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Faster To Any Disaster

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire an water damages are never scheduled, but are you prepared? From a burst pipe in an office building to faulty wiring in an apartment complex- fire and water losses are never planned, but they do occur. 

SERVPRO professionals can manage the damage . We have...

  • Over 40 years of business in the cleanup and restoration industry 
  • More than 1,500 franchises serving 48 states 
  • Detailed communication throughout the cleaning and restoration process helps keep you informed and in control
  • Experience and traning in mitigation damages ranging from sinlge family homes to skyscrapers, and even the Pentagon.

1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines

  • Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO representative will contact you to arrange for service
  • Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO representative will be on-site to start mitigation services
  • Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person

Quick response is everything. It may help avoid revenue loss for property owners and minimize inconvenience to tenants. Also, restoration services can help resume normal business functions quickly while avoiding costly construction downtime.

Need some restoration services? Call SERVPRO today!

864-576-2430

IICRC Certified Firm

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North 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 Northth 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 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.

Why Choose SERVPRO?

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Reduce Claims Loss Expense 

Emergency Response

Mitigation requires quick action. The faster SERVPRO can arrive on-site to perform water and smoke cleanup, the better the results, including lower claim costs.

Timely Assignment 

     Service Response Guidelines

  •      Within one hour from notice of loss, SERVPRO will contact your insured to arrange for service 
  • Within four hours of loss notification, SERVPRO will be on-site to start the mitigation process
  • Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the adjuster

Faster Work Completion 

No more waiting days for a contractor to respond when every hour counts. SERVPRO of North Spartanburg is dedicated to providing 24-hour emergency service, 365 days a year.

Why SERVPRO?

SERVPRO professionals arrive quickly and are trained and equipped to help you regain control of your life when disaster strikes.

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 North Spartanburg 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.