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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.

SMOKE ODOR REMOVAL

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

How to Remove Smoke Odor

The lingering smells of smoke from cigarettes and cigars are irritating for many. Candles, kitchen stoves, toasters, fireplaces and the dreaded unintentional fires also emit smoke odors that waft through a home, leaving homeowners scratching their heads for effective methods to cleanse the inside air.

Tips for Removing Smoke Odor

Smoke particles cause the unpleasant smell of smoke. When left unchecked, the smoke particles remain in place, continuously unleashing the smoke odors. To effectively remove the smell of smoke, the smoke particles must be dislodged. Simply masking the odors with scented products does little to resolve the underlying odor issue.

When homeowners spend 90 percent of their time indoors, improving the air quality is an important task. An ozone generator is a homeowner’s most effective tool, as it removes the actual smoke particles that cause the smoke odors. Ozone generators can be rented, which leads to hefty expenses.

Here is how to remove smoke odor from your home using a variety of methods:

Vinegar

Vinegar is a common household product with many functional uses. Place bowls of white vinegar throughout the home. The vinegar will absorb odors over the span of several days, leaving the rooms with a fresh scent. Homeowners also have the option of wiping down the walls, floors, and other areas affected by smoke with white vinegar.

Baking Soda

Another product frequently found within the home is baking soda, and homeowners have easy access to the powerful cleansing effects of this natural odor reducer. Similar to the odor absorption powers of white vinegar, baking soda can be placed in bowls around the home. The baking soda will absorb the smoke odors. Homeowners can also sprinkle generous amounts of baking soda along carpets and furniture, leaving the baking soda to sit for a few hours, then vacuuming.

Ventilation

Bust open the doors and windows on a fine summer day. The gusts of clean outside air will gradually thin out the smoky odors. Smoke smells will blow away in the wind, leaving your home with improved air quality.

Charcoal

The charcoal grillers use on their grill is an effective odor absorber. An air purifier that features a charcoal filter is an excellent way to combat smoke odors. Homeowners can also place bowls of charcoal around the home to eliminate smoke smells. The charcoal absorbs smoke odors, in the same vein as vinegar and baking soda.

Smokers who smoke inside the home can put a bowl of charcoal close to the ashtray to instantly absorb the smoke. Prevent recurring smoke odors by not permitting smoking indoors.

Newspapers

When you’re done reading the comics, scrunch up the newspaper into a ball. Leave the newspaper around the home and experience its gradual, odor-eating abilities. Newspapers are excellent odor absorbers, though the effects may take 48 hours to materialize.

Borax

Grab a rag and wash down the walls with Borax. The Borax works to remove the actual smoke particles stuck to the walls or flooring, so it is a far better method than absorption. Wipe down your walls with 2 gallons of water combined with a half cup of Borax and a half teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. Rinse away the solution with clean water. The smoke particles and the resulting odors will be washed down the drain.

Steam Cleaner

Smoke particles that have become lodged into carpets, upholstery and curtains can be effectively eliminated by a powerful steam cleaner. While most homeowners are not likely to have a steam cleaner sitting around the house, one can be inexpensively rented from a local hardware store. Use this gadget to deep clean every fabric surface.

Febreeze

Another odor absorber, Febreeze works because it contains a chemical compound known as cyclodextrin, which grips odors. Spray Febreeze generously around the home to reduce the smells of smoke.

Professional Smoke Odor Removal Services

The most effective way to eliminate smoke odors is to hire a professional smoke damage restoration company. The technicians will zap away the smoke particles with advanced technology, leaving your home, its furnishings and all surfaces free from the overpowering elements of smoke.

ServiceMaster of North Texas is a reputable fire and smoke damage restoration service provider. Our specialists are trained and experienced in resolving odor issues related to smoke, soot and fire. Every household item the smoke particles have settled into, from stainless steel, marble and tile to upholstery and carpeting, will be thoroughly cleansed.

Our skilled technicians are experts in smoke odor mitigation. Advanced technology is utilized as a powerful means of odor elimination. SERVPRO of Columbus, Ga professionals use hydroxyl and ozone deodorization to dislodge all smoke particles and the resulting odors. Our technicians will also pinpoint the source of the smoke odors and remove it immediately.

Smoke odor is a messy matter. When left alone, smoke can permanently damage household furnishings and structural elements of a home. Swift and proper cleaning will ensure the affected property within a home is restored.

SERVPRO of Columbus, reliably serves the Columbus, Ga, communities of homes and businesses. We are available 24 hours a day to take emergency calls.

Hurricane Season is Approaching!

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

Hurricane Season is Approaching! Here are some Tips to know:

Number ONE: Stay inside and keep away from all windows, skylights and glass doors. Go to a safe area, such as an interior room, closet or downstairs bathroom. Never go outside the protection of your home or shelter before there is confirmation that the storm has passed the area.

  • Never use a wet electrical device.
  • If the power is out, use flashlights instead of candles.
  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Be careful near damaged buildings.
  • Stay away from power lines.
  • Protect yourself from animals and pests.
What to do during a Hurricane
  • Stay indoors and away from windows.
  • Listen to local television or radio for updates.
  • Conditions may change quickly; be prepared to evacuate to a shelter or neighbor's home if necessary.
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items: Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation) Food (at least a several-day supply of non-perishable food) Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert. Flashlight. Most Importantly: Know your Evacuation Plans. Contact your local Red Cross or Local Weather Stations for updates. Call SERVPRO of Columbus, if you have any storm damages once the storms have passed. We are here to help! 706-568-1934  

Water Damage? Call SERVPRO!

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Columbus is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 706.568.1934

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Columbus has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Columbus

SERVPRO of Columbus specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Celebrating 45 Years!

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Columbus, S. Muscogee / Chattahoochee Counties is celebrating 45 years within the Columbus, GA Community! 

WHY SERVPRO! 

  • We're Faster to any size disaster
  • We are Restoration Specialists
  • We use Advanced Technology and Techniques 
  • Entrepreneur Franchise 500: TOP TEN Ranking in 2022
  • RANKED Number ONE in the Restoration Industry in 2022

Commercial Restoration Services:

  • Facilities Cleaning & Restoration
  • Document Restoration Service (pending)
  • Bioremediation Services
  • Reconstruction Services
  • Water Damage Services
  • Fire Damage Services
  • Contents - Cleaning & Pack Outs

Involvement within the Community!!

  • Chamber Events
  • Golf Tournaments 
  • Local School Advertisement & Sponsoring Teams
  • Involvement in Third Party Organizations 

Our office works along side the Client, Insurance Carrier and Agents office. We are here to assist everyone in their time of disaster. From General Cleaning, Water Damages, and Rebuild. If you have questions about your property loss then give out office a call and we can walk you through the process. No loss to small and no loss to big! 

Like it never even happened.”

706-568-1934