What to do until help arrives: Vandalism Damage
Vandalism is a damage type that is often over looked by the normal property owner. This makes it even more difficult to deal with when your business is spray painted or damaged. Often times attempting to deal with vandalism yourself results in further damage to our building exterior. In order to avoid that additional damage SERVPRO has three things to do and not to do until your local franchise arrives.
- Hose or wash egg damage from building exterior as soon as possible.
- Vacuum glass particles from carpet and upholstery.
- Save containers which could reveal the ingredients of spilled inks, cosmetics and paints.
- Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains.
- Operate damaged lamps or appliances.
- Discard furniture wood chips, broken pieces from porcelain, furniture or art objects.
What to do until help arrives: Contaminated Water Damage
As unthinkable it might be, contaminated water such as sewage does happen often and requires a lot of caution. Unlike clean water, contaminated water brings much more risk and therefore should be avoided at all costs. Most homeowners instinctively will want to clean up any water that starts to congregate on their floors, this action will only worsen the damage and bring massive risk to yourself. If you do happen to have contaminated water in your home it is vital you follow these do's and don'ts.
AVOID all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage
Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.
Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.
What to do until help arrives: Clean water damage
Water damages to your home or businesses come unexpectedly and with haste. That is why it is always best to know what to do and what not to do when clean water damages your building.
- Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
- Remove as much excess water by mopping or blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
- Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
- Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
- Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
- Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
- Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
- Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on carpets to cause staining.
- Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
- Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
- Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
- Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter room where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
Fire, Smoke, Water, And Mold Damage Restoration in Horry & Georgetown Counties
One of the most profound losses that business people and homeowners experience is mainly caused by fire, water, mold, or smoke damages. Witnessing your home and precious belongings being consumed by water or fire can be traumatizing. After such a disastrous loss, the only reassurance you can have is obtained from having clear support and guidance in rescuing as much property as possible.
In the indoor environment, water is the only long-term most catastrophic material. Structures and other personal properties can deteriorate rapidly as a result of too much flooding or moisture.
We have successfully restored many water, fire, and smoke-damaged structures in Horry & Georgetown Counties.
We have a wide variety of residential and commercial services for our clients. We have a team of certified and fully trained professionals ready to respond to all emergencies at any given time.
Our company can tackle any disaster since we have all the necessary fire, smoke, and water mitigation equipment.
Some of the services that we provide are as follows,
• Fire damage restoration
• Restoration of water damage
• Restoration of storm destruction
• Mold damage restoration and others.
As a leading restoration firm, we can handle it all, from damage restoration to water removal to the cleanup of fire damage.
If not handled carefully and immediately, natural disasters can cause extensive destruction to your property. That's why you need a fully equipped company and experienced to restore your property to its initial condition. SERVPRO of Horry & Georgetown County is the company you need for quick mitigation of any form of natural disaster.
Our emergency support team is on standby 24/7, so you shouldn't hesitate to give us a call night or day.
Call us today at (843) 236-6278, and we respond immediately.
How Quickly Can Mold Grow in My Myrtle Beach Facility?
If you have water damage to your roof in Horry & Georgetown County, you are probably wondering if you will soon have black mold in your facility. The answer is probably yes if you don't take action right away to mitigate the damage. Here is some information about mold growth.
What Causes Mold To Grow?
Mold needs only a few ingredients to thrive:
- Food (organic material like wood)
- Suitable temperature
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, once moisture from a ceiling leak begins to accumulate, black mold and other mold types can start growing in 24 to 48 hours. Mold spores are present in most environments and travel by air currents and water. They can also hitch a ride on clothing and fur. They can survive in conditions that don't support mold growth. Once they find moisture, it doesn't take long for them to settle in and thrive, forming colonies known as mycelium.
How Can I Prevent Mold Growth?
Once you know you have a roof leak in your building, act right away to identify the source and stop water from entering. A professional mold remediation company can help you by inspecting the damage and finding hidden sources of water. If mold is detected, technicians will isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers or negative air chambers. They will use vacuums and other specialized equipment to prevent the spread of mold spores.
If surfaces have been contaminated by mold, technicians will use antimicrobial and antifungal treatments to remove colonies. Any porous materials that are too damaged, such as carpeting or drywall, can be removed and replaced. If your facility needs significant repairs, areas can be remodeled and reconstructed.
If you suspect your facility's roof in Horry & Georgetown County has been compromised, it's best to call for help right away to prevent potential black mold damage.
Fire Safety: Space Heater Edition
Horry & Georgetown looks for ways to make chilly areas warm and comfortable in the colder months of the year. While space heaters can be useful to keep small areas warm, it's essential to use them with caution. Using a space heater can be safe if you follow these simple recommendations.
- Have a three-foot "kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters.
- Supervise children when a fireplace, fire pit, or other space heater is being used. Use a sturdy, metal screen to prevent contact burns, which are even more common than flame burns.
- All heaters need space. Keep things that can burn, such as paper, bedding, or furniture, at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.
- Use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
- Never use your oven for heating.
- According to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions, install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, or central heating equipment.
- Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional.
Portable electric space heaters
- Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
- Use and purchase portable space heaters with an automatic shut-off, so they will shut off if they're tipped over.
- A place space heater on a stable, flat surface.
- Plug power cords directly into outlets and never into an extension cord.
- Inspect for cracked or damaged, broken plugs, or lose connections. Replace before using.
Fuel-burning space heaters
- Always use the proper fuel as specified by the manufacturer.
- When refueling, allow the appliance to cool and refuel outside or in a well-ventilated area.
- When using the heater, open a window to ensure proper ventilation.
- In portable kerosene or other liquid-fueled space heaters, always use the proper grade of the appropriate fuel.
- All new unvented gas-fired space heaters have an oxygen depletion sensor that detects a reduced level of oxygen in the area where the heater is operating and shuts off the heater before a hazardous carbon level monoxide accumulates. If you have an older heater without this feature, replace it.
- If your gas heater's pilot light goes out, allow 5 minutes or more for the gas to go away before trying again, do not allow gas to accumulate, and light the match before you turn on the gas to the pilot to avoid the risk of flashback.
- If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not attempt to light the appliance. Turn off all the controls and open doors and windows.
SERVPRO of Horry & Georgetown County is here to help you recover from any fire. Our trained technicians will remove the smoke and soot from your home. Call us at 843-236-6278 for any fire restoration needs!
Congratulations Brendan Shupe of the Carolina Forest area recently completed his Eagle Scout for the achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.
The Boy Scouts of America have a long and proud tradition. From cub scouts up to Eagle Scout, young men learn life skills like teamwork, project management, and accountability. With the help of his team, Brendan Shupe of the Carolina Forest area recently completed his Eagle Scout Project required to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.
Brendan chose to give back to a place that has meant so much to him and his family. The Carolina Forest Community Center/ Sports Ministry has been a home for Brendan both on and off the playing field. He recognized the dugouts and concession area needed some work and decided to refurbish his Eagle Scout project.
Boy Scouts teaches you that you cannot achieve everything on your own, and Brendan needed a lot of help to make this project work. Financially Brendan was required to raise money to pay for the project materials and other expenses. He expected costs to be over $1000.00 and reached out to local businesses for help.
David Wellons of Johnson & Wellons LLC was quick to help. Having been a part of the Carolina Forest Community Center and an Eagle Scout himself, he understood the value of what Brendan was doing and made a gracious monetary donation. Many thanks to David Wellons and his team.
Another local company saw the value in the project as well. Anderson Brothers Bank has been a pillar in the community for decades and was quick to find the time to listen to what Brendan wanted to accomplish. After presenting his project, Brendan was contacted and informed that multiple locations had made donations. A special thanks to Susan Grant, Holly West, and Tamra Cannon for helping Brendan achieve his goal.
The help didn't stop there. Lowes home improvements store was quick to offer assistance as well, donating materials needed for the project. A massive deal in bringing this project to fruition. Seaboard Signs donated the sign placed on the worksite. They have a history of helping their community many do not know about—what a great company.
The final piece to bring this project together was for Brendan to assemble a team of volunteers to plan the test. Many of Brendan's fellow Boy Scouts showed up on a cold Saturday morning to get to work. Many adults helped out as well. A big shout out to Adam, Anthony, Michelle, Tiger, Craig, and all the other parents that came out! A lifelong supporter of Boy Scouts Tim Davis and his son, also an Eagle Scout, Ben Davis, came out to assist. Finally, his Boy Scout leaders were there to show support.
With such a massive outpouring of assistance, Brendan expanded his project that morning and completed another project at the Community Center he recognized needed to be done. Work finished eight hours after it started. All of the benches in the dugouts had their seats and backs replaced and their metal framing sanded, primed, and painted. Many of the old material was donated to a local family building a treehouse while the remaining was removed and properly disposed of. And… they were able to replace the stairs and handrail on the side of the concessions stand, something not in the original project. Below are pictures of the project in motion.
Here's Why SERVPRO Can Handle Anything - Myrtle Beach 29572
When it comes to average-sized homes suffering water damage, local SERVPROs such as SERVPRO of Horry & Georgetown County are so familiar with handling the challenges that arise when dealing with the restoration process that we could probably do it with our eyes closed (don’t worry, we won’t).
However, what about the challenges that come when restoring a 150,000 square foot facility following a disastrous fire? Or a 600,000 sq. ft. commercial building damaged by strong winds and storm damage. Or even a community that’s been devastated and destroyed after a hurricane. You know to call SERVPRO for your “contained” disasters. But who do you call when the world around you is turned upside down?
The answer is simple: it’s still SERVPRO.
Yes, SERVPRO franchises are independently owned and operated, but when it comes to rebuilding cities and regions after extreme losses, we work together like a well-oiled machine.
When hurricane season hits southernmost parts of the United States, when wildfires rage in California, or when cold fronts overwhelm the north, or even when your state of the art fire suppression system accidentally goes off in your facility, there is nothing we can’t handle. Call SERVPRO of Horry & Georgetown County for all your disaster needs, whether large or small; we have an army at our disposal.
New Homeowners: Watch for These Common Causes of Water Damage -Georgetown County 29440
They say it's a buyer's market in the real estate industry, which means plenty of first time home buyers are making the jump from renting to property ownership. If this is you, congratulations! While homeownership's thought is exciting and filled with endless possibilities of design and dreams of the memories you'll create in your new space, there are also endless possibilities for all kinds of disasters to occur. Below are a few common causes of water damage that SERVPRO of Horry & Georgetown County is often called to. Make sure to look out for:
- Air Conditioners
Make sure your A/C unit is serviced regularly, at least once a year. As the A/C removes moisture from the air, it can build up in the unit and leak into the flooring and drywall, potentially ruining it and causing a mold problem.
If your dishwasher isn't properly sealed, this could be because the latch is broken or the wrong soap was loaded. Address any leaks immediately and repair or replace your unit if needed.
- Washing Machine
Check the underbelly of your washing machine to ensure it is not leaking beneath the unit. Performing regular checks and inspections will also go a long way in preventing more serious water damages from occurring.
- Leaking Pipes
Probably the most obvious cause of water damage on the list. A good way to keep an eye out for leaky pipes and faucets is keeping track of your water bill. If you noticed a spike in the bill recently, it could be cause for concern. Contact your plumber to inspect the pipes as there could be a quick fix as easy as tightening bolts.
- Clogged Drains
Clogged drains can cause more than water damage. These issues can lead to mold growth if not properly and timely addressed. Clogged drains can cause all kinds of nasty backup problems in the toilet, showers, and sinks. The best way to avoid this stinky disaster is by calling a plumber to check your drains if they are frequently clogged.
Don't let the excitement of homeownership keep you from the responsibilities that come with it. However, if you find yourself in muddy waters (that's probably not actually mud) or with any water damage on your hands, feel free to call SERVPRO of Horry & Georgetown County to make all your water damage issues "Like it never even happened."
Tip for Cooks - Georgetown County 29440
I’m sure you wouldn’t be surprised if we told you that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires in the United States.
If you ever cooked a meal, you can understand how easy it is to get distracted or carried away with other kitchen tasks. But even with the high probability of something catching on fire and spreading throughout the kitchen and the home, cooking is still something we do every day without hesitation. The truth is, we’ve gotten comfortable controlling the kitchen; fire, flames and all.
While it’s always nice to be a great cook, it’s often that comfort level that can lead to a laid-back approach in the kitchen.
The next time you decide to “chef it up” in the kitchen, make sure to use the same level of care and caution as you did when it was your first time whipping up a meal. There’s no such thing as too much attention when a fire of any size is involved. In the way you give your meal extra care and attention, our technicians at SERVPRO of Horry & Georgetown County do the same with their work in providing our fire and smoke damage restoration services.
If it gets too hot in the kitchen, you can be certain that our crews are familiar with the heat. If you find yourself cooking up more than a meal, give SERVPRO of Horry & Georgetown County a call. We’re Here to Help!