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Water and Flood Damage: What's the Difference?

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

Water is a necessity, but not when it is causing damage to your home or business. If water damage does occur, SERVPRO of South Brevard can clean and restore your home to make it "Like it never even happened." However, the cleaning and restoration after damage occurs is not the only piece of the puzzle. When water causes damage, an insurance claim should be made as soon as possible.

Filing an insurance claim because of unwanted water can be complicated. The first step is knowing the difference between a water damage claim and a flood damage. This information is crucial to the policyholder because it determines what is covered and what is not.

The distinction between a water damage claim and a flood damage claim can best be defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) flood definition. According to FEMA, a flood is a general and temporary condition of partial or complete inundation of two or more acres and two or more properties of normally dry land.

To simplify the matter, if the water that caused the damage occurred from a natural source and any neighbors are experiencing the same water issues, it is safe to say the situation is a matter of flooding. According to FEMA, flood damage can only be caused by overflow of inland or tidal waters, unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source, mudflow, or collapse of land along the shore of a lake or similar body of water as a result of erosion or undermining caused by waves or currents of water exceeding anticipated cyclical levels that result in a flood.

If a flood has caused damage to your home, it is important to know if you currently have flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program, because home insurance companies do not offer coverage on flood damage. Having flood insurance is extremely beneficial to homeowners who think they might even have the slightest chance of being affected by a flood. The official site of the National Flood Insurance Program states that flood insurance policies cover physical damage to your property and possessions.

Everything from the actual building and its foundation to the refrigerator and the food inside of it is covered by flood insurance and will be taken into consideration when claims are filed. Flood insurance does cover basements and areas below the lowest elevated floor, but it depends on the flood zone and the date of construction. It is important to remember that flood insurance does not cover the sentimental value of any property, so be sure to remove any precious items such as photos, documents, or personal items that cannot be replaced as quickly as possible.

When water damage occurs in your home, did not originate from a natural source, and is not affecting any surrounding buildings, a water damage claim is necessary. Circumstances such as overflowing bathtubs, broken toilets, burst water mains, and broken pipes are all grounds for water damage claims that should be filed by contacting your home insurance company.

Working through the process of filing both a water damage claim and a flood damage claim can be tricky and seem overwhelming. SERVPRO offers a Contents Claim Inventory Service for customers who already have enough stress to deal with. What this service does is provide a detailed and accurate list of all of your belongings. Our Technicians have the experience needed to deliver detailed and accurate reports to insurance companies and help settle claims fast.

If you are experiencing either water or flood damage in your home, SERVPRO of South Brevard can inspect the damage, remove the moisture, and make repairs using state of the art extraction equipment as quickly as possible.

It is important to take immediate action when it comes to both water and flood damage. Refer to our Water Damage Emergency Tips and keep safety as your primary focus. Do not fret, SERVPRO has the ability and resources to go beyond just basic restoration by repairing electronics such as televisions and computers and also dry photographs and documents. Highly trained Water Restoration Technicians are available around the clock for when damage occurs and are only a phone call away.

6 Signs Your Commercial Building May Have Mold

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

6 Signs Your Commercial Building May Have Mold

Signs Of Potential Mold Growth

If you suspect a mold problem in your facility, then you may want to call an indoor environmental specialist in Rock Hill & York County, to perform a mold test of the building. However, if you are not sure of a problem, then consider the following six signs of potential mold growth.

1. Peeling or Bubbling Paint
Walk through your building, inspecting the walls and ceilings. You are looking for signs of peeling or bubbling paint. You may also want to examine the space for signs of sponginess in the drywall. These potential clues point to water damage and possible mold.

2. Plumbing Problems
Do you know of any existing plumbing issues in the facility? How long have these issues been going on? Mold needs water to thrive, which means plumbing leaks often lead to fungal problems.

3. Recent Flood
Any indoor environmental specialist will explain that mold can develop within the first 24 to 48 hours of water damage. Therefore, if you have experienced a recent flood in your facility, and the water either wasn’t removed quickly or the area was not dried thoroughly, then mold is a possibility.

4. Staining and Discoloration
Staining and discoloration of ceiling tiles, drywall, carpeting or grout can all mean water damage or mold growth. If you notice new or rapid discoloration of building materials, then have them tested for possible mold exposure.

5. Humidity
Is your facility temperature controlled? If not, do you have proper ventilation installed to avoid excessive humidity? The building should remain at or below 50% humidity levels to reduce the risk of mold development. If you have no measures protecting against excessive moisture levels, consider installing vents, fans and dehumidifiers.

6. Odor
When mold is not visible, you can often smell it, especially when it reaches the HVAC system. It is a musty and unpleasant smell.
If you have experienced any of the above issues, consider contacting an indoor environmental specialist. These professionals will test your facility for mold and assess the best way to remove the problem.

3 Ways To Prepare Your Business for a Storm

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

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 Rock Hill & York County, 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.

How to Use Technology During a Storm

5/31/2021 (Permalink)

How to Use Technology During a Storm

Technology can cause stress and sometimes is more of a burden than helpful. However, in the case of emergencies such as natural disasters, it can be extremely helpful for keeping you updated and letting friends and family know where you are. You more than likely already have the technology in your home to keep you and your family safe during a disaster, so follow these tips to use it effectively!

Remember, always be sure to keep portable charges ready in your emergency kit so you can always access your technology when you need it most.

Social Media for News

Using social media is a great way to get up-to-date news straight to your smartphone. Almost all local and national government has social media pages that are updated regularly, especially during a natural disaster. 

Mark Yourself Safe

Another way to use social media is to mark yourself safe. Facebook offers a feature called Safety Check that allows you to mark yourself safe if you are in the area of a dangerous situation. Marking yourself safe lets friends and family know that although you are in the area of disaster, you are safe. The Red Cross offers a similar feature called Safe & Well which is both an app and website where you can mark yourself as safe for friends and family. 

Use Online Storage

Services like Google Drive and DropBox are a great way to store personal information online in a safe manner. Keeping copies of identification cards, passports, insurance policies, medical records, and pet information is important if your documents get lost in a disaster or you forget them when you are evacuating. You can also access DropBox and Google drive on any computer or phone, just make sure you remember your password!

Create an Emergency READY Profile

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County offers an Emergency Ready Profile or ERP for free. Creating an ERP will help prepare your property or business in the event of a disaster.  Creating this profile will help prevent interruption by having an immediate plan of action and setting SERVPRO® of Rock Hill & York County as your main point of contact in the case of an emergency. We will have all the information on file needed to make sure mitigation and restoration go smoothly. 

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County should be your first choice for any residential or commercial restoration due to our experience and 24/7/365 service. Contact us today if you are interested in signing up for an ERP or have questions or concerns about a recent property disaster. 

6 Tips for Keeping Your Business Safe During a Thunderstorm

5/31/2021 (Permalink)

Upon hearing that there’s a thunderstorm warning, unplug any electronics

Follow These Tips

Thunderstorms are so common in some regions that it’s often taken for granted how dangerous they can potentially get. A thunderstorm is sometimes much more than just a rainstorm with lightning; it can present other dangers such as hail, flash flooding, high winds, and even tornadoes. So, it pays to prepare your employees and your commercial building for the worst by following these tips:

1. Construct an Emergency Preparedness Kit

Create an emergency preparedness kit that includes first aid supplies, flashlights, a battery-powered radio, and extra batteries. Also, include important documents such as commercial insurance information, employee contact information and phone numbers of emergency services or businesses you may need during or after the storm, such as storm cleanup services.

2. Unplug Electronics

Upon hearing that there’s a thunderstorm warning, unplug any electronics that aren’t necessary, especially sensitive or valuable ones. Make sure to turn off or unplug appliances such as toaster ovens that were on at the time of a power outage; they could come back on when the power comes back without you realizing it and start a fire. Also, avoid using landline phones.

3. Avoid Using Plumbing

Avoid using plumbing during a storm. Lightning can travel through plumbing making it risky to take a shower or wash dishes during a storm.

4. Clean Gutters

Keep gutters clean and maintained. This will help to prevent flooding and roof damage during a heavy rainstorm.

5. Cut Back Tree Limbs

Cut back loose or dead tree limbs or branches that are close to buildings. Tree limbs can be blown into a building or onto a roof during high winds. They can also create hazards on the ground.

6. Secure Outdoor Items

Secure outdoor items such as tables, chairs, signs and trash receptacles. Just a couple of inches of standing water can put these objects in motion and create dangers to people and property. Substantial winds can also blow them, creating dangerous flying projectiles.

If your Rock Hill or York County building incurs damage from a heavy rainstorm or high winds, you can rely on storm damage cleanup professionals. They’ll return your building to its preloss condition as quickly as possible.

Quick Tips for Storm Safety Anywhere You Go

5/30/2021 (Permalink)

Quick Tips for Storm Safety Anywhere You Go

Even in the winter in York County, the weather is warm so it is a great time to enjoy the great outdoors. But when sudden storms pop up, staying safe is of paramount importance. Thunderstorms may come and go quickly, but while they are in the area, they can cause a concerning amount of damage.

While the safest place to be during a storm is at home, if a sudden storm pops up when you are away, here are some practical tips for safety.

Know your options for shelter. When you are made aware of a severe weather scenario and are safe at home, remaining there is the best thing you can do so you can wait out the storm. However, this is a luxury that will not always be present. If you are caught out in a storm, you can shelter in your car as long as you can pull over safely and cut off your engine.

Practice electrical safety. A lightning strike can hurt a structure in many ways, but the most common way is via a power surge. As the lightning travels through the home’s electrical system, the wires will become overwhelmed with charge and transfer that to anything plugged into an outlet. If you can, go through the area you are in and unplug everything before a storm. In general, it is best to also have surge protectors throughout your home and office.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. Concrete structures are so sturdy in part because of how they are built. As concrete is poured around the metal, it creates a great structure—but also causes concern if there is lightning nearby. The metal in concrete can disperse electricity if the building is struck by lightning, so avoid touching these surfaces directly if possible.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. If you are out enjoying the day when a storm rolls in, make sure you are not rushing back out too soon and putting yourself in danger. Lightning strikes can travel tremendous distances, causing officials to urge people to stay inside for at least half an hour after the last clap of thunder.

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process. (803) 324-5780

Keep Your Water Heater up to Date | SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County

5/29/2021 (Permalink)

Keep Your Water Heater up to Date

It is surprising how many water intrusions come from a water heater. Performing maintenance on your water heater once a year can save your home of flooding and extending the life of your water heater. Although the water heater is working all year long, we rarely perform maintenance on it. Here are a few tricks to maintain your water heater: 

Step 1: Close valves 

Step 2: test pressure release valve 

Step 3: Drain Tank 

Step 4: Get the anode rod replaced 

Step 5: Open Valve 

Here are a few signs that your water heater might is about to fail. 

- A water heater that is more than 10 years can be due for replacement.

- If you see rusty water that can be a clear indication that your water heater might leak soon.

- Rumbling and noises can mean that there is sediment build up at the bottom of the tank that can eventually harden that can cause the tank from not working properly.

Although it may sound like a chore to maintain your water heater, it can end up saving you a lot of money.

Should you experience water damage, contact us at (803) 324-5780 and let our professionals help. 

Commercial Smoke Damage | SERVPRO of Rock Hill and York County

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Smoke Damage Clean Up

Commercial Smoke Damage

Smoke damage can be one of the most lasting consequences of a fire that has occurred in or near a commercial building in Rock Hill and York County. Specialized smoke cleanup solutions and equipment are essential for getting rid of this odor, as is awareness of the many ways in which smoke odor molecules can stick around for weeks or months after a fire.

1. A Coating of Smoke Residue on Surfaces
Smoke residue can build up on fixtures, furniture, walls and floors in a commercial location. This sticky coating may be present throughout a structure that has experienced a fire, even in areas that were not directly exposed to open flames. While vacuuming may be able to eliminate soot damage, this resinous coating calls for the use of specialized solvents.

2. Smoke Odor Lingering In an HVAC System
Aside from the air and visible surfaces inside a building, smoke damage can also spread through the HVAC system. Whether or not this system is in use when a fire breaks out, particles of smoke and soot can find their way into vents and ductwork and spread as soon as the system is turned on unless ductwork has been cleaned.

3. Untreated Contents Posing Recontamination Risks
Any smoke-damaged contents that stay in a structure may prove a source of the persistent smoke odor. For this reason, contents are typically removed from the location of a fire, cleaned off-site using treatments that neutralize smoke odors and stored until the fire restoration is finished.
Smoke cleanup should take place after fire cleanup for a fire that has happened on-site at a commercial structure. It is necessary to eliminate charred materials and soot from a building before treating smoke damage on surfaces or in the air. If smoke odor continues to pose a problem after fire restoration, most commercial property insurance policies also cover smoke cleaning.

If you have experienced a fire and need remediation, contact us at call at (803) 324-5780

Our Proven 6-Step Water Damage Restoration Method | SERVPRO® of Rock Hill & County

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

Our Proven 6-Step Water Damage Restoration Method

Discovering water damage has invaded your home is disappointing, but taking action right away is the most effective response.

That is why we are here 24 hours a day, so you can call us whenever you need to in order to report the damage and begin restoration. This is how our method works:

6 Steps to Water Damage Restoration

1. Initial Emergency Contact
We are here 24 hours a day, so you can call us at any time to talk with one of our highly trained phone operators and fill us in on the details of the damage. With this information, we will assemble a response squad and get to you as soon as we can.

2. Inspection and Damage Assessment
Upon arriving at your home, we will immediately assess the area for any present safety hazards and address them to create a hazard-free environment. After that, we will do a full inspection of the damaged area to create a restoration plan for your situation.

3. Moisture Extraction
Allowing standing water to sit unattended is one of the biggest culprits of auxiliary damage after water moves in, so we get excess moisture out fast. We have a fleet of equipment to move hundreds of gallons of water at a time out of your home.

4. Dehumidifying and Drying
Once the excess moisture is removed, we will begin to pull moisture out of the air and surfaces with our dehumidifiers and drying tools. We want to do this quickly as mold can rapidly begin to grow if this moisture is not addressed.

5. Cleaning Belongings
After we have dried and dehumidified your air and belongings, we will clean and sanitize everything that has been impacted. Water damage can contaminate objects and lead to foul odors, so we take this precaution to make sure your home is safe.

6. Restoration and Repair
When you call us for restoration, you can be confident that we are with you every step of the way—including for cosmetic repairs that need to be done to restore your home. We can add new drywall, do paint work and any other finishing touches to truly restore your impacted areas.

If your home has been water-damaged, you can count on us to help. Call us 247 to get the process started.

Key Elements for Your Business’ Disaster Plan | SERVPRO® of Rock Hill and York County

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

Key Elements for Your Business’ Disaster Plan

If you own a business, developing a disaster plan is a vital part of making sure you are covered in case an emergency were to arise. Not only will having a plan in place keep you and your staff safer in an emergency scenario, but it will also keep everyone informed and help you reopen your doors quickly once you recover. Making sure your plan has a few key elements can help you be certain that you are fully prepared. 

A Clear Path for Evacuation & Staying Put 

Depending on the type of disaster you are facing, it may be necessary to evacuate while other disasters may necessitate staying in place. To be fully prepared for whatever situation your business faces, it is important to have a procedure in place regarding both of these things. 

Make sure that you have well-marked evacuation routes in the building in case employees must leave suddenly in the event of a fire or flood, and practice evacuation drills frequently so everyone knows what to do. In the event that you must stay put, pack an office emergency kit with enough food, water and medical supplies to sustain you and your staff until official help arrives. 

A Communication Strategy for Management and Employees 

In the event of a disaster or emergency, there will likely be a lot of confusion from staff regarding what this means for the business and their livelihoods. Making sure that you and upper management have a strategy for communicating with staff will help you (most importantly) ensure everyone is safe, communicate pertinent information and keep any rumors at bay. 

A Clear Outline of the Recovery Process 

For business owners, your livelihood is likely on the line if your business has an unexpected closure—therefore it is recommended that you have a recovery plan in place in advance so you can expedite your time to reopening. 

Make sure you are aware of how to start recovery, including knowing your insurance information and what commercial restoration company you will be using to take care of the damage to get your doors reopened as quickly as possible. 

If your business has experienced a disaster, you can count on our restoration services. Contact us today to learn more about our commercial restoration process. 

Key Elements for Your Business’ Disaster Plan | SERVPRO® of Rock Hill & York County

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

Key Elements for Your Business’ Disaster Plan

If you own a business, developing a disaster plan is a vital part of making sure you are covered in case an emergency were to arise. Not only will having a plan in place keep you and your staff safer in an emergency scenario, but it will also keep everyone informed and help you reopen your doors quickly once you recover. Making sure your plan has a few key elements can help you be certain that you are fully prepared. 

A Clear Path for Evacuation and Staying Put Depending on the type of disaster you are facing, it may be necessary to evacuate while other disasters may necessitate staying in place. To be fully prepared for whatever situation your business faces, it is important to have a procedure in place regarding both of these things. 

Make sure that you have well-marked evacuation routes in the building in case employees must leave suddenly in the event of a fire or flood, and practice evacuation drills frequently so everyone knows what to do. In the event that you must stay put, pack an office emergency kit with enough food, water and medical supplies to sustain you and your staff until official help arrives. 

A Communication Strategy for Management and Employees In the event of a disaster or emergency, there will likely be a lot of confusion from staff regarding what this means for the business and their livelihoods. Making sure that you and upper management have a strategy for communicating with staff will help you (most importantly) ensure everyone is safe, communicate pertinent information and keep any rumors at bay. 

A Clear Outline of the Recovery Process For business owners, your livelihood is likely on the line if your business has an unexpected closure—therefore it is recommended that you have a recovery plan in place in advance so you can expedite your time to reopening. 

Make sure you are aware of how to start recovery, including knowing your insurance information and what commercial restoration company you will be using to take care of the damage to get your doors reopened as quickly as possible. 

If your business has experienced a disaster, you can count on our restoration services. Contact us today to learn more about our commercial restoration process. 

What Types of Damage Can Thunderstorms Cause to Homes? | SERVPRO of Rock Hill and York County

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

What Types of Damage Can Thunderstorms Cause to Homes?

Thunderstorms are one of the more dramatic weather events, and they certainly make themselves known through the crashes and bright bolts of lightning. With all the chaos, you might wonder exactly how these storms can cause damage to your home so you can be aware of what to watch out for. 

There are several ways that a thunderstorm can lead to issues around the house, including lightning damage, flood damage and the development of water leaks. Being aware of what can happen is the best way to keep yourself and your home safe and damage-free when the next band of storms rolls through. 

Lightning Damage Thunderstorms are caused by electrical charges in the air, which produce the lightning and thunder we can see and hear—meaning every thunderstorm brings the potential for lightning damage as well. While many lightning bolts will strike from cloud to cloud, the ones that strike the ground can cause serious damage to buildings. Lightning that strikes on or near a home can send an electrical current through the wiring, which can lead to surges to electronics and even electrical fires within the walls. 

Flood Damage Floods can be caused for many reasons, but typically flash floods are caused by sudden, heavy rainfall that overwhelms an area, and they can cause serious damage. Flash floods are a big concern after thunderstorms because they can overwhelm any area—not just one that is considered vulnerable to flooding in general. They also often catch people off guard, so it is important to always tune into your weather radio if flash flooding is a possibility. While the physical damage they cause can be devastating, they can also be dangerous. 

Water Leaks Leaks around the house are extremely common after heavy rain, as the moisture can work its way into small vulnerabilities that homeowners were not aware of. Check your roof after every big storm to look for missing shingles, as that may be an indicator that there is a leak underneath. Also check around windows and doors to ensure their seals have held up and be sure there is no pooling water in your gutters or around your foundation. 

If you have received storm damage to your home, you can count on us to help. Contact us at (803) 324-5780 today to learn more about our storm damage restoration process. 

Steps To Prevent A Lint Fire

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

Steps to Prevent a Lint Fire

Steps To Prevent A Lint Fire

While the kitchen is the most common room for house fires, dryer fires are another common problem. The heating of the dryer combined with lint build up can cause your dryer to burst into flames. A lint fire is scary, but there are steps that can be taken to prevent it.

Safety First

It's important to realize that even when the lint is properly cleaned from your dryer, there is still a chance of a dryer fire. For this reason, you should never run your dryer:

  • When you are sleeping
  • When you are not home
  • When you are going to be outdoors

Leaving your dryer unattended can cause the fire to spread further, which can cause extensive damage. In addition, unplug your dryer before you start cleaning out the lint.

Vacuum Out the Lint Screen and Dryer

You probably already clean out your lint screen every time you start a new load. However, a lot of lint can get past the screen, and eventually lead to a lint fire. Take your vacuum attachment and clean underneath and around the lint screen the best you can. Refer to your owner's manual to see how to safely vacuum out the inside of your dryer.

Cleaning Out the Hose

Pull out any lint you can reach after removing the hose from the back of your dryer and the wall. If you can't reach it all, use a dryer vent snake to push it all the way through. In addition, check the pathway from the hole in the wall to the outside of your house. Use the snake to ensure that all of the lint is out of the vent.


These steps can help reduce your risk of a lint fire. You should do this at least once every six months, and more often if you do a lot of laundry. If you do experience a dryer fire, let your fire restoration experts do what needs to be done to cleanup the mess.

Vacation Time Precautions at Home | SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

Vacation Time Precautions at Home

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 Rock Hill & York County 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 Rock Hill & York County, 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 (803) 324-5780.

SERVPRO Mold Remediation

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Mold Remediation

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 our professionals to correctly remediate and remove mold from your environment. Contact us at (803) 324-5780.

Fire Safety: Candle Edition

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Taking caution and being careful when using candles can help you avoid a fire.

There’s a special beauty and tranquility to candles, but a lighted candle is also an open flame, and a potential fire hazard if not carefully monitored. In fact, an estimated 8,200 home fires are started by candles each year according to the National Fire Protection Association.

A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that 85 percent of candle fires could be avoided if consumers followed three basic safety rules:

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Never use water to extinguish a candle
  • Never use a candle as a night light or while you may fall asleep.

How to Burn a Candle Safely

Before Lighting:

  • Before burning, always trim the wick to ¼ inch. You can use a wick trimmer, nail clippers, or scissors. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring.
  • Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
  • Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. It should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.

 Burn candles in a well-ventilated room:

  •  Avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on burn time and proper use. In general, it is recommended that candles do not burn for longer than four hours and cool for at least two hours before relighting.
  • When lighting a candle, use long matches or a long-reach lighter. Keep your hair and loose clothing away from the flame.

While Burning:

  • Never leave a candle unattended.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Do not place lighted candles where they can be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else.
  • Never touch or move a candle while it is burning or while the wax is liquefied.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 1/2 inch remains in the container or 2 inches if using a pillar candle.
  • Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another. This is to make sure they don’t melt one another, or create their own drafts that will cause the candles to burn improperly.
  • Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, and check for unwanted drafts before re-lighting.
  • Never use a candle as a night light or while you may fall asleep.
  • Be very careful if using candles during a power outage. Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are safer sources of light during a power failure. Never use a candle during a power outage to look for things in a closet, or when fueling equipment – such as a lantern or kerosene heater.

When Extinguishing a Candle: 

  • Use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle. It’s the safest way to prevent hot wax from splattering.
  • Never use water to extinguish a candle. Water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might break a glass container.
  • Make sure the candle is completely out and the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving the room.
  • Don’t touch or move the candle until it has completely cooled.
  • Never use a knife or sharp object to remove wax drippings from a glass holder. It might scratch, weaken, or cause the glass to break upon subsequent use.

Despite taking caution and being careful, mistakes can happen. If you do experience fire damage, give SERVPRO of Rock Hill and York County a call at (803) 324-5780.

Commercial Smoke Damage Consequences & Clean Up

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Consequences of Smoke Damage

Smoke damage can be one of the most lasting consequences of a fire that has occurred in or near a commercial building in York County, SC. Specialized smoke cleanup solutions and equipment are essential for getting rid of this odor, as is awareness of the many ways in which smoke odor molecules can stick around for weeks or months after a fire.

1. A Coating of Smoke Residue on Surfaces
Smoke residue can build up on fixtures, furniture, walls and floors in a commercial location. This sticky coating may be present throughout a structure that has experienced a fire, even in areas that were not directly exposed to open flames. While vacuuming may be able to eliminate soot damage, this resinous coating calls for the use of specialized solvents.

2. Smoke Odor Lingering In an HVAC System
Aside from the air and visible surfaces inside a building, smoke damage can also spread through the HVAC system. Whether or not this system is in use when a fire breaks out, particles of smoke and soot can find their way into vents and ductwork and spread as soon as the system is turned on unless ductwork has been cleaned.

3. Untreated Contents Posing Recontamination Risks
Any smoke-damaged contents that stay in a structure may prove a source of the persistent smoke odor. For this reason, contents are typically removed from the location of a fire, cleaned off-site using treatments that neutralize smoke odors and stored until the fire restoration is finished.
Smoke cleanup should take place after fire cleanup for a fire that has happened on-site at a commercial structure in Warner Robins, GA. It is necessary to eliminate charred materials and soot from a building before treating smoke damage on surfaces or in the air. If smoke odor continues to pose a problem after fire restoration, most commercial property insurance policies also cover smoke cleaning.

Here are Four Fire-Safe Candle Alternatives

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Here are Four Fire-Safe Candle Alternatives

Candles are used to create decorative lighting, effects or release fragrances. Whether you are looking for safer mood lighting or a way to diffuse a scent without any risk of a candle fire, here are four fire-safe candle alternatives.


1. Battery-Powered Candles

A flameless electric alternative to candles can be placed anywhere for decorative or lighting purposes. Electric candles come in a wide variety of colors, heights, thicknesses and designs. Some battery-powered models are also designed to release fragrances.

2. Strings of Lights

Another way to get a candle-lit look is to string up Christmas or fairy lights. Strings of lights are designed with fire safety in mind. Choose from strands of single-color or multicolor bulbs. It is also possible to set up lights to blink or flicker if desired. Ultra-efficient LED bulbs make replacements affordable and keep energy costs low.

3. Candle Warmers

A candle warmer may be the best option among these candle alternatives for fans of scented candles. A warmer makes it possible to enjoy these fragrances with a much lower fire risk. A warmer may be a base on which a candle sits or resemble a lamp.

4. Diffusers

Reed diffusers do not resemble candles. For a different look, reeds in oil can be an attractive, creative and flameless way to release a scent. Diffusers have an even lower risk of fire than an electric candle warmer.

Most candle fires occur around the holidays. Battery-powered candle alternatives and strings of lights are safer options for illuminated decorations. Warmers and diffusers are useful for spreading a fragrance throughout a home with a lower risk of fire. If a fire starts due to a candle or any other cause, you should attempt to extinguish the flames or contact the fire department. Fire damage restoration experts can restore or replace damaged building materials at a residence in York County.

Recovering With Safety in Mind After a Flood | SERVPRO® of Rock Hill & County

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Recovering With Safety in Mind After a Flood

There are many things that can cause a flood to occur, and even areas that are landlocked are not fully immune from their impact. Many people falsely assume that a flood could never happen to them, but we recommend that residents have a plan in place no matter where they live. This will help you know exactly what to do and how to do it safely to expedite your flood recovery process and begin your return to normal.

Tips for a Safe Flood Recovery

Avoid further safety hazards. For those who have had to evacuate their areas due to a flood, the desire to return home as quickly as possible is strong. However, wait for your local officials to state that it is safe, as floodwaters can hide many hazards that can be dangerous or fatal.

Air out the home. Floodwaters are not the only thing that can cause damage during a flood, as mold can begin to grow quite quickly after the moisture sets in. Because mold thrives on stagnant air, increasing air flow can lessen the likelihood that it will be able to take hold and begin causing damage, so open doors and windows if it is safe to do so. This has the added benefit of keeping the air healthy for anyone in the home working on the cleanup process.

Document the damages. You will likely want to begin improving your home and salvaging your belongings right away, but before you do so, take some time to document everything that has been damaged. Make a list of items and take ample pictures, which will serve both your records and the insurance company’s if you are able to file a claim.

Contact your restoration and insurance companies right away. If you have coverage through a flood insurance provider, you should alert them of your damages right away. From there, you can call us 247 so we can work with your insurance company to get your restoration done as quickly as we can.

If your home has been damaged in a flood, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to receive a quick response and set the restoration process in motion.

Advanced Equipment to Restore Commercial Losses

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Advanced Equipment to Restore Commercial Losses

When it comes to commercial restoration, York County property managers want to leave nothing to chance. That's why they rely on professionals like SERVPRO of Rock Hill and York County.

What sets us apart from other restoration companies is our skilled technicians and the advanced equipment we use to take care of any-scale disaster. The use of professional equipment allows us to restore your commercial property or retail business back to its preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

Here are some of the unique tools we have to restore your property:

  • An infrared camera may be used to identify hidden water locations for the thorough removal of moisture that is hidden from the naked eye.
  • Sensitive moisture meters/detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation.
  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water from events like floods. 
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.
  • High-speed air movers cause moisture to evaporate at a faster pace.
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.
  • Trailer mounted generators and desiccants (Large Commercial Air Dryer) provide power and large scale drying capabilities.
  • Air Scrubbers that are able to filter the air of contaminants and fumes.
  • The use of Thermal Foggers and environmentally-safe Deodorization Agents to leave a pleasant scent upon use.

You can count on SERVPRO of Rock Hill and York County to take care of any size loss you may have, so you can put your commercial business back in order and get you back to doing what you do best--serving your customers!

Give us a call at (803) 324-5780

SERVPRO: Your Experts in Commercial Water Damage

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Preserve as much of your property as possible and decrease any health risks when water damage has occurred in a commercial space.

If you have recently become a victim of commercial water damage, you may be wondering what you can do to mitigate your damages. There is a critical period in which certain actions must be taken to preserve as much of your property as possible and to decrease any health risks when water damage has occurred in a commercial space.

Protecting Yourself During Water Damage 

Before you enter your commercial space, or any flooded building, you will need to make sure the electrical power to the structure is shut off.

You should also be aware that during a flooding event, small animals or reptiles tend to seek shelter inside of buildings. Be prepared to deal with the discovery of wild animals in your space.

Protect yourself from entering any flooded building by wearing an organic vapor respirator. You can purchase these at any local paint and building supply stores. You also want to have rubber gloves, protective clothing, and eye protection.

Preparing Your Space for Water Restoration

The first thing you should do is ventilate the affected areas by opening the windows and placing fans where possible.

Unfortunately, there likely will be items that you need to throw away. Any items that are porous and have absorbed contaminated floodwater cannot be restored. If your commercial space has drywall, mattresses, pillows, box springs, particle board, carpets or carpet pads, these will need to be discarded if they have become saturated.

However, there is good news: If you have clothing or household fabrics that can be machine-washed, you may be able to salvage them. Use your washing machine to clean these items with a 10-minute soak at minimum in hot water with detergent. The soap and normal wash should remove most of the contamination and any staining that is present.

Be aware that your commercial space will need a thorough professional inspection, cleaning and possibly restructuring. Water damaged walls and installation must be removed and repaired, and pockets of saturation should be exposed for drying and sanitizing.

Always remember that mold growth could take a few days to appear as it thrives in a moist environment with organic-type materials such as paper or particle board and in temperatures that range between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

Keep good airflow throughout the interior environment, and maintain moderate temperatures to decrease the risk of any mold growth. It is also important that you let your space dry out before any rebuilding occurs.

Let the Professionals at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County Help

If your commercial property has been affected by water damage we can help. Our office is located in the Rock Hill area and we can respond quickly to any size emergency water damage claim you may have. We have the tools to get your building cleaned up when affected by floods, burst pipes, toilet overflows or any disaster you may have. Call us today at (803) 324-5780 for restoration service.

4 Most Common Causes Of House Fires

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

We’ve compiled a list of 4 of the most common causes of house fires so you know what precautions to take to avoid your home catching ablaze.

Knowledge comes before prevention, which is why it's important to educate yourself regarding potential disasters that could occur. While it’s never fun imagining all the “what-ifs,” it’s an integral step to strategizing and planning how you can take the necessary steps to avoid the “what-ifs” to the best of your abilities. Knowing the most common causes of house fires are is a proactive first step.

We’ve compiled a list of 4 of the most common causes of house fires so you know what precautions to take to avoid your home catching ablaze.

1) Cooking

You probably already guessed—cooking is the most common cause of house fires across the country. We frequent our kitchens often to cook meals (or even just to microwave them), and many of the kitchen appliances we frequently use include electrical components as well as open flames if you have a gas stove. Your microwave, stove, oven, and even your fridge and dishwasher are susceptible to causing house fires while you cook if you don’t properly clean up grease and other flammable materials that you may use while cooking. Overheating food in the microwave leading to combustion fires is also very real! Be careful while cooking, and don’t forget to clean up as you go or, at the very least, after you’re done cooking.

2) Heaters

Heaters are another common culprit of house fires. They are often placed too close to clothes, furniture, bedding, fabric, and other flammable materials, which can burst into flames if they become too hot. Having clothing hung over them to dry or placing them too close to curtains are also common ways that heaters cause house fires. Always use space heaters with caution. Make sure they’re placed on even ground and are at least two feet away from anything flammable. Heaters should also be regularly cleaned. 

3) Cigarettes

Smoking cigarettes can lead to deadly house fires. Be careful about where and when you smoke cigarettes to avoid house fires at all costs. Cigarettes and other materials that are smoked should always be properly extinguished and disposed of, and flicking them into shrubs, onto your porch or balcony, or elsewhere is a potential recipe for disaster. Be vigilant and stay safe while smoking near your home, if you do it at all.

4) Washing Machines and Dryers

Laundry appliances, in particular clothes dryers, are another very common cause of house fires. The build-up of lint, dust, dirt, as well as the clothes circulating within clothes dryers, can catch aflame within the machine or due to lint in the external dryer vent. Washing machines and clothes dryers can alight because of electrical faults, and this is also true of any large kitchen appliances or other appliances like furnaces, fireplaces, and wood stoves that you may have in your home.

No matter what may cause damage to your home, whether it be fire, water, a storm, or mold, our team at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County can help you at a moment’s notice.  Contact us at (803) 324-5780 to reach highly trained technicians and have one sent on their way to you! 

Bathrooms are a Typical Source of Water Damage in Homes

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Bathrooms are a common source of water damage which can be created by overflowing toilets, overflowing sinks, under sink pipe bursts, overflowing bath

Many instances of the flooding and other water damage experienced in homes start in the bathroom. Bathrooms are a common source of water damage which can be created by overflowing toilets, overflowing sinks, under sink pipe bursts, overflowing bathtubs or water pipe leaks underneath the flooring. SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County has water restoration specialists to help recover from the water damage caused by any issue in your bathroom.

Finding the Source of Water Damage

While an overflowing toilet or bathtub is never easy, homeowners are usually immediately aware when the damage happens, unless they aren’t home at the time of the flood! Unfortunately, there are leaks that can happen behind the walls of bathrooms that can go on for days, weeks or even months without being suspected until the damage is significant, including the presence of mold. That’s why water damage in bathrooms can cause considerable damage. Even the more obvious issues can go undetected if the homeowner is out of town for any significant amount of time. Other times, an exceptionally high water bill is the only thing that alerts a homeowner something is amiss. Regardless, water damage needs immediate attention to help restore the bathroom quickly.

What to Do After Your Bathroom Floods

While you’re waiting for SERVPRO to arrive, here are a few water damage tips:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Remove wet area rugs.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry area.

What Happens When Water Damage Specialists Arrive

When the SERVPRO Water Damage Team arrives, they get to work to immediately assess the damage. They’ll inspect the damage and make an assessment in order to rectify the situation. Next, they’ll use their expertise with advanced equipment to extract the water using pumps and vacuum units to rapidly remove water from your bathroom and surrounding impacted areas, which helps prevent further water damage and mold growth.

Then comes drying and dehumidification to help prevent odors and mold from growing.

Next, they’ll clean all the restorable items and structures damaged by the water as well as sanitizing treatments to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Finally, there’s restoration - restoring your home to its pre-damage condition. Restoration might include minor repairs like replacing drywall, tile floor repair, painting, or installing new baseboards in your bathroom. More significant repairs may include tarping, boarding up, packing, and moving, or other repairs. 

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County can simplify the restoration process by handling the initial water damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas that will bring a building back to full functionality.

Bathrooms are a common area when it comes to water damage and flooding but choosing the best water damage restoration company can make the recovery process easier. Contact us at (803) 324-5780 to get your water damage handled quickly and professionally.

Faster to Your York County Water Damage Event

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we! 

SERVPRO of Rock Hill and York County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

What To Expect When Our Water Damage Specialists Arrive

When the SERVPRO water damage team arrives, they get to work to immediately assess the damage. They’ll inspect the damage and make an assessment in order to rectify the situation.

Next, they’ll use their expertise with advanced equipment to extract the water using pumps and vacuum units to rapidly remove water, which helps prevent further water damage and mold growth. Then comes drying and dehumidification to help prevent odors and mold from growing.

Next, they’ll clean all the restorable items and structures damaged by the water as well as sanitizing treatments to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Finally, there’s restoring your home or business to its pre-damage condition which might include minor repairs like replacing drywall, tile floor repair, painting, or installing new baseboards in your bathroom. More significant repairs may include tarping, boarding up, packing, and moving, or other repairs. SERVPRO of Rock Hill and York Country can simplify the restoration process by handling the initial water damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas that will bring a building back to full functionality.

Contact us at (803) 324-5780 to get your water damage handled quickly and professionally.

Commercial Water and Fire Damage Restoration

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There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

Learn more about our commercial services: 

Home Fire Pit Tips

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

For all your fire and water mitigation needs, call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at (803) 324-5780.

Here in York County, SC its a tradition to enjoy the cooler nights outside around a homemade fire pit! Many of us are looking forward to spending time gathering around them to enjoy time with family and friends. Before you start dreaming of moonlit nights and toasted marshmallows, take a moment to check out some of these tips to remember.

Backyard Fire Pit Safety Tips:

  • Whether you prefer a built-in or portable fire pit, choose one that is not too large for the area. The pit should be a minimum of 10 feet away from any structures or combustible materials as well as away from trees, fences, sheds, power lines, and telephone wires.
  • Make sure that the seating area is large enough and properly placed for comfort and ventilation.
  • Check wind direction before lighting a fire.
  • Don’t use flammable fluids (gasoline, lighter fluid, etc.) to light or relight fires.
  • To start the fire, use a lighter to ignite crumpled pieces of paper covered with small sticks. Then, add larger sticks and a log or two to keep it burning. 
  • Burn only dry material. Damp material will create excess smoke. 
  • Don’t wear flammable clothing (like nylon) or any loose-fitting clothing.
  • Never leave the fire unattended, and keep pets and children far away from the fire as they will be attracted to it.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose, or bucket of water nearby.
  • As the fire dies down, use a shovel and spread out the ashes to allow them to cool down. Then slowly pour water over those ashes and watch them closely to be sure that no burning embers remain or reignite. Put the cooled ashes in a specially designated ash storage metal can. 

Just remember SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is here for you 24/7 at (803) 324-5780.

Hardwood Floor Damage in York County, SC

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

If you find your hardwood floors cupping and lifting up, call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County @ (803) 324-5780.

When your home or business sustains water damage, trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County to help restore your property. Here we installed an Injectidry hardwood floor drying system on the water damaged hardwood flooring. This specialized system pulls air & moisture (under negative pressure) through the flutes of the flooring to dry multiple layers. By utilizing this system we are typically able to save the hardwood flooring and reduce the costs and disruption to our client. With the specialized equipment and training that SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County has, we are able to restore vs. replace in many circumstances. After 3 days of drying the flooring returned to normal moisture levels, eliminating the need to remove and replace all the flooring.

If you have a water loss and need us to dry out your hardwood flooring call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at 803-324-5780.

Why You Can Always Count on SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County

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SERVPROs across the nation are doing our part to help flatten the curve. We are still working but we are cleaning our offices and vehicles even more often than usual to help make sure that we aren’t spreading germs to each other and to our customers. We are wearing masks and gloves on all job sites, we are doing our best to minimize face to face contact with our customers, we are also locking down our buildings to prevent our customers coming in to the offices. We want to not only protect our workers and their families but also our customers and their families as well. We understand this is a scary time but this is what SERVPRO is trained for. Our products and techniques are in accordance to the CDC and local authorities guidelines.

We are able to do preventative cleanings and have done several to homes and businesses. SERVPRO is here to put your mind at ease so that you don’t have the extra stress during this stressful time. We treat you like family because that’s what matters most to us is our customers and their families. 

Aside from us cleaning your home or business remember to do your part to flatten the curve. 

  • Wash your hands often
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
  • Wipe down high touch areas everyday with EPA-certified, hospital strength cleaner
  • If you have fever or cough please stay away from others and seek medical attention
  • Social Distance

Listen to the CDC and local authorities, they are doing their best to keep us safe.  

If you have questions or need COVID-19 Cleaning call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at (803) 324-5780.

Washing Machine Overflow

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded home cleanup and restoration in Rock Hill,SC.

A home in Rock Hill,SC had a washing machine malfunction causing damage to the flooring. Multiple rooms were affected and wood flooring had to be removed do to splitting and cracking from the water. The crawlspace also had wet insulation and standing water that ad to be extracted. After all the demolition was complete of affected materials the drying process started right away.

If you need a local restoration company to help with a water damage claim cleanup in Rock Hill,SC give us a call today.

Hurricane Categories and Disaster Restoration

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County 24/7 if you need us at (803) 324-5780.

Studying Hurricane Categories for Disaster Restoration Response

When a community is impacted by a hurricane, SERVPRO is quick to respond.  Our company has access to over 1,700 franchises nationwide, and our storm response teams have decades of experience.

Hurricane Categories

Category 1 Hurricane

Dangerous winds are associated with Cat 1 hurricanes.  During these storms, we expect to see damage to a home’s roof, gutters, and vinyl siding.  We also expect to see some tree damage, especially branches falling atop of unshielded vehicles or falling onto homes.  In this case, our franchise prepares expects to see some water damage and a large need for roof tarping.

Category 2 Hurricane

The winds in a Cat 2 hurricane are around 100 mph and will cause more damage than a Category 1 Hurricane. Even well-constructed homes have a large possibility of getting major damage to its roof and siding.  We also expect to see trees uprooted and block roadways. Power outages are also extremely common. In this scenario, our franchise will take a large load of roof tarping materials and power tools to assist with debris removal for roadways that are blocked on the ways to homes in need.  We also expect the need for our own power generators.

Category 3 Hurricane

A category 3 hurricane is considered to be a major hurricane.  In a Cat 3 hurricane scenario, we expect to see major damage or even the removal of the roof decking.  We also expect to see trees and branches uprooted and either block roadways or damage homes themselves as they fall.  Electricity and water outage will likely be a factor. In this case, our franchise responds similarly as we do to Cat 2 hurricanes, which is by taking roof tarping materials, power tools to clear debris, and carrying our own generators.  Due to the amount of fallen water associated with this category of hurricane, we also expect to not have immediate access to flooded areas of the community. If this is the case, we will wait for approval from first responders before proceeding.

Category 4 Hurricane

In a Cat 4 hurricane, we expect to see homes lose some or all of their roof and have damage to their exterior walls.  Many trees, even those deeply rooted, will be snapped and often fall onto homes, vehicles, and block roadways. It’s not uncommon to see many homes cut off from emergency services due to debris.  With the loss of electrical power and water plus the flooding and blocked roadways, the areas impacted with a category 4 hurricane may not be accessed for days or even weeks. In this scenarios, our crews are first helping the outer areas and assisting homes that are accessible as we wait for first responders to reach these areas and deem them accessible.  Due to the time it takes the water to recede, our franchise expects major damage to homes and businesses. Flooring and a major portion of the walls in these properties will need demolition. Sanitation will be a major concern, and mold growth may already be present. Roof tarping and board up services will almost always be necessary to secure the property.  

Category 5 Hurricane

In a Cat 5 hurricane situation, we expect to see many homes and businesses experience a roof collapse and damage to the exterior walls. Sections of a community will be flooded and not be accessible for weeks. Uprooted trees will also damage properties and block roadways. Our response to this category of damage is the same as in a category 4 with our franchise understanding that it will take a longer time for the flood waters to recede and first responders to allow restoration service workers to enter.  

Storm Surge Scales

Storm surge threat is not as easy to scale, as wind scales due to local conditions such as bathymetry.  For this reason, our franchise pays close attention to meteorological reports that focus on the depth of inundation expected at the impacted areas.  These storm surge warnings greatly help us know how to approach properties and prepare demolition, sanitation, and drying techniques. Depending on the time it takes for the waters to recede will also tell us how much, if any, of the contents inside a home or business will have a chance to be restored. This helps us know if debris removal will be necessary, and if mold remediation needs are likely.

Food and Lodging

When a storm is strong enough to call for evacuations, it’s often bewildering to see the green SERVPRO trucks head towards the storm when some are leaving.  Our franchise has studied the storm and is heading to the closest but still safe destination. Our choice of lodging is either a hotel or another SERVPRO franchise location that is safe from the storm.  Wherever we are able to stay, our crews will set up a command center, dispatch, and sleep. We will set up a command center as close as possible to the open impacted section and began to help homes in that area.  As first responders allowed more areas of the County to be opened, we would relocate closer to the city. 

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County's Disaster Cleanup Services

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is a leader in the restoration industry and has the expertise to handle storm damage cleanup.  We are based out of York County, SC, and we have helped restore communities for over 30 years.  Our franchise has traveled to disaster locations such as Charleston . With our crews responding immediately to jobs, we are faster to any size disaster.  

You can trust us to handle your disaster restoration needs.  We offer:

  • Water damage restoration
  • Debris removal
  • Roof tarping
  • Board up services for doors, windows, outer walls
  • Reconstruction
  • Roof replacement or repair
  • Carpet restoration service
  • Storage

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year.  We can be reached 24/7 at (803) 324-5780.  Call us any time!

Smoke & Soot Facts

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Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County For Any of Your Smoke or Soot Damage Needs.

Smoke and soot from a fire is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County’s smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  The professionals at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County 24/7 @ (803) 324-5780.

Why It's Important To Test Your Smoke Detector

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Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County 24/7 If You Need Us.

Smoke detectors save lives when property installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of first where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA).

In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building if smoke is detected in just one area (NFPA).

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at (803) 324-5780.

Get a Free ERP for Your Business

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County For Your FREE ERP!!!

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County has years of experience in restoring property damaged by fire, water & smoke. During those years, we have discovered that businesses that do not have an emergency plan in place, prior to a disaster, sustain much greater losses due in large part to the additional time it takes them to react and take proper emergency steps to mitigate damage after a loss has occurred.

The degree of damage not only increases with the length of time it takes to react, but dollars lost due to business interruptions also increase very rapidly. As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that do survive, many of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at giving you peace of mind.

By developing a SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do, who to call and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize the affects water and fire damage can have on your business.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile offers:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
  • Facility details such as shut-ff valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information

Give us a call today to get started!! SERVPRO or Rock Hill & York County (803) 324-5780.

Storm Causes Tree To Fall On Home In Tega Cay

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

York County South Carolina tree removal and roof repair company ready to help.

Emergency Tree Removal Service

A tree fell on a home in Tega Cay due to the recent storm. Our team got onsite as soon as possible and took care of the problem. If you need help with roof repair, tree removal or any storm damage cleanup service give us a call today.

NEVER Pour Grease Down Your Sink Drain!!!!

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Never Pour Grease Down Your Sink Drain!!

Never pour grease down your sink!

You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious blockage and water damage.

Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?

The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. 

Pipe leaks from clogged pipes can cause water damage to your home as well as mold damage if the water damage is not soon addressed.

If you have a leaky pipe under your kitchen sink that has caused water damage to your home, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County today!

We are here for you 24/7 at (803) 324-5780

Tips For Flooding & Standing Water in the York County Areas

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Be aware of any flooding or standing water in our area

Did you know that floodwater can take up to eleven days to disappear. A flood doesn’t end just because the storm ends; All of the standing water still has to be dealt with.

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County suggests that if you have to evacuate your office or home to not go back until you have been told it is safe and the water has receded. 

You must be careful driving during times when the roads are flooded. Remember to “Go around. Don’t Drown!” The water may still be too deep for safe travel, even if it looks like you can pass. 

Floods are not natural swimming pools

  • Sewage, debris, and other unpleasant things can be in the storm water leftovers.
  • Swimming, wading, or rafting can make you sick.
  • Do not drink the water, it is highly contaminated.
  • Water conducts electricity. Underground power lines can give you a dangerous shock.

Floodwaters vs. Animals:

  • Snakes and other animals may get into your building. Wear work boots and heavy gloves when the cleanup process begins.
  • Some animals might find your office a cozy place to live because their home may have been destroyed. 
  • If tap water is unsafe for you to drink, it is unsafe for your pets. 

If you experience flood damage to your home or business, give SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County a call at (803) 324-5780, we are here for you 24/7.

The Dangers of Having a Leaky Roof.

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

A Leaky Roof Can Cause A lot of Damage!

With all the different kinds of weather that we have had in the last month or so, a durable roof is one of the most important infrastructures of a house, right after a strong, sturdy foundation. Just like it’s necessary to fix cracks in a foundation to ensure the rest of a house isn’t affected from the ground up, it’s important to fix leaks in a roof to protect a home from the top down, too. If you suspect you have a leaky roof, a roofing contractor can determine the cause and perform roof repairs, if necessary. To avoid any leaks or other issues from happening in the future, make sure to schedule regular inspections, perform general maintenance and upkeep, and have repairs completed as quickly as possible, since acting quickly could help you save time and money. 

Causes and Sources of Leaks

There are a number of reasons why a roof may develop leaks, from both natural and man made causes. No matter the cause, it's imperative to seek the services of a reliable roofing contractor to get your roof back in its best shape so that your home is protected from the elements.

SHINGLES AND FLASHING

Something as small and simple as a broken shingle could be the culprit of a leak. Severe weather, hail and high winds can cause shingles to become loose, crack and break off, leaving your roof exposed. If the nails used to secure shingles aren't properly sealed with a durable coating like roofing cement, it can leave exposed holes which can allow water and moisture to get into the attic. Broken or cracked flashing—the pieces of material installed under shingles, on joints and around chimneys—can also cause leaks. Both damaged flashing and missing shingles can be easily identified, usually as different, discolored patches or exposed areas on a roof. You may even find pieces of them in your yard after a bad storm.

IMPROPER INSTALLATION/REPAIRS

If you've had previous roof repairs done but if a leak keeps coming back, you've either got a problem with the workmanship of the roofing contractor who did the work or the materials they used (or both). Improperly installing elements such as skylights and chimneys can also cause roof leaks - this can happen from incorrectly measuring and fitting fixtures and/or insulation that's started to decay or disintegrate. Leaks from this kind of problem are generally easy to spot. Just look for wet spots or small streams of water coming out of skylights or running down walls/chimneys when it rains.

PLUMBING AND PIPE PROBLEMS

Pipes run throughout the home including the roof, which means there are a number of areas that are common leak sources related to your home's plumbing and ventilation system. These include plumbing vent pipes, ventilation fan ducts, attic vents and exhaust pipes/flues (for appliances). Anytime there are worn or cracked rubber boots and/or broken flashing around the vent pipes that come out of the roof, it's likely you're in need of repairs.

CONDENSATION AND MOISTURE

Since the attic is usually the least insulated—and the highest elevated—place in your home, it is more prone to mold and mildew growth from excessive moisture that can accumulate when condensation becomes trapped. The cause of the moisture is from wet weather such as rain, sleet, and hail, but also ice dams melting and the fluctuation in temperatures when seasons change. You'll most likely notice a smell—before you see the mold—as a sign of a leak in your roof.

What Can Happen if You Don't Get Roof Repairs

Whether you’re dealing with issues associated with weather and moisture or improperly installed parts, it’s essential to perform any necessary roof leak repairs as soon as possible – not only to fix the problem, but also to prevent any future damage. For example, if you have a moisture issue causing a leak that goes untreated, it could result in mold and mildew growth, which could not only destroy the wood in the attic, but also negatively affect your health.

Every roof experiences some level of wear and tear from all types of weather (sun, rain, hail, extreme heat, wind, etc.). As a home's first line of defense from these elements, it's important to make sure you have a durable, weatherproof roof that's properly sealed and maintained in order to increase the life cycle of the roof and decrease the risk of damage to it.

 The Importance of Roof Repairs

If you have a roof leak, repair it as soon as possible to avoid further damage and to help protect your home from bigger problems such as flooding. Contact a roofing contractor to have a thorough assessment of the roof completed and get advice on what steps you need to take to repair the damage. It’s best to work with a roofing contractor because their expertise is in roofing and they will be able to pinpoint and address your specific needs. Depending on the cause of the damage, your home insurance company may cover the costs of the roof repair, so make sure to contact your insurance company, too.

Lastly, if you should have a roof that leaks into the structure and need to begin the mitigation process, call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County. Our team of professionals specialize in removal and mitigation of storm damaged material and have the experience of quickly drying out affected areas from storm and weather damage before it is made worse. We at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County partner with all major insurance companies and vendors to make the transition back to “Like it never even happened,” as quickly as possible.

Call us today and let us show you. SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County (803) 324-5780.

A Leaky Fridge can Create a Huge Headache for Homeowners

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Check your refrigerator at least once a month to make sure you don't have leaks.

You should check to see if there are any sings of water damage around your appliances every couple of months.  A leaky fridge can create a lot of problems for the homeowner if it goes unnoticed for an extended period of time. If you see excessive moisture around the appliance, call an expert to determine the source and how extensive the damage is. Get it fixed as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

A small drip can damage the wall making the paint peel or bubble. Sheetrock becomes bloated and warps over time.

A slow drip can create major problems under laminate and tile floors and could affect the sub-flooring. This can also affect the cabinets around the appliance. Particle board cabinets are extremely prone to water damage. In some cases, it may be necessary to refinish or replace some cabinets.

If you see dark stains or mold on the walls or floors, call a professional that specializes in mold remediation. You can purchase a water leak detection alarm and place it behind the appliance. Depending on the brand, you can get a notification on your mobile device alerting you if a leak is detected.

The team at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is here to help with any type of water damage restoration. Call us today at 803-324-5780 (Call 24/7).

Fire & Water Damage Restoration for Assisted Living Facilities in York County

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County if you have any questions about Fire or Water Damage at Assisted Living Facilities.

There are so many things that can cause a fire or water damage at an assisted living facility (an overflowing toilet, an unattended pan left on the stove, the sprinkler system damaging several units on multiple floors, etc.) and can disrupt the daily schedule of its residents.

Our technicians received extensive training and know that the most important thing is the residents’ safety. They know how to position our equipment so they would not be in the way of guests. They will work with the facility’s staff to keep disruptions to a minimum, so residents can continue with their regular schedules and your facility can resume with daily operations as usual. Our office staff will work directly with your insurance provider if you choose to file a claim.

If you are dealing with a fire or water emergency at an assisted living facility, call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at 803-324-5780. We have the knowledge, experience, and the right equipment to deal with any size disaster 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Restore vs. Replace.....What is the Difference?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

The Difference Between Restore and Replace.

At SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County 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 Rock Hill & York County today at (803) 324-5780.  We are here for you 24/7

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is here for you for Storm Damage

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

We can help with water or damage from a storm.

Extreme wind events due to massive tornadoes or destructive thunder storms always grab our attention. Here at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County, we have noticed an increase in damaging high wind events. Hurricanes are increasing in strength and frequency, coupled with changes in the jet stream, causing widespread costly property destruction. Powerful tornadoes continue to flatten entire communities in a matter of minutes. Falling trees from extreme wind events are a major cause of structural losses throughout the country on a regular basis.

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is always well prepared to respond to homes and businesses affected by wind damage. Often times, water can enter structures affected by wind, requiring our mitigation experts to quickly tarp damaged areas and start the drying process inside until repairs can begin. Experienced technicians from our franchise have also traveled out of state to assist with large-scale recovery following devastating hurricanes. Although wind storms are difficult to gauge, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County has the tools and knowledge to secure and restore properties affected by wind in our ever changing environment.

Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County 24/7 at (803) 324-5780.

Sprinkler Discharge After Fire

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

If your property has a sprinkler spray water give us a call.

Sprinkler System Cleanup

After a fire broke out in a property in Fort Mill,SC the sprinkler system activated to put the flames out. The fire was extinguished and everyone was safe. The fire department arrived and was able to turn the system off after an hour. What was left was standing water throughout the building that needed extraction and drying of the property. If you need cleanup from a sprinkler discharge give us a call.

Why is Your Water Bill So High!!

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

There are many things to check for if you water bill is high and getting higher!!

How much water does your home use? Every month you might look at your water bill and think, “We went through THAT much water?” From your sink, to the dishwasher, toilet, washing machine, drinking water, and garden hose, you might be shocked about how much water you go through. After a while, your water bill will begin to set into a pattern, and you will know your usual consumption. However, if one month it is an oddly high bill however, these could be the causes.

The biggest concern with a high-water bill is that there is an unknown leak in your house. Check the suspect areas first. Toilets are the first place you should check. A toilet that is in a continuous state of flushing can go through almost 200 gallons of water a day. If you hear a toilet running, that is an obvious sign, but by looking into the tank, you can often find the source of your problem.  Once you have inspected all of the toilets, look at sinks and faucets for leaks to see if they have loose handles, pipes, or cracks that could be dripping water out. Next, check appliances that use water such as refrigerators, freezers, and hot water heaters. The connections may be loose or have worn down over time and this may be the source the leak. If you do not find a leak at any of these spots, then maybe there is no leak and it could be one of these other causes for your high-water bill.

You may have forgotten about large sources of water use. Water usage is not fixed and fluctuates throughout the year. During the summer, you could be using a garden sprinkler or filling up a pool or you have more people staying with you, such as kids home for summer break. During the winter, you may have family staying for the holidays or if your heating system is powered through the use of hot water, this could lead to an increase in use. As the season changes, so does our use of water, make sure to account for this when you look at your bill.

If neither of these seem to be the cause of your high-water bill, then it might be time to look at the way you are measuring your consumption. Water meters are used to measure the amount of water you use each year, while there are ways to read this on your property, today, it is done remotely by the water authority. You can request to have your meter checked for accuracy to confirm your previous bill. While uncommon, it is always smart to confirm your bill is accurate.

If you still are not sure of the cause for your high-water bill, you may have an underground leak. This can be a costly problem to solve and will likely require either bringing in an expert or purchasing detection equipment. There will often be an underground hissing sound that will give away the leak. If you have checked all of the above possibilities for finding the cause of your high-water bill, it may be worth considering an underground leak. If you believe this is the case, you should contact a professional inspector to look for the cause and confirm if this is true.

Monitoring your monthly water bill is the best way to make sure you don’t have further problems in the future due to water damage. A tiny leak, if left unchecked, can cause thousands of dollars in water, mold, and sewer damage, and you will be left on the hook for the water bill as well. Make sure to monitor your monthly water bill closely and look for any unknown peaks.  Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County 24/7 at (803) 324-5780.

Benefits of a Professional Cleaning Service - For Helping Stop the Spread of COVID-19

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Protect Yourself and your Employees From Covid-19

As we live through unprecedented times, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is doing what we can to help mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus. Workplaces are areas that are highly susceptible to spreading the disease due to the amount of time we spend at our workplaces, the flow of visitors coming in and out, and the large amount of available surface area. By cleaning and disinfecting these spaces, you have the peace of mind that your facility has been sanitized to protect against diseases like COVID-19. Many businesses are taking proactive measures to clean and disinfect their facilities using resources available to them, this is a great initiative for stopping the spread of the disease. Everyone has the ability to get a cleaning agent and scrub high touch areas such as keyboards, doorknobs, and tables, but here are some reasons why it may be worth considering using a professional cleaning service to do this for you.

High grade products.

A professional cleaning company will use high grade disinfectants usually not available to average consumers. While there are a number of household disinfectants available for use today, there are benefits to using a high-grade disinfectant. COVID-19 is a brand-new virus and therefore, no disinfectants have had scientific testing on their effectiveness against COVID-19. This means that while many household brands may work against COVID-19, there is no guarantee. However, using a high-grade disinfectant puts you in the best position to be ensured of complete disinfection.

Trained Technicians

Having professional technicians clean your business provides many benefits that you would not normally have with your regular janitorial staff, other employees, or yourself.

  • Trained technicians know where the high touch areas are. Having technicians go over every detailed area of your business will ensure complete coverage where others may miss. Technicians are able to get every nook and cranny that could have been exposed to harmful pathogens and sanitize those spots using high-grade products.
  • Technicians know how to use proper PPE. By using PPE (personal protective equipment) technicians keep themselves safe from any potential exposure. This minimizes risk that your regular janitorial staff or other employees would have to infection while trying to sanitize the area. Trained technicians know proper procedures for how to put on, operate in, and take off the masks, gloves, and protective suits, in order to prevent exposure. According to CDC guidelines, workers should never be sent in to clean areas where there was a confirmed COVID-19 case without using PPE.
  • At SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County we have proper insurance policies for protecting our staff against COVID-19 exposure. As stated above, our technicians have been trained to use all proper PPE to prevent exposure, however on the chance that they are exposed, we have insurance to cover the costs that would come from that event. By sending someone into clean a COVID-19 exposed area, you risk the chance of legal liability as well as the health of your workers, your customers and yourself. You have a lot on your mind right now and the last thing you need to worry about is risking exposure while trying to disinfect an area.

Peace of Mind

Customers and employees are the backbone of every business. You want to protect them and ensure they are not at risk while at your facilities. Having a professional service ensure you have been thoroughly disinfected is one of the things you can control for stopping the spread of this disease. Being able to tell your employees and customers that they are entering a space that has been completely sanitized from top to bottom is a relieving feeling and one which SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County would love to provide.

Now is the perfect time to invest in a professional cleaning. With the continued government shutdown, your building is empty, or for essential businesses, very low traffic. Having a SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County team come in now will avoid the usual disruption of a top to bottom cleaning and will allow your employees and customers to come back to work in a fresh and sanitary environment. Being proactive during these stressful times is a way to ease your mind and everyone else who enters your facilities.  Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at (803) 324-5780 24/7.

SERVPRO Restores a Property After Water and Storm Damage

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Restores a Property After Water and Storm Damage

SERVPRO Restores a Property After Water and Storm Damage

Despite everyone's best efforts, storm damage in York County can happen. Removing the flood water isn't the end; cleanup is just getting started. On top of the flooring and walls, every bit of furniture, clothing and other items exposed to the storm will have to dried, cleaned, deodorized and probably even sanitized.


SERVPRO utilizes a variety of cleaning equipment and chemicals to return your carpets and floors to a usable state. Depending on the size, material, and color-fastness, the options range from simple spray and wiping to immersion cleaning.

Storm damage can leave odors as well as a damp carpet. We use industrial grade air scrubbers and specialized equipment to remove the musty smell and rather than just covering it up. While removing the odor is important, getting rid of the mold which causes it is even more so. The application of a variety of antibacterial and antimicrobial agents is necessary. Our personnel is trained to use the product that will not only restore your property but do so in a manner that is safe for your family and employees as well as the environment.

Once the mold has been remediated, each item should be either disinfected or sanitized depending on its function. Kitchen, break room, and bathroom equipment must be sanitized to ensure the health of anyone who may use them. Standard office spaces such as conference rooms would not need that level of cleaning unless the contaminated floodwaters wetted the flooring and walls. Our IICRC certified technicians can be relied upon to provided the highest level of professionalism and courtesy.

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County does its best to help you restore your home or business to its pre-storm damage condition as quickly as possible. As a locally owned franchise, we value our customers as neighbors and not just a job to be completed. If you want to schedule an inspection or believe you may need our restoration services, please call us today at (803) 324-5780.

Do You Know Where Your Water Shut Offs Are Located?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Do You Know Where Your Water Shut Offs Are Located?

You have probably heard of our SERVPRO ERPs (Emergency Ready Profiles). As we conduct ERPs in commercial buildings, we also add water and gas shut off tags to the appropriate shut offs. We add these tags as a helpful indication if you ever have an emergency in your home. For example, if a pipe bursts or a leak happens in your home or business, the first thought to cross your mind should be to turn off the water. 

Next step? Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County. 

If the leak is from a sink or a toilet, it is easy to turn off the water for that line by turning the valve that is located beneath or beside the fixture. What if you're not sure where the leak is coming from? It could be a pipe behind your wall, under your home, or somewhere that is hard to locate. In this case, you should turn off the water to the whole house. This means locating the water main shutoff. Ask yourself this question, whether in your home or business. Do you know where the shutoff is located and could you locate it in the case of an emergency? If not, don't feel bad. Many people do not know where to locate their water and gas shut offs.

Typically, these shut offs lie on the exterior of the home or business around the perimeter of the building. Once you have found the shut off, make sure that all members of your household know where it is. This is exactly why we tag these main shut offs during the creation of an ERP. The quicker you are able to turn off the water, the less damage is caused. 

If you experience water damage in your home, whether from a busted pipe, leaky roof, or natural occurrence, you can give SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County a call at (803) 324-5780. We are always here to help!

Water Damage Tips: 8 Things to Do Before SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County Arrives

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips: 8 Things to Do Before SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County Arrives

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night, getting out of bed to get a glass of water from the kitchen, and immediately stepping in a puddle of water when you enter the hallway. You can imagine the gasp I let out when that happened to me last year. It was 2 am and I had no idea what to do after a water pipe had burst. Luckily, I knew who to call. The severity of damage escalates the longer the water sits and the contents stay wet, so time is of the essence in the aftermath of water damage. Here are 8 actions you can take before a mitigation company arrives:

  1. Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  2. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  3. Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  4. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  5. Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  6. Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  7. Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  8. Gather loose items from floors.

If you find yourself in a puddle of water at 2 am, we are always Here to Help. Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at (803) 324-5780. 

Disaster Remediation To Rebuild Experts

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

This was from a fire mitigation claim. Before and After Repairs.

When damage strikes your York County place of business or home you need trusted remediation-to-rebuild experts. Witnessing your home and precious belongings being consumed by water or fire can be traumatizing. The only reassurance you can have after such a disastrous loss is obtained from having clear support and guidance in rescuing as much property as possible and rebuilding the rest. 

When left untreated, water inside a building can be a long-term most catastrophic material. Structures and other personal properties can deteriorate rapidly as a result of too much standing water or moisture.

We offer a wide variety of commercial and residential and services to our clients. Over the years, our family of franchises has grown to become FOUR franchises strong! This is the result of the exemplary services that we provide. We have a team of certified and fully trained professionals who are ready to respond 24 hours a day, every day of the year, even holidays to all emergencies.

Some of the services that we provide are as follows:

• Fire damage restoration

• Restoration of water damage

• Restoration of storm destruction

• Mold damage restoration and others.

As a leading restoration and rebuild firm, we are capable of handling it all; from the onset of disaster to applying the last coat of paint.

Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County today at (803) 324-5780 for an immediate response.

Let Us Fix Your Repairs

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

We can fix your problem from start to finish

No matter if you had a large water mitigation that caused your ceiling to fall in, or if you just have a hole in your ceiling from someone slipping.  SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County can be the one to fix it.  

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County does the work from beginning to end.  If you have a large water mitigation claim, we can dry it out and then repair it for you.  

If you have any questions about SERVPRO's rebuild team you can call the local office at 803-324-5780 or call our Rebuild Manager at 803-431-5287.  SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County. "Like it never even happened."

We Are Here To Help!!

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

If you need help with any mitigation service, call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County 24/7 at 803-324-5780.

The last few weeks have been unprecedented and stressful with families doing their best to navigate the COVID-19 public health crisis. In times such as these, it is more important than ever that we come together as a community to support one another during this time of need. Students are now online learning and adults are working remotely if they have the ability to. Know that the SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County team is still operational and actively serving the residents of York County.

We’re continuing to offer our services in fire, water, and mold damage remediation and mitigation. Whether it’s a fire that causes smoke damage in your kitchen. An overflowing tub or sink that causes standing water in your bathroom, or mold damage that you’ve never noticed until now. With more people at home now the likelihood of unfortunate incidents may increase and we want to ensure you that we’ll be here once you need us.

Our production technicians are also taking extra precautions during these precarious times. They are now wearing masks and disposable gloves when entering people’s homes or places of business. They’re also regularly disinfecting their company vehicles.

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Rock hill & York County at (803) 324-5780.

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County Is Here To Help In Your Time Of Need!!!

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

Please feel free to call with any questions or concerns! SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County 803-324-5780.

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. Our local SERVPRO has experience in resolving biohazard situations and has also received certifications from the IICRC. 

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs on a daily basis. Here at our local SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County, we’ve partnered with authorities when encountering such situations. 

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, ad tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO Rock Hill & York County,  (803) 324-5780.

How To Prepare For Stormy Spring Weather!!

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Be Prepared for Stormy Spring Weather.

Spring weather is often unpredictable. Temperatures can change quickly and sunny days can be followed by a week of stormy weather.  The risk of injury and even weather-related deaths can increase when severe weather hits unexpectedly.  It is important to prepare for tornadoes, floods and storms prior to their arrival, because in the spring they can surface quickly.

Whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, thunderstorms can occur.  Thunderstorms bring with them lightening, flooding and even tornadoes.  They are the cause of most of the severe weather in the spring.  Often when we are aware of an approaching storm it is to late to prepare for it. It is important to have a plan in place for every type of severe weather and practice this plan.  Planning in advance for severe weather should also include keeping an emergency kit on hand. 

Items to include are:

  • A battery-operated flashlight with extra batteries
  • A battery-operated weather radio
  • A list of important personal information including neighbors, family and friends, insurance and property information and medical information
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medications
  • 3-5 day supply of non-perishable food and bottled water
  • Blankets and sleeping bags

Communication is critical to having a successful plan in place.  Make sure your family members know to seek shelter in the event of a storm. 

Unfortunately, storms will surface, so preparing for them in advance will take the surprise out of a storm.

Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County 24/7 at (803) 324-5780.

Why Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County 24/7 at 803-324-5780.

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small, residential or commercial. 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.


Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County Immediately:

(803)324-5780

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 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 Rock Hill and York County

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event, and we also perform mold remediation. 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.

SPRING CLEANING TIPS

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Get Ready For Spring Cleaning.

Spring is just around the corner. Traditionally, people feel the need to deep-clean their homes once they feel the warm air arrive and can open their windows to welcome the new season. There are many areas in your home that you will want to clean once begin tackling this spring-time chore. Here are a few tips to help you get started that you may not have considered.

Wash Your Curtains and Drapes

When you start your spring cleaning, one of the first things you should do is clean your window coverings. This includes blinds, shutters, curtains or drapes. This should be done early on in the process as dirt and dust from the coverings can fall to the floor below, so you don't want to clean your floor before the drapes.

Test Your Smoke Detectors

Another step that should be included in spring cleaning is testing your smoke detectors. Most detectors have a test button on them that allows you to ensure they are working. If they don't work, you probably just need to replace the batteries.

Replace Water and Air Filters

As part of your spring-cleaning checklist, be sure to replace water filters and air filters. Filters catch debris from water and air. When they get full, they cannot filter as effectively as they should. The filters should be routinely replaced to ensure that they can work efficiently.

Clean Your Dryer Vent

Your dryer vent can easily become filled with lint and debris. Clean the dryer vent to help improve drying time and energy efficiency and also to prevent a fire. The vent inside your dryer should be cleaned with each load, but in the spring, you should check your exterior vent as well, making sure there is nothing accumulating in the tubing from the dryer to the outside.

Clean Your Grill

Once it begins to get warmer, people start thinking about cooking and eating outside. Now is the perfect time inspect your grill, refill your tanks if it is a gas grill, and clean all the cooking surfaces so it is ready to use when you want to make delicious meals.

Check Your Windows and Doors For Leaks

As you spring clean, take the time to check your windows and doors for leaks or air drafts. If you feel outdoor air seeping in, the seals may need to be replaced.

Check Your Plumbing for Leaks

Lastly, take the time to check your plumbing for leaks. Look for leaks under your sinks and for leaking faucets. If you notice any leaks, call in a plumber to make the needed repairs.

Are you looking to get your home clean for spring but lack the time to do it all yourself? Here at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County, we can help you with some of your cleaning needs. We offer many services including fire and water clean-up services, mold remediation, and carpet cleaning. Give us a call at 803-324-5780 so we can get started today.

The Biohazard Solution For The Fort Mill And Rock Hill Areas

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County for any of your Biohazard needs.

Dealing with a crime or trauma In the Rock Hill or Fort Mill area is undoubtedly difficult. Unfortunately, biohazards can linger at the scenes of these events, creating the potential for new victims if they are not properly eliminated.  You can protect yourself from the physical aftermath of a traumatic situation by calling SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County for any biohazard cleanup.

The Purpose

Blood-borne pathogens, various biohazards, crime scene residues and dangerous chemicals often remain even after the initial crime or trauma.  SERVPRO's professional restoration experts trained in biohazard cleanup have specialized training and equipment that allows us to safely remove any toxic materials and restore normalcy to the area.  Their expertise is invaluable for people struggling to deal with the repercussions of a variety of unpleasant experiences, including:

  • Crimes and accidents
  • Suicides, homicides, injuries, and death
  • Sewage backups
  • Methamphetamine labs
  • Chemical spills
  • Hoarding
  • Vandalism
  • Animal waste or remains

The Process

When cleansing a scene, professionals create three distinct zones with biohazard tape and plastic sheeting.  The clean area provides a place for them to store their equipment, reducing the risk of cross-contamination.  The buffer zone offers a secure area for them to put on their personal protective equipment.  The actual scene that needs to be cleaned is referred to as the control zone.

Once the sections have been established, restoration professionals get to work, eliminating biohazards using a three-step process.  In the cleaning phase, they remove blood, biological materials, dirt, and chemical residues.  They also take out any materials that cannot be salvaged, disposing of them as medical waste.  The sanitization phase comes next.  Here, technicians spray a sanitizing foam over any affected surfaces.  This foaming is repeatedly done until adenosine triphosphate fluorescence testing verifies that the area has been thoroughly sanitized.  In the final phase, technicians use deodorizing agents to remove any odors.

At SERVPRO we understand the emotional and practical challenges involved in dealing with a crime scene or trauma scene.  Our professional technicians have the empathy and expertise needed to tackle biohazard cleanup and restoration situations in the Rock Hill  and Fort Mill area.  Following the protocols established by both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), we can remove the risks inherent in these scenes and restore a safe environment in your home or business.  Call  803-324-5780 today to discover more about our services or request professional assistance.

Need Trauma or Crime Scene Cleanup? Call Today – (803) 324-5780

Prevent Water Damage with Simple Toilet Maintenance

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Do Regular Toilet Maintenance to Avoid any Problems.

When one thinks of water damage, torrential rainstorms, flooded dams, and clogged drainage systems spring to mind. However, when water damage suddenly disrupts your daily routine, it is more likely to  come from a much more innocuous source — the lowly toilet. We at SERVPRO or Rock Hill & York County are always ready and eager to hurry to your aid in the event that you find yourself with water damage due to an overflowing toilet that has flooded any area in your home, large or small. But we know that you are better off to avoid this kind of headache altogether, and following a few tips for proper toilet maintenance can help you to do so.

Do

Clean your toilet regularly. A mild cleaner, such as baking soda, vinegar, or a mild soap will do the job without the risks of harsher chemicals. Cleaning the toilet gives you a more hygienic, better smelling bathroom, while also providing the opportunity to notice any leaks around the toilet.

Check the toilet’s interior mechanisms at least once each six months. Make sure that all parts are in good shape and working properly, that the flapper is sealing completely, and that the fill valve stops at the appropriate water level.

Fix a small leak (or running toilet) immediately. You might not even notice this type of leak if you aren’t looking for it, as it is silent and leaves no puddle. (The leaking water flows into the bowl and down the drain.) This type of leak can run gallons of water through your tank in a day causing a substantial increase in your water bill. To test for this type of leak, place a few drops of food coloring into the toilet tank (above the bowl). Wait half an hour, then check the water in the bowl. If any color shows up in the bowl, the tank is leaking. You can get a flapper kit from the hardware store and replace it yourself, if you are a do-it-yourselfer.

Teach every family member how to properly care for the toilet. Teach them what can be flushed and what cannot, how to avoid clogs by using just the right amount of toilet tissue and no more, and how to keep the toilet clean. Teach these things beginning when a child first starts using the “potty.”

Buy the right kind of toilet paper. Commercials tout the benefits of thick, soft, fluffy paper, but a paper that is built to break down quickly is much easier on your toilet system. This is especially true if you are on a septic system where everything that is flushed must be broken down. But even if you are on a municipal sewer system, using too much of the hard to break down paper can cause clogs in the lines inside your home.

Have a flange plunger handy. For simple clogs, a bucket of hot water and a plunger is often all you need. Just turn off the water at the emergency shutoff valve behind the toilet and use the plunger to dislodge the clog. If the plunger doesn’t work, try an auger.

Don’t

Do not use “drop-in” tablets in your toilet tank for cleaning. These products can cause damage to the rubber flap and other mechanisms, resulting in a leak.

Do not use chemical drain cleaners on a clogged toilet. They can damage fixtures and pipes, kill off the good bacteria in septic systems causing problems in the functioning of the system, are harmful if they come into contact with skin or are inhaled, and are just not something you want to add to your water system.

Do not place a brick in the tank to save water. Newer toilet tanks use 1.6 gallons with each flush. This is the amount that is needed to move waste out of the toilet and through the system. If you have an older tank, consider replacing it. Many new models have two flushing handles, one for liquid waste only and one for solid waste. This type toilet uses the minimal amount of water needed, while still efficiently moving waste through.

Do not flush anything but human waste and toilet paper down the toilet. Nothing else is designed to break down and safely flow through the system — NOTHING.

Using these tips can help your toilet to serve you trouble-free for many years. But in the event that you do suffer water damage from a leaky toilet or any other source, remember that SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is nearby, ready to assist you with cleanup and restoration. Call us at 803-374-0055 24/7.

Water Heater Maintenance to Prevent Water Damage to your York County Home

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Check Your Hot Water Heater To Avoid A Water Loss.

One of the main causes for a residential water loss is the hot water heater. The life span of most electric hot water heaters is eight to twelve years and most manufacturers recommend replacing them at year ten.  Gas hot water heaters last approximately six to eight years with tank less hot water heaters lasting up to 20 years. The design of a home can place the hot water heater in the garage, an interior closet and even in the attic.  A water loss caused by a leaking or even burst hot water heater can cause several thousands of dollars in damage. Make sure your hot water heater is checked regularly by your plumber and is in good working order. If you happen to have an unfortunate event of a leaking or burst hot water heater, call SERVPRO of York County 24 Hours a Day/7 Days a Week.

You Can Count On SERVPRO For Your Commercial Water Damage Needs

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County if you have any water damage in your Business.

Ever Heard About SERVPRO's Commercial Water Damage Restoration Team? Well About That...

You might never realize how much traffic comes through your retail store until an emergency hits like flooding. This type of situation will most likely force you to close down for some time. Next comes the calls from customers and suppliers trying to find out the exact timeline of reopening. Meanwhile, you're sorting through the perishable items you might end up throwing away or can salvage. To avoid the losses and inconveniences to your clients, you can hire a professional restorer to fix your flooded retail store.
 
A professional water restoration team will extract the water but they will also prevent secondary damages. With water damage, the property will be exposed to moisture and high levels of humidity which can cause damages to all different types of items. It is crucial to limit exposure by extracting the water fast or moving the vulnerable items from the affected areas. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate the situation and help you decide the best option.
 
Managing humidity levels in a retail store are very important because of the adverse effects high levels of humidity can have on the products. One way to regulate this is by drying all excess moisture from the affected area soon after removing the water. Our SERVPRO technicians achieve this by using high-speed air movers and dehumidifiers. We even have trailer mounted desiccant dehumidifiers for drying vast areas. 

If you ever find your commercial property underwater, you can count on our team of professionals at SERVPRO Of Rock Hill & York County.

You can reach us at 803-324-5780 at any time.

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County Can Help You With Your Mold Problems

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

Visual Microbial Growth in A Home.

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County professionals can help provide a solution to your property’s mold damage needs. Buildings with excessive moisture can be breeding grounds for mold growth. If your facility has experienced an ongoing moisture problem due to water intrusions, long-standing leaks, roof damage or poor humidity control. It is important to be alert for the presence of visible mold, strong musty odors, any evidence of past moisture problems, and/or excessive humidity. 

If you do find mold within York County, mold removal and remediation can help eliminate a potentially dangerous situation. SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County will arrive on-site alert for any visible signs of mold. Following industry standards for mold remediation, they will work to remove visible microbial growth and reduce the potential for future microbial growth.

Call us today if you suspect you have mold. (803) 324-5780.

Our Team Can Help You!!!

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

If you have a pipe break and water all over your carpet. SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County will come and clean it up for you.

The water loss remediation industry continuously devises new equipment that takes a property from soaked and deteriorating to dry and clean faster and more efficiently. As amazing as innovative tools are, it takes a crew of seasoned and highly-qualified technicians to use them to the best effect. Professional water remediation companies deliver their best outcomes when the workers pledge to train and re-certify on a regular basis.

When you face water damage in your home, you benefit from cutting-edge equipment and crews who know how to operate them according to industry standards. Water intrusion are a tricky business, requiring not only hard work but also a solid understanding of the science behind water removal and structural drying.

Developing professional expertise to mitigate water damage is why SERVPRO sends our crew members to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) classes. The IICRC is a standard developing and establishing organization worldwide. Skills taught to the employees we sent to remediate and restore your home base their effectiveness on research.

An example of a task that might seem straightforward enough to be within the grasp of every homeowner is carpet water extraction. The equipment resembles a shop vac, and a homeowner typically feels comfortable operating a vacuum. This is why SERVPRO requires crew members to complete a comprehensive IICRC course in carpet cleaning relates to the problems that can occur if standards are unknown or ignored.

The art and science of extracting water from carpeting or other floor coverings are not intuitive. An effective way to pull moisture out of a carpet is with a weighted wand extractor. SERVPRO IICRC-trained technicians learned and practiced the techniques that extract moisture without putting stress on the textile floor covering. Inexperienced individuals can stretch the carpet fabric by exerting too much pressure or moving too quickly across a surface. Inappropriate force might cause delamination of the carpet backing from the carpet face. 

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County delivers high-quality water mitigation results by arranging for professional training of all our technicians. Schedule an appointment with our top-notch workforce by calling (803) 324-5780.

Fire of Soot Damage in Your Home? SERVPRO Can Help.

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County to help with your fire and soot damage.

After a fire, homeowners commonly find soot on ceilings, walls, and other objects or materials in their homes. Most wall surfaces, including painted drywall, brick, or wallpaper, are porous. Soot consists of fine particles that can penetrate deeply into porous surfaces, causing lingering odors and stains.

Most of the time, it's possible to remove soot from ceilings and walls, but in serious cases, it may be necessary to remove, repaint or reinstall affected materials like wallpaper and drywall. To get the best outcome from soot clean up after fire damage in your residence, you should hire a professional restoration firm like SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County. Our fire restoration experts are equipped to handle the smoke, ash, and soot cleanup process quickly and effectively. We begin soot cleanup by removing most of the dry soot using a duster, HEPA vacuum or dry cleaning sponge.

When cleaning some surfaces like wallpaper, the appropriate method to use is dry cleaning. Other surfaces can respond well and tolerate wet cleaning procedures. Using a chemical-dry sponge or a dry-cleaning sponge is appropriate when a high oxygen fire has caused soot to build up in a particular area. The soot can smear and leave an unsightly stain if one attempts to use a wet cleaning method. Before we perform any wet cleaning procedures, we test the cleaning solution on an inconspicuous, small area like behind a switch plate to see if it causes any staining.

Soot can cause further damage in your home if it is ground and smudged into paint, plaster, wallpaper, walls, upholstery, and carpets. The odor that soot can cause is difficult to eradicate with typical cleaning methods and household products. Normal household vacuums are inefficient in removing soot and ash for they redeposit the particles around a house which can contaminate previously unaffected rooms and areas. Our SERVPRO technicians can use HEPA vacuums to remove soot from the affected areas, including sockets and light switches. If you do not clean these fixtures before use, short-circuiting can occur. HEPA vacuums trap the particles, preventing them from redepositing.

For help in removing soot from your home, contact SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at (803) 324-5780. We have the tools and expertise to deal with the aftermath of a fire and restore your property to its pre-fire damage condition.

Why Time is Of The Essence In Water Damage!!

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

According to the EPA, the first 24-48 hours are the most crucial when dealing with water damage.

Water Damage Time Crunch

Water Damage: A Brief Overview

Once your home or office is affected by water damage, there are numerous things you will need to do to restore order and safety to your property. In many cases, residential and commercial property owners feel overwhelmed upon considering all of the steps they will have to take to accomplish this objective. However, learning more about water damage and SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County, can empower you to optimize and expedite the remediation process.

 Water Damage: The Basics

Water damage can result from numerous factors, including a natural disaster. In addition to surfacing as a result of a flood or fire, water damage can be caused by household issues such as a burst pipe or malfunctioning washing machine. Irrespective of the cause, excess water in your home or office is a serious issue that must be addressed immediately and effectively. This is the case for several reasons, including the fact that water can begin seeping into your walls, carpet, padding, hardwood flooring, and other property structures. If left unattended, water damage can cause serious issues such as the collapse of your ceiling, and ruining your carpet and/or hardwood flooring. 

 More Consequences Of Water Damage

In addition to compromising the structural integrity of your residential or commercial property, water damage can lead to a plethora of health problems. This is the case, because water damage creates the ideal conditions for mold to thrive in. Once property residents haven been exposed to mold, they become increasingly susceptible to health complications like skin infections, respiratory problems, lung complications, sinus infections, and other various illnesses. Additionally, mold growth and proliferation can give rise to unwanted smells that begin to permeate ceilings, floors, and walls.

 Getting Professional Assistance

After you realize that your home has been impacted by water damage, you should immediately call for professional assistance. Trained remediation specialists will be able to offer you comprehensive services that restore your property. The first step in the restoration process is the property inspection and assessment. This process will enable the remediation specialists to determine the extent of damages done to the property. Once these determinations have been made, the restoration experts will know which equipment and techniques to deploy to restore your property to its original condition.

 The Importance Of The Drying Process

One of the best ways to prevent water damage from creating a high moisture environment that gives rise to mold is to thoroughly dry the property. Water remediation specialists understand this principle, and they use specialized equipment such as dehumidifiers and air movers to accomplish the objective. In many cases, a thorough drying of the property can eliminate the need to replace hardwood floor, carpet, and walls.

The professionals of SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County possess advanced water damage restoration skills, and we also offer the type of exceptional customer service that will set you at ease throughout the process. Our IICRC-certified technicians utilize a proven six-step restoration process to ensure that your residential or commercial property is made new with lightning speed.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When water damage occurs, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (803) 324-5780.

Fire Safety and Home Cooking

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

Always remember, oil and water can cause large scale fires in your kitchen.

Cooking is an everyday activity that occurs in the majority of households, but did you know that the majority of household fires result from cooking? We cannot simply avoid cooking in order to lessen the risk of a fire igniting in the kitchen, but there are undoubtedly measures that can be taken both before cooking and while cooking to protect your home from a fire.

Before Cooking

Prior to cooking, make sure that your cooking surface is free from any flammable kitchen materials, including paper towels, oven mitts, or wooden objects. Grease, oil, and food debris can accumulate on stove tops and in ovens after cooking, which increases the risk of an unwanted fire igniting, so before cooking, it is beneficial to clean those areas. Finally, like ovens and stoves, pots and pans can become adorned in oil and grease from previous cooking excursions, which can instigate unwanted fires if not cleaned before they are placed in the oven or on a stove top. Taking a moment to wipe down all cooking surfaces and materials prior to cooking will help to significantly decrease the chances of a dangerous fire igniting while cooking.

While Cooking

While cooking, be sure that you remain in the kitchen and stay attentive to what you are cooking. Leaving cooking objects unattended increases the risk of a fire igniting that could quickly become out of control. Therefore, if you must leave the kitchen for a short period of time, make sure to turn off the stove. However, there are some cases, such as baking or roasting a dish for long periods of time, in which it would be unreasonable to never leave the kitchen unattended. When cooking such items, use a timer in order to remember to regularly check on the food.

Even when preventative measures are taken, there is still a chance that a fire could ignite while you are cooking. In order to protect your home, make sure that your home is equipped with smoke alarms and that a fire extinguisher is stored in the kitchen at all times. If the fire is small and manageable, extinguishing the fire yourself, may be an option. However, if the fire grows large and becomes too much to handle, exit the house safely, make sure that everyone else in the house has escaped, and call 911. Contacting the fire department will hopefully limit the damage caused by the fire to your home. However, if the damage is significant, remember to call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at 803-324-5780, in order to ensure that the damage is remedied quickly and efficiently.

Update Your Security With The Emergency Ready Profile

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

The Emergency Ready Profile, the next step in property security.

Emergency READY Profile Advantage

Did you know as many as 50% of businesses never recover following a disaster? The majority of businesses that do survive had an emergency preparedness plan in place. Being fully prepared with proper planning can bring you peace of mind. When you are "Ready for whatever happens" this provides a solid level of trust with your clients and employees, so that if there is an emergency event and your business is affected by a disaster, you’ll be able to recover as quickly as possible.

By developing an (ERP) Emergency Ready Progile with SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

  • FREE Program!! We will provide an assessment of your facility at no cost to you.
    This is a high quality, digital profile with no need for you to allocate funds. This program provides exceptional value with zero cost.
     
  • A Profile Document containing critical information needed in an emergency.
    Completion of your profile will only take a little time to complete without taking you away from your current work projects, but it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
     
  • A Digital Guide to help you get back into your building after a disaster.
    Having a complete, updated Emergency Ready Profile can help minimize the amount of time your business is affected by a disaster by having an immediate plan of action.
     
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You’ll have a go-to source with a provider recognized as the industry leader right around the corner.
     
  • Identifies the line of command for authorizing restoration work to begin.
    This saves time, so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as electrical box and water shut-off valve locations, as well as priority areas such as entrances, exits, and priority contact information.
    Your team will be fully ready with a quick reference of who to call, what to do, and how to do it providing you with solutions in advance of an emergency situation so you’re "Ready for whatever happens."

Are You Ready to Get Started?

Sign up below and a representative of SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County will be in contact with you.  

For a consultation, E-Mail our ERP Coordinator, Will Owings @ Will.SERVPRO9689@gmail with the following!

Your Name:
Company Name:
Location:
Dates and Time Available:

We thank you for your interest! Remember, creating an ERP isn't just establishing a plan for Loss Mitigation, it's establishing a Security Standard.

Preventing Basement Flooding Because of Snow Melt

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial and residential damage both require the proper attention in order to mitigate properly.

We commonly associate basement floods with rainy seasons, but did you know that your basement can flood at any time during the year as long as moisture is present? Even if yours has never previously flooded, most basements are prone to flooding because they are located below ground level. Moisture in the ground can seep through basement walls, which can result in flooding if there is an excess amount of moisture in the ground. During the winter season, winter storms often generate significant amounts of snow, ice, and other forms of freezing precipitation. After particularly heavy snowfall, the melted precipitation is absorbed by the ground, resulting in an excess of groundwater, which can make its way into basements and cause flooding. Consider these tips in order to prevent your basement from flooding due to snow melt this winter and spring:

Remove Snow

When shoveling snow after a heavy snowstorm, make sure to shovel snow at least five feet away from the foundation of the home in order to prevent the snow from immediately seeping into basement walls when it melts. This will create a special barrier between the moisture-packed soil and the basement’s foundation. In addition, it may be beneficial to clear snow from roofs and overhangs so that when snow falls or melts off of those areas, it will not land at the base of the home, contributing to more moisture surrounding the basement.

Fix Cracks in Foundation

Cracks in a basement’s foundation may facilitate flooding, as moisture would have an easier time seeping into the basement. In order to prevent a basement flood, which can damage valuables and facilitate mold growth, cracks must be repaired. Filling in cracks with epoxy can serve as a short-term solution, but a more permanent fix might require professional assistance. A solid foundation and walls will protect your basement from water, decreasing the chances of a basement flood due to snow melt this winter or spring.

If Your Basement Floods…

Sometimes, even if preventative measures are taken, basements can still flood despite our best efforts. If this occurs, it is imperative that the water is removed as quickly as possible in order to avoid mold growth and further damage. If the flooding is minimal, using a wet vacuum to remove water and dehumidifiers to air out the area may be effective. However, if the flooding is significant, professional restoration may be necessary. Calling SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at 803-324-5780, will ensure that flood water will be thoroughly removed and that your basement will be restored "Like it never even happened."

Lake Wylie Home Has Water Damage Claim

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

For Lake Wylie fire and water damage cleanup call SERVPRO today at 803-324-5780.

Lake Wylie,SC- A residential home in York County suffers a water damage due to a burst water line coming from the water heater. Many of the rooms in the home were affected and damage did occur to the wood flooring on the main level. In the crawlspace the in insulation had to be removed so drying of the subfloor could take place. Soon after all the standing water was extracted the drying equipment was placed to get all the materials to normal moisture levels.

Do You Have Wood Flooring That Has Standing Water On It?

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

We are ready to help with any size flood to your home in Rock Hill,SC.

Rock Hill,SC - This home had a pipe break in the kitchen area and water ran throughout the wood flooring. The homeowner caught the leak quickly and got the water stopped. We arrived onsite that day and got our drying equipment set to save the flooring before any splitting or cracking occurred. The drying mat system we use is made to get the moisture out of the deep pockets and under the wood that typical air movers cannot get to.

For more questions about what to do if you wood floors get wet call us today at 803-324-5780.

Basement Has Water Damage That Destroys Floor

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

If your basement floods we are ready to help with the cleanup.

Fort Mill,SC - A residential home had a water leak while the homeowners were out of town. The pipe that broke was on the upper level of the home and most of the water ran down to the basement area where the hardwood floors were located. Due to the amount of time that the water sat on the flooring it became damaged and had to be removed. After removal and cleanup we dried the rest of the materials back to normal moisture levels. At this time the repairs are in the early stages of preparation. 

For more information about basement water damage restoration cleanup process give us a call today at 803-324-5780.

Water Heater Leak Causes Water Damage

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Burst pipes can cause a lot of damage to homes or businesses. Call us today for help at 803-324-5780.

Lake Wylie, SC - A residential home in York County suffers a water damage claim due to a burst pipe that ran from their water heater. The rooms surrounding the leak were affected and the flooring and drywall had to be removed due to the damage. After all the required material was removed drying equipment was placed to get the remaining structure back to normal moisture levels. Our water restoration team will have this property dry quickly and help get the homeowner on to the next step which will be the repair process.

For more information about water damage restoration you can contact us or search our website.

Top Ten Reasons That Cause Home Fires

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Every home faces the potential for a numerous assortment of risks with the most dangerous of the array being a house fire. An accidental fire can occur from many household items and can easily decimate a house in minutes if it is not properly and quickly handled.

While proper insurance can help mitigate financial loss, it is better to understand and work to prevent the situations that lead to house fires of any kind. Most homes have many combustible items.

This list is meant to help homeowners not only identify potential issues but also lower the risk of someone having a house fire. Whether it’s a candle accidentally burning throughout the night, faulty cooking equipment or any other scenario, homeowners should be aware of the most common causes of house fires and work to minimize and prevent accidents before they occur.

10. Barbeque

During the outdoor cooking season, grills left unattended on a wooden deck or next to a wall of a home can bring about a fire. A heated grill next to a wooden fence can easily cause fire.  Grills have been known to ignite the exterior walls of a home or garage if they are placed too close.

9.Christmas Trees

Christmas trees are a holiday favorite for many as a staple to the holiday season, but they also come with many risks. Especially when the tree becomes dry.  A quick spark can set the whole tree on fire. Make sure to keep your trees water reservoir full and to unplug the tree when you are not at home.

8.Inadequate Wiring in The Home

These fires erupt from overheating.  To minimize this from occurring, make sure systems are installed properly with protective features.

7.Children Playing with Fire

Children are very curious and will sometimes get access to flammable objects and put property at risk. This includes matches, stove tops, candles and more. Make sure to keep lighters, candles, and matches out of reach from kids.

6.Candles

The lighters and matches utilized to light candles are just as dangerous as the candle themselves. Fires can start from unsupervised candles and children getting a hold of them.

5.Electrical Equipment

These fires normally erupt from short circuiting which, in turn, causes sparking to ignite materials in the household. These are difficult to locate, because they are often in hidden locations and a fire can build before the residents can know about the situation.

4.Careless Smoking

Cigarette butts are a large perpetrator for house fires as cigarettes will sometimes be left unattended or dropped.

3.Flammable liquids

Chemical fires occur from spontaneous combustion: this is a reaction of chemicals combining with oxygen to produce enough heat to ignite. Be sure to store fuels and other chemicals in proper containers that are protected from heat.

2.Heating Equipment

When in the presence of fabrics or other combustibles, personal space heaters and baseboard heaters can create a house fire. It is recommended to never leave the house with a space heater running.

1.Cooking Equipment

Out of all the scenarios, the most common residential fires come from cooking.  Cooking makes up almost half of all house fires. This can occur from grease and oil being overheated in the stove or oven.  For grease and oil to combust without needing direct flame contact, many times, the open flames and ovens are left unattended when in use and aren't attended too until it is too late. Another source to look out for are portable cooking appliances which includes electric griddles and toasters. These appliances must be cool to the touch before being stored away. You practice safety by making sure to clean pans to eliminate grease build-up along with removing crumbs and scraps from toasters and electric griddles.

Contact SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County 24/7 at 803-324-5780 if you have any questions. 

Why Your Business Should Have An ERP!!

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Approximately 50% of the businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen!  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.  

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether is is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.  The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program. It outlines who the proper contacts are for the specific type of loss.  Also shows photos and a detailed description as to where the different turns off are in the building. 

Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company.

By working with SERVPRO to help develop your personalized Emergency Ready Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. 

SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property and business cleaned up and back in working order. 

Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County To get an ERP for your Business Today at 803-324-5780.

Water Damage Affects Commercial Building

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Offices get flooded everyday from many sources. For cleanup help call us today.

Office Building Floods

Fort Mill,SC - A building had standing water in the main office area due to a broken pipe in a wall. The water did affect multiple units in the strip plaza causing damage to flooring and walls. The business did have temporally close for a short time while the water was extracted and drying equipment got placed. The business did open and was able to resume operations while the drying took place. 

For emergency water damage restoration cleanup service for your commercial or office building call us today for help at 803-324-5780.

Do You Have A Crawlspace Affected By A Broken Pipe?

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

We are ready to help with your crawlspace cleanup from a burst water pipe.

How Does A Water Damage Claim Happen In A Crawlspace

It is the time of year when cold temperatures cause water lines to burst or break. Most of the time this happens in the crawlspace where the pipes are exposed to cold temperatures. They reason is that they are not insulated and are the first to freeze. When they freeze they expand and compromise the line. Then when the temperature warms up the water start to flow again and that's when a water damage happens. If your Fort Mill or Rock Hill home has a water damage claim give us a call to help with  the cleanup and restoration. 

Classifications of Water Damage That Can Happen In Your Home

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

We will be explaining some of the basics of water damage and how it can affect your home and health. Water damage is the leading culprit when it comes to property damage and restoration service needs.

Now, this actually surprises a lot of folks, when they hear water damage they usually imagine a flood from a nearby river, a natural disaster etc. While events as such do occur, there are more common ways for water damage to affect your home, including:

  • appliance leaks from your fridge, ice machine, washing machines, etc.
  • toilet overflows
  • sinks and bath/shower overflows or left running without attendance
  • broken/leaky water pipes within walls and ceilings
  • drainage issues around the property
  • roof leaks and compromised exterior
  • rain/wind storms

As you can see, water damage can originate from either internal or external sources and once it gets into your home it is important to know what kind of water you are dealing with.

What do we mean by, what kid of water? Well in the restoration industry we recognize water in THREE different categories:

  • CATEGORY 1 – Also referred to as “Clean Water”, this means that the water originated from a sanitary source and does not generally pose a risk to our health.
  • CATEGORY 2 – This could also be referred to as “Grey Water”, meaning it contains some contamination and would not be sanitary enough for human consumption, posing a health risk if ingested.
  • CATEGORY 3 – Commonly known as “Black Water”, this is water that is grossly contaminated and could contain disease-causing organisms, pathogens, and other harmful materials.

Now you know the 3 different categories of water and how it can enter into your home. Each of these different categories of water damage comes with their own do's and don'ts on how to deal with them. Restoration professionals like SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience to handle any water damage emergency. 

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is here 24/7 @ 803-324-5780.

Storm Vs. Flood Damage

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

The most general distinction from storm or flood damage is that storm water comes from above, whereas flood water usually overspills natural bodies or courses of water and covers at least two acres of ordinarily dry land. Storm damage to a  property may originate from a variety of causes such as


• High winds
• Heavy rain
• Hurricanes
• Snow
• Tornadoes

Most insurance plans provide protection from damage caused by storms. Property owners will need additional coverage to offset the expenses of flood damage. If your property is located on a flood plain, you should make sure you carry the policies necessary to protect your investment.

Flooding occurs when water overflows a body of water or watercourse such as

• Creeks
• Dams
• Lakes
• Storm-water channels

For water to be considered a flood, it must not only cover two acres but affect at least two properties. Damage resulting from either flooding or storms can cause severe problems and should be planned for, prevented, and handled as soon as possible. Regardless of the source of moisture, the risk of mold and other secondary damage within a home can be just as severe.

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is here to help 24/7 at 803-324-5780.0 

Preserving Structures After Flood Damages

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Preserving Structures After Flood Damage    

Residents are no strangers to flooding, but did you know that a whopping 90% of natural disasters in the United States involve floods? Just one inch of water is enough to cause as much as $20,000 in damages without fast-acting professional care. Floods can leave your home vulnerable to damage well after the water has been removed.

If your home requires professional cleanup due to flood damage to your residence, the IICRC-accredited crew at SERVPRO can be at your home within hours to assess the situation and remove water. Whether you have standing water in your basement or waterlogged walls and ceilings, this team can restore your structures and ensure they are safe to live in once more.

Landscaping Tips to Minimize Flooding

A basement flood can create considerable damage to flooring, ceilings, and walls, as well as damage to the foundation. However, with some smart landscaping choices, you can help mitigate damages by diverting water away from your property. 


Grade your yard. Making sure the dirt on your property slopes away from the home without affecting sidewalks and other properties is key to minimize flood damage.


Plant a rain garden. These gardens, planted in shallow depressions (swales), are great for collecting water from floods, storms, gutters, and downspouts. 

Add grass and native plants. Both can absorb water and facilitate storm drainage. Be careful not to cut the grass too short, or this can affect the roots' ability to absorb water.

Install driveway drainage areas. Channel drains and pavers along your driveway are excellent, cost-effective ways to divert water into the street during floods.

Use rain barrels. This eco-friendly solution is used at the bottom of downspouts to collect water. Better still, rain barrels are an eco-friendly way to water your lawn and gardens on dry days while minimizing pollutant runoff into local waterways.

SERVPRO is Here to Help

SERVPRO technicians specialize in a variety of techniques to preserve your home after a flood. After extracting water and disinfecting with EPA-registered antimicrobials, drying commences with carefully-placed centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers. Structural materials respond especially well to desiccant dehumidifiers, which pass moisture collected from air movers over a desiccant material like silica gel, replacing the humidity with air that is warm and dry. 

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County can leave your home looking, "Like it never even happened." When disaster strikes in your residence, you can call us at (803) 324-5780 for fast cleanup.

We Can Help With Your Water Damage!!

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Have you ever came home to standing water?
Perhaps you just enjoyed a long 3 day weekend out of town only to come home to find water gushing out of your front door?

Unfortunately, these things happen, and often times can come at the most inopportune times.

Fortunately, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is here to help.  We like to assure people that even if you aren't prepared for a water event to happen SERVPRO always is!

We have the knowledge and experience to help in whatever your situation is, so, even if your kitchen is flooded don't be afraid, give us a call and we'll take care of it all!

Even if a water damage is a very stressful event for any person be assured that when we arrive you can sit back and relax, we have it covered.  Let us take care of the work and hardships so you don't have to.  We'll be happy to make it "Like it never even happened."  SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County (803) 324-5780.

SERVPRO Professionals are the Storm Damage Experts

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Quick Response and High Standards Will Leave you Satisfied after Remediation

When heavy rains and high winds hit hard, property destruction and loss can be devastating to you as a homeowner. Structural damage to the exterior of your home is followed by interior devastation from water and winds. Storm damage is rarely isolated to just a few buildings in an area adding the challenge of finding a restoration company that can respond swiftly to your needs to an already anxiety provoking situation. SERVPRO delivers the help you need swiftly even when a local disaster is widespread as we are able to call upon a network of over 1,650 franchises nationwide to respond if the need is great. 

Storm damage in South Carolina can feel overwhelming, but your fear and panic will disappear when our team of professionals responds to your water, wind and flooding repair and restoration needs. Your particular situation is of paramount importance to us, and you need not worry that your restoration will take a back seat even when many in your area are struggling to recover from the same issues you face. Choosing our company puts in motion a vast support system, but our local ownership means you will receive a personalized approach to your particular situation, efficiently.
 
Placing your trust in SERVPRO for your storm damage needs will reap you benefits that less qualified companies simply cannot deliver.  Our technicians are highly trained and qualified, current in Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IIICRC) for any procedure needed to bring your home back to the comfortable and comforting refuge you deserve. We also work closely with your insurance company, ensuring that all the work necessary is approved. Our high standards and relentless drive to do the job on time while meeting local specifications means you and your family will quickly return to the quiet enjoyment of your house and neighborhood. 
 
Once you make sure that your family is safe after a major storm, your first call should be to SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County @ (803) 324-5780 24/7 and begin the road to recovery by scheduling an inspection with our storm damage experts.

Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips!!!

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? Three times as many home cooking fires happen on Thanksgiving out of any other day of the year.

Fire safety in the kitchen should be on the top of your mind during Thanksgiving, especially if you are expecting lots of people and activity. Keep your home and loved ones safe this holiday by following these Thanksgiving tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are using stoves and ovens.
  • Roll up your sleeves or wear short sleeves while cooking.
  • Stay in the home when you are cooking, check the turkey frequently.
  • Set timers to keep track of cook times.
  • Be sure electric cords are not dangling off the counter.
  • Keep children away from hot food and liquids.
  • Keep the floor clean to avoid tripping while cooking.
  • Make sure all cooking appliances are turned off when are done cooking.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

By following these safety tips, you can enjoy Thanksgiving with your loved ones rather than dealing with fire damage.

If you have any questions about fire safety in your home, please call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at (803) 374-0486.

Preparing Your Home For Winter Storms

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

You can be prepared for winter by bundling up in warm clothes and boots. But is your home prepared to face the bitter cold and winter weather for the next few months?

Here are Some Tips to Prepare your Home for Winter Weather:

  • Insulate walls and attics
  • Install a door sweep
  • Weather-strip doors and windows
  • Clean out gutters
  • Disconnect and drain outside hoses
  • Ensure your furniture isn’t blocking your home’s heating vents
  • Repair roof leaks
  • Remove tree branches that could get weighed down with snow/ice and fall on your house
  • If you have a fireplace, close the damper
  • Set the temperature manually and leave it
  • Seal furnace ducts
  • Insulate hot water pipes and hot water heater
  • Avoid ice dams by ventilating your attic and insulating the attic floor

It is that time of year where South Carolina can get hit with winter storms and it is crucial to prepare your home for it. Keep our number handy, 803-324-5780. If you suffer storm damage to your home or property, we can be there to take immediate action. We can help minimize secondary damages caused by storms.

Frozen Pipes Can Cause Major Water Damage

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes can cause lots of damage in a short amount of time. Water expands when it freezes and quickly can create havoc in the most beautiful homes and buildings. This expansion process puts enormous pressure on the pipes. No matter how flexible the pipe material is, it can eventually break. And if it breaks we will have to call a plumber.

The pipes exposed to intense temperatures are the first to freeze. Such as pipes located in foundation walls, basements, attics & crawl spaces. First of all, give extra care to pipes located on exterior walls. Especially during times of extremely cold temperatures and high wind. Before a pipe break happens, we have to do something on our part to prevent it from happening.

Because most water damage and mold problems can be avoided. By removing all or at least most of the water from the pipes. So that it will not expand and cause damage when it freezes.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
  • Have all pipes in cold areas properly insulated.
  • Monitor interior temperatures to remain above freezing.
  • Open taps to allow for a slow and steady stream of water

Also, it is best to locate all of the water shut off valves. So you are prepared in an emergency situation.

In addition to interior prevention. It is optimal to prevent freezing of exterior water lines as well. You can install high pressure compressed air fittings or “end of the line” drain valves. For external piping and irrigation lines in areas suffering from freezing. The air compressor accessories will allow you to blow all the water out of the high-pressure airlines. So they are empty for the winter season. Keeping the water in the flow and maintaining the clearance of the drainage lines will help in avoiding the freezing.

If you do have pipes break and need help, call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at (803) 324-5780 for help 24/7.

We Discuss Common Issues After A Fire In Fort Mill And Rock Hill

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Looking for a fire damage cleanup company? We will help with any questions you may have throughout the cleanup process.

Common Issues After Commercial Fire Damage in Rock Hill And Fort Mill Properties

Whether it's an apartment complex or a brick and mortar business, there are several common issues after fire damage to a commercial property. One thing they all have in common is, they require professional cleanup and restoration.

SERVPRO technicians handle commercial fire damage in Fort Mill properties on both small and large scales. Several aspects commonly occur that technicians encounter.

Water Damage After a Fire
When firefighters use water to extinguish a fire, it leaves behind copious amounts of additional damage. SERVPRO technicians extract the water and move out items too damaged by fire and water for restoration.

Pack Out Stock and Property Contents
In cases where only a portion of the property received the effects of fire damage, containment is vital. Separating the fire loss area from other areas assists in limiting the spread of soot, which carries a foul odor as well as being unhealthy. The technicians may choose to remove stock or contents to another area of the property or perform a pack out to secure storage.

Air Quality During Fire Damage Mitigation
SERVPRO technicians ensure there is adequate ventilation during fire loss cleanup and also deploy air scrubbers to capture airborne particulate matter, particularly odor-causing soot. In some situations, the technicians use negative air chambers to limit the spread of soot.

Cleaning Smoke Residues
No matter if the fire happened in a multi-unit residential complex or a business, smoke damage is commonly an issue on surfaces in the vicinity of the fire. The technicians choose from a vast array of cleaners and solvents to release the grip of the residues on various surfaces. The technicians adjust the alkalinity as needed adding other agents to the cleaning solutions.

Removal of Smoke Odors
That slight smokey odor is not something property owners have to learn to live with and can be bad for business, especially in a high-traffic establishment such as a restaurant. It is actually an indicator that odor-causing soot remains on-site. SERVPRO skilled technicians have a diverse array of equipment to neutralize pungent odors of any size and remove all traces of the fire loss.

Commercial Fire Damage? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

How SERVPRO Restores Flood Damaged Homes in Fort Mill

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

We have to tools and equipment to help with any size flood damage claim you may have.

Removing Flood Water from Your Home in Fort Mill Eliminates Multiple Risks to Your Family and Home  

Flooding happens without warning to many unsuspecting Americans every year. This kind of catastrophe can happen unexpectedly in Fort Mill, too. Isolated flooding can create just as much damage as city-wide flooding. At SERVPRO, we also understand the additional stress and inconvenience this causes your family. We are skilled at helping your family recover from disasters, including providing information about organizations near you that assist in such situations.  

SERVPRO helps families in Fort Mill by removing contaminated floodwater from their homes. We always do this as swiftly as possible. However, because basements sit below the house, we continually monitor the foundation walls for new cracks or if any worsening occurs in any of the existing ones. When cracks do appear, it means the pressure from saturated ground outside is too great. Waiting until the water drains away decreases the pressure and the risk associated with it.  

Our pump truck has attachments that allow us to use submersible pumps that steadily and quickly pull water out of your property. We can also use smaller extraction units that we manually use to remove water. Removing as much as possible by pumping it out reduces the amount of time we need to use air movers and box fans.  

Because flooding makes such a huge mess and leaves contamination behind everywhere, we disinfect every surface we come across. Many materials get destroyed during a flood, so we remove and double bag the debris. We also spray the outside of each bag with the disinfectant spray to avoid contamination elsewhere. Again, just like eliminating as much water helps later, so does removing ruined carpeting and other heavy, water-retaining materials.  

When your house's interior dries out, microbes have a much more difficult time surviving. However, just as an extra precaution, we spray things down with clean water, wipe them dry, apply disinfectant again, and then make sure the house has reached dry conditions before giving your family the go-ahead to move back home.  

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County cares about your family's health and comfort. Your Fort Mill or Lake Wylie home is a big part of their security. Call us at (803) 324-5780 to start making progress toward getting things back to normal. We're always here for you. 

Tips to Avoid a Flood in the Bathroom

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

Have a flooded bathroom from a toilet or sink overflow? Call us today to help with water cleanup.

3 Suggestions To Avoid A Flood In The Bathroom

A flood at a residence in Rock Hill,SC, can cause an incredible amount of destruction. Although a flood could occur anywhere in the home, the bathroom is one area that may be susceptible to overflows of water and flooding, especially from a leaking toilet. Fortunately, professionals who specialize in flood clean-up can help if this occurs. However, there are steps for homeowners and residents to take in order to mitigate the risk of a deluge in the lavatory. Here are three suggestions to help avoid a flood in the bathroom:

1. Keep an Eye on the Toilet

It is very important to be on the lookout for a leaking toilet. While this may not seem like a big deal, it could be a sign that a major issue is brewing. Not only does it signify that there is a problem with the functionality of the device, but it could also mean that water is seeping through the floor underneath the receptacle. If your toilet is leaking, schedule a toilet repair to take care of the problem. Be sure to examine the underlying cause of the leak in order to rule out any subsequent problems with the plumbing in the house. It’s important to note that water damage under a toilet could cause the restroom floor to rot.

2. Look For Leaky Faucets

In addition to keeping an eye out for a leaking toilet, it may be helpful to watch for leaky faucets or any issues with the shower and tub. Because these devices are typically utilized multiple times throughout the day, any problems should be addressed as soon as possible.

3. Insulate Pipes

Finally, residents who live in cold climates could experience freezing and bursting pipes. It is vital to ensure that the pipes in the bathroom, as well as in other areas of the home, are properly insulated to avoid a rupture.

Be sure to check all the plumbing fixtures in your bathroom regularly. Pay special attention if you have an old toilet or recently completed a toilet repair. These inspections may save a lot of hassles in the future.

Flooding or Water Damage? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Washing Machine Overflow Cleanup Company

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

Floods from a washing machine need quick attention and restoration cleanup service.

Unwanted Water In Your Home?

Did your washing machine overflow? If so we can help with the cleanup process. Many homeowners in the Fort Mill and Rock Hill area have had a insurance claims due to a washing machine overflow that has cause damage to their home. Sometimes the issue is found quickly and the damage is minimal. Other times it goes undiscovered and multiple rooms are affected. For quick water damage restoration service at your home or business call our office today for help.

We are ready for your emergency restoration project.

Call us today at 803-324-5780.

Toilet Overflow And The Restoration Process

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Do you need emergency water damage cleanup from a toilet overflow? We here at SERVPRO can help with the restoration process.

Have a flood in your home from a toilet?

Nobody wants to have to deal with a water damage in their home or business, but this is especially true when that water damage is a result of a toilet backing up. When things in the bathroom go awry it can be overwhelming to figure out what your first step should be, but have no fear, SERVPRO is here to help. The following steps describe both what you should do in this situation, and what the restoration process looks like.

  • When a toilet starts to overflow in Fort Mill or Rock Hill, the best and first thing you can do to protect your home is to turn the water off.
  • Try to avoid the contaminated wet area as much as possible to prevent sewage from being tracked into any other rooms.
  • Call your insurance agent and SERVPRO to begin your restoration process as much as possible.
  • Highly trained SERVPRO professionals will tear out anything that may have been contaminated by the toilet water, including flooring, drywall, and ceilings.
  • Once all infected materials have been removed, our professional’s will disinfect the area. The disinfectant chosen depends on the job and the equipment needed to clean the space.
  • Finally, our crew will put in dehumidifiers and fans to remove any excess water that remains.

If you experience a water damage at your home, especially those that are created by a toilet or sewage backup call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County anytime at 803-324-5780.

How To Keep Your Building Dry Even in a Storm

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Does your commercial building in Lake Wylie need water damage cleanup service?

Commercial Building Water Restoration Service

A powerful storm is an awesome thing to behold: high-energy winds, lashing rains and spectacular lightning is often present. For a business, a destructive storm represents one of your greatest challenges. Rain damage in Lake Wylie,SC, from flooding or a failing roof can harm the structural integrity of a business, destroy electrical components and create unsafe working conditions. The presence of a water-tight exterior is an effective way to combat the impressive power of a storm.

Building an Impermeable Barrier

A building envelope refers to the roof, walls and windows of your building. The walls can be further divided into the above-ground and below-ground systems. This envelope performs at least four major roles in eliminating rain damage:

  • An effective defense against water in the form of rain, vapor, snow and ice
  • A mechanism to divert water away from the foundation of the building
  • A thermal envelope to regulate the movement of heat and cold
  • A structure upon which equipment can be supported

The removal and sloughing away of water is one of the primary purposes of an impermeable barrier. High moisture in a building will harm materials and allow for the proliferation of black mold. If mold is present, a team of water remediation professionals should be called to address the problem.

Managing the Barrier

Even after a strong envelope has been built, it will still require occasional maintenance. After all, water is a tricky adversary, able to penetrate the smallest weaknesses. Quality membranes and sealants will need to be applied now and then. Gutters and downspouts may need to be replaced every several years. Drains will need to be checked for clogging. The entire roof system will benefit from periodic inspections and preventive repairs. Landscaping can play an important role in directing water away from the foundation of your building.
Preventing rain damage to your property is an achievable goal. It requires some smart work and professional advice.

For emergency Lake Wylie water damage restoration service call us today at 803-324-5780.

Crawlspace Water Damage Cleanup And Restoration

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

We are ready to help with any size crawlspace water damage cleanup.

Flooded Crawlspace?

Many homeowners in the Fort Mill and Rock Hill area have water damage claims every year. Some of these claims are due to water lines that burst or break in the crawlspace area. The main problem with this is that most of the time they are not aware of the issue due to the location. Not many homeowners inspect a basement or crawlspace often . Because of that the damage can be a lot worse.

Wet Insulation

One of the materials that can be affected by a water leak is insulation. Most homeowners have insulation in the crawlspace area to help with heating and cooling throughout the year. When a leak happens the water can spray directly on the insulation or it can sit on top of the vapor barrier. After sitting on the vapor barrier it can start to evaporate in the right conditions and then affect the insulation or the subfloor of the home. 

One of the worst types of a water leak in a Lake Wylie or York County crawlspace is when it is the hot water line that bursts. When this happens hot steam will spread throughout the entire area and most likely affect all the insulation.

Damage Material Removal

When insulation become wet it looses it R-value meaning that it no longer can properly insulate at the rating it was suppose to. At that point we must remove all the damage material and dry the salvageable items.

Drying A Wet Crawlspace

At this point it is time to put in the drying equipment. Air movers and dehumidifiers are used to get all remaining materials back to normal moisture levels.

For emergency water damage cleanup in a crawlspace in Tega Cay, Clover, Rock Hill, Baxter Village or York County call us today for help.

The Benefits of a Commercial Generator

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Rock Hills residential and commercial fire and water restoration company.

Restoration Equipment For Commercial Fire And Water Damage

Reliable power is one of the essentials for a business. In addition to the other problems it can cause, a major storm can knock out your power. If you're not willing to wait until the utilities are back up again in Rock Hill,SC, then it makes sense to invest in a generator. This machine runs on gasoline or diesel power, or it can run off of a stored power source such as wind or solar. Depending on how large a unit you purchase, it can run a few lights, a few critical systems or even a large portion of your operations. It's not meant to run for a long time, but is designed to bridge the time between a power outage and the return of power.

How To Get the Most out of a Commercial Generator

The last thing you need during a power outage is to deal with generator problems. This can be avoided by following these recommendations:

  • Buy a unit that is suitable for your needs
  • Maintain the unit on a regular basis
  • Don't operate it under unsafe conditions such as a flood
  • Follow all operating instructions

The lifespan of a typical unit will vary, but most machines run about 3,000 hours. Since you won't be running it all of the time, this is long enough for many years of use. A high-end generator that is well-maintained may last longer.

How To Prepare for Storm Damage

A storm can hit at anytime, so being prepared is always important. Emergency contacts should be identified ahead of time, including a professional company to help you deal with storm damage cleanup in Rock Hill,SC. A disaster plan should identify steps to take in the case of a hurricane , tornado or other weather event. A powerful generator is a great tool for dealing with the challenges of a storm. It can also keep the lights on and discourage vandals or looters.

For commercial and office flood damage cleanup service in Rock Hill call us today for help. Our restoration team is ready to respond.

Where Mold Grows in Your Home And Crawlspace

10/27/2019 (Permalink)

We can handle any size mold project you may have.

Where Mold Grows in Your York County Home

Mold is a fungus commonly found in the environment. It enters your home through open doors or windows. It can also get inside your house by attaching to your bags or clothing.
Mold can also grow on any organic material inside your Rock Hill,SC home. Some common locations for mold damage include:

  • Cardboard
  • Wood and paper products
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Carpet
  • Insulation
  • Drywall
  • Upholstery
  • Fabric
  • Crawlspaces

Since mold grows everywhere, you cannot eliminate the fungus from your home completely. However, excess mold can create nasty odors and destroy your belongings.

Preventing Mold Growth in Fort Mill South Carolina

There are steps you can take to limit the amount of mold in your residence. Specifically, you need to keep your home as dry as possible. Any wall or roof leaks should be fixed immediately. You should also remove any wet upholstery or carpets from the house.
In addition, you need to make sure your house has proper ventilation. Keep exhaust fans in your bathroom and kitchen.
Finally, you need to limit the humidity level in your home. In general, the indoor humidity should be at 50 percent or lower throughout the day. You can control the humidity with a dehumidifier or air conditioner.

Mold Cleanup

If you do find mold damage in your home, you likely have a moisture problem. This issue must be addressed first to prevent the excess mold from coming back. You can then attempt to remove the mold. You may be able to clean small mold patches by yourself using household products. Make sure to protect yourself with goggles and gloves.
Extensive black mold cleanup should be left to the professionals, however. Mold remediation specialists can remove the excess mold, eliminate odors, and clean your belongings.
While some mold or mildew growth in your home is normal, too much mold can harm your property. If you do see mold damage, you should remove it immediately or contact cleanup experts.

Call us today is you need mold removal from your crawlspace or home in the Fort Mil or Rock Hill area. We also do mold removal in the Lake Wylie and Clover area.

My Commercial Property Has Flooded- NOW WHAT?!

10/26/2019 (Permalink)

We are ready to help with your flood damage cleanup.

Small Business and Commercial Property Cleanup

As scary and devastating as a flood can be, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County wants you to be safe and let us handle the mess! From small leaks to a completely flooded office, we are ready for any size water damage restoration cleanup project.

If you have a water emergency- call us now! 803-324-5780.  We will be on the way to help you ASAP!  

We are on the way, but what should you do and not do?

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Emergency Service call: 803-324-5780

Don't let standing water in your office sit to long. Call or water extraction service now.

Fire Safety In Rock Hill - Kitchen

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

We are ready to roll out to your fire damage disaster and help with the cleanup.

Fire Damage Cleanup Service

Fire damage restoration is our specialty.  We are trusted experts in our field. We are here when you need us.  Before that time comes we like to provide you with information to keep you and your loved ones away from harm.  Some disasters can be prevented. SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County cares about the community we serve.

Grease fires - we’ve heard of them, maybe even experienced them, but what about them?

Well, first of all, they can happen to anyone.  The most common reason a grease fire occurs is leaving a pan on the stove unattended with oil in it.  The oil heats up, smokes and eventually catches fire. You don’t have to spill grease or have something else flammable nearby.  Oil in a pan unattended, heating up past the smoking point, will get to the point it sets itself on fire.

Guess what, it’s happened to me and this may be a shocker to you but it was SILENT!  No smoke alarm, nothing. Just flames shooting up out of my pan. I was fortunate because although I did also have something very flammable next to it (another no no) it didn’t ignite.  

Enough about me.  If this happens to you, you need to smother the fire and take the oxygen away.  A metal cover or cookie sheet are good options for smothering the fire (glass will shatter from heat).  You can also use salt or baking soda but only for a very small fire otherwise you will need large amounts to dump on and smother the fire.  Flour and other items that seem like salt or baking soda are NOT the same and should not be used. It is also wise to have a special extinguisher in the kitchen for this type of fire.  Be sure you know what you are using before spraying it, all extinguishers are not created equal. The best thing to do is pay attention and don’t leave the stove unattended and, of course, call the fire department if things are out of hand.

Ok, I’ve held out long enough.  I can’t talk grease without thinking of bacon.  If you are someone that likes bacon or cooks bacon for others that like bacon…I have a method for cooking bacon your bacon eaters will love!

At first I resisted this method because I thought it would soak up too much grease, yada, yada, yada.  I’m here to tell you this method of frying bacon beats ALL other methods. I’ve never seen this method anywhere else (except my mother-in-laws kitchen). There’s no splatter, the bacon cooks evenly and it doesn’t curl up needing to be pressed to the pan.  Perfect every time and easy. (I’ve never set this on fire.)

Here’s what you do.

  1. Open bacon package of your choosing just needs to be sliced first.
  2. Cover another plate with flour (amount depends on how much bacon you cook).
  3. I take scissors and cut the bacon in half so the strips are shorter (I like this a lot!!!).
  4. Dredge each piece in the flour (both sides of bacon should be covered with flour).
  5. Place bacon on frying pan (I prefer flat electric skillet, so grease can drain off).
  6. At about 325° the bacon will cook nice and even, flip after a few minutes when the bottom is browned.
  7. Remove from pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess grease.
  8. Store in fridge or enjoy immediately.  You can even freeze it for quick use in the future.  I just warm it up in the microwave when I need it.  

There you go!  Next time you cook something, remember to be attentive and not let the oil get too hot and if you use this recipe remember it was SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County that saved your bacon!

For emergency fire damage cleanup service in Rock Hill South Carolina call 803-324-5780.

How to Properly File a Fire Claim In York County

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

For questions about a fire damage claim in the Fort Mill area call us today.

Fire Damage And What To Do

Dealing with the effects of a house fire can be one of the most challenging, stressful events of a person’s life. Even if everyone in your Fort Mill,SC, home makes it out safely you could still face the prospects of losing valuable, meaningful possessions. Fortunately, with fire restoration efforts and insurance coverage, you can recover many items and start to rebuild your life. It’s important to know the right way to navigate this process.

Post-Fire Response

To minimize loss and preserve your safety, it’s crucial that you handle a fire emergency correctly. There are some essential steps you must take to ensure you get good coverage and prompt cleanup.

  • Call 911 and get out safely.
  • Contact your insurance company.
  • For smoke cleaning and rebuilding, contact a professional fire restoration company.

Discuss the Incident

For your insurance agent to process a fire damage claim, you must recount the event. Tell your agent where the fire occurred, how it started, what it damaged and whether there were any injuries.
Take Photos but Don’t Disturb the Scene
It will be helpful to provide your insurance agent with as much information as possible about the fire. If it’s safe to do so, take pictures of the damage and the extent of the loss you have suffered. While you do this, be careful not to touch anything. You want the insurance adjuster to look at the aftermath in the exact state it was left following the fire.

Get Restoration Teams Involved

The sooner you can hire a fire cleanup company, the faster your fire insurance claim should go. These two parties will work hand in hand so you can get prompt, thorough service. The cleanup team will board up windows and any holes in the siding or roof. This will prevent further damage and looting.
The fire restoration process on your damaged home will go much more smoothly when you file an insurance claim correctly. Adhere to these critical steps, and you can get back on your feet soon.

If you have had a fire to your commercial building or small office most of these steps will also help things move smoothly.

We are ready to help all Fort Mill South Carolina residents and property owners with any size fire damage claim.

For emergency fire damage cleanup service call 803-324-5780.

We Can Restore Your Home After A Flood In Lake Wylie

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO today for a water damage claim help.

Restoring Your Home After It Suffers Flood Damage in Lake Wylie

As many as 30% of flood damage claims in South Carolina occur in low- to moderate-risk areas for flooding. These claims can be from anything as simple as a roof leak that causes structural damage in the home after storms, to flash flooding that has soaked structures thoroughly. However, it occurs, fast action needs to be taken to prevent the growth of mold, bacteria, and damage to homes.

When you experience flood damage in your Lake Wylie home, it can be stressful and overwhelming to consider what needs to be repaired, replaced, or discarded to maximize safety. The certified technicians at SERVPRO are happy to aid in alleviating these worries with experienced teams that know the ins and outs of disaster mitigation in the event of a flood.

Questions to Consider When Choosing a Restoration Company


If this is your first time looking for a company to handle the job of restoring your home, here are a few questions to keep in mind for vetting service providers:

    •    Do they have proper certification and accreditation that is verifiable? Is their service licensed, bonded, and insured?
    •    Are technicians knowledgeable about plumbing, HVAC, and other fields relevant to disaster mitigation services? Do they observe proper and consistent safety regulations when cleaning a home?
    •    How experienced is the company you're considering? What is their standing in the community?
    •    Does the service have contemporary, commercial-grade equipment available to salvage your home after a disaster?
    •    What are the response times of the company, and how quickly can they reach your home?

What SERVPRO Can Do?


After a flood strikes in your home, the SERVPRO team can get right to work removing flood-contaminated items while working in tandem with property owners and insurance adjusters. Many flooding cases require removal of carpet, padding, and other water-logged, porous items to prevent the spread of microbes and bacteria that can cause illness or injury. As a result, thorough disinfection with EPA-registered cleaners happens before the drying process can begin rather than after.

5 Steps for Filing a Water Damage Claim

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

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5 Steps for Filing a Water Damage Claim In Fort Mill or Rock Hill South Carolina

No matter the source, water in your Rock Hill,SC home can cause quite a bit of costly damage. Because of this, it is important to start filing your insurance claim as quickly as possible. This will allow you to finish the process and receive the financial assistance you need sooner. Use the following steps to get through the situation smoothly.

1. Contact Your Insurance Agent

The first thing that you should do is to call your insurance company so that they can begin filing your claim right away. In some cases, waiting too long to contact the company can affect your insurance claim or cause it to be denied, so don’t hesitate to do this.

2. Document the Damage

While an insurance adjuster will come to look at your home, you don’t need to wait for them to arrive. Begin taking pictures of damaged areas of the building as well as affected belongings. You may want to make a list as well. The adjuster can use these as proof of damage.

3. Start Cleanup and Mitigation

Even if it is from a clean source like a pipe burst, the longer water sits in your home, the more damage it can cause. In order to reduce the cost and time of repairs, you can start removing water from the building so that it can begin to dry. Set aside damaged items as well.

4. Review Your Policy

Because all policies are not exactly the same, it is important to know what is covered in yours. Some causes of damage, such as a flood, may not be included. Look over the details so that you know what to expect and what is expected of you during the claims process.

5. Prepare Necessary Forms

Once the insurance company has sent you the required forms, you should fill them out as soon as possible. This way, they will have everything they need to finish filing your claim.
If your home has been damaged, a cleanup and restoration company can return it to its previous condition. Filing your insurance claim quickly can help you cover the costs.

Why Do I Need a Water Removal Company in Fort Mill?

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

If you need small business or commercial water restoration call us today for help at 803-324-5780.

When Do I Need Help For Water Damage Cleanup?

If you’re like most people, you want to take care of issues on your own. After all, who wants to pay for a 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 when you truly need their services.

As a water mitigation company, we’ve had many potential customers call us back and decide to clean up the mess themselves. Sometimes we don’t hear from them again, but many have called back with new problems. So why exactly do you need a disaster restoration company? To prevent additional damages.

  1. We take care of hidden moisture. When it comes to water damage, there’s often more than meets the eyes. Many materials, such as hardwoods and drywall, are porous, so they absorb water. This can cause the materials to expand, or it can trap the moisture, allowing it to foster mold growth. A water mitigation company, however, has the equipment to both detect and dry these materials.
  1. We can prevent 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.
  1. We’re equipped to handle contaminated water. Not all water damage is equal. Some water can be extremely contaminated (such as sewage or floodwaters) and poses health risks. In these cases, you’ll need protective gear and specific processes for cleaning up the damage. Our staff is both equipped and certified to handle these situations!

Water damages can come in many different forms and may not require professional help. But it’s also important to know when things are beyond your control. No matter how much damage your home has, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is here to help!

We would be happy to help you with any size water disaster you may have. 

Water Damage? What To Do Until Help Arrives In York County

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

We are here in Fort Mill and Rock Hill area to help you with water damage cleanup service.

Need A Water Damage Cleanup Company?

Extreme water damages can greatly impact your home or business if it’s not addressed quickly.

SERVPRO in Fort Mill has the tools and man-power to address our customer's issues as quickly as possible. However, since we cannot get to everyone at the same time, we can offer tips and measures to take while you wait for help to arrive.

What To Do Until Help Arrives:

  • Shut off the source of water is possible
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any painting, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

In the event of a water damage, SERVPRO will do everything to get to you as fast as possible and take care of your water damage. In the meantime, take these steps to safely save your affected furniture and personal items.

For any size water disaster to your office or small business call us today at 803-324-5780.

How Professionals Clean Fire Damage in Rock Hill And Fort Mill

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

We can help you with any size fire damage cleanup service you may need.

Common Cleaning Challenges in York County South Carolina Homes with Fire Damage 

Fire damage in a home is never a "one size fits all" for cleaning. Using the incorrect cleaning method on different types of smoke residues has the potential to result in higher amounts of loss. 

SERVPRO technicians utilize a multilayered process for handling fire damage residences. Just as there is not a single cleaning method for smoke damage, there are multiple methods for testing fibers to determine the best cleaning methods for the best outcomes.  

Hardwood Furniture and Flooring

Solid hardwood furnishings and flooring with light, dry smoke damage may have restoration potential on a case by case basis. Factors such as time between the fire loss event and cleanup efforts, as well as water exposure, affect restorability. As their goal is to restore rather than have homeowners incur the cost of replacement, when they find recoverable hardwood items, technicians use a combination of wood oil soaps followed up by a furniture polish containing mink oil for luster and protection.  

Painted Walls

Different types of paint react differently to heat exposure. SERVPRO technicians use different types of cleaners to lift away fire damage residues. For dry smoke, a dry cleaning sponge without any liquid cleaners lifts away from the surface. For wet smoke, solvents to release the thick, greasy smoke residue make it simple to wipe away. In cases where the heat was so intense it caused the paint to bubble, the embedding of soot may require a sealant to halt odors before priming and repainting.  

Nonporous Items

Immersion cleaning is one of the most common ways non-porous items receive cleaning. The process involves immersing an item into the chosen cleaning solution.  

Fabrics and Porous Items

Technicians perform fiber tests to determine the cleaning potential for upholstered furnishings and window treatments with smoke damage. If it is suitable for cleaning, they attempt restoration if there is no danger of loss through the restoration method, and the item does not appear to contain uncleanable soot. 

When your home has fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at (803) 324-5780. The technicians are certified and trained to assist homeowners in limiting loss and restoring the property to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened." 

We do fire damage cleanup and soot removal for Lake Wylie, Clover and River Hills residents and commercial property owners.

What To Do When Your Building Floods

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

We are here to help you with your emergency fire or water damage cleanup.

What To Do When Your Building Floods

When your Clover,SC business has been affected by water leaks, a pipe burst, or flooding, there are several questions and water damage tips that deal with safety:


Does the water pose an immediate danger to occupants? If so, evacuate the building.
Is there standing water? Do not come into direct contact with water to avoid the risk of electrocution.
Do you need to remove items? Waterlogged furniture, papers, and other items are heavy enough to cause injuries when carried.
How slick are the floors? Some of the most common hazards associated with flooding include slipping and falling.


After making sure that you and everyone else in the building are safe, there are some things you can safely and appropriately do while waiting for professional water damage cleanup and mitigation technicians to arrive.

Shut Off the Water

If you can get to the main water valve without walking through water or putting yourself at risk, the most obvious first step is to stop the flow of water. If you can't get to it safely, contact municipal authorities who can shut it off from outside the property.

Turn Off the Electricity

Once again, if you can get to the circuit breaker box without walking across wet floors or through puddles, shut off the power to the building. One of the biggest risks during flooding is electrocution because water is a very good conductor of electricity.

Increase Ventilation

One of the best prevent water damage tips is to remove water and dry the area as quickly as possible. While waiting for professionals to arrive, open as many doors and windows as possible. If you can use a source of power away from the water, use fans to get the air moving.

Remove Water

If it's safe for you to remain in the building, your first step is to remove as much as you can. Move wet items outside to a dry location. Use cleaning tips from experts to avoid further damages.

Overall, your main priority should be the safety of the occupants of the building. Once you're sure about that, follow water damage tips such as removing water and drying out the property until professionals arrive.

For emergency water damage restoration service in Clover,SC or Lake Wylie,SC call us today at 803-324-5780.

Water Damage Happens in Fort Mill & Rock Hill Government Buildings

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Need commercial fire or water damage cleanup in York County South Carolina? Call us today for help at 803-324-5780.

There are a large number of structures everywhere throughout the country that is claimed by the United States government. A large number of these structures, some in Rock Hill and Fort Mill, are to some degree older structures that need servicing. One service frequently required is water damage cleanup and restoration. Framework substitution of fundamentally critical parts, for example, rooftops and old cast press plumbing turn out to be progressively more pertinent as a building ages. This requirement for substitution can concentrate on the pipes that are exceptionally old and not all around kept up. These channels will probably blast then more up to date pipes. To have a water harm restoration organization like SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County as a reasonable alternative as a quick reaction group is critical.

Likewise, there are numerous administration structures that are situated in spots that experience noteworthy changes in the atmosphere that can go anyplace from to a great degree chilly to a great degree hot amid the yearly regular cycles. These temperature changes can make for a lot of strain on any channeling that is in the building, which can yield blast pipes inside structures.

Despite the fact that many individuals jump at the chance to think about the Unified States government as resistant to ordinary issues, for example, this one, truly their structures are simply structures like any others. They can simply be influenced by issues, for example, water damage as can some other business working in the United States.

Which sorts of offices that are possessed by the Assembled States government can be affected by the blasting of channels?

Military offices encounter impacts because of climate changes that can come without notice. Considering that these offices are disseminated everywhere throughout the country, it is critical to guarantee that the ones that are in calm atmospheres have sufficient protection. On the off chance that they don't, the results will be that the funnels will keep up an inclination to blast, regardless of whether they are situated in the workplaces, plane shelters, or sleeping shelter. In the event that a pipe bursts in one of these offices, the episode could really prompt the formation of mold. This is sufficiently awful in a home, yet when an issue like this affects the military, it is pivotal to ensure that the issue is settled. Shape could antagonistically influence the wellbeing of individuals from the military.

Government court structures could likewise be truly affected by water harm. These structures can be unfavorably influenced by form. There are numerous stories of poor air quality making sickness the representatives, law specialists and bolster individuals.

Government workplaces should be shielded from water harm too.

On the off chance that there are water harm issues in a noteworthy focus of government action, it is conceivable that the organization inside the administration could be unfavorably influenced or even back off to the point of insufficiency. Thus, it is vital for any water damage issues that emerge in these structures, in York County South Carolina or different areas, to be settled quickly and in the most expert way that could be available. SERVPRO Restoration service is known for being faster to any disaster.

Privately Possessed Organization with National Assets

SERVPRO can react promptly to your business water harm crisis paying little respect to the degree or size of the harm. We are a piece of a national system of more than 1,600 Establishments with extraordinary Calamity Recuperation Groups put deliberately all through the nation to react to huge scale occasions and debacles.

Regardless of whether your water crisis happens in a major box store or a little office building, we will react rapidly to alleviate the harm and deal with the reclamation extend through to its finishing.

Flooded Home Or Business?

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

If you need flood damage cleanup call us for help.

Fort Mill Flood Damage Cleanup

Heavy rains can cause flooding to residential homes or commercial properties. Other causes of flooding may be rising rivers or streams, hurricanes and burst or broken water lines. Buildings in the Fort Mill and Rock Hill area are affected every year from many of these problems. In the Lake Wylie area near the water they may be affected from rising water levels which may cause damage to homes and structures. 

If you have had any unwanted water intrusion give us a call today to help with the cleanup process. Our team will start with water extraction and help get your home or business dry quickly.

For emergency water damage restoration service cal 803-324-5780.

Myths and Facts About Storms

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Every year, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County answers the call to help clean up and restore homes and businesses after storms have taken their toll.  After all, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is always here in helping make disasters “Like it never even happened.” when your property suffers from storm damage. So, leave the restoration remediation of your home and business to our team. Consider the following to protect your property during a storm:

Myth: If it is not raining, then there is no danger from lighting.  
Fact:  Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as 10 miles away from rainfall. 

Myth: Rubber soles of shoes or rubber tires on a car protect you from being struck.
Fact: Rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide no protection from lightning. The steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not toughing metal. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.

Myth: “Heat lightning” occurs after very hot summer days and poses no threat.  
Fact: “Heat lightning” is a team used to describe lightning from a thunderstorm too far away for thunder to be heard.

When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is here to help you.  Give our team of professionals a call 803-324-5780!

Gutters Can Cause Water Damage

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

We are ready to help you with any type of water damage cleanup.

Cleaning gutters is a necessary job that’s easy to delay. Rain gutters get clogged with leaves and other debris over time, which can cause water damage to your home. If you have had water cause damage to your home give us a call to help with the cleanup process. 

What To Do If Your Commercial Building Floods

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Flood Damage Cleanup

Many building in Fort Mill and Rock Hill area flood every year. The causes range from a burst pipe, sprinkler discharge, toilet backup or many other water related problems. The damage can be severe and in most cases cause the business to close until the area is cleaned up. 

The Cleanup Process

Water extraction is one of the first steps to getting things under control. After the standing water is removed any wet contents are identified and addressed. Soon after that the air movers and dehumidifiers are placed. This equipment will dry the property back to normal conditions.

Emergency Water Damage Cleanup Company

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is a top rated restoration company serving the York County area. We also cover Tega Cay, Clover, Lake Wylie and many of the small towns in the area. 

For emergency service call us today at 803-324-5780.

What To Do After a Flood in Rock Hill South Carolina

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

For water damage service in Rock Hill call us today.

If a flood has occurred in Rock Hill and you were affected, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is here to help!  However, we want your safety to be your first priority- we will clean up the mess once it is safe!

  • Do NOT drive through even small amounts of water!  
  • If a road is closed- respect this and do not "try to make it"
  • Do not return to your property until you hear it is safe and you have the all-clear.
  • Let your loved ones know you are safe- cell phones/texting/social media
  • Do not drink, bathe, brush teeth, wash clothes/dishes with contaminated water- and remember that all flood water is potentially contaminated and dangerous.
  • My grandmother was right- a good rule to follow after a flood: "When in doubt, throw it out"!  This applies to food that may have not been kept cool/frozen or exposed to contaminated water.

Like we said, we value your safety above all else.  In our next blog, we will share how we will return your residential or commercial property and make it "Like it never even happened." To schedule water restoration service call our office at 803-324-5780. We are here for you!

We Are Fort Mills Water Damage Restoration Company

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying wood subfloor.

Flooded home? Flooded business? We can help with the water damage cleanup and restoration process. Our team has the extraction and drying equipment to help you get things under control. Call our office today to schedule emergency disaster restoration service now.

5 Tips for Preventing Kitchen Fires

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

It may not come as a surprise to learn that the kitchen is the most likely starting point of a home fire. While a grease fire is something many people worry about, there are numerous potential causes of disaster. Fire damage can result from lack of attention, poor preparation or honest, everyday mistakes.

Five tips to keep your food-preparation area safer.

1. Where There’s Smoke…

There’s a reason firefighters and fire recovery professionals constantly discuss the importance of smoke detectors, and that’s because they save lives. Make sure you have an alarm installed near the kitchen; check and replace batteries as recommended by the manufacturer.

2. Wear It Right

It’s easy to forget how dangerous cooking can be, but exposed flames and hot surfaces can cause major problems. For this reason, it’s important keep clothes and other such items in mind:

  • Don’t wear loose, long sleeves or other clothing that could come into contact with heat sources.
  • Ensure curtains won’t interfere with cooking surfaces, even with windows open.
  • Store potholders, aprons and other cloth items safely away from heat-generating appliances.

3. Wash Regularly

Keeping your cooking surfaces clean is more important than you might think. Greasy buildup is a potential fire risk, so make sure to clean thoroughly and on a routine basis.

4. Watch the Clock 

The simplest tips are the most important ones to remember: use timers, monitor heated appliances properly and always double-check to ensure that everything’s turned off before going to sleep at night.

5. Work-Area Control 

You never want too many cooks in the kitchen, nor do you want rambunctious youngsters running around near sources of heat. Establish a three-foot space around any cooking area, and make sure kids stay clear.

Preventing fire damage is largely about planning, especially when it comes to the kitchen. Mitigate your risk of a grease fire or other such disaster by following these handy tips when it’s time to prepare your food-prep area. 

We are always here to help 24/7 SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County.

Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County For Fire Clean ups

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Once a fire has consume your home or a couple of offices within your business, the main question that comes to mind is that, "Who's cleaning up all this damage?" The option to clean up the mess yourself is always an option.

Here at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County, we are well trained with the latest techniques and are equipped with best equipment to get rid all of the smoke and soot that has damaged your home and/or business. 

We work closely with all the major insurance companies quickly and efficiently so we can get your home or business back to where it was prior to the unfortunate event. If a fire damage ever occurs, through faulty wiring or any flamable liquids next to a heat source, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is here 24/7 to make it look and feel "Like it never even happened."  Call us at 803-324-5780.

Fire and Smoke Damage

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After a fire, smoke damage can wreak havoc in your home or commercial property. Kitchen flare-ups, closed fireplace flues, and electrical fires can send smoke throughout your house, charring walls, covering everything, and not to mention the smoky smell. The longer you let smoke and odors linger, the more they soak into walls, carpets, and furniture. Once the fire’s out or the flue is open, ventilate the house as quickly as possible to mitigate smoke damage. Open doors and windows, and turn off HVAC systems to avoid further spreading smoke. Call us, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County! Let our professional and certified staff in Fire Restoration do the dirty work of ventilating, vacuuming, and deep cleaning.

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

If you have any fire or soot damage or if you have any questions, call us at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County 24/7 at 803-324-5780.

Five Common Causes of Water Damage

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Get to know some of the common causes of water damage so that you can do what you can to prevent it from happening on your property.

  1. Broken Pipes – A broken pipe can do a lot of damage to your home in just a short amount of time. Before you know it water could be spewing through your home. Pay close attention to any leaks, drips, and signs of deterioration. Have a plumber come out to your house for regular maintenance, and if there is ever a broken pipe, you can always turn the water off before the plumber arrives in order to avoid further damage.
  2. Pinhole Leaks – These leaks are common if a home has copper plumbing, a pinhole leak is a puncture of a copper pipe due to corrosion. If your home has a copper water system, check your pipes for signs of corrosion often.
  3. Old/Faulty Appliances – If a refrigerator or washing machines aren’t maintained well, or have gotten too old, they could start to leak and create a significant amount of water damage in your home. It’s especially important to keep an eye on the appliances in your kitchen, as water damage caused by your refrigerator or dish washer can affect not just your floor, but your cabinets as well. Often times, leaks that go undetected for some time will cause significant water damage behind cabinets, which in turn can lead to mold if the problem goes unnoticed for an extended period.
  4. Roof Leaks – A lot of homeowners tend to suffer water damage due to roof leaks. Check your roofs frequently and take care of any maintenance or repairs while the weather is still sunny. That way you won’t have to worry about your home flooding next time a storm hits.
  5. Accidents – Sometimes luck just isn’t on your side and one tiny mistake can lead to a big problem. A clogged toilet or too much soap in the dishwasher or washing machine can have water coming across your bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room. These parts of the home are generally better equipped than the rest of the house to handle a larger spill, but water moves fast and could potentially cause damage to the walls, ceiling, or other rooms in the home. If an accident ever does occur that you think calls for a professional, call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County and we’ll make it "Like it never even happened."

The Summer Heat May Be Affecting Your Home’s Appliances

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You know those hot summer days when you can feel the sun sucking away your energy? Well, the same thing can happen to your household appliances during the summer too. When the weather gets hot, there are some preventative measures you can take to protect the systems and appliances in your home. 

The higher temperatures outside can create a buildup of moisture on your appliances inside. This extra moisture can cause appliances to degrade faster, and can potentially cause electrical shocks. Appliances can also sweat, causing water to settle around cords and wires. It can also flood the interior of the system, which can potentially lead to mold.

You also must be wary of your appliances overheating. Appliances may have higher surface temperatures, and can lose function when overheated, or require more electricity to work properly. Most appliances use more energy during summer months because they have to work even harder to maintain a cool temperature themselves.

AC Units often have to work harder in the summer because in addition to cooling your home, they also work to remove moisture from the air. Consider installing a dehumidifier with your HVAC system, or using one in rooms where it gets hottest. The dehumidifier can remove moisture from the air and allow the Air Conditioner to work solely on cooling your home.

You should also maintain regular cleaning/maintenance of your unit’s filters and coils in order to ensure that it is working properly. The same should go for your fridge/freezer. Dirty coils can lead to overheating, which could leave you without an AC unit or a fridge.

Your fridge should also be kept somewhere cool (avoid hot garages). Once you find the right place for your fridge, be sure to give it ample breathing room. The fridge needs enough room to release heat, but you don’t want that heat to become trapped and cause the unit to overheat and stop working.

You should maintain regular upkeep and maintenance of all of your household appliances all year long, but it’s especially important to be mindful of how they can be affected in this summer heat. Should you require emergency services, call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County 24/7 at 803-324-5780.

Does Your Home Have a Mold Problem?

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Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If you have any questions or concerns, call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at 803-324-5780.

What Are You Doing To Prevent Water Damage In Your Home?

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We here at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County are experts when it comes to water damage. Though our specialty is restoring your home to preloss conditions after you suffer water damage and making it “Like it never even happened.", we have some tips for how you can prevent any future water damage to your home.

  1. Watch Your Water Bill

    • So often, homeowners don’t realize there’s a leak until major damage is done. If your water bill seems unusually high, there may be something going on behind the walls or beneath the floorboards. Monitor your bill closely to catch any potential leaks early.
  2. Investigate Leaks Promptly

    • If there is a water leak in your home, it is imperative that you take care of it quickly. Moisture in your home that is left untreated can result in mildew or mold and even structural damage to your property. Additionally, water damage that isn’t treated within 48 hours could potentially become contaminated.
  3. Be Careful Where (And What) You Plant

    • Some plants, such as willows, elms, and maples, have invasive roots that could cause problems for your property. Before planting a tree, find out about its root system. Never plant a tree less than 10 ft. from your home’s foundation; trees with invasive roots may need to be even further (25 to 50 ft. away) in order to ensure the roots don’t damage your water and sewer lines.
  4. Ensure Proper Drainage

    • Clear your gutters regularly to make room for rain water. Downspouts from your gutters should be directed at least 5 ft. away from your home. It is best to have the water flow onto a hard surface (such as a driveway) or to have a splash guard designed to spread the water and keep it from puddling on the ground.
  5. Check Home Appliances Regularly

    • Oftentimes, flooding in the home is caused by a leak from a fridge or dishwasher, etc. Check and maintain your home’s appliances regularly, and follow the manufacturer’s directions to fix any possible leaks. It is also a good idea to regularly replace the hose for your washing machine. Leaky hoses are a common cause of residential water damage.

Of course these are just some ways to prevent water damage. Unfortunately, not all forms of water damage are preventable. Disaster can strike at any moment, no matter how prepared you may be. We hope it doesn’t happen to you, but if it does, call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened."

803-324-5780

Understanding the Three Categories of Water

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When dealing with water damage in your home or business, there are three different types or classifications of water that we use: Clean, Gray, and Black water.

Clean Water: This is water that does not contain contaminants. It includes broken water lines, malfunctioning appliances, toilets holding tanks, snow melt and rainwater. Overtime however, clean water can progress and become gray water within 48 hours, if left untreated.

Gray Water: Gray water does contain slight chemical or biological contaminants, and may pose a health risk. Gray water can discharge from dishwashers, washing machines, sinks, showers, aquariums and waterbeds, or come from a clean water source that leaked through a ceiling. It can also be clean water that was left untreated (and became gray water). Gray water can also progress to the next stage (Black Water) if left untreated within 48 hours.

Black Water: This water is a positive health risk as it is highly contaminated. Black water is presumed to contain multiple potentially harmful contaminants including fungi, bacteria, chemicals, viruses, and more. Black Water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding, or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be treated by a trained and certified professional.

For any type of water damage, it is always best to treat it quickly so as to avoid further contamination and risk mold growth. Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County,  if you need services in your home! Available 24/7 (803)324-5780.

Beyond Salvaging: Items That Should Be Discarded After a House Fire

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage cleanup service for Rock Hill South Carolina.

Items That Should Be Discarded After a House Fire

Not every fire will require a significant clean-out. For instance, a small stovetop grease fire may do minimal damage to a kitchen and only require throwing away the pan. However, for more extensive fires that eviscerate whole rooms, you may want to throw away several items due to spoilage and contamination. Thankfully, the list is potentially small for things that may be beyond salvaging.

1. Nonperishables and Perishables

The high heat of a fire, especially one that engulfs entire rooms or levels, will likely result in the spoilage of several perishable and nonperishable items. For instance, canned goods will probably boil during a fire, making any warranty or expiration invalid. Also, if your fridge was damaged during the blaze, the temperature inside likely rose, causing most, if not all, of the food to go bad.

2. Medications

Medications are another item that you should throw away. While they may appear fine, fires produce toxic chemicals that can cling to medications. Therefore, discard any pills and medicines safely. You can contact your physician and alert him or her to your need for refills.

3. Cosmetics

As with medications, fire damage can leave toxic residues on various items, including cosmetics. There is no feasible way to clean cosmetics, and therefore, they should be discarded for your safety.

4. Porous Items

While the general rule is to discard any porous items, it is understandable that some materials may be more sentimental than others. If you would like to hold on to some of these items, then you can contact a restoration specialist in the Rock Hill,SC area. These professionals may be able to help you find a local specialty cleaner who can salvage certain porous items.

While there are many things that you should throw away after a fire, there are pieces of your home that you will likely be able to take with you. Also, if you can find a certified restoration company, you should be able to salvage even some things that seem beyond salvation.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (803) 324-5780

A Few Critical Factors To Consider For Fire Damage Restoration

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We are ready to help all Fort Mill residents and business owners in the event you have a fire.

We Can Help With Your Fire Damage Cleanup

Fire can be one of the most devastating things for a family. Unexpected fires damage property and cause harm to your belongings. However, such accidents do happen and you should be well prepared to face those unfortunate events. Even though all necessary safety measures are followed, accidental fires cannot be prevented. But, steps can be taken for immediate fire damage restorations so that the amount of damages caused and losses suffered can be minimized. Professional restoration services will instantly respond to your emergency calls and experienced staffs will help you to get back to normal life as soon as possible.

In addition to cleaning the premises and assembling leftover articles after fire damage, a service provider will also do the following:

  1. Remove acidic smoke and soot from the interiors of the building.
  1. Take steps for immediate odor control.
  1. Clean and deodorize clothing, upholstery, and other items of the house.
  1. Secure possible pedestrian hazards.
  1. Test and evaluate the extent of damage to structures and contents, and estimating the restoration costs.

Contacting the insurance companies

Getting in touch with the homeowners insurance companies is one of the critical factors that you should consider during an accidental fire. Fire damage restoration experts will talk with the insurance providers about the extent of damage caused and help you to claim the maximum compensation. Moreover, it is also important for the insurance companies to make an inspection of the damage themselves, and it is better if they do it before the restoration work starts.

Do not try fire damage cleanup yourself!

When it comes to fire damage rehabilitation, you should remember that it involves various risks and should not be tried unprofessionally. During a fire, there are various chemical reactions, which may cause irreparable damages to your health. Moreover, oftentimes, sparks remain underneath the rubbles. Such fires are hard to detect by untrained eyes but, can cause great harm if not treated properly. In addition to this there are possibilities of accidents due to weak structures, which might collapse and cause harms. Moreover, using inappropriate cleaning agents in such burnt structures can cause further damages.

You should remember that it is always better to search for a reputed restoration service provider well before such accidents strike. Being prepared will always help to restore maximum damages caused. If you are seeking for a professional service provider for fire damage in Fort Mill,SC area we are ready to help. 

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (803) 324-5780

Suicide Cleanup And Insurance Coverage

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

We are ready to help.

The weather is starting to warm up in the Fort Mill and Rock Hill area and springtime is around the corner. Spring may be known mainly as a joyful season, but it's not all sunshine and flowers. Unfortunately there is a correlation between spring and an increase in suicide rates. It is a depressing matter to discuss but it is one that must be addressed. SERVPRO Restoration is available to help, and many homeowners' policies are aiding as well.

Although the exact reason for suicide rates peaking during the spring season is unknown, there are various speculations, from an increase in energy and motivation to inflammation aggravating depression. Whatever the case may be, people are choosing to go through with tragic ends. If a family loses a member due to suicide, there are many difficulties that accompany this appalling situation. One concern that piles on top of the emotions is that of financial matters. Dealing with a death of a loved one is difficult enough without considering the financial aspects. The costs can vary for biohazard cleanup, depending on the situation, but in some cases, insurance is helping to alleviate the financial stresses. Many homeowners' insurance policies offer coverage for crime scene and trauma cleaning, so it is crucial to check with the insurance policy adjuster to determine if coverage is offered.

SERVPRO is seeking to alleviate the difficulties that accompany a suicide. The situation is troubling as is and finding a qualified, compassionate company to handle the aftermath should not be a distressing task. SERVPRO crews are able to attend the scene and handle the cleanup of any present biohazard. If blood stains or bodily fluids are present, SERVPRO will safely and effectively remove the dangers to ensure no one is exposed to hazardous bloodborne pathogens and other potential dangers. SERVPRO is working with cooperative homeowners' insurance policies to handle the cleanup, eliminating the emotional burden of having to clean up the traumatic scene without assistance while simultaneously coping with grief.

SERVPRO's main concern is the well-being of the family. The compassionate crews care about the customers they serve and want to complete the cleanup to ensure the physical and emotional safety of the family members. It is important to consult the insurance adjuster to determine whether or not a suicide cleanup will be covered. If an insurance company is paying for cleanup services, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County will work side-by-side with the insurance company and the loved ones involved in order to provide considerate, proficient services.

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Why Does My Carpet Smell?

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Does your home have a mysterious bad smell? If you've already checked the fridge and your trash bins and can't find the source, it could be that you're in need of a carpet cleaning or carpet deodorizer.

Just like stains, carpet fibers can trap odors, making them linger in your home indefinitely. If you think your carpet could be the problem, consider the possible sources of the odor.

Moisture or dampness

Sometimes, moisture can get underneath the carpet and carpet pad, leading to musty odors.

This moisture can come from humidity, spills or potted plants that drip onto the carpeting.

A flood can also cause carpet odor, such as when a finished basement floods during a rainstorm.

If not addressed properly, continued moisture exposure can cause mold and mildew to grow under the carpet padding. Not only will it increase the smell, it also creates a health risk.

Pet odor

When pets use the carpet as a bathroom, the smell can really linger.

Even after a carpet cleaning, the smell of pet urine may return. This is due to the gases released by the bacteria that are digesting the urine. If any of the urine remains in the rug fibers, it will continue to smell.

The same is true for vomit, another common problem associated with pets and carpeting.

These bacteria are activated by water, which is why the smell may intensify after a thorough cleaning.

Dry carpet cleaning treatments or treatments that use enzymatic odor removal products are the best solution for eliminating pet smells. Enzymes are particularly effective because they attack the bacteria, thus eliminating the source of the smell.

Cigarette smoke

If a smoker lives in the home, the carpet can collect the cigarette smoke odor.

While the homeowners may not notice the stench because they live with it, visitors or someone who purchases the home will definitely notice the smoke smell.

A professional carpet cleaner may be able to remove the smell, but if the smoking was excessive, a carpet deodorizer may not be enough, and the carpeting may need to be replaced.

Old age

Carpeting is made from fibers. Over time, those fibers break down. When the carpet begins to smell old, there is little that can be done.

Carpet cleaning cannot take the old, musty smell from carpet. This is when it simply needs to be replaced.

In addition to the smell, old carpet starts to release dust, which can contribute to indoor allergies.

Food and drink spills

Food and drinks that spill onto carpet can lead to odors.

Like pet smells, these organic products attract bacteria. As the bacteria break down, they release smelly gasses. Again, professional carpet cleaning is the best solution to remove the smell.

Once you find the source of your carpet odor, you can decide on the best treatment. For organic smells like pet odors or food spills, consider two professional cleanings to thoroughly remove the bacteria.

For other problems, like old age or mold, you may need to replace the carpet. Knowing where the odor is coming from will help you make the right decision for treatment.

Source: http://www.pantagraph.com/lifestyles/home-and-garden/why-does-my-carpet-smell/article_bfdfccde-9a9f-5f9c-8938-c1ff71734c5b.html

Forensics and Crime Scene Clean Up

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Forensic scientists and crime scene technicians both play an essential role in investigating as well as solving crimes. Another crucial aspect not to be overlooked is crime scene cleanup, which is a critical element following the advent of a crime, particularly violent crimes. In many cases, crime scene cleanup in both commercial and residential settings involves dealing with potentially hazardous materials, such as blood, excrement, semen, and other bodily fluids. Forensics and crime scene cleanup are separate but related areas that must work hand in hand to get the job done. It is not just a matter of solving a crime or determining the cause of an accident, there are also safety concerns to be addressed.

While crime scene techs analyze the accident or crime scene and collect evidence, it is the forensic scientists who analyze the evidence in order to gather clues pointing to a possible suspect, the cause of death, or other key pieces of information. While their roles are quite different, they work in league together and law enforcement counts on the contributions of these professionals to help them solve crimes. Meanwhile, those charged with crime scene cleanup must adhere to strict guidelines and protocols in place for public safety reasons.

The technicians that are tasked with handling such cleanup areas have special training and knowledge to thoroughly evaluate, sanitize, clean, and disinfect a crime scene area, minimize emotional distress related to the incident, and restore a property to its former status. Moreover, these techs must also make certain any hazardous materials involved are disposed of in a proper fashion and that public safety is a priority.

Technicians who are trained in this field are experienced with a wide variety of crime scene cleanup situations. Whether the crime scene involves an accidental death, homicide, suicide, or some other type of injury, these specialists are extensively trained in accessing the scene and handling the cleanup in a thorough as well as professional manner.

ForensicsForensics and crime scene cleanup are separate but related areas that must work together to get the job done. It is important to understand the differences involved in both fields. While crime scene technicians, who are often based at police departments or other law enforcement agencies, spend much of their time in the field, forensic scientists usually work in forensic labs, which are controlled, monitored, and contained. Crime scene techs visit a variety of crime scenes to collect evidence and spend much of their workday out in the field, as well as on their feet. They never know until they arrive at the scene what conditions might be involved or how long it will take to clear the scene. They must sometimes work very long hours to ensure all evidence is collected. Conversely, forensic scientists usually work in a laboratory setting, which are kept comfortable, safe, and not exposed to the elements. Unlike crime scene techs, scientists who specialize in forensics are well aware of the environment they will be exposed to on a daily basis and usually work a standard 40-hour week. 

Once forensics is in order and the techs have completed their collection, crime scene cleanup must be handled before law enforcement can release the scene and allow citizens access to the affected area(s). No matter what quantities of bodily fluids or other contaminants might be present at a crime scene, crime scene cleanup techs are trained to handle the cleanup process with a detail-oriented approach, as well as special attention to safety and security protocols. Much like forensics itself, the devil is in the details.

Forensics

Since forensics is such a specialized area, scientists who are trained in forensics require more formal education than crime scene technicians do. In fact, many crime scene techs start out as law enforcement officers. Crime scene technicians might have a two-year degree and some criminal justice training, especially at rural or smaller law enforcement agencies. Meanwhile, metropolitan or larger departments might require their crime scene technicians to have a bachelor’s degree in science or forensic investigation. On the other hand, scientists who specialize in forensics must have at least an undergraduate degree in a natural science, such as physics, biology, or chemistry. While crime scene technicians need specialized training in criminal investigation, forensic scientists often need only a science degree because they do not investigate crimes directly and are usually not in the field. Instead, they conduct scientific experiments and analysis related to forensics. However, some scientists who pursue this occupation opt to supplement their science training with graduate degrees in forensic investigation.

Other factors to consider in relation to crime scene cleanup include making sure the technicians involved are in fact experts in their field and properly trained, that no crime scene is too big or small to handle, and they are ready to assist those affected through their ordeal, no matter what is involved. Additional important features of a crime scene cleanup team include fast response, around-the-clock availability (24/7/365 days a year), current sanitation and decontamination techniques and/or equipment, as well as full service accommodations at all crime scene locations.

While forensic scientists and crime scene technicians both play an essential role in investigating as well as solving crimes, another crucial aspect not to be overlooked is crime scene cleanup, which is a critical element following the advent of a crime, particularly violent crimes. In many cases, crime scene cleanup in both commercial and residential settings involves dealing with potentially hazardous materials, such as blood, excrement, semen, and other bodily fluids. Forensics and crime scene cleanup are separate but related areas that must work hand in hand to get the job done. It is not just a matter of solving a crime or determining the cause of an accident, there are also many safety concerns to be considered. These safety concerns involve not only the affected crime scene areas, but public safety as well. Any hazardous materials involved in a crime scene must be disposed of in a proper fashion and public safety protocols must be adhered to in order for law enforcement to release the scene, as well as the public to be allowed access.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services in Rock Hill or Fort Mill?
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Source: http://guardianlv.com/2015/06/534022/

Water Damage Remediation in Your Tega Cay Home Can Be Easy

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

A leaky ceiling can cause water to sit for a long period of time before anyone notices. Contact SERVPRO for water damage remediation assistance.

Water Removal Equipment for Property Damages in Tega Cay

When large amounts of water enter your property, it can be challenging to deal with correctly. Industrial equipment is often needed to remove the water before it migrates into different parts of the home or submerges your subfloor. We offer a quick solution to the minor, medium, and major scale property emergencies involving water. Our technicians are expertly trained and can arrive onsite in as little as four hours of notification of loss. 

The critical variable of water removal in Tega Cay is time. The longer standing water is allowed to remain, the higher the likelihood of sustaining permanent property damages. By enacting a professional service, you not only deal with the immediate issue but also guard your home against potentially damaging secondary issues.

SERVPRO has the resources at our disposal to mobilize different types of equipment and quickly set to work, restoring your home environment. In medium to major emergencies, our submersible pumps can remove vast amounts of water in a very short time. These gas-powered pieces of equipment pump water into a nearby, open sewer point and can transfer an unlimited amount of water in one go.

Once excess quantities of water are pumped out of the property, SERVPRO use portable extraction units fitted with heating elements to dry floors and furnishings. These industrial water vacuums are very efficient at removing residual moisture that may have been soaked up by carpets or other fabrics. They are also unlikely to damage weaker materials during the drying process.

Water can loosen pre-existing debris, microbial growth, or bacteria that are in the home. This causes an unpleasant odor. We usually find that these odors pass naturally once the drying procedure is complete. Sometimes odors can persist after the offending moisture is dry. To combat smells, SERVPRO can deploy a range of deodorant products to help clear your indoor air quality.

For professional assistance and water remediation, contact SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at 803-324-5780.

We are here for all Tega Cay residents and business owners.

We Are The Leaders In Clover Fire Damage Restoration

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

We have the experience and equipment to restore your home to pre-damage condition after a fire.

Getting Back to Business after Commercial Fire Damage in Clover South Carolina

Your business plan probably does not account for the devastation a fire could bring to your Clover,SC company. Reviewing your options to recover quickly from a fire loss now goes a long way toward readying your staff and your property in case the worst does happen. Consider consulting with our experienced team to evaluate whether your commercial property has apparent vulnerabilities that can lead to a fire or make the damage hard to remediate.

Commercial fire damage is a common reason for your Clover shop, restaurant, or hotel to face temporary closure. Even a few days of shuttered doors can encourage your customers to seek out alternatives. The clock is ticking when fire eliminates or hampers your ability to provide the products and services the community relies on from your business.

Schedule an inspection from an experienced SERVPRO project manager to develop an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP). We review your physical plant, making recommendations that can lower your risk of a devastating fire. Also, we work with you to prepare for an unexpected blaze that can happen even after you make adjustments to reduce your exposure.

SERVPRO’s extensive experience in fire damage remediation helps us identify issues that make an accidental fire more likely. Expect us to make suggestions about how you manage inventory and other storage, updates of electrical systems, eliminating tangles of extension cords and surge protectors, and maintenance of kitchen and food prep areas, whether you operate a restaurant or merely offer cooking space in a breakroom for employees.

Your input is crucial, and we ask business owners to download and use the SERVPRO ERP app. Provide us information about vendors and contractors who set up your spaces and systems, identify utility shuts offs, and list trusted employees or others you designate to act on your behalf if you are on a trip or otherwise unavailable when a fire disaster strikes. We plan with how to respond to the crisis with just a brief downtime, perhaps containing the damaged area so that business can continue as usual in unaffected spaces.

Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today (803) 324-5780

How We Eliminate Signs Of Water Damage In Your Clover South Carolina Home

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

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Eliminating Telltale Signs Of Water Damage In Clover,SC Is Easy With Professional Help

Incidents such as broken dishwasher hoses, washing machine overflows, or even weather events such as driving rain, forcing water through openings in windows or door can leave you grappling with water loss. Extracting standing water and drying the property deals with most of the problems associated with such incidents. However, telltale signs of the loss can remain, messing the visual appeal of your Clover,SC home, or making it uncomfortable to stay indoors.

Depending on the starting point of the event that leads to water damage in Clover, it can leave discoloration, staining or other patches on different surfaces. Water originating from a higher level such as a leaking plumbing line in the ceiling or a broken appliance such as a washing machine in upper floor rooms can cause discoloration patches on walls and ceilings. The patches form as the water evaporates and leaves sediments or due to chemical action. Our SERVPRO technicians use professional cleaning agents to clean areas with signs of discoloration. We can also repaint or do other refinishing processes to deal with the damage “Like it never even happened.”

It is common for unpleasant smells to develop after water loss incidents. Such smells may not go away unless you take elaborate deodorization steps. Smells can develop due to issues such as mold growth or contaminants aerosolized by the air movements from drying equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians take different steps to rid your property of any traces of bad smell. We use Air Filtration Devices fitted with HEPA filters to remove airborne particles. We also dry all traces of moisture from your property to prevent mold development. We also use specialized equipment such as hydroxyl generators to neutralize bad odors.

If the water runs down the wall cavities, it can affect the insulation. Contact with significant amounts of water affects the "R" value, diminishes the fire resistance and even affects antimicrobial properties of cellulose insulation. You might not notice that your insulation is compromised, but one telltale sign you cannot miss is higher energy bills. Our SERVPRO technicians use penetrating probes to check for wet insulation. We then force air into the wall cavities using special venting equipment to dry excess moisture.

For an elaborate restoration of your home after water loss incidents, call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Flood Damage Specialists Can Handle Any Size Disaster In Rock Hill

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If you need a practical solution to large scale property damages, contact us at 803-324-5780.

Large Scale Commercial Flood Damage Solutions For Rock Hill

A period of heavy rainfall during the winter months can be a cause for concern for property managers. Those that run warehouses should always make a check for any potential leaks or roofing problems to avoid full-scale flooding. Unfortunately, these events can be the result of a myriad of reasons so keeping a licensed, qualified and professional restoration service on hand could save you time and hassle.

A warehouse manager in need of restoration for commercial flood damage in Rock Hill should always be aware of the size and scale of the company they use. SERVPRO uses local technicians who are available on call throughout the night. In the case of a flood situation, we can send a team of technicians led by a project manager to remedy the issue. Our access to national scale resources ensure we have the right equipment and can mobilize it quickly enough to minimize any potential loss of revenue.

Warehouse buildings are often more exposed than residents or other commercial builds. Our restorers can perform vital safety checks including restoring power, performing emergency board-ups and generally making the site safe for restoration work to begin. Water issues are particularly time sensitive so by arriving on site swiftly we can mitigate loss and prevent permanent damages.

All moisture carries microbes. A clean water emergency can become more severe when it comes into contact with existing debris or dirt. This is a pertinent issue for warehouses where older buildings can harbor pre-existing mold or soiling. Once water enters, it imbibes these microbes moving from clean water to grey or even black.

SERVPRO technicians can rectify this by removing water using submersible gas pumps. We can also mobilize truck-mounted extraction units which cover a larger surface area and are built for industrial scale water removal. The careful placing of dehumidifiers allows us to control humidity levels in the structure which is essential to maintaining control of microbial growth.

If you need a practical solution to large scale property damages, contact SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at (803) 324-5780 now.

What Not to Do After a Toilet Overflow

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We can help with your toilet overflow cleanup in York County.

Toilets work around-the-clock removing waste from your home, and they’re bound to hit a bump in the road. When that hiccup is an overflow, things can get dangerous quickly. When potentially contaminated water is coming at you fast, it’s easy to make mistakes. Don’t make things worse. Learn what not to do when a toilet in your Fort Mill,SC home overflows due to sewer damage, clogs or other complications.

Why Toilets Overflow

Toilets aren’t complicated, but all of the mechanisms have to work together properly for them to function correctly. When that doesn’t happen, it’s often due to a blockage or damage. Other causes can include:

  • Drain pipe blockages
  • Blocked sewer lines
  • Stopped up toilet traps

However it happens, your flooded toilet is a major source of contaminated gray water that has to be controlled fast.

Don’t Let It Run

The sooner you can stop the liquid, the sooner you can reduce sewer damage water and potential pathogen exposure. Locate the water shut off valve behind your toilet and stop the flow. Or, if you can’t find the valve, pry off the tank and block the float that lets water in.

Don’t Delay Clean Up

The water from a toilet is likely exposed to bacteria, and other pathogens so don’t waste time before cleaning up. Put on rubber gloves and use towels to absorb the water. Be sure to wash the towels thoroughly afterward.

Don’t Play Plumber

Sometimes it’s easy to see that something is blocking the toilet. But if you can’t see and remove it, call a plumber. That’s because gray water if left to sit, can become bacteria-laden black water quickly. Get a plumber in there to clean it up before this is a real hazard.


From sewer damage to old-fashioned clogs, there are lots of things that can cause toilet overflows. Tackle modest flooding yourself, but leave the tougher jobs to plumbers, a sewage company or your local water removal specialist.

Need a water damage restoration company in Rock Hill or Fort Mill call us today at 803-324-5780.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration Cleanup In Fort Mill

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Commercial Flood Cleanup

In Fort Mill South Carolina many buildings suffer a water damage claim every year. They range from small areas affected to large floods that cause damage every room. 

Office And Administration Areas And Water Damage

When office areas are affected by water and need extraction many challenges arise. You have to deal with electrical outlets getting wet, computers, monitors and printers and personal belongings of staff. Along with those items you have desks, chairs and filing cabinets they all need to be moved or put on blocks so they are not damage.

Warehouse And Storage Areas And Water Damage

When the water affects the shipping and receiving area of a building there are many challenges as well. Many times pallets of product are throughout the warehouse are. These pallet do help to keep inventory from getting wet if the water did not come from above. Water extraction in this area needs to be done quickly so the company operations may get back on track.

For more information on how we can help with a water damage or burst pipe that has affected your commercial building call us at 803-324-5780. 

Commercial Water Restoration in Fort Mill Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

What To Look For When Choosing A Restoration Company

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What To Look For When Choosing A Restoration Company

When a homeowner’s house in Rock Hill,SC becomes damaged as a result of a flood, storm or fire, choosing a company to assist in the restoration process can be difficult. There are several factors to consider that can help homeowners find a company that’s Faster to Any Size Disaster.

1. Experience

After a disaster, damage to a home can be extensive and multifaceted. For example, water damage can also result in mold growth, and fires can make an area more prone to flooding. Though some companies specialize in certain types of disaster responses, it’s generally wise to choose a company that knows how to handle a myriad of issues. An experienced restoration company can also assist homeowners with their insurance claim and can answer questions.

2. A Quick Response

After a home becomes damaged, it’s often important for the restoration process to begin as quickly as possible. The longer it takes for restoration to begin, the more likely it is that the amount of damage will increase, meaning the cost and time it will take to complete restoration can drastically increase. A restoration company that is locally owned will respond Faster to Any Size Disaster, whereas a company that is not local will be more likely to have a slower response.

3. Access to the Right Tools and Equipment

When it comes to restoring a home, it’s often important that a restoration company can quickly access the tools and equipment necessary. When specialized equipment is needed to restore a home, waiting to equipment to arrive can bring the process to a grinding halt. However, a local business that is part of a franchise will have access to a myriad of helpful equipment and can also get the equipment to damaged homes in a timely manner.

Experience, response time and access to the best tools and equipment are important factors to consider when choosing a restoration company. Ultimately, a restoration company that is Faster to Any Size Disaster can improve the process for everyone involved.

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Clover South Carolina Commercial Restoration Company

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Commercial emergency restoration service team is ready to help Clover Businesses and residents.

Hotels Rely On Professional Flood Damage Remediation In Clover

Just south of Charlotte and a few miles away from Charlotte International Airport, Clover,SC provides lodging and other hospitality services. If a hotel experiences a flooding loss, the impact on the many guests with plans and reservations spreads the misery and negatively impacts the reputation of the facility, regardless of fault. A partnership with a reputable flood damage restoration company is the key to protecting both your hotel and your guests.

Flood damage has the potential to close down your Clover commercial holdings. A hotel, with its event spaces, restaurants, common areas, pools, health centers, and guest rooms, are real regional assets. Our mission is to assist both our customers and the community at large with disruptive disasters like flooding.

Whether the excess of water stems from an internal source like a major supply line breakage or overland flash flooding fast action is a must. SERVPRO has the scalable capacity to respond swiftly and comprehensible to a disaster of any size. Our experienced management team assesses the need and develops an action plan to remove the water and dry the affected areas with as little disruption to the workings of the business as possible.

SERVPRO crews arrive with the pumps and extractors needed to remove the standing water. We identify any contaminants present, especially if the source is overland flooding or waste backup. Category 2 and 3 water, also known as Gray and Black, require containment and disposal as hazardous waste. Our crew manages that seamlessly. If the water is determined clean enough, we consider in-place drying of carpeting using a specialized protocol.

Once SERVPRO rids the property of the visible water and checks for hidden pockets with thermal scanning, we determine drying goals based on moisture readings taken in various strategic places. Air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers join forces to dry out the flooded areas.

All affected areas receive sanitization treatments with EPA-registered disinfectants to make sure to inhibit the growth of any contaminants. Periodic monitoring by SERVPRO crew members ensures the goals are met.

We are happy to serve the Town of Clover and its residents.

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Commercial Building Restoration Services

We are available 24 hours a day to get your Clover or Lake Wylie business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation.

Dealing With A Water Damage Disaster In Your Lake Wylie or Clover Home

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage emergency in Clover South Carolina? Call us today at 803-324-5780.

Why SERVPRO Water Removal Specialists Are Such Dedicated Individuals In Lake Wylie and Clover

There are many ways that water can invade your home in Clover South Carolina. When it rain heavy near your home, creeks overflow, or a toilet backs up and sends water over the rim, your home can end up with a severe situation. You need someone solidly dedicated to understanding the gravity of the predicament your home faces, and who also knows how to fix things correctly. We have the skills, training, and experience to perform the work that invasive or lost water requires.

This is why SERVPRO specialists dedicate themselves to staying abreast of the latest developments, which is particularly useful when homes in Clover need water removal services and other restorative work. As a local business, many of our customers are also neighbors, friends, or relatives. We treat all of our clients in a professional and friendly way, knowing that when we receive a call, it is because something severe has happened to someone's property. We are dedicated to making everything “Like it never even happened.” again, quickly, and as inexpensively as possible.

When we work on someone's home, we treat it like it was our own, always taking care to make a note of any additional problems we observe that might worsen over time. We discuss these with the customer and explain the options available to resolve these problems. With water removal, we might notice weak spots in floors, mildew or mold, odors, problems with padding under carpeting, and many other issues. Restoring a home in such areas early saves time, and reduces the amount of overall damage.

We also understand that the amount of time spent restoring your home can feel like an interruption to your family life, so we work as quickly as we can while still performing all of the work needed.

Flooding or Water Damage? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

24 Hour Emergency Water Removal Service

Flooding or water damage can affect your Clover home or business, day or night, without warning. That’s why we provide immediate emergency water damage restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – 365 days a year.

Rock Hill Commercial Warehouse Floods

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Water Damage Emergency In Rock Hill

A large commercial building in Rock Hill South Carolina had a flood due to a burst pipe. The pipe was located just above the bathroom and caused water damage throughout the property. The main office area had 2 inches of standing water. The water also affected the walls and insulation inside. In the warehouse there was over 20,000 square feet of water affecting pallets and merchandise. 

Our after hours restoration team was onsite and worked through the night to get things under control before more damage set in. It took two days of water extraction to get the standing water up. After that they began the drying process with dehumidifiers and air movers.

If you are a property owner and need quick water damage restoration service in Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Clover or the York County area call us today at 803-324-5780.

Clover 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

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SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County County is available 24 hours a day for commercial 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.

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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 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 Rock Hill & York County

SERVPRO 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.

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. For Clover South Carolina water damage cleanup service call today for help. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

Rice N Beans

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Amazing night.

Last night some of our staff and family had the opportunity to help with the organization Rice N Beans. It was eye opening experience to help people who have falling on hard times and are now homeless. It truly changed my view life and what true struggle is. If you are looking to give a little of your time to do something different I suggest you start here. For more information on how you can get involved follow the link https://www.ricenbeans.org. I guarantee you will not forget the experience.

3 Storm Flooding Business Survival Tips

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

We are ready for any size flood that has caused damage to your commercial building in Clover South Carolina.

Storm warnings in Clover,SC may give you the heads up that you need to prepare, but what steps are most important and how should they be carried out? Use the following tips to protect your people, your equipment and inventory, and your buildings as much as possible when storms hit. Learn how to reduce your losses and when to tear out damaged property when flooding is an issue.

1. Focus on Personnel Safety

Your first step when storms lead to flooding is to follow all evacuation warnings. Failure to follow evacuation instructions could lead to injuries or deaths. Before the storm hits, you should have an evacuation protocol in place, so your employees, renters, or personnel know exactly how to respond, where to go, and how to remain in contact with you.

2. Protect Property and Documents

The more you know about the types of flood risk in Clover,SC the risk of flooding, and whether to invest in flood insurance policies, the better prepared you'll be when disasters strike. Develop and practice evacuation routes and emergency response procedures. Take steps such as storing documents in waterproof containers and backing data up on the cloud. Keep your most valuable equipment and supplies on higher levels of the building and keep up a regular schedule of maintenance to reduce water damage.

3. Begin Storm Restoration Right Away

As soon as you get the go-ahead from authorities, give your properties some attention. This will involve removing all water and drying the property. You may want to involve storm restoration professionals in this step and the following steps. Next, tear out damaged, wet materials, such as soggy ceilings and warped studs. As you tear out sections of the building that you can't repair, continue the drying process, so you can be sure to get all of the hidden areas of the property. Finally, turn your focus to the restoration of your building.

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Air Freshener Alone Isn’t Going to Cover That up: Flood Odor and the Removal Process

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

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Flood water in Rock Hill South Carolina is typically a mixture of overflowing rivers and sewage loss. It is no surprise, then, that floods leave behind a significant odor when they recede, especially when you consider the addition of mold growth. For most homeowners, the elimination of the smell is the most substantial part of the removal process; however, it can be overwhelming to figure out just what to do. The following four steps should help ease your mind.

1. Wet Vac and Dry Flooded Areas

The first step to removing the odor in your home is the same as the first step for restoration: remove any excess water and dry flooded areas thoroughly. To speed up this process, you’ll want to have on hand several wet-vacs, industrial fans, and air movers. In addition to these tools, you should open up all doors and windows to help ventilate your home.

2. Remove Affected Materials

Beyond removing excess water and drying out damaged areas, you’ll want to remove all affected materials, including carpeting, draperies, drywall, and insulation. Any of these items that are left and may contain moisture can lead to further mold growth, which will contribute to both the odor and other health concerns.

3. Steam Clean and Disinfect Everything

Once your home is thoroughly dry and affected materials have been removed, it is time to clean and disinfect everything. You will want to rent steam cleaners and purchase several mops and rags. You can begin by mopping all the floors and wiping down all walls with your choice of disinfectant. You can follow this by steam cleaning any remaining carpeting, draperies, or furniture. After you have done all the scrubbing, you should also disinfect any plumbing fixtures and ductwork.

4. Call an Expert

Rock Hill likely has several restoration specialists near you. There is no reason to have to go it alone. Experts offer a vast array of services, and their experience can be invaluable to you.

The odor that occurs after flooding is a combination of sewage and mold growth. While it may seem unbearable and resilient, the steps above should help you remove the odor and restore your home to some degree.

We are only a call away for burst pipe repair cleanup service.

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How SERVPRO Can Help When it Comes to Flood Damage in Your Fort Mill Store

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

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When Flooding Affects Your Fort Mill Retail Store

The responsibilities of managing your Fort Mill retail store unfortunately also come with maintenance and restoration duties when disaster strikes. When coastal storms hit land with enough force, this severe system can spell significant trouble for those in its path. Hurricanes, for example, can unleash several feet worth of rainfall over a brief period, even well inland. You need to have a plan of action which preserves your investment and your building, helping you to move forward in the aftermath of severe weather that allows for flooding.

One of the troublesome aspects of flood damages to your Fort Mill business is how quickly this damage can spread throughout the building. With many construction materials and the content of the structure itself at risk, time is of the essence to help mitigate the situation so that it is not so detrimental to your business or to the possibility of reopening to the public in the immediate future. Our SERVPRO rapid response team can help you safeguard your stock that remains at risk throughout the disaster.

It is essential that one of your first calls should be to the insurance company that offers coverage for the building that you use. This agent can help you to understand what the insurance company needs to file a claim, and this often requires proof of the damage you believe occurred, as well as a catalog of the items that became ruined or irreparably damaged by the intruding water.

As tempting as it might be to begin this estimation and assessment on your own, it is better left to the SERVPRO estimator and project manager assigned to your project. These individuals get extensively trained in safe practices inspecting areas that could have extensive damage and considered dangerous for those without the appropriate safety equipment.

The critical thing to remember about flooding in your retail store is that the situation only stands to get worse the longer that you wait for professional assistance. Our SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County team of professionals is available 24/7 to help you throughout every step of the restoration process following a flood in your building. Give us a call anytime at (803) 324-5780.

We are happy to help all residents and business owners in the Fort Mill community.

4 Reasons You Should Avoid Driving Through Flooded Streets

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

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A significant downpour in Baxter Village South Carolina can backup drainage systems and cause waterways to overflow, resulting in flash floods. Traversing a flooded street can be extremely treacherous and should be avoided, if possible, for several reasons.

1. Water Depth

It’s easy to underestimate the depth of standing water. High water levels could stall your engine, eliminating your ability to control your vehicle. Attempting to restart a stalled vehicle could also result in significant engine damage.

2. Washed Out Road

Flood waters can also wash away roadways, removing the surface for your tires to grip. Without grip, you will have no control over your vehicle and will be at the mercy of water currents.

3. Fast-Flowing Water

If you drive into fast-flowing water, your vehicle could be easily swept away, endangering the welfare of yourself, your passengers and the emergency personnel dispatched to rescue you.

4. Dangerous Debris

Swift water currents can also carry large debris. If you enter a flooded street, your vehicle could be struck by floating debris. This could result in serious injuries or significant damage that could impede your ability to escape from the vehicle.

Additional Safety Tips

Avoiding flooded roads is the best course of action. However, if you are not able to find an alternate route, take extreme caution and follow these safety tips:

  • Drive slowly but steadily through the water
  • Try to drive in the middle of the roadway where the water may be shallower
  • Avoid driving through areas with downed power lines
  • If your vehicle gets washed off the road, abandon it for higher ground
  • Call Fort Mill Fire Department

A Dangerous Situation

Floods are dangerous, can cause significant destruction and often require extensive cleanup and restoration efforts. Most travel tips advise avoiding flooded streets because navigating flooded roadways can damage your vehicle’s engine and potentially endanger the lives of everyone inside the vehicle. If you cannot find an alternative route, drive cautiously and be prepared to abandon the vehicle if it becomes trapped in high water.

For more information you can visit our SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County Angieslist page.

Category Three Water: What Is It and Who Should Clean It?

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

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Water Cleanup Service For Clover

Clover South Carolina is prone to flooding during the rainy season. As business owners, this presents a growing concern for not only safety and profitability but the integrity of your property. Thankfully, most insurance companies cover burst pipes and toilet overflow; however, if your business is ever struck by flood water, you may be left with a few questions about water categories, especially category three.

1. What Is Category Three Water Damage?

Category three water damage is typical in large-scale flooding. This natural disaster tends to overflow rivers and overburden sewage systems leading to a dangerous mixture call the black water. At this category level, water is capable of supporting bacterial growth and becomes hazardous for humans and pets to consume or come into contact.

2. Can You Clean Category Three Water Damage Yourself?

No, unless you are a professional, you should not attempt to clean black water yourself. This type of flood water can cause illness and disease and possibly death if touched or ingested. It is not uncommon for this type of water to carry hepatitis pathogens, and you do not need to swallow this water to become ill or a carrier.

3. Who Cleans This Type of Water Damage?

As category three water is dangerous, it is wise to seek the assistance of professionals who hold the appropriate certifications and training to handle and dispose of this type of water. You can check with your local Clover municipalities or York Emergency Management to find restoration specialists capable of this type of work.

Since flooding is a concern for most business owners in this area, and category three flood water presents potential risk from exposure, it is wise to seek assistance from your insurance provider and local government to ensure that you as well as your business remain safe. Do not let the concern over expense come above the concern for your health.

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Hurricane Florence Update

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Be ready for the storm this week.

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is prepared as we await Hurricane Florence. We are watching this storm carefully with you, our neighbors, and are ready to help in event that storm damage occurs. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have teams and equipment standing by to help our community recover from any wind or flooding damage that happens. 

Local news stations report that we may experience 4-8 inches of rain, 20 mile/hour winds over the next 72 hours. Please be safe and tune in to updates on conditions about Hurricane Florence from local news outlets and law enforcement officials.

Local television stations like Fox News are giving updates as the hurricane gets closer.

Many areas along the coast of South Carolina have mandatory evacuations in place starting today. If you are inland be ready for congestion on streets and hotels as they will be looking for a safe place to stay while the storm passes.

Brad Panovich's Facebook page has great updates for residents in the Charlotte area.

Hurricane Florence is Heading Towards The Carolinas

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

We are here to help if you have storm damage.

Storm Season Is Here Hurricane Florence continues to threaten North and South Carolina's coast. We encourage you to prepare your home and business by following these tips from FEMA:Home:1. Cover all of your homes windows with precut plywood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds.2. Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.3. Keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.4. Turn off utilities as instructed. Otherwise turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.5. Turn off propane tanks.6. Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.Business:1. Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating.2. Identify operations critical to survival and recovery.3. Plan what you will do if your building, is not accessible. Consider if you can run the business from a different location or from your home. Develop relationships with other companies to use their facilities in case a disaster makes your location unusable. For more information about us you can visit our SERVPRO yellow pages site. You may also visit York County Emergency Management for more information and questions you may have.  SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the Fort Mill community. We are also part of a national network of 1,700 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events. 

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Understanding “Black Water” From Storm Flooding

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

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Flooding in Clover or Lake Wylie?

Storms in Lake Wylie,SC can quickly overwhelm local bodies of water and cause severe, unexpected flooding. What does it mean when someone uses the term “black water” to describe a flood? Is this just plumber lingo or a casual description? In fact, it is a commonly used term in the insurance industry. It doesn’t have anything to do with the color of water and is used to describe one of three categories of flood water:

  • Category 1- “clean water”
  • Category 2- “gray water”
  • Category 3- “black water”

As the names indicate, the categories are defined by progressively more contaminated states. Some water, like that from sewage spills, starts as Category 3 but may be recategorized due to exposure of time, temperature or direct contamination from additional elements.

Why Are Storm Floods Considered “Black Water?”

As you probably concluded already, Category 3 floods are unsafe for human exposure and may include the following contaminants:

  • Bacteria
  • Parasites
  • Fungi
  • Chemical hazards
  • Sewage

Local flood water is considered Category 3 water because rivers, lakes and seas naturally contain some of these contaminants and may also be exposed to these elements during the storm event.

What Can You Do About Category 3 Water?

Category 3 water should be mitigated as quickly as possible to reduce damage of your building and materials, and to prevent subsequent problems such as the development of mold. It’s important to remove flood water as quickly as possible because the wet environment is a breeding ground for mold, which can begin to reproduce in as little as 24 to 48 hours.

After storm damage, it’s important to find the right company to help get your building back to normal. A good remediation and restoration company will respond quickly to begin water removal and drying, and be able to handle the entire restoration process. When Category 3 water is involved, it is critical to have knowledgeable and experienced professionals that know what must be disposed of and how to clean what may be saved.

If you live in River Hills Plantation community or the surrounding area we are a local restoration company ready to help. For more information about us you can visit our SERVPRO Yelp page.

How Commercial Flood Damage Remediation Helps Businesses in Rock Hill

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

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Team SERVPRO Considers Safety Before Drying Out Your Flooded Property

You may be left wondering how to address commercial flood damage once the flood waters recede. It is the time to return your business to its earlier state by determining what is salvageable and replacing some items if necessary. If you do not take the right measures, problems such as deterioration of wall and wood coverings, as well as mold growth arise. A professional inspects your Rock Hill property to determine the most appropriate restoration procedures.
 
There are many factors that our SERVPRO technicians look at when choosing the most suitable procedures and equipment to use during commercial flood damage in Rock Hill. For instance, we look at the amount of time the property has experienced exposure to flood water, the degree of damage and the amount of area which need restoration. It means we have to come up with a detailed project timeline after the inspection which addresses the unique needs of the situation at hand.
 
Removal of standing water is a critical step since the longer the water remains on your property, the more additional damage you should expect. For instance, our SERVPRO technicians can use wholly or partially submerged pumps to pump vast quantities of water from your property. We are careful when using the pumps since they are not tolerant of lumps of mud, stones, leaves and any related particles. The amount of time we take during this step depends on the area we are drying and the quantity of water that is present.
 
Before we start to dry your commercial building, we address the safety and health concerns of the occupants. Even when the power is off in the neighborhood, we always assume all electrical circuits are live and turn off the power. We also protect our eyes, hands, and mouth by wearing the right personal protective equipment. It is also the work of our team to perform temporary repairs to windows and roofs to protect your building from additional damage as we are drying the site.
 
SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County uses advanced technology and techniques to restore your commercial property after a storm, mold, fire, and water damage. Call us at (803) 324-5780 and allow us to return your business to its normal operations.
 

The Far-Reaching Effects of Soot Damage in Your Clover Home

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

We are ready to help with any size fire disaster you may have in Clover South Carolina.

SERVPRO Improves Air Quality during the Fire & Smoke Cleanup and Restoration Services for Your Property

Soot damage is a common concern following a disaster in your Clover South Carolina home. The manner in which it spreads to affect new areas of your residence, materials, and contents makes it one of the most challenging of consequences to restore. Even more to the point, this result from a fire disaster in your home is not something that the homeowner can readily remove on their own for several different reasons.

If you experience fire damages in your Clover residence, it can surprise you to how widespread and challenging they are to overcome. Many homeowners find themselves overwhelmed by the extent of the damage. The insurance company is often the one to require professional restoration work like our SERVPRO rapid response team. Not only can we provide a detailed estimate and photographic proof of the damage sustained, but begin work quickly on mitigating the loss throughout the affected areas of your home upon a signed contract.

Soot damage can be especially challenging because it coats everything that it comes into contact with, providing a sheet of dirt and debris for our SERVPRO technicians to clean up. Often these films can get remedied with dry/wet sponging or through the use of high-powered vacuums, but that rarely takes care of the entire problem. Soot travels through air ducts, leaving the residue throughout this network of sheet metal, fiberboard, or flex in the walls of your home that require concentrated efforts to remove.

Another concern about soot damage is the effect on the environment within your house that must get addressed quickly as well. Our technicians often have to employ equipment like hydroxyl generators for and air scrubbers outfitted with HEPA and carbon filtration systems to help remove odors, debris and soot on even microscopic levels from the air in the affected areas of your home. This provides the added feature of safe and clean indoor air quality IAQ.

While soot damage is just one of the many symptoms that linger in your home after a fire gets extinguished, it is something that requires expertise and the right equipment to restore. Our SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County fire restoration technicians are available anytime that you need us by calling (803) 324-5780.

More about the Clover Fire Department or the Town of Clover.

What To Do After a Business Fire

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Ready to help with any fire disaster in Rock Hill,SC.

Rock Hill Commercial Fire Cleanup Company

It's easy to think a fire could never affect your Rock Hill,SC, business, but all too often these disasters affect businesses, leaving people out of work and business owners facing heavy costs in damage. It is possible to recover from this situation, however. Quick action and the correct fire restoration steps can help you get your company back on track.

1. Contact Your Insurance Company

Once you have the go-ahead from the appropriate emergency responders, call your insurance company to discuss the terms of your fire insurance. The company may send out a professional to assess the damages and prepare a claim. When this is done, they make recommendations about fire restoration companies and advise you regarding the content cleaning process. You'll have the information you need about how much coverage you can expect for cleaning and repairs.

2. Don't Attempt DIY Repairs

If you try to repair the structure or your equipment, you could invalidate your insurance coverage. Instead of putting yourself and your property at risk, contact a professional with the training to handle disaster restoration. Many of these technicians are willing to respond around the clock and have the equipment and training necessary to provide a safe, rapid restoration.

3. Understand the Danger

Even though the fire has been put out, the remaining smoke and odors can be hazardous to your health. Anyone entering the property could be affected by breathing in those fumes and could further damage the fragile remains of the property. It's best to board up your services until you've been given permission to return to business. Leave the smoke cleaning services to professionals in Rock Hill.

There are plenty of tasks for you to complete, including coordinating necessary recovery services, communicating with the insurance company and your vendors, and finding a way to keep your customers satisfied during the recovery period. Leave the rest of the fire restoration worries to the professionals. The Rock Hill Fire Department will also be helpful with any questions you may have.

We are always here to help residents of the City of Rock Hill and the surrounding area. For more information about the area or thinking about visiting York County you can check them on the web.

Fast Response When Your Tega Cays Neighbor’s Plumbing Emergency Causes Water Damage to Your Business and Contents

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

We are only a phone call away.

Unwelcome Water Loss to Your Shop in Tega Cay? Call SERVPRO

Tega Cay and Clover South Carolina has many small shopping centers offering convenience and high-quality services to residents. Concentrating retail establishments near each other permits a quick one-stop shopping experience, each of the stores supporting the others as customers realize how easy it is to check off a long list of items when retailers set up shop together. Individual businesses rent the spaces, giving up control of the entire structure.

Shared walls and plumbing can make one Tega Cay store’s bad luck with water damage a crisis for neighboring businesses. An overflowing sink or toilet or break in a water supply line in an adjoining shop can damage your commercial space as the moisture migrates into your unit. Inventory, business records, and customer showrooms can all be harmed even if your portion of the joint plumbing system is in good shape and you have been a  careful tenant. We can help remove water and restore the damage if your issues are secondary to another shop’s trouble.

SERVPRO crew chiefs assess the damage done when water from a spill or flooding from an appliance or pipe break in another company makes its way into your otherwise secure retail space. We work with your insurance company closely as we develop and implement your water damage remediation plan. This is important in cases like this where the insurance carriers for the building owners or other tenants might have a responsibility to cover the costs for some of your content damages as well. Our clear and consistent documentation helps support your claim and limits out of pocket costs.

The SERVPRO team evaluates the damage done to your stored stock, business equipment, furnishings, and paperwork. We might recommend a pack out of at-risk contents to permit your landlord to respond better to the damage done to the building materials. Moving items to our production facility give our trained staff the space to examine the water damage away from your rented business space. We have solutions for water damaged documents, books, and electronics just to name a few of our technicians’ specialties.

When your shopping mall space suffers damage from water losses created by neighboring business tenants, SERVPRO in Tega Cay, Fort Mill, Rock Hill,Lake Wylie and York County can help. Our team is ready to assist with paperwork and a possible move out of your business contents as we also clean up and dry out your property. Call us for emergency restoration service.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

The Steps To Take After Water Damage In Doby's Bridge

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can require clean up after a flood in your Doby's Bridge home or business.

Flooding in your home in Doby's Bridge,SC, is not something you want to ignore. Whether you have problems stemming from a storm or a pipe burst, you want to act quickly. You need to call water restoration specialists and your insurance agent. The following steps help you file an insurance claim to get you the money you need to compensate for the cost of fixing the problem and getting your home back to normal.

1. Call Your Agent

The first call you should make it to your insurance agent. This gives you a record of timely reporting and alerts the insurance company that it needs to send an adjuster out to assess the damage.

2. Call Restoration Experts

It's great to have professional restorers on your side. Getting them to your property as soon after the flood as possible can help you understand the damage and what it may take to fix it. They can point out major problems and might catch some things you otherwise would have missed. SERVPRO near Doby's Bridge has the tools and equipment to help you and your family.

3. Document the Damage

Make a list of everything that must be repaired or replaced. You will need this list when you file your insurance claim. It may be useful to take pictures of the damage, particularly if you need to start the cleanup process before the adjuster is able to get there, to provide proof of the damage.

4. Fill Out Forms

Fill out your claims forms properly. Make sure you have all the information you need. If you leave something out, you may have to pay a lot out of pocket for repairs, or your claim may be rejected.

5. Guide the Adjuster

When the insurance adjuster arrives, show him or her your list of damages and walk through the damaged area. Point out areas that are damaged. Use the information you gained from restoration experts as well as their itemized service list to substantiate your claim.

These steps can help you avoid more problems. If you call the right people and file your insurance claim correctly, flood damage doesn't have to ruin your home.

Doby'Bridge School District has one of the newest building in the Fort Mill area. The school is also top ranked in South Carolina.

For more information about us and our services you can look on website like Yelp, Youtube, Zillow and Google+.

For emergency water damage cleanup call 803-324-5780.

Dealing With Standing Water In Lake Wylie

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Standing water in your Clover area home or business may require professionals with professional equipment.

When there is two feet or more of standing water in your commercial building in Lake Wylie,SC or Clover area the entire remediation process can feel a little overwhelming. How do you even start addressing this problem? You can't pull a plug to let the water drain out. Instead, you need to hire a local storm damage remediation team that has the equipment needed to remove flood-level waters from your building.

Prepare the Area

Before anyone can get in to start removing water, you need to make sure your building is ready for workers. This means turning off all electricity. If you leave the power on, the water may conduct the electricity and pose a major safety hazard. If your building has several fuse boxes, you may be able to leave power on to areas that are not affected by the waters. This will allow your team to run the equipment needed to clean up the flooding.

Use Specialized Machinery

A simple shop vac isn't going to be enough to drain two feet of flooding from your commercial basement. Instead, your remediation expert will have to pull out the big bugs. You may see specialized gear get used on your project, including the following:

• Trash pump
• Truck mount
• Sump pump

The exact machinery used will depend on your situation. For example, if the water includes sludge from sewage, the professionals will have to use a pump that can handle solids as well as liquids.

Finish Removing Water

Once the standing water has been drained, the water-removal process is not finished. You have to make sure your Lake Wylie building is completely dry before you start the remediation process. This can mean tearing out waterlogged flooring, drywall and ceiling tiles. You may also need to use a dehumidifier to suck out as much moisture as possible.

In order to deal with two feet of standing water, you need to work with a professional that has access to specialized equipment. If you try to handle this type of cleanup on your own, you may end up allowing secondary damage to take place. River Hills Plantation is one of the largest gated communities in the Lake Wylie area.

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3 Reasons Your Sewer May Back Up After a Storm In Fort Mill

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Sewage backup in Fort Mill South Carolina.

Fort Mill Sewage Backup Cleanup Company 

You may not associate heavy waters with a sewer backup. Usually this type of problem is caused by bad plumbing or blockages in your sewer lines. However, when your Fort Mill,SC, commercial building is filled with sewage after a big storm, you may start to wonder what caused this issue.

1. Overwhelmed Sewer Systems: When lots of water enters the ground all over the city, the city sewer system may become overloaded with water. When this reservoir is full, the liquid has to flow someplace else. This can mean the rain water pushes the sewage back up into your building. Installing a backflow preventer can help you avoid this unsanitary problem.


2. Storm-Caused Damage: Storms can cause trees to fall down and other major damage. While this destruction doesn't seem to have anything to do with your sewer backup, it could in fact be the cause. If a downed tree were to break a sewer line, it could cause the dirty water to seep back into your building. Line breaks are a major cause of sewage loss. Having your system inspected regularly can help you spot and fix weakened areas before they become a problem.


3. Rain-Induced Clogs: Black water can carry foreign objects into your sewer line. Heavy rain, for example, could pick up rocks, twigs and lawn ornaments. As the water flows to the nearest drain, the items it carries end up getting stuck in sewer drains and lines. These clogs cause the sewage to start to flow backwards back into your building. It can be hard to prevent this type of issue.

No matter what causes a sewer backup, it is never a fun problem to have. The unsanitary conditions of the water require you to call in a commercial restoration specialist who has dealt with sewage problems in the past. Without help from an expert, you may be unable to completely resolve the problem. If you live in the Town of Fort Mill or the surrounding area and need emergency restoration service we can help. Call us today at 803-324-5780.

For local news on sewage backup in Fort Mill you can find many articles around the web.

Water Mains Can Allow for Major Flood Damages to Your Rock Hill Residence

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Rock Hill disaster service company is ready to help.

Team SERVPRO is Always Ready to Help You Deal with Flooding in Your Home Regardless of the Cause

All throughout Rock Hill,SC, substantial water mains weave through commercial and residential areas. These lines get tapped at every residence to provide drinking water. The size of the line itself gets determined by the draw of usage, and if the lines need to feed storage tanks and other offshoots at future junctions continually. The greater the diameter of the main line, the higher the pressure inside.

Many of the main lines still in service throughout the area are ductile iron. This type was the standard at one point for water lines, and until they see a string of problems happen over a brief period, they do not get changed over to the sturdier and more reliable PVC material that holds up better over time. The trouble with these materials is that they are essentially ticking time bombs waiting for the right circumstances to split or break apart, which can cause nearly immediate flooding damages to your Rock Hill home in a couple of ways.

Not all water meters contain backflow prevention devices to stop back-siphonage into your home when a water break occurs. Depending on your proximity to the break, an open service line demanding water can create a vacuum when a water break occurs, pulling the contents of the water line into a residence until they break this vacuum by shutting off their service line inside their house. Our SERVPRO professionals can quickly extract this water from the affected area, but not before damages ultimately occur.

Another way that this break could potentially flood your home is simply being downhill from the incident. Water continually flows at a high pressure from this break until valves on the main line get shut down, and by this point, you might already require flood damage restoration services from our experienced SERVPRO professionals.

There are no ways to adequately prepare for the possibility of a main water line break, but there are ways that you can help to limit the damage you might experience. One way is familiarizing yourself with the primary shutoff valve for your service line. If you have already experienced flood damages in your home, give our SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County restoration specialists a call right away at (803) 324-5780.

If you are a resident of the  City Of Rock Hill or in the surrounding area we can help with any size flood or water damage you may have. We serve the entire York County area and can assist with your emergency disaster.

Flood Damage Restoration Options For Residents Of Clover

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

Before flood damage restoration can start, we first determine whether the building is safe to enter.

Flood Damage Restoration

Before flood damage restoration can start, we first determine whether the building is safe to enter. We check whether there are any collapsed walls, roofs, sticking doors, sagging ceilings, and if the floor has noticeable cracks. Mud and water make the floor slippery, so, we are cautious when stepping. Floodwaters in Clover may leave sediments within the house, and there is a need to perform shoveling.

Our SERVPRO technicians also inspect whether there are damaged materials in your Clover South Carolina property during flood damage restoration. If the wallboard that covers the walls and ceilings is thoroughly soaked or at least four feet from the bottom of the floor, we remove it and recommend a replacement. Plaster has high chances of surviving a flood when compared to gypsum wallboard. In most cases, when the plaster dries, it disintegrates from the wooden laths. If we face such incidents, we remove the plaster layer and then make a replacement.

There are different ways in which flooding affects the various types of insulation. If your structure has polystyrene insulation, it has high chances of surviving when our SERVPRO technicians hose it off. We discard fiberglass batts when they are soaked with water. Cellulose insulation can hold water for a long duration. When that happens, it loses its fire retardant and antifungal properties, so a replacement is necessary.

If flood water reached the ceiling area, we have to replace it - mainly when it is wallboard. It does not mean all is well when the water has not touched the ceiling; the floodwater can increase the humidity and make the gypsum ceilings to swell. Plaster ceilings may dry after some time, though we might tear them down and make a replacement when they have too many sags and cracks. We can also use pumps to extract water from flooded crawl spaces and install space heater and fans to enhance the drying process.

If you live in the Town of Clover or in the area we can help with any size disaster. You may also visit our Youtube page for some local videos.

4 Ways Water Damage Can Occur in Your Home

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

We are ready to help with your flood cleanup.

What Causes Water Damage

Homeowners in Lake Wylie area should be aware of the many ways water damage can occur in their home. When left unattended, water from a pipe burst or leak may require you to call in repair and restoration professionals. To keep your home safe and secure, here are four things you can look for that commonly cause water damage in Lake Wylie.


1. Malfunctioning Appliances
As your house gets older, so do the appliances. Pipes can rust, hoses can weaken, and the efficiency of your household machines can lower. Deterioration of appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, and water heaters is a common reason for water damage and flooding. To prevent any sudden disaster, inspect your appliances often.
However, you can’t always prevent appliances from malfunctioning. Water detectors can let you know immediately when something goes wrong. This can help you minimize the damage and clean up the water quickly before the problem gets worse.


2. Bursting Pipes
When sudden pressure occurs in a pipe, there is an increased risk of a pipe burst. This can happen when drains get blocked, toilets get clogged, or when garbage disposals malfunction. Old pipes can burst or leak easily, too. If a problem does occur, shut off the water line quickly and seek professional help.


3. Blocked Gutters
The sole purpose of your gutters is to direct water away from the roof. However, gutters can easily get blocked by leaves, dirt, and branches. This creates a dam in the gutter which prevents water from flowing smoothly down the contraption. When water overflows, it can spill onto the side of the house and soak into the structure.


4. Broken Gutters
Your gutters may not be blocked, but they could be damaged. If there is a crack or break in the material, the water can leak through and cause serious water damage or flooding. You might want to inspect your gutters after heavy storms to check for any damage or blockage.


A pipe burst can cause serious damage. Be sure to keep your home in Lake Wylie,SC safe and dry by taking precautions against water disasters. For more information about SERVPRO you can visit our Facebook page. You may visit the local news media about Lake Wylie flooding. For emergency service call our office at 803-324-5780.

Water Damage Restoration: SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Rock Hill residents can call us for any restoration needs.

Water Damage Restoration can be caused by a number of different sources including: hot water heater, sink, refrigerator, roof, pipes, weather, toilet, etc. It’s surprising how quickly a small leak can horrifically flood a room or a slow leak that has been running for years turns into a severe mold infestation. Fortunately, Rock Hill has SERVPRO to help you through any emergency remediation (Fire, Water, Mold & Biohazard). With being a complete one-stop-shop, our goal is to get things back to “Like it never even happened.”®  

The first thing that should be done when a water damage restoration emergency comes up is to call SERVPRO at 803-324-5780. We will immediately send an available crew out to the site to help contain the site. From there, we will schedule a time to come out and put together a complete quote. If the property is insured, we will directly with the adjuster as well as work with the property owner for out of pocket clients.

Time and temperature is the greatest enemy for any water damage restoration. Dehydrating the site is the most crucial step to take to prevent mold and mildew taking over. Our state-of-the-art industrial grade methods are designed to do this in a very timely manner.

From here, any reconstruction or replacement can take place. Rather than having to orchestrate multiple other contractors, we make things easy and convenient by finishing the job from claim to complete. We can dry the carpet or replace it with a brand new floor. If the drywall is damaged, we can replace and paint it back to its original state.

There is no job too big or small for us. If you are in the greater Rock Hill,SC area please feel free giving us a call to schedule a free estimate or if you have any additional questions. We are proud to serve the city of Rock Hill residents and the surrounding area in South Carolina.

Water Damage Restoration Tips

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Call us today for water restoration service at 803-324-5780.

With hurricane season creeping up on us, water damage restoration may be an unforeseen hurdle that may need to be tackled. Whether it is a leaky roof or a flooding, the professionals of SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County have a list of tips for any water damage restoration project.

                The first thing that needs to be done is to make sure that all electronics are disconnected. During this process, it is important to determine if the house/property is safe to stay in. To help determine this, give us a call at (803)-324-5780. We are more than happy to come out and provide a free estimate for individuals in the greater Fort Mill and rock Hill area who are insured.

                It is vital that these initial steps are completed A.S.A.P.Once water is introduced; mold can quickly take hold and spread. The faster the water damage restoration process is engaged, the less hassle and troubles will be experienced.

                Once the experts of SERVPRO are on site, the drying and dehumidification process begins. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business for any water damage restoration.

                During this step, we also help with the caring and upkeep of your belongings. If the water damage restoration is significant enough and requires the items to be temporarily moved out, we are prepared to help out with this process. Our goal is to be a one-stop-shop for the entire restoration process from A-Z.

                After the water damage restoration is dried, the build back can begin. 

If you have any additional questions, please visit our website and give us a call!

Storm Preparation for Your Home

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

We have storm damage teams ready to help.

Storms in Fort Mill,SC can happen abruptly, so it helps to be prepared. There are many steps that can be taken ahead of time to ensure your home is ready for storm season. Don’t wait until flood water is threatening your property to take the necessary precautions.

Outside Checklist

Take a survey of the outside of your home before a storm hits. Here are some of the most common things to look for.

• Roof: Check for any potential leaks so they can be fixed prior to the storm. If there are loose pieces, fasten down as much as you can. Even though most people think of water damage coming from the ground up, it can also come from above, so ensuring that the roof is solid and secure is a great place to start.
• Outside furniture: Review all your objects that dwell outdoors. Anything that isn’t secured already should be put away inside or fastened for stability. Beyond concerns of a flooded building, loose furnishings could also be swept away.
• Gutters: Flood water happens when there is an overflow in a specific area. You will want to clean your gutters and establish that they are attached securely to help the water flow in the appropriate areas. Having clogged gutters can prevent the water from channeling where it shouldn’t go and causing water damage to your home.
• Windows: Just as dams prevent water from flowing in specific areas, boards or storm shutters can be important deterrents for the impending storm. Often wind is a companion to water in strong weather. Barricading doors and windows can help to prevent destruction.

Prior Preparation Is Key

Completing an analysis of the outside of your home will show you where the weak points of entry are for flood water. If there is anything that you are unable to repair or protect on your own, calling a storm damage specialist prior to the inclement weather can help comfort you once it hits. Preparing your house for storms is a beneficial way to prevent a flooded building or water damage. 

Storms have cased damage to homes and business in the Fort Mill area.

Why Your Air Conditioning Unit Might Be Leaking

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water has started to pool around your central air conditioner’s inside unit and you have no idea why.

First, you should turn off your air conditioner because this water could harm the electronic parts of your AC and cause water damage to your home. Then you should contact a professional AC repair person for help.

If you want to understand the cause of this problem before calling a professional, read this article.

We’ll talk about:

  • Why water forms in the inside AC unit
  • Why there’s water all over the floor
  • What needs to be done to fix it

Why water forms in a central air conditioner indoor unit

Part of your air conditioner’s job is to pull humidity from the air. The inside unit’s blower pulls in hot, humid air through the return grille and over the inside unit’s cold evaporator coil to cool the air down.

When that happens, condensation/droplets form on the evaporator coil. It’s just like when water droplets bead up on a glass of ice cold water on a hot summer day in South Carolina.

That water on the evaporator coil falls into a sloped drain pan and down a condensate drain line like a slip n’slide. That drain line (usually a PVC pipe) either exits out the home (usually near the outside unit) or into your plumbing.

OK, so now you have a general idea of how the water forms and the parts involved. If there’s an issue with any of these parts, that’s why the water is forming around the inside unit.

Here are a few common problems that are causing the issue you’re having.

Clogged condensate drain line or rusted condensate drain pan

If the drain line gets clogged by dirt, insects, mold, or anything else, the water has nowhere to go but back into the home. (Some home’s have a secondary drain line but that may also be become clogged.)

Use wet-dry vacuum to suck out the obstruction from the outdoor PVC condensate pipe.

Also the root of the problem may be a dirty evaporator coil. The dirt will mix with the water and fall down into the pan, clogging the drain. Have a professional clean this coil annually as part of annual AC maintenance visit.

Also, the drain pan may be rusted through and is falling onto the floor and causing damage to your home. So you’ll need to replace that.

Note: Your air conditioner may have a secondary drain pan to catch the water. This pan has a float switch that turns off your air conditioner to prevent water damage.

Installation issues

If you have a newer air conditioner, the problem may be installation related. An improperly designed condensate trap will stop the condensate from draining. So all that water builds up in the drain pan and overflows into your home, causing water damage.

You’ll need a professional to examine the condensate trap to see if it has been designed properly and fix it if necessary.

Frozen evaporator coil

Open the blower door of your inside AC unit. Is the evaporator coil covered in ice? When that frozen evaporator coil melts there may be so much water that it flows over the drain pan and then onto the floor.

There are 2 common causes of a frozen evaporator coil:

  • Dirty air filter—A dirty air filter blocks airflow over the evaporator coil, causing the temperature to drop below freezing and ice up. Check the air filter and change it if it’s dirty.
  • Low refrigerant— Low refrigerant causes the evaporator coil to become much colder than normal, causing it to freeze up.

To defrost the evaporator coil, turn the air conditioner off. Then turn the blower from “auto” to “on.” The fan should melt the ice slowly enough for the drain pan to handle all the water.

In the meantime, you should call a professional to check your air conditioner to make sure it’s is working properly and ensure nothing was damaged.

Sewage Backup and Prevention Tips

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Backed up sewers can wreak havoc on a home, causing thousands of dollars in damage to floors, walls, furniture and electrical systems. 

Causes of Sewer Backup

Aging Sewer Systems: The Civil Engineering Research Foundation reports that the number of backed up sewers is increasing at an alarming rate of about 3 percent annually. In addition, a recent report from the American Society of Civil Engineers indicates that the nation's 500,000-plus miles of sewer lines are on average over thirty years old. The increase in the number of homes connected to already aging sewage systems has also contributed to rapid increases in sanitary sewer backups, flooded basements and overflows.

Combined Pipelines: Problems also arise in systems that combine storm water and raw sewage into the same pipeline. During many rain storms, the systems are exposed to more volume than they can handle, and the result is a sewage backup situation that allows sewage to spew out into basements and other low lying drains.

Blockages Due to Tree Roots: Shrubs and trees seeking moisture will make their way into sewer line cracks. These roots can cause extensive damage. They may start out small, getting into a small crack in the pipe; but as the tree or shrub continues to grow, so does the root. Tree roots can enter the service pipe at joints and cause blockages. Tree roots can travel a long way, and roots from different types of trees act differently. If city trees are suspected, your plumber can contact the city, and samples of the roots will be used to help identify the trees and who is responsible for cleanup. Sometimes the blockage is a result of a combination of city and private trees. In this case costs are split between the city and the property owner.

Sanitary Main: A blockage can occur in a city sanitary main. If the blockage is not detected in time, sewage from the main can back up into homes and businesses through floor drains. Usually this happens slowly, giving the owner time to call a licensed plumber to assess the damage. If water is entering into your basement at a rapid rate, call the city public works office and report the problem immediately.

Water in Basement: Most basement flooding is not related to the sanitary sewer system. In many cases, soil settles adjacent to the building and, if not corrected, leads to rainwater flowing towards the building and down the outside of the foundation wall. This is particularly true in older buildings, where cracks may have developed in the foundation or floor slab that allow water to enter the basement. The cement floor and basement walls of these structures may have deteriorated to the point that they are no longer waterproof. In these cases, water can show up in a basement that has never had a water problem. This will usually happen after a number of rain storms, when the ground is saturated. Drainage can be improved by making sure that water drains away from the building. Owners may also be able to prevent flooding by water sealing the basement.

Most homeowners may not realize that they are responsible for the maintenance and repair of their house or sewer lateral—the pipeline between the city sanitary sewer main, usually located in the street—and the building. The sewer lateral is owned and maintained by the property owner including any part that extends into the street or public right of way. A cracked or deteriorated lateral or one filled with tree roots can allow groundwater to seep into the system, contributing to the problem.

How to Prevent Backups In Your Lateral and in the City Main

Dispose of Grease Properly: Cooking oil should be poured into a heat-resistant container and disposed of properly, after it cools off, not in the drain. Washing grease down the drain with hot water is unsatisfactory. As the grease cools off, it will solidify either in the drain, the property owner's line, or in the main sewer causing the line to constrict and eventually clog.

Dispose of Paper Products Properly: Paper towels, disposable (and cloth) diapers and feminine products can cause a great deal of trouble in the property owner's lateral as well as in the city main. These products do not deteriorate quickly, as bathroom tissue does, so do not put them down the drain or toilet.

Replace Your Line with New Plastic Pipe: One way to prevent tree roots from entering your line is to replace your line and tap with new plastic pipe. If you have continuing problems with tree roots in your lateral, you may have to have the roots cut periodically.

Correct Illegal Plumbing Connections: Do not connect French drains, sump pumps and other flood control systems to your sanitary sewer. It is illegal, and debris and silt will clog your line. Consult a plumber to correct any pre-existing illegal connections. French drains are common drainage systems, primarily used to prevent ground and surface water from penetrating or damaging building foundations.

Install a Backwater Prevention Valve: A backwater valve is a fixture installed into a sewer line, and sometimes into a drain line, in the basement of your home or business to prevent sewer backflows. A properly installed and maintained backwater valve allows sewage to go out, but not to come back in. Property owners are responsible for the installation and maintenance of backwater valves. The cost to install one depends on the type of plumbing in the building and the difficulty of installation. Check with a qualified plumber.

What to Do If You Experience a Sewer Backup

A sewer backup can lead to disease, destruction of your valuables, damage to your house or business, and can even result in electrical malfunctions. Prompt cleanup of affected property can help minimize the inconvenience and prevent mold or further damage. If you experience a sewer backup situation, immediately arrange for the cleanup of your property. This should include:

  • Wet-vacuuming or removal of spillage
  • Mopping floors and wiping walls with soap and disinfectant
  • Flushing out and disinfecting plumbing fixtures
  • Steam cleaning or removing wet carpets or drapes
  • Repairing or removing damaged wallboard or wall covering
  • Cleanup of ductwork

Mold and Your Health

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Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects, or none at all. Areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas.

Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.

The key to mold control is moisture control. If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly and ix the water problem.

It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on. You can prevent damage to your home and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth

The Importance of Cleaning Your Gutters

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Summer is here now, and that means there are many projects around the home demanding your attention. One thing that often goes overlooked is your gutters.

Gutter cleaning is an integral part of maintaining your home during this summer. At SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County, we know gutter cleaning is probably at the bottom of your list of things you want to think about.

The problem is, many homeowners wait to get their gutters cleaned until they notice a problem, or so much debris has collected the gutter is tearing from the roof. Unfortunately, this is like waiting to lower your cholesterol until you have a heart attack.

Clogged gutters can wreak havoc with the natural drainage of water away from your home. This can result in damage to fascia, soffit, roofing, or even begin leaking into your home. Additionally, water damage can ruin the very foundation of your home – something you NEVER want to happen. 

Securing Professional Flood Restoration For Your Clover Home

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

One of the most challenging disasters for Clover South Carolina residents to overcome in their houses is a flood.

Professional Flood Restoration

One of the most challenging disasters for Clover,SC residents to overcome in their houses is a flood. With the speed in which this crisis is upon you to the damage that it can do in such a brief period, it can be overwhelming to contend with all of the effects of a natural disaster like this on your own. Professional restoration services are a good way to get the damage taken care of correctly and far more quickly than you could on your own.

One thing that you should keep in mind about flood damage affecting your Clover South Carolina residence is the likelihood that others in the area have suffered the same effects that you have. While our SERVPRO professionals work to help all the community as efficiently as possible, the faster that you can secure this professional restoration work, the sooner that you can return your home to preloss conditions.

Our team can arrive quickly to begin assessing the damage that the flooding allowed in your house, but also work to lessen the immediate effects of this natural disaster in your home. Mitigation is a significant part of the restoration process, allowing it to be more efficient overall and to help keep your costs to a minimum to get this work done.

SERVPRO technicians lead the industry regarding our extensive training and certifications, allowing us to use the state-of-the-art equipment and practices to thoroughly clean and dry your home once flooding has occurred. Extraction plays one of the biggest roles in the restoration work, as pooling water can negatively affect your residence in several different ways. Drying involves several pieces of our equipment and gets accomplished beyond industry standards to ensure that your house is no longer at risk for compounding damages like mold and microbial growth.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (803) 324-5780

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the Fort Mill community. We are also part of a national network of 1,700 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.

Storm Damage Cleanup

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Ready to help with any size disaster.

The storm season is here. Heavy rains, high winds and flood waters are coming. Make sure you are ready for any size disaster by checking your home or business and making sure doors, windows and the structure does not have any areas where water can come in. If you do suffer from flood damage we are ready to help with the water restoration and cleanup process. Many homes in the Fort Mill, Tega Cay area have water damage claims every year due to bad weather.

If you need emergency water damage cleanup service call us today at 803-324-5780. 

York County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including:

A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe

Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home

Storm sewer backup

Sanitary sewer backup

Foundation drainage failure

Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure

And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (803) 324-5780

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week

We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies

We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About

Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques

Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

For Immediate Service in Rock Hill & York County Call SERVPRO

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SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in York County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (803) 324-5780

Residential Services

Whether your York County home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery and/or carpets cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Storms Are Coming!!!

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

If one is, you should always be prepared. Although violent storms can strike anytime, the spring and summer months typically mark an increase in the threat of sudden, severe storms that sometimes include wind, rain, lighting and even hail.

Authorities issue a storm 'watch' when the potential for severe weather exists. A storm 'warning' will be issued when danger from a severe storm is imminent. The following tips will help prepare you to better protect yourself and your property when a storm is on the horizon. 

  • Put a communication plan in place and prepare an emergency supply kit, including a battery-powered NOAA weather radio.
  • Postpone outdoor activities; secure outdoor objects that could become airborne.
  • Don't use corded phones or any appliances that are "plugged in." Use cell or cordless phones instead.
  • Seek shelter in a home, building or hard top automobile. The steel frame of a vehicle (not the rubber ties) can help protect you from a lightning strike if you avoid touching metal or other conductive surfaces. 
  • Avoid windows and doors, don't lie on concrete walls, and stay off of porches.
  • If you are outside when a storm hits, quickly seek shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid small, isolated structures in open areas and steer clear of hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water. 

After A Storm

  • Avoid storm-damaged areas. Stay away from downed power lines and never try to drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Replenish your emergency supplies and repair property damage promptly, before the next storm strikes.

Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County 24/7 at 803-324-5780.

Swift and Supporting Crime Scene Clean-Up

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Offers Empathy and Professionalism in Restoring Homes After Criminal Activity

It is everyone’s worst nightmare -- your happy home in York County turned crime scene, followed by the challenge of managing the cleanup of the aftermath. Restoring a home back to pre-incident condition requires a series of interrelated tasks, many if not all best completed by our professionals because of hazards and the emotional load in response to the crime.
 
When a crime occurs in a residence not only the consequences of the illegal activity but also the efforts of authorities to find and build evidence for the case can damage surfaces, fixtures, and contents of the home. In Rock Hill, expert crime scene cleanup is necessary for the safety of homeowners. Our technicians have the training, the experience, the products, and the equipment to help you and your family recover from the tragedy.
 
Physical damage to surfaces traces to causes as varied as gunshots, vandalism, crime-fighter efforts to subdue a suspect, and many more scenarios. If death or injury occurred, blood and other bodily fluids pool and soak into carpeting and floors and spray onto walls and ceilings. Pepper spray or tear gas can compromise indoor air quality. Dusting for fingerprinting and other evidence collecting techniques leave residues and staining. SERVPRO employees train for these and other issues and know how to match strategies, cleaning products, deodorization methods, and tools to the damage done.
 
Particular care is crucial to avoid exposure to and the spread of blood and other fluid-borne pathogens. The SERVPRO crew on site is familiar with proper personal protective equipment protocols, cleaning up and disposing of hazardous human waste according to local health codes. Thorough cleaning and effective treatment with EPA registered disinfectants follow to ensure the future safety of your home’s inhabitants.
 
SERVPRO also evaluates the need to clear away and replace damaged building materials if deemed unrestorable. Our goal is to restore, but we are sensitive in these stressful situations to the fear you and your family have that even a small reminder of the crime can make it hard to feel comfort and security in your crime-damaged home. Our crew leads, and office staff work with you, the authorities, and your insurance company to achieve your feeling protected and at home again.
 
Should a crime in your home turn your life upside down, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is ready to assist with great skill and compassion. Call (803) 324-5780 to arrange for a speedy inspection and development of a restoration plan for this challenging circumstance.

Fast Water Damage Restoration for a Fort Mill School

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Accidents happen quickly in a school environment. If your school suffers a water damage event, contact SERVPRO right away for remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Technicians Understand That Time is of the Essence When Dealing With Water Damage in a School Setting

The schools in the Fort Mill,SC area can often be more prone to water damage incidents than residences are. With so many students and faculty members, a slight mistake can lead to the need for immediate and thorough cleaning. Custodial staff works around the clock for your facilities, but sometimes professional restoration can help you achieve results more quickly than the limited resources of your custodians can offer.

Regardless of how the commercial water damage occurred to your Fort Mill institution, cleaning up the mess efficiently is a top priority. The faster that you can eliminate the water from the affected area, the less damage and added tasks exist for the restoration portion of the project. Our SERVPRO team of qualified technicians can help you clean up the mess and get the area thoroughly dried as promptly as possible.

As a representative for the school, you must keep the facilities in top form for the students and faculty that you employ. With even moderate sized schools, custodians are stretched thin attempting to keep up with the everyday maintenance tasks, general cleaning, and repairs the institution requires.

Not to mention should the water damage incident penetrate into wall cavities or beneath the flooring, traditional cleaning approaches are inadequate to thoroughly dry out the water. Improperly drying up the dampness or persistent moisture can allow for instances of mold growth and mildew to form. These unsavory circumstances can be significant enough to close the school for removal and remediation.

Fortunately, our SERVPRO professionals can appreciate the need for your facility to be fully functional and restored as quickly as possible. That is an assurance that our technicians respond quickly and leave the affected area "Like it never even happened."

School representatives in the area have many threats to the facility such as severe weather systems and potential flooding. A smaller-scale water damage incident inside the building can also get handled by the same professionals you trust to bring you through the worst of disasters. Give our SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County team a call anytime at (803) 324-5780.

Storm Preparation for Your Home

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Floods in Fort Mill can cause major damage to homes and buildings.

Storms in Fort Mill,SC can happen abruptly, so it helps to be prepared. There are many steps that can be taken ahead of time to ensure your home is ready for storm season. Don’t wait until flood water is threatening your property to take the necessary precautions.

Outside Checklist

Take a survey of the outside of your home before a storm hits. Here are some of the most common things to look for.

• Roof: Check for any potential leaks so they can be fixed prior to the storm. If there are loose pieces, fasten down as much as you can. Even though most people think of water damage coming from the ground up, it can also come from above, so ensuring that the roof is solid and secure is a great place to start.
• Outside furniture: Review all your objects that dwell outdoors. Anything that isn’t secured already should be put away inside or fastened for stability. Beyond concerns of a flooded building, loose furnishings could also be swept away.
• Gutters: Flood water happens when there is an overflow in a specific area. You will want to clean your gutters and establish that they are attached securely to help the water flow in the appropriate areas. Having clogged gutters can prevent the water from channeling where it shouldn’t go and causing water damage to your home.
• Windows: Just as dams prevent water from flowing in specific areas, boards or storm shutters can be important deterrents for the impending storm. Often wind is a companion to water in strong weather. Barricading doors and windows can help to prevent destruction.

Prior Preparation Is Key

Completing an analysis of the outside of your home will show you where the weak points of entry are for flood water. If there is anything that you are unable to repair or protect on your own, calling a storm damage specialist prior to the inclement weather can help comfort you once it hits. Preparing your house for storms is a beneficial way to prevent a flooded building or water damage. Visit SERVPROrockhillyorkcounty.com for more information on water damage. 

Understanding Black Water

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Black water or sewage cleanup service is only a call away at 803-324-5780.

When you have water damage or flooding in your home in Fort Mill,SC it's important to know what type of water you are dealing with to ensure proper and safe restoration. The insurance and restoration industries separate flood water into three categories:

• Category 3: "Black water" is the most dangerous of the categories and must be treated carefully by a knowledgeable expert. This water comes from local flooding, such as from rivers or hurricanes, and also plumbing floods that include sewage. It is contaminated with pathogens including bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Other chemical contaminates may also be in the water.
• Category 2:"Gray water" may have some pathogens and can still cause some health danger. A gray water flood is usually sourced from plumbing breaks with soiled water, like a clothes washer or toilet overflow without feces. Gray water can become a black water problem if exposed to the right temperatures and time.

• Category 1: "Clean water" usually comes from a clean pipe break, like a supply pipe or kitchen sink. This water damage is not harmful to humans unless it is not cleaned right away. Over time, this water would become more dangerous and be reclassified as gray or worse.

Black Water Cleaning

Black water cleaning must be meticulous. Immediate response is critical to prevent the development of mold. Once mold does develop, additional remediation efforts are needed to prevent further contamination and spread of mold in your home. Mold reproduces in just 48 hours and colonies in your water damaged home can quickly get out of control.

Cleanup of this type of water damage should also be done carefully. Protective gear is critical to protect skin, eyes and lungs from exposure. Strong knowledge on what to tear out and remove immediately is important to prevent further contamination and allow for proper drying of the remaining structure. Antimicrobials and disinfectant will be needed to remaining materials. Professional remediation specialists are beneficial in managing category 3 flood remediation due to the nature of the hazard and the importance of timely and effective removal. Visit SERVPROrockhillyorkcounty.com for more information on water damage. 

How To Clean Your Grill in 6 Easy Steps

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Have a great and safe summer.

Grilling Tips

You are the grill master of your neighborhood in York County,SC. You make the best hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers on the block. But, are you the best at grill cleaning? Many people do not consider the aftermath left on the grill after the barbeque ends. Follow the six steps below to keep your grill at peak performance all season long:

1. Turn the grill off. For a gas grill, ensure that all knobs are turned off and the propane tank is disconnected.

2. Disassemble the parts. Take the plates and grates off of the grill. Wear gloves to keep your hands clean and protect yourself from any remaining heat.

3. Soak and scrub. Soak the parts from the previous step in a mixture of dish soap and hot water. Scrub the inside walls and the underside of the grill hood. After scrubbing, use a wet paper towel to wipe the areas down. Scrub the grates and rinse with clean water.

4. Take care of the drip pan. Empty, soak and scrub the drip pan. Rinse with fresh water when clean.

5. Reassemble the grill. After the grill cleaning, return the removed parts back to the grill. This includes the drip pan, plates and grates. Reattach the propane tank on a gas grill.

6. Clean the outside. Use soapy water or stainless-steel cleaning wipes to quickly wipe down the exterior of the grill. For grills with a cabinet, wipe down the inside of that as well.

When you master the art of grill cleaning in Fort Mill or the Rock Hill area your food tastes better and your home is safer. With consistent grill maintenance, the risk of a grease fire is significantly reduced. If a fire spreads from the grill and threatens the safety of your home immediately vacate the area and call 911. If the unthinkable happens and the blaze damages your house, contact a fire restoration specialist and your homeowner’s insurance agent as soon as possible.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Why You Want to Hire Professionals for Water Damage Mitigation in Fort Mill

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Even the most necessary appliance such as the washing machine can malfunction leaving you with water damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Team SERVPRO Arrives on the Water Damaged Scene Quickly to Help Prevent Any Secondary Damages

Water emergencies in Fort Mill often occur without warning. The most common reasons for a water loss include unpredictable events like an appliance breakdown, a cracked pipe, or a few moments of inattention resulting in an overflow. Although the crisis might not come at a convenient time, you cannot put off the cleanup and drying. Our technicians and equipment are always ready to assist.
 
If a homeowner delays water damage mitigation in Fort Mill, permanent harm can come to a dwelling. Water must be removed and residual moisture reduced to normal levels in a matter of hours or a few days, at the latest. Failure to address the situation promptly can result in progressive deterioration of structural components and belongings, and microbial growth and damage can occur if more than 24 to 48 hours pass. Professionals such as our water damage mitigation teams concentrate on getting the water and moisture out fast, and our scalable work crews ensure this happens.
 
Homeowners have jobs, families, and other responsibilities that interfere with the need to react to water damage immediately. The hours and intensity of work needed to complete a water remediation job require a team of individuals. The tasks can be quite technical and require professional-grade equipment not readily available to a layperson. SERVPRO service vehicles have multiple pumps, extractors, air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers onboard. The abundance of proper tools and products, along with the IICRC trained technicians to employ them, make comprehensive water damage mitigation possible on the short deadline required to avoid secondary damage from the water incursion.
 
The professionals on the SERVPRO team have both the hands-on experience, as well as the training in the mitigation industry’s best practices, that gives us the confidence to preserve both structural components and personal possessions. They are ready for the competent contractors you hire to complete restoration and repairs after we stabilize and ready the premises. We work closely with your insurance during all aspects of the project, documenting information that supports successful claims. This reduces the out of pocket expenses you pay to recover from the water loss.

A Severe Storm Can Make Your New Hope Home In Need Of Water Removal Services

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water or Flood Damage? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Water Removal Services

When a severe storm rolls into town and causes flooding inside of your home, you're going to need water removal services. A window left open can allow hundreds of gallons of water to pour into your basement home gym, endangering the expensive equipment there. Metals that are left exposed to water can rust, and electrical devices can malfunction.

When your Fort Mill home is in urgent need of water removal services, it is fortunate that help is not far. When it comes to water flooding your home, it is best for the longevity of your residence that you call for professional help as soon as possible. The faster our technicians can get into your home and begin the remediation process, the better it is for your gym equipment.

SERVPRO can bring specialized tools to remove the water from your home. Depending on the nature of the water, we can use extractors, wet/dry vacuums, and submersible pumps to remove it. If it is not a significant volume of water, we can merely remove the water and pump it away from your house. However, if the volume is significant, we can bring truck mounted tools to carry the water away from your home.

Once we have extracted the water, we can inspect the structure of your home for any water damage. If any of your electrical gym equipment is shorted out, SERVPRO can send it away to be carefully inspected. If it cannot be fixed, we can help you claim anything that you lost with your insurance company.

Finally, the last thing our experts can do for your home is to make sure that it is up to dryness standards. Our SERVPRO technicians can use tools like dehumidifiers and ventilation fans to create an environment that fosters evaporation. Once your home is returned to an acceptable moisture level, and we have cleaned the space of any grime and dirt, the remediation is complete.

24-Hour Emergency Water Removal Service

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We provide emergency water restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – including all holidays. Lake Wylie residents can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Water Damage Restoration in Riverwalk York County

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Helping York County residents after a fire or water damage claim.

Floods and Water Removal

Homes experience considerable damage after being exposed to water. Whether it is from putting out a house fire or from a flood, water can wreak havoc on a home instantly. Homeowners should never attempt to restore a home themselves. In fact, homeowners shouldn't even enter their home after it has been exposed to water damage. Homes often lose structural integrity, putting anyone who enters it at risk. If you've experienced water damage of any kind, it is important to contact professionals. A professional restoration team will be able to bring the home back to its former glory by cleaning and repairing it. They'll handle every aspect of the restoration process, ensuring that the job is done efficiently. To better understand why it is imperative to get help from professionals, homeowners should understand the hazards that come from water damage Regent Park.

Mold and Mildew

While most don't realize it, one biggest dangers posed to homeowners after experiencing Rock Hill water damage is mold and mildew. These growths are a form of secondary damage that can be more dangerous than the actual flood or fire. Because homes are closed off from fresh air, the presence of water increases humidity levels. After a flood or fire, homes will become incredibly damp and humid, creating the perfect breeding ground for mold. The warm and moist environment can even cause spores and fungi to grow. 

Professionals use a variety of methods to stop the growth process and eliminate any existing pathogens. They have the knowledge and expertise required to deal with these harmful growths. They'll be able to clear the home of mold and mildew before homeowners have a chance to enter.

The Restoration Process

A professional restoration team can begin the process as soon as possible, often times beginning immediately after a fire or flood. This helps to ensure that any the risk of further damage is reduced. They will begin by removing excess water from the home. They'll use a number of drying techniques to rid the home of moisture as soon as possible. This helps to stunt the growth of mildew. They'll often use heavy equipment to get the job done, such as driers and dehumidifiers. Dehumidifiers will remove moisture and heat from the air to further lessen the chances of mold growth. If mold is already present, they can remove it effectively and sanitize the area, making it safe.

In addition to mold and moisture removal, restoration companies work to repair any structural damage that may have occurred. Homes can experience significant structural damage when exposed to water, making the home unlivable. Restoration teams work to secure the home's structural integrity by removing and replacing certain components. To ensure that the home is completely safe for occupancy, they'll often examine the entire home for damage that may be undetectable. In the end, their work will make it safe for homeowners to enter.

Fort Mill Water damage restoration helps homeowners regain their space. It's important for homeowners to get help from professionals immediately after a fire so that their home doesn't experience further damage. In most cases, homeowners can get their insurance company to cover the costs. Depending on the scope of the damage, a restoration company can restore a home quickly and efficiently, allowing homeowners to return in no time without having to risk their personal safety and health. For more information about how water damage restoration can help, homeowners should contact a professional restoration company.

Water Damage Restoration

Basement flooding or storm damage doesn't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We respond to your residential or commercial water removal and cleanup needs. Our fast response time and advanced drying methods help prevent secondary damage and mold. Common causes of water damage are:

  • Flooding caused by severe weather
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Sink, bathtub or toilet overflow
  • Sewage backup

Replacing a Leaky Toilet

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Toilet water damage cleanup for Fort Mill and Rock Hill area.

A leaky Toilet Can Cause A Water Damage Claim

The prospect of replacing a leaking toilet need not strike fear into the heart of a homeowner nor necessarily require calling in a specialist in or near Fort Mill,SC to get the job done right. With a toilet tutorial, a few simple tools and a confident mindset, you can set things right.

Confirming the Need for Replacement

Determine whether toilet repair or replacement is the appropriate response to leakage. If damage to the bowl or tank is not the issue, check the shutoff valve and supply tube. A sweaty bowl can also give the appearance of a leaking toilet. Gently tighten the closet bolts that join the toilet to the floor and recheck for seepage. Rule out the relatively simple fixes.

Mastering the Steps of Installation

A methodical approach makes swapping out an old toilet for a new model a manageable task. Preview these steps and gather the necessary tools.
1. Completely close the shutoff valve.
2. Take the lid off the tank and flush the toilet, holding it down to empty the tank. Soak up any remaining water.
3. Disconnect the water supply tube.
4. Remove the caps from the closet bolts and remove the nuts.
5. Grip the bowl and move it from side to side to break the wax seal. Remove the toilet. Scrape the closet flange in the floor to remove any residue. Inspect the flange and repair or replace it if there is damage.
6. Replace the wax seal and ensure that it is perfectly centered.
7. Install a flexible supply tube in the appropriate length.
8. Apply pipe-joint compound to both ends of the supply tube fittings and tighten one end to the fill-valve shank.
9. Firmly push the toilet into place, compressing the wax seal.
10. Check placement, and then gradually tighten the closet bolts gently to avoid cracks.
11. Attach the water supply tube to the shutoff valve and then open it.

Monitor the fit not only after a few test flushes, but also for a few days afterward, tightening the nuts as needed. Successful completion of these steps will put to rest the inconvenience of a leaking toilet.

For water restoration call 803-324-5780.

5 Common Causes of Water Damage in Homes

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Call us now at 803-324-5780 for emergency water damage repair.

A leak anywhere in your home might be barely perceptible until it causes copious amounts of water damage. It’s important to address the issue as soon as you find it to avoid mold, structural issues, and safety concerns. To locate the source of the leak, it helps to know the most likely causes. SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York county in Fort Mill,SC, lists the top five events that cause water damage in the home.

The Top Incidents That Cause Water Damage

1. Damaged Appliances

Failing appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines, can leak substantial amounts of water at once. Washing machines might overflow from too much pressure on supply lines, while the pipes of old refrigerators may deteriorate and crack. Thankfully, these leaks are relatively easy to pinpoint.

2. Clogged HVAC Unit

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems require regular maintenance. When your AC pulls humidity from the air, the moisture collects in a drain pan and travels down a condensate line. Sludge, mold, and dirt can clog that line and cause water damage.

3. Plumbing Problems

From running toilets to leaking sinks, plumbing issues can become expensive and cause massive amounts of damage if it’s not handled quickly. Though it may start off small, a sudden burst pipe could be disastrous. Listen to make sure your toilet stops running after each flush and check for moisture around the pipes under your sink periodically.

4. Backed Up Sewers

Home sewage backup and flooding is sometimes unpreventable, as it is often caused by heavy rains, damage from tree roots, and collapsed lines. Sewer line leakage presents a toxic biohazard to your home that will require a professional fix and cleaning job. Never try to treat sewage flooding yourself.

5. A Leaking Roof

By the time you notice a leaky roof, you may already be looking at some extensive water damage in your attic and ceiling. If your ceiling only drips when it’s raining out, your roof is the most likely culprit. Continued leaking can ruin the structural integrity of your attic and ceiling and lead to wood rot, mold, and collapse. Have your roof fixed as soon as you notice the leak and see that the water damage is attended to immediately.

If your home has suffered from a bad leak, the cleanup and restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County can help you recover. Their highly trained staff members will personally come to your home to assess the damage, then offer you the best solution. From simple water extractions to dangerous biohazard cleanup, this local cleaning service can handle any problems caused by water damage.

3 Steps for Cleaning Your Business' Inventory After a Fire

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Give SERVPRO a call after commercial fire damage.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

The aftermath of a fire at your Fort Mill,SC business may leave your inventory, machinery and office furniture with troublesome smoke damage. You may wonder if any of these items are salvageable or if they will need to be replaced. These decisions can be difficult; however, a service that specializes in repairing fire damage and restoration can assist you with the industrial dry cleaning and care of your inventory, and there are a few actions you can take before its technicians arrive.

1. Sort Items for Cleaning

Once your building has been deemed safe to enter by local fire officials, you can start sorting through your inventory and supplies to see what can be salvaged and cleaned. If you own a restaurant, metal items such as pots and pans and utensils can be sterilized with boiling water. Canned foods that have been warped or otherwise affected by heat should be discarded. If you are unsure about whether an item can be salvaged, you can set it aside for content cleaning professionals to inspect.

2. Check for Inventory Damage

If you believe stored inventory has suffered smoke damage, you may be able to recover some losses by having some items professionally cleaned. For example, if you own a clothing boutique and smoke damaged items stored in a back room, your restoration specialists may have dry cleaning processes available that can make these items like new once again.

3. Arrange for Storage Needs

Your building’s inventory, furniture and other items may require storage after a fire to protect them while repairs are made. Make a list of which can be stored easily and which may require considerable space. Your fire restoration technicians may also be able to advise you about content storage.

Dealing with the aftermath of a fire at your Rock Hill,SC business can be challenging. However, working with smoke damage and restoration experts who can assist you with dry cleaning and other services after a fire can help you get your business up and running again as soon as possible. Visit SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County for more information on commercial fire damage. 

Dealing with Flood Damage in Fort Mill And Tega Cay

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO acts quickly to restore your home after flood damage and help get the water out quickly.

SERVPRO Puts You at Ease During the Flood Damage Restoration Process

When a Fort Mill or Tega Cay homeowner finds himself ankle deep in water, he does not want to hear that his restoration service can be there tomorrow. He and his family need someone to arrive as swiftly as possible, begin work, and provide as much education and even comfort, as possible.

Any flood damage to a Tega Cay or Fort Mill home requires an emergency response. At SERVPRO we found, over time, that there are certain tasks to begin immediately once our restoration team puts boots on a customer’s property.

First, they put the homeowner and his family at ease. Once the team has the owner calmed down, everything else goes much easier and quicker. A simple way they do this is to point out everything that is not damaged.

Now, the team educates the homeowner. One of our inspectors points out the tasks the team starts first and provides details on how they accomplish them.

After this quick briefing, the team begins work in the home by protecting the structure and the contents inside from further damage. They close off any openings to the outside by boarding up doors and windows with plywood. If there is damage to the roof from the storm, SERVPRO technicians also use plywood or plastic sheeting to seal it off.

As they accomplish this, other team members remove as much water as possible. Depending on the size of the home, specialists bring in one or more commercial pumps and extraction wands to draw out most of the water; usually in less than a day.

With the bulk of the water gone, our team starts the drying process. Members set-up dehumidifiers to lower the inside humidity and use exhaust fans and air movers to draw out the damp air inside and replace it with warm air that also helps to dry the surfaces of the structure and property items like sofas.

Finally, they do everything to make the environment as comfortable as possible for the homeowner. The situation is difficult enough, and we try not to disrupt his life any further.

Restoring a home after a flood is not easy, but SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County does it quickly and with as little stress to the owner and other residents as possible. If you need us, call today at (803) 324-5780. Our office is here for you.

Hot Water Heater Pipe Burst In The Attic

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Ready for any size disaster you may have.

Water Heater Damage Cleanup

A hot water heater in your attic can cause a major water damage. That is what happened to a Rock Hill homeowner. While they were out of town the kitchen ceiling collapsed. The cause was from a frozen pipe on the hot water heater in the attic.

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is well equipped to respond to an emergency of this magnitude. We have trained and certified technicians to handle all the aspects of your loss. If you have a water damage to you home or business, do not hesitate to call us 803-324-5780. We are here to help 24/7/365 .

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.

For more information about water damage restoration you may visit our water damage page or contact us with any questions you may have. We work with you and your insurance company to make sure that everything it correct and taken care of.

Protecting Your Belongings Before Flood Damage in Rock Hill

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Place Electronics High Above a Flood line If Storms Threaten Rock Hill Homes.

SERVPRO Tip--Prepare for Impending Flooding by Protecting Your Possessions

While flood damage in Rock Hill can come suddenly and without much time to prepare, there are some things you can do in advance to help mitigate your financial losses in the disaster. Many valuable belongings in the average American home are very susceptible to water and especially flood damage, but some manageable mindfulness can help to protect these objects from all but the worst disasters. Make use of these protective measures to better survive any future disasters in your home.
 
Make Use of Airtight Bins and High Places
Airtight plastic containers can very effectively protect many smaller objects in your Rock Hill home from flood damage. These containers and bins should be cheap and plentiful at nearby grocery stores, as they are commonly used to seal and store food for extended periods of time. Electronics, jewelry, clothing, and other belongings can be organized, stored, and protected with these bins, especially if they are placed in cabinets or shelves high above where floodwaters usually reach. Big-box home improvement centers offer a wide range of waterproof containers, especially for larger items or amounts.
 
Cover Electronics in Plastic Sheets
If you know a flood may arrive soon, you may be able to protect larger electronics and water-sensitive objects by wrapping them in plastic. While these sheets may offer little protection against physical damage and standing water, they may be able to provide enough resistance to light flooding to save expensive belongings. By keeping the high humidity after water intrusion off these devices can keep chips and microswitches dry. Plastic tarps or sheets are ideal for this purpose, but plastic wrap and tape can also help.
 
Remove Furniture Cushions
While moving furniture before a flood hits may be impossible, you may be able to mitigate damage to couches, chairs, and other objects by removing cushions and pillows. These should be relatively easy to remove and place high above floodwaters. This removal and elevation help to prevent color bleed in the fabric and reduces the risk of mold damage later on.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is locally owned and operated—so we are part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

Strawberry Festival In Fort Mill

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

It's a great time for the whole family.
Celebrate the Sweetest Strawberries in the South

The South Carolina Strawberry Festival is Fort Mill's welcome to spring where you will spend the week enjoying the sweet taste of our homegrown sun-kissed strawberries.

?Join us  in beautiful historic Fort Mill, SC for an exciting week of the sweetest strawberries in the south!

Events include: Festival pageant, golf tournament, pancake breakfast, car show, pig races and more.

For more information about events and times you can go to scstrawberryfestival.com

Admission is FREE

Rock Hill Water Damage Companies

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Ready for any size disaster you may have.

Emergency Water Damage Restoration Service

One of the main disasters affecting residential and commercial properties in the USA is water damage. For the Rock Hill area, the most common cause of water damage is severe flooding. SERVPRO specializes in incidences like burst water pipes, flood water, and many other causes.

Any type of water damage encountered in the York County area should be immediately seen to by a professional expert in the Rock Hill water damage restoration industry. At SERVPRO, our team consists of highly trained and experienced staff. Our expert teams go through a proven step by step process for rectifying your problem and getting you back into your property. Our water damage restoration process has been proven effective for many years and results in the fastest turnaround times to get people back into their homes or businesses.

Safety

Safety should not only be a priority for you, but for your restoration company of choice as well. The best Rock Hill water damage professionals understand the importance of safety and the health risks of everyone involved when safety precautions are not taken. Make sure the services provided are thorough. For example, baseboards should be pulled to ensure there is no excess water trapped behind them that could lead to mold growth. Many times, mold is already present during water extraction jobs where the damage happened a few days or more prior. In these cases, your restoration company should be doing everything possible to prevent mold spores from being disrupted and spread further throughout the property.

Reliability

The SERVPRO brand and reputation has been built over years and all our customers have complimented our reliability. At SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County, we stand by our reputation as a reliable water damage restoration company by setting clear expectations before jobs are started. We communicate with our clients throughout the entire process, keeping our clients informed, answering questions, addressing concerns, and making good on our promises. Returning you and your property to the state it was immediately prior to the flooding occurring is how we ensure full satisfaction in every possible situation.

Distance from Property

It is important to hire a restoration company that is near in proximity and can arrive on scene quickly whether during an initial emergency call or routine visits throughout the process. Our SERVPRO franchise is physically located in Fort Mill, however, we service the Rock Hill area as well and utilize the many access routes to place us on the scene at your property in a timely fashion.

Professional Certifications

As a registered and fully certified company, SERVPRO is always striving for excellence and improvement in processes to ensure that you always enjoy excellent service with our dedicated response teams. We keep up with the evolution of technologies and processes to make sure that we use the newest resources and techniques available to make your restoration job a full success.

Satisfied Customers

No disaster is a fun situation for our clients. During this highly stressful time, we do our best to ensure a smooth process and meet our clients' goals while maintaining high standards. We pride ourselves on making a water disaster “Like it never even happened”. We keep noise to a minimum and try to respect the need for accessible pathways for employees or residents.

A good practice to keep when searching for a restoration company is looking at their public reviews. Let a company’s past clients paint a picture of what your services with them may look like. There is something to say about a client who’s disaster situation was taken care of so well that they took to an online platform like Google or Yahoo to let the public know about their experience.

If you are in a situation that requires water damage repair company and you want to make sure that your problem is dealt with in the best possible way, then give us a call at 803-324-5780 any time of day no matter how severe the problem is.

3 Reasons Your Commercial Toilet Keeps Flushing

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

If you need commercial restoration cleanup call us today at 803-324-5780.

Water Damage From Toilet

A malfunctioning toilet in your Rock Hill, South Carolina commercial building can cause a variety of issues, from repeated toilet overflow to increased monthly water bills. One common issue that commercial toilets suffer from is repeated flushing, when water runs into the unit without stopping. There might be several reasons for this problem, and knowing what they are may help you remedy the problem quickly.

1. Dirty Gasket

The gasket within a commercial toilet’s flushing apparatus can become caked with sediment over time. This can be especially common if you live in an area with hard water. Sediment may also affect the gasket’s weep hole and how well the gasket’s suction works. You can remove and clean the gasket and weep hole, which may resolve the continuous flushing.

2. Broken Flapper

Sometimes the flapper, or seal, on the inside of the toilet may become brittle or old. When this happens, the seal can become misaligned and cause the toilet to fill constantly. This constant filling may eventually cause a toilet overflow or a toilet flood, which can cause water damage to your building and require the services of a flood remediation and water cleanup company. The seal is located inside the flush canister, and if it is cracked, you may need to have it replaced.

3. Leaking Toilet Tank

A leaking toilet tank may cause repeated flushing, as the unit will sense it needs to fill due to a water loss. However, you can stop a toilet from leaking with a simple test. Add three drops of red food coloring into the water of the tank and wait about twenty minutes. If the water in the toilet bowl is red when you check it again, this means the toilet tank has a leak and you will need to have it repaired.

Water Damage or Flooding? Call Us Today (803) 324-5780

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about Learn more about our training and certifications.

Professional Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Fort Mill Saves Your Business's Reputation

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Leaking pipes and failed plumbing can cause extensive water damage to your business requiring professional commercial water damage restoration.

SERVPRO is Here to Help with Commercial Water Damage

Fort Mill residents rely on local businesses to provide services and goods nearby. Convenience and a sense of community are essential to the success of your company and drive our mission to support your enterprise if water damage threatens its day to day operations. Trained technicians, proven strategies, and efficient equipment are the strength we bring to your disaster.

Retail outlets in Fort Mill can suffer water damage because of aging infrastructure. Small leaks and minor intrusions of moisture progressively damage commercial buildings. Responding immediately and keeping insignificant water leak issues in line is the preferred course, but if water damage goes unnoticed, our crews can still bring your store or shop back to its “Grand Opening” condition.

Years have passed since the incorporation of our town, and some of the buildings can show their age with aging plumbing and decades of water intrusion. SERVPRO specializes in inspecting for hidden water issues so that our restoration efforts are complete. Water is very destructive and can lead to secondary issues such as mold infestations and crumbling building materials if not resolved. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training our technicians master readies our crews for even tricky water damage restoration projects.

SERVPRO’s goal is to restore rather than demolish and remodel commercial interiors. We also follow protocols that contain the areas affected while you can continue operating your business in unsullied areas of your property. This flexibility ensures that your reputation as a reliable provider of goods and services does not take a hit during a water damage restoration project.

We isolate the source of water causing damage and make arrangements to have plumbing, leaky roofs, or poorly draining gutter systems repaired. Our SERVPRO crew pinpoints areas of standing water or pooled up pockets of moisture behind walls or in recesses. Depending on the depth of the water, we use submersible pumps or extractors to evacuate the moisture. Weighted wands help us pull moisture from saturated carpeting, working toward drying both carpet and padding in place.

Air movers, dehumidifiers, and heaters assist in achieving drying goals. Our crew members are expert in measuring moisture levels in building materials, monitoring the reduction in dampness throughout the drying cycle to meet the goal set. SERVPRO technicians touch up painting and other finishes as final effort to bring your retail space back to its preloss condition.

Have Questions? Call Today – (803) 324-5780

Commercial Building Restoration Services

We are available 24 hours a day to get your Fort Mill business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation.

3 Ways a Restoration Company Can Assist You After a Flood

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Ready for any size disaster you may have to your home or business.

Emergency Disaster Cleanup

When a flood damages your Dobys Bridge,SC home, the aftermath can be difficult to deal with. Whether a pipe burst in your basement and created a flood or a natural disaster caused water to rush into your home, you may not know where to begin when it comes to cleanup efforts. However, calling in a company that specializes in flood cleanup and restoration can help minimize water damage and return your home to normal.

1. Removal of Black Water

Flooding that occurs when streams or rivers overflow their banks can cause contaminated water to enter your home. Because it can contain dead animals, sewage, and other dangerous material, it is considered black water and therefore dangerous to humans. A flood cleanup company usually has the tools to safely remove this water and can advise you on how to move forward regarding the damage.

2. Mold Remediation

If you experience a water line break in your home and a room becomes flooded, mold may begin to grow quickly once the water is removed. Humid or moist conditions can accelerate this growth. A company that offers mold remediation services can prevent further flooding and use drying techniques that are not available to consumers. Stopping mold before it can spread can be one of the most important steps in preventing it from taking hold in your home.

3. Repairing Water Damage

If a pipe burst in your laundry room and damaged the room's walls, floors and surrounding items, having a flood cleanup company on hand can help you understand what repairs need to take place. Drying interior walls, removing and replacing damaged insulation, and tearing out ruined appliances and plumbing are just a few of the actions a flooding cleanup company may perform after the water is drained from an affected area.

Flooding can damage your York County,SC home in many ways. Whether a pipe burst and caused a flood or it was the result of a natural disaster, calling in water cleanup and restoration specialists can help give you peace of mind that repairs can begin right away.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is locally owned and operated—so we are part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

Why You Need Cleaning Services When You Face Fire Damage in Catawba South Carolina

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

When fire damage seems overwhelming, contact the technicians at SERVPRO to help you deal with the damage including insurance claims.

SERVPRO Technicians Deal With ALL Aspects of Damage After a Fire

Even after that fire has been put off, you need restorative services to address fire damage on your property. Restoration is meant to return your structure to its preloss state, and the level of damage usually determines the procedures to use. If you are a resident in Catawba, you have to take all safety concerns seriously before the restoration process can start.
 
Our SERVPRO team advises you to limit movement in your home after a fire damage incident in Catawba so that you do not end up embedding soot particles into your carpets and upholstery. After all, you do not know how safe the structure is, and it is advisable to wait until we do an assessment. We check whether there are cracks in the floors and walls, whether the ceiling tiles are intact, and switch off electrical circuits.
 
If you also need to reduce a fire damage claim's cost, then you have to seek for restoration and cleaning services. By doing that, you can salvage most of your contents and avoid replacing some items and resurfacing specific areas. Our SERVPRO team understands the cleaning elements and principles and chooses the most appropriate procedure, depending on the situation we are addressing.
 
To successfully clean the smoke-damaged items, we trace the source of the fire and then assess how far the smoke particles have moved. We also look at the type of particles when establishing cleaning methods. Different surfaces need different cleaning methods for them to be restorable. We are careful with the process we choose, and after capturing and removing the residues, we have to do the disposal.
 
We know that temperature is so crucial when cleaning items since it increases chemical reactions by making molecules in the cleaning solutions to move faster. It also decreases the surface tension of the cleaning solutions and causes them to penetrate into surfaces. After that, we can then dry your items and wet areas and perform deodorization to prevent the possibility of bacterial and fungi growth.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Make No Mistakes When You Face Flood Damage in Lake Wylie South Carolina

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Don't panic if your home sustains storm damage and flooding. Contact SERVPRO to get them on the path of remediating and restoring the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Follow a Proven, Efficient Process to Dry Out Your Home After Flooding

Sometimes extreme weather conditions may lead to flood damage, but do not panic when that happens since specific pointers can help you to control the situation. It all starts with knowing whether your building is safe to re-enter and then determining what is salvageable and what is unsalvageable. If you are a Lake Wylie resident, we advise you to work with professionals as you work towards restoring your property to its former state.
 
When our SERVPRO technicians arrive at the water damage job site in Lake Wylie, they start by pre-inspecting the property before settling on the restoration actions to take. During a pre-inspection, we identify the source of water in the building; it can be clean water, gray water or black water. If we are dealing with black water - which usually comes from sewage/toilets and contains pathogens - we observe additional precautions when restoring your property.
 
If there is water flowing into the area, we stop or redirect it to a different place. We then examine your items and store the wet ones away from the dry ones. At this point, our SERVPRO technicians can point out the ones that we can remediate, while we discard those that are beyond repair. We then use pumps to remove any standing water.
 
The next step is to dry your contents and rooms. Installing air movers is one of the techniques that our SERVPRO technicians use to reduce the drying time and increase the rate of evaporation. When air movers are running, they push the moisture into the air in the form of vapor. To dry wet wall cavities, we can direct dry air into those places to replace the moisture. With time, the surrounding air might become moist, and there are chances of it condensing and causing possible water damage. To avoid such, we run dehumidifiers that remove the additional moisture.
 
SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is a proven industry leader in water, storm, mold and fire damage restoration.

Flooding or Water Damage? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

24 Hour Emergency Water Removal Service

We know that water and flooding emergencies can happen any time, so we’re ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – including holidays. We provide immediate emergency water services to you Lake Wylie home or business, day or night.

Fort Mill Commercial Flood Damage Professionals

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial flood cleanup company.

SERVPRO Works to Remediate and Prevent Future Flood Damage

If a storm ever hits town, excessive rains and high-speed winds likely take place. It is a possibility that your Fort Mill building gets affected by the poor weather. If the storm is severe, then flooding likely occurs.

One of the first places water flows during a flood is into the crawl space of your business' building. SERVPRO's commercial flood damage experts in Fort Mill use specialized equipment to remove water from crawl spaces. Many times tight spaces underneath your structure are hard to access and reach with drying equipment.

When water gets into a crawl space, the area often fills up with thick, muddy water. Submersible pumps are efficient at sucking up standing water but sometimes prove difficult when attempting to remove all of the moisture. Once extraction gets completed, structural drying takes place.

Many property managers and owners of businesses store extra supplies underneath the office portion of their shop. When water gets into the storage area of your company, it is essential that we dry the area so that contents do not get negatively affected. If there is convenient access to the area, air movers and dehumidifiers get set up to speed up drying of the floor joists. If the crawl space's access point is too small, then either a section of the sub-floor get removed, or hoses from hot air sources get fed into the tight dwelling.

Some mechanical shops have a problem with crawl spaces filling up with water every time it rains. If you notice water underneath your business every time a storm hits your town, then after we remediate the issue we can install a crawl space encapsulating system. The system contains a submersible pump located in a hole dug in a low spot of the crawl space. The rest of the area is covered with plastic so that the area is not affected by ground moisture and the wooden floor joists do not get affected by the moisture in the crawl space.

The crawl space system is one of the ways that we prevent future issues from happening. If your auto shop's crawlspace ever has an excessive moisture problem, call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County.

For commercial water damage cleanup and restoration service call us today – (803) 324-5780

Water Removal in Regent Park after a Failed Water Heater

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Over time your hot water heater can corrode and eventually cause your home to flood leaving you in need of professional water removal services.

Rely on SERVPRO for Thorough Water Removal Services

The water heater in your Regent Park home works very hard, holding and transferring water continually from installation to failure or replacement. Deposits accumulate over time on the bottom of the tank, which corrode the heater elements and tank liner. Water quality, especially water hardness, influences how much sediment is deposited. Wear and tear on the piping and tank is also caused by the moving water. The hotter it is, the higher the fatigue.

Your water heater works harder than any other appliance, and in most cases, they fail gradually. However, if the bottom of the tank corrodes out, you can wind up with a deluge of water and the need for water removal services in your Regent Park home. If your water heater is on an upper level of your home, the damage is even worse. Either way, you need our staff at SERVPRO to help you clean up the mess and dry out your home.

Upon arriving at your home, we carefully pre-inspect every aspect of the damaged areas. Then our next step is to pump out any standing water. Walls and floors are inspected for any water as well.

SERVPRO staff uses moisture meters to find any hidden water in ceilings, walls, carpets, and flooring. Furniture is moved and set on blocks as necessary; then water is extracted from hard surface flooring and carpets. We usually need to detach carpeting and extract water from the pad and floor. The pad is removed from your structure, and in most cases, needs to be discarded.

We check for any mold growth, which we clean if found. The back of the carpet and floor are treated with an appropriate antimicrobial or deodorizer. Carpeting is laid back down, while we extract water again from the surface fibers. Then we apply an antimicrobial or deodorizer to the face fibers if needed.

Drying equipment is placed in your home next, including air movers and dehumidifiers which deliver dry, warm air to the area. These machines are monitored daily to ensure the fastest drying time.

Water or Flood Damage? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

24-Hour Emergency Water Removal Service

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We provide emergency water restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – including all holidays. Regent Park residents can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Crawl Space Water Damage In Your Baxter Village Home

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

When you have a crawl space under your Baxter Village home, water can enter into from various sources.

Water Damage In Your Home

When you have a crawl space under your Baxter Village home, water can enter into from various sources. These include plumbing leaks, groundwater, and heavy rain. While water itself might not cause problems outside of a wet crawl space, moisture which evaporates from that water can cause problems. Mold, wood rot, high electric bills, and mildew are all possible from humidity in your crawl space.

A small crack in your foundation can be the culprit to your crawl space moisture as well. However, no matter what the situation is, you should get it taken care of a soon as you can to avoid additional water damage to your Baxter Village home. Our SERVPRO staff is always standing by to assist you with an emergency like this, and we have the equipment to be able to get into tighter spaces as well.

Since working in water-damaged crawl spaces can be a challenge due to small access doors which makes equipment challenging to pass through, we have to work carefully. Even if the door is large enough to pass equipment through, the space itself can lack adequate room for a dehumidifier to stand upright. We may need to remove insulation to help us work.

SERVPRO staff also checks for electrical hazards which may be present and ensure that electrical circuits going under your home are deactivated. The water in crawl spaces is usually black or gray because of dirt floors, so we also wear appropriate safety equipment.

We can then remove the standing water from the crawl space. Finding the lowest point, we use a submersible pump to get rid of the majority of the water. Once it is removed, we then figure out the best way to dry out the structural parts of your floor. We block off foundation vents unless we can use an open drying system.

If possible, we place dehumidifiers and air movers in the crawl space to finish the drying. We might need to remove a section of the floor or other methods if they do not fit. We also tent the area off to create a smaller drying area.

We can use a flex hose as a duct if our equipment does not fit so air can be moved from dehumidifiers into the crawl space. A piece of light gauge sheet metal can be cut to fit the outlet of the dehumidifier to vent dry air into spaces which are small.

Flooding or Water Damage? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

24 Hour Emergency Water Removal Service

We know that water and flooding emergencies can happen any time, so we’re ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – including holidays. We provide immediate emergency water services to you Baxter Village home or business, day or night.

River Hills Plantation Fire Damage Specialists

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage cleanup company is ready to help.

Fire Damage

Accidents happen, and sometimes a small fire breaks out inside your River hills home. Even if the fire gets put out quickly, the smoke from the blaze still causes damage. In many fire scenarios, smoke causes more damage to the home than the actual flames do.

Whenever there is a fire in your home, it is important to contact professionals that know how smoke effects a home. SERVPRO's fire damage experts in River Hills are IICRC certified and know about how smoke behaves inside a structure. Knowing how smoke behaves helps our team find all of the places where smoke residues reside.

During a fire smoke and soot particles find different places in your home to settle. Sometimes soot hides in places that are not visible at first sight. SERVPRO's restoration crews know that two factors of smoke behavior deal with temperature. The temperature of the smoke and the temperature of the surrounding surfaces are two main factors that affect where soot settles inside a building.

The temperature of the smoke decides where soot created by it settles inside a dwelling. Hot air always rises above and replaces cold air because it is not as dense. The act of heat transferring through air movement is known as convection. The longer a fire burns, the more the heat wants to move upward inside the structure.

As everyone knows if you are ever in an indoor fire you are supposed to get low to the ground because smoke rises. Soot collects first on the ceiling directly above the fire source. Smoke then moves into other rooms from the tops of doorways.

Another factor that effects where smoke moves inside a home are the temperature of the surrounding surfaces. Due to convection, soot from the smoke firsts sticks to surfaces that have a colder temperature. Sometimes closets have smoke damage on the ceiling because the temperature is lower inside the closet than other places in the house.

Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today (803) 324-5780

Understanding the Equipment That Professionals Use to Restore Water Damage to Your Winthrop University Area Home

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

If you need help from a burst water heater call us today.

SERVPRO Provides Top-Notch Gear and Cleaning Products for Cleanup and Restoration After Water Intrusion or Leaks

Water damage restoration can be frustrating and time consuming for a homeowner. Whether the damage is caused by a blocked drain, a busted pipe or any other reason, you often need professional help to tackle it.

When the restoration experts arrive at your water damaged home in Winthrop University area, they can bring quite a few pieces of equipment to get the situation under control as soon as possible. SERVPRO professionals can use this equipment for a range of reasons including removing the stagnant water to eliminating the residual moisture. Let us take a closer look at some of this equipment and what role they play during the restoration process.

Moisture sensing  
Equipment such as Moisture sensors, Moisture meters, and Thermohygrometers are used to detect the level of moisture in your home after a water damage incidence. These devices are crucial for a restoration expert to devise a strategy to get your home in pre-damage conditions in no time. While moisture meters calculate accurate moisture readings, the thermohygrometers can help the SERVPRO experts to determine valuable parameters such as relative humidity, dew point, and vapor pressure.

Extraction  
The equipment in this category is used to extract or remove water from the premises. Extractors are used to eliminate standing water from your property after a water damage incidence. There are different types of extractors depending on the amount of water they can remove. Some are handheld while other are truck mounted as well.

The residual moisture remaining after the stagnant water is removed can be removed using dehumidifiers and air movers. The dehumidifiers can extract water vapor from the air and condense it into liquid water. It speeds up the drying process. The dehumidifiers can be either refrigerant or desiccant. While the earlier ones work on the same principle as an air conditioner, the later use special (silicone) chemicals called desiccants. The chemicals absorb the moisture from the air and absorb it.

Deodorization  
After the standing water and residual moisture has been eliminated, the next step is to deodorize your home. It can be done using the deodorizing equipment. Some of the most commonly used equipment to eliminate odors include thermal foggers and Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) foggers. They are used to distribute chemicals to combat the odor producing molecules in the air.

Flooding or Water Damage? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

24 Hour Emergency Water Removal Service

Flooding or water damage can affect your Winthrop University home or business, day or night, without warning. That’s why we provide immediate emergency water damage restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – 365 days a year.

Commercial Building Fire Safety For Fort Mill- Clover- Rock Hill

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Need commercial emergency fire cleanup?

Maintaining fire safety in your commercial building is essential to protect your employees and your customers. Proper fire safety also provides a level of protection for your equipment, tools, merchandise and raw materials, records and the building itself. There are four crucial elements to a commercial building fire safety system.

Fire Alarms

Fire alarms are your first line of defense against the potential risks of fires and are perhaps the most critical element of a commercial building fire safety system. When a fire alarm sounds, everyone in your building knows that a potential danger exists and that immediate evacuation is necessary. Even if it turns out to be a false alarm, employees and customers should recognize that the system works to protect them.

Fire alarms should be inspected and maintained at least annually to keep them in proper operating condition. You should also conduct regular tests of the fire alarm system along with fire drills to ensure that your employees understand and can conduct fire safety and evacuation procedures. Contact your local fire safety authorities for information on local, state and federal requirements for fire alarm systems.

Emergency Lights and Exit Signs

During a fire, conditions can be chaotic and confusing. Electrical power to the building will most likely be lost. Smoke can obscure vision and make it difficult to navigate even a highly familiar building. People will be tense and possibly on the verge of panic. Emergency lights and exit signs make it more likely that individuals will be able to see well enough to get out of the building and to a safe area.

Emergency lights are designed to come on when main power supplies are lost. Similarly, lighted exit signs switch to emergency power when they no longer get electricity from the main source. These devices help light up emergency evacuation routes and make it clear where doorways and exits can be found.

These lights and signs should be tested regularly to ensure proper operation. This often involves simply pressing the "test" button to ensure they correctly switch to standby power. A monthly 30-minute minimum function test and an annual 90-minute function test should also be conducted and documented.

Fire Extinguishers

Most fire codes require access to fire extinguishers in a commercial setting. They provide individuals with a means to put out small fires or stop the spread of a larger fire long enough for a safe evacuation of the building.

In general, fire extinguishers should be mounted on walls at distances of less then 75 feet, meaning that no one should have to travel more than 75 feet to get to a fire extinguisher. There should also be extinguishers mounted near exits to ensure easy access and that no one has to go farther into a burning building to find an extinguisher.

Make sure your employees know how to operate a fire extinguisher and that the extinguishers are maintained and inspected regularly.

Fire Sprinkler/Standpipe Systems

In some commercial facilities, a sprinkler system may be used. These systems react to heat and turn on a water sprinkler to suppress or extinguish larger fires.

Sprinkler and standpipe systems will likely require the services of licensed inspectors to ensure they are maintained and are in proper working order. Tests and inspections should include:

  • A monthly check to ensure all control valves are in the proper position.
  • A quarterly test of the system's main drain.
  • An annual inspection by a professional sprinkler system contractor.
  • A five-year reconstruction of the back flow device and internal inspection of the sprinkler pipes.

Commercial Fire Damage? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Flood Damage Mitigation And Restoration Services Available Throughout River Hills Plantation Area

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

River Hills has flooding streets.

Sooner is Better Than Later for Flood Water Removal and Cleanup

Surviving a flood on your property should always be the first step, dealing with what gets left behind can come later. However, cleaning and restoration are often overwhelming for most homeowners to tackle on their own. You need the right tools, equipment, and resources to treat flood damage in your home correctly and be aware of the possible health risks involved in the work.

Floods can be emotionally and physically exhausting. However, as soon as you get word from local authorities about receding water flow and receive an all-clear about returning to your home after a flood, contact a restoration company. Flood damage in your River Hills area home only gets worse the longer you wait, get help documenting the damage and start on your home's recovery right away.

Just remember, never enter your home alone. Have a qualified professional with you that can help you avoid causing further damage and any possible hazards that might exist. Flood waters often drag anything and everything along with it, causing contamination to be a primary concern. Without the proper equipment, you can expose members of your family to biological and chemical waste.  

SERVPRO helps you get debris and damaged household goods out of your home quickly and efficiently. With an expedited debris removal process, items that would otherwise sit on your lawn for weeks, or even months, get hauled away immediately under normal circumstances. It also gives our technicians the room they need to begin work on the inside of your home.

SERVPRO gives you a better chance of restoring furniture, appliances, electronics, and personal belongings caught up in the event. Your refrigerator, washer/dryer, air conditioner, stove, water heater, dishwasher, television, computer, stereo, telephone, lamps, and other household goods may not be as damaged as you might think. Each can benefit from an inspection provided by a qualified professional.
SERVPRO has access to water extraction and drying equipment of all shapes and sizes, which allows us the opportunity to get water out of your home faster than ever before. Infrared moisture detectors, hygrometers, air-movers, drying, cleaning, deodorizing and disinfecting after a flood has never been more manageable.

Flooding or Water Damage in River Hills Plantation? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Tips To Safely Remove Sewage Backup In Tega Cay After Heavy Rains

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

A sewage backup can cause a lot damage to a home or business.

Need A Emergency Sewage Cleanup Company In Tega Cay?

Sewer backup in Tega Cay following heavy rains is not uncommon. This can result in just a few inches of standing water or several feet of rain water accumulating. Knowing how to remove this water safely and properly is important. You might also consider putting preventative measures in place to reduce the risk of this situation in the future.

Taking Preventative Measures

If you have experienced a sewer backup once, you know it is definitely something that you do not want to happen again. There are a few ways to reduce your risk:

• Install backwater valves on any basement plumbing fixtures
• On the house trap, ensure that all sewer trap plugs fit properly and tightly

Removing Sewage Backup

First and foremost, you want to shut off the electricity and gas in the space that was affected by the backup. Then, the most important part is to get all of the standing water out as quickly as possible. A sump or trash pump might be beneficial for this step in the process. Once removed, start by opening windows and doors and running fans to air out the space.

Any items touched by the backup or black water should be thrown away due to the risk of them being contaminated. Then, start cleaning. Use appropriate cleaning solutions, such as bleach and other disinfectants. Go over all surfaces multiple times, using clean sponges or cloths so that you can avoid cross-contaminating cleaned areas. Once clean, make sure to use another fresh towel to thoroughly dry the area. As you are doing this, be careful not to track sewage or other debris to already-cleaned areas.

It is important that sewer backup is promptly removed to avoid additional problems. Once it is gone and restoration is completed, consider instituting preventative measures to help to decrease the chances of your home experiencing this issue in the future.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Industry Terms for Fire Damages

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

We can help you with any size fire damage cleanup.

Industry Terms for Fire Damages

When a Riverview property experiences a fire, a homeowner and commercial property manager will begin to hear a lot of terms they may be unfamiliar with.  Familiarizing yourself with this vocabulary will help facilitate your understanding of what is happening.

Rest assured that if you should ever need our help, our team will walk you through the process of Newport fire cleanup and restoration.

Fire Damage:  This is a general term that says a fire was the cause of loss.

Stabilizing the Structure:  This refers to the need to make a structure safe enough for our technicians to begin cleanup and remediation work.  The fire must be completely put out.  It may also include roof tarping, board-up, temporary fencing, and a security guard.

Roof Tarping:  A thick, weatherproof piece of plastic tarping will be attached to the roof to prevent precipitation from entering the building and causing secondary damage.  

Board-Up:  When pieces of board are placed over damaged windows and doors to prevent precipitation from entering the building and also to deter possible break-ins.

Temporary Fencing:  When a temporary fence is installed around the perimeter of the property or highly damaged areas to prevent possible break-ins and keep the general public away from sensitive areas.

Security Guard:  When a structure cannot be immediately stabilized (for example, it’s raining and it’s not safe to tarp the roof), a 24-hour security guard can be hired to protect the property.

Secondary Damage:  A damage that occurred which did not come from the original source.  For example, in a fire damage, the fire is the primary damage.  Secondary damage may come from the water used during firefighting efforts.

Pre-Loss Condition:  Means to put the property back together the way it was before the fire damage. This is the goal of the insurance company when a fire damage occurs.

Smoke Damage:  When smoke particles have embedded themselves in a material, like a wall, clothing, or piece of furniture.  Smoke damage cannot usually be seen, but it can be smelled.  Cleaning and deodorization should take place.

Soot Damage:  When soot has sullied a material.  Soot is produced by the incomplete burning during the fire.  It is acidic and causes damage to materials when it’s not properly or promptly cleaned.  Cleaning and deodorization should take place.

Demolition:  When a material has experienced permanent damage and cannot be cleaned, it is removed and thrown away.

Containment:  When thick plastic is set up in order to isolate the airspace of a room.  This is done so that deodorization techniques can be more effective or to prevent an unaffected area of a property from becoming contaminated.

Air Scrubber:  A machine that cleans the air.  

HEPA Filter: High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance filter can catch particles as small as 0.3 microns.  This is our filter of choice when using an air scrubber.

Deodorization:  When an item or property is rid of smells caused by the fire damage.

Structural Framing:  The structure of the property, like beams.  If the structure has been damaged, it must be replaced.

Contents:  Anything that is not part of the structure, like furniture.  When affected, contents can either be cleaned on-site or taken back to our cleaning facility.

Textiles:  If you turned the property upside down and everything fell out, the items that fell and did not break are textiles.  These include clothing, shoes, plush animals, etcetera.  When affected, textiles are taken back to our facility for cleaning.

Pack-out / Pack-Back:  When the structure isn’t safe, contents and textiles are moved out of the property and taken to our facilities for cleaning and storage.  They are returned when the property is clean, reconstructed, and safe for inhabitants.  Items may also be delivered to a second location if the owner would like them returned sooner.

Storage:  Items that have been packed-out are stored in our facilities until they can be returned.

HVAC & Duct Work:  Heating, Ventilation, and Air Condition system.  Ducts are the pathways for the cold or warm air to travel around the property.  Many times, the HVAC system needs to be cleaned after a fire damage because smoke has accumulated inside of it.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Preparing Your Doby's Bridge Area Business for Spring Showers and Water Damage

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Doby's Bridge water damage cleanup company.

Water Damage In Doby's Bridge Community

Rain, rain, go away. We all know the months are coming when we will start to think of these words to that childhood song. Rain is necessary to nourish flowers and trees, and that’s great! But sometimes all that water can cause damage to your home or business.

Is your Doby's Bridge business ready? Let’s talk about ways to prepare.

  • Take a look at rain gutters. Clogged gutters will cause rainwater to backup, damaging your roof and walls.
  • Do a roof inspection. Are any shingles loose or damaged? Replace any that could be an issue to protect attic or work space from water damage.
  • Check interior walls and ceilings for signs of water damage; this could be an indication of roof leaks.
  • Trim any trees and bushes next to your Belle Meade business. Be sure to cut back branches that could become waterlogged and break off, damaging property.
  • Ensure that all doors and windows are secure, and that weatherstripping is in good condition.
  • Look for water collecting around the foundation of your Doby's Bridge business, and take steps to redirect it, if needed, to avoid water damage.
  • If your business is located near flooding areas, stockpiling sandbags to protect your property and parking areas would be a good idea.
  • Any erosion on your property will need to be handled before the rains come so that your business won’t suffer from mudslides.
  • Make sure the city drains near your business are clear of debris and earth. Call the Doby's Bridge Public Works Department if you think there may be an issue.

Preparedness in the event of any kind of extreme weather is always a good idea, to protect your business and property from loss and damage. Taking the time to assess your situation and thinking ahead about what may come is a good way to keep your investment secure.

If you need a emergency water damage restoration company for the Doby's Bridge area call 803-324-5780.

Understanding the Different Types of Smoke Residue After Fire Damage to Your Fort Mill Home or Condo

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke Cleanup and Odor Removal Are Crucial to Fire Damage Restoration in Fort Mill and Rock Hill.

Stains and Odors Accompany Fire & Smoke Incidents--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Not all smoke and soot residue after fire damage to your home is the same, and the success of a restoration process depends on the type of the residue. While some type of residue is easier to clean, other can be notoriously difficult to eliminate.

SERVPRO technicians can employ different methods to tackle a different type of smoke residue after a fire incidence to your Fort Mill home. The type of the smoke and soot residue affects the time required for the restoration.

Dry and wet smoke residue  
Almost all fires produce both wet and dry smoke residue in varying proportions. As both of these residues differ in the damage that they can potentially cause, they require different methods of elimination.

Fast burning and fires that have an ample supply of oxygen produce predominantly dry smoke. On the other hand, fires that burn slow and are deprived of oxygen produce predominantly wet smoke residue.

Dry residue is easier to clean, and SERVPRO professionals can restore more material in such cases. Cleaning such residues requires less aggressive procedures and cause lesser secondary damage. That said, as the dry residue is generated by hotter fires, which can cause more damage compared to the colder fires.

The wet smoke residue, on the other hand, is predominantly generated when the fire burns slow and is more difficult to clean. Wet smoke contains a higher proportion of solvent and other liquid components. As fires generating wet smoke burn slower, they have ample time to reach between crevices and enclosed areas. It can be quite challenging to clean the wet smoke residue even if the damage due to the actual fire is minimal. Extreme measures such as stripping and refinishing may be required to clean such residue.

Protein Residue  
Protein residue is a common feature of fires that originate in the kitchens and involve burning poultry, meat or fish. These organic materials produce smoke that is rich in protein residue and has a yellow or amber color. Such smoke can cause discoloration of walls and other exposed surfaces. Another problem with protein residue is the odor, that can linger on for days after the incidence and often requires deodorization. Thermal fogging can follow the path of the odor airborne smoke odors and chemically alter them. This challenge is handled by SERVPRO FST technicians by also setting up ozone machines when the property is vacant of people, pets, and plants, and when not, hydroxyl generators.

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The Risks of Forgoing a Biohazard Clean Up Crew

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard crews are extremely important for restoration work!

Need A Biohazard Cleanup Company?

Biohazard cleanup crews are extensively trained to handle the decontamination process of your Rock Hill home or business in the aftermath of many biohazard situations. Common scenarios that warrant a professional restoration include sewage backups, chemical spills, blood pathogens and methamphetamine labs.

When your property has been exposed to biological and chemical contaminants, your health is at risk. These situations all leave harmful residues behind, including bodily fluids, such as blood, medical waste, and microorganisms that can harbor viruses and toxins. When not handled quickly, these biohazard materials can rapidly spread infection and disease.

These situations should be considered emergencies that are best left to a biohazard cleanup crew. Biohazard materials can be dangerous if handled without proper training, equipment, and protection. Emergency biohazard cleaning services know how to remove these materials effectively while containing the potential spread of sickness.

If you are dealing with a crime scene, this is another reason to leave the job to a biohazard cleanup crew. These professionals are trained to cooperate with law enforcement in the aftermath of a crime. If you attempt to handle the process yourself, you pose the risk of hindering an investigation through cross-contamination or otherwise meddling with evidence.

These professionals also ensure that your Fort Mill property is thoroughly sanitized, even when everything looks clean. Proper sterilization will make your home or business safe again, and biohazard cleanup crews have access to commercial-grade equipment and disinfectants that you wouldn’t. Our emergency service covers Clover, York, Tega Cay, Fort Mill, Rock Hill, River Hills, Lake Wylie and all of York County.                                                                  

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Water Removal and Restoration Services Available Throughout The Doby's Bridge Area

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Call on SERVPRO when you have standing water in your home for fast removal.

SERVPRO Offers Fully Certified Water Removal Services 24/7, 365

Whether you purchase a brand new home or have something with a little more history, water entering your home can cause a great deal of stress and take a severe toll on your living environment. Humidity, condensation, and water intrusions are all things that every Doby's Bridge homeowner has to face at some point in their lives.

Using professional water removal methods can help prevent a variety of damages in your Doby's Bridge area home. Regardless of the source of the problem you face, a company that provides these services can efficiently assist with protecting essential documents, furniture, appliances, carpeting, and personal items affected by this type of event and help you restore your home to its former glory.

SERVPRO’s fully-certified IICRC water removal and restoration professionals have access to a variety of water removal and drying equipment. Portable hand-held or truck-mounted extractors of various sizes make drying and cleaning carpeting, flooring, and upholstery items more successful and give you a higher chance of significantly reducing possible damages caused by water intrusions in your home.

SERVPRO technicians can put the extractors heater, pump, and vacuum system to use, providing you with both damage mitigation and restorative functions for many contents found in your home. If you have over two inches of standing water, we can put submersible pumps to work, extracting a higher volume, faster and help dispose of any possibly contaminated water the correct way. 

SERVPRO is locally owned, open 24/7, 365, proudly providing water removal, cleaning, and restoration services you can count on to get your home water-free, fast. We can explain our services in detail, keep you informed throughout the removal process and communicate with your insurance company to make the entire situation is as stress-free as possible.

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County offers expert water removal and restoration services throughout the Rock Hill, Fort Mill, and Baxter Village areas, providing quality solutions to members of our local communities that help make your house feel like a home again. Call us anytime, day or night for qualified help you can trust. (803) 324-5780.

Why You Need to Respond Quickly to Water Damage in Your Rock Hill Office

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the training and expertise to handle your important files and equipment damaged during a water emergency.

SERVPRO Restores Your Business Quickly and Gets Your Doors Open Sooner

Your office building might seem like it is always open and operating, but that might also be a testament to the commitment that you have to the clients you serve and the community around you. When you have an emergency that threatens this same commitment that you uphold to your clients, it is a situation that demands resolution quickly and efficiently. To make matters worse, water emergencies can threaten not only the productivity of the office building itself but also threaten to irreparably damage equipment and sensitive files if it does not get dealt with promptly.

When water damage threatens your Rock Hill facility, you have many concerns that are racing through your mind. Handling each of these concerns for your staff and your clients can keep your hands full enough, so it is easy to hand off the restoration to a qualified professional to oversee getting your building back on its feet.

A water emergency can present itself in several different ways, from the bursting of indoor plumbing to the malfunctions of fire prevention equipment like the sprinkler systems. Both can leave large volumes of water in the affected areas, not to mention requires being physically turned off to prevent water from continuously flowing through the break or separation. By the time that the problem gets noticed, a significant emergency situation could be on your hands.

However, permitting SERVPRO to oversee the restoration needs you have can also easily get attributed to your need to get the office back up and running as quickly as possible. Not only do the clients that you serve depend on your facility being open and accessible to them as they need it, the staff that occupies the building also depends on their weekly hours to support their families and pay the bills that they have.

When a water damage emergency threatens your facility, regardless of the severity of the problem, time is of the essence. With so much riding on the business being open and available, trust the experienced professionals of our SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County team. You can reach us anytime you need us at (803) 324-5780.

Protecting Your Clover Home's Garage From Flood Damage

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency flood damage cleanup service for Clover South Carolina at 803-324-5780.

One of the first areas affected by excess water after a storm is the garage of your Clover area home. Flooding here can lead to significant damages that also prevent you from performing daily activities. However, you can help prevent flooding in your garage by following a few simple tips.

If you find yourself dealing with flood damage of any kind on your Clover area property, call a professional for help eliminating the problem immediately. Remember, taking swift; decisive action can help prevent additional damages, contamination, and corrosion that takes a severe toll on your home over time.

Provide your garage with the proper protection against water intrusion by maintaining weatherstripping or water sealants where necessary. Seals around your garage door, windows, and doors can efficiently prevent minor flooding. However, these seals degrade over time, so maintenance is essential to prevent significant damage to your property.

You can have your home and garage inspected by a qualified professional that understands how water behaves. SERVPRO can help you identify existing problems and give you suggestions about which steps to take to protect your property. Things such as checking your foundation for cracks or additional damage can prevent water from seeping into your home, making unprotected areas less vulnerable during a flood.

Have the drainage around your home maintained regularly. Broken gutters and downspouts play a significant role in protecting your home, as does drainage, backflow valves, and sump pumps. Having the proper drainage installed along your driveway can help lead excess water away from your structure, serving as a second line of defense against flooding.

When flood barriers or sandbags fail, the installation of flood vents allows flood waters to enter and exit your garage unobstructed, preventing water build-up that allows standing water to damage your property and stored belongings. SERVPRO technicians can help you prepare your garage and home against flood damage that might occur in your area.

Flooding or Water Damage? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

24 Hour Emergency Water Removal Service

We know that water and flooding emergencies can happen any time, so we’re ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – including holidays. We provide immediate emergency water services to you Clover home or business, day or night.

What All Business Owners Should Know About Mold

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Need a mold removal or cleanup company in the Fort Mill, Rock Hill area? Call us today at 803-324-5780.

If you have recently had flooding in your business, you may worry about the mold growth that follows. Even after the water damage has subsided, the worry continues. With a basic understanding of mold and how it spreads through high humidity, you can feel confident in choosing a mold remediation specialist in Fort Mill South Carolina.

There are a few frequently asked questions about mold:

• What causes it?
• How dangerous is it?
• Can I handle it myself?
• How can I stop it?

If you, like other business owners, have these questions, you can find answers here.

What Causes Mold?

It’s a misconception to think that mold just shows up right after a flood. The truth is that mold is around us almost everywhere we go. However, these spores are usually too small to see and don’t cause trouble.

However, when the humidity level rises above 45 percent in an area, mold can grow and spread. That’s when you get the mold growth with which you may be more familiar. High humidity and water damage are two of the primary ways mold infiltrates a business.

How Dangerous Is It?

There is plenty of debate about the health effects of mold. In addition to any of those, mold can create a foul smell that drives customers away. If left alone long enough, it can even cause structural damage. That’s why it’s better to take care of the problem as soon as you detect mold.

Can You Handle It Yourself?

This problem is better left to the professionals. Much like you would not trust someone less experienced in running your business, you should trust a professional restoration crew in Rock Hill South Carolina to get rid of your mold problem.

How Can You Stop It?

The moment water builds up in your business, it’s time to spring into action. First, call a professional mold growth remediation specialist. Then, make sure to follow any instructions the professional gives while you wait. If the water is safe, you may start cleaning it up. However, you may need to leave black water alone.

If You See Signs of Mold,
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Finding the Cause of Flood Damage in Your Rock Hill Home

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

A small hole in your foundation can cause severe damage during heavy rainfall and flooding.

SERVPRO Remediates Damage and Takes Steps to Prevent Future Damage

You cannot predict the weather, nor can severe weather ever get prevented. With this understanding, you are perpetually at the mercy of the construction of your Rock Hill home’s foundation to prevent water from penetrating through the block and mortar joints and pooling on the floors. While modern homes have several lines of defense to prevent this from happening, older homes in the area were not as well built to withstand years of exterior water pressures. 

A lot of it results from the lack of having a French drain, as is the case with many of the homes built before the 1980s in the area. Before then, there was no real standard in place regarding the installation of these systems even though they have existed for much longer than that. It was at the discretion of the contractor building the house, and in many cases, they saved time and money and left it out entirely. The missing water diversion equipment like this can explain the number of flood damage cases our SERVPRO team sees that affect Knoxville homes. 

With just a small hole or crack in the foundation of your home, you have opened yourself up to a lot of potential problems down the road. Over even a short period, regular water penetration can wear out these vulnerable spots even further, causing them to allow even more water through when there are significant weather events and flooding conditions outside. The ever-present water underground works on these weakened portions of your foundation and continues to the point that even short-lived severe storms can quickly flood your lower level. 

Our SERVPRO team can quickly assess this flooding situation and work through the restoration plan to bring your home back to the way it used to be. While much of this restoration focuses on the removal and extraction of the water using our portable pumps and pump trucks, locating the source of the problem and sealing off these vulnerable areas is equally important. By sealing off these penetration points with hydraulic cement, you can feel more comfortable with the entire restoration process and trust that it is going to last. 

Flood damage might get caused by several different things, but inadequate water diversion implements are a typical one. When you are facing flood damages in your home, trust our experienced professionals at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County. We are available anytime by calling (803) 324-5780. 

Cleaning and Removing Mold Damage in Clover Homes

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

If you need mold removal in Clover South Carolina call us today at 803-324-5780.

Defining SERVPRO's Mold Remediation Process

Every Clover home has mold spores in the air and on many surfaces. These spores are usually inert, meaning they are no more of a threat to home and health than regular house dust. Only when the spores have the right environment of moisture, a food source, and the right temperature, do they expand and grow into a problem.
 
To combat Clover mold damage, SERVPRO has developed a four-step method that is effective in every home. Depending on the amount of mold present, each step in the process may not be necessary, but for most tasks, containment, removal, cleaning and drying are basic requirements.
 
Establishing containment is our first step if there is even a remote chance our actions could spread the mold to unaffected parts of the home. We seal off all entry points, to include doors, windows, and even the heating and air vents with plastic sheeting. Inside this area, we create negative air pressure. It forces the air inside, along with any loose spores, outside of the home. For large, contaminated areas we also establish a decontamination room so we can leave our tools, coveralls, and protective gear inside to prevent spreading mold.
 
Now, we remove the mold from the surfaces. How we do this depends if the items are porous or non-porous. Carpets and fabrics like upholstery are porous, which require more effort than simply wiping them down with a sponge or cloth sprayed with an anti-fungal cleaning agent. SERVPRO technicians have to dispose of property with porous surfaces much more often than the non-porous items.
 
Items with non-porous surfaces include kitchen countertops and non-upholstered furniture. Usually, we can wipe the mold off by hand, but if the layer is very thick, we bring in commercial vacuums with HEPA filters. These are designed specifically to capture mold spores and can lift even a single one off of a surface.
 
Next, we allow any airborne spores to settle. Removal always stirs up the air and dust in the affected area. Once enough time has passed, we wipe down every surface and repeat until the air inside the area tests at normal levels.
 
Our last step is to dry the affected area to prevent new mold growth. We install dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air and set up air movers to force warm air over any surfaces we previously damped or soaked with cleaning agents.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

How To Take Care of Belongings After a Commercial Fire

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage cleanup company for Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Lake Wylie and all of York County.

Who to call for commercial fire damage cleanup?

Dealing with a commercial electrical fire in York County, SC is no business owner’s ideal way to spend an afternoon, but being prepared for the ins and outs of the aftermath can help ease the process. Depending on how extensive the fire is, any number of belongings and structural areas may have been severely damaged. Treating those belongings will be up to the restoration company either you or your insurance company has chosen, but knowing the process can go a long way toward alleviating concerns, as well as helping determine the difference between a reputable and not-so-reputable restoration company.

Content Restoration

A truly professional restoration company will have a “restore” mindset rather than “replace” when it comes to the contents in the affected area, but that’s not to say that all items will be salvageable. A reputable restoration company will do everything in its power to restore salvageable items to their pre-fire condition. Depending on the type of damage, restoration workers will use a number of methods to restore items, including wet, dry, foam, abrasive and immersion cleaning, as well as a spray and wipe method.

Pack-Outs

Sometimes, if an electrical fire affected a large enough area, items will have to be packed out of the room or rooms in order to assess the damage more effectively. Not only does this speed up the remodeling process, but it also protects damaged contents from further damage during the restoration process.

Electronic Cleanup

With an electrical fire, perhaps the items most likely to be unsalvageable are the electronics that started the fire in the first place. This decision varies case by case, however, and it’s important to leave it up to the professionals to assess whether or not an item can be salvaged. When it comes to television or computer cleanup, it’s important to act quickly to prevent further damage. It’s also important that you do not attempt to turn on or operate any electronic device that has been damaged by fire until a restoration professional has inspected or restored it.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (803) 324-5780

What You Need to Do After a Home Fire Is Extinguished

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Need a emergency fire damage cleanup company in Lake Wylie? Call us today at 803-324-5780.

Lake Wylie Fire Damage Cleanup Crew

After you’ve escaped your home and had firefighters extinguish the flames, it might feel like your job is done. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. To ensure your home’s getting the proper treatment and fire restoration services it really needs to get back to normal, you’ll need to do just a few things, including:

* Call your insurance company
* Steer clear of your property
* Contact a fire and smoke cleaning crew in Lake Wylie, South Carolina.

By taking these steps, you can rest assured you’re getting the maximum amount of help when it comes to getting your home back in livable condition.

Insurance

After emergency services, your insurance company should be your first call. With most plans, fire insurance is included, and it likely covers at least some of the damages to your home. Agents can direct you to cleanup professionals supported by your plan, and help you financially throughout the entire process.

Call in the Professionals

Once you’ve spoken to your insurance agent, it’s time to call in the cleaners. One of the most crucial services these types of pros offer is an emergency board-up, which means they’ll quickly and expertly patch any damaged portions of your roof or siding to keep rainfall from causing even more hardship.

Find Somewhere to Stay

It’s critical to remember that in most cases, you won’t be able to live in your house again until repairs are complete. Therefore, you should find a family member or friend to stay with in the meantime. If none are available, consider finding a hotel to for the time being. It’s always good to make these decisions ahead of time as a part of your fire escape plan.

Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today (803) 324-5780

24-Hour Emergency Fire Restoration Service

Fire emergencies can happen day or night, on weekend or holidays. That’s why we provide 24-hour emergency fire restoration services, 365 days a year. Lake Wylie residents can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Getting Professional Restoration Assistance for Fire Damage to Your Fort Mill Home

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Need emergency fire damage service? Call us today for help.

SERVPRO is Here when Your Home Experiences Fire Damage

When your Fort Mill home falls victim to a fire, you might be overwhelmed with all of the damage that it has done. Even without resounding structural impairment, the lingering effects of both the blaze and the extinguishing efforts require immediate attention to continue to live in your house comfortably. A typical complaint for those that have recently endured similar incidents like this in their own homes is the lingering smoke smell and water damage that resulted from extinguishing efforts.

While the fire damage to your Fort Mill home might seem hard to grasp at first, there is professional restoration help that is only a phone call away. Our SERVPRO team consists of IICRC certified specialists with the tools and expertise to handle even the most serious of disasters. When a lasting foul odor and excessive water damage are left behind after a recent fire in your home, our team is well equipped to combat these effects.

Water damage following fire extinguishing can be challenging to live with, especially if there is standing water still left in the affected areas of your home. When our SERVPRO technicians first arrive, our focus is preventing damages from getting any worse. We do this by boarding up or tarping over any windows that have gotten broken out or present holes in your walls or roof. This coverage prevents further elemental damage while the extraction and drying parts of our restoration process are underway.

Our extraction techniques involve using truck mounted pumps, portable submersible pumps, and wet vacs. The combined efforts of all of this equipment successfully pull up standing water and allow for the drying portion of the process to get started. Drying typically gets accomplished using air movers directed at lasting moisture in the floors and walls of the affected area.

Deodorization is part of our restoration process to handle the lingering smoke smell that can also be hard to manage. We utilize some different tools such as foggers and ozone machines to affect the noxious smell at a molecular level. Our odorless chemical compounds react with foul odor molecules and nullify them entirely.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

What To Do If Your Commercial Water Supply Line Bursts

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

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York County South Carolina Commercial Emergency Restoration Service

The water supply line to your commercial property is vital for ensuring you have a clean business that your customers will want to visit. Unfortunately, sometimes accidents happen. If your water supply line bursts, you could find yourself with a large mess to take care of. Use these tips to help you get through the pipe burst cleanup process.

Shut Off the Water Supply

The first thing you need to do when you notice a burst pipe is to shut off the water supply. This may be found in several areas:

• Near the sink

• Behind the toilet

• In a basement or utility space

• At the main valve near your water meter

Clamp the Pipe Shut

Next, you’ll need to close off the burst in the pipe. Do this by applying a repair clamp to the area. While each package will have its own instructions, the process typically includes adding a rubber sleeve to the leak and then bolting a clamp over the sleeve. If you do not have a repair kit, you can use rubber from an inner tube or similar item with an adjustable hose clamp. This is only a temporary fix, so be sure to call a professional plumber as soon as you clamp the pipe to stop supply line leaking.

Need a Fort Mill commercial water damage restoration company?

Have Questions? Call Today – (803) 324-5780

Commercial Building Restoration Services

We are available 24 hours a day to get your Fort Mill business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation.

There Is Hope After a Water Damage Disaster in Lake Wylie

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Lake Wylie water damage cleanup.

SERVPRO's Quick Response and Remediation Efforts Are Key to a Great Outcome

Water damage can result in significant losses and inconvenience, primarily if you fail to handle when the situation as soon as possible. As a Lake Wylie resident, you should ensure that you can contact a professional organization that specializes in water removal and restoration activities.
 
In case you experience any incidence of water damage in the Clover area, you can always rely on the services of SERVPRO. Our highly competent technicians can respond swiftly to the situation thus mitigating the damages that you might suffer. We aim to ensure that your home is fully restored to enable you to get back to your daily life.
 
SERVPRO follows a strict protocol while handling water damage cases. First and foremost, we can safely remove and store all the furniture, electronics, carpet and other items that could be present in your home. We can then identify the type of water since the removal approach depends on the nature of the water. Our company can classify the water as category 1, 2 and 3 which refers to clean, gray and black water respectively. We can then pump out the water, and this exercise is an essential exercise since it enables us to get rid of most of the water.
 
To ensure that your property is moisture free; our SERVPRO technicians can also employ the use of air movers that facilitate drying and free-flow of air. Excess humidity is another aspect that we are adequately equipped to handle, and we do this by using the dehumidifiers. Most often than not, we encounter situations that require us to dry other household items such as furniture, photos, and paintings. To hasten the drying process, we can use specialized dryers for drying various household items, and this is vital in restoring your house to its original state.

Looking for a water damage cleanup and restoration company in Lake Wylie?

Flooding or Water Damage? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

5 Reasons for Toilet Overflow In Fort Mill

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Toilet overflow cleanup company in Fort Mill, SC.

A toilet overflow and sewer damage in a commercial building in Fort Mill South Carolina is everything else but fun. It gets even worse if it’s a recurring problem that you have no explanation for. If you have a flooded toilet, it’s best to reach out to a sewage company that specializes in commercial restoration soonest so your business can get back to normal. Here are five situations that can cause a toilet to overflow.


1. Clogged Drain Line


This is probably the most common reason for toilet overflow, and it is oftentimes associated with the line that connects the toilet to the main exterior line. However, it’s also possible that other lines are responsible for this. That’s why it’s recommended to have an expert assess the situation.


2. Sewer Issue


A flooded toilet can also be related to the sewer lines. It’s not unheard of that lines that run from the building to the main sewer line get clogged with foreign materials and objects. Even tree roots can block or damage pipes.


3. Septic Issues


Is your commercial property on a septic system? In this case, the tank can be full or unable to absorb any more water, which can lead to sewer damage.


4. Low-Flow Toilet


Chances are your toilets see a lot of usage and they might not be able to handle what they are being asked to do. Especially older low-flow toilets are known to be troublesome as they are not as strong and durable as their modern counterparts. You might not be able to control what type of non-flushable items or the amount of toilet paper people are trying to flush.


5. Blocked Trap


The trap between the base or bowl of the toilet and the drain pipe can get clogged up with foreign objects and even too much toilet paper. This can cause a water backup.

These are some of the most common reasons for toilet overflow. A sewage company can find the issue and clean up the sewer damage in your commercial building.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Snow Coming to York County South Carolina?

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

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Snow may be coming to the Fort Mill Rock Hill area tonight or Wednesday. They are not quite sure how much or if any will stick to the ground but if it does be careful out there on the roads. Along with the possible snow will be cold temperatures as well which may cause more frozen pipes. We have already seen a large increase of burst pipes and water damage claims this year over last. If you suffer from a flood call us today for help at 803-324-5780.

Fire Damage in Your Fort Mill Commercial Building

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency commercial fire cleanup company for the Fort Mill area.

York County Commercial Fire Restoration Company

Nothing can be more devastating than a fire occurring in a business. Whether it’s an office building, a warehouse, an industrial facility, or a data center; a fire can lead to smoke damage, fire damage, and downtime.

If you do experience a fire to your Fort Mill business, then you want to call the fire remediation experts at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County immediately. They will be able to clean up the fire and smoke damage and make it like it never happened.

Top Causes of Commercial Building Fires

To reduce the risk of fire in your Fort Mill commercial workspace, it’s important to know the top causes of fires and take the appropriate steps to reduce the risk. Below we cover the top causes of fire in commercial and office spaces.

Electrical Fires

Electrical fires are common in office spaces, data centers, and server rooms where faulty electrical equipment, frayed wires, and overloaded plugs can easily cause fires. Hot running equipment like computers and heavy industrial equipment can also easily cause a fire by running too hot.

To prevent electrical fires, you can take several preventive steps. One step is not to overload electrical sockets. While an overloaded power socket could trip your breaker and cut off the power, it could also cause sparks that could catch papers or carpet or other combustible materials on fire.

If you use an extension cord, be sure to check it for any frays or damage. Never use a damaged extension cord as it can cause a short and start a fire. If you are using equipment that can get very hot, make sure they are well ventilated and that they aren’t dusty or dirty. Dust is highly combustible and can easily start a fire if a spark occurs in your equipment.

Flammable & Combustible Materials

Many Fort Mill businesses use flammable liquids and materials in their commercial spaces. It’s important to always store any flammable liquids in their proper storage containers. It’s even more important to make sure they are completely sealed as the vapors are what usually cause a fire.

If flammable liquids and materials aren’t sealed, vapors can build up in the space where they are stored. If a spark from turning on a light or from static occurs, this could not only cause a fire but an explosion.

Train your staff on how to properly store, use, and dispose of any flammable liquids and/or materials. If flammable liquids are spilled, make sure you properly clean them up as well as ventilated the space where they were spilled. Remember that it’s the vapors that are most dangerous.

Human Error

We all make mistakes, unfortunately, some mistakes can cause fires. Improper use of equipment, spilled liquids on electrical equipment, forgetting to turn off heat generating equipment, and mishandling flammable liquids are just a few ways that mistakes by your staff can lead to fires.

While mistakes will be made, you can reduce common ones by training your employees on the dangers of fire in the workplace. Common practices like never leaving food cooking in the microwave or on the stove unattended. Unplugging space heaters before leaving the office. Not placing drinks where they could spill on electronics. And if a fire should occur, it’s important to educate your employees on what to do.

General Negligence

Negligence isn’t the same as human error. Negligence in the workplace is not following proper safety procedures. Negligence can occur throughout your Fort Mill business. Improperly storing and sealing flammable liquids can cause a fire. Storing papers and flammable materials too close to heat generating equipment can cause a fire. Blocking ventilation of electronic equipment like computers can cause them to overheat and start a fire. Not properly disposing of cigarette butts can quickly lead to a fire.

Reducing the chances of fire caused by general negligence, and an understanding of potential risks, teaching your staff to work according to safety procedures can help. If you don’t have standard operating procedures for your work, you may want to create some. Standard operating procedures can include ways to reduce the risks and how to avoid them.

Arson

The last common cause of business fires is arson. While it may seem like arson from vandals seems unpreventable, you can take steps to reduce the chance of it occurring. Make sure your business is properly lit at night to discourage vandals from approaching your business.

If you have areas of the business that are hidden by bushes or trees, you may want to consider trimming them back. Surveillance cameras in areas that have little traffic can help keep trouble at bay.

Commercial Fire Damage? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Sudden Flood Damage Incidents To Your Clover Home

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Clover emergency water damage cleanup company is ready to help.

Foundations Can Suffer from Broken Water Lines Needing Fast Help from SERVPRO

Main lines are a critical component of a water distribution system. When a line breaks or ruptures near your Clover home, the highly pressurized water contained in the pipe finds the path of least resistance to the surface and erupt violently. Until utility workers can shut the portion of the line down for repairs, thousands of gallons of water can flow from the ground and onto your neighboring property.
 
As unfortunate as this occurrence might be, it gets worse when your foundation is not built to prevent water penetration from this sudden flooding event adequately. Even once the water line has been successfully shut down, and the crew is working to repair it, you get left with a substantial amount of water pooling in your lower levels. This flood damage to your Clover home might seem overwhelming, but you do not have to go about it alone. This is not a simple water removal event, but more like a catastrophic natural weather circumstance.
 
Our experienced SERVPRO professionals work quickly to ensure that the present water is not allowed to get any worse. If water is still accessing your home, our priority is to first close off the points of entry temporarily with hydraulic cement. The sealing allows our team to resume water extraction efforts and drying to remove potential threats for more extensive damages. We may require partnering with other companies to mitigate on-going water intrusion adequately.
 
The extraction process in these cases likely involves a pump truck from our fleet, as this is the most efficient means of removing high volumes of water. Given that even with a fast response time to the main line break, valves are not able to be instantaneously shut off, meaning that you are contending with substantial water in your basement level.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians thoroughly dry the area using air movers and other equipment to prevent the possibility of mold growth. Once the initial damage gets restored in the basement, infrared cameras are used to determine if water damage exists out of the line of sight. The inspection ensures that no damage might have missed our initial inspection, and offers you peace of mind that the issues have gotten resolved completely.
 
While flood damage to your Clover home might not always happen as you might expect, there is always someone that can help you to clean up the mess.

Flooding or Water Damage? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Mitigation Of Flood Damaged Personal Belongings In Your Fort Mill Apartment

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

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Mitigation Of Flood Damaged Personal Belongings

Professional restoration services work with homeowners, business owners, government agencies, and insurance adjusters on a daily basis. In Fort Mill, we also work with people who rent their dwelling. When damaging events happen to their home or apartment, their personal belongings can also suffer harm.

Fort Mill residents can benefit from similar flood damage restoration services, just like property owners benefit. We can perform the cleaning and restorations on-site or at our facility. If your landlord also hires us to mitigate the flood damage to your home, we can still provide you with the timely service you deserve. We train our employees to work well in a team and also to diversify their job duties. Our goal is to make everything “Like it never even happened.” for all our customers.

In addition to their customer care training, our employees also engage in training, receiving certifications from the IICRC. We understand the science behind preventing mold and mildew, and their stains, throughout your home. Flood damage creates more problems than just mold and mildew risks. Removing your belongings from the flooded areas of your home can help save them from further harm.

We also serve our customers by packing up non-damaged belongings and household items. As we do this, we list each box's inventory to streamline insurance claims and to ensure each box finds its way back to its original location in your home upon completion of the job.

Concerning your belongings suffering from the flood event, we clean these of any contaminants and promptly return them to their preloss condition. What we may have been unable to restore in the past is now possible because of significant developments in restoration science. Staining can still pose a difficult challenge, but some stains release their grip on fibers more readily than other stains. Chemical agents help us in our work.

Some chemicals come in the form of hydroxyl gas, which can help eliminate solid substances that can pose problems for many clothing items. We have found that restoration after flooding saves money, time, and aggravation, helping residents recover quickly because they need to replace fewer garments.

Flooding or Water Damage? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Frozen Pipe Cleanup Company

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

Cold weather is coming to York County.

Burst Pipes May Cause Major Damage

Frozen pipes are coming to town. The cold weather is coming to the Fort Mill Rock Hill area starting this week. Temperatures are going to be dropping quickly at night. That means if you have any unprotected water lines that they may freeze and cause damage. When water lines freeze they expand and cause breaks or cracks that will start a slow leak or may just burst. At that point water gets all over your home or business causing a possible water damage claim. If this happens to you call our office today for emergency water damage cleanup service at 803-324-5780. Our water extraction team will help you with the cleanup process.

Commercial Water Damage In York County

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial cleanup service for the Fort Mill, Rock Hill and all of York county area.

Commercial Water Damage Cleanup Company

Commercial water damage surprises York County business owners every time it happens. Everyone knows that the sprinkler system is there to stop fire damage, but no one understands the damage that happens when it engages. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the experience, training, and equipment to restore an office or a kitchen back to their original state.

Sprinklers soak everything, that is what they are supposed to do to prevent the spread of fire. Paper products, like documents, cardboard storage boxes, and books quickly turn to a pulpy mush and must be thrown out. If the final condition is not an issue and the business owner needs to keep original contracts, we can preserve the legibility of our technicians can get them spread out on a dry surface. We use air movers to blow warm, dry air over the paper gently and while we cannot return the items to their original condition or look, we can preserve the image in many cases.

The item that usually catches the most damage next is the carpet. SERVPRO technicians use extraction wands to draw out water without damaging the nape of the carpet. If there is a carpet pad, we remove and dispose of it. Pads quickly deteriorate when they become wet, and they are cheaper to replace rather than attempt to restore. Once we remove the water, crew members use the air movers again to force warm, dry air across the surface to dry it out while preventing further damage.

In a commercial kitchen, sprinklers do not usually cause much damage to the equipment. Here, our technicians concentrate on removing water from inside equipment like fryers to safely use them again. They also dry out behind and under everything to prevent mold growth and to make the room safe to walk in again.

To accomplish this, we set up fans at exits to blow the damp air out of the kitchen as we use long-handled squeegees to push water across the floor and out of the building. Once we have the majority of the water out, we set up air movers to finish drying the floors so we can return the kitchen to the owner as soon and safely as possible.

Restoring businesses to a safe, dry condition is not something you can do with a mop and a water-vac. SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County and almost three decades of experience in helping owners reopen their doors. If you have a question about what SERVPRO can do for your business; call us today at 803-324-5780.

Dealing With Fire Damage and Water Damage In Tega Cay

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Emergency fire and water damage service for Tega Cay.

Dealing With Fire Damage and Water Damage

This may come as a surprise to you, but fire damage may not be your biggest concern when a fire strikes your Tega Cay South Carolina home. In order to put the fire out, your local fire company uses a lot of water. While this sounds like a great idea at the time, all that water can cause damage to areas of your home not affected by the fire directly. This is why it’s important to examine all areas of your home after a fire for damage, even those places where the fire didn’t reach.

Unexpected Water Damage

The amount of water a fire department uses to put out your house fire can easily exceed one thousand gallons. That’s a lot of water for the structure of your house and your belongings to absorb in a short amount of time. In addition, if the fire is hot enough, some of that water gets converted to steam, which can penetrate areas the liquid water may not be able to reach. This is why your home can suffer significant water damage in addition to fire damage when a fire occurs.

Damage From Fire Hoses

Firefighters have one goal when they arrive at your house fire: to put out the fire as quickly as possible. To do this, they use powerful hoses to deliver the water into your home. While a fire hose is an efficient way to deliver a huge amount of water to a confined area in a short period of time, they can also cause damage to your home when dragged through rooms.

Fire damage isn’t the main problem you deal with after a fire at your Tega Cay home. Unfortunately, you may discover that smoke and water damage are also serious problems that need resolving in the fire’s aftermath. Fortunately, there exist fire restoration professionals who can help you recover your home and restore it to its former glory.

Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today (803) 324-5780

24-Hour Emergency Fire Restoration Service

We know that fire damage can happen any time, so we’re ready to respond 24 hours, 7 days a week—including holidays. We provide immediate emergency fire services for Tega Cay homes or businesses, day or night.

Fort Mill Fire Damage Crisis Recovery

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fires can quickly engulf your living space. Contact SERVPRO after fire damage for a quick assessment and remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Technicians Focus On Remediation and Restoration After a Fire in Your Home

Home fires occur much more frequently in Fort Mill than one might expect given that most do not make the news. Many are quickly extinguished, and families are not displaced for long or at all as restoration efforts go forward. Although you are far from alone in recovering from a home fire, you can be among the most satisfied with the process if you choose a reputable recovery firm. 

 
If your dwelling’s fire damage in Fort Mill is typical, a blaze first breaks out in your kitchen. A pot boils dry, or a deep fryer overflows, engulfing your kitchen in flames. Quick work with a fire extinguisher may put out the fire itself, but now you confront the aftermath of sticky soot, smoke, and a smell that persists. If the fire strikes while your HVAC system is engaged, you can feel as though you will never move past the lingering effects unless you engage our comprehensive fire damage restoration services.
 
After the local fire officials give you the go-ahead, invite SERVPRO to partner with you to complete the tasks necessary to return your house to preloss condition. We send a seasoned project manager to assess the condition of your home and create an efficient recovery plan. Fire damage restoration includes, at a minimum, deep cleaning, debris disposal, and a deodorization evaluation.
 
If water was used to extinguish the flames, you also have a water damage issue on your hands. It comes as a surprise, but the water damage, if any, must be remediated before the SERVPRO crew focuses its attention on charring, soot, and smoke. Water increases the threat of slipping and falling during fire damage recovery efforts. Plus, water causes significant and permanent deterioration and damage if left waiting for a solution. Mold can grow within just a couple of days, fueled by damp gypsum board, waterlogged floors, and hidden pockets of moisture collecting between walls and over ceilings.
 
SERVPRO crews are familiar with both water and fire damage restoration, so we do not miss a beat, dealing with the water before the fire issues. Then we match cleaning products and methods to the fire residues remaining. Light ash and dry soot vacuum and dry sponge up well. Sticker grease fire coatings may need solvents and abrasive tools to dislodge. An inspection of your HVAC system reveals whether it also needs a cleaning, although at the least a complete change of filters is wise after the fire damage cleanup is completed to prevent depositing residual soot.

Prepare your home in the Fort Mill Rock Hill area

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Winter is coming.

Some tips to brace your home for a winter storm:

  • Clean out the gutters, disconnect and drain all outside hoses. If possible, shut off outside water valves.
  • Insulate walls and attics, and caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Repair roof leaks and remove tree branches that could get weighed down with ice or snow and fall on your house – or your neighbor's. (Avoid liability for the latter.)
  • Wrap water pipes in your basement or crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer.
  • Consider an insulated blanket for your hot water heater.
  • If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you're not using it.
  • Have a contractor check your roof to see if it would sustain the weight of a heavy snowfall.
  • Make sure your furniture isn't blocking your home’s heating vents.
  • During cold spells, keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes, particularly those in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.
  • If your house will be unattended during cold periods, consider draining the water system.
  • Avoid ice dams – where water from melted snow refreezes in the gutters and seeps in under the roof, soaking interior walls. Here’s how:
    • Ventilate your attic.
    • Insulate the attic floor well to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the house.
    • Consider having a water-repellent membrane installed under your roof covering.

Stay safe this holiday season from us here at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County.

What Can Warrant Water Removal In Baxter Village Fort Mill Homes

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Baxter Village emergency water damage service.

What Can Warrant Water Removal

Water removal is a significant procedure that should not be necessary except under the most stressful scenarios. However, disasters do happen, and there are multiple potential causes for severe flooding or water damage in your home. Understanding and preparing for what may warrant professional water removal from your Baxter Village home is important so that you can respond appropriately when things go wrong. In the event of any of these catastrophes, be sure to contact SERVPRO so that we can recommend a treatment and restoration plan.

Water Line Bursts
Whether through an accident, aging materials, or anything else, a rupture in your home's water main is almost certain to require some substantial amount of water removal in Baxter Village. Water mains transfer and process most or all of the water in a home, and when ruptured, their pressurized interiors can flood the entire home to a measurable depth. Call SERVPRO as quickly as possible if a water line bursts so that we can stop the damage and set to work extracting water.

Storm Flooding
Floods that result from storms and excessive rainfall rarely leave light damage in their wake. If a flood hits your home from the outside, it should require some of our most intensive efforts to completely remove water and prevent damage. Otherwise, standing water and excess moisture have the potential to cause even more damage with time.

Overflowing Or Busted Appliances
Dishwashers, sinks, water heaters, bathtubs, and any other water-centric appliances in your home may sometimes overflow or malfunction, flooding or soaking your home with water or water-based mixtures. We certify and train our technicians to repair and handle all sorts of modern home appliances. If anything in your home breaks and has the potential to cause water damage, call us right away so that we can stop the leak and begin damage mitigation efforts.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is locally owned and operated—so we are part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teamsstrategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

Water Removal Following Fire Damage To Your Tega Cay Home

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Need emergency fire damage cleanup service in Tega Cay? Call 803-324-5780.

Water Removal Following Fire Damage

There is nothing quite as devastating as a fire breaking out in your Tega Cay home, regardless of its size. Once the fire extinguishing completes, restoration efforts are in full swing. While this might typically involve putting scrubbing machines and detergents to your walls and flooring to get rid of the soot lingering behind, even this step cannot come before the removal of the water that was needed to put out the blaze.

Our SERVPRO technicians are well equipped and experienced with crossover restoration projects like water removal on top of fire damage to your Tega Cay residence. Depending on the size of the fire that needed extinguished, you could find moderate flooding in profoundly affected areas of your home. To prevent further losses from this current disaster, time is of the essence to get restoration efforts underway.

From the moment that you call us at SERVPRO, we are already piecing together a plan to help you bring back your home from the damages you sustained. Our emergency response team can be there quickly to begin assessing the problems and walking you through what it takes to fix it completely. Water removal is one of the first concentrated efforts from the team to mitigate any damages that extinguishing might currently be causing.

Our professional staff begins by setting up our portable pumps and wet vac systems to rid the area of standing water. Once all of the noticeable water is gone, drying fans are then used to eliminate any lingering wetness and moisture in structural components, flooring, and furniture. Since excessive moisture left unchecked can result in the formation of mold colonies, the final aspect of water removal is often running a dehumidifier for an extended period. Dehumidification can pull the remaining moisture out of the air and away from hungry mold spores looking for the proper conditions to thrive.

Fires can create a great deal of damage to your home, regardless of their size. When extinguishing efforts have left you with a considerable mess, call us at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County. We are available anytime at 803-324-5780.

Holiday Fire Tips for Fort Mill

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

The holidays offer many opportunities for family and friends to gather, but they also come with an increased fire risk. With a little extra attention and care, you can help your family have a happy and safe holiday season.

Cooking

The holidays don’t feel like the holidays without delicious food. While cooking always presents potential fire hazards, home cooking fires always spike up around the holiday season.

When you have lots of cooks in the kitchen, it’s easy for things to get messy and confusing. However, a cluttered, chaotic kitchen is a hazardous kitchen. Make sure to keep flammable objects, like towels, packaging, and potholders, away from the stove. Communicate with everyone in the kitchen so you don’t leave the stovetop or oven on when it’s not in use. Wipe up spills quickly, and don’t let grease pile up around a burner.

If a deep-fried turkey is on the menu, make sure you fry it on a flat surface outside at least 10 feet away from the house.

Holiday Lights

While holiday lights can add a fun ambience to your home, it’s important to decorate safely. When you first open a package of new lights or crack open a box of previously-loved strands, take time to inspect each strand. If you find frayed or cracked wires or any broken sockets, return them or throw them away.

Don’t put more strands of lights on your tree than the packaging recommends. Overloading trees (and outlets) are a common cause of holiday fires. Unplug your holiday lights (and tree, if applicable) before you go to bed or leave the house.

If you want to hang lights outside, don’t use nails or staples as they can damage the wiring. Invest in quality hooks or hangers. Once the holidays are over, take down all outside lights. Small animals, like squirrels, may start chewing on the wires if you leave them up all year.

Menorahs

If your family uses menorahs for Hanukkah, you could consider using an electric one to cut down on fire hazards. If you prefer traditional candles, just be careful.

Keep the menorah at least three feet away from flammable items, and make sure you place a non-flammable surface, like an aluminum foil-lined tray, underneath the menorah to catch the melting wax.

Christmas Trees

Setting up the Christmas tree can mark the beginning of the Christmas holiday for many families. Unfortunately, if they are not properly set up and taken care of, they pose a large fire risk.

Keep the Christmas tree at least three feet away from fireplaces or heating elements in your home.

If you prefer a live Christmas tree, make sure to care for it properly. A dry tree can start to engulf a room in flames within a minute of ignition. Help reduce fire risks with the following guidelines:

  • Buy a fresh tree. When you first choose the tree, the pine needles should be green and not easily broken.
  • Cut off the bottom. When you get the tree home, cut two inches of the bottom to create a raw cut so the tree can soak in water.
  • Water the tree daily. Well-watered trees are less likely to catch fire.
  • Throw it out promptly. No matter how much you water it, your tree will dry out over time. Once the pine needles start to fall off and the tree starts to dry, it’s time to throw it out.

If you choose an artificial tree, consider flame-resistant or flame-retardant options.

Taking steps to prevent holiday fires can help reduce the risk, but there’s always a possibility of a fire. If your home suffers fire damage, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County can help.

Odor Removal For Your Fort Mill Home

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Waterboy the Elf.

What is a hydroxyl generator? Water boy the Elf is trying to find out. Hydroxyl generators are a revolutionary device that generates “superior hydroxyls” that eliminate bacteria, noxious gases, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in indoor environments. Do you have a odor you would like to get rid of? Call us today at 803-324-5780.

Neutralizing Smoke Odors in Your Rock Hill Home After a Fire

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Need odor removal or fire damage cleanup? Call us today at 803-324-5780.

Cleaning, Repairing and Deodorizing Your Home After Fire Damage

With the cold weather coming in Rock Hill, space heaters are coming back out. They are a popular choice due to their portability and small size, making them easy to reposition. When carefully used, these appliances can be one of your most valued pieces of equipment all winter long. If not used safely, however, these little heaters can pose a fire risk in your home.

If your Rock Hill home has suffered from fire damage due to a space heater, you want to repair the damage as soon as possible, even if it was small. At SERVPRO, our technicians are expertly trained and experienced to handle fire damage of any size, including cleaning up any soot and smoke residues the fire leaves behind.

Removing the smoke odor of a fire-damaged home presents a challenge. Our technicians are more successful at removing them because we understand how odor molecules permeate a structure and how to use various methods of odor removal. We also understand that customers perceive odors in different ways. Our task is to neutralize the odors that you consider unpleasant.

As SERVPRO techs attempt to deodorize, we deal with two kinds of odors – ones real, and ones imagined. The real odor is the sensation of smell caused by a real substance. Odor molecules interact with olfactory nerve cells in your nose. These nerves send messages to your brain which are interpreted by the olfactory lobe. Psychological or imaginary odors are what people believe they are smelling.

Deodorization requires a combination of techniques for it to be successful. Doing so results in all the odors being neutralized in the end. The first step is to get rid of the source causing the odor, and then we clean up the residues. After cleaning, ventilation or air scrubbing to get rid of odor molecules from the air indoors is next.

Fire Damage Remediation for Your Fort Mill Home

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Need fire damage cleanup service? Call us today for help.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Make Your House Safe After a Fire

The disaster which does not discriminate is fire. No matter if you live in Fort Mill or elsewhere, or what the condition and age of your residence, there is always a chance that your home could suffer from a fire for various reasons. Most homeowners understand this, and it is a widespread fear for people who purchase their own homes. However, when fires do occur, what happens next?
 
Once the fire is out, and you are left behind with all the fire damage to your Fort Mill home, you need the professionals of SERVPRO to help you restore your home back to the way it was. Loss from fire presents restoration challenges which are different from normal repair and cleaning. The combined effects on a building from intense heat, burning fire, smoke residues, and water from fire-fighting efforts need us to provide you with various services and work together with licensed subcontractors and contractors.
 
Starting with mitigation, the goal is to secure your structure and stop further damage. It could include boarding up your home and establishing a temporary source of electricity. When your home is wet, we also need to perform emergency drying to stop secondary water damage, such as mold growth.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians then take care of cleaning your structure from fire damage, removing smoke residues and deodorizing odors given off by the residues. We consult with you on which structural components can be cleaned and which we need to replace. Repair or replacement for anything which cannot be cleaned is the next step.
 
Our content cleaning services include cleaning your possessions inside your home. Sometimes, contents can be cleaned on site, while other situations require them to be packed and moved to a different location for cleaning and storage.
 
We also subcontract cleaning of certain contents like electronics, dry cleaning of clothing, refinishing furniture, and cleaning expensive artwork.
 
In some cases of fire, structural components could have too much damage to the point that they cannot be restored. In this case, we work with licensed general contractors to provide the needed reconstruction services.

Fire Damage Affects More than Homes in Fort Mill

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage cleanup company.

The Potential Risk of Fire Damage in Garages and Sheds

Fire can easily get out of control when people, especially children, do not take proper precautions. Fort Mill residents who store gasoline and other combustible liquids in their garages or sheds should make sure that these remain away from younger children who might play in these areas.

The programs about fire safety in Fort Mill are rarely descriptive of fire damage, although this could help deter children from playing with items that often cause house fires. When children play or merely go into a storage area to get a toy or bike, accidents can happen, also, without any intentions. Fires that start in such areas can remain undetected until the smoke or flames appear outside of the structure, or the noise from an explosion of gas catches your attention.

SERVPRO has the technicians needed for such cleanup jobs. Because storage areas have a hodgepodge often containing items that may pose risks that they did not before the fire. High heat can cause breakage of items to happen, and collapsing shelving can both form its own hazards while causing others.

A list of your lost belongings helps with any insurance claims, and many insurance agents are less likely to dispute third-party compilations. There are always items that fall into the gray area of loss and salvageable, and we can provide our expert opinion on such cases. Our goal is to help families in our area recover from fire damage in as little time as possible. Helping you attain replacements for damaged items is part of that goal.

Garages and sheds both contain interior structures that form their frames. When these beams become damaged by fire, the building's stability is significantly affected. Other structures, like walls and ceilings, also suffer. We pull the belongings that became damaged out for better inspection and cleaning. It is also easier to work on the interior of the building.

The exterior of your outbuilding is just as important as the interior. To prevent theft and other security problems, the exterior needs restoration so it provides the security needed once again. We can ensure that during our work at the end of each day, we secure it so this does not become a problem for your family. If you need emergency fire damage cleanup service for Fort Mill call our office today at 803-324-5780.

What Can Warrant Water Removal In Fort Mill Homes

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Washing machine overflow.

What Can Warrant Water Removal

Water removal is a significant procedure that should not be necessary except under the most stressful scenarios. However, disasters do happen, and there are multiple potential causes for severe flooding or water damage in your home. Understanding and preparing for what may warrant professional water removal from your Fort Mill home is important so that you can respond appropriately when things go wrong. In the event of any of these catastrophes, be sure to contact SERVPRO so that we can recommend a treatment and restoration plan.

Water Line Bursts
Whether through an accident, aging materials, or anything else, a rupture in your home's water main is almost certain to require some substantial amount of water removal in Fort Mill. Water mains transfer and process most or all of the water in a home, and when ruptured, their pressurized interiors can flood the entire home to a measurable depth. Call SERVPRO as quickly as possible if a water line bursts so that we can stop the damage and set to work extracting water.

Storm Flooding
Floods that result from storms and excessive rainfall rarely leave light damage in their wake. If a flood hits your home from the outside, it should require some of our most intensive efforts to completely remove water and prevent damage. Otherwise, standing water and excess moisture have the potential to cause even more damage with time.

Overflowing Or Busted Appliances
Dishwashers, sinks, water heaters, bathtubs, and any other water-centric appliances in your home may sometimes overflow or malfunction, flooding or soaking your home with water or water-based mixtures. We certify and train our technicians to repair and handle all sorts of modern home appliances. If anything in your home breaks and has the potential to cause water damage, call us right away so that we can stop the leak and begin damage mitigation efforts.

Thanksgiving Holiday Safety

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Happy holidays from SERVPRO.

The holiday season is upon us. Many of us are getting the last minute items needed for Thanksgiving this week. Family and friends may be coming into town to visit. Or you may be getting ready to travel out of town to see family members in another state. With all the excitement don't forget to pay close attention if you are doing the cooking. A burnt turkey or smoke damage can cause major problems to your holiday weekend. Be safe and have a wonderful Thanksgiving from SERVPRO fire and water damage cleanup.

Elf on the Shelf

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

Holiday tradition.

Its almost time for the Elf on the Shelf to make his appearance. Remember most Scout Elves return to their families during the Scout Elf Return Week which will take place November 24- December 1. Make sure you are ready and start thinking of new positions and places he or she may be popping up around your home. Have a great time with this new tradition many families have started doing. Its a fun way for kids to get excited daily for Christmas. Have a safe and happy holiday season from SERVPRO.

Is That Mold In My Home?

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO mold removal service.

That green stuff in your home may not be holiday garland. If you find mold and need it removed give us a call. We will help you figure out what's going on and how it got there. To schedule mold removal service call our office at 803-324-5780.

Fire Damage Prevention Tip

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Be safe this holiday season.

Remember to be careful when plugging in your lights and decorations this holiday season. Overloading a electrical outlet could lead to problems. If you suffer from a fire in your home from cooking, HVAC malfunction, electrical issues or any other reason we can help. Our fire damage cleanup service will be ready if you need quick response to a smoke or soot cleanup. For more information about fire cleanup process visit our website or our Facebook page. Have a safe and happy holiday season from SERVPRO.

Cold Weather Can Cause Water Damage

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Keep Jack Frost out of your home.

Winter Is Coming

Cold weather is coming quickly. Make sure your home is ready by checking seals, cracks and doors to make sure cold air is not sneaking in. Also its a good time to check your pipes to make sure they are properly insulated. If they are not they may freeze when cold temperatures move in. If that happens they may burst and cause a flood in your home which may lead to a water damage claim. If you have any questions about our restoration service call us today at 803-324-5780. We are ready to serve our local community.

York County Commercial Disaster Recovery Company

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial restoration

Is your commercial business ready is a disaster strikes? Do have a plan in place to address a flood, fire or sewage backup? Be prepared today and set up a action plan with SERVPRO today so you are ready. York County commercial buildings have had many insurance claims over the past year. We can help with the cleanup so your operations get up and running quickly. Call us today for any size disaster you may have at 803-324-5780. Our restoration service is ready to assist.

Disaster Service Ready For Our Community

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Large loss equipment.

Fort Mill and Rock Hill are a couple of the fastest growing communities in South Carolina. Many companies are moving their operations to the area which in turn brings jobs and relocations of current employees. Another big draw to the area is the high scores and great facilities of the school district which is near the top in the state. With this added growth we have seen an increase of disasters from flooded homes and business along with fires and sewage backups. The growth doesn't seem to be slowing anytime soon so try and stay prepared so you are ready and can help minimize the problem. For questions about out services you can visit our website or call us at 803-324-5780. We are always ready to help.

IICRC Certified Company

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York 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

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.

Called SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County for all your mitigation needs at (803) 324-5780.

We Can Help With Storm Damage

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

When Storms or Floods hit York County, SERVPRO is ready!

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in the York County area.

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to help restore your property.

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 our area, 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.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County Today- 803-324-5780

Freezing Temperatures & Pipes Are Right Around the Corner

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Before the onset of cold weather, prevent freezing of your water supply lines and pipes by follow a few recommendations:

  • Drain water from swimming pools and water sprinkler supply lines. DO NOT put antifreeze in the lines unless directed as it's environmentally harmful.
  • Remove drain and store hoses used outside. Close valves inside that supply outdoor hoses if any. Don't forget to leave the valve outside open so the water can expand without busting the pipe.
  • Check your crawlspace, basement, attic, garage and any other areas where supply lines may be located. These supply lines should be insulated.

With colder weather here in South Carolina making it's way here you need to make sure to take preventative action!

  • Keep garage doors closed
  • Open cabinetry where plumbing lines are to allow warmer air to circulate.
  • Keep the thermostat to the same temperature throughout the day.
  • If you're going out of town leave the heat on in your home and if possible have someone check the home periodically.

If you should experience a water loss in your home or business due to a busted pipe from cold weather, give us a call! 803-324-5780

Who To Call For Fire And Water Damage Emergencies

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is ready.

Homeowners and business owners have many choices when they have a fire or water damage emergency. The choices can be overwhelming and sometimes confusing on who to call. Should you call a local company or take the recommendation of a friend or insurance agent. The choice comes down to ultimately who you feel confident in and comfortable having in your home and who will take care of your property. We here a SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County try to be the best restoration company in the area with great communication, trust and being there when called upon. If you have questions about us or our services please don't hesitate to call. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Halloween and Cold Weather Is Coming

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Happy Halloween

If you have a fire or water damage emergency this fall season we can help. Temperatures are changing and cold weather is moving in. A lot of homeowners are turning the heat on for the first time and experiencing fires or smoke issues. If you run into this problem call us today for our fire damage cleanup service. Cold weather is also causing pipes to freeze which could lead to them bursting and causing water damage to your home or business. If you need water damage cleanup service call us today at 803-324-5780. Be safe this Halloween and have a wonderful holiday season from SERVPRO.

DUCT CLEANING

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Duct Cleaning Process:

  • The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape an diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the environment clean.
  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor to microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process.

FLOOD FACTS

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.

There is always potential for flood damage no matter where you live. According to the American Red Cross floods cause more damage in the United States every year than any other weather related disaster. The American Red Cross offers these flood safety tips:

-Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.

-If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are riding rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

-Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water. 

If a flood occurs and affects you, call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County.  Even minor floods have potential to cause major damage. We are faster to ANY size disaster. Let us help you get your life back in order. 

What to do until SERVPRO arrives!!!

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

If you have a water damage from a clean source such as water supply lines, sink overflows, tub overflows, or appliance malfunctions, here are some things to do before SERVPRO arrives.

  • Shut off the source of the water.

  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if the access panel is safe from electrical shock.

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items

  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting

  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.

  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors

  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors

Why Professional Water Damage Restoration is Better than DIY

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Why Professional Water Damage Restoration is Better than DIY

DIY is great for a lot of things. However, when it comes to water damage, you can only handle so much mitigation before it's obvious that the water damage is more than you can handle. It's best to work with a restoration company from the very beginning because of the tools and knowledge that they possess.

Dealing with Water Cleanup

The water cleanup has to be done immediately. If you allow the water to sit too long, while you look up videos or obtain equipment, you might end up having bigger problems to deal with. Only some mitigation should be done on your own. If you have a flooded home or water in a business, you have to get the water out fast.

Professionals will have pumps and an array of techniques to get the water out of the building. Whether it's from a pipe break, a supply line break, or something else, the focus is on the water. You can figure out the cause later. If it is a supply line break or pipe break, you can turn off the water supply.

Assessing Water Damage

There's no denying that you will have water damage. However, some can be saved by drying. What can't be saved by drying will be removed from the flooded home or business. if you have water in a business or home, it's expected that some things will be damaged. Especially if there was a pipe break or supply line break, you could be dealing with hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water.

The flood damage might be severe. If you haven't dealt with such a thing before, you don't want to be overwhelmed. Professionals can ensure that the flooded home or business is addressed properly.

Identifying What Can Be Saved

You want to save as much as possible. However, you might be emotionally tied to things that could leave you with water damaged items even after you get the water in a home or business out. Restoration professionals don't have the same emotional ties. They will be realistic in the mitigation process as to what needs to go and what can be saved with thorough drying methods.

Creating the Restoration Plan

A comprehensive restoration plan needs to be created. This ensures that all is taken care of once the water cleanup and drying are complete. You want to make sure that the water in a home or water in a business is dealt with on every level.

With a DIY approach, there is a possibility that you will forget a step or a location. This could lead to mold, mildew, and other problems later on.

By working with a restoration company, they see to it that the flood damage is completely handled. It's a guarantee that the water damage will no longer plague you.

Overcoming Water in a Home or Business

Professionals from a restoration company will be the best at restoration because it is what they do. They have helped with water in homes and water in businesses on many occasions. As such, they know how to deal with the aftermath of a pipe break, supply line break, or flood damage.

They will repair what can be repaired and restore what can be restored. They will build, patch, and install new materials as it is needed. Often, they will work with insurance when it is possible, too. This will help you with water in a business or home in a more comprehensive way than trying to do it all yourself.

Some mitigation can be done on your own in regards to water cleanup. However, when there is a lot of water damage, you will get better results by calling a restoration company. They can help you with a flooded home or business so that everything is done properly.
Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at (803) 324-5780 for more information on water damage.

5 Things NOT To Do During a Hurricane

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricanes are hard to completely be certain what path they will take. Even if the weather meteorologists come close to predicting the path, the hurricane can quickly shift or turn at the drop of a dime. Because of the amount of uncertainty hurricanes bring, here are 5 things not do to when riding out a hurricane.

1. Don’t tape windows

It does almost no good, and it is an absolute mess to try and take off.

2. Don’t run generators indoors

The carbon monoxide the generator’s emits can become deadly within minutes. Also you shouldn’t connect a generator into your home’s electric system directly, because it can affect electric lines outside and endanger your neighbors, emergency responders, and /or utility workers.

3. Don’t use charcoal or gas grills indoors

The carbon monoxide and fire risks are too great. The grill’s carbon monoxide can easily build up and poison anyone inside the house, including your pets.

4. Don’t walk or drive in flood waters

The waters can contain snakes,  downed power lines and sewage, which can all be dangerous and deadly. If you drive a vehicle in flood waters that are six inches or more, the waters can cause a car to float.

5. Don’t stay after an evacuation order is given

Rescuers might not come out in the height of the storm, but if they do you are putting your life and their lives in danger. Your life is not worth the same amount as your home or anything in it. A home can be replaced; your life can not.

If you have any water or fire emergency call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County @ (803) 324-5780.

Dirtiest Items In Your Home.

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

how many people have touched your door knobs in your home?

Faucet Handles

Anyone who comes into your home and uses the bathroom may or may not wash their hands properly, therefore leaving behind germs all over your bathroom sink’s faucet handles. To wash mix 2 cups of warm water with 2 teaspoons of dishwashing liquid in a small bowl. Soak a washrag into the mixture and scrub the faucet. Use an old toothbrush dipped in baking soda to scrub areas with hard mineral deposits. Lastly, rinse the faucet and shine with a microfiber cloth.

Door Knobs

How often do you clean your door knobs? Most people simply do not think of their door knob when cleaning the house. Take a moment and think about how many people have touched your door knobs in the last month or two. That’s a lot of dirty hands. To wash spray the surface with vinegar and wipe dry with a clean cloth.

Pets Beds

Our pets are part of our family and we love them but we don’t have to love your beds. Their beds should be cleaned as often as we change our mattress sheets, right? Especially since our pets are outsides using the restroom several times a day and then go lay down in the beds. To wash, first vacuum the bed of all the hair and debris. Then remove the cover from the base of the bed (most beds have one) and put both in the washing machine (wash on sanitize cycle). Once washed, switch to the dryer and use a dryer sheet to reduce static electricity and remove excess hair.

Cutting Boards

Our cutting boards need a little more attention than we think, since its purpose it to cut the food that we eat on them. If not washed properly, bacteria can grow and affects our food. To wash properly scrubbing the wooden or plastic cutting boards with a paste made from baking soda, salt, and water (1 tablespoon each). Then Rinse thoroughly with hot water.

Sponges              

Sponges are used to clean, but how often to you actually spend time cleaning the sponges, themselves. To wash, mix ¾ cup of bleach in one gallon of water, and soak the sponge for five minutes.

Remote Controls

Remote controls are one of the most hand held items in your house and with all those hands touching them how often are they cleaned? To clean use a lint-free cloth to wipe down the remote with rubbing alcohol (or use an electronics cleaning wipe). Make sure to clean the top, bottom, and sides of the remotes. For the buttons on the remote and any hard to reach areas, use a cotton swab.

What You Need To Prepare A Hurricane Prep-Kit

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Make Sure you Prepare a Hurricane Kit.

Hurricane season is here and it is important to take steps to prepare Hurricane kits. 

Hurricane season comes every year and it is as common to us as the changing of seasons. But this year may be different. This season scientist's have predicted Hurricane's to be above-normal, meaning warmer waters, more activity, and higher level storms.

Knowledge and preparation is key, especially knowing that this season may be more active than those of the past.

Start a Hurricane Kit

Prevent your family from potential stress and chaotic, and start gathering supplies that will be useful when affected by a storm or forced to evacuate. First make a list of the supplies specific to your family’s needs. For example if you have children that needs diapers and bottles or elderly relatives that live with you that may have medications they cannot go without. Be detailed when creating this list. Keep this list in your hurricane kit, and when a hurricane approaches, you can focus on gathering these items and won’t worry about forgetting anything essential.

After the specific supply list, gather supplies you and your family will need if your home loose power for a few days. Some recommended items include:

  • Non-perishable food (enough to last at least 3 days)
  • Water (enough to last at least 3 days)
  • First-aid kit (include any prescription medication you may need)
  • Personal hygiene items and sanitation items
  • Flashlights (have extra batteries on hand)
  • Battery operated radio (again, have extra batteries)
  • Waterproof container with cash and important documents
  • Manual can opener
  • Lighter or matches
  • Books, magazines, games for recreation
  • Special needs items: pet supplies and baby supplies if applicable
  • Cooler and ice packs
  • A plan for evacuation and for if family members are separated

Once you collect all the supplies, put everything is a bag or box and label it your Hurricane Kit.

Common Household Molds

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Mold spores are everywhere in our environment and can enter our homes easier than you would think. Most types of mold grow quickly, if they have a water source, an organic food source and temperatures between 60 and 86 Fahrenheit. Since many homes may have 1 or 2 of these characteristics, especially in the bathrooms, we need to know what to look for in regards to common household molds, and how they affect our health.

Cladosporium

  • Characteristics: green, brown, grey, or black; powdery appearance.
  • Where it Grows: on food, dead plants, wood, insulation, and dark, damp environments.
  • Health Effects: can cause severe allergic reactions, and harmful for people with asthma, allergies, or weakened immune systems.

Aspergillus

  • Characteristics: grey, brown, yellow, green, white, or black and grows quickly.
  • Where it Grows: on walls, insulation, soil, clothing, and humid, moist areas.
  • Health Effects: can cause infections in people with weak immune systems, or produces a carcinogen called aflatoxin.

Penicillium

  • Characteristics: green, white, or blue; fuzzy appearance.
  • Where it Grows: on food, walls, insulation, and moist, organic matter.
  • Health Effects: irritates the stomach if ingested; airborne spores can cause congestion, coughing and/or eye irritation.

Alternaria

  • Characteristics: dark green, grey, or black; long, velvety hairs; doesn’t need much water to grow.
  • Where it Grows: on carpets, clothing, around windows, and damp areas such as flooded houses.
  • Health Effects: can cause respiratory problems, asthma, or hay fever.

Stachybotrys, known as “Toxic Black Mold”

  • Characteristics: dark green, or black; slimy
  • Where it Grows: on walls, ceilings, floorboards, and any moist area.
  • Health Effects: may cause cancer, headaches, asthma, dizziness, or joint pain.

Memnoniella

  • Characteristics: dark green, or black; smaller than stachybotrys
  • Where it Grows: on cotton, canvas, wool, ceilings, walls, or damp areas.
  • Health Effects: can cause respiratory problems, headaches, or coughing.

3 Reasons You Should Never Use Bleach To Clean Microbial Growth

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Chlorine Bleach is often regarded as the answer for stopping mold growth and removing the mold. However, this is a myth. Bleach does not exonerate mold. Here are three reasons why bleach is not the answer to mold, and should never be used to clean a mold contaminated area.

1. Bleach Loses Effectiveness Over Time

Chlorine bleach can dissipate rapidly, causing the bleach to be less effective. Over time this occurs because chlorine can evaporate and even faster in areas that are above room temperature. When the chlorine disappears, the bleach bottle turns into a bottle of salt water.  

2. Bleach can actually contribute to mold growth

Chlorine bleach was made to clean surfaces, therefore can only kill surface bacteria and mold. This is due to bleach’s ion structure, which prevents the chlorine from penetrating porous material such as wood and drywall. When mold grows in porous areas, the enzyme’s roots grow deep within the material, rendering the bleach ineffective of exterminating the mold. The bleach can only remove the green stain from the mold, allowing surface to appear clean. But underneath the surface, the water component of the bleach penetrates and helps the internal roots to continue to grow, causing mold to reappear.

3. Bleach is Toxic

Bleach emits harmful fumes that pollute the air we breathe and can become harmful to humans and even pets. Over a period of time, inhaling the gases bleach emits can deteriorate the lungs and esophagus lining in addition to the scarring of the respiratory tract, which occurs in earlier stages. Also research shows that household bleach is one of the leading causes of accidental poisonings in the United States.

Two reasons you can get mold in your home is… heat and humidity. Mold thrives in dark, moist areas, and humidity only helps that process. That’s why if you experience water damage and don’t take care of it the right way and in the first 48 hours; mold will begin to grow.

Grilling Means More Then Tasty Food

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According to the National Fire Protection Association Three out of five households own a gas grill, which translates to a lot of tasty meals. But it also means there’s an increased risk of home fires.

Each year an average of 8,900 home fires are caused by grilling, and close to half of all injuries involving grills are due to thermal burns. While nearly half of the people who grill do it year-round, July is the peak month for grill fires followed by May, June and August.

The following fact sheet gives stunning information on structural fires caused from grilling.

http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/research/fact-sheets/grillfactsheet.pdf?la=en

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County urges our friends and neighbors to practice safety while grilling this summer.

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is available 24/7  (803) 324-5780.

What is Mold?

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This is a picture of mold due to extensive moisture.

Mold is a fungus that reproduces by spreading tiny spores everywhere. Each and every day, there are millions upon millions of mold spores just drifting through the air, both indoors and outdoors. Outdoors, molds plays a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matters, such as leaves and dead trees, but indoors mold growth should be avoided. Mold may begin to grow indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. Although there are many different types of mold, none of them can grow without water or moisture.

 Remember mold is everywhere and has been around a long time, so living with mold is a nature process, it's only when mold levels grow beyond the normal levels that they can cause problems.  So, knowing the basics about mold can help you and your family.

Mold Basic:

  • The key to mold control is moisture control

  • If mold is a problem in your home, you should have the mold cleaned promptly and properly and have the water problem repaired.

  • It is important to dry water damaged areas and items with 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

If you have visible mold in your home, contact us at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County today 803-324-5780. Our technicians are friendly, well-trained, and knowledgeable to determine the problem and course of action remediate the problem.

Water Damage - What You Should Do Until Help Arrives

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A break in a small pipe like this can lead to a big problem. Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at 803-324-5780. We are always here to help.

When winter arrives and it brings low temperatures it typically ushers in a high volume of frozen pipes, sometimes leaving property owners waiting hours for help to clean up their property.  

At times like these, we receive several calls seeking advice on what to do until help arrives. The answer depends on whether the water is clean or contaminated.  Generally speaking, water from a supply line is considered clean, while water from drains is considered contaminated.  There are exceptions to this general guideline.  

If you are unsure of the classification of water affecting your property, consult your water damage experts at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at 803-324-5780 and we will help as best we can.

CLEAN Water Damage Tips

DO:

    • Shut off the source of the water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
    • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
    • Remove as much excess water as possible my mopping and blotting.
    • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
    • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
    • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
    • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
    • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
    • Hang draperies with coated hangars to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
    • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

DO NOT:

    • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
    • Enter affected areas of electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water.  Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
    • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
    • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
    • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
    • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

CONTAMINATED Water Damage Tips

DO:

    • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
    • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DO NOT:

    • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
    • Turn on HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
    • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
    • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

The most important thing to remember is that if you have any questions or require help; call the professionals at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at 803-324-5780.  We are here to help 24x7.

Carbon Monoxide - A Silent Killer

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Be aware of Carbon Monoxide

You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels, it can kill a person in minutes. Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels, like gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, etc. burn incompletely.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, hundreds of people die accidentally every year from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning as a result of improperly used or malfunctioning fuel burning appliances. Even more die from CO produced by idling cars.

The EPA says prevention is the key to avoiding carbon monoxide poisoning. Protect yourself with these tips:

  • Have fuel-burning appliances, like oil and gas furnaces, gas or kerosene heaters, fireplaces and wood stoves, inspected by a trained professional at the beginning of every heating season.
  • Install audible CO detectors; in homes, place them outside of each sleeping area.
  • Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi or generator in an enclosed area, like a garage. Even if the door is open, the CO may not be properly ventilated.
  • Do not idle a car inside a garage.
  • Before using a fireplace, make sure the flue is open of proper ventilation.

We are an IICRC Certified Company

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SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is an IICRC Company. 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 Rock Hill & York County

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York 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.

Emergency Tips for Damage From Contaminated Water.

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This is a sewage back up in a home. If this happens to you, don't stress, call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County @ 803-324-5780.

When you find that your house has been flooded it is common to feel alarmed, frustrated, devastated, or worried at some level. Not knowing what has been damaged or how much the repairs will cost can be quite stressful. However there are things that you can do to minimize the damage to your home and to ensure the safety of you and your family. Here are a few quick tips that can be quite helpful when your home has been flooded by water from a contaminated source.

  1. Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  2. Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.
  3. Don’t spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  4. Don’t turn on the heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  5. Don’t use household fans to dry the structure they will spread contaminants.
  6. Don’t use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if they have been exposed to the contaminated areas.

These tips will help you avoid some dangerous situations and allow you to save money by decreasing the amount of damage that could happen to your home and of course the first and best tip is always to Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at 803-324-5780.

Soot and Smoke Clean-Up

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This home in Fort Mill had heavy soot damage after a fire in the kitchen area. This picture shows how soot can travel all through the house.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. At SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County, our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
803-324-5780

SERVPRO of York County Has 24-Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

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SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County provides 24-hour fire and water damage restoration service in all of York County.

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York 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
Call Today - (803) 324-5780

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 Rock Hill & York 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)?

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York 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.

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup

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If you have a flooded basement, don't hesitate, call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at 803-324-5780.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today  803-324-5780.

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County,  and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 803-324-5780

Have a flooded home or Business?

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Need flood damage cleanup? Call us today at 803-324-5780.

How To Restore A Flood Damaged Property

Water damage is, perhaps, the most insidious form of damage that a building can incur. At first, it may seem like water damage from a supply line break, pipe break or other flooding event is small enough that it can be contained and handled by the property owner. Unfortunately, this attitude can lead to permanent and serious damage to the property. Flood damage of any size, when left to sit, can seep into drywall, subflooring and structural components. It can cause mildew, mold and rot, and it can even lead to wholesale structural failure of the property. For this reason, it is absolutely crucial that whenever potential water damage is detected, due to flood water in a home or business, that the property owner call in a professional restoration company, as soon as possible.

Luckily, there is a proven and effect set of protocols for the mitigation and restoration of a property that has suffered water damage. These have been established over the course of decades and can only be carried out effectively by a professional restoration company. We'll dedicate the rest of the article to outlining the steps that a property owner can take when they discover water in their home or water in their business. It all begins with a prompt phone call to their local restoration company in Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Tega Cay, Clover or York County area.

Like a heart attack or stroke to a human, a supply line break or pipe break is a potentially catastrophic emergency to a home or business. As in any emergency, the sooner action is taken, in this case, restoration and mitigation of the flood damage, the higher the chances of a successful resolution to the crisis. But make not mistake. Flood damage is an potentially devastating even to a home or business. The only people who can adequately handle a flooded home or business are the professionals at a local restoration company. The first and most important thing a property owner can do is call their local restoration company immediately.

It's also important to note that a flooded home or business is a highly resolvable problem. If the restoration and mitigation efforts begin within the first five hours of the appearance of water in the home or water in the business, the chances of a successful restoration and mitigation of the damage is nearly certain. However, if the water cleanup efforts are delayed past the first 24 hours, it becomes increasingly likely that the property will sustain permanent damage.

The water cleanup team knows that time is of the essence. They will arrive on site within a half hour and will immediately enter the premises. Once inside, they will survey the extent of the water in the business or home, finding the source of the original supply line break or pipe break and stanching the flow of leaking water. If the leak from the supply line break or pipe break large and not easily fixed, the team has specialized welding and cutting equipment that it will use to stop the water flow.

Using heavy-duty pumps, the water cleanup team will extract all water in the home or water in the business. Within one hour, the flooded home will be cleared of all standing water.

Using industrial drying equipment, the team will begin drying the home. The drying process may take between a few hours and a full day.

Once the flooded home has been dried, the team will begin cleaning all materials and contents with special chemicals that also act as sanitizers. This will prevent the formation of mold and will eliminate any smells from being soaked with flood water.

Protecting Your Fort Mill Home From Water Damage

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Need emergency water damage service? Call us today at 803-324-5780.

Protecting Your Property From Water Damage

Think of your home as a bubble; the roof, walls, windows, and foundation all make up this bubble. These areas are keys to waterproofing your home, with the right help, you can be successful.

Protecting your Fort Mill home from water damage may take some work. However, it can be simple to go through your home one area at a time to ensure they were originally built correctly, with the right materials and install or improve as you go.

If you are currently building your own home, save yourself a lot of problems down the line by using the latest advances to protect your investment from water intrusion. Regardless, you still have a chance to update your current home, hire a professional restoration company, like SERVPRO and start protecting your home, today.

The roof of your home has many layers that all make a huge difference in protecting your home from water damage. Shingles provide the first line of defense, while underlayments installed serve as your last chance to stop water and the damage it may cause. Every roof has an underlayment, your building code requires it.

However, there are multiple products available, some of which provide far less protection than others. SERVPRO can help you install quality underlayments at the eaves and critical detail areas of your roof, including overlaps, fasteners and roof deck.

You likely have windows or doors on every wall of your home, providing water with large openings that present as major leak zones if not weatherproofed correctly. Shudders do not keep the wind-driven rain at bay. However, the proper selection and installation of flashing and doors can prevent rain and snow from causing rot or mold within your walls.

SERVPRO technicians understand how these products were designed to form a watertight and airtight seal, protecting your home from water infiltration and damage. House wraps and basement or crawlspace encapsulation services provide premium weather protection for your home. Providing you with advanced methods that protect your living environment and often reduce energy costs substantially.

How To Protect Your Pipes And Prevent Flood Damage To Your Clover Home

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Helping Clover residents in flooding or water damage emergencies.

South Carolina residents were reminded of the power of cold weather when winter storm Helena hit in winter 2017, bringing snow and ice and unfortunately leading to casualties. The weather is warm at this time of year, but it is never too early to start planning winterization to prevent a burst pipe when the cold weather hits again.
 
Burst pipes occur when the water in the pipe freezes. Water expands as it freezes and this pressure causes the pipe to break. The result for your Clover home is often significant flood damage. No homeowner wants to discover a wet floor or ceiling due to a burst pipe, and the problem is often preventable. The water damage caused inside wall cavities often effectively ruins both walls. That is why SERVPRO recommends the following actions to protect your pipes.
 
Insulate Your Pipes
Good quality lagging insulates your pipes and helps prevent them from bursting. Lagging is of particular importance for pipes that are below ground or located in areas where it gets cold enough for them to freeze.
 
Insulate Your Water Heater
Even homeowners who remember to insulate their pipes sometimes forget about the water heater. However, a frozen cold water tank is a flood damage risk, so be sure you get it insulated too. Insulating your tank protects it and reduces the chance of water leaks or broken pipes. This also cuts down on your utility bill.
 
Keep The Heating On
Keep your heating at an even 76 degrees during a cold snap. Leaving your heating on provides just enough background heat to keep water flowing and stop your pipes from freezing. When the weather is dreadful the extra cost of background heating is worth paying – it is less than the cost of dealing with extensive flood damage to your home.
 
Know Where Your Main Shut-Off Valve Is
In the unfortunate event of a broken pipe, shutting off your stopcock prevents more water damage until SERVPRO arrives to  possibly fix the plumbing. Also, be aware of the location of the main shut-off valve, usually on the exterior perimeter of the property.
 
When you see signs of a leak, it is important to put in a call to SERVPRO at once. Swift action means flood damage is mitigated faster and the harm to your home is minimized.
 
Our IICRC-certified technicians come equipped with all the professional equipment necessary to handle any burst pipe leak, large or small. We siphon water from the affected area, before bringing in dehumidifiers, air movers, and box fans to dry out your house. Our teams also use moisture detection equipment such as penetrating moisture probes, moisture meters and even thermal imaging technology so we can check that the affected area is thoroughly dried out. This documentation assists with your insurance claim.

Useful Tips for Water Damage Restoration You Can Apply Today

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Water damage help is just a call away at 803-324-5780.

Useful Tips for Water Damage Restoration You Can Apply Today

Water can be highly destructive especially in places it's not supposed to be- water in a home for instance. Waking up to an overflow of water in your bathroom, a burst pipe in your kitchen, or a basement full of water can ruin a homeowner's entire day. If they don't act fast, they probably will have pretty much more to worry about since water cleanup can be an expensive activity.

Potential Causes of Damage from Water

There are many potential causes of flood damage all culminating in different levels of destruction of property in your house. The source of damage from water in your business is a major determinant of what mitigation steps you should take to minimize the damage and save money you could have used for restoration and repair. The most frequent causes of water damage in American homes include:

Flooding due to natural causes such as heavy storms, tsunami, or a hurricane can lead to standing water in home or business. In this type of damage, flooding occurs outside and causes in-house flooding when the water finds its way into a home. Also, heavy downpour can cause leakage on the roof and lead to flood damage in a house.
Burst pipes inside a house can lead to flooding. Mitigation will be difficult for big leaks. Small leakages, however, if they go unnoticed for a long time can result in massive mold damage.
Broken or leaky water heaters can be a source of unwanted water in a business or home. If the water heater is old or ill fitted, it may lead to leakages, and eventual water damage and mitigation could be expensive.
Overflowing sinks and toilets- If sinks and toilets are fully or partially blocked thus restricting the flow of water, it could lead to flood damage. Homeowners should act fast when they notice a clogged sink drain or a blocked toilet to avoid instances of damages from water in their homes.
If there is a fire in your house, you could end with two types of damages: fire damage and flood damage. Flood damage will result in the fire-fighters efforts to put out the fire.

Water Damage Restoration Tips

If you come home to a flooded house, here's what homeowners need to do to minimize the damage from water before help arrives.

Find the origin of water and shut it down. Homeowners might have to cut the supply of water to their houses if the source of flooding is a burst pipe.
Stay safe, avoid electrocution or further water damage. Switch off electricity and unplug all electrical appliances before you commence on water cleanup and restoration.
Assess the amount of water damage that has occurred. If it's a small leak that hasn't spread to sensitive areas, homeowners can probably perform the water cleanup process by themselves. But if damages are extensive, the best option would be to call a professional water damage restoration company.
Move your furniture and other valuable property to safer grounds, away from the water. You can put them upstairs or in the attic.
Drying the water in a home should the challenging part of the mitigation process. Use towels and a vacuum cleaner for drying out the room completely and avoid the growth of mold.
Open windows and let air into the room. Turn on the dehumidifier and get it drying out the moisture in the room to prevent mold growth. This is an important part of the water cleanup process and drying.

For help today in Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Tega Cay, Clover and all of York County call today. We are located just south of Charlotte in South Carolina. 

Flooded Commercial Property?

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial cleanup for Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Tega Cay, Clover and all of York County.

Commercial Emergency Water Damage Cleanup

Fort Mill and Rock Hill commercial buildings have had many floods and water damage claims over the years. We have responded to emergency calls day and night from property managers looking for help with the cleanup process. We know how to handle large loss floods and the small ones as well.  When we receive a call our staff gets the trucks on the road as soon as possible to make sure that we get on site quickly. 

If you have a flood, fire, sewage backup, sprinkler discharge, blood, trauma or mold issues we are ready to help.

We are located just south of Charlotte in South Carolina. Our Fort Mill, Rock Hill and York County team is ready for your call.

Call now 803-324-5780

 

 

"Alexa I need help with a water damage emergency"

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

Wood floor drying.

Alexa to the rescue

That is what more and more people are saying with the Amazon Echo. They are able to ask for help without even picking up the phone. With the Echo in place in your home you can ask for "water damage cleanup companies" just by asking Alexa. It's a quick way to get a answer if you are busy trying to get water cleaned up from your floors. 

Other questions that we have heard homeowners ask Alexa are:

Who can help cleanup mold?

Who does sewage backup cleanup?

If you have asked these questions you will hopefully get a answer of, SERVPRO. We are ready to help any homeowner with any size disaster they may have. For more information about us and our company please visit our SERVPRO Facebook page.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We are ready for any commercial or residential disaster.

 

Oakdale Water Damage Cleanup Company

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water extraction will be needed here.

If you live in the Oakdale community in Rock Hill and need help with a burst pipe or flood in your home we can help. Many residents and property owners in the area suffer from water damage claims every year. They can be small leaks that only cause minimal damage or a major flood that can be a big disaster. Our staff is ready to handle what size and type you may have at anytime. Our crew is ready for your water damage emergency cleanup. 

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

If you are a property owner and need a inspection from a water leak or fire we can help. Call our office to schedule a free inspection to determine how much damage you may have.

We are a top local restoration company in the Oakdale area and area ready to help. Fore more information about us please visit our Facebook page.

Hot Water Heater Causes Water Damage In Fort Mill

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water heater causes water damage claim.

Flooded Home Due To Water Heater


A home had severe water damage from water that spread throughout the home. The water heater was located in the attic of a two story residential home which made the disaster worse. The water traveled from the attic area down two floors and ended up in the crawlspace. The homeowners were at work when the pipe burst sometime throughout the day. After they got the water shut off they gave us a call. We arrived onsite that day and began the water damage restoration process


If you have a flood to your home or business in Fort mill or the Rock Hill area give us a call today for help.


Have Questions? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780


We are rated as one of the best water damage restoration companies for the Fort Mill area. For more information about us you can visit our SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County Facebook page.

Who to call if you have a water damage claim?

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

Emergency water damage cleanup company for Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Tega Cay, Clover and all of York County

If you discover standing water in your Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Rock Hill, Clover home who should you call first?

The first question would be if a plumbing repair is needed. Or is it a overflow from a sink, toilet, washing machine or other issues. We always recommend calling the water restoration company first. That way we can get onsite to assist you with the cleanup process and be ready to continue as soon as the plumber finishes.

Then call a plumber to get on their schedule. Sometimes they can get very busy and you may have to wait a day or two. Also if it is after hours and you can shut the water off to your home and schedule service for business hours so you can save a lot of money. After hours service for plumbers very drastically and it is good to call around and get the best price.

If it is a overflow and not a broken pipe you should contact a water damage restoration company. We are able to come out and assist with the cleanup and help with water shut off if necessary. Also we can start to block up ant furniture that may have gotten wet. 

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Have Standing Water In Your House?

2/7/2017 (Permalink)

Need drying from a water leak? Call today 803-324-5780.

It is never a fun time to wake up to standing water in your Fort Mill or Rock Hill home. That is what happened to this homeowner last month. A water feed line going to the refrigerator had a leak and began putting water throughout the home. Lucky for them they caught the damage early and the affected rooms were minimal. We arrived onsite that day and got all the standing water extracted and set up drying equipment to get the job done. 

If you need help with a water claim for your home or business call us today. Here are just a few of our services.

-sewage cleanup

-flooded business cleanup

-mold removal

-commercial water removal

-toilet overflow cleanup

-standing water extraction

-biohazard or blood cleanup

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

For more information about us and our company please visit our Facebook page. We are ranked high in customer service and strive to be the best restoration company in the Carolinas.

Is Your Home Flooded Due To A Burst Pipe?

2/7/2017 (Permalink)

Need flood cleanup help? Call 803-324-5780.

Need To Get Your Property Water Extracted?


Burst or broken pipes cause major damage to homes everyday of the week in the Fort Mill and Rock Hill area. Sometimes the damage is small only affecting a room or two. Other times the whole house is wet and water is raining down from the ceiling. We never know how much extraction is needed until we arrive onsite and do a inspection of the property. After the assessment is done we get to work and try and get the property dry as quick as possible. 


The cause of a water claim is usually a burst pipe but we have seen many other things that can go wrong to cause damage. Here are just a few:


-toilet backup or overflow


-dishwasher malfunction


-sink or tub overflow


-washing machine overflow or malfunction


-drain clogs


-frozen pipes


If have any of these issues call us now for service. We help you to get things back to normal.


Have Questions? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780


Our residential and commercial restoration services cover the cities of: Tega Cay, Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Clover, Catawba, River Hills and all of York county.

Sewage Cleanup In Tega Cay

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Tega Cay sewage cleanup company ready to help. 803-324-5780.

SERVPRO is ready to help with your sewage disaster

The community of Tega Cay has had a long history of sewage backups and just sewer issues over the years. Some times the dirty water just comes out of a broken line near the street or overflows from a drain into Lake Wylie. The one that causes the most problems for homeowners is when it backs up into their property. When that happens it causes major damage to materials and personal belongings. We have had plenty of emergency calls for sewage cleanup over the years in Tega Cay. Our staff is ready to handle the mess and the odor that it may bring. If you have questions about the process or would like to schedule service call us today.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We strive to be the best restoration company in the Tega Cay community and the surrounding area. 

Mold Removal Company For Riverview South Carolina

1/30/2017 (Permalink)

Riverview South Carolina mold removal.

Riverview Mold Remediation

If you live in or near the Riverview community in York County and need mold removal done we can help. Our staff is trained to get the issues you may have in your home or business under control. Due to the high humidity in the Carolinas your crawlspace can get affected by microbial growth without even having a flood or burst pipe. We have done many crawlspace inspections to find mold growing on the joints and subfloor of a home. We also get referrals from HVAC, plumbers and electricians doing work in crawlspaces when they come across the mold. At that point we do our inspection to see how bad the situation is. If you have questions or need a mold inspection call us today to schedule an appointment.

If You See Signs of Mold,
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We are a top rated mold removal company for the Riverview community.

Who Handles Flooded House Cleanup From A Broken Pipe?

1/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fort Mill flooded home.

SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Services 

Looking for a restoration company for cleanup of water in your Fort Mill or Rock Hill home? Our staff is trained and ready to go. We can have flood pumpers to your residence or commercial property within hours. Once onsite the water extraction team will begin to remove any standing water in your property. We here at SERVPRO have unlimited resources of equipment and man power to tackle the largest of water damage disasters. Everything from one story homes to commercial buildings with many levels. If you would like a free inspection of your property call us today to schedule an appointment.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

For more information about us you may visit our SERVPRO Yelp listing or our SERVPRO Facebook page

We are one of the top rated water damage restoration companies serving the Fort Mill Rock Hill area.

Need Help With Sewage Or Drain Backup In Fort Mill?

1/26/2017 (Permalink)

Sewage cleanup is needed here.

Sewage Cleanup Company Ready To Help

Nobody wants to come home and find that a toilet or a drain has backed up and spread nasty water throughout there property. That is what happened to this family in Fort Mill recently. A clog in the lines outside of the home caused major damage to the flooring and crawlspace inside. We had to extract the standing sewage water and remove all of the damaged flooring. Then we clean and sanitize the entire area and began the drying process. Sewage can contain nasty bacteria and should be handled with care. If you have had a backup in your home or business call us today for help. We can also do an inspection to determine how much damage you may have.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We are a top rated sewage cleanup company for the Fort Mill, Tega Cay and Rock Hill area. For more information about our company you may also visit our Facebook or LinkedIn pages.

Banks Trail Middle School In South Carolina

1/25/2017 (Permalink)

Banks Trail Middle School in Fort Mill.

Another great school in Fort Mill

Fort Mill has seen massive growth over the past few years and it has shown with new schools going up. It started with elementary schools and now middle schools and high schools are being built. The amount of people moving to the area is staggering. Roads are becoming more and more congested every day. The draw to the area is great schools, great people and a safe community to live in. We have seen where families have a interest in what is best for the area as opposed to only what is best for them. That is what makes Fort Mill one of the nicest places to live in South Carolina. We here at SERVPRO are proud to be part of the community and have been for 9 years and counting. We handle fire and water damage claims throughout York County and the surrounding area. We love being here and I'm sure you do as well. If you live near Banks Trail Middle School and need our restoration services please call us now.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

If you would like to know more about our services and company you can visit our Facebook or BBB page.

Sutton Mill Water & Fire Damage Cleanup Company in Fort Mill

1/25/2017 (Permalink)

Sutton Mill in Fort Mill restoration company 803-324-5780.

Sutton Mill Community Restoration Team

Water damage claims happen everyday in Fort Mill communities. Sutton Mill is no exception. We have received calls regarding fire damage, mold cleanup and sewage backup over the years. Some times the cleanup is small and other times it has been a major disaster from water. Our staff is trained to handle any size claim you may have regarding your home. We have a wide range of services available to meet your needs. here are just a few.

-water damage extraction

-fire damage restoration

-mold removal

-sewage backup cleanup

-biohazard and blood cleanup

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We are a top rated restoration company and are happy to serve the Sutton Mill community in Fort Mill.

Fire Damage Cleanup Company For Waterside at the Catawba

1/24/2017 (Permalink)

Waterside at the Catawba cleanup company.

Did you just suffer from a fire damage claim in the Catawba area?

Weather its a small soot cleanup or a total house fire we can help. Smoke and soot can travel throughout a home very quickly. It can affect the HVAC system and continue to spread to every corner of the home. You may also have contents and textiles that may have been impacted by the smell. If you need help call us today and we will explain the fire restoration process. We can handle everything from soot removal to odor removal. We know that seeing your home coverd in smoke can be overwhelming. Call now for a free fire damage inspection of your home or business.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We are a top rated fire damage cleanup and restoration company for the Waterside at the Catawba community. Our staff is ready to help you in your time of need with our fire damage service.

You may also visit our SERVPRO Facebook page to learn more about us.

 

Do You Have Wet Carpet From A Broken Pipe?

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

Wet carpet from a broken pipe.

Flood Cleanup Company In York County

Water from a burst or broken pipe can make a huge mess of your home or business in the York County area. The water flowing from the pipe comes out very fast and can spread to every room of the home if given enough time. If you need a pipe or plumbing repair you should contact someone immediately. Plumbers in the area seem to be very busy with new construction and you may be out on a waiting list. The quicker you can get on there schedule the better. At the same time we can get onsite and asses how much damage you may have and possible start the water extraction of the affected areas. 

If you have questions or need a inspection of a recent water damage claim call us today. We will work with you and your insurance company to make sure you get the best service possible.

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

 

Waterside at the Catawba Water Damage Restoration Company

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

Waterside at the Catawba in Fort Mill.

Need flood damage cleanup?

Has your home or business been affected by a broken pipe, washing machine overflow, dishwasher malfunction, drain backup or sewage overflow? We can help with the cleanup process. Our staff is trained and ready for any size damage you may have to your property. We will get onsite quickly and start the water extraction to remove as much standing water as possible. Our office staff will also help you with any questions you may have about filling a claim with your insurance company and the billing process. If you need a free inspection call us today.

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We also have many other restoration services available for your Waterside Community in Fort Mill. Here are just a few.

-Mold removal

-fire damage cleanup

-crime scene and blood cleanup

-sewage cleanup

-carpet cleaning

Call our office today with questions or you may visit our Facebook page to learn more about us.

What To Do If Your Wood Flooring Gets Wet?

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

A wet wood floor is not good.

Wood Floor Drying 

The first step is to stop the cause of the water to impact your flooring. Then you must get up as much standing water as you can. The spaces between the wood flooring planks will allow the water to get underneath where it is more difficult to get out. If it was just a minor area that was affected you may be ok to handle it yourself. But if a large area was affected or a large amount of water was exposed to the floor you may want to call in a professional to handle the cleanup. If you wait to long you may start to see the wood boards start to cup meaning that water is indeed trapped between the subfloor and the wood flooring. If will only get worse with cracking or splitting the longer it sits wet.

For help with a wet wood floor in your home or business give us a call today. We have the tools and equipment to do our best to save your wood flooring.

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Fort Mill Commercial Water Damage Cleanup

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Large commercial disaster cleanup.

Large Loss Commercial Building Cleanup Company

Fort Mill South Carolina is one of the fastest growing communities. The growth in residential and commercial buildings has seen a enormous increase over the past 5 years. The infrastructure is barely keeping up with the population moving to the area. All the current residence have seen the traffic problems and congestion that this influx of people have brought.

We here at SERVPRO have also seen an increase in commercial water damage claims in the area as well. These calls are coming in from new construction and existing buildings in the Fort Mill and Rock Hill area. Floods and burst pipes have damaged many facilities. Our office has seen large loss crews handle major fire and water damage claims on massive commercial buildings in Charlotte and Fort Mill. If you need help with a disaster in your building call us today for quick help or an inspection.

Have Questions? Call Today – (803) 324-5780

What To Do If You Find Standing Water In Your Home?

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Residential water damage restoration.

Who to call? What to do? Where to begin?

These are the questions most homeowners have when they come home and find water on the floors, walls and ceilings or in areas it does not belong.

The first step is to identify where the water is coming from and put a stop to it. It may be a washing machine overflow or a drain backup. If it happens to be a burst or broken pipe then your will have to call a plumber to get the repair done by a professional. After the water has stopped flowing in your home and reeking havoc it now time to start the cleanup. Water extraction happens first then the removal of damaged materials. When everything is cleaned up it is time to start the drying process. This with make sure you don't run into future problems with mold or dry rot.

For any questions please give us a call today. We will help you through the cleanup and claims process. We serve all of York County in South Carolina.

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We strive to be the best water damage restoration company the Fort Mill / Rock Hill area.

Sprinkler Head Discharge Cleanup Company

1/13/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial water cleanup.

Commercial Building Sprinkler Cleanup

Most Fort Mill and Rock Hill commercial buildings are required to have a working sprinkler system in place in the event there is a fire. If a fire does happen they are able to go off automatically and hopefully put out the fire. But what does happen some situations is that they malfunction. We have seen where a employee or service tech is doing work and accidentally bumps one and causes it to go off. When this happens it can cause a huge mess. Water will come out very quickly and start to spread throughout the facility. The quicker the water is stopped the less damage the it can cause. We have responded to numerous water damage claims due this very type of situation. If you need assistance with the cleanup of standing water in your commercial building we can help.

Have Questions? Call Today – (803) 324-5780

We are a top rated commercial water damage restoration company for the Fort Mill and Rock Hill area. Our office is located just over the boarder from Charlotte and be onsite quickly to any size claim you may have.

Water Leak In Fort Mill Commercial Building

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial water damage Fort Mill.

Commercial Water Damage Cleanup Company For Fort Mill

When a business has a water damage or flood that affects their property time is of the essence. They cannot wait or shut down operations for a extended period of time. This would be to costly or damaging to them or to the clients that they serve. We understand that they need to get things cleaned up quickly with minimal interruption and continue to operate as well as they can. Our staff is ready to get a water extraction team onsite of any commercial property within hours. 

If you have questions about a flooding or standing water in your Fort Mill commercial property call us today for help.

Have Questions? Call Today – (803) 324-5780

We are a top rated commercial water damage restoration company for the Fort Mill area.  Free inspections are also available if you have a fire damage, mold damage or sewage backup in your facility. For more information about our company you may visit our Facebook page.

Water Heater Leak Cleanup Company

1/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water heater leak cleanup team is ready.

Weather you live in Fort Mill or Rock Hill area, water heaters are having leaks or pipes that break close to the unit. We have been receiving calls from homeowners that the water heaters have malfunctioned and caused major damage to their home. It also doesn't help that most of the time the unit is located in the attic of the home. When this is the case the water travels down multiple levels of the residence and affects multiple floors with the flowing water. If you need help with standing water in your property please give us a call today. We will get a water extraction team out to you quickly.

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We are ready to help with your hot water heater leak today. For more tips on water cleanup and other SERVPRO services you may also visit our Facebook or LinkedIn page.

 

Bodily Fluid And Trauma Cleanup

1/9/2017 (Permalink)

We are ready to help with your crime scene cleanup.

The aftermath of a death or suicide can leave family members looking for help. We here at SERVPRO can assist you in your time of need. We specialize in blood cleanup for your residence or commercial property. Our staff is trained to handle and transport bio hazard waste.

Here are some of the bio hazard cleaning services we offer:

-Property cleanup for hoarding

-blood removal and disinfection

-suicide cleanup

-murder cleanup

-natural death cleanup

Call us today to speak with a technician about the type of cleaning service you may need. We will schedule an appointment to do an inspection and provide you with an estimate of charges. We know that crime scene cleaning can be very costly and we want you to know the price before we get started. We will also be willing to work with homeowners on getting the best price for your crime scene or blood cleanup service.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We can almost always give the best price for bio hazard cleanup service. We can help you get the job done for the cheapest price.

Frozen Pipes in Rock Hill

1/5/2017 (Permalink)

Frozen pipe cleanup team.

Rock Hill Frozen Pipe Cleanup Company

The cold weather is upon us in York County South Carolina. Freezing temperatures and cold winds can cause many problems for homeowners if they are not ready. One problem we hear about is frozen pipes. This happens when the weather stays below freezing for a few days and unprotected water lines freeze. When they freeze they begin to expand and create cracks or breaks in the plumbing line. When that happens the water will begin to flow out and cause damage to your home. 

Before the cold weather affects your plumbing do a check of all the available plumbing lines in your home or business to make sure they are properly insulated. This will help you avoid a plumbing repair in the future and possible claim with your insurance. We hope you stay warm and safe this winter and storm season.

If you do suffer from a frozen pipe water damage we are ready to help.

Do You Have Flood or Storm Damage?
Call Us Today (803) 324-5780

 

Toilet Overflow Cleanup For Fort Mill

12/30/2016 (Permalink)

Sewage back up in Fort Mill.

Fort Mill Toilet Overflow Cleanup Company

A clogged toilet can be a problem that usually can be fixed by a homeowner. But when the toilet backs up or the sewer system has a problem thats when it can get messy. This property in Fort Mill had the sewer system backup into her house. The sewage started to flow from almost every drain in her home. When it finally stopped it had covered the entire floor of the property. The city had to come out and clear the line so the problem would not happen again. After that was fixed we began the cleanup process of removing all the standing water and muck that was everywhere. All the floors were damaged and had to be removed. After the demo was done the cleaning and sanitizing began. We had to make sure that every affected area was cleaned well. When the cleaning was finished we started to dry the home out.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

If your toilet or sink backs up give us a call. We can handle residential and commercial sewage backups for all of Fort Mill.

We are a top rated sewage backup cleanup company in the Fort Mill community.

Toilet Overflow Cleanup Company Rock Hill

12/30/2016 (Permalink)

Sewage cleanup in Rock Hill

Sewage Water Causes Major Damage

We have had many calls from homeowners in Rock Hill stating that their toilet has overflowed and they need someone to help clean it up. When this happens we know we are in for a messy job. Not only does the nasty water cause damage to the property but the smell can sometimes be overpowering. When you do sewage or also called black water cleanup jobs you must be sure to protect yourself with the proper protection equipment. Black water can contain viruses that can be harmful. 

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We also handle many other cleanup services for the Rock Hill area like:

- washing machine overflow cleanup

- sink overflow cleanup

- clogged drain overflow

- dishwasher leak or malfunction cleanup

- water heater leak cleanup

We are a top rated sewage cleanup company for Rock Hill South Carolina.

Fort Mill Residents: Fire Damage And Smoke Cleanup

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

Fort Mill fire cleanup company.

Fire Damage Restoration Company For Fort Mill South Carolina

If a fire occurs in your home is can cause a lot of damage. After the fire department leaves is when we come in to help you get things cleaned up. Our staff has done many soot, smoke and odor cleaning projects in Fort Mill for residential and commercial properties. We also work with all insurance companies and will help you throughout the process. If you need a fire inspection at your property call us today. We will send out a technician to inspect the damage and let you know what we find and what things you should expect during the fire cleaning process. We are a top rated fire damage cleanup company for the Fort Mill area.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

 

Lake Wylie Water Damage Restoration Company

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

Lake Wylie water damage restoration company is ready to help.

Lake Wylie Residents Can Count On SERVPRO

If you live in Lake Wylie or in the area and have had a flood to your home from a water damage claim we can help. We serve all residential and commercial properties in your area. Burst water lines or sink, tub, or washing machine overflows happen every day in York County. Our staff is on call 24/7 and are ready for your water damage emergency call. We can be onsite to most homes within 4 hours to start extracting standing water. If you have questions about water damage claims call us today for help. We will be happy to explain the process and get things under control.

For more information about us you can visit our Facebook page or our water damage video for Lake Wylie.

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOsvEQSVA6o

We are a top rated water damage restoration company for Lake Wylie South Carolina.

 

Crawlspace Water Damage Cleanup In River Hills South Carolina

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

We are ready to help.

River Hills Plantation Restoration Company

Many problems can happen to a crawlspace if it affected by water. One issue is the growth of mold. A wet or high humidity crawlspace is a perfect environment to have microbial growth. If the moisture problem is not corrected the mold will continue to get worse. Another issue is having your insulation becoming wet and start to fall down. We see this a lot with homes that have a burst pipe and spray water all over the area. If this happens you will have to replace all the damaged insulation and properly dry out the affected area. We can handle all the many different problems you may have in your crawlspace.

Here are a few.

-Insulation removal and replacement 

-Mold removal and cleanup

-Vapor barrier installation

-Drying of affected materials

If you need any of these services call us today to schedule an inspection.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We are a top rated water damage restoration company for the River Hills community.

 

Get The Mold Out Of Your Crawlspace

12/20/2016 (Permalink)

Crawlspace mold removal needed here.

Mold Removal Company For York County

When unwanted water gets into a crawlspace nothing good can happen. Weather its from a broken pipe, ground water of flood it always a good idea to remove it as quick as possible. If not mold will start to grow on the wet surfaces. When that happens you could end up with a severe microbial growth problem. If your crawlspace has this problem we can help. First we will provide you with a free crawlspace inspection to see had bad the situation is. After that you will receive an estimate for the cleanup process. If you agree to the price we will get you on the schedule as quick as possible.

If you any have questions about our company or need more information you can also visit our Facebook page.

If You See Signs of Mold,
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

 

Hardwood Water Damage Restoration Company

12/19/2016 (Permalink)

We are ready to help.

Wet Hardwood Floor Cleanup

Your hardwood floors in your home and water do not mix. If they get wet from a broken pipe or flood they can get damaged if you do not act quick. The first thing you need to do is repair the broken pipe or the water source. Then you need to get as much water removed from on top of the wood flooring and underneath. The water that is trapped between the wood floor and subfloor is the most difficult to remove. We have the equipment that can extract deep down and help get most of the standing water out. After that you need to set up dehumidifiers and air movers to start drying the wet wood flooring out. Once you have reached the proper moisture goal for your wood flooring and no damage has occurred you are good to go.

If you have questions about our services give us a call. We are one of the best water damage restoration companies just south of Charlotte in Fort Mill South Carolina. We will be happy to look at any water damage claim you may have.

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Also check us out on Facebook.

Washing Machine Overflow In Fort Mill

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

Washing machine overflows can cause a big mess.

Cleanup of washing machine water damage

Many homeowners have experienced the mess that a malfunctioning washing machine can do to their home. Water can get into flooring and affect multiple rooms when a leak or a broken water or feed line burst. The situation can get even worse if your laundry room is located on the second floor of your home. When that is the case the water will cause damage to two levels of the property and really make for a bad day. Other times you may start the washing machine and leave the home to run errands. If the malfunction happens then it could be a major disaster depending on how much water flowed trough the home.

If you have any type of overflow in your residential property call us today for help. We will get the water extracted quickly and start to help you get your home back to normal.

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We are a top rated water damage restoration company just south of Charlotte over the border in Fort Mill.

Water Damage In The Palisades Community

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Water affected crawlspace.

Need Emergency Water Damage Cleanup?

If you have had a recent flood in your home we can help with the cleanup process. Here is a quick overview of the water restoration process. The first thing that must be done is stopping the water from affecting your property. After that is done the water extraction and cleanup can begin. If there are any materials that may have gotten damaged from the water they must be removed at this time. After those basic steps are completed you can start the drying process. When the drying is done the repair portion of the job may start.

If you need a inspection from a recent water damage claim call us today.

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We are a top rated water damage company for the Palisades area.

 

Knightsbridge Neighborhood Water Damage Company

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

Home affected by water damage.

Emergency Flood Cleanup For Knightsbridge Residents In Fort Mill

If you have a flood in your home from a broken pipe, dishwasher overflow, toilet backup or any other water disaster we can help. When water gets on flooring it can start to cause damage quickly. Wood floors will start to show signs of high moisture within hours. Tile and vinyl will sometimes hide the water as these products are less porous. Most of the time homeowners do not realize how far the water has traveled due to it runs under the flooring and on top of the subfloor. When we arrive on site to do an inspection we will be able to see the affected area by using moisture meters to see exactly where the water has traveled.

If you have had a recent water damage or flood in your home call us today for quick response.

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

 

Rug Cleaning Company In Fort Mill

12/7/2016 (Permalink)

We are ready to get that rug looking good.

Do you have a rug that needs cleaned?

If so call us today about a price. We offer rug cleaning on most rugs. Many homeowners don't realize how quickly a household rug can get dirty. If it is near an entry door or a high traffic area it may need cleaned more often. Another cause may be pets. Pets can leave stains from peeing on the rug. Many pet stains can be removed but sometimes they are set in by the owner by putting the wrong cleaning product on it. Smells are another issue that can affect your rug. Oder from cigarette smoke can get trapped in the rug and continue to smell long after the smoker has left. Pet smells and musty smell can occur just over time.

If you need rug cleaning in the Fort Mill area call us today.

Need Carpet or Rug Cleaning?
Call Today – (803) 324-5780

Who Cleans Up Flood Damage In Anne Springs Close Community?

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Here to help.

SERVPRO Can Get The Job Done.

Flood damage to home or business can be stressful to a homeowner or business owner. Weather you have a major water damage or just need some carpet extraction we can help. Most of the time property owners are unaware of how far water can travel. When we get on site we will use our moisture meters to see what areas are affected and how wet things have gotten. At that point you will now how much damage you have and if a insurance claim needs to be filed or not.

For more information about our services please give us a call or you can visit our facebook page to see reviews and pictures.

We are happy to serve the Anne Springs Close neighborhoods in South Carolina. If you need an inspection for a recent water damage claim give us a call today.

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Fire Damage Cleanup Company For Doby's Bridge Community

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Call us today for fire cleanup help. 803-324-5780

Soot and Smoke Removal in Doby's Bridge South Carolina

A house fire can happen at any moment. It could be from a cooking accident, electrical, or lightning that can spread soot and smoke throughout the home. After the fire is put out is when the cleanup process can begin. Most of the time the entire home is affected by the smell. All the affected areas must be cleaned and ozoned before the repair process can start.

If you have a house or business fire call us today for help. We will be happy to come out and do a free inspection of the property to see how much damage you have. We will also help you determine if you should file a insurance claim to cover the cost.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage Cleanup?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We are a top rated fire damage cleanup company for the Doby's Bridge Community.

 

Free Hatchimal Giveaway

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Hatchimal contest

FREE HATCHIMAL!!! Just in time for the holiday season, we are giving away a Hatchimal to one lucky person. This is one of the most in demand toys of the year! Entering is easy. Simply 'like' our Facebook page and share THIS post to be entered to win. The winner will be announced on December 16th at 4 PM. Good luck to everyone, and Happy Holidays!
(All winners must be local to York County. Tree not included.)

To enter go to our facebook page.

Good luck to all. And have a Happy Holiday season.

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. As a locally owned and operated business, we can provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding immediately to commercial or residential needs.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

How To Get Rid Of Cigarette Smell In Fort Mill Or Rock Hill

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO cleaning team.

Getting The Cigarette Odor Out

To get rid of cigarette smell you must first ask yourself how bad is the smell and how long has someone been smoking in the area. If it is mild you may get away with just cleaning the floors, surfaces, furniture and windows. If it has been going on for a long time you may need the professionals to come in and give the area a ozone treatment.

Ozone has been proven to get rid of cigarette smell from many homes and business. It works by eliminating the irritation caused by phenol gasses, by oxidizing them. Phenol gasses are the part of tobacco that create the offensive odors.

If you have a property in the Fort Mill, Rock Hill area that has a cigarette smell that you want removed call us today. 

Need Cigarette Odor Removal Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We would love to come out and get rid of the nasty smell from your home or business.

Catawba Restoration Company In South Carolina

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

We are ready to help the Catawba community.

Need a emergency water damage company for you home or business?

We offer many restoration services for the Catawba community. Weather you have a water damage, flood, sewage backup, fire damage or need mold removal we can help. We serve all of York County residents.

If your business has been affected by a disaster we can respond quickly to get things cleaned up so you may resume your daily operations. Our office is located in Fort Mill so we can be on site in minutes to inspect any problem you may have. 

If your residents has had a problem we would be happy to come out and do an inspection to see how much damage you have.

If you would like a free inspection for your Catawba home or business call us today to schedule an appointment.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We are a top rated water damage restoration company for the Catawba area.

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Catawba community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

Frozen Pipes Are Coming To Fort Mill

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

We can help with your frozen pipes in the Fort Mill area.

Flooding From Frozen Pipes May Affect Fort Mill Homeowners And Business

Winter is coming to York County along with cold temperatures at night. If it stays below freezing for a few days problems can start to set in. Pipes that are not properly insulated will freeze. As they are freezing they will start to expand and may put breaks or cracks in the pipe. The water damage won't happen then but it will when that pipe begins to thaw out. Once water is able to move freely it will start to flow out of any breaks and that is when the problems start. At that point you will know you have a serious problem. Depending on how quickly you catch it or the location determines the level of damage that may occur.

If you need help with frozen pipes call us today. We are able to extract any unwanted water in you home and start getting things dry as quick as possible.

Need Burst Pipe Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

 

Water Damage Cleanup Company For Doby's Bridge Community

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

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Doby's Bridge in Fort Mill South Carolina

If you live in York County area you have probably heard of the fast growing community of Doby's Bridge. In the past few years it has seen major growth. Not only are new homes and large neighborhoods opening up, but major business have started to join in on the growths well. Along with all the new contruction is a new elementary school to help with all the new children moving to the area.

Here at SERVPRO we have already seen an increase in water damage emergency calls to the Doby's Bridge area along with fire damages and sewage backups. With all that new growth we should not be surprised. 

If you need help with a homeowners claim give us a call today for help.

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Fort Mill community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We are a top rated water damage cleanup company for Doby's Bridge in Fort Mill,SC.

Lake Ridge Community Water Damage Restoration Company

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is read to help in Fort Mill,SC.

Emergency Water Damage Cleanup For Lake Ridge Homeowners

In South Carolina residents suffer from water damage claims just like everybody else. The question is who to call to do the cleanup if that happens to them. SERVPRO has been a proven leader in the restoration industry for a long time. Our local office here in Fort Mill is close so we can respond to any water damage, fire damage, flood or sewage backup you may have. We have the staff and equipment to get things under control and to get your home cleaned up a s quickly as possible.

If you are a Lake Ridge neighborhood resident and have questions about us or our services don't hesitate to call. 

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We are a top rated water damage cleanup company for the Hawk's Ridge Community in South Carolina.

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Fort Mill community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

Hawk's Creek Neighborhood Water Damage Cleanup Company

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

We are ready to help.

Need Emergency Water Damage Service?

If you live in Fort Mill South Carolina and suffer from a water damage claim for your home we can help. We are a top rated water damage restoration company for your neighborhood. Because are office is located in York County we can respond quickly to your call.

Our company has been in the area since 2009 and have handled hundreds of emergency calls over the years. No two water jobs are alike and we would take great pride in assisting you with your homeowners claim. We have a great relationship with all major insurance carriers and can provide you top level service you desreve.

For more information about us visit our Facebook page to see more reviews and pictures.

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We would be happy to help any Hawk's Creek homeowner in South Carolina with any water, fire, mold, sewage or flood damage job you may have.

 

Mold Removal Company In Fort Mill

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

We can help get the mold out.

Need to Get the Mold Out?

If you have mold in your home or business we can help. Our staff is trained to get the job done. Mold in crawlspaces is the most common we see in the Fort Mill area. The issue can be caused by a number of ways. One would be a burst pipe that sprays water all over the area and then the wet joists start growing mold over time. Another cause may be from not having a vapor barrier down over the ground that would prevent moisture from rising up and affecting the sub flooring. Also high humidity over the summer has been linked to mold growth.

Whatever the problem is it must be corrected before any mold cleanup can begin. After the problem is fixed we can then come in and remove the mold from your home or business.

If you would like a free inspection on your mold problem give us a call today to schedule an time. We will be happy to come look at any issue you may have.

If You See Signs of Mold,
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We are a top rated mold removal company in Fort Mill.

Have A Water Damage Emergency In Regent Park Area?

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

Top rated water damage cleanup company in Regent Park.

Regent Park Water Damage Cleanup Company

Homeowners sometimes have to deal with a flooded home from a burst pipe, toilet overflow, washing machine malfunction, dishwasher leak, sink overflow or drain backup. Many problems can happen in a home to cause you to file a claim. 

The first thing you need to do is stop the cause of the water damage. After that is taken care of it is time to get the unwanted water removed. That is were we at SERVPRO come in. We will come out to your home and start extracting the water right away. If there are any damaged materials at that point they must be removed. Then the dying process can begin. We will set up the dehumidifiers and air movers in all affected areas. We will also work with you and your insurance company to make sure the communication goes smoothly.

If you need a top rated water damage cleanup and restoration company in Regent Park we are ready for your call.

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Don't wait to long if you have standing water in your home.

Cooking Fires Can Cause Major Damage In Fort Mill

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

Fire damage cleanup team for Fort Mill.

Need a Fire Damage Cleanup Company In Fort Mill?

With many homeowners cooking for the holidays this year accidents are bound to happen. One may happen by leaving something in the oven to long and smoke starts to come out into the home. Or you get distracted with all the family or kids running around the home and leave the kitchen for just a second. That is all it takes some times. The next thing you know you could have a small kitten fire or even worse a total fire loss.

House fires in Fort Mill are more common during the winter months and we are ready to help with the cleanup process. Our staff is trained with cleaning soot off a structure and getting the odor out. We also handle the cleaning of all affected contents as well.

If you would like a free fire damage inspection in Fort Mill, give us a call today to set up a appointment. We would be happy to come out and give our assessment of how much damage you have in your home or business.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We are a top rated fire damage cleanup company in Fort Mill.

What To Do If Your Have A Flooded Home In Rock Hill

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

Give us a call today for questions about a water damage claim you may have.

Flooded Home Cleanup Company In Rock Hill

Dealing with a water damage claim can be a lot for a homeowner in York County. First you have to get all the water extracted from the floors of your home. Next all the damaged materials have to be removed. Then the drying process can begin. During this time  you will be in contact with your insurance company to make sure you have the proper coverage and what limits you have. At some point a field adjuster may come on site to get a first hand look at how much damage was caused. While he is there he can answer questions you may have and take pictures and do a scope to determine a repair estimate. Once the home is dry you can move forward with the repair portion of the job.

We are always here also to answer any questions you may have about a water damage claim. We can also help the communication between you and your insurance company go smoothly.

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

 

Industrial Accident Cleaning Company

11/23/2016 (Permalink)

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Commercial Biohazard Cleanup for Rock Hill, Fort Mill area.

If your business or corporation has a workplace accident involving a workplace suicide, robberies with injuries, homicide or industrial accident involving blood or biohazard material we can help with the cleanup. Our staff is trained on getting things cleaned up properly and quickly so your business may resume operation. 

Accidents can happen anywhere and anytime on a job site or office setting. We can respond to your blood or trauma emergency at anytime of the day. Our staff is always on call and ready to assist. 

If you would like a free biohazard inspection please call us today. We will be happy to come out to your facility and provide you with a estimate on the cleanup costs. We have been told that we are the most reasonably priced biohazard company in the York County South Carolina area.

We are a top rated blood and trauma cleanup company for the Rock Hill Fort Mill area.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Need a Blood or Trauma Cleanup Company in Rock Hill?

11/23/2016 (Permalink)

We are here to help.

Rock Hill biohazard cleanup 

If you have had someone pass away at your residents we are here to help. We know that that there is a lot involved when a family member or friend passes away. The situation is always tense and we understand that patience and understanding for the family members is our top priority. 

If it was natural a death or crime related we can handle the cleanup process for Rock Hill residents. We will do a free inspection and provide you with a estimate for the cleanup.

Here is a list of our biohazard cleanup services for Rock Hill:

- Crime scene cleanup

- Suicide cleanup

- Blood cleanup

- Homicide cleanup

- Death cleanup

- Teargas cleanup

If you live in the Rock Hill area and would like us to give you a free estimate call us today.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We are a top rated blood and biohazard cleanup company in Rock Hill.

To see more information about our services visit our Facebook page.

House Fire Cleanup Company In Fort Mill

11/22/2016 (Permalink)

Fort Mill Fire Damage Team.

Need a top rated fire damage restoration and cleanup company for Fort Mill?

We are ready to help. A house or business fire is never a good thing. The damage and stress it can cause to the homeowners or business owner can sometimes be overwhelming. We here at SERVPRO have the tools, equipment and training to get things cleaned up as soon as possible. We will work with you and your insurance company to make sure that all parties are on the same page and the communication continues throughout the process.

Call us today to come out and do a free fire damage inspection of your property. We will help you with any questions you may have about the cleanup process or who to contact regarding coverage and insurance.

Remember that even a small fire in a home or business can cause soot to go throughout the entire property. 

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We strive to be the best fire damage cleanup company in Fort Mill.

For more information check us out on Facebook

Water Extraction For Wet Carpet In Fort Mill South Carolina

11/22/2016 (Permalink)

Call us today for questions you may have about wet carpet in your home or business.

Who to call to extract wet carpet from a water damage?

Here at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County we can help you get the water out of carpeting and off your flooring. If you just have a small area affected you probably can handle it yourself. But if water covers the entire room or multiple rooms you may want to give us a call. Not only will the carpet be wet but the pad will be soaked to. Also if you may have water running down below to a crawlspace or a lower level in your home or business. That is when it can get really difficult as a homeowner to handle and the cleanup and drying process may need a professional to take on the task.

If you feel that the job is to big please give us a call and we can come out and take a look to see how big of a area is affected. 

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

I need a top rated water damage restoration company for Fort Mill

10/14/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO in Fort Mill South Carolina

That is what most people say into their smartphone when they need help.

If that is what you are looking for, we can help. SERVPRO is ready to help you with any size water damage disaster you may have.

Flooding and water damage events at Fort Mill residential and commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility or home.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges


Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Residential Water Damage Restoration

We are able to walk you through the process of a homeowners water damage claim. You may many questions which we will help answer or let you know who to contact throughout the process. Since we work with many different insurance companies we have  probably work with yours. Call us today for any questions you may have or to get started on a recent water damage claim.

Flooding or Water Damage? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Locally Owned and Operated
We are proud to be an active member of this community. SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is locally owned and operated so we’re already nearby and ready to help Fort Mill residents and business owners with any-sized water and flood damage emergencies.

 

 

Factors to consider when faced with a biohazard cleanup in York County

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

We are ready to help with any size biohazard cleanup.

Biohazard Cleanup Company for York County

If you are faced with a biohazard cleanup, such as a trauma scene, sewage backup, or hoarding situation, here are some key factors to consider:

Avoid exposure to any contaminants present. There are serious health risks associated with exposure to blood, bodily fluids, animal waste, sewage, and other biohazardous materials. Treat all potentially hazardous materials as if they are contaminated.
Assess ways to secure your personal safety and contain the situation, such as turning off the HVAC system and avoiding standing water or sagging ceilings.


Before attempting to clean up a trauma scene yourself, particularly when it involves a loved one, consider the long-term mental and emotional consequences of doing so. The cleanup process can be emotional and traumatic in itself. Biohazard cleanup professionals are trained to deal with trauma situations with compassion and discretion.


If you would like assistance with a biohazard cleanup, our trained professionals can assess the situation, provide a no-cost estimate, and clean the affected areas and dispose of the waste in accordance with federal and state regulations.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services in York County?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

24 Hour Emergency Service
We are available 24 hours a day—our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have the qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

We are a top rated biohazard cleanup company for York County.

Biohazard Cleanup Company For Rock Hill

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

Call today for biohazard cleanup.

Who to call in Rock Hill for Biohazard Cleanup?

When you need a plan for emergency Biohazard clean up and disinfection, SERVPRO® of Rock Hill & York County has professionals on call.

We are saddened that our wonderful customers occasionally have to find help for bio hazard cleanup, but are grateful that we have the opportunity to help.

Biohazard cleanup may involve bodily fluids, sewage, rodent feces and many other contaminates that have to be handled with care. Our certified professionals use proper personal protective equipment to protect themselves from spreading possible illness.

Please call SERVPRO® of Rock Hill & York County for a free estimate and leave bio hazard clean up to the professionals.

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists
Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the follow:

IICRC Training
Employee Certification Training
Initial Franchise Training
e-Learnings
Continuing Education Classes

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

24 Hour Emergency Service
We are available 24 hours a day—our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have the qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Top rated biohazard cleanup company for Rock Hill and the surrounding area.

We are ready for your emergency biohazard cleanup job.

How to Avoid Stove Top Fire Damage in Baxter Village Fort Mill

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

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Attended Cooking and Keeping Safety Materials Nearby Can Help Prevent Fires From Originating in a Kitchen


Cooking tops and stoves have been used by civilizations with advanced metal or stone work for thousands of years, as it is a simple enough concept: a plate or surface is heated by open flame sufficient to cook and burn any food placed upon it. However, these essential appliances also carry a fair bit of risk and are one of the most common causes of fire damage in homes worldwide. Smoke alarms in kitchens are regularly placed directly above the stove so as to react quickly to any fires that start on it. Stoves can cause fire damage large and small, sometimes leading to total loss of the home, so avoiding dangerous practices around them is essential for your home's safety.

Always Mind Food

A common source of fire damage in Fort Mill is food left cooking unattended on stoves. Even if you are minding time and have a timer set up for its cooking, being out of the room while something is cooking is never a good idea and can lead to fires. Especially with oily or dry foods, food items left on stovetops can burst into flame very quickly, spreading to nearby wooden cabinets and walls. Safe cooking involves regular monitoring of food on the stove, and this is essential in kitchen fire prevention.

Watch Where You Put Things

Another common cause of fires is when a resident leaves a fabric cooking item, such as a potholder, laying on a hot stove. Any object left on a stove has a risk of starting a fire, and a hot stove top should never be used as a resting place for anything. Simply use the counter that is likely only a few feet away.

Keep Safety Materials Nearby

If worst comes to worst and a fire starts on a stove, make sure you have a smoke detector nearby and a fire extinguisher in the room. Damaging the stove with extinguisher materials should be the least of your concerns, so don't hold back. Above all, mitigating further damage from the fire is essential, and crucial to this is stopping any small fires in their tracks.

Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today (803) 324-5780

24-Hour Emergency Fire Restoration Service
Fire emergencies can happen day or night, on weekend or holidays. That’s why we provide 24-hour emergency fire restoration services, 365 days a year. Fort Mill residents can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

We are a top rated fire damage cleanup company for Fort Mill.

What You Should do if You've had Residential Fire Damage in Fort Mill

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

We are ready to help with any size fire damage claim.

What You Should Do When Dealing with Fire Damage in Your Home


Life has enough interruptions and bumps along the way without the unwanted disaster of a Fort Mill house fire. The aftermath is almost as bad but much longer-lasting. Even small fires can merit the use of a professional restoration company. Cooking fires that spread beyond the stove, barbecue grills that go haywire, and even small appliances that catch fire can cause damage to surrounding areas.

Small Fires can Pose High Risks

While you should never pour water on a grease fire, nor on an electrical one, many times that is a person's first reaction anywhere. This can cause even more damage. Cooking fires and electrical shorts are common causes of Fort Mill fire damage. It can also create physical risks to people standing nearby. With grease fires, baking soda should be poured into the skillet and any grease or oil that has caught fire outside of the cooking pan or skillet instead of water.

With electrical fires, the appliance should be unplugged if it can be safely done, but not by pulling on the cord. This can cause the cord to snap, leaving the plug, without the cord, still in the outlet. The power to the area where this is happening should be shut off at the fuse box as quickly as possible to eliminate the hazard.

After the Fire is Out, It's Time to Repair the Damage

When there's been a localized fire, you should have someone assess the damages for you. This can often help with insurance documentation. Landlords, if you are renting, will also appreciate if you inform them of the fire, and they can see the damage for themselves. It is every landlord's worst nightmare to have a fire or flood damage their properties. If they can see the amount of damage, they can rest easier knowing the extent of the repairs required. Fires do happen, through nobody's fault, and your landlord will know this.

Damage can range from blackened walls and countertops to heavily burned surfaces, electrical wires being damaged and requiring replacement, to floors suffering damage so severe they must be replaced to be safe again. Having experts conduct the repairs needed can greatly facilitate insurance claims being resolved, as well.

Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage in Fort Mill? Call Today (803) 324-5780

Locally Owned, with National Resources
We are proud to be an active member of this community. SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is locally owned and operated so we’re already nearby and ready to help Fort Mill residents and business owners with any-sized fire and smoke damage emergencies.

Top rated fire damage cleanup company in Fort Mill South Carolina.

8 Things to do before a Severe Storm arrives in Rock Hill South Carolina

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

Storm cleanup for Rock Hill.

Be ready for a storm in Rock Hill

The Rock Hill area is known for its whacky weather. And while some might not believe it, Rock Hill has experienced tornado, flood, wind and hail damage in recent years. Here are some tips we recommend to keep yourself safe during a storm.

1. Build an emergency kit and a communication plan.

2. Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.

3. Postpone outdoor activities.

4. Go indoors if you hear thunder shortly after hearing lightning, remember the 30/30 rule. Go indoors if you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.

5. Secure objects that could blow away or cause damage (trash cans, toys).

6. Remember, rubber soled shoes and rubber tires provide no protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.

7. Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.

8. Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.

Do You Have Flood or Storm Damage?
Call Us Today (803) 324-5780

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources
SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the Rock Hill community. We are also part of a national network of 1,650 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.

Need a top rated water damage restoration company for Rock Hill?

Call us today for help.

How to prepare your Fort Mill South Carolina business for flooding

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

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Floods can cause major damage to Fort Mill businesses

With over 40 years of experience, SERVPRO Franchise professionals have restored flood damaged homes and businesses from coast to coast. Here are our SERVPRO approved tips for preparing your business for a flood.

BEFORE THE FLOOD

Have a qualified professional elevate the furnace, water heater, electric panel if susceptble to flooding.
Install Check valves in sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your business.
Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage.
Arrange to have a free Emergency Ready profile made for your business in advance so if the flood does happen, then you will be able to manage the restoration process remotely.
Make sure you have flood insurance, flood insurance takes 30 days to get into affect so it is imperative that you have it long before you need it.
Document your business. Take quality pictures of vehicles, computers, inventory and office set up. You'll be glad you have this later.


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 communities 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 Fort Mill building if it is surrounded by flood waters.
Return to the business only when authorities indicate it is safe.

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Commercial Building Restoration Services
When it comes to Fort Mill commercial and residential restoration services, SERVPRO is a leader in the industry. Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County responds quickly to your Fort Mill business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies. No commercial project is too big, because we have access to the resources of a nationwide network of 1,650 Franchises.

We are a top rated commercial water damage company in Fort Mill.

Water Damage in Newport South Carolina - What to Do Until Help Arrives

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

Newport South Carolina residents can count on SERVPRO.

Tips if you have a water damage claim in Newport or York County

Anytime there is an emergency in your home your primary focus should be safety. Ask yourself, is it safe to stay in your house?

If you have suffered water damage, there could be dangers from electrical appliances short-circuiting to something as simple as a slip and fall on a wet surface.

If you can remain in the home safely, there are a few things you can do until help arrives:

1. Wipe excess water from wood furniture and remove lamps or any kind of content that may be sitting on top of it.

2. Remove wet upholstery cushions from couches.

3. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between the legs of furniture and any wet surfaces.

4. Remove colored rugs from wet carpet.

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

We are a top rated water damage restoration company in the Newport area. We can handle any size water damage claim. We also work with your insurance company and the local adjuster to make sure it is a smooth process.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources
We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Newport community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

If you feel that you need help with a water damage from a burst pipe call us now with questions. 

Flood Damage can be Costly: Here are a Few Tips on How to Decrease Your Losses in Rock Hill

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

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Fast Thinking and Simple Actions Can Protect Valuables in Your Home
Floods are occurring more often in the USA than they have before. These floods arise from not only melting snows in the spring but also from heavy downpours of rainfall, even in winter. In some locations, flash floods have cost numerous people their lives, in addition to creating general havoc, loss of business income, inventory, and jobs, as well as homes and businesses themselves have been lost.

Hopefully, Rock hill residents will never see extensive flood damage like what has recently been endured across the USA, but it's always better to know who to call when flooding ever does happen. A fast response to flooding can decrease the amount of flood damage and reduce losses, as well as the costs of repairing and restoring flood-damaged structures and other items.

If you know heavy rainfall will be headed your way, move your most valuable items to an upper floor, if possible. If there is no upper level available, place those items that can be damaged the most easily, but are lightweight, up on top of taller dressers or even inside of cabinets that are near the ceiling. Other items, such as TV sets, might be able to be placed on lower dressers. All food that is not refrigerated or frozen should be moved to a higher location. Food cans and jars cannot be cleaned well enough to obtain proper food safety levels after being exposed to flood water.

After flood waters have receded, you need to call a company that is experienced in all stages of restoring flood damaged properties. SERVPRO has a local office in Fort Mill, Rock Hill area but has access to resources at a national level. We are trained according to IICRC standards and are certified in all stages of restoring flood-damaged homes and businesses.

We start with water extraction, and then begin to sanitize and clean while others begin the drying process. Furniture restoration can keep your replacement costs low, and not only includes cleaning of the exterior upholstery but also the interior padding and foam that is often found in upholstered chairs, couches, and other items. Drapes and other textiles can be cleaned at our site, and carpets will be cleaned and sanitized, then inspected to ensure they do not need to be replaced instead. Carpets, because of their location and purpose, are often hit the worst in a flood. While we do our best to preserve it, many carpets do need to be replaced in order to protect residents and others who will spend time in carpeted rooms. Area rugs can be cleaned at our location, however.

Part of the problem with flood water is that it can contain the worst in contamination. Not only does flood water often contain chemical waste from roads and streets, but it can also contain industrial run-off that was drained into area rivers. Sewage run-off should be another concern. At SERVPRO, we've had extensive training in actually dealing with this kind of flood water and can eliminate much of the risk these contaminants can pose to you and your family.

Sanitizing your home or business can continue through the drying process. Drying must be complete so that secondary water damage does not become a reality. This can include rotting of internal wood beams, mold growth, and warped and splintering wood features in your home. Preventing secondary damage is another way to save on costs – prevention is always less time-consuming and also less costly than dealing with subsequent secondary damage at a later date.

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Locally Owned Company with National Resources
As a locally owned and operated business, we live and work in this community too. We are close by and ready to respond immediately when you need cleaning or restoration services. We’re also part of a national network of over 1,650 Franchises, which allows us to respond quicker with more resources. For major storms and disasters, we can even call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams for additional resources.

Flood cleanup company is ready to serve Rock Hill and the surrounding area.

Storms, the aftermath. The mold they can bring to your Riverwalk Home

9/26/2016 (Permalink)

We are here to help the Riverwalk community.

After the Storm Is Over - Water Damage and Mold in your Riverwalk South Carolina home.

Often, mold growth begins anywhere from 2-3 days after a storm causes water damage. Mold is a harmful issue, and it can cause damage to your health, home and the contents within your Riverwalk home in Rock Hill before you even notice that your house has mold growth. The longer a house is exposed to storm water damage and the air spores that spread mold, the more difficult it will be to remove the mold. Common signs of mold growth include musty odors and discolored surfaces.

People who have allergies, asthma, immunodeficiency disorders, respiratory problems and weakened immune system are especially sensitive to the health effects of mold. Those who are exposed to mold may have symptoms such as:

Difficulty breathing.
Irritated eyes or skin.
Fungal lung infections.
Migraine headaches.
Nasal congestion.

Act Fast

Our highly trained mold removal technicians use the latest technology and tools to quickly address your mold problem in a manner that effectively removes mold colonies. Unlike DIY techniques, our professional service does not carry the risk of improperly removing mold, saving customers from dealing with further damage, health problems, costs and inconvenience. We are also licensed to handle lead, asbestos and other dangerous materials that we may come across during the mold removal process.

We are available 24 per day. Before your appointment, be sure to:
Inventory damaged and missing goods for your insurance claim.

Throw away all sealed and unsealed food and beverage touched by storm flood waters.
Open windows and doors.
Refrain from using electrical devices until it is safe.
Remove standing water when possible.
Use dehumidifiers and fans to ventilate your home.
Our mold removal technician will also determine if any contents in your home are salvageable. However, porous items that are wet for over 48 hours and cannot be completely dried and cleaned must be thrown away, such as carpet, carpet padding, ceiling tiles, clothing, drywall, floor tiles, insulation, leather goods, paper, upholstery, wallpaper and wood items.

When our service technician arrives, he will:
Apply biocides.
Decide whether or not you can safely stay in your house during the mold remediation process.
Determine if additional ventilation and containment is needed.
Look for mold in the HVAC system and biological hazards in the home.
Test for any additional mold after completing removal process.
Use quick structural drying techniques.

If You See Signs of Mold,
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Locally Owned Company with National Resources
We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property.

We are a top rated water damage and mold removal company for the Riverwalk community in Rock Hill,SC.

Springfield South Carolina Smoke & Soot Cleanup

9/21/2016 (Permalink)

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The Springfield Community Can Count On SERVPRO

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke and soot facts:

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.


Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.


Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Locally Owned Company with National Resources
SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is locally owned and operated and we are proud to be part of the Springfield community. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large-scale fire, water, and storm disasters.

Fire Damage Restoration for a Newport South Carolina Home

9/21/2016 (Permalink)

We can help.

How SERVPRO Can Help You Restore Your Fire Damaged Newport Home
In the event that your home in Newport suffers fire damage, you may be struggling to complete the restoration process. As many homeowners know, there are numerous tasks that you must complete to get back on your feet and restore your property. Some of those tasks include meeting with insurance agents, doing an inventory of damaged materials, and dealing with the emotions that result from enduring a traumatic event. The above steps are valid for a small, localized fire event. You may need to hire a professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO to assess damages and complete the fire damage restoration process. If there is any depth to the fire damage, allow SERVPRO to communicate with your insurance adjuster and do an on-site assessment and inspection of the fire damage in your Newport home. A proper water removal, drying, cleanup and repair plan than can be professionally initiated.

What To Do Before The Fire Damage Restoration Company Arrives

You can, if the fire was minor, make sure the main circuit breaker has been turned off. As you think about starting the cleanup process during the fire aftermath, you may be wondering if there are any cleanup activities you should leave to the professionals. The answer is yes. Probably most, or all of the clean up. One activity you should avoid completing on your own is the cleaning of any damaged furniture. There are specific cleaning techniques required for furniture as a result of fire damage. Also, be sur