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Spring Showers In The South

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

As we eagerly await the springtime, warmer weather, end of school year, graduation, vacations, beach
visits, or to the lake, always keep in mind, a spring shower, along with hail, or high winds, and heavy rain,
can cause quite a bit of unwanted damage to your home or business.
When water enters your home or business, it brings all kinds of issues with it. Standing water poses
serious issues, starting with ruined furniture, floors, walls, carpet, and in some cases, when it drains to
lower levels, can add to the trouble listed above. Mold also begins once moisture enters the home in the
form of water. Mold has no limits on it's reach; exterior walls, inside walls, carpets, attics, basements,
bathrooms, (due to consistent high temp showers, baths, water splashing about, etc.).
The amount of damage mold can do is serious as well.
Check your roof regularly, or have it inspected. Wipe-up standing water in bathrooms, kitchens, etc.
Check water lines to your appliances; dishwasher, clothes washing machine. Check showers for leaks,
toilets for leaks and check your fridge if it has an ice-maker, water dispenser, etc. Don't forget to check
under sinks too.
We are the Number #1 provider of disaster related services in the country. Fire, Water, Mold, Bio-Hazard,
Cleaning, etc., utilize our highly-trained technicians, our experience and our advanced technology to care
for your home or business.

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Power Outage Preparation

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

With our severe weather in teh Southeast, power outages are a regular occurance. There are several
ways to help you and your faily during a power outage, and a few steps that can easily help make the
time wihout power easier on you, your appliances, and your home.
-Always make sure there are adequately charged mobile phones readily available; this goes for extra
batteries as well, in the needed sizes for your equipment., such as flashlights, radio's, etc.
-Make sure gas tanks are full, (Remember, gas stations rely on power to pump gas!).
-Sign up for weather alerts, and early warning systems, this is both easy and helpful when preparing for
an incoming storm/power outage.
-Have flashlights available for every family member, with extra batteries on-hand. Headlights are also
useful.
-Avoid using candles or an open flame for lighting your home during power outages. They can be toppled
over, especially if there are pets and/or young children in the home. This is a major fire hazard and can
cause not only extensive damage, but possible loss of life.
-Have non-perishable food, and water for every member, with extra. In some cases, power may remain
off for an extended period of time.
-Check medications; this is especially important for senior citizens and those family members that rely on
medications for comfort, pain, allergies, diabetics, etc. Also check with your medical professional on how
to store or if certain medications need to be refrigerated. (Of course, keep your refrigerator closed during
the power outage).
-Unplug your appliances to avoid possible lightning damage.
-Reach out to family, neighbors prior to the storm if possible, share information on where you will be,
(storm room, basement), and what you have on hand in case there is an emergency need.
-Never use gas buring range to warm your home.
-Only use generators outside (Carbon Monoxide can kill).
-When power has been restored, check your fridge with a thermometer to see what foods need to be
discarded.
Also, after the storm, always remember to:
-Check with neighbors after the storm

Thunderstorm's in the Southeast

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Everyone here in the South understands our severe weather season; springtime storms can cause
havoc on homes and businesses, some of his damage can be minor, and of course, some can be major.
Roof's blown-off, hail damage, lightning strikes, falling trees/limbs, etc., can not only damage your car, or
you, they can also cause significant damage to your home, or your business.
There are a few steps to take that can help minimize the damage and can also possibly save your home,
your business and in some cases, your life.
Seek covered shelter suring a thundersstorm, be prepared.
Always have an emergency kit easily available when thunderstorms approach. This kit can include;
flashlights (more than one), fresh batteries, water, first aid kit, non-perishable snacks, blankets, a radio
and a working cell phone.
The above kit can help you call for help, keep you warm while help is on its way, keep you nourished
during a power-outage, keep you informed of any other storms approaching, render light first-aid, as well
as reaching out to family and friends in an extreme emergency.
If your power goes out, the food in your emergency kit can keep you prepared and fed. If your fridge
temp prises above 40-degrees for more than 2-2.5 hours, or more, the items should be discarded.
Unplug your electronics or plug them into a surge-protector. As lightning strikes a home, it can render all
of your electronics uselass as it sends a powerful electrical currnet thru your house's system. Simply
unplugging, or switching to a surge-protector cord can save your TV's, computers, plug-in appliances, all
they way down to your favorite stereo system. It is worth the effort.
Always stay away from power lines, especially downed power lines from storm damage. These are
extremely dangerous and can cause severa damage and even death if contact is made.

Commercial Buildings

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Insurance costs vary from home to home, but in a commercial facility/building, they can be an entirely
different element.
Businesses that are set-up differently can be more costly, usually due to hazardous and/or flammable
chemicals on-site, and/or various types of equipment used in the manufacturing process. Due to the
chemicals, and some of the liquids, products, gases, etc., used in the manufacturing process, these
facilites pose a greater fire risk than an average home.
Buildings that are constructed of wood rather than a fire-resistant material are more costly, due to the
greater combustability, as the fire can spread quite quickly. In most cases, you will see industrial
buildings, manufacturomg facilites, petrol based plants, processing plants, machine shops, and many
others constructed of metal, with all fire suppression systems in place. Many cites, county's and
municipalities have strict fire suppression codes that must be followed. These codes are in place to not
only limit the spread of fire, but to also limit damage to the building and of course, to save lives and
equipment.
Also, business owners should have the proper equipment on-site, such as; fire-alarms and detectors, fire
suppresion systems; sprinklers, fire extinguishers, etc., and of course the proper first-aid kit. Owners
should always have bavk-up systems in place for the alarms and fire-suppression system. If a power
outage occurs, battery back-up is a popular option.
Geographically speaking, the proximity to a loca fire station can also play a role in insurance premiums.
How close is your facility to the nearest fire station?
A 3-minute repsonse time, or a 12 minute response time? This factor also plays an important role in
considering the location of your business facility.

Flooding Event

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Floods cause more damage in the United States every year than any other weather related disaster. In
some years, floods can easily exceed over $1 Billion in damage to properties and crops.
A study of over 700,000 commercial businesses and residential properties were surveyed and concluded
that flooding, annually, can cost over $22 Billion in direct loss output and over $24 Billion in lost output
due to downtime. The value of buildings decreases in flood-prone areas as structure damage occurs,
and this also affects the area economically as well.
Most areas prone to flooding aremainly around the eastern and the southeastern United States, with
Florida, Pennsylvania and New York as high-risk areas.
A few ways to safely handle floods are as follows:
-Stay away from running water. Never try to cross a fast moving stream of water. It only takes 6-inches of
rapidly moving water to cause a human to lose ground and be swept away. This is especially the case
while trying to cross on foot, as it is difficult to see or know what is under your feet under the flood water.
-Keep children away from flood areas, contaminated water and fast-moving water. Children are naturally
curious, and likely don't have the ability to determine the safety issues with foul water or a fast moving
stream of flood water. They can be swept away in an instant.
-If you encounter water while driving, DO NOT attempt to cross. In may cases people believe the weight
of their vehicle will keep them safe. This is not the case; due to flood waters rising and moving quickly,
usually there is no way to determine the depth of the water. With less than 2-feet of fast moving water,
you and your passengers can be swept away.
Unfortunately, the national average for annual flood deaths in the United States is 33 per-year. Always
follow the strictest safety guidelines when dealing with flood waters; this can assure you, your family, and
friends make it home safely without injury.

Fire, Smoke, and Soot Clean Up

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

Cleaning up after a fire, smoke, or soot damage can be hard to handle and emotionally overwhelming for homeowners. The stress with wondering where to start, what is salvageable, and what steps should be taken sometimes proves to be too much to take on by yourself. 

Here at SERVPRO, our first step is to meet the homeowner on site to do a walkthrough with the homeowner to evaluate the damage to the structure and personal items. We want to ensure that we address any major concerns and develop a game plan for the restoration process. Doing the walkthrough on sit with the customer allows us to be able to narrow down which rooms were affected and helps narrow down the areas which require detailed cleaning.

Once the restoration process begins, demolition of building materials such as sheetrock, flooring, cabinets, and other materials may need to be removed to ensure that all particulate material is removed from the structure during the cleaning process. Fire cleanups do take more time than some other damage cleanups, but that is because of our attention to detail. We want to ensure that we set up our reconstruction with the best possible scenario to restore your structure to preloss condition.

Should fire, smoke, or soot, take over your structure, contact your local SERVPRO to schedule an appointment so we can help restore your home and your peace of mind as soon as possible. 

Air Scrubbers

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

Have you ever wondered why SERVPRO restoration professionals use air scrubbers, or negative air machines during a fire, water, or mold cleanup?  

These machines are used to remove particulates in the air that we breathe inside of a structure. These particulates can float in the air for an extended period of time. You can not see these particulates with the human eye.

These specially designed devices allow us to create a safe working environment for our crews as they work to restore your home or business. They also reduce the risk of secondary damage by removing the particulates, so they do not spread to unaffected areas of the structure. 

Air scrubbers are designed to turn over the air in what we call "Air Exchanges" at a minimum of 4 times an hour. Negative pressure is when set containment around an affected area and exhaust the over-changed air outside of the contained area. Negative pressure keeps affected air from moving outside the affected area. 

Post Construction Cleanup

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties can assist you in the cleanup after your latest remodel or brand new construction.

Post construction debris can affect your HVAC system can leave debris in the ducts, returns, and can affect the efficiency of the system. No need to worry though, because your local SERVPRO is licensed to clean your entire HVAC system along with cleaning any other debris that may occur because of the reconstruction process.

No matter what circumstances got you into reconstruction; whether water, fire, smoke, smoot, or a new build, we can handle the cleanup from top to bottom. During reconstruction, there will be dust, dirt, and debris that will need to be removed. Your local SERVPRO is always available to provide an estimate and get you scheduled. 

Severe Weather Damage

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

Many people enjoy watching passing storms from their porch of covered structures. What about happens when a severe storm passes over that is a little too close for comfort? Strong storms can produce straight line winds that can cause trees to fall and roofs to be damaged. What would you do if this were to happen to you?

After the storm has passed and if it is safe to do so, inspect your house for signs of storm damage. If there is damage to your home, contact your insurance provider to see if they can help provide you with a tree removal company. If possible and safe, remove any limbs you can from the structure. Take as many pictures as you can for documentation for your insurance company. After the fallen tree and debris has been removed, your roof may need to be tarped or boarded up by a licensed contractor. Once the tarp has been installed you may need to contact a structural engineer to ensure the house is still sound, as well as contact your local SERVPRO to schedule a moisture check to see if any water has made its way into structural materials that need to be dried out. 

The water mitigation process could possible include demolition of any wet sheetrock, flooring, or any personal items that are deemed unsalvageable. Should Storm damage affect your home, contact your local SERVPRO to assist with the mitigation and reconstruction process. 

We Can Get Water Out Of A Flooded Basement

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

If your basement has flooded, you may be at a loss regarding what you should do. No one wants to deal with an issue like this, but facing reality and following these four steps will help you to recover your property with as little residual damage as possible.

1. Call Your Insurance Agent

You may have insurance coverage for floods in your home. Because of this, you should always check over your homeowners policy and call the agent who handles your account to ask questions and make a claim if you can do so.

2. Wait for Conditions to Settle

Before you decide how to handle water removal, you will need to make sure that the water is under control. If it seems to be limited to the basement, and any outdoor water has receded, you can safely move on to draining your basement flood.

3. Choose Your Removal Method

All water removal methods are typically handled by water damage technicians. Two typical solutions are pumping for large floods and vacuuming with a wet/dry machine for smaller ones. It is a good idea to research all of your options so that you make the best decision possible.

4. Decide on a Drying Method

Most homeowners will find that the majority of their damaged property and valuables will need to be dried, dehumidified or otherwise salvaged, as old flood water can cause irreversible damage to your investments if left to sit. The service that you hired for water removal can likely help you with drying and restoration, as well.

A basement flood is a big deal to any concerned homeowner, but being prepared can help you be less overwhelmed if this unfortunate situation is occurring or should occur in the future.