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Fire Prevention In Your Home

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Overloaded outlet This overloaded outlet is an example of what an outlet looks like if it is a fire hazard. Unplug anything that is not in use to avoid a fire.

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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. 

Electrical Safety 

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!

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

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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 Tifton 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 Clean 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 Tifton has all the tools to make your home or business sparkle in no time!

Tift, Cook and Berrien County Residents: We Specialize in Storm Cleanup and Restoration!

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall or storms. Basements or crawlspaces are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. 

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today – 229-388-8837

If flood water after a storm or heavy rainfall is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Tifton and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Storm Cleanup Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill the Insurance Directly – One Less Thing for You to Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Does your home have storm or water damage? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 229-388-8837

When Storms or Floods hit Tifton, Adel or Nashville we are ready!

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tifton 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.

Faster Response

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 229-388-8837

Call the Experts to Restore your Tifton Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events in southern 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 Tifton:

SERVPRO of Tifton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. We cover the counties of Crisp, Turner, Irwin, Berrien, Cook, and Tift. 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.

For Immediate Service in Tifton, Ocilla, or Fitzgerald, Call SERVPRO

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tifton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in south Georgia. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 229-388-8837.

Residential Services

Whether your Tifton or Ocilla home needs emergency flood damage, or your Fitzgerald or Adel business needs upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Tifton, Fitzgerald or Adel commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. 

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Conditions In Tifton, Nashville or Adel Might Be Right For Mold

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home or business, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, crawlspaces, or foundations, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a building a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Tifton to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 229-388-8837.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Tifton for mold remediation services.

Emergency Fire Damage Restoration Process

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency Fire Damage Restoration Process:

  1. A SERVPRO franchise professional will contact you within one hour to arrange for service.
    • We understand the importance of letting you know help is on the way, right away.
  2. Within four hours, a trained professional will arrive on-site prepared to begin emergency mitigation services, if necessary.
    • A timely response is key to preventing further damage.
    • Timely mitigation can mean the difference between restoring the property and replacing it.
  3. The loss site will be reviewed with you, and your questions and concerns will be addressed. A SERVPRO Franchise professional will:
    • Identify the source of loss.
    • Identify the source of your concerns.
    • Identify the types of residue present.
    • Identify safety issues.
  4. A SERVPRO Franchise Professional will begin pretesting for restorability. By Pretesting, four key questions are answered:
    • What is unable to be restored?
    • What is restorable and what methods of restoration will be most effective?
    • What areas and items are unaffected?
    • What areas need to be reviewed by the Adjuster or Property owner?
  5. The scope of the project will be communicated to you or your adjuster if a claim has been filed. If so, your adjuster will receive a verbal briefing within eight business hours.
  6. The structure and contents will be cleaned and restored by SERVPRO Franchise Professionals.
  7. After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.

Here at SERVPRO, we understand the trauma of fire disasters and as a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration, our number one goal is returning damage to its preloss condition, doing all we can to make it “Like it never even happened.”

A Smoke Alarm Could Save Your Life!

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms that are installed and maintained can reduce death, and fire injuries. When a fire starts, smoke spreads quickly and a smoke alarm will detect it in order to get you out of your home! 

According to the National Fire Protection Association,

  • Closed doors in homes slows down the spread of heat and fire.
  • Make sure there is a smoke detector in every bedroom and outside of each sleeping area. There should be a smoke detector on each level of the house.
  • Electrical smoke alarms are safer than battery, they will be interconnected and when one sounds, they all will. 
  • Make sure you test the smoke alarm at least once a month. You can just press the test button to be sure it is working. 
  • When you hear a smoke alarm sounding, go outside and stay outside. Do not go back inside of your home for anything!
  • Smoke detectors need to be replaced every ten years. 

With any questions you may have regarding fire or smoke damage in a home within Tifton, Cook, Berrien, Crisp or any surrounding areas, give us a call at 229-388-8837

Creating a Fire Escape Plan

Fire spreads very quickly in a home. You and your family can have one to two minutes to get out once the smoke alarm sounds. One way to be prepared for a fire, is to have a fire escape plan prepared. Not only should you make sure there are smoke detectors on every level of the home and in every bedroom, knowing your way out when they sound is key to being safe in a house fire situation. When making a Fire Escape Plan, pull together everyone who lives in your home and consider drawing a floor plan of your house. Try to create two exits out of each room. If the fire escape plan is to be used during an actual fire, closing doors behind you is a good way to slow the spread of fire and smoke

Make sure when you are figuring out where to exit, that each exit is clear of furniture and the windows that are used as exits can open easily. Choose a meeting place that is a safe distance from your home that everyone can meet. After creating a fire escape plan, put the plan to the test so everyone is on the same page.  And finally, never go back into a house that is on fire for any reason!

Creating a Fire Escape Plan

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

Fire spreads very quickly in a home. You and your family can have one to two minutes to get out once the smoke alarm sounds. One way to be prepared for a fire, is to have a fire escape plan prepared. Not only should you make sure there are smoke detectors on every level of the home and in every bedroom, knowing your way out when they sound is key to being safe in a house fire situation. When making a Fire Escape Plan, pull together everyone who lives in your home and consider drawing a floor plan of your house. Try to create two exits out of each room. If the fire escape plan is to be used during an actual fire, closing doors behind you is a good way to slow the spread of fire and smoke

Make sure when you are figuring out where to exit, that each exit is clear of furniture and the windows that are used as exits can open easily. Choose a meeting place that is a safe distance from your home that everyone can meet. After creating a fire escape plan, put the plan to the test so everyone is on the same page.  And finally, never go back into a house that is on fire for any reason!