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For Immediate Service in Greenville, SC, Call SERVPRO of East Greenville County

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

Greenville Residents: SERVPRO of East Greenville County Provides immediate service day or night! Greenville Residents: SERVPRO of East Greenville County Provides immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of EAST Greenville County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Greenville, SC. 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 – 864-292-3495

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for Fire or Water damage to strike your Business for Commercial Property in Greenville County. 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. Learn more about our commercial services: https://www.SERVPROeastgreenvillecounty.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Be Prepared Every Second Counts

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

Join SERVPRO of East Greenville County make sure you are prepared. Join SERVPRO of East Greenville County and make sure you are prepared in the event of a Fire in your home or business.

Be Prepared…Every Second Counts.

Experts agree that every second counts when there is a fire in a home or business.  In a few short moments a small flame can become a serious fire.  This makes it critical to have an escape plan.  According to fire experts, people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home or building before it’s too late.

Do you have a plan? 

Fire is one of the most common disasters, it causes more deaths than any other type of disaster. But fire doesn't have to be deadly if you have early warning from a smoke detector and everyone in your family or business knows how to escape calmly. It is important to be serious about the responsibility for planning for and practicing what to do in case of a fire.  

SERVPRO of East Greenville County encourages all of our community members in Greenville, SC to develop their own fire safety plan making sure that the items listed below are part of your plan.

Check fire detectors monthly to ensure they are in working order

Check to see if you have a working fire extinguisher on hand

Train family members or employee’s on how to use the fire extinguisher

Draw a floor plan of your home or business with exits marked.

Establish an escape plan with a meeting place once you have exited your home or business

If you have small children teach them how to escape on their own if you cannot help them.

Make sure to give special consideration to anyone in your home or business that may have special needs.

Practice your plan at least twice a year.

People become survivors when faced with a fire in there home or business when they have working smoke detectors, an escape plan and have practiced it. 

Join SERVPRO of East Greenville County and make it a priority to be prepared.

Greenville, SC 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of EAST Greenville County has a trailer loaded and ready to respond to your water or fire damage emergency. SERVPRO of EAST Greenville County provides 24 hour Emergency Fire and Water Damage Restoration service in Greenville, SC

SERVPRO of EAST Greenville County 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.

We Are Available And Ready to Help
Call Today – 864-292-3495

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of East Greenville County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of East Greenville County

SERVPRO of East Greenville County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Fire Prevention Week

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

fire prevention week poster This fire loss was cause by a damaged laptop wire.

During a fire every second counts. In efforts to keep our community safe and prepared SERVPRO of East Greenville County is observing Fire Prevention Week. Each year, The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) set aside a week to focus on fire prevention. The theme for this year is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice your Escape!”

According to the NFPA, you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape from a home after the smoke alarm goes off.

Do you have a fire escape plan?

- Repetition makes perfection, coming up with an escape plan and practicing with your family can help you be prepared in case of a real emergency. 

Have you changed your smoke alarm batteries within the last year?

  • When properly installed and maintained smoke alarms can be life savers. 

According the American Red Cross 7 People die everyday from  home fires and 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires. 

How are you prepared for a disaster? For more information on escape plans, smoke alarms and fire prevention week visit firepreventionweek.org.

Carbon Monoxide: Silent Killer

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

red sign warning the dangers of carbon monoxide At high levels, carbon monoxide can kill people in minutes.

You can’t see it, smell it or feel it but at high levels it can kill a person in minutes. Often referred to as CO or the Silent Killer, it is found in fumes produced any time you burn fuel in cars or trucks, small engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, or furnaces.

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) CO can build up indoors and poison people and animals who breathe it.

It has no smell and you can’t see it, so how would you know when you come in contact with Carbon Monoxide?

SYMPTOMS:

  • Dull Headache 
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Confusion
  • Blurred Vision
  • Loss of Consciousness

According to the CDC, it is estimated that more than 400 Americans die a year due to unintentional CO poisoning.

Everyone is at risk for CO poisoning. Infants, the elderly, people with chronic heart disease, anemia, or breathing problems are more likely to get sick from CO.

Ways prevent CO poisoning in your home:

  • Have your heating system serviced annually
  • Install a battery-operated or battery back-up CO detector in your home
  • Do not use portable flameless chemical heaters indoors
  • Never patch a vent pipe with tape, gum, or something else
  • When using a generator, use a battery-powered or battery backup CO detector in your home

How can I avoid CO poisoning from my car or truck?

  • Have a mechanic check the exhaust system of your car or truck every year
  • Never run your car or truck inside a garage that is attached to a house even with the garage door open 

SERVPRO of East Greenville County is dedicated to helping you keep your home safe. For more information about Carbon Monoxide go to cdc.gov.

Water Damage: Mold Protection

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

hardwood floor damaged by water This flooded kitchen was cause by sink overflow.

Water Damage is common and at SERVPRO of East Greenville we handle water damaged property almost everyday. 

One of the most common problems with water damage is mold. It can be as simple as a roof leak or a leaking water line, that lead to other and much larger problems on the property.

At SERVPRO of East Greenville we know that immediate action is required to prevent mold growth so how can you do your part?

BE ALERT

  • Be on the lookout for visible mold
  • Strong must odors; this may indicate mold is present
  • Any evidence that past moisture that may have caused undetected mold growth
  • Excessive humidity

Mold can cause health effects and can cause significant damage to your property. Every mold situation is different, at SERVPRO of East Greenville we take the proper steps to make sure you receive quality service. 

Thunderstorm Awareness

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane season is approaching and even though we’re in the upstate we feel the effects of the coast. Heavy rains from a thunderstorm can cause flash flooding, and high winds can damage homes and cause severe damage.

The most important part about preparing for storms is educating yourself on what to do before, during and after thunderstorms. Know the difference in a thunderstorm watch and a warning to take the proper precautions.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a warning is issued.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.

Learn your local community emergency warning system. It’s best to have plans in place to make sure, in case of an emergency, you are prepared.

Preparing for Thunderstorms:

  • Communicate with members in your household or business thunderstorm and lightening safety
  • Pick a area in your home of business to gather during a thunderstorm. Make sure this is away from glass windows or glass doorways
  • Consider specific needs in your household or business. Age, Disabilities, and/or any pets? If there are animals ensure that outside buildings that protect them are secured
  • Put together a kit with necessities in case of an emergency like water, flashlights, portable chargers, a first aid kit and blankets

American Red Cross has a downloadable Emergency app for iPhone and Android that provides weather alerts, map with open Red Cross shelter and an in-app toolkit.

This season, we our community will be ready and prepared thanks to SERVPRO OF East Greenville.

PREPARED NOT SCARED: Fire Safety

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fall and Winter weather is approaching and that means it’s almost time to light the fire place, pumpkin candles burning throughout the house and maybe a few heaters plugged in too. While enjoying the joys of the season it’s important to make sure you and your family or business are taking the right precautions to stay safe in case of a fire.

September is “National Preparedness Month” according to ready.gov the purpose is to “promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year.”

It’s best to have plans in place to make sure, in case of an emergency, you are prepared. A great way to start is by putting together an emergency plan with your household.

While developing your plan decide on the following questions:

What is our shelter plan?

  • Where will we meet when we are all out of the house or building?

What is the evacuation route?

  • How will we get out of the house or building?

What is my household/business communication plan?

  • What will be the line of communication to know that everyone is safe?

Consider specific needs in your household or business.

  • Age, Gender, Disabilities, Languages spoken and/or any pets?

Fires can be extremely dangerous; the best way to ensure the safety of the people involved is to have an effective plan set in place. Throughout the month remember to use the hash tags #BeReady and #PreparedNotScared. Happy Safe Holidays!

ICC Building Safety Month Week 2

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

The Building Safety Industry is a field ripe with opportunities for those looking for a new career. The ICC has many tools to help you get started.

Week two of the International Code Council Building Safety Month’s theme is Ensuring a Safer Future Through Training and Education. The week highlights the various careers that are a part of the building safety industry and the education and training paths that are available to join the industry.

In 2014 the National Institute of Building Sciences conducted research and determined that the building industry will lose 80% of its skilled workforce over the next 15 years. So, there is a tremendous opportunity for job seekers to start a successful career. There are many specialty positions in the building safety industry including:

  • building inspector inspects structures to determine compliance with the various building codes and standards adopted by the jurisdiction.
  • A building official manages the development, administration, interpretation, application, and enforcement of the codes adopted by their jurisdiction.
  • A special inspector provides a specialized inspection of structural material fabrication and placement, such as poured concrete, structural steel installation, and fasteners, etc.
  • permit technician assists in the issuance of construction and development permits to ensure compliance with the provisions of a jurisdiction’s adopted regulations and codes.
  • fire marshal develops and delivers fire prevention and implements public fire safety programs that provide for inspections of occupancies for life safety and fire issues in accordance with codes and standards adopted by their jurisdiction.
  • plumbing inspector inspects the installation, maintenance, and alteration of plumbing systems complete with their fixtures, equipment, accessories, and appliances.

The International Code Council also has several tools to help you learn about the various careers and see which one is right for you.  

ICC Building Safety Month Week 1

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

ICC Building Safety Month Week 1 focusing on following codes to reduce preventable disasters.

The International Code Council’s Building Safety Month is back. And 2019’s theme is “No Code. No Confidence.” With week one focusing on how building codes proactively help a community be proactive in disaster recovery. Preparing for disasters: Build strong, build smart.

But why do I need someone else to tell me what and how I can build on my property?

The simplest definition of building codes is that they are the minimum safety standards when building a structure. Electrical wiring, sanitary systems, structural, and other aspects of building construction each have the potential for incident. Building codes do not entirely remove the possibility of an accident, but they do significantly reduce risks and improve safety.

Building codes also protect you, your family, your community. Let’s say that you decide to build a patio that wraps around your house. You could forgo getting the proper permits and build without following any codes whatsoever. You could also face fines and be subject to local jurisdiction’s decisions on criminal charges, or be held liable if anyone is hurt due to part of the patio collapsing. Following building codes can help to protect you from legal action in the event that something goes wrong. As stated earlier, building codes are the minimum safety standard, so why would you not want to follow them to protect your family. They can ensure that proper wiring or plumbing is used, significantly reducing the chances of something terrible happening. Codes help to protect the community if a disaster does occur. Going back to the patio example, let’s say the add-on to your home is not built to code and is too close to a neighbor’s house. And the grill starts a fire that spreads to the roof of the patio, and because the structures are now so close, the fire spreads to their home. And if codes were not followed during the construction of their home, it could continue to spread across the entire neighborhood. While it seems unlikely, it has happened before, and that is the reason building codes exist.

So to answer the question of why you need someone to tell you what and how you can build on your property; previous experience. Learn from others’ mistakes and reduce your risk. Following building codes allow you to build with confidence.