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SERVPRO of Macon: Locals here to take care of YOU!

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Macon employee group photo SERVPRO of Macon is a team of local professionals who live and work in the communities we serve, like Bibb, Twiggs, Monroe, Upson and Peach counties.

SERVPRO of Macon is more than a business- It’s a family of local professionals here to help should you ever experience a disaster in your home or business.

We’re an independent franchise, owned and operated by Carl and Martha Goodrich since 1981. The Goodrich family was born and raised right here in Macon, GA, and the people you see in the photo on the right are locals as well, which means should you ever need our help, you can trust your Middle Georgia neighbors to get the job done RIGHT. We live, work, eat and shop in Macon and Middle Georgia, so we make sure we take care of each customer as if they are family.

We’re also committed to giving back to our community. Before Tropical Storm Irma made its way through Central Georgia in 2017, our team donated dozens of bags of non-perishable foods, toiletries and supplies to the storm shelters. After the storm, we also aided families with immediate response in tarping roofs and getting buildings stabilized for cleanup. We’ve also helped families respond to damage from tornadoes, hail, flooding and more.

Call SERVPRO of Macon day or night, 24 hours a day at (478) 474-6700 and you can count on your neighbors to respond quickly and aid in your cleanup and restoration needs.

Asbestos and Lead Paint Testing

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Asbestos can be found in several different forms, such as this roofing material. The only way to be certain is to test for it Does this roofing material contain asbestos? Find the answer at the end of this blog post.

When we begin any type of restoration work inside a home or business, one of our first questions is: When was this building built?

The reason we ask this is because of special precautions that need to be taken if the building may contain asbestos or lead paint. Exposure to either can potentially cause health problems, especially if we need to pull up flooring or complete other forms of demolition because doing so could expose our crew members or customers.

As a precaution, we ask home or business owners when the building was built. If a building was built before 1978, we will test materials for lead paint. If it was built before 1985, we require that an asbestos test be completed by a licensed company so we know if abatement is necessary (removal of the lead or asbestos-containing materials by an abatement company).

Health risks vary depending on the materials. For instance, asbestos exposure could potentially cause:

-Asbestosis

-Lung Cancer

-Mesothelioma

A potential risk from inhaling asbestos fibers is that the fibers cannot be broken down by the body once they are lodged in the lungs or body tissue. Microscopic asbestos fibers cannot be seen, smelled or tasted. They are usually found in vinyl asbestos tiles, but can sometimes be found in joint compound, ceiling texture, insulation and flooring materials like mastic (glue for flooring). It can be easy to inhale asbestos dust without realizing it, especially if the materials are friable (easy to break or crumble, becoming airborne easily). Most asbestos containing material we find in homes are considered nonfriable, but there is exposure risk when these materials are disturbed during demolition or renovation.

Lead paint exposure typically comes from deteriorating paint, like paint chips or dust, but lead can sometimes be found in different types of building material like stains, varnishes and shellac. Symptoms of lead exposure in adults can vary, and typically come from long term exposure, but sometimes include:

-High Blood Pressure

-Joint and Muscle Pain

-Difficulty with memory/concentration

-Headaches

-Abdominal Pain

Unless a product is clearly marked, it’s impossible to determine if it contains asbestos or lead paint simply by looking at it. EPA guidelines require companies like SERVPRO maintain a certification for lead paint testing called the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule (RRP). All of our employees go through an eight-hour initial training program, as well as a four-hour refresher course every two years to be certified for lead based renovation activities. Our firm must also be licensed by the Georgia EPD (Environmental Protection Division) to do this type of work. We typically use a swab test that will change color if lead is present, but with asbestos, we rely on licensed asbestos abatement companies for testing and removal if necessary.

Questions? Give us a call at (478) 474-6700

(Answer: Yes, the sample of roofing material in the photo above does contain asbestos fibers)

We're a one-stop shop for restoration AND reconstruction!

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

This is a before and after look at restoration and repair work in a bathroom following a water damage. The tub and surrounding area in the bathroom was removed and replaced following water damage restoration in the bathroom of a Macon, GA home.

Did you know SERVPRO of Macon has a reconstruction department? Not only can we help dry your home after suffering water damage (which potentially involves removing flooring/walls and setting up drying equipment), but we can also replace and repair any damaged parts of your home or business. By dealing with one company, instead of several, our goal is to streamline the work through a home or commercial claim and make the process as hassle-free as possible.

Typically, a fire or water claim will begin with SERVPRO of Macon technicians completing demolition, drying and/or cleaning the property. Once that process is complete, our construction manager John Goodrich typically steps in to finish the claim, completing estimates for insurance claims and organizing repair work through a network of contractors, such as:

-Electricians

-Carpenters

-Plumbers

-Flooring Companies

-Drywall Installers

-Insulation Companies

-Roofers

These contractors are reliable resources we’ve worked with for years. We require each company we do business with to maintain proper insurance coverage and background checks on all employees. John Goodrich also brings 20 years of experience in construction and project management, overseeing the work that is completed and working with different adjusters on what each insurance company requires for repair work. An example of our repair work can be seen in the photo above, taken before and after a residential water damage.

Questions? Give us a call at (478) 474-6700!

Odor Control and Removal

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Macon managers and technicians are trained for a variety of situations, including the control and removal of offensive odors.

By definition, an odor is a distinctive (and typically unpleasant) smell that can be picked up by people. SERVPRO technicians have a variety of methods to remove these odors, but they all typically begin with identifying the source of the odor. Some common examples of odor sources include:

-Property Damage (Fire or Water Damage, Mold Growth)

-Animals (Dander, Bodily Waste, Infestations)

-Trash and Waste (Rotting Food, Sewage)

Most people think there are special sprays that can help remove odors, but this is a myth. Sprays usually mask the odor temporarily, resulting in the unpleasant smell coming back after some time. This is why it’s important to identify the source of the odor and remove it before attempting deodorization with sprays or mists.

Once the source has been pinpointed and removed, SERVPRO of Macon technicians have a variety of ways to eliminate remaining odors. We can use two different types of fog, Thermal Fog or ULV Fog, depending on the source of the odor and its strength. We can also use specialty fans and filtration equipment to clean the air.

One of our stronger methods of deodorization is the use of ozone, which is particularly useful against odors from smoke, pet odors, mildew and organic pollutants. Ozone is also called “activated oxygen” because chemically it is an added oxygen molecule (03), which makes it highly reactive with particles it comes into contact with. The extra oxygen atom attaches itself to the other molecules to create a new molecule, one that isn’t smelly, in a process called oxidation. Once the ozone is ventilated and dissipates, most odors are gone and there is only a neutral smell.

A word of caution – Ozone, and ozone generators, should be used and handled by trusted professionals like the technicians at SERVPRO of Macon because there are some risks with the use of these products. There are certain materials that don’t do well when exposed to ozone, such as certain textiles, leather, rubber and certain plastics. Ozone has also been known to bleach materials like carpets and upholstery if the materials are wet when exposed to the ozone gas. Ozone can also be harmful to the human body if it is inhaled, potentially causing lung irritation, breathing problems and headaches.

The bottom line is if you are dealing with unpleasant odors or smells that are really a bother, call SERVPRO of Macon and we can assess and handle the removal of those odors safely and efficiently.

Questions? Give us a call! (478) 474-6700

SERVPRO Ready Plan App

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

ERP Ready Plan App The SERVPRO Ready Plan app puts important preparedness information just a click away!

Help is at your fingertips!!

Getting help is now quicker and easier using our SERVPRO Ready Plan Mobile Mobile App. The Ready Plan is an emergency preparedness tool for home and business owners, property managers, risk managers and facility management. It allows for the creation of an Emergency Ready Profile containing critical facility information to help speed up response time.

Its free, easy to download and is compatible with any smart phone (Apple or Android). Also available here .

How does it work?

Once the App is downloaded, create an account and select your preferred franchise by selecting "My Profile" on the main page and inputting your name and address.

A few key features of the App is the ability to create a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your home or business. This emergency plan contains only critical property information needed following a loss. The App also features tips of what to do or not do following a water, fire, mold or vandalism damage, as well as local weather updates.

As a National service provider, our local team is READY for whatever happens to your property. For commercial property owners we can personally assist you and your business with a facility walk through and Emergency Ready Profile creation, just contact us today at (478) 474-6700.

How SERVPRO of Macon is Always Here to Help!

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Macon understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

The SERVPRO Way

SERVPRO of Macon is part of a franchise system, which includes one of 1,700 office locations across the country. As part of that system, SERVPRO of Macon operates under a 1-4-8 rule, in regards to water damage:

  • Within one hour from the notice of loss, a SERVPRO professional will contact you to arrange service
  • Within four hours, a SERVPRO professional will be on-site to begin restoration work
  • Within eight hours of on-site arrival, a SERVPRO professional will give a verbal briefing of the scope of work to the appropriate person

Our History in Middle Georgia

SERVPRO of Macon has been helping home and business owners recover from fire and water damage for the past 38 years. We've helped people after events such as:

  • The Flood of '94
  • Mother's Day Tornado Outbreak of 2008
  • Nu-Way Fire of 2015
  • Tropical Storm Irma, 2017
  • Hurricane Michael, 2018

How We Work

Once we receive your call, we will schedule to have a Project Manager come to your home or business to scope the restoration work needed. If it's water damage, time is an important factor and we will respond accordingly. Fire damage and mold growth require special care be taken to restore the building to preloss condition. 

We work with many insurance companies on claims, so if needed, you can rest assured we will make any homeowners or commercial claim as smooth as possible. Any work involved insurance will involve communication with appropriate adjusters and claim handlers to make sure everyone is on the same page in regard to the cleanup and restoration. We document every step of the work with pictures and details so that the claim is settled quickly. 

Questions? Call Us! 478-474-6700