Storm Tips For Before, During, And After The Storm
As a locally owned and operated business we are dedicated to serving our community and helping you when disaster strikes.
Hurricane season is a time to be prepared. Here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas, we want you to be safe as you prepare for storm damage. Here are some guidelines so that you can be ready if and when a hurricane hits the area.
Before a hurricane:
Sign up for local alerts and warnings and monitor local news and weather reports.
Prepare for a possible evacuation by testing your emergency communication plan with your loved ones.
Make sure everyone knows your evacuation routes and knows where to stay.
Stock emergency supplies and pack to-go bags.
Collect all important documents and safeguard them.
During a hurricane:
Follow all guidance from your local authorities. If you are advised to evacuate, grab your to-go bag and your loved ones and leave immediately.
Stay away from windows and seek shelter on the lowest level in an interior room, moving to higher ground if there is flooding or a flood warning or other storm damage.
Never walk or drive on flooded roads or through water.
Call 9-1-1 if your life is threatened.
After a hurricane:
Only return to the area of your home when authorities say it is safe to do so.
Do not enter damaged buildings until they are inspected by qualified professionals.
Never walk or drive on flooded roads or through floodwaters.
Keep an eye out for downed trees, power lines, and poles or other forms of dangerous storm damage.
Protect your hands and feet with gloves and sturdy shoes.
When cleaning up, do not remove heavy debris by yourself.
Do not drink tap water until local authorities have approved its safety.
SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas are here for cleanup after flooding and fire and are mold remediation experts. If you experience fire or water damage, call us at (912) 248 2498
Protecting Commercial Property During Storms
Cleaning and restoring commercial properties require a unique blend of training, experience, and equipment.
While there is not much you can do to prevent total destruction from the strongest hurricanes, there are some ways you can strengthen your commercial property against the weaker ones.
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 businesses in hurricane-prone areas.
A 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.
Fortified Garage Door
Garages are where the wind enters business 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.
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.
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.
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.
Although an underground shelter is the safest place to be unless it floods, a professionally installed above-ground safe room can protect a family.
After the hurricane is over call SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas (912) 285-0724 if you have storm damage to your business.
SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas has the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. We can help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Certain Commercial Cleanup Requires Professionals
SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas Can Help
Toilet and sewage overflow is irritating, smelly, and it's also dangerous. This can lead to water damage in your commercial building.
There could be irreversible damage to equipment and inventory. 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. Our technicians use advanced cleaning and restoration equipment. Our staff is trained and certified.
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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 SERVPRO 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 clearly identify the problems to avoid more costly damages. We will ensure that your house is safe for occupation.
Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas (912) 285-0724 provides professional cleaning or emergency restoration services to get your business running smoothly again.
19 Named Storms for Hurricane Season 2020
THE NOAA predicts 13 to 19 named storms for the Atlantic this year. That being said the NOAA is predicting that there is a 60% chance for an above-normal hurricane season with a 30% chance that the hurricane season will be average.
With a possibility for an above-average hurricane season - SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is here to remind you to reevaluate your Hurricane Preparedness Kits. When reevaluating your kit be sure to have a face mask and hand sanitizer to keep COVID 19 in mind!
“Social distancing and other CDC guidance to keep you safe from COVID-19 may impact the disaster preparedness plan you had in place, including what is in your go-kit, evacuation routes, shelters and more. With tornado season at its peak, hurricane season around the corner, and flooding, earthquakes and wildfires a risk year-round, it is time to revise and adjust your emergency plan now,” said Carlos Castillo, acting deputy administrator for resilience at FEMA.
SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is here to help you prepare for whatever happens! Stay informed by following US National Weather Service on Facebook!
Learn more about SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas storm services here!
Preparing for Hurricane Season 2020
Hurricane season for the Atlantic begins June 1 and runs through November 30. Hurricanes can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds, and tornadoes. Preparation is the best protection against the danger of a hurricane.
- Plan an evacuation route and your emergency plan(https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan)
- Take an inventory of your property
- Hurricane Prep Kit https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit
A basic disaster supply kit includes
- 1 gallon of water per person
- non-perishable food to last three days
- a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio,
- flashlight + extra batteries
- first aid kit
- whistle to signal for help
- moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food
- Local maps
When a hurricane strikes, SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is ready to take action to restore your home or business and to prevent further damage. If you need help after a hurricane, count on SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Get Help Cleaning Your Biohazard Disaster!
Did you know that SERVPRO is not only the industry leader in fire and water restoration but also offers a fast and reliable biohazard and crime scene clean up service for commercial properties?
SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products to help return a property to a clean and safe environment. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas has experienced technicians to effectively remove any biohazardous substances as well as properly dispose of biohazardous waste according to OSHA, EPA, and State of Georgia health regulations.
What is considered Biohazardous:
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Methamphetamine Labs
- Crime Scene Residues
- Sewage Backups
- Black Water Intrusions
- Mold Mitigation and Remediation
Why should you call a professional to clean up biohazardous materials?
Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for anyone coming in contact with biohazardous material. A failure to properly handle and safely remove hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.
If your commercial property experiences a biohazardous waste situation do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas. We are always here to help and to keep you safe.
Why Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned offers several benefits:
- Custom Cleaning Plans – from proactive cleaning programs to suspected/confirmed COVID cleanings are based on your business type, square footage, high-frequency touchpoints, foot traffic, congestion areas, public spaces, and more
- Visual Relief to customers and employees – the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned seal ensures them the space has been cleaned
- High Standard of Cleaning
- Clean bacteria and other microbes
- Sanitize soft and porous surfaces
- Disinfect hard and high-touch surfaces
- Transparent + Fair Pricing
The After Perks:
- After being cleaned – guest-accessible hygiene products, signage
- Technology – digital emblems to share on your website, on your social media
Learn how to take the proactive steps in getting your school, church, or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned and give everyone a peace of mind for when they get back to the new normal!
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Lightning Damage Call SERVPRO!
Lightning strikes can cause significant damage to your home or business. Often you will not see signs of the damage at first due to the damage hiding in attics or inside walls. We suggest that after lightning strikes your home that you call the fire department immediately even if you do not see flames or smoke. It is also good to remember to call your electrician after a lightning strike to run an electrical diagnostic test.
According to the NFPA from 2007-2011 the U.S. Local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 22,600 fires per year that were started by lightning.
Lighting bolts are estimated to reach up to 50,000 degrees.
SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas has experienced the aftermath of a fire caused by a lightning strike. The odor, the charred insulation within the attic or walls. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas has an experienced team to handle any size fire or water loss.
If your home has been hit by lighting count on SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas to make the fire damage “Like it never even happened.”
The Science of Drying Your Water Damage
Bet you didn’t know that SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas has a team of scientists! There is a specific science behind drying out water damages. Our SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas team has the knowledge of psychrometrics. Psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place fan or two around the damaged area, the team at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.
If your business suffers a water damage SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas will:
- Inspect and detect every area that is holding moisture
- Measure how much moisture is in the materials, as well as how each material is drying.
- Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.
What do we mean when we say “speed up Mother Nature”?
A wet building can often dry naturally, but often takes to long and secondary damages occur while the natural dry out process occurs. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas has the drying equipment to speed up the drying process to minimize and eliminate further damages in the home.
Need help after water damage? Contact SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas today.
Get Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a comprehensive cleaning program that goes far beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. The program was created from protocols and practices suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) using the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered professional cleaning and disinfecting products.
The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned process is grounded in three unique "Cs":
- Consult – A SERVPRO representative will develop a tailored cleaning program to meet your needs.
- Clean – SERVPRO will deliver both proactive and COVID-19 emergency response cleaning.
- Certify – SERVPRO will certify that your business has been cleaned and sanitized for your employees and customers.
Safety is always a top priority for SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas crews have extensive training on the proper use of disinfectants and personal protective equipment, and the proper procedures to give your employees and your customers' peace of mind.
Call to get Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned today!