An Ounce of Prevention can Protect your Home Investment
You can help keep your insurance costs down and protect your property as well.
The most important step you can take is to identify any humidity, moisture, or water damage problems before they create bigger problems such as mold or structural damage.
Here are some important tips to prevent water damage that could potentially turn into a mold issue.
- Periodically inspect your home inside and out.
- Look for any water or moisture. Pay attention around pipes, in basements, or crawl spaces. If you see a problem, call SERVPRO of Thomas, Colquitt, and Grady to identify the extent of the damage.
- Your nose knows. Musty and moldy odors may be an indicator of growing molds.
- Control humidity in bathrooms, showers, and wherever water is repeatedly used. Exhaust fans, proper caulking, and regular cleaning with a bleach-based cleaning product will help keep problems away.
- Ventilation matters. Proper ventilation in attics, crawl spaces, basements, and other dark spaces can help stop moisture problems.
- Regularly having your HVAC systems and air conditioners inspected can identify moisture problems or drain clogs.
What does IICRC certified mean?
SERVPRO of Thomas, Colquitt & Grady Counties is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.
IICRC Certified Firms must
• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.
About SERVPRO of Thomas, Colquitt & Grady Counties
SERVPRO of Thomas, Colquitt & Grady Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.
When Storms or Floods hit Thomasville, Cairo, Moultrie, or Bainbridge, we are ready!
SERVPRO of Thomas, Colquitt and Grady specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit the area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,900 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 229-236-1902.
Preventing Home Electrical Fires
This overloaded outlet is an example of too many plugs into one. Unplug anything that is not in use to avoid this happening.
According to a report from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), home electrical fires claim the lives of 280 Americans each year. During a typical year, home electrical problems account for 26,100 fires and $1 billion in property losses. About half of all residential electrical fires involve electrical wiring. Many electrical fires are caused by overloaded circuits and extension cords. December and January are the peak months for electrical fires, but of course, they can happen at any time during the year. The USDA says fires occur more often in these months due to the increased time spent indoors, which also increases the use of lighting, heating, and appliances.
Many electrical fires can be avoided if basic safety precautions are taken.
Review the following tips to reduce your risk of electrical fires.
- Routinely check electrical appliances and wiring. Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately.
- Replace any electrical tool or appliance if it overheats, shorts out causes even small electrical shocks or gives off smoke or sparks.
- If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
- Use electrical extension cords wisely; never overload extension cords or wall sockets.
Spring Cleaning is Underway!
Call us today for a free quote!
The birds are chirping and flowers are blooming, but you still can't shake the winter blues! Sweep those blues away with a deep cleaning for your home or business! Spring cleaning is a tradition allowing us to freshen up our environment and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer.
Our professionals here at SERVPRO of Thomas, Colquitt, and Grady Counties can help. In addition to air duct and HVAC cleaning, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to use state-of-the-art equipment to remove soils hiding deep within your carpet, as well as focused stain removal and stain resistance applications. Other services include upholstery and drapery cleaning, hard floor cleaning and care, and deodorization. We are still offering our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned for antiviral fogging.
A clean environment is a healthy environment. Improve your living and workspaces this spring. If you need a little help, don't worry, SERVPRO of Thomas, Colquitt, and Grady counties has all the tools to make your home or business sparkle in no time!
Did you know about our Newsletter?
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Each quarter a newsletter will be coming out filled with all kinds of information that you don’t want to miss. The blogs are written by trusted members of the SERVPRO team, and we will want to keep you in the know with upcoming CE classes, events, industry information, cleaning tips, and so much more that you don't want to miss!
Each quarter, SERVPRO of Thomas, Colquitt, and Grady will be bringing you:
- Cleaning tips
- Industry information
- Blog postings
- Chances to win cool giveaways
- Events, including upcoming continuing education classes
- Social media insights and so much more!
We have plenty of information to add to our quarterly newsletters, but if you have any questions or suggestions that you would like to see on a future edition, let us know by emailing mcarter@SERVPRO9816.com.
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You can never be too prepared!
The peak season for thunderstorms in Georgia is April.
Spring is Almost Here!
We all look forward to this time of year when spring is in the air. The only downside is spring and summer storms when the month of April has a history of bringing damaging storms. We want to offer tips on how to prepare for the uncertainty of Mother Nature.
According to the national weather service, the peak tornado season for Georgia is in April, but the majority of damaging storms fall between March and May. Since we are in the middle of storm season, SERVPRO of Thomas, Colquitt, and Grady and SERVPRO of Tifton has put together some steps to be prepared for any storm.
- Have an alert system in place – know who your local weather service provider is and download an app to follow the weather with alerts turned on and have a sheltered place inside of your home away from windows.
- Keep an emergency kit handy – Emergency kits should include first-aid supplies, enough drinking water for three days, and food that doesn’t need to be refrigerated or cooked. Also be sure to have several flashlights, a battery-powered radio, blankets, and extra batteries.
- Be sure your trees are properly trimmed; they can cause significant damage if airborne. In case of storm damage to your home.
- In case of damage to your home, be sure you have a proper inventory of your belongings and back it up with photos or video footage stored in your insurance company’s app, or a hard copy stored in a separate location.
In the event of any water or fire damage caused by a storm, SERVPRO offers an assortment of services to help people quickly recover and restore any damaged property. Within one hour of notifying the company of loss, property owners will be contacted by a representative in order to arrange service. Within four hours of the initial notification, a SERVPRO professional will be on-site to start the mitigation process. Exceptions may apply under certain conditions, such as a catastrophic event or a storm situation.
Insurance Tips Before a Storm
In our area, we get a lot of rain and sometimes floods can happen. Buildings in our area can become flooded with concentrated rainfall coupled with inadequate local drainage systems. Being over-prepared is better than not at all. We have compiled a list of actions to put in place before a storm hits to make sure you are prepared. The National Flood Insurance Program has a lot of helpful tips for a homeowner to know before a storm hits.
- Make sure you fully understand what perils and covered and excluded in your policy.
- Make sure your coverage is adequate to replace your home and contents in today’s dollar.
- Determine whether your policy covers additional living expenses for a temporary residence if you are unable to live in your home because of damage from a disaster.
- Before hurricane season, prepare detailed written and/or photographic inventory of your home’s contents and store it in a safe place with your policy.
- If your insurance company does not cover flood dame, ask about coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program.
Make Sure to Get your Outdoor Fireplace Inspected
When a fireplace malfunctions, it can cause significant damage to the outdoor living space, or indoor.
Don't be caught with a fireplace that malfunctions and catches fire. Many times, we get a call that a fire was caused by a fireplace, and it hasn't been inspected before use. Animal dander, hair, and other debris can get into the chimney and cause it to fail.
Another reason for a fireplace to catch fire is if the fire break is not properly installed, it can cause heat to transfer to the structure of the home, causing ignition. Pictured, an outdoor fireplace caught fire, catching the exterior wall on fire as well. Fortunately, there was no fire damage to the interior of the home, but in the home there was smoke damage and a pungent smoke odor we were able to remove with our ozone machine and thorough cleaning.
Cold Weather Tips
Our partners at the American Red Cross have the right idea of staying warm this Season.
As temperatures drop this winter, the American Red Cross offers ten steps people can take to stay safe during the cold weather.
1. Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.
2. Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
3. Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.
4. Requires supervision – Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
5. Don’t catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
6. Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.
7. Better safe than sorry. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.
8. The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
9. Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.
10. Knowledge is power. Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.
For more information on how to stay safe during the cold weather, visit http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Top-Ten-Red-Cross-Cold-Weather-Safety-Tips