages as soon as we arrive on site. 

Standing water can cause permanent damages by seeping into subfloor or wall cavities. Where standing water is above two inches we can use submersible gas pumps to drain the affected area. Below two inches, we bring in portable water extraction units that reduce the risk of damaging your carpets or upholstery. However, the job does not finish there. 

Removing water is the first step of the procedure. Secondary damages can occur if water resides hidden in areas of the home. We use moisture meters to seek out these areas and can remediate them using advanced technology. Drying mats, for example, are capable of removing moisture from your subfloor without removing hardwood flooring. The use of deodorizers and dehumidifiers can help make the damage "Like it never even happened." 

If you return to a damaged home after a natural disaster, contact SERVPRO of North Lilburn at (770) 709-3266 for immediate assessment and remediation.
 
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How Downstairs Flood Damage in Your Lilburn Home Also Damages Upper Levels

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water on lower levels affects upper levels of houses as well.

Standing Water in the Basement can Create Flood Damage in Your Lilburn Home

Flooding does not need to cover your living room floors to affect your Lilburn home. Minor flooding that enters into only below-ground areas can easily create problems in above-ground sections. This can include odors and elevated humidity that makes breathing uncomfortable.  

Residents can rely on us to mitigate all aspects of flood damage in Lilburn. Because we are a locally owned and operated company, we understand the concerns of many residents in our area about elevated humidity in their residences. Standing water from heavy rainfall or unexpected snowmelt can cause this problem within larger porches, crawl spaces and root cellars, as well.  

Our technicians are Faster To Any Size Disaster and begin working as soon as possible. Extracting the water from your basement or cellar can significantly reduce the amount of odor experienced, and also pull the humidity down closer to an average amount. Just extracting the floodwater does not eliminate these problems, in any case.  

Removing the water vapor from your home's environment requires we use devices that extract the moisture from both the air and any materials that absorbed it. We work on the most saturated ones by directing air at them at an angle which whisks the moisture out instead of pushing it deeper into the wall, carpet, furniture, or other items. Other technicians regularly monitor the amount the moisture decreases, so we know how quickly this occurs.  

Because the air absorbs this moisture coming out of different articles around your home, we also use dehumidifiers and desiccant machines to trap the newly-released humidity before it can settle elsewhere. Steady evaporation of water is another aspect of flood damage.  

We also use techniques that eliminate the odor flood damage leaves behind from your home. The use of ozone gas produces excellent results but can produce unwanted discoloration. Instead, in locations where dampness remains, we use hydroxyl gas machines to deodorize homes and businesses effectively. This gas is highly safe and does not require you to leave your home. We can continue working inside on your home's water damage mitigation while the machine continues to run.  

SERVPRO of North Lilburn wants to do their share in helping those in the community live in safe, clean, dry homes. Flooding can bring in unpleasant odors from the silt and organic debris it carries. We extract, deodorize, clean, and dry out homes sustaining flood damage on a regular basis. We can do the same for you. Call us at (770) 709-3266, 24/7, any day of the year.

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How We Minimize The Effects Of Flood Damage In Your Lilburn Home After A Warm Spell

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Lilburn residents might find minor flood damage in areas of their homes after a period of warmer than normal weather.

Warm Spells After Snowfall Can Leave Homes With Flood Damage In Lilburn

While many in Lilburn welcome a warmer day after winter cold settles in and blankets our area in a beautiful layer of snow, this warm air can cause problems for those living in lower areas and valleys. It doesn't take much to melt snow when sunlight hits it directly, and this water can trickle into areas that might never otherwise experience problems.

Lilburn residents might find minor flood damage in areas of their homes after a period of warmer than normal weather. SERVPRO is always ready to mitigate this and remove excess water and moisture before other problems can develop. Protecting your home is a very cost-effective way to keep restoration expenses low. It also prevents the loss of belongings with high sentimental value.

When we arrive to begin the mitigation process on your home, we take measured readings of the amount of moisture in different materials. Some of these may not have been affected by the flooding, but we use these to help us gain a better idea of the standard moisture content throughout your home. This knowledge helps us determine when your home's affected materials do reach acceptable percentages of moisture content.

To achieve these levels, we eliminate the water, moisture, and water vapor we detect inside your residence. We efficiently extract liquid water, but causing absorbent materials to release their hold on moisture can require a manual change in the environment. We cannot wait for the materials to dry out naturally. This would take too long. We cause this to happen much more rapidly than it typically would by increasing both the temperature and the air currents. As the heat forces the water molecules to leave such materials for drier conditions found in the air, we use air currents created with our air movers to direct the moistened air either outside or near powerful desiccant machines. Water vapor already present merely joins the newly released moisture and also becomes trapped in these machines.

Cleaning up and getting rid of the griminess left behind by a flood protects your home and family from microbial populations, some of which can cause health effects. Not only does everything feel clean after we finish, but it is also sanitary.

SERVPRO of North Lilburn also serves those in Pleasant Hill and can make your home clean, safe, and dry again, just “Like it never even happened” when your home experiences flood damage. Please call us at (770) 709-3266, so we can assist you in mitigating your house.

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Severe Thunderstorms Can Cause Flood Damage Inside of Your Lilburn Home

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

One of the best ways to avoid flood damage inside of your home is to be prepared.

Severe Thunderstorms Can Cause Flood Damage

One of the best ways to avoid flood damage inside of your home is to be prepared. Keeping track of intense storms as they come your way and making sure that your home is appropriately secure during them is one of the best ways to avoid damages. The best thing that you can do when you know that a harsh storm is heading your way is to set up a generator outside of your home to provide emergency power to you. Having a generator can allow you to have some essential power in times of danger. However, even with preparation, the waters can still find a way inside of your home. In situations like these, professional help is close by to call on for aid.

Severe thunderstorms can bring harsh winds which can move fast enough to bend over trees and knock branches lose, a problem that can cause flood damage inside of your Lilburn home. The debris can break a window and force an entry point into your home, allowing the water from the storm to get inside. Once this water inside of your home, it has the potential to cause further problems if left unchecked. Thus, it is wise to call for help as soon as you can.

When SERVPRO arrives at your home and investigates the flood damage inside of your kitchen, our IICRC-certified techs can devise the best solution. Our first goal is to extract any standing water from inside your residence. SERVPRO can use advanced equipment such as industrial-quality wet/dry vacuums to do this job. We can also use thermal imaging technology to look for water that might have found its way into your walls or beneath the base of your cabinets. Additionally, dehumidifiers and air movers can be used by our SERVPRO techs to remove excess moisture and water vapor from inside of your kitchen, including the moisture that has set into your cabinets.

If a severe storm gets the better of your home and causes flood damage, never hesitate. Call the number (770) 709-3266 to contact SERVPRO of North Lilburn. Day or night, we can address the damage inside of your home.

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Rapid Response to Your Flood Damaged Pleasant Hill Home

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

When flooding occurs, drying out the property should be the first concern. Contact SERVPRO immediately for dry out and remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Takes Pride in Fast Arrival on the Scene and Efficient Service

Working to keep your home protected from natural disasters is something that started back when your Pleasant Hill home first got constructed. Over time, however, the integrity of these preventative measures begin to degrade and become less effective. While it does not always happen all at once, the house eventually loses a long-standing battle with the pressures of external water, and flooding ensues.

Regardless of whether or not the flood damages to your Pleasant Hill home only affected your lower levels or if you get threatened by flooding in your attic, the risks and damages associated with the incident are the same. Finding a way to overcome these harmful effects is an uphill battle if you go at it alone, but with the help of our SERVPRO professionals, the process can go more quickly and get done to high industry standards we follow.

Our team of technicians can arrive quickly at your home and get to work on what is necessary to remove the present water. If flooding is still occurring, our SERVPRO professionals can seal up smaller holes and penetration points using hydraulic cement. This application can eliminate the pressing threat of further damages from these vulnerable positions.

Extraction of the water is likely one of the most critical steps short of drying to overcoming the flood damage present in your home. This process often gets achieved by the use of portable pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands. Drying follows this process and involves thoroughly assessing any present moisture and eliminating it. Often thermal imagery gets used to determine where moisture and dampness linger out of sight to make the drying efforts as thorough as possible.

Flooding is an unfortunate event that often affects multiple houses in your area at the same time. With choosing professional restoration services from our SERVPRO of North Lilburn professionals, you can rest assured that we respond quickly and work to overcome any obstacle between your current damage and the restoration of your house. Give us a call anytime you need us at (770) 709-3266.
 
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Fighting Flash Flood Damage In Your Lilburn Residence

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

When flooding occurs in your home, a fast reaction time can help you prevent irreparable damages and more costly repairs.

Fighting Flash Flood Damage

Many Lilburn homeowners are familiar with the possibility of severe weather systems that can roll in from the east coast and pick up speed as they hit land. This possibility puts the area in the line of several significant systems that can leave substantial damage in their wake. While these storms offer the concern of causing structural damages all on their own, the natural disasters that coincide with the heavy rainfall and oversaturated earth pose an even greater risk to homes in the area.

Flash flooding is something that every Lilburn homeowner should familiarize themselves with if they have not already fallen victim to flood damage in the past. While there might be little that you can do initially to prevent a flash flood from occurring, there are some precautionary measures that can get taken to ensure that your house can withstand the pressure of this external water attempting to get in.

Unfortunately, many people do not even realize that their home is at risk until the damage has already begun. Often the criminal in these cases is the foundation of your house, where mortar joints in the blockwork begin to degrade and weaken over time from the presence of external water in the ground. A small hole that you barely notice can allow significant water to pass through, not to mention this condition worsening as the flooding persists. Now is when SERVPRO comes in.

Our team of dedicated professionals can quickly identify the penetration points for flooding and seal up these spots with hydraulic cement, even if the water is still pouring through the gaps. Extraction of the affected area utilizes truck mounted pumps from the SERVPRO fleet along with portable pumps and wet vacs. Once the area is thoroughly dry using air movers and dehumidification equipment, we can assess any structural weaknesses that might require repair or removal.

When flooding occurs in your home, a fast reaction time can help you prevent irreparable damages and more costly repairs. You can always trust in our SERVPRO of North Lilburn team of professionals to help you clean up the mess and return your property to the way it used to be. Give us a call 24/7 at (770) 709-3266.

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The Importance Of Reducing Humidity During Mitigation Of Flood Damage In Lilburn Dwellings

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

After a flood in Lilburn, moisture becomes prevalent throughout the structure.

Mitigation Of Flood Damage

After a flood in Lilburn, moisture becomes prevalent throughout the structure. Saturation of many materials means persistently humid air becomes the new norm. However, these conditions can spell disastrous consequences for both the home and the contents inside.

Homeowners in Lilburn often notice flood damage brings intense increases in the humidity levels inside their home. After pumping out any standing water and drying out a majority of water-logged furnishings, humidity can still make its presence known. Making breathing more difficult, in addition to its ability to help microbes thrive, our certified technicians can reduce the moisture in the air back to reasonable amounts.

While it may seem as if the work required to make your home "Like it never even happened." might remain ongoing forever, each step we take fulfills a different requirement. Flooding forces many different problems onto the homes impacted by such events. Flooding, able to happen from both invasive water traveling over the ground and also from rain and snow coming in through a damaged roof, can damage any part of your home it comes into contact with, and also any area susceptible to damage from moisture. Because of this, we take the presence of elevated moisture seriously.

To combat it efficiently, we use different kinds of equipment. We use moisture readers to determine the exact amount of moisture. Walls might seem dry to the touch while still retaining water. This moisture slowly evaporates into the air and then moves around your home. Water does not disappear into nothingness. Just like in the outside world, water constantly and continually moves from one area to another one.

To remove the moisture, desiccant machines and dehumidifiers work quite well. These can remove significant amounts of hidden moisture that, if left in the home, can damage belongings and cause problems for months or even years. To help make sure we captured all unwanted moisture, we use thermal imaging devices that detect changes in walls and other surfaces.

SERVPRO of North Lilburn hires professionals dedicated to helping other people residing in our community. Certified by the IICRC, our technicians and specialists gain experience that complements their extensive training. We can help your family recover after both large and small flood damage events. Our 24-hour service number, (770) 709-3266, is answered 365 days a year, ensuring you can always reach us.

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Lilburn's Flood Damage Services

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of North Lilburn, we say no to storm damage!

Are You Familiar With SERVPRO's Flood Damage Services in Lilburn?


In the past year or so, storms have been striking all over the country. When a storm blows into Lilburn, you might as well plan on the area receiving powerful winds and tons of moisture. Every type of storm brings about the deadly combination of intense winds and rain.

Whether it is a hurricane, tornado, or extreme thunderstorm, properties are at risk of damage from the excessive wind and rain they cause. If a storm blows through your neighborhood and you think your house was damaged, call SERVPRO's flood damage crew in Lilburn. There are several ways a violent storm can cause damage to your house.

Many times a severe storm causes flooding. When the streets get flooded, water can get into your home. If your house gets flooded, immediate attention from a professional company like SERVPRO is essential.

Even if flooding does not exist, a vicious storm can still ruin parts of your home. For example, high-speed winds can cause airborne objects to fly into your home and damage things. If a rock hits your window and breaks it, in many cases, more damage happens other than the broken window. It is a possibility that if a window breaks, rainwater ends up pouring into your home.

Depending on how long the rain pours into the broken window, the water can damage some things inside your home. Whenever dealing with rainwater inside a structure, specialized procedures are taken. Since the water affecting your house is coming from the outside, it is considered grey water or category two water damage scenario. Many times when "grey water" gets inside a dwelling, porous materials such as carpet and drywall get ruined.

Many times when rainwater soaks into carpet and drywall, drying does not save the materials. In this situation, our water damage specialists remove the carpet, pad, and drywall stripping the area down to studs and floorboards. After those materials get removed, the area gets dried so that moisture levels in the wood are low enough so that mold does not grow. Once dry, the area gets sprayed with an industry-specific chemical, then coated with a sealant paint.

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Any damage due to rainwater must be taken seriously. If a storm causes rainwater to get into your home call SERVPRO of North Lilburn at (770) 709-3266, for 24/7 assistance.

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After the Flood: Restoring Flood Damages To Your Lilburn Home

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Floods in Lilburn Get Help with Water Removal and Cleanup from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Stands Ready for Removal of Water and Cleanup After Storms

Flooding is not an event that allows everyone to be prepared. While some people might be able to realize that they are in an area that is more prone to such natural disasters, sometimes it can affect those that exceed far beyond the average floodplains of Georgia. Flood damage is as devastating to your home as nearly any other emergency situation, and restoring your property can be almost impossible to do on your own.
 
Flood damages in Lilburn might be a frequent discussion in recent months, but it had not always been a looming threat for the residents here. With the recent devastation that Hurricane Irma caused to the Southeastern United States, Lilburn and other cities and towns far from the coastline were at the mercy of unforgiving storming and high volumes of water. That is when many of the townspeople reached out to our experienced SERVPRO team for their expertise in water removal and home restorations.
 
At any hour of any day, we at SERVPRO are prepared for the kind of natural disasters like Hurricane Irma that wreaked havoc across several states in its path. This is not just a company policy to be ready at a moment’s notice for those that need our services; it is a promise to those that ever need our experienced team that we can be there.
 
Our state of the art equipment for removing water can help to alleviate the threat of a problem getting any worse quickly. Depending on the severity of the affected area, we have portable submersible pumps, portable high-powered gas pumps, tanker trucks to suck out water and completely remove it from the area, and wet vacs that can do a more intricate and condensed removal of water.
 
The next step is to formulate a plan to restore the damage that has been done to your home and to help you to prevent the same kind of problem from happening again in the future. This involves assessing where water was able to access your house, and helping you to devise a more efficient system of diverting water away before another disaster could occur.
 
If you need us at SERVPRO of North Lilburn, you can call anytime at (770) 709-3266. While you cannot always stop disasters from happening, our crews can always be there for you.

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Flood Damage in Your Pleasant Hill Kitchen

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Standing water on your kitchen floor can cause irreparable damage to the flooring, and we may need to replace it if it is beyond repair.

When Flood Disasters Strike, SERVPRO Will Be There to Help

If you have ever had a flood in your kitchen, you know the extent of the disaster which happens, with water covering the surfaces of your entire kitchen. From the countertop to the cabinets, and electrical appliances to the flooring, your kitchen looks like quite a different picture when it has flooded. It is a challenging task to dry up a flooding kitchen and restore it to its former condition, which is why you need the professional help of SERVPRO, a flood damage remediation company.

Flood damage in your Pleasant Hill kitchen can happen for many reasons, ranging from a clogged drain pipe or sink to a leaking water pipe. A dishwasher which is not functioning properly in your Pleasant Hill home can result in a flooded kitchen as well, making water flow all over your kitchen floor.

A flood in your kitchen causes severe damage to different appliances and fixtures in the room. Various electrical appliances used in your kitchen can suffer damage and may not function properly if they are drenched in water. Sometimes, you may have to replace them.

Your countertops can flood easily, and water can seep into any cracks, and accumulate underneath, loosening any adhesive materials keeping the countertop in place. You may not see any changes, but water erodes the countertop material consistently until it gets dried up. The interior and surface of your cabinets can rot if the water is left, and develop mold as well. Our technicians at SERVPRO help you with this, getting every area of your kitchen dried back out with our special tools and knowledge. Plus, if there is any mold, we clean that up as well.

Standing water on your kitchen floor can cause irreparable damage to the flooring, and we may need to replace it if it is beyond repair. However, anything that is salvageable we dry out and repair.

If your kitchen does flood, open any windows that you can and switch off and remove any electrical appliances if it is safe to do so while you wait for our staff to arrive.

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SERVPRO of North Lilburn is ready to help you with your flooded kitchen at any time you need. Just give us a call at (770) 709-3266 so we can help you get your kitchen dried back out and back to its usual condition as soon as possible.

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Recent Flood Damage in Pleasant Hill Puts All On Alert

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding can be both unexpected and devastating. Call SERVPRO to handle the remediation and help with dealing with insurance.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Remediate Flood Damage on Your Property

Spring flooding reminds that with today’s weather extremes no neighborhood is safe from water covering streets and invading basements. The good news is SERVPRO looks forward to being your ally in any battle you have with flooding, any time of the year. We extract the water, assess the damage, and complete each step of the restoration, welcoming you back to your home in its preloss condition.
 
Many inches of rain in just a few hours causes flash flooding, damage resulting to your Pleasant Hill home as water pushes into the lower levels. The ground saturates with moisture, seeping in around your foundation. Once the water enters your home, it pools up, needing immediate removal and follow-up cleaning and drying of all affected areas. Our seasoned flood damage crews are up to all the tasks associated with this type of restoration.
 
When flood waters following heavy rains invade your home, you may be caught by surprise. Your location far from streams, ponds or lakes lulls you into a sense of false assurance that you are forever safe from flooding. In the end, it matters not in the least how the water crept into your home. The crucial question becomes, is there a SERVPRO near me? You know we are a premium water restoration company. Now is the time to see us in action.
 
As soon as we can get a crew to your home, we leap into the fray. Standing water exits via pumps and powerful, vacuum water extractors. Although the flood often takes your home temporarily off the electrical grid for safety reasons, our truck-mounted equipment does the job. Once visible water disappears, industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers take on the job of reducing moisture levels further. Our staff determines drying targets based on humidity and moisture measurements, using specialized training to arrive at goals that protect your structure from secondary damage due to microbial growth. Mold can cover damp surfaces within 48 to 72 hours. SERVPRO urges you to get us on the scene far before that incubation period expires as we remove the flood waters that feed the mold.
 
Fight back when floodwaters threaten your home by partnering with SERVPRO of North Lilburn. Day or night our operators staff the phones at (770) 709-3266.

Flood Damage to Your Pleasant Hill Home from a Slab Leak

1/24/2017 (Permalink)

Foundation Cracks Can Lead to Water Damage in Pleasant Hill

SERVPRO Is Your First Source for Flooding Help

Any leak in your home can turn into a serious plumbing issue. One leak that requires immediate attention is a slab leak. Flooding from this type of leak can cause serious damage to your home. The professionals at SERVPRO provide slab leak repair and detection services.

When the water supply in drainpipes or pipes which run through the concrete slab under your Pleasant Hill home crack, break or burst, a slab leak occurs. The leak is not in the actual slab, but instead in the pipes that are in or underneath the concrete slab. These leaks can leave you with significant flood damage. If there were heavy rains that drenched the grounds, this could lead to groundwater intrusion also.

Your home’s plumbing can develop a slab leak for many reasons. Some of the commonly seen ones include:  
Pipe corrosion
Pipe wear and tear from friction from gravel, nearby pipes, concrete, or shifting grade.
High water pressure
Poor quality or improperly installed pipes
Settling or shifting slab, causing a pipe break

How can you tell if you have a slab that is leaking? Look out for cracks in your flooring or walls, the sound of running water when water is all turned off, or a spinning water meter when no water is running outside or inside your home. You may notice moisture or mildew under flooring or carpeting, a sewage smell, water bills that are higher than average, or a recent bug problem from added ground moisture.

Detecting a slab leak requires a plumbing expert and a thorough, careful detection process. SERVPRO can work alongside the plumber to clean up the flooding the leak has created and repair any damages to your home to get you back to normal again. Our trained technicians have the proper tools and equipment to make a thorough and quick recovery under normal conditions. If your slab home has a severe foundation break due to a shifting grade, then a major job could entail jacking up and supporting areas of the foundation. The strengthening of the underpinnings is a task beyond the scope of all but the most specialized construction companies.

 Know in advance what your insurance policy covers. Your homeowner’s policy might or might not cover the cost of repairs for a slab leak. SERVPRO can also work with your insurance company and you with the paperwork and coordination of the task at hand.

Detection and repair of slab leaks take expert advice and the knowledge of professionals. Do not attempt to try and fix this flood damage problem yourself. Instead, call us at SERVPRO of North Lilburn as soon as you realize there is a problem. We can be reached anytime you need us at (770) 709-3266.

Effectively Treating Flood Damage In Lilburn

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

Lilburn Insulation Added After Significant Rood Leak

Attics and Crawl Spaces Flood Work is a SERVPRO Specialty

There are many ways that flooding can affect your home. You hear all of the time about toilet fixtures overflowing, garbage disposals causing your kitchen sink drain to clog and broken pipes that flood an entire home, basement, or even your front yard. Flooding is nothing new, and as homeowners, it is your responsibility to prepare yourselves for whatever may come your way. Locating a quality company that offers both prevention and emergency response services to protect your home should be your first step.

Many of the technicians that we have available in Lilburn specialize in flood damage restoration. We can handle every aspect of the repair process, so you won't have to contact anyone else to perform additional detailed work after we finish our restoration process. It is our goal to leave your home and make it, "Like it never even happened."
 
SERVPRO technicians have extensive experience in dealing with leaks in attics and crawl spaces that are hard to reach and present even more difficulty when attempting to perform repairs. When a professional service provider finds it hard to work within confined spaces such as these, you should avoid trying to carry out these sort of repairs on your own.
 
We understand that water damages found inside of an attic come from various sources. A clogged condensation line on your HVAC system, broken humidifiers or ruptured water heaters. As well as damaged plumbing lines, sprinkler lines, wind damage to roofing materials, fallen branches or trees, ice dams that form on roof eaves, hail storms that damage your roof or other extreme weather conditions all add up to sources of damage to your attic.
 
When our SERVPRO technicians scope out an attic space, we examine every part of the construction of the roof. We need to determine whether the roofing material was damaged, if the destruction is temporary or permanent, how the roof decking material is affected and if the source of water caused the structural materials to become damaged.
 
In our experience, some attics can be easy to access, while others are entirely too small to get a person inside, much less the equipment it takes to perform the proper repairs. With high damage in limited space, it can be difficult to perform repairs.
 
SERVPRO technicians use specialized vacuums to remove and save your insulation for reuse. However, it is unlikely that wet sheetrock or plaster under the insulation remains restorable. The removal of insulation and sheetrock demolition creates a significant amount of dust, requiring us to use containment procedures to minimize cross contamination. You wouldn't want the dust traveling throughout your home.
 
Contact us at SERVPRO of North Lilburn today. (770) 709-3266

Tackle Flood Damage The Right Way In Lilburn

11/8/2016 (Permalink)

Unless you know how to tell the difference, there is a chance that your property is contaminated.

The Right Way to Tackle Flood Damage in Lilburn

We understand that being a victim of flood damage can be an overwhelmingly stressful time for everyone involved. Our expertly trained support staff will answer your questions and ensure that you receive the proper information throughout the entire restoration process. 


Whether you are seeking to return to your property after a major flood event, that affects your whole structure, or you need assistance with a flooded basement. Call the professional flood damage experts in Lilburn today. With a highly trained staff that is looking forward to assisting you with all of your restoration needs, we want to help you get through this disastrous event.

Whatever you do, don't attempt to go it alone. There can be several safety hazards that you'll need to know how to avoid to keep yourself and the occupants of your property safe. It is always a better idea to wait for the professionals to arrive before you attempt to enter your property after a flood damage situation has occurred. Let the technicians at SERVPRO take all of the risks; there's no reason for you to take any chances of being harmed.

Unless you know how to tell the difference, there is a chance that your property is contaminated. These contaminants may spread to currently unaffected sections and cause further damage to your property if not handled correctly. The professionals at SERVPRO know exactly how to identify these risks and how to deal with them accordingly.

Our SERVPRO technicians will post the proper signs and wear the appropriate personal protective equipment that is necessary to remain safe on the job. They also know how to handle any contaminated materials, while working hard to remove any excess water and moisture from the immediate area.

It is important to remain thorough during our investigation and restoration process; it'll help us decide whether restoring or replacing your items is the proper course of action. For instance; removing and disposing of your carpet and padding may be required when contaminated by 'black water.' We'll communicate requirements like this to both you and your insurance company to assist in making the final decision.

 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Our goal is to do everything that we can to restore your property as if your flood damage incident never even happened. Make the call to SERVPRO of North Lilburn today. - (770) 709-3266

Lilburn Flood Damage - Precautions to Take After Flood Damage in Lilburn

5/9/2016 (Permalink)

Flood damage can be very destructive to your Lilburn home. Call SERVPRO of North Lilburn and we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Lilburn Flood Damage Precautions To Take 

When you first see Lilburn flood damage invading your business or home, you’ll have that sinking feeling as your belongings are under mud and debris. Possessions and important papers are likely soaked through after a Lilburn flood has gone through the building, however before you wade into the water and try to salvage anything essential that you can, think about your own safety and be careful. 

There are several steps you can take according to FEMA, or the Federal Emergency Management Agency to keep yourself safe from water damage in Lilburn:  

Put on protective clothing first, such as boots and rubber gloves to protect yourself from possible infections and bacteria.

Do not put your hands near your mouth or face while you are working.

Turn off the main power to your business or home before beginning any work.

Look for shifts in the building and cracks in the foundation.

Open up windows and doors to assist in drying out the rooms and prevent mold from forming.

Get rid of any standing water. Pump out basements slowly, about a third of the water each day to avoid any added pressure on walls and flooring. The water soaked grounds can cause the basement walls to collapse.

Clean up any silt, mud or other debris before it dries out.

As soon as you can, hose down walls and then hose them a second time with water that has disinfectant or bleach. Disinfect surfaces such as shelving.

Any appliances which have insulation will not be easy to clean up. Instead, have them checked by a professional service person before you try using them again.

Take out any furnishings and soaked materials after experiencing flood damage in Lilburn. Mattresses and fully upholstered furnishings can’t be cleaned and will need to be destroyed to avoid any health problems.

Rugs and carpeting can be cleaned. Carpeting which is permanently attached needs to be removed first before you try cleaning it. Clean the items outside or have them cleaned by a professional company.

Items such as bedspreads, sheets, draperies and curtains will need to be washed with detergents and very hot water, or they can be dry-cleaned professionally.

Any food items which got flooded need to be thrown away unless they are in cans which are not damaged by the flood, or in glass jars that are commercially sealed. Make sure to sanitize the container before you open it.

Sanitize your pans, pots, glassware, dishes, utensils and any other items that you plan on keeping. Many of these can be boiled for ten minutes to kill any germs.

When you are suffering from flood damage, it is important that you take the necessary precautions for cleaning up so you can prevent further damage and any dangerous health hazards to yourself and your family. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

For professional clean up help, get in touch with SERVPRO of North Lilburn. We will be happy to help you anytime when you call us at (770) 709-3266.