The instructor, Bruce DeLoatch, with our technicians during the IICRC training.
Effective training is the best way to ensure our customers receive the services they deserve. With SERVPRO our technicians are trained to the IICRC standards.
IICRC stands for Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification.
Our technicians with SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty County attended the IICRC Triple Certification Course for CCT (Carpet Cleaning Technician) and FSRT/OCT (Fire and Odor Combo) last week and even devoted their time to coming throughout the weekend.
Our technicians take pride in the work that they do and enjoyed the classes they attended. The classes taught everyone new techniques that can be used to make the experience even better.
We take pride in the quality of work that our technicians produce and we are always looking into continuing our education so we can make the experience even better for our customers.
With any disaster, big or small, our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened."
Spring and Summer Storm Tips
Each year, thunderstorms alone cause approximately $15 billion in property damage. Summer and spring seasons are the most vulnerable to these destructive and frightening storms.
There are several ways to prepare your property for the summer.
1. Always have an emergency kit with these items that you probably already have in your house: flashlight, battery powered weather radio, extra batteries to fit each electronic, non-perishable foods, lots of bottled water, can opener, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, blankets, extra clothes, sturdy shoes or boots, clock or watch, whistle to signal for help, and any important personal items and documents.
2. Know the safest structure of your home to go to during a severe storm such as a basement, underground cellar, or even the most inner part of your home away from windows.
3. Get routine maintenance on your roof and the foundation. Cracks in the roof are the number one leading cause to flooding damage.
4. Cut down any unwanted trees or limbs and get your trees trimmed before summer storm season. Trees and branches can fall on your property and damage the siding, windows, and roof.
5. Contact your insurance company to be more familiar with your policy. Most home insurers do not cover flooding damage.
6. Keep all expensive and favored possessions off the floor and away from low ground in case of flooding.
7. Invest in storm windows.
8. Keep all patio furniture, grills, etc in doors before a summer storm hits. Do not forget to part your vehicles in the garage.
9. If your town is evacuating due to a hurricane, secure and board up windows and any openings of your home.
10. Finally, take those summer storm warnings and alerts seriously, especially tornado and hurricane warnings. Tornadoes and hurricanes can lead to total property loss and even death.
All About Our Fur-Babies
Contact your local animal shelter to find out more information on providing a fur-baby with a fur-ever home.
Approximately 6.5 million animals are entered into U.S. animal shelters nationwide each year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.
Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats).
Approximately 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats).
Animals play a very important role in our everyday lives. Having an animal as a pet gives you a sense of companionship but it also helps with emotional support, reduces stress levels, sense of loneliness, and helps us to increase our social activities. Pets are very beneficial to our emotional, mental, & physical health. For children, having a pet can help with self-esteem and positive emotional development.
Having a pet allows you to be responsible for someone other than yourself and make you appreciate the innocence in the world. For some people, their pet is all they have in life and may be the very reason they wake up each morning.
Here at SERVPRO we value and appreciate the bond a person has with their fur-baby. We want to hear your story. Did you decide to adopt a fur-baby and give it a fur-ever home, if so then please share your story with us, don’t forget to share pictures.
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty County is proud to announce that we have chosen to sponsor the Bryan County Animal Shelter.
Make sure to stay tuned for more information from SERVPRO on how we are contributing to make our local fur-babies find their fur-ever homes.
February Employee of the Month
Scott Kingery, February Employee of the Month
Here at SERVPRO we value each of our employees. People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing and that is what we strive for. We have learned that the only way to do great work is to love what you do.
Every month SERVPRO likes to recognize an employee that brings a positive attitude and goes above and beyond to help the company grow as a whole.
Scott Kingery is one of our many dedicated employees and it is our honor to name him February Employee of the Month.
Scott has been with SERVPRO for 6 years and has been a true asset to the company.
Scott, thank you for all that you do to make this company run efficiently and for the respect you give to our customers and staff.
March Employee of the Month
Wiliam Brower, March Employee of the Month
Here at SERVPRO we value each of our employees. Your work is going to fill up a huge part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. We have learned that the only way to do great work is to love what you do.
Every month SERVPRO likes to recognize an employee that brings positivity to work place and most importantly to our customers.
William Brower is one of our many dedicated employees and it is our honor to name him March Employee of the Month.
William has been with SERVPRO for a brief time, but has managed to excel and show us that he is a true asset to our company.
William, thank you for your hard work and dedication to the company. We truly appreciate all that you do.
Biohazard- Compulsive Hoarding
This is what Hoarding Disorder looks like.
SERVPRO is known for water & fire damage clean up, mold remediation, storm damage clean up, & commercial services; however, were you aware that SERVPRO also handles Biohazard clean up?
We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations, one being hoarding scenes. According to hoarding statistics, about 5% of the entire population in the universe displays some sort of clinical hoarding.
Being someone diagnosed with Hoarding Disorder (HD) can be difficult, as they find it hard to part with their possessions because of the perceived need to save them.
SERVPRO understands the toll hoarding can take on an individual and their family. In some cases a person diagnosed with Hoarding Disorder (HD) can be ordered by the court system to clean up the home and property.
So the question is why SERVPRO? Our company is trained to safely remove biohazards of all types and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. SERVPRO also realizes that a hoarding scene can be both dangerous and extremely emotional for the customer and their family.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is an annual observance in the United States in which communities come together to dedicate their time in raising awareness and preventing child abuse. The month of April was designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States in 1983. According to the National Children’s Alliance, nearly 700,000 children are abused in the United States annually.
On April 20th the Exchange Club of Statesboro will be sponsoring a community picnic in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, & Liberty County is proud to announce that we will be joining in on this event and we can’t wait to see everyone there showing their support for the kids and families of our community.
Water damage in your Commercial Property
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?
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 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.”