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The Astonishing Power of Water

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

a person with black rain boots walking through flooded water The power of water can wreak havoc on your home. If you have any damage, contact the SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington right away.

The most common type of natural disaster in the United States, and indeed, the world, is flooding. Globally flooding accounts for 40% of all natural disasters, but in the United States, an even more incredible 90% of all disasters involve flooding.

And yet for some reason we are often prone to downplay the physical danger of flooding or tempt fate when it happens. Flooding isn’t quite the same spectacle as hurricanes or tornadoes, so perhaps that plays a factor.

But whatever the reason, it’s good to be reminded that water is one of the most powerful forces on earth, and flooding is not to be taken lightly.

Flooding and Pedestrian Danger

You’re in every bit as much danger stepping into floodwater as you would be jumping into a raging river. You may think, “It’s only a few inches of water, how dangerous could it be?” The short answer: very dangerous.

Would you go outside in an EF5 tornado? When you step into floodwater traveling as slowly as seven miles per hour, you’re stepping into an equivalent force per unit area as the winds from the most dangerous cyclones.

You may not believe this, but it’s real: At 25 mph, floodwater carries the same brute force as wind traveling at almost 800 mph—that’s faster than the speed of sound.

Six inches of water is enough to take you off your feet, and six inches is enough to drown a full-grown adult, especially if you slip and fall face first. Don’t attempt to walk in floodwater.

Flooding and Vehicular Danger

First of all, simply don’t drive in storms that are producing floodwaters. Pull over on high ground if you’re already stuck out in it, but definitely don’t make any travel you don’t absolutely have to make.

If you see flooded roads, even if it doesn’t look deep, turn around. Nearly 50% of all flood fatalities are vehicular in nature.

Six inches of water is enough to stall or otherwise hinder most commercial cars, and a foot of water is enough to flip or overturn vehicles altogether. Two feet of rushing water is enough to carry trucks and SUVs completely away, leaving you in peril with absolutely no control.

Add to this inherent danger the fact that floodwaters can completely wash out roads and bridges, then cover it up so you can’t see. This level of danger is never worth the risk—turn around and stay safe.

The incredible power of water can also wreak havoc on your home, causing damage of all kinds. If floodwater makes a ruckus at home, contact SERVPRO and let us help you recover.

Making Sure Your Business Is Able to Recover Quickly After a Disaster

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

group around a table in a meeting If you need assistance after a disaster impacts your business, SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington is the team to call.

For a business owner, there are few things that can be more devastating than a natural disaster
impacting your area. Not only does a natural disaster put the safety of you and your staff
members at risk, but it can threaten the very future of the business you have worked so hard to build, too.

It is likely no surprise that small businesses are hit the hardest during natural disasters, so as a
business owner, it is vital to be sure you are preparing in every way you can.

If you are impacted by a disaster at your business, one of the best things you can do is ensure you are prepared to reopen again as soon as possible. By making sure in advance that you
have an adequate disaster recovery plan and insurance coverage in place, you can do your
best to mitigate the impact of a disaster and get back to business as soon as possible.

How to Prepare Your Business to Recover From a Natural Disaster

Be sure you have proper insurance coverage. The world of business insurance can be complicated, but it is one that is worth gaining an understanding of for any small business
owner. Generally, your property will be covered by your commercial policy, but there are other
things, such as flood damage, loss of income and interruption costs, that will require a different
policy altogether. It is important that you understand what is and is not covered so you can
purchase additional insurance if necessary.

Understand the resources available to you. Through the American Small Business
Association, business owners have disaster recovery loans available to them if they are in a
declared disaster area. These loans are often provided with very low interest rates and
generous repayment terms so you can use them as funding to tackle damage and get reopened
without the worry of going into extreme amounts of debt.

Craft a plan for your restoration process. Knowing who to call when you have damage to your business is a must for having it handled quickly and efficiently. In a disaster scenario, there will be many private residences and businesses vying for damage restoration, so it is vital to choose a company that can handle the volume and respond to your damages quickly.

If you need assistance after a disaster impacts your business, we are the team to call. We are
here 24/7 and have the resources to handle any size disaster. Contact us today to learn more.

You’ve Got Water Damage. Now What?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

flooded colorful laundry room with items floating in the water When water damage hits, we hit back. Contact the SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington team to get your recovery underway.

Well, it’s happened. A pipe burst in the night, and you’ve got a house soaked with water and a bunch of soaked items all over. Or maybe a heavy rain has revealed your roof isn’t in the top-top shape you thought it was. Whatever the cause, you’ve now got to figure out your next steps.

Let’s walk through the three essential first steps when you’ve discovered water damage at home:

Call Your Insurance Company

Not all types of water damage are covered by insurance, but many are. Your specific policy will determine your coverage, but it’s likely to cover anything from damage to your home’s structure and your personal belongings, and it may also reimburse you for time and living expenses if you have to temporarily move out.

Part of the insurance process is documentation, so don’t forget to immediately photograph and outline all visible damage, and make value assessments of any items that need repair or replacement. This can help your insurance company determine what you need and get you the most out of your claim.

Safely Move What You Can

First things first: If your house is full of flood water, avoid contact if at all possible. Flood water can be full of contaminants, so if you must come in contact, be sure to wear protective gear. Turning off your power is a good idea for safety’s sake as well, so shut off your main breaker if you can do it safely. (Call an electrician to help if there’s standing water around your breakers.)

If items on the floor are wet, move them to higher, dryer spaces if possible. Save everything, even if it’s damaged, because they may be salvageable during the restoration and recovery process. Move undamaged items out of harm’s way as well, so you don’t end up with more damaged possessions to claim.

Call SERVPRO

Don’t waste time—we’re ready right now to get your recovery and restoration underway. Water damage turns to mold damage quickly, but when we get onsite we can rapidly reverse the effects of flooding, burst pipes or sewer backup.

We’re “Faster to Any Size Disaster” because it matters, not simply so we can brag. We can restore many of your possessions as well, from carpet to furniture and documents, so don’t hesitate—get us on your side right away.

When water damage hits, we hit back. Contact our local team now to get your recovery underway.

Sneaky Ways Leaks Can Hide From Homeowners

9/4/2021 (Permalink)

water on gray tiles If you discover water damage from a hidden leak in your home, SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington are here to help.

Discovering that your home has a water leak is always a frustrating experience, but if you
discover that a leak has evaded you for an extended period of time? That can be extra
annoying!

While many leaks will make themselves known quickly so that homeowners can address them,
there are sneaky places that a leak can hide in plain sight for ages until it is finally discovered—but by then, the water damage will be done.

Not only can the water damage from leaks be frustrating to have repaired, but it can also be
costly. It is estimated that household leaks account for 10,000 wasted gallons of water every
single year.

Fortunately, by checking for leaks in these common hiding places, you can be certain you are not missing any that will lead to major restoration requirements later on! Read on to get your checklist of places to inspect in your home regularly.

Places to Check for Sneaky Household Leaks

**Around your tub and shower inserts.** Did you know that splash leaks are the most common
type of bathroom leak there is? Splash leaks occur when water escapes outside of your tub or
shower door and impacts an area that is not equipped to deal with water. Often, the seal at the bottom of your tub insert will be the biggest victim, as water can work its way into this crack and damage your floor and subfloor. Caulking over this area and any others in the splash zone
regularly can put a stop to errant droplets causing issues.

**Around the base of your bathroom toilet.** Leaks from the toilet flange (where the toilet meets the waste pipe in the floor) are especially insidious because they grow worse with every flush but are often not noticed until they become severe. If you notice that the toilet rocks slightly, that there is staining around it on the floor or that there is an issue with the ground feeling spongy around the toilet, that may be a sign that you have a toilet flange leak on your hands.

**Around your outdoor spigots.** The spigots around your home are convenient when it comes
to gardening and watering the lawn, but they can also be common culprits of hidden water damage. Because these spigots are exposed to fluctuating temperatures, they can age quickly, so check the area regularly to spot any hidden leaks early on.

*If you discover water damage from a hidden leak in your home, we are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our water damage restoration services for homeowners.*

How Grill Fires Get Out of Hand

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

fire on a grill If your home has been damaged due to a fire, count on SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington to help you out with our proven fire restoration techniques.

If you love to grill as much as we do, hearing about a grill fire taking place can be quite alarming. There are many reasons why grill fires can start, and they are far more common than people typically realize—the U.S. Fire Administration has found nearly 6,000 grill fires occur each year, with the most instances occurring during the summer.

While grill fires can happen to anyone, regardless of how careful they are being, taking the proper precautions can significantly reduce the chances that they will occur at your next cookout. Below, we examine the science of how these fires spread so you can consider how to best prevent them when you grill.

How Grill Fires Spread and Cause Damage

A grease fire starts due to improper cleaning. Cleaning your grill is one of the most important parts of grill owner maintenance, both because it helps your food cook better and reduces the chances that you will have a fire. If your grill grates and grease traps are not cleaned, a grease fire can start and quickly envelop your grill. You should always grill with a fire extinguisher nearby just in case, but cleaning your grill is the best step to prevention.

A flare-up ignites an object too close to the grill. Flare-ups are a normal part of grilling and they are typically not severe. Unfortunately, if you have your grill too close to a flammable object, a small flare-up can cause a disastrous fire. It is recommended you keep at least three feet around your grill empty of all flammable materials—this includes porches, siding and plants, as well as children or pets that could get injured.

An accident happened with an unattended grill. Fires can start and spread with a moment’s notice, and if your grill is unattended when one happens, you may not notice it until it has become too late. Never leaving your grill unattended is the best choice—even if you are just taking a quick break, always have someone take your place and watch it.

If your home has been damaged due to a fire, you can count on us to help you out with our proven fire restoration techniques. Learn more today and get in touch at any time of day to receive a quick response from our experienced team.

Destroy Odors with Deodorization

8/29/2021 (Permalink)

smoke damage on ceiling and walls If you or a customer suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services, contact SERVPRO® of Conyers/Covington.

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard-to-reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.

With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO® of Conyers/Covington professionals provide specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO® of Conyers/Covington professionals do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out and remove the source of the odor. Once the source is found, SERVPRO’s own proprietary line of cleaning products is used to treat and prevent the odor from returning. Any restorable item in affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts and more.

Ask SERVPRO® of Conyers/Covington to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.

If you or a customer suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services, contact SERVPRO® of Conyers/Covington. Whether it’s fire, water, or mold damage or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO When You Have Water Damage

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

a broken water heater leaking water onto concrete floor If water damage brings you an unexpected emergency, we’re here to help. Contact SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington for immediate attention.

Did you know the average traditional water heater has about a 10-year shelf life? Well, now that your old one has exploded and sent water gushing through your garage, that piece of information is probably beating you over the head. (We would never say we told you so, though.)

So, now what? Water is everywhere, belongings are damaged, walls are soaked and you’re on the clock for mold growth. The problem here is that you’re a professional, but not this kind of professional.

Fortunately for you, you’ve got the best team in the industry right here in your backyard, and we’re specially situated to help restore the damage caused by water leaks, flooding and more.

We’re Always Ready

Burst pipes and flash floods don’t send Save the Date cards. And when a sudden water emergency strikes, any time you have to wait is time that could be spent saving important items and clearing your home of standing water. That’s why we’re ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency services. Your water emergency didn’t wait for you, and you won’t have to wait on us.

We’ll Be There Fast

SERVPRO offers you the power of a national resource network with the speed and flexibility of a local office, which means it doesn’t take an act of Congress to get the most powerful tools in the industry on your site—it only takes a click or a phone call, and we’ll be on the case in minutes, not days.

We’re Highly Skilled

Each SERVPRO professional has undergone extensive training specific to the area of water damage restoration, and they have been equipped with top industry tools to take care of any scenario regardless of its origin. We’ll find the best strategy for your water recovery, formulate a plan and execute it down to the letter.

Our Goal Is Restoration First

You’re surrounded by things you have curated, secured and designed, and we don’t want to see you have to replace those things just because a flood came through. Our goal is always restoration first: We work hard to extract, dry and dehumidify so that your original items can stay right where they belong—with you.

If water damage brings you an unexpected emergency, we’re ready to help. Get in touch with us today to get the industry leader on your team.

The Myth of Heat Lightning

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

a large lightning strike in a dark blue sky SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington is here to help when lightning and storms cause damage to your home or business.

There’s a certain kind of lightning which produces no thunder, and you’ve almost certainly heard the term for it. Your experience may vary, but for many it happens during something like an outdoor sporting event or day at the park when a clap of thunder would almost certainly mean a delay of game or an evacuation from the swimming area.

Everyone sees the lightning, kids look around nervously and an adult puts everyone at ease as play resumes: “Ah, it’s just *heat lightning*—nothing to worry about.”

Heat lightning. It makes perfect sense as an explanation—after all it’s summertime, it’s hot, everyone’s hot, why shouldn’t there be a thing called heat lightning?

The only thing about heat lightning is…well, the thing about it is there’s no such thing.

###What Is “Heat Lightning”?

The simple answer is this: It’s lightning that’s too far away for you to hear.

Yep, it’s plain old everyday lightning. On a clear day, you may be able to see lightning from a thunderstorm up to 100 miles away, but unless the lightning is within 10 to 15 miles of your location, you probably won’t hear it.

This, by the way, is also the indicator by which you know it’s necessary to vacate the pool or clear the field. Since lightning can strike 10 to 12 miles away from a thunderstorm, you know it’s not safe to engage in outdoor activities if you can still hear the thunder.

Why Can’t You Hear the Thunder?

The lowest layer of the atmosphere, known as the troposphere, refracts and filters the sound, keeping it from traveling as far as it otherwise might. It’s especially difficult for the sound to travel far distances when temperatures moisture are high, and the air becomes more dense.

Think about a 6 p.m. August baseball field, and you’ll immediately feel the stickiness that creates this kind of obstacle course for the sound of thunder.

Other factors include the curvature of the earth over miles of distance, and the fact that the thunderclap may reflect off the earth’s surface and vary its path away from where you are.

Whatever the reason, the facts are twofold: (1) Heat lightning is simply a term that came to be used for far-off lightning whose sound isn’t reaching them, and (2) It is, in fact, safe to observe or remain outside, because the lightning is far enough away that it’s not a danger.

SERVPRO is here to help when lightning and storms cause damage to your home or business. Get in touch today to experience the difference of a full restoration.

Do You Know Where to Check for Water Leaks in Your Home?

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

hand holding a hose dripping water If you have damage due to a water leak, you can count on SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington for restoration!

While water damage can occur unexpectedly and with seemingly no rhyme or reason, there are
fortunately some ways that homeowners can prevent certain kinds from becoming severe. In
fact, hidden water leaks are a major source of household water damage and are known to
waste over 10,000 gallons of water every year—but by being vigilant about checking for leaks
regularly, you can significantly reduce the chances that this will happen to you.

While many leaks show up in evident areas, others will be in far more sneaky spots that
homeowners may not think to check. If you are worried a hidden leak could be costing you, be
sure to read the list below for places you can keep an eye on throughout your home.

Where to Keep an Eye Out for Hidden Water Leaks

In your home’s bathrooms. Because of how much water is used in a bathroom on a daily
basis, they are often culprits of hidden water leaks for ages before homeowners realize
something is amiss. Splash leaks—the types of leaks that occur when water is splashed out of
the tub or shower—are the most common kind of bathroom leak to watch out for. Additionally,
leaks under the sinks, around the toilet base and in the walls surrounding the shower are all
common and should be checked for regularly.

Behind your home’s appliances. Any appliance that uses water, such as your dishwasher, washing machine and refrigerator, is susceptible to developing a hidden leak. Because these appliances are rarely moved, leaks can happen for years without becoming noticeable—and by that time, the water damage will be severe. Make it a habit to check under and behind your appliances at least once every few months so you can be sure there is nothing hiding right
under your nose.

Around your home’s spigots. While outdoor spigots are convenient, they can cause issues if
they are not properly maintained. As they are exposed to the elements every season, they can
begin to wear and have their seals break down in time—which can lead to a serious leak in the
exterior walls of your home.

*If you have damage due to a water leak, you can count on us for restoration! Contact us at any
time to learn more about how we handle water damage for homeowners.*

Lightning Safety for Outdoor Workers

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

multiple lightning strikes coming out of dark stormy clouds SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington is here to help with any damage done by thunderstorms, whether it be from water, fire or lightning.

Lightning as an occupational hazard is often an afterthought, but it shouldn’t be. An average of 47 of all occupations require outdoor work at some point in the day.

That means almost half the American workforce is outside for some period of time every day, and many fields require a much higher percentage of outdoor time. When thunderstorms arise, those workers are at elevated risk of lightning strikes and other dangers.

Safety Best Practices for Outdoor Work

OSHA and NOAA recommend several broad safety practices for business who have workers outdoors. These include:

Being informed by NOAA weather reports. Employers and supervisors should be aware of reported and upcoming weather events before sending workers outside. Weather.gov and local outlets will make weather updates as inclement weather comes toward the area. Employers should consider rescheduling events, jobs or activities outdoors if thunderstorms are headed in. Darkening clouds and increased wind speeds can also be indicators of dangerous weather afoot.

Seeking shelter in buildings. Workers should be informed before heading to outdoor jobs what nearby buildings they should seek out for shelter if they hear thunder or see lightning. These buildings should be fully enclosed and outfitted with plumbing and electricity. Once inside, workers should remain indoors at least a half hour after the last peal of thunder before returning to work. Remember, the fact that you’re not getting rained on doesn’t mean you’re not in danger—lightning can strike up to 10 miles away from the nearest rainfall.

Using vehicles as a second option. If safe buildings aren’t accessible, workers should be guided to hard-top vehicles with all windows rolled up, where they should remain for the duration of the storm and 30 minutes after thunder stops.

Practicing phone safety. Corded phones are still used in many buildings, but they shouldn’t be used in a building during a thunderstorm except in emergency situations. Cell phones are safe to use.

Business owners and supervisors should also have an emergency action plan for storms in place, with written protocols for lightning safety outlining company storm procedures. Lightning and storm safety training should also be implemented, so that workers know where to go in emergencies and what to expect regarding communication when storms approach.

We’re here to help with any damage done by thunderstorms, whether it be from water, fire or lightning. Call or click today to experience the SERVPRO difference.