Checking Your Attic for Water Damage
Attics can be a problem area when it comes to water damage. It’s one of the main places where damage from heavy rainfall can occur, and then mold becomes a concern. Your attic is one of the places in your home that you won’t visit regularly; usually, a trip up to the attic is only made when you need something you have put up for a rainy day. It’s important to check your attic area periodically for leaks and water damage, especially after winter or other rainy seasons, according to your geographic location.
Some houses have water heaters in the attic, and they are known to leak as they age. Your attic will also take the brunt of storms, right along with your roof. When the roof sustains damage such as loose or missing roofing material, you will probably see water stains in the attic, letting you know a problem is developing.
Follow these tips to help you keep on top of any damage to your attic:
- Check your attic for damage regularly. It’s important to assess your attic space as often as you check other parts of your home. You’ll want to make sure this area isn’t holding water, which can spread to problems with your interior ceilings.
- Check your roofing after severe weather. It’s crucial to check all roofing after a strong storm and/or high winds to ensure it is still intact.
- Make sure your water heater is working properly. If your water heater isn’t functioning properly or if it has seen better days, have it checked by a professional. A malfunctioning water heater can flood your home and cause major property damage.
Here at SERVPRO of Waycross/ Hinesville & Douglas, we are always ready to help with cleanup after water and fire damage and are experts in the area of mold remediation. Call us at (912) 266 8375, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Waycross/ Hinesville & Douglas
Preparing Your Home for Spring Showers and Storm Damage
Spring brings lots of changes, especially with the weather. Temperatures can be unpredictable, swinging from balmy to frosty in one 24-hour period. A sunny week can be followed by a week of storms, and you will want to be prepared for all these situations.
You will want to do an assessment of your property before heavy rains, checking drainage, roofing, and windows and doors. Make arrangements as soon as possible for repairs to be done before the rainy season begins.
Thunderstorms cause most of the severe spring weather. Lightning, flooding, and other types of activity will be a part of your spring weather experience, which is caused when warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air. Planning ahead makes sense so that your property and the people you care about can avoid injury and damages.
Here are some things to think about or to have on hand for storms:
- A battery-operated flashlight, with extra batteries.
- A battery-operated, NOAA Weather Radio.
- An emergency evacuation plan. Have a map of your home complete with an escape route in case of a flood. Make sure everyone knows where to go in the event of a disaster.
- Make sure everyone has a list of important contact information, such as:
- Telephone numbers of police and fire departments
- Telephone numbers of family, neighbors, and friends
- Medical information for members of the household
- A First Aid Kit, which should include:
- Antibiotic ointments
- Sterile gauze pads in assorted sizes
- Adhesive bandages
- Non-latex gloves
- Scissors and tweezers
- Instruction booklet
- Adhesive cloth tape and absorbent compress dressings
- Any medications necessary for additional needs
- 3-5-day supply of clean water and non-perishable food
- Blankets, sleeping bags, etc.
Planning ahead before wet weather hits is always a good idea. Call us here at SERVPRO of Waycross/ Hinesville & Douglas if your property sustains water damage. We are also here for cleanup after fire damage and are mold remediation experts. Our phone number is (912) 266 8375, or you can visit our website: SERVPRO of Waycross/ Hinesville & Douglas
Cleaning Mold in Your Kitchen
You can often find mold damage such as mildew in the kitchen of your home or business. Running water from faucets, steam from tea kettles or boiling water - these add moisture to the area, and mold thrives on damp surfaces. Fungus and mold also grow on food that is left alone for too long. If the humidity levels in your kitchen remain high, mold colonies may begin to grow, so keeping up with spills and moisture left behind is always a good idea.
Make sure your kitchen is well ventilated. Opening doors and windows can help with this and using an exhaust fan is also a way to keep levels of humidity lower. If you notice a musty smell in your kitchen, you can call an expert to come and assess the situation. Here at SERVPRO of Waycross/ Hinesville & Douglas, we are experienced in the area of mold remediation.
Fungus and mildew can grow on unwashed dishes, so make sure you clean up after every meal, just like your mom always told you! If wet and dirty dishes are stacked up on each other. they never get a chance to dry out and will provide mold spores the perfect opportunity to start a colony. If a little mold does show up, hot water and soap will take care of it right away.
Sometimes a sink can show signs of mildew or mold beginning to grow; if that happens, just clean it the way you normally would, using cleaning products, and that should take care of it. Make sure you clean all the nooks and crannies, behind the faucets and the unnoticed areas where water sometimes gets trapped. Clean the drain well, also, since this is an area that doesn’t get dried out as often, and mold can easily grow here. You will want to run your garbage disposal daily, as well. This action alone can do a lot to prevent mildew and fungus from returning to the drain.
Take care of any leaks immediately. Whether under your sink or above, you can end up with a serious mold issue pretty quickly if these types of situations are ignored. Mold removal technicians can help take care of a big problem quickly and can get rid of that musty smell. They can also assist with ways to keep mold from growing back, as well.
Call us here at SERVPRO of Waycross/ Hinesville & Douglas to get help with mold remediation. We are also experts in cleanup after water and fire damage. Our phone number is: (912) 266 8375, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Waycross/ Hinesville & Douglas
Cleaning Up After Smoke Damage
When your home or business is affected by a fire, you usually don’t think about the aftermath of the damage right away. There will be all the insurance concerns, and calculating what needs to be replaced, but eventually, you will notice that lingering smell.
Here are some tips on getting rid of the smell and damage from smoke:
- Let fresh air circulate through the building. Close all the windows and doors except one and place a fan in a central location. The one open window will act like an exhaust, forcing the pressure of the air blown by the fan to push out any lingering smoke.
- Remove linens. Pillows and drapes, etc. need to be washed completely as soon as possible to remove any residue. Plastic blinds will need to be wiped down by hand.
- Wash all solid surfaces. Tables, chairs, baseboards, shelving and tile all need to be sprayed down and scrubbed well to remove smoke residue. One recommendation is to use a teaspoon of dish soap per gallon of water and a quarter of a cup of white vinegar to take care of any odors.
- Vacuum carpeted areas. Using a vacuum that holds a high-efficiency filter, vacuum all carpeting in the affected areas. This type of filter will ensure that particles don’t blow back into the air. Cleaning the furniture at this time will be a good idea.
- Wash all windows and screening. Make sure the smaller items are attended to, such as windows, light fixtures, screening, etc.
- Scrub and mop surface flooring. Cleaning your hard-surfaced floors will need to be done to remove all particles and residue. Keep your mop rinsed so that those particles aren’t just being circulated back through the water used.
Here at SERVPRO of Waycross/ Hinesville & Douglas, we are experienced in cleanup after fire and water damage. Call us today at (912) 266 8375, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Waycross/ Hinesville & Douglas
Keeping Your Waycross Business Clean
KEEPING YOUR WAYCROSS BUSINESS CLEAN
We’ve all seen the reality TV shows about struggling businesses and restaurants. These shows are entertaining and even humorous, but they also highlight an essential detail that businesses need to not overlook: a clean work area. That might not sound like a big deal, but a clean business sends a powerful message to clients.
A clean and tidy workplace:
- Reduces the need to replace supplies and equipment as often. When dirt and grime are left to build up, that can cause unnecessary wear-and-tear on your office equipment. The keys on your PC keyboard can get sticky, countertops and flooring can become stained and torn, and office furniture left uncared for is unsightly, sending the wrong message to everyone. Regular cleaning and maintenance will save you costly replacements of these items. SERVPRO of Waycross/ Hinesville & Douglas specializes in commercial restoration and cleaning.
- Can help you find and fix the damage before it becomes a problem. Besides making your surroundings look good, regular deep cleaning can help you catch problems you might not notice otherwise. Finding water damage and mold growth from leaks are much easier to deal with at the beginning of the issue. The longer damage from a water leak goes on, the higher the costs of repairs are going to be. Taking care of mold is also important for the health of your workforce. Mold spores can often be toxic, and its presence can be a health code violation. SERVPRO of Waycross/ Hinesville & Douglas is your local specialist for mold remediation.
- Can help employees avoid illnesses. A dirty working environment can encourage the accumulation of bacteria and viruses that can affect your employees. Clutter and grime also make it difficult to concentrate and can cause stress in everyone, especially those people who are highly sensitive to uncomfortable surroundings. When your workers are happy and productive, your customers and clients will know it, and will positively affect your business with repeat sales and referrals.
- Gives your business an image and reputation of trustworthiness. If your business looks like it is falling into disrepair, most people will assume it’s failing; how can they trust you to care about their concerns if you don’t care about your own? Water-stained walls, unkempt furniture and machinery, dusty light fixtures; all these things will give your prospective customers the idea that you just don’t care. Not the best way to get people to come back!
Call us here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas today for help with all your commercial cleaning needs. We are experienced in cleanup after water and fire damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialties! Our phone number is (912) 266 8375, and our website is: SERVPRO of Waycross/ Hinesville & Douglas
The Difference Between Mold Remediation and Mold Removal
Mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere. They can be found both indoors and out, and since they are microscopic, it cannot be detected in the beginning by the naked eye. Removing all mold from a home or business is actually impossible!
Some professional restoration businesses choose to advertise mold removal and even go so far as to guarantee the removal of all mold, but this is not really possible. A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and its growth. The SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, Douglas team has the training to remediate the mold in your home or business; remediation means that the focus is on getting mold back to its normal and natural level.
Every situation where mold damage is found is going to be totally different and therefore will require a specific solution, but in general, the mold remediation process remains the same.
If you believe that you have an unnatural and possibly hazardous mold situation, call our team at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas and schedule an inspection and mold damage assessment. We will take steps to contain the mold and filtrate the air of the area affected. All mold and materials will be removed, and contents and belongings of the area will be cleaned thoroughly. We will then undertake the restoration of your property and make sure you are mold-damage free.
Here are some things to be aware of:
- Mold spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows, doors, or HVAC systems. They can even hitch a ride on your pet!
- Mold is microscopic; don’t expect to always see it with your naked eye.
- Mold growth can happen in as little as 48 hours! The spores thrive on moisture. Even a higher-than-normal humidity level indoors can encourage the growth of mold colonies.
- Mold produces a strong musty odor.
- Mold produces irritants and can be hazardous to your health.
Call us here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas at (912) 452 2170, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas to discuss mold remediation.
How to Handle a Kitchen Fire
A kitchen fire can happen in an instant, with no warning. If that happens, you will need to act fast to keep the fire from getting out of control. Take stock of what kind of fire you have and where it is. Here are a few tips on what to do:
- If it’s a fire in the oven, close the door immediately and turn off the oven. Leave the door closed! Lack of oxygen will suffocate the flames.
- If the oven continues to smoke and you think the fire may have continued, call the fire department right away.
- When it is a fire in a cooking pan or pot, use your oven mitt to put the lid on right away, and move it off the burner. Turn off the stove and wait for the lack of oxygen to stop the flames inside your pot.
- If you are not able to safely put the lid on the flaming pan, or if there is no lid readily available, use your fire extinguisher. Always aim at the base of the fire, not the flames themselves.
- Never use water to put out a grease fire! Water repels grease and can spread the fire by splattering the grease. Try one of these methods instead:
- If the fire is small, put on the lid and turn off the burner.
- Throw lots of baking soda on it. Do not use flour; it can explode or make the fire even worse.
- Smother the fire with a wet towel or other large, wet cloth.
- Use a fire extinguisher.
- Swatting the fire with a towel, apron, or other material is likely to fan the flames and spread the fire.
- If the fire is spreading and you don’t have control, get every person and pet out of the house and call 911!
For cleanup after any type of fire, the SERVPRO team of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is always ready to help. Call us at (912) 307 3552, or visit our website at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas
Three Most Common Areas to be Damaged by Water
Flooding is inconvenient, and a hazard, too. It can ruin your possessions and even affect the structure of your home or business. Contacting a professional water restoration company can greatly minimize any damages; such a company is able to complete all the necessary repairs in a timely and efficient manner.
While flooding often can’t be predicted, educating yourself on the most common areas to flood with help you be prepared to handle such an event, and even to prevent it! Some areas of your home or business are going to be more apt to experience water damage than others, such as rooms that have sinks, as in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas; low-lying areas like basements and cellars are also at risk.
Here is a list of the three most common areas to suffer from water damage:
The bathroom is possibly the most likely area to flood, and probably the most obvious. After all, a bathroom is all about water! Sinks, toilets, showers and tubs...all involve H20, and all contained in one small area and connected to pipes, pipes that can be a source of problems if they become clogged, leak, or wear out. Human error can create an issue as well; we’ve all heard stories about the bath that got started and was forgotten about!
Basements and cellars are the lowest part of a house or building, and so have a number of easy entry points for water. If there is heavy rainfall during inclement weather, or if the building is near a body of water such as a lake or river, they are going to be in danger.
Oftentimes the pipes for the bath and kitchen areas run through the basement, and sump pumps and drains are often found there. In addition, many homes have their water heating unit and laundry facilities in their basement or cellar. Keep an eye open for cracks in the foundation, ceiling, and walls of these areas!
ATTICS AND ROOFS
A damaged roof, either from weather or fire, is susceptible to water damage and flooding the areas underneath. A small leak can turn into a big problem fast!
Our team of professionals here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is experienced in repairs and cleanup from damages caused by water, fire, and mold. Call us at (912) 452 2170 or visit our website: SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas
Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Waycross Home
We’ve been waiting for Spring here in Waycross! Everyone has had enough of cold, ice, and biting winds. And Spring here in the Waycross area is just so lovely; all the budding leaves and blooming flowers, and birds and animals coming out to feed and enjoy the warmth are wonderful to see.
Windows are thrown open again, and sunlight is welcomed back into our homes. And as we look around in the fresh light, we notice those areas of our homes that need special care….
Drapes and blinds will need to be dusted and checked for any repairs that might be needed. Running your heater all winter could have caused damage and soiling, deteriorating any fabrics. If there is a smoker in your home and they have been smoking indoors, there will be odor issues to be dealt with as well. If odors are particularly strong, dry cleaning your draperies can be helpful, or a call to the SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas team may be in order.
Most competent vacuum cleaners can handle rug and carpet cleaning, but after a long winter of feet and paws tracking in snow or mud, there can be quite a bit of soiled build-up. To preserve and extend the life of your carpet, we here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas recommend having a professional cleaning done once a year. We employ state-of-the-art equipment to help get your rug and carpeting looking like new!
Some preventive actions you can take year round are:
- Regular spot removal
- Regular vacuuming
- Moving furniture to change the traffic patterns in your home
- Using mats to limit tracked soil
- Using the brush on your vacuum to prevent matting
We are here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas are here to help you with all your cleaning needs. We are experienced in cleanup after fire damage and water damage as well, and you can always call us for any mold or mildew issues! Visit our website at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas, or give us a call at (912) 307 3552!
Four Tips to Clean and Deodorize Your Closet
Here are four basic steps to cleaning and deodorizing your closet to get ready for Spring!
- Clear the closet entirely! Removing absolutely everything will give you an excuse to wash all of your clothing and linen, and invariably you will find items that need to be gotten rid of. Which leads to...more space!! It’s also a good time to send winter coats and jackets to the dry cleaners in readiness for the coming Fall. Discard broken hangers and any boxes or packaging left behind from the holidays.
- Use the power of the sun! Line dry your clothing and linens and bring the wonderful scent of the outdoors back into your closet. Air out any drawers, storage boxes or baskets in the sun - the light and heat bakes away odors and dries musty smells from the humid Georgia weather.
- Deodorize with ….. Vinegar! Fill up a few small bowls with white vinegar and place them in different spots around your closet interior. Open all the drawers and cabinets, and even the jewelry box. Close the closet door and leave it to sit overnight; it will completely deodorize and freshen your closet space.
- Baking soda is great for the carpet! Dust a layer of baking soda on the floor, and leave it for at least 15 minutes. An all-natural deodorizer, it helps to take care of humidity within your closet space that causes a musty smell. Once you vacuum up all the baking soda you are left with a clean and fresh carpet. Don’t miss corners and baseboards! Finish the task with your favorite linen spray. Spritz your clothing before returning to the closet, and maybe the floor to add some scent to the space. Sachets of herbs such as lavender can be tucked into drawers to release their delicate scents throughout the year. For smelly shoes, a small bag of bamboo-activated charcoal inserted into the in-step can take care of that issue.
Contact the SERVPRO team of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas for help with those big cleanups, such as water damage or fire damage. If you are struggling with mold, call us! (912) 307 3552, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas