Get your home ready for a worry free vacation!
Do you have a home safe vacation list? If not, you should.
When we go on vacation we go to relax and unwind and enjoy time with family and friends. Worrying about your home while your away should not be on the “list” of things to do. Putting a task list together will assure your vacation is a worry- free time away from home!
Stage your home like you are not away at all. Ask a neighbor to pick up your mail and or newspaper – nothing says these homeowners are away - than a driveway full of newspapers. Set your lights on a timer and cut your lawn prior to leaving.
Prepare the inside of your home to avoid a plumbing or electrical disaster while away. Unplug small appliances or electrical devices and shut off the water valves to your sinks, commodes and washing machine. No one wants to come home to a flooded house after a vacation.
Oh sweet summertime is here – enjoy it with no worries mate!
Got Mold? We can help! This time of year – the temperatures can change at the drop of a hat. One day it's warm, the next day winter has returned. Mold can grow at any time but more so in changing temperatures in and outside your home. Bathroom ceilings are ideal for mold to grow due to condensation. Moisture that is produced inside your bathroom comes in contact with your ceilings or walls, and will set up a homestead, and that’s when the condensation begins, and you look up in the shower one day and think what is happening? Having a working exhaust fan in your bathroom can greatly reduce the chances of mold growth. Our bathrooms are where we go to relax – recharge and get clean. No one wants mold growing. Call SERVPRO of Greenwood, Abbeville & McCormick Counties – we got you covered and mold free!
Ways To Prepare Your Business for a Storm
Tips You Can Follow to Prepare Your Business for A Storm
Though storms are fairly common occurrences, businesses in Greenwood, Abbeville & McCormick Counties, are often not prepared for damage that a rain storm can cause. As a business owner, there are tips you can follow to prepare your business for a storm.
1. Maintain Your Business's Landscape
Though you may not think about your business's landscape when it comes to preparing for a storm, your landscape can have a major impact on your business. Debris and fallen limbs commonly cause damage to businesses during storms with high winds, so it can be wise to clear away any fallen limbs and to trim limbs that hang over your business. Additionally, making sure that your drainage spouts are clear can help to prevent flood damage to your property.
2. Consider Investing in Helpful Tools and Materials
As you are getting your property ready for a rain storm, it can be wise to consider investing in tools and materials that can prevent damage. Installing a lightning rod can help to divert lightning from your business if a strike does occur. If your area commonly experiences storms with strong gusts of wind, installing storm shutters can also help to protect your business from damage.
3. Make Sure Staff Knows What To Do During a Storm
When preparing for a thunderstorm, it's often wise to include your staff in the process. It can be helpful to regularly talk with your staff about storm protocol and procedures. Having a protocol in place can make it easier for your staff to quickly prepare for an approaching storm. When creating a plan, it can be useful to think of everything from damage prevention to safety measurements. At this time, you may also consider getting contact information for an emergency restoration service to ensure you can easily contact professionals if damage does occur.
A rain storm can cause major damage to a business, but being prepared for the worst can often help to prevent damage. You can make sure your business is ready for a storm by maintaining your property's landscape, investing in useful tools and materials and discussing storm procedures with your staff.
Dealing with mold is not an easy task. Especially for a homeowner that has never dealt with mold before. If you have noticed water damage do not wait until it is too late. Water damage can lead to mold growth, and if you leave your home untreated your insurance can decline your claim due to long term mold.
Follow these steps for Mold Remediation:
Step 1: It is important to first find the cause of the mold and fix any leaks that could have caused fungus to grow.
Step 2: Set up containment in order to close the area that will be worked on from the rest of the space.
Step 3: Demo out any drywall that has mold on it or is directly in front of the framing that has mold.
Step 4: Wipe down the affected area with anti-microbial wipes. Wiping the area down can collect a lot of the mold spores and get it prepared for the grinding. Wiping down also reduces the number of mold spores that become airborne during the grinding step.
Step 5: Dry out the affected area. This is the most important step by far! If the affected area still contains moisture, mold can grow back.
Step 6: Grind down the affected materials in order to best reduce the number of mold spores on the material.
Step 7: HEPA vacuum any debris that had been caused during the mold remediation. Final wipe down of the affected materials and containment to ensure that the chamber is ready for a post mold clearance test if requested by the homeowner.
If you discover mold in your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Greenwood to correctly remediate and remove mold. Contact us at 864-229-6610.
Be prepared for Vacation
Getting ready for a vacation is exciting but can be very stressful at times. Being focused on packing and trying to be on time to the airport can cause you to forget your toothbrush, your phone or more importantly, turning off the sink or unplugging the hot iron. SERVPRO of Greenwood, Abbeville & McCormick Co. has encountered damage within the last few months that occurred while the tenant or homeowner was out of town on vacation.
To enjoy a stress-free, fun vacation we advise that you take a few precautions before leaving your home.
- Check pipes, hoses, faucets, water heaters and bathrooms for any type of leak.
- Clear excess debris from gutters and downspouts to prevent water build up.
- To avoid electrical fires or power surges, unplug all unnecessary appliances.
- Check all the smoke detectors in your home to ensure that they are properly working.
Asking a friend or a family member to house sit while on vacation, is always a great option. You would have a faster response to an unfortunate event that could have possibly happened. Here at SERVPRO of Greenwood we want you to be able to enjoy your vacation and be able to come back to your home as you left it. Remember, with any emergency situation, we will be ready 24/7, 365. Our friendly team will be here, ready to assist you when needed. Give us a call at 864-229-6610
The Difference Between Restore and Replace.
Restore vs. Replace
At SERVPRO of Greenwood, Abbeville & McCormick Counties our goal is to minimize the disruption to tenants, owners, and property managers after a fire or water damage.
The cost of replacement after a loss is higher than the cost of restoration. It is very important that you work with a restoration company that does not have a “demo everything” approach to the process. Restoring versus replacing also helps with the recovery time, since the job is completed faster, and it reduces business interruption.
We are committed to provide immediate service to the York County. Our employees are trained to perform quality service and communicate with the homeowner or property manager every step of the way.
We will work hard to get your property to its preloss condition and make it “Like it never even happened.”
Call SERVPRO of Greenwood, Abbeville& McCormick Co. today at 864-229-6610. We are here for you 24/7
Storm Damages: Flood Edition-Be Prepared
SERVPRO of Greenwood County is always here to help and we want you to ALWAYS be prepared. Here are some tips from FEMA(Federal Emergency Management Agency) for preparing your home or business for a flood.
Before the Flood:
- Have a qualified professional elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel if susceptible to flooding.
- Install “check valves” in sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home or business.
- Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to help avoid seepage.
During the Flood:
- Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so.
- Disconnect electrical appliances .
- Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
- Do not walk through moving water. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall.
After the Flood:
- Listen for news reports to learn if the community’s water supply is safe to drink.
- Avoid floodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged.
- Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
- Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe to do so.
We are here to help our Community!
SERVPRO of Greenwood, Abbeville & McCormick Counties is dedicated to restoring both the property and the lives of the customers we serve in our community. Our number one goal is returning damaged property and items to preloss condition and helping our customers regain their sense of safety and control in their lives.
SERVPRO of Greenwood, Abbeville & McCormick County is IICRC certified. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification sets the standards for the restoration industry. Our technicians receive IICRC training to help our customers in situations ranging from storm and water damage to mold and fire restoration.
Your insurance provider trusts us, too! In the event of an emergency contacting your insurer is part of our response protocols. Within an hour of calling SERVPRO a certified technician will be in contact with you to get information about the loss to your property. Within four hours a team will arrive, trained and equipped, to handle your situation. Our technicians will be taking photos and notes of every step along the way so that we can provide your insurance adjuster with a verbal briefing within eight hours of the loss you experienced.
When disaster strikes, call our experts at SERVPRO!
Tips For Mold-Free House Siding
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.
Harmful Waste In Your Commercial Property
(Sewage, Bloodborne Pathogens, etc.)
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
- Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
- Attempt cleanup of any kind
- Touch or handle items that might be contaminated with bodily fluids
SERVPRO of Greenwood wants to ensure that you are safe at all times. We have the correct PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), solutions, and we properly dispose of all harmful waste. This could happen anywhere including in your commercial property. Accidents happen all the time, we are here to take of that accident for you. If you have any questions or concerns about this situation, give us a call and we will have someone take care of it for you. Our professional production crew is well trained in taking care of harmful waste. You have nothing to worry about.
Call Us Today! 864-229-6610