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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!