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The Next Few Months Of Georgia Weather Could Be Tough On Your Home

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

A white two story beach house is shown The SERVPRO team of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is standing by (912) 285-0724

Most people dream of having a beach home, and maybe you are one of the lucky ones to have achieved that dream. The view of the waves and the dunes are always amazing and a welcome sight at the end of the day, and the fact that you can walk down to the water in seconds is always something you truly treasure.

There are those times of the year when a beach house can be a worry. Summers are idyllic, but they also come with stormy weather. To be prepared, you will need to inspect your property regularly and look for trouble spots before those stormy times come.

Over time, every house experiences damage from weather, and you want to make sure there are no maintenance projects left unattended to. Loose siding or shutters? Do your windows close properly, and do all exterior doors fit as they should? Can those shutters close the way they should to protect your windows during a storm? Pay special attention to your roof; it will bear the brunt of bad weather. Strong winds can make short work of those parts of your home that are not in as good repair as they should be.

The landscaping at a beach home is usually tropical in nature, which can often mean palm trees, and they can get pretty tall! Have your trees and other vegetation been trimmed appropriately and removed if they are not doing well? During a storm, a lot of damage can be done by flying branches and palm fronds, or at the very least, they can leave you a really big mess to clean up.

Salt air is rough on beach-side houses and buildings, so keeping an eye on your property for damage of this type is a smart idea. Rotting wood on your home or property can become a hazard during storms if not cared for since flying debris can break windows and severely damage cars left on the street.

When Storms Cause Damage


SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & 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.


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.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas 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.

The SERVPRO team of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is standing by to work with you in preventing summer storm damage. From fire and water damage to mold remediation, we are here to help. Contact us at (912) 285-0724.

When Is The Last Time You Inspected Your Storage Unit?

4/3/2021 (Permalink)

Two rows of storage units are shown If you haven't checked your business or personal storage in a while, it might be time. Avoid long term damage to your items in storage.

Business Equipment Or Personal Storage Can Be Damaged

Many of us have a storage unit of some kind. Whether that unit is at your home or whether it is a unit you rent from a storage facility, the items you keep there are obviously important to you. Keeping your storage unit clean and odor free is therefore also important so that your property can remain in good condition and odor-free while you store it for future use.

If you are keeping furniture in your unit, it’s important to keep items off of the ground and cover those items that are upholstered in cloth or leather to guard against leaks, dust, and mildew. Items made of wood should also be covered for these same reasons. Boxes should be sealed with packing tape, as well, and covering them with a tarp might not be a bad idea. Keeping your property dry in the event of a leak or flood will help to prevent moisture and mold growth.

Going in periodically and rotating your items to check the condition of your items can save you time and money later. You can take time to sweep out any accumulations of dirty and cobwebs, and dust items as well.

A wet/dry vacuum cleaner can make short work of this chore, and the walls of the unit itself can be cleaned to remove dust and spiders, should there be any. In a climate-controlled unit this is less likely, but for those spaces that are standard, more care must be exercised to keep your important items safe, mold free and clean.

If you see that any of your property might be suffering, you can take steps to get it covered for the future. Bubble wrap and plastic can be used to keep these items safe. Documents and pictures should be sealed, as well.

Using deodorizer in your unit and on those items that absorb odors can be very helpful, so that upon removal those pieces will be usable right away, when it is time to put them into use again.

Check for water damage on a regular basis. The management at your storage facility should be aware of any leaks or problems from the outside, but they won’t know about your unit specifically unless you let them know.

If there is standing water in your unit, let them know immediately and take steps to remove that water to avoid any more damages and possible mold growth. The company can make arrangements with you to move your property to another, safer, location.

A few minutes of your time and care on a regular basis can make a big difference when it’s time to bring your property out of storage and into the light of day.

If you discover water damage in your home or business give SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas a call.


SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is important. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.


The technicians of SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas, are experienced when it comes to water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, and all of your emergency service needs.

If your business has received water damage of any kind, or any other damage, you can reach us at (912) 285-0724.

Avoiding Water Damage In Your Home Or Business

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

A kitchen faucet is shown with running water SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies (912) 285-0724.

Your kitchen area, in either your home or your business, is one of the main places where damage from water can occur, and then mold growth becomes a concern. Your kitchen is a place that you visit regularly; and sometimes you may miss things because it is such a familiar place. It is important to check your kitchen area periodically for leaks and water damage around and underneath sinks and appliances to prevent an issue before it happens.

Some homes and workplaces have water heaters near the kitchen, and these are known to leak as well as they age, so keeping a careful eye on this appliance especially can save you a lot of trouble.

You can follow these tips to help you keep on top of any damage to your kitchen from excess moisture and smaller water issues:

Check appliances, hoses and piping for damage regularly.


If you smell the musty odor that is a telltale sign of a leak, find the source right away.


Clean up all spills as soon as they occur.


If you live in an area with high humidity, using a dehumidifier can greatly reduce damage from excess moisture in the air.


Wipe down and dry the walls in your kitchen regularly to avoid a mold colony establishing itself.


Scrub and dry your sink thoroughly, especially around the faucet and knobs; corrosion can make it necessary to replace these items much sooner than you planned if they are not kept clean.


In the event that you do suffer larger-scale water damage in the kitchen of your home or business:

Remove all furniture from the area.


You may need to move large appliances away from the walls to remove moisture or standing water.


Soak up all excess water immediately.


Fans and dehumidifiers will be a great help in drying the area completely.


Call a professional cleanup up company if the task is beyond your expertise.


Mold remediation is a job for a professional.
SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is very important. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.


Here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas, we are experienced and always ready to help with cleanup after water and fire damage and are mold remediation experts. Call us at (912) 285-0724.

The Dangers Of A Grease Fire Explained

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

A chef is shown behind a large flame coming from a pan Grease fires can start and spread very quickly, and are difficult to put out without the proper fire-fighting equipment

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 and 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 (912) 285-0724 and get your home or business back up and running in no time.

Fire Prevention For Your Waycross, Hinesville or Douglas Business

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

A red fire alarm pull down box is shown Have your sprinkler system tested and serviced every 12 months or less by a licensed fire sprinkler company.


Preventing Fires In Your Business


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.

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.

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.

Planning Ahead For Storms On The Way

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

A home is shown tipped up on the side after storm damage SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville and Douglas is ready to help when storms hit (912) 285-0724

South Georgia Storm Damage

Weather in the South is like no where else in America. Warm, moist air and dry cold currents collide, causing unpredictable weather conditions. The American South can see everything from tornadoes to snow, a rainy deluge and flash flooding to warm, sunny days, all in the same month. To long-time residents of Waycross, I’m sure this sounds familiar.

As a business owner/operator in south Georgia, you have to be ready for anything when it comes to the weather this time of year. A couple of things to think about as winter hits the Waycross area:


An inspection of your commercial site is a good idea to conduct before inclement weather hits. A leaky roof or windows can cause big problems during extreme conditions such as a snow storm or heavy rains. Do all exterior doors fit correctly? Is weather-stripping in good condition? Expensive machinery and supplies can be at risk if what’s outside can get inside.

Communication

Your most valuable asset is your people. Yourself, your employees, clients and family. Do you have a system in place that will help you to get information to everyone in case of a weather emergency? Who is in charge of handling your social media to let the public know of business closures? If an employee is not able to get in to work, do they have contact information so they can let someone know? Most of us use our cell phones to communicate, but in the case of extreme weather, your cell phone service could be at risk. You might consider installing a good old-fashioned landline, just in case. If you or your employees get stuck at work, families will worry, so it’s vital that lines of communication stay open.

Make sure your place of business is stocked with drinking water, snacks, and an up-to-date first aid kit, just in case. A backup power generator can be an important part of your safety plan, in case electric or gas is lost.

Planning

Developing a plan to keep your business’s production in place is important, as well. If most of your business is conducted online, do you have a process in place to keep that moving no matter the circumstances? Is every employee well-trained in that process and able to jump right in if circumstances demand it? Just a few days of interrupted production can be very costly, indeed. Does your business use machinery that can be damaged by bad weather and water damage? Assess that situation and take steps to make sure you and your team know what needs to be done to keep that machinery from harm. Are you storing product that is set-aside for shipping? Take time to think about different weather scenarios. If something unexpected were to happen, are you ready?

The SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville and Douglas team, are experts when it comes to water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, and all of your emergency service needs. If your business has received water damage of any kind, or any other such emergency, you can reach us at (912) 285-0724

Unexpected Water Damage Could Be Much Worse If Someone Wasn't Ready To Help

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

the inside of a water damaged house is shown SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is ready to help if you have water damage in your home or business.

Water damage is not something we are usually expecting to happen. Often it is due to human error such as forgetting to turn off a faucet or neglecting to replace a hose with a slight leak.

It can be due to severe weather or circumstances out of our control, such as a broken city water pipe underground, and these types of water damage can cause a lot of trouble and, needless to say, money.

When dealing with any type of water damage situation, whether large or small, there are a few steps you can follow that will help you handle the issue:

Do as thorough an assessment as possible of all property that has sustained damages from the event. Look behind appliances, lift up carpeting, check the crawl spaces and make sure you are using a light source that allows you to see exactly what is going on.


Take pictures of all your findings, no matter how small. Once things dry out, you will have no evidence of what has happened, and that might be a problem.


Contact government officials if the damage comes from a city or county source and give them as much information as you can. Stay onsite to walk them through your property if at all possible and share pictures with them if they ask.


Get in touch with your homeowner’s insurance company and send them all the documentation and images that you have. Be clear and precise, describing every instance of damage thoroughly and completely for the future.


Once all the information has been shared with the above entities, make arrangements to allow your property to dry out completely. Keep an eye open for mold colonies taking hold.


Using fans and dehumidifiers in closed spaces can be a real help.


If you find property that is damaged beyond repair, or will not dry out properly, get rid of it immediately, to avoid mold from taking hold.


Call us here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas (219) 285-0724 for all your large-scale cleanup projects. We’re experts at handling water and fire damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialties.

Water Damage In Your Attic Can Be A Big Problem If Not Caught In Time

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

A window is shown in an attic SERVPRO of Waycross/ Hinesville / Douglas. If you suspect water damage Call us at (912) 285-0724


Attics can be a problem spot 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. It’s important to check your attic 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.

Bring In The SERVPRO Experts


If you discover water damage in your attic or anywhere around your home call the trained, certified professionals 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) 285-0724

What To Do In Case Of A Kitchen Fire

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

A kitchen fire can happen quickly and without 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, SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is always ready to help. Call us at (912) 307 3552.
SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas has trained technicians ready to help.

Tips For Before And After The Storm

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

A house is shown partially blown over after a storm When severe storms leave damage behind call the professionals at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas (912)285-0724

Storm Damage in Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas

Storms sometimes strike unexpectedly. Make sure your family and your home are ready for the next storm. Here are some tips from the National Weather Service on preparing for a storm.


Check the forecast regularly to see if you’re at risk for severe thunderstorms. Listen to local news or a NOAA Weather.


Radio to stay informed about watches and warnings. Preparation is key to staying safe and minimizing impacts.


Sign Up for Notifications

Know how your community sends warnings. Check media severe thunderstorm alerts available in your area.


Create a Communications Plan

Have a family plan that includes an emergency meeting place. Pick a safe room in your home
such as a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.


Practice Your Plan

Conduct a family severe thunderstorm drill
regularly so everyone knows what to do if damaging wind or large hail is approaching.

Don’t forget pets.


Prepare Your Home

Keep trees trimmed near your house. If you
have time before severe weather hits, put away loose objects, close windows and doors, and move valuable objects inside or under a sturdy
structure.


Help Your Neighbor

Take CPR training so you can help if
someone is hurt during severe weather. Conduct a drill with elderly or disabled neighbors.

After The Storm


If your home or business has storm damage call the trained, certified experts, SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week (912)285-0724.