Main Causes of Holiday Fires
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:
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Total Solar Eclipse in Greenville, SC
On August 21st we wish for no storms in sight and clear skies as Greenville, SC experiences the total solar eclipse. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves in between the sun and earth. This total solar eclipse is extremely rare because it is the first time the path of totality exclusively will cross the United States from coast to coast in 99 years. It also is only crossing the United States, and this is the first time a total solar eclipse is visible from coast to coast of the United States and no other country in 241 years.
The eclipse is expected to pass through Greenville around 2:38 PM and will last approximately two minutes and thirty seconds. The state of South Carolina could have anywhere from 500,00 visitors to 2 million visitors.
In order to view the eclipse you need eclipse glasses certified by ISO. The only moment when it is safe to watch the total solar eclipse without safety glasses is when the moon completely blacks out the sun.
There are multiple events happening in Greenville, SC to watch the total solar eclipse and SERVPRO of West Greenville County can't wait to attend a few of them! Let's hope the sky is clear and there aren't any storms that occur on August 21st in Greenville, SC. Be sure to experience this once in a life time opportunity and watch the total solar eclipse!!
Water Damage Restoration in Greenville, SC due to Toilet Overflow
While a family was away on vacation, their Greenville, SC home flooded due to the toilet in the upstairs master bathroom overflowing. Three levels of their home were affected and had water damage. The ceilings, walls, and hardwood floors all needed to be dried and restored. The before picture shows the damage to the hardwood floors from the water, and the after picture shows the same hardwood floors just a few days later.
This home called SERVPRO of West Greenville County at 10:00 at night and we were out there restoring the water damage until 8:00 AM the following morning. SERVPRO of West Greenville County is a 24 hour residential and commercial restoration and cleaning emergency service company. We are dedicated to our work and will do our very best to restore your home as soon as possible.
If you need water damage restoration completed in your Greenville, SC home or commercial building call SERVPRO of West Greenville County at 864-292-8570!!
Heavy Rains Flood Parts of South Carolina
After many storms and heavy rainfall, the Columbia, SC area experienced flooding and road closures on the night of July 23rd. The storm caused a lot of streets to be covered in inches of water leading to the city having to shut down multiple intersections. Many trees also fell and blocked roads and damaged houses and cars. Not only were roads blocked and covered in water, but there were approximately 1500 power outages in the Columbia, SC area.
What people just expected to be another typical summer storm ended up damaging people's homes and the city of Columbia. If you experience storm damage to your home or commercial business office don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of West Greenville County to fix all of your problems. We are a 24 hour emergency service cleanup and restoration company that specializes in water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, storm damage, and commercial services.
Having a storm damage your home can be very scary, but have no fear because SERVPRO of West Greenville County is always here to help!
Call us today at 864-292-8570 if you experience storm damage to your West Greenville County home!