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How SERVPRO Restores Flood Damaged Homes in Fort Mill

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

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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.

Toilet Overflow And The Restoration Process

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

a toilet in a home that has overflowed Do you need emergency water damage cleanup from a toilet overflow? We here at SERVPRO can help with the restoration process.

Have a flood in your home from a toilet?

Nobody wants to have to deal with a water damage in their home or business, but this is especially true when that water damage is a result of a toilet backing up. When things in the bathroom go awry it can be overwhelming to figure out what your first step should be, but have no fear, SERVPRO is here to help. The following steps describe both what you should do in this situation, and what the restoration process looks like.

  • When a toilet starts to overflow in Fort Mill or Rock Hill, the best and first thing you can do to protect your home is to turn the water off.
  • Try to avoid the contaminated wet area as much as possible to prevent sewage from being tracked into any other rooms.
  • Call your insurance agent and SERVPRO to begin your restoration process as much as possible.
  • Highly trained SERVPRO professionals will tear out anything that may have been contaminated by the toilet water, including flooring, drywall, and ceilings.
  • Once all infected materials have been removed, our professional’s will disinfect the area. The disinfectant chosen depends on the job and the equipment needed to clean the space.
  • Finally, our crew will put in dehumidifiers and fans to remove any excess water that remains.

If you experience a water damage at your home, especially those that are created by a toilet or sewage backup call SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County anytime at 803-324-5780.

How To Keep Your Building Dry Even in a Storm

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

wood framing building under construction Does your commercial building in Lake Wylie need water damage cleanup service?

Commercial Building Water Restoration Service

A powerful storm is an awesome thing to behold: high-energy winds, lashing rains and spectacular lightning is often present. For a business, a destructive storm represents one of your greatest challenges. Rain damage in Lake Wylie,SC, from flooding or a failing roof can harm the structural integrity of a business, destroy electrical components and create unsafe working conditions. The presence of a water-tight exterior is an effective way to combat the impressive power of a storm.

Building an Impermeable Barrier

A building envelope refers to the roof, walls and windows of your building. The walls can be further divided into the above-ground and below-ground systems. This envelope performs at least four major roles in eliminating rain damage:

  • An effective defense against water in the form of rain, vapor, snow and ice
  • A mechanism to divert water away from the foundation of the building
  • A thermal envelope to regulate the movement of heat and cold
  • A structure upon which equipment can be supported

The removal and sloughing away of water is one of the primary purposes of an impermeable barrier. High moisture in a building will harm materials and allow for the proliferation of black mold. If mold is present, a team of water remediation professionals should be called to address the problem.

Managing the Barrier

Even after a strong envelope has been built, it will still require occasional maintenance. After all, water is a tricky adversary, able to penetrate the smallest weaknesses. Quality membranes and sealants will need to be applied now and then. Gutters and downspouts may need to be replaced every several years. Drains will need to be checked for clogging. The entire roof system will benefit from periodic inspections and preventive repairs. Landscaping can play an important role in directing water away from the foundation of your building.
Preventing rain damage to your property is an achievable goal. It requires some smart work and professional advice.

For emergency Lake Wylie water damage restoration service call us today at 803-324-5780.

Crawlspace Water Damage Cleanup And Restoration

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Flooded Crawlspace?

Many homeowners in the Fort Mill and Rock Hill area have water damage claims every year. Some of these claims are due to water lines that burst or break in the crawlspace area. The main problem with this is that most of the time they are not aware of the issue due to the location. Not many homeowners inspect a basement or crawlspace often . Because of that the damage can be a lot worse.

Wet Insulation

One of the materials that can be affected by a water leak is insulation. Most homeowners have insulation in the crawlspace area to help with heating and cooling throughout the year. When a leak happens the water can spray directly on the insulation or it can sit on top of the vapor barrier. After sitting on the vapor barrier it can start to evaporate in the right conditions and then affect the insulation or the subfloor of the home. 

One of the worst types of a water leak in a Lake Wylie or York County crawlspace is when it is the hot water line that bursts. When this happens hot steam will spread throughout the entire area and most likely affect all the insulation.

Damage Material Removal

When insulation become wet it looses it R-value meaning that it no longer can properly insulate at the rating it was suppose to. At that point we must remove all the damage material and dry the salvageable items.

Drying A Wet Crawlspace

At this point it is time to put in the drying equipment. Air movers and dehumidifiers are used to get all remaining materials back to normal moisture levels.

For emergency water damage cleanup in a crawlspace in Tega Cay, Clover, Rock Hill, Baxter Village or York County call us today for help.

The Benefits of a Commercial Generator

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

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Restoration Equipment For Commercial Fire And Water Damage

Reliable power is one of the essentials for a business. In addition to the other problems it can cause, a major storm can knock out your power. If you're not willing to wait until the utilities are back up again in Rock Hill,SC, then it makes sense to invest in a generator. This machine runs on gasoline or diesel power, or it can run off of a stored power source such as wind or solar. Depending on how large a unit you purchase, it can run a few lights, a few critical systems or even a large portion of your operations. It's not meant to run for a long time, but is designed to bridge the time between a power outage and the return of power.

How To Get the Most out of a Commercial Generator

The last thing you need during a power outage is to deal with generator problems. This can be avoided by following these recommendations:

  • Buy a unit that is suitable for your needs
  • Maintain the unit on a regular basis
  • Don't operate it under unsafe conditions such as a flood
  • Follow all operating instructions

The lifespan of a typical unit will vary, but most machines run about 3,000 hours. Since you won't be running it all of the time, this is long enough for many years of use. A high-end generator that is well-maintained may last longer.

How To Prepare for Storm Damage

A storm can hit at anytime, so being prepared is always important. Emergency contacts should be identified ahead of time, including a professional company to help you deal with storm damage cleanup in Rock Hill,SC. A disaster plan should identify steps to take in the case of a hurricane , tornado or other weather event. A powerful generator is a great tool for dealing with the challenges of a storm. It can also keep the lights on and discourage vandals or looters.

For commercial and office flood damage cleanup service in Rock Hill call us today for help. Our restoration team is ready to respond.

Where Mold Grows in Your Home And Crawlspace

10/27/2019 (Permalink)

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Where Mold Grows in Your York County Home

Mold is a fungus commonly found in the environment. It enters your home through open doors or windows. It can also get inside your house by attaching to your bags or clothing.
Mold can also grow on any organic material inside your Rock Hill,SC home. Some common locations for mold damage include:

  • Cardboard
  • Wood and paper products
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Carpet
  • Insulation
  • Drywall
  • Upholstery
  • Fabric
  • Crawlspaces

Since mold grows everywhere, you cannot eliminate the fungus from your home completely. However, excess mold can create nasty odors and destroy your belongings.

Preventing Mold Growth in Fort Mill South Carolina

There are steps you can take to limit the amount of mold in your residence. Specifically, you need to keep your home as dry as possible. Any wall or roof leaks should be fixed immediately. You should also remove any wet upholstery or carpets from the house.
In addition, you need to make sure your house has proper ventilation. Keep exhaust fans in your bathroom and kitchen.
Finally, you need to limit the humidity level in your home. In general, the indoor humidity should be at 50 percent or lower throughout the day. You can control the humidity with a dehumidifier or air conditioner.

Mold Cleanup

If you do find mold damage in your home, you likely have a moisture problem. This issue must be addressed first to prevent the excess mold from coming back. You can then attempt to remove the mold. You may be able to clean small mold patches by yourself using household products. Make sure to protect yourself with goggles and gloves.
Extensive black mold cleanup should be left to the professionals, however. Mold remediation specialists can remove the excess mold, eliminate odors, and clean your belongings.
While some mold or mildew growth in your home is normal, too much mold can harm your property. If you do see mold damage, you should remove it immediately or contact cleanup experts.

Call us today is you need mold removal from your crawlspace or home in the Fort Mil or Rock Hill area. We also do mold removal in the Lake Wylie and Clover area.

My Commercial Property Has Flooded- NOW WHAT?!

10/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Small Business and Commercial Property Cleanup

As scary and devastating as a flood can be, SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County wants you to be safe and let us handle the mess! From small leaks to a completely flooded office, we are ready for any size water damage restoration cleanup project.

If you have a water emergency- call us now! 803-324-5780.  We will be on the way to help you ASAP!  

We are on the way, but what should you do and not do?

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Emergency Service call: 803-324-5780

Don't let standing water in your office sit to long. Call or water extraction service now.

Fire Safety In Rock Hill - Kitchen

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Cleanup Service

Fire damage restoration is our specialty.  We are trusted experts in our field. We are here when you need us.  Before that time comes we like to provide you with information to keep you and your loved ones away from harm.  Some disasters can be prevented. SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County cares about the community we serve.

Grease fires - we’ve heard of them, maybe even experienced them, but what about them?

Well, first of all, they can happen to anyone.  The most common reason a grease fire occurs is leaving a pan on the stove unattended with oil in it.  The oil heats up, smokes and eventually catches fire. You don’t have to spill grease or have something else flammable nearby.  Oil in a pan unattended, heating up past the smoking point, will get to the point it sets itself on fire.

Guess what, it’s happened to me and this may be a shocker to you but it was SILENT!  No smoke alarm, nothing. Just flames shooting up out of my pan. I was fortunate because although I did also have something very flammable next to it (another no no) it didn’t ignite.  

Enough about me.  If this happens to you, you need to smother the fire and take the oxygen away.  A metal cover or cookie sheet are good options for smothering the fire (glass will shatter from heat).  You can also use salt or baking soda but only for a very small fire otherwise you will need large amounts to dump on and smother the fire.  Flour and other items that seem like salt or baking soda are NOT the same and should not be used. It is also wise to have a special extinguisher in the kitchen for this type of fire.  Be sure you know what you are using before spraying it, all extinguishers are not created equal. The best thing to do is pay attention and don’t leave the stove unattended and, of course, call the fire department if things are out of hand.

Ok, I’ve held out long enough.  I can’t talk grease without thinking of bacon.  If you are someone that likes bacon or cooks bacon for others that like bacon…I have a method for cooking bacon your bacon eaters will love!

At first I resisted this method because I thought it would soak up too much grease, yada, yada, yada.  I’m here to tell you this method of frying bacon beats ALL other methods. I’ve never seen this method anywhere else (except my mother-in-laws kitchen). There’s no splatter, the bacon cooks evenly and it doesn’t curl up needing to be pressed to the pan.  Perfect every time and easy. (I’ve never set this on fire.)

Here’s what you do.

  1. Open bacon package of your choosing just needs to be sliced first.
  2. Cover another plate with flour (amount depends on how much bacon you cook).
  3. I take scissors and cut the bacon in half so the strips are shorter (I like this a lot!!!).
  4. Dredge each piece in the flour (both sides of bacon should be covered with flour).
  5. Place bacon on frying pan (I prefer flat electric skillet, so grease can drain off).
  6. At about 325° the bacon will cook nice and even, flip after a few minutes when the bottom is browned.
  7. Remove from pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess grease.
  8. Store in fridge or enjoy immediately.  You can even freeze it for quick use in the future.  I just warm it up in the microwave when I need it.  

There you go!  Next time you cook something, remember to be attentive and not let the oil get too hot and if you use this recipe remember it was SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County that saved your bacon!

For emergency fire damage cleanup service in Rock Hill South Carolina call 803-324-5780.