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Revolutionize The Fire Damage Remediation Process in Augusta

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Revolutionize The Fire Damage Remediation Process in Augusta Fires can easily happen in your garage and cause serious damage to your entire house. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for remediation help.

Fixing Charring and Odor Issues after Fire Damage in your Augusta Home Garage

A fire in your home garage can cause severe damages, especially if you store paints or other chemicals in the area without taking proper precautions. These chemicals emit fumes that can ignite easily in case of a spark. The chemicals also cause intense fires that might affect the structural integrity of your home or produce excessive smoke creating various problems. We offer professional mitigation of fire damage, which can help restore your home to its preloss state.

An intense fire can reach the structural support of your home, including beams and joists. Restoring such fire damage in your Augusta home can be challenging because, even if the structure is still stable, removing the charring and smoke deposits left is a tedious process. Our SERVPRO technicians check the depth of charring to determine whether there is a need to replace any structural supports. If it is less than 1/4” deep, we can resolve the problem through cleaning.

Abrasion of charred surfaces is the straightforward solution that comes to mind when restoring fire damage. However, in certain situations, it might not be appropriate because it can cause further damage to the affected materials. Our SERVPRO technicians can apply advanced cleaning solutions such as ice blasting. This method utilizes dry ice pellets, which cause the top layer of the charring to shrink, leading to cracks. As more pellets are blasted at high pressure over the surface, they are exposed to lower, warmer layers. The pellets expand as they revert to carbon dioxide gas removing the layers of charred materials.

Removing charring on surfaces and any other debris from the loss site eliminates most of the problem. However, aesthetical problems might persist. Fires tend to leave pungent odors and also damage paints or other finishes on surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians can help resolve these problems by painting walls, ceilings, and other surfaces. We also use advanced equipment such as Ozone generators and hydroxyl generators to deodorize your home.

For the complete restoration of your Evans, Martinez or Grovetown home after a fire, call SERVPRO of Columbia County to help. You can reach us at (706) 868-5441 any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Specialized Equipment Can Save Your Water Damaged Home In Augusta

7/6/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Specialized Equipment Can Save Your Water Damaged Home In Augusta If you want to make water loss incidents, “Like it never even happened.” give us a call today at (706) 868-5441.

Advanced Tools For Water Cleanup In Augusta Homes

We strive always to provide every customer with a fast and confident response, so no matter how severe water losses might be in your Augusta home, we can begin setting things right from our arrival. Much of the work that our experts do depends on the experience and education of our certified technicians that have accreditations in multiple areas of the restoration industry through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification as both Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) and with Applied Structural Drying (ASD.)

While we cannot achieve quality water cleanup for Augusta homes without our roster of IICRC-Certified technicians, the equipment and products used for this recovery is equally vital to success. Depending on the severity of the situation for your house, many different machines and tools can get used to remove standing water, to dry up saturation and moisture, and to thoroughly clean exposed materials, surfaces, and contents. Many property owners do not recognize many of these devices and what they can do, but here are some common choices by our SERVPRO professionals for your home:

Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifier
While these are not the only dehumidification systems available to our SERVPRO technicians addressing water damages in your home, these can be a common choice when effective moisture removal is critical.

Moisture Content Reader
Devices like hygrometers and other discovery tools help our technicians to maintain an understanding of the moisture content of saturated elements and monitor the progress of drying efforts throughout restoration and recovery.

High-Velocity Air Movers
For drying efforts, these machines can help quickly. The units force heated air into the environment to begin rapidly evaporating the moisture and dampness encountered. Once vaporized, it can get collected by the dehumidification tools.

Multiple Extraction Options
Extraction is not always necessary for a water cleanup effort, but if you are facing standing water, we have multiple recovery tools that can help. From our portable options like the wet-vacs and sump pumps to more powerful truck-mounted options, we have the right tool for any need you have.

Many machines and devices play a vital role in the recovery work that our SERVPRO of Columbia County team does for our customers. If you want to make water loss incidents, “Like it never even happened.” give us a call today at (706) 868-5441.

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It's Raining, It's Pouring, and It's Causing Storm Damage to Augusta Houses

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage It's Raining, It's Pouring, and It's Causing Storm Damage to Augusta Houses Call SERVPRO of Columbia County for fast flood damage remediation.

Fast Augusta Home Flood Damage Cleanup by SERVPRO 

Flood damage is bad enough when it happens, it is even worse when your home receives water damage, and you are not home to stop it. The longer building materials have exposure to excessive moisture lessens the chance of restoration.

When a homeowner came home from a weekend getaway, she walked into a drenched room from a tree branch breaking a window during heavy thunderstorms that rolled through and rain entered the Augusta home for hours. 

After contacting her insurance adjuster, her next phone call was to our local SERVPRO facility. Our technicians arrived within hours of the initial call and immediately tarped over the broken window so additional damage from rainstorms would not affect the interior of the property any further. 

We scoped the room to determine all the areas that the water could have possibly migrated into to ensure we did not miss any areas of excessive moisture. Our certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians worked on extraction the remaining water from the property. Because it sat for a minimum of 48 hours before mitigation efforts began, we handled the water as a category three (black) or contaminated water situation requiring specialized safety gear and disinfectants. 

Some sheetrock around the entry point had become oversaturated and required removal, which we accomplished with a controlled demolition technique known as "flood cuts." This method lets adequate airflow happen within the wall cavity and substructure. 

We then set up our drying and dehumidification equipment and ran air scrubbers with HEPA filters because of the heavy odor left behind. Once the affected areas dried, the odors diminished significantly. Our technicians hand-cleaned and disinfected all water loss areas, so they were sanitary. 

Once we completed our cleanup and mitigation efforts, we gave a detailed report and photos of the actions taken to both the homeowner and adjuster along with a listing of the necessary repairs to fully restore the room to its preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Columbia County knows flood damage is a stressful event for any property owner. Handoff the cleanup and restoration to us by calling (706) 868-5441, we are available 24/7 to make your water loss "Like it never even happened."

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SERVPRO Works With Insurance to Restore Your Fire-Damaged Home

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Works With Insurance to Restore Your Fire-Damaged Home Our SERVPRO team is available 24/7/365 to help with all residential fire damage needs.

Working with Insurance to Recover Fire-Damaged Augusta Homes

One of the advantages of choosing professional remediation and mitigation services after a fire loss incident in your Augusta home is the relationships that our team already has with local and national insurance brands. We understand how traumatic and stressful these situations can be and how important it is to get your property back to preloss conditions as promptly as possible. When you want to recover a house after a fire loss incident, you want to trust in our technicians accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification as Fire & Smoke Restoration and Odor Control Technicians.

It is common for homeowners to decide to reach out to their insurance provider first when fire damages occur in their Augusta residence. With the need that you and your home have for professional inspection and evaluation of loss and damages, even your insurance adjuster might recommend reaching out to our SERVPRO team first. We have a team always ready to roll at a moment’s notice to get vital mitigation work started immediately in your fire-damaged home.

We have qualified management and highly trained estimators that can begin evaluation and documentation of the damage as soon as we first arrive at your property. Your insurance provider often does not begin filing and validating a damage claim for your home without photographic evidence and a catalog of the damages. With this information, we can help with the paperwork, regulations, and steps necessary to get your claim approved so work can begin.

With our relationship established with local and national insurance branches, we have become a name to be trusted when fire loss incidents occur. We can work to submit the necessary information as promptly as possible so that our SERVPRO recovery team can get started with debris removal and vital mitigation efforts.

Every second counts when you are bringing a home back from widespread fire loss effects, and getting the right approval and permission from your insurance provider is where professional restoration and mitigation truly begin. Let our SERVPRO of Columbia County team help you with every phase of fire loss restoration. Call us today at (706) 868-5441.

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Our Highly-Qualified Flood Damage Professionals Can Return Your Augusta Home To Pre-Damage Condition

6/8/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Highly-Qualified Flood Damage Professionals Can Return Your Augusta Home To Pre-Damage Condition Call (706) 868-5441 for a consultation when extreme weather results in flooding.

Reliable And Highly-Qualified: Why SERVPRO Is An Augusta Flood Damage Remediation Leader

When a flood threatens the integrity of your Augusta home, you need professional help fast. Flood waters are contaminated, exposing you and your family to health risks and the structural components of your house to disintegration from both the moisture and accelerated growth of fungi and other organisms. The stakes at issue are high, which is why our highly-qualified team needs to remediate.

Extreme weather patterns, resulting in what the National Weather Service calls  “life-threatening” and “catastrophic” flood damage, affect the Deep South. Record maximum temperatures make it difficult to control the air quality inside your home. High humidity both in and outside your home, results in significant challenges when drying out a structure after flooding in Augusta. Our training, experience, and state-of-the-art equipment are why we can get the job done.

We must contain flood waters for appropriate disposal, following local rules. Pathogens from sewage, decaying organic matter, and overflowing waterways add to chemicals rinsed off roadways and landscaping to contaminate the water flowing into your home. Managing this as a DIY project can be hazardous, which is why SERVPRO’s crews are well suited to the task. Our technicians don personal protective equipment (PPE) and often employ air scrubbers during the cleanup phase to clear the interior of airborne pathogens.

Once the contaminated water is out of your home, we use professional cleaners to remove soiling from surfaces. Our technicians receive training from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), another reason why SERVPRO is trusted to use research-based strategies to remediate flood damage. Our team also applies EPA-registered disinfectants to all surfaces touched by the flood waters to inhibit the growth of mold, mildew, or other pathogens after cleaning.

Returning building materials to a normal moisture level is the final step in flood remediation. Accurate measurements of air and moisture levels are crucial to monitoring this phase and is why SERVPRO supports technicians gaining Building Moisture Thermography (BMT) certification. Our crew members use scientific principles to dry out the flood-damaged spaces in your home. Wet moves to dry, and our industrial strength air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers complete efforts to reduce moisture in your home, ensuring a halt to water damage and limiting any post-flood mold or mildew growth.

Professionalism, training, and appropriate tools and equipment are why SERVPRO of Columbia County delivers superior flood damage remediation results. Call (706) 868-5441 for a consultation when extreme weather results in flooding.

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Augusta Property Under Water? Rely on SERVPRO for Full Service--from Pack-Out to Rebuild

5/27/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Augusta Property Under Water? Rely on SERVPRO for Full Service--from Pack-Out to Rebuild SERVPRO Packs-Out Your Flood Damaged Contents, Cleans, Restores, and Returns to Your Augusta Home, "Like it never even happened."

Pack Out Helps Minimize Flood Damage in Augusta Home

When flood damage happens to your home, it is vital to get cleanup efforts going as quickly as possible. The less exposure to water your home and contents have, the better the chances of saving more items through restoration efforts.

Our local SERVPRO responded to a call to mitigate flood damage in an Augusta home. Several areas in the house were affected, and the electricity was turned off. For safety reasons, we confirmed the homeowner and her family were staying off-site at another location.

Since this type of water intrusion carries a rating as the most contaminated, category three or "black water" event, we have protective gear we wear to work with this type of water loss. Upon arrival, our technicians found most of the water had since receded, but the water line on a wall indicated water levels were over the outlets at one point.

With the permission of the insurance adjuster and homeowner, a team of technicians carefully packed and moved out room contents that had the potential for restoration (we call it "pack out") and placed the items that were a loss in a separate bin. Our SERVPRO crew chiefs make detailed notes for items that are packed out and objects that are a loss for full transparency with the adjuster and homeowner.  

We have powerful generators so the lack of electricity does not slow down remediation efforts. Using our portable pumps, we extracted as much water as possible, so large scale items such as the carpet and padding are easier to handle when we removed them as a loss. Carpets covered with Black Water we always recommend to discard. This also lessens the drying time and can save more building materials and contents.

Measuring roughly six inches above the water line on the walls, our technicians removed the ruined sheetrock with a technique called flood cutting, so the interior of the wall could dry thoroughly. We spend extra time on the extraction of water and setting up drying using applied structural drying techniques to limit water damage and inhibit additional issues such as mold or foul odors. This process can take several days, depending on the extent of the flooding. After drying, we cleaned and disinfected the property and left it ready for rebuilding.

 Our crew chief gave the homeowner and adjuster a list of the necessary repairs needed to return the residence to its preloss condition. Since we are a full-service cleanup and restoration company, we can provide a "one-stop shopping" experience for our customers and complete the rebuilding and renovation of the house, with less stress of involving numerous contractors, and for less money. "Like it never even happened."

When you need fast assistance with flood damage, call SERVPRO of Columbia County at (706) 868-5441. Our certified technicians are available 24-hours to help restore your home and contents from water loss.

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We Can Help If Your Evans Sports Bar Is Plagued By Fire Damage

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial We Can Help If Your Evans Sports Bar Is Plagued By Fire Damage We are available 24/7 to serve our local community at (706) 868-5441.

SERVPRO Assists Sports Bar With Commercial Fire Damage In Evans

Commercial fire damage can affect a business in numerous ways besides the obvious loss of revenue from closure during cleanup. Employees suddenly have a loss of income, and there are times unhappy patrons leave reviews that can hurt a business regarding an unexpected closure without knowing the circumstances.

SERVPRO was called one evening to mitigate commercial fire damage in Evans from a flash fire in a sports bar kitchen. The bar owner was frantic because he had a large gathering booked for the following night and the mess and odor left behind from the dry powder fire suppressant looked daunting to him as far as being able to open for business the following evening.

SERVPRO emergency response teams are available around the clock, and we arrived at the location prepared to work through the night to enable the bar to open on schedule. The dry residue left behind from the fire extinguisher was light and mixed with soot. It can travel through foot traffic and air, so to avoid any spread, the technicians contained the kitchen area while they were working and shut off the HVAC. We used handheld vacuums with HEPA filters to remove the dry residue. The HVAC ducts were inspected and thoroughly cleaned so lingering odors would not be a problem when the bar reopened.

Technicians hand wiped the kitchen surfaces with our specially formulated cleaners to eliminate smoke residues left behind by the fire and disinfect the area, so it was sanitary and ready for use to prepare food items. Once completed, our technicians walked the bar owner through for his approval and he was pleased and relieved, his sports bar was not going to have any more downtime from the kitchen fire.

SERVPRO of Columbia County knows business owners need commercial fire damage mitigated as soon as possible, so there is no disruption to the business. We are available 24/7 to serve our local community at (706) 868-5441.

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Our Fast Response Will Restore Your Augusta Kitchen To Pre-Damage Condition After A Fire

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Fast Response Will Restore Your Augusta Kitchen To Pre-Damage Condition After A Fire Our technicians have the expertise and equipment to restore your property to pre-damage condition.

Fast Action Limits Fire Damage In Augusta Kitchen Blaze

Fire damage left behind by a protein fire remains one of the most common types of fire loss. It can be one of the most deceptive as the residue often is invisible yet pungent. Many homeowners toss the burned meal, clean the oven or range and assume the odor will eventually go away.

When SERVPRO mitigates fire damage in an Augusta stove or oven, one of the first actions performed by our technicians is containment of the area. This step stops any further spreading of odor-causing particles in other areas of the home. There is often no water to dry or clean up. If there is powder-like residue from a fire extinguisher, our technicians carefully remove it using handheld vacuums with HEPA filters so that they can address the heart of the issue: the odor.

Because of the nature of protein fires, they do not produce much smoke, the flames usually are not significant, and the fire itself extinguished quickly; often the cleanup needed is not done correctly regarding the odor-causing residue. The protein-rich fibers in meats and other protein-based foods turn into a fine mist when exposed to heat high enough to combust. This misty residue is nearly invisible but carries a foul odor that gets progressively worse the longer it remains.

It is vital to have professional mitigation done for this type of fire loss. SERVPRO technicians use EPA-registered cleaning formulas that cut through the residual film left on surfaces and neutralize the odor.

Odor removal after a protein fire is not a one-size-fits-all application. Our technicians have multiple methods for odor removal. When cleaning is not enough to completely eradicate cooking odors, we have machines such as the Hydroxyl generator that uses the same techniques as UV rays from the Sun to eliminate odors at the molecular level.

When pungent odors prove stubborn, thermal fogging is a very effective tool our technicians use. A technician uses a fogger to deliver a heated solvent that neutralizes foul odors. The key is, our technicians do not stop until you are satisfied with the remediation efforts for your fire loss.

Timely mitigation of fire damage lessens the loss. Call SERVPRO of Columbia County at (706) 868-5441, and our technicians have the expertise and equipment to restore your property to pre-damage condition.

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When You Need A Fast Response For Water Restoration Services, SERVPRO is The #1 Choice

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO When You Need A Fast Response For Water Restoration Services, SERVPRO is The #1 Choice When bathroom appliances fail and cause water damage, SERVPRO will be there to assist and clean up the mess.

Preserving Structural Elements of a Water-Damaged Martinez Home

Water loss incidents can quickly penetrate surfaces and get into subflooring or wall cavities of your Martinez home. With a situation like a cracked fixture in the bathroom of your house, a steady flow of water can escape from this break before many homeowners would notice the damage. Discovering a substantial pool of water in the bathroom can be alarming for that room, but these damages can penetrate materials quickly to affect other areas of your house. Effective mitigation and restoration strategies can protect many of the structural elements exposed to this spreading water.

The need for upstairs water removal services can affect a broad area from the rooms beneath this portion of your home to adjacent spaces that leeching water could find. The longer that homeowners wait for the professional assistance they need, the worse the spread of this damage can become. Our SERVPRO professionals offer 24/7 response to water emergencies in Martinez homes, arriving with the personnel and industry-leading equipment to extract and dry water damage quickly.

From the time that our team first arrives at your damaged home, we get to work quickly on removing the pooling water from the upstairs bathroom to prevent further penetration and spreading damages. We can begin drying this area as well while we investigate the full spread of moisture and dampness through flooring and wall cavities. With the identification of these moisture pockets, we can successfully dry out the damage and prevent secondary effects like mold growth.

Heavily saturated materials like drywall might require removal, but our efficient drying efforts can protect the studs, framing, and beams that lie in the wall cavities behind this exposed element. With the use of our injecti-dry system, air movers, and dehumidifiers, our SERVPRO team can substantially reduce moisture content levels below acceptable parameters to eliminate structural compromise.

While you cannot predict when bathroom fixtures might become unstable and break, you can count on the fast response and expertise of the professionals that you choose to restore this water damage. You can reach our SERVPRO of Columbia County rapid response team 24/7 by calling (706) 868-5441.

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Don't Let Water Cause Damage To Your Augusta Garage, Call Our Experts For Help!

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Don't Let Water Cause Damage To Your Augusta Garage, Call Our Experts For Help! SERVPRO of Columbia County is available 24/7 and Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Cleaning Up Water Damage In An Augusta Garage

Cleaning out your gutters, while tedious, is still a vital chore for any home. Clogged gutters can lead to pooling rainwater seeping through vulnerable spots on your roof, and soaking the interior of spaces such as your garage. While most would prefer water damage in the garage over their living room, a waterlogged ceiling always presents potential issues such as mold growth and structural damage. This damage requires a swift and effective response to prevent warped or crumbling drywall or a rotten wooden frame, all of which can make for costly repairs if left unchecked.

If you find water damage in your Augusta rental home's garage, the professionals at SERVPRO are ready to send a team in to remedy the issue. Our technicians strive to clean up any disaster in your home and return it to its previous condition.

After you call a SERVPRO representative about your issue, we can have a team out to you within hours to address the damage in your home. After assessing the moisture levels in your garage ceiling and walls, weep holes may be drilled to facilitate the movement of air during drying. Thermal imaging may be used to check on moisture levels of wooden framing or behind walls and ensure that your space is dry.

Drying damage involves two vital pieces of equipment: air movers and dehumidifiers. A chamber made with polyethylene sheets can be constructed to accelerate drying. Meticulously-placed air movers pull moisture out of wet surfaces and into the air, while dehumidifiers pass this air over such materials as silica gel or refrigerated coils to isolate moisture and expel warm, dry air. After moisture levels in your surfaces have been reduced to safe levels, our pros can clean these areas with an EPA-registered antimicrobial solution.

SERVPRO of Columbia County is available 24/7 and Faster to Any Size Disaster. If you need our services to restore your residence to its preloss condition, give us a call today at (706) 868-5441.

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