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Chimney Fire: 5 Surefire Signs You Have A Problem

11/28/2022 (Permalink)

A chimney fire causing major destruction to a Fulton County home. The professionals at SERVPRO are always prepared to help homeowners combat chimney fire damage.

The risk of a chimney fire can go undetected for months when a homeowner does not know the common signs. 

As colder weather settles in, homeowners start fires in their fireplaces to keep warm. Unfortunately, with an increase in fireplace usage, there’s an increased chance of a chimney fire occurring by surprise. 

The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton understand that a chimney fire can be a scary experience. However, the key to ensuring that severe damage from a chimney fire does not happen to your home is knowing the common signs and taking action quickly when they’re discovered. 

In the following blog post, we will review the five most common signs of a chimney fire and how the fire damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton can help combat fire damage. 

What causes a chimney fire?

The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton have helped restore and rebuild numerous homes after a chimney fire occurred, and here are the three leading causes of chimney fires: 

  1. Improper chimney maintenance is the number one cause of chimney fires. A creosote build-up inside the chimney can ignite and start a fire. 
  2. Using incorrect fuel is another common cause of chimney fires. For example, sparks can fly out and ignite the chimney when burning fuels like coal or charcoal in a fireplace. 
  3. Chimney obstructions are also a common cause of chimney fires. For example, a bird’s nest, leaves, or other debris can easily block the airflow and cause a chimney fire. 

The five signs 

Now that you know the causes of a chimney fire, it’s time to learn the five signs of a chimney fire. 

1) Smoke and sparks coming from the fireplace 

One of the most common signs of a chimney fire is when smoke and sparks start coming out of the fireplace. If you notice this, it’s essential to take action quickly to prevent further damage to your property. 

2) An increase in the number of ashes produced. 

Another common sign of a chimney fire is an increase in ashes, usually caused by a fire and creosote build-up inside the chimney. Consider an inspection when you start seeing more ash after a fire. 

3) A “roaring” sound coming from the chimney 

If you hear a roaring sound from your chimney, it’s a sure sign of a fire. The roaring sound is caused by the fire’s intense heat igniting the chimney’s creosote. 

4) The formation of soot or creosote on the inside of the chimney or fireplace 

If you notice that soot or creosote has started forming on your chimney or fireplace inside, it’s a sign that a chimney fire might have already occurred. Prevent another by contacting professionals for an assessment.

5) Damaged or cracked masonry around the fireplace or chimney opening 

Another common sign of a chimney fire is damaged or cracked masonry around the fireplace or chimney opening. Cracks usually happen when the intense heat from the chimney fire causes the bricks to expand and break. 

Steps to take after noticing a chimney fire

If you notice any of these signs of a chimney fire, it’s essential to take action quickly. The first step is to extinguish the fire in the fireplace if it’s safe to do so. Once the fire is extinguished, you need to call a company that offers chimney sweeps to come and inspect the chimney. A chimney sweep can determine if there has been any damage. 

If your chimney has fire damage, contact a fire damage restoration company. These professionals will be able to assess the damage and start the restoration process quickly, ensuring the safe use of your chimney for next season! 

How SERVPRO of North Fulton can help

Remember, the five signs that there has been a chimney fire are:

  1. Smoke and sparks coming from the fireplace 
  2. An increase in the number of ashes produced 
  3. A “roaring” sound coming from the chimney 
  4. The formation of soot or creosote on the inside of the chimney or fireplace 
  5. Damaged or cracked masonry around the fireplace or chimney opening

The best way to prevent a chimney fire in the future is to get your chimney inspected once a year and cleaned if necessary. 

When a chimney fire causes destruction, the most important thing to do is to contact a professional fire restoration company like SERVPRO of North Fulton. We understand how important it is to get your home back to normal after a chimney fire. Our team of IICRC-certified professionals is available 24/7 to help you through every step of the process. If you have questions about chimney fires or need help with chimney fire cleanup, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

Pipe Burst: 5 Informative Reasons Why Pipes Stop Working

10/24/2022 (Permalink)

Fixed pipes in a Fulton County commercial property The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24//7 when a pipe bursts in your property!

A single burst pipe can lead to thousands of dollars in damages.

Most people don't think about their plumbing until there is a problem. But, if you take the time to understand your pipes and what can cause them to burst, you’ll be taking steps to prevent costly and messy repairs.

Water damage is one of the most common and costly problems a homeowner can face. And a pipe burst can cause extensive damage in a short time by flooding your home.

Several factors can cause a pipe to burst, but some are more common than others. Here are the five most common reasons for a pipe burst:

  1. Pipe corrosion
  2. Frozen pipes
  3. Poorly insulated pipes
  4. High water pressure
  5. Tree roots

After going over these five causes in further detail, this blog post will outline what to do when you experience a pipe burst and discuss the importance of water damage restoration. Then, you will see how SERVPRO of North Fulton can get your property back "Like it never even happened."

What is a pipe burst?

A pipe burst is when water pressure builds up in a pipe to the point that it ruptures. Let's go over the five most common reasons for a pipe burst:

1) Pipe corrosion

One of the most common causes of a pipe burst is corrosion. Over time, the pipes in your home or business can corrode and weaken; factors like age and hard water hasten this process. Eventually, the pipe will become so weak that it bursts.

2) Frozen pipes

Another common cause of a pipe burst is frozen pipes. When water freezes, it expands. This expansion can cause immense pressure in your pipes and rupture them. Frozen pipes are most common in the winter but can happen anytime the temperature gets low enough.

3) Poorly insulated pipes

Poorly insulated pipes are another leading cause of pipe bursts. When pipes are not properly insulated, they are more susceptible to freezing. Freezing can lead to the problems discussed in the previous section. In addition, poorly insulated pipes can also lead to excessive condensation, leading to mold and mildew, which can weaken the pipes and contribute to the risk of a break.

4) High water pressure

High water pressure is another common cause of a pipe burst. When water pressure is too high, it strains your pipes. Over time, this strain can cause the water lines to weaken and eventually burst.

5) Tree roots

One final common cause of a pipe burst is tree roots. Tree roots can grow into your pipes and break them, requiring extensive repair.

What to do when you experience a pipe burst?

No matter why you’re dealing with a burst pipe, you should first turn off the water. This step will help prevent further damage by limiting the addition of still more water after the initial leak. Once the water is off, assess the damage to see the extent of the issue. While doing this, take pictures and videos for your insurance company. This evidence will prove invaluable during the claims process.

After assessing the damage, call a water damage restoration company. The right water restoration company will be able to quickly and efficiently put together an insurance estimate and repair the issues causing problems in your home. Trusting a professional offers peace of mind and a quick turnaround, essential factors when recovering from property disasters.

Recover from a pipe burst with SERVPRO of North Fulton

Our professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton have undergone extensive water damage training by the IICRC. As a result, we can work quickly and efficiently to get your property back to how it was before the pipe burst.

We understand that a pipe burst can be a stressful experience. Our goal is to make the process as stress-free as possible for you. We know the insurance process, so you can rest assured that we will work with your insurance company and keep you updated throughout the restoration process.

Finally, we have a 24/7 emergency service line, so don't hesitate to contact us if you experience a pipe burst or any other water damage emergency. We're always here to help!

5 Great Steps to Respond to Hospital Water Damage

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

Hospital water damage in a Fulton County hospital The professionals at SERVPRO are always available to help you combat commercial water damage!

Hospital water damage situations require fast action to minimize damage.

Water damage can be a massive problem for any business, but it can be especially devastating for hospitals. Water can ruin equipment, furniture, and even floors and walls. Not only is water damage costly to repair, but it can also lead to mold growth.

Last month the professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton saw the effects of water damage firsthand in a hospital setting and successfully mitigated the damages. The following blog post will go over how we were able to quickly mitigate the damages at the hospital in five steps.

Common causes of hospital water damage

Hospital water damage is not something to take lightly. There are many common causes of hospital water damage. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Burst pipes
  • Leaky roofs
  • Malfunctioning appliances
  • Flooding

Any of these situations can cause extensive damage to a hospital, not to mention the potential for mold growth. Therefore, you want to prepare for any water emergency with a response plan.

Five steps to respond to hospital water damage

Responding to water damage needs to be done quickly and efficiently to minimize damage and prevent mold growth. Therefore, when hospital water damage occurs, the first thing you should do is follow these five steps:

1) Turn off the water source if possible: The first step is to stop the water flow. Turning off the water source may consist of shutting off a broken pipe or closing a valve to prevent further damage.

2) Create a drying plan: Once the water source is shut off, it's time to create a drying plan. The developed drying plan will help to prevent further damage and minimize the potential for mold growth. 

3) Remove the excess water: After the drying plan is put together, it's time to remove any excess water. Water extraction can start with a wet/dry vacuum and water extraction equipment. It is essential to remove as much water as possible to minimize damage.

4) Begin drying the area: Once the excess water has been removed, it's time to begin the drying process. The drying process will include the use of fans, dehumidifiers, and other professional drying equipment.

5) Take action to prevent mold growth: In hospital settings, mold growth can be a severe problem. That's why it's so important to prevent mold growth. You will want to ensure that the water restoration company you hired has applied an antimicrobial to the affected areas to prevent mold growth.

Quickly responding to hospital water damage is essential to minimize damage and prevent mold growth. By following these five steps, you can be sure that you are taking the necessary steps to protect your hospital.

Tips for avoiding hospital water damage in the future

Now that you are aware of the common cause and the steps to respond to hospital water damage, you may be wondering how to avoid it in the future. Here are some tips for preventing hospital water damage:

  • Check for leaks regularly and repair them immediately: One of the best ways to avoid hospital water damage is to check for leaks regularly and repair them as soon as possible.
  • Invest in regular maintenance: Regular maintenance of hospital equipment and appliances can help to prevent hospital water damage.
  • Be prepared for storms: If you live in an area prone to storms, it's essential to be prepared. Having a plan in place for how to respond to storm damage can help to minimize hospital water damage.
  • Have a professional water restoration company on call: In the event of hospital water damage, it's essential to have a professional water restoration company on call that can quickly respond and mitigate the damages.

Hospital water damage can be a severe problem, but by taking the necessary steps to prevent it, you can help to keep your hospital running smoothly.

Make SERVPRO of North Fulton your go-to water restoration vendor.

As we mentioned earlier, the professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton have the experience and training to dry out your hospital and prevent further damage quickly. We have a water damage restoration process that we follow which is successful time after time. When you choose to contact us, we will help you with the five critical steps to take when hospital water damage occurs:

  1. Turn off the water source, if possible.
  2. Create a drying plan
  3. Remove the excess water.
  4. Begin drying the area.
  5. Apply an antimicrobial solution to avoid mold growth.

As an IICRC-certified firm, we have the knowledge, training, and experience to handle hospital water damage of any size. We understand that hospital water damage can be a severe problem, and we will work quickly to mitigate the damages and get your hospital back to regular operation.

Contact SERVPRO of North Fulton today if you are looking for a commercial water damage restoration company in Atlanta, GA, or the surrounding areas. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to help!

Wet Carpeting: 5 Ways to Detect Carpet Water Damage

9/6/2022 (Permalink)

Wet carpeting being dried by SERVPRO of North Fulton professionals SERVPRO of North Fulton has the tools and resources to dry out your wet carpeting!

The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton can help you restore your wet carpeting.

When a property suffers from water damage, there will be tell-tale signs that something is wrong, even if the affected areas are not immediately apparent. Water damage can cause several problems, including wet carpeting. When a property suffers from wet carpeting, it is vital to know the common causes and identify the signs so that the property owner can take action as soon as possible.

Unlike other types of water damaged floors, wet carpeting is not always immediately apparent and is not always salvageable. For example, the only restorable carpeting occurs when it undergoes clean water damage, and no mold growth is present. 

The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton understand that water damage can happen at any time, and that is why we have put together the following blog post. We want to ensure that you save your wet carpeting before your carpet has been saturated beyond repair. This blog post will cover essential details regarding wet carpeting and the five most common ways you can detect wet carpeting.

The common causes of wet carpeting

Wet carpeting may occur for several reasons. But no matter the cause, it is essential to call water damage professionals as soon as possible to avoid mold damage. Mold will typically start to grow within 24-48 hours in wet conditions, so time is of the essence.

Some of the common causes of wet carpeting include:

  • Plumbing leaks
  • Broken pipes
  • Overflowing tubs or sinks
  • Leaking roofs
  • Appliance leaks

Detecting wet carpeting

Now that you know the common causes of wet carpeting, you can start to look for any signs of wetness in your carpet. If you suspect that your carpet may be wet, here are five ways to help you confirm your suspicions.

1) Check for water stains

One of the most apparent signs of wet carpeting is water stains. If you notice any water stains on your carpet, the carpet has likely been wet for some time, and the water has had a chance to seep in and cause damage.

2) Musty odors

Another tell-tale sign of wet carpeting is a musty smell. If you notice a damp or musty odor in your home, wet carpeting is likely the culprit.

3) Look for warping or buckling

Wet carpeting will often cause the flooring to warp or buckle. If you notice any changes in the shape of your carpet, it has likely been affected by water damage.

4) Check for wet padding

If you suspect that your carpet may be wet, it is essential to check the padding underneath. If the padding is wet, it is likely that the carpet has been wet for some time and requires immediate attention.

5) Feel for wetness

Another way to determine if your carpet is wet is to feel for wetness. If the carpet feels wet to the touch, it is likely that it is wet and needs to be dried as soon as possible.

Steps to take after finding wet carpeting

Addressing wet carpeting as soon as possible is crucial to preventing further damage. Several consequences can result from not addressing wet carpeting. If wet carpeting is left untreated, it can lead to:

  • Mold growth
  • Bacterial growth
  • Structural damage

Here is a step-by-step guide on what to do if you find wet carpeting in your home:

Step 1. Identify the source of the water

As we mentioned, wet carpeting can be caused by several different things. Therefore, the first step is to identify the water source so that you can address the problem and prevent it from happening again.

Step 2. Call water damage professionals

If you cannot identify the water's source, it is essential to call a water damage company. They will be able to help you identify the source of the water and determine the best course of action.

Step 3. Remove wet items from the affected area

Once you have identified the water source, removing any wet items from the affected area is essential. For example, removing the wet padding underneath the carpet will be a good idea.

Step 4. Dry the affected area

After removing all wet items from the affected area, it is essential to dry the area as soon as possible. Water damage restoration professionals will use various techniques to dry the area and prevent further damage.

Step 5. Install the new padding and dry carpeting

After the affected area has been dried, it is essential to install new padding and dry carpeting. Again, water damage restoration professionals will be able to help you with this process.

Let SERVPRO of North Fulton restore your wet carpeting.

When your property has wet carpeting, it is essential to address the problem as soon as possible. As you have learned today, the longer you wait, the more damage the water will cause. If you need help addressing wet carpeting in your home, SERVPRO of North Fulton is here to help.

SERVPRO of North Fulton is a professional water damage restoration company dedicated to helping our customers restore their homes after water damage. We have the knowledge and experience to quickly and efficiently address wet carpeting.

We understand that wet carpeting can be a stressful and overwhelming experience, which is why we are here to help. Please get in touch with us today for more information or to schedule an estimate.

Firework Fire Damage Prevention: 5 Tips to Stay Safe This Labor Day

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

A firework show in Fulton County The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7 for fire restoration services!

The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton want you to avoid firework fire damage! 

Labor day is a celebration of the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. While firework displays are a beautiful way to commemorate the day, they can quickly become a nightmare if you're not careful. 

We don't want you to hold back your celebration by any means because we know firework displays can be spectacular; we want to bring awareness that they can be dangerous when not handled correctly. Therefore, please follow the simple safety tips mentioned in this blog post to stay safe this labor day. Following the tips mentioned below, you can avoid firework fire damage and have a fun and safe labor day.

SERVPRO of North Fulton is a professional fire restoration company. We're here to help if you experience fire damage, but we would much rather prevent it from happening in the first place! 

What is firework fire damage, and how can it occur?

Firework fire damage is when fireworks cause fire damage to personal property. Firework fire damage can occur in several ways because when fireworks explode, they send out hot debris that can land on a roof or other nearby surfaces and start a fire.

Five tips for preventing fire damage from fireworks 

It's essential to be aware of these risks and take the necessary precautions to avoid fire damage. Here are some firework safety tips from the professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton:

  1. Always have water handy when using fireworks: Water will help to extinguish a fire if one should start.
  2. Never light fireworks near your home or other buildings: It's essential to keep fireworks away from any structures that could catch fire.
  3. Ensure fireworks are pointed in a safe direction: A firework pointed in the wrong direction can cause severe injury or damage.
  4. Never try to relight a firework: If a firework doesn't light, don't try to relight it. 
  5. Safe disposal: Properly disposing of fireworks will help to prevent fire damage.

When you follow these firework safety tips, you can help prevent fire damage this Labor Day. 

What to do if firework fire damage does occur?

If you are in an unfortunate situation where firework fire damage occurs, it's essential to start by calling your local fire department. Then, once the fire is out, you should call a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO of North Fulton to assess the damage and begin the fire damage restoration process. 

The proper team of fire restoration professionals will have the experience and expertise needed to get your home or business back to its pre-fire condition. However, be aware that fire damage can be extensive, so choosing a company with the proper equipment and resources to handle the job is essential.

Why chose SERVPRO of North Fulton for fire restoration services?

The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton are highly trained and experienced in fire damage restoration. We have the knowledge, equipment, and resources needed to restore your home or business to its pre-fire condition. We also have the experience necessary to work with your insurance company and ensure that your claim is filed correctly.

We understand how fire damage can be overwhelming, but with the right team on your side, the fire damage restoration process can be seamless. We will walk you through every step of the fire damage restoration process and answer any questions you may have.

Wrapping up

We hope you enjoyed this blog post and found it helpful in preventing firework fire damage. Firework fire damage is a real risk, but the risk can be prevented by following the fire safety tips: 

  1. Always have water handy when using fireworks
  2. Never light fireworks near your home or other buildings
  3. Ensure fireworks are pointed in a safe direction
  4. Never try to relight a firework
  5. Safe disposal

If fire damage does occur, we hope you'll choose SERVPRO of North Fulton for all your fire restoration needs! Contact SERVPRO of North Fulton today to learn more about our fire restoration services or to schedule an estimate.

Crawlspace Water Damage: 5 Essential Prevention Tips

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

A crawlspace issues restored by the professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton The professionals at SERVPRO are available to help you prevent and restore crawlspace water damage!

Let the professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton help you combat crawlspace water damage.

Water damage in a crawlspace can cause severe problems for a property owner. Not only can the water cause extensive damage to the property, but it can also lead to mold growth and other structural issues. 

As experts in the water damage restoration field, we understand the crawlspace is a difficult place to access and often goes unnoticed until the problem has worsened. SERVPRO of North Fulton has the experience, specialized equipment, and highly trained technicians to handle your crawlspace water damage emergency.

In the following blog post, we will go over five tips to prevent crawlspace water damage because a homeowner needs to take steps to prevent water damage and will need to take immediate action when it does occur.

What is crawlspace water damage, and why is it essential to prevent it?

Crawlspace water damage is water that has entered the crawlspace of the home and caused damage to the structure or contents. If you are not aware, the crawlspace is the area between the ground and first floor of a home, and it is typically used for storage or as a passage to utility lines.

Crawlspace water damage may be caused by the following:

  • Flooding
  • Leaking pipes
  • Overflowing gutters
  • Excessive rainfall

While factors outside of the home often cause crawlspace water damage, there are also many things that homeowners can do to prevent it. 

The five tips to prevent crawlspace water damage 

The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton believe that taking preventative measures is the best way to avoid crawlspace water damage. 

Here are our top five tips:

1. Inspect your crawlspace regularly

Checking your crawlspace for water damage regularly is one of the best ways to prevent it. It would be best if you inspected your crawlspace every few months, looking for any signs of water damage, such as:

  • Water stains on walls or ceilings
  • Buckling floors
  • Mold or mildew growth
  • Leaks

2. Clean your gutters and downspouts regularly

Gutters and downspouts play a crucial role in preventing crawlspace water damage. When they are not cleaned regularly, leaves and other debris can clog them, causing water to overflow and seep into the crawlspace. 

3. Install a sump pump

A sump pump is a device installed in the crawlspace that pumps water out of the space to prevent flooding. Sump pumps are beneficial during heavy rains or when a property has a high water table. 

4. Encapsulate the crawl space

Encapsulating the crawlspace is a process of covering the walls and floor with a waterproof material, such as plastic sheeting. The plastic sheeting will help to prevent water from seeping into the crawlspace.

5. Seal any cracks or holes in the foundation

Even the smallest cracks or holes in the foundation can allow water to enter the crawlspace. These should be repaired as soon as possible to prevent crawlspace water damage.

How SERVPRO of North Fulton can help if crawlspace water damage occurs

The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton are water damage restoration experts. We have the experience, specialized equipment, and highly trained IICRC technicians to handle your crawlspace water damage emergency. 

We understand that crawlspaces are challenging to access and often go unnoticed until the problem has worsened. That's why we have a team of certified technicians specially trained to clean and restore crawlspaces.

Crawlspace water damage can have serious consequences, including:

  • Extensive property damage
  • Mold growth
  • Structural problems

Therefore, if you think you may have crawlspace water damage, it is essential to take action immediately. The sooner the problem is addressed, the less damage there will be.

The professionals at SERVPRO of North are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help you with your crawlspace water damage emergency. Contact us today!

The 5 Most Common Reasons for Apartment Water Damage

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

Apartment water damage in a Alpharetta apartment complex The professionals at SERVPRO are always available for commercial water damage services!

Water damage can be a nightmare for apartment owners. 

The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton have mitigated and restored multiple commercial water damages in the past year. However, we see apartment water damage as the most common of all the commercial losses. 

Apartment water damage can cause extensive damage to not only one apartment but also the other units in your building. Therefore, the faster apartment water damage is mitigated, the less chance there is for further damage. 

If you are a property manager or an apartment complex owner, this blog post is for you. First, we will review the five most common apartment water damage claims and provide tips on preventing them from occurring. In the end, you will find out why you should contact SERVPRO of North Fulton for your apartment water damage needs.

What is apartment water damage? 

Apartment water damage is what it sounds like: water damage in an apartment complex. However, unlike other forms of water damage, apartment water damage often happens as the result of something that goes wrong in one apartment and affects surrounding units. 

There are many reasons why apartment water damage happens so often, but the top five most common are: 

  1. Broken Pipes 
  2. Clogged Drains 
  3. Appliance Leaks 
  4. Sump Pump Malfunctions 
  5. Heavy rains 

We will be discussing each of these apartment water damage claims in detail to help you better understand how they happen and how you can prevent them from happening in the future.

1. Broken Pipes 

A most common apartment water damage claim is from a broken pipe. A broken pipe usually happens when a pipe freezes and bursts as the ice inside expands. However, it can also occur due to corrosion, which weakens the pipes over time and makes them more susceptible to breaking. 

There are a few things that you can do to prevent pipes from breaking and causing apartment water damage: 

  • Insulate your pipes: This will help to keep them from freezing and bursting in the winter. 
  • Check for leaks regularly: Leaks can cause pipes to break, so it’s essential to check for them regularly and have them fixed as soon as possible. 
  • Know where your water shut-off valve is: In the event of a broken pipe, it’s essential to know where your water shut-off valve is so you can quickly turn off the water and prevent further damage.

2. Clogged Drains 

Clogged drains are another common cause of apartment water damage. A clogged drain can happen when someone tries to flush something down the toilet that doesn’t belong there or if hair and soap buildup in the shower causes a clog. 

There are a few things that you can do to prevent clogged drains: 

  • Don’t flush anything down the toilet except for toilet paper: This is the number one cause of clogged drains. 
  • Install drain strainers in your shower: Drain strainers will catch hair and soap before they can build up and cause a clog. 
  • Clean your drains regularly: This will help to prevent clogs from forming in the first place.

3. Appliance Leaks 

Appliance leaks are another common cause of apartment water damage. An appliance leak can happen when a washing machine, dishwasher, or refrigerator starts to leak water. It can also occur if an ice maker line breaks or if there is a problem with the plumbing that supplies your apartment with water. 

There are a few things that you can do to prevent appliance leaks: 

  • Check your appliances regularly for leaks: This is the best way to catch a leak before it has a chance to cause damage. 
  • Know where your shut-off valves are: In the event of an appliance leak, it’s essential to know where your shut-off valves are so you can quickly turn off the water and prevent further damage. 

4. Sump Pump Malfunctions 

Sump pump malfunctions are another common cause of apartment water damage. A sump pump malfunction can happen when it fails to turn on or doesn’t work correctly and starts to leak water. It can also occur if the power goes out and the sump pump can’t operate. 

There are a few things that you can do to prevent sump pump malfunctions: 

  • Test your sump pump regularly: This is the best way to ensure it’s working correctly. 
  • Have a backup power source: In the event of a power outage, a backup power source will ensure that your sump pump can still operate. 

5. Heavy rains 

Heavy rains can cause apartment water damage in a few different ways:

  • Heavy rains can cause leaks in your apartment’s roof or windows.
  • Heavy rains can flood basements and first floors, leading to water damage in apartment units on higher floors.
  • Heavy rains can overwhelm sewer systems and cause sewage to overflow your apartment complex. 

There are a few things that you can do to prevent apartment water damage from heavy rains: 

  • Check your apartment for leaks regularly: This is the best way to catch a leak before it has a chance to cause damage. 
  • Have a plumber check your apartment’s plumbing regularly: This will help identify any potential problems before they cause sewage to back into your apartment.

How SERVPRO professionals can help in the event of apartment water damage 

If you experience any of these apartment water damage problems, SERVPRO of North Fulton is here to help. Our water damage restoration services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week—so we’re always here when you need us. We have the knowledge and experience to restore your apartment to its original condition quickly and efficiently. 

When you choose to hire our team, you will receive: 

  • An apartment water damage assessment 
  • A tailored water damage restoration plan 
  • The use of our state-of-the-art water damage restoration equipment 
  • The expertise of our IICRC certified water damage restoration technicians

Contact us today to learn more about our apartment water damage restoration services.

Thermal Imaging: The #1 Best Way To Detect Damage

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO professional using thermal imaging to detect moisture The professionals at SERVPRO know how to handle any size restoration job!

Thermal imaging is a process that uses an infrared camera to detect thermal energy emitted from an object. 

In a single day, the professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton help multiple customers with their insurance losses. And they use thermal imaging cameras to help them quickly and accurately determine the scope of work needed. 

Thermal imaging technology is used in insurance losses in various applications to find hidden leaks, potential electrical hazards, and mold damage. 

SERVPRO of North Fulton is proud to offer this cutting-edge service to their customers and have thermal imaging cameras available on every job. The following blog post will review some of the different ways thermal imaging can be used during an insurance loss. 

How does thermal imaging work?

Thermal imaging is a process that uses an infrared camera to detect thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal imaging cameras measure the thermal energy emitted from an object and then convert that thermal energy into an electrical signal. 

Restoration professionals use the thermal image to determine the object's temperature and the temperature distribution across the object's surface. Restoration professionals can also use the thermal image to identify areas of the object that are emitting more or less thermal energy than other areas. 

The different ways thermal imaging can be used during an insurance loss

Thermal imaging can be used in various ways during an insurance loss. Thermal imaging can be used to detect: 

  • Water damage
  • Mold damage
  • Fire damage 

Thermal imaging and water damage

Thermal imaging can be used to detect water damage in several different ways. First, thermal imaging can identify the home's damp areas. 

Damp areas of the home often indicate water damage that has gone undetected. Using thermal imaging to identify damp areas of the home, the professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton can help their customers promptly get the water damage repairs they need. 

Thermal imaging and mold damage

Thermal imaging can also be used to detect mold damage. Mold damage is often hidden behind walls or in other areas that are not easily accessible. Using thermal imaging to identify areas of the home emitting thermal energy, the SERVPRO of North Fulton professionals can help their customers get the mold damage repairs they need. 

Thermal imaging can also identify home areas at risk for mold damage. By identifying these areas, the professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton can help their customers prevent mold damage before it has a chance to start. 

Thermal imaging and fire damage

Thermal imaging can also be used to detect fire damage. Hot spots are often hidden behind walls or in other areas that are not easily accessible. Using thermal imaging to identify areas of the home emitting thermal energy, the SERVPRO of North Fulton professionals can help their customers get the fire damage repairs they need. 

Restoration professionals can also use the thermal image to identify home areas at risk for fire damage. By identifying these areas, the professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton can help their customers prevent fire damage before it has a chance to start. 

SERVPRO of North Fulton thermal imaging

As you can see, thermal imaging is a powerful tool that can detect damage in various ways. Using thermal imaging, the professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton can help their customers get the repairs they need in a timely and efficient manner. 

Here at SERVPRO of North Fulton, we are always here to help. As an IICRC-certified firm, we know how to handle any size restoration job and make it "Like it never even happened." 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions about thermal imaging or would like to schedule a thermal imaging inspection. We are always here to help!

5 Most Common Commercial Kitchen Drainage Issues

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial kitchen drainage issues in a North Fulton County kitchen. The professionals at SERVPRO are ready to tackle any size commercial water damage issue!

The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton have seen commercial kitchen drainage issues cause severe water damage. 

Commercial kitchens are the heart of any busy business. From cooking to cleaning, a lot goes on in these spaces. Therefore, ensuring that the kitchen drainage system is functioning is essential so everything can run smoothly. 

Here at SERVPRO, we have seen firsthand the consequences of a poorly functioning commercial kitchen drainage system. This blog post will cover the five common issues that can cause problems. If you notice any signs of the problems mentioned in this blog post, it is best to have them fixed as soon as possible to avoid commercial water damage

What is a commercial kitchen drainage issue?

A commercial kitchen drainage issue is any problem that affects the proper functioning of the kitchen drainage system. If there is any issue with the drainage, it can cause water damage, which can lead to costly repairs. Indications of a commercial kitchen drainage issue include: 

  • Water pooling on the floor
  • Slow drains
  • Clogged drains
  • Foul odors coming from the drains
  • Gurgling sounds coming from the drains

What are the five common commercial kitchen drainage issues?

The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton have mitigated hundreds of water damages caused by commercial kitchen drainage issues, and here are the five most common problems that we see:

1. Clogged sinks

One of the most common commercial kitchen drainage issues is a clogged sink. Sinks can become clogged for various reasons, such as nonliquids entering the drainage system. When a sink becomes clogged, it can cause water to back up and overflow, leading to water damage. 

2. Broken pipes

Another common issue is a broken pipe. Pipes can become damaged for various reasons, such as age, wear, or freezing temperatures. If a pipe breaks, it can cause a severe drainage issue, which can lead to water damage. 

3. Faulty fixtures

Another common issue is faulty fixtures. Fixtures like faucets can become loose or broken over time. If a fixture is not functioning correctly, it can cause water to leak, leading to water damage. 

4. Grease buildup 

One of the most common issues is grease buildup in commercial kitchen drains. Over time, this grease will build up and create a blockage. Remove grease buildup right away to avoid water damage. 

5. Food waste blockages

Another common issue is food waste blockages. Food waste, such as chicken bones or vegetable peelings, can build up over time and create a backup. You will want to remove the food waste to prevent water from backing up and overflowing.

Preventing commercial kitchen drainage issues

One of the best ways to prevent commercial kitchen drainage issues is to be proactive. Regularly cleaning your kitchen drains can help to prevent clogs and blockages. You can also install a grease trap to collect cooking oils and fats. A grease trap will help keep your drains clear and free from blockages. 

If you notice any signs of a drainage issue, be sure to have it fixed as soon as possible. If you wait too long, it can cause severe water damage. 

How SERVPRO of North Fulton can help you resolve any commercial water damage issues

Commercial kitchens are significant spaces for any busy business. Not only do they provide a place for cooking and cleaning, but they also play a vital role in food safety. 

The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton are here to help if you have any commercial kitchen drainage issues that cause water damage. We have the knowledge and experience to quickly and efficiently fix the problem. We understand the importance of a functioning commercial kitchen and will work quickly to get your space up and running again. 

When you choose to hire SERVPRO of North Fulton, you can rest assured that you are in good hands. We are an IICRC-certified firm that will work diligently to resolve the issue and minimize the disruption to your business. Contact us today for any commercial water damage needs!

Restoration Technology: 3 Pieces of Effective Gear to Combat Damages

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Fulton's restoration technology SERVPRO provides fast services with quality restoration technology!

Restoration technology has come a long way in terms of effectiveness and efficiency.

The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton have been serving Georgia customers for a while, and we learn new techniques and better ways to help our customers with each job. Our technicians are IICRC certified in water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, and mold remediation.

Throughout the years, we have developed quite the arsenal of restoration technology to help us combat damages. Our gear has proven to combat damage, and each piece of restoration technology has advantages.

The following blog post will discuss the three main pieces of advanced restoration technology we use to combat damage and why you should contact us when a disaster strikes. So without further ado, let's get started!

What can our advanced restoration technology do for you?

One of the main advantages of our restoration technology is its versatility. We can use it to combat various damages, from water damage to fire damage to mold remediation.

The beginning process of every restoration project is to locate the cause of the loss. With the proper restoration technology, we can quickly and efficiently find the source of the damage and determine the best way to combat the damage and restore a home or business to its preloss condition.

Once we have found the source of the damage, we can begin using other pieces of restoration technology to combat the damage.

No matter what disaster you are dealing with, our team has the equipment and expertise to help. We will work quickly and efficiently to restore your home or business to its pre-disaster condition.

Our advanced restoration technology

As we already mentioned, our team has developed quite the arsenal of restoration technology to help us combat damages. The following are the top three examples of the advanced restoration technology we use at SERVPRO of North Fulton:

Number 1: Drying Equipment

Drying equipment is one of the essential pieces of restoration technology that we use. When water damage occurs, time is of the essence. The faster we can get the property dried out, the less chance there is for mold growth.

We have a wide range of drying equipment, from air movers to dehumidifiers. We will use the right combination of equipment to dry a property quickly and thoroughly.

Number 2: Cleaning Equipment

Cleaning restoration technology comes in many forms. We use it to clean everything from carpets and upholstery to HVAC systems.

We have a wide range of cleaning equipment, from carpet cleaners to air scrubbers. We will use the right equipment to clean a property quickly and thoroughly.

Number 3: Moisture Detection Equipment

Moisture detection equipment is essential for water damage restoration. We use it to find hidden moisture so we can dry it out before mold growth occurs.

We have a wide range of moisture detection equipment, from thermal imaging cameras to moisture meters. We will use the right equipment to find a property's hidden moisture.

The advances in restoration technology

Restoration technology has come a long way in terms of effectiveness and efficiency. In the past, restoration was a slow and often ineffective process. But now, with the advances in restoration technology, restoration professionals can quickly and effectively restore a property to its pre-disaster condition.

Trust the restoration technology at SERVPRO of North Fulton.

If you require IICRC-certified professionals with advanced restoration technology, don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO of North Fulton. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and we will respond quickly to your call. 

We have the equipment and expertise to handle any size disaster. We will work quickly and efficiently to restore your home or business to its pre-disaster condition. Contact us today for any questions or to schedule an estimate.