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SERVPRO can help in the Aftermath of Fire Damage

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

Ceiling has fallen through after a fire exposing beams above. Our highly trained professionals can help in the aftermath of fire damage. Do you need fire damage cleanup? Call our team at 706-843-1990.

Fire Prevention for the Workplace

As a small business owner, it is always beneficial to know ways to prevent fires in the workplace. Having an Emergency Plan in place will help you create a safer work environment for everyone that comes into your building. Having fire prevention methods in place can help your building combat a fire before it ever begins. 

These tips can help to save lives and should also raise awareness about fire safety and fire protection for your employees and customers. We advise you to educate your building occupants, or employees, to abide by these safety regulations to keep your business running safely.

  1. Easily Accessible Equipment. Be sure to have fire protection equipment such as fire extinguishers, and control panels stored in a place that is easy to access. Don’t block fire sprinklers or alarms with anything, as this would prevent functionality of your equipment. 
  2. Safe Storage. If harsh chemicals or flammable materials are present in your building, be sure to keep them stored in a safe place. Hazardous materials need to be in a dry, secure room that has good ventilation. It is also important to keep fire protection equipment near your storage area as well. 
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly. Dispose of any hazardous waste in a metal container that has a lid, and make sure this container is properly labeled so there is no mistake in its contents or purpose. This will help to prevent fire hazards.
  4. Maintain a Clean Environment. Be sure to keep maintenance services for all your fire equipment. Servicing your equipment keeps everything up to code, and ensures any machines are properly maintained which prevents overheating and damage. 
  5. Precautionary Measures. Performing quarterly fire safety demonstrations can go a long way when it comes to building safety. Make sure to inform responsible parties how to react in case of emergency, how to use a fire extinguisher and any evacuation measures.
  6. Keep a Clean Environment. When there is a ton of flammable clutter, such as paper or boxes, fires can spread at a more rapid rate. Clutter can also prevent faster evacuation practices. Keeping your building tidy, clean and clutter free will limit the danger of unnecessary fire hazards.
  7. Designating Smoking Areas. Keep a designated smoker's area that is located a safe distance away from your building. Be sure to provide ashtrays, or safe alternatives for people to properly dispose of their cigarettes. This will keep your building safe from fires caused accidentally by lit cigarettes.
  8. Have an Emergency Plan in Place. Emergency evacuation plans are important to prevent further damage in the state of a fire. It’s important that your employees know who to call for help, what to do, and what the next steps should be. 

In the state of an emergency, SERVPRO® is here to make it "Like it never even happened." If a fire occurs, give our team a call at 706-843-1990, we’re always Here to Help® 24/7/365.

SERVPRO Can Help to Identify Microbial Growth

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

Microbial growth present above a window insert in a building. Think you have a microbial growth issue? SERVPRO professionals are Here to Help® 24/7/365. Give our team a call at 706-843-1990 for scheduling.

What is Microbial Growth?

Mold or mildew is a microbial growth. Microbial growth can be visible or hidden but is usually first indicated through smell. Microbes can begin to grow wherever there is excess moisture and a steady “food source.” In commercial spaces, microbes can grow and spread due to leaks, undetected water damage, elevated humidity, or the presence of attractive food sources such as sheetrock, ceiling tiles or carpeting. 

Microbes will feed on any substance that contains carbon atoms, which is anything made up of organic matter. Many natural materials found in commercial buildings provide suitable foods for microbial growth and tend to thrive in warmer environments. Microbes also require high levels of moisture to grow at least 70% humidity, and most outbreaks occur in buildings where porous materials contain persistent amounts of moisture.

Signs That Your Business Has Been Threatened by Microbial Growth:

  • Musty odors
  • Noticeable moisture
  • Visible mold or mildew
  • Water stains in the building

The best way to identify if your property is experiencing growth, is to call SERVPRO® of Augusta to examine your property, help identify problematic areas, areas of contamination spread, and to mitigate. SERVPRO will conduct a visual inspection of your property, run moisture reading tests to help identify the cause, and conduct air quality tests. After inspections are complete, an extensive report will be created to provide information regarding areas of concern, types of mold present, along with the level of contamination. 

Microbial remediation involves an abatement process, this meaning the spores will be removed. However, it is best to conduct additional preventative steps to stop growth from occurring again in the future. SERVPRO professionals will inspect the premises, contain all areas of contamination and thoroughly treat the space. This process will remove all elevated levels of spore contamination your commercial property and help to give a concise procedure explanation on how to prevent growth in the future.

Think you have a microbial growth issue? SERVPRO professionals are Here to Help® 24/7/365. Give our team a call at 706-843-1990 to schedule a consultation today.

How to Stop Mold Growth After a Water Damage

1/1/2022 (Permalink)

Mold above a residential window frame Experiencing mold growth in your home or business? Give our team a call at 706-868-5441 for scheduling a consultation and testing.

Conditions For Mold Growth 

As weather changes and storm season rolls around, the potential for water damage increases as well, which could quickly result in a mold issue. Water in your home is a concerning thought for a good reason, because unattended moisture can lead to mold growth. Mold needs four things to grow: 

  1. Moisture
  2. Food (starch or sugar)
  3. Temperature that ranges from 41°F and 104°F.
  4. Oxygen

The conditions mold needs to grow is almost always met in indoor environments. The food that it needs can typically be found in the paper of drywall or even in water particles causing moisture in a wall cavity.  

Steps You Can TaketoPrevent Mold Growth 

Whether water damage is caused because of a storm or a leaky faucet, when water is trapped behind walls or paneling, the elements mold needs to grow will most likely be present. The best option is to take immediate action to mitigate the water damage to prevent mold from growing.

Start by cleaning and drying the areas that were subjected to water within 48 hours of initial damage. Afterwards be aware of any warning signs that there is mold growth, such as musty odors in the affected area. Make sure you check the exterior of the building regularly for accumulated mold water. If water is accumulating against the foundation, take extra precautions to drain water away from the structure. Keeping things dry is a key tip to prevent mold growth. 

Remove Damaged Materials 

If material is wet and can’t be completely dried, discard them and replace them with items that are more mold resistant. If you have wet insulation, replace it with new mold resistant insulation. When replacing drywall, consider selecting boards that contain mold and moisture inhibitors. All of these actions can be completed by SERVPRO® professionals from the Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties teams. Our teams are equipped with all necessary equipment, knowledge, training, and experience to expertly mitigate any issues brought forth by water damage and mold growth.

Disaster Often Strikes Unexpectedly.If you are concerned that you have a mold issue, give SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties a call today at 706-843-1990 for a consultation and expert advice.

New Year’s Traditions – How Did They Start?

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

Pile of New Years Celebration regalia including a strand of lights, champagne,champagne glasses, disco ball, and party favors Follow our New Years Eve Tips to enjoy a fun, safe celebration for 2022! Need help from SERVPRO of Augusta South? Call us at 706-843-1990.

The History ofThe BallDroppingonNew Year’s Eve

Every year as midnight approaches on December 31st all around the world people stand around their tv to watch fireworks and the infamous ball drop-in Times Square, New York City. Butwhere did this tradition start? Answer:It started as a solution to the hazardof a large firework display. In cities all around the world, the first few seconds of the New Year are marked by fireworks, with the ball drop as an American tradition.

When Standard Time was created, time balls were invented so that sailors could adjust their timepieces while at sea. Using a telescope, sailors would watch the harbor for a time ball to drop at a specified time, usually noon or 1pm.

The first time-ball was installed in Portsmouth, England in 1829, with the U.S. Naval Observatory following suit in 1845. Shortly after, many towns and cities with a port took on the practice. One of these original time balls became an inspiration for a man named Water Palmer, who was the New York Times’ chief electrician. He decided that the timekeeping ritual would be an amazing finale to the city's end of year party.

In 1904 New Year’s Eve celebrations were held at the New York Times building. Previously, crowds would gather at Trinity Church in downtown Manhattan to hear the bells ring at midnight. The New York Times held massive fireworks display at midnight to lure more people North, but this proved to be disastrous when hot ashes rained upon the streets. In lieu of this, the New York Police Department banned fireworks, so it was up to the New York Times owner and publisher Adolph Ochs to find a new light display. He sought to combine the time ball with electricity to create an unforgettable New Year’s Eve event.

Creating The Electronic Time Ball 

Using Palmer’s unique design, Ochs hired the Artkraft Strauss sign company to create a 700-pound ball made of iron and wood. This time ball included 100 25-watt light bulbs attached to the surface. At midnight they released the time ball with a series of pulleys repurposed from the USS New Mexico battleship.

The ball was redesigned periodically as new materials and technology became available. Over decades, iron has been replaced by aluminum and LEDs have replaced incandescent light bulbs. Computer controls were later added in 1995. 

New Year’s Firework Safety Tips

However, you celebrate New Years with friends and family this year, SERVPRO® has a list of firework safety tips to help guide you through the celebration in the safest way possible. 

  1. Fireworks that are packaged in brown paper are made for professional displays only. Avoid buying them.
  2. Always have anadult handle fireworks, or have an adult supervisor, especially with small children operating sparklers.
  3. Stay a safe distance away from fireworks once ignited.
  4. Never point or throw fireworks at someone.
  5. Never try to re-light fireworks that did not ignite.
  6. Always keep a bucket of water or a hose handy in case offire and douse any fireworks with water after they have been set off before discarding them. 
  7. Never allow young children to handle fireworks.
  8. Never place your body over a firework device when lighting.
  9. Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before purchasing or using them.
  10. Never shoot fireworks off in a metal or glass container.

SERVPRO® of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties is open 24/7/365 in case of any emergency fire needs. Give us a callat706-843-1990 if you requireassistancetoday.

We Can Help in the Aftermath of Fire Damage

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Garage that has exposed studs and fire damaged walls, flooring and ceiling after a fire began in the garage. A house fire can be a devastating loss. Let SERVPRO help take back what was loss by calling our team of restoration experts- 706-843-1990.

What Can SERVPRO Accomplish?

At SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties, our primary goal is to restore your property to preloss condition.

What does Pre-loss Condition mean? Imagine how your home looked before the fire occurred. This assessment on how your home looked and smelled is our benchmark for how we want to restore your home. How your property looked and smelled is the benchmark and standard we will base our efforts of cleaning.

Common Indicators Your Home Has Had a Fire

Smell. When a fire burns, it creates the common smoke odor. This smoke odor is the toughest odor to rid, and lingers due to tiny, microscopic particulates that cling to every single surface in your home, including walls, furniture, clothing, and floors.

How We Get Rid of Smoke Odor. Each SERVPRO process is unique for every fire damage - Not one fire damage is the same. After a damage assessment, we can determine which fire restoration processes will need to be applied to restore the home to preloss condition.

One piece of equipment we commonly use for a fire is an “Air Scrubber.” Air Scrubbers are used in a fire to help extinguish fire particulates in the air space. Air Scrubbers use a two-stage HEPA filtration to remove the airborne particulates, in addition to a third filter to further remove odors from fires.

Additionally, crews are capable in restoring textiles such as uniforms and bedding using our Esporta Wash System. Crews are also trained in the art of restoring contents such as upholstered furniture, rugs, dishes, and much more.

Visually. After a fire affects your home, soot from the fire can travel to every inch of your home. Often, in smaller fires, surface level soot may not appear visible. However, if you sample an area such as a cabinet, table or a piece of furniture you will quickly see that the furniture has affected essentially every inch of the home.

How We Get Rid of Soot Damages. At SERVPRO, after we assess the space and indicate the amount of soot that has affected the home, a highly regimented process to rid the soot of the contents is selected. This often means that walls, floors, contents, and essentially every single item in the home will be cleaned appropriately with SERVPRO proprietary products to restore the items to preloss condition. We equip ourselves with the knowledge and tested process of “Wash, Rinse and Dry.”

“Wash” means to take SERVPRO products to wash the walls of soot. Next, we “Rinse” the walls with a SERVPRO cleaning agent, and finally hand “Dry’ the walls. All work is completed in preparation for painting. Painting with a Kilz paint after a fire helps to pus the home to the final step of restoration as well as lock in strong smoke odors that could linger.

Have You Experienced a House Fire? Our restoration experts are always ready to help. Call today for an assessment of your home and we can begin restoring your home to make your house fire “Like it never even happened.” 706-843-1990.

No Time to Deal with a Water Damage? Call SERVPRO Now

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water from a water leak was found under carpeting in this bedroom, carpet is rolled back to expose the water. After a water damage, water is often exposed under multiple floor coverings. It is important to call the experts at SERVPRO to reveal these areas.

Combat a Water Damage Threat with SERVPRO

Managing a business is expensive. You spend not only financially, but also with your time. So, when a water damage or fire damage threatens your business, calling the experts in restoration for a quick recovery is vital.

Expert Advantage

SERVPRO has been in the restoration industry for over 50 years. With decades of serving, innovating, and combined years of experience amongst every franchise, at SERVPRO we have seen every disaster there could be both small and larger than life. Having an expert team means that the level of care, attention, and detail to the restorative process is applied to every loss we are called to help rescue.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

When you have a water damage, it is understandable to want to have the problem corrected immediately. However, as you wait for crews to arrive, there are measures you can take to help begin the process. Here are a few professional tips to help:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

Just as there are actions you can take to help after a water damage, there are things we recommend not to do:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Be safe when approaching a water damage, safety first! Our professionals specialize in residential water damage restoration, with training focused on restoring salvageable items, accelerating drying time while documenting the entire restoration process.

Need Water Damage Help for Your Business?

Call our team for help! We are always ready to answer the call to help 706-843-1990.

Burke County is Rich with History and Holiday Spirit

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

Tall brick building structure, the historical Burke County courthouse Need water damage help this season from SERVPRO? call our team for expert advice and help at 706-843-1990.

Burke County Then and Now

Records indicate that Burke County, Georgia has an extensive history as the area was first established in 1777. After its founding, the county was named after writer, defender of the colonies, and Parliament member, Edmund Burke. With growth in population and an establishment of commerce and infrastructure, Burke County continues to thrive. In present day, Burke County’s history is still acknowledged and celebrated. The celebration of Burke’s history rings even louder during the holidays.

Christmas Celebrations Spotlight Burke History

Christmas celebrations for Burke County and the surrounding are already kicked off for this holiday season. Patrons can plan to participate in many CSRA holiday functions, and one event in Burke County is gaining attention – Christmas on Liberty Square.

On December 3rd, Christmas on Liberty Square starts the celebration at the historic courthouse where a guest speaker will signal the beginning ceremony, and activities will proceed. Activities are available for all ages and cater to many different interests. Caroling, food trucks, and a visit from Santa can be expected. Additionally, to spotlight small businesses, many of Burke’s local businesses are participating in holiday themed crafts, activities, and engaging patrons to showcase their services and products. Lastly, a laser light show will begin to conclude festivities at 8 p.m.

Growth in Burke

With growth in population in the Burke County area and a sprawling infrastructure, SERVPRO® of Augusta South / Wilkes & Buke Counties will offer Emergency Ready Plans. What is an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP)? ERPs are emergency plans tailored to your commercial property such as school, office building, and hospital, that help to mitigate the risks during an emergency. For example, should your building have an emergency water damage from a toilet overflow, your ERP will direct you to how to turn off the water and stop excess water from ruining your building.

Helping create an ERP for your building, is SERVPRO’s step towards making it "Like it never even happened." Simply by trying to prevent initial damages.

Have you experienced a Water Damage? Call our team for help at 706-843-1990. Our teams are always ready to answer your call for emergency water damage help!

5 Causes of Water Damage in your Commercial Business

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

Image of a man holding a wrench trying to tighten an under sink pipe fitting. Being aware of the threats water poses to your business is important. If you need SERVPRO services, please call our team immediately at 706-843-1990.

How To Identify and Prevent Water Damage 

Water damage is an unexpected threat that can put a lot of stress on a business owner. It will cause you to potentially lose days or even weeks of productivity, and you could find yourself having to replace inventory and valuable equipment. 

Fun fact: The states with the highest incidents of water damage are California, Florida, Texas,New York,and Georgiatrailingvery closely behind.

If your facility has equipment that utilizes water, leakage is a danger you very potentially might face. Water heaters, air conditioners or anything that uses piping, gaskets or filters has the potential to leak. The easiest way to prevent water damage is to regularly maintain your equipment. If you notice issues that can be concerning (i.e. Rust, cracks or bulges), take preventive measures. Replace your water lines regularly and re-caulk and re-seal as issues present themselves.

Roofing, Pipes and Drains & LeakDetectionSystems 

Make sure you are checking your roof regularly. If you have a large mass of water storage on your roof, it’s only a matter of time before you have a huge water damage issue on your hands. Every inch of water equals around 5 pounds of weight. Over time the strain upon your roof will cause leakage or corruption of your roof entirely.

Fun Fact: On average, water damage will cost around $3,500.

Plumbing systems are extremely susceptible to clogs and damage. If a crack develops, even a small one, it could dump up to 250 gallons of water a day into your facility. Pay attention to outward signs of any moisture, rusting, cracking, or bulging. If you’re having plumbing work done go ahead and check for scale buildup. In addition, if your facility is exposed to low temperatures, keep your pipes always insulated to prevent freezing. Leak detection systems are very valuable as well. They can be relatively inexpensive and will sound an alarm if a leak is detected. Active leak systems will sound off an alarm and can stop a leak itself. If you have a sprinkler system, make sure to check for signs of damage or rust. Regularly replace sprinkler heads as issues surface.  

Fun Fact: Leaking roofs are the most common reason for water damage, especially in geographic areas that have a lot of freezing water, strong winds or hail.

Taking preventative measures may help decrease the risk of water damage to your facility, but of course will not eliminate them entirely. In case of water damage call SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties at 706-843-1990 and we’ll make it "Like it never even happened." 

Water Damage in Your Home Due to Excess Rainwater?

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Dining room that has flooring removed because of excess water and flood cutting from water wicking up the wall Standing water in this dining room affected the flooring and had to replaced. If your home experiences storm damage, call our team at 706-843-1990.

SERVPRO® Water Damage Process Overview 

When a water damage occurs in your home avoid the frustration of cleaning it up by yourself, let SERVPRO® professionals clean it up for you. The biggest key is to respond quickly to damage which reduces the damage and saves you money.

Our 1-4-8 Process makes clean up a breeze and has your home back to preloss condition in no time. The first hour you contact us about your loss we’ll arrange for a service technician to come out and get a scope of the issue. By hour 4, one of our highly trained technicians will be on-site starting the clean-up and drying process. Within 8 hours of arrival, a technician will verbalize what the scope of work entails. 

How We Proceed to Get the Job Done

First, we will check for moisture in your building, to do this we have to guarantee that the source of the leak has been halted. Next crews identify what kind of water and categorize the water damage to ensure that we are restoring your property based upon industry guidelines.

Crews inspect and test the damaged area and make sure there are no additional safety issues that need to be brought to your attention. Once a thorough checklist has been filled, we are ready to get to work! We use SERVPRO® equipment and cleaning products to ensure that water is cleaned up and that your home is restored to preloss condition. Once the damage is all cleaned up, our restoration team comes in and gets your home pieced back together. This is how we make the damage "Like it never even happened."® 

Have a Water Issue That is Out of Your Control? Give our office team a call at 706-843-1990 to set up a consultation today. 

Water Damaged Carpet in Hephzibah – SERVPRO Experts Can Revive Them

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

3 pieces of green SERVPRO drying equipment in a residential bathroom that experienced a water loss Experienced water damage from your bathroom toilet? The experts at SERVPRO can help remediate the water and restore your home FAST. Call 706-843-1990.

Why Water Damage Hurts?

Water Damages occur for various reason and can threaten the cleanliness and structural integrity of your home. Not only is water damage an immediate threat to your home or business, but if left, standing water can very quickly ruin your flood coverings such as carpeting, vinyl, linoleum, and hardwood floors.

See Standing Water? Here’s What to Do

Call the experts – SERVPRO of Augusta South crews for immediate water extraction at 706-843-1990.

If you are searching for a preventative measure and planning, know that standing water poses a massive threat to your home. Floor coverings can be deemed unsalvageable by waiting too long for water extraction, baseboards and sheetrock will swell from absorption of water, and your home’s furniture and contents will need expert restoration from our Contents Cleaning team.

What is Water Extraction?

At SERVPRO, our teams are equipped with the best in industry equipment to help restore your home to preloss condition. Pre-loss condition from a water extraction entail using either truck mounted, or portable water extraction machines that use high powered suction to remove unwanted water on any surface including carpets, hardwood floors, and more. This extraction process is vital to being able to later place drying equipment and restoring your property. The faster SERVPRO crews arrive with extraction equipment and begin mitigation – The faster your home can be begin the drying process with SERVPRO-grade drying equipment such as air movers / fans.

Why Does SERVPRO Use Fans?

Fans, or in SERVPRO terminology – “Air Movers,” help to dry a structure by blowing hot air over a surface to help water and moisture evaporate quickly from floors, carpets, and carpet padding. Air movers can always be used to centralizing drying action for cabinetry as well. Along with air movers, you will see a dehumidifier deployed in the drying space as it is customary for humidity levels to rise. To accelerate drying measures, dehumidifiers and air movers are used in conjunction with each other to speed the drying process.

Want More Information? Call SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties to get your questions answered, ask for scheduling, or to have a crew dispatched to your home or business to help make your water loss "Like it never even happened."