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A Hurricane Causes Major Water Damage to Multilevel Building in Bennetsville South Carolina

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

Boxes of water damaged files are boxed up and sitting in the lobby ready to get inventoried During a hurricane a multilevel building roof fails causing major water damage to a significant amount of files.

When a hurricane is predicted there is generally an idea as to which course the hurricane will travel.  Depending on the expected velocity of the storm, that will dictate the type of property protection people will provide for their home or business.  When a multilevel downtown office building in Bennettsville had their roof fail during a hurricane, water affected every level of the building.  There were rows, and rows of file cabinets that held important documents which needed to be addressed as quickly as possible to save the valuable information they contained.  SERVPRO immediately responded with a full crew to start removing the contents of the file cabinets and packing them into boxes.  Every box was clearly marked, and inventoried.  Once everything had been properly handled, the boxes were loaded up into a truck and dispatched to SERVPRO’S Document Restoration Department.

Call SERVPRO for your Document Restoration needs. We want to get you back to “Like it never even happened.”

New Construction is surprised with water damage

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO crew at sewer line cleaning a backup Even a new water or sewer line can back up causing water damage

When new construction begins for a multi-family community, the community is excited to see what they have to offer.  It is a competitive market, and the need for being the nicest, and offering the best immensities becomes quite important to anyone interested in becoming a part of the new community.  During construction there are many phases to the project planning, and while the project planner would prefer everything go according to the planned timeline, this is not always the case.  A situation can arise at any time during the building phase.  With no one occupying the community homes yet, it would, and does come as a big surprise when the crew arrived to find that a sewer line had backed up over night causing water damage to one main building. 

One call to SERVPRO had the crew onsite in less than an hour, and the water mitigation process began.  The contractor was extremely happy with the quick and professional way SERVPRO handled their situation.  At SERVPRO we were happy to get them back to “Like it never even happened.”

Mold Can Cause Health Effects in Your Home or Business

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Crawlspace support beams with heat duct not completely sealed causing mold Checking in a crawlspace for mold it is found that the heat duct was not completely sealed causing mold

There are many ways one can be introduced to mold in a home or business. Whether you're working, residing, buying, or selling it is important to be aware of any mold issues which can affect the health of your family, or employees. It sounds scary, and can be scary, and not to mention it can also have a foul smell.  Mold is silent most of the time, and health effects can arise without you even realizing it is the mold causing the health effects.

At SERVPRO our certified technicians are ready to help resolve your mold issues once it is determined it is indeed mold, and what was the initial cause.  We utilize wall barriers to keep the mold confined to the affected area.  Our goal is to get you back to the comfort of your home, or business “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO is your resource for Mold Remediation.

With a Structure Fire You Will Also Have Water Damage

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Partially burned dresser with fire debris in front of dresser With Fire Damage comes Water Damage, and Soot throughout the structure.

Once a fire has started and the fire department has arrived, the situation becomes a fire, water job for SERVPRO. There are many factors that can delay the cleanup of a fire, water job. The goal at SERVPRO is to respond within an hour of receiving the call. Once the fire scene has been turned over to SERVPRO we begin the cleanup process for the fire, and water damage which will include the removal of damaged debris. Damaged debris can include but not limited to construction building materials, and personal items belonging to the homeowner, or business. SERVPRO has a contents crew that thoroughly goes through each piece of property, and documents whether it is a loss, or in need of being restored, or cleaned.

A fire has its own level of devastation, add to that the amount of water used to put out the fire. Should the water be left standing there is a high potential for mold to begin growing. At SERVPRO our goal is to get you back to “Like it never even happened.”

Evening Thunderstorm Brings Severe Lightning Strikes Causing Heavy Damage to a Home in Lancaster South Carolina

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Window looking outside and above the window is a hole in the ceiling where the lightning struck Afternoon showers turn into heavy thunderstorms leaving a home heavily damaged

It is not uncommon for afternoon showers to roll through South Carolina.  Sometimes these showers can produce a severe thunderstorm causing damage to homes, and businesses.  One evening the storm seemed to have taken on a severity that seemed to shake the house with every lightning strike.  This night the family was enjoying a family evening together.  Without any warning as is usually the case when lightning strikes, the sound was deafening as the strike had hit the roof, and traveled through the upstairs bathroom, and caused the wiring to catch fire.  The family was able to safely get out of the home, and while they huddled together, they watched the firemen extinguish the blazing fire in their home. 

SERVPRO was contacted to provide a Board up to protect the home from further rain damage to the interior and keep curiosity seekers out.  As a locally owned business SERVPRO is able to respond quicker with the proper resources that pertain to your situation.  A fast response lessens the damage and reduces the restoration cost. 

At SERVPRO we want to get your back to “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Knocks Down Pine Tree Which Hit Power Line Causing Fire

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

Crawlspace is covered in burned debris It wasn't a typical storm that caused a pine tree to fall on the power to the house causing a fire

Evening thunderstorms are frequently experienced in Kershaw, and Lancaster Counties.  So it makes sense that as you settle down for a quiet evening, that the thunder and lightning that are wreaking havoc outside tend to cause the television to get turned up, and life moves at its usual pace. As our evening progressed so did the storm so it was not too surprising when we lost power.  What was surprising was the smoke that began to fill the inside of the house.  We frantically checked each room and found no flames, what we did find was smoke coming out of the heating and air system vents. Further investigation found that a pine tree had fallen hitting our power lines, which then shorted out the electricity to the house, thus causing a fire which began in the crawlspace.

Once the fire department had left, we made a call to SERVPRO who immediately responded. The SERVPRO Crew Chief went over the required steps they would take to get us back to “Like it never even happened.”  The burned debris was removed, which included SERVPRO hauling off the debris.  The crawlspace, and the interior of the house had the soot removed, and the smoke odor was removed as well.  There is great satisfaction in hearing the customer say how happy they are with the services provided by SERVPRO.

Stove Fires on the Rise Due to Distractions in the Home or Office

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Unattended stove is now totally burned as well as the counters and ceiling Stove fires are statistically on the rise due to distractions around the home, or office

SERVPRO has been called several times for kitchen fires that could have been avoided had the source been attended. It is so easy to set a pot on the stove only to leave the kitchen and get sidetracked with yet another distraction. In the blink of an eye your home can be enveloped by fire. You could be displaced from your home, belongs lost, treasured pictures, memories in the form of heirlooms, and daily needed articles damaged, or permanently destroyed. And yes, if we are going to be real here, the ultimate loss would be loss of life. SERVPRO cares, and to help you avoid a kitchen fire, I have listed below key elements that are fire-related hazards in a kitchen. Happy and safe cooking from all of us at SERVPRO. Fire-related hazards in a kitchen include: Flames, sparks, and hot gases from food preparation that can ignite residues in exhaust ducts. Food preparation equipment left without supervision during operation. Failure to switch-off equipment, especially at the end of an activity. Overheated oils that can lead to spontaneous combustion. Food preparation equipment based on solid fuels. Gas blowtorches used for browning some foods. Poorly operating thermostats or lack of thermostat or fault-detecting equipment. Faulty or overheating electrical equipment. Metal exhaust flues that conduct heat and ignite nearby material or debris. Ovens without igniters/pilot lights (lit with burning pieces of paper).

Homeowner Returns Home to Find Water Damage Caused by a Failed Water Line

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

Toilet sits alone after flooring and drywall have been removed due to water damage Failed toilet water line caused major water damage

Arriving home from work you discover flooring inside the house is covered with water.  Searching for the cause you find the water line in the toilet in the hall bathroom is spraying water everywhere.  The first thing to do is shut off the water supply to the toilet, the second thing to do is call SERVPRO.  SERVPRO had a Water Mitigation team onsite in less than an hour.

After removing the standing water SERVPRO strategically placed drying equipment which helps to obtain a complete dry out. Depending on the type of flooring, and how sever the water damage will determine whether the flooring will have to be removed, and whether there will be removal of the walls.  Moisture meters will be used daily to ensure complete dryness throughout the water damaged areas.

It is important to have a regular maintenance schedule for checking water lines. The cost of the braided water line used for the toilet is less than $10.00 and takes less than fifteen minutes to replace. 

SERVPRO is your number one resource in times of disaster, no matter how large, or small the job.  We want to get you back to “Like it never even happened.”

Lugoff Business Sprinkler System Fails Causing Heavy Water Damage

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

Medical office with water on the floor and the ceiling insulation hanging into the office Fire Sprinkler activate due to high heat causing heavy water damage

SERVPRO responds to a Water Damage call at a business in Lugoff South Carolina.  Upon arrival it was determined by the fire department that the fire sprinklers had all activated due to the high heat in the attic space where the water lines were run.  Once the water source had been deactivated SERVPRO set up and began the task of extracting the water, and removing the debris caused by the water.  Ceilings had dropped, insulation heavily saturated with water now lay on the floor throughout the building. The floors were all covered in a pool of water.  Due to the nature of the cause of loss, the lower four feet of the drywall's had to be removed.  Drywall acts as a wick, and to prevent a future mold potential it is critical that all the wet drywall be removed.  Once the water, insulation, and drywall debris is removed the drying process begins.  SERVPRO will monitor daily until the facility is completely dry. After a complete dry out SERVPRO will perform a Mold Remediation to prevent mold growth.

SERVPRO understands the importance of getting you back to “Like it never even happened.”

Got Mold? Call SERVPRO For Removal of Your Mold

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Back door with a pink curtain right side of lower wall has visible mold To avoid further issues mold should be addressed as early as possible

These days to just hear the word mold is enough to make one listen to see how it might affect them.  It seems all too often calls come in regarding either the smell, or what appears to be a presence of mold.  Yes, it sounds scary, it looks scary, and it smells yucky.  Mold can cause health effects without one even realizing that it is the mold causing the problem.

At SERVPRO our certified technicians are ready to help resolve your mold issues once it is determined that it is indeed mold, and what the cause of the mold is in the first place.  We use an anti-microbial to clean up the mold.  Our goal is to get you back to the comfort of home “Like it never even happened.”