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Congratulations Brendan Shupe of the Carolina Forest area recently completed his Eagle Scout for the achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

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

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

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:

  1. 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. 

  1. Dishwasher

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. 

  1. 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.

  1. 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. 

  1. 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

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

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!

Your Nose Knows - Pawleys Island 29585

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Osmophobia is the fear of bad smells. So if you’ve ever been in a room you couldn’t get out of with a horrible stench, chances are you’ve felt attacked by the odor in the air. While the smell is creeping in and taking over the room, your first inclination is to get out! But what if that room happens to be your home or office and you can’t exactly “run away” from the smell?

That’s when you decide to fight back. 

Not just by lighting a candle or plugging in a diffuser, some smells need to be kicked out, not masked!

This is why SERVPRO Horry & Georgetown County offers deodorization services on top of the many clean-up and restoration services we provide. Not only do we help you get to the bottom of the smell, or the top if it’s coming from the attic, we’ll also be there to help guide you and your nose back to the clean and fresh air that your nose knows it needs. We also offer air duct cleaning services to ensure you’re breathing better and fresher with every whiff you take! 

If you’re smelling something that shouldn’t be, give our office at SERVPRO of Horry & Georgetown a call, and we’d be happy to help! 

Beware of Secondary Water Damage - Myrtle Beach 29572

12/13/2020 (Permalink)

The funny thing about water damage is even if an area doesn’t look wet, there’s always a chance that the place where the water damage occurred hasn’t properly dried.

Once water damage happens, it’s important to call a professional water damage restoration technician, like those at SERVPRO of Horry & Georgetown County, to get to work right away to restore the damage. 

The more time spent between the damage occurring and getting a professional on-site to restore, the less likely it is that we’ll be able to prevent secondary water damage. 

This can include: 

  • Mold growth
  • Electrical damage, 
  • Corrosion of metal materials
  • Wood rot
  • Material damage of laminate or hardwood flooring 

A good rule of thumb to follow after any disaster is this: call a professional as soon as you are aware of the damage. The longer you wait, the more damage the disaster will cause, and the less likely it will be restorable. 

Our technicians are available 24/7/365 to assist with all emergency disasters. Call our office after your water damage to ensure it is properly dried and to prevent secondary damage. SERVPRO of Horry & Georgetown County is Here to Help. 843-236-6248

Tips to Prevent Dryer Fires in Your Horry County Home - 29526

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that dryer vent fires are the second leading cause of residential fires in the nation? If you’re not regularly servicing your dryer, you run the risk of falling victim to a dryer vent fire. Here are some things to keep in mind to ensure that your dryer keeps the heat inside:

  1. Use a professional installer 
  2. Regularly service your equipment
  3. Keep the surrounding area free of flammable materials 
  4. Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry
  5. Use only rigid or flexible metal venting material
  6. Ensure air exhaust vent pipe is unrestricted
  7. Do no overload
  8. Inspect Gas Lines
  9. Use the correct plug and outlet
  10. Never run the dryer when you leave home or are sleeping. 

While these steps are simple and pretty easy to carry out, they are also crucial in preventing a dryer fire. If you find yourself dealing with the heat outside of the dryer, call SERVPRO Horry & Georgetown County (843) 236-6278 for our fire and smoke damage restoration services. We’d be glad to help!

Lighten the Mood Not Your Myrtle Beach Home - 29572

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

No matter what kind of mood you’re in, candles have a special power of turning a regular Tuesday into a relaxing night of self-care and aromatherapy. 

It’s no secret that candles are a great way to get us relaxed and even invite some romance in the air. But, if you’re not careful, candles can set a completely different mood if not handled properly. 

Candles are one of the top leading causes of home fires. As with any open fires, they are not on a “set it and forget it” schedule. Despite their small flame, a fire of any size poses a threat. It can quickly set a curtain on fire, or a mishap can cause it to fall and spread the flame. As a general rule of thumb, fires, candles included, should be closely monitored at all times. Make sure to keep it away from any flammable materials such as fabric, and keep it away from children and pets. If you are leaving the room, make sure to snuff out the fire.

Fires are traumatic disasters, and many times, it can be totally preventable. While the technicians at SERVPRO of Horry & Georgetown County are trained in fire and smoke damage restoration, they’re not known for setting a romantic mood when called into your home. But they will make you fall in love with the way we can make your disaster look “Like it never even happened.” 

Fire, Soot, and Water Damage in Horry & Georgetown County

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

The most versatile fire extinguisher type for home use is the dry chemical fire extinguisher is recommended for normal fires and grease fires, and electrical fires. Unfortunately, dry chemical extinguishers come with a downside. When used, a dry chemical extinguisher coats the surrounding area in a layer of chemicals that, while great for smothering flames, makes a huge mess and can damage electronic equipment. With these instructions, you can minimize the mess and efficiently clean the chemicals from this fire extinguisher.

Fire extinguishers are generally looked upon as being a safety device, so not many people think about the potential dangers they hold. As with anything you bring into a home or workplace, it's important to understand the devices used fully. While fire extinguisher powder is non-toxic, it is not entirely safe. The chemicals used are considered appropriate for home use, but you should take precautions to avoid touching or inhaling too much powder. After a fire, the residue left by a fire extinguisher needs to be cleaned up. Many areas do not permit phosphates or sulfates to be added to the water table. Since most fire extinguishers contain ammonium phosphate and/or ammonium sulfate, you need to be careful about cleaning up. The chemicals can irritate the skin, so use gloves and avoid inhaling by using a dust mask.

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat, or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set a smoke odor.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (843) 236-6278

SERVPRO of Horry and Georgetown Available 24/7/366

11/27/2020 (Permalink)

Ever wish you had more time in the day? Well, this year, you have a whole extra day! While most people dream of days where they can relax and unwind, stress and worry-free, sometimes that isn’t quite what happens. 

For you, disasters may be a freak accident; for us at SERVPRO of Horry & Georgetown County, however, it’s just another day at the office. And because we know disasters don’t take days off (not even when the year gives them an extra day!), we don’t either. Leap years won’t change that. 

This is why your local SERVPRO of Horry & Georgetown County is open 24/7/366. No matter the hour you call, you and trust that you will be attended to and cared for in your emergency disaster situation. As we always say, we are Here to Help.