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Clear the Clutter to Prevent Fires | SERVPRO® of Houston County

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fire If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Houston County is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

The American Red Cross has already responded to over 20,000 house fires since the start of 2022. Fires are the most prevalent natural disaster in the United States, claiming thousands of lives each year. Preventing fires will not only save your home, but it can also save your life.

Unplugging appliances, blowing out burning candles and checking your smoke detector on a regular basis are all simple ways to prevent fires within your home. Another simple strategy to prevent fires that you may not have considered is to clean your house thoroughly! Cleaning up around the house can help minimize your risk of a fire.

Clear the Clutter

Clutter can quickly accumulate in your home, obstructing hallways and staircases. This poses a major fire threat if a fire breaks out, since the clutter could cause the flames to spread quickly.

Keep your house clutter-free by storing any loose clothing or blankets and disposing of trash and boxes. Cleaning up any clothing or blankets around the house could help to keep a fire from spreading. It also makes it easier for you and your family to flee if necessary.

Piled up clothes near a water heater is another frequent cause of house fires. When your water heater heats up, the pile of clothing nearby could catch fire.

Make sure that clothing is not piled up near any equipment that uses heat; this can significantly reduce the danger of fires starting.

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

You may not realize it because many fires start inside the home, but the cleanliness of your house’s outside is important as well! A well-planned yard layout could keep exterior fires at bay and prevent them from reaching your home.

In the wake of wildfires, California has set regulations for defensible zones, which provide firefighters with room to put out fires and prevent fires from spreading to homes. Even in Houston County, this could be useful in preventing the spread of external fires in your yard.

Defensible space doesn’t mean you can’t plant what you’d like—it simply involves being strategic about the placement of plants near your house.

Cleaning up any litter, dead shrubs and limbs outside your property is another way to keep fires at a distance. They are yet another factor that only serves to strengthen and build a fire.

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

Cleaning your home and yard regularly should be a habit for everyone, not simply to keep it tidy, but also to reduce fire risk! Another method to reduce fire hazards is to thoroughly clean your appliances, such as your oven and refrigerator.

Deep-cleaning the entire house can help prevent fires from spreading and ensure that if you need to evacuate in the event of a fire, there will be a clear path to escape. Keeping your home clutter-free is a simple strategy to avoid disastrous fires from starting while also keeping your home and yard tidy!

Even dusting is an act of defiancé against fire. Dust all surfaces and objects regularly to keep dust and dirt from piling up, and pay particular interest around outlets and appliances.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Restore Your Home With SERVPRO’s Help | SERVPRO® of Houston County

5/30/2022 (Permalink)

two SERVPRO employees unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van SERVPRO of Houston County is your local restoration expert. We are the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration.

SERVPRO service goes beyond general cleanup, restoration or construction. We’re here to take care of you when even the worst natural or manmade disasters strike.

A light drizzle could quickly turn into a flash flood, or a damaged power cord could lead to a full-blown fire. When your home encounters damage in any of these areas, we’re here to restore it!

Water Damage

When flooding hits your home, we don’t want you to worry any more than you have to! Unfortunately, flooding is the most common natural disaster in the country and leads to more than $10 billion in damages every year.

Severe flooding hit Houston County in 2020, and areas stretching all across the county saw up to six inches of rain in one night. Some residents reported they had about a foot of water in their apartments.

The best part about working with SERVPRO is that you can rest assured that every team member has extensive water damage restoration training that helps you get back to normal more quickly. Our dedication to responding immediately to water emergencies lessens the damage, limits further damage and reduces your costs.

Fire Damage

A fire in your home can cause genuine harm. Considering there is a fire every 23 seconds in the United states, there is a real possibility you will have to deal with a home fire in your lifetime. Your home and a large number of the things in your home might be seriously harmed by the fire blaze, intense heat, smoke and water/fire retardants used to extinguish the fire.

If your home or business has sustained fire damage, we’ll jump right into action with our seven-step restoration process. This begins with the initial inspection and damage assessment and then moves on to all the necessary, in-between steps before starting repairs and construction.

Storm Damage

Storms can bring around anything from floods and wildfires to tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards. Storm and water damage take a toll on both the structure of your home and your belongings as well. At SERVPRO, we specialize in content restoration, with the mindset of restoring rather than replacing.

When it comes to storm damage repairs, the only way to get the job done right the first time is to call SERVPRO of Houston County. Just one phone call can set you up to get your property back into pre-storm shape quickly, helping you save potentially thousands of dollars and rest easier at night knowing that you’re in good hands.

What Sets SERVPRO Apart?

SERVPRO of Houston County is the restoration company that customers trust. With decades of experience, our technicians make sure that all aspects of our restoration process put the customer first.

We’re here when you need us. You can reach out to a SERVPRO expert via our 247 Emergency Line day or night and receive immediate assistance, so you can rest easy knowing we’ll have your home or business back to preloss condition as quickly as possible.

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.

Water Damage Happens Quickly | SERVPRO® of Houston County

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

a bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of Houston County has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

Perhaps today you noticed a small water stain on the ceiling of your Houston County home. You may not think anything of it, as water spots happen all the time.

However, you cannot underestimate the destructive effects moisture can have on your home. The average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

This is not something you want to ignore because water damage progresses so quickly. The moisture will permeate your home’s floors, walls and other porous surfaces.

It’s important you address the issue as soon as possible so your home doesn’t suffer any long-term damage. Below is a timeline of how quickly water damage can progress in your home.

In the First 24 Hours

Assuming you live in a house, there is a one in four chance of flood damage within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. This is why you need to know what to do next.

You have a window of about 24 to 48 hours before you approach the point of no return. Right off the bat, some items, like books and photographs, could become warped beyond repair. Upholstered furniture and wooden structures will also become soaked through.

In addition, mold can begin to develop within this timeframe. Quick action is essential.

SERVPRO of Houston County’s experts will come to your home and operate with a “restore vs replace” mindset to help you save money and preserve the items in your home that are most valuable to you.

We will want to remove those items to help expedite the drying and recovery process. If anything is beyond repair, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.

Within the First Week

The fact is—one week is too long to wait to deal with water damage. By this point, mold will likely be spreading like wildfire, and as the mold festers, it will damage your home’s structure.

Additionally, porous surfaces, such as wood surfaces and walls will become increasingly compromised, and metal surfaces will start corroding.

After One Week

If possible, avoid letting moisture sit for this long because some effects will be catastrophic or even irreversible. As time increases, so will the costs and efforts required to restore your home back to its preloss condition. Of course, we will do everything in our power to save your home, regardless of the state it’s in.

How SERVPRO Will Help

Our restoration process begins with the first call, preferably within the first 24 hours. Service work normally starts with a thorough extraction of water.

This helps prevent the spread of water in the structure and reduces drying time. After we have removed the majority of water in your home, our specialists will finish out the drying process by removing the water you can’t see.

Mostly likely, floors, furniture and other belongings will require cleaning, sanitizing and deodorization.

After these steps are completed, we will move on to the construction phase if needed. This could include a couple repairs here and there or even rebuilding entire rooms. SERVPRO’s experts will assess your situation and let you know what repairs are right for your home.

Allow us to simplify the restoration process as well by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. SERVPRO will keep you up to date on every step and have you back in your home or business in no time.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

6 Home Maintenance Tips to Prevent Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Houston County

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

Green trucks parked outside of a water restoration project. SERVPRO of Houston County keeps its trucks ready to respond immediately to your water damage emergency.

Water damage is both expensive and inconvenient, as SERVPRO of Houston County, your local water damage repair professional, knows all too well. In the long run, it will assist you to avoid water damage and reduce your home maintenance expenses if you look after it properly. You're undoubtedly concerned if your home floods. You may significantly decrease the chance of water damage in your house by following these simple maintenance ideas.

2) Replace the old caulk around your windows to prevent water from getting in.

We get a lot of phone calls about window caulk water damage repair in Warner Robins, GA and the surrounding areas. Caulking your windows not only prevents water leaks but also improves the efficiency of your air conditioner while keeping the outside air out of your house. It's a simple operation that any homeowner can complete. Depending on the type, caulking can last anywhere from five to ten years; nevertheless, you should check your caulking every year and replace it if it begins to fracture or peel off the window.

Exterior door flashings should be inspected to see whether there are any tears or rust that would allow water in. Caulking the doors will also help prevent early door flashing failure.

2) Check for leaks in your water heater to avoid it from flooding and causing water damage.

When it comes to our emergency water cleanup services, heater failure is all too prevalent. Regularly maintaining your property may help you avoid a massive water heater flood. Make sure the temperature of the water heater's thermostat is set precisely and functioning properly to prevent pressure from developing, which may result in a leak.

Water heaters frequently develop rust or silt inside, resulting in undesirable tastes and odors in the water. If your water begins to make unusual noises, it's probably time for a checkup or a new water heater.

3) Immediately replace any leaking or damaged water hoses or connections on your plumbing appliances

Be on the lookout for any holes, kinks, fraying, deterioration, or corrosion on your plumbing's hoses and connections. If you detect any damage, have it repaired right away. In order to avoid pricey water damage expenses down the road, most manufacturers and plumbers recommend changing water hoses and connections every three to five years.

(5) Examine the roof and gutters for debris and any signs of moisture damage in the attic.

If the roof on your home does not drain properly, it may deteriorate. Water can seep into your property if this happens.

Look for dampness around vents, valleys, chimneys, pipes, and skylights. Any place on your roof with holes or connections is a potential source of leaks later on. If the flashing deteriorates as a result of weather, rusting, or losing its seal, water may flow into your house.

Check the inside of your attic for dampness or mold development. If you find moist, damaged, or moldy insulation, rotted or discolored boards or ceiling panels, or sheetrock puckering, you may have a leak on your hands.

6) Clean and inspect the HVAC condensation lines for any leaks or obstructions.

If your HVAC condensation lines become clogged, water leaks out and damages your home's surrounding areas. Check your condensation pipes on a monthly basis to ensure they're clear of debris.

Pour one-half cup of plain, white vinegar down the condensate drain once to four times a year to clear out blockages and grime. Bleach should not be used since it might harm your metal drain pan and cause it to degrade. If you detect an accumulation of debris or mold, our SERVPRO experts can assist you with any water damage.

We are Here to Help You with Any Water Repair Needs You May Have

If you have water damage in your house or workplace, call our team at SERVPRO of Houston County for immediate assistance.

Our courteous, well-experienced staff are always happy to answer any questions you might have. Save our phone number in case you need help again in the future, or contact us right away for a prompt response from one of our IICRC-trained water restoration specialists.

We are always Here to Help!

Frequently Asked Storm Damage Questions

3/10/2022 (Permalink)

Fallen Tree Storm Damage in Warner Robins, GA Fallen Tree Storm Damage in Warner Robins, GA

What is a storm damage?

Storm damage is caused by weather-induced accidents. It includes damage to exterior of homes including roofing that has fallen out of the roof or siding deteriorated from heavy rainstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, hail, or other major catastrophic weather events.

Do you respond 24 hours a day?

Yes we are! Our technicians and call operators are available 24/7/365 to respond to your storm damage emergency while being Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Will my home owners insurance cover the cost?

This depends on the kind of property damage you have. Typically, if the damage was unexpected and unintentional, then this is very likely. So in a storm damage event, this is likely. However, bear in mind that your total deductible may be affected. The best option is to understand your policy before a storm event. As the number 1 brand in property restoration, we are experts in dealing with insurance companies to resolve your storm damage quickly and effectively.

Is your firm and technicians certified?

All of our technicians receive IICRC WRT (Water Restoration Technician) training. However, many hold multiple storm-damage specific certifications including: ASD (Applied Structural Drying), AMRT (Applied Microbial Remediation Technician), and CDS (Commercial Drying Specialist) certifications.

Are you a properly insured company?

Yes, SERVPRO® of Houston County has the necessary insurance and certifications in the State of Georgia to restore your storm damage emergency "Like it never even happened."

What are damages caused by storm?

Depending on weather conditions, thunderstorm damage can be caused by high winds, floods from rains, and lightning strikes. Strong thunderstorms can produce tornadoes that can destroy businesses property in huge quantities. Hurricanes can also cause severe damage with high winds and heavy rain.

What kind of damage do I look for after a storm?

Find broken glass or damaged windows in the windows by examining them. Keep an eye on tiny holes or cracks at unavoidable spots. Find a loose shingle. Unidentified dark spots can cause damage from rain or other storms.

Learning How Fires Start Helped Us Learn How to Stop Them | SERVPRO® of Houston County

3/10/2022 (Permalink)

Paper House on Fire Paper House on Fire: Houston County, GA

The humble tetrahedron is a triangle lover’s dream—four sides, all of them triangles, all of them equal. And so pointy!

But how could this three-dimensional triangle possibly belong in a SERVPRO blog? Oh, keep reading.

See, fire is represented visually in what’s known as the fire tetrahedron —a four-sided, 3D shape depicting the four things that must be present in any fire.

It takes all these elements working together for a fire to start. And the flip side of that coin is that it takes only one of these elements to be removed for the fire to fall apart. Let’s see it in action.

<h34-things-a-fire-needs-to-live">The 4 Things a Fire Needs to Live

Fuel. Don’t think of this as fuel in the same way you think of gas for your car—think of it rather as what the fire consumes, or what would be gone in the aftermath of a fire. Trees, houses or even candle wax could all be considered fuel sources.

Heat. All these fuel sources have a heat threshold at which they become combustible—let them cross that threshold and they ignite, provided there is a proper amount of…

Oxygen. Fires require a ready supply of oxygen both to ignite and to flame up. Fires lick up the oxygen from the atmosphere, leaving behind air in the vicinity that’s insufficient and dangerous for people to breathe.

Chemical Chain Reaction. The fuel, the heat and the oxygen all start rolling together into a chain reaction that will self-repeat forever until one or more of these foundational elements is stopped, removed or otherwise disrupted.

Cool it. Bringing a thermal balance to the fuel source—that is, cooling it at a rate faster than it’s able to be heated to combustible temperatures—will stop a fire in its tracks. Water is the most common method for doing so. It takes a lot for larger fires, but it works.

Smother it. Cutting off the oxygen supply to a fire causes the same effect that would happen to anything else that breathes—it suffocates. When you cover a fire with a fire blanket or stamp one out with your foot, this is how you’re extinguishing it. It’s also why embers can be reignited by a breeze.

Starve it. There are a few ways to do this, but the essence of it has to do with either depleting or removing the fire’s fuel source. For example: If a fire completely burns the logs and sticks in a fire pit, it will eventually die, because it has nothing else to consume. Similarly, fuel sources can be removed from the path of a spreading fire to create a line of stoppage or separation—this is the case with wildfires, as intentional burns are set around them to stall them while firefighters work on the main blaze.

Interrupt the chain reaction. Gases and chemicals can be added into the air around a fire that are able to chemically disrupt the cycle of feeding and growing. Halon was hailed early on for its efficiency and effectiveness in this area, but its adverse impact on the environment has caused it to become banned from future production, leaving other gases, like those used in certain fire extinguishers, to take its place.

If the fire tetrahedron makes a wreck of your home or business, we’re ready around the clock to help you recover. Contact SERVPRO anytime for fast, thorough cleanup and recovery after a fire.

SERVPRO of Houston County: More Than a Property Restoration Company

2/21/2022 (Permalink)

Servpro technician smiling while pushing a cart full of water damage drying fans SERVPRO of Houston County's water damage restoration technicians are Ready for Whatever Happens!

SERVPRO is more than a building cleaning and repair company. We are a life restoration company.

It’s a journey with a purpose. Disaster cleanup can be very stressful. Not only for us as the restoration crew, but also for our clients.

Think about it.

In a moment, your life is transformed. 

One moment, you’re getting comfortable after a long day at work. Maybe that workday was difficult and you’re excited to curl up on the couch with your family and your favorite Netflix show.

Then, all of a sudden, a pipe breaks. 

Water, a wonderful, life-giving substance, but so destructive in a home starts to flow. Your laundry water supply starts to drain water into the walls, spilling out into the studs, soaking the insulation. 

Disturbing the bugs and rats.

You watch as water starts to seep out of the baseboards by your television.

You know how many gallons per minute can escape from a standard ½” water supply?

14 gallons per minute. That’s a full bathtub of water every 3 minutes.

Those bathtubs of water don’t look too great when they start to drain into the walls and seep up the drywall. All while being absorbed by the porous wood flooring.

How would you feel in this moment?

What thoughts would cross your mind?

When your home, your sanctuary, is affected by water damage and you don’t know what to do, it’s completely natural to feel distressed as the multitude of thoughts cross your mind.

“How am I going to fix this? There’s so much water.”

“I’m so tired, but I can’t go to sleep like this. what do I do?”

“How much is this going to cost? I’ve never been through this, but I can’t fix it all myself.”

“How long is this going to take? Is this going to ruin my vacation?”

“What am I going to say to my boss? I’m not sure I can go to work tomorrow”

There’s a lot that can rush into your mind in these moments.

We understand.

And that's why we’re Here to Help.

Being more than a property restoration company starts through empathy, and our restoration heroes aim to demonstrate that heart every day.

And when you call, we know time is of the essence. That’s why we’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO.

More than a restoration company.

Have You Prepared Your Disaster Plan? | SERVPRO® of Houston County

2/19/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee standing in office next to a person reviewing plans If the day comes where your business is hit with disaster or emergency, you can rest assured SERVPRO of Houston County will be there to help.

When you own a company, you have a full-time role as well as an infinite to-do list that often days goes home with you too. It’s understandable that you would have a lot on your plate!

Whether it’s recruitment or bookkeeping, inventory or advertising, it’s simply a lot of labor. And if you are not prepared for the worst, all of that tireless work might just be risked.

You’ve worked extremely hard to accomplish what you have to this point. Because of that, you want to do all you can to ensure that your business has the best possible chance of surviving if disaster strikes.

It can be difficult (often impossible) to get your company back up and running after a fire, storm or other disaster. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses shut permanently after a tragedy, with a considerable number of those that do open closing again within only a year.

So, how can you prepare for a successful recovery from a disaster? Having a plan in place for what to do next if your organization is hit by a catastrophic event might make the difference between survival and failure.

In fact, three-quarters of small businesses in the United States don’t have a disaster plan. It checks out that the companies that are prepared for tragedy have a higher chance of recovery.

SERVPRO of Houston County assists businesses like yours in disaster preparedness by creating a personalized Emergency Ready Plan that is specific to business objectives, location and field. If you have a plan in place, you will be able to limit interruption as you will know what to do in the event of a disaster.

On their own, disasters are already difficult to cope with. Take advantage of every chance to prepare for a crisis before it occurs. We’re standing by to assist you with your Emergency Ready Plan right now.

When your business is ready to prioritize planning and safety to prevent extended downtime, contact SERVPRO to get the Emergency Ready Plan underway from the folks who know all there is to know about disaster and recovery.

Surprising Storm Statistics Across Houston County, GA & the USA

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

Storm Damaged House with roof removed and debris on top of it in Houston County, GA Storm Damaged House in Houston County, GA

Water Damage Caused by Storms

Storms can cause a variety of water damage, depending on the type and intensity of the storm. Gray water, floodwater, standing water, and even slow leaks from continuous stormwater around a home or property can wreak havoc on a building. Some common causes of storm-related water damage include:

Water getting in through windows:

If rain or snow accumulates on the roof and then slides off, it can pour into window frames and cause extensive water damage.

Water getting in through the foundation:

If the ground is saturated from too much rainfall, water can seep into your home through cracks in the foundation.

Water getting in through the roof:

A leaky roof is one of the most common sources of storm-related water damage. High winds can easily blow shingles off a roof, leading to interior leaks and serious property damage.

Water getting in through walls:

If the walls are not properly sealed, water can enter your home through electrical outlets, doorways, or other openings.

The speed of storm winds is also a major factor in how much damage it causes. Winds speeds of over 100 mph can easily tear off roofs, send debris flying through the air, and cause serious flooding.

Because of the increased severity of storms across the country due to climate change, now more than ever, our damage restoration teams at SERVPRO® of Houston County have worked hard to train and prepare to respond to any size water, mold, storm, or fire property loss.

Major Storms in Houston County, GA & the USA

According to the National Weather Service, there were 43 tornadoes in Georgia in 2021. This ranks Georgia fifth in the nation for tornado activity.

In 2020, storm damage resulted in approximately $210 billion worth of damages across the United States. Tornadoes accounted for a significant portion of this damage, with wind speeds reaching up to 300 mph and causing extensive destruction.

The US was hit with 20 extreme weather events in 2021 that resulted in $145 billion in damages, according to a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This is one of the highest numbers of extreme weather events on record. Total storm damage costs are still being calculated.

"The last five years have cost $745 billion in 86 separate billion-dollar weather disasters, an average of more than 17 a year, a new record. That´s nearly $100 billion more than the combined total of all the billion-dollar disasters from 1980 to 2004, adjusted for inflation and far more the three billion-dollar disasters a year that the nation averaged in the 1980s." - Dailymail.com

If you've been hit by storm damage, don't wait to call in the professionals. SERVPRO® of Houston County has the experience and equipment necessary to get your property back to its original condition. We're available 24/75 to respond to your needs, so please don't hesitate to contact us today.

Types of Storm Damage Restoration Equipment

1/28/2022 (Permalink)

Property Damage Restoration Equipment Property Damage Restoration Equipment at Work in Houston County

If your business has been hit by storm damage it's important to call in the professionals as soon as possible. SERVPRO® of Houston County is the best company for storm damage restoration, due to our extensive experience and equipment. We have the right tools and techniques to make any project "Like it never even happened." In addition, we're available 24/7 to respond to your needs, no matter what time of day or night it is.

Whether it's board-up services, water damage cleanup, or mold removal, we'll be there to help you get your home or business back up and running as soon as possible. Call us today for a free consultation in Warner Robins, and more locations across Houston County, GA.

A few of the tools we use when restoring property storm damage include:

Air movers:

Used to move large volumes of air quickly across a surface in order to evaporate moisture and dry the area.

Industrial Dehumidifiers:

Remove excess moisture from the air, which helps prevent the growth of mold and mildew. With our heavy-duty truck mount dehumidifiers, there's no property damage too significant for our team to handle.

HEPA Vacuums:

Capture small particles and allergens from almost any surface.

Thermal Imagers:

Help us see moisture and heat loss in walls, ceilings and floors so that we can target our repairs.

Water Extraction Units:

Remove large quantities of water quickly from carpets, furniture and other surfaces.

Power Generation:

In some cases, storm damage can knock out power to a property. Our team has the ability to provide temporary power so that we can continue to restore your home or business under any conditions.

Moisture Meters:

Help us determine the level of moisture in walls, ceilings, building materials and floors so that we can target our drying, cleaning, and repairs.

Our teams at SERVPRO® of Houston County have the right tools, techniques, equipment, and supplies to effectively and professionally restore your home's or business's storm damage "Like it never even happened."

Call us today at (478) 224-4148 for rapid restoration assistance.