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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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Call Our Crew If You Discover A Mold Infestation In Your Augusta Home

4/13/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Call Our Crew If You Discover A Mold Infestation In Your Augusta Home To make mold damage “Like it never even happened” in your home, give our SERVPRO of Augusta mold remediation specialists a call today.

Is DIY Mold Removal Enough For Your Augusta Home?

While every Augusta homeowner does not want to take part in activities that throw away their hard-earned money, some disasters that impact your home require trained professionals with specialized equipment to restore and recover thoroughly. Mold growth might seem like something that you can handle on your own with a little bit of internet research, but in truth, much of these methods get designed to only target specific types of mold and rarely have the penetrative power to remove an active colony completely.

Many  homeowners in Augusta mistakenly believe that DIY mold removal is as effective as mold remediation. Our SERVPRO team cannot offer “mold removal” as this term is misleading to our customers. Mold spores exist naturally throughout every environment that we encounter throughout the day, making it impossible to remove the presence of mold from your property entirely. Moreover, to attempt to do this is unnecessary.

Mold remediation is a process that isolates active colonization within your property and prevents it from spreading further. Experienced SERVPRO technicians work to remove this spreading organism that has seated into organic materials and surfaces through penetrative methods like soda blasting, sanding, and antimicrobial solutions. If these methods are ineffective, we can also choose to remove the affected material and reconstruct the area.

Another way that mold remediation can differ from DIY mold removal is with disinfection and deodorization of exposed areas and materials. Colonies emit a musty odor as the organism spreads and grows. This odor can penetrate materials, fabrics, furniture, and other contents of your home. Removing this harsh scent entirely requires advanced equipment like our thermal foggers. These machines can release a dense chemical compound that breaks up odor molecules, leaving no discernible scent behind.

While you might wonder if mold remediation is worth it, consider the dangers and risks that you allow for inadequate colony removal. To make mold damage “Like it never even happened” in your home, give our SERVPRO of Augusta mold remediation specialists a call today at (706) 750-0200.

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Call Our Experts 24/7 If Your Augusta Home Experiences A Flood

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Call Our Experts 24/7 If Your Augusta Home Experiences A Flood Call (706) 868-5441 for a fast assessment and professional flood remediation.

What To Expect From Professional Flood Damage Restoration Services In Augusta

When your Augusta home experiences flooding, it is a traumatic time for you and your family. The damage increases with every hour the water remains, but managing the problem is beyond the tools and skills possessed by the average homeowner. Our company considers the water removal and structural drying services necessary after a flooding event to be one of the pillars of our mission. Let us help at this difficult time.

Flood damage in Augusta can connect to a severe weather event, a municipal utility breach, or household plumbing or appliance malfunctions. Regardless of how the flooding happened, it must be removed, contained, and discarded fast to stop progressive damage to the structure and contents, and also prevent secondary issues such as mold growth. We have the trained technicians to implement any professional plan to get the food remediation project up and running to completion.

SERVPRO often recommends a contents pack-out in a flooding scenario. Our team uses a detailed Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to inventory and track your items, including meticulous lists, digital photos, and barcoding. Removing furnishings and personal property permits us to evaluate their condition and effectuate cleaning and drying procedures at our production facility. We also document restoration expense and decisions to discard items to help with the insurance claims process.

A pack-out allows SERVPRO technicians at your home to attend to rapid water removal and structural drying with more ease and space. Our service vehicles are stocked with pumps and water extractors, essential to rid the flooded spaces of standing water. We use thermal scanning devices and moisture meters to find hidden water and establish baselines for drying goals. Technicians operate the machinery after an evaluation of the water category, containing contaminated fluid for appropriate disposal according to local regulation.

Once the majority of the water is evacuated SERVPRO establishes a perimeter of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to dry out the flood-damaged space. If needed to gain access to saturated cavities we might elect to make flood cuts, ensuring a flow of dry, heated air to draw out the moisture in every area affected. The water in the structural components becomes water vapor in the drier air, ready for capture by evaporative or desiccant dehumidifiers.

SERVPRO of Augusta stands beside you after a flood, ready to return your home to preloss condition. Call (706) 868-5441 for a fast assessment and professional flood remediation.

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You Can Put Your Faith In Our Crew To Restore Your Augusta Home After A Fire

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage You Can Put Your Faith In Our Crew To Restore Your Augusta Home After A Fire At SERVPRO of Augusta, our goal is to return each home to its original, pre-fire condition.

Cleaning And Restoring Fire Damage In Augusta

Augusta homeowners enjoy the spectacle of The Masters and other golf tournaments every year. No matter how many times they can meet past winners and smile at the whole thing, certain events like a house fire can take it all away in minutes. Fortunately, most physical damage from fires in the home is usually limited to one or two rooms with the majority of the restoration directed at cleaning.

SERVPRO restoration teams use four methods designed to clean and remove fire damage residues from Augusta homes, loosening them and other soils from affected surfaces. Chemical, Lubrication and Mechanical actions, along with Suspension can take care of all but the worst residue problems.

Technicians use chemical agents to alter the residue. In most cases, a team member uses a liquid or powder cleaner that breaks down the residue layers, making them easier to remove using cloths, sponges, or brushes when needed. Agents for this type of action include shampoos for carpeting and bleach solutions that work on fabrics like clothing, drapes, and upholstery.

For hard surfaces, SERVPRO specialists use specialized detergents to lubricate them. This action makes the surfaces slippery, so that additional removal actions cause the residue and other soils to break away and become absorbed by, or “slide” in the detergent solution. The reaction is also called emulsification.

For thicker layers or to simply prepare surfaces for chemical and lubrication actions, specialists also use mechanical brushes and other devices to agitate the residues and other soils. Depending on the type of surface, some liquid cleaners can cause particles left by smoke to absorb into them. That makes mechanical action the only option for a small number of items. Mechanical action works exceptionally well on dry, non-greasy residues.

Suspension is a cleaning action that traps the residues in the cleaning agent after removing it from the surface. It is similar to lubrication, but suspension only happens when residues and other soils dissolve into the cleaning agent.

At SERVPRO of Augusta, our goal is to return each home to its original, pre-fire condition. Regardless of the size of the fire, cleaning and removing smoke and soot residues requires a professional agency. If you need our services, contact us at (706) 868-5441 today.

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SERVPRO Professionals Will Restore Your Augusta Home

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO Professionals Will Restore Your Augusta Home Our experts can restore your home interior when water damages carpet.

Efficient Drying for Your Water-Damaged Augusta Home

With water emergencies that begin to spread throughout your Augusta home, you need assurances that professional, certified professionals can arrive quickly with the equipment to help. Often water incidents can affect materials far below the surface level, which often leads to inadequate drying efforts when homeowners attempt to restore damage like this on their own. Our rapid response team can arrive quickly with the industry-leading tools to make a positive difference for the house.

Understanding some of the equipment that our technicians have at their disposal when they address water damage in your Augusta home can showcase our ability to take care of this damage fast. As with any water loss incident, regardless of its size and severity, drying is a critical element to the mitigation and restoration of the property. Our SERVPRO response team has several machines and tools for quick drying and extraction work to protect as much of your property as possible during this disaster.

Extraction and drying efforts go hand-in-hand, and we have advanced equipment designed to remove excess water damage from the affected areas quickly. Our SERVPRO Green Fleet arrives with a truck-mounted pump, gas-powered pumps, portable electric pumps, wet-vacs with extraction wands, and rolling weighted extractors that allow us to be entirely prepared for wherever pooling water might linger.

When it is time to begin drying efforts, our professionals have many tools that can help to make this process easier and more efficient as well. We rely heavily on our air movers, which are high-powered fans that blow hot air and displace moisture in materials, carpeting, and other surfaces throughout the affected areas. Their use gets combined with machines like our LGR dehumidifiers and desiccant dehumidifiers to pull out moisture from the environment for easy removal.

Drying out your home after it has experienced water damage is not something that homeowners alone do adequately. Moisture can penetrate deeply into materials and structural elements, and without proper cleanup and drying, can lead to worsening conditions like mold growth. Give our SERVPRO of Augusta water restoration specialists a call today at (706) 868-5441

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A Simple & Easy Way To Prevent Water Damage

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

In serving the people of our city, we are often directly involved in some of the most stressful times of our customers' lives.  Our job is to make it "Like it never even happened," and to walk with you through each step of the restoration process. 

Unfortunately, we sometimes find that water damage could've been prevented.  One great way to prevent water damage is to make simple upgrades to the plumbing supply lines to your sinks, toilets, washing machines and ice makers. 

Over time, plastic and rubber materials can dry-rot and lose their structural strength that is needed to withstand the water pressure being exerted on them around the clock.  

ACTION:  Invest in "braided" supply lines at your local do-it-yourself retailer.  The cost is just a few dollars per line, and you can outfit your entire home for far less than the cost of your insurance deductible, should an old line decide to break.  Furthermore, you will have the peace of mind that you've put your best foot forward in preventing a water damage loss that might otherwise create a very stressful time in your life!

SERVPRO of Augusta . . . Your Local Commercial Restoration Partner

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

There are many reasons to quickly restore a commercial business to its normal daily operation after a water or fire loss.  The reason that is most prevalent on the minds of company stakeholders is simple:  profitability.  The longer a business remains idle due to a loss, the faster that losses from lost opportunity will mount.  It is critical to respond quickly. 

SERVPRO of Augusta is a large-loss team that routinely mitigates water and fire damage losses in office complexes, medical buildings, university buildings, large hotels and other commercial structures throughout Augusta.  Whether you are in need of board-up services, commercial drying, or the mitigation of massive amounts of water from a factory floor, we have the knowledge, equipment and proven expertise to deliver fast, proven results for our commercial customers. 

Don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Augusta for your Commercial Restoration needs.  Call (706)868-5441.