Water Stains - Why Not to Paint Over Them
Water Stains on your ceiling?
Prospective buyers find a water stain on your ceiling- one that you have potentially ignored for years. Don't run for paint and the home improvement store. Instead call SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas.
Water stains are signs of water damage. Until you get to the root of the problem paint over the stain will only make the situation worst. The paint will allow for a perfect environment for mold and mildew to continue to grow on.
Common Causes of Water Stains on Your Ceiling:
- Clogged gutters.
- Full or clogged gutters are the likely culprit if you’ve experienced heavy or persistent rain.
- Leaky pipes.
- They could run from a bathroom, air conditioner, refrigerator, or dishwasher if one is located in the room above the stained ceiling.
- Caulking issue.
- If the caulking that surrounds your bathtub or shower deteriorates, water can leak down into the ceiling below.
Water stains should be repaired immediately in order to avoid further damage to ceilings. So before you pick up the paint can, call a professional like SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas.
Say GOODBYE to Smoke Odors
Fire, smoke, and soot damage in your home or business can create a very unpleasant and potentially permanent odor. As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout your home and/or business, leaving odor deposits on surface and hard-to-reach places.
Even the smallest of fires can cause odors for years to come if your property is not cleaned by a restoration professional.
SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas are prepared to combat these odors with technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration (IICRC). SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas can provide specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left behind by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas will not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; we seek to find the source of the odor and remove it.
If you or someone you know suffer from fire damage. Contact SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas for your deodorization.
Restoring after a Fire Damage
At the SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas we are highly trained water restoration specialists and value restoring versus replacing.
Why is restoring so important to SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas?
- Peace of Mind - We value your belongings. The SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas takes the time to restore affected items preserving your financial investment as well as family heirlooms and keepsakes.
- Save Money: Restoring is more cost-effective in the majority of cases due to replacement cost values. For example, it is cheaper to dry and save flooring than to remove and replace it.
- Return to Normal Quicker: The drying process will return your home to normalcy sooner than replacing materials and working with contractors.
- Restoring is Environmentally Friendly: By restoring flooring and other items that may be affected by fire or water damage you prevent future items from entering landfills.
Ways we restore vs replace:
- Documents & Photo Restoration: Restoring precious documents and photos are crucial, especially if the documents are legally binding. Our SERVPRO document restoration team uses innovative vacuum freeze-drying techniques; in fact, we use the same freeze-drying methods used by the Library of Congress to dry valuable historic documents and books.
- Electronics: Electronics after water damage presents a serious safety hazard and should be properly handled. That is why the SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas will coordinate an electrician to look over each effected electronic.
- Floors: General carpet cleanings by SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas can restore your rugs and carpets after a water loss in the home. Other types of flooring may be tricky depending on the materials used. The SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas team will explain if the flooring is salvageable or not depending on moisture and the amount of water that has penetrated the flooring.
- Furniture: If furniture is damp or has water damage SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas will test a spot on the fabric to see if the item is salvageable through an upholstery cleaning.
Our #1 goal is returning damaged areas and items to preloss conditions doing all we can to make it “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is dedicated to restoring both your property and the normalcy in your lives.
Contact SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas for your water restoration needs.
Is My Home Safe After a Water Damage?
SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is prepared to assist you with your water damage.
Water damages can seem like a minor issue after you get all of the water up. But 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 & Douglas is here to help!
The trained professionals at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & 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.
Give us a call at our office- (912)285-0724
Available 24/7 to assist you in your water and fire damage restoration needs. Making it "Like it never even happened."
We're Here to Help After Flooding
SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas responds faster to any size disaster.
Waycross residents are well aware of the occasional heavy amounts of rain associated with seasonal storm activity. Not only are the structural components of a dwelling exposed to the devastation heavy rains, overland runoff, and storm surge inflict, fixtures and contents also can suffer significant damage.
As restoration industry leaders in the region, we use a secure and reliable protocol to move household goods, furnishings, and personal possessions from flooded homes to safe and climate-controlled spaces for evaluation and treatment during restoration.
SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is here to help after any size flooding disaster. We have the tools and equipment you need to make a flooded office or home into they dry and comfortable space you long for.
Need help with a storm or water damage cleanup? Call the brand you trust (912)285-0724
Warm Up with Space Heaters by Using them Safely
Warm-up this Winter
In the colder months of the year, homeowners look for ways to make chilly areas warm and comfortable. While space heaters can be useful to keep small areas warm, it’s very important to use them with caution. In a 2010 study, it was found that space heaters caused 32 percent of all home heating fires but were involved in 79 percent of all home-heating related fire deaths. Fortunately, using a space heater can be safe if you follow these simple recommendations.
NFPA offers the following safety tips.
Portable electric space heaters
- Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
- Use and purchase portable space heaters with an automatic shut off so if they’re tipped over they will shut off.
- A place space heater on a solid, flat surface.
- Plug power cords directly into outlets and never into an extension cord.
- Inspect for cracked or damaged, broken plugs or loose connections. Replace before using it.
SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is here to help you recover from any fire damage. Our trained technicians will remove the smoke and soot from your home. Saving your belongings and memories. Call your neighbors when you need us 912-285-0724
2020 Resolution - Update Family Preparedness Plan
Create a family emergency ready plan for your family.
Do you need to update the preparations for emergencies in your home? Is safety something you have let slide since you've become so busy lately? SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas has a few key tips to help you get your emergency plan back on track before you need it.
Listen to the experts and research local disasters before making a plan
The safety of your family is your highest priority, and we completely understand. Staying secure is the top concern for our families as well. Before you make a plan, the American Red Cross says that you should consider the kinds of disasters you are likely to experience in your location. For instance, you would not plan for a massive earthquake in tornado alley, like you would not prepare for a tsunami in Wisconsin. The goal is to know what you are dealing with so that you can make appropriate preparations.
Put your emergency preparedness plan on paper
Children are as likely as adults to forget the steps to safety. To make sure that everyone in your home is on the same page, it is an excellent idea to print out a copy of the plan and place it in every bedroom or a central location in the home. This way, every member of the family has easy access to the plan and can practice it often. Quarterly or monthly practice sessions make sure the plan stays fresh in everyone's mind.
Plan for evacuations, and practice, practice, practice
No one can get too much preparation for tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes. Inform your children where you want them to meet you if you get separated or need to leave your home for safety. Talk to family members about the ways you will communicate when the worst happens. Getting your family as comfortable as possible with the steps to safety when disaster strikes is a vital part of keeping everyone alive in the long run.
For the times when there is nothing you can do to avoid danger, SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is ready and equipped to handle any emergency you have from fires to floods. Keep your family safe with an emergency plan.
Replacing Cleaning Supplies
Get squeaky clean by regularly replacing cleaning supplies.
Maintaining a home or office and keeping it clean and bright is an endless job. The day-to-day work of having a place kept clean for a family or a group of employees takes a lot of energy. It also requires attention to detail and a ready stock of soaps, scrubbers, and bottles of Windex. As any homemaker or professional cleaner knows, you can never clean enough! This is especially true in a home with small children and/or pets, as well as in a busy office where late-night meetings often need extra food.
A Constant Cleaning Vigil
Keeping that home or office clean requires constant cleaning vigilance. It’s amazing how many dust bunnies can creep in under an office sofa or a living room couch. Though we all love our pets, the person in charge of keeping a pet environment clean may be forgiven for viewing the family cat or dog as a walking dust bunny. The trail of fur and dust one pet can leave around a home is amazing, but again, that’s why the cleanliness gods invented fur brushes and dust mops.
One of the keys to keeping that home or office clean, bright, and smelling fresh is to keep the stock of cleanup supplies fresh, on a weekly basis. There’s nothing worse than confronting a serious pet mess or the aftermath of a late-night office meeting (with Chinese takeout) and then realizing the Windex bottle is empty. Forgetting to restock is what makes these soul-killing cleanup crises more serious than they need to be. So be sure to pay attention to those supplies and refresh them.
Calling in Cleanup Reinforcement
If the rigors of constant cleanup become daunting, it may be wise to consider bringing in professional help, from a top-flight cleanup service like SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas. SERVPRO is staffed by a dedicated and well-trained group of pros who know how to rehabilitate a messy home or office and get it looking spic and span in no time.
So if you’re confronting a cleanup job that’s too big to handle alone, call in SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas.
South Georgia Trees Could Cause Havoc on Your Home
Trees offer countless benefits to a home's landscape. Their appearance, shade and animal habitats are such an important and valued part of a property that many people are reluctant to remove trees. However, when tree limbs or the trees themselves become damaged or diseased due to age, invasive insects or storm damage, they can become a liability rather than an asset. The importance of including trees in a home maintenance plan can't be overstated.
Tree limbs that have died or are diseased are much more likely to cause damage to a property or home if they're ignored. Most limbs typically come crashing down during strong thunderstorms or high winds. However, it's not unheard of to have a large limb or even an entire tree fall at a random time. To help prevent these accidents from damaging your yard or, even worse, your home, it's best to cut off diseased, dying or dead limbs as soon as you identify them.
Weather events other than thunderstorms and winds can also do serious damage to trees as well. In coastal Georgia, heavy snow is a rare event, but ice storms are somewhat more common. Freezing rain that falls, even as drizzle or light rain, can do serious damage to trees due to the accumulated weight of the water which freezes on every twig and limb. The heavyweight often bends limbs and can crack or break them. If freezing rain has damaged your tree, experts recommend that you have the damage assessed and the limbs removed as soon as possible.
If your home suffers from storm damage give SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas a call at (912)285-0724.
5 Tips of Dealing with a Water Damage from a Leaking Roof
Roof leaks and water damages.
The rain is coming down and you have a roof leak. It wasn't there last time the rain came through, but it sure is there now. Hopefully, you caught it as a minor drip instead of a major leak. If you sustained water damage from that leak, you need to take steps to contain the damage and start getting this right.
5 Tips for Dealing with Water Damage from a Leaking Roof
- Deal with the water. Leaks usually pool on the nearest horizontal surface. For attic leaks, the water tends to pool on the ceiling below. The water will find the path of least resistance like a light fixture or vent opening. That is where you will see the drips. Get a bucket under the drip to keep the water from doing more damage. If the water is causing a dip in the ceiling, use the tip of a pencil to open a small hole in the dip to drain the water into a bucket.
- Locate the location of the leak. Get up into the attic to find where the water is getting in. It may be right above where the water is pooling, or it may be higher in the roof line. It could be near a vent or chimney opening as those are vulnerable locations for water leaks. If possible, get a bucket under the leak point, that will prevent any further damage to the ceiling below.
- Make temporary repairs if possible. If you can access the roof safely, draping a tarp over the leak can help prevent water from getting inside. If you cannot access the roof safely, use roof tape or cement to patch the hole. That will provide a temporary patch to keep the water out until the roofer arrives.
- Call in the pros. You need to call in two types of professional help. First, get a roofer in to fix the leak in the roof. The roofer has the equipment to do the job safely and effectively. Second, you need to bring in water restoration specialists to deal with the damage the leak caused. They can get the water out and start drying out your personal possessions. Doing this quickly can prevent mold and mildew from developing and minimize further damage.
These steps will help you minimize the damage the leak has caused and start getting your home back to normal. If you need assistance with water damage restoration, give us a call here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas