Recent Storm Damage Posts

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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How Long is It Safe to Wait for Flood Restoration in My Augusta Home?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

house flooded after a storm Flooding can be a substantial obstacle to overcome on your own, but with our SERVPRO team, you do not have to face it alone.

After a Flood in Augusta, Damage Can Continually Worsen – Our SERVPRO Team Can Respond Fast to Help

The sooner you can get professionals responding to a flood loss in your home, the better. For flooding, there are no scenarios where damages can improve on their own, and migrating conditions can make structural degradation and deterioration worse on those that do not choose to act immediately after a disaster.

While there are many levels of flood damage for Augusta homes, how these effects get addressed relates directly to the prompt response and available equipment of our SERVPRO team. With advanced technologies and cutting-edge tools, we can offer an efficient extraction and cleaning of the property with the appropriate care and consideration that you would put into the restoration on your own.

What Services Does My House Need After a Flood?
Seeing your home post-flooding can be overwhelming. With a growing list of needs for the property to look and feel like it used to, our professionals must get there quickly to begin some of the vital mitigation tasks. While every property is different, these are some of the areas where you can expect some degree of activity after a flooding disaster:

    •    Muck-Out – Much like fire losses, debris removal is a vital element to the earliest effort in restoring your property. Muck-out removes most of the mud and debris that can collect after natural flooding and reduces the potential for bacterial threats or other contaminants.
    •    Extraction – By removing surface water as efficiently as possible, our technicians can inspect exposed materials and contents much sooner to determine what is salvageable. Extraction is also a vital step before successful drying.
    •    Surface Cleaning – Residues and soiling can be a common threat with materials that were directly exposed to natural floodwater. Between water-based solvents and chlorines, we can clean and disinfect many areas impacted by flooding.
    •    Controlled Demolition – Controlled demolition is one of the unfortunate staples after natural flooding occurs. Because water gets considered contaminated, there is no other choice but to remove exposed areas of the house and replace them.
    •    Drying – There are many tools and technologies that are part of drying your home after a flood. Air movers and dehumidifiers might be at the heart of this effort, but there are also specialty tools like floor mat drying systems and weighted extractors to help.
    •    Reconstruction – Much like controlled demolition is a necessity after many natural drying situations, the build back of these removed areas falls to the capable hands of our licensed residential contractors.

Why Is Professional Restoration a Wise Choice?
It is not uncommon for homeowners to consider the possibility of DIY restoration, but this is often a mistake. With migrating water, you might not always know where the damage has traveled to and how bad the situation is without our detection devices and technologies. Also, professional restorers like us offer:

    •    Efficiency
    •    Cutting-Edge Equipment
    •    Work with Your Insurance Company
    •    Experienced Inspections for Accurate Estimations
    •    Modern Practices and Training

How Can My Belongings Get Protected from Flood Exposure?
Content management is not one of the things that most homeowners consider even right after a disaster has taken place. Our professionals always have your belongings and best interests, guiding all of the choices that we make, and that is why we have such a dedicated content management team to assess potential damages and determine the best restorative solution. These include:

    •    On-Site Relocation – By moving your belongings to a different place within the same structure, it remains accessible to the occupants of the house should that be necessary. This solution only works when these contents are not compromised and do not require focused cleaning efforts.
    •    Containment Barriers – By establishing containment barriers to create a drying zone for our technicians to work in, we also close out the contents that might have later gotten exposed to migrating conditions. If cleaning is necessary, this can happen where the contents are when barriers protect these items from continued damage.
    •    Pack-Out Procedure – One of the unique features of our SERVPRO team is the warehouse facility that we use to clean and restore damaged belongings from a fire. At our building, our content management team can focus on surface cleaning, deodorization, and climate-controlled storage to keep your possessions safe until restoration completes.

Flooding can be a substantial obstacle to overcome on your own, but with our SERVPRO of Augusta team, you do not have to face it alone. We have skilled technicians and advanced equipment to make flood losses “Like it never even happened.” Give our technicians a call today at (706) 750-0200.

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Become Familiar with Flood Damage Remediation Success in Augusta

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

"Flood Damage" Don’t let floodwaters sit for too long in your home causing extended damage. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation efforts.

Crucial Steps that Help Manage Storm Flood Damage Incidents in Augusta

Getting caught up in a storm is never a pleasant experience. When the rains, wind, and groundwater stops flowing, you may be happy that the worst is over, but in many cases, it is the beginning of a tiresome recovery process. Focusing on completing some steps during the restoration of storm flood damage ensures the recovery process achieves the desired goals.

Thorough Water Extraction

Water intrusion into unwanted areas during storm flood damage incidents in Augusta is the main problem many homeowners face. Complete restoration is only possible after removing all the water. Removal can be complicated by issues such as the volume of water involved, presence of residues in the water, and intrusion into concealed areas. Our SERVPRO technicians use different resources to address these issues. We have pumps with a significant lift capacity to expedite removal. We also have trash pumps that can remove water with solids.

Demolition to Reach Hidden Areas

Various assemblies around the house can hold the stormwater after the initial intrusion. The main problem areas include wall base areas, stairs, flooring, voids, and built-in fixtures. Removing some construction components in such areas helps create the necessary access to extract water and clean any soiling left by the stormwater. Our SERVPRO technicians have the necessary building skills and tools to disassemble constructions around your house without causing unnecessary damages.

Decontaminating Non-Porous Surfaces

Contamination is a common outcome of storm flood damage, especially when intrusion involves groundwater. Even in other cases, there is a need to address contamination since microbial growth happens in stagnant water given sufficient time. Our SERVPRO technicians use disinfectants and antimicrobial agents during the cleaning process to decontaminate non-porous surfaces. We also use luminometers to check for contaminant remnants on cleaned surfaces.

Storms lead to several inconveniences, but a proper response helps manage the damage. Call SERVPRO of Augusta at (706) 750-0200 to help clean up, decontaminate and dry your home, eliminating all traces of the incident, "Like it never even happened."

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Augusta Groundwater Storm Damage and the SERVPRO Methods of Restoration

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

injecti-dry gear with hoses in wall at baseboard SERVPRO Provides the Advanced Equipment Like an Injecti-Dry System and Skilled Technicians to Mitigate Augusta Area Storm Damage

SERVPRO Offers Specialized Solutions for Flood Damage in Your Augusta Residence

Whenever a disaster strikes in Augusta, how the flood damage is assessed in the hours following the event is crucial. During this time, action must be taken to not only ensure safety but also to minimize the costs involved for repair and restoration. Hiring professionals is an excellent way to ensure you embark on the right path to get your home back to normal.

Calling the experts for cleaning and repairing your home after flood damage in Augusta gets you started in the right direction. Some homeowners may think that water removal and cleaning is easy, but each situation presents a unique set of challenges that only the professionals know how to address.

Did you know that the type of paint used throughout your home plays a part in the handling of your flood loss situation? SERVPRO technicians understand the differences in paint and how it can impact the cleanup process. For example, water vapors pass, and water molecules wick faster through flat paint than semi-gloss paint. Depending on the finish in your home, drying behind cabinets, under flooring, or behind walls can take more time.

To allow air to circulate throughout wall cavities, SERVPRO technicians drill small, strategically placed holes. As Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD), our SERVPRO team employs multiple drying methods to get the job done. Wherever there is a vapor barrier, such as a vinyl wall covering, water gets trapped behind the walls. Our technicians can take off the baseboards and drilling holes to make sure that all cavities get dried thoroughly to eliminate all hidden moisture. The small drilled “weep holes” can be connected with tubing from an injecti-dry system. This can force in warm air to facilitate the rate of evaporation while also expelling liquid and moisture from the cavities to the environment. From there, dehumidifiers can capture and condense the airborne water molecules.

Floodwater of any kind comes with debris and bacteria. SERVPRO technicians extract all water from the impacted area and then utilize specialized cleaners to disinfect and make the space livable once again. We must go through each step to ensure it seems, “Like it never even happened.”

Remember to check your insurance for flood coverage, if you have not yet done this. We can help with the claims paperwork to help relieve your stress in this difficult time.

Do you need help with flood damage? You can reach us at SERVPRO of Augusta 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency service. Give us a call at (706) 750-0200, and we can send a team out to start right away.

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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Seasonal Storms Can Spell Trouble For Your Martinez Home

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

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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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Sustained Summer Storms Mean Augusta Flood Damage

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Augusta Homeowners Clammer for SERVPRO to Rescue Their Flood-Damaged Properties!

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Advanced Equipment for Flood Water Removal in Augusta Homes and Businesses

SERVPRO Handles Heavy Flood Damage in Augusta Homes

When flood damage occurs in a home, the faster the removal of the water, the less the potential for loss. It is suggested that immediate professional cleanup can mitigate the damages exponentially.

Our SERVPRO location handled flood damage to an Augusta home after a heavy rain that encompassed much of the first floor. Groundwater entering a home is a category 3 or black water event and carries a rating as a biohazard for cleanup. Contaminated water can contain chemicals, pesticides, debris, vegetation, pathogens, and fecal matter.

The homeowner advised our emergency response team before arrival on site that the electricity was off in the home, so we brought our generators to power our equipment for the mitigation. There was little standing water left on the property, but the carpeting in all rooms retained water and were too heavy to move without extraction to lighten them. These contaminated porous floor coverings were not salvageable, and we discarded them. We also removed other affected contents in the home that were not restorable due to exposure to black water.

Once we removed the water from the flooring, we measured how far up into the sheetrock the moisture wicked and we cut about six inches above the waterline using a controlled demolition technique known as "flood cuts." This action allowed a more substantial amount of airflow into the wall cavity, so complete drying occurred more rapidly.

Mold is a significant concern after damage from flooding in a home. One of the ways we inhibit mold growth is to set a drying goal for the water loss areas between 40% to 50% humidity. Thus, the moisture content in the air does not support spore growth. When our technicians set up air movers in the home, we use the force of the air movers to pull any remaining moisture to the surface where it is then captured and ported away with dehumidifiers.

Once our detection equipment confirmed the attainment of drying goals, SERVPRO technicians cleaned, disinfected, and performed the necessary odor control procedures to get the property prepped for rebuilding. We then gave the homeowner and adjuster a record of the actions taken and a list of repairs and restorations needed to return the home to its preloss condition. Because our SERVPRO company offers full-service restoration and rebuilding with many contracting licenses, we can provide a seamless transition from water removal to a scenario "Like it never even happened."

We know flood damage is a stressful situation for any homeowner. Contact SERVPRO of Augusta at (706) 750-0200, and we can mitigate the loss and make your home whole again.

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After A Flood In Your Augusta Home Call Our Crew For Help!

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Regardless if you have recent or older damage from flooding, call us today at (706) 750-0200 to schedule a visit.

Remediating Flood Damage To Augusta Homes

Augusta is one of the most desirable and beautiful cities in the South. That location also leaves it vulnerable to flooding from hurricanes and other severe storms that strike our part of the state.

The first step in dealing with Augusta flood damage is to remove it immediately. SERVPRO response teams carry commercial grade pumps in every service vehicle so they can begin operation within minutes after arriving in the home. If the storm took down nearby power lines, we could also bring in a generator for continuous electric support.

Our teams can clear most homes in a day or two and then switch to smaller extraction devices to draw water out of carpets and the wood floors common to our area. Since floodwater contains outside soil and other contaminants, we cannot guarantee 100% success with cleaning efforts. Instead, technicians dispose of the carpets and carpet pads after extracting the water to make removal easier.

To preserve wood floors, SERVPRO technicians use a mild cleaning agent with an anti-bacterial chemical to eliminate the health threat while removing the contaminants. Next, they install exhaust fans to draw out the inside, damp air. That increases the rate of natural evaporation which helps dry the floorboards while reducing the risk of swelling, cracking, or splitting.

As they restore the floors, other team members remove the furniture for cleaning. They place everything up on pallets and blocks to allow water to drain. Technicians then place fans around the furniture and other affected items to increase air circulation and speed up the drying process. After increasing the airflow, they wipe down surfaces with a mild, anti-bacterial cleaner to remove contaminants that can penetrate veneer and paint to harm the wood underneath.

If the water rose high enough to affect upholstered items or curtains and drapes, they have more cleaning options. Technicians use cleaners and pump-up spray bottles to generate a foam which effectively cleans surfaces without further soaking property. For smaller water spots on covered sofas and chairs, team members can also use injectors to force cleaning agents directly into the fabric.

At SERVPRO of Augusta, our goal is to return each home to the same, beautiful condition owners enjoyed before the flood. Regardless if you have recent or older damage from flooding, call us today at (706) 750-0200 to schedule a visit. We are here for you.

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

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Call (706) 868-5441 for a fast assessment and professional flood remediation.

What To Expect From Professional Flood Damage Restoration Services In Augusta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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