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Flooding in South Georgia

9/13/2023 (Permalink)

Waycross residents are well aware of the occasional heavy amounts of rain associated with seasonal storm activity. Not only are the structural components of a dwelling exposed to the devastation of heavy rains, overland runoff, and storm surge inflict, but fixtures and contents also can suffer significant damage.

As restoration industry leaders in the region, we use a secure and reliable protocol to move household goods, furnishings, and personal possessions from flooded homes to safe and climate-controlled spaces for evaluation and treatment during restoration.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is here to help after any size flooding disaster. We have the tools and equipment you need to make a flooded office or home into the dry and comfortable space you long for. 

Need help with a storm or water damage cleanup? Call the brand you trust (912)285-0724

Rapid Flooding in Georgia

3/1/2023 (Permalink)

Flood cut with SERVPRO branded layflat SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas 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.

Flooding can occur rapidly. One Georgia town recently received roughly four inches of rain within 45 minutes. The flood closed roads and inevitably brought the city to a halt until the water settled.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas quickly began assisting local business owners with any damage resulting from the flood. Our quick response alleviated the chance for mold to become a problem by being proactive and setting up proper drying methods to ensure affected materials were properly dried.

Our SERVPRO crews were able to complete everything while the business maintained normal business hours. The business had zero interruptions and zero downtime from the flood damage.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. We are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training, 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.

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration, and mold remediation.

These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

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.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at 912-285-0724

Water Damage Is Costly If You Don't Bring In The Right Team

2/28/2023 (Permalink)

Mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere. They can be found both indoors and out, and since they are microscopic, they cannot be detected in the beginning by the naked eye. Removing all mold from a home or business is actually impossible.

Some professional restoration businesses choose to advertise mold removal and even go so far as to guarantee the removal of all mold, but this is not really possible.

A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and its growth. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas has the training to remediate the mold in your home or business, remediation means that the focus is on getting mold back to its normal and natural level.

Every situation where mold damage is found is going to be totally different and therefore will require a specific solution, but in general, the mold remediation process remains the same.

If you believe that you have an unnatural and possibly hazardous mold situation, call our team at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas, and schedule an inspection and mold damage assessment. We will take steps to contain the mold and filtrate the air of the area affected. All mold and materials will be removed, and the contents and belongings of the area will be cleaned thoroughly. We will then undertake the restoration of your property and make sure you are mold-damage-free.

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

Why Our Team

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.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas (912) 285-0724

Water Stains - Why Not to Paint Over

1/3/2023 (Permalink)

Water Stains on your ceiling? 

Prospective buyers find a water stain on your ceiling- one that you have potentially ignored for years. Don't run for paint and the home improvement store. Instead call SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas. 

Paint Remedy:

Water stains are signs of water damage. Until you get to the root of the problem painting over the stain will only make the situation worst. The paint will allow for a perfect environment for mold and mildew to continue to grow on. 

Common Causes of Water Stains on Your Ceiling:

  1. Clogged gutters.
    • Full or clogged gutters are the likely culprit if you’ve experienced heavy or persistent rain.
  2. Leaky pipes.
    • They could run from a bathroom, air conditioner, refrigerator, or dishwasher if one is located in the room above the stained ceiling. 
  3. Caulking issue.
    • If the caulking that surrounds your bathtub or shower deteriorates, water can leak down into the ceiling below. 


Water stains should be repaired immediately in order to avoid further damage to ceilings. So before you pick up the paint can, call a professional like SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas.


House Fire Caused by a Lightning Strike

12/6/2022 (Permalink)

But what happens when your home is hit by lightning?

Lightning damage is not often thought about- but is more common than you might think. Lightning strikes your home can cause power surges. But, they can also ignite a fire and cause fire damage. The damage in a case like this can be devastating. 

Fire damage restoration includes getting soot residues removed from different materials and surfaces in your home. Not all soot is the same type of soot. Luckily, we have studied the differences in soot and know how to properly restore your home after a fire damage.

Where to begin if your home gets struck by lightning:

  1. Safety first: evacuate your family from your home if you seen or smell smoke. 
  2. Call 911, and tell them your home was struck by lightning. Do this regardless if you suspect a fire damage. 
  3. Once your home is assessed and found to be safe, you will be able to return inside.
  4. Call your insurance company and explain what has happened.
  5. Call a trustworthy restoration company to repair any damages to your home. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored to the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differ greatly and require a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

Our process once we get to your home or business. 

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (912) 574-2355

Water Damage and Holiday Travel

11/10/2022 (Permalink)

The Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays are quickly approaching. When leaving for vacation, few people consider prepping their homes against water damage. You go through your checklist of turning off the coffee pot and stove and locking all the doors, but what happens if you have a leak and need a water pipe repair while you are away? A broken pipe can do a lot of damage, especially if it is left unattended for several days. 

Prepping Your Home

Before leaving for an extended vacation, check your home for leaks. Examine the pipes under the sink and the water heater for any cracks or rust. Inspect the hoses that connect to any appliances. Insulate any exposed pipes if you are leaving in the winter. A pipe that burst due to freezing needs water pipe repair immediately. Ask a neighbor, friend or family member if they can check in on your home periodically. If no one can check on your home, turn off the main water and drain the pipes. 

Preventing Floods

It is important to not only prep your home to prevent damage from a leak but also from a storm. Make sure your gutters are cleaned and water can flow freely through them. Check your sump pump. Clear out any debris you see. Test it by filling the sump pit and turning on the pump. Check your window seals and your roof for any leaks. All of these checks are especially important if any heavy rains or storms are expected in your area.

Returning from a vacation to find your house flooded can be devastating. Standing water can cause real damage to your home. A simple water pipe repair can escalate into a big problem if no one is there to address the issue. Take the time to prep your home against intruding water before you leave. That way you can enjoy your time away without worries.

Dangers of Underestimating a Water Damage

11/10/2022 (Permalink)

The amount of damage water can cause is amazing and often underestimated by homeowners. Excess moisture is bad enough, but when a home is flooded or hit with a plumbing disaster (like a busted pipe), the situation can quickly get out of hand. There’s a reason why these incidents are among the most expensive problems a homeowner can face. 

Drywall, wood and the matter trapped in carpet fibers are just a few examples, and they can give pathogens room to grow. Within 48 hours, mold may begin creeping behind the walls and releasing spores, and any organic materials that have been soaked through by contaminated fluid will usually have to be destroyed.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas will dry the home quickly and apply a plant based antimicrobial to all surfaces that had contact with the water. This ensures the family can return to a safe home.

Commercial Water Damages - Call SERVPRO

9/14/2022 (Permalink)

If there is one thing you cannot have at your place of business, it is downtime. Unfortunately, if you have an incident like burst pipes or the need for cleaning up after a sewer backup, there will be a notable disruption in your daily operations. Working with a team that knows how to execute safe and adequate water damage remediation will help to limit downtime or even save you some money on the overall restoration. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, & Douglas offers water removal services to address whatever needs your Southeast Georgia business may have. All a business owner or manager has to do is get in contact with us, and we can be there within hours–We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster! When tackling commercial water damage restoration we follow local guidelines for cleaning, water removal, and disposal of unsalvageable materials. Rest assured that SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, & Douglas will take care of you from start to finish with our restoration and reconstruction teams.Call us today at 912-285-0724

Quick Response When Storm Damages Occur

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

When heavy rains and high winds hit hard, property destruction and loss can be devastating to you as a homeowner or business owner. Structural damage to the exterior of your home or business 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 our needs in an already anxiety-provoking situation. SERVPRO delivers the help you need swiftly even when a local disaster is widespread as we are able to call upon a network of over 1,700 franchises nationwide to respond if the need is great. Storm damage in Southeast Georgia can feel overwhelming, but your fear and panic will disappear when our team of professionals responds to your water, wind, and flooding restoration needs. Once you make sure that your family and employees are safe after a major storm, your first call should be to SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, & Douglas at (912)285-0724 24/7 and begin the road to recovery by scheduling an inspection with our storm damage experts 

Turkey Talk

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

Turkey Day (aka - Thanksgiving) is fast approaching and it is that time of the year again when family and friends come together for a feast. There are several ways to cook a turkey, but a favorite among some is deep-fried. Unfortunately, we have all seen the videos that end in a fiery ball of poultry. If you plan on deep frying a turkey this year, please keep the following tips in mind. 

  • Thaw and Dry turkey completely before cooking.
    • Thaw the turkey in the refrigerator for approximately 24 hours for every 5 pounds, according to The National Turkey Federation (
    • Ice or water that mixes can cause flare-ups
  • Fryer Setup
    • Use fryer OUTDOORS and away from decks, garages, homes, and other structures.
    • Keep children and pets away from the fryer. 
    • Use on a flat surface to avoid accidental tipping. Make sure the tank and burner are at least 2+ feet apart.
  • Measure the Oil
    • Avoid overfilling by reading the manufacturer’s instructions. 
  • Be Prepared (SAFETY FIRST!)
    • Use oven mitts to protect hands and/or arms.
    • Safety goggles to protect eyes
    • Have a grease-rated fire extinguisher nearby and ready.
  • Finishing Act
    • Remove pot from burner and place on a level surface.
    • Allow the oil to cool overnight before disposing of oil in a sealed container.

Most importantly, NEVER LEAVE FRYERS UNATTENDED!! Please be careful this upcoming holiday season and share these tips with your friends and family that enjoy fried turkey.

If you do become a victim of a deep-fryer fire, SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, & Douglas is here to help. We are available 24/7/365 days a year at 912-285-0724