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Our Technicians Discuss What You Need To Do During A Fire In Your Augusta Home

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Technicians Discuss What You Need To Do During A Fire In Your Augusta Home Whenever you need assistance with the fire damage inside your home, never wait.

What You Should Do During A Fire Damage Emergency In Your Augusta Home

It's an unpleasant experience for any homeowner when a blaze causes fire damage to their property. It's essential to have a fire extinguisher in your home, which is not expired, just in case an emergency should happen. Using a fire extinguisher can help limit how much damage happens inside of your home until the firefighters arrive at the scene of the blaze.

Fortunately, the fire damage in your Augusta home was not catastrophic. An electrical surge in your living room caused the outlet, which your window air conditioner was plugged into, to catch on fire. Thankfully for your quick and calm reaction, the fire did not have much time to grow past the contained area of where the outlet was located.

Even if the fire damage inside of your home is minimal, and contained to just a surface or two, it is wise to call for professional help. Here at SERVPRO, we take every job seriously, large or small, and always rush to arrive at the job site. Our fire damage restoration technicians (FDRT) can get to your home within a couple of hours of your initial call, equipped with advanced technological equipment to fight the fire damage.

In order to combat the fire damage inside of your home, our SERVPRO FDRT can use a variety of techniques and devices to remove odors, surface char, excess water, and soot, such as:

    •    C02 blasters or sodium bicarbonate blasters

    •    House-formulated cleaning solutions

    •    Handheld HEPA vacuums or Air Scrubbers with HEPA filters

    •    Wet/Dry Vacuums

Here at SERVPRO, we firmly believe in removing as much evidence of the fire as possible so that you can return to your home in its pre-fire state. Remember, the best method of minimizing damage inside of your home during an emergency is to remain calm and call for help as soon as possible.

Whenever you need assistance with the fire damage inside your home, never wait. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Augusta by calling (706) 750-0200. We're open 24/7 and ready to help.

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Augusta Water Woes? SERVPRO Takes Away Spills and Stains

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Augusta Water Woes? SERVPRO Takes Away Spills and Stains Water Removal and Drying for Augusta Homes and Businesses--SERVPRO Has the Techs and the Equipment

How Fast Response Helps after Water Damage in Your Augusta Home

Whether there is a leaking roof or a burst plumbing line that releases water into unwanted areas of your home, a quick reaction is an essential strategy to help fix the resultant water damage. There are many dynamics in a water loss incident, so fast response can mean different things, not just the extraction of water. Working with a professional restoration company avails the resources necessary to expedite every aspect of the restoration process.
 
One of the problems likely to occur after water damage in your Augusta home is microbial growth. If left to proliferate, mold and other microbes can cause severe damages that are more challenging to deal with than the initial water spill. Removing any standing water and excess moisture from the structure fast helps prevent such problems. Speed is essential because mold colonies can start developing within 24 – 48 hours after the spill. Our SERVPRO technicians bring a wide array of equipment in our green trucks to the loss site to help expedite the process, including:
 
     Wet Vacs
 
     LGR dehumidifiers
 
     Centrifugal air movers
 
     Structural Cavity Venting systems
 
Stains affecting carpets, upholstery, and fabric items such as drapes often happen after water damage incidents. A speedy response can help either prevent stains or help ease the removal process. Relocating any objects such as area rugs, furniture, and other possessions lying on carpets immediately, can help prevent the formation of stains. UFT, Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician certification helps our SERVPRO team utilize the best stain removal strategies, including performing spot cleaning when the affected items are still wet.
 
Another problem likely to affect your property after a water spill is the development of bad odors. The odors can develop whether it is a clean water loss or otherwise, especially if the water is left to stagnate for long. Apart from extraction, our SERVPRO technicians also take other steps such as dehumidification to remove any traces of excess moisture preventing bad odors. But, if they persist, we can apply both mechanical and chemical processes for their elimination.
 
To respond fast enough to water spills, call SERVPRO of Augusta to help. You can reach us any time at (706) 750-0200. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Can Handle Any Flood Damage Obstacles In Your Augusta Shop

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial We Can Handle Any Flood Damage Obstacles In Your Augusta Shop To deal with any challenges of flood damage in a shop effectively, call SERVPRO of Augusta to assist.

Common Challenges Of Commercial Flood Damage In Augusta Shops

A flooding episode of any kind can have severe ramifications on your shop or any other business that you operate in Augusta. In case it is a major incident affecting extensive areas, you can expect additional challenges since restoration requires coordination of different services, including emergency services. You may want to start restoration immediately the water in the driveways, and other open spaces recede. However, there are likely challenges you might face, which is why consulting a professional immediately, you realize your business premises is flooded, helps.

When the incident causing commercial flood damage in Augusta shops affects many other properties in the same community, it adds an unwanted aspect of competition for resources since everyone is looking for save their assets. It can be challenging to get access to industrial grade equipment to extract water and dry the excess moisture from the structure. Our SERVPRO teams are fully prepared to deal with major incidents, which is why we stockpile a variety of equipment necessary for restoration. Our storm trucks are also ready to deploy to any location at any time.

Floodwaters tend to soil everything in their path once they gain access inside a building. In a shop where most of the items are consumables, such exposure leads to a total loss. Luckily, having an active insurance policy covers the losses suffered. The challenge many people face is in filling the paperwork for contents claim insurance. Our SERVPRO technicians help ease the burden by coordinating with the insurance adjuster throughout the restoration process. Our electronic CCIS, Content Claim Inventory Service, also eliminates the difficult task of filling regular paperwork and makes it easy to categorize contents by damage extent.

Restoring your shop to preloss state from a functional, as well as aesthetic perspective, is essential. You may not realize it by many long-term customers not only expect to find the products they regularly use at your shop, but the layout also becomes part of their shopping experience. Our SERVPRO crews help ensure you do not lose any crucial aspects of the layout by taking several photos before any teardown.

To deal with any challenges of flood damage in a shop effectively, call SERVPRO of Augusta to assist. You can reach us at (706) 750-0200 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Augusta Homeowners Clammer for SERVPRO to Rescue Their Flood-Damaged Properties!

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Augusta Homeowners Clammer for SERVPRO to Rescue Their Flood-Damaged Properties! SERVPRO Provides Advanced Equipment for Flood Water Removal in Augusta Homes and Businesses

SERVPRO Handles Heavy Flood Damage in Augusta Homes

When flood damage occurs in a home, the faster the removal of the water, the less the potential for loss. It is suggested that immediate professional cleanup can mitigate the damages exponentially.

Our SERVPRO location handled flood damage to an Augusta home after a heavy rain that encompassed much of the first floor. Groundwater entering a home is a category 3 or black water event and carries a rating as a biohazard for cleanup. Contaminated water can contain chemicals, pesticides, debris, vegetation, pathogens, and fecal matter.

The homeowner advised our emergency response team before arrival on site that the electricity was off in the home, so we brought our generators to power our equipment for the mitigation. There was little standing water left on the property, but the carpeting in all rooms retained water and were too heavy to move without extraction to lighten them. These contaminated porous floor coverings were not salvageable, and we discarded them. We also removed other affected contents in the home that were not restorable due to exposure to black water.

Once we removed the water from the flooring, we measured how far up into the sheetrock the moisture wicked and we cut about six inches above the waterline using a controlled demolition technique known as "flood cuts." This action allowed a more substantial amount of airflow into the wall cavity, so complete drying occurred more rapidly.

Mold is a significant concern after damage from flooding in a home. One of the ways we inhibit mold growth is to set a drying goal for the water loss areas between 40% to 50% humidity. Thus, the moisture content in the air does not support spore growth. When our technicians set up air movers in the home, we use the force of the air movers to pull any remaining moisture to the surface where it is then captured and ported away with dehumidifiers.

Once our detection equipment confirmed the attainment of drying goals, SERVPRO technicians cleaned, disinfected, and performed the necessary odor control procedures to get the property prepped for rebuilding. We then gave the homeowner and adjuster a record of the actions taken and a list of repairs and restorations needed to return the home to its preloss condition. Because our SERVPRO company offers full-service restoration and rebuilding with many contracting licenses, we can provide a seamless transition from water removal to a scenario "Like it never even happened."

We know flood damage is a stressful situation for any homeowner. Contact SERVPRO of Augusta at (706) 750-0200, and we can mitigate the loss and make your home whole again.

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Call Us Right After A Fire Has Occurred In Your Augusta Home

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Call Us Right After A Fire Has Occurred In Your Augusta Home Give our experienced team a call anytime that you need us at (706) 750-0200.

Debris Removal Solutions For Your Fire-Damaged Augusta Home

Immediately following the extinguishment of a fire in your Augusta home, once first responders have deemed the property safe enough to re-enter, homeowners are often unclear as to what their next step should be. With so much work to get done to bring your house back to its original condition, it can be damaging to avoid getting mitigation and recovery started immediately. Even still, homeowners often choose to reach out to their insurance provider instead of our restoration specialists first, and there are a few reasons why that might be a mistake.

After extinguishment, many effects exist that must get cleaned up, and fire removal services for your Augusta home is not something that your insurance company can give you. Debris removal is a critical component to recovery after a fire loss incident, and this begins with a thorough inspection of the home to determine what elements and construction materials can stay installed and which must get removed and replaced by our competent professionals.

Our SERVPRO technicians have extensive experience in spot testing materials like drywall and wood to determine the extent of their damage and to determine if restorative actions are possible. This assessment, even the structural testing, and evaluation are all components of detailed documentation and evidence that your insurance provider expects before they can begin the process of filing a damage claim for your household.

The professionals that we dispatch to your fire-damaged home arrive with the expertise and the equipment to begin controlled demolition quickly. By pinpointing specific portions of materials and areas of your house to get repaired rather than rebuilding much larger surface areas, we can save our customers time and money on the reconstruction that follows from our experienced contractors.

We know that there are many obstacles after a fire loss incident, but you can count on our SERVPRO of Augusta specialists to help you through every phase of recovery and restoration. Give our experienced team a call anytime that you need us at (706) 750-0200.

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Hey Augusta! Need Some Mold Removal--Done Right? Call SERVPRO!

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Hey Augusta! Need Some Mold Removal--Done Right? Call SERVPRO! Moldy Bathroom in Augusta? Why Not Call a Premier Company for Remediation? SERVPRO

SERVPRO Mold Remediation Cleans and Restores the Bathroom Ceiling in No Time for Augusta Homes

The need for mold remediation is common because colonies can occur anywhere there are three essential elements: moisture, optimum temperatures for growth, and food. A source of nutrients can consist of building materials, wood, and items such as books or papers are commonly affected. Organic compounds containing cellulose are readily available to mold spores.

We were called to perform mold remediation on a home in Augusta that had a broken exhaust fan and each long, hot shower taken in the home resulted in warm, moist air trapped in the attic area. Not realizing the mold was coming from a mechanical issue, the homeowner had sprayed the few mold spots he had seen on the ceiling with bleach, and when they disappeared, he assumed the problem was handled, until he started smelling a musty odor.

Why call SERVPRO? Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified technicians are specially trained in the restorative trade to bring a property back to preloss condition and minimize replacement costs to property and contents whenever possible.

Our applied microbial remediation technicians (AMRT) inspected the bathroom ceiling and found the issue was a broken exhaust fan. Mold colonies were actively growing in the area. The bathroom was contained by placing plastic over the doorway and vents. We also shut off the HVAC to stop any further spread of mold spores during the cleanup.

The technicians gently abraded the mold colonies with scrapers and used a small handheld vacuum with a HEPA filter to minimize the chance of cross-contamination. After the mold colony damage was removed, disinfected and deodorized, SERVPRO techs vacuumed and fogged the ductwork with an antifungal agent to exterminate dormant mold spores that could activate and grow if exposed to moisture. Once our cleanup was completed, the homeowner was advised of the suggested repair needed to the exhaust fan so the cycle would never repeat itself.

SERVPRO of Augusta is proud to serve our local community with mold remediation services. We are available 24/7 when you need us at (706) 750-0200.

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A Leaking Shower Can Spell Major Water Damage Issues For Your Augusta Home

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage A Leaking Shower Can Spell Major Water Damage Issues For Your Augusta Home Our local emergency response team is available when you need us 24/7 at (706) 750-0200 to make your water loss “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage From Leaking Shower Riser In Augusta Home

The two rooms in the residential properties that report the most water damage are the kitchen and bathroom. These are the areas of the property where appliances and activities that use water occur most. When a water loss event happens, it is imperative that professional mitigation begins as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO responded to a call from an Augusta homeowner that had water coming through a ceiling from the bathroom above into the kitchen below whenever the anyone in the home took a shower for the past day. Our technicians immediately began scoping the area to determine where the water had migrated. The kitchen was unaffected by the water and only needed surface cleaning. We quickly located the source of the leak was from a shower riser, the long pipe that reaches up to the showerhead. When the shower was in use, the water ran down the pipe and was coming through the floor joists and dripping through the ceiling of the first floor.

Our moisture detection equipment showed moisture retention in the floor joists between the first and second floor. We used portable pumps to extract as much moisture as possible from the floor and then drilled weep holes in the ceiling to let airflow within the floor joists thoroughly dry the affected areas.

Because our technicians possess certifications in the science of Applied Structural Drying, they know how to strategically set up a room for the quickest and most complete removal of excess moisture. Air movers were positioned both below to dry the ceiling and in the bathroom to direct air within the floor joists in the area of the leak. This setup enabled for complete removal of the collected moisture and inhibited the potential for mold.

SERVPRO of Augusta proudly serves the local area mitigating water damage and restoring homes to their preloss condition. Our local emergency response team is available when you need us 24/7 at (706) 750-0200 to make your water loss “Like it never even happened.”

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After A Flood In Your Augusta Home Call Our Crew For Help!

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After A Flood In Your Augusta Home Call Our Crew For Help! Regardless if you have recent or older damage from flooding, call us today at (706) 750-0200 to schedule a visit.

Remediating Flood Damage To Augusta Homes

Augusta is one of the most desirable and beautiful cities in the South. That location also leaves it vulnerable to flooding from hurricanes and other severe storms that strike our part of the state.

The first step in dealing with Augusta flood damage is to remove it immediately. SERVPRO response teams carry commercial grade pumps in every service vehicle so they can begin operation within minutes after arriving in the home. If the storm took down nearby power lines, we could also bring in a generator for continuous electric support.

Our teams can clear most homes in a day or two and then switch to smaller extraction devices to draw water out of carpets and the wood floors common to our area. Since floodwater contains outside soil and other contaminants, we cannot guarantee 100% success with cleaning efforts. Instead, technicians dispose of the carpets and carpet pads after extracting the water to make removal easier.

To preserve wood floors, SERVPRO technicians use a mild cleaning agent with an anti-bacterial chemical to eliminate the health threat while removing the contaminants. Next, they install exhaust fans to draw out the inside, damp air. That increases the rate of natural evaporation which helps dry the floorboards while reducing the risk of swelling, cracking, or splitting.

As they restore the floors, other team members remove the furniture for cleaning. They place everything up on pallets and blocks to allow water to drain. Technicians then place fans around the furniture and other affected items to increase air circulation and speed up the drying process. After increasing the airflow, they wipe down surfaces with a mild, anti-bacterial cleaner to remove contaminants that can penetrate veneer and paint to harm the wood underneath.

If the water rose high enough to affect upholstered items or curtains and drapes, they have more cleaning options. Technicians use cleaners and pump-up spray bottles to generate a foam which effectively cleans surfaces without further soaking property. For smaller water spots on covered sofas and chairs, team members can also use injectors to force cleaning agents directly into the fabric.

At SERVPRO of Augusta, our goal is to return each home to the same, beautiful condition owners enjoyed before the flood. Regardless if you have recent or older damage from flooding, call us today at (706) 750-0200 to schedule a visit. We are here for you.

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When You Plug Fire Damage Into Your Augusta Home

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When You Plug Fire Damage Into Your Augusta Home Improper uses of extension cords are a common source of fires.

Augusta Fire Damage from Destructive Electrical Fire Gets Fast Mitigation

When it comes to everyday items causing fire damage, extension cords are in the top ten. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates over 3,300 residential fires per year. When you have a fire in your home, it needs to be addressed quickly to minimize loss.

Fire damage in an Augusta home was caused by misuse of an extension cord. The homeowner was running a television, air conditioner, dehumidifier and toaster oven on a couple of strung-together extension cords. The ungrounded outlet in the wall got overheated and caught fire which was extinguished quickly but there was a large amount of damage to deal with when our technicians arrived, and the electricity was off.

Our technicians arrived on the scene soon after the initial call and brought our portable generators to run our equipment. The room where the fire occurred was quickly contained to stop any further spread of soot or odors. The damaged drywall was removed using controlled demolition techniques. Items in the room were inspected and removed if they were too damaged for restoration. Residual water from extinguishing the fire was quickly extracted. So the property could be dried, cleaned and disinfected.

Lingering fire odors remained in the room, so air scrubbers were used followed by the application of thermal fogging to neutralize odor-causing particulates completely. Once the remediation from the fire was completed, suggestions were made by our technicians for the completion of the restoration with the replacement of the damaged structural components. Our building services division was able to rebuild the damaged wall for the homeowner and install new grounded outlets to avoid a repeat of this scenario.

SERVPRO of Augusta is available to mitigate fire damage to your property 24-hours a day at (706) 750-0200. Our certified technicians have the equipment and expertise to handle any amount of damage and "We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster."

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Our Experts Provide Fast Water Removal Services In Augusta

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial  Our Experts Provide Fast Water Removal Services In Augusta An ignored water leak can result in a demolition in your business. We have the equipment, expertise and experience to handle your restoration needs.

Call on the Professionals for Fast Water Removal in Your Augusta Business

Water loss is devastating, capable of ruining structural components and contents in an affected Augusta business. A rapid recovery from disaster is the key to retaining the clients and customers who depend on your goods and services. Unlike other business challenges where a slow and steady approach is the best course, water demands immediate mitigation. Our technicians are well-trained and equipped to assess, plan, and put into action a recovery strategy within hours of your first call.

Speed and skill are both needed for water removal from your Augusta business. Our team arrives fast and quickly evaluates the situation. We determine the source of the water inflow if in question, making sure supply lines are shut down or other emergency measures put in place. Then our IICRC-trained crews swing into action to evacuate the water and dry out the structure.

SERVPRO service vehicles stock the pumps and extractors needed for rapid water removal. If electricity is temporarily unavailable gas motors and truck-mounted and powered equipment prevents delays. We are experienced in managing massive water losses, scaling our response to your particular scenario.

Assessing for water contamination is part of our job, and we know how to handle all categories of water from clean, to gray, to black safely and according to local regulations. SERVPRO crews don personal protective equipment (PPE) if indicated and contain gray and black water for appropriate disposal. To ensure we remove water that migrated into cavities and recesses, we use thermal scanning devices and moisture metering tools to locate hidden pooling.

Flood cuts allow access to areas behind walls. We use them to release trapped water and to permit effective structural drying. Once we remove all standing water, SERVPRO crews determine drying goals based on moisture measurements. High-efficiency air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers create an environment that forces moisture out of structural components and into the air as vapor. The vapor is captured by evaporative or absorbent technology for permanent removal from your commercial building.

Trust SERVPRO of Augusta to offer fast and professional water removal services for your business. Call us day or night at (706) 868-5441 so we can devise a plan that makes a disaster “Like it never even happened.”

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