Water Damage Timeline: From Minutes to Months, How Does it Affect Your Structure?
Standing water in a flooded warehouse space. Water is constantly moving to find equilibrium, but the sooner SERVPRO comes out to extract, the better.
Untreated Water Damage
"What's a little water going to hurt," you say? Structures continue to deteriorate when water damage is left untreated. When left untreated, water damage goes through a general timeline:
- Carpets, padding beneath, and subflooring becomes saturated.
- Furniture on wet carpets start to leach and stain.
- Wood/wood products start absorbing water.
- Personal belongings may be completely destroyed.
- Humidity and other factors begin to generate unpleasant odors.
- Particleboard cabinetry and furniture becomes distorted and the integrity of the material weakens, crumbling over time.
- Dyes from non-colorfast fabrics bleed (clothing stored together, upholstery, etc.).
- In 48 hours or less, clean or grey water can deteriorate to black water, and areas that experience water intrusion from clean water initially can quickly become contaminated.
- Mold can become visible and cause musty odors.
- Allergen sensitivities can be caused by microbial organisms.
- Wood may severely warp and cup, making most wooden floors unsalvageable.
- Painted walls blister and wallpaper begins to peel away.
- Structural wood within home, such as framing, begins to swell and split.
- The structure may become hazardous to human health and may need to be evacuated if health conditions become a concern.
- Mold infests organic materials, rendering it unsalvageable.
- Drywall crumbles while the home’s structural integrity declines.
- Damage to the foundation becomes apparent.
- Home may be salvageable but may need to be gutted down to the studs.
- Damage to the foundation may be significant.
- The cost of repairs is likely more than the value of the home.
- Damage that could have been prevented over time (i.e., neglect) disqualifies the owner from insurance claims.
- The home may be unsalvageable
Don't go at it alone. Just because it "looks dry" doesn't mean it is dry.
Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Spartanburg County today at 864-576-2430
Commercial Building Construction: 5 Tips to Know Before You Break Ground
Make sure to consider these tips before breaking ground on that new building.
Commercial building construction, 5 tips to know before you go
1. Check your options
The scale of any construction project demands a major commitment from a company. Remember that the time and energy invested in commercial building construction could also be put into the business itself.
2. Make the correct projections
A bank advisor can help you determine the cost of your project, how much money you'll need from start to finish, and the right financing options for your build.
3. Make sure your building permits are in order
Be sure that you've complied with all local rules with the right permits. Do this as early as possible, since building without a permit is not an option. Check with your city to see exactly what you're allowed to do with and without a permit.
4. Get a good architect
Good ones cost money and because of this, some companies will sometimes skip the step of hiring a good architect. While you might think you're saving money up front, you will lose in the end because of problems not originally planned on.
5. Be realistic
Companies often lose business during construction projects because management is less focused on performance and too worried about the new building.
Questions? We can help. Call us today at 864-576-2430
The Importance of a Fire Escape Plan
Good preparation goes a long way in an emergency situation.
During a fire, people can have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out.
In a matter of minutes, a small fire can produce a major flame, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place.
A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families and businesses have developed and practiced a fire escape plan.
Once a family or employee plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home or office understands the plan. The best way to do this is to develop some muscle memory by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. This will increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building an escape plan, and then practicing it.
The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan. (*Tips and statistics provided by the American Red Cross)
- Draw a map of each level of your home or business and show all the doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
- Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.
- Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting area on your escape plan.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Plan for everyone in your home or office, with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.
- Practice your fire escape plan during the day and at nighttime.
If you suffer fire damage to your structure, call SERVPRO when the coast is clear - we can help!
How Quickly Can Mold Grow in My Spartanburg Facility?
Untreated water intrusion and/or humidity issues can lead to mold issues in your commercial building
If you have water damage/intrusion to your structure in Spartanburg County, you are probably wondering if you will soon have mold in your facility. The answer is probably yes if you don't take action right away to mitigate the damage. To help you prepare just in case you are faced with mold exposure, here is some information about mold growth.
What Causes Mold To Grow?
Mold needs only a few ingredients to thrive:
- Food (organic material like wood)
- Suitable temperature
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, once moisture from a ceiling leak begins to accumulate, black mold and other mold types can start growing in 24 to 48 hours. Mold spores are present in most environments and travel by air currents and water. They can also hitch a ride on clothing and fur. They can survive in conditions that don't support mold growth. Once they find moisture, it doesn't take long for them to settle in and thrive, forming colonies known as mycelium.
How Can I Prevent Mold Growth?
Once you know you have a roof leak in your building, act right away to identify the source and stop water from entering. A professional mold remediation company can help you by inspecting the damage and finding hidden sources of water. If mold is detected, technicians will isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and/or negative air chambers. They will use vacuums and other specialized equipment and antimicrobial agents to prevent the spread of mold spores.
If surfaces have been contaminated by mold, technicians will use antimicrobial and antifungal treatments to remove colonies. Any porous materials that are too damaged, such as carpeting or drywall, can be removed and replaced. If your facility needs significant repairs, areas can be remodeled and reconstructed.
If you suspect your facility's roof in Spartanburg County has been compromised, it's best to call for help right away to prevent potential mold damage. Call us at 864-576-2430 for help today!
Don't Just Ready the Storm; Prepare for it NOW
In recent years, many different types of disasters have affected the United States. Flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, and blizzards are natural disasters that can threaten your home, business, and community. Your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals want you and your customers to be aware of the steps to take to help prepare for Mother Nature's worst.
There is no better time than the present to review your emergency plan. Emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like ours, to people just like you. Tornado outbreaks, river floods, flash floods, historical earthquakes, and even water main breaks and power outages in U.S. cities affecting millions of people for days at a time.
Now is the time to think about the basics, things you will need in advance of an emergency, how you will communicate, what supplies you will need to keep in your home, car, or office. Use the list provided here to build an emergency supply kit to ensure your family is equipped and ready for any disaster type. The more you know about what to do in an emergency, the more confident and secure you will feel in your abilities to manage through a disaster.
Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it. Contact your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals for more information and tools to help you be "Ready for whatever happens."
PREPARATION FOR YOUR BUSINESS
How quickly your company can get back to business after a tornado, fire or flood often depends on today's emergency planning. Th e regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency. While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies. The following are common-sense measures business owners and managers can take to start getting ready. A commitment to begin planning today will help support your employees, customers, the community, the local economy, and the country. It also protects your business investment
and gives your company a better chance for survival.
Review the following questions to learn if your company is prepared.
Do you know what kind of emergencies might affect your company? Do you know what you will do in an emergency?
Develop a Business Continuity Plan.
Do you know which staff, procedures, and equipment are necessary to keep operating? Do you have back-up plans for those operations? Do you know what you will do if your building or plant is not accessible? Do you know what you will do if a disaster impacts your suppliers? Are you ready for utility disruptions?
Prepare your Emergency Plan.
Do you have an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan? Do you have a plan to communicate with employees before, during, and after an incident? Do you have copies of buildings and site maps with utilities and emergency routes marked? Are your employees trained for medical emergencies?
Practice the Emergency Plan.
Have you practiced your plan recently? Do you practice and coordinate with other businesses in your building or industrial complex? Have you reviewed your plans in the last 12 months?
Review of Insurance Coverage.
Have you reviewed your insurance coverage recently to see if you're covered in a disaster?
Secure Your Facility and Equipment.
Have you secured all the ways people, products, and supplies get into your building? Have you conducted a room-by-room walk-through to determine what can be strapped down?
Improve Cyber Security.
Do you regularly install patches to your software? Have you installed a firewall on your computer? Do you regularly update your antivirus software?
Promote Family and Individual Preparedness.
Do you encourage employees to have a personal
emergency supply kit and a family communication plan?
If you answered "No" to any of these questions, visit ready.gov or call SERVPRO of Spartanburg County at (864)576-2430 and learn how to prepare your business better.
The SERVPRO Water Damage Experience
HOW WE PROCEED
We will check for the source of moisture in your building. The source must be stopped before any restoration or drying of the building can be successful.
- Stop the Source
- Check for contaminated water
Identify Type of Water
We will identify the category and classification of water damage to ensure we restore your property based on industry guidelines. The level of contamination of water will affect the specific restoration process we use.
Survey Extent of Damage & Inspect the Premises
We inspect and test the damaged area to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.
- Survey Damage
- Complete Safety Inspection
Furniture Moved and Blocked in Place
We move furniture and property contents and block items to help prevent rust or furniture stains on wet carpet
Emergency Water Extraction
We remove as much excess water as possible from affected areas
We check whether the carpet pad should be removed to save or protect the subfloor
- Inspect Carpet Pad
- Remove Carpet Pad if Needed
Our process may utilize deodorizers as odor treatments or EPA registered disinfectants as antimicrobial treatments
- Apply Deodorizer or Disinfectant
Floor and Wall Inspection
We check the extent of wet flooring, subfloors and walls
- Inspect Floor
- Inspect Walls
We examine carpet for damages and remove damaged carpet with guidance from you and the your adjuster
- Inspect Carpet
- Removal Carpet if Needed
Measure Temperature/Humidity for Drying Analysis
We monitor the temperature and humidity levels to make sure conditions are conducive for drying
- Measure Temperature
- Measure Humidity
Drying equipment removes moisture and brings the relative humidity level back to normal. We monitor moisture in wet materials until the materials return to acceptable drying goals
- Utilize Drying Equipment
- Utilize Monitoring Equipment
Is Your Business Ready for Hurricane Season?
Hurricane season is approaching, and you may be wondering “What can my business do to prepare in order to protect our staff and property?” Well, fortunately here in the Upstate we do not experience the high winds the same way our friends on the coast do. But we still get the rain!
Last February you saw us mobilize to help Spartanburg residents affected by tornadoes. We will mobilize just the same to help Upstate businesses. We want to help you keep running! So, to help you before you may need us, here is a list of tips for preparation and reaction to hurricane storms.
- "Do we have an emergency plan outlined?" This is something every business should have, regardless of what it is you do. You need to have a plan mapped out for who to call, where emergency exits are located, and how to properly evacuate the building of any persons inside, if applicable. Know the best places to shelter from any possible flying debris, too, in case an evacuation is not possible.
- Back up your data. Make sure all your inventory, personnel, financial, and any other pertinent business information is backed up in case your business loses power. Use external hard drives or a recovery services vendor to ensure you have your data ready when you return to business.
- Protect your property. Trim trees around your building, clear the surrounding drainage facilities, clean the gutters attached to the building, too. Boarding up windows is effective, but not always a necessity in the Upstate.
- Operate remotely. If you know the storm is coming, and that it may be a bad one, have your staff work from home (if possible). If your business cannot operate remotely, declare early, do not put the safety of your customers or staff at risk. If you want, have a volunteer or two on-site during the storm to monitor how the structure is affected, make sure they are supplied with the necessary provisions.
- Expect the unexpected. You cannot be overprepared in a hurricane or tornado. Stock up on water, have an external battery on hand to charge your cell phone, and follow the above tips.
No one wants to lose their home or business, especially to a natural disaster, so we at SERVPRO Spartanburg County hope these tips help you plan for the worst.
If the worst does occur SERVPRO Spartanburg County is available 24/7. Call us at 864-576-2430!
What to do when Your Commercial Property is Underwater
We were on site less than two hours after the initial accident and had the next shift up and running as scheduled.
You've just had thousands of gallons of water flood your commercial space, production is down, and everyone is looking at you to get this fixed - NOW.
Lucky for you, you called the #1 restoration company in the Upstate of South Carolina! Here's what you can expect from our team:
- Upon arrival, we get to work immediately by extracting all standing water. In large warehouses, this means we pull the squeegies and water claws out.
- As our crew is extracting, our Crew Chief starts gathering measurements, moisture readings, and in some cases, starts deploying equipment.
- Once all the hard work is done, our Crew Chief and crew make sure to communicate effectively to ensure that everything is documented completely and properly.
Just because your facility is under water, that doesn't mean you have to be as well. Call SERVPRO of Spartanburg County, the Upstate's #1 emergency water response team for all your water damage needs and emergencies.
Understanding Your Mold Coverage
Understanding Your Mold Protection
You purchase insurance for your home in Spartanburg, South Carolina to protect it and save yourself the cost of repairing damages. Mold issues can lower property value and even make a home almost impossible to sell. Most homeowner’s policies, however, do not cover the services of mold remediation specialists. Even if your policy does offer some type of mold coverage, there is usually a pretty low cap to the amount of your potential payout. Since fungus growth can often be prevented, its presence tends to be seen as more the fault of the homeowner than as a circumstance beyond one’s control.
Even if you have mold insurance or a policy that includes mold remediation, you need to be able to prove that you have done everything to prevent the problem from occurring. You can protect your home from mold simply by following some key prevention tips:
- Check indoor water sources for leaks frequently.
- Fix problems you find immediately.
- Lower the humidity of your home.
- Watch for condensation or standing water.
- Ventilate bathrooms, laundry rooms and attics appropriately.
Guarding against excess water can inhibit fungus growth and thereby decrease the need for an insurance policy that covers it. Prevention is the best way to protect your home in Spartanburg from damage caused by mold.
An extensive mold problem can appear quickly, but there are usually extenuating circumstances that lead up to it, making it difficult to get insurance to cover the cost of remediation. Any problem that could have been foreseen or halted at its early stages is less likely to warrant an adjuster’s approval. If you believe that your mold issue is an exception, it is a good idea to enlist mold remediation technicians to back up your reasoning when the adjuster arrives.
No one likes to see fungus growth in their homes, nor does one like the bad news that it probably won’t be something their insurance covers. With proper prevention techniques or the expert opinion of a certified technician, you may be able to avoid the high out-of-pocket cost of mold remediation.
Why SERVPRO Uses the Latest and Best Technology
SERVPRO of Spartanburg has the technology to get the job done!
The past few decades have seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of Spartanburg professionals to restore a property back to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.
Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment
Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure and monitor a property’s moisture levels. Recent advances, like infrared cameras, can help us detect water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.
- An infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal.
- Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation
Water Extraction Equipment
Powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.
- Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water.
- Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.
Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the remaining moisture from the ceiling, walls, and floors of your home or business. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.
- High-speed air movers cause moisture to evaporate at a faster pace
- Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.
Odor Removal and Deodorization
Water and fire damage often causes powerful odors. The machines we use remove airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup process.
- Air scrubbers
- Thermal foggers and deodorization agents
Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, and Antimicrobial Treatments
The use of OSHA-approved cleaning agents may be needed to clean and remove odors and/or contaminants on your property.
- Deodorization products control odors from excessive moisture.
- Disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms.
For more information on the services we provide at SERVPRO of Spartanburg, call us at (864)576-2430.