Recent Water Damage Posts

How To Protect Your Augusta Home Against Rainwater

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Group of men top of a roof doing maintenance repairs Routine maintenance and repair work can help to extend the life of your roof and protect against damages from heavy rainfall and strong winds.

Waterproof the Exterior Of Your House 

At SERVPRO® of Augusta we understand that the aftermath of water damage is one of the most stressful things that a homeowner can experience. It can be a very big and expensive problem if not treated properly and in a timely fashion. The best way to deal with water damage is to stop it before it starts. The exterior of your house is the first line of defense against water damage.  

Maintain Your Roof 

The roof’s primary purpose is to keep water out of your shelter. Not making sure your roof is taken care of can lead to a host of problems- the worst being extensive water damage that could permanently damage the structure of your home.  Most roofs have a 20-30 year lifespan, however climate, weather conditions and even trees could cause damage to your shingles and create a leak. It’s best to periodically inspect your roof for damaged or missing shingles. Replacing compromised shingles is a quick and inexpensive fix that can extend the shelf life of your roof.  

Add Sealant to Your Windows And Doors  

Entryways to your house are common sites that promote water damage and leakage into the home. Water can seep through the cracks around your windows and doors if they aren’t properly secured. Instead of waiting on the leak to happen, go ahead and make sure these areas are weather-stripped and have fresh sealing. You can easily repair large cracks with insulating foam sealant or dd some caulking where the window meets the siding.  

Make Sure Your Home’s Exterior Is Protected  

If you’re spotting some signs of water damage on your interior walls but aren’t seeing a source of leakage, it’s highly likely that water is entering through holes in your exterior walls. If your siding or exterior paint aren’t well managed water could seep through inside your home. Common sidings such as stucco, aluminum siding or wood siding has to be painted in order to protect the home against water properly. Paint is more than a pretty feature, it seals your siding and protects your home from weather related issues.  

Making sure your gutters are properly functioning and aren’t clogged is also a huge part of protecting your home from water damage. If your gutters are full of leaves, sticks and pine needles or not angled correctly, water will be redirected down the side of your house and collect at the base of your home. Start by clearing out all the junk in your gutters and ensuring that they are not damaged.  

Correctly functioning gutters should send water through the downspout, which shoots water away from your home. When checking gutters make sure that your downspout extends far enough at the bottom to redirect the water drainage to a safe distance away from the base of your home.  

Pro Tip: Downspouts should direct water at least three feet from the exterior walls of your home.  

For emergency water services give us a call at 706-750-0200, we are Always Here To Help 24/7/365  

Smelling Musty Odors from Your Augusta Commercial Business?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO crew member in black shirt sprays antimicrobial to help prevent potential mold growth SERVPRO® crews regularly spray antimicrobial to help prevent potential mold growth.

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

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

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

Indications of A Past Water Issues

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

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

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

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

Suspect a Leak?

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

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How SERVPRO Can Help with a Suspected Water Leak Augusta

At SERVPRO® of Augusta, our crews and technicians have practically seen it all. From working under tight time frames to helping relators and homeowners at the closing table; to discretely managing large-loss water damage projects fulfilled to completion for government facilities. All projects are performed with service excellence. Our crews and technicians are trained and capable to handle any size loss, at any moment. As for your home, expect the best from our industry to rid you of a potential headache.

Understand what is key to restoring your home – Quickly!

Having a knowledgeable team on your side. Being equipped with a team that can expertly walk you through the process of water damage mitigation is important. Without SERVPRO® and our expertise, calling a different restoration team to respond to your call can put your home at risk for secondary damages such as mold and rot.

Access to the best equipment to fit your water damage. Not only is a fast response time vital when dealing with a water damage but equally important is having the drying equipment ready to be placed after standing water is extracted. Without swift placement of drying equipment, you could incidentally open your home to potential secondary damages. Our crew chiefs and technicians are trained to follow a guided system of structure drying expectations.

Daily updates can help clarify where your home is at in the drying process. Experiencing a water damage in your home is always an unwanted disruption. Our goal is to make it known how efficiently your home is drying and what outside factors could affect the drying process. Great communication and transparency are key in hoping to give you peace of mind during the time of your water loss.

Need Help for Your Augusta Home Water Damage? Give us a call at 706-868-5441, or to Learn More about the Augusta Area – Click Here!

A Leaking Shower Can Spell Major Water Damage Issues For Your Augusta Home

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Man reading newspaper while water leaks A leak in your shower can affect other areas of your property. Don't let water take over your home, call SERVPRO for help.

Water Damage From Leaking Shower In Augusta Home

The two rooms in the residential properties that report the most water damage are the kitchen and bathroom. These are the areas of the property where appliances and activities that use water occur most. When a water damage event happens, professional mitigation must begin as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO responded to a call from an Augusta homeowner with water damage coming through the ceiling from the bathroom into the kitchen. Our technicians immediately began scoping the area to determine where the water had migrated. The kitchen was unaffected by the water and only needed surface cleaning. We quickly located the source of the leak was from a shower riser, the long pipe that reaches up to the showerhead. When the shower was in use, water ran down the pipe and was coming through the floor joists and dripping through the first-floor ceiling.

Our moisture detection equipment showed moisture retention in the floor joists between the first and second floors. We used portable pumps to extract as much moisture as possible from the floor and then drilled weep holes in the ceiling to let airflow within the floor joists thoroughly dry the affected areas.

Because our technicians possess certifications in the science of Applied Structural Drying, they know how to strategically set up a room for the quickest and most complete removal of excess moisture. Air movers were positioned both below to dry the ceiling and in the bathroom to direct air within the floor joists in the area of the leak. This setup enabled for complete removal of the collected moisture and inhibited the potential for mold.

SERVPRO of Augusta proudly serves the local area mitigating water damage and restoring homes to their preloss condition. Our local emergency response team is available when you need us 24/7 at (706) 750-0200 to make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Best Way to Get Water Out of Carpeting - SERVPRO® of Augusta Has the Answer

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

Air movers in hallways with green tape holding down cords to the floor. After a water damage, water is extracted and drying equipment is placed.

Have a Water Damage Emergency?

If you are currently experiencing a water loss at your Augusta business or home, it is crucial to extract the water and dry it immediately to escape further damage - Call 706-750-0200.

What is Extracting and Floating?

In simplest terms, extracting is the process of using equipment to physically remove water from a material or surface. Extracting is often used to control the environment after flooding, or from a water damage where there is unwanted, excess water in an area.

Our goal is always to try and salvage your carpeting instead of replacing – A tactic used for achieving this is through ‘Floating.’ Floating a carpet is attained through placing drying equipment and simultaneously drying the bottom of the carpeting, and top of the carpet pad.

When successfully removing water and moisture from carpeted areas, using multiple drying methods and industry-leading equipment helps to combat water damage and potential secondary damages such as microbial growth and subflooring issues. Salvaging carpet and carpet pad can be achieved through floating carpets with SERVPRO® air movers, monitoring the drying and drying times, and placing dehumidification equipment to help achieve faster drying.

What Type of Extraction Equipment?

Extraction is just one step in the crucial process towards protecting your Augusta home water loss. Different types of SERVPRO® extractors help to best protect your home or business:

  • 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.

In addition, after extracting water from carpets and carpet pads, SERVPRO® professionals can begin to place drying equipment to finish the drying process. Air movers and dehumidifiers are strategically placed in areas of need, and wet materials are removed.

For more information, please visit SERVPRO® of Augusta - or call us at 706-750-0200.

Augusta Ceiling and Wall Water Damage Cleanup

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

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24/7 help in Augusta is available from SERVPRO – Contact us for ceiling repairs from water damages and more!

Water damage is devastating to any Augusta property. When moisture meets your drywall or ceiling materials, it poses the threat of hidden dampness and mold and mildew growth potential. Ceiling leaks should get addressed as soon as possible, and our team at SERVPRO features skilled IICRC-certified technicians ready to help. 

Staining and water damage in Augusta can leave stains and damage to your walls, ceilings, and baseboards. In some cases, the materials could crumble and call for total replacement. Signs that you need water damage remediation from dampness in your ceiling include:

  • Cracks
  • Stains
  • Bowing
  • Peeling

If you have moisture behind walls, you could see issues like:

  • Softened, spongy drywall
  • Peeling or bubbling wallpaper
  • Moist, damp smells
  • Water seeping from portions of the wall, and more

It is essential to know that a slow leak from pipe damage or water infiltrating your roof after a storm must be addressed as soon as possible. Failing to do so could lead to structural damage and the need for mold remediation services. SERVPRO is here to handle water cleanup, moisture detection, and all of the emergency services water damage assistance you require!

Call (706) 750-0200 when you need us, and we will send out a crew as soon as possible for water damage assessment. SERVPRO of Augusta will always make it “Like it never even happened.”

What Are the Challenges of Water Restoration?

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

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Drying your Home Quickly after Water Intrusion is Vital to Avoid Excessive Damage. SERVPRO has Leading Drying Equipment and Expertise for Augusta Residents

Residential properties come in all shapes and sizes. When water intrudes into a residential property, technicians must be flexible in dealing with the home's unique interior architecture. This flexibility is necessary to overcome the materials, fittings, and construction in the house that can vary from job to job. SERVPRO technicians are trained in the principles of restoration that allow them to adapt to challenges quickly.

Performing water restoration in Augusta is full of challenges. One of the main pieces of equipment used is a water extractor which combines a centrifugal vacuum, heating element, and power to remove excess water. These are often fitted with tools to aid in the extraction process. Extraction tools could include stationary devices which allow a technician to remove water from thick carpets quickly by compressing them or self-propelled extraction tools which run forward and backward across a floor allowing technicians to focus on other areas while extracting.

  • Carpet wands are frequently used to extract water from fitted carpets and can often dry the pad beneath.
  • Self-propelled extraction units are often weighted, allowing technicians to compress rugs and remove more moisture across larger spaces.
  • Stationary tools use holes at the base of the fitting to pull water through 200 square inches at a time.

Get water restoration that is tailored to your home. Contact SERVPRO of Augusta for water restoration at (706) 750-0200.

Safeguarding Contents during Water Removal from Martinez Homes

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment in kitchen Water leaks can quickly cause damage in your home. Call SERVPRO today to avoid additional water loss of your property.

SERVPRO Minimizes Chances of Damage during Water Removal through Planning

Unwanted water intrusion into your house poses various risks to your valuables, including causing rust, staining, or even mold development. However, water removal processes can also cause damages if not properly handled. 

Some of the contents at risk of damage during water removal from Martinez properties include furniture, upholstery items, and carpets since moisture absorption affects their constituent materials. For example, carpets lose 50% of their strength when wet, and actions such as dragging furniture over them can tear them. Other actions such as floating the carpets, a process in which we force dry air underneath the carpet during drying, can lead to stretching. The suction power of extraction equipment might also harm upholstery items.

SERVPRO takes various precautions when performing water removal processes to minimize chances of damages, including:

  • Setting drying goals to ensure controlled drying because swift drying can lead to problems like warping in wood
  • Tacking carpets on the tackless strip to minimize flapping when floating the carpet for better drying
  • Using the right extraction wands to remove water from upholstery items because using those with high vacuum lift might be faster but lead to problems

You can get better outcomes from water removal processes with the help of SERVPRO of Augusta. Call us at (706) 750-0200.

Martinez Residents Can Learn To Achieve Their Dreams

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Seminar To Learn to Manifest in Martinez Happening

The past year has been rough for everyone. Numerous people have also had the opportunity to look inward and realize there are things in their lives that they want but do not yet have. This seminar teaches participants the art of goal setting, whether a new home, a better relationship with a spouse or family, or an increase in income. Life coach Armida Abreu Martinez of Divine Growth Coaching takes attendees through a journey to learn how to envision goals so vividly, the path to making them a reality becomes concise and clear. In the interest of safety for all, the seminar will be held via Zoom, and a link to join the session will get sent the day of the event. 

  • Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021
  • Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
  • Fee: Free for all

SERVPRO of Augusta at (706) 750-0200 brings professional water restoration services to local Martinez residents. The techs have training and certification to handle any size of water damage within a property. 

Our Certified Experts Are Trained to Get You Back to Living Normally

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

Showing a customer a moisture meter Production Manager shows our customer the screen of a moisture meter to discuss readings and next steps for their water damage mitigation.

Communication is Key with SERVPRO® of Augusta

SERVPRO® of Augusta water damage crews are ready to expertly restore your home to preloss condition. This process may be unknown to some homeowners, so we set expectations when we arrive to help you understand the restoration process. Water damage varies in level of severity. We work with you, your insurance agent, and adjuster to discuss drying goals and potential completion date.

We have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your Augusta home water damage. Every water damage event is unique and requires immediate response, but the general process stays the same:

  • Fast response to arriving on site
  • Inspection and Assessment of Water Damaged Areas
  • Water Removal / Water Extraction if necessary
  • Drying and Dehumidification Equipment Placement
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing the Structure
  • Repairs, if necessary

Professional Process

As part of our process, SERVPRO® of Augusta teams have a system in place to help make your water loss in Augusta "Like it never even happened." ® Our teams will initially have a “scope” completed. The scope helps locate areas of the structure affect by water and defining the extent to which the structure and contents have absorbed moisture. We have moisture sensors, moisture meters, and Thermohygrometers to help measure the spaces temperature, moisture, and humidity. All three of these variables can change the amount of drying time needed.

Every day we communicate with you and your insurance company to determine how the drying process is proceeding. Our crews carefully monitor each day and may centralize the drying equipment to other areas of the structure for a faster drying process.

Experiencing Water Damage in Augusta? Let us help! Call us at 706-750-0200

Water Issues in Your Augusta Home?

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

leak in ceiling, mold damage also Don't wait for water to extensively damage your Augusta home like in this Photo, Call SERVPRO

Call a Team that Can Restore, Remediate and Mitigate them

Water leaks in your Augusta home may come forward in different ways. The smell of your home may be changed, or you may see discoloration in your walls or a bulge on your ceiling. Regardless of what is pointing to a potential issue, a professional team is the only one that can give a definite answer based on your needs. Mitigation involves eliminating the leak, whereas restoration and remediation include complex services focused on extracting water and returning your home to preloss condition.

For a comprehensive water restoration approach to your Augusta home's problems, call our SERVPRO crew as soon as you detect the issue. Our technicians hold certifications by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the leading certifying body in our industry. Our training and on-the-field experience face a wide variety of situations, which help us build our expertise in managing jobs of all sizes. Avoid leaving your home vulnerable to complications due to water damage by relying on our professional advice.

Why should I rely on a water restoration technician?

Professionals in our field know what to look for when they evaluate the damage in your home. The average consumer struggles with understanding just how far the excess humidity affects your home. Our SERVPRO team has industrial-grade tools that help measure moisture levels in different parts of your home, including your walls and subfloors. With this information, we establish a plan of action to restore humidity levels appropriate for your home. For water extraction, in particular, you may see us use some of the following:

  • Drying mats to handle excess humidity in your floors
  • Injectidry technology to reach behind cabinets and within walls
  • Wand extractors for hard to access corners and carpets

The equipment above complements the efforts of our submersible and truck-mounted pumps, which can handle larger volumes of water.

SERVPRO of Augusta is at your service whenever you need us. Call (706) 750-0200 whenever you spot the problem and save yourself aggravation by acting quickly. Our goal, like yours, is to leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

Does an Appliance Leak in Augusta Require a Professional Restoration Service?

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

couple on flooded floor Aside from your floors, your cabinets may also be at risk, so don't waste any time before calling SERVPRO of Augusta for our professional services.

A Broken Appliance Leaking on the Floors of your Augusta Floors Can Cause More Damage than you Think

Even the new appliances in your August home can leak onto your floors. One morning you may wake up to find your dishwasher overflowing and water leading to your living room. Regardless of whether the appliance is under warranty or not, you need a professional water restoration technician to help you sort the damage. Do not underestimate the impact a seemingly small volume of water can have on your flooring materials. Act swiftly and let a team of experts assess the damage for you.

In Augusta, water removal services are our specialty at SERVPRO. Our team travels throughout the area, tending to the needs of our community and helping homeowners protect their homes. No job is too big or small for our crew, as even a tiny amount of water left standing can become the cause of problems. Call our 24/7 hotline and let us begin the restoration process as soon as possible.

What happens when there is standing water on my floors?

Excess humidity can lead to a myriad of problems. Your first line of protection is making sure that humidity levels return to normal swiftly. Our SERVPRO team monitors moisture by using advanced technology within each surface. The readings guide our efforts with dehumidifiers, air circulators, and other water extraction techniques. Your floors are susceptible to damage, depending on whether they are made of natural materials or not. For example, vinyl and tile are not as porous as wood, so their drying requires different steps. Our team works diligently to prevent the following:

    •    Buckling- hardwood separates from the subfloor due to humidity
    •    Cupping- changes in humidity make an apparent dip in the floor planks
    •    Delamination- engineered flooring can separate in layers with excess humidity

Aside from your floors, your cabinets may also be at risk, so don't waste any time before calling SERVPRO of Augusta for our professional services. Call us at (706) 750-0200 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

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

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

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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Addressing Common Water Damage Cause in Augusta

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Thorough Water Damage Restoration in Your Augusta Home Can Prevent Further Damage

The risk of water damage in Augusta property is always high, considering the different uses for the utility. The typical causes of water damage include:

Burst pipes

Leaky roofs

Leaking water lines

Faulty door or window installations

Leaky toilets or sinks

What causes the water damage incidents in Augusta can have an impact on the outcome. Minor leaks can take time to discover, especially when the pipe is hidden within a wall, floor, or ceiling cavity. Passage of time allows the problem to fester as the leaking water soaks into the materials in the surrounding areas. Resolving such cases requires the removal of most of the materials affected by the water. An even bigger problem is how to locate the point of the leak. Our SERVPRO technicians use superior equipment such as borescopes and thermal cameras to trace the wet areas, thus allowing us to fix the leaks, dry materials, or make replacements immediately. 

Burst pipes or other instantaneous problems release a significant amount of water into the property affecting large areas. After stopping the source, the next crucial step is the removal of any standing water since leaving materials or items submerged leads to deterioration. Our SERVPRO technicians bring several units of water extraction equipment to facilitate faster removal. We choose high-efficiency equipment such as truck-mounted extractors or flexible ones such as dry wet vacs depending on the specifics of the loss. 

Weather-related water intrusions, such as when driving rain pushes water through a faulty window or door seal, can be harder to address because they require repairs that take time to complete. Finding temporary ways to protect contents is one easy way to minimize damages. Our SERVPRO team can help by performing partial move-outs or covering contents with plastic sheets, shielding them from the rainwater. The heightened moisture level in a property during a water loss incident can damage contents even when they are not in direct contact with the spilled water. Our crews set up a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels constant throughout the restoration to protect contents.

Water damage can take different forms, thus presenting unique challenges. Call SERVPRO of Augusta at (706) 750-0200 to help manage an incident at your home, making it, "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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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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We Discuss Tips For Making The Water Damage Restoration Process Easier In Your Augusta Home

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

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

Tips For Making Your Augusta Water Damage Restoration Go More Smoothly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Professional Residential Water Cleanup And Restoration For Grovetown Homeowners

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Augusta Water Woes? SERVPRO Takes Away Spills and Stains

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Water Removal and Drying for Augusta Homes and Businesses--SERVPRO Has the Techs and the Equipment

How Fast Response Helps after Water Damage in Your Augusta Home

Whether there is a leaking roof or a burst plumbing line that releases water into unwanted areas of your home, a quick reaction is an essential strategy to help fix the resultant water damage. There are many dynamics in a water loss incident, so fast response can mean different things, not just the extraction of water. Working with a professional restoration company avails the resources necessary to expedite every aspect of the restoration process.
One of the problems likely to occur after water damage in your Augusta home is microbial growth. If left to proliferate, mold and other microbes can cause severe damages that are more challenging to deal with than the initial water spill. Removing any standing water and excess moisture from the structure fast helps prevent such problems. Speed is essential because mold colonies can start developing within 24 – 48 hours after the spill. Our SERVPRO technicians bring a wide array of equipment in our green trucks to the loss site to help expedite the process, including:
     Wet Vacs
     LGR dehumidifiers
     Centrifugal air movers
     Structural Cavity Venting systems
Stains affecting carpets, upholstery, and fabric items such as drapes often happen after water damage incidents. A speedy response can help either prevent stains or help ease the removal process. Relocating any objects such as area rugs, furniture, and other possessions lying on carpets immediately, can help prevent the formation of stains. UFT, Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician certification helps our SERVPRO team utilize the best stain removal strategies, including performing spot cleaning when the affected items are still wet.
Another problem likely to affect your property after a water spill is the development of bad odors. The odors can develop whether it is a clean water loss or otherwise, especially if the water is left to stagnate for long. Apart from extraction, our SERVPRO technicians also take other steps such as dehumidification to remove any traces of excess moisture preventing bad odors. But, if they persist, we can apply both mechanical and chemical processes for their elimination.
To respond fast enough to water spills, call SERVPRO of Augusta to help. You can reach us any time at (706) 750-0200. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

A Simple & Easy Way To Prevent Water Damage

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

In serving the people of our city, we are often directly involved in some of the most stressful times of our customers' lives.  Our job is to make it "Like it never even happened," and to walk with you through each step of the restoration process. 

Unfortunately, we sometimes find that water damage could've been prevented.  One great way to prevent water damage is to make simple upgrades to the plumbing supply lines to your sinks, toilets, washing machines and ice makers. 

Over time, plastic and rubber materials can dry-rot and lose their structural strength that is needed to withstand the water pressure being exerted on them around the clock.  

ACTION:  Invest in "braided" supply lines at your local do-it-yourself retailer.  The cost is just a few dollars per line, and you can outfit your entire home for far less than the cost of your insurance deductible, should an old line decide to break.  Furthermore, you will have the peace of mind that you've put your best foot forward in preventing a water damage loss that might otherwise create a very stressful time in your life!

Avoid Water Damage In Augusta This Summer!

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Ahhhh, school is out and the summer months have arrived with an excitement that now fills the air!  It's also a great time to take necessary precaution when it comes to protecting your home from a water damage loss

If you live in Augusta, you know that the temperatures can skyrocket to 100+ degrees Fahrenheit on any given summer day! This can bring stresses to any plumbing components that are located in your attic space.  It is fairly common to see hot water heaters and water heater pipes fail when temps in the attic push into the 140-150F degree range.  

We recommend having a plumber to inspect your hot water heater and its plumbing connections.  Protect your home from water damage by making sure your hot water heater is tuned up and healthy!  Have a great summer, Augusta!