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Fire Prevention Tips for Your Business

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Your livelihood depends on your business, and you will want to protect it from disasters, such as flood and fire damage. Being prepared for any kind of disaster is always a good idea. Today we would like to share some tips that can help you keep your property prepared in the event of fire damage:

  • Take steps to ensure that the address numbers for your building or suite are highly visible, enabling emergency responders to easily find your location quickly, in the event of a fire or other emergency. Numbers should contrast with the background used, such as black on white, while the numerals should be no less than six inches in height.
  • Fire extinguishers should be no more than 75 feet from all work areas for easy access, and they should be mounted in a highly visible spot. Make sure your extinguishers are inspected and serviced at least once a year by a licensed fire extinguisher company.
  • Exits need to be clearly marked with EXIT signage that is illuminated at all times with a battery backup for power outages. Emergency lighting should be kept in working order, and the exit areas and spaces around the building outside kept clear of debris and plant material, reducing the fire risk outdoors as well.
  • Stored materials need to be stacked at least two feet below the ceiling and be orderly. For buildings with an automatic sprinkler system, 18 inches of clearance is required, allowing smoke to collect up high, which gives people adequate time to exit and the sprinklers a clear area for their spray pattern. These instructions have been put in place by area fire personnel, and if not followed, can result in fines.
  • Electrical outlets should have no more than one item per outlet plugged into them, which may include a power strip with a circuit breaker. All electrical cords should be kept in good repair and replaced when needed.
  • Trash receptacles need to be kept at least five feet away from combustible roofs, windows, and entryways, and not stored in the path of exits.
  • Have your sprinkler system tested and serviced every 12 months or less by a licensed fire sprinkler company. This practice should also be used for your fire alarm system.
  • If your business involves cooking foods, make sure your stove hood has been cleaned at least once every year to prevent excessive grease buildup. Ceiling exhaust fans and bathroom heater/light/fan combinations can also be a risk due to a buildup of dust and grease, resulting in increased operating temperatures.
  • Make sure your local fire department has your valid contact information on file for your business.

The SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas team is experienced in cleanup projects after fires both large and small. In the event of water damage we’re ready to help, as well! Call us today at (912) 285-0724.

When Storms or Floods hit your Blackshear businesses- SERVPRO is ready!

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit your Blackshear businesses- SERVPRO is ready! Image shows containment on flood cuts. Flood cuts are necessary to remove wet and damaged materials.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas 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.

Flooding occurred rapidly in Blackshear, Georgia on Friday, July 20. According to The Blackshear Times the city of Blackshear received roughly four inches of rain within 45 minutes. The flood closed roads and inevitably brought the city to a halt until the water settled. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas quickly began assisting local business owners with any damage resulting from the flood. Our quick response alleviated the chance for mold to become a problem by being proactive and setting up proper drying methods to ensure effected materials were properly dried. Our SERVPRO crews were able to complete everything while the business maintained normal business hours. The business had zero interruptions and zero down time from the flood damage- you could say - it’s like it never even happened!

Faster Response Since - we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which are extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 912-285-0724

Why You Should Plan for Summer Storm Damage

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Summer storm damages are something you need to be prepared for. Flooding can be a summer storm hazard and can be inconvenient and even dangerous. Possessions are often ruined, and the structures of homes and businesses can be negatively affected. People can be injured and even end up in very dangerous situations in some cases. A professional water damage restoration company can be a ready and important resource during such times; such companies are able to complete all necessary repairs in a timely and efficient manner and keep you, your loved ones, and work staff out of harm’s way.

While storms can’t be predicted much of the time, being well-versed in the areas most vulnerable to storm damages will help you be prepared to handle such an event. Some areas of your home or business are going to be more apt to experience damage than others during storms, such as low-lying areas like basements, cellars, and parking lots, for example.  

Planning ahead in these areas is smart:

  • Low-lying areas: Basements and cellars, the lowest parts of a house or building, need to be watched during wet weather since they 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. Keep an eye open for cracks in the foundation, ceiling, and walls of these areas. Handling the aftermath of flooding and storm damage can be very expensive but is an event that can be avoided if you plan ahead.
  • Roofs, attics, gutters: A damaged roof, either from weather or fire, is susceptible to water damage, and the areas underneath it will suffer. A small leak can turn into a big problem before you know it. If rain gutters have not been properly maintained, you may experience some problems stemming from standing water - even indoors. It doesn’t take long for mold growth to begin a colony, so proper planning can be a real help here.
  • Entryways, windows, doors: Keep an eye on your doors and windows. If they are not properly sealed against wet conditions, you will know it right away. Entryways are also a potential problem area; make sure they are free of standing water and debris. Proper planning in this area can prevent injuries and costly repairs.

Our team of professionals here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas are experienced in repairs and cleanup from damages caused by water and fire. You can call us at (912) 285-0724, or visit our website to learn more. We’re also mold remediation experts!

Roofing Tips to Prevent Water Damage

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

From higher-than-necessary energy bills to extensive water damage or worse, it’s risky to ignore your roof. We’re sharing some tips today to help you prevent future water damages.

Maintain your roof. Once a year, the cobwebs and dust need to be cleaned from your ventilation and exhaust systems. Caulking around pipes and vents should be done at this time, as well.  Exposed metal will rust and deteriorate, so make sure those areas get painted to protect them. Conducting regular inspections of all parts of your property will aid you in saving time, money, and trouble, and your roof is no exception. It can be easy to forget about it, but a damaged roof can quickly become a huge issue, allowing water to intrude into every part of your home or business and cause water damage.

Trees and shrubs that overhang your building should be trimmed back periodically, especially if they seem weak or have become a nuisance. Falling branches can do damage to a roof during inclement weather. If the tree itself seems unstable, it might be time to have it completely removed for future safety concerns.

Remove leaves, dirt, and debris from your gutters to avoid water damage from backed up rainfall or melting snow and ice. Rain spouts can pull away from the building if they are overloaded or clogged with water and debris, and this can do damage to the corners of the roof and exterior walls. Prevention is always a good idea, and one that can save you time and trouble.

Call a professional contractor if you see curled or buckled shingles during your maintenance inspections. If shingles are missing, that’s something that will need to be repaired right away to avoid leaks and future water damages. Water stains in the attic are a tell tale sign that you might need a new roof; higher-than-average energy bills often tell the same story. If mold has made an appearance, make that call today.

Call the team at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas today and let’s talk about your roof. Our phone number is (912) 285-0724, and we are happy to help.

Three Mold Prevention Tips For Your Home

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

The very idea of mold in your home is enough to make anyone nervous; we’ve all read the bad press about the health hazards that mold can bring with it. Mold can be beneficial when it comes to cheese and medicines, and it plays a necessary part in the circle of life as it also decomposes nature’s organic matter. But it can be a problem-causing organism as well, especially when it grows in your home. The spores spread easily and can never be completely eradicated once a colony has been started. It can grow anywhere: on carpet, paper, inside walls, and on food.

Here are three tips to prevent mold growth in your home:

  • Identify problem areas and correct immediately: Leaks and flooding aftermath need to be cleaned up and dried as soon as possible. Keep an eye open for stains on ceilings and walls so that you can identify leaks that are happening behind the scenes. Keep rain gutters clean and in good repair, and make sure water is properly diverted from foundations and low-lying areas. Mold grows where it’s wet and can take over within 24-48 hours. Leaving wet items lying around the house can even be a cause, so immediately hang up items that need to be dried, such as towels and bathing suits.
  • Ventilate your living spaces well: Make sure your living areas are properly ventilated. Any appliances that produce moisture need to be vented to the outdoors. Using a dehumidifier is always a good idea; today’s energy-efficient homes can actually hold moisture indoors!
  • Purchase and use mold-resistant materials and products: When doing repairs or renovations, use mold-resistant products such as drywall or sheetrock. Many paints on the market today contain mold inhibitors, as well. These paints are especially good for use in bathrooms and laundry areas, where the air stays moist most of the time.

In the event that a mold problem has developed in your home or business, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas for immediate assistance. Our phone number is: (912) 285-0724, and we can also be reached on our website: SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas.

Top Commercial Cleaning Jobs You Should Know About

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

You always want your commercial property to make the best impression on clients and tenants, which will keep you in business and keep your customers happy.

Studies show that it only takes as little as 13 milliseconds for our brains to process what they are seeing, so maintaining a clean and organized business space at all times is necessary to ensure that you are creating a good impression and giving your commercial space that “wow” factor that is so important.

The floors of business spaces receive a lot of foot traffic, and it doesn’t take long for those floors to go from clean and flawless to grimy and worn. Treat your flooring regularly, whether your commercial floor space is carpeted or covered with vinyl or wood.

When it comes to the carpeting, vacuuming during the work week will take care of the obvious debris and ensure that the carpet will be free from dirt build-up, but for that great first impression, it needs to be more than just debris free - it needs to look fresh and be odor free. A deep cleaning is the answer here. A commercial cleaning service can take care of this project for you in no time, with the proper machinery and product required to get the job done right.

When it comes to a floor with a hard surface, the condition flaws can be even more obvious, and fixing that will entail stripping, sealing, scrubbing, and buffing. You can certainly do it yourself, but if you engage a commercial cleaning company, it can be done while you are relaxing at home; coming in the door the next morning to pristine flooring would be a real treat and start the day off right.

Both floors and walls make up the majority of what your clients and visitors will see when they enter your commercial space, and your walls will make the biggest impression of all, since there are four times more of them than the floors, and they are on eye level. Pay extra attention to your wall spaces, making sure artwork is dusted regularly and light scuffing is cleaned and painted over right away.

When it comes to badly damaged and worn walls, once again, a commercial cleaning service can get your space back to where it should be.

Furniture is another area of your business that needs to be kept in tip top shape, looking fresh and smelling great, and this is one of the top projects that commercial cleaning companies are called in to do. They can also be engaged to help when employees change offices, or for post-construction cleanup.

Here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas, we are experienced in commercial cleanup, and projects both large and small that can involve water and fire damages. Call us today at (912) 285-0724.

Fire Damage Tips You Might Not Know About

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Most people never experience a fire, and that’s a good thing. But if you do, there is a lot to think about, and we are sharing some tips with you today to help you in the event of fire damages to your home or business.

After any fire situation, your focus should be on safety first:

  • Make sure any activities you do are safe to perform.
  • Keep in mind that wet material is very heavy, so limit lifting to anything you can do safely within your own ability.
  • Make sure it’s safe to stay in the house or building affected. If not, evacuate.
  • Avoid electrical hazards, and be aware of slip and fall dangers as well.

While you are waiting for the fire department and emergency personnel, you will want to:

  • Limit movement around the space to prevent soot particles from becoming embedded in upholstery and carpeting.
  • Place clean towels and old linens on rugs, furniture, and traffic areas that are carpeted.
  • Protect chrome by applying a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash the leaves of houseplants on both sides.
  • Change any HVAC filters.
  • Empty freezer and fridge and prop doors open if the electricity has been turned off.

Things you will want to keep in mind that you may not have known:

  • Contact your cleaning professional before attempting to clean walls or painted surfaces, or shampooing any carpeting or upholstery.
  • Don’t clean any electrical appliances that may have been affected by heat or water without contacting an authorized repair service.
  • Canned or packaged foods or beverages will not be fit for consumption if they were stored near the fire, heat or water; they will need to be thrown away.
  • The wiring in ceiling fixtures may have been damaged, so don’t turn any of these items on until they have been inspected by a professional.
  • Sending clothing to an ordinary dry cleaner can set the smoke odor if the company is not prepared to handle fire and smoke damage properly.

Here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas we’re dedicated to keeping you and your property safe, and to assist in the event of damages from water and fire both large and small. Call us today at (912) 285-0724

1st Annual Emergency Preparedness Event of Waycross

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Community 1st Annual Emergency Preparedness Event of Waycross We are excited to have all of these great community members and heroes to be a part of our event.

Looking for something FUN and FREE to do with the entire family in Waycross, Georgia? Look no further and mark your calendars for August25th from 10:30AM to 3:30 PM for the First Annual Emergency Preparedness Event!This event will be aimed at helping the community in preparation for the 2018Hurricane Season. Join us in building or adding to your emergency preparedness kit (while supplies last). Interact with WARE-Waycross’s Finest at Waycross Fire Department, Ware County EMS, Ware County Sheriff’s Department, Waycross Police Department, Georgia State Patrol,Ware Emergency Management Agency (EMA), Ware Community Emergency Response Team(CERT), and the American Red Cross! This event will be set up very similar to touch a truck with interactive booths and flashing lights! This event is open to Ware and surrounding counties. Food trucks and games will be present for a day of family fun and learning at The Mall @Waycross.

Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers are a valuable tool in the fight against smaller fires in your workplace or at home. They can also be used to protect evacuation routes in the event of a larger fire when emergency personnel have to be brought in. According to OSHA, the most common emergency occurrence that small businesses should plan for is fire. We are sharing tips here that will help in the event of a fire.

OSHA requires employers to train workers thoroughly on how to use a fire extinguisher correctly and to accurately assess the situation if a fire is to occur, properly determining when evacuation is the safest course of action. The organization has established annual training for employees as a minimal requirement for all places of business.

The PASS training technique can be used, and is outlined here:

  • P: Pull the pin on the extinguisher.
  • A: Aim the nozzle of the hose at the base of the fire.
  • S: Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
  • S: Sweep the nozzle from side to side, directed at the base of the flames, until the fire is extinguished.

Once an employee knows how to properly operate a fire extinguisher, they should then also be trained to follow fire safety protocol. An employee should know how to:

  • Locate and activate the fire alarm.
  • Call the fire department and emergency responders immediately.
  • Determine a safe evacuation route that will direct people away from flames, excessive heat, and smoke. They should know how to keep the route from becoming blocked, as well.
  • Use the PASS technique for discharging a fire extinguisher, and know to back away from the area if the fire flares up again.
  • Evacuate the area immediately if the fire is still going and the extinguisher is empty, or if the fire grows beyond what can be safely handled without fire department personnel.

Fire extinguishers are made to handle small fires only. If a fire grows too large or the environment becomes too dangerous, employees should know when and how to evacuate. Excessive smoke and heat, impaired evacuation routes, and poor visibility are all conditions that can arise quickly, and employees need to be trained in safety first and foremost.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is here to help in the event of cleanup after fire. We also handle water damages and mold remediation. Call us today at (912) 285-0724, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas

Storm-Proofing Your Shed

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

With summer’s stormy weather upon us, home and business owners have many things to be aware of when it comes to possible property damages. Once your main building or your home is safe from potential issues that can arise during inclement weather, make sure you take some time to secure your outlying buildings, such as storage units and sheds.

Oftentimes, a unit like this will be at the back of your property under trees or near fence lines, so an inspection of that area will be something that can be worth your time. If the surrounding trees are large and have branches that are not healthy, removing them before storms hit can alleviate any damage there. If the tree itself is leaning or looks like it might not last the storm season out, contact a tree removal service as soon as possible and have the tree taken out.

A sturdy fence in good repair is a great way to secure your property from many potential problems. If the fence falls over onto your shed or storage unit, it can possibly create holes in the walls, allowing rain or snow to get into the space and damage the items stored there.

An inspection of the roof of your storage shed is, of course, something you will want to complete on a regular basis, and especially before rainy seasons. Make sure any doors or windows are properly sealed and unbroken. The ground area surrounding the unit needs to be well-drained also so that your storage space doesn’t sit in water and become unstable, or worse yet - develop a mold issue that could be very difficult to handle during wet months.

Here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas, we are dedicated to the business and homeowners in our area. We are the ones to call for help with water and fire damage, and we are also mold remediation experts! Visit our website: SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas or give us a call: (912) 285-0724.