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To Restore or Replace
Timely response to a water damage is key to successful mitigation.
Residential Water Damage
As a homeowner, you dread the idea of any type of damage occurring. From limbs falling to toilets overflowing; some accidents are just unpreventable. Water intrusion can cause extensive damage to wood, drywall, flooring, upholstery, and furniture. You lose a sense of normalcy after a water damage occurs, surveying the damage of what you might write off as lost; but at the SERVPRO of Brunswick, we are highly trained water restoration specialist and value restoring versus replacing mentality.
Why is restoring so important to SERVPRO of Brunswick?
- Peace of Mind - We value your belongings. The SERVPRO of Brunswick takes the time to restore affected items preserving your financial investment as well as family heirlooms and keepsakes.
- Save Money: Restoring is more cost effective in the majority of cases due to replacement cost values. For example, it is cheaper to dry and save flooring than to remove and replace it.
- Return to Normal Quicker: The drying process will return your home to normalcy sooner than replacing materials and working with contractors.
- Restoring is Environmentally Friendly: by restoring flooring and other items that may be affected by fire or water damage you prevent future items from entering landfills.
Our number one goal is returning damaged areas and items to preloss condition, doing all we can to make it “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO® of Brunswick is dedicated to restoring both the property and the lives of the customers being helped.
Do you need assistance with a water damage in your Brunswick, GA home?
Contact SERVPRO of Brunswick today!
Flooded Laundry Room in Brunswick
When water damage strikes, a fast response is critical.
The SERVPRO of Brunswick responded to a call after a washer machine line burst causing a water damage at hotel within the Golden Isles. The water line was quickly shut off minimizing damage and the hotel quickly activated there SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP).
By activating there ERP, SERVPRO of Brunswick was quickly dispatched and on site in less than an hour from initial notification of the loss.
The SERVPRO of Brunswick began extracting water and surveying the damage to the property and removing wet materials. SERVPRO of Brunswick communicated effectively with hotel staff on what was going on. The hotel suffered minimal damage and was able to continue all pre-scheduled task without interruption.
If your home or business suffers a water damage from a washer machine, respond like this hotel did by quickly turning off the water and activate your Emergency Ready Profile.
Need an Emergency Ready Profile? Contact our office today to set up a free consultation courtesy of SERVPRO of Brunswick.
Roof leak? Here are 4 tips to remember!
The rain is coming down and you realize you have a roof leak. Quick grab the bucket and call SERVPRO of Brunswick.
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 roofing and water restoration professionals
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. That will provide a temporary patch to keep the water out until the roofer arrives.
4. Call SERVPRO of Brunswick. You need to call in two types of professional help. First, get a roofer in to fix the leak in the roof. The roofer has the equipment to do the job safely and effectively. Second, you need to 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.
Where to Check for Water Damage
Damp areas are an attractive spot for a mold colony to begin, and that’s something no one wants, or needs, to see. Doing regular inspections of areas in your home or business that are most likely to develop water damages due to leaks and such will allow you to take care of issues before they can become serious.
Here are the top three areas to check regularly for water damage:
The bathroom. Water is the name of the game when it comes to the bath area. Most bathrooms are cleaned thoroughly at least once a week, and these times are great for checking for leaks and damp areas. Look in the least traveled spots, such as corners of the linen closet, behind the toilet, under the sink. If there are any leaks in these places, they can be a danger until they are fully dry. You can invest in a dehumidifier for your bathroom, which is a great help.
The kitchen. This area of the home or business is also a watery place, and it is used more than any other area in homes besides the bath. Keep an eye out for spills and leaks and clean them up immediately to ensure that they are not attracting mold spores, which are always in our air and cannot be removed. Under the sink and refrigerator are places that can be damaged by water without you noticing, so get out your flashlight and make sure you see every corner clearly.
The laundry room. This room, since it has large appliances, also has nooks and crannies that are not cleaned as often, and a leak behind the washing machine can create huge issues down the road. Add to that the humidity in the air and possible unseen leaks or drips, and you have a recipe for the establishment of a mold colony. Enlist help, pull the washer and dryer out from the wall regularly, and make sure the areas behind them are clean, dry, and disinfected.
Other areas to keep an eye on: hall closets, your garage, and/or basement.
SERVPRO of Brunswick is always here to help you with any issues related to water damage in your home or business. Large-scale cleanups after flooding and fire are our specialties, and we are mold remediation experts, too. Call us at (912) 264-6094.
Water Damage Clean Up Tips
Whether it comes from a storm or an old water heater, water damage can cause a lot of problems. From ruining your furniture and structures to creating a perfect spot for mold to grow, water damage is something you want to handle right away.
You can follow these tips to help you keep on top of any damage to your home from excess moisture and smaller water issues:
- Check appliances, hoses, and piping for damage regularly.
- If you smell the musty odor that is a telltale sign of mold beginning to grow, find the source right away and get the colony cleaned up.
- Clean up all spills as soon as they occur.
- If a leak is found, no matter how small, make sure the necessary repairs are done as soon as possible and dry the affected area completed.
- If you live in an area with high humidity, using a dehumidifier can greatly reduce damage from excess moisture in the air.
- Wipe down and dry the walls in your kitchen regularly to avoid a mold colony establishing itself.
- Scrub and dry your sink thoroughly, especially around the faucet and knobs; corrosion can make it necessary to replace these items much sooner than you planned if they are not kept clean.
In the event that you do suffer larger-scale water damage in your home or business:
- Remove all furniture and machinery from the area.
- You may need to move large appliances away from the walls to remove moisture or standing water.
- Soak up all excess water completely, and immediately. Standing water attracts pests such as mosquitoes; mold isn’t the only problem that can occur.
- Fans and dehumidifiers will be a great help in drying the area completely.
- Call a professional cleanup up company if the task is beyond your expertise.
- Mold remediation is a job for a professional.
Here at SERVPRO of Brunswick, we are always ready to help with cleanup after water and fire damage, no matter if the project is large or not so large. We are also mold remediation experts. Call us at (912) 264-6094, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick
First Steps in Dealing with Water Damage
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
Being Prepared for Water Damage During Summer
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 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
Three Causes of Water Damage That You Might Not Expect
Water damage is every home and business owner’s concern. We are all aware that a roof needs to be inspected for signs of that kind of damage, or that plumbing is something to keep your eye on as it ages. These are areas that we would expect to 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 house or business that can become damaged by water over time is around the base of your toilets. As your bathrooms age, 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.
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 or visit our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick
Avoiding Water Damage in Your St. Simons Home
Spring is just around the corner, believe it or not. And 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 suffer more than it needs to.
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 or visit their website:
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.
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!
How to Prepare Your Home or Business for Potential Flood Damage
Prepare your home now to avoid costly repairs later!
Flood damage can lead to minor repairs, or it can leave a business or home with tremendous devastation. Since you can't know what is going to happen until after the flood, preparing for the worst is best.
Consider the Electric
When water and electric mix, a major, potentially fatal, hazard can arise. If you are concerned about flood waters getting into the electric, you should have a professional consultation to find out what you can do to minimize the potential for risk.
While small sandbags are unlikely to stop all of the damage that a major flood can cause, they can be of assistance, especially if the flood is of a lesser severity. Sandbags can help to keep the water contained to one room or one part of the business or home. Even if a flood does find its way into the lower level of the company or house, you might be able to keep it there.
Some problems in the construction of your business building or house might make the space more susceptible to floods. For example, uneven ground or a poor drainage system could lead to greater problems. Before the next flood comes to town, have these issues repaired. You may need to contact the landlord if you do not own the property.
Move Important Items
If you can store important items in another facility, one that is better protected against floods, then consider that option. When that is not a possibility, you should move important items, such as products, files or furniture, to higher ground. By moving these items to a different floor of the space, you are taking a step toward protecting them from the floods.
Evacuate the Building
You may hear that a flood warning or watch is in effect for your area. Taking these weather reporters seriously is of utmost importance. In the event that you keep your employees working through the weather conditions, you may discover that you are all trapped in the flood. Discussing evacuation routes and emergency-notification systems with your employees and family members should be a common procedure in your workplace or home.
Some floods cause devastating damage for both humans and structures. When you want to take precautions against major damage where you live or where you work, you should follow some basic protocols and advice for doing so. However, if there is water damage to your home or business, give SERVPRO of Brunswick a call. Our highly-trained team will complete a damage assessment and get your back to normal as soon as possible.
5 Tips for Dealing with Water Damage from a Leaking Roof
Don't get caught in a downpour in your home! Check your roof for leaks before and after a storm hits.
The rain is coming down and you have a roof leak. It wasn't there last time the rain came through, but it sure is there now. 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.
5 Tips for Dealing with Water Damage from a Leaking Roof
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. That will provide a temporary patch to keep the water out until the roofer arrives.
- Call in the pros. You need to call in two types of professional help. First, get a roofer in to fix the leak in the roof. The roofer has the equipment to do the job safely and effectively. Second, you need to 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.