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Fire in Camden South Carolina Apartment Community Damages Three Apartments

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Servpro technician is on a ladder replacing ceiling panels that have water damage from upper apartment fire. Water damage to the middle apartment was caused by the fire department extinguishing a fire in the apartment directly above it.

Without a doubt a fire has its own level of devastation, add to that the amount of water used throughout.  Now add the sitting water which has the potential to become a mold issue.  

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 be limited to construction building materials, and personal items belonging to the homeowner, or business. SERVPRO has a contents crew that goes through each piece of property and documents whether it is a loss or in need of being cleaned.

Water Line to Washer Fails Causing Water Damage to Laundry Room in Lancaster South Carolina

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Two air movers are located next to the dryer on the floor to dry the water from the broken hose to the wash machine A failed water line has caused water damage in the laundry room.

Unbeknown to you, your wash machine has leaked water under the wash machine, and the water has seeped under the linoleum.  While this could be an issue that has been taking place over a long period of time, or a water leak that just transpired, your need to address the water leak, and potential for mold needs to be addressed. And we all know too well how important it is to have a fully functioning laundry room. I have also learned the importance of regular maintenance for the hoses and connections to the washing machine.

One call to SERVPRO had the crew at my house in less than an hour, and we were on our way to resolving the water leak with Water Mitigation, and Mold Remediation.

A Families Evening Was Interrupted By a Lightening Strike Directly Over the Dining Room

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

A half moon bay window helps to light the dining room after the roof was struck by lightening. ..  A stormy evening spent with the family was disrupted by lightening striking the home directly over the dining room causing fire, and water damage.

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, and water damage. Bottom line, it is quite overwhelming to process how one lightning strike can cause so much damage.

At SERVPRO our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

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 of Kershaw and Lancaster Counties Has the Resources to Handle Flood and Storm Damage.

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 of1,650 Franchises across the country and eliteDisaster Recovery Teamsthat are strategically located throughout the United States.

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

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At SERVPRO we love to stop by and say HI!

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Pictured here is our cute Lil Green SERVPRO Marketing Vehicle that travels throughout Kershaw and Lancaster Counties, Lil Green SERVPRO Marketing Vehicle can be seen around town visiting customers.

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.

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!

Failed Hot Water Heater Floods Camden Office over the Weekend

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

A moisture barrier is put in the hallway of an office where the hot water heater failed causing water damage. It water damage could of been worse, but with the help of SERVPRO we were back up and running in a short amount of time.

The day started off just as any typical Monday morning for me. Getting back into the weekly regiment after a nice long weekend, alarms clocks going off, the hustle and bustle of finding a matching sock, or the left shoe the dog seems to have stashed in with his favorite toys.  Lunches packed, backpacks double checked, all good so far.  Breakfast on the run, or should I say ride, as the kids pile in the Mommy van for the trek to school.  The next twenty minutes are a mixture of mommy, mommy, and my voice rising about the chatter with my ‘don't forgets’.  All said and done, not a bad start for a Monday morning.  Fifteen minutes of quiet is mine, it’s the time I use to prepare for the day ahead.  I'm ready, team hat on, I forge through the office door smiling.

My smile quickly vanishes as I step into a flooded foyer looking more like a wading pool from all the water.  My mind is racing as I frantically search for the source of the water that has so graciously made itself into far more than a wading pool.  From the front door clear to the back door the water ripples with each step I take.  The normally quiet morning is filled with an unusual sound of water, and to my already pumping with adrenaline being, I find the water source upon opening the door to the hot water heater.  Like a dam just turned loose, the water rushed out of the closet. For a fleeting moment I had the thought of a dam affected by a flood as the water spewed out over and around my feet and legs giving the illusion of trees caught in its path.  

Shifting gears, I grabbed my iPhone and tapped on the ERP ICON. The ERP ICON represents Emergency Ready Plan that is offered and provided by SERVPRO. I was immediately able to click on the EMERGENCY WATER SHUTOFF NUMBER provided by SERVPRO in our companies Emergency Ready Plan.  Water shutoff issue handled, I next located the plumber’s number, also provided by SERVPRO in our Emergency Ready Plan. Next I contacted SERVPRO who immediately helped to sooth my panic, and stress, as they are dispatching out a SERVPRO Certified Water Mitigation Crew while we spoke.

Over the next few days SERVPRO was a much-appreciated presence in our office as they moved our CONTENTS, performed WATER MITIGATION, and DAILY MONITORING in the affected areas.  SERVPRO was patient and understanding in explaining the entire process each step of the way.  Once the DRYING was completed, I watched in astonishment as each article of our contents was meticulously replaced to their original locations.

Reflecting on what I have labeled "Not My Typical Monday" I know there were many factors that contributed to how that day started, and, how it ended.  I find great satisfaction in knowing that the main positive influential factor was and will remain SERVPRO.  Little did I know, or realize, when I signed up for the SERVPRO Early Ready Profile just how useful it would become. It is and will continue to be a resource for us.

Toilet Water Line Fails Causing Water Damage to Home in Bethune South Carolina

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

A simple braided water line causes significant water damage to home.

Getting out of bed the last thing you expect is to find yourself stepping into water instead of your once dry floor. Out of instinct you immediately head into the bathroom where you discover the entire floor covered in water. You get the water shut off, and search for what caused all the water. After inspecting all the water lines, you discover the water supply line to the toilet has failed. The cost of the braided water line to the toilet is less than $10.00 and takes less than fifteen minutes to replace. A call to SERVPRO had a Water Mitigation Team onsite in less than an hour.

With the excess standing water removed SERVPRO strategically places the equipment to begin the drying process. Depending on the type of flooring and how sever the water damage will determine whether the flooring will have to be removed. Moisture meters will be used daily to ensure complete dryness throughout the water damaged areas. SERVPRO is your number on resource in times of disaster no matter how big, or small.

Fire Upstairs Cause of Water Damage Downstairs in Camden South Carolina

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire cause of water damage in apartment directly below.

Without a doubt a fire has its own level of devastation, add to that the amount of water used throughout.  Now add the sitting water which has the potential to become a mold issue.  

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, or 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 Upon completing the cleanup SERVPRO will perform a Mold Remediation to prevent mold damage from all the water that had infiltrated the apartment from the amount of water used to extinguish the fire in the upper apartment. Our goal at SERVPRO is to exceed your expectations and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial Carpet Cleaning in Lugoff Helps Fulfill a Dream

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

A Commercial Carpet Cleaning put this customer one step closer to fulfilling a dream.

You have a dream, with that dream comes the vision, and you set out to achieve what is now a reality.  To open and run a commercial business requires careful planning.  

Part of this plan is to procure the proper commercial property to house your dream.  There are few commercial properties that fill your vision.  Also, you get a call and your heart skips a beat.  Somehow you know already this could be the one. 

You arrive, and there is no doubt you envision your business in the commercial property before you. 

As you survey the scene you realize the only thing wrong is the carpet cleaning that will be required. Without hesitation, nor realizing the late hour, you call SERVPRO to query the potential of a commercial carpet cleaning. 

Ecstatic that SERVPRO answered your call at almost 8:00 pm, and was happy to schedule an appointment to provide an estimate for a Commercial Carpet Cleaning. 

One week and 40,000 square feet of Commercial Carpet Cleaning completed, you’re on your way to hosting your Grand Opening. 

SERVPRO not only exceeds your expectations but helps fulfill dreams. #HereToHelp

Christmas Globe one of the few things salvaged from house fire in Kershaw South Carolina

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

While this globe came blackened, it was the clear tears of joy by the homeowner that made this priceless.

One unforgettable day the blare of fire sirens broke the silence, and the fire trucks rolling by kicked up a cloud of dust that was still floating to the ground as the fire trucks disappeared around the corner. I look around and see a thick black billowing cloud of smoke swirling its way into the clear blue sky. It only took a moment to realize the commotion was taking place in what was the vicinity of where I had spent my childhood years. As I jumped into my truck my phone began to ring causing my heart to skip a beat, and my stomach to jump into a knot. Fear washed over me as I rounded the corner and realized what once was my childhood home was completely engulfed in flames. Black smoke laced with yellow and orange flames did a wicked dance that had already enveloped the inside, and quickly consumed and claimed the outer structure of what had been a home once filled with laughter, and the smell of mom’s home cooking. 

The towns’ people were arriving and stood with their heads down praying that all would be well. As the rest of my family arrived, we hugged one another, tears freely running down our cheeks as we watched with broken hearts our childhood home disappear into the flickering flames.

We reached out to SERVPRO to handle what the firemen called a ‘board-up’ to protect and preserve what was remaining of the home.

After days of sifting through the rubble we discovered a Christmas Globe that had been part of our families Christmas decorations as far back as I could remember. Sobbing my sister contacted SERVPRO to see if there was any way possible to restore the completely blackened globe. No promises made by SERVPRO I dropped it off and prayed SERVPRO would be able to save the small, yet only remaining memory found in the rubble. A week later to my astonishment I received a call from SERVPRO asking me to stop by the office.

The knot in my stomach quickly disappeared and I broke into tears of joy as I looked at the beautifully restored Christmas Globe. That such a small item could bring so much heartfelt joy to our family, and I will always be grateful to SERVPRO for taking care of a small piece of our family history.

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Stove Fire at Apartment Community in Camden South Carolina Affects Lower Unit

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Unbeknownst to the tenant in the second floor apartment, a fire had broke out in the third floor apartment causing water damage, and smoke damage.

Living in an apartment community is to closely be adjoined with your neighbors. Whether it is a single story, or a multi-story building will determine the actual number of ways that you could be affected by your neighbor’s situation either with water, fire, or both.

A fire broke out on the upper floor apartment causing damage to the apartment directly below. Once the fire department arrives and puts out the fire using water, the water because of gravity flows down until a level surface is reached then flows outward. Beside the water damage, there is also smoke damage,

SERVPRO arrives on location and performs a pre-inspection to determine what will need to be done. Depending on the extent of the water and smoke damage will determine how much of the personal property will need to be cleaned or packed out. Fortunately for the tenant in the lower unit, the damage could have been far worse.

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