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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

Biohazard Cleanup Process

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

BIOHAZARD CLEANUP PROCESS

SERVPRO of Columbus is trained and licensed to handle contaminants caused by homicide, suicide, and hoarding environments professionally and discreetly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year throughout Georgia. 

Proper decontamination of affected surfaces and the appropriate disposal of biohazard waste is crucial in preventing blood borne pathogens from spreading. Our professionals will completely clean, sanitize, and deodorize any unsafe environment and transform it back into a clean operational property. SERVPRO of Columbus uses only EPA-certified disinfectants proven to be effective against most infectious germs. We thoroughly disinfect all surfaces, remove, and dispose of all biohazard infected materials. 

Our technicians will be in full Personal Protective Equipment and will dispose of all materials properly. 

SERVPRO of Columbus, is here for you during this time of need. Call our office today for your estimate of services. 

You can reach our office at 706-568-1934, 24/7

Spring Weather

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

Spring weather can be unpredictable. When severe weather hits unexpectedly, the risk of injury and weather-related death increases, so planning makes sense. Prepare for storms, floods, and tornadoes as if you know in advance they are coming, because in the spring, they very likely will.

Spring is the time of year when many things change—including the weather. Temperatures can swing back and forth between balmy and frigid. Sunny days may be followed by a week of stormy weather. Sometimes extreme weather changes can occur even within the same day. Mark Twain once said, “In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.”

Thunderstorms cause most of the severe spring weather. They can bring lightningtornadoes, and flooding. Whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, thunderstorms can occur. For much of the world, this happens in spring and summer.

Resources to have on-hand...

  • A battery-operated flashlight, a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio, and extra batteries for both
  • An emergency evacuation or shelter plan, including a map of your home and, for every type of severe weather emergency, routes to safety from each room
  • A list of important personal information, including:
    • telephone numbers of neighbors, family, and friends
    • insurance and property information
    • telephone numbers of utility companies
    • medical information
  • According to the American Red Cross a first aid kitexternal icon may include:
    • non-latex gloves
    • assortment of adhesive bandages
    • antibiotic ointment
    • sterile gauze pads in assorted sizes
    • absorbent compress dressings
    • tweezers
    • scissors
    • adhesive cloth tape
    • aspirin packets (81 mg each)
    • first aid instruction booklet (NOTE: Customize your first aid kitexternal icon to meet your individual and family needs.)
  • A 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

Seasonal Storms - Tips & Warnings

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

Advance warning is the most powerful preparedness tool for severe weather. Every family should have multiple methods for receiving severe weather alerts, including at least one with an audible alert to wake you in the middle of the night if necessary.

Alerts and Warnings

How You Can Start Preparing Now:

Know Our Area's Risk

Heavy rainfall, high winds, flooding, tornadoes and pipe freezes are weather related things our area needs to be aware and cautious of.  

Stock Up on The Necessities

It is not uncommon for these larger storms to lead to power outages.  Make sure you are stocked up on water, food, batteries for flashlights, and anything else you may need to feel more comfortable during a power outage.  Keeping your cellphones fully charged as the storm nears is also smart; being able to contact family, friends, and first responders is always important!

Stay Informed

Keep an eye on our local news and weather alerts, for information regarding the storm.  Staying alert for flash flood warnings and strong wind advisories can help keep you and your family safe throughout the storm.

Have a Backup Plan

If your home is in an area prone to flash flooding, have a backup plan!  Call relatives and friends and make a plan to visit a home in a safer location during the storm!

For more information on emergency preparedness, visit ready.gov

Steps to Take After a Water Damage

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

What should I do immediately after a water damage? 

Steps to Take After a Water Damage

  1. Call Your Insurance Company.
  2. Call SERVPRO of Columbus
  3. Protecting Yourself, Appliances, and Valuables.
  4. Start Water Damage Repair.
  5. Drying Out Your Home and Removing Humidity.
  6. Identifying Mold.
  7. Deciding What Needs To Be Restored After Water Damage.
  8. When To Move Back Into Your Home.
  9. Call SERVPRO of Columbus

Water Damages are never predicted and can cause a homeowner a lot of headaches and frustration! It does not have to be when working with a professional company. Give SERVPRO of Columbus a call and we can walk you through the steps with your insurance carrier and getting plumbers or other trades involved if needed. SERVPRO of Columbus, is here to work with you and your insurance carrier. 

Like it never even happened.

706-568-1934

Homeowner Tips For Spring

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

Spring arrives with a warm welcome. For those who’ve been trapped inside their homes to stay out of the cold, now is the time to rediscover the outside world. It’s also time to conduct some home maintenance that will help you avoid big repair bills later on. Start with these 15 tasks to get your home in good shape.

  1. Inspect your Roof (We can handle these inspections)
  2. Clean your Gutters
  3. Clean or Replace HVAC Filters (SERVPRO performs Duct Cleanings)
  4. Clean dryer vents
  5. Check the washing machine fill hose
  6. Clean & Repair screens
  7. Clean decks, driveways, fences, etc 
  8. Check foundation for cracks
  9. Repair any cracked or peeling paints/sheetrock (SERVPRO does Construction)
  10. Vacuum your refrigerator coils 
  11. Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors 
  12. Exterior Lawncare (Trees & overgrown Limbs)
  13. Check all windows & doors for the seals 
  14. Maintain vegetation around your AC compressor
  15. Inspect your Water Heater 
  16. Read through your Homeowners Policy
  17. Make sure to have SERVPRO's number saved in your phone

Getting ready for Spring! We know that Winter is sticking around for 6 more weeks! But it never hurts to get prepared now. 

Call SERVPRO of Columbus at 706-568-1934 if you need any assistance.