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Does Your Family Have a Fire Escape Plan in Place? | SERVPRO of Marietta West

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

Family sitting together discussing their emergency fire escape plan SERVPRO of Marietta West is here to help Marietta & Kennesaw homeowners recover after a fire loss...no matter what size fire damage you've experienced

We would all likely agree that we would rather not experience a fire in our homes, but are you sure that you are doing everything you can to protect your household from fire dangers? Household fires are extremely common, and while educating your family about fire prevention and installing adequate smoke detectors are the first steps to take toward fire safety, it is also important to have a plan in case you must evacuate.

House fires can rapidly grow massive in size, causing smoke to fill the air and making escape difficult or impossible. For this reason, having an escape plan fully memorized in advance can make a major difference—that way, you and your family will immediately know what to do if a fire begins so you can all get to safety quickly.

How to Create a Fire Escape Plan for Your Family

**Consider the Exit Pathways for Each Room** 

To make sure you can safely exit your home no matter where the fire initially breaks out, it is important that each room has at least two exits to escape from. For upstairs rooms, this may make it necessary to purchase an emergency ladder or other sort of device so one could escape from the door or the window if it became necessary to do so.

**Rehearse as a Family Repeatedly**

In a frightening situation such as a house fire, making sure that you have equipped yourself with the knowledge you need to escape is a must, as fear can make logical thinking harder. Make sure that your family rehearses the fire escape plan regularly and can execute it in under two minutes every time.

**Have a Plan for Young Children & Pets**

If you have anyone in the household that may need assistance escaping from a house fire, such as young children, elderly relatives or pets, make sure there is a plan in place for how to help them. Designate someone in the household to help them to safety so no one is left behind during a fire in the confusion.

If your home is damaged due to a house fire, you can depend on SERVPRO of Marietta West. Contact us 24/7 to report damage at (770) 428-5467 or to learn more about how we can help with fire damage restoration visit www.SERVPROmariettawest.com or for more information.

Keep Fire Safety at the Heart of Your Fall Plans | SERVPRO of Marietta West

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

a small campfire burning bright in the dark night Be mindful about fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of Marietta West is the trusted leader in the restoration industry.

It’s fall again, and it’s not hard to tell it—temperatures are cooling off, leaves are changing to that gorgeous mix of autumnal colors and the Bulldogs are back on TV every Saturday. Decorations are going up for fall parties and festivals, and everything smells like pumpkin spice. As you decorate and celebrate the season, it’s important to keep fire safety in mind, so let’s review a few things quickly.

| Campfire Safety |

  • Fall camping hits differently—crisp mornings and cool nights are perfect for a campfire. But before you start roasting s’mores, make sure you’re building and extinguishing your fire properly.
  • Keep your open flame at least 25 feet from any structures, on sandy or dirty ground, with a pit of stones around it. Never use kerosene or lighter fluid to start or accelerate your fire—stick to matches or lighters only.
  • An unwatched fire is a dangerous fire. Never leave your campfire burning by itself, and always make sure every ember is completely extinguished by water before you head out of camp.

| Leaf Burning |

  • If your yard is covered in dry, brown leaves, you have a few options if you want to be rid of them. You can have them hauled away, mulch and repurpose them, or burn them. If you choose to burn your trimmings and leaves, your first step is to acquire a permit from Georgia Forestry, and then make your local fire station aware that you’ll be using an open fire.
  • Burning anything besides organic yard waste is both banned and dangerous.
  • A burn barrel is your safest option, if you have one—secondarily, a dirt space with a well-maintained pile will do. Keep your fire 50 feet from the home or any outbuildings, and clear of any low-hanging tree branches that could ignite.

| Halloween |

  • If you’re getting ready for a spooky Halloween, or simply putting out more subtle fall décor, be aware of the hazards of hanging or flammable decorations, especially around candles, which cause an alarming number of fires each year. Make sure any string lights are unplugged when not in use as well.

*If your Marietta or Kennesaw home should suffer fire or smoke damage, remember the trusted leader in the fire restoration and recovery industry...SERVPRO of Marietta West. You can contact SERVPRO of Marietta West at (770) 428-5467 to get your property fully restored, including odor removal that will make that annoying smoke smell “Like it never even happened.”

Where to Look to Prevent Water Damage at Home | SERVPRO of Marietta West

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

a leak in ceiling creating water lines running down an interior wall A water leak can turn into a big problem. Contact the SERVPRO of Marietta West team if you are dealing with water damage...large or small!

Gravity and pressure are always conspiring to cause water damage at your home. Every pipe, every hose and every joint are under near-constant stress, though you may not even see it. While it seems inevitable that one of these things will eventually give way and send water gushing through your house, there are a few common places you may be able to check periodically to catch leaks before they begin.

  • Toilets | Your toilet is porcelain and not prone to leaks in its construction, but the rubber seals used where water flows in and out are commonly worn over time. Keep an eye in particular on the flapper in the tank and the valve seal on the bottom of the tank.
  • Appliances | Any appliance that transfers or draws water is likely to wear out its hoses or washer rings over time—washing machines, for example, are notorious for eroding supply hoses, and dishwashers have a few different places from which they can leak, including the door if the rubber seals are damaged. And here’s something to note—if your water heater is more than about 10 years old, it’s possible it could rupture.
  • Clogged Gutters | Here’s a leak situation you can almost always see coming. A little ladder-climbing can save you the big headache of having your gutters dam up and backup into your walls, attic and roof. Which leads us to…
  • Roof Damage | Your roof is one of the workhorses of your home, and it does an admirable job, given all it’s up against. But eventually it’s going to show chinks in the armor, and you may be able to visually catch these before they present real problems. Broken and cracked shingles, damaged flashing or mortar around the chimney, and even areas of pooling water and mold can all be seen from the ground. Inspection is especially important after intense storms, as these can cause or exacerbate issues quickly.
  • Pipes | Oxidation or excessive water pressure can cause metal pipes to fail, and any pipe can succumb to problems from a joint that becomes loose and gives way. And if your water pressure becomes low over time with no explanation, it could be that tree roots have intruded into the main water line that runs through your yard.
  • Blocked garbage disposals or other pipes | Certain foods are bad for your disposal because they can either gunk it up (like grease) and keep it from working or break down into tiny pieces that clump up in your pipes (like rice). And when you plunge these, it can put excess pressure on your p-trap joints, eventually causing them to separate and spill water and food bits everywhere...Yuck!

Anywhere water flows, there’s a risk for leakage and damage. But some regularly scheduled inspection and maintenance may save you a few issues in the long run. If a water leak happens at your Kennesaw or Marietta home, whether it’s a big or small problem, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side...SERVPRO of Marietta West!

Contact SERVPRO of Marietta West today at (770) 428-5467 so we can get started quickly or visit www.SERVPROmariettawest.com for more information.

How to Practice Good Lightning Safety During Thunderstorms | SERVPRO of Marietta West

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

city skyscape with lightning SERVPRO of Marietta West can restore your storm damaged property to preloss condition and make storm damage "Like it never even happened."

When it comes to practicing good weather safety, understanding the threats associated with thunderstorms are a must. Because thunderstorms are so common in Marietta and Kennesaw, the likelihood that one will become a threat to your household is high—and without understanding how to keep yourself and your family safe, you can open yourself up to many unfavorable outcomes during severe weather.

One of the major threats that a thunderstorm poses is lightning. Because lightning is actually what causes thunder to rumble, it is present in every single thunderstorm that threatens an area. Understanding how to practice good lightning safety is vital to making sure you are not at risk of being struck, which can lead to injury and death.

Tips for Proper Lightning Safety During Thunderstorms

  • Seek Shelter Even if the Storm is Not Actively Near Your Area - Lightning is a powerful force,and as such, it has an incredible range where it can strike. Lightning has been known to strike up to three miles from a storm’s center, which is why it is important to seek shelter earlier than you may think you need to. The fact that you are not actively under a storm cloud does not mean that lightning is not a threat.
  • Know Your Options for What Is & Is Not Safe - While being in your home is the safest option if a thunderstorm is nearby, if one catches you off-guard, it is not always an option. If you need to seek shelter in a pinch and cannot get to a building or structure, a car would be the next safest option. Never seek shelter under a tree or other tall object as you could be injured if it is struck.
  • Wait Until the Threat has Fully Passed to Resume Activities - Because lightning can strike so far from a storm’s center, that also means that after the storm has rolled through your area, it may not be safe to immediately rush back outside. Wait until the storm has fully left your area before exposing yourself to the open air again, as lightning can strike in all directions around a storm.

*If your home is damaged due to a storm or water, SERVPRO of Marietta West can help! Contact us at (770) 428-5467 at any hour to learn more about our extensive restoration services.

Take Precautions Against Summer Storms | SERVPRO of Marietta West

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

a large lightning strike in a dark stormy sky If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Marietta West is on the line, ready to make things right.

It’s summer in Marietta, and that means lots of activities are planned. The long, warm days call for plenty of fun in the sun—maybe you’re heading to The Battery to root for the bravos, or headed for a hike up to the Kennesaw Mountain overlook. But whatever you’ve got planned, it would be a good idea to pack an umbrella.

In spite of the sunnier weather (or more truly, because of it), Marietta summers are actually more likely to host thunderstorms than other periods. Our average number of rainfall days peaks in summer, as the sticky Georgia moisture combines with warmer air to produce these summer storms.

Be Storm-Alert

Storms can pop up in a moment during the summer. If an alert is issued for a potentially troublesome storm, pay careful attention. An NOAA Weather radio can be very helpful as well, because it’s weather-focused, always updating and it can stay on if you lose power.

If flooding is possible, you may need to reschedule your day’s plans or be ready to cancel any outdoor activities out of caution. And scan the area around your house, because you may need to tie down or move some things that could get carried off or blown over.

Preparing for a storm obviously isn’t as fun as watching Ronald Acuña whack baseballs, but it can be the difference in a ruined day and a devastating accident. Storms are the root of a number of fatalities every year, and a little extra preparation or care could prevent the vast majority of them.

Be Storm-Safe

Play it safe and stay indoors during a storm. Lightning can strike up to 10 miles away from a storm, so hunker down until there have been no claps of thunder for at least 30 minutes. Then you’ll know the storm has moved safely on and you can go back outside.

Lightning can cause problems indoors too—don’t shower or bathe during a storm, and avoid standing or sitting by windows in case of a lightning strike at home.

Hopefully, you already have an emergency kit stocked at home, but make sure it’s updated, and you might want to prepare a mobile kit to keep in the car as well, just in case you have to evacuate quickly.

If flooding does occur, stay on high ground and keep away from the waters at all costs. Floodwater presents a plethora of dangers, from the physical (carrying off cars and washing away roads) to the electrical (carrying currents from downed power lines) and even to chemical dangers.

*There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Marietta West, we’re ready to make things right again.

Does Your Business Have a Plan in Place for Severe Weather? | SERVPRO of Marietta West

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

raindrops on window from stormy weather SERVPRO of Marietta West is here to help 24/7 if your home or business suffers storm damage!

Properly planning ahead is something that is vital to any business’ successful operation, but many Marietta business owners forget to plan ahead for the unpredictable—mainly, severe weather. While severe weather is hard to predict with certainty, the chances of being impacted by it at some point in your business’ lifetime is high. Fortunately, if you have a plan, you can ensure you are much better prepared to handle any situation that heads your way.

From flooding to winds to lightning, there are many problems that a business can encounter due to severe weather—and in the worst cases, they may interrupt your business’ operations to a debilitating degree. Below are some of our top tips for making sure your business is prepared and can survive any storm.

Preparing Your Business to Withstand Severe Weather

| Be Sure You Understand Your Potential Threats | There are many ways that severe weather can cause damage, and it is important to understand each one of them. While tornadoes are often the biggest concern, it is vital to understand that more people are killed by floods than any other weather event, and general high winds can be every bit as devastating as tornadoes are. Additionally, lightning strikes can lead to injuries and even fires that can derail your operations with severe damage.

| Be Sure You Have Prepared Your Insurance Coverage | One of the biggest factors to how quickly your business is able to recover from severe weather damage is whether the damage is covered by insurance. It is wise to consider purchasing flood insurance and business interruption insurance so you can be certain that you are fully protected regardless of what kind of storm your business is asked to endure.

| Be Sure You Have a Plan in Case of a Sudden Storm | Severe weather can come about suddenly, and it is vital to be sure you have a plan in case you and your staff are on the business’ premises when it begins. Stay aware of local weather guidance and know what to do in case you must evacuate as a group, and be prepared to hold tight and hunker down if that is what authorities recommend.

*If your business experiences water damage due to severe weather, SERVPRO of Marietta West is the team to call. We are here 24/7 to help with restoration. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

Marietta's Trusted Leader in Cleanup and Recovery | SERVPRO of Marietta West

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

damaged furniture and other home items sitting outside of red brick house When you are dealing with any damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Marietta West is your local restoration expert.

Your life as a home or business owner in Cobb County is full of spinning plates and wearing various hats. You’re the one who has to keep things running, get deadlines met or get the kids dressed and on the bus. Over time, you’ve become an expert in a lot of little areas. But when a fire or weather disaster disrupts everything, you need the help of a specialized nature, and that’s where SERVPRO of Marietta West comes in...

| Here are a few reasons you can trust SERVPRO of Marietta West when a crisis comes |

We’re Always Ready and Faster to Any Size Disaster

Storms and fires don’t wait until you’re ready before they strike, and we don’t wait until they strike to get ready to act. We’re primed to move right now, whenever right now may be.

Time spent waiting on a service company means thicker mold, additional smoke smell or more soured furniture. A rapid response is crucial, and having a SERVPRO right here in Marietta means you get the broad power of the nationwide SERVPRO network combined with the laser-focused attention and flexibility of a local team.

We’re Trained to Handle Residential and Commercial Services

Since the 1960’s, we’ve been coming up with solutions for locations of all kinds, and we’ve developed methods that deal with the intricacies of home life and business needs. You can be sure when you call that we’ll have the right equipment and the right approach for your situation.

We’ll Make It "Like it never even happened."

While our methods are technical, our approach is simple: We’ll be so thorough, and complete your restoration to such a degree, that you’ll be hard-pressed to even be able to tell any work was ever done.

We Offer the Services You Need in a Changing World

Business owners now have to major in disease prevention as well as business, and we want you to be on the frontlines of the new era in customer care—that’s why we proudly introduced the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program. Now you can let customers know their value by making them feel safe in your place of business.

*Regardless of why you need cleanup or disaster recovery, SERVPRO of Marietta West has the tools, the technicians and the training to get your situation under control. When you’re ready to get help from the best, get in touch with SERVPRO of Marietta West.

What to Do if You Discover Water Damage | SERVPRO of Marietta West

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling in Marietta, GA If you discover water damage in your home or business call SERVPRO of Marietta West. We are here to help 24-hours a day, every day!

Discovering water damage is something no homeowner would like to go through, but unfortunately, it happens to more people than you might realize. On average, there are an estimated 14,000 water damage emergencies every day—and whether these come from leaks, burst pipes or something else altogether, it is never something that is a welcomed surprise. 

As a homeowner, being caught off-guard by water damage can be overwhelming, but it does not have to be. One of the best things you can do (in addition to practicing prevention habits) is to ensure you know what to do if water damage is discovered. 

That way you can act quickly and get restoration underway fast, which is key for preventing compounding problems such as mold and mildew.

Steps to Take if You Discover Water Damage

  1. Turn Off Your Water Main & Electricity Right Away: If it is safe to do so, be sure to turn off your water main and electricity promptly when you discover water damage. While you should not put yourself in harm’s way to do this, if you are able to easily access the controls, you can prevent quite a bit of damage by ensuring you stop the flow of water through the home and that water is not able to come into contact with any live electrical components.
  2. Contact Your Restoration Company: Knowing what restoration company you are going to use in advance of water damage is so important, because the faster you can get in touch with them, the better. Water damage should always be treated quickly for the best recovery results, so choosing a company that is available 24 hours a day for emergencies is wise.
  3. Open Windows & Doors: Providing the water damage is not weather-related, opening windows and doors can be helpful in increasing circulation to help things dry out quickly. Open everything you are safely able to while you wait on your restoration company to arrive so you can increase the airflow throughout your home.

*If you need assistance with water damage, you can count on SERVPRO of Marietta West to help. We are here 24/7 and guarantee a rapid response to your call. Contact us at (770) 428-5467 any hour to report damage for emergency services or visit www.SERVPROmariettawest.com for more information.

Your Land as Wildfire Defense | SERVPRO of Marietta West

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

a gated long brown pebble driveway tucked next to a large brick home If your home is damaged by fire or water loss event, SERVPRO of Marietta West is ready and able to restore your property to preloss condition.

No homeowner wants to think about the possibility of seeing their home destroyed in the mouth of a raging wildfire, but it has to be considered. Wildfires are more common than you might realize. And considering the rate at which they spread and the heat with which they burn, it’s a wonder fire crews are able to quell them at all.

But we do have a few methods for fighting wildfires that don’t require a fire hose, apart from the painfully obvious, which would be starting fewer fires by being more careful. For one: Let’s talk about “defensible space.”

What Is Defensible Space?

It’s not about fighting off invaders from Neptune—“defensible space” is a series of buffer zones you can manage at certain distances around your home. By planting and pruning smartly, removing extra things for fires to consume, and enlisting areas of hardscape or inorganic materials, you can make your home less vulnerable should fire threaten your land.

Think of it as a safety barrier (aka defense) intended to slow the spread of a fire as it comes near by depriving it of the fuel it needs to keep going. It also gives your local firefighters a better chance of stopping a wildfire by giving them room to work while the fire is being rebuffed.

Why Defensible Space Matters

When you think of wildfires, you may think about blazes in the West Coast, but the fact is they can occur anywhere. There were over 59,000 wildfires across the United States in 2020, and almost 1,700 of them were here in Georgia.

Even removing California’s 10,000+ fires from that national state leaves us with an average of almost 1,000 fires per state in 2020, with every state having at least a few. And the number of fires in 2021 has been 25% higher so far.

Defensible space isn’t required by law or building codes in Georgia, but it’s a good fire safety practice all the same: Anything we can do to prevent or stop the spread of fires, we should do, and defensible space is one more way we can make a difference.

*If your home is damaged by fire of any sort, wild or not, SERVPRO of Marietta West is ready and able to repair the damage caused. Get in touch today at (770) 428-5467 to get the SERVPRO of Marietta West pros on your team.

Smart Tips for Protecting Your Home From Water Damage | SERVPRO of Marietta West

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

rain on roof possibly causing water damage Call SERVPRO of Marietta West 24/7 at 770-428-5467 or visit www.SERVPROmariettawest.com for more information on water damage restoration.

Water damage is a multifaceted problem due to the many reasons it can occur, and often, homeowners are unaware of the potential threats it involves until they experience it themselves. From flooding to seepage to leaks, there are many ways that water damage can start, but each scenario ends the same: with the need for quick, professional restoration.

Fortunately, homeowners have some great resources so they can be proactive about protecting their homes before any issues arise—and because many types of water damage will be covered by standard household insurance policies, it is always best to work toward prevention instead of reaction.

Protect Your Home From Burst Pipes and Leaks

A burst pipe or leak can begin at any time for a variety of reasons, and it will often catch homeowners off guard. While you may not be able to completely prevent these random occurrences, there are a few steps to take to mitigate the damage that they can cause.

  • Ensure you know exactly how to turn off the main water line to your home.
  • Be aware of below freezing temperatures and take steps to prevent frozen pipes.
  • Cut off water lines to appliances before leaving on long trips.
  • Inspect pipes often to detect any signs of leaks early on.

Protect Your Home From Weather-Related Water Damage

Weather-related water damage is also a common culprit, and it can be extremely devastating. While sudden incidents, like a tree damaging your roof, can’t be prevented, other more gradual issues often can.

  • Be sure water is routed away from your home to prevent damage due to seepage.
  • Keep your gutters clean of debris so they can properly drain water.
  • Check your roof regularly for missing shingles or other signs of damage.
  • Reseal around doors and windows to prevent giving water an opportunity to work its way in.

Protect Your Belongings From Water Damage

In addition to protecting your home, protecting your property from water damage is just as important.

  • Be sure to store outdoor equipment in a way that it can’t get damaged by storms.
  • Never attempt to drive your car through a flooded roadway.
  • Regularly do an inventory of your home’s contents so you can identify damaged items quickly.

*If you have water damage in your home, do not hesitate to get in touch with SERVPRO of Marietta West at any hour!Call us 24/7 at (770) 428-5467 to receive a rapid response or click here to request we contact you.