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Snow Coming to York County South Carolina?

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Snow Coming to York County South Carolina? York County restoration company.

Snow may be coming to the Fort Mill Rock Hill area tonight or Wednesday. They are not quite sure how much or if any will stick to the ground but if it does be careful out there on the roads. Along with the possible snow will be cold temperatures as well which may cause more frozen pipes. We have already seen a large increase of burst pipes and water damage claims this year over last. If you suffer from a flood call us today for help at 803-324-5780.

Fire Damage in Your Fort Mill Commercial Building

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage in Your Fort Mill Commercial Building Emergency commercial fire cleanup company for the Fort Mill area.

York County Commercial Fire Restoration Company

Nothing can be more devastating than a fire occurring in a business. Whether it’s an office building, a warehouse, an industrial facility, or a data center; a fire can lead to smoke damage, fire damage, and downtime.

If you do experience a fire to your Fort Mill business, then you want to call the fire remediation experts at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County immediately. They will be able to clean up the fire and smoke damage and make it like it never happened.

Top Causes of Commercial Building Fires

To reduce the risk of fire in your Fort Mill commercial workspace, it’s important to know the top causes of fires and take the appropriate steps to reduce the risk. Below we cover the top causes of fire in commercial and office spaces.

Electrical Fires

Electrical fires are common in office spaces, data centers, and server rooms where faulty electrical equipment, frayed wires, and overloaded plugs can easily cause fires. Hot running equipment like computers and heavy industrial equipment can also easily cause a fire by running too hot.

To prevent electrical fires, you can take several preventive steps. One step is not to overload electrical sockets. While an overloaded power socket could trip your breaker and cut off the power, it could also cause sparks that could catch papers or carpet or other combustible materials on fire.

If you use an extension cord, be sure to check it for any frays or damage. Never use a damaged extension cord as it can cause a short and start a fire. If you are using equipment that can get very hot, make sure they are well ventilated and that they aren’t dusty or dirty. Dust is highly combustible and can easily start a fire if a spark occurs in your equipment.

Flammable & Combustible Materials

Many Fort Mill businesses use flammable liquids and materials in their commercial spaces. It’s important to always store any flammable liquids in their proper storage containers. It’s even more important to make sure they are completely sealed as the vapors are what usually cause a fire.

If flammable liquids and materials aren’t sealed, vapors can build up in the space where they are stored. If a spark from turning on a light or from static occurs, this could not only cause a fire but an explosion.

Train your staff on how to properly store, use, and dispose of any flammable liquids and/or materials. If flammable liquids are spilled, make sure you properly clean them up as well as ventilated the space where they were spilled. Remember that it’s the vapors that are most dangerous.

Human Error

We all make mistakes, unfortunately, some mistakes can cause fires. Improper use of equipment, spilled liquids on electrical equipment, forgetting to turn off heat generating equipment, and mishandling flammable liquids are just a few ways that mistakes by your staff can lead to fires.

While mistakes will be made, you can reduce common ones by training your employees on the dangers of fire in the workplace. Common practices like never leaving food cooking in the microwave or on the stove unattended. Unplugging space heaters before leaving the office. Not placing drinks where they could spill on electronics. And if a fire should occur, it’s important to educate your employees on what to do.

General Negligence

Negligence isn’t the same as human error. Negligence in the workplace is not following proper safety procedures. Negligence can occur throughout your Fort Mill business. Improperly storing and sealing flammable liquids can cause a fire. Storing papers and flammable materials too close to heat generating equipment can cause a fire. Blocking ventilation of electronic equipment like computers can cause them to overheat and start a fire. Not properly disposing of cigarette butts can quickly lead to a fire.

Reducing the chances of fire caused by general negligence, and an understanding of potential risks, teaching your staff to work according to safety procedures can help. If you don’t have standard operating procedures for your work, you may want to create some. Standard operating procedures can include ways to reduce the risks and how to avoid them.

Arson

The last common cause of business fires is arson. While it may seem like arson from vandals seems unpreventable, you can take steps to reduce the chance of it occurring. Make sure your business is properly lit at night to discourage vandals from approaching your business.

If you have areas of the business that are hidden by bushes or trees, you may want to consider trimming them back. Surveillance cameras in areas that have little traffic can help keep trouble at bay.

Commercial Fire Damage? Call Us Today – (803) 324-5780

Sudden Flood Damage Incidents To Your Clover Home

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sudden Flood Damage Incidents To Your Clover Home Clover emergency water damage cleanup company is ready to help.

Foundations Can Suffer from Broken Water Lines Needing Fast Help from SERVPRO

Main lines are a critical component of a water distribution system. When a line breaks or ruptures near your Clover home, the highly pressurized water contained in the pipe finds the path of least resistance to the surface and erupt violently. Until utility workers can shut the portion of the line down for repairs, thousands of gallons of water can flow from the ground and onto your neighboring property.
 
As unfortunate as this occurrence might be, it gets worse when your foundation is not built to prevent water penetration from this sudden flooding event adequately. Even once the water line has been successfully shut down, and the crew is working to repair it, you get left with a substantial amount of water pooling in your lower levels. This flood damage to your Clover home might seem overwhelming, but you do not have to go about it alone. This is not a simple water removal event, but more like a catastrophic natural weather circumstance.
 
Our experienced SERVPRO professionals work quickly to ensure that the present water is not allowed to get any worse. If water is still accessing your home, our priority is to first close off the points of entry temporarily with hydraulic cement. The sealing allows our team to resume water extraction efforts and drying to remove potential threats for more extensive damages. We may require partnering with other companies to mitigate on-going water intrusion adequately.
 
The extraction process in these cases likely involves a pump truck from our fleet, as this is the most efficient means of removing high volumes of water. Given that even with a fast response time to the main line break, valves are not able to be instantaneously shut off, meaning that you are contending with substantial water in your basement level.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians thoroughly dry the area using air movers and other equipment to prevent the possibility of mold growth. Once the initial damage gets restored in the basement, infrared cameras are used to determine if water damage exists out of the line of sight. The inspection ensures that no damage might have missed our initial inspection, and offers you peace of mind that the issues have gotten resolved completely.
 
While flood damage to your Clover home might not always happen as you might expect, there is always someone that can help you to clean up the mess.

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

Mitigation Of Flood Damaged Personal Belongings In Your Fort Mill Apartment

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Mitigation Of Flood Damaged Personal Belongings In Your Fort Mill Apartment Emergency flooding cleanup service for Fort Mill residents. 803-324-5780.

Mitigation Of Flood Damaged Personal Belongings

Professional restoration services work with homeowners, business owners, government agencies, and insurance adjusters on a daily basis. In Fort Mill, we also work with people who rent their dwelling. When damaging events happen to their home or apartment, their personal belongings can also suffer harm.

Fort Mill residents can benefit from similar flood damage restoration services, just like property owners benefit. We can perform the cleaning and restorations on-site or at our facility. If your landlord also hires us to mitigate the flood damage to your home, we can still provide you with the timely service you deserve. We train our employees to work well in a team and also to diversify their job duties. Our goal is to make everything “Like it never even happened.” for all our customers.

In addition to their customer care training, our employees also engage in training, receiving certifications from the IICRC. We understand the science behind preventing mold and mildew, and their stains, throughout your home. Flood damage creates more problems than just mold and mildew risks. Removing your belongings from the flooded areas of your home can help save them from further harm.

We also serve our customers by packing up non-damaged belongings and household items. As we do this, we list each box's inventory to streamline insurance claims and to ensure each box finds its way back to its original location in your home upon completion of the job.

Concerning your belongings suffering from the flood event, we clean these of any contaminants and promptly return them to their preloss condition. What we may have been unable to restore in the past is now possible because of significant developments in restoration science. Staining can still pose a difficult challenge, but some stains release their grip on fibers more readily than other stains. Chemical agents help us in our work.

Some chemicals come in the form of hydroxyl gas, which can help eliminate solid substances that can pose problems for many clothing items. We have found that restoration after flooding saves money, time, and aggravation, helping residents recover quickly because they need to replace fewer garments.

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

Frozen Pipe Cleanup Company

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Frozen Pipe Cleanup Company Cold weather is coming to York County.

Burst Pipes May Cause Major Damage

Frozen pipes are coming to town. The cold weather is coming to the Fort Mill Rock Hill area starting this week. Temperatures are going to be dropping quickly at night. That means if you have any unprotected water lines that they may freeze and cause damage. When water lines freeze they expand and cause breaks or cracks that will start a slow leak or may just burst. At that point water gets all over your home or business causing a possible water damage claim. If this happens to you call our office today for emergency water damage cleanup service at 803-324-5780. Our water extraction team will help you with the cleanup process.

Commercial Water Damage In York County

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage In York County Commercial cleanup service for the Fort Mill, Rock Hill and all of York county area.

Commercial Water Damage Cleanup Company

Commercial water damage surprises York County business owners every time it happens. Everyone knows that the sprinkler system is there to stop fire damage, but no one understands the damage that happens when it engages. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the experience, training, and equipment to restore an office or a kitchen back to their original state.

Sprinklers soak everything, that is what they are supposed to do to prevent the spread of fire. Paper products, like documents, cardboard storage boxes, and books quickly turn to a pulpy mush and must be thrown out. If the final condition is not an issue and the business owner needs to keep original contracts, we can preserve the legibility of our technicians can get them spread out on a dry surface. We use air movers to blow warm, dry air over the paper gently and while we cannot return the items to their original condition or look, we can preserve the image in many cases.

The item that usually catches the most damage next is the carpet. SERVPRO technicians use extraction wands to draw out water without damaging the nape of the carpet. If there is a carpet pad, we remove and dispose of it. Pads quickly deteriorate when they become wet, and they are cheaper to replace rather than attempt to restore. Once we remove the water, crew members use the air movers again to force warm, dry air across the surface to dry it out while preventing further damage.

In a commercial kitchen, sprinklers do not usually cause much damage to the equipment. Here, our technicians concentrate on removing water from inside equipment like fryers to safely use them again. They also dry out behind and under everything to prevent mold growth and to make the room safe to walk in again.

To accomplish this, we set up fans at exits to blow the damp air out of the kitchen as we use long-handled squeegees to push water across the floor and out of the building. Once we have the majority of the water out, we set up air movers to finish drying the floors so we can return the kitchen to the owner as soon and safely as possible.

Restoring businesses to a safe, dry condition is not something you can do with a mop and a water-vac. SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County and almost three decades of experience in helping owners reopen their doors. If you have a question about what SERVPRO can do for your business; call us today at 803-324-5780.

Dealing With Fire Damage and Water Damage In Tega Cay

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Dealing With Fire Damage and Water Damage In Tega Cay Emergency fire and water damage service for Tega Cay.

Dealing With Fire Damage and Water Damage

This may come as a surprise to you, but fire damage may not be your biggest concern when a fire strikes your Tega Cay South Carolina home. In order to put the fire out, your local fire company uses a lot of water. While this sounds like a great idea at the time, all that water can cause damage to areas of your home not affected by the fire directly. This is why it’s important to examine all areas of your home after a fire for damage, even those places where the fire didn’t reach.

Unexpected Water Damage

The amount of water a fire department uses to put out your house fire can easily exceed one thousand gallons. That’s a lot of water for the structure of your house and your belongings to absorb in a short amount of time. In addition, if the fire is hot enough, some of that water gets converted to steam, which can penetrate areas the liquid water may not be able to reach. This is why your home can suffer significant water damage in addition to fire damage when a fire occurs.

Damage From Fire Hoses

Firefighters have one goal when they arrive at your house fire: to put out the fire as quickly as possible. To do this, they use powerful hoses to deliver the water into your home. While a fire hose is an efficient way to deliver a huge amount of water to a confined area in a short period of time, they can also cause damage to your home when dragged through rooms.

Fire damage isn’t the main problem you deal with after a fire at your Tega Cay home. Unfortunately, you may discover that smoke and water damage are also serious problems that need resolving in the fire’s aftermath. Fortunately, there exist fire restoration professionals who can help you recover your home and restore it to its former glory.

Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today (803) 324-5780

24-Hour Emergency Fire Restoration Service

We know that fire damage can happen any time, so we’re ready to respond 24 hours, 7 days a week—including holidays. We provide immediate emergency fire services for Tega Cay homes or businesses, day or night.

Fort Mill Fire Damage Crisis Recovery

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fort Mill Fire Damage Crisis Recovery Fires can quickly engulf your living space. Contact SERVPRO after fire damage for a quick assessment and remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Technicians Focus On Remediation and Restoration After a Fire in Your Home

Home fires occur much more frequently in Fort Mill than one might expect given that most do not make the news. Many are quickly extinguished, and families are not displaced for long or at all as restoration efforts go forward. Although you are far from alone in recovering from a home fire, you can be among the most satisfied with the process if you choose a reputable recovery firm. 

 
If your dwelling’s fire damage in Fort Mill is typical, a blaze first breaks out in your kitchen. A pot boils dry, or a deep fryer overflows, engulfing your kitchen in flames. Quick work with a fire extinguisher may put out the fire itself, but now you confront the aftermath of sticky soot, smoke, and a smell that persists. If the fire strikes while your HVAC system is engaged, you can feel as though you will never move past the lingering effects unless you engage our comprehensive fire damage restoration services.
 
After the local fire officials give you the go-ahead, invite SERVPRO to partner with you to complete the tasks necessary to return your house to preloss condition. We send a seasoned project manager to assess the condition of your home and create an efficient recovery plan. Fire damage restoration includes, at a minimum, deep cleaning, debris disposal, and a deodorization evaluation.
 
If water was used to extinguish the flames, you also have a water damage issue on your hands. It comes as a surprise, but the water damage, if any, must be remediated before the SERVPRO crew focuses its attention on charring, soot, and smoke. Water increases the threat of slipping and falling during fire damage recovery efforts. Plus, water causes significant and permanent deterioration and damage if left waiting for a solution. Mold can grow within just a couple of days, fueled by damp gypsum board, waterlogged floors, and hidden pockets of moisture collecting between walls and over ceilings.
 
SERVPRO crews are familiar with both water and fire damage restoration, so we do not miss a beat, dealing with the water before the fire issues. Then we match cleaning products and methods to the fire residues remaining. Light ash and dry soot vacuum and dry sponge up well. Sticker grease fire coatings may need solvents and abrasive tools to dislodge. An inspection of your HVAC system reveals whether it also needs a cleaning, although at the least a complete change of filters is wise after the fire damage cleanup is completed to prevent depositing residual soot.

Prepare your home in the Fort Mill Rock Hill area

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepare your home in the Fort Mill Rock Hill area Winter is coming.

Some tips to brace your home for a winter storm:

  • Clean out the gutters, disconnect and drain all outside hoses. If possible, shut off outside water valves.
  • Insulate walls and attics, and caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Repair roof leaks and remove tree branches that could get weighed down with ice or snow and fall on your house – or your neighbor's. (Avoid liability for the latter.)
  • Wrap water pipes in your basement or crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer.
  • Consider an insulated blanket for your hot water heater.
  • If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you're not using it.
  • Have a contractor check your roof to see if it would sustain the weight of a heavy snowfall.
  • Make sure your furniture isn't blocking your home’s heating vents.
  • During cold spells, keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes, particularly those in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.
  • If your house will be unattended during cold periods, consider draining the water system.
  • Avoid ice dams – where water from melted snow refreezes in the gutters and seeps in under the roof, soaking interior walls. Here’s how:
    • Ventilate your attic.
    • Insulate the attic floor well to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the house.
    • Consider having a water-repellent membrane installed under your roof covering.

Stay safe this holiday season from us here at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County.

What Can Warrant Water Removal In Baxter Village Fort Mill Homes

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Can Warrant Water Removal In Baxter Village Fort Mill Homes Baxter Village emergency water damage service.

What Can Warrant Water Removal

Water removal is a significant procedure that should not be necessary except under the most stressful scenarios. However, disasters do happen, and there are multiple potential causes for severe flooding or water damage in your home. Understanding and preparing for what may warrant professional water removal from your Baxter Village home is important so that you can respond appropriately when things go wrong. In the event of any of these catastrophes, be sure to contact SERVPRO so that we can recommend a treatment and restoration plan.

Water Line Bursts
Whether through an accident, aging materials, or anything else, a rupture in your home's water main is almost certain to require some substantial amount of water removal in Baxter Village. Water mains transfer and process most or all of the water in a home, and when ruptured, their pressurized interiors can flood the entire home to a measurable depth. Call SERVPRO as quickly as possible if a water line bursts so that we can stop the damage and set to work extracting water.

Storm Flooding
Floods that result from storms and excessive rainfall rarely leave light damage in their wake. If a flood hits your home from the outside, it should require some of our most intensive efforts to completely remove water and prevent damage. Otherwise, standing water and excess moisture have the potential to cause even more damage with time.

Overflowing Or Busted Appliances
Dishwashers, sinks, water heaters, bathtubs, and any other water-centric appliances in your home may sometimes overflow or malfunction, flooding or soaking your home with water or water-based mixtures. We certify and train our technicians to repair and handle all sorts of modern home appliances. If anything in your home breaks and has the potential to cause water damage, call us right away so that we can stop the leak and begin damage mitigation efforts.

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 Teamsstrategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.