Signs of water damage?
Has your water heater leaked, busted or flooded multiple rooms? What about busted water pipes or hoses? Sewage backup into tubs or sinks? Do you have a basement that flooded from outside water such has groundwater or had a leaking roof or windows? Overflowed bathtub, toilets or sinks? What about a water line from a refrigerator or dishwasher hose? Or even had water damage from your HVAC Unit?
The damage this can cause can be devastating. And Unfortunately, most home or business owners have experienced one or some of these water damages. Our SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley technicians have the proper equipment to test for moister within your walls, floors and ceilings. Even if a wall doesn’t appear to be wet, it still needs proper testing and possibly treatment to prevent any mold or further damage. Some cracking, bulging, or “soft spots” in the flooring are just a few signs of a water leak.
SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley is faster to size disaster! Our technicians are ready and available 24 hours/seven days a week! For professional cleanup and restoration, contact SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley at 478-956-1214
SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley has been in business for almost 40 years! We are Independently Owned and Operated. We specialize in Water Restoration, Fire Restoration, Mold Remediation, Storm and Major Events, Biohazard Cleanup, Cleaning Services, Building Services and Commercial Services. Our technicians are highly trained and certified by IICRC, The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.
SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley is part of a franchise system, which includes one of the 1,700 locations across the country. As part of that system, SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley operates under at the 1-4-8 rule for service response services.
- ONE – Within one hour from the first notice of your loss, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will contact you to arrange for service.
- FOUR – Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services.
- EIGHT – Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person.
SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley is your trusted source for all of your Mitigation, Remediation and Restoration needs. We will strive to make it “Like it never even happened.”
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Common causes for house fires
The top most common causes of house fires
- Cooking Equipment
- Smoking in bedrooms
- Electrical equipment
- Curious Children
- Faulty wiring
- Flammable liquids
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the number one cause of home fires is unattended cooking. However, we realize that accidents happen. Having a fire extinguisher ready and available should be placed in your kitchen, garage or office. You should also know how to properly use a fire extinguisher for the in-case in the event you may need to use one.
Heating equipment such as space heaters should only be used if a small section of your home needs to be heated. The heater should be kept away from anything that could easily catch fire such as curtains, furniture, clothing, and even animals. We recommend your home or business should have alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home or business. We also recommend placing a Carbon Monoxide detector in every room that contains a fuel-burning appliance.
While smoking-related fires accounted for only 2% of all residential building fires, they were a leading cause of civilian fire deaths, accounting for 14% of fire deaths in residential buildings. Non-confirmed fires accounted for 93% of residential buildings smoking related fires.
An electrical appliance such as a microwave or flat iron can start a fire if it is faulty or the cord is frayed. Overloaded power adapter plugs can cause a fire from an overuse of electricity. If the power strip is not used properly, the results can be devastating.
Candles can smell nice and can come in handy to quickly cover up smells. However, 85% of candle fires are due to negligence. NEVER leave a burning candle unattended. NEVER burn a candle on or near furniture, curtains, walls or flammable items. If the candle is in a glass container, make sure to not let the candle burn all way to the bottom of the glass. The heat of the glass could explode, causing the wax to melt out or the wax/flame could fall out and cause a fire. ALWAYS keep candles out of the reach of children or pets.
It’s very important to teach our children fire safety! Most fires caused by children involve matches or lighters. However, studies have found that children playing with candles, stoves, fireworks and cigarettes are most common. You should lead by example, explain why they cannot use fire, treat matches and lighters like tools, keep matches and lighters out of reach of children, reward children for making right decisions with matches and lighters and encourage your child’s school to promote fire safety.
Kinks in wiring cause electrical resistance with the wire. Frayed wires and extension cords and even damaged phone chargers are some examples of faulty wiring. Do you know some of the signs of faulty wiring? Flickering or buzzing of lights, feeling a tingle when you touch an electrical appliance, discoloration around outlets or even unusual smells or odors coming from appliances or outlets are some signs of faulty wiring. It’s recommended to get an electrical check every 3-5 years. If you notice sounds coming from within your walls or attic, this could be a potential issue and we recommend you contact a professional to handle both the rodent infestation and any potential electrical issues.
When grilling outdoors, you should always keep your grill away from your home or structure. You should never leave your grill unattended and should always be properly cleaned when not in use. Grills should be kept away from tablecloths, plants, trees, children and pets. If using a gas grill, you should always check for leaks. A great way is to apply a soap and water mix to each connection in the gas lines. Turn on the gas and look for bubbles. If you see bubbles, tighten the fitting with a wrench and recheck. If unsure how to check, take your gas tank to your local propane company.
If you have flammable liquids in your home or business, they should be kept securely and away from heat sources. Always check the label for storing.
Did you know that lamp shades and light fittings can also contribute to house fires? Fabric lampshades can easily catch fire. Fabric shades are for accenting a room and lighting a path through an area. LED light bulbs are the coolest lighting available. They stay cool no matter how many hours the light is on.
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SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley is always here when you need us. We care about you and your loved one’s safety. If you or your business experience any of these disasters, contact SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley 24 hours seven days a week at 478-956-1214! Let us help you make it “Like it never even happened.”
Does your home or business have a fire extinguisher?
Always remember to PASS
t’s very important to not only have fire extinguishers in your home or business but also know how to use them. Some safety tips are essential to know as it may one day save your home, business or even your life. Most fire extinguishers operate the same way. Make sure to stand six to eight feet away from the fire.
Fire Safety Tips:
Check all electrical appliances, cords and outlets monthly.
Carefully read the directions for proper use of space heaters, electrical cords.
Be vigilant in the kitchen. Always keep a close eye on food while cooking. If you leave the kitchen, turn the stove off. Take an oven mitt or spoon to remind yourself of the food left on the stove.
Keep fireplaces kept clean and free of paper, wood or flammable materials that can escape while burning or left unattended.
Always keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
Use candles safely by keeping them away from children, pets, furniture and curtains.
Test your smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries twice a year (I.e. Spring & Fall)
Practice fire drills at home and work
Always remember to PASS
Pull the pin at the top to break the temper seal
Aim the extinguisher low, pointing the nozzle at the base of the fire
Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent
Sweep the extinguisher from side to side, continuing to aim at the base of the fire until it appears to be out
Did you know there are 4 types of fire extinguishers?
Water extinguishers are filled with regular tap water. The best way to remove heat is to dump water on the fire, however depending on the type of fire, this is not always the best option.
The foam has a blanketing effect that knocks down the flames, smothering and cooling them. Hopefully preventing re-ignition of the flammable vapors by sealing the surface of the solution.
Dry Power extinguishers
Dry power fire extinguishers interrupt the chemical reaction of the fire by coating the fuel with a thin layer of powder, separating the fuel from the surrounding oxygen.
Carbon Dioxide (C02) extinguishers
C02 extinguishers contain carbon dioxide, a non –flammable gas. C02 is heavier than oxygen so these extinguishers work by displacing or taking away oxygen from the surrounding area. C02 is also very cold so it also works by cooling the fuel. C02 is non corrosive and on conductive.
It's that time of the year. Spring Cleaning!
Spring cleaning tips from SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley
Take the time to plan your spring cleaning session or sessions into your planner, without this you won’t know how long you have and you won’t ever get around to the actual cleaning! This is often a great time to really tackle the cleaning and a spring clean is a great way to just give your home a freshen up!
Tackle the big projects first! Get those out the way otherwise you may never get to them. Home projects include:
- Vacuum all mattresses
- Scrub out the oven
- Clean all windows, inside and out
- Wash down all the walls
- Sweep out the garage and give a quick tidy up
- Clean all ceiling fans
- Clean out all closets and donate items
- Move all furniture around and knock out those dust bunnies
- Wash curtains, drapes, blankets and throw pillows
- Wipe down baseboards
- Snake the shower drain
- Empty the pantry and refrigerator of expired items
Office projects include:
- Organize the cabinets and drawers
- Create action files for anything you can’t take care of right away
- Clearly label any files or storage bins
- Shred any sensitive documents that you don’t need to keep
- Use pressurized air to clean computers, keyboards and other appliances
- Dust bookcases and shelving units
- Dust around and under everything
- Wipe down furniture using furniture or wood-safe polish
- Clean windows
- Vacuum carpets/sweep/mop floors
- Clean baseboards
- Wipe ceiling lights
Our professional cleaning services have been part of the SERVPRO story for more than 50 years! With professional tools and a good eye for nooks and crannies, we’ll have your home or business sparking in no time!
If you would much rather hire someone to do your spring cleaning, give SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley a call!
We are Cleaning Experts
SERVPRO is here to help during this time of need
SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley 478-956-1214
Fire Damage Restoration: What You Should Know
Fire Damage Restoration: What You Should Know
Whether it's a fire in the home or a fire in a business, fire damage can be devastating. The shock of a fire to a family or business owner can feel overwhelming, and most people don't quite know what to do. Fire damage can range in severity. From smoke damage and soot damage to serious structural deterioration, fire in a home or fire in a business is nothing to be taken lightly. Fire damage restoration is an in depth process that should be entrusted to a professional restoration company. A fire cleanup should only be carried out by skilled experts.
After a loss to fire, a professional restoration company should be contacted right away to determine the best course of action. Usually the first thing that will be done is to secure the property by boarding up the damaged structure to keep curious people and animals out. Skilled experts can then begin the assessment of smoke damage, soot damage, fire damage, and water damage associated with such a loss. The severity and types of damage that have occurred will depend on the intensity of the fire and the composition of the structure. Commercial fire damage in a steel building may be limited to smoke damage, soot damage, and water damage to the interior, and require only remodeling and mitigation of the smoke smell. Fire in the home however, can often be more severe, as many homes are built of wood and filled with more flammable building materials like carpets and furniture. A professional restoration company should be the only ones entrusted to assess the extent of fire damage and carry out the fire cleanup and fire damage restoration.
After the initial board up and assessment of damage the restoration company can begin the fire cleanup. This means removing any furniture or appliances damaged by the fire in the home or fire in the business. Many articles will be lost to smoke damage and soot damage, even though they have not been burned. If there was fire in a business damaged products will need to be sorted and evaluated to determine the extent of the commercial fire damage. The smoke odor will in some instances never quite come out furniture or appliances that go through commercial fire damage or residential fires. Each item needs to be evaluated.
When all furniture and appliances have been removed the fire damage restoration process can begin. To mitigate the smoke odor the property will usually be opened up and well ventilated. Damaged drywall, carpeting, ceiling tiles and the like will be removed. Once the house or business has been properly stripped of its damaged interior, structural inspection can take place to determine what repairs are needed. The property may be left in a board up state and ventilated for a few days to diminish the smoke smell. Chemical cleaners may also be used to aid the process. The fire cleanup process must be expected to take days if not weeks depending on severity, as the professionals entrusted will want to do a thorough job. Fire damage restoration is no small matter and needs to be entrusted to these skilled experts. After the property has been sufficiently cleaned the board up may be removed and the process of rebuilding and/or remodeling may begin.
What to Do After a Fire Related Loss:
-Board up the property to ensure it's inaccessible to people or animals;
-Contact your insurance company, if applicable;
-Call a professional restoration company immediately and set up a consultation;
Residential and commercial fire damage can be devastating emotionally, mentally, and financially. But home and business owners alike need to remember that they are not alone, and that there are highly skilled and trained experts ready to help them. The sooner these professionals are contacted, the sooner family life and business can get back on track. If you or someone you know has experienced a residential or commercial fire related loss contact a professional restoration company today.
What to do AFTER the storm has passed
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Quickly and Efficiently Handling Mold Damage
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.