October is Fire Prevention Month!
Did you know that October was named fire prevention month because of the great fire that took place in Chicago in 1871? It is important that we raise awareness to the families and businesses of our community but educating people on how to practice fire safety. This year the NFPA’s 2020 campaign for Fire Safety Month is, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen”.
SERVPRO of West Greenville County is happy to support this campaign and we have a few tips for how you can practice fire safety while in the kitchen.
- Install a smoke detector near, but not in the kitchen.
- Never leave cooking food unattended.
- Keep dish towels, potholders, and paper towels away from the stove.
While it is important to know how to prevent a fire in your kitchen, accidents do still happen and can be devastating to your family’s home. SERVPRO of West Greenville County can assist with the clean-up, demolition, and restoration of any house fire. Our production crew is always, “Here to Help”!
SERVPRO of West Greenville County is 'Here to Help'!
The 2020 hurricane season is in full swing with up to 4 organized systems currently in the Atlantic. Hurricane Sally made her landfall to the Florida and Alabama boarder, affecting hundreds of people and their homes. Sally unleashed up to 30 inches from Florida to Alabama, causing some major flooding in the area.
While many people did choose to evacuate for the storm, it is possible that they will be coming home to some major water damage from the flooding. Our production crew was eager to get to the gulf and lend a helping hand. September 17th, Thursday afternoon, a group of our production crew left for the gulf with all the proper equipment to help those in need.
If you or anyone you know has experienced damage from Hurricane Sally and her torrential rains, call SERVPRO of West Greenville County to help restore you home. Our team offers 24-hour service and they are trained to handle any size disaster.
Give us a call at (864)-292-8570
Commercial Business suffers Vandalism
Business suffers vandalism.
This commercial business suffered some serious vandalism over the night. As you can see in the photo, someone broke in through their windowed garage door. There was a good amount of damage done to their business, including some chemical/bio cleaning that needed professional hands. They called out SERVPRO to help clean their office areas, as well as board up their broken window.
We here at SERVPRO understand that something like vandalism can be very scary, but we are always, ‘Here To Help’. The customer was happy to happy to be able to call on our awesome production crew and know that the mess was taken care of. SERVPRO of West Greenville is equipped to deal with not only things like vandalism clean up, but also more serious health hazard cleanings. If you find that your business has been vandalized and you need similar services to this business, give us a call at SERVPRO West Greenville County at (864)292-8570.
As the weather changes, we are starting to come into hurricane season here on the East Coast. While these storms rarely come as far inland as Greenville, it is not unheard of like we learned with Hurricane Florence. Here at SERVPRO of West Greenville County, we are prepared for anything and want to make sure that as homeowners, you are too!
We prepare for incoming storms by making sure that we are stocked up on products to help clean your homes and by refreshing the production team’s knowledge with courses in restoration and water mitigation.
YOU can prepare by reading our blog on Categories of Water Damage, that way if disaster does strike, you can be educated on what you are dealing with. Another important tip is knowing where the water shut-off valve is for the home and knowing the right people to call in case there is damage beyond your ability to fix.
At SERVPRO of West Greenville County, we can be reached, day or night at (864)-292-8570.
Different Types of Water Damage
Often times after someone has experienced water damage in their home, they do not know what the next step is. An important part of knowing what to do next, is knowing what kind of water you are dealing with. So that SERVPRO West Greenville County can help you as fast as possible, here are some helpful tips to look for when dealing with water damage in your home. The categories of water damage are defined by the Institute of International Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
Category 1 (White Water)
Category 1 water damage is caused by water that does not contain contaminates that pose a threat to your health, or clean water. Clean water damage can come from things like a malfunctioning appliance, supply lines, and rainwater. Although category 1 home floods are safe to clean up yourself, it is important to know that clean water can quickly turn into category 2 water damage if left standing for as little as 48 hours.
Category 2 (Grey Water)
Category 2 water damage, sometimes also referred to as greywater, refers to water that is not sewage, but does contain contaminants. This can include water damage that comes from washing machines, dishwashers, bathtubs, sinks, or an overflowing plumbing fixture. Floodwater that comes from a weather event is also put into the greywater category. If your home has category 2 flooding, it is important to wear protective gear if you attempt to clean it.
Category 3 (Black Water)
Category 3 water, or blackwater, is defined as water that is contaminated with pathogens or toxins, such as human waste. In your home, this can come from broken sewage pipes or toilets. Flooding from a weather event that enters a building as a result of a storm or hurricane, can potentially carry contaminants that puts it in the category of blackwater.
When it comes to home flooding, category 3 water damage pose the biggest threat to your immediate health and can be the most destructive. Due to the nature of the water, most contents that it comes in contact with are unsalvageable and must be torn out.
If you think that your home has been affected by a Category 3 flooding, it is advisable to contact a professional to help you deal with the issue. SERVPRO West Greenville County is equipped with the right materials and crew to help make it "Like it never even happened."
Resources we have to Handle Storm Damage
SERVPRO of West Greenville specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Storms can cause a lot more damage to your home than just flooding. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
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.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 864-292-8570. We want to help you get your home back to normal in no time!
Emergency Storm Damage Restoration
SERVPRO of West Greenville County is available 24 hours a day for storm and water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – 864-292-8570
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of West Greenville County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water and storm damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
We are ready to help, so call us today!
Emergency Water Damage Restoration 24/7
SERVPRO of West Greenville County is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
SERVPRO of West Greenville County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration.We have completed a number of jobs in the West Greenville County area and know we have the skills to help you too!
About SERVPRO of West Greenville County
SERVPRO of West Greenville County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Call 864-292-8570 Today!!
Firework Safety TIps
Fireworks are used often when a holiday or special event occurs. With July 4th just happening, we wanted to inform you of some firework safety tips. Fireworks start around 18,500 fires per year, whether it be a structure fire, vehicle fire, or outside fire.
SERVPRO of West Greenville County wants nothing more than our residents to be safe while using fireworks.
Here are a few firework safety tips:
- Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks.
- Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.
- Point fireworks away from people and homes.
- Stand several feet away from lit fireworks.
- Have a hose or bucket of water nearby.
- Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
If something happens to go wrong, and you experience fire damage, call SERVPRO of West Greenville County at 864-292-8570
When your West Greenville home or business suffers fire damage, it can be especially devastating. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, your property may have substantial water damage from firefighting efforts. You may feel stressed and confused after such a disaster, and you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of West Greenville County has the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise to help you through this tough time.We promise to treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Safety Tips to Prevent Water or Fire Damage Before You Leave for Vacation
With summer in full swing, everyone is now leaving their homes for a few days and going on vacation. Before you leave for vacation, you should never leave your home as is. Taking caution in order to make sure your house does not catch fire or flood while you are gone is extremely important. Here are a few tips on what you should do to your home before leaving to make sure when you return it looks just like it did before you left!
Turn off your water supply
Leaks can happen whether you are home or not. However, the last thing you want to come home to after you have been on vacation is a flooded house. Turning off your water supply should prevent any leaks in your home.
Unplug all electronics
Plugged in electronics can lead to an electrical fire. Not only will unplugging your electronics prevent your home from catching fire, but it will also allow you to save on your electrical bill.
Adjust your thermostat
Adjusting your thermostat a few degrees higher than normal will also allow you to save on your electricity bill. Only adjusting it, and not turning it completely off, will allow the air to still circulate regulating the mold and humidity in your home.
Clean out your fridge
Throw away all food that might expire while you are away. You do not want to come home to mold or an odor in your fridge from expired food.
Take out the trash
Taking out the trash before you leave will also prevent an odor in your home when you return. Not taking out your trash could also lead to bugs coming in your home.
Turn off your gas
To prevent any possible gas leaks, which can lead to your home catching fire, turn off your gas before leaving.
Check your smoke detectors
Take precaution and check your smoke detectors just in case a fire does start in your home while you are away. One of the worst things that can happen while you are not home is your house catching fire and no one knowing because your smoke detectors do not work.
Lock all doors and windows
One of the most essential steps for you to complete before leaving for vacation is locking all your doors and windows. Coming home to your home being broken into would ruin your vacation. Keep your house safe by ensuring everything is locked before you leave.