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Our Water Damage Experts Can Save Your Augusta Commercial Property

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

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We Can Have You Open For Business After A Commercial Water Damage Disaster In Augusta

Whenever there is water damage in a commercial building, it can be catastrophic for the business. Often owners cannot allow employees to enter or have customers in the building. Aside from critical safety issues, their computer systems are not working, and their products may be wet or unavailable due to the water. Every day the business cannot operate, means lost revenue, and perhaps even lost customers with corresponding long term impacts.

SERVPRO responds to commercial water damage events in Augusta and surrounding areas in less than a four-hour time frame. We understand how important it's to remain open for business. Operations and sales may be disrupted while recovery is underway, whatever your business focus is. Many of your products may also be damaged.

Leaky Pipes, Faulty Sprinklers, Accidents
Water damage can be caused by any of these situations, as well as many others. Regardless of the cause, employers must suspend operations, perhaps send employees home and stop customers from entering the building.

SERVPRO crew chiefs arrive on-site and immediately assess the situation. Crews and equipment are dispatched to remove the water and begin drying operations as quickly as possible. Our professionals can work through the night if needed to remove the water and moisture. We mobilize water extractors for all types of situations. We have truck-mounted pumps as well as mobile water extractors that efficiently remove water from carpets, hardwood, and tile.

Air movers push the moist air out of the building and draw in dry air to absorb moisture. It the water damaged area is an enclosed area, we deploy air movers in conjunction with dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity to acceptable levels. All hard surfaces are wiped down and dried. Some items may need special treatment to restore them to their original condition, if possible.

With the business owner's agreement, SERVPRO can establish a staging area for our team's equipment as well as for items removed from the water damaged site. These steps reduce drying time and protect your supplies and products. We aim to help return your business to full operation as quickly as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Columbia County at (706) 868-5441 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Evans, Martinez, Grovetown, and the surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Experts Are Prepared 24/7 To Restore Your Augusta Home After A Flood

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

a ceiling blown out from a storm The acoustical tiles became a hazard and needed immediate removal by SERVPRO techs after a storm blew a hole in the ceiling.

The Correct Procedure for Restoring Contaminated Flood Water Damage to your Augusta Home

Flood Water Damage Augusta
The extent of contamination levels in water is measured from white to grey, to black. White water covers clean water supplies such as those in your plumbing system as well as rainwater. Greywater may include water with high-levels of microbial growth and fungus. Blackwater refers almost exclusively to water with highly infectious waste contamination. These types of water are from sources that contain natural human pathogens such as sewers or floodwaters. Blackwater emergencies are generally considered harmful to human health and a biohazard issue.

Homeowners that experience flood water damage in Augusta should bring in professional assistance at the first opportunity. Floodwaters typically contain contaminants ranging from animal carcasses, raw sewage, bloodborne pathogens as well as herbicides and pesticides. If you discover floodwater in your home, you should consider it a Biohazard concern and avoid all contact. SERVPRO technicians can be on-hand within four hours of notification of loss to begin a safe, cleanup procedure.

In Columbia County, there are several licenses and permits required for the legal disposal of biohazardous waste. SERVPRO offers the community qualified technicians with the correct licensing to remove, dispose of, and clean biohazardous waste situations. Our team of water restoration technicians (WRT) is equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure that harmful waste does not cause a human health risk. We may also set up clean rooms and decontamination areas. These can prevent the spread of biohazardous substances.

Unfortunately, contaminated water can migrate quickly throughout your home. after flood damage. Porous materials are at the highest risk and can imbibe both moisture and pathogens. For that reason, SERVPRO technicians may need to remove and dispose of porous materials in the home completely. These materials can include drywall, unfinished woods, and other natural materials. Some fabrics may be salvageable using Esporta washing machines to remove soiling and contamination. We must ensure your home remains safe by disinfecting the affected area, removing and replacing affected materials as well as thorough deodorization.

If you suspect a black water emergency at your home, do not hesitate. Contact SERVPRO of Columbia County at (706) 868-5441.

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Why Air Fresheners do not Remove Fire Odors in Augusta Homes

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot damage on wall and ceiling. Smoke detector on ceiling. Smoke and soot damage travel throughout your home quickly. Call SERVPRO of Columbia County for all of your fire damage restoration needs.

Home Remedies That Do Not Work for Fire Damage Odor in Augusta Homes 

After a small fire in a home, once the cleanup of the fire damage completes, many people assume the odor diminishes over time. They could not be more wrong.  

When fire damage odor is left behind in an Augusta home, the method of treating the smell successfully depends on the type of fire. Common culprits are a fire on a stove or a candle catching something nearby on fire. These are two different fire types; protein fires that mostly occur in the kitchen respond to distinct cleanup and odor control methods from other kinds of fire loss, for the successful eradication of pungent scents.  

Why Waiting It Out Does Not Work

Once homeowners clean up fire loss in a home, just because it is not visible does not mean it is not there. Soot holds odors, and some particles are smaller than the human eye can see. Cross-contamination occurs when the particles find their way to other areas of the home via foot traffic or the HVAC ductwork. While homeowners wait for the odor to diminish, it is spreading. 

Spray Fresheners

Most spray fabric fresheners work by having chemicals that attach to odors, and when the spray evaporates, so does the smell. The problem with treating smoke odors in this manner comes when deeply embedded scents are the culprit as the sprays do not reach them and are ineffective.  

What Works for Fire Damage Cleanup?

In cases of protein fires, there is a nearly invisible but very pungent mist that coats almost everything in the vicinity. If any remains, so does the odor. SERVPRO technicians use specific cleaning agents such as solvents that cause the residue to release from surfaces and removes them. Technicians also inspect the ductwork to determine if it necessitates cleaning to rid the home of smoke odors. 

Special Applications for Stubborn Odors 

SERVPRO uses professional equipment such as air scrubbers with HEPA filtration, hydroxyl generators that neutralize odorous molecules with the power of UV rays or thermal fogging, which attacks and eradicates deeply embedded odors with a heated solvent that behaves as the smoke did during the fire.  

When you have a fire damage odor in your property, contact SERVPRO of Columbia County at (706) 868-5441. The certified technicians have both the knowledge and equipment to neutralize odors and leave your home smelling like new, "Like it never even happened." 

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SERVPRO Can Mitigate Water Loss by Controlling Dehumidification at Augusta Properties

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

A large LGR dehumidifier plus more equipment at work Water Loss Means Moisture Damage in Augusta Properties--SERVPRO Has the Equipment for Mitigation

Keeping Tabs on Humidity During Augusta Water Damage Restorations

When we conduct water restorations in local homes, we keep a close eye on the levels of humidity throughout the building. Without careful observation, harmful humid conditions could rapidly increase the extent and severity of damage your home incurs. SERVPRO technicians receive extensive training in the math and science that enables them to monitor local humidity with utmost precision.

Relative Humidity RH
The most well-known humidity metric that we keep an eye on during Augusta water damage restorations is relative humidity. This statistic tells us how much water is in the air relative to its volume and temperature. If a room is at 100% relative humidity, that means that the air cannot hold any more water, and all additional evaporation in the area ends up forming condensation on every possible surface. Literally, "raining inside the house." As temperature rises, relative humidity decreases, although that may not always be a good thing, as we'll discuss in a moment. In general, SERVPRO technicians try to control the relative humidity in your home without significantly altering the temperature.

Humidity Ratio - SH - Specific Humidity
The humidity ratio measures the total amount of moisture in the air of your home per unit volume. Keeping an eye on this statistic is essential since rising temperatures may lead to falling humidity. Without constant monitoring of the humidity ratio, it would be almost impossible to determine how much of that humidity change is due to the temperature or due to our water removal efforts. Plus, if your home still has a leak or pool of water somewhere that we have not yet found, the humidity ratio should rise and clue us into its existence.

How We Control Humidity
We monitor humidity and moisture constantly during water damage cleanup and restoration projects with the help of advanced tools such as moisture meters and Thermo hygrometers. Once we determine that the time is right to begin dehumidifying the area, we bring out our powerful thermal dehumidifiers that attract moisture from the air to be collected into removable buckets and bins.

Mitigate Water Damage with Monitoring
Keeping an eye on the moisture content in an enclosed system is crucial to extracting the water vapor within a practical time frame. More than liquid water can damage contents and building elements. Be wary of the water you cannot see!

SERVPRO of Columbia County provides 24/7 emergency services for victims of fire damage, water damage, and other home disasters. Call us at (706) 868-5441.

We Can Save Your Damaged Documents In Your Augusta Clinic

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Document Drying in Augusta Clinics after Flooding

Hard copies of patient records and the reams of documentation required to treat patients or to operate your Augusta clinic are all critical to the function of the facility. Even with the jump to the digital age and the efforts to having this same paperwork accessible through the computer network of the administration, the storage of these vital and sensitive documents can leave them even more susceptible to situations like flooding.

Flood damage in Augusta medical facilities can already be a dangerous situation with the personnel and the patients that could become affected. While your building does not typically have patients in the facility more than short bursts for check-ups and testing, it is still important to appreciate the effect that flooding can have on those who have upcoming appointments. Recovering this situation as promptly as possible helps your clinic from losing money and your reputation with the community.

The content management division of our SERVPRO team has the qualifications and experience to protect many of the exposed instruments and devices from exposure to the flooding by relocating these items to a different area of the clinic or our nearby facility for storage. Documents that have already become exposed to even elevated humidity levels can benefit from our freeze-drying process. We have mobile equipment that can help us to recover the paperwork on-site, making sure that sensitive information does not leave the grounds.

Our machine works by keeping these affected documents under vacuum pressure after freezing them. When heat is introduced to melt the ice, it turns to vapor and leaves the document dry and restored. This sublimation is an effective process to keep your paperwork and records safe from deterioration or degradation.

We strive to provide our customers, both residential and commercial, with services that can protect their belongings and vital possessions during a crisis. Freeze-drying documents can help to protect the hard copies of your records from quickly spreading flood effects. You can count on our SERVPRO of Columbia County team to provide this and other approaches to protect what matters to your business. Give us a call anytime at (706) 868-5441.

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Disaster Recovery Help with SERVPRO of Columbia County

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

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From Small Leaks to Large Disasters, SERVPRO is Here to Help

One of the strongest selling points that we have to encourage Augusta residents to choose our SERVPRO restoration services amid a crisis is the positive feedback we have received on the internet. With our website and others becoming a forum for public opinion, you can trust in professionals that have gained enough trust and respect to earn several 5-star reviews. With over 150 years of combined experience throughout the restoration niches, our team is ready for whatever situation your home or business might face.

Water Damage Repair and Restoration

Between all of the management professionals and leaders that we have overseeing the production of water loss recovery in Augusta homes, the more than six decades of experience shines through in the choices made and the satisfaction of our customers. With how quickly water loss scenarios can get out of control, we have a fast response amid a crisis to begin vital mitigation efforts designed to protect your home and its contents from oversaturation.

Our crew chiefs have extensive training in assessing and cataloging water damage in Augusta homes. The more efficient and thorough our management can be, the better equipped the staff becomes when restoration work begins. The assessment ensures that the right equipment, products, and personnel get deployed at the job site. With water loss incidents, we can utilize any number of hundreds of air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers. This combination can quickly dry out saturated elements and reduce humidity in affected regions of the house.

Every water loss incident has a specific timeline before materials exposed become too severely damaged to preserve. With our tailored mitigation practices, we can utilize high-capacity extractors and rapid drying solutions to reduce the irreparable damage to your Augusta property. We even have practical approaches for controlled demolition and full-scale reconstruction should your home require it. Our SERVPRO technicians remain on-call 24/7 to address water loss incidents as they occur.

Mold Remediation and Restoration

Microbial threats exist in Augusta homes after moist conditions are allowed to persist for prolonged periods. As damaging as these organisms can be, when caught early, mold has a lessened chance of spreading to the point of becoming out of control. We have a special division of our workforce devoted to the remediation of these mold conditions and addressing the effects that the organism can have on hosting materials and surrounding areas.

Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) have gotten accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This same organization has allowed these technicians to pursue secondary endorsements like water restoration and structural drying. This additional training and certification help our SERVPRO team address both the mold colonization and the damp conditions that allowed this disaster in an Augusta home.

Remediation is not the same as removal, and we do not make wild claims to attract your business. We know that mold damage in Augusta homes can be stressful and overwhelming, and that is why our team has several strategies for both containment of the risks and the elimination of existing colonies. Whenever you need mold remediation, regardless of its severity, you count on our rapid response team to lend a hand.

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

As a team of professionals that have worked to help those affected by hurricanes Harvey, Michael, and Florence, we have seen firsthand what storms can do to Augusta properties. As much protection as many home and business owners might feel their building has; the right conditions can cause trees to fall, compromise roofs, break windows, and allow for conditions like flooding to develop. We are always aware of storm systems that make landfall around Savannah and move inland towards our service area.

We are a full-service contractor able to meet the demands of structurally compromised and storm-damaged Augusta homes. With how fast breaches in your property’s exterior can lead to widespread flooding and other threats, you need our SERVPRO responders. With our 24/7 response, we have general contractors that can oversee and perform emergency construction projects like board up and roof tarping. They can also execute the steps of full-scale reconstruction when needed.

Likewise, you need productive and efficient solutions when your Augusta home contends with water damage following substantial flooding. We have a wide range of extraction tools, including portable sump pumps and wands that can remove standing water in most areas of your property efficiently. We also have a robust line of botanical-based green cleaning and disinfection products that are safe for humans and pets to be around. However, it is potent enough to clean exposed surfaces and structural elements up to our high SERVPRO standards.

Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

We have invested heavily in having the industry-leading equipment and products to address lingering threats after fire damage in Augusta homes. While no two-loss incidents are identical, the method of restoring the damaging effects changes with the situation as well. In addition to powerful devices and machines like our thermal and UV foggers for deodorization and our cleaning agents for debris and residues, we also have the Esporta Washing System that can help to recover soft materials and textiles on-site. This portable unit offers a faster cleaning turnaround, which can save our customers time and money.

With IICRC-certified technicians accredited in multiple facets of fire recovery including our Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and our Odor Control Technicians (OCT), we can quickly manage even complex restoration requirements of your property with knowledge and confidence. Fire loss effects can spread rapidly throughout confined spaces in Augusta homes and apartments, requiring the fast response and efficient mitigation that our reputation demands. We are not satisfied with the results unless you are.  

We have become equipped to handle every niche of recovery after fire damage in Augusta homes, including deodorization, air quality, soot removal, carpet and surface cleaning, and controlled demolition. We also have a full-service contracting division capable of handling structural repair and build back, in addition to renovations and remodeling amid the recovery of your damaged home. 

No matter what disaster affects your home or business, our SERVPRO of Columbia County team offers restoration services that can make it “Like it never even happened.” As a reputable local restoration contractor, we can arrive quickly to help regardless of when emergencies occur. Give us a call anytime at (706) 868-5441.

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Become Familiar With Steps to Water Damage Remediation in Augusta

9/8/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged living room with soccer ball floating Water damage in your home can be quite overwhelming. Partner with SERVPRO for water removal and restoration efforts.

What Our Water Restorers Do When We First Arrive at Augusta Homes

Understanding what to expect from professional restoration professionals when they first arrive at your Augusta home can help you to be less stressed in an already tense situation. Our technicians can arrive quickly to the scene, often reaching your home within a few hours of your initial call and working to mitigate your losses. Mitigation is a critical step to water recovery because it can protect unaffected areas of your home and limit the exposure of your belongings.

Our water restoration professionals have strict protocols to follow through recovery and water removal for Augusta homes. As part of this commitment to offering our customers and clients expectation-exceeding work during their emergencies, we have established an intricate system to limit the time mitigation efforts take to complete. Our crew chief oversees both the inspection and assessment of your damaged property, but also helps to quickly determine the needed tools, equipment, and products necessary for mitigation.

With a deep inventory of recovery tools available to our SERVPRO professionals in water recovery, not every tool and machine is necessary for every job. Our narrowing of the required equipment helps us to bring all of these units into a designated area of the home near the damaged regions to serve as a fast access to all of the equipment, products, and devices that are vital to water loss restoration. We ensure that extraction happens as promptly as possible to protect your belongings and installed construction materials.

We work along with our customers to establish a relative timeline for the work to get performed so that our clients are more at ease. We also utilize software like DryBook that is exclusive to our SERVPRO brand to ensure that all parties involved, including you and your insurance company, stay informed about progress and milestones reached in the drying and extraction of your property.

Water loss incidents present a difficult situation, especially when standing water exists in the house. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and our SERVPRO of Columbia County professionals can help you to get back to life as usual. Give us a call whenever you need us at (706) 868-5441.

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Our Professionals Can Help You With Your Water Damage Emergency In Augusta

8/31/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in house We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Why SERVPRO Is The Answer To Effective Water Cleanup In Augusta

You may deal with a water loss incident in your Augusta home occasionally because this is a part of life. It can happen because of broken pipes, malfunctioning appliances, and overflowing tubs. Hiring professionals who perform water cleanup can minimize long and short term harm to your home. Just removing the water and not properly drying it can leave moisture in the walls and floors, which can provide mold with a habitable environment to grow and spread. The key is to act quickly for effective remediation.

To get effective water cleanup for your Augusta home, contact SERVPRO technicians to help. Our skilled professionals will restore your property to its pre-damaged state. We have the right equipment and training to handle the situation as quickly as possible. We are ready to tackle the problem no matter how enormous the damage is. Our crew can inspect your home, reviewing the damage to identify all the areas that need restoration. We can help you get through the unexpected disaster efficiently by offering a wide range of services, including:

    •    Water extraction, drying, and dehumidification
    •    Complete structural cleaning
    •    Cleaning of upholstery, rugs, and carpets

We use advanced equipment for the extraction and drying process. We use equipment like portable water extractors to quickly get rid of the standing water. For hard surfaces, we use a squeegee attachment to extract the water. Our crew also uses air movers to increase evaporation and portable dehumidifiers to remove water vapor in the air, speeding up drying. Water can hide, and a soaked wall or floor may look normal until the damage has gone over bound. Stained ceilings and walls and mushy floors or carpets are all signs of water damage. Our Water Damage Restoration technicians (WRT) use thermal imaging cameras, moisture meters, and moisture sensors to locate hidden water in the structures of a building.

Our SERVPRO technicians may also use in-place drying to dry carpets and pad without removing the pad when appropriate.  The basic concept of this drying method is extracting water from carpets thoroughly and increasing the number of air movers and dehumidifiers. We do not roll back the carpet or remove the pad. Instead, we dry the pad in place. In-place drying is not appropriate for all jobs. Therefore, we carefully evaluate and pretest each water damage situation to determine the best approach. Some advantages of in-place dying include less disruption to the occupants of a home, the carpet does not suffer much damage, and it is not necessary to move furniture out of a room. We are fully prepared to fulfill your home restoration needs.

If you experience a water intrusion incident in your Evans, Martinez or Grovetown home, SERVPRO of Columbia County can assist you to clean up and dry the affected areas quickly and efficiently. Call us 24/7 at (706) 868-5441 for prompt restoration services. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Can Preserve Your Water Damaged Historical Property In Augusta

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Drying out the damaged property requires the fast and confident response of our SERVPRO of Columbia County team.

Preserving Water Damaged Historical Properties In Augusta

Between the aging plantation farm structures and other buildings teeming with historical significance throughout Augusta, many properties require a skilled and steady hand to restore when disasters strike. Some of these structures feature their original plumbing from when the homes were upgraded along with the changing of the times, making many of these service lines copper, brass, lead, and other metallic compositions. Standing water in metal pipes can be a recipe for degradation and leaks.

Water damage to Augusta historic properties can be even more threatening and devastating than the same circumstances with new construction. Many of the older farmstead properties feature original hardwood construction for areas like flooring, staircases, banisters, mantles, and shelving. Loss incidents, even without being enough to collect on the flooring, can raise humidity and moisture levels enough to compromise the composition of the material and ultimately require it to get removed.

While you may not be able to prevent the potential water loss disasters that could take place in one of these tourist attractions, you can choose the best approach to resolving these issues promptly and correctly. Instead of leaving the drying and recovery to your custodial or maintenance team, you can choose SERVPRO. Our professionals have extensive training in both Water Restoration and Applied Structural Drying through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). That education helps our professionals to respond immediately to protect installed materials with penetrative drying approaches like drying mats and the InjectiDry system.

As a location that offers a strict touring schedule for travelers and residents of the area looking to brush up on their 19th-century history, a water loss incident of any kind could compromise the full tour and threaten critical elements that make the structure historically significant. Having a team of professionals that can move quickly to mitigate loss and to make all of these affected areas “Like it never even happened,” we offer property owners the chance to not only protect their structures but to protect the contents of exhibits as well.

Drying out the damaged property requires the fast and confident response of our SERVPRO of Columbia County team. We have a deep inventory of extraction and drying tools, helping us to gently and intricately clean and restore saturated elements in your historic location. Give our professionals a call anytime that you need us at (706) 868-5441.

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Why Professional Restoration Services Are Needed For Your Augusta Home

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can lead to mold growth if untreated. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Two Stage Removal and Drying Procedure for Water Damage in Augusta

Larger water loss recovery situations require industrial equipment to complete effectively. We focus on two critical areas in restoring this type of damage. The first is a removal process that is centered on getting gallons of water out of the home in a short space of time. This process can be a valuable mitigation task that prevents waterlogging or water migration issues. The second part of the process is to thoroughly dry the affected area using a combination of dehumidification and air-moving equipment. 

Homeowners with water damage in Augusta may want to begin the restoration procedure by removing items from the immediate vicinity. Place a tarp or waterproof covering in an unaffected area of the house or an outside area. Remove wet items, being careful to avoid dripping, and place them on your waterproof covering. These steps can prove vital in preventing permanent damages while you await the arrival of a SERVPRO professional. 

On arriving, your SERVPRO professional can block more cumbersome furniture to remove it from contact with water. Typically, the scale of water loss incidents is dependent on the amount of time furnishings have been exposed to moisture. Prolonged exposure can lead to substantial damages or permanent losses. By blocking furniture, we can reduce the expense of your claim, and remove damaged items from immediate danger while we create a strategy for removing excess water. 

The removal of excess moisture is done using a range of professional equipment. When standing water levels rise above two inches, we can pump the water out to an open sewer point using submersible gas pumps. Standing water levels below two inches respond better to water extraction units which can either be truck-mounted with large storage tanks, or portable for removing water from areas of restricted access. Portable extractors are especially useful in situations where water has migrated into crawlspaces or other tight to reach areas.

The next step is to dry the property. Excess quantities of water increase humidity. The removal process can also raise the temperature in your property, creating water evaporation, and raising the relative humidity. This causes a problem for a professional restorer because higher humidity levels can lead to mold growth. We can exchange moist internal air with drier outdoor air by placing box fans. Alternatively, in closed areas, dehumidification equipment can be used to bring the relative humidity back done to its natural level.

Water loss recovery needs immediate action using professional-grade equipment. Contact SERVPRO of Columbia County at (706) 868-5441 today to get a callout within four hours of notification of loss.

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