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How to avoid a Christmas tree fire in your home

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

As the last of the turkey gets gobbled up, the Christmas decorations are being pulled out of storage and the trees are getting chopped down to be purchased by many families. Christmas is a time for beautiful lights, warm fires, and the aroma of baking cookies. Fire safety is a big topic among the holiday season. Continue on to read about some tips on how to pick out the perfect tree and how to keep your home safe!

How to pick out the perfect Christmas tree…

       First, you want to measure the area you want to place your tree so when you are looking at Christmas trees you can make sure it will safely fit. Second, with a live tree, you want to make sure the needles are flexible and smell    great. The smell allows you to know it is still fresh. If you shake your tree and a lot of the needles fall off, go to the next tree. Lastly, bring the tree home and enjoy! 

How to set your Christmas tree up…

       Place the tree stand a minimum of three feet away from fire, candles, and vents. If you did not cut the tree down yourself, you want to cut a couple of inches off the bottom so the tree is able to stay hydrated at the maximum level. Now, you are ready to place your tree in the tree stand! Fill the container full of water and check very often for the first day because the     tree will be thirsty. You may want to leave the tree in the stand for about 24 hours to let the limbs fully fall down before beginning to decorate.

How to keep the Christmas tree safe after being placed…

       Christmas tree lights need to be checked for any indicators of false wiring. Plug them in BEFORE placing on the tree to make sure each light is in perfect condition. When placing on the tree, avoid over using the same outlet. Keep a close eye on the lights throughout the holiday season! In addition to the lights, check the water level twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the afternoon/early evening.

Doing all of these steps will help families keep the holiday spirit and stay away from disasters like a home fire due to a Christmas tree. Happy Holidays to all from us here at SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty counties!!

Does your Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, or East Liberty County Home or Business have a Mold Problem?

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore 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, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (912) 312-6081

Stinky Situation (The story of a sewage loss in Richmond Hill)

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

In an inexplicable fluke, one of our local churches in Richmond Hill experienced a back up from the city sewage lines last week.  Fortunately it was not during services hours, and the staff noticed the situation quickly and immediately raised the alarm. We were able to arrive on site within the hour to start extraction and clean up, and by the end of the day the structure had been sanitized, and we were thankfully able to set up several air scrubbers to address the smell as well.

Every water loss is different, but here at the SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties, we have the necessary equipment, staff, and cleaning solutions to cover even the most sinfully contaminated conditions. We don't hope our services are needed by anyone but when issues come up, we are always ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Emergency Ready Profile (ERP)

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

As many as 50% of businesses may never fully recover following a disaster, according to industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water, fire, sewage, and mold damage can affect your business.

Contact our office today at (912)445-5190 for a FREE Emergency Ready Profile for your business.

SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to assist you in the event of a loss! 

SERVPRO Helps Dry Your Cabinets After Water Damage To Your Richmond Hill Home

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Helps Dry Your Cabinets After Water Damage To Your Richmond Hill Home If water damages your beautiful kitchen cabinets call SERVPRO for help right away.

After water damage to your kitchen cabinets, SERVPRO can help

Water damage wreaks havocs in homes. All it takes is for a single pipe to burst or one appliance to develop a fault, and a small leak can soon become something much bigger. Georgia is also prone to flooding at times which means that overall there is a real risk of water affecting your house.

After water damage to your Richmond Hill home get everything dry as quickly as possible. A damp home is unpleasant to be in, and there is more of a risk of long-term damage if you do not take swift action. Damp areas are a breeding ground for mold spores and mildew.

One of the leading causes of interest for householders after a leak or flood of any kind is how to dry out hard to reach places such as behind cabinets. Floors and walls around cabinets are not easy to get to, and the extra layers of material there present a significant challenge. SERVPRO recommends contacting our experts for a full assessment of the situation as soon as possible.

Many factors affect drying around and behind cabinetry. These include the type of wood, the paint used, the position and whether the cabinet has its own back or backs onto the wall. Because the backs of cabinets are hard to dry, our IICRC-certified technicians are trained to carefully drill holes in either the cabinet or the wall to allow for better air circulation.

Our professional teams also remove molding underneath cabinets and drills holes in the base as necessary to ventilate the floor beneath the cabinet. In many cases, the molding can be put back after and may not need to be replaced by new molding.

Drying under and behind cabinets is not just about creating better ventilation through drilling holes or removing molding. We also use dehumidifiers and air movers to dry the area. Our certified professionals come equipped with powerful vent systems that force dry air under cabinets to speed the drying process.

SERVPRO monitors cabinets carefully every step of the way to ensure that the drying process is as efficient and speedy as possible. We handle your furniture with care, and when drying is complete, we patch any holes and put the molding back - "Like it never even happened."

If you are worried about your cabinets after water damage, give SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh and East Liberty Counties a call at (912) 445-5190.

A Headache You Did Not Cause -- Fire Damage From A Neighboring Business in Richmond Hill

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial A Headache You Did Not Cause -- Fire Damage From A Neighboring Business in Richmond Hill RIchmond Hill Fire Damage to Businesses Can Be Devastating

Trust SERVPRO for Keeping Your Establishment Open After a Fire


Retail outlets, restaurants, and offices commonly share the same building. That means fire in the kitchen of a restaurant in the same location has the potential to damage the structure, fixtures, records, and equipment in your medical office or other storefront business. Get the restoration help your company needs from SERVPRO after a neighbor suffers a fire.
 
Stored records, furnishings, and equipment in your office and patient or client areas risk smoke, soot, and other fire damage when another Richmond Hill commercial tenant near you fights a blaze. Shared HVAC systems, common walls, and building-wide sprinkler systems distribute the consequences of a fire and its extinguishing among the tenants within the larger premises. A full-service restoration company like ours brings the skills, training, and experience to recover all items harmed in your office by the neighboring fire.
 
Water damage is almost always a part of fire damage, and when combined with soot and smoke, compromises any paper filing system you use on the site. Harm to specialized equipment, including electronic devices, brings the work in your space to a halt. Our command of restoration services is broad, permitting us to offer everything from structural restoration or replacement to the drying and cleaning of critical records and machines use in your trade. SERVPRO staff train to complete state of the art document drying and cleaning and the particular needs of modern electronic equipment.
 
Our staff, working under your guidance, ascertain which of your documents require drying. We also help you to establish a hierarchy, which informs our drying order, and to create an inventory, so we find needed documents for you quickly. We select from air drying, dehumidification, freezer drying, and two types of vacuum drying -- below freezing or thermal -- depending on the circumstance. Most of our efforts focus on creating the process of sublimation, where water vapor is removed from the articles that were frozen solid without going through the moisture’s liquid phase. SERVPRO commonly removes documents from the site to effect freezing temperatures and operate our specialized vacuum dryers.
 
When working with your wet, sooty, and smoke damaged equipment we emphasize safety first, disconnecting power sources. We discuss the advantages of collaborating with electronic damage contractors with you and work cooperatively with them if engaged to help. Best practices are to keep the temperature above the dew point to avoid interior condensation and using ambient heat to dry out the components of your equipment. Throughout all steps of restoration, we keep your, and the other business’s property insurance company, informed and help you complete needed forms to limit your liability.
 
Restoring commercial fire damage is a complicated undertaking especially when you were not the responsible party. SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties is ready to streamline the process as much as possible. Call (912) 445-5190 for an inspection and formulation of a comprehensive plan.
 

Expert Answers to Common Questions about Flood Damage in Darien

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Expert Answers to Common Questions about Flood Damage in Darien Flooding can be devastating. Call SERVPRO quickly so that we can help!

Team SERVPRO Deals with Flooding on a Daily Basis

Most homeowners either know somebody who has experienced flooding in their property or they have encountered it themselves. It can be stressful, frustrating, and very messy. It can also end up costing a lot if you do not arrange for repairs right away.

The thing to remember about flood damage in Darien homes is that it can come from all kinds of different places. The easiest way to prevent it is to keep up with routine maintenance. Keeping gutters clean, inspecting pipework regularly, and investing in plumbing services can make sure that your home stays protected.

Keep reading to learn more about flood damage and what happens when SERVPRO is brought in to deal with the aftermath.

What Happens When a House Floods?

Well, the answer is different in all situations. It depends primarily on the severity of the damage and how much water has intruded into the property. Usually, the first item to be compromised is the flooring. Carpets absorb liquid until they are saturated, and any backings or adhesives begin to come loose.

Drywall bows and warps, while wood is prone to swelling because it is more porous than other materials. If not dried and cleaned quickly, it starts to rot. Our technicians perform a visual inspection as soon as they arrive onsite, in order to identify the most vulnerable items and single them out for priority treatment.

Is It Safe When the Standing Water Is Gone?

Extraction of the standing water is only part of the process. Without thorough drying, the materials in your home are not safe from further damage. After 48 hours, mold becomes a risk, and organic substances degrade quickly.

After removal, SERVPRO implements a carefully controlled system of dehumidification and humidity monitoring. Fans, air movers, and powerful dehumidifiers are used in combination to create optimal drying conditions. It prevents the air from filling up with moisture and causing secondary water damage to furniture and other possessions.

How Long Does the Drying Process Take?

Once again, it is different for every home. The two biggest factors are the size of the affected area and the amount of water which has caused the problem. The balance of porous to non-porous materials has an impact on how long it takes to complete the drying process.

The more porous items that become saturated with liquid, the longer it will take to draw the water out. Usually, an average sized home gets remediated in around 2-4 days, but there are no certainties when it comes to internal flooding. The goal is complete repairs as quickly as possible, but without compromising on quality.

At SERVPRO of Bryan/Effingham/McIntosh/East Liberty Counties, high-quality restoration is a guarantee. We have access to sophisticated drying equipment, and our technicians are very skilled. Call us 24/7 at (912) 445-5190.

Understanding Mold And Mold Damage In Crescent

2/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding Mold And Mold Damage In Crescent Usually microscopic in size, mold spores occur in nature in big numbers.

Mold Damage


Do you ever worry about mold growth in your home? However, what exactly is it, and where does it come from? Usually microscopic in size, mold spores occur in nature in big numbers. These spores are released into the air to reproduce and then settle onto surfaces, and if the right conditions are there, they start to grow. Mildew is a common fungus you might see in your bathroom.

Mold damage is not only unsightly and smelly, but it can be detrimental to the health of your family as well. If you ever suspect any mold in your Crescent home, you need to call in the professionals at SERVPRO right away, as our technicians can find the mold, the source of the moisture, and clean up the dangerous mold.

How Does Mold Grow?
Molds thrive on materials that are organic, such as paper, natural fibers like wool or cotton, wood, leather, or surfaces coated with organic matter like grease, food, and soil. Mold does best in warmer temperatures between 77 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Mold spores need moisture to grow, which can come from flooding, water leaks, condensation, or high relative humidity. Without the right conditions, mold spores can be present but are dormant. When the conditions are right again for growth, they start to regenerate.

Where Is Mold Found?
Basements which have moisture seeping through walls and floors give conditions that can cause mold to grow in carpets, on walls, and materials stored in your basement. Even moisture from the ground can migrate through concrete walls, making them damp. Other moisture sources include holes for sump pumps, leaky pipes, and condensation from a dehumidifier or air conditioner. Mold can grow in crawl spaces which are built over the uncovered ground, and crawl spaces which are sloped incorrectly and have water pooling inside can have a mold problem as well.

Mold can grow behind baseboards, under cabinets, in the padding of carpets, inside walls, and under wall coverings made of vinyl. It can be seen under and around the sink, on kitchen walls, or in a drip pan under the refrigerator. Plus, as mentioned already, bathrooms are a significant source of moisture for mold growth. Mold can grow on shower curtains and around or in the shower or tub.

How Do You Know If Mold Is Present In Your Home?
Besides visible mold, you can often detect it from a musty odor. The growth of mold can be in the form of a discoloration which ranges from white to orange, and green to brown and black.

If you suspect mold growth for any reason in your home, get a hold of our staff at SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties as soon as possible so we can inspect your home and clean up the mold in your home. You can always reach us, day or night, by dialing (912) 445-5190.

Specialized Restoration Methods Used For Fires In Springfield

2/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Specialized Restoration Methods Used For Fires In Springfield Many electronics are lost in a fire, as ash and smoke can damage their fragile internals.

Restoration Methods Used For Fires

No two fires are the same, meaning that SERVPRO must create individualized plans and employ different restoration tactics for every fire we come across. In lighter fires, we may be able to use cookie-cutter methods to quickly and easily restore minor damages to the home. However, most fires require some amount of planning and consideration of alternative cleanup and restoration methods. Most troubling in some cases are materials and objects with special cleanup requirements, where our normal methods would be ineffective or even destructive. For instance, here are a few of the most common alternative approaches we must take in some situations.

Furniture
Furniture may sometimes take the worst of the fire damage in Springfield, being hit simultaneously by burn, smoke, and ash damages. However, cleaning and restoring furniture is no easy task, especially when it is made of leather or artisan materials. For most furniture, we have to employ delicate foam washing techniques and other hand-applied cleaning or deodorization methods, as opposed to the broader and faster industrial-grade tools we prefer to use for the sake of time and cost.

Clothing
In some fires, removing damage to clothing may be a simple job. SERVPRO uses a powerful set of washing and drying machines, that can take all the clothes in a home and clean them in one fell swoop. However, some articles may be more delicate or need more intensive care than others, requiring dry cleaning or perhaps hand-applied cleaning methods to be restored.

Electronics
Many electronics are lost in a fire, as ash and smoke can damage their fragile internals. However, we focus on restoration rather than replacement, meaning we carefully evaluate whether or not electronics are salvageable before throwing anything out. When these devices can be saved, we typically send them to a contracted specialist to ensure that they receive the best care available.

SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties is a locally-owned branch of a national company with the equipment and expertise to help you and your property get through even the toughest of fires. Give us a call at (912) 445-5190.

Ensure Your Fire Damage Woes in Guyton Become a Distant Memory

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Ensure Your Fire Damage Woes in Guyton Become a Distant Memory Call SERVPRO right after a fire for best results and to prevent secondary damages.

SERVPRO Technicians Professionally Restore Homes After Sustaining Fire Damage


Fire can strike at any time, with a multitude of different causes. Electrical shorts in your wiring, faulty appliances, or even using the wrong charger with a phone can cause a small fire to start. If no one is present in the area where the fire begins, fire can spread from one room or area to another rather quickly.

Guyton has many beautiful homes blessed with striking architecture, but fire damage can ruin these homes quickly. SERVPRO can restore damaged homes to their original state. Our employees include at least one Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT). Their training covers all aspects of restoring homes and other structures after a fire. Experience in actual home restorations provides further knowledge that is then put to work to make every home we work on “Like it never even happened.”

A fire damaged home must be repaired structurally before it can pass inspection, which must occur before your family can return home. After removing drywall and paneling, we examine the interior of the wall. If any support beams are charred or show other signs of damage, we remove those and replace them. We repaint or reapply wallpaper to finish a full restoration of the wall. When kickboards are damaged, we also replace those.

Floors also need to be made safe again. The flames and heat from the fire might not have affected your floors and the structures underneath as much as the water used to put out the fire may have. Heat combined with water can create steam that dry wood can quickly absorb, and this can create dangerously weak spots in floors.

When a home catches fire, smoke damage also happens. As the fire grows, the amount of smoke produced increases. SERVPRO uses techniques and machines that eliminate smoke and soot, and the odors they cause. Cleaning intricate details by hand by the use of ozone-producing equipment completes the finishing touches need to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

For fire damage that is ruining your home, you deserve experts who care about your family's safety and comfort. Calling SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties at (912) 445-5190 can be the best way to restore your home. Available 24/7, we always arrive within an hour after your call.