The Importance of Containment on Mitigation and Remediation Jobs
SERVPRO of West Greenville County often uses containment on our jobs. Our production crew uses containment on all types of jobs; this includes water, fire, mold, sewage, and cleaning. Containment is an important first step that can often be overlooked. Setting up containment barriers before the drying process can aid in avoiding cross contamination and provide a number of other benefits. Some of the reasons why it is so important to set containment are;
- Keeping building occupants safe - before removing any unsalvageable building materials, containment barriers are set up to keep dust and any other debris within the work area.
- Avoid cross contamination - If mold has grown on any impacted building materials needing to be removed, containment barriers will keep any airborne mold spores from cross contaminating the other parts of the site during the removal process.
- Avoid additional clean up of unrelated areas of the site and or mold cross contamination
- Clean the air within the affected space- A HEPA filter is used to create negative air pressure to capture any released spores and filter clean air within the contained space.
SERVPRO of West Greenville County strives to leave your business or home in as close to pre loss condition as possible, and we pride ourselves in putting your safety first.
Upstate Winter Storm January 2022
The upstate of South Carolina is currently under it's first winter storm watch of the new year! According to WYFF News 4, there is a strong system heading our way Saturday and into Sunday. The upstate could experience snow, sleet, and ice, but the main concern that we are facing is downed power lines and ice on the roads.
SERVPRO of West Greenville County wants to remind you to take all the necessary precautions to avoid storm damage to your home or business. Check out our blogs on frozen pipes and how to prevent them.
If you do experience any damages due to this winter storm, make sure to call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Greenville County to handle the job. We are faster to any disaster! Call us at (864)-292-8570 anytime, 24/7.
Frozen Pipes Can Lead to Serious Water Damage
Did you know that water pipes bursting due to freezing temperatures is the leading cause for water damages in the winter months. The cold temperatures are back in the Upstate and with freezing weather comes the chance of frozen pipes. According to State Farm, "even a tiny crack in a pipe can spew hundreds of gallons of water causing flooding, damage to your furnace and serious structural damage. It also presents an immediate potential for mold."
There are three different leading causes of frozen pipes; quick drops in temperature, poor insulation, and thermostats being set too low. State Farm also has a few really helpful tips that could prevent your home or business from suffering water damage from frozen pipes this winter. Prepare by taking these steps before it gets too cold outside.
- Insulate pipes. Pipe insulation in your home's crawl spaces and attic helps even if you live in an area where freezing is uncommon. Exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing.
- Use heat tape or heat cables. Heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes. Be sure to use products approved by an independent testing organization and only for the use intended (exterior or interior).
- Seal leaks. Locate and seal leaks that allow cold air inside. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes, and use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out.
- Secure outdoor hoses, valves and faucets. Before winter hits, disconnect garden hoses and, if possible, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.
- Let water drip. A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight when temperatures are cold, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall.
- Adjust the thermostat. Keeping your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night also reduces the risk of frozen pipes. During extreme cold, this also helps reduce the strain on the furnace.
- Open cabinet doors. This allows heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
If your pipes do freeze and burst this winter, and you suffer water damages you can call us anytime at SERVPRO of West Greenville County at (864)-292-8570.
Why Bleach is Left Out of Mold Remediation
Demoed commercial building during mold remediation.
This commercial building suffered mold damage due to constant condensation from a nearby cooler. The customers did try to handle the issue on their own by bleaching the area when they noticed new growth. However, due to the nature of bleach, it only dyed and clean the surface area of the affected space. Naturally, the growth kept returning and they decided it was time to have a professional properly remediate the mold. Our production crew from SERVPRO West Greenville county were called out to make it "Like it never even happened."
Before any work began, air scrubbers were placed to keep the air as clean as possible during the demolition process. All affected materials were removed completely so that cleaning could begin. Throughout the entire process, management was kept informed of the work taking place. While cleaning, our crew noticed additional growth and made sure to keep them updated.
Should You Use Bleach on Mold?
When you notice mold in your home or business, the first thing that comes to mind is how to remove it. Chlorine bleach has become one of the most common go-to's because it is quick and easily accessible. While the bleach does visibly remove the mold growth, is it really effective in mold remediation?
The idea that bleach can help you completely get rid of mold is a common misconception. These production are marketed to make people believe this to be true. While bleach does help to wipe away microbial growth on non porous materials, it cannot do the same for things like wood or drywall. The growth spreads into the pores of the material, and though the color may change on the surface temporarily, it will return if not properly remediated.
The best way to get rid of mold, is to call a professional to help. To get rid of mold completely, you must first find the root of the cause and fix the issue. Once the source of moisture has been addressed, the affected materials often need to be completely removed and then treated.
If you are uncertain of how to address a mold issue, it is always best to call a professional. SERVPRO of West Greenville County has skilled professionals in mold remediation services. Give us a call for any Mold Remediation services at (864)-292-8570.
Happy Holidays 2021
This holiday season, here at SERVPRO of West Greenville County, we want to remind you to celebrate safely. With the chaos of the holiday, it can be easy to turn a blind eye to fire safety and for water damage to go unnoticed. If you plan on going out of town, make sure to take the proper steps to avoid any leaks.
Check out our fire safety blogs on proper kitchen safety, as well as how to avoid a Christmas tree fire. Remember, disasters don't wait for regular business hours. SERVPRO of West Greenville County is open 24/7 and we are Faster to Any Disaster! Give us a call at (864)-292-8570 if disaster should strike.
From our SERVPRO family at West Greenville County to yours, Merry Christmas.
Commercial General Cleaning
SERVPRO of West Greenville County provides a variety of different commercial services. This Greenville, SC office requested a general cleaning after they remediated a mold issue in their air ducts. Although they addressed the initial issue, they wanted to take the extra step for their employees to make sure the space was a safe, clean environment. Our project manager met with the client, and explained the exact process our production team would take to clean the area. Beginning first with removing contents off of walls, then fogging the affected space. This step was taken to ensure the ceiling tiles were treated. Next, all walls and contents are wiped down with the same anti-microbial product. Lastly, carpets and flooring were cleaned to finish the job. The customer was impressed with how the amount of information we could provide them with, even giving them an SDS sheet of our products used. Call us at SERVPRO of West Greenville County for any of our commercial services. Call at (864)-292-8570.
Steps to Take After Storm Damage
With tornadoes and heavy rain extending into the later months of the year, storm damage can occur any time to your home or business. While these storms can cause structural and water damage, they also pose safety and health hazards. Having a plan to deal with damages is important for your safety and the cleanup of your home.
The first thing you should do after a storm, is to take precaution when assessing the situation. Look for structural damage and broken items on the property that may be dangerous. It is important to note any smells of gas, and shut off the main line if you notice a leak. Microbial growth can also happen within 24 hours of water damage.
Once you know the severity of the damages, make sure to document everything as is with multiple photos for your local restoration provider and insurance. This will help to assure that you are fully compensated for the mitigation and restoration process.
After you have contacted your insurance provider, give SERVPRO of West Greenville County a call at (864)292-8570. We are Faster to Any Disaster, and available 24/7.
Christmas Tree Fire Facts
Did you know that firefighters respond to around 160 home fires that are started by Christmas trees? According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly half of those fires are caused by electrical distribution and lighting equipment.
Some facts about Christmas Tree Fires; they cause around 10 million in property damage per year, 15% of fires are intentional, and 22% are caused by a heat source being too close to the tree. Having a dry tree greatly increases the chance of a Christmas tree fire. Make sure to keep your live tree well watered to avoid the lights starting a fire.
For any fire cleanup services this holiday season, call SERVPRO of West Greenville County. We are available 24/7 and are Faster to Any Disaster! Call us at (864)-292-8570.
What is Water Mitigation?
If you have suffered a water loss to your home or business, you might find yourself in need of water mitigation services. However, if you have never experienced a water loss before, you might find yourself asking, 'What is water mitigation'?
FEMA defines mitigation as the process of reducing the loss of property due to the impact of a disaster. While SERVPRO of West Greenville County provides many types of mitigation services, water mitigation is the process of cleaning, sanitizing, drying, repairing, and restoring property to as close to pre loss condition as possible. Every job that our production team encounters is different and will require its own plan to complete the mitigation process.
When SERVPRO of West Greenville County is called out to a water loss, the first thing our production team will do is assess the situation. Then, depending on the extent of the damage or if there is standing water, our team will create a plan of action. If you choose to contact your insurance company, production will work closely to get everything approved to begin. The first goal is to dry out all affected contents and materials. This is done with extraction tools, dehumidifiers, and air movers to remove all humidity to eliminate a mold-friendly environment. After all materials are dry or removed, reconstruction may begin.
Water mitigation is an important process if you have suffered a water loss. Give us a call today at SERVPRO of West Greenville County. (864)-292-8570.