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8/21/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Pit For all your fire and water mitigation needs, call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at (803) 324-5780.

Here in York County, SC its a tradition to enjoy the cooler nights outside around a homemade fire pit! Many of us are looking forward to spending time gathering around them to enjoy time with family and friends. Before you start dreaming of moonlit nights and toasted marshmallows, take a moment to check out some of these tips to remember.

Backyard Fire Pit Safety Tips:

  • Whether you prefer a built-in or portable fire pit, choose one that is not too large for the area. The pit should be a minimum of 10 feet away from any structures or combustible materials as well as away from trees, fences, sheds, power lines, and telephone wires.
  • Make sure that the seating area is large enough and properly placed for comfort and ventilation.
  • Check wind direction before lighting a fire.
  • Don’t use flammable fluids (gasoline, lighter fluid, etc.) to light or relight fires.
  • To start the fire, use a lighter to ignite crumpled pieces of paper covered with small sticks. Then, add larger sticks and a log or two to keep it burning. 
  • Burn only dry material. Damp material will create excess smoke. 
  • Don’t wear flammable clothing (like nylon) or any loose-fitting clothing.
  • Never leave the fire unattended, and keep pets and children far away from the fire as they will be attracted to it.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose, or bucket of water nearby.
  • As the fire dies down, use a shovel and spread out the ashes to allow them to cool down. Then slowly pour water over those ashes and watch them closely to be sure that no burning embers remain or reignite. Put the cooled ashes in a specially designated ash storage metal can. 

Just remember SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is here for you 24/7 at (803) 324-5780.

Hardwood Floor Damage in York County, SC

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

Floor Drying Mats If you find your hardwood floors cupping and lifting up, call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County @ (803) 324-5780.

When your home or business sustains water damage, trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County to help restore your property. Here we installed an Injectidry hardwood floor drying system on the water damaged hardwood flooring. This specialized system pulls air & moisture (under negative pressure) through the flutes of the flooring to dry multiple layers. By utilizing this system we are typically able to save the hardwood flooring and reduce the costs and disruption to our client. With the specialized equipment and training that SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County has, we are able to restore vs. replace in many circumstances. After 3 days of drying the flooring returned to normal moisture levels, eliminating the need to remove and replace all the flooring.

If you have a water loss and need us to dry out your hardwood flooring call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at 803-324-5780.

Why You Can Always Count on SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPROs across the nation are doing our part to help flatten the curve. We are still working but we are cleaning our offices and vehicles even more often than usual to help make sure that we aren’t spreading germs to each other and to our customers. We are wearing masks and gloves on all job sites, we are doing our best to minimize face to face contact with our customers, we are also locking down our buildings to prevent our customers coming in to the offices. We want to not only protect our workers and their families but also our customers and their families as well. We understand this is a scary time but this is what SERVPRO is trained for. Our products and techniques are in accordance to the CDC and local authorities guidelines.

We are able to do preventative cleanings and have done several to homes and businesses. SERVPRO is here to put your mind at ease so that you don’t have the extra stress during this stressful time. We treat you like family because that’s what matters most to us is our customers and their families. 

Aside from us cleaning your home or business remember to do your part to flatten the curve. 

  • Wash your hands often
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
  • Wipe down high touch areas everyday with EPA-certified, hospital strength cleaner
  • If you have fever or cough please stay away from others and seek medical attention
  • Social Distance

Listen to the CDC and local authorities, they are doing their best to keep us safe.  

If you have questions or need COVID-19 Cleaning call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at (803) 324-5780.

Washing Machine Overflow

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Washer and dryer after a water damage Flooded home cleanup and restoration in Rock Hill,SC.

A home in Rock Hill,SC had a washing machine malfunction causing damage to the flooring. Multiple rooms were affected and wood flooring had to be removed do to splitting and cracking from the water. The crawlspace also had wet insulation and standing water that ad to be extracted. After all the demolition was complete of affected materials the drying process started right away.

If you need a local restoration company to help with a water damage claim cleanup in Rock Hill,SC give us a call today.

Hurricane Categories and Disaster Restoration

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane Season Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County 24/7 if you need us at (803) 324-5780.

Studying Hurricane Categories for Disaster Restoration Response

When a community is impacted by a hurricane, SERVPRO is quick to respond.  Our company has access to over 1,700 franchises nationwide, and our storm response teams have decades of experience.

Hurricane Categories

Category 1 Hurricane

Dangerous winds are associated with Cat 1 hurricanes.  During these storms, we expect to see damage to a home’s roof, gutters, and vinyl siding.  We also expect to see some tree damage, especially branches falling atop of unshielded vehicles or falling onto homes.  In this case, our franchise prepares expects to see some water damage and a large need for roof tarping.

Category 2 Hurricane

The winds in a Cat 2 hurricane are around 100 mph and will cause more damage than a Category 1 Hurricane. Even well-constructed homes have a large possibility of getting major damage to its roof and siding.  We also expect to see trees uprooted and block roadways. Power outages are also extremely common. In this scenario, our franchise will take a large load of roof tarping materials and power tools to assist with debris removal for roadways that are blocked on the ways to homes in need.  We also expect the need for our own power generators.

Category 3 Hurricane

A category 3 hurricane is considered to be a major hurricane.  In a Cat 3 hurricane scenario, we expect to see major damage or even the removal of the roof decking.  We also expect to see trees and branches uprooted and either block roadways or damage homes themselves as they fall.  Electricity and water outage will likely be a factor. In this case, our franchise responds similarly as we do to Cat 2 hurricanes, which is by taking roof tarping materials, power tools to clear debris, and carrying our own generators.  Due to the amount of fallen water associated with this category of hurricane, we also expect to not have immediate access to flooded areas of the community. If this is the case, we will wait for approval from first responders before proceeding.

Category 4 Hurricane

In a Cat 4 hurricane, we expect to see homes lose some or all of their roof and have damage to their exterior walls.  Many trees, even those deeply rooted, will be snapped and often fall onto homes, vehicles, and block roadways. It’s not uncommon to see many homes cut off from emergency services due to debris.  With the loss of electrical power and water plus the flooding and blocked roadways, the areas impacted with a category 4 hurricane may not be accessed for days or even weeks. In this scenarios, our crews are first helping the outer areas and assisting homes that are accessible as we wait for first responders to reach these areas and deem them accessible.  Due to the time it takes the water to recede, our franchise expects major damage to homes and businesses. Flooring and a major portion of the walls in these properties will need demolition. Sanitation will be a major concern, and mold growth may already be present. Roof tarping and board up services will almost always be necessary to secure the property.  

Category 5 Hurricane

In a Cat 5 hurricane situation, we expect to see many homes and businesses experience a roof collapse and damage to the exterior walls. Sections of a community will be flooded and not be accessible for weeks. Uprooted trees will also damage properties and block roadways. Our response to this category of damage is the same as in a category 4 with our franchise understanding that it will take a longer time for the flood waters to recede and first responders to allow restoration service workers to enter.  

Storm Surge Scales

Storm surge threat is not as easy to scale, as wind scales due to local conditions such as bathymetry.  For this reason, our franchise pays close attention to meteorological reports that focus on the depth of inundation expected at the impacted areas.  These storm surge warnings greatly help us know how to approach properties and prepare demolition, sanitation, and drying techniques. Depending on the time it takes for the waters to recede will also tell us how much, if any, of the contents inside a home or business will have a chance to be restored. This helps us know if debris removal will be necessary, and if mold remediation needs are likely.

Food and Lodging

When a storm is strong enough to call for evacuations, it’s often bewildering to see the green SERVPRO trucks head towards the storm when some are leaving.  Our franchise has studied the storm and is heading to the closest but still safe destination. Our choice of lodging is either a hotel or another SERVPRO franchise location that is safe from the storm.  Wherever we are able to stay, our crews will set up a command center, dispatch, and sleep. We will set up a command center as close as possible to the open impacted section and began to help homes in that area.  As first responders allowed more areas of the County to be opened, we would relocate closer to the city. 

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County's Disaster Cleanup Services

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is a leader in the restoration industry and has the expertise to handle storm damage cleanup.  We are based out of York County, SC, and we have helped restore communities for over 30 years.  Our franchise has traveled to disaster locations such as Charleston . With our crews responding immediately to jobs, we are faster to any size disaster.  

You can trust us to handle your disaster restoration needs.  We offer:

  • Water damage restoration
  • Debris removal
  • Roof tarping
  • Board up services for doors, windows, outer walls
  • Reconstruction
  • Roof replacement or repair
  • Carpet restoration service
  • Storage

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year.  We can be reached 24/7 at (803) 324-5780.  Call us any time!

Smoke & Soot Facts

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County For Any of Your Smoke or Soot Damage Needs.

Smoke and soot from a fire is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County’s smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  The professionals at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County 24/7 @ (803) 324-5780.

Why It's Important To Test Your Smoke Detector

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke Detector Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County 24/7 If You Need Us.

Smoke detectors save lives when property installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of first where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA).

In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building if smoke is detected in just one area (NFPA).

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at (803) 324-5780.

Get a Free ERP for Your Business

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

ERP Call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County For Your FREE ERP!!!

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County has years of experience in restoring property damaged by fire, water & smoke. During those years, we have discovered that businesses that do not have an emergency plan in place, prior to a disaster, sustain much greater losses due in large part to the additional time it takes them to react and take proper emergency steps to mitigate damage after a loss has occurred.

The degree of damage not only increases with the length of time it takes to react, but dollars lost due to business interruptions also increase very rapidly. As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that do survive, many of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at giving you peace of mind.

By developing a SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do, who to call and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize the affects water and fire damage can have on your business.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile offers:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
  • Facility details such as shut-ff valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information

Give us a call today to get started!! SERVPRO or Rock Hill & York County (803) 324-5780.

Storm Causes Tree To Fall On Home In Tega Cay

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

tree on residential home York County South Carolina tree removal and roof repair company ready to help.

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