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Your Commercial Property has Storm Damage. Now What? Part 4 | SERVPRO of East Greenville County

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of East Greenville Storm Damage can make way for Water Damage & Mold Damage, and even Fire Damage if not dealt with properly & swiftly. Give our team a call today!

There are numerous situations where a commercial property might suffer extensive storm or water damage. Throughout the year, our team has been putting together steps for you to take to prevent storm damage at your commercial property. This is the last step we recommend, so give it a read and let us know if you applied any of these steps throughout the year!

Document Everything

Be sure to document as much as possible about the damage, its cause, and the steps needed to fix it while you’re busy inspecting and trying to repair the damage to your commercial property.  It’s a good practice to do this because you may find you need to file an insurance claim for the cost of the repairs, and doing so without good documentation could result in the claim being denied.

Having a moisture meter that can store readings with a date and time stamp, then transfer the stored data into an easily-presentable report on your computer can be incredibly helpful.  This provides documentation about the extent of the water damage and when it was first inspected – making it a little easier to help prove an insurance claim.

Additionally, taking photographs of the damage is helpful to further establish proof of the water damage.

If furniture pieces or building materials have to be thrown out, keep track of what is being disposed of as well.  This may probe useful for determining the extent of your losses on an insurance claim.  Water damage restoration experts recommend that you collect thorough documentation as well, since it helps them get paid by the insurance company.

These are just some of the basic actions to take if your commercial property suffers a water damage loss.  While contacting a water damage restoration specialist is the best thing to do, following these helpful tips should help you mitigate the damage somewhat.  As a basic rule of thumb, if the damage is severe enough to warrant filing an insurance claim, then you should probably hire an expert to handle the water damage cleanup.

There’s never a convenient time for water damage to strike your business.  Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.  So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give SERVPRO of East Greenville County a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need!

Have Water or Storm Damage? 

Call Today – (864) 292-3495

Installing, buying, and maintaining a gas fire pit at your Greenville, SC home | SERVPRO of East Greenville County

10/23/2020 (Permalink)

Gas Fire Pit A gas fire pit on your back patio is a great way to enjoy the ambience of having an outdoor fire without the dangers of having a wood fire.

A gas fire pit on your back patio is a great way to enjoy the ambience of having an outdoor fire without the dangers of having a wood fire. Just because you’re using gas doesn’t mean you’re in the clear with safety issues. Here are a few outdoor fire pit safety guides to keep your fire free from hazards.
• Set up your gas fire pit in an area that is far away from adjacent walls or building overhangs
• Keep an eye out for low-hanging branches or drooping power lines, and place the fire pit clear of them
• Move all cleaning fluids, brooms, wicker patio furniture, leaves and other outdoor debris from the patio
• Don’t leave a gas fire pit unattended while it’s lit
• Don’t line a pit with tin foil
• When not in use, the pit should be covered. Spiders and bugs can find a way to clog your burner. Rainwaters can destroy porous objects like the simulated logs on top of the pit.
Before you buy your pit, check it’s BTU rating. A normal range is anywhere between 40,000-60,000 BTU’s. The higher the BTU, the larger the flame. If possible, test out the pit before your buy to see the size of the flame it will produce. Remember to factor in how winds in your back yard can increase the flame size.

Smoke Detector Placement and Safety for your Greenville, SC Home

10/23/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke Detector Installing smoke detectors makes you feel safe from a possible fire. Stay aware of their placement and maintenance!

You’re going to need more than one and there are different types, so read this.

Installing smoke detectors makes your feel safe from a potential fire.  Staying aware of their correct placement and maintenance will ensure that no smoke goes unnoticed in your home.

Where to Place the Smoke Detector: Most fatal fires occur late in the early morning or night, while you’re sleeping.  For this reason, the National Fire Protection Association recommends placing smoke detectors in every occupied bedroom, as well as on every floor, including the basement.

In the kitchen, place the smoke detector away from the stove to prevent a false alarm.  If someone in your home is hard of hearing or deaf, consider a detector that also combines flashing lights with the alarm sound.  If you are installing your detector on a wall and not the ceiling, remember to place it 4-12” away from the ceiling.

Means of Detection:  There are three kinds of smoke detectors: ionization, photoelectric, and a combination of the two, called a dual sensor.  Ionization detectors quickly note sudden combustible fires without high flames, like a grease fire.  Photoelectric ones are better at picking up a slow-building, smoldering fire, like one resulting from a burning candle.  For the best safety, go with the dual sensor.  Since you don’t know what type of spark you may have, it is better to have both sensors to allow you the early-warning time to react and take action. 

Being vigilant every second of the day will eventually take its toll, so it is recommended that you replace old detectors every 10 years.

If you have fire damages and are feeling overwhelmed, we are here to help.  You can call us immediately to begin the restoration process at 864-292-3495!

Meet Our Newest Office Team Member

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Brunette female smiling in front of SERVPRO Truck Meet our newest office member Sarah!

Our goal at SERVPRO of East Greenville County is to help minimize the interruption to your life and make it “Like it never even happened.” To enhance our ability to serve you best, we have added a new smiling face to our team. Read more about our new office member below!

Sarah Hannah | Administrative Assistant at SERVPRO of East Greenville County

Sarah is a recent graduate of the USC Upstate located in Spartanburg, SC. Sarah has a passion for advocacy and was searching for a job where she could use this passion to help others. Sarah is currently 20 years old and has plans to pursue her law degree. Sarah enjoys spending her free time horseback riding, being with friends and family, and finding new places to travel to and explore.

We are excited about our newest team member. They are a great fit for our team, goals, and are wonderful to work with. Should you ever have any water damage, fire damage, storm damage, or any other mitigation needs, give our location a call (864.292.3495) and we will be happy to serve you.

Water Damage: Inspect for Serious Issues Like Mold

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

Man Testing for Mold on the Wall Mold can grow in as little as 24 hours. Inspect the damaged materials to help prevent mold from growing.

Mold can start to grow in the right conditions in as little as 24 hours.  If you’ve had water damage make sure to inspect the damaged materials for mold and mildew.  For long-term issues, like mold caused by condensation in your attic, the mold may have started to grow a long time ago.  If you find mold and mildew problems, it is important to be very careful when dealing with it.  All mold is damaging to the materials it infests and some is toxic to humans.  For small mold problems, cut out the material, bag it immediately and dispose of it.  If you have a serious mold issue, get out of the area, shut down the airflow to avoid spore contamination and then call a professional like SERVPRO® of East Greenville County.  Keep in mind that mold can also show up in areas like inside walls or under floors, so this water damage repair could be an ongoing process.

Fire Extinguisher Tips for your Greenville County Home

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Extinguisher Call SERVPRO of East Greenville County if you need fire damage cleanup! 864-292-3495

A portable fire extinguisher can save your life and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives.  Because fire spreads and grows rapidly, the number one priority for residents is to get out quickly and safely.  Remember to check your fire extinguisher monthly and keep these factors in mind when doing so:

  • Pressure Level – Many extinguishers have gauges that show when the pressure is too high or too low
  • Working parts – Make sure the can, hoses, and nozzles aren’t damaged, rusted, or dented
  • Easy access in an emergency – make sure nothing is blocking or limiting the access to your extinguisher
  • Cleanliness- remove any oil, dust, or grease that might be on the outside of the fire extinguisher
  • Guidelines and instructions – some extinguishers need to be shaken monthly, others need to be pressure tested every few years

When using a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS.

  • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever evenly and slowly.
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

If you've experienced a fire in your home, call SERVPRO of East Greenville County for your restoration needs!  We're here to help!

Water Damage: Different Types of Water | SERVPRO of East Greenville County

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

Image of different types of water If you have water damage make sure you know what type of water you're dealing with. Call SERVPRO of East Greenville County today! 864-292-3495

Did you know that there are three types of water?  The first is “clean” water, which comes from condensation, rain, leaky pipes, and so forth.  Cleaning up this type of water is relatively harmless, but if you choose to seek an outside professional for damage cleanup, your cost will probably run around $3.75 per square foot.  The second type of water is gray water, which is slightly dirty water from washing machines, dishwashers, clean toilets and so on.  Gray water has the potential to have some contaminants.  It is possible to clean it up yourself if you do it carefully and with proper safety equipment to protect yourself.  Hiring a professional to remove gray water will cost around $4.50 per square foot.  The third type of water is black water.  This water comes from sewage or serious flooding from nearby bodies of water.  This water contains bacteria, waste and other serious contaminants.  You shouldn’t try to clean up black water as it can cause very serious health problems.  Water damage cleanup for black water rises to around $7.00 per square foot.  If you’re dealing with damage from black water, give SERVPRO® of East Greenville County a call.  We’re here to help!

Your Commercial Property has Storm Damage. Now What? Part 3| SERVPRO of East Greenville County

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of East Greenville Storm Damage can make way for Water Damage & Mold Damage, and even Fire Damage if not dealt with properly & swiftly. Give our team a call today!

What do you do when you have a flood from storm damage, a pipe burst or a roof leak? Our team has come together to determine the first steps you should take to minimize the damage done by storm and water damage. Look back through previous blogs to find the first two steps! Continue reading to learn more about step three!

Drying Out the Affected Area

If you’re determined to handle the dry-out work yourself, or the extent of the damage is minor, then it may be possible to remove the moisture causing the damage on your own.

However, you’ll need a few specialized tools to make sure you can completely dry out the area, including:

  • Air movers and/or dehumidifiers to extract the humid air
  • Pin and/or pointless moisture meter to track the moisture content of the building materials
  • Wet vacuums to remove standing water quickly
  • A thermo-hygrometer to track the humidity in the room

If the structure has a climate control system, then turning up the temperature slightly can help to keep water from becoming condensed – allowing dry-out work to proceed just a little bit faster.

When drying out a room in a building that has experienced flood damage, it’s imperative to keep the building as sealed against exposure to outside air as possible.  Otherwise, mold spores and other contaminants can work their way inside and, with the help of the excess moisture in the structure, begin to spread.  Any air movers attached to an opening should be sealed in place in such a way that they constantly force air out and prevent outside air from getting in.

Any moisture-compromised furniture should be assessed and removed.  If it is too water damaged, it will need to be thrown away and replaced.  The same goes for any building materials in the affected area.

Have Water or Storm Damage? 

Call Today – (864) 292-3495

Be Prepared. Every Second Counts! - Part 4 | SERVPRO of East Greenville County

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoration Is Possible Our team at SERVPRO of East Greenville County can serve you through your Fire mitigation needs. Give us a call today!

Reduce your risk of a kitchen fire

Kitchen fires are responsible for most home fires throughout the year.  The most usual starting point for kitchen fires is the stove, not the oven.  Always remain in the kitchen when grilling, frying or cooking on your stovetop to reduce your risk of a fire.  Flammable materials such as a paper towel dispenser or a dish towel should be kept away from the area.  Make sure there is a fire extinguisher available to you in the kitchen that is not too close to the stove or oven.  The best way to suffocate a flame is with a lid, not water.


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Coronavirus | SERVPRO of East Greenville County

9/12/2020 (Permalink)

Coronavirus, Here to Help If your home or business has been exposed to the CoronaVirus, SERVPRO of East Greenville County is here to help.

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest of cleaning and sanitation standards.

If there has been a confirmed case of Corona in either your home or business, don’t worry, SERVPRO of East Greenville County is here for you and wants to help you how we can.

SERVPRO’s cleaning agent, SERVPROXIDE is a hospital grade cleaner that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to the coronavirus. This means the chemicals being used aids in the deconstruction of bacteria, viruses, and fungi in minutes. Proper disinfection, like the work done by our technicians, leaves surfaces very unlikely to transmit infections or diseases.

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of East Greenville County, 864-292-3495