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Fire Safety Tips You Need as the Weather Warms Up | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

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Most of us look forward to the warmer months! It’s a time where new life starts, life slows down and you get to enjoy more family and friend time.

Warmer months include fun activities like cookouts, family reunions and so much more. The downside of that is the warmer months also bring an increase in fire activity.

In fact, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of the year.

The question to ask is what can you do to help prevent becoming a statistic?

Below are three main areas that you can pay attention to.

The grill. Barbecue is a summer staple! With that said, the grill gets a bad rap as being the biggest risk—because, well, it is! With a combination of flame, heat, grease and gas, it gives way to danger easily. Before grilling, do a quick little inspection, making sure it’s in good working order with no leaks, placed at least three feet away from anything flammable and is cleaned in between uses. While cleaning in between uses seems to be common sense, improper cleaning causes around 20% of grill fires.

The fire pit. Fire pits create the perfect ambiance for gatherings of friends and family, fun and memories. Safety is typically the farthest thing from your mind, but it’s a good idea to give yourself a quick refresher. Never leave kids unattended around a fire pit. Keep a bucket of water close to the pit. Don’t add leaves or pine needles to the fire, and when you’re ready to put it out, do it slowly to keep from scattering embers.

The chimney and dryer vent. The dryer vent can get trapped or clogged pretty easily, so make sure you clean these out at least once a year. This not only prevents fires, but it helps maintain your dryer in good working condition. It’s also a good idea to do some fireplace maintenance during the spring or summer, when it’s not In use. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned out, and avoid a dangerous ash buildup.

Your local SERVPRO technicians are on hand 247 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call or click today and experience the SERVPRO difference.

Immediate Response 24/7

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being “faster to any-sized disaster” within our community. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained IICRC Restoration Technicians
  • The #1Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated for over 40 Years
  • Advanced, Industrial Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
  • Ranked #10 overall in the franchise system in the nation by Entrepreneur Magazine

We also offer Commercial Services in Middle Georgia

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If and when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Construction and Building Services
  • Commercial Cleaning
  • Commercial Restoration
  • Commercial Storm and Weather Events

SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley is the #1 trusted leader for Fire & Water Cleanup & Restoration. Call the professionals at 478-956-1214.

Odor Control and Removal

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

employee in full PPE with respirator Always wear personal protective equipment when dealing with biohazards and smells.

SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley managers and technicians are trained for a variety of situations, including the control and removal of offensive odors.

By definition, an odor is a distinctive (and typically unpleasant) smell that can be picked up by people. SERVPRO technicians have a variety of methods to remove these odors, but they all typically begin with identifying the source of the odor. Some common examples of odor sources include:

  • Property Damage (Fire or Water Damage, Mold Growth)
  • Animals (Dander, Bodily Waste, Infestations)
  • Trash and Waste (Rotting Food, Sewage)

Most people think there are special sprays that can help remove odors, but this is a myth. Sprays usually mask the odor temporarily, resulting in the unpleasant smell coming back after some time. This is why it’s important to identify the source of the odor and remove it before attempting deodorization with sprays or mists.

Once the source has been pinpointed and removed, SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley technicians have a variety of ways to eliminate remaining odors. We can use two different types of fog, Thermal Fog or ULV Fog, depending on the source of the odor and its strength. We can also use specialty fans and filtration equipment to clean the air.

One of our stronger methods of deodorization is the use of ozone, which is particularly useful against odors from smoke, pet odors, mildew and organic pollutants. Ozone is also called “activated oxygen” because chemically it is an added oxygen molecule (03), which makes it highly reactive with particles it comes into contact with. The extra oxygen atom attaches itself to the other molecules to create a new molecule, one that isn’t smelly, in a process called oxidation. Once the ozone is ventilated and dissipates, most odors are gone and there is only a neutral smell.

A word of caution – Ozone, and ozone generators, should be used and handled by trusted professionals like the technicians at SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley because there are some risks with the use of these products. There are certain materials that don’t do well when exposed to ozone, such as certain textiles, leather, rubber and certain plastics. Ozone has also been known to bleach materials like carpets and upholstery if the materials are wet when exposed to the ozone gas. Ozone can also be harmful to the human body if it is inhaled, potentially causing lung irritation, breathing problems and headaches.

The bottom line is if you are dealing with unpleasant odors or smells that are really a bother, call SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley and we can assess and handle the removal of those odors safely and efficiently.

Questions? Give us a call! (478) 956-1214

Preventing Basement Water Damage by Knowing the Signs | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

a grey basement showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley is a full restoration company. Our team of experts are on call and ready to help you determine the best co

f you have a home with a basement or are considering buying one, you are likely quite familiar with just how beneficial they can be. Unfinished basements are fantastic storage areas and provide shelter from threats of severe weather, and if you are able to finish your basement, it adds quite a bit of living space onto the home.

While there are many beneficial elements to having a basement, it is important that homeowners are aware of their potential drawbacks, too. Water damage often has its way of working into basements and causing issues, and if left untreated, these can become serious problems.

Fortunately, by knowing the sign of basement water damage, homeowners can tackle the problem quickly and mitigate any issues that may arise.

What to Watch for in Your Basement That May Indicate Water Damage

Unpleasant, musky odors. The water that leaks into a basement is often clean water, but that does not mean that musky odors can’t still develop. Water leads to mold and mildew growth, and as the water evaporates and leaves the bacteria behind, a musty odor can develop. Oftentimes, this odor is the very first thing that homeowners notice when they have water damage on their hands.

Flaking paint on masonry or walls. We frequently see well-intentioned homeowners paint cinderblock walls or flooring in their basement as a tactic to prevent water damage, but unfortunately, this just serves to mask the issue temporarily. If there is an underlying issue causing water to seep in, paint will only temporarily provide a buffer. Eventually, it can begin to peel, crack and bubble due to the water damage working its way in underneath.

Foundational cracks. As a house shifts and settles over time, it is normal for some hairline cracks to develop throughout the basement. These cracks are tiny and of no concern, usually. However, if there are cracks running along the ceiling, the walls or the floor that are larger than a hairline, that may be an indicator that a serious water damage issue is lurking under the surface.

If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.

Commercial Services SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley Offer

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

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When fires or water damages happen, they happen when you least expect it and may occur at your office or business. Who do you call? Knowing the right company to help in an emergency is important to get your Fort Valley business back up and running as quickly as possible. Trusting your local restoration company to handle your emergency will help put you, your employees and even your insurance company at ease. We work with hundreds of insurance companies and are a preferred vender for most!

SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley are available 24/7 to help you restore your Middle Georgia commercial property and get you back to business! We have the education, experience, specialized equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire and even mold damage. We also have access to other resources of our national network of over 1,700 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and storm events.

Our Commercial Services Include:

  • Commercial Restoration
  • Commercial Water Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm and Major Events
  • Disaster Recovery Team
  • Commercial Cleaning
  • Building Services

As an emergency service, we’re available 24/7! 

Call Today @ 478-956-1214

Let’s get you set up for an ERP!

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

You can be ready cell phone ERP Contact us anytime to schedule your appointment today!

Do you have an emergency ready plan in place? What about your employees? What if you were out of town on vacation or on a business trip 300 miles away and a disaster happens? What would you do? Who would you call? Are you ready for whatever happens?

Disasters and resulting business interruption can devastate companies. It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster never reopen! Of those that reopened, the majority had some type of contingency plan in place.  No one plans on a disaster but you can plan on it. By preparing now, you demonstrate excellence in readiness planning by compiling a comprehensive information resource to use in case of a disaster.

A timely response in a crisis can:

- Minimize business interruption

- Save thousands of dollars in reduced secondary damage


At no cost assessment of your facility. This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost. The ERP was purposely designed to contain only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It will only take a little time to complete, however, it will save you a lot of time if ever needed. This gives you a peace of mind that should you ever need disaster cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley is your local provider that will be there for you 24/7.

 What does the ERP actually do?

The ERP identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigation the damage faster, which can save you both time and money. It provides facility details, such as shut-off valve locations, important areas, and priority contact information. It also identifies local emergency contact information such as fire, police, and hospital contacts. And establishes main internal contacts for purposes of employee safety and emergency work authorization. Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

Once all the information is captured, SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley will provide you will a digital copy of your facilities information via our Mobile APP/Web Portal.

SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley is no stranger when disasters strike a home or business. Having the ERP App at your finger tips will save you hundreds of dollars and time! Are you ready?

Please visit or contact our office to set up your appointment today!


Fire Loss in Middle Georgia

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage inside apartment with missing window and black soot Fire originated from an attached patio that caught fire during a BBQ.

They say, “Hope for the best but expect the worst”. As a commercial business owner, you tell yourself this after a fire that started on the top floor of your business. The fire department is working tirelessly getting the fire out and a million things are running through your mind. The aftermath can be very overwhelming. But for the pro’s at SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley, we are the #1 choice for fire and water cleanup and restoration! We’re here to help you get through this difficult time from the beginning to the end. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

No matter the size of the fire damage the lingering affects can quickly become absorbed into the walls, floors, ceilings, furniture and the entire structure of the building. Contacting SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley is the best choice to do an inspection and check all areas of the affected and nonaffected structure that could be easily overlooked. We’ll begin where the fire originated from and work our way up, then all the way down to ensure all areas have been covered.

In most commercial fire loss cases, the first thing we would do begin to board up the area to keep people, animals and potential bad weather out. Our trained professionals will begin to assess the fire, smoke, soot and water damage throughout the facility. Once the assessment has been complete, we’ll begin to bring in specialized industrial equipment to remove all smoke odors and begin the drying process. By performing emergency services, this helps reduce your insurance claims expense.

Emergency Services Include:

  • Boarding up the structure to help prevent any intrusions
  • Drying the affected areas by using specialized industrial equipment
  • Deodorizing all rooms and affected areas
  • Checking HVAC systems as soot can creep its way through the vents
  • Cleaning affected areas by removing smoke or soot residues

After a fire loss, you should contact your insurance company for specific instructions regarding a filing a claim. SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley works with 100’s of insurance companies and are even a preferred vender for most. Every fire damage event can be a unique and differ from one to the other but the outcome is the same. Getting your business to its pre-fire loss condition is our #1 goal.

Contact us day or night at 478-956-1214!

What Makes It a Severe Thunderstorm? | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

a large lightning strike just in front of person driving down road Thunderstorms can pop up at any moment. Contact SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley if you experience any damage.

Around this time of year, we start to see more thunderstorm activity. While many of these storms may pass through without much damage, other, more serious storms can be catastrophic.

The nature of these severe thunderstorms means that they bring lots of rain, high winds, lightning, hail and flooding. But what makes these storms move from being a “thunderstorm” to a “severe thunderstorm”?

Let’s look below at some of the categorical differences between these types of storms.

A thunderstorm, by definition, is a storm that has both thunder and lightning. These kinds of storms can be dangerous even without additional threats.

But here are the key distinctions for a severe thunderstorm and the types of hazards they can create for your family.

3 Key Elements of What Makes a Thunderstorm Severe

Lightning strikes. Lightning is known to cause damage to houses by starting house fires and felling trees that can do significant damage to permanent structures and vehicles. But did you know that it is reported that [lightning causes around 300 injuries every year](

High winds and hail. A severe thunderstorm is defined as a storm that has straight-line winds of at least 58 miles per hour and has hail that is at least one inch in diameter, or larger. The combination of of these two can do some serious damage to unsheltered cars, pets or livestock that are not adequately protected and roofs of homes. Hail is already capable of causing damage due to the speed at which it falls (up to 72 miles per hour), but add the high winds and it’s a recipe for damage.

Flash flooding. Flooding is possible for even those outside of a designated flood plain because they can be caused by drains that are not working properly, small roadside ditches that become filled with water and many other threats that can make flooded roadways become life-threatening situations quickly. In as little as 12 inches of water, it is possible for a car to be taken away with the tide.

Thunderstorms are part of the weather patterns for Georgia, so if a storm causes damage to your home or business, we are prepared to help at any time. Contact us to find out how we can get your property back to pre-storm condition.

Choosing an Expert Team for Your Home’s Restoration | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

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There is never a good time to discover that your home has sustained damage due to a fire or natural disaster, but in case you do, it is important to have a plan. The restoration team you choose to handle the job will be the biggest factor in how smoothly the process goes, which is why understanding who you are working with is key.

Many people do not understand what a threat it is to have something happen to your home that causes damage. About one in every 350 homes will have to file a fire claim in the U.S. this year according to the Insurance Information Institute, and if you add fires into the statistics about water and storm damages, the likelihood becomes much higher at one out of every 20 homes.

Do not let these statistics scare you, but do use them as a catalyst for making a solid plan in case damage occurs to your home. A restoration company that has the right experience and training is key to being certain your home will be restored properly and in a timely manner—that is why we invest so heavily in our technicians’ education and training.

Choosing the Right Team for Home Restoration Work

When you put your faith in SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley for your home restorations, you will be assured that you are getting the best people possible for the job.

We train every one of our technicians extensively, not just with our own heavily researched materials, but also using certifications and guidance from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC is a nonprofit that sets the standard for the restoration industry, which is why we encourage all of our technicians to pursue the certifications that they offer.

Because training is such a major component of the work that we do, we feel confident in our ability to handle any type of restoration job that area homeowners need. From fire to storm to water damage, you can call us any time of the day or night and be certain you will get highly trained technicians to handle the job.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

How a Small Leak Can Become a Big Problem

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

Putting on “band aids” to temporarily fix a leaking pipe under the bathroom sink or a towel under the refrigerator because the seal is bad will lead to a bigger problem in the long-run. Overtime that small leak can lead into one issue to another- like Mold or structural damage. Being proactive and regular checking, these potential threats could save you money or even an insurance claim!

Standing water and moisture will create an environment for bacteria and even mold growth. In some cases, it may appear on the outside the area is dry but underneath could be a perfect spot for mold or bacteria to grow. The experts at SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley uses specialized equipment to determine what porous materials may need to be removed or repaired. The level of restoration will depend on the category of water that occurred when the damage happened.

Steps from Beginning to End

  • Inspection and Assess the affected area(s)
  • Extract the Water and Mitigate to prevent further damage
  • Drying and Dehumidifying
  • Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Complete Restoration-Restore your home and begin repairs if needed

Call SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

All of our  IICRC Technicians are certified and will follow the industry standards to ensure your home is clean, dry and safe! Water damages happen every day and can happen at any time. SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley is an emergency service that’s available 24-hours, 7 days a week including holidays. Contact us anytime at 478-956-1214.