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Thunderstorm Preparedness

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Thunderstorm Preparedness The Red Cross and SERVPRO are always here to help!

Be Prepared for Thunderstorms and Severe Weather

  • Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms
  • Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household
  • Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail
  • Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm
  • Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches
  • Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home
  • Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning rods
  • Get trained in first aidand learn how to respond to emergencies
  • Put together an emergency preparedness kit:
  • Water—one gallon per person, per day
  • Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation & personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family & emergency contact information
  • Extra cash

Paws N Claws at Georgia Southern

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

Community Paws N Claws at Georgia Southern Paws N Claws at Georgia Southern Photo-Booth Fundraiser. Diamond, MoJo, Tony (with Marketing Rep Miranda) and Irma.

Paws N Claws at Georgia Southern is an organization that was created by the Humane Society of Statesboro-Bulloch Co. in order to raise awareness regarding the overpopulation of dogs and cats here locally in Statesboro. Through volunteering and fundraising, students at Georgia Southern offer their time to try to save the many four legged friends who need our help throughout the community.

Paws N Claws and the Humane Society hold several fundraisers and events through out the year. The fundraiser our Marketing Rep. Miranda attended today was the Pet Photo-Booth.

The Pet Photo-booth Fundraiser gives you the opportunity to snap some pictures with the adoptable pups. How is it a fundraiser you ask? Well, it's $1.00 to pet the pups and $2.00 to snap a pic with a pup. A small price to pay to snuggle these cuties and help raise money to go towards their care and the organization.

The pups at the events are all up for adoption. These are just a few of the available animals. They have other dogs at the shelter needing  homes, as well as cats. 

The next big fundraiser the Humane Society has coming up is, Raise the Woof! It's a stand up comedy show on Friday, November 3rd, 2017 at 7:30pm.

If you are looking to add a furry friend to your family, check your local shelter or Humane Society first. Remember, a four legged friend is a life long commitment who deserves your love and attention for their life time, not just when it's convenient for you. 

Save a life! Adopt don't shop!

Build An Emergency Kit- You'll Thank Yourself Later!

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

1. Water1 gallon per person per day – Sealed water bottles are best for storage. You can also freeze them ahead of time to keep food cold longer.

2.Non-Perishable Food – At least a 3 day supply per person of food that does not require cooking or refrigeration. (Canned meat, vegetables, juices & fruits, crackers, granola bars, trail mix, etc.)

3. Manual can opener.

4. Plastic garbage bags.

5. Flashlight, batteries, back up phone charger.

6. First aid kit – various sizes of adhesive bandages, cold packs (non refrigerated type), scissors, tweezers.

7. Hygiene items – toilet paper, towelettes, soap, baby wipes, liquid hand sanitizer.

8. Matches – stored in a waterproof container.

9. Cash – have enough cash to sustain you through a 2 week period. Without electricity, most businesses (if open) will not accept credit cards and may not accept traveler’s checks.

10. Emergency phone numbers.

11. Entertainment – games, books, etc. to help pass the time if power goes out.

Should I Encapsulate My Crawl Space?

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Crawl space encapsulation is a generic term used to describe a crawl space that is protected from moisture by using a vapor barrier on the floor and walls. This term was and is widely marketed by different basement waterproofing franchises in the early part of the century. Crawl space encapsulation has become directly associated with a white vapor barrier installed in the crawl space to cover the floor and walls.

Improvement over a “closed” crawl space

An encapsulated crawl space uses all of the features applied to a closed crawl space with a few exceptions. To be an encapsulated crawl space the vapor barrier is continued up the foundation wall and sealed (taped) to the floor vapor barrier. All supports, as well as plumbing that comes through the dirt and walls are also sealed. A polyurethane caulk or two sided foundation tape is applied between the foundation wall and the crawl space vapor barrier to seal the moisture under the barrier. In most cases the vapor barrier that is used is made of high quality polyethylene with a polyester mesh reinforcement. Although some companies offer a clear visqueen plastic purchased from a local hardware as a solution to keep their costs down.

Environmental Control

The purpose of crawl space encapsulation is to create an environment that can be controlled. The reason the open crawl space is so bad is because the environment is allowed to change daily, sometimes hourly. Much like building a swimming pool and refusing to full it with water because of the extra expense and time, the steps to encapsulating a crawl space should end with an environment that you are controlling and therefore you have conditioned the air. Once you have transformed the space, by way of crawl space encapsulation, into an area that is part of the house it will be cleaner and healthier for your home and family.

Think of it as a….

Maybe you have heard or read somewhere on this site that a crawl space is like a basement in many ways. Well, it is. In the function of the homes air quality and moisture penetration. Crawl space encapsulation is essentially the same answer to a crawl space as the concrete floor in a basement. Under that concrete floor is a vapor barrier to control moisture. The concrete on the floor is for walking or use durability only. When a quality vapor barrier is used to encapsulate a crawl space it will hold up to crawl traffic and not tear like thin plastic will.

It’s Just Plastic

Not all crawl space vapor barriers are created equal, but the truth is all will help in some way. A quality vapor barrier will last for 25 years or more, while a 6 or 10 mil clear plastic from the hardware store might last 3 to 5 years. The real investment is in the time and effort it takes to do it right, so for a little bit more money up front your efforts will have a lasting result. If odor is a concern make sure the vapor barrier that is installed is made of polyethylene and not PVC. PVC liners will off gas and smell like a pool liner. If a PVC liner off gasses in the crawl space you will smell it in your home.

How To Avoid A Kitchen Fire; 10 Steps!

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know the kitchen is where more home fires occur than anywhere else in the house and that cooking is the number one cause of home fires? The American Red Cross has steps everyone can follow to avoid a cooking fire:

  1. Never leave cooking food unattended – stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen, even for a second, turn off the stove.
  2. Check your food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking.
  3. Use a timer so you’ll remember that the stove or oven is on.
  4. Don’t wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  5. Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
  6. Keep anything that can catch fire - pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  7. Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
  8. Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.]
  9. Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
  10. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

To learn how to prevent a fire in your home and how to keep members of your household safe, you can take our cooking safety quiz and download the Red Cross Fire Prevention and Safety ChecklistDownloadable fact sheets are also available on how to avoid home heating fires, candle safety, proper use of smoke alarms and teaching your children what to do in the event of a fire

Brooklet Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation  Brooklet Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold A slow faucet leak can cause a lot of mold growth. Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

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 Statesboro 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 Statesboro specializes 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 remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (912) 764-9542

Swainsboro Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Swainsboro Smoke and Soot Cleanup The Fire Took Place in the Kitchen but Smoke and Soot Effected Every Room in the Home.

Smoke and soot is 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 Statesboro 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, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

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

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little 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 with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (912) 764-9542

Restoring Your Statesboro Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Statesboro Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges. Water leaked in-between the roof and ceiling of this facility.

Flooding and water damage events at Statesboro commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water 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 up 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 Statesboro

SERVPRO of Statesboro specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage 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.

The Need for Air Filtration Device’s on Every Job

1/13/2017 (Permalink)

One of the more fascinating aspects about disaster restoration is that no two jobs are alike. That being said, you will most likely run across at least one of the following conditions 100% of the time:

  • Some sort of contamination
  • Where you need to dry carpet in place or by floating
  • Where structural cavities need drying
  • A customer who asks for air filtration
  • Customers that are considered to be "at-risk" due to allergies, asthma, etc.

The common denominator of these conditions is that they're all associated with and/or can adversely affect indoor air quality. That’s the reason why you should have air scrubbers (or AFD’s – Air Filtration Devices) running on every job.

When cleaning up sewage, mold or a fire damage, you can’t help but produce considerable amounts of many airborne hazardous materials due to your cleaning efforts. For instance, smoke and fire residues can be poisonous as a fire will destroy plastics, foam, fabrics, carpets, woods, synthetics, and asbestos-containing materials. And any time you unsettle toxins that may be lurking in wall or ceiling enclosures, there’s a good chance that they’ll float into the occupied areas of the structure.

You even need to be concerned about air quality on clean water losses. Due to the need for high-speed air movers to facilitate efficient drying, a myriad of minute particles that are trapped in carpets and furniture are stirred up and can cause adverse health problems to those who are susceptible.

So what are the benefits of having air scrubbers of every job?

  • They help to reduce the quantity of possibly harmful air particles, decreasing the chance that occupants or technicians will inhale them.
  • You’ll have cleaner equipment with less maintenance.
  • Clean equipment also reduces the chance of cross contaminating the next job.

That's why making air scrubbers available on every jobsite makes good business sense, whether you get paid for them or not. They can keep your employees healthier and create happier customers.

If you would like to get paid for them but keep getting pushback from some insurance adjusters who insist on seeing proof for their need, it might be advisable to purchase a particle counter: a hand-held device that measures the amount of harmful particles per volume of air. After all, it's hard to argue with numbers.

What do I have to do to remove the smell of Curry?

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

 

What do I have to do to remove the smell of curry?

The curry spice is a finely ground powder that easily diffuses during cooking, much like soot will during a structure fire. It floats into every nook and cranny. Mix that with hot oil spatter that usually goes along with recipes that include curry and you get a one-two punch of a fuse of powder and oily residue which make removal and deodorization a challenge.

You'll get a higher concentration of curry residue in the area around where it's used, typically the stove and kitchen. Because of this, stove hoods should be taken down and cleaned. Air ducts may need to be cleaned and sealed, and in some extreme cases, cabinets may need to be removed so you're able to clean behind and under them. A heavy-duty cleaner/degreaser will help remove the curry residue.

Then thermo-fog a powerful heat- activated odor counteractant. It will follow the same path of the curry odor vapors onto surfaces as well as into cracks and crevices. Give it an hour of dwell time followed by ventilation.