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Choose Your Restoration Company Carefully | SERVPRO of East Cobb

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

three green SERVPRO trucks lined up on a side street You can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line, SERVPRO of East Cobb.

It might not be a pleasant thought, but if you’ve been a homeowner for any length of time, you’ve probably come to grips with the fact that you’ll likely need some kind of home restoration someday. When fire flares up or a heavy storm causes flooding, you’ll have some quick decision-making to execute, and a little knowledge can go a long way in helping you make the right call.

*Here are a few questions to consider now, to help you when the time comes to make that important call:

Are They Legit?

We wish it weren’t so, but large-scale disasters bring scammers out of the woodwork to take advantage of home and business owners who are suddenly thrust into tough situations. When you’ve got severe damage to be taken care of, it’s crucial that you know you can trust the folks on the other end of the phone.

At SERVPRO, we’ve spent more than five decades proving ourselves to countless homeowners in need of service. And we’ve become the industry leader in the field because we continue to innovate and find new ways to show ourselves trustworthy.

What’s more, respected national organizations like the PGA Tour count on us to manage cleanup and restoration of some of the most pristine facilities in the nation, so you can rest easy knowing we’ve got a good name.

Will They Be There When I Need Help?

When disaster strikes, you don’t have time to wait around—that only leads to more damage and frustration.

That’s why we’re ready every second of every day to step in and deal with your restoration emergency. Your local SERVPRO team will be ready to go as soon as you’re ready to make the call.

Where’s a Fleet When You Need One?

SERVPRO of East Cobb is a locally owned and operated franchise based right here in North Georgia. But we’ve got a big brother, so to speak, in the form of the national network of other SERVPRO teams.

When a massive crisis or a spike in service needs comes, the area is inundated with helpful experts in green, so your needs never get ignored or pushed to the side.

*When you call SERVPRO of East Cobb, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line. When disaster hits home, contact us to get our local experts and nationwide network on your side.

Hidden Fire Hazards That May Be Sabotaging Your Business | SERVPRO of East Cobb

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

electrical power strip with too many items plugged in SERVPRO of East Cobb is here to help your business recover after any size fire loss. Call us 24/7...we are alway ready to answer your call!

When you think of fire hazards that may be impacting your Cobb County business, you are likely thinking of things such as inadequate fire extinguishers or improper use of the office kitchen—but unfortunately, many fire hazards are far more sneaky in the commercial setting. Business fires are a miserable thing to experience, and for the 100,000 businesses that must go through them every year, it is likely that a little bit of prevention could have gone a long way.

Making sure you are doing everything you can to prevent fires in your business is about more than simply adhering to commercial fire codes. It is also vital for keeping you and your staff safe at work and preventing the downtime associated with having a commercial fire. To keep your fire risk low, read on to learn about the hidden fire hazards businesses are often unaware of.

Hidden Fire Hazards That Can Put Businesses at Risk

- Improperly Used Extension Cords -

  • For any office building or other commercial space with multiple electronic devices, extension cords are often a must for getting work done. However, when extension cords are used improperly, they can spark and cause fires that can be devastating. Watch out for extension cords that are overextended, overloaded or plugged into other extension cords, as this is how most of these fires begin.

- Blocked Fire Alarm Pulls -

  • If a fire begins in your business, quickly alerting everyone and getting all personnel outside of the building is key—which is exactly what a fire alarm pull is designed to do. However, if these alarm pulls are obscured or otherwise blocked, they may go unused in the event of a fire, meaning that everyone will be put in more danger than was necessary.

- Unclear Fire Escape Routes -

  • Because smoke can rapidly fill a room and cause breathing and visibility difficulties, being able to escape quickly in a fire is key. That is why having unblocked, unobstructed fire doors and well-illuminated exit signs is a must for any commercial space. This will allow people to quickly see where to go during an emergency so they can get to safety as quickly as possible.

* If your Cobb County business has sustained fire damage, you can count on SERVPRO of East Cobb. We are well-versed in handling commercial fire damage and are here 24/7 to respond to your call. Contact SERVPRO of East Cobb 24-hours a day at (770) 424-0400 or visit www.SERVPROeastcobbga.com for more information on commercial fire restoration services.

Keep Fall Fire Safety In Mind | SERVPRO of East Cobb

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

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

Y’all feel that? The oppressive summer heat and muggy humidity are finally breaking, leaves are turning colors, and there’s football on every day this weekend. Yes, all signs point to the return of autumn. Everyone is cramming in those last few warm-day activities, and fall decorations are coming out of the garage like hotcakes. But as you begin your plans for this pleasant, cooler time of year, let’s run through a few things about seasonal fire safety you’ll want to keep in mind.

- Campfire Safety -

Ah, the campground, that hallowed fall getaway. You’ll want a fire at night for warmth and marshmallows, but make sure you both build and extinguish it properly. Keep your fire 25 feet from vehicles and tents, and out from under any low branches. Use only matches or a lighter to ignite your kindling, never kerosene or lighter fluid. Then you can add small, dry sticks, and finally larger pieces of wood. Don’t leave your fire burning while you sleep or unattended at any point, and make sure you extinguish every last glowing ember with water before you call it a day or leave the campsite.

- Leaf Burning -

Leaves are brown and likely all over the backyard by now, which leaves you (pun definitely intended) with options—haul them off, make mulch or burn them? If you choose to burn your yard trimmings and leaves, make sure to procure a permit from Georgia Forestry Commission first, and let your local firefighters know you’ll have an open flame.

Please note: It’s both illegal and harmful to burn garbage or anything other than yard waste. Use a burn barrel to control your fire if you have one, and keep your fire in a dirt area at least 50 feet from any structures.

- Halloween -

We’ll circle back to specifics for Halloween, but in general be reminded that candles, costumes and décor are flammable, so be mindful where you hang those cobwebs, and make the smart choice of using an electric candle in your carved pumpkin.

*If your home should suffer fire or smoke damage, remember the trusted leader in the fire restoration and recovery industry…SERVPRO of East Cobb. You can contact SERVPRO of East Cobb at (770) 424-0400 to get your property fully restored, including odor removal that will make that annoying smoke smell “Like it never even happened.”

The Most Common Places to Find a Water Leak | SERVPRO of East Cobb

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 East Cobb team if you are dealing with any water damage.

Many people start their mornings with reflection or prayer, but we’re willing to bet none of those prayers include a petition to discover an expectedly flooded laundry room. Nobody’s begging the heavens for a sewage-back to fill up their basement, but unfortunately, it happens. The good news is that you can give yourself better odds to avoid a surprise water attack if you know the most common points of failure. Let’s run down the top few.

  • Toilets - The toilet is a simple machine that manages gallons of water every day. A leak or failure here can be a big problem—make sure your flapper gets replaced when it starts to wear down, and an old valve seal under the tank can cause a mystery leak in the floor.
  • Appliances - Any appliance that uses water uses hoses or pipes to transport or dispose of it, and over time they may crack, dry out, or in the case of water heaters, even burst, sending water everywhere.
  • Clogged Gutters - Spending an afternoon on the ladder probably isn’t your idea of fun, but it can save you the hassle of tracking down and dealing with a leak in your attic or walls later. Keep leafs and debris out, or install a gutter shield of some kind to prevent buildup.
  • Roof Damage - Your roof is an under-celebrated hero at home. It takes a constant licking from hail, rain, sunshine and other factors, and it stays strong as long as it can. But it can only do so much—check your roof periodically for signs of wear or damage, and have a professional examine shingles and flashing if you suspect a leak.
  • Pipes - There are many reasons pipes may fail—old age and oxidation are probably the most common, but faulty joints and high water pressure can do it, too. And there are dubious threats outside and underground as well, such as tree roots, which can sneak their way into sewer and water lines.
  • Blocked Garbage Disposals or Other Pipes - Certain foods can cause garbage disposals to clog, and things like rice or pasta can clog drains because they soak up water and expand. These clogs can cause backups, and the plunging they may require can cause old or loose pipe fittings to fail.

You may not get a phone notification or text message warning you about a pipe break or impending water damage, but a little prevention and attention can make them less likely, less frequent and reduce overall recovery costs.

If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side. Contact SERVPRO of East Cobb today at  so we can get started or visit www.SERVPROeastcobbga.com for more information.

How to Practice Fire Safety When Cooking | SERVPRO of East Cobb

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

cooking meat in a skillet over an electric stove SERVPRO of East Cobb is here to help you recover after a home fire. From emergency boardup, smoke and odor removal to structural and textile cleaning.

Because many of us use our kitchens every day without incident, it can be easy to discount the very real risk of cooking fires breaking out in our homes. Cooking fires are actually the most common cause of house fires in the United States, and because of high heat, grease and open flames, they can often grow out of control in a short amount of time.

Fortunately, taking the proper precautions can make all the difference when it comes to how safe your cooking setup is. By being aware of how to stay fire-safe in the kitchen, you can significantly reduce the chances that a cooking fire will happen in your own home. Read on for our favorite tips!

Tips for Fire Safety When Cooking at Home

| Keep the Area Around Your Stovetop Clear | Many cooking fires are caused by total accidents, such as a dish towel or wooden cooking utensil getting too close to a stove top that is switched on and catching fire. Establish a safe zone around your stove and avoid keeping any flammable objects there so you can reduce the chances of sudden flames beginning.

| Never Leave Your Food Unattended | If you are roasting or simmering a dish for the long haul, it can be tempting to leave the room and return to your food later—however, this can be extremely dangerous. Avoid leaving the stove or oven on if no one will be in the room, as that can lead to a fire that is allowed to grow out of hand rapidly.

| Be Careful When Handling Hot Grease | Grease fires are especially dangerous because they do not respond to water, and hot grease can cause serious burns. Avoid throwing hot grease into the trash can, as it can ignite flammable items and start a trash fire until it cools down.

| Always Keep a Fire Extinguisher in the Kitchen | While preventing cooking fires is the most important thing, extinguishing them is the best second line of defense. Keeping a fire extinguisher at the ready is a must for any kitchen, and make sure that it is the right kind and that you know how to operate it.

*If your home has suffered fire damage, you can count on SERVPRO of East Cobb to restore your property to preloss condition. We have years of experience working with insurance companies like State Farm, Farmers, Travelers, The Hartford and many more, as well as homeowners who choose to self-pay to restore their homes. Contact us 24/7 for immediate service or visit www.SERVPROeastcobbga.com to learn more about how we can handle household fire damage.

Be Prepared for Summer Storms | SERVPRO of East Cobb

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

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

Ah, the dog days of summer, when the weather is warm, the days are long and the sun is always shining—isn’t it? It has to be, right? It’s the sunniest time of the year, so obviously the sun must always be out. Except it’s not.

If it sometimes seems that thunderstorms are likely to ruin your summer plans, it’s not just you. While August in the greater Atlanta area is about average in the number of rainy days, the moisture and warm air of summer combine to produce more storms during those rainy days.

Be Storm-Alert

Storms should never be ignored, even though they may be considered commonplace. Local warnings should always be heeded, and considerations should be made regarding sporting events or outdoor activities.

Flooding can happen unexpectedly in thunderstorms, and if you receive a flood alert you would be wise to cancel travel plans. And look around the backyard for items like patio furniture, garbage cans or trampolines that might get blown around in heavy winds—see if you can store them safely somewhere until the storm passes.

Storm preparation isn’t exciting, but it mustn’t be neglected—there are dozens of storm-related deaths each year, many of which could have been prevented. Getting an NOAA Weather radio will help you stay in the know, even if the power should go out.

Be Storm-Safe

Keep yourself out of lightning’s way and stay indoors. You can safely head outside again once the storm has passed far enough away for there to be no lightning for 30 minutes. This keeps you outside the 10-mile reach of potential strikes.

Windows can break because of flying debris, so keeping away from them can keep you out of harm’s way. And avoid showering or bathing during a thunderstorm, because your shower and tub are electrical conductors, as is the water in which you bathe.

Keep an emergency kit packed for extreme situations like tornadoes, which may result in long-term power loss or displacement from home.

If heavy rains bring flooding, seek out or stay on high ground where it’s safe, and don’t touch flood waters because they can carry toxins. Rushing water can also carry you or your vehicle off the road, so turn around if you’re driving when flooding begins and seek an alternative way home.

*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 East Cobb, ready to make things right again.

What Causes Grill Fires to Start? | SERVPRO of East Cobb

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

grill fire flare up SERVPRO fire safety SERVPRO of East Cobb is here to help restore fire damaged homes and businesses. Give us a call 24/7...we are always here to help!

Grilling is a great way to take advantage of the extra daylight and warm weather that summertime has to offer, but as with any activity that involves open flames, it is important that you approach it with a fire safety mindset each and every time. While many people in Cobb County grill every weekend without incident, all it takes is one mistake to cause major damage.

Grill fires can occur for a variety of reasons, but fortunately, they are entirely preventable with a few helpful tips. By understanding why grill fires happen and how much damage they can cause, you can make safer decisions each and every time you fire up the grill.

| Why Grill Fires Start |

The main reasons why a grill fire may occur has everything to do with maintenance. Many grill fires are a result of a grill that is improperly cleaned, resulting in a buildup of grease on the tines that can lead to flare-ups. Another reason why grill fires occur in gas grills is a leak that goes unnoticed and then ignites. For this reason, experts recommend being vigilant about cleaning your grill and checking any hoses and gas lines thoroughly before each and every use.

| How Grill Fires Cause Damage |

The main way that grill fires cause damage is by spreading to other structures, such as a home, a deck or a fence. It is nice to have your grill in a convenient location, but if it is too close to something that is flammable, it can cause serious problems if the flames spread. Grills are responsible for $37 million worth of property damage every year, but much of this can be prevented by keeping a safety zone around them.

| How to Handle a Grill Fire |

One of the best things you can do when you grill from a fire safety standpoint is to keep a fire extinguisher handy in case of a major flare-up. Oftentimes, grill flare-ups can quickly be extinguished before they cause any major harm, so by acting quickly and never leaving the grill unattended, you can prevent quite a bit of the danger.

*If you or your friends or family have experienced fire damage due to a grill fire, you can depend on SERVPRO of East Cobb to address it quickly. Contact us any time to learn more about our fire restoration services or to report damage to your home.

Why Do East Cobb Residents Trust SERVPRO | SERVPRO of East Cobb

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 East Cobb is your local restoration expert.

Home and business owners keep a lot of plates spinning. There’s the finance plate, the morale plate and a host of others that have to stay in the air to keep things running smoothly. All those plates can come crashing down when fire, storms or mold damage your property. Suddenly you are forced into one priority: disaster recovery. A job you haven’t trained for instantly becomes your main focus, and that kind of pressure can be overwhelming.

We’re here to alleviate that pressure so you can get back to your regularly-scheduled plate spinning. So why SERVPRO? Glad you asked...

We’re Always Ready and Faster to Any Size Disaster

We’ve got a team of elite recovery experts in the area right now, ready at a moment’s notice to tackle damage from fire, water, mold and storms. Every minute you have to wait means more mold growth, more deeply embedded smoke smell or a greater number of soaked-through possessions. A fast response is critical, so a SERVPRO franchise right here in East Cobb gives you the one-two punch of a local, agile team empowered and backed by a mighty nationwide network.

We’re Trained to Handle Residential and Commercial Services

Houses and businesses alike are susceptible to disastrous circumstances. But we have over 50 years’ experience customizing solutions for any situation, so you can rest assured we’ll be able to take care of yours.

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

We’ll go to incredible lengths and use advanced techniques to make sure your restoration is total, and our technicians are so thorough and skilled that your place will have no traces of damage left by the time we’re finished. That’s not a brag; it’s simply a fact.

We Offer the Services You Need in a Changing World

Disease control is more a priority than ever, and we offer proprietary, ultra-high-grade cleaning solutions to keep any business free of dangerous pathogens. You get an unbelievable clean, and your customers get peace of mind.

*Regardless of why you need cleanup or disaster recovery, SERVPRO of East Cobb 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 East Cobb.*

Why SERVPRO is an Important Part of a Business Continuity Plan | SERVPRO of East Cobb

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

business owner deciding on a water restoration company If your home or business has experience water, fire or mold damage call SERVPRO of East Cobb. We are the restoration professionals that can help 24/7!

If you are a Cobb County business owner, you are likely already aware of the importance of a solid business recovery plan in case of a disaster—but even if you are not, we are here to help. A developed recovery plan for your business is not simply something that’s “nice to have.” In fact, it is often the deciding factor in how quickly businesses are able to open their doors after a disaster, which often determines how long a business is able to survive.

Developing a business recovery plan is not difficult, but it is something you will need to put a lot of thought into to ensure it is comprehensive. From keeping track of your records to having damage to your building restored, there are quite a few decisions to make—but when it comes to commercial restoration, we can at least make that decision easy.

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO as Your Commercial Restoration Partner

| We Can Help Your Business Get Prepared | 

While our specialties lie with damage restoration of all sorts, we can also help your business get prepared in advance of a disaster. We understand what it takes to keep a business running and can help ensure that yours is fully prepped for any disaster or emergency.

| We Will Provide You With A Clear Timeline |

One of the most important things that businesses should focus on in the aftermath of a disaster is getting their doors reopened quickly to reduce lost revenue. We understand this, which is why we will provide our commercial customers with a full timeline of the restoration work we will be doing, so you can make sure every piece of the process stays on track.

| We Are Here At Any Time | 

We pride ourselves on our quick response time regardless of the hour of your call. We are here 24/7 to talk about your damage and respond rapidly when you need us. Disasters do not adhere to business hours, so we make a point to be here at any time to spring into action and start your commercial restoration job. 

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens."

In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile, can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including: emergency contact Information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.

The ERP is a NO COST assessment, all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time and money in the future. Call SERVPRO of East Cobb to establish your Emergency READY Profile today!

*If you are in need of commercial restoration services, you can count on SERVPRO of East Cobb 24-hours a day, every day. Contact us at (770) 424-0400 for immediate service or visit www.SERVPROeastcobbga.com to learn more about what we offer and how we can help.*

Make Your Surroundings a Defense Against Wildfire | SERVPRO of East Cobb

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 repair any damage.

One of the nightmare scenarios for any homeowner is seeing their home consumed by a wildfire, and while it’s not exactly likely, it’s more common than you might realize. Wildfires can happen in any area, and all they need is fuel to continue to grow and spread. A quick look out the window will likely show you that there’s plenty of fuel around for a hungry fire. But there are things we can do to combat wildfires, beyond the biggest difference we could make by simply being more careful.

Let’s talk about one of those concepts: defensible space

| What Is Defensible Space? |

It’s not about fending off UFOs—“defensible space” is a wildfire defense method using a series of buffer zones you manage around your home. By planting and pruning with defense in mind, removing potential sources of fuel (like dead trees and brush piles which combust quickly), and installing areas of gravel or hardscape that won’t burn near your home’s perimeter, you can make your home less vulnerable to the spread of a fire.

Think of it as a safety threshold (aka defense), designed to protect your home by choking out a fire’s fuel supply as it comes near. It also gives firefighters a better chance of stopping a wildfire before it reaches your home. Defensible space isn’t required by law in Georgia, but it’s a good practice to consider all the same.

| Why Defensible Space Matters |

When you think of wildfires, you may think of the West Coast, but the truth is wildfires can and do occur everywhere. There were over 59,000 wildfires across the United States in 2020, and almost 1,700 of them were in Georgia. Even if you remove California’s 10,000+ fires from that national stat, that’s still an average of almost a thousand fires per state. What’s more, the first six months of 2021 have seen a 25% increase in national fires over 2020.

Any method we can employ to stop the spread of wildfire, we should; 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 East Cobb is ready and able to repair the damage caused. Get in touch today at (770) 424-0400 to get the SERVPRO of East Cobb pros on your team.