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Water Damage Advice for Greer Homeowners | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Many homeowners don’t know where to start if they notice water leaks or early signs of water damage. Are you one of them?

If you’re living in Greer and the surrounding communities, there is help available for you locally.

You may be wondering when a leak becomes something that needs more attention than you can give it. You may have questions about when you need professional services.

Sometimes leaks that are caught early can be handled by a homeowner. A mop and bucket or a few old towels might be enough.

But in other cases, you may need professional help to set your home back to its original state and prevent further damage to your property.

Know the Signs of Water Damage

Here are some signs you might see when you’re dealing with water damage. If you notice them, it’s a good idea to call a professional to help restore your home.

Your windows or walls are damaged and stained. Like your floors, your window panes and walls can start to warp if the water damage is severe enough. That means it’s vital if you notice these signs to get remediation help.

Your floorboards or furniture are warping. Wet wood will start to warp within just a few days. If that happens in your home, it’s best to start seeking help from professionals who can help you restore your home.

Your home smells musty. Does your home have a musty odor? That can be among the first signs of mold damage, meaning if you notice that scent, it’s time to call in a professional to help you deal with remediation issues.

Water Damage Claims Are Growing

Did you know that water damage claims are growing?

Water damage claims are some of the most common claims homeowners file every year. One in 50 American homeowners will do it.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Greenville County Has a Reliable Fire Damage Restoration Option l SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

firefighter with water hose trying to put out large flames engulfing brick home If you have fire damage due to a heating malfunction or other issue, count on SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County to fully restore your home.

No one likes to think that a house fire will impact their home or family. But these events damage millions of American homes every year. And they leave homeowners and their families to pick up the pieces and deal with how to best get through the repair and remediation process.

While South Carolinians don’t deal with the same harsh winters that our northern neighbors experience, we still have an increased risk of house fires during the cooler months. After all, we still turn on our heaters, decorate for the holidays and occasionally experience power outages.

Why does that matter? Because many of the winter’s seasonal hazards are linked to how we heat our homes. These can be anything from space heater fires to furnace mishaps to problems with appliances.

With the holidays approaching, you should also be aware of the additional hazards linked to this season. Christmas trees and accidents involving them are a leading cause of house fires.. Kitchen fires happen more often during the holidays, too. These usually stem from home chefs spending more time in the kitchen cooking larger, more elaborate meals.

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO

Greenville County residents know they can count on us when they need help with fire damage restoration. Here’s why:

We have a restoration-first mentality. Our team helps families recover from fire damage in a way that’s both logical and economical. By working with you to meet your needs, we can help you find ways to save money on repair—and possibly even keep your insurance premiums lower.

We can help with every step of the restoration process. House fires can damage your walls, your furniture’s upholstery and more. Other issues homeowners deal with after a fire include smoke and water damage. Our team of experts has the tools needed to do your restoration work the right way.

We’re here for you 247. Getting started early on restoration efforts can make a difference. That’s why our team is here to help you whenever you need our services. All you have to do is call us, and someone will be there to help.

We are a local Greenville business. Because we’re a SERVPRO location, we can use the resources, equipment and training you would find at a large, thriving company with the advantage of choosing a partner here in the community.

If you have fire damage in your home due to a kitchen, heating or other fire, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Have a Plan in Case of a Burst Pipe | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking out of a gray pipe showing signs of erosion If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, contact us right away. SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County is available

Water damage is something that is never an enjoyable experience, but if the water damage in your home is due to a burst pipe, it can be extra difficult to experience. Pipes can cause high volumes of water to dispense into an area, causing significant damages in a short time.

Many people put off planning for water damage as it seems like something that may never occur, but it is more frequent than most anticipate. One out of every 50 households will have it each year, but for those who plan ahead, the damages tend to be much less severe.

Do You Know What to Do in the Event of a Burst Pipe?

Shut off your water main. When a pipe bursts and is left unattended, it will continue to pour water into the area until it is taken care of. Being able to find and switch off your home’s water main is important, as this can prevent water from fully saturating the area.

Shut off your electricity. Keeping water far away from electricity is key, so if it is safe to do so, turn off your home’s power from your breaker box to prevent the soaked area from becoming a shock or fire hazard.

Contact your restoration company. One of the things you can do to plan for water damage in advance is decide which restoration company you will be working with. This way, you can call them immediately when you discover water damage to have the restoration started right away.

Take a record of the damages. If you are filing an insurance claim, it is important to keep thorough records of all the damages via photos, videos and lists. Even if you can’t file a claim, these can come in handy as you work to recover.

Contact your insurance company. While all insurance policies are different, contacting yours is the best way to determine if you are eligible to file a claim and learn how to do so in order to recoup the largest amount for your losses.

Open windows and doors if possible. As you are awaiting your restoration company, if you can safely do so, opening windows and doors as well as wiping up excess water is a helpful way to ensure you are aiding the drying process from the beginning.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

An Examination of the Risks That Flash Floods Present | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

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There are many ways that severe weather can cause dangerous scenarios, but when flash floods are possible, being as safe as possible is vital. Floods come in second for causes of weather-related deaths in the country, and flash floods are the most dangerous type of flood that there is.

There is little time to react when a flash flood is predicted, which is why it is vital to know what to do beforehand so you can make safe decisions once a flash flood warning is issued. Below, we will examine the risks and safety procedures for a flash flood so you can have peace of mind.

How Risky Are Flash Floods?

No matter what type of flood you may encounter, avoidance is always advised—but because flash floods come about so suddenly, there is often little room for mistake. Flash floods must occur within six hours of rainfall by definition, but generally, they occur much more quickly than that and give little indication that they are likely to begin.

How Will I Know if I Should Be Concerned About a Flash Flood?

If a flash flood becomes a possibility, you should always stay tuned into your local weather officials’ broadcast so you have as much notice as possible. If you are alerted to a flash flood watch, this means to stay alert but do not panic.

This can then escalate to a warning, meaning flash floods are imminent in the impacted area and you should move to high ground. For a flash flood emergency, a flash flood is likely only moments away and you should get to a higher spot immediately.

How Can I Stay Safer in the Event of a Flash Flood?

Being able to make decisions quickly and be sure you are doing the safest thing is key for flash flood evacuation, which is why we have compiled some of the best safety tips we could find.

  • Always stay tuned into your local weather station so you can hear officials’ notices.
  • Practice your evacuation plan as a family beforehand.
  • Never attempt to drive or walk through floodwaters.
  • Avoid touching floodwater whenever possible.
  • Be aware of the various evacuation routes you can take in case water blocks your path.

If your home or business has been damaged due to a flood or other severe weather, you can depend on us. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damage to your property.

Keep Fire Safety at the Forefront of Winter Activities | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

multicolor strand of lights on wood floor Make sure your fire risk is low during the holidays. If you experience any damage, SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County will be here to help.

During any season of the year, house fires are something we should all do our best to prevent—but in the winter, they often become even more prevalent. Winter house fires are common according to the Red Cross, and because many winter activities involve an element of fire risk, it is important to proceed with caution.

With data from any period, cooking is shown to be the top cause of fires, with winter being no exception. Additionally, more people find themselves using heating tools and electric decorations surrounding cold weather and winter holidays, which also present fire risks in the home. Keep safety at the forefront of your celebrations to ensure a winter house fire does not happen to you.

Celebrate the Holidays With Fire Safety in Mind

Keep safe when cooking. Not only are there always fire risks involved with cooking and baking, but they also tend to be even more popular activities during the winter. When cooking large meals or baking holiday treats, be sure to still be vigilant about fire safety efforts such as keeping flammable materials away from the stove and keeping a fire extinguisher on hand.

Heat the house with proper precautions. When the evenings get chilly, using a space heater or a fireplace to heat your home can make things more comfortable. It is important that you keep safety in mind with these heating tools, however—though they are much safer than they used to be, space heaters still start many fires every year. Additionally, fireplaces bring the same dangers that any open flame would, so it is best to be cautious.

Decorate with care. Decorations such as lights and other various electronics bring a festive feel to the home, but using them safely is a must. Christmas tree fires are caused by lights 25% of the time. Fortunately, you can enjoy decorations safely by not overloading outlets and power strips, never using frayed wires and ensuring that lights are not left on when you are sleeping or away from home.

If you have damage due to a house fire, you can depend on us to help. Contact us 24 hours a day to report damage and receive a quick response from our certified restoration technicians. Get in touch today.

Why Our Focus on Restoration Matters | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

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There are few things that are more difficult to endure than sustaining damage to your home during an emergency or natural disaster. The practical implications, as well as the long-lasting emotional impact, can make recovery a difficult process for your family as you work to rebuild.

Fortunately, when you sustain damage, you can count on us to be there to help. We are in the restoration business—not in the business of replacement—meaning we will do everything we can to save your home and belongings in the aftermath. This can save you money and time throughout the recovery process in addition to helping you resettle once you return home.

We Focus on Restoration, Not Replacement

We can help you save money on your insurance. Depending on your insurance policy, many types of household losses can be claimed after a disaster—but they can often be quite expensive, which can result in higher premiums. By focusing on restoration of your home and belongings, we can reduce the overall cost of restoration, thus reducing the amount you have to file with insurance.

We can protect your sentimental items. If you have to evacuate your home in an emergency situation, you will likely be leaving behind the most sentimental items you own. That is why we make sure our fleet of restoration equipment is always up-to-date, allowing us to handle many types of delicate items. We can often restore family photos, antiques and art for our customers, ensuring you do not have to lose items that could never be replaced.

We make sure your home feels like home again. It is quite emotional to walk into your home again for the first time after restoration, and to make the transition easier, we make sure to add in the touches that make it feel like home. We handle all the cosmetic elements such as paint and flooring and can help you move your belongings in just how they were.

If you have damages and are feeling overwhelmed, we are here to help. You can call us as soon as you need to in order to begin the restoration process. Contact us today to learn more.

When You Have Fire Damage, You Can Count on Us | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

Two cords in a wall socket that caught fire You can trust SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County when you have fire damage.

Experiencing a fire is something that can disrupt your entire life. Not only do you have to deal with damage to your home and belongings, but there are also long-lasting emotional difficulties that can impact the entire family. Regardless of how small or large the fire was, the trauma from it is a serious problem that affects many families every year.

We understand just how difficult experiencing a house fire can be, which is why we have invested plenty of time, equipment and training into making sure we are ready to handle any fire damage you experience. We can handle the damage quickly and comprehensively, so you can have a home that is restored to its pre-damage condition as quickly as possible.

Why You Should Trust Us for Fire Damage Restoration

We Can Handle All Aspects of the Damage

While most people think of the damage from fires as being just about where the flames have touched, we know that is not always the case. Smoke and soot can spread throughout the home, impacting areas that were nowhere near the initial fire and causing odors to penetrate your belongings. However, with our extensive cleaning techniques, we can purify the air and remove odors from most objects so they are not constant reminders of what you had to endure.

We Will Respond Quickly

After an event as traumatic as a fire, the last thing you want is to wait on a restoration company’s business hours to get a response. That is why we are here 24/7 and always dispatch a team to you as quickly as possible, so we can get the restoration started right away once we arrive.

We Provide Complete Restoration

After a fire, cleaning up the damage is one thing, but restoring your home to its pre-damaged state is another. We can take care of all aspects of the restoration process, including painting walls, putting in new floors and handling any other issues that were a result of the fire, instead of only handling the damage directly.

If your household ever receives fire-related damages, we are always here to be of service. You can contact us at any hour to report your damage, and we will respond as quickly as possible to get your restoration started. Get in touch today to learn more.

Does Your Business Have a Sufficient Emergency Response Plan? | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

Three people huddled over a computer during a meeting SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County can help you make sure your business has an emergency response plan.

While natural disasters occurring is something that is inevitable, they are also unpredictable and somewhat infrequent, causing many business owners to delay their emergency planning until it is too late. After a major disaster, the Institute for Business and Home Safety estimates that around a quarter of businesses are never able to reopen—but through careful planning, you can avoid being a member of this statistic.

There are many emergencies that can cause damage to a business, and it is good to know what to do for any and all possible scenarios. Identifying your risk, drafting your plan and understanding recovery can all go a long way in how quickly and effectively your business is able to reopen after any sort of disaster.

Make Sure Your Business’ Emergency Plan Is Sufficient

Is Your Plan Up to Date?

It is required by OSHA that all businesses have an emergency response plan, and that businesses with more than 10 people must have a written one. Most businesses do have at least some sort of a plan in place, but if you have not visited your plan in a long time, it is smart to check it and make sure it is up to date with current records, guidelines and advice from authorities on how to handle various types of disasters.

Train Your Staff on Your Plan

In the event of an emergency, it is important that both you and your staff know what to do to stay safe. Whether officials are advising evacuation or seeking shelter wherever you are, it is key to educate your workforce on what their role in the disaster response is so they can respond correctly if a disaster begins.

Keep Emergency Supplies Handy

It is smart to have an emergency kit in the office that contains shelf-stable food, water and medical supplies. This will help your staff in the event that you must shelter-in-place and ensure no one has to leave for any reason until the threat has passed.

If your business is damaged due to a fire, storm or other incidents, we are here for you. Our expert commercial restoration technicians are on-call 24/7, so when you get in touch, you can be guaranteed a quick response. Call us anytime to report your damage.

How Our Water Damage Process Sets Us Apart | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

Water dripping on a ceiling If you suffer water damage, SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County is here for you!

Water damage is something that can be extremely detrimental to your home for a multitude of reasons. Not only can it cause issues that are cosmetic in nature, but it can also give rise to mold and mildew growth as well as lead to structural issues when it is left untreated. Any time you are dealing with water damage, speed is key—the longer it sits, the more damage can be done.

Fortunately, seeking water damage restoration is easy when you choose to work with us. We are here 24 hours a day to take your damage call and provide unprecedented service that sets us apart. Here are some key reasons to choose us:

We Focus on All Aspects of Restoration

Water damage is rarely as simple as treating only where the water was found. In fact, the impact water damage has can be far-reaching and extend to parts of the home we can’t even see—but we have the equipment necessary to suss it out. With infrared moisture detection devices, we can find water that is lurking anywhere in the home.

We Focus on Restoration Instead of Replacement

When you have water-damaged items, you may think that everything that has been impacted is a lost cause—but not when you depend on us. We focus on a restoration-first mentality, meaning we invest heavily in the equipment and expertise required to restore items instead of replacing them. We will do our best to save all that we can, and only resort to replacement if it is absolutely necessary.

We Focus on the Community

We have been active in the Greenville County community since 2012, and in that time, we have helped countless people reclaim their homes and businesses through restoration. We understand how difficult it can be to experience damage, and we provide everyone with compassionate and quality service throughout the restoration process to make sure your damage is completely taken care of.

If your home is damaged by water, we hope you will choose us to handle your restoration. You can always contact us to learn more about our processes or request a restoration team to come assess your damages. Contact us with our 24/7 emergency line today.

Reducing Fire Risks at Your Business | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

Extension cord overloaded with too many plug ins We're here to help you make sure you practice fire safety in your workplace

While fire risks are likely not top of mind for business owners during their daily operations, it is something that you should take the time to consider regularly to ensure you are doing all you can to prevent fires in the workplace. Not only can office fires be frightening and hazardous to staff, but they can also be a serious liability that puts the future of your business in jeopardy.

Fortunately, by educating your staff about fire safety and practicing it through your own actions, you can significantly reduce the likelihood that a fire may occur in your business. By practicing good habits and making sure to integrate safety efforts into everything you do, you can protect your business and your employees from a fire and subsequent harm.

How to Practice Fire Safety in the Workplace

While some things can’t be avoided, in the event of workplace fires, many can be. Here are some helpful safety tips to implement around your office to keep everyone safer:

  • Avoid plugging an excessive amount of electronics into power strips.
  • Never plug a power strip into another power strip.
  • Be sure your kitchen is well-ventilated and there are no flammable objects near coffee pots, toaster ovens or microwaves.
  • Educate everyone about the dangers of continuing to use frayed wires, and issue replacements to any chargers or cables that have become worn.
  • Keep fire extinguishers near all common areas and ensure your staff knows how to use them.
  • Have regular fire escape drills so everyone feels comfortable quickly exiting the building.
  • Never allow emergency exits to be blocked or difficult to access.
  • Consult with your local fire marshall on ways you can make your fire safety planning more effective.
  • If you have any flammable chemicals or liquids, be sure everyone knows how to store them correctly.
  • Avoid clutter, as this can give a fire fuel.
  • Regularly meet regarding fire safety efforts so all employees are aware of the proper protocols.

If you have damage to your commercial property due to a fire, you can depend on us for quick and efficient restoration. You can call us 24/7 to report your damage or learn more. Get in touch now.