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Protect Your Home From a Potential Water Emergency | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

7/29/2022 (Permalink)

a closeup view of a black roof showing signs of shingle damage If you experience any water damage, contact SERVPRO® of North Lilburn. We will create a custom repair plan to rectify any issue.

As a homeowner, the last thing you’d want to come home to after a long day at work or a day out with the family is an out-of-control water emergency! Water damage is never convenient and can sometimes be costly, but fortunately, there are ways to stop the water before it gets the chance to infiltrate your home.

Knowing what to look for and how to maintain your home can help you return home each day to a damage-free home! There are many factors around your property that help you protect your home from water and when these safeguards aren’t adequately maintained, you could be left with a water emergency on your hands.

Here’s what you can do to inspect and maintain the appliances and safeguards around your property:

Clear out your downspouts and gutters. These are the most effective tools that aid in directing rainwater away from your home. When these safeguards aren’t properly maintained, it can lead to clogged or overflowing gutters that can damage the exterior and interior of your home. Clear your gutters and downspouts of branches, leaves and debris frequently to keep them running smoothly.

Know how to spot leaks. Knowing how to catch a leak in its tracks before it can escalate to costly water damage can save you from some trouble. Understand the problem areas and appliances of your home that could create leaks. If you detect discoloration, wet spots or warping, it could be the beginning of a property leak.

Inspect your roof regularly. Your roof protects the foundation of your home by acting as a basin to redirect water away from your property. Regularly inspecting your roof or any damage and performing repairs on it when needed is a crucial step to preventing water damage inside your home. Check your roof for signs of wear and tear such as cracked flashing or broken shingles.

Check your appliances. The appliances you use every day are a common source of water damage. Equipment such as your water heater, washing machine and dishwasher are a few of the appliances that can create a water damage emergency. Be sure to regularly have these appliances repaired if you notice they aren’t functioning as normal, and replace them if needed.

Understand how to shut off your water main. As soon as you notice the warning signs of a leak, the first step you should take to prevent any further damage is turning off your water main. Locate where the main water valve is before a water disaster occurs to stay one step ahead of water damage.

When water infiltrates your home and leaves you with a problem on your hands, contact the professionals at SERVPRO. We can inspect the damage and execute an effective repair plan.

The Most Common Sources of Basement Flooding | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

cracking and water spots appearing a bottom section of wall from water damage If your home should flood with water, we can come up with a solution no matter the source. Contact SERVPRO® of North Lilburn right away.

A flooded basement is a homeowner’s worst nightmare, and because there are so many different ways for standing water to infiltrate your home, it could be difficult to pinpoint the source right away. Understanding why flooding occurs easily in the basement and knowing where water can seep in from is the best way to protect your property.

Flooded basements are a typical household emergency. In fact, it’s estimated that 98% of basements will experience some level of water damage. So, why is this number so high, and what makes our basements so flood-prone?

Because your basement acts as your home’s foundation, the majority, if not all, of your home’s foundation is built underground. When it floods or rains, water from above seeps down your walls straight into your basement floor.

Understanding how to prevent and locate the most frequent causes of a flooded basement can save you from costly repairs. Here are a few common reasons water may invade your home’s foundation:

Weather conditions. As stated above, conditions like floods and heavy rain may lead to a flooded basement. Improperly sealed walls or flooring is a common way water can sneak into your home. Water pours through any cracks or openings, which leads to a basement filled with water.

The best way to prevent inclement weather from making its way into your home is by ensuring your home’s foundation is properly sealed.

Locate where the water is entering from and seal the entry point. Any plants or bushes grown around your home’s foundation should also be relocated, as water gathered in the soil can eventually seep into your basement.

Your home’s location. Where your home is located could influence your home’s flood risk. If your home is near a river, for example, a problem like overflowing can cause floods in your area. Homes located in coastal areas or at the bottom of hills are also great examples of high-risk flood zones.

Because a flooded basement can be caused by both the weather and the location of your property, knowing your home’s flood risk is the best way to identify what precautions you should put in place.

FEMA has a flood map tool that you can use to determine your home’s flood risk based on your unique location. After determining this, you can take steps such as elevating valuable documents or photographs located in your basement.

Faulty water supply lines. Your home’s water main is located underground and supplies water directly from the street to your home. Since these lines are so hidden, how are they able to flood your basement?

A water main can break when the ground or water temperature changes, resulting in a change of pressure that can create openings or cracks in the main. This leads to water making its way into your basement walls and floors.

Water main breaks aren’t the easiest to prevent, but there are ways to avoid them. When digging in your yard, keep an eye out for any pipes that may be hidden beneath the surface. Check your water pressure as well, because a water main break might result in low-pressure water from places like your sinks or shower.

If your basement becomes flooded with water, we can come up with a solution no matter the source. Contact us for any of your restoration needs.

The Destructive Timetable of Water Damage | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

a bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak SERVPRO of North Lilburn is your 24/7 water restoration expert. Call us right away if you need immediate service.

Small water spots or leaky faucets and hoses might seem unimportant in the moment, but underestimating the destruction that moisture and standing water can cause is a big mistake. The average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

Water damage starts slow and ramps up quickly, seeping into floors, walls and soft surfaces, and slipping through cracks in the foundation. It’s crucial to address the issues as soon as possible to achieve the best outcome.

Here’s some important information about the timeline of water damage:

In the First 24 Hours

If you live in a house, there is a one in four chance of your home being affected by flood damage in a 30-year period in a high-risk area near rivers and coasts. Knowing what to do next is essential in protecting your property.

The initial 24 to 48 hours after flooding or water damage is critical. Certain items will face immediate damage from water; drying and protecting your items timely is necessary to rescue them.

Soft furnishings and upholstery will soak through, and wooden structures can swell from the moisture. Personal artifacts like books, photographs, notes and documents are particularly vulnerable to warping and tearing beyond repair. In addition, mold begins development during this timeframe, so acting fast is essential in keeping your things safe.

At SERVPRO, our expertise combined with a “restore vs. replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving your precious and irreplaceable keepsakes. We stay in constant communication with you, especially when your items have been damaged beyond restoration. We will remove any damaged materials as soon as possible to expedite the drying and prevent the damage from spreading.

Within the First Week

After the 24-hour mark, water damage progresses exponentially as each second passes. Mold can spread like a wildfire when excessive moisture is present.

In hot humid climates, mold grows even quicker and begins immediately with the onset of water damage. As mold sets in, it has the capability to damage the home’s structure, studs and drywall.

Additionally, porous surfaces such as wood surfaces and walls will absorb the water immediately, becoming increasingly compromised. Water damage and flooding will also start corroding metal surfaces and items at this time.

After One Week

You want to avoid letting moisture sit for an extended period at all costs because some effects may be catastrophic or irreversible. With the passing of time, the costs and effort required to restore the structure increase substantially.

Even worse, as water sits and affects the home for long periods, the risk of structural damage skyrockets.

How SERVPRO Will Help

SERVPRO’s restoration process begins with the first call, ideally within the first 24 hours. We begin service work with thorough water extraction, helping prevent the spread of water and reducing the overall drying time.

Floors, furniture and personal belongings will most likely require cleaning, sanitizing and deodorization. After the bulk of the water has been removed, our specialists will use industry-leading drying equipment to remove the water you can’t see.

After these initial steps, we’ll perform an inspection on your property. Your home may require construction work to get it back in preloss condition. This step could include some minor repairs or even rebuilding entire sections of the home.

We simplify the restoration process by controlling the initial damage alleviation and the rebuilding/construction of the affected areas. Here at SERVPRO, we’ll keep you up to date with constant communication during each step, having you back in your home or business as quickly as we can.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

Your Guide to Water Damage Repairs in North Lilburn | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

white wall with water damage spots and peeling paint Do you have any water damage to your walls or ceiling? Contact SERVPRO® of North Lilburn, we will help guide you through the restoration process.

If you have to file a water damage claim in 2021, you won’t be alone. Far from it, actually!

Did you know water damage claims has been growing steadily every year?

One in 50 American homeowners file one of these water damage claims each year. Even before the number of claims started rising, they were some of the most common claims made by homeowners.

You may be wondering when a leak and the resulting water issues become an issue that requires professional services and remediation help. Most homeowners aren’t sure.

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

Here’s what you might see when your home has water damage that needs remediation by professionals:

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

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

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

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

The Reason Why Flash Floods Are Hazardous | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

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If it is a possibility that any type of severe weather will occur, staying safe is the top priority for everyone in its path. If that severe weather event happens to be a flash flood, staying safe becomes even more vital—and more difficult. Flooding is responsible for many deaths across the country each year, second only to heat in the weather-related fatality category. While any flood is dangerous, flash floods are especially concerning.

The sudden onset and little notice for flash floods makes them extremely hazardous, and they often impact urban areas and other parts of towns that are not used to flooding conditions. However, by knowing the facts, you can be safer in case you are ever faced with flash flooding conditions.

What Are the Risks of Flash Floods?

There is a level of risk associated with any type of flood, but due to the rapid onset of flash flooding, they present more risks than other types. Flash floods typically happen within three hours of heavy rainfall, often happening even sooner than that. With little notice, many people are caught by surprise by flash floods and do not know how to react.

What Is Important to Note About the Flash Flood Warning System?

Staying aware of local weather notices is key if a flash flood is a possibility, as this will provide you with the most accurate overview of rapidly changing conditions. If there is a flash flood watch issued, that means to stay alert, as conditions are ripe for a flash flood to occur.

If that is escalated to a warning, it is important to begin to execute your evacuation or safety plan. If there is a flash flood emergency declared, move as quickly as possible to higher ground.

What Should I Remember About Flash Flood Safety?

If there is a flash flood warning, safety is key—as is being able to think quickly to keep yourself and your family safe. Memorizing these tips can help you plan and execute your evacuation plan safely, even with little notice.

  • Tune into local weather alerts so you can stay up-to-date on conditions.
  • Plan out your evacuation and review the plan with every member of your household.
  • Do not try to cross floodwaters, either on foot or in the car.
  • Do not come into contact with floodwater if possible.
  • Have multiple evacuation routes in mind in case water blocks your path.

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.

Here’s What You Do After Water Damage Happens to Your Home | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® water damage graphic Water damage can be devastating and overwhelming. Take these steps immediately after water damage.

Here’s What You Do After Water Damage Happens to Your Home | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

Flooding in your home can be damaging and devastating. Anything from heavy rains to burst pipes and appliance malfunctions can easily land you in this overwhelming position.

Relax, we’re here to help! Here are some steps to take immediately after water damage happens to your home.

Safety First

Your belongings can be replaced, but your family cannot be. Make sure you and your family are safe. Beware of electrical and “slip and fall” hazards. Stay out of rooms where ceilings are sagging should it collapse. Water damage can lead to mold growth within hours which can cause health effects after prolonged exposure. With that said, after you determine that everyone is safe it’s important to act immediately to take care of the problem.

Call Us

Within 24-48 hours, water damage cleanup should begin. There are a few routes you can take from here, but we recommend that you give us a call as soon as possible. After we collect the necessary information to best serve you, we’ll come to your property to assess the damage and get to work.

Start Cleanup

Before we arrive, you might start trying to clean up the mess. Although tempting, don’t use a household vacuum to remove water. Instead, use a mop to clean up excess water. You should gather colored and loose items, like rugs, from floors as they can leave behind a stain should they meet water.

After you’ve done what you can you might find that the rest of the damage requires professional assistance. At SERVPRO®, we have the expertise and equipment to help complete the job.

We got it from here! From there, we’ll take the following steps:

Water Removal

We have powerful pumps and vacuums that can remove up to hundreds of thousands of gallons of water. We’ll use these to minimize further damage to your property. To remove water from hard to reach places, we’ll use air movers and humidifiers.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

Water damage can destroy expensive and meaningful items like furniture and clothing. Furthermore, water damage can leave behind a musty smell. Our specialized cleaning techniques, air scrubbers, and fogging equipment can restore and sanitize your belongings and remove unpleasant odors.


Sometimes, restoring your property to pre-water damage condition requires reconstruction. This can range from replacing drywall panels to rebuilding rooms of the property. Whatever solution your home needs, we will do our part in helping you get it.

If you have 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.

Make a Water Damage Check Part of Your Routine Maintenance | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

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There are many ways in which a house can develop issues, but one of the most detrimental things for homeowners is hidden water damage. Not only will there be problems with water spots, mold and more because of it, but it can also lead to structural problems in the home’s walls depending on what parts are effective.

Thankfully, there are many things you can look for to check for water damage in the home as part of your regular home maintenance routines. This can help you catch any issues before they become too serious and has the added benefit of not being as expensive of a claim on your insurance.

How to Check for Water Damage Around Your Home

Inspect your walls and ceilings. Walls tend to hide leaks rather well, but if you look closely at your drywall, you can often find evidence that they are there. Small things like discolored areas, paint that is peeling or soft spots might be indicative of a hidden leak that you should have a professional check out ASAP.

Don’t forget to look down. If water damage is present, it can gradually work its way down and get into the floor of your home, soaking into the subfloor and causing problems. If you notice any soft spots or buckling of your floor, it might be a sign that the subfloor has become saturated with moisture.

Inspect your roof. Your roof is your home’s best defense against water damage, so it is wise to check on it often. You can inspect it easily from the ground with binoculars to look for loose shingles or other signs of wear. You can also go out during the next rain shower to make sure your gutters are properly functioning and keeping water away from your foundation.

Pay close attention to the basement. Basements are not supposed to be the damp and musty places they have been given the reputation of being—in fact, they should not be. Check your basement often for signs of moisture and mold, and if you do notice any issues, be sure to have a professional check it out right away.

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

Water damage? We have you covered. | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage caused by broken dishwasher If there's water damage at your property, give us a call!

It’s 2 am and you awake to the sound of running water.  As you groggily come to your senses, you decide to check out the unusual noise, only to find that there is water everywhere. What do you do?

The first thing you should do is call SERVPRO® of North Lilburn to begin water mitigation.  Water is known as a “universal solvent” because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid, and the moment it is released upon your home, it begins eating away at your walls, floors, and anything in its path.  This is why mitigation is so important and the sooner the better.  

Mitigation means to lessen the damage, and this is why your insurance company works so closely with restoration companies. They want us to get out there as soon as possible day or night to begin the clean up so that it lessens the damage that the water is doing to your home.  Did you know that a sheet of drywall can absorb as much as 6 inches of water in less than 3 hours?  This is the reason your first call should be to SERVPRO of Montgomery because we are “faster to any size disaster.” 

We can handle any size job at SERVPRO® of North Lilburn and make your home “Like it never even happened.” 

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You Can Do More Than You Think to Protect Your North Lilburn Home From Water Damage | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Water droplets If you need help dealing with any damage caused by water, contact SERVPRO® of North Lilburn today.

Here’s a fact you might not know: One out of every 50 American homeowners will have to file a water damage claim next year.

That means if you need water damage help, you won’t be alone. Given the numbers, someone in your circle of friends, family members and coworkers will likely have to file a claim, too.

But have you thought about the things that can cause water damage? Storms, flash flooding and major appliance malfunctions are usually at the top of that list. But other things can cause water damage—namely heavy rains.

You can take basic precautions to lower your water damage risk. Thoughtful planning can actually go a long way toward protecting your home. Plus, most of the things you can do to protect your home are simple.

Cut Your Risk for Rain Damage

We see many water-damaged homes, so our team has in-depth knowledge of some of the ways water can damage a home. That means we can offer tips that can help you avoid it, too.

Here are some things experts recommend:

Understand the way your yard drains. Knowing how your yard drains around your home is key to protecting your home. If the water in your yard drains toward your home, then it’s time to chat with a landscaping expert. They can help you find ways to protect your yard.

Use native plants. The flowers and shrubs you choose can do more for your home than add to the curb appeal. Landscaping can help protect your home from water damage, especially if you choose native plants. Talk to a local expert about native plants or visit a native plant sale.

Explore sealing your roof. Experts estimate that almost 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles, which can be prevented with this step. It’s definitely worth considering.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.

Call SERVPRO of North Lilburn If Your Water Heater Leaks!

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

A malfunctioning heater could expose your home to water-related incidents. Water heaters are generally built to last decades of high usage since they can be costly to replace. However, with the sheer volume of water passing through a heater during the winter months can cause year on year corrosion of the steel storage tanks. When these leak inside an airing or heating closet, they can cause significant amounts of harm to your property. 

A heater with corrosion can start to leak over time, leading to water damage in your home. The likelihood of tanks bursting increases when there is steel corrosion, which can have a sizable impact. Performing regular maintenance checks and replacing the anode rod inside your water heater when necessary is the best way of avoiding water emergencies. However, accidents do happen, in which case you should have a firm backup plan in place to limit the losses to your property's structure.

One potential challenge SERVPRO technicians have in restoring structure around a large appliance is restrictive access. Typically, heating systems are built into closets or small enclosures out of the way of the main rooms in your house. These enclosed areas increase water migration because water builds up in a concentrated area, which can lead to water problems inside the cavities of your home. 

Water restoration technicians with experience can duct seal the enclosure and attach dehumidification hoses into the area to speed up the evaporation process rapidly. Since water extractors are likely to be unable to dry such a small space effectively, SERVPRO relies on closed-system dehumidification to dry. We may also need to assess the adjacent walls as well as the subfloor of your property to see how far excess moisture is traveling.

Water heater failure can cause extensive harm in small spaces. Contact SERVPRO of North Lilburn at 770-577-2470

Are Your Pipes Ready for Cold Weather?

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Fall weather is upon us, which means lots of pumpkin spice, sweaters, and football.  Yay! However, fall weather also means, winter is right around the corner. Which means colder temperatures, higher electric bills, and possibly snow.   

That’s why it is important to prepare for the colder weather by winterizing your pipes.  Below is a checklist of important things to consider/complete.

  1. Use insulation sleeves to insulate pipes. Make sure you cover the pipes fully and do not leave any gaps without insulation as cold air can reach these areas and affect the pipe. 
  2. Be sure to inspect the outside areas of the home or property. Cold air can enter through cracks and cause freezing.  That is why it is important to seal any visible cracks with caulk or spray foam.
  3. When freezing temperatures do occur it is a good idea to allow a faucet to drip to allow water to move continuously throughout the pipes preventing freezing water.
  4. If the home or property has a crawl space be sure that it properly insulated and block any openings that can allow cold air in.

These measures should ensure that your home or property will be safe from water damage this winter.  But, if you do suffer from a water loss, remember that SERVPRO of North Lilburn is always “here to help.”

How to Dry Your Lilburn Home After a Water Loss Event

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water damages flooring and this flooring had to be removed after a pipe burst. SERVPRO has the know-how to dry your home.

What to Do Before SERVPRO Arrives for

Water damage is often both sudden and unexpected when it happens in a home. There are actions you can take to help minimize loss and stay safe before our technicians arrive. 

When SERVPRO takes a call to perform water removal in Lilburn homes, we determine the general scale of the damage from the caller and advise homeowners not to move wet materials such as area rugs as saturated items may be cumbersome. If homeowners want to blot or mop up excess water and it is safe to do, it can assist in lessening water loss. 

In the case of water dripping from ceilings, wiping away water from wood furniture and removing tabletop items to another area of the home can help prevent warping of the wood on a case by case basis. If upholstered furnishing received water, propping up the cushions, so all sides receive air before our technicians arrive increases the restoration potential. When ceilings show signs of damage from water, do not turn on light fixtures and double check ceiling fixtures to ensure the water has not collected within them. 

In the case of wet carpeting, wrap the legs of furniture legs with aluminum foil or place furnishings up on wooden blocks to create a barrier between the leg and the wet carpeting to avoid stains. To prevent transfer stains on damp carpeting, remove items such as magazines, books or printed plastic bags that have ink that stains. 

SERVPRO technicians arrive quickly to perform water extraction, and we use different kinds of equipment ranging from portable pumps with weighted extraction wands to push water out of carpeting. We always use wands on the initial pass because a carpet is 50% weaker when wet and aggressive pushing and movement has to potential to cause delamination of the carpeting. 

Contact SERVPRO of North Lilburn at (770) 709-3266 when you need water removal in your home. We have the equipment and training to handle any size home disaster and make your water loss "Like it never even happened." 

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Our Trained Specialists Are Available 24/7 To Restore Your Norcross Home

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage occurred in this home when a water feed line to the refrigerator failed, we showed up right away and began restoration.

Water Damage Restoration in Your Norcross Home

A convenient feature on your refrigerator in your home in Norcross, your ice maker can also cause huge problems. If the water supply line cracks or another part of the device fails, you can have a hidden leak going on underneath your flooring for some time before you realize you have an issue. This kind of leak can cause damage to your drywall, flooring, subflooring, and basement ceiling.

It is smart to keep an eye on the water supply tubing of your ice maker regularly. If you’ve already experienced water damage in your Norcross home from your refrigerator ice maker, you need help right away to prevent additional damage. SERVPRO is a professional water damage remediation company. We have trained specialists who can correct the problem and restore the damaged areas in a timely fashion. In the end, you won’t even be able to tell that anything happened.

Checking your water supply line is something you can do yourself. Carefully pull your refrigerator away from the wall. Have help doing this for safety reasons and go slow. You have to sweep away all the accumulated dust bunnies. A small diameter copper or plastic tube should be clipped to the back of your fridge which runs vertically over the surface. This is the water supply line to your ice maker. A vacuum can be used to remove the dust around the tube, and you can vacuum dust from all of the vents as well.

Inspect the tube carefully and check for signs of water on the floor. If there are any signs of stress or wear, or the tubing is more than ten years old, you should replace it with a new tube. Preferably, a flexible stainless-steel tube should be used instead of plastic, as it is much sturdier. Just like the water supply hose to your washing machine, these lines can leak or burst and create all kinds of damage before you even see the problem.

One part of the restoration process that SERVPRO staff performs is deodorization. The first step to this is getting rid of the moisture in the affected area. For some jobs, we need to use various methods of deodorization because one deodorant might not work on every odor present. We have specific production guidelines for the three primary deodorization process, which include wet fogging, dry fogging, and activated oxygen. A venting, high-velocity box fan is also used before and after the deodorization process to ventilate your structure. Using one shortens the amount of time you and your family need to be out of the area.

SERVPRO of North Lilburn can make quick work of the water damage in your home in Lilburn, Pleasant Hill, or the surrounding areas after an ice machine leak. Just give us a call at (770) as 709-3266 soon as you realize there is an issue, and we can have it all cleaned up in no time.

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Our Team Is Prepared To Handle Your Lilburn Water Damage Restoration

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

Homeowners need a professional water damage restoration company they can count on in a hurry. We are prepared with the necessary equipment.

Second Floor Water Damage in Your Lilburn Home

Water loss incidents that affect your Lilburn home might not always start in the places you might expect, and when plumbing breaks or toilets overflow on the second floor of your residence, these effects can spread quickly throughout the property. Without the proper containment and mitigation of this situation, these damages can spread far beyond the source to saturate through floors and ceilings, into walls, and even irreparably damage contents within the house.

From the time that water damage emergencies begin in your Lilburn house, steps must get taken to get qualified responders there quickly to begin addressing these concerns. With plumbing ruptures and clean water overflows in bathrooms on the second floor, the higher volume of excess water often spreads out of this room beyond the water-resistant flooring and materials. In carpeted hallways, pooling water has a much easier path to penetrate floors, and eventually through the ceiling of the main level of the house.

Our SERVPRO team must contain the spread of water throughout your residence immediately upon our arrival, as the less widespread these effects can become, the less restoration work that your property ultimately needs. In most situations, air movers and dehumidification units can help to slow or even stop the progress of spreading saturation and moisture throughout the property. These pieces of equipment can also help to remove and restore damages in accessible areas of the house.

The Inject-Dry System is a minimally invasive approach to address saturation and dampness in ceiling spaces, flooring, and wall cavities. Where it gets believed that affected materials can get preserved and not removed and replaced, this approach can ensure that the moisture content drops well below acceptable parameters to prevent secondary effects like mold growth from occurring.

Second-floor water loss incidents can spread far beyond the source of the water damage and affect many areas of your house simultaneously. Recovering from this loss event requires the expertise and equipment of our SERVPRO of North Lilburn team. Give us a call anytime at (770) 709-3266.

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Call Our Certified Technicians For All Your Lilburn Water Damage Restoration Needs

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

When you have a water leak we can handle the water cleanup and dry all of the affected areas. We are available 24/7 so call us right away.

Your Basement In Lilburn Needs Water Removal Services

Owning your home in Lilburn included visions of a beautiful backyard and community and lovely neighbors, but never did you think that one day your basement would be filled with water as the result of a leaky washing machine left unattended overnight. Suddenly you require a professional team to help you restore the peace in your home and return it to mint condition.

When you need water removal services in Lilburn, SERVPRO is at your fingertips. A quick call to our 24/7 rapid response team sets into motion the restoration process for your home. Upon arrival, our IICRC-certified technicians assess the situation and determine the best course of action to mitigate the loss of time and money a water-soaked basement can have. By applying our knowledge and expertise, we can draw up a plan to restore your home as soon as possible.

Our SERVPRO Green Fleet is equipped with different tools to address the particular needs of each home we serve. If the standing water in your basement is over two inches deep, we use submersible pumps to extract it. We may complement these efforts with handheld equipment to access tucked away corners where our pumps may not be suitable. For some homes, we may drill holes in the baseboards to extract any moisture that has seeped into the wall cavity and make sure none of it remains. Our moisture meters and hygrometers give us readings that inform us of our progress and allow us to adjust as needed.

As the drying process goes on, we work with you on preserving the contents of your home as much as possible. Our SERVPRO crew brings in air movers and dehumidifiers to encourage the movement of air and the quick drying of your basement. This efficiency is essential in preventing the spread of mold and the growth of bacteria that results from leaving standing water unattended.

When your Lilburn home needs support, SERVPRO of North Lilburn is here to help. Call us at (770) 709-3266 and allow us to work with you to leave your home "Like it never even happened."

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Lilburn Laundry Done without Water Damaging Mishaps with Proper Inspections of the Appliance

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Leaks Are Great for Ducks, Not So Much for Lilburn Homes--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Regular Maintenance of a Washing Machine in a Lilburn Home Helps Avoid a Water Loss

Experiencing a malfunctioning washing machine in your Lilburn home can be a bit of a nightmare, considering how much water it can put out into your home all at once. Regular maintenance done to the machine can help you avoid this problem and save your money on the cleanup that it would involve.
When you do experience a water damage emergency in your Lilburn home because of your washing machine, our staff at SERVPRO can help take care of the situation and get your home dry again. We work promptly to avoid additional damage, such as the growth of mold.
The first thing you can do to keep your washer working great is to check the water hoses periodically for any signs of weakness or wear and tear. If you find any blistering or cracks, the hose should be replaced. Any damage like this can cause a burst or a leak, and costly flood damage to your home. If this has happened to you, SERVPRO techs have the tools and skills to help you out. It is recommended by both manufacturers to replace your hose every five years. For a higher quality hose, choose stainless steel.
Do not overload your machine. Follow the instructions in the owner’s manual for the right loading sizes. Loads that are oversized throw the machine off balance which can lead to problems. You should also keep the machine level. It is not normal for your washer to shake the walls and floor of your laundry room. If the machine does not have all its legs on the floor and is exactly level, it might rock back and forth and vigorously vibrate. Most machines have adjustable legs at least in the back of the machine if you need to make adjustments to make the machine level.
Using the right amount of detergent is also helpful. No matter what it says on the detergent itself, follow the recommendations from the manufacturer of the machine. If you have soft water, you need to lower the amount of soap used. It is also common for detergent residue to build up inside the tub of your washing machine. Therefore, you need to use a cleaner once a month to keep your washing machine free of odor-causing residue.
SERVPRO of North Lilburn is always available to help you if your washing machine in your home in Pleasant Hill, Lilburn, or the surrounding areas does malfunction. Give us a call at (770) 709-3266 when you need our assistance cleaning up a water damage emergency.

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When a Broken Pipe Makes You Feel Like You Are ‘Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay’ in Your Lilburn Home

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

A small burst pipe can quickly create a lot of damage.

Stopping And Remediating Water Damage Around Lilburn

Water can affect Lilburn homes in many ways. Usually, it is a positive manner, such as when a sprinkler irrigates the lawn and provides a beautiful, green field for bare feet in the Summer. Once Winter rolls around, water can cause more problems than benefits.

For most Lilburn homeowners, water damage is a result of a plumbing failure in, or near, the home. SERVPRO specialists often have to deal with a ruptured pipe that burst due to a cold snap. Other reasons to step into a pool of water in the kitchen are cracked connectors under the sink or a split line that used to feed the ice maker in a refrigerator.  

Our technicians can repair or replace minor plumbing issues like these. If there is a major break anywhere in the home, we recommend the homeowner calls in a licensed plumber or general contractor to make repairs.  

After we stop the source of the problem, SERVPRO team members remove the water using commercial pumps and extraction wands. These machines enable us to remove most of the water within a day or two, depending on the size of the home and how much water flooded the residence.  

Once we remove the standing water, our teams start remediating the damage. Technicians carefully lift and roll up the carpet to remove the pad underneath and dispose of it. Then, they use air movers to blow warm, dry air over the floor. If the inside humidity is very high, technicians can set up dehumidifiers to draw water out of the air, speeding up the drying time for the floors.  

With the floor dry, technicians carefully roll the carpet back into place. If the carpet is still damp, they lift it at opposite points with an air mover at one end and a box fan at the other. This technique enables us to force dry air across and under the carpet while drawing moisture out of the carpet and blowing it out of the affected area.  

Removing the water and drying the carpets and floors are the immediate steps SERVPRO of North Lilburn takes to protect area homes. Our goal is to return each residence to its original, dry state, so homeowners can return to their life before the water turned their kitchen and living room into a child’s wading pool. Call us today at (770) 709-3266 to schedule a visit.

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Factors To Consider For A Successful Water Cleanup Process In Lilburn

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

The water cleanup process is an important step when you need to restore your property.

Water Cleanup Process

The water cleanup process is an important step when you need to restore your property even if the source of the water was as a result of a plumbing breakage or an appliance failure. If you do not remove the water as soon as possible, it may cause further damage to your property and create favorable conditions for mold growth. If you are working with a restoration professional in Lilburn, there are a few facts you need to understand about the remediation procedures.

When our SERVPRO technicians are performing water cleanup in Lilburn, we begin by performing moisture measurement. By measuring the amount of moisture, we can determine the scope of work and the methods to use. During this process, we can use moisture meters and sensors to detect the moisture presence. Since we already have the correct picture of the initial extent of water ingress and damage, we can set drying goals.

As an initial assessment, our SERVPRO technicians may take non-invasive moisture readings in non-affected contents to establish control parameters and measurements. When we are taking these measurements, we take into consideration factors such as the material's permeance, the existence of water barriers, the relative humidity, temperature, and the primary purpose of the property. If we suspect moisture exists below the surface, then we may take in-depth readings using invasive techniques.

The goal of setting a drying goal is to return your property and materials to their preloss state. By knowing the parameters of the various materials, our SERVPRO team can set a drying goal to assist in solving the pre-existing water damage problem. Some of the moisture measurement methodology and equipment we use during the restoration include moisture meters, moisture sensors, thermo-hygrometers, remote monitoring systems, thermal imaging, radio wave, Borescope, humidity boxes, and sleeves.

SERVPRO of North Lilburn has a track record in water, fire, storm, and mold damage remediation. Call us at (770) 709-3266 to learn more about our services.

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The Reality Of Appliance Degradation In Your Lilburn Home

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

One of the first things that any homeowner should be mindful of is the wear and tear on the appliances they have.

The Reality Of Appliance Degradation

Many Lilburn homeowners are not fully aware of the moving parts that allow their washing machine to work as it should. For example, in many modern washing machine appliances, one singular sensor is what determines the level to which the machine fills itself with water for vital functions of cycle settings. However, that is not all that hinges so delicately on sensors for disaster prevention.

Your appliances in your home undoubtedly serve to make your life easier, but this comfortable living can result in some disastrous circumstances sometimes. While many Lilburn homeowners would rather contend with water removal services by our SERVPRO professionals than forego having appliances at all, there are some things that you can do to limit the possibility of a significant water loss incident.

One of the first things that any homeowner should be mindful of is the wear and tear on the appliances they have. All machines have a finite lifespan, but with a little bit of maintenance and moderate repair work, this life can get exponentially extended. Regular servicing also limits the possibility of mechanical failures which cause the need for SERVPRO water removal services and restoration work.

Another consideration that should get made about your appliances is when they have reached their limitations. Much of the problems with machines in your home begin with improper use. For example, overloading dishwashers and washing machines well beyond their intended capacities. Properly using your appliances within their respective guidelines allows them to last longer without incident.

Sometimes just servicing your appliances regularly is not enough to stop water loss incidents from occurring. If you are experiencing this situation in your home, it is best to act quickly to help mitigate potential damages to the structural components of your home. Our experienced technicians can respond quickly to begin the extraction work and restoration process. When you are contending with a water disaster in your home, trust our SERVPRO of North Lilburn water damage restoration specialists to help you clean up the mess. Give us a call 24/7 at (770) 709-3266.

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Commercial Water Damage in Lilburn

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

When the toilet has overflowed many times at your business location, the bathroom has suffered water damage. Contact our SERVPRO technicians.

Team SERVPRO Has Many Methods at Its Disposal to Remediate Water Damage

Water damage from floods, broken pipes, plumbing leaks, appliance malfunctions, and sewage backup can all lead to unexpected losses in your business. Restoring everything to its original state is the first priority. Indeed, it is important to minimize interruptions to the business and do everything possible to resume normal operations. This often requires employing the services of a reputable restoration company.
At SERVPRO, we are dedicated to restoring local businesses to preloss conditions as quickly as possible after commercial water damage in Lilburn. Our technicians are highly trained and certified by the IICRC, ensuring that the cleanup process goes quickly and smoothly. We also use advanced tools and equipment that are up to par with industry standards in every restoration project.
Water damage can occur as a result of toilet overflowing or clogging, old pipes, a leaking roof, or general plumbing problems. SERVPRO experts can assess the issue by tracing any pockets of excess water and then removing them accordingly. We use professional equipment to locate these pockets, including thermal imaging and moisture meters.
In some cases, we may transfer certain furniture, personal belongings, IT equipment, machinery, and other movable items that have sustained water damage to our cleaning laboratory. If necessary, these contents can be taken apart before drying, cleaning, and putting them back again. We also work with a team of highly-experienced in-house contractors, who can restore water-damaged ceilings, flooring, paint, walls, woodwork, and other structural elements.
Saving books and documents that have sustained commercial water damage takes thought. SERVPRO technicians can prevent additional damage, but we may not be able to reverse the existing damage. The idea is to stop further water and moisture damage, and dry items to the best possible condition. For this, we use five methods. These are vacuum thermal-drying, vacuum freeze-drying, freezer drying, dehumidification, and air-drying.
If you experience a flooding event in your business, SERVPRO of North Lilburn is there to reduce the impact of the resultant commercial water damage. We have an active emergency response team that can be on site within a few hours after contacting us. You can reach us anytime at (770) 709-3266.
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Older Appliances Can Allow Flood Damages To Your Pleasant Hill Home

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tip--Mitigate Flooding Damage from Appliance Failure in Your Pleasant Hill Home by Calling Us

SERVPRO Says Prevent Flooding and Water Damage in Pleasant Hill Residents with Appliance Inspections and Maintenance

While there might always be the present threat of flooding to your home, you might focus on the external risks that your home faces. While it is wise to take precautionary measures with preventing water penetration from the outside, you had already brought in several potential flood sources when you purchased the appliances for your house.

While the appliances within your Pleasant Hill home are not all destined to create flood damages for you to overcome, they are not built to last forever. Parts degrade and wear down over time, offering instances in which the supply of water to these specific appliances like your washing machine and dishwasher continue to fill indefinitely. Within only a few minutes, you can have a high volume of water throughout the room.

While turning off the water supply to these respective appliances is a simple process, in many cases, the damage can be extensive and widespread at this point. When our SERVPRO team arrives at your home, we get to work quickly in assessing the full scope of the damages that you face and the best approach to restore these issues.

Extraction is an essential component of the water damage cleanup and restoration process, as this paves the way for drying efforts and assessment of structural damages. The extraction typically involves the use of portable pumps and wet-vacs, but with higher volumes of water to combat, we could also employ a pump truck from our SERVPRO fleet.

Drying the area is another critical component, and it needs to be a thorough process. Many pieces of equipment often play a role in the efforts, from high-strength air movers to industrial grade dehumidification machines. Without entirely removing the moisture in the area, your home becomes susceptible to mold and fungal growth.

While you might not look at your appliances and see the kind of damage that they can do when they malfunction, servicing them on a regular basis can help to prevent some of this possibility. If you find yourself facing flood damages inside of your home, trust the experienced team we have at SERVPRO of North Lilburn to help you clean up the mess. You can reach us anytime by calling (770) 709-3266.

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Basement Water Damage Should Not Be a Stressing Event for Lilburn Residents

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage in a finished on unfinished basement can cause damage to living space or items being stored. Contact SERVPRO for remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Equipped to Remediate Water Damage Anywhere in Your Home

Water damage in your basement is likely to destroy furniture, carpeting, floors, and walls. If you fail to act quickly, then in no time mold starts to grow. Given that most of us store items in the basement, then there is more to worry about as a resident of Lilburn. The key to putting everything in order is to avoid panicking and following specific steps to remove the water and restore the area to its preloss state.
During water damage incidents in Lilburn, we advise you to work with our SERVPRO technicians. Immediately after we arrive at your property, we identify the source of the water and turn it off. We also observe certain safety precautions like switching off all power sources, as well as inspecting whether ceilings and floor are firm enough. When it is necessary, we perform minor demolitions to make the restoration process efficient and safe.
We then use pumps and water extractors to remove the water from the basement. Extractors are in two forms – truck-mounted and portable types. The ones that are easy to carry are helpful when we remove water from areas that have limited space. If we find out that your carpets and other contents absorbed so much water and are not salvageable, we discard them and recommend a replacement.
Our SERVPRO technicians can use a wet vacuum when removing damp debris and excess water as we prepare the area for drying. We then can set up fans and heaters to dry the basement, and when necessary, we may decide to make use of a HEPA-filtered vacuum when cleaning dry contents. Given that it has high filtration; it can collect fungal spores without dispersing any, and after that, we place them in sealable plastic bags.
We also use antibacterial cleaning agents to wash surfaces with the aim of preventing the growth of mold. To eliminate those bad smells, we perform deodorization to sterilize the sources of the odors. When the room's moisture content is so high, we perform dehumidification to return it to normal levels.
SERVPRO of North Lilburn is an industry leader in mold, fire, water and storm damage restoration. Call us at (770) 709-3266 at any time of the day for services you can trust.

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Water Damage from Toilet Overflow in Your Pleasant Hill Home

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

When facing the aftermath of an overflowing toilet, your best bet is to call our water damage restoration team at SERVPRO. Call right away.

SERVPRO Technicians Safely Deal With Possible Biohazard Containing Water Which Has Flooded Your Home

Of all the things that you have to worry about as a homeowner in Pleasant Hill, one of the worst is toilet overflows. Water intrusion in your home is bad enough, weakening wood, triggering the growth of mold, ruining carpets, and corroding metals. However, when the water is very unsanitary, the risks increase, and the damage potential is even higher.
If you are experiencing water flooding and water damage from your toilet, you need to contact our skilled workers at SERVPRO right away. We go beyond just removing the water from your Pleasant Hill home and shutting down the water flow at its source. We also provide complete overflow cleanup and restoration to get your home back to its state before the damage occurred.
Since a toilet overflow can mean sewer water, we are dealing with biohazards. Many of these are invisible to the naked eye and can be seen only through a microscope. Almost all biohazards can harm you if you are exposed to significant amounts of them.
SERVPRO techs realize that any water damage could have organisms which create a health threat to you and your family and our workers. Even when the water is clean, it can pose a problem if it has been left in the home for too long a time.
Excessive moisture and water make for an excellent environment for the growth of fungi, bacteria, and viruses. We treat sewage water as highly infectious waste material. They can contain a variety of infectious diseases, plus sewage can also emit methane gas and other sewer gasses that are harmful to breathe in. We follow all the proper safety precautions when dealing with these types of environments, and wear protective clothing and gear to prevent us from being harmed in any way while working to get your home safe for you and your family again. Such gear includes splash goggles, gloves, respirators, boots, and full body suits.
SERVPRO of North Lilburn takes safety seriously when working on any job. You can rest assured when you call us at (770) 709-3266 to help you clean up your home in Pleasant Hill, Lilburn, and the surrounding areas, that we do a job not only skillfully and thoroughly, but safely as well.

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How Moisture Causes Water Damage in Pleasant Hill Attics

10/14/2017 (Permalink)

Moisture in your attic can lead to bigger problems such as water and mold damage. Call SERVPRO today to have your attic inspected.

SERVPRO Can Inspect and Repair Your Attic for Water and Mold Damage

While most people in Pleasant Hill use the attic for storage only, the space can also become an environmental pressure cooker as it accommodates moisture, heat, and cold simultaneously. Inspecting its condition can alarm you of damaging water problems that need correction. Most water damage in the attic occurs as a result of ignoring telltale signs.

If you detect any signs of water damage in your home, contact SERVPRO immediately. We have a team of highly skilled water damage restoration experts within Pleasant Hill who can arrive at your home in no time. Following IICRC guidelines, we can control the problem and return your home to preloss conditions quickly and efficiently, "Like it never even happened."

Every house generates moisture in the living areas, which can move into the attic. The moisture can condense on various surfaces if the attic fails to disperse it. Moisture may originate from non-vented kerosene or gas heaters, inadequately vented bathrooms, a un-vented clothes dryer, green firewood stored inside, humidifiers, or ground moisture from the crawlspace. It can find its way into the attic through the chimney, plumbing vents, fans, or unsealed openings around your lights.

Warm, moist air can cause various types of impairment that, if ignored, can cause water damage to your attic. For instance, when warm air reaches a snow-covered roof, it can cause the snow to melt and flow to the colder side of the roof. Here, it forms ice dams or icicles that allow snow to melt and penetrate the interior of your home.

After assessing the damage, SERVPRO technicians can treat any mold infestations in the interior of your attic. Apart from being unsightly, mold growth can cause health effects and can transfer into living areas. Excess water in the attic also promotes wood rot on internal structures, including roof sheathing. The rot, in turn, causes premature failure of your roof that can lead to costly repairs.

The attic is an important part of your home that is uniquely susceptible to water and mold damage. If you suspect the presence of water damage in this space, SERVPRO of North Lilburn is here to help. Our resources are at your disposal, and our technicians are available 24/7, every day of the year. Call us today at (770) 709-3266.  

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Preventing Water Damage From Your AC Condensation Line in Your Pleasant Hill Home

9/17/2017 (Permalink)

A/C Clogged Lines Often Cause water Damage in Pleasant Hill Properties

SERVPRO Offers Options for Drying and Removing Water from Your Home

Water damage from your air conditioning condensation line springing a leak is more common than most people think. These types of leaks in Pleasant Hill can be quite devastating since they go unnoticed, mainly because they are inside walls and situated in low traffic areas.

The dark space and high humidity around the AC lines in an HVAC system can make them susceptible to the growth of mold. However, water damage to your Pleasant Hill property usually occurs first.

The most important thing in preventing A/C condensation line leaks is inspecting your system on a regular basis, as even a bit of condensation is a sign you could have a problem. When your unit does cause water damage in your home, SERVPRO is the one to call in for help. We are professionally trained and certified to repair and clean up the water damage so that your home is dry and safe again.
Make sure that there are proper AC condensation line pitch and lower elbow connection angles. It is ideal to have your AC line run as straight as possible, with a drop of 1/8 inch per every twelve inches of length. Get rid of any elbow connections with 90-degree angles and use 45-degree elbow connections when you can.
While you are running your AC, look at the opening of the condensation line to ensure you see water flowing to the drain. How much water you see depends on the humidity level in your home.
Clean the line every three to six months. An easy way to do so is using a nylon string and a bit of cotton rag. A shop vacuum can pull the string out on the exit side, and then you can tie a small piece of rag to the other end and pull it through. Doing so brings all the debris in the line out. SERVPRO can also offer a duct cleaning service to ensure your indoor air quality is at a high level.
If you have any problems with a leaking AC unit, SERVPRO is always standing by to help you clean up the damage. We have industrial strength pumps, dehumidifiers and fans to get your home dry again in a short time.
SERVPRO of North Lilburn knows what to do in a water damage emergency from your AC condensation line leaking. You can reach us anytime you need when you live in the areas of Pleasant Hill and Lilburn by dialing (770) 709-3266.

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Where Water Might Be Lurking In Your Pleasant Hill Home

8/19/2017 (Permalink)

It is best to address water damage quickly.

Where Water Might Be Lurking

Long after the most obvious water damage has been cleaned up and restored, there may still be some amount of dampness trapped in hidden places throughout your home. These are difficult to detect, and typically it is only after mold damage has formed, or structural collapse has occurred that SERVPRO is called in. When we restore water damage, we use thermal detectors to help find and eliminate these pockets of water before they can cause you any further trouble.

Water Trapped Below The Floor
The most common place for Pleasant Hill water damage to become trapped is beneath flooring materials. Standing water creates pressure on these materials, and unless they are fully waterproofed, water inevitably seeps into the spaces below. All types of flooring are at risk, from wood to tile to concrete. It is best to address this problem quickly; if left for too long, this water can cause permanent damage to the floor and necessitate costly replacements.

Water Trapped In Walls
Behind your walls is a space not ever meant to dampen or take on water. Here, exposed wood and building materials are very susceptible to leaks and spills that work their way into the tight, enclosed spaces you never see. This is one of the most common places SERVPRO technicians find long-term mold damage, as mold spores thrive with a source of moisture and ample food sources.

In Furniture And Belongings
While we are careful to address all belongings individually and apply care as needed, others in the industry are not so thorough. Even if the structure of your home has been fully and adequately cleared of water damage, your belongings may have been forgotten. We have specialized treatments and contractors for all varieties of objects in your home, so everything you own should receive careful and expert attention should it take on water.

SERVPRO of North Lilburn has helped residents to clean up and recover from home damages for years. Give us a call 24/7 at (770) 709-3266.

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Long-Term Water Damage SERVPRO Finds Regularly In Pleasant Hill

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold is one of the most difficult long-term forms of water damage to remove.

Long-Term Water Damage

Although many of our water damage calls pertain to short-term, sudden damages taken by the home in some recent event or disaster, we often find signs of more long-term damages as well upon reaching the job site. Long-term water damage can manifest in many ways, and shouldn't be ignored. If your home has any of these long-term signs of water damage, it may be worth looking into more immediate options for their restoration.

Oxidation is the natural process whereby water reacts chemically with a metal, creating a new material in the place of the latter. The most well-known form of Pleasant Hill water damage from oxidation is rust, which is created when unprotected iron or steel comes into contact with water. However, many other types of metal react in the same way, potentially creating dangerous substances as products or suffering as their metallic surfaces become marred by discoloration and rough texture. Oxidation may also lead to further problems for your home, such as cracked pipes, leaky gutters, or malfunctioning machinery.

Cracks And Crumbling Material
Water may sometimes root itself inside cracks or pockets of a home's foundation or exterior walls, creating almost undetectable but still potentially volatile centers of damage. In the long term, these pockets can cause larger cracks and problems to arise, from temperature or chemical changes in the tiny pockets of liquid. Most often, this is an issue in older buildings or homes where safety standards were not met. SERVPRO inspectors use thermal moisture detection tools to find these pockets of water and identify potential centers of damage in the building.

Mold is one of the most difficult long-term forms of water damage to remove. It is so problematic and potentially dangerous that companies such as SERVPRO have to go through lengthy certification processes to be legally allowed to interact with it. We carry a full-featured set of certifications and equipment to deal with any mold we find on the property during inspections.

SERVPRO of North Lilburn is a locally-owned company with specialists and equipment dedicated to resolving any water damage problem your home may have. Just call us 24/7 at (770) 709-3266.

Do You Have A Water Damage Problem In Pleasant Hill?

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Our process efficiently prevents subsequent water damage and eliminates extensive moisture exposure!

Water Removal & Restoration

Are there constant leaks causing damage to your home or commercial property? Don't leave anything to chance with your water removal needs. You never know how far the water extended beyond the immediate area. Consider ordering an assessment of the damage to your property from SERVPRO today!

After water damage to your Pleasant Hill property, we will begin our 6-Part Water Removal & Restoration Process. We begin by asking questions about the situation you're having so that we can determine the proper equipment that is needed to assist with your case. When our technician arrives at your property, they'll carry out the appropriate assessments. Our technicians use SERVPRO's proven scientific method to determine the extent of damage and moisture exposure to your property. Once we've finished our evaluation, we begin to use our equipment to provide a full water removal and extraction service!

We are aware that every situation requires a specific and immediate reaction. We can help you prevent extensive damage and return your property to its previous condition. There's no reason why you shouldn't benefit from our experience and expertise!

The full water removal service starts with moving all of your belongings to a safe location to prevent further damage. Next, we use our submersible pumps and industrial wet/dry vacuums to evacuate any excess water from the damaged area. We also inspect your carpet and pad to help avoid damaging your subfloor and use the proper equipment to ensure complete water removal!

We even have infrared cameras that are used to help us discover pockets of water hiding within walls or in ceilings! Our process efficiently prevents subsequent water damage and eliminates extensive moisture exposure! No matter how large or small your exposure is, SERVPRO can help to avoid further damage to your property!

Once we've removed all of the excess water, we use Moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters to determine the amount of moisture saturation that has occurred on your property. It doesn't end here; there are three additional steps to our overall Water Removal & Restoration Process to ensure complete restoration of your property and safe return to normal operation.

Please don't hesitate to give SERVPRO of North Lilburn a call if you are ever in need of water removal! We provide you with an Emergency Contact number for 24/7 assistance. Call us anytime you're in need; we'll be there! - (770) 709-3266.

Water Removal from a Basement

9/15/2016 (Permalink)

Water in Your Norcross Basement? Call SERVPRO for Stress Free Removal

SERVPRO Is the Answer to Rapid Water Extraction

If you are the victim of a broken water line or local flooding, water in your basement is always a stressful problem. You can remove water from your basement, it is not hard, just time consuming. There are also safety issues that you must understand. Standing water in your basement can subject your home to mold and mildew growth, as well as structural weakness.
Your attempt at water removal in Norcross requires an organized plan. First, don't walk through the standing water until you turn off the electricity. If you have carpeting, it may be too soaked and soiled to keep and must be replaced. For your appliances that have been sitting in water, they should also be assessed by a professional repair person before you attempt to operate them.
For any valuable items, they should be removed from the basement. When the water source has been addressed, then you will need to pump out the standing water quickly. SERVPRO can extract the water rapidly with our array of truck mounted pumps and portable sump pumps. If a flood was the result of the water in your basement, you have to wait until the water outside has receded.
A submersible pump is the best device. It is designed for a waterproof casting with a protected electrical cord and a fitting. The fitting is used to be connected to your garden hose or a sump drainage hose. You will also need a heavy-duty extension cord and possibly a generator to operate the pump.
Begin by attaching the sump hose or your outdoor hose to the submersible. Place the end of the hose some distance from your basement. Placing it on a grade is better because the water you are pumping out can easily enter a sewer system or a gutter and away from the foundation. Place the pump into the basement water and start the generator.
If your water damage is the result of basement water heater problem and your water level is less than 1" deep, then you can use a wet/dry vacuum device. A wet/dry vacuum can only hold between 4 and 5 gallons of water. Using a wet/dry vacuum is time-consuming because you must dump it out after each use. The longer water remains on the flooring; the more water damage will occur.

SERVPRO is a are a trusted leading name in the restoration industry. We use powerful industry approved pumps and vacuums. Our professionals have years of experience and training. We can remove your water damage quickly to prevent any secondary damage and mold growth.
SERVPRO of North Lilburn is a part of the community. We are proud to be an active member that can help our homeowners and business owners when emergency disasters strike. We are close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. Let us explain our services to you by calling us at (770) 709-3266.

Water Damage and Procedures Used to Restore the Home

7/21/2016 (Permalink)

Drying Equipment Helps to Remove Moisture After Water Damage

SERVPRO Follows a Plan to Make Sure the Restoration Process is Done to the Highest Standards

Even though owning a home is considered to be a significant part of a homeowner’s dream, there are some problems that can occur to dampen the entire experience. One of the most notable is when the owner has to take care of unforeseen circumstances that cause the family a huge amount of discomfort. Because there are problems like broken pipes that can flood a homeowner’s home, these issues can be difficult to recover from.

Fortunately, there are experts in this field that have the skills and experience to assist a homeowner and their family with getting to back to their normal routines as quickly as possible. So, for those of you who are interested in how this type of water damage should be handled, here is a basic overview of what our team can do for you when our representatives are contacted.

Team Will Arrive at the Site to Devise a Restoration Plan

First of all, it is important to note that our team has a process in place that has been designed to address emergency situations in a strategic manner. Therefore, you will know exactly what our team of technicians is doing and when. For example, when someone in a family contacts our representatives, they will contact you within an hour to communicate the arrangements that have been made. Because our primary concern is to take care of these situations as quickly as possible to avoid further damage, we will begin the mitigation process within 4 hours. Also, before getting started with a solution, you will receive a detailed description and explanation of what needs to be done. The site will also be pre-tested in order to determine restorability. After these technicians have identified what needs to be done, this information will be communicated verbally to the appropriate people.

Follow Thru and Water Damage in Pleasant Hill

After this briefing, the actual process of restoration will begin. The tools and equipment used will be based on the type of damage that has been done. For instance, this team will have the proper equipment with them to do a thorough job and it will be state of the art equipment.

Some of the latest and advanced equipment will include the following:

  • Detection Equipment – sensors used to identify water and moisture
  • Drying Equipment
  • Dehumidifier Equipment
  • Deodorizing Equipment

Walk Thru Supplied
A walk thru will also be provided to ensure the plan that was devised has been followed through completely and to ensure customer satisfaction.
With this in mind, for those of you who may need these services for your home, you SERVPRO of North Lilburn at (770) 709-3266 for an assessment of your water damage today.

Norcross Water Damage--Is Something That Should Be Handled Quickly

4/4/2016 (Permalink)

A Norcross Home Dripping Tap Can Lead to a Lot of Water Damage.

SERVPRO Fixes Norcross Property Water Damage

Water damage in your Norcross home is something that you never want to have to experience. First, there are so many causes why this water is entering your home. It could be a burst pipe, a leaking appliance, water heater or a faucet that has decided it does not want to shut off. It can come from torrential rains or a sewer connection that has ruptured and is coming through the walls in your basement. This can cause Black Water, contaminated and potentially dangerous. It could be a leaking roof, and all of that water has to flow through several floors, ceilings and down the inside of walls making a mess all of the way down to the lowest level.

Water can react with various materials such as drywall or wood flooring to cause swelling and extensive damage. It seeks its own level as it flows or drips. That means it is seeking the lowest level of your home which usually means the basement, crawlspace or other, more hidden, spaces in your structure. The path that it follows is, of course, the path of least resistance, through walls and ceilings. Water can be absorbed into just about everything it touches. These surfaces become water soaked, giving them a soggy or soft feel. They are deteriorating and degrading. If the moisture is not removed quickly, the water damage continues to wreak havoc.

The companies who deal with the water damage in Norcross homes arrive after being called and conduct an inspection. SERVPRO, a premier water damage restoration company, carefully assess the root of the problem. This inspection is designed to locate all areas of water and moisture so that they may be dried out. If all water sources are not fixed, the moisture can continue to seep into walls and floors, making future repairs that much more expensive and time-consuming.

After extracting the water, all surfaces are cleaned and disinfected. Water pumps, sump pumps, air movers, dehumidifiers and foggers are some of the equipment stored on a SERVPRO vehicle. This may require the tearing out some building materials that have become too waterlogged. The restoration process is always the first recourse. SERVPRO attempts to repair and restore water damaged materials in your Norcross home rather than discarding and replacing them. Whether you are covered or not by insurance, the aim is to minimize your costs and return your home to its pre-loss condition as quickly as possible.

If you discover water where it should not be, give SERVPRO of North Lilburn a call at (770) 709-3266 to find out what is going on.

How to Beat Norcross Residential Water Damage

2/7/2016 (Permalink)

Keep Drains Unclogged to Prevent Water from Backing Up

Contact SERVPRO of North Lilburn to Combat Water Damage in Norcross

With the trees and mild climate, life in Norcross, GA, and around North Lilburn may be charming most days of the year, but accidents and adverse weather events can quickly turn things for the worse. Unfortunately, many residents in Norcross and the surrounding communities experience water damage in their homes. If you suspect Norcross water damage in your home, you may be very concerned about the condition of your property.

The First and Most Important Step

Before you consider repairing your property after Norcross water damage, you will need to remove the standing water and moisture from your home. This extraction sounds easier than it is; all of the areas must be thoroughly dried out promptly if you want to minimize the opportunity for mold growth to develop on your property. Mold can spring up when moisture is present in the home for just a day or two, and it can cause the water damage in your home to become much costlier to repair. Additionally, mold can cause health problems, so you definitely want to arrest its development. A reputable and experienced restoration company uses advanced techniques to extract water and return humidity levels to normal.

The Repair Process

Depending on the extent of the damage in your home, the repair process may take a few days or a few weeks to complete. Some items can be salvaged. For example, you may be able to retain your carpeting if it is professionally cleaned and deodorized after being damaged by a flood or another catastrophic water event. Other items in the home may not be so fortunate. Drywall, cabinetry, and other items made out of similar materials can become warped when exposed to water for an extended period. Although some furnishings may need to be replaced, in any case, acting fast will improve your outlook for preserving as much of your property as possible. SERVPRO always attempts to save and restore household and personal items rather than replacing them.

Getting Fast Service

The best choice when you look for a remediation company to help with your home water extraction and repair process is one with a proven track record. Also, because the threat of mold grows with each passing day, you should go with a local business that can respond rapidly.

SERVPRO of North Lilburn is committed to helping you keep Norcross water damage at bay. We're a locally owned and operated business that can respond swiftly to your emergency. SERVPRO of North Lilburn has the tools and expertise needed to help you out, so call us at (770) 709-3266.

Water Damage to Your Home in Lilburn Can Be Prevented

2/4/2016 (Permalink)

Inspect for Leaks to Keep Your Home High and Dry

Prevent Water Damage to Your Lilburn Property: Tips by SERVPRO

Research studies indicate most homes will experience water damage once every ten to eleven years. Therefore, water damage in Lilburn does occur quite frequently to any given property. You can help to lessen the odds of your property becoming a victim of this type of damage by being informed and proactive. SERVPRO suggests the following article can assist you in water damage prevention.

A failure of your plumbing system can result in unwanted pooling water. A primary cause of leaking water is the supply lines or drain hose from the washing machine. Check these fittings and make sure the drain hose is secure to the evacuating pipe, usually on the back wall. The water heater, with age, can rust allowing water to escape. Always have a safety catch pan, with a drainage line, placed under the water heater to eliminate water accumulation. Replace oxidized fittings (that blue/green powdery material) before they rupture causing streaming water.

Exterior structural issues can also affect unwanted interior water damage. Your house is designed to transport excessive rainwater away from the foundation, basement, and walls. Keep your gutters free of dead leaves, branches, and all debris that may restrict the gravity flow of water from reaching the downspouts. Place gutter guards, if trees overhang the roofline, to prevent blockage. It is essential that rainwater flows away from the foundation to avoid water wicking into the walls and building materials. Inspect that the landscaping, turf, and soil permit flow away from the structure. In the winter season be aware of ice dam buildups in the gutters. Lack of sufficient insulation within the attic may lead to untimely melting on the roof. Also, check your roof to ensure that the shingles are in good condition. Evaluate the caulking and tar seals around roof vents and chimneys. If they appear dried out, have these seals reset to prevent water seepage.

Although learning a few tips to help prevent water damage are important, Norcross water damage to your home can still occur. SERVPRO consists of dedicated IICRC-certified technicians that respond immediately to all water damaging events. The rapid and thorough removal of standing water, hidden moisture within the walls and basement, and humidity are paramount in minimizing the adverse effects of leaks, floods, or sewer drain problems. With industry-leading know-how, experience, and equipment we are committed to returning your home to its pre-water damaged condition. "Like it never even happened."

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of North Lilburn restores your home after a water damaging event using specialized equipment and products. We proudly serve our local communities of Lilburn, Norcross, and the surrounding areas with prompt 24/7 emergency service. (770) 709-3266