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Ready to sell? Old tenants moving out? Let us help you get your home ready.

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Whether you are trying to sell your home or you have renters moving out or even after a water loss in your home, getting your house ready for new people can be very exhausting.

When it comes to selling your home, it can be extremely overwhelming working with realtors, inspections, and potential buyers.

Lucky for you, SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton is happy to clean your house and get it ready for showings and the sale. With our highly trained crews, we are prepared to help with any cleaning task ranging from mold remediation to deodorization to general cleaning services including carpet cleanings. We have helped many homeowners prepare and sell their homes with a top to bottom cleaning. We have also helped a lot of apartment complexes clean after the lease ends and a new one is beginning. 

Our thorough cleaning services can include wiping ceilings and walls, trim, the exterior of baseboard registers, and cleaning the inside and outside of kitchen and bathroom appliances. Window cleaning and floor cleaning are a great way to finish the project up and add the final sparkle to your fresh home.

We would be happy to set up a time for an estimator to come onsite to answer any questions you may have, and to get you a good idea of what the project would entail and cost. SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton is always here to help.

What to do if you find water in your light fixtures

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Your roof is the crowning element of your home in Dublin,GA, and you expect that it will protect your family for the duration of your lifetime there. But sometimes a leak can occur because of lack of maintenance, a broken pipe in the ceiling or damage from a storm. A leak can cause all kinds of damage, but often the first indication of a problem is finding water in light fixtures.

What To do If You Find Water in a Light Fixture

Discovering that water is dripping through a ceiling fixture can be the start of a nightmare, especially if it is not handled correctly. Here are some guidelines to help you understand some of the steps that need to be taken.


If the damage is from a storm, you will need to have the roof repaired and have a water and mold restoration company come and check for wood rot or black mold in the crawlspace and have the roof repaired.

If you have water in light fixtures because of a broken pipe in the ceiling, the first thing you need to do is shut off the water main so it stops flooding.


Turn off the electricity to that light fixture so you don’t get electrocuted – electricity and water can be a lethal mix.

What To do Next

Once the power and water have been shut off, a specialist in Lenox Square,GA should inspect for ceiling damage and help determine what is needed for repair. The sheetrock will likely need to come down and the crawl space dried thoroughly. Insulation and sheetrock may need to be replaced and the wiring needs to be evaluated for safety. The light fixture may need to be replaced as well, rather than risking electrical danger.


Never overlook water in light fixtures, as it is a sign of something that needs to be checked out, Hoping it will just dry out and go away could be a serious mistake. Make sure your roof is in good repair and have your pipes inspected to help prevent future problems.

Steps To Take To Mitigate Roof Damage

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Steps To Take To Mitigate Roof Damage

When you have a Vidalia,GA, home roof damage from the weather may be something you’re concerned about. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to help mitigate this possibility. Here are a few things that many storm damage restoration professionals recommend to help protect your home.

1. It’s Best To Act Quickly if Damage is Found

Not all damage comes from hail or rain. Wind damage, and extensive sun can also lead to some problems with your roof. Knowing what to look for can allow you to act quickly when signs of damage are found. Doing so may help mitigate long-term costs by preventing the damage from growing.

2. The Roof Should Be Inspected Regularly

Many experts recommend looking over your home for roof damage at least twice a year. Doing so may help you spot potential issues that needs to be taken care of before damage has a chance to grow any worse. You may also want to inspect your roof after any large storms. If you're unsure what to look for, or if what you found counts as damage, then a professional may be able to do an assessment.

3. Protect the Roof Until Repairs Can Be Made

In the event you find damage on your roof, protective measures can be taken. Calling a professional as soon as you suspect damage may have occurred can help you schedule a repair appointment before things can get any worse. They may also recommend that you place a tarp or board over damaged area to prevent further issues.

When working to protect your home from roof damage it's important to remember that any potential problems should be taken care of as quickly as possible. Many experts recommend looking your roof over at least twice a year and after any major storms. If you do find damage you can protect your home by placing tarps or boards over the area until a professional can arrive.

4 Water-Related Problems to Watch For

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

4 Water-Related Problems to Watch For

The structural integrity of your commercial property in Dublin,GA, relies on an intact, dependable plumbing system. When something goes wrong, such as a blocked sewer, it can cause significant water damage that can end up costing thousands of dollars to repair. Keeping an eye out for signs of trouble can help you fix a problem before it gets too out of hand.

Old Sewer Lines

If your building has cast iron sewer lines, they may have been installed more than 25 years ago. While they are sturdy, nothing lasts forever. Some signs that your sewer lines are deteriorating include:

  • Frequent drain clogs
  • Sludge or warped appearance in landscaping
  • Smell of sewer gas

If you call your plumber early, you may be able to repair the most worn out pipes. Otherwise, your blocked sewer could mean you need to replace the whole system.

Pipe Damage

Whether inside or underneath your building, pipe breaks can cause quite a bit of damage. Factors such as extreme temperatures and poor water quality can weaken pipes. Call water restoration specialists as soon as you notice the problem in order to avoid secondary damage such as mold growth.

Toilet Backup

A common occurrence in commercial buildings is toilet overflow. A clogged toilet on one floor can not only cause problems in that restroom but also in the floor below as it seeps down through the ceiling. Have restrooms checked frequently not just for cleanliness but also for necessary maintenance.

Foundation Damage

Over time, plumbing problems can dampen and displace your soil, affecting the stability of your building's foundation. If your foundation cracks, you will likely see the effects when cracks show up on your exterior walls or when the building shift makes doors harder to open and close.
A blocked sewer doesn't just affect your plumbing system; it can cause problems throughout your building. Fast detection and remediation are the keys to minimizing the damage sewer problems can cause.

Navigating the Aftermath of a House Fire | SERVPRO® of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Experiencing an event as devastating as a house fire is something that takes time to recover from, both emotionally and physically. Even small, quickly extinguished fires can cause damage throughout a home that must be dealt with to keep your family safe.

While recovering quickly is important, recovering safely is the most important thing—that is why we have put together some helpful guidelines for house fire recovery with safety in mind.

Helpful Guidelines for House Fire Recovery

Prepare yourself for what to expect. While some fires may cause charring, odor and not much else in the way of damage, others may require firefighters to take extreme actions to battle the flames. It can be difficult to determine from the outside how extensive the fire damage is, so be sure you are mentally prepared to see the damages firsthand.

Wait to enter your home. Fires can cause quite a bit of hidden structural damage throughout the home, which is why you should never enter a fire-damaged building until it is deemed safe. The risk of injury and further harm is too high, so always consult with your local officials and wait for their approval before you head inside.

Contact your insurance company. Every insurance policy provides different coverages and processes as part of your agreement, so it is important to check with them early on to get details on how to file your claim. They will be able to give you personalized advice on how to proceed and maximize your claim in accordance with your specific policy.

Document the damages. Though dealing with the details regarding damaged belongings is unpleasant, documenting everything thoroughly will be helpful to you and to your insurance company as you file a claim. Make an inventory list of everything that has been impacted by the fire and be sure to take plenty of photos as well.

Contact your restoration company. Being able to count on your restoration company in a stressful time can make the entire process more pleasant. The stress of experiencing a house fire is serious, but having a team you can trust to help you pick up the pieces is a fantastic way to feel better about the whole scenario.

If your home is damaged in a house fire, you can count on us to help you. Get in touch at any hour for a quick response.

Services Provided to Restaurants

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Restaurants are some of the most commonly flooded businesses in America, as they are prone to some risk factors that can lead to significant water and flood damage year-round. Many restaurants that are located near rivers, creeks, lakes, or shores, making them vulnerable to heavy rainfalls which cause banks to overflow. Restaurants also have high amounts of water usage as compared to other businesses, which can lead to more interior and clear water flooding than in other commercial establishments. Fortunately, SERVPRO knows how to get a restaurant's doors back open as quickly as possible after these damages, through a few key services. 
 
Inventory and Stock Management 
One of the most difficult tasks to accomplish alone after commercial water damage is to take inventory of what has been lost, damaged, or left alone in the building. Everything from furniture to valuable kitchen equipment to food stock can be accounted for and should be, for insurance purposes. SERVPRO can help you to keep track of your losses and get proper repayment from an insurer after the event is said and done. 
 
Rapid Restoration Services 
We have access to a wide variety of powerful tools and machines to help accelerate the process of water removal and restoration, including high-powered air movers, water extractors, deodorizing foggers, UV sanitizers, and more. When used strategically, these machines help businesses to open doors quicker than expected after even the worst water damage. 
 
Cohesive Teams and Helpful Policies 
We strive to ensure that a restaurant owner understands the process of restoration and can talk to our teams and representatives. Also, our staff is assembled in a way that encourages cohesiveness and cooperation. This also extends to our "white collar" representatives, who can present documentation to insurance adjusters and regulators with maximum efficacy. 

SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton is a trusted local source of commercial repairs and restorations. Contact us at (912) 538-1323 for our help with your disaster in inconvenience.

Community and CE Courses

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

A few times throughout the year, SERVPRO of Houston County, Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton,  offers continuing education classes to the Insurance, Real Estate and Property Management industries. These classes allow the attendees to earn credits for their respective fields, or to just be better informed of industry standards and best practices. One of our more recent and popular classes is centered on Biohazards and Bio- recovery procedures. This has proved to be a very informative class for all that attend. If you would like to learn more about our Continuing Education schedule, please call the office at (912)538-1323 or send us an email to howell.servpro@gmail.com  to be put on our alert mailing list.

Be mindful of yearly inspections

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

If you are a commercial or residential property manager or condo association member, you should be dreading the swirling wind emoji on the accuweather app every bit as much as the single and negative temperatures we face this weekend.

Here are a few reminders from SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton...

Make random inspections of heat and air units, particularly those with external access.  Specifically, look for insulation that has settled and no longer covers pipes as intended.  

Reinspect any plumbing or external work to make sure proper installation is in place and that there are no vents where cold air can blow in.

Check doors, windows and heat in vacant units.

Remind tenants of protocol for reporting any water situation and not to ignore any signs of water intrusion or leaking.  Let them know you are prepared for anything that happens.

If you have vacancies, you should consider relocation options for renters in the event there is displacement. 

Make sure your on-call crews are ready to roll and that there is back up.  There should also be clear protocol for structural emergencies that includes calling our TEAM of Experts at SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton for all your water, fire, or mold remediation needs!

An invaluable tool offered by SERVPRO is an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP), please visit our blog to find more information on this free service and how your commercial properties can benefit by being prepared for "whatever happens!"

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Every Second Counts When It Comes To Restoring Your Property

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Every Second Counts When It Comes To Restoring Your Property

 

Fire damage, no matter the size, can affect every square inch of your property. It can travel through air ducts, burn through ceilings and floors, and damage countless pieces of equipment and documents.

SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton has access to thousands of pieces of equipment and hundreds of personnel to help mitigate even the largest fire damage. Our experienced technicians utilize industry knowledge, training, experience, high-tech equipment, and proprietary cleaning products to perform emergency services to meet our customer’s cleaning and restoration needs.

Performed immediately following a loss in order to reduce property and content damage, our emergency services reduce claims’ expense, and minimize customer disruption.

While the types of emergency services we provide vary, our emergency response includes:

  • Boarding up the structure and securing the property to help prevent intrusions.
  • Drying the structure. Water is often used to extinguish a fire, so excess water or moisture must be monitored and removed.
  • Deodorization of the affected areas.
  • Pre-testing and initial cleaning. Initial cleaning may help prevent additional damage caused by soot residue, and pre-testing allows the technician to determine what can be restored to help eliminate needless and costly expenses.
  • Conducting building inspections to evaluate the loss site for any safety or health hazards.

Call SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton for all your Fire Restoration needs!

If you own your own business, it is important that you are prepared for whatever might come your way—and not just in regard to market fluctuations.

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

If you own your own business, it is important that you are prepared for whatever might come your way—and not just in regard to market fluctuations. 

Emergencies and disasters are extremely common and often happen with little notice, which means that it is important to have a plan in place to take care of yourself and your staff just in case. One of the ways you can do this is by stocking an office emergency kit with necessary supplies for all of your staff in case you must seek shelter at work while there is danger present. 

Why Stock an Office Emergency Kit? Stocking an office emergency kit is one of the best things you can do to keep yourself and your staff safe in case of an emergency. 

While some emergency scenarios will require you to evacuate (and you should plan accordingly, just in case), scenarios such as severe weather might mean you need to stay put where you are until the threat has passed and/or help can arrive. 

By having an emergency kit stocked and ready, you can be certain that you and your staff have enough food and water to survive, as well as necessary medical equipment in case of an injury or other issue while you await assistance. 

Must-Have Supplies in Your Office Emergency Kit Having the right supplies in your kit will not only provide you with peace of mind, but you will also be prepared for any scenario that may arise while you and your employees are in the workplace. 

As you plan, it might be helpful to make an emergency kit checklist to be sure you do not miss anything. Some of the supplies you should absolutely include are: 

  • A first aid kit, complete with all basic medical supplies such as bandages, painkillers, etc. 
  • Non-perishable foods such as canned goods and protein bars 
  • Enough water to last each person at least three days (one gallon, per person, per day is recommended) 
  • Flashlights and extra batteries 
  • An emergency weather radio that is manually or battery-operated 
  • Toilet paper, paper towels and hand sanitizer 

If your office has experienced damage due to severe weather or another disaster, we are here to help you. Our trained technicians are ready to respond 24/7, so you can call us anytime to report your damages.