Tips For Before And After The 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
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.
Where Is Water Damage Most Likely In Your Waycross Home?
If your Waycross property has been damaged by water, call us today SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas (912) 452 2170
Flooding is inconvenient, but can be a hazardous situation. It can ruin your possessions and even affect the structure of your home or business. Contacting a professional water restoration company can greatly minimize any damages. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is able to complete all the necessary repairs in a timely and efficient manner.
While flooding often can’t be predicted, educating yourself on the most common areas to flood with help you be prepared to handle such an event, and even to prevent it! Some areas of your home or business are going to be more apt to experience water damage than others, such as rooms that have sinks, as in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas; low-lying areas like basements and cellars are also at risk.
Here is a list of the three most common areas to suffer from water damage:
The bathroom is possibly the most likely area to flood, and probably the most obvious. A bathroom is all about water, Sinks, toilets, showers and tubs all involve water, and are all contained in one small area and connected to pipes. Pipes that can be a source of problems if they become clogged, leak, or wear out. Human error can create an issue as well. You’ve probably heard stories about the bath that got started and was forgotten.
Basements and cellars are the lowest part of a house or building, and so have a number of easy entry points for water. If there is heavy rainfall during inclement weather, flooding can cause serious problems.
The pipes for the bath and kitchen areas run through the basement, and sump pumps and drains are often found there. In addition, many homes have their water heating unit and laundry facilities in their basement or cellar. Occasionally inspect for cracks in the foundation, ceiling, and walls of these areas.
ATTICS AND ROOFS
A damaged roof, either from weather or fire, is susceptible to water damage. A small leak can turn into a big problem.
Our team of professionals here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is experienced in repairs and cleanup from damages caused by water, fire, and mold. Call us at (912) 452 2170, SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas
Preventing Water Damage Around The House
Water damage in your household can be frustrating to repair. Water can get into some of the most unexpected places and cause damage to your floors, walls, and foundation.
There are ways to prepare your household against water damage and the onset of mold. We at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas, we have compiled some tips for you to use to protect your home and keep costs of repairs down in the event of flooding or other types of water issues.
Regular Outdoor Hose Maintenance
Over time, water that stands in a hose has the potential to freeze and block passage. What this can do is create pressure and cause the hose to burst, damaging floors, foundation, and walls with water. One of the best things to do in this scenario is to regularly check your hoses throughout your home and maintenance them when needed. This will prevent any surprise buildups over time.
Never Let a Leak Go Unchecked
Procrastination can be a killer in some situations, especially when it comes to your home and its maintenance. If you ever find a leak at some point inside of your home, be sure to fix it in a timely manner. If you fail to do this, then you will find yourself with mold, dry rot, or worse inside of your home. Don’t let this one sit: fix it as soon as possible.
The Washing Machine
One of the biggest contributors to indoor water problems is the washing machine. If the machine is outdated and leaking, it’s in your best interest to replace it as soon as possible. While there are many mold remediation techniques, the more you wait and let water build up, the harder the remediation process will be. If you know something is wrong, don’t wait! You owe it to yourself and your home to fix right away.
You Have the Power to Protect Your Home
No matter how much we put into our homes to prevent damage from water, it’s bound to happen at some points. If you see a leak, have a feeling a pipe is blocked or something doesn’t seem right, it’s best to fix it right away.
The sooner you do it, the more money you’ll save in the long run. If you do encounter water damage in your home, contact SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas to help get your home back in order fast.
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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!
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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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