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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.

Greenville County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

This Greenville County home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Greenville County basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 864-292-6399

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 864-292-6399

Community Ties

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Friday (6/21/19) Our owners and our Marketing representatives participated at The Junior Achievement Golf Tournament. SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County has sponsored a hole in the game! We feel that Junior Achievement plays an important part to the Community. 

If you don't know much about who Junior Achievement is let me explain. In their own words "Junior Achievement USA (JA) empowers young people to own their economic success. Our volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential."

Our Owners, Marketing representative, and Production manage played a good game! They finished mid-pack, but the most important part was beinga  part of the community and helping to raise money for Junior Achievement! 

Hurricane Florence

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

A church ceiling covered in mold after Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina. This is the moldy Ceiling in one of the rooms of the church.

As a storm team participant, SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County gets called when any major storm is brewing so we can prepare to travel and help those in need.

When Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina, SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County was dispatched to help with the severe damage on the coast.

One particular church sustained roof damage causing major water damage. The water damage then turned into mold damage due to the extended time the church sat, because we had to wait for the water to recede. When SERVPRO was given clearance to enter the area, we then began our job as professionals to make the church look “Like it never even happened." This was a pretty large job, but there is no job too large we can’t handle! The church was back to safe working conditions in no time! 

A threat of Serve Weather

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

When severe weather strikes, SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County wants you to be prepared!

Emergency management services suggest having at least 3 days worth of supplies! The following is the standard list of what items you should have in an emergency kit. 

  • Water – 1 gallon per person per day
  • Food – non-perishable
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a weather radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
  • First Aid kit
  • Whistle to signal help
  • Clothing, blankets
  • Dust mask or bandannas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
  • Wrench or other tools to shut off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents. (Copy of insurance policy, bank account info, identification, etc.)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in waterproof case
  • Cash

Being prepared for the possibility of severe weather means your family needs an emergency plan! Be sure to have a common meeting place in case you are not in the same place when the event occurs! Stay safe!

Carpet Cleaning

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

A before and after look.

Everyday life has runined your carpet or rugs? Thinking of making that $150.00 carpet steamer purchase? Have you thought about how much that purchase may actually cost you? Below are 3 of the most common carpet cleaning mistakes that can happen to an untrained cleaner.

1) Over-Shampooing

2) Over-Wetting

3) Failing to protect furniture from wet carpet

lets break these down so that its easy to understand what each means.

Over-Shampooing- Occurs when to much chemical agent is added to the water mix used to clean the carpet. Many agents have oily residues that can build up and actually make carpets worse. They can cause carpets to become dirt magnets.

Over-Wetting- Occurs when too much water is use on the carpet. When too much water is used and soaks into the carpet backing as well as the padding. This can cause mold and mildew and lead to carpet replacement due to the smell that it causes. It literally sours your carpet.

Failing to protect furniture from wet carpet- Simply put, most furniture has dyes and stains that coupled with water bleeds. This bleeding on carpets leads to a stain that is almost impossible to get out of the carpet. Not to mention too much water and furniture can cause furniture to warp and loose its integrity too.

When deciding on whether to clean your carpets yourself or let a professional, just ask yourself is it worth it? Professional carpet cleaning companies like SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County are equipped with the equipment and training needed to get those carpets looking right the first time.

We have high powered truck mounts and industry leading cleaning methods that work. Plus we move your furniture for you too and save you time. Trust your carpet cleaning to the professionals. 

SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County is here to help in any way.

Flooded Basement in Greenville SC

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Before and After setting equipment.

A water heater busted in this customers home. It flooded their entire finished basement and crawlspace. There were several inches of water sitting through out the whole space. There was a lot of extraction needed. Unfortunately, we were unable to save the carpet in the finished part of the basement, We had to do a flood cut along all the drywall, and remove tile from the bathroom floor. 

Despite not being able to save his carpet and other items, SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County got a great review! This customer was so happy with the service they received "The guys that came out last night are top notch! I am very thankful for them. They did an outstanding job! Excellent customer service! 5 stars!"

No job is too big or too small for us to take care of!

For Immediate Service in Greenville County, Call SERVPRO

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Greenville County Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Greenville County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 864-292-6399

Residential Services

Whether your Greenville County home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Greenville County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: 

https://www.SERVPROnortheastgreenvillecounty.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration