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3 Fire Extinguisher Facts Every Business Should Know

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

 Fire Extinguisher Call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus for ALL of your Fire Restoration needs 24/7 at 229-439-2048.

3 Facts About Fire Extinguishers

A fire extinguisher is a crucial piece of safety equipment that can save lives and spare commercial properties from extensive damage mandating professional cleanup and restoration. Because of this, every business in Albany and Americus area should maintain at least one functional device. To ensure it’s readily available in an emergency, every owner and manager should also recognize three key facts about this vital fire suppression tool.

1. Device Doesn’t Last Forever

Extinguishers do not have an indefinite shelf life. Unfortunately, they also do not typically come with an expiration date sticker.
To determine the viability of your device, you should complete annual inspections and check for compromised components. Specific defects that may make it unusable include a broken handle, missing locking pin or a cracked nozzle. The gauge should also be in the green. If it’s not, replace the device.

2. Multiple Types Exist

A fire extinguisher is designed to battle specific types of infernos. Class K units, for example, can douse a kitchen fire sparked by grease while a Class A device is designated for use with blazes involving ordinary combustibles, such as wood and paper. Additional distinctions include Class C for electrical fires and Class B for flammable liquids.
Attempting to smother flames with the wrong type of device can be ineffective. To combat this potential dilemma, evaluate your company’s specific fire risks and purchase your extinguisher accordingly. Check the canister’s label to confirm the class. You can also purchase a multipurpose device, which can be used against a variety of blazes.

3. Should Be Accessible and Visible

Minimizing fire damage requires prompt action. To ensure an expedited response, mount your extinguisher in a safe, accessible place and post signage to identify its location. You should also ensure staff recognize this area and refrain from blocking the site.
Because an inferno can erupt suddenly, having a functioning fire extinguisher easily accessible is a crucial safety strategy. Understanding key aspects of the device can ensure it’s in prime operating condition and ready to perform in an emergency.

What to do before a Hurricane

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane Dorian If you've already experienced flooding or storm damage, please dont hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO of Albany and Americus 24/7 at 229-439-2048.

Knowing what to do before it hits can help prevent damage or loss to your family, house, and property. 

First things First, In the event of an emergency, please call 911.

Knowing the emergency contact numbers for the Albany and Americus Area is very important.

Albany Police and Fire Department

  • Emergency 911
  • Non-Emergency 229-431-2100

Americus Police Department

 Emergency 911

 Non-Emergency 229-924-3677

List of Necessary Items before a hurricane 

  1. An Emergency Readiness Plan for your family
  2. 3 days worth of water
    a good rule of thumb, is 1 gallon of water for each person or pet
  3. 3 days of non perishable food for each person or pet
  4. First Aid Kit
  5. Battery Powered Radio or radio alert 
  6. Portable Power bank to charge cell phones
  7. Full Tank of Gas in car
  8. Batteries
  9. Whistle to Signal for Help

How to Help your House survive the hurricane

  • Cover your windows with storm shutter or plywood, or use Tape
    While tape won’t prevent your windows from breaking, it will help keep the broken glass shards together.
  • Learn if you are in an area that floods, and how to properly sand bag your home
  • Clean out your rain gutters

How to help your pet during a hurricane 

  • Please, if possible, provide shelter for your pets. 
  • If your pet goes missing know where to look.
  • Spare Medication for your pets
  • Copy of shot and medication records

While we all hope and pray that the hurricanes never hit our homes, we know that eventually it will happen. Taking steps to prepare is always the best way to handle any storm. 

If you’ve already experienced flooding or storm damage, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We will treat your home like our own. SERVPRO of Albany and Americus stands 100% behind our motto “Like it never even happened”.  Stay Safe & Stay prepared, Hurricane Season 2019 is only just starting. 

Flooded Office

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

If you experience a serious disaster at your office or facility call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus at 229-439-2048.

There is never a good time to experience a property disaster.

Providing emergency property damage services for commercial establishments is one of the main services we provide at SERVPRO of Albany and Americus.

Water damage/flooding events are the most common disaster at offices and other commercial properties. Fire is second, followed by autos crashing into structures, falling trees, vandalism and others.

There are many restoration companies that are prepared to dry a wet building, only a few companies are equipped to help keep a company open or return them quickly to operation. It’s the business interruption solution services that can make the most difference to business survival. Insurance can pay to restore the business and in some cases even cover lost revenue. However, if a building remains closed so long that customers go elsewhere, then the “damage” is really more devastating than the structural repair.

SERVPRO of Albany and Americus understands how to dry a wet structure. We can also help with electronics, office equipment, manufacturing equipment and the other parts of a business that might be impacted. Our team can set up electrical power generators and lighting. We will place storage pods and tents at a job site along with security so that temporary workstations can be set up.

If you experience a serious disaster at your office or facility call us at 229-439-2048.

Content Manipulation

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus 24/7 for all of your Water Restoration needs at 229-439-2048.

Unless you have experienced a serious water damage event at your office or home, you may not be aware that sometimes contents and furniture must be removed from a water damaged location.

Outstanding technicians work hard to remove furniture so it won't become ruined by the wet (humid) interior environment. Or, they may have to remove contents so they're not "in the way." It's a no-brainer to understand that drying or repairing an empty room is far easier and faster than working around a furnished space.  

At SERVPRO of Albany and Americus, we will use our experience to determine when a "pack-out" is the best option. When it's the right choice, we will let you know and we will even speak with your insurance adjuster or property manager. 

When we perform a packout, often on an emergency basis, we have a company motto, "SERVPRO of Albany and Americus.. the careful movers."  That phrase really means something because the faster we work at removing contents, the better chance we have of protecting and saving them. However, there's no point removing furniture only to damage it during the pack out. That's why we put extra "care" in the moving process. 

At SERVPRO of Albany and Americus we're well known for performing fire cleanup, water damage mitigation, mold remediation and specialized cleaning... we are also proud of the support service we provide such as pack-out and storage.

Should your office or home suffer any type of damage, we're here to make it... "Like it never even happened."

At your service... SERVPRO of Albany and Americus 229-439-2048.

How to Prepare for Water Damage in 5 Steps

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Albany and Americus at 229-439-2048.

Most water damage that happens to your home is uncontrollable and unpredictable. It could potentially cost you thousands of dollars. When the water starts coming into your home, there is not much you can do to stop it but there is a couple things you can do to prepare for it. Here are a few steps you can take so you can be prepared for the worst.


Step 1: Stop the Source of the Water 
If it is possible, stop the water at its source. If it has to do with your plumbing then turn off your water line as soon as possible. This will help with decreasing the amount of damage. 
When the flooding occurs from storm water, there is no stopping a storm but you can try and divert the water away from your home by blocking entry points.


Step 2: Think Safety 
If it is safe, then shut off all electrical sources by turning the circuit breakers or unplug devices. Water and electricity don’t mix, remember that. Make sure everyone, including children, are away from standing water.


Step 3: Protect Your Possessions 
Try and remove or raise your furniture from flood water. Water soaked furniture begin to mold very quick and you the last thing you will want is to throw away all of your belongings after a flood. Protect the things that are irreplaceable rather then carpet and other flooring.


Step 4: Contact Your Insurance Company 
Now is the time to call your insurance and see how they will approach the water remediation. All insurance companies have professionals who specialize in this kind of emergency so they will have the best people to restore your home back to normal. Do not try to remove the water by yourself. You can just end up cause more damage.


Step 5: Work With the Professionals 
When you are choosing a company to perform your water remediation; you need to compare everyone highs and lows. Make sure they have good reviews and are available at your earliest request. SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is highly dependable and will exceed your expectations for your water remediation.

Big Commercial Projects

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus 24/7 at 229-439-2048.

SERVPRO is a nationwide cleaning and restoration franchise system that is well respected for our expertise in serving insurance companies. SERVPRO of Albany and Americus  is proud to be an important part of this team. Locally, we also understand the property management and commercial real estate industry in our community. That’s how our company began many years ago. Today, serving property managers, risk managers and facilities engineers remains our focus.

We are aware that not every property repair is an emergency: Building owners, property managers and facilities personnel face a variety of important maintenance and restoration issues that can be planned and scheduled. That’s why SERVPRO of Albany and Americus  performs non-emergency specialty cleaning and restoration services. Services such as: Mold remediation, HVAC system cleaning, odor control, graffiti abatement, hoarder scene cleanup, death scene cleanup, power washing, Asbestos removal and even reconstruction services. For local help with a large or small project call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus 24/7 at 229-439-2048.

Office Contents Pack-Out

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Vaults containing office contents

When an office for a large medical facility was damaged by sewage, SERVPRO of Albany and Americus responded. We extracted the sewage and removed contaminated building materials such as carpeting and portions of sheetrock.

The furniture in the office, such as desks and chairs were made of metal. We were able to clean and sanitize these items.

To facilitate the final cleaning of the structure, including performing reconstruction, the furniture had to be removed. 

SERVPRO of Albany and Americus technicians carefully cleaned the furniture at the location and carefully packed it into storage vaults for transport to our storage facility in Albany, Georgia. We can be reached 24/7 at 229-439-2048.

As soon as the office structure was ready for occupancy the furniture and office equipment was returned and set up.

Cleaning up Fire Damage

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus for ALL of your Fire Restoration needs 24/7 at 229-439-2048.

If your home has recently been damaged by fire, you understandably are eager to get started improving the property so that life can resume as soon as possible. A fire may make certain areas of your home unusable until the fire damage has been repaired, or it may make the entire home unsafe to be in until the cleanup and repair work is completed. Regardless of how significant or minor the work is, you may want to know how long it will take. The timeline is dependent on not only, the restorative process, but also if any remodeling is included in the final product.

Getting the Repair Work Started

It can be difficult to determine how and where to get started with fire damage repair work for Albany and Americus residents The first step in the repair process is to remove water from the home if firefighters used water during the extinguishing process. Perhaps, a kitchen fire left chemical residue for cleanup. Water extraction can be completed by the professionals from SERVPRO with minimal time and effort. We arrive with our green vehicles stocked with equipment, and supplies to surmount any cleaning and restoration need. Then, you can begin the repair process and decide which items need to be replaced and which ones need to be repaired. We can suggest to you and your adjuster what items and materials are salvageable. Keep in mind that smoke damage can also be a problem, and some items, such as carpeting, and the HVAC system may need to be professionally cleaned to remove the smoke odor from the home.

Repairing your home after you have suffered fire damage is not something that you want to attempt on your own. A fire damage restoration project requires a considerable amount of time and energy to complete. SERVPRO of Albany and Americus can help you restore your property in minimal time with minimal costs. Our IICRC certified technicians have the skills and assets to do a full restoration. We are a locally owned and operated fire damage repair franchise that is ready to begin working for you. We can also help with mold, storm, or water damaging events to your property. Call us today for 24/7 emergency assistance at (229) 439-2048.

Board Up Services

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus for all of your Board Up needs 24/7 at 229-439-2048.

There are so many ways that a structure can be damaged and could require emergency board up services of windows and doors, or large gaps in walls... Wind damage, falling trees and falling tree limbs, vehicles crashing into buildings are common causes. Vandalism and robbery accounts for many window board up jobs too.

The heat from fires can blow out window glass, and in some situations, fire fighters may intentionally break out specific windows to pump water into a structure to extinguish the fire.

At SERVPRO of Albany and Americus, we have performed emergency board up services for each of the potential sources discussed. Our trained and experienced technicians stand ready, with an inventory of board-up supplies to respond when and where we are needed. This is just another way we help our community.

One Surprisingly Effective Way to Succeed With Storm Damage Remediation

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

As you inspect your flood damaged home, make a plan to contact the IICRC certified and experienced team at SERVPRO for water removal services.

Removing water from a property quickly can significantly reduce the likelihood of permanent damages. However, in a flood situation, this is not always possible. You may need to evacuate the property or have returned from a weekend away to find your home ankle deep in water. Porous materials, like those that make up your sofa, armchairs or other soft furnishings as well as wood, can imbibe water over time making damages harder to remediate.

Our team is made up of highly trained individuals who can help you with flood damage. Typically, the longer water is allowed to stand the more harm it causes and we can quickly mobilize equipment like gas-powered pumps or truck-mounted water extractors to remove it. Where there is prolonged exposure we may need to use a different technique.

Dehumidifiers are commonly used in a home environment, particularly in humid periods of the year. They work by drawing moisture from the air and replacing it with dry air. Since water naturally migrates from wet to dry, dehumidifiers can also be used to draw moisture out of porous surfaces by drying the surrounding air to 40 GPP- grains of moisture per pound- or below.

SERVPRO can deploy two types of dehumidifier depending on the scale and breadth of the task at hand. Refrigerant dehumidifiers are the more common of the two. We use them in 80% of the services we complete. They are particularly useful in drawing moisture from fabrics like carpets as well as drywall. The other type of dehumidifier is desiccant, which use chemicals to dry below 40 GPP. These can be effective for denser materials, like hardwood or concrete floors, that have suffered prolonged exposure to moisture.

Removing the majority of standing water from a flooded property is a straightforward task. However, tackling that remaining percentage requires expertise and the right dehumidification equipment. SERVPRO is capable of assessing and applying advanced dehumidifiers to help restore your home to its preloss condition and preventing secondary damages after flooding.

Give your home the best chance of getting back to preloss condition, contact SERVPRO of Albany and Americus at (229) 439-2048 today.