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Mold Myths and Facts

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Myths and Facts Call us right away if you are experiencing mold!

At SERVPRO of West Greenville County we have mold remediation services. Most of the time it’s in an un-used part of the home like a basement or attic.

Some customers try to handle the project themselves and find that the mold comes back a few weeks later. Here are some myths & facts about mold and the dangers. If you think you have mold, you should contactSERVPRO of West Greenville Countyto discuss the plans of actions.

MYTH NO. 1 BLEACH KILLS MOLD?

Liquid bleach is a solution of chlorine in water, usually 6 percent sodium hypochlorite, thus 94 percent water. Smearing bleach on mold may appear to kill it, but the effect is superficial and very temporary. Once the chlorine is gone - and it evaporates rapidly - what's left is all that water, feeding the mold.

There are many chemicals that kill mold. They're called biocides.


MYTH No. 2  
 'Toxic' Mold is the only dangerous type of mold.

"Toxic" mold or "black" mold is often touted by the hucksters in the mold industry as being the one that makes people sick, the one you must eliminate. This is pure scare tactic. 

Yes, there are some strains of mold that seem to be more toxic than others. But there is no such thing as good mold, or even tolerable mold, unless you like stinky cheese. Mold in your home is a problem, because it signifies a moisture problem. Moisture inside your home enables mold growth, and it can also lead to rot, threatening the structure itself.

On top of that, any mold problem that's allowed to continue often will pave the way for the dreaded "black mold." The most infamous "black mold," stachybotrys chartarum, is what's known as a tertiary mold. It's very slow to develop and usually follows earlier mold growths, actually feeding off the previous mold colony.

MYTH No. 3, Homeowners can properly remediate mold themselves?

Homeowners are not trained or knowledgeable about mold enough to properly remediate the damages, most times homeowners cause more damage when they don’t hire a professional. Most of the errors are in the contamination process. Not using vapor barriers or the proper equipment to clean the air during removal stages. When it’s not properly sectioned off, they can cross contaminate mold threw other area of the home that previously did not have mold spores.


Fact No. 1 :  Mold is everywhere and mold problems exist indoors in every climate.


Mold is, literally, everywhere on the planet, in every climate. A house in the Mojave Desert can have a mold problem as easily as one in Florida or New Orleans. 

Mold needs three things to thrive: moisture, food, and the right temperature. Moisture can collect in walls, attics and crawl spaces in the driest of climates with a little help, such as a roof or siding leak, plumbing flaw, and pressure differentials created by air conditioning, or even a poorly vented bathroom.

Food for mold is pretty much everything we build with and everything we own. Mold loves household dust... even in the kitchen sink. And the warmth mold needs is the same temperature range humans prefer.

Bottom line: Every home has mold but not every home has a mold problem. If you think you might have a mold problem, don't ignore it. Get help.

Fact No. 2 Home inspectors don't know mold.
 
Home inspectors - the ones who check out a house prior to sale - are generally ignorant about mold. Many inspectors will see mold and ignore it because there's no rot or obvious moisture. Others may not see it at all.

If you think you have mold in your property, call a professional remediation company like SERVPRO of West Greenville County – (864) 292-8570!

Storm and Flood Damage Restoration

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Greenville County 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. With some of the worst storm months coming up, we want you to know why SERVPRO is great for your water damage restoration.

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 , we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

SERVPRO of West Greenville County is here to help you and get your home back to normal in no time!

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 864-292-8570.

Local Church Experiences Major Water Damage

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Local Church Experiences Major Water Damage Here is a picture of the sanctuary before the water restoration process was started.

A local church experienced major water damage earlier this year. A pipe busted leaking water all over the church. About a third of the church was effected from the broken pipe. The church called SERVPRO of West Greenville County in hopes we could restore the church and get it back to normal as soon as possible. After removing baseboards, carpet, and ceiling tiles the restoration process took no time. We were able to clean up the aftermath and get the church back to its regular state! The church was very thankful for how quick SERVPRO was able to complete the water restoration process. 

SERVPRO of West Greenville County is here to help YOU! If you ever experience water damage, fire damage, or mold and need remediation or restoration completed in your commercial building or home reach out to us!

Call us at 864-292-8570 and we will be sure to help!

Main Causes of Holiday Fires

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Fires around the holidays are very common. SERVPRO of West Greenville County hopes everyone has had a fire free holiday season. Here are the main causes of holiday/winter fires:

Cooking

Throughout the holiday season people tend to cook more. Many people will start cooking and leave their food unattended. If you are cooking in the oven, do not forget to turn it off!!

Candles

People also tend to light more candles during the winter and holiday season. According to the National Fire Protection Association, four of the five most dangerous days of the year for residential candle fires are Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve. If you light a candle make sure it is away from anything that could blow on it and catch fire. Also make sure it is on a sturdy surface and you don't forget to blow it out.

Christmas Trees

It is very common for a christmas tree to catch fire if it is not treated properly. Make sure you water your christmas tree if it is real in order to reduce the chance of it catching fire. 

Decorative Lights

Make sure the lights you choose to decorate with do not have frayed wires. This could easily start an electrical fire. We recommend you do not leave lights up year round, as the chances of that strand catching fire increases. 

Fireplaces

During the winter and holiday season people use their fire places more. Be sure to clean out your fireplace and watch the fire until it is completely burned out.

If you happen to experience a fire don't forget you can call SERVPRO of West Greenville County at 864-292-8570 and we will make it "Like it never even happened!"

SERVPRO of West Greenville County Donates Therapeutic Tricycle to 4 Year Old Boy

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO of West Greenville County Donates Therapeutic Tricycle to 4 Year Old Boy Image of the Bike SERVPRO donated

SERVPRO of West Greenville County recently donated a therapeutic tricycle to a 4-year-old with a complex medical history through AMBUCS. AMBUCS is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities. They provide Amtryke therapeutic tricycles to individuals who are unable to operate a traditional bike. The child we sponsored, Brian, has a rare genetic disorder that effects his development in addition to his major organ systems. He is currently in a wheelchair and is learning to walk, but has not been successful yet without help. Brian loves to move, so providing him with an Amtryke therapeutic tricycle and seeing how happy the tricycle made him was such a heart-warming experience for us here at SERVPRO of West Greenville County. AMBUCS has provided more than 30,000 tricycles to people all across the United States ranging from age 2 to 102! We have enjoyed partnering with AMBUCS and being able to make a difference in a child’s life!

SERVPRO of West Greenville County Volunteers at Gran Fondo Hincapie Bike Race

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Greenville County had a wonderful time volunteering in the community and participating in the Gran Fondo Hincapie bike race this past Saturday. The bike race consists of a 15, 50, and 80 mile route along the Blue Ridge Foothills. These routes are the roads George Hincapie has trained on for races like the Tour de France and the Paris-Roubaix. Not only is the Gran Fondo Hincapie a fun event with celebrity bikers like Patrick Dempsey and Lance Armstrong, but it also gives back to the community. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the local charity Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels provides nutrious meals and personal contact to seniors throughout Greenville County. Almost 10,000,000 meals have been provided since the charity was established. SERVPRO of West Greenville County continues to give back to the community by volunteering at this event to help raise money for Meals on Wheels!

Mold Found in Greenville, SC Home

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Found in Greenville, SC Home Pre Mitigation in the storage room

On September 21, 2017 SERVPRO of West Greenville County received a call from a homeowner who found mold in one of their rooms and needed water to be extracted. The mold was found in a back room that the homeowner rarely went in because it was only used for storage. According to the homeowner, he was in the room 2 months ago and did not see any signs of mold. However, there is now extensive microbial growth throughout the affected area.

SERVPRO of West Greenville County is currently working on completing mold remediation. It is requiring extensive cleaning and demolition of drywall, paneling, and insulation. We continue to complete mold remediation, but the owner is very thankful for all the hard work SERVPRO has put into remediating his home. 

If you find mold in your home or commercial building call SERVPRO of West Greenville County at 864-292-8570

Fire Damage Restoration in Greenville, SC

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration in Greenville, SC The damage in the kitchen caused by the fire.

A kitchen in an apartment complex in Greenville, SC caught fire earlier this year due to an appliance while cooking. The stove caught fire and damaged the walls, ceiling, cabinets, and microwave. After attempting to stop the fire, the apartment also experienced major water damage. 

SERVPRO of West Greenville County was called in to clean up the aftermath! We extracted water from the carpet and vinyl flooring and cleaned up all the smoke damage. The owners were very impressed with the job SERVPRO completed and how fast we got the job done! 

Experiencing a house or apartment fire can be an extremely scary and stressful time! SERVPRO of West Greenville county is here to make that hard time a little easier and make your home look "Like it never even happened." Call us today at 864-292-8570 if you experience fire or water damage and need restoration completed in your home!

Hurricane Irma Destroys Multiple Commercial Buildings

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Hurricane Irma Destroys Multiple Commercial Buildings Shops Destroyed in Barbuda by Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma is one of the most intense atlantic hurricanes in history. It is also one of the most intense hurricanes to hit the United States since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. 

Hurricane Irma quickly worked its' way up to a category 5 hurricane. While it was at its' highest category it hit Saint Martin, the Virgin Islands, Barbuda, Anguilla, and many more atlantic islands.

Commercial Buildings Destroyed

On top of multiple homes, multiple commercial buildings like hotels, restaurants and bars, shops, and even airports were destroyed by this hurricane. Buildings have been submerged in water, trees have fallen on roofs, windows have been blown out, and many of the islands are over 90% destroyed.

Hurricane Irma Hits The US

As Hurricane Irma hits Florida and other parts of the East coast and United States, SERVPRO of West Greenville County continues to collect donations for the victims of the hurricane. We are collecting pet food and diapers, so if you would like to make a donation please call 864-292-8570 or check out our last blog for more information!

Our hearts are heavy as we see how Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have destroyed many towns. Here at SERVPRO of West Greenville County we like to do anything we can to help!!

Hurricane Harvey Donations

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Harvey is a category 4 Hurricane that hit SouthEastern Texas this past week. It has caused major damage to many towns and homes in Texas. Some towns have experienced over 45 inches of rain, and there have been 39 deaths reported. 

We Want To Help

The faculty and staff here at SERVPRO of West Greenville County are wanting to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. We will be collecting pet food and diapers to send to Texas. SERVPRO Industries is partnered with American Red Cross to help in assisting those in need, and after seeing the people of Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey we felt the need to help. 

Donations

We will be collecting donations for the next several weeks and will deliver to American Red Cross every Friday. Donations can be Dropped off at SERVPRO of West Greenville County's office located at 225 W. Stone Ave Greenville, SC 29609. 

If you have any questions please call us at (864)-292-8570. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.