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Deep Cleaning Your Home

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

In today's real estate market, you can have an edge with a reputation for having quality listings. You also want the ability to move a sale through quickly to get a commission. Presentation is everything and clean homes sale quicker.

A homeowner in Columbia County was extremely concerned about the cleanliness of her home because she was about to list it for sale. She hired SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties to thoroughly clean their home. Their family had been living there for more than 20 years; they also had 2 small, not so housebroken pets.

The home definitely had a strong pet odor in some rooms. SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties cleaned the house from top to bottom, including windows, window screens; pressure washed the patio, cleaned all the cabinets inside and out, and even completed the duct cleaning. To complete the process, we did a thermal fogging of the entire home with a neutralizing deodorizer.

The homeowner was more than ecstatic by the results of the cleaning and was happy to stage and put their home on the market.  SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties clean on the deepest level and will enhance your home's true value by making you shine and help you sell your home at the highest price possible.

Would you like a deep cleaning of your home? Give us a call today! (386) 754-0261

Restoring Your Commercial Property

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Restoring your Columbia and Suwannee Counties commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges:

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties:

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

Visit our website to learn more.
https://www.SERVPROcolumbiaandsuwanneecounties.com/

Smoke and Soot Damage

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Soot Damage Smoke and Soot damage after a Suwannee County home fire.

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action. 

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke:

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

  • Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, and smears easily. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

  • Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family and property with empathy and respect.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Give SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties a call today (386) 754-0261

Biohazard Cleanup

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning up a crime scene is a messy job, but someone has to do it.

After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk.

Police and homeowners rely on professional services that are equipped to handle crime scene cleanup.

SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back to a clean and safe home or office.  We will always treat your property and everyone involved with the utmost respect and empathy in these difficult circumstances. 

Some common trauma and crime scene scenarios are:

  • Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO Professionals can clean and restore your property after a crime scene investigation.

  • Blood borne Pathogens

SERVPRO Professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death. Our trained SERVPRO Professionals clean, disinfect, and deodorize the structure.

If you find yourself wondering what to do in the event of a trauma or crime scene, call SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties to take care of your cleanup needs. (386) 754-0261

Home Fire Escape Plan

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Home Fire Escape Plan

Every second counts during a fire. Fire experts agree, people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late.

In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared with an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Once a plan is developed, it is critical that everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. Increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building an escape plan, and then practicing the escape plan. The following are a few steps to help you develop an emergency escape plan:

  • Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
  • Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.
  • Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped. Make sure to mark the meeting location on your escape plan. Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Plan for everyone in your home with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals. Practice your fire escape plan at night and during the daytime. SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties want you to stay safe and prepare now to ensure you are ready for any disaster.

For more information on how you can prevent home fires, give us a call at (386) 754-0261. Or visit us at https://www.SERVPROcolumbiaandsuwanneecounties.com/

Got Mold?

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Got Mold?

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services:

SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties specialize in mold cleanup and restoration. In fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly re-mediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If you think you have a mold problem, give us a call today! (386) 754-0261

Emergency Ready Plan (ERP)

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Plan (ERP)

Did you know as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research? Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. If your employees do not know where the water shut off valve is, how can they prevent excessive damage to your business?  If you ask your employees right now, would they know the location of the valve? Would they know where the nearest fire extinguisher is located?  These are some of the many questions that an ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) will cover.

  • By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
  • A no cost assessment of your facility. This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. You can approve work based on cost, whether it is fire, mold, water, biohazard, vandalism, etc. This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."
  • Phone App OR a printed portfolio. For your convenience you can have your profile printed and/or you can install our ERP App on your phone!

Give SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties a call today to learn more about what we can do for not only your business, but for your peace of mind as well, (386) 754-0261

5 Tips to Prepare for Water Damage

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

5 Tips to Prepare for Water Damage

Water damage at home or in your place of business does not need to be a traumatic experience. Consider these 5 tips to better prepare.

  1. Look up your insurance coverage. Most renter’s or homeowners insurance policies do not cover flooding, or even a sewer backup. Find out what coverage you have.
  2. Keep a record of all of your belongings. Take photos and keep copies of a receipt or other documents for the more valuable items. Store a copy of these records online or at another location. If you do experience water damage, it can be easy to forget about certain items.
  3. Take steps to limit the risk of water damage within your home by checking pipes frequently and paying attention to any indicators of water damage, such as dripping sounds in the walls, dark spots on the ceiling, or significant change in your water bill.
  4. Set up your home so that it is less at risk of damage from heavy rains or flooding by ensuring that your roof is sound. Make sure there are no cracks in the foundation. Check that the landscaping around your home is sloped to direct water away from your foundation, rather than toward it.
  5. Find an expert you can count on. Water damage can be overwhelming, and you don’t want to be desperately searching for a water restoration expert at 3 AM when the pipes break.

SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties will always have your back, anytime, anyplace.  Visit us at www.SERVPROcolumbiaandsuwanneecounties.com.

SERVPRO Tips

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

We at SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties have a couple of tips for you

How to Get Water Cleanup and Mitigation Done

  • In order to get water cleanup done, you're going to need to hire a restoration company like SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties that can come in and handle the flood damage for you. They do all of the drying for you when it concerns water in your home. If you have water in your business, restoration can be done by the same type of company. You may want to hire the pros to handle a pipe break or supply line break if this has become an issue for you. A flooded home should be restored as soon as possible to prevent further issues from surfacing.

How to Hire a Restoration Company

  • The best way to hire a professional company to handle water in your home is by finding one that has a lot of experience. These companies should ideally have a lot of experience cleaning up water in a business or any type of water in a home. They can also find and fix a supply line break or pipe break that you might currently have. In many cases, the reason for water in a business is because of a pipe break. If you have a supply line break, you might want to contact a professional plumber to handle the issue for you.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties will be ready for any call at any time of the day. Please give us a call with any questions you may have,  (386) 754-0261

What you should know about your Sprinkler System

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

What you should know about your Sprinkler System

Many businesses in Columbia, Suwannee, and surrounding counties have installed a fire sprinkler system to protect the company property. However, there are a few misconceptions about what these systems actually do. If you are considering installing a fire suppression system in your own place of work, there are a few things you may want to know beforehand.

Facts to Know:

  • The sprinkler heads in most modern fire suppression systems operate independently
  • Sprinkler systems are heat triggered, making them very difficult to accidentally set off
  • In general, the cost of a system is about the same as new carpet
  • A sprinkler system uses only a fraction of the water pumped out by a fire hose

How They Work:

  • A fire sprinkler works by releasing either water or nitrogen gas to suppress the fire. This should suffocate the fire’s source of oxygen causing it to go out. When the fire is hot enough, a metal alloy in the sprinkler nozzle should melt and trigger the release of the fire suppressant.

What to Expect After Usage:

  • While your sprinklers may have saved your business from a lot of fire damage, you may still have some fire sprinkler cleanup to take care of afterward. A water and fire damage restoration specialist may be able to assist you with the process. These professionals are trained to deal with the various damage types that can occur with a fire, including sprinkler system cleanup.
  • A fire sprinkler system can help to save your company from extensive damage in the event of a fire. These systems are designed to suffocate the fire and help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Not only are they reliable, but because they are heat triggered you shouldn’t have to worry about setting them off accidentally.

For more information about what SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties can do for you, give us a call today, (386) 754-0261