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Centrifugal Air Movers

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

This integral drying tool has a distinct purpose in water damage restoration projects. 

Water damage can be one of the most challenging situations that your home or business faces in its life. Because water disasters can get out of control quickly, it is vital to get mitigation and restoration services started as soon as possible.

While water mitigation might hinge on removing standing water, restoration encompasses multiple tasks from cleaning to thorough drying. Several tools are involved in drying your property after surface water removal, including:

  • Air movers 
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Portable heaters
  • Positive pressure systems 

How Centrifugal Air Movers Help Damaged Homes 

Centrifugal air movers provide a concentrated blast of warm air directed at a specific point unexposed building materials or contents. These units promote surface moisture evaporation, specifically at the spots where they are directed.

There are multiple tools and strategies involved in complete water restoration. When your home requires mitigation or recovery, you can trust SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties team to help.

The Time is NOW to Make a Plan

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

Statistics show you will likely have less than 2 minutes get out of your home, if a fire breaks out.  Every family should have an escape plan worked out, in advance, to help prevent injury to family members and pets. 

Here are few things to remember when creating your plan:

  • All rooms need 2 exit strategies, if possible. 
  • Take into account the physical abilities of all family members and pets. 
  • Make sure all windows and doors function properly.
  • Choose a safe meeting space outside, a safe distance from the home.  
  • Never go back into the house once you are out! 
  • Make a drawing of your plan, showing all rooms, windows, doors and share with everyone in the home.
  • Practice, practice, practice! 

FEMA's website has plenty of information and ideas on how to put your escape plan together.  

Stay safe out there! If you have a fire damage in your home, you take care of getting your family out safely, and we will take care of the aftermath. 

Is Your Business Prepared for A Fire?

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

We Minimize Disruption to Your Business

We hope your business never experiences commercial fire damage, but if you do we want to help. We know that any disruption to your business can be costly so we will work to get you back to business as usual as soon as possible. No matter what size of job, we can be on site within four hours of your call. We can even help with the insurance paperwork and process. Some examples of commercial properties we work with are:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Call Us Today!

Our team of trained professionals are ready to respond to your fire damage- 24 hours a day. We have the training and state-of-the-art equipment to take care of your needs, no matter what size job.

We Can Remove Fire and Smoke Odors

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

After a fire cleanup, home deodorization can be an important next step to making the area livable again. When setting up the cleanup process SERVPRO professionals recommend these three steps for successful odor removal.

  1. Identify the Source

Knowing the source of the smoke odor can help determine the best cleanup plan. Odor can come from cigarette smoke, a house fire, or even extended use of a fireplace. In the event of a house fire it may be important to know what type of materials were burned, how long the fire lasted, and how long it’s been since the fire occurred. Smoke odor from cigarettes may also be stronger the longer it has been allowed to settle.

  1. Use the Right Tools

When it comes to home deodorization, masking the smoke odor is only a temporary fix. Things may seem fresh for a while but over time the odor will reemerge. This is why it’s important to use the correct tools and cleansers from the start. The method used may depend on the severity of the smoke damage, but in most cases an ozone machine or thermal fogger may be the best tool for the job.

  1. When in Doubt Call a Professional

Whether you’re dealing with cigarette smoke or fire cleanup, you may want to consider contacting a professional for your smoke removal needs. Many professional teams already have the tools needed to successfully remove the smoke odor from your home. They also have the knowledge they need to access the odor’s source and determine the best cleaning plan.

The process for home deodorization requires knowing the source of the odor, and which tools are best for the problem. Knowing these thing can help you formulate a plan for smoke odor removal. In many cases it may be best to contact a professional as they already have the tools and cleaning solutions needed for the job. 

Many factors determine the needs of your home following a small fire. Our team's rapid response team has the experienced personnel and industry-leading equipment designed to make restoration as efficient as possible in a traumatic time like this.

A Good Name That's Been Around..

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that the SERVPRO brand has been around since 1967? Pretty impressive, huh!

We all know those companies that come and go. They get a truck and put their name on the side and you think they must be pretty good. Just because they have a name and a truck doesn't mean they have the background and expertise you want working at your home or business.

SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties is proud to be one of 1,700 franchises nationwide. Did I mention that SERVPRO has won numerous awards? There are far too many to list here, but feel free to check out the company website and see them all!  

SERVPRO has the trust of all the top insurance companies in our country. We can also help with your claim to make the situation as seamless and stress free as possible.

Call us today, our crews are always ready to help!

An ERP Will Help Protect Your Business

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties is committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs. SERVPRO can provide:

  • Over 40 years of experience as leading fire and water cleanup and restoration providers.
  • A SERVPRO franchise nearby - more than 1,500 franchises services 48 states.
  • More locations which means faster responses.
  • Quick response time to help ensure the damage is contained and the restoration process begins as soon as possible.
  • Large loss capabilities -  no fire or water damage is too large.

As many as 50% of businesses close down after a disaster. 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. Knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event that your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you are able to help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Know what to do, who to call and what to expect in advance is helpful in receiving timely mitigation and can help minimize the affects water and fire damage can have on your business

Winter Time Can Bring About Chimney Fires

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

Each year in the United States there are more than 25,000 chimney fires. On average these yearly fires can cost more than $125 million in property damage.

These tragedies are able to be prevented. A regular inspection, cleaning, and repair of your chimney can help prevent any issues or malfunctions that could cause dangerous build-up that could put your family at risk for fire.

Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe this winter:

  • Minimize creosote build-up in the chimney
  • Get an annual chimney inspection
  • Clean your chimney or have it professionally cleaned when you discover a 1/8-inch layer of build-up on the walls
  • Install an appropriate fitting chimney cap
  • Use safe, approved fire starters
  • Practice clean burning techniques

If you experience a chimney fire that causes smoke or soot damage throughout your home, call the cleaning professionals at SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties to clean your home properly. We are available 24/7/365. Our crews are on call nights, weekends, and holidays. We are always here to help.

We Are Headed For The Holidays!

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

Now that Halloween has come and gone, we are in full speed ahead towards the holiday season! This means that family gatherings are at the top of everyone's list. It’s as important to keep safety top of mind with a small family gathering as it is with a large holiday gathering. We all enjoy bringing the glow of the holiday season to our homes with Christmas trees or other holiday decorations, but these statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration show how easy it is for home decorating to turn into a home disaster.

  • The top three days for home fires are Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve.
  • More than half of the home decoration fires in December are started by candles.
  • A heat source too close to the Christmas tree causes one in every four winter fires.
  • On average, one of every 52 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in death. In addition to exercising caution with candles and heat sources, it is important to follow manufacturers’ guidelines for holiday lighting.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 44% of home Christmas tree fires. Though Christmas tree fires may not be common, they can be devastating to more than the house itself. They can destroy irreplaceable photos, mementos, and family heirlooms and even cost lives.

To help keep your holidays bright and your home and family safe, use common sense with candles and tree placement, and follow these important home decorating guidelines:

  • Only use decorations that are flame-retardant or not flammable.
  • Check holiday lights each year for frayed wires or excessive wear.
  • Don’t link more than three strands of holiday lights.

Fire? Vandalism? Storm? We Can Board Up Windows

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties has the capabilities to board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Vandalism Board-Up

Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner. SERVPRO of Denver West Professionals will act quickly to remove broken glass from inside & outside your home or business and effectively board up all windows securing the inside of the building.

What About Other Types of Vandalism?

In addition to boarding up, our professionals can remove spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls. They can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry.

Our trained technicians can offer the following services: 

  • Temporary secure enclosure
  • Roofs will be temporarily secured with tarps; fencing can be provided as an extra measure
  • All openings will be temporarily secured 

We Are an IICRC Certified Firm

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

We are an IICRC Certified Firm. IICRC stands for the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. The IICRC creates standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies and their employees. Some of the standards are as follows.

IICRC Certified Firms Must:

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up to date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations on arbitration.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace as well.