Guidelines to Drying
While there is a science to how our production member place drying equipment based of level of saturation and materials affected, there are some general guidelines to look at to help choose the right course of action.
- Place enough air movers to create airflow across all wet surfaces and to maintain a balance between drying equipment.
- The number of air movers placed, depends on the situation
- Consider the surface being dried:
- Floors, Carpets, Walls, Ceilings, Under Cabinets, Etc.
- (Additional airflow is needed when walls and ceilings are wet)
If you suffer water damage to your home or business, make sure you call the experts at SERVPRO of West Greenville County to come out and help mitigate the problem. We service any time of water damage, including sewage, storm, and biohazard.
Give us a call at (864)-92-8570!
Drying Science – Part 3
In any water mitigation job, after any standing water has been extracted, the next step is usually to dry the materials. At the beginning of a drying project, the restorer moves warm, dry air close to wet surfaces to evaporate surface and free water. The faster the air moves, the more quickly moisture is evaporated. Air moving equipment is used to enhance evaporation at the surface level and reduce drying time. While any drying equipment is placed, our production crew regularly comes out to monitor the progress and move the equipment as needed. The drier air and higher temperature of the material, the quicker bound water will evaporate. As water evaporates from wet materials, the air directly above the wet material becomes saturated and cool. This boundary level of humid, cool air can slow evaporation. Air movers enhance the evaporation by introducing air flow at the surface level replacing a cool saturated boundary layer with warmer, drier air from dehumidifiers.
Drying Science- Part 2
SERVPRO of West Greenville County’s production crew uses airflow effectively to dry out affected materials. Air movement is crucial for evaporating moisture in materials. SERVPRO green air movers do this in a couple of ways. First, as dehumidifiers produce the warm dry air, the air movers create movement that then circulates the warm dry air throughout the affected space. This helps to lower the humidity in the area. Circulation is the key! It is also important that our crew effectively uses temperature to help dry out any affected materials. Temperature creates energy, which means that a high temperature creates a higher energy. When a water molecule has more energy, the faster it moves. The faster that the molecules move, the quicker that their bonds are broken causing the state to change from liquid to vapor. Our production team uses heat to speed the movement of the moisture along, increasing the rate of evaporation.
Increasing the Material’s Temperature + Lowering the Vapor Pressure of the Air above the Material = You have created the conditions for evaporation
Drying Science – Part 1
Did you know that there is a precise science behind how our production team places all drying equipment?
We use something called evaporative drying which is the process of removing moisture through evaporation and dehumidification. This includes equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers. The dry air acts as a sponge to absorb all the moisture from wet surfaces. Our dehumidifiers produce the dry air, and the air movers blow the dry air across the wet surfaces to speed up the evaporation process. Drying of wet materials needs to be completed as soon as possible to prevent further damages like microbial growth.
At SERVPRO of West Greenville County, we do this by managing 3 psychrometric conditions: humidity, airflow, and temperature. The drier the airspace, the less moisture in the air, and the lower the humidity allows the moisture to evaporate faster from all affected surfaces and materials.
Water Heater Source of Loss in Mauldin, SC Home
This is the result of a burst pipe connected to the water heater
Surprisingly, water heaters are a great cause of loss to homes and businesses alike in the summertime. This family found that out when a pipe connected to their water heater burst, causing water damage to various different rooms and the crawlspace below. Due to the humidity from the outdoors, this caused microbial growth before the customers even noticed the water damages. They were very happy when they learned that at SERVPRO of West Greenville County that we can handle water mitigation jobs, as well as mold remediation, making a very smooth process. Due to the nature of the loss, before any work could begin a plumber had to be dispatched to fix the pipe and prevent further damages. Our office team always advises that the issue be fixed before our production team begins work to prevent further costs to the customer and further damages.
If your water heater doesn’t outlast these extreme temperatures this summer, give us a call at (864)-292-8570 to come out and help get your home or business looking "Like it never even happened."
This hurricane season has started off quiet as the first few storms never developed past a tropical storm. Hurricane Elsa, which has already made landfall in Cuba and is headed for the United States east coast, is the first storm to develop into a hurricane. The storm is projected to make landfall in the Florida Keys midweek and extend up the Georgia and South Carolina Coast later in the week. There is an anticipated 4 to 8 inches of rainfall expected over the course of the week, that could lead to possible flooding.
At SERVPRO of West Greenville County, we have been prepping for hurricane season for a few months and our production crew is on alert and ready for any possible damages. If need be, our STORM team is organized and will be dispatched to the coast to help with any severe damages.
If you experience a bad storm or any kind of storm damage from a hurricane call SERVPRO of West Greenville County to restore your home. We are a 24-hour emergency service company who is trained to handle any size job.
You can contact us at 864-292-8570!
Summer Thunderstorm Safety
In the Upstate the summer is packed with many thunderstorms due to high humidity. Thunderstorms can be dangerous because they include heavy rain, lightning, and high winds. They can even go on to produce tornadoes, causing damage to local homes and businesses. A thunderstorm is considered severe when it contains large hail and/or damaging straight-line winds of 58 miles per hour or greater.
These types of storms can cause great damage to any home or business, but more importantly can pose a threat to your safety! There are some safety tips to help keep you safe during summer thunderstorms.
- Avoid unnecessary travel
- Get into basement if available or the lowest level of your home/ business
- Stay away from doors or windows
It is extremely important to know what to look for and understand what thunderstorm warnings may mean. For example, a thunderstorm watch means that the conditions are right for a thunderstorm to develop, whereas a thunderstorm warning means that there have been storms spotted around your area in the radar. Keeping up with the forecast can help keep you prepared for any disaster.
To better prepare your business for possible damages, SERVPRO of West Greenville County has a team ready to set up an Emergency Readiness Plan at any time. Our production crew is available 24/7 for any damage a summer thunderstorm may have on your home or business.
We hope that this information will help prepare our local community for any storms that may roll through this summer season. Being prepared is the first step, but if damages do occur, we at SERVPRO of West Greenville County can be your second step into getting your home or business back to preloss condition!
Give us a call at (864)-292-8570!
At SERVPRO of West Greenville County, the most common jobs that we are called about are water mitigation jobs. However, on average our offices get 2-3 fire remediation calls per week. Even though our production team sees more water related jobs on a weekly basis, fire jobs are also common. This is why at SERVPRO of West Greenville County, we make sure that our project managers and production crew are just as specialized and trained to complete fire remediation jobs. Each and every year, our crew study our remediation manuals to refresh their skills, helping to ensure proper cleaning of our customers contents and homes. There are many steps to take while cleaning smoke and soot damage to ensure the materials are properly cleaned and do not leave streaks or smoke smell. This routine training ensures that our crew are better prepared for any disaster. Give us a call if you experience a fire at your home or business. Call us at (864)-292-8570!
Happy Fourth- Be Safe!
Fourth of July Fireworks
Fourth of July is one of the many holidays that we Americans use to celebrate the occasion. While fireworks can be a fun way to commemorate the special day, they can also quickly lead to disaster. Make sure that this fourth you practice some of our safety tips posted in our ‘Firework Safety’ blog!
It has been reported by NFPA that more that 18,000 fires a year are started by firework mishaps, with the Fourth of July accounting for many of them!
However, if you do suffer a loss to your home or business, we at SERVPRO of West Greenville County are faster to any disaster! We are available 24/7 to deal with any disaster that you may have. Give us a call at (864)-292-8570.
From the crew at SERVPRO West Greenville County, Have a great Fourth and please be safe!
Emergency Response Plan – Why every business needs one
No one ever expects a disaster to happen to their place of 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 can help with that burden and SERVPRO West Greenville County is here to help!
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 SERVPRO of Anderson 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.