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Water From Shower Can Cause Mold if not Ventilated Properly

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Plastic on doorway is used to keep the rest of the home from being contaminated from mold Water caused mold issue requiring a decontamination barrier from the rest of the home to keep the mold spores from contaminating the rest of the home.

You’ve contacted SERVPRO to remove the mold you discovered in your bathroom. As you watch the crew work you are in awe as they put up what appears to be a plastic room outside yet attached to the bathroom. You ask the relevance of such a room, and the SERVPRO Technician is happy to explain the necessity of setting up a safe place to clean off their bags and tools. This zone will help to prevent contamination to clean parts of the room, home, or business. 

What caused the mold is too much moisture in the air, due to poor ventilation in the home. Either a window, or ventilation fan is needed in order to properly disperse the moisture caused by water from a shower, so it does not set on the ceilings, or walls. Mold can not only damage the home, or business, but can also be a health risk to those who occupy the home or business. At SERVPRO our technicians are certified to properly remove the mold, thus bringing your home or business back to a safe environment.

Hurricane Left Many with Heavily Water Damaged Homes

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

A hallway with the drywall removed four feet up the wall from the bottom To properly dry the walls the wet drywall is removed.

SERVPRO Responds to a water damaged home from a Hurricane that brought significant amounts of wind and rain damage. We all knew the hurricane was coming, but how does one truly prepare their home for the high rising water knowing the water damage will be horrific. One can only pack up the family, what is of importance and pray upon returning home the water damage is less than expected. Once the area is considered passable you return to your home, or business to find the water has damaged your home, and contents. 

SERVPRO specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response Time with Crews Ready 24/7/365

We are locally owned and operated enabling us to respond quicker with the proper resources tailored to fit your circumstances, which is extremely important.  A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

SERVPRO Has the Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Lancaster and Kershaw Counties, 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 Us Today SERVPRO 803-475-7500

SERVPRO is your resource #24/7/365

Heavy Thunderstorms Damaged a Home in Lancaster South Carolina When Struck by Lightning

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

Standing in the living room looking toward a pretty arched window, there is burned raters and insulation hanging down The lightning strike hit with enough voltage to go through the roof and into the living room.

The evening was filled with high winds, rain, and heavy rounds of lightning strikes. Any one of these elements can cause major damage to a home, or business.  A tree falling on a home or business can bring the rains into the home, or business causing water damage, and as we see in the south, lightning strikes are an unfortunate part of a storm rolling through.  With a lightning strike on a home or business the level of the incident suddenly moves to a whole new level.  You now have lightning damage, which includes fire damage, and water damage.  Bottom line, it is quite overwhelming to process how one lightning strike can cause so much damage. One lightning strike can cause enough damage to render the home, or business uninhabitable until repairs are completed.

SERVPRO specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Water Line in the Breakroom Fails Causing Water Damage to Office in Camden South Carolina

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

carpet that is wet from a broken pipe Water exits the breakroom and enters the attached room

Once there is a flood on the inside of a building, or home the water will continue to flow until the source of the problem is resolved. Water either into the line must be shut off, or the entire water system will need to be shut off, and a plumber will need to come and resolve the issue that caused the water to flood the home, or office.

Upon arriving to work Monday morning the office manager was greeted with standing water that was caused by a broken pipe in the break room. Making a call to SERVPRO brought out a crew in less than an hour to begin the Water Mitigation process, followed by a Mold Remediation. The office staff was very appreciative to have their office back “Like it never even happened”

Team SERVPRO Looks forward to partaking in the activities in Kershaw and Lancaster Counties

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO green Marketing Car Our SERVPRO marketing car might be small, but makes a huge impression.

Throughout your day you might be afforded the opportunity to pass by one of our SERVPRO vehicles.  While there are several vehicles, and each suited to provide services for either Water, Fire, Mold, Cleaning, or Trauma, it is the smallest in the SERVPRO vehicle pool that is far from what you'd call a ghost. 

This Lil' SERVPRO vehicle loves to visit businesses and homes sharing the latest SERVPRO news, and how SERVPRO can be of assistance whether it be caused by water, fire, mold, or your needing cleaning in your home or business. Also be sure to watch for us at events taking place around Kershaw, and Lancaster Counties.

So, if you’re out and about and run across our Lil' SERVPRO vehicle don't forget to wave or stop and say 'Hi".

Safe travels!  We look forward to seeing you!

Warm Up Wisely to Avoid a Fire in Your Home or Business

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

Space heater on fire near a bed Too much heat at your feet can cause a fire is not done properly

With the chilly weather upon us so is the potential for families and or businesses turning to heating resources they feel might be beneficial in helping to heat a home, or business.

Statically billions are spent each year, yes, each year, on damage caused by fires.  Lives are lost, and many are injured.

  • In the wintertime the rural communities will utilize portable space heaters, wood stoves, and kerosene heaters.  Unfortunately, it is a common risk taken without the complete understanding of the fire potential should any of these be used improperly. With a fire, comes water used to put out the fire.  Without proper cleanup from the fire and water, comes the potential of mold.  

Below are some winter safety tips, and general fire prevention tips to help keep you, your families, and homes safe.

  • Space heaters need space---keep furniture and objects away
  • Electric space heaters must be plugged directly into a wall outlet---NOT AN EXTENSION CORD
  • Appliances must be plugged directly into the wall outlet, not an extension cord to avoid the potential of an electrical fire. 
  • NEVER use gasoline in kerosene heaters, or camp stove oil units.
  • NEVER fill a heating unit when hot
  • Be sure your chimney is clean before using, and that your damper is working properly
  • Use an insert or heavy screen to prevent hot embers from leaving the fireplace compartment, and keep logs from rolling out
  • ALWAYS allow ashes to cool before removing, and ALWAYS place ashes inside a metal container.  Always store ash containers at least 10 feet from buildings
  • NEVER leave food cooking, or candles burning unattended.
  • NEVER use a grill as a heat source inside the home, or business.
  • ALWAYS use portable generators outside away from doors and windows, NEVER use inside of enclosed areas of a home or buildings.
  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms outside of each sleeping area, and at least one carbon monoxide alarm in the home.

If you need smoke detectors either call or stop by your local fire department and they will be happy to provide what is needed in your home at no cost.  If you are unable to install, they will be happy to assist and install for you.

  Should you have any questions or are in need of assistance please feel free to contact us.

SERVPRO IS YOUR NUMBER ONE RESOURCE FOR FIRE, WATER, AND MOLD REMEDIATION.

Food For The Soul Pantry for Kershaw County

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

Entrance of Food For the Soul Pantry Helping to those in need in Kershaw County South Carolina

At SERVPRO of Kershaw and Lancaster Counties we enjoy being part of a great community, and we have an outlook that is more of family, helping family.  If you know of someone in need, please feel free to contact us that we might be of assistance in providing resources.

The mission of Food for the Soul is to serve as a Christ-like ministry to meet the basic needs of the hungry and homeless in Kershaw county

Large cans of food!  Fresh vegetables, fruit, and meats!  Large bags of rice, pastas, grits, sugar, flour!  Large containers of coffee and creamer! Warm weather coats, gloves, hats, sleepwear!  Detergent and cleaning supplies!  Toilet paper and paper towels!!  And of course, monetary donations are always needed to keep the power on!

EMERGENCY SERVICES – COLD WEATHER SERVICES

Food for The Soul offers overnight sheltering 7 days a week. Our overnight services are provided for victims of domestic violence, flood, fire, those that have been evicted and have nowhere else to go, and those that are chronically homeless.

The hours are from 7 pm- 7 am. Identification is needed. An initial intake must be completed.

A light evening meal is provided. Clean clothing will be given for sleepwear and showers will be provided along with hygiene products. A clean cot and all bedding will be supplied. Coffee will be provided in the morning, and guests can return at 9am for breakfast.

FOOD SERVICES

Hot meals are served Tuesday – Friday 12pm – 1pm.  A light breakfast is also available those days.  Emergency Shelter guests receive a simple, hot meal at 7:30pm

Frozen Water Lines Can Cause Damage to Your Home or Business

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen water line A frozen water line can damage your home or business

With winter here, and the temperatures dropping, we are already beginning to see, and hear about frozen pipes, which lead to water damage. Frozen water pipes are a reoccurring issue which occurs once the temperatures drop below freezing. Statistically it is proven that frozen pipes are one of the biggest risks of property damage when the temperature drops. This is more prevalent in regions where the temperature can significantly drop. Lower temperatures can cause the water to expand, which puts pressure on the pipes, or storage container, causing the pipe to break, or container to burst. Once there is a compromise to the water system, or storage unit the ensuing water can cause water damage, and potentially turn into an emergency.

First the home or business with the water damage must quickly be evaluated for the safety of anyone in the home, or business. Be sure there is nothing electric in, or around the water damage to cause either an electrical fire, or electrocution. Make sure there are no ‘slip and fall’ hazards. If it is not safe, keep out and dial 911 for help. Once all is secure regarding safety precautions, shut off the water if you can. 

Call SERVPRO for water damage to your home, or business. 803-475-7500

Storms Bring High Waters Causing Home to Flood in South Carolina

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

House is sitting in the middle of flood waters from a storm House is surrounded by water due to flooding

SERVPRO responded to a water damaged home caused storms that produced water levels that invaded the home. We all knew the hurricane was coming, but how does one truly prepare their home for the high rising water knowing the water damage will be horrific. One can only pack up the family, what is of importance and pray upon returning home the water damage is less than expected. Once the area is considered passable you return to your home, or business to find the water has damaged either your home, or business along with the contents. 

SERVPRO specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response Time with Crews Ready 24/7/365

We are locally owned and operated enabling us to respond quicker with the proper resources tailored to fit your circumstances, which is extremely important.  A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

SERVPRO Has the Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Lancaster or Kershaw Counties, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country, and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today SERVPRO 803-475-7500

With Fall Upon Us it is Time To Get Your HVAC Ready For Winter

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

A Dirty HVAC Duct & A Clean HVAC Duct Your air ducts and HVAC system requires maintenance to provide proper heating and cooling

All too often when dusting the house only to walk back in the room an hour later and find a coating of dust once again has come to rest where you just dusted. Or you wonder why the heating and/or air conditioning unit seems to be running for longer periods of time.  You change the filters as required, but without realizing it, you've neglected to clean your ducts which run the air throughout the system in your workplace, or home. Keeping your HVAC system cleaned. on a regular maintenance schedule can also help reduce the chance of a fire.

While we are experiencing some very chilly weather out there making it time to schedule a cleaning for your Air Ducts and HVAC system.  SERVPRO is scheduling appointments now.  Call today to schedule your Air Ducts and HVAC system cleaning.

SERVPRO is here to help with your needs.