Recent Water Damage Posts

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)

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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.

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

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Our local emergency response team is available when you need us 24/7 at (706) 750-0200 to make your water loss “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage From Leaking Shower Riser 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 loss event happens, it is imperative that professional mitigation begins as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO responded to a call from an Augusta homeowner that had water coming through a ceiling from the bathroom above into the kitchen below whenever the anyone in the home took a shower for the past day. 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, the water ran down the pipe and was coming through the floor joists and dripping through the ceiling of the first floor.

Our moisture detection equipment showed moisture retention in the floor joists between the first and second floor. 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 loss “Like it never even happened.”

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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!