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Fire Extinguisher Cleanup in Marietta, GA

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marietta West Fire Extinguisher Cleanup SERVPRO of Marietta West is here to help after your home or business suffer a fire loss. Let us make your fire damage "Like it never even happened."

So you’ve just used your fire extinguisher to extinguish a small fire in your kitchen that started when you lost track of time cooking dinner. While you are grateful that the fire is out, now you wonder what you should do to clean up the gigantic mess left behind? The amount of permanent damage from the fire is minimal, but there are signs of fire damage in the form of scorch marks above the oven. Also, there is fire suppressant powder everywhere. It’s in and around the oven where the fire extinguisher put out the oven fire, and there is a thin layer of dust settling on the surfaces in the room. There is an overwhelming and pervasive smoke smell throughout your entire home and the air is thick with fire suppressant powder. It’s time to call the industry leaders...SERVPRO of Marietta West. We are the fire restoration professionals that can make any size fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO’s Standard Protocol for Fire Extinguisher Cleanup

Technicians will don appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Cleaning up fire retardant discharged from a fire extinguisher requires PPE like goggles, rubber gloves, and a respirator or dust mask to minimize exposure to hazards during the cleaning process. They will clean the affected area using high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtered vacuums and SERVPRO’s proprietary cleaning products like SERVPRO Orange Plus, Wall and All Surface Cleaner, Bright-N-Neutral Cleaner and disinfectants like Sporiciden or SERVPROxide to sanitize.

How to Cleanup After a Fire Extinguisher is Discharged…

*SERVPRO of Marietta West advises all homeowners faced with fire damage to their home or business to work with a reputable, licensed, and insured restoration company that they trust to complete any restoration project or repairs to their property.

Dry Powder Fire Extinguisher (most common)

Non-Porous Surfaces

  • First vacuum up all the dry powder using a HEPA filtered vacuum.
  • Then use a professional cleaning solution, like one found in SERVPRO’s line of proprietary cleaning products, to wet clean the affected surface (use cleaning products as directed by manufacturer or according to product label).
  • After wet cleaning use clean clear water on a damp clean towel or cleaning cloth to gently remove any residual cleaning product residue.
  • Finally, Sporiciden or SERVPROxide can be used to sanitize the affected area (if the area is utilized for food prep, an appropriate food-grade sanitizer should be used to sanitize the food prep area).

Porous Surfaces

  • Vacuum thoroughly to remove as much of the dry powder material as possible using HEPA filtered vacuum.
    • You may need to beat the surface with a small handle to get the dust to the top of the surface.
    • DO NOT work the vacuum back and forth across the area. This will push the dust further into the surface making the area harder to clean.
  • Then use a professional cleaning solution, like one found in SERVPRO’s line of proprietary cleaning products, to wet clean the affected surface (use cleaning products as directed by manufacturer or according to product label).
  • After wet cleaning use clean clear water on a damp clean towel or cleaning cloth to gently remove any residual cleaning product residue.
  • Finally, Sporiciden or SERVPROxide can be used to sanitize the affected area (if the area is utilized for food prep, an appropriate food-grade sanitizer should be used to sanitize the food prep area).

Wet Chemical Fire Extinguisher (less common)

  • First remove all excess liquid using wet-vac and towels to dry the affected area.
  • Then use a professional cleaning solution, like one found in SERVPRO’s line of proprietary cleaning products, to wet clean the affected surface (use cleaning products as directed by manufacturer or according to product label).
  • After wet cleaning use clean clear water on a damp clean towel or cleaning cloth to gently remove any residual cleaning product residue.
  • Finally, Sporiciden or SERVPROxide can be used to sanitize the affected area (if the area is utilized for food prep, an appropriate food-grade sanitizer should be used to sanitize the food prep area).

*Important Notice: Dispose of all food, cooking grease or ingestible items that may have come into contact with the fire extinguisher chemicals. 

If your home or business has recently suffered fire damage call SERVPRO of Marietta West at (770) 428-5467 or you can click here and one of our loss coordinators will reach out to you as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Marietta West is here to help 24-hours a day, seven days a week and offers fire restoration services like fire cleanup, contents restoration, emergency tarping and boardup service to secure your property after a fire. Let SERVPRO of Marietta West make your property fire “Like it never even happened.”

For more Fire Damage Tips check out our previous Fire Restoration Blogs: ”Four Steps to Take Immediately After a Marietta or Kennesaw Home Fire”; “SERVPRO of Marietta West: What to Do Until Help Arrives - Fire Damage”; “Removing Smoke and Nicotine Odors from your Cobb County Home”; “SERVPRO's Fire, Soot, and Smoke Cleaning Process For Your Marietta Home”; “Making Your Marietta Home Whole Again After a Fire

SERVPRO of Marietta West Commercial Cleaning and Restoration Services

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marietta West Commercial Restoration Services SERVPRO of Marietta West offers 24/7 emergency services is help your commercial facility or business recover after a water, mold, or fire loss.

SERVPRO of Marietta West knows how important appearance, cleanliness, and productivity of your business is to consumers and employees. SERVPRO of Marietta West has the experience and tools to make your business look and feel as good as it is. SERVPRO of Marietta West offers several services for your commercial office from maintenance cleaning to restoration and restoration to reconstruction.

SERVPRO of Marietta West offers commercial cleaning services that includes odor removal, deep cleaning of carpets, and normal dirt and grime clean up. SERVPRO also offers Covid 19 certified cleanings to help keep customers and employees healthy. With over 40 years experience and award winning training, SERVPRO of Marietta West is sure to keep your place of business looking and smelling its best! 

SERVPRO of Marietta West specializes in Disaster recovery. Whether your business was affected by Water, Mold, Fire or Storm damage, SERVPRO of Marietta West can help make it "Like it never even happened." With 24 hour service, 365 days a year, SERVPRO of Marietta West will immediately respond to your emergency. Commercial Buildings face unique challenges that SERVPRO of Marietta West is prepared to handle. SERVPRO understands the importance of getting your business back up and running. If you experience a disaster you can be confident SERVPRO of Marietta West will be faster to any size disaster. 

SERVPRO Of Marietta West also specializes in reconstruction after a disaster occurs. Sometimes demolition is necessary if a disaster strikes. Once demolition, cleaning, and/or drying services are completed, SERVPRO of Marietta West can repair your building back to preloss condition. A highly trained construction manager will consult with the owner of the building, create a scope of work and bring samples onsite for the convenience of our customer. Check out some of SERVPRO of Marietta West Commercial Restoration Projects and Before and After Commercial Restoration Images.

Other specialty services SERVPRO of Marietta West provides includes, duct cleanings, biohazard cleanup, carpet and upholstery cleaning, document restoration, dehumidification, odor removal, trauma and crime scene cleanup, vandalism cleanup and electronic restoration. 

Call SERVPRO of Marietta West for all your commercial cleaning and restoration needs - (770) 428-5467

Make Sure Your Marietta Business is Ready for Whatever Happens

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Marietta West is here to help commercial businesses; two men shaking hands Ask us about completing a free Emergency Ready Plan for your facility. Give SERVPRO of Marietta West a call today!

Storms and floods can happen unexpectedly causing damages to your commercial property as well as bring up safety concerns to your employees and customers. Emergency plans are very important in case a storm event happens during business hours as well as after hours. Let's take a look at some safety tips that will help keep you, your employees and customers safe. 

  • Emergency Ready Kit

    Emergency ready kits should be kept at reach in case of an emergency. There is a great possibility power could go out so you want to make sure you know exactly where your emergency kit is located. An emergency ready kit should include:

    • Bottled Water
    • Flashlight
    • Radio with Batteries
    • Cell phone battery backup
    • First aid Kit
    • Emergency contact numbers
    • Non Perishable snacks
  • Emergency Ready Kit

    Every commercial building should have an emergency plan that includes where to go for safety in case of a bad weather event. These areas are typically inside the building away from windows, ideally between solid walls. You want to avoid any areas with glass in case of flying debris. SERVPRO of Marietta West can help your place of business with your Emergency Ready Plan. Developing an Emergency Ready Plan helps your business by minimizing business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. An Emergency Ready Plan includes:

    • Bottled Water
    • Flashlight
    • Radio with Batteries
    • Cell phone battery backup
    • First aid Kit
    • Emergency contact numbers
    • Non Perishable snacks
  • Building Maintenance

    Keep trees and shrubberies trimmed so they resist bad weather more easily. Flying debris from trees can damage windows and the exterior of your building. If you have lightning rods on your building they should be inspected and maintained so they work properly when needed. All emergency exit signs and fire extinguishers should also be checked and replaced if needed once a year.

    • Free assessment of your building and gathering critical information needed in the event of an emergency such as shelter locations, emergency exits and water and power shut off locations. 
    • A guide to help you get back into your business and up running as quickly as possible after a disaster. 
    • Detailed list of priority contact information

SERVPRO of Marietta West is committed to helping make your business ready for any size disaster. For more information, service request or to schedule an Emergency Ready Plan call (770) 428-5467 SERVPRO of Marietta West or click here and we can reach out to you.

Overview of SERVPRO of Marietta West's Fire Restoration Services

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

Fire, Smoke, & Soot Cleanup and Restoration If your home has suffered fire damage call SERVPRO of Marietta West. We are here to help and will make fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Since each smoke and fire restoration project is a little different, unique solutions are required to resolve each individual project and often require unique and tailored solutions to complete each project. When different materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration project. Click here to learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

Overview of Fire Restoration Services

  1. Emergency Contact - The restoration process starts when you, our customer, call SERVPRO of Marietta West. Our job file coordinator will ask several questions regarding the fire damage event which will help us respond quickly with the appropriate equipment and resources.
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment - We will inspect the property for safety concerns and mitigate any risks to your property and our employees, then carefully inspect, document, and test affected rooms on your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing an action plan, scope of work, and allows us to put together an estimate for your fire restoration project. 
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed) - Fire damage often compromises walls, windows, and/or the roof. We will board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs to protect your property to restore security and to protect against further damage. 
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present) - The water removal process begins once the property has been deemed safe to enter and the property is secured. SERVPRO will remove the majority of the water using water extraction tools like high flow rate submersible pumps, sump pumps, high powered truck mounted vacuum systems and commercial portable wet vacuums. We then use dehumidifiers, air movers and an array of IICRC approved drying techniques to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process quickly, safely, and efficiently. 
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces - SERVPRO of Marietta West also has a host of specialized equipment and techniques at our disposal to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. Removing any remnants of fire damage and removing smoke odors, not just covering them up (Covering up odors often results in the offending smell returning once the masking agent loses its potency).
  6. Cleaning and Repair - We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
  7. Restoration - Restoration is the final step in getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. Leave fire restoration to the pros at SERVPRO of Marietta West and let us take the uncertainty and headache out of restoring your home after a fire loss.

Want to know what Marietta and Kennesaw customers think about SERVPRO of Marietta West? Take a look at our 65+ Google Reviews!

SERVPRO of Marietta West is the locally owned and operated restoration company with the backing and national resources of the nation’s leading restoration corporation...SERVPRO. SERVPRO of Marietta West is a preferred vendor for most major insurance companies like State Farm, Farmers, Auto Owners, American Family Insurance, Metlife,  and The Hartford. We have long-standing working relationships with our local agents and help homeowners file an insurance claim when applicable. If your home our business suffers fire damage call SERVPRO of Marietta West at (770) 428-5467 or click here and one of our claims specialists can contact you today. 


*Check out some of SERVPRO of Marietta West’s Before & After Fire Restoration Photos and previous Fire Restoration Blogs: “Fire Restoration project in Marietta GA - Staircase”; “Fire Restoration project in Marietta GA - Living Room & Fireplace”; “SERVPRO's Fire, Soot, and Smoke Cleaning Process For Your Marietta Home”; “Removing Smoke and Nicotine Odors from your Cobb County Home”; “Why You Should Tarp & Board-up Your Marietta Property After Fire Damaged”; “Four Reasons You Should Always Seek Professional Fire Restoration Services For Your Marietta Home

Why More Homeowners Choose SERVPRO of Marietta West to Restore Their Storm Damage Homes

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

24-Hour Water Extraction, Drying, Restoration & Mitigation When storm damage happens to your Kennesaw or Marietta home, call SERVPRO of Marietta West. We make storm damage "Like it never even happened."

There is almost always more than one way to solve a problem. Some solutions are faster or less time consuming than others. Some solutions are easier or less strenuous than others. Some solutions are more efficient or cost effective than others. Some solutions are just flat out better than others. When you problem is water damage, like a flooded basement or crawlspace, the best solution is SERVPRO of Marietta West. SERVPRO of Marietta West has been the go-to water restoration company for the Marietta, Kennesaw, and greater Atlanta area for over a decade. We have the track record and experience to make any residential or commercial water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Faster to Any Size Disaster

When it comes to water damage time can be of the essence. The longer your property is submerged or saturated with water the greater the likelihood for lasting and irreparable harm to befall your belongings and even the structure of your home or business. That is why SERVPRO of Marietta West has implemented specific service guidelines and standards when it comes to our service response time for emergency water extraction and drying restoration projects.

  • 1 Hour – Within one hour of notice of loss, one of SERVPRO of Marietta West’s loss coordinators will contact you to arrange for service.

*While these guidelines are a good way to ensure that all of our customers are taken care of properly, SERVPRO of Marietta West strives for greatness and averages less than a two hour turn-around-time when responding to emergency water or fire service requests.

  • 4 Hours – Within four hours of loss notification, SERVPRO of Marietta West will be on-site to start mitigation services (if necessary). 
  • 8 Hours – Within eight business hours, we will initiate a verbal briefing of the scope of damage and needed mitigation efforts.

SERVPRO’s Hassle Free Claims System

Part of SERVPRO of Marietta West’s goal when we take on any restoration project is to put our customer’s mind at ease and help them cope with any stress or discomfort they may be experiencing due to the water loss they’ve experienced in their home or business. With this goal in mind, our highly trained job file coordinators are well versed in both helping customers file insurance claims and scheduling “self-pay” water restoration claims. They provide customers with guidance and information on how to move forward with their drying and/or restoration project so that customers are well informed and can make the best possible educated decisions for their property.  SERVPRO of Marietta West is a preferred vendor for most major insurance companies like State Farm, Farmers, Auto Owners, American Family Insurance, Metlife,  and The Hartford. We have long-standing working relationships with our local agents and help homeowners file an insurance claim when applicable. If your home our business suffers fire damage call SERVPRO of Marietta West at (770) 428-5467 or click here and one of our claims specialists can contact you today. 

SERVPRO of Marietta West is Locally Owned and Operated

SERVPRO of Marietta West is an industry leader and one of the most trusted names in the restoration industry. We are proud to serve MariettaSmyrna, Big Shanty, Kennesaw, and Fair Oaks for over fifteen years. As a locally owned and operated SERVPRO restoration franchise, SERVPRO of Marietta West benefits from having both a personal connection to the Marietta and Kennesaw communities as well as having the support of the nation's largest and most trusted incorporated restoration company. This means that when a major disaster strikes SERVPRO of Marietta West has the assets, equipment, and expertise needed to take on any size disaster. We can also call in SERVPRO corporate Disaster Recovery Teams which bring to bear an amazing level of man-power and logistical support that other locally owned restoration company’s simply do not have access to or means to replicate.

SERVPRO of Marietta West is one of the most trusted names in the water restoration industry. You can take our word for it, or see what some of our customers have to say about SERVPRO of Marietta West: Google My Business Reviews, Facebook Reviews, BBB A+ Accredited Business Reviews

Looking for more information on SERVPRO of Marietta West’s Storm Mitigation & Restoration process, check out some of our related Storm Damage Restoration Blogs: “SERVPRO of Marietta West’s 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines”; “What to Expect When You Call SERVPRO of Marietta West”; “Marietta Homeowner Calls SERVPRO of Marietta West After Home Flood”; “A Look at 2020's Tropical Storms”; “Update on 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Four Steps to Take Immediately After a Marietta or Kennesaw Home Fire

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

Home Fire Restoration & Mitigation - Fire, Soot, & Smoke Cleanup If you home suffers fire damage, call SERVPRO of Marietta West and let us make your fire damage "Like it never even happened."

There are several things to take into consideration after you or a loved one has experienced a home fire. The American Red Cross has several guidelines that will help you and your family cope with a home fire. They advise you to, “Pay attention to how you and your loved one are experiencing and handling stress.” The American Red Cross also advises people that have a pet should watch them closely and keep them under your strict supervision. 

Handling and processing the stress of a home fire can be very taxing, that's why SERVPRO of Marietta West is here to help. We can help you take control of the situation by providing you with an executable action plan to restore your property to preloss condition, relieving your stress and giving you peace of mind.

4 Steps to Take Immediately After a Home Fire

  • Call 9-1-1 immediately. Provide first aid where needed If you are trained and capable to  to do so. Treat burns with cool water and cover them with sterile and clean gauze or cloth to reduce the chance of further infection or injury.
  • Let friends and family members know that you are safe. 
  • People and/or animals that are seriously injured or burned should be treated or transported to medical professionals (or trained veterinarian) for immediate help.
  • Stay out of fire-damaged homes until local fire authorities have deemed the structure safe to re-enter.

*People like infants, elderly people, those without transportation, people with disabilities, and large families may need additional help in emergency situations

Before a Fire Happens, You Should Develop an Escape Plan

    • The escape plan should include two ways to get out of each room in case the primary way is blocked by smoke or fire.
    • Window security bars should be in good working order and able to be readily opened. Window screens should be easily removable and windows in general should not have impediments that prevent you from opening them easily.
    • The second way out of a room might be a window that leads to the roof or a collapsible ladder that allows you to escape from an upper level window.
    • With your eyes closed or in the dark you can practice feeling your way out of the house to simulate low visibility due to smoke.
    • Teach children not to be scared of firefighters that my be searching the home and not to hide from them in the event of a fire.

*For more information about home fires visit ready.gov/home-fires

SERVPRO of Marietta West offers a host of fire restoration services and can help property managers make just about any disaster “Like it never even happened.” Our team of restoration professionals have the skills and training to quickly, safely, and cost effectively restore water and fire damaged homes to preloss condition. SERVPRO of Marietta West’s highly trained technicians are also well versed and experienced in mold abatement and bioremediation. During these unprecedented times, and with the recent rise of the pandemic, SERVPRO technicians have also become essential workers in the fight against COVID-19.

*For more safety tips and related Fire Restoration Blogs check out the following links: ”SERVPRO of Marietta West: What to Do Until Help Arrives - Fire Damage”; “Have a Safe Turkey Fry This Thanksgiving”; “Smoke Alarms Save Marietta Lives”; “Keep Marietta’s Fall Fire-Free”; “Georgia Fire Statistics as Reported by the National Fire Incident Reporting System”; “SERVPRO’s Fire, Soot, and Smoke Cleaning Process For Your Marietta Home”; “How to Handle a Fire Loss in Kennesaw, GA”; “Smoke & Soot Cleanup in Marietta, GA

Update on 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marietta West 24/7 Storm Restoration & Mitigation If your home or business suffers storm or flood damage, call SERVPRO of Marietta West. We make storm & flood damage "Like it never even happened."

The summer of 2020 has been a particularly active hurricane season, with eight hurricanes (two of which were major hurricane events) and more than twelve tropical storms/tropical depressions. Both major hurricane events occurred during the heart of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season falling between the month of August and September. They both also made landfall in the Gulf causing substantial damage due to high winds and storm surge. Hurricane Laura unleashed her wrath on the western coast of the gulf, primarily affecting Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. While Hurricane Sally was the first hurricane to make landfall on the Alabama coast since Hurricane Ivan in 2004, Sally mainly affected Southern Mississippi, Alabama, Northern Florida, and even caused flash flood warnings from Southwest Georgia to Northern parts of the state. 

2020 Atlantic Hurricanes

  • Hurricane Hanna - 7/24/20 - Tropical Storm Hanna, the precursor to Hurricane Hanna, developed from a tropical depression about 380 miles east-southeast of Port O’Connor, TX. The following day around Mid-day, Tropical Storm Hanna intensified into a category one hurricane approximately 90 miles east-northeast of Port Mansfield, TX before making landfall that same day just before midnight 15 miles north of Port Mansfield and 70 miles south of Corpus Christi, TX with sustained wind speeds of 90 mph. Hurricane Hanna was downgraded back to a tropical storm roughly 25 hours after it was upgraded to category one hurricane in an area about 30 miles northwest of McAllen, TX and would again be downgraded to a tropical depression 15 hours later in Northeastern Mexico. 
  • Hurricane Isaias - 7/29/20 - Tropical Storm Isaias forms from a tropical cyclone about 155 miles south of Ponce, Puerto Rico and 265 miles southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and would soon be upgraded to Hurricane Isaias in the coming days. The tropical storm reached landfall on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic on the 30th and quickly strengthened into a hurricane about 70 miles east-southeast of the Great Inagua Island. With 80 mph wind speeds Hurricane Isaias made the first landfall on North Andros Island. On August 4th, around 11:00 pm Hurricane Isaias made its second landfall near Ocean Isle Beach, NC with sustained wind speeds of 85 mph. Several hours later and about 35 miles west-southwest of Greenville, NC and 50 miles east-southeast of Raleigh, NC, Hurricane Isaias was downgraded to a tropical storm. Within 24-hours of making landfall in the US Hurricane Isaias became a post-tropical cyclone and eventually dissipated. 
  • Hurricane Laura - 8/21/20 - Hurricane Laura like many hurricanes began as a tropical storm. Tropical Storm Laura developed near the Leeward Isles and passed near the southwest coast of Puerto Rico and on the 22nd passed directly over the island of Hispaniola and early on the 23rd continued to develop off the west coast to Haiti with wind speed of 50 mph. That same day Tropical Storm Laura passed the southeastern coast of Cuba, gaining strength due to Cuba’s warm coastal waters. On the 25th Tropical Storm Laura continued to grow in strength and emerged a category one hurricane in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. Over the course of the next day and a half Hurricane Laura grew in strength to a category four hurricane and turned north toward the western coast of Florida and northern Gulf Coast. During this time period wind speeds grew from 75 mph to 150 mph. By the 27th Hurricane Laura was quite close to the western coast of Louisiana and would make landfall near Cameron, LA with wind speed around 150 mph. On that same day wind gusts were recorded at Lake Charles Regional Airport in excess of 120 mph. Over the course of the next 10 hours Hurricane Laura would make her way northward into northern Louisiana. Hurricane Laura dropped, on average, 2-4 inches rainfall with pockets of  higher amounts from Louisiana to Arkansas. Over the island of Hispaniola she dropped between five and nine inches of rain causing 35 fatalities (31 of which were in Haiti). In the US Hurricane Laura also proved deadly, claiming 22 lives (14 of those were in Louisiana).
  • Hurricane Marco - 8/21/20 - Hurricane Marco developed from a tropical depression/tropical storm in the northwestern portion of the Caribbean Sea. On the 22nd Tropical Storm Marco passed through the Yucatan Straight into the Gulf of Mexico with sustained winds of 65 mph and by the 23rd it was upgraded to a hurricane. On that very same day Hurricane Marco continued moving northward but eventually weakened and was downgraded back to a tropical storm. By the 24th Tropical Storm Marco was only able to sustain 40 mph winds and would soon weaken further as it moved westward. While never actually making landfall in Florida, Hurricane/Tropical Storm Marco did drop between 3-9 inches of rain across the Florida Panhandle and when it did make landfall near the Mississippi River it caused only minor rainfall across the region.
  • Hurricane Nana - 9/2/2020 - Hurricane Nana developed from a tropical depression in the Caribbean Sea with sustained winds of 60mph and was expected to move in a westward direction at about 18 mph toward South America, causing a Hurricane Watch off the coast of Belize. As the weather system weakened, it also caused Tropical Storm Warnings for Yucatan, Mexico, the northern coast of Honduras from Punta Patuca westward to the Guatemala border, for Roatan Island, the Bay Islands of Honduras, and for the Caribbean Sea coast of Guatemala.
  • Hurricane Paulette - 9/12/2020 - Hurricane Paulette developed from a tropical depression in the Central Atlantic Ocean six days prior to becoming a named hurricane. On the 12th Hurricane Paulette passed directly over Bermuda and weakened over the course of the next four days to a post-tropical storm nearly 450 miles east-southeast of Cape Race Newfoundland, Canada. Paulette was the first hurricane to directly hit Bermuda since Hurricane Gonzalo in 2014. On the 22nd post-tropical storm regained strength and was reclassified as a Post-Tropical Cyclone Paulette about 445 miles east-southeast of the Azores Islands with wind speeds approaching 40 mph. At the time this blog was written, Post-Tropical Cyclone Paulette was expected to become a remnant by the end of the 23rd.
  • Hurricane Sally - 9/14/2020 - Hurricane Sally developed from a tropical storm in the northern Gulf of Mexico about 130 miles east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River with wind speeds approaching 90 mph and was a slow moving system. A Storm Surge Warning was issued for Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Borgne, and Lake Maurepas; basically the area from Port Fourchon, LA to the Alabama/Florida Boarder. Hurricane Warnings were also issued for Morgan City, LA, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and New Orleans; covering pretty much the same swath of the Gulf Coast. Tropical Storm Warnings were issued from the Alabama/Florida Border to Indian Pass Florida and Morgan City. By the 15th Hurricane Sally was about 65 miles east of the mouth of the Mississippi River with sustained winds around 85 mph and was moving northwest at around 2 mph towards the Gulf Coast. Forecasters were calling for “Historical flooding” and “extreme life-threatening flash flooding” through the following day when she was expected to make landfall. Early in the morning on the 16th, Sally made landfall with wind speed nearing 100 mph with gusts exceeding that speed. By the 17th Sally began to pick up movement speed in a northeastward direction about 50 miles southeast of Montgomery, AL but with wind speeds dying down to around 30 mph. Sally was soon downgraded to a tropical depression on the 18th as it made its way across southeastern Alabama, through central Georgia and finally that evening making its way over South Carolina. Hurricane Sally produced large amounts of rainfall across the southland dropping 8-12 inches (with higher localized amounts to the tune of 20-35 inches) throughout the central Gulf Coast west of Tallahassee, FL to Mobile Bay, AL. In central AL and central Georgia she dropped 4-8 inches with isolated amounts up to 12 inches, causing significant flash floods particularly in urban areas. She continued to drench western South Carolina to westen/central North Carolina with up to 6 inches of water with isolated areas receiving up to 9 inches of water. The last area to feel Hurricane Sally’s wrath was southeastern Virginia, which received between two and five inches of rain with isolated areas receiving up to seven inches of rain. Sally caused life threatening surf and rip currents and also spun off several tornadoes in the Florida Panhandle, southern Alabama and southwestern Georgia. Storm surge along the Alabama and Florida border to the Okaloosa/Walton County line in FL including Pensacola Bay and Choctawhatchee Bay was between four and seven ft. Other areas like Dauphin Island, Bon Secour Bay, Saint Andrew Bay, and the Walton Bay County Line received between one and four foot of storm surge.
  • Hurricane Teddy - 9/16/2020 - Hurricane Teddy developed from a tropical storm in the Atlantic Ocean early on the morning of the  16th and later that day intensified into a category 2 hurricane. The very next day Hurricane Teddy fluctuated in strength greatly by slowing to a category 1 hurricane and then six hour later strengthening wind speeds of 140 mph resulting in a category 4 hurricane. Over the course of the next three days Hurricane Teddy fluctuated between category 4 to category 3, then back to category 4 again, before finally settling in a category 1 hurricane on the 21st. On the 23rd, Hurricane Teddy finally made landfall near Ecum Secum, Nova Scotia as a category 1 hurricane with wind speeds around 65 mph.

SERVPRO of Marietta West is an industry leader and one of the most trusted name in the restoration industry. We are proud to serve Marietta, GA, Smyrna, GA, Big Shanty, GA, Kennesaw, GA, and Fair Oaks, GA for over fifteen years. If your home or business suffers storm or flood damage call SERVPRO of Marietta West today at (770) 428-5467 or you can click here and one of our claim representatives will contact you.

If you would like more information on SERVPRO of Marietta West’s storm restoration services check out our previous Storm Restoration Before and After Photos: “Marietta Condominium Flood Cleanup”; “Tree on Roof”; “Flooded Kitchen and Entryway”; “Flooded Kitchen and Stairwell”; “Flooded Entryway to Home”; “Flooded Hallway

*sources include: 

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_2020_Atlantic_hurricane_season

- https://blogs.nasa.gov/hurricanes/

-https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/

A Look at 2020's Tropical Storms

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

Tropical Storm Warnings & Tropical Storm History If your Kennesaw home/business experiences storm damage give SERVPRO of Marietta West a call. We can storm damage, "Like it never even happened."

What are tropical storms? How do we quantify and classify tropical storms? How frequently do tropical storms occur? These are some of the questions we plan to answer over the course of this blog as well as give a brief history of 2020’s tropical storms. For more information on this year's hurricane and storm season visit www.nhc.noaa.gov or www.blogs.nasa.gov

This year's storm season has been a busy and active season for tropical storms throughout the southeastern and Gulf coast of the US. Hurricanes and tropical storms have caused extensive damage to the coastal regions which require record relief and restoration efforts. Thus far into the hurricane and storm season we have experienced over 22 named storm/hurricane events, 8 being named hurricanes. This is quite active when compared to the seasonal average of 10.1 named storms per season and average of 5.9 hurricanes (2.5 of which become major storm events, categorized as category 3 or higher). 

What makes a storm a tropical storm? Tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes are typically classified based on sustained wind speed. Tropical depressions wind speeds fall between 0 and 38 mph. Tropical Storms wind speeds fall between 39 and 73 mph. Hurricane wind speeds start at 74 mph and can be deemed a major hurricane if wind speeds exceed 111 mph. Hurricanes are also classified by category number. Category one being the minimum and graduating all the way up to category five for the most intense with highest wind speeds. This system of categorization is called the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

2020 Atlantic Tropical Storms

  • Tropical Storm Arthur - 5/19/20 - Tropical Storm Authur made landfall 190 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, NC with peak wind speeds of 60 mph.
  • Tropical Storm Bertha - 5/27/20 - Tropical Storm Bertha makes landfall about 20 miles east of Charleston, SC with peak wind speeds of 50 mph.
  • Tropical Storm Cristobal - 6/2/20 - Tropical Storm Cristobal made initial landfall about 20 miles west of Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico with peak wind speeds reaching 60 mph. On June 7th Cristobal made a second landfall 50 miles south-southeast of New Orleans, LA with peak wind speeds of 50 mph before weakening to a tropical depression on June 8th about 40 mile north of Baton Rouge, LA. On June 10th Tropical Depression Cristobal became a post-tropical cyclone about 60 miles northwest of Madison, WI with winds reaching 35 mph.
  • Tropical Storm Dolly - 6/23/20 - Tropical Storm Dolly develops from a subtropical depression/tropical cyclone about 370 miles south-southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia and on the 24th degenerates 370 miles off the coast of Cape Race, Newfoundland.
  • Tropical Storm Edouard - 7/6/20 - Tropical Storm Edouard developed from a tropical depression about 685 miles south-southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland and reached a peak wind speed of 45 mph about 435 miles off the coast of Newfoundland then stagnated died out roughly three hours before midnight on that same day.
  • Tropical Storm Fay - 7/9/20 - Tropical Storm Fay developed off the coast of NC close to the Outer Banks about 195 miles from Ocean City, MD and made landfall the next day about 10 miles north-northeast of Atlantic City, then again 90 miles south of NYC with wind speeds peaking at 50 mph before dying out 30 miles south of Albany, NY.
  • Tropical Storm Gonzalo - 7/22/20 - Tropical Storm Gonzalo developed from a tropical depression about 1,290 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, where it stagnated for several days until the 25th when it weakened into a tropical depression before it opened up into a tropical wave.
  • Tropical Storm Josephine - 8/13/20 - Tropical Storm Josephine developed from a tropical depression about 975 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands and remained in the area for a few days until the 16th when it was downgraded back to a tropical depression.
  • Tropical Storm Kyle - 8/14/20 - Topical Storm Kyle formed about 185 miles southeast of Atlantic City, NJ and on the 15th wind speeds peaked at 50 mph. Shortly thereafter the tropical storm transitions into a post-tropical cyclone on the morning of the 16th and would further degenerate into non-existence throughout that evening.
  • Tropical Storm Omar - 9/4/20 - Tropical Storm Omar developed about 415 miles east-northeast of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds near 30 mph with varying gust above that mark. It dissipated that very same day lasting less than 24 hours.
  • Tropical Storm Rene - 9/10/20 - Tropical Storm Rene developed about 800 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands with maximum wind speeds of 50 mph. At the time this blog was written, Tropical Storm Rene is expected to develop into a possible hurricane but is not expected to make landfall.
  • Tropical Storm Vicky - Tropical Storm Vicky developed about 1,000 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands with wind speeds approaching 35 mph, and at the time this blog was downgraded to a tropical depression. 

If your Marietta or Kennesaw home or business suffers storm damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Marietta West. We are preferred services providers for most major insurance companies and have a longstanding and great working relationship with our local agents. In many cases we can even help you file a claim should storm damage occur to your property. SERVPRO of Marietta West is the name both homeowners and property managers have come to know and trust in the restoration industry. Don’t get left out in the cold when it comes to storm damage restoration, and call SERVPRO of Marietta West today!

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*Check out some of our previous Storm Restoration Blogs: “Marietta Homeowner Calls SERVPRO of Marietta West After Home Flood”; “SERVPRO of Marietta West Restores Homes and Businesses After Storm Damage”; “Flash Flood Home Repair and Restoration in Smyrna, GA”; “Flood and Storm Damage in Marietta Georgia”; “Georgia’s Most Common Storm Damage Questions”; “When Storms or Floods Hit Marietta West, SERVPRO is Ready!”; “It Doesn’t Cost a lot to be Prepared

Why More Property Managers Choose SERVPRO of Marietta West

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

emergency water extraction and drying servcies When disaster strikes call the professionals at SERVPRO of Marietta West. We can make commercial water and fire damage "Like it never even happened."

The role of a property manager is a multifaceted position that requires a wide range of skill sets and is often a stressful and sometimes thankless job. Tenets tend to only contact property managers when something has gone wrong or something needs to be fixed. Factor in the fact that many property managers are responsible for multiple buildings or facilities, you can understand why in times of disaster or crisis many property managers turn to SERVPRO of Marietta West. We pride ourselves on being able to help property managers take control of a disaster situation. We can quickly and safely provide an executable plan to restore normal operation to their facility. Be it an apartment complex, office park, campus, logistics facility, or even a high rise building, SERVPRO of Marietta West is here help 24-hours a day and is only a phone call away. 

SERVPRO of Marietta West offers a host of commercial restoration services and can help property managers make just about any disaster “Like it never even happened.” Our team of restoration professionals have the skills and training to quickly, safely, and cost effectively restore water and fire damaged facilities to preloss condition. SERVPRO of Marietta West’s highly trained technicians are also well versed and experienced in mold abatement and bioremediation. During these unprecedented times, and with the recent rise of the pandemic, SERVPRO technicians have also become essential workers in the fight against COVID-19.

Overview of Commercial Restoration Services

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration - Our water damage restoration technicians are trained in applied structural drying, odor control, mold prevention measures, and upholstery/textile restoration. Common causes of commercial water damage include plumbing leaks, pipe bursts, sprinkler system discharge/fire retardant cleanup, and overflowing toilets/sinks/bathtubs. No matter what caused your water damage SERVPRO of Marietta West is here to help 24-hours a day and can extract water, mitigate damage, dry both the structure and contents of your facility. SERVPRO of Marietta West also offers document restoration and drying services for water damaged important, confidential and/or irreplaceable documents. Learn more about our training and certifications.
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration - Commercial fire restoration can be a major undertaking and can also cause major disruptions in your day-to-day operations. This is why SERVPRO of Marietta West has a dedicated department devoted to fire restoration and mitigation. We know the longer your facility is out of commission or operating at limited capacity, the greater effect the fire event will have on your company's bottom line. With this in mind our goal is to quickly and safely restore your commercial facility to preloss condition, allowing your business to return to normal operation.
  • Commercial Mold Remediation & Abatement - Mold damage can cause untenable working conditions and health hazards to your customers and employees, which is why SERVPRO of Marietta West offers mold remediation and abatement services to the greater Marietta and Kennesaw, GA area. Our team of mold restoration specialists can inspect, evaluate, and remove mold damage from your property quickly, safely and in accordance with industry standards set by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification).
  • Commercial Storm and Major Events - Businesses and commercial structures are not immune to the damages caused when storm waters rise and flooding events happen. SERVPRO of Marietta West is part of a network of over 1,700 SERVPRO franchises nationwide. This allows SERVPRO of Marietta West to leverage our partnerships with other SERVPRO franchises to take on any size storm disaster that affects the greater Atlanta and North Georgia area.   
  • Commercial Cleaning & Bioremediation - SERVPRO of Marietta West offers traditional biohazard and hazmat services catered towards the cleanup and recovery from events like sewage backups, bloodborne pathogens, animal waste/remain, chemical spills, hoarding scenes, accident cleanup, crime scenes, and methamphetamine labs. In addition, SERVPRO of Marietta West just recently rolled out our new Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program to address the growing need for proactive cleaning measures to combat the Coronavirus. 

If your business is faced with disaster due to water, storm, fire, or mold damage, give SERVPRO of Marietta West a call today. We can get your business back up and running in no time and will do it safely and in a cost effective manner. SERVPRO of Marietta West is a preferred vendor for many insurance companies and will work hand in hand with your insurance provider to insure your property is returned to preloss condition as quickly as possible. When disaster strikes, call the professionals with decades of experience and the infrastructure necessary to produce both large and small loss restoration projects...Call SERVPRO of Marietta West!

For more information on SERVPRO of Marietta West’s commercial restoration services give us a call today at (770) 428-5467 or complete one of our customer contact information requests. Want to know what our customers have to say about working with SERVPRO of Marietta West? Checkout our A+ Rated and Accredited BBB profile or Google My Business and Facebook Reviews

SERVPRO of Marietta West: What to Do Until Help Arrives - Fire Damage

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

highly trained SERVPRO fire restoration specialist cleaning smoke & soot damage If you suffer a fire loss time is of the essence. Call the team that is faster to any size disaster and can make it "Like it never even happened."

Fire damage can be severe and how you respond to it dictates the success and expediency of a fire restoration project. The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Marietta West can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems and get you back into your home quickly and safely. SERVPRO of Marietta West responds with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal, document restoration and contents restoration including scoping, inventorying and documenting claims for insurance providers like State Farm, Metlife, Farmers, The Hartford and many others. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.

SERVPRO of Marietta West is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly!

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring. Walking from one room to the other can track soot and smoke particles into non-affected areas, so keep foot traffic in damaged areas to a minimum and be mindful of what you touch with your hands. 
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery. This can help prevent the aforementioned transfer of soot and smoke particles into non-affected areas.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil. This protective coating can help prevent oxidation, rust, and corrosion that could take place as a result of soot and smoke particles that come in contact with chrome fixtures or building materials.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet. This can lessen the likelihood of fire/water damage to both the furniture and the carpet.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces. Washing walls could cause smearing and/or set the smoke smells into building materials like drywall making restoration more difficult, time consuming, and expensive.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery. Shampooing  carpet or upholstery could cause smearing and/or set the smoke smells into building materials like carpet and upholstered furniture and window treatments making restoration more difficult, time consuming, and expensive.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment. Smoke and fire damage electronics pose a real fire hazard and should not be turned on without a thorough cleaning, preformed by a competent restoration specialist who has specialized training and tools intended for the restoration of electronic devices.
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

A back-draft of emotions can overcome homeowners after a fire ravages their home. Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can seem overwhelming to the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared.

So after the first wave of heroes (the Marietta Fire Department) have rescued the property by extinguishing the fire, let SERVPRO of Marietta West help you restore it. With our IICRC certified training for employees, an industry leading rapid response time, utmost professionalism, cutting-edge technology and open communication, we strive to restore not only the homeowner’s property, but the homeowner’s peace of mind, as well.

SERVPRO System Services - Residential & Commercial

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So, before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the fire damage yourself, call the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Marietta West, we have worked for over fifteen years to help make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Different Types of Commonly Found Smoke Damage:

  • Wet Smoke - Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, and smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean. Examples include plastic and rubber fires.
  • Dry Smoke - Fast-burning, high temperatures; heat rises, therefore smoke rises. Examples include paper and wood fires
  • Protein Fire Residue - Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. Produced by evaporation of materials rather than from a fire.
  • Fuel Oil Soot -  While “puff backs” can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO of Marietta West professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.
  • Other Types - Special loss situations require special care. Examples include tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration for both residential and commercial properties. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

Floors, furniture, walls, etc. are particularly susceptible to water damage. Water can be invasive and can quickly spreading throughout your property, being absorbed into the aforementioned items. SERVPRO of Marietta West will arrive quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

Check out some of our previous customers Before & After Fire Restoration Photos: “Fire Restoration Project in Marietta, GA - Staircase”; “Fire Restoration project in Marietta GA - Living Room & Fireplace”; “Fire Restoration project in Marietta GA - Home Gym”; “Kitchen Fire”; “Fire & Smoke Damage In Family’s Living Room”; “Amazing Masonry Work On Fire Damage Home”; “Living Room Fireplace”; “Soot Damage From Minor Home Fire


If you enjoyed this fire restoration blog take a look at some of SERVPRO of Marietta West’s Related Fire Restoration Blogs: “Smoke Alarms Save Marietta Lives”; “Keep Marietta’s Fall Fire-Free”; “Georgia Fire Statistics as Reported by the National Fire Incident Reporting System”; “Removing Smoke and Nicotine Odors from your Cobb County Home”; “SERVPRO’s Fire, Soot, and Smoke Cleaning Process For Your Marietta Home”; “How to Handle a Fire Loss in Kennesaw, GA