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Most Common causes of Water Damage in the Home

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

In most cases, a homeowner may see an issue with their home leaking and believe that it is minor and shouldn’t be looked at. This is true in the sense it is minor, which means it would be an easy fix. The problem with this is when the issue does become major then the homeowner seeks professional help and now the problem is expensive and extensive. Read on to see what the most common cases of water damage to your home. Don’t forget that SERVPRO of Dublin, Vidalia, Claxton is here to help with the minor and major water damages to your home.

Outside of the home: Roofs and Gutter

Flat roofs are a big helper in water damage to your home. Even though it is referred to as flat, it is not actually flat. It will have some design for water and debris to flow to the gutters. However, debris such as leaves and limbs can get stuck and will keep water in a particular area. This can create a huge amount of pressure which can result in water leaking through in that area from the roof. Another issue with this is during winter. During winter, water can freeze around the edges which will create a little pool on the roof which will begin to weaken the roof and allow for water to seep into the home. If you have a flat roof, you want to get regular maintenance on the roof to ensure you do not fall to a victim of water damage.

Gutters can fail homeowners. They are beautifully designed to run water away from the home. But when a thunderstorm happens, leaves and other debris can be blown into the gutter causes water to get stuck. Also, if a gutter cracks, the water could leak down the side of the home through a small afternoon shower which over time will lead to water damage and potentially mold. What to do? Keep a close eye on your gutters and after a storm, clean the gutters out properly.

Inside of the home: Pipes

Leaking pipes can be extremely dangerous because it can take a while for a homeowner to see major damage. By the time most homeowners catch this issue, there is major water damage and black mold. Leaking pipes can be from major temperature changes to the wrong level of acidity. If you notice a change in pressure or color of your water, this could be a sign of a leaking pipe.

Hurricane Categories

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to hurricanes, the category means a lot. If a CAT 1 hurricane is coming your way, you can ride out the storm in your home. However, if a CAT 4 hurricane is barreling your way, you want to evacuate. So what does each category mean? Category 1 is a minimally damaging hurricane with winds reaching 95 miles per hour. The storm surge could range anywhere from 4 to 5 feet above sea level. Category 2 hurricane is referred to as moderately damaging. Winds could be anywhere from 96 to 110 miles per hour and the storm surge reaches 8 feet. Category 3 can bring extensive damage with winds ranging from 111 to 130 miles per hour, and the storm surge reaches 12 feet. Category 4 brings extreme damage with winds reaching 131 to 155 miles per hour. The storm surge for a CAT 4 is between 13 to 18 feet. Lastly is a category 5 hurricane, this cat of hurricane brings catastrophic damage with winds reaching well over 155 miles per hour, and the storm surge going over 18 feet. With any category of a hurricane, you want to board up your home and secure the perimeter around your home. The winds could easily blow items around your home into a window or damage your vehicle. If you do not know exactly what to do in order to prep your home for a hurricane, watch the local news for tips and ideas on what to do to best fit your home.

What to do when a Storm Hits Home

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Whether it is a Category 5 hurricane or a bad thunderstorm rolling through, home owners should be prepared for any storm.

Take safety precautions

Any type of heavy winds can cause roof shingles, natural debris, or unnatural debris to occur. After the storm is over, take precaution when going outside because there could be debris such as nails, sharp wood, or other potentially dangerous items that are around your home.

Photograph the damage

If it is major or minor, take pictures IMMEDIATELY. You may not realize that something damaged your home until after you have moved it, so take pictures just in case (there is always the delete button). Insurance companies will need to see before pictures of the damage.

Contact your insurance company… and SERVPRO!

A homeowner must call their insurance company so an adjuster can be sent out to examine the damage so payment can be made.. Don’t forget to call your favorite restoration and mediation company, SERVPRO of Dublin, Vidalia, Claxton. We work around the clock to ensure happiness from our community! We will send a team out as quickly as possible to begin work for your home if disaster strikes!

Emergency Ready Plan

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

As many as 50% of businesses may never fully recover following a disaster, according to industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water, fire, sewage, and mold damage can affect your business.

Contact our office today at (912) 538-1323 for a FREE Emergency Ready Profile for your business.

SERVPRO of Dublin, Vidalia, Claxton is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to assist you in the event of a loss! 

Services Provided to Restaurants

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Services that Help Restaurants to Reopen Doors Quickly

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.

After a Fire..

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Most full-service restoration specialists offer boarding-up services. Here are four reasons to board-up after a fire.

  1. You need to keep out the elements. If the structure of your property has sustained extensive damage, you should try to keep the elements out. Exposure to additional water, wind, or sunlight can compound the damage caused by smoke residue and soot.
  2. There is still viable stock on the premises. If products that appear viable remain in the building, you should consider boarding up. These items may require assessment and cleaning and may not be fit for sale but having them properly processed rather than stolen can be helpful for insurance purposes.
  3. You want to protect electronics and other valuables. Depending on the extent of the fire damage, you may be able to restore some electronics or other valuable property to working condition. Loss can be far more expensive than restoration or covered replacement.
  4. You want to limit soot damage. It is generally a good idea to reduce foot traffic on the scene of a recent fire. When soot gets embedded into carpeting or upholstery, it can be much more difficult to restore these materials to a pre-fire condition.

Your major concern is likely to be how to recover from fire damage as quickly and completely as possible. Preventing looting and exposure to the elements can make fire cleanup more successful. Here at SERVPRO of Dublin, Vidalia, Claxton we will always put our customers first.

Prevention of Water Damage

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

When owning or managing a place of business, disasters are always in the back of your mind. What if something happens and you have to be closed for a significant amount of time? Something such as a water leak can do this to a place of business. So what can you do to prevent this from happening?

Check the usual suspects of a water leak. Appliances, pipes and drains, and the roof are these suspects. The older these things are, the more often you need to check them. When you are checking these items if you see something wrong, immediately get them fixed. Keep a close eye on lose hose connections and caulk areas since these are simple fixes. In addition, you should continue to update maintenance on all appliances and equipment. In regards to the outside of your place of business, keep the gutters free of debris. This will help reduce the likelihood of your roof being damaged.

In addition, you should look into SERVPRO’s ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) which goes into play when a disaster strikes your place of business. If you want to inquire about the ERP or have a disaster happen at your place of business, call us at (912) 538-1323, and we will make it look “Like it never even happened."

Types of Common House Fires

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

The most common type of house fires starts in the kitchen. The most common kitchen fire is a grease fire. It can be started very easily and spread if not properly put out. *Do not put water on a grease fire, you want to cover it. Another common house fire is due to electrical wiring. It can be from faulty wiring or old wiring. During the cold winter months, a fire can be due to a heater. Portable heaters need to be used when someone is watching it closely or where it will turn off if overheating. Lastly, a major cause of a home fire is smoke-related. People falling asleep with a cigarette in their hand can cause a major house fire. If you are disposing a cigarette in the home, make sure it is properly extinguished before placing in a trash can or emptying the ashtray.

What to do after a fire?

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

First, you want to ensure someone such as the Fire Marshall has cleared you to enter your home for safety reasons. At this point, you can go through your home to see the damage and possibly gather items you can keep. Second, you want to document everything- damaged items and items that can be restored. Take as many pictures of your home as is for insurance purposes. You may want to take a note pad and write notes while going through your home. If the fire was in one room, you still may have the smoke odor in other rooms. It is important to carefully note this for insurance and restoration companies. Lastly, call a restoration company such as SERVPRO of Dublin, Vidalia, Claxton to come in and help restore your home

How to Winterize your Home

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Check the pipes

With the temperature going down into the freezing numbers, homeowners should drip all the faucets at night. This ensures no water is still to freeze and burst a pipe overnight. A tip for outside pipes, make sure the pipe and hoses are free of water.

Chimney safety

For homeowners with a chimney, you should get a professional to inspect and clean your chimney so there is very small risk of a chimney fire.

Clean your gutters

With winter approaching after fall, homeowners should clean out all of the gutters surrounding the home. Leaves, twigs, and other outdoor trash can cause water to be trapped in the gutter and freeze. When the ice unfreezes, it can cause a leak into the home.

Overall, you want to make sure your home is well insulated so your home will stay cozy and warm. Don’t forget to check the basement, attic, and roof for any indication of danger before the cold weather is in full swing. And of course, if you see anything in your home that could potentially turn into a home disaster, please call us. We can send one of our technicians out to inspect your home before anything further happens!

Common Myths about Mold

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

All mold is bad. When facing mold in your home and business, it is understandable to see how all mold could be considered unhealthy. Not every mold that grows indoors is a dangerous mold. There are some molds, that are good for humans, such as penicillin. According to the CDC, there is always some mold everywhere – in the air and on many surfaces. An environmental specialist should be consulted to determine if there are any dangerous molds in your home or business.

Bleach kills mold. Bleach is a powerful cleaning agent. It can kill a whole host of bacteria on non-porous items. Killing mold, however, is not something bleach was ever intended to do. In fact, bleach is not a remedy recommended by the EPA or OSHA. Using bleach could lead to more damage due to the corrosive nature of the product.  The same caution and advice holds for other consumer level retail cleaning products.

Cleaning up Mold Can Be Done Yourself. In small areas, this may be possible with the right products and equipment. Most people, however, are simply not equipped to do a proper mold remediation. Attempting to remediate a small area yourself could lead to larger problems if caution is not taken when disposing of mold infested debris. Lack of proper containment in a small area, could lead to infecting the entire residence causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.

Painting Over Mold Will Seal it and Prevent Regrowth. Also referred to as encapsulation this is a good method but only when done within a full mold remediation protocol. A common household fix is to use bleach to wipe down the problem area. Bleach will discolor the mold, but not remove it. Once the area is wiped down with bleach, then it is painted in hopes it will seal in any mold that was missed and prevent future mold from growing. This method does not work unless the initial cause of the mold growth is addressed and corrected. Underlying causes of mold can be excessive moisture or excessive humidity. If the moisture problem is not repaired or eliminated then the chances of the mold returning are greatly increased.

SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton will be ready for your mold mitigation and restoration needs! Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

Mold vs Mildew

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Plain and simple, mildew and mold are fungi. Fungi can live in many different types of habitats such as in soil, on vegetation, and on surfaces exposed to moist conditions like a wall or ceiling after flood damage. Fungi reproduce by spores and quickly can spread.

What is mildew? 

Mildew is mold in its early stage and often the term is used interchangeably with the word mold. That whitish-gray, powdery substance sometimes seen on the leaves of a plant is mildew. Mildew is a surface fungi that grows on organic material like plants and food as well as wood or fibrous items like:

  • Drywall
  • Insulation
  • Cardboard/paperboard
  • Wallpaper
  • Fabric

How is it different from Mold? 

Mold ranges in color from green to gray, brownish and black. It may appear fuzzy, flat or even slimy. Green slimy mold may develop in the damp, shady areas of decks and even vinyl siding, while indoors, mold can develop on grout, tile and other surfaces found in and around bathrooms and other areas with high humidity and inadequate ventilation.

Mold 101

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

While developing, mold forms multicellular filaments called hyphae and adopts single-celled growth habits called yeasts. A large taxonomically diverse number of fungal species exist that can grow on the inside of your Nashville area home.

As the tubular branching mycelium threads over a contact surface, fluffy white threads begin to cover various surfaces found on your property. Mold damage occurs as these microbes systematically produce new colonies, becoming more and more visible to the human eye during the late stages of its life-cycle. Mold causes various stages of biodegradation to natural materials used to construct your home. Often leaving you and your family exposed to pathogenic molds that produce inhalable toxic compounds. There are thousands upon thousands of known mold species, making discovering the type of mold existing in your home useless.

The kind of mold that exists makes no difference whatsoever in how SERVPRO approaches treating the growth found in your home. Our technicians use a variety of strategies based on the extent of exposure that exists, using containment and control methods to stop the spread in its tracks, preventing further growth. Although mold plays a major role in our planet's ecosystem, having it in your home can produce unhealthy results. Therefore, at the first signs of mold growth in your home, it is important to contact a licensed, qualified professional, like those offered at SERVPRO, for help.

Attempting to mitigate or remove mold alone can result in additional growth or additional exposure that you want to avoid. SERVPRO can help you regain control over your home’s indoor environment, and drastically improve the quality of the air that you breathe. Remember, the longer you take to act the longer mold has to develop. Given enough time, many species of mold adjust to various living conditions, surviving in harsh conditions including extreme cold, highly acidic solvents, anti-bacterial, or even within petroleum products.

Obtain professionally certified mold remediation services by calling SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton today. We are here to help members of our community when you need us the most (912) 538-1323.

Humidity in the Home

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Humidity can cause mold to begin to grow in a home. Below are a few ways to reduce humidity in your home or business which will reduce the possibility of microbial growth!

  • Vent appliances that produce moisture, such as clothes dryers, stoves, and kerosene heaters, to the outdoors, where possible.  (Combustion appliances, such as stoves and kerosene heaters, produce water vapor and will increase the humidity unless vented to the outside.)  
  • Use air conditioners and/or de-humidifiers when needed. 
  • Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering.  Use exhaust fans or open windows whenever cooking, running the dishwasher or dishwashing, etc.
  • Actions that will help prevent condensation:
  • Reduce the humidity.  
  • Increase ventilation and air movement by opening doors and/or windows, when practical.  Use fans as needed. 
  • Cover cold surfaces, such as cold-water pipes, with insulation. 
  • Increase air temperature.

These are different ways to lower the likelihood of microbial growth in your home. If you believe you have mold in your home or business, give your SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton a call at (912) 538-1323. We will make it look “Like it never even happened.”

Vacation Prep your Home

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Many people clean their homes prior to leaving for vacation. They also make sure that all the lights are off, and then also check that all windows and doors are locked securely. Many otherwise careful people fail to shut off the water line at the outside of their home during their pre-vacation preparations. Many times, nothing comes of this, but when it does, the water damage can be substantial.

Water damage that results from a broken water line, no matter where the break or leak is located, can cause damage throughout your home. This damage may not only spread across the floor or down the inside of a wall space but from one floor to lower levels, increasing the amount of damage your home experiences. 

Vacationing is Only Temporary and So Should Any Water Damage, if You Call for Professional Assistance 

Upon returning from vacation, homeowners whose home has been water damaged while they've been away are in for a not-so-pleasant surprise. Shutting off the water should be the first thing done if it can be safely accomplished. Standing water can pose an electrical hazard if electrical outlets or wiring are immersed in the water. If you are not sure about your safety, you should have professionals complete the shut-down the electricity prior to shutting off the water. Everyone should remain clear of the water to be safe. 

After the flow of water has been stopped, mop up the existing water using absorbent towels or mops and empty buckets. Dump these outside to keep drains inside your home from becoming clogged by any debris that may be in the water. Because water can infiltrate porous materials like drywall throughout your home, it is tough to remove completely. The structurally water damage must have the standing water extracted first. If this is not done properly, warping and deterioration of walls and other structures in your home can quickly occur. Then the absorbed moisture and humidity in the interior environment must be mitigated to acceptable levels. If not, this can lead to not only dangerous structural problems but also the growth of mold and mildew. These can cause health effects in your family members over time. 

What We can do For You 
Our professionals are trained in not only the removal of water that can cause damage to your home's interior, but we have training in the IICRC approved drying techniques that are designed for maximum efficiency. After cleaning-up and extracted all of the water, we will begin the drying process and take note of any damage that needs to be restored or repaired. Cleaning-up will continue with removing any debris that is left over from repairs, as well.  

The professionals at SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton are experienced in responding to water damage emergencies such as ruptured or frozen water lines, and we can respond quickly. We are available 24/7 so call us at (912) 538-1323 for not only fast service but also professionalism and experience.

Summer Fire Safety

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

If you have an emergency, SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton is available 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days throughout the year. We understand your emergency cannot always fall between business hours which is why we are here to serve you better. We help with smoke or fire damage to your personal belongings, home, or business. We will make it look “like it never even happened.” Follow these simple tips to help you and those you love stay fire safe this summer season!

  • Attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.
  • Enjoy outdoor celebrations and cookouts but remember to keep a 3-foot “safe zone” around grills and campfires.
  • Build campfires at least 15 feet away from tent walls, shrubs or other materials that burn.

Hurricane Ready

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Are you prepared for a hurricane?? The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. The areas covered include the North Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. The National Weather Service defines a hurricane as "an intense tropical weather system with well-defined circulation and sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots) or higher. “Here are two helpful links to get you prepared in case of a hurricane:

https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes 

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php 

When you return back to your home and you have damage, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton for your storm damage restoration needs. We have IICRC Certified technicians who are highly trained in reporting to a job on time and working in a timely manner. We always strive to work quickly and efficiently to get you back in your home!

Safety for your Grill

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

As Spring quickly approaches, it is time for grilling out with friends and family again. Grilling can become dangerous quickly. Leaving the grill unattended, improper cleaning grease or fat, placing the grill near combustible items can cause serious injuries to a person or property. Listed below are some tips on grilling safety.

  • Gas-fueled grills account for 4 out of 5 grill fires.
  • Choose a safe location for your grill.
  • Only grill outside.
  • Teach children grills can be dangerous and to be careful around a grill.
  • Remember how to properly clean your grill after use.

Grilling can be a fun time to gather around and share stories over hot dogs and hamburgers. SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton assures consumers that if you fall victim to damage to your home due to a grill, we will be there to serve you.

Leave it to the Professionals

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Most people don't think they'll ever have the need to deal with a biohazard, but it's surprisingly common. Should your home ever become the site of a crime scene, traumatic accident, or fall into distress and be in need of severe cleaning, you'll be put in the situation of figuring out what to do next. While some homeowners think it's perfectly fine to attempt cleaning up a biohazard on their own, that's actually the worst thing to do. 
 
Properly and safely cleaning up biological waste and dangerous materials requires expertise and the proper equipment. If you're facing a biohazard emergency, you're probably wondering how to get your home restored and back to normal. Here are just a few reasons why going the do it yourself route isn't best in this situation. 
 
1. Advanced cleaning equipment is needed. Trying to tackle a biohazard cleanup with regular household cleaning supplies and tools is not only inefficient but doing so will not properly disinfect your home. At SERVPRO, our staff is trained to get rid of all traces of biohazards, including those that you can't see. 
 
2. Your safety is important. Especially in the case of a biohazard scene that contains blood, human waste, or animal waste, preventing the spread of disease is important. Our technicians use specialized protective gear that allows us to handle biological emergencies and trauma scenes without exposing ourselves to risks. 
 
3. Disposing of the waste requires special care. Sometimes we have to use an incinerator or autoclave during a biohazard cleanup, but the waste can't simply be put into your garbage can. Things that become contaminated or ruined by a biohazard emergency have to be disposed of so that no one is exposed to any health risks, and specific permits are required to dispose of and transport biohazard waste. 
 
SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton has a team of professionals who can handle your restoration emergency, even in the most extreme situations. To get a quote or learn more about our biohazard cleanup services, call us at (912) 538-1323.

How to keep your home free of water damage

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can occur in homes in a variety of ways. Homeowners should check for leaks throughout their houses, inspecting pipes and connections in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. Look under and around sinks and around bathtubs for any discoloration. Do not ignore connections to dishwashers or to refrigerators with water and ice dispensers. 

Make sure water is flowing properly down drains. If not, try clearing the drain with a plunger or an over the counter solution. If that does not work, call a professional for assistance.

To keep drains and pipes clear, follow some simple steps such as pouring cooking oil into a suitable container and disposing of it properly after it cools and never flushing diapers and other inappropriate items down toilets. In addition, backflow valves should be installed in sanitary and storm sewer lines.

Check the floors around water heaters for wet spots, which could indicate you have a rusted tank or other problem. If necessary, have the tank replaced as soon as possible. 

A leak in the roof of your home and clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to significant water damage inside your house. As soon as you notice a leak in your roof have it inspected and repaired immediately. In addition, keep all gutters and downspouts free of leaves and other debris that could cause water to back up and leak into your house. 

Owners of properties located in areas prone to flooding should give serious consideration to applying a waterproof coating or membrane to the exterior walls and installing watertight shields over doors, windows and other openings.

When winter hits, keep an eye out for snow accumulation on the downside of a higher- level roof, where blowing snow will pile up. For safe snow removal, ask a roofing contractor for a referral. 

Remove snow from basement stairwells, window wells and all walls to prevent water or moisture from penetrating walls. Also, keep attics well ventilated to maintain temperatures close to the outside, which will minimize the risk of ice dams forming.

To ensure that pipes do not freeze and burst, keep the heat in your home at an acceptable level, cover exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapping and open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.

We're Ready....Are You?

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

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

Here are a few remiders 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!

Beware The Penetrating Power Of Bitter Cold

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

We find trouble wherever it's lurking

Roof and insulation issues don't reveal themselves on warm, sunny days.  The next couple of weeks are going to be bitterly cold with swirling wind and who knows...middle Georgia may even get a little snow! With cold, wind and snow will come pipe bursts, ice damming and other unfortunate breakdowns.  

SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton and our sister company Samson Construction stand ready to put your home or business back in preloss condition.

Our professionals follow IICRC protocols to make sure that your structure is fully restored and there are no secondary concerns, like mold.  Not only will the structure be like new but you will receive everything you need to file a claim with your insurance company if you choose.

Our process includes: identifying all the sources and types of water; monitoring of atmospheric and material considitions for drying analysis; a comprehensive diagnostic inspection for trapped or hiddent moisture; removal of wet materials; removal or containment of furniture; carpet and Pad service; application of disinfecting and deodorizing agents if necessary; utlization of specialized drying equipment; and disposal of refuse.

While the mitigation is taking place we work closely with your insurance carrier so there is a seamless transition from cleaning to repair.   The same team sticks with you from start to finish!

We don't wish ourselves on anyone but when issues come up, we are always ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

What You Can Do to Save on Your Heating Bill?

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

What You Can Do to Save on Your Heating Bill?

 Any season is a good season to save energy costs. With winter approaching, however, it’s even more critical as prices for home heating fuel are as volatile as ever.

 The U.S. Department of Energy has the following fuel saving tips for consumers:

  • Look for furnaces with annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) ratings of no less than 78 percent.
  • Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and radiators.
  • Bleed trapped air from hot water radiators once or twice a season or have a professional do it.
  • Clean warm-air registers and baseboard heaters and make sure they are not blocked by furniture, carpeting or drapes.
  • Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as needed.
  • To retain heat, turn off kitchen, bath and other ventilating fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing.
  • Install a programmable thermostat that can adjust the temperature according to your work schedule and sleeping habits.
  • Energy Star products can cut energy bills up to 30 percent. Locate retailers online at www.energystar.gov when replacing heating systems, appliances, lighting, windows, office equipment and home electronics.
  • Insulate hot water heaters and pipes.
  • Make sure your furnace or heat pump is tuned up by a professional at least once a year.

SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton...We are always here to help!

Biohazard & Recovery Continuing Education

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Biohazard & Recovery Continuing Education SERVPRO Continuing Education

A few times throughout the year, SERVPRO of Houston County, as well as our partner location SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton,  offer continuing education classes to the Insurance, Real Estate and Property Management industries. These classes allow the attendees to earn credits for their respective fields. Most attendees use our classes to be better informed of industry standards and best practices. One of our more recent and popular classes is centered on Biohazards and Biorecovery 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 or sign up for our classes, please call the office at (478) 224-4148 or send us an email to melissabridges.SERVPRO@gmail.com  to be put on our alert mailing list. We look forward to seeing you in class.

It’s Never Too Late to Clean Up Mold!

12/7/2016 (Permalink)

Common Indoor Mold: Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria & Aspergillus

Here in the middle Georgia area, we have the ideal climate for mold to develop and thrive. Since mold can start to develop in as little as 48 hours after water damage, it is imperative that any damage due to a fire, flood, broken water pipe, or leaky foundation be cleaned up promptly and properly. This cleanup will help you avoid significant property damage to your Conroe and The Woodlands home due to mold.

After Spring storms and summer showers, comes the damp, and moisture forecast, and the result of mold infestation is high. It is important to address any signs of mold immediately and correctly. Homes in our area are often affected by mold in bathrooms and basements,  mold can develop anywhere in your home, especially if you have experienced any type of flooding. 

Mold spores spread through the air, so even areas that were not directly affected by floodwaters can soon become home to serious mold infestations. Mold is often found in air ducts, which can cause it to spread quickly. SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton is always ready to help you restore your home after a water damage or in the event of mold.Time is of the essence: the longer you postpone cleanup, the longer the mold remediation process, the more expensive,  and more inconvenience for you and your family.

If you are starting to see or smell mold in your home, a thorough cleaning and disinfecting is required, and the sooner the better. Mold has the potential to cause health effects, so cleanup should be conducted with proper protective clothing, masks and gloves. Bleach and water should be used to kill the mold in all affected areas. Scrub the solution into the area, rinse, and dry thoroughly. If saturated drywall and insulation was not removed after storm damage, you likely need a thorough evaluation by a professional emergency water damage restoration team.

Water damage that was not properly remedied prior to rebuilding may have caused mold to start growing behind your new walls or under your new carpeting. If the structure of your home was not properly disinfected, dehumidified, and dried, mold may be thriving. Your local SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton teams see this frequently. In a rush to make properties habitable, steps are often skipped, leading to mold infestations. If you believe you have mold growth from recent floods or other water damage, call us immediately. We can quickly help you identify problem areas and start the mold remediation process.

Our mission is to help our neighbors, friends, and community members quickly recover from damage caused by natural disaster, fire, sewage backup, or other events. Regardless of the size or type of damage, we can quickly respond and start the evaluation and investigation into the cause, as well as the best way to restore your property  to its original state. Call us today at (912)538-1323, we work directly with insurance companies and carriers to help relieve a portion of the burden of the rebuilding process in order to make your loss "like it never even happened."

 

Beware the Penetrating Power of Bitter Cold

12/7/2016 (Permalink)

We find trouble wherever it's lurking

Roof and insulation issues don't reveal themselves on warm, sunny days.  The next couple of weeks are going to be bitterly cold with swirling wind and who knows...middle Georgia may even get a little snow! With cold, wind and snow will come pipe bursts, ice damming and other unfortunate breakdowns.  

SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton and our sister company Samson Construction stand ready to put your home or business back in pre-loss condition.

Our professionals follow IICRC protocols to make sure that your structure is fully restored and there are no secondary concerns, like mold.  Not only will the structure be like new but you will receive everything you need to file a claim with your insurance company if you choose.

Our process includes: identifying all the sources and types of water; monitoring of atmospheric and material considitions for drying analysis; a comprehensive diagnostic inspection for trapped or hiddent moisture; removal of wet materals; removal or containment of furniture; carpet and Pad service; application of disinfecting and deodorizing agents if necessary; utlization of specialized drying equipment; and disposal of refuse.

While the mitigation is taking place we work closely with your insurance carrier so there is a seamless transition from cleaning to repair.   The same team sticks with you from start to finish!

We don't wish ourselves on anyone but when issues come up, we are always ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

 

We're Ready...Are You?

12/7/2016 (Permalink)

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

Here are a few remiders 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!

 

 
 

 

Storm Damage

12/7/2016 (Permalink)

If you have ever had a weather related emergency, such as a flood, tree fall, pipe burst you may have experienced the frustration of calling for help only to find you would be put on a list and gotten to when you’re gotten to.  If you have not had a weather or event related issue at your home or business, good.  If you ever do, here’s a few things to keep in mind:

1)     Everyone you reach out to, whether a plumber, tree company or SERVPRO wants to help you and as quickly as possible.

2)     When an area is affected, whether by a microburst, hurricane or deep freeze, the damage is common.  In other words, if your pipes freeze when the temperature drops from 40 to seven over a 24 hour period, the same thing is happening all around you.

3)     Immediate response resources in an area are always limited.  Your plumber of 15 years can not hire additional crews overnight, as much as he would like to.

So when this occurs, it pays to Go Big.

At SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton, our first question is always: Is the source fixed or do you need help fixing the source? No job is to big or small for our crew of certified and highly trained experts! When it comes to your property, home, or business you can depend on SERVPRO to get the job done, and done right! We have the resources for all trades and labor and can properly and efficiently handle any job no matter the size!  

A brand you can trust, a company you can depend on! 

Whether its factory fire, burst water heater or a tree on a house, We are Ready for Whatever Happens and Are Always Here to Help!

Biohazard & Recovery Continuing Education

12/7/2016 (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 melissabridges.SERVPRO@gmail.com  to be put on our alert mailing list.

 

Emergency Ready Profile (ERP)

12/7/2016 (Permalink)

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Contact our office today at (912)538-1323 for a FREE Emergency Ready Profile for your business.

SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to assist you in the event of a loss! 

 

What You Can Do to Save on Your Heating Bill?

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

What You Can Do to Save on Your Heating Bill?

 Any season is a good season to save energy costs. With winter approaching, however, it’s even more critical as prices for home heating fuel are as volatile as ever.

 The U.S. Department of Energy has the following fuel saving tips for consumers:

  • Look for furnaces with annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) ratings of no less than 78 percent.
  • Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and radiators.
  • Bleed trapped air from hot water radiators once or twice a season or have a professional do it.
  • Clean warm-air registers and baseboard heaters and make sure they are not blocked by furniture, carpeting or drapes.
  • Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as needed.
  • To retain heat, turn off kitchen, bath and other ventilating fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing.
  • Install a programmable thermostat that can adjust the temperature according to your work schedule and sleeping habits.
  • Energy Star products can cut energy bills up to 30 percent. Locate retailers online at www.energystar.gov when replacing heating systems, appliances, lighting, windows, office equipment and home electronics.
  • Insulate hot water heaters and pipes.
  • Make sure your furnace or heat pump is tuned up by a professional at least once a year.

SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton...We are always here to help!

Fall Maintenance Tips

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

 
Did you know? The air in your home is 10 times more dirty than the air outside.

During the Spring and Summer months, allergens accumulate and fill areas of your home or office with dust, dust mites, animal dander, mold and other unhealthy elements. Unless you address the situation now, the air quality will continue to deteriorate.

Your friends at SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton want to ensure that you and your property are properly prepared for the upcoming season. Therefore, we would like to offer you some helpful tips that will adequately prepare your property for the Fall:

  • Eliminate mold and mildew indoors by cleaning under the refrigerator, washing and disinfecting garbage cans, scrubbing bathrooms, and cleaning or changing shower curtains
  • Remove any wet debris from around the home or office, as mold spores are airborne particles that can easily float indoors
  • Schedule to have your chimney cleaned within the next month. Excessive buildup of creosote and debris, as well as miscellaneous branches, leaves and animal nests can create a dangerous situation as it increases the potential to spark a chimney fire.
  • Remember not to ignore your ductwork, vents and HVAC systems. Unnecessary dirt and debris can pose a serious threat to the health of your family or employees if they are not properly maintained.

SERVPRO’s licensed technicians can provide all of the remediation and cleaning services necessary for the upcoming season. A proper cleaning will combat all particles that infiltrate your property and provide for a safe and worry-free environment by:

  • Enhancing your indoor air quality
  • Improving overall air circulation
  • Eliminating built-up dirt and contaminants
  • Extending the life of your heating and cooling systems

Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton at (912) 538-1323 and rest easier come Fall 2017 knowing your property is clean and out of harm’s way.

 
 

 

Every Second Counts When It Comes to Restoring Your Property

12/6/2016 (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!

 

 

Taking Preventative Steps to Keep Your House Dry

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

Taking Preventative Steps to Keep Your House Dry

Water damage can occur in homes in a variety of ways. Homeowners should check for leaks throughout their houses, inspecting pipes and connections in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. Look under and around sinks and around bathtubs for any discoloration. Do not ignore connections to dishwashers or to refrigerators with water and ice dispensers. 

Make sure water is flowing properly down drains. If not, try clearing the drain with a plunger or an over the counter solution. If that does not work, call a professional for assistance.

To keep drains and pipes clear, follow some simple steps such as pouring cooking oil into a suitable container and disposing of it properly after it cools and never flushing diapers and other inappropriate items down toilets. In addition, backflow valves should be installed in sanitary and storm sewer lines.

Check the floors around water heaters for wet spots, which could indicate you have a rusted tank or other problem. If necessary, have the tank replaced as soon as possible. 

A leak in the roof of your home and clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to significant water damage inside your house. As soon as you notice a leak in your roof have it inspected and repaired immediately. In addition, keep all gutters and downspouts free of leaves and other debris that could cause water to back up and leak into your house. 

Owners of properties located in areas prone to flooding should give serious consideration to applying a waterproof coating or membrane to the exterior walls and installing watertight shields over doors, windows and other openings.

When winter hits, keep an eye out for snow accumulation on the downside of a higher- level roof, where blowing snow will pile up. For safe snow removal, ask a roofing contractor for a referral. 

Remove snow from basement stairwells, window wells and all walls to prevent water or moisture from penetrating walls. Also, keep attics well ventilated to maintain temperatures close to the outside, which will minimize the risk of ice dams forming.

To ensure that pipes do not freeze and burst, keep the heat in your home at an acceptable level, cover exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapping and open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.

If water damage does occur in your home, immediately call SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton (912) 538-1323 for restoration services. SERVPRO’s teams will:

  • Assess damage for restorability and safety.
  • Determine the extent of the moisture content in effected areas.
  • Move and prop up furniture on blocks if necessary.
  • Extract the water.
  • Remove carpets and carpet pads if necessary.
  • Spray to treat germs and bacteria in contaminated areas.
  • Start the drying process with air movers and dehumidification equipment.
  • Ensure rooms are completely dry and conduct a walk through with homeowners to guarantee customer satisfaction.

Preventative maintenance is key to avoiding a possible water, mold, of fire damage loss.

SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton, we are always here to help! Call (912)538-1323 for all you restoration needs!

 

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