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People Ask Our Technicians The Carpet Question Quite Often

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

A vacuum cleaner is shown with extension hose Deep carpet steaming and washing uses superior equipment, goes beyond the surface, and must reach the fibers underneath.

"How often should I clean my carpet?"

At SERVPRO of Brunswick, our carpet cleaning experts receive the question about the right time to clean floor or wall-to-wall mats every other day. While the general rule is that homeowners need to clean carpets quarterly, the following circumstances can force you to increase the carpet cleaning frequency.

The odor and unpleasant sight

If your carpet suffers stains or spills often, you should ask for carpet cleaning services to restore your rug or carpet. The cleaning also ensures that the family lives in a healthy atmosphere free of allergens, dander, airborne pollutants, and microbial elements.

The Brunswick community

When the area surrounding your home or office is prone to dust accumulation. This could be because you live near a road or farm, adjust the cleaning frequency.

Heavy human traffic

Personal habits such as the failure to remove shoes at the entrance, or heavy human traffic by family or clients mean you must wash the floor mats often.

Your children and pets

Clean the carpet regularly to secure high-quality indoor air for your children and pets. Some pets shed often and that dander or dust will work its way into your HVAC. If you animals roam free throughout the home, it is wise to clean your carpets more often.

Seasonal changes

The wet and rainy seasons makes your carpets absorb moisture. High humidity levels inside the house can contribute to mold growth. Prevent needing to get rid of your carpet or rugs by asking professional SERVPRO of Brunswick carpet cleaners for dehumidifying services.

Remember the Carpets Always

SERVPRO of Brunswick carpet pros recommend that you need not wait until carpets smell bad to seek comprehensive mat washing. Bad odor indicates that it is past the optimal time for carpet cleaning.

Brunswick Professionals who Steam Carpets

SERVPRO of Brunswick carpet professionals know that vacuuming is not enough. Weekly vacuuming is okay, but you need to ask Brunswick carpet professionals offer cleaning services every 12 to 18 months.

SERVPRO of Brunswick specializes in carpet cleaning and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
SERVPRO of Brunswick is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

Deep carpet steaming and washing uses superior equipment, goes beyond the surface, and must reach the fibers underneath. To find out how professionals make your carpet look as good as new call (912) 264-6094.

Brunswick Short Term Rentals Sometimes Require Commercial Cleaning

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

A hand is shown holding a smart phone and the phone has an Air B n B graphic For a Professional Commercial Deep Cleaning Call us at (912) 264 6094.

The Airbnb and short-term rental market are continue to be popular, and Brunswick is no exception. Operating a clean and well-maintained space for your guests is key to making sure that your ratings and booking rates stay high.

The standard cleaning that most Airbnbs receive after each rental include:

Vacuuming and mopping

Trash removal

Bathroom and kitchen cleaning

Discarding food from fridge

Making beds

Dusting, fluffing pillows, straightening wall art, etc.

Call SERVPRO of Brunswick When Your Commercial Property Needs A Deep Cleaning 

These cleaning activities will keep your property fresh for the most part, but after multiple stays, the unit is going to probably need a deep cleaning. Perhaps your last guests were a bit rowdy and messy, leaving behind a bigger cleaning job than you have time or energy for just now?

Trained Professionals Can Respond In Brunswick

If you are not equipped to do that kind of cleanup alone, call a professional, call SERVPRO of Brunswick.

By hiring a company that specializes in deep cleaning vacation rentals, you are ensuring that your property is more than just clean, it will be ‘hosting clean’. A professional company will be completely equipped to handle any job of this type, even on a short notice. So if that bachelor party rental left your Airbnb looking like a tornado went through, you know who to call, especially if the next guests are due in a few hours.

So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

A company like SERVPRO of Brunswick is also able to perform repairs, including those related to water damage, and even fire damage, if there have been any accidents that you weren’t made aware of.

We encourage you as an Airbnb owner to consider a professional deep clean. You’ll be glad you did. Call us at (912) 264 6094.

Professional Carpet Cleaning Can Make A Difference In Your Investment

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Brunswick Is Here To Help

Whether it’s in a home or a office SERVPRO of Brunswick carpet cleaning professionals are HERE to HELP. SERVPRO of Brunswick has compiled a list of reasons why you should have your carpets and rugs cleaned every 12-18 months by a industry leading professional.

Stains and Odors: Your carpets may have endured more foot traffic than you think. Hard to see stains and unusual odors may be more of a problem than you have noticed. SERVPRO of Brunswick can make those horrific stains a thing of the past.

Prolong the life of the carpet: Did you know having your carpets routinely cleaned will help protect your carpet investment as well as the wear and tear.

Prevent buildup of dust and other allergens: Soiled carpets are a great place for bedbugs, fleas, and bacteria to make their home. By having your carpets steamed cleaned will eliminate buildup.

Enhances the overall appearance of the room.
A clean and well kept carpets speak volumes to visitors.

Maintain that fresh and clean look and feel by scheduling a carpet cleaning with the SERVPRO of Brunswick.

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

SERVPRO of Brunswick is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo. The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation.

Call SERVPRO of Brunswick if you have questions about carpet cleaning or restoration (912) 264-6094.

Making Sure Your Brunswick Business Is Clean And Safe

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

Keeping your work environment clean, neat, and tidy is a benefit for everyone that is involved with your business.

The first and foremost reason to keep a work environment clean is for the health and safety of the workforce. A community bathroom that is not kept in a sanitary condition can be unhealthy and cause sicknesses to go the rounds of the employees. Walls, floors, and facilities need to be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis, and, depending on how many people use it daily, it may need to be cleaned every single day.

Safety is another concern. Spills in the office that are not cleaned up, or trash that is not contained, can cause tripping and falling situations. Your employees and co-workers should always be encouraged to clean up after themselves, especially in high traffic areas or areas where customers will be.

If there is a company kitchen, utensils need to be washed and put away daily, especially the sharp items. The refrigerator will require emptying of leftovers at the end of the week, so that moldy food is not causing odor problems in the building.

Your customers will appreciate your clean work environment, and it will show them that you care and that you pay attention to detail. Some of the most successful businesses in the world are the cleanest and neatest places of all.

Working in a clean and fresh workspace is good for company morale, and people will be proud of their environment if it looks and smells nice. A happy and comfortable employee is a productive employee, and that is certainly good for everyone.

If your commercial site needs a little more than a regular clean up call SERVPRO of Brunswick. SERVPRO of Brunswick is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

Call SERVPRO of Brunswick for your professional cleaning needs. We specialize in water and fire damage cleanup and are experts at mold remediation. Our phone number is (912) 264 6094.

A Storm Checklist For Your Commercial Site Might Prevent Loss To Your Brunswick Business

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

A checklist on white paper is shown SERVPRO of Brunswick is always ready to help if your business experiences storm damage (912) 264 6094

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.

Preparing Your Business For Storms In Brunswick

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 specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Ready To Help

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.

Water Damage Can Be Costly To Your Family If You Don't Act Quickly

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

A person is shown walking through a puddle in orange rain boots If you have water damage, call us today SERVPRO of Brunswick or call us (912) 264-6094.

Costly Water Damage in Brunswick 

Water damage is something that can catch us off guard, and it’s certainly an unwelcome issue. Many times 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. Sometimes, 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 specialties. You can visit our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick or call us (912) 264-6094

Brunswick to St. Simon's, It's Time To Get Ready For Storms And Water Damage

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

A white lighthouse is shown with black trim The SERVPRO of Brunswick team is ready to take your call (912) 264 9064 whether you're in St. Simon's, Woodbine, Kingsland, Jekyll Island or Brunswick

It’s time to think about the rains that will come to the Brunswick area. Is your home safe from water damage? It’s a good idea to make preparations now, before it’s too late. If you aren’t prepared beforehand for what can happen, your home can have additional damage.

A lot of us live in areas where we don’t need to worry about flash-flooding or a hillside collapsing, but even so, the steady rains of spring-time can present problems. Take a good look around your home. Is the weather-stripping in doors and windows in good repair, ready for damp conditions? Do exterior doors fit tightly and close as they should? The roof needs to be completely watertight, as well, to protect furniture and other possessions from water damage.

Your driveway needs to have a well-planned drainage system so you and your family can get to and from their vehicles safely. If people have to wade into your house, your floors will suffer, and a slip-and-fall accident due to wet floors can be a disaster for everyone. Make sure you keep an eye on potholes, as water can dig pretty deep in a very short period of time.

Rain gutters and spouts need to be checked periodically; if a rain gutter becomes clogged with debris such as dead leaves or small branches, they aren’t going to be able to drain away all that rain water. As water backs up, it will leak back into the walls of your building, sometimes without you knowing it, and you can find yourself with water damage in your walls, and possibly even a mold problem.

Unstable power lines and telephone poles can be a possible issue if the ground becomes saturated during a spring rainstorm. Contact your Brunswick utilities companies and have them come take a good look prior to wet weather to make sure you and your loved ones won’t suffer an accident or damages due to falling utility poles and/or wiring.

Paper records will be lost if exposed to water; make sure that your hard copies are kept in a manner that will preserve them in case of any water damage. Scanning them and saving to your computer system is always a good idea, and backing up those computer records will keep your business in working order, no matter what comes! For insurance purposes, it might be a good idea to create a photographic record of your property and possession, in case of water damages due to bad weather. Save these photos to the cloud and/or a cd so that they will always be accessible.

If your home is built on or near a flood plain in the Brunswick area, make sure you have a communication system in place that everyone understands clearly - in the case of an evacuation, does your family know what to do and where to go?

Being prepared is very important when it comes to water damages, either from rain or flood.

The SERVPRO team of Brunswick is standing ready to help you anytime you and your family need it. Whether you need assistance with fire or water damages, or if mold has become an issue in your home, give them a call at (912) 264 9064

Fireplace Safety Is Important This Time Of Year

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

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According to the National Fire Protection Association, half of home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. One tip they offer for homeowners with fireplaces is to make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.

Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.

A fireplace can also be dangerous if not cared for properly. Animals can build nests during the warmer months, without the owner knowing.

Chimney Fires In Brunswick

Here are some chimney cleaning tips that can lessen the chance of a fire.

First, do an inspection. If you have a steep roof, then this isn’t a DIY project, and you need to enlist the help of a professional. There are certified chimney sweeps throughout the country, including in the Brunswick area, and can help with this project.

During the inspection, you are looking for creosote buildup. It may not look like a big deal, but it ignites at only 451 degrees and expands from there, able to build to over 2,000 degrees. At that temperature, it can engulf your entire chimney and potentially destroy your home or cause some serious fire damage.

If you are in the habit of burning green wood, make sure you have your chimney cleaned or inspected every 50 burns or so. To know whether wood is green or not, look for moisture bubbling out from the cut ends of the log. Wet, green wood doesn’t burn cleanly and will send particles up your chimney, which in turn builds up as creosote and soot. Choose hardwoods such as oak or birch, which burn hotter and cleaner.

A professional cleaning would include an inspection for soot build-up and for an cracks or obstructions that could cause issues. Older chimneys can sometimes have gaps in the clay liner where mortar has fallen out, which causes water damage and can make your chimney unstable.

If you do find yourself in need of a chimney sweep, look for someone who is insured and properly certified in your area. They will ensure that you are safe from fire damage due to a dirty fireplace and chimney.

If you do have fire damage, the team at SERVPRO of Brunswick has the training and experience to restore the damage to your home. We can also handle water damages and are experienced in mold prevention. Call us at (912)-264-9064 today.

Brunswick Fire Damage Needs Immediate Attention

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

Flames are shown Fire damage gets worse the longer it goes untreated, causing unpleasant odors that can even be harmful. Call SERVPRO of Brunswick (912) 264 6094.

A fire in your Brunswick home may result in several kinds of damage. Water and chemicals used to put out the fire can unfortunately, result in even more destruction to your property that you will have to take care of after the fire is extinguished.

After The Fire

Once the fire is out, any water that was used will need to be dried as soon as possible, since carpets and floors are particularly susceptible to mold issues if left damp for too long. Water can also damage your walls if they have to be soaked, so drying those materials is also important.

Chemical extinguishers leave toxic residues behind, and that will need to be cleaned up right away. Of course, using these chemicals is preferable to letting a fire spread, but the cleanup aftermath can be quite extensive and costly.

The SERVPRO of Brunswick team is available for you to perform any professional services, such as humidification, and the cleanup of any harmful chemicals left behind. We can also assess your situation and let you know of any possible mold growth that is or might be taking place due to a damp atmosphere.

Fire Damage Clean Up

Soot cleanup is the next issue; soot results from incompletely burned organic matter and can do serious damage to your home if left untreated. It is able to penetrate such items as upholstered furniture, draperies, carpets, and walls. SERVPRO is experienced in dealing with these types of problems, and we can help assess your situation. Air ducts and all HVAC filters will need to be replaced, and we can do that as well.

Smoke destruction can be handled after water and soot are taken care of. Smoke damage gets worse the longer it goes untreated, causing unpleasant odors that can even be harmful. Perhaps it is at its most damaging when it comes to the fabric of any textiles in your home, such as furniture, clothing, and carpet.

SERVPRO of Brunswick Is Ready To Help

Don’t hesitate to call us here at SERVPRO of Brunswick for help with cleanup after fire or water damage. We are also the folks to call when a mold issue arises. Call us at (912) 264 6094.

Four Things To Do For A Leaky Roof

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

The rain is coming down and you realize you have a roof leak. Quick grab the bucket and call SERVPRO of Brunswick (912) 264-6094.

Hopefully, you caught it as a minor drip instead of a major leak. If you sustained water damage from that leak, you need to take steps to contain the damage and start getting this right.

4 Tips for Dealing with Water Damage from a Leaking Roof:

Contain Water

Locate Leak

Make temporary repairs

Call in the water restoration professionals from SERVPRO of Brunswick (912) 264-6094.

1. Deal with the water- Leaks usually pool on the nearest horizontal surface. For attic leaks, the water tends to pool on the ceiling below. The water will find the path of least resistance like a light fixture or vent opening. That is where you will see the drips. Get a bucket under the drip to keep the water from doing more damage. If the water is causing a dip in the ceiling, use the tip of a pencil to open a small hole in the dip to drain the water into a bucket.

2. Locate the location of the leak- Get up into the attic to find where the water is getting in. It may be right above where the water is pooling, or it may be higher in the roof line. It could be near a vent or chimney opening as those are vulnerable locations for water leaks. If possible, get a bucket under the leak point, that will prevent any further damage to the ceiling below.

3. Make temporary repairs if possible- If you can access the roof safely, draping a tarp over the leak can help prevent water from getting inside. If you cannot access the roof safely, use roof tape or cement to patch the hole. 

4. Call SERVPRO of Brunswick (912) 264-6094. You can bring in water restoration specialists to deal with the damage the leak caused. They can get the water out and start drying out your personal possessions. Doing this quickly can prevent mold and mildew from developing and minimize further damage.

These steps will help you minimize the damage the leak has caused and start getting your home back to normal. If you need assistance with water damage restoration, give us a call here at SERVPRO of Brunswick (912) 264-6094.