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How to Know if Your Property Has Water Damage

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

There are many ways to see if your property has water damage. While looking around your home; check for the following:

Water Stains Around the House

Water stains are the first sign to look for. These are fairly easy to spot; they are yellow water rings that form on walls, ceilings, and floors. Check affected areas for water damage.

Swollen Drywall

In some instances, drywall will absorb some of the excess moisture, which will cause it to bubble and become swollen. Inspect these areas thoroughly for an accumulation of water inside the drywall.

Rotting Wooden Items

You should also look for any rotten wood in the house. Verify that your wooden furniture, fixtures, and more, are in good condition.

A Nasty, Humid Smell

The smell of excess humidity or mold presence in a place is unmistakable. Smell the property intently to notice  any strange odors.

The Sound of Leaks Around the House

If you hear water dripping around the house, there may be a leak. However, if that leak has been there for a long time, then you can bet that there is water damage on your property.

Paint in Bad Shape

The paint job also suffers when there's excess humidity or water damage. If it's bubbling, discolored, or it's peeling off, there may be some damage.

The Walls Feel Damp

Place your hand on the walls, and see if it is damp. If so, there is probably water damage.

Damage to the Roof

If water is accumulating on top of the house, you will be able to tell by looking at the roof. If you notice that there are any dents or that there are broken/missing shingles, it may be because of water damage.

Rusty Metals Around the House

You should also look at the metals in the home; if they're rusty, there's probably water damage.

Poorly Maintained Attic and Basement

Believe it or not, an attic and/or basement in poor condition can also be an indicator of some problems in a property, since these are the rooms that are typically affected first. Check these areas thoroughly. 

Loose Caulk Around Pipes

You should also look around for loose caulk in the bathroom, on pipes, etc. This can be the result of water seeping through those areas.

An Awful Exterior

Finally, inspect your property's exterior. If you find a lot of puddles, or if you can notice that the ground around the property slopes towards the home; these two big warning signs of water damage.

If you find any issues, reach out to SERVPRO of Orangeburg. We are here to help. (803)536-1285.

Hurricane Preparedness Week

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane Prep. Hurricane Prep.

Hurricane Prep Week is May 10-14 and we're sharing tips to help you get ready.

Day 1: Start by creating an emergency plan for your family that includes emergency meeting places in your home, neighborhood, and outside your neighborhood. Create a plan here-> https://bddy.me/3tCHLSW

Day 2 of Hurricane Prep Week is about having an emergency kit at work, in your car, and at home. This could include a backpack, water, non-perishable food, a blanket, etc. See the full list here-> https://bddy.me/3hgd5EL

Day 3 of Hurricane Prep Week is about reviewing your insurance. Look at your policies ahead of time to see what's covered and if flood insurance is available to you since it's the leading cause of damage from tropical systems. For more insurance tips visit https://bddy.me/33BvT9h

Day 4 of Hurricane Prep Week is about having an evacuation plan. Plan your route and have an alternate. Remember, you may not have to drive hundreds of miles to evacuate, only far enough away from the evacuation area.

Day 5 of Hurricane Prep Week is about getting your home ready. Trim your trees to prevent damage from snapped branches and board up your windows to protect them from flying debris. More ways to strengthen your home visit https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-strengthen-home

If your home is damaged, remember we are here to help. (803)536-1285.

Fire and smoke damage.

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damage can cause major damage to your personal property and structures. Reacting quickly can help you minimize the impact of the damage. You should consider hiring a professional to help you manage the damage in the correct manner. If left untreated, smoke and fire damage can be more devastating than the fire in many ways, including:

Cost increases

When smoke damage goes untreated for a long period, the odors become more persistent and more difficult to neutralize. This can make the treatment process more time consuming and ultimately more expensive.

Soot deposits

Neutralizing residual soot and deposits is an effective first step. If left, soot can easily travel into other rooms that weren't affected by the fire, staining the paint, carpet, furniture, drapes, clothing and any other household items.

Corrosive damage

Smoke and ash can mix with water to produce a very corrosive element. If not cleaned quickly, this corrosive substance begins to slowly eat away walls, floors, ceilings and other surfaces in your home. Just cleaning with soap and water isn't enough. This substance requires the appropriate chemicals to completely remove it and lessen the damages.

If you have smoke damage in your home or business; contact SERVPRO of Orangeburg today. (803)536-1285. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Smoke and fire damage clean up

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Extensive fire damage in a local home. Extensive fire damage in a local home

Here at SERVPRO of Orangeburg, we mitigate many disasters that could happen to your home. This includes fires. 

Fires present unique challenges because while trying to extinguish the fire, water damage is also caused. We are, however, prepared for this. With our wide array of cleaning solutions and machines we are capable of making it look "Like it never even happened."

An example of some of the chemicals we have on hand are Wall and All Plus and Wall rinse. These are used consecutively to ensure the best clean. 

Wall and All Plus is used to clean smoke damage on any painted and washable surface. This formula utilizes a surfactant boosting system that does not raise the PH, provides less foam, streaking, and residue for a superior clean. 

Then we follow with Wall Rinse, which is a neutralizing and deodorizing agent used to rinse walls after cleaning with alkaline based products like Wall and All Plus.

We hope you never need us for a fire, but if you do we are here to help 24/7/365. Just give us a call. (803)536-1285.

Emergency Ready Profiles

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

If your business were to experience a storm or any other disaster, do you know the first steps to take? Is your staff aware of who to contact or how to turn off power and water to minimize damage?

Here, at SERVPRO of Orangeburg, we offer businesses a plan of action, also known as an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP.) This profile is free of charge and contains extremely helpful information that we compile into one bright green folder to make locating it easy during an emergency. 

The ERP contains all emergency contacts phone numbers and email addresses, property details, building accesses, photos of main cut offs and typed instructions on where they are located, as well as any notes that you would like included. This will be very valuable information, available at your fingertips in the event that you need it. 

It is always best to be prepared, so contact SERVPRO of Orangeburg today to schedule an ERP meeting for your business. (803)536-1285.

When You Need A Quick Response, Call SERVPRO

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Timely mitigation is key to minimizing damage, business interruptions, and recovery costs. You and those who depend on you will appreciate the rapid response, expertise, and training that enables SERVPRO of Orangeburg to help get your facility back into operation quickly. 

In our business you need us fast! The sooner we arrive, the better chance we can reduce damage and save you money. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

To maintain our reputation as the #1 franchisor in the restoration industry, we follow emergency damage job response requirements of 1-4-8.

This means that within 1 hour of our notice of loss, a SERVPRO professional will contact you to arrange for service. You will know help is on the way! Within 4 hours of loss notification, we will be on site to start mitigation services. Within 8 hours of on site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicate to the appropriate person, normally the adjustor or property manager. The key to reducing damage and saving money is responding quickly to damage, which is why you should choose SERVPRO of Orangeburg for your mitigation needs. (803)536-1285.

DO's and DON'Ts During Active Water Damage

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Busted Pipe This is a busted pipe during an active water leak.

When experiencing an active water damage, there is many things running through your mind. SERVPRO of Orangeburg is aware of this and we are here to help. Below is a checklist of DO's and DON'Ts to assist you in what to do next, to lessen damage caused to your home or business.

DO:

  • Shut off the water source if possible.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting the affected area.
  • Place aluminum foil or wooden blocks under furniture legs.
  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature. 
  • Remove oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.

DO NOT:

  • Use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpeting.

These tips will help lessen the damage caused by he water, until help arrives. After following this quick checklist, contact SERVPRO of Orangeburg. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

(803)536-1285.

Sewer Backup

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Sewer Backup Aftermath of a sewer backup.

A local grocery store was having an issue with their sewer system, as it was backing up. So they contacted SERVPRO of Orangeburg. Upon initial contact with the manager, we realized that we would need to wait on a plumber to fix the problem before we could clean and sanitize the area; in the meantime we were able to extract the contaminated water and set up machines. 

We set up a hydroxyl titan and some air scrubbers to help manage the odor while we were waiting on the plumber to fix the initial problem. Once the backup was handled, we were able to go in and do a deep cleaning on all of the affected areas as well as deodorize them.

The manager and staff were so relieved that we were able to get the mess cleaned and smelling  "Like it never even happened," in such a short time frame.

Contact us today  for all of your commercial cleaning needs. (803)536-1285.

What You Need To Know About Lead Paint

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Our Lead Paint Pamphlet Our Lead Paint Pamphlet That This Information Was Gathered From.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires firms performing renovation and repair that disturb lead-based paint in pre 1978 homes, child care facilities, and schools be certified and trained by the EPA approved training providers to follow lead safe work practices.

It's the Law!*

According to EPA requirements, contractors must use lead safe work practices and follow these three simple procedures:

  • Contain the work area
  • Minimize dust
  • Clean up thoroughly

SERVPRO of Orangeburg is aware of the guidelines involving lead paint and will take the necessary precautions according to state laws. Our staff has been certified and trained to follow lead safe work practices while performing renovation projects in your area.

Does Your Property Contain Lead?

Older homes, child care facilities, schools, and other buildings are more likely to contain lead based paint.

Percentage of homes likely to contain lead:

  • Built between 1960-1978 = 24%
  • Built between 1940-1960 = 69%
  • Built before 1940 = 87%

What You Can Do to Protect Your Family From Lead Based Paint

  • If you rent, notify your land lord of any peeling or chipping paint.
  • Clean up paint chips immediately.
  • Regularly clean floors, window sills, and other surfaces. Use a mop, sponge, or cloth with warm water and a general all purpose cleaner.
  • Thoroughly rinse sponges and mops after cleaning dirty areas.
  •  Wash hands, bottles, pacifiers, and toys often.
  • Keep children from chewing on painted areas.
  • Clean or remove shoes before entering your home to avoid tracking in lead from soil.

*for more information on lead paint, visit the EPA's website @ www.epa/pubs/leadinfo.htm.

Fire Restoration

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

In the unfortunate event that you are impacted by a house fire; we here at SERVPRO of Orangeburg are dedicated to providing you with 24-hour emergency service, 365 days a year.

We offer:

  • PRETESTING -  We start the fire cleanup and restoration process by pretesting to determine which processes to utilize and we allow you to preview the results.
  • CONTENTS CLAIM INVENTORY SERVICE (CCIS) - We can generate comprehensive room-by-room inventories. Contents will be categorized as salvageable, non-salvageable, and questionable. This allows for easier contents settlement.
  • CLEANING AND RESTORATION - All restorable structure and contents will be professionally cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition in most cases. This includes: walls, ceilings, floors, rugs, furniture, electronics, art, clothing, knick- knacks and more. We even provide emergency cleaning of items you will need immediately.
  • MOVE OUTS - If relocation is necessary due to extensive damage, we are also trained to properly move out and control the inventory of contents throughout the cleaning and restoration process.

Remember SERVPRO of Orangeburg's Franchise Professionals are trained to make it "Like it never even happened." (803)536-1285.