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How SERVPRO® of Columbia County Emergency Ready Profiles Save Businesses

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Bringing Your Business Down? We Can Help!

No business owner wants to undergo the process of restoring a business from a water damage – But, when the unexpected happens, We Can Help.

Follow Our Pro-Tips:

First, make it second-nature to look for warning signs.

What does this mean? To be aware of your surroundings. Make it routine to check on refrigerator leaks, watch for loose pipe fittings that may drip, this could be a warning sign of a pipe burst that could cause extensive damage.

Second, begin to familiarize yourself with your building’s structure.

What does this mean? Knowing where shut-off valves are for both gas and water can mean the difference between a small water cleanup Evans or, having to stop business operations because of the large-loss water damage needs to be mitigated and restored.

What SERVPRO Can Do To Prevent Water Damage

SERVPRO® of Columbia County has the knowledge and capability to walk you through your buildings structure to identify shut-off valves for both gas and water. The more you familiarize yourself with the help of a professional restoration expert, the more equipped you will be when a water damage occurs.

SERVPRO® of Columbia County offers our Emergency Ready Profile. This program is designed to help you identify potential problem areas of your building for emergency response, familiarize you with your building, familiarize a SERVPRO representative with your building’s structure, and equip you and your team with our ERP App that includes all structure and contact information; All to hopefully prevent future extensive damage.

How an ERP Can Help You & Your Business

  • Locating & Marking shut-off valves. This means quicker response times to shutting off water causing damage at the source.
  • Excessing your opportunity to familiarize yourself with your building helps with safety in the event of an Emergency.
  • 24/7 Access to the ERP Information through our ERP App.
  • 24/7 Access to contact information for on-call Emergency contacts, HVAC, plumbers, maintenance staff, and other preferred vendors.
  • Upon ERP completion, your SERVPRO® representative will be familiar with your building and can easily direct SERVPRO® crews in the event of an emergency call.
  • Taking the time to complete your ERP = Less Time Later Spent Trying to Regain Control of Your Business After an emergency call.

Could You Benefit from an ERP? Call us!

Our representatives take pride in being able to equip you with the tools necessary to take control after an emergency such as fire or water damage. To be proactive, call our office at 706-868-5441 to schedule your Emergency Ready Profile.

We Have The Experience And Training To Restore Your Augusta Home After Fire Damage

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damaged room If you need professional assistance with fire damage, Call in the experts at (706) 868-5441. We are always available to help you!

Applied Knowledge To Fixing Fire Damage To Your Home In Augusta

Whether big or small, fire can have long-lasting effects on your home and its contents. The flames themselves, along with water and chemicals used to suffocate them, all leave an imprint on your walls, flooring, and furniture, not to mention your emotional well-being. Eliminating the effects of fire damage is best left to professionals who are used to applying scientific principles to return your home to mint condition promptly. Even the savviest homeowners may find themselves at a loss when faced with the gravity of the situation. 

Fire Damage Restoration

Our team at SERVPRO best serves fire damage to your Augusta home. Our rapid response team is available around the clock to tend to your emergency. All you need to do is place the call. Well beyond our availability, it is our industry knowledge that sets us apart. Our technicians train in the most advanced remediation techniques, and we are ready to apply these principles to your benefit. 

Smoke Damage

When removing soot stains from your walls and surfaces, our SERVPRO team members will apply their knowledge in establishing an action plan. For instance, they may raise the temperature in the room to accelerate the reaction between cleaning agents and residue, or they may use water pressure for thorough stain removal. Our knowledge of each chemical's strengths and application is to your advantage in preserving your home while achieving a complete clean-up. 

House Fire Clean Up

If the fire was extensive, we might not be able to salvage everything in your home. When this is the case, we work with you to properly dispose of burnt and charred materials. We also coordinate so your home is ready for any contractors that need to come in and perform further repairs. Our long-standing experience in the field provides us with a knowledgeable framework to guide our actions. 

As tempting as it might be, leave any fire damage repairs to the experts. At SERVPRO of Columbia County, we provide top-quality services when you are in need. Just call us at (706) 868-5441, so we may help you close this chapter and leave your home "Like it never even happened."

Is Water Damaging the Foundation of Your Augusta Home?

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Moisture Retention in Concrete Slab Foundations of Augusta Homes

Many of the newly constructed and aging homes of Augusta have concrete slab foundations instead of crawl spaces. This base has become a standard in construction for its simplicity and less time spent constructing supports for the house and encasement for the crawlspace. However, for as less likely that groundwater can pool beneath your home like it can with the alternative, there are still potential water concerns for concrete slabs that every homeowner should know.

Identifying problems with your concrete slab and potential water damage that could affect your Augusta home, as a result, might seem more complicated than it is. Most residents can see the outside perimeter of their concrete slab, allowing you to see compromised areas. Our SERVPRO team has witnessed how water damage can adversely affect concrete, as it can do the same thing to blockwork foundations for basement walls in other areas.

As concrete remains perpetually exposed to groundwater and moisture, the slab itself begins to allow moisture penetration and absorption over time. Water saturation of your concrete foundation can cause multiple problems for your house if it does not get corrected. The first of these concerns is the degradation of the concrete itself over an extended period, eventually causing the solid slab to split, crack and separate from itself. A foundation split into two parts can cause significant structural concerns for the house sitting on top.

Moisture penetration can also lead to mold growth for the exposed flooring supports and main level structural elements near the damp base of your property. A spreading organism like this can pose potential health effects for exposed humans and pets and degrade and ruin construction materials hosting a colony.

Our SERVPRO professionals can help assess the situation with your concrete slab and offer diversion solutions for water and work to pull the moisture from this slab to prevent structural failures or microbial growth.

If you suspect water penetration and saturation of your concrete foundation, give our SERVPRO of Columbia County rapid response team a call today at (706) 868-5441.

Pipe Burst After Business Hours

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Business room with water damage and carpet flooring has drying equipment placed Pictured: SERVPRO commercial drying equipment restoring a business to preloss condition.

Expect the Unexpected: Commercial Water Damage

Unforeseen accidents can leave your business at a standstill if you don’t select the right company to help cleanup the mess. If a pipe bursts after-hours you could have a mess of disintegrated ceiling tiles, saturated product, and commercial flooring and sheetrock could be experiencing stress from water damage.

Luckily, SERVPRO® of Columbia County is available 24/7/365 to answer your emergency water damage call. Our crews are always ready to help when disaster strikes. Water damage is something you may not be able to fully plan for, but you can equip yourself with a knowledgeable team that can help mitigate water damage issues.

Commercial Water Damage Removing Water

When water damage strikes, know that our teams can help extract unwanted water and can dry the structure through controlling the environment using drying equipment and dehumidifiers. To remove water properly, our expert crews use the following processes:

  • Place drying equipment to extract excess moisture from the walls and flooring.
  • Both wet and dry vacuums are used along with attached pumps to dry the structure more quickly
  • Portable pumps and extractors may be used as well.

Fixing Commercial Carpet Floor Coverings

Low, commercial-grade carpeting and carpet pads are used in an endless number of commercial businesses. They are an ideal option for commercial flooring but can pose a hurdle when a water damage strikes your business. However, SERVPRO® of Columbia County is capable and experienced in managing a water loss over carpeting. Methods such as “floating” carpets can be a useful tactic to help dry both the top of the carpet pad and bottom of the carpet floor covering.

Need Commercial Water Damage Help? Want to Learn More?

To best serve you is our ultimate goal. We achieve this by quickly and properly restoring your businesses to preloss condition. Call our office at 706-868-5441 or visit our website by clicking here!

What to Expect After a Martinez Water Damage?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen with wood flooring has green Servpro air moving equipment placed to restore flooring after a water damage. After this beautiful kitchen had a water loss, SERVPRO drying equipment was placed to help salvage their hardwood flooring.

Water Damage Stage - Where Are You At?

Every water loss is unique in how the loss occurred, type of materials affected, and to amount of square footage on-site was disturbed. The single most important factor to restoring your home is a fast response time. We encourage you to communicate when your water loss first occurred to your local SERVPRO® of Columbia County team so we can determine the stage of potential damage your property has undergone.

Water losses demand a fast response to resolve most of the damage within the first couple of days, and this involves multiple mitigation tactics. Through notifying your insurance company and SERVPRO® of Columbia County promptly, you place your home on the road to being restored properly and efficiently.

Restore – Not Replace!

Protecting your property and your belongings means selecting SERVPRO® of Columbia County’s in-house restoration team to clean both structure and contents. We aim to Restore – Not Replace. For you, this may mean that there could be very minimal structural changes during your water loss Martinez process such as only removing baseboards, or only some pieces of flooring pulled to properly dry the structure.

Because of our advanced technology, we can mitigate quickly and more efficiently while being less invasive.

Protecting your property and your contents often involves several steps. After discovering the stage your property is at; we can begin one of the following process solutions to restore your home:

  • Extraction – Removes standing water trapped in your home using multiple different attachment tools and high-powered extraction machines.
  • Controlled Demolition – When specific materials are too damaged and wet to dry and still retain the proper structural integrity of your home, our crews begin a process of 'controlled demolition' where they, along with your insurance determine the damages, then discard these damaged elements of your home to prepare for replacement.
  • Content Management – We aim to protect your belongings. As a method to do such, our teams work with your insurance to sort through and determine what is salvageable for restoring your items to preloss condition. Items we specifically search for restoring are often keepsakes, heirlooms, and other sentimental items.
  • Repairs – Often water losses occur not from negligence, but from broken plumbing or sink fixtures. If this is the case for your home, repairs may be a necessary part in the restoration process.
  • Cleaning – Typically as a last step in our process, the Cleaning Stage helps your home to appear "Like it never even happened."® Part of the Cleaning Stage is to remove any debris and clean the structure to remove any hazards on-site.

Experienced a Home Water Damage Martinez? Give our SERVPRO® of Columbia County team a call at (706) 868-5441 to start mitigation after a water loss in your home.

Why Does Flood Damage Restoration by SERVPRO Improve Outcomes in Evans Properties?

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technician When the water comes inside, we have the equipment to take it out. Call us today!

SERVPRO Dedicates Adequate Resources for All Tasks during Water Damage Repairs

On discovering floodwaters in your Evans home, you should not hesitate to take action. The kind of action you have to take varies depending on the type of flood damage. Apart from groundwater entering the lower levels of your home, roof leaks can leave other areas of the property inundated. 

Responding to flood damage in Evans requires different approaches, whether it is stripping sheetrock from walls to access the studs, removing porous fixtures such as carpets and pads, or cleaning soiled areas. A professional team like SERVPRO is comfortable handling any of these aspects since we have diverse expertise and equipment needed to handle each task. 

With our assistance, it is easy to accomplish tasks such as 

  • Sewage cleanup
  • Basement flooding cleanup
  • Ceiling repairs from water damage

When sewage or other biohazards are involved, flood restoration requires controlled demolition to remove all porous materials affected by the water intrusion since it is impossible to clean such materials to sanitary levels even through deep cleaning techniques. Our SERVPRO technicians remove or cut off drywall panels a few inches above the waterline, exposing the porous materials within the wall cavity for easier removal. Removing wall panels also helps create room to dry studs and other support elements protecting the house's structural integrity.

Sanitizing the areas affected by the floodwaters or halting any microbial growth process is necessary. Our SERVPRO technicians spray EPA-registered disinfectants on all surfaces. We also apply antimicrobial products that help inhibit mold development.

SERVPRO of Columbia County offers the best help after flood damage. Call us at (706) 868-5441 to help you fix any issue, “Like it never even happened.”

Pipe Burst? SERVPRO® of Columbia County Can Help Begin Cleanup

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Up-close image of a SERVPRO air mover in a hallway After extracting water from a water loss, Drying Equipment (pictured) is placed to finish the drying process.

FAST Reaction Means FAST Recovery

What’s Important? Reaction time. Reacting quickly to an emergency for all forms of water damages, such as burst pipes, toilet overflows, and roof leaks is vital to reducing your Evans home or business’ chance of secondary damage. A burst pipe can be devastating if not take care of properly. Normal water pressure coupled with aging pipes can lead to pipe bursts and mean extensive damage if not reported quickly.

SERVPRO of Columbia County® can help to restore your home and bring normality back to your life. Our crews are trained in cleanup & restoration of both residential and commercial properties for any size water loss, as our crews follow IICRC protocol. IICRC protocol is a highly regimented system of how to approach, mitigate, and repair a structure after a loss. SERVPRO® crews also follow the 1-4-8 guideline. The 1-4-8 guideline helps to assure timely, seamless communication between homeowner, insurance adjuster, and SERVPRO®.

Moisture Detection and Meters

SERVPRO® Moisture Meters help our crews see beyond your home or business’ walls and flooring. This is important as we can avoid pulling back baseboards, sheetrock, and flooring as we inspect the loss and potential loss areas. Devices such as our FLIR Imaging cameras detect temperatures, this is important as a found change in temperature behind materials could mean moisture we cannot see beyond the surface. With advanced equipment such as the thermal imaging cameras, we can quickly help target the source of a water loss so we can react as necessary to lessen business disruption and/or downtime.

How We Can Help

Beyond identifying the source of your water loss, SERVPRO® provides industry-leading restoration for your business. If you experience a water loss, and need expert advice and assessment, call our team at 706-868-5441.

To Learn More, please visit SERVPROcolumbiacounty.com

Can Dehumidification Be an Effective Tool for Mold Removal Companies in Evans?

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician in PPE If mold damage strikes your business, you’ll need a team to help you. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional remediation and mitigation services.

SERVPRO Has Several Types of Dehumidifiers for Mold Remediation of Evans' Businesses

The likely cause of microbial growth in your premises is moisture. Without moisture, mold cannot grow and instead lies in a dormant state, forming a natural part of the indoor environment. The solution to mold growth then is to correct moisture problems. SERVPRO has experience working with:

  • Mold specialists
  • Mold inspection
  • Mold removal 

Does Dryer Air Reduce Mold Growth?

Mold removal companies in Evans use dehumidifiers to circulate dry air into an area continually. The dry air acts like a sponge absorbing moisture which, over time, can reduce humidity to below 60 Grains Per Pound (GPP). When humidity drops below 60 GPP, it reduces mold growth

  • Dehumidifiers dry most efficiently in enclosed areas meaning doorways and windows should be shut or duct sealed.
  • This equipment should be placed directly next to areas of mold growth to help reduce colonies. 
  • Once a unit is switched on, it can be left running even overnight to ensure that microbial growth remains under control. 
  • Negative pressure using air scrubbers can port interior, spore filled air, to the exterior.

Protect your business from mold. Contact SERVPRO of Columbia County for mold removal at (706) 868-5441.

What Types of Equipment Do Martinez Residents Need to Restore Flood Damage?

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Equipment Used by SERVPRO Can Recovery Your Storm-Damaged Martinez Property

Storms can commonly lead to a flooding issue in your property, either by rainfall or road overflow. Reducing loss at a flooded site relies heavily on removing water from the structure. The less water in the structure, the faster it dries and the less damage it is likely to cause. SERVPRO can help with things like:

  • Leaking roof from storms
  • Ceiling repairs from water damages
  • Basement flooding cleanup 

SERVPRO Utilizes Advanced Technology and Equipment 

Among the most useful equipment for flood damage restoration in your Martinez home is a truck-mount setup. Truck-mounts comprise an engine, vacuum system, chemical pump, water pump, and heating system. This equipment can be used for various methods, from extracting water from your home to pre-conditioning and washing carpets. 

  • Truck-mounts have an independent power supply making them ideal for flooded properties where main electricity may be cut off.
  • This equipment connects to water supply inlets directly using a water supply hose.
  • Truck mounts can be adjusted using vacuum hoses and high-pressure hoses. 
  • Trash pumps are helpful for extracting debris-filled floodwaters.

In a flood emergency, contact SERVPRO of Columbia County for assistance with flood damage at (706) 868-5441.

Can Smoke Damage in an Evans Property Cause Permanent Harm?

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo over fire SERVPRO has helped many homeowners recover from the effects of fire damage and our highly experienced crews stand ready to respond 24/7.

SERVPRO Fire Restoration Technicians Can Address Indoor Air-quality Issues and Smoke Residues in a House Fire in Evans

Evans is a township that sits on the outskirts of Augusta, Georgia, to the south and the Savannah River to the north. According to the last census, the local population has grown by over 10,000 people between 2000 and 2010, currently sitting at 29,010 people. Many of the residents are taking advantage of the economies that are afforded by Augusta's metropolitan state area. Last year Evans took first place in Money Magazine's Top Places to Live in the United States. Evans has also won an award from Family Circle Magazine with writers highlighting its reasonable housing market, excellent schools, low crime, and green spaces. Part of what makes Evans stand out is the stunning surrounding landscape with Jones Creek and Bartram trail among the highlights. 

The Evans township strikes the right balance between its small-town vibe and the vibrant city life of nearby Augusta. Many of the stores along Evans' quaint main street are independent or family-run. A stroll along the causeway is an opportunity to find unique gifts, grab a bite of southern-style barbecue or sample some of the local produce from the craft breweries. A short walking distance from the township is the surrounding state park with kayaking, fishing, camping, and hiking facilities. Evans is a serene getaway from the bustling bigger cities and a place to relax. Many of the local independent stores here focus on meditation, yoga, wellness, and spas which help to give visitors some much-needed rest on the weekend away. 

  • Evans has several day spas for guests to relax and unwind. The Sol Himalayan Salt Cave and Spa on the Town Center Boulevard is a 433 square foot salt cave that focuses on halotherapy. The Tuscany Day Spa is another highlight that focuses on relaxation and wellness. 
  • The Evans Town Center Park, which is just off the Boulevard, is a public space that hosts live music, entertainment, and farmer's markets throughout the year. The outdoor entertainment space also has picnic facilities, bike rentals, and a children's playground. 
  • Evans is also home to the Columbia County Amphitheater, which hosts outdoor performance art, pantomime, and plays. Situated on Faircloth Drive, the surrounding park is also home to a war memorial that commemorates the lives lost by residents of Columbia County during the war effort.

Evans Residents Use SERVPRO for Fire Restoration Services

Housefires are unfortunately common in the US and can occur due to leaving a stove unattended or from appliance malfunction. While these situations can be stressful and leave stains or odor permeating your home, they can often be restored to a preloss condition with the correct personnel and equipment. 

SERVPRO Technicians Can Restore:

  • Fire damaged homes
  • Fire and smoke damage
  • House fire cleanup

The temperature and air pressure that is created by fires lead to the creation of thousands of aerosols. These aerosols are microscopic and invisible to the naked eye but can often be felt when breathing or smelling the indoor environment. SERVPRO has professional smoke remediation equipment to help restore your home.

  • HEPA filters are capable of removing trace aerosols and odor from your home after a fire. 
  • These filters can be fitted to filtration devices, negative air pressure machines, or vacuuming equipment. 
  • We are happy to work with indoor environmental specialists to ensure your home returns to its preloss condition. 

After a fire, to address indoor air quality issues, contact SERVPRO of Columbia County for fire restoration at (706) 868-5441.