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Emergency Ready Profile For Your South Greenville County Business

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

When Disaster Strikes, You Can Be Ruined Or You Can Be Ready! 

As many as 50% of business close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready For Whatever Happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be. 

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile Advantage 

Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a no-cost assessment of your facility. It provides a concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile provides you with a SERVPRO of South Greenville County professional to assist you with your mitigation and restoration process. We save time and can begin working quickly by identifying the chain of command for authorizing work. Your facilities ERP will provide SERVPRO of South Greenville County with vital information such as shut off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information. 

To get started call SERVPRO of South Greenville County (864)292-3137

or visit: https://ready.SERVPRO.com/Home/MobileApp 

How To Build An Emergency Survival Kit

9/1/2018 (Permalink)

How To Build An Emergency Survival Kit

When you are creating your survival kit for your home, consider the supplies you might need to last you and your family for a minimum of three to seven days. In case of emergencies that require you to leave your home quickly, like a wildfire, prepare your kit well in advance, and store it in an easily accessible location. For emergencies that will require you to stay in place, you should gather supplies in advance and monitor the weather, to ensure you have everything you need. Having the proper supplies and plans in place can help make difficult scenario safer for you.

Below are some key considerations for a survival kit to fit an emergency situation. Consider how each could suit an emergency situation and prepare yourself appropriately.

  • One gallon of water, per person, per day
  • At least a three to seven day supply of any daily medication for family members and pets
  • Non-perishable and canned foods, along with a non-electrical can opener
  • Pet food and extra water for your pets
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Pen and notebook to keep notes such as important phone numbers in case the power goes out and electronic devices aren’t working.
  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio with extra batteries if needed
  • Extra clothing and blankets
  • First aid Kit
  • Emergency cash and checks
  • Charges for devices, including car chargers
  • A whistle
  • Duct tape
  • Copies of personal documents, including insurance policies and other important legal and financial documents.

How To Build An Emergency Preparedness Kit

How To Create A Fire Escape Plan

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

How To Create A Fire Escape Plan 

  • Plan For Everyone: You should take into account the special needs of every member in your household. Young children and elderly family members may need extra assistance in case of a fire. Make sure someone is assigned to help them and choose a backup person in case the assigned person is away.
  • Find Two Ways Out: Find two ways out of every room in your home. Include windows and doors in your plan, and make sure all escape routes can open easily so you can get outside.
  • Involve Children In Planning: Consider having your children help create a fire escape plan. You can draw a map and of your home and have children mark at least two exit routes and the locations of the smoke detectors.
  • Choose A Meeting Spot: Decide on a meeting place that is outside and is a safe distance away from your home. This meeting place should be in front of your house so emergency responders can see you upon arrival. Agree to not go back in the house after you leave.
  • Check Smoke Alarms: Check that smoke detectors are properly placed and working.
  • Be Visible: Make sure that your house number can be seen quickly from the street by first responders.
  • Respond Quickly: Make sure that everyone knows that if the smoke alarm sounds, he or she needs to get out immediately.
  • Have A Backup Plan: If the planned exit routes are blocked or it’s not possible to leave the house, close all doors between you and the fire. Put a towel under the door and go to an exterior-facing window. Call the fire department and report your location.
  • Share With Everyone: Go over the plan with everyone who lives in the house and with visitors and overnight guests.
  • Practice Regularly: Practice and review the plan regularly (at least one to two times a year).

How To Create A Fire Evacuation Plan

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Eight Disaster Preparedness Tips

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Eight Disaster Preparedness Tips

When disaster strikes having and using a preparedness plan can ensure you and your loved one's safety. Below are eight tips to help secure your safety when disaster strikes. 

  • Communicate Where You Will Be: Be sure to contact someone outside of the affected area. Let them know where you will be during the disaster. Business owners should remind their employees of how they will be notified when the facility reopens. 
  • Know The Warning Signs And Alert Signals For Your Area: Frequently check your local tv stations, radio stations, or community alert systems to stay up to date on emergency information. 
  • Check Your Emergency Survival Kit: Your emergency survival kit should be stocked with essential survival items and should be kept in an easily accessible place.
  • Collect Emergency Building Materials: It is a good idea to have extra plywood, sandbags, and waterproof tarps. 
  • Fuel Up Your Vehicles And Equipment: Make sure you have a supply of fresh fuel for emergency generators. It's a good idea to have an extra fuel supply and to store that extra fuel in an approved container in a safe place. 
  • Be Sure You Have Car Chargers For Your Cell Phone, Smart Phone, And Other Portable Devices: Having car chargers can help you connect with contacts if the power goes out. Don't forget to fully charge all devices before the storm. 
  • Secure All Outdoor Objects Or Move Them Inside: Common household items can become airborne in high winds. Business owners should secure signage, benches, and equipment to minimize potential damage. 
  • Know How To Shut Off All Utilities: It is a good idea to know how to turn off your gas, electricity, and water. However, you should consider utilities that could minimize damage to your home and leave them on. 

Eight Disaster Preparedness Tips

Water Damage Tips For Your South Greenville County Home

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips For Your South Greenville County Home


Flooding and water emergencies do not always occur within normal business hours. However, SERVPRO of South Greenville County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night. Below are some tips on what to do until help arrives.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives:

  • First, ask yourself "is it safe to stay in my home?"
    Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet objects can be VERY heavy, use caution before attempting to remove or pick up items.

What To Do:

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting.
  • Remove table lamps and other tabletop items from wood furnishings and wipe away the excess water.
  • Remove wet upholstery and cushions from the affected area and prop them up for drying.
  • Use aluminum foil or wood blocks and place them between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • If damaged occurred during the summer, turn on the air conditioner for maximum drying.
  • Remove any wet carpets or rugs.
  • Remove art objects and valuables and place them in a dry safe place.
  • Gather and remove loose items from the floor.

What Not To Do:

  • Do not use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not use television or other household items if they have been in the affected area.
  • Do not use ceiling fixtures or ceiling fans if they are wet.
  • Keep out of rooms where the ceiling is sagging.
  • Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (864) 292-3137

SERVPRO of South Greenville County Mold Remediation Process

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Process

Mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours after water has entered your home. SERVPRO of South Greenville County understands mold and mold growth and has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. Our process is as follows:

Emergency Contact – (864) 292-3137

Our mold cleanup and restoration process will begin when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. However, mold can be hidden from plain view as it feeds on cellulose and water. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedure to prevent the spread of mold. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

Air Filtration

During the process of the mold remediation, we utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of mold spores 

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces the mold has grown on. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

Restoration

The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal. Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. 

Signs of Mold? Call Today – (864) 292-3137

Carpet And Upholstery Cleaning In South Greenville County

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Carpet And Upholstery Cleaning In South Greenville County

Carpet acts as a filter in your home, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. The type of carpet and color, soil build-up, and traffic will determine how often you will need a professional cleaning.

We Offer A Range Of Specialized Cleaning Methods:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

Preventative Maintenance

All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life of your carpet. IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet. Preventative maintenance actions include:

  • Regular Vacuuming
  • Spot Removal
  • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked on the carpet


Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning? Call Today! (864) 292-3137

Preparedness on a Budget

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

 

It Doesn’t Cost a lot to be Prepared

It is no secret that many families and individuals are looking to cut back on spending. But with the frequency of disasters, both natural and manmade, can you afford not to be prepared? Preparedness doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. September is National Preparedness Month, and we are asking you to help your family and friends prepare for whatever may come. Here are a few tips* on how you can protect those that matter to you without spending a fortune.

Make a Plan. Work with you family and neighbors to make an emergency plan for the types of disasters that affect your area. Make sure everyone in your family understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. You can download Family Emergency Plan templates www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

Update Contact Information. Having accurate records for family, friends and neighbors will help you stay in contact and possibly help those in need. Make sure updated contact information is posted in visible places throughout your house and workplace.

Check Your Policy. Review your insurance policy annually and make any necessary changes – renters, too! When a disaster strikes, you want to know that your coverage will get you back on your feet.

Make a Ready List. You may not need all of the items in ready-made preparedness kits. Choose the essentials that fit your needs and budget. Don’t forget to keep supplies at work and in your car. Sample Ready Lists can be found at www.ready.gov/document/family-supply-list

Plan Your Purchases. You can save money by thinking ahead. Don’t buy preparedness items just before a storm when they’re expensive and supplies will be in high demand. Buy items at the end of the season when you can get good deals.

Shop Sales. Shop at sales and used goods stores. Buy preparedness items throughout the year, instead of all at once, and you won’t notice the cost as much.

Make Sure it Keeps. Store water in safe, containers. You don’t need to buy expensive bottled water, just make sure your water containers are disinfected and airtight

Request a Gift. We all get things we don’t need. Suggest preparedness supplies as gifts from your friends and family. It just might save your life.

Trade a Night Out. Trade one night out to fund your 72-hour kit. Taking a family of four to the movies can cost upwards of $80. Just one night staying in could fund your Ready kit.

• *The best tip: start now. Take small steps toward preparedness and before you know it, you will be Ready!