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How to Find a Water Leak in Your Bathroom

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

water leaking out of shower on brown title floor Every year, approximately one out of every 50 homeowners will file a water damage claim on their insurance.

Do you know the signs of a water leak in your bathroom?

While sometimes an issue with a leak is obvious—and can cause major problems—there are subtle signs that are easier to miss. The good news is that you can find and repair leaks in your bathroom before they cause major issues to your home if you know what to look for.

Claims for bathroom leaks are part of the millions of water damage claims that are filed every year. On average, about one out of 50 American homeowners every year file a water damage claim. Many of them do it because of leaks in their home.

If you’re dealing with a water leak behind your bathroom wall or in any other part of your home, these tips can help you correct the problem before it becomes a more serious issue.

Dealing With a Water Leak Behind Your Bathroom Wall

Here’s what to do if you notice the signs of a water leak in your bathroom.

Know what you’re looking for. Signs of water leak in your bathroom can include water pooling on the floor, damp or stained drywall, or a musty odor. If you notice these signs, it’s time to start searching for your leak.

Check the usual culprits. You can test things in your bathroom to see if the leak is coming from common spots in your bathroom. That includes your sink, showers and tub. If you’re handy, you can do some of the work yourself. Otherwise, it’s smart to call in a licensed, trusted plumber to check out your bathroom and find the source of the leak.

Correct the issue. You’ll want to be certain the leak is fixed and that any resulting water damage to your home has been repaired. That’s the best way to protect your property and be sure that the damage doesn’t spread.

If you have water damage in your home due to a sewer backup, a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Do You Know Where Your Tornado-Safe Room Is?

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

tornado forming in grassy open field Storm season is on its way. SERVPRO of Gordon, Murray and South Whitfield Counties is available 24/7 in case a storm event hits your home.

Here’s a simple question with an answer that can help you keep your family safe: Do you know where the safest room in your house is if a tornado strikes?

That may sound like an odd thing to ask, but given that Georgia has, on average, about 30 tornadoes every year, it’s worth considering. These storms are dangerous and can damage property, cause injuries and even death. So it’s a good idea to know where to go in the event you need protection from a tornado.

There are a lot of options in today’s market. Some homeowners even opt to have a safe room added to or created inside their existing home. But many homeowners don’t have the ability to take this step. In these cases, it’s smart to know where to go in your existing home.

Here’s what the experts recommend to look for in a tornado-safe room:

Find a windowless space in the interior of your home. Your safe room is best if it doesn’t have exterior walls or windows. Think about bathrooms or closets.

Choose a room on the lowest floor of your home. The best spaces to take shelter during a tornado are on the lower floors of your home. Choose spaces on the lowest floor or the basement.

If your home isn’t safe, know an alternative location. Experts agree that in mobile or modular homes no room is safe from a tornado threat so it’s a good idea to have an alternative place to go. Additionally, if you live in a high-rise building or an apartment, ask your building manager about laundry rooms, basements or other safe areas.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damage to your home, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

Ensuring Your Business Has the Right Pandemic Protocols

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

a business person sitting at a desk looking thoughtfully at their laptop If your business is in need of a deep cleaning, contact SERVPRO of Gordon, Murray and South Whitfield Counties.

Over the past year, business owners in Gordon, Murray, and South Whitfield Counties and the surrounding communities have reevaluated many things about doing business.

That’s understandable. After all, no one saw a pandemic coming.

But now that one is here, business owners have to navigate the murky waters of providing services, staying open and safely serving their customers and clients.

Some of these resources may be able to help you do just that.

Things to Consider

Many businesses have already been looking into remote work policies for employees who can do their jobs remotely. But here are some thoughts from HR experts to help businesses navigate this unprecedented time.

Reevaluate your work from home policies. Of course, not every job can be done from a home office. But some can. Experts recommend evaluating the duties your employees are performing and decide what can and can’t effectively be done in a remote office.

Find tools to help with productivity. Many employers worry about what working from home will do to productivity. Luckily there are apps, tools and management systems available to help you and your employees monitor things.

Consider your PTO policies, too. Employees might need more flexibility during this time. Not many people leave town on vacation, but people might need extra leave time to deal with online learning and childcare issues.

Some jobs and businesses do have to account for some degree of in-person service. (Restaurants are a great example of this type of business.)

In that case, then it’s a good idea to look to CDC guidelines for updates about social distancing, masking and hygiene best practices.

You can use this information to guide how your own business is dealing with the pandemic.

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.

What Kind of Smoke Alarm Should I Install?

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

white fire alarm hanging on selling with signs of smoke If your home should become damaged by fire, contact SERVPRO of Gordon, Murray and South Whitfield Counties. We are your local restoration company.

Fire safety is critical for homeowners. Your home is so full of important things that neglecting fire safety can be tantamount to failing to protect your loved ones, not to mention all the memories and memorabilia you’ve worked so hard to make and acquire.

That’s why smoke detectors are recommended (and in some cases, mandated) for every home, or even every bedroom.

But did you know there are two main types of traditional smoke detectors? It’s true, and each type focuses on a different indicator before it sends an alert.

So what are they, and which should you choose for your home?

Photoelectric Smoke Alarms

Photoelectric alarms use light to detect fire threats. They have an LED light inside, which shoots a light beam into a light-sensing chamber. When the beam is interrupted by smoke or particles, the light is refracted to a different area of the chamber, striking a photosensor that triggers the alarm mechanism. Photoelectric alarms are typically better at sensing smoldering fires, such as fires caused by smoking materials left unattended, which create a large amount of smoke.

Ionization Smoke Alarms

Ionization alarms actually house a minor amount of radioactive material which causes air between two electrodes to ionize, meaning the air itself becomes electrically charged. When smoke enters the alarm chamber, it decreases the current as it disrupts the flow of ions between the plates, and when the current is reduced, the alarm sounds. This kind of alarm is better at sensing fast-flaming fires, such as those caused by ignition of flammable liquids, grease or anything that creates lots of flames with smaller amounts of smoke.

So which is right for you? Truthfully, it’s best to be aware of any kind of fire, so the best solution is to either install both kinds of alarms, or to install a modern alarm that combines these technologies to detect both smoldering fires and fast-flaming fires.

If your home should become damaged by fire, no matter the source or fire type, SERVPRO of Gordon, Murray and South Whitfield Counties is equipped to restore your home to its original state. Call or click today to find out more.

Preparing Your Business for a Storm

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

A Severe Weather Plan can help you prepare for an approaching hurricane or another severe weather event. Make sure everyone in your business, especially your leadership team, understands the Severe Weather Plan. Each year, review the plan and update it as necessary.
  • Take the necessary precautions
  • If a storm threatens, secure your building and move equipment/furniture to a secured area.
  • Protect data with backup files
  • If your business depends on data processing, consider an alternate site. You should also make provisions for alternate communications and power.
  • Employee safety comes first. Prepare, distribute and follow your business hurricane plan for recovery.
  • Consider providing shelter to employees and their families and helping with supplies after a storm.
  • Establish a rendezvous point and time for employees in case communications are disrupted.
  • Establish a call-down procedure for warning and post-storm communications.
  • Provide photo IDs and a letter of authorization to enter the building.
  • Check your hurricane evacuation level and FEMA flood maps to determine if your business location is vulnerable to storm surge or freshwater flooding.
  • Have your building(s) inspected by a licensed professional to find out if your workplace is vulnerable to hurricane force winds and what is recommended to retrofit.

Do I Need Flood Insurance for my home?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

night time cars on highway with car trapped in flood waters Do you have the right coverage for your home?

Standard homeowner’s and renter’s insurance does not cover flood damage. To protect your home, be sure to understand the risk of flooding and what your insurance options are. You will need flood insurance if you live in a designated flood zone. But flooding can also occur in inland areas and away from major rivers. Flood insurance is available for renters as well as homeowners, but a special policy required as flood insurance – like earthquake insurance – is not part of standard homeowner’s coverage. Flood policies are provided by the federal government and some private insurers. The federal government provides flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). While they are underwritten by the government, NFIIP policies are generally sold through private insurance agents. In some areas, primary flood insurance may be available through private insurers. However, the NFIP provides only actual cash value coverage for your possessions. That means you’ll get the current value of your possessions, which may be considerably less than the cost you’ll incur to replace them, especially if they are older and have depreciated in value.

Deep Fryer Safety

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

hand holding a deep fryer basket cooking fries Should you find yourself faced with a kitchen fire, trust the experts at SERVPRO of Gordon, Murray, & South Whitfield Counties.

Here in the south, fried foods are a necessary food group. It's as essential to our way of life as sweet tea. Frying foods at home is much easier thanks to residential deep fryers. So if you find yourself hankering for some fried chicken or veggies, following these tips to ensure you don't need to call the fire department or SERVPRO. 

*Know your oil smoke point. Each type of cooking oil has it's own smoke point. This is the temperature that your oil begins to smoke and could catch fire. 

*Don’t overfill your deep fryer. Most deep fryers have a max fill line. What most people don't account for is that this should include the food, not just the oil. Overfilling your deep fryer could result in spilling oil and causing a fire and uneven cooking due to the oil temperature dropping. 

*Do not deep fry wet food. Water can cause hot oil to splash and spill over potentially resulting in a fire. Most frozen foods are already mostly dry, but fresh foods can contain a lot of moisture and need to be patted down before putting in hot oil. 

*Keep your deep fryer in clear surroundings. Many deep fryers aren't cool to the touch when cooking. Make sure the are around your deep fryer is free from flammable and combustible materials. 

*Make sure your deep fryer has a break-away cord. This is a standard safety feature on most home deep fryers to keep the fryer from tipping over if the cord is tripped up by something or someone. However, not all have this so inspect yours and use accordingly.

*Have a lid on hand. While not necessary, smothering is the safest way to put out a grease fire. If your deep fryer doesn't come with a lid, find something you can use that will work just as well. 

*Keep a fire extinguisher handy. There are many people who've never thought to have a fire extinguisher in their kitchen in case of a fire. There are many options available for a fire extinguisher made for home use, so make sure you have one to on hand in your kitchen.

*Keep track of your temperatures. Many deep fryers have a built in temperature gauge to track how hot your oil is and make sure your fryer is cooking at the proper heat. These can malfunction so having a separate clip-on thermometer as a back up is a great idea. 

*Dispose of oil properly. Always let the oil cool down completely before storing or disposing of it. If storing, make sure to filter out all food particles so your oil doesn't spoil prematurely. If disposing, make sure to pour into a air tight container. Never pour oil down a drain as it can cause the drain to clog and back up. 

*Use proper protective equipment. Most foods won't splatter as long as excess moisture is removed, but fatty foods like bacon will splatter regardless. Using the handle on the fryer basket will protect you, but having protective gloves as secondary protection is always a good idea. 

Should you find yourself faced with a kitchen fire, trust the experts at SERVPRO of Gordon, Murray, & South Whitfield Counties to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

*Source: Deep Fryer Safety Tips

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned sticker on window SERVPRO of Gordon, Murray, & South Whitfield Counties is your local expert to make sure your home, business, and school is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Being open for business is just the beginning of our new journey moving forward. Employees may be hesitant to return to work and customers may wonder whether the businesses they patron are safe. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean. Are you ready to communicate to your customers and employees that you've chosen a higher standard of clean? Are you ready to be Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned?

Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned is a defensive program that SERVPRO® offers to commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 global pandemic. This is a level of clean that goes far beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning. When you choose Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you have selected a higher cleaning standard-you are Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned.

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration, we stand on over 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned. Beyond fire and water, SERVPRO® professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills-always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC and other local authorities.

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will help ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

How Critical are the First 24 Hours?

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

white background blue and red 24 hr stopwatch Experience has shown that fast, appropriate action delivered within the first 24 hours can dramatically reduce secondary damage.

Fire or water losses, even smaller incidents, can result in costly claims over time. The longer smoke, soot, or moisture have to permeate contents and structural components, the more secondary damage one can expect to encounter.

SERVPRO® professionals have been performing fire and water cleanup and restoration services for nearly 50 years. Experience has shown that fast, appropriate action delivered within the first 24 hours can dramatically reduce secondary damage. Smoke and soot have less time to chemically interact and damage or destroy contents, and moisture is prevented from spreading and breaking down structural components or promoting the growth of mold and mildew.

Offering 24-hour emergency services, SERVPRO® of Gordon, Murray and South Whitfield Counties is committed to responding to fire and water claims during the most critical time period following a loss. Usually onsite in less than four hours, our team of professionals will arrive prepared to begin emergency mitigation services to help prevent secondary damage to the structure and contents.

SERVPRO® of Gordon, Murray and South Whitfield Counties utilizes specific industry technology designed for the collection and reporting of claims information for the insurance industry. Our team of professionals can quickly gather the necessary information an adjuster will need to authorize the cleanup and restoration process. The end result is a better, more informed decision-making process, which can speed up the cleanup and restoration of the policyholder's property.

The objective of critical response is to help return homeowners and business owners' properties back to its preloss condition while also controlling claims costs. SERVPRO® of Gordon, Murray and South Whitfield Counties can provide the emergency service, mitigation, cleanup and restoration experience and industry-specific technology to help you accomplish these goals. When a policyholder experiences a fire or water loss, even those that fall under the deductible limit or are excluded under their policy, they reach out to SERVPRO® of Gordon, Murray and South Whitfield Counties to help protect their property and contents now and in the future.

*Source: Restoration Newsline Vol 32, Iss 1

Decluttering Your Office

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

messy desk with laptop A clean workspace can help productivity by decreasing stress.

A clean environment is a healthy environment. Improve your living and workspaces this spring. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you declutter your office.

  • Divide your workspace into zones. Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions. This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.
  • Keep only what you need at arm's length. Boxes of pens, stacks of papers, and old coffee cups need to go. Rid your desk of visual clutter.
  • Create a daily system for organization. Consider creating hanging files or baskets.
  • Sort through your catch-all "junk" drawer. Go through your drawers every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn't being used.
  • Eliminate digital clutter by organizing your work inbox. Keep icons on your desktop to a minimum.

If you need a little help, don't worry, SERVPRO® of Gordon, Murray and South Whitfield Counties professionals have the tools to make your home or business sparkle in no time.