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The Dangers of Severe Weather | SERVPRO of East Cobb

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Break lights in a storm If you have storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO of East Cobb to help.

For Georgia residents, severe weather is not a foreign concept. Our hot and humid summers can often give rise to sudden thunderstorms, bringing along high winds, hail, heavy rains and tornado threats. No matter how quickly these events pop up or how quickly they are over, they can still cause serious damage to those caught in their path. 

There are many reasons why severe weather is dangerous that goes beyond the conditions of the storm. Due to the sudden and unpredictable nature of severe weather events such as thunderstorms, in addition to the temptation to not take events seriously when they occur often, the threat of severe weather goes far beyond flash flooding and lightning strikes. 

Why Severe Weather Is So Dangerous 

It can come about suddenly

 Sometimes, severe weather fronts will move into an area with plenty of warning, but this is not always the case. The heat and humidity of Georgia create conditions that are ideal for severe thunderstorms to pop up suddenly, which can catch people off-guard and away from a safe sheltering area where they can seek refuge. 

It can be unpredictable

 The reason behind having a watch and a warning system is due in part to how unpredictable severe weather fronts can be. During a watch, it means that conditions are favorable for an event (such as a tornado or flash flood) to occur. Oftentimes, these events will suddenly begin, starting before weather officials have time to catch them on radar or process on-the-ground reports, giving them an unpredictable nature that is a force to be reckoned with. 

It can be downplayed

 As we have already mentioned, severe weather is nothing new for our area, but that does not make it any less dangerous or any less likely to cause serious damages. While it may be easy to reason that the last storm did not cause damage, so the next storm likely will not either, this is a dangerous line of thinking. Every storm is different, and every severe weather front brings with it the threat of injury, property damage and even fatalities. 

If you have storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO of East Cobb to help. We are here 24/7 to assist with restoration—call (770) 424-0400 or contact us today.

Water Damage and Your Home | SERVPRO of East Cobb

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

a bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of East Cobb has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

Life as a homeowner is tumultuous, with a new challenge waiting around every corner. One of those dreaded roadblocks is water damage.

A leaky faucet or a small water spot may seem insignificant at the moment, but you never know what moisture might be lurking outside, eating away at your home’s structure. For perspective, the average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year, and much of that water could end up somewhere in your home.

Unfortunately, water damage works quickly in your home, penetrating floors, walls and soft surfaces. This is why it’s so important to address the problem as soon as possible. As soon as your house encounters water, you can expect the damage to progress as follows:

24 Hours In

The first 24 to 48 hours following flooding or water damage are the most crucial. Certain items in your East Cobb home will become compromised immediately. These items can include personal belongings, such as books and photographs.

In addition, soft furnishings and upholstery will soak through, wooden structures can swell from the moisture and mold can begin to develop within this timeframe.

Because of this, SERVPRO of East Cobb operates with a “restore vs. replace” mentality. We know how precious your belongings are to you, especially keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We’ll immediately remove these items to expedite the drying process and restore what we can. Our experts will let you know if any items cannot be salvaged.

If you live in a house, there is a one in four chance of a flood damaging your home within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. This is why it’s essential to know what to do next.

One Week In

Now that the water has had time to sit and fester, the damage will progress further and quickly. Mold can spread like wildfire with excessive moisture.

Your home’s structure will become increasingly compromised as the mold sets in. Additionally, porous surfaces, such as wood surfaces and walls, will continue to break down, and metal surfaces will start corroding.

After One Week

You must avoid letting moisture sit for this long at all costs because you could reach the point of no return. As time goes on, the costs and efforts to restore the structure will increase significantly, and the risks associated with structural damage are greater.

How SERVPRO Will Help

SERVPRO’s experts will begin putting you home back together after the very first call to our East Cobb location. If possible, call immediately after flooding or water damage.

If you cannot, make an effort to call within the first 24 hours before serious structural damage sets in. Service work typically starts with a full water extraction to prevent the water from traveling anywhere else in your home. This will also speed up the drying process.

Once most of the water is removed, we will begin extracting the water you can’t see, using industry-leading drying equipment. Mostly likely, floors, furniture and other belongings will require cleaning, sanitizing and deodorization.

After our experts finish these first steps, your home may need some construction work to restore the property. Construction could include anything from minor repairs to rebuilding entire areas of your home.

If you would like to simplify the restoration process, allow SERVPRO of East Cobb to handle both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. We will keep you up to date on every step and have you back in your home or business in no time.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO of East Cobb  has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 24/7 or call (770) 424-0400 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

How Spring Rain Can Lead to Water Damage | SERVPRO of East Cobb

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

Spring rain on a flower If you have water damage to your home, SERVPRO of East Cobb is here to help!

Spring is synonymous with a lot of things: longer days, blooming flowers and warming temperatures, to name a few. However, spring is also synonymous with heavy rainfall in Cobb County—and often, this rainfall can result directly in unexpected water damage to homes. 

While water damage can occur due to flooding, burst pipes or other such surprises, it can also happen from consistent, persistent rainfall. Water can often work its way into minute vulnerabilities in the home, resulting in hidden leaks and unforeseen issues for homeowners. 

Below, we will be taking a look at exactly how this happens and what it means for you.

How Heavy Rain Can Cause Water Damage 

Leaks in your roof

Your roof is your first line of defense against weather-related water damage, but even it can be vulnerable during periods of heavy rain. While many roofs are now made to last decades, there will be maintenance and upkeep required during their lifetime—and without this, water damage can quickly result. Leaking roofs can damage your joists and insulation, and cause issues further down within the home, too.

Issues around your foundation

If your yard is not graded properly to route water away from your home, there can be damage done to your foundation during periods of heavy rain. Water pooling around the house is common when the ground is at capacity for moisture absorption, and with time, this can seep into your structure and cause significant issues. 

Leaks around your doors and windows

Because water can work its way into small areas of vulnerability, leaks around doors and windows are something we often see during the spring rainy period. Water can route itself between seals and around weather stripping often, leading to small leaks that can turn into major issues. 

Damages to your roof line 

If your gutters are not able to drain away the volume of rainwater you are dealing with, water may begin to pool in the gutters and seep into the roofline. Cleaning your gutters twice a year and ensuring they are graded properly can help make sure any water can quickly be routed away.

 “If you have water damage to your home, SERVPRO of East Cobb  is here to help!

Call (770) 424-0400 or Get in touch 24/7 to report damage or to learn more about our processes”

Get the Facts About Floods | SERVPRO of East Cobb

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

a street completely submerged in water and a flood warning sign in roadway Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO of East Cobb has the team to help you recover from any disastrous event.

Flooding is the most common natural disaster. It claims more lives in the United States each year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning. Flooding affects everything from individual homes where property collects excess water to wide swaths of communities and cities.

All of the United States and its territories are affected by flooding. There are similarities in types and causality among all them. Flooding happens for four typical reasons, and there are three usual types.

Natural Flooding and Its 4 Common Causes

Oceanic activity. Storm surges, hurricanes and rising tides can cause water levels to rise in waves, which can invade coastal communities and wreak havoc.

Heavy rainfall. Rainfall that is excessive or storms that sit and rest over an area for an extended period can cause flash floods or river flooding. Concrete and asphalt in urban areas make them more likely to flood after a rainstorm, since there isn’t enough soil to soak up all that water. Near the end of 2021, heavy rain ripped through East Cobb, causing serious flooding. As a result, multiple roads were closed, and Cobb Fire and Emergency Services had to rescue several people who were trapped in flooded cars. DOT crews worked 15 reports of flooded roadways in a single night.

Snowmelts and ice dams. When heavy snow and prolonged freezing temperatures are common in an area, snow and ice can build up over wintertime, and as soon as the snow and ice begin to thaw, they can trigger flowing waters, which make their way through communities. Ice dams or ice jams can occur when rivers become blocked by built-up ice traveling downstream, causing the banks to overflow.

Dams and levees failing. The most notable example of this in recent history would be the disastrous levee breaks during 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Levees and dams fail when cracks occur or excess pressure overtakes the dam’s ability to contain the surge of water behind it.

3 Types of Natural Flooding

Flash floods are common, and they happen when heavy rain passes or sits over an area and overwhelms the ability of the ground to contain the moisture. Excess water runs off and takes garbage cans, cars and more with it.

River floods occur when there’s too much water for a river’s banks to hold, the water spills over the sides and causes destruction.

Coastal floods happen in areas next to large bodies of water, when storm surges or cyclonic activity causes ocean or gulf levels to rise to flood levels.

SERVPRO of East Cobb has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects regardless of the cause of the flooding. Contact us anytime if flooding or water damage affect your day-to-day life. Learn more about SERVPRO of East Cobb and our services online or call us at (770) 424-0400 to see how we can help.

Do Fire Sprinklers Actually Prevent Damages to Businesses? | SERVPRO of East Cobb

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Sprinkler on ceiling in a commercial building Sprinkler systems in your commercial business are a great way to prevent further loss or damage to your property.

A commercial fire is a nightmare that many business owners share, and for good reason. Fires at your business can cause significant amounts of damage in a short amount of time. Not only can they injure or threaten the lives of you and your staff, but they can also leave serious amounts of destruction in their wake—so much so that 60% of businesses never recover

Many—but not all—businesses are required to have fire sprinklers due to their local codes. Checking for your local codes is a great place to start. Depending on your industry and where your business is located will determine what local regulations you are subjected to, but even if you are not required to have fire sprinklers, it is something we strongly recommend. Below, we will examine why. 

How Fire Sprinklers Prevent Damages to Businesses 

They Can Stop a Fire Quickly 

Fires can spread in as little as two minutes, and this means they have an uncanny ability to cause a large amount of damage in a short amount of time. Once a fire grows past the point where it could be extinguished with a handheld fire extinguisher, it is time for you and your staff to evacuate. But without fire sprinklers, the fire will continue to spread, unchecked, until the fire department arrives. When fire sprinklers kick on, they can quickly stop a fire and thus the destruction. 

They Are Highly Unlikely to Malfunction 

While you have likely seen movies or TV portrayals of malfunctioning commercial sprinkler systems, they are actually a fairly fail-safe system, meaning there is nearly zero opportunity for them to go off when they are not needed. For this reason, it is estimated that they can prevent nearly 50% of losses when coupled with other fire safety measures at a business. 

They Can Save Lives 

In spite of efforts to create a fire evacuation plan and fill your business with an adequate number of fire exits, accidents do happen—especially in a scenario as stressful as a workplace fire. If a sprinkler system is installed, it is far less likely that anyone will be injured or killed by the fire, because the water will stop the fire from spreading out of control. 

If you have a fire at your business, you can count on our team to help. SERVPRO of East Cobb is here 24/7 to tell you more or to spring into action—contact us todayat (770) 424-0400 Learn more about commercial fire restoration for your business at www.SERVPROeastcobbga.com

We’re Your New Business Partner | SERVPRO of East Cobb

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

 a workspace and cubicle showing signs of water damage with SERVPRO of East Cobb logo SERVPRO of East Cobb is your local commercial restoration expert. Contact us today should you experience any damage to your business.

As an East Cobb business owner or operator, you know that running a smooth operation demands the utilization of every possible hand. Significant delays or losses can become disastrous for your company.

It doesn’t matter what kind of company or facility you run, you should know that you already have a built-in business partner to help with cleaning and disaster recovery right here in your neighborhood. We are here to help your business with a wide range of services. It’s as if you have a loyal ally in charge of a vital part of your company’s success strategy.

Large Loss Recovery

 The most frequent causes of financial loss for businesses in the United States are fires, storms and flooding. Any one of these disasters can cause serious damage if cleanup is delayed. When these events happen, call SERVPRO of East Cobb. You’ll speak with a highly trained staff that is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week to begin the process with you, reducing downtime and speeding up recovery time.

Emergency Ready Plan

Did you know that disaster recovery can begin even before the crisis occurs? We can help you create an Emergency Ready Plan that you can activate on demand. Following a disaster, you may need anything from an emergency chain of command to temporary meeting or work venues, as well as temporary suppliers. We’ll set you up so that everything can be started with the click of a button.

All-Purpose Cleaning

 We offer a variety of cleaning services, ranging from highly specialized ones like trauma site cleanup and safe biohazard removal to more general ones like carpet and upholstery cleaning, providing cleaning solutions for every condition. We’ve been doing this for a long time, and we’ve seen and cleaned all there is to see and clean.

Restoration Services

You never know when a storm may bring flash floods, when the interns will set fire to the kitchen or when a pipe will freeze and burst in the winter. All of these scenarios need SERVPRO of East Cobb’s repair and cleaning services. You may count on us to restore the sparkle of your business after a disaster occurrence, from cleanup all the way through to restoration.

Industry Specialization

We can help a wide variety of industries since we’ve spent decades getting to know the ins and outs of them all. We can assist you with any unique or customized cleaning or restoration requirements your company may have. In many circumstances, we’ll even enclose the work area to keep it from interfering with other areas of your company’s everyday operations.

“Whatever your recovery needs may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO of East Cobb to get the job done. Contact us today at (770) 424-0400 to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or visit www.SERVPROeastcobbga.com  find out how we can serve your business

How to Prepare to Shelter in Place in Case of Severe Weather | SERVPRO of East Cobb County

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

rain puddle with raindrops falling and splashing the puddle If your Cobb County home has suffered storm/flood damage call SERVPRO of East Cobb at 770-424-0400 for emergency water restoration & cleanup services.

When severe weather threatens Cobb County, it is often an unpredictable thing. Typically, the timing and the scale of the weather event will be unclear right up until the threat becomes imminent—and by that time, it is too late to get your preparations in order.

That is why it is so important to prepare in advance, so you and your family can know exactly what to do in the event of severe weather.

If severe weather is possible, it is wise to plan to stay at home if you are able to, so you can quickly shelter in place. Having a smart shelter plan can keep you and your family both safe and comfortable until the threat of the storm passes, and we have all the tips you need to know to set yourself up for success.

Preparing to Shelter in Place During Severe Weather

| Have a Designated Storm Shelter Area | 

- Having an area in your home that you have designated as a storm shelter is helpful, because when severe weather begins, everyone will know exactly where to go. The best place to shelter from severe weather would be the basement, but if you do not have one, get to the lowest floor possible and put as many walls as you can between you and the external part of the home. Finding an area without a window is a major plus, too.

| Put an emergency kit in your storm shelter area | 

- Because storms can last for quite some time, having a well-stocked emergency kit can keep everyone safe and comfortable. A weather radio is a must for getting updates, while flashlights and batteries will allow you to see even if the power goes out. Food and water will keep anyone from having to exit the storm shelter area while severe weather is still happening, and a first-aid kit is key in case of injuries.

| Have Multiple Ways to Get Alerts | 

- For most of us, our cell phones are our primary method of getting weather updates, but during severe weather events, signal strength can be unreliable. Make sure you have multiple ways to get Cobb County weather alerts, such as cell phones, a weather radio and a local news station, so you can know when it is safe to leave your shelter.

*If your home has been damaged due to severe weather or flooding, you can count on SERVPRO of East Cobb. We are here to help 24-hours a day 7 days a week and offer emergency water restoration and cleanup services. Contact us today at (770) 424-0400 or visit www.SERVPROeastcobbga.com to learn more about our residential and commercial storm and flood damage cleanup and restoration services.

Spring Weather Concerns in Georgia | SERVPRO of East Cobb

3/10/2022 (Permalink)

an image with a cloudy, rainy, sunny and snowy sky Extreme temperature changes can lead to the possibility of severe weather. SERVPRO of East Cobb is a click away if you experience any damage.

The United States is one of the largest countries in the world, coming in second only behind Russia and Canada, though China is larger when excluding outlying U.S. territories. Seasonal weather is not uniform in a country with such a vast area under one roof, so to say. Different regions of the country encounter unique weather patterns and, as a result, varying degrees of weather threats.

As spring approaches and warm and cold air masses collide throughout the nation, let’s take a look at the many weather events to expect in some of the country’s major areas, as well as what we should be mindful of here in Georgia.

The Pacific Northwest’s spring months are prone to extreme rain, which may result in flooding and water damage to properties. Snow will continue to fall at higher elevations, and the melting runoff associated with it will create additional concerns.

Winters in the Upper Midwest and Northeast are the longest in the country, since cold weather persists throughout the season. Extreme cold and the potential of snowstorms and blizzards are likely from Maine to the Dakotas until late spring or early summer, when temperatures begin to climb.

The southern West Coast will need to prepare for excessive heat waves that could jeopardize safety, while the South Pacific, including Hawaii, will also be watching for possible tsunamis caused by tectonic activity. 

Windstorms, derechos and the threat of wildfires will be a worry for the middle of the country, from Iowa to Texas. When winds are high and the seasons are dry, wildfires may quickly spread. A portion of this area is called Tornado Alley, which has a high tornado frequency.

Finally, severe weather is a possibility across the Southeast, such as here in Georgia, spanning from tornadoes and severe storms in landlocked states to dangerous spring hurricanes on the coast. Thunderstorms are prevalent in Georgia, particularly during the spring and summer months. Oftentimes, traces of tropical storms and hurricanes will make their way inland from the coast that can create significant flooding.

Extreme weather poses a significant risk to the United States, regardless of where one lives. While your risk may vary from that of a relative a few states away, being prepared is always a smart idea.

*If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO of East Cobb at(770) 424-0400 for fast, expert recovery or visit www.SERVPROeastcobbga.com for more information on storm restoration and cleanup services.

How Do House Fires Spread So Quickly? | SERVPRO of East Cobb County

3/3/2022 (Permalink)

small house in the woods fully engulfed with flames If your home has suffered smoke of fire damage call SERVPRO of East Cobb as soon as possible. We can help restore your property to preloss condition.

House fires are an extremely frightening thing to experience, but they are also quite common. An average of 350,000 house fires occur annually throughout the United States, leading to more deaths than all types of natural disasters combined and causing thousands in property damage as well.

Part of the reason why house fires are so dangerous and lead to so much damage is due to how quickly they spread. It can take mere seconds for a fire to turn dangerous and just minutes for a home to become fully engulfed in flames.

Below, we will be looking at how this happens and why house fires are able to spread through homes so quickly.

Why House Fires Can Spread So Quickly

| Many Items Around the House Can Catch Fire |

  • While some things are obviously flammable, such as wood, there are other things that are also rather flammable that may be surprising. Things such as grease, crumbs in toaster trays, upholstery and carpet can all quickly spread flames throughout the home and aid in the fire’s growth.

| Fires Burn Extremely Hot | 

| Fires Often Happen When No One is Home | 

  • Quickly extinguishing a fire is the best way to mitigate the damages it can cause, but often, fires happen when no one is home—and are thus allowed to spread uninhibited. Fires can travel from spark to large flames in as little as 30 seconds, so the first few moments are so important to mitigating damage.

| More Synthetic Materials are Used Throughout Homes | 

  • Synthetic materials, such as MDF and other types of synthetics used to make furniture and upholstery, tend to burn faster than natural materials—and this means that fires can often spread faster if there are a lot of synthetic materials present.

*If you’ve experienced fire damage to your home or business, do not hesitate to give SERVPRO of East Cobb a call at (770) 424-0400 or visit www.SERVPROeastcobbga.com for more information on our fire restoration and cleanup services. We are here 24/7 to help—contact us today to learn more.

Would Your Business Be Prepared for an Emergency? | SERVPRO of East Cobb

2/24/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee standing in office next to a person reviewing plans If the day comes where your business is hit with disaster or emergency, you can rest assured SERVPRO of East Cobb will be there to help.

Starting and running a business puts a lot on your plate. Not only do you have a full-time job, but you have responsibilities that go home with you, too.

You spend countless hours working on staffing, inventory, payroll and so much more. All that work is in jeopardy if you’re not prepared for disaster to strike. As hard as you’ve worked to get where you are, we would not want to see you shut your doors after disaster hits.

When a fire, storm or even another pandemic hits hard, oftentimes, it’s difficult or impossible for businesses to open again. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses shut down permanently after a disaster, and a good chunk of those that can open up again end up shutting down for good in less than a year.

So what can you do to give yourself hope in the wake of disaster? The answer is “have a plan.” Three-quarters of small businesses in the U.S. don’t have a plan in place for when disaster hits. We want to give you the best chance at a comeback.

SERVPRO of East Cobb helps businesses just like yours be prepared by customizing a Emergency Ready Plan specifically for their business, location and industry.

With our Emergency Ready Plan, we’ll cover everything from flooding to data recovery, just in case the worst happens to your business—you don’t have to wonder what to do or who will do it.

Reopening after a disaster does not have to be any more difficult than it already is. SERVPRO of East Cobb is here to help create your Emergency Ready Plan today. It just might be the difference between keeping your doors open or shutting down for good.

*When your business is ready to prioritize planning and safety to prevent extended downtime, contact SERVPRO at (770) 424-0400 or visit www.SERVPROeastcobbga.com to get the Emergency Ready Plan underway from the folks who know all there is to know about disaster and recovery.