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The History of Augusta and Historic Commercial Buildings

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Where is Augusta Located?

Augusta is in the east central section of Georgia. The Savannah River serves as a border between Richmond and Aiken County (South Carolina). Augusta’s most recent population census showed that we currently have over 200,000 people residing within the city.

History of Augusta, Georgia

Augusta was established in 1736 by British General James Oglethorpe and was named after Princess Augusta of Saxe Gotha, who was the mother of King George III. Augusta was originally founded during the British Colonial era as a trading outpost and is Georgia’s second oldest, and second largest city. Originally built on the flat drops of land by the Savannah River, which is currently referred to as Summerville. In the early 1700s “Summerville” was also neighbored by tribes of Cherokee and Creek Indians.

Augusta served as the capital of Georgia from 1785-1795. Later on, as a crucial location in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, Augusta has the only structure ever built by the Confederate, the old Confederate Powder works.  

The Augusta Canal was built in 1847, making Augusta the second major inland cotton marketplace in the entire world during the cotton boom. Augusta later received its nickname “The Garden City” in the early twentieth century due to the cities many large and private gardens.

Noteworthy Structures

Augusta currently has 47 listings on the National Register of Historic Places, several historic monuments, and cemeteries. Augusta also has many historically important homes and buildings, such as the Boyhood home of the U.S. 28th president Woodrow Wilson and Springfield Baptist Church, the oldest African American church in the United States.

Present Day Augusta

In 1996 Augusta merged with Richmond County to create Augusta-Richmond County. This merge resulted in Augusta-Richmond County having 1 Mayor and 10 county commissioners.

Augusta is best recognized as ‘the golf capital of the world’, with millions of people traveling there every year in the first full week of April for the Masters Golf Tournament. Augusta is also home to the Augusta University and Fort Gordon which is the base for the U.S. Army Signal Corps, U.S. Army Cyber Command and the Cyber Center of Excellence.

Need Help Identifying Potential Mold?

Just purchased a historical building with water and fire damage or mold? Give SERVPRO® Professionals a call at 706-750-0200 and we’ll make it "Like it never even happened."®

Stressed About Water Damage Repair? It Will Be Okay!

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

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The SERVPRO® Difference for Water Damage Help

Confronting a water damage issue can be overwhelming, but one of our team’s top priorities is to make your water loss as smooth of a process given your home is need of professional restoration help.

Our teams aim to make your family comfortable during the entire process. A water loss can feel like your home and normal life have been invaded. Unlike other restoration companies, SERVPRO® professionals have been trusted to restore properties of every type for over 50 years.

The SERVPRO® Experience

With over 50 years of experience in providing industry excellence, SERVPRO® professionals have mastered the training necessary for making your personal experience with SERVPRO® standard at every franchise location. When you call your local SERVPRO® of Augusta, you can expect fast response times, convenient servicing, damage containment, an extensive amount of experience from our teams, and accessibility to vast resources to get your damages repaired as quickly as possible.

What Does this Mean for You?

Fast Response times are crucial to helping to minimize further damages. Expect for tidy, uniformed crews to arrive as quickly as possible with all equipment necessary to start work immediately. Our convenient servicing is accomplished through having over 1,900 franchise license locations through the United States, all offering excellent servicing no matter where you are in the U.S.

Timely responses to your call for help can mean the difference between restoring property or being forced to replace it. Replacement expenses are vastly greater than restoring and allow for a faster in-and-out scenario for a loss.

With extensive experience in restoration servicing, there is never a loss that our team has not faced and fixed for our customers. With experience comes knowledge and trust placed that work will be completed as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Lastly, our vast resources include our ability to handle large-scale losses for both water and fire damages no matter the size, including storm events.

Selecting an Expert Means Less Stress.

If you find that you need SERVPRO services, call our office team at 706-750-0200, or contact us through our webpage under the Contact Us tab.

SERVPRO® Halloween Fire Safety Do’s & Don’ts

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

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Holiday Fire Threats

Creating a spooky and scary Halloween vibe often relies on lighting effects in your home and yard. Jack-o-lanterns, candelabras and fog machines are classic props during spooky season. Even though these props are super cool, they also pose huge safety risks. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that Halloween decorations cause 800 house fires every year, which totals about $11 million in property damage. And that’s not accounting for the damage that can come to you if your costume meets an open flame. That’s why SERVPRO® of Augusta has created a list of Halloween do’s and don’ts to ensure that you have safe fun- without giving up the spookiness.

Decorations

Most decorations are extremely flammable due to the materials that make them up. When purchasing items make sure they pass the safety check:

DON’T use a candle inside of your jack-o-lantern. Pumpkins can be easily tipped over by kids or pets and catch whatever it is surrounding on fire.

DO use an LED light, electric candles or glow sticks.

DON’T use hay bales, dried flowers or leaves or paper if they’re paired with a flammable decoration. Also don’t put flammable decorations in the path of any exits in case of emergency.

DO use flame-resistant and non-flammable materials if possible. Avoid having a wood burning fire inside if you believe it will be left unattended for any period of time.

Fact: More than a third of house fires are caused by misuse of candles during a holiday season as decoration.

Costumes

Most Halloween costumes pose a fire hazard. When choosing a costume for yourself or your children only choose fire retardant materials. Avoid costumes that are bulky, hard to navigate in or have an excess of fabric. Coach children to stay away from live flames when at a Halloween party or trick-or-treating. Glow sticks and flashlights are a safe and easy tool for your kids to light their way during the night of festivities. If your child has a mask, make sure it is properly fitted to easily see. Review fire safety drills with your kids- such as STOP, DROP and ROLL.

Final Tips

Get ahead of the holiday by ensuring that your fire and smoke alarms are working and have fresh batteries. Check up with your neighbors to make sure they’re prepared for spooky season as well- as fires do spread. Have an evacuation plan in place in case of emergency.

In Case Of A Spooky Halloween Induced Fire, Call SERVPRO® of Augusta at 706-750-0200  and We’ll Make It "Like it never even happened."®

Storm Season Among Us in Augusta – Call SERVPRO

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

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Downbursts and Toppled Trees Can Threaten Your Home

During storm season, categorized to run from June 1st – November 30th, your home can be at risk for damages. Being aware that a reliable restoration company in your area is available for help could mean the difference in having your home restored in days versus weeks, or even months from other companies.

Potential Threats Storms Pose

Downbursts, Wind-Driven rain, and Flooding are all scary scenarios that as homeowner can be threatened by during storm season. Fortunately, the city of Augusta does not typically suffer from damages compared to other like cities such as hurricanes. However, Augusta’s topography does pose a major threat from flooding, hence Phinizy Swamp and low-country areas.

In addition to flooding threats, wind-driven rain from heavy winds and rains can affect your Augusta home roof damage and can topple our areas local tall pine trees. Thunderstorms in combination with winds can potentially produce hail and cause damages to roofs and break windows.

Winter Storms in Texas Can Threaten Augusta

Storms such as Texas’s Winter Storm Uri in 2021 caused major storm issues. SERVPRO® crews from across the country mobilized to help those affected by the ice storm. Icy roads made roads essentially impassable and access to power left many without the ability to recover and stay safe during the storm.

Luckily, SERVPRO® of Augusta crews helped in the restoration efforts as many ice – water combination losses were caused by water heaters that had burst from the low drop in temperatures and water damages had frozen from not having heat in the home to make for a controlled environment for drying.

Prepping Your Home from Harsh Winter Storms

Although typical Augusta winters are not threatening, there are still preventative measures you can take to prepare your home for the changing of seasons. Following updates from your local EMA can help with preventing any potential damages. Click here to learn more from the Augusta Richmond County EMA.

  • Stay inside and dress in warm clothing, and close off unneeded rooms to centralize the heat you do have.
  • Outside of your home, help pipes from freezing by using insulated faucets covers.
  • Remove any combustible central heater closets.
  • Think of investing in a home generator.
  • Trim tree branches away from your home.
  • Clean gutters frequently and clear debris from storm drains.

If you find your home in need for repairs from ice storms, wind-driven rain roof leaks, and/or flooding, call your disaster relief professionals at SERVPRO® of Augusta at 706-750-0200.

Area Flood Damages Means SERVPRO® to the Rescue

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

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City of Augusta Flooding Hazards and History

Augusta, Georgia located on the Savannah River has an extensive history of heavy rains causing major flood damage that has destroyed countless homes and businesses. After a series of major flooding instances, the city was prompted to build a levee for protection from extensive damages. Although the city of Augusta has made efforts to alleviate flood issues for commercial businesses and homes, flooding still threatens our area.

Being Prepare During Flooding Events

In recent news, flooding from Hurricane Ida in New York, New Jersey and other Northeastern states has caused great concern amongst our community. Flooding news may have prompted you and your family to begin to think and prepare for potential flooding emergencies in your area. Useful resources for the Augusta area can found by visiting the Augusta Emergency Management Agency page to learn more about topography mapping and identifying if your home is within a floodplain.

Augusta Flood Damage? Call the Experts at SERVPRO

At SERVPRO® of Augusta our crews are highly trained to assess damages caused by flooding and can easily create a comprehensive plan to restore your home. Taking precaution during storms, listening to radio alerts, and taking other preventative measures such as creating an Emergency Ready Profile with your local Augusta SERVPRO® representative can drastically decrease the time your home stands in unlivable condition and / or your businesses downtime.

Need Expert Advice or Need to Schedule for a Crew? Call our office at 706-750-0200 or, we are available through our Contact Page via our webpage.

How Can I Prep My Augusta Business Against the Delta Variant?

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

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What Can a Business Like SERVPRO® Do To Help Against COVID-19?

When the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020, SERVPRO® Professionals came together to come up with the way they could best help the community. The SERVPRO® solution was the CSC program, called Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned. This level of clean goes past any janitorial service, as it’s a “hands-on pathological pathogen cleaning.” Our SERVPRO® crews are trained in biohazard decontamination and follow strict CDC guidelines at every job. SERVPRO® Professionals use EPA-recognized products like SERVPROXIDE to sanitize and disinfect any surface, allowing businesses to open back up more quickly, or allows them to safely not close while still following CDC recommendations.

More About SERVPRO® CSC Program

The CSC Program is grounded in our 3 C’s - Consult, Clean and Certify. But why do the 3 C’s matter to our team? The 3 C’s were created and cultivated to best individually assist each customer for their target needs.

CONSULT

Not all businesses are the same, at SERVPRO® we understand your company needs a custom cleaning program that targets exactly what you need and we create it for you. Your specific CSC Program will be created based upon your businesses size, type, foot traffic, rate of touch points and crowding points.

CLEAN

Based on your businesses specific needs your company will have a thorough cleaning embedded in the foundations of People, Process and Product. Which means that we combine our excellently trained teams, cleaning products and service methods will ensure that you have the satisfaction of knowing that you are Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned.

CERTIFY

Once your business is Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned, you gain access to CSC signage, or other digital images that guarantee to your customers that your business has received the highest standard of COVID cleaning available. We also add the date to any signage, allowing your customers to see that your business is proactive is making sure they’re safe, giving you happy customers and great revenue. 

We’re Always Here To Help® To schedule a consultation time and create a method for your businesses COVID-19 preparedness, give our office a call at 706-750-0200.

Constitution Day Firework Safety

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

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The History of the Constitution Day

Constitution Day is a federal day of observance that occurs annually every year of September 17th. Constitution Day commemorates the day when the U.S. Constitution was created and signed by 39 delegates on September 17, 1787. The U.S. Constitution is the America’s oldest and most important document, as it shapes the framework of our government. It protects the rights and freedoms that shield us, and the generations that come after us as well.

Iowa was the first state to recognize and celebrate the Constitution Day. It was celebrated in their schools and a committee was even formed to promote celebration of the historical day. By 1949, all 48 had started to recognize September 17th as a day of remembrance and observation.

Controversy Surrounding Constitution Day

In 1952 in Louisville, Ohio a local citizen Olga T. Weber began petitioning for September 17th to be recognized in honor of the constitution. The Mayor eventually granted her wish, but Weber didn’t stop there. She petitioned for it to be celebrated statewide, and then, nationwide! Her efforts didn’t go unrewarded because in 1953 President Eisenhower signed it into law. In 1957, Louisville was later named the Constitution Town.

Later between 1997-2004 a woman named Louise Leigh and Senator Robert Bryd lobbied for all American citizens to know more about the Constitution Day and what it represents. Because of their avid petitioning, President Bush added the “Constitution Day” as an amendment to the Omnibus Spending Bill. Leading into the very first federally recognized celebration of Constitution Day on September 17, 2005. September 17th is also recognized with the nickname, “I am an American Day”.

So How Is the Constitution Day Celebrated Today?

Constitution Day has come a long way since 1787. Currently September 17-23 is allocated as Constitution Week. Public schools that receive federal funding are now required by law to observe the day and educate students on the history behind the celebration. Students have opportunities to hear readings from the Constitution, have discussions with local judges and even national heroes! Each year the President even makes an announcement in remembrance and celebration of the sacred American day. Towns and cities hold festivals, celebrations and fairs. And some citizens even display patriotism with flags on their houses, businesses, cars, bikes and even shirts!

Feel Safe That SERVPRO® Technicians and Crews are “Ready for Whatever Happens” on any holiday. For any water or fire emergency give us a call at 706-750-0200. We’re Always Here to Help®.

Smelling Musty Odors from Your Augusta Commercial Business?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

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How Do I Know If What I’m Smelling is Mold?

Molds are found in almost every environment, and mold spores colonize rapidly when moisture is present. Excessive dampness indoors promotes the growth rate of molds and other organisms, which can potentially cause health effects. But what exactly does mold/mildew smell like? Mold typically smells like what you’re probably thinking it would . . . earthy, damp, similar to the smell of rotting wood. SERVPRO® professionals handle water damages every day and know immediate action is required to prevent microbial growth. Here are some high indicators to be alert for if you are thinking you may have a mold issue:

  • The visible presence of mold
  • Strong, musty odors
  • Discolored walls and stains
  • Black spots on ceilings, floors and/or cabinets
  • Excessive humidity

Indications of A Past Water Issues

If you have just purchased your building, but are already recognizing experiencing musty smells, there is a high probability that your building has had past unsolved water damage. Most mold problems are the result of unresolved water leaks. Examples include bubbling, cracking or peeling wallpaper or paint are huge indicators of past moisture issues.  SERVPRO® of Augusta crews can scope and consult on your commercial building and locate where mold is using our moisture sensors and moisture meters. These tools allow us to specify where the mold growth is and determine the extent of moisture.

If I Don’t Yet Have a Mold Problem, What Can I Do To Be Prepared?

No one plans for a disaster, but you can plan to be Ready for Whatever Happens®.  Having a Preparedness plan in place helps gain peace of mind. Developing a SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile (ERP), can minimize business interruption because you have an immediate plan of action already in place. Having a SERVPRO® of Augusta representative come out and help assemble an ERP could be the key in a timely response from your local SERVPRO® and timely restoration of your business.

Think You Have a Mold Problem? Call our office at 706-750-0200 to schedule a consultation and receive advice from our SERVPRO® professionals.

Augusta Commercial Businesses Respond to Disasters

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

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When Augusta Water Damage Controls Your Business, Take it Back

A water damage at your local Augusta business may be the most unexpected incident you will experience while in operation. Most commonly, water damage incidents are unforeseen and have the ability cause a lot of headaches. As a business owner with a water damage, you may be affected financially from lost revenue from temporarily closing your doors. This type of lost revenue can not only affect your livelihood, but potentially the livelihood of your staff. Situations like these are why SERVPRO® of Augusta exists to serve you.

Often with unexpected water losses, as a business owner you may not be familiar to where the shut-off locations are for your structure. You may think. . .  “Where is the water and gas shut off for my building?” or “Who would I call for help after the fire fighters leave?” Having knowledge of where these shut offs are can mean the difference between having a costly repair bill or having only a minor cleanup. Regardless, SERVPRO® crew chiefs and technicians are ready to respond to any size disaster.

SERVPRO® capabilities for dealing with large scale losses for commercial businesses are practically endless. SERVPRO® is a national franchise system with over 1,900 franchises generously peppered all over the United States and Canada. To this point, should your businesses be a franchise or simply have multiple locations, your businesses local SERVPRO® if never too far.

Combatting the Lack of Knowledge for Where Emergency Shut Off Locations Are

Did you know that if a ½ inch pipe were to burst, it would release over 50 gallons of water per minute?

This amount of obtrusive water can be devastating to a commercial business. To help reduce the risk of loss, its important to educate yourself as top where your shut-off locations are. SERVPRO® professionals have program designed to help mitigate potential extensive damages caused by a water loss. We call this program an “Emergency Ready Plan.” An Emergency Ready Plan, or “ERP” is a tool SERVPRO® uses to help commercial businesses large and small prepare for emergency situations such as a fire damage, water damage, biohazards, and more.

Through the ERP, SERVPRO® professionals help you identify water and gas shut offs, along with other pertinent information that many would find important during an emergency. Not only is the ERP available in a tangible format, but its main feature is accessibility to view the plan from our SERVPRO App. Having the luxury of the ERP App means that should an incident occur, all peoples within the organization could have knowledge of structure saving information to help with the loss. The more timely a response, the more likely you are to recover quickly. SERVPRO® crews are available 24/7/365 to answer your emergency call.

Need SERVPRO® Services?

Please call our office for scheduling an appointment, to speak with a representative for your businesses ERP, or to get expert advice at 706-750-0200.

SERVPRO® of Augusta is Here to Tackle Any Storm, Any Time

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

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When To Be on the Lookout for Storm Damage

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. As hurricane season rolls around every year, enduring damage to your home can feel as if you have been damaged yourself. SERVPRO® of Augusta is Here to Help® being open 24/7/365 we are always here for you. With constant crew and equipment availability, our fast response times help to reduce business interruption and recovery costs. Timely response from SERVPRO® can make all the difference between quickly restoring your property versus replacing property.

Why Choose SERVPRO®?

As leaders in the Fire & Water Damage Restoration industry with over 50 years of experience, you can feel comfortable trusting SERVPRO®. A trained SERVPRO professional will walk you through the job process step by step, so that you know what to expect and your desired outcome is achieved. Our crew members go through extensive restoration training and are IICRC certified. After the job has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted to ensure job satisfaction.

What is a IICRC certification? The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, is a certification for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. Our crew chiefs and team of technicians undergo periodic training to stay knowledgeable with ever-changing industry standards and procedures.

How to Prepare Against Storm Damage

  • Stay up-to-date with the Augusta-Richmond County EMA 
  • Map your evacuation plan ahead of time
  • Keep an accurate inventory of all personal property (i.e. up-to-date photos of your home before storm season and after)
  • Take precautionary steps to protect your home (i.e. cut weak branches & trees, install storm shutters, etc.)

Have Additional Questions? Call our office at 706-750-0200 to schedule a consultation and receive expert advice.