Recent Water Damage Posts

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!

The Timeline of Your Water Damage Repair | SERVPRO® of Houston County

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

House Being Carried Away by a Storm House Being Carried Away by a Storm

Water damage happens to a home somewhere across the United States an average of 14,000 times a day. It happens multiple times a minute, whether from flooding, pipes breaking or some other cause.

If your home has a basement, your odds of needing water remediation someday are extremely high, and of course, hoses and water heaters are known to cause trouble. Should you need your local SERVPRO team, here’s how things will go.

Emergency Contact. Once you reach out by phone or web, we’ll get started with a few questions to help us determine the nature and scope of the issue. Then we’ll settle on a time when we can check things out in person.

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment. Once we’re on site, we’ll be able to more accurately survey the situation and finalize a plan. We’ll warn you of any hazards your water damage has created, and review any items or areas with you that we estimate will need to be replaced or rebuilt.

Water Removal. Put away the bucket—we’ve got big, strong pumps to clear out all that water. Hundreds and hundreds of gallons may be removed by the time we’re finished, and of course, we won’t stop until it’s all gone.

Damaged Material Removal. Now those damaged items can be safely hauled away, and we’ll take care of it for you quickly, in order to expedite the process of drying the restorable materials that remain.

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Deodorization. All that water rudely rushed in and made a mess of your basement, bathroom or other areas, and we’ll be hard at work making sure the stains, smells and contaminants it left behind are only temporary nuisances.

Drying. Now that the area is clear, we’ve got mold to prevent. The moisture left behind by the intrusive water spill will allow mold growth in only a couple of days, but we’ll finely go through all surfaces with specialized equipment to extract the moisture mold needs to grow and restore the humidity balance in your home.

Monitoring. These processes are highly efficient, but they don’t run on auto-pilot, so we’ll be on site and in contact constantly to ensure a smooth, thorough recovery.

Repairs and Construction. Once the drying process is done, we’ll turn into a team of handymen, expertly restoring and recrafting damaged materials in your home, from small to great.

When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration. We’ll make your damaged property look “Like it never even happened.”

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

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

a grey basement showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Houston County is a full restoration company. Our team is on call and ready to help you determine the best course of action.

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.

Foundation problems due to water

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Do you think you have water damaging your foundation? Lucky for us you are a hands-on homeowner, who fixes and repairs things as needed. The problem is that water damage to foundations is not an easy water damaging problem to identify.

The key to minimizing the damage is to catch it fast and address the issue. But how? Below is a list of the some of the common symptoms of water damage within a house foundation.

A. Overly Damp Soil

If you have an idea that there could be an issue with moisture, take a look at the soil around the foundations of the property. If it is unusually wet without any recent rain, there is a good chance that groundwater is seeping into the foundation.

B. Water in the Crawlspace

Standing water and moisture building up within a crawlspace is a pretty good sign that something is wrong with the foundation, circulation of air, lack of adequate insulation, or a broken pipe. If it is too damp in this area, the quality of the air in your house can decrease, and it may give off a musty odor.


C. Mal-functioning doorframes or windows

This might sound like a surprising sign, but if your doorframes used to open and close correctly, but have recently started to stick, the problem could be moisture related. It may be a sign that the doorframes have begun to warp, from excessive water absorption.

If you notice one or all three of the issues, you may have a problem on your hands. SERVPRO of Houston County is here to help! 

We Have a Water Removal Plan Homeowners Can Count On | SERVPRO® of Houston County 

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

If you have sustained water damage, setting the restoration process in motion immediately is the best thing you can do. We understand just how important this is, which is why we guarantee a quick response. When you call us for water damage, we will dispatch a team to you, who will assess the safety of the scene and then move immediately into our water removal plan to prevent more damages. 

Here is how that works: 

A Pack Out Service for Your Belongings If the water damage to your home is extensive, we will be able to provide you with packing and moving assistance for your belongings. This will help you get your belongings to a location that is dry to prevent further damage to them, so you can trust that your items are safe. 

Emergency Water Removal We understand the importance of removing moisture as soon as possible, which is why we make it a high priority once we determine that the scene is safe for our technicians to enter. We have powerful, submersible pumps in addition to our industrial-strength wet vacuums that we will use. This is how we are able to reduce the time it takes for your area to dry and prevent additional water damage and mold and mildew growth. 

Inspection of the Flooring and Drywall After removing the water, we will do an additional inspection to determine the damage that is done to the surfaces of your home. We will inspect the floor to determine if any floor coverings or carpet must be removed in order to make sure the subfloor is protected, and determine how much damage there is to the drywall in case it is in need of patching. 

High-Tech Moisture Equipment Monitoring We have invested heavily in the equipment we use for water damage jobs so we never have to merely guess about how much damage is present. We have moisture detectors, hygrometers and other methods of determining how saturated the area has become with moisture, and we have infrared cameras to detect water damage behind walls, ceilings and other surfaces. This means that you can trust that when we restore your home, we are restoring every aspect that has been impacted by the moisture. 

If you’ve experienced household water damage, you can count on us. Contact us at any time to learn more about our process. 

Our Proven 6-StepWater Damage Restoration Method | SERVPRO® of Houston County

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

Discovering water damage has invaded your home is disappointing, but taking action right away is the most effective response.

That is why we are here 24 hours a day, so you can call us whenever you need to in order to report the damage and begin restoration. This is how our method works:

6 Steps to Water Damage Restoration

1. Initial Emergency Contact
We are here 24 hours a day, so you can call us at any time to talk with one of our highly trained phone operators and fill us in on the details of the damage. With this information, we will assemble a response squad and get to you as soon as we can.

2. Inspection and Damage Assessment
Upon arriving at your home, we will immediately assess the area for any present safety hazards and address them to create a hazard-free environment. After that, we will do a full inspection of the damaged area to create a restoration plan for your situation.

3. Moisture Extraction
Allowing standing water to sit unattended is one of the biggest culprits of auxiliary damage after water moves in, so we get excess moisture out fast. We have a fleet of equipment to move hundreds of gallons of water at a time out of your home.

4. Dehumidifying and Drying
Once the excess moisture is removed, we will begin to pull moisture out of the air and surfaces with our dehumidifiers and drying tools. We want to do this quickly as mold can rapidly begin to grow if this moisture is not addressed.

5. Cleaning Belongings
After we have dried and dehumidified your air and belongings, we will clean and sanitize everything that has been impacted. Water damage can contaminate objects and lead to foul odors, so we take this precaution to make sure your home is safe.

6. Restoration and Repair
When you call us for restoration, you can be confident that we are with you every step of the way—including for cosmetic repairs that need to be done to restore your home. We can add new drywall, do paint work and any other finishing touches to truly restore your impacted areas.

If your home has been water-damaged, you can count on us to help. Call us 247 to get the process started.

How can we help you with our water damage?

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

If water damage does occur in your home, immediately call SERVPRO of Houston County (478) 224-4148 for restoration services. SERVPRO’s teams will:

  • Assess damage for restorability and safety.
  • Determine the extent of the moisture content in effected areas.
  • Move and prop up furniture on blocks if necessary.
  • Extract the water.
  • Remove carpets and carpet pads if necessary.
  • Spray to treat germs and bacteria in contaminated areas.
  • Start the drying process with air movers and dehumidification equipment.
  • Ensure rooms are completely dry and conduct a walk through with homeowners to guarantee customer satisfaction.

Preventative maintenance is key to avoiding a possible water, mold, of fire damage loss. If you or someone you know succumbs to any type of water damage, give us a call to make your home look “Like it never even happened.”

Help for Pabst Homeowners Dealing With Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Houston County

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

white wall with water damage spots and peeling paint Do you have any water damage to your walls or ceiling? Contact SERVPRO of Houston County, we will help guide you through the restoration process

No one likes to think about needing water damage remediation services. But millions of American families do.

The number of water damage claims filed by American homeowners continues to grow year after year.

They’re growing independently of other types of claims. For example, the number of water damage claims is growing while the number of fire damage claims have been dropping steadily. The result is that, on average, one in 50 American families deal with the aftermath of water damage every year.

So if you do end up needing water damage help in 2021, you won’t be alone.

Do You Know the Signs of Water Damage?

Homeowners don’t always know how to spot early signs of water damage. If your home has water damage that needs remediation by professionals, you’ll likely notice these signs:

You see wet spots on your drywall. Damp spots on your drywall are a sign of water issues. They may be damp to the touch, or it may appear more like a stain on your wall or ceiling. If you notice this issue, then you should call restoration technicians to come and examine your home.

You realize your windows and walls are warped. Window panes and doorframes will start to warp when they’re damaged by water. If you see warping on an exterior door or window, it’s smart to get it evaluated. Compromised doors and windows can let more water into your home.

You can smell an unusual, musty odor. Smell can be among the first signs of mold damage. And that damage only gets worse as time passes. It’s smart to start the remediation process as soon as you can in this case.

If you’re a Pabst or Perry homeowner, our local teams are here to help educate you about the process and evaluate any damage to your property.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Where Water Damage to Wood Floors Might Begin | SERVPRO® of Houston County

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

If you have wood floors in your home, you understand the importance of protecting them from moisture as much as possible. While a simple spill will not lead to damages, if you have a leak or other issue at play, over time, it can wreak havoc on your beautiful flooring and cause warping, expansion and even mold and mildew growth. Understanding what causes this and where to look for damage can help you make sure your flooring is protected. 

Where Water Damage to Wood Floors Can Originate 

The first step to treating water damage to wood floors is determining where the damage is originating from. The occasional spill will not cause serious damages, and most signs of damage are due to moisture that persists as time goes on. 

If you notice damage on your wood floor, check the following places: 

Around windows or doors.? If you have older windows or doors that are not sealed properly, it is possible that the water is seeping in around the framing. In this case, you will likely notice water damage indicators on the drywall around the external opening as well as the floor underneath. 

Around your radiators.? If your home uses radiator heat, it is possible that one of these could be leaking water directly onto your wood floors. Since all the radiator components are visible, this should be fairly simple to check. 

Around water lines.? If it is not either of those issues, it might mean that there is a hidden issue at play. Because water lines run to your refrigerator, dishwasher and laundry machines, if your water damage is located around any of these appliances, you likely have an internal leak that is causing damage to your floors. 

Around areas with heavy plumbing. ?Any part of your house that has water lines or plumbing pipes in the walls or ceiling may be able to cause damage to your wood floors. While you will likely also notice damage to drywall or your ceiling if this is the case, depending on where your leak is originating, you may notice it on the floors before anything else. 

If you have water-damaged hardwood in your home, we are here to help! Contact us today to learn more about our water restoration services and how we can help you today. 

We Have a Water Removal Plan Homeowners Can Count On | SERVPRO® of Houston County 

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

If you have sustained water damage, setting the restoration process in motion immediately is the best thing you can do. We understand just how important this is, which is why we guarantee a quick response. When you call us for water damage, we will dispatch a team to you, who will assess the safety of the scene and then move immediately into our water removal plan to prevent more damages. 

Here is how that works: 

A Pack Out Service for Your Belongings If the water damage to your home is extensive, we will be able to provide you with packing and moving assistance for your belongings. This will help you get your belongings to a location that is dry to prevent further damage to them, so you can trust that your items are safe. 

Emergency Water Removal We understand the importance of removing moisture as soon as possible, which is why we make it a high priority once we determine that the scene is safe for our technicians to enter. We have powerful, submersible pumps in addition to our industrial-strength wet vacuums that we will use. This is how we are able to reduce the time it takes for your area to dry and prevent additional water damage and mold and mildew growth. 

Inspection of the Flooring and Drywall After removing the water, we will do an additional inspection to determine the damage that is done to the surfaces of your home. We will inspect the floor to determine if any floor coverings or carpet must be removed in order to make sure the subfloor is protected, and determine how much damage there is to the drywall in case it is in need of patching. 

High-Tech Moisture Equipment Monitoring We have invested heavily in the equipment we use for water damage jobs so we never have to merely guess about how much damage is present. We have moisture detectors, hygrometers and other methods of determining how saturated the area has become with moisture, and we have infrared cameras to detect water damage behind walls, ceilings and other surfaces. This means that you can trust that when we restore your home, we are restoring every aspect that has been impacted by the moisture. 

If you’ve experienced household water damage, you can count on us. Contact us at any time to learn more about our process. 

When dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. Contact SERVPRO of Houston County for prompt & dependable service.

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

interior wood floor partially submerged in water Our Proven 6-Step Water Damage Restoration Method | SERVPRO® of Houston County

Discovering water damage has invaded your home is disappointing, but taking action right away is the most effective response.

That is why we are here 24 hours a day, so you can call us whenever you need to in order to report the damage and begin restoration. This is how our method works:

6 Steps to Water Damage Restoration

1. Initial Emergency Contact
We are here 24 hours a day, so you can call us at any time to talk with one of our highly trained phone operators and fill us in on the details of the damage. With this information, we will assemble a response squad and get to you as soon as we can.

2. Inspection and Damage Assessment
Upon arriving at your home, we will immediately assess the area for any present safety hazards and address them to create a hazard-free environment. After that, we will do a full inspection of the damaged area to create a restoration plan for your situation.

3. Moisture Extraction
Allowing standing water to sit unattended is one of the biggest culprits of auxiliary damage after water moves in, so we get excess moisture out fast. We have a fleet of equipment to move hundreds of gallons of water at a time out of your home.

4. Dehumidifying and Drying
Once the excess moisture is removed, we will begin to pull moisture out of the air and surfaces with our dehumidifiers and drying tools. We want to do this quickly as mold can rapidly begin to grow if this moisture is not addressed.

5. Cleaning Belongings
After we have dried and dehumidified your air and belongings, we will clean and sanitize everything that has been impacted. Water damage can contaminate objects and lead to foul odors, so we take this precaution to make sure your home is safe.

6. Restoration and Repair
When you call us for restoration, you can be confident that we are with you every step of the way—including for cosmetic repairs that need to be done to restore your home. We can add new drywall, do paint work and any other finishing touches to truly restore your impacted areas.

If your home has been water-damaged, you can count on us to help. Call us 247 to get the process started.

If you’re experiencing any water damage from flooding, SERVPRO of Houston County is available 24/7 to assist you with any repairs.

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

three large houses in a neighborhood with home and street flooded Recovering With Safety in Mind After a Flood | SERVPRO® of Houston County

There are many things that can cause a flood to occur, and even areas that are landlocked are not fully immune from their impact. Many people falsely assume that a flood could never happen to them, but we recommend that residents have a plan in place no matter where they live. This will help you know exactly what to do and how to do it safely to expedite your flood recovery process and begin your return to normal.

Tips for a Safe Flood Recovery

Avoid further safety hazards. For those who have had to evacuate their areas due to a flood, the desire to return home as quickly as possible is strong. However, wait for your local officials to state that it is safe, as floodwaters can hide many hazards that can be dangerous or fatal.

Air out the home. Floodwaters are not the only thing that can cause damage during a flood, as mold can begin to grow quite quickly after the moisture sets in. Because mold thrives on stagnant air, increasing air flow can lessen the likelihood that it will be able to take hold and begin causing damage, so open doors and windows if it is safe to do so. This has the added benefit of keeping the air healthy for anyone in the home working on the cleanup process.

Document the damages. You will likely want to begin improving your home and salvaging your belongings right away, but before you do so, take some time to document everything that has been damaged. Make a list of items and take ample pictures, which will serve both your records and the insurance company’s if you are able to file a claim.

Contact your restoration and insurance companies right away. If you have coverage through a flood insurance provider, you should alert them of your damages right away. From there, you can call us 247 so we can work with your insurance company to get your restoration done as quickly as we can.

If your home has been damaged in a flood, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to receive a quick response and set the restoration process in motion.

How we can help with water damage?

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

If water damage does occur in your home, immediately call SERVPRO of Houston County (478) 224-4148 for restoration services. SERVPRO’s teams will:

  • Assess damage for restorability and safety.
  • Determine the extent of the moisture content in effected areas.
  • Move and prop up furniture on blocks if necessary.
  • Extract the water.
  • Remove carpets and carpet pads if necessary.
  • Spray to treat germs and bacteria in contaminated areas.
  • Start the drying process with air movers and dehumidification equipment.
  • Ensure rooms are completely dry and conduct a walk through with homeowners to guarantee customer satisfaction.

Preventative maintenance is key to avoiding a possible water, mold, of fire damage loss. If you or someone you know succumbs to any type of water damage, give us a call to make your home look “Like it never even happened.”

Cleaning Carpets after a Water Leak

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Remove water as quickly as possible by using a wet/dry vacuum system. Use fans to speed up carpet drying process. Sometimes the floor can seem dry when it is actually not. When it feels dry to the touch, keep the fans going for at least another week. The next step would be to use a dehumidifier to reduce humidity in the room. Once the humidity level is low in the room, you want to steam and clean the carpet. This is mainly to just deodorize the carpet so a scent is not left. Lastly, you want to clean the walls, baseboards, and furniture. If this was water due to a storm, the areas water touched needs to be clean since it could contain bacteria. Of course you can always call SERVPRO of Houston County at (478) 224-4148 if you feel like your cleanup is bigger than you can handle. Our IICRC certified technicians will clean your home as if it were their own!

Water Damage

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can occur from mother nature visits such as hurricanes or thunderstorms to pipe bursts, foundation or roof leaks, septic tank issues, and much more. Either case, a homeowner should call a restoration company to help with proper clean up. When it is contaminated water such as a septic tank issue, homeowners are in the danger zone for viruses and bacteria growth. In this case, you want to call a restoration company immediately so there is little risk of exposure to dangerous bacteria. Regardless, a homeowner could experience mold growth very quickly if the water is left after 48 hours. If you encounter ANY type of water damage, you first want to stop the cause of the water damage. Example, if your toilet is over flowing, you want to stop water flow to the toilet, then call SERVPRO to come out and conduct the clean-up. A homeowner would then need to call their insurance company about the issue. Do not forget to document each step with pictures and notes so you can remember who you talked to and what was said. We will be there EVERY step of the way to ensure you get your home fixed like it never happened.

SERVPRO of Houston County is here for your water damage restoration needs. From natural disaster such as a hurricane to septic tank issues, we will be there to help with the entire process. 

Vacation Prep your Home

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Many people clean their homes prior to leaving for vacation. They also make sure that all the lights are off, and then also check that all windows and doors are locked securely. Many otherwise careful people fail to shut off the water line at the outside of their home during their pre-vacation preparations. Many times, nothing comes of this, but when it does, the water damage can be substantial.

Water damage that results from a broken water line, no matter where the break or leak is located, can cause damage throughout your home. This damage may not only spread across the floor or down the inside of a wall space but from one floor to lower levels, increasing the amount of damage your home experiences. 

Vacationing is Only Temporary and So Should Any Water Damage, if You Call for Professional Assistance 

Upon returning from vacation, homeowners whose home has been water damaged while they've been away are in for a not-so-pleasant surprise. Shutting off the water should be the first thing done if it can be safely accomplished. Standing water can pose an electrical hazard if electrical outlets or wiring are immersed in the water. If you are not sure about your safety, you should have professionals complete the shut-down the electricity prior to shutting off the water. Everyone should remain clear of the water to be safe. 

After the flow of water has been stopped, mop up the existing water using absorbent towels or mops and empty buckets. Dump these outside to keep drains inside your home from becoming clogged by any debris that may be in the water. Because water can infiltrate porous materials like drywall throughout your home, it is tough to remove completely. The structurally water damage must have the standing water extracted first. If this is not done properly, warping and deterioration of walls and other structures in your home can quickly occur. Then the absorbed moisture and humidity in the interior environment must be mitigated to acceptable levels. If not, this can lead to not only dangerous structural problems but also the growth of mold and mildew. These can cause health effects in your family members over time. 

What We can do For You 
Our professionals are trained in not only the removal of water that can cause damage to your home's interior, but we have training in the IICRC approved drying techniques that are designed for maximum efficiency. After cleaning-up and extracted all of the water, we will begin the drying process and take note of any damage that needs to be restored or repaired. Cleaning-up will continue with removing any debris that is left over from repairs, as well.  

The professionals at SERVPRO of Houston County are experienced in responding to water damage emergencies such as ruptured or frozen water lines, and we can respond quickly. We are available 24/7 so call us at (478)224-4148 for not only fast service but also professionalism and experience.

How can we help you with your water damage?

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

If water damage does occur in your home, immediately call SERVPRO of Houston County (478) 224-4148 for restoration services. SERVPRO’s teams will:

  • Assess damage for restorability and safety.
  • Determine the extent of the moisture content in effected areas.
  • Move and prop up furniture on blocks if necessary.
  • Extract the water.
  • Remove carpets and carpet pads if necessary.
  • Spray to treat germs and bacteria in contaminated areas.
  • Start the drying process with air movers and dehumidification equipment.
  • Ensure rooms are completely dry and conduct a walk through with homeowners to guarantee customer satisfaction.

Preventative maintenance is key to avoiding a possible water, mold, of fire damage loss. If you or someone you know succumbs to any type of water damage, give us a call to make your home look “Like it never even happened.”

Preventative maintenance is key to avoiding a possible water, mold, of fire damage loss.

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Taking Preventative Steps to Keep Your House Dry

Water damage can occur in homes in a variety of ways. Homeowners should check for leaks throughout their houses, inspecting pipes and connections in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. Look under and around sinks and around bathtubs for any discoloration. Do not ignore connections to dishwashers or to refrigerators with water and ice dispensers. 

Make sure water is flowing properly down drains. If not, try clearing the drain with a plunger or an over the counter solution. If that does not work, call a professional for assistance.

To keep drains and pipes clear, follow some simple steps such as pouring cooking oil into a suitable container and disposing of it properly after it cools and never flushing diapers and other inappropriate items down toilets. In addition, backflow valves should be installed in sanitary and storm sewer lines.

Check the floors around water heaters for wet spots, which could indicate you have a rusted tank or other problem. If necessary, have the tank replaced as soon as possible. 

A leak in the roof of your home and clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to significant water damage inside your house. As soon as you notice a leak in your roof have it inspected and repaired immediately. In addition, keep all gutters and downspouts free of leaves and other debris that could cause water to back up and leak into your house. 

Owners of properties located in areas prone to flooding should give serious consideration to applying a waterproof coating or membrane to the exterior walls and installing watertight shields over doors, windows and other openings.

When winter hits, keep an eye out for snow accumulation on the downside of a higher- level roof, where blowing snow will pile up. For safe snow removal, ask a roofing contractor for a referral. 

Remove snow from basement stairwells, window wells and all walls to prevent water or moisture from penetrating walls. Also, keep attics well ventilated to maintain temperatures close to the outside, which will minimize the risk of ice dams forming.

To ensure that pipes do not freeze and burst, keep the heat in your home at an acceptable level, cover exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapping and open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.

If water damage does occur in your home, immediately call SERVPRO of Houston County. SERVPRO’s teams will:

  • Assess damage for restorability and safety.
  • Determine the extent of the moisture content in effected areas.
  • Move and prop up furniture on blocks if necessary.
  • Extract the water.
  • Remove carpets and carpet pads if necessary.
  • Spray to treat germs and bacteria in contaminated areas.
  • Start the drying process with air movers and dehumidification equipment.
  • Ensure rooms are completely dry and conduct a walk through with homeowners to guarantee customer satisfaction.

Preventative maintenance is key to avoiding a possible water, mold, of fire damage loss.

SERVPRO of Houston County is always here to help! Call (478)224-4148 for all you restoration needs!

Taking Preventative Steps to Keep Your House Dry

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Taking Preventative Steps to Keep Your House Dry

Water damage can occur in homes in a variety of ways. Homeowners should check for leaks throughout their houses, inspecting pipes and connections in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. Look under and around sinks and around bathtubs for any discoloration. Do not ignore connections to dishwashers or to refrigerators with water and ice dispensers. 

Make sure water is flowing properly down drains. If not, try clearing the drain with a plunger or an over the counter solution. If that does not work, call a professional for assistance.

To keep drains and pipes clear, follow some simple steps such as pouring cooking oil into a suitable container and disposing of it properly after it cools and never flushing diapers and other inappropriate items down toilets. In addition, backflow valves should be installed in sanitary and storm sewer lines.

Check the floors around water heaters for wet spots, which could indicate you have a rusted tank or other problem. If necessary, have the tank replaced as soon as possible. 

A leak in the roof of your home and clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to significant water damage inside your house. As soon as you notice a leak in your roof have it inspected and repaired immediately. In addition, keep all gutters and downspouts free of leaves and other debris that could cause water to back up and leak into your house. 

Owners of properties located in areas prone to flooding should give serious consideration to applying a waterproof coating or membrane to the exterior walls and installing watertight shields over doors, windows and other openings.

When winter hits, keep an eye out for snow accumulation on the downside of a higher- level roof, where blowing snow will pile up. For safe snow removal, ask a roofing contractor for a referral. 

Remove snow from basement stairwells, window wells and all walls to prevent water or moisture from penetrating walls. Also, keep attics well ventilated to maintain temperatures close to the outside, which will minimize the risk of ice dams forming.

To ensure that pipes do not freeze and burst, keep the heat in your home at an acceptable level, cover exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapping and open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.

If water damage does occur in your home, immediately call SERVPRO of Houston County. SERVPRO’s teams will:

  • Assess damage for restorability and safety.
  • Determine the extent of the moisture content in effected areas.
  • Move and prop up furniture on blocks if necessary.
  • Extract the water.
  • Remove carpets and carpet pads if necessary.
  • Spray to treat germs and bacteria in contaminated areas.
  • Start the drying process with air movers and dehumidification equipment.
  • Ensure rooms are completely dry and conduct a walk through with homeowners to guarantee customer satisfaction.

Preventative maintenance is key to avoiding a possible water, mold, of fire damage loss.

SERVPRO of Houston County is always here to help! Call (478)224-4148 for all you restoration needs!

Beware the Penetrating Power of Bitter Cold

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

 

We find trouble wherever it's lurking

Roof and insulation issues don't reveal themselves on warm, sunny days.  The next couple of weeks are going to be bitterly cold with swirling wind and who knows...middle Georgia may even get a little snow! With cold, wind and snow will come pipe bursts, ice damming and other unfortunate breakdowns.  

SERVPRO of Houston County and our sister company Samson Construction stand ready to put your home or business back in pre-loss condition.

Our professionals follow IICRC protocols to make sure that your structure is fully restored and there are no secondary concerns, like mold.  Not only will the structure be like new but you will receive everything you need to file a claim with your insurance company if you choose.

Our process includes: identifying all the sources and types of water; monitoring of atmospheric and material considitions for drying analysis; a comprehensive diagnostic inspection for trapped or hiddent moisture; removal of wet materals; removal or containment of furniture; carpet and Pad service; application of disinfecting and deodorizing agents if necessary; utlization of specialized drying equipment; and disposal of refuse.

While the mitigation is taking place we work closely with your insurance carrier so there is a seamless transition from cleaning to repair.   The same team sticks with you from start to finish!

We don't wish ourselves on anyone but when issues come up, we are always ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!