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5 Common Causes of Water Damage in Homes

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 5 Common Causes of Water Damage in Homes Call us now at 803-324-5780 for emergency water damage repair.

A leak anywhere in your home might be barely perceptible until it causes copious amounts of water damage. It’s important to address the issue as soon as you find it to avoid mold, structural issues, and safety concerns. To locate the source of the leak, it helps to know the most likely causes. SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York county in Fort Mill,SC, lists the top five events that cause water damage in the home.

The Top Incidents That Cause Water Damage

1. Damaged Appliances

Failing appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines, can leak substantial amounts of water at once. Washing machines might overflow from too much pressure on supply lines, while the pipes of old refrigerators may deteriorate and crack. Thankfully, these leaks are relatively easy to pinpoint.

2. Clogged HVAC Unit

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems require regular maintenance. When your AC pulls humidity from the air, the moisture collects in a drain pan and travels down a condensate line. Sludge, mold, and dirt can clog that line and cause water damage.

3. Plumbing Problems

From running toilets to leaking sinks, plumbing issues can become expensive and cause massive amounts of damage if it’s not handled quickly. Though it may start off small, a sudden burst pipe could be disastrous. Listen to make sure your toilet stops running after each flush and check for moisture around the pipes under your sink periodically.

4. Backed Up Sewers

Home sewage backup and flooding is sometimes unpreventable, as it is often caused by heavy rains, damage from tree roots, and collapsed lines. Sewer line leakage presents a toxic biohazard to your home that will require a professional fix and cleaning job. Never try to treat sewage flooding yourself.

5. A Leaking Roof

By the time you notice a leaky roof, you may already be looking at some extensive water damage in your attic and ceiling. If your ceiling only drips when it’s raining out, your roof is the most likely culprit. Continued leaking can ruin the structural integrity of your attic and ceiling and lead to wood rot, mold, and collapse. Have your roof fixed as soon as you notice the leak and see that the water damage is attended to immediately.

If your home has suffered from a bad leak, the cleanup and restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County can help you recover. Their highly trained staff members will personally come to your home to assess the damage, then offer you the best solution. From simple water extractions to dangerous biohazard cleanup, this local cleaning service can handle any problems caused by water damage.

3 Steps for Cleaning Your Business' Inventory After a Fire

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 3 Steps for Cleaning Your Business' Inventory After a Fire Give SERVPRO a call after commercial fire damage.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

The aftermath of a fire at your Fort Mill,SC business may leave your inventory, machinery and office furniture with troublesome smoke damage. You may wonder if any of these items are salvageable or if they will need to be replaced. These decisions can be difficult; however, a service that specializes in repairing fire damage and restoration can assist you with the industrial dry cleaning and care of your inventory, and there are a few actions you can take before its technicians arrive.

1. Sort Items for Cleaning

Once your building has been deemed safe to enter by local fire officials, you can start sorting through your inventory and supplies to see what can be salvaged and cleaned. If you own a restaurant, metal items such as pots and pans and utensils can be sterilized with boiling water. Canned foods that have been warped or otherwise affected by heat should be discarded. If you are unsure about whether an item can be salvaged, you can set it aside for content cleaning professionals to inspect.

2. Check for Inventory Damage

If you believe stored inventory has suffered smoke damage, you may be able to recover some losses by having some items professionally cleaned. For example, if you own a clothing boutique and smoke damaged items stored in a back room, your restoration specialists may have dry cleaning processes available that can make these items like new once again.

3. Arrange for Storage Needs

Your building’s inventory, furniture and other items may require storage after a fire to protect them while repairs are made. Make a list of which can be stored easily and which may require considerable space. Your fire restoration technicians may also be able to advise you about content storage.

Dealing with the aftermath of a fire at your Rock Hill,SC business can be challenging. However, working with smoke damage and restoration experts who can assist you with dry cleaning and other services after a fire can help you get your business up and running again as soon as possible. Visit SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County for more information on commercial fire damage. 

Dealing with Flood Damage in Fort Mill And Tega Cay

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Dealing with Flood Damage in Fort Mill And Tega Cay SERVPRO acts quickly to restore your home after flood damage and help get the water out quickly.

SERVPRO Puts You at Ease During the Flood Damage Restoration Process

When a Fort Mill or Tega Cay homeowner finds himself ankle deep in water, he does not want to hear that his restoration service can be there tomorrow. He and his family need someone to arrive as swiftly as possible, begin work, and provide as much education and even comfort, as possible.

Any flood damage to a Tega Cay or Fort Mill home requires an emergency response. At SERVPRO we found, over time, that there are certain tasks to begin immediately once our restoration team puts boots on a customer’s property.

First, they put the homeowner and his family at ease. Once the team has the owner calmed down, everything else goes much easier and quicker. A simple way they do this is to point out everything that is not damaged.

Now, the team educates the homeowner. One of our inspectors points out the tasks the team starts first and provides details on how they accomplish them.

After this quick briefing, the team begins work in the home by protecting the structure and the contents inside from further damage. They close off any openings to the outside by boarding up doors and windows with plywood. If there is damage to the roof from the storm, SERVPRO technicians also use plywood or plastic sheeting to seal it off.

As they accomplish this, other team members remove as much water as possible. Depending on the size of the home, specialists bring in one or more commercial pumps and extraction wands to draw out most of the water; usually in less than a day.

With the bulk of the water gone, our team starts the drying process. Members set-up dehumidifiers to lower the inside humidity and use exhaust fans and air movers to draw out the damp air inside and replace it with warm air that also helps to dry the surfaces of the structure and property items like sofas.

Finally, they do everything to make the environment as comfortable as possible for the homeowner. The situation is difficult enough, and we try not to disrupt his life any further.

Restoring a home after a flood is not easy, but SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County does it quickly and with as little stress to the owner and other residents as possible. If you need us, call today at (803) 324-5780. Our office is here for you.

Hot Water Heater Pipe Burst In The Attic

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Hot Water Heater Pipe Burst In The Attic Ready for any size disaster you may have.

Water Heater Damage Cleanup

A hot water heater in your attic can cause a major water damage. That is what happened to a Rock Hill homeowner. While they were out of town the kitchen ceiling collapsed. The cause was from a frozen pipe on the hot water heater in the attic.

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is well equipped to respond to an emergency of this magnitude. We have trained and certified technicians to handle all the aspects of your loss. If you have a water damage to you home or business, do not hesitate to call us 803-324-5780. We are here to help 24/7/365 .

Faster Response

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.

For more information about water damage restoration you may visit our water damage page or contact us with any questions you may have. We work with you and your insurance company to make sure that everything it correct and taken care of.

Protecting Your Belongings Before Flood Damage in Rock Hill

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Protecting Your Belongings Before Flood Damage in Rock Hill SERVPRO Says Place Electronics High Above a Flood line If Storms Threaten Rock Hill Homes.

SERVPRO Tip--Prepare for Impending Flooding by Protecting Your Possessions

While flood damage in Rock Hill can come suddenly and without much time to prepare, there are some things you can do in advance to help mitigate your financial losses in the disaster. Many valuable belongings in the average American home are very susceptible to water and especially flood damage, but some manageable mindfulness can help to protect these objects from all but the worst disasters. Make use of these protective measures to better survive any future disasters in your home.
 
Make Use of Airtight Bins and High Places
Airtight plastic containers can very effectively protect many smaller objects in your Rock Hill home from flood damage. These containers and bins should be cheap and plentiful at nearby grocery stores, as they are commonly used to seal and store food for extended periods of time. Electronics, jewelry, clothing, and other belongings can be organized, stored, and protected with these bins, especially if they are placed in cabinets or shelves high above where floodwaters usually reach. Big-box home improvement centers offer a wide range of waterproof containers, especially for larger items or amounts.
 
Cover Electronics in Plastic Sheets
If you know a flood may arrive soon, you may be able to protect larger electronics and water-sensitive objects by wrapping them in plastic. While these sheets may offer little protection against physical damage and standing water, they may be able to provide enough resistance to light flooding to save expensive belongings. By keeping the high humidity after water intrusion off these devices can keep chips and microswitches dry. Plastic tarps or sheets are ideal for this purpose, but plastic wrap and tape can also help.
 
Remove Furniture Cushions
While moving furniture before a flood hits may be impossible, you may be able to mitigate damage to couches, chairs, and other objects by removing cushions and pillows. These should be relatively easy to remove and place high above floodwaters. This removal and elevation help to prevent color bleed in the fabric and reduces the risk of mold damage later on.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is locally owned and operated—so we are part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

Strawberry Festival In Fort Mill

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Community Strawberry Festival In Fort Mill It's a great time for the whole family.
Celebrate the Sweetest Strawberries in the South

The South Carolina Strawberry Festival is Fort Mill's welcome to spring where you will spend the week enjoying the sweet taste of our homegrown sun-kissed strawberries.

?Join us  in beautiful historic Fort Mill, SC for an exciting week of the sweetest strawberries in the south!

Events include: Festival pageant, golf tournament, pancake breakfast, car show, pig races and more.

For more information about events and times you can go to scstrawberryfestival.com

Admission is FREE

Rock Hill Water Damage Companies

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Rock Hill Water Damage Companies Ready for any size disaster you may have.

Emergency Water Damage Restoration Service

One of the main disasters affecting residential and commercial properties in the USA is water damage. For the Rock Hill area, the most common cause of water damage is severe flooding. SERVPRO specializes in incidences like burst water pipes, flood water, and many other causes.

Any type of water damage encountered in the York County area should be immediately seen to by a professional expert in the Rock Hill water damage restoration industry. At SERVPRO, our team consists of highly trained and experienced staff. Our expert teams go through a proven step by step process for rectifying your problem and getting you back into your property. Our water damage restoration process has been proven effective for many years and results in the fastest turnaround times to get people back into their homes or businesses.

Safety

Safety should not only be a priority for you, but for your restoration company of choice as well. The best Rock Hill water damage professionals understand the importance of safety and the health risks of everyone involved when safety precautions are not taken. Make sure the services provided are thorough. For example, baseboards should be pulled to ensure there is no excess water trapped behind them that could lead to mold growth. Many times, mold is already present during water extraction jobs where the damage happened a few days or more prior. In these cases, your restoration company should be doing everything possible to prevent mold spores from being disrupted and spread further throughout the property.

Reliability

The SERVPRO brand and reputation has been built over years and all our customers have complimented our reliability. At SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County, we stand by our reputation as a reliable water damage restoration company by setting clear expectations before jobs are started. We communicate with our clients throughout the entire process, keeping our clients informed, answering questions, addressing concerns, and making good on our promises. Returning you and your property to the state it was immediately prior to the flooding occurring is how we ensure full satisfaction in every possible situation.

Distance from Property

It is important to hire a restoration company that is near in proximity and can arrive on scene quickly whether during an initial emergency call or routine visits throughout the process. Our SERVPRO franchise is physically located in Fort Mill, however, we service the Rock Hill area as well and utilize the many access routes to place us on the scene at your property in a timely fashion.

Professional Certifications

As a registered and fully certified company, SERVPRO is always striving for excellence and improvement in processes to ensure that you always enjoy excellent service with our dedicated response teams. We keep up with the evolution of technologies and processes to make sure that we use the newest resources and techniques available to make your restoration job a full success.

Satisfied Customers

No disaster is a fun situation for our clients. During this highly stressful time, we do our best to ensure a smooth process and meet our clients' goals while maintaining high standards. We pride ourselves on making a water disaster “Like it never even happened”. We keep noise to a minimum and try to respect the need for accessible pathways for employees or residents.

A good practice to keep when searching for a restoration company is looking at their public reviews. Let a company’s past clients paint a picture of what your services with them may look like. There is something to say about a client who’s disaster situation was taken care of so well that they took to an online platform like Google or Yahoo to let the public know about their experience.

If you are in a situation that requires water damage repair company and you want to make sure that your problem is dealt with in the best possible way, then give us a call at 803-324-5780 any time of day no matter how severe the problem is.

3 Reasons Your Commercial Toilet Keeps Flushing

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 3 Reasons Your Commercial Toilet Keeps Flushing If you need commercial restoration cleanup call us today at 803-324-5780.

Water Damage From Toilet

A malfunctioning toilet in your Rock Hill, South Carolina commercial building can cause a variety of issues, from repeated toilet overflow to increased monthly water bills. One common issue that commercial toilets suffer from is repeated flushing, when water runs into the unit without stopping. There might be several reasons for this problem, and knowing what they are may help you remedy the problem quickly.

1. Dirty Gasket

The gasket within a commercial toilet’s flushing apparatus can become caked with sediment over time. This can be especially common if you live in an area with hard water. Sediment may also affect the gasket’s weep hole and how well the gasket’s suction works. You can remove and clean the gasket and weep hole, which may resolve the continuous flushing.

2. Broken Flapper

Sometimes the flapper, or seal, on the inside of the toilet may become brittle or old. When this happens, the seal can become misaligned and cause the toilet to fill constantly. This constant filling may eventually cause a toilet overflow or a toilet flood, which can cause water damage to your building and require the services of a flood remediation and water cleanup company. The seal is located inside the flush canister, and if it is cracked, you may need to have it replaced.

3. Leaking Toilet Tank

A leaking toilet tank may cause repeated flushing, as the unit will sense it needs to fill due to a water loss. However, you can stop a toilet from leaking with a simple test. Add three drops of red food coloring into the water of the tank and wait about twenty minutes. If the water in the toilet bowl is red when you check it again, this means the toilet tank has a leak and you will need to have it repaired.

Water Damage or Flooding? Call Us Today (803) 324-5780

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about Learn more about our training and certifications.

Professional Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Fort Mill Saves Your Business's Reputation

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Professional Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Fort Mill Saves Your Business's Reputation Leaking pipes and failed plumbing can cause extensive water damage to your business requiring professional commercial water damage restoration.

SERVPRO is Here to Help with Commercial Water Damage

Fort Mill residents rely on local businesses to provide services and goods nearby. Convenience and a sense of community are essential to the success of your company and drive our mission to support your enterprise if water damage threatens its day to day operations. Trained technicians, proven strategies, and efficient equipment are the strength we bring to your disaster.

Retail outlets in Fort Mill can suffer water damage because of aging infrastructure. Small leaks and minor intrusions of moisture progressively damage commercial buildings. Responding immediately and keeping insignificant water leak issues in line is the preferred course, but if water damage goes unnoticed, our crews can still bring your store or shop back to its “Grand Opening” condition.

Years have passed since the incorporation of our town, and some of the buildings can show their age with aging plumbing and decades of water intrusion. SERVPRO specializes in inspecting for hidden water issues so that our restoration efforts are complete. Water is very destructive and can lead to secondary issues such as mold infestations and crumbling building materials if not resolved. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training our technicians master readies our crews for even tricky water damage restoration projects.

SERVPRO’s goal is to restore rather than demolish and remodel commercial interiors. We also follow protocols that contain the areas affected while you can continue operating your business in unsullied areas of your property. This flexibility ensures that your reputation as a reliable provider of goods and services does not take a hit during a water damage restoration project.

We isolate the source of water causing damage and make arrangements to have plumbing, leaky roofs, or poorly draining gutter systems repaired. Our SERVPRO crew pinpoints areas of standing water or pooled up pockets of moisture behind walls or in recesses. Depending on the depth of the water, we use submersible pumps or extractors to evacuate the moisture. Weighted wands help us pull moisture from saturated carpeting, working toward drying both carpet and padding in place.

Air movers, dehumidifiers, and heaters assist in achieving drying goals. Our crew members are expert in measuring moisture levels in building materials, monitoring the reduction in dampness throughout the drying cycle to meet the goal set. SERVPRO technicians touch up painting and other finishes as final effort to bring your retail space back to its preloss condition.

Have Questions? Call Today – (803) 324-5780

Commercial Building Restoration Services

We are available 24 hours a day to get your Fort Mill business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation.

3 Ways a Restoration Company Can Assist You After a Flood

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage  3 Ways a Restoration Company Can Assist You After a Flood Ready for any size disaster you may have to your home or business.

Emergency Disaster Cleanup

When a flood damages your Dobys Bridge,SC home, the aftermath can be difficult to deal with. Whether a pipe burst in your basement and created a flood or a natural disaster caused water to rush into your home, you may not know where to begin when it comes to cleanup efforts. However, calling in a company that specializes in flood cleanup and restoration can help minimize water damage and return your home to normal.

1. Removal of Black Water

Flooding that occurs when streams or rivers overflow their banks can cause contaminated water to enter your home. Because it can contain dead animals, sewage, and other dangerous material, it is considered black water and therefore dangerous to humans. A flood cleanup company usually has the tools to safely remove this water and can advise you on how to move forward regarding the damage.

2. Mold Remediation

If you experience a water line break in your home and a room becomes flooded, mold may begin to grow quickly once the water is removed. Humid or moist conditions can accelerate this growth. A company that offers mold remediation services can prevent further flooding and use drying techniques that are not available to consumers. Stopping mold before it can spread can be one of the most important steps in preventing it from taking hold in your home.

3. Repairing Water Damage

If a pipe burst in your laundry room and damaged the room's walls, floors and surrounding items, having a flood cleanup company on hand can help you understand what repairs need to take place. Drying interior walls, removing and replacing damaged insulation, and tearing out ruined appliances and plumbing are just a few of the actions a flooding cleanup company may perform after the water is drained from an affected area.

Flooding can damage your York County,SC home in many ways. Whether a pipe burst and caused a flood or it was the result of a natural disaster, calling in water cleanup and restoration specialists can help give you peace of mind that repairs can begin right away.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is locally owned and operated—so we are part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.