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How Advanced Technologies Work for Fire Odor Removal in Augusta

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Deodorizing and Improving Air Quality In Your Augusta Home

The charring and warping of building materials and thick layers of soot are overwhelming evidence that your Augusta home suffered from a fire. Restoration professionals have many strategies to clear away the residues, deep clean, and refurbish burned structures. But to succeed at making it “Like it never even happened,” lingering odors from the blaze must be banished as well.

Persistent Odors a Common Challenge

Struggling with fire odor removal in your Augusta home days, weeks, and even months after the restoration of the visible damage is all too familiar a story. Partnering with our professional deodorization experts is essential to prevent long-term issues.

First Deodorization Efforts

Odor management begins when SERVPRO crews arrive at your home. During the residue cleanup phase, we reduce a significant amount of odor-bearing particles. Deodorizing industry best practices recommend debris removal and deep cleaning, which we do as a matter of course. As we clean, rinse, and, importantly, remove the debris and soling the odors reduce substantially.

Final Challenges and Solutions

Tiny, odor-carrying particles are the incompletely combusted fuels burned or, in the case of kitchen fires, evaporated in your home. They continue to float in the air and infiltrate porous materials, cracks, and crevices even after cleaning. When they deposit into HVAC ductwork, they can be circulated continuously throughout your house. SERVPRO can use masking agents, granules, and sprays to distract from the smell, but we also continue to improve our response by seeking out innovative technologies.

Advanced Deodorization 

Ways that SERVPRO goes beyond conventional cleaning procedures include the integration of air quality equipment and chemical reaction strategies that change the odiferous particles at the atomic level. Elimination, not covering, the smell is the goal.

Air Scrubbers

Negative air pressure machines seal spaces, using suction to force the airborne and smelly contaminants through HEPA filters before venting to the outdoors.

Thermal Foggers

Heated chambers combust deodorants, causing the resultant fog to seek out the soot particles in the air, on surfaces, and within crevices and porous materials. The fog molecules pair with the soot molecules, rendering them non-offensive in smell.

Ozone Machines

When ozone is introduced, it reacts with and destroys chemicals that cause pungent odors. Inhabitants must evacuate the space treated during the process.

Hydroxyl Generators

Hydroxyls occur when ultraviolet rays react with water vapor (H2O) and oxygen (O2). They rapidly decompose harmful organic and inorganic compounds by dismantling the molecular structure of odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Hydroxyl generators operated by our certified technicians are safe to use around people and pets.

Rely on SERVPRO of Columbia County to work with you to find the answer to odors that remain problematic after fire restoration. Call (706) 868-5441 to schedule an evaluation.

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What to Do Before We Arrive for Water Extraction in Augusta

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team member extracting water from a hallway carpet Our team of professionals will help reduce the amount water loss in your home.

Small steps you can take before we arrive

As a homeowner, there are some steps you can take to reduce the amount of water loss that you suffer in your home before our team from SERVPRO arrives. For example, turning off the water supply to your home when there is damage stemming from a burst pipe or a busted supply line is an excellent place to start.

Other things that you can do before we arrive to assist with water extraction in Augusta is to pick up small items from the floors to save them. This includes items like rugs, smaller accent tables, benches, and decorative elements to keep them from becoming saturated with moisture. It is also best to be mindful of anything that may not be colorfast where ink could transfer onto other materials, including magazines, books, and newspapers. 

No matter what steps you take before SERVPRO arrives, safety is paramount. If electronics may have suffered water damage, never try to test them. You can speak with the team coordinator at SERVPRO regarding any potential safety concerns regarding electronics and more.

Once SERVPRO arrives on the scene, our extensive training and experience shine as we assess the level of water damage and quickly formulate a plan for water extraction. We must act swiftly and carefully to mitigate the damage and work to save you the costs involved in a significant water loss. We use specialized equipment such as pumps, vacuums, and air movers to ensure that all of the moisture is removed from the home so that the rebuilding process can begin. 

Because of materials such as sheetrock wicks water so quickly, SERVPRO removes any damaged areas and replaces it with all-new sheetrock. We provide homeowners with a smooth transition into any necessary repairs so that you can get your home back into its preloss condition as soon as possible. 

SERVPRO of Columbia County is available to help local property owners with water extraction 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All you have to do is give our team a call at (718) 868-5441, and we make it “Like it never even happened.”

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The Untold Story on Augusta Water Damage Remediation that You Must Read

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

water pipe leak in gypsum ceiling of interior office building Make sure to have any water damage in your office building taken care of right away before secondary damages can occur.

Get Commercial Water Damage Cleanup for Your Augusta Waiting Room

Between 2013 and 2017, 1 in 50 homeowners filed a water damage claim each year. This 2.05% frequency is a more than 50% increase from the 2005-2009 rates, which hovered around 1.44% per year. Despite other types of claims decreasing in frequency, water damage claims have only increased their rates of occurrence. This can mean more costs for businesses affected by water damage without thorough professional mitigation that is focused on preserving structures and assets.

If a waiting room or lobby in your Augusta practice has been affected by commercial water damage, IICRC-certified professionals from SERVPRO are ready to assist you in restoring your business to a preloss condition. Technicians and franchise owners alike receive extensive training in water damage mitigation to ensure that you can go back to business as usual. 

What Not to Do When Commercial Water Damage Strikes Your Business

Avoid removing water with a standard household vacuum cleaner. While these vacuums are useful for cleaning everyday dirt and debris off of carpets, they are not made to handle water and can easily be broken or short-circuited.

Do not use electronics in the affected area. Using electronics near water-damaged walls or floors can cause appliances to short out or otherwise fail. Using appliances in areas where outlets have been affected by water can significantly increase the risk of further disaster.

Do not lift carpet without professional help. Not only is wet carpet extremely heavy, but it is also 50% weaker than when it is dry. Doing this on your own can hurt you during lifting and also put you at risk of sustaining injury from tacks holding carpeting to the floor.

If you see mold, do not touch or disturb it. Not only is mold capable of causing health effects, but it can spread very quickly if you make contact with it or spread spores through the air while attempting to clean on your own.

Avoid entering rooms with standing water until electricity has been turned off. If a bathroom leak or other severe water-related disaster has occurred with the electricity still on, turn it off as soon as possible to minimize risk.

How SERVPRO Can Help

When you call SERVPRO to eliminate water damage from your lobby or waiting room, they can come in with their own equipment so that yours stays intact. Technicians have a wide variety of extraction equipment available, from rovers and large pads made to suck water out of carpeting, to extraction wands for removing water from hard-to-reach areas. 

SERVPRO of Columbia County supports local businesses by ensuring any disaster looks, "Like it never even happened." Call (706) 868-5441 for a commercial mitigation team today. 

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Pumping Out Flooded Attached Garages in Augusta Homes

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

A neighborhood road with standing water in the road. A storm in your Augusta area can take over quickly, let us be there to assist.

SERVPRO can and will be front and center to assist your Augusta storm damage. 

Because Augusta is often in the path of devastating storms, both approaching land from the Atlantic Ocean or sweeping up from the Gulf of Mexico, area residents are no strangers to severe weather events. The impact of these storms can get felt immediately with high winds, hail, and falling trees. When all the runoff reaches the appropriate channels, however, natural flooding is a situation that can exist even days after the prolonged rains.

Your home was built to withstand much of the pressing threats that can exist during a storm, which can limit the need for flood water removal for Augusta residences. One breach point that can get overlooked when preparing for severe weather events is the attached garage. While this addition is often insulated and intended to be weatherproof, wear on elements like the seals of garage doors can allow penetration.

Once the water has found a pathway into the garage, you can contend with the same level of flooding occurring throughout the neighborhood. In some situations, a couple of feet of water must get removed. Pumping is one of the best solutions for this process, as there are often available discharge points like utility sinks that lead to sanitary sewer systems.

Ideally, we seek to remove the standing water as promptly as possible. Exposure to shared walls with the house can lead to migrating moisture, microbial threats, and other concerns. As natural flooding often gets considered contaminated by bacteria, oils, and other substances, it is crucial to remove any areas where this directly impacts living spaces. We can arrive with multiple pumps, including the electric submersible options. These are lightweight and consistent units that can move water out of the damaged garage continuously.

Content management is essential here, as well. When our team first arrives, we can move items from the threatened garage to safer locations on-site or at our nearby SERVPRO facility.

Flooding in your attached garage can happen much more quickly and efficiently than homeowners might believe. No matter how this disaster occurs inside of your home, our SERVPRO of Columbia County water restoration professionals can help. We have efficient tools and technologies to make flooding “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (706) 868-5441.

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Call Us After A Fire In Your Augusta Home

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged home If your apartment ever gets negatively affected by a fire in another unit, it is wise to seek professional help.

After A Fire In Augusta, There Are Ways To Lower Costs

If a fire ever burns somewhere in your apartment complex in Augusta, your unit could suffer from minor or more severe problems. Something burning anywhere inside your apartment building could cause fire damage to your unit, depending on how far the flames and smoke spread. Professional restoration companies like SERVPRO often find issues in more than one unit inside a large building. For example, smoke can spread from one dwelling to many others quite quickly.

Once smoke gets inside your home, it can leave behind foul odors and soot residues. During most fire damage projects in Augusta, our SERVPRO technicians find themselves conducting soot removal on many affected building materials or contents. In some cases, pungent aromas can be eliminated once every surface that smoke touched gets cleaned with specialized chemicals. In other cases, when you can still smell smoke after all residues are removed, we can conduct further deodorization procedures.

When the majority of your apartment unit gets affected by smoke, we could have to move all of your contents out of your home so that we can clean them and your structural components separately. In some cases, we can move the contents to another place in your apartment that was not affected. In other situations, we can put a temporary storage unit on the property to help reduce costs.

Other cost-saving strategies during move-outs include storing your affected possessions on the premise. Sometimes we can move contents to a safe area in your unit and leave other things in place. We can also move all the furniture items to the center of the affected room and shrink wrap them, so they do not get damaged.

Another method to save you and your insurance company money is to clean the items before they get packed up. If everything can get cleaned in place then put in a box to get removed, then it can reduce the labor costs of the overall project. Cleaning items before packing them can save our SERVPRO technicians time they would have had to spend unpacking and repacking before returning the items.

If your apartment ever gets negatively affected by a fire in another unit, it is wise to seek professional help. After the fire gets extinguished, call SERVPRO of Columbia County at  (706) 868-5441 any day of the week, and we can help restore your home to the way it was before, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Are Prepared For Any Size Water Removal Needed In Augusta

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Our low grain dehumidifier working to remove water damage from this home Our low-grain dehumidifier removed water damage in this home. The homeowners called us right away to prevent further damage.

Differences Between DIY and Professional Water Removal in Augusta

Did you know approximately 14,000 people across the United States deal with a water damage emergency of some type every single day? Additionally, 98% of basements receive some kind of water loss during their service life. 

To save money, some Augusta residents choose DIY water removal rather than use a professional service. Unfortunately, this can wind up costing them even more in secondary damage if any moisture remains behind. 

Why SERVPRO? 

The technicians not only undergo an extensive amount of training in the restoration services industry to learn best practices, but they also have access to an extraordinary amount of equipment, including specialized extraction equipment for fast, efficient water removal. 

DIY Versus Professional Water Extraction

When homeowners clean up water damage from a plumbing mishap, supply line break, or appliance malfunction, it usually involves putting down towels, rags, and wiping surfaces. In cases where carpet and padding need water removal, they own or rent a wet/dry vacuum. Where this can go wrong is water migrates, and the homeowner may miss moisture under flooring, behind baseboards, and within wall cavities. All of these places are guaranteed to create further issues if not removed and dried.

Professional Drying Equipment Versus Household Fans

Turning a fan on high and pointing it at a wet carpet or furniture may seem like a great idea, but it actually has the potential to increase damage. The reason is a fan dries the surface only, and the interior of upholstered furniture and carpet may remain damp. This drying method has the potential to develop mold or foul odors.

Professional drying equipment includes SERVPRO's powerful centrifugal air movers, which blow at such high velocity they cause embedded moisture to rise. Technicians also use specialized applications such as drying mats on floors or the InjectiDry to force warm, dry air into spaces such as wall cavities for complete drying. Additionally, the technicians deploy dehumidifiers to assist in expediting drying by rapidly lowering humidity in the loss area.

SERVPRO of Columbia County (706) 868-5441 stands ready to help local homeowners with any size water removal needed and make it "Like it never even happened."

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Some Ways to Avoid Augusta Water Extraction Issues

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

flooded room with staircase Our certified team is quick to the task of removing standing water from your home. Call us right away.

Choosing the Right Pump for Water Loss in Augusta Homes

Having the right equipment for restoration tasks can make a substantial difference in the speed and efficiency of water loss recovery for Augusta properties. With considerable losses where pooling water is a concern, the right pump or extraction tool can make a positive difference in how successful restoration work becomes. With dozens of potential models ranging in size, versatility, and vacuum power, we must choose the unit that best suits the work to get done.

Before deploying any pump for water extraction in Augusta homes, several considerations must get made by both our project management and the experienced technicians working to restore the property. In many situations, only determining the necessary flow and rate of removal is insufficient for choosing among the types of extractors available to our SERVPRO team. Gallons per minute (GPM) or gallons per hour (GPH) both play a role in how effective recovery is, but our technicians must also think about:

  • The consistency of the water getting removed
  • How deep the standing water is
  • The vertical distance the fluid must get carried
  • Air seepage
  • Adequate electrical power
  • Calculated removal rate required to control the water loss

In most situations, our electric submersible pump can do most of the work involved for removing standing water, at least down to around two inches in depth. When debris and other solids are present, our SERVPRO team must utilize stronger units like our trash pumps to move it. Same with substantial loss incidents with feet of standing water. With the right discharge design directly to a sanitary sewer system outside, a truck-mount pump in our Green Fleet can pull out water at a reliable 300 psi.

With extraction being such a vital element to restoring a home after a water loss incident, choosing the right tool for the job is essential. Our SERVPRO of Columbia County team has multiple units that can do the job, and that gets combined with our confident approach to cleaning and drying your home after a disaster. No matter how severe loss incidents can become, we can make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (706) 868-5441.

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Our Water Damage Experts Can Save Your Augusta Commercial Property

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Open for business sign We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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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