Recent Water Damage Posts

Highly Trained

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo, Certified Our technicians at SERVPRO Tri County are professional, highly trained and certified to handle your Water, Fire, Mold restoration needs.

Smoke, fire, water and mold damage all can devastate structures with unique problems and challenges.

Performing restoration services requires specialized knowledge to return homes and businesses to a safe, clean and odor free condition.

That knowledge starts thru training and deepens with experience. Your hometown SERVPRO of Tri-County provides credentialed and caring technicians to Hart, Franklin, Stephens and Elbert counties. 

SERVPRO industries provides a comprehensive training program which corresponds with the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) which maintains a series of accredited classroom study for the restoration industry.  These classes are designed to give technicians a firm and workable knowledge with industry standards and starting at a new hires first day that continues throughout their entire career.

SERVPRO Industries has been serving American since 1967 – over 53 years and counting.  During that half century, the company has continually collected and trained its teams with best cleaning and restoration methods available.

Substantial experience for your emergency

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Group shot of SERVPRO Tri County team SERVPRO Tri County has been privileged to employ some of the most caring and hard working people our towns have to offer.

SERVPRO Industries maintains an IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) accredited school on its campus in Gallatin, Tennessee.  This school trains hundreds of SERVPRO professionals each year in the many facets of fire, water, and mold damage restoration.

IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) maintains a series of accredited classroom study for the restoration industry.  These classes are designed to give technicians a firm and workable knowledge with industry standards.

Your local office, SERVPRO of Tri-County has a staff with well over 100 years of combined on the job experience.

Additionally, we hold over 21 distinct industry recognized certifications through the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification).

You can rely on your hometown SERVPRO professionals to provide the best in quality restoration and cleanup services.

Good Friday Floods of 2019

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

Boy standing waist deep in flood waters, trees surrounding with trucks half under water This boy stands waist deep in amazement of Mother Nature's might. SERVPRO has the tools to help when her power is demonstrated.

On the night of April 18th, 2019 Northeast Georgia experienced lines of heavy thunderstorms that caused massive localized flooding throughout Hart, Franklin and Stephens counties.

Because Good Friday is an important Christian holiday, our local SERVPRO of Tri-County had closed the office and only had a skeleton crew scheduled that day.

About 6:30 am, the phones began to ring as flooded homes and businesses called for help.

In all of our area, rivers were swollen including the Savannah, Tugaloo, Seneca, Chattooga, Tallulah, and the Coleman and of course, the hundreds of creeks and brooks that feed them.  But it was the Oconee, Broad, Middle, North Fork, and South Fork rivers that jumped their banks and flooded area structures.

Emergency teams and volunteers were called in to help desperate home and business owners as they battled the rising waters.

Flood waters can be especially challenging as they also can bring mud, silt and bacteria from unsanitary sources. Quick water extraction and cleaning is vital to prevent mold, mildew and other health problems.

By day's end numerous structures had been extracted and professional grade drying equipment had been deployed.

Many thanks to those SERVPRO professionals who braved the storm water to provide critical help to our neighbors.

Flooding/Rising Water

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

A home's basement flooded with muddy, silty water If you have experienced water loss, contact SERVPRO of Tri-County for consultation on restoration services.

The mountains and hills of beautiful Northeast Georgia provide tremendous beauty. They also are a natural inhibitor to flooding. Because of the steep and rocky slopes, rain water is typically, quickly shed and moves safely downstream.

Unlike other parts of America that are low lying with flat rivers and large flood plains, our part of Georgia is somewhat sheltered from large scale flooding.

However, that doesn’t mean we are totally immune. Localized flooding of creeks and rivers can and still do occur.

Heavy and sudden thunderstorms can quickly over-whelm gutters, drains and grading causing flood waters to intrude into our homes and businesses. Even if your home is the only home on the street to experience rising water, the impact and disruption can be dramatic.

Flood waters can be especially challenging as they also can bring mud, silt and bacteria from unsanitary sources. Quick water extraction and cleaning is vital to prevent mold, mildew and other health problems.

Fast water removal is first on the list of urgent steps. SERVPRO truck mounted and portable extraction machines can quickly pump out and remove the water. Extraction is 1200 times more effective than surface evaporation only.

Removal of damaged building materials such as carpet, pad and drywall should also be done quickly to speed drying and prevent mold.

Cleaning of all affected surfaces with products approved by the EPA is recommended to remove any pollutants or contaminates that the ground water might have brought in with it.

If you have experienced loss from rising water, contact SERVPRO of Tri-County for consultation on partial or total restoration services.

Ask not for who the pipe drips….

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

copper pipe cracked and leaking water onto drywall SERVPRO of Tri-County uses highly sophisticated moisture meters to help you determine both the cause and extent of your water loss.

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

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

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

When a pipe leak is slow enough, the water can be absorbed into the surrounding structure. No puddles or standing water may be noticed. Water can also flow down into the crawlspace, further hiding it from view or quick discovery.

Common problem zones are under sinks, especially inside of cabinets. The toilet seal at its base should be inspected and replaced every 5 years or less. HVAC drain pans often clog and can slowly back up and release water.

Long term seepage can produce 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 darken, curl, give or are soft to the touch can also be the result of water intrusion.

Make a plan to inspect your plumbing at least annually to catch these leaks before they do significant damage. Most insurance policies exclude these types of leak as covered events so timely capture is even more critical.

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

Closer to your Water Damage Event

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO makes water damage like it never eve happened. SERVPRO of Tri-County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in and between Hartwell, Elberton, Royston, Lavonia and Carnesville.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Tri-County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Tri-County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 706-245-7109

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Tri-County

SERVPRO of Tri-County has been established in the local area since 1988, our services specialize in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property caused by fire, smoke and/or water damage. Our staff are all locals and are highly trained in property damage restoration, they carry certifications from the IICRC and are further educated at SERVPRO Head Quarters training facility in Gallatin, Tn. Rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge, technology to restore your property.

SERVPRO assists Quality Foods in Commerce, GA after fire/water damage

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO crews rally to help Quality foods get back on track.

In 2017 during the early morning hours of a quiet Wednesday, Quality Foods grocery store in Commerce, Ga suffered a small fire in the back of the building. Caused by a faulty appliance, the fire was quickly snuffed out by the sprinkler system. Thankfully, no one was injured during this event.

The fire and smoke damage were fortunately minor and limited to a small area.  But the sprinkler system that put out the fire also discharged several thousand gallons of water into a larger portion of the store.

SERVPRO of Tri-County was called and responded at 4 AM with emergency crews. By sun up that morning, the standing water had been removed and drying equipment was being placed.

All of us rely on our local grocer to provide a consistent supply of food and other necessary sundries. Disruption to that supply can be a real challenge to any community. Quality Foods was committed to minimize interruptions to their customers and to quickly have normal operations restored.

A plan of emergency cleanup was developed with Quality Foods, the Insurance carrier ‘NationWide’ and SERVPRO.   The staff at Quality Foods, SERVPRO and various mechanical trades were able to complete that mission the same day.   The following morning, the store was able to resume service to its customers.

SERVPRO continued to assist with drying and odor control in a manner that allowed customers to continue to shop in safety and comfort. Quality Foods also coordinated with various tradesmen to make other needed repairs after hours to further minimize disruption to customers and employees.

Thanks to the alert onsite Quality Foods managers and SERVPROs quick response that night, the water damage was mitigated and limited. The Commerce community was indeed blessed to have only a single day’s interruption to this very vital source.

Faster to your Northeast Georgia Water Damage Event

7/14/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Tri-County and The Mountains arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 706-245-7109

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Tri-County and The Mountains

SERVPRO of Tri-County and The Mountains 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. 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.

Northeast Georgia 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/12/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tri-County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Northeast Georgia

SERVPRO of Tri-County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 706-245-7109

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Tri-County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Tri-County

SERVPRO of Tri-County 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. 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.

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