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Improve the air quality and appeal of your business

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

Clean Carpet with dirty foot prints Clean carpets play an important role in a healthy office. Call the professionals near you, SERVPRO The Mountains.

As companies that service our local communities, we want them to see us at our best. Whether it is for our employees, for prospective customers, or guest, we want to create a welcoming, enjoyable, and safe environment for them.

Commercial carpet adds to the aesthetic and comfort of the places that represent our brand. It is important to keep these surfaces in great condition. Carpet manufacturers often advise on proper maintenance guidelines for their carpets, including vacuuming, spot cleaning, and regular deep cleaning.

Clean carpets are appreciated by those who work there and people who visit. Studies say that clean and well-kept environments increase productivity and boost morale.

Most importantly, clean carpets keep us from getting sick. The Agency of Environmental Protection found that dirty carpets can cause allergens, particle pollution, gases, dander, and dust to get caught in them. Those sometimes-toxic gases and particles can become airborne when walked on or even vacuumed. This can reduce indoor air quality possibly affecting those working and living in that space.

Professional carpet cleaning services remove trapped pollutants and kill bacteria. The IICRC states carpets should be cleaned at least every two years or less. Businesses with increased traffic should be cleaned even more frequently.

SERVPRO professionals can inspect and consult as to which of our 5 quality cleaning methods will restore your carpets to the clean and beautiful condition that we all desire. Steam cleaning, shampooing, steam extraction, bonnet cleaning or rotary extraction are all effective methods to clean soiled carpet.

Contact your hometown SERVPRO today for a free scope and estimate to keep your business or commercial facility sparkling clean for your customers, employees, and guests.

Responding to our First Responders

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

Brick police station with 2 SERVPRO vehicles out front SERVPRO Tri-County and The Mountains converge to respond to Clarkesville's First Responders during Hurricane Delta's performance in Habersham County.

First on the list was helping our first responders at the Clarkesville Fire Department and Demorest Police department. Next was extracting hundreds of gallons of water from the Clarkesville Library.

Private homes and businesses were assisted with the urgent task of removing flood waters. Also critical was quickly removing the muck, cleaning and sanitizing against any pathogens that might have been brought in with the rising water.

Additionally, commercial grade drying equipment was deployed, set in place and monitored daily to optimize the drying efforts of structures to prevent growth of mold or mildew.

Your hometown SERVPRO restoration team was proud to be a small part of the solution to this historic flood.

Thankfully, no one reported any serious injuries in Habersham County as a result of the Hurricane.  Local first responders received national attention when a video of them rescuing people from the rising floodwaters was featured on ABC World News Tonight. Closer to home, people continue to praise their exhaustive, often heroic efforts.

County manager Phil Sutton said, “Habersham County would like to commend all E-911 staff, Sheriff’s Department Law Enforcement staff, Emergency Services staff including fire and emergency medical services, and importantly our Road Maintenance staff for their incredible work in the Hurricane Delta recovery process.”

Who do you call when your Structure is not well?

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

2 inches of standing water throughout the clinic. This clinic in Hartwell, Ga was flooded by a broken water pipe, SERVPRO Tri County removed nearly 200 gallons of water saving untold damage.

Knowing to call the Doctor when you are not feeling well is an obvious step, we have all been taught whether through instruction or experience. The question is then, who do we call when our Home or business is not feeling well? When this small Family clinic opened the doors to get ready for their day, they found nearly 200 gallons of water standing in between them and their patients. Getting all that water out was a top priority in preventing further damage and getting the clinic back on its feet. Your local SERVPRO Tri County received the call and immediately responded, dispatching our local technicians who are always on the go and working hard in the background, many times in the middle of the night to keeping homes and businesses in your community thriving.

Get out and stay out!

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Window and sill with a puddle of water seeping in. Even small sources of water can become big problems over time. Call SERVPRO if you suspect water invading your structure.

Water is a life-giving resource that all human beings need.

But that same water can be a destructive force to the structures of our homes and businesses.  They must be protected from unwanted water intrusion at all times.

Many structures here in Northeast Georgia are battling the effects of water seepage, drainage problems or even high humidity.  Homeowners and facility managers should inspect their properties regularly to ensure that rain water is being removed correctly. Water that puddles against any structural surface can eventually penetrate and cause unseen damage.

Long term or repeated water intrusion thru the building envelope can cause seepage into a larger part of the building. This water can be trapped and begin to degrade wood, drywall, carpet and carpet padding. Not only can rot set in but mold growth as well.

The water that we do invite into our property can also be a problem. Pipes that leak, especially slowly, can go undiscovered for months and even years.

This can product rot and mold that are a danger to both the structure and the occupants as well.

Sour smells or musty odors are many times a first indicator of moisture problems. Floors or walls that give or are soft to the touch can also be the result of water intrusion.

Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Tri-County to perform moisture mapping. Using highly sophisticated moisture meters, we can help you determine both the cause and extent of moisture intrusion at your home or business.

We all get cleaned up for the first day of school

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

1st day of school is written, designed by different objects relating to a classroom. SERVPRO of Tri-County is always extremely proud helping our schools get ready. Fresh cleaned carpets help safely welcome back our kids to their class.

Everyone likes to put on their best new school clothes for that first day of classes – including the schools themselves.

Throughout the summer months, our area schools and colleges are busy painting, replacing, and cleaning.   Furniture is restored or replaced, equipment upgraded, walls painted and of course carpets and other flooring cleaned.

Despite a carefully planned and coordinated to-do list, delays and setbacks always occur. The final week before students return always gets hectic as everyone is speeding to get their tasks done in time.

Of course, the last thing to be done before school opens is to clean the carpets.

Carpet cleaning can really improve the indoor air quality and the health of the occupants. Professional cleaning can remove the dust, dander and other pollutants that dirty carpet can release.

In the age of Covid, it is even more important to remove these debris that can harbor germs and bacteria. The cleaning detergents and hot water rinse can help bring the carpet to its best appearance and condition.

SERVPRO of Tri-County is always extremely proud helping our schools get ready. Fresh cleaned carpets help safely welcome back our kids to their classrooms.

So, on that first day of school, we are looking and feeling our best.

Improve the living quality of your business or commercial space

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

Dirty shoes walking on clean carpet Clean carpets play an important role in a healthy office.

As commercial enterprises, we are inviting the public into our building.  We want to create the most appealing, comfortable, and safe environment for them.

Commercial carpet adds to the beauty and comfort of places of business.   It is critical that these surfaces be properly maintained.  The carpet manufacturers usually provide cleaning guidelines for their carpets, including vacuuming, spot cleaning and of course regular professional cleaning.

Of course, clean carpet is more appealing to occupants and visitors.    Studies show that clean and orderly environments can boost mood and productivity.

But carpet cleaning can also improve our health.  Carpet cleaning reduces the noise and dust caused by pedestrians and equipment. 

According to research done by the Environmental Protection Agency, dirty carpets can retain several sources of allergens, particle pollution, gas, dander, and dust. This can cause toxic airborne gases to adhere to them and get caught up in the fabric.

These toxic gases can then be released by walking across the carpet or daily activities such as vacuuming which can reduce indoor air quality.  Professional carpet cleaning services can not only kill the bacteria but also remove those trapped pollutants that can affect your health.

The IICRC states that carpets should be professionally cleaned every two years or less depending on the amount of soiling.   Since businesses have increased foot traffic, this frequency could be quarterly or even monthly. 

Professional carpet cleaning can remove those soils that do invade.   Steam cleaning, shampooing, steam extraction, bonnet cleaning or rotary extraction are all effective methods to clean carpeting that has become dirty.

SERVPRO professionals can inspect and consult as to which of our 5 quality cleaning methods will restore your carpets to the clean and beautiful results that we all desire.

Contact your hometown SERVPRO today for a free consultation and quote to keep your business or commercial facility sparkling clean for your customers, employees, and guests.

Utilizing Strategic Planning to Prepare Your Business for an Emergency | SERVPRO® of Tri-County

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

office furniture and supplies submerged under water in an office room Let SERVPRO of Tri-County help your business plan ahead to reduce down time your company might face after a disaster

Knowing the potential of future risks you might face as a business owner will help you stay ahead of the curve for whatever comes your way—including a natural disaster.

There has never been a proven method to guarantee you will not be impacted by a loss. However, you can improve your chances and lessen that impact by prioritizing your own preparedness. By planning ahead, you can be proactive against something out of our control.

There is definitely a long list to consider regarding disaster preparations, to be more manageable we recommend categorizing into three starting objectives. That way, you know your recovery foundation is solid and you have protection for your business and your investment.

Your Commercial Insurance Coverage

Having the right type and amounts of coverage is essential, but especially in the event of a natural disaster. There are more than a few commercial policies that do not provide quality disaster coverage. To lower premiums some policies create gaps or specific exclusions to certain scenarios that would prevent coverage if you try to file, so it is really important to know your policy verbiage and what is covered.

Your Emergency Plan and Supply Kit

The ability to evacuate a structure quickly in the event of disaster is a great way to be proactive and ensure the safety of you and your colleagues. There should always be an evacuation plan in place, posted and so everyone understands what to do that plan should be routinely rehearsed. Another useful tip to pack an emergency kit for you and your co-workers, stocked with enough supplies to maintain until help arrives.

Your Plan for Restoration and Recovery

Planning now for future restoration and recovery can be the most important factor in how quickly you are able resume productivity. On top of that list is the ability to set the restoration plan in motion quickly, which is it is recommend start a relationship with a restoration vendor in advance so that you know exactly who to call. It would be wise to look over the disaster assistance loans offered by the Small Business Administration as they are known to provide extra, low-interest funds for the recovery process.

If your business has been impacted by a disaster, you can contact us 247 for guidance on how to begin the commercial restoration process.

Doctor's office in Hartwell Ga calls in sick

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

2 inches of standing water throughout the clinic This clinic was flooded by a broken pipe, SERVPRO removed nearly 200 gallons of water.

We all know to call the doctor when we are sick but, when your Doctor's office gets sick who does it call? The local SERVPRO of course, who is working hard in the back ground to keep businesses in your community open and ready to serve you. This Family clinic in Hartwell Ga opened its doors Monday morning to get ready for their schedule however, found an unpleasant surprise. Our Response teams quickly arrived to remove nearly 200 gallons of water from a broken pipe. Getting all that water out was a top priority in preventing further damage and getting the clinic back on its feet and seeing patients.   

Restoring Your Northeast Georgia Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

5/13/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Northeast Georgia 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 Tri-County

SERVPRO of Tri-County 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.