When Winter Water Damage Wreaks Havoc on Your Home
When your home has a flood, at SERVPRO of Brunswick, we understand how important it is to get the mess cleaned up quickly. Water damage to your home can cause structural weakness and mold or mildew to grow. Whether a pipe burst because of an overnight freeze, or you have a leak in your water heater, you don't want to wait for cleanup services.
During the winter months, your home is more susceptible to water damage caused by ice dams and frozen pipes that can burst. If ice builds up in your gutters, this ice can come in to your home. The ice will melt, causing water problems in your ceiling, walls and floors. If you notice ice dams forming on your gutters, or you have long icicles forming on the edge of your roof, it's time for some investigating.
When the heat in your home hits the snow or ice that is on your roof, it will melt slightly. A home that has a lot of ice buildup is one that is not properly insulated. This leads to all kinds of winter water damage. If your walls get wet but you don't know it, you can have a mold infestation quickly.
Water damage can happen right away, in the event of a flood, or it can occur over a period of time as in the case of a slow leak from ice dams. No matter what happens, once you discover that water has infiltrated your home, you need to get the water cleaned up.
While you may be able to clean up some of the mess on your own, it takes a professional to ensure that the water you can't see is cleaned up as well. You will be able to clean up puddles, but you aren't going to be able to find water that has seeped into carpets, floors and walls.
When you have water in your home, you have to find the source of the water and have the damage cleaned up by a professional company. If you clean up the mess yourself, you can leave behind small amounts of moisture that will cause mold to grow in your home. You'll have a bigger mess than you started with by trying to save a few dollars cleaning up the water on your own.
Making a Family Emergency Plan
Make sure your family knows what to do when disaster strikes your Brunswick community
Do you need to update the preparations for emergencies in your home? Is safety something you have let slide since you've become so busy lately? SERVPRO of Brunswick has a few key tips to help you get your emergency plan back on track before you need it.
Listen to the experts and research local disasters before making a plan
The safety of your family is your highest priority, and we completely understand. Staying secure is the top concern for our families as well. Before you make a plan, the American Red Cross says that you should consider the kinds of disasters you are likely to experience in your location. For instance, you would not plan for a massive earthquake in tornado alley, like you would not prepare for a tsunami in Wisconsin. The goal is to know what you are dealing with so that you can make appropriate preparations.
Put your emergency preparedness plan on paper
Children are as likely as adults to forget the steps to safety. To make sure that everyone in your home is on the same page, it is an excellent idea to print out a copy of the plan and place it in every bedroom or a central location in the home. This way, every member of the family has easy access to the plan and can practice it often. Quarterly or monthly practice sessions make sure the plan stays fresh in everyone's mind.
Plan for evacuations, and practice, practice, practice
No one can get too much preparation for tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes. Inform your children where you want them to meet you if you get separated or need to leave your home for safety. Talk to family members about the ways you will communicate when the worst happens. Getting your family as comfortable as possible with the steps to safety when disaster strikes is a vital part of keeping everyone alive in the long run.
For the times when there is nothing you can do to avoid danger, SERVPRO of Brunswick is ready and equipped to handle any emergency you have from fires to floods. Keep your family safe with an emergency plan, and when you need a trusted partner to help you get things back in order after Mother Nature flexes her wings, you can trust on SERVPRO to get to you fast.
On The Importance of Replacing Your Cleaning Supplies
Keep a close watch on your cleaning supplies, Brunswick!
Maintaining a home or office and keeping it clean and bright is an endless job. The day-to-day work of having a place kept clean for a family or a group of employees takes a lot of energy. It also requires attention to detail and a ready stock of soaps, scrubbers, and bottles of Windex. As any homemaker or professional cleaner knows, you can never clean enough! This is especially true in a home with small children and/or pets, as well as in a busy office where late night meetings often need extra food.
A Constant Cleaning Vigil
Keeping that home or office clean requires constant cleaning vigilance. It’s amazing how many dust bunnies can creep in under an office sofa or a living room couch. Though we all love our pets, the person in charge of keeping a pet environment clean may be forgiven for viewing the family cat or dog as a walking dust bunny. The trail of fur and dust one pet can leave around a home is amazing, but again, that’s why the cleanliness gods invented fur brushes and dust mops.
One of the keys to keeping that home or office clean, bright, and smelling fresh is to keep the stock of cleanup supplies fresh, on a weekly basis. There’s nothing worse than confronting a serious pet mess or the aftermath of a late night office meeting (with Chinese takeout) and then realizing the Windex bottle is empty. Forgetting to restock is what makes these soul-killing cleanup crises more serious than they need to be. So be sure to pay attention to those supplies and refresh them.
Calling in Cleanup Reinforcement
If the rigors of constant cleanup become daunting, it may be wise to consider bringing in professional help, from a top-flight cleanup service like SERVPRO of Brunswick. SERVPRO is staffed by a dedicated and well-trained group of pros who know how to rehabilitate a messy home or office and get it looking spic and span in no time.
So if you’re confronting a cleanup job that’s too big to handle alone, call in SERVPRO of Brunswick.
Winter Carpet and Rug Care
If your home, building or unit is in need of carpet care, don't hesitate to give SERVPRO of Brunswick a call!
Now that the holidays are behind us and the New Year is in full swing, you might be looking around at some maintenance projects around your home or place of business that you were putting off longer than you wanted. You're not alone. A lot of us want to get projects done as soon as possible. A great way to start is by cleaning and deodorizing your carpets and rugs with SERVPRO of Brunswick.
Residential Rug and Carpet Service
It seems like spring cleaning gets all the attention, but getting your floors cleaned in winter is also important. Ideally, you'd want to clean those floors before the holidays set in to get them ready for guests coming over to your home for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Maybe you were able to do that in time for the holidays, but maybe you weren't. If not, that's okay!
A post-holiday cleanup is a great idea too because no matter how clean your carpets were before those Christmas and New Year's parties, they still need to be cleaned and deodorized.
SERVPRO of Brunswick is here to get the job done right. We'll give your home the same amount of attention and TLC that we give to ours. We'll get those floors and rugs looking as good as new. All those spots from spilled drinks and plates of food won't stand a chance against us!
If you're in the real estate industry and are looking for professional cleaners who are bonded, insured and ready to get your properties move-in ready, we're the company to call. Our friendly, experienced staff will get things ready to your specifications in time for your upcoming photo shoots and open house showings.
Commercial Carpet Cleaning and Deodorization Service
SERVPRO of Brunswick also serves commercial clients, including retail stores and office buildings. And if you have multiple locations and are in need of a high-volume service, we can still take care of all your cleaning needs.
You want a clean and sanitary environment for your workers and customers, and that's what we want too. Nobody takes carpet cleaning and deodorization more seriously than we do. Once you've worked with us, you won't want to work with any other company. Give SERVPRO of Brunswick a call to set up a quote today.
Safe Harbor Coat Drive
First Annual Coat Drive
SERVPRO of Brunswick had the pleasure of organizing our First Annual Coat Drive benefiting Safe Harbor Children’s Center! Safe Harbor has made a huge impact on our community, and our Coat Drive is a token of gratitude for the ongoing work the staff continues to do in these children’s lives. Our original goal was to provide 15 coats, but with the overwhelming support of our community, we were able to donate 23!! Our goal for the Second Annual Coat Drive is 50 coats!
What is Safe Harbor Children’s Center?
For over 25 years, Safe Harbor Children’s Center has helped more than 4,000 children seeking shelter and refuge. Safe Harbor’s mission is to provide shelter and therapeutic services to children any age under 18 who have been abused, abandoned or neglected; who are homeless or have run away from home; or who are otherwise at risk or feel threatened.
Ways you can help Safe Harbor Children’s Center?
Volunteers help carry out the mission at Safe Harbor through mentoring programs and fun activities for the youth to do. To find out more about volunteering or to start the enrollment process go to https://www.safeharborcenterinc.org/volunteer/.
Donations are one of the most-important means of support for Safe Harbor. Without valuable contributions of goods and funds from generous people and organizations, Safe Harbor would not be able to help hundreds of children escape violence, abuse and neglect each year. To find out more about donating to Safe Harbor, visit https://www.safeharborcenterinc.org/make-a-donation/
Making the Most of your Fireplace this Winter
Make sure you adhere to all fire safety guidelines when enjoying your fireplace!
Winter is a great season for sitting around the fireplace, enjoying time with family and soaking in the Christmas spirit. Especially if you love using your fireplace. However, most people don’t know that they could be getting much more value out of it than they think! There’s more to the fireplace than lighting a log and huddling close to stay warm when it’s cold. SERVPRO of Brunswick has some tips for you to get more out of your fireplace this winter.
Most people will take whatever wood they can get and light it on fire without a second thought. There’s more to getting the most out of your fires than tossing wood on the spit! First, always ensure that any wood you burn is dry. Any type of moist wood can create an excessive amount of smoke, which means you’re not burning the full log and getting your money’s worth. Ensure that the wood is seasoned, dry, and from a trusted supplier.
When burning the logs, make sure they fit onto the spit to ensure that there is no fire safety hazard. Any log that sticks out is susceptible to have its embers float into the air, creating a hazard. Make sure the logs fit before placing them!
One of the biggest cleaning offenses that most people do is neglect to clean their chimney. It becomes a massive fire safety hazard if there is any type of blockage in the chimney. Make sure to clean during the winter months to avoid buildup, or hire a professional to help clean it for you. Being proactive here could help ensure the safety of you and your family.
Learn the Proper Way to Start a Fire
Too often people plop a piece of wood onto the spit and light it on fire. To get the most out of the burn, you need to start small and build yourself up to a decent fire. Begin by starting a small fire with dry kindling, and begin to add more piece of wood. Provide the fire with air to breathe, as this will help the fire spread slowly over the logs. Once the flames have stopped and the fire has come to a smoldering burn, leave it here for a bit before adding another log. Just because there is no visual flame doesn’t mean heat isn’t coming from the firepit! This will help conserve you firewood consumption, and keep you warm much longer!
Preparing for a Winter Storm in Georgia
Make sure your home is ready for the winter season!
Winter storms cause injuries to hundreds of Americans every year. Some people can even lose their lives due to improper use of heaters, automobile accidents on wintry roads, and exposure to cold. Winter storms in Georgia can range from a moderate snowfall to freezing rain. Winter storms bring wind-driven snow in the region that can last for days. Additionally, the storms include coastal flooding, massive snow accumulation, beach erosion, and cold temperatures. It is important to be prepared for this wide range of possibilities, even if you do not expect them to occur.
At SERVPRO of Brunswick, we advise homeowners in Georgia to observe proper preparation before the period to safeguard their properties and family members. Extreme winter storms lead to power outages, communication disruptions, and destruction of properties. Also, during this period, houses can even collapse due to prolonged water damage. At SERVPRO of Brunswick, we advise our clients to take proper safety precautions to reduce the dangers associated with winter storms. Below are essential safety and preparation tips to observe for a winter storm in Georgia.
Remove Broken Branches Around Your Home
You should always remove dead trees and broken branches from around your home. These trees can cause injuries, deaths, and damage the roof of your house. Additionally, broken branches can destroy your yard.
Clear Clogged Rain Gutters
Snow accumulation can damage clogged rain gutters. You should clear clogged rain gutters to prevent water damage on your roof. The process will allow water to flow away from your roof. Removal of debris in the gutters will prevent melting snow from building up.
Check your Chimney and Heating Equipment
If you have a chimney and plan on using it, always get proper cleaning to avoid storm damage. Additionally, have it inspected to ensure that the chimney is clear and efficient. Your heating system is crucial during the winter, so, before the season commences, you should check its functionality.
At SERVPRO of Brunswick, we also offer water damage restoration services. We have the right machinery to restore your home to its initial state after storm damage. We respond to your cleaning and restoration needs immediately after contacting us. We have a valid working permit to offer services to the residents of Georgia. Call us whenever you need us!
Preventing Electrical Fires While Decorating Your Home for the Holidays
We love the lights but stay safe this Christmas, Brunswick!
Christmas is one of the best holidays. The lights and decorations create such a wonderful atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. Decorating your household during the holidays is one of the great American pastimes. Families filling their neighborhoods with Christmas decorations is something we look forward to every year.
However, using these lights sometimes can create a safety hazard if not done properly. Fortunately, we here at SERVPRO of Brunswick have a couple of tips that will help you prevent dangerous electrical fires from happening when you plan to decorate. Here are the tips that’ll keep your family safe, as well as prevent any costly fire damage from happening to your home.
Only Use Certified Decorations
This one tip can be deceiving from the start but has huge ramifications if not noticed before it’s too late. While there are dozens of Christmas lights for sale during the winter time, make sure that you only use lights that state somewhere on the package that national laboratories have approved them for fire safety purposes. Take your time when shopping and pick the right lights to ensure that you’re avoiding fire damage in the event of an accident.
Avoid Overloading Surge Protectors
Let’s imagine for a second that you’ve bought dozens of Christmas lights and you’re getting ready to set them up for decoration. You have a couple of surge protectors ready, and you’re getting ready to plug almost all the lights on them to save space. Before you do this, wait! Overloading a surge protector can be incredibly dangerous and cause serious fire damage hazards. If the lights are left on constantly, it will create volatile conditions for the lights to potentially catch fire. Make sure you don’t overload your surge protectors and space out your lights If possible.
Don’t Leave the Lights On
Finally, one of the most important tips that will help ensure the safety of your family overnight. While you may want to have the ambient light of your Christmas tree illuminating down the hallway, please don’t! Whatever you do this holiday season, make sure not to leave the lights on overnight. This is an incredibly dangerous habit to have, as your chances of an electrical fire skyrocket exponentially. There is no need to leave lights on overnight, so make sure to unplug them before going to bed at night to avoid any type of electrical fire.
Space Heater Safety Tips
Follow these tips for fire safety with space heaters
In the colder months of the year, homeowners look for ways to make chilly areas warm and comfortable. While space heaters can be useful to keep small areas warm, it’s very important to use them with caution. In a 2010 study, it was found that space heaters caused 32 percent of all home heating fires but were involved in 79 percent of all home-heating related fire deaths. Fortunately, using a space heater can be safe if you follow these simple recommendations.
First, make sure that you create a three-foot safety zone around the space heater. Do not place the heater on or near any carpets, throw rugs, papers, or clothing. The space heater must be placed on a flat surface and not elevated on any cabinets, shelves, or other furniture.
Place the space heater in an area where it will not be in the way and where no one will trip on it. It’s a great idea to shop for a space heater with an automatic shut-off so that the heater will shut off if it tips over. Make sure that kids and pets are kept away from the heater for their own safety; space heaters can be quite warm to the touch. Also, pets may chew on the cords, so keep an eye on them around the space heater.
It’s a good idea to inspect the heater before every use. Don’t use the heater if there is any damage.
Never leave a space heater unattended. It’s tempting to leave it on while you’re sleeping to keep your bedroom warm. It is too risky to let these appliances run overnight when no one is nearby to make sure there are no problems.
You should never use a power strip or extension cord with a space heater. This cords could overheat due to the higher electrical demands and cause fire damage. Finally, ensure that your home smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order and test them monthly.
If you do have fire damage to your home and need professional cleaning services, contact us at SERVPRO of Brunswick. We will work with you to make sure your home or business returns to normal as quickly as possible.
4 Tips to Naturally Deodorize Your Kitchen
Follow these tips and your kitchen will smell naturally fresh!
Everyone loves a clean kitchen, but there are certain areas in the kitchen that can trap odors. Even though you might clean your kitchen thoroughly, you might have a problem with lingering odors that regular cleaning can't get rid of. Here are four common problem areas in the kitchen and how you can deodorize them with safe, non-toxic solutions.
- GARBAGE CAN
One of the first candidates for odor removal for any kitchen is the garbage can. One way to keep smells out is to throw smelly items straight into a garbage can outside of the kitchen, such as a can in the garage. If that's not possible, try putting vanilla or baking soda into the bottom of a kitchen trash bag. If the smell persists, you can wipe down the inside of the trash can with a 4:1 mixture of water and lemon juice.
- KITCHEN SINK
If you've cleaned the kitchen sink and it still has lingering odors, it might be caused by rotting gunk in the garbage disposal. A good method of odor removal in the disposal is to cut up any citrus fruit such as lemon or lime, toss the pieces into the disposal, and grind them up. The acid in the citrus will disinfect the disposal with no harmful side effects.
The microwave can trap odors from meals you’ve recently cooked, leading to some strong smells. Citrus can be used here as well! You can use a leftover juiced or zested citrus fruit. Put them in a glass bowl, fill half the bowl with hot water, add some lemon juice, and microwave it for three or four minutes. The steam can also help loosen any food caked on the inside of the microwave so that you will be able to wipe it off.
The final place which can collect odors in the kitchen is the refrigerator. Here, when food goes bad, it can leave behind the smell long after the source is thrown away. You can reduce odors by wiping the fridge walls with a mixture of vinegar and water. Another solution between cleanings is to keep an open box of baking soda inside the refrigerator.
If you have a serious problem removing odors from your kitchen that you can't fix on your own, SERVPRO of Brunswick is an expert at restoration and cleaning. Give us a call!