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Winterize Your East Cobb Home Ahead of Cold Weather | SERVPRO of East Cobb

11/2/2022 (Permalink)

img src =”frozenpipe.jpg” alt = "pvc pipe with frozen water in it” > Call SERVPRO if you experience winter storms or freezing pipes, so we can help restore your water damaged property quickly and safely.

When winter arrives, there are so many things to look forward to. The excitement for this special time of year might make it easy to overlook all of the dangers that come with the delights of winter.

Your home is exposed to numerous types of damage from winter storms and freezing temperatures. Even if East Cobb isn’t visited by a blizzard this year, you should still take time to protect these problem areas around your property.

When winter hits, you should pay close attention to some of your home’s most vulnerable areas. Your house will be equipped to face any winter storm that might come our way!

Frozen Pipes

Burst pipes are a regular source of concern for homeowners, and the risk is heightened during the winter. When water freezes in cold temperatures, the added pressure can cause a pipe to break. What follows is a winter water crisis that could cause water to pour into your home.

A great way to make sure your pipes make it through the winter is to use insulation around any exposed piping. Additionally, since pipe bursts are brought on by cold winter weather, you should keep your garage or cabinet doors closed to keep these areas warm. Keeping your home warm and cozy can prevent your pipes from freezing up as well. 

Prepare Outdoor Water Sources

Just like your pipes, your outdoor water sources, such as your garden hose, can expand and burst when frigid weather freezes the water inside. Make sure to disconnect your house and drain any water left inside. Store your hose indoors through the end of winter to keep it functioning until the flowers finally blossom when spring arrives.

If your home uses a sprinkler system, make sure to winterize it as well by shutting off the main valve and draining any water that’s still inside.

Gutter Buildup

Your gutters are working hard to send any water that collects on your roof away from your property, but when ice and snow pile inside, this can lead to a clog that might seriously damage your home.

By clearing out your gutters of sticks, leaves and any other debris, you can avoid creating an ice dam that could ruin your home’s roof and foundation. Throughout the winter, be careful to frequently inspect your gutters to make sure the water is flowing freely and no icicles have made a home on the side of your roof. 

If a winter storm creates problems on your property, we are the expert crew to turn to. Our SERVPRO team can complete a restoration quickly to return you to a secure home.

Water Damage in Your Commercial Building | SERVPRO of East Cobb

11/1/2022 (Permalink)

img src =”flooring.jpg” alt = "wood flooring with water damage” > Call SERVPRO a soon as possible if you discover water damage in your place of business or commercial property today. We can help 24-hours a day!

Impacts on your business can be severe when it is affected by commercial water damage. Flooding often originates from right inside your building and can result in lost inventory and soaked floors. Burst pipes, leaky roofs and sewer backups all pose a threat to your building.

Natural causes are also extremely detrimental. Flash floods from heavy rains is one of the biggest risk factors we have in East Cobb, and we have seen extensive damages over the years.

If you are prepared before a flooding event can happen, you can move quickly and start recovery faster with less stress. No matter where the water comes from, take preventive steps to mitigate your losses.

Know Your Building’s Layout

Get to know the layout of your building in order to familiarize yourself with water shut-off valves. Make sure you know how to turn off the main water valve as well as the fire sprinkler system so that you can move quickly in the event of a leak.

Make this information a public part of your emergency plan so that several people are prepared to turn off the water if necessary. Cutting off the source of a flood can mitigate your losses greatly when you are able to move fast.

Know the Types of Water Involved

When your business is affected by water damage, it is important to understand the kind of water you are dealing with in order to respond appropriately.

White water. Plumbing failures are a common source of flooding that is not considered contaminated. White water floods are safe to clean up on your own when they are small in nature.

Gray water. Gray water originates from overflowing sink drains or toilets. This type of floodwater is contaminated but not dangerous.

Black water. When a sewer backs up or a storm creates flooding, it is called black water. This kind of water is contaminated and should only be handled by a professional.

Take Action Quickly

If you experience a flooding event, the faster you move, the more you can protect your property. Attempt to identify the source of the water and shut it off if possible.

Open windows and doors around the affected area to promote air circulation and expedite drying. Let anyone who may access your building know to avoid the flooded area.

Once you have taken these steps, document any damages you can safely see. Take pictures and notes to aid you in your insurance claim, and review these to determine if you need additional reinforcements in this part of your building to prevent further disasters.

Remember to Be Patient

Water damage you can see is typically only part of the problem. There may be hidden signs of water damage you should be watching for. Moldy framing, buckled spots in your flooring or soaked studs are all red flags that should be addressed quickly for potential damages.

If your building does experience a water event, call SERVPRO of East Cobb to get restoration started right away. We have 247 availability, industry-leading equipment and the trained professionals to handle your damage fast.

The drying process after a major flood can take more than a week. Stay patient while our team cleans and sanitizes. We will walk you through each part of the process and have your business back to normal before you even realize it.

When disaster strikes your commercial property, we’ll be there to help clean up and get you back in business quickly. Reach out 247 to get started!

Stop Flooding by Protecting Your Property, Inside and Out | SERVPRO of East Cobb

10/10/2022 (Permalink)

"a group of residential homes with major flooding in back yards Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of East Cobb to get the restoration process started right away.

Everyone needs to protect their property from flooding regardless of where you live. As little as an inch of water can do a good deal of damage and leave you with a large repair bill.

If your home is in an area that is not considered high risk for rising waters, you may not get a lot of help from private insurance or federal funding if you do experience flooding. This means the more you can do to mitigate your risks, the better it will be for your home and your wallet.

Understanding both our regional risks and your personal risks is the first step to protection. Our part of Georgia does not have a huge risk of flooding, but we do frequently see strong thunderstorms and heavy rains in the warmer months.

If you live near the Chattahoochee, your home may be at risk when its banks become overwhelmed.

When you know what kind of challenges you are facing, you can start putting preventive steps into place and stop flooding from the inside out.

Protecting Your Home From the Outside

Flooding doesn’t always come with early predictions, and sometimes a pop up storm that dumps huge amounts of rain will leave your yard soaked and your gutters struggling. When you prepare your home from the outside, you can save yourself from damage.

Clean your gutters regularly to keep them clear of debris and allow water to exit them correctly. Consider adding extended downspouts as an inexpensive and effective way to keep rain out of your house.

Use your landscaping strategically to stop water from ponding and to keep it out of your home. Gardens are highly effective at absorbing water by pulling it down through the soil into the roots. Organic materials such as mulch can also serve as protection when layered in a sloping manner adjacent to your home.

You could also invest in some upgrades that will add additional security in the event of a flood, including moving your electrical outlets up and anchoring a fuel tank if you use one. These can be pricey, but even an inexpensive rain barrel that catches water from your gutters can be a great way to stop flooding.

Adding one of these also comes with the bonus of cutting out the need for turning the hose on when it comes time to water all your plants!

Flood Protection From the Inside

One of the best ways to keep your home safe from water coming in from the outside is to have a well-shored up foundation and thoroughly sealed basement.

A sump pump can also make a huge difference in your basement or bottom floor of your home as it will pump water away before it has the opportunity to do any damage. If you are in an area that experiences a good deal of storm and flooding activity, consider a battery-operated pump that will work even if the power doesn’t.

When flooding doesn’t start outside, protecting your home comes down to how well-maintained it is.

Plumbing failures are one of the top causes of water damage in a home. If you have a dripping faucet, fix it.

Replace pipes that are aged, and add checking your toilets, sinks and showers for issues to your regular cleaning list so you can stop a problem before it starts.

A leak sensor can also be a great way to minimize damages. This device will alert you when water is somewhere it shouldn’t be, and oftentimes one can be included in your home security package.

Any kind of water that takes over your home will immediately cause damage to paper goods and photographs. Keep these items and anything else that is irreplaceable stored somewhere up high or in a water tight container.

Make sure your emergency plans and contacts are also stored somewhere safe, and put SERVPRO on the top of your list. We are available 24⁄7 to get your recovery started faster.

Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO today to get your restoration completed faster.

The Elements Mold Needs to Thrive in Your Home | SERVPRO of East Cobb

9/3/2022 (Permalink)

Mold untreated on window Don’t let mold take over your home! Contact our experts at SERVPRO of East Cobb.

Suddenly discovering signs of mold, like a musty odor or discoloration, can be overwhelming for homeowners. Your home’s structural integrity is only one of the worries that can arise when you spot spores lurking in your dwelling. 

Although it can be difficult to comprehend why mold develops in the first place, doing so is the best way to make sure that this issue never returns to your home. 

If you find mold developing in your house, you might have a lot of questions. Where could this infestation come from? Numerous elements combine to create the ideal conditions for mold growth in your house. 

Don’t let mold make itself at home! Learn the three main ingredients mold requires to thrive and what our team can do if you spot mold in your home: 

Excess Moisture 

If there’s one thing mold loves, it’s damp or wet conditions. Leaky appliances, plumbing failures or a severe flood infiltrating the home are a few ways moisture might pop up. Keep your home at a moisture level between 30 and 50% to keep mold at bay. 

A Place to Feed 

Mold needs a place to grow, and within your home, it may grow on almost any surface. Mold can appear on drywall, carpet, clothes and other surfaces that are ideal for the development of mold. 

Though mold can be found practically anywhere in your house, it likes to hang out in certain rooms that frequently house moisture, like your basement or bathroom. 

A Lack of Sunlight 

Mold can grow in any dark environment where sunlight and fresh air aren’t present. Light from the sun can fight mold growth and sometimes even eliminate it. 

Leaving your windows open is a terrific way to let beautiful sunlight in and excess moisture out. 

What Our Team Can Do for a Mold-Infested House 

It can be risky to deal with mold on your own, so calling on a team like SERVPRO of East Cobb to completely remediate your home can ensure the problem is gone for good. Since mold can grow and spread quickly, we offer 24/7 services and can be on the scene to begin the cleanup process fast! 

Once our team thoroughly inspects your property and determines the source and scope of your mold problem, we are able to begin to remediate your home to a safer and cleaner condition.

We use containment procedures to prevent mold from spreading and use antifungal methods to completely eradicate mold colonies. After that, you can return to your home unless some objects need to be cleaned or sterilized or some minor repairs need to be made. 

Don’t let mold take over your home! Contact our experts at SERVPRO, and we can create the perfect solution to return your home to its pre-mold condition.

SERVPRO Wants to Be Your Restoration Partner | SERVPRO of East Cobb

8/29/2022 (Permalink)

a group of employees with restoration tools walking away from SERVPRO van No matter what type of disaster you face, SERVPRO of East Cobb is only a phone call away.

We are locally owned, which means we know what business owners face in the daily running of a business. Trying to handle so many responsibilities and keeping your company successful can feel like walking on a tightrope, and a disaster striking could lead to everything falling apart.

Natural disasters can not be stopped, and sometimes they don’t even come with warning, but you can take the time to prepare yourself for them. And since damage doesn’t just affect your business, this means preparing your home as well.

In order to prepare yourself and your property, you should create an emergency plan. The American Red Cross has a wonderfully informative website that can provide a wide range of information on several different kinds of natural disasters that happen around the United States.

Once you have a general knowledge of disasters, you should investigate more localized information for the disasters we most commonly experience in Georgia. The East Cobb County website will be a great source before, during and after an emergency. You can also check out the state of Georgia’s website for statewide information.

While having an emergency plan in place is the first step in protecting your property and loved ones, damage may still happen to your home or business. Regardless of the cause, the sooner the response the more that can be restored.

That’s why SERVPRO, with day and night availability every day of the year, should be your first choice for restoration professionals.

Why Choose SERVPRO?

No two disasters will ever be alike. Disasters that produce the need for restoration are a common event across the United States, but every situation will be different.

Flooding is a great example of a common kind of disaster that will always result in many different restoration needs. While each year more than 14 million homes are at risk for floods, each home will require completely different restoration.

That is why our professionals are trained to handle a variety of situations. We take things one step at a time to ensure everything is dry.

SERVPRO is available around the clock. When a disaster happens, the most important part of recovery is how quickly you are able to respond. Once the immediate danger is over, a fast response means stopping additional damages and getting your home back to normal quicker.

If you experience flooding in your home or business, damages set in immediately to furniture, fabric items and painted surfaces. When water isn’t dried up quickly, mold will begin to take over, which can result in structural damages to your property. With our 24⁄7 availability, we can start your recovery quickly.

We do more than just basic damage restoration. We not only restore the damages your home took on, we cover the entire recovery project until things are back to normal.

This can mean helping you with everything from packing up unaffected items to rebuilding a room of your house if your restoration needs it. We also talk with your insurance company so that your claim is covered and used efficiently.

SERVPRO wants to make your process easier and pain-free while we get everything taken care of.

With any kind of disaster damages you may have, SERVPRO of East Cobb has your recovery completely covered. We have been around for years, and with our experience, training and industry-leading equipment, we can get things cleaned up and restored quickly. You will be back to your life faster than you thought possible.

When you suffer damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get restoration started faster.

Pack a Disaster Kit Before a Calamity Strikes | SERVPRO of East Cobb

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

Packed bag of needs in a disaster SERVPRO of East Cobb can repair the damage after a disaster leaves your house in ruins.

When it comes to natural disasters, you can never be too prepared. That is why putting together a disaster kit now, before the disaster strikes, can save your life if a disaster strikes East Cobb without warning. 

Our East Cobb community has experienced a plethora of natural disasters, some of which left homeowners without power or supplies for days. Since these occurrences are unpredictable, being prepared for a crisis when floodwaters begin to flow or tornadoes are forecast can be extremely helpful if you and your family are left without the essentials. 

Here’s what you can pack in your kit so you’ll have everything you need to endure any disaster: 

Food and water. Disasters could leave you without essentials like food and water for days. When packing food in your kit, it’s important to use nonperishable items to ensure they won’t expire when you need to eat them. Store around one gallon of water per member of your family per day for three days to ensure everyone has access to clean drinking water. 

Hand-crank radio. When a disaster strikes, you might not have access to your smartphone, so you’ll need to receive alerts the old-fashioned way to stay informed about the unfolding catastrophe! To stay informed about ongoing conditions, invest in a battery-powered or a hand-crank weather radio. 

Flashlights. Power outages are common during a natural disaster and can mean much more than simply a loss of electricity. A flashlight can help you navigate your home in the dark since you won’t be able to charge your smartphone for some time. Be sure to pack multiple flashlights along with extra batteries. 

First-aid kit. Even though it’s upsetting to think about it, disasters can result in injuries, and you might be forced to take care of them on your own. A first-aid kit filled with essentials like bandages, pain relievers, cold packs and other basic supplies can be helpful if anyone gets hurt during or after an emergency. 

Additionally, be sure to include any over-the-counter medications or prescriptions that members of your household depend on for their health or well-being in your kit. 

Being prepared for a disaster demands extra planning. A disaster kit is an ideal approach to make sure you and your family will withstand any crisis. While these are only a few items you should consider including in your kit, the American Red Cross has created a quiz so you can check if your kit is ready for any emergency!

Our SERVPRO team can repair the damage after a disaster leaves your house in ruins. We have experience responding to local emergencies, and we know what it takes to restore your home to its preloss condition. Contact us today

Keep Your Recreational Fire in Control | SERVPRO of East Cobb

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

a close up view of a bright campfire burning at night If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of East Cobb.

Building and enjoying a fire in your own backyard can lead to family memories that will last a lifetime. There is nothing better than roasting hot dogs, toasting marshmallows and spinning stories of years gone by.

We often turn to building a fire or using an open flame for many different reasons, including cooking a meal, controlling the pests or clearing out loose limbs and leaves. Even when we feel most in control of a fire, though, it can turn dangerous instantly. The National Park Service found that 85% of wildfires are started by humans.

Wildfires may seem like a foreign concept for us in Georgia, but when the summer turns dry and the humidity is low, a grass fire or fire in a wooded area can grow uncontrollable. Just this past June, we saw multiple high fire warning days in our county when the relative humidity took a plunge. The risk is always there for us, so staying fire-aware is essential.

This does not mean you can’t get out and enjoy your backyard. Grill your hamburgers, light your tiki torches and burn your marshmallows (they really are better burnt), but follow city regulations and put safety measures in place to mitigate your chances of danger.

Recreational Fire Hazards

While there are risks any time you light something, grills, campfires and fireworks are some of the top ways that outdoor fires are started. Each year, there are an average of 8,800 home fires started by improper use of a grill. Before you start cooking, be sure to check your propane tank or gas line, and never walk away from a hot grill.

If you are going to have a campfire, select a location safely away from structures or vehicles, and only use a match or lighter to start it. Once the fire is going, stick to approved firewood as fuel, and after all the chocolate has been eaten, make sure you watch the embers until they are completely out.

Fire pits are a backyard staple these days, but even with their convenience factor they should still be handled with the same safety measures as a regular campfire. If your fire pit is portable, be sure to never place it on a wooden surface or a surface with an overhang.

It may feel like an easy solution to use your fire pit to dispose of household waste or even left over construction materials from your latest project, but you should stick to wood approved for burning only.

If you choose to end one of your evenings with a bang, be sure to check local regulations for your area. Fireworks are legal in our county, but there are restrictions on usage hours. Fireworks are not allowed in county parks, so be sure you have proper space to both light and land your explosives away from those areas.

Other Outdoor Fire Hazards

Despite the risks they carry, fire and combustible materials serve a purpose in our lives. When fall sets in and our trees shed their leaves, we all know how essential cleanup is. If you live in an area that does not offer curbside pickup or other measures of waste disposal, burning them may be your only option.

Open burning is permitted from October through April, but is restricted to between the hours of 10 a.m. to sunset. Before you start a fire, be sure to check with the county for any warnings, and ensure you are meeting all the regulations required.

Cleaning up your yard is a helpful way of preventing wildfires, and combined with intentional landscaping it can actually protect your home as well. Make sure you understand what to burn and when before you start your fire so you can keep it from getting it out of control.

If you have yard tools, you probably have gas stored in a shed or garage as well. Improper storage can have terrible results, so make sure you only use approved containers and keep gas far out of the reach of kids. Gas should only be used as intended, which means reaching for the gas can when your campfire isn’t quite big enough is not a good idea.

Any time you are going to have a fire outside, be sure to check the local weather forecast and any regulations that may be in place for that day. If it is windy or has been dry for a while, skip the fire and save the marshmallows.

If you experience fire damage on your property, give SERVPRO of East Cobb a call. Our team is trained and ready with the proper equipment to restore as much of your home as we are able. Our goal is to get your restoration completed quickly and get you back to your life.

Burn safely outdoors. And save some chocolate for us! If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact us today to get restoration started faster.

Know Your Storm Alerts! | SERVPRO of East Cobb

8/3/2022 (Permalink)

a red and white severe weather alert sign If you suspect any damage to your home from a recent storm, call SERVPRO of East Cobb.

When it comes to scary weather, things can get confusing quickly. There are more than 42 different kinds of weather alerts from seven different categories. That is a lot of information to sort through in the midst of trying to protect your loved ones from harm.

Knowing what advisories and alerts mean allows you to quickly seek shelter as necessary. You can also take the time before a storm gets rough to prepare your property and minimize damages.

It is good to have knowledge on all varieties of weather and the alerts that can come along with it, but it is essential to understand the weather alerts we most commonly see right here in Georgia.

How Alerts Are Issued

So, where do weather alerts come from at all? A forecast is just a prediction, so how is the type of storm and its strength, location and length monitored? There are actually several different pieces of information that go into answering those questions.

You have likely heard the name the National Weather Service, but did you know they are the entity responsible for creating weather forecasts and then issuing any warnings that come along with them? Across the nation, there are six different regional offices and more than 100 forecasting offices, which means our forecast is localized and highly accurate. For us in East Cobb, our weather forecasting office is located in Peachtree City.

Meteorologists employed with the NWS utilize several different types of data in order to create a forecast, including seismic activity meters, solar activity, various sensors and satellite radar. The type of information used is different depending on the kind of storm moving in, but the end result is always the same: to provide the most accurate forecast possible.

The Most Important Alerts to Understand

When looking into different kinds of weather alerts, you need to first understand the difference between a “watch” and a “warning.” These are two types of alerts used in almost every weather situation, including floods, winter storms and thunderstorms.

When a watch is issued, you should begin taking steps to protect your home from what could become dangerous weather later. Watches are issued over large areas, while a warning is issued when a severe storm has been spotted in a smaller area such as a county or city.

When a warning is issued, you should seek cover immediately as danger is imminent.

It is also crucial to understand the weather that affects us here in Georgia, and we know that can mean a lot of different things. Our winters bring freeze warnings, ice storms and the occasional winter storm advisory, while our springs and summers bring heavy rains, strong thunderstorms and even tornadoes. This means understanding flood, tornado and thunderstorms alerts is must for all of us.

Protecting Your Home During a Storm

Familiarizing yourself with multiple kinds of weather alerts is the first step in protecting your loved ones and mitigating damage to your home, but there are a few other things you can do as well.

Keep your gutters clear and secure your outdoor furniture before a storm moves in to avoid flooding damage and wind damage later.

Create an emergency supply kit and keep it in a safe space in your home for your family to ride out a storm in. Prepare an exit plan and practice it with your entire household regularly for those times that staying put just isn’t safe.

Once a storm has moved through, take a look around your property and survey any damage that has been done. Take pictures and give SERVPRO of East Cobb a call. We are available 24⁄7 to get your recovery process started as fast as possible.

Learning about all the different kinds of weather that Georgia can throw at us means that we can protect our families and our homes. Stay aware of the alerts that can be issued all around so that you are ready when the next storm rolls through.

Experienced storm damage to your home or property? Contact us today for a quick response!

Trust Your Local SERVPRO Crew to Get the Job Done | SERVPRO of East Cobb

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

Woman on her smart phone SERVPRO at East Cobb the team to turn to when your home or business is affected by a disaster.

Unexpected disasters can affect you and your loved ones when you least expect it. Damage from disasters like fires, inclement weather and even mold growth can leave your home uninhabitable. That’s where our expertise comes in handy! 

At SERVPRO, we make it our goal to return home and business owners to a destruction-free property. Our team is trained to return homes and businesses to their pre-disaster condition with advanced tools and techniques

We have the answer to any residential or commercial damage you may be facing. 

We are locally owned and operated. We work right in your neighborhood, and when our East Cobb community is struck by disaster, we strive to deliver repairs to any properties affected. Our team has experience responding to local emergencies like tornadoes and flash floods, which are common issues this area faces annually. 

We know that picking up the pieces after a property disaster can be hard, which is why our team will do as much as we can to make the recovery process as quick and easy on you as we can. 

We recognize that every situation is unique. While we may have ample experience responding to property disasters, we recognize each scenario will be vastly different and require its own unique approach. Disasters like severe weather or a leak in the home can lead to different levels of damage. 

Our team is trained to assess any size damage and come up with an effective restoration solution and return your residential or commercial property to its original condition. 

We ensure the process goes smoothly. Property emergencies like a fire or flooding can leave home and business owners alike overwhelmed and stressed. Our team can work directly with you to make the recovery process as stress-free as possible by keeping you updated on every step of your repairs and working with your insurance provider to take the stress away from the claims process. 

We also offer 24-hour emergency services to provide you with a rapid response to not only prevent further damage but to ensure your property is restored as quickly as possible to get your family back in your home or your business back up and running! 

SERVPRO at East Cobb  the team to turn to when your home or business is affected by a disaster. Don’t wait another minute for damage to worsen—contact the experts at SERVPRO

Stay Safe This Summer By Preventing Fires | SERVPRO of East Cobb

7/20/2022 (Permalink)

Marshmallows by the campfire If your home or business is affected by flames this summer, get in touch with our team at SERVPRO of East Cobb right away.

When summertime rolls around, there are so many festivities to be enjoyed, like firing up the grill or relaxing by the campfire with your family. Many of these activities increase the risk of fires, so learning how to protect yourself from flames is essential. 

Fires like this can spread quickly. When flames from campfires and barbecues come into contact with outside materials such as trees, grass and leaves, they spread much faster. 

The first step in preventing these fires is to be aware of the flames you are in charge of! Here are a few ways you can keep accidental flames from spreading while enjoying the summer sun: 

Campfire Safety 

If you’re planning on starting a campfire this summer, be careful not to spread any unintentional flames. Build your fire away from any structures, plants and trees. 

Keeping your campfire small is the best way to be able to maintain flames. 

Have a water source nearby for when you're ready to put out your campfire or if any accidental flames appear. Douse the flames in water and completely cover any remaining embers with dirt after extinguishing them. 

Ensure there is nothing left smoldering by using the back of your hand to feel for any warmth. 

Grill Safety 

Grill fires are a common problem in the United States, costing homeowners an estimated $37 million in property damage each year. To keep flames from spreading, keep your grill outside at least 10 feet away from your home. 

Never leave food cooking unattended and always keep a close eye so you can control flare-ups as they occur. 

Keeping your grill clean can also help to prevent fires. Grease and food debris fall down and hit coals, causing fires. Regularly clean your grill by removing the drip pan, cleaning off any debris or grease and rinsing it off in warm water. 

Air Conditioning Fires 

As the summer heats up, you rely on your air conditioner to keep you cool, but if there are any defects, such as electrical malfunctions or faulty wiring, flames could ignite. 

Summer is the most common season for air conditioning fires, with 2,300 residential fires occurring year-round.

To avoid AC fires, try to avoid overuse as much as you can and be sure to keep your unit clean of dust and debris. It wouldn’t hurt to schedule a routine maintenance checkup for your air conditioner to have any damage repaired before it causes problems! 

If your home or business is affected by flames this summer, get in touch with our team at SERVPRO of East Cobb. We want to assist you in recovering any losses you may have suffered as a result of a fire.