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Removing Mold from Concrete Walls
Mold thrives in a place that is dark and humid which is stereotypically a basement. With the perfect environment, microbial growth can happen anywhere including a surface that is not usually mold prone. Concrete is that surface. So what do you do when you walk down to your basement and it is covered in mold? You can always call SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties. But if you want to attempt to clean it yourself follow these guidelines. To avoid any possibility of breathing in the bacteria, wear a mask to protect your health. Clean with a mixture of detergent and water. After creating the cleaning mixture, scrub the area to remove the mold. Once this part is complete, you want to spray the area with a disinfectant to reduce the possibility of regrowth. If you are worried about not treating the area properly, call us at (912) 445-5190.
How to Prevent Mold after Water Damage to your Carpet
Remove water as quickly as possible by using a wet/dry vacuum system. Use fans to speed up carpet drying process. Sometimes the floor can seem dry when it is actually not. When it feels dry to the touch, keep the fans going for at least another week. The next step would be to use a dehumidifier to reduce humidity in the room. Once the humidity level is low in the room, you want to steam and clean the carpet. This is mainly to just deodorize the carpet so a scent is not left. Lastly, you want to clean the walls, baseboards, and furniture. If this was water due to a storm, the areas water touched needs to be clean since it could contain bacteria. Of course you can always call SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties at (912) 445-5190 for your clean up needs.
Water Damage Prevention
Check the wood siding of your home for any indication of water damage. You want the wood to your home approximately a foot away from the ground. Ensure your sprinkler system is not spraying on your actual home. This could cause water to seep into the foundation. Locate the valve to the water in case of emergency and this needs to be turned off. You may want to inform family members where the valve is in case you are not home during the emergency. Lastly, you want to check nature growing around your home. Tree limbs and vines can be detrimental. If you notice any issues with your home in regards to water damage, do not wait to call someone to inspect the area. SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties is always ready to respond to any call.
Why Cleaning Mold with Bleach is a Horrible Idea
Most homeowners assume that when mold spores appear on your walls, you should clean the area with bleach. This is very wrong. Bleach mostly consists of water. Water encourages mold growth. In addition, by putting bleach on the microbial growth, it only takes away the coloration of the spot. This could be interrupted as the end of the mold growth. When mold spores are being removed, the person should kill the mold from the root. Bleach only removes the appearance of mold. Bleach is for any material that is hard or a non-porous surface. This being said, mold grows on surfaces that are considered porous. So when bleach is poured onto a moldy surface, it is absorbed very easily which leaves a residue on the surface that is like a welcome mat to mold. This results with microbial growth to increase rapidly. Overall, if you believe mold is growing in your home, don’t hesitate to call us for any tips on how to remove the mold in the proper way. If you want us to come out to your home, we will do that as well so we can make it look “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 912-445-5190.
When a Storm Hits...
A local road flooded by Hurricane Irma
Whether it is a Category 5 hurricane or a bad thunderstorm rolling through, home owners should be prepared for any storm.
Take safety precautions
Any type of heavy winds can cause roof shingles, natural debris, or unnatural debris to occur. After the storm is over, take precaution when going outside because there could be debris such as nails, sharp wood, or other potentially dangerous items that are around your home.
Photograph the damage
If it is major or minor, take pictures IMMEDIATELY. You may not realize that something damaged your home until after you have moved it, so take pictures just in case (there is always the delete button). Insurance companies will need to see before pictures of the damage.
Contact your insurance company… and SERVPRO!
A homeowner must call their insurance company so an adjuster can be sent out to examine the damage so payment can be made.. Don’t forget to call your favorite restoration and mediation company, SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties. We work around the clock to ensure happiness from our community! We will send a team out as quickly as possible to begin work for your home if disaster strikes!
How to Prepare for a Hurricane Evacuation
Hurricane season can be extremely scary for those who live on or around the coast. With the fear of winds, rain, and storm surge, people will be concerned with their safety and their home. Homeowners should be prepared to evacuate their homes and go further inland. Evacuations in itself can be intimidating. Here is some ways to help prepare you for an evacuation.
Make a Family Ready Plan
In this you want to include cash, prescription medications, and enough food and water for your entire family and pets for a few days in case these items are not readily accessible. For any families that are traveling in different vehicles make sure you have a backup plan if cell phones are not usable.
Think about what to do with valuable irreplaceable items
Documents such as passports, licenses, insurance cards, social security cards, and other legal papers you want to make sure you have copies of these along with a waterproof/fireproof container and travel with them. Other items such as irreplaceable photographs and meaningful items, place in a watertight and fireproof container to store in a safe place. You may not be able to take them with you for room purposes.
Take care of your food at home
You may want to freeze most of your food incase power is loss. Set your freezer on the coldest temperature so it stays colder longer. If you are anticipating a long-term power outage, you may want to clean out the refrigerator and freezer. If you do this, leave the doors open so there will be little risk of smell when you return.
Clear the grass areas around your home and secure windows and doors
If a hurricane is approaching, there is a high risk of items around your home to be blown around. This increases your risk of windows to be broken because of extra debris. Tie these items down or place them in a safe enclosed area for safe keeping. With the windows and doors, make sure you are boarding up the windows so there is less of a risk for window leaks and breaks.
When you return from the hurricane, if you have experienced any damage to your home, call your SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh and East Liberty Counties. We will send a team out as soon as possible to begin work on your home.
How to Prepare for an Ice Storm
A view of the Georgia coast during the ice storm
This past week has been such a difficult time for the south. We aren’t typically prepared for an ice storm.
The main thing is to be prepared. When you are prepared for a winter storm, any obstacles that occur, you are ready. There are a few things one can do in order to prep for an unwelcomed and unusual storm. Stock up on foods that will last through an outage of power. In addition, you want to stock up on water, whether it’s bottled or stored in Ziploc bags. Keep flashlights and batteries in the house. Lastly, do not freak out if or when the power goes out.
If anything happens to your home, we are here for your storm disaster. Please give us a call so we can send out a team to help you.
Local Business Survived a Disaster with the Use of our ERP
We recently helped out a local business with a water damage case. Luckily for this business, they had already contacted us prior to the damage in regards to our Emergency Ready Profile. The ERP is an immediate plan of action in case of an emergency. It allows for whoever is at the business to know what to do, when to do something, and who to call in advance so the disaster can be at a minimum. The business knew exactly where to turn off the water. In addition, it had the list of phone numbers in importance to begin making the phone calls so restoration can begin quickly. We love when a local business profits from our ERP. If you have any questions concerning how to get your business an ERP, please give us a call at 912-445-5190.
When Water Comes
Water damage can occur from mother nature visits such as hurricanes or thunderstorms to pipe bursts, foundation or roof leaks, septic tank issues, and much more. Either case, a homeowner should call a restoration company to help with proper clean up. When it is contaminated water such as a septic tank issue, homeowners are in the danger zone for viruses and bacteria growth. In this case, you want to call a restoration company immediately so there is little risk of exposure to dangerous bacteria. Regardless, a homeowner could experience mold growth very quickly if the water is left after 48 hours. If you encounter ANY type of water damage, you first want to stop the cause of the water damage. Example, if your toilet is over flowing, you want to stop water flow to the toilet, then call SERVPRO to come out and conduct the clean up. A homeowner would then need to call their insurance company about the issue. Do not forget to document each step with pictures and notes so you can remember who you talked to and what was said. We will be there EVERY step of the way to ensure you get your home fixed like it never happened.
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties is here for your water damage restoration needs. From natural disaster such as a hurricane to septic tank issues, we will be there to help with the entire process.
What are the Most Common Causes of Water Damage in the Home?
In most cases, a homeowner may see an issue with their home leaking and believe that it is minor and shouldn’t be looked at. This is true in the sense it is minor, which means it would be an easy fix. The problem with this is when the issue does become major then the homeowner seeks professional help and now the problem is expensive and extensive. Read on to see what the most common cases of water damage to your home. Don’t forget that SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties is here to help with the minor and major water damages to your home.
Outside of the home: Roofs and Gutter
Flat roofs are a big helper in water damage to your home. Even though it is referred to as flat, it is not actually flat. It will have some design for water and debris to flow to the gutters. However, debris such as leaves and limbs can get stuck and will keep water in a particular area. This can create a huge amount of pressure which can result in water leaking through in that area from the roof. Another issue with this is during winter. During winter, water can freeze around the edges which will create a little pool on the roof which will begin to weaken the roof and allow for water to seep into the home. If you have a flat roof, you want to get regular maintenance on the roof to ensure you do not fall to a victim of water damage.
Gutters can fail homeowners. They are beautifully designed to run water away from the home. But when a thunderstorm happens, leaves and other debris can be blown into the gutter causes water to get stuck. Also, if a gutter cracks, the water could leak down the side of the home through a small afternoon shower which over time will lead to water damage and potentially mold. What to do? Keep a close eye on your gutters and after a storm, clean the gutters out properly.
Inside of the home: Pipes
Leaking pipes can be extremely dangerous because it can take a while for a homeowner to see major damage. By the time most homeowners catch this issue, there is major water damage and black mold. Leaking pipes can be from major temperature changes to the wrong level of acidity. If you notice a change in pressure or color of your water, this could be a sign of a leaking pipe.
What are Your Steps after Your Home Catches on Fire
First, you want to ensure someone such as the Fire Marshall has cleared you to enter your home for safety reasons. At this point, you can go through your home to see the damage and possibly gather items you can keep. Second, you want to document everything. Take as many pictures of your home as is for insurance purposes. You may want to take a note pad and write notes while going through your home. If the fire was in one room, you still may have the smoke odor in other rooms. It is important to carefully note this for insurance and restoration companies. Lastly, call a restoration company such as SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties to come in and help restore your home.
4 Types of Home Fires
The most common type of house fires starts in the kitchen. The most common kitchen fire is a grease fire. It can be started very easily and spread if not properly put out. *Do not put water on a grease fire, you want to cover it. Another common house fire is due to electrical wiring. It can be from faulty wiring or old wiring. During the cold winter months, a fire can be due to a heater. Portable heaters need to be used when someone is watching it closely or where it will turn off if overheating. Lastly, a major cause of a home fire is smoke-related. People falling asleep with a cigarette in their hand can cause a major house fire. If you are disposing a cigarette in the home, make sure it is properly extinguished before placing in a trash can or emptying the ashtray.
Moisture Control: 4 Tips on How to Prevent Mold Growth in your Home
Mold in your home can cause numerous issues. If not treated properly in the early stages, mold damage can become rather expensive. Not to mention, mold can cause various types of health issues. Lucky, we have some tips on how to prevent mold in your home. If you have mold in your home, we provide emergency services 24/7 so please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Identify problem areas and fix the problems immediately
If you notice your basement flood every time it rains, get it fixed before the mold spreads to other areas in the house.
Dry wet areas immediately
Areas that get wet after a heavy rainfall or even just a spill onto carpet should be dried within 24 to 48 hours. If you experience items that cannot be dried within this time frame, you want to remove the items that cannot be dried- carpet, furniture, bedding.
Direct water away from your home
Ensure that the foundation of your home does not allow for any flooding to seep into your home.
Clean or repair roof gutters
A roof can leak due to clogged gutters. During and after fall, ensure the gutters are free from natural debris such as leaves and twigs. Occasionally, you want to check to make sure the gutters are not blocked by any debris so they work properly.
How to prepare your home for the cold winter days
Check the pipes
With the temperature going down into the freezing numbers, homeowners should drip all the faucets at night. This ensures no water is still to freeze and burst a pipe overnight. A tip for outside pipes, make sure the pipe and hoses are free of water.
For homeowners with a chimney, you should get a professional to inspect and clean your chimney so there is very small risk of a chimney fire.
Clean your gutters
With winter approaching after fall, homeowners should clean out all of the gutters surrounding the home. Leaves, twigs, and other outdoor trash can cause water to be trapped in the gutter and freeze. When the ice unfreezes, it can cause a leak into the home.
Overall, you want to make sure your home is well insulated so your home will stay cozy and warm. Don’t forget to check the basement, attic, and roof for any indication of danger before the cold weather is in full swing. And of course, if you see anything in your home that could potentially turn into a home disaster, please call us. We can send one of our technicians out to inspect your home before anything further happens!
How to avoid a Christmas tree fire in your home
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?
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)
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)
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
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
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
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
Usually microscopic in size, mold spores occur in nature in big numbers.
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
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 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.
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.
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
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.
SERVPRO Commercial Water Damage Darien
Call SERVPRO for any of your Commercial restoration needs.
Large business structures are slightly less vulnerable to leaks and flooding than individual homes. The building materials are more likely to be concrete and steel rather than wood which gives them more resistance.
Being right on the mouth of the Altamaha River means commercial water damage to Darien businesses is greater than in other parts of Georgia. Despite the imposing nature of warehouses and other storage facilities, damage can and will happen. Worse, the nature of the material in larger structures can even hide the damage for a long time. SERVPRO has the experience and personnel to deal with the special requirements needed to put your business back together.
Cinder block is resistant to moisture, but that same resistance also makes drying it more difficult than other building materials. If the space inside the blocks has equalized to the outside environment, trapped moisture will not vaporize and eventually work its way outside of the walls. If the affected blocks have been painted with a gloss or semi-gloss paint, this serves as a vapor barrier, making vaporizing almost impossible.
To defeat this, our technicians will begin by drilling holes into the mortar at the bottom row of blocks to allow water to flow out. This also provides air circulation through the affected wall sections. If the sections contain any insulation (fiberglass, foam or vermiculite) this will increase drying time. In some cases, if it is possible, air movers may be deployed to force air into the cinder blocks.
There is one other factor that can slow our process and that is the presence of bond beams. These beams are made of concrete and provide extra support to the cinder block. They also greatly restrict airflow which means our technicians will need to drill more holes into the mortar.
To make sure that the drying process has completed, one of our inspectors will use a non-penetrating moisture meter to ensure the interior has returned to a normal level. To make certain they have the correct number, the inspector will measure unaffected areas before any work begins.
Completing the drying process in a commercial structure is an involved and time-consuming one. It needs to be done, however, because too much water and moisture will eventually compromise even cinder block. SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties is here to help with the best training and equipment in the restoration business. Call us today at (912) 445-5190 to get started.
Mold Damage Brought on by Ice Dams can Happen to Rincon Homes
Trust SERVPRO for Your Home in Rincon If Mold or Ice Shows Up
Rely on SERVPRO to Remediate Mold Damage to Your Roof and Attic
Winter doesn't seem to be a time when water would be the cause of mold damage in a home, but even a small amount of moisture can create problems leading up to mold growth. Fungi do not care from where their water source originates. Ice dams on a home's roof have been known to cause moisture to enter into a home's attic. Sometimes this moisture is substantial enough to be noticed in the living areas of the home, outside of the attic. This can often take a while before evidence is seen in lower levels of the home. Though ice dams are somewhat of a rarity in this southern region of Georgia, when it occurs, it can be quite damaging.
In Rincon, this delay in discovering water seeping down walls can give mold damage plenty of time to become extensive in the attic. The inside of walls can also be harboring mold. Ice dams are rare when insulation is in good to excellent condition – however, when ice dams have had a chance to damage shingles, they become worse quickly, often without showing visible damage to shingles. This keeps visual inspections from discovering the damage before mold can develop.
When ice dams are found to be a problem and are allowing moisture to accumulate inside the attic, this can compress the insulation, rendering it useless. Homeowners in this situation need to have the roof repaired, and the insulation replaced. But what about the mold damage? Having SERVPRO's mold remediation technicians ridding your attic of mold growth in the areas that roofers won't repair can remove mold damage and most of the spores.
This includes your attic's floor and the beams supporting the shingles and underlay. Because both of these are constructed of wood, they can be treated without needing to be removed and replaced. If water damage is also present to a substantial degree, we can remedy the situation for that, also. You can have a new roof, free of mold damage and growth. Moisture and a food source, the needs for fungi to proliferate must be eliminated to reduce the chance of future infestations.
Ice dams and water intrusion can sneak up on anyone over the winter. Freezing temps can often keep moisture hidden, but mold can find it easily. If your attic is showing signs of mold damage, call us, SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties at (912) 445-5190, at any time.
How the Experts Use ‘Drying Goals’ to Roll Back Flood Damage in Port Royal Properties
For most homeowners, flood damage repairs are something which doesn't warrant much thought until the need becomes urgent.
How SERVPRO Technicians Use Equipment to Restore Flood Damage in Port Royal Properties
For most homeowners, flood damage repairs are something which doesn't warrant much thought until the need becomes urgent. In fact, unless you live in a flood-prone area, you’re unlikely to have put huge steps in place for dealing with water damage. However, extreme rains and faulty water lines can also cause major problems.
You don’t have to live on the edge of a turbulent river to benefit from a solid, practical flood damage contingency plan. Flood damage in Port Royal properties is more common than you might think. Broken kitchen appliances, clogged drains, and broken pipes are all possible culprits. Fortunately, the experts at SERVPRO can respond fast if your home ever does get itself into a watery crisis.
At SERVPRO, we use a system of checks, reviews, and drying goals to ensure that the repair process is carried out successfully. Keep reading to find out more about how this works.
The Importance of Baseline Measurements
One thing which is crucial to effective flood damage repair is flexibility. All properties are different, and they all have unique needs. What may be considered dry in one area of the country may be far too dry for the climate of another. This is why the SERVPRO technicians always take baseline measurements before starting repairs.
They take these measurements from dry, undamaged areas of the property. It allows us to determine what is ‘normal’ for you, as opposed to using some arbitrary standard. While it may sound like a small detail, it can have a big impact on how you feel in your home after the repairs are finished. Getting the level of dryness and humidity right also ensures the longevity, success, and quality of flood damage repairs.
The Effect of Rapid Evaporation Methods
Flood damage remediation experts use dry air to increase the rate of evaporation and pull the moisture out of very humid, heavy air. Generally, this requires the humidity of the affected space to be below 40%. At this level, the air gets ‘thirsty’ and starts drawing moisture from the surroundings. It is very important that water damage experts don’t rely solely on relative humidity readings.
To be sure that the drying process – be it dehumidifying, air scrubbing, or air moving – is working, specific humidity measurements must also be taken. These are compared with the baseline measurements until the two match. Ultimately, this is the primary drying goal; the objective that your flood damage repair team is trying to achieve.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
For help and support dealing with a flood damaged property, speak to the experts at SERVPRO of Bryan/Effingham/McIntosh and East Liberty Counties. We have access to state of the art drying, cleaning, and restoration tools. We can carry out repairs fast and get your home back to full health as soon as possible. Call us 24/7 on (912) 445-5190.
Differences Between Small and Large Mold Colonies
Rincon Mold Remediation Keeps Commerce Going
Size Does Matter, SERVPRO Customizes Mold Remediation
Mold damage is hard to remove no matter what species is growing in what quantity, but make no mistake, there are major differences between our treatment of small mold colonies and large ones. Everything from the machines we use to the safety precautions we take can vary depending on the size and intensity of the mold colony in question. In any case, SERVPRO makes sure to fully quarantine and treat the affected area, with measures appropriate for size and spread of damage.
Small areas of mold damage in a commercial Rincon structure are generally relatively easy for us to deal with, although you should still never attempt to remove it yourself. Mold is potentially dangerous, and without thorough sanitation measures, can easily be spread when a cleaning attempt is made. For small patches of mold damage, we first set up a quarantine, preventing the mold from spreading outside of its immediate area. This quarantine may be in just a small corner or an entire room. After this, we begin setting up drying and sanitizing machines and processes, killing off mold and preventing further spores from growing. For some cases, a business may be able to continue as usual while a small section is quarantined.
Large Patches and Extensive Damage
When the mold has had a chance to grow out of hand, it often requires a larger quarantine (containment) and temporary closure of business. Large mold colonies can spread their spores by air, meaning HVAC systems must be cleaned out and other areas of the structure must be carefully examined for mold damage and propagation. Additionally, high volumes of gas and spores produced by these colonies can create greater health risks. Large mold colonies also often have sister colonies in hidden places such as behind walls and above ceilings, making containment and full evaluation a much longer and more difficult process. From protecting your merchandise, customers, and employees to offering excellent service, we can unintrusively deal with mold remediation.
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties has the equipment and training to handle commercial mold damage of all sizes and intensities. For our fast and reputable service, give us a call at (912) 445-5190.
SERVPRO Fire Damage Port Royal
Don't let a fire in your home keep your family left out in the cold, Call the experts at SERVPRO to get your home back to normal.
After a fire, there are two questions that homeowners ask themselves. 'How am I ever going to replace everything?' and "How am I going to pay for everything?' quickly threaten to overwhelm a person who is already stressed out from the fire itself.
There is a way to save hundreds, even thousands of dollars to you and/or your insurance company. Restoring fire damage to property here in Port Royal is usually much cheaper than replacing it. SERVPRO has a wide variety of methods that can help you accomplish this.
Dry Cleaning - We use dry sponges, dusting cloths and vacuums to remove non-grease based soils and soot. This method is also useful to remove light (small) debris and particulate soiling.
Wet Cleaning - Water and/or cleaning agents are used to remove moderate to heavy residues, both grease and non-grease based. It is a more aggressive method of cleaning since the item being cleaned will be thoroughly saturated in the process.
Spray and Wipe - A wet cleaning agent is applied using a spray bottle and the wiped down with a clean, white towel. This method gives the technician more control over the amount of product used. It is a very effective method to use when there is a concern that the property being cleaned might be damaged if it is saturated with a cleaning product or even water.
Foam Cleaning - This technique is used primarily for upholstery fabrics that could shrink or bleed color if water or a wet cleaning agent is used. The foaming cleaning agents we use are also very effective on mattresses and box springs that have light smoke damage.
Abrasive Cleaning - This technique is used to agitate the surface being cleaned. This is necessary if the residue is very thick and resists wet cleaning. We accomplish this using cleaning agents with abrasive ingredients alone or with an abrasive scrubbing pad.
Immersion Cleaning - This technique is used only for materials that can be completely saturated in a cleaning product. It is very effective for cleaning Venetian blinds. One type of immersion we use in ultrasonic. The item to be cleaned is dipped in a tank with a mix of water and cleaning agent then sound waves are used to create microscopic jet streams that agitate and clean the item.
Restoring property can save a lot of money. For many homeowners, though, the money is not the primary concern. It is the opportunity to preserve an item that holds important memories and perhaps has been in the family for generations. SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties is ready to assist you with both. Call us today at (912) 445-5190 to start preserving your life and memories.
Commercial Flooding to a Crescent Restaurant
Crescent Restaurant Suffers a Flood
SERVPRO Services that Help Restaurants to Reopen Doors Quickly
Restaurants are some of the most commonly flooded businesses in America, as they are prone to some risk factors that can lead to significant water and flood damage year-round. Many restaurants are located near rivers, creeks, lakes, or shores, making them vulnerable to heavy rainfalls which cause banks to overflow. Restaurants also have high amounts of water usage as compared to other businesses, which can lead to more interior and clear water flooding than in other commercial establishments. Fortunately, SERVPRO knows how to get a restaurant's doors back open as quickly as possible after these damages, through a few key services.
Inventory and Stock Management
One of the most difficult tasks to accomplish alone after commercial water damage in Crescent is to take inventory of what has been lost, damaged, or left alone in the building. Everything from furniture to valuable kitchen equipment to food stock can be accounted for and should be, for insurance purposes. SERVPRO can help you to keep track of your losses and get proper repayment from an insurer after the event is said and done.
Rapid Restoration Services
We have access to a wide variety of powerful tools and machines to help accelerate the process of water removal and restoration, including high-powered air movers, water extractors, deodorizing foggers, UV sanitizers, and more. When used strategically, these machines help businesses to open doors quicker than expected after even the worst water damage.
Cohesive Teams and Helpful Policies
We strive to ensure that a restaurant owner understands the process of restoration and can talk to our teams and representatives. Also, our staff is assembled in a way that encourages cohesiveness and cooperation. This also extends to our "white collar" representatives, who can present documentation to insurance adjusters and regulators with maximum efficacy.
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties is a trusted local source of commercial repairs and restorations. Contact us at (912) 445-5190 for our help with your disaster in inconvenience.
Speedy Solutions for Water Damage In Crescent
Leaks Can Run Water Down Through Floors Increasing the Damage to a Crescent Home
Tropical Storms, Hurricanes, and Leaks Are All Better Served by SERVPRO
Homeowners who dwell close to the Georgia coast are often in the path of severe seasonal storms and flooding, without a doubt needing the fast and effective water damage restoration services we offer at SERVPRO. Our teams of highly qualified technicians arrive at your home quickly, assessing the damage and beginning development of a plan to restore your personal water damage problems. Even when many of your neighbors, local businesses and area infrastructure also sustain severe damage from high winds, pounding rains and storm surge flooding we focus on your needs, ensuring that your home’s structure, mechanical systems, built-ins, furnishings and personal possessions are returned to normal promptly.
When you are coping with water damage in Crescent, you do not want to get in line to have your home inspected and then wait for crews to find time to clean up and rehabilitate your property. Delaying investigation of your personal water damage challenges and waiting for restoration efforts for days or even weeks can result in irreparable harm to your house. Our locally owned company has access to a nationwide network of storm and water damage experts, pledged to increase our capacity to respond to any size disaster. Our Disaster Recovery teams support us as our community recovers from catastrophic events like hurricanes and tropical storms, allowing us to concentrate on your water damaged home sooner.
Successful water damage repair and restoration require an immediate response. SERVPRO will stop the rain or floodwater from entering your home, erecting temporary repairs if roofs, windows or walls have been breached. If structural repair is necessary, we will help arrange for it. We then will remove water in the most efficacious way possible, our powerful pumps and water extractors ridding your home of moisture before contamination from molds or sewage complicate the recovery. Our staff will then review your options for cleaning and drying the interior of the structure and contents so you can enjoy your home again soon. All items will be treated according to proper industry standards, our technicians following the protocols learned during intensive certification and continuing training.
You can rely on the expertise and focused attention of SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties when a water damage disaster affects your home. Call (912) 445-5190 24/7 assured that our crews will respond fast with the full capability of our community-based company and our partners.
From Minor Water Damage To A Biohazard In Pembroke
Trust SERVPRO to Secure Your Biohazardous Problem to Your Pembroke Home
SERVPRO Conducts Biohazard Clean Ups in Pembroke Safely and Effectively
Every time you leave home, there is a risk of the wind, rain or storm damage bringing water into your dwelling. It is also possible a pipe could burst, or a water heater could leak 40 or more gallons of water into your basement or another level while you are at work or play. Initially, the water could be relatively clean, or it may be laden with fecal matter, creating some challenges beyond just drying out the areas. If you are away for several days unaware the water has seeped into every nook and cranny or is standing several inches high in your basement, however, your homecoming may be problematic. It could include not only wet walls, ceilings or floors but also rapidly spreading infectious growths that contaminate water and air. Mold, sewer backup and other contaminants can take hold in just a matter of days, and SERVPRO is ready to manage both the biohazards and the original water damage safely.
Dealing with the aftermath of water damage turned biohazard in Pembroke requires the expertise of a professional disaster restoration company. Our teams of technicians from SERVPRO are trained to investigate your water disaster with an eye to discovering secondary concerns from contamination of the affected areas because of overgrowths of molds and infectious organisms. We look sharp in our HAZMAT gear. If your home suffered water damage that was not handled immediately, we have the products and know how to control the hazardous infestation safely and by all local, state and other rules and regulations.
Sometimes when biohazards present a danger to other areas of your home or the air quality within your home, we will employ containment strategies. Depending on the level of risk we will construct areas within your home to manage the infectious waste problem (whether from Black Water from a sewer break or an unfortunate crime scene clean up) without allowing it to spread through the air or otherwise to the unaffected areas of your house. Count on us to remove and contain contaminated materials appropriately and dispose of them as mandated by law. This may include pumping the contaminated water into a holding tank and disposing of it in approved wastewater facilities. Our local team can trust on the assistance of affiliated SERVPRO restoration businesses if the challenge to return your home to its pre-loss condition is that great.
Far more than merely a water damage restoration company, SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties is poised to handle even the most difficult biohazardous situation. Call (912) 445-5190 when your business trip or vacation ends with a tough biohazard crisis in your home before your bags are even unpacked.
Preventing Mold Damage in Homes: A Great Great Way to Prevent a Costly Problem
Mold build up can spread quickly. Call professionals at SERVPRO to remediate ASAP!
Mold Removal is More Thorough with Professional Remediation
Both indoor and outdoor environments have mold, no matter where you go. Mold and spores are found during every season, and also in all climates. It is because of this that changes in humidity can create mold problems in homes. Outdoor mold growths are controlled naturally, most of the time, by the wind, which can dry it out, and by the sun, which can kill mold quickly. Indoors, without mechanical means to control humidity and other indoor environmental aspects, mold can quickly spread from one area to another, creating damage to your home. Before this happens, you need remediation.
Springfield homeowners can prevent mold damage by having excess mold removed from their homes. Complete removal of mold is not something that can be done, although some companies claim this. SERVPRO technicians will follow EPA guidelines while using protocols and procedures from IICRC to remove mold and spores from your home, both in the air and on surfaces within your home. Mold can easily enter your home through open windows, even through screens, on shoes, on clothing, in boxes and bags from shopping, and even your pets' fur coats. This is why mold elimination is not really possible. Control of the mold is possible, though, and we can teach you what will work best for your individual situation.
Mold damage can cause health effects for anyone, including healthy people; it can create damage to structural supports in homes, and also cause drywall to deteriorate. Mold damage is very costly. It can change a home's interior air quality for worse by spreading to other areas through the ducts in your heating or cooling system.
Remediation work removes problematic mold by scrubbing the air with special machines, and with the use of HEPA filters when vacuuming carpets, draperies, upholstered furniture, air ducts, and anywhere else that dry mold spores might be located. Manual cleaning of mold growth, when indicated, is also a part of the process. When mold damage is found, porous materials need to be extracted and removed, and then replaced. If it is a hard and non-porous surface, cleaning is often sufficient. In the case of semi-porous items, cleaning and then sealing is often performed.
Letting mold grow until later can lead to expensive and more time-consuming repairs and restorative work needing to be conducted. Save time and money by calling SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties at the first sign of mold problems, before damage happens. We can be reached at (912) 445-5190, 24/7.
SERVPRO Works Hard to Restore Order After Hurricane Matthew
SERVPRO Local and Our National Recovery Teams Help Recovery After Hurricanes
Hurricane damage is one of the banes of being a homeowner in a region that has seen many devastating storms. Preventative measures and purchases you can take to protect your home from hurricane damage completely are not possible, but still are critical. High winds, debris, storm surges, and flooding are all natural events that occur whether you have put up storm shutters, placed sandbags around your home, or other measures.
Storm damage in Savannah from Hurricane Matthew can be catastrophic when it first hits, but with the professional services led by our specialists at SERVPRO, we can help set your mind at ease as we remove the water from your home and begin the restoration process. We can also work directly with your insurance company for you!
What is a Storm Surge?
A storm surge is caused by the rising of the sea as a result of powerful winds associated with a storm event. A hurricane or tropical storm are the most common causes of storm surges in regions like Savannah, where abnormal water levels can be generated by a massive storm event. The five to seven feet of surge is stacked on top of the normal high tide mark.
Your home can be at great risk of a storm surge and unfortunately, there is not much you can do to prevent it during a hurricane. Storm surges can penetrate far inland from a coastline. In the past, Hurricane Ike produced storm surges in Texas and Louisiana coastal regions, moving inland nearly 30 miles in some locations. Hurricane Matthew was nearly 250 miles wide and traveled for over 3,000 miles along its path of destruction.
All living areas along the Gulf Coast and Eastern Coast of the U.S. are vulnerable to water damage caused by storm surges. The best thing you can do when anticipating a dangerous hurricane is to get out, listen to your local and federal officials.
The Safest Defense is Retreat
When expecting a dangerous hurricane, pay special attention to your local and county officials, and if an evacuation is suggested, it is best for the safety of you and your family to avoid the storm and impending water damage. If an evacuation order is mandatory, do not try to ride out the storm. Your home can be replaced, but your life and those of your family cannot.
Contact SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties at (912) 445-5190 at anytime, day or night. With our 24/7 Emergency Services, our staff is here to take your call if you have been affected by a recent hurricane or have experienced any water damage to your home. Our Emergency Response Network of SERVPRO franchises responds to natural disaster with teams, equipment, and know-how.
Preventative Tips to Combat Water Damage
Drips can be fixed by changing a washer or cleaning the screen. Call SERVPRO to remediate any water damage!
Household Maintenance Can Prevent Leaks and Subsequent Damage
Some of the top causes of water damage are surprisingly easy to avoid if you commit to making the proper checks and taking certain preventative measures. Did you know that easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners around 10% on their water bills? The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) states that these common types of leaks (such as toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves) waste 90 gallons or more every single day in 10% of US homes.
Water damage in Pembroke does not have to affect your household. While not all water damage is avoidable by implementing preventative measures, most causes of water damage are.
SERVPRO knows just how distressing it is to waste water and pay high water bills due to leaks. This is why we have collected some tips below to help you avoid easily preventable issues that could lead to larger water damage issues.
Small Leaks are the Biggest Enemy
When a homeowner thinks of water damage, their thoughts turn to gushing water from underneath sinks and plumbing in the walls. However, it is often the smallest leaks that wreak the most havoc.
Nearly everyone has experienced a dripping sink from a bathroom or kitchen faucet. Changing out the washer inside of a leaking faucet and screwing the faucet head back on can stop many leaks from continuing. Replacing the faucet head entirely may be needed if the interior threading is causing the leak. Even if you require a new kitchen or bathroom faucet, you can find them rather cheap at your local home improvement store.
Sinks can cause both slow drips from faucets or small leaks from the piping underneath. Water damage due to sinks cost homeowners an average of $7,000 per incident. That is a lot of money to spend on repairs. Instead, inspect the plumbing underneath the cabinets and sinks where the pipes are located. Also, check the hoses that bring the water up to each handle in the faucet (the hot and cold water hoses), for kinks in the plastic or copper pipes can have pinhole leaks that get worse over time. Feel the piping for possible corrosion, or if the plumbing is largely PVC, check around the connectors to make sure the connection is secure and leak free.
Watch Your Water Bill
An excellent way to check if you need to inspect all water pipes on your property, keep watch of your water bill and compare it to previous months as well as water usage from the past year. Significant increases that are unaccounted for can indicate a leak on your property or in your home. Homes that are 30 years old or older are 3 times as likely to have problems with plumbing and drains. Nothing is impervious to time and aging.
Contact SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties at (912) 445-5190. We are more than happy to take your call, answer any questions you have, and if needed, send a team out to handle your water emergency.
Fire Damage Calls for Professional Help
Crescent Smoke & Fire Damage Could Use the Help of SERVPRO
Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Fire Damaged Home
Dealing with fire damage at any level can be stressful and disconcerting. Even a small amount of harm will disrupt your daily life, and most likely mean you’ll have to find somewhere else to stay temporarily while your home is restored back to normal for safety reasons. It is good to know ahead of time, therefore, of a reputable restoration company who you can call in a time of crisis, such as SERVPRO.
Fire damage in Crescent never comes at a time that is convenient. However, understanding some things about the different steps of fire remediation is not difficult, and can help you to have a peace of mind when tragedy strikes. At SERVPRO, we’ll take you through all the steps before even beginning any work, and explain anything that you do not understand.
Loss from fire damage presents different challenges than regular repair and cleaning. The combination of the impact of intense heat, burning fire, smoke residues and moisture from firefighters creates an effect which will need various kinds of services from the fire restoration company, plus working together with licensed subcontractors and contractors.
Fire damage restoration services can be divided up into five categories:
The goal here is to secure your home and stop any more damage from occurring. Mitigation can include boarding up any openings and establishing a source of electricity that is temporary to your home. Structures which are wet from firefighting efforts will need emergency drying, so there is not any secondary water damage.
When your home is damaged by fire, cleaning the structure will focus on getting rid of smoke residues from your home’s structural components and deodorizing odors which are given off by the residues. The adjuster and restorer will consult and advise you on which components can be cleaned and which ones will need to be replaced. All belongs are not always salvageable after a robust fire damaging event.
Your personal property has to be cleared from the smoke residues. In some situations with fire, your things can be cleaned right on site. Sometimes, however, contents will have to be packed up and moved to a different location for cleaning and storage. These situations happen if your home is not secure or if it is too damaged for on-site cleaning to be done.
Content restorers from SERVPRO will at times subcontract specialty cleaning of particular contents such as dry cleaning of clothing, cleaning of electronics, refinishing furniture and cleaning expensive artwork.
In some cases, structural components can be damaged so much that they can’t be restored to a pre-loss condition. Reconstructing and repairing fire-damaged structural components might need different skills than standard home remodeling. A fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO usually performs cleaning services while licensed general contractors perform highly extensive reconstruction services. SERVPRO can clear away the debris, eliminate odors smoke, clean and wipe away soot "Like it never even happened."
Fire damage of any kind needs a professional touch. Call us at SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh and East Liberty Counties when you have experienced a fire. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (912) 445-5190.
Preventing Hurricane Damage
Roof repairs can minimize water getting into your house during a storm. If water does get into your house, call SERVPRO quickly to remediate!
A Few Ideas to Consider to Minimize Potential Storm Damage
With their high winds and risk of flooding, hurricanes can cause a lot of damage to your structure. While you can’t control the weather, there are always some things that you can do to prevent hurricane damages from happening.
Maintaining Your Roof
Your roof is one of the most vulnerable parts of your home when you are talking about wind and hurricane damage. Once the roof is damaged, it can lead to even more damage throughout the rest of your home.
Because of this, it is essential to maintain your roof and have professionals check it regularly. This will mean ensuring there are no loose shingles, nailing down roof sheathing and making sure that the connection between the walls and the roof is tight to stop updrafts. Your roof maintenance company can do these things for you.
Keeping Trees Low
Large trees grown on your property can create a visual statement and be dramatic. However, this means that you are giving the wind a weapon as well with which to cause severe damage to your home. If a large tree blows over in a storm, this can go through your walls and windows damaging your property. Try to keep trees under a certain height instead, and you will have less to worry about if the winds pick up.
Look around your yard and consider everything which could maybe be a projectile in heavy winds. This means that anything which is not nailed down can become a danger. Garden benches are common items for this, so position them in a way which will lower the likelihood of them causing damage. Other threats could include tools, barbecues, ornaments, toys, and rocks.
Doors and Windows
Do your best as well to protect doors and windows. If you live somewhere that has a high probability of storms, you can get permanent storm shutters. If you know that a storm is on its way, you can use plywood as a temporary solution. Also ensure that your windows are insulated well and if you have older windows, vibration on its own can be enough to make them shatter in some instances.
Preparing for Hurricane Damage
Even with the best preparation, no home is impervious to a severe hurricane, and you may have to deal with some hurricane restoration. There are some things you can do to prepare for this as well. First, make sure to have the number of a reputable hurricane restoration company in your phone so you can use it when needed.
Ensure that you also have the right insurance coverage for your home and your belongings. You will then be able to get the restoration services you need without having to pay out of pocket.
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties is the hurricane restoration company you are looking for. Our trained professionals are ready at all times to come to your property and properly assess the damages and begin remediation so you can get back to a normal way of life as soon as possible. Call (912) 445-5190.
3 Reasons to Leave Biohazard Cleanup to the Pros
Be safe, call SERVPRO for emergency biohazard cleanup!
Certified Technicians are Trained to Deal with Biohazard Emergencies
Most people don't think they'll ever have the need to deal with a biohazard, but it's surprisingly common. Should your home ever become the site of a crime scene, traumatic accident, or fall into distress and be in need of severe cleaning, you'll be put in the situation of figuring out what to do next. While some homeowners think it's perfectly fine to attempt cleaning up a biohazard on their own, that's actually the worst thing to do.
Properly and safely cleaning up biological waste and dangerous materials requires expertise and the proper equipment. If you're facing a biohazard emergency in Springfield, you're probably wondering how to get your home restored and back to normal. Here are just a few reasons why going the do it yourself route isn't best in this situation.
1. Advanced cleaning equipment is needed. Trying to tackle a biohazard cleanup with regular household cleaning supplies and tools is not only inefficient but doing so will not properly disinfect your home. At SERVPRO, our staff is trained to get rid of all traces of biohazards, including those that you can't see.
2. Your safety is important. Especially in the case of a biohazard scene that contains blood, human waste, or animal waste, preventing the spread of disease is important. Our technicians use specialized protective gear that allows us to handle biological emergencies and trauma scenes without exposing ourselves to risks.
3. Disposing of the waste requires special care. Sometimes we have to use an incinerator or autoclave during a biohazard cleanup, but the waste can't simply be put into your garbage can. Things that become contaminated or ruined by a biohazard emergency have to be disposed of so that no one is exposed to any health risks, and specific permits are required to dispose of and transport biohazard waste.
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties has a team of professionals who can handle your restoration emergency, even in the most extreme situations. To get a quote or learn more about our biohazard cleanup services, call us at (912) 445-5190.
Water Removal Professionals Save You Stress and Money
Springfield Damage is Mitigated By Fast SERVPRO Water Removal
SERVPRO's Fast Water Removal Limits Damage and Inconvenience
When you experience an emergency like flooding due to a storm, a burst pipe or water used to put out a fire, a sewer backup, malfunctioning appliances, or other rising water events, we are here to help you! After the water has inundated your home or business, let us remove the water and get your structure back to full restoration. If you don't act immediately to begin mitigation of affected soaked areas, this can cause secondary damage resulting in loss of possessions and increased expenses. Our professional and IICRC certified specialists are experienced in handling water extraction, restoration, mold remediation and more.
Through our water removal in Springfield and restoration processes, you can trust us to return your home or business to a safe and dry environment. Standing water in the foundation of a building can cause severe damage and an unhealthy environment. SERVPRO will pump and remove the water with the aid of advanced drying equipment. Our technicians, after corporate and franchise ECTP, Employee Certification Training Program, run this heavy duty equipment.
Infrared cameras, moisture detectors, and other meters seek out and measure even the smallest trace of hidden moisture. Powerful submersible pumps and industrial strength wet/dry vacuums can tackle wet carpeting, drywall, flooring and more to prevent further damage, mold and odor causing bacteria. Our truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.
If warranted, we may use antibacterial, antimicrobial, or disinfectant treatments. We will also remove and dispose of damaged materials in coordination with you and your insurance adjuster. For your claims process, SERVPRO will also work with your insurance in managing the insurance paperwork and process.
We are an important part of the Georgia community, and we want the best for our residents, which is why our technicians are courteous and kind. With our experience, we will recommend the quickest way to remove water and restore your home or business. Through our restoration process for water removal, we know that prompt action is required with any amount of standing water to prevent the formation and growth of mold and mildew in your home or business.
For water damage restoration you are in need of, call SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties. We will provide you with an emergency service that is immediate and professional. We want to re-establish your home or business to a pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened." (912) 445-5190
How to Prevent Future Mold Damage in Your Home
SERVPRO Remediates Mold Damage in Darien
Mold Damage Can Be Remediated by the Professionals from SERVPRO
Once rooted in a home, mold colonies can be difficult and sometimes expensive to remove. Many homeowners have their personal horror stories related to mold damage and their home, but most often, these can be avoided with proper precautionary measures. Safeguarding your home against mold before it ever gets a chance to strike is a matter of no little importance, and you should be aware of the factors that can lead up to mold damage, and account for them before they become a problem. Here are a few ways to keep your home free of most mold growth in the future.
Never Let Water Accumulate
One of the most common causes of mold damage in Darien homes is the accumulation of water. When water is allowed to pool and gather in a particular part of the home, it may facilitate mold growth due to persistent dampness. This happens in bathrooms, particularly in older buildings, as they may lack drains or have persistent and unnoticed leaks. Mopping up and removing excess water from a room is important, and you should never just assume that the water will evaporate on its own.
Make Sure Food is Sealed and Disposed Of Safely
Left-out food is a relatively common source of significant mold growth in homes, as even though the food may not be strictly left out in the open, mold can get into many types of containers unless they are fully and properly sealed. A good example of this is potato chip bags. Many people will simply roll or fold them up before placing the bag back on its shelf, but mold spores can still find their way in and start up a nasty colony. Consider buying consumer-grade food sealants for everything in your fridge and pantry; they may save both your food and your home.
Always Have Leaks and Water Damage Professionally Repaired
Many mold colonies form from water damaged regions that are not properly cleaned up and repaired. In the event of a long-term leak or significant water damage all at once, hiring a professional company like SERVPRO helps to ensure that the area is properly dried and secured against future mold growth. We use industrial-grade equipment specifically for this purpose, so that wetness in your home won't lead to another call about mold weeks down the line.
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties is committed to helping residents out of crises related to fire, mold, and water damage whenever disaster strikes. If you've encountered any form of mold damage to your home, don't hesitate to call us at (912) 445-5190 for 24/7 emergency service.
Fire Damage and What to Do After the Fire Truck Leaves Your Home
Rincon Fire Damage Can Be Restored and Repaired By SERVPRO.
Contact SERVPRO to Fix Your Fire Damage
When a homeowner sees the fire truck leave their home after extinguishing a fire, it’s not uncommon for the owner to ask the question, What’s next? Since this kind of devastation can leave the owners head spinning, it may be difficult to make the wisest decisions, especially based on the knowledge that they have acquired over the years. Also, if this is the owners first experience with dealing with a home fire, they may be confused and stunned. Fortunately, there are resources available that can assist a homeowner with getting through these hours with as little as disruptions and discomfort as possible. By calling SERVPRO, a representative will arrive with the knowledge to provide home owners with a comprehensive plan to restore their property to its original pre-loss condition, "Like it never even happened."
Emergency Services – 24/7
Because a fire can occur in a home at any time of the day or night, it is important that the family can get the help that they need without any unnecessary delays. In fact, once the fire truck leaves the property, it is essential that the owner and their family know how to respond to minimize this devastating situation of fire damage to their Rincon home. For instance, the windows and doors should be boarded up so that intruders cannot enter the home and cause additional damage or begin to take away items that were not damaged by the fire. This is why we offer emergency services to the owners that contact us, especially so we can help with taking the appropriate actions, while also devising a plan. Additionally, because no job is too small or too big, our technicians are trained in developing a customized plan to fit your situation.
Highly Trained Experienced Professional Restoration Technicians Even if a homeowner has dealt with fire damage in the home before, they can still use the help of a professional. This is because fire damage must be handled by trained experienced professionals that know how to restore the home to its pre-fire condition. For instance, when a fire occurs in the home, there are a wide variety of damages remaining. One of the most common involves extracting all of the water that the firefighters used to put out the fire as quickly as possible, specifically so that the family does not have to deal with mold or mildew growing in their home. Another part of the clean-up process deals with smoke damage. While some areas of the home may not show any visible signs of fire damage, the smoke and soot from the fire can circulate to unaffected rooms. The SERVPRO fire & smoke remediation technicians, FSRT, certified by the IICRC and in-house training, use specialized equipment to remove the smoke from the carpeting, draperies, flooring, walls, ceilings and other areas that have been affected. Ozone machines, air scrubbers, and several types of foggers help to limit this kind of smoke and soot damage.
When firefighters pull away from a home after a fire, the homeowner is tasked with the job of cleaning up and getting the home back to a pre-fire condition. To ensure the clean-up process is handled correctly, the owner will need to solicit help. Because our technicians are highly trained in fire restoration cleaning up services, we can assist you with doing a thorough job before occupying the home again. So, for help with fire damage in your home, contact our SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties franchise at (912) 445-5190 today.
Water Damage Requires Professional Clean-Up Now to Prevent Problems Later
SERVPRO Tip: Prevent Water Damage in RIchmond Hill--Turn Off Your Water Main When on Vacation
SERVPRO Offers Professional Water Damage Cleanup
Many people clean their homes prior to leaving for vacation. They also make sure that all the lights are off, and then also check that all windows and doors are locked securely. Many otherwise careful people fail to shut off the water line at the outside of their home during their pre-vacation preparations. Many times, nothing comes of this, but when it does, the water damage can be substantial.
Water damage in Richmond Hill that results from a broken water line, no matter where the break or leak is located, can cause damage throughout your home. This damage may not only spread across the floor or down the inside of a wall space but from one floor to lower levels, increasing the amount of damage your home experiences.
Vacationing is Only Temporary and So Should Any Water Damage, if You Call for Professional Assistance
Upon returning from vacation, homeowners whose home has been water damaged while they've been away are in for a not-so-pleasant surprise. Shutting off the water should be the first thing done if it can be safely accomplished. Standing water can pose an electrical hazard if electrical outlets or wiring are immersed in the water. If you are not sure about your safety, you should have professionals complete the shut-down the electricity prior to shutting off the water. Everyone should remain clear of the water to be safe.
After the flow of water has been stopped, mop up the existing water using absorbent towels or mops and empty buckets. Dump these outside to keep drains inside your home from becoming clogged by any debris that may be in the water. Because water can infiltrate porous materials like drywall throughout your home, it is tough to remove completely. The structurally water damaged area must have the standing water extracted first. If this is not done properly, warping and deterioration of walls and other structures in your home can quickly occur. Then the absorbed moisture and humidity in the interior environment must be mitigated to acceptable levels. If not, this can lead to not only dangerous structural problems but also the growth of mold and mildew. These can cause health effects in your family members over time.
What We can do For You
Our professionals are trained in not only the removal of water that can cause damage to your home's interior, but we have training in the IICRC approved drying techniques that are designed for maximum efficiency. After cleaning-up and extracted all of the water, we will begin the drying process and take note of any damage that needs to be restored or repaired. Cleaning-up will continue with removing any debris that is left over from repairs, as well.
The professionals at SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties are experienced in responding to water damage emergencies such as ruptured or frozen water lines, and we can respond quickly. We are available 24/7 so call us at (912) 445-5190 for not only fast service but also professionalism and experience.
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Summer Fire Safety
Follow these simple tips to help you and those you love stay fire safe this summer season!
• Attend public fireworks displays, and leave the lighting to the professionals.
• Enjoy outdoor celebrations and cookouts, but remember to keep a 3-foot “safe zone” around grills and campfires.
• Build campfires at least 15 feet away from tent walls, shrubs or other materials that burn.
Knowing when you need a professionals help!
When? You always need a professional! We will come to your home or place of business for free to give you our professional advice!
Why? Our professionals are held to the highest standard and want to make sure your home or business is properly restored!
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