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Thunderstorm Preparedness in Georgia

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms are beautiful, but they can also be dangerous.  They can cause severe damage to your home and property in Georgia. Thunderstorms include lightning and can:

  • Include winds over 50 MPH
  • Create hail
  • Cause flash floods
  • Cause tornadoes

In most places, a thunderstorm can happen at any time of the year and at any time of the day. As we know in Georgia the weather is never predictable. 

Tips to follow:

  • Sign up for your local community's warning system
  • Cut down or trim back trees from all structures that are close to the roofs
  • Install surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system
  • Keep your generator close by incase power goes out
  • Call our local SERVPRO to assist with any wind, tree, or structure damage cause by the storm

Veteran Hiring Pledge

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Our office is committed in hiring veterans. We are always striving to be a vital part of our community and we want our veterans to be a part of our professional family. Leadership training taught by military is essential for our teamwork and very valuable for our professional growth. In return we offer a clear career path, a healthy working environment, and room for certifications. Anyone interested in applying please go to our website and simply submit your resume. Or you can come to our office and fill out our one page application with your resume. At 140 Gateway Court, Columbus, GA 31909. 

Feel free to spread this information along. Call our office to learn about what positions are currently open. 706-568-1934

Flood Waters

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Columbus specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Columbus, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 706.568.1934

Holiday Prevention of Fire Tips

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. From testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations. So keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from fire.

Thanksgiving is a peak holiday for cooking fires, and the fire department responds to four times the amount of fires compared to every other day. One of the main contributors to this fire increase is leaving the kitchen while food is still cooking. Therefore, leaving the food unattended and able to cause more damage faster. The second leading factor is cooking equipment, so please be sure to make sure you are using the correct cooking utensils.

Safety tips
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Thank you to NFPA for safety tips.

SERVPRO of Columbus wants to be sure you are aware on how to prevent these unfortunate situations, but if a fire were to happen we are there for you 24/7 even on holidays. Of course, always making it "Like it never even happened."

Water Classifications In 3 Stages

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Columbus/S. Muscogee / Chattahoochee Counties will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Flood Waters

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Columbus/S. Muscogee specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Columbus, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 706.568.1934

Restoration for Commercial Buildings

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage

Water damage can happen in many ways. Heavy rain, sprinkler line break, or there could be an overflowing toilet that causes damage in a structure. A frozen pipe could burst and cause extensive damage in the wintertime. A burst pipe or a leaking roof in a manufacturing plant can shut down the production line causing huge losses. Our goal is to minimize downtime and to get your business back up and running at full speed. 

Commercial Fire Damage

A fire in your commercial building can result in extensive damage. Even small, contained fires that are isolated and extinguished quickly can cause extensive damage. It's the smoke that travels seemingly everywhere that is the culprit and causes most damage after a fire. Smoke can get into the ductwork and quickly spread throughout the building. With fire and smoke damage, it's essential to hire fire restoration professionals that can quickly restore your business, warehouse, or retail space. 

Call A Large Loss Specialist

When any of these events happen, it's essential to call restoration professionals immediately to mitigate the damage. When hiring a commercial restoration and cleanup company, it's vital to make sure they have the expertise and equipment to handle large scale jobs. Our location has the experience to handle any size job, from a two-story to a twenty-two story high-rise.

Trauma & Crime Clean Up

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

No one ever wants to come home to find that someone broke into their home/business. After the police leave the property and release the scene what is the next step? 

SERVPRO of Columbus/S. Muscogee/ Chattahoochee Counties  is here to help! We are certified in cleaning those type of scenes. Will working with your insurance company on the claim or self-paying clients. SERVPRO can be on the scene to assist. 

Services our local franchise offer's: 

  • Crime Scene Cleanup
  • Contents/Personal Property inventory 
  • Emergency Board-ups
  • General Construction Repairs (if any interior or exterior damages occurred)
  • General Cleaning (carpet/furniture)

We will work alongside you during this time of trauma. 

If you have any questions please reach out to our office for assistance at 706-568-1934 or via email: SERVPRO1739@knology.net. 

Commercial Awareness

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Do your employees know what to do in the event of a disaster? Who do they call if they open in the morning and your business is flooded? What if the break room microwave starts a fire?

SERVPRO of Columbus is here to help. We offer a free service called an Emergency Ready Profile. This is a file that we create for your business to keep in a central location that contains emergency contacts, utility company phone numbers, locations and pictures of the utility shut-offs for your building, and any special instructions that you would like to include. We will also attach tags to the utility shut-offs so that they are immediately visible.

Time is always a factor in these types of situations. Having a plan will help to ensure that the damage to your business is minimized.

After everyone is safe and any necessary emergency responders have been called, be sure to call SERVPRO of Columbus at 706.568.1934 so that we can get you back open for business as quickly as possible!

IICRC FIRM

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

Pick a Company with the Right Certifications

If you’re looking for a one-stop shop, be sure to go with a company that is certified in all areas. Here’s a quick guide to help you familiarize yourself with the various commercial restoration certifications and industry organizations:

  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • IICRC - Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • OSHA - Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

If you just need a company to help with something specific, it’s not always necessary for your provider to be qualified in all areas, but if they are, it only increases the trust factor. It shows that they are as invested in the safety of your property as you are, and you won’t be as likely to have to hire multiple companies for the job to be completed correctly.

SERVPRO of Columbus/ S. Muscogee/Chattahoochee Counties holds these certifications. Give us a call today to work with your next household project.