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Firework Fire Damage: 5 Amazing 4th of July Safety Tips

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

A fourth of July fireworks show Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for any size fire restoration job!

As we celebrate the 4th of July, let's not forget about firework fire damage.

The 4th of July is a time for celebration, but it can also be a time for disaster. Every year, there are countless reports of firework-related fires and injuries. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that firework fires cause millions in property damage each year.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta are here to help you celebrate safely this year. However, in the event that fire does occur, we are fire and water damage restoration experts who can help you recover.

If you're planning on setting off fireworks this Independence Day, make sure to follow the five safety tips mentioned in this blog post to avoid firework fire damage.

The five safety tips to avoid firework fire damage

The professionals at SERVPRO know that the leading cause of firework fire damage is when they are poorly handled. Therefore, always handle fireworks with care, and follow these five safety tips:

1) Purchase fireworks from a reputable source.

Make sure you buy your fireworks from a reputable source. Quality fireworks will ensure they will not explode or start a fire. Homemade fireworks are more likely to cause damage than store-bought fireworks.

2) Follow the instructions

When setting off fireworks, follow the instructions on the back of the packaging. Following instructions will help to ensure that the firework is used correctly and will not start a fire.

3) Have a fire extinguisher or bucket of water on hand

If a fire starts, it is essential to have a fire extinguisher or a bucket of water on hand. After the fireworks show, you want to put water on the fireworks to prevent fire damage.

4) Do not use fireworks near buildings or flammable objects.

When igniting fireworks, you want to ensure that they are lit off in an open area, away from buildings and flammable objects. We suggest only setting off fireworks at a distance of at least 30 yards from any building to avoid fire damage.

5) Dispose of fireworks properly.

After the fireworks show, it is essential to dispose of them properly. Once the firework has been used, douse it with water and place it in a metal trash can. Proper disposal will help to prevent a fire from starting.

What should you do if a fire does occur this July 4th?

If fire damage occurs this July 4th, you will want first to prioritize the safety of yourself and your family. Then, once everyone is safe and away from the fire, you will want to contact the local fire department to come and extinguish the fire.

After the fire department leaves, you will want to: 

  • Contact your homeowner's insurance
  • Contact a reliable fire restoration company
  • Document the damages with photos and videos

Let the experts at SERVPRO of Downton Atlanta help with your firework fire damage.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta are here to help when firework fire damage occurs this July 4th. We are an IICRC-certified fire and water damage restoration company that specializes in helping property owners recover from fire damage. We have the training, experience, and equipment necessary to restore your property to its pre-fire condition.

When you call us, we will immediately dispatch a crew of fire restoration experts to your property. Once on scene, our team will assess the fire damage and develop an action plan. We will then begin the fire restoration process, which includes:

  • Cleaning up debris
  • Repairing fire damage
  • Restoring fire-damaged items

If you need help with firework fire damage this July 4th, contact the experts at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will respond immediately to your call.

The Top 4 Reasons Why We Wear Shoe Covers

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO employee in shoe covers Our SERVPRO professionals will always go the extra mile to keep your property clean!

The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta always treat their customer's property with the utmost respect.

When you think of a professional restoration company, what comes to mind? Probably one of the first things that pop into your head is cleanliness. And for a good reason! A business's reputation can be made or broken by how clean they keep its workspace. At SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta, we take pride in our work and always strive to maintain the highest level of cleanliness possible. That's why we wear shoe covers when entering a customer's property.

We want to ensure that we are doing everything possible to protect your property from damage and our shoe covers do just that. We wear shoe covers for many reasons, but today we will discuss the top four! So, without further ado, let's get started!

What are shoe covers?

Shoe covers, also called "booties," are worn over a person's shoes to protect a property from further damage. They are made of sturdy material, such as polypropylene, and can be cleaned and disinfected. Shoe covers are an essential part of any professional restoration company, as they help prevent cross-contamination between different areas of the property.

The best shoe covers are: 

  • Waterproof and dustproof 
  • Non-slip reusable and disposable 
  • Will fit any shoe size
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Lightweight

SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta has researched and tested to ensure our employees wear the highest quality shoe covers. Our quality shoe covers ensure we do everything possible to protect your property!

Four reasons why we wear shoe covers

Now that you know what shoe covers are, let's discuss the top four reasons why our professionals always wear them when entering a customer's home or business. Here are the four main reasons why the professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta always wear shoe covers when entering a customer's property:

1) To protect the property owner's floors from potential damage: Shoe covers consist of sturdy material, such as polypropylene, which helps protect the floors from any potential damage.

2) To prevent cross-contamination between different areas of the property: Shoe covers help prevent cross-contamination between other areas of the property by keeping the shoes clean and free of dirt and debris.

3) To avoid tracking any dirt or debris from outside: Shoe covers help prevent tracking in any dirt or debris from outside, which can help keep the work area clean and organized.

4) To show respect for the property owner's home or business: Wearing shoe covers shows respect for the property owner's home or business and shows that we are taking steps to protect their property.

These are just some of the reasons why the professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta always wear shoe covers when entering a customer's property. We want to ensure that we are doing everything possible to protect your property from damage, and our shoe covers help us do just that!

SERVPRO cares

We hope you enjoyed learning about the reasons why we wear shoe covers. As you can see, when you choose to call us for services, we will go the extra mile to clean your home or business and protect it from further damage by using shoe covers!

SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta is here to help you with all your water, fire, and mold damage needs. We are a locally owned and operated company with over 20 years of experience in the industry. We are available 24/7 to help you get your life back to normal as quickly as possible.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about our services, please contact us at any time. We are always here to help!

Summer Storms: The #1 Guide to Protect Your Home During Storm Season

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

A summer storm sky The professionals at SERVPRO are prepared for any size storm damage project!

The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta have seen summer storms knock out power and damage homes and businesses throughout Atlanta.

Summer storms can be a beautiful sight, but they can also be quite dangerous. If not prepared, a summer storm can cause severe damage to your property. But with a bit of preparation, you can minimize the damage they do and keep yourself and your family safe.

This guide will teach you how to protect your home from summer storm damage. We'll cover everything from securing your property to preparing your family for the worst. Follow these tips, and you'll be able to rest easy knowing that your home is safe during storm season!

What kind of damage can a summer storm cause?

Summer storms can cause a variety of damage to your property, including:

Wind Damage: A summer storm can knock down trees and power lines, causing power outages and severe structural damage.

Roof Damage: A summer storm can cause your roof to leak or even blow off.

Flooding: A summer storm can cause flash flooding, damaging your home and belongings.

What can you do to prepare for a summer storm?

The preparation for a summer storm is arguably the best way to avoid unwanted damage. Here are the top three things you can do to prepare for a summer storm:

  1. Secure your property. One of the best things you can do to prepare for a summer storm is to secure your property. Ensure all of your windows and doors are closed and locked and that any loose items are securely stored away.
  2. Prepare your family. Another critical step is to prepare your family for the storm. Ensure everyone knows where to go and what to do in case of an emergency.
  3. Create an emergency kit. It's also a good idea to create an emergency kit that includes things like food, water, flashlights, and first aid supplies.

What to do if a summer storm causes damage to your property?

There are specific, actionable steps you can take when a summer storm causes damage to your property. Here are the steps the professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta recommend:

Step 1: Contact your insurance company

When a summer storm damages your property, you should first contact your homeowner’s insurance company. Your insurance adjuster will be able to help you file a claim and get the repairs started.

Step 2: Call a restoration professional

After contacting your homeowner’s insurance company, the next step is to call a restoration professional. You will want to hire a reliable team that offers 24/hour emergency services and can help you repair the damage caused by summer storms.

Step 3: Secure your property

The next thing you should do is ensure your property is secure. You will want to board up all of your damaged windows and doors.

Step 4: Assess the damage

Once you've secured your property, the next step is to assess the damage. Assessing the damage will help you determine what needs repairing and how much it will cost. During this step, you should also take photos or videos of the damage and make a list of everything affected.

Step 5: Create a plan of action

Creating a plan is the final step in the summer storm restoration process. Your restoration contractor will create the plan of action; it should include a timeline of the repairs and a budget.

You will get your summer storm damage repaired quickly and efficiently by following these steps.

SERVPRO summer storm restoration

We hope you found this guide helpful. We understand that summer storms can cause a lot of storm damage to your property. But with a bit of preparation and the right team, you can minimize the damage they do and keep yourself and your family safe.

If you require summer storm restoration, SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta is here to help. We are an IICRC certified firm with an experienced team that offers 24/hour emergency services. We understand the importance of quickly repairing summer storm damage, and we will work diligently to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. Contact us today to learn more about our summer storm restoration services.

The Top 5 Crawlspace Issues and How SERVPRO Can Help

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

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Crawlspaces can be a breeding ground for issues if they are not properly maintained. 

Crawlspaces are one of the most neglected parts of a home. And unfortunately, several problems can occur in crawlspaces, from pests and rodents to water damage and mold growth. 

If you're one of the many people dealing with crawlspace issues, don't worry; SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta can help! We are experts in crawlspace restoration, and we can get your home back to its original condition in no time.

This blog post will discuss the top five crawlspace issues and how SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta can help! So without furth ado, let's get started.

What is a crawlspace? 

Crawlspaces are the area of a home that sits between the foundation and the first floor. They are essential because they provide access to utility lines, crawlspace vents, and the HVAC system. Crawlspaces also play a role in insulation and can help protect a home from pests.

The top 5 crawlspace issues 

Now that you understand what a crawlspace is and why it's important, let's take a look at the top five crawlspace issues:

1. Pests and rodents 

One of the most common crawlspace issues is pests. Mice, rats, and other small animals are attracted to crawlspaces because they offer shelter from the elements. Unfortunately, these pests can cause damage to your home by chewing on wires, insulation, and wood. 

2. Water damage 

Another common crawlspace issue is water damage. For example, when it rains or a pipe bursts, water can enter the crawlspace and cause problems. 

3. Mold growth 

Mold is another common crawlspace issue. When water damage occurs, mold can quickly start to grow in the crawlspace. Not only is mold unsightly, but it can also cause musty smells throughout your property.

4. Insulation problems 

Insulation is another vital crawlspace issue. When crawlspace insulation gets wet, it can become moldy and break down. Poor insulation can lead to energy efficiency problems and make your home uncomfortable.

5. Structural problems 

Finally, crawlspace issues can also lead to structural problems. When water damage or mold growth occurs, it can weaken the structure of your home. We have seen uneven floors, cracks in walls, and even collapsed crawlspaces due to crawlspace problems.

Three Tips to maintain a crawl space

Maintaining a crawlspace is essential to prevent any of the issues mentioned above. Here are some tips to help you keep your crawlspace in good condition:

Tip 1. Inspect your crawlspace regularly 

It's essential to regularly inspect your crawlspace to identify any potential problems before they become significant.

Tip 2. Keep your crawlspace clean 

A clean crawlspace is a happy crawlspace. Be sure to remove any debris, dust, or dirt accumulated in the space.

Tip 3. Make sure there is proper ventilation 

Good ventilation is essential for preventing mold growth and keeping your crawlspace dry. Install crawlspace vents and check them regularly to ensure they are working correctly.

How SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta can help 

We hope this blog post has given you some helpful information about crawlspaces and how to maintain them. Don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta if you are dealing with any of the five crawlspace issues: 

  1. Pests
  2. Water damage
  3. Mold growth
  4. Insulation problems
  5. Structural problems

We understand the importance of crawlspaces, and we take crawlspace restoration seriously. So when you call SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta, you can rest assured that your crawlspace is in good hands with our IICRC-certified professionals.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are always here to help!

Smoke Damage on Glass: The #1 Ultimate Guide

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke damage on glass Contact the professionals at SERVPRO when you have smoke damage on glass surfaces!

Smoke-damaged glass is an unsightly blemish that can become a permanent fixture if not treated quickly and adequately.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta understand that smoke damage on glass is common after a fire. Fortunately, smoke damage on glass is a much easier fix than smoke damage on other surfaces like walls or ceilings.

No matter the amount of smoke damage in your home or office, you'll want to clean it up as soon as possible. Smoke damage is an eyesore, but it can also lead to an uncomfortable living environment.

If your home or office has glass with smoke damage, don't worry! You can take several steps to remove the smoke and restore your glass to its original condition.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta put together this blog post to help property owners remove unwanted smoke stains from glass. There are several ways to remove smoke damage from glass, but we'll focus on the proven method that we know works best to get your property back to normal! 

What is smoke damage, and what are the effects of smoke on glass?

Smoke damage can occur from many different types of fires, but they all have one thing in common- soot. Soot is a black, powdery substance produced when organic materials like wood or paper burn.

When smoke comes into contact with glass, it leaves behind a film of soot. This film can be challenging to remove and often requires special treatment.

Smoke damage on glass is unattractive and can make your property look dirty or abandoned. Not only is smoke damage an eyesore, but it can also lead to other problems like:

  • Discoloration of the glass
  • Etching of the glass
  • Pitting of the glass
  • Staining of the glass

If smoke damage is left untreated, it can cause permanent damage to your glass surfaces. Therefore, to avoid further damage, it is best to clean smoke damage as soon as possible.

How to clean smoke damage from glass

There are several ways to remove smoke damage from glass, but using water and a soot sponge is the most effective way. With the wet soot sponge, you will need to scrub the surface of the glass in a circular motion. You may also need to use a razor blade to remove any stubborn smoke residue, but be sure to use a gentle touch so you don't scratch the glass. Repeat this process as necessary until the smoke damage is no longer visible.

You will want to avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials on smoke-damaged glass, as this can cause further damage. If the smoke damage is particularly stubborn, you should hire a professional smoke damage restoration company to assist you.

The importance of quick action when smoke damage occurs

Smoke damage can be a severe issue, and it's essential to take quick action to address the problem. If smoke residue is left uncleaned, it can cause permanent damage to the glass surface. The sooner you address the smoke damage, the better your chance of eradicating it!

How SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta can help 

We hope you enjoyed learning about smoke damage on glass and how to remove it. If you find yourself with smoke damage that has severely affected your home or office, don't hesitate to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta.

SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta is an IICRC-certified firm specializing in fire damage restoration. We can help you clean up the smoke damage and restore your property to its original condition.

We understand that smoke damage can be a severe issue, and we are available 24/7, 236 days a year, to help you with all your fire and smoke damage needs. We are dedicated to restoring your property quickly and efficiently, so you can get back to business as usual.

Don't let smoke damage ruin your glass surfaces; contact SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta today!

The Top 5 Causes of Hospital Water Damage

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage in a hospital Contact the professionals at SERVPRO when your hospital suffers from water damage!

Water damage in hospitals can have a disastrous effect on patients, staff, and equipment.

When most people think of water damage, they imagine a flooded house. However, water damage can also occur in many different commercial settings. For example, in 2019, water damage affected Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, after a pipe burst.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta understand that hospitals are especially vulnerable to water damage because they have many different potential sources of water leaks.

The following blog post will explore the top 5 causes of water damage in hospitals so that you can be aware of the potential risks and take steps to prevent them.

What is hospital water damage?

Hospital water damage is any physical damage caused by water or moisture to hospital property, including but not limited to:

  • Buildings
  • Equipment
  • Supplies
  • Records

As you can see, hospital water damage can cause a hospital to lose a lot more than just revenue.

The top 5 causes of water damage in hospitals

The hospital water damage process can be very complicated because there are many different potential sources of hospital water damage, and each source has its own unique set of risks and consequences. Let's take a look at the top 5 causes of hospital water damage:

1. Faulty plumbing

One of the most common causes of hospital water damage is faulty plumbing. Faulty plumbing can include leaks in pipes, toilets, and faucets. 

2. Spills

Another common cause of hospital water damage is accidental spills. Cleaning supplies, beverage containers, and equipment can all cause potential spills. 

3. Foundation leaks

Another potential cause of hospital water damage is foundation leaks. These leaks can occur when there is a problem with the hospital's foundation, such as cracks or gaps. 

4. Floods

Floods are another common cause of hospital water damage. This type of water damage can occur when there is a heavy rainstorm or a natural disaster. 

5. Water leaks from roofs and windows

Another potential source of hospital water damage is water leaks from roofs and windows. These leaks can occur due to various factors, such as poor maintenance, damaged seals, or faulty construction.

Preventing hospital water damage

Now that you are familiar with the top 5 causes of hospital water damage, let's take a look at some prevention steps you can take:

  • Regularly check for leaks and repair them as soon as possible. By checking for leaks on a regular basis, you can prevent hospital water damage before it has a chance to occur.
  • Clean up spills immediately to prevent hospital water damage.
  • Periodically check the hospital's foundation for any signs of leaks and fix them as quickly as possible.
  • Make sure your hospital has an emergency plan in place in case of a flood or other natural disaster. This plan should include steps for evacuating patients and staff and protecting equipment and supplies.
  • Regularly inspect roofs and windows for any signs of leaks and repair them as soon as possible. We suggest checking the seals around doors and windows on a monthly basis.

You can help prevent water damage and keep your hospital running smoothly by taking these steps.

Why choose SERVPRO for hospital water damage restoration

If you are looking for a commercial water damage restoration company that you can trust, look no further than SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta. We are a locally owned and operated company with over 20 years of experience in commercial water damage restoration. We understand the unique challenges hospitals face regarding water damage, and we are here to help.

We are a team of IICRC-certified water damage restoration technicians available 24/7 to help you with your hospital water damage needs. Contact us today to learn more about our hospital water damage services or to schedule an estimate.

Restoration Technology: 6 Essential Pieces of Restoration Equipment

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is at the forefront of the industry when it comes to restoration technology. 

Technology has always played a role in the restoration industry, but it was never more critical than it is today. With new challenges like climate change and an increased focus on sustainability, restoration companies are turning to technology to help them meet these challenges. 

The trucks at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta are equipped with the latest and most essential restoration equipment, which allows us to provide our customers with the best possible service. 

Our restoration technology helps us quickly assess the damage and work on repairing the property. Without restoration technology, it would be much more challenging to clean and restore properties after a disaster. We want to take a moment to discuss some of the restoration technology that we use here at SERVPRO and how it can help you clean up and restore your property after a disaster. So, let's get started!

What is restoration technology?

Restoration technology is a term used to describe restoration companies' various tools and equipment to clean and restore property after a disaster. Restoration technology can include anything that plays a crucial role in helping restoration companies meet the challenges of any size disaster.

Restoration technology essentials

Here at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta, we use a variety of restoration technologies to help us meet the challenges of any size disaster. Some of our essential restoration technologies include:

  1. Infrared cameras: These cameras allow us to quickly assess the damage and identify the areas that need to be cleaned and repaired.
  2. Moisture meters: These meters help us determine the amount of moisture in the air and affected materials. We can choose the best way to dry out the property and prevent further damage with this technology.
  3. Dehumidifiers: Dehumidifiers help us remove excess moisture from the air and affected materials. As well they help to prevent mold growth and further damage.
  4. Air movers: Air movers help us circulate the air and dry out the property.
  5. Generators: Generators provide the power we need to operate our restoration equipment.
  6. 3D space capture: This technology allows us to create a three-dimensional model of the affected area. We use Matterport technology to help us to plan our restoration work and ensure that we don't miss any damaged areas.

These are the top six pieces of restoration technology that we use at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta. We are always looking for new and innovative ways to help us meet the challenges of any size disaster. 

Why trust SERVPRO's restoration technology

You can trust the restoration technology at SERVPRO because we invest in the best brands in the business and are highly trained and certified in the proper use of restoration technology. So, when you need restoration services, you can trust that SERVPRO will use the latest and most effective restoration technologies to get the job done right. 

Final thoughts

Technology has always been an essential part of the restoration industry, and it is more important than ever today. Restoration companies are turning to technology to help them meet the challenges of climate change and sustainability. At SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta, we use various restoration technologies to help us meet these challenges. As you have learned today, our essential restoration technology includes infrared cameras, moisture meters, dehumidifiers, air movers, generators, and 3D space capture. 

Our restoration technology helps us quickly assess the damage and work on repairing the property. If you need restoration services, you can trust that our team will use the latest and most effective restoration technologies to get the job done right.

Please feel free to contact us today if you have any questions about our restoration technology or services. We are an IICRC-certified firm, and are available 24/7 to help with the most severe disasters!

5 Amazing Tips to Avoid Memorial Day Weekend Fire Damage

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

An ignited grill during memorial day weekend Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for emergency fire damage services!

The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta receive an influx of fire damage-related calls during Memorial Day weekend. 

Memorial Day weekend is a time when many Americans like to grill out and have fun with family and friends. First, however, it's essential to be aware of the potential dangers that come with these activities. 

There are two leading causes of fire damage during memorial day weekend: 

  1. Grills 
  2. Fireworks

Here at SERVPRO, we know that education is the best way to avoid fire damage. Therefore, we put together the following blog post to include five tips to help you and your family stay safe this Memorial Day weekend.

What is fire damage? 

Fire damage results from a chemical reaction between heat, oxygen, and fuel. This process creates byproducts like smoke and soot, which can cause extensive damage to your home or business. 

How can a grill cause fire damage? 

Throughout the whole year, the professionals at SERVPRO receive fire damage calls caused by outdoor grills, and we can humbly say that we have seen and mitigated it all when it comes to fire damage caused by grilling mishaps. 

The most common mistake that a property owner makes is leaving a grill unattended while the food is cooking. An unattended grill may result in a fire that spreads throughout your property and causes extensive damage to your home or business. 

In addition, the heat from the grill can easily ignite nearby materials like grass, leaves, or decking boards. If these materials catch on fire, they can quickly spread to your home or business, causing extensive damage. 

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, it's essential to be aware of these factors so that you can take precautions to ensure that your grill doesn't cause fire damage to your property. 

How can fireworks cause fire damage? 

Fireworks are the second leading cause of fires over Memorial Day weekend. Although fireworks are beautiful to watch, they are also extremely dangerous. The sparks from fireworks can easily ignite nearby materials like grass, leaves, or trees. If these materials catch on fire, they can quickly spread to your home or business, causing extensive damage. 

We always recommend that you leave the fireworks to the professionals! So instead of purchasing your own fireworks this Memorial Day weekend, join your community and watch a professional show. Watching a professional display can be just as fun as setting off your own fireworks. 

Five tips to prevent memorial day weekend fire damage

As we mentioned earlier, the best way to prevent fire damage is through education. Here are five tips to help you stay safe and to avoid fire damage:

  1. Always keep a fire extinguisher on hand when using a grill. 
  2. Only use fireworks approved for consumer use and know the laws.
  3. Keep grilling areas clean of debris and brush.
  4. Never leave a grill unattended, and always make sure to turn it off before heading inside. 
  5. Avoid using fireworks indoors or near combustible materials, such as homes or buildings.

By following these tips, you can help prevent fire damage this Memorial Day weekend and enjoy your time with friends and family. 

Who to call for fire damage restoration?

If fire damage does occur this Memorial Day weekend, we recommend you contact a team of fire damage restoration professionals as soon as possible. 

The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta have years of experience dealing with fire and smoke damage. Our team will work tirelessly to get your home or business restored as quickly as possible. 

Our fire damage restoration process will start with a thorough assessment of the damage. We will then develop a customized plan to safely clean, repair, and restore your home or business. 

Contact us if you need fire damage restoration services this Memorial Day weekend! Our team is available 24/7 to help you with your fire damage needs.

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!

Avoid Hotel Water Damage: The 5 Most Common Causes

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

Hotel water damage in a hotel hallway Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for superb hotel water damage services!

Hotel water damage can lead to a loss of revenue, customers, and even your business. 

The city of Atlanta is a major tourist attraction and has experienced a boom in new hotels in the past few years. As a result, many new business owners are jumping on the opportunity to open their own hotels and tap into this booming market. 

The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown of Atlanta have seen it all when it comes to commercial losses. Unfortunately, water damage is one of the most common losses we see occur in the hotel industry. In the following blog post, we will take a look at the five major causes of hotel water damage, followed by prevention tips.

What is hotel water damage?

Hotel water damage results from water invading where it should not be. Water damage can be due to several factors, such as heavy rains, storms, broken pipes, or even overflowing bathtubs. 

Water damage can cause extensive damage to your property and lead to a loss of revenue. It can even put your business out of operation in some extreme cases. Therefore, it is vital to understand the most common causes of hotel water damage and how you can prevent them from happening.

The five of the most common causes of water damage in hotels

Here are the five different causes of hotel water damage:

  1. Burst pipes
  2. Clogged drains 
  3. Overflowing bathtubs
  4. Faulty appliances
  5. Leaking roofs

1) Burst pipes

One of the most common causes of water damage in any building is burst pipes. 

Pipes can break or burst for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Old and outdated pipes that are not able to handle the water pressure.
  • Extreme temperature changes can cause the pipes to expand and crack. 
  • Improper maintenance or poor installation can also increase the chances of a pipe bursting.

If you notice any signs of leaky pipes in your hotel, it is essential to address this issue right away. In addition, you may need to call in a professional plumber to help get your pipes back up and running as soon as possible.

2) Clogged drains

Another common cause of water damage in hotels is clogged drains. 

Drains can become clogged for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Hair and soap buildup
  • Food and grease buildup 
  • Foreign objects flushed down the toilet.

If you notice that your drains are clogged, it is essential to call in a professional plumber right away. A quality plumber will help prevent any leaks or floods and reduce the risk of water damage.

3) Overflowing bathtubs

Overflowing bathtubs are another common cause of water damage in hotels. 

Bathtubs can overflow for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • A clogged drain that is not draining correctly.
  • The water pressure is too high and causes the tub to overflow. 
  • Someone accidentally leaves the water running.

If you notice that your bathtub is overflowing, it is essential to act quickly. You can try to turn off the water and mop the excess water, but you may need to call in a professional water restorer for more extensive repairs.

4) Faulty appliances

Faulty appliances are another cause of hotel water damage. 

Appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines can all develop leaks or faulty parts that break down. 

It is essential to perform regular maintenance checks on your appliances and call a professional if you notice any signs of leakage.

5) Leaking roofs

The last most common cause of hotel water damage is a leaking roof. 

Leaky roofs can happen by a variety of factors such as:

  • Heavy rains or storms. 
  • Snow and ice damage.
  • Age and wear and tear of the roof. 

If you notice that your roof is leaking, it is essential to call in a professional roofer right away. An experienced roofer will help prevent further damage to your property and minimize the risk of water damage.

Who to contact for hotel water damage restoration? 

It is essential to contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta regarding hotel water damage. We are a commercial water restoration company with experience dealing with all types of water damage. 

We promise to work quickly to assess the damage and determine the best course of action for your specific situation. We have a team of highly IICRC-trained technicians equipped with the latest tools and technologies to get your property back to its original condition. So, if you are experiencing water damage in your hotel, contact SERVPRO today for fast and effective commercial water restoration services!

Warehouse Mold: 5 Ways Mold Can Be Destructive

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

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Mold can be a severe problem for warehouses, as it can cause significant damage to the business.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta know how important it is for a warehouse to stay free of mold because mold can be highly disruptive to any workplace.  

The following blog post will explore five ways warehouse mold can specifically hurt your warehouse and your business's bottom line. By the end of this blog post, you will understand what mold is and the potential harm it can cause in a warehouse setting. You will also know some effective prevention measures to reduce the risk of infestation. So without further ado, let's get started! 

What is mold?

Mold is a type of fungi found both indoors and outdoors. There are many different types of mold, and they can come in a wide variety of colors but will often appear as a green or blackish substance on surfaces.

Mold can easily make its way into a warehouse through doors, windows, or cracks in the foundation. Once mold has taken hold, it can spread quickly through the building by releasing spores into the air.

How is warehouse mold destructive?

There are several ways in which mold can be destructive to revenue:

  1. Warehouse mold can contaminate food. For example, if mold grows on food stored in your warehouse, it can make the food unsafe to eat.
  2. Warehouse mold can damage the structure of your warehouse. If left unchecked, mold can cause severe damage to your warehouse's walls, ceilings, and floors. Structural damages can make your property unsafe and challenging to use, leading to lost revenue.
  3. Warehouse mold can leave a nasty smell throughout the property. Musty odors can make your warehouse less attractive to customers and more difficult to lease or sell.
  4. Warehouse mold can damage your reputation. If customers become aware that mold is present in your warehouse, they may be less likely to do business with you.
  5. Warehouse mold can lead to insurance problems. If your insurance policy covers mold damage, your premiums may increase. Also, in some cases, insurers may refuse to cover mold damage due to neglect.

5 Warehouse mold prevention tips

Taking steps to prevent mold from growing in your warehouse is essential to protecting your business. Some effective mold prevention measures include:

  1. Keep the warehouse clean and free of debris.
  2. Maintain good ventilation to reduce humidity levels.
  3. inspect the property regularly for signs of mold growth.
  4. Repair any leaks or other sources of water immediately.
  5. Use dehumidifiers to control humidity levels.

If you find mold growing in your warehouse, it is essential to deal with the problem immediately. You should remove any affected materials and clean the affected area thoroughly. If the mold problem is severe, you may need a professional to remove it safely.

Who to hire for warehouse mold removal?

It is essential to hire an experienced and qualified professional when it comes to mold removal. The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta have the training, experience, and equipment necessary to safely and effectively remove mold from your warehouse.

Wrapping up

We hope you found this blog post helpful. As you learned, mold can cause many problems for warehouses and the businesses that operate within them. If you suspect that your warehouse has a mold problem, it is essential to act quickly and contact SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta have the training, experience, and equipment necessary to safely and effectively remove mold from your warehouse. SERVPRO professionals will also work with you to ensure that the mold does not return.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you need assistance with commercial mold removal or any other restoration services. We are here to help!