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Hardwood Floor Water Damage: The Top 5 Warning Signs

1/30/2023 (Permalink)

Hardwood water damage in a Jefferson home. SERVPRO professionals will do everything they can to save your hardwood floors after water damage!

Hardwood floor water damage can be hard to detect and can cause extensive damage if left untreated.

Water damage can wreak havoc on hardwood floors, leading to costly repairs and even complete replacement. Therefore, it's essential to be aware of the warning signs indicating that a hardwood floor has been damaged by water or moisture.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties are your go-to resource for hardwood floor repair if water damage occurs. We have put together the following blog post to educate you and describe the five telltale warning signs to look out for when it comes to hardwood floor water damage.

What is hardwood floor water damage?

Hardwood floor water damage occurs when water or moisture seeps into hardwood floors and affects the integrity of your floor. The wood can warp and swell when hardwood floors are exposed to excessive moisture for an extended period. 

Various sources, such as floods, heavy rainstorms, high humidity levels, plumbing leaks, and overwatered plants, can cause water damage. Looking for any signs of hardwood floor water damage is a good way of determining whether or not you have a more significant water damage problem on your property.

Five indications of hardwood floor water damage

Now that you know a bit more about hardwood floor water damage, let's take a look at the five warning signs that indicate your hardwood floor requires repairs:

  1. Discoloration or staining on the wood: Hardwood floors coming into contact with excessive moisture can cause discoloration or staining. Discoloration can range from dark spots to even a complete change in the original color of the hardwood.
  2. Warping, cupping, or buckling: These are some of the more obvious signs that hardwood floor water damage has occurred. Water damage can cause hardwood floors to warp, cup, or buckle due to moisture swelling and expanding the wood. 
  3. Softening of the hardwood: Another sign of hardwood floor water damage is that the hardwood can become soft when touched. Softening of the hardwood is due to the moisture causing the wood to swell and become weaker than it should be.
  4. Swelling or separation between boards: Excessive moisture can also cause hardwood floors to swell and lead to separation between boards. Swelling or separation is another sign that hardwood floor water damage has taken place.
  5. Musty odors: Finally, hardwood floors with water damage can emit a musty smell that indicates the presence of moisture or mold growth in the cracks or beneath the hardwood floor.

These are the top five warning signs to watch out for when it comes to hardwood floor water damage. If you notice any of these signs, you must call a water restoration company to get the hardwood floor repaired or replaced as soon as possible to prevent further damage. They can also determine if your property is at risk from further water intrusion. 

Tips for preventing future hardwood floor water damage

Before hardwood floor water damage has the chance to occur, there are a few things you can do to make sure your hardwood floors stay in good shape:

  • Make sure to keep hardwood floors clean and dry at all times. Vacuum regularly, mop up spills as soon as they happen, use a dehumidifier if necessary, and clean hardwood floors with the appropriate hardwood floor cleaner.
  • Check hardwood floors regularly for signs of water damage, such as discoloration or staining on the wood, warping, cupping, or buckling, softening of the wood, swelling or separation between boards, and musty odors.
  • When you notice hardwood floor water damage, contact a professional water restoration company to help you with the repairs and get your hardwood floors back in good condition.

Following these tips can help prevent hardwood floor water damage from occurring in the first place. Still, if hardwood floor water damage has already happened, the professionals at SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties are here to help. We specialize in hardwood floor water damage repair and replacement, so don't hesitate to reach out if you require hardwood floor water damage services.

Wrapping up

Today we discussed hardwood floor water damage, the warning signs to look out for, and how to prevent hardwood floor water damage in the future. If hardwood floor water damage has already occurred to your property, don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties for help.

SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties is a professional water damage repair company that can help you get your hardwood floors back in good condition. When you contact us for water restoration repairs, we will:

  • Inspect the hardwood floors and assess the damage
  • Apply specialized hardwood floor drying solutions
  • Repair or replace hardwood floors as needed
  • Sanitize hardwood floors to prevent mold growth

With our help, you can trust that we will restore your hardwood floors to their original condition. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us today for more information and help with hardwood floor water damage.

Restaurant Water Damage: Our 5 Favorite Prevention Tips

12/26/2022 (Permalink)

Restaurant water damage in a Jackson County restaurant. The professionals at SERVPRO are on-call ready to help combat water damage!

Restaurant water damage can lead to costly downtime for restaurant owners.

Did you know that water damage is one of the most common types of property damage restaurants face? Unfortunately, it's so common that we recommend owners be proactive in preventing restaurant water damage on their property.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties know firsthand that restaurant water damage can be a restaurant owner's worst nightmare. So, to help restaurant owners prevent a water damage disaster, we have put together five tips for restaurant owners to help avoid restaurant water damage. 

What is restaurant water damage?

Restaurant water damage is property damage that occurs in restaurants due to water leakage or flooding. It results in extensive and costly repairs and can cause restaurant owners to suffer substantial financial losses.

We have seen restaurant closures due to restaurant water damage, and many restaurant owners have experienced substantial financial losses due to restaurant water damage. Therefore, restaurant owners need to be proactive in preventing water damage and have a plan in place if a disaster strikes.

Spotting restaurant water damage

Restaurant owners must spot water damage before it's too late. Water damage can cause costly repairs and restaurant closures, so restaurant owners should be aware of the signs of restaurant water damage to prevent disaster.

Restaurant owners can spot water damage by paying close attention to their walls, floors, and ceilings. If restaurant owners notice any water seeping through these surfaces, it indicates restaurant water damage.

Five tips to prevent restaurant water damage

Now that you are aware of how to spot restaurant water damage, here are five tips that all restaurant owners should follow to prevent restaurant water damage:

  1. Check your restaurant's plumbing system regularly. Leaky pipes, worn-out seals, and other plumbing issues can lead to significant water damage when not addressed. Have a professional inspect your restaurant's plumbing at least once a year to prevent substantial damage from occurring.
  2. Upgrade outdated fixtures and appliances that use water. Older plumbing fixtures are more prone to leakage because of material faults. If you have older devices, faucets, or sinks in your restaurant, it may be time to upgrade them with newer, more reliable models.
  3. Invest in a water detection system. These systems monitor the moisture levels of your restaurant and alert you if any suspicious activity is detected. A water detection system will help you see potential problems early and take action to prevent water damage from occurring.
  4. Clean your restaurant's gutters and downspouts regularly. Clogged gutters can lead to water pooling on your restaurant's roof, which can cause damage to the building over time. Ensure that your restaurant's gutters are debris-free so water can flow appropriately from the structure.
  5. Make sure your restaurant has adequate drainage. Poorly designed or clogged drainage systems can also lead to water damage. Have a professional inspect your restaurant's drains and make any necessary repairs or upgrades to prevent significant water damage from occurring in the future.

By following these five tips, restaurant owners can prevent water damage and the costly repairs that come with it. Restaurant owners must be proactive in avoiding restaurant water damage and have a plan in case of a disaster. With proper prevention and planning, restaurant owners can protect their restaurants from costly damage and disruption.

Steps to follow when your restaurant experiences water damage

When restaurant owners experience water damage, they must take swift action to prevent further damage and disruption. Here are the steps restaurant owners should take when their restaurant experiences water damage:

  1. Shut off the water supply: The first step restaurant owners should take when they experience restaurant water damage is to shut off the water supply. Shutting off the water supply will help minimize any further damage caused by the water.
  2. Contact a professional: After shutting off the water supply, restaurant owners should contact a professional water damage restoration company to assess and repair the damage. A qualified professional can determine if additional damage needs to be addressed, such as mold or structural damage, and can provide restaurant owners with a plan of action to restore their restaurant to its original condition.
  3. Document the damage: Restaurant owners should take pictures and document all damages caused by the water to ensure they are adequately compensated. Documentation will also help restaurant owners identify areas needing additional repairs or replacements and provide proof for insurance claims.
  4. Get back to business: After the restaurant is repaired, restaurant owners should take steps to get their restaurant back in operation as soon as possible. You will want to implement protocols for food safety and sanitation, reschedule staff and customers, and put a plan in place to make up for lost revenue during the restaurant's closure.

By following these steps, restaurant owners can help minimize disruption and restore the restaurant to its original condition quickly and safely. Unfortunately, water damage is a reality for many restaurant owners. Still, by being proactive and knowing what to do when experiencing water damage, restaurant owners can protect their restaurants from costly disruption and damage.

SERVPRO's restaurant water damage services

Restaurant water damage can have severe consequences for restaurant owners, but with proper prevention and a plan, they can protect their restaurants from costly damage. Following the steps outlined in this blog post, restaurant owners can help minimize disruption and restore their restaurant quickly and safely.

When restaurant owners experience water damage in their restaurants, the professionals at SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties can help them get back on their feet quickly. Our team of qualified professionals will assess the damage and provide restaurant owners with immediate water damage prevention, repair, and restoration solutions. With SERVPRO restaurant water damage services, restaurant owners can rest assured that their restaurant will be back in business as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties is a leading provider of restaurant water damage services. We offer restaurant owners comprehensive water damage prevention and restoration solutions, including emergency water extraction, structural drying, and complete reconstruction services. Contact us today to learn more about our restaurant water damage services.

Ice dam Prevention 101: Protect Your Home During The Winter

11/28/2022 (Permalink)

An ice dam on a Jackson County roof. SERVPRO is here to help you combat water damage this winter season!

Ice dams can form on your home's roof during winter, leading to water damage and other costly repairs.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties have seen firsthand the damage that can occur when ice dams form, and we want to help you prevent this costly problem. If not addressed quickly, ice dams can leave a property with water damage and mold problems.

When you notice an ice dam problem, it is best to take action as soon as possible by calling the professionals at SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties. We can help diagnose the root cause of the problem and recommend a specific plan of action to prevent future occurrences.

But you can take action before the ice dams appear—preventive measures that will help keep your home safe during the winter months. The following blog post will discuss some of the most effective prevention techniques to help you avoid ice dams and protect your home from water damage.

What are ice dams?

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof, often along the gutter. The dammed-up water behind the ice causes melting water to back up under the roof’s shingles and leak into the home. Ice dams can also lead to roof damage and other costly repairs.

The most common cause of ice dams is poor insulation and ventilation of the roof. For example, if your attic is not well insulated, the warm air will escape through the roof and cause the snow on the roof to melt. This melted snow will then run down the roof and refreeze at the cold edge, forming an ice dam.

Other factors contributing to ice dams include changes in surface temperature (such as from a sunny day) and improper drainage.

How to prevent ice dams from forming?

You can do several things to prevent ice dams from forming on your roof. Here are some of the most effective techniques:

  • Make sure your attic is adequately insulated. Installing insulation in the attic can help keep warm air from escaping and melting snow on your roof.
  • Ensure that your roof is adequately ventilated. Proper ventilation will allow cold outside air to enter, which helps keep the roof's temperature consistent and prevents snow from melting too quickly.
  • Use a quality de-icing product on the roof edges. These products are designed to prevent ice dams from forming by breaking up the frozen water and allowing it to flow away.
  • Remove snow from the roof edge when necessary. Removing some of it from the edges of your roof may be required to prevent ice dams from forming if you're dealing with large amounts of snow.

Following these prevention techniques can help keep your home safe and protected during winter. Call a storm damage restoration company for assistance if you are dealing with an ice dam issue.

How the professionals at SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties can help

At SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties, we understand how damaging ice dams can be and are committed to helping you protect your home from water damage. Our team of experts can diagnose the cause of the problem and provide tailored solutions to help prevent future occurrences.

We specialize in various services, such as roof insulation, attic ventilation, and de-icing products, to ensure your home is protected from winter weather damage. We also provide emergency services to help with water removal and repairs after an ice dam has occurred.

We're here for you 24/7, so don't hesitate to call us if you need assistance with preventing or dealing with ice dams. Our team of experts is here to help you keep your home safe and protected during the winter months. Contact us today for more information.

Storing Flammables: The #1 Guide For Safe Flammable Storage

10/24/2022 (Permalink)

A Jackson County shed storing flammables. SERVPRO is always available for disasters caused by incorrectly stored flammables.

Incorrectly storing flammables can cause dangerous accidents like fires. 

Did you know that the way you store your flammables can be the difference between a safe home and a disaster? Incorrectly storing flammables can cause dangerous accidents such as fires because of the emitted odors. Therefore, you must understand how to store flammables correctly to avoid disasters.

At least once every few months, the professionals at SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties receive a call about avoidable fire damage from a homeowner that improperly stored flammables on their property.

To help prevent unnecessary fire restoration services in the future, we have put together a guide on storing flammables for everyone’s benefit. In this guide, we will provide tips on how to store flammables safely and securely so that you can avoid any dangerous accidents.

Before we begin, if you ever need fire restoration services, contact the experts at SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties! We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

What are flammable liquids?

Flammable liquids are liquids that can easily catch fire and burn. Some common flammable liquids include gasoline, kerosene, and oil. Because of how common these chemicals are, you must understand the dangers of incorrectly storing flammables in your home; any of these can easily ignite and cause a fire.

What are the dangers of not storing flammables correctly?

The dangers of incorrectly storing flammables are vast and can include everything from a small fire that damages belongings to a large fire that destroys your home. Some of the dangers of incorrectly storing flammables include the following:

  • The flammables can easily ignite and cause a fire
  • They can produce dangerous fumes that can be harmful if inhaled
  • They can explode if not stored correctly, creating projectiles

Tips on how to store flammables safely and securely

Now that you understand what flammables are and the dangers of storing them incorrectly, let us review some tips on safely keeping them on your property:

Tip 1: Be mindful of the temperature in the storage area

Flammables should always be stored in a cool, dry place. Avoid storing them near any heat sources, such as stoves or furnaces.

Tip 2: Store flammables in Factory Mutual (FM)-approved safety containers.

It is a good idea to store flammables in a factory Mutual (FM)-approved safety container with a tight-fitting lid. Some examples of FM-approved safety cans include:

  • 5-gallon gas cans
  • 2.5-gallon gas cans
  • Kerosene storing containers
  • Oil-storing containers

Tip 3: Label the containers

Labeling all the containers in which you store flammables is a best practice. Labeling will help ensure that everyone in your household knows the contents of the containers.

Tip 4: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions

When storing flammables, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. These instructions are put in place for a reason and should always be followed to ensure your home’s safety.

Tip 5: Store flammables away from the house

It is a good idea to store flammables in a shed or garage away from the house. Keeping flammables away from the main part of the property will ensure that the flammables can’t affect the most critical aspects of your property if anything goes wrong.

The professionals at SERVPRO can help you recover from property damage.

The professionals at SERVPRO are experienced in dealing with fires caused by storing flammables incorrectly. If you experience any property damage due to a fire, please do not hesitate to contact us.

After we receive your call, we will:

  • Quickly dispatch a crew
  • Inspect and assess the damage to your home
  • Develop a plan of action
  • Execute the plan of action
  • Restore your home to its original condition

SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties is available 24/7 and understands that dealing with property damage can be stressful. Our goal is to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible for you. We also appreciate that correctly storing flammables can be difficult, and we hope this guide has provided some helpful tips. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always here to help!

Prevent a Space Heater Fire With These 4 Simple Tips

9/29/2022 (Permalink)

A space heater that caused fire damage in a Jackson County home. The professionals at SERVPRO offer superb fire restoration services!

Stay warm this winter while avoiding a space heater fire.

Space heaters are a popular way to stay warm during winter, but they can also cause fires. Therefore, they should only be used as a temporary measure to heat a room and should never be left on when you are not home or going to bed.

Avoiding a space heater fire involves keeping your device away from curtains, furniture, and other flammable objects. In addition, if a space heater catches fire, it is crucial to know how to get your property back to how it was before, "Like it never even happened." In short, trust the experts for help!

This article will outline tips for using a space heater, the causes of a space heater fire, what happens during fire damage restoration, and how to find a restoration professional that can help you recover from a disaster.

Tips for using a space heater safely.

Space heaters can be a great way to stay warm during the cold winter months, but they can also be the cause of fires if not used safely. Here are some tips for using a space heater safely:

  • Only use a space heater as a temporary measure to heat a room.
  • Space heaters should never be left on when you are not home or going to bed.
  • Keep space heaters away from curtains, furniture, and other flammable objects.
  • Have a fire extinguisher in case a space heater catches fire.

Following these tips can help keep your home safe from space heater fires this winter!

What causes a space heater fire?

Space heaters are often the cause of electrical fires during the winter months. These fires can be caused by several things, such as faulty wiring, overloaded circuits, or simply tipping over the space heater.

Space heaters should never be near curtains, as the fabric can easily catch fire. A space heater fire can also be caused by furniture, bedding, or other flammable objects being too close to the space heater. Keep space heaters at least three feet away from these objects.

If you have a space heater in your home, be aware of these dangers and take precautions to avoid them. Some ways to do this include keeping space heaters away from curtains and other flammable objects and never leaving space heaters on when you are not home. Lastly, ensure that your space heater is correctly plugged into an outlet—and unplugged when not in use.

How does fire damage restoration help?

If a space heater fire does occur in your home, take action quickly to minimize the damage. The first thing you should do is call 911 and evacuate your home. Once you are safe, you can begin the fire damage restoration process.

Fire damage restoration can help return your property to how it was before the fire. This process involves restoring your property to its pre-fire condition, including repairing any damage caused by the fire. It can be a complex process, but with the help of a professional restoration company, you can get your home back to normal.

The first step in fire damage restoration is to assess the damage and develop a plan of action. The next step is cleaning up any fire-damaged areas, which may involve removing smoke and soot from your walls, ceilings, and floors. Once the cleaning is complete, the restoration company will work to repair any structural damage caused by the fire.

Choosing the right restoration expert for your fire damage

When choosing a restoration company for fire damage, it is essential to do your research. There are many companies out there that offer fire damage restoration services, but not all of them are created equal.

When choosing a restoration company, be sure to ask the following questions:

  • How long have you been in business?
  • Do you have experience with fire damage restoration?
  • What is your process for restoring fire-damaged homes?
  • How much does your service cost?

By asking these questions, you can better understand which company is right for you and your specific needs. Read reviews from past clients to get a sense of the quality of service that the company provides.

For those in Georgia, SERVPRO of Jackson & Madison Counties is here for you! Our fire damage restoration pros team has years of experience helping property owners recover from disasters. So give us a call today, and let us make it "Like it never even happened!"

4 Ways Kitchen Water Damage Can Cause Ruin In Your Home

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

Kitchen water damage in a Jackson County home. The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7 to combat water damage!

Call SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties as soon as you discover kitchen water damage.

Water damage can occur in any room of your home, but kitchen water damage is one of the most common because the kitchen is a high-traffic area where accidents are bound to happen.

Water damage in the kitchen can be a huge hassle. Not only is it unsightly, but it can also lead to further damage if not dealt with properly. Therefore, if kitchen water damage occurs in your home, it is crucial to take action immediately to minimize the damage.

If you have experienced kitchen water damage, don't worry—we are here to help. In this blog post, we will discuss how experts restore your kitchen to its original condition and provide information on choosing a restoration company that will help you get the job done quickly and efficiently!

What is water damage?

Water can damage your home in several ways, including:

  1. Ruining furniture, floors, and other possessions
  2. Causing mold and mildew to grow
  3. Damaging electrical wiring
  4. Creating a dangerous environment due to bacteria growth

The three categories of water damage are determined by the potential for bacteria in the floodwater. 

  • Category 1 water damage is the cleanest. A broken pipe or leaking appliance often causes this type of water damage.
  • Category 2 water damage—called "gray water" because it may contain bacteria—can come from a toilet or dishwasher.
  • Category 3 water damage is the most contaminated, often caused by sewage backup or floodwater.

What can cause kitchen water damage?

Many things can cause kitchen water damage, including:

  • A leaking dishwasher
  • A leaking sink
  • A clogged kitchen drain
  • A broken pipe in the kitchen

Recently, we encountered kitchen water damage because the water line to a refrigerator ruptured. The event damaged the hardwood floors in the kitchen and leaked into the basement, requiring extensive drywall replacement. Luckily, the property owners contacted us within hours, limiting their risk for mold growth.

While the above example did take time to fix, the entire situation could have been made worse if they weren't at home to catch the leak (for example, if they were on vacation). Of course, we'd have to include our mold specialists in the restoration.

How do experts restore a kitchen to its original condition after water damage?

The first step in the water damage restoration process is to assess the damage and determine the best course of action. A professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties always starts with an estimate. 

Next, we must remove the water from the kitchen with a pump or a wet/dry vacuum. The furniture and appliances in the kitchen must also be removed and dried, along with the walls and floor. Typically, this drying is done with a dehumidifier. Once the kitchen is dry, it is ready for repair back to its original condition.

How can you choose the right restoration company for your kitchen water damage needs?

When water damage occurs in your kitchen, it is important to choose a restoration company that will help you get the job done quickly and efficiently.

When choosing a water damage restoration company, ensure they have experience and expertise in kitchen water damage restoration. The company should also have a quick response time, beginning the restoration process as soon as possible. Also, check that the company is licensed and has insurance. Finally, the company should have excellent customer service so you can be assured of quality service.

SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties is here for the residents of Georgia who experience water damage or any other property disasters. We have technicians available 24/7 and can be on your property within hours. So give us a call, and we'll be there to help you out, making it "Like it never even happened."

Hotel Water Damage: 6 Signs You Need Expert Help

9/15/2022 (Permalink)

A Jackson County hotel with water damage. The SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7 to help combat commercial water damage!

Let SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties help you recover from hotel water damage.

Accidents happen. And when they do, hotel guests are often the ones who suffer the consequences. Water damage is one of the most common accidents in a hotel.

Water damage can lead to extensive and costly repairs if not addressed promptly, whether it's a broken pipe, faulty plumbing, or severe weather conditions. Employees should be aware of the signs of water damage so they can report it to hotel staff immediately.

This article will help you spot hotel water damage, give some tips about addressing the issue, and discuss what happens during the water damage restoration process. Keep reading to find out!

What is water damage?

Water damage can refer to several issues, such as flooding, burst pipes, and sewage backups. In hotel settings, water damage can be caused by many things, such as a broken pipe, faulty plumbing, or severe weather conditions.

Water damage can lead to extensive and costly repairs if not addressed on time. In addition, the excess moisture in the area can promote mold growth in as little as 24-48 hours, so it's essential to act fast.

What makes water damage in hotels unique?

Hotel water damage often comes with a unique added wrinkle: a high volume of wall water damage. Because of the many hotel walls, there's a good chance that water damage affects nearby units and those beneath the primary damage location.

This scenario results in a lot of damaged or stained drywall, requiring water damage restoration experts who have experience with residential spaces. At SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties, we have years of experience locating leaks and addressing the resulting damage, including water leaks that affect other units.

How to spot hotel water damage

Several signs can indicate that you're experiencing wall water damage. Some of the most common include:

  1. warping or buckling of walls or ceilings
  2. discoloration or staining on walls or ceilings
  3. watermarks on walls or ceilings
  4. peeling paint on walls or ceilings
  5. odors (musty, earthy)
  6. visible mold growth

What to do if you experience hotel water damage

If you or your employees notice any signs of hotel water damage, contact a water damage restoration professional immediately. They will be able to assess the damage and take steps to address the issue.

In many cases, hotel guests must evacuate the affected area while the restoration process takes place. Once the site has been deemed safe, water damage restoration experts will begin drying out the area and repairing any damage. Unfortunately, this can often be lengthy, so some rooms may be out of order until the work is done.

The water damage restoration process at SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties

Water damage restoration is a process that involves repairing the damaged areas and restoring them to their original condition. This process can involve several different steps, such as the following:

  • Removing excess water and moisture. Water damage restoration professionals can do this through various methods, such as industrial fans or dehumidifiers.
  • Drying out the affected areas, helping to prevent mold and mildew growth.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting the affected areas helps to remove any bacteria or other contaminants that may be present.
  • Repairing involves anything from patching up drywall to replacing flooring.
  • Restoration is the final step in the process and consists of returning the affected areas to their original condition. 

The water damage restoration process can be lengthy and challenging, but the experts at SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties are here to help. Give us a call or reach out via our contact page, and we'll be at your hotel or any other water-damaged property right away!

Fallen Tree Damage: 4 Simple Steps When Disaster Strikes!

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

Fallen tree damage to a Jackson County home. The storm team at SERVPRO is available 24/7 for fallen tree damage services!

Call SERVPRO’s experts for help when your home suffers fallen tree damage.

When a storm knocks down a tree, the damage can be extensive. Storms powerful enough to cause fallen tree damage often include wind or hail damage, which can make the restoration process even more complicated.

If you’re dealing with fallen tree damage, you’ll need a storm damage restoration team like the pros at SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties. We understand that fallen tree damage can be a stressful experience. That’s why we’ll work quickly and efficiently to get your home back to normal.

This article will outline the fallen tree damage restoration process—what you can expect from the SERVPRO team.

Common examples of fallen tree damage

The most common types of fallen tree damage are significant damage to the house’s roof, windows, and walls.

When a heavy tree falls on a roof, there’s a good chance it will puncture the surface and give water and critters a way into your home. For instance, if the fallen tree doesn’t go all the way through, it can damage the integrity of the shingles and lead to interior water damage. This water can go undetected and lead to mold growth in your attic.

Similar situations arise when windows and the house walls experience fallen tree damage. Even if the tree doesn’t puncture the exterior, it can affect the waterproofing and lead to unseen leaks in the future. That’s why it’s best to contact a storm damage restoration company as soon as you discover fallen trees have struck your home!

Steps to take if you experience fallen tree damage

If you’ve experienced fallen tree damage, you should first call a storm damage restoration company. SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties has extensive experience in fallen tree damage restoration and can help get your home back to normal quickly and efficiently.

In addition to calling a restoration company, there are a few other steps you should take:

  1. Make sure the area is safe to enter. Fallen trees can cause structural instability, so ensure it’s safe to enter the area before doing anything else. If you’re not sure, wait for the pros.
  2. Document the damage. Take pictures or videos of the damage, so you have a record of what happened.
  3. Contact your insurance company. Fallen tree damage is typically covered by homeowners insurance, so contact your insurance company as soon as possible.

The process of fallen tree damage restoration

Fallen tree damage restoration is a complex process that involves assessing the damage, removing the fallen tree, and repairing any damage the fallen tree has caused.

Assessing the damage

The first step in fallen tree damage restoration is to evaluate the damage—the restoration team will need to determine the extent of the damage and what needs to be done to repair it. This assessment will also help the team develop a plan to remove the fallen tree and repair any damage it has caused.

Removing the fallen tree

Once the assessment is complete, the team will begin removing the fallen tree. This step is no easy task, and it’s best left to the professionals. The team will use various tools to remove the fallen tree without causing additional damage to your property.

Repairing the damage

Once the fallen tree has been removed, the team will begin repairing any damage it has caused. This may involve fixing the roof, walls, windows, or other parts of your home. The team will also work to prevent future water damage by repairing damaged waterproofing.

SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties: storm damage restoration experts

When a tree falls, it can cause significant damage to your property. If you’re unlucky enough to experience fallen tree damage, call a restoration company immediately to help get your home back to normal.

SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties has extensive experience in storm damage restoration and can help get your home back to normal quickly and efficiently after fallen tree damage. Additionally, our restoration team will work with your insurance company to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. Contact SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties for storm damage restoration today!

Finding Effective Contents Restoration: 4 Tips For Recovery

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

Contents restoration services being performed by a SERVPRO professional. The professionals at SERVPRO can help you restore damaged contents!

Let the experts at SERVPRO recover your valuables with our industry-leading contents restoration!

Contents restoration is the repairing and restoring of items damaged by a disaster. A contents restoration company will use the latest techniques and equipment to restore your belongings to their pre-disaster condition.

Some examples of disasters that may require contents restoration include:

  • Fires
  • Floods
  • Wind damage
  • Mold and mildew

Whether your home or office has been damaged by fire, water, or another disaster, contents restoration services can help. This article will explain contents restoration and what you can expect from the process.

What is contents restoration, and what can it do for me?

Contents restoration is the process of repairing and restoring your belongings after a disaster. This can include cleaning and repairing water damage, restoring items that have been charred or burnt, and even rebuilding entire structures.

Contents restoration can help you save: 

  • Precious items that have sentimental value
  • Family heirlooms
  • Important documents
  • Electronics and appliances

This can sometimes be an extremely complex process, but it is also essential for restoring your life to normal after a disaster. Professional restoration companies like SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties have the experience and equipment to get the job done correctly.

The process of contents restoration

The process can be reasonably complex, but it is essential for restoring your life to normal after a disaster. Professional restoration companies will work with you to create a plan that meets your specific needs and helps you get back on your feet as quickly as possible.

The first step in contents restoration is assessing the damage. The restoration company will send a team of experts to your home or office to evaluate the damage and create a plan of action. They will also provide an estimate for the cost of restoration.

Once the assessment is complete, the restoration process can begin. This may include cleaning and repairing water damage, restoring items that have been charred or burnt, and even rebuilding entire structures. Again, it is essential to note that the extent of the damage will determine how much of the contents can be restored.

In most cases, contents restoration will be a time-consuming process. As a result, you should expect to be without some of your belongings for an extended period. However, with the help of a professional restoration company, you can rest assured knowing that a company like SERVPRO will restore your belongings to their pre-disaster condition.

How to choose a contents restoration company

So how do you choose a contents restoration company? Here are a few tips:

  1. Look for a company with experience restoring contents after a disaster.
  2. Make sure the company has the latest equipment and techniques.
  3. Check to see if the company is licensed and insured.
  4. Get quotes from several companies before making a decision. 

With these tips in mind, you should be able to find a contents restoration company that can help you get your life back to normal after a disaster.

Call SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties whenever disaster strikes!

Contents restoration can be long and require patience, but getting your belongings back to their pre-disaster condition is well worth the effort. The professionals at contents restoration companies have the latest techniques and equipment available to them, which they will use to restore your contents as quickly as possible.

Be sure to contact a contents restoration company like the experts at SERVPRO as soon as possible after a disaster occurs to get started on the restoration process. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ready to help you through any damage your property suffers!

Simple Kitchen Fire Recovery from the #1 Team

8/25/2022 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire recovered by the professionals at SERVPRO The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7 for fire restoration services!

Recovering from a kitchen fire is simple when you work with SERVPRO!

Kitchen fires are a common occurrence in homes across the country. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, kitchen fires account for more than one-third of home fire injuries. While most kitchen fires are caused by simple mistakes like leaving food on the stovetop, they can still cause a lot of damage. 

If you experience a kitchen fire, it's essential to take the necessary steps to ensure the fire is put out and the kitchen is adequately restored. Fire damage restoration is a complex process that requires the expertise of professional contractors. 

Unfortunately, if you try to restore your kitchen yourself, you could do more harm than good. This article will discuss the steps you need to take if you experience kitchen fire damage.

Common kitchen fire causes

Several things can cause kitchen fires, but the most common cause is cooking mistakes. According to the National Fire Protection Association, two-thirds of kitchen fires are started by cooking equipment. Other common causes of kitchen fire include electrical issues, heating appliances, and careless smoking.

Here are some of the most common causes of kitchen fires:

  • Leaving food on the stovetop
  • Cooking with oil
  • Overheating food
  • Smoking indoors
  • Wiring issues

What to do if your kitchen catches on fire

If your kitchen catches on fire, the most important thing to do is get out of the house. Get yourself and any other occupants out of the house and call 911. Do not try to put out the fire yourself – you could make the situation worse.

Once you're outside, call the fire department and provide them with as much information as possible. For example, describe the fire, what was burning, and where it is located.

Once the fire department arrives, follow their instructions and do not reenter the house until they have given you clearance. The fire department will likely extinguish the fire and assess the damage. They will then provide instructions on how to proceed with the restoration.

If you experience kitchen fire damage, contact a professional fire damage restoration company. They will have the experience and knowledge necessary to properly assess the damage and take the appropriate steps to restore your kitchen.

How to prevent kitchen fires

Kitchen fires can be a severe issue, but there are steps you can take to help prevent them from happening in the first place. Here are some tips for preventing kitchen fires:

  • Be vigilant when cooking. Stay in the kitchen and closely watch food and cooking appliances.
  • Keep flammable items away from the stovetop. Don't leave anything on or near the stovetop that could easily catch fire, such as dish towels or oven mitts.
  • Check the kitchen for fire hazards. For example, ensure no wires are hanging out of sockets, extension cords running under carpets, or flammable materials stored near the stove.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Make sure it is accessible in case of an emergency.
  • Know how to use a fire extinguisher properly. If a fire does break out, know how to use the fire extinguisher to put it out.
  • Have a plan in place in case of a kitchen fire. Know what to do if a fire breaks out in your kitchen, and make sure everyone in your household knows what to do.

 By following these simple tips, you can help reduce the risk of kitchen fires happening in your home.

SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties: fire damage restoration experts

If your kitchen catches fire, it's essential to take the necessary steps to ensure the fire is put out and the kitchen is restored correctly. Kitchen fire damage can be a serious issue, but there are steps you can take to help prevent them from happening in the first place. The easiest? Keeping a fire extinguisher close at hand!

Our experts are here to help with fire damage restoration services if needed. The experts at SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties have the experience and knowledge necessary to properly assess the damage and take the appropriate steps to restore your kitchen. Let us help you make it "Like it never even happened."