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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. 

Emergency Planning For Your Greenville County Business.

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

People sitting around desk in an office SERVPRO of South Greenville County is ready to make any disaster "Like it never even happened."

Emergency Planning For Your Greenville County Business.

Tornadoes, storms, and other natural disasters are inevitable. Although these are unpredictable and can be sporadic in the upstate, it is crucial to have an emergency plan for your business. Most Greenville County businesses do not have an emergency plan or wait until it is too late to prepare. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is key to timely and successful mitigation. The Institute for Business and Home Safety estimates that around a quarter of businesses can not reopen after a major disaster. With an Emergency Ready Plan provided by SERVPRO of South Greenville County,your businesscan avoid being part of the statistic. An ERP is 100% free and can serve as your insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. Being "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they do not necessarily have to be.

Is Your Plan Up to Date?

OSHA requires all businesses to have an emergency response plan. If your company employs more than ten people, you are required to have a written emergency plan. You need to review your emergency plan and update it at least once a year. Your emergency plan needs to include current records for the gas, electric, and water company, employee and maintenance contacts, and guidelines for emergency response. An ERP from SERVPRO of South Greenville County can simplify this process. With an ERP, we will collect all your records, high-priority contacts, and guidelines for handling an emergency and compile those into one file that you can access 24/7 via our app or online. We will also provide you with emergency shut-off tags to place around your business and identify any high-priority areas at no cost to you. An ERP establishes SERVPRO of South Greenville County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. Your ERP will save you time and allows our crews to begin working immediately should you need it. 

Train Your Staff on Your Emergency Plan

You and your staff must know what to do and how to respond in the event of a disaster. If Greenville County officials are advising evacuation or for you to seek shelter wherever you are, it is vital to educate each employee on their role in emergency response. Identify safe spots within your office if you need to seek shelter. Remind your employees and staff to avoid elevators and only use the stairways in case of an emergency. 

Keep Emergency Supplies Handy

It is a good idea to invest in an emergency kit for the office. Make sure your kit contains enough shelf-stable food, water, and first aid supplies for everyone. These supplies will help you and your staff if you must shelter-in-place and ensure no one has to leave for any reason until the threat has passed. 

If your business has damage from a fire, storm, or other incidents, SERVPRO of South Greenville County is here for you. Our commercial restoration technicians are ready 24/7, 365 days a year, so you are guaranteed a quick response. Call us anytime to report your damage. We'll make it "Like it never even happened." For more information on creating your ERP, click here

Tornado Safety Tips

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Tornado Safety Tips 

Last April, a tornado tore through Upstate South Carolina, leaving behind severe damage in Oconee County. Many residents sought safe shelter and remained physically unharmed. As we approach the first anniversary, we wanted to remind everyone of a few tips to keep you safe, should this happen again. 

  • Pick an interior room in your home to take cover. A cellar, bathroom, or closet are ideal places to wait out a tornado. Avoid rooms with windows. If you can't decide where to go, choose your bathroom. The tub is the safest place to be during a tornado.
  • If you get stuck outdoors, find a ditch and lay down as flat as you can. Stay far away from items that can fly through the air. 
  • Do not stay in a car or try to drive away from a tornado. Cars can be lifted by high winds or crushed by debris. 
  • If you evacuate your home, do not return until local officials have said it is safe to do so. 

How Smoke and Fire Damage Can Affect Your Home

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

How Smoke and Fire Damage Can Affect Your Greenville Home 

Fire and smoke damage can wreak havoc on your home. Soot can leave behind visible damage to your items and home. Fire and smoke damage can result in unseen disastrous damage to your home's structure. Having a quick reaction can help you minimize the impact of destruction, as some of your items and household goods can be restored to pre-fire condition if treated immediately. However, the longer you wait to mitigate the damage, the more costly the damage becomes. 

  1. The Restoration Cost Increases: When you delay the mitigation process, the damages begin to get worse. The longer the smoke odor goes untreated, the harder it becomes to neutralize the odor. These challenges make the treatment process more time consuming, which equals to a more expensive bill. 
  2. Extensive Damage: When smoke and ash mix with water, they create a very corrosive element. If not treated properly, this substance begins to eat away at your walls, floors, ceilings, and other surfaces in your home. Cleaning with soap and water will not successfully remove this substance. To effectively remove this substance from your home, it requires a proper cleaning with the right chemicals. 
  3. Soot Deposits: If left for too long, soot can travel to rooms that were not immediately affected by the fire. Wall paint, carpet, furniture, drapes, clothing, and other items can be stained or damaged by soot. 
  4. Permanent Damage:  If not cleaned quickly, smoke and fire damage will leave behind permanent damage. Prolonged exposure can cause permanent damage to your walls, metal surfaces, clothes, furniture, and floors. 

The aftermath of a fire in your Grenville home can leave you feeling overwhelmed. The first step towards a successful recovery should be to call SERVPRO of South Greenville County! Once the heroic first responders have completed their efforts, let SERVPRO of South Greenville County help you pick up the pieces and get your life back on track. Call us today at 864-292-3137!

Be Prepared For Winter Weather.

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Upstate South Carolina doesn't often experience frigid temperatures, but icy winter storms can cause property damage, create safety risks, close roads, and major highways, and cause area-wide power outages. Before severe weather, you should do your best to prepare. Below are a few things you can do to make sure you are ready for whatever winter weather comes our way. 

  • Add rock salt to melt ice and shovels to your disaster supply kit. 
  • Make sure you have sufficient heating fuel, in case you become stuck in your home. 
  • Know where your shut-off valves are located and how to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts. 
  • Have your vehicle serviced to ensure it is prepared for colder weather. 
  • Create a winter emergency kit that includes a shovel, windshield scraper, small broom, flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, water, snack food, extra warm clothes, first aid kit, pocket knife, extra medication, blankets, rope, and tow chain, road salt, booster cables, emergency flares, and a fluorescent distress rag. 

The 12 Days Of Holiday Safety!

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

The 12 Days Of Holiday Safety!

  1. Never share holiday or travel plans on social media: Do not put your travel plans or pictures on social media until after you return. You could be unintentionally inviting thieves into your home while you are away. 
  2. Poinsettias and mistletoe are poisonous: Plants like mistletoe, holly, poinsettias, and amaryllis are highly toxic and should be out of reach from children and pets.
  3. Don't overload circuits, extension cords, or electrical sockets: Overloading circuits, extension cords, or electrical sockets could cause a fire. Space out your decorations to ensure they're not drawing electricity from one outlet. Never plug multiple extension cords together, and always use polarized or a three-pronged cord, rated to handle the electrical current your devices needed. 
  4. Never leave burning candles unattended: Always extinguish any candles when you leave the room, your home, or go to sleep. 
  5.  Turn off tree lights, decorations, and space heaters when you are away and before you go to sleep: Always unplug all of your lights, decorations, and heaters when you are not in the room. 
  6. Only use outdoor and indoor lights as indicated on their packaging: Outdoor lights can operate safely in cold and wet environments. While indoor lights ensure they won't cause a tree fire. 
  7. Never leave cooking or baking unattended: Always stay in the kitchen even if you are baking or roasting-and set a timer to remind yourself to check on cooking food. 
  8. Never throw wrapping paper in the fire: Small burning embers can land on the rug or carpet, setting it on fire. Wrapping paper with colored print or glitter can release harmful gases when ignited. 
  9. Check your smoke detector battery: Regularly test your smoke alarm, and replace the batteries twice a year. 
  10.  Don't drink and drive: Remember, if you plan to drink alcohol, make sure you have a designated driver to get you and your loved ones home. 
  11. Use a fire-resistant artificial tree and water your natural tree daily:     Keep your tree at least three feet away from heat sources and open flames. If you are using a natural tree, remember to keep it hydrated. 
  12. Maintain wood-burning fireplaces and chimneys: Clean your wood-burning fireplace regularly to breakdown the build-up of creosote-a flammable smoke residue. 

SERVPRO of South Greenville County wants to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season! 

Potential Holiday Hazards and How To Prevent Them!

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

Potential Holiday Hazards and How To Prevent Them!

The holiday season is quickly approaching. Holiday lights and decorations are pretty and festive; however, they can be hazardous to your home and your safety. 

  • Holiday lights are beautiful and add that special festive touch to your home. Before you begin to hang them up, check each light strand. Older or broken lights can cause a fire. 
  • When hanging Christmas lights, keep your ladder on level ground to prevent falls. 
  • To prevent your tree from catching on fire, water your tree frequently. Do not leave the lights on 24/7, and don't use real flame candles on or around your tree. Keep your tree secure by using a solid tree stand. 
  • Keep your chimney clean and your tree away from your fireplace. Avoid hanging garland around an open flame or heat source as it is a fire hazard.

The holidays are a happy time, full of family, gathering, and cheer. But, if you don't take precautions, your holidays could turn hazardous in the blink of an eye. SERVPRO of South Greenville County hopes you have a happy and safe holiday season. 

Before Using the Turkey Fryer Read This!

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Before Using the Turkey Fryer Read This! 

Every November, families come together to feast on a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Did you know that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? If you don't practice safe cooking habits, your happy holidays could quickly become hazardous in the blink of an eye. If you plan on using a turkey fryer during this holiday season, check out these tips we've put together. 

  • Turkey fryers can easily tip over and spill hot oil across a large area. Only use your turkey fryer outdoors and on a stable level area well away from anything that can burn. 
  • Establish a 3-foot kid-free and pet-free zone. Tiny hands and paws can cause spills and burn injuries. 
  • Keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher within arms reach of the turkey fryer. 
  • Do not overfill your turkey fryer; oil will spill out when the turkey is cooking. To determine the right amount of cooking oil, place the turkey in the fryer with water first. 
  • Never out a frozen turkey in the fryer. Always thaw your turkey before attempting to fry it. 
  • Turkey fryers can overheat. Make sure to check the temperature with a cooking thermometer so the oil won't overheat. 
  • Always use long cooking gloves when handling the pot, lid, or handles of the turkey fryer. 
  • Let the oil cool overnight before disposing of the oil. 

If a fire strikes in your South Greenville County home, give the experts at SERVPRO of South Greenville County a call (864) 292-3137. We will help make it "Like it never even happened."  

Be Safe Around The Bonfire With These Safety Tips.

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Relaxing around a bonfire during a chilly fall night is one of the best ways to unwind. Whether you are in the comfort of your backyard or relaxing at a campsite, these safety tips can help keep you and your friends safe this fall. 

  1. Choose the right location: First, find a level and open area to have your bonfire. There should be ten feet between the bonfire and structures or items that can catch fire. 
  2. Use the right wood: Always burn seasoned hardwoods. Materials like plywood can release toxic fumes, while softwoods can spark and pop excessively. Only use woods that fit entirely in your fire pit and do not stick out. 
  3. Don't use fuel accelerants: Never use firestarters, as they can release toxic fumes, start an explosion, or cause your fire to grow too rapidly. 
  4. Check the weather and burn status: Wind can cause your fire to spread rapidly. If pollution levels are high, your local government can instate a burn ban to limit particulate matter and keep carbon dioxide levels down. Check both of these things before having a bonfire. 
  5. Be smart around a fire: Avoid wearing flowy clothing or drinking excessively when around a fire. Always have an adult present if children are around the fire. 
  6. Extinguish the fire correctly: Make sure the fire is completely out by drowning the fire in water and then mixing the ashes and embers with the soil. Scrape burned logs to ensure the hot embers are off of them. Then, stir the embers into the wet dirt to make sure everything is wet. 

Be Cozy and Safe This Fall With These Fire Safety Tips

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

3 orange pumpkin mugs on an ottoman in front of a fireplace Always extinguish a fire when you leave the room for any amount of time.

Be Cozy and Safe This Fall With These Fire Safety Tips!

It's October, which means the leaves are changing and the temperature is cooling down. As the weather begins to cool down, we will see an increase in fires in the Greenville County area. Most of which are caused by space heaters, forgotten candles, or accidents in the kitchen. As you put out your decorations, space heaters, and your fall scented candles, keep these few safety tips in mind. 

  • If you leave the room for any amount of time, be sure to turn off heaters and extinguish candles. 
  • Keep anything that is flammable at least 3 feet away from space heaters and open flames. 
  • Never plug-in heating equipment into an extension cord. The extension cord can overheat and cause a fire. 
  • Always place heaters on level flat surfaces on the ground. 
  • Never use the stove to heat your home or dry your clothes. 
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms. 
  • Never use a space heater or any appliance with a damaged or frayed cord. 
  • Have a qualified service professional inspect your heating system annually. 

The aftermath of a fire can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Let SERVPRO of South Greenville County pick up the pieces and get your life back on track. Call us today (864) 292-3137!

Fire Safety In Your Kitchen.

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Safety In Your Kitchen. 

Fall is officially here! As the leaves change colors, football begins, and the holidays get closer and closer, you may find yourself in the kitchen more and more. October fourth through the tenth is fire prevention week. This year's fire prevention week theme is "Serve Up Fire Safety In The Kitchen!" Cooking equipment is behind almost 50% of all home fires. We're sharing a few tips to help you prevent a fire from starting in your kitchen. 

  • Most fires that start in the home involve the stove. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. Turn off the stove if you need to leave the kitchen for an extended length of time. 
  • Keep your cooking area free of oven-mitts, towels, wooden utensils, and food packaging. 
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops. 
  • Keep pets off of cooking surfaces and nearby countertops. 
  • If you are sleepy, have consumed alcohol, or taken medication that makes you tired, don't cook. 
  • Never use a portable fire extinguisher to extinguish flames from a grease fire. It will cause the fire to spread. 
  • Turn pot handles away from the stove's edge. 

If you have a fire in your home, after the first responders leave, call SERVPRO of South Greenville County (864) 292-3137! 

Hurricane Season Is Here Are You Ready?

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane Season Is Here Are You Ready? 

We have reached the peak of hurricane season. Although the Coast and Midlands will face more destruction than the Upstate, we in the Upstate need to be prepared for flooding, power outages, and whatever else a hurricane decides to throw our way. You should have the following items packed and ready to go in case any emergencies arise. 

  • A three day supply of water. One gallon of water per person per day. 
  • A three day supply of easy to prepare non-perishable food for each person in your household.
  • At least a seven day supply of medication and extra medical items. Don't forget extra batteries, hearing aids, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, and canes if needed. 
  • Include extra laminated copies of personal documents such as medication lists, pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, and insurance policies. You need to include a laminated copy of family information and emergency contact information. 
  • If you have an infant or toddler, add extra bottles, formula, baby food, and diapers. 
  • A fully stocked first aid kit needs to be included. 
  • If you have pets, include extra leashes, collars, food, water, carriers, and bowls for each pet.  
  • A few extra things you need to include are a flashlight, extra batteries, emergency blankets, extra clothes, maps of the area, cash, cellphones with extra chargers, a multipurpose tool, a camera to take photos of the damage.

If you have damage from a recent storm, call SERVPRO of South Greenville County (864) 292-3137. 

SERVPRO of South Greenville County Means Clean!

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

2020 and COVID-19 have sent the Upstate on a rollercoaster ride. We begin to feel relieved as we see a decline in cases, only to stress out again when we see case numbers rise as schools and businesses open back up. One consistent thing is the number of business owners reaching out to learn more about our new Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program. We've developed plans for all different types of businesses to help them keep their staff and patrons safe. The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program provides business owners and their patron's peace of mind when they see our logo on the front door. They can tell and feel that the space has had a high level of cleaning. We sanitize all high touch areas.

Stores, restaurants, offices, and commercial buildings are great candidates for our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program. Please call SERVPRO of South Greenville County for more information on the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program.

4 Simple Steps You Can Take To Keep Your Business Safe During A Flood!

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

4 Simple Steps You Can Take To Keep Your Business Safe During A Flood!

Floods, heavy rainfall, and stormy weather can put any business at risk for closing. The best way to limit business interruption after bad weather is to prepare your business for it. Follow these simple steps to protect your South Greenville  business from bad weather.  

  1. Clear Gutters: Clogged gutters can overflow and flood your roof. Remove sticks, leaves, and other debris that could cause a clog. Ensure your gutters are securely fastened to the building. 
  2. Cut Back Trees: Cut back any tree limbs before bad weather. This prevents the possibility of loose branches falling into the building during high winds or rain. 
  3. Back-Up Data:  Before any bad weather starts, back up important data. Many businesses have a server dedicated to storing their content as a precautionary measure. 
  4. Make a Flood Dam: Use sandbags to create a flood dam. This will protect your business from being flooded with blackwater.

If your business floods during a storm, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of SERVPRO of South Greenville County (864) 292 - 3137. We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

3 Reasons To Stay Off The Road During A Storm

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

3 Reasons To Stay Off The Road During A Storm 

We all hate being stuck indoors, especially when it's raining. However, as bad as you want to get out during a storm, you must avoid driving when roads begin to flood. A flooded street may seem easy to navigate, but it's a risk to your safety. The following are just a few reasons why it is best to stay off the roads during severe weather.

1. It can damage your vehicle 

Your car is not made to drive through large amounts of water. It is not equipped with the necessary equipment to protect it from water damage. Your engine could easily become flooded, causing your car to malfunction. Electric components can short out, and areas of your car can rust, leaving you with a massive repair bill.  

2. There may be hidden road damage

A flooded road may appear safe, but you never know what could be lurking beneath the water's surface. Potholes, tree branches, and other debris from the storm, could be hidden under the water. These can further damage your car and make it more difficult for you to drive safely.

3. You could lose control of your car

Whether you've been driving for a few years or a few decades, you can't be prepared for everything. Just six inches of water can sweep you and your car away. One of the best travel tips for driving during a flood is to simply not to do it. Stay put if possible, and once the water has receded, you can find a more comfortable place to stay. If you come across a large area of water, follow the turn around don't drown method.

Is Your Home Ready For A Storm?

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Is Your Home Ready For A Storm? 

You cant control the weather or what storms will damage. You can, however, protect your home by preparing for oncoming inclement weather. 

  1. Repair Loose Siding: It's important to ensure your siding isn't damaged. If a piece of siding is loose, it's more likely it will break free. If a piece is missing, then there is a gap for the wind to get under and do more damage. 
  2. Ensure Water Can Flow Away From Your Home: The group of your lot should keep water flowing away from your home and into a ditch or a drain. 
  3. Walk Around Your Property: Identify the items around your property that could become projectiles. Things like lawn furniture, tools, flower pots, and other yard debris should be moved to the garage, shed, or indoors. 
  4. Ensure All Doors and Windows Are Sealed Properly: Wind only needs a small opening to get underneath something and cause damage. If windows and doors aren't sealed properly, then that small opening could enlarge and compromise the inside of your home or roof. 

Your Household Appliances And Water Damage

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Your Household Appliances And Water Damage 

Any appliance with whose pipes or other fixtures feed into a water line has the potential to develop clogs or spring leaks that can lead to serious water damage if left unchecked. Below are the five most common sources of water damage we see most often.  

  1. Toilets. Overflowing toilets are usually caused by a clogged drain or a malfunctioning float that allows too much water to flow into the tank. 
  2. Dishwashers. Faulty float switches or strainers clogged with food and debris can cause dishwashers to overflow and pour water into your home.  
  3. Washing Machines.  Clogged floor drains and loose hose connections are usually the main reasons why washing machines overflow. 
  4. Water Heaters. A faulty temperature and pressure relief valve, a leaky plumbing connection, or corrosion can cause your water heater to malfunction and flood your home. 
  5. Refrigerators.  The most common source of water damage we see is refrigerators. Most refrigerators are fitted with drain lines or ice makers. Drain lines in refrigerators can easily clog, which can cause water to puddle around the bottom of the fridge. Ice makers in refrigerators can cause water damage when the water supply line springs a leak.  

Is Your Greenville Business Prepared For A Fire?

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Is Your Greenville Business Prepared For A Fire? 

Not only are your employees part of your team, but they are also an essential asset to your business. You and your employees want to feel safe every time you walk through the doors, and to do that, you must know what to do in an emergency. The following tips can prevent you and your team from becoming injured in a fire and ensure that everyone is on the same page should a fire start in your workplace. 

  • Fire Plan: Make sure your employees know what to do if there is a fire, including calling 911 immediately. Have a fire drill once a year to keep employees updated on your safety protocol.  
  • Have A Safety Officer: Designate one person as your office's fire prevention officer. Their duties should include composing escape routes and meeting points for employees, as well as keeping all your office safety plans, equipment, and information up to date. 
  • Evacuation Plan: If you work in a larger building, display fire evacuation plans in several places around your workplace. Account for employees who will need additional assistance when developing your evacuation plan. 

If your business has fire or smoke damage - call SERVPRO of South Greenville County (864) 292- 3137 . 

SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team.

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team.  

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. SERVPRO of South Greenville County works hand in hand with the commercial large loss team to make it "Like it never even happened." 

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO of South Greenville County. 

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Should a storm or major event strike, call SERVPRO of South Greenville County (864) 292-3137

SERVPRO of South Greenville County is "Helpful and Reassuring"

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Greenville County is "Helpful and Reassuring"

"Professional and courteous clean up of an upsetting water damaged area in our recently moved into home. Tammy Easler was most kind, helpful and reassuring." - Joyce S.
After moving into her home, Joyce discovered the signs of water damage. She called SERVPRO of South Greenville County, after realizing a pipe burst on the top floor of her home. The lower level ceiling, walls, and carpet were soaked with water. Our crew responded immediately and began the mitigation process. A crew chief surveyed the areas of damage with Joyce, inspected her areas of concern, and created a tailored drying plan designed specifically for her home. Our team removed the wet drywall, baseboards, insulation, carpet pad, and tack strip. Once the demolition was complete, drying equipment was set. Her home was dry in three days. Joyce was so happy with our performance she left us a glowing review.

Is Your Business Ready For Disaster?

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

Is Your Business Ready For Disaster? 

Disasters and emergencies don't always strike during operating hours. Planning ahead and being prepared speaks trust to your employees and clients. In the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO of South Greenville County, you can minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action in place. Is your Greenville business ready for a disaster? 

Why the SERVPRO ERP?

  • The ERP is a no-cost assessment of your facility. 
  • The ERP establishes SERVPRO of South Greenville County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. 
  • The ERP provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information. 
  • It's designed to contain only the critical information needed for an emergency. 
  • Identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin. 

To start your ERP call SERVPRO of South Greenville County (864) 292 - 3137. Please visit https://ready.SERVPRO.com/ for more information. 

How Can You Protect Your Home From A Water Damage

7/18/2020 (Permalink)

How Can You Protect Your Home From A Water Damage

You control every aspect of your home, from your decor to the temperature of your ac. Disaster and destructive damage is the last thing you would want to happen to your home. Water damage is especially destructive and can ruin a home within minutes. Although you can't control when or if you will have water damage, there are a few things you can do to minimize your risk. 

  1. Water Heaters: Water heaters will not last forever. Over time, corrosion will damage the tank and cause leaks. However, you can prevent this by installing a tray or drip pan under your water heater. 
  2. Groundwater infiltration: We recommend installing a sump pump to alleviate groundwater from flooding your home. Install an emergency generator so the pump will always be ready to operate at all times. 
  3. Sewer Back-Up: To prevent your sewer from backing up, make sure the main wastewater pipe is fitted with a backflow valve. This valve will need to be inspected regularly by a plumber. 

When disaster strikes call SERVPRO of South Greenville County (864) 292 - 3137

Does Your Basement Have a Moisture Problem?

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

Does Your Basement Have a Moisture Problem? 

A wet basement feels gross and smells disgusting. Basements with moisture control issues can ruin your floors, walls, and can cause mold to grow not only in your basement but in your home as well. The first step to successfully stopping your basement from becoming flooded with water is to identify the root problem. Here are four strategies you can utilize to keep your basement dry. 

  1. Reshape the landscape: Create a berm (a mound of dirt) or a swale (a wide, shallow ditch) landscape features that redirect water long before it reaches your house. 
  2. Plug gaps:  Do you notice water dripping through cracks or gaps around plumbing pipes? You can plug these yourself using hydraulic cement or polyurethane caulk.
  3. Restore the crown:  Your home should sit on a "crown" of soil that slopes at least 6 inches over the first 10 feet in all directions. You can build this back with a shovel and dirt. 
  4. Add gutter extensions: You can add plastic or metal gutter extension to guide water further out if your downspouts are dumping water less than 5ft away from your home. 

If you are having moisture issues in your basement, call SERVPRO of South Greenville County (864) 292 - 3137. For more information, please visit www.SERVPROsouthgreenvillecounty.com

How To Minimize Flood Damage to Your Home.

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

How To Minimize Flood Damage to Your Home. 

Sometimes no matter how much we prepare for a flood, flooding will happen. However, we've put together a few tips to help you minimize the damage should your home flood. 

  1. Invest in flood insurance. If your home is flooded, be sure to take plenty of photos and videos for your insurance adjuster. 
  2. Be sure your gutters and drains are clear to allow water to run freely through them. 
  3. If you have a sump pump, make sure it is turned on and in good running condition. 
  4. Use sandbags to block any gaps that could lead to flooding. 
  5. If your home does flood, open up windows and doors to allow the air to move throughout the house and dry things out. 
  6. Shut off the electricity before a flood, to avoid any electrical damage. 

If you have water damage to your home please call SERVPRO of South Greenville County (864) 292 - 3137. Please visit www.SERVPROsouthgreenvillecounty.com/ for more information. 

How To Avoid House Fires

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

5 Tips To Avoid House Fires 

Your home is the epicenter of your life. It's where you build your life and make memories with your family. That's why you would do anything to keep your home safe from fire and smoke damage. Although you can't control everything that happens in your home, we've compiled a few tips to help reduce the risk of a fire starting in your home. 

  1. Keep your stove and oven clean: 

Food particles left on burners can get too hot and cause a fire to start. If curtains or a dishtowel are too close to the oven, they can also spark a fire. It's best to clean the oven and stove of leftover food and keep flammable objects away from the oven and stove. 

 2. Don't leave your kitchen: 

Never leave the kitchen while food is cooking. If you have to leave the kitchen, turn the oven or stove off first or have someone watch the food until you can return. 

 3.  Always check your dryer: 

Clean your lint trap every time you put in a new load of laundry. Be sure to check behind the dryer to make sure lint and other items are not stuck. Have your dryer inspected yearly to ensure it is running properly. 

 4.  Properly store flammable products: 

Store hazardous and combustible products away from heat sources. 

 5. Be careful with your fireplace: 

Make sure you have a door between the flames in your fireplace and your flooring. When you throw ashes away, give them more than enough time to cool down. 

If you have fire or smoke damage please call SERVPRO of South Greenville County      (864) 855 - 3993 or visit www.SERVPROsouthgreenvillecounty.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

 Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of South Greenville today at  864-855-3993 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Tornado Hits Local Church SERVPRO of South Greenville County Here To Help

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

Green Storm Truck In Front Of Seneca Baptist Church Tornado Hits Local Church SERVPRO of Greenville County Here To Help

Around three am, on the Monday after Easter Sunday, an EF 3 tornado touched down in Oconee County. Many families took precautions and ran to shelter before the tornado touched down. Unfortunately, due to the strength of the tornado, all of Oconee County experienced some form of damage.
Seneca Baptist Church withstood the tornado but, a portion of the roof peeled back, leaving the pews and carpet in the sanctuary exposed to rainwater and debris. The church had no power or water, leaving them with a hurdle to overcome on the road to recovery. Thankfully they made a call to SERVPRO of South Greenville County.
Our team arrived and began working. Several generators were set, and power distribution boxes were installed to help run our specialty drying equipment. Crew members quickly realized we needed to call in our Storm Team to help with the drying process. They brought a trailer load full of dehumidifiers and other drying equipment. Together, we were able to dry the church and make it "Like it never even happened."

We are Cleaning Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

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 cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of South Greenville County, 864 -292- 3137

A Flood Is Coming, Are You Prepared?

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding can result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges, or water systems overflowing. Although flooding can develop slowly or quickly and is temporary, knowing what to do before a flood hits, can keep you safe. 

What Can You Do Beforehand? 

  • Know the type of flood risk in your area. 
  • Make sure you have signed up for your community's warning system. 
  • If flash floods are a risk in your location, monitor potential signs. 
  • Learn evacuation routes, shelter plans, and practice your flash flood response. 
  • Make an emergency kit and keep it a safe place. Include items for your pets and extra medication. 
  • Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. Remember, it takes 30 days for a new policy to go in to affect. 
  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create and save password-protected digital copies. 
  • Before rain or snow, clean out your gutters. Move your valuables to higher locations. 

What To Do During an Earthquake

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

What To Do During An Earthquake

Imagine you're at home or work, or maybe you're outside when suddenly the ground begins to shake violently. After a few seconds, you realize what's happening, its and earthquake. Would you know what to do in this situation? If not, we have compiled a list of what you need to do during an earthquake. 

  • Remain calm. If you are indoors, remain indoors. If you are outside, stay outside. 
  • If you're indoors, stand against a wall, stand in a doorway, or crawl under heavy furniture. Stay away from windows and outside doors. 
  • If you're outdoors, stay in the open away from power lines or anything that might fall. Stay away from buildings. 
  • Don't use matches, candles, or any flame. Broken gas lines and fire don't mix. 
  • If you're in a car, stop and stay inside the car until the earthquake stops. 
  • Don't use elevators. 

What To Do Before An Earthquake

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

An earthquake is the shaking of the surface of the Earth, resulting from a sudden release of energy in the Earth's lithosphere. Earthquakes can range in size from weak, where they can't be felt, to violent, where destruction can wreak across entire cities. However, before an earthquake hits, there are a few things you can do to minimize damage to your home and ensure you stay safe. 

What To Do Before an Earthquake: 

  • Anchor heavy furniture, cupboards, and appliances to the walls or floor. 
  • Don't leave heavy objects on shelves. 
  • Make a plan of where to meet your family after an earthquake. 
  • Make sure you have a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight, and extra batteries at home. 
  • Learn how to turn off the gas, water, and electricity. Turn the utilities off before the earthquake hits. 
  • Learn the earthquake plan at your school or workplace. know

Before the shaking begins, know how to protect yourself! 

Ice Blasting and Your South Greenville Business

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO workers in tyvek suits utilize ice blasting machine to clean floor of commercial warehouse Ice blasting is a nonabrasive, non-conductive, non-flammable, and non-toxic way to clean a dirty surface or object.

What Is Ice Blasting?

SERVPRO of South Greenville County has many unique methods to clean a commercial or manufacturing building. One of those cleaning methods is ice blasting. Ice blasting utilizes carbon dioxide in the form of dry ice pellets or shavings and accelerates them into in a pressurized air stream. The air stream is directed at the dirty area or object and removes any dirt, dust, or residues that are impacted on the surface. Ice blasting is a nonabrasive, non-conductive, non-flammable, and non-toxic way to clean a dirty surface or object. Ice blasting does not create any secondary waste or leave behind any chemical residues.

If you think your business could benefit from ice blasting, give SERVPRO of South Greenville County a call (864) 292-3137. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Space Heaters and Extension Cords!

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

With winter weather right around the corner, you'll want to keep warm indoors. Which means you'll probably start reaching for that space heater this winter. If you plan on using a space heater this winter, please remember to plug them directly into wall outlets. Power strips cannot handle the higher current flow needed for a space heater and can overheat and catch fire due to the added energy. Follow these space heater safety tips below to see how you can prevent a fire from starting in your home. 

  • Regularly check the cord on your heater. If it is damaged or frayed, stop using the heater and replace it. 
  • Always keep the cord away from heat. 
  • Leave three feet around the heater completely free of obstructions or items. 
  • Always unplug heaters when not in use. 

If you experience fire damage please contact SERVPRO of South Greenville County at (864) 292 - 3137. 

Easy Holiday Decorating Tips!

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Easy Holiday Decorating Tips! 

Decorating your South Greenville home for the holidays is one of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit! Unfortunately, Greenville emergency rooms see thousands of injuries involving holiday decorating every season. We hope you keep these tips in mind when decorating your home for the holiday season. 

  1. Keep poisonous plants like mistletoe, holly berries, Jerusalem cherry, and amaryllis are away from children and pets.
  2. If you have an artificial tree, check that it is fire-resistant. 
  3. If you are using a live tree cut off two inches of the trunk to expose fresh wood for better water absorption, remember to water it and remove it from your home when it is dry. 
  4. Keep your tree at least three feet away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources, and do not block doorways. 
  5.  Keep breakable ornaments or ones with detachable parts away from children. 
  6.  Use your indoor lights indoors and your outdoor lights outside. Make sure you use the right ladder when hanging lights around your home.
  7. Replace light sets that have broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. 
  8.  Check the directions on holiday light packaging to see how many light strands can be plugged into one socket. 
  9. Keep light plugs out of puddles and snow. Never nail, tack, or stress the wiring when you are hanging lights around your home. 
  10. Always turn off all the lights and decorations when you go to bed or leave your home. 

If disaster strikes during the holidays - don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of South Greenville County 864-292-3137! 

Frozen Pipes? No Problem! Thaw Them With These Steps!

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

How To Thaw Frozen Pipes! 

The winter freeze is quickly approaching. Which means your pipes may freeze. If you try to turn on your facet on an icy day and only a trickle comes out, you may have a frozen pipe. Don't worry! We have accumulated a few tips to help you thaw out frozen pipes and keep your home from flooding this winter. 

  1. Turn on your faucet. As the frozen pipe heats up, the ice plug will begin to melt. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe. 
  2. Apply heat to a section of pipe.  Do not use any device with an open flame to heat the frozen pipe. The high heat can start a fire or damage the pipe. Instead, use an electric heating pad or hairdryer. 
  3. Apply heat until the water pressure is restored. Check all the faucets in your home and see if water pressure is restored. If it's not, you may have another frozen pipe. 
  4. Call a licensed plumber If you are unable to locate the frozen pipe, if the area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe yourself. 

If a pipe bursts in your home, don't stress! Call SERVPRO of South Greenville County 864-292-3137! 

Have A Disaster Free Thanksgiving!

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Have A Disaster Free Thanksgiving! 

Thanksgiving is almost here, which means lots of fellowship, family time, and cooking in the kitchen. According to the U.S Fire Administration, an estimated 2,000 fires occur on Thanksgiving day. That equates to five deaths, 25 injuries, and $21 million in property loss each year. Cooking is the leading cause of these fires. SERVPRO of South Greenville County wants you to have a fire-free Thanksgiving. Below are a few tips you can follow to ensure your turkey day is fire and smoke-free. 

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. Smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and outside each sleeping area. Test your smoke alarms every month. Replace smoke alarms that are 10 years old or older.
  2. Do not leave food unattended. 
  3. Keep combustibles and food packaging away from burners and heat sources. 
  4. Cooking oil can ignite quickly, watch it closely. 
  5. Do not wear loose sleeves while cooking. Long sleeves can ignite or catch on handles of pots and pans spilling hot oil and other liquids. 
  6. Establish a "kid-free zone" of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot foods or drinks are prepared or carried. Keep children away from these areas. 
  7. Keep a lid nearby to smother grease fires. Smother fires by sliding the lid over the pan and then turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cool. 

Don't let fire and smoke ruin your holidays SERVPRO of South Greenville County provides emergency services 24/7 - (864) 292 - 3137!  

For More Information On Fire Damage, Please Visit Our Fire Damage Restoration Page

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How To Have A Fire Free Fall

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

How To Have A Fire Free Fall 

We are officially in the fall season! Which means we are in for cooler weather, beautiful colors, and a plethora of outdoor activities. With the temperature going down, SERVPRO of South Greenville County begins to see a rise in fires. Be sure to plan ahead this fall season to ensure its fire-free. Below are a few tips you can use to make sure you have a fire-free fall.

Highly flammable fall decorations, like dried flowers, cornstalks, and other decorations should be kept away from open flames and heat sources, including lightbulbs and heaters. Remember emergency exits should be clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes. Children should be taught to stay away from open flames. Teach them how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing catches fire. Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume. Avoid billowing fabric as it can easily ignite. If you are making a costume, choose a material that is flame-retardant. Use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in jack-o-lanterns. Lit pumpkins should be kept away from anything that can burn and out of the way from doorsteps, walkways, and yards.

October and Fire Prevention Month

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

October and Fire Prevention Month! 

Fire Prevention Month is every October. During this month, take the time time to reevaluate your preparedness plans for your home and business. Pay close attention to your fire escape plan. Evaluate each room and determine if you have two exit strategies for each room. Ask yourself if a fire does start in your home or business, can you escape in two minutes? If not, then identify and remove obstacles that prevent you from doing so. Create, implement, and practice your fire escape plan for your home and business; it may be the difference between safety and tragedy! When surveyed, eight percent of people surveyed said getting out was their first thought after hearing a fire alarm. Practicing your escape plan can help you make the most of the short time you have to get out!

Fire Escape Plans For Your Home or Business

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

It's officially the month of October, which means it's Fire Prevention Month. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets aside one designated week each October to focus on fire prevention. The 2019 theme of Fire Prevention Month is "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!" During this week, you should take the time to evaluate your fire escape plans. According to the NFPA, once the fire alarm goes off, "you could have less than one to two minutes to escape safely!"

Fire experts agree; once a fire starts, you may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home or business. Creating, developing, implementing, and practicing a fire escape plan in your home and office can make the difference between safety and tragedy. To create a successful escape plan first, draw a map of each level of your home or business. Be sure to include all the doors and windows in your drawing. Next, identify two ways out to get out of each room. Ensure all doors and windows that lead to outside open easily. Designate an outside meeting place that is a safe distance in front of your home or business, mark the location of the meeting area on your escape plan. Be sure to plan for everyone in your home or office, with special consideration for elderly or disabled individuals. Practice your fire escape plan at least twice a year.

National Preparedness Month and Emergency Ready Profiles

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

National Preparedness Month and Emergency Ready Profiles

September is National Preparedness Month. The theme for National Preparedness Month 2019 is Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters. National Preparedness Month is the perfect time to create an Emergency Ready Profile for your South Greenville County business. An Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) will ensure you and your business are ready for whatever happens. So what is an ERP exactly? Read below to learn more about the ERP and the advantages of having one.


The ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your business. Knowing who to call and what to do in advance is the key to a quick response and successful mitigation. We begin the process of creating an ERP by touring the facility or business. During this tour, we locate shut off valves and priority locations. We also identify a chain of command for authorizing mitigation work to begin. Then we compile critical information such as emergency contact information, your electric or gas company, water company, and power company. Finally, we turn all this information into a comprehensive document that is easily accessible online or through SERVPRO's free ready plan app. This information is also sent to SERVPRO Corporate where it is stored and sent out to SERVPRO disaster teams in the event of a county-wide disaster. By completing an ERP, your business or facility is given priority if there is a county or city-wide disaster.

To set up your ERP - Call SERVPRO of South Greenville County (864) 292- 3137.

Common Water Damages Found in South Greenville County

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Common Water Damages Found in South Greenville County 

When you mention water damage to Greenville County business owners, most envision massive storms, flooded offices, and stopping business for several days. Many South Greenville County business will suffer from water damage as a result of flooding, weather events, and severe storms. Many business owners, entrepreneurs, and business space renters in Greenville County overlook that storms, severe weather, and floods are not the only causes of water damage. 

Below are a few common examples of water damage that we have found in South Greenville County businesses.  

  1. Old Sprinkler System Older offices and retail buildings can have old and faulty sprinkler systems. While these systems can work in sync with fire protection systems, they can also malfunction and cause significant flooding. Flooding can damage inventory, business assets, and equipment. 
  2. Damaged Appliances and Equipment  Greenville County restaurants and catering businesses are more susceptible to this type of water damage. When the appliance malfunctions and sends water across your business, especially during late hours when everyone is home, you could be walking into a water damage disaster the next morning. 
  3. Broken Pipes and Plumbing A failed plumbing system or broken pipe can immediately lead to water damage. 
  4. Backed Up Sewer Lines Damaged sewer lines and backups can cause major damage. The contaminated water can enter your Greenville County business and cause health effects for your employees, customers, and ruin your products, equipment, or valuable business assets. 

If any of these disasters happen to you - Call SERVPRO of South Greenville (864) 292-3137. 

How to Prepare For A Hurricane Before Its Too Late

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

How to Prepare For A Hurricane Before It's Too Late 

Hurricanes are massive storms that form over the ocean and move towards land. A hurricane can cause massive amounts of destruction, devastation, and unsafe conditions. Taking the time to prepare now can make a big difference in your safety. Follow these tips below to help you prepare before its too late. 

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings. 
  • Learn your emergency evacuation route for your city or town. 
  • Protect your property by removing any dead limbs and outdoor furniture, and securing anything that could become airborne or hazardous during the hurricane. 
  • Make an emergency preparedness kit. 
  • Collect any financial, medical, educational, and legal documents and put them in your emergency kit. Bring them with you if you evacuate. 
  • Stock up on emergency supplies. You should have at least a three day supply of water and non-perishable food in your emergency kit, as well as extra medication, a first aid kit, hygiene items, and spare clothes. 

When A Storm Rolls In Call SERVPRO of South Greenville County.

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

This homeowner was relaxing and listening to the rain pour outside. Suddenly he noticed the carpet in his finished basement was getting wet. Rather than panicking, he gave SERVPRO of South Greenville County a call.

Once our crew arrived at the loss, they began assessing the damage. Our technicians discovered the water came from outside the home. They devised a drying plan perfectly tailored for this home. This plan allowed for successful mitigation while maintaining most of the structure. Our team began extracting the standing water from the carpet. Next, the carpet padding and portions of the baseboards were removed. Then, drying equipment was set up to dry out the wet areas and subfloor. When everything was dry, the carpet was treated and cleaned. The customer was blown away with the end result.

When you have storm damage - don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of South Greenville County 864 - 292 - 3137! 

When Your Dishwasher Makes A Mess - Call SERVPRO of South Greenville County.

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

This homeowner noticed his dishwasher leaking. Wanting to get ahead of the damage he called SERVPRO of South Greenville County. Our crew arrived ready to mitigate the damage. Unfortunately, we found more damage than we expected. The continuous hardwood floors showed significant signs of water damage. Once our team took some moisture readings, they discovered the subfloor was saturated and brittle. Before the techs could remove the floors, we moved the homeowner's furniture, keepsakes, and other belongings into our safe and secure warehouse. The cabinets, flooring, and subfloor were removed. Drying equipment such as fans and dehumidifiers were placed around the areas to dry out the structure. After a few days, the home was dry and ready for the restoration department to reinstall the cabinets and install the new flooring.

When Fire Damage Threatens To Close Your Doors - Call SERVPRO of South Greenville County

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

This laundromat was filled with smoke and soot after a dryer combusted. After the fire department put out the fire, the owner began to wonder how he was going to clean up the mess. Thankfully, he gave SERVPRO of South Greenville County a call. When our technicians arrived, they began cleaning up and removing the leftover debris from the fire. Next, they focused on removing the soot from the machines, floors, and ceilings. The ceiling tiles were removed, cleaned, and reinstalled. Our technicians then removed the smoke odor. Fogging and deodorizing equipment was set up in various areas. The dryers that were involved in the fire could not be restored and were removed. In a matter of days, SERVPRO of South Greenville County had the laundromat ready to reopen.

When smoke and soot threaten to shut your business down - Call SERVPRO of South Greenville County 864 - 292 - 3137.

Who Do You Call When Your Basement Is Flooded? SERVPRO of South Greenville County.

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

You walk into your finished basement and find that your water heater has burst. What do you next? Before you panic, call SERVPRO of South Greenville County. This homeowner didn't waste any time and gave us a call. Our production crew went out and immediately began gathering moisture readings. The readings allowed the crew to create a drying plan specifically tailored to this structure. Next, special drying equipment was set up around the home. Our crew members monitored daily and took new moisture readings throughout the drying process. Then the demolition process began. Our technicians removed the affected flooring and parts of the baseboards. We kept the homeowner updated by providing them with daily updates on the progress of drying and demo. The customer was blown away by the end result.

When you have a disaster - your first step should be to call SERVPRO of South Greenville County 864 - 292 - 3137!

Stained Carpets? Call SERVPRO of South Greenville County.

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

Stained Carpets? Call SERVPRO of South Greenville County. 

Your carpet is one of the biggest filters in your home. Carpets and rugs can harbor stains, allergens, dust, dirt, animal hair, bacteria, and other icky things. You would think regular vacuuming would remove these but, household vacuums are not capable of reaching deep down into the fibers. This customer was tired of using conventional cleaning products to remove the stains from his carpets. He eventually gave up and decided to call SERVPRO of South Greenville County. Our technicians arrived and immediately got to work. A spot treatment and pretreatment were sprayed on the set in wine stains. The carpets were steam cleaned to finish out the process. Our crew cleaned two bedrooms, an office space, and the hallway in one day. When the job was complete, the customer had a big smile on his face.

Holidays Are Stressful Enough - Don't Panic Call SERVPRO of South Greenville County

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

This church was preparing for the holiday season when the water heater burst, dumping water down the walls and on the carpet. Not sure what to do next, a church member called SERVPRO of South Greenville County. Our team rushed over, ready to make it "Like it never even happened." The church needed to be open for the holiday season, so our technicians worked endlessly to accomplish that goal. Special drying equipment was set up around the carpeted areas to dry out the wet carpet. To dry the walls out completely sections of drywall were removed. After the walls and carpet were dried out, the areas were ready for the restoration team to take over. We kept our customer in the loop through daily updates, which made them feel at ease with this stressful situation.

Call SERVPRO of South Greenville County When You Have Standing Water

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

This homeowner walked into a room full of standing water. The water heater burst and dumped mass amounts of water into the home. After surveying the damage, the homeowner discovered the kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, closet, and the living room had water damage. SERVPRO of South Greenville County responded with a crew that was ready to make it "Like it never even happened." Our technicians immediately began extracting the water from the wet flooring. While some of our technicians worked to remove materials that were not salvageable, others set up special drying equipment.  The carpet padding, vinyl flooring, and part of the drywall were removed to aid in and speed up the drying process. We kept our the homeowners updated through daily monitors and taking moisture readings. 

What Happens When Water Damage Goes Unnoticed?

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

After noticing a few weird lumps in their hardwood floors, this homeowner decided to call SERVPRO of South Greenville County. Upon further investigation, the homeowners discovered that their main water line had ruptured under the slab floor in their kitchen. Our team arrived at the home and found that most of the flooring throughout the home displayed signs of water damage. Our production team took moisture readings from various areas of the structure and created a plan to mitigate the existing damage. Before beginning any demolition, the crew moved the homeowner's contents into a safe and secured storage container. While part of the team ripped up the severely damaged flooring, the other half was set up drying equipment to stabilize the structure. After we completed the demo and dried out the structure, our team removed the drying equipment and prepped the area for restoration. 

Are Those Cobwebs?

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

No, those are not huge cobwebs you are seeing. These black webs are actually soot tags. During a fire, when petroleum or synthetic materials burn, soot forms and bonds together. You will typically see these webs on the ceilings and in corners of a home after a fire. Corners and ceilings usually have a cooler temperature after a fire and will collect more soot tags. As the air is seeking equilibrium, the soot tags will float towards higher areas with cooler temperatures. Do not attempt to remove soot tags in your home after a fire, as you can damage the wall or ceiling. After the first responders leave - call  SERVPRO of South Greenville County to make it "Like it never even happened." (864) 292 - 3137. 

When Storms or Floods hit South Greenville County, SERVPRO is ready!

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

When Storms or Floods hit South Greenville County, SERVPRO is ready!

SERVPRO of South Greenville County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit South Greenville County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 864-292-3137

Do You Have Black Mold In Your South Greenville County Home or Business?

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Do You Have Black Mold In Your South Greenville County Home or Business? 

You may have seen the sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of black mold or toxic mold. These reports can alarm and confuse you. It's beneficial to get the facts so you can better understand mold. 

How Do I Tell If It's Black Mold? 

Many types of mold can cause reactions. You should contact us immediately if you see any signs of mold. Often, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. 

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today - (864) 292-3137 

Understanding Mold

When water invades your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Below are facts about mold. 

  • Mold is present everywhere, indoors and outdoors. 
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or A/C heating systems. Mold can also enter your home by attaching itself to your clothing or a pet. 
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies and can produce allergens and irritants. 
  • Any sources of water or moisture must be addressed before we can begin the remediation process. Otherwise, the mold can return. 
  • Mold can often produce a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to the problem areas. 
  • Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent. Higher than normal indoor humidity can support mold growth.  

When you need mold remediation call SERVPRO of South Greenville County (864) 292-3137 

South Greenville County Document Restoration

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

South Greenville County Document Restoration 

Paper or documents that have suffered from water or smoke damage can deteriorate quickly. Valuable and irreplaceable documents can be lost forever if not handled properly. SERVPRO's Document Restoration Team can help you recover your damaged paper goods. 

Why Choose SERVPRO Vacuum Freeze Drying? 

If you have water damaged documents then, vacuum freeze drying is the most efficient and effective way to salvage your documents. The Document Restoration team utilizes a sublimation process to save your documents. This process can recover the most delicate documents including, photographs, X-rays, and entire business archives.

All members of the Document Restoration Team are HIPAA Master Certified, and your items are under 24/7 video surveillance once they arrive at the SERVPRO facility.  

Digitizing 

If your file room has suffered from water or smoke damage and needs to be cleaned, dried, or decontaminated, then digitizing might be a good choice to eliminate the need for massive file rooms. 

Gamma Irradiation 

Your documents are contaminated and deteriorating if they have been damaged by sewage or flood water. Gamma irradiation can be used to recover documents. This process is used for cleaning, disinfecting, and decontaminating documents and other consumer goods. A disruption in a living a cell results in damage to the cells DNA and the other cellular structures. The photoinduced changes at the molecular level can causes organisms to die or can render the organism incapable of reproduction. The gamma irradiation process does not create residuals or impart radioactivity in processed products. 

Certified Destruction 

We guarantee certified destruction to give you peace of mind that your documents are disposed of properly. 

If you have documents that need to be restored call SERVPRO of South Greenville County (864) 292-3137 

Commercial Storm Damage Restoration For South Greenville County

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Storm Damage Restoration For South Greenville County

Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There is never a convenient time for flooding or storm 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 South Greenville County a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need. 

Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (864) 292-3137 

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of South Greenville County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial storm or water damage emergencies. Regardless of your property type or size, we will respond quickly to clean the property and manage the restoration project through its completion. 

Why You Need the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for Your South Greenville County Business

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Why You Need the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for Your South Greenville County Business

If your business experiences a disaster, the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut off valve locations, and priority areas. Your businesses ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time.  

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile 

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility. 
  • A concise Profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. 
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. 
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. 
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information. 

The best time to plan for a disaster is not when the disaster happens, but well before the disaster happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it. 

Want an Emergency Ready Profile for Your Business? Call SERVPRO of South Greenville County (864) 292-3137

When Water Damage Strikes Call SERVPRO of South Greenville County

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

When Water Damage Strikes Call SERVPRO of South Greenville County  

The first 24 hours after a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of the loss notification, SERVPRO of South Greenville County will be there to ensure your water damage is handled. 

Inspection 

SERVPRO of South Greenville County will inspect the affected areas to determine the extent of the water damage. We will review the inspection with you and answer any of your questions before we begin the work. 

Emergency Services 

We take steps to help protect your home or business, personal belongings, and other items from further damage by extracting the excess water and prepping the area for drying. We will explain the needed emergency services to you step by step. 

Monitoring 

To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to the appropriate industry standards, we will monitor the drying process. We consistently communicate with you about updates. 

Restoration Services 

SERVPRO of South Greenville County will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property or belongings. A final walk-through of the job site will be done with you to help ensure your property is returned to preloss condition. 

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

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Highly Trained Restoration Specialists:  

The Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. The professionals at SERVPRO of South Greenville County study the IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses. We implement these practices into every job. Our staff also has access to web-based training. Video representations and support materials are followed by a knowledge test at the end of each module. This keeps our technicians and office staff up to date on the industry standards and allows us to deliver the professional quality you expect.  

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and have the equipment to respond to you emergency 24/7. We can restore your home or business back to preloss condition.

Tips To Prepare For a Fire In Your South Greenville County Home

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

When a fire breaks out in your South Greenville County home you only have two minutes to escape. It is important that you are prepared when a fire starts so that you can escape your home quickly and safely. 

  1. Install the right amount of smoke alarms. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year. 
  2. Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one. 
  3. Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting outside spot outside of your home. 
  4. Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another. 
  5. Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell "Fire" to alert everyone they must get out. 
  6. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1. 
  7. Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes catch on fire. 

The 7 Ways to Prepare for a Home Fire

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration For South Greenville County

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration For South Greenville County

Fire can spread quickly and destroy anything that is in its path. A fire can be especially devastating for any business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Equipment, machinery, offices, and products can be destroyed leaving you with a huge mess to deal with. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we will respond immediately to get you back to business. 

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service 
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster 
  • A Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises 
  • Highly Trained Fire and Water Damage Restoration Specialists  

Commercial Fire Damage? Call Us Today - (864) 292-3137

Tips To Minimize Water Damage From a Flood

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Tips To Minimize Water Damage From a Flood: 

To prevent water damage from a flood from ruining your home use these tips and tricks. 

  1. Have your plumber check the sump-pit and sumps pump (if you have them) to ensure they are working correctly and not blocked. 
  2. Ask your plumber about installing a backwater valve. This device stops water and sewage from coming back into the house during heavy rainfall. 
  3. Invest in water leak sensors and alarms that alert you to leaks in the home. 
  4. Keep your floor drains clear of obstructions. 
  5. Seal cracks around windows and in the basement, foundation and floors. 
  6. Protect your HVAC system. If possible have a professional elevate the furnace and hot water tank, to get it off the basement floor.
  7. Install shelves in your basement to keep items off your floor. Do not keep valuables and important documents in the basement. Store them upstairs where they are less likely to become damaged. 
  8. Do not pour fats, oils, and grease down your drain. They can solidify and clog pipes. 
  9. When there is heavy rain minimize your water use.  

Tips To Minimize Water Damage From A Flood: Inside The Home

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

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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

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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.

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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. 

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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


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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.....

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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.  

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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.

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