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Bring Winter Weather Safety on the Road | SERVPRO of East Cobb

1/24/2023 (Permalink)

Snow and Ice on mountain road Let SERVPRO help when winter storms cause water damage to your home or business. We can make winter water damage "Like it never even happened."

It’s one thing to be caught off-guard by snowfall at home, but being caught in a snowstorm on the road is a whole other ballgame. Hazards like hidden black ice, strong winter winds and
snowfall that obstruct your vision can make driving a real challenge in the winter.

East Cobb might not be blanketed in snow every winter, but every now and then, snowstorms make a surprise appearance. It can be quite nerve-racking if you’re on the road during this rare
occurrence, but preparing ahead of time will allow you to keep your cool.

With a few extra precautions, you can bring winter preparedness on the go. You’ll be driving safely in a winter wonderland in no time—if we have one this winter!

Pack an Emergency Kit

Keeping an emergency pack in your home is essential for being prepared for the worst, but what if disaster strikes while you’re driving? Whether you encounter snow on the road in East Cobb
or on a winter road trip, having a winter emergency kit on hand can save your life.

Keeping emergency supplies in your car will help you keep comfortable if you’re stopped on the side of the road waiting for the storm to pass.

Take It Slow

Driving in inclement weather is difficult enough; don’t make it any harder for others on the road by driving recklessly. Drive slowly and keep a safe distance from the other cars around you.
Try to keep calm, and keep an eye out for any winter hazards hiding on the road as you drive.

If conditions become too intense or you begin to panic, pull over to the side of the road, turn on your hazard lights and wait for the storm to pass.

Prepare in Advance

Nothing is more annoying than jumping in your car only to discover that your windshields are covered in frost and your car temperature is below zero! Wait until your car has warmed up and the frost has cleared before driving to ensure that nothing is blocking your visibility.

If inclement weather is in the forecast, staying at home is the best way to avoid a slip-up on the road. Always check the weather the night before a trip to determine whether it is safe to travel.

Making sure your automobile is in good shape before you go will also help you avoid breaking down at the worst possible time. Before trekking through the winter weather, check your car battery, make sure your tank is full and inspect your tire tread.

If winter catches us off-guard this year, our team is ready to help! SERVPRO can repair the damage caused by extreme weather and return you to a safe home.

Winter Wonderland Season | SERVPRO of East Cobb

1/16/2023 (Permalink)

Temperature signs for hot and cold When winter weather gets rough call SERVPRO. We here to help restore your water or fire damaged property 24 hour a day, every day!

Winter officially starts on Dec. 21 this year, but according to where you look, winter likely looks incredibly different. In north Georgia, winter tends to creep in slowly as our mild temperatures lower gradually, while other areas move into winter fast as snow and ice seem to never end.

Regardless of where you are, winter comes with its own set of severe weather that can leave your property damaged and your family out in the rain (or snow…or fog…or, well, you understand).

When you understand all the potential hazards the season could carry, you can get your home ready so that your family stays safe.

Winter Around the Nation

Wet and mild, cold and full of snow are two ways that the upcoming winter has been described around the United States, creating a picture of a nation in two halves.

The Midwest area and areas around the East Coast can expect a winter that brings low temperatures and heavy amounts of snow that will last all season long. Out on the West Coast, temperatures will likely stay mild and more rain than snow will fall throughout the cold months.

While predictions can certainly vary over the months and according to the regions, the more prepared you are the more you can keep your property from incurring damages.

Winter Around East Cobb

Georgia weather is always a mixed bag, and winter is no exception. We can see anything from freezing temps to days in the 70s, sometimes within the same week.

December and January are our coldest months, and we average about two inches of snow for the entire winter season. While this winter is anticipated to be colder than average, we will still likely see more rain than snow.

Even without heavy precipitation this winter, when your home is prepared for anything you can snuggle under that heated blanket a little more peacefully.

Get Prepared

To be able to focus on that blanket and not the fear of weather related damage to your home, there are a few things you should do ahead of the season. The first thing is to get familiar with the kinds of winter storms that could threaten North Georgia.

Next, be sure you have at least two ways you can get weather alerts, and make sure one of them doesn’t need any kind of external power to work in the event a storm takes out your electricity.

A supply kit for emergencies is another way to prepare your home and your family for winter. Keep your kit in a safe location that can be accessed from an interior room, and take a look at its contents periodically to keep it seasonally appropriate. Pack one for the car, too, to stay safe in unexpected situations.

Even if we don’t see extremely low temperatures this season, weatherproofing your window frames and doors can protect your home from damaging moisture and help with your heat bill. Put a cover on your outdoor faucets, too, before our colder months hit to avoid frozen pipes in the morning.

Your roof protects your home all year, so give it a little extra attention before the weather gets really cold and wet to repair anything that has aged or broken. Cut tree limbs that have grown close to your home, and think about adding extra insulation to your attic or crawl space to help your home weather any storm.

Winter can feel like a magical season that wraps you in a fuzzy blanket with a cup of hot chocolate when you know your home is protected. Add SERVPRO to your contact list so you can take advantage of our 24⁄7 availability if your home is damaged during a storm and get back to all things comfy fast.

If you experience damage in a winter storm, call or contact us. We have the experience and equipment to get your home back to normal.

Decorate Safely This Season and Stay Fire-Safe | SERVPRO of East Cobb

12/21/2022 (Permalink)

Beautifully decorated Christmas tree beside fire place If you have experienced a fire loss, SERVPRO is here to help 24/7 and can restore your property to preloss condition.

Can’t you just see this picture in your mind: glowing holiday lights, soft music and sweet smells wafting through the air? Taking in a concert at the Fox or at the Performing Arts Center, or shopping at the kids fair are all traditions of the seasons to look forward to.

It is easy to get lost in the wonder of this time of year, but we also need to be fire-aware during the season.

You can decorate safely and ensure you have preventive measures in place to protect your home. Paying close attention to the safety of your home means you can relax peacefully the whole season long.

Top Seasonal Hazards

Each year, there are 790 structure fires that start due to misuse of holiday decorations.

When decorations are hung too close to a heating source, they can become highly flammable. Christmas trees and candles also start a number of fires this time of year. These winter blazes can spread quickly and leave your home with extreme damages.

If you keep a real tree in your home, be sure to water it frequently and clean any needles that fall off. Artificial trees should have a tag that lists them as fire-resistant. If your artificial tree is several years old, consider replacing it to be sure that you have the safest version. Always unplug your decorations at night and any time you are away from home, and don’t overload your outlets.

Take Preventive Measures

You likely read that line “The stockings were hung from the chimney with care” to your family multiple times over the season, so make it your motto as you decorate your home.

  • An average of 20 house fires a day are started by candles. Burn your holiday scents away from any materials, and be sure to blow them out when you leave the room. If your home has a fireplace, have it inspected and cleaned before you turn it on.
  • Any decorations you use outdoors should be rated as such in order to prevent failures in wet weather. Hang lights securely with insulated nails so they do not fall and increase your risk of brush fires. Check with your community to ensure there are no current guidelines in place restricting decorations.
  • Add checking your smoke detectors to your decorating duties and make sure you have one on every level that works appropriately. Practice your fire safety plan with everyone in your household, and make sure SERVPRO is in your contact list for fast recovery if your home is damaged during a fire.
  • Have smoke or fire damage in your house? Contact us today to get cleaned up fast.

Enjoy the Holidays With a Partner Like SERVPRO of Standby | SERVPRO of East Cobb

12/21/2022 (Permalink)

ice freeze in roof gutters If a water or fire disaster damages your home this holiday season, call SERVPRO so we can make it "Like it never even happened".

It’s time to get into the holiday spirit! There is a lot to do this holiday season, whether you plan to stay in and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa or venture out to join in our local holiday happenings.

East Cobb is the place to be when winter makes its grand arrival. No matter your age, you’re sure to find plenty of ways to get festive right here in town. Holiday light displays, Christmas tree
farms, holiday markets and other holiday happenings make winter here all the merrier.

The holiday season is the ideal time of year to get together with friends and family to spend quality time together. As soon as winter arrives, there will be a flurry of festivities, but these gatherings may not always go as planned.

Helping You Weather the Winter Season

  • Winter in our area can be difficult for so many reasons. A pipe leak due to freezing temperatures, ice-clogged gutters and the numerous weather risks that these winter months offer can all have a negative impact on your property.
  • Because snowfall in our area is not an annual occurrence, it’s well…let’s say…an adventure when we are unexpectedly hit with a winter storm. Even when you take action to prepare for the unexpected, storm damage is still capable of devastating your home.

Our team prepares for the worst-case scenario when winter rolls around to make sure we are fully equipped to handle any size disaster. Whether you experience an unexpected pipe burst or devastating winter weather destruction, we have the tools and resources needed to rapidly repair your residential damage.

We Are Always Here When You Need Us

No matter the situation this season, our team is ready to respond rapidly to your emergency calls. We are located right here in East Cobb, so you won’t have to wait out in the cold for us to arrive! Our 24/7 services allow us to be at the scene of a disaster as soon as possible.

If winter weather disrupts our community events and damages your home, we will be there fast to rapidly find a solution. Or if your holiday cooking erupts in flames, we can be there quickly to help you pick up the pieces. We recognize how important this time of year is, and where better to celebrate it than in the
coziness of your own home? When you partner with SERVPRO for repairs, we will get your home back to its pre-damage state just in time for the holidays.

If winter gives you any trouble this season, we are the experts to call. Our SERVPRO team will have your home back to its former glory before you know it.

Winterize Your East Cobb Home Ahead of Cold Weather | SERVPRO of East Cobb

11/2/2022 (Permalink)

img src =”frozenpipe.jpg” alt = "pvc pipe with frozen water in it” > Call SERVPRO if you experience winter storms or freezing pipes, so we can help restore your water damaged property quickly and safely.

When winter arrives, there are so many things to look forward to. The excitement for this special time of year might make it easy to overlook all of the dangers that come with the delights of winter.

Your home is exposed to numerous types of damage from winter storms and freezing temperatures. Even if East Cobb isn’t visited by a blizzard this year, you should still take time to protect these problem areas around your property.

When winter hits, you should pay close attention to some of your home’s most vulnerable areas. Your house will be equipped to face any winter storm that might come our way!

Frozen Pipes

Burst pipes are a regular source of concern for homeowners, and the risk is heightened during the winter. When water freezes in cold temperatures, the added pressure can cause a pipe to break. What follows is a winter water crisis that could cause water to pour into your home.

A great way to make sure your pipes make it through the winter is to use insulation around any exposed piping. Additionally, since pipe bursts are brought on by cold winter weather, you should keep your garage or cabinet doors closed to keep these areas warm. Keeping your home warm and cozy can prevent your pipes from freezing up as well. 

Prepare Outdoor Water Sources

Just like your pipes, your outdoor water sources, such as your garden hose, can expand and burst when frigid weather freezes the water inside. Make sure to disconnect your house and drain any water left inside. Store your hose indoors through the end of winter to keep it functioning until the flowers finally blossom when spring arrives.

If your home uses a sprinkler system, make sure to winterize it as well by shutting off the main valve and draining any water that’s still inside.

Gutter Buildup

Your gutters are working hard to send any water that collects on your roof away from your property, but when ice and snow pile inside, this can lead to a clog that might seriously damage your home.

By clearing out your gutters of sticks, leaves and any other debris, you can avoid creating an ice dam that could ruin your home’s roof and foundation. Throughout the winter, be careful to frequently inspect your gutters to make sure the water is flowing freely and no icicles have made a home on the side of your roof. 

If a winter storm creates problems on your property, we are the expert crew to turn to. Our SERVPRO team can complete a restoration quickly to return you to a secure home.

Water Damage in Your Commercial Building | SERVPRO of East Cobb

11/1/2022 (Permalink)

img src =”flooring.jpg” alt = "wood flooring with water damage” > Call SERVPRO a soon as possible if you discover water damage in your place of business or commercial property today. We can help 24-hours a day!

Impacts on your business can be severe when it is affected by commercial water damage. Flooding often originates from right inside your building and can result in lost inventory and soaked floors. Burst pipes, leaky roofs and sewer backups all pose a threat to your building.

Natural causes are also extremely detrimental. Flash floods from heavy rains is one of the biggest risk factors we have in East Cobb, and we have seen extensive damages over the years.

If you are prepared before a flooding event can happen, you can move quickly and start recovery faster with less stress. No matter where the water comes from, take preventive steps to mitigate your losses.

Know Your Building’s Layout

Get to know the layout of your building in order to familiarize yourself with water shut-off valves. Make sure you know how to turn off the main water valve as well as the fire sprinkler system so that you can move quickly in the event of a leak.

Make this information a public part of your emergency plan so that several people are prepared to turn off the water if necessary. Cutting off the source of a flood can mitigate your losses greatly when you are able to move fast.

Know the Types of Water Involved

When your business is affected by water damage, it is important to understand the kind of water you are dealing with in order to respond appropriately.

White water. Plumbing failures are a common source of flooding that is not considered contaminated. White water floods are safe to clean up on your own when they are small in nature.

Gray water. Gray water originates from overflowing sink drains or toilets. This type of floodwater is contaminated but not dangerous.

Black water. When a sewer backs up or a storm creates flooding, it is called black water. This kind of water is contaminated and should only be handled by a professional.

Take Action Quickly

If you experience a flooding event, the faster you move, the more you can protect your property. Attempt to identify the source of the water and shut it off if possible.

Open windows and doors around the affected area to promote air circulation and expedite drying. Let anyone who may access your building know to avoid the flooded area.

Once you have taken these steps, document any damages you can safely see. Take pictures and notes to aid you in your insurance claim, and review these to determine if you need additional reinforcements in this part of your building to prevent further disasters.

Remember to Be Patient

Water damage you can see is typically only part of the problem. There may be hidden signs of water damage you should be watching for. Moldy framing, buckled spots in your flooring or soaked studs are all red flags that should be addressed quickly for potential damages.

If your building does experience a water event, call SERVPRO of East Cobb to get restoration started right away. We have 247 availability, industry-leading equipment and the trained professionals to handle your damage fast.

The drying process after a major flood can take more than a week. Stay patient while our team cleans and sanitizes. We will walk you through each part of the process and have your business back to normal before you even realize it.

When disaster strikes your commercial property, we’ll be there to help clean up and get you back in business quickly. Reach out 247 to get started!

Stop Flooding by Protecting Your Property, Inside and Out | SERVPRO of East Cobb

10/10/2022 (Permalink)

"a group of residential homes with major flooding in back yards Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of East Cobb to get the restoration process started right away.

Everyone needs to protect their property from flooding regardless of where you live. As little as an inch of water can do a good deal of damage and leave you with a large repair bill.

If your home is in an area that is not considered high risk for rising waters, you may not get a lot of help from private insurance or federal funding if you do experience flooding. This means the more you can do to mitigate your risks, the better it will be for your home and your wallet.

Understanding both our regional risks and your personal risks is the first step to protection. Our part of Georgia does not have a huge risk of flooding, but we do frequently see strong thunderstorms and heavy rains in the warmer months.

If you live near the Chattahoochee, your home may be at risk when its banks become overwhelmed.

When you know what kind of challenges you are facing, you can start putting preventive steps into place and stop flooding from the inside out.

Protecting Your Home From the Outside

Flooding doesn’t always come with early predictions, and sometimes a pop up storm that dumps huge amounts of rain will leave your yard soaked and your gutters struggling. When you prepare your home from the outside, you can save yourself from damage.

Clean your gutters regularly to keep them clear of debris and allow water to exit them correctly. Consider adding extended downspouts as an inexpensive and effective way to keep rain out of your house.

Use your landscaping strategically to stop water from ponding and to keep it out of your home. Gardens are highly effective at absorbing water by pulling it down through the soil into the roots. Organic materials such as mulch can also serve as protection when layered in a sloping manner adjacent to your home.

You could also invest in some upgrades that will add additional security in the event of a flood, including moving your electrical outlets up and anchoring a fuel tank if you use one. These can be pricey, but even an inexpensive rain barrel that catches water from your gutters can be a great way to stop flooding.

Adding one of these also comes with the bonus of cutting out the need for turning the hose on when it comes time to water all your plants!

Flood Protection From the Inside

One of the best ways to keep your home safe from water coming in from the outside is to have a well-shored up foundation and thoroughly sealed basement.

A sump pump can also make a huge difference in your basement or bottom floor of your home as it will pump water away before it has the opportunity to do any damage. If you are in an area that experiences a good deal of storm and flooding activity, consider a battery-operated pump that will work even if the power doesn’t.

When flooding doesn’t start outside, protecting your home comes down to how well-maintained it is.

Plumbing failures are one of the top causes of water damage in a home. If you have a dripping faucet, fix it.

Replace pipes that are aged, and add checking your toilets, sinks and showers for issues to your regular cleaning list so you can stop a problem before it starts.

A leak sensor can also be a great way to minimize damages. This device will alert you when water is somewhere it shouldn’t be, and oftentimes one can be included in your home security package.

Any kind of water that takes over your home will immediately cause damage to paper goods and photographs. Keep these items and anything else that is irreplaceable stored somewhere up high or in a water tight container.

Make sure your emergency plans and contacts are also stored somewhere safe, and put SERVPRO on the top of your list. We are available 24⁄7 to get your recovery started faster.

Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO today to get your restoration completed faster.

The Elements Mold Needs to Thrive in Your Home | SERVPRO of East Cobb

9/3/2022 (Permalink)

Mold untreated on window Don’t let mold take over your home! Contact our experts at SERVPRO of East Cobb.

Suddenly discovering signs of mold, like a musty odor or discoloration, can be overwhelming for homeowners. Your home’s structural integrity is only one of the worries that can arise when you spot spores lurking in your dwelling. 

Although it can be difficult to comprehend why mold develops in the first place, doing so is the best way to make sure that this issue never returns to your home. 

If you find mold developing in your house, you might have a lot of questions. Where could this infestation come from? Numerous elements combine to create the ideal conditions for mold growth in your house. 

Don’t let mold make itself at home! Learn the three main ingredients mold requires to thrive and what our team can do if you spot mold in your home: 

Excess Moisture 

If there’s one thing mold loves, it’s damp or wet conditions. Leaky appliances, plumbing failures or a severe flood infiltrating the home are a few ways moisture might pop up. Keep your home at a moisture level between 30 and 50% to keep mold at bay. 

A Place to Feed 

Mold needs a place to grow, and within your home, it may grow on almost any surface. Mold can appear on drywall, carpet, clothes and other surfaces that are ideal for the development of mold. 

Though mold can be found practically anywhere in your house, it likes to hang out in certain rooms that frequently house moisture, like your basement or bathroom. 

A Lack of Sunlight 

Mold can grow in any dark environment where sunlight and fresh air aren’t present. Light from the sun can fight mold growth and sometimes even eliminate it. 

Leaving your windows open is a terrific way to let beautiful sunlight in and excess moisture out. 

What Our Team Can Do for a Mold-Infested House 

It can be risky to deal with mold on your own, so calling on a team like SERVPRO of East Cobb to completely remediate your home can ensure the problem is gone for good. Since mold can grow and spread quickly, we offer 24/7 services and can be on the scene to begin the cleanup process fast! 

Once our team thoroughly inspects your property and determines the source and scope of your mold problem, we are able to begin to remediate your home to a safer and cleaner condition.

We use containment procedures to prevent mold from spreading and use antifungal methods to completely eradicate mold colonies. After that, you can return to your home unless some objects need to be cleaned or sterilized or some minor repairs need to be made. 

Don’t let mold take over your home! Contact our experts at SERVPRO, and we can create the perfect solution to return your home to its pre-mold condition.

SERVPRO Wants to Be Your Restoration Partner | SERVPRO of East Cobb

8/29/2022 (Permalink)

a group of employees with restoration tools walking away from SERVPRO van No matter what type of disaster you face, SERVPRO of East Cobb is only a phone call away.

We are locally owned, which means we know what business owners face in the daily running of a business. Trying to handle so many responsibilities and keeping your company successful can feel like walking on a tightrope, and a disaster striking could lead to everything falling apart.

Natural disasters can not be stopped, and sometimes they don’t even come with warning, but you can take the time to prepare yourself for them. And since damage doesn’t just affect your business, this means preparing your home as well.

In order to prepare yourself and your property, you should create an emergency plan. The American Red Cross has a wonderfully informative website that can provide a wide range of information on several different kinds of natural disasters that happen around the United States.

Once you have a general knowledge of disasters, you should investigate more localized information for the disasters we most commonly experience in Georgia. The East Cobb County website will be a great source before, during and after an emergency. You can also check out the state of Georgia’s website for statewide information.

While having an emergency plan in place is the first step in protecting your property and loved ones, damage may still happen to your home or business. Regardless of the cause, the sooner the response the more that can be restored.

That’s why SERVPRO, with day and night availability every day of the year, should be your first choice for restoration professionals.

Why Choose SERVPRO?

No two disasters will ever be alike. Disasters that produce the need for restoration are a common event across the United States, but every situation will be different.

Flooding is a great example of a common kind of disaster that will always result in many different restoration needs. While each year more than 14 million homes are at risk for floods, each home will require completely different restoration.

That is why our professionals are trained to handle a variety of situations. We take things one step at a time to ensure everything is dry.

SERVPRO is available around the clock. When a disaster happens, the most important part of recovery is how quickly you are able to respond. Once the immediate danger is over, a fast response means stopping additional damages and getting your home back to normal quicker.

If you experience flooding in your home or business, damages set in immediately to furniture, fabric items and painted surfaces. When water isn’t dried up quickly, mold will begin to take over, which can result in structural damages to your property. With our 24⁄7 availability, we can start your recovery quickly.

We do more than just basic damage restoration. We not only restore the damages your home took on, we cover the entire recovery project until things are back to normal.

This can mean helping you with everything from packing up unaffected items to rebuilding a room of your house if your restoration needs it. We also talk with your insurance company so that your claim is covered and used efficiently.

SERVPRO wants to make your process easier and pain-free while we get everything taken care of.

With any kind of disaster damages you may have, SERVPRO of East Cobb has your recovery completely covered. We have been around for years, and with our experience, training and industry-leading equipment, we can get things cleaned up and restored quickly. You will be back to your life faster than you thought possible.

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

Pack a Disaster Kit Before a Calamity Strikes | SERVPRO of East Cobb

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

Packed bag of needs in a disaster SERVPRO of East Cobb can repair the damage after a disaster leaves your house in ruins.

When it comes to natural disasters, you can never be too prepared. That is why putting together a disaster kit now, before the disaster strikes, can save your life if a disaster strikes East Cobb without warning. 

Our East Cobb community has experienced a plethora of natural disasters, some of which left homeowners without power or supplies for days. Since these occurrences are unpredictable, being prepared for a crisis when floodwaters begin to flow or tornadoes are forecast can be extremely helpful if you and your family are left without the essentials. 

Here’s what you can pack in your kit so you’ll have everything you need to endure any disaster: 

Food and water. Disasters could leave you without essentials like food and water for days. When packing food in your kit, it’s important to use nonperishable items to ensure they won’t expire when you need to eat them. Store around one gallon of water per member of your family per day for three days to ensure everyone has access to clean drinking water. 

Hand-crank radio. When a disaster strikes, you might not have access to your smartphone, so you’ll need to receive alerts the old-fashioned way to stay informed about the unfolding catastrophe! To stay informed about ongoing conditions, invest in a battery-powered or a hand-crank weather radio. 

Flashlights. Power outages are common during a natural disaster and can mean much more than simply a loss of electricity. A flashlight can help you navigate your home in the dark since you won’t be able to charge your smartphone for some time. Be sure to pack multiple flashlights along with extra batteries. 

First-aid kit. Even though it’s upsetting to think about it, disasters can result in injuries, and you might be forced to take care of them on your own. A first-aid kit filled with essentials like bandages, pain relievers, cold packs and other basic supplies can be helpful if anyone gets hurt during or after an emergency. 

Additionally, be sure to include any over-the-counter medications or prescriptions that members of your household depend on for their health or well-being in your kit. 

Being prepared for a disaster demands extra planning. A disaster kit is an ideal approach to make sure you and your family will withstand any crisis. While these are only a few items you should consider including in your kit, the American Red Cross has created a quiz so you can check if your kit is ready for any emergency!

Our SERVPRO team can repair the damage after a disaster leaves your house in ruins. We have experience responding to local emergencies, and we know what it takes to restore your home to its preloss condition. Contact us today