When Storms Hit Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh or East Liberty Counties SERVPRO is Ready!
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, or East Liberty Counties, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (912) 445-5190.
Tornado Watch Or Warning? Know the Difference.
Multiple tornadoes have hit different areas in South Georgia over the last week, leaving homes destroyed and losing loved ones. How should one prepare for such a dangerous situation?
You should know the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning.
According to www.weather.gov, A Tornado Watch means that "tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area." You should be prepared with supplies and a plan of safety with a safe room.
A Tornado Warning means that "a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property." You should be in the lowest level of your home, away from windows. "If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris."
You should wait as long as possible after you no longer hear the wind noises before you move away from your safe space. You cannot fully know how safe the area is so be extra cautious while leaving your safe area.
Our Account Manager, Christy Smith delivering books for the children.
This week we were invited to help spread Holiday cheer to the children at Little Lotts Creek Apartments in Statesboro, Georgia. Through this event, SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, Mcintosh & East Liberty Counties was happy to donate books to over 50 children. This event was successful because of the generosity of so many people in the community.
Several stores in Statesboro donated gifts for children, and food for the mini food bank that is stocked throughout the year on property.
Katherine Parks, the property manager not only organized this spectacular event, but she baked lots of homemade cookies for the kids! Lonnie, one of the tenants at Little Lotts Creek Apartments volunteered to be Santa, and he may have been just as excited as the children!
It gave us so much joy to see all of the children's faces when they met Santa. Due to the pandemic, many of the children had never even seen Santa in person and most of them were certain he was the real Santa. There were a few that were nervous, but most of them gave him the biggest hugs!
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties loves giving back to our community. Happy Holidays to you and yours from the entire SERVPRO team!
Try to Prevent the Spread of the Omicron Variant
According to www.nytimes.com, "Underscoring increasing concerns about Omicron, scientists in South Africa said on Friday that the newest coronavirus variant appeared to spread more than twice as quickly as Delta, which had been considered the most contagious version of the virus."
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, & East Liberty Counties uses an EPA-approved cleaner, which we can use as a preventative measure to disinfect and sanitize for the current pandemic.
We are strictly following CDC regulations and staying educated and up to date regarding their processes and requirements.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can easily be spread from person to person. Having your workplace sanitized as a preventative measure can be an effective way of being proactive in preventing the spread of possible contamination.
To reduce the risk of infection and the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) please have your employees follow these simple steps:
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly
- Be diligent in cleaning
- Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and face
- Avoid close contact with people. Keep all interactions at least 6-feet apart and avoid handshakes
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties is here to help you and your business during this pandemic. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.
Respond Quickly After a Water Damage Occurs
We offer a fast response 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and are available to take your call anytime. Water damage does not wait for Monday at 10:00 AM to happen. We realize that you want to get your life back to normal as soon as possible after a water loss. All our restoration methods meet industry standards, and our technicians are trained to IICRC standards. We have the technology and equipment that help our team ensure your house is back "Like it never even happened." We offer all our customers comprehensive water mitigation services, and we have a long history of working with insurance companies, so your claims are processed as quickly as possible.
A Quick Response is Key!
No matter what caused your water damage problem, it is imperative that you have a fast response in calling us and that we move quickly and efficiently in making repairs. In just minutes, water can spread to other areas of your home. After a few hours, floors can become unrepairable. After only a few days, water can create severe complications and secondary damage such as microbial growth.
Immediately after the loss, you can do a few things before we get there. The removal of wet items that are not permanently there will help tremendously such as rugs, curtains, and more. If you have furniture in the area where the loss has occurred, move the furniture or place waterproof material under each leg to help avoid more or any damage to the legs of the furniture. When you call our office, our technician or crew chief may go over a few more steps to ensure your property can be repaired while we are en route to your house.
At SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties we understand how crucial it is to move fast after water damage has occurred. Call us as soon as you can after the loss at (912) 445-5190.
Brrrr It's Getting Cold Outside!
In South Georgia, we do not see temperatures super low very often. This winter season, there have already been a few nights that have been bone-chilling cold. Here are a few winter tips to keep you safe and comfortable.
A Few Winter Tips
- Keep your gas tank at least half full (or full) to prevent the fuel line from freezing.
- Don't forget to crank up your car early in the mornings before you need to leave. Those windshields can possibly be frozen over!
- Drip those outdoor pipes. You don't want to have a flooded yard.
- Drip those indoor pipes to keep the water flowing so a pipe does not burst in the middle of the night.
- Last but not least; bring those furbabies inside! Yes, some types/breeds of animals love the cold weather, but some are not built for the cold. They will love sleeping inside.
Keeping warm and staying safe during these cold winter nights is very important. However if you find yourself in a situation where you have a pipe burst in your home, call us at (912) 445-5190 so we can help you!
Smoke and Soot Clean-Up
Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Countes will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (912) 445-5190
Protect Your Home This Holiday Season!
Keep House Fires Out of Your Winter Celebrations | SERVPRO® of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties
Though fire safety is an important focus at any time of year, as the chill of winter sets in, it is an even more pressing concern. The Red Cross has found that the winter season is when most fires occur in the home, which is understandable given that many winter and holiday activities provide an ideal environment for house fires to start.
At any time of the year, cooking is the leading cause of household fires, and winter is no exception with more people trying new recipes and baking projects. In addition to this, heating and electrical fires become more of a concern with the use of heaters and decorations, so it is important to be aware of the risks and ideal prevention methods.
Preventing Fires Around the Winter Holidays
Keep safe when cooking. Cooking large meals or undertaking new baking experiments is a popular winter pastime; the chances for any type of cooking fire will increase accordingly. When cooking, it is important to never leave flammable objects near the stove, oven, or slow cooker, and to never leave heating food unattended. It is also wise to keep a fire extinguisher on hand in case any flare-ups do occur, so they can be addressed quickly.
Heat the house with proper precautions. As the winter chill sets in, reaching for space heaters or putting a fire in the fireplace is common, and can be done safely. It is important to note that space heaters should always be equipped with proper safety features and that fireplaces should never be left unattended, as these are some of the leading causes of winter fires. If you do have a fireplace, be sure your chimney is inspected every year to address any potential hazards.
Decorate with care. Most of us can appreciate fun, holiday decorations, but issues can develop with these electrical components that can be hazardous. Christmas tree fires are often caused by the lights hung on the tree, mainly due to the fraying of the wires or the overloading of outlets. Always check your strands of lights before using them, and never leave them plugged in when you will not be home or when you are going to bed.
Need Our Help?
If you have damage due to a house fire, you can depend on us to help. Contact us 24 hours a day to report damage and receive a quick response from our certified restoration technicians. Call SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties today. (912) 445-5190.
Check Those Smoke Detector Batteries!
The holidays are here and with everything going on a lot of us have forgotten a very important thing to check...our smoke detectors. If you haven't done so lately, today is the day to test your smoke detector batteries!
The U.S Fire Administration (USFA) states that smoke detectors should be checked monthly to ensure there are no malfunctions and that the batteries should be changed at least once or twice a year. Most people have found it easy to remember to do this when daylight savings time occurs. While you’re changing your clocks, go ahead and change your batteries in your smoke detectors. If you missed getting on the time change schedule, just jump on the December/June Schedule.
Make sure you check your smoke detectors users manual and if any of the following apply, then you may need to check your smoke detectors more often:
- The detector gives a false alarm
- The alarm emits a short beep regularly without anyone touching it
- Frequent kitchen smoke has caused it to activate often, which may cause the batteries to deplete quicker
There are two types of smoke detectors:
- Battery-Powered- This type can be susceptible to defective or worn-out batteries. Doing monthly testing is critical to ensure that the detector is working properly.
- Hardwired- This type is powered by your home’s electrical system, but is known to have backup batteries so the device can remain operational in a power outage. This type still requires a monthly test to help ensure that both the batteries and parts are working properly.
If your home isn’t equipped with smoke detectors, then please make sure you visit your local fire department. The fire departments in each community have access to fire safety equipment like smoke detectors and would be glad to make sure your family is safe.
How to Minimize a Large Loss at Your Commercial Business.
Emergency Ready Profile
Whenever a leak happens in your business, do you trust that your employees know exactly what to do? Do they know where each valve for the water is located? Do they know who can be there to help remove the water? Lucky for you, they don't have to. With our Emergency Ready Plan, they will just call us, and we know the answers to all of these questions!
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 & 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!