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4 Tips to Avoid Severe Commercial Kitchen Fire Damage

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

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A commercial kitchen fire can leave a massive amount of property damage.

A commercial kitchen fire can be a devastating event for any restaurant or foodservice business. A commercial kitchen is designed to handle bulk cooking that requires the use of expensive equipment. As a result, they are extremely prone to fire damage because they contain many different flammable materials such as grease, oil, and cooking supplies.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta have restored numerous commercial kitchens that were damaged by fire. The following blog post is designed for those running a commercial kitchen. We will discuss the best four tips to avoid severe kitchen fire damage.

How do commercial kitchen fires occur?

The most common reason why a commercial kitchen fire will occur is when there is a grease fire. A commercial kitchen may be covered with oil, fat, or even cooking supplies that are all highly flammable materials. Flammable materials can ignite when they come into contact with an open flame source, such as a stovetop burner or pilot light.

A commercial kitchen fire may also occur because of human error and faulty equipment like old stoves or ovens which don't turn off when their burners are switched off.

4 Tips for commercial kitchen fire prevention

The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta have put together the following tips to help you avoid costly repairs and permanent closure.

1) Remove grease regularly

Grease buildup in a kitchen is inevitable. Schedule a recurring time to remove used grease and place it in an outdoor grease container to prevent a grease fire from occurring. The schedule that you develop needs to be in place so that there is never a chance for excess grease to be present in the kitchen.

2) Service equipment often and replace old equipment

Old and outdated equipment is more likely to have a malfunction and cause a commercial kitchen fire. Unfortunately, there's no way to know when your commercial oven or stove will fail, so you should make sure that old equipment is replaced.

You will also want to ensure that the kitchen exhaust and duct systems are professionally cleaned often. For example, a flame can climb into an exhaust hood and cause severe fire damage when excess grease residues are in the duct system.

3) Prioritize safety

Commercial kitchen fire safety needs to be a priority. The best way to prevent severe kitchen fire damage is to have a reliable fire extinguisher close by when a fire breaks out.

4)Train all kitchen members

Quarterly safety meetings must be held to ensure all individuals working in or around a commercial kitchen are trained to respond to a grease fire. In addition, they all need to know the fire safety protocols, locations of fire extinguishers, and how to properly use kitchen equipment.

What to do when a commercial kitchen fire occurs

The first thing to do when a kitchen fire occurs is to call the local authorities. The Atlanta Fire Department consists of 35 fire stations with experienced firefighters and emergency medical service providers.

The next thing to do is call a reliable Atlanta fire restoration company. SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta is a well-known company that has been servicing Atlanta since 1967.

Wrapping up

We hope you took the provided tips seriously, so you will never need to call for fire restoration services or the Atlanta Fire Department. 

Contact us today if you are in need of help after a commercial kitchen fire occurs. The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta are all IICRC certified and understand the importance of arriving at a fire damage disaster quickly.

3 Reasons to Hire Restoration Estimate Professionals After a Disaster Happens

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

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A restoration estimating professional knows how to design an estimate for an insurance claim. 

When a home or business has experienced a fire/water/mold disaster, they will need to call for immediate help. However, a property owner should be wary in calling any Atlanta contractor to perform the restoration work. Not all contractors know the process to file an insurance claim or have the proper training to create a restoration estimate for insurance adjusters. 

A restoration estimate professional can provide you with many benefits when a disaster strikes your home or business. They will be able to survey the damage and give you a detailed restoration estimate, saving you time and money during the restoration process. In addition, they will also be able to help prepare a customer for potential insurance claims that could arise from the disaster recovery efforts. In this blog post, we'll look at 3 reasons why hiring restoration estimate professionals is so important!

The best restoration estimating software 

Currently, the best restoration estimating software is Xactimate. Xactimate is a restoration estimating software that restoration estimators and insurance companies use. Xactimate makes the process of giving an accurate restoration estimate much more efficient, allowing customers to get back on their feet as soon as possible!

3 reasons to hire restoration estimating professionals

1) A restoration estimator knows how to develop an estimate that ensures customers are not getting taken advantage of by insurance carriers. When looking to hire a restoration estimating professional, you will want to ensure that they are Xactimate certified. 

2) Restoration estimating professionals will help speed up the claims process. 

3) A restoration estimating professional knows how to write estimates for: 

  • Fire Restoration. Fire restoration estimates can be very complex. They will need to include all parts of a fire restoration job from start to finish. The fire restoration estimating professionals at SERVPRO know the restoration estimating process and will be able to give an accurate restoration estimate.
  • Water Restoration. Water restoration estimates are important because they will detail the extent of water damage done in your home or business. Inside the water damage estimate, an insurance adjuster will know what caused the water damage, the amount of labor needed for the job, and an itemized list of materials.
  • Mold Remediation. A mold remediation estimate will give details on the type of mold present in a home and all required to properly remove the mold issue.
  • Reconstruction. A reconstruction estimate will detail what materials are required to put a home or business back as if the damages never occurred. In most cases, a property owner will be delighted to find out that their home will receive a remodel that is better than what was there before the disaster occurred. 

Wrapping up

If you have ever had to deal with the restoration estimate professionals at SERVPRO, then you know what a wonderful experience it is. The damage restoration estimating professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta have gone through extensive training and are Xactimate certified. When you choose SERVPRO, you will be provided with a restoration estimate that includes all the information and details necessary for your insurance company. 

Our restoration estimating professionals have put together thousands of restoration estimates and are skilled and knowledgeable in the restoration industry. So whether it's your home or your business, our disaster restoration experts can make all of the difference in the world when you're trying to get back on track after a disaster. 

We hope you enjoyed learning about the 3 reasons hiring restoration estimate professionals are important after a disaster occurs. Please contact us today if you are interested in learning more about the restoration estimating professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta.

3 Signs of Roof Storm Damage: Steps In Handling The Situation

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

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A homeowner may be left with roof storm damage after a rough storm passes through Atlanta.

Roof storm damage can be problematic for any Atlanta homeowner. Fortunately, we have good news, filing a homeowners insurance claim will cover the costs of the roof storm damage when it occurs. In the following blog post, we will be going over three common signs indicating a roof has undergone storm damage and steps to properly handle the roof storm damage situation.

3 Signs of roof storm damage

In the event of a storm, there will be three common signs that indicate a roof has undergone storm damage:

1) Roof leaks 

A roof leak is a roof storm damage indicator that is quite noticeable. If roof leaks are present, the roof needs to be repaired as soon as possible.

A roof leak will bring either a small or large amount of interior water on the attic floor below the roof. As a result, you will start to notice a puddle forming and wet insulations throughout the attic.

2) Water stains on the ceiling and interior walls

Ceiling and wall water damage from roof leaks is a very common storm damage sign.

Water stains will be present on your ceiling and walls, especially directly under where the roof storm-damaged areas. Ceiling water spots are often caused by roof leaks ignored for an extended period. Ceiling and wall water stains need to be properly restored by an Atlanta water cleanup company and should not be fixed by simply applying new paint.

3) Broken or missing shingles

Broken and missing shingles is the most common telltale sign of roof storm damage.

It is essential to inspect the areas surrounding your home for missing shingles when completing a roof inspection. If you find signs of damaged shingles, it's time to call an Atlanta restoration company for assistance!

Structural damages caused by roof storm damage

A homeowner needs to be aware of the structural issues caused by roof storm damage can begin within 72 hours after the damage took place. Structural issues can weaken a property's structure through mold growth and wood rot. In the worst-case scenario, when roof storm damage is left untreated, it can lead to roof collapse.

Steps in handling roof storm damage

When you notice the above warning signs of roof storm damage to your home, then it is important to contact restoration professionals as soon as possible. The sooner roof storm damage is addressed, the less likely it will become more severe. Here is a list of steps in handling storm damage:

  1. Ensure the safety of members of the home
  2. Inspect your attic and the surroundings for signs of roof storm damage.
  3. Contact storm restoration professionals
  4. Contact your home insurance company
  5. Document all damages through pictures and videos
  6. Be patient with the process and have a roofing contractor inspect your roof

Contact the roof storm damage professionals at SERVPRO.

The IICRC certified professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta are here to help after a storm leaves roof damage. Our restoration professionals have seen roof storm damage of all types and severity, so you can trust that we will restore your property "Like it never even happened."

When you call our 24/7 emergency hotline, you will be granted a team of highly trained professionals that will help you mitigate, restore, and rebuild your damaged property. To go the extra mile, we can even help you communicate with your insurance company so that you can get the repairs that your property deserves.

Don't hesitate to contact us for any further questions on our roof storm damage restoration services!

5 Ways SERVPRO Guarantees Fast Response Times When Disaster Strikes

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

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A fast response can result in less overall damages.

When disaster strikes, fast response times are essential. Your home or business is in a state of chaos, and you need the professionals to come help fix the problem as fast as possible. SERVPRO has been helping the residents of Atlanta clean up after disasters since 1967, and the professionals know how important it is to respond quickly. This blog post will give 5 ways the professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta guarantee fast response times and why they are crucial when disaster strikes!

When is fast response essential in property restoration?

There are three main types of restoration disasters that the professionals at SERVPRO will always prioritize a fast response:

  1. Water Damage
  2. Fire Damage
  3. Mold Damage

These three types of restoration disasters need to be responded to quickly because the damages will become more severe if left to sit for too long. The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta have witnessed first-hand water damage situations that were left sitting for too long and resulted in mold damage issues.

You are fortunate if you have never experienced a mold issue because mold damage caused by a water loss can develop into structural issues that cause the building to become weak.

The IICRC has trained water damage professionals at SERVPRO on the best way to avoid structural issues, and the number one way to do so is to have fast response times when disaster strikes.

5 Ways SERVPRO has fast response times

1) Our equipment and vehicles are always ready

The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta understand how essential it is to be prepared for any disaster. Our team members follow a quote by Benjamin Franklin that states, "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." We follow this quote by ensuring that we are always organized and have our equipment and SERVPRO trucks ready to tackle any size restoration project.

2) We offer 24/7 services 

SERVPRO understands that a disaster can strike at any hour of the day. To ensure fast response times, we always have a crew ready to respond to a disaster. Night or day SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta will be there.

3) Local professionals 

All of the SERVPRO professionals live in the greater Atlanta area. Part of our hiring process includes ensuring that the crew member lives nearby for the availability to be at a property fast when disaster strikes.

4) Utilizes a CRM

Once a customer calls for emergency services, a representative will track all of the disaster loss notes in our Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software. Utilizing CRM software ensures that all of our crews are organized and well informed on what disaster restoration services are needed. In addition, our CRM system allows all of a customer's information to be in one location. Without using a CRM, a lot of time would be wasted by having to communicate the same information multiple times.

5) Many available service crews.

Atlanta is known to have their fair share of heavy rainstorms that can cause flooding to multiple properties. As a result, we have employed multiple crews to ensure that the professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta are providing fast response times to any property owner in need of services during a storm event.

Concluding thoughts

We hope you enjoyed learning about the five ways the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta guarantee fast response times for those living in Atlanta.

The next time you see one of our SERVPRO professionals, go ahead and ask who they think is the fastest emergency restoration response team in Atlanta. Don't be surprised when they tell you they are; all of our professionals take pride in delivering quality and fast restoration services.

Contact us today if you are looking for fast property restoration services!

5 Great Grease Fire Prevention Tips From Grease Fire Cleaning Pros

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

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Grease fires are difficult to extinguish and even harder to clean.

A grease fire can occur in any kitchen but is preventable, unlike most types of fires. If you are worried about a potential grease fire or have damages caused by a grease fire, then this post is for you. This blog post will go over the science behind a grease fire, potential damages, prevention tips, and why you should call SERVPRO for grease fire restoration services.

The science behind a grease fire

Did you know that common cooking oils heat up faster than water because of their lower heat capacity? Cooking oil's lower heat capacity increases the likeliness of a grease fire when the oil becomes too hot. A grease fire will break out as it transitions from the boiling point to the smoke point. Keep in mind that the smoke point will vary depending on the type of oil used for cooking. 

As grease heats up from cooking, it creates a flammable vapor that is easier to ignite from ignition sources, such as hot grease splatters. The vapor eventually builds up until the grease catches fire and burns quickly with intense heat.

How to put out a grease fire?

Before discussing how to put out a grease fire, we must first mention that safety should be your number one priority. It is best to call the Atlanta authorities when dealing with a grease fire situation that is out of control. 

The first thing you should do when you have a grease fire is turn off the heat source immediately. After the stove has been turned off, you should cover any nearby flames with baking soda and use a pot or lid to cover the flame.

Unlike most fires, you will want to refrain from using water because that will spread the grease fire to other areas.

Fire damages a grease fire can cause

The most common place for a grease fire to occur is in a kitchen. The amount of fire damage will depend on how long the grease fire burns and if it spreads.

Common damages left behind after a grease fire include:

  • Grease build-up on appliances
  • Smoke/soot damage to the walls, ceiling, and furniture left in the fire area
  • Charring of materials (flooring) that caught on fire

Depending on the amount of fire damage present will dictate how much grease fire cleaning will be needed. Keep in mind that all grease fire damage is preventable when you follow our grease fire prevention tips.

5 Grease fire prevention tips

  1. Never leave the stove unattended while cooking.
  2. Turn the heat down at the first sign of oil starting to smoke.
  3. Never use the same oil more than once.
  4. Have a working smoke detector near the kitchen
  5. Ensure there is an adequate amount of space between cooking areas and combustible materials.

The best company for grease fire cleaning services

When it comes to cleaning grease fires, one company always stands out from the rest in Atlanta, and that company is SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta. SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta is independently owned and operated by Rick Northen, who prides himself on delivering quality restoration services to every customer.

All of the team members at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta have gone through rigorous training from the IICRC to ensure Atlanta customers receive top-of-the-line fire restoration services. When you choose to hire SERVPRO, you have a team quickly on-site ready to remove debris, clean soot, and restore your property.

Final thoughts

We hope you enjoyed learning about grease fire prevention and what it means to hire SERVPRO for grease fire cleaning services. Contact us today for questions or inquiries regarding fire restoration services.

How to Handle Water Damage from Sprinkler Systems

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

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Sprinkler system water damage can happen to any commercial property in Atlanta.

Sprinkler systems are designed to protect your property from fire, but they often end up causing commercial water damage instead. In this blog post, we will discuss what types of sprinklers can cause water damage and how these systems work so that you know what to do when water damage from sprinkler systems occurs!

What types of sprinkler systems use water?

Perhaps you recently acquired a new commercial property in Atlanta and are curious what type of sprinkler system to install, or you are curious about your current sprinkler system. There are two main types of sprinkler systems, dry and wet systems. If you are looking to avoid water damage from a sprinkler system, it will be best to install a dry system.

Wet pipe systems are the most common choice but they can cause commercial water damage. Wet pipe systems work by heat activation. When a fire begins, a sprinkler head will release water that is stored in the pipes.

How can water damage from a sprinkler system occur?

The professionals at SERVPRO receive many calls a year regarding water damage from sprinkler systems. We will receive calls when a commercial property has a fire, and the sprinkler system puts the fire out, and for accidental water damages from a sprinkler malfunction.

A common reason when a sprinkler system will accidentally cause water damage is when the system is overheated. Sprinkler systems are designed to put out a fire and when they detect high heat levels. An overheated sprinkler system assumes that the property has a fire and goes off, causing gallons of water damage. A positive attribute of wet pipe systems is that not all sprinkler heads go off at once because each sprinkler head is activated independently. Other common reasons why water damage from sprinkler systems occur are: 

  • Freezing
  • Corrosion 
  • Poor installation 
  • Mechanical damage

What to do during sprinkler water damage?

When a commercial property has water damage from a sprinkler system, the property manager or building owner must act quickly by turning off the sprinkler water sources so that further damages do not occur. It will also be an excellent time to turn off the electricity to avoid electrocution and elevator issues from water damage.

After the appropriate valves have been shut off, you need to call a reliable restoration company to come and mitigate the damage.

After you call a water restoration company, call the insurance company that covers damages for the commercial property. The assigned insurance agent may ask for pictures and videos of the damages for their records. It will also be a good time to create a list of all of the damaged items during this time.

The best restoration company for sprinkler system water damage clean up.

In Atlanta, the commercial property owners and property managers have made the team at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta their go-to resource regarding all emergency water damage restoration. The IICRC certified professionals at SERVPRO know that they need to act quickly when water damage from a sprinkler system occurs to avoid mold growth.

Contact the professionals at SERVPRO if you are worried about water damage affecting your property. We offer a free service called an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) to help our commercial property owners quickly mitigate water damage. The ERP will have a plan in place for when water or fire damage does occur.

An ERP will include:

  • The location of all emergency shut off valves
  • Contact information
  • Parking locations
  • Emergency exits
  • Blueprints

SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta is available 24/7, hours a day, 365 days a year.

#1 Reason Why SERVPRO Cleans Their Restoration Equipment After Each Job

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

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Learn why SERVPRO always shows up with clean equipment

In the business of disaster restoration, SERVPRO is a name you can trust. The team at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta is known for its high standards and commitment to quality. Whenever you work with our team, you will see that each of our SERVPRO heroes takes pride in their work - from providing exceptional customer service to wearing shoe covers at each job. We don't often share one secret with everyone; it's our dedication to keeping up with IICRC industry standards by cleaning all of our equipment after every single job!

Equipment found at a restoration job site.

When your home has a water disaster, you will see two main pieces of restoration equipment, a dehumidifier, and an air mover. SERVPRO's most important goal at a water restoration job is drying out the home and preventing mold from developing.

The first step to prevent this is by using an industrial dehumidifier that blows dry air into the damaged area and pulls moisture and humidity out.

The second piece of equipment you will see is our air movers. Air movers are big fans that move water molecules into the air. The more water molecules move, the more effective a dehumidifier will perform.

Other equipment

  • Moisture meters
  • Air scrubbers

Why we clean our equipment after each job

The reason why SERVPRO cleans all of the used restoration equipment after each job is to prevent cross-contamination.

There are three substances we always want to prevent from cross-contamination:

  1. Asbestos
  2. Mold
  3. Bacteria

How does cross-contamination occur in the restoration industry? 

Cross-contamination will occur when a substance from one job site transfers to another. Cross-contamination can occur when a piece of equipment is used multiple times at different properties. The best way to avoid cross-contamination from happening is to ensure all equipment is cleaned after each job.

How to clean restoration equipment?

At the end of every job, SERVPRO technicians will clean their equipment. As we mentioned, cleaning is essential to prevent cross-contamination but also because it's critical to keeping our restoration equipment in good shape.

So our equipment looks as clean as our trucks; we have a rigorous cleaning process to remove all traces of a previous property disaster. Our cleaning process takes time, but it is worth it because it prevents us from repairing or replacing equipment constantly.

We clean our restoration equipment by spraying a SERVPRO standard disinfecting solution and using a rag to wipe it down.

Different types of restoration equipment will need to be taken apart fully after a job that can lead to cross-contamination. Taking apart equipment and then cleaning it will take some time, but we know it is necessary. We also avoid cross-contamination by not reusing rags and wearing disposable gloves.

Contact SERVPRO for emergency restoration

When you have a disaster at your property, you can trust SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta because we have developed rigorous processes allowing us to be ready for any size disaster. As you have learned today, we aren't a typical restoration that will show up with just any equipment to a damaged property; when we show up, you can count on our equipment being cleaned and professionally inspected to avoid cross-contamination.

Go ahead and take a look for yourself the next time you contact the team at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta for disaster restoration services. We can guarantee you will see restoration equipment that is clean and ready to perform.

Grill Without Damage: A Guide for Grilling Near Vinyl Siding and Outdoor Awnings

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Knowing the appropriate grilling distances from vinyl siding will ensure a great summer!

Grilling is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, but it can also be hazardous. You should consider many things before grilling near your home or outdoor furniture, including how far away a grill should be from your vinyl siding and other outdoor structures. In this post, we will discuss safe grilling practices to ensure you avoid home fire damage!

Far too common during the summer months, the professionals at SERVPRO receive calls when a property undergoes fire damage when a grill is too close to a house.

One of the most recent fire damage restoration jobs resulted from an outdoor grill being left unattended. By the time the homeowner noticed the fire had quickly spread up the vinyl siding and caught the roof on fire. Fortunately, the Atlanta fire department put the fire out before it entered the home.

With summer in full swing, homeowners should know how close they can place their grills before risking home damage. This blog post will be going over grilling safety protocols and the appropriate distance to grill from a house.

How far should a grill be from a house?

It is not wise to place a grill too close to the house as it will cause damage. The material surrounding your home, including vinyl siding and outdoor awnings, are at risk of catching on fire when they come in contact with open flames. To ensure your family and home's safety, we recommend keeping any grill 3 feet away from your home walls and vinyl siding.

There are many types of materials that can catch on fire when placed too close to open flames. To ensure you are not on the tail end of a fire disaster this summer, we recommend following these safety protocols:

  • Never leave a grill unattended
  • Have a fire extinguisher nearby
  • No materials should be within 3 feet of proximity

Gas Grills 

A homeowner should monitor a gas grill for any gas leaks that can lead to an explosion or other dangerous conditions. If your gas grill does not start right away with the ignitor, you can use a multi-purpose lighter to ignite the gas grill, but only after waiting 5 minutes for the propane to dissipate.

Charcoal Grills 

If you're using charcoal for cooking this summer, be sure not to use lighter fluid near the house. If you decide to use lighter fluid, we recommend using it at least 10 feet away from any outdoor furniture or your home vinyl siding. 

Grilling under an awning 

It is also safe to grill under an awning, but only if the awning is at a proper height (9+feet) and the grill is in well-working condition. If you do plan on grilling under your awning, we suggest you use a gas grill, but keep in mind, even with a gas grill, grilling under an awning is still more dangerous than grilling under nothing at all.

Final thoughts

We hope you learned the importance of maintaining proper distance when grilling near a house with or without an awning. No matter what, when you are grilling, it is best to follow grilling safety protocols and keep a fire extinguisher nearby to ensure the safety of your home and all the individuals near the property.


The professionals at SERVPRO know that fire damage from a grill can come without warning; that is why we offer 24-hour support 365 days a week. Our IICRC certified professionals have gone through extensive training and have years of experience mitigating fire damage. Contact us today to receive the best fire restoration service in Atlanta, Georgia!

Hardwood Floor Water Damage | Repair or Replace?

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

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Hardwood flooring offers many advantages, but trouble begins when it comes in contact with water.

Time is one of the most significant factors when it comes to whether you should replace or repair your hardwood floors after water damage has occurred. The professionals at SERVPRO know the longer water remains on hardwood flooring, the greater the harm. 

You need to act fast when it comes to hardwood floor water damage. If water has been soaking into the hardwood flooring for more than 24 hours, the likelihood of having to replace the entire floor is much higher.

This blog post will go over guidelines and observations on spotting, preventing, and minimizing water damage to your hardwood flooring.

What does hardwood floor water damage look like?

If your wood floor has been affected by water, you may notice single planks cupping or several planks crowning, giving them a hump appearance. When the wood absorbs water, it expands, causing them to buckle. 

Another sign is staining, which will appear as discoloration spots on the hardwood flooring. On your hardwood flooring, you may notice white circles or black spots. Discoloration shows when a hardwood floor's finish has been moderately harmed as a result of moisture build-up.

4 signs of hardwood floor water damages

Water damage takes time to appear; by the time you notice something strange about your wood flooring, water damage has already occurred. Here are four common signs:

  1. Discoloration.
  2. Lifting Nails and planks.
  3. Mold growth.
  4. Cupping and moisture causing the hardwood to buckle.

3 Types of hardwood floor water damage

When it comes to repairing your hardwood floors, there are three distinct types of water to consider: 

1) Clean water: Clean water damage is water that hasn't been contaminated. Clean water is safer to clean up and far less likely to hold bacteria that might cause mold development and bad odors. It is possible that the hardwood floors need to be replaced in a clean water damage situation.

2) Grey Water: Dishwashers and washing machines are the most common sources of this type. Demolition of hardwood floors that have had grey water damage is likely. 

3) Black Water: Black water damage commonly contains sewage, generally caused by an overflowing toilet. Not only does black water smell bad, but it also carries hazardous bacteria. When black water comes in contact with hardwood floors for any amount of time, the hardwood floors will almost certainly need to be replaced.

What equipment is used for hardwood floor water damage?

Hardwood floor water damage needs to be handled by IICRC certified professionals. The goal of a water restorer will be to save the customer's hardwood flooring if possible. Water damage professionals will use drying techniques, including powerful high-end vacuums and air movers, to dry out the floor. Dehumidifiers will be strategically placed to remove all unwanted moisture in the air. 

Call SERVPRO for hardwood floor water damage restoration

If you have hardwood floors in your home, then your biggest enemy is water. When a disaster occurs, our team at SERVPRO is 24/7 ready to mitigate any size damage. 

Here at SERVPRO, we truly understand how devastating it can be to find your home in a water damage condition. We want to be your go-to contact to ease your worries. 


SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta is a renowned company, and it has been serving the customers in Atlanta since 1967. If you want that shiny hardwood flooring back, then SERVPRO is the most reliable option for you. Our team is fully equipped with advanced tools and has years of experience restoring water damages in Atlanta. Contact us, and we will turn your damaged house into your home again!

What is A Commercial UV Light Sanitizer System?

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Many commercial properties have recently started using commercial UV light sanitizer systems.

During the coronavirus pandemic, ultraviolet (UV) light disinfection has received a lot of coverage. The essential advantage is its ability to destroy pathogens such as viruses and bacteria.

UV (ultraviolet) light is a form of electromagnetic radiation. It is more energetic than radio waves or electrical light but less vigorous than X-rays or gamma rays. UV light may be emitted by either natural sunlight or human-made sources such as tanning beds.

The most efficient UV light for destroying COVID-19 is to use germicidal UVC light, also known as Ultraviolet Germicidal Radiation (UVGI) technology. While ultraviolet light has newly gained momentum in the national discourse as a result of the pandemic, it's been used in hospitals and water systems for years to kill viruses, bacteria, fungus, spores, as well as other pathogenic microorganisms.

While it's the direct impact on Coronavirus is still being verified, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says UVC light disinfection has been shown to destroy other types of coronaviruses. 

Is a commercial UV light sanitizer worth the investment?

As with any new product, people have many questions about how UV light sanitizers work and whether they are safe before installing them on their property. So we conducted some research to assist you in determining if a commercial UV light sanitizer is worth investing in.

As mentioned, ultraviolet disinfection is the process of killing or destroying harmful microorganisms in a controlled setting. Bacteria and viruses, as well as algae and protozoa, are examples of microorganisms. UV disinfection is used in water and air purification, waste treatment, foodservice protection, and a variety of other disinfection, including sterilization requirements.

Property owners have recently installed commercial UV light sanitation equipment due to its environmentally sustainable operation, rapid action, simple installation, minimal maintenance, and cost-effectiveness.

There are understandable concerns about the efficacy of any new technology, but evidence shows that commercial UV light sanitizers successfully destroy 99 percent of germs in most situations.

When it comes to efficiency, it is critical to choose high-quality items. Any product you install should be checked and engineered to function for beneficial purposes in your commercial property.  

4 Key points on UV light sanitation 

1) UV light has been used to destroy germs such as bacteria and viruses. You also may have heard of its use in the treatment of SARS-CoV-2, the latest Coronavirus.

2) UV light comes in a variety of forms. UVC light is the most potent form of UV light for destroying germs. It can be used to clean surfaces, the air, and liquids.

3) UVC light destroys germs such as viruses and bacteria by causing damage to molecules such as nucleic acids and proteins. As a result, the germ is unable to carry out the processes required for survival.

4) UVC light is an appealing disinfection choice because it can efficiently inhibit the new Coronavirus without chemicals. 

What does the CDC say about UV light sanitation?

The latest research supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supports and improves on previous research supporting the usefulness of an automated UV-C-emitting system to fight pathogens. 

The CDC's suggestion for ultraviolet germicidal irradiation is based on the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) stance on airborne contagious diseases. 

ASHRAE recommends two types of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation techniques: installation in air handlers or ventilating ducts and irradiation of occupied spaces' upper air zones with shielding of lower occupied areas. These methods sanitize the air in a room while protecting inhabitants from the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation.

Where Can UV Light Sanitation Be Used?

UV light sanitation has multiple uses. It is most commonly used in:

  • Air Disinfection
  • Water Disinfection
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Aquarium And Pond
  • Laboratory Hygiene
  • Food And Beverage Protection
  • Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
  • Water Treatment Systems

SERVPRO Provides Commercial Pathogen Cleaning

We hope you enjoyed learning about commercial UV light sanitation. We have provided this information to you to help keep our Atlanta community safe. Whether or not you choose to install a commercial UV light sanitizer, you should consider hiring a team of properly trained professionals that offers pathogen cleaning for regular maintenance on your property. 


As opposed to the traditional house or business cleaning, pathogen cleanup is a service that necessitates industry experience, specialized equipment, and the required certifications. It is essential to get your SERVPRO cleaned certification if you believe that your property has been exposed to a pathogen.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta have the experience and skills to sanitize your commercial property quickly so you can get back to functioning order. Contact us today to speak with a commercial cleaning professional.