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Prevent Water Damage On Your Roof

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Prevent Water Damage On Your Roof

Replace Missing Shingles as Soon as Possible: Cracked, bent, and missing shingles provide an opportunity for leaks. 

Fix Ponding Surfaces Immediately: If pools of standing water are on your roof after it rains, you could have a big problem. Ponding can leave you vulnerable to rot and leaks. 

Clean Your Gutters Regularly: Gutters carry rainwater and rain runoff away from your roof and siding. If your gutters are clogged, they can't function properly. Lookout for leaks, rusted or twisted gutters. These could present problems down the line. 

Inspect Flashing Around Vents, Valleys, chimneys, Pipes, Skylights, and other Punctures and Seals: Any place where there are opening or joints in your roof, there is a potential for leaks. 

Keep an Eye on Your Attic Ceiling: You can spot leaks through the damage on your attic ceiling. If you notice damaged or moldy insulation, rotting, stained boards or ceiling tiles, puckering or discolored sheetrock, you might have a leak. 

Remove Ice Dam Buildup During Heavy Snows: You can prevent ice dams manually by using a roof rake to scrape off the snow and ice. 

Best Ways To Prevent Water Damage On Your Roof  

What To Do After a Thunderstorm

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

What To Do After a Thunderstorm 

Take the Appropriate Steps to Stay Safe: 

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway. You cannot predict how deep the water may be. It only takes 12 inches of water to move a small vehicle and 18 inches to move a large vehicle.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms. 
  • Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or to your local radio and television for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked. 
  • Help people who may need special assistance, such as infants, children, the elderly or the disabled. 
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
  • Watch your animals closely. Keep them under your direct control. 

If Lightning Strikes 

Follow these steps if someone has been struck by lightning: 

  • Call for help. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number. Anyone who has been struck by lightning requires medical care. 
  • Check the person for burns and other injuries. If the person is not breathing, call 9-1-1 and begin CPR. People who have been hit by lightning do no retain an electrical charge and can be handled safely. 

Recovering After a Thunderstorm  

Preventing Black Mold

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Preventing Black Mold 

  1. Keep it dry- Keeping your home dry is key to preventing mold growth. Putting dehumidifiers n basements, ceiling fans in bathrooms and good airflow can keep mold at bay. 
  2. Remove tainted material- it is imperative that you remove affected materials when and if you undergo mold remediation. 
  3. Keep it outside- Never bring old wood or porous objects in from outdoors. Mold spores grow on everything and go wild when brought indoors. 
  4. Use cleaning products- You can use mold reducing sprays in your bathroom and damp locations. 
  5. Get a dehumidifier- Dehumidifiers will suck the moisture out of the air and prevent mold growth. 
  6. Keep water away from your house- water is key to mold growth. Don't allow your home or basement to become flooded. You can prevent flooding from happening by grading your yard to keep water flowing away from your home. You can also install downspouts that divert water away from your home. 

A Guide To Black Mold

Flood Warning versus Flood Watch

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Flood Warning versus Flood Watch 

Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or is already occurring. If you are in a flood-prone area, you should move to higher ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to form. It is possible to experience a flash flood in areas that are not immediately receiving rain.  

Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or already occurring.   

Flood Watch: Be Prepared: A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.   

Flood Advisory: Be Aware: A Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten your life or your property. 

Flood Warning vs. Watch  

Have Water Damage to Your South Greenville County Business? Better Call SERVPRO of South Greenville County

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Have Water Damage to Your South Greenville County Business? Better Call SERVPRO of South Greenville County

There is never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up water and the mess left behind is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency arises in your business, call SERVPRO of South Greenville County. We offer 24-hour emergency services, we will respond quickly with the help you need.  

Commercial Water Damage Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of South Greenville County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial building or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or a big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. 

Water Damage or Flooding? Call Us Today (864) 292-3137

Preparing Your South Greenville County Business for an Emergency

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Preparing Your South Greenville County Business for an Emergency 

It is important for businesses to plan and prepare for a disaster. A large-scale disaster has the potential to disrupt normal business operations and affect employees. It is important for any business to plan ahead in case of a disaster. Below are a few tips you can implement in your business preparedness plan. 

  • Include emergency preparedness plans in your business's newsletter, emails, or other communication tools. 
  • A telephone calling tree or a voice recording can be used to communicate with employees during a disaster. 
  • Set up an out of town number where employees can leave an "I'm okay" message during a disaster. 
  • You should talk to your employees with disabilities or functional needs about what their needs may be during a disaster. 
  • Plan for payroll to continue.  
  • Review and practice what you and your employees intend to do during and after an emergency. 
  • Establish facility shut down procedures. 
  • Establish warning and evacuation procedures. 
  • Make plans for assisting employees who may need transportation. 
  • Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio with a warning alarm tone and back up battery. 
  • Survey your facility and the outside equipment and make plans to protect them. 
  • Make plans to protect your windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection. Covering windows with plywood is a great second option. 
  • Check if your phone system will work without electricity. If not, set up one phone line that can operate without electricity. 
  • Establish an alternate operating location and back up suppliers. 
  • Prepare to move records, computers, and other items within your facility or to an alternate location. 
  • Consider how to recover any digital data if there is a significant power outage or the servers or computers are damaged. Keep tax, payroll records, inventory records, and essential information at an alternate site. 
  • Maintain three to five days of inventory. If a disaster occurs, the loss isn't as great. 

Emergency Planning for Business and Industry

Removing Mold from Your Belongings

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Removing Mold from Your Belongings 

Water and mold damage affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of South Greenville County understands that your home is more than a structure; your family's furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help make your house a home. 

Contents Restoration 

SERVPRO of South Greenville County specializes in restoring your belongings damaged by fire, water or mold. Our expertise and "restore" versus "replace" mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that cannot be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items can be restored back to their original condition. We utilize several methods of cleaning your belongings, including: 

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residue or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning. 
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues. 
  • Spray and Wipe - Effective for items that can't withstand wet cleaning. 
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned. 
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of cleaning product 

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today – (864) 292-3137

Severe Thunderstorm Watch versus Severe Thunderstorm Warning

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Severe Thunderstorm Watch versus Severe Thunderstorm Warning

According to the Redcross, a thunderstorm that produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or produces wind gusts of at least 58 mph, is considered severe. Thunderstorms produce lightning. Lightning kills more people each year than tornadoes and hurricanes. Thunderstorms can produce heavy rain, flash floods, and high winds. These effects can cause damage to homes and power outages. 

Know The Difference

Severe Thunderstorm Watch - this means severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the designated watch area. You should stay informed and be ready to act if and when a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. 

Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by weather radar. The warning indicates there is an imminent danger to your life and your property. 

About Thunderstorms

What To Do During a Thunderstorm

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

What To Do During a Thunderstorm 

  • Stay updated by listening to your local news or NOAA Weather Radio. Watch for the signs of a storm, like flashes of lightning, high winds, and dark skies. 
  • If thunderstorms are likely, stay indoors. Often, people who were struck by lightning were not in the area where rain occurred. 
  • When a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, you should take shelter in a sturdy building or in a vehicle with the windows closed. Do not take shelter in a mobile home, as they can blow over in high winds. 
  • If you can hear thunder then you are close enough to be in danger of getting struck by lightning. The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunderclap. 
  • Avoid using electrical equipment, appliances, and telephones. Use battery-powered TVs and radios instead. 
  • Shutter windows and close and secure outside doors. Keep away from windows. 
  • Do not use plumbing, bathe or shower during a thunderstorm. 
  • If you are driving, safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in your vehicle and turn on your emergency flashers until the rain ends. Avoid touching metal or anything that can conduct electricity in or outside the vehicle. 
  • If you are trapped outside and cannot make it indoors, avoid high ground; water, tall isolated trees; and any metal objects. It is not safe to stay in picnic shelters, dugouts or sheds. 

Responding Appropriately During a Thunderstorm

Restoring Your Belongings After a Fire

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Restoring Your Belongings After A Fire

After a fire, smoke, and soot affect not only the structure of your house but your belongings as well. SERVPRO of South Greenville County understands your family's furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings make your house more than a structure; they make it a home. 

Contents Restoration 

A fire can be a stressful event to deal with. You may feel like you have lost everything. SERVPRO of South Greenville County specializes in restoring your belongings, keepsakes and other contents after they have been damaged by a fire. Our expertise and "restore" versus "replace" mentality can help you save money while preserving your precious keepsakes that can't be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items can be restored to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning to restore your belongings, including: 

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet clean
  • Wet Cleaning - This cleaning method removes moderate to heavy residues. 
  • Spray and Wipe - Used for items that cannot withstand wet cleaning. 
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned. 
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

 If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today - (864) 292-3137

Mold Damage Emergency Tips

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Damage Emergency Tips

It only takes 48 hours for mold to become a problem in your South Greenville County home or business when there is a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can have a negative effect on your health and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of South Greenville County has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle the mold problem. 

If you have a mold problem in your South Greenville County home or business, consider the following facts: 

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems. 
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting. 

Below are tips on what you can do until help arrives.

What To Do: 

  • Contact SERVPRO of South Greenville County immediately. 
  • Stay out of affected areas. 
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans. 

What Not To Do: 

  • Don't touch or disturb the mold. 
  • Don't blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth. 
  • Don't attempt to dry the area out yourself. 
  • Don't spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold. 

If you have a mold problem call us today - (864) 292-3137 

SERVPRO of South Greenville County Fire Damage Restoration Process

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Greenville County Fire Damage Restoration Process 

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of South Greenville County has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home. Although every fire damage is a little different and requires a unique solution, the general process stays the same. The steps listed below outline our process for the "typical" fire damage emergency. 

Step 1: Emergency Contact 

When you call SERVPRO of South Greenville County our restoration process begins. A representative will ask questions that will help us respond immediately with appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment 

We carefully inspect and test the adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service 

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present) 

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces 

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing 

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We are also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment. 

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step-getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. 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 your home or business. 

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (864) 292-3137

Faster To Your South Greenville Water Damage

9/30/2018 (Permalink)

Faster To Your South Greenville Water Damage: 

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of South Greenville County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of South Greenville County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (864) 292-3137

Fire And Smoke Damage In Your South Greenville County Home

9/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire And Smoke Damage In Your South Greenville County Home

Once the fire department leaves, your South Greenville County home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. Below are some tips to protect you and your home after a fire. 

Do: 

  • Limit movement in your home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. 
  • Keep your hands clean. Hands covered in soot can further damage upholstery, walls, and woodwork. 
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpeted areas. 
  • If electricity is off, empty your freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor. 
  • Wipe soot off of chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant. 
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures. 
  • Wash both sides of leaves on houseplants. 
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system. 
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop soot particles from getting in or out of the HVAC system. 

Don't: 

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of South Greenville County. 
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water. 
  • Don't attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture. 
  • Don't eat any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water. 
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be damaged or wet and can cause electric shock, and air movement can create secondary damage. 
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.  

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster – (864)292-3137

Ceiling and Wall Cleaning for Your South Greenville County Home or Business

9/29/2018 (Permalink)

Ceiling and Wall Cleaning for Your South Greenville County Home or Business: 

Ceiling and wall cleaning should be part of the maintenance of your South Greenville County home or business. Your ceilings and walls are exposed to dirt and dust, pet dander, cooking oils and grease, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants. Over time these contaminants can build up causing odor and diminishing the appearance of your ceilings and walls. You should also have your walls and ceilings cleaned before you paint so that the primer and paint can adhere properly. Whether you are looking for a professional cleaning or preparing to paint SERVPRO of South Greenville County can help you. 

Using SERVPRO’s time-tested and industry-approved steps, along with our proprietary cleaning products and methods, we strive to restore your ceilings and walls without the need to repaint or refinish and to help the entire property smell fresh.

Need Professional Cleaning? Call Today (864)292-3137

5 Tips To Prevent Water Damage To Your South Greenville County Home

9/29/2018 (Permalink)

5 Tips To Prevent Water Damage To Your South Greenville County Home


Water is very invasive and can quickly spread throughout your property in a matter of minutes, absorbing into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of South Greenville County is always here to help whenever you may have a flood or water damage emergency. However, there are a few things you can do to prevent water damage from happening to your South Greenville County home.

Be Careful Where You Plant: Some plants and trees have invasive roots. These roots can grow into water lines and cause major damage to your home. Be mindful of sprinkler systems, drainage fields, pipes and septic tanks when planting.

Clean Out Roof Gutters: Clogged gutters can cause water to pour into your foundation, the roof, or your basement. A good way to prevent this is to remove any leaves, bird's nests, sticks, etc from gutters.

Keep An Eye On Your Water Bill: If you notice your water bill increasing, or you receive one that is unusually high, then you may have a leak somewhere. Keep a close eye on your water bill to avoid prolonged water damage to your home.

Use A Drain Snake Instead Of Unclogging Materials: Clogs are inevitable. There is no way to avoid them, but there are better ways to clear them. Chemical drain cleaners can eat away at your pipes and cause leaks. However, a drain snake can cut through most clogs, wont damage your pipes, and is relatively inexpensive.

Never Pour Grease Down Your Sink: When you pour grease down your sink it can congeal and stick to your pipes. This can cause a blockage and some serious damage. Instead, pour grease into an empty container. Once it has hardened, toss it in the trash to dispose of it.

5 Tips To Prevent Water Damage To Your Home

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (864) 292-3137

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

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (864) 292-3137

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!

14 low-tech ways to keep your house warm over the winter

1/26/2016 (Permalink)

Looking for some cheap, easy ways to keep your house warm this winter?

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Hiding in Plain Sight: Camouflage Your Storage

12/8/2015 (Permalink)

Do you see it? You do, but it took a second, right? I'm referring to the behemoth storage in the corner of this living room. Storing things, especially in small homes, isn't just about.....

Hiding in Plain Sight: Camouflage Your Storage

How To Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

12/7/2015 (Permalink)

As winter temperatures begin to creep up around your home you may start feeling nervous about your water pipes and plumbing. If so, you’re not alone. Frozen pipes (or rather, burst pipes) can cause expensive water damage to your home and property. Even a small tear in a water pipe can send hundreds of gallons of water each minute into your home.  

http://porch.com/advice/how-to-prevent-your-pipes-from-freezing/

Outdoor Christmas Lighting Tips

11/25/2015 (Permalink)

It's that time of year! Before you put up your lights this season, check out these tips to make sure you are being safe and energy efficient. http://bit.ly/1QUugrc

Stair Cases

8/17/2015 (Permalink)

It's move out season for a lot of college students. Now that you child has started a brand new exciting chapter of their life, are you considering starting your new chapter with a fresh design in your house? Are you wanting to add more storage or update your look? Why not both?! With these awesome stair case ideas you can have a beauitful piece to look at while still being useful. Just click on the link below to see the possiblities.

http://www.dwell.com/houses-we-love/article/7-smart-staircases-double-storage

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