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Water damage in your Commercial Property

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

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 can be 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? What should you do? What should you not do?

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Microbial growth can cause a lot of problems for you and your house. SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, & East Liberty Counties has the proper training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Fact about microbial growth: 

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours if the conditions are right. 
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What should you do?

  • Contact SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, & East Liberty Counties so we can take you through the proper steps for remediation
  • Stay away from the affected areas. 
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans. 

What should you not do? 

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, & East Liberty Counties has the proper training from IICRC to properly take care of your house. We will get a crew out to your house for an inspection and recommendations on the proper ways to remediate the area. If you believe you have mold in your home, give us a call at (912) 445-5190. 

Kitchen Fire

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Kitchen Fire Kitchen area where the fire took place

We received a phone call from a home in Midway, Georgia. A kitchen in a house caught fire and damaged the entire house. Soot and smoke touched every inch of the house. So how do we clean the soot from walls and contents? 

One would think that we should be using water to wash away the soot. One would be wrong. Soot should not be cleaned up with water first. The water on a sponge or rag would just move the soot around on the material. Soot should initially be removed with dry sponges. Dry soot cleaning sponges are used to remove soot and dirt where you don’t want the surface to get wet. It is made of a natural rubber and is used like an eraser. Once the surface of the sponge is dirty it has to be discarded. The sponges hold a remarkable amount of soot in the pours of the sponge. After wiping the fine particles of soot off the surface the surface can be wet washed. This process needs to be done by a professional. If not done properly surface damage can occur. There is a science to fire cleaning and you should trust and hire a professional if you have fire clean up that needs to occur. This is why we love having IICRC certified technicians on our team! We work hard and have trained professionals ready to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Call the Professionals

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can be tricky. A small water leak under the sink can make the homeowner assume it is something they can handle. What the homeowner is not aware of is that the water was able to go under the tile in the bathroom. The water sits for any period of time creating the perfect conditions for microbial growth. 

The job has gone from maybe 2 days of drying time and little work for a professional. To now, multiple air testings, demolition in the bathroom, and an extensive amount of cleaning. 

Trust your home to SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties. We have the right equipment and tools to ensure that your house is taken care of. If you have a water leak in your house, give us a call at (912) 445-5190. 

Always ready when you need us!

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties is available for you 24 hours, 7 days a week. We understand that a water or fire will not come Monday at 9 AM so we need to respond to your large loss when it happens at 9 PM. We know that when your business shuts down unexpectedly it can be extremely devastating. 

If you receive a call from your employee in the middle of the night that water is pouring through your office or warehouse, you need us ready. We have vehicles always stocked with drying equipment, extracting equipment, and demolition tools. 

The best way to have us on site and be proficient is through our Emergency Ready Plan. If you have any questions about our ERP Program, call our office at (912) 445-5190. 

Green Trucks Stick to Each Other!

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, & East Liberty Counties responded to another green truck in need. A local favorite to Savannah, Georgia, had had an electrical fire in their kitchen in January. We were called to the restaurant to assess and begin work. As we are locally owned and operated, we understand how tragic being closed unexpectedly can be. We knew when we arrived that we wanted to work quickly but efficiently. Fortunately for the Green Truck Pub, we thrive in these types of situations. We never want to be the reason that another business is closed. Our Operations Manager, Jon, has been keeping a close eye on this job to ensure a local favorite is restored to make it appear "Like it never even happened." 

If your business is impacted by a tragic event, such as a fire, give us a call at 912-445-5190 so we can help you in need! 

Preventing future mold damage in your home

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

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 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.

We mean business for your property

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results. Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Listed below are different services that we can offer. If you have any questions, please give us a call!

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

If you need these services, please give us a call at 912-445-5190. We are always there to help! 

Trust SERVPRO to take care of you after a fire

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

Why should you trust your local SERVPRO to take care of you and your property after a fire? 

After fire tears through your home, it's tough to get it back to the way that it was. Not only do you have to deal with fire and smoke; you also have to consider collateral damages from fire-fighters and firehoses, and the loss of your property. This leads to widespread water damage and flooding- both of which cause as much damage as fires do. In these situations, it's always best to call SERVPRO. Without a trained, professional team of cleaners, you'll never be able to return a building to normal after a fire. Professionals know how to remove smoke damage, restore your valuable furnishings, and ensure that ash residue, discoloration, and affected tarnished surfaces are back to normal. 

Restore Your Property, Don't Just Replace It 

The most important aspects of home restoration are cleaning and restoring your property. It's our goal to ensure that your property is cleaned and restored professionally, saving you money over the long run. We always strive to restore your favorite furniture and upholstery. 

How To Ensure That You Save The Most 

SERVPRO knows how to handle any fire emergency; as long as you call us immediately. The longer you wait, the more severe the fire damage becomes. We start by inspecting your home, getting an estimate, and drying out any water damages. After that, we remove as much soot, ash, and smoke from as many surfaces as possible. Then, we clean, repair, and restore your property back to its original glory. 

Trust SERVPRO to Give You Fire Damage Security 

SERVPRO specializes in making your home livable again. They can perform repairs in virtually any regard; from fire and smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery and fabric cleaning, to water damage restoration to handle damages that might have occurred from a fire. We know how terrible fire damages can be, and how they affect your life. 

If you ever have any questions or concerns, call us so we can help! 

Trust SERVPRO to help you after water floods your home

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

We are... Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

We are... Highly Trained Technicians

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 

We have... Advanced Technology

The past few decades has seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow our professionals to restore a property back to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

Call us with any of your water damage needs! We are always available at 912-445-5190.