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Small Leaks?

12/5/2022 (Permalink)

You may have a small water damage and not even know it. In situations like this with appliances that are big and difficult to move or see behind, its possible to have a small leak. 

Now in this photo everything looks normal. If you take a closer look you can see that baseboard has swollen and pulled away from the wall. The baseboard being made of wood, expands when being subjected to moisture. 

We understand that you can not always look behind big appliances or know exactly what to look for. This is why we have experienced professionals ready to help serve you 24/7 to help find potential damage.

Ask about our Emergency Ready Profile to help equip you with the knowledge and information to help during an unexpected disaster.

Why Us? We will Help with your Insurance Claim!

11/4/2022 (Permalink)

When you experience an unexpected disaster in your home, you may not know how to handle it. After the shock is over, your first thought is “How am I going to pay for this?”. This is a common question homeowners ask themselves given the high cost of repairing water, fire, mold or trauma damage. Good news for you, our team of professionals is here to help eliminate that concern.

Here at SERVPRO of Columbus, Ga 

set ourselves apart from other restoration companies by how well we work with your insurance company. Our dedicated team of professionals understands the insurance industry. From knowing how the claims process works, to getting your claim submitted and your repairs covered. Many of our team members have a background in the insurance industry.

As one of the largest restoration and damage remediation companies in the country, we work with hundreds of insurance companies to help our customers get their claims processed quickly and fairly. Many insurance companies know that SERVPRO handles losses professionally and often recommend us to their policyholders.

Removal of Graffiti

11/2/2022 (Permalink)

Tagging, Artwork, or sadly unwanted Graffiti is sometime not a welcome on Public or Personal Property. Below are a few help tips to assist with the removal. 

Glass

Scrape off the graffiti with a razor blade, or try paint thinner and rinse the glass clean.

Masonry 

Options include sand blasting or power washing. Chemical graffiti remover may also be effective for removing graffiti.

Fiberglass/Aluminum Siding

Sparingly apply paint remover to the surface, and rinse thoroughly with clean water.

Vinyl Siding

Small amounts of chemical solvents work well to remove graffiti. Care should be taken not to remove the vinyl.

Metal

Apply solvents and rub it out with sandpaper or steel wool, which works well. Power washing is another option.

It’s best to remove graffiti by testing a small area using your selected method to see how well the process works.

Drying Hardwood Floors - No Problem!

10/28/2022 (Permalink)

When a water damage happens, flooring usually takes a load of the damage. Carpet can usually be salvaged as well as tile on concrete (Depending on CAT of Water). Wood flooring is something completely different. It depends on the wood. If its a laminate and what's underneath. 

With this job we were able to get to it in time before the wood started to buckle (when the wood expands and starts to life up), cupping (when the sides of the wood plank start to rise), crowning (when the center of the plank rises).

This machine uses heat and air movement to get the moisture trapped under the wood that normally a fan wouldn't be able to get. 

When you have a water damage do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Columbus/ S, Muscogee. Even if you aren't sure if moisture is present. Call us for a moisture inspection. 706-568-1934

Smoke or Soot

9/29/2022 (Permalink)

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

SCHOOLS OUT.... Sanitation is IN!

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

Now that School is out! COVID is still out there! Call our office for a Deep Cleaning and Sanitation for your classrooms, school buses, and sporting complex.  

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

Kitchen/Food Areas
Bathrooms
Schools/Classrooms
Offices
Retail Spaces
Water Fountains
Shelving/Racks
Sales Counters
Carpets and Rugs
Stair Handrails
Elevator Cars
Playground Equipment
Fitness Equipment
Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Columbus, GA 706-568-1934

Water Damage Impacts Insulation and Building Materials

6/9/2022 (Permalink)

When water damage strikes the water can impact and damage the structure of your home, the contents, and the materials within your home. 

Insulation is one building material that can be greatly impacted by water. When some insulation gets wet, like fiberglass or expanded foam they can be dried out and possibly saved. But blown insulation that gets wet loses it's R-value or ability to insulate and should be replaced. R-value measures how well building insulation can prevent the flow of heat into and out of the home.

Key Things to Inspect:

  • Water Stains
  • Puddles of Water
  • Wet Floors or Drywall
  • Perform a Moisture Check
  • Call the Experts 

If your residential or commercial property is affected by water damage from things like a pipe break, appliance failure or secondary damages from firefighting efforts SERVPRO of Columbus, GA is Here to Help!

Contact our office once your spoken with your insurance carrier. If you need assistance with filing a claim then let us know. 706-568-1934

Different Types of Water Damage

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

There are many different sources of water that can cause property damage in your home. Damage can happen from floor surges from strong storms, or heavy rains or sewage backups from a plugged-up toilet, or even a supply line failure from a refrigerator or dishwasher. Depending on the source of the water, it may be extremely unsanitary and exposure can lead to discomfort or disease?

So which source poses the risk?

  1. External Flooding
  2. Sewage Backup
  3. Laundry Hose Breakage

The answer is both A External Flooding and B Sewage backup. External flood water can be unsanitary due to the dirt, germs, and other debris that may be in the floodwaters as well as backed up city sewer lines. Sewage backups can be hazards due to the nature of where the contamination started, the sewer. No matter the cause of the damage SERVPRO of Columbus, GA is always Here to Help!

Call us on your next claim at 706-568-1934

MOLD PROBLEM in Columbus, GA

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

When the roof to our office complex leaked, enough moisture came into the building to create a mold problem. There was a musty odor that I could not locate anywhere in the building. The next day I looked up and saw mold spreading across the ceiling where it hadn’t been yesterday. I called SERVPRO of Columbus, GA and they sent a team out to mitigate and remediate the problem. 

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or air conditioning or heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture
  • Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed to discourage the mold from returning
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas
  • Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent

Our office also TESTS for MOLD! Call today to get your Quote! 706-568-1934

Fire Extinguisher Clean Up!

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

When operating a fire extinguisher, tell remember the word PASS.
  • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

Kitchen Fires - Did you use a Fire Extinguisher to put the fire out? Was it a Commercial Loss? Is  there now Dust everywhere? No Worries... call SERVPRO of Columbus, GA we can handle the clean up for you. 

Helpful Resources

Types of Fire Extinguisher Contents
  • Water: Class A fires (solid combustibles such as wood, paper and textiles). ...
  • AFFF foam: Class A and B (flammable liquids). ...
  • Carbon dioxide (CO2): Class B and electrical equipment.
  • ABC powder: Class A, B, C (flammable gases) and electrical equipment.

Foam extinguishers are ideal for premises which have multiple fire risks including offices, factories, warehouses and hotels. CO2 fire extinguishers can be identified by a black label reading “CO2”. CO2 fire extinguishers are safe for use on flammable liquid and electrical fires.