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We Have Advanced Equipment To Restore Your Thomson Home After A Fire

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

An air scrubber set up in a bedroom cleaning the air The air scrubber was set up to recycle the interior air through HEPA and activate charcoal to cleanse the air after a fire struck.

How Thermal Imaging Cameras can Help Mitigation after a Fire Damages a Property in Thomson

One of the first things people want to do when they experience a fire inside their Thomson home is to throw some water on the blaze. While this is most effective at the beginning stages, especially when directing the water at the bottom of the fire instead of the top of the flames, it doesn't work for all fires.

Kitchen fires that start when cooking oil or grease ignite in your kitchen in Thomson creating fire damage to large areas partly because they do not respond as hoped when water gets dumped on the fire. The splattering of oil also helps the fire spread. This can start a massive explosion. Because of hotspots' ability to restart fires after firefighters leave the scene, they often pour massive amounts of water into a house. 

While we are not looking for hotspots themselves when we start mitigating a house, we do want to know where excess amounts of water might exist. Water left behind after fire damage can also cause damage of its own, in addition to the visible fire damage you see. It can affect places that escaped the fire, including electrical outlets and your heating and cooling system. 

When imaging of these components show cooler temperatures, our building services team knows to inspect these units. Early repairs can prevent system failure and also subsequent fires from overheating related to corrosion. Heating systems that develop cracks can also put your home at risk of carbon monoxide leaks. Running the system while checking for elevated temperatures can show us where problems exist before they can worsen.

Electrical systems might show either a cooler area right after a fire if it remains soaked, or an increase in temperature when several appliances are using a significant amount of current. Either situation can indicate damage that we should repair before your family experiences problems during normal use.

In addition to locating still-damp areas in your home after a fire, our team at SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties can help homeowners in Waynesboro, Washington, and Wrens perform post-fire mitigation, restoration of damaged areas, and additional work on your property to ensure things return to preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.” Call our 24-hour services line at (706) 843-1990, so we can start the process of getting your family back home and comfortable again.

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A Primer on How to Remove Water From Thomson Homes After Appliance Failures

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Overflowing dishwasher causing flooding Is your dishwasher causing water damage? SERVPRO can restore your home!

Water Removal in Thomson is a Team Effort 

When your Thomson home experiences water damage from plumbing leaks, overflowing tubs and sinks, or appliance malfunction the damage can be widespread. Structural components and contents are all in the path of destruction, and a fast and integrated approach is needed. Our experienced water loss crews arrive within hours of your first call, ready to assess and plan for efficient and comprehensive water evacuation. 

Fully Stocked Trucks Avoid Delays 

Although we take care to individualize your Thomson water removal plan to reflect the specifics of your disaster, our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training and on the job experience give us a general context for future jobs. Our signature green service vehicles stock the water removal equipment needed to pump or extract large or small quantities of liquids on demand. We listen to your questions and explain how we intend to employ restoration industry best practices to your water removal needs. Our goal always is to return you home to preloss condition, creating a work plan that balances all these variables. 

Water Removal Basics 

Once the crew chief communicates the plan, SERVPRO technicians are on it without delay, evacuating water swiftly. If water is more in-depth than two inches, we place submersible pumps to move water out rapidly. As the depth diminishes we switch to wanded extractors, pulling fluids off surfaces. Because water can migrate through cracks and crevices, we use thermal imaging cameras to locate hidden water caches in building cavities. If trapped water is a problem, controlled demolition techniques like flood cuts or weep holes release the fluids for collection and disposal. 

Water Removal Includes Structural Drying 

We record moisture levels of wet building materials with sensitive meters. We monitor and record the numbers throughout the project, the data forming the basis for an effective drying plan. Our crew members sample moisture levels of similar structural components in non-affected areas of the building, collecting and comparing them to the damaged spaces.  These measurements help to determine a reasonable drying goal. Drying equipment also stocked on SERVPRO trucks for immediate use is positioned for optimum moisture removal effect, operating until we meet the mark. 

SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties prepares to assist with your water removal needs with highly-qualified employees and easily accessible and effective equipment. Call us at (706) 843-1990 day or night to schedule an assessment and follow through.

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Thomson Property Has a Water Loss? Just Call SERVPRO for Fast Restoration

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

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Why Advanced Training Helps SERVPRO Deal with All Classes of Water Damage in Your Thomson Home

You probably consider water loss incidents as either simple enough to handle on your own or too extensive, thus necessitating the involvement of a professional restorer. However, water damage can present some complexities beyond how big or small the entire incident is. The advanced training our water restoration technicians receive helps them deal with any class of water loss.

Water Intrusion Point
The incident that leads to water damage in your Thomson home can start at any point whether it is the roof, walls, or close to the floor. When focused on the volume of water spilled, it is easy to miss other crucial aspects of the loss, such as the intrusion point. High intrusion points can affect more materials, even when involving limited amounts of water. Such a case is likely to fall under class 3 water loss category in which the loss covers almost the entire area. In such situations, our SERVPRO technicians try to work fast to save more items.

Lead Time Before Discovery
In ideal situations, the restoration process should start immediately after the spill happens. However, if the home is unoccupied or the leak starts in a concealed section, some time might pass before discovery, thus delaying restoration. When time passes, the water can ruin materials with low permeance such as hardwood floors. Conventional restoration procedure might not reverse the damage left effectively. In such cases, our SERVPRO technicians take extra steps such as using drying chambers to control the drying rate of drying, thus minimizing chances of warping, buckling, and other permanent damages to the floorboards.

 Odors and Water Losses
After a water spill, additional problems such as odors or microbial growth can develop primarily if the stagnant water sits over extended periods. Odors can persist even after restorative cleaning because some odor particles penetrate deep into materials. Using equipment such as ULV foggers which atomize deodorizing agents, our SERVPRO technicians can eliminate stubborn odors.

To deal with water loss incidents conveniently, call SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties to help. You can reach us any time at (706) 843-1990. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Thomson Property Owners Benefit from the Large Arsenal of SERVPRO Restoration Equipment

7/27/2019 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO Includes Air Scrubbers as Part of Our Water Damage Mitigation Equipment in Thomson

Leaky pipe joints and connections, appliances with old fittings, forgotten sinks that overflowed, and many other situations can leave damp areas inside your home in Thomson. During mitigation and restoration work, we use several different types of equipment that target specific features of your property, including the contents.

The increased presence of newly-activated microbes is why SERVPRO uses air scrubbers while mitigating and restoring homes in Thomson suffering from water damage. In addition to cleaning the air of these organic contaminants, the removal of ruined materials, carpets, and other activities can cause the amount of dust to increase inside your residence. This increase of indoor pollutants continues during the restoration process while our building services crew finishes the final touches to your home.

A significant portion of the dust created during mitigation comes from cutting materials away from their installation site and packaging them for easy removal. The tearing out of drywall means your home's air ends up with paper dust from the facing and backing sheets, as well as the gypsum itself. Paint dust can also become airborne. Sanding dried joint compound before painting also produces dust.

When our activities are likely to produce airborne debris, we also use vacuums equipped with HEPA filters to capture the particles before they degrade the indoor air quality. Carpets, especially those with water damage, can throw a large amount of dust, mites, dander, and broken carpet fibers into the air when we pull them and the padding underneath out. We often use plastic sheeting to build on-the-spot containment chambers inside the house we are mitigating. However, air scrubbers play a crucial role in keeping the air clean for us, and eventually, for your family. The HEPA filtration system can snare particulates as small as 0.3 microns, about 150 are needed to equal the width of a human hair. Pretty small!
 
Our SERVPRO technicians take a holistic approach regarding water damage mitigation; there is more to the service than just extracting water and removing the dampness. We ensure that the IAQ indoor air quality is within safe levels, unpleasant odors have been eliminated, and your contents and structure are safe and secure.

SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties also covers Waynesboro, Washington, and Wrens. Call us at (706) 843-1990 for the latest in technological advances that we put to work for all our water damage customers.

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We Are Available 24/7 For Your Thomson Water Damage Disaster

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

We have the equipment, training, and water damage experience to restore your commercial property to pre-damage condition.

Getting Water Mitigation Started Quickly for Your Thomson Theater

Aging theaters, like what you manage in Thomson, have a specific charm that cannot get replicated in modern construction. With your building maintaining many of its original construction materials and structural elements, you are mindful of any situation that can threaten the aesthetic appeal or function of the property. Water damage can be a particularly devastating challenge for your maintenance or custodial departments to overcome without getting the mitigation work started quickly.

Knowing how severe water damage in your Thomson theater has become can be a substantial challenge without the discovery devices and moisture content equipment available to our SERVPRO team. We know that a working understanding of the damage and water effects can help in the placement of capable drying equipment and even extraction efforts when the property requires it.

While you might not have substantial plumbing networks weaving throughout your entire property, there is a concentration of pipes present around your bathroom areas and concession stands in the lobby outside of the auditorium. When water loss incidents occur in this area, they can threaten multiple flooring types, including the plush carpeting present in the lobby, or the terrazzo tile work on the floors and splashes of the bathroom areas.

With these areas and materials at risk for pooling water damage and a tight schedule of performances and events set to occur in the facility, our SERVPRO team can help with fast mitigation and recovery efforts. We have a deep inventory of extraction and drying tools that can get employed immediately to prevent the unnecessary tear out and reinstallation of carpeting and tilework affected by the early stages of water pooling.

The old theater you manage in the area is historically significant, and protecting its original materials – including its flooring – should be a priority in the event of a disaster. Let our SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties rapid response team help you to make water loss incidents like this “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime you need us at (706) 843-1990.

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We Can Save Your Flood Damaged Home In Augusta

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

You can reach our experts at (706) 843-1990 any time.

Cleaning After Flood Damage In Your Augusta Home

Flooding events are not just highly destructive but also pose high risks when they affect your home. Restoring your Augusta home to its preloss state is possible, but it requires sufficient skills and resources to deal with the destruction and risks. We offer professional flood damage mitigation that lightens the burden for you.

Flooding incidents ruin properties in many ways, including soiling and structural destruction. When the flood damage in your Augusta home involves groundwater, only the primary issue is soiling and contamination. While it is painless to extract the water that collects in ground floor rooms and basements, in many cases, sludge is left requiring additional steps. Our SERVPRO teams use advanced equipment such as pressure washers or simple tools like shovels to deal with the slurry.

Contamination is a severe threat when property floods. It is not possible to save porous materials affected by the water even when physical damage is minimal because of the contamination - contents such as carpets and upholstery fall in this category. It is also necessary to remove building materials such as insulation and drywall. Our SERVPRO technicians make flood cuts six inches above the waterline for easier removal of building materials and water trapped in the wall cavities. We also remove carpets and other porous contents for proper disposal.

Flooding and the cleanup processes that follow leave many sections of the property wet. The relative humidity is also high within the house after the incident, which can lead to other problems like mold. Various drying steps can help restore the property to its preloss state. Our SERVPRO technicians manipulate elements such as heat and air movements to expedite the drying process. We can also create drying chambers by dividing expansive areas with plastic sheets to quicken drying. We rely on various advanced equipment such as:

    •    Air Scrubbers

    •    Dehumidifiers

    •    Air Movers

    •    Floor Drying Systems

For peace of mind when dealing with the dirty task of restoring the flood-damaged property, call SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties. You can reach our experts at (706) 843-1990 any time.

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Who Wants to Handle Fire Damage Remediation Alone in Grovetown?

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage remediation in your kitchen can devastating. Contact SERVPRO for assistance.

Getting your Contents back to Pre-loss Conditions after Fire Damage in Grovetown

Property fires can be catastrophic. However, fires are frequently contained and extinguished with minimal structural damage. The majority of issues concern removing smoke residues, dealing with odors, and ensuring possessions are restored without the need for expensive replacements. We operate a restoration service dedicated to the safe removal of soots, smokes, and odors using local technicians that understand the emotional toll that a home fire can cause. 

Our compassionate restorers are available to assist with the restoration of fire damage in Grovetown and the surrounding area. SERVPRO technicians operate with a restore rather than replace mentality that can rescue sentimental possessions and bring your home back to its preloss condition; allowing you to get on with your everyday life. 

Contents usually sustain damages in the form of soot, smoke staining, and odor contamination. Fabrics are at particular risk due to the porous nature of the material. SERVPRO ensure that contents are treated sensitively by conducting a pre-test. Pre-tests pay attention to the type of material, natural or synthetic, as well as the type of smoke that has soiled the material. 

The results of a pre-test can be valuable in terms of limiting further damages and restoring to a preloss condition. Some materials may suffer damage to the finish if subjected to corrosive chemicals. However, to restore fittings effectively, it may be necessary to remove the finish through soda blasting to remove soot deposits before professionally refinishing after the successful removal of soiling. 

Denser items like drapery rods or light fittings can benefit from immersion cleaning. When a material is deemed robust enough to be subjected to full immersion in cleaning solvent, SERVPRO can use ultrasonic cleaning methods to remove stubborn soot or discoloration from metals or synthetic materials. We can perform immersion cleaning at an offsite facility before returning it to your home as good as new. 

Professional contents restoration can help you to avoid expensive replacements. Contact SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes at (706) 843-1990. 

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Call Us For Help When Your Augusta Property Experiences A Water Damage Disaster

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Give our crew a call anytime that you need our expertise and experience at (706) 843-1990.

Air Purification Options For Water Damaged Augusta Properties

Environmental cleaning is an important step to substantial water loss recovery for Augusta homes. There are multiple reasons that air purification and monitoring should occur regularly throughout this restoration process. Our certified professionals can help to maintain indoor air quality and remove threats with our expanding inventory of filtering equipment and air purification machines. The faster that this purification can begin, the better protected our technicians and the occupants of the house can be against potential agitators and hazards.

While many layers of damage exist when your Augusta home requires water cleanup, an often-overlooked aspect by unprofessional restoration teams is the indoor air quality. While there are less direct concerns like you might find with fire and mold damages, water loss emergencies can lead to threatening air contamination from dust, debris, mold spores, and other particulates.

With substantial loss incidents occurring in the house, often controlled demolition and reconstruction are necessary steps that must happen to return the property to preloss condition. The removal and replacement of these construction materials can generate considerable dust and debris. To keep our SERVPRO professionals from needing to wipe down every surface and exposed area extensively, we can limit the spread of this airborne dust with the use of filtering equipment like air scrubbers and negative air machines.

With the saturation of materials like carpeting and other flooring materials, the persistent moisture and dampness can lead to an influx in the volume of active mold spores in the area. Mold colonization occurs in moist conditions, and the days following a substantial water loss incident can be an ideal time for mold growth to occur. Hydroxyl generators and ozone machines can both run the air through HEPA filters to capture mold spores as small as 0.3 microns.

Air quality is an often-overlooked aspect of water loss recovery, but one of the many steps our SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties team takes to restore your property fully. Give our crew a call anytime that you need our expertise and experience at (706) 843-1990.

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When Your Augusta Home Has Water Damage Issues, Call Our Experts For Help!

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Give our professionals a call anytime you need us at (706) 843-1990.

The Fast Solutions For Drying Your Augusta Home

We know that there are options for you when water loss incidents occur in your Augusta house. Many homeowners seek to correct these conditions on their own, ensuring that they do not have to waste time or money on professional restoration services. Unfortunately, with how quickly these effects can spread throughout your home, it soon becomes impossible to determine the full spread of these damages without sophisticated and advanced equipment like our professionals have.

It may not seem like a risk to allow moisture, saturation, and other water damage to persist in your Augusta residence, but it is. Our SERVPRO professionals have seen the damaging effects of water saturation on structural elements, construction materials, and the contents of properties. We can appreciate not only the vital need for fast drying of water damages but your need to have drying done thoroughly and efficiently.

Choosing SERVPRO is a wise decision because we invest our reputation into advanced and state-of-the-art equipment to help us overcome water loss incidents, but also to determine the spread of these effects to ensure that we have successfully removed excess moisture and potentially damaging conditions. We have multiple moisture content readers, including probing units, as well as infrared and thermal imagery cameras to identify moisture pockets in wall cavities, ceiling spaces, and into flooring.

We have multiple units that can efficiently dry your home as well. With our base units that are vital to every drying effort like our air movers and desiccant or Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers to our specialized equipment like our Injectidry system, drying mats, and weighted extractors, we have all of the tools to protect your property.

While there are many reasons that choosing our SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties team is a wise decision, to many homeowners it comes down to the equipment that we can offer to provide fast and cost-effective water restoration. Give our professionals a call anytime you need us at (706) 843-1990.

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A Flood Can Happen Quickly, Let Our Experts Restore Your Augusta Home To Pre-Damage Condition!

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

No matter the weather and season, SERVPRO stays ready 24/7 to help mitigate and reverse the effects of flood damage in your home.

How Flood Damage Can Strike In Augusta When You Least Expect It

Flood damage does not always happen as a result of a major storm: average rainfall can sometimes lead to home damage when you least expect it. SERVPRO technicians respond to flood damage calls year-round, and while harsh weather leads to the most severe cases we encounter, we stay ready after any rainy day for the relatively high chance of a call for help with flooding. Here are a few ways that relatively mild wet weather can lead to damage to your home.

Runoff
Runoff can cause some of the most severe flood damage in Augusta without the presence of a major storm. When the ground and soil becomes filled with so much water that it cannot hold anymore, any further rainfall starts to flow downhill instead of being absorbed. This effect can quickly lead to flash flooding in the area or even a potential landslide. Flooding in these situations usually affects homes at the base of a hill or in a low-lying area but could cause damage to any local neighborhood.

Left-Open Windows
Leaving open a window during a rainstorm can quickly cause damage to an entire room or area of your home. Soaked carpets, walls, and furniture all require the help of a specialist company like SERVPRO to dry out without sustaining additional damage, but thankfully, most of these cases are short and inexpensive projects. To avoid damage of this type, make sure your windows stay closed when the clouds gather, especially if winds start to pick up.

Leaks and Overflowing Gutters
Chance calamities such as gutter clogs and leaks in the exterior of your home can lead to some isolated flooding on your property. Do your best to remedy the source of these damages by any means necessary when you find them, as a quick seal job or removal of clogging materials can prevent the kind of significant damage that requires a call to SERVPRO.

No matter the weather and season, SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties stays ready 24/7 to help mitigate and reverse the effects of flood damage in your home. Call us at (706) 843-1990.

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