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Let SERVPRO Help You Expand Your Business

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

Older, white commercial building with many windows Upgrade or Addition, SERVPRO Can Help!

Commercial building construction, 5 tips to know before you go

1. Check your options

The scale of any construction project demands a major commitment from a company. Remember that the time and energy invested in commercial building construction could also be put into the business itself.

2. Make the correct projections

A bank advisor can help you determine the cost of your project, how much money you'll need from start to finish and the right financing options for your build.

3. Make sure your building permits are in order

Be sure that you've satisfied all local rules with the right permit. Do this as early as possible, since building without a permit is not an option. Check with your city to see exactly what you're allowed to do with and without a permit.

4. Get a good architect

Good ones cost money and because of this some companies will sometimes skip the step of hiring a good architect. While you might think you're saving money up front, you will lose in the end because of problems not originally planned on .

5. Be realistic

Companies often lose business during construction projects because management is less focused on performance and too worried about the new building.

Bottom line is we can help. Call us today 843-236-6278

Water Damage in Pawleys Island? Hire the best!

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

Partially wet carpet inside a room SERVPRO of Horry & Georgetown County. There when you need us most!

You may have read before in our blog post titled "Water Damage In My House" some great tips about water damage cleanup.

SERVPRO knows you do not always have the resources to do the water damage cleanups and restorations yourself and we want to let you know that in Georgetown County, we have been cleaning up and drying out water damages for decades and that includes Pawley's Island!

SERVPRO has helped many families and businesses in Pawley's Island when water damage or flooding had struck their properties.

We have repaired and restored buildings and homes of all sizes in Pawley's Island and want you to know that your water damage will be in professional hands once you call SERVPRO to dry you out!

If you have suffered water damage in Georgetown County in particular Pawley's Island, call SERVPRO now we can help! 843-236-6278

Every second counts when you have a fire!!

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

Picture of flames from a fire Every second matters!

During a fire, people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out.

In a matter of minutes, a small fire can produce a major flame problem, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place.

A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families and businesses have developed and practiced a fire escape plan.

Once a family or employee plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home or office understands the plan. The best way to do this is to develop some muscle memory by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. This will increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building an escape plan, and then practicing it.

The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan. (*Tips and statistics provided by the American Red Cross)

  • Draw a map of each level of your home or business and show all the doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
  • Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.
  • Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting area on your escape plan.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Plan for everyone in your home or office, with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.
  • Practice your fire escape plan during the day and at nighttime.

If you do suffer fire damage to your unit call SERVPRO when the coast is clear, we can help! 

843-236-6278 

Pollen Season is Here!

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

Horry and Georgetown counties are green just in time for St Patricks Day!

You might have noticed outside that the cars in town have begun to take on their slightly green tone already this year. Although the weather can take a turn to cold at any given moment it seems that Spring is almost here.

Pollen can wreak havoc on allergy sufferers, checking the pollen levels in your area is a helpful tool for those suffering from allergies and hay fever you can do so by clicking here.

One thing that can definitely help you inside your home is having a qualified professional like SERVPRO clean your HVAC unit and ducts.

Clean ducts mean a cleaner home with less worry about dust and pollen as well as energy cost savings due to the unit running more efficiently.

To have SERVPRO come clean your ducts give us a call today!

Will your business survive a disaster?

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

a wide view of the interior of a warehouse What will you do if disaster strikes. Be ready!

Where is the emergency shut off valve? Where are the fuse boxes and control panels? What do we do first?

These are just some of the questions that you could be left asking and NOT knowing the answers to if there is an emergency at your commercial building, office space, warehouse or factory.

SERVPRO has a program called ERP. That stands for Emergency Ready Profile and here are just some of the benefits to setting one up for your commercial space:

It is FREE. This means there is no need to stress about cost, giving you a great value at no financial requirement.

All of your emergency information in one easy to read document. It will only take a small fraction of time to complete and will not require you to leave your current projects.

A follow-up guide to get you back on track after a disaster. This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.

Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.

To learn more about having SERVPRO setup the ERP for your commercial business call us now, 843-236-6278!

When should I buy Flood Insurance in Horry County?

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

Picture from the sky showing two houses and a lake in the distance. Be Prepared. Flood Insurance!

The simple answer to the question: When should I buy flood insurance is ... NOW!

That answer of now is of course totally dependant on if you live in a flood zone or not. If you do, you absolutely should already have a flood insurance policy in place. If you do not live in a flood zone but live in low lying areas or in close proximity to rivers or lakes that could flood, well then you too should look into a flood insurance policy.

The thing about a flood insurance policy and why it is so important to have one in place is because they normally take about 30 days to activate so if you are trying to buy one when a hurricane is announced to be heading your way chances are that policy will not be in effect in time to help you should that hurricane cause you flood damage because most hurricanes only give you a week or two notice.

So in short talk to an insurance agent ASAP if you even think you might need flood insurance.

If you have sustained flood damage, call SERVPRO we can help!

Keeping Mold At Bay Is Our Business!

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

Railroad tracks running forward with rocks underneath Stopping Mold In Its Tracks!

Mold naturally occurs in our environment.

Fungi produce some very useful results. Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be very harmful.

Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.

The intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control.

When water intrusions are not fixed right away, the resulting damage can present an increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.

Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall, and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.

Stop mold in its tracks by calling SERVPRO today! 843-236-6278

Experienced a fire damage? Here's why hiring a highly trained professional makes all the difference in the world

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our 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 Georgetown & Horry 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.  We 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 Us Today – 843.236.6278

Electrical Fires

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

Most electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets and or old, outdated appliances. The following are the most common reasons why electrical fires happen:

  1. Old electrical sockets and unsafe appliances

Appliances that are old and overused and those that fall short of modern safety standards are the worst culprits. Frayed electrical cords, self-jointed wires, and worn out sockets that are not properly grounded are major causes of fires. They become ready outlets for directing heat and fire to carpets, rugs, curtains and combustible plastic. Older appliances draw more power than the wall sockets can handle.

  1. Using light fixtures that exceed the permissible wattage

A very common cause of fires is plugging lights, lighting appliances and bulbs into electrical sockets that cannot handle higher wattage levels. Antique lighting appliances may have defective wiring that makes the appliance unstable by overheating. Decorating lights with colored paper and cloth shades can increase the risk of fire when the material or fabric heats up.

  1. Using multiple appliances plugged into an extension cord

Unrestricted use of extension cords is a major fire hazard. The risk of fire increases when your TV, home theatre, computer and other appliances are all plugged into a single extension cord. This creates excessive power load on a single socket which may not be designed to handle that load.  So, there is a social and economic cost to damaged wiring!

  1. Locating portable heaters near combustible materials

Portable space heaters that use coils are potentially dangerous when they are positioned carelessly near curtains and rugs and adjacent to beds and cloth covered furniture. The chances of inflammable material coming into contact with the red-hot coils increase the risk of fire.

  1. Wiring that becomes defective with the passage of time

Over a period of time you add more electrical appliances such as wide screen televisions, home theatre, microwave oven, refrigerator and air conditioners. The outdated home wiring cannot handle the increased power load. Older wiring tends to heat up quickly and catches fire. If the breaker boxes are themselves defective, they cannot prevent overheated electrical panels from catching fire.

If you become the unfortunate victim of an electrical fire call in the pro's here at..

SERVPRO of Georgetown & Horry County 843.236.6278

Water Damage: Timeline of destruction

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

Untreated Water Damage

What's a little water going to hurt anything, you say? Structures continue to deteriorate when water damage is left untreated. Left to sit, water damage goes through a general timeline:

Within Minutes

  • Carpets, padding beneath flooring, subflooring becomes saturated.
  • Furniture on wet carpets starts to leach and stain.
  • Wood/wood products start absorbing water.
  • Personal belongings may be completely destroyed.

Within Hours

  • Humidity starts to make the house stink.
  • Particleboard cabinetry and furniture distorts and the integrity of the material weakens, crumbling over time.
  • Dyes from non-colorfast fabrics bleed (clothing stored together, upholstery, etc.).
  • In 48 hours or less, clean or grey water can deteriorate to black water, and areas that experience water intrusion clean water can rapidly become toxic.

Within Days

  • Mold becomes visible and causes musty odors
  • Allergen sensitivities can be caused by microbial organisms.
  • Wood may severely warp and cup, making most wooden floors unsalvageable.
  • Painted walls blister and wallpaper begins to peel away.
  • Structural wood within home, such as framing, begins to swell and split.

Within Weeks

  • Home is hazardous to human health and must be evacuated.
  • Mold infests organic materials, rendering it unsalvageable.
  • Drywall crumbles while the home’s structural integrity declines.
  • Damage to the foundation becomes apparent.
  • Home may be salvageable but may need to be gutted down to the studs.

Within Months

  • Damage to the foundation may be significant.
  • The cost of repairs is likely more than the value of the home.
  • Damage that could have been prevented over time (i.e., neglect) disqualifies the owner from insurance claims.
  • The home may be unsalvageable

Don't go at it alone. Just because it "looks dry" doesn't mean it is dry.

Call the pro's at SERVPRO of Georgetown & Horry County today 843.236.6278