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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lessen the Stress of the Aftermath of a House Fire | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

 “woman with hands covering face upset with burnt house in background ” If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

House fires can cause complications in several ways. Not only is it a difficult experience to go through, but homeowners left to pick up the pieces can often feel traumatized and overwhelmed as they work to rebuild their lives.

We have helped many families through this complicated process, and by providing our tips for recovering after a house fire, we hope we can help you, too.

<h3for-recovering-after-a-house-fire">Tips for Recovering After a House Fire

Prepare yourself for what to expect. The first time you go back into your home after a house fire can be shocking, so it is important to prepare yourself for what to expect. While the fire itself can cause widespread damages due to smoke and soot, the firefighting efforts can lead to water damage, broken glass and even holes cut in the roof to let the smoke escape. Understand that all of these things are a possibility so it does not come as a shock when you see it.

Wait to enter your home. While it may be frustrating to feel like you are sitting idly by after the flames have been extinguished, it is important that you let firefighters stabilize your home and deem it safe to reenter before you try to go back in. Fires can damage supporting walls, ceiling beams and floors, leading to a compromised structural integrity that could be quite dangerous.

Contact your insurance company. Every insurance provider will have its own process for claims following a fire, so you should be sure you know what to do. Contacting them as quickly as you can is generally the first step as you work to build a claim and receive compensation for your damaged belongings.

Document the damages. Many insurance companies will ask for photos and a list of the damaged items, but even if yours does not, it is a helpful tool to have as you work to rebuild. Organize your list by room and take note of and photograph everything that has either been charred or covered in soot. Then you will have a list to work with regarding what you need to replace should it not be able to be restored.

Contact your restoration company. Handling the emotional aftershocks of experiencing a house fire can be especially difficult as you work through the aftermath. That is why working with a reputable restoration company is highly recommended, as it will take much of the burden off of your shoulders.

If your home is damaged in a house fire, you can count on us to help you. Get in touch at any hour for a quick 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.

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.

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 Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Photo Caption: Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Greenville County. Home

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (864)-292-6399

Work Place Safety

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

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Did you know that there were 2.9 million workplace accidents that occurred last year alone? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics this amounts to 3 injuries per 100 workers?

SERVPRO is constantly working to ensure that "Slips, Trips and Falls" are limited. We are well aware that 38% of all on the job deaths occur from falls. Another 8% from Electrocution. Why is this important for SERVPRO to address?

SERVPRO is the leading provider of restoration services nationwide. With over 1,700 franchisees its important to maintain a record of safety throughout the system. 

SERVPRO works with some of the largest equipment out there while performing its restoration services for both commercial and residential clients. We follow all OSHA and Government regulations to make sure that we are providing a safe working environment for our people while providing our clients with a safe living environment, "Like it never even happened."

(864) 292-6399