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Fire Safety: Candle Edition

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Candle safety Taking caution and being careful when using candles can help you avoid a fire.

There’s a special beauty and tranquility to candles, but a lighted candle is also an open flame, and a potential fire hazard if not carefully monitored. In fact, an estimated 8,200 home fires are started by candles each year according to the National Fire Protection Association.

A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that 85 percent of candle fires could be avoided if consumers followed three basic safety rules:

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Never use water to extinguish a candle
  • Never use a candle as a night light or while you may fall asleep.

How to Burn a Candle Safely

Before Lighting:

  • Before burning, always trim the wick to ¼ inch. You can use a wick trimmer, nail clippers, or scissors. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring.
  • Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
  • Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. It should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.

 Burn candles in a well-ventilated room:

  •  Avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on burn time and proper use. In general, it is recommended that candles do not burn for longer than four hours and cool for at least two hours before relighting.
  • When lighting a candle, use long matches or a long-reach lighter. Keep your hair and loose clothing away from the flame.

While Burning:

  • Never leave a candle unattended.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Do not place lighted candles where they can be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else.
  • Never touch or move a candle while it is burning or while the wax is liquefied.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 1/2 inch remains in the container or 2 inches if using a pillar candle.
  • Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another. This is to make sure they don’t melt one another, or create their own drafts that will cause the candles to burn improperly.
  • Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, and check for unwanted drafts before re-lighting.
  • Never use a candle as a night light or while you may fall asleep.
  • Be very careful if using candles during a power outage. Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are safer sources of light during a power failure. Never use a candle during a power outage to look for things in a closet, or when fueling equipment – such as a lantern or kerosene heater.

When Extinguishing a Candle: 

  • Use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle. It’s the safest way to prevent hot wax from splattering.
  • Never use water to extinguish a candle. Water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might break a glass container.
  • Make sure the candle is completely out and the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving the room.
  • Don’t touch or move the candle until it has completely cooled.
  • Never use a knife or sharp object to remove wax drippings from a glass holder. It might scratch, weaken, or cause the glass to break upon subsequent use.

Despite taking caution and being careful, mistakes can happen. If you do experience fire damage, give SERVPRO of Rock Hill and York County a call at (803) 324-5780.

Commercial Smoke Damage Consequences & Clean Up

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Consequences of Smoke Damage Consequences of Smoke Damage

Smoke damage can be one of the most lasting consequences of a fire that has occurred in or near a commercial building in York County, SC. Specialized smoke cleanup solutions and equipment are essential for getting rid of this odor, as is awareness of the many ways in which smoke odor molecules can stick around for weeks or months after a fire.

1. A Coating of Smoke Residue on Surfaces
Smoke residue can build up on fixtures, furniture, walls and floors in a commercial location. This sticky coating may be present throughout a structure that has experienced a fire, even in areas that were not directly exposed to open flames. While vacuuming may be able to eliminate soot damage, this resinous coating calls for the use of specialized solvents.

2. Smoke Odor Lingering In an HVAC System
Aside from the air and visible surfaces inside a building, smoke damage can also spread through the HVAC system. Whether or not this system is in use when a fire breaks out, particles of smoke and soot can find their way into vents and ductwork and spread as soon as the system is turned on unless ductwork has been cleaned.

3. Untreated Contents Posing Recontamination Risks
Any smoke-damaged contents that stay in a structure may prove a source of the persistent smoke odor. For this reason, contents are typically removed from the location of a fire, cleaned off-site using treatments that neutralize smoke odors and stored until the fire restoration is finished.
Smoke cleanup should take place after fire cleanup for a fire that has happened on-site at a commercial structure in Warner Robins, GA. It is necessary to eliminate charred materials and soot from a building before treating smoke damage on surfaces or in the air. If smoke odor continues to pose a problem after fire restoration, most commercial property insurance policies also cover smoke cleaning.

Here are Four Fire-Safe Candle Alternatives

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Here are Four Fire-Safe Candle Alternatives Here are Four Fire-Safe Candle Alternatives

Candles are used to create decorative lighting, effects or release fragrances. Whether you are looking for safer mood lighting or a way to diffuse a scent without any risk of a candle fire, here are four fire-safe candle alternatives.


1. Battery-Powered Candles

A flameless electric alternative to candles can be placed anywhere for decorative or lighting purposes. Electric candles come in a wide variety of colors, heights, thicknesses and designs. Some battery-powered models are also designed to release fragrances.

2. Strings of Lights

Another way to get a candle-lit look is to string up Christmas or fairy lights. Strings of lights are designed with fire safety in mind. Choose from strands of single-color or multicolor bulbs. It is also possible to set up lights to blink or flicker if desired. Ultra-efficient LED bulbs make replacements affordable and keep energy costs low.

3. Candle Warmers

A candle warmer may be the best option among these candle alternatives for fans of scented candles. A warmer makes it possible to enjoy these fragrances with a much lower fire risk. A warmer may be a base on which a candle sits or resemble a lamp.

4. Diffusers

Reed diffusers do not resemble candles. For a different look, reeds in oil can be an attractive, creative and flameless way to release a scent. Diffusers have an even lower risk of fire than an electric candle warmer.

Most candle fires occur around the holidays. Battery-powered candle alternatives and strings of lights are safer options for illuminated decorations. Warmers and diffusers are useful for spreading a fragrance throughout a home with a lower risk of fire. If a fire starts due to a candle or any other cause, you should attempt to extinguish the flames or contact the fire department. Fire damage restoration experts can restore or replace damaged building materials at a residence in York County.

Recovering With Safety in Mind After a Flood | SERVPRO® of Rock Hill & County

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Recovering With Safety in Mind After a Flood Recovering With Safety in Mind After a Flood

There are many things that can cause a flood to occur, and even areas that are landlocked are not fully immune from their impact. Many people falsely assume that a flood could never happen to them, but we recommend that residents have a plan in place no matter where they live. This will help you know exactly what to do and how to do it safely to expedite your flood recovery process and begin your return to normal.

Tips for a Safe Flood Recovery

Avoid further safety hazards. For those who have had to evacuate their areas due to a flood, the desire to return home as quickly as possible is strong. However, wait for your local officials to state that it is safe, as floodwaters can hide many hazards that can be dangerous or fatal.

Air out the home. Floodwaters are not the only thing that can cause damage during a flood, as mold can begin to grow quite quickly after the moisture sets in. Because mold thrives on stagnant air, increasing air flow can lessen the likelihood that it will be able to take hold and begin causing damage, so open doors and windows if it is safe to do so. This has the added benefit of keeping the air healthy for anyone in the home working on the cleanup process.

Document the damages. You will likely want to begin improving your home and salvaging your belongings right away, but before you do so, take some time to document everything that has been damaged. Make a list of items and take ample pictures, which will serve both your records and the insurance company’s if you are able to file a claim.

Contact your restoration and insurance companies right away. If you have coverage through a flood insurance provider, you should alert them of your damages right away. From there, you can call us 247 so we can work with your insurance company to get your restoration done as quickly as we can.

If your home has been damaged in a flood, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to receive a quick response and set the restoration process in motion.

Advanced Equipment to Restore Commercial Losses

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Advanced Equipment for Restoration Advanced Equipment to Restore Commercial Losses

When it comes to commercial restoration, York County property managers want to leave nothing to chance. That's why they rely on professionals like SERVPRO of Rock Hill and York County.

What sets us apart from other restoration companies is our skilled technicians and the advanced equipment we use to take care of any-scale disaster. The use of professional equipment allows us to restore your commercial property or retail business back to its preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

Here are some of the unique tools we have to restore your property:

  • An infrared camera may be used to identify hidden water locations for the thorough removal of moisture that is hidden from the naked eye.
  • Sensitive moisture meters/detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation.
  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water from events like floods. 
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.
  • High-speed air movers cause moisture to evaporate at a faster pace.
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.
  • Trailer mounted generators and desiccants (Large Commercial Air Dryer) provide power and large scale drying capabilities.
  • Air Scrubbers that are able to filter the air of contaminants and fumes.
  • The use of Thermal Foggers and environmentally-safe Deodorization Agents to leave a pleasant scent upon use.

You can count on SERVPRO of Rock Hill and York County to take care of any size loss you may have, so you can put your commercial business back in order and get you back to doing what you do best--serving your customers!

Give us a call at (803) 324-5780

SERVPRO: Your Experts in Commercial Water Damage

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Commercial Space Preserve as much of your property as possible and decrease any health risks when water damage has occurred in a commercial space.

If you have recently become a victim of commercial water damage, you may be wondering what you can do to mitigate your damages. There is a critical period in which certain actions must be taken to preserve as much of your property as possible and to decrease any health risks when water damage has occurred in a commercial space.

Protecting Yourself During Water Damage 

Before you enter your commercial space, or any flooded building, you will need to make sure the electrical power to the structure is shut off.

You should also be aware that during a flooding event, small animals or reptiles tend to seek shelter inside of buildings. Be prepared to deal with the discovery of wild animals in your space.

Protect yourself from entering any flooded building by wearing an organic vapor respirator. You can purchase these at any local paint and building supply stores. You also want to have rubber gloves, protective clothing, and eye protection.

Preparing Your Space for Water Restoration

The first thing you should do is ventilate the affected areas by opening the windows and placing fans where possible.

Unfortunately, there likely will be items that you need to throw away. Any items that are porous and have absorbed contaminated floodwater cannot be restored. If your commercial space has drywall, mattresses, pillows, box springs, particle board, carpets or carpet pads, these will need to be discarded if they have become saturated.

However, there is good news: If you have clothing or household fabrics that can be machine-washed, you may be able to salvage them. Use your washing machine to clean these items with a 10-minute soak at minimum in hot water with detergent. The soap and normal wash should remove most of the contamination and any staining that is present.

Be aware that your commercial space will need a thorough professional inspection, cleaning and possibly restructuring. Water damaged walls and installation must be removed and repaired, and pockets of saturation should be exposed for drying and sanitizing.

Always remember that mold growth could take a few days to appear as it thrives in a moist environment with organic-type materials such as paper or particle board and in temperatures that range between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

Keep good airflow throughout the interior environment, and maintain moderate temperatures to decrease the risk of any mold growth. It is also important that you let your space dry out before any rebuilding occurs.

Let the Professionals at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County Help

If your commercial property has been affected by water damage we can help. Our office is located in the Rock Hill area and we can respond quickly to any size emergency water damage claim you may have. We have the tools to get your building cleaned up when affected by floods, burst pipes, toilet overflows or any disaster you may have. Call us today at (803) 324-5780 for restoration service.

4 Most Common Causes Of House Fires

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

4 most common causes of house fires We’ve compiled a list of 4 of the most common causes of house fires so you know what precautions to take to avoid your home catching ablaze.

Knowledge comes before prevention, which is why it's important to educate yourself regarding potential disasters that could occur. While it’s never fun imagining all the “what-ifs,” it’s an integral step to strategizing and planning how you can take the necessary steps to avoid the “what-ifs” to the best of your abilities. Knowing the most common causes of house fires are is a proactive first step.

We’ve compiled a list of 4 of the most common causes of house fires so you know what precautions to take to avoid your home catching ablaze.

1) Cooking

You probably already guessed—cooking is the most common cause of house fires across the country. We frequent our kitchens often to cook meals (or even just to microwave them), and many of the kitchen appliances we frequently use include electrical components as well as open flames if you have a gas stove. Your microwave, stove, oven, and even your fridge and dishwasher are susceptible to causing house fires while you cook if you don’t properly clean up grease and other flammable materials that you may use while cooking. Overheating food in the microwave leading to combustion fires is also very real! Be careful while cooking, and don’t forget to clean up as you go or, at the very least, after you’re done cooking.

2) Heaters

Heaters are another common culprit of house fires. They are often placed too close to clothes, furniture, bedding, fabric, and other flammable materials, which can burst into flames if they become too hot. Having clothing hung over them to dry or placing them too close to curtains are also common ways that heaters cause house fires. Always use space heaters with caution. Make sure they’re placed on even ground and are at least two feet away from anything flammable. Heaters should also be regularly cleaned. 

3) Cigarettes

Smoking cigarettes can lead to deadly house fires. Be careful about where and when you smoke cigarettes to avoid house fires at all costs. Cigarettes and other materials that are smoked should always be properly extinguished and disposed of, and flicking them into shrubs, onto your porch or balcony, or elsewhere is a potential recipe for disaster. Be vigilant and stay safe while smoking near your home, if you do it at all.

4) Washing Machines and Dryers

Laundry appliances, in particular clothes dryers, are another very common cause of house fires. The build-up of lint, dust, dirt, as well as the clothes circulating within clothes dryers, can catch aflame within the machine or due to lint in the external dryer vent. Washing machines and clothes dryers can alight because of electrical faults, and this is also true of any large kitchen appliances or other appliances like furnaces, fireplaces, and wood stoves that you may have in your home.

No matter what may cause damage to your home, whether it be fire, water, a storm, or mold, our team at SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County can help you at a moment’s notice.  Contact us at (803) 324-5780 to reach highly trained technicians and have one sent on their way to you! 

Bathrooms are a Typical Source of Water Damage in Homes

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Bathrooms are a common source of water damage Bathrooms are a common source of water damage which can be created by overflowing toilets, overflowing sinks, under sink pipe bursts, overflowing bath

Many instances of the flooding and other water damage experienced in homes start in the bathroom. Bathrooms are a common source of water damage which can be created by overflowing toilets, overflowing sinks, under sink pipe bursts, overflowing bathtubs or water pipe leaks underneath the flooring. SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County has water restoration specialists to help recover from the water damage caused by any issue in your bathroom.

Finding the Source of Water Damage

While an overflowing toilet or bathtub is never easy, homeowners are usually immediately aware when the damage happens, unless they aren’t home at the time of the flood! Unfortunately, there are leaks that can happen behind the walls of bathrooms that can go on for days, weeks or even months without being suspected until the damage is significant, including the presence of mold. That’s why water damage in bathrooms can cause considerable damage. Even the more obvious issues can go undetected if the homeowner is out of town for any significant amount of time. Other times, an exceptionally high water bill is the only thing that alerts a homeowner something is amiss. Regardless, water damage needs immediate attention to help restore the bathroom quickly.

What to Do After Your Bathroom Floods

While you’re waiting for SERVPRO to arrive, here are a few water damage tips:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Remove wet area rugs.
  • 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 area.

What Happens When Water Damage Specialists Arrive

When the SERVPRO Water Damage Team arrives, they get to work to immediately assess the damage. They’ll inspect the damage and make an assessment in order to rectify the situation. Next, they’ll use their expertise with advanced equipment to extract the water using pumps and vacuum units to rapidly remove water from your bathroom and surrounding impacted areas, which helps prevent further water damage and mold growth.

Then comes drying and dehumidification to help prevent odors and mold from growing.

Next, they’ll clean all the restorable items and structures damaged by the water as well as sanitizing treatments to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Finally, there’s restoration - restoring your home to its pre-damage condition. Restoration might include minor repairs like replacing drywall, tile floor repair, painting, or installing new baseboards in your bathroom. More significant repairs may include tarping, boarding up, packing, and moving, or other repairs. 

SERVPRO of Rock Hill & York County can simplify the restoration process by handling the initial water damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas that will bring a building back to full functionality.

Bathrooms are a common area when it comes to water damage and flooding but choosing the best water damage restoration company can make the recovery process easier. Contact us at (803) 324-5780 to get your water damage handled quickly and professionally.

Faster to Your York County Water Damage Event

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we! 

SERVPRO of Rock Hill and York County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

What To Expect When Our Water Damage Specialists Arrive

When the SERVPRO water damage team arrives, they get to work to immediately assess the damage. They’ll inspect the damage and make an assessment in order to rectify the situation.

Next, they’ll use their expertise with advanced equipment to extract the water using pumps and vacuum units to rapidly remove water, which helps prevent further water damage and mold growth. Then comes drying and dehumidification to help prevent odors and mold from growing.

Next, they’ll clean all the restorable items and structures damaged by the water as well as sanitizing treatments to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Finally, there’s restoring your home or business to its pre-damage condition which might include minor repairs like replacing drywall, tile floor repair, painting, or installing new baseboards in your bathroom. More significant repairs may include tarping, boarding up, packing, and moving, or other repairs. SERVPRO of Rock Hill and York Country can simplify the restoration process by handling the initial water damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas that will bring a building back to full functionality.

Contact us at (803) 324-5780 to get your water damage handled quickly and professionally.

Commercial Water and Fire Damage Restoration

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

Learn more about our commercial services: