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Understanding Storm Threats and Storm Damage In Georgia

1/3/2022 (Permalink)


Georgia’s greatest threats from severe thunderstorms are damaging straight-line winds and large hail. Straight-line winds can reach speeds in excess of 58 mph and produce damage similar to a tornado. This is according to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. These winds occur about 75 days per year in Georgia and are most common in the spring and summer months.

All thunderstorms are dangerous because they can produce strong winds, lightning, tornadoes, hail and flash flooding. The typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts an average of 30 minutes

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What You Can Do Before a Thunderstorm

Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.

A severe thunderstorm warning means a severe thunderstorm is occurring or will likely occur soon. If you are advised to take shelter, do so immediately.

You should be familiar with the terms that are used to identify a thunderstorm hazard, including understanding the difference between a severe thunderstorm watch and a severe thunderstorm warning.

A severe thunderstorm watch means there is the potential for severe thunderstorms to impact your area within the next 6 hours.

Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a thunderstorm.

Know your lightning safety rules. For example, if you hear thunder or see lightning, go indoors. Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes after hearing the last of the thunder.

If thunderstorms are expected in your area, postpone outdoor activities.

If You Have Storm Damage, Call the Professional Team

When storms hit Waycross, Hinesville, or Douglas we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster.


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.

Our Team Means Faster Response

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, and Douglas (912) 285-0724

Flooding And Water Damage Can Be Overlooked In The Fall

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

Leaves that are changing colors are shown with rain Rainy Fall days can lead to water damage and mold. If you have water damage call SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas (912) 285-0724


There are many fun and exciting activities associated with the Autumn. Fall festivals, sports, and the holidays 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. Homeowners should keep in mind, rain, flooding and other Fall water issues that can cause mold.

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, and 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.

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 or business owner is well advised to call the service number before attempting any do it yourself 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 or pack-outs to protect your possessions from any further damage. We can save damaged documents and photographs, and have a qualified electronics technician on call to inspect and clean household or office devices. 

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, and Douglas (912) 285-0724.

Plumbing Issues Can Lead To Serious Water Damage In Your Home

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

Plumbing fittings are shown under a sink If you have water damage in your home or business call SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas (912) 285-0724.

Sometimes water damage in your home can't be prevented, serious flooding from storms is one example. There are some types of water damage that you can work to prevent. One way to avoid plumbing issues is to understand potential issues with your water distribution system.

Potential problems in your plumbing:

Improper pipe installation


Improper pipe insulation


Lack of shut-off valves


Corrosion


Noises made by your pipes


Indications of water leaks and stains


The presence of amateur plumbing

Our Team Is Ready To Help

If you have water damage in your home or business call SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas (912) 285-0724.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.

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.

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. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small.


SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

If you have questions about water damage or restoration, give us a call SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas (912) 285-0724.

Rapid Flooding From Heavy Rainfall In Georgia

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO flood containment equipment is shown SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or


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 can occur rapidly. One Georgia town recently 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.

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. We are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training, 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.

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation.

These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

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

If You Have A Fire In Your Commercial Building, Avoid Costly Mistakes

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

A fire in your business can be devastating and costly. Your buildings and items of value may have been lost or badly damaged by the flames, heat, smoke or water. Firefighters may have found it necessary to cut holes in walls to look for hidden flames or in the roof to let out heat and smoke.


The National Fire Protection Association tracks and analyzes fire data. NFPA estimates that U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,340 fires in office properties per year. These fires caused an annual average of four civilian deaths, 44 civilian fire injuries, and $112 million in direct property damage. The vast majority of the fires in this category were in business offices.

The clean up after a fire will take a lot of time, patience, and preparation. Below, we are sharing the first steps you will need to take after a fire:

Insurance Company. You will need to contact your insurance agent before any fire damage is repaired or clean-up is begun. Be prepared with information on what is covered, what needs to be repaired or replaced, and how to find reputable companies that can take care of repairs to your property for you during this time.

Important documents. You will want to take steps to find and retrieve all important documents, and replace those that have been lost or irretrievably damaged, such as birth and death records, social security cards, mortgage and banking information and records, wills, stocks, and bonds.

Soot Particles. Try to limit movement about the home to prevent soot particles from becoming embedded in the upholstery of your furniture and carpeting. You can place towels or old linens on your rugs, upholstered furniture, and foot traffic areas to help alleviate this type of damage.

Equipment and Appliances. Changing your HVAC filters after a fire is a good idea, and if the power is out, empty your freezer and fridge and prop the doors open to get rid of smoke. Check wiring for ceiling fans before turning them on as the wiring could have been damaged during the fire.


Fire Damage Specialists. You don’t want to wash any walls or painted surfaces, or clean carpets, etc. without contacting a fire damage specialist. Walls and other surfaces need to be properly cleaned by a professional before any repair is done.

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas, we are ready to help you in the event of fire damage to your home or business. We are also experienced in the areas of water damage and mold prevention and remediation.


SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas, you can contact us by phone at (912) 285-0724.

Workplace Fires Can Be Prevented

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Workplace fires are dangerous and costly. They can in many cases be avoided with some preparation  and by following some basic guidance.

More than one in every four office property fires (29%) was caused by cooking equipment, but these fires accounted for just 6% of the direct property damage experienced by office properties. Fires that were intentionally set caused the largest share of direct property damage (20%), while causing 10% of office property fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.


Install good quality smoke detectors on or near the ceilings of your business in all areas, including warehouses and outlying buildings. Installing Carbon Monoxide alarms in the same areas is always a good idea. CO is an odorless and colorless gas produced by burning fuels.


Ensure that you have multipurpose fire extinguishers readily accessible in several areas of your property. Make sure your staff knows where they are and how to use them.


Have your HVAC unit inspected on a regular basis. Employ a professional for these tasks.


Have an escape plan for your team, and make sure everyone understands it and can follow the plan in case of fire. Post your evacuation plan in public areas so that both your staff and customers are aware of where to go in the event of a fire. Second story buildings should have an escape ladder.


There are remote monitors available today to let you know if there is a fire in your buildings while you are not there. They can be plugged into an electrical outlet easily and connected to your internet, and you will be notified by the app you download on your phone.


During repair or remodeling to your business property, use fire-resistant building materials when available. For example, using a fire retardant brand of insulation can be a huge part of keeping your work spaces fire safe.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Call the team here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas for help with fire safety. We are always available to assist with home or commercial cleanup after fire and water damage.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas (912) 285-0724

Mold At Work Is Bad For Business

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

Three green SERVPRO work trucks are shown Contact SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas for mold remediation services. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas (912) 285-0724


If you are concerned about mold in the workplace you are not alone. In fact the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a significant amount of guidance. Here is a glimpse at some of the key elements about mold in the workplace.


Moisture control is the key to mold control. When water leaks or spills occur indoors, act promptly. Any initial water infiltration should be stopped and cleaned promptly. A prompt response (within 24-48 hours) and thorough clean- up, drying, and/or removal of water-damaged materials will prevent or limit mold growth.


Mold prevention tips from OSHA include:


Repairing plumbing leaks and leaks in the building structure as soon as possible.


Looking for condensation and wet spots. Fix source(s) of moisture incursion problem(s) as soon as possible.


Preventing moisture from condensing by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in the air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture level in the air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).


Keeping HVAC drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed.


Performing regularly scheduled building/ HVAC inspections and maintenance, including filter changes.


Maintaining indoor relative humidity below 70% (25 - 60%, if possible).


Venting moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.


Venting kitchens (cooking areas) and bathrooms according to local code requirements.


Cleaning and drying wet or damp spots as soon as possible, but no more than 48 hours after discovery.


Providing adequate drainage around buildings and sloping the ground away from building foundations. Follow all local building codes.
Pinpointing areas where leaks have occurred, identifying the causes, and taking preventive action to ensure that they do not reoccur.

Our Team Is Here To Help

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.


SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.


What to Do:


Stay out of affected areas.


Turn off the HVAC system and fans.


Contact SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas for mold remediation services.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas (912) 285-0724

Inspecting For Damage After A Storm

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

A fallen tree is shown blocking a road The team here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is always ready to help with cleanup projects


For much of the eastern part of the country, summer is more than just time to go on vacation and play at the beach or the lake. It’s also storm season, and sometimes these storms are violent enough to cause a lot of damage to your home or business. Roofs and landscaping can suffer, as can parking areas, windows and doors.

After a bad storm has moved through your area and it’s safe to move about, you will want to inspect your property and see what kinds of damages you have sustained. Notifying insurance companies and city officials of anything you see that will need attention is something you will want to do right away, so being thorough and making notes of each issue will help you keep track of what needs to be done.

One place you can inspect that will let you know of any damages that you may have overlooked would be your crawl spaces. Sometimes a roof can sustain damage and start leaking, but the evidence won’t show in the rooms below, and you can catch it by noticing the water damage in your crawl space first.

Use a powerful flashlight to inspect this area, and look in every area that is accessible. Remove vent covers in each room, and, while on a ladder, take your time to see as much of the crawl space area as you can. Maybe even enlist the help of another person for a second pair of eyes, they may notice something that you did not.

Water can pool in this part of your building and be attractive to mold, too, so you will want to look for damp places and get them dried out as soon as possible.

The team here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is always ready to help with cleanup projects both large and small. Keep us in mind after storms pass through. We are experts in handling water damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialties. Call us at (912) 285-0724.

With Strong Storms Moving Through Ware County Here Are Somethings To Consider

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas we want you to be safe during the 2021 hurricane season. We’re sharing 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 in advance.


Make sure everyone knows evacuation routes and designated safe places to stay.


Stock emergency or build a Emergency

Preparedness Kit and supplies, and pack to-go bags.


Collect all important documents and safeguard them.


During a hurricane:

Follow all guidance from your local authorities - like Ware County Emergency Management Agency (EMA)


If you are advised to evacuate, grab your to-go bag and your loved ones and leave immediately.


Stay away from windows and shelter on the lowest level in an interior room, moving to higher ground if there is flooding or a flood warning.


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.


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.

Here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas, we care about the safety of you and your loved ones. We are experienced in those cleanup jobs that are necessary after flooding and fire and are mold remediation experts as well.

If you have experienced storm, fire or water damage or are having trouble with a mold issue, call us at (912) 285-0724

Mold In Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas

6/13/2021 (Permalink)

The inside of a kitchen is shown with sink and table with chairs If you suspect mold in your kitchen call SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas (912) 285-0724

You can often find mold damage such as mildew in the kitchen of your home or business. Running water from faucets, steam from tea kettles or boiling water, these add moisture to the area, and mold thrives on damp surfaces. Fungus and mold also grow on food that is left alone for too long. If the humidity levels in your kitchen remain high, mold colonies may begin to grow, so keeping up with spills and moisture left behind is always a good idea.

Make sure your kitchen is well ventilated. Opening doors and windows can help with this and using an exhaust fan is also a way to keep levels of humidity lower. If you notice a musty smell in your kitchen, you can call an expert to come and assess the situation. Here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas, we are experienced in the area of mold remediation.

Fungus and mildew can grow on unwashed dishes. If wet and dirty dishes are stacked up on each other. they never get a chance to dry out and will provide mold spores the perfect opportunity to start a colony. If a little mold does show up, hot water and soap will take care of it right away.

Sometimes a sink can show signs of mildew or mold beginning to grow; if that happens, just clean it the way you normally would, using cleaning products, and that should take care of it. Make sure you clean all the nooks and crannies, behind the faucets and the unnoticed areas where water sometimes gets trapped. Clean the drain well, also, since this is an area that doesn’t get dried out as often, and mold can easily grow here. You will want to run your garbage disposal daily, as well. This action alone can do a lot to prevent mildew and fungus from returning to the drain.

Take care of any leaks immediately. Whether under your sink or above, you can end up with a serious mold issue pretty quickly if these types of situations are ignored. Mold removal technicians can help take care of a big problem quickly and can get rid of that musty smell. They can also assist with ways to keep mold from growing back, as well.

Professional Response

Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

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.

Call us here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas to get help with mold remediation. We are also experts in cleanup after water and fire damage. Call us (912) 285-0724.