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Severe Weather – Be Prepared

7/2/2022 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of:

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,000 tornadoes
  • 2 land falling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 100’s of deaths per year and billions of dollars in damage. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking a few actions and being an example to others are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Know your risk.  The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take Action.  Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communication plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be an Example.  Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.

Build an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

Local Firework Shows Near Waycross

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

Red United States outline with writing for 4th of July Enjoy a safe and fun 4th of July celebration!

Are you looking for Fireworks for the 4th of July? Here is your localized list of Firework Shows happening in and around Ware County

  1. City of Waycross: 4th of July Celebration at Bit Tanner Field - 7:30 PM kicks off with music and fireworks follow at 9PM
  2. Laura Walker State Park - Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration - $5 per car fun starts at 9 AM and fireworks begin at dark!
  3. Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear, GA- Hosting a firework spectacular on July 3. This 20-minute firework show is expected to start at dusk. Best viewing would be in Emmanuels Baptist parking lot or another nearby parking lot.
  4. City of Screven 4th Annual Independence Day Celebration. An all-day festival starting at 2 PM with fireworks beginning at dark.
  5. City of Douglas hosting their 4th Annual 4th of July Freedom Celebration at JC Adams Municipal Park starting at dark.

If you are opting to do fireworks at home please check with your city and county ordinance. 

Where is the Water Shut Off?

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Do You Know Where the Water Shut Off Is at Work?

Many workplaces always call on the boss or the maintenance man when something goes wrong. What if they were home sick, or in a meeting and you need to locate the water shut off, where do you start? Do you have an emergency plan in place?

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, & Douglas Georgia can help commercial property managers in planning for a water, fire, storm damage. How? With a free Emergency Response Profile created by the SERVPRO.

By having a plan of action and including it in your regular training at your office you can minimize the cost if an unplanned event happens like a frozen pipe, fire or any other type of disaster. 

Some property managers use this as a tool to keep everything organized in one central location. 

Is your business ready for a disaster? Even a simple pipe burst can cause a lot of damage and headache. With a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile it can have the critical information to minimize damages, provide the resources for the employees of the company, and provide property details and information. This is a FREE service that we provide to commercial properties. 

If the unthinkable happens, call your local SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas at (912) 285-0724 seven days a week 24/7 to help you avoid the cost and hassle of secondary damages.  We will help make it "Like it never even happened."

The Importance of Air Movers

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Drying equipment at SERVPRO

When water damage has occurred, water can be absorbed into the drywall (sheetrock), baseboards, subflooring, etc. Drying these surfaces requires high-velocity air movers to accelerate the release of absorbed water into the air. Dehumidifiers are necessary for removing this excess moisture to help protect property and create conditions for efficient drying.

TYPES OF AIR MOVERS

There are two types of industrial air movers we use at SERVPRO of Gainesville. Both types vary by direction and speed of airflow:

  • Axial: Axial air movers blow large amounts of air in a wide space. These air movers are usually larger and produce a higher airflow. Axial air movers can only move air horizontally, but they are ideal for drying walls and floors, cooling equipment, and ventilation.
  • Centrifugal: Centrifugal air movers are compact models. They draw air from different sources and direct it all to one spot. You might use a centrifugal air mover in hard-to-reach areas such as closets, cabinets, and crawl spaces.

If you’ve had water damage at your home or business call SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, & Douglas GA 912-285-0724 for emergency service, we are available 24/7.

Common Causes of Electrical Fires

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Before and After photo of fire damage in a home If you experience a fire damage, call SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, & Douglas at 912-285-0724

Common Causes of Electrical Fires

Most electrical fires in Waycross, GA homes and businesses are caused by faulty electrical outlets and or old, outdated appliances. The following are the most common reasons why electrical fires happen:

  1. Old electrical sockets and unsafe appliances

Appliances that are old and overused and those that fall short of modern safety standards are the worst culprits. Frayed electrical cords, self-jointed wires, and worn-out sockets that are not properly grounded are major causes of fires. They become ready outlets for directing heat and fire to carpets, rugs, curtains, and combustible plastic. Older appliances draw more power than the wall sockets can handle.

  1. Using light fixtures that exceed the permissible wattage

A very common cause of fires is plugging lights, lighting appliances, and bulbs into electrical sockets that cannot handle higher wattage levels. Antique lighting appliances may have defective wiring that makes the appliance unstable by overheating. Decorating lights with colored paper and cloth shades can increase the risk of fire when the material or fabric heats up.

  1. Using multiple appliances plugged into an extension cord

Unrestricted use of extension cords is a major fire hazard. The risk of fire increases when your TV, home theatre, computer, and other appliances are all plugged into a single extension cord. This creates excessive power load on a single socket which may not be designed to handle that load.

  1. Locating portable heaters near combustible materials

Portable space heaters that use coils are potentially dangerous when they are positioned carelessly near curtains and rugs and adjacent to beds and cloth-covered furniture. The chances of inflammable material coming into contact with the red-hot coils increase the risk of fire.

  1. Wiring that becomes defective with the passage of time

Over a period of time, you add more electrical appliances such as wide screen televisions, home theatres, microwave ovens, refrigerators, and air conditioners. The outdated home wiring cannot handle the increased power load. Older wiring tends to heat up quickly and catches fire. If the breaker boxes are themselves defective, they cannot prevent overheated electrical panels from catching fire.

Prepare Before the Storm

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Preparing for severe weather can be a frightening thing, but it is something that everyone is wise to do for their household. Most parts of the United States carry a severe weather risk, and while summer is when the majority of storms occur, it is becoming more and more common to need to be prepared for severe weather year-round.

Severe storms can often move through without incident, but it is important to be on alert any time they are around. Despite meteorological advancements, the weather can still be unpredictable and take a turn for the worse with little warning.

Fortunately, with a storm safety plan, you can significantly lessen the risk that is posed to you and your family in the event of a severe weather incident.

Considerations for a Storm Safety Plan

Find a Reliable Way to Get Alerts When the alert system is working as intended, you should be notified on your phone about severe weather. However, with an issue as serious as this, it is important to have a backup as well. A NOAA weather radio is a great way to ensure you can receive alerts even if your phone battery is dead or the cell phone networks are working unreliably.

Be Sure You Have a Designated Safe Space It is important to get to safety when severe weather becomes a threat, so designate a safe space in your home for household members to utilize. Ideally, this space would be a basement or crawlspace, but an interior bathroom or closet on the ground floor can also work. It is a good idea to store your emergency kit in this space as well, so you have access to everything you may need while the storm is nearby.

Know the Difference Between Watches and Warnings It is important to understand your specific risks during any severe weather event, which is why it is vital to remember the difference between watches and warnings. A “watch” means that conditions are favorable for a weather event, but one is not currently happening. When a “warning” is issued, that means to get to shelter immediately, as there is an incident of the event in the area.

If your home gets damaged due to a storm or flood, you can count on SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, & Douglas, GA to make your water damaged issues, “Like it never even happened.” Contact us today at 912-285-0724 

Storm Restoration Equipment

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

If your business has been hit by storm damage it's important to call in the professionals as soon as possible. SERVPRO® of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas is the best company for storm damage restoration, due to our extensive experience and equipment. We have the right tools and techniques to make any project "Like it never even happened." In addition, we're available 24/7 to respond to your needs, no matter what time of day or night it is.

Whether it's board-up services, water damage cleanup, or mold removal, we'll be there to help you get your home or business back up and running as soon as possible. Call us today for a free consultation.

A few of the tools we use when restoring property storm damage include:

Air movers:

Used to move large volumes of air quickly across a surface in order to evaporate moisture and dry the area.

Industrial Dehumidifiers:

Remove excess moisture from the air, which helps prevent the growth of mold and mildew. With our heavy-duty truck mount dehumidifiers, there's no property damage too significant for our team to handle.

HEPA Vacuums:

Capture small particles and allergens from almost any surface.

Thermal Imagers:

Help us see moisture and heat loss in walls, ceilings, and floors so that we can target our repairs.

Water Extraction Units:

Remove large quantities of water quickly from carpets, furniture, and other surfaces.

Power Generation:

In some cases, storm damage can knock out power to the property. Our team has the ability to provide temporary power so that we can continue to restore your home or business under any conditions.

Moisture Meters:

Help us determine the level of moisture in walls, ceilings, building materials, and floors so that we can target our drying, cleaning, and repairs.

Our teams at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, & Douglas have the right tools, techniques, equipment, and supplies to effectively and professionally restore your home's or business's storm damage "Like it never even happened."

Call us today at 912-285-0724

Local Professional Restoration Specialists Are Here to Help When You Have Water Damage

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

A green SERVPRO van is shown Let the SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas team come to assess the situation to avoid future mold and mildew issues.


Water damages can seem like a minor issue after you get all of the water up. What happens when you don’t get a professional to remediate the issue?

A simple fridge leak can seem like minor damage. After you mop up the water- problem solved right? The truth is many homeowners may not see the full extent of the damage of the property. The damage beneath the floor or inside the walls and cabinets. That’s why SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville and Douglas is here to help.

The trained professionals at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville and Douglas know exactly where to start to properly repair and remediate your home to return it to preloss conditions. Have a water damage? Let the SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas team come to assess the situation to avoid future mold and mildew issues.

Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville and Douglas is an IICRC firm. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.


Give us a call - (912) 285-0724

Available 24/7 to assist you in your water and fire damage restoration needs. Making it "Like it never even happened."

Preventing Electrical Fires in Our Area

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

An orange extension cord is shown Never use extension cords for major appliances like dryers, washers, fridge, oven and stove.


It's easy to take electricity for granted. Electricity is a phenomenal tool, but also comes with some dangers if not handled properly.

Fires caused by electrical problems are more common than you might think, according to the USFA there is approximately 45,000 home fires each year attributed to electrical issues. 

Electrical fires tend to peak during the colder months and holidays with overloaded extension cords among other factors.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville and Douglas has compiled a list of safety tips to prevent electrical fires in your home or business.

Always have your electrical work done by a qualified electrician.


Don’t overload your outlets by plugging in multiple heat-producing appliances in at a time.


Never use extension cords for major appliances like dryers, washers, fridge, oven and stove.

All major appliances need to be plugged directly into the wall to prevent electrical fires.


Extension cords are used for temporary purposes.

If you need a permanent fix for more outlets call a qualified electrician to complete the work.


Be sure the wattage for your lightbulb is correct for the light fixture to eliminate a fire hazard.

Your Local Team with Restoration Training

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville and Douglas specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event.

From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration.

Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

If your home or business has damage from an electrical fire call SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville and Douglas (912) 285-0724.

Being Prepared: Georgia's Tornado Season

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

A tornado is shown SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville and Douglas is prepared to help you and your family when a storm hits (912) 285-0724.


We are heading toward the end of tornado season for Southeast Georgia, but it's not over yet. With our biggest threat of wind damage for our inner coastal Georgia areas. Even though tornadoes are year-round in Georgia they see their peak in March through May.

What to know about tornadoes in Georgia

All of Georgia is prone to tornadoes.


Tornadoes most often occur in mid-afternoon to early evening. It can strike at any time day or night.


Georgia tornadoes are often accompanied by hail and strong rainfall.


Know the difference between a Tornado Watch and Tornado Warning

Tornado Watch: Weather conditions have the "ingredients" to produce a tornado.


Tornado Warning: A tornado has been spotted in your area and should take immediate shelter.

The State of Georgia recommends:

If local authorities issue a tornado warning or if you see a funnel cloud, take shelter immediately.
Storm cellars or basements provide the best protection.


If underground shelter is not available, go into an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.


In a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.


Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls. Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they attract debris.


A vehicle, trailer or mobile home does not provide good protection. Plan to go quickly to a building with a strong foundation, if possible.


If shelter is not available, lie flat in a ditch or other low-lying area. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.


Stay in the shelter location until the danger has passed.

Tornado season is here, stay prepared and stay aware.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville and Douglas is prepared to help you and your family when a storm hits our rural Georgia area. We offer a wide range of emergency response services such as:

Tarping Damaged Roofs and Buildings


Containing Damage


24- Hour Emergency Response

Generators


Water Damage Restoration


We are ALWAYS Here to Help our neighbors when disaster strikes.


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