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Our Experts Explain Important Electrical Warning Signs After A Flood In Your Columbia Home

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Experts Explain Important Electrical Warning Signs After A Flood In Your Columbia Home SERVPRO of Maury / Giles Counties can provide the kind of fast and professional care your home needs in the aftermath of a flood.

Watch For These Electrical Warning Signs After Flood Damage In Columbia

One of the most severe potential risks after your home in Columbia sustains flood damage comes from the electrical lines, outlets, and appliances in your home. Electrocutions cause many of the most severe injuries that result from large storms, and SERVPRO technicians take numerous steps to protect themselves from the hazards that may lie around your home. The best way to protect yourself from potential dangers is to avoid them entirely, so be on the lookout for these signs of what may be a serious risk to your health.

Water Leaking From Electrical Fixtures
Any time you see water leaking from an electrical outlet, light source, or electronic appliance in your Columbia home after flood damage occurs, you should avoid touching or even being near the fixture in question. While all electrical fixtures may pose a hazard in such a situation, wet objects require extra caution and attention as they pose an even greater threat to your safety. If you notice any water leakage in and around an electrical outlet or appliance, be sure to let SERVPRO technicians know so that they can better protect themselves.

Still-Wet Areas With Power
Any part of your home that still has power in its appliances or lighting fixtures while still clearly being wet may pose more hazards than you might expect. Even if there are no apparent dangers in the area, unseen electrical damage may harm you through electricity conducted by wet structural materials in the area. SERVPRO technicians wear thick, insulated boots to protect themselves against these hazards.

Exposed Wires
Sometimes, strong winds from a storm may cause other types of damage to your home, some of which may impact the electrical systems running throughout your home. Staying away from exposed wires (even if they do not appear to conduct electricity) should be a standard part of your safety plan after a disaster.

SERVPRO of Maury / Giles Counties can provide the kind of fast and professional care your home needs in the aftermath of a flood. Call us for help 24/7 at (931) 388-4248.

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Your Home In Columbia Can Be Restored By Our Skilled Flood Damage Specialists At SERVPRO

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Your Home In Columbia Can Be Restored By Our Skilled Flood Damage Specialists At SERVPRO With our experience and industry-leading equipment, we can make flood damage “Like it never even happened.”

Fast Extraction For Floodwaters In Your Columbia Home

Natural disasters like flooding present several unique risks to your Columbia home and those that live inside it. Preventing these disasters can often be impossible, especially when conditions get met for creeks and streams around your home to rise beyond their banks and affect entire communities at once. The only choice that you have is to work as quickly as you can to get the right personnel to your property to begin mitigation work and the necessary steps to minimize the length and cost of time it takes to restore the damage occurring.

While you might have numerous concerns when floodwaters penetrate your Columbia home, the most pressing of these is removing the pooling water from the exposed areas of your property as promptly as possible. The longer that floodwater rests against materials and contents of your home, the greater the risk of contamination, bacterial growth, mold growth, and other biohazardous effects to occur. Our SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7 to respond quickly amid an emergency with extraction strategies that work.

Depending on the seriousness of the damage, our technicians might use one of several different types of extraction equipment to remove the excess water from your property. For severe situations, we offer truck-mounted pumps along with our SERVPRO Green Fleet of response vehicles to quickly remove this threat at a rate of 300 psi. Additionally, tools like our extraction wands, portable sump pumps, and weighted extractors can help to pull moisture away from vital structural components.

Removing the excess water from exposed areas of your property is important to allow the drying efforts to follow to happen quickly. Materials like drywall and carpeting must get removed from flood-damaged properties, but effective drying of structural elements like framing, studs, and beams can help to ensure that reconstruction takes less time and is less expensive overall.

While there are many concerns that a homeowner has when floodwaters begin to breach their property, the first reaction that you should have is to reach out to our SERVPRO of Maury / Giles Counties rapid response team. With our experience and industry-leading equipment, we can make flood damage “Like it never even happened.” Give our crew a call 24/7 at (931) 388-4248.

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Flood Damage In Your Columbia Home Does Not Stand A Chance Against Our Team At SERVPRO

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage In Your Columbia Home Does Not Stand A Chance Against Our Team At SERVPRO Handling flood damage is challenging but enlisting the help of a professional eases the process.

Tackling Different Challenges After Flood Damage In Columbia

Flooded properties present several challenges including contamination because floodwaters collect all sorts of wastes including raw sewage and industrial chemicals. Depending on how high the water rises, they might affect parts of the structure and contents like upholstery. Restoration, therefore, involves different actions including teardown, cleaning, and drying of the affected areas.
 
Dealing with contamination after incidents of flood damage in Columbia is a matter of priority because the toxic wastes and microorganisms involved can lead to health issues. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on different resources to counter this problem. We spray an EPA-registered disinfectant immediately after arriving at the loss site. Our crews are also equipped with necessary PPE, personal protective equipment, eliminating chances of contact with the floodwaters. We have high-speed truck-mounted water extractors and pumps to remove standing water from the loss site fast.
 
Salvaging items after property floods is a race against the clock because when items remain submerged for long, the likelihood of saving them dwindles. Some materials, especially the porous ones, cannot be saved because contamination spreads beyond the surface where cleaning action may not be sufficient. Our SERVPRO crew separates items into different categories establishing what to salvage or throw out immediately. We clean the non-porous items using professional cleaning agents to eliminate soiling and contamination.
 
Proper drying of the affected structure is necessary to prevent secondary problems like mold, rot, among others. The threat of mold is remarkably high because it starts growing within the first 48 hours of exposure to excessive moisture levels. Our SERVPRO teams utilize different techniques when drying the structure. We have high-speed air movers to direct airflow because air circulation is one of the most critical aspects of drying a structure. We also have a variety of dehumidifiers to handle different stages of the drying process. Our crews also bring portable generators to supply power to the drying equipment ensuring that the process continues even if there is no power from the mains.
 
Handling flood damage is challenging but enlisting the help of a professional eases the process. Call SERVPRO of Maury / Giles Counties to help. You can reach us at (931) 388-4248 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

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