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What to do if you find water in your home.

7/4/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to do if you find water in your home. IICRC and SERVPRO

One of the worst nightmares for any homeowner is finding water in the basement or anywhere in the house, and in most cases, the only way to deal with such a situation is to bring in a professional. Excess water, especially when it is contaminated, has the potential to cause a great deal of damage, and if the problem is not dealt with properly, the situation can quickly get out of hand. This is especially true when water is pooling in the home and coming in contact with organic materials like drywall or fabric.

Water in the basement can be caused by a lot of factors. The room may sit under the water table, which will slowly push water into the home. A disaster like a flood can quickly fill the room with fluid, as well as a burst pipe or other plumbing mishap. No matter what causes the water to build up in the home, it will take a certified team to remove it and restore the basement effectively.

There are a couple steps, though, that a homeowner can take to minimize damage and make the home safe to navigate through. If a pipe burst or is leaking, then cutting off the supply line into the home can halt the problem. Also, switching off the home’s power may be necessary, as an electrical discharge can make walking through water exceedingly dangerous and cause a fire.

Safety is the primary concern when contending with excess moisture, and a certified crew will be able to get the home restored in while avoiding any dangerous situations.

Fireworks Safety

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

With July 4th just around the corner, it’s important to know how to safely handle and operate fireworks. Every year, there are numerous children sent to the emergency room with firework-related injuries and most, it not all, of those injuries are preventable.

Follow these safety tips to prevent injuries from fireworks:

  • Young children should never be allowed to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Always closely supervise children when fireworks are being used. Young children can be injured even by sparkles when not properly supervised. Sparklers caused more than 40% of ALL injuries due to fireworks.
  • Always place fireworks on the ground and light the fuse at an arms length and immediately get to a safe distance to observe.
  • Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush, leaves and flammable substances.
  • Light fireworks one at a time.
  • Never try to pick and move an already lit firework.
  • Never try to re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Never point or throw a firework at a person’s body or feet.
  • Always have water or a fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks inside a pocket.
  • Never shoot fireworks into glass or metal containers.
  • After the fireworks have completed burning, douse any fireworks material on the ground with plenty of water before discarding it.

The best way to protect your family is to not use any fireworks at home. Instead, attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals!

State of Georgia Law states: How long can you shoot fireworks?

New Years until 1 am

July 4th until Midnight

Any other day until 9 pm  

Should I have my ducts cleaned?

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Should I have my ducts cleaned? Excessive dust build vs clean duct system

Knowledge about the potential benefits and possible problems of air duct cleaning is limited. Since conditions in every home are different, it is impossible to generalize about whether or not air duct cleaning in your home would be beneficial.

You should inspect your ducts if your furniture is excessively dusty or if you notice your registers (vents) are dust filled.  After a visual inspection of the inside of the ducts, you see no indication that your air ducts are contaminated with large deposits of dust or mold (no musty odor or visible mold growth), having your air ducts cleaned is probably unnecessary. On the other hand, if someone in your household suffers from allergies, unexplained symptoms or illnesses you may want to consider having your ducts cleaned.  It is normal for the return registers to get dusty as dust-laden air is pulled through the grate. This does not indicate that your air ducts are contaminated with heavy deposits of dust or debris; the registers can be easily vacuumed or removed and cleaned.

Contact SERVPRO at 229-439-2048 to have your ducts cleaned today!!

Summer Grilling Safety Tips

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

General Summer Grilling Safety Tips Stay Safe. Stock photo

Grill Safety to consider when breaking out your inner backyard culinary skills.

June and July are peak months for summer grilling fires.  The Memorial Day weekend is approaching quickly, it’s time to dust off the grills and let the inner backyard culinary skills to work.  As exciting as it is to break out the grill for the official start of the summer season right, we have to always consider the safety that needs to be taken when preparing to light up the grill.

NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) says that the U.S. fire department responded to an average of 8,900 home fire that involved the use of grills, hibachis, or barbecues per year.  These 8,900 fires caused annual averages of 10 civilian deaths, 160 injuries, and $118 million in direct property damage. Almost all the losses resulted from structure fires. The leading causes of grill fires were a failure to properly cleaning of the grill, placement of the grill because it was placed to close to a structure, and leaving the grill unattended. Five out of six (83%) of grills involved in home fires were fueled by gas while 13% used other sources of fuel.

Precautions to take while grilling

Propane:

  • Stay alert when grilling. Avoid grilling when you are tired or have consumed too much alcohol.
  • Do Not leave your grill unattended.
  • Keep the grill in a place that is free from flammable items and away from porch rails, and low lying branches.
  • Keep children and pets as far away from the grill as possible
  • Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.

NOTE: A light soap and water solution applied to the hose is a great way to check for leaks. You can often smell a propane leak, but propane will also release bubbles when the soap and water solution is applied. If you detect a leak, turn the gas tank and grill off. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.

  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before igniting.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately move away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
  • If the flames go out for any reason, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it.
  • Keep your grill clean by regularly removing grease or fat buildup from the grates and trays below.

Charcoal grill safety tips to consider:

  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid to the flames.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • Electric charcoal starters do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container with a lid.

Montezuma Mold Damage - Removal and Remediation Experts Are the Answer

5/16/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Montezuma Mold Damage - Removal and Remediation Experts Are the Answer Mold in a Shower in Montezuma May Be Just the Tip of the Iceberg--Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Mold Remediation Experts Can Make Your Montezuma Home Safe

Certain types of mold damage in Montezuma, Georgia can be harmless, but some mold growth from spores can create possible adverse health conditions. Don't guess at which mold species you have found in your home or business, call professional mold and remediation experts quickly. They will evaluate your situation and then recommend a plan of action to protect everyone's indoor air quality (IAQ). Typically, if someone can see or smell mold, that is a problem! It is recommended that an air quality consultant or an industrial hygienist or a mold remediation technician be contacted.

Mold can only exist and survive with a source of moisture, a source of organic matter and the right temperature to grow. Absence these conditions, these fungi can not adequately exist, and if these conditions are not addressed properly, molds may continue to return. A mold clean-up process is dependent on the extent of its contamination of your property and the type of surfaces (wood, ceiling tiles, wallpaper, paints, carpet, drywall, and insulation) which have been affected. This is why a thorough examination is required because you must first understand why there is a mold problem and how it can be fixed.

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” that is typically found indoors and which produces allergens and irritants. Remember, treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the infestations. Multiple species of mold may exist in the same house or structure. Since many types of mold can cause reactions, you should contact a mold remediation company like SERVPRO to evaluate the condition of your living space.

Montezuma mold damage in residential homes is significantly affected by its continued growth, especially if it exists unseen. Family, friends and guests are entering or living in a toxic atmosphere which can present serious health risks. For major Georgia businesses, mold can cause an interruption of work which is a costly event. Mold infestations can be caused by small water issues like a slow roof leak or a loose plumbing fitting. Every hour which is spent on cleaning up existing mold problems is an hour of further damage and cost.

Mold can spread through any property locations in as little as 48 hours. The skilled technicians from SERVPRO have the IICRC and corporate training and expertise to remediate the mold in homes and businesses. They are certified and have the experience to understand that every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution. The general mold remediation process, however, stays the same with cleaning and removal steps that involve a mold damage assessment, mold containment, air filtration, removing mold and mold-infested materials, and cleaning contents, belongings, followed by restoration processes. Americus remediation professionals can contain mold, remove it, and restore affected areas of your home or business to pre-mold conditions, which sometimes includes replacing structures or sealing the area with a mold inhibitor so it will discourage re-infestations.

Our SERVPRO of Americus company is proudly a part of the expanded community with service areas that include Americus, Leesburg, and Albany. Our experts have the training, experience, and proper equipment to contain mold infestations and remediate your property to a pre-loss condition. If you suspect that your residential has mold, call us today, and we will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation - (229) 928-3440.

Vienna Water Damage--Services for Water Extraction

4/8/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Vienna Water Damage--Services for Water Extraction A Ruptured Water Hose Can Flood Your Vienna Home--Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Removes Moisture from Your Vienna Water Damaged Property

Water damage in Vienna can be the unwanted effect from many different causes. But this does not change the result--a mess needing restoration. However, the issue that matters most is finding a Water Removal team of professionals to extract the water and minimize the ruin. While you could try to get rid of all of the water to save money, the professionals that handle the service are capable of expediting the water extraction, thereby minimizing secondary water damage. Fast removal not only saves you money in the long run but lessens the negative impact on the structure of your home while also protecting personal possessions like clothing, photographs, and computers.
 
Finding a trustworthy service is easier than you think. Since you are already speaking with your insurance agent, ask for a recommendation for a water damage restoration company in your local area. Chances are he will list SERVPRO at the top, or as a preferred vendor, to restore your water damaged Vienna home. This company will also detail a report called the CCIS to list all damaged materials and items. They will coordinate with your agent a quick agreement on the necessary services for restoration. This helps alleviate stress for you and aids in the claims process and paperwork.
 
A crucial initial step is the assessment. This inspection is where they use the necessary equipment to discover hidden areas of moisture that may lead to continuing degradation and the proliferation of mold growth. Afterward, they get the equipment needed to pump out the excess water, place air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out the remaining moisture, and then disinfect and sanitize affected areas. The SERVPRO of Americus franchise is available 24/7 for any fire, mold, or water damage help in Vienna, Albany, and Dawson. Call them at (229) 928-3440.

Americus Mold-Tips for Preventing Fungi Growth

3/19/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Americus Mold-Tips for Preventing Fungi Growth Mold Damage Can Be Unsightly and Destructive--Call SERVPRO for Remediation

SERVPRO Can Remediate Your Americus Mold Infested Home

While it’s impossible to determine how many homes in Americus have mold in them, it is a relatively common occurrence. Fortunately, there are ways to deter it, which are discussed below. If your property is suffering from a mold attack, mold remediation can be performed to return your home to a healthier and safer state.
 
Preventing Mold Damage
Controlling moisture is the key to preventing mold growth because mold can start to grow in as little as 48-72 hours. To control moisture: 
--Any leaks, including those in the roof, pipes, and walls, should be fixed or sealed immediately.
--When there is a leak, be sure to dry the area quickly. If furniture, bedding, or carpet is exposed to water and cannot be dried completely, it should be removed.
--Keep in mind that almost anything can grow mold, even clothing. Don’t allow wet clothing to sit for long periods, even in the washing machine.
--Ensure your home is properly ventilated. For example, any appliance that produces moisture, such as a dryer or stove, should be vented. Utilize exhaust fans in the bathroom, as well as in the kitchen when washing dishes and cooking. If you use humidifiers or air conditioners, be sure to check them routinely for moisture production and keep them properly cleaned. Changing the HVAC filters on a regular basis will also filter out pollen, dust, and other allergens besides mold spores.
--Divert water away from your property. If the land around your property doesn’t have a sufficient slope that leads away from the foundation, water can collect here, eventually seeping into your basement or crawlspace. Darkness, moisture, and a food source are inviting ingredients for a mold infestation.
--Keep a close eye on your gutters. If your rain gutters become clogged or damaged, they can become a holding place for water that can quickly absorb into your roof and create conditions that are ideal for mold growth. Prevent ice dams on your roof and gutters.
--Enhance the flow of air in your home. If your home’s airflow is restricted, excess moisture can become a problem. To prevent this from becoming an issue, keep the doors to rooms open, move furniture away from the walls, and even open windows to let in fresh air.
 
Mold Removal
If your Leesburg home has mold growing in it, you will need to eliminate it. While you may be able to eradicate small patches (less than 10 square feet) of the mold using a mixture of water, bleach, and Borax, this isn’t recommended. These products are not too efficient. How can you be sure all mold growth has been identified for treatment? (including any that is hidden in the walls, ceiling, and carpet), it is best to call a professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO. They can inspect for mold colonies, discover the sources of moisture, contain any large areas of mold proliferation, and treat your home. Safety clothing and gear, along with heavy duty equipment like air movers, air scrubbers, and foggers are used to remove, sanitize, and deodorize. These skilled technicians from SERVPRO are IICRC-certified in accepted standards of mold remediation.
 
Americus mold damage can also result in health concerns, but mold growth can be remediated (never total removal of mold and its spores) if it is already in your home. If you smell a musty odor but do not see mold stains, call SERVPRO for a home inspection and receive a professional evaluation of your home environment. If mold is present, we can restore your home to a safe condition "Like it never even happened."

We’re Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists

SERVPRO of Americus specializes in water and mold damage restoration in Americus, Leesburg, and Albany. We use advance training in restoration techniques and have the experience and specialized equipment for quick restoration. Call us 24/7 for help. (229) 928-3440

Steps to Prevent Water Damage to Your Leesburg Home

3/10/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Steps to Prevent Water Damage to Your Leesburg Home SERVPRO Says Keep Your Gutters unclogged to Prevent Water Damage

A Leesburg Property Is Protected Against Water Damage by SERVPRO's Advice

Every year rainy season hits causing Leesburg water damage. Before it does, there is a checklist of things you need to do to prepare your home for the inclement weather. While the weather is still beautiful, perform the following routine checks and repairs to help prevent more costly repairs down the road.
 
1. Roof Check
Your roof is the first line of defense against inclement weather. Make sure it is dry before climbing on your roof to prevent slipping, or have a roof inspector do an overall roof check if you can’t. Look for torn, loose, or missing shingles and fix or replace as needed to prevent water leaks and water damage.
 
2. Gutters and Downspouts
 Do an overall inspection of your gutters. The gutters around your house should be free of leaves and debris and tree limbs that overhang any section should be trimmed back to prevent blockages. Make sure the downspouts are connected properly, free of obstructions, and lead the water away from the house.
 
3. Flashing
Flashing is designed to seal and help waterproof when two types of building materials, such as around the chimney and vents, abut. Check all the flashing around your home and make sure it is all sealed well with caulk to prevent leaks.
 
4. Caulk Windows
Windows are one of the easiest accesses for water into your home. Carefully check all windows around your home and caulk any gaps you find to create a waterproof seal.
 
5. Doorframes
Rain can quickly find its way into your home through improperly sealed door frames. Carefully check your door frames for any gaps and spaces. All gaps, big or small should be sealed with weather stripping to prevent water damage.

6. Basement and Crawlspaces
Your basement or crawlspace can be a welcome mat for water. Thoroughly check your basement for visible signs of cracks, gaps or damage to your walls, floors, windows, and doors. Look for mold and mildew growth which indicates moisture may already be a problem. Seal wall cracks with cement or sealant and carefully caulk or seal windows and doors. If you aren’t sure what to look for in your basement, hire a professional to do a full inspection, give SERVPRO a call.
 
7. Masonry
Masonry around your home can crack or get damaged over time. Check for cracks or damage and seal with either cement or a masonry cement. Masonry under windows will typically have weep holes for a moisture outlet. These do not require sealing.
 
8. Foundation Walls
Like your masonry, foundation walls are capable of developing cracks and damage that allows water to seep into your home. Inspect all your foundation walls, especially basement foundation walls, where water is naturally drawn to, being the lowest point of the house. Repair and seal foundation wall cracks with cement or a sealant. If you aren’t sure of what to look for, a professional can inspect, repair and seal foundation cracks in your basement and around your home. SERVPRO can always offer preventative services to dimish the possibilty of water damage to your Leesburg property.

9. Fix Landscape Problems
Your landscape should be designed to help water drain away from the home. If you have any grading issues that create a pathway for water to run toward your home, fix it.
 
10. Sump Pump and Drainage Systems
Sump pumps and drainage systems need to be in good-working-order before the rainy season hits just in case, despite your efforts, water gets in. Make sure your sump pump has had its yearly maintenance and repairs and your drainage systems are not backing up or have any blockages.

If water damage to your Leesburg home does occur, call SERVPRO of Americus for a fast response to assess and mitigate water damage loss to your possessions and property. Our IICCR trained technicians can restore your home back to pre-water damaged condition "Like it never even happened."

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of Americus specializes in water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage restoration training, and can restore your home in Leesburg, Americus, and Albany by calling us 24/7 at (229) 928-3440.

Sylvester Fire Damage Includes Indirect Damage from Smoke and Water

2/29/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Sylvester Fire Damage Includes Indirect Damage from Smoke and Water Residential fire damage generates many kinds of problems that range from odors produced by smoke to dealing with the structural repair.

Fire Damage in Sylvester Requires Specialized Equipment

Sylvester residential fire damage generates many kinds of problems that range from controlling the odors produced by smoke to dealing with the structural repair. Even a small fire can be terribly disruptive to normal life, threaten your family's sense of security and generate long-term consequences. Water from fire control or burst pipes can destroy treasured mementos that escaped the fire, cause severe structural issues, affect how your home looks and functions, and ruin carpeting or your floor's finish. Prompt cleanup and restoration services can minimize the damage from fire. By hiring experts to restore normal living conditions, you can protect your home and property from environmental hazards, and home intrusions that commonly occur after a fire compromises home security.


Fire Restoration Services Call for Experienced Professionals and Special Equipment
When you experience Sylvester residential fire damage, a team of residential restoration specialists can handle everything from carpet cleaning to drying out your home. These specialty services include emergency storm restoration, board-up service, water removal and cleanup services to control soot, stains, and odors. Specialists understand the classes of fires and the residues that they leave. You might have to deal with combustion residue, fingerprint powder, and chemicals from fire extinguishers or flooded carpets and floors. It doesn't make sense to hire separate cleaning and restoration services when a fire damage specialist can handle everything from a local office, which includes preserving and restoring precious family heirlooms.


Choosing a locally owned fire damage repair business offers many advantages over other cleanup and restoration companies. You get faster service, which helps to minimize damage and preserve more of your furnishings and personal belongings. You also get access to the latest equipment, skills and knowledge of the best practices for preserving and restoring your home and furnishings after a fire. Fire restoration requires using the right cleaning chemicals, drying equipment, water extraction units and sanitizing strategies because fires can result in dangerous pathogens getting into your home.


Fire Prevention Tips and Proactive Strategies
The best way to prevent Sylvester residential fire damage is to practice fire safety and prevention. Install smoke detectors, fire alarms, sprinkler systems and sensors where appropriate. Never store flammable liquids or gases in areas where there are open fires. Check the batteries on smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors regularly. It's important to keep flammable materials away from space heaters and turn them off at night while sleeping. Never use your stove or oven to stay warm because cooking appliances can give off dangerous carbon monoxide when used for too long. It's also important to educate your family at the earliest ages about what to do if a fire breaks out somewhere in your home.


Our Americus Office for Managing Fire Damage
We live in your area, and our Americus office serves Sylvester and other cities in Georgia including Leesburg, Albany, Vienna, Cuthbert, Bainbridge, Camilla and others. We're locally owned and operated, but we have the national resources and equipment to provide prompt repairs and painting, cleaning and sanitizing services to restore your home as closely as possible to its condition before the fire. Our company has the resources to treat most fire damage and get the job done quickly. Call SERVPRO of Americus at (229) 928-3440 to deal with Sylvester residential fire damage and let us provide smoke, water, and chemical cleaning services.

Why Obtaining Professional Water Damage Restoration Services Is Important for Your Leesburg Property

12/23/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Obtaining Professional Water Damage Restoration Services Is Important for Your Leesburg Property SERVPRO Says a Sump Pump Can Keep Your Basement Dry

Water Damage to a Leesburg Home is Restored Safely by SERVPRO

When water damage in Leesburg has occurred on your property, you might feel tempted to start the restoration process on your own. First take a step back to a safe distance and assess what you see. Is there water covering the grounds, or flooring within the house? Did a burst pipe or appliance let you down? Standing water can present significant problems for your furnishings, clothing, and actual structure of your house. SERVPRO suggests that you consider the following before deciding if this is a project that you can safely accomplish.

Health Hazards. If the source of the water on your property spread from a contaminated source, it can carry disease-bearing fungi, viruses, and bacteria. Black water that results from sewage backflows and floods requires special safety removal procedures to protect the health of technicians during the water extraction and to sanitize the structure.

Lack Of Equipment. When professional restoration experts from SERVPRO come out to your property to remove standing water, they will use specialized equipment to optimize and expedite the remediation process. Some of the equipment include moisture meters, heat injectors, dehumidifiers, high volume air movers, pumping systems, vacuums, detergents, and disinfectants that destroy microbial threats and fungi.

Lack Of Expedience. When you call a restoration firm like SERVPRO to handle your water damage issue, a trained crew will arrive and begin the water removal process. Less time that water is on the floor or walls, the less on-going damage will occur and fewer expenses for you. If you decide to complete a DIY project, bear in mind that after you remove the water, you must check and make sure that no secondary and on-going water damage will befall the treated areas. How can you be sure? Often, after the homeowner removes water, a mold growth problem will arise. Professional drying utilizing the equipment mentioned above resolves the potential of mold proliferation.

Choosing The Right Water Damage Restoration Company. Once you recognize the importance of avoiding a DIY project and hiring professional water damage restoration services, it's time to select the ideal remediation company. To ensure that you do, look for a team of professionals who are IICRC-certified, have extensive local references, and are available 24/7 to service your water damaged home in Leesburg.

Call SERVPRO Now. Water damage is not an issue you should take lightly. When your property is subjected to excessive standing water, you need a team of professionals working on your behalf. That team is SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified technicians will provide you with the detail-oriented, results-centered care that gets your property back into pre-water damaged condition like it never even happened. 

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of Americus specializes in water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage restoration training, and our process emphasizes regular monitoring and documentation of the drying process from beginning to end. (229) 928-3440