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40 Years in Business

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

Our 40 Year Anniversary is coming soon! SERVPRO of Athens has proudly served Athens and the surrounding areas for almost 40 years as a locally owned and operated franchise. Owners Peter and Claudia Wood are active in the day to day operations and enjoy being able to offer a valuable service that you can rely on when your most valuable asset is affected by a water or fire damage. 

Peter and Claudia are active in the local community as members of the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce and their church. Peter often consults with customers to help guide them through the mold remediation or water damage process. Claudia oversees many aspects of operations including the office and sales departments.

SERVPRO of Athens hopes to enjoy many more years as your local trusted resource for home or business. We will strive to make every home or business damage "Like it never even happened" thanks to our dedicated staff of restoration pros who live and work right here in our community. Thank you for 40 great years Athens!

SERVPRO of Athens Employee Spotlight: David Chance

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

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In 2002, David Chance launched into SERVPRO of Athens as a Production Crew Chief. He then moved into the position of Sales and Marketing Manager utilizing his “gift of the gab” and worked towards his current position as Production Manager.  David wears many hats and is the glue to our foundation.  While he is rarely in the office his time here is used to generate estimates, update adjusters and customers, and drive the office staff batty all while enjoying a handful of Cheez-Its. 

While out in the field, you can find David under or inside a home inspecting for mold, water, and fire damage. He also enjoys property routes and meeting with property managers to create and maintain relationships in our community.  David holds many IICRC certifications including the Applied Microbial Remediation Technician certification.  He also holds a Bio-Recovery certification.

David is a valued employee at SERVPRO of Athens! Thank you for your dedication!

Water Restoration Process

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Imagine waking up in the wee hours of the morning stepping out from your bed onto squishy wet carpet!  The toilet had been running for hours.  You stop the water source but what do you do next?  Call SERVPRO of Athens of course!  But what comes next?  What do we do?  This is an outline of what to expect during a water damage service:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Call SERVPRO of Athens 706-549-3366 we answer the phone ready to help. SERVPRO of Athens does not have an automated call center!  We have trained professionals to answer your call. Expect to tell them your name, phone number, and address. 

Step 2: Inspection

Our technician will arrive onsite to scope the damage by identifying the water source, the type of water, and survey the extent of the water damage.

Step 3: Water Extraction

With the use of water removal equipment such as truck-mounted vacuums or pumps, we quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your property. During this process we also inspect the materials that may need to be removed for proper drying of the structure. 

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home or business. We’ll carefully monitor the progress using moisture meters until the materials return to acceptable drying goals.

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

SERVPRO of Athens specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. Some of our restoration tools include carpet cleaning, deodorization, and sanitizing treatments.

Step 6: Restoration

Restoration, the final step, is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Tropical Storm Florence

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Athens has been keeping an eye out for Tropical Storm Florence.  According to our Meteorologist Florence will be continuing on a westward path towards the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas.  She also predicts Tropical Storm Florence to make landfall on approximately Thursday September 13, 2018.  As the storm approaches it is intensifying.  At landfall Florence may turn from tropical storm to hurricane strength possibly Category 3. 

Florence East Coast Landfall Risks:

  • Wind Damage
  • Major Storm Surge Inundation Possible
  • Power Outages
  • Fuel Shortages 

When storms hit Athens, Georgia we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 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 706-549-3366

Emergency Readiness

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Advancements in storm alerts have allowed Athens, Georgia residents to prepare themselves and their property for severe weather.  These advancements warn residents in an ample amount of time from the increasingly violent weather phenomena. 

Disaster safety involves being prepared for severe weather.  Homeowners and their families can come together to create a disaster recovery kit.  Ideas of items that should be included in the disaster kit are as follows:

Drinking water
Non-Perishable canned goods
First Aid Kit
Flashlight
Batteries
Cell Phone and Chargers
Prescription Medications
Supplies for Children and Pets
Personal Hygiene Items

SERVPRO of Athens can assist your family or business with an Emergency Ready Profile.  This booklet lists all numbers and information you may need in almost any type of emergency situation.  Call SERVPRO of Athens today to speak with a member or our team for more information.

Water in Basements and Crawlspaces on the Rise in Athens, Georgia

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water intrusion into your home can become a headache and fast!  Athens, Georgia has experienced an increase in damages to basements and crawlspaces due to recent flooding.  If water begins to pool into your basement or crawlspace there can be major structural damage and health issues that may arise for you and your family. 

Once you identify you have a water intrusion issue it is imperative to find the source of the damage.  Some of the most common sources of basement or crawlspace water damages are:

  • Sewage backup
  • Broken or leaking water heater
  • Improper grading
  • Ground water flooding
  • Cracks in foundation
  • Faulty or absent gutters

It is significant to restore these issues as soon as possible to stop the source of water damage to your home. 

SERVPRO of Athens is a phone call away to help you dry your home properly to put structural damage to a halt!  706-549-3366

Why Choose an IICRC Certified Firm?

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Athens is proud to be an IICRC certified firm. IICRC, or the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, is a non-profit organization for the cleaning and restoration industry. The goal of the IICRC is to establish and advance globally recognized standards and certifications for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration and installation industries. To accomplish this goal, the IICRC sets standards and certifications for inspection, cleaning, and restoration. The IICRC ensures that when consumers hire a certified firm or technician that they have hired experts who will provide reasonable assurance that work will be completed in accordance with the industry's "standard of care." The technicians of SERVPRO of Athens set themselves apart through training, experience, and comprehensive examination.

If fire, water, or mold damage your business, please contact SERVPRO of Athens at (706) 549-3366. 

For more information about the IICRC, please visit https://www.IICRC.org/

How Does Mold Affect Your Health?

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

According to the EPA, molds have the potential to cause health problems if mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Molds produce allergens and irritants, which can cause allergic reactions if an individual inhales or touches mold or mold spores. Allergic reactions to mold are common and can include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. Molds can especially trigger asthma attacks, so it's important that people with asthma avoid exposure to mold. 

Since mold can adversely affect your health, and therefore interrupt your daily life, it's important to remediate the mold in your home or business as quickly as possible. Luckily, SERVPRO of Athens is here to help. If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Call SERVPRO of Athens at (706) 549-3366 for mold remediation services. 

To learn more about the effects of mold on your health, please visit https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-and-health.

Thunderstorm Safety Tips

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms are common in Georgia, and can oftentimes become very severe with strong winds, lightning, tornadoes, hail, and flash flooding. It is important to be prepared before these storms happen to protect yourself and your family. Ready Georgia recommends that you take the following precautions in order to keep you and your family safe. 

Before a Thunderstorm: 

  • Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a thunderstorm hazard, including understanding the difference between a severe thunderstorm watch and a severe thunderstorm warning.
    A severe thunderstorm watch means there is the potential for severe thunderstorms (damaging winds/large hail) to impact your area within the next 6 hours.
    A severe thunderstorm warning means a severe thunderstorm is occurring or will likely occur soon. If you are advised to take shelter, do so immediately.
    Note, a severe thunderstorm refers to a thunderstorm producing winds of 58 mph or greater, 1-inch (quarter) sized hail or larger, and/or a tornado. Although lightning can be deadly, severe thunderstorm watches and warnings are not issued specifically for lightning.
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a thunderstorm.
  • Know your lightning safety rules. For example, if you hear thunder or see lightning, go indoors. Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
  • If thunderstorms are expected in your area, postpone outdoor activities.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage. 
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades, or curtains.

During a Thunderstorm: 

  • If there is a thunderstorm in the area, go quickly inside a home, building, or hard top automobile, if possible.
  • If shelter is not available, go to the lowest area nearby.
  • If on open water, get to land and shelter immediately.
  • Listen to a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio or radio for the latest updates.
  • Avoid taking a shower or a bath during a thunderstorm. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Do not use electrical items such as computers or television sets as power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • A corded telephone should only be used in an emergency, but cordless phones and cell phones are safe to use.
    Things to avoid include:
  • Tall or isolated trees or other tall objects
    Hilltops, open fields, the beach, a pool, a boat on the water, isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
    Anything metal — wires, metal fences, tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.

After a Thunderstorm, remember to: 

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway. Turn around, don’t drown!
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of thunderstorms.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately to your local power company.

If your home or business is damaged by a storm, please contact SERVPRO of Athens.  Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Athens property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

For more information on thunderstorm safety, please visit http://ready.ga.gov/be-informed/thunderstorms-and-lightning/

Keep Your Business Clean with SERVPRO of Athens!

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Athens understands the importance of keeping your business and office space looking clean. Whether it's a retail space, a professional business office, or a restaurant, SERVPRO of Athens has experienced professionals to get your workspace to look its very best. 

SERVPRO of Athens offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

If you need a specialty cleaning in your business or office space, call SERVPRO of Athens today at (706) 549-3366.