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Reduce Your Chances of Storm Damage With Weatherproofing | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

a person placing weather stripping on a white window If you have any storm damage, SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County is here to help. We are available 24/7 and ready to assist you when you need it

When severe weather is in the forecast, adding extra protection from the weather to your home is a wise move that can save you money. Damages from severe weather are responsible for many claims to homeowners’ insurances, but precautions can go a long way in preventing this from being a problem.

While it is impossible to predict how much damage any storm will do, making a point to increase your weatherproofing efforts will ensure you are ready for whatever forecasts come your way. Here are our favorite tips to make sure your home is protected:

Weatherproofing Measures to Reduce Chances of Storm Damage

Keep Your Shingles in Shape
Regardless of the age of your roof, rain-induced leaks can happen for any number of reasons. The best way to be vigilant against this is by taking a look at your roof regularly. Shingles that clearly need to be replaced are often the first sign that damage might be next—look for tiles that are cracked or missing and repair as soon as possible.

Beat the Weather With Weatherstripping
Installing weatherstripping around doors and windows is a fairly simple task, but it still has major benefits. When heavy rains come through, weatherstripping can seal minute cracks that would allow water to seep through and lead to damages. Weatherstripping is also recommended by Energy.gov as a cost-saving mechanism, as it can reduce electricity bills via extra insulation.

Gut Debris From Your Gutters
Making a habit of twice-yearly gutter cleanings will provide you with a good view of what your overall gutter health is like, but it is also smart to check on them in between as well. Look for any signs that they are not working well the next time that it rains—water draining where it is not supposed to and dry downspouts are two tell-tale signs that something is amiss.

Pick the Right Paint
Exterior paint has gone high-tech in recent years, making it about more than just choosing a preferred shade. Many paints have waterproofing mechanisms and the ability to withstand excessive UV rays, making houses more resilient to weather-related wear and tear. Choosing a paint with these types of technologies might be more of an investment but will likely lead to savings in the long run.

If you have issues with storm damage to your home, we are always here to help. Contact us 24 hours a day for a rapid response.

Lower Your Business’ Fire Risk With These Tips | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

a green exit sign surrounded by flames If your business has experienced a fire, call SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County. We provide a full service from mitigation to restoration.

Planning ahead for your business generally involves quarterly projections and operational budgets, but planning ahead to reduce your fire risk is also a wise choice. A fire can devastate a business in a moment, putting unprepared owners in a tough predicament that many do not recover from. By planning ahead, you can be prepared for what happens during and after a fire to help your business recover.

To protect your investment, yourself and your staff, increasing your preparedness for a fire is crucial. To help you have a reference guide, we have assembled some must-know tips to lower your business’ fire risk and make sure you are ready for any emergency scenario.

<h3tips-to-reduce-your-fire-risk">Safety Tips to Reduce Your Fire Risk

Follow code guidelines and inspection schedules. Keep track of the recommended safety guidelines for businesses to kick off your fire preparedness efforts. Set up by the National Fire Protection Association, these standards are a great resource for scheduling inspections, providing adequate signage and everything else you need to know to make sure you are up to code.

Identify your specific risks. Depending on your industry, you may have additional fire risks specific to your business. Things like special equipment, cooking surfaces, chemicals and more can all contribute to your likelihood of a fire and should be built into your fire safety planning for best results.

Create (and practice) a fire evacuation plan. A fire alarm sounding can spark confusion that quickly becomes fear if those in the building are not sure what to do. Making sure your staff is prepared can help the evacuation process go smoothly. Identify and mark evacuation routes and set an outdoor meeting space, then regularly host drills to make sure everyone is aware of the procedure.

Have regular fire safety seminars with staff. Drills are the most important, but general fire tips are also useful to review with your team. Make sure everyone knows how to use equipment safely, where to locate fire extinguishers and when to sound the fire alarm if they see flames or smell smoke so everyone can practice fire safety throughout their workday.

If your business has experienced a fire, we’re here 247 to respond and begin restoration. Call us today to learn how we can help you.

Why You Can Count on Us After Storms Move Through | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

a yellow storm damage sign in front of a large damaged roof SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County is your Damage Restoration expert. If you experience any storm damage call us right away.

Storms may happen regularly, but that does not make them any less dangerous. Storm damage is one of the most common reasons for household insurance claims and was responsible for $2 billion in household losses for 2018 alone.

Having a plan in place for storm damage can save you time and money throughout the restoration process, as can working with the right company. We are committed to providing a high standard of service and quality of work, so you can have peace of mind when you work with us for restoration to your home.

Why Our Storm Restoration Approach Stands Out

We Are Fully Certified in Restoration
While some instances of storm damage are straightforward, it is more common that they are not. Structural damage can lead to water damage, creating a multifaceted issue that must be treated together to be fully restored. That is why we are fully certified and take a holistic view to our restoration approach—to ensure we handle all the damage.

We Invest in Our Workforce
In restoration situations, having qualified technicians work on your home is directly tied to the quality of work you will receive—that is why we take our technicians’ training so seriously. Everyone is up to date on the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification standards and given the opportunity to continue their training and further their career all throughout their time with us.

We Have the Resources to Handle Anything
Throughout the nation, there are SERVPRO® owners who are always willing to help each other out. When large-scale storms move through the area, we can get in touch with our colleagues for backup and extra resources that allows us to scale up to meet demand. This means everyone in the community will receive the same quick, quality service we provide.

We Have a Trustworthy Reputation
Unfortunately, there are many businesses and people who will take advantage of victims after storms and disasters—but that is not us. We are considered leaders in the restoration industry, and we aim to exemplify that in everything we do. When you choose to work with us, you can expect high-quality work that is completed in a timely manner for a fair price, every single time.

If you have experienced storm damage or want to learn more, you can call us 247 for more details.

Huge Building Flooded By 1 Pipe Burst | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Crew responds quickly to flooded building As you can see above this is one side of the 10,000 square foot building that was affected by the sewage pipe burst.

We received the call early morning on 12/12/19 that a building had a sewer pipe burst in a men restroom and it had flooded only nine rooms and a hallway. When arriving within the hour of the call the crew soon realized this flood was much bigger than expected. The whole 10,000 square foot building was flooded with three inches of water. The building owners said this pipe could have been running for days. Our crew immediately checked to  ensure that the water was off throughout the building and began setting up equipment. While doing this job we didn't have any issue. The building owners were impressed with how in control and fast we got the job done. They even took the time out to write a letter to our crew chief and operations manager to inform them how amazed they were with the work performed.

Keep Your Household Safe With These Fire Safety Tips | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

< img src =”housefire.jpg” alt = “a person laying another wood log into hot burning fireplace ” > A house fire can occur when you least expect it. SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County is on call 24/7 and will guide you through any fire restoratio

A house fire is something we all hope will never happen to us, but without practicing fire safety, the chances of falling victim to one are much higher. Because we have seen first-hand how destructive fires can be, we want to advocate for individuals to be as safe as possible.

The good news is that there is quite a bit of fire safety information around the web, but unfortunately, it is not often all in one place. To help families be safer and more prepared, we put together a list of the fire safety tips we think everyone should know.

Keep Track of These Fire Safety Tips

Frequently Check Smoke Detectors. One of the top fire safety tips is to install smoke detectors in every room of the home. These can alert you to a fire long before they get out of hand, allowing your family to move to safety and call for help right away.

Have a Fire Escape Plan. Once the smoke detector sounds, make a plan for what to do next. Draft a fire escape plan that features two exits from each room and practice it often and with different scenarios so everyone is as prepared as can be.

Know How to Operate a Fire Extinguisher. Do your research on the different types of fire extinguishers and make sure everyone in the household knows how to operate one in order to have the ability to extinguish flames before they get out of hand.

Never Leave Flames Unattended. Many of us use open flames every day, whether it is through candles, cooking or household heating devices. The commonality of these things can lead people to downplay their dangers, but it is important to remember that any open flame can pose a fire risk and should never be left alone.

Keep a Closed-Door Policy. Fires can occur at any time of day or night, and those that break out in the nighttime hours tend to be more fatal. One way to practice nighttime fire safety is by going to sleep with bedroom doors closed—this can reduce how quickly flames are able to spread, allowing for a longer reaction time so you can safely escape.

If you’d like to learn more about protecting yourself from a house fire and how our restoration services can help you recover, get in touch today to learn more.

Hidden Water Damage From Appliances | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

frustrated woman on floor looking at broken washer If your home experiences any flooding or other water issue, SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County is here to dry, clean and repair any damage.

While water damage from floods and weather is typically obvious, other types of water damage may surprise you. For example, did you know that regular household appliances are a leading cause of water damage in the home?

What’s worse is that this water damage can often take a long time to discover, causing the damage to be far worse. Thankfully, through regular check-ins, homeowners can prevent this problem from getting out of hand.

Check These Appliances to Prevent Water Damage

Hot Water Heater
Despite the official lifetime of a hot water heater being around 10 years, leaks can start much sooner than this. As parts grow worn from usage, they can begin to break down and let water escape, which can lead to a serious issue if it is left untreated.

Refrigerator
Any refrigerator with an ice dispenser or water filter is connected via the house’s main water line, making it a possible culprit for leaks. To compound this, refrigerators are rarely moved, so if these connections do begin to leak, they can go unnoticed. Adding the back of your refrigerator to your annual home checklist can ensure you notice any leaks before they become issues.

Dishwasher
The dishwasher is another appliance to pull out from the wall occasionally, as water damage can sit inside its cubby and soften the structures around it. Insurance will not always cover damage from leaking dishwashers if they are past their intended lifespan, so catching these early is important to avoid a costly bill.

Washing Machine
Washing machine hoses are so prone to leaks that it is recommended to inspect them every 30 days and replace them every five years even if they have not caused any issues. The hoses can deteriorate from the inside out, so they should not be pushed past their lifespan if possible.

Air Conditioner
All air conditioning units create moisture as they run, which is normally drained effectively. However, if the drain becomes clogged or there is some sort of issue, water can build up in and around the unit and lead to bigger problems. Performing the factory-recommended maintenance on the unit is the best method for preventing this, but it is also wise to check on the unit yourself on a regular basis to ensure there is no abnormal condensation.

If your home has been impacted by water damage or you’d like to put a plan in place in case it happens to you, contact us to learn how we can help.

Disaster Planning for Business Owners | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

< img src =”preparedness.jpg” alt = “preparedness and readiness sayings in bold lettering with red background ” > Having a disaster plan in place is crucial. SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County is your full service commercial restoration company.

While your business plans are likely focused on income reports and projected rate of growth, it is important to also plan for things that are a bit riskier—namely, natural disasters.

Though it may not be a common concern for most, more and more people are feeling the effects of these emergencies and planning accordingly. Natural disasters continue to become more frequent, making preparedness the best way to cope with this frightening trend.

Planning ahead for natural disasters involves evaluating your coverage, making an action plan for yourself and your employees and having a strategy for your business’ recovery for the aftermath. Reopening quickly is key to staying successful following a disaster, and all of these things will help.

How Any Business Owner Can Plan for Disasters

1. Double-Check Your Insurance
It is always a good idea to know the ins and outs of your insurance coverage, but especially so when discussing disaster preparedness. Many basic business policies are not enough to cover extreme damages to your property, and with so many supplemental coverage options on the market, it can be confusing to determine what you need—which is why having this conversation with your agent is wise.

2. Create Your Action Plan
When you are faced with a scenario where you must evacuate from your business right away, it is important to have a plan in place and all necessary supplies in order to do so in as little time as possible. Documenting local shelters, evacuation routes and medical facilities will all be helpful, as well as any key actions such as shutting down machinery on your way out the door.

3. Rehearse Drills and Prepare Staff
Once you have the emergency action plan solidified, increase peace of mind by sharing it with your staff members. Make sure everyone is up to speed on the official disaster protocol and work on rehearsals for everyone to run through various scenarios. This will make employees feel much safer, and reduce your liability as a business owner as well.

4. Choose a Restoration Company to Work With
In the aftermath of a disaster, reopening quickly is generally the main concern for business owners, and choosing your restoration company in advance can help you achieve this. Your business is your livelihood, so choosing a quality commercial restoration company that can repair it effectively and efficiently following a disaster is key.

If you need to pick a commercial restoration company that’s right for you, call us today! We can tell you all about what sets our process apart.

Tips to Prevent an Increase in Winter Fires | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

< img src =”fireprevention.jpg” alt = “snow covered christmas tree branches ” > Practicing prevention is the best way to reduce the chance of a fire, however if you do experience a loss contact SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville Coun

Keeping tips for fire prevention in mind is good regardless of the time of year, but during the winter months, it is suggested to be extra cautious due to it being the peak time for house fires. There are many conditions that are generally only present during winter that can make a fire more likely to break out, so it is important to be aware of these and know how to best practice prevention.

Top Reasons Winter Fires Occur

An Increase in Cooking
Incidents in the kitchen can be quite dangerous, which is why cooking is the top house fire cause at any time of the year. During winter, this is only exacerbated due to the higher rates of cooking, baking and celebrations that occur.

The Risk of Heaters
Keeping a comfortable home in the winter is important, but so is staying fire-safe. Heating and fireplace-related incidents are the second-highest cause of house fires during the winter months, often due to users neglecting to follow safety advice. Making sure to use heating tools safely is a key method for preventing house fires.

Candles and Decorations
Getting in the holiday spirit with decorations and candles is fun, but be sure to not do so at the cost of fire safety. Even a small candle flame can increase the likelihood of a fire, so it is important to only utilize them under supervision. Electrical decorations are generally safer, but their cords and components should always be inspected for wear and tear before use.

Tips for Preventing Winter Fires

Because of these perfect house fire conditions that are increasingly present in the winter, understanding fire safety is extremely important. These fire prevention tips will help you maintain safety within the household all winter long:

  • Check smoke alarms once every 30 days and replace every 10 years.
  • Always monitor open flames.
  • Select space heaters with automatic shut-offs in case they tip over.
  • Utilize a screen every time you use a fireplace.
  • Draft and practice an emergency escape plan with your household.

If your home has been impacted by a fire, call us right away. We are leaders in restoration and can help you recover quickly after a fire occurs.

 

Flooding Damage Common to Residential Structures | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged furniture, home items and ripped up carpet sitting on driveway of brick home Do you have water damage or flooding? Let SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County guide you through your water-related issues.

While flood preparedness has always been important, in recent years it has taken on a new sense of urgency. The number of annual floods continues to rise, even affecting areas that are not typically prone to flood damage.

Flooding has a variety of causes which can lead to damage in different ways. However, after treating many homes that have been damaged in many types of floods, we have been able to isolate some common types of damages that occur in order to help homeowners be prepared.

Types of House Damages Common After a Flood

Foundational Damage. When the soil becomes waterlogged during a flood, it can cause the ground to swell unpredictably and shift structures alongside it. This means that homes’ foundations can become damaged during a flood, leading to cracking and uneven structural elements after everything settles.

Drywall Damage and Mold. Drywall that has become damaged in a flood should always be replaced due to concerns about contaminated water and the health effects of mold. Drywall is adept at hiding mold growth behind its panels, making replacement the only choice for safety.

Insulation Saturation. A house’s insulation is typically protected behind the drywall, but once that is damaged, the insulation is often next. Most types of insulation are highly absorbent, leading to decreased effectiveness at temperature regulation as well as dangers of mold.

Temporary Frame Swelling. A solid lumber house frame is surprisingly resilient to flood damage. Wood will typically swell and shift when it is fully saturated with water, but once it is dried and professionally cleaned, it will usually maintain its structural integrity.

Appliance Ruining. When it comes to appliances, every model is constructed differently, meaning a professional opinion is highly encouraged. Some appliances have panels of insulation within their walls, rendering them unusable after water exposure, while others will be fine if they are dried out thoroughly.

Furniture Damage. Damage to furniture can vary based on the materials it is made of. Upholstered pieces are often unsalvageable due to the health concerns of contaminated floodwaters, but metal, wood and glass pieces can often be used once more after they are professionally cleaned.

If your home has been affected by a flood, we’ll be here to help you! Give us a call 247 to learn about our certified flood restoration process.

Choose a Reputable Company for Restoration | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

black smoke coming out of windows from a burning house Having a team on your side after a disaster can help relieve stress. SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County is here to help when a fire strikes.

There is never a bad time to make sure your fire preparedness efforts are up to par, but winter is the prime time to check in. Cooler weather prompts an uptick in house fires based on the Red Cross’ data, with December and January being the most hazardous.

In the event of a fire, are you sure you would know what to do? Practice a fire safety plan with your household to ensure you know how to react, and consider the restoration company to call to find out how to restore.

<h3restoration-methods-you-can-count-on">Fire Restoration Methods You Can Count On

You never want to doubt that your fire restoration company will do a quality job in a reasonable time frame, which is why we want to reassure our customers every step of the way. We are here to answer the phone 247 and will perform extensive restoration once we arrive.

Here are the methods we implore after a fire to help you recover:

Structural Cleaning

Restoring your structure properly is essential to your home’s longevity. When we arrive, we will thoroughly inspect the area to determine the extent of the damage and create an action plan for restoring it. After this, the restoration process will begin, including reconstruction and soot removal from all affected areas.

Content Cleaning

The belongings you have chosen are part of what makes your house feel like home, which is why we will restore everything we are able to. Not only is this often cheaper than replacing it, but it will also make your recovery much easier. Utilizing wet and dry cleaning, we can handle most types of objects and ensure they are safe for usage.

Deodorization Services

Even after the structure and the contents of your home have been repaired, smoke and soot odors can linger. Not only can these be a nuisance, but exposure to them can lead to health issues down the road. That is why we make use of technology that can scrub the air of these harmful compounds, so you can breathe without a worry in your home.

If you’ve been affected by a fire, reach out to us right away! We are here 247 to help you recover.