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Preserving Structures After Flood Damages

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Preserving Structures After Flood Damage    

Residents are no strangers to flooding, but did you know that a whopping 90% of natural disasters in the United States involve floods? Just one inch of water is enough to cause as much as $20,000 in damages without fast-acting professional care. Floods can leave your home vulnerable to damage well after the water has been removed.

If your home requires professional cleanup due to flood damage to your residence, the IICRC-accredited crew at SERVPRO can be at your home within hours to assess the situation and remove water. Whether you have standing water in your basement or waterlogged walls and ceilings, this team can restore your structures and ensure they are safe to live in once more.

Landscaping Tips to Minimize Flooding

A basement flood can create considerable damage to flooring, ceilings, and walls, as well as damage to the foundation. However, with some smart landscaping choices, you can help mitigate damages by diverting water away from your property. 


Grade your yard. Making sure the dirt on your property slopes away from the home without affecting sidewalks and other properties is key to minimize flood damage.


Plant a rain garden. These gardens, planted in shallow depressions (swales), are great for collecting water from floods, storms, gutters, and downspouts. 

Add grass and native plants. Both can absorb water and facilitate storm drainage. Be careful not to cut the grass too short, or this can affect the roots' ability to absorb water.

Install driveway drainage areas. Channel drains and pavers along your driveway are excellent, cost-effective ways to divert water into the street during floods.

Use rain barrels. This eco-friendly solution is used at the bottom of downspouts to collect water. Better still, rain barrels are an eco-friendly way to water your lawn and gardens on dry days while minimizing pollutant runoff into local waterways.

SERVPRO is Here to Help

SERVPRO technicians specialize in a variety of techniques to preserve your home after a flood. After extracting water and disinfecting with EPA-registered antimicrobials, drying commences with carefully-placed centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers. Structural materials respond especially well to desiccant dehumidifiers, which pass moisture collected from air movers over a desiccant material like silica gel, replacing the humidity with air that is warm and dry. 

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County can leave your home looking, "Like it never even happened." When disaster strikes in your residence, you can call us at (803) 324-5780 for fast cleanup.

We Can Help With Your Water Damage!!

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Have you ever came home to standing water?
Perhaps you just enjoyed a long 3 day weekend out of town only to come home to find water gushing out of your front door?

Unfortunately, these things happen, and often times can come at the most inopportune times.

Fortunately, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County is here to help.  We like to assure people that even if you aren't prepared for a water event to happen SERVPRO always is!

We have the knowledge and experience to help in whatever your situation is, so, even if your kitchen is flooded don't be afraid, give us a call and we'll take care of it all!

Even if a water damage is a very stressful event for any person be assured that when we arrive you can sit back and relax, we have it covered.  Let us take care of the work and hardships so you don't have to.  We'll be happy to make it "Like it never even happened."  SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County (803) 324-5780.

SERVPRO Professionals are the Storm Damage Experts

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Quick Response and High Standards Will Leave you Satisfied after Remediation

When heavy rains and high winds hit hard, property destruction and loss can be devastating to you as a homeowner. Structural damage to the exterior of your home is followed by interior devastation from water and winds. Storm damage is rarely isolated to just a few buildings in an area adding the challenge of finding a restoration company that can respond swiftly to your needs to an already anxiety provoking situation. SERVPRO delivers the help you need swiftly even when a local disaster is widespread as we are able to call upon a network of over 1,650 franchises nationwide to respond if the need is great. 

Storm damage in South Carolina can feel overwhelming, but your fear and panic will disappear when our team of professionals responds to your water, wind and flooding repair and restoration needs. Your particular situation is of paramount importance to us, and you need not worry that your restoration will take a back seat even when many in your area are struggling to recover from the same issues you face. Choosing our company puts in motion a vast support system, but our local ownership means you will receive a personalized approach to your particular situation, efficiently.
 
Placing your trust in SERVPRO for your storm damage needs will reap you benefits that less qualified companies simply cannot deliver.  Our technicians are highly trained and qualified, current in Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IIICRC) for any procedure needed to bring your home back to the comfortable and comforting refuge you deserve. We also work closely with your insurance company, ensuring that all the work necessary is approved. Our high standards and relentless drive to do the job on time while meeting local specifications means you and your family will quickly return to the quiet enjoyment of your house and neighborhood. 
 
Once you make sure that your family is safe after a major storm, your first call should be to SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County @ (803) 324-5780 24/7 and begin the road to recovery by scheduling an inspection with our storm damage experts.

Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips!!!

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? Three times as many home cooking fires happen on Thanksgiving out of any other day of the year.

Fire safety in the kitchen should be on the top of your mind during Thanksgiving, especially if you are expecting lots of people and activity. Keep your home and loved ones safe this holiday by following these Thanksgiving tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are using stoves and ovens.
  • Roll up your sleeves or wear short sleeves while cooking.
  • Stay in the home when you are cooking, check the turkey frequently.
  • Set timers to keep track of cook times.
  • Be sure electric cords are not dangling off the counter.
  • Keep children away from hot food and liquids.
  • Keep the floor clean to avoid tripping while cooking.
  • Make sure all cooking appliances are turned off when are done cooking.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

By following these safety tips, you can enjoy Thanksgiving with your loved ones rather than dealing with fire damage.

If you have any questions about fire safety in your home, please call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at (803) 374-0486.

Preparing Your Home For Winter Storms

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

You can be prepared for winter by bundling up in warm clothes and boots. But is your home prepared to face the bitter cold and winter weather for the next few months?

Here are Some Tips to Prepare your Home for Winter Weather:

  • Insulate walls and attics
  • Install a door sweep
  • Weather-strip doors and windows
  • Clean out gutters
  • Disconnect and drain outside hoses
  • Ensure your furniture isn’t blocking your home’s heating vents
  • Repair roof leaks
  • Remove tree branches that could get weighed down with snow/ice and fall on your house
  • If you have a fireplace, close the damper
  • Set the temperature manually and leave it
  • Seal furnace ducts
  • Insulate hot water pipes and hot water heater
  • Avoid ice dams by ventilating your attic and insulating the attic floor

It is that time of year where South Carolina can get hit with winter storms and it is crucial to prepare your home for it. Keep our number handy, 803-324-5780. If you suffer storm damage to your home or property, we can be there to take immediate action. We can help minimize secondary damages caused by storms.

Frozen Pipes Can Cause Major Water Damage

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes can cause lots of damage in a short amount of time. Water expands when it freezes and quickly can create havoc in the most beautiful homes and buildings. This expansion process puts enormous pressure on the pipes. No matter how flexible the pipe material is, it can eventually break. And if it breaks we will have to call a plumber.

The pipes exposed to intense temperatures are the first to freeze. Such as pipes located in foundation walls, basements, attics & crawl spaces. First of all, give extra care to pipes located on exterior walls. Especially during times of extremely cold temperatures and high wind. Before a pipe break happens, we have to do something on our part to prevent it from happening.

Because most water damage and mold problems can be avoided. By removing all or at least most of the water from the pipes. So that it will not expand and cause damage when it freezes.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
  • Have all pipes in cold areas properly insulated.
  • Monitor interior temperatures to remain above freezing.
  • Open taps to allow for a slow and steady stream of water

Also, it is best to locate all of the water shut off valves. So you are prepared in an emergency situation.

In addition to interior prevention. It is optimal to prevent freezing of exterior water lines as well. You can install high pressure compressed air fittings or “end of the line” drain valves. For external piping and irrigation lines in areas suffering from freezing. The air compressor accessories will allow you to blow all the water out of the high-pressure airlines. So they are empty for the winter season. Keeping the water in the flow and maintaining the clearance of the drainage lines will help in avoiding the freezing.

If you do have pipes break and need help, call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County at (803) 324-5780 for help 24/7.

We Discuss Common Issues After A Fire In Fort Mill And Rock Hill

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

a burnt cabinet after a fire damage Looking for a fire damage cleanup company? We will help with any questions you may have throughout the cleanup process.

Common Issues After Commercial Fire Damage in Rock Hill And Fort Mill Properties

Whether it's an apartment complex or a brick and mortar business, there are several common issues after fire damage to a commercial property. One thing they all have in common is, they require professional cleanup and restoration.

SERVPRO technicians handle commercial fire damage in Fort Mill properties on both small and large scales. Several aspects commonly occur that technicians encounter.

Water Damage After a Fire
When firefighters use water to extinguish a fire, it leaves behind copious amounts of additional damage. SERVPRO technicians extract the water and move out items too damaged by fire and water for restoration.

Pack Out Stock and Property Contents
In cases where only a portion of the property received the effects of fire damage, containment is vital. Separating the fire loss area from other areas assists in limiting the spread of soot, which carries a foul odor as well as being unhealthy. The technicians may choose to remove stock or contents to another area of the property or perform a pack out to secure storage.

Air Quality During Fire Damage Mitigation
SERVPRO technicians ensure there is adequate ventilation during fire loss cleanup and also deploy air scrubbers to capture airborne particulate matter, particularly odor-causing soot. In some situations, the technicians use negative air chambers to limit the spread of soot.

Cleaning Smoke Residues
No matter if the fire happened in a multi-unit residential complex or a business, smoke damage is commonly an issue on surfaces in the vicinity of the fire. The technicians choose from a vast array of cleaners and solvents to release the grip of the residues on various surfaces. The technicians adjust the alkalinity as needed adding other agents to the cleaning solutions.

Removal of Smoke Odors
That slight smokey odor is not something property owners have to learn to live with and can be bad for business, especially in a high-traffic establishment such as a restaurant. It is actually an indicator that odor-causing soot remains on-site. SERVPRO skilled technicians have a diverse array of equipment to neutralize pungent odors of any size and remove all traces of the fire loss.

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

How SERVPRO Restores Flood Damaged Homes in Fort Mill

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

air movers and dehumidifiers on warehouse racks We have to tools and equipment to help with any size flood damage claim you may have.

Removing Flood Water from Your Home in Fort Mill Eliminates Multiple Risks to Your Family and Home  

Flooding happens without warning to many unsuspecting Americans every year. This kind of catastrophe can happen unexpectedly in Fort Mill, too. Isolated flooding can create just as much damage as city-wide flooding. At SERVPRO, we also understand the additional stress and inconvenience this causes your family. We are skilled at helping your family recover from disasters, including providing information about organizations near you that assist in such situations.  

SERVPRO helps families in Fort Mill by removing contaminated floodwater from their homes. We always do this as swiftly as possible. However, because basements sit below the house, we continually monitor the foundation walls for new cracks or if any worsening occurs in any of the existing ones. When cracks do appear, it means the pressure from saturated ground outside is too great. Waiting until the water drains away decreases the pressure and the risk associated with it.  

Our pump truck has attachments that allow us to use submersible pumps that steadily and quickly pull water out of your property. We can also use smaller extraction units that we manually use to remove water. Removing as much as possible by pumping it out reduces the amount of time we need to use air movers and box fans.  

Because flooding makes such a huge mess and leaves contamination behind everywhere, we disinfect every surface we come across. Many materials get destroyed during a flood, so we remove and double bag the debris. We also spray the outside of each bag with the disinfectant spray to avoid contamination elsewhere. Again, just like eliminating as much water helps later, so does removing ruined carpeting and other heavy, water-retaining materials.  

When your house's interior dries out, microbes have a much more difficult time surviving. However, just as an extra precaution, we spray things down with clean water, wipe them dry, apply disinfectant again, and then make sure the house has reached dry conditions before giving your family the go-ahead to move back home.  

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County cares about your family's health and comfort. Your Fort Mill or Lake Wylie home is a big part of their security. Call us at (803) 324-5780 to start making progress toward getting things back to normal. We're always here for you. 

Tips to Avoid a Flood in the Bathroom

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

stack of insulation for pipes Have a flooded bathroom from a toilet or sink overflow? Call us today to help with water cleanup.

3 Suggestions To Avoid A Flood In The Bathroom

A flood at a residence in Rock Hill,SC, can cause an incredible amount of destruction. Although a flood could occur anywhere in the home, the bathroom is one area that may be susceptible to overflows of water and flooding, especially from a leaking toilet. Fortunately, professionals who specialize in flood clean-up can help if this occurs. However, there are steps for homeowners and residents to take in order to mitigate the risk of a deluge in the lavatory. Here are three suggestions to help avoid a flood in the bathroom:

1. Keep an Eye on the Toilet

It is very important to be on the lookout for a leaking toilet. While this may not seem like a big deal, it could be a sign that a major issue is brewing. Not only does it signify that there is a problem with the functionality of the device, but it could also mean that water is seeping through the floor underneath the receptacle. If your toilet is leaking, schedule a toilet repair to take care of the problem. Be sure to examine the underlying cause of the leak in order to rule out any subsequent problems with the plumbing in the house. It’s important to note that water damage under a toilet could cause the restroom floor to rot.

2. Look For Leaky Faucets

In addition to keeping an eye out for a leaking toilet, it may be helpful to watch for leaky faucets or any issues with the shower and tub. Because these devices are typically utilized multiple times throughout the day, any problems should be addressed as soon as possible.

3. Insulate Pipes

Finally, residents who live in cold climates could experience freezing and bursting pipes. It is vital to ensure that the pipes in the bathroom, as well as in other areas of the home, are properly insulated to avoid a rupture.

Be sure to check all the plumbing fixtures in your bathroom regularly. Pay special attention if you have an old toilet or recently completed a toilet repair. These inspections may save a lot of hassles in the future.

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

Washing Machine Overflow Cleanup Company

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech writing estimate for water damage Floods from a washing machine need quick attention and restoration cleanup service.

Unwanted Water In Your Home?

Did your washing machine overflow? If so we can help with the cleanup process. Many homeowners in the Fort Mill and Rock Hill area have had a insurance claims due to a washing machine overflow that has cause damage to their home. Sometimes the issue is found quickly and the damage is minimal. Other times it goes undiscovered and multiple rooms are affected. For quick water damage restoration service at your home or business call our office today for help.

We are ready for your emergency restoration project.

Call us today at 803-324-5780.