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What the Smell?!

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning What the Smell?! Odors could be a sign of other issues with your home. Stop using those air fresheners and call SERVPRO today to fix your odor problems at the source.

Do you have unpleasant and embarrassing odors in your home? Maybe you aren’t even sure where the smell is coming from or what it is, but you are running out of air fresheners trying to mask it. At SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties we are odor experts.

We have the expertise and knowledge to identify what these mysterious odors are and where they are coming from. Our highly trained and licensed technicians are equipped with the latest top of the line chemicals and equipment to effectively treat and remove those odors in the toughest conditions right at the source.

Stop buying more sprays that are just a temporary fix to the problem. Give us a call so we can come and evaluate your home. We will have your home restored “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage May Be Hiding in Your Home or Business

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage May Be Hiding in Your Home or Business Things you might not think of could be causing unseen damage to your home.

Building materials and water don’t mix. Insulation, wood studs, plywood sheathing, and subflooring can all degrade, rot, or develop mold when they’re repeatedly saturated with water. Making the situation even worse, this water damage is often hidden from sight, tucked away between walls or under floors. As a result, significant structural damage can occur before it’s discovered. 

  • In a wall underneath a window
  • Behind or under siding
  • Exterior Door Threshold
  • Exterior Painted Windowsills
  • Beneath the Dishwasher
  • Next to tub or shower
  • Under a wobbly toilet
  • Underneath the sink
  • Behind a bathtub surround
  • Behind Drywall
  • Around a chimney
  • Inside or Under an HVAC unit
  • Behind and exterior faucet
  • Behind a washing machine
  • Below a window a/c unit

At SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties, we are trained in water remediation and licensed in mold remediation.  We are able to assist in helping to determine if you have a problem.  Call us at 386-754-0261 to schedule an assessment.

Invested in our Community

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Invested in our Community Home is where the heart is.....

We are so very thankful to say after 13 plus years of working in Columbia County we are able to finally have a place to call our own!

We are so very thankful to all of the people that helped make this happen.  Castagna Construction for helping us find the perfect place/land to build and ProBuild Construction for helping us make our dream building and Columbia Bank for making it all possible.  

We can't wait to have our open house and ribbon cutting and invite all of you to our new home/office.

Thank you to Columbia County for making us feel like we belong.  Living and working in this community has been a blessing for our family and we are hoping to be here for many more years to come.  

Are you ready?

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are  you ready?  Let's be Prepared if this Happens Again

Hurricanes generate a series of threats to lives and property. The most obvious is the threat posed to buildings, equipment, and people by the high winds which characterize such storms.

This checklist will help you prepare for a hurricane’s effect on your business, employees and community by highlighting activities you should undertake before, during, and following the event. When the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center issues a watch or warning, use the time available to begin taking the following steps.

https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/HurricanePreparednessSBA.pdf

The National Weather Service rates hurricanes by their intensity, using a scale of one to five. The scale categorizes storms according to their sustained winds, the storm surges produced, and expected damage. Businesses located within areas of risk should have a hurricane preparedness plan. It is a good idea to develop a plan of action for your business and your staff to be ready for this type of interruption

Here at SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties we want to be prepared and understand what we are facing.  We hope the attached check list helps you be prepared.  If you need assistance after the fact know you can depend on SERVPRO to be there when you need us.  

Do you have a emergency fire plan for your home?

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Do you have a emergency fire plan for your home? Have a PLAN!

We are all busy with kids, school, work, after school activities, but we all need to take some time out of our busy schedule, and make a family fire plan. I know as a parent it hard to juggle family life, but safety for my family is always on my mind. Here is what you can do.

  • Make a map of your home, and make a fire exit plan. Post you fire plan in the kitchen area a daily reminder.
  • Teach safety techniques like step by step how to instructions to stay low to the ground, and cover your face with your shirt or a pillow case to protect from the smoke
  • Conduct drills like listening for the smoke detector, and practicing the fire exit plan for evacuation.
  • Talk about fire safety with your children. Play games to teach them stop drop and roll, and to be ready for if a fire if it happened in your home.

If a fire happens in your home SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties can help you fix your home. We are here for you and your home 24/7.

Hurricane Preparedness - Be Ready

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

The two keys to weather safety is to PREPARE for the risks and to ACT on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials.

Before a Hurricane:

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Know your surroundings
  • Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone.
  • Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.
  • Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground.
  • Make plans to secure your property
  • Cover all of your home's windows
  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure.
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Reinforce your garage
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
  • Determine how and where to secure your boat.
  • Install a generator for emergencies.
  • If in a high-rise building, when high winds are present, be prepared to take shelter on a lower floor because wind conditions increase with height, and in a small interior room without windows.
  • Consider building a safe room. 

No matter what the situation life is more important so evacuate if necessary and when you return if you need assistance call SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties at 386-754-0261

Fire Extinguisher Safety

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Extinguisher Safety P.A.S.S. is something to remember in case of an emergency!

Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home or business? Did you know that many insurance companies offer a discount for having a fire extinguisher in your home? For a mere $20-$50 you could save money on your homeowners insurance and have a life and property saving tool in your home.

If you have a fire extinguisher in your home, it is important to understand how to properly use it. After reading this article read the instructions on your extinguisher and become familiar with where everything is located on it. Make sure to share the information with everyone in your home so they too can be prepared. 

The National Fire Protection Association recommends remembering the word PASS in order to properly operate your extinguisher.

Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.

Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

Squeeze the level slowly and evenly.

Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

Make sure you store your fire extinguisher in a safe and easily assessable area. Check the date on your extinguisher and make certain it is not expired. Put in your calendar to check the expiration date yearly.

Before purchasing a fire extinguisher, visit NFPA.org to understand which type of extinguisher is right for your property.

SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties offers some tips about fire extinguishers!

 https://youtu.be/gFifToYGgto

The Importance to have an Emergency Ready Plan - The ERP

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial The Importance to have an Emergency Ready Plan - The ERP Commercial Building with Damage

As a leader in restoration and disaster prevention, the professionals at SERVPRO have your business’s best interest at heart. One of the ways they are looking out for your business is through Emergency Ready Profiles. The creation of an emergency profile allows you to work with a qualified representative to develop a plan of action for when disaster strikes.

1. What Is It?

An Emergency Ready Profile is a file created for your business that contains an emergency plan of action. This profile allows you to minimize any prolonged business interruption by ensuring that SERVPRO is ready and prepared to help with a simple phone call.

2. How Can It Help?

The ERP helps provide you with a level of security that many do not have after experiencing a disaster. After assessing your facility, identifying a line of command, and establishing an emergency profile, you will know that when disaster strikes, a qualified professional has your back and knows just what to do and who to contact.

3. Does It Matter for Your Business?

The research doesn’t lie: After a disaster strikes, many businesses — about 50 percent — have to close down. Having an Emergency Ready Profile in place allows SERVPRO to take action immediately following a disaster. By taking fast action, you can limit business interruption, meaning that you can get back to doing what you do best as quickly as possible. 

4. How Can You Get Started?

You can get started creating your emergency profile by contacting a SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties (located in Lake City, FL) representative at 386-754-0261.   Once you have initiated contact, a representative will reach out to find out the best time to schedule your facility’s free assessment.

An ERP is an excellent way to protect your business and your interests.

Did we mention that it is......NO COST TO YOU!

Call us today at SERVPRO of Columbia & Suwannee Counties today to get started. 

Warm Weather on Its Way

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

We are creeping up on warmer weather. That means it is about to be a thriving environment for mold down here in the south. Mold can be found both indoors and outdoors in places with high levels of moisture, such as leaks around pipes, windows or roofs.  If flooding has occurred and saturated your home mold could also grow in drywall, insulation, upholstery and carpet - just to name a few.

This is why it is of utmost importance to reach out to SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties immediately if any water damage occurs - our specially trained professionals will ensure your home and belongings are properly cleaned and dried to inhibit mold growth.

Acting on Mold Growth Once Noticed - 

Mold can be various different colors, smells and shapes.  If you see visible mold, do not disturb it by attempting to clean the area yourself.  Touching the mold or blowing air across affected areas can potentially be the worst thing you do. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home, especially if the air condition is in operation.   When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home. If you suspect mold, keep loved ones out of the area, turn off fans and the HVAC system, and contact your friends at SERVPRO of Columbia and Suwannee Counties!

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