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Commercial Plumbing Issues

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

It is that time of year, leaves are falling and the temperature is dropping, but work must continue. The temperature is dropping which can affect your commercial building.

Pipe Bursting 

It is important to keep your pipes in your building in good shape to prevent any problems. As the days get colder, you are running the risk of your pipes freezing over which can cause crack and leaks. This can happen no mater the material. Plastic, copper, or steel can freeze which will make the pipes crack or even burst. A pipe burst can let go around 200 gallons in just one day which will cause major water damage to your commercial building.

Prevention

If you are expecting freezing temperatures, be one step ahead and close the water supply lines and washer connections. To circulate heat to the hidden pipes underneath all sinks, make sure to leave those cabinets open to allow the heat in your home help prevent those pipes from freezing.

A pipe bursting in your business could be a huge problem. It could restrain you from working. There will most likely be standing water inside the building. Call SERVPRO immediately after you discover the problem and we will be there to take care of the problem and cut that time that you are not in business way down. 

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3 Winter Roof Damage Issues Business Owners Need To Know

10/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 3 Winter Roof Damage Issues Business Owners Need To Know The heavy snow caused the roof to cave in.

Winter can be a hard time for business owners. Winter can cause damage to their homes but they also have to worry about their business. Here are some common issues that business owners need to be aware of as winter approaches.

Ice Dam Formation

When the warm air is rising from the inside of your building, it loosens the shingles as well as the snow on top of the shingles. The melted snow travels to colder parts of the roof where it freezes once again. That creates a blockade for the other snow that melts and falls which causes the water sitting there to seep through the lose shingles or any cracks on that roof. This will lead to water leaking into your building. One good way to prevent this is to keep the gutter clean and install a heat trace cable in the gutter to melt the snow and keep that flow going.

Icicle Formation

Similar to the ice dam formation, icicles are formed when the snow on the roof travels then freezes up on the edge of the roof. They can cause damage to your shingles and gutter and fall on the pedestrians walking by.  The simple tactic of using a rake and removing the icicles should do the trick.

Heavy Rooftop Snow Loads

All roofs are designed and built differently, which means they all support different weights. If a huge snow storm hits and your roof is left with a very large load of snow on it, your roof is running a very high risk of collapsing. And if it is bad enough, it can all fall through into your building and damage the contents in your building. If you see any signs of this problem call SERVPRO immediately.

With all of this being said, having a roof inspection before anything hits is a good idea to keep the building in good shape and everything inside that building. These points can also apply to your home as well. 

Winter Time Fires

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Winter Time Fires A fire caused by the misuse of a fire place.

The freezing temperatures are approaching and that means everyone is going to do what they can to stay warm. What people do not think about is the damages one could cause while trying to stay warm on a cold day.

Cold weather means turning up the heat and the use of other heating methods like space heaters, heat blanket, candles, and fire places. All of these things can light up the room if used improperly like keeping them on for too long or placing some of these heat sources too close to flammable objects.

Chilly winter air contains less moisture compared to the air in the other seasons throughout the year. Because of the chilly air, the physical wood structure of the home becomes drier which can lead to electrical fires under the right conditions. 

The older the home the more likely it is to be a potential ball of fire. For example, the Clintons' house was built in 1889. An electrical fire occurred and an electrical fire happens when too much electricity is pulled through older wires that cannot handle the capacity.

To prevent these potential problems, have an annual safety inspection to make sure your home is not at risk of lighting up in flames. Here is something to think about, although the total numbers of fire during the winter decreases, the number of structural fires increase.

Attic Water Damage Prevention

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Attic Water Damage Prevention This attic suffered water damage that was not spotted and treated so it lead to the grow of mold.

Attic water damage has quite a few causes and has multiple consequences as well. Attic water damage can lead to roof repairs, replacement of attic beams, insulation removal, sheetrock replacement, carpet replacement, and many more. Here are some tips to help prevent you from having to replace/repair things in your attic.

  • Inspect the roof regularly. When it rains, water may creep under split shingles and make its way into the attic. It ruins the walls and ceilings on its way down.
  • Prevent ruptured pipes. Usually the pipe lines run through the attic. If this is the case, make sure to insulate all exposed pipes to prevent them from rupturing over the winter. Also check for any tiny holes and check the joints to make sure that they are still in tact and not leaking.
  • Control condensation. If your attic does not have some type of roof vent to circulate the air up there, you might want to look into getting a powered vent fan to improve the circulation of air and prevent condensation.
  • Maintain attic appliances. Typically water heaters are installed in the attic. To prevent any water damage caused by the water heater, make sure it is flushed out regularly. If there is a central A/C unit in the attic, make sure you are checking the condensate drains and making sure that those drains are not clogged up.

Hopefully these tips will help you prevent any water damage from occurring in your attic. Taking the time to inspect all of this free, paying for damages is not. Call SERVPRO for any questions, comments, or concerns about your attic.

Tips For Mold-Free House Siding

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tips For Mold-Free House Siding Here you can see the mold on the siding of the house.

No one wants the outside of their home covered in mold. It could spread inside of your home and it just ruins the look of your beautiful home. Here are some quick tips on how to keep the siding on your house mold free!

  • Schedule Regular Cleaning 
  • Allow Direct Sunlight
  • Eliminate Climbing Vines
  • Mitigate The Moss
  • React Quick When The Mold Is First Spotted
  • Direct Sprinklers Away From The House 
  • Maintain Rain Gutters
  • Check Ventilation Ducts
  • Invest In Good Insulation

Hopefully after reading these points you are more knowledgeable on how to keep the siding on your house mold free. If your home has a mold problem inside or outside, pick up the phone and call SERVPRO of Spartanburg County and our production crew will take care of that problem in the most professional and efficient way possible.

How To Remove Mold From Clothing

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Remove Mold From Clothing As you can see in the picture, mold has found its new home.

Imagine waking up in the morning getting ready for work and you open your closet to find your outfit for the day and realize that your clothes have mold on them. The first thing you should do is asses the severity of it and decide whether this situation calls for a professional or it is okay to deal with at home. You decide to take care of it at home here is what you do to get the mold off of your clothes.

  • First things first when handling things with mold, make sure to wear protective gloves to keep mold spores off your skin and wear mask to prevent you from inhaling mold spores
  • Next, take the clothes outside with a brush and brush all the mold that you can off the piece of clothing
  • Then soak the clothes in cold water to loosen the stains. After that wash them in hot water with your regular detergent and had 3/4 cup of vinegar into the mix. That will sanitize the clothing and eliminate and odor
  • Lastly, make sure to completely dry the clothes and with the weather permits, hang the clothes out in the sunlight.

Before putting your newly mold free clothes back into the closet, make sure that the source of the mold growth is taken care of. Call SERVPRO and we will locate the source and take care of your mold problem!

864-576-2430

Attic Water Damage Prevention

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Attic Water Damage Prevention This attic suffered water damage that was not spotted and treated so it lead to the grow of mold.

Attic water damage has quite a few causes and has multiple consequences as well. Attic water damage can lead to roof repairs, replacement of attic beams, insulation removal, sheetrock replacement, carpet replacement, and many more. Here are some tips to help prevent you from having to replace/repair things in your attic.

  • Inspect the roof regularly. When it rains, water may creep under split shingles and make its way into the attic. It ruins the walls and ceilings on its way down.
  • Prevent ruptured pipes. Usually the pipe lines run through the attic. If this is the case, make sure to insulate all exposed pipes to prevent them from rupturing over the winter. Also check for any tiny holes and check the joints to make sure that they are still in tact and not leaking.
  • Control condensation. If your attic does not have some type of roof vent to circulate the air up there, you might want to look into getting a powered vent fan to improve the circulation of air and prevent condensation.
  • Maintain attic appliances. Typically water heaters are installed in the attic. To prevent any water damage caused by the water heater, make sure it is flushed out regularly. If there is a central A/C unit in the attic, make sure you are checking the condensate drains and making sure that those drains are not clogged up.

Hopefully these tips will help you prevent any water damage from occurring in your attic. Taking the time to inspect all of this free, paying for damages is not. Call SERVPRO for any questions, comments, or concerns about your attic.

The Most Common Causes of House Fires

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Most Common Causes of House Fires This fire was caused by a candle that was burning for too long with no supervision.

According to U.S. Fire Departments, on average there are about 358,500 home structure fires that occur each year. Fires can happen unexpectedly, but there are several common reasons why fires occur.

  • Candles
  • Washers
  • Dryers
  • Children playing with fire
  • Cooking 
  • Electrical and Lighting 
  • Lightning 
  • Christmas Trees
  • Smoking

These are only several causes of a house fire, but there are many more. If you or someone you know has been affected by a fire, let SERVPRO of Spartanburg County be the first person you call to take care of the damages. We provide 24 hour service so our team is always on call and ready to take on any job. We have a certified production team and certified equipment to make sure the job gets done right!

Flood Watch vs Flood Warning

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Watch vs Flood Warning This neighborhood had a tremendous amount of water, basically leaving the houses half way under water

You heard it right ladies and gentleman, hurricane season is now in full affect. And that means that there will be a very large amount of rainfall in your area. Flooding is a typical after affect from massive rainfall so it is good to be aware and ready for what is coming. Listen to the news or radio and watch for a flood watch and a flood warning. But what do those mean?

Flood Watch

This is issued before a flood warning. This means that the area you are in is at risk of major floods. It is not guaranteed, but it is better to be safe than sorry and prepare your family and home for a flood.

Flood Warning 

If you ever see a flood warning, this means that a flood is basically in the works or it is actually happening. If this is issued by the NWS, the best thing to do is not wait to see how it is and evacuate before it is too late.

You might see other kinds of alerts like Flash Flood Warnings, Hurricane Watch, Hurricane Warning, etc. It is important to know what the situation is so stay updated on the latest news.

Unfortunately, you cannot take your home or business with you when you evacuate so make sure you have someone in mind that will come repair and restore and damages caused to your home or business. Here at SERVPRO we will restore your home and make it "Like it never even happened." 

How to Prepare for a Power Outage After a Storm

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Prepare for a Power Outage After a Storm There are many causes of power outages, always be prepared.

Affects of Power Outages

Power outages affects the whole community. A power outage is when electrical power goes out. This can occur if there is a big storm, problems with the electrical power lines, high power demand, etc. A power outage may:

  • disrupt communication, water, and transportation
  • shut down grocery stores, banks, ATMs, gas stations, and other services 
  • cause food to spoil to water contamination 

Protecting Yourself

  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges
  • If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling
  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices
  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed

How To Prepare

  • Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity.
  • Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life.
  • Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home.
  • Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last.
  • Review the supplies that are available in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water.
  • Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know the temperature when the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.
  • Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.

Spartanburg 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Spartanburg 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Spartanburg County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Spartanburg, SC.

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (864)576-2430

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Spartanburg County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of  Spartanburg County 

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

10 Tips To Help Prevent a House Fire

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 10 Tips To Help Prevent a House Fire This pictures show a grease fire in a kitchen.

Here at SERVPRO we want to make sure that everyone is safe. Below are some tips on how to prevent a fire from causing major damage to your home.

  • Never leave your pots or pans unattended on your stove.
  • Keep a kitchen fire extinguisher readily available and know how to use it.
  • Clean out the dryer vent regularly
  • Avoid using an older space heater
  • Do not place a space heater near furniture, curtains or other objects that could easily catch fire
  • When purchasing a new space heater, ensure it is UL Listed and pay attention to the safety features
  • Have your chimney inspected annually by a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney sweep
  • Check the electrical cords throughout your home for signs of fraying, and replace all frayed wires
  • Be aware of the capacity of your home's electrical system. Do not overload your circuits
  • Understand the difference between surge protectors and power strips—both allow you to plug in multiple electronic devices, but only the surge protector will help protect these devices from a power spike.

Hopefully after reading these 10 tips, you understand some common mistakes that people make that can lead to a house fire. For more information regarding house fires, talk to your home insurance carrier.

Unfortunately mistakes happen, and if you are affected by a fire give SERVPRO of Spartanburg County a call and we will make sure to restore your home and make it " Like it never even happened." 

Call Us Today!

864-576-2430

How To Increase Chances of Preventing Mold

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Increase Chances of Preventing Mold An example of where mold can grow.

Prevent Mold By Preventing Moisture

Mold needs 24-48 hours of moisture to start to grow. If an item is wet for more than 24 hours, you are running a high risk of mold growth.

Prevent Water Leaks

Making sure that water leaks are taken care of soon before the moisture build up can cause mold to grow in the affected area. Also condensation can cause moisture.

Reduce Moisture

Mold starts to grow when the humidity level is more that 55%. To prevent high humidity levels, make sure there is proper ventilation throughout the home. Opening windows on a hot day and closing them when it rains is a good way to reduce humidity. In the bathrooms, and exhaust fan will reduce the moisture caused by the steam after a hot shower.

Wet Clothes

A common cause of moisture problems in homes are wet clothes. It is better to hang wet clothes outside if not using a dryer because the water on the wet clothes will evaporate inside the home, which increases the humidity and increases the risk of mold growth. If using a dryer, make sure to exhaust the air outdoors.

Cleaning To Prevent Mold

Mold grows on most organic materials inside a home. Some examples of organic materials include wood, carpet, food, insulation, wallpaper, furniture, leather, etc. Making sure your home is dust and grime free well help prevent mold because mold loves dust. The only way that mold can grow on metal, plastic, or glass is if dust is present. Dusting and vacuuming regularly will help out tremendously.

Sunlight Is Key

Mold loves to grow in dark spaces indoors. Sunlight will reduce the chances of mold growth. Something as simple as opening the curtains throughout the day can help prevent mold from growing indoors.

And lastly, warm humid conditions and mold are best friends. Most mold grows when the temperature hits 70 degrees Fahrenheit, so keeping your home cool will lower the risk of mold growth.

If you have a mold problem, call us at 864-576-2430. 

Collateral Affects of Fire Damage

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Collateral Affects of Fire Damage In the picture you can see the soot build up in the bathroom stall.

After A Fire

Beside smoke and the obvious damaged contents, have you ever wondered what problems a fire caused in your home? You might see black stains on your walls and on other items around your home and not just in the location of the fire. That is what is called soot.

What Is Soot?

Soot includes the fine black particles, composed of carbon, produced by incomplete combustion of coal, oil, wood, or other fuels. Soot can consist of acids, chemicals, metals, soils, and dust. You may not know, but soot is very dangerous and can cause death. Along side smoke, the combination of both can cause problems for your home and yourself.

How To Find Smoke And Soot

Smoke left behind because of the fire is easy to find because of the smell. Soot you can actually see with your own eyes. But do not just stop looking for soot on surfaces, look deeper. Soot will attach to anything in its path, but can also in fact get inside items like your mattress. The soot can be removed from the surface of your mattress, but if it is still inside your mattress, that smell will last forever so be on the look out. And this is all caused by the water that extinguishes the fire. It reacts with the soot and spreads even more.

If you are hit by a fire, pick up the phone and call SERVPRO of Spartanburg County and our certified production crew will make sure to clean everything up! 864-576-2430 

Tips That Will Help You Until Help Arrives After Fire & Smoke Damage

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips That Will Help You Until Help Arrives After Fire & Smoke Damage Smoke Damage Can Cause Serious Damage In Your Spartanburg County Home or Business

DO:

  • Limit your movement inside the home in order prevent soot into your upholstery & carpet
  • make it a priority to keep your hands clean at all times
  • If your power is off, be sure to empty your fridge and freezer and leave the unit’s doors open to help eliminate potential odors
  • While you SHOULD change your HVAC filter, it is best to leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of HVAC system

DON’T:

  • Pursue to wash walls or any painted surfaces before first contacting SERVPRO of Spartanburg County
  • Make an effort to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without consulting SERVPRO of Spartanburg County
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to the fire, heat or water as they may indeed be contaminated 
  • Attempt to send any garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may lead to smoking odor setting into the garment. 
  • Try to turn on any ceiling fixtures if your ceiling is still wet. It is best to contact SERVPRO of Spartanburg County before any action is taken 

If you have any questions give us a call (864)576-2430

Spartanburg Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Spartanburg Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold SERVPRO of Spartanburg County knows what to do if mold grows in your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of  Spartanburg County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 864.576.2430

Mold Mitigation and Remediation

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Mitigation and Remediation Let us keep you safe and get rid of your mold infestation!

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals work to control and remove mold contaminants while protecting the health and safety of building occupants.

Mold Facts

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Limiting Mold Growth

" Moisture control is key to mold control. When water leaks or spills occurs indoors, act promptly... A prompt response (24-48 hours) and thorough clean-up, drying, and/or removal of water-damaged materials will prevent or limit mold growth."

                                        -OSHA

How SERVPRO Responds

The SERVPRO team has specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. With remediation, SERVPRO reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline mold.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today- 864.576.2430

SERVPRO is ready to Respond Faster to Any Size Disaster in Spartanburg

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO is ready to Respond Faster to Any Size Disaster in Spartanburg We respond faster to any size disaster here at SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained both in the classroom and countless years of on the job experience. Regardless of the size of disaster you are left to deal with, our team uses specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County is locally owned and operated so we are rooted right here in beautiful Spartanburg County. Rest assured though, when storms hit Spartanburg County, we can our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (864)576-2430

Commercial Property Clean-Up Crew

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Property Clean-Up Crew Commercial Water Damage clean-up and restoration

Flooding and water damage events at Spartanburg commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we're dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of  Spartanburg County

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

What SERVPRO Can Do For You: Commercial Cleaning Edition

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What SERVPRO Can Do For You: Commercial Cleaning Edition SERVPRO Commercial Cleaning and Restoration Services.

Fire, Smoke, and Soot Cleanup and Restoration

  • Pretesting helps SERVPRO Franchise Professionals determine what type of fire has taken place. Knowing the types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.

Water Removal ad Dehumidification

  • Franchise Professionals identify the source and type of water, which determines the proper course of action. Drying equipment controls temperature and humidity, minimizing secondary damage.

Crime Scene, Biohazard, and Vandalism Cleanup

  • Franchise Technicians are trained to safely and effectively clean biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state local heath regulations.

Mold Mitigation and Remediation 

  • SERVPRO Franchise Professionals work to control and remediate mold contaminants while protecting your health and safety.

Contents Claim Inventory Service

  • Accurate inventory helps keep costs low and reduces job completion time. Franchise Professionals can provide an itemized, area-by-area loss inventory.

Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning

  • Franchise Professionals can inspect your HVAC system and ductwork. Cleaning services can be provided to help restore peak energy efficiency, eliminate offensive odors and improve indoor air quality.

Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning Care 

  • Franchise Professionals use the latest IICRC training as well as state-of-the-art equipment to remove entrapped soils from deep within your carpet's pile and backings.

Stain Removal, Stain Resistance Applications

  • Using IICRC standards for carpet as a guide, Franchise Professionals will show you  what cleaning option would be best for your carpet's level of soiling and explain the benefits of soil protection.

Odor Identification and Deodorization

  • Franchise Professionals will find the source of the odor and determine the best methods to neutralize and eliminate it.

Upholstery and Drapes: Wet or Dry Cleaning Methods

  • Fabrics are inspected and tested to determine the safest and most effective cleaning method.

For All Your Commercial Needs, Contact Us! 864.576.2430

Before, During, and After a Hurricane

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Before, During, and After a Hurricane Hurricanes are very powerful and dangerous. Make sure you are prepared so you can avoid immense damages.

You heard it right everyone, hurricane season is here. Our team here at SERVPRO of Spartanburg County want to make sure everyone is well equipped with information on how to stay safe before, during and after the storm. Here are some tips to help you out.

Before

  • Create a family emergency plan
  • Create an emergency medical kit
  • Know the elevation level of your location and be aware of potential hazards that could lead to a flood
  • Add protective layer over all windows such as shutter or even marine plywood
  • Fasten roof with clips or straps
  • Trim trees and bushes 
  • clean gutters and downspouts to prevent clogging
  • Install generator for emergencies 

During

  • DO NOT wander around outside during the storm
  • Pay close attention to the TV or the weather radio station for updates
  • Do not evacuate unless told by and offical
  • Turn off propane tanks
  • Turn all refrigerators to the lowest temperature
  • Stay away from windows and any electrical equipment
  • Close all interior doors and brace all external doors

After

  • Continue to listen to the weather radio
  • Do not drive unless it is necessary and avoid flooded roads/ washed out bridges
  • Do not return home unless cleared by officials
  • Carefully inspect for gas leaks, loose power lines, and structural damages
  • Do not enter the building if you smell and a gas leak, see fire damage, or flooding
  • Take pictures of damages for insurance purposes.

After looking over these tips, hopefully you have a better understanding on what to do and not to do before, during and after a major storm like a hurricane.

Contact SERVPRO of  Spartanburg County for any Cleaning or Restoration Needs! 864.576.2430 

If Disaster Strikes Your Business In Spartanburg Your Response Time Is Critical

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

WHAT SERVPRO OF SPARTANBURG COUNTY CAN DO FOR YOU

Fire, Smoke and Sook Cleanup and Restoration

  • Pretesting helps determine what type of fire takes place. Knowing what type of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.

Water Removal and Dehumidification 

  • We'll identify the source and type of water, which determines the proper course of action. Drying equipment controls temperature and humidity, minimizing secondary damage. 

Odor Identification and Deodorization

  • We find the source of the odor and determine the best methods to neutralize and eliminate it. 

Mold Mitigation and Remediation

  • We work to control and remediate mold contaminants while protecting your health and safety. 

Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning

  • We inspect your HVAC system and ductwork. Cleaning services can be provided to help restore peak energy efficiency, eliminate offensive odors and improve indoor air quality. 

Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care

  • SERVPRO of Spartanburg County Professionals use the latest IICRC training as well as state of the art equipment to remove entrapped soils from deep within your carpet's pile and backings.

Upholstry and Drapes: Wet or Dry Cleaning Methods

  • Fabrics are inspected and tested to determine the safest and most effective cleaning method.

At SERVPRO of Spartanburg County, we know Time is a precious commodity. So do not hesitate calling our office in your time of need 864.576.2430

Spartanburg County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup & Restoration

9/8/2018 (Permalink)

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 Spartanburg 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)576-2430

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 Spartanburg 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)576-2430

Conditions In Spartanburg County Might Be Right For Mold

9/8/2018 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Spartanburg County to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 864-576-2430

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Spartanburg County for mold remediation services.

Flooded Basement in Spartanburg County

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooded Basement in Spartanburg County This flooded basement was caused by a recent storm.

A water main break caused this basement in Spartanburg, SC to flood. This before picture shows the mess left behind after all water had receded.

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County was called in to clean up the aftermath! The owner was thrilled she said "This basement never looked this good in the 24 years I've owned this Property". If you are dealing with the aftermath of a water main break or a busted pipe, we are here to help. Let our local professionally certified team make it "Like it never even happened."

What To Do When Dealing With The Aftermath Of Storm Damage

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Have you or someone you know been affected by all these afternoon storms this summer? SERVPRO of  Spartanburg County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Being locally owned and operated means we are right around the corner, and able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. Why is it important to respond to an emergency quickly you ask?

  • Lessens the damage
  • Limits further damage
  • Reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Spartanburg County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises locations across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Whether you have an emergency or in need of general cleaning, we will be faster to any sized disaster with the training and resources to handle damages ranging from single family homes to skyrise building structures.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?

Call Us Today 864.576.2430

Smoke & Soot Cleanup

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

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 Spartanburg 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)576-8500

Restoring Your Spartanburg Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoring Your Spartanburg Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Spartanburg commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Spartanburg County

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Spartanburg Home

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Spartanburg County

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Check Out Our Residential Carpet Cleaning Special!

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Check Out Our Residential Carpet Cleaning Special! Leon Cleaning Carpet "Like it Never Even Happened"

Have you incurred water or other liquids soaking up your carpet? Do you have unsightly stains that haunt you or embarrass you when you have company over? Or do you just want to enhance your spring cleaning efforts? Well, we have great news: SERVPRO of Spartanburg County has just the solution for you!

We have a current special running where our highly skilled, experienced production crew will come out and clean your carpets (3 rooms and 1 hallway) for just $115! That's right; in just a couple of hours, your carpet can look brand new again. When you take advantage of this great deal, you'll thank yourself for trusting our cleaning specialists with your carpet. Just look at the difference in this photo! Leon, as well as the rest of our crew, pays close attention to details and makes sure that the job is done in the most efficient and satisfactory way possible.

If you would like one of our outstanding crew members to come revive your carpet, call us today to set up an appointment! (864) 576-2430

Questions to Ask When Your Business Incurs Disaster

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Questions to Ask When Your Business Incurs Disaster SERVPRO: Here to Help

As a business owner and or employee, you obviously have a lot on your plate at any given time; whether it's finances, day-to-day operations, logistics, coworker relations, or anything within the realm of running a business. The list is exhaustive and the world around us often molds our businesses and how we operate.

At SERVPRO of Spartanburg County, we would like to get those gears churning today to get you thinking about the side no one ever wants to face...the side we are talking about is the inevitable fact that eventually, something inside of the well-oiled machine that is your business will experience failure and cause a big mess. Either that or a natural disaster will strike, whether it be a storm or some other type of unforeseeable act of nature.

With that said, here are a few questions you may want to ask yourself to help you in mitigating/preparing for such occurrences, as well as how to be proactive and prepared in the event that disaster strikes.

1. "Do we have an emergency plan outlined?" This is something every business should have, regardless of what it is you do. Disaster does not discriminate, and when it strikes, 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.

2. "If something were to happen, how long could we go without operating before we start to see significant loss in revenues/production/etc.?" Make sure you are aware of how much time lost you can incur before you start to see significant loss in your day-to-day operations. Make sure you have plenty of money and or inventory saved up in case the restoration process takes a while to get your operations back to full capacity. (Just keep in mind, SERVPRO is available 24/7 for emergency services, so if you need your operations back up and running ASAP, we can be there to start the restoration process within 24 hours or less.)

3. "What will happen in regards to my contents if they are affected?" Here at SERVPRO, we are dedicated to giving our best effort to save as many of your contents as possible. If it has any chance of being salvaged, we will work tirelessly to save your contents so you don't have to file it with your insurance company. 

4. "How can I ensure that I am mitigating to the best of my abilities to avoid disaster?" Routine maintenance is always a good choice; looking to make sure your facilities and machinery are running properly is never a bad idea. Constant cleaning and making sure items stay where they belong and not somewhere that could be potentially hazardous is a simple and effective step. Another way to stay sharp is to simply educate yourself. SERVPRO offers Continuing Education (CE) courses on aspects such as fire, water, smoke, and mold damage. These courses are both engaging and informative, which will enlighten you on what to look for in terms of mitigation as well as what to do when disaster strikes, in terms of restoration.

5. "What do we do after emergency personnel leave? What now?" This is where SERVPRO comes into play! If you have any sort of damage from a disaster, do not hesitate to call us. Our mission is to serve you and give our best effort to make it "like it never even happened." As stated above, we are available 24/7 for emergencies, just one phone call away from having the help you deserve and need.  

Tips for a great 2018 for our friends in Spartanburg County

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County wants you to start the New Year off right by taking some steps to help insure a safe and happy 2018.  Here are some tips that may help!

  1. Do not wait for daylight savings time to check your smoke detector.  All smoke detectors have a manufacturing date on them.  If that date over 10 years old, replace it!  Also if your home has gas or oil heat it is a good idea to invest in a carbon monoxide detector.
  2. What was learned with the Gatlinburg fire is that there is not always time to gather things when an evacuation is required. Keep a prepacked bag handy with some cash, changes of clothes, medications, copies of important documents, etc. 
  3. Have your family practice fire drills to make sure everyone knows how to escape, what to do and where to meet should a fire occur. 
  4. If you are travelling and will be away for several days, please be sure to turn off the water so you do not come home to any surprises. Also, lower your thermostat but do not turn off the heat if there is a chance of freezing temperatures.
  5. If you are using rubber hoses for the water supply to your washing machine, they need to be replaced every 5 years. Consider using steel braided hoses as they are much more durable than rubber ones.
  6. Periodically check the water supply lines on ice makers and dish washers for signs of wear and replace when needed.
  7. Keep a properly rated fire extinguisher in your kitchen and be sure to have them checked periodically by a professional.
  8. Make sure you know where the critical shutoffs are in your home for main power, water and gas if applicable.

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County wishes you a wonderful and prosperous 2018!!

Flooding and Water Emergencies in Spartanburg

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Spartanburg County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 864-576-2430

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Spartanburg County

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property

When Storms or Floods hit Spartanburg County, SERVPRO is ready!!

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Spartanburg County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

SERVPRO of Spartanburg is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Whether it is an emergency or a general cleaning, give us a call!!

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 864.576.2430

Spartanburg County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

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 Spartanburg 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 – 864.576.2430

DIY Home Improvement Tips for our friends in Spartanburg County!

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

With all of this wet weather we have had it may be a good time to do some projects indoors. Thanks to our friends at AARP, here is a list of 10 indoor home improvement projects to consider! Thanks again for trusting SERVPRO of Spartanburg County

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SERVPRO of Spartanburg County is a trusted leader in the restoration industry. We provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. With the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs, we’re locally owned and operated and can respond immediately to your emergency.  Call us at 864.576.2430!

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County is also available for your carpet and tile cleaning needs!! Please call us today for a free consultation and estimate.

Does Your Spartanburg County Home Have A Mold Problem?

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 864.576.2430

Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Spartanburg County

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane season is upon us and believe us it only takes one storm to change your life and community. Tropical cyclones are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. If you live in an area prone to tropical cyclones, you need to be prepared. Even areas well away from the coastline can be threatened by dangerous flooding, destructive winds and tornadoes from these storms.

Determine Your Risk

Hurricanes bring many hazards to U.S. coastlines and inland areas, including storm surge along the coast, inland flooding due to heavy rainfall, tornadoes, strong wind, rip currents and large waves.

Develop an Evacuation Plan

Find out today if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone. Plan where you’ll go and how you would get there. Leave immediately if ordered to evacuate and be sure to plan for your pets.

Assemble Disaster Supplies

Get your supplies before hurricane season begins. Have enough food and water for each person for at least one week. Be sure to fill your prescriptions and have medicine on hand. Radios, batteries and phone chargers are also must haves. Gas up your vehicle and extra cash on hand.

Get Insurance Checkup

Check in with your insurance agent well before hurricane season, remember that flood insurance must be obtained separately. Prepare your home/vehicles according to your policy, and know where your insurance documents are located – take them with you if you evacuate. Visit floodsmart.gov for more information. 

Strengthen Your Home

There is a lot you can do around your home to help protect it from the strong winds that come with hurricanes. Well ahead of the approaching storm, trim trees on your property, shop for approved window coverings, collect loose outdoor items, secure all doors on you property, and find a safe location for your vehicle.

Help Your Neighbor

Many people reply on the assistance of neighbors before and after hurricanes. Help your neighbors collect the supplies they’ll need before the storm. Assist them with evacuation if ordered to do so or check on them after it’s safe for you to head outside.

Complete your Written Plan

Writing down your plan will help you avoid mistakes when faces with an emergency and ensure everyone in your home is prepared for the next storm.

Vacation Preparation From SERVPRO of Spartanburg County!

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Well it's that time of the year again, school is out and that family vacation is just around the corner. While you are checking off that list for stuff that you need to take with you such as sunscreen and sandals make sure you check off what you are leaving behind.

It's happens year after year, we receive that dreaded phone call from the neighbor. "I'm calling because my neighbors are out of town and water has been running out of their house since yesterday."

Time and time again we seem too busy planning on how much we have to do on vacation we forget to protect our house before we leave. Accidents happen all the time ranging from broken pipes and toilets causing major water damage to coffee makers and hair dryers causing fire and soot damage.

Below you will find some helpful hints to prevent that return trip from being an unplanned extreme home makeover.

Water Damage Prevention

-turn power off to hot water heater

-turn pilot light off to hot water heater (when applicable)

-use a shop vac and vacuum the HVAC drain line from the exterior side of house

-turn off main water supply to house

-after turning off water turn on outside water spigot to drain lines

Fire Damage Prevention

-check batteries in smoke detectors

-turn off gas lines (when applicable)

-unplug any unnecessary electronic devices such as coffee makes, toasters, hair dryer and phone chargers

Mold Prevention

-DO NOT raise the temperature on the thermostat to save money. By raising the temperature you also raise the humidity levels which can in turn can cause mold growth within 48 to 72 hours. Keep thermostat 77 degrees and below.

What To Do If Floods Hit Spartanburg County!

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.


 


What do SERVPRO Franchise Professionals do?


 


Provide 24/7 Emergency Service


Highly Trained Water Restoration Specialists


Faster to Any Size Disaster


A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises


Preferred Vendor for Many National and Local Insurance Companies


Have Questions? Call Today 1-864-576-2430


 


Every water damage situation is a little different, and requires a unique solution.


 


What To Do After Flooding



  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.

  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.

  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.

  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.

  • Gather loose items from floors.


What NOT To Do After Flooding



  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.

  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.

  • Don't use television or other household appliances.

  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

What To Do If You Find Mold in Spartanburg County!

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Today 1-864-576-2430

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional for mold remediation services.

What NOT to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

Call SERVPRO of Spartanburg County

864-576-2430

Does Your Spartanburg County Home Have A Mold Problem?

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

 

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 864.576.2430

DIY Home Improvement Tips for our friends in Spartanburg County!

1/25/2017 (Permalink)

With all of this wet weather we have had it may be a good time to do some projects indoors. Thanks to our friends at AARP, here is a list of 10 indoor home improvement projects to consider! Thanks again for trusting SERVPRO of Spartanburg County.

http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-10-2013/indoor-home-improvement-fixes-photo.html#slide1

SERVPRO of Spartanburg is a trusted leader in the restoration industry. We provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. With the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs, we’re locally owned and operated and can respond immediately to your emergency.  Call us at 864.576.2430!

SERVPRO of Spartanburg is also available for your carpet and tile cleaning needs!! Please call us today for a free consultation and estimate.

Spartanburg County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

1/13/2017 (Permalink)

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 Spartanburg 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 – 864.576.2430

When Storms or Floods hit Spartanburg County, SERVPRO is ready!!

1/13/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Spartanburg County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Whether it is an emergency or a general cleaning, give us a call!!

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 864.576.2430

Flooding and Water Emergencies in Spartanburg

1/4/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Spartanburg County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Spartanburg County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 864-576-2430

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Spartanburg County

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property

Tips for a great 2017 for our friends in Spartanburg County

1/3/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County wants you to start the New Year off right by taking some steps to help insure a safe and happy 2017.  Here are some tips that may help!

1. Do not wait for daylight savings time to check your smoke detector.  All smoke detectors have a manufacturing date on them.  If that date over 10 years old, replace it!  Also if your home has gas or oil heat it is a good idea to invest in a carbon monoxide detector.

2. What was learned with the Gatlinburg fire is that there is not always time to gather things when an evacuation is required. Keep a prepacked bag handy with some cash, changes of clothes, medications, copies of important documents, etc. 

3. Have your family practice fire drills to make sure everyone knows how to escape, what to do and where to meet should a fire occur. 

4. If you are traveling and will be away for several days, please be sure to turn off the water so you do not come home to any surprises. Also, lower your thermostat but do not turn off the heat if there is a chance of freezing temperatures.

5. If you are using rubber hoses for the water supply to your washing machine, they need to be replaced every 5 years. Consider using steel braided hoses as they are much more durable than rubber ones.

6. Periodically check the water supply lines on ice makers and dish washers for signs of wear and replace when needed.

7. Keep a properly rated fire extinguisher in your kitchen and be sure to have them checked periodically by a professional.

8. Make sure you know where the critical shutoffs are in your home for main power, water and gas if applicable.

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County wishes you a wonderful and prosperous 2017!!

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