Flood Water Facts
Across the United States, flooding is one of the most commonly widespread weather-related disasters. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is always potential for flood damage.
Though you may have never experienced a flood in the past, there’s no level of security to assure that you won't in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities.
According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster. The ARC offers the following safety tips:
- Stay away from floodwaters as much as possible. If you approach a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around, and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
- If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and water are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
- Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
If your home or business is ever affected by a flood, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Albany at (229) 439-2048. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. The SERVPRO system is prepared to handle any size disaster. The sooner work begins; the sooner your home or business can return “Like it never even happened.”
Smoke and Soot Clean Up
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Albany will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
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What To Do If Your Basement Floods
4 out of 5 homes are ruined due to unexpected floods yearly.
While heavy rainfall is a very common cause for flooding basements, there are several other causes of basement flooding. Some of these major causes are:
- A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
- Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
- Foundation drainage failure
- Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
Because basements are the lowest part of a home and generally built underground, the basement is prone to suffering from flooding and high moisture levels. High moisture levels are worrisome as well due to the risk of microbial growth.
If you have any questions or need help, call us at (229) 439-2048
SERVPRO of Albany will always respond to your call within 1 hour, begin the water extraction process within 4 hours, and notify the adjuster no later than 8 hours from the time of your loss. If the water damage is not handled quickly and properly it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get. SERVPRO is here to help.
Albany home suffers water damage
This Albany home suffered water damage when the kitchen sink drain leaked all over the kitchen floor, then down to the room below affecting the ceiling. They called SERVPRO of Albany to handle the water mitigation.
As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Albany provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
SERVPRO of Albany technicians are highly trained to properly clean and restore your house so that it feels like home again. You can depend on SERVPRO of Albany to handle your restoration needs.
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When Water Damage Moves Beyond the Stained-Ceiling Stage in Your Home
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Water is everywhere around us, but when this life-giving liquid exists in our homes, we expect it to remain where it cannot do any harm. Sometimes it escapes and makes its presence known but in seemingly minor ways.
Other times, however, your property seems to develop not only visible and unsightly water damage but also the kind that ruins the interior of your home. What many homeowners in Albany never realize about water damage can end up costing them quite a bit of money.
Any type of water leakage, regardless of how slight it seems, means that water exists inside your home in places where it should not. Stains may not seem like severe damage, but they often indicate precisely that. The moisture creating stains on upper walls and ceilings did not appear there like magic. This moisture traveled there to these locations from other areas of your home.
As it traveled through the materials comprising your home, it affected them. Because this often happens within areas that you rarely or never see, it stays hidden and unknown to you. Significant water damage typically can happen months before stained ceilings show up in your home's interior. A side effect of this intrusive water, possibly from a leaky toilet, a loose shingle, or even a window left open during a rainstorm, often includes stains on upper areas of rooms and possibly wavy or blistering paint.
SERVPRO of Albany technicians can help determine the pathways the water took and examine the materials from Point A to Point B for damage. Many facets of your home can become compromised, damaged, or worse by causing other types of damage to start developing in your home. Microbial populations can proliferate once water becomes available to them. Who wants mold growing in their home? Drywall and Sheetrock can begin to crumble.
Wherever damaging effects occur, we can skillfully mitigate the problem and make your home "Like it never even happened." quickly. We also ensure that the source of water is fixed and cannot create future damage that you must deal with later. In the case of major leaks or drips, we advise the homeowner to call a certified plumber.
SERVPRO of Albany can help you whenever you find water damage and its telltale stains. Call us at (229) 439-2048 to reach our 24-hour helpline and get to the bottom of what ails your home.
Keeping Your Commercial Property Fire Ready
Keeping your commercial property fire ready is vital in order to avoid disaster. Your livelihood and that of your staff depends on your business, and you will want to protect it. Being ready for any kind of disaster is always a good idea. We are sharing some tips here that can help you get your property ready in the event of a fire:
Ensure that your building or suite is visibly lettered and numbered so that emergency responders can easily find your location in a timely manner. Numbers should contrast with the background used, such as black/white, while the numerals should be no less than six inches in height.
Fire extinguishers should be no more than 75 feet from work areas for easy access, and they should be mounted in a highly visible spot that is easy to get to. Make sure your extinguishers are serviced at least once a year by a licensed fire extinguisher company.
Exits need to be clearly marked with EXIT signage and should be illuminated at all times, with a battery backup for power outages. Exits should also be clear of any obstructions so that people can get out safely and quickly. Emergency lighting should be kept in working order, and the area around the building outside clear of debris and plant material, reducing the fire risk outdoors as well.
Stored materials need to be stacked at least two feet below the ceiling and be orderly. For buildings with an automatic sprinkler system, 18 inches of clearance is required, allowing smoke to collect up high, which gives people adequate time to exit and the sprinklers a clear area for their spray pattern.
Electrical outlets should have no more than one item per outlet plugged in, which may include a power strip with a circuit breaker. All electrical cords should be kept in good repair and replaced when needed.
Trash receptacles need to be kept at least five feet away from combustible roofs, windows, and door openings and not stored in the path of exits.
Have your sprinkler system tested and serviced every 12 months or less by a licensed fire sprinkler company. This practice should also be used for your fire alarm system.
If your business involves cooking foods, make sure your stove hood has been cleaned at least once every year to prevent excessive grease buildup. Ceiling exhaust fans and bathroom heater/light/fan combinations can also be a risk due to a buildup of dust and grease, resulting in increased operating temperatures.
Make sure your local fire department has valid contact information on file for your commercial property.
For more information call SERVPRO of Albany at 229-439-2048.
Storm Proofing Your Garage
When planning to protect your home from storms, make your garage one of your first priorities. Your garage is one of the most vulnerable areas in your home when it comes to high winds. Here are some tips to stormproof your garage:
Install a garage door with a high wind-resistance rating. Storms that bring with them extreme levels of wind will cause the most damage; when a garage is breached, the winds will batter the rest of your home. Water will start to come in, and even just an inch of water can cause unwanted, and costly, damage. If you live in an area prone to tornadoes, it’s recommended that you invest in a door that can withstand winds of 130 mph or higher. Doors with high impact-ratings will protect your home and belongings from flying debris.
Install a bracing system. You can reinforce your garage door with proper bracing. Most garage doors are secured only by the tracks or hinges, which will be no help during a powerful storm. A bracing system works by anchoring the door to the walls and floors and into each hinge.
Maintain your garage door. If there are any holes, cracks or breaches, these will allow storm winds through your garage door. Perform a monthly inspection and look for any of these types of issues as well as problems with the weather stripping or any parts of the garage door mechanisms and functionality. Perform the needed maintenance as soon as possible to stay in storm-readiness.
Secure all windows. If you have windows in your garage, these will also be weak points during extreme weather. Ensure they are in good repair and that the weather stripping is in great shape. Having wrought-iron window protection installed as well can go a long way to protect your glass from flying debris, such as rocks or tree limbs.
Install drainage and flood vents. Make sure that this vulnerable area of your home is properly outfitted for the drainage of large amounts of water. You can have a trench drain installed in front of this area and on the sides of your driveway to divert water, and flood vents inside the garage can drain any water coming inside quickly before levels rise and cause damage.
Here at SERVPRO of Albany, we handle clean up after house and business fires, and are well equipped to handle water damage. Mold remediation is also one of our specialties. Call us at 229-439-2048.
A Fun Mold Experiment
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Mold can easily grow within 24 to 48 hours after a water damage occurs. It begins to colonize in 1 to 12 days!
The photos on the left represent the control group. The pieces of drywall pictured encountered zero excess moisture.
The photos in the center mimic a water damage that occurs during the winter months and goes undiscovered until the spring when weather warms up and mold spores reach their "happy" place (70+ degrees). These pieces of drywall were submerged in water for ten minutes then placed in Ziploc bags to observe.
The column of pictures on the right represents a DIY water mitigation job. This happens more than you would think. A homeowner dries and cleans the water damage on their own without the help of a professional. Approaching a water damage this way often leads to the structure not being fully dried and susceptible to mold growth. These pieces of drywall were submerged in water for 30 seconds and then placed in the Ziploc bags for observation.
The results are right on. Mold growth was seen a mere 7 days after encountering moisture... and after 4 weeks?!? No thank you! It's of utmost importance to have water mitigated correctly after a loss. But, if it's not, we are here for you as well. Mold mitigation just happens to be one of SERVPRO of Albany specialties.
Mold and Your Health
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Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects, or none at all. Areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas.
Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.
The key to mold control is moisture control. If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly and ix the water problem.
It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on. You can prevent damage to your home and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth.
Outdoor Grilling Safety Tips
July is the peak month for grill fires. Roughly half of the injuries involving grills are thermal burns. Here are some helpful tips to the homeowners getting ready to grill up some goodies this summer.
1.) Make sure that your grill is placed far away from your home.
2.) Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
3.) Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
4.) NEVER leave your grill unattended.
5.) If you use starter fluid, never add any other flammable liquids to the fire.
6.) When you’re done grilling, be sure to let the coals cool completely before disposing of them into a metal container.
Even when all proper precautions are taken, some accidents are inevitable. In case of a fire, try and use a fire extinguisher. If the situation is worse, call 911. Once the fire is put out and the damage is assessed, call SERVPRO of Albany. We would love to make it “Like it never even happened.”