Recent Water Damage Posts

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

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

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.

Ways To Prevent Water Damage Around Your Home

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

A washing machine is shown open with towels inside When you check your home for water leaks the laundry room should be on your list. If you have water damage call SERVPRO of Brunswick (912) 264 6094

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 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.


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

Leaky Roof In Brunswick, Now What

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

A house is shown after a heavy rain We invest in the latest technology and equipment because it helps us restore your home more quickly and to minimize cost.

The rain is coming down and you have a roof leak. It wasn't there last time it rained, 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.


Find 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 pros arrive.


Call in the pros.

First, bring in construction experts to fix the leak in the roof. They will have 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.
SERVPRO of Brunswick

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

Science of Drying

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

Bet you didn’t know that SERVPRO of Brunswick has a team of scientists! There is a specific science behind drying out water damages. Our SERVPRO of Brunswick team has the knowledge of psychrometrics. Psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place fan or two around the damaged area, the team at SERVPRO of Brunswick is trained in the science of drying and follows strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.

If your business suffers a water damage SERVPRO of Brunswick will: 

- Inspect and detect every area that is holding moisture

- Measure how much moisture is in the materials, as well as how each material is drying.

- Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment. 

What do we mean when we say “speed up Mother Nature”? 

A wet building can often dry naturally, but often takes to long and secondary damages occur while the natural dry out process occurs. SERVPRO of Brunswick has the drying equipment to speed up the drying process to minimize and eliminate further damages in the home. 

Need help after water damage? Contact SERVPRO of Brunswick today!

(912)264-6094



When Water Damage Strikes - AGAIN!

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Brunswick recently received a call from a financial institution that had experienced major water damage due to their plumbing being installed incorrectly. 

Within the hour crews were at the building starting to extract water and demo out the affected area. The directors of the facility were so pleased with the turn around time and the how hard the crews worked everyday.

However, flash forward 2 months later and SERVPRO of Brunswick received another call for the same facility with another water damage due to a burst pipe. Within the hour crews were at the building starting to extract water and demo out the affected area. 

At SERVPRO of Brunswick, we pride ourselves on being consistent in our work and helping businesses and homeowners during a time of need. 

When water damage strikes - rely on the team at SERVPRO of Brunswick.

(912)264-6094

Is My Home Safe After A Water Damage?

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO truck going down the street to a job. SERVPRO of Brunswick is ready to help with your water restoration needs.

Water damages can seem like a minor issue after you get all of the water mopped up. But what happens when you don’t get a professional to remediate the issue?

A simple fridge leak can seem like a minor issue. After you mop up the water- problem solved right? The truth is many homeowners may not see the full extent of the damage of the property. The damage beneath the floor or inside the walls and cabinets.

That’s why SERVPRO of Brunswick is here to help!

The trained professionals at SERVPRO of Brunswick know exactly where to start to properly repair and remediate your home to return it to preloss conditions. SERVPRO of Brunswick will find the hidden water that a homeowner can mistakenly look over. Have a water damage? Let the SERVPRO of Brunswick team come to assess the situation to avoid future mold and mildew issues. 

Give us a call at 

(912)264-6094

5 Tips for Dealing with a Leaking Roof

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

Brick house with blue tarp on roof. Leaking roof causing damage to your home? Let SERVPRO of Brunswick help.

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.

Don’t Let a Water Damage Drain Your Holiday Spirit

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

The Holiday Season is upon us. With all of your decorations out on display don’t let a dreadful water damage take away your joy. Rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of Brunswick.

SERVPRO of Brunswick prides themselves on highly trained professionals and industry leading technologies. The most common types of water damages we see are: fridge, washer machine, dish washer, ice maker, and plumbing leaks. These are most often caused by normal wear and tear on the machines. But it is always a good idea to regularly check the connections to all major appliances in the home.

If you suspect a water damage in your home or business reach out to the SERVPRO of Brunswick. We are in your community and are ready to assist our neighbors.

Give us a call at (912)264-6094

Crawl Space Affecting Your Indoor Air Quality?

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to crawl spaces- we are most likely talking about dirt, rocks, beams, and duct work. But did you realize your crawl space can be negatively affecting the air you breathe in your home. Unwanted moisture in your crawl space can cause health risk for you and your family.

How does moisture get in?

Moisture accumulates in your crawl space because of high humidity, changing temperatures which leads to condensation. For this reason, it is important that the moisture content of your crawlspace is monitored properly. When moisture in your crawl space is not monitored, mold and rot will begin growing on beams, joists, and insulation.

When mold is growing beneath your home take action; up to 40% of the air in your home seeps up through the crawlspace.

In a nutshell, when your crawl space has a mold issue, your indoor air quality will be negatively affected in your home.

The Fix:
Crawl Space Encapsulation!

Crawl Space Encapsulation means that a crawl space is protected from moisture by using a vapor barrier on the floor and walls.

Why choose encapsulation?
Crawl Space Encapsulation allows you to control the environment; unlike open crawl spaces. Crawl Space Encapsulation allows you to keep that space closed off to outside factors as well as keep it at a steady and controlled temperature. Once crawl space encapsulation is complete your home is not only cleaner, but healthier for you and your family.

Want to learn more? Give us a call at

(912)264-6094

Unexpected Water Damage - Areas of Concern

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

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.

The team at SERVPRO of Brunswick is always standing ready to help in the event of any kind of water damage emergency!

Call us at (912) 264-6094 

Water Damage - Rain or Shine

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Give the team at SERVPRO of Brunswick a call if you experience a water damage (912)264-6094

Did you know that water damage can happen rain or shine? Majority of people contribute home water damages to rain and weather conditions. However, a large majority of water damages happen rain or shine. The most common cause of water damage is due to the following:

  1. Plumbing Issues
  2. Bursting or Leaking Pipes
  3. Malfunctioning Household Appliances
  4. HVACs Issues

Plumbing Issues
Some plumbing issues occur inside the walls and may go undetected for a period of time. While other plumbing issues occur due to a detachment of a hose. Keep plumbing issues at the top of your mind by periodically inspecting visible connections at your toilets and sinks.

Bursting or Leaking Pipes
Burst pipes are a very common source of water damage. Drains and toilets get backed up causing stress and pressure in the pipe which then leads to a crack or a burst of the pipe. Help prevent backups by only flushing or discarding biodegradable or septic safe supplies down drains.

Malfunctioning Household Appliances
Connections to household appliances as they age begin to rust and the pipes begin to weaken. If you are using older appliances in your home to replace the lines and connectors to prevent water damages. Washer machines, dishwashers, and hot water heaters are notorious for having leaks due to a malfunctioning connection.

HVACS Issues
HVACs (heating, ventilation and air conditioning units), can cause water damage if not properly maintained. Moisture can build up in the unit and can encourage mold growth inside the air ducts. Have your HVACs looked at regularly for maintenance issues and have your air ducts cleaned to prevent moisture build-ups.

SERVPRO of Brunswick is experienced in water restoration and mitigation. Dealing with your first water damage? Don’t sweat it, your friends at the SERVPRO of Brunswick will walk through every step with you and your insurance company. We believe in a stress free claims process to make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

When Water Damage Strikes

5/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Brunswick understands the stress that comes along with a water damage. You can always count on the dependable team at SERVPRO of Brunswick for your water damage needs; whether the damage is due to a busted water line, sewage back up, storm damage, or other factors.

The first 24 hours after a water damage/loss are the most important in preventing further damage. 

SERVPRO of Brunswick will arrive within 4 hours of the notice of loss. Upon arrival SERVPRO of Brunswick will provide the homeowner with everything that will need to be done as well as walk them through the water restoration process. 

Inspection:

SERVPRO of Brunswick will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of the damage as well as review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning work. 

Emergency Services:

SERVPRO of Brunswick will take various steps to protect your property from further damage by beginning water extraction as well as packing up belongings and contents to protect your personal belongings from further damage. 

Monitoring:

SERVPRO of Brunswick will continue to monitor your home or business until your property is dried to industry standards. The property owner will continuously be alerted about progress of drying.

Restoration:

SERVPRO of Brunswick will coordinate structural repairs, reinstallations, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walk-through of the jobsite will be conducted with you to ensure everything is returned to your satisfaction.

If you need help after a water damage don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Brunswick at 912-264-6094

Kitchen Water Damage - What to Look For

5/18/2019 (Permalink)

Your kitchen area, in either your home or your business, is one of the main places where damage from water can occur, and then mold growth becomes a concern. Your kitchen is a place that you visit regularly; and sometimes you may miss things because it is such a familiar place. However, it is important to check your kitchen area periodically for leaks and water damage around and underneath sinks and appliances to prevent an issue before it happens.

Some homes and workplaces have water heaters near the kitchen, and these are known to leak as well as they age, so keeping a careful eye on this appliance especially can save you a lot of trouble.

You can follow these tips to help you keep on top of any damage to your kitchen 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 a leak, find the source right away.
  • Clean up all spills as soon as they occur.
  • 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 the kitchen of your home or business:

  • Remove all furniture 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 immediately.
    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 experienced water damage restoration specialist. Call us at (912)264-6094

Checking Your Attic for Damage

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Attics can be a problem area when it comes to water damage. It’s one of the main places where damage from heavy rainfall can occur, and then mold becomes a concern. Your attic is one of the places in your home that you won’t visit regularly; usually, a trip up to the attic is only made when you need something you have put up for a rainy day. It’s important to check your attic area periodically for leaks and water damage, especially after winter or other rainy seasons, according to your geographic location.

Some houses have water heaters in the attic, and they are known to leak as they age. Your attic will also take the brunt of storms, right along with your roof. When the roof sustains damage such as loose or missing roofing material, you will probably see water stains in the attic, letting you know a problem is developing.

Follow these tips to help you keep on top of any damage to your attic:

  • Check your attic for damage regularly. It’s important to assess your attic space as often as you check other parts of your home. You’ll want to make sure this area isn’t holding water, which can spread to problems with your interior ceilings.
  • Check your roofing after severe weather. It’s crucial to check all roofing after a strong storm and/or high winds to ensure it is still intact.
  • Make sure your water heater is working properly. If your water heater isn’t functioning properly or if it has seen better days, have it checked by a professional. A malfunctioning water heater can flood your home and cause major property damage.

Here at SERVPRO of Brunswick, we are always ready to help with cleanup after water and fire damage and are experts in the area of mold remediation. 

Call us today: (912)264-6094

3 Most Common Places for Water Damages

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

While flooding often can’t be predicted, educating yourself on the most common areas to flood with 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, such as rooms that have sinks, as in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas; low-lying areas like basements and cellars are also at risk.

Here is a list of the three most common areas to suffer from water damage:

BATHROOMS: The bathroom is possibly the most likely area to flood, and probably the most obvious. After all, a bathroom is all about water! Sinks, toilets, showers and tubs...all involve H20, and all contained in one small area and connected to pipes, pipes that can be a source of problems if they become clogged, leak, or wear out. Human error can create an issue as well; we’ve all heard stories about the bath that got started and was forgotten about!

BASEMENTS: Basements and cellars are the lowest part of a house or building, and so 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. Oftentimes the pipes for the bath and kitchen areas run through the basement, and sump pumps and drains are often found there. In addition, many homes have their water heating unit and laundry facilities in their basement or cellar. Keep an eye open for cracks in the foundation, ceiling, and walls of these areas!

ATTICS AND ROOFS: A damaged roof, either from weather or fire, is susceptible to water damage and flooding the areas underneath. A small leak can turn into a big problem fast!

Our team of professionals here at SERVPRO of Brunswick is experienced in repairs and cleanup from damages caused by water, fire, and mold. Call us at (912) 264-6094

Tips to Avoid Water Damages this Spring

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is a great time of renewal after a chilly winter. It is a refreshing season the Golden Isles gets to enjoy briefly before the heat of Summer arrives! As the Sprint showers are beneficial to our May flowers and ridding us of pollen, spring showers can also be hazardous to our home causing water damages. SERVPRO of Brunswick has put together a list of helpful tips to ensure your home stays prepared for Spring!

Exterior of the Home:

  • Clean gutters by removing leaves and branches. 
  • Precent water penetration by filling cracks in the foundation floor and walls. 
  • Inspect roof for missing shingles and age of roof. 

Sump Pump:

If your property contains a sump pump make sure it is fully operational! Check all water sensors. Replace backup batteries as necessary and test your sump pump to ensure it is fully functional. Sump pump failures can occur in just minutes! Error on the side of caution always and inspect your sump pump yearly.

To Restore or Replace

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Return to Normal Quicker: The drying process will return your home to normalcy sooner than replacing materials and working with contractors.
  4. 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!

912-264-6094

Flooded Laundry Room in Brunswick

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

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.

(912)264-6094

Where to Check for Water Damage

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

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

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

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

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

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

When Winter Water Damage Wreaks Havoc on Your Home

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

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

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

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!