Why is Cleaning Your Air Ducts Important?
The average air duct system should be cleaned every 3 to 5 years.
There is nothing like the sense of accomplishment that comes with taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of your household, or clients in and out of your place of business. A great way to consider starting the journey in ensuring your home or place of business has a clean environment, consider having your air ducts cleaned on a regular basis. The average air duct system should be cleaned every 3 to 5 years, but if you are unsure, it is good practice to at least begin by having a visual inspection of your air ducts performed to ensure there are no large deposits of dust or mold. It is also important to make sure there are no must odors or visible mold growth.
A general overview of when you should consider having your air ducts cleaned is when there is visible mold growth inside hard surfaces, when there is evidence of vermin infestation (rodents, bugs, etc.), and the more obvious: when your ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris. It is also important to note that many sections of your HVAC may not be accessible for a DIY, visual inspection, so it is a good practice to schedule a service provider to show you any mold they feel exists in and around your heating and cooling system. If you want to take it a step further, grab a piece of household tape, lay it across an accessible surface in which your service provider says contains mold, and send off the sample to a microbiology laboratory so they can determine if it is indeed mold, or simply a substance that resembles mold.
Hidden Water Damage
The problem with water damage is that even a small leak has the potential to cause huge and expensive issues if left untreated. The damage can affect your home’s air quality, sagging problems, structural issues, etc. Our professional advice is to handle any water damage right away, no matter how small it may seem. SERVPRO of Henry, Spalding, Butts and Clayton Counties has the necessary training, equipment and experience to mitigate any water damage. Utilizing the right kind and number of equipment on a job makes all the difference. Our crews can start the drying process immediately after arriving at your door. Some of the most common equipment used are moisture meters, moisture sensors, foggers, air movers, dehumidifiers, air scrubbers, injectdry and other specialized equipment. All of this is used by our Technicians to make it “like it never even happened.” If you have water damage, please call SERVPRO of Henry, Spalding, Butts and Clayton Counties at 678-432-3003.
What is a Flood Risk Zone?
Do you know if your home is in a flood risk zone? According to FEMA, a flood zone is defined as the area that will be inundated by the flood event having a 1% chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year. There are three different risk zones, High, Moderate, and Minimal.
If you are not sure if your house is located in a flood risk zone, FEMA has resources available to check by address, place, or longitude/latitude coordinates here.
Water can be extremely destructive to a home or business. It is important to prepare and understand insurance costs associated with these types of properties, especially flood insurance since conventional home insurance typically does not cover damages caused by a flood.
If you recently experienced flood damage, SERVPRO of Henry, Spalding, Butts and Clayton Counties can help you with the mitigation and reconstruction. No job is too big or too small for our crews. Call us at 678-432-3003.
Summer storms are inevitable in our area, and that means that you should have a plan in case things turn dangerous.
According to the National Weather Service, a thunderstorm is considered severe when either hail is 1 inch in diameter or larger and/or wind of 58 miles per hour or greater is expected. Similar to tornado warnings, severe thunderstorm warnings alert the public of a polygon-shaped warning normally for 30 to 60 minutes at a time. These warnings could indicate imminent danger to life and property. There is also a severe thunderstorm watch, which is issued when severe thunderstorms are possible in the area, but it does not mean they will occur.
If you recently experienced water damage due to a storm, call a company that has the knowledge and expertise to help with the damage. At SERVPRO of Henry, Spalding, Butts, and Clayton Counties we have decades of experience dealing with these types of situations. Give us a call today at 678-432-3003 and we will help you make it “Like it never even happened.”
Higher water bill? Could be a sign of water damage
If you recently looked at your water bill and noticed a significant increase without any change in your household water use, it could be that you are dealing with a hidden leak somewhere in your home. Hidden leaks can increase water bills by an average of 10%.
Hidden water damage creates huge problems for homeowners. It could be something that has been going on long term, behind walls and under floors. It is important to call a trusted plumber as soon as possible, to identify and fix the source. After the leak is fixed, you need to call SERVPRO of Henry, Spalding, Butts, and Clayton Counties to help you remediate the water damage. Hidden water damage can quickly turn into mold and a bigger problem for homeowners. We are available to help with any water damage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week- Call 678-432-3003
Summer weather issues in Georgia
The climate of Georgia in the summer can be very hot, very long, and very humid. These past few weeks, we have dealt with 95°F days. This combination of factors is the perfect environment and can lead to mold problems for many homeowners and business owners in our area.
Surface mold can appear quickly, and it is mainly due to high levels of humidity in poorly ventilated areas. You should never leave mold untreated because it will only create bigger problems and will not go away on its own. Our Mold Technicians usually see a lot of mold in organic materials, which is the perfect “food” to propagate mold.
SERVPRO of Henry, Spalding, Butts, and Clayton Counties has its own Mold Division. If you are dealing with mold issues in your home or business, please call the experts to assess the issue. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week- Call 678-432-3003
Fire Damage Restoration
At SERVPRO of Henry, Spalding, Butts and Clayton Counties, our main goal is to restore your home after a fire damage to its preloss condition. We specialize in fire and damage restoration, using state-of-the-art technology to remove soot from walls, carpets, upholstery, and other contents, and remove smoke odors. When dealing with fire damage, it is important to call the experts due to the toxic component of soot, that may lead to hazardous conditions in your home. Soot can easily travel throughout the home, even though the fire might have been contained to one room. Our Fire Technicians have the resources, training, and equipment to help clean up fire and smoke damage, and will safely deodorize, clean, and restore your home to its pre-fire condition.
We are available 24/7, contact us today for immediate assistance 678-432-3003.
Is your business ready to handle a water or fire disaster?
We will share some tips and no-cost emergency planning tools for business owners to follow in order to be prepared for disaster response and recovery. Preparing now will make a difference in how quickly you can overcome challenges and obstacles in reopening your business after an unplanned event.
Having an Emergency Readiness Plan in place is the key to an effective emergency response.
If you do not have a plan in place, we encourage you to look at SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Profile and Ready Plan Mobile App. This is a free facility assessment to create a comprehensive plan that included information about emergency contacts, phone numbers, email addresses, insurance information, where key shut-off valves are located, where keys are needed to access said areas, blueprints, pdfs, photos, etc. Having all that information in one place, having the possibility of sharing it with whoever is on-site, can be the difference in limiting property damage and loss.
SERVPRO of Henry, Spalding, Butts Counties and SERVPRO of Clayton County we specialize in disaster restoration, cleanup and reconstruction services. Give us a call at 678-432-3003 today to learn more about our ERP plan.
Do you have a mold problem in your building?
Mold is a major headache for business owners in our area, especially in the summer months. This problem can cause major damage to drywall, insulation, wood, etc. It is important to inspect your property for any sign of water damage that can rapidly turn into a mold issue. When our technicians find signs of microbial growth, their initial focus is to stop the water source from affecting additional areas. The source could be from a leaking water heater, a busted pipe, a leaky roof, condensation, etc.
When you call SERVPRO of Henry, Spalding, Butts and Clayton Counties to help you get rid of mold around your commercial property, you know you are getting a qualified restoration company and trained mold damage specialists to tackle any size disaster.
If you think you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Henry, Spalding, Butts and Clayton Counties and let us help! 678-432-3003.
Several storms are heading towards Henry and Clayton County in the next couple of days
It looks like we are getting ready to experience severe weather for the next couple of days in the area. According to the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory there are 16 million thunderstorms worldwide each year, 100,000 of those here in the U.S. Storms are more likely during the spring and summer months, especially in the evenings.
These storms can cause flash flooding, lightning, hail, can knock down power lines and trees, etc. These events can greatly affect homeowners and their properties. It is always a good idea to have a plan in place when a storm hits so that your family knows what to do and where to go in case of an emergency.
Things you can do before a storm hits are established a communication plan with your family, have a disaster supply kit handy and tell your family where it is located, teach young kids the difference between a thunderstorm watch and a thunderstorm warning. Look around your home and secure outdoor furniture, etc., and bring your pets inside.
If you notice storm damage, call SERVPRO of Henry, Spalding, Butts and Clayton Counties and start the restoration process right away. Let us help you make it “Like it never even happened.” Contact us 24/7 at 678-432-3003.