A Few Tips on Getting Prepared for Thunderstorms and Severe Weather
Be Prepared for Thunderstorms and Severe Weather
- Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms.
- Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household.
- Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm. This should be away from windows, skylights, and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail.
- Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm.
- Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches.
- Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home.
- Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning rods.
- Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to emergencies.
- Put together an emergency preparedness kit
- Water—one gallon per person, per day
- Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation & personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family & emergency contact information
- Extra cash
When a Storm Hits
Whether it is a Category 5 hurricane or a bad thunderstorm rolling through, homeowners 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 precautions 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! 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, & East Liberty Counties. We work around the clock to ensure happiness in our community! We will send a team out as quickly as possible to begin work for your home if disaster strikes!
My Leak is Gone, But Now What?
Leaky pipes are like termites. They may leave telltale signs, but you often don’t notice them until the damage has been done.
You should occasionally check your home or business for leaking pipes. Insurance companies often do not cover the damage they cause, which is why it’s so important to identify them early.
If your leak is hard to access, you’ll probably have to call in expert help to fix it. But if you can find it, you may be able to repair it by looking up online tutorials.
Become a Leak Detective
Is there a leak? Look for tell-tale signs, such as stains on your ceiling, damaged or loose flooring, or grout and caulking that are coming away. Also, check for loose sink hands or faucets. See if your toilet can be moved, even a little. Plus, check for mold.
Where is That Leak Coming From?
Where exactly is the leak? Grab your flashlight and find out. Check under countertops and sinks. Open the panel behind your tub. For small leaks, fill a sink or tub. Let water drain and check visible pipe joints for dampness. Use a dry tissue or handkerchief to detect small amounts of moisture at joints.
Do You Need a Plumber?
If you can easily get to a leaky pipe, you can likely repair it yourself. But if you have to call a plumber, don’t worry—a small investment now can save you a lot down in the future.
Success! My Leak Is Gone. But My Baseboard Is Moldy…
Have you already experienced damage from a leaky pipe? Call SERVPRO®. We’ve been cleaning up water damage since 1967!
We’ll pick up the phone any time, day or night. As a national company with local ownership, we deliver a powerful combination of national expertise and neighborly customer service.
Have Your Cabinets Been Damaged By Water? SERVPRO Can Help You!
We can help you with cabinets after a water loss.
Kitchen Or Bathroom Cabinets Damaged by Water?
Water damage wreaks havoc 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. Coastal Georgia is also prone to flooding at times which means that there is a risk of water affecting your house.
After water damage to your Richmond Hill area home, you need to 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 secondary issues such as mold spores and mildew.
One of the leading causes of interest for homeowners 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 easily accessible, 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 types of wood, the paint used, the position, and if 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 & East Liberty Counties a call at (912) 445-5190.
Three Reasons To Choose SERVPRO
We have the knowledge and equipment to help you in your biggest disasters.
Quick! Name three things that come in groups of three. If you choose sneezes, barbershop trio singers, or three-leaf clovers, you’re right on the money. We’d like to add one more big THREE: our trifecta of service.
When you need somewhere to turn for emergency cleaning and restoration, there are three great reasons to choose SERVPRO®: science-backed cleaning, a strong ethos of teamwork, and 24-hour service.
Let us take a minute to tell you about each of these in more detail.
We Bring the Science
At SERVPRO®, we do the research to bring the exact protocol you need, whether it’s flood remediation or disinfecting.
You may not have thought much about the science behind cleaning….but that’s OK because we have! For everyday disinfection against diseases such as COVID-19, we only use EPA-approved products.
And we follow standards set by organizations such as the CDC to ensure you’re getting hospital-grade cleaning.
You’re on Our Team
One thing that makes SERVPRO® great is our teamwork. We synergize to get you the right cleaning and restoration services at the right time. And best of all, you’re part of our team.
Whether it’s a defensive cleaning program or an emergency job, we work with you to create the best plan for your business. We consult with you before we get started, and check in to make sure we’re providing exactly what you need.
We Are Here 24/7
Unfortunately, disaster doesn’t conveniently schedule an appointment between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to strike. It can happen at any time.
Lucky for our SERVPRO® customers, we are ready, any time. You can call our hotline or fill out a web form and we’ll assess your problem and give you the cleaning and restoration assistance you need to get your business up and running again.
So there you have it—three excellent reasons to choose us!
When disaster strikes, SERVPRO® of Bryan, Effingham, Mcintosh & East Liberty Counties can help. Contact us at any hour when emergencies strike for assistance. (912) 425-5190.
"Like it never even happened."
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. If you need 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
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing & Industrial
If you need these services, please call SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties at 912.445.5190. We are always ready to help!
Have You Had A Positive Case In Your Office?
It helps to be proactive during these trying times.
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and 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.
What Do I Do After The Fire Truck Pulls Off???
It's essential to hire a professional immediately after a fire.
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' heads 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 house fire, they may be confused and stunned. Fortunately, there are resources available that can assist a homeowner with getting through these hours with as few disruptions and discomfort as possible. By calling SERVPRO, a representative will arrive with the knowledge to provide the homeowners with a comprehensive plan to restore their property to its original preloss 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 to be able to get the help that they need without any unnecessary delays. Once the fire truck leaves the property, the owner and their family must know how to respond to minimize this devastating situation. 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 secondary issues such as microbial growth. 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, with 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 SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties franchise at (912) 445-5190 today.
Fire Damage Calls For Professional Help
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 of a reputable restoration company that you can call in a time of crisis, such as SERVPRO.
Fire damage 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 peace of mind when tragedy strikes. At SERVPRO, we’ll take you through all the steps before even beginning any work, and explain questions you may have.
Loss from fire damage presents different challenges than regular repair and cleaning. The combination of the impact of intense heat, smoke residues, and water from firefighters creates an effect that will need various kinds of services from the fire restoration company.
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 that 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 personal contents 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 companies for particular contents such as dry cleaning of clothing, cleaning of electronics, refinishing furniture, and restoring expensive artwork.
In some cases, structural components can be damaged so much that they can’t be restored to a preloss condition. Reconstructing and repairing fire-damaged structural components could possibly 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 as well as 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 & East Liberty Counties when you have experienced a fire. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (912) 445-5190.
Understanding SERVPRO'S Water Lingo For Contamination
Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment are necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties has the proper training and equipment to help with biohazard situations.
There are three major types of contaminated water.
Category 1: “Clean Water”
This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.
Category 2: “Gray Water”
This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow, toilet overflow (with some urine, but no feces), or dishwasher overflow.
Category 3: “Black Water”
This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties will inspect the contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.