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Fire Damage Restoration In Your Augusta Home

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property Kitchen fires require technical understanding as well as professional know-how to mitigate and restore.

Grease Fire Damage Restoration for Augusta Residents

Cooking fires are among the most common cause of the fire, accounting for 44% of all residential fires in the US. These usually occur from grease or animal fats, which ignite rapidly and can be very difficult to smother before extensive harm. Avoiding kitchen fires involves keeping an eye on high fatty products such as bacon throughout cooking. You may also want to clean pots, pans, and the walls or shelving directly above your stove to prevent the buildup of grease- which can become additional fuel when pans catch fire. If you witness a pan catching fire, turn off the heat and smother it immediately using a metal lid to cut off oxygen.

Responding quickly can help to reduce fire damage in your Augusta home, but it does not prevent it altogether. Typically the countertops remain safe from harm while cabinets directly above the stove and ceiling suffer massive amounts of smoke damages. It is not uncommon for wooden cabinets directly above the furnace to become so severely charred that removal and replacement of the door or assembly entirely are necessary. Fire and smoke damage restoration technicians (FRST) of SERVPRO are qualified to assess which items in your kitchen are salvageable.

Extinguishing a fire is just the first step in your home's recovery process. At this stage, it is vital to avoid introducing water to the affected area. Grease-based soiling does not respond well to water, and you may end up spreading soots or setting them into the surfaces you are trying to clean. Opening windows can help to ventilate some odors while placing sheets or old fabrics over the countertops, and on the floor underneath the ceiling, soiling can help to prevent falling soots from causing additional harm. SERVPRO technicians use pre-testing materials to assess the PH balance of soots or smoke residue to determine the correct cleaning method.

There may be some removal of kitchen components during the restoration procedure. In flash fires like this, there is a chance that the enamel of upper cabinets melts, leaving exposing the wood behind. Exposing the wood can lead to severe charring, in which case the assembly needs removal and replacement. In some situations, a SERVPRO technician can apply water pressure or soda blasting to the affected surface and refinish it to a good standard.

Kitchen fires require technical understanding as well as professional know-how to mitigate and restore. Contact SERVPRO of Augusta at (706) 750-0200.

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Protecting Your Anoka Home After Storm Damage and Flooding

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

A tree laying on the roof of a home. When you have storm damage to your Anoka home, the home will need to be protected from all elements.

Let us break down some of the ways to protect your Anoka home from storm damage.

There are many steps that our SERVPRO team can take to protect your home after a destructive storm passes through Grovetown. With many homes that can become structurally damaged by powerful weather events, how our professionals manage multiple job sites in the same region is a defining trait of our years of service. Intense storms can uproot trees and circulate debris at high velocities, which can cripple structural elements under the right conditions, break windows, or destroy siding or roofs.  

Because torrential rains accompany severe weather events, storm and flood damage in Grovetown homes happen simultaneously. Addressing these emergencies involves a collective effort between the licensed general contractors of our team and our certified water restoration specialists. Addressing any structural breaches must happen first, and that is what makes the emergency services our technicians and contractors provide so vital to flood recovery. Starting immediately upon arrival, our team can work to tarp compromised roofing, board up missing windows and holes in the structure, and start tree removal. 

Tarping the Roof 

A common structural concern during destructive weather events is the roof. When holes exist, or any underlayment becomes exposed, water can find its way into the house. Tarping up the roof involves fitting a tarp over the compromised regions of the roof and securing it in place with pieces of wood. This process can prevent water penetration until mitigation completes, and full build back can begin. 

Board Up Services 

Board-up serves two specific purposes: it seals off the inside from external exposures of further water intrusion, cold weather, or other threats. Also, sealing up broken windows prevents creatures from getting into the house when it is vulnerable. Board up is another immediate service that can happen when our contractors arrive at the house and perform the necessary threat assessments. 

Tree Removal 

Our in-house general contractors are also licensed to safely and effectively remove trees from the property once storms have dropped them. Even those that have broken through the house, we have more than 150 years of combined experience to cut the tree into manageable portions and remove it from the area so that full-scale build back can start after extraction and drying of the flood effects. 

We have the experience and the training to address pressing flood and structural concerns when we first arrive at damaged homes. Our SERVPRO of Augusta team can help you however you need by calling (706) 750-0200. 

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Our Experts Discuss How Flooding Can Lead To Hazards In Your Augusta Home

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

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Natural Augusta Flooding Can Lead to Home Hazards

Assessing the risks and potential hazards present in Augusta homes after flooding is a vital step to beginning mitigation and emergency services as promptly as possible. As challenging as natural disasters like this can become, understanding the threats and how to manage these situations can make for safer cleaning and recovery of a household with less potential for continued damages or health concerns.

Part of keeping your family safe, as well as our SERVPRO technicians, begins with understanding what to expect from flood damage in Augusta homes. The first threat that homes and their occupants face after natural flooding disasters is the deterioration of construction materials. Ceiling tiles, insulation, drywall, flooring, and other materials are all at risk for weakening and eventual collapse when prolonged saturation occurs. Absorption by porous drywall and ceiling materials can begin immediately, allowing these areas to structurally fail in as little as 24 hours in some situations.

Electric shock is another concern for our team as well as anyone who might remain exposed to standing water in the structure. Active power supplies to the residence do not always trip or disconnect when exposed to rising water. Though many homes have a failsafe installed with the electrical system to mostly prevent electrified standing water and shock risks in these situations, older homes do not have these outlets, fixtures, and preventative measures. It is vital when the potential exists for these dangers that electrical service is temporarily severed.

With natural flooding scenarios, contamination is another concern that our SERVPRO team must know how to address promptly. Because of substances, bacteria, and other threats that could exist in moving water as it finds its way to your house, natural flooding situations must get treated as health threats to those exposed. While much of the exposed materials must get removed and later replaced, we have potent disinfectants, antimicrobial sprays, and biocides to treat and protect structural elements and frameworks that can remain.

Assessing risks and threats after flooding is a vital element of the restoration process for our SERVPRO of Augusta team and our customers. We can utilize efficient drying and cleaning approaches to restore your flooded home as quickly as we can. Give our technicians a call whenever disasters strike at (706) 750-0200.

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We Get You Back In Business In Martinez After A Water Damage Disaster

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment drying the floor in this room after a water damage disaster We provided water extraction and dried the damaged floor covering so the subfloor could dry completely.

Why Professional Commercial Water Cleanup is a Must for Martinez Properties

Many buildings employ professional janitorial services for the routine upkeep and cleaning of the property. When situations happen that need commercial water cleanup, the job may be more significant than the scope of service your regular clean up crew can handle.

The type of commercial water cleanup Martinez business properties choose to use can affect the outcome of their structure and contents from water loss. Incomplete removal of moisture leaves the property open for a range of issues from softened, warped sheetrock, loose tiles, or mold.

Water Removal Makes the Difference

While your janitorial service may have wet/dry vacuums, it cannot compare to the diverse array of extraction equipment used by SERVPRO. The technicians arrive on-site with everything needed for the job in their green service vans, including generators, if power is out at the location. The portable pumps, submersibles, and truck-mounted units in cases of a wide area of water damage, make fast work of extraction of the moisture from the structure.

Professional Drying Equipment

SERVPRO uses air movers that blow as high velocity and work to pull embedded moisture to the surface where their dehumidification equipment removes it and ports it off-site. Even large-sized industrial fans cannot match the drying power. Careful monitoring of ambient humidity ensures that the area dries completely. In cases where they need to dry behind walls or under floors, the use of specialized equipment such as drying mats or the Injecti-Dry to force large quantities of air into wall cavities.

Option for Deep Cleaning

The technicians wipe down surfaces with their cleaning agents, including antimicrobial solutions, but also offer a deep-cleaning service that cleans and sanitizes building above and beyond what the standard janitorial service does. Even when water loss is not an issue, it is a good idea to get the office deep-cleaned at least once a year. The final element of restoration involves ensuring the office smells as fresh and clean as it looks. The techs perform any needed odor control applications to remove any residual musty odors left behind.

SERVPRO of Augusta at (706) 750-0200 when your property requires commercial water cleanup. The technicians have the skills and equipment to make the water loss "Like it never even happened."

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Fires Damage in Martinez is Stressful. Let SERVPRO Handle the Cleanup and Restoration Process for You

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damaged Foyer Even a small fire can do a lot of damage. SERVPRO of Augusta has the know-how to restore your home. Call us today!

Taking Care of Complexities During Fire Damage Cleanup in Martinez Homes

When we receive notification from a distraught property owner regarding a fire damage incident, we collect as much information as possible about it. Our customer service team can ask you several questions to gauge the intensity of the disaster at your residence, such as what time the fire occurred, what caused it, and if you have tried to do any cleanup after the incident.

After the call, our SERVPRO fire restoration crew can arrive at your property within an hour to evaluate the fire damage in your Martinez home. We can then take the necessary steps to restore the property to its pre-fire damage condition. Quickly beginning the cleanup process can prevent smoke residues, water, and soot from causing additional damage to your belongings and home.

As fire restoration experts, we know the guidelines to follow when restoring your home so we can achieve the desired results. Some factors can create complexities that can affect the restoration procedure. For instance, air currents can create problems that affect the proper dispersal of deodorizing sprays. To prevent this problem, our technicians can block off air current paths such as doors, windows, and vents so that deodorizers get to the intended surfaces.

When restoring a fire-damaged home, getting rid of smoke residues is essential. When the smoke settles on surfaces as a residue, it is known as soot. Soot residues may contain various kinds of acids because the sulfides and chlorides in smoke mix with moisture or with the humidity in the air to form acids. If acidic residues remain on materials for extended periods, they can cause corrosion and discoloration. Our SERVPRO team can use tools like dry cleaning sponges to remove the smoke residues. Our restorers can also agitate items such as drapes and upholstered fabrics to remove smoke particles.

The fire may have affected the masonry surfaces of your property, such as brick, fieldstone, and cinder block. If that is the case, we can use the right cleaning products and techniques to clean them. For instance, the materials found in fieldstone might react with cleaning products, and the reaction may cause a change in the stone’s color. By identifying the affected masonry surface correctly, our crew can choose a product that can clean the particular surface effectively.

We complete the fire damage repair according to the set timelines. After completing the restoration process, we allow property owners to conduct a walkthrough and check if we have completed the restoration work as required.

If you are dealing with a fire loss in your Martinez or Grovetown home, SERVPRO of Augusta can help. Contact us at (706) 750-0200 for quick restoration. We can handle the damage effectively to make it seem, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Discuss Our Drying Goals During The Water Damage Restoration Process In Augusta

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Drying Goals During Water Removal In Your Augusta Area Home

Water damage technicians create a drying goal during your Augusta home’s initial assessment. The drying goal should indicate the condition of materials and contents once restored to their natural preloss dryness. Qualified technicians should always monitor the drying process to determine if current procedures remain in-line with any established goals.

A drying goal for water removal in your Augusta area property is the intended result in affected areas after completing restoration services. Our technicians use years of experience, training, and advanced equipment to provide moisture content readings from dry, unaffected contents, and structure — readings in percentage for wood materials, and readings in points for non-wood materials.

SERVPRO technicians use drier air to increase the rate of evaporation while performing water removal services on your property – drier air means air with low humidity. A relative humidity (RH) of less than 40% is within the normal range for performing an effective drying solution. RH under 40% typically tells us that the air is dry and thirsty, allowing it to pull more water from wet materials within the affected area.

While measurements for RH does not guarantee that your structure is dry, reaching a low RH ensures that humidity within the affected area is decreasing. To determine whether the area is dry, SERVPRO technicians take specific humidity readings of the affected areas; these readings should match those taken in unaffected areas. We use moisture meters to measure the moisture content of wet materials found in your home.

SERVPRO water removal technicians set moisture content goals on a per-item basis – after establishing a drying standard and recording typical equilibrium moisture content (EMC). The dry standard is a moisture content reading taken from dry materials of the same type found in unaffected areas. We establish a dry standard or use a typical EMC of a material as a goal.  Once the readings match, the drying process is complete.

Contact SERVPRO of Augusta for access to full-service water removal, cleanup, and restoration services, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. We are proud to provide quality solutions throughout Martinez, Grovetown, and surrounding areas. Call (706) 750-0200.

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Seasonal Storms Can Spell Trouble For Your Martinez Home

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in home after a storm Contact us round the clock at (706) 750-0200 to schedule an assessment and get the recovery going.

Seasonal Storms Challenge Martinez Homeowners with Flood Damage

Recent tropical storms making landfall from the Gulf are a clear reminder of the exposure to flooding these weather patterns bring to Martinez. High winds and torrential rains pounding down increase the likelihood that water enters your home from overland flooding, seepage from saturated ground, or exterior damage. You need help with everything from securing your property to water removal to structural drying to disinfection and deodorization. Our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained team can help.

Contamination Risk High with Flooding
When several inches of waterfall in a short period in Martinez, flood damage is often a consequence. Backups from your sewage waste pipes and overland flooding bring a host of contaminants into your home, including blood and fecal borne pathogens, chemicals, animal and industrial waste, and other debris. If floodwaters collect because of exterior damage, the rainwater flows across and down walls and floors, also pouring through building cavities before rising in your lower levels. The relatively clean rainwater picks up many residues on its journey inside your dwelling, adding to other hazardous substances.

Professional Containment and Lawful Disposal
When the SERVPRO team arrives, crew members begin tarping and boarding up exterior damage. Meanwhile, an experienced project manager evaluates the damage, including an assessment of whether the water needs containment and disposal following local hazardous waste regulations. Our technicians are familiar with efficient methods for capturing contaminated water using submersible pumps and extractors. We are current on the protocols for disposal, ensuring your job is handled as required by law.

The Three “Ds” -- Disinfection, Drying, and Deodorization
After through extraction of floodwaters, including detection and release of fluids hidden in building cavities, SERVPRO employees clean and disinfect affected spaces. EPA-registered products ensure appropriate kill rates and dwell times for the broad range of pathogens remaining after the evacuation of floodwaters. Moisture level data helps determine drying goals, and we monitor the reduction in absorbed water as air movers and heaters accelerate evaporation. Dehumidifiers capture water vapor for disposal. Our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) work through a broad range of strategies to remove any lingering odors, including the use of enzyme products and hydroxyl generators that neutralize rather than mask smells.

SERVPRO of Augusta is ready to partner with you when stormy skies turn into flooded spaces in your home. Contact us round the clock at (706) 750-0200 to schedule an assessment and get the recovery going.

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When Augusta Hospitals Experience a Water Loss Event

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

hallway of commercial building with SERVPRO equipment Did your commercial property experience a water loss incident? SERVPRO is always on call and has the equipment to restore your building quickly.

Large Loss Water Restoration for Sprawling Augusta Properties 

As a large loss provider to the Augusta area, we have many massive commercial structures that depend on us to address widespread water loss incidents. From smaller-scale situations that require minimal equipment usage to large losses, our SERVPRO professionals answer the call 24/7 to begin protecting your structure, its occupants, and the investment in contents within the building. This need is especially critical when medical facilities fall victim to water loss scenarios. 

There are numerous advantages to being part of a large loss service provider, and that covers every recovery aspect from content management to water removal for Augusta hospitals. We can immediately begin restoration of large facilities like this in our service region because we have the full support of the nearby branches of our brand to help fill in our ranks and inventory shortcomings when considerable loss incidents occur. Large loss teams benefit medical facilities in several specific ways. 

Drying and Extraction Equipment 

The primary advantage of our involvement with a Large Loss Response Team is the combined available inventories of all SERVPRO branches working on this single task. From providing hundreds of air movers and dehumidifiers to an equal volume of premier extraction tools, we can meet the demands of even substantial water loss incidents affecting multiple wings or floors of your area facility.

Full Restoration Technician Support 

Each component of the broader response team has accreditations with various restoration niches through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) This much more extensive roster of qualified professionals can address nearly any obstacle in the hospital or sizable public structure, from drying and extraction to coordinating the movement of patients or equipment when necessary.

Reduction in Overall Damage and Restoration Cost 

Because of our fast and sufficient response to the current damage, we can reduce the migration of water loss effects and protect your facility and its management from incurring higher restoration or later reconstruction costs. 

We know how dangerous and threatening disasters in a hospital can be for both patients and staff, so our SERVPRO of Augusta team is ready and able to help 24/7. If you want to make even large loss scenarios, “Like it never even happened.” give us a call today at (706) 750-0200.

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Proof that SERVPRO is Exactly the Remediation Company in Augusta That You Are Looking For

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

man with buckets trying to contain water leaking When water damage happens to your home, it can feel overwhelming. Contact our friendly and knowledgeable team right away.

Why Should You Handle Your Remediation Process in Augusta Alone?

We are not a team of restoration professionals that can knowingly provide subpar services to Augusta home and business owners amid a crisis. Where many restoration services might gouge you in your time of need, or team wants to help you get your home back to preloss condition quickly. We showcase this in our talent acquisition and retention, as we have more than 150 years of combined experience in the restoration fields. We work to provide a ‘Level 10’ mentality that goes the extra mile for our customers, and that is why our team has acquired more than 1000 highly positive reviews about our service online.

Storm

While we might not be the only game in town when it comes to storm damage recovery in Augusta, we are a team that can offer a truly comprehensive experience beginning the moment that you reach out with our emergency line. We have fast responding technicians that can identify the threats to your property immediately and take the necessary precautions to best protect your home and its occupants from further damage. Our fast and thorough inspection of the storm damage can ensure that the right mitigation steps get taken quickly.

Because our team has become rounded off with a full-service contracting division, we can offer Augusta properties recovery solutions that exceed their expectations. Keeping restoration and build back all in-house reduces both cost and time to complete. This same dedicated team of professionals helped our customers and others throughout neighboring regions through the devastation that hurricanes Harvey, Florence, and Michael left behind.

Storms can quickly threaten Augusta homes with little warning, leaving many property owners contending with the devastation of flooding. Our technicians have accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in water restoration, structural drying, and even mold remediation to help address the hurdles that often accompany severe water loss incidents.

Mold

Lingering moisture after the storm events that can threaten the area, elevated relative humidity (RH) or inadequately dried water damage can lead to mold growth in Augusta homes. As detrimental as this situation can become, if discovered early enough, it does not have to reach the point of getting out of control. We have a full division of qualified IICRC-Certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) to help with practical approaches designed to preserve the damaged material beneath the colonies.

We have a full line of SERVPRO products that can help to address nearly all aspects of the presence of mold in your property. From deodorization to antimicrobial agents, we have potent botanical-based options that are safe on the environment, those exposed, and pets. These powerful products can eliminate spores on contact, reducing the concentration of these colony-forming microorganisms throughout your damaged Augusta home.

Mold damage to Augusta properties takes a toll on the homeowner and other occupants of the house, as it might get determined that the best solution is to vacate the property until the right remediation steps have completed to make the property safe for occupancy again. We understand that your family might become displaced by this disaster, so we work to deploy our HEPA filtering tools and media/soda blasting equipment to remove active colonization as promptly as we can.

Water

As much as we pride ourselves on having more than 150 years of combined experience in all niches of the restoration industry, perhaps an even more significant accomplishment is our more than 60 years of combined experience in the water restoration niches alone. With water recovery being an everyday staple to the work that we do for Augusta home and business owners, having an experienced team of professionals ready to mobilize quickly can save you time and money.

We do not cut corners when it comes to restoring the water damage in Augusta homes, and that starts with having advanced equipment and products that can help through every phase of recovery. With commercial drying equipment like our hundreds of air movers and dozens of desiccant dehumidifiers, we can quickly reduce humidity and moisture levels within a home to manageable parameters. The sooner we can get these levels under control, the less persistent damage a property endures, and the less likely secondary effects like mold growth could occur.

Being a respected name in restoration services begins with being there for Augusta homeowners when they need us the most. No disaster strikes at a convenient time, and that is why our production vehicles stay stocked with extractors, drying equipment, and cleaning products 24/7 so that we can mobilize quickly when a customer or insurance company calls our emergency line about a loss incident.

Fire

We know how traumatic fire loss situations can be for Augusta home and business owners, and that is why our SERVPRO team gets trained to address as many of the effects and cleaning procedures as possible on-site. Not only does this showcase our ability to manage losses that can occur, but it also limits the time that our customers have to wait for contents to get returned to their property following the completion of mitigation.

Successful on-site content cleaning for your Augusta home often involves the use of sophisticated equipment like our Esporta Wash System. This unit is a gentler automated cleaning machine that can remove sediment, debris, and contaminants from soft materials and textiles in a fire-damaged property. The portability of the machine allows us to address even widespread concerns without having to pack-out materials to our nearby facility.

We also have capable equipment for deodorization and solvents and detergents for cleaning residues and sediment left behind after fire losses. We have a full-service contracting division that can handle debris removal and controlled demolition during mitigation. Our removal of soot residue protects the affected material from the acidic composition of these carcinogens, and with tools like chemical sponges, we can make fire losses “Like it never even happened” for Augusta homes.

We know how quickly all disasters can leave your home looking far from ordinary. Our prompt response to every emergency can help. We have IICRC-certified technicians accredited in every niche of the restoration industry, and our SERVPRO of Augusta team is ready to help whenever you need it. Give us a call anytime at (706) 750-0200.

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Grovetown Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Air movers, hoses, and dehumidifiers in the lobby of a commercial building Big Water Loss or Small Water Loss--SERVPRO Has the Equipment for Recovery in Grovetown

Water Damaged Walls in Your Grovetown Home?  (CHANGED YOUR TITLE)

When your walls are wet, there is a clear warning sign of damage. Water cleanup services extract water quickly to reduce the risk of structural damage. Sheetrock absorbs and reacts to water in different ways, and it is essential to know what to do when your walls have been damaged by water.

Before starting the SERVPRO process of water cleanup in your Grovetown home, it might be useful to learn how drywall responds to water. When damage has occurred, water has wicked up into the cardboard backing, a cellulose (wood) product. The wall can continue to absorb water until the integrity of the structure is at risk. Typically, the damage is only cosmetic, and with drying the building material can be salvaged. If the sheetrock panels are crumbling or beyond salvaging, we can perform a "flood cut," a controlled demolition of the lower portion of the wall. This cut is done several inches above the water mark.

After cutting off all sources of water into the home that are creating the spillage, the water cleanup and drying process can begin. SERVPRO deploys advanced drying equipment and techniques no matter how big or small the size of your spill is. Of course, this may mean simply a mop and bucket. Water can get into the walls cavities for a variety of reasons, and knowing the source can mitigate damage to the unaffected areas of the structure.

Some common reasons for water damage in the walls include:

- Burst or leaky pipe

- Water intrusion from the roof

- Water incursion from the crawlspace

- Faulty appliance

- Broken HVAC unit

Each instance of water damage is different. SERVPRO IICRC Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification technicians can use best practices to minimize the harm to your home, contents, and personal possessions.

The drying process requires patience and the strategic placement of dehumidifiers and industrial-grade air movers to remove the moisture remaining after our wet vacs and extractors have eliminated any pooling water. We monitor this service with moisture meters and infrared camera imagery to ensure that standard moisture content levels have been restored to the previously wet materials.

Avoid costly repairs to your walls, and contact SERVPRO of Augusta at (706) 750-0200 for quick and efficient water cleanup services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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