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We Offer Tips For Flood Damage Restoration In Augusta

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Drying equipment sitting in a room after flood damage We can arrive swiftly with skilled technicians and use our advanced drying equipment to minimize the further damage.

Top Things to Know About Commercial Flood Damage in Augusta

For business owners, your property is one of your most substantial assets, and when it receives water damage, the professional and financial setback caused closure during cleanup can hurt the revenue flow and the reputation of your business.

The certified experts at SERVPRO put together a list of tips for Augusta property owners with commercial flood damage. Securing your building and saving as much of the contents as possible is a priority, and there are actions business owners can take to limit loss.

Regular Inspections Prevent Loss

It is a good idea to implement a property inspection program regularly. Seemingly small issues such as clogged gutters cause water to back up onto the roof and erosion causes damage. Drainage is another concern; make sure the grade around the building directs water away. 

Look for Leaks

The intense storms in this part of the state cause wind and hail damage that leave roofing vulnerable to leaks. Tell employees to report signs of water on ceilings or walls immediately, so repairs happen as fast as possible. 

Groundwater Requires Professional Handling

You do not know what is in flood damage and until SERVPRO professionally tests it, humans should avoid contact. When their technicians mitigate this type of water damage, they set up staging areas, containment and wear protective clothing to stop cross-contamination during flood water removal and cleanup.

Actions to Halt Further Water Damage

SERVPRO technicians use their moisture detection equipment to trace the migration path of the water. They determine the extent of water wicked into sheetrock and how much requires removal. This action also assists in the creation of weep holes and other drainage methods to expel water and allow greater airflow during drying. 

SERVPRO Has Access to Advanced Equipment

To get the business cleaned and prepped for any needed repairs, a thorough extraction of water must occur. The wet/dry vacuum used by the cleaning crew may be great for small spills, but groundwater removal requires industrial-grade power and equipment such as submersible pumps or portable pumps. These work far more efficiently to remove the water thoroughly and in doing so, lessens the drying time needed. 

Mold May Set Up Home in Your Business

In as fast as 24-hours, and once established, mold colonies spread quickly anywhere there is an excess of moisture and something to consume such as sheetrock. SERVPRO technicians use preventative measures to inhibit mold growth as well as the application of antimicrobial sealers to areas of the home after remediation of mold to ensure no regrowth occurs.

SERVPRO of Augusta at (706) 750-0200 handles any size commercial flood damage wholly and quickly so your company does not remain closed long, and you can get back to the business of being in business.

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We Discuss Tips For Making The Water Damage Restoration Process Easier In Your Augusta Home

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded Floor In Kitchen From Water Leak We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Tips For Making Your Augusta Water Damage Restoration Go More Smoothly

Water damage is a situation that most property owners can expect to deal with at some point. The scale of the loss may range from a small amount of water on a bathroom floor to a whole house flood. Due to the nature of water to migrate into hard-to-reach areas, it is smart to engage professional restoration services.

There are some actions homeowners can take to lessen the stress during water damage mitigation of your Augusta home. Before help arrives on-site, limit loss to essential papers and books by removing them to a clean, dry area either in another part of the house or outside the property to a safe place.

Give your carpet a chance
If the carpet receives damage from water, it often has the potential for restoration if you act quickly. Stain from furniture leeches into wet carpeting and leaves a permanent stain. Raising furniture on blocks or removal outside the worksite area inhibits the chance of stains. This allows the water extraction process to go even faster when SERVPRO technicians arrive.

Watch out for electrical hazards
If the water loss occurred in an upstairs area and light fixtures have water in them or around electrical outlets, avoid turning on any lights or using appliances in the vicinity. If there are any signs devices are compromised with water, wait until the technicians arrive. SERVPRO team members know how to work safely in these situations.

Hardwood flooring may not be a loss
On a case by case basis, the SERVPRO technicians clean and restore hardwood flooring affected by water. Since wood swells after exposure to water, the flooring may look buckled or warped. The restoration process involves using specialized drying methods such as drying mats and equipment to remove moisture from the wood, reduce swelling, and lessen any visible distortion. Before technicians arrive, using rags or mops to pick up as much water as possible assists with turning around the destruction to the floor.

SERVPRO of Augusta handles water damage of any scale. Just call us at (706) 750-0200, and our emergency response team arrives within an hour because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Call For Local Augusta Flood Damage Remediation Services

8/31/2019 (Permalink)

Three pieces of SERVPRO equipment on the floor in a living room SERVPRO wants to be there to take away your worries when it comes to your Augusta water damage.

Our technicians have the passion and training to assist your Augusta water damage.

There are many situations which can cause flood damage to your home. Severe storms, snowmelt, and overflowing rivers are just a few of the things that can cause flood damage to any given home. However, due to your unique geographic position, your home is far more likely to experience flood damage from a severe storm or an overflowing river. 

A severe storm swept into the city of Augusta and caused flood damage to many homes, including yours. The weak spot of your roof allowed rainwater to drip and pool in your attic. Sometimes water damage inside of an attic can go unnoticed for some time. However, in the case of your home, the floodwaters left a very noticeable water stain on the ceiling of your office. While the stain may be unpleasant to look at, it certainly helped you find the damage right away, which allowed you to reach out for help just as quickly. 

When you contact SERVPRO, we immediately begin to assemble a team of our expertly trained water damage restoration technicians (WRT) to send to your home. We specialize in water damage remediation and work around your schedule. Whenever you need us, day or night, weekend or day, we can send technicians to your location. Our techs come to you equipped with advanced technology to fight the damage inside of your home effectively and swiftly. Our entire goal revolves around restoring your home, "Like it never even happened." 

Upon arriving, our SERVPRO technicians can get to work straight away. We can remove any insulation that has been soaked through and then throw it away for you, so you do not have to be exposed to the material. After, we can set up a drying environment inside of your attic, using devices designed to encourage evaporation. Some devices our technicians may use to remove any standing water and dry out your attic include...

-Heaters

-Dehumidifiers 

-Wet/Dry Vacuums

-Extractors 

-Ventilation Fans

-Air Movers

Using these devices in conjunction allows for an environment that reduces excess moisture quickly. In some cases, it only takes a few days to finish the job. Once finished, and after we have used an antifungal agent to minimize the chances of mold, we can help you contact a contractor who can install new insulation. 

If you need urgent flood damage restoration services, do not wait. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Augusta by calling (706) 750-0200. No matter the time or day, we are open and ready to take your call. 

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Secrets To Fixing Flood Damage Fast For Your Martinez Business

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage ruining your Martinez business? Call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Commercial Flood Damage Martinez – Burst Water Main Floods Local Business

The last thing our client expected was a flood from a burst water main. With water shooting several feet into the air, the street quickly flooded, and water poured in the front door of our client's commercial business office. Fortunately, the staff had a few minutes warning and were able to shut down and disconnect computers as well as move emergency power supplies onto desks and filing cabinets. The employees also removed as many office files as possible before the water came in the door!

SERVPRO responded immediately to this commercial flood damage event in Martinez. Our teams understand how important it is for commercial businesses to regain operational status after an event like this one. Receiving customers, processing orders, and customer support can come to a standstill while the office is out of commission.

We quickly assessed the situation and brought in equipment to vacuum up the water and dehumidifiers to remove moisture. All of the desks were raised and placed on blocks. The chairs were moved to a dry area along with any other easily moved items. Since this was water from a water main, there was a limited amount of contamination. The dehumidifiers ran for several days along with the air conditioning which dried the carpeting completely. There was no damage to the underlying floor, which was concrete.

While the office was clearly out of commission for several days, employees pitched in, contacting customers to provide information about the service situation. SERVPRO provided updates to the client regarding the cleaning process and helped the customer understand how long the office would take to be restored. We also provided the appropriate documentation needed to submit insurance claims for the flooding.

The client acted quickly and reduced the impact of the flooding significantly. However, with flooding, there is a danger of short circuits and electrocution. Always verify that it is safe to enter a flooded room. Disconnect the electrical system first. The professionals at SERVPRO take all of the required safety precautions to protect the client, their products, and inventory.

Call SERVPRO of Augusta at (706) 750-0200 for 24/7 service. We serve Grovetown and surrounding areas. We help commercial clients recover from flood damage. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Professional Residential Water Cleanup And Restoration For Grovetown Homeowners

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

We know how important the structure of your home is after water damage, but we also know how important your Grovetown belongings and furniture are.

SERVPRO can be there every step of the way for your water damage in Grovetown.

While a strong, Summer storm can result in a large amount of rain falling on our community, most Grovetown residents have to deal with water intrusions from far more mundane sources like a cracked inlet pipe or a split hose leading into a clothes washer.

When the intrusion source is from inside the home like these examples, Grovetown water cleanup is a little less complicated. Here, there are no contaminants such as from an outside flood, so SERVPRO specialists do not have to spend time and effort on eliminating a potential health risk before starting to remove water in the home.

After team members use pumps and other water extraction devices, cleanup begins. Since water renders paper into a soggy mess in less than an hour, they dispose of all papers, magazines, and even photographs that were affected by the water. If the owner wants a particular photo or document preserved, team members can keep it out of the trash, but restoring it requires a specialist trained with that skill.

Wood can be almost as vulnerable as paper. A maple or cherry wood dining set is pretty sturdy, but if left in water overnight or longer, the varnish or other finishes on the feet and legs begin to soften and dissolve. That leaves the exposed wood vulnerable to splitting and cracking. To prevent or at least ameliorate the effects, SERVPRO specialists carefully draw water out of the affected table and chairs using a dehumidifier.

Once the wood is back to its original condition, specialists carefully remove the finish. They can sand down cracked or split areas and use a filler to smooth the appearance and then cover everything with new varnish or another veneer. If the piece is old enough to be an antique, the homeowner’s insurance company may prefer using a professional restorer, so the team leader checks on that possibility before performing any work.

At SERVPRO of Augusta, we are proud to serve not only our local community but also that of Martinez and the surrounding areas. For a quick response to all of your water and other restoration needs, call us today at (706) 750-0200, 24/7. We are here for you. 

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Sustained Summer Storms Mean Augusta Flood Damage

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO will always be eager to help you through your Augusta flood damage.

We are always a phone call away for your flood damage in Augusta.

Augusta is frequently in the path of extreme weather systems. Dumping voluminous amounts of rain and generating wind speeds of nearly 80 miles per hour, storms seen already this summer have set the stage for residents to be watchful and wary when the weather changes. If your home suffers significant harm and water invades, lose no time in calling on professional flooding mitigation and remediation services.

Flood damage in Augusta during the hot months can be overwhelming. Our team of Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians prepare for the flooding season and are eager to help you overcome a disastrous situation. Because of our rigorous training, experience, and inventory of state-of-the-art flood mitigation and remediation equipment, we are uniquely qualified to come to your aid.

Expect our crew to arrive as soon as possible with an experienced project manager or crew chief leading the way. A swift and accurate assessment of the damage follows, resulting in a comprehensive and personalized restoration plan. The SERVPRO service vehicles waiting outside have a full complement of water removal and structural drying equipment onboard, along with power generators, cleaning and disinfecting products, and a range of moisture detection tools. We also have materials to secure your property if storm damage affected the exterior’s structural integrity.

Our SERVPRO technicians get to work, ticking off the task on the plan. Pumps and extractors evacuate the floodwater, by definition Category 3 and dangerously contaminated. We follow local rules for containment and disposal of the fluids removed. Thermal scanning leads us to any hidden caches of floodwater, which we access for removal with controlled demolition methods like flood cuts or weep holes. Thorough cleaning and disinfection of affected surfaces with EPA-registered formulations complete next.

Moisture readings provide the data needed to determine drying goals. Heated air movement facilitated by positioning drying equipment appropriately helps drive water from wet structural components into the air as vapor. Evaporative and desiccant dehumidifiers each have their place in condensing or absorbing the vapor for lawful disposal. After meeting drying goals, SERVPRO can help with repairs and rebuilding, offering wrap-around restoration.

Call SERVPRO of Augusta at (706) 750-0200 after the storm passes. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and pledge to return your home to pre-flooding condition quickly and professionally.

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

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

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 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)

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)

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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