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Myths About Mitigation and Restoration

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

house repairman There are plenty of half-truths and misconceptions when it comes to property damage mitigation and restoration. Though some such myths might have been partially true in the past, times have changed in terms of technology, approach and training. Let’s take a look at the top myths.

An Immediate Cleaning is Unnecessary as a Fire-Damaged Home Will Always Smell of Smoke

The truth is that the failure to clean smoke residue in the immediate aftermath of an Atlanta home or business fire might result in some irreversible damage. A prompt cleaning is an absolute must to prevent such damage.

Replacing is Cheaper Than Restoring

In many instances, cleaning and salvaging the home’s structure and contents is more cost-efficient than replacing everything.

A DIY Approach is Always Cheaper Than Hiring a Professional Restoration Company

Though this is true in some instances, a faulty repair almost always proves more expensive in the long run.

Drying the Home Ends When Carpets Have Dried

Carpets dry faster than the home’s structure. The drying process is not complete until all structural items, ranging from the walls to the cement floors are completely dry. You won’t know if a total dry has occurred unless you let the professionals test your Atlanta home with specialized sensors.

Cleaning Carpets Causes Them to Become Dirty More Quickly

This might have been partially true in the past. However, modern cleaning techniques and materials do not leave a soap residue that pulls in dirt. The contemporary cleaning process makes use of an elaborate approach and special materials that keep carpets clean across the long haul.

Lean on Parker Young Construction for Fire Damage Restoration

Do not attempt to bounce back from an Atlanta home fire on your own. Ally with our fire damage restoration professionals and we will help bring your home back to life. Contact us at 1 (888) 303-9288 to learn more about our Atlanta disaster repair services.

Things You Should Know About Water Damage

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Living RoomNot all water damage is the same. There are different levels of water damage. You might start out with a clean water leak, such as a burst hose from a washer or the fridge–this is considered category 1 pollution. Add anything that could dirty the water, such as a dirty carpet or dirt from outside, and the water is considered to have a category 2 pollution level. Any water that is highly contaminated, such as water from an overflowing toilet, has a category 3 pollution level. Because a category 1 pollution level could easily become a category 2 or even a category 3, water cleanup must start immediately.

Ticking Clock

In most cases you have 24 to 48 hours to clean up the water and get the house dry before mold spores start to grow to dangerous levels. Make two phone calls immediately: the first to Parker Young Construction, an Ellijay disaster repair service, and the second, to your insurance company. When you call the insurance company, you should know what caused the flood, since your policy may not cover all types of flooding. Your insurance company may refer you to a disaster repair service, but you are not obligated to use that company. You may call any company you wish.

Dry Out Your Home

You may think that you can simply clean up the water and be done with the issue. However, if carpeting and the pad underneath was covered in the flood, you may have to discard the carpet. An Ellijay disaster repair services company will be able to tell you if the carpeting is not salvageable. In some cases, Parker Young may be able to dry out the carpet and padding. Sheetrock also retains moisture and will mold quickly.

Even before we arrive the help you clean up, lower the temperature and the humidity in the house by turning the air conditioning on or by opening the windows–if the humidity outside is lower than the inside humidity level. Contact Parker Young Construction to schedule an appointment to clean up after a flood, whether it was caused by a broken pipe or a flood created by Mother Nature.

Tips for Winter Decorating

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Still life details, stack of winter sweaters on rustic bench onWinter Decorating doesn’t have to be filled with poinsettias, pine trees, and holly in order to be appropriate for the season. There are many ways to incorporate a wintery atmosphere into your home and still maintain a stylish and cozy decor. Here are some great ways to Winter decorate without going overboard.

  1. Get Cozy: The perfect way to give a room a cozy feel is with knitted and fluffy textures. Throw blankets hung over your couches, chairs, and mantles will make you want to curl up and stay awhile. Fluffy pillows have the same effect when combined with furniture or in a decorative floor space.
  2. Flannel Patterns: Flannel is one of the warmest fabrics around as it is woven from wool. Implementing flannel into your blankets, quilts, and pillow cases will surely keep you and your guests warm this Winter.
  3. Candles: You can’t go wrong with candles, ever. Whether you’re using them as decoration, for their scent, or to give the room a subtle glow, candles are one of the most wintery accessories out there.
  4. Snug as a Rug: Time to cover up those bare floors and warm up your walkways. Putting some fluffy or patterned rugs in your home, especially on tile and wooden floors, will provide a new sense of warmth to your barefoot endeavors.
  5. Twigs: Who says barren twigs can’t be beautiful? When all of the leaves have left the trees, we find new ways to create art with wooden twigs. Spray paint a bundle with glittery or metallic paint, and throw them into a vase or make them into a wreath for some interior and exterior ornaments.
  6. Bulbs: Branch out from the patented Christmas lights, and find a string of white, bulbed lights instead. Hanging these in your kitchen, on your mantle, or even outside in a walkway will create a pretty, winter wonderland ambience for your home.

Winter Is Coming: How to Prepare for Atlanta Winters

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Young homeowner installs siding to his home. He is holding a hammer and wearing a tool belt. Another Summer has passed, and Winter is approaching once again. For some, this may mean freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall, and dangerous driving conditions. For others, it may mean sun and temps that never drop below 60 degrees. For Atlanta, Georgia, this means cooler temperatures and rainfall. There are always precautions to take when a new season in approaching. For those of you in Atlanta, here’s some smart steps to take to be proactive in potential winter damage to your home.

  • Keep your roof up to date: Depending on the type of roof your home has, they can last anywhere from 12-75 years. They should still be checked twice a year just as general upkeep. The lifespan of a roof may provide enough reassurance that people don’t think a biannual check up is necessary, but doing so will catch damage early on and save you a lot of headaches (and money) in days to come.
  • Hire an arborist: While advising people to cut down trees may seem counterintuitive, they are still something to consider when determining the safety of your home. Storms, especially ones with lightning or ice can cause trees to fall, and you want to make sure it’s not on top of your home. An arborist can determine how a tree would fall and if it’s necessary to remove it.
  • Check for cracks in the foundation: If you have a basement, ensuring that all cracks are filled is essential to avoid flooding. The good thing about this is it can be a DIY project if you’re wary about calling a professional. All cracks that are ⅛ of an inch should be filled using caulk; if they exceed the ⅛ inch marker, try using epoxy filler. The best time to move on to professional service is when cracks are complete and deep. Checking your home’s foundation regularly will prevent flooding, mold and damage to your personal belongings and interior.

Following these 3 steps will save you money and improve the overall quality and value of your home.

Restoration Construction During El Nino

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

palms at hurricane

Restoration construction demands are staying high, especially during the El Nino cycle that’s taking place this year. Although the focus point of El Nino is closer to South America, the effects are global. Higher temperatures in the Pacific Ocean can trigger warmer temperatures, higher rainfall and inevitable storms. Storms can create hurricanes and even flooding. Needless to say, restoration construction may come in handy this upcoming Winter and Spring.

  • Storm Damage Restoration- Fallen trees, roof damage from hail, or structural loss from tornadoes or lightning are all considerable factors of storm damage. Warmer temperatures and heavier rainfall can stir up a storm in no time. Whether the storm has passed or is just getting started, taking action as soon as possible is the best step to take for debris removal, roof patching, water removal, and replacing and/or restoring any doors, windows, or utility systems.
  • Water Damage Restoration- Storms create various branches of secondary damage to the home that include but are not limited to leaking roofs, flooded basements, and busted pipes. Water damage then presents the potential issues of moldy floors, damaged drywall or paint, or broken plumbing systems. With El Nino calling for more rainfall than usual, it’s important to remember to act quickly with water damage. The longer you wait, the more you’ll need to clean up.
  • Fire Damage Restoration- Drier climates, especially in the Western part of the US, are certainly not brand new. However, this year there have been fires roaring in California for months at a time. Lightning from storms can, in extreme cases, result in house fires. Ensuring you and your loved ones are safe is most important, and if you’re able to, salvage as many of your belongings as possible to save money down the road. California wildfires and other accidental fires are likely during El Nino; remember what’s most important and worry about the damage later.
  • Mold Damage Remediation- Mold can be a result of almost every form of damage listed above. Whether storms are causing leakage into the home, water is entering the home through floods or busted pipes, or hoses are being used to put out fires, moisture grows mold. Having the right tools and resources to act quickly will prevent a lot of damage to your home. Mold doesn’t have to become a problem, but it will if you don’t act quickly.

Keep an eye out this Winter and Spring for the unusual and surprise weather patterns that may come your way. Being prepared is essential for saving your home, and you’ll thank yourself later.

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