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Preventing and Recovering from Home Electrical Fires: SERVPRO of Brunswick Can Help

1/28/2024 (Permalink)

fire damage picture with fire icon on screen Preventing home electrical fires requires awareness of common causes and taking proactive measures.

Home electrical fires can be devastating, causing significant damage to property and threatening life. Understanding the common causes of electrical fires is crucial for prevention and preparedness. In this blog, we will explore the causes of home electrical fires and how SERVPRO of Brunswick can assist you in the aftermath of a fire.

Common Causes of Electrical Fires
According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), electrical failures or malfunctions are a leading cause of home electrical fires. These fires can originate from wiring, electrical distribution systems, lighting equipment, and any electrical appliances such as cooking and heating equipment, office and entertainment devices, washers, and dryers. By understanding these common causes, we can proactively prevent electrical fires.

Cold Weather and Time of Occurrence
NFPA research reveals that nearly 39% of electrical fires occur during the cold weather from November to February. These fires are more likely to happen between midnight and 4 am. Awareness of these statistics can help us remain vigilant and take extra precautions during these periods.

Professional Fire Cleanup and Restoration
When faced with a fire in your home or business, seeking professional help for cleanup and restoration is crucial. SERVPRO of Brunswick is ready to respond promptly and efficiently to assist you in cleaning up after a fire. Our experienced team has the necessary equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your property from fire and smoke damage. We prioritize treating your family with empathy and respect while caring for your property.

IICRC Certified Firm
SERVPRO of Brunswick is an IICRC-certified firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets the industry standards for restoration and provides training and certification to restoration companies. Being an IICRC-certified firm ensures that we adhere to the highest standards of quality and professionalism in our restoration services.

Fast Response and Local Advantage
As a locally owned and operated company here in Glynn County, SERVPRO of Brunswick can respond quickly to your fire damage needs. Our proximity allows us to arrive promptly with the right resources, minimize the damage, prevent further harm, and reduce the overall restoration cost. A fast response is crucial in mitigating the effects of a fire and restoring your property efficiently.

Contact SERVPRO of Brunswick today at (912) 264-6094 for any fire damage or restoration inquiries.

Preventing Water Damage: Key Areas to Inspect in Your Home

1/28/2024 (Permalink)

As homeowners, we often focus on inspecting and maintaining areas like the roof and plumbing to prevent property damage. However, there are other crucial areas that can lead to water damage if overlooked. In this blog, we will highlight key areas in your home that require regular inspection to prevent water damage and the importance of seeking professional help from SERVPRO of Brunswick in case of emergencies.

Washing Machine Connections
Don't overlook your washing machine connections! Hard water deposits can corrode pipes and hoses, leading to unexpected explosions. Make it a part of your routine to inspect your laundry room, including outlets, hoses, and piping, to ensure they are in proper working order. Regular maintenance can prevent potential water damage disasters.

Toilet Base Seals
Over time, the seals around the base of your toilets can deteriorate and develop tiny holes, causing small water leaks. These leaks can go unnoticed and damage your flooring. Keep records of renovations and repairs to remind yourself to periodically check for any signs of water damage. Early detection can save you from costly repairs.

Roof-Mounted Heating and Cooling Units
Many older homes and businesses have heating and cooling units on their roofs. These units require thorough checkups before and during seasons of heavy usage. Water leaks from the pipes connected to these units can cause extensive damage to the roof, attic, and walls below. Don't forget to include these units in your regular inspection checklist.

Water Removal and Cleanup Specialists
In the event of flooding or water leaks causing water damage, it's crucial to seek professional help. SERVPRO of Brunswick specializes in water removal and cleanup. Our experienced team is ready to respond promptly to any water damage emergency. We have the expertise and equipment to mitigate the damage and restore your property to its pre-damaged condition.

Preventing water damage requires regular inspections of key areas in your home. By paying attention to washing machine connections, toilet base seals, and roof-mounted heating and cooling units, you can minimize the risk of water damage. However, in case of a water damage emergency, it's essential to seek professional help from SERVPRO of Brunswick. 

Give us a call (912) 264-6094

Why SERVPRO of Brunswick is Your Go-To Water Damage Restoration Expert

1/28/2024 (Permalink)

When it comes to water damage restoration in Glynn County, SERVPRO is the name you can trust. Our team of experts is dedicated to providing top-notch services to help you recover from any water-related disaster. In this blog, we will highlight why SERVPRO of Brunswick should be your go-to choice for water damage restoration.

24/7 Emergency Response
At SERVPRO of Brunswick, we understand that water damage can occur at any time, day or night. That's why we offer 24/7 emergency response services. Our team is always ready to act and mitigate the damage as quickly as possible. When you choose us, you can rest assured that help is just a phone call away.

Advanced Equipment and Techniques
We believe in using the latest technology and techniques to provide the best water damage restoration service. Our team is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that helps us detect, extract, and dry out water effectively. By utilizing advanced techniques, we can minimize the damage and restore your property to its preloss condition.

Experienced and Certified Professionals
Our team consists of highly trained and certified professionals with years of water damage restoration experience. We understand the complexities of dealing with water damage and have the expertise to handle any situation. When you choose SERVPRO, you can trust that your property is in capable hands.

SERVPRO of Brunswick is the team you can rely on. With our 24/7 emergency response, advanced equipment and techniques, experienced professionals, and comprehensive services, we are committed to restoring your property to its preloss condition. Don't let water damage disrupt your life – contact SERVPRO of Brunswick today for prompt and reliable restoration services.

Give us a call at (912) 264-6094

Electric Fires - Knowing the Facts and Staying Prepares

1/23/2023 (Permalink)

Home electrical fires can start in wiring, electrical distribution systems, and lighting equipment, as well as in any equipment powered by electricity such as cooking, heating, office, and entertainment equipment, washers, and dryers, as well as electrical distribution or lighting equipment. This is according to the National Fire Prevention Association, (NFPA) which studies fire causes and prevention extensively.

The (NFPA) research indicates that fires involving electrical failures or malfunctions accounted for the highest share of civilian deaths (18%) and direct property damage (20%).

They also discovered through data that nearly two of five fires (39%) involving electrical failure or malfunction occurred in the cold weather months from November through February and usually between midnight and 4 am.

Understanding the common causes of fire can help us prevent and prepare. If you have a fire in your home or business, you are going to need professional help cleaning up.

Our Team Can Help After The Fire

SERVPRO of Brunswick is ready to respond when you need help cleaning up. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.
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.

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.

Give us a call today if you have fire damage or restoration questions. SERVPRO of Brunswick (912) 264-6094

Flash Flooding in Brunswick

1/13/2023 (Permalink)

Flash Flood Warning-- the alert that many of us dread because of the concerns that our homes will be affected by it. SERVPRO of Brunswick understands that your home is more than a structure: it's your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings that help transform your house into a home.

Here are some helpful suggestions on how to protect your property when a disaster happens.

 How to Protect Your Property:

  • Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box. Keep them in a place where it's least likely to be damaged by a flood.
  • Install check valves in building sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home. 
  • Seal walls in basements with waterproofing elements to avoid leakage through cracks. 

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (912)264-6094

Make Deep Cleaning a New Years Resolution

1/1/2023 (Permalink)

You have set your jaw and made New Year’s resolutions before only to cower in defeat halfway through the year. Why not make this upcoming year one in which you do everything you set your mind to do, which includes giving your home a thorough cleaning? SERVPRO of Brunswick is your number-one choice for all cleaning needs.

We provide carpet and upholstery cleaning

No matter how many times you tell guests to take off their shoes before entering your home, there is always at least one person who fails to do so during the holidays. Beyond the rebel during the family gathering is the everyday dirt that comes with residing in close quarters. Your carpet needs to be thoroughly cleaned at least once per year.

Upholstery is another area in the general living space that becomes dirty rather quickly. What better New Year’s resolution to fulfill than to give yourself the peace of mind of knowing that your family will not be exposed to dust mites every time they sit down to watch television?

Odor removal is available

Pick up the phone and solicit our services when you have cleaned all that you know how and yet the odor remains. We have the expertise needed to deodorize your home efficiently. You do not want to enter the new year with the same smells that hindered productivity these past twelve months. Let us improve your attitude by removing the odors that bring down the atmosphere of your home.

We provide air duct services

Heating during winter months is essential. Your home’s central air and heating system cannot work efficiently without proper maintenance. Our air duct services can clean one of the most intricate parts of your system so that it provides heat during winter and air in summer. Air duct service also provides better air quality, which may reduce the probability of illness during the year.

New year, new you

You can make this year different by starting off on a clean foot. Call SERVPRO of Brunswick today to set up an appointment for thorough cleaning of your home.

Ways to Prevent Water Damages in Your Home

12/6/2022 (Permalink)

Most homeowners are aware that a roof needs to be inspected for signs of damage and decay, or that plumbing is something to keep your eye on as it ages. These are areas that we anticipate might be a problem when it comes to property damage.

But what about your washing machine connections?

That’s a place where there can be hard water deposits that can corrode pipes and hoses, causing them to explode when you are not looking for it. And if it happens when you are at work, there can be a significant issue by the time you return home! Make an inspection of your laundry room part of your routine, and pay attention to all the outlets, hoses, and piping, to make sure they are in working order.

Another part of your home or business that can become damaged by water over time is around the base of your toilets. As the age of your bathroom, the seals that were installed at the time the house was built or the toilet was put in will break down and corrode, sometimes developing tiny holes that will leak small amounts of water. This little leakage can really hurt your flooring without you even noticing it until it’s too late. Keeping records of the dates of renovations and repairs for appliances, etc. can help to remind you to take a look every now and then to see what needs your attention.

Many older homes and businesses may have heating and cooling units on their roof; this area will need a thorough checkup before the beginning, and during, every season that will require heavy usage. A water leak from the pipes going to that unit can do a lot of damage to the roof, attic, and walls underneath. Because they are out of sight they can be forgotten about, when it comes to water.

We are water removal and cleanup specialists and are ready to service your Brunswick home when flooding or water leaks cause water damage.

The team at SERVPRO of Brunswick is always standing ready to help in the event of any kind of emergency; we are experts in dealing with water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation! Call us at (912) 264 6094

Chimney Tips to Keep Your Family Warm…and Safe during the winter months.

11/10/2022 (Permalink)

What causes chimney fires?

The build-up of creosote along the chimney lining walls can facilitate the start of a chimney fire. All fires create soot and residue build-up, especially wood-burning fireplaces and stoves. This build-up is caused by the unburned materials in the smoke accumulating along the chimney walls and creating a sticky substance that can easily catch fire. The smoke from the fire contains a substance similar to tar and when the temperatures within the chimney are below 250 degrees Fahrenheit, the substance will condense along the chimney surface. When the temperature drops below 150 degrees Fahrenheit, the substance turns into a dark, sticky substance that is also highly flammable.

A chimney that is dirty, or blocked can inhibit proper venting of smoke up the flue and can also cause a chimney fire. Nearly all residential fires originating in the chimney are preventable.

Maintenance - Good maintenance is a very important step in preventing chimney fires!

  • Have your chimney checked annually by a qualified chimney professional
  • Burn only well-seasoned hardwoods
  • Start fires with clean newspaper or dry kindling – Gasoline or kerosene should never be used to start a fire
  • Keep the area in front of the fireplace clear of paper and debris. It can be tempting during the holidays to place decorations close to the fireplace but keep them at a safe distance.
  • If your fireplace doesn't have a glass door, use a wire mesh screen.
  • Install a chimney cap.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector.
  • Have your chimney sweep ensure that your chimney has an appropriate liner.
  • Following a violent storm, earthquake, flood or lightning strike, have your chimney inspected for damage - inside and out.

Prevention - Remember prevention is your best defense against fire. 

Commercial Fire Damage and Insurance - What Next?

10/3/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke damage from a fire can affect your business in Saint Simons, GA, in many ways, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed if you’re unsure what costs your insurance company will cover. Understanding what expenditures your insurance is likely to pay can help you eliminate stress throughout the cleanup process.

1. Property Damage

After a fire, many items in your business may be destroyed, and insurance should be able to compensate you for your losses. Even if some things in your building were left untouched by the fire itself, water from hoses or sprinklers can damage articles within them. Often, a cleanup and restoration company can assist you in taking inventory and provide you with an estimate of what items have been harmed and what can be repaired.

2. Smoke and Soot

In addition to causing destruction to articles within your building, a fire can leave behind smoke and soot damage. They can affect the structure of your property, and it’s often necessary to thoroughly clean and restore a business that has been rampaged by a fire. In some instances, major soot and smoke damage may require you to replace structures in your building. Luckily, fire insurance should cover the costs of smoke cleaning.

3. Business Interruption

If a business needs to temporarily close in order to make repairs, the costs of lost revenue can quickly add up over time. However, cleaning a building and making important renovations can be time-consuming, and complex repairs should not be rushed. Insurance companies will generally cover the costs of this interruption, allowing you to focus on restoring your establishment to its original state.

Has fire damage taken a toll on your business? Call SERVPRO of Brunswick to help take the stress of cleanup and inventory away. (912)264-6094

Using a Fire Extinguisher

9/30/2022 (Permalink)

Not only is it smart to keep fire extinguishers in your home or business, but it’s also the law in many states. 

It's important to make sure you have the right types of fire extinguishers on hand to put out common fires.

Getting started with fire extinguishers

The first thing to do when choosing a fire extinguisher is to decide which rooms in your house need one. You should keep at least one on each level of your house. Make sure you keep fire extinguishers handy where fires are more likely to start, like in the kitchen and garage

Learning how to use your fire extinguisher

Once you've made your purchases, familiarize yourself with the fire extinguisher directions so you’ll be prepared in case you need to put out a fire. Typically, fire extinguishers are easy to use in the case of a fire. Most of the types operate using the P.A.S.S. technique:

?Pull the pin on the fire extinguisher to break the tamper seal.

?Aim the fire extinguisher low, with the nozzle pointed at the base of the fire.

?Squeeze the handle of the fire extinguisher to release the extinguishing agent.

?Sweep the nozzle from side to side while pointing at the base of the fire until it is extinguished.

?If the fire re-ignites, repeat the last 3 steps.

If you have to use a fire extinguisher it may leave residue along with the potential fire damage. SERVPRO of Brunswick is here to help.