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Getting your business open again after water damage

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

With Comprehensive Water Damage Cleanup and Rebuilds, SERVPRO Gets Your Doors Open Swiftly

Water damage to a business is bad news. Whether your business is food based, a coffee shop, a clothes store, a stationery store or something else, water can bring business to a standstill. All it takes is a burst pipe, a flood, or a simple leak and suddenly you have to close your doors during repairs. 
 
Naturally, the first concern after water damage to your Macon business is getting the water out, and your shop restored so you can resume business. Fast action is essential to minimize profit loss. That is why we recommend you call SERVPRO as soon as you are able - We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 
 
Our IICRC certified technicians begin by extracting water from your property. In some cases, a free-standing pump is enough for this. Sometimes we need to use a more powerful truck-mounted pump extractor that can remove a greater volume of water and also draw it uphill if necessary. We also have submersible pumps so that even if there is quite a depth of water (over 2 inches), we can remove it quickly. 
 
Thorough water extraction is key to getting your business up and running again as soon as possible. We extract water first before moving on to the drying process. We train our technicians in how to position a range of commercial axial box fans, dehumidifiers and air movers for maximum effect. 
 
However, SERVPRO also understands that extraction and drying are not the whole story. Depending on the extent of the water damage, there might also be minor or even major damage to your business premises. We save you time by taking care of repair, rebuild and construction as well, so you do not have to call in a separate service to deal with those things. We save you time, money, and stress with our comprehensive service package.
 
In cases of extensive damage, we supply roof tarps, and temporary fencing to secure your property and also take care of boarding up doors and windows. Do not worry about your equipment or stock: SERVPRO has well-managed warehouse space and offers a full pack-out service to keep your inventory safe as we clean the elements during repairs. 
 
We also take care of a range of repairs including drywall removal and installation of new drywall, hardwood or tile floor repair, repainting, and removing and installing carpet. 
 
Using one service for drying and repair is both quicker and more cost effective. Call SERVPRO of Macon at (478) 474-6700 for help.

The hours and days following fire damage

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

A fire disaster can cause serious damage to your house. The resultant flames, smoke, heat, and even water can have permanent repercussions on the structure and many of your items. The contents that survive fire damage may sustain extensive smoke damage in exchange. The firefighters may also cut holes in the walls or roof when putting out the flames, leaving you with a massive cleanup job.

Time and patience are crucial when dealing with any form of fire damage. Once the fire fighting crew leaves, SERVPRO can come in and initiate the restoration process. We have highly skilled, IICRC-trained technicians that are on standby in case of an emergency. Using special smoke cleanup and restoration techniques, we can restore your property to preloss conditions, "Like it never even happened."

When the fire calms down, the resultant smoke damage appears in the form of discolored walls, charred items, or soot and ash on the floor. In some cases, other side effects such as smells can remain behind, presenting health risks to the occupants. It is important to keep in mind that some signs of smoke damage can show almost immediately while others take several hours (sometimes days) after the event to manifest.

Within a few days of smoke and fire damage, walls and flooring may turn yellow (although this yellowing effect does not show right away). Warping and discoloration can also occur on wood and plastic surfaces/appliances. Metal hardware tends to rust and corrode away several hours after a fire. If you have tiles, counter tops, or any other surface with porous stone such as travertine, granite, or marble, the acidic residue in soot can cause them to discolor permanently.

Certain surfaces, especially fabric items, may show both visible signs of fire damage and smoke odor. Smoke releases tiny carbon particles into the air that, when deposited, are known as soot. The first step SERVPRO takes to reduce the smell of a fire is getting rid of this smoke deposit or soot.

In addition to these tiny particles, smoke also contains various components that contribute to the unbearable smell that lingers after fire damage. These include toxic gases and vapors. Vapors are misty droplets that can be poisonous upon absorption or inhalation. Toxic gases come in different forms. Carbon monoxide is the most common toxic gas in a fire disaster. Household products such as plastics, vinyl, and other materials containing chlorine produce phosgene during combustion. Carpets, synthetics, clothing, and carpets release hydrogen cyanide when burning.

The smell that follows smoke damage penetrates different materials after some time. Unless a professional fire damage restoration company cleans up and deodorizes these items properly, the smoky smell may remain for a long time. SERVPRO technicians can pinpoint the source of the odor and neutralize it accordingly.

Do not leave your property to fate when a fire disaster comes knocking. SERVPRO of Macon is a part of your community and can arrive promptly to reverse the fire damage. Call us anytime at (478) 474-6700!

Scoping damage from hidden water leaks

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

A hidden water leak in your bathroom, if left untreated, can cost you, especially if it leads to serious damage to walls, flooring, and paint. There are subtle signs you can look for in your home to figure out if you need a plumber to fix those leaking fixtures and pipes before things get worse. When you have a massive leak, you need a certified remediation company to help you clean up the damage, such as SERVPRO.

One sign of a hidden leak and the need for professional water removal is a wall which has blistering wallpaper or paint. Most of the time, steam from hot showers in your home should not cause this to happen. When water and moisture get between the paint and the wall, they stop the bond and start to separate the two, making the paint rise from the wall and fall off in bits. It is the same case with wallpaper.

A wall which is warped or stained for no apparent reason is a clear sign of a plumbing leak. Drywall becomes soft and starts to bubble when it is exposed to moisture, eventually warping and breaking up into pieces. If the leak reaches your ceiling, it will sag and could leak some of the accumulated water, causing more damage to your bathroom.

At SERVPRO, our technicians have tools like moisture meters to find any hidden moisture and leaks in your bathroom and to remove any accumulation of water from those leaks. We first figure out what is causing the leak, fix the problem, and eliminate the water with industrial pumps, fans, and dehumidifiers. Quickly drying your bathroom is important to avoid the growth of mold. Once your bathroom is dry again, repairs are made, including replacing any damaged drywall, and the affected area is sanitized.

Sometimes your flooring can be damaged as well if the leak was bad enough, causing cracking, staining or buckling. Moisture can make your floor feel soft or spongy depending upon the material it is made of. In these cases, you often find a damp subfloor as well. If the problem is found quick enough, we can dry it out and salvage it without having to replace it, but we may need to put new subflooring in as well where the water damaged it.

Don’t hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Macon when you believe you have a hidden leak in your bathroom. We are available to help you at any time if you need us, please call (478) 474-6700.

Water and Mold Damage after a fire?

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage

Fire damage is caused by the actually fire. This can include damage to the structure of the property. Often materials are melted and can ignite other materials with this type of damage. 

Fire damage can also cause different toxins to react causing explosions or they can act as accelerant spreading the flames and causing additional damage. 

Water Damage

Water damage is always present with fire damage because the flames have to be extinguished. Often the damage caused by the sprinklers in a building is much more significant than the initial fire damage. 

Smoke Damage

Soot from a fire can be found in every room of a house that has been badly burned, even those rooms that were not burnt. Often homeowner's belongings, furniture, clothes in drawers, important documents, paintings, and more are completely covered in charcoal black soot. Some items are not salvageable and the items that are have to be properly cleaned or the soot can permanently destroy them. 

Mold Damage

After experiencing a house fire the water damage has to be professionally handled, because when it is not properly dried mold can grow. Mold is a toxin that can cause numerous potential health problems for those living in the property. It is important to make sure the water damage is taken care of by professionals like those at SERVPRO of Macon. 

Protecting your home before and after a storm

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

We wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to homeowners throughout the Macon area. It is important for you to understand that qualified professionals are available to assist you in recovering from any emergency situation that might occur on your property, including flooding that many of us face today. 

You are not alone. We can help flood damage victims in Macon and the surrounding areas. Additionally, you can visit our website anytime to assist with relief efforts by donating to help The American Red Cross make a difference in people’s lives affected by Tropical Storm IRMA. 

A team of SERVPRO professionals stand ready to assist; we give you access to IICRC-industry certified professionals, advanced equipment, and vast resources that make your restoration as stress-free as possible. Our entire Green Fleet is stocked and ready to deploy at a moment’s notice, we can address any situation you face and work hard to ensure a successful recovery.

If you have yet to feel the effects of a tropical storm and want to strengthen your home’s resolve, we can help. SERVPRO technicians have several years of experience providing homeowners with quality solutions. Our team can help adjust yard grading, inspect your gutters and downspouts, roofing, and basement or crawl spaces for problems and install additional drains, backflow valves, or sump pumps to help keep water away from your home.

Taking the proper steps can make protecting your home easier. Never hesitate to ask for help. SERVPRO technicians are trained to assist with major storm events and are ready to answer your call, now. We are locally owned and operated, offering cleanup and restoration services, proudly serving our local community with additional resources in its time of need.

Notify SERVPRO of Macon for assistance with flood damage restoration. We are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, working non-stop until everyone gets the help they need, call today. (478) 474-6700

Keeping flood water out of your home

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

According to the National Flood Insurance program flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States causing $2.7 billion in losses between 2001 and 2010. Flooding is not covered by most homeowner’s insurance policies so it may be necessary to buy a separate flood policy for your home.

Here are a couple of tips to keep water from entering your home during a heavy rain event:

1.    Fix foundation leaks that may allow water to enter your home.

2.    Make sure your roof is secure and protected.

3.    Clear gutters and drains

If water ever floods your home, getting someone on site as soon as possible is key to keeping the amount of damage to a minimum. SERVPRO of Macon is ready to respond at any time and also provides a free assessment and estimate. Call us at (478) 474-6700.

How to deal with contaminated water and water damage

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

These Emergency Tips will assist you in taking the proper action until SERVPRO of Macon professionals arrive. Please follow these DO's and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration. Here are the DO's and DON'Ts for Water damage from Contaminated Water.

DO's 

•Call SERVPRO of Macon immediately at (478) 474-6700.

•Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. This includes damages incurred by a sewage backup.

•Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON'Ts 

•Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.

•Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.

•Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.

•Use products for personal hygiene and cleaniness if exposed to contaminated areas.

Note: If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation. Consult with your local health department or physician.

About SERVPRO of Macon

SERVPRO of Macon specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a sewage backup or a contaminated water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Have questions about Contaminated Water Damage and Cleanup? Call us - (478) 474-6700

Smoke Alarm know-how

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Have you ever taken the batteries out of that annoying beeping smoke detector in your home? I know I have, and I’m sure you may have done that before too. However, this could be very dangerous if you don’t replace the batteries and make sure your smoke alarm is working properly.

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. NFPA focuses on these key messages:

•Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

•Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.

•To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

Here’s how to check:

1-Remove the smoke alarm from the wall/ceiling.

2-Look at the back of the alarm for the date of manufacture

3-Smoke alarms should be replaced 10 years from the date of manufacture

4-Put the alarm back on the ceiling/wall if it is less than 10 years old.

Other tips:

•Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms. For the best protection, make sure all smoke alarms are interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.

•Test smoke alarms at least once a month by pushing the test button

•If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside/ go to your outside meeting place

•A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat & fire

•Call the fire department from a cell phone or neighbor’s phone. Stay outside until the fire department says it’s safe to go back inside.

•Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice different ways out.

•Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can't help.

•Make sure the number on your home is clearly marked and easy fo rht fire department to find.

•Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

This week is an also an opportunity for local firefighters to visit schools and teach children the importance of fire safety. They want to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family safe. Firefighters are also encouraging smokers to make sure they throw out butts and ashes correctly because it only takes something small to spark a fire if the conditions are dry.

For more information on fire safety please visit: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week

What’s lurking in your ducts? Call us to find out!

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Inspecting the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC) is a service offered by SERVPRO of Macon. Keeping the HVAC system and duct work clean can potentially extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at in optimal condition, which can also save you money. SERVPRO uses a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to remove years of dust and grime. 

SERVPRO of Macon will inspect your HVAC system and duct work to make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. The inspection can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and duct work. 

The SERVPRO system is the difference - we can help:

     Remediate bacteria, fungi, and mold

     Reduce potential for mold growth

     Restore peak energy efficiency

     Eliminate offensive odors

     Provide free written inspections and estimates

Call us today for your estimate! (478) 474-6700

How a small leak can lead to MAJOR water damage in commercial facilities

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

This law office received extensive water damage due to the sprinkler system releasing water throughout.

Your Macon Business May Be Put Out of Business if You're Dealing with Commercial Water Damage

Finding a dripping line at the water fountain or a leaky toilet can seem like no big deal, but in reality, this can be a sign that your commercial site has suffered water damage. While it may be hidden, rotting floorboards and damp walls can create problems that might not be easily visible yet. These details need to be taken care of immediately. 

How a Small Leak can Lead to Major Water Damage 

A small leak can allow water to slowly seep into cracks around toilets, or along seams in floor coverings such as carpets or tile, and seep into the underlay of these floors. Water is a fluid that can quickly spread over time, thinly covering support systems underneath upper floors, without ever seeping through to the ceiling below. Commercial water damage in Macon businesses can be quite invisible for a long time before it is visible on the exterior of walls, ceilings, or floors. Hiding this way can allow damage to take place slowly. Massive leaks or those that happen outside of regular business hours and remain undetected, leading to standing water, can seem worse, but sometimes, the clean-up process is easier. This is because the problem may have been noticed much sooner, simply because it was apparent more quickly. 

Some of this damage can be mold growth, as mold is present in practically all indoor environments, and no business is not immune to this. Most air filtration units available to the public are not 100% effective, even with HEPA filters installed, meaning some mold is still present, just in lower amounts. Moisture in the environment in the wrong place can allow these errant mold spores to grow. 

Another type of damage that can happen are rotting beams and other support structures below your floors. Walls can also become affected by water that runs along their interiors, crumbling drywall, and allowing mold to grow prolifically. Carpeting can also become saturated underneath, on the padding side, and remain undetected for extensive lengths of time. Our SERVPRO of Macon professionals know how to stop this damage and get your business back to its original and safe state. 

What do We Do?

We use high-powered pumps to extract any standing water, and if there is merchandise that could suffer damage from the humidity levels, we will pack up and remove these items to an off-site location. Sometimes, our technicians need the space occupied by your merchandise so it will be packed up to allow for us to work more efficiently and finish the job at hand. 

After extracting any standing water, we will inspect for damages and advise you of repairs, restorative cleaning, or replacements that are needed to get things back to normal for your commercial site. We can complete a detailed inventory of damaged items and those that can be salvaged so you can present this to your insurance company. 

Airing out is never enough when there is water damage of any type.Commercial dehumidifiersand water extraction equipment must be used. Monitoring the moisture and humidity levels on at least a daily basis shows how well dehumidification efforts are, and our professionals are trained and certified in IICRC techniques. This means that if drying techniques are not working as quickly as they should be, we know how to alter them, so the drying process meets ours and your expectations. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

To protect your business's future and get started on cleaning up commercial water damage, call (478) 474-6700 to reach the professionals at SERVPRO of Macon.We have proudly served the Macon area for over 37 years. We are available 24/7 to take your call and start cleaning and restoring your business site. Every day that you are unable to operate normal business procedures means you're losing money. Our goal is to get your business back to normal “Like it never even happened.”

Emergency Water Damage Service: 24/7/365

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Macon is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (478) 474-6700

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Macon has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information?
  • Your insurance information? (Company and Agent) if your filing a claim
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business?
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Macon

SERVPRO of Macon specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Faster to your Water Damage Event

Do’s and Don’ts of heating your Middle Georgia home

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Even though Macon usually has mild winters, there is still a need for heating homes or businesses at some point during the winter months.  

Remember these tips when heating your Macon home or business:

  • Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater.  Have a three foot "kid-free" zone around open fires and space heaters. 
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be completely cooled before putting them in a metal container.  Keep the container a safe distance away from the home.  
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. 
  • Always us the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters. 
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. 
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions. 
  • Test smoke alarms monthly. 

Should you suffer fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Macon at (478) 474-6700!  Let us help you make it "Like it never even happened."

Content Restoration after a Fire

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Your home or commercial facility contains many of your most valuable possessions. SERVPRO of Macon understands the trauma that follows a loss. When fire damage takes control of your life, we help you take it back.

Some of our Contents services include:

Inventory – One of the first priorities in fire restoration is to complete an accurate inventory to help ensure you can properly account for all your belongings. Your SERVPRO of Macon technician can provide a detailed room-by-room inventory of contents, including digital photographs and bar codes for each item, suitable for filing insurance claims forms and relieving you of this often stressful and time consuming process.

Move Outs – When the structure has suffered extensive damage, the cleanup and restoration process may need to be facilitated by relocating the contents for cleaning, deodorization and storage while structural repairs are being completed. A supervised moving crew can carefully pack and move the entire contents of your home or office and move them into our secure facilities.

Contents Cleaning – All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery. SERVPRO of Macon  technicians begin by carefully inspecting and testing all fabrics in the structure to determine which cleaning methods are most appropriate. SERVPRO of Macon can provide wet or dry cleaning. Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to as near as pre loss condition as possible. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, bric-a-brac and much more.

Call SERVPRO of Macon today! (478) 474-6700

What happens when you let water damage sit...

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

The sooner you respond to a water emergency on your property, the less the damage will cost you. Go with the team that’s faster to any-sized disaster.

  • Within Minutes - Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery and belongings. 
  • Within 1 to 2 Hours - Drywall swells, metal surfaces tarnish and furniture begins to warp/mold.
  • Within 48 Hours to Week - Mold grows, doors and furniture warp, metal begins to rust.
  • Over A Week - Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks.

Here at SERVPRO we have the following Service Response Guidelines*:

  • ONE – Within one hour from the first notice of your loss, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will contact you to arrange for service.
  • FOUR – Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services.
  • EIGHT – Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person.

*Exceptions may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation.

Restoration Work after Storm Damage

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Sometimes unexpected things happen to our homes. One of these can be a tree falling thru our roof in the middle of the night due to a storm. When this happens, our team is available 24/7 to respond.

One of the major concerns is secondary damage such as rain. If a tree falls thru the roof and leaves a big opening you could be looking at a very expensive restoration project versus the initial damage. I is important to get a temporary cover on the roof or side of the house that is damaged.

It is important to have adequate manpower to extract the water immediately but also make sure that additional water does not come in. Once the water is extracted, the drying process can begin. We have large commercial desiccant dehumidifiers designed for climate control in large facilities. 

If you have any questions about Large Loss capabilities, contact SERVPRO of Macon at 478-474-6700 24 hours a day.

Cleanup after Hurricane Irma

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

In September 2017 high winds of up to 60 mph came thru Macon and caused extensive damage all over town. 

Our team at SERVPRO of Macon was ready for the damage. We are prepared to respond to any type of disaster 24/7. We responded by having the manpower to provide temporary roof tarping immediately. We then addressed removing water inside the homes and starting the drying process. We also provided manpower to protect contents in homes where there was a need.

It's important to have trained manpower whenever these types of events happen. Because not every loss is alike. 

SERVPRO of Macon has the capabilities to handle any size loss. If you have any questions about our Storm Loss capabilities, contact us anytime at 478-474-6700!

Tips to protecting your property from storm damage

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Whether there is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, or sleet and snow; all of these can cause property damage. You can't control Mother Nature but you can be prepared so here are some tips to help you:

-Check for tree limbs and branches that might have fallen.

-Roofs, pipes and gutters should all be inspected and make sure they are in proper working order. Clear gutters from debris, a damming effect could cause roof damage or interior water problems. Downspouts should be facing away from the home or building.

-Clean your chimneys and exhaust systems from debris.

-Test your gas lines for leaks.

-Inspect your property for proper drainage.

-Protect pipes from freezing by allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If any pipes are under cabinets leave the cabinets open. Make sure exterior pipes are properly insulated.

-If there are any outdoor faucets, you might want to shut the water off.

-Make sure all exterior doors and windows have sufficient weather stripping.

Do you have an ERP for your business? Ask your SERVPRO of Macon Sales and Marketing Representative! 

Tips for lessening water damage for your business

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

In the event that your business has a water loss; here are some steps to help minimize damage and get you back in business.

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
  • Don’t enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid shock hazards.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum cleaning to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage the vacuum cleaner.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Things to consider about mold around the home

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

One of the many questions SERVPRO of Macon gets on a regular basis is “How do I know if I have mold?”

Mold requires moisture and a food source to grow such as wallpaper, drywall or other organic building materials. In most cases, mold grows from having high humidity in your home or business, a non-ventilated bathroom or a recent water loss. However, if you believe that you do have mold growing in your home or business it is best to have a qualified environmental lab take samples.

An environmental lab will be able to explain the testing process and provide results based off of the samples taken from your home. Based off of those results, they provide recommendations on how the mold would need remediation. Then, SERVPRO can take those results and recommendations to properly remediate the home or business of any microbial growth.

Want us to take a second look at possible mold? Give us a call at 478-474-6700!

Things to know about Tornadoes

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Tornadoes are known to cause widespread damage throughout the United States, especially in the Southern Plains and SouthEast. But how much do we truly know about these destructive entities that tear through our homes and businesses?

Here are a couple of quick facts about tornadoes:

  • The average tornado travels Southwest to Northeast but have been known to move in any direction.
  • Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3pm and 9pm but can occur at any time.
  • T. Theodore Fujita devised the F0-F5 Scale for tornadoes in 1971.
  • In 2006 the National Weather Service unveiled the Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF Scale).
  • A tornado normally appears transparent until it picks dust and mud from the ground.
  • The USA averages around 1,200 tornadoes every year, more than any other country.
  • In the southern hemisphere tornadoes usually rotate in a clockwise direction. In the northern hemisphere tornadoes usually rotate in a counterclockwise direction.

Signs of Danger

  • Dark, green tinted sky
  • Large hail
  • Low-lying rotating cloud
  • Loud roar similar to a freight train

We are in the peak of tornado season here in Alabama and encourage everyone to be weather aware. Have a family plan in the event of a tornado warning. Know where your safe areas are wherever you are.


Source: Stormaware.mo.gov/tornado-facts-history

SERVPRO Document Restoration

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is a leader in the much overlooked market of document drying. In the event of a commercial water loss—it’s imperative that important documents such as legal documents, medical records and government documents are not overlooked. 


SERVPRO has the capability in the event of a disaster to restore these documents. Listed below are just a few techniques that are used to help commercial clients and their pertinent documents. 


• Vacuum Freeze Drying—Process in which an item containing moisture is frozen and dried using various vacuums and pressures to achieve sublimation. 
• Digitizing—Ability to digitize records and documents eliminating the need to have massive file rooms. 
• Gamma Irradiation—is a process that is used for cleaning/disinfecting decontaminated documents. In sewage or flood water (CAT 3) situations, documents are not only deteriorating, but they are infested with all types of bacteria.
• Certified Destruction
If you have any questions about SERVPRO’s document drying services, contact us today at (478) 474-6700!

Quick Facts about House Fires

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that each year more than 12,600 people are injured in home fires in the United States? It is important to be prepared and know the facts about home fires.

  • Home fires can be prevented.
  • Fire is fast. In two minutes, a fire could kill you. In only five minutes, a whole house can be engulfed in flames.
  • Fire is very hot! However, heat and smoke have the potential to be more dangerous than the flames.
  • Hot air can burn your lungs and fire produces poisonous gas that can make you sleepy and unable to escape.
  • Fire is very dark. This can make it difficult to find your way out of your house during a fire.
  • Fire is deadly! Fire uses up oxygen you need to breathe.

You can always be prepared to prevent deadly fires in your home. Just taking a few precautions can help save you and your family.

These fire facts were found on www.ready.gov!

Busted Toilet Line in Vacant Home: What would YOU do?

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Picture this: a toilet line bursts inside a vacant residence, affecting thirteen rooms total. Two rooms are tile and the others hardwood. The hardwood had cupped and started buckling. What should be done to address the problem?

SERVPRO of Macon will quickly dry your property using state-of-the-art water removal equipment and advanced drying techniques. In this case, some areas of flooring had to be removed to dry the sub flooring. The wood also ran underneath kitchen appliances, so those had to be moved to access that flooring to dry.

Safety is our first priority, so if this ever happens to you, consider this:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

If you ever experience water damage in your home or business, trust the technicians at SERVPRO of Macon to dry and restore your property. We're trained in IICRC standards for water restoration, and we've been around the block more than a few times when it comes to dealing with disasters. Call us at 478-474-6700!

When water damage turns a restful home into a stressful situation

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Your home should be your place of rest. But when water begins leaking - even small leaks in areas you can't see - your home could quickly become a source of stress. The possibility of harmful mold, rot and unseen damage may affect the value of your home and the health of loved ones.

SERVPRO of Macon professionals understand how disruptive water damages can be for your entire family and will help ensure the water is identified, regardless of where it hides. That is why we offer 24-hour emergency response by trained, uniformed restoration professionals. With top-of-the line equipment and time-tested cleanup and restoration techniques, SERVPRO of Macon has the expertise to help make your house feel like home again.

After all, when it comes to your home and your family, even small disasters can feel like huge problems. So if a water damage occurs in your home, just call us 478-474-6700. We'll be there to help!