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Storm Causes Tree To Fall On Home In Tega Cay

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Emergency Tree Removal Service

A tree fell on a home in Tega Cay due to the recent storm. Our team got onsite as soon as possible and took care of the problem. If you need help with roof repair, tree removal or any storm damage cleanup service give us a call today.

NEVER Pour Grease Down Your Sink Drain!!!!

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Clogged Sink From Grease Never Pour Grease Down Your Sink Drain!!

Never pour grease down your sink!

You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious blockage and water damage.

Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?

The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. 

Pipe leaks from clogged pipes can cause water damage to your home as well as mold damage if the water damage is not soon addressed.

If you have a leaky pipe under your kitchen sink that has caused water damage to your home, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County today!

We are here for you 24/7 at (803) 324-5780

Tips For Flooding & Standing Water in the York County Areas

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding & Standing Water In York County Be aware of any flooding or standing water in our area

Did you know that floodwater can take up to eleven days to disappear. A flood doesn’t end just because the storm ends; All of the standing water still has to be dealt with.

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County suggests that if you have to evacuate your office or home to not go back until you have been told it is safe and the water has receded. 

You must be careful driving during times when the roads are flooded. Remember to “Go around. Don’t Drown!” The water may still be too deep for safe travel, even if it looks like you can pass. 

Floods are not natural swimming pools

  • Sewage, debris, and other unpleasant things can be in the storm water leftovers.
  • Swimming, wading, or rafting can make you sick.
  • Do not drink the water, it is highly contaminated.
  • Water conducts electricity. Underground power lines can give you a dangerous shock.

Floodwaters vs. Animals:

  • Snakes and other animals may get into your building. Wear work boots and heavy gloves when the cleanup process begins.
  • Some animals might find your office a cozy place to live because their home may have been destroyed. 
  • If tap water is unsafe for you to drink, it is unsafe for your pets. 

If you experience flood damage to your home or business, give SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County a call at (803) 324-5780, we are here for you 24/7.

The Dangers of Having a Leaky Roof.

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Do You Have a Leaky Roof? A Leaky Roof Can Cause A lot of Damage!

With all the different kinds of weather that we have had in the last month or so, a durable roof is one of the most important infrastructures of a house, right after a strong, sturdy foundation. Just like it’s necessary to fix cracks in a foundation to ensure the rest of a house isn’t affected from the ground up, it’s important to fix leaks in a roof to protect a home from the top down, too. If you suspect you have a leaky roof, a roofing contractor can determine the cause and perform roof repairs, if necessary. To avoid any leaks or other issues from happening in the future, make sure to schedule regular inspections, perform general maintenance and upkeep, and have repairs completed as quickly as possible, since acting quickly could help you save time and money. 

Causes and Sources of Leaks

There are a number of reasons why a roof may develop leaks, from both natural and man made causes. No matter the cause, it's imperative to seek the services of a reliable roofing contractor to get your roof back in its best shape so that your home is protected from the elements.

SHINGLES AND FLASHING

Something as small and simple as a broken shingle could be the culprit of a leak. Severe weather, hail and high winds can cause shingles to become loose, crack and break off, leaving your roof exposed. If the nails used to secure shingles aren't properly sealed with a durable coating like roofing cement, it can leave exposed holes which can allow water and moisture to get into the attic. Broken or cracked flashing—the pieces of material installed under shingles, on joints and around chimneys—can also cause leaks. Both damaged flashing and missing shingles can be easily identified, usually as different, discolored patches or exposed areas on a roof. You may even find pieces of them in your yard after a bad storm.

IMPROPER INSTALLATION/REPAIRS

If you've had previous roof repairs done but if a leak keeps coming back, you've either got a problem with the workmanship of the roofing contractor who did the work or the materials they used (or both). Improperly installing elements such as skylights and chimneys can also cause roof leaks - this can happen from incorrectly measuring and fitting fixtures and/or insulation that's started to decay or disintegrate. Leaks from this kind of problem are generally easy to spot. Just look for wet spots or small streams of water coming out of skylights or running down walls/chimneys when it rains.

PLUMBING AND PIPE PROBLEMS

Pipes run throughout the home including the roof, which means there are a number of areas that are common leak sources related to your home's plumbing and ventilation system. These include plumbing vent pipes, ventilation fan ducts, attic vents and exhaust pipes/flues (for appliances). Anytime there are worn or cracked rubber boots and/or broken flashing around the vent pipes that come out of the roof, it's likely you're in need of repairs.

CONDENSATION AND MOISTURE

Since the attic is usually the least insulated—and the highest elevated—place in your home, it is more prone to mold and mildew growth from excessive moisture that can accumulate when condensation becomes trapped. The cause of the moisture is from wet weather such as rain, sleet, and hail, but also ice dams melting and the fluctuation in temperatures when seasons change. You'll most likely notice a smell—before you see the mold—as a sign of a leak in your roof.

What Can Happen if You Don't Get Roof Repairs

Whether you’re dealing with issues associated with weather and moisture or improperly installed parts, it’s essential to perform any necessary roof leak repairs as soon as possible – not only to fix the problem, but also to prevent any future damage. For example, if you have a moisture issue causing a leak that goes untreated, it could result in mold and mildew growth, which could not only destroy the wood in the attic, but also negatively affect your health.

Every roof experiences some level of wear and tear from all types of weather (sun, rain, hail, extreme heat, wind, etc.). As a home's first line of defense from these elements, it's important to make sure you have a durable, weatherproof roof that's properly sealed and maintained in order to increase the life cycle of the roof and decrease the risk of damage to it.

 The Importance of Roof Repairs

If you have a roof leak, repair it as soon as possible to avoid further damage and to help protect your home from bigger problems such as flooding. Contact a roofing contractor to have a thorough assessment of the roof completed and get advice on what steps you need to take to repair the damage. It’s best to work with a roofing contractor because their expertise is in roofing and they will be able to pinpoint and address your specific needs. Depending on the cause of the damage, your home insurance company may cover the costs of the roof repair, so make sure to contact your insurance company, too.

Lastly, if you should have a roof that leaks into the structure and need to begin the mitigation process, call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County. Our team of professionals specialize in removal and mitigation of storm damaged material and have the experience of quickly drying out affected areas from storm and weather damage before it is made worse. We at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County partner with all major insurance companies and vendors to make the transition back to “Like it never even happened,” as quickly as possible.

Call us today and let us show you. SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County (803) 324-5780.

A Leaky Fridge can Create a Huge Headache for Homeowners

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County 803-324-5780 Check your refrigerator at least once a month to make sure you don't have leaks.

You should check to see if there are any sings of water damage around your appliances every couple of months.  A leaky fridge can create a lot of problems for the homeowner if it goes unnoticed for an extended period of time. If you see excessive moisture around the appliance, call an expert to determine the source and how extensive the damage is. Get it fixed as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

A small drip can damage the wall making the paint peel or bubble. Sheetrock becomes bloated and warps over time.

A slow drip can create major problems under laminate and tile floors and could affect the sub-flooring. This can also affect the cabinets around the appliance. Particle board cabinets are extremely prone to water damage. In some cases, it may be necessary to refinish or replace some cabinets.

If you see dark stains or mold on the walls or floors, call a professional that specializes in mold remediation. You can purchase a water leak detection alarm and place it behind the appliance. Depending on the brand, you can get a notification on your mobile device alerting you if a leak is detected.

The team at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is here to help with any type of water damage restoration. Call us today at 803-324-5780 (Call 24/7).

Fire & Water Damage Restoration for Assisted Living Facilities in York County

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County 803-324-5780 Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County if you have any questions about Fire or Water Damage at Assisted Living Facilities.

There are so many things that can cause a fire or water damage at an assisted living facility (an overflowing toilet, an unattended pan left on the stove, the sprinkler system damaging several units on multiple floors, etc.) and can disrupt the daily schedule of its residents.

Our technicians received extensive training and know that the most important thing is the residents’ safety. They know how to position our equipment so they would not be in the way of guests. They will work with the facility’s staff to keep disruptions to a minimum, so residents can continue with their regular schedules and your facility can resume with daily operations as usual. Our office staff will work directly with your insurance provider if you choose to file a claim.

If you are dealing with a fire or water emergency at an assisted living facility, call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at 803-324-5780. We have the knowledge, experience, and the right equipment to deal with any size disaster 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Restore vs. Replace.....What is the Difference?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County 803-324-5780 The Difference Between Restore and Replace.

At SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County our goal is to minimize the disruption to tenants, owners, and property managers after a fire or water damage.

The cost of replacement after a loss is higher than the cost of restoration. It is very important that you work with a restoration company that does not have a “demo everything” approach to the process. Restoring versus replacing also helps with the recovery time, since the job is completed faster, and it reduces business interruption.

We are committed to provide immediate service to the York County. Our employees are trained to perform quality service and communicate with the homeowner or property manager every step of the way.

We will work hard to get your property to its preloss condition and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County today at (803) 324-5780.  We are here for you 24/7

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is here for you for Storm Damage

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County 803-324-5780 We can help with water or damage from a storm.

Extreme wind events due to massive tornadoes or destructive thunder storms always grab our attention. Here at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County, we have noticed an increase in damaging high wind events. Hurricanes are increasing in strength and frequency, coupled with changes in the jet stream, causing widespread costly property destruction. Powerful tornadoes continue to flatten entire communities in a matter of minutes. Falling trees from extreme wind events are a major cause of structural losses throughout the country on a regular basis.

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is always well prepared to respond to homes and businesses affected by wind damage. Often times, water can enter structures affected by wind, requiring our mitigation experts to quickly tarp damaged areas and start the drying process inside until repairs can begin. Experienced technicians from our franchise have also traveled out of state to assist with large-scale recovery following devastating hurricanes. Although wind storms are difficult to gauge, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County has the tools and knowledge to secure and restore properties affected by wind in our ever changing environment.

Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County 24/7 at (803) 324-5780.

Sprinkler Discharge After Fire

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

ceiling with soot and sprinkler head If your property has a sprinkler spray water give us a call.

Sprinkler System Cleanup

After a fire broke out in a property in Fort Mill,SC the sprinkler system activated to put the flames out. The fire was extinguished and everyone was safe. The fire department arrived and was able to turn the system off after an hour. What was left was standing water throughout the building that needed extraction and drying of the property. If you need cleanup from a sprinkler discharge give us a call.

Why is Your Water Bill So High!!

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Why is your water bill so high? There are many things to check for if you water bill is high and getting higher!!

How much water does your home use? Every month you might look at your water bill and think, “We went through THAT much water?” From your sink, to the dishwasher, toilet, washing machine, drinking water, and garden hose, you might be shocked about how much water you go through. After a while, your water bill will begin to set into a pattern, and you will know your usual consumption. However, if one month it is an oddly high bill however, these could be the causes.

The biggest concern with a high-water bill is that there is an unknown leak in your house. Check the suspect areas first. Toilets are the first place you should check. A toilet that is in a continuous state of flushing can go through almost 200 gallons of water a day. If you hear a toilet running, that is an obvious sign, but by looking into the tank, you can often find the source of your problem.  Once you have inspected all of the toilets, look at sinks and faucets for leaks to see if they have loose handles, pipes, or cracks that could be dripping water out. Next, check appliances that use water such as refrigerators, freezers, and hot water heaters. The connections may be loose or have worn down over time and this may be the source the leak. If you do not find a leak at any of these spots, then maybe there is no leak and it could be one of these other causes for your high-water bill.

You may have forgotten about large sources of water use. Water usage is not fixed and fluctuates throughout the year. During the summer, you could be using a garden sprinkler or filling up a pool or you have more people staying with you, such as kids home for summer break. During the winter, you may have family staying for the holidays or if your heating system is powered through the use of hot water, this could lead to an increase in use. As the season changes, so does our use of water, make sure to account for this when you look at your bill.

If neither of these seem to be the cause of your high-water bill, then it might be time to look at the way you are measuring your consumption. Water meters are used to measure the amount of water you use each year, while there are ways to read this on your property, today, it is done remotely by the water authority. You can request to have your meter checked for accuracy to confirm your previous bill. While uncommon, it is always smart to confirm your bill is accurate.

If you still are not sure of the cause for your high-water bill, you may have an underground leak. This can be a costly problem to solve and will likely require either bringing in an expert or purchasing detection equipment. There will often be an underground hissing sound that will give away the leak. If you have checked all of the above possibilities for finding the cause of your high-water bill, it may be worth considering an underground leak. If you believe this is the case, you should contact a professional inspector to look for the cause and confirm if this is true.

Monitoring your monthly water bill is the best way to make sure you don’t have further problems in the future due to water damage. A tiny leak, if left unchecked, can cause thousands of dollars in water, mold, and sewer damage, and you will be left on the hook for the water bill as well. Make sure to monitor your monthly water bill closely and look for any unknown peaks.  Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County 24/7 at (803) 324-5780.