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Indoor Plant Care and Odor Remedies

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

General Indoor Plant Care and Odor Remedies Create an urban oasis in your home!

When it comes to decorating the interior of your home, indoor plants are a fantastic way to liven up your living room. They can oftentimes bring a constant sweet smell to your household and create a relaxing aesthetic to the room. However, like any other home maintenance item, indoor plants require maintenance too. Oftentimes, odor removal becomes a major focus on indoor plants and can cause a stink if not taken care of. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas has a solution for you that will help keep your plant healthy and odor free in your household.

Indoor Plant Care

Indoor plants require sunlight to be healthy. One of the best things a homeowner can do for their indoor plant is to place it near a window for some direct sunlight. This will keep the plant healthy and vibrant in your room. Another important thing to remember is to not over water your indoor plants. Too much water can cause plant death, so be careful! Be sure not to spill coffee or tea into or around your plant’s base. The sugar can cause flies to attract, and this can be even more detrimental to your room.

Plant Odor Removal

Unfortunately, the odor can occur when the plant is not maintained properly. To ensure that your plant is odor free, here are some tips that can help.

  • Always make sure that the indoor plant is the cause of the smell. It’s not good to jump to conclusions, especially if it’s not causing too much of an issue. Smell the base of the plant first to determine.
  • As mentioned before, over-watering your plant can cause some issues for your plant. Not only can it kill the plant, but it can also sit at the bottom of the base and create a nasty smell.
  • Check to see if there are any dead leaves or petals. They too can cause unpleasant smells if left unattended.
  • Finally, make sure that you regularly replace the soil. Fungus and algae can build up over time and cause bad odor.

The benefits of having an indoor plant are many. Not only does it help with stress, but it also livens up your living room and creates a welcoming aesthetic. Make sure you to use these tips to help ensure your indoor plant is taken care of and odor free!

Can Mold Be A Problem in Autumn?

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Can Mold Be A Problem in Autumn? Examine your mold issues this autumn season

There are many fun and exciting activities associated with the Autumn season. Fall festivals, hayrides, and the Halloween holiday all come to mind. It would be reasonable to assume something like mold growth would be the furthest thing from a homeowner or business owner's mind. However, in light of all the recent hurricane-related storms that have impacted the southeast U.S., one would be very wise to at least inspect for fungal growth in their homes and businesses. Routine maintenance such as changing your air filters and reprogramming thermostats should be accompanied by a thorough inspection and cleaning of your HVAC air ducts by trained professionals. Autumn in most parts of the U.S. is considered the best time to have this service performed, as cooler weather allows for easier inspection of these air ducts that are a prime area for fungal growth. This is due to the possible accumulation of dust in a dark and sometimes moist environment.

SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas have highly trained mold remediation experts ready to immediately attend to your individual needs. Whether it's a simple inspection, or a full-scale removal and restoration. We emphasize that all forms of fungal growth need to dealt with cautiously, and not only the dreaded "black mold".

Locating and fixing the source of excess moisture is an important priority in remediation. The initial damage assessment includes that process. From there, the technicians will determine what the job will actually entail in the way of equipment, personnel, containment/removal, and air filtration. After all the fungi have been properly dealt with and disposed of, SERVPRO will clean all your effected furnishings and belongings, plus, remove any lingering odors. Finally, if the job requires removal and replacement of drywall, painted surfaces, or carpet, we will take care of this. Since it has been found that fungi spores can spread throughout a home in 48 to 72 hours, it's comforting to know SERVPRO has an emergency service contact number to call for immediate help. The homeowner/business owner is well advised to call the service number before attempting any DIY abatement involving fans, drying methods, or bleach sprays that might compound the initial problem.

In the event that a home or business requires it, we will use our advanced cleaning techniques to restore your belongings, and will even conduct move-outs/pack-outs to protect your possessions from any further damage. Additionally, we can save damaged documents and photographs, and have a qualified electronics technician on call to inspect and clean household/office devices. Contact Claim Inventory Service is available to assist the client in providing the all-important proof of actual damage for insurance purposes.

One of the many virtues of Autumn is the clean, crisp fall air. You can experience this indoors, all year long, if you schedule an inspection/remediation appointment with SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas today!

When Do You Clean Your Carpet?

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning When Do You Clean Your Carpet? There are many factors involved in when you should clean a carpet!

Are you planning to clean your carpet anytime soon? For your house to look great, it must be fresh from the seats to the carpet. But many people have difficulties in determining when to clean their house carpets. The carpets, of course, need cleaning when they are dirty. Yet cleaning every day may not be enough to keep your carpet beautiful. Autumn can be a great time to clean your carpet professionally for a few reasons. When you are ready to clean your carpet, seek service from a credible company. SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas has many years of experience in commercial restoration, recovery and cleaning services and our expert technicians are always ready to serve.

Reasons for cleaning your carpet during the autumn season

It's logical that you have to have a proper carpet cleaning once it gets dirty. However, you should conduct a professional cleaning at least once in a year to keep your carpet in good condition. Below are reasons to clean your carpet during the autumn;

During winter and fall families are home for the holidays. Families usually get together during winter and fall seasons. This could make it difficult for you to schedule a carpet cleaning with heavier foot traffic. When family members are at home, it means there will be more shoes and feet in the house. This will make the carpet dirty. To be on safe side clean your carpet before or after this season.

During the autumn season, some people are away from home with children at school. In this scenario, you have ample time to schedule a carpet cleaning. When you clean your carpet, why not go for a whole house restoration and recovery after the dirty seasons!

If you run a business, you may experience a downtime in sales and foot traffic before the holiday rush. If you work in retail, the opposite is probably true. if your office goes on holiday break, why not schedule carpet cleaning when everyone is away from their desks?

No matter your schedule, SERVPRO of Waycross/Hinesville/Douglas is available for carpet services. Get in contact with us today if you need a refresh!

How to Deal with Sewage and Toilet Overflow

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard How to Deal with Sewage and Toilet Overflow Wastewater and sewage should only be handled by professionals!

Toilet and sewage overflow is incredibly irritating and smelly! This can lead to water damage in your commercial or residential building. Your expensive belongings may endure irreversible damages. Therefore, once you detect overflow signs, you should hire a reliable company to clean up the mess immediately.

At SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas, we offer excellent restoration and cleaning services to our clients. We understand the urgency of cleaning sewage as soon as possible. We provide a reliable emergency service to deal with sewage and toilet overflow.  Additionally, we have advanced cleaning and restoration equipment. Below are reliable tips for handling sewage and toilet overflow.

Vacate the Contaminated Areas Right Away

Once the overflow occurs in your building, you should head to a safe place. Flooded areas should only be occupied by individuals with the right protective garments and equipment.

Hire a Cleanup Specialist

If the wastewater has covered all the rooms in your house, you should contact the nearest specialist. SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas will deal with the mess quickly and correctly.

Dehumidifiers, steam cleaners, and air scrubbers are some of the equipment that we use to clean and restore your building after an overflow. First, our specialists turn off the electrical sockets touched by water to avoid more damages. Then, they remove the wastewater from the building.

Decontaminate your Home

Decontamination of your home is a vital activity to carry out after the removal of wastewater. Our cleanup specialists will wash the carpets, dry them, and decontaminate them. However, if the overflow saturates carpeting, you should replace the materials immediately.

Our septic specialists will also examine the septic tanks to prevent more flooding. Tanks left unattended could suffer a spill recurrence, which will damage your property. We offer services to our local communities in Douglas, Patterson, Baxley, Waycross, Jesup, Midway, Blackshear, and Baxley.

Lastly, to avoid a recurrence of the problem, SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas specialists will help you to diagnose its cause. The experts will rectify the problems to avoid more costly damages. We will ensure that your house is safe for occupation.

What Can SERVPRO Do For You, Waycross?

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

General What Can SERVPRO Do For You, Waycross? We love helping our neighbors in the community

As home or business owners, we never know when catastrophe can strike. Defective wiring could ignite a fire, an old tree could fall on your roof, or your house could be on the path of a powerful storm such as Hurricane Maria. The cleanup and recovery process after a disaster can be daunting. With SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas, you can rest easy knowing professionals are on the job.

We are a reputable and trusted leader in the restoration industry. We love providing residential and commercial recovery and cleaning services to our neighbors. If you are dealing with water damage, fire damage, storm damage, or mold - call us!

What sets SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas apart from the rest? Well, there are various aspects that put us on the competitive edge. Being a locally-owned and operated company means that we respond to any size disaster faster. We also provide  24-hour emergency service, meaning that we are always there whenever our customers need us.

Our ability to provide a wide variety of restoration and recovery services is something that we pride ourselves in. This helps us provide viable solutions to all our customers, including homeowners, business owners, construction workers, building managers and those in need of help with disaster cleanup. There’s no task too small or too big for us to handle.

How are we able to help so many in our community? Advanced restoration and cleaning equipment, and the availability of a highly trained workforce! SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas makes use of state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that tasks are completed quickly and effectively.

Our technicians will make sure that your water damaged, fire-damaged or mold-infested property is restored. In addition to that, they are trustworthy, dutiful, and they adhere to all industry standards.

At SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas, it’s always a great honor and privilege to serve our local communities, from Jesup and Blackshear to Baxley and Walthoursville, from Ludowici to Patterson, and all the way to Midway. As a proud member of the Waycross, GA community, we strive to make our community the very best it can be.

Is Your Home or Business Hurricane-Ready?

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Building Services Is Your Home or Business Hurricane-Ready? These building tips could help minimize damage in a hurricane.

While there is not much you can do to prevent total destruction from the strongest hurricanes, there are some ways you can strengthen your home against the weaker ones.

  1. Fortified Doors

Metal doors that can pass particular impact testing earn a seal of approval by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Though intended to be used in safe rooms or shelters, they would also fortify homes in hurricane-prone areas.

  1. Fortified Windows

A StormPro window shutter system has a four-sided window frame with a 16-gauge steel door that sits on the outside of the window. A cheaper way to fortify windows is to snap special serrated-edged clips onto the edges of plywood you want to cover windows with.

  1. Fortified Garage Door

Garages are where the wind enters homes and blows off their roofs. A highly rated windowless narrow garage door is the safest. They can be reinforced with Florida Building Code-approved vertical bracing that is made of aircraft-grade aluminum and anchors into both the wall that is over the door and on the floor.

  1. Fortified Roof

You can reinforce a roof with galvanized-steel hurricane clips that range from 300 to 1,500 pounds. They strengthen the connection between the trusses or rafters and the top plate.

  1. Tie the House Down

You can actually tie a house down to the ground with a cable that has a tensile strength of 6,700 pounds. Just connect top plate to the J-bolt of the foundation. The cam-locking device tightens the cables and puts downward pressure on the house.

  1. Concrete Wall Blocks

Insulating concrete forms (ICF) are interlocking blocks that are made of expanded polystyrene foam. They are held into place by connectors, reinforced with rebar framework within the spaces, and filled with concrete. They fire-resistant, insulated, and airtight.

  1. Concrete Cloth

This is a cement-impregnated fabric that inflates and hardens into concrete after it is made wet. The military makes shelters with it. It is also used to shield buildings, stop bullets, protect slopes, create walls in mines, and to line ditches. Concrete Canvas of Britain invented it, makes and sells it.

  1. Safe Space

Although an underground shelter is the safest place to be unless it floods, a professionally installed above-ground safe room can protect a family.

Once you have weathered a hurricane, you will need to have storm damage restoration done. SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas can help.

Say Goodbye to Stubborn Office Odors

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Building Services Say Goodbye to Stubborn Office Odors Deodorization services can rid your office of awful odors!

Unpleasant smells in workplace environments are distracting and unpleasant. They can, also, lead to all types of negative consequences. Stubborn odors can reduce productivity, and they can make employees feel unwell. Bad smells can contribute to headaches that aren't conducive to workplace success. The occasional stinky lunch may not affect everyone for more than a few hours, but real odors can signal a problem. If you have any concerns that involve unpleasant odors in your workplace, you don't have to sit back and feel helpless anymore. Our SERVPRO team has significant experience with the odor removal process. Our technicians understand and make use of all the most effective deodorization techniques.

Why Professional Deodorization Service Is Smart

So many things can contribute to awful office smells. Lack of ventilation can be a culprit. The combination of coworkers' meals can be responsible. It can be tough to do away with stubborn smells without a professional cleaning. Recruiting the assistance of seasoned technicians can save you time. Our team members have a strong understanding of the odor elimination process. We eliminate odors of all types skillfully and meticulously. If you have lasting food odors hanging out in your office, we can make them a thing of the past for you. If you have unwelcome renovation work odors in your office, we can make them ancient history, too. We can tackle musty odors from water damage or mold infestations as well.

Your employees will enjoy the lack of odors around the office and your customers will too. A smelly business will turn away business almost as fast as poor customer service. Don't let the community associate your business with poor odors or customer service!

Reach Out to SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas Today

SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas is a reputable local company that specializes in commercial cleaning services. We can handle odor issues and eliminate them. If you want your office environment to feel refreshing and clean again, you can turn to our team members. They're equipped with all the highest quality deodorization tools and products on the market. They know how to use all these fine tools and products like the experts they are, too. Call our company as soon as possible for additional details about our five-star work and make an appointment. We understand the odor elimination process here.

The Dangers of Grease Fires

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Dangers of Grease Fires A grease fire is incredibly dangerous!

To most people, a home is a place of safety, comfort, and refuge. That being said, houses can be swiftly transformed from places of safety into places of great danger by uncontrolled fires.

Uncontrolled fires can start in many ways and have many causes, but one of the most dangerous varieties of fires are grease fires. Grease fires can start and spread very quickly, and are difficult to put out without the proper fire-fighting equipment. Because of the great damage grease fires can cause, you must stay well-informed about the danger. This goes for the homeowner, apartment dweller, or the owner of a restaurant. It also pays to be aware of effective ways to prevent or stop these fires if the worst happens.

What Characterizes Grease Fires?

As their names suggest, grease fires are usually caused by built-up grease and oil around stoves, ovens, and other types of cooking apparatus. Grease fires are so common that the National Fire Protection Association states that cooking fires are one of the top causes of residential and commercial fires as well as fire-related injuries. In the cooking fire category, grease-related frying fires take the top spot. Thus, it is easy to see that fire damage prevention efforts can be made more effective by raising consumer awareness and educating people about fire safety.

What Makes Grease Fires so Dangerous?

Grease fires are dangerous for many reasons, but two of the biggest ones include the difficulty in putting them out and the high temperatures associated with them. These kinds of fires spread quite easily, and are well-known to quickly cause significant damage to structures.

What are Some Effective Ways to Mitigate Grease Fire Damages?

Fire can cause especially severe damages to structures due to the fire itself and the water and chemicals that are necessary to fight the fire. Fire damages can be very difficult to repair without the proper equipment, skills, and experience.

The good news is, your local disaster mitigation experts at SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas stand ready to put their specialized skills to work to on your behalf. We offer 24-hour emergency disaster relief services, trained and experienced technicians, and state of the art restoration technology. Contact us today and get your home or business back up and running in no time.

Is Your HVAC Unit Ready for Autumn?

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

General Is Your HVAC Unit Ready for Autumn? Having your air ducts cleaned by a professional can help prepare your HVAC system for cooler weather.

The autumn months are just ahead. Your HVAC system has been working hard all summer. Is it ready for the cooler months ahead? Here are five things you need to do to get your HVAC system ready for autumn.

Change your air filters. Your HVAC system needs a clean flow of air to run efficiently. When your air filters are clogged, that air is not flowing freely and your energy costs are going up. Plus, it puts more wear and tear on the system, driving up repair costs and shortening its life. Once a month, change your air filters to prevent problems.

Clean the outside unit. You should remove any dust and debris from the unit. The accumulation can decrease the efficiency of the unit. Remove twigs, branches and leaves from inside and around the unit. A quick hose down will remove any pollen or dust. It is also a good time to inspect the unit for any damage. This is something you need to do in the spring also to keep the system running year round.

Get your heating and cooling system checked. At least once a year, you should have your heating and cooling system checked by a professional. Routine maintenance will keep the system running smoothly. While doing the maintenance, the technician may also find minor issues that are easily fixed. Catching small problems early will prevent them from becoming major later on. And that can end up costing you a lot more.

Clean your air ducts. The inside of your home's air ducts is likely coated with pollen, dust, dirt, debris and odors. To keep your home's air clean this winter, get a professional to come out and do an air duct cleaning. It is not something you need to do every year, but definitely something to do every couple of years.

Program your thermostat. Autumn can bring some wild weather patterns, with some days hot and some days cool. Make adjustments to your thermostat's programming to handle these fluctuations. If you don't already have a programmable thermostat, getting one this fall is a great idea. It will save you money while keeping your home more comfortable.

Taking a few minutes to get your HVAC ready for autumn will give you the warmth you need as the cool winter winds set in. For help with air duct cleaning, call on the professionals here at SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas.

Tips to Keep Your Gutters Clear of Debris

9/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips to Keep Your Gutters Clear of Debris Taking care of your gutters will help prevent water damage to your home!

Most people never think about the gutters on their home, but they play a very important role. Your gutters and downspouts direct rainwater away from your home so that it doesn't get into your crawlspace or basement, which can cause damage to your home. The best way to keep water flowing smoothly through your gutters is to keep them clean and free of debris, and here are some tips on how to do so.

If you are willing to invest the money, buying gutter guards is one of the best ways to keep your gutters clean. Gutter guards, or gutter shields, as they are sometimes called, are made of aluminum or vinyl mesh. The mesh has small holes that are big enough to let the raindrops in but small enough to keep most dirt and debris out.

Gutter guards can cost hundreds of dollars, and it's not an expense that many people want to make or can afford. The good news is there are other good ways to keep your gutters clean. One of those is simply to do a regular gutter cleaning. This usually involves getting on a ladder and grabbing some gloves and a garden hose. You can wash out most of the dirt and debris with the hose, although you may have to remove large clumps by hand. You should do this a couple of times a year.

To help keep your gutters from getting debris in them in the first place, it's a good idea to trim back trees. Large trees that have branches that hang over your roof are a good source of leaves and sticks that can clog up your gutters. Keeping trees trimmed back away from your house won't alleviate the problem altogether, but it should cut down on a number of leaves and other debris you wind up within your gutters.

Prevention is key when it comes to your gutters, which is why regular cleaning is important. Ignoring your gutters can lead to water damage that requires expensive home restoration work. If you do wind up with water damage in your home because your gutters are clogged, SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas can take care of your problem. We offer 24/7 emergency service and can quickly get your home looking like new again.