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Storm and Floods Compromise Thomson Homes--Contact SERVPRO for Advice, Cleanup, and Restoration Services

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

demolition and removal of flood damaged kitchen floor and drilled holes in walls SERVPRO Removes and Replaces Storm-Damaged Building Elements and Fixtures in Thomson Area Homes Only When Necessary.

Why You Need Quick Flood Damage Restoration for Your Thomson Home

Many potential disasters can ruin your home, but floods are the least predictable when it comes to the destruction they can cause. Some property owners can salvage their houses, even if they have to discard some appliances, furniture, carpets, and curtains. Others incur thousands of dollars in repairing their flood-damaged homes.

When your Thomson home has flood damage, mold may also develop behind walls and other areas where moisture is not visible. Apart from causing water damage, flooding can also increase the risk of a fire through:

•    Leaking above-ground gas tanks, containers, or lines.
•    Electrically charged water.
•    Attempts to use electrical appliances that have come into contact with water.

After a flood, your safety and that of your family is critical above everything else. It is, therefore, essential to inspect the property to avoid risking your health or your life by entering an unsafe property. SERVPRO advises securing professional assistance. Some structural destruction to your house can be clearly visible, while other damage may need close inspection. Some of the losses you can look out for include:

•    Warping and distortion of structures like floorboards.
•    Wood rot in the end grain of wooden structures.
•    Termite damage because wet wood entices them (longer-term impact)
•    The visible undermining of your home’s foundation like the erosion of the ground at its base.
•    Damp plaster, wallboard, insulation, and paneling.

You can also hire a professional to inspect these structures thoroughly as well as other structures like the HVAC system, walls, ceilings, air ducts, and electrical systems.

Drying out your home after flooding is essential because it can prevent mold growth and help preserve many structural components and contents. You can rely on SERVPRO to remove the water quickly. We can use powerful water extraction equipment to remove the floodwater and dispose of it following local regulations and guidelines.      

Our team can also remove and discard debris. We can carefully remove all contaminated porous materials and place them in 6-mil polyethylene bags. We can construct a decontamination chamber and move solid waste like bags of carpet and carpet pad as well as drywall into it. Within the chamber, we can bag them again to cover any contamination of the original bag’s surface. After double-bagging the waste, we can move it into the unaffected area and then place it inside a dumpster or close to the work vehicle.

Flooding usually disrupts sewage disposal systems, chemical spillage, and overflow of toxic waste sites. Therefore, the floodwater that entered your home may contain bacteria, chemical toxins, and sewage. Our SERVPRO team can clean and decontaminate your home to eliminate these toxins. We can wash, disinfect, and dry salvageable items like those made of porcelain, glass, and plastic.

After a flooding incident, you need assistance to restore your home to its preloss state. Call SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties at (706) 843-1990 for prompt restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster

Some Cleaning Products that Mitigate Smoke Deposits from Fire Damage in Thomson

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

Items covered in soot after a fire No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.

SERVPRO's Methods For Clean Up After Fire Damage In Your Thomson Property

The sudsing action of your usual household cleaners for floors, dishes, and clothing comes from additives put into the product by the manufacturer. Many times, extra soapsuds do nothing except create a sense of assurance that the product is working adequately for the job at hand in your Thomson home. When you have a bigger, messier job, SERVPRO uses cleaning products specially formulated to address precise needs caused by different disasters or incidences.

One such job that SERVPRO helps many homeowners in Thomson with is fire damage, and cleaning up the smoke deposits that easily fill such homes. While soap and water work well for removing soot from your hands, this happens partly because of the lack of time the soot stays on your skin, the pliability of your hands, and the running water used to rinse all of the grime down the drain.

When our technicians clean up fire damage, we divide the work between different teams. Each group of reconstruction, mitigation, restoration, and cleaning team members all work with specific tools to do their work as efficiently as possible. Our cleanup crew members rely on different cleaning products when removing soot from walls, ceilings, floors, and the variety of belongings your family owns. Not all of these products produce foamy suds, but we know from experience that they produce results that consistently please our customers.

We consider more than the suds produced by a cleaning product when we choose it for any particular aspect of the work required. We also look at the pH and the abrasiveness of the product. Sometimes we need a highly acidic cleanser or one with extra abrasive power.

Textiles that absorb soot need brushed and vacuumed first, and then checked for stains. For upholstered furniture with smoke residue, we finish cleaning with our Fabric Rinse and Color Set. Having these available is especially helpful when removing soot from upholstery made from natural fibers. High-alkaline cleaning products can cause these fabrics to be yellow.

Some surfaces, like flat-finish-painted walls, respond well to dry sponge treatment. Acoustical tiles need to be sprayed down with a solution of peroxide that clears away smoke deposits. Brick and stone need a stronger cleaner on the acidic side of the pH scale. Wire bristle brushes help reach into rough surfaces, or towels and squeegees to remove soot from smooth stone.

These are only some of the cleaning products that the fire damage restoration technicians from SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties use when cleaning up residential properties in Waynesboro and Washington. Call us at (706) 843-1990 for specialized mitigation services after any disaster.

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Get Quick Water Damage Restoration in Your Thompson Home After a Burst Pipe

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Leaking pipe being fixed Leave it to the experts at SERVPRO to provide a quick response to your homes water crisis.

Our experts at SERVPRO will respond quickly to reduce your chances of water loss to your property

Frozen water pipes can ruin your Thompson home, when pipes freeze, the water in them can fail to flow or slow to a trickle. Pressure in the pipe from expanding ice can cause the pipes to burst, leading to water damage. A burst pipe can spill several hundred gallons of water every hour.

When you discover that a pipe has burst, you should take immediate action to stop the leak, such as turning off the main water supply line. It is also essential to call SERVPRO to prevent additional water damage in your Thompson residence. Our technicians have the training, equipment, and experience required to solve the issue quickly. Pipes can freeze because of the following reasons:

   Poor insulation

   Fast drops in temperatures

   Thermostats that are set too low

Apart from causing inconvenience, a burst pipe can also lead to costly destruction in your property if the situation is not handled quickly. Prolonged contact with water can cause damage to carpeting and drywall. It can also cause other issues like:

Mold growth on both soft and hard surfaces. 

Rotting or softening of wood or other organic materials

The particles or minerals in the water can cause stains when it seeps into porous material like wood. 

Microbes in the water can multiply. 

Mold and bacteria can cause unpleasant odors.

These secondary issues are costlier to fix or remove from your property than the initial water and moisture. Our SERVPRO team responds quickly to emergency calls to ensure that further problems do not develop. We can examine the affected areas thoroughly and come up with the right restoration plan.

We can extract as much water as possible from your home so that we do not have to spend much time evaporating and dehumidifying the remaining moisture with drying equipment. Our team can use different types of extractors, such as electric submersible pumps, deep extraction tools, and light wands to remove water from the flooring. Removing moisture from a property is crucial. Our team can dry hardwood flooring, plaster walls, and carpeting, among other surfaces using air moving and dehumidifying equipment.

We may also remove movable ruined items such as drapes, furniture and throw rugs and take them to an offsite location for thorough cleaning and restoration. Our crew can sanitize and deodorize such items before returning them to your home. We can also sanitize your home using antimicrobial treatments.

If a pipe burst has caused water intrusion in your Augusta, Grovetown, or Waynesboro home, call SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties at (706) 843-1990 for quick restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Get Reliable Storm & Flood Cleanup in Thomson

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO employee holding equipment in front of a SERVPRO truck. Thompson your flood damage can and will take over, let us assist you through every bit of the damage.

SERVPRO knows what your Thompson flood damage will need.

Georgia homeowners know how to be prepared for storm damage to their homes. Still, they may be surprised to know how costly storms can be for homeowners each year. According to 2013 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data, wind damage alone from storms causes $626.8 million in property damage. Lightning contributes to $23.9 million, and flash flooding causes a staggering $956.9 million in property damage costs. 

If your Thomson residence requires storm and flood cleanup, certified SERVPRO technicians are always available to come to your home and initiate the cleanup process. If severe storms and related disasters have caused power outages in your area, technicians can provide their own power sources for sump pumps and extraction tools to ensure that you get the deep clean that your home requires.

Filing Claims After Storm Damage

  • Handling fallen trees on your property. Many insurance policies do not offer coverage for full tree removal, even after storms, except for the parts that interfere with structural repairs. Coverage amounts for this type of removal are limited, so keep that in mind when you file your claim and prepare to make repairs.
  • Dealing with premiums after filing a storm damage claim. An adjuster can help you determine whether a storm damage claim is the best option for your situation. If you have received a claims-free discount on your premium, you might lose that benefit when you file.
  • Adjusters are ready to help. These professionals work with you to speed up the insurance claims process while ensuring that you receive the compensation you need to repair and replace items and structures on your property after a disaster.

SERVPRO Removes Water Fast

SERVPRO technicians have a variety of tools for extracting water and preparing a home for disinfection and drying after storms and flooding have occurred. These pieces of equipment include portable, back-mounted extractors, electric or gas-powered submersible sump pumps, and truck-mounted pumps. All of these remove water with a trio of systems that work together to prepare the home for drying. Heating, pumping, and vacuuming are all critical systems, but the vacuum component is the most instrumental in water extraction

SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties serves the community by being Faster to Any Size Disaster.  You can call (706) 843-1990 today for swift disaster cleanup.

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When a Leaking Dishwasher Hose Causes Commercial Water Damage in Thomson

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water drying on tile floor of commercial kitchen When this commercial kitchen experienced water damage, we were able to quickly dry the water. We have the equipment. Call us today!

Did a Leaking Dishwasher Pipe Cause Commercial Water Damage in Thomson?

Many small businesses provide a lunchroom where their employees can relax having lunch, or perhaps a coffee, while on their break. Some even offer appliances such as a microwave, a fridge, a cooking appliance, and even a dishwasher. It is not uncommon to fill the dishwasher, start the dishwashing cycle before heading home. Imagine finding water all over the floor the next morning, including the office areas. No one can work until the water cleaned up, and the area dried.

SERVPRO can respond to commercial water damage situations in Thomson in less than 4 hours on a 24 / 7 basis. We understand the importance of keeping your business open and protecting the contents from damage from water leaks.

Water leaking from a pipe can spread to office areas quite quickly. Kitchen floors covered with tile or linoleum, helps the water migrate to other areas of the building. Carpeted areas can soon absorb the water as it spreads across floors. Water may also wick into office furniture and walls, causing further damage.

SERVPRO has water extraction devices for use in situations like this one. After shutting off the source of the water, we can vacuum up surface water from the hard surface floors. Office furniture can be placed on blocks to protect it from any further moisture that remains. We use portable water extraction vacuums in corners and hard to reach areas.

We can deploy weighted water extraction equipment that squeezes the water out of the carpet and padding while it vacuums the water from the carpet. One of our SERVPRO technicians guides the machine to remove water from every area. His weight adds to the weight of the device to help compress the carpet to squeeze every bit of water from the carpets.

We introduce air movers and dehumidifiers to help absorb remaining moisture, dry the area, and return humidity levels to normal levels.

Call SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties at (706) 843-1990 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Thomson, Grovetown, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Professionals Discuss The Steps For Effective Fire Damage Cleanup In Thompson

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

fire causing damage to home SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties is a premier fire restoration company.

Steps for Effective Fire Damage Cleanup In Your Thompson Residence

Home fires are relatively common. According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), fire departments in the U.S.A respond to about 354,400 home structure fires every year. The NFPA collected this data between the years 2013 and 2017.  After a fire, smoke, soot, and charring can affect walls, appliances, and flooring, among other structures and contents.

A fire incident can leave you confused, not sure where to begin. Performing fire damage cleanup in your Thompson residence is a daunting process. Thankfully, you can seek assistance from SERVPRO franchise professionals. We can handle any magnitude of fire damage to restore your home to its preloss condition. Our technicians have experience and are equipped with the right equipment to perform activities such as:

    •    Deodorizing smoke odor: Smoke can travels to hard-to-access areas quickly, leaving a smell behind. Our experts can use equipment like thermal foggers to remove the odors. This equipment heats deodorizing agents into a mist, which mimics the behavior of smokes. The mist travels to the areas where the smoke went to eliminate the odor, “Like it never even happened.”
    •    Cleaning and restoring contents: There are valuables that you cannot restore with home remedies. Depending on the severity of the fire loss, our crew can restore items like furniture, clothing, and drapes.
    •    Removing smoke residues: Our experts can remove smoke residues from every corner of your residence to provide a healthy living environment for your family.

Depending on the magnitude of the fire loss, there is a possibility of recovering structures. Different surfaces require different cleaning strategies. Our restorers can identify salvageable materials and clean them effectively.

    •    Wood Floors: Our team of experts can use cleaners to remove smoke residues from your hardwood floor. The cleaners can eradicate smoke residues from floor finishing.
    •    Carpets: The water used to fight the fire can stain fabric surfaces if not removed on time. During the restoration process, we can use high-tech equipment and cleaning solutions that remove all stains and spots from wool carpeting and fabrics.
    •    Glass and windows: During the fire incident, smoke and soot can settle on many surfaces, including on glass and windows. We can use glass cleaners to remove all smoke residues on both the window frames and glass.

SERVPRO’s team of experts can also complete the delicate task of removing ash from your appliances, electronics, and other affected items. Since our experts understand how difficult it is to lose your possessions, we can take the appropriate steps to restore then to their original condition where possible.

SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties is a premier fire restoration company.  Call us today at (706) 843-1990 for dedicated fire damage cleanup services in Augusta, Grovetown, and Waynesboro.

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SERVPRO Offers Tips for DIY Water Loss Cleanup in Augusta--But We Are Always Available to Help

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Inside Store with SERVPRO Drying and Deodorizing Equipment SERVPRO Suggest to Atlanta Homeowners that Advanced Equipment Is Often Needed for Water Removal from Leaks

Mistakes to Avoid When Performing Water Removal in Your Augusta Home

Plumbers do their best to ensure that plumbing systems work well so that buildings do not sustain water damage. However, cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst. Most areas of your house cannot withstand high moisture levels. If a water loss mishap happens, it can cause stains on the drywall and other porous surfaces.

If the water leakage is large, it can even cause the drywall to crumble. After experiencing water damage in your Augusta home, taking care of the situation immediately is essential. The more time you take before starting the clean-up, the more destruction your home can suffer. You can use some DIY techniques to handle the situation. However, you should avoid making some mistakes such as:

    Not protecting yourself

Standing or pooling water can be dangerous for several reasons. Slipping and falling can place you in an emergency situation of your own. Moving heavy furnishing out of harm's way may cause physical pain or injury. Remember that soaked upholstery can be very heavy.

    Using inappropriate equipment

Using towels, mops, and wet/dry vacuums may not be sufficient to dry out your home. Moisture can accumulate in subflooring and drywall, and only moisture detection equipment can detect it. Long-term damage to porous materials can occur due to improper drying. To dry your home, you need to use tools like air movers to increase circulation and evaporation rates along with dehumidifiers.

    Ignoring the details

As you are cleaning up your home, do not ignore essential details. Remove carpets and rugs to dry outside in the sun and keep your furniture safe. Check all the rooms so that you do not leave any water in them. Look out for stained ceilings and drywall since this is a sign that moisture is still in these surfaces.

Using DIY techniques to clean up after water damage can be a challenge. If you doubt your ability to handle the cleanup process yourself, it is advisable to call SERVPRO franchise professionals. We have the experience, human resources, and tools to manage this task efficiently, safely, and quickly. Our restorers can dry your home to reduce humidity levels and eliminate excess moisture. We can also remove contaminated materials and dispose of them appropriately.

Water damage can make your home susceptible to other issues like mold infestation. This makes it necessary to use industrial-strength cleaning products that can clean the affected surfaces thoroughly to prevent future problems. Our SERVPRO crew can use EPA-certified products to eliminate biological contaminants from your house.

After a water loss incident in your Grovetown, Thomson, or Waynesboro residence, SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties can assist you in restoring it to its pre-damaged state. Call us at (706) 843-1990 for restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Your Best Guide to Commercial Flood Damage Remediation in Thomson

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

closeup of hand holding blue coffee cup on wood table Regardless of the size of your cafe or business, SERVPRO responds quickly and is available 24/7 for your emergency call.

Controlled Demolition Makes Drying in Thomson Café Efficient

Few teams have the comprehensive approach to flood recovery that our SERVPRO team can offer Thomson commercial properties. Because of how quickly these damages can spread throughout your small storefront, many of the exposed materials in your cozy café can become susceptible to the standing water and potential contamination that exists with natural rising floodwater.

In many situations, effective recovery of flood damage to Thomson businesses like your café means the use of tactics like controlled demolition and build back. Not only can these approaches quickly remove potentially contaminated surfaces and materials, but it can also work to provide fast access to structural supports and framing to protect it from flood exposure. Direct pathways to metal framing of the drywall can help to clean these surfaces and protect them with biocides and sporicides.

Because your café is a smaller size, standing water can migrate throughout the open floor plan quickly. Direct exposure to faux hardwood flooring can be a challenge for even our experienced biohazard recovery and general contracting teams. Without visible damage to the planks of the flooring, and no clear indication of water penetration into the subflooring and supports beneath the floor, quick disinfection can protect this flooring from requiring removal after flooding.

With more than 150 years of combined construction experience in the building trades, our team can work to remove any overly saturated and irreparable portions of construction materials, flooring, ceiling materials, and even furniture. Exposed fixtures like booths, tables, chairs, and your wood countertop for the coffee bar can all remain at risk for contamination without controlled demolition of the damaged materials and proper containment barriers to limit exposure to new areas of your café.

Your customers depend on you to take care of your small coffee shop as efficiently as possible after emergencies like flooding occur. Because We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, give our SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties team a call anytime that you need us at (706) 843-1990. Our team of water restoration specialists and general contractors can offer comprehensive solutions to flood damage threatening your business.

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We Provide Fast Stormwater Removal In Thomson

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

flooding after a storm The technicians are available 24/7 because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Stormwater Removal in Thomson Gets Fast Help

Georgia gets intense storms all year round, and damage to homes is not unusual from wind, rain, and flash floods. Some fast action by homeowners such as mopping up water or moving furniture out of the water loss area assists in lessening the loss. Exposure time is a crucial factor for limiting the restorability of numerous types of objects in the home.

Stormwater removal in Thomson properties begins both inside and outside the residence. SERVPRO technicians inspect homes with damage allowing rainwater into the house and make any necessary temporary repairs such as boarding up windows or tarping over a damaged roof.

Tracking Water Migration Paths
When water enters a home, it can wind up in a lot of areas. Technicians use different types of moisture detection equipment to trace the migration path and determine if the water ran within walls, floor joists, or under flooring, so the appropriate extraction and drying configurations are set up.

Attics with Water Need Special Handling
Depending on the type of insulation in the attic and length of water exposure, the technicians can remove the fiberglass insulation using a specialized attachment on their vacuum to collect the insulation for drying outside the home. To inhibit the growth of mold, the application of an antimicrobial sealant on sheetrock and wood beams is a common practice.

Walls and Ceilings
In the case of walls and ceilings, SERVPRO technicians halt the wicking process in sheetrock using flood cuts. This controlled demolition action neatly removes damaged sheetrock and readies it for drying and repairs. When water affects ceilings, using weep holes allows for both drainage and more airflow for drying.

Stormwater Affected Carpet and Furnishings
When rainwater saturates carpet or furnishings, as long as extraction and drying efforts begin within 24-hours, the potential for restoration is often high. This salvaging pertains to rainwater, not groundwater, which holds contaminants requiring disposal of the flooring material. SERVPRO technicians have specialized extraction equipment to work on carpet and upholstered furnishings.

Stormwater removal should happen as quickly as possible. Call SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties at (706) 843-1990. The technicians are available 24/7 because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Why SERVPRO is Your First Choice for Fire Damage Recovery in Thomson

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

smoke and soot damage on walls and ceiling Smoke and soot residue are hard to clean. SERVPRO the cleaners and trained technicians to restore your home.

Meeting Tight Timetables for Effective Fire Damage Recovery in Thomson is Why SERVPRO Demonstrates Consistent Success 

If you and your family do face the challenge of fire recovery in Thomson, stress and worry might arise because assessment and project planning and implementation must occur quickly. Our residential customers rarely have personal experience with the phases, steps, tasks, and activities necessary to make the mess and confusion “Like it never even happened.” We continuously prepare for efficient fire mitigation and remediation, why we receive positive feedback from our clients. 

The Fire Recovery Clock Is Ticking 

Coping with the aftermath of fire damage in Thomson brings into sharp focus how rapidly smoke and fire residues can set permanent deterioration processes in motion. Some surfaces discolor within hours or days. Structural supports like metal and wood tarnish and weaken as days and weeks go by without professional attention. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained team knows that harm intensifies and costs rise when abatement of corrosive fire residues delays. The crew sent to your home is poised to act as soon as a preliminary assessment completes, our technicians’ experience and fully-stocked service vehicles demonstrating why We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Building Integrity Relies on Swift Interventions

Cleanup of firefighting water and soot residue needs to progress as quickly as possible. During combustion, fuels create soot when materials burn incompletely. Soot residue and volatile vapors are spread by rising and expanding air, eventually adhering to surfaces throughout your home. Soot residue is unlike ordinary soiling, creating difficulties in dissolving and removing dependent on the materials burned and the conditions during the burn. The targeted training our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) master from the IICRC is why SERVPRO rapidly and reliably matches various soots to appropriate and effective cleaning techniques and products. 

Clearing the Air 

Floating fire damage residues impair air quality and expose your residence to the risk of persistent odors. Mechanical removal of the airborne material is essential to improving air quality and minimizing odor, why SERVPRO employs up to date negative pressure air scrubbing technology. HEPA filters pull contaminated air through and trap toxic odor-bearing particles. We also make use of innovative equipment like thermal foggers, ozone machines, and hydroxyl generators to neutralize smoke odors at the molecular level. 

Reliably rapid response and use of research-based industry best practices are why SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties delivers premium fire damage mitigation and remediation. Call us at (706) 843-1990 to schedule an evaluation immediately after the firefighters release your residence for restoration.

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