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SERVPRO® of Panthersville Mentors Other Small Business Owners

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

Having a Mentor to help guide you can increase your probabilities of success. Mentors cannot make decisions for you; that is your job. But their expertise can be invaluable. Generally, they work with business owners voluntarily, that is, for the satisfaction of helping out.

SERVPRO® of Panthersville shares our professional skills with other small businesses to help them grow and create jobs. For instance, we assist other businesses in improving communication skills, provide their employees with a vision of growth, and implement methods to build ownership brand. As a Mentor, we search for other entrepreneurs in the restoration business to assist online, and once connected we serve as a coach and guide. This volunteer opportunity is extremely flexible. Subsequently, we set the schedules and expectations with our Mentees.

SERVPRO® of Panthersville Observes Black History Month

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

The Black History Month Parade begins at the King Center National Park in Atlanta and ends at Woodruff Park.

Black History Month or National African American History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in United States history. This celebration is in February that promotes what African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality.

SERVPRO® of Panthersville participates in the local Black History Month Parade festivities, which celebrates the culture, heritage, history, and accomplishments of Black African American people across the world. Attendees are urged to prepare floats and designs that depict Black history and the trials and successes of African Americans.

Historical figures remain a popular choice for the parade, but there’s nothing against telling personal stories of endearment with one’s float. The Black History Month Parade features marching bands, entertainers, dignitaries, civic groups, non-profit organizations, celebrities, corporate groups, artistic expressionists, entertainments, and fun for the whole family!

SERVPRO® of Panthersville Volunteers to do the Home Fire Campaign

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

Do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 if you have a home fire.

SERVPRO® of Panthersville participates as a volunteer for the American Red Cross in their Home Fire Campaign, wherein the goal is to reduce the number of fire-related deaths and injuries in the US by 25% by the year 2020. The American Red Cross responds to approximately 64,000 disasters annually, in which the vast majority of them are home fires. Statistics reveals the following occurrences:

  • Seven (7) people die daily from home fires wherein most of them impact children and the elderly.
  • Thirty six (36) people suffer injuries as a result of home fires daily.
  • Over $7 billion in property damages occur annually.

Home Fire Preparedness

Household members should comply with the following instructions to be thoroughly prepared for home fires:

  1. Install the correct number of smoke alarms. Test them once monthly and replace the batteries at least once annually. If the American Red Cross provides the smoke alarm through its Home Fire Campaign, then it uses a lithium battery in which it will last for ten (10) years.
  2. Teach children the sound of smoke alarms and what they should do when they hear one.
  3. Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
  4. Establish a family emergency communication plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find each another.
  5. Practice to escape from your home at least twice annually. Press the smoke alarm test button or shout “Fire!“ to alert everyone in your home that they must evacuate within 2 minutes.
  6. Ensure that everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  7. Teach household members to STOP, DROP, and ROLL if their clothes catch on fire.

Teach Fire Safety in Your Classroom

The Pillowcase Project is a preparedness education program for grades 3 – 5, which teaches students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills. You can request the Pillowcase Project presentation from your local American Red Cross.

Volunteer to Help Others

Join your local American Red Cross to install smoke alarms, educate your community about fire safety, or help others after a fire. You can make a significant difference in people’s lives by volunteering your time and talent.

Make a Donation

Help families prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from home fires.

SERVPRO® of Panthersville knows every Second Counts

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Panthersville can handle any disaster no matter how big or small.

Fire experts agree, people have approximately two minutes to escape a burning home before it is too late. Twenty six percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire plan, which is a study conducted by the American Red Cross.

During Fire Prevention months, it is time for you to review your fire escape plans. Knowing your risks of a potential fire hazard and taking actions are just a few steps in being thoroughly prepared to save your life, and to assist in saving the lives of others.

Ways to Prepare

  • Draw a map of each level of your home and be sure to find two ways to get out of each room. 
  • Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders.
  • Choose an outside meeting place at a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet once you are all out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you are unable to help them.
  • Practice your escape plans during the day and at night time.

Each smoke and fire damage situations differ, therefore, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. SERVPRO® of Panthersville has the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damages. We will also treat your family with respect and take your care of your property.

Do you have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damages?
Call Us Today – 678-515-8602

Fire Prevention and Safety Information

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

A lit candle and readily combustible materials, such as cloth, paper, and (certain) plastics are not good mixes and can lead to dire consequences.

Kitchen Fire While Cooking

  • Never use water on a grease fire! Salt or baking soda can be used to extinguish a fire. Also, smother a fire in a pan by putting a lid on it.
  • Do not leave food cooking unattended.
  • Pay special attention to hot grease or oil.
  • Always supervise children.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and ensure that it shows “A, B, or C.”

Wood, Coal, and Pellet Stoves or Fireplace Inserts

  • Ensure that your stove or insert has a “UL” label on it.
  • Ensure that your stove was installed properly by a contractor according to NFPA standards for proper clearances, floor covering, wall covering, flue, and chimney.
  • Ensure that your chimney is cleaned regularly especially at the beginning of the season.
  • Never use homemade stoves, which are a common cause of fires.
  • Do not install or use stoves in a garage, because they can contact combustible materials more readily.

Candles and Potpourri Burners

  • Burn candles and potpourri only when you are in the room.
  • Keep open flames away from curtains and other combustible materials.

Outside Burning and Bonfires

  • Do not start open fires when ground and surrounding vegetation is dry.
  • Do not burn when winds are stronger than a gentle breeze.
  • Always have a strong water source ready in case a fire begins to get out of control.
  • Stay with the fire at all times.
  • Rake through the ashes to ensure that all coals are cooled when finished.

Other Considerations

  • Ensure that all outside antennas are properly grounded.
  • Install lightning rods to reduce the possibility of fire by lightning strike.
  • Ensure that your home’s wiring is updated and adequate to handle electrical loads.
  • Do not overload circuits. Breakers trip and fuses blow when overloaded.
  • If you have an older heating system, then get it checked by a professional for safety.

Electric Safety at Home

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

By using a power cord in a moist environment is a serious hazardous defective condition!

The importance of electrical safety at home is often taken for granted. Ignoring electrical safety instructions may put your safety and property at risk. Let us all do our part to contribute to a safe and accident-free environment as follows:

  • Swimming Pools—do not use electrical appliances near pools; do not route extension cords in the vicinity of pools; do not raise pool maintenance or rescue poles into overhead power lines.
  • Outlets—look for outlets that have loose-fitting plugs, exposed wires, or broken plates and have them fixed by a qualified Electrician. Use safety covers on all outlets accessible to children.
  • Surge Protectors—only use surge protectors with internal circuit breakers. To prevent overheating, these units will trip the breaker if the power strip is overloaded or shorted to prevent overheating. Do not plug a surge protector into an existing surge protector. Unplug the unit when the surge protector is not in use.
  • Cords—do not place appliance cords where they will come into contact with the stove or other heated surfaces. Do not hang appliance cords over countertops where they might be accidentally pulled down.
  • Frayed Appliance Cords—worn or frayed appliance cords can cause fire, electric shock, and even electrocution. As a basic home safety procedure, inspect cords regularly to assess wear and replace cords as required.
  • Boats—keep boat masts away from power lines.
  • Space Heaters—read all manufacturer instructions before use, and keep heaters away from furniture, curtains, sinks, tubs, and water. Do not lay rugs or carpet over the cord. Do not use heater if the cord is frayed or broken, and do not use an extension cord. Turn off heater before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Ladders—exercise caution when using ladders, painting, pruning, or cleaning near a service drop where the wiring comes into a house or building at the meter. Weatherproofing on the overhead wiring is not insulation. This covering can become brittle, cracked, and expose you to electrical contact.
  • Trees—do not climb trees near power lines. Keep balloons, kites, fishing lines, and aluminum poles away from overhead lines. The lines are uninsulated and you could create a path to the ground by touching them.
  • Meter Boxes—ensure safe and easy access to your meter box; do not fence in meter boxes, use private locks on meter boxes, or surround meter boxes with trees and shrubs. Keep dogs safely secured away from your meter box.
  • Shoes—avoid damp or wet areas when using electrical power tools outdoors. Wear sturdy, rubber-soled shoes when working with electrical appliances outdoors. NEVER use electrical equipment when barefoot.
  • Utility Poles—do not swing, climb, or run into guy wires supporting utility poles. Report damaged guy wires to the power company.

Always Stay Safe around Electricity

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Give your home an electrical safety checkup!

Summer is not only great for backyard barbecues, but it is the perfect time to finish some of those projects around your home that you have postponed all year. As you pull out the power tools and extension cords, chances are you won’t be thinking about the dangers of electricity.

Practice the following safety tips to prevent electrical injuries around your home:

  • Never work with electric power tools in wet or damp conditions.
  • Always look for nearby power lines before you begin to cut down any trees or trim any branches.
  • Ensure that extension cords are in good conditions and that they are not overloaded. They should be used only temporarily, and they should have safety closures to help protect children from electrical shock. Never run extension cords through walls, across doorways, or under rugs or furniture.
  • Unplug electrical tools and disconnect spark-plug wires on gasoline powered tools before making adjustments or clearing jams.
  • Check for loose fitting plugs that can overheat and lead to fire. Never remove the ground pin to make a three-prong plug fit into a two-conductor outlet, because it could lead to electrical shock. Also, never force a plug into an outlet if it does not fit.

How to Prevent Water Damage in your Home

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 for professional water damage restoration services.

Keeping your house safe from water damage is relatively easy. Review the following list of things you can do to keep your house free of water damage.

  • Clean your gutters—ensure they are free from debris that can clog and cause water damage.
  • Check your downspouts—your downspouts should be directed 5 to 10 feet away from the house.
  • Slope your yard—keep water flowing away from your house, not into it. Ensuring that the landscaping flows water away from the house is essential.
  • Check your sump pump—you want to ensure that it is working so, at minimum, test it at least once a year. Having a backup sump pump on standby (in case the first one fails) is advisable.
  • Look for leaky pipes—make repairs before a small leak turns into a big one.
  • Watch where you plant—some plants and trees have invasive root systems that will compromise your drainage system, water lines, septic tank, pipes, or foundations.
  • Ceiling and attic check—ensure that you do not see any wet spots on the ceiling and attic above, because they will eventually spread below.
  • Repair old, tired caulking—check doors and windows along with bathtub and sink fixtures to ensure that your caulking is not cracked.
  • Water bill anomalies—double check your water bill. If it has skyrocketed for no apparent reason, then it may be due to a leak.
  • Inspect the roof—look for missing or damaged shingles that can cause water to leak into your home.
  • Use a drain snake, not chemicals—a clogged drain is a nuisance, but did you know chemical drain cleaners can eat away at your pipes? Try your luck with a drain snake first.
  • Do not pour grease or fat down your sink—pour fat and grease into an empty can and throw it away. Your pipes will thank you.
  • Inspect washing machine supply lines—check out the cold and hot water supply hoses and look for cracks and other wear and tear. It is recommended that you replace hoses every five years.
  • Check the floor around your toilets, tubs, showers, and sinks—look for any soft spots or moisture. You might need a Plumber to fix any leaks.
  • Check your hot water heater—schedule a plumbing inspection, look for signs of corrosion, and check your maintenance instructions. You may want to flush the tank every six months to remove sediment.
  • Measure the humidity levels—do you regularly have condensation on your windows? The relative humidity in your home should range between 30 and 50 percent. A humidifier may correct sporadic humidity fluctuations, but ongoing high-humidity levels may be a sign of a more serious issue that could lead to mold and mildew that may require a professional.

Know what to do when Lightning Storms come

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

It’s hard to know what to do when you are caught out in the open during a lightning storm. To take shelter under a big tree? To stand out in the open?

The best strategy is prevention. Monitor the weather forecast before going out, and look for darkening skies, lightning, or increasing wind. You are in danger if you can hear thunder. Therefore, find shelter in either a building or car.

If you are in the open, then be a very small target! Squat low to the ground. Lying on the ground will actually make you a larger target. If you are in the woods, then take shelter under shorter trees or go to a low-lying, open place away from trees, poles, or metal objects. If you are boating or swimming, then get to shore and find shelter.

Call 911 if someone is struck by lightning. If the person’s breathing has stopped, then begin rescue breathing. A trained person should give CPR if the victim’s heart has stopped breathing.

Lightning Safety Tips

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 if you encounter a natural disaster from a lightning storm.

According to the National Weather Service, there are about 25 million lightning strikes in the United States each year. Comply with the following lightning safety tips when a storm occurs:

  • Immediately seek shelter in a substantial building and avoid the outdoors when thunderstorms are in the area. There is no place that is safe outside during a storm. Remain in the shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.
  • If you are caught outside and cannot find shelter, then go to a low-lying open place away from trees, poles, and metal objects. Ensure that the place you choose is not subject to flooding.
  • Never touch any wires that fall or low-hanging wires, because they can kill. Telephone or cable TV wires that touch a power line can also be deadly.
  • Never try to make your own electrical repairs to power equipment. Let trained professionals do the work.
  • Never pull tree limbs off power lines yourself.
  • Never go into areas with debris or trees that fall. Dangerous power lines may be buried in wreckages.
  • Never go near chain-linked fences. Dangerous lines could be touching the metal.
  • Never step in puddles, because they may be electrified.
  • Never connect portable generators to your household electrical wiring. Connect only essential appliances, such as freezers and refrigerators directly to a generator.
  • Never walk into areas where professional Crews are working. Obey road signs and proceed cautiously if you are driving near work Crews.

Check your Smoke Alarm to Buy Time in a Home Fire

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Contact our office at (678) 515-8602 for all fire remediation services.

Summer cleaning around the house is a good time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms, especially if you forgot to change the batteries at daylight saving time. A smoke alarm is the first line of defense when it comes to surviving a home fire by giving added time to escape. You may have less than two minutes to escape a home fire.

Every home should have working smoke alarms on each level, in the hallway outside the sleeping area, and in each of the bedrooms. Never ignore the noise of the smoke alarm. A constant loud “beeping” sound from the alarm indicates smoke or fire in the home. An intermittent “chirp” indicates the battery needs to be changed.

Test the alarm monthly and replace all smoke alarms after ten years. Equally important, have an escape plan with two ways out and clear pathways to exits.

SERVPRO® of Panthersville is available 24 hours daily to perform remediation services of your home fires.

Primary Damage Versus Secondary Damage

6/2/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Panthersville Technicians mitigates to stop primary damages from becoming permanent, and to prevent secondary damages from occurring.

SERVPRO® of Panthersville Technicians are familiar with the damaging effects that water has on various types of materials. Our Technicians can identify the following three types of damages:

  1. Pre-existing damage
  2. Primary damage
  3. Secondary damage

Primary Damages

Primary damages in a water loss situation result when materials are in direct contact with water. Examples of primary water damages to materials are as follows:

  • Delamination of carpet backings
  • Swelling and buckling of hardwood floors
  • Rusting of metal surfaces
  • Weakening of adhesives and glues

Secondary Damages

Secondary damages in a water loss result when materials are exposed indirectly to water. When moisture evaporates into the air more quickly than moisture is being dehumidified from the air, then secondary damages can result as higher humidity slows the rate of drying. Examples of secondary water damages to materials are as follows:

  • Absorption of water from the air as a result of high humidity.
  • Absorption of water that has migrated from other areas of the structure.
  • Absorption of water by hygroscopic materials that causes swelling.
  • Mold growth

The damages get worse as time prolongs. 

Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Antimicrobial

6/2/2019 (Permalink)

Routine cleaning of the environment including floors, toilet, locker room, bathing facilities, and furniture is necessary to produce conditions that inhibit the development and possible spread of infections. The advantages and disadvantages of the Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Antimicrobial are as follows:

Advantages:

  • The solutions are basically inexpensive, easy to use, and widely applied in food processing areas, locker rooms, toilet, and bath areas as well as garbage storage areas.
  • The product is effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria, it acts as a virucide and fungicide, and it inhibits the growth of mold and mildew.
  • Some formulations of this product are used as sanitizer-cleaner solutions for cleaning and disinfecting environmental areas in one step.
  • Formulations are made using this antimicrobial along with muriatic acid as a toilet bowl cleaner to remove iron and scale stains and sanitize simultaneously.

Disadvantages:

  • The solutions are deactivated through contact with soaps, anionic detergents, and heavy soil accumulations.
  • Antimicrobial activity is good against gram-positive organisms, but more limited against gram-negative organisms.

Cleanup of Minor Chemical Spills

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Panthersville has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Call us at (678) 515-8602.

Always work carefully and do not hurry when cleaning up minor chemical spills. Keep people away from the spilled chemicals. Do not leave unless someone is there to warn of the danger. If the antimicrobial agent was spilled on anyone, then give correct first aid according to the label instructions.

Use an absorbent material to soak up the spill. You can use soil, sawdust, cat litter, or diatomaceous earth. Shovel all contaminated materials into a leak-proof container for disposal. Dispose of it as you would do with excess antimicrobial agents in accordance with federal, state, and local codes. Do not hose down the area, because it will spread the chemical.

Some spills can be neutralized to stop the chemical action. Read the labeling information to make sure that you use the correct neutralizing chemical, or call the manufacturer or distributor of the antimicrobial for assistance.

Do not allow anyone to enter the affected area until the spill is all cleaned up.   

Steam Cleaners and High Pressure Washers

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Do not hesitate to contact the trained professionals at SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 for your commercial cleaning needs.

These machines use the advantage of heat and the force of high-pressure water to effectively dislodge and remove dirt and particulate accumulations on hard surface areas. The proper antimicrobial or disinfecting agent is proportioned into the cleaning steam to effectively reduce the bacteria count on the surfaces.

Advantages:

  • Physical force of high pressure stream helps to remove contaminants so that the antimicrobial agent will be more effective.
  • Large surfaces and irregular objects may be more easily cleaned and disinfected.
  • The strength of the disinfectant solution may be easily varied by adjusting the individual machine’s injection rate.

Limitations:

  • These machine are normally bulky and not easily transported.
  • Auxiliary power source, such as gas, fuel oil, electricity, and so forth is necessary for machine operation.
  • Worker requires training to successfully operate these machines.

Common Causes of Electrical Fires

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

The most common causes of electrical fires are as follows:

  • Faulty outlets and appliances—most electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets and old, outdated appliances. Other fires are started by faults in appliance cords, receptacles, and switches. Never use an appliance with a worn or frayed cord which can send heat onto combustible surfaces like floors, curtains, and rugs that can start a fire. Running cords under rugs is another cause of electrical fires. Removing the grounding plug from a cord so it can be used in a two-prong electrical outlet can also cause a fire.
  • Light fixtures—light fixtures, lamps, and light bulbs are another common reason for electrical fires. Installing a bulb with a wattage that is too high for the lamps and light fixtures is a leading cause of electrical fires. Always check the maximum recommended bulb wattage on any lighting fixture or lamp and never go over the recommended amount.
  • Extension cords—misuse of extension cords is another electrical fire cause. Appliances should be plugged directly into outlet and not plugged into an extension cord for any length of time. Only use extension cords as a temporary measure. If you do not have the appropriate type of outlets for your appliances, hire an electrician to install new ones.
  • Space heaters—because these types of heaters are portable, many times people put them too close to combustible surfaces such as curtains, beds, clothing, chairs, couches and rugs. Coil space heaters are especially dangerous in this regard, because the coils become so hot they will almost instantaneously ignite any nearby flammable surface. If you do use space heaters, use the radiator-type that diffuse heat over the entire surface of the appliance. These are less likely to ignite flammable items, but they should still be kept away from them.
  • Wiring—outdated wiring often causes electrical fires. If a home is over 20 years old, it may not have the wiring capacity to handle the increased amounts of electrical appliances in today’s average home, such as computers, wide-screen televisions, video and gaming players, microwaves, and air conditioners. Breakers should be triggered when circuits get overloaded by too much electricity, but outdated breaker boxes often have worn connectors that do not work, which cause the system to overload and start an electrical fire.

The Process to Recover from a Fire Damage

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Contact the Professionals at SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 when disaster strikes from fire.

The fire damage restoration process begins with the removal and disposal of items that are completely unsalvageable. Anything that has been thoroughly engulfed in smoke or in contaminated water or that has been burned to pieces will likely be removed and disposed. This might involve the full removal of furniture, curtains, carpet, or fittings.

Water will meanwhile be removed from the floor early on using pumps. After this, the surfaces underneath will be dried and also the air by using a dehumidifier.

Once water is removed and damaged items are removed, SERVPRO® of Panthersville Technicians can then begin cleaning the surfaces. This process involves removing the soot and the smoke from anything that they have touched, as well as getting rid of lasting odors. Cleaning will be performed using a variety of specialized tools and products including air-scrubbers. Our staff will also do professional carpet cleaning, which involves the use of a high-powered wet vacuum and detergent.

Once everything is cleaned, the affected area looks less like a fire has encountered the room, but more like the property has just been damaged. Thereafter, our Production staff begins to provide restoration services, such as repairing and reinstalling. If the carpet pads have absorbed contaminated water, then we may dispose them and install new ones for you. Likewise, if paint or wallpaper has come away from the walls then we reinstate them.

SERVPRO® of Panthersville provides full fire remediation services and so we can restore your property “Like it never even happened.”

Treating Mold

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

More often, mold can be self-treated. Nevertheless, it takes more than just a simple wipe-down with a wet cloth. This might effectively remove some of the unsightly black marks, but it does nothing to clear away the spores. You will find that over a few days or weeks, the mold will grow back in the same place. You may have even exacerbated the issue by wetting the walls. This perceived stubbornness could be the reason why so many homeowners are terrified by the appearance of mold. They may think that because it grows back, then it is indicative of a deeper issue with the house. However, the likely issue is that the mold is just not being treated as aggressively as it should. A mix of detergent or bleach as home remedy must be used to eradicate the spores, and ventilation needs to be improved to prevent the issue from recurring. The ways you can treat and prevent mold growth include:

  • Using a fan to improve circulation
  • Replacing air filters
  • Keep walls and soft furnishings dry
  • Use a dehumidifier to keep the house's humidity below 60%
  • Wipe away condensation from walls and windows
  • Insulate cold surfaces

If mold problem exists in a home that you intend to buy is significant, then you would be best advised to hire SERVPRO® of Panthersville professionals to clean away the mold. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends leaving cleanups to the professionals when the mold growth exceeds 10 square feet.

What should I do to Prepare for a Hurricane?

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Ensure that you know the difference between hurricane watch and hurricane warning as follows:

  • Hurricane Watch—hurricane conditions are a threat within 48 hours. Review your hurricane plans, keep informed, and be ready to act if a warning is issued.
  • Hurricane Warning—hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours. Complete your storm preparations and leave the area if directed to do so by authorities.

Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane as follows: 

  • Check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed.
  • Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind, such as bicycles and lawn furniture.
  • Close windows, doors, and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, then close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
  • Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank.
  • Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan. Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.
  • Learn about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required, and make plans for your pets to be cared for during the hurricane.
  • Evacuate if advised by authorities. Be careful to avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
  • Standard homeowners insurance does not cover flooding, therefore, it’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains, and other conditions that impact the U.S.

What should I do after a Hurricane?

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 immediately!

Hurricanes are strong storms that cause life and property threatening hazards, such as flooding, storm surge, high winds, and tornadoes. If you encounter a hurricane, ensure that you adhere to the following procedures after the storm:

  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
  • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
  • Stay out of any building that has water around it.
  • Inspect your home for damages. Take pictures of the damages, both of the building and its contents for insurance purposes.
  • Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.
  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it is uncontaminated.
  • Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If you are in doubt, then throw it out.
  • Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
  • Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control. Use the telephone only for emergency calls.

Tips to Prevent Water Pollution

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 if your property is damaged by water pollution.

Protect the earth from home toxic waste

Many of the same chemicals that make household products effective are harmful when released into the environment. If misused or disposed of improperly, many commonly used products have the potential to become household hazardous waste.

Household hazardous waste includes paints, oils, batteries, and pesticides. Improper disposal of these types of products includes pouring them on the ground, down the drain, into a storm drain, or directly into a waterway.

Some of these items might be kept under the sink or in the garage for extended periods of time, and as their containers age, the risk of leakage increases. Once exposed to the environment, toxins could soak into the ground or be washed down a storm drain, which could lead to pollution in our lakes and streams.

Follow these tips to prevent water pollution:

  • Only buy the amount you need for a project.
  • Many liquid home products can be solidified using cat litter, saw dust, and other absorbent materials, and then placed in the trash.
  • Many local retailers and organizations offer recycling programs, and they will accept home products for disposal.
  • Consult the product label for disposal guidance.

Water Damage After Effects

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can be deceptive. Reason being, water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage will cause odors. Greater damages surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split, and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.

Besides simply removing excess water, SERVPRO® of Panthersville Production staff are IICRC-certified, and they have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including sub-structure materials) completely back to preloss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold, and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, then mold will occur.

SERVPRO® of Panthersville professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination, and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.

Charitable Donations

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO® of Panthersville, our commitment to the community though our charitable donations is as important as providing emergency cleaning and restoration services for twenty four hours a day. We want to be judged not only by the service we provide, but also for what we do to improve the quality of life for all people in the places where we live, work, and nationwide.

Our charitable donations include organizations that benefit Veterans, African Americans, Firefighters, and individuals who suffer from Autism, Alzheimer's, and Breast Cancer illnesses. The company's Management Team also participates in local walks in honor of Autism, Alzheimer's, and Breast Cancer patients, and we volunteer service with the American Red Cross for their Home Fire Campaign by installing smoke detectors in people's homes.

How to Prevent Mold

3/3/2018 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 if you have water stain and mold infected areas.

The key to preventing mold is moisture control. Mold cannot grow without excessive moisture in your home. Experts generally advise keeping the humidity levels in your home below 55%. You can use a hygrometer to monitor your humidity levels.

Give your home a thorough checkup to identify any issues that might contribute to future mold growth and correct any problems as soon as possible. Hire a professional to assist you if you are unsure how to make the necessary repairs. It will be well worth the cost, because you will save so much money in health care, home repair, and mold removal expenses in the future.

  • Window frames—check around all window frames to ensure that they seal tightly and no water seeps in.
  • Sinks, toilets, and tubs—check under and around all sinks, toilets, and tubs for any leaking water. Install water leak sensors in these areas to alert you early to any leaks.
  • Hot water heaters—check around your hot water heater for any leaking water. This is another good place to install a water leak sensor.
  • Roofs—examine your ceilings for signs of a leaky roof. Sometimes you cannot see signs of leakage from inside the house until the problem worsens. Hire a professional to get up on the roof and inspect it for you if you are unsure how to inspect it.
  • Bathrooms—check for adequate ventilation especially when showering. If the room gets really steamy when you shower, then turn on an exhaust fan or crack open a window. If you do not have an exhaust fan in the bathroom, then you may need to install one.
  • Basement—try the sniff test. Is there a musty odor in the basement? If so, there may be mold present. Purchase a dehumidifier if the basement smells damp or musty.
  • Attic—also try the sniff test in the attic. There may be mold in the attic if there have been any leaks in your roof. If not, keep a hygrometer in your attic to measure humidity levels. A hygrometer transmits the humidity level to the main unit so you can monitor your attic humidity levels very easily.

In addition, you can prevent mold by:

  • Wiping up any water spills promptly.
  • Using a fan to help dry any damp carpet as soon as possible
  • Keeping windows tightly closed when it is raining outside
  • Using exhaust fans in the bathroom when showering and in the kitchen when cooking
  • Wiping showers, shower curtains, tubs, and so forth dry with a towel after use
  • Keeping an eye out for signs of mold and addressing any problems promptly
  • Installing a solar fan in your attic so that you have good air circulation there all year round.

Make your Home Smarter and more Efficient

3/3/2018 (Permalink)

Make upgrades to your home with energy-saving products. Consider using the following products:

  • Keen Smart Vent—imagine every room in your home kept at the perfect temperature. Smart Vents form the foundation for the Keen Zoning System by intelligently opening and closing based on individual room temperature preferences set in the Keen Home application. Keen Home recommends replacing all vents in each room you would like to upgrade. Smart Vents let you customize the temperature of individual rooms and eliminate those pesky hot and cold spots, which helps to reduce energy usage and costs.
  • Wemo® Insight Energy-Use Monitor—the Wemo Insight Energy Monitor is a smart plug that lets you monitor energy consumption right from your phone or tablet. It provides real-time reports on how much energy your devices consume. In addition, it monitors how much your lights or appliances cost you, and how much energy a particular room consumes.
  • Sengled® ElementTM Plus Kit—this element is a smart lighting system that allows you to create lighting schedules, adjust brightness, and control color temperature directly from your mobile device – anytime, anywhere. Unlike other smart bulbs, Element Plus integrates seamlessly with your existing wall and dimmer switches, and allows you to adjust the color temperature from a warm yellow to a cool white. More importantly, for every bulb sold, Sengled® plants a tree as part of the #OneBulbOneTree initiative, which negates any carbon emitted while the bulb is in use.

Fall Back on Safety Tips

3/3/2018 (Permalink)

It is that time of year again where more and more leaves are falling. Colors that were previously bright and vibrant are now mellow and soft, and the nightly temperatures are cooling. September officially marks the beginning of the fall season, and as the weather transitions so does your home.

SERVPRO® of Panthersville wants to ensure that you are thoroughly ready for any natural disaster.

Prepare your home for the fall with the following tips:

  • Examine leaky faucets and have them fixed now.
  • Check all smoke detectors and replace batteries if needed.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets.
  • Place fire extinguishers on every level of your home and install within reach.

If you have a chimney and a fireplace have it cleaned and inspected. This will help in preventing carbon monoxide accumulation and fires.

Does Your Home or Business have Mold Problems?

3/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can spread through your home or business in as little as 48 hours. Call us today at (678) 515-8602 if you see signs of mold.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, namely, both indoors and outdoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation service reduces mold spores count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy.

Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, which is, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home or business through windows, doors, AC/heating systems, or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture, and they can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation begins, all sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and it can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Mold can cause severe health effects and significantly damages your property.

If your home or business has mold problems, then we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestations.

Mold Contamination Safety

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 to eradicate your mold infected areas.

Mold contamination poses health risks for workers and home occupants. Health reactions can develop from inhaling, ingesting, and touching mold spores or fragments. Molds may produce toxigenic mycotoxins that can potentially affect some persons although the mold spores are dead or dormant. There are specific precautionary procedures that should be followed when mitigating mold contaminations. Individuals are required to wear the following safety equipment attires when working in extensively contaminated environments:

Safety Equipment

  • Protective equipment—this includes full-body suits, and rubber and latex gloves. Employees should receive safety training before remediation work begins.
  • Splash goggles—eye protection should be worn to protect the eyes from burns or punctures from flying particles or corrosive substances. Mold spores can infect the mucous membranes of the eyes in extensive mold contaminated environments, and so goggles may be required for protection.
  • Respirator—the type of respirator and filter should be selected based on the hazards to which workers are exposed. Workers may wear either half-face or full-face respirators, and even powered air purifying respirators that supply air to the water damage restoration professional’s full-face mask. Respirators used for mold remediation can be equipped with combination cartridges, which includes both HEPA particulate filters and organic vapor filters to protect against mold spores, mycotoxins, and mVOCs.

Natural Ways to Stay Healthy this Winter

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

The cold and flu season can bring unwelcome illness into your household, but you can take some healthy steps ahead of time to be prepared. Along with getting a flu shot, by practicing good habits can lower your risk as sickness spreads through your home or workplace.

  • Wash your hands—this is your best defense against the spread of viruses and bacteria. Before eating or after going to the bathroom, take about 30 seconds to work up a good lather and wash your hands thoroughly including your fingernails.
  • Keep hand sanitizer nearby—you will need hand sanitizers when you are in a public place and you cannot get to a restroom. Perhaps you have shaken hands with a group of people or used public items, such as shared pens and shopping carts.
  • Stay hydrated—keep drinking plenty of water. Dehydration can leave you vulnerable to illness.
  • Eat a healthy diet—a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables is a good idea all year, but especially when you are exposed to illnesses. Keep sugar to a minimum; it causes your immune system to work harder. Opt for complex carbohydrates instead.
  • Exercise regularly—take time to move around. Even a short walk has important health benefits.
  • Get a good night’s sleep—a lack of sleep can make you prone to infection.

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