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Is Your Brunswick Home Storm Ready?

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

A gutter is shown overflowing due to heavy rainfall Well maintained gutter systems are much better at diverting water to proper drainage areas

Summer storms can appear on the horizon quickly and can surprise you with their violence. Large amounts of rainfall can be devastating to a home or commercial building, causing storm damage and water damage that can take a significant amount of time and expense to repair.

There are several steps you can take to prepare your property for inclement weather events and possible flooding. Preventive measures will reduce the amount of flood and storm damage sustained.


MAINTAIN ROOFS AND GUTTERS:  Well maintained gutter systems are much better at diverting water to proper drainage areas, while a roof that is in good repair will prevent water in the interiors of your buildings. 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 into wall structures. A regular cleaning schedule for your gutters is a good idea, and regular roof inspections will reveal problems quickly and allow you to repair problem areas before bad weather hits.


STORM DRAINS: Storm drains need to be maintained properly, as well. These are in place to move excess water away from buildings and driveways. Your local government is usually responsible for this, but keeping an eye on them around your property will allow you to be able to report a problem right away so that repairs can be made, leaving you ready for storm waters.


RESPONSE PLAN: Have a plan ready for work staff and loved ones. In the event of flooding, make sure you have a system in place to communicate to everyone so that they know whether to travel or not. No one should drive through flood waters. Listening to weather updates is a good idea, and you’ll want to make sure you keep an emergency preparedness kit on site.

SERVPRO of Brunswick is 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 specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.


SERVPRO of Brunswick is always ready to help if your property sustains damages from storms, water, or fire. Call us with any concerns at (912) 264-6094

A Leak In Your Kitchen Can Lead To A Big Mold Problem

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

a clean kitchen is shown Avoid mold damage by making sure you don't have leaks.


The kitchen is one of the most susceptible areas of your house when it comes to mold growth, there is water everywhere in the kitchen. It's a good idea to practice preventive measures to ensure that you don’t develop a mold issue in one of the most important rooms in your home.

The kitchen has a higher moisture level that most of the other rooms in your house, of course, and surfaces can become moldy quickly if not kept dry. Once mold has established a hold on an area, it can come back even more quickly every time the humidity rises.

Here are some tips to preventing mold in the first place:

Paint your kitchen, and bath areas, with mold resistant paint. This type of paint can be found at your local hardware or home goods store.


When doing any type of repair or renovation in this area, check with a professional to find any available products that contain mold-resistant ingredients.


Avoid standing water in this area of the home. During floor cleaning, use less water than you might otherwise, and always dry off countertops after cleaning, paying special attention to cracks and crevasses.


As with all windows in your home, ensure that weather stripping is in good repair in advance of bad weather.


Keep an eye on older refrigerators for leaks from hoses and pipes leading to walls. Move them away from the wall periodically and clean behind and underneath them and take a good look while you are back there.


Ensure your kitchen area is well-ventilated, and you can always use a dehumidifier if you feel it necessary.


Keeping mold out of your kitchen will contribute to an overall cleaner space for the preparation of food and for entertaining and socializing.


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 specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.


SERVPRO of Brunswick, we have the experience, knowledge, and expertise necessary to help you with any mold damage or preventive practices. We are also available for cleanup after fire and water damage. Call us today at (912) 264 6094.

Understanding Georgia Storms, Damaging Straight-line Winds And Large Hail

8/28/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning is shown in a dark sky The SERVPRO of Brunswick team is experienced and equipped to assist you in the event of storm damage, give us a call today at (912) 264-6094

Today, technology makes it easier than ever to stay weather aware.


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.


All thunderstorms are dangerous because they can produce strong winds, lightning, tornadoes, hail and flash flooding. But because they are so common, people often become complacent and fail to take safety precautions.


Georgia’s greatest threats from severe thunderstorms are damaging straight-line winds and large hail. Straight-line winds can reach speeds in excess of 58 mph and produce damage similar to a tornado.

These winds occur about 75 days per year in Georgia and are most common in the spring and summer months, peaking in July. According to the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency.


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.

SERVPRO of Brunswick specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important.

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.

Preventing Commercial Fires In Brunswick

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

A fire is shown burning out of control SERVPRO of Brunswick is always ready for cleanups after fire and water damage in both residential and commercial properties.


There were 18,700 office and store fires in 2019, causing property damage. The cost of those fires is estimated to be over $740 million dollars. That is according to the U.S. Fire Administration.


Here are some things to consider:


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 remodeling 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.

SERVPRO of Brunswick specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.


SERVPRO of Brunswick is always available for large-scale cleanups after fire and water damage in both residential and commercial properties. Here for you at (912) 264-6094.

Professional Restoration Makes A Difference In Your Brunswick Business

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

A bed and other furniture are shown in a hotel room A professional deep cleaning of your carpets can help to keep your Brunswick hotel looking and smelling great

If you are experiencing a high occupancy percentage in your Brunswick hotel, then you are doing something right.

You are also experiencing significant maintenance challenges, most likely. High traffic means more damage in those high traffic areas. And no area of your hotel sees more traffic than the floor.

Properly caring for your hotel carpets is very important. First of all, while costs are something you are constantly aware of, keep in mind that you get what you pay for. A more expensive carpeting can last longer and be more cost efficient in the long run as well as being manufactured to handle high traffic situations much better, repelling heaving soiling and bad odors from wet, or muddy conditions.

There are a lot of great products on the market that you can use to treat your carpets against damages and odors caused by spills and flooding from bathrooms, like overflowing toilets or broken piping. These products can also keep your carpets looking fresh even after muddy boots have come through.

Make sure your housekeeping team is vacuuming thoroughly on a daily basis, taking care to work in corners and on the edging, dingy corners and edges of carpeted areas can, if not cleaned regularly, make an entire room look and smell unpleasant from potential mold growth.

They also need to be trained and encouraged to communicate with you and your management team whenever they see, or smell a problem - mold can take hold quickly, and once it’s established and beginning to spread, it can be difficult to get rid of. That is absolutely not something you want to have in your Brunswick hotel.

A professional deep cleaning of your carpets throughout your business regularly can help to keep your whole Brunswick hotel looking and smelling great, and deep cleaning can preserve carpeting and help it to last longer, which will save you money.

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.

SERVPRO of Brunswick is experienced in those big cleaning jobs, and we are always here to help with 24/7 emergency restoration services. Call us at (912) 264 -6094.

Paying Attention To Small Details Is A Little More Than Checking The Box

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

A hand is shown in front of a checklist Wipe down and disinfect work desks and machinery such as phones, keyboards, printers, and filing cabinets.


There are a long list of challenges that you face in running your business. From client and customer issues to supply issues. Money management is always a large concern. You also have to hire and maintain good people. Things that aren't as pressing can get lost, and that could be costing you money. Consider these checklists and how they could help you keep track of some of the smaller details.


DAILY

Clean and disinfect all bathrooms, to include: mirror, countertop, sinks, and both the inside AND outside of toilets.


Clean and disinfect doors, door handles, and light switches.


Sweep and mop floors, using a disinfectant liquid. Make sure the mop head gets cleaned and/or replaced regularly.


Clean cigarette trash from provided receptacles.


Clean and polish drinking fountain, if you have one.


Clean and disinfect kitchen area, to include sinks and countertops.


Clean all glass, especially entrance doors.

WEEKLY

Wipe down and disinfect work desks and machinery such as phones, keyboards, printers, and filing cabinets.


Sweep and vacuum all offices.


Dust accessible window sills and baseboards.


Dust artwork, framed certifications and new articles, etc.


Clean out the refrigerator and wash/disinfect microwave.


Sweep exterior entrances, both front and back.
Make sure break areas are clean and presentable.


Remove trash and debris from parking areas


MONTHLY

Inspect roofing, exterior doors and windows, and parking areas for potential problems and maintenance needs.


Trim back large bushes and tree limbs on your property ahead of wet/windy weather


Do a quick inspection of fencing and entrance gates


Schedule periodic maintenance of HVAC systems and duct work


At SERVPRO of Brunswick, we are prepared to help you handle all your cleaning and maintenance projects, both large and small.

Call us at (912) 264 6094 to schedule inspections, or for cleanup assistance after water or fire damage. We are also experienced in mold remediation.

Storm Tips And Ideas To Prepare

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

Stairs leading to a beach house are shown Make sure your beach house is storm ready


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

Storms And Safe Driving In Brunswick

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

An orange and white safety barrier is shown on a road with standing water Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we.

Flash Flooding And Concerns On The Road


When clouds and rain are in the weather forecast more frequently it's time to start thinking about safe driving. Driving through flood waters is incredibly dangerous.


Recently, the Federal Emergency Management Agency advised people to use caution while driving during heavy rain. They provided three flood facts to remind drivers of the dangers of driving during and right after storms.

Fast Flood Facts


Heavy rain can bring dangerous flash flooding


6 inches of moving water can knock a person down


2 feet of moving water can sweep a vehicle away

Rain and storms can also mean it's time to think about storm and water damage to your home. Do you know who to call in the Brunswick area if you have damage?


If you have damage to your home or business that has been caused by a storm remember to call SERVPRO of Brunswick (912) 264-6094.
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we.

SERVPRO of Brunswick provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SERVPRO of Brunswick Is A Local Business

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.

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.

Technicians from SERVPRO of Brunswick arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water Damage In Your Home Needs Professional Response

6/13/2021 (Permalink)

Tools are shown hanging on the wall of a garage Water damage in your garage could mean mold

As a Georgia homeowner, you are no stranger to extreme weather. From heavy rainstorms and thunderstorms to extreme heat and tornadoes, you’ve seen it all. The combination of high temperatures paired with humid conditions creates the perfect opportunity for mold to establish itself in your garage.

Mold will thrive in dark, moist and unventilated places - which describes most garages. If yours is attached to your home, you may benefit from the cooler, drier air inside your home, but it will only make conditions slightly better. The best way to stay on top of a mold issue is to do regular inspections of your garage for the sights and scents that spell trouble.

If you have water damage call SERVPRO of Brunswick right away (912) 264-6094.

You will want to take a look around a day or two after extremely wet weather during the warmer months. Don’t just walk around, move a few things and look at the places where the walls join the floor, and in the corners. Check out the ceiling closely, and if the lighting is bad, you can always install better lighting or use a flashlight. Doing this on a regular basis can also keep you informed as to whether your roof or walls have experienced any issues or damage leading to leaks.

Of course, the best way to handle mold is to use preventive measures in the first place. Here are a few ideas that can help:

Keep your garage well-ventilated


Use a dehumidifier, especially during the stormy months


Make sure your garage door is properly sealed


Organize all stored items on shelves, using the floor and walls as little as possible


Don’t store cardboard in your garage


Remove any standing water immediately and dry area completely


Trim back shrubs and plants near the garage, not allowing overgrowth


Keeping an eye out for mold and practicing preventive measures is important for you as a homeowner. If you suspect that your home or business has developed a mold problem, SERVPRO of Brunswick is standing by to help. We are also experienced in cleanup after water and fire damage. Give us a call at: (912) 264 6094

HVAC And Air Duct Cleaning In Your Brunswick Home

6/13/2021 (Permalink)

Three HVAC units are shown SERVPRO of Brunswick (912) 264-6094

Your HVAC unit is one of the most important things for a homeowner to monitor.

Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

Some simple maintenance practices for your unit will keep it running at peak efficiency no matter the weather.

Probably the single most important maintenance task that ensures the efficiency of your HVAC is to routinely clean and/or replace its filters on a regular basis. Clogged and dirty filters block the normal airflow, replace an old filter with a new one can lower your energy consumption anywhere from 5% to 15%. Some kinds of filters are re-usable, while others must be replaced. Make sure you know the right type to use for your particular unit. The filter may need to be replaced more often if your HVAC is in constant use, subjected to high amounts of dust, or if you have furry pets.

If you find that the HVAC unit at your home or business needs more than just regular maintenance, call us here at SERVPRO of Brunswick. A well-trained technician will be able to find and correctly diagnose and fix any problems you may be experiencing.

Here are a few of the things you can expect your SERVPRO technician to do:

Check for correct fluid levels


Check for and seal any duct leakage in central systems


Measure airflow through the evaporator coil


Oil motors and check the belts for wear


Check the thermostat for accuracy


Inspect all electrical terminals, clean and tighten connections


Between you and the team at SERVPRO of Brunswick, you should be able to keep your HVAC unit clean and running all year round.
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.

Here at SERVPRO of Brunswick, we are proud and happy to help the people in our area with all their cleanup and maintenance needs. We are experienced in fire and water damage cleanup, and we are the folks to call when you need help with a mold issue. Call us at (912) 264 6094