Tornado Watch Or Warning? Know the Difference.
Multiple tornadoes have hit different areas in South Georgia over the last week, leaving homes destroyed and losing loved ones. How should one prepare for such a dangerous situation?
You should know the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning.
According to www.weather.gov, A Tornado Watch means that "tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area." You should be prepared with supplies and a plan of safety with a safe room.
A Tornado Warning means that "a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property." You should be in the lowest level of your home, away from windows. "If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris."
You should wait as long as possible after you no longer hear the wind noises before you move away from your safe space. You cannot fully know how safe the area is so be extra cautious while leaving your safe area.
Our Account Manager, Christy Smith delivering books for the children.
This week we were invited to help spread Holiday cheer to the children at Little Lotts Creek Apartments in Statesboro, Georgia. Through this event, SERVPRO of Statesboro was happy to donate books to over 50 children. This event was successful because of the generosity of so many people in the community.
Several stores in Statesboro donated gifts for children, and food for the mini food bank that is stocked throughout the year on property.
Katherine Parks, the property manager not only organized this spectacular event, but she baked lots of homemade cookies for the kids! Lonnie, one of the tenants at Little Lotts Creek Apartments volunteered to be Santa, and he may have been just as excited as the children!
It gave us so much joy to see all of the children's faces when they met Santa. Due to the pandemic, many of the children had never even seen Santa in person and most of them were certain he was the real Santa. There were a few that were nervous, but most of them gave him the biggest hugs!
SERVPRO of Statesboro loves giving back to our community. Happy Holidays to you and yours from the entire SERVPRO team!
Safety First When Frying Turkeys During the Holidays
Each year, many people are severely burned and their homes are damaged from fires caused by frying turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Here are some safety tips from Elizabeth Ardness, University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Services found on www.georgiahealthnews.com.
Many times accidents are caused by misused equipment and overfilling.
1. Misused equipment: unstable fryer stands
2. Uninsulated pot handles
3. Fry Pots Overfilled with oil
To prevent overfilling, drop the turkey in the pot before marinating. Add enough water to cover 2" above the turkey. Remove the turkey and mark the water level. Once you have dried the pot, you can add oil to the waterline mark. Marinate your turkey and add back to the pot once the oil reaches 365-375 degrees Faranheight. This will take 45 minutes to an hour.
It is also important to kill all harmful bacteria. According to www.butterball.com, you must measure the temperature of the turkey in several places. Once the temperature has reached 180 degrees Fahrenheit at the thigh, and 170 degrees at the breast your turkey should be ready to enjoy!
Also, be sure that your frying area is at least 10 feet away from your home and on level ground.
Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Toys For Tots!
Won't you help us make the children smile on Christmas Day?
It's that time of year again! SERVPRO Statesboro asks for your offices to help support our local children in need through the Toys for Tots program. We have two boxes at our Joe Kennedy Boulevard office in Statesboro to fill up.
In 1947, Diane Hendricks, the wife of Marine Corps Reserve Major Major Bill Hendricks, had several hand-crafted dolls and asked her husband to deliver them to an organization that supports needy children. Major Hendricks had no luck finding any such agency, and when he returned home and shared that information with Diane, her response was simple. She told him to start one! That year, Major Hendricks and his Reserve unit in L.A. distributed 5000 toys!
Seeing how successful that year was, the following year Major Hendricks directed all Marine sites to implement the Toys for Tots campaign transitioning it to a National Community Action program in 1948.
Walt Disney was a personal friend of Major Hendricks and he designed the original Toys for Tots poster with a miniature 3 car train that we are all familiar with today.
96.7% of all donations are given directly to children in need with the remaining 3% being used to partially cover fundraising expenses. No donations are used to cover any salaries.
With our help, The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation donates 18 million toys to 7 million needy children each year.
Please call our office if you have any donations. We will be glad to pick them up and bring them back to our office. Can you or your company help us make some children smile on Christmas day?
Help! My house is flooded!
Team SERVPRO Deals with Flooding on a Regular Basis
Most homeowners either know somebody who has experienced flooding in their property or they have encountered it themselves. It can be stressful, frustrating, and very messy. It can also end up costing a lot if you do not arrange for repairs right away.
The thing to remember about flood damage in homes is that it can come from all kinds of different places. The easiest way to prevent it is to keep up with routine maintenance. Keeping gutters clean, inspecting pipework regularly, and investing in plumbing services can make sure that your home stays protected.
Keep reading to learn more about flood damage and what happens when SERVPRO is brought in to deal with the aftermath.
What Happens When a House Floods?
Well, the answer is different in all situations. It depends primarily on the severity of the damage and how much water has intruded into the property. Usually, the first item to be compromised is the flooring. Carpets absorb liquid until they are saturated, and any backings or adhesives begin to come loose.
Drywall bows and warps, while wood is prone to swelling because it is more porous than other materials. If not dried and cleaned quickly, it starts to rot. Our technicians perform a visual inspection as soon as they arrive onsite, in order to identify the most vulnerable items and single them out for priority treatment.
Is It Safe When the Standing Water Is Gone?
Extraction of the standing water is only part of the process. Without thorough drying, the materials in your home are not safe from further damage. After 48 hours, mold becomes a risk, and organic substances degrade quickly.
After removal, SERVPRO implements a carefully controlled system of dehumidification and humidity monitoring. Fans, air movers, and powerful dehumidifiers are used in combination to create optimal drying conditions. It prevents the air from filling up with moisture and causing secondary water damage to furniture and other possessions.
How Long Does the Drying Process Take?
Once again, it is different for every home. The two biggest factors are the size of the affected area and the amount of water that has caused the problem. The balance of porous to non-porous materials has an impact on how long it takes to complete the drying process.
The more porous items that become saturated with liquid, the longer it will take to draw the water out. Usually, an average-sized home gets remediated in around 2-4 days, but there are no certainties when it comes to internal flooding. The goal is to complete repairs as quickly as possible, but without compromising on quality.
SERVPRO of Statesboro high-quality restoration is a guarantee. We have access to sophisticated drying equipment, and our technicians are very skilled. Call us 24/7 at (912) 764-9542.
Burrrrrr!!!!! It's Getting Cold Out There!
Down here in south Georgia, we do not see temperatures too low. With this winter season, it is starting to get cold. Here are some winter tips!
- Keep your gas tank almost half full (or full) this will prevent the fuel line from freezing.
- Don't forget to crank up your car in the morning before you need to leave. Those windshields will most likely be frozen over!
- Drip those outdoor pipes. You don't want to have a flooded yard.
- Drip those indoor pipes to keep the water flowing so a pipe does not burst in the middle of the night.
- Keep in mind- your pets! Yes, some types/breeds of animals love the cold weather, but some are not built for the cold. They will love sleeping inside.
Keeping warm and staying safe during these cold winter nights is very important. However if you find yourself in a situation where you have a pipe burst in your home, call us at 912-445-5190 so we can help you!
How to Minimize a Large Loss at Your Commercial Business.
Emergency Ready Profile
Whenever a leak happens in your business, do you trust that your employees know exactly what to do? Do they know where each valve for the water is located? Do they know who can be there to help remove the water? Lucky for you, they don't have to. With our Emergency Ready Plan, they will just call us, and we know the answers to all of these questions!
As many as 50% of businesses may never fully recover following a disaster, according to industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. 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, fire, sewage, and mold damage can affect your business.
Contact our office today at (912) 764-9542 for a FREE Emergency Ready Profile for your business.
SERVPRO of Statesboro is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to assist you in the event of a loss!
A Few Tips on Getting Prepared for Thunderstorms and Severe Weather
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 aid and 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
- 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
When a Storm Hits
Whether it is a Category 5 hurricane or a bad thunderstorm rolling through, homeowners should be prepared for any storm.
Take Safety Precautions
Any type of heavy winds can cause roof shingles, natural debris, or unnatural debris to occur. After the storm is over, take precautions when going outside because there could be debris such as nails, sharp wood, or other potentially dangerous items that are around your home.
Photograph the Damage
If it is major or minor, take pictures IMMEDIATELY. You may not realize that something damaged your home until after you have moved it, so take pictures just in case! Insurance companies will need to see before pictures of the damage.
Contact your Insurance Company… and SERVPRO!
A homeowner must call their insurance company so an adjuster can be sent out to examine the damage so payment can be made... Don’t forget to call your favorite restoration and mediation company, SERVPRO of Statesboro. We work around the clock to ensure happiness in our community! We will send a team out as quickly as possible to begin work for your home if disaster strikes!
How SERVPRO of Statesboro Can Help Your Business
When you have an unexpected loss, SERVPRO is ready to help day or night!
SERVPRO of Statesboro provides a multitude of different services for industrial businesses like yours. We have the experience and the capability to provide top-notch service for businesses that have experienced large losses. We are the leading professionals in restoration and cleaning. We are equipped to handle any job from small to disastrous. Below are just some of the services we will gladly provide in your time of need.
- Fire, smoke, and soot
- Water removal and dehumidification
- Catastrophic storm response
- Contents restoration
- Contents claim inventory services
- Air ducts and HVAC
- Carpet, upholstery, drapes, and blinds
- Ceilings, walls, and hard floors
- Odor removal
If you need help with smoke damage from a terrible electrical fire, we would love to help. SERVPRO of Statesboro responds to emergencies 24 hours a day. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (912) 764-9542.