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Soot and Smoke Residues Are All Over My Property. Where Can I Seek Help?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

heavy smoke filling room Smoke and soot are difficult to remove. SERVPRO has the expertise and experiene to restore your home.

Talk to the SERVPRO Team of Technicians in Augusta for Fire Damage Restoration Services.

Property owners face a wide range of issues in their homes, but fires are among the worst. The repercussions of a fire can be devastating and deadly. Thankfully, professional fire restorers can help bring your Augusta property back to its preloss condition following a fire loss.

How do technicians handle fire and smoke damage?

A small fire cannot cause significant damage to a structure, but the smoke and soot residues the fire leaves can be extreme. At SERVPRO, we have a team of restorers with exceptional skills in handling fire damage in Augusta properties. With access to hi-tech equipment and cutting-edge restoration processes, we can restore items such as:

  • Woodwork
  • Flooring
  • Carpeting
  • Ceilings
  • Walls

Also, we can decontaminate your ductwork and HVAC system. The decontamination process involves removing pollutants such as mold and soot from the system to ensure it works as expected.

How safe is my property during restoration?

Our technicians understand that the weather can change any time during the restoration. Therefore, we board up our customer’s property using plywood by attaching it to the surface around openings. We bolt up the plywood to two-by-fours to hold the covering in place by tension. If the roof incurred damage during the fire loss incident, we could place a temporary cover over it to protect your residence from sustaining further damage.

How do you clean the affected area?

Before we begin the restoration process, our technicians first inspect the home, which helps us determine the tools and restoration processes. We use both wet and dry cleaning techniques depending on the surfaces we are cleaning. We can use strong acid cleaners such as stone and porcelain cleaner to remove smoke and soot from brick and stone surfaces. The product can also remove soap scum and hard water deposits.

SERVPRO technicians can also use abrasion blasting to clean masonry, which is an aggressive cleaning method that involves using different types of blasting media. Our technicians can perform gentle abrasion using materials like:

  • Soda ash
  • Sponge
  • Dry ice
  • Ground corn cobs

We can also use sand during abrasion blasting, but it changes the surfaces. So, it is not prudent to use it at times, such as when sandblasting can affect a building’s historical value.

Do not stress over fire damage since SERVPRO of Augusta can help you. We can handle the fire loss to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (706) 750-0200. 

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My Augusta Business Suffered Fire Damage – What Cleanup Process Do You Use?

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

"Call Now" SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle every level of fire damage. Call us today, we are always available.

SERVPRO’s Technicians Follow Basic Principles and Elements of Cleaning to Ensure Your Business is Up and Running as Quickly as Possible.

A fire can shut down your Augusta business in a heartbeat. When looking at the ruins the thought - “Can this even be saved?” – might be running through your head. It can seem overwhelming and filled with uncertainty. But you may find yourself pleasantly surprised at just what our crews can repair and restore.

 What are the principles of cleanup after a fire?

 When a fire blazes through your Augusta business leaving fire damage and smoke problems, it leaves a huge mess of charred, smoky remains. While structural material and some of the contents may need replacing cleaning and restoration, we strive for. Restoration will save on your insurance costs and allow you to keep irreplaceable items. The cleanup principles employed by our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified and fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) are such things as finding residues, identifying surface material, and resolving the mess left behind.

  Residues Can Differ

 Before deciding what type of cleaning services are needed, the estimator will ascertain what type of smoke residue exists and the extent of the damage. The technicians will do the pretesting of surface material. When these two groups combine their results, they will have a thorough knowledge of what type of residue they are dealing with, the locations to get cleaned, and the type of surfaces that needs cleaning.

 Residue Removal 

Fire damage and smoke damage leave behind debris that contains solid particles. The good news is a lot of this debris can be removed by dry vacuuming. If the particles get wet, they can get absorbed by the surface. This makes it harder to remove. Capturing and removal of smoke and soot residue include:

  • Vacuuming - always the first step to getting rid of soot. Large amounts of soot can often get removed via dry brushing and vacuuming.
  • Dissolving – dissolving allows the residues to loosen and rinse away or extracted in a cleaning solution.
  • Disposal – the team will determine the type of disposal that is required. Some residues will need special handling and disposal.

Elements of Cleaning

Once the vacuuming occurs, the next step is cleaning the tougher areas which are absorbed or bonded with the soot. Choosing the right method of dissolving and removing the residue is critical to returning the material to the preloss condition. Four elements affect how soot and dirt become suspended in a cleaning product:

  • Temperature
  • Agitation
  • Chemical action
  • Time    

These four actions, known as TACT, must be used in the correct ratio for your unique situation. Our SERVPRO crews have the experience and training to plan a cleaning course of action to remove soils and soot in the timeliest manner possible. They use advanced technology and heavy-duty equipment and industry grade chemicals to achieve the goal of leaving it, ”Like it never even happened.” 

 What Content Can be Restored?

Many companies assume that everything is lost that has come in contact with the fire. SERVPRO can clean, repair, and restore more than the typical business owner would imagine. Office furniture, draperies, and items such as file cabinets are restored to their preloss condition, depending on how severe the damage. Restoration and repair are always the goals.

 What If the Odor Has Spread?

The stench left by fire damage and smoke is overwhelming. Even in areas where the fire did no visible damage, the smoke can travel via airflow and HVAC ducts. Our technicians use deodorizing methods to remove the smell from ductwork and contents that are affected. A variety of purifying methods get used, including filtration agents, disinfectants, and air scrubbers. Everyone smells things differently, and we strive to make sure you are satisfied.

Trust the Experts Who Understand Fire Clean Up

With trained technicians who can handle everything from elemental fire damage and smoke cleanup to reupholstering furniture, there is no need for numerous contractors to get the job done. We move your business content offsite if necessary while cleaning and repairing. We work closely with your insurance company and keep you informed every step of the way. Customer satisfaction is always our highest priority. 

Our Green Team is available 24/7 to help your business recover from fire damage and smoke. Contact SERVPRO of Augusta at (706) 750-0200 for more information. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

A Broken Water Heater Has Caused Water Damage in My Grovetown Property. What Should I Do?

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

water sitting on the floor of a living room under a couch Water damage can impact any home at any time. Contact SERVPRO to get professional help and mitigate water damage in your home.

Hire SERVPRO Technicians to Perform Water Mitigation in Your Home in Grovetown

Water can cause irreversible damage to your property and valuable items. It can also cause health hazards to residents if it remains in your home for a long time. Therefore, it is essential to act fast by contacting restoration professionals from SERVPRO to handle the issue and prevent secondary damage in your Grovetown property.

What is water mitigation?

It is a process where professional restorers clean, sanitize, dry, and restore an affected property to its preloss condition. The process of water mitigation in your Grovetown property is not uniform. Each property and water damage situation is unique. However, the water mitigation process includes utilizing advanced equipment and unique but approved techniques to minimize the damage.

Water damage mitigation does not involve repairing or replacing damaged property. It ensures the property owner does not face further consequences. Professional water mitigation prevents secondary damages with fast and appropriate actions. The process includes:

  • Water extraction
  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Drying
  • Odor removal

Where do restorers begin?

Our SERVPRO team begins the water mitigation process by conducting a thorough assessment. It helps us in determining the cause of the water intrusion and the severity of the destruction. This helps us identify effective mitigation techniques to use.

How can you dry my home?

In water mitigation, time is of the essence, and the drying process is an essential step. We use state-of-the-art equipment and tools to remove water and dry homes. Porous surfaces such as carpets and furniture can take weeks to dry if the right procedures are not followed. Our restorers use portable extractors to remove standing water. We can use carpet wands to remove water from carpets. We also use air moving and dehumidifying equipment to eliminate moisture from the affected areas.

How do you remove mold?

Mold may grow in your home 24 to 48 hours after a water intrusion incident. The technique we use to remove mold depends on the severity of contamination. Some disinfectants slow or inhibit mold infestation, but the effectiveness of these products against mycotoxins and mold spores is still questioned. We can use quaternary compounds or chlorine solutions to remove molds, but we do not use them as the primary remedy. To remediate mold contamination properly, we remove the contaminated porous materials and dry the environment effectively.

Water mitigation requires special skills and experience to prevent costly secondary damage. Contact SERVPRO of Augusta at (706) 750-0200 to restore your property to its pre-water damage state. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.


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I know I need to face my Augusta building’s issue with mold— Who can inspect and help me remove it?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

mold damaged wall Having mold issues in your place of business? Call the local branch of SERVPRO in your Augusta area to mitigate your mold problem.

Mold Inspection and Remediation Services Are a Core Focus of SERVPRO’s Mission to Make It “Like it never even happened,” in Augusta Commercial Buildings

Water damage and mold infestations have a symbiotic relationship in Augusta as they do in any other community. Mold spores are everywhere in the environment, mostly unnoticed as they are tiny and not currently in an active state. When those spores encounter a small bit of water or even high humidity over at least 24 to 48 hours, mold growth is likely. 

Can I Rely on My Ordinary Cleaning Crew to Inspect and Manage Mold Effectively?

The issues presented in your Augusta business concerning mold inspection and remediation services likely will recur if specially trained and equipped crews are not in the vanguard of your response efforts. Your regular cleaning crews are probably aware of mold growth and react with non-invasive and short-term solutions. Diluted bleach formulations are often the product of choice, but they have significant limitations:

  • Their most substantial action is usually lightening the mold staining on the surface only
  • The active ingredient rarely reaches the full extent of the organisms’ hyphae (branchlike “root” system)
  • Their high-water content can push moisture into permeable materials and feed additional mold growth

How Do Trained Mold Remediators Differ from the Average Cleaning Crew?

SERVPRO offers effective and efficient mold inspection and remediation services partially because they dovetail seamlessly into our core water damage restoration services. When our crews arrive to evaluate your mold concerns, we walk in with a professional capability to find and follow the water and moisture trails that lead to potential mold damage. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians are always on alert for signs of both water and mold damage. It informs every aspect of the services we offer to businesses in our region. We want to help you resolve the problem, not just manage it on every cleaning pass.

What Is the Procedure Used by Properly Trained Mold Remediators?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed a research-based protocol for commercial buildings and schools. We employ this protocol in our mold remediation work. Phases of the project unpack as follows:

Locate the Mold Growth

How do we inspect for mold growth?

Although we have access to resources to detect mold growth, we usually start with the building owner or manager’s observations. Once we find the signs (staining, visible mold colonies, and musty smells), we investigate how extensive the mold invasion is by checking for wet building materials using tools like moisture detectors and thermal imaging.

Contain the Moldy Area and Affected Materials

How do we contain the area?

Mold spores are lighter than aid and quite dispersible as airborne irritants. They also hold the potential to absorb water in other spaces and start new damage. We contain the workspace with 6-mil polyethylene sheeting attached to framing or a temporary structure to limit the drift of debris and to protect occupants in the building during the remediation. The sealing of the space is reinforced through the use of negative pressure air scrubbing technology, which also captures the airborne debris in HEPA filters before exhausting to the outdoors.

Remove the Mold and Debris

How do we remove the mold?

The primary actions found most effective are mechanical--brushing, scraping, and then vacuuming and wiping up residues. If the mold has infiltrated porous materials, we decide to either cut those materials out and discard them or use abrasive techniques like soda or dry ice blasting to dislodge and disrupt the growth of the organisms.

Apply Antimicrobials

When and why do we use antimicrobials?

In some cases, we apply EPA-registered antimicrobials in a broadcast spray before removal to reduce the airborne load during the project. We do not use the sprays as the only response, but also apply the product to inhibit the mold infestation rebound after removal. Our team is well positioned to offer Certified SERVPRO Cleaned for possible pathogenic presence with our advanced equipment and ongoing training.

Why Does the Remediation Team Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

We employ the PPE for two reasons--to protect our technicians and the occupants of the building as we perform the remediation. The care we use when donning and removing the PPE ensures we do not track moldy debris into unaffected areas of your commercial building, safeguarding you, your customers, and your employees.

Discuss your mold inspection concerns with the well-prepared and talented team at SERVPRO of Augusta. Our crews are just one quick phone call away at (706) 750-0200, ready to assess and follow up with proven mold remediation best practices.

What is the Best Way to Get Water Out of My Carpet?

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

drying equipment in living room Let SERVPRO of Grovetown come in and use the newest floor drying technology. We can mitigate your water damage.

SERVPRO Uses Extraction Equipment to Remove Excess Moisture in Grovetown

When you have carpeted areas in your Grovetown home and experience a water leak, it is crucial to extract the water and dry it right away. If excess moisture remains unattended, carpeting can sustain secondary damage, such as damaged subflooring and mold growth. Our goal is to restore your carpet to preloss status rather than having to replace it.

What if the Carpet Padding is Wet Underneath the Carpet?

SERVPRO Technicians Make Sure to Address All Flooring

Water mitigation in your Grovetown home requires thorough inspection and attention to detail throughout the entire restoration process. Our technicians use probed moisture sensors to check if the moisture reached the subflooring. If it did, they take measures to dry both the carpet and subflooring underneath. Typically, the carpet pad requires replacement if thoroughly soaked. However, technicians determine whether or not it is salvageable.

Why Types of Extraction Equipment Do Technicians Use?

  • For carpet, deep extraction tools are useful in removing the most water.
  • Self-propelled extractors pull water out of the carpet by compressing the carpet and underlying pad to squeeze the water out and then vacuum it up.
  • Stationary extractors work by squeezing and vacuuming the water; however, technicians move the extractor to a new section after approximately 10 seconds.
  • Technicians use portable extraction wands for hard to reach areas such as tight corners.

Extraction is just one critical step in water mitigation for your home. After technicians successfully extract the water, they go about drying the room using high-velocity air movers and dehumidifiers to ensure that your carpet remains dry, and there is no excess moisture lingering in the air.

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Augusta at (706) 750-0200.

How Can I Prevent Mold From Growing in My House After a Flood?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growing on wall Mold easily grows after a flood incident. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold damage.

SERVPRO Can Take Several Measures to Eliminate Microbes and Inhibit Mold Growth Inside your Grovetown Home

Any time organic materials like items made out of paper or wood get wet, there is a chance that fungi can develop in your house in Grovetown. A fungus only needs moisture, an organic food source, the right temperature, and time to form.

How long does it take mold to grow?

After your house in Grovetown suffers from flood damage, spores that come in from the outside can grow into fungi in about 48 to 72 hours. This is why our SERVPRO technicians always try to remove all moisture present inside your contents and building materials that contain paper or wood as soon as possible. We always try to come up with techniques that aid in drying out all of your affected items in 48 hours or less.

What can you do if mold has already started to develop?

If fungi have already formed in areas of your house that got wet, our SERVPRO team can take steps to remove the contamination and prevent it from spreading.

If the mold is only on the surface of your building materials or contents, we can remove it by sanding or soda blasting.

We can then apply antimicrobial chemicals to all of the areas that got affected inside your house.

Are there any other health hazards that can exist in my home after a flood?

Bacteria: Harmful bacteria can live soil, water, and organic matter. Any time moisture comes into your structure from the outdoors; there is a chance that the liquid contains harmful bacteria and viruses.

Viruses: A virus is the most simple microbe but they can cause diseases in living beings. We can eliminate most harmful bacteria and viruses by applying chemicals like Vanquish.

If anything inside your house in Martinez ever gets wet after a storm, call SERVPRO of Augusta at (706) 750-0200 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Augusta, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Augusta today at (706) 750-0200 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Can One Company Help to Eliminate Both Fire Damage and Smoke Odors?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

Hands holding home Your home is in good hands with our teams at SERVPRO. Give us a call at (706) 750-0200, we are always available.

SERVPRO Has the Skills and Equipment to Manage All Aspects of Augusta Residential Fire Damage Recovery

Cleaning up after a fire rages through your home is overwhelming, requiring a seemingly endless set of tasks to be completed before you can enjoy the security and comfort of your house again. The soils and residues created during the disaster are like nothing else the typical Augusta homeowner encounters in home repair and maintenance. Not only are surfaces charred and coated with soot, but an incredibly unpleasant stench also pervades every space in your dwelling, including rooms that appear otherwise unaffected by the fire loss. Are sound strategies for deodorization available through the professional companies that provide fire damage mitigations and remediation? 

How Are Persistent Odors Linked to Fire Damage?

The lingering odors complained of by homeowners tie directly to other types of fire damage in Augusta. When a fire burns inside a building, the fuels change from room to room. Wood and paper burn fast and hot, leaving a light, ashy soot that is relatively easy to clean up nearly completely with dusting, dry sponging, and HEPA-filtered vacuuming approaches. Plastics, rubber, damp materials, and other synthetics smolder at a lower temperature, spreading a thick, dark soot that sticks and stinks. Removal needs the help of agitation, properly matched cleaners, heat manipulation, and time for cleaners to soak off the residue. Protein-based soot relates to kitchen fires, the coating tenaciously adhered to surfaces. This final type of soot has a pungent and offensive stench caused by the dehydrated rancid food and grease proteins left behind.

Are There Conditions that Make Smoke Odors Worse?

When SERVPRO considers the range of solutions available for fire damage and odor, the more data we have, the better. Basic deodorization protocols used by our crews may not achieve the success desired because of heightened humidity or temperatures that vaporize odors that are absorbed deeply into permeable structural components. Materials inside walls are difficult to examine for an odor assessment, such as insulation that holds the odor-bearing particles of soot far within, permitting the odor to flow outward later as air pressure varies. Every individual perceives odors differently as well, posing a problem when all other occupants of your home breathe freely, yet one person is more sensitive and continues to note malodors.

How Do Professionals Eliminate Fire Odors from Your Home?

The good news is that several tasks our remediation crews use to clean up the charring and sticky coatings on every surface are the same as some of the first phases of odor elimination. Since odors are attached to soot particles, thorough cleaning is an effective way to achieve the deodorization as well. Here are some procedures our crews use to clean residues that can rid your house of odors as a double benefit:

Containment

Designated containment areas reduces the drift of smoke and soot and prevents further spread of residues stirred up during the cleaning efforts. When we contain an area after fire damage, we frequently employ a negative pressure air scrubbing system that forces airborne residues, including odors, through HEPA filters and then vents the air to the outdoors. Vacuuming and wipe downs of all soot-covered surfaces ensure very few odor-bearing particles remain. The contained area is wrapped in 1.6 mil polyethylene for more protection. 

Debris Removal

Chunks of charred material, either structural or from burned contents, are significant carriers of odor. Our crews collect and bag these items, removing them and their smell from the house.

Sealing of Surfaces

Sometimes odors, linked to the soot, are ground into surfaces. If staining remains, our crews arrange for priming and repainting or refinishing of surfaces. This action can seal the odors inside. Sealing is also used as an odor-eliminating strategy on its own. 

What if Cleaning Up Still Permits Odor to Permeate?

When odors survive even thorough, professional cleaning, our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) turn to advanced technologies. As an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified firm, we continually monitor innovative deodorization equipment and techniques. We work through options until one works for your property.

Thermal Fogging

Deodorants are combusted, replicating the conditions of the fire, and fogged into odiferous spaces. The deodorant particles seek out the soot, pairing with the odor bearing particles and neutralizing them.

Hydroxyl Generators

This specialized machine creates reactive hydroxyl molecules that can convert the contaminants into harmless, non-odiferous compounds. It is safe to operate this equipment around people and pets. 

Why is SERVPRO of Augusta the fire damage and odor restoration leader in our region? Contact us at (706) 750-0200 to discuss the options we can offer. 

What Can I Expect During Professional Drying Services After Water Damage in Augusta?

5/17/2020 (Permalink)

Removing Lingering Moisture from Your Augusta Home’s Structure Is a SERVPRO Specialty

When pipes burst or appliances malfunction, water spreads far from the place of the breakage throughout your home. Once pumping and extraction remove standing fluids, work still must be done. Permeable building materials abound in homes, and these materials absorb the water as it flows over surfaces and seeps into cracks and joints.

Why Are Active Drying Strategies Necessary?

If the water damage in your Augusta home incompletely resolves because moisture remains in building materials, the following can happen:

    •    Drywall crumbles
    •    Ceilings bulge and sag
    •    Paint blisters and wallpaper peels
    •    Carpets stretch, tear, and delaminate
    •    Hardwood floors warp, crown, cup, and buckle
    •    Laminate floors disintegrate
    •    Wooden framing distorts and weakens and metal fasteners rust

The disruption, time, and expense needed to bring your dwelling back to preloss condition multiply without drying. The damage can become permanent, risking all you invested in your home.

What Steps Are Next to Plan for Structural Drying?

The SERVPRO crew uses our training in reading temperature fluctuation to locate water with thermal imaging cameras, and employ moisture detectors and meters to help outline the perimeter of the water incursion and the severity of moisture intrusion. Data gathered by this methodology and comparative testing in unaffected areas of your home form the baseline for our drying goals.

What Does Drying Look Like?

We position air movers strategically near the wet materials. The equipment never aims directly at a surface to avoid inadvertently increasing the moisture load from the humid air. Heaters accelerate the process, achieving a balance of dry, warmer air to encourage the evaporation of water out of structures. Removal of the water vapor by dehumidifiers permits more moisture to move into the air until the levels reach those of the unaffected spaces in your home.

The trained and experienced crews of SERVPRO of Augusta are structural drying experts. Set up an assessment as soon as possible after the discovery of water damage. Contact us at (706) 750-0200.

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Commercial Water Cleanup in Your Augusta Office Building

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

leak caused major flooding Call SERVPRO for water cleanup services and restoration work that helps keep your business running smoothly.

Broken Feed Lines to Your Lobby’s Drinking Fountain Mean Commercial Water Cleanup in Your Augusta Office Building

Although water fountains use much less pressure than in many other locations, a break in a feed line can soak floors, especially if several hours pass before someone notices a problem. When employees walk into work in the morning, not expecting a slippery floor, accidents can happen. Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common in Augusta, making it crucial that you eliminate such situations as quickly as possible.

Mopping the area makes walkways safer in your business, but commercial water cleanup in Augusta ensures that damage affecting your property stops spreading. Water can damage flooring of all types, including polished stone, if cleanup and removal are delayed.

Damage prevented by prompt water cleanup by qualified mitigation technicians ranges from:
    •    Mold and mildew
    •    The development of odors
    •    Grout deterioration to
    •    Dissolving glue under thinner carpets

Our technicians’ Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training includes prevention of damage through cleanup and other mitigative work. We want to reduce as much damage as possible, as well as the possibility of future damage from developing from an invasive water incident.

Water cleanup tasks, starting with removing visible moisture, then any trapped water, keeps your office suites from experiencing additional problems. Microscopic organisms can begin thriving in slightly damp areas of any size, including the tiny pores in stone or within the adhesive used in other flooring. Odors can begin appearing with or without microbial growth and can occur with almost any flooring. Tile floors might become loose, slip out of place, and breakage can result. Glue is often used under thinner carpets in commercial settings, and this can dissolve when exposed to water. Linoleum sheets can experience the same issue, with bubbling appearing on the surface.

Our expert crew can mitigate these situations for you in an efficient, cost-effective manner that leaves your property protected. Call SERVPRO of Augusta at (706) 750-0200 for water cleanup services and restoration work that helps keep your business running smoothly.

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