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Checking Your Home for Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Macon

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

tan wall with water damage spots showing through Do you have any water damage to your home? Contact SERVPRO of Macon, we are your local water restoration experts.

Performing regular maintenance on your home is one of the best things you can do to keep it in a well-maintained condition, but have you thought about checking specifically for water damage? Water damage introduces problems you can see, but more dangerously, leads to structural problems that can become extreme with time.

It is wise to regularly check for water damage as part of your home maintenance so you can catch any issues early on. This not only lessens the damage that the moisture buildup can cause, making it easier to treat, but it can also reduce the overall amount you have to claim with your homeowner’s insurance.

Where to Check for Water Damage in Your Home

Inspect your walls and ceilings. Your home’s drywall is designed to hide many unsightly things, such as wiring and plumbing, but it can also hide water damage well too. Fortunately, if you know what to look for, signs of damage can be easy to spot. Bubbling paint, soft spots and discoloration are all common signs that there is an issue present.

Don’t forget to look down. The subfloor is designed to give your home a solid foundation, but it can also absorb water if moisture works its way down to the base of your room. If you notice issues with your floor, including buckling or waviness, there might be moisture within your subfloor that is causing it to swell and cause problems.

Inspect your roof. Your roof is always the biggest defender against water damage, so keeping it in good shape is a great thing to prioritize. Going outside with binoculars can teach you quite a bit about the condition of your roof, as you can check for loose or missing shingles, upended flashing and other areas where water might be likely to leak in.

Pay close attention to the basement. Letting your basement become musty is not just unpleasant—it can cause serious household issues, too. Water can seep in through your foundation walls or begin to infiltrate the basement with heavy rain, leading to mold and mildew growth in addition to structural issues with your foundation.

If you have water damage anywhere in your home, we are here to help. You can contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damages. Get in touch today to speak with a water damage restoration expert.

Risk Reduction Tips for Preventing House Fires | SERVPRO® of Macon

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

white fire alarm being tested by a person If you experience any property damage due to a fire, we are here for you. Contact SERVPRO of Macon to learn more.

While most of us would agree that experiencing a house fire does not sound like something we want to endure, have you thought about the ways you can actively keep your home safer from one?

Preventing a fire from starting and knowing what to do if one does occur is so important to your safety and your home, especially when you consider that it takes less than a minute for fires to spread.

Taking action toward fire safety is not a complicated process and it will provide you with extremely valuable peace of mind as you go about your days. Here are some of the best tips we have for fire safety.

How Can I Actively Keep My Home Safer From Fires?

Check your smoke detectors. The first thing we recommend for fire safety is making sure you have an adequate number of smoke detectors and that you are checking them regularly to ensure they are operational. Smoke detectors should be on every floor and near every sleeping area, and should generally be tested monthly to ensure they are operational.

Create a fire escape plan. If you do hear an alert from your smoke detectors, knowing what comes next is key. Having a fire escape plan that you and your family can execute in under two minutes will help you get everyone to safety in the event of a fire starting so you can get outside and call for help quickly.

Limit your fire risks. Good habits around the house can go a long way toward your fire safety efforts, too. Even little things such as being careful with candles, avoiding leaving the stove unattended and being safe when grilling can go a long way in reducing your chances of ever experiencing a house fire in the first place.

Keep a fire extinguisher handy. If there is an open flame nearby, it is wise to have a fire extinguisher nearby, too. Be sure it is operational, rated for the right type of fire you might be dealing with and that you know how to use it. If a fire is contained and small, extinguishing it can help prevent it from becoming a much larger problem.

If your home is damaged by a house fire, we are here to help. Our expert fire restoration technicians are here 247 to spring into action as soon as you call. Contact us at any hour to report your damage and receive a quick response.

Keep Your Household Safe in the Face of Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of Macon

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

large yellow storm warning sign in front of dark forming clouds SERVPRO of Macon is here to provide you with a rapid response. Contact us right away if you experience any storm damage

When thunderstorms come and go regularly, it can be easy to discount their impact—but every severe storm does have the potential to lead to damage.

It is important to do what you can to prevent storm damage well in advance, instead of waiting until one is forecasted to take action. Through advanced preparation, you can better keep your household safe and mitigate the impact of severe weather on your family.

Mitigate the Impact of Severe Weather on Your Family

Prepare your home as much as possible. There are some storm damages that just can’t be avoided, but one thing homeowners can do to reduce their chances is maintaining the trees around their yard by trimming back any loose branches that could become projectiles. To increase your comfort in the aftermath of a storm, adding a household storm generator to your efforts is advised so you can continue to use your electricity.

Create a family communications plan. If your family is the type that is always on the go, it is important that everyone in the household knows exactly what to do if a storm catches them while they are out and about. Having a check-in system is so important for everyone’s peace of mind. For those of you who are home, be certain you know exactly where will be safest to shelter from the storm.

Make sure your emergency kit is stocked. Keeping an emergency kit in your home is a great idea for being as prepared as possible. Keep everything your family might need access to both during a storm and in the aftermath just in case. Food, sealed water containers, and flashlights and batteries are all good things to include, and do not forget to pack for your pets as well!

Consider getting a weather radio. Though we are used to relying on our cell phones for all weather alerts, having a more analog system such as a weather radio in your emergency kit is always a good idea. Missing emergency alerts can be extremely dangerous, and if severe weather knocks out cell reception, having a backup method for receiving alerts is so important.

If your home is damaged by a storm, you can depend on us to take care of any damages. https://www.SERVPROmacon.com/contact/contactus to report damage and receive a rapid response.

We specialize in Flood And Storm Damage

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

lighting striking hillside during storm at night We are the experts in Flooding and Storm Damage. Call us today at 478-474-6700!

We specialize in Flood And Storm Damage

SERVPRO of Macon is ready to assist if you have experienced flooding from an outside source caused by storm or unwanted water such as sewage backup in your home or business.  Our technicians are faster to any size disaster. We have the training and the professionalism to ensure the space is restored as quickly as possible. Our goal is to get you back “Like it never even happened.”

Within four hours of the loss notification, we will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled properly by completing the following steps:

  • Inspection- We will inspect the affected areas of your home or commercial site to determine the extent of the damage. From there, we will discuss the inspection with your insurance agent or company and answer any questions before performing any work.
  • Emergency Services- Our technicians will take immediate and necessary steps to protect your home or business such as your personal belongings from further damage by extracting any water and prepare for drying. We will discuss each step with you and your insured.
  • Monitoring- To ensure your personal belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards our technicians will monitor the drying process. Written monitoring reports will document the drying process. The results will be consistently communicated to you throughout the monitoring process.
  • Restoration Services- During the restoration process, our professionals will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets and clean affected areas of the property and belongings. A final walkthrough of the job site will be conducted to ensure your property was returned at its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Macon is ready to assist your loss of any size, day or night, and available 24 hours/ 7 days a week.

Call SERVPRO of Macon today at 478-474-6700 and our professional team of technicians will respond quickly to your home or business.  We are here to help!

Follow These Tips When Fire or Smoke Damage Has Affected Your Home or Business

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Fire, Smoke or Soot Damage can be overwhelming, dangerous and devastating. While waiting on SERVPRO of Macon to arrive, follow these tips until help arrives.

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic area and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood block between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces
  • Do not shampoo any carpet or upholstery
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaning since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
  • Do not attempt to clean smoke-damaged surfaces or contents yourself
  • Try to take inventory of belongings that may have been damage

Not every fire, smoke or soot claim is the same. However, SERVPRO of Macon professionals are Here To Help get you and your family or busines “Like it never even happened.”

For more information contact us anytime at 478-474-6700!

Water Damage While Away From Your Home

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Damaged floors with green SERVPRO fans Water damage from toilet overflow. SERVPRO of Macon professionals began mitigation in less than one hour!

Have you ever experienced a water damage to your home while away from it? Have you ever been on vacation for a week, went on a weekend getaway or just at work for 8-10 hours and come home to find that your toilet ran all day or maybe the AC pan overflowed all through your home? Water damages can happen at anytime or any place. With water damages comes mitigation and remediation needs quickly. Often times, if left unattended, mold can begin to grow in just 1-2 short hours.

Once you can find where the water is coming from, you may need assistance from a plumber, electrician, or an HVAC professional. Once that has been accomplished, the professionals at SERVPRO of Macon are here to make it “Like it never even happened.”  There’s no job too big or too small – no matter the what time of day or night, our professionals are here to begin the emergency mitigation process. The faster we get the water removed, the smaller the chance of further damage will occur.

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration and over 40 years of experience, SERVPRO of Macon is faster to any size disaster. Contact us seven days a week / 24 hours a day @ 478-474-6700.

Sewage Clean-up In Middle Georgia

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Before & After of brown sewage in toilet Before and After from sewage backup. For emergency services, call us at 478-474-6700!

Sewage backups can be a little more than just icky, gross or unpleasant to deal with. They can also pose a health hazard. Sewage backups can be caused by broken or busted pipes, plumbing fixtures or appliances that failed or toilet and sewer drain backups. Sometimes, sewage backups can be caused by mother nature herself. Especially after long periods of heavy rain or ground water flooding.

Water damage, mold and mildew can be affects from a sewage backup. Carpets, tile, drywall, wood flooring, furniture and even ceilings may require additional mitigation and remediation repair. All areas affected will need to be dried, cleaned, disinfected and deodorized immediately. Basic home cleaning techniques will not eliminate any possible viruses or bacteria that could be lingering. Depending on the damage, an insurance claim maybe needed.

Getting to the emergency is our #1 priority!  At SERVPRO of Macon, we know that it’s an issue that cannot wait until tomorrow! The longer it sits the longer other threats such as bacteria and mold can occur. We specialize in sewage cleanup and removal for all of Middle Georgia. We offer 24-hour emergency services. Call us today at 478-474-6700- You’ll be glad you did!

How SERVPRO of Macon Can Help Assist In Fire Damage

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

electrical fire damage with soot in walls beside plumbing Electrical fires can happen at anytime or anyplace. Contact our emergency service at 478-474-6700

Any fire or smoke damage to your home or business can be overwhelming and devastating. During these trying times, understanding your needs is our #1 priority and getting you back “Like it never even happened.” Our team of professionals are highly trained in fire restoration and have years of professional experience.

SERVPRO’S 1-4-8 Service Response guidelines can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. Our professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal. We also specialize in document restoration and will help insure your property has been inventoried.

Our restoration services include:

  • Fire, Smoke and Soot Removal
  • Water Removal and Dehumidification
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation
  • Large Loss Storm Response
  • Move or Pack Outs
  • Contents Restoration
  • Document Drying
  • Content Claim Inventory Service
  • Deodorization

From the floors to the walls and ceiling and upholstery, we will take care of everything, so you don’t have to. SERVPRO of Macon works with many insurance companies such as State Farm, Georgia Farm Bureau, Alfa Insurance, USAA, National General, Farmers Insurance, Allstate, Geico and many, many more. We are the #1 trusted leader in fire restoration services.

For emergency services, please do not hesitate to call us at 478-474-6700!   

SERVPRO Commercial Cleaning Service

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Macon offers Commercial Cleaning Services throughout Middle Georgia. We understand that common wear and tear can make your office or environment a little undesirable. Let the professionals at SERVPRO make your workspace more desirable and look it’s very best!

Our franchise professionals offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant equipment to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our services include:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Ceilings, Floors and Walls
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Odor Removal
  • Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Vandalism
  • Restaurant dining rooms, food prep and storage areas

With over 50 years of experience, training and the best cleaning products, SERVPRO Commercial Cleaning Services will get the job right and get the it done quickly. Our large loss clients include, Property Management, Hospitality Facilities, Education Facilities, Healthcare Facilities, Food Service Facilities and Retail Facilities.

Helping to make fire and water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Call us today @ 478-474-6700

Mold In Your Commercial Business

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

drywall removal with visible mold and servpro logo Mold could be lurking behind your walls. Give us a call @ 478-474-6700 to schedule your appointment today!

So what is mold?

Mold is a fungus that reproduces tiny spores in an environment with a lot of moisture. Mold grows quickly when humidity levels in an area are above 40 percent! Microbial growth can grow in or on just about anywhere such as window seals, drywall, carpet, ceilings, furniture, and even animals. Mold spores are microscopic and can move through the air and have growth within 48 hours. Mold can also come in a variety of colors, like green, brown, black and even purple! Mold can also leave a strong stench or bad odor.

What do you do next?

Inspect your building. Check for any leaks or water damage in our around floors, roofs, ceilings, crawlspace, kitchens, bathrooms, water heater or supply rooms. If you have found the source- then contact your local plumber to address the problem. If left untreated, mold will return. Once the leak or problem has been repaired, then contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Macon!

SERVPRO of Macon is the trusted leader in Mold Remediation. We are no stranger to high humidity percentages in Macon and Middle Georgia. During the summer months, daily readings average around 89-92 percent. Even in February and March, daily readings average 85-86 percent. Our technicians are IICRC trained and certified for water restoration, fire restoration and mold remediation.

SERVPRO of Macon is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. No commercial property is too big or too small! Call us @ 478-474-6700.