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Why Mitigate Water Damages?

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

Drying equipment on red carpet inside of a church in Americus Georgia Mitigation is KEY to reducing damages sustained during a water damage! Call 229-439-2048 to learn more!

Water damages can happen at any time of day, and on any day of the year.  The key to reducing the amount of damage done is to mitigate, or lessen the severity of, the water intrusion into your home or business.  There are many benefits to trusting a professional water damage mitigation and restoration team, such as SERVPRO of Albany and Americus, to perform this service:

  1. Employing a well-trained, equipped, and experienced professional for you water damage needs ensures that you receive the highest possible level of service for your property.
  2. Proper mitigation reduces the amount of damage sustained, resulting in a lower cost of repair for the home or business owner.
  3. Timely mitigation causes less interruption to the day-to-day activities performed within the building. Reducing business interruption is a key focus for SERVPRO of Albany and Americus’ team when performing commercial services, and we also pride ourselves on being as non-intrusive as possible while working in your home.
  4. Drying out a water damaged property quickly reduces the occurrence of secondary damages, such as microbial growth or warping of wood. The longer that porous materials are wet, the more damage they are likely to sustain.

No one ever plans ON having a water damage, but it is imperative to always plan FOR the possibility.  Offering 24 hour a day, 7 day a week emergency response, and providing service throughout Southwest Georgia, SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is your locally owned and operated cleanup and restoration specialist, capable of handling damages of all sizes.  To learn more about the services we offer or request assistance, please give us a call at 229-439-2048.  SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is Faster to Any Size Disaster!   

SQUISH! Uh-Oh….

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Carpet in Albany, GA When water damage strikes, trust SERVPRO of Albany and Americus to help! Call today 229-439-2048

No one ever plans ON having a water damage, but it is extremely important to plan FOR water damages in your home or business.  Imagine the scenario: it’s Monday morning, and you are returning to your small business office after a relaxing weekend with your family.  You step to the front door, unlock it, and step inside.  Immediately you are met by the horrifying “SQUISH” of wet carpet.  You mind begins racing: “What do I do, who do I call, is the water still running, how much of the building is wet?”

Having a PLAN in place for such situations helps alleviate a great deal of this initial stress.  Having a relationship with a trusted, locally owned and operated, property damage mitigation vendor, such as SERVPRO of Albany and Americus, ensures that you can begin the restoration process much more quickly.  Along with providing 24 hour a day, 7 day a week emergency response for water damage emergencies, our team is also proud to offer a no cost Emergency Ready Profile for local business owners and managers to streamline all their pertinent information, including shut off valves, for their property.

SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is in the business of taking care of your business.  We strive to provide the highest level of customer service, limit business interruption, and mitigate losses in a timely fashion to reduce the risk of secondary damages.  Don’t let the “SQUISH” sneak up on you!  Prepare for the possibility of water damages by trusting in SERVPRO of Albany and Americus.  To inquire about our Emergency Ready Profile, or any other services, please give us a call at 229-439-2048, We’re Here to Help!

Water Damage FYI – Categories of Water

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

Drying equipment in a commercial office building When water damage strikes, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Albany and Americus for help!

Water damages to your property can arise from a variety of sources, including external flooding, broken pipes, or backed up sewage lines.  The source of the water intrusion plays a role in defining the “category of water” that is to be remediated.  Different processes are followed depending on the category of the water involved; each with their own unique characteristics.  Knowing the kind, or category, of water that has infiltrated your property is important in the restoration process.

Category 1, or “Clean Water” is water from a clean source, such as a broke supply line or faucet.  If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 depending on the factors such as length of time left sitting, temperature of the structure, and contact with contaminants.

Category 2, or “Gray Water” has a high level of contamination that could cause illness or discomfort if ingested.  Sources of category 2 water may include washing machine overflow, dishwasher overflow, or toilet overflow that does NOT contain feces.

Category 3, or “Black Water” is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness if ingested, and physical contact should be avoided.  Sources of category 3 water may include floodwaters, which often contain biological contaminants, toilet overflow that does contain feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

Having a trusted cleanup and restoration professional to call in case of a water damage emergency is paramount to making your loss “Like it never even happened.”  SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and has the training, equipment, and experience to take care of water damages of all sizes.  To learn more, or request service, give us a call at 229-439-2048, We’re Here to Help!

Water Damage Restoration Tips

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

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Folks who have lived on the east coast for any length of time are fully aware that some of those areas are tornado prone and that Mother Nature provides an opportunity for damage to be done. You should also know, or be aware, that it's not just a tornado with high winds that can cause havoc. Things as simple as a broken or damaged concrete slab can produce water in home, as well as water in business. Water Damage may not reach the status of a 100 mile per hour tornado, but the flood damage can be annoying and costly. Actually, in a recent survey, it was found that water slab leaks are quite common in Georgia and hard to detect.


Mitigation And Water Damage Restoration

There is not a whole lot worse that could happen to a person than standing knee deep in smelly water in your home with thoughts of drying, water cleanup and air movement running through your mind. Well, maybe you were not prepared for this water damage and flood damage episode, but to prevent future problems of water in home or water in business - think: water damage restoration and mitigation. You should also understand that mitigation should be handled by an experienced and licensed professional water restoration contractor, not your neighbor or your cousin Bob. That said, if you are a homeowner or business owner with a water damage or flood damage conundrum, let's do a question and answer primer.

#1 - What are the effects of water damage, flood damage, water in home or water in business as well as water cleanup? If water makes a direct hit, it will cause drywall to sag, and fall apart. If wood is involved, it will swell and buckle, then rot.

#2 - Can water in home or water in business be prevented? There is not much you can do to an act of nature. But strangely enough, most significant water damage or flooding damage is caused by indoor plumbing failures like a leaky underground pipe.

#3 - How long does it take for the drying process or complete water cleanup? Mostly, drying and water cleanup will depend largely on the extent of damage, saturation and how long the water in home or water in business has been exposed to water.

Restoration, Air Movement, And Mitigation!

Using a certified restoration company to handle the drying, air movement, water cleanup and overall water restoration is best left for the professionals. They know why the air movement feels dry and usually have been in the water damage restoration business a long time.
Note: If you are wondering why a water damage restoration company would need to have access to your water in home or water in business once the water has been extracted and the drying process has begun, the professional contractor will need to continue monitor and control the moisture, humidity levels along with the air movement until everything in the environment is returned to normal and no mold threatens. 

If you have any questions please call SERVPRO of Albany & Americus at (229) 439- 2048

Water Damage in Warwick?

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

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Water damages can strike at any time of day, and on any day of the week.  From isolated residential occurrences to multi-unit commercial large losses, SERVPRO of Albany and Americus has the equipment, training, and experience begin the mitigation process and help restore your property to its preloss condition.

When it comes to remediating water damages, there are a variety of services that our team can provide, depending upon the nature of your specific damage.  Our water damage services include:

  • 24 Hour Emergency Response
  • Standing Water Extraction
  • Moisture Detection
  • Moisture Mapping
  • Structural Drying
  • Deodorization
  • Decontamination
  • Contents Pack Out
  • Contents Cleaning
  • Debris Removal

Having a locally owned and operated clean up and restoration expert that you can trust is imperative in the mitigation process.  Our team takes great pride in providing the highest level of customer service with our work, as evidenced by our glowing Google Reviews.  When your Warwick home or business incurs a water damage, call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus at 229-439-2048 for help!

Categories of Water Damage

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

Drying Mat in Use on Residential Flooring in Leesburg, GA SERVPRO of Albany and Americus has the equipment, experience, and expertise to handle water damages of all categories, and all sizes!

When it comes to mitigating water damages, one of the most important steps that the professionals at SERVPRO of Albany and Americus take is to identify the category, or type, of water that has caused the damage.  This categorization helps to define the procedure that will be followed for the mitigation and restoration process, the equipment needed, and the various techniques that may be utilized throughout the course of the job.  There are three categories of water that we consider in this process:

  • Category 1, or “Clean Water” is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon factors such as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.
  • Category 2, or “Gray Water” has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.
  • Category 3, or “Black Water” is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth. Handling damages caused by category 3 water requires the use of PPE, or Personal Protective Equipment, to perform the mitigation safely.

In order to limit the amount of damage sustained by your home or business after a water loss, SERVPRO of Albany and Americus offer 24 hour a day, 7 day a week emergency response.  Serving communities throughout Southwest Georgia, our team of IICRC trained professionals has the equipment, expertise, and experience to handle damages of all sizes, and We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Be Familiar with your Flood Insurance Policy

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

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Flood insurance is something that is very important to have if you live in an area that is susceptible to water-related storm damage. But this type of policy does not cover everything.

Look over your individual policy to find out exactly where you are and are not covered.  Learn what type of damage is not covered by most flood insurance policies below.

Internal Malfunctions

Some homeowners believe that all water damage is covered. but this is not the case . Flood damage only covers water damage that is a result of external sources like excess rainwater or a hurricane. If a pipe bursts and causes a “flood” in your basement, this will not be covered.

Swimming Pools

Another common misconception is that because your pool is outside your home, it will be covered.  If a crack in the liner causes the water to drain into your home, this will also not be covered.

Secondary Damage

While you may be covered for water that is a result of a storm, any residual effects will be your responsibility. For instance, your policy should cover extraction of excess rainwater. But if moisture remains, which leads to mold, your flood insurance will not cover this.

Living Expenses

A flood in your home may force you to relocate until the remediation process is completed. Living expenses, such as hotels and food during this time period will not be covered by your flood policy.

As mentioned above, look at your flood insurance policy to find the limitations so that you are not surprised in the event of flood damage.  If you do sustain storm-related flood damage, call SERVPRO of Albany & Americus! 229.439.2048

Terrifying Truth About Laundry

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

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Most of us pride ourselves on being incredibly talented multi-taskers, going through life, and getting stuff done. That’s great and all, but there comes a time where it’s actually dangerous to multi-task. For instance, laundry is not something you want to do while you’re away from home because two major disasters can happen the minute you leave your home.

Water Loss Potential

The first one being a water loss when your washing machine’s water line breaks or starts leaking. Another possibility is the hose hooked up to your washer can actually become detached due to the shaking and shifting of the machine. Wouldn’t that be a fun surprise to come home and see your entire laundry room floor is covered in water? Actually, no. It’s not fun. We would know.

Fire Loss Potential

The second major disaster that is likely to occur is a fire sparking from the clogged lint in your dryer vent. With fires being so unpredictable, we strongly advise you do not hit the start button before you run some errands in town. An extra precaution we advise is cleaning out your lint trap before and after each use, and on a yearly basis, clean out the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.

Lesson Learned

We know it’s tempting to get two things done at once, but this is one task that needs more of your attention and presence.

SERVPRO of Albany and Americus specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. We can handle any size disaster!

Call us at 229.439.2048

Toilet Water Damages

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

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We have seen water damages of all kinds. One, the family had a little one who loved the flush the toilet. He/she loved it so much they flushed and flushed and continued to do so until it caused the toilet to start overflowing. Causing the water to overflow onto the tile, out the bathroom, through the floor to the downstairs ceiling and floor.

When our technicians arrive to a job, they introduce themselves, evaluate the entire damage and scene. Then they explain the next steps, and what needs to be done for that first day. We do our best to treat and set equipment the first day to control the temperature and environment as soon as possible to avoid any mold or further damage.

We understand that things happen, and it is not always in our control. Toilets can be fun and fascinating to little ones. We understand this was not the plan for you and your household. Our staff and technicians do their absolute best to walk you through the process and communicate the best they can. Remember SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. We are trained and ready to help you through your water damage today.

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

Preventing Water Damage

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

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We understand how much of a shock a water loss can be, especially since it doesn’t take much to cause the damage. Some things that can cause water damage include: 

  • Bursting or leaking pipes
  • Plumbing Problems
  • Crawl Space, Basement, Attic Concerns
  • Malfunctioning Household Appliances
  • HVAC issues
  • Weather-Related Issues and Natural Disasters

At SERVPRO of Albany and Americus, we want to share some tips on what to look for and how to prevent a water loss.

Maintain and Understand your Indoor Plumbing System

    • Inspect appliance hoses and faucets
    • Inspect showers and tubs
    • When away on vacation, shut off the water supply to the washing machine
    • Know the location of the main shut off valve in your home
    • Install an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system
    • Repair and protect your home’s exterior
    • Caulk and seal windows
    • Inspect your roof
    • Check your downspouts
    • Check sprinklers and irrigation systems
    • Install gutter guard

Protect your Possessions

    • Store off-season and other bulk belongings in waterproof bins
    • Never store valuables or memorabilia where there is a risk of destruction from water.
    • Keep belongings stored on shelving off the floor.

Monitor Your Water Bill

Sometimes, the only way you know that water is leaking is taking a closer look at your water bill.  If your usage jumps significantly from one month to the next without explanation, put your “water detective’s hat” on.  Is there a leak in your crawlspace? Or, is it a pipe in your front yard? Don’t leave mystery leaks unattended!

If a water loss does occur, our team is ready to take action and make it "Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7! Contact us at (229) 439-2048.

What to do until help arrives

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Water damage describes various possible losses caused by water intruding where it will enable attack of a material or system by destructive processes such as rotting of wood, mold growth, bacteria growth, rusting of steel, swelling of composite woods, de-laminating of materials such as plywood, and many others.

If you have occurred water damage in your home or business these steps will help you before the professionals at SERVPRO of Albany and Americus arrive. 

1. Shut off the water source if possible! If you are unable to, contact a qualified party to do so. 

2. Turn off the circuit breakers for the wet areas of the house of building. 

3. Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting. 

4. Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying. 

5.  Place aluminum foil or wood blocks
between furniture and wet carpeting.

6. Do not use a household vacuum to remove excess water. This could damage the vacuum and or cause electrical shock. 

7. Remove all of your valuable and sensitive items such as computers, documents, or art to a safe, dry space. 

SERVPRO of Albany & Americus is locally owned and operated. We are part of this South Georgia Community and WE ARE HERE TO HELP! 

Call us with your mitigation needs at (229) 439-2048 TODAY! 

Living in your home during water damage

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Any time you experience a water damage in your home it can be distressing. Coming home to or waking up and discovering water damage can throw off your entire day. Once the damage is discovered, you begin the process of making phone calls and going through the steps to repair the damage. Often times when water damage occurs the customer has to live in their home throughout the process. In severe cases they may find other temporary arrangements. When we come into your home during this frustrating time, it is our goal to make sure that the process of getting your home back in order is as stress free as possible. We will come in and set up our drying equipment in the affected areas and perform any necessary demolition to wet materials. We always strive to have the home dry and have equipment removed within 4 days. At that point the customer can choose to complete the necessary repairs or have SERVPRO of Albany and Americus's Construction Manager come out and give a repair estimate. In the case that you ever experience water damage, rest assured that we can take of you! Call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus 24/7 at 229-439-2048.

 
 

River Flooding Damage in South Georgia

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Plan If you or someone you know experiences a flood in your home or business in the South Georgia area, call SERVPRO of Albany & Americus @ 229-439-2048

River flooding occurs when river levels rise and overflow their banks or the edges of their main channel and inundate areas that are normally dry. This is something that many Albany, and South Georgia residents are all too familiar with but may still not be fully prepared for. 

By having a SERVPRO of Albany and Americus Emergency Ready Plan in order you and your family can feel more secure knowing that in the case of a flood there is nothing holding us back from beginning our work and getting your home back "Like it never even happened."

This plan allows for the creation of an emergency ready profile containing critical property information to help speed up the response time after water damage or fire. 

During the last flood in Albany and Lee County we went door to door in neighborhoods watching the water levels and the panic in homeowners rise by the second. Many people assume that when the rain stops, so does the rising water. Water continues to rise 24 hours after the rain has stopped and anyone that lives in a flood zone should be prepared. We understand this is a nightmare for any homeowner and our goal is that when you see SERVPRO of Albany and Americus coming that the worst is behind you. 

SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is a national provider that also treats you like family.

For more information on water or flood damages give us a call 24/7 at 229-439-2048

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)

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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.

Water Damaged Property

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

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

Ever Experienced Water Damage to Your Property? That's a good question. Over the years SERVPRO of Albany and Americus has responded to many unusual sources of water damage including: Children watering indoor plants with a garden house; aquariums falling over during an earthquake; and carpenters driving nails through hidden pipes. There are many more common ways that a building can become damaged by water such as: Ground water flooding, rain storms, burst water delivery pipes, plumbing backups, failed/leaking water heaters, etc.

One of the strangest water damage situations that our company responded to was in a four story Victorian house in Americus, Georgia, that had been converted to small apartments.

During a domestic argument, a wife slashed a waterbed that was in a bedroom on the top floor. The 100 gallons of water flowed down through the floor causing flooding to many rooms below. The water damage affected every resident in the house.

When our crew arrived, we were amazed to see the interior rooms with ceilings dripping as if it were raining indoors. Regardless of the source or the size of the flooding, SERVPRO of Albany and Americus can quickly mitigate (stop and contain) the damage and get the drying and recovery underway.

Our experience is vast. We work in residential, retail and commercial settings. Call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus 24/7 at 229-439-2048.

Water Damage- Professional Equipment

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus 24/7 at 229.439.2048 for ALL of your mitigation needs.

If flooding occurs and affects your home, you want the assurance that the professionals that you reach out to have the skills and appropriate equipment to remove this threat quickly from your home. While widespread flooding can often come with disastrous effects for your property, our professionals can help to remove the damaging excess water quickly so that our team can get to work on the rest of the restoration work that your property needs to return to preloss condition.

When a natural disaster affects your home, you need a fast response to the situation with flood extraction equipment that can eliminate the rising levels of flood water within your home quickly. Our SERVPRO professionals have many different levels of extraction equipment ranging from handheld machines capable of getting into areas with accessibility issues to massive pumps that can remove high volumes of water fast to protect unexposed areas of your property. 

Call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus at 229.439.2048  24/7 for all of your water mitigation needs.

Faster to Any Disaster

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus for your water mitigation needs at 229-439-2048.

At SERVPRO of Albany and Americus, we understand that even a minor water damage in your home can feel like a disaster.   You want help and you want it fast!  That is why we have systems in place to ensure that you receive the fastest response when a water loss strikes your home.  Our first responders will arrive onsite to assess the damage within in one hour and we will have crews working to make it “Like it never even happened” within three hours.  Here in the Albany area we are no strangers to flooding.  Whether it be a simple summer storm or a tropical system, we have seen it all and SERVPRO of Albany and Americus has been Here to Help.  Our experience combined with our highly trained team and cutting -edge technologies means that we provide the best service available to our customers.  If you experience water damage in your home give us a call at 229-439-2048.

What To Do If Your Basement Floods

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

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
    • Storm sewer backup
    • Sanitary sewer backup
    • 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 and Americus 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

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

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 and Americus to handle the water mitigation. 

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Albany and Americus 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 and Americus 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 and Americus to handle your restoration needs.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (229) 439-2048

When Water Damage Moves Beyond the Stained-Ceiling Stage in Your Home

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus for your water damage needs at 229-439-2048.

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 and Americus 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 and Americus 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.

Outdoor Grilling Safety Tips

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

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 and Americus. We would love to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Do you know where your shutoff valve is?

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Main shut off valve outside.

In case of a plumbing emergency, it is always a good idea to educate yourself on how (and where) to turn off your main water supply - as well as the isolation valves on your various plumbing fixtures. A ruptured line, burst pipe, or sewage backup can wreak havoc on your home and potentially cost you thousands in water damage and water bills.

In severe cold weather, the water in your pipes can freeze. When water freezes, it expands and can burst the pipe, not matter how thick or strong it may be. If it's too late and the pipe has already burst, turn off your main water valve as fast as you can to prevent further damages.

Being able to contain the situation as soon as possible will greatly help with damage control and allow a wider window of time for help to arrive (if the situation calls for it). Everyone in your home should know exactly where the water shutoff valve is located and how to turn it off.

Additionally, if you are going to be away from your home for an extended period of time, it is highly recommended that you turn off the main water valve.

Where is the main water shutoff valve located?

This is the million-dollar question. Your main water shutoff valve could be located in several different areas. If you have a home with a basement and crawlspace, it is probably located on an interior wall near the front of the house, where the water comes in from the water meter. In this case, it is most likely hiding in plain sight. If your home was built on a slab, the valve might be located near the hot water heater or inside your garage.

What to do if water is in your home.

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

IICRC and SERVPRO

One of the worst nightmares for any homeowner is finding water in the basement or anywhere in the home, and in most cases, the only way to deal with such a situation is to bring in a professional. Excess water, especially when it is contaminated, has the potential to cause a great deal of damage, and if the problem is not dealt with properly, the situation can quickly get out of hand. This is especially true when water is pooling in the home and coming in contact with organic materials like drywall or fabric.

Water in the basement can be caused by a lot of factors. The room may sit under the water table, which will slowly push water into the home. A disaster like a flood can quickly fill the room with fluid, as well as a burst pipe or other plumbing mishap. No matter what causes the water to build up in the home, it will take a certified team to remove it and restore the basement effectively.

There are a couple steps, though, that a homeowner can take to minimize damage and make the home safe to navigate through. If a pipe burst or is leaking, then cutting off the supply line into the home can halt the problem. Also, switching off the home’s power may be necessary, as an electrical discharge can make walking through water exceedingly dangerous and cause a fire.

Safety is the primary concern when contending with excess moisture, and a certified crew will be able to get the home restored in while avoiding any dangerous situations.

How Basement Water Damage is Cleaned Up

7/28/2016 (Permalink)

Whether from a storm, a pipe burst, or a particularly nasty leak, basement flooding is a relatively common affliction to Albany and Americus homes.

Cleaning Up Your Water Damaged Basement

Whether from a storm, a pipe burst, or a particularly nasty leak, basement flooding is a relatively common affliction to homes across the nation. Water naturally seeks to flow to the lowest ground and pool there, and this is often, unfortunately, the nearest home's basement. Basement flooding can range in intensity and damage, from just fractions of an inch of water to full submersion of the area. Regardless, restoring a basement after a flood is a challenging task, and requires professional training and equipment.

Pumping and Extraction
The first step in cleaning up and basement water damage in Albany and Americus is to pump out any remaining water. Depending on how much water is in the basement, extractors can be either portable or mounted on a truck. Simply put, we use these machines to pump water out of a structure to its exterior in massive volumes.

Air Movers and Dehumidifiers
When removing the remaining traces of moisture from a basement, the first step involves heavy air movers, moving large volumes of air rapidly across surfaces to reduce their drying time. Then, we bring in dehumidifiers, which remove moisture from the air which is picked up by air movers. In this way, the two machines work together to dry out a room quickly and remove any extra moisture within.

Deodorization
Waters, especially floodwaters from a storm, can leave terrible smells in a room even after it has dried. Thus, deodorizers in the form of ultra-low volume and thermal foggers are brought out, to mask even the heaviest of smells and make the room livable again.

Sanitization and Cleaning
Once odors and all water have been removed from the basement, professional SERVPRO cleaners move in to sanitize, scrub, and repair each surface in the basement. It is important to let our professionals do this task, as there may still be harmful substances in the environment such as chemical stains and mold growth.

SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is a professional, locally-owned and operated cleanup and restoration company which is trained and equipped to deal with the toughest water damage cases in the area. Contact us for 24/7 emergency service at (229) 439-2048.

Camilla Water Damage - Call the Pros to Alleviate Stress

5/16/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Ceilings in Camilla Get Restored by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Comfortably Restores Your Camilla Water Damaged Property

When Camilla water damage occurs, residents call for disaster clean up; it helps to know that you have called the right water repair and remediation company that gets the job done right each and every time. In addition to taking care of water and mold damage, they will communicate with the insurance company, and they can even help with processing the necessary forms. SERVPRO is very adept at this process and works closely with your agent and adjuster.  When homes are faced with water damages, water is not the only threat; there is also mold growth (mold starts to grown within 48 to 72 hours) to consider.
 
Professional water restoration experts will act swiftly to address water damage events so that homeowners do not suffer any more than they already have. Also, these professionals are available to help restore your property by discarding damaged building materials and by using antibacterial and anti-fungal solutions to stop mold and odor problems. Water invading a home can occur from Georgia storms, sewage back-up, faulty appliances and other occurrences.
 
As trained, skilled, and experienced experts, water remediation technicians from SERVPRO can better help their customers because they understand how water is categorized allowing for correct water extraction protocols. The skilled technicians use advanced equipment, tools, techniques, and solutions to restore your home in Camilla back to a preloss condition:
 
Clean Water - this type of water is from a broken water supply line or faucet. Potable water.

Gray Water - this type of water has a slight contamination quality that comes from toilet overflow, washing machine overflow or a dishwasher overflow.

Black Water - this kind of water is dangerously contaminated because it comes from floods, toilet bowl with fecal or urine material, sewage backflow and any form of dirty standing water. This water can contain pathogens, viruses, mold spores, and more.
 
Our water damage restoration experts are also certified (“IICRC”) professionals who know how to help a business and residential homeowners when Georgia experiences one its strong storms like a tornado or hurricane resulting in flooding. We can dispatch a water damage storm response team to start the water extraction process.
Every water damage emergency situation is different and is handled uniquely by water damage restoration technicians, but with the same general process steps, which involves the following:
 
Step 1: Emergency Contact
Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment
Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction
Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification
Step 5: Cleaning and Repair
Step 6: Restoration
 
Along with their exceptional water cleanup, technicians offer assistance with insurance claims, HVAC cleaning, wind, storm and mold damage restoration, and other cleanup and restoration services. Their expertise and years of experience are homeowners and business owners' one-stop shop for all disaster recovery needs so that people can get back on their feet.
 
Our company, SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust. We are proud to be a part of the neighborhood because we live and work together with our customers. We proudly and professionally serve residential and commercial properties in Cuthbert, Vienna, and Sylvester. Call us at (229) 439-2048 to learn more about how we can help you restore your home due to fire damage, water damage, or mold damage. For your 24/7 Emergency Service needs, contact us and let us help alleviate your stress and restore you to a more peaceful state of mind!

The Importance of Water Damage Cleanup

2/29/2016 (Permalink)

Residential water damage cleanup services are critical after a big storm has occurred in the area.

Contact SERVPRO Water Damage Cleanup

Albany and Americus residential water damage cleanup services are critical after a big storm has occurred in the area. Torrential rains and high winds are a combination that can lead to severe damage to homes. Strong winds often blow off shingles or throw debris around a residence until a window breaks, and rain can flood a home through roof or window damage, leading to serious concerns if Albany and Americus residential water damage cleanup services are not performed immediately. Extremely heavy rains or water that has built up over time can also seep into a home under doorways. There are many ways that flood damage can occur in just a short amount of time.


Water damage can start off small and end up leading to secondary problems and expensive repair and restoration fees. The faster water damage is discovered, the better. Whether water damage is being caused by a roof leak or some other emergency, the first step is to find out exactly where the water is coming from so that it can be stopped.


Rely on Professional Albany and Americus Residential Water Damage Cleanup Services
Fast water extraction methods are necessary to make sure that your home sustains the least amount of damage as possible. To begin with, it is important to find out what type of water you are dealing with. Specialists can get rid of clean, gray, or black water with ease. They use reliable, high-powered equipment that can extract standing water rapidly. After water is removed, carpet pads should be checked out to make sure that they do not need to be removed to save the flooring underneath them. Walls should also be inspected for damage. Moisture meters and sensors can detect moisture levels all over your home whether it is visible or not.


Along with removing water, cleaning and sanitizing your property are also essential. If there are bad scents, deodorizing your property may be a necessity too. You want to return to your home knowing that there are no lurking bacteria left over from the flooding.


When a severe storm attacks your property, getting it repaired right away can help to stop water damage from getting worse. It is important to salvage as much as possible from your home. Be careful walking around the property that has standing water in it because it could be holding many dangerous surprises that only specialists are equipped to handle.


SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is standing by to assist you with all sorts of residential water damage cleanup services. As we're a local company, you can trust us to arrive promptly to clean up your water damage as quickly as possible. Contact us today at (229) 439-2048.

SERVPRO Services in Albany and Americus to Minimize Water Damage

9/11/2015 (Permalink)

Water Removal Is the Call to Action

How to Minimize Water Damage in Albany and Americus

The aftermath of floods and fires present homeowners in Albany and Americus with many problems. Water damage is one of the most serious and pressing issues that has to be addressed immediately. If you do not respond to your water damage issues quickly, your home can become an optimal space for mold and mildew to thrive. Additionally, water damage can adversely impact the structural integrity of your property, along with personal items and furnishings. The importance of you contacting a water damage restoration company such as SERVPRO, as soon as your home is under duress from flood or fire, cannot be over-emphasized. Learn more about some of the benefits that securing a professional water damage service can bring by reviewing the following information: 

Water Cleanup of Your Albany and Americus Home

Water cleanup, the extraction process for your home, should be initiated within 24 hours of the event. This water removal is essential because mold and mildew start to proliferate 48-72 hours after the accumulation of water and moisture. This growth is a secondary water damage result that be even more degrading to your property than the initial water damage created by flood, leakage, or fire. For this reason, the water damage professionals from SERVPRO advise in starting the cleanup process as quickly as possible.

Repairing Your Albany and Americus Home

Following a flood or fire, your residential property has likely been impacted by structural and possibly electrical damage. For these reasons, it is probably unsafe for you to reenter your home right after the water damaging occurrence. Instead, you should wait to attain approval for reentry from the officials (such as a fire department). When you hire a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO, they will make an assessment and thorough inspection leading to the proper course of action. Then the restoration process can commence from water removal to cleanup to repair and finally, restoration.  If necessary, these water damage experts can send recommended outside contractors to your property, upon the approval of you and your insurance carrier, to speed the repair process along. SERVPRO will provide closing documentation for the work performed and the drying out of your home.

Obtaining a professional water damage service for the restoration of your residential property in Albany and Americus lessens the burden and stress for you. Turn to SERVPRO expert technicians to work with precision and expediency to ensure that your home is completely restored as quickly as possible. "Like it never even happened."

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a water or flooding emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Albany community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

Call us to help. "Like it never even happened." (229) 439-2048

Camilla Water Damage Clean Up — Why is Fast Response So Important?

7/21/2015 (Permalink)

Water damage is not to be treated lightly.

The Key to Successfully Restore Water Damaged Areas

Camilla water damage is not to be treated lightly. Experts recommend that professional treatment should begin within the first 48 hours after the damage has been discovered. This is critical to minimize the growth of toxic molds and bacteria that can damage the integrity of the structure and also put at risk the health of its’ occupants. Studies have found that molds and bacteria will start to grow on untreated wet drywall in less than 48 hours. In addition to inhibiting toxic microbial growth, the treatment also limits permanent damage to the structure itself.


It is essential to secure a contractor who specializes in Camilla water damage, such as SERVPRO, to begin the cleanup process as early as possible. Allowing the trained service professionals to assess the extent of the damage and begin treatment early will reduce the amount of permanent damage sustained to the structure and personal effects. Remediation begins by removing the water as soon as possible. Extraction pumps will be used to remove visible water. The removal of wet materials, such as carpets, drywall and insulation, will also be part of the necessary actions performed by the trained professionals. Drying out the affected area is critical to minimize the growth of bacteria and mold. Commercial dryers and high efficiency dehumidifiers will be used to complete the water removal process.


Ensuring that the level of moisture is at an acceptable level, the restoration team will monitor the area with a hygrometer. This is especially important for small closed in spaces, behind cabinetry or in recessed areas of the structure. Beginning the reconstruction before the moisture level has been reduced to normal levels increases the probability that mold and mildew will become an issue in the future.


How successful the complete restoration of the structure greatly depends on how soon the trained professionals, like SERVPRO, are able to start the process. SERVPRO offer 24-hour availability, and they have personnel ready to begin the water removal process immediately. Water damage is disheartening, but letting a trained team of professionals handle the cleanup and restoration of the structure provides peace of mind.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a flooding or water emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Albany and Americus community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities: