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Fire Odors in a Home Can Come From Many Sources Like Unforeseen Kitchen Fires.

9/14/2022 (Permalink)

Albany home with residential kitchen and dining room fire damage SERVPRO technicians get called in to assess large home fire affecting kitchen and dining areas.

Kitchen fires often begin on the stove, causing the hood of the stove and the cabinetry to be charred by the fire.

One of the most common complaints we get from local homeowners about fire odors in their residences is that the odors may have remained in their homes for many years, sometimes since before they ever purchased their homes. Smoke odors can, depending on the volume and type of smoke in the building, take decades to fall to unnoticeable levels. Given that smoke odors can bother those in and around your home and potentially decrease property values, investing in a permanent deodorization treatment may be worth your time.

Fire damage in homes can come from many different sources and may pose unique challenges even to SERVPRO technicians certified in fire damage treatments by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Different types of smoke produce significantly different particles that may require variable mixtures of absorption agents, adsorption agents, and other odor-neutralizing chemicals to treat. Over the years, however, we have learned to treat fire odors from sources ranging from long-term tobacco use to large-scale house fires that can affect the entire building. Telling us over the phone what type of situation caused the odors can help us to prepare adequately for the work to come.

Some projects may pose additional difficulties due to the volume and spread of smoke particles throughout the home. Significant fires or long-term tobacco use can cause smoke odors to spread throughout the air vents in your home and lead to a more prolonged and extensive odor removal process. SERVPRO technicians also receiveIICRC certifications related to the cleaning of your home HVAC systems and can use this training to eliminate odors that might otherwise circulate around your home. We provide full and total coverage for your home when eliminating odors of any kind, leaving the place looking and smelling "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Albany and Americus specializes in reversing the effects fire and smoke damage can have on your home. 

Contact our team with your fire and smoke services today!

Flooding Can Happen in a Flash

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

No Flood Job too Big, No Flood Job Too Small Flooding Happens. We Can Help. Call SERVPRO of Albany & Americus (229) 439-2048.

With all of the devastating floods currently affecting multiple parts of the country, we want our customers to be prepared. The rain last week has caused flooding to a number of area homes and businesses. We've received many calls from home and business owners who need help drying out their water damages. SERVPRO of Albany & Americus is considered an essential business and has never stopped working through any crisis. 

The reality is that flooding still happens and needs to be cleaned up quickly to prevent secondary damage. Quick action is the key to limiting damage if you have flooding. Here are some actions that can prevent mold from growing in your  home. 

  • Protect your belongings – remove light furniture and upholstered items as well as other items that are susceptible (cardboard boxes, carpets and other porous items) from the affected area. 
  • Remove as much water as possible using a wet/dry vacuum. 
  • Use fans to circulate the air and speed up the drying process. A good rule of thumb is to run the fans for an additional week after the area appears dry. 
  • A dehumidifier can be used as well to remove excess moisture and dry out the room. 

Water damage can easily be hidden underneath rugs or carpet, so be sure to give your home a thorough inspection if you suspect water damage. Although carpets can be steam cleaned, they are tough to treat and padding typically cannot be saved. 

If you have flood damage in your home or business, give us a call. We are an IICRC trained mold and water mitigation company and have the tools and expertise to treat your  South Georgia  home for damage.

 

Let’s Talk Tornadoes…

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

Tornado on Open Land Tornadoes in the forecast? Have a PLAN to keep yourself safe!

Residents and business owners throughout Southwest Georgia are, unfortunately, all too familiar with the “BEEP, BEEP, BEEP” of a severe weather alert, having their home or business fall under a thunderstorm watch or warning, and having to prepare for a variety of possible issues from Mother Nature all throughout the year. When talking about severe weather, one of the most dangerous, and damaging, types of systems to be prepared for is a TORNADO.  Understanding the what, how, and why of tornadoes can help you to plan, prepare, and keep yourself SAFE during severe weather!

So, let’s start with the basics…

What (exactly) is a tornado?

Weather.gov defines a tornado as “a violently column of air touching the ground, usually attached to the base of a thunderstorm.”  These winds from a tornado can reach up to 300 miles per hour, and the path of damage created can be more than one mile wide and fifty miles long. 

Tornadoes in Georgia

Tornadoes are most likely to occur in Georgia between the months of March-May but can take place any time of year depending on atmospheric conditions.  According to the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, tornadoes are Georgia’s number one weather related killer, so it is imperative to have an emergency plan in place prior to a storm’s arrival.

Tornado Preparation

Although tornadoes can spawn and travel very quickly, it is important to always have a way to receive weather alerts and follow the guidance provided by local authorities.  Have a designated safe room: an area centrally located within your home and away from windows.  Shelter on the lowest level of the structure you are within if you are in the forecasted impact area.

After a Tornado

If a tornado has impacted your local area, think safety first!  Avoid downed power lines, stay out of damaged buildings, and watch for hazards such as broken glass.  Continue to follow the direction of local authorities in the area.

In the unfortunate event that a tornado causes damage to your home or business, know that SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is Here to Help.  Serving communities throughout Southwest Georgia, our team of highly trained professionals will work diligently to provide the highest possible level of customer service while repairing your property.  To learn more about the services we offer, request assistance, or for any other questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call: 229-439-2048.

Trust Your Local SERVPRO Storm Experts

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

After The Storm. A field with storm clouds in the background. Trust your local SERVPRO of Albany & Americus experts for your storm damage today at (229) 439-2048

When heavy rains and high winds hit hard, property destruction and loss can be devastating to you as a homeowner. Structural damage to the exterior of your home is followed by interior devastation from water and winds. Storm damage is rarely isolated to just a few buildings in an area adding the challenge of finding a restoration company that can respond swiftly to your needs to an already anxiety-filled situation. SERVPRO of Albany & Americus delivers the help you need swiftly even when a local disaster is widespread, as we are able to call upon a network of over 2,000 franchises nationwide to respond if the need is great. 
 
Storm Damage in Southwest Georgia can feel overwhelming, but your fear and panic will disappear when our team of professionals responds to your water, wind and flooding repair and restoration needs. Your particular situation is of paramount importance to us, and you need not worry that your repairs and restoration will take a back seat even when many in your area are struggling to recover from the same issues you face. Choosing our company puts in motion a vast support system, but our local ownership means you will receive a personalized approach to your particular situation, efficiently returning your home back to its pre-storm condition just “Like it never even happened.” 
 
Placing your trust in SERVPRO for your storm damage needs will bring you benefits that less qualified companies simply cannot deliver. We use state of the art equipment to clean, repair and restore your home and in the process, we also restore you and your family’s peace of mind. Our technicians are highly trained and qualified, current in Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IIICRC) for any procedure needed to bring your home back to the safe and comforting refuge you deserve. We also work closely with your insurance company, ensuring that all the work necessary is approved and compensated according to the terms of your policy. Our high standards and relentless drive to do the job on time while meeting local specifications means you and your family will quickly return to the quiet enjoyment of your house and neighborhood. We are not satisfied until you are happily back in your restored dwelling. 
 
Once you make sure that your family is safe after a major storm, your first call should be to SERVPRO of Albany & Americus at (229)439-2048 anytime 24/7 and begin the road to recovery by scheduling an inspection with our storm damage experts.

Storm Response – The SERVPRO of Albany and Americus Way

7/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Trailer in front of a large commercial building Storm Damages? CALL SERVPRO of Albany and Americus!

Restoring storm and flood-damaged properties is a cornerstone of our business. The highly trained team at SERVPRO of Albany and Americus uses specialized equipment and advanced technology to help restore your residential or commercial property to its pre-storm condition. Whether damages have been caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, or other severe weather events, SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is prepared to respond as quickly as possible after a storm or flooding event, helping to minimize the damage sustained to your structure.  With the backing of 2,000 SERVPRO franchises nationwide, disaster recovery teams for large scale events, AND our regional sister franchises, we have the knowledge, resources, and equipment to mitigate flood and storm damages of all sizes.  So, how does our storm response work?

24 Hour Emergency Service

Our teams are on standby 24/7/365 to respond and begin the mitigation process.  From boarding up damaged windows, to extracting standing water, we truly are Here to Help when disaster strikes.

Strategically Located Manpower

The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams should a large-scale disaster strike nearby.  These teams have numerous years of experience in cleanup and restoration, along with a variety of IICRC certifications, giving them the highest level of expertise when it comes to mitigating storm damage.

Vendor Partnerships and Relationships

Often, one of the most difficult obstacles to overcome in areas affected by large scale storm damage is the availability of resources, including equipment, fuel, and building supplies.  With our extended network of vendor relationships, both on national and local levels, SERVPRO of Albany and Americus can access scarce resources much more efficiently to repair and restore your property more quickly.

A Brand You Know and Trust

When it comes to restoring your home or business, you want a vendor that you can trust.  Unfortunately, many people fall victim to deceiving business practices from untrustworthy contractors during storm situations; don’t join that statistic!  The SERVPRO brand is a trusted leader in cleanup and restoration throughout the United States and Canada.

When storm damages affect homes and businesses throughout Southwest Georgia, SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is faster to any size disaster!  Need Help?  CALL US! 229-439-2048.

We’re Ready For, and Faster, to ANY SIZE Disaster!

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

Large Drying Machinery outside of a commercial building Commercial Property Damage? Trust SERVPRO of Albany and Americus to Help!

When disaster threatens to derail your business, whether from a heavy storm or electrical fire, you want a local cleanup and restoration leader that you can TRUST to help get your business back to business faster.  Choosing the right vendor, with the necessary training, experience, equipment, and expertise, is imperative to reducing the amount of damage your property sustains.  So, what sets SERVPRO of Albany and Americus apart from the other options available in Southwest Georgia?

Extensive Network of Resources

The larger the damage, the more resources will be required for remediation.  SERVPRO of Albany and Americus has the backing of over 2,000 nationwide franchises, providing a substantial amount of labor, equipment, consumables, and partner vendors to respond to any size disaster.  Along with this extensive network, SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is proud to have the direct support of our sister franchises nearby: SERVPRO of Bay County, SERVPRO of North Pensacola, and SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County.  These relationships give SERVPRO of Albany and Americus the ability to respond faster to your commercial disaster and begin the mitigation process.

Industry Leading Equipment, Training, and Technologies

SERVPRO of Albany and Americus’ team holds numerous certifications from the IICRC, allowing us to appropriately analyze a damage after it occurs, and formulate the most efficient plan for remediation.  Along with this knowledge, our team utilizes industry leading equipment, including machinery for drying, dehumidification, and air purification, to begin the process of mitigating your damage safely and quickly.  Finally, we employ proprietary documenting software to provide you, the customer, with information detailing all work done, including photos, for your records.

24/7/365 Emergency Response

Day or night, rain, or shine, the SERVPRO of Albany and Americus team is ready to respond when disaster strikes.  The key to reducing business interruption is a timely response coupled with the appropriate techniques for restoration.  The faster we arrive on site and assess the damage, the faster we can get your business “back to business.”  We’re proud to be of service to the communities throughout Southwest Georgia and will work diligently to provide the best possible customer service experience during your cleanup and restoration process.

Commercial Property Damage? CALL 229-439-2048

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In Need of Emergency Response? CALL 229-439-2048

SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is Here to Help!

Continuing Education Credits for the Southwest Georgia Insurance Community!

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

Chalkboard with the Words "Continuing Education" written on it Are you an insurance professional in need of continuing education credits? Give us a call!

Are you looking for a new, interactive way to earn your Continuing Education credits?  Ready to get ahead of your credit requirements instead of packing in numerous hours at the last minute? Are you ready to advance your knowledge of cleanup and restoration?  Look no further!  SERVPRO of Albany and Americus offers a variety of for-credit Continuing Education courses, FREE OF CHARGE! That’s right!  Our team is proud to be of service to our local insurance community, helping you to fulfill your credit obligations, while presenting relevant, real-world information that can help you to assist your clients when disaster strikes.

SERVPRO of Albany and Americus understands how busy and hectic your day-to-day schedule can be, so to accommodate more attendees, we are offering our courses BOTH virtually via webinar, and in person at a local business, at the same time.  By choosing the style of attendance that fits YOU and your schedule best, we hope to make the learning experience much more fun, memorable, and easily accessible along with all your other responsibilities.  We offer a variety of 2 credit hour courses throughout the year, including:

  • Biohazard Cleanup
  • Deodorization of Malodors
  • Mitigation Awareness & Response Seminar
  • Restorative Drying for Water Damage
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry

and, coming up on August 10th, 2022, we will be offering two courses in a dual in person/virtual presentation: Ethics and Cleaning and Restoring Smoke Damaged Contents.  We invite you to attend!

To learn more about SERVPRO of Albany and Americus’ Continuing Education offerings, register for one or both of our upcoming courses, or for any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out by calling 229-439-2048 and asking for Alina, or emailing alina@SERVPROalbany.com.  Serving the communities of Camilla, Leesburg, and surrounding areas, our team is Here to Help when disaster strikes, and with helping to educate our local insurance community!

Did You Know? The Fire Extinguisher Edition

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher hanging on the wall of a building Keep yourself and your property safe by having the proper type of fire extinguisher available AND knowing how to use it!

We have all been taught since a very early age the importance of having a working fire extinguisher nearby inside of every building, especially where cooking is taking place.  But do you know HOW to properly use a fire extinguisher? Did you know that there are DIFFERENT TYPES of fire extinguishers, specified for different uses?  Finally, are you aware that fire extinguisher should be regularly inspected?  These “fire extinguisher specifics” are very important to keeping yourself, loved ones, and property protected, so let’s learn more!

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

The U.S. Fire Administration suggests the acronym “PASS” as a means of properly discharging a fire extinguisher:

P - Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.

A - Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

            S - Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly

            S - Sweep the nozzle from side to side

Different Types of Fire Extinguishers/Uses for Each Type

The U.S. Fire Administration defines five primary types of fire extinguishers used to put out different kinds of fires:

  1. A – used for ordinary material fires, such as wood, cloth, or paper.
  2. B – for use with combustible or flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, or oil.
  3. C – for use with electrical equipment like appliances and tools.
  4. D – for use with flammable metals.
  5. K – for use with animal oils, vegetable oils, and fats in cooking appliances.

Inspection & Maintenance

The U.S. Fire Administration provides the following information about fire extinguisher inspection.  At a minimum, inspection needs to consist of the following steps:

  • Make sure the extinguisher is visible or that there is signage indicating where the extinguisher is located
  • Make sure you can easily access the extinguisher
  • Ensure the pressure gauge is in the operable range or position
  • Make sure it is full, this can be done by just lifting the extinguisher or you can weigh it
  • Make sure the extinguisher is not expired

In the unfortunate event that you home or business suffers fire damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Albany and Americus for help.  Available 24/7/365 for emergencies, our highly trained team is “Faster to any size disaster.”  Call now to learn more or request assistance: 229-439-2048

Source: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Staying-safe/Safety-equipment/Fire-extinguishers

Practicing Fire Safety in Your Business

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

Multiple Fire Extinguishers with Brick Wall in Background Fire safety is extremely important for your business, too!

One of the most devastating things that can happen to a business owner is to have their commercial property suffer damages.  Especially in the case of fire, there are a variety of measures that can be put in place to limit the amount of damage sustained and/or reduce the risk of a fire even taking place in the workplace.  So, what can you do to not only help ensure the safety of your employees, but also protect your building when it comes to fire?

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are one of the most common, and widely recognized, means of protecting property in case of fire.  It is important to make sure your fire extinguishers are in date, located in easily accessible areas of the building, and are the proper type of extinguisher for the possible materials that could catch fire at your business.  The National Fire Protection Association offers resources defining the different types of fire extinguishers.

Fire Suppression

Depending on the size and type of commercial building you own, a fire suppression system may be required, or recommended, for use.  This system includes strategically located overhead sprinklers that are triggered by high heat.  Additional suppression type systems, including chemical suppression, are available for properties like restaurants and catering halls where a great deal of cooking takes place.

Evacuation Plan

Knowledge is the key to success when it comes to preparation and planning.  Make sure all employees are knowledgeable about the protocols for building evacuation in case of fire, have evacuation routes mapped and displayed, and make sure all emergency exits are labeled.  Consider practicing fire drills on a regular basis, including instruction on where to meet once evacuation has taken place.

In the unfortunate event that a fire does cause damage to your business, know that the professional team at SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is Here to Help!  With extensive training, knowledge, and experience, our team is “Faster to any size disaster.”  Give us a call at 229-439-2048 to learn more about our fire damage restoration services or request assistance.

Summer Maintenance Checklist- Commercial Properties

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO disaster recovery truck parked in front of a high rise building Enjoy your Summer by being prepared! Call SERVPRO of Albany & Americus today at (229) 439-2048!

Prepare Your Property for the Summer Season – Use this Checklist to Get Ready!

Maintaining a commercial property is a full time job. There is always something to fix, check in on, or improvements to handle. Keeping up on routine maintenance during the change of the seasons is a perfect way to save time and money in the long run.

As the temperatures start to climb, commercial property owners should start to think about the annual maintenance from landscaping to checking HVAC systems. 

Use this handy checklist to keep your property in top condition for all seasons.

Commercial Property Summer Checklist

  • HVAC System.
    • Your building’s HVAC system should be checked regularly, but especially when it’s time to get ready for the summer weather. The air conditioning unit will get a work out during the summer. A proper check will ensure the system is working at its peak performance and efficiency.
    • During the check of your HVAC system, adjust thermostats as necessary for higher internal temperatures. Don’t forget to check and replace the filters. Be sure to keep an eye on the unit, especially during its first run. If you notice frost build up, the help of a licensed HVAC company is necessary.
  • Check the Roof for Damage.  
    • Inspecting the roof is an extremely important part of your summer checklist. Summer can bring in storms, and the last thing you want is a leaky roof! While you inspect the roof, check for damage like missing shingles, cracks, or even holes. Any type of damage to your roof requires the help of a professional restoration company. A leaky roof can cause mold problems. Calling in a professional as quickly as possible is necessary.
  • Water Spouts and Plumbing.
    • Check your plumbing thoroughly! During the summer, you can expect an increase in water usage, but the increase should not be due to leaky pipes. Start by checking any outdoor sprinkler systems for leaks. If there are standing puddles or areas of soggy soil, you may have a cracked pipe.
    • High and low temperatures can also cause shifting in soil. If your septic system has lateral lines, this can lead to broken septic systems and standing water.
    • Plumbing issues need to be handled immediately, especially if dealing with sewage leaks.
  • Check the lighting.
    • Summer means longer days, which means you can adjust outdoor timers accordingly. It’s a great time to replace burnt out bulbs or repair any frayed wiring. Cleaning the lighting fixtures is a great way to increase the appearance of the landscape of your building.

Call SERVPRO of Albany & Americus

Owning a commercial property can be a large job. Having a restoration company that you can trust in case of emergencies is important! At SERVPRO of Albany & Americus, we provide services like mold remediation, water damage repair, fire and smoke restoration, and even sewage clean up.

Our teams are fully trained and certified. We know the ins and outs of repairing and maintaining a commercial property. Since we are an emergency restoration company, we understand how important it is to be ready for any problem, at any time. Our EMERGENCY READY PROFILE will help you prepare for the worst.