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First Steps in Dealing with Water Damage

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage is something that can catch us off guard, and it’s certainly an unwelcome issue. Oftentimes it is due to human error, such as someone forgetting to turn off a faucet or neglecting to replace a hose with a slight leak. Other times, it is due to severe weather or other circumstances out of our control, such as a broken underground city water pipe; these types of water damage can cause a lot of trouble, as well as being very costly.

When dealing with any type of water damage situation, whether large or small, there are a few steps you can follow that will help you handle the issue:

  • Do as thorough an assessment as possible of all property that has sustained damages from the event. Look behind appliances, lift up carpeting, check the crawl spaces, and make sure you are using a light source that allows you to see exactly what is going on.
  • Take pictures of all your findings, no matter how small. Once things dry out, you will have no evidence of what has happened, and that might create a challenge when attempting to recoup losses.
  • Contact government officials if the damage comes from a city or county source, and give them as much information as you can. Stay onsite to walk them through your property if at all possible, and share pictures with them if they ask.
  • Get in touch with your homeowner’s insurance company and send them all the documentation and images that you have collected. Be clear and precise, describing every instance of damage thoroughly and completely so that all records will be accurate.
  • Once all the information has been shared with the above entities, make arrangements to allow your property to dry out completely. Keep an eye open for mold colonies taking hold.
  • Using fans and dehumidifiers in enclosed spaces are an efficient way to alleviate damp and moist circumstances quickly and thoroughly before mold can set in.
  • If you find items that are damaged beyond repair or will not dry out properly, get rid of them immediately to avoid mold from taking hold.


Keep us in mind here at SERVPRO of Brunswick for all your large-scale cleanup projects. We’re experts at handling water and fire damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialities. You can visit our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick or call us at (912) 264-6094

Keeping Your Home Safe from Storm Damage

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storms can become a problem with little to no warning. Watching the news can keep us informed beforehand, but bad weather is still unpredictable, so we need to take steps to keep our homes safe from the damages that storms can cause.

Conducting an inspection of your home’s premises is vital to complete before inclement weather hits. A leaky roof or windows can be big problems during extreme conditions such as heavy rains and high winds. Do all your exterior doors and windows fit correctly, and is the weather stripping in these areas in good condition? When is the last time you took a look at your roof to see if it is storm ready?

Loose shutters and rain gutters can present a real problem in high winds, as can unstable large trees. It’s a good idea to trim back trees and bushes with large heavy branches that are not in good condition so that windows and vehicles are not in danger of storm damage in high winds.

Many homes in older cities have drainage ditches at the front of the property. Take time to inspect this area and remove debris or dirt that might obstruct the flow of water from a heavy rain. A clogged drainage ditch can cause a lot of damage by backing up and flooding your property both during or after a storm.

In the event of impending bad weather, do you have a system in place that will help you to get information to everyone? Most of us use our cell phones to communicate these days, but your cell phone service could be at risk when rough conditions hit. You might consider installing a good old-fashioned landline, just in case. If you or a family member gets stuck or injured at work or out doing errands, they may need help, so it’s vital that lines of communication stay open.

The SERVPRO of Brunswick team is experienced and equipped to assist you in the event of storm damage, fire damage, or mold issues. You can give us a call today at (912) 264-6094, or visit us on our website:  SERVPRO of Brunswick

Dehumidifying Your Home

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Allergies are a big problem for many people and can make anyone really miserable. The culprits in a humid climate are usually mold, mildew, dust mites, and seasonal allergy issues such as pollen and dust, etc. Allergic reactions can show up as skin rashes, sneezing, difficulty breathing, itchy eyes and a stuffy nose. When allergies are left untreated, they can lead to asthma and other complications. If you or someone you love suffers from allergies, using a dehumidifier in your home can be a huge help.

Whether you live in an area with a humid climate, or just in a space that tends to be damp, you may be experiencing problems from mold and/or mildew or dust mites. Limited ventilation in places such as basement apartments, small kitchens, or bathrooms can cause moisture to build up, even in the dryest of climates, so ensuring that these areas are properly ventilated is vital. You can also opt to use a dehumidifier in your home, and this is a very efficient way to protect your home and loved ones from physical issues that may arise in a damp environment.

Dehumidifiers can help by:

  • Reducing humidity levels, making your home less inviting to allergens.
  • Reducing the possibility that mold will develop on furniture, clothing, and other materials.
  • Eliminating the unpleasant odors that accompany mold and mildew.
  • Allowing you to breathe easier and reducing irritation to your skin and respiratory system.
  • Lowering the amount of dust in the home, which can be an irritant.
  • Keeping electronics and tools drier and free from rust and corrosion, and even prolonging the shelf life of breads and cereals!
  • Helping your clothing dry faster.
  • Lowering energy costs by assisting your HVAC in running more efficiently. When air in the home is humid, the A/C must work doubly hard by both removing the moisture and cooling the air. Your unit will wear out sooner under that stress, and that’s costly.
  • Running quietly and efficiently in the background of daily life. You won’t even notice it!

The SERVPRO of Brunswick team is here and ready to help with home or office cleanup issues both large and small. Fire damage, water damage, and mold prevention are just some our areas of expertise! Call us at (912) 264-6094 or visit our website:  SERVPRO of Brunswick

Practicing Fire Safety In Your Business

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Our team here at SERVPRO of Brunswick would like to share some tips with you today to help keep yourself, your staff, and your business property safe from fire:

  • Install high-quality smoke detectors on or near the ceilings of your business in all areas, including warehouses and outlying buildings. Installing Carbon Monoxide alarms in the same areas is always a good idea since CO is an odorless and colorless gas produced by burning fuels.
  • Ensure that you have multipurpose fire extinguishers readily accessible in several areas of your property, and make sure your staff knows where they are and how to use them properly.
  • Have your HVAC unit inspected on a regular basis. Employ a professional for these types of specialized tasks.
  • Create an escape plan for your team and make sure everyone understands it and can follow the plan in case of fire. Post your evacuation plan in public areas so that both your staff and customers are aware of where to go in the event of a fire. Second story buildings should have an escape ladder; post warnings near any elevators that they are not to be used in case of a fire.
  • There are remote monitors available today that let you know if there is a fire in your buildings while you are not there. They can be plugged into an electrical outlet easily and connected to your internet, and you will be notified by the app you download on your phone.
  • During repair or remodelling of your business property, use fire-resistant building materials when available. For example, using a fire retardant brand of insulation can be a huge part of keeping your workspaces fire safe.

Call the team here at SERVPRO of Brunswick for assistance with fire safety, and remember: we are always available for large-scale cleanups after fire and water damage in both residential and commercial properties. Our phone number is (912) 264-6094, and our website is: SERVPRO of Brunswick. We’re here to help!

Smoke Detector Maintenance

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

We never think of smoke detectors, until disaster strikes. Make it a priority to maintain your smoke detectors on a regular basis so that while you are going about your daily routine, they are ready to alert you and your loved ones of danger.

  • Every bedroom and sleeping area on every level of your home needs a smoke detector, even the attic and basement.
  • Make sure that every unit is securely fastened to its surface, whether it is a wall or a ceiling.
  • When it comes to the workplace, ensure that they are installed in all areas where people spend time, from the bathroom to the warehouse. Customer waiting areas and public restrooms need to be outfitted, as well. Stored product also needs to be protected.
  • Make sure you know how old your alarms are, and test them monthly. Use the test button for this, and make sure everyone in your home or business knows what they sound like so that reaction times will be quick in the event of a fire.
  • Keep them clean and free of greasy build-up and dust, which could affect their performance. You can use a hand-held vacuum for this task. Place this activity on your workplace cleaning schedule to ensure that it is completed on a regular basis.
  • Are they hard-wired or wireless? When is the last time you replaced the batteries? Ensure that your smoke detectors are powered up and ready to go at all times.
  • Are your alarms interconnected? They should all go off at the same time in the event of a fire, so contact a professional to have this taken care of.
  • Replace all smoke detectors, including those that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms before they turn 10 years old, or sooner if they don’t respond correctly when tested.
  • Save and follow manufacturer’s instructions for testing and maintenance of your units.
  • Your units should be marked by a certified inspection entity.

Here at SERVPRO of Brunswick, we care about your safety. Call us at (912) 264-6094 for all your large-scale cleanup projects; we are experts at handling water and fire damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialties! Visit our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick

Preparing for the 2018 Hurricane Season

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Brunswick, we want you to be safe during the 2018 hurricane season. We’re sharing some guidelines for you today so that you can be ready if and when a hurricane hits the area.

  • Before a hurricane:
    • Sign up for local alerts and warnings and monitor local news and weather reports.
    • Prepare for a possible evacuation by testing your emergency communication plan with your loved ones in advance.
    • Make sure everyone knows evacuation routes and designated safe places to stay.
    • Stock emergency supplies, and pack to-go bags.
    • Collect all important documents and safeguard them.
  • During a hurricane:
      • Follow all guidance from your local authorities. If you are advised to evacuate, grab your to-go bag and your loved ones and leave immediately.
      • Stay away from windows and shelter on the lowest level in an interior room, moving to higher ground if there is flooding or a flood warning.
  • Never walk or drive on flooded roads or through water.
    • Call 9-1-1 if your life is threatened.
  • After a hurricane:
      • Only return to the area of your home when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • Do not enter damaged buildings until they are inspected by qualified professionals.
    • Never walk or drive on flooded roads or through floodwaters.
    • Keep an eye out for downed trees, power lines, and poles.
    • Protect your hands and feet with gloves and sturdy shoes.
    • When cleaning up, do not remove heavy debris by yourself.
    • Do not drink tap water until local authorities have approved its safety.

Here at SERVPRO of Brunswick, we care about the safety of you and your loved ones. We are experienced in those cleanup jobs that are necessary after flooding and fire and are mold remediation experts as well. If you have experienced fire or water damage or are having trouble with a mold issue, call us at (912) 264 6094, or visit our website:  SERVPRO of Brunswick. Stay safe!

A Storm Preparation Checklist for Your Business

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storms can happen without much warning during the season and bring with them a lot of water. All that water can be devastating to a commercial building, causing damage that can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair. There are several steps you can take to prepare your Brunswick business for storms and possible flooding; preventive measures will reduce the amount of flood damage your business sustains and the time it can take to bring your operations back to normal. Here is a checklist to help you:

  • GUTTERS: Gutter systems are in place to divert water to proper drainage areas, and they can only do a sufficient job when they are well-maintained. If your gutters are clogged with dead leaves and debris, rainwater can overflow and saturate the ground around the foundations causing damage there, while backed-up water can spill over into wall structures. That can be instrumental in allowing mold to take hold; mold can begin to grow in damp conditions in 24-48 hours! As you can see, a regular cleaning schedule for your gutters is a good idea, which is why it’s at the top of our checklist.
  • STORM DRAINS: Storm drains need to be maintained properly, as well. These are in place to move excess water away from buildings and parking areas. Your local government is usually responsible here but keeping an eye on drains around your property will help you to be able to report a problem right away.
  • EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN: Have a plan ready for your employees in the event of dangerous storms and flooding. Make sure you have a system in place to communicate with everyone so that they know whether to come into work or not. Listening to weather updates is essential in these circumstances, and you’ll want to make sure you keep an emergency preparedness kit on site.

SERVPRO of Brunswick is always ready to help if your business experiences storm damage. Call us with any concerns at (912) 264 6094, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick Responding to storm damage immediately can help get you back in business as soon as possible.

Being Prepared for Water Damage During Summer

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Summertime can be wet. In some areas of the country, rain is almost a daily occurrence during the good ol’ summertime! Flooding can be a hazard when this happens, and that can be inconvenient and even dangerous. Possessions can be ruined, and even the structures of homes and businesses can be negatively affected. A professional water restoration company can be a big help during such times, as they are able to complete all necessary repairs in a timely and efficient manner.

While flooding can’t be predicted most of the time, educating yourself on the most common flood-prone areas will help you be prepared to handle such an event, and even to prevent it! Some areas of your home or business are going to be more apt to experience water damage than others during storms, such as low-lying areas like basements and cellars.

Here is a list of the three most common areas to suffer from summer water damage:

BASEMENTS

Basements and cellars, the lowest parts of a house or building, need to be watched during wet weather since they have a number of easy entry points for water. If there is heavy rainfall during inclement weather, or if the building is near a body of water such as a lake or river, they are going to be in danger. Keep an eye open for cracks in the foundation, ceiling, and walls of these areas!

ATTICS, ROOFS AND GUTTERS

A damaged roof, either from weather or fire, is susceptible to water damage and the areas underneath will suffer. A small leak can turn into a big problem before you know it. If the rain gutters have not been properly maintained, you may experience some problems stemming from standing water - even indoors.

WINDOWS, DOORS, AND ENTRYWAYS

Keep an eye on your doors and windows; if they are not properly sealed against wet conditions, you will know it right away. Entryways are also a potential problem area; make sure they are free of standing water and debris so that people don’t get hurt.

Our team of professionals here at SERVPRO of Brunswick are experienced in repairs and cleanup from damages caused by water, fire, and mold. You can call us at (912) 264 6094, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick

Keeping Your Restaurant's Carpet Clean

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

As the owner of a restaurant, you have a long list of cleaning requirements, and your nightly checklist has to be followed to the letter in order to keep your business in tip-top shape, ready for the next business day. Every item has to be thoroughly washed and sparkling clean each and every day; the kitchen flooring, stovetops and ovens, utensils, pots and coffee makers…. And then there’s the front of house and the bar area - bathrooms, host stand, and all those wine glasses, just to mention a few more items! But you and your team know how to handle it.

Flooring in a busy restaurant can be a separate issue, however. Many eateries these days have hardwood floors, which have to be treated regularly to avoid damage from high heels, spills, and scratches from table and chair movement.

But maybe your establishment has carpeting, instead! A nightly vacuum and spot cleaning will go a long way in preventing potential mold growth and other smelly possibilities, but the carpets will still need a regular deep cleaning due to all of the foot traffic. Spills on carpeting don’t come up quite as easily or as completely as those on a hardwood floor. We know you have spent a lot of thought and money on choosing just the right carpeting for your place of business, and a carpet in need of deep cleaning can look dull and worn, the colors no longer as bright and fresh, and that can reflect negatively on your guest’s experience. Make sure a deep cleaning is on your cleaning checklist!

Here at SERVPRO of Brunswick, we are equipped to handle the toughest carpet cleaning jobs of all. Our business is experienced with cleanups from fire and water damage in both homes and large commercial enterprises. Call us today at (912) 264 6094, and you can also visit our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick We also handle mold remediation!

Preparing Your Coastal St. Simon’s Home for Storm Damage

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm season is a time to be prepared. Bad weather on the coast can be…. particularly bad. Here at SERVPRO of Brunswick, we want you to be safe! We’re sharing some guidelines below that will help you to be ready and safe if and when damaging coastal storms hit the area and storm damage is imminent.

  • Before a storm:
    • Sign up for local alerts and warnings and monitor local news and weather reports.
    • Check your property for readiness; take care of shutters, windows, and large vegetation.
    • Prepare for a possible evacuation by testing your emergency communication plan with your loved ones.
    • Make sure everyone knows your evacuation routes and knows where to stay.
    • Stock emergency supplies, and pack to-go bags.
    • Collect all important documents and safeguard them.
  • During a storm:
    • Follow all guidance from your local authorities. If you are advised to evacuate, grab your to-go bag and your loved ones and leave immediately.
    • Stay away from windows, and shelter on the lowest level in an interior room, moving to higher ground if there is flooding or a flood warning.
    • Never walk or drive on flooded roads or through water.
    • Call 9-1-1 if your life is threatened.
  • After a storm:
    • Only return to the area of your home when authorities say it is safe to do so.
    • Do not enter damaged buildings until they are inspected by qualified professionals.
    • Never walk or drive on flooded roads or through floodwaters.
    • Keep an eye out for downed trees, power lines, and poles.
    • Protect your hands and feet with gloves and sturdy shoes.
    • When cleaning up, do not remove heavy debris by yourself.
    • Do not drink tap water until local authorities have approved its safety.

Here at SERVPRO of Brunswick, we are concerned about your safety! Experienced in cleanup after flooding and fire, we’re also experts in mold remediation. If you experience fire or water damage, call us at (912) 264 6094, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick