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Why Do You Need a Water Mitigation Company?

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Why Do You Need a Water Mitigation Company?

If you’re like most homeowners in the Greenwood, Abbeville & McCormick County areas, you want to take care of home maintenance on your own. After all, who wants to pay for a repair service when you can just do it yourself? In some cases, that might be the best thing to do, but it’s also important to consult a professional restoration company when the need arises.

As a water mitigation company in Greenwood, SC potential customers can sometimes call back and decide to do the clean up themselves but many have called back with new problems. Lost time, costly do-it-yourself products, and frustration can be avoided by using a professional.

Why use a Water Damage  Restoration and Repair Company?

  • Uncover hidden moisture problems. When it comes to water damage, there’s often more than meets the eyes. Materials like hardwoods and drywall, are porous, so they absorb water. Moisture can cause the materials to expand, or possibly trap moisture, allowing it to foster mold growth. A water mitigation company has the equipment to both detect and dry these materials.

  • Prevent future mold growth. Mold spores are everywhere, but they don’t pose much of a threat until they are exposed to moisture. When water damage isn’t adequately addressed, it can increase the chances of mold growth. Our team can extract and dry the water, plus we apply an antimicrobial to deter mold.

  • Equipment and Expertise to remove contaminated water. Not all water damage is equal. Water can occasionally be extremely contaminated (such as floodwater or sewage) and may pose health risks. In these cases, protective gear and specific processes are required for cleaning up the damage to reduce exposure. Our experienced technicians are equipped and certified to handle these situations.

Water damage can come in many different forms and it’s also important to know when things are beyond your control. No matter the situation, SERVPRO of Greenwood, Abbeville & McCormick Counties here to help.

Contact us at 864-229-6610 for 24/7 Water Damage Mitigation, Repair, and Post Damage Reconstruction.

Successfully Removing Mold from Your Home

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

Let review the facts about mold. 

Mold spores are around us everyday. They're a living organism that participate in our ecosystem. When they have a habitat that causes them to colonize in such numbers that the fuzzy green and black stuff starts to show is when we typically get worried.

Mold thrives in a humid, warm environment. That's why when water damage has been left for too long we see evidence of it. 

Mold can cause health effects and damage to your property. When you call a mold specialist at SERVPRO, we will follow the following basic steps to remediate and treat your issue.

  1. Contain the area and place powerful air scrubbers. These machine draw the contaminated air out and filter through several layers of HEPA filters before sending clean air back into the room.
  2. Remove items such as drywall, carpet, and insulation that show evidence of colonizing.
  3. HEPA vacuum and clean all exposed areas with an anti-microbial disinfectant. 
  4. Clean and disinfect ductwork to remove any spore that may have traveled through the HVAC system.

Finally, cleaning with bleach IS NOT an acceptable way to remove mold!! Bleach is not an antimicrobial disinfectant and only masks the issue for a short time before it returns. If you think you have an issue that concerns you, always call a mold remediation specialist for guidance.

April Showers Bring Water Damages By The Hour

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

As one of the wettest months in the year, April is known for its rainy days and perpetual showers. Though spring is officially here, we hardly get to enjoy the nice weather until late in the month or on those rare days when the weather allows some sunshine to peek through the clouds. 

One thing we can consistently expect from April is the amount of water damage claims our teams respond to. Though the after effects of water damage are all the same. the causes can vary depending on where the damage takes place. To minimize the risk of water in your home or office, here are a few of the top causes of spring water damage:

1. Flooding 

Whether because of heavy rains, a low water table, or leaks and cracks in your, flooding is the top cause of spring water damage. Waterproofing your basement and properly weather-sealing doors and windows can help in minimizing the risk of water damage in your home. 

2. Roof Leaks and Drain Back-Ups

Second to noticing cracks in your foundations, this can be one of the trickiest to get ahead on, mainly because most of us don’t spend much time out on our roofs. Periodically checking your roof and gutters is key to getting ahead of leaks and drain backups that can seep into your home.

3. Frozen Pipes

Last, but not least — frozen pipes. You may think frozen pipes are only a danger in the colder months, but the truth is, plenty of water damage claims happen when these pipes defrost in the warmer months. That’s because outside faucets and water irrigation systems that were shut off during the colder months, yet not properly insulated, begin to leak into your home once it is turned on. So instead of only watering your lawn, you may see these pipes have also watered your indoor living space.

There are plenty of other causes of water damage ranging from leaking AC units, downed trees, and even heavy storms. Whatever the cause, SERVPRO of Greenwood is only a call away. 

The Storm Damage Restoration Process: What To Expect

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

If a storm damaged your home , you might be worried about the storm restoration process. You may wonder how anyone can fix all that water damage or what happens if they must tear out a wall.

It’s understandable that you would worry about this. After all, restoration can seem daunting to the uninitiated. Luckily, understanding the steps can help calm your nerves. While all projects are unique, these are the basic steps to expect:

  1. Initial damage control
  2. Removal of damaged materials
  3. A drying period
  4. Rebuilding

Each of these steps is important and should be done by experienced and trusted professionals. Below is a closer look at each stage:

Initial Damage Control

Before your restoration crew can do anything else, they must extract the water from your home. This is the first step in stopping further water damage and keeping needed repairs to a minimum. It’s essential to call a storm restoration company as soon as possible after a flood to get this process going.

Removal of Damaged Materials

Once the water is out of the way, the contractors can survey the damage and decide what they need to tear out. They may decide to make a flood cut, which prevents mold by removing a section of wall above the flood line. The professionals will properly dispose of damaged materials to keep your home safe.

A Drying Period

The third step can be the most difficult for anxious homeowners. The affected area must be allowed to dry out, which can take some time. Be patient; you’re almost done.

Rebuilding

After the area is dry, the professionals can start rebuilding the damaged structures. Great companies can make sure it looks as good as or better than before.

If a flood damages your home, call a trusted storm restoration company immediately. They can get rid of the water, tear out damaged walls, and make it look like water damage never happened. 864-229-6610

6 Signs of Plumbing Trouble

3/26/2022 (Permalink)

6 Symptoms of Plumbing Issues

If you run a business the last thing you want to deal with is a problem with your plumbing system. If you experience a blocked sewer, toilet overflow or a pipe break, you should contact a commercial restoration service as soon as possible. Before you have to take that step, you can familiarize yourself with these common signs of trouble.

Chronic Drain Clogging

If you experience clogs on a regular basis, it could be a sign of a problem with your cast-iron sewer lines. After 25 years, these lines can deteriorate and fail. A blocked sewer can lead to more damaging and costly issues, so it’s a good idea to address it right away.

Sewer Gas Smell

Your nose may give you another indication of trouble with your sewer lines. If you notice the odor of sewer gas, you should get your sewer system examined for damage or failure.

Continuous Flushing

A toilet overflow is a messy situation for any business. When commercial toilets won’t stop flushing, it is usually a problem with the flushometer. Most commonly, the gasket needs to be cleaned out or replaced.

Bulging Walls and Ceilings

Pipe breaks can occur when clogs or pinhole leaks go unaddressed. If you notice any swelling or protrusions in your walls or ceiling tiles, this may be the reason.

Water Stains

Another noticeable sign that water is building up in the walls is discoloration. By the time you see these stains, the leak or break is already fairly advanced and requires swift attention.

Foundation Cracks

A crack in your building’s foundation can start from root intrusion into a weak point, but once established, can expand to larger cracks. In addition to the structural damage they cause, foundation cracks can wreak havoc on water and sewage systems.
As a business owner, you don’t want to wait for a blocked sewer or pipe break to address problems in your plumbing system. By being familiar with these warning signs, you can deal with plumbing issues before they get serious.

Flood Insurance for Commercial Buildings

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

About 25% of businesses do not reopen after a disaster. One of the most common disasters that can affect a business is a flood. 98% of counties in the United States have been impacted by a flood event. There are some steps that you can take to help prevent your business from being part of that statistic. For example, you can get flood insurance. According to FEMA one inch of water can cause over $25k in damage to your home so, imagine the costs when your business is involved. SERVPRO of Greenwood understands that recovering from a loss like that can be difficult and want to make sure that we can help our community members to better understand their options and how they can get help.

Most standard commercial insurance policies do not cover flood losses. Flood insurance is offered through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP, run by FEMA. It is important to note that the NFIP does NOT sell flood insurance. You must purchase the insurance through your insurance provider. The rates for these programs are set by the NFIP and a dependent on whether you live in a flood plain, the risk of flooding in your area, the building’s age, and the building’s construction.

There are two kinds of flood insurance. Building property insurance covers the actual building, and personal property insurance covers the contents inside of the building. The NFIP recommends that you get both policies. Be sure to plan ahead and don’t expect to be able to get coverage immediately before a potential disaster event because there is a 30-day waiting period before your policies will go into effect.

SERVPRO of Greenwood cares about our community and we want you to be protected! Be sure to reach out to your insurance agent to discuss with them your coverage options for flood insurance. Should your place of business suffer from flood damage our team of professionals are ready for your call, and we can work directly with your insurance provider to help make the already difficult process of recovering from a disaster as easy as we can.

How SERVPRO helps YOU

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO responds to emergency calls 24-hours a day.  We work with homeowners and insurance adjusters to restore a damaged property to preloss condition. 

Every restoration project is unique, but our process typically involves the following steps. 

Step 1: Emergency Dispatch or Scheduling an Estimate

We dispatch when you call us, 24-hours a day, every day of the week.  Our emergency dispatch service includes water damage, biohazard cleanup, and emergency services to help secure a property like board-up and roof tarping. 

Clients in need of non-emergency services can still call us at any time to schedule an estimate.  Some estimates can be done quickly online, and others will require us to visit a property to perform an inspection.  Damage restoration estimates are free. 

Step 2: Cleanup and Mitigation 

This step involves cleaning up the damage the property has experienced.  

While our technicians are cleaning a property, our office staff is also busy at work.  Each of our clients is assigned a Project Coordinator that will work with each insurance adjuster to help process the insurance claim. 

Step 3: Reconstruction

If a property suffered extensive damage and required demolition, then our reconstruction team repairs everything necessary to make any damage “Like it never even happened.”  This portion of the project begins immediately after the mitigation has been completed and is typically approved as part of the insurance claim. 

Call us anytime.  We’re here to help. 864-229-6610

Realtors Worst Nightmare

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

We receive numerous calls this time of year from people who are trying to sell their house but need to have mold remediation done before the interested buyer will sign the contract.

Here are some things you need to know when it comes to mold remediation on the house you are trying to sell:

  • Address the Source - If the mold is coming from a leaking hot water heater, no matter how many times we come out to remediate the mold, if the leaking hot water heater does not get fixed, the mold will keep returning.
  • Depending on the severity of the mold that is present, it may be necessary to have an Industrial Hygienist come in to test for the types of mold present as well as how high of a count of mold spores are present. Our general rule of thumb is if you have a span of more than 10 square feet of mold, you probably need to have mold testing done.  Having this information will allow us  to take the necessary steps to get your home back to preloss condition.  The final step is to have the Industrial Hygienist come back out and test again to ensure that we have brought the mold spore count back down to an acceptable level. 
  • We do not test for mold. As a professional mold remediation company, it would present a conflict of interest if we were also the Industrial Hygienist that came in behind ourselves to test the site and claim it as being cleared.  We want to avoid any appearance of false test results to clear our own work.

Taking the points listed above into consideration, please be sure to allow for enough time for each step as well as the Mold Remediation Process.

Learn more about mold and what you can do until help arrives by reviewing these mold damages tips.

Preventing Bathroom Water Damage

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

Bathrooms are arguably the place where the most water is used in your household. As such, the likelihood of water damage occurring or at least starting from this room is pretty high. We wanted to give you some tips on how to help prevent water damage from happening in your bathroom!

Repair cracked, broken, or missing tiles – If there are cracks or missing tiles in your bathroom, these are spots where water has much easier access to the rest of your house and can get behind walls and under floors faster than if that tile barrier was still functioning.

Exhaust Fan – Make sure that whenever you use the shower that you turn on your exhaust fan. This fan helps to pull out any extra moisture in the air from the steam in your shower and stops it from building up on your walls and ceilings. This is crucial to helping prevent mold growth in your home.

Bathmats – While used for safety as well, having bathmats on your floor can help prevent water from building up around your tub or shower. Just make sure if they get overly wet that you move them and dry them out, and don’t leave them soggy on the floor or it defeats the purpose entirely.

Shower Curtain Liners – Shower curtains usually come with a decorative piece as well as a liner that is meant to go inside the tub. Make sure that before you shower this liner is inside the tub and not hanging out of it, otherwise water can run off the curtain and straight onto your floors!

Regular inspections – You should inspect your valves in all of your water fixtures regularly for proper function as well as making sure there are no leaks. Additionally, a general inspection of the floors and walls to ensure there are no water spots or stains.

There’s always the possibility of unavoidable water damage, but with these tips hopefully you can help to mitigate the damage and lower the chances of anything severe happening. While no one likes water damage, we’d love to help you deal with yours. We’re here to help 24/7, 365 days a year. 864-229-6610

Water Damage to Hard Wood Floors

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

When your home experiences water damage, besides the structural concerns, one of the biggest can definitely be your hardwood floors. Hardwood floors are expensive and add both cosmetic and monetary value to your home so, if possible, you obviously want to try and avoid ripping them out and replacing them.

With the correct equipment and training it is possible to save your floors from having to be removed, so it is imperative that you call a professional restoration company like us here at SERVPRO of Greenwood.

There are multiple factors that can play a part in our ability to restore your floors to preloss conditions:

Moisture Levels – Hardwood floors have a very low moisture content. When water pools on them for long periods of time the moisture gets soaked into the wood and can take weeks to dry out on its own. This can cause the wood to buckle, have raised edges or have the panels separate from each other.

Time – The type of wood in question plays a role in how quickly water is absorbed and then dried out. Wood rot happens when microbial growth in water is left without treatment in wood and begins to break down the wood. The faster that the water damage to your hardwood floors is addressed the more likely we are able to restore your floors and not have to replace them.

Drying Methods – Both the kinds of woods used as well as the installation methods play a part in the decision of which drying method should be used to dry out your floors. Specialized equipment like drying mats can be used to dry large portions of your flooring at a time helping to speed up the process and ensure moisture readings are at the correct levels. Using the installation methods, wood density, and other factors, our trained technicians will determine just how long the mats should be left in place.

As you can see, there are quite a few factors that decide whether or not you will have to replace your expensive hardwood floors or not, and that it’s best left to the professionals to handle to help increase your odds of restoration. So, if you find yourself in need of water damage restoration, don’t delay and give us a call asap. Our team is waiting to see how we can help you today.

864-229-6610