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Anytime Disasters Need Anytime Service | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

If a fire issue pops up during the holidays, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry, SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley.

Certain things in polite society deserve advance notice. If you’re coming to visit family, for example, it’s reasonable for them to expect a phone call. In most business situations, a two-week notice is the norm if you’re changing jobs.

But fires, water incidents and natural disasters have absolutely no sense of politeness or courtesy, and they tend to show up whenever they darn well please, be it nights, weekends or holidays, with no warning.

Rude as that may be, it’s the reality with which homeowners are often faced. You don’t get an email to let you know, “Oh, hey, there’s going to be a burst pipe around midnight on Tuesday,” so you get stuck with dealing with these things whenever they happen to occur.

It’s a good thing, then, that you’re linked up with SERVPRO. We understand the need for anytime access to emergency help, which is why we keep the lights on at all hours. We’ll be here when you need emergency help—because waiting to start cleanup and recovery is only going to accelerate the damage.

After a fire. Fire and flames cut through your home, eating away walls, furniture and more, but they also leave behind soot and smoke to do even more damage. The thick, black sludge and arid stink set in mere moments after a fire, and they’re hard to get rid of from the very start.

Given a few hours to put down roots, so to speak, they become impossible to remove, which means your only option becomes the more costly route of replacement.

After water damage. There’s a two-day race to get your house completely dried out and dehumidified, because in 48 hours mold comes a-knocking.

Mold begins growing on all sorts of organic sources, including furniture, clothing and drywall, creating structural issues, that lovely gym sock smell and potential respiratory issues to boot.

Freak weather events, floods and natural disasters all also have a way of showing up unwanted, and when they do, you need to know that you’ve got immediate access to help. That’s why we’re here—to give you anytime service for your anytime disaster.

Rest easy—you’ve got SERVPRO on your side, 24 hours a day, every day.

When you need help after a home or business disaster, fast service is a priority, and there’s nobody faster or more prepared than SERVPRO. Call us anytime to take advantage of our 24-hour emergency service.

Tornado Safety and Preparations | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

Prepare, Prevent, Protect

When you hear the word “tornado,” does the Wizard of Oz come to mind? The movie offered a representation of how intense and destructive tornadoes can be. They don’t have a specific season—and they often come without warning.

 We recently saw a slew of tornado damage ravage the South, which is even more evidence that knowing what to do in a storm is important. Take some time to review  the basics about tornado safety  so that your family knows what to do if a watch or warning is issued.

Start with the three components of any safety strategy:

The 3 P’s—Prepare, Prevent, Protect

**Prepare.**  Whether we’re preparing for an event or simply dinner, the more we prepare, the better we feel. The same can be said about preparing for a natural disaster. Anytime a disaster like a tornado strikes, chaos will ensue. Knowing your next steps can help you stay at least a little calmer when faced with an emergency. You can also take some steps to prepare your house and family, such as creating a [safety kit](https://www.familyhandyman.com/list/21-tips-to-prepare-your-home-for-a-natural-disaster/) and determining a meeting place in case your family is separated.

**Prevent.** While a natural disaster isn’t fully preventable, you can do your part in *preventing* the worst from happening to your home. You can often save yourself a good bit of time and money by taking simple actions, like scanning the roof to check for broken or missing shingles or ensuring your gutters are free of debris. If high winds or a tornado are possible, tie down outdoor décor and furniture, or move them indoors. This can help protect your home—and your family—from flying debris.

**Protect.** If a storm is imminent, this is the last stage of your safety protocol. You need to know the actions to take to protect your most valued possession—your family. Read up on the steps you need to take when a tornado watch is issued, and know exactly what to do when a watch progresses to a warning. Specifically, you need to know where you and your family will hunker down to stay clear of potential flying debris and safest in case the home’s structure were to collapse. If you live in a mobile home, have definitive plans about what actions you will take to get to a safe place.

If you have damage to your home or business, we are here 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you.

Contact SERVPRO today(https://www.SERVPROthomastonforsythfortvalley.com/) to get started on your restoration.

A Winter Weather Checklist for Your Southern Home | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

If winter weather should bring damage to your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley for fast, restorative solutions.

Frosty the Snowman” won’t be found here. It might get cold in our area, but dealing with blizzards into the norm.

We definitely experience colder weather in the winter months and a stray chance here and there for some wintry precipitation, but it’s the exception, not the norm.

Still, though, it’s important to take precautions to ensure your family and house stay safe and secure as the seasons change. Start with these steps:

Service your HVAC. Even though we don’t experience blizzards, it can still get pretty cold. If it isn’t already turned on, odds are your heater will be engaged sometime soon. Have your HVAC unit or other heating implement checked to ensure it is running efficiently—and that it doesn’t present a fire hazard.

Make time for roof, gutter and chimney maintenance. The roof takes a beating from weather conditions throughout the year. Have it inspected as the weather begins to cool, looking specifically for loose shingles and damaged flashing. The gutters should also be cleaned out to make sure they can handle an influx of water from rain or the occasional bit of melting snow. If you use a fireplace, have the chimney inspected, too.

Insulate and seal. Keep your home dry and warm by insulating your attic and ensuring that your windows have a good seal on them. This can help prevent leaks, which in time will cause mold damage.

Maintain your vehicle. While we don’t usually have to worry with snowy roads, you do have to concern yourself with wet roads. That’s why you need to ensure that your vehicle is in good working condition during the winter. Take the car in for a maintenance check on the tires, the battery, and the windshield wipers, specifically.

If winter weather or unexpected flooding causes water to damage your home, we’re always here to help. Contact SERVPRO to see how quick and easy it is to let the pros handle your cleanup and recovery.

What Causes House Fires? | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley is here for you if your home is affected by fire!

If you were to see your home on fire, it might feel like a swift punch in the gut! An unpredictable situation can happen in a matter of minutes and cause complete devastation.

That’s why it’s important to pay attention to fire safety basics, because even with all the awareness campaigns about fire hazards, more than a quarter of all reported fires still occur in homes.

As you snuggle in for the evening, take a quick look at the top causes of house fires. By bettering your knowledge, you can help prevent your own house fire.

Cooking. Kitchen fires are the most common cause of fire in the home, and the number 1 reason is unattended cooking. If you’re not paying attention, your home could catch on fire. Stay alert, aware and present while cooking.

Heating equipment. There’s a reason why house fires are more common during the colder months. When temperatures cool down, we want our heating systems to heat things up. But they also increase the risk of fire. Make sure your heating system or HVAC unit is inspected regularly, and if you use space heaters, be careful to place them away from anything flammable.

Electrical fires. Older homes aren’t equipped to handle the higher usage of electricity we often use every day. And even in new homes, faulty wiring or the overloading of circuits can contribute to fires. Make sure your electrical equipment doesn’t have any frayed wires or faulty outlets, and if you live in an older home, ensure you have the electrical system inspected regularly.

Intentional fires. More than 28,000 intentional home fires started every year. Rather than being a fire set for a legitimate purpose that got out of control, these fires were set with the intention of harming a home.

Smoking materials. While cigarettes and other smoking materials are only responsible for 5% of house fires, they are the leading cause of civilian fire deaths. People can fall asleep with a cigarette still lit, or ashes fall onto something flammable.

Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO is here for you if your home is affected by fire. Contact your local team today to see how we can help.

Cleaning Businesses of All Sizes and Kinds | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

Are you ready to have the cleanest business in town? Contact SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley for all your cleaning needs!

Most people recognize SERVPRO for the restoration work done for homeowners after accidents or disasters! But we want to remind you that we are every bit as passionate about business owners.

We provide home and business owners with the same exceptional services following any storm, water, fire or mold damage. But we also provide business owners with something that can help them keep their business space clean and sanitized.

Commercial Services for Businesses of Any Kind or Size

Business owners should focus on just that—business! Let us take on the duty of ensuring your commercial space is clean and sanitized. Our professionals use high-quality equipment to care for your business, and we help all kinds of businesses:

Retail facilities, like electronics stores, hardware stores or your local drug store. Regardless of the size of the store you have, cleanliness is a requirement, and that’s why we treat everyone equally.

Educational facilities, like institutes, schools or daycares. Children seem to be a magnet for germs, and with these types of facilities, regular cleaning is a must. But even with regular cleaning but teachers and students, you’re only removing half the bacteria from desks.

Health facilities, like hospice facilities, hospitals or doctors’ offices. Health is top priority at these facilities, so much that it’s a mandate! SERVPRO can help you exceed CDC requirements for cleanliness.

Foodservice facilities, like convenience stores, restaurants or manufacturing plants. If your place isn’t clean, you can kiss business goodbye. Let us help prepare the space, while you prepare the food.

Property management, like commercial businesses, apartment complexes or multi-level high rises. The lobby of these places can immediately make a customer’s mind up. That’s why we can ensure that yours will not only be beautiful but sanitized as well.

With illness infecting a workplace, the workforce can lose $260 billion per year in lost productivity. That’s why SERVPRO offers the services that we do—to help you stay ready.

When you’re ready to have the cleanest business in town, we’re ready to help. Contact your local SERVPRO to get the pros working on the cleaning so you can work on the work.

Trusting a Restoration Company With Your Home | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

You can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the line, SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley.

Sometimes things pop up unexpectedly and bring about disaster in your home. It could be caused by a natural disaster or an accidental kitchen fire that will cause you to have to make a quick decision on who can help restore your home.

As you prepare to restore your home, there are a few questions that you need to be able to answer.

Are They Reputable?

If you have had a disaster strike your home or business before, you know to be aware of scammers. They tend to show up to your “rescue,” and promise you the world at the right price—when in reality, they take your money and leave.

With SERVPRO, you will never have to worry about that. We have been involved in the restoration industry for over 50 years.

We have worked hard to maintain a stellar reputation by putting in whatever work it takes to ensure that our customers are satisfied.

Can You Call on them?

Disasters strike, and when that happens, time is of the essence. You need to know that you have someone you can call on immediately to act fast.

Since we have done this for so long, we know that the longer water sits in your home, the more damage, and the more it will end up costing you. That’s why we have employees on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Is There a Support System?

SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley is locally owned and operated, and because of that some of our customers are our friends and family! Being local also ensures we can act fast.

But we are also backed by a national network. If disaster strikes the entire community, we can reach out to our corporate partners for additional support and resources, ensuring there are never any gaps in our coverage.

When you call SERVPRO, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line. When disaster hits home, contact us to get our local experts and nationwide network on your side.

Fall Fire Safety Season Is Here | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

Be mindful about fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley is the trusted leader in the restoration industry.

The fall officially begins on Sept. 22, and the promise of cooler weather is much-appreciated! Fall is a favorite season among many campers, trick-or-treaters and others who simply want to get outdoors.

But as with everything in life, fall comes with risk. So, it’s worth taking a few minutes now to brush up on common autumn fire safety hazards.

Campfire Safety

Going camping? Here are some basic safety tips that you need to keep in mind when you are ready to build a campfire.

Make sure that you build your campfire out and away from anything flammable, including trees with low-hanging limbs. As you are preparing to ignite the fire, never use an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid. It’s safer to stick with the basic match or lighter.

Before you go in for the evening, you must be sure your fire has been completely extinguished. You can do this by slowly pouring water on the fire, ensuring that you cover all the embers. This can help prevent it from reigniting.

Space Heaters

As temps start to drop a little, portable space heaters can come in handy. But remember that these little heaters are one of the most common causes of home fires during the fall and winter seasons.

Keep your heater away from anything flammable and always keep it on a level surface. While most heaters today come with an automatic shut-off, it’s essential to do your part and make sure it stays away from anything or anyone that can accidentally knock it over.

Halloween

Halloween isn’t that far away, and many people are putting their decor out!

While we will discuss this later in more detail, it’s important to remember that whatever décor you feel “possessed” to put out, it can all pose a potential fire risk. Stay alert and attentive as you celebrate each season.

If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.

Common Sources of Water Damage in the Home | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

A water leak can turn into a big problem. Contact the SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley team if you are dealing with any water damage.

Water disasters are nothing that a homeowner looks forward to. Nobody wakes up and thinks, “Boy, I sure hope I get to deal with water damage today.” But water is always looking for a place to go, and any crack or crevice will do.

Educating yourself about the different places water can intrude into your home is smart! Let’s look at a few of the most common sources of home water damage:

Toilets. Toilet flappers can be leak-prone. The flapper is used every time the toilet is flushed. Many times, an audible sound of water running can be heard if the flapper is leaking.

Dishwasher supply line. Dishwasher have a supply line, tub and a drain system. All of these systems have the capability to leak. However, supply line leaks are particularly destructive because the water is under pressure. The supply line must be securely connected to the dishwasher and should be made of stainless steel.

Clogged gutters and ineffective slope. The water that falls on your roof drains into the gutter system. Debris-free and properly working gutters can carry the water into the downspouts and away from the home. Downspouts should be at least 24 inches away from your home, and the soil should be sloped away from your foundation. The final grade of a house should be sloped at least 12 inch per foot for 10 feet away from the house.

Separating shingles. Shingles can separate for any number of reasons. Storms, falling debris from trees, age and improper installation are a few. Shingles (and the roof in general) should be inspected quarterly and after a major storm.

Old clay piping. Clay piping has gone through some technological upgrades. However, many homes built before the 1980s may have clay piping that drains the household wastewater to the septic system or sewer. Clay pipes turn brittle with age and can fail. They are also susceptible to root intrusion.

Clogged disposal. Grease should be allowed to solidify and then tossed into the garbage. Grease down the drain is a recipe for a plumbing disaster and can be expensive to remedy. Degreasing a sewer line is best left to a professional.

It’s important to regularly inspect the systems that move water into—and out of—your home. Catching a problem before it turns into a disaster can save you time, money and stress.

If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side. Contact SERVPRO today so we can get started.

The Risk of Summertime Storms | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley is on the line, ready to make things right.

Summer months are in full effect, and while we love those long summer nights full of outside play with family, it’s important to remember that summer is time for rain as well.

In fact, it may seem that summer months are more rainy. That’s totally true. In most parts of the country, there are atmospheric conditions in the summer that create moisture and warm air, which helps create thunderstorms.

In our area, from May to August, there’s a 32% greater chance of rain.

Stay Smart

Even though wetter weather is common during the summer months, that doesn’t mean you can treat it lightly! You still need to stay on top of things by being prepared and making sure you are receiving storm alerts.

It’s important to keep up with weather updates, and if you have an NOAA Weather radio, you can still receive alerts even if there is no power.

Flooding is always a possibility and it’s rarely predictable, but if it seems likely, you need to plan to stay off the road. If you have extreme weather, there’s also a possibility of high winds or damaging hail.

Dozens of people die every year because of storm-related accidents. It’s imperative that you stay aware and prepared, because the weather is always unpredictable.

Ways to Stay Safe

If lightning is visible, then it’s best to get indoors. Even if you don’t see lightning, as long as there is thunder, lightning is around, too.

When you are indoors, it’s best to stay away from windows and to avoid bathing or showering.

When storms get out of hand, make sure that you have an emergency kit prepared and in safe reach. Know your evacuation route so that you don’t have to figure it out at the last minute.

Flooding can happen and typically before there’s much we can do about it. Never attempt to drive through flood waters because they can easily sweep your car away. It’s also not a great idea to walk through flood waters because you never know what is in it.

There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is on the line, ready to make things right again.

SERVPRO Is at Your Service | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

When you are dealing with any damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley is your local restoration expert.

As a homeowner or business owner, your main priority is to make sure that things are running smoothly for you and your family or employees.

While you strive for smooth, though, it isn’t always the reality. Disasters and accidents happen, and when they do, your daily duties take a back seat so that you can deal with the new issues that have popped up.

The pressure of getting life back to “normal” has now become your main focus and takes you away from more important items of your routine.

Our SERVPRO technicians are here to take that burden off of your plate. As professionals in disaster recovery, we make it our priority to get your home or business back to its main function.

At Your Service 247

We are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week so that we are available for you. When disaster happens, we all want it fixed now.

That’s why we don’t have to get ready, we are always ready!

Faster Service

We know better that anyone that when disaster strikes every second counts.

When your home or business has standing water in it, every moment that passes contributes to more mold growth. When your house has experienced a fire, more smoke odor can permeate as the minutes tick by.

A fast response is crucial, and with a local office right here nearby, it means we can get to you faster.

All the Bases Are Covered

Whether it’s your home or business, disaster doesn’t discriminate.

With custom solutions for any situation we can get your home or business back to normal. We have highly trained technicians who stay up to date on certifications so that we can always provide you the best services.

"Like it never even happened."

We pride ourselves on our work and strive to keep our customers happy. As experts in recovery and restoration, we ensure that every last bit of damage or destruction has been taken care of.

Services to Meet Changing Needs

Disease prevention is more valued than ever before. Because of this, we now offer cleaning services that go well beyond the traditional janitorial services.

When you offer a safe working environment, it proves that you have concern for both your employees and customers. SERVPRO can offer you Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned and peace of mind at the same time.

Accidental or natural disasters are bound to happen to everyone at some point or another. When one occurs, know that we’re here to help.

Regardless of why you need cleanup or disaster recovery, SERVPRO has the tools, the technicians and the training to get your situation under control. When you’re ready to get help from the best, get in touch with SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley.