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Instant Access for Sudden Situations | SERVPRO® of Houston County

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damaged Kitchen with melted and soot-covered appliances and walls Fire Damaged Kitchen with melted and soot-covered appliances and walls

In the 21st century, we’re not accustomed to waiting. When we want to watch a movie, we stream it. When we want to listen to a new song, we simply tell our virtual assistant to play it.

There aren’t many things at this point we truly have to wait for when it comes to goods and services. And rightfully so, as technology has made nearly everything more immediately accessible.

So can you imagine a world in which it would make sense for you to have to wait for cleanup and recovery of your home when you have an emergency? Perish the thought! When you’ve got that kind of issue on nights and weekends, SERVPRO is ready to help right away.

Just a click or call gets the best team in the industry on task to tackle your issue. Simply put, we don’t close, because we know the longer you wait, the more damage is done to your home.

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After a fire. Fire is a fast worker, and it can burn away entire sections of one’s home in the blink of an eye. But it leaves behind other issues as well—issues like soot and smoke damage, which take hold in minutes following a fire, causing an acrid smell to permeate your home, and stains to appear everywhere from carpet to walls.

When the fire is over, it’s only a matter of hours until soot and smoke have done irreversible damage that requires entire walls to be reconstructed. So waiting until tomorrow to be able to reach a service company isn’t going to cut it.

After water damage. Water damage soaks furniture, carpet and more right away, and that’s its own issue, but don’t underestimate the threat of mold, which becomes very real in only 48 hours. Mold growth creates issues of health and home integrity, eating away drywall and wood and spreading dangerous spores throughout the home.

Then, of course, there’s the damage caused by storms, natural disasters, roof leaks and tree damage, you name it. The bottom line is your home needs service now, and we’re standing by. When a situation requires sudden assistance, trust the 24-hour care from the top team in the industry. *Faster to Any Size Disaster*—that’s the SERVPRO guarantee.

When you need help after a home or business disaster, fast service is a priority, and there’s nobody faster or more prepared than SERVPRO. Call us anytime to take advantage of our 24-hour emergency service.

Prevent a Fire in Your Commercial Kitchen With These Tips | SERVPRO® of Houston County

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Cooking with Fire in a Commercial Kitchen Cooking with Fire in a Commercial Kitchen

If you own a restaurant, bar or commercial kitchen in Perry, GA or Centerville, GA, reducing fire risk is critical to continued profitable operation. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that fire departments responded to over 7,410 structure fires in the kitchen of restaurants and bars in 2017 alone. The majority of these fires were preventable, resulting in three deaths, 110 injuries, and $165 million in property damage annually in commercial kitchens. These tips will help keep you and your staff safe while preventing shutdowns due to fire code violations.


What Are My Ducting and Air Movement Requirements to Prevent Fire?

While Chapter 7 of the NFPA 96 Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations covers this extensively, here are a few key items to keep in mind.

First, commercial kitchen ducts should never pass-through firewalls, share an exhaust system with the building ventilation, or have obstructed access panels. While doing these things on a commercial kitchen remodel can save costs in the short term, the fire risk increases significantly. If disregarded, your commercial kitchen work will likely not pass inspection.

Make sure to maintain a minimum clearance of 18 inches between combustible materials and the kitchen ducts. This standard is based on Section 4.2 of the NFPA 96, however is one of the easiest to disregard once the kitchen is operational. Ducts can build up high levels of radiant heat that can ignite combustible materials like boxes, cups, plates, utensils, or other kitchen materials.

If you would like additional information on the types of combustible and non-combustible materials that should and shouldn't be kept near the duct, consult Chapter 3 of the NFPA.

What Are My Commercial Kitchen Fire Extinguisher Requirements?

"The NFPA 96 requires automated fire suppression equipment for all grease removal devices, hood exhaust plenums, and exhaust duct systems in a commercial kitchen, as well as any cooking equipment that produces grease-laden vapors." - Koorsen Fire & Security

The NFPA 96 requires use of class K fire extinguishers in conjunction with automatic fire extinguishing systems. These extinguishers also require installed placards stating their extinguisher class. However, in the case of a commercial kitchen fire, it's critical to activate the automatic fire extinguisher system before using portable-type extinguishers. This is because high-efficiency cooking appliances in many modern commercial kitchens are capable of achieving high temperatures that can raise the vegetable oils to intensely high temperatures. When oil ignites at these high temperatures, it can already be so hot that a portable extinguisher is not enough to stop the flames.

Another standard that you should familiarize yourself with is the UL 300 standard.

According to this article by Insureon, a kitchen’s cooking equipment must meet these UL 300 requirements:

  • Fire-extinguishing nozzles in the hood, ducts, and above each cooking appliance
  • An automatic fuel shut-off capabilities for both gas and electric power sources
  • A manual fuel shut-off pull for all power sources
  • A wet-chemical fire-extinguishing system that meets UL 300 criteria (one of which is undergoing semiannual checkups by a certified professional)

If you need immediate assistance after a fire, our teams are available 24/7/365. With our promise of being Faster to Any Size Disaster, you can count on SERVPRO of Houston County to be there when it counts. Call us today at (478) 224-4148 for rapid assistance.

Tips to Reduce the Risk of a Commercial Kitchen Fire from your Cooking Systems

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

Fire in a Commercial Kitchen while cooking Food in flames while cooking in a commercial kitchen

Attention all restaurant and bar owners in Warner Robins & Perry: The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that fire departments responded to over 7,410 structure fires in the kitchen of restaurants and bars in 2017 alone. The majority of these fires were preventable, resulting in three deaths, 110 injuries, and $165 million in property damage annually in commercial kitchens. Not only do kitchen fires threaten the lives of staff and patrons, but they also put restaurants at risk of being shut down due to fire code violations when repairs are needed after a blaze.

What Are My Ducting and Air Movement Requirements to Prevent Fire?

While Chapter 7 of the NFPA 96 Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations covers this extensively, here are a few key items to keep in mind.

First, commercial kitchen ducts should never pass through firewalls, share an exhaust system with the building ventilation, or have obstructed access panels. While doing these things on a commercial kitchen remodel can save costs in the short term, the fire risk increases significantly. If disregarded, your commercial kitchen work will likely not pass inspection.

Make sure to maintain a minimum clearance of 18 inches between combustible materials and the kitchen ducts. This standard is based on Section 4.2 of the NFPA 96, however is one of the easiest to disregard once the kitchen is operational. Ducts can build up high levels of radiant heat that can ignite combustible materials like boxes, cups, plates, utensils, or other kitchen materials.

If you would like additional information on the types of combustible and non-combustible materials that should and shouldn't be kept near the duct, consult Chapter 3 of the NFPA.

What Are My Commercial Kitchen Fire Extinguisher Requirements?

"The NFPA 96 requires automated fire suppression equipment for all grease removal devices, hood exhaust plenums, and exhaust duct systems in a commercial kitchen, as well as any cooking equipment that produces grease-laden vapors." - Koorsen Fire & Security

The NFPA 96 requires use of class K fire extinguishers in conjunction with automatic fire extinguishing systems. These extinguishers also require installed placards stating their extinguisher class. However, in the case of a commercial kitchen fire, it's critical to activate the automatic fire extinguisher system before using portable-type extinguishers. This is because high-efficiency cooking appliances in many modern commercial kitchens are capable of achieving high temperatures that can raise the vegetable oils to intensely high temperatures. When oil ignites at these high temperatures, it can already be so hot that a portable extinguisher is not enough to stop the flames.

Another standard that you should familiarize yourself with is the UL 300 standard.

According to this article by Insureon, a kitchen’s cooking equipment must meet these UL 300 requirements:

  • Fire-extinguishing nozzles in the hood, ducts, and above each cooking appliance
  • An automatic fuel shut-off capabilities for both gas and electric power sources
  • A manual fuel shut-off pull for all power sources
  • A wet-chemical fire-extinguishing system that meets UL 300 criteria (one of which is undergoing semiannual checkups by a certified professional)

Practice Proper Maintenance & Inspection in Your Commercial Facility

The first step towards proper maintenance to prevent a commercial kitchen fire in your facility is to create a regular plan for inspections. While you can do these yourself, it is often a good idea to consider outsourcing this service to a proper NICET Certified Fire Inspector. Depending on the volume of cooking in your commercial kitchen, they will likely recommend monthly, quarterly, or annual inspections to ensure compliance and safety.

On regular inspections, fire inspectors will provide the best guidance on where you should focus your team's routine maintenance time and resources. Ultimately, it is up to you as an owner or manager on how closely you implement those recommendations.

Typically, at least the vent, hood, and duct must be cleaned regularly to remove grease vapor and prevent combustible material build-up. Grease Filters should be cleaned at least once per week, and your automatic fire suppression system should be inspected at least every 6 months or as required by your local regulations. Regular cleaning according to equipment specifications should be observed as well.

What To Do If There Is a Fire In My Commercial Kitchen?

If you can, get everyone out safely. If you have an outdoor exit, have people leave that way. Do not open any interior doors or windows or use elevators during a fire. Even if it seems like it’s far away, do not stop to pick up personal belongings. Unless it’s your home, never go back inside during or after a fire. Once you are safe, call 911 immediately and stay on the line until help arrives. Once firefighters arrive on the scene they will assess if there is still a risk for injury within any structure fires before allowing you to re-enter your building.

Next, you should call a fire restoration expert like SERVPRO of Houston County to help you quickly restore your commercial kitchen to an operational state.

Our trained technicians are available 24/7/365, and ready to help. We also offer a special Emergency Response Plan to commercial facilities to reduce property damage in the case of an emergency commercial fire event. Call us today at (478) 224-4148 for emergency services or to schedule your free SERVPRO ERP.

What are the types of fire? Understanding Smoke & Soot

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

Soot covered clothing after fire damage Soot-Covered Clothing after Fire Damage

How does fire damage your home in Moss Oak or Bonaire? Depending on what kind of materials burn, the short-term and long-term effects of fire can change significantly. After a fire with incomplete combustion, soot is often left over. To get your home back to normal after a fire, you need to remove the soot from surfaces, especially from non-heat resistant surfaces, such as walls and windows, but also from other areas that have been contaminated by smoke or soot.

Knowing what kinds of soot are left over from a fire will help you clean more effectively. This is because protein residues, natural substance residues, and synthetic residues behave and are cleaned differently from each other. Understanding which type is present before a fire restoration will help shed light on the cleaning process to follow.

The Science Behind Smoke & Soot

Smoke and soot particles occur when there is incomplete combustion in a fire. Combustion is a process where fuel, oxygen, and heat combine to rapidly oxidize substances. That oxidization process leaves soot particles. When you burn propane from a gas tank, there is usually enough oxygen around the fire to produce a perfectly clean burn with almost no soot residue. However, if you reduce the amount of oxygen available, more and more soot is left over due to this incomplete combustion. Besides soot particles, volatile organic compounds in the form of gasses are often left over, many of which have been shown to be carcinogenic.

Natural Substance Soot & Smoke

Natural Substance Residues are usually left over when paper or wood is burned. This kind of residue tends to be grey to black and has a dry, powder-like texture.  This type of residue, when pure, tends to be quick to clean with vacuums and a combination of wet and dry cleaning techniques. These are usually the easiest kinds of soot residues to clean when compared to the other 2 main types of soot particles after a fire. 

Synthetic Soot & Smoke

This kind of soot residue, sometimes described as oily soot or oily smoke, produces a thick, heavy black substance that tends to smear when touched. In some cases, it can even appear almost like a black spider web. When left undisturbed on a surface, it can sometimes be vacuumed away, but if touched, it will tend to smudge and become more difficult to clean. Plastics, and synthetic materials are the usual culprits for this kind of soot residue.

Protein Soot & Smoke

Protein residue occurs when meat, fish, beans, or other protein-containing substances are overcooked or burned. This kind of soot appears yellow to brown, and feels greasy and sticky. Water-based cleaning solutions work well with this kind of soot as long as the surface it is on can be wet cleaned.

How Do You Clean After a Fire?

Smoke and soot can cause secondary damage to materials when left there for long, and improper cleaning methods can cause more damage to affected materials. This is why when any fire has affected your home or property, it is usually best to call in professionals like SERVPRO of Houston County to make sure your property is restored back "Like it never even happened."

Call us today at (478) 224-4148 for all of your fire restoration and fire cleaning needs.

The Storm Damage Checklist: What to Look for

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

Fallen tree on a yellow house after a storm Falle tree on a house after a storm

After any storm hits in Houston County, GA, there’s usually some type of damage to deal with. It’s important to know what that damage looks like so you can fix it and make sure your home stays safe and secure for you and your family. That’s why we put together this quick guide to the different kinds of storm damage and how to fix them if they happen to strike your home, so you can get back to normal life as soon as possible!

Storm Damage Windows

Windows can be damaged from a storm in a few different ways. A window that breaks during a storm is an obvious example, but glass can crack even if it doesn't shatter. Since windows are typically made of glass, they're susceptible to cracking and shattering—especially when strong winds are involved. Cracks and chips don't always prevent windows from operating properly, but they allow outside air and moisture into your home. That is why it's important to inspect your windows thoroughly after a storm. If your windows have cracked or chipped glass, you should replace them immediately; keep in mind that storms are unpredictable so emergency repairs may be needed at any time.

Storm Damage Roof

After a storm, it’s important to check your roof and make sure it is still secure. Hire a professional roofer if you find any of these problems with your roof after a storm. Look carefully at your shingles. If any shingles are loose, cracking, and oddly indented, you may want to snap a photo and notify your insurance. Be sure to check for debris, exposed underlayment, detached fascia, or drip edge throughout the roof perimeter as well.

Clogged Gutters

Gutters are necessary for diverting water away from your home. This is particularly important during a storm, when high winds can turn hail into projectiles, or push rain into all kinds of home crevices. While you don't want them clogged in normal conditions, making sure they're clear and properly attached to your home after a storm is essential. As soon as you know there's been a storm in your area, look at your gutters and get rid of any leaves or other detritus that may have lodged there; same goes if it's been raining continuously over an extended period of time.

Also, watch for tree limbs or small branches throughout the gutters and downspouts. And don't forget to check on them regularly—once every few weeks is usually sufficient—and clean out any debris before another big storm hits.

Exterior Damage

Exterior damage can be caused by wind, rain, lightning or hail. If your home has exterior damage from a storm, don't just check your roof, gutters and windows. Take a look at your exterior wall siding, paint, and stucco. If you see siding that is detached, indented, cracked, discolored, or loose, you may want to have it inspected. Paint peeling, stucco cracks, or other visible imperfections on the exterior of your home may also be signs of storm damage. And don't forget to check brick walls, including the mortar joints, for any potential damage from the storm.

Be sure to inspect the outside of your home thoroughly for exterior damage after any large storm. If you are not sure what to look for, our teams are Here to Help!

Water Damage

Although most of us focus on damage from wind during a storm, water is an equally big concern. An average hurricane with winds of 74 miles per hour can bring rainfall ranging from 1/2 inch to over 5 inches in 24 hours. The resulting runoff often causes basement flooding, roof leaks and other hidden problems that can be expensive to repair. Be sure your homeowner's policy covers flood damage (if you live in a flood-prone area) and take steps to reduce your risk prior to a storm by clearing leaves and debris away from gutters and drains.

If there is exterior damage on the roof, windows, or exterior walls, water damage may not be far behind. If there is any kind of water or storm damage, SERVPRO of Houston County can help you get your property restored rapidly.

Call us at (478) 224-4148 for immediate assistance. Our teams are ready and Here to Help!

Types of Insurance for Your Commercial Property

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial High Rise Building Commercial Property High Rise Building

Though it’s not something any business owner likes to think about, your commercial property can be damaged in an accident or suffer damage due to extreme weather. This type of disaster can result in significant business interruption and financial losses if you’re not prepared with the right types of insurance coverage. Make sure you have the proper commercial property insurance by following this guide on types of insurance for your commercial property. 

Understanding the Different Types of Insurance

It's important to have the right insurance coverage on your commercial property, whether you own or lease it. Commercial Property Insurance covers your property in case of damage or loss, such as a fire or windstorm. Flood Insurance covers you in case there is a flood, a type of coverage that most General Property Insurance does not include. Business Interruption Insurance protects your income in case your commercial property needs to be closed for repairs and your income is reduced or eliminated during a commercial repair project.

Understanding Commercial Property Insurance

You can insure your property to ensure that you are covered in case of damage or loss. Commercial Property Insurance does exactly that. It is meant to protect your company’s physical assets like your building, signage, furniture, and equipment, from fire, explosions, burst pipes, storms, theft, and vandalism. In case you need commercial repair services, this type of insurance will be critical to protecting your business.

Understanding Business Interruption Insurance

Business interruption coverage is sometimes offered through your property owner’s policy, but you can also purchase it separately. Because a commercial restoration can take several months to complete for very large losses, this kind of insurance ensures that you don't lose important business revenue during that time period.

Understanding Flood Insurance

Flood insurance is different from Commercial Property Insurance and can sometimes be forgotten by business owners until it's needed. It is meant to protect your property in the case of a loss directly caused by flooding. According to FEMA, a flood is an excess of water on land that is normally dry, affecting two or more acres of land or two or more properties. If your commercial property is in a high-risk flood area, federally regulated lenders will require that you pay for this coverage. If your property is in a moderate to low risk area, you will not "technically" need it. Yet, if a flood does occur, you could run the risk of losing your business if you are not insured to pay for commercial restoration services.

If you are ever in need of commercial restoration services, SERVPRO of Houston County is available 24/7 to help you quickly make your commercial property damage "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (478) 224-4148

And for more on Examining Commercial Policies Ahead of a Disaster, be sure to read our other blog post here.

Commercial Sanitizing Services: What You Should Know

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

If you work in commercial property and have been following the news, you’re probably well aware of the dangers posed by bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms that can quickly get out of control if left unchecked. Especially, Covid-19.

Luckily, there are several methods you can employ to fight back against bacteria and pathogens that can pose a threat to your customers’ health and your business’s bottom line. Chief among these methods are commercial sanitizing services meant to eliminate harmful bacteria and pathogens before they have a chance to spread throughout your establishment.

Here is what you should know about Commercial Sanitization.

Sanitizing Vs Disinfecting Vs Sterilizing

Not all mean the same thing, and it is easy to get them confused. Before you start cleaning, it's important to know the difference between these 3 levels of cleaning. 

Sanitizers: Used to reduce, but not totally eliminate microorganisms to levels considered "safe".

Disinfectants: Products that kill more than 99.9% of disease-producing microorganisms. These typically destroy infectious fungi and bacteria, but don't necessarily eliminate spores.

Sterilizers: Used to completely destroy all forms of microbial life.

If you’re searching for commercial sanitizing services, it’s important to know that the products used will vary depending on the type of surface being cleaned, and the level of clean you need for your business.

Before Choosing a Disinfectant, Know these Surface Types

When choosing the right commercial cleaning service, it’s vital to know what products are being used on your commercial surfaces. However, not all products work for all instances. Here are the 3 kinds of surfaces to keep in mind.

Hard Non-Porous Surfaces: These surfaces are rigid and without pores. Examples would be stainless steel, metal, glass, hard plastic, and/or varnished wood.

Porous Surfaces: These surfaces have small holes or pores. A general rule of thumb is that if water or another liquid can pass into the surface, then it's porous.

Food Contact Surfaces: Surfaces that will be in contact with food. These can be either porous or non-porous. However, when cleaning these surfaces, you need to make sure that the chemical is acceptable for food contact.

For More information on selecting the right cleaning chemicals for your business, read more on the EPA List N Guide here

If you believe your business would benefit from Commercial Sanitizing Services, our teams are ready and available 24/7 to help you be Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

 Call us today at (478) 224-4148

5 Tips to Protect Your Commercial Real Estate from Tenant Fire Damage This Holiday Season

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Christmas Tree on Fire Prevent Fire Damage on your Commercial Property this Holiday Season.

The holiday season is now upon us, and with upcoming family gatherings, home cooking, and festivities, fire damage can become a more serious concern.

Experiencing commercial fire damage can be devastating to the well-being of your business, not to mention your reputation in the community. Learn how to prevent that kind of damage with these five tips for protecting your commercial real estate from tenant fire damage.

Bring Awareness to the Danger of Fires During the Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, the day before Thanksgiving, and Christmas Eve. Cooking equipment was involved in one of every five home decoration fires according to this article by the National Fire Protection Association.

Consider sharing these statistics in an email to your commercial property tenants along with additional fire prevention tips, or upcoming fire safety checks to tenants. 

Schedule Fire-Safety Checks

If your commercial real estate property has tenants, then you should schedule fire-safety checks for them at least once a year. Doing so could save your property and your tenant lots of money and inconvenience down the road.

If you have not done so yet, consider scheduling a smoke alarm test, fire extinguisher checks, and Fire Sprinkler tests before Thanksgiving. A tenant’s fire can cause substantial damage to surrounding areas, which is why it’s best if fires are prevented before they have the chance to spread.

Remind Tenants of Responsibilities & Expectations During the Holiday Season

Holiday parties are good for business, but they can also cause some problems. While it’s important to ensure your tenants are enjoying themselves, you should also make sure that your tenants know what they’re allowed and not allowed to do in terms of decorations. If you allow decorations, make sure that they’re safe; if you don’t allow them, it’s important that your staff knows that too. When left unchecked, tenant-placed holiday decor can become hazardous quickly.

Another good idea is to remind tenants to review their renter's insurance policies before the holiday season and document personal belongings. This reminder can also be a great way to improve customer service for your tenants.

Talk to Your Insurance Agent to Ensure Policy Coverage

If you own a commercial building, your insurance agent is your number one source for learning about commercial building restoration and policy coverage. Agents with experience in commercial property damage can walk you through what types of coverage you have. They can also help explain the potential scenarios in which you should consider calling a large loss restoration contractor like SERVPRO of Houston County.

With a bit of planning ahead of time, taking swift action in a crisis is a little easier!

Create Fire Action Plan

Commercial buildings are more likely than residential properties to have fires, and smoke can spread quickly through open hallways. To protect your tenants and property, consider creating an easy-to-follow document that spells out what actions everyone should take in case of fire or other disaster. You can make one with Google Docs or another online platform.

SERVPRO of Houston County provides a great, free program for our commercial property owners and managers called an Emergency Ready Profile. This could help serve as an important part of developing your fire action plan. For more information on obtaining your Emergency Ready Profile, please contact us at: 478-224-4148

Conclusion

There are many ways that you can be proactive about fire safety. However, if a fire does happen at your property, make sure you have an experienced large loss restoration company on your side. For more information or for assistance with restoring your commercial real estate after a fire, contact us at 478-224-4148 today.

The Why Behind the Danger of Thunderstorms | SERVPRO® of Houston County

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

a large lighting strike just in front of person driving down road Thunderstorms can pop up at any moment. Contact SERVPRO of Houston County if you experience any damage.

While thunderstorms are incredibly common, especially this time of year, they can be very serious in terms of the damage they can cause. Though some storms can make their way through without much collateral damage, some don’t—and they can turn deadly within moments due to forceful winds, hail, lightning and flash flooding.

thunderstorm is defined as a transient storm of lightning and thunder, usually with rain and gusty winds, sometimes with hail or snow, produced by cumulonimbus clouds.

For a thunderstorm to be classified as severe, it will contain one inch (or larger) hail and straight-line winds of at least 58 miles per hour. Let’s look at some ways this weather may present hazards so that you can plan for ways to stay safe the next time one comes through Houston County.

What Damages Are Associated With Thunderstorms?

Lighting strikes can cause serious damage and injury. One of the most dangerous components of a thunderstorm are lightning strikes, causing upward of 300 injuries every year. This does not even count the damage that lightning strikes may inflict on homes or businesses. The most common effects of lightning are house fires or trees that can fall on these structures. By definition, a thunderstorm produces lightning, so even if it’s not within your range of visibility, there is a possibility that it can appear quickly.

Hail damage to property. Even the thought of hail can be a dreadful experience because it can do serious damage to anything it touches. In a very intense thunderstorm, hail that is an inch or larger, there could be damage to uncovered cars, injuries to people who are not sufficiently sheltered and significant damage to sidings, roofs and other structures on private and commercial property. Hail can be a powerful and unpredictable force that falls at a tremendous speed, making it one of the most impactful elements of a thunderstorm.

Property loss or injury due to flash flooding. While flooding is a major concern, even for those who do not live or work in an obvious flood plain, it can cause many serious problems. Flash floods are known to happen without warning any time heavy rain saturates an area. It is oftentimes able to become a life-threatening scenario in the event of a storm drain backing up or nearby roadside ditches filling with water. Although it’s incredibly dangerous, many people still attempt to cross flooded roadways, causing damage to their cars and possibly having their car carried away by the tide.

Thunderstorm damage can happen at any time and is capable of causing significant damage to homes or commercial spaces. Our team is here to help should you have any damage due to a thunderstorm. Contact us 247 for more information on how we can serve your Houston County home or business.

How Can I Identify Water Damage in My Basement? | SERVPRO® of Houston County

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

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A basement is a great addition to a home for a number of reasons. The extra storage it allows for can be a fantastic resource, and it can also be a safe place to go during a thunderstorm or tornado. Especially during hot Georgia summers, it can be another livable space or workout area.

However, basements can bring their own share of challenges, particularly in the way of experiencing water damage. Basements are more likely to have water damage than other parts of your home, so being vigilant in checking for signs of damage can help prevent compounding problems later. Here we’ll look at some ways that you can identify water damage in your basement.

How to Spot Water Damage in Your Basement

Pungent odors. Basements are commonly perceived as having a distinct musty smell. However, most of the time, this smell happens when there is mold or mildew in the environment. Standing water can create a very unpleasant and pungent odor after it has evaporated, so even if you don’t see mold or mildew, the smell will give it away.

Chipping paint. Homeowners and landlords alike will often apply waterproof paint in an effort to prevent damages in a basement. Unfortunately, this well-intentioned plan will only mask water damage for a while and then lead to other problems down the road like peeling, cracking or bubbling in the paint.

Cracking in the foundation. As homes settle over the years, the possibility of shifting can cause hairline cracks, but foundation cracks are not normal and can be a sign of water damage. Cracks can appear in the floor, ceiling or walls and are many times a sign of water putting stress on the home in a way that is causing the cracks. While hairline cracks are not a cause for immediate concern, if they become larger, they should be professionally assessed immediately.

If your home has experienced any of these, especially in your basement, contact us today to see how our expert water restoration technicians can help you set a plan of action to treat it properly.