Be Thankful Without the Fire
If you have water damage in your home, it’s important that you hire professionals that are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to handle the cleanup job. These technicians have been trained to handle the cleanup and restoration process so that the damage caused is kept to a minimum. However, before the professionals arrive, there are some things that you can do to begin the process.
Why Homes Are Sensitive to Water Damage
When the water that’s collected in your home recedes, the moisture from the damage is difficult to detect. This is the main reason why homes are sensitive to water damage. Microbial growth can begin within 24 hours of the damage due to standing water and can saturate different types of textiles and can seep through your drywall. The moisture has the ability to collect behind walls and create troublesome mold and bacteria out of the sight of occupants. If you react quickly, you may be able to save items such as clothes and furniture. But make sure to be very careful when entering a building that has recently been flooded. Any exposure to wildlife and contaminated water that may have accompanied the flooding could result in serious injury.
Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of:
Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 100’s of deaths per year and billions of dollars in damage. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking a few actions and being an example to others are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.
The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.
Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communication plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.
Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.
Are you looking for Fireworks for 4th of July? Here is your localized list of Firework Shows happening in and around Lowndes County!
According to Georgia law, fireworks are permitted in the unincorporated area of Lowndes County on July 4th from 10:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m.
Lowndes County Fire Rescue would like to encourage residents to attend local public shows instead of igniting fireworks on private property.
Have you considered all of the different ways you can end up with water damage in your business?
Each year, about one in 50 business owners files a water damage claim, accounting for 29% of all homeowners insurance claims, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Water damage claims on average cost a little over $11,000.
There are several ways that your business can be damaged by water. You may want to review your policy to make sure you understand what is covered.
Accidental leaks, such as leaking pipes or appliances, like a broken washing machine or dishwasher. Water damage after a includes water from a sprinkler system or from the fire department. Water damage from a roof leak, for example after a tree falls on your roof. Water damage from storms can cause damage throughout your home or business.
If you have water damage, you will want to contact the professional restoration experts at SERVPRO of Valdosta. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. SERVPRO of Valdosta (229) 244-1466.
Are you familiar with the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP)? This tool can make one very important part of your facility management responsibilities easier.
Every facility manager knows they should have a detailed disaster plan, but coming up with one from scratch can be a time-consuming task. It’s tempting to put this job to the side and deal with the many metaphorical fires you have to deal with every day than prepare for a real, but hypothetical fire in the future.
That’s what’s great about the ERP. One of SERVPRO of Valdosta representatives can come to you and walk you through creating a reference document that details the important building and contact information for your property.
The ERP can be used as a standalone document or as a supplement to any existing preparedness plan. Thinking through what to do and who to call in advance is the key to timely mitigation, which minimizes the effects of any weather-related disaster, water, or fire damage to your business.
No matter where you live and work, it is important to be informed and prepared for any disaster that may occur. Though Mother Nature's is often unpredictable, the ERP is one thing we can do to help you take control before disaster strikes.
Contact SERVPRO of Valdosta to establish an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your property. SERVPRO's ERP serves as a quick reference document, In any emergency, make sure you have experienced professionals on the line. No matter how big or small, SERVPRO of Valdosta will be ready to help make your property damage "Like it never even happened."
Keep your HVAC System Clean to Reduce the Chances of Microbial Growth
Keeping your Ducting and the Intake clean is vital to reducing the amount of contamination your HVAC system has.
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
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About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today SERVPRO of Valdosta, 229-244-1466
Common Causes for Water Damage
Pressurized water supply lines are one of the leading reasons that a home may suffer a flood. Take time to inspect your supply lines and replace them if they appear cracked or show signs of deterioration. You could be saving yourself time and money, and your home from damage.
You can help prevent a flooding disaster by checking these key areas: refrigerator lines, washing machine hoses, and toilet water supply lines. These supply lines usually are easily accessible and can be changed with pliers or an adjustable wrench. If you don't feel comfortable doing this yourself, or if you need assistance, a family member or local handyman could help you.
Let's focus on the toilet in your bathroom as a potential cause for water damage. Here are some of the most common reasons you may experience loss from a faulty toilet:
1-Leaking supply line is the line that connects the plumbing coming out of the floor to the toilet tank. This line is under continuous pressure, which means that if the hose begins to leak, it will continue to leak until the water line is turned off.
2-Old worn-out mechanical parts inside the tank can cause the toilet to run continuously and even overflow onto the floor, resulting in severe water damage to the floor, walls, and everything beneath.
3-The old worn-out wax ring that is at the base of the toilet where it connects to the floor. This wax ring can deteriorate out over time, causing water to leak at the base of the toilet.
4-Tank-to base washer is worn-out or pinched. If the tank is not seated correctly to the base, the washer could fail. Or, if the washer has aged too much, water can leak when flowing down to the bowl.
The water supply lines in a typical home or business are under and have continuous pressure, and if there's a leak or break, water will run out until it's shut off or fixed at the main water shut-off. Leaks inside walls are notorious for causing a lot of damage. These leaks are often unseen, slow, and gradual, so damage builds up and compounds itself over a period of time. To no fault of their own, homeowners don't see the problem until it's too late, and much damage has occurred.
We are water damage restoration specialist and are ready to restore your Lowndes County home or business to pre-water damage conditions. We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment. SERVPRO of Valdosta uses moisture monitoring equipment to effectively measure and document the drying process to ensure your property is dry.
Call us 24/7 for emergency water extraction and dry out your property and make it "Like it never even happened."
The Importance of Immediate Restoration After a Fire
Dealing with the aftermath of a fire in your business is overwhelming and stressful. Getting production back on track, employees back to work and making decisions on rebuild are all priorities to any facility manager. Starting the fire restoration process should be immediate. For one, the sooner you start the sooner you can get your work life back to normal. The longer you wait the bigger the risk of long-term issues developing.
Start the Cleanup
While you are still going to need to contact a professional restoration company to clean up after a fire, there are a few things you can do on your own. Of course, make sure that it is safe to enter the facility before attempting any cleanup on your own. Even if it is safe, make sure to wear proper clothing, like gloves, long sleeve shirts, and a mask.
Caring for your belongings: After opening the windows, make sure to scrub what you can with soap and water. This includes counters, cabinets, tables, and other surfaces. After scrubbing down surfaces, you can start to wash clothes and anything else that can be machine-washed. Keep in mind, more delicate items should be sent to a dry cleaner, and anything you wash at home may need more than one cycle to get the odor out.
What We Do
SERVPRO of Valdosta will come with industrial equipment to clean up fire and smoke damage. Doing what you can to clean your home can help speed up the process.
SERVPRO of Valdosta provides 24/7 emergency services and is a trusted vendor. Many insurance companies actually prefer them for cleaning up fire damage. They have the training, experience, and equipment to clean your house from top to bottom. In doing so, they will bring your home back to normal and get you back in your house in no time. With over 1,700 franchises across the nation SERVPRO is able to help hundreds of thousands of people. If your business was struck with a fire, be sure to call SERVPRO of Valdosta at 229-244-1466
With one small mishap, cooking in your kitchen can lead to disaster, and all fire safety measures can go out the window. A small bit of grease can escape a pan somewhere, and fire can ignite into something devastating. Soot and ash now cover everything, and your kitchen has fire damage as well as material burns. Cleaning will no doubt become a hassle, but where to begin? SERVPRO of Valdosta has some tips for you on how to clean after a kitchen fire, especially if there is some serious fire damage.
What to do after a fire damage:
SERVPRO of Valdosta has trained professionals waiting to assist you in your time of need. Kitchen fires can be dangerous and hard to clean up. Call the professionals at (229)244-1466. We will work to make it "Like it never even happened."