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Doing a Water Damage Walkthrough of Your Home | SERVPRO® of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Doing a Water Damage Walkthrough of Your Home | SERVPRO® of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

Whether you are buying a new home, selling your current home or just hoping to catch any
serious water damage issues before they get out of hand, doing a walkthrough can tell you a lot
about what you need to know regarding the status of water damage to your home.

While many types of water damage will not be noticeable until the signs begin to show up
around the house, catching these signs early on can significantly lessen the overall damage that
is done.

Where to Check on Your Walkthrough for Water Damage

Check the Interior Walls and Ceilings
Water spots are often the first giveaway that there is water damage present. Roof leaks are an
extremely common source of water damage, and when the water passes through the roof, it can
either begin to pool behind the ceiling or flow down behind the drywall. In either situation, you
will generally see dark spots that may be soft to the touch, cracked drywall or ceilings, and even
peeling paint that will indicate damage.


Check the Floors
Any type of flooring can be susceptible to water damage, and if there is a subfloor present, it
can sustain damage, too. Water-damaged floors will often be warped, buckled or “cupped” as a
result of the moisture, and may even feel soft when you walk across them. Moisture can also
cause darkened spots on the floors just like it does on interior walls and ceilings.


Check the Basement and Attic, if Applicable

Basements and attics are two of the most common places to find water leaks because of how susceptible they are to letting moisture in. Checking these routinely for any signs of damage is key for catching water damage early. Make sure you are also paying attention with your
nose—the water damage might be hidden, but if mold growth has started already, you will
generally be able to smell it.


If you find water damage in your home, do not hesitate to give us a call. We are here 24/7 to
help you with water damage restoration—contact us today.

The 5 Most Common Reasons Behind Roof Leaks | SERVPRO® of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton 

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

Having a leak in the roof is a pain for homeowners and one that can cause serious damage with time. Many times, roof leaks are not noticed right away because they start initially damaging the attic before they are visible on the ceiling of the home. 

Understanding why roof leaks happen can help you prepare for and prevent them from occurring in your home. 

Common Reasons Why Roof Leaks Begin 

  1. Wear and Tear Resulting From Age. With every variation in temperature, roofs are designed to expand and contract—meaning every summer, winter and temperature variation in between, there will be a bit of movement involved, which can eventually lead to cracks and vulnerabilities in the tar below the shingles. 
  2. Breakdown of Flashing or Seals Around Features. Anytime a feature such as a chimney, dormer or vent intersects with your roof, a seal or a flashing will be installed to keep water out. Over time, these seals or flashing installations can begin to warp and wear, letting in water. 
  3. Missing or Loose Shingles. Shingles are your home’s first line of defense against weather, so if one becomes loose or goes missing, there is a good chance a leak might develop. Shingles can get torn off by debris or simply come loose with time, but it is easy to do a visual inspection to determine if they are all there. 
  4. Clogged Gutters That Cause Puddles. It is recommended to clean the debris from your gutters regularly, as roof leaks can develop otherwise. When water is unable to be drained away, it will sit in puddles on your roof and can eventually start seeping into the wood underneath. 
  5. Excessive Moisture Deposits. If your roof is designed with several levels and one level deposits moisture onto another, the bottom level can become oversaturated with moisture if heavy rainfall occurs. This can overwhelm the roof’s defenses and allow water to saturate the shingles and begin seeping in. 

Have you experienced a roof leak in your household? If so, our trained water restoration technicians are here to help you. Contact us at any time to learn more. 

When dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. Contact SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton for prompt & dependable service.

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

interior wood floor partially submerged in water Our Proven 6-Step Water Damage Restoration Process | SERVPRO® of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

Finding out that your home has sustained water damage is extremely unfortunate, but a quick response is the best defense you have. For that reason, you can get in touch with us 24 hours a day to report your damage and have us respond.

Here is what our proven process looks like:

6 Steps to Water Damage Restoration

1. Initial Emergency Contact
You can call us 247 and talk with one of our highly trained restoration professionals about your damage. We will then assemble a response team and send them and their equipment your way as quickly as we can.

2. Inspection and Damage Assessment
Upon arriving at your home, we will immediately assess the area for any present safety hazards and address them to create a hazard-free environment. After that, we will do a full inspection of the damaged area to create a restoration plan for your situation.

3. Moisture Extraction
Getting rid of standing water and excess moisture is the best way to prevent extra damage from occurring, so we have an entire fleet of pumps and vacuum equipment dedicated to this. We will pull out all of the standing water quickly before moving on to more specific drying.

4. Dehumidifying and Drying
After there is no remaining standing water, we will start the dehumidification and drying process to pull moisture from the air, from structures and from belongings. Mold can move in quickly after water damage so we tackle moisture head-on to discourage it from taking hold.

5. Cleaning Belongings
Once the moisture has been pulled out of the air and surfaces, we will make sure everything is safe for you and your family to use by cleaning and deodorizing everything that has been impacted.

6. Restoration and Repair
We pride ourselves on offering a complete restoration, meaning that we handle all of the damages water has caused, including cosmetic. We can install flooring, touch up paint and do other small touches that will make your home feel exactly as it did before the damage.

If your home has been water-damaged, you can count on us to help. Call us 247 to get the process started.

If you’re experiencing any water damage from flooding, SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton is available 24/7 to assist you with any repairs.

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

three large houses in a neighborhood with home and street flooded Recovering Quickly After a Flood With Safety in Mind | SERVPRO® of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

Floods happen far more frequently than most people realize, and are extremely common even in landlocked regions. We have seen many people get the unpleasant surprise of flood damage, so we always advise having a recovery plan in place just in case.

A plan will help relieve any worries regarding flood damage to your home and help you recover quickly, which makes the restoration a much smoother process. Doing this, while prioritizing your safety, is the best way to reduce the overall impact a flood has on your life.

Tips for a Safe Flood Recovery

Avoid further safety hazards. Many people want to return home as quickly as they can after evacuating due to a flood, but you should never do so until your local officials have surveyed the area and determined it is safe. There are many dangers hidden amongst floodwaters that could cause injury or death.

Air out the home. With flood damage, there are more concerns than just the moisture damage—namely, mold and mildew can be a big hassle. It only takes a few hours for mold to begin growing in the aftermath of a flood, and while it is impossible to stop altogether, fresh air can reduce the severity of it. Airing out your home if it is safe to do so is always recommended, which can lower the rate of mold growth and make the air healthier to breathe.

Document the damages. You will likely want to begin improving your home and salvaging your belongings right away, but before you do so, take some time to document everything that has been damaged. Make a list of items and take ample pictures, which will serve both your records and the insurance company’s if you are able to file a claim.

Contact your restoration and insurance companies right away. For those who have flood insurance coverage, get in touch with your agent and file a claim right away so you can get the process started. After this, reach out to us for a quick restoration response—we will work with your insurance company and promptly handle the damages.

If your home has been damaged in a flood, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to receive a quick response and set the restoration process in motion.

Water Damage Prevention

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

You can’t always prevent harm from coming your way. Sometimes disaster strikes and accidents happen. Some things, however, you can control. Giving these potential problem areas in your house some extra attention will help keep you and your home safe and dry!

  1.   Your Windows! Regardless of the season, a drafty window can end up costing you a fortune! To check for drafts in your home, use a lit candle against windows. If the flame flickers as you run it along the seams then you may need to reseal your windows

  2. Your Plants!  Plants both in and around your home can be a problem if they are not properly maintained. In an effort to avoid the growth of mold or mildew on your property simply make sure that your garden areas have adequate drainage, and that you are trimming plants around the structure.

  3. Your Gutters! As tedious as it may be, keeping your gutters clean is really going to help keep your home safe from costly water or mold damages. Cleaning out and inspecting your gutters regularly as well as keeping downspouts clear of any blockages will help keep the structure draining properly.

If you do find yourself dealing with the troubles of water damage in your home, give SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton a call at 478-275-4504. We’re available 24 hours a day to clean up the damage and restore your property. We will make your home look "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can occur from mother nature visits such as hurricanes or thunderstorms to pipe bursts, foundation or roof leaks, septic tank issues, and much more. Either case, a homeowner should call a restoration company to help with proper clean up. When it is contaminated water such as a septic tank issue, homeowners are in the danger zone for viruses and bacteria growth. In this case, you want to call a restoration company immediately so there is little risk of exposure to dangerous bacteria. Regardless, a homeowner could experience mold growth very quickly if the water is left after 48 hours. If you encounter ANY type of water damage, you first want to stop the cause of the water damage. Example, if your toilet is over flowing, you want to stop water flow to the toilet, then call SERVPRO to come out and conduct the clean up. A homeowner would then need to call their insurance company about the issue. Do not forget to document each step with pictures and notes so you can remember who you talked to and what was said. We will be there EVERY step of the way to ensure you get your home fixed like it never happened.

SERVPRO of Dublin, Vidalia, Claxton is here for your water damage restoration needs. From natural disaster such as a hurricane to septic tank issues, we will be there to help with the entire process.

Water Damage to Kitchen

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

After water damage to your kitchen cabinets, SERVPRO can help

Water damage wreaks havocs in homes. All it takes is for a single pipe to burst or one appliance to develop a fault, and a small leak can soon become something much bigger. Georgia is also prone to flooding at times which means that overall there is a real risk of water affecting your house. 

After water damage to your Claxton home get everything dry as quickly as possible. A damp home is unpleasant to be in, and there is more of a risk of long-term damage if you do not take swift action. Damp areas are a breeding ground for mold spores and mildew. 

One of the leading causes of interest for householders after a leak or flood of any kind is how to dry out hard to reach places such as behind cabinets. Floors and walls around cabinets are not easy to get to, and the extra layers of material there present a significant challenge. SERVPRO recommends contacting our experts for a full assessment of the situation as soon as possible. 

Many factors affect drying around and behind cabinetry. These include the type of wood, the paint used, the position and whether the cabinet has its own back or backs onto the wall. Because the backs of cabinets are hard to dry, our IICRC-certified technicians are trained to carefully drill holes in either the cabinet or the wall to allow for better air circulation. 

Our professional teams also remove molding underneath cabinets and drills holes in the base as necessary to ventilate the floor beneath the cabinet. In many cases, the molding can be put back after and may not need to be replaced by new molding. 

Drying under and behind cabinets is not just about creating better ventilation through drilling holes or removing molding. We also use dehumidifiers and air movers to dry the area. Our certified professionals come equipped with powerful vent systems that force dry air under cabinets to speed the drying process. 

SERVPRO monitors cabinets carefully every step of the way to ensure that the drying process is as efficient and speedy as possible. We handle your furniture with care, and when drying is complete, we patch any holes and put the molding back - "Like it never even happened." 

If you are worried about your cabinets after water damage, give SERVPRO of Dublin, Vidalia, Claxton a call at (912) 538-1323.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

 

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!