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Found Water In Your Crawl Space? Here Is What You Need To Do.

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

muddy water in crawl space with fan in it to dry it out If you notice moisture in your crawl space, you should have a professional fix it right away before it creates costly issues.

Found Water In Your Crawl Space? Here Is What You Need To Do. 

Your crawl space is probably the most neglected part of your home. You probably do not check your crawl space as often as you should. Water can get in your crawl space and create several problems in your home. When the ground gets wet and dry throughout the seasons, this can lead to elevated moisture in your crawl space. 

What Happens When Your Crawl Space Is Wet

There are three common ways water can get in your crawl space: a leaky pipe, water seepage from the soil, or condensation. When you see puddles of water in your crawl space, you need to address them immediately. Excess moisture in your crawl space can cause rot, energy loss and attract pests to your home. 

Here are some of the problems you will experience when you have excess water and moisture in your crawl space: 

  • High Energy Bills: Having a crawl space means you have more area to heat and cool. However, when there is wetness inside your crawl space, the damp air will take more energy to heat up or cool down; in turn, you will use more power and have higher energy bills. 
  • Mold: Undeniably, mold loves moisture, and it feeds on organic materials, such as paper, wood, and cardboard. When mold is present in your crawl space, it will release airborne spores that can make their way into your home. Mold spores can cause health effects and can have a detrimental effect on your property. 
  • Dust Mites and Pests: Dust mites love humid environments, which means they would love to be in the dirt in your crawl space. They can float in the air and trigger allergies and asthma. Dust mites can also attract pests, such as termites, mice, rats, and even snakes. 

Fix Your Crawl Space Problem

If you notice water in your crawl space, the first thing you should do is determine where the source of water is emerging. Surface water that gets into your crawl space comes from roof drainage, overflowing gutters, grading issues, or leaky basement windows. Groundwater could be another reason there is excess water in your crawlspace. Soil that surrounds your foundation can become overly saturated after heavy rain or snow. Finally, issues with your plumbing can also cause water to get into your crawl space. 

Always Keep It Dry

When you have identified why water gets into the crawl space, you will find ways to keep it dry. A dehumidifier and sump pump system can prevent water and moisture damage. Now, if your crawl space leaks when it rains, you need to get it under control. The main goal here is to get rid of humidity in the crawl space to prevent moisture. 

Conclusion

When water is in your crawl space, it can be an enormous problem for you if you do not address it immediately. It is always a good idea to have regular inspections to ensure that everything is well. If you notice moisture in your crawl space, you should have a professional fix it right away before it creates costly issues.  

SERVPRO of South Greenville County offers excellent water damage restoration. Let us make it "Like it never even happened." Call us today - (864) 292 - 3137. 

Mauldin Office Receives Help From SERVPRO of South Greenville County

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

wet carpet in office SERVPRO of South Greenville County recognizes that your number one priority is to restore your business operations as quickly as possible.

Mauldin Office Receives Help From SERVPRO of South Greenville County

Regardless if you have a small business, a mid-size company, or a large corporation, there is never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike. SERVPRO of South Greenville County recognizes that your number one priority is to restore your business operations as quickly as possible. Every hour you spend cleaning up water damage is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. Instead of wasting your valuable time trying to mitigate the damage by yourself, streamline the process and immediately call SERVPRO of South Greenville County. We'll be there fast with the help you need. We have the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage. 

This office in Mauldin experienced a water damage when the toilet supply line burst after everyone had gone home for the night. The following morning, the office staff walked into water covering the bathroom floor and a squishy carpet. They discovered the water had seeped out of the bathroom into the carpeted hallway and soaked the carpet and several office spaces. After the plumber fixed the supply line, the office staff realized they still needed to remove the standing water in the bathroom, hallway, and office spaces. Knowing they could not waste time trying to mitigate this themselves, they immediately gave SERVPRO of South Greenville County a call. 

The SERVPRO of South Greenville County crew arrived within an hour. Our crew chief scoped the loss, assessed what equipment would be needed, and created a drying plan specifically tailored for this office space. First, our technicians removed the excess water from the bathroom and cleaned the area. The excess water trapped in the carpet was extracted and removed. Dehumidifiers were placed in various areas of the office to aid in the drying process. Thankfully by quickly calling SERVPRO of South Greenville County, the carpet in the office did not need to be removed or replaced. The office was dry in a few days. 

SERVPRO of South Greenville County can respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are proud to be a part of our Greenville community and strive to provide the residents and business owners in our area with the fastest response times and our best work every day. We are committed to helping you regain production capabilities and minimizing interruptions so that you can get back to doing what you do best! When your small business, mid-size company, or large corporation experiences a disaster, do not waste time. Call SERVPRO of South Greenville County (864) 292-3137! 

Pro Tips To Prevent Roof Leaks In Your Commercial Facilities

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage in your commercial facility can disrupt normal business functions. If not addressed quickly, excess water can cause extensive damage, costly repairs and disrupt your revenue. SERVPRO of South Greenville County is committed to helping you regain production capabilities and minimize interruptions so that you can get back to doing what you do best! No matter the size of the loss your commercial property has experienced, we have the equipment, expertise, and resources to mitigate the damages and restore your facility to preloss condition.

While most leaks in a commercial property are an easy fix and do not require the help of a professional, if left undetected, your commercial facility could experience costly damage in the long run. Below are the most common detected leaks in commercial buildings and facilities:

  • Plumbing leaks: Deteriorating supply lines or outdated plumbing often trigger leaks in commercial properties. Luckily, these are easy to fix but do require a detailed inspection.
  • Toilet leaks: Toilet leaks occur due to wear and tear from use. Toilet leaks are an easy and quick fix. 
  • Faucet leaks: Faucet leaks are usually overlooked but are easy to fix. The rubber washer wearing off is the main trigger of a dripping faucet. Dripping faucets can cause hefty bills if not addressed straight away.
  • Basement leaks: Lack of waterproofing and substandard concrete can lead to water leaks in the basement of your commercial property. If not addressed quickly, these problems can lead to the deterioration of the structural integrity. 
  • Roof leaks: Roof leaks are a headache for commercial property owners. This type of leak is not as easy to fix and usually requires professional assistance. Roof leaks can be from multiple sources including, clogged gutters to surface hairline cracks. 

Unfortunately, roof leaks pose a serious threat to your building’s structural integrity. Below are a few professional tips you can use to prevent roof leaks in your commercial property.

Routine inspections: Consider inspecting the roof of your facility as part of your maintenance routine. It is recommended you examine the roof of your commercial facility and related fixtures a minimum of twice a year. Schedule a roof inspection with a professional after any storm. 

When inspecting the roof of your commercial facility, make sure you examine the following: 

  • Supporting structures
  • Roof edging
  • Expansion joint covers
  • Roof valleys
  • Lightning protection systems

Repairs & Upgrades:

Water fixtures supporting roofs such as roof valleys and roof edging are exposed to climate and can deteriorate quickly. It is recommended you repair or upgrade these structures as soon as you notice any damage. Issues like corrosion, cracks, and mold growth always need to be addressed immediately.

SERVPRO of South Greenville County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Have Questions? Call SERVPRO of South Greenville County – (864) 292-3137.

Simple Steps You Can Take To Prevent an HVAC Water Damage

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Simple Steps You Can Take To Prevent an HVAC Water Damage

If your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is not maintained correctly, it can cause severe water damage, leaving you with a huge mess to clean up. Clogged drains, frozen evaporator coils, and pipes that are not connected correctly are common causes of HVAC water damage. You must care for your HVAC system at least once a year. Regular maintenance helps to prolong the life of your unit and prevent additional heating or cooling expenses. Most HVAC maintenance tasks are pretty easy to do yourself, so there is usually no need to hire a professional most of the time. 

Preventing HVAC Water Damage

Change your HVAC filter regularly.

  • Changing the filter prevents the unit from overworking, which can cause freezing and then defrosting on the evaporator coils, leading to HVAC water damage.
  • Change the filter at least once a month with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters. Some air filters only need to be changed twice a year or once a month, depending on their type and how often you use your HVAC system.
  • Check your instruction manual first to know what type of filter you need and how often you need to change it.
  • Hire a contractor to change the filters if the filters are inside the furnace or air handler.

Clean the condenser

  • The condenser is the exterior portion of your air conditioner or heat pump. It requires proper airflow to work correctly.
  • Once a year, at the beginning of spring, remove any dirt or other debris accumulating on the condenser.
  •  Keep plants away from the condenser and remove any covers from it to ensure proper airflow.
  • Leave at least two feet of space between the unit and the bushes or shrubs in your yard.

Maintain the condensation drain line

  • When your AC unit runs, check the condensation line opening to make sure you see water flowing to the drain. The amount of water that flows depends on the humidity level in the house.
  • Clean the AC drainage holes. Locate the drainage hole on the base of the cabinet (beneath the evaporator fins). Use a paper clip or wire to poke through the hole and clear it, thus ensuring the AC drainage is kept clear.
  • Once or twice a year, flush out your drain line with an algaecide to prevent mold or algae from forming. Use a commercial solution or regular bleach.
  • Make sure to properly connect and install the main drain line and emergency drain line.
  • Check that the pipe is oriented correctly, as the weather might have knocked it out of alignment.

How to unclog the drain line

  • Sometimes, the drain line gets clogged with algae, dirt, mineral deposits, and even mold or mildew, causing water to overflow into your home.
  • Attach a wet/dry vacuum to the drain line (removing the paper filter first) and suck the clog out.
  •  Install an overflow shut-off device on the drain line to automatically turn off the AC unit if the drain line backs up.

Install a condensation pump

  • To avoid HVAC water damage, install a condensation pump in your unit. That helps excess water flow into the proper disposal drain.
  • Additionally, install a safety float switch to automatically shut down the power to the AC unit whenever condensation builds up when there is a risk of water overflow.

Maintain the overflow drain pan

  • Your unit's drain pan collects water that has overflowed due to a clogged drain line.
  • Over time, the drain pan may get damaged, resulting in leaks and water damage. If you notice leaks near the drain pan, carefully inspect it for damage using a flashlight.
  •  Patch small holes or cracks using epoxy glue or replacing the pan entirely.
  •  Clean the drain pan regularly. Rinse the pan and clean it with a bleach-water mixture to clear out any dirt or mold growth.

Is your HVAC unit causing water damage? SERVPRO of South Greenville County can help!

Knowing how to prevent your AC from leaking is sometimes not enough to prevent your unit from causing water damage in your home. When leaks occur, call SERVPRO of South Greenville County (864) 292 - 3137. We will make it "Like it never even happened." 

3 Things You Can Do While Waiting For Help To Arrive

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded town Water is a vital part of life, but water can also destroy anything and everything standing in its path – leaving you with a gigantic mess to clean up.

3 Things You Can Do While Waiting For Help To Arrive

Leaky pipes, burst sewer lines, and natural disasters can leave your home severely damaged. If your home is affected by water damage, you must move fast to avoid secondary damage. 

Dealing with water damage in your home is stressful, especially when it can lead to more problems for you later on. While these repairs often call for help from SERVPRO of South Greenville County, there are a few steps you can utilize to minimize damage while you wait for help to arrive. 

What Does Water Damage Affect?

Water is a vital part of life, but water can also destroy anything and everything standing in its path – leaving you with a gigantic mess to clean up. As a homeowner, you must understand what areas water can seriously damage within your home. You need to inspect the following locations for damage:

  • Drywall
  • Plaster
  • Insulation
  • Wood
  • Framing
  • Floor coverings
  • Electrical wiring
  • Pipes
  • Appliances
  • HVAC

As you can see, water can wreak havoc on your home’s structure and foundation and quickly wrack up a hefty restoration bill if left unattended.

What to Consider Before Water Damage Restoration?

To determine whether you will clean up the area yourself or call SERVPRO of South Greenville County, the first thing you want to do is to evaluate your situation and consider a few of these factors:

Water Volume:

If you have a small amount of water in your home, you can typically manage the cleanup on your own if you have the proper tools. However, if there is a significant amount of flooding that is not going away despite your efforts, it is best to call a SERVPRO of South Greenville County.

Source of Damage:

Before you call us, you need to determine the source of water. There are three categories of water we use to assess the severity of damage in your home.

  1. Category One: Water in category one originates from a sanitary source. Rainwater, water from leaky pipes, burst supply lines, broken toilet tanks or toilet bowls, or water from overflowed sinks or tubs, is categorized as a category one level of contamination. This water does not contain any contaminants and will not harm you. 
  2. Category Two: Water leaking from appliances like your dishwasher or washing machine is gray water. It is slightly contaminated and categorized as a category two level of contamination. 
  3. Category Three: Category three water is the most harmful type of water and is heavily contaminated. This water comes from the sewer or flooding from a nearby water source such as a river. It contains health hazards and is unsafe to handle.

3 Thing You Can Before Help Arrives: 

Properly assess your situation, and call SERVPRO of Pickens County. It is important to note that wet materials begin to mold after 24 hours, so you don’t have time to wait! There are a few things you can do while you wait for our arrival. 

1.Disconnect Outlets:

When you discover water damage, you need to unplug all electronics immediately. While you may not see the severity of the water damage, you still need to exercise caution around appliances and gas lines. Using this equipment could cause electrical shocks or even explosions. 

2. Inspect For Mold: 

Certain mold strains are toxic to humans and pose serious health effects. Mold can rapidly spread through your entire home once it attaches to organic material, so it is in your best interest to inspect for growth to avoid any health effects. 

3. Dry Water Out: 

If possible, you need to eliminate all moisture and dry out the affected areas. You can use fans or a large-capacity dehumidifier to circulate air and dry out the carpet, wood, and other surrounding materials. While this won’t prevent mold growth altogether, properly drying out the area will help minimize the damage.

Before The Floodwaters Rise, Use These 11 Tips To Prepare The Outside Of Your Home.

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

Man in black jacket walking on the flooded street surrounded by flooded businesses While you can't prevent flooding, there are several things you can do to prepare the outside of your home in advance to minimize the damage.

Before The Floodwaters Rise, Use These 11 Tips To Prepare The Outside Of Your Home. 

So you bought a house in Greenville. Congratulations! You worked hard to move in and make your home your sanctuary. Owning a home is one of the most significant investments you will make in your lifetime. Why risk damaging or losing your home when bad weather strikes? 

Flooding is the most common and expensive natural disaster in the United States and can happen anywhere at any time. One inch of water can cause significant damage to your home, which will rack up costly repairs. While you can't prevent flooding, there are several things you can do to prepare the outside of your home in advance to minimize the damage. Below are a few tips you can use to prepare your home for bad weather. 

 First, you need to determine the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) for your home. The BFE is the computed elevation to which the floodwaters are anticipated to rise. You need to know your home's BFE because it is used for flood plan management regulations in your community. Contact your local flood plan manager to you find your BFE. 

  1. Water needs to drain away from your home. If you notice water pooling around your foundation or basement walls, consider improving the grading of your yard. 
  2. Adding water-resistant exterior sheathing on walls and sealing them will prevent shallow flooding from damaging your home. 
  3. If you see water pooling on damaged sidewalks, patios decks, or driveways, make repairs to prevent water from pooling too close to your home. 
  4. Pick plants and vegetation that will minimize soil erosion when you are landscaping your yard and gardens. 
  5. Secure your yard items before a flood or storm. Unsecure yard items can become hazardous during a flood or storm. They can be swept away or damaged by floodwaters, or they can also be swept into your home and cause more damage. Secure your yard items by anchoring them, attaching them to sturdier structures, or storing them indoors until the bad weather has subsided. 
  6. If you have window wells, consider investing in window well covers so that water and does not accumulate in your window wells.
  7.  Your downspouts need to extend three to six feet and drain away from your home.  
  8. Use a rain barrel to catch rain runoff.
  9. Regularly clean and maintain your gutters and eavestroughs. Remove any leaves, twigs, and other blockages in your gutters or eavestroughs, so rainwater does not pool in your gutters or overflow onto your roof.  
  10. Keep storm drains near your home clear of leaves, twigs, and other debris. 
  11.  If your roof is missing shingles or shingles are deteriorating, repair or replace your roof. 

Remember, some of these tips may work better together than others. Not all of these options will work together; you should always consult with a professional such as your insurance agent, an architect, an engineer, a contractor, or other experts in construction before making any modifications to your home. 

If your home floods-don't panic! Call SERVPRO Of South Greenville County. Our highly trained crews and state-of-the-art technology will make it "Like it never even happened." We will restore your home to preloss condition in no time. Give us a call at (864) 292 - 3137. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year. 

You Can Easily Prevent A Dryer Fire

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

A white washing machine and a white dryer in a home You can easily avoid a dryer fire with a few simple steps and preventative maintenance.

You Can Easily Prevent A Dryer Fire

When was the last time you cleaned out your lint filter on your dryer? What about the exhaust vent or dryer duct? Hopefully, it was recently. Your dryer can effortlessly become a potential hazard, and unfortunately, dryer fires make up a large number of residential fires each year. You can easily avoid a dryer fire with a few simple steps and preventative maintenance. Below we discuss the most common causes of dryer fires and how you can easily prevent them. 

Causes of Dryer Fires 

Mechanical and Electrical Failure: 

Like anything with moving parts and electronic components, faulty wiring and damaged machinery can start a fire in your home. You should have these dryer parts regularly checked and repaired if necessary. 

Improper Use: 

If you are using your dryer outside of the manufacturer's recommended guidelines, you could be in danger of starting a dryer fire in your home. You should never place items made out of plastic, rubber, foam or any items with instructions advising against drying with heat. You should also avoid overstuffing the dryer. 

Dirty Lint Filters and Vents:

Clogged vents, ducts, and filters are the number one cause of dryer fires. Usually, this results from a buildup of lint, but a fire can start due to an accumulation of dirt, grass, or anything that remains after going through the washer. The outside filter can also be clogged, which restricts airflow and leads to hazardous conditions. 

How To Prevent Dryer Fires

Make Sure Your Dryer Is Properly Installed: 

If you install your dryer incorrectly, it can lead to several complications or start a fire in your home. Many stores offer in-home installation; always take advantage of that whenever possible. 

You need to plug your dryer into a 240-volt electrical outlet. Plugging a dryer into a 120-volt outlet could cause several problems. You need to make sure the ventilation duct is attached securely to the dryer and to the exterior exhaust vent. When placing your dryer in your home, make sure it is not too close to other appliances or shelves. 

Clean The Lint Filter After Each Use: 

 If there is not enough airflow, heat will build up in a dryer. The lint filter is the first place blockages occur. When you don't clean the lint out of the filter, lint builds up in the filter and creates a tinder bundle that can cause a fire. Always clean the lint filter out before or after every load of laundry. 

Clean The Vent and Duct: 

Over time, lint sneaks past the lint filter in your dryer and can build up in the inside duct between the dryer and exterior vent outside your home. Have you noticed your clothes are taking longer to dry, or are your clothes not drying completely? You may have an obstruction in your dryer venting system. Additionally, if you begin to smell a burning smell coming from your dryer or if you notice that your clothes and the outside of the dryer are too hot, stop the dryer immediately, unplug the dryer and check the duct and vent after they have cooled down. It is recommended you clean the dryer duct once every three months. You should check your outside vent for clogs or other obstructions. 

Use Your Dryer Correctly: 

You need to pay close attention to the product care labels on each item of your clothing. Not only could you ruin the item in the washer or dryer, but you could start a fire in your home. If your clothes have flammable compounds on them, such as gas, oil, or alcohol, do not put them in the dryer. The heat from the dryer can set them on fire. Instead, wash them multiple times and dry them outside on a clothesline or use a drying rack. Finally, never run your dryer while you are sleeping or are out of the house. 

If you have fire damage in your home - don't panic! After the first responders leave, call SERVPRO of South Greenville County (864) 292 - 3137. We will make it "Like it never even happened." 

Summer Safety Tips: Lightning Safety.

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

lightning striking above treeline in the woods High-risk areas for attracting a return current or lightning strike are tall mountain peaks, ridges, and above treeline terrain.

Summer Safety Tips: Lightning Safety. 

It's officially summertime in Upstate South Carolina, which means more time outdoors! Unfortunately, warmer weather means pop-up thunderstorms. Whether you are hiking, camping, boating, fishing, or swimming, the potential for a bolt of lightning to strike you is something that you should always take seriously. 

You should avoid being outside during a lightning storm. Check the weather first and decide if you need to change your plans for the day. Head back inside early if you see dark clouds forming and hear thunder in the distance. Reducing and managing the risk of getting struck by lightning is possible through a few safety procedures. Below are a couple of tips you can use if you find yourself suddenly caught in a lightning storm. 

Mountains 

High-risk areas for attracting a return current or lightning strike are tall mountain peaks, ridges, and above treeline terrain. In Upstate South Carolina, quick pop-up afternoon storms create the perfect conditions for lightning to strike. These pop-up storms typically arrive in the afternoon, but it is not uncommon for them to begin earlier in the day. If you're out hiking and you hear thunder above the treeline, turn around immediately and get back to the shelter of the treeline. Never hide in the entrance of a cave. 

If you see sparks on metal objects or your hair begins to stand up, this is called a corona- which means that your body is signaling towards an imminent strike. If this happens, drop everything metal and crouch down in a ball-like position with your head tucked and hands over your ears; so that you are down low with minimal contact with the ground. This position is called the lightning safety position. 

If you are camping, remember you should never pitch tents above the treeline. If you cannot avoid an exposed campsite, then you must get out of the tent and move at least 50 meters away in the event of a storm. Wait in the lightning position until the storm has passed. 

Rolling Hills and Gentle Terrian 

It is rare that lightning strikes in this type of terrain. Run for shelter if you hear thunder, but if you see lightning striking nearby, get in the lightning position. 

Fields 

If you are out in an open field during a lightning storm, move more than 50 meters away from conductors such as fences and irrigation pipes, these attract lightning. Do not seek shelter under trees or by telephone poles if they are too close to a fence or irrigation pipes. 

Forests

Do not take shelter under a lone tall tree during a lightning storm. However, uniform canopy forests are much less at risk of attracting lightning. Avoid trunks of large trees, but it is better to be under that type of shelter instead of out in the open. 

Water 

Swimming in a pool or boating on flat water such as lakes, wide rivers, or the ocean leaves you exposed to lightning strikes. Plan aquatic activities around the weather, and if you hear thunder in the distance or you see dark clouds forming, get to shore as quickly as possible. 

How Do I Clean Fire Extinguisher Residue?

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

Red fire extinguisher on pole in apartment Having a portable fire extinguisher within reach is a fast and effective response for when a minor fire breaks out in your home.

How Do I Clean Fire Extinguisher Residue? 

Having a fire extinguisher in your home can make the difference between dealing with a huge disaster or dealing with a mess. Unfortunately, if you do have to use a fire extinguisher to put out a fire in your home, you will be left with the residue to clean. The chemicals used in a fire extinguisher are hazardous to humans and pets, so you need to remove all the leftover residue. Most ABC multi-purpose fire extinguishers contain ammonium phosphate or ammonium sulfate powder; these chemicals will irritate your eyes, skin, and lungs. Before you begin cleaning, you need to identify the dousing agent used in the fire extinguisher, so you can effectively remove and clean any leftover residue from your home. All fire extinguishers will have a label or tag that tells you what type of fire extinguishers it is and what it contains. Always remember to wear an n95 dust mask, goggles, and nitrile gloves to avoid an allergic reaction when cleaning.

A dry chemical fire extinguisher with non-toxic bicarbonate will leave behind a powdery residue. To clean up this powdery residue, you only need a vacuum, your hands, and a disinfectant. When it safe for you to do so, remove any large debris left behind after the fire. Next, grab your vacuum and begin going over the area to clean up the leftover mess. You may need to go over the area several times to remove all of the residue. If you are cleaning the kitchen or space used for food prep, sanitize the area thoroughly with a disinfectant.

A multi-purpose dry chemical fire extinguisher containing mono ammonium phosphate requires a different method of cleaning. Unfortunately, you cannot vacuum up the left behind residue. You must quickly remove this residue by hand. Wear nitrile gloves and wipe the leftover residue with a clean cloth. If you can wet-wash the surface, use a 1:1 solution of warm water and baking soda. Thoroughly dry and sanitize the area once you have cleaned up all the residue.

If you have fire extinguisher residue in your home and aren't successful at cleaning it up, give SERVPRO of South Greenville County a call (864) 292 - 3137. Our top-of-the-line technology and cleaning products paired with our highly trained technicians will make it "Like it never even happened."

Slime In Your Carpet? Try These Three Methods To Get It Out.

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Slime In Your Carpet? Try These Three Methods To Get It Out. 

Slime - adored by children, hated by parents. The ingredients of slime are glue, a bit of water, and borax or contact lens solution. Mix in food coloring for fun hues and colors. Packing beads, glitter, or shaving cream can be mixed in the slime to change its texture and consistency. While slime can be fun for kids, most parents don't share the same enthusiasm, as they find themselves cleaning up the gooey mess or picking it out of the carpet or furniture. SERVPRO of South Greenville County found the three best ways you can use to remove slime from your carpet. The first steps for any of these methods are always the same: scrape up as much of the slime as possible with a spoon or the back end of a butter knife, do all you can to remove the loose particles from the soiled area before applying any cleaning solution. 

  1. Ice Cubes: Believe it or not, ice cubes are one of the most effective ways to remove slime from your carpet. If the slime spill is still fresh, apply ice cubes or an ice pack for 10 to 15 minutes to freeze the slime. Then scrape the remaining particles out of your carpet with a spoon or the back end of a butter knife. Next, vacuum any remaining particles. 
  2. Vinegar and Water: If you don't have any cubes handy or don't want to use that method, you can use vinegar and water. In a spray bottle, mix one part warm water and two parts vinegar. Spray the mixture onto the slime and use a soft-bristled brush to remove it from the carpet. Dab the stain with a dry paper towel until it vanishes. Vacuum the area once it is dry to remove any remaining dry slime. 
  3. Club Soda: First, remove as much slime as possible by scraping it with the backside of a butter knife or a spoon. Next, vacuum up the loose pieces. Spray club soda on the stain and let sit for five minutes. Blot with a cloth to absorb the excess club soda. 

While slime is fun, cleaning it out of your carpet and off of your furniture is not. If you try any of these methods and cannot remove the slime from your carpet, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of South Greenville County. We have top-of-the-line technology and training to get rid of the most difficult messes. SERVPRO of South Greenville County is ready to make it "Like it never even happened." Call us at 864- 292 - 3137.