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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.

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!

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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.

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 South Spartanburg provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Spartanburg, SC.

SERVPRO of North 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
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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 North 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 South Spartanburg County 

SERVPRO of North 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 North Spartanburg a call and we will make sure to restore your home and make it " Like it never even happened." 

Call Us Today!

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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 North Spartanburg 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 North Spartanburg
  • Make an effort to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without consulting SERVPRO of North Spartanburg
  • 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 North Spartanburg before any action is taken 

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