Recent Water Damage Posts

My Leak is Gone, But Now What?

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

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!

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

2 SERVPRO techs with 2 customers checking out a water loss that occurred under the kitchen sink 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.

SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh and East Liberty 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

8/8/2021 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO Van SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh and East Liberty provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in 4 counties.

SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh and East Liberty is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 912-445-5190

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh and East Liberty has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Statesboro

SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh and East Liberty specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Faster to your Richmond Hill Area Water Damage Event

8/8/2021 (Permalink)

Wet wooden floor SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty provides 24 hour fire and water damage services in the Richmond Hill area and more.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we.  SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh and East Liberty provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh and East Liberty arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 912-445-5190

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Statesboro

SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh and East Liberty specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you have water damage in your home, contact us! SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, Mcintosh, East Liberty Counties is your local water restoration expert

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Basement and Foundation Water | SERVPRO® of Bryan, Effingham, Mcintosh, and East Liberty Counties

When you feel water dripping onto your face, you know you have a roof leak. When you see water pooling around your sink, you know you have a pipe problem. But when do you first realize there’s a problem with water getting into your foundation?

Seeing dampness in your basement—if you have one—may be the first step. But often, foundation water problems aren’t discovered or corrected until they’ve done real damage to your house or business.

How Does Water Get Into Your Foundation?

One likely reason: rainwater draining under your house. If your house is built in a low-lying area or depression (the land around is higher than your house), then water can accumulate and seep inside.

Why Does Low-Lying Water Matter?

You can’t actually see the foundation of your house, unless, as we said, you have a full basement. If you just have a tiny crawl space, you may never go there except during a tornado warning. So what does a little water matter?

Quite a lot, actually. Dampness can encourage black mold to grow, making people in your household ill. Termites, which like damp wood, may move in. Plus, water may crack concrete walls and weaken wooden support beams, leading to serious structural damage.

Solutions That Last

It’s not easy to keep water away from your foundation or basement. In fact, some dampness may be a given. But you can prevent accumulation and damage by (1) keeping water away and (2) shunting water out.

To keep water away from your basement or foundation, you want your house to be elevated at least a little—some experts suggest a grade of about an inch per foot, for at least six feet around your house. This way, rainwater and other groundwater drains away from your building, not toward it.

Also, look for faults in construction that might be letting water in. These can include places where below-ground pipes enter your home or business. Cracked concrete can also admit water.

To get rid of unwanted water, you may want to consult a contractor about French drains or drain tile systems. A sump pump can also help remove water from your basement. None of these fixes are quick or easy, but they beat correcting the long-term, expensive damage that can arise over time.

If water damages your home, we’re there for you. Contact us at any hour for assistance.

Are you in need of repairs due to water damage? Contact SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, Mcintosh, East Liberty Counties for quick & professional service.

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Leaky Pipes? Find Them and Fix Them! | SERVPRO® of Bryan, Effingham, Mcintosh & East Liberty Counties

Leaky pipes are like termites. They may leave telltale signs, but you often don’t notice them until the damage has been done.

Every now and then, you should 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 can probably fix it.

If you’ve never repaired, it may be easier than you think. This video is just one DIY tutorial you can find online. We recommend looking at instructions by a well-known company, but there are plenty of homemade resources out there, too…just remember they don’t have to be vetted to be online.

Become a Leak Detective

Do I actually have 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.

Source that leak. 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 for two generations.

We’ll pick up the phone any time, day or night. As a nation-wide company with local ownership, we deliver a powerful combination of national expertise and neighborly customer service.

Need help cleaning up water damage? Contact us day or night for the rapid response we’re famed for.

3 things to do while you wait for SERVPRO

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

When you realize there is water in your home, what should you do? First you want to stop the water source. If you are unable to do this, immediately call a plumber. You should also call your insurance company so they can lead you through the steps. We have below 3 of the most important tasks you should do while you wait for SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties to reach your house. 

Most importantly your SAFETY. You should make sure you are safe first. That could mean leaving the house completely (even with the water continuing to flow) if it involves an electrical issue. If the water is high enough where you cannot see the floor, it would be a good idea to leave that area. You may not be aware of some dangerous circumstances that are under the water. 

Documentation, documentation, documentation. To help your insurance company and to have your peace of mind, document every damage you can. Make sure you can see the time and date of each picture. If you think you are taking too many pictures, odds are you should keep documenting. If you have furniture or appliances that were affected, take pictures of the serial number if you can find it. A good idea is to also walk through each affected (and not affected) areas and video. This will ensure you are catching everything. 

Remove any item in harms way. You may be able to start the first step of the cleanup process. If it is safe to do so, remove waterlogged items from the flooded area. The more you can move out, the higher chance the items can be restored. 

If you are over your head with a water loss, our IICRC certified technicians will be on site to help with your loss. 

April Showers Can Mean Homeowner Headaches

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

April has always been known for the many rain showers that occur. In an effort to ensure that the showers do not damage your home, it is important for you to act before the rain comes! Here are some things you can check to prevent damage to your home! 

Check your roof. The shingles can be damaged or just worn down which can create a mess for a homeowner. Make sure you check around the chimney. This can be a place that can easily be damaged during a storm. 

Check your foundation. A crack in the foundation can lead to water damaging the home. To prevent water damage, look around your house for puddles, leaks, moisture on the walls, and moisture around the windows. 

Check the seals in your home. Around windows and doors, check the caulking which over time can become a major issue. If you are unsure whether it needs it, ask a professional to look at the seal to see whether it needs to be redone or not. 

If this April you notice an issue in your home such as water in area where it does not belong, call SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties.

Foundation problems due to water

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

Do you think you have water damaging your foundation? Lucky for us you are a hands-on homeowner, who fixes and repairs things as needed. The problem is that water damage to foundations is not an easy water damaging problem to identify.

The key to minimizing the damage is to catch it fast and address the issue. But how? Below is a list of the some of the common symptoms of water damage within a house foundation.

A. Overly Damp Soil

If you have an idea that there could be an issue with moisture, take a look at the soil around the foundations of the property. If it is unusually wet without any recent rain, there is a good chance that groundwater is seeping into the foundation.

B. Water in the Crawlspace
Standing water and moisture building up within a crawlspace is a pretty good sign that something is wrong with the foundation, circulation of air, lack of adequate insulation, or a broken pipe. If it is too damp in this area, the quality of the air in your house can decrease, and it may give off a musty odor.


C. Mal-functioning doorframes or windows
This might sound like a surprising sign, but if your doorframes used to open and close correctly, but have recently started to stick, the problem could be moisture related. It may be a sign that the doorframes have begun to warp, from excessive water absorption.

If you notice one or all three of the issues, you may have a problem on your hands. SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties is here to help! 

Water Damage Requires Professional Clean Up Now to Prevent Problems Later

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage that results from a broken water line, can cause severe damage throughout the home.

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 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, and East Liberty Counties are experienced in responding to water damage emergencies such as ruptured or frozen water lines, and we can respond quickly. 

Water Damage Prevention

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

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 and make it "Like it never even happened."

How to Prevent Water Damage from Water Disasters

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage is one of the most common and costliest disasters your home can experience, costing billions of dollars annually. 

Properly maintaining a home is one of the best ways to prevent water damage from water disasters.

The following are some helpful tips:

1. Reseal your basement

2. Make sure water drains away from the building

3. Install a backwater valve.

4. Inspect appliance hoses and faucets

5. Inspect showers and tubs

6. When away on vacation, shut off the water supply to the washing machine

7. Know the location of the main water shut-off valve in your home

8. Install an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system

9. Check plumbing and heating pipes

10. Caulk and seal windows

11. Inspect your roof

12. Check your downspouts

13. Check sprinklers and irrigation systems

14. Install gutter guards

15. Store off-season and other bulk belongings in waterproof bins

16. Never store valuables or memorabilia where there is risk of destruction from water

17. Keep belongings stored on shelving off the floor in the basements

18. Keep an up to date home inventory

If water damage occurs, remember to call SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties.

Our goal is 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. 

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. 

Drying the water away

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

A small water leak happens in your home, you think you dried it all the way. The floor is just slightly damp but maybe it will dry on its own. Here is a good reason you should get the area completely dry. 

It is no joking matter to have mold growing in your home. It is true that mold spores are indoors and outdoors all the time, but for mold to grow out of the healthy range you have to have two things: 1) food and 2) water. There is very little you can do to remove all “food” sources in a house, but you can eliminate the water factor. When you have a water loss, it is incredibly important to completely dry the area affected so mold will not grow. 

If you have a water loss that you cannot handle, call us at 912-445-5190 so we can ensure your home is handled properly. 

Water Damage Control

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

When homeowners find themselves faced with water damage from a sewage backup or bursting pipes, they often want to know how long the restoration efforts will take. The answer depends on the extent of the damage, the type of water to invade the home and materials used throughout the affected area. Our SERVPRO water restoration team may tell homeowners to expect the process to take anywhere from two to three days, but to not be surprised if it takes as many as seven or longer. Some factors that affect the time it takes to dry out a home include: 

• The type of water to flood the home 
• The size of the area affected 
• The building materials affected

Type of Water

Clean water is easier to clean up than black water, as the former doesn’t require special Hazmat materials or equipment. If your problems stem from bursting pipes, the solution may be as simple as fixing the pipes and drying out the area. If you do so within 24 to 48 hours, you can reduce the likelihood of mold and bacteria growth as well. 

Size of Affected Area

The type of water isn’t the only factor to affect restoration times. The size of area plays a huge part as well. If the size of the affected area is relatively small, less than ten square feet, restoration efforts can take as little as two days, and you may even be able to perform them yourself. However, if your entire ground floor is flooded, it could take several days of professional efforts. 

Materials Impacted

If it is just your carpet that is affected, restoration efforts shouldn’t require much of your time at all. However, if your drywall, insulation and/or framing are impacted, you may need to do more than fix a broken pipe. Restoration efforts in the latter instance could take as long as 7 days or more. 

Every situation is different, and the water damage caused by bursting pipes could be far more severe than damage from, say, a leaking pipe. Talk to your local SERVPRO water damage restoration team to learn more about what to expect. We are always here to help! 

Tip for Owning Multiple Houses

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

We responded to a phone call from a concerned neighbor seeing water flow out of a house that was not being lived in full time. This was the homeowner's summer house near the water in Midway, GA. The house had a pipe burst. Water seemed to flow from room to room soaking into the carpet, walls, and furniture. We did not know how long the water was flowing before the neighbor saw it. 

Our crew discovered that there was more than water damage at this property; mold had started to grow on the wall and other contents in the room. 

We respond to these calls more often than people think due to the area in which we live. So many houses are vacation homes to families that aren't living near this area. This is a reminder to shut off your water if you will be gone for a long period of time.  You never know if a pipe would burst or a toilet would overflow while you are gone. It would also be a great idea to have someone come in the home weekly or more often for a walk through to make sure everything is perfect in your home. 

Water damage prevention

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

You can’t always prevent harm from coming your way. Sometimes disaster strikes and accidents happen. Some things, however, you can control. Giving these potential problem areas in your house some extra attention will help keep you and your home safe and dry!

  1.   Your Windows! Regardless of the season, a drafty window can end up costing you a fortune! To check for drafts in your home, use a lit candle against windows. If the flame flickers as you run it along the seams then you may need to reseal your windows

  2. Your Plants!  Plants both in and around your home can be a problem if they are not properly maintained. In an effort to avoid the growth of mold or mildew on your property simply make sure that your garden areas have adequate drainage, and that you are trimming plants around the structure.

  3. Your Gutters! As tedious as it may be, keeping your gutters clean is really going to help keep your home safe from costly water or mold damages. Cleaning out and inspecting your gutters regularly as well as keeping downspouts clear of any blockages will help keep the structure draining properly.

If you do find yourself dealing with the troubles of water damage in your home, give SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh and East Liberty Counties a call at (912) 445-5190. We’re available 24 hours a day to clean up the damage and restore your property. We will make your home look "Like it never even happened." 

Contaminated Water Categories

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that cause serious illnesses. Water damage can be classified by the three types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

Category 2 water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples 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.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Hour Emergency Service

Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We are water damage restoration specialists with specialized training, equipment and protective gear to safely restore your home or business. Call us at (912) 445-5190 if you have any emergency problems!

How to Prevent Mold after Water Damage to your Carpet

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

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.

When Water Comes

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

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?

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Stinky Situation (The story of a sewage loss in Richmond Hill)

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

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!

SERVPRO Helps Dry Your Cabinets After Water Damage To Your Richmond Hill Home

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Speedy Solutions for Water Damage In Crescent

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

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.

Preventative Tips to Combat Water Damage

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

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.
 
Drips
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
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 Us
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.

Water Removal Professionals Save You Stress and Money

8/5/2016 (Permalink)

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

Water Damage Requires Professional Clean-Up Now to Prevent Problems Later

7/19/2016 (Permalink)

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.

Summer Fire Safety

6/2/2016 (Permalink)

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!

6/1/2016 (Permalink)

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!

Got Water Damage? Here’s When and Why You Need a Specialist