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Is Water Damaging the Foundation of Your Martinez Home?

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Is Water Damaging the Foundation of Your Martinez Home? Moisture can damage your concrete foundation.

Moisture Retention in Concrete Slab Foundations of Martinez Homes

Many of the newly constructed and aging homes of Martinez have concrete slab foundations instead of crawlspaces. 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 it is 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 Martinez 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 of the country.

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 also degrade and ruin construction materials hosting a colony.

Our SERVPRO professionals can help by assessing the situation with your concrete slab and offering diversion solutions for water and working 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.

The beginning of the Augusta Canal is located in Martinez.  Click here for more information.

Avoid Summer Water Damage in Augusta!

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Avoid Summer Water Damage in Augusta! Rust and corrosion are a first sign that a water heater failure may be forthcoming. Be sure to have your plumber check for these warning signs.

Ahhhh, school is out and the summer months have arrived with an excitement that now fills the air!  It's also a great time to take necessary precaution when it comes to protecting your home from a water damage loss. 

If you live in Augusta, you know that the temperatures can skyrocket to 100+ degrees Fahrenheit on any given summer day! This can bring stresses to any plumbing components that are located in your attic space.  It is fairly common to see hot water heaters and water heater pipes fail when temps in the attic push into the 140-150F degree range.  

We recommend having a plumber to inspect your hot water heater and its plumbing connections.  Protect your home from water damage by making sure your hot water heater is tuned up and healthy!  Have a great summer, Augusta!

Simple Plumbing Upgrades to Avoid Water Damage Losses in Augusta

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Simple Plumbing Upgrades to Avoid Water Damage Losses in Augusta A typical braided toilet supply line.

In serving the people of our city, we are often directly involved in some of the most stressful times of our customers' lives.  Our job is to make it "Like it never even happened," and to walk with you through each step of the restoration process. 

Unfortunately, we sometimes find that water damage could've been prevented.  One great way to prevent water damage is to make simple upgrades to the plumbing supply lines to your sinks, toilets, washing machines and ice makers. 

Over time, plastic and rubber materials can dry-rot and lose their structural strength that is needed to withstand the water pressure being exerted on them around the clock.  

ACTION:  Invest in "braided" supply lines at your local do-it-yourself retailer.  The cost is just a few dollars per line, and you can outfit your entire home for far less than the cost of your insurance deductible, should an old line decide to break.  Furthermore, you will have the peace of mind that you've put your best foot forward in preventing a water damage loss that might otherwise create a very stressful time in your life! 

Commercial Water & Fire Restoration In the Augusta-CSRA Region

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water & Fire Restoration In the Augusta-CSRA Region Don't allow commercial water damage to paralyze your business. Call SERVPRO of Augusta. We are faster to any disaster!

There are many reasons to quickly restore a commercial business to its normal daily operation after a water or fire loss.  The reason that is most prevalent on the minds of company stakeholders is simple:  profitability.  The longer a business remains idle due to a loss, the faster that losses from lost opportunity will mount.  It is critical to respond quickly. 

SERVPRO of Augusta is a large-loss team that routinely mitigates water and fire damage losses in office complexes, medical buildings, university buildings, large hotels and other commercial structures throughout Augusta.  Whether you are in need of board-up services, commercial drying, or the mitigation of massive amounts of water from a factory floor, we have the knowledge, equipment and proven expertise to deliver fast, proven results for our commercial customers. 

Don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Augusta for your Commercial Restoration needs.  Call (706)868-5441. 

Serving Augusta . . . With Excellence!

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Every day is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our customers and bring a sense of calm and structure to situations that sometimes seem unbearable to them.  In many cases, their homes are flooded, or have been damaged by fire or mold.  Below is a review we received on social media last month . . . 

Monica Gross said "The team was very professional and always available for questions, even after the clean up was done. Sean came to check on the house every day until everything was dry, and continued to make himself available as things moved along with the insurance claim afterwards. I hope I never need this kind of service again, but if I do, I know who to call: SERVPRO of Augusta." 

This is one of many similar reviews that we receive on a regular basis.  Our hope is that if you have this type of need, that you will trust us as your restoration family.

Duct Cleaning

2/3/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Duct Cleaning Dirt and heavy dust than builds up over time inside a air return

Have you thought about the areas of your home that you can't see that may need cleaning during your "Spring Cleaning" venture. An area that most folks do not pay attention to is the heating and air conditioning unit. Duct cleaning can be essential to the longevity of your A/C unit as well as an improvement to the air quality inside your home. It is worth the investment to every home. We provide this service whether it is on a home we are cleaning from smoke damage, mold or just age.

Disruptions and stress

1/27/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Disruptions and stress This business was losing money daily because of a fire to the building

A home or business fire can be a very stressful event for the property owner. Damage to personal belongings and the contents of the building is just one concern. Timely mitigation is the key to controlling damage, while reducing downtime and recovery cost$$$! We understand how disruptive fires can be for business owners, tenants and even customers. That is why SERVPRO offers 24 hour emergency response. Don't proscatinate on making the call to start the mitigation process. A rapid response cuts loss of time and money. SERVPRO will help limit damage and get your home or facility back in operation quickly.