Recent Storm Damage Posts

Hurricane Season is Back!

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Strong winds and water pushing over a palm tree in the Bahamas Hurricane winds are extremely strong and can cause major damage.

This time last year the state of South Carolina was still dealing with the after effects of Hurricane Florence. Hurricane season is still in full affect. We have already had a hurricane scare with Hurricane Dorian earlier this month. After taking a look at the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Jerry is forming and is hanging out near the Caribbean as I speak. This is nothing to worry about because it will not pass by the South Carolina shores.

Heavy rainfall and strong winds really puts beating on your home. Shingles can fly off leaving your roof exposed, sidings would fall and crumble like paper, and the structure of your home could be tested. It is important to have inspections on your home to make sure it is ready to take on the beating from the storms caused by hurricanes.

SERVPRO of Spartanburg is always here to help and is faster to any size disaster than anyone around. We have 24/7 emergency services to help with the effects of storms during hurricane season.

Give us a call immediately!  864.576.2430

What SERVPRO Does When There's A Flood

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

house that has water about half way up the structure and half way up the car. Flood damages are bad no matter the size.

The Experience

            With over 45 years of experience, SERVPRO professionals have restored flood-damaged homes and businesses from coast to coast. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and the highest flood waters. If a flood does strike your home or business give SERVPRO of Spartanburg County a call. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often and overwhelming task. The SERVPRO system is prepared to handle any size disaster and help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Floods Strike Everywhere

            Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the US. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage. In fact, nearly 25% of last year’s claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for polices in moderate to low risk communities. According to the NFIP, houses in the US have a 26% chance of being damaged by a flood during the course of a 30-year mortgage, while businesses face similar risks by flooding. On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the US.

The Dangers of Mold

            If flood damage is not promptly mitigated, lingering moisture from floodwater may elevate the risk of mold growth. SERVPRO professionals can properly remediate mold damage in your home or business.

SERVPRO as a company has sent disaster recovery teams to respond to flood and storm situations all over the country in recent years. From as recent as the Houston floods in 2016, taking it back  all the way back to Hurricane Katrina back in 2005.

Prepare Your Home For Heavy Rainfall In The Upstate

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

According to the meteorologists, the Upstate will suffer the effects of rain fall for a whole week. Homeowners should not take this lightly, especially if they haven't prepared for the water heading our way. Here are a few things that homeowners should double check and inspect around their home to insure no damage is caused by these storms.

Roof Inspection

Your roof is the first line of defense. Any crack to tear could lead to damage inside your home. A roof inspection/repairs should be made to prevent water from making its way into your home.

Clean Gutters

Gutters are basically a part of your roofing system. Making sure that your gutters are not cracked and debris free will help keep your home safe. Blockage caused by the debris will cause flooding in your roofing systems which could be very problematic.

Inspect Inside Your Home

Another way to keep your home safe is to inspect the inside of your home. Making sure that all windows and doors are closed and sealed properly will help keep the water out. If there are any damages, make sure to repair them before it is too late.

Surrounding Trees

Lastly, cutting those branches that hang over your home is a game changer. The leaves will clog your gutters and you are running the risk of having those bigger branches causing damage to the structure of your home and cause more problems.

Hopefully everyone in the Upstate area takes these tips on how to protect your home this week from all the rain fall we are going to experience.

If your home has suffered damages from the storms, SERVPRO of Spartanburg County is always here to help, so do not hesitate to give us a call. We have 24/7 emergency services to help those in need.

864.576.2430 

When Storms Hit, SERVPRO is Ready!

2/1/2019 (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

Flood Watch vs Flood Warning

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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.

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

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

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

Before, During, and After a Hurricane

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

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 

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

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

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.

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