National Preparedness Month 2022: Fires
With September being National Preparedness Month, we at SERVPRO of West Greenville County like to take this month to give our community reminders on how you can prepare your home and business against disaster. There are all types of disasters that can strike your home or business that are out of our control, but how the structure holds up to the disaster and how quickly the mitigation and remediation work is done, is completely up to you!
When preparing your home or business for a Fire, there are some important things to keep in mind, courtesy of Ready.gov.
- Fire is FAST! In less that 30 seconds, a small flame can grow into a major fire. In minutes, a house can be engulfed in flames.
- Fire is HOT! Heat is more threatening that flames. Room temp. in a fire can be 100 at floor level and rise to 600 at eye level.
- Fire is DARK! It starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.
To help prepare for a house fire, make sure you have done annual maintance to your fire alarms, and check them monthly to ensure they are working properly. For a business, make sure that sprinkler systems are installed properly and tested regularly. In both structures, keeping the doors closed can not only save your life, but prevent extensive smoke and soot damages to rooms not directly affected by the flames.
To do more research on how to prepare for disaster, visit ready.org.
National Preparedness Month 2022: Hurricanes
Ready.gov takes an extra step with National Preparedness Month to help people prepare for disaster. While we at SERVPRO of West Greenville County take all year to prepare for disasters and how to repair the damage after, we know that with the every day bustle of life that it can be easy to forget to prepare your home or business. We have a few reminders, courtesy of Ready.gov and AmericanHumane.org.
Before preparing your home or business for Hurricane season, first determine the best way to protect yourself from winds and flooding, know where to take refuge, evacuation routes, and your risk of potential damages from the storm.
After first preparing for your safety, make sure to strengthen your home or business by brining in outdoor furniture, trimming nearby trees and bushes, and reinforcing your doors and windows. Regular maintenance of the home is crucial for protecting it against heavy weather.
The best tip SERVPRO of West Greenville County can offer is to check your insurance coverage before disaster strikes.
September 2022 National Preparedness Month
Did you know that September is National preparedness month? This entire month is set aside in observance to help raise awareness about the importance of preparing for any kind of disaster.
Floods have been an issue all across the United States this year, making it important to be ready if disaster may strike your area.
First, you should talk with you family and friends to make a plan. Communication is an important part of being ready. Make sure that your family know what to do and where to go in case you get separated.
Second, you should build a kit with supplies that can last for several days. Make sure to update kits often based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.
Third, know the risks of disaster in your area. This can help you prevent any kind of damage to your home or property. Check your insurance coverage for the types of disasters that are more common in your area.
Lastly, know who to call if your home or business does suffer damaged due to a disaster. Having the right people available to help mitigate, remediate, and reconstruct your home will give you great peace of mind.
At SERVPRO of West Greenville County, our team are trained to handle any job and we are faster to any disaster! Call us to help make a plan. (864)-292-8570
Stay safe and be prepared!
Make sure to check out our blog about ERP's to get your business ready for any disaster.
Important Piece of Equipment
Right Equipment For the Job
Equipment is one of the things that sets us apart at SERVPRO of West Greenville County from all other mitigation companies. We make sure to acquire the best SERVPRO Green equipment to handle any size and type of disaster.
Believe it or not, this dump truck is one of SERVPRO of West Greenville County's most important piece of equipment for water, fire, and storm jobs. They have traveled with us all over the east cost to help clean up of multiple different floods, tornadoes, tropical storms, and hurricanes.
One of the first steps of the mitigation process is to clean up and provide demolition services to the affected space. Rather that leave the materials sitting around for any amount of time, these dump trucks allow us to keep it clean while we provide services.
2022 Emergency Readiness Plan
Do you know what you would do if you suffered a major loss at your Upstate, South Carolina business? . When something does happen, like a fire or flood, it can close the doors to your business for weeks or even months. Having an emergency response plan is crucial to aid in the fast recovery of your business. This is a burden that no one ever expects, but SERVPRO of West Greenville County can help make sure you are prepared for the unexpected.
We offer a free service of coming out to your place of business and developing an emergency response profile that will help minimalize disruption in your everyday business.
An ERP includes:
- Assessment of business facility
- A portfolio that gives you important information if a disaster were to take place
- A guide to help your business become safe for reentry
- Creates a relationship with us to act as your mitigation and restoration provider
- A itemized list of water shut off valves and other emergency details.
Call us at SERVPRO of West Greenville County (864)-292-8570 to complete your Business ERP.
Fire Remediation PPE 2022
Fire Remediation PPE, Just Add Gloves
According to OSHA, “Personal protective equipment is worn to minimize exposure to a variety of hazards. Examples of PPE include such items as gloves, foot and eye protection, protective hearing devices (earplugs, muffs) hard hats, respirators and full body suit.
We take the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) very seriously. On every job that our production crew goes on, there is some use of PPE, even if it is just a mask.
On any fire remediation job, there can be many hazardous materials affected by the fire, such as asbestos, lead, household chemicals, and mold. These materials, on top of the smoke and soot, require additional personal protective equipment to prevent the inhalation and physical contact with any of these harmful substances.
Personal protective equipment that may be required on a fire remediation job, depending on the extent of the damages, could include:
- Respirator/ Face Mask
- Eye Protection
- Foot protection
The Right Tools for Any Job!
On any job that SERVPRO of West Greenville County's production team sets foot on, we are going to have the bare minimum of the SERVPRO Green equipment pictured to the right. No matter the size of the job, all of our trucks and vans are loaded with air movers, dehumidifiers, and air scrubbers.
If you have never experienced a water, fire, or mold loss in your home or business, these tools may look foreign to you. Let us break down some of the equipment you may see if SERVPRO of West Greenville County comes to mitigate a loss for you. Starting with the three tools pictured;
An air mover is a high power fan that blows air into the affected space to dry the area as efficiently as possible. Our crew arranges the equipment often to assure maximum drying.
An air scrubber helps to remove toxins and odors from the affected space, such as fire or mold smell.
A dehumidifier works hand in hand with the air mover to help dry the affected space. It can help to stop an microbial growth from happening.
These are just a few of the tools that our crew use to help mitigate the water, fire, or mold damage from your home or business. Some jobs require more specialized equipment to get the job done. Make sure to check out our blog on specialized SERVPRO equipment that we may use on larger jobs.
Meet Our Production Member, Toby!
Production Team Member, Toby.
Toby is one of SERVPRO of West Greenville County's senior production members. He has been with our SERVPRO branch since the very beginning, when our owner and CEO Johnny purchased the branch in 2017. He works hard every day to make sure that our customer's are satisfied and well informed.
One of his duties as a production team member is to document every step of his work at a customer's home or business. He does this by taking detailed notes and photos during each step in the mitigation or remediation process. You can make sure that if Toby is working on the jobsite, that things are going to be done as efficiently as possible.
You can always be sure to find him decked out in SERVPRO swag!
Commercial Fire Restoration
When a disaster like a fire strikes your business one of the first thoughts is the cost to replace damaged materials. At SERVPRO of West Greenville County, we have highly trained professionals who can determine if the affected materials in your business actually need to be replaced at all. Restoration is a much more affordable option when dealing with the remnants of a fire. We have professionals who are highly trained in cleaning and restoring, not only the building where the fire occurred, but the contents affected as well. The difference in cost can be up to $7 per square foot.
When thinking about if you should replace or restore, call us at SERVPRO of West Greenville County first to get a quote from the experts. Call us at (864)-292-8570.
Major Demolition in Upstate, South Carolina
Completed Demolition in Downstairs of SC Home
This Simpsonville, South Carolina customer called us with a report of significant water loss to their home. They themselves were unsuccessful in finding the leak themselves, so they contacted a plumber to come out and find and fix the issue before SERVPRO of West Greenville County water mitigation services began. The entire downstairs was affected as well as three quarters of the upstairs. Before we even arrived, the ceiling in the downstairs had begun to drop due to over saturation.
Once our production team walked through the home with the owner, they explained to the customer the process of work and that there would be extensive demolition work needed. Demolition work needed to be done in the entire master suite, laundry room, landing, hallway, spare bedroom, living room, kitchen, dining room, downstairs bathroom, storage room, mudroom, pantry, and garage. After multiple days of demolition, we were able to set drying equipment to complete the mitigation process in this customer's home.
SERVPRO of West Greenville County is equipped to handle jobs; big or small. Give us a call anytime, 24/7 if you suffer water damage to your home or business. You can reach us at (864)-292-8570.