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The Worry With Water Damage | SERVPRO of Marietta West

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Cracked structure due to water damage If you discover water damage in your home, SERVPRO of Marietta West is here to help right away.

Water damage is a difficult and frustrating thing to experience. Whether it is due to a roof leak, a burst pipe or storm damage, there is no good way to sustain water damage to your home—and unfortunately, the worry with water damage typically does not begin and end with an excess of moisture. 

Water damage can cause quite a few issues for homeowners that go beyond having things be soaked. Recurring problems, structural damage and mold growth are all concerns for any type of damage, but especially when you are dealing with water damage that is not treated quickly. 

When moisture is discovered, it is vital that homeowners quickly take action to avoid these secondary issues from popping up and causing more problems. 

What to Worry About When It Comes to Water Damage 

Persistent and recurring problems

Whenever water damage is discovered, treating it quickly is key, but so is treating the root cause of the issue. For example, if you have water damage due to a leak, taking care of the damage will prove to be ineffective if the leak is not also addressed. 

If you discover moisture where it should not be, make sure the underlying issue is always identified. 

Structural damage

 Depending on the severity of the water damage you experience, in addition to where it is located, you may need to consider the implications of structural damage to the home. For example, if a flood soaks the support beams in your basement, you will certainly want to have those examined by a professional restoration specialist to make sure they can still provide adequate support to your home. 

Mold growth.

 Mold thrives anywhere that there is moisture, so water damage can often become a haven for mold growth. This is especially true for water damage that is not treated right away, as mold growth can begin as soon as 24 hours after moisture moves into an area. Because mold is so persistent, it is important to be certain that water damage is fully treated—otherwise, mold can create an even larger problem. 

If you discover water damage in your home, SERVPRO of Marietta West is here to help right away. You can get in touch with us 24 hours a day to start the restoration process— call (770) 428-5467 or  contact us  today to learn more.

Water Damage Has This Effect on Your Home | SERVPRO of Marietta West

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

a bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of Marietta West has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

Owning your first home is a monumental moment, and you don’t want anything in the world to ruin it. That’s why it’s so important to constantly check your home for any mishaps that could lead to extensive water damage.

For example, your bathroom sink might exhibit a slow, steady leak. It doesn’t seem like a big deal, but that water will build up over time.

The average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

Water damage progresses rapidly, seeping into floors, walls and soft surfaces. It’s important to address the issue right away, otherwise the following water damage timeline will play out.

In the First 24 Hours

Your house has a one in four chance of a flood damaging your home within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. Knowing what to do next is essential.

You have about 24 to 48 hours at the most to get your affairs in order. Certain items will immediately fall victim to water’s disastrous effects. These could include anything from books and photographs to soft furnishings. In addition, mold can begin to develop within this timeframe. Quick action is essential.

SERVPRO’s expertise and “restore vs. replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We will let you know if any items cannot be successfully restored.

Within the First Week

Let’s say water has been sitting in your home for up to a week. You are now in a much more precarious situation.

After the first 24 hours, water damage will progress, and mold will spread like wildfire with excessive moisture. As mold sets in, it can even damage the home’s structure.

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. As time goes on, the costs and efforts to restore the structure will increase significantly, and the risks associated with structural damage are greater.

How SERVPRO Will Help

Regardless of how long water has been sitting in your home, SERVPRO of Marietta West’s restoration experts are ready to jump into action with the first call. Service work normally starts with a thorough extraction of water. This helps prevent the spread of water in the structure and reduces drying time.

Mostly likely, floors, furniture and other belongings will 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.

Once we take care of these essential steps, we’ll move on to the construction phase. Your home may need anywhere from minor repairs to large-scale rebuilds.

We can take the burden off your shoulders by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. SERVPRO of Marietta West will keep you up to date on every step and have you back in your home or business in no time.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO of Marietta West  has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Call (770) 428-5467 or Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

What to Do to Prepare for Severe Weather | SERVPRO of Marietta West

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

Rain on roof near gutter in a storm If you have damage to your home due to a storm, we are the team to help at SERVPRO of Marietta West

Severe weather of any kind is a frightening thing. Serious rain, lightning strikes, hail and heavy wind all make an environment that is not simply frightening, but is also rather dangerous. Because of all the harm that severe weather can bring, anyone who may be caught in its path is wise to prepare.

 If severe weather becomes possible in your neighborhood, it is important to act quickly to make sure you are ready. While we can’t fully predict the weather and definitely can’t control it, there are some key ways that you can lessen the impact it is likely to have. 

Below, we have our top tips for severe weather preparation you should note to keep yourself and your household safer.

How to Prepare if Severe Weather Is Possible

 Make sure to have a reliable source for weather alerts

 Staying informed is so important when it comes to severe weather, especially when conditions could change on short notice. It is important to be certain you have multiple ways to get weather alerts (typically a cell phone and an NOAA weather radio) so you can stay informed about changing conditions and have a backup method in case you lose cell service.

Have an emergency kit packed 

If there is a severe storm in the area, you and your family members may need to shelter in a safe space until the event passes. To make this a comfortable experience and ensure no one needs to exit the designated safety area, it is wise to pack a storm emergency kit with necessities such as flashlights, water, prepackaged foods and anything else you may need to stay comfortable. 

Prevent damage to your home

Storm damage can cause serious problems around the house, and while it can never be fully prevented, you can lessen its likelihood. Trimming back tree branches, tying down objects that are likely to become projectiles in heavy winds and clearing out your gutters are all smart steps to take to lessen the likelihood of experiencing damage due to severe weather around your home.

 “If you have damage to your home due to a storm, we are the team to help, call SERVPRO of Marietta West  at (770) 428-5467 or Get in touch with us at any hour to learn more about our storm damage restoration or to get a quick response.”

Flooding and the Elements That Cause It | SERVPRO of Marietta West

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

a street completely submerged in water with a flood warning sign sitting in roadway Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO of Marietta West has the team to help you recover from any disastrous event.

Flooding, which is actually the most common natural disaster in the world, affects each and every state in the nation and leads to more casualties than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning. The effects are often deadly and certainly destructive, as a flood can affect anywhere from a single home to entire communities.

There are just a few types of flooding and causes behind them. Most commonly, there are three types of flooding and four causes.

3 Types of Natural Flooding

Flash floods are common, and they happen when heavy rain passes or sits over an area and overwhelms the ability of the ground to contain the moisture. Excess water can take items, big or small, with it.

River floods are exactly what they sound like. When there’s too much water for a river’s banks to hold, the water spills over the sides and causes destruction.

Coastal floods happen in areas next to large bodies of water, when storm surges or cyclonic activity causes ocean or gulf levels to rise to flood levels.

The 4 Most Common Causes of Natural Flooding

Heavy rainfall. Storms with excessive rainfall, or storms that sit and rest over an area for an extended period can cause flash floods or river flooding. Urban areas are more at risk for rain floods, because the higher percentage of concrete and asphalt means there’s a lack of soil to soak up all that water.

Oceanic activity. Storm surges, hurricanes and rising tides can cause water levels to rise in waves, which can invade coastal communities and wreak havoc. In 2021, Hurricane Ida took its toll on Marietta, with multiple inches of rain that resulted in significant flooding. Many homes and buildings were ruined by the flooding. In fact, Cobb Emergency Management received over 250 reports of building damage. The U.S. Small Business Administration issued a Disaster Declaration for Cobb County to provide assistance to those affected by the flooding.

Dams and levees failing. The most notable example of this in recent history would be the disastrous levee breaks during 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Levees and dams fail when cracks occur or excess pressure overtakes the dam’s ability to contain the surge of water behind it.

Snowmelts and ice dams. In areas of the country where heavy snow and prolonged freezing temperatures are common, snow and ice can build up over a winter’s time, and when they start to melt, they cause rivers of water to flow through area communities. Ice dams or ice jams happen when rivers become blocked by built-up ice being carried downstream, causing the banks to overflow.

Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO of Marietta West has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life.

Call us at (770) 428-5467 or learn more about our services at www.SERVPRO.com

Why Commercial Fire Sprinklers Boost Safety | SERVPRO of Marietta West

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Sprinkler on ceiling in a commercial building Sprinkler systems along with emergency plans for your business can save lives.

When working to increase the overall safety of your commercial space, considering your fire safety efforts is an excellent element of planning. Fires are an extremely frightening and serious event that 60% of businesses find themselves unable to recover from, so doing what you can to lessen their impact is a wise decision. 

One of the best ways that business owners can do this is by installing and maintaining a fire sprinkler system. While this is required by fire codes for many types of industries, even if it is not in your specific situation, it is a wise thing to consider—and below, we will take a look at why this is. 

Why Fire Sprinklers Help Businesses Avoid Damage 

They Reduce Losses 

Fires can start in an instant and rip through a building in as little as two minutes if they are left unchecked—leaving ample amounts of destruction and devastation in their wake. However, when commercial spaces have fire sprinklers installed, they can dramatically reduce the damage a fire can do to their property. 

They Save Lives 

While every building should have ample fire exits and a solid fire escape plan in place for every staff member, getting out of a burning building is still no easy feat. If a fire goes unabated and people are trapped inside the business, they could get severely injured or even be killed. Fire sprinklers stop a fire in its tracks, preventing it from causing harm or fatalities for your staff. 

They Actually Stop the Fire 

While fire alarms, escape routes and other safety measures are certainly very important, once a fire gets past the stage where it can be put out with a fire extinguisher, it is typically allowed to go unchecked until the fire department arrives. With a sprinkler system, however, the fire will actually be stopped before it is allowed to cause too much damage in the building. When paired with other safety measures, this can keep everyone safer and ensure that the damage a fire causes is reduced to as little as possible. 

If you would like to learn more about SERVPRO of Marietta West and our fire restoration process we provide for commercial spaces, get in touch! We are here 24/7 to help you can also reach us at (770) 428-5467

Let SERVPRO Serve Your Business | SERVPRO of Marietta West

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

 "a workspace and cubicle showing signs of water damage" SERVPRO of Marietta West is your local commercial restoration expert. Contact us today should you experience any damage to your business.

When it comes to keeping a business running smoothly, every little piece of assistance helps. As the owner or manager of a business, you are well aware that keeping things afloat requires the use of every available hand. Significant delays or damage to business could result in permanent closure.

However, your business already has a built-in hidden helper who assists with cleaning and restoration, and it’s located right here in Marietta. SERVPRO of Marietta West is capable of meeting a broad range of business needs; it’s as if you have a secret business partner supervising an integral portion of your organization’s success plan.

Large loss recovery

In the United States, fires, hurricanes and floods are the leading causes of financial loss for companies. They have the potential to do significant harm, particularly if they are not dealt with swiftly. When you contact SERVPRO of Marietta West, you can be certain that you are contacting a highly trained staff that is ready 24 hours a day to provide dependable emergency services and to minimize your downtime and recovery time.

Emergency Ready Plan

Recovery starts even before a tragedy strikes—that is, if your organization has been well-prepared. We can assist you in developing an effective plan for when the time comes. During a crisis, you may need an emergency chain of command, alternate meeting or work venues, or temporary suppliers, and we’ll have you configured for a single button click to initiate all of this.

Cleaning of All Kinds

We have solutions for any situation, from specialized cleaning services such as trauma site cleanup and safe biohazard removal to more routine needs such as carpet cleaning and upholstery restoration in high-traffic areas. We’ve been doing this for a long period of time and have seen and cleaned just about everything.

Restoration Services

Storms are responsible for flash floods. Interns have the potential to start a fire in the kitchen. A water pipe may burst. All of these unforeseen circumstances need repair and cleanup, which SERVPRO of Marietta West excels at. You can rely on us to restore the luster to your business after a tragedy, from water removal through restoration.

Industry Specialization

We are prepared to assist any company since we have spent decades learning the ins and outs of every industry. We can help you with any unique or specialized cleaning and restoration requirements your business may have. In certain instances, we may even fence the work area to prevent interfering with neighboring areas’ usual activity.

“Whatever your recovery needs may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO of Marietta West to get the job done. Contact us today at (770) 428-5467 to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or visit www.SERVPROmariettawest.com to find out how we can serve your business.

How Does Rain Cause Water Damage to a Home? | SERVPRO of Marietta West

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

backyard rain heavy rain and flooding in the backyard If your home or business has suffered storm or flood damage, call SERVPRO of Marietta West at 770-428-5467 for storm cleanup and restoration services.

Sustaining water damage to your Marietta or Kennesaw home does not always look like flooding or burst pipes. In fact, a good bit of household water damage is simply caused by rain working its way into small nooks and crannies—and with spring showers up ahead, it is important that you do what you can to protect your home from this sneaky damage.

While there is no way to be completely certain that water damage will not be cause for concern, there are some ways that homeowners can take action in order to lessen the likelihood. Below, we will look at the ways in which rain can cause water damage so that you can do your best to prevent it in your own home.

The Ways That Rain Is Likely to Cause Water Damage

| By Seeping Into Small Vulnerabilities | While houses are built to stand up to the elements, over time, areas that were once watertight may need some reinforcement in order to continue to keep out moisture. The seals around exterior doors and windows can wear out with time, which can make them vulnerable to water damage as water slowly works its way in. Fortunately, adding weather stripping is an easy and inexpensive way to stop damage of this type in its tracks.

| By Taking Advantage of Roofing Damage | Though roofs are intended to last for several decades, they do need maintenance and repair at times. Missing shingles, loose flashing or unsealed seams can make your roof prone to rain damage, but keeping an eye out for and quickly repairing any issues can quickly take care of this.

| By seeping into Your Home Via Clogs | Cleaning your gutters regularly is a must-do for general house maintenance, and it also can prevent water damage as well. When water becomes clogged in your gutters, it can then begin to seep into the foundation of your home or the roofline, causing unseen damage in these areas. To prevent this from happening, making sure water can drain away from the home easily is key.

*If your Marietta or Kennesaw home has been damaged due to a pipe leak, toilet overflow or any other type of water damage (residential or commercial) , SERVPRO of Marietta West is the team that can make any type of water damage “Like it never even happened.” We are here 24/7 to handle any size water damage issues—contact us at (770) 428-5467 today for immediate service or visit www.SERVPROmariettawest.com to learn more.

A Look at U.S. Spring Weather | SERVPRO of Marietta West

3/10/2022 (Permalink)

an image with a cloudy, rainy, sunny and snowy sky Extreme temperature changes can lead to the possibility of severe weather. SERVPRO of Marietta West is a click away if you experience any damage.

Because of its size, the United States contains perhaps one of the most diverse climates of any country in the world. Seasonal weather patterns are not the same throughout the nation, resulting in a wide range of weather threats across the country. 

Let’s take a broad brush to what each of the different regions of the U.S. might be able to anticipate, including here in Georgia, as spring approaches and warm and cold air masses clash over the country.

Flooding and water damage often occur during the spring months in the Pacific Northwest due to heavy rains. It’s likely that melting and runoff from spring snowfall at higher elevations may create its own problems as well.

Winters in the Upper Midwest and Northeast are the longest and coldest. Even into late spring and early summer, residents from Maine to the Dakotas may expect frigid temperatures, blizzards and plenty of snow.

People and property in the Southwest and southern West Coast may be at risk from extreme heat waves as spring rolls in. And in the South Pacific, which includes Hawaii, there is a possibility of tectonic activity-caused tsunamis.

When conditions are dry and windy in the central United States, essentially from Iowa down to Texas, wildfires are also on the radar and can spread swiftly in the right conditions. This region in the middle of the country is also susceptible to severe and highly destructive spring storms as the region contains what is known as Tornado Alley because of its high risk of tornadoes.

Severe weather events, from thunderstorms and tornadoes on land to early-season hurricanes near the coast, may be expected throughout the Southeast, including here in Georgia (as you may already be well aware of). While storms don’t happen constantly throughout the spring season in the state of Georgia, when they do occur, they tend to be quite severe.

* Regardless of where you are in the United States, even though your risk might be different than relatives or friends in other states, you are surely still at risk for severe weather and you can never be too prepared for harsh weather conditions. If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO of Marietta West at(770) 428-5467 for fast, expert recovery or visit www.SERVPROmariettawest.com for more information on storm restoration and cleanup services.

Does Your Business Have a Fire Evacuation Plan? | SERVPRO of Marietta West

3/3/2022 (Permalink)

red fire extinguisher hanging on commercial building wall If your commercial property has suffered fire damage call the pros that are faster to any size fire disaster 24/7...SERVPRO of Marietta West!

Workplace fires may not seem like a common occurrence, but they are something that any business owner is wise to prepare for. Not only are commercial fires more commonplace than many people realize, but they can also be rather dangerous—especially when they occur at businesses that do not have a proper fire evacuation plan in place.

Not only is having an emergency action plan an OSHA-mandated requirement for many businesses, but it is also a smart choice for keeping you and your staff safe in the event of a fire breaking out. Fires can be a frightening occurrence, and without a clear course of action, panic can quickly derail the scenario and prohibit people from acting rationally.

Below, we will go over some elements that business owners should consider as they draft their own fire evacuation plan.

Elements to Consider When Drafting Your Workplace Fire Evacuation Plan

- Consider Where a Fire is Likely to Break Out - 

  • Fires can break out for a variety of reasons—issues in the office kitchen, overloaded electrical outlets or equipment malfunctions are all common sources of commercial fires, and these all have very different origin spots. It is important to consider where a fire is likely to break out in your space and draft plans that account for all possible scenarios so everyone can escape a fire of any kind.

- Consider Your Exits - 

  • Every area of your commercial space should have two exits at minimum so that people can get to safety even if one exit becomes blocked. If you are not on the ground floor, this may require purchasing safety ladders that can be routed outside of windows. Make sure that every area has at least two exits that are clear from debris and remain passable at all times.

- Consider Your Communication Plan - 

  • It is important that you communicate with staff as well as emergency officials in the event of a fire. Designate a person on your staff to be in charge of calling 911, and designate another member to be in charge of communicating with employees and relaying instructions. That way there will be no confusion, and everyone will know what their role is in the scenario.

*If your commercial space has experienced fire damage, SERVPRO of Marietta West can help! We have the unique expertise to assist with commercial fire restoration—contact us today at (770) 428-5467 or visit www.SERVPROmariettawest.com to learn more.

Have You Prepared for a Business Disaster? | SERVPRO of Marietta West

2/24/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee standing in office next to a person reviewing plans If the day comes where your business is hit with disaster or emergency, you can rest assured SERVPRO of Marietta West will be there to help.

When you run a business, you have a full-time job as well as an infinite to-do list causing what’s more like an overtime job. It’s reasonable that you have a lot on your shoulders.Whether it’s overseeing recruitment, bookkeeping, inventory or advertising, it’s a lot. And all of your hard work might be compromised if you are not prepared for the worst.

To get to this point, you’ve put in a huge lot of work. That’s a great reason to do everything possible to give your firm the best chance of surviving a disaster.

It may be difficult (if not impossible) to get your company back up and running after a fire, severe storm or other disaster. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses close permanently after a disaster, with a large percentage of businesses that manage to reopen closing again within a year.

So, how can you make a disaster recovery strategy that works? Having a plan in place for what to do next if your organization is hit by a destructive incident could be the difference between survival and failure.

Around three-quarters of small businesses in the U.S. do not have a disaster plan. It’s only reasonable that businesses that have a plan in place have a better chance of bouncing back.

SERVPRO of Marietta West helps companies in disaster preparedness by creating a personalized Emergency Ready Plan that is suited to priorities, location and profession. If you have a plan, you will be able to limit delays since you will know what to do if disaster strikes.

Disasters are tough to deal with already on their own. Take advantage of the opportunity to plan for a disaster before it happens. We’re ready to help you with your Emergency Ready Plan right now.

*When your business is ready to prioritize planning and safety to prevent extended downtime, contact SERVPRO of Marietta West at (770) 428-5467 or visit www.SERVPROmariettawest.com to get the Emergency Ready Plan underway from the folks who know all there is to know about disaster and recovery.