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Water Damage: Protecting your Home from Flooding - Part 1

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

Water on Floor of Kitchen If you're facing the challenges of water damage in your home, give SERVPRO of East Greenville County a call today!

As a homeowner, you play an important role in protecting your home from flooding. First, you must have an understanding of what flooding is, how it occurs, and how it can affect your home. If your home has already experienced water damage from flooding, give our team a call and we will determine the best way to assist you.

Potential causes of flooding:

Proximity to stream channel: If your property is near a river channel, it might be at risk of riverine flooding caused by rainfall and rapidly melting snow. This is known as a flash flood resulting from heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time (less than 6 hours). 

The limited capacity of local drainage systems: The risk of your home flooding after a heavy rainfall increases when the drainage systems in your local area exceed their capacity; this would cause water to back up and fill other sections. If the intensity of rainfall is high, water will continue to rise and potentially affect your home.

We at SERVPRO of East Greenville County have a qualified team that specializes in water damage restoration and water damage cleanup; if your home has been affected by a flood, give our team a call and we will be ready to help you.

 Sources:

https://www.fema.gov/

Improving The Air Quality In Your Greenville, SC home

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

Man Looking Outside With His Mask On Make sure to have all of your ducts in a row. Make sure your Air ducts are up to code with a cleaning. Contact SERVPRO of East Greenville today!

Keeping good air quality inside your home is important to prevent any health risks for you and your family. You may not know it, but sometimes indoor air can be even more polluted than the one outdoors. The good thing is that this is a risk you can do something about; so here are some ways you can improve the air quality in your Greenville, SC home.

Increase the amount of outdoor air coming indoors. Let some fresh air come into your house by opening windows and doors whenever is possible. Improving the ventilation in your home is a way to lower the concentrations of indoor air pollutants.

Air Cleaners. You have probably heard about these devices or have a friend recommend you to buy one. Air cleaners can be very effective at particle removal and improving indoor air quality. There are different types and sizes you can choose from; their efficiency is based on how well it collects pollutants from indoor air and how much air it draws through its filter.

Air duct cleaning. Not inspecting the ductwork of your home might be one of the reasons for poor indoor air quality. Your air ducts can be contaminated with particles of dust, pollen, or other debris. Mold can also begin to grow without you even realizing it. We at SERVPRO of East Greenville County offer residential cleaning services to help you with the maintenance of your home, we can make a contaminated air duct “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of East Greenville County can assist you with the maintenance of your ventilation systems and improve the air quality inside your home. Call us today, (864) 292- 3495.

SOURCES:

https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/

Fire Damage: Why Fire Cleanup is Important

7/18/2021 (Permalink)

Man Standing Looking At Fire Damage When various materials burn, they create all different residues that requires a specific cleaning procedure.

After a fire, experts recommend getting assistance from professionals to clean up all fire damage in your property. A poor clean-up will lead to potential problems in the future, this is why the fire damage cleanup should be done efficiently. If your home or business in Greenville, SC has been damaged by a fire, here are three good reasons why you should take care of the fire damage.

Structural Insecurity

Walls, ceilings, and floors will not be as structurally sound as they were before the fire. Cleaning up all the fire damage in your property will prevent further damage to its structural components.

Health effects

The indoor air in your property after a fire may be contaminated. Even parts that didn’t catch fire may still be covered in ash. Inhalation of these small particles could cause effects, especially for those with breathing issues.

Chemical Pollution

Ash will not be the only hazard after the fire; items in your property like paint, electronics, cleaning supplies, etc., could change chemical properties after their exposure to high temps. New chemicals will be released into the air, making the area unsafe to breathe in.

If you need professional assistance, SERVPRO of East Greenville County is ready to help you with your fire damage restoration needs, call us today and we will find the best way to assist you.

SOURCES

https://idealsf.com/blog/the-lasting-health-risks-of-poor-fire-clean-up/

It’s Summer Time!

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

Man Grilling In The Summer No matter the season, SERVPRO of East Greenville County is here to help you out of your unfortunate situation!

Summer is a great time for vacations; having a cookout with your family, celebrating special dates such as the 4th of July, among other activities, make this season one of the most enjoyable. However, it is a time where fires are highly likely to happen, so you have to make sure you and your family are taking enough precautions.

Cookouts are a great activity to do in the summer, but you must be aware of its potential risks; during July most grill fires occur, according to the Sandy Spring Fire Department. Here are some precautions you must have in mind:

  • Keep your grill cleaned and do not have something that can catch fire close to it. 
  • Only use your grill outside in a safe space, away from tree branches and wood surfaces. 
  • Do not let children or pets get close to the grill and avoid leaving it unattended. 

Fireworks are also pretty common during this time of the year and they can be enjoyable to watch. We recommend going to a public show; using fireworks can be very dangerous for you and your family, and it could put your property at risk. 

No matter the time of the year, if you experience a fire, SERVPRO of East Greenville County is here to help. Call us today at (864) 292- 3495.

SOURCES:

https://www.ssvfd.org/safety/summer-fire-safety/

Have Fun and Be Safe This Fourth of July

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fireworks at night Should you be facing a fire in your home, call SERVPRO of East Greenville County right away! We're here to help!

With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, young and old are excited for their local firework displays around South Carolina. NFPA reports that an average of 18,500 fires per year are caused by fireworks, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and miscellaneous fires.  Property damage, injury and even death are caused by these fires each year.  Many of the injuries occur to children and teens under the age of 15 years old.  One idea to help promote safety for these young ones is to attend a firework show that’s put on by your local community. 

Studies show that there is more property damage on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. Check with your home owner’s insurance company on your coverage relating to fireworks. If you are involved in illegal fireworks you may not be covered. This could be a costly celebration!

If you do have a fire property loss, SERVPRO of East Grenville County has professionally trained production teams that can quickly respond to your fire loss. We will send an estimator to your home to evaluate the loss and supply you with an estimate for the fire restoration needed in your home. If your damage is severe, SERVPRO can assist with the pack out of your contents and store them until your home repairs are complete. SERVPRO will clean all cleanable structures and remove any contents that are not salvageable. This is a process we will go through with you step by step should you face a fire damage loss.

From your team at SERVPRO of East Greenville, have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Commercial Floor Cleaning Services

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

A lime green bucket and mop leaning against a white wall. Having a clean floor not only can impress customers but it can also create a safer work place.

Tile, concrete, and hard wood floors all come with the appeal of avoiding special maintenance, as they are less likely to have dirt, debris, and pollens compared to carpet. However, no matter the material, floors are high traffic areas. People come and go, and every single one of them walks on the floor to do so. So, even low maintenance floors need some TLC every once in a while.

Why cleaning Commercial Floors Matters:       

  1. Safety: Floors that are not maintained and well-kept can be a hazard to everyone with-in the building. Accumulated grim can become a tripping hazard. As well as accidents such as slips and falls become more common when floors are dirty.
  2. First Impressions: Flooring covers the entire vicinity of your commercial space. Clean and shiny floors make for a much better impression. Commercial floor cleaning services achieve a floor that everyone can take pride in.
  3. Less Work: Being a business Owner comes with a lot of responsibilities. Leaving the floor to a professional means less work for you and ensures that the cleaning will be done consistently.
  4. Professional Knowledge: Taking care of flooring requires special knowledge, and professional cleaning services can perform deep cleaning services that take care of these issues.

Every commercial property experiences wear and tear including the accumulation of dirt and grime. SERVPRO of East Greenville is happy to help with that. Give us a call to make your workspace look its best!

Now what? | Fire in your Greenville, SC Home

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

House on Fire If you are dealing with a house fire, call SERVPRO of East Greenville County immediately! We're Here to Help! 864-292-3495

When a fire occurs inside your home or at your commercial business, our team is here to assist.  We have a variety of services to meet your needs.  There is no need for you to stress.  In the event of a fire, give our office a call.  We will take your information, schedule a time for of our crew members to come out, then plan a time for our crew to begin.  There are 2 different types of fire services we provide:

  • Light Cleaning:  This kind of cleaning only occurs when a fire is limited to a very small space (1-2 rooms).  Our team will arrive and clean items in place and walls with visible smoke damage.  How do we determine if there is smoke damage?  We us a specialized sponge that is designed to pull smoke out of the wall.  If nothing comes off the walls in this room, there is no need to clean.
  • Heavy Cleaning:  This is the typical route we chose to take when cleaning after a fire.  This method ensures items and the structure have been rid of smoke.  If smoke is left, damages will persist.  When performing a general clean, all items heavily affected by the fire will be taken to our warehouse for cleaning.  Any small items that can be cleaned in place will be.  The structure will be cleaned from top to bottom as well.

If you encounter a fire in your home, give a call to the best team in town - SERVPRO of East Greenville County.  We'll help make it, "Like it never even happened."

What Do I Do?! -- Water Damage Tips! Let’s Fix It Together!

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

White blocks with individual letters on them that spell together. Everyone at SERVPRO of East Greenville is eager to help you however we can!

Oh no! Water has damaged your home! What do you do?!

Take a breath. We’re here to help.

Our office staff and the lead technician assigned to your mitigation work will walk with you through all of the restoration. Once we finish the mitigation, we pass the job off to a repairs specialist.

At SERVPRO of East Greenville County we have a long list of individuals that can assist you with repairs, put backs, moving, refinishing furniture and so much more. Even if we don’t have it, we will help you look for it after we’ve finished your mitigation! We are more than confident in all of our subcontractors to perform work for you. 

No matter the extent of your damage, give our team a call. We would love to help!

What Do I Do?! -- Water Damage Tips! Dry The Area

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

Blue fans with yellow hoses are connected to drying mats on the floor to help dry the wood flooring. Water is in most materials in your home, just to a small degree.

Oh no! Water has damaged your home! What do you do?!

Take a breath. We’re here to help.

One of the steps in our mitigation process is drying the affected area. Certain materials dry at different rates and they all have a moisture content level they must meet before being considered “dry.”

Interesting enough, did you know that wood is not always completely dry? Did you know that concrete is not either? Water is in most materials in your home, just to a small degree. Unfortunately, if items get too wet, they may not be salvageable. Read more about removing materials in our last water loss blog.

When items can be dried in place, we set two different types of drying equipment: Air movers and Dehumidifiers. Air movers are large fans that move air throughout the room at a much higher rate than a typical fan you buy from the store. The Dehumidifiers we use are large or extra large in size, so they are not the typical dehumidifier units you find at your local store. Dehumidifiers pull water out of the air and bring it through the system to the hose and into a drain located on your property. With these pieces of equipment we can dry standard jobs on average in three to five days! 

If you have a water loss occur in your home, give our team a call. We will do whatever we can to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

What Do I Do?! -- Water Damage Tips! Remove What’s Affected

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Man in a blue shirt removing green carpet padding from the floor. How much water and where the water came from helps our technicians determine if materials need to be removed or dried in place.

Oh no! Water has damaged your home! What do you do?!

Take a breath. We’re here to help.

Water can seriously affect your home or business if you do not have someone come out to remove the affected materials. ”Water will permanently damage most porous materials by shrinking or warping them, and mildew will damage them even further.” Mildew is hard to handle, and warped materials can cause more problems down the road. When our team arrives onsite, removing the necessary affected materials is their first priority if there is no standing water. Porous materials must be removed depending on the type of water that flooded your space. “Porous materials include carpet, insulation, fabric, and similar items.” 

Give our team a call. One of our office team members will talk with you to determine how we can assist you best and we will have a team onsite in no time!


SOURCE: https://www.familyhandyman.com/list/12-tips-for-water-damage-repair/