Recent Water Damage Posts

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.  

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. 

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.

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!

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. 

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  

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

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

9/29/2018 (Permalink)

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

5 Tips To Prevent Water Damage To Your Home

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

Water Damage Tips For Your South Greenville County Home

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips For Your South Greenville County Home


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

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives:

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

What To Do:

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

What Not To Do:

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

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

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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