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Bonfire Fun!

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

Bonfire Bonfire Fun!

Bonfire Fun!

We at SERVPRO of Columbus have a few tips as we move into the fall grilling and bonfire season. 

Bonfire tips:

  1. Keep a hose or bucket of water nearby so that if an ember or spark gets outside the firepit that you are able to put it out.
  2. NEVER leave a bonfire unattended.
  3. Make sure everyone stays at least 3 feet away from the fire. 
  4. When you are done with the bonfire, make sure the entire fire is put out.  Use water to spray the area down. 
  5. Make sure to walk around the yard before going inside for the night. Check for any sparks or embers. 

Fun times can turn quickly into a catastrophe. We hope you have a fun and safe time having bonfires this Fall.  As always, we at SERVPRO of Columbus are here to help you in the event you have a fire or water damage.

deep frying turkey

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

turkey deep fry Be careful when you fry!

Safety Tips for Deep Frying a Turkey 

Be sure to be safe this Thanksgiving

With a dark, crispy skin on the outside and juicy, flavorful meat on the inside, deep-frying turkey has become a Thanksgiving favorite. With that in mind, deep-frying a turkey can be dangerous and the process can cause a fire quickly. SERVPRO of Columbus Georgia would like to offer these tips and hope you make safety a priority when deep-frying your turkey this Thanksgiving.

Location, Location, Location

Set the deep fryer on level ground a good distance away from any structure. Don’t put it on a wooden deck or under a tree. The center of a level driveway, away from vehicles is a good location.

Completely Thaw the Turkey in Advance

We’ve all heard that oil and water don’t mix. Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before it goes anywhere near the fryer. If not, when the cold ice hits the hot oil, it could cause the oil to rapidly boil over and cause a large fire.

Keep a Fire Extinguisher Handy

Due to the potential for fire, you will want to have a fire extinguisher close by. A Fire can start and spread quickly, and you probably won’t have time to run inside to retrieve one fast enough.

Easy on the Oil

A easy way to know how much oil you will need is to place the turkey in The empty fryer, then fill the fryer with water. Then take the turkey out and notice the water line. The oil should be filled no higher than that line to make sure that it does not boil over when you add the turkey.

Slowly Place the Turkey in the Oil

Be very careful with the turkey, since it will likely be slippery. If you accidentally drop the turkey in the oil too quickly, the oil could splash or overflow, possibly burning you and creating greater risk for a fire. Lower the turkey in the oil slowly.

Wear Safety Gear

Hot oil is prone to splatter, causing burns, blisters and ruined clothing. Be sure to wear goggles, gloves and an apron, and don’t any stand closer to the deep-fryer than you need to be.

Use a Thermometer

Using a thermometer throughout the entire cooking process is a good idea. Make sure the oil is hot enough before you begin, but do not allow it to become too hot. Cook the turkey until it reaches the right temperature, remove it from the oil and immediately turn off the fryer.

Preparing For Holiday Travel

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

suitcases Are you ready for Holiday Travel?

Preparing for Holiday Travel

The Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays are quickly approaching. When leaving Columbus for vacation, few people consider prepping their homes against water damage. You go through your checklist of turning off the coffee pot and stove and locking all the doors, but what happens if you have a leak and need a water pipe repair while you are away? A broken pipe can do a lot of damage, especially if it is left unattended for several days. 

Prepping Your Home

Before leaving for an extended vacation, check your home for leaks. Examine the pipes under the sink and the water heater for any cracks or rust. Inspect the hoses that connect to any appliances. Insulate any exposed pipes if you are leaving in the winter. A pipe that burst due to freezing needs water pipe repair immediately. Ask a neighbor, friend or family member if they can check in on your home periodically. If no one can check on your home, turn off the main water and drain the pipes. 

Preventing Floods

It is important to not only prep your home to prevent damage from a leak but also from a storm. Make sure your gutters are cleaned and water can flow freely through them. Check your sump pump. Clear out any debris you see. Test it by filling the sump pit and turning on the pump. Check your window seals and your roof for any leaks. All of these checks are especially important if any heavy rains or storms are expected in your area.

Returning from a vacation to find your house flooded can be devastating. Standing water can cause real damage to your home. A simple water pipe repair can escalate into a big problem if no one is there to address the issue. Take the time to prep your home against intruding water before you leave. That way you can enjoy your time away without worries.

If you have water damage call SERVPRO of Columbus at 706-568-1934.

g, Christmas and New Year’s holidays are quickly approaching. When leaving Columbus for vacation, few people consider prepping their homes against water damage. You go through your checklist of turning off the coffee pot and stove and locking all the doors, but what happens if you have a leak and need a water pipe repair while you are away? A broken pipe can do a lot of damage, especially if it is left unattended for several days. 

Prepping Your Home

Before leaving for an extended vacation, check your home for leaks. Examine the pipes under the sink and the water heater for any cracks or rust. Inspect the hoses that connect to any appliances. Insulate any exposed pipes if you are leaving in the winter. A pipe that burst due to freezing needs water pipe repair immediately. Ask a neighbor, friend or family member if they can check in on your home periodically. If no one can check on your home, turn off the main water and drain the pipes. 

Preventing Floods

It is important to not only prep your home to prevent damage from a leak but also from a storm. Make sure your gutters are cleaned and water can flow freely through them. Check your sump pump. Clear out any debris you see. Test it by filling the sump pit and turning on the pump. Check your window seals and your roof for any leaks. All of these checks are especially important if any heavy rains or storms are expected in your area.

Returning from a vacation to find your house flooded can be devastating. Standing water can cause real damage to your home. A simple water pipe repair can escalate into a big problem if no one is there to address the issue. Take the time to prep your home against intruding water before you leave. That way you can enjoy your time away without worries.

If you have water damage call SERVPRO of Columbus at 706-568-1934.

Fall Safety Tips

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Now we know that it still feels like summer here in Columbus, GA, however, we are coming upon Fall/Autumn starting September 23. 

Here are some helpful safety tips:

  • Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (when you turn back your clocks for Daylight savings time).
  • Yardwork/holiday decorations - use extra caution when climbing ladders 
  • Check and replace fire extinguishers if they have expired
  • Before turning on your furnace or starting that 1st fire of the year in your fireplace make sure to check to see if there is any buildup that may lead to smoke or fire damage

SERVPRO of Columbus, GA is always here for your restoration or emergency services. Give us a call if you are in need of our services. Enjoy your fall and hopefully some cooler weather. 

Protecting Yourself from Heat Stress

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Our Safety Tip for the Month of July:

Protecting yourself from heat stress. Heat illness can be a matter of life and death. Workers die from heat stroke every summer and every death is preventable. 

Here are the signs:

Heat Exhaustion - Symptoms

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Weakness
  • Wet skin
  • Irritability
  • Thirst
  • Nausea or vomiting

WARNING: If you feel FAINT, CONFUSED, or if you Vomit- seek help fast.

Heat Stroke - symptoms

  • Maybe confused
  • Maybe unable to think clearly
  • May collapse
  • May have a seizure (fits)
  • May stop sweating 

TREATMENT

  1. Call the supervisor & ask for medical help (if in the working environment) 
  2. Move the person to a cooler place to rest in the shade. Stay with the person.
  3. Give the person water as long as he/she is not losing consciousness or vomiting.
  4. Loosen the person's clothing
  5. Help cool the person. Fan the person, put ic packs on the person's groin and underarms, or soak the person's clothing with cool water.

Remember SERVPRO friends and family to stay hydrated in this summer heat and to know what to do in case of an emergency. 

Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO of Columbus 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. 

SPRING is Here!

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

It's official SPRING 2019 is here! Although, in some States, the temperatures are still low. SERVPRO of Columbus wants to recommend everyone that we are here for your general cleaning needs (carpet cleanings and duct cleanings). 

Below are some helpful Spring Cleaning Tips:

1. Make a Schedule - print a calendar and pick days to complete a certain task. Not everything needs to be done in one day. 

2. De-Clutter (home offices, junk drawers, closets)

3. Always work from the Top to Bottom

4. Use a HEPA Vacuum 

5. Use Non-Toxin chemicals (SERVPRO always thinks GREEN)

6. Windows and Walls (don't forget behind the doors)

7. Deep clean kitchens and bathrooms (throw-out expired items)

8. Change out those Air Filters in your home (Call SERVPRO today for a duct cleaning and mention your filter size so we can change it out as well)

9. USE PPE - Personal Protective Equipment for anyone with allergies its important to wear a mask and gloves during the cleaning process. 

10. Make-Over it's also a good time to freshen up the home with new candles or pillows or maybe a fresh coat of paint. 

SERVPRO of Columbus is so happy to finally see SPRING arrive. We look forward to hearing for our community when it comes time to schedule your next Duct Cleaning or Carpet Cleaning. 

Personal Property - Move Outs

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Columbus works alongside many different insurance companies and their insureds when it comes to Personal Property. 

When a loss occurs and personal belongings are involved SERVPRO offers other services by performing a Pack-Out, Storage, and Pack-Back. 

Our process is very detailed depending on the type of loss. All items that are scheduled to be removed from your property will be inventoried and a list is created so it can be provided to your insurance company. All items are stored in a climate controlled warehouse. Then returned to your property once your home is back to its normal state. 

Give SERVPRO of Columbus a call if you're looking for the right company to handle your personal property "contents" during your next claim. 

Grease Fires

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Happy Thanksgiving! We here at SERVPRO of Columbus want to remind our customers that this holiday season is not only about celebrating with family around the dinner table but it's also about watching out for Grease Fires or property damages that can occur while preparing for your holiday meal. 

  • Rember if you are frying a turkey to keep the fryer away from the home and not under your carport.
  • Make sure to have a plan ready in case of an emergency does occur. 
  • Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it's in use.
  • Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  • Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water-based marinades.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  • Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing of.

Happy Turkey Day from our SERVPRO family to yours. 

October Awareness Month

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Happy October! 

SERVPRO of Columbus wanted to bring some awareness to our viewers and let you know that the month of October has Days, Weeks, and Months of awareness that you can take part in. 

October

•    National Physical Therapy Month
•    American Pharmacists Month
•    National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
•    National Dental Hygiene Month
•    National Chiropractic Month
•    Residents' Rights Month

Weeks to note:

•    Oct. 1 to Oct. 7: National Mental Illness Awareness Week
•    Oct. 2 to Oct. 6: National Primary Care Week 
•    Oct. 8 to Oct. 15: Case Management Week
•    Oct. 12 to Oct. 20: Bone and Joint Health Action Week 
•    Oct. 15 to Oct. 21 National Healthcare Quality Week
•    Oct. 16 to Oct. 20: National Health Education Week
•    Oct. 22 to Oct. 28: National Respiratory Care Week

Days to note:

•    Oct. 5: National Depression Screening Day
•    Oct. 10: World Mental Health Day
•    Oct 8: World Hospice and Palliative Care Day
•    Oct. 13: Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day 
•    Oct. 15: Global Handwashing Day (member to singing your ABC's) 

On a side note, we wanted to also mention that Hurricane season is still upon us and we are working alongside our fellow franchisees to assist in all disaster that comes through our areas. 

Hurricane Michael

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Although our hometown of South Muscogee & Columbus, GA was not heavily impacted by Hurricane Michael. We are sending our crews out to surrounding areas to assist in the relief and remediation of the wake that Hurricane Michael left on October 10th, and October 11th, 2018. 

Remember:

- Notify your family members and friends to inform them that you are safe

- Call your insurance company to start the initial process

- Keep a record of all communications between the insurance company, local contractors, and vendors that you plan on using 

- Do not enter a property that appears to be unsafe

- Do not travel near water areas where powerline are down

- Keep your emergency kits nearby 

*For additional tips please look back at our Hurricane Preparedness Blog from Sept 2018*

SERVPRO of Columbus wants to remind everyone to stay safe and to reach out to your Local SERVPRO for any assistance in the upcoming days, weeks, and months. 

Wheels o’ Fire w/ Harris County Volunteer Fire Department

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Who says firefighters only put out the fire! Come an join them for their annual motorcycle ride.

SERVPRO of Columbus will have a tent set up for the Wheel’s O’ Fire event this Saturday, September 29th, 2018 to show our support for the Harris County Volunteer Fire Department. We are a community that loves to work alongside the Harris County Chamber and their Volunteers.  This will be our Second year that we’ve been invited to join the fun. If you’re in the area and looking for something great to be a part of. Then stop by and say Hello to Robyn our SMR. 

Interested in riding your Motorcycle? See below on how to sign up.

This exciting event is celebrating its 17th annual ride along. Local riders are encouraged to register online at www.harriscountychamber.org there is a fee, however, proceeds will go to the Harris County Volunteer Fire Department.

Starting point: Piney Grove Baptist Church 20 GA HWY 315 Fortson, GA 

Registration starts at 9 AM

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Hurricane Preparedness - S. Muscogee

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

“History teaches that a lack of hurricane preparedness and awareness are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.”

The above quotes are from the website of the National Hurricane Center.

Be Prepared! Plan Ahead.

  • Know your evacuation and shelter routes
  • Keep your emergency supplies stocked
  • Remain alert and updated on local weather changes
  • Make plans for pets
  • Check with insurance to see if you have Flood Insurance
  • Board-up windows/doors if you do leave

Recommended Emergency Supply List

  • A three-day supply of bottled water per person
  • Non-perishable food (canned, dried, etc.)
  • First Aid Kit and any prescription medicines
  • Battery-powered radio, extra batteries
  • Flashlights, batteries
  • Flares, booster cables, tire repair kit, fire extinguisher
  • Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members, pets
  • List of emergency phone numbers

Returning Home

  • Come back when the city allows
  • Enter your home with caution
  • Beware of snakes, insects, and animals driven to higher ground by flood waters
  • Check electrical breakers
  • Take photos of any damages to the property
  • Assist your neighbors if possible

SERVPRO of Columbus/S. Muscogee is here to assist you with all remediation or nation disaster needs.

When A Tree Falls

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Tree Being Removed From Roof

Here in the Muscogee County area, we have had an unusual amount of heavy rain and storms so far this year. With those come strong winds that can weaken the trees surrounding your home until one day you hear a sound that every homeowner dreads. A tree has given in to the stress and CRASH, there is a tree in your living room and the rain is pouring in. Now what?

 First: Make sure your family and pets are safe.

Second: If you can safely do so, turn off the      power. Water + Electricity = Bad

Third: Call SERVPRO of Columbus @ 706.568.1934

 We are on-call 24 hours a day to respond to your storm damaged home or business. SERVPRO of Columbus can handle the entire job from top to bottom, and coordinate directly with your insurance company to make the process as stress free as possible. We handle insurance claims for storm damaged homes and businesses all the time, and are familiar with all of the local insurance agents and adjusters.

 Our quick respondors will mitigate your home to help prevent any further damage from the storm and after one of our professional tree removal contractors removes your new addition, we can clean, dry, and repair your home or business. It is always easier dealing with one company that can do everything, than several companies doing different parts of a job.

 Don’t let a tree on your roof or storm damage stress you out. Whether you live in Fortson, Midland, Upatoi, Columbus, Ft. Benning, or any of the surrounding areas, you can call SERVPRO of Columbus 24/7 at 706.568.1934 to any size disaster!

Small Fire, Big Deal

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

A Small Fire Can Be A Big Deal

A fire inside your home or business is never good, but what if it is a just a small kitchen fire that was extinguished quickly, or a shorted out electrical outlet that only burned for a few minutes? The damage caused by a small fire can still be a huge problem. Smoke and soot travel quickly, especially through air vents, and sometimes it can be difficult to know what other areas of your home or business have been affected.

      There are actually different types of smoke and soot that must be cleaned using solutions that are specifically designed to target the type of damage you have, and the kind of surface it has settled on. SERVPRO of Columbus has specially trained and certified technicians that know where to look, and perform tests to determine what type of smoke or soot your home and belongings have been affected by. They know exactly what solutions are used on particular surfaces and materials to restore them while preventing further damage that can be caused by using chemicals or cleaners not designed for your specific type of damage.

 So, before you wipe down that antique table that your grandmother gave you with “furniture cleaner”, or spray your curtains with that blue bottle from under the sink, call SERVPRO of Columbus at 706.568.1934 any time, day or night

How Dry Is Dry

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

A Typical Moisture Meter Used By SERVPRO Technicians

How Dry Is Dry?

 When you experience water damage to your Columbus, Ga home or business, how do you know when it is really dry?

At SERVPRO of Columbus, we have certified technicians that use professional techniques and equipment like moisture meters to ensure the proper amount of drying has taken place. 

Did you know that some materials can be over-dried? Things like wood floors and some building materials require a certain amount of moisture to maintain their strength and shape. The proper amount can also be dependent on several factors like elevation and region.

Our technicians know exactly how much moisture is appropriate for all of the materials in your home, and will be sure to restore them correctly.

If you have water damage in Muscogee County, call SERVPRO of Columbus 24 hours a day @ 706.568.1934. We look forward to hearing from you!

Muscogee County Mold

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • 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 AC/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. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remedy your mold infestation.

Mold Growth Conditions In Columbus, Ga

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Columbus to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 706.568.1934

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Columbus for mold remediation services.

Is Your Columbus, Ga Business Prepared?

5/15/2018 (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!

For Immediate Service To Your Columbus Business

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Columbus provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Muscogee County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 706.568.1934

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Columbus, Ga commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Mitigation

Sick Employees? It Could Be In The Air.

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Since the ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, inspecting the duct work should be a high priority, In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate bacteria, odors, and contaminants such as mold and irritating dust throughout your building.

Unlike the majority of the duct cleaning services, your SERVPRO of Columbus Franchise Professional uses a Portable Ventilation & Air Duct Cleaning System to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

We can Help:

    • Remediate Bacteria, Fungi and Mold
    • Reduce Potential for Mold Growth
    • Restore Peak Energy Efficiency
    • Eliminate Offensive Odor

In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process.

CALL US TODAY at 706-568-1934

Columbus, GA Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Columbus for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Columbus specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 706.568.1934

When Storms or Floods hit Columbus, SERVPRO is ready!

1/19/2018 (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

Columbus, GA Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Columbus basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 706.568.1934

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Columbus and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 706.568.1934

Columbus, Ga Smoke and Soot Cleanup

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot are 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

IICRC Certified Firm

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Columbus is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Columbus, Ga 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

1/19/2018 (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
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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.

Restoring Your Columbus, Ga Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Columbus commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Columbus

SERVPRO of Columbus specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Faster to your Columbus, Ga Water Damage Event

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Columbus provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Columbus arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

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.

What is Lurking in Your Ducts?

1/27/2017 (Permalink)

Duct Cleaning Professionals!

Since the ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, inspecting the ductwork should be a high priority, In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold and irritating dust throughout your building or home.


Unlike the majority of the duct cleaning services, your SERVPRO of Columbus Franchise Professional uses a Portable Ventilation & Air Duct Cleaning System to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.


We can Help:



  • Remediate Bacteria, Fungi and Mold

  • Reduce Potential for Mold Growth

  • Restore Peak Energy Efficiency

  • Eliminate Offensive Odor


In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process.


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Does Your Columbus Home Have A Mold Problem?

12/19/2016 (Permalink)

In Columbus, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • 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 AC/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. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

 

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 706-568-1934

Holiday Fire Prevention

11/18/2016 (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.

 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Title: Muscogee County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

Category: Fire Damage

Photo Caption: Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Home.

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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?
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