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What to do until SERVPRO arrives!

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

If you have a water damage from a clean source such as water supply lines, sink overflows, tub overflows, or appliance malfunctions, here are some things to do before SERVPRO arrives.

  • Shut off the source of the water.

  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if the access panel is safe from electrical shock.

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items

  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting

  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.

  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors

  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors

NOAA Storm Data

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

The Storm Events Database contains the records used to create the official NOAA Storm Data publication, documenting: 

  1. The occurrence of storms and other significant weather phenomena having sufficient intensity to cause loss of life, injuries, significant property damage, and/or disruption to commerce;
  2. Rare, unusual, weather phenomena that generate media attention, such as snow flurries in South Florida or the San Diego coastal area; and
  3. Other significant meteorological events, such as record maximum or minimum temperatures or precipitation that occur in connection with another event.


The database currently contains data from January 1950 to November 2017, as entered by NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS). Due to changes in the data collection and processing procedures over time, there are unique periods of record available depending on the event type. NCEI has performed data reformatting and standardization of event types but has not changed any data values for locations, fatalities, injuries, damage, narratives and any other event specific information. Please refer to the Database Details page for more information. 

You can register your email address with NCEI to receive future information regarding access system downtime, data issues, new features and general news about the Storm Events Database. 

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information Storm Events Database:

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/

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When Storms or Floods strike, SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley is ready!

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Birmingham has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Birmingham, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (478) 956-1214

Quick Facts about Tornadoes

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Tornadoes are known to cause widespread damage throughout the United States, especially in the Southern Plains and SouthEast. But how much do we truly know about these destructive entities that tear through our homes and businesses?

Here are a couple of quick facts about tornadoes:

  • The average tornado travels Southwest to Northeast but have been known to move in any direction.

  • Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3pm and 9pm but can occur at any time.

  • Dr. T. Theodore Fujita devised the F0-F5 Scale for tornadoes in 1971.

  • In 2006 the National Weather Service unveiled the Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF Scale).

  • A tornado normally appears transparent until it picks dust and mud from the ground.

  • The USA averages around 1,200 tornadoes every year, more than any other country.

  • In the southern hemisphere tornadoes usually rotate in a clockwise direction. In the northern hemisphere tornadoes usually rotate in a counterclockwise direction.

Signs of Danger

  • Dark, green tinted sky

  • Large hail

  • Low-lying rotating cloud

  • Loud roar similar to a freight train

We are in the peak of tornado season here in Alabama and encourage everyone to be weather aware. Have a family plan in the event of a tornado warning. Know where your safe areas are wherever you are.

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Source: Stormaware.mo.gov/tornado-facts-history

Disaster Recovery

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley not only covers six counties in Georgia (Monroe, Lamar, Upson, Pike, Crawford and Peach), we are also on call and ready to respond to any severe weather in the country. We've lent a helping hand to storm teams in New York, Michigan, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and Illinois. If needed, we can also call on a national SERVPRO storm team to respond.

The closest national SERVPRO storm team is in Birmingham, Alabama, and they manage 8 states if a wide-spread disaster were to strike. The 8 states they cover are: Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Missouri, and Florida. During these catastrophic events, Storm Team Wilson would mobilize in the area, bringing a large number of crews, equipment, and resources to customers affected. The storm team is managed from one office in Pelham, AL where they receive customer information, organize that information and respond to that customer quickly and professionally. They recruit crews starting with the closest to the affected area and move outward in concentric circles to ensure they are “faster to any size disaster.” 

What this means- no matter what size the disaster, SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley is ready to respond! 

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Mold in Schools

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Since SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley covers six counties, we have quite a few school systems in the area. Because of the relationships we have formed with them, they are able to call us if they have any issues that their maintenance staff can not handle. They following information from https://www.epa.gov/ are reasons why you might find mold in schools and how to handle it. We get calls all the time for water and fire damages, but also for mold. If you suspect mold in your home, business or place of work - give us a call today! 

Common Moisture Sources Found in Schools

Moisture problems in school buildings can be caused by a variety of conditions, including roof and plumbing leaks, condensation and excess humidity. Some moisture problems in schools have been linked to changes in building construction practices during the past twenty to thirty years. These changes have resulted in more tightly sealed buildings that may not allow moisture to escape easily. Moisture problems in schools are also associated with delayed maintenance or insufficient maintenance, due to budget and other constraints. Temporary structures in schools, such as trailers and portable classrooms, have frequently been associated with moisture and mold problems.

Suggestions for Reducing Mold Growth in Schools

Reduce Indoor Humidity

  • Vent showers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside.
  • Control humidity levels and dampness by using air conditioners and de-humidifiers.
  • Provide adequate ventilation to maintain indoor humidity levels between 30-60%.
  • Use exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning in food service areas.

Inspect the building for signs of mold, moisture, leaks or spills

  • Check for moldy odors.
  • Look for water stains or discoloration on the ceiling, walls, floors, and window sills.
  • Look around and under sinks for standing water, water stains, or mold.
  • Inspect bathrooms for standing water, water stains, or mold.
  • Do not let water stand in air conditioning or refrigerator drip pans.

Respond promptly when you see signs of moisture and/or mold, or when leaks or spills occur

  • Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours of occurrence to prevent mold growth.
  • Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  • Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely.
  • Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  • Check the mechanical room and roof for unsanitary conditions, leaks, or spills.

Prevent moisture condensation

  • Add insulation to reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e. windows, piping, exterior walls, room, or floors).

Floor and carpet cleaning

  • Remove spots and stains immediately, using the flooring manufacturer’s recommended techniques.
  • Use care to prevent excess moisture or cleaning residue accumulation and ensure that cleaned areas are dried quickly.
  • Do not install carpeting in areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).

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Mold Remediation

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley offers mold remediation and restoration; we have the training, equipment and expertise to better assist you. 

It is preferred that you have an Industrial Hygienist protocol done?

This is a process where air sampling and affected areas are tested to provide a detailed remediation and restoration protocol for SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley to follow. There is also a post-test that will take place once we are finished to confirm clearance. 

Mold Response

Every time our team handles a mold job, we are required to wear the appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) which includes items such as coveralls and respirators. 

SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley will make sure to keep anything deemed salvageable; we go above and beyond to ensure restoration before removal.  Unfortunately, in most situations there is a some tear out involved to remove affected areas such as drywall, flooring, and/or furniture.

During the mold remediation process a HEPA vacuum is used, HEPA filters are designed to capture particles as small as mold spores and to insure that they do not get reintroduced. Our mold experts use “negative air” containment, which is created by positioning negative air machines to introduce clean air into the affected area and push contaminated air outside the home.

You want to consider getting your HVAC cleaned as well, the mold spores can collect there and be dispersed throughout the home.

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. If you have any questions, give us a call today; 478-956-1214.

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Controlling Mold Growth in your Home or Business

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

You Can Control Mold

Inside your home you can control mold growth by:

  • Controlling humidity levels;
  • Promptly fixing leaky roofs, windows, and pipes;
  • Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding;
  • Ventilating shower, laundry, and cooking areas.

If mold is growing in your home, you need to clean up the mold and fix the moisture problem. Mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution of no more than 1 cup of household laundry bleach in 1 gallon of water.

Mold growth, which often looks like spots, can be many different colors, and can smell musty. If you can see or smell mold, a health risk may be present. You do not need to know the type of mold growing in your home, and CDC does not recommend or perform routine sampling for molds. No matter what type of mold is present, you should remove it. Since the effect of mold on people can vary greatly, either because of the amount or type of mold, you can not rely on sampling and culturing to know your health risk. Also, good sampling for mold can be expensive, and standards for judging what is and what is not an acceptable quantity of mold have not been set. The best practice is to remove the mold and work to prevent future growth.

If you choose to use bleach to clean up mold:

  • Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners. Mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products will produce dangerous, toxic fumes.
  • Open windows and doors to provide fresh air.
  • Wear non-porous gloves and protective eye wear.
  • If the area to be cleaned is more than 10 square feet, consult the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guide titled Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. Although focused on schools and commercial buildings, this document also applies to other building types. 
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using bleach or any other cleaning product.

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www.cdc.gov

Quickly Handling Mold Damage

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Handling Mold Damage Quickly and Efficiently

Flood waters, leaks, and inadequate seals around doors and windows all allow mold damage to become a real possibility. Mold in the home and commercial mold damage don’t discriminate, and mold growth doesn’t occur only after large quantities of water get into a building and sit for a while. Mold growth occurs quickly when humidity levels in a building are above 40 percent and any moisture is present. Mold damage spreads rapidly, and it can cause mold in the home or commercial mold damage to go from bad to extreme in fewer than three days.

What to Do When Commercial Mold Damage or Mold in the Home is Present

Mold removal must be handled by a restoration company that does mitigation and remediation. A restoration company has the right equipment and tools to handle mold removal as well as the side effects of mold growth. These tools get rid of the smelly odor using professional grade Deodorization, and mitigation and remediation help business and homeowners learn how to prevent future mold growth.

Mitigation and remediation are required, and it’s imperative people don’t try mold removal on their own. For one, removing mold without the right equipment can send spores spiraling into the air and into the HVAC system where it can spread rapidly. It’s important to remove flood waters out of a home or office to minimize the risk of mold growth, fungus, mildew, and even dry rot. It also helps with the smelly odor of water damage, and it can be a natural form of deodorization.

It’s also helpful to shut off the HVAC to prevent further spread of this fungus into additional rooms. No one should touch mold. Black mold might be present, and it requires professional help to determine if it is.

Do Not Use DIY Methods of Mold Removal for Commercial Mold Damage or Mold in the Home

DIY methods to remove mold are dangerous, and this fungus will fight back. It spreads rapidly, and DIY attempts send spores into the air. It’s best to avoid DIY methods and focus on recognizing mold in the home. One of the most common signs of a potential mold issue is the presence of mildew. Like mold, mildew loves damp areas with warm, moist air. If mildew is growing, mold might also be growing.

Mold is fungus, and it can grow anywhere. This is important information since many people forget mold growth behind walls is common. If a leak occurs or flood waters aren’t properly dried, mold growth behind walls becomes a huge issue. Dry rot is one indication there is moisture in the walls. Dry rot isn’t a fungus, but it’s caused by excess moisture and often means there might be mold growth behind the walls.

In addition to dry rot, another common sign of mold growth behind walls is a smelly odor. It’s musty and a little damp, and deodorization efforts only cover up the smell for a short time. Calling for a professional restoration company to handle mitigation and remediation means having professional deodorization methods used to remove the smelly odor completely. This is one of the biggest benefits of using a professional restoration company since many people are sensitive to smells.

Black mold isn’t always easy to see, and some mold is black mold but not the toxic kind. Mitigation and remediation help home and business owners get the mold damage mess cleaned up, find the source of the mold, and even prevent future mold issues from becoming a problem. It’s not something people do when they can’t get rid of mold on their own. It’s something people do when they want to save money and have mold damage handled correctly from day one. There is no time to waste when mold is a problem.
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Storm Damage: How the Professionals Handle It

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

What Storm Damage Professionals Do After a Storm

The United States experienced the effects of hurricane damage three times in a row in 2017 after Harvey, Irene and Jose swept across the country. While hurricane damage is something that can occur on both commercial properties and private homes, it's not the only type of damage that storm restoration professionals deal with on a regular basis. Storm restoration professionals can also help with any type of flooding like river flooding, a roof leak, wind damage, an ice dam and ice damage that requires a roof repair. Ice damming can also cause other forms of roof damage and lead to problems with ground water and frozen pipes, but home restoration professionals can help with all types of storm remediation.

Property Inspection

One of the main things that storm damage companies can and do after a storm is a full property inspection. They do not just look at the problem that the owner called about because they know that other problems can exist. Hail damage may cause a roof leak or tear the shingles off, which will require a roof repair. Any flood water in the building can freeze and cause frozen pipes to form. A full inspection will also check for wind damage, roof damage, ice damage, hurricane damage and any type of hail damage.

Removing Water

An easy way to remove flood water or ground water on the floor and in other areas of the building is the use of a flood pump. Those who live near the coast or a body of water often have a permanent flood pump set up in their basements or near their foundations. With river flooding or any other type of flooding, the flood pump will carefully extract that water from the property. These pumps can also work in other types of storm remediation. A water restoration or home restoration expert might use a flood pump to remove water that caused ice damming on the sides of a building as soon as that ice dam melts.

Drying

Extracting the water left behind by ice damming or flooding is just one step in the drying of the home or business. Once the excess water caused by river flooding or another type of storm damage is gone, they can use fans and other procedures to completely dry any remaining flood water or ground water. That flood water might enter the home because of a roof repair that went unnoticed, a roof leak no one spotted, wind damage that broke a window, hail damage to the roof or because of an ice dam. Ice damage relating to frozen pipes can cause flooding too. Home restoration experts can dry any water caused by roof damage as part of the process of storm remediation.

Insurance Help

Those calling for storm restoration help or because they need help with water restoration after river flooding will find that storm damage professionals can help them navigate through the often tricky world of filing an insurance claim too. Insurance companies may refuse to accept a claim because of a roof leak that already existed, a previous roof repair or because the owner did not take steps to prevent wind damage or roof damage like ice damming. With the help of a good company, commercial property owners and those who own their own homes or rental properties can file an insurance claim and get the necessary storm remediation.

Some of the common ice damage issues that can arise in winter include an ice dam forming and hanging off the side of a gutter and frozen pipes that break open and spill ground water all over the floors. Other seasons can bring both hurricane damage and hail damage. Storm restoration companies have experience in all types of restoration work and can help clients with any type of water restoration or home restoration work. Visit http://www.SERVPROthomastonforsythfortvalley.com/ for more information on storm damage.