Strong thunderstorms lead to flash flooding
A lot of people enjoy a good rainstorm. However, some thunderstorms can lead to flash flooding in most areas with heavy rainfall. It's important to know your surroundings and keeping up with local weather alerts.
Below are a few tips to be mindful of during the next storm:
- Flooded Roadways - you should turn around and find another route.
- Sand Bags (keep stock of sand bags to assist with preventing water intrusion)
- Stay Tuned in with your local weather station
- Don't drink the water (make sure to boil water to destroy most types of disease-causing microorganisms).
- Be overprotective
- Keep away from moving water
- Check on your neighbors
- Have emergency plan in place
When the water has resided and its time to start the cleaning process use these tips:
- Get Help (Call SERVPRO of Columbus)
- Wear PPE (disinfection protection)
- Throw away food items that came in contact with the flood water
- Keep an eye out for Scammers
- File an insurance claim
Overwhelmed or drained by the recent events? SERVPRO of Columbus is here to help. Give us a call and our office will assist you with your claim.
5 Things to Do After A Flood
Floods can be caused by many things. Severe weather, a sudden downpour of rain, appliance malfunction, and broken pipes can all cause flooding in a home or business. The worse thing you can do when it comes to flood damage is not be prepared. Being prepared means knowing the right steps to talk after a flood has happened. If flooding has occurred, you definitely want to contact SERVPRO of Columbus, who are certified & insured professionals that can successfully remove the water and restore your property – but there are steps you can take before they arrive.
TOP 5 THINGS
- Stay out of the damage
- Document with photographs
- Take Necessary Safety Precautions
- Are you in a Disaster Zone
- Check for Mold Growth
Make sure to have your insurance information on hand and reach out to your local franchise here at SERVPRO of Columbus 706-568-1934.
Preventing HVAC Water Damage
Your Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system can cause extensive water damage if it’s not maintained correctly. Common causes of HVAC water damage include a clogged drain, frozen evaporator coils, and pipes that are not connected correctly.
So, it’s essential to care for your HVAC system at least once a year. That helps to prolong the life of your unit and prevent additional heating or cooling expenses. The good news is that HVAC maintenance tasks are pretty easy to do and do not involve hiring a professional most of the time.
How to prevent HVAC water damage
- Change the HVAC filter regularly
- Clean the condenser
- Maintain the condensation drain line
- How to unclog the drain line
- Install a condensation pump
- Maintain the overflow drain pan
- Have your HVAC system inspected professionally
Who do you call if all else fails?
SERVPRO of Columbus 706-586-1934
Knowing your Policy Coverage
Most commercial properties have a high insurance policy and coverage rate. Does your office have a plan of action in place that can answer all of the questions that your restoration company may ask?
Commercial property policies protect business properties and their contents against loss, like fire, theft, or other physical destruction. These policies may also cover loss of income or an increase in business expenses that result from any of the resulting property damage.
Know if your business has a deductible? Confirm that your insurance company has all vendor information that they may need in order to file a claim.
SERVPRO will work with your insurance adjuster, field rep, and companies site manager that is involved in the claim. We will provide all documentations, photos, forms, labor hours, and estimate to the claim handler.
It is important to know what your insurance will cover vs what it does not cover and if you have multiple insurance polices for different things.
Real Estate & Sale By Owners
Realtors & Seller's did you know that SERVPRO of Columbus can offer services for the following before listing your next property:
In today's real estate market, you can have an edge with a reputation for having quality listings whether it is a commercial or residential listing. You also want the ability to move a sale through quickly to get your commission. Presentation is everything.
SERVPRO of Columbus professionals can assist you in many different ways to make this sale the best! We can assist you in inspecting a crawl space/attic area for mold, water, or biohazard damage and also replace the vapor barrier if needed. We can assist in estate sales in the case of hoarder clean outs with optional inventory itemization and cleaning services.
A SERVPRO of Columbus professional can attend your next sales meeting to discuss how to recognize the potential for mold and what to do in case of a fire or water emergency.
So before you risk the opportunity to close the sale of the property, call SERVPRO of Columbus 706-568-1934.
Fire Restoration Services
Title: Muscogee County Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Category: Fire Damage
Photo Caption: Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Home.
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Columbus will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 706.568.1934
Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.* The National Fire Protection Association
Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshal to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.
SMOKE ALARM SAFETY TIPS:
-Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement according to alarm instructions. Larger homes may need more smoke alarms.
-Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen and at least 10 feet away from a cooking appliance to prevent false alarms.
-Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
-Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps,” the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
-Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
*Tips and statistics provided by the National Fire Protection Association.
Preparing for a Hurricane by CDC Guidelines
The season is almost upon us! It's time to start preparing for the upcoming Hurricane Season of 2021.
The CDC has updated their website with some recommendations. We will be including that link below for additional information.
However, your local SERVPRO is prepared with some useful tips as well:
- Have an Emergency Plan
- Extra Batteries
- Can Goods & Dry Goods
- Bottled Waters
- Flash lights
- Extra Gasoline
- Contact Numbers
Once the storm has passed...call our office for your storm or flood damages that occurred to your property.
We can assist with the following:
- Tree Removal
- Dry out
Give our office a call if you have questions or need additional services: 706-568-1934
25 Ways to Save Water
Are you noticing a higher water bill lately? If some check out these helpful tips:
- Check your toilet for leaks
- Stop using your toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket
- Put a plastic bottle in your toilet tank (see link below for explanation)
- Take shorter showers
- Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors
- Take baths
- Turn off water while brushing your teeth
- Turn off water while shaving
- Check faucets and pipes for leaks
- Use your automatic dishwasher for full loads only
- Use your automatic washing machine only for full loads
- Don't let the faucet run while your are cleaning vegetables
See the additional Tips at the link below.
Now if your notice any leaking water then call our office for a moisture check. 706-568-1934.
Commercial Fire Loss
Weeks leading up to our newest Hotel here in Columbus, Ga the hotel general contractor called our office after the hotel had a small fire. Now the fire was able to be put out by the local fire department. Although, the fire department did not use water to put out their fire. They used the fire extinguisher and foam to remove the flames.
Now that this was taken care of there was a lot of SOOT and residue left over. The general contractor explained that they were on a time line and requested that we come out as soon as possible.
Crews were dispatched within the same day. We started the cleaning process in different stages.
Top to Bottom cleaning
Removing contents (set up their own cleaning stages)
Placed Air Scrubbers
Completed an initial, midway, and final walk-through with the general contactor and owner of the hotel.
The hotel was back up and running for the general contractors next step.
SERVPRO of Columbus, is proud to be able to assist the local contractors but also assist with the new businesses coming to our area.