Recent Storm Damage Posts

Let’s Talk Tornadoes…

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

Tornado on Open Land Tornadoes in the forecast? Have a PLAN to keep yourself safe!

Residents and business owners throughout Southwest Georgia are, unfortunately, all too familiar with the “BEEP, BEEP, BEEP” of a severe weather alert, having their home or business fall under a thunderstorm watch or warning, and having to prepare for a variety of possible issues from Mother Nature all throughout the year. When talking about severe weather, one of the most dangerous, and damaging, types of systems to be prepared for is a TORNADO.  Understanding the what, how, and why of tornadoes can help you to plan, prepare, and keep yourself SAFE during severe weather!

So, let’s start with the basics…

What (exactly) is a tornado? defines a tornado as “a violently column of air touching the ground, usually attached to the base of a thunderstorm.”  These winds from a tornado can reach up to 300 miles per hour, and the path of damage created can be more than one mile wide and fifty miles long. 

Tornadoes in Georgia

Tornadoes are most likely to occur in Georgia between the months of March-May but can take place any time of year depending on atmospheric conditions.  According to the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, tornadoes are Georgia’s number one weather related killer, so it is imperative to have an emergency plan in place prior to a storm’s arrival.

Tornado Preparation

Although tornadoes can spawn and travel very quickly, it is important to always have a way to receive weather alerts and follow the guidance provided by local authorities.  Have a designated safe room: an area centrally located within your home and away from windows.  Shelter on the lowest level of the structure you are within if you are in the forecasted impact area.

After a Tornado

If a tornado has impacted your local area, think safety first!  Avoid downed power lines, stay out of damaged buildings, and watch for hazards such as broken glass.  Continue to follow the direction of local authorities in the area.

In the unfortunate event that a tornado causes damage to your home or business, know that SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is Here to Help.  Serving communities throughout Southwest Georgia, our team of highly trained professionals will work diligently to provide the highest possible level of customer service while repairing your property.  To learn more about the services we offer, request assistance, or for any other questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call: 229-439-2048.

Trust Your Local SERVPRO Storm Experts

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

After The Storm. A field with storm clouds in the background. Trust your local SERVPRO of Albany & Americus experts for your storm damage today at (229) 439-2048

When heavy rains and high winds hit hard, property destruction and loss can be devastating to you as a homeowner. Structural damage to the exterior of your home is followed by interior devastation from water and winds. Storm damage is rarely isolated to just a few buildings in an area adding the challenge of finding a restoration company that can respond swiftly to your needs to an already anxiety-filled situation. SERVPRO of Albany & Americus delivers the help you need swiftly even when a local disaster is widespread, as we are able to call upon a network of over 2,000 franchises nationwide to respond if the need is great. 
Storm Damage in Southwest Georgia can feel overwhelming, but your fear and panic will disappear when our team of professionals responds to your water, wind and flooding repair and restoration needs. Your particular situation is of paramount importance to us, and you need not worry that your repairs and restoration will take a back seat even when many in your area are struggling to recover from the same issues you face. Choosing our company puts in motion a vast support system, but our local ownership means you will receive a personalized approach to your particular situation, efficiently returning your home back to its pre-storm condition just “Like it never even happened.” 
Placing your trust in SERVPRO for your storm damage needs will bring you benefits that less qualified companies simply cannot deliver. We use state of the art equipment to clean, repair and restore your home and in the process, we also restore you and your family’s peace of mind. Our technicians are highly trained and qualified, current in Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IIICRC) for any procedure needed to bring your home back to the safe and comforting refuge you deserve. We also work closely with your insurance company, ensuring that all the work necessary is approved and compensated according to the terms of your policy. Our high standards and relentless drive to do the job on time while meeting local specifications means you and your family will quickly return to the quiet enjoyment of your house and neighborhood. We are not satisfied until you are happily back in your restored dwelling. 
Once you make sure that your family is safe after a major storm, your first call should be to SERVPRO of Albany & Americus at (229)439-2048 anytime 24/7 and begin the road to recovery by scheduling an inspection with our storm damage experts.

Storm Response – The SERVPRO of Albany and Americus Way

7/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Trailer in front of a large commercial building Storm Damages? CALL SERVPRO of Albany and Americus!

Restoring storm and flood-damaged properties is a cornerstone of our business. The highly trained team at SERVPRO of Albany and Americus uses specialized equipment and advanced technology to help restore your residential or commercial property to its pre-storm condition. Whether damages have been caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, or other severe weather events, SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is prepared to respond as quickly as possible after a storm or flooding event, helping to minimize the damage sustained to your structure.  With the backing of 2,000 SERVPRO franchises nationwide, disaster recovery teams for large scale events, AND our regional sister franchises, we have the knowledge, resources, and equipment to mitigate flood and storm damages of all sizes.  So, how does our storm response work?

24 Hour Emergency Service

Our teams are on standby 24/7/365 to respond and begin the mitigation process.  From boarding up damaged windows, to extracting standing water, we truly are Here to Help when disaster strikes.

Strategically Located Manpower

The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams should a large-scale disaster strike nearby.  These teams have numerous years of experience in cleanup and restoration, along with a variety of IICRC certifications, giving them the highest level of expertise when it comes to mitigating storm damage.

Vendor Partnerships and Relationships

Often, one of the most difficult obstacles to overcome in areas affected by large scale storm damage is the availability of resources, including equipment, fuel, and building supplies.  With our extended network of vendor relationships, both on national and local levels, SERVPRO of Albany and Americus can access scarce resources much more efficiently to repair and restore your property more quickly.

A Brand You Know and Trust

When it comes to restoring your home or business, you want a vendor that you can trust.  Unfortunately, many people fall victim to deceiving business practices from untrustworthy contractors during storm situations; don’t join that statistic!  The SERVPRO brand is a trusted leader in cleanup and restoration throughout the United States and Canada.

When storm damages affect homes and businesses throughout Southwest Georgia, SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is faster to any size disaster!  Need Help?  CALL US! 229-439-2048.

When Storms Strike Sumter County

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

Debris and Sand inside a commercial building after a storm Storm Damage? SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is Here to Help!

From heavy thunderstorms to tornadic activity, and floodwaters from nearby rivers, storms in Sumter County can be both unpredictable and devastating.  For both home and business owners, having a professional cleanup and restoration expert to call when storm damages strike is imperative to getting your property back to its preloss condition.  SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is that local cleanup and restoration leader for your property.  With numerous years of experience, and a team with extensive training from the IICRC, we can handle storm damages of all sizes, and here’s how:

  • Emergency Board-Up & Roof Tarping. Once the storm has passed, our primary goal is to respond to your property and prevent any further damage.  This may include tarping the roof or boarding up broken windows.
  • Water Extraction, Drying & Dehumidification. If standing water is present, we will begin by extracting as much as possible.  Once extraction has taken place, we will place appropriate drying and dehumidification equipment inside of the structure.
  • Cleaning, Disinfection & Sanitization. Depending on the type of storm damage present, there may be a need for disinfection of structure and contents.  This step may also require removal or demolition of unsalvageable materials. 
  • Restoration & Reconstruction. Once the property has been properly dried, cleaned, and sanitized, it is time to restore.  This may include replacement of materials that were removed, such as drywall, or reconstruction of roofing, windows, and doors.  As a licensed General Contractor, we have the ability to provide your reconstruction services, allowing you to work with just one vendor from start to finish.

When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is Here to Help.  With the support of 2000 franchises nationwide, our team has the resources to respond to even the most devastating of situations.  We welcome you to call and learn more about how we help with storm damages, both in Sumter County and throughout Southwest Georgia: 229-439-2048.

The Do’s and Don’t’s of Storm Damages

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

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Stormy weather, including heavy thunderstorms, isolated tornadoes, and the potential for flooding rains, is all to common throughout Southwest Georgia.  Unfortunately, many of these weather events can also lead to property damages.  Preparing yourself, your family, and your property for the possibility of dealing with storm damages is extremely important, but many people often find themselves asking, “What should I do?”  SERVPRO of Albany and Americus recommends the following “do’s” and “don’t’s” as an answer to that question:


  • Follow the guidance of local and state officials as it pertains to watches, warnings, and evacuations. Keeping yourself and your loved ones safe is paramount!
  • Take photos of any damages sustained by your property or personal belongings. Having a time and date stamp on these photos can be very beneficial in case an insurance claim needs to be filed.
  • Take steps to secure your property and limit further damages until help arrives. This may include boarding up windows or roof tarping.
  • Call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus. We are available 24/7/365 for emergencies and take great pride in providing the highest possible level of service to our community when disaster strikes.


  • Walk, drive through, or consume flood waters. Not only can flood water be contaminated, but it can be difficult to judge the depth of the water when trying to enter.
  • Risk your own safety by entering structures with sagging ceilings, extensive debris on the floor, or live, exposed electrical wires.
  • Attempt to move heavy, water saturated items.
  • Clean up broken glass, splintered wood, or other hazardous items without utilizing proper protective gear.

When storm damages strike, trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Albany and Americus to help.  We have the training, equipment, and resources to safely handle damages of all sizes.  To learn more about our services, please give us a call: 229-439-2048.  SERVPRO of Albany and Americus: “We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!”

Combating Storm Anxiety

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

Lighting striking across a purple sky Follow these tips to help reduce storm anxiety!

While many people find drizzling rains, the distant clap of thunder, or increased winds to be relaxing, aka “the perfect sleeping weather,” many others experience anxiety related to stormy conditions.  Whether a result of previous experience with storms, a sensitivity to loud noises, or another factor entirely, having storm anxiety can be very difficult to overcome, especially for younger children.  When storms are forecasted for your community, there are steps that can be taken to help reduce anxiety once the storm hits:

  • Pay close attention to the forecast so that you are aware of the projected intensity of the upcoming weather. Extreme weather scenarios are often accompanied by thunderstorm and/or tornado warnings, evacuation recommendations, or shelter in place orders.  Always trust the advice of local and state authorities when it comes to safety precautions that can be taken.
  • Have activities available for children to occupy them during a storm. Examples include coloring books, puzzles, or board games.  Having planned activities for adults that suffer from storm anxiety may also be beneficial.
  • Explain to children what is going on during a storm; allow them to ask questions to make sure they understand the weather around them.

For many, storm can be scary, especially when they are severe.  In the event that stormy weather has resulted in property damage to your home or business, know that SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is equipped, trained, and prepared to help.  Serving communities throughout Southwest Georgia, our team offers 24/7 emergency response, and has the support of nearly 2,000 nationwide franchises for large storm response needs.  To learn more about our services or request assistance, please give us a call at 229-439-2048!

Watches vs. Warnings – What’s The Difference?

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm on the horizon Know the difference between watches and warnings to protect yourself during a severe weather situation!

We’ve all heard our local news teams and meteorologists broadcast things like “a severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for your area” or “tornado warnings are in effect for the following county until 6:00 PM CST”, but what does this information really mean?

Understanding the difference between watches and warnings when it comes to weather events is paramount in protecting both yourself and your property from disaster.  The difference between the two defines HOW you should prepare, WHAT actions you need to take, and WHEN things should be set in motion.  The National Weather Service defines severe weather watches and warnings in the following ways:

Watch: Be Prepared! Severe weather is possible in and near the watch area.  Stay informed and be ready to act if a warning is issued.  The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.

Warning: Take Action! Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.  Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.  Take shelter in a substantial building.  Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds.  Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or small county) that may be impacted by large hair, damaging winds, or tornadic activity.

Always have a way to receive weather alerts, follow the guidance provided by local authorities, and make your personal safety the top priority during severe weather events.  When damaging weather does strike, know that SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is Here to Help restore your home or business.  As your locally owned and operated cleanup and restoration specialists, our team has the training, experience, and equipment to handle losses of all sizes.  Proudly serving the communities of Americus, Dawson, Unadilla, and surrounding areas, SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Severe Weather Forecasted? Prepare Your Property to Reduce Risk of Damages!

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

Person cleaning out a rain gutter Prepare NOW for future stormy weather!

Stormy, and sometimes severe, weather, including heavy rain, lightning strikes, and tornadoes is all too common in Southwest Georgia.  While SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is Here to Help by responding to mitigate and restore your property AFTER damages have occurred, we would also like to share with you some tips for preparing your property for stormy weather, in hopes of reducing your risk of damages:

  • Clean Out Your Rain Gutters: Clogged rain gutters allow rainwater to pool on your roof, increasing the risk of water damage. Regularly cleaning out your gutters allows water to flow away from your property.
  • Consider Installing Storm Shutters: Protecting your windows from wind-driven rain and flying debris during a severe weather event greatly reduces the possibility of damages to your property. This option also provides a safer environment for any occupants present during the weather event.
  • Secure or Store Outdoor Furniture: Especially during storms with higher wind gusts, unsecured furniture can quickly become dangerous to both people and property. Storing or securing these items provides less “ammunition” to cause damages.
  • Maintain Your Landscaping: Removing overhanging tree branches and trimming foliage regularly can provide protection for your property in multiple ways.  During a storm event, a well-maintained yard provides less material available to become wind-driven storm debris.  With less debris, there is also less matter to clog draining systems, reducing flooding risk.

Sometimes, even the best preparations are not enough to avoid storm damages.  For your “uh-oh” and “oh-no!” property damage moments, trust SERVPRO of Albany and Americus to help.  Serving the communities of Leesburg, Camilla, and surrounding areas, our team takes great pride in providing the highest possible level of customer service during times of disaster.  To request service, learn more about our offerings, or schedule an appointment with our team, please give us a call at 229-439-2048.  SERVPRO of Albany and Americus: “We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!”

When the Water Level Rises

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded neighborhood with SERVPRO logo Flood Damages? Call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus for your damage restoration needs!

What’s a common, and often quite damaging, occurrence when storms pass through?  You guessed it: FLOODING.  Not only can flood waters cause significant property damage, but they can also be dangerous to people and pets.  Understanding the different types of flooding that can occur in Southwest Georgia, as well as some general flood safety information, can help you better prepare and protect yourself during flood situations.

The National Severe Storms Laboratory defines three types of flooding that we may see in Southwest Georgia:

  • River flooding occurs when water levels rise over the top of riverbanks due to excessive rain from tropical systems making landfall, or persistent thunderstorms over the same area for extended periods of tim River flooding tends to happen more gradually, and it often closely and reported on by local authorities.  When river flooding occurs, it is important to try and stay out of the affected area, as moving flood waters can sweep people from their feet, and at high enough levels, sweep vehicles away.
  • Inland flooding occurs when moderate precipitation accumulates over several days, intense precipitation falls over a short period, or a river overflows because of a debris jam or dam or levee failure. In these instances, areas that commonly do not experience flood waters may be affected.  During periods of heavy rain and thunderstorm activity, it is important to stay weather aware, and if you encounter flood waters, turn around and find another route.
  • Flash flooding is caused by heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time, generally less than six hours. Flash floods are usually characterized by raging torrents after heavy rains that rip through riverbeds, urban streets, or mountain canyons. They can occur within minutes or a few hours of excessive rainfall. They can also occur even if no rain has fallen, for instance after a levee or dam has failed. Flash flooding is extremely dangerous, as little to no warning is often available.  Never attempt to drive or walk through flash flood waters, and if trapped in a flooded area, move to the highest possible ground away from the water.

Protecting yourself and your loved ones is the top priority during a flood, or other storm, situation.  Once the waters begin to recede, know that SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is Here to Help with your property damage needs.  With the backing of over 1,700 franchises nationwide, we have the resources, expertise, and training to respond to losses of all sizes, and take great pride in being of service to our community.  To learn more about our services, please give us a call at 229-439-2048.

Hurricane Season is Here! Are You Prepared?

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

Satellite image of Hurricane Michael in 2018 Are You Storm Ready? Hurricane Season is Here!

Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1st, and as many residents of the Southeastern United States know, it is imperative to be prepared in the event a hurricane heads their way.  Although not directly on the coast, our area has the possibility of experiencing hurricane conditions, which can lead to wind damage, flooding rains, or tornadoes, and because of this, having an emergency kit prepared is extremely important this time of year.

So, what should go into your Hurricane Preparedness Kit? offers the following list as a guide:

  • Water – one gallon per person, per day, for several days.
  • Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery Powered or Hand Crank Radio
  • Flashlight
  • First Aid Kit
  • Batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust Mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic Sheeting & Duct Tape
  • Moist Towelettes
  • Garbage Bags
  • Wrench or Pliers
  • Manual Can Opener
  • Prescription Medications
  • Non-Prescription Medications (such as pain relievers and fever reducers)
  • Cash
  • Paper & Pencil
  • Matches or Lighter
  • Personal Hygiene Items

Also, if you have children or pets, be sure to prepare specific supplies for their needs, such as books and activities for children, or food bowl, water bowl, food, and leash for a pet.  Although preparation can be extensive, it is always better to find yourself having too much instead of too little in the case of a natural disaster emergency.

For more information on disaster preparation, and specifically hurricane preparedness, the following websites are great resources:

Stay safe this hurricane season, and if you find yourself in need of property damage cleanup and restoration, give SERVPRO of Albany and Americus a call at 229-439-2048!

Emergency Ready Pet Plan!

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

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A huge storm has just rolled through, or your area has just survived a natural disaster.  You have survived and your family is safe but what about your pet?  Just like your family you need to have a disaster plan for your pets.  Here in Albany and Americus we are no stranger to extreme weather. What is good for you is good for your pets, so be prepared and have a plan. Planning ahead is the key to keeping yourself and your pets safe when a disaster strike!

  1. Microchip your pets

A microchip ID is the best way to ensure you are reunited with your pet if you are separated.  Also make sure you keep the microchip info updated: address or phone number changes are commonly overlooked.  If you don’t update the information it is useless.  You could also list an emergency number of a friend or family member who resides outside of your area.

  1. Keep A Collar and Tag on ALL Dogs & Cats

Make sure you have the pet's name and at least your current phone number (and address if possible) on the tag.  ID on indoor cats is especially important, if there is a disaster they could easily escape.

  1. Create a Buddy System

Create a buddy system in case you are not home. Make arrangements with a trusted neighbor to check on your pets. 

  1. Identify Local Animal Shelters

Know where the local animal shelters are located in case your pet does get lost.  Have a current picture as well to help identify them.

  1. Locate a Local Veterinary Clinic

Locating a local veterinarian or animal hospital in the area you are staying in case your pet needs medical care.

  1. Plan a Pet Friendly-Place to Stay

Search in advance of pet-friendly hotels, boarding facilities, or somewhere you can stay.  Many emergency shelters are not pet-friendly.

  1. Prepare an Emergency Kit for EACH Animal

Stock up and be prepared now for items your pet will need during a disaster.  Store these items in an easy-to-grab container. Some basic items to include are: one-week food supply, one-week fresh water, medication your pet may need, copies of vaccination records, current picture of you with your pets to identity them and claim ownership, temporary ID tags with the contact info of someone in an unaffected area, carrier and/or leash for each animal.

Remember to prepare now, after the disaster has occurred it is too late.  The last thing you want after an emergency or disaster is to have something happen to your furry family members.

The FYI on Lightning

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning striking behind a house with SERVPRO logo If lightning, or other storm conditions, cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is Here to Help!

Thunderstorms are a frequent occurrence in Southwest Georgia, and along with these storms often comes lightning.  Lightning strikes can be dangerous for both people and property, creating the possibility of bodily injury, risk of property fire, and electrical issues for homes or businesses.

Following are some tips from the National Weather Service to keep yourself, and your loved ones, safe from lightning:

Lightning Safety Once Indoors:

  1. Stay off electronic equipment, such as computers or corded phones, that put you in direct contact with electricity.
  2. Avoid plumbing, such as sinks and bathtubs, as metal piping can transmit electrical current.
  3. Stay away from windows and doors; the safest area of the building is an interior room.
  4. Do not lean against concrete walls or lie on concrete floors.

Lightning Strike Outdoor Risk Reduction Tips:

If you find yourself outside with no shelter option during a lightning storm, the following actions can help reduce the risk of injury from a lightning strike:

  1. Search for lower ground- Avoid hills, cliffs, mountains, or any other natural structure elevates you.
  2. Immediately get out of and away from all bodies of water.
  3. Stay away from objects that can easily conduct electricity, such as metal fences and power lines.
  4. Never seek shelter under an isolated tree, as the tree can serve as a conductor for a lightning bolt.

Additionally, State Farm provides these tips for protecting your property from lightning during a thunderstorm:

  1. Use surge protectors for your electronic devices or consider installing a whole home surge protection system. Whole home systems absorb larger surges that come from outside your home. This device can be installed on the electrical meter by the utility company, or next to the electric service panel by an electrician.
  2. Have your property’s grounding system check by a professional. Many unsafe situations related to lighting occur when a home or business is not properly grounded, allowing electricity to flow through the walls, increasing the risk of fire.

If recent storms have caused damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus at 229-439-2048 for help.  Our team of highly trained professionals offers 24/7 emergency response and will help make your damage “Like it never even happened.”   

Stay Safe During Summer Storms

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

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While the spring season is known for the potential to experience severe weather, the threat exists throughout the summer months as well,. In fact, the potential for severe weather even increases in some areas. Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and runs through November 30th. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15th also ending November 30th.

While it may be difficult to prepare for the unpredictable, there are steps you can take now to ensure you are ready when disaster strikes. One way to prepare your business for any type of disaster, is to establish an Emergency READY Profile (ERP). Contact your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to learn more about the ERP and how it can help you. Consider the following tips when preparing for an approaching storm. 

Before the Storm

  • Build an emergency supply kit and develop a communication plan.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment before the storm arrives.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.               
  • If you are outdoors, get inside a building, home or hard top vehicle (not a convertible).
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.

During the Storm

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
  • Avoid contact with corded phones. Cordless and cellular phones are safe to use.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.
  • Unplug appliances and other electrical items, such as computers. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.

After the Storm

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.

Below is a recommended items for basic emergency supply list

Emergency Supply Kit

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust Masks or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

If you need any assistance before, during, or after a storm call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus at (229) 439-2048

Preparing for Severe Weather in Albany and Americus

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

Severe Weather Call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus at 229-439-2048.

Preparing For Severe Weather

Are you ready if severe weather strikes your area tomorrow? Where you live will determine the type of storms you’re most likely to face. Follow these safety measures and general tips to help you prepare.

Preparing for a Tornado

Do the Following:

  • Follow the NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or TV newscasts. Obey the instructions given by local emergency officials.
  • Keep watch outside for signs of a tornado, like a dark sky, large hail, low-lying or fast-moving clouds, or roaring sounds.
  • Learn to recognize emergency alerts. The phrase "tornado watch" means a tornado is possible, while "tornado warning" means a funnel cloud has been spotted.
  • If a tornado warning is issued, immediately take shelter in the basement or storm cellar. If your home doesn’t have an underground room, hunker in an interior bathroom.

Preparing for a Thunderstorm

Thunderstorms are dangerous, as we have seen in the past, because they always produce lightning and can produce hail, strong winds, flash floods, tornadoes and wildfires. Thunderstorms can occur anywhere in the US and are most common during the summer.

Do the Following:

  • Prepare your home by shuttering windows and doors, and unplugging sensitive electronics.
  • Prepare your property by removing damaged tree branches that could fall during a storm, and bringing outdoor objects inside.
  • Watch the sky and tune in to your NOAA Weather Radio for information.
  • Learn to recognize emergency alerts. A "severe thunderstorm watch" means stormy conditions are likely to occur. A "severe thunderstorm warning" means they exist somewhere in the area.
  • If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, danger is imminent. Seek shelter immediately. Stay in a hard-topped vehicle if there are no buildings.

If you have any type of storm damage contact  SERVPRO of Albany and Americus 24/7 At 229-439-2048.

Storm Damage

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

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It's hard to know what kind of storms will roll in year-round. Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. Natural disasters like storms can put pressure on a city's infrastructure and sewage system. In severe cases, this pressure can cause systems to fail and result in flash flooding or road overflow. SERVPRO of Albany and Americus operates a 24-hour emergency call line alongside a rapid response unit to help you should you experience property flooding or need emergency repair.

As a standard, we offer our community emergency board-ups as well as industrial-scale water removal equipment like gas-powered pumps and truck-mounted extraction units. We promise to arrange a service within one hour of your call and arrive onsite within just four. As always, you can rely on us to provide qualified technicians to help cleanup and restore your home in an emergency. If you need help with mold remediation after you experience storm damage, we’ll be there to help! 

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

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (229) 439-2048

SERVPRO Storm Team

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Storm Response

The team here at SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is ready for whatever happens, no matter the time, night or day. When it comes to fire & water damage, our professionals work endlessly to make sure our customers are happy and that we walk them through each step of the cleaning process.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition.

We're Quick to Any Size Disaster

When a storm hits your home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

We can access the resources and personnel of 1,700 Franchises to handle major storms and disasters. We also have access to special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to catastrophic storms and events.

Locally Owned and Operated

SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. We might even be your neighbors. When you have a storm event or flooding emergency, we are in the area and ready to help. 

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

Residential Services

  • Water Damage Restoration 
  • Fire Damage Restoration 
  • Mold Remediation 
  • Storm Damage Restoration 
  • Cleaning Services 

Commercial Services

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration 
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration 
  • Commercial Mold Remediation 
  • Commercial Cleaning Services
  • Commercial Storm and Major Events 

Call us today at (229) 439- 2048

Understanding the difference between a TORNADO WARNING and TORNADO WATCH

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Tornadoes can happen any time of the year. Timing of the system can change but nighttime tornadoes are always more dangerous and require additional planning. The difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning means the difference between taking action or taking precautions. 

Know your severe weather terminology.

During a TORNADO WATCH you want to be prepared because a tornado is possible. Which means that conditions are favorable for a tornado to occur. 

1. Check for forecast updates.

2. Monitor sky conditions.

3. Know where to take shelter.

During a TORNADO WARNING take action because a tornado is imminent! A warning means that a tornado has been seen or picked up by radar. A warning requires you to take shelter and brace for a potential tornado.

1. Take shelter immediately.

2. Seek further information.

3. Check for forecast updates. 

If you have any questions or have been a victim of a tornado and need our assistance WE ARE HERE TO HELP. Call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus today at 229-439-2048!

Approaching 2020 Hurricane Season

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As the 2020 hurricane season approaches, we at SERVPRO of Albany & Americus want to help make sure you are prepared. After recently going through Hurricane Michael, we here in south GA understand that it is not just states that are bordering the ocean that can be affected. These storms are very unpredictable and you can never be too prepared.

While preparing for hurricane season, follow the latest health guidelines from the CDC and your local officials. 

Make a list of items to replenish your hurricane supplies and begin to assemble them before hurricane season begins. Just having enough supplies to make it through a hurricane isn’t enough. You need plenty to make it through what could be a LONG recovery period too. Water and electricity could be out for a week or more in some storms. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family for at least 3 days, but ideally, 7 days. Also make sure you have extra cash, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, and a portable crank or solar powered USB charger to power your cell phone.

Even a subtle roof leak that may not appear obvious from storm damage can produce mold inside of your home. 

If you are effected by a storm, WE ARE HERE TO HELP! Our teams are ready and prepared before and after a storm hits. Whether it is a commercial or residential property, we are "ready for whatever happens" 

For more information, or to schedule a consultation with one of our sales team members, call 229-439-2048.

What to do before a Hurricane

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Hurricane Dorian If you've already experienced flooding or storm damage, please dont hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO of Albany and Americus 24/7 at 229-439-2048.

Knowing what to do before it hits can help prevent damage or loss to your family, house, and property. 

First things First, In the event of an emergency, please call 911.

Knowing the emergency contact numbers for the Albany and Americus Area is very important.

Albany Police and Fire Department

  • Emergency 911
  • Non-Emergency 229-431-2100

Americus Police Department

 Emergency 911

 Non-Emergency 229-924-3677

List of Necessary Items before a hurricane 

  1. An Emergency Readiness Plan for your family
  2. 3 days worth of water
    a good rule of thumb, is 1 gallon of water for each person or pet
  3. 3 days of non perishable food for each person or pet
  4. First Aid Kit
  5. Battery Powered Radio or radio alert 
  6. Portable Power bank to charge cell phones
  7. Full Tank of Gas in car
  8. Batteries
  9. Whistle to Signal for Help

How to Help your House survive the hurricane

  • Cover your windows with storm shutter or plywood, or use Tape
    While tape won’t prevent your windows from breaking, it will help keep the broken glass shards together.
  • Learn if you are in an area that floods, and how to properly sand bag your home
  • Clean out your rain gutters

How to help your pet during a hurricane 

  • Please, if possible, provide shelter for your pets. 
  • If your pet goes missing know where to look.
  • Spare Medication for your pets
  • Copy of shot and medication records

While we all hope and pray that the hurricanes never hit our homes, we know that eventually it will happen. Taking steps to prepare is always the best way to handle any storm. 

If you’ve already experienced flooding or storm damage, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We will treat your home like our own. SERVPRO of Albany and Americus stands 100% behind our motto “Like it never even happened”.  Stay Safe & Stay prepared, Hurricane Season 2019 is only just starting. 

Board Up Services

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Call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus for all of your Board Up needs 24/7 at 229-439-2048.

There are so many ways that a structure can be damaged and could require emergency board up services of windows and doors, or large gaps in walls... Wind damage, falling trees and falling tree limbs, vehicles crashing into buildings are common causes. Vandalism and robbery accounts for many window board up jobs too.

The heat from fires can blow out window glass, and in some situations, fire fighters may intentionally break out specific windows to pump water into a structure to extinguish the fire.

At SERVPRO of Albany and Americus, we have performed emergency board up services for each of the potential sources discussed. Our trained and experienced technicians stand ready, with an inventory of board-up supplies to respond when and where we are needed. This is just another way we help our community.

One Surprisingly Effective Way to Succeed With Storm Damage Remediation

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As you inspect your flood damaged home, make a plan to contact the IICRC certified and experienced team at SERVPRO for water removal services.

Removing water from a property quickly can significantly reduce the likelihood of permanent damages. However, in a flood situation, this is not always possible. You may need to evacuate the property or have returned from a weekend away to find your home ankle deep in water. Porous materials, like those that make up your sofa, armchairs or other soft furnishings as well as wood, can imbibe water over time making damages harder to remediate.

Our team is made up of highly trained individuals who can help you with flood damage. Typically, the longer water is allowed to stand the more harm it causes and we can quickly mobilize equipment like gas-powered pumps or truck-mounted water extractors to remove it. Where there is prolonged exposure we may need to use a different technique.

Dehumidifiers are commonly used in a home environment, particularly in humid periods of the year. They work by drawing moisture from the air and replacing it with dry air. Since water naturally migrates from wet to dry, dehumidifiers can also be used to draw moisture out of porous surfaces by drying the surrounding air to 40 GPP- grains of moisture per pound- or below.

SERVPRO can deploy two types of dehumidifier depending on the scale and breadth of the task at hand. Refrigerant dehumidifiers are the more common of the two. We use them in 80% of the services we complete. They are particularly useful in drawing moisture from fabrics like carpets as well as drywall. The other type of dehumidifier is desiccant, which use chemicals to dry below 40 GPP. These can be effective for denser materials, like hardwood or concrete floors, that have suffered prolonged exposure to moisture.

Removing the majority of standing water from a flooded property is a straightforward task. However, tackling that remaining percentage requires expertise and the right dehumidification equipment. SERVPRO is capable of assessing and applying advanced dehumidifiers to help restore your home to its preloss condition and preventing secondary damages after flooding.

Give your home the best chance of getting back to preloss condition, contact SERVPRO of Albany and Americus at (229) 439-2048 today.

Emergency Storm Tips

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Call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus 24/7 at 229-439-2048

SERVPRO of Albany and Americus provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. 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 24/7 229-439-2048

Residential Services

Whether your Albany or Americus home needs emergency flood damage or your home packed and moved, 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 Albany or Americus 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

Don't Sweat the Storm

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus at 229-439-2048

Here at SERVPRO of Albany and Americus, we are always "Ready for whatever happens" and we want to help you be ready too!   You can't predict what Mother Nature will throw your way, but you can take certain steps to prepare for the unexpected.  Most of us who have lived in this area know our disaster checklist and we make sure to have our flashlights, batteries, water and gas on hand. But what about your business? Have you ever thought about preparing your business for the unknown? If you haven’t, SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is here to help. We offer a free, Emergency Ready Profile to help our commercial clients have a plan in place to deal with fire or water damage. With this amazing service you have everything you need at your fingertips in our Emergency Ready App, available on all iOS and Android systems. For more information, or to schedule a consultation with one of our sales team, call 229-439-2048.

Are You Covered?

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When it comes to your homeowner’s insurance policy sometimes it is hard to know exactly what to look for when checking your coverage.  Many times, the average consumer doesn’t consider all the variables and the multitude of “what if’s” that could occur and cause damage to their home.  SERVPRO of Albany and Americus wants to help you make sure you are covered BEFORE disaster strikes.  One of the most common areas of gaps in coverage can occur in water loss situations.  An overwhelming majority of policies do not provide coverage for flood damage that is incurred from “rising water”.   This term is how most insurance companies will differentiate whether water damage is covered under the policy.  Rising water would be determined to be flood damage and most often only covered if you bought an additional flood policy.  Other water damage that would be covered would be water that filled the home as the result of a collapsed roof, broken windows etc.  If you aren’t sure of what your homeowner’s policy covers, we strongly encourage you to contact your agent today and ask questions. 

Flood Water Facts

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Across the United States, flooding is one of the most commonly widespread weather-related disasters. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is always potential for flood damage.

Though you may have never experienced a flood in the past, there’s no level of security to assure that you won't in the future.  In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. 

According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster.  The ARC offers the following safety tips:

  • Stay away from floodwaters as much as possible.  If you approach a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around, and go another way.  Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way.  If you are caught on a flooded road and water are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.  Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water.  They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

If your home or business is ever affected by a flood, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Albany and Americus at (229) 439-2048.  Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task.  The SERVPRO system is prepared to handle any size disaster.  The sooner work begins; the sooner your home or business can return “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Proofing Your Garage

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When planning to protect your home from storms, make your garage one of your first priorities. Your garage is one of the most vulnerable areas in your home when it comes to high winds. Here are some tips to stormproof your garage:

Install a garage door with a high wind-resistance rating. Storms that bring with them extreme levels of wind will cause the most damage; when a garage is breached, the winds will batter the rest of your home. Water will start to come in, and even just an inch of water can cause unwanted, and costly, damage. If you live in an area prone to tornadoes, it’s recommended that you invest in a door that can withstand winds of 130 mph or higher. Doors with high impact-ratings will protect your home and belongings from flying debris.

Install a bracing system. You can reinforce your garage door with proper bracing. Most garage doors are secured only by the tracks or hinges, which will be no help during a powerful storm. A bracing system works by anchoring the door to the walls and floors and into each hinge. 

Maintain your garage door. If there are any holes, cracks or breaches, these will allow storm winds through your garage door. Perform a monthly inspection and look for any of these types of issues as well as problems with the weather stripping or any parts of the garage door mechanisms and functionality. Perform the needed maintenance as soon as possible to stay in storm-readiness.

Secure all windows. If you have windows in your garage, these will also be weak points during extreme weather. Ensure they are in good repair and that the weather stripping is in great shape. Having wrought-iron window protection installed as well can go a long way to protect your glass from flying debris, such as rocks or tree limbs.

Install drainage and flood vents. Make sure that this vulnerable area of your home is properly outfitted for the drainage of large amounts of water. You can have a trench drain installed in front of this area and on the sides of your driveway to divert water, and flood vents inside the garage can drain any water coming inside quickly before levels rise and cause damage.

Here at SERVPRO of Albany and Americus, we handle clean up after house and business fires, and are well equipped to handle water damage. Mold remediation is also one of our specialties. Call us at 229-439-2048.

Different Types of Storm Damage

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Wind Damage Restoration

Hurricane damage sometimes includes severe wind damage. Roof damage in this situation may range from a missing roof, to harsh winds and rains shearing away asphalt tiles. Roof repair of obvious defects usually ensues in the wake of hurricane damage and storm remediation. Correcting roof damage may challenge homeowners after a disaster, since a roof leak may not appear obvious.

How can a roof leak and roof damage escape easy detection in this situation? Wind damage may loosen flashing, eventually causing another roof leak weeks after the storm. Even a subtle roof leak of this nature can produce damp, moldy conditions inside the home. Obtaining fast roof repair may prevent long term interior damage. A wind damage home restoration expert may assist clients in receiving comprehensive roof assessments and roof repair services when hurricane damage afflicts an area. Their expertise helps property owners address storm damage and roof damage more effectively.

Flooding and Recovery

Flood water frequently poses a risk in coastal areas. Yet heavy rains may cause river flooding miles inland also. If the surrounding terrain cannot absorb ground water, runoff contributes to flood water. Even residents of mountainous areas sometimes sustain varying degrees of flood damage if frozen pipes rupture. Flood pump failures contribute to basement flooding and contaminated ground water in some locations, too.

Flooding may disrupt municipal water systems. Experts need to assess ground water and evaluate the condition of pipes following flood damage. Hiring a storm restoration firm may allow you to begin your cleanup process even before water restoration occurs. (Cleaning before water restoration often proves essential yet challenging.) By relying upon a trained specialist, you'll usually obtain faster storm remediation. These experts may suggest ways to help mitigate flood water damage in the future, for instance, by requesting backup flood pump installation.

Keeping Your Home Safe From Storm Damage

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Storms are dangerous forces of nature that can be brutal, unpredictable, and strike without warning. Because they wreak such serious havoc, it’s important to take measures in keeping your home safe from potential storm damage.

So what can you do to be prepared? For starters, perform a full inspection of your home and its surrounding premises. You can do this personally or professionally. Check for leaks in your roof or windows, and make sure all exterior doors and windows are fitted correctly. Any cracks or gaps can lead to big problems during storms, so it’s important to fix up any you may find right away.

Next, check the condition of your shutters and rain gutters. Make sure they are sturdy and tight. If any are loose, get them fixed and tightened right away. Loose shutters and gutters can become dangerous in a storm because they are unstable and in some cases they can rip away from your house and blow around as debris. The same goes for any unstable large trees or loose tree limbs. Consider trimming back trees with any unhealthy looking branches that could be torn off in a storm.

If your home is older and has a drainage ditch in front of the property, inspect the area around it. Remove debris, dirt, and anything else that could obstruct that flow of water. This will prevent any blockage and clogging that could cause flooding.

Finally, have an emergency plan in place for your family to help ensure their safety in the event of a storm.

When a storm does hit, SERVPRO of Albany and Americus has your back. We’ll take care of any emergency repairs or restorations your home may need. Give us a call at 229-439-2048.

Albany and Americus Homeowner's Guide to Preventing Storm Damage

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Hail, high winds and flooding are possible during a severe thunderstorm.

Homeowner's Guide to Preventing Storm Damage

For much of the country, summer means storms. Thunderstorms are a welcome relief from the heat of summer, but the same storms that bring relief from the heat can also lead to a damaged home. Homeowners can minimize the risk of Albany and Americus storm damage by preparing for the season and repairing the damage quickly.

Preventing Flood Damage
Hail, high winds and flooding are possible during a severe thunderstorm. To prepare for the storms ahead, consider hiring a professional to determine the elevation of the home and whether the home lies in a flood-prone area. Even homes that are typically not affected by flooding may be at-risk when rainfall amounts are higher than average for the region.

Homeowners should also be aware of how water travels on the property. For instance, homeowners should note whether rainwater drains away from or toward the home. A professional landscaping company can assist you in diverting water away from your home to minimize the risk of flooding.

Annual Maintenance for Homeowners
Clean gutters are essential when preventing Albany and Americus storm damage. Clean the gutters regularly during storm season, and check downspouts to ensure the water is draining away from the home. It is also important to examine windows to prevent Albany and Americus storm damage. Examine window wells after a minor rain, and make repairs if the window well isn't draining properly. To further weatherproof windows, apply fresh caulk around windows as needed to prevent leaks.

The roof is your first and most important line of defense against water damage. To ensure your roof is ready for severe storms, hire a professional roofing company to examine the home for signs of damage, and make any necessary repairs immediately.

Preparing Your Basement for Heavy Rains
Basements are particularly prone to flooding, but can be protected with regular maintenance. To prevent water damage, check the sump pump after storms to ensure it is working properly, and use a non-GFI power source to power the pump. If valuable items are stored in the basement, place the items in a secure location off the basement floor.

To further prevent damage, check the basement immediately after severe storms and whenever heavy rains occur. Even a small amount of standing water can cause serious damage to the home and your belongings.

If you are planning a summer vacation, leave a house key with a trusted neighbor who can inspect the basement for storm damage while you are away. SERVPRO can assist you with any preparations or repairs that you need to make your home weather-resistant for the summer season.

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is close by and ready to respond to storm and disaster events. We are proud to be an active member of the Albany community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities: