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Do You Have a Severe Weather Safety Plan? | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Severe weather is an absolutely terrifying thing to be faced with. Not only can it cause severe damage to your home, but it is also extremely unpredictable, meaning conditions can turn hazardous in an instant. The costs of having storm damage restored can also be exorbitant, but the most important thing is making sure your family is safe.

As with any difficult life scenario, one of the best things you can do is to have a plan in place in case severe weather moves into your area. That way, instead of panicking or being unsure of what to do, you can be certain of how to proceed to keep your family safe.

By knowing where to go, where your supplies are and that you have made sure you can stay in your shelter, you can have much more peace of mind surrounding your family’s well-being.

Elements to Consider for a Severe Weather Preparedness Plan

Where Will You Seek Shelter?

It is always a good idea to have a designated shelter spot in your home where everyone can head if the weather turns severe. Ideally, this would be a basement, but you can also choose an area of your home that does not have windows and few exterior walls if a basement is not available.

Do We Have Food and Water?

Once you seek shelter, it is wise to make sure you do not have to leave until the weather event has passed. It is a good idea to keep nonperishable foods and plenty of water in your shelter spot so you can stay put for the duration of the storm.

What Will Your Light Source Be?

Power outages are extremely common during severe weather, so it is smart to keep flashlights and lanterns in your shelter area in case you can’t use your home’s electricity. Be sure to pack batteries, too, as they can lose their power with time.

If your home is damaged by a severe weather event, we are here for all your restoration needs. You can contact us as soon as you discover the damage for the quickest response possible, and with our 24/7 emergency line, you will never have to wait to get in touch. Contact us today to learn more.

Consider the Fire Risk When Lightning Candles | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Candle lit with a star and pine cones These tips can help you and your family stay safe during the holidays. Call SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville for more tips!

Burning candles in the home is an extremely common practice, whether it is for scent, ambiance or holiday celebrations—but with the regularity of an activity like this, it can be easy to forget the fire hazards that candles can pose in the home. While small, it is important to remember that candles are still an open flame and present the same dangers that any other type of fire would when in use.

Candles are responsible for nearly 10,000 fires every single year, many of which are entirely avoidable.

Many fires caused by candles are a result of people placing them too close to flammable objects, especially if they leave the room or fall asleep while the candle is still burning. Below, we will go over some candle safety tips so you can be certain you are decorating and celebrating safely.

Top Tips for Candle Safety in the Home

While candles can be a great way to decorate your home and add pleasant scents, you should still treat them as carefully as you would any other open flame. Here are some helpful safety tips:

  • Keep candles at least a foot from anything flammable, such as drapes, upholstery or blankets.
  • Rely on flashlights or lanterns for light sources instead of candles in case of a power outage.
  • Make sure candles are always out of reach of young children.
  • Do not place candles anywhere that they could be accidentally knocked over, especially if you have pets in the house.
  • Do not leave the room if a candle is burning and extinguish a candle if you think you may fall asleep.
  • Trim your candle’s wick before lighting to keep the flame low and prevent it from flickering or flaring up unpredictably.
  • Avoid placing your candle in a place that is drafty as this can blow the flame.

If your home is damaged by flames or smoke, you can count on our expert technicians to handle every aspect of the restoration. We are here 24 hours a day to take your call, give you more information or dispatch quickly to begin your restoration. Contact us today to learn more.

Make Water Damage Checks Part of Your Home Maintenance | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

tan wall with water damage spots showing through Do you have any water damage to your home? Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County, we are your local water restoration experts.

When homeowners face issues, not all of them are serious—but water damage is something that should be taken very seriously from the moment you notice it. The issues you can see from water damage are often easily remedied, but the underlying and structural issues are another story and can be quite a danger to live with.

You can do your part to prevent water damage by checking for it regularly, so if it does begin, you can catch it early. This will lessen the damage it can cause and make your insurance filing process much easier, too.

Checking for Moisture Damage Throughout Your Home

Inspect your walls and ceilings. Water damage loves to hide out behind ceilings and walls, but checking for signs of it can help alert you to any potential issues. Spots that are soft to the touch, feature peeling paint or show water spots are often indicative that there is a leak somewhere nearby that you will want to address.

Don’t forget to look down. If water damage is present, it can gradually work its way down and get into the floor of your home, soaking into the subfloor and causing problems. If you notice any soft spots or buckling of your floor, it might be a sign that the subfloor has become saturated with moisture.

Inspect your roof. It is not uncommon to have water damage problems stem from problems with the roof, but through regular inspections, you can catch any potential problems early on. Using a pair of binoculars, check for missing shingles or spots that look damaged, which can be areas where water damage is allowed to work its way in.

Pay close attention to the basement. While a damp basement was once considered a given, we now know the dangers of allowing basements to fester in their own moisture. If water is getting into your basement, it is important that you stop it and have any issues treated immediately to avoid mold and mildew growth.

If you have water damage anywhere in your home, we are here to help. You can contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damages. Get in touch today to speak with a water damage restoration expert.

Boosting Your Fire Safety Efforts Well in Advance of the Holidays | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

Two candles lit around conifer cones Make sure your ready for the holidays with fire safety tips.

While the days are just now starting to feel shorter and indicate that fall is on the way, it is never a bad time to consider your fire safety efforts. The fall and winter seasons present some of the biggest fire risks out of any time of year for a variety of reasons, but the last thing you want to do is wait until it is too late to think about fire safety.

To make sure you are prepared for a fun and safe holiday and winter season, the time is now to make sure your household fire safety efforts are up to par. Here are some of our favorite cool-weather fire safety tips you can keep in mind.

Cooking and Baking Safety

Cooking and baking tend to see an increase in popularity during both fall and winter, but because cooking-related accidents are the leading cause of home fires, it is important to practice safety as you work in the kitchen. Keeping flammable items away from the stove and oven, not cooking when distracted, never leaving food unattended while it is on the stove or baking, and educating yourself about grease fires can go a long way in keeping you safer.

Fire and Space Heater Safety

Bonfires, fires in the fireplace and the coziness of a space heater are all synonymous with cooler weather, but all present their own risks. For fires, it is never wise to leave a flame unattended and always recommended that you keep a fire extinguisher within reach just in case. For space heaters, keep them away from anything flammable and always unplug them if you will be leaving the room or going to bed.

Decoration Safety

Candles and holiday decor are a great touch for homes, but they can be quite dangerous, too. Candles should be given the same precautions as any other open flames, and string lights and other decorations should only be used according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

If you have damage to your home or business due to a fire, we are here to help you. Contact us today to learn more about our fire restoration services or to report your damage. We are here 24/7 to spring into action and provide you with a rapid response.

Know What to Watch for Regarding Water Damage in Your Basement or Crawl Space | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

Concrete brick wall that is wet from water damange If you have a crawlspace, it makes it easier for you to inspect your home for water damage.

Having a basement or crawl space that is accessible is not only a great access point for your home, but it also ensures that you can inspect it regularly to prevent water damage from becoming an issue unbeknownst to you. Basement and crawl space moisture issues are extremely common in homes and can happen for a variety of reasons, but fortunately, catching it and treating it early is the best thing you can do.

If you leave basement moisture untreated, you can add other serious problems into the mix just from allowing the water to fester. Not only can you wind up with serious mold and mildew colonies on your hands, but you might also sustain structural damages to foundational poles and floor joists from moisture buildup. Knowing what to check for is so important to protect your basement or crawl space—and thus your home—from water damage.

Checking Your Basement or Crawl Space for Water Damage

Follow Your Nose

Even if you can’t see signs of water damage, you will often be able to smell it early on. Mold and mildew can put off some serious odors, so if your basement or crawl space begins to smell musty or stale, that is a good sign something is wrong.

Check Your Cinderblocks

If you have cinder block walls as part of your foundation, you can often notice water damage on them before you will notice it anywhere else. Often you will find that the walls are “crying” or have water seeping down on them if there is a problem, which may indicate that water is working its way in from the outside.

Watch Your Floor

Water can also work its way in from the ground up—literally, by seeping in from the ground below. You will often find water spots on floors, especially if yours is unfinished or cement, that can indicate water is working its way in from the bottom up.

If you discover water damage in your basement, crawl space or anywhere else in your house, we can help you. Get in touch with us at any time to have our expert water damage technicians arrive quickly to the scene. Contact us for more information.

Avoid Dealing With the Aftermath of a House Fire | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

white fire alarm being tested by a person If you experience any property damage due to a fire, we are here to help. Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County to learn more.

Though a fire is something you will never desire to experience in your home, are you certain you are doing everything you can to stop one from occurring? Once a fire starts, it will spread in less than 60 seconds, causing severe damage to your home and potentially putting your family at risk.

The good news is that there are plenty of things that homeowners can do in order to lower their risk of a house fire. Good household fire safety habits and proper preparations can go a long way in making sure your home is as safe as it can possibly be from a house fire.

Making Sure Your Home Is Protected From a House Fire

Check your smoke detectors. Smoke detectors are the most important fire safety component of any home, as they will be the first indicator that a fire has begun in many cases. Making sure you have adequate smoke detectors set up throughout the house, that you are testing them on schedule and replacing them when needed can go a long way.

Create a fire escape plan. When a fire starts, you will generally have less than two minutes’ time to get out of the home—meaning knowing what to do is vital to safety. Having a fire escape plan, communicating it with your family and practicing it regularly can ensure everyone can swiftly exit the home if needed.

Limit your fire risks. Your daily habits have a lot to do with the overall fire risk in your household, too. By being vigilant about things like not overloading electrical outlets, replacing frayed cords and avoiding leaving cooking food unattended, you can cut down significantly on your overall household risk.

Keep a fire extinguisher handy. Any time you are using an open flame, it is wise to have an operational fire extinguisher nearby. Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher can keep a small incident from escalating into a fire that engulfs your home. You should make sure you know how to use it and when to use it safely for best results.

If your home is damaged by a house fire, we are here to help. Our expert fire restoration technicians are here 247 to spring into action as soon as you call. Contact us at any hour to report your damage and receive a quick response.

Preparing Ahead of Time for Severe Storms | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

large yellow storm warning sign in front of dark forming clouds SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County is here to provide you with a rapid response. Contact us right away if you experience any storm damage.

Storms are something that happens frequently, but often unpredictably. Because so many external factors go into building a storm, the severity and conditions of every one varies—but they all have the potential to cause severe damages.

For this reason, we always recommend that people come at storm safety with a preparedness mindset. By being proactive, people can keep their households safer and significantly reduce the chances that their homes will receive damage.

Reduce Your Likelihood of Receiving Storm Damage With Preparedness

Prepare your home as much as possible. Though we already know how difficult it can be to predict the damage that storms can cause, by performing routine maintenance on your home, you can significantly reduce the chances of damages occurring. Simple things, like trimming back branches and securing potential projectiles, can go a long way in keeping your home safe. For comfort, many people upgrade their homes with a whole-house generator to keep the convenience of electricity a possibility.

Create a family communications plan. Any time severe weather is in the forecast, it is best to get your entire family safe at home if possible—but of course, that is not always an option. In that case, making sure your family knows when and how to check in can make sure everyone is accounted for in the event of severe weather. If everyone is home, be sure you all move to the designated storm shelter area of your home away from any doors or windows.

Make sure your emergency kit is stocked. Any emergency plan should start with a comprehensive emergency kit, with a storm preparedness plan being no different. Make sure you put everything you may possibly need into the emergency kit, planning for both the time when you are sheltering from the storm and in case you are without power after it passes—and do not forget to allocate food and water for your family pets!

Consider getting a weather radio. Thanks to cell phones, we know more about the weather than we ever have before. Unfortunately, during storms, these communication methods may become unreliable as severe weather can reduce cell reception and knock out the power necessary for charging batteries. We always recommend packing a weather radio or other emergency alert device in your emergency kit for this very reason.

If your home is damaged by a storm, you can depend on us to take care of any damages. Contact us at any hour to report damage and receive a rapid response.

Choosing the Right Service Provider for Storm Restoration | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Tree that fell on a house after a storm Choosing the right restoration company is crucial to getting things back to normal. Call SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville to set up an appointment.

A storm can be a frightening thing any time one comes through, but in the event that it is severe enough to cause damage, it can be stressful in the long-term, too. Storms are causing more damage than ever before, and we recommend that everyone has a plan in place for what they will do in case damage occurs for them.

Choosing someone to handle your storm restoration can feel a bit intimidating—they are going to be entrusted with your property after all. That is why it is so important to have a company you can count on doing the work for you, so you can be certain that your home or business is in good hands.

Be Certain You Are Choosing the Right Storm Restoration Company

Evaluate the reputation they carry. Working with a company that has a history of doing good work is so important, especially after storm damages occur. Many companies try to defraud victims of storms, so it is vital to do your research before you enter into any contracts. That is why we are proud to be active in the community and throughout the restoration industry, so when you do your research on us, you will know you are getting great service.

Make sure they can handle spikes in demand. Storms are unique in the restoration world due to the fact that they cause large areas to sustain damage in such a short amount of time. For companies without ample resources, it can be overwhelming, but for us, we are equipped to handle disasters of any size thanks to our national SERVPRO® partnerships we can call upon for backup.

Determine if they will be there for you at any time. It is never convenient to discover storm damage, but if it occurs after hours or on a holiday, it can be difficult to get the help you need. With us, we have a 247 emergency line, so you can call us no matter when damage is discovered and receive a quick response from our expert technicians.

When you have damage from a storm to your home or commercial building, you can always depend on us to handle it. Contact us at any hour to see our exceptional service in action.

How You Can Be Certain You Are Getting the Best Restoration Service From Us | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

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If you are trusting someone to restore damage to your home, you want to be certain that the company you have chosen will do an incredible job with your property. Sustaining damage, whether it be from fires, storms or general moisture, is never a welcome surprise—but by working with the right restoration company, you can tremendously reduce the stress that it causes.

Fortunately, when you work with us, you can be certain you are getting the best restoration service available. From beginning to end, we make sure our customers are completely satisfied with their services—here is how:

We Work on Your Schedule

Discovering damage to your home is never an enjoyable experience, but if it occurs in the middle of the night or on a weekend, it can be even more stressful. That is why we promise to be here whenever you need us, so you never have to wait around for us to return your call when you report damage. You can get in touch with us 24 hours a day thanks to our emergency line, and we will immediately begin dispatching an expert response team.

Our Technicians Are True Experts

Speaking of our expert response team, when you depend on us, you are getting the expertise of all of our restoration technicians to take care of your home. We train our technicians extensively, both based on the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification guidelines as well as our own rigorous training program, so they are ready for any situation that arises on a restoration call.

We Can Handle All Types of Damage

No matter what type of damage your home sustains, you can depend on us to take care of it. Whether your home has sustained storm damage that led to water damage, fire damage due to structural damage or some other issue, we can handle the entire restoration project from start to finish so your house can feel like home again.

No matter what type of damage your home sustains, you can count on us to take care of it. Contact us at any hour to report your damage and get a rapid response from our expert team.

An Overview of Our Water Damage Restoration Process | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician talking to a customer If you have sustained any water damage to your home, SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County will make sure it is treated quickly

If you have sustained water damage to your home or business, getting it treated quickly and well is so important for the long-term condition of your property. Untreated water damage can give rise to mold, mildew and structural issues, something you absolutely do not want to deal with in your home or commercial space.

Fortunately, with our proven water damage restoration process, you never have to worry about any secondary issues arising. Here is how it works:

Our Proven Water Damage Restoration Process

  1. 1. Emergency Contact. For us, the restoration process starts as soon as the phone rings, as we are here 24/7 to take your call and get to work. Whenever you get in touch, we will immediately begin formulating a reaction plan for your job.
  2. Inspection and Assessment. Once our team arrives, they will take a look at the severity of the damage so we can perform a full restoration and not miss a thing.
  3. Water Removal and Extraction. With our high-powered pumps and vacuums, we can remove gallons of water from your building by the hundreds, allowing the drying process to be sped up significantly.
  4. Drying and Dehumidifying. Even if no water remains, humidity can also give rise to mold growth if it is not properly addressed. That is why we bring in professional grade dehumidifiers and moisture readers to make sure all the moisture is removed from your impacted areas.
  5. Cleaning and Sanitizing. To make sure your building is safe for everyone to use once again, we are certain to clean and sanitize everything that has been impacted. This step not only removes contaminants, but it also gets rid of any lingering odors from the damage.
  6. Restoration Finalization. To finish out your restoration work, we make sure to do all the finishing touches that will make things feel complete. We can install new carpet, refinish floors, paint walls and do any of the cosmetic touches that are necessary to make your building feel like it is in its pre-damaged state.

If your home or business has been damaged by water, you can count on us for your restoration needs. You can get in touch with us 24/7 to report damage and have it addressed right away.