Recent Water Damage Posts

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

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

Had a Water Damage... What now?

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

When homeowners find themselves faced with water from a flood or bursting pipes, they often want to know how long the restoration efforts will take. The answer depends on the extent of the damage, the type of water to invade the home and materials used throughout the affected area. Our SERVPRO water restoration team may tell homeowners to expect the process to take anywhere from two to three days, but to not be surprised if it takes as many as seven. Some factors that affect the time it takes to dry out a home include:

  • The type of water to flood the home
  • The size of the area affected
  • The building materials affected

Type of Water

Clean water is easier to clean up than black water, as the former doesn’t require special Hazmat materials or equipment. If your problems stem from bursting pipes, the solution may be as simple as fixing the pipes and drying out the area. If you do so within 24 to 48 hours, you can prevent mold and bacteria growth as well.

Size of Affected Area

The type of water isn’t the only factor to affect restoration times. The size of area plays a huge part as well. If the size of the affected area is relatively small, less than ten square feet, restoration efforts can take as little as two days, and you may even be able to perform them yourself. However, if your entire ground floor is flooded, it could take several days of professional efforts.

Materials Impacted

If it is just your carpet that is affected, restoration efforts shouldn’t require much of your time at all. However, if your drywall, insulation and/or framing are impacted, you may need to do more than fix a broken pipe. Restoration efforts in the latter instance could take as long as 10 days or more.

Every situation is different, and the water damage caused by bursting pipes could be far more severe than damage from, say, a leaking pipe. Talk to your local SERVPRO of Horry & Georgetown water damage restoration team to learn more about what to expect

The SERVPRO Customer Experience (Water Damage)

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

Many of our customer's have gone through life never having to deal with water intrusion to their home or business. Knowing this, we here at SERVPRO of Georgetown & Horry Counties take pride in making sure our customers are informed from day one. Here is a general outline of how we address water damages...

Identify Source

We will check for the source of moisture in your building. The source must be stopped before any restoration or drying of the building can be successful. 

  • Stop the Source
  • Check for contaminated water

Identify Type of Water

We will identify the category and classification of water damage to ensure we restore your property based on industry guidelines. The level of contamination of water will affect the specific restoration process we use. 

  • Clean
  • Grey
  • Black

Survey Extent of Damage & Inspect the Premises

We inspect and test the damaged area to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration. 

  • Survey Damage
  • Complete Safety Inspection

Furniture Moved and Blocked in Place

We move furniture and property contents and block items to help prevent rust or furniture stains on wet carpet

  • Block Furniture

Emergency Water Extraction

We remove as much excess water as possible from affected areas

  • Remove Excess Water

Carpet Pad

We check whether the carpet pad should be removed to save or protect the subfloor

  • Inspect Carpet Pad
  • Remove Carpet Pad if Needed

Treatments

Our process may utilize deodorizers as odor treatments or EPA registered disinfectants as antimicrobial treatments 

  • Apply Deodorizer or Disinfectant 

Floor and Wall Inspection

We check the extent of wet flooring, subfloors and walls

  • Inspect Floor
  • Inspect Walls

Carpet

We examine carpet for damages and remove damaged carpet with guidance from you and the your adjuster 

  • Inspect Carpet
  • Removal Carpet if Needed

Measure Temperature/Humidity for Drying Analysis

We monitor the temperature and humidity levels to make sure conditions are conducive for drying

  • Measure Temperature
  • Measure Humidity

Equipment

Drying equipment removes moisture and brings the relative humidity level back to normal. We monitor moisture in wet materials until the materials return to acceptable drying goals 

  • Utilize Drying Equipment 
  • Utilize Monitoring Equipment

What to do until help arrives: Contaminated Water Damage

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

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.

DO:

AVOID all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage

Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON'T:

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

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Do:

  • 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.

Don't:

  • 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. 

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."

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

Beware of Secondary Water Damage in your Georgetown home

11/13/2020 (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. 843-236-6278

Water Damage In My Georgetown House

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

What should I do if my home has water damage? 

Water damage—from a broken pipe, a leaky roof or a sink overflow—can cause significant damage to your home, especially if the damage is not properly repaired. 

There are some simple steps you can take until help arrives:

• If the source of water is still leaking, identify the source and stop it if you can.

• If the water is coming from a burst or leaking pipe, turn off the water at its source.

• If the water is coming through the roof or broken windows, try to cover them to prevent further damage.

• Move wet items to drier areas.

• Place aluminum foil coasters or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

• Save damaged items and any parts you may need to replace— your claims representative may want to inspect them.

• Do not use electrical equipment or appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors.

• To document the damage, make a list of the temporary repairs you make and take photographs.

• Make sure to save your receipts

SERVPRO specializes in water damage restoration and clean up, call us today if you need help. 843-236-6278

What is Crawl Space Encapsulation, and Do I Need It?

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

Did your home experience water damage? Did your home experience water damage? Call SERVPRO. This is just some of the equipment at our disposal to restore your home.

SERVPRO Techs can Extract, Dry and Repair Your Myrtle Beach Crawl Space

If your Myrtle Beach home did not get an encapsulated crawl space at the time of construction, there is a good chance that during the area's service life, water damage may be an issue. When ventilation is an issue or seepage occurs, the closed-in design of a crawl space creates the perfect environment for mold and dampness to affect the area of the home above with damage such as mold appearing from under floor tiles. When water loss signs appear, it is an excellent time to get your home professionally dried and get encapsulation.  

Can I Do My Water Removal in My Crawl Space? 

When the need for water removal occurs in your Myrtle Beach property, it is best to bring in a professional restoration services company whether or not your crawl space is encapsulated. SERVPRO technicians have extensive training handling basement and crawl space water damage situations and avoid dealing with issues such as:

Water collecting on a raw, unfinished crawl space ground creating a muddy mess 

  • Removal of both water and ambient humidity 
  • Remediation of any mold growth found

How Does Encapsulation Avoid Water Issues?   

While the installation of crawl space encapsulation cannot protect your home 100% from a water damage situation, it can help diminish the potential. The encapsulation is a vapor barrier installed over the unfinished (usually dirt) crawl space. It assists in negating mold, dampness, and foul odors, which can create problems in the home above. There are different types of encapsulation methods to develop the needed vapor barrier, including:  

  • Do-it-Yourself plastic sheeting placed over the floor usually has a limited service life  
  • Professional encapsulation uses multi-layered, strength-reinforced polyester sheeting
  • Installation of concrete flooring over the dirt

Getting the Water Out of a Crawl Space

When standing water or high-moisture conditions get established in a crawl space, they generally do not go away on their own and instead compound until mitigation of the problem happens. SERVPRO technicians remove the water using their professional equipment, including submersible pumps, if needed for water more significant than two inches in depth or the use of truck-mounted units. 

Careful measurements of the air within the crawl space get taken to determine the current interior humidity levels and goals get set. Although each job site is unique, the air moisture levels generally get set below 50%, as this is unsustainable for the germination of airborne spores and the growth of mold colonies.

Drying the crawlspace can present specific challenges due to the number of air movers and the dehumidification equipment's sheer size. SERVPRO technicians create custom tubing or venting as needed using plastic sheeting to direct the airflow as required for the best outcome. 

Bringing down the interior moisture in the crawl space goes a long way towards eliminating the musty odors that can accompany this issue. Further proactive treatments include cleaning surfaces with professional-strength antimicrobial cleaning agents and sealants to inhibit any return of previously remediated mold problems.   

Whenever any residual odors remain behind after drying and cleaning, SERVPRO techs have numerous types of odor control methods to handle the smell. Scents can get divided into two basic types: caused by airborne particulate and caused by embedded particulate. Whether it is bacteria or mold spores, different kinds of methods get applied. For example, within a crawl space, drying the area may be affected. However, should odors penetrate the subfloor above, thermal fogging can get used to go into the wood and eliminate the odor at the molecular level. When the odorous particles are airborne, air scrubbers do an excellent job of capturing them. Hydroxyl generators are a safe way to eradicate airborne odors using UV rays to render them inert and zero chance of causing unpleasant scents in the future. 

Once the water damage mitigation efforts complete, SERVPRO techs go over the actions taken with the homeowner and provide a detailed report that includes any losses due to the water in the crawl space, including photos to assist with any insurance claims getting filed. If the homeowner wants, the techs can also offer advice on the best way to keep water from entering the home and connect them with a trusted partner to perform any needed repairs or encapsulation of the crawl space. 

Consider our services to install a sump pump and a permanent dehumidifier after the encapsulation completes. Indoor air conditions can be enhanced in the above living space when the crawl space moisture levels align with the norms for the geographic and climatic conditions.

When your crawl space needs water removal, contact SERVPRO of Horry and Georgetown County at (843) 236-6278. The technicians have the experience and professional equipment to remove the water loss and return the area to its preloss condition. 

Buckled Floor? Call us ASAP!

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

What Causes Hardwood Floors to Buckle?

Floor buckling is the most extreme reaction to moisture in a hardwood floor. Buckling occurs when the wood flooring pulls up from the subfloor, lifting several inches in one or more places. Fortunately, this is not a common occurrence.

If caught early, spot repair and replacement may be possible. Once the standing water is removed, several boards can be taken up from the floor so that the air can circulate across and below the floor. When the floor has dried to a more stable moisture level, repairs can usually be made.

What can SERVPRO of Horry and Georgetown do?

  • Set up floor protection, drying mats and drying equipment
  • Wear PPE
  • Clean all affected areas
  • Content Manipulation, full Pack out and Storage
  • Removal of buckled floorboards

Additionally, our upcoming Reconstruction Division will be able to replace the flooring for you, professionally. Call SERVPRO of Horry and Georgetown today at 843-236-6278!

Protect your Horry County Home from Breached Pipes

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Breached pipe caused by water pressure Breached pipe caused by water pressure.

Happy New Year! We at SERVPRO would like to start of the year with helpful household tips.

According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), a breach in pipes can cost up to $5,000 or more in damage expenses. Pipe insulation, which you can install yourself around any exposed copper or PVC water pipe, costs as little as 50 cents per linear foot.

Places to Inspect

  •  Use it under sinks,
  •  Attics
  • crawl spaces
  • pipes along exterior wall

Signs of Breached Pipes 

  • Wet spots in yard 
  • Slow draining and clogs throughout your home 
  • Foul sewer odors from your yard  

Make sure you know where your home’s water main shut off valve is as a precaution. this shut off valve is usually located outside the house. 

If you do experience a water damage because of a pipe burst call SERVPRO right away! 843-504-3334

5 Damages You Can Get From Flooding

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

Aerial shot of a flooded neighborhood. Floods damage your whole life.

 

When you experience flood damage it is way more than just a wet carpet!

Here are 5 areas that can sustain major problems and issues when water damage from flooding strikes your home:

Drywall and trim - Drywall can absorb a lot of moisture which will ruin the integrity of your walls. They can also be the perfect breeding ground for mold if left untreated.

Your Foundation - Too much water settling in under and around your home can cause the ground to become unstable and lead to massive cracking your foundation.

Appliances - These are a major item inside your home that gets used on a daily basis. Your appliances can fall victim to floods because they are usually sitting on the ground at some level and water can seep into them and destroy how they work.

Insulation - If your home has a crawl space that is insulated a flood can cause major damage to the insulation and its ability to work effectively. It also can become a safe haven for mold growth!

Furniture - Like your appliances, furniture is present all throughout your home and sits connected to the floor. Although many items of furniture can be cleaned, most pieces become destroyed.

If you have suffered a major loss due to water damage call SERVPRO today, we can help!

843-236-6278 | 843-436-2121

 

Pipe Freeze On The Grand Strand

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Close up of crystallized snow flakes. Frozen pipes can lead to some serious damage!

 

YES! Pipes can still freeze here on the Grand Strand!

Temperatures do not often get below freezing here in Myrtle Beach or the surrounding Grand Strand areas, but it is possible.

When temperatures drop below freezing (35 degrees Fahrenheit) for a few days in a row your pipes have a significantly higher chance of freezing up. Since this kind of weather is not extremely common here on the Grand Strand, most residents do not plan accordingly and end up with enormous messes in their homes or businesses due to pipes exploding and flooding their properties!

Here is a link to a post we wrote a few years back on the prevention of pipe bursts.

We recognize that cleaning up water damage here on the Grand Strand is what we do if we can help you prevent a disaster along the way we feel good about that too.

If your pipes do freeze and end up bursting resulting in water damage on the Grand Strand call SERVPRO today 843-236-6278 | 843-436-2121.

 

Grand Strand Flood Damage Cleanup After A Hurricane

9/8/2019 (Permalink)

We are here to help once the water recedes!

Hurricanes bring floodwaters!

It is no surprise that hurricanes can cause major flooding. Hurricanes can even impact areas with flooding that are not even in a flood zone. 

Luckily with hurricanes, you have plenty of time to make preparations at your home or business. You can move furniture, equipment, and belongings up to a second floor if available. You can order sandbags and plywood to thwart the wind-driven rain or floodwaters from easily coming into your home or business. And you can develop a plan for after the storm passes to begin drying your unit out thoroughly.

We here at SERVPRO hope that A. you do not ever need us but more importantly B. we hope that we are your first call when you have water damage.

SERVPRO has the tools and manpower to drey your Grand Strand floodwater damage quickly!

Flood Damage Cleanup After A Hurricane on the Grand Strand

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO when the coast is clear!

The direct hit of a tropical storm or hurricane can be absolutely life-changing! 

Question: Who do you call when the flood water recedes?

Answer: SERVPRO of Georgetown, East and West Horry Counties!

As we enter the peak hurricane season here on the East Coast, it is always a good time to remind you that hurricanes cause massive flooding but we also want you to remember that SERVPRO cleans water damage!

SERVPRO has access to an extremely large network of amazing professionals called the Storm Team. We can mobilize what sometimes feels like an entire army of dedicated water restoration experts to swoop in and start putting your flood-damaged life back together as soon as the coast is clear!

We pride ourselves in the ability to help hundreds of Grand Strand residents with their flood damage cleanups!

Give SERVPRO a call when the water subsides, you will be glad you did!

Are You Prepared For Major Flooding?

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO knows Flood Damage Repair 843-236-6278 | 843-436-2121

Preparing for Flood Damage in Horry and Georgetown Counties.


If you know you live in an area prone to flooding, or you live in a highlighted area on FEMA’s flood map, then it pays to be prepared early.

The water from a flood comes in fast and furiously, it can destroy your whole neighborhood within a matter of hours.

Here are a few tips to get your preparations started before it is too late:

  • Get familiar with evacuation routes and procedures.
  • Have a plan already in place for when a flood threatens your area.
  • If you get surprised by the flood and can not evacuate, make sure you have a disaster kit available and up to date.
  • Be aware of your flood insurance policy and keep extra copies and any phone numbers and policy numbers in a waterproof bag just in case.

Once the water resides, call SERVPRO for any water damage repairs, we have been helping people just like you for decades here on the Grand Strand and we know what it takes to put the pieces back together!

Who Repairs Water Damage In Pawley’s Island

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Repairs Water Damages In Pawley's Island.

Question: Who Repairs Water Damage In Pawley’s Island?

Answer: SERVPRO of Georgetown and West Horry Counties does!

If you have been unlucky enough to suffer from a "Water Damaged Home in Pawley's Island" then you can understand how crucial the first few hours or cleanup can be. Mold can set in super quickly and then you have a whole other set of problems to deal with.

SERVPRO knows what to do if your Pawley's Island home is ever flooded or sustains massive water damage. We have the tools and technical know how to dry your Pawley's Island home out quickly and professionally.

We have been serving the Grand Strand for decades and have repaired water damaged homes up and down the coast with rave reviews from customers and clients just like you.

If and when water damage strikes your Pawley's Island home call the company with a proven track record of excellence in service in the Restoration Industry, call SERVPRO 843-436-2121!

Water Damage In Pawley’s Island

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning up and drying out water damage in Pawley's Island for decades!

Water Damage In Pawley’s Island, who cleans and drys it and why you should hire SERVPRO!

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! 843-436-2121

Flood Zone Water Damage Clean Up In Horry & Georgetown Counties

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Having a plan is key to a smooth rebuilding process when the floods come.

Do you live in and or around a dedicated "Flood Zone" here on the Grand Strand?

We have learned so many lessons from the past 2-3 hurricanes that have hit us here in Horry and Georgetown Counties. One of the main lessons is that if the initial impact does not do damage the aftermath of all the rain most certainly will if you are in a flood zone.

So what are some of the precautions you can take to make sure you are doing all you can to protect the contents of your home should the floods come again?

  1. Determine if you are in an actual flood zone. FEMA has a website dedicated to these types of questions.
  2. Talk to a qualified agent about flood insurance. A lot of times flood insurance is not included in homeowners insurance, make sure you are covered.
  3. Have SERVPRO come out and complete an ERP. This is a free service, do this so that you are in our system and ready to go should there be a flood that damages your Horry or Georgetown Count property!

We deal with flood victims all the time, and almost all of them wish they had a plan in place before the floods came. Call us now to set up your ERP!

Icicles Can Do Damage In Horry County

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Watch out when temperatures drop.

We don't get ice damage very often here on the Grand Strand, but when we do it can be dangerous!

Icicles and ice dams can damage your home and be very dangerous to people who walk under them unaware.

We all know what an icicle is but what exactly is an ice dam?

*** An ice dam forms when snow melts and the water runs downs the surface of the roof. As the melted snow hits cooler parts of the roof near the eaves, it freezes.

This process continues and eventually creates a dam of ice on the roof. As more snow melts, the dam stops the water, which freezes, making the dam bigger and backing up the meltwater, allowing it to leak under the shingles into the attic or eaves.

This can lead to water stains in the ceiling, structural damage and mold growth inside the home.

The biggest culprit to creating ice dams is heat loss from your attic. So it is best to keep an eye on your roof every year especially during the snow storms, to make sure ice dams are not forming.

If you do have water damage or mold damage from the ice on your roof this winter, call SERVPRO today!

*** Source: NDSU News Release

Stop Freezing Pipes In Their Tracks This Winter

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Preventing is better than fixing!

Pipes will freeze in your walls if there is not proper insulation!

If there are signs of water damage, mold or even moisture buildup when you open a wall up that might be evidence that a pipe burst sometime in the past.

This most likely came from improper insulation. The best thing to do if you find evidence of a burst pipe from freezing is to add more insulation before the temperatures drop below freezing!

Here are a few more tips to prevent frozen pipes this winter:

  • Insulate the sides of your water tank
  • Update your pipes and tanks if needed
  • Fix any dripping pipes before the cold weather comes

If you have been a victim of water damage due to frozen pipes bursting or any other reason, call SERVPRO today!

Fix Frozen Pipes With These Tips

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

If your pipes burst, do this ...

A burst water pipe can cause serious damage to your home and property.

When pipes freeze, the water expands, which can cause the pipes to burst and then the thawed water starts a leak.

If you know what to do when a frozen pipe bursts you can be two steps ahead of a bad situation.

Helpful tips:

  • Turn off the water at the main as soon as you notice the damage. 
  • Turning on all your hot and cold taps, this will help drain the system.
  • Thaw any exposed pipes with a hairdryer if possible.
  • If the damage has gone unnoticed for some time due to an absence in the unit, there could be significant issues with safety. Call the professionals at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO has been dealing with water damages on the Grand Strand for decades, we can help you when you need it most!

What Water Is Capable Of In Horry County

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

You would be surprised at what water is capable of!

Surging flood water is capable of collapsing an entire community of homes ... but that is just the beginning!

The news is filled with images lately of the damage that rising flood waters have produced after the recent hurricanes and storms.

Not only is water a universal solvent which means it is capable of dissolving many materials but the speed at which it can move is stunningly aggressive.

Take for example the record-breaking cresting of the local rivers in our area. The damage produced from these unprecedented water levels included sinkholes, destruction of roadways and bridges as well as collapsing entire communities of homes.

We here at SERVPRO have the tools and knowledge to fix many of the different water damages to your homes and businesses. 

If you have suffered severe water damage call SERVPRO today 843-236-6278!

Horry Co Flood Damage Cleanup After A Hurricane

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Stay Safe and Move to Higher Ground!

For some, the hurricane is just the beginning.

If you live in an area that is prone to flooding then you know that a major thunderstorm, tropical storm and or a hurricane can mean only the beginning of a long wet process.

All along the Grand Strand people live in waterfront areas whether it is the beach, the intercoastal waterway, or one of the major rivers we have flowing through our beautiful coastal area.

When there is a significant rainfall like ones experienced during Hurricane Florence your home may be at risk of major flooding from quick rising rivers and the grounds inability to drain the water quick enough.

If water damage does happen to you, know that SERVPRO is here to help as soon as it is safe to do so. We have been helping families put their lives back together after major storms for decades here in Horry County and we are not stopping now. 

Educate yourself about the possible and projected flood areas by clicking here on this interactive flood map to see if you are in harm's way!

We are here to help once the water recedes!

Too Much Rain In April Is Not Always A Good Thing

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Rain and Flood Damage Specialists

April showers might bring May flowers to the Grand Strand but it might bring flooding too.

If you are in an area of Horry County that constantly floods and you were worried about who to call if we do suddenly get a large amount of rain this April call SERVPRO. If all the rain causes severe flood damage, then call us and let SERVPRO put your fears to rest.

The professionals at SERVPRO have high-grade equipment that includes extraction pumps, industrial vacuums and the technology to make your water damage disappear quicker than a spring puddle.

Call SERVPRO today for a plan that includes what to do if an emergency does happen and you are stuck with massive flood damage.

We are here to help you stay dry 843-236-6278!

4 Signs of Frozen Pipes - What to Watch For In Horry County

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Are your pipes ready for freezing temperatures?

We are going to go through another bout of freezing temperatures here on the Grand Strand this week.

Here are 4 signs that your pipes have frozen:

Temperatures Are Below Freezing - Pipes cannot freeze if it is not cold enough outside for them to do so. 

Actual Frost on the Pipes - For pipes that can actively be seen, such as those under sinks, you may be able to see frost that has accumulated on the exterior of the pipe. 

Poor Water pressure Or No Water At All - Another sign that you may have a frozen pipe on your hands is lack of running water. 


Foul Smells - A fourth potential sign of a blocked pipe is an odd smell coming from a faucet or drain. 

Take Swift And Quick Action!
Once you are aware that a pipe is frozen, you must act quickly to thaw the pipe. Depending on the location of the pipe and your level of expertise, you can attempt to thaw the pipe yourself or you can contact a licensed plumber to thaw the pipe for you. It is important to thaw the pipe as soon as possible because it has the potential to burst and cause extensive damage to your property.

If your pipes do burst and you suffer a water damage please call SERVPRO as soon as possible 843-236-6278!

Filing A Flood Insurance Claim In Horry County

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

The process can be overwhelming, SERVPRO can help!

Use this simple guide to help you understand the flood insurance claim process. 


Contact your insurance agent. The first step in filing a flood insurance claim is to contact your insurance provider. While The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is a government-funded program, you will be working with an insurance agent or adjuster in the claims process. If you cannot reach your agent immediately, be sure to leave a clear message with your contact number.

Contact SERVPRO. Likewise, you’ll want to call SERVPRO as soon as possible. Even you if are not able to speak to your insurance agent, East Horry SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your call. By contacting us early, you can reduce your losses. Within a few hours of your phone call, we are onsite to being the mitigation process.

Itemize losses. A critical part of getting the most out of your flood insurance claim is taking a detailed list of the damage. Your insurance agent or SERVPRO technician will assist you in itemizing and photographing all damaged items. With extensive training in flood damage restoration, SERVPRO technicians have a keen eye for knowing which items can be saved. Our goal is to repair whenever possible and replace when it can’t be restored. 

Begin the Restoration Process. Within 8 short hours of arrival to your home, a Stafford SERVPRO technician will provide you and your insurance agent with a detailed description of the losses, repairs needed, as well as the estimate. The SERVPRO CIC keeps a careful electronic record of all the information to ensure that no time is lost in the shuffling of paperwork.

After going being uprooted from your home and life, the last thing you want is the additional stress of not knowing what to expect next. Filing a flood insurance claim involves specific steps, but they ensure that every detail of the flood damage restoration process is thought of. With a team that reaches across the nation and a heart for our community, SERVPRO of East Horry County and Stafford is faster to any size disaster.

Call us today and let us know how we can help you. 843-236-6278

What To Do When Your Pipes Burst In Horry County

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to clean up the water damage!

When water pipes freeze, the water expands, which can cause the pipes to burst and allow the thawed water to leak.

A burst water pipe can cause serious damage to your home and furnishings.

Knowing what to do in the event of a burst water pipe can limit the damage. Here are some tips:

  • Turn off the water at the main stop tap as soon as you notice a leak. You can usually find it under the kitchen sink where the service pipe comes in, so make sure you know where it is in case of emergency.
  • If you have a cold water tank, turn off the stopcock.
  • Drain the cold water system by turning on all your cold taps.
  • Turn off any water heating system, such as central heating or immersion heaters, and then drain the hot water system by turning on the hot taps.
  • Switch off the electrical mains if you think the water may have leaked near your electrics or electrical appliances. However, if the mains switch is wet DO NOT TOUCH IT.
  • Call a plumber to fix the leaking water pipe.
  • Call an electrician if you think your electrical wiring may have been damaged by the water. Never underestimate the dangers associated with electricity, especially when mixed with water!
  • A burst pipe can be particularly dangerous if water leaks through for some time before you notice. In that case, the water may have caused structural damage that could result in collapsed ceilings or weakened walls. If the ceiling is bulging, be careful because it may not be safe.

If you do experience a water damage because of a pipe burst call SERVPRO right away! 843-236-6278

How To Prevent Pipes From Bursting In Horry County

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Prevention is key to avoiding water damage!

Prevention is better than cure when it comes to burst pipes.

You can take some simple measures to stop your pipes from freezing.

  • If you are going away during very cold weather, set the heating to come on for fifteen minutes a couple of times a day.
  • Replace an old boiler with a more modern one with a frost protect thermostat that turns on automatically if the temperature falls to a certain level.
  • Insulate your pipes and the sides of your water tanks.
  • Fix dripping taps because they block the pipes if the water freezes.
  • If you notice a water pipe starting to freeze, thaw it slowly and carefully with a hairdryer or heat gun. Start at the end of the pipe and open the tap if there is one.


A little expense now to protect your water pipes from the cold can save you a great deal of expense later.

Call SERVPRO today if you have any water damage from pipe burst! 843-236-6278

Who To Call For Water Damage Repair In Socastee

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Don't wait until the floods happen to prepare!

Socastee gets flooded, period.

Everyone living close to the water the last two years in Socastee knows all about the flooding that occurs when the rivers get higher than normal.

There is significant damage to homes in these flood zoned areas time and time again. We are constantly proving our value to those needing water damage repair by providing amazing customer service, lightning fast response times, and professional grade equipment.

There are a few things to make treating water damages easier for yourself and for SERVPRO. If you know you are in a flood zone make a list of contents that you may be keeping in areas of your home or property that keep getting ravaged by the flooding to ensure everything is accounted for when disaster strikes.

Also, make sure you have copies of your insurance policies in a safe area or even digitized copies stored in the cloud.

As always if you have water damage that you need to be repaired, call SERVPRO today! 843-236-6278

Water Damaged Home In Pawley's Island

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

Stilted Homes Flood Too!

The Grand Strand is no stranger to rain or floods but what should you do if your Pawley's Island home gets water damage?


The answer is simple call the only restoration company that has over 1600 franchises nationwide and can service any size job, call SERVPRO. 


You home in Pawley's Island might be on stilts so you might think to yourself, my home will not flood. You would be wise to remember that although you might be up high enough to avoid storm related floods, but what if your water pipes or hot water heater decide to burst? You will be needing a repair and restoration expert at that time so you should remember the name SERVPRO as well.


We have expert technicians and professional equipment, so do not try to handle major flooding or water damage yourself, call SERVPRO today 843-236-6278!

April Showers Brings May Flooding

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Your Myrtle Beach Rain and Flood Damage Specialists

April showers bring May flowers the Grand Strand is no stranger to lots and lots of rain.


If you are in an area that constantly floods and you were worried about who to call if we do suddenly get a large amount of rain this April call SERVPRO. If all the rain causes severe flood damage, then call us and let SERVPRO put your fears to rest.


We have professional grade equipment that includes extraction pumps, industrial vacuums and the technology to make your water damage disappear quicker than a spring puddle.


Call SERVPRO today for a proactive plan that includes what to do if an emergency does happen and you are stuck with massive flood damage.


We are here to help you stay dry 843-236-6278!

Water Cleanup In Myrtle Beach

1/27/2017 (Permalink)

Let the experts handle your Myrtle Beach water cleanup!

Who handles water cleanup in Myrtle Beach?


So many people try to get rid of a sizable water damage themselves to save money. It will end up costing you way more in the long run.


Lets take a look at what you will need to do to handle a water cleanup yourself.



  • You have to remove all the excess water. You might be able to handle this one if you or a neighbor has a submersive pump. SERVPRO has professional grade extraction equipment.

  • So that pump got you out of the jam, make sure it got ALL the water cleaned up. So that means getting out your infrared camera. Oh you don't have one laying around? SERVPRO does.

  • Now you have to dry the area that had all that water. SERVPRO has dehumidifiers, do you?

  • Ok you got it bone dry (took you long enough) but now mold is probably going to give you some problems. SERVPRO sanitizes when it cleans so you can feel comfortable the area is safe.


I think it is safe to say you should just call SERVPRO from the start to come handle your water cleanup issues in Myrtle Beach. 843-236-6278

How To Prevent Frozen Pipes

12/15/2016 (Permalink)

Be Ready When The Freeze Happens!

Pipes Can Freeze Inside Walls That Do Not Have Enough Insulation

If there are signs of water damage, mold or even moisture buildup when you open a wall up that might be evidence of a pipe freezing and bursting in the past. The culprit most likely is the former builder improperly installed the insulation and or did not use enough insulation. The best thing to do if you find evidence of a burst pipe from freezing is to add more insulation, it's better to be safe than sorry.

Most often than not this will be more than sufficient for keeping your pipes from bursting due to freeze in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina but if you live somewhere that is in the Northern part of the country you might need to re route the pipes so that they can hit the warmer air of the temperature controlled portion of your home or business.

If your pipes freeze in Myrtle Beach call SERVPRO today 843-236-6278.

Exposed Pipes Can Freeze Even In Myrtle Beach

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

Harsh Conditions Can Even Exist In Myrtle Beach

Interior Plumbing That Is Exposed

Basement pipes that are exposed are not usually in danger of freezing because most basements are usually shielded from the elements. That being said there are not a whole lot of basements in South Carolina so plumbing pipes in areas, like an attic, crawl space, and garage, are often at risk of freezing.

In most cases in Myrtle Beach the temperatures do not dip below freezing and stay that way for long periods of time so you can most likely get away with just using some foam insulating pipe covers. If you are really worried about it and want an extra bit of protection you can wrap your pipes in heat tape, which activates when temperatures drop.

If you do happen to have a pipe burst and cause water damage please give SERVPRO a call 843-236-6278

How to Keep Your Pipes From Freezing In Myrtle Beach

12/13/2016 (Permalink)

Pipes Freeze ... Even In Myrtle Beach!

Cold Weather In Myrtle Beach?

Winter weather can cause water or sewage pipes to freeze and burst, which can cause flooding and expensive water damage to your home or business. Taking precautions before cold winter weather is upon us can drastically reduce the risk of your pipes from freezing.

Pipes that are most vulnerable to freezing are:

- Exposed pipes inside the home that are not insulated.
- Pipes in exterior walls that are not insulated.
- Any plumbing on the exterior of the home or underneath the home.

Preventing Pipe Freeze Outside

Make sure your garden hoses are disconnected from the spouts. Water trapped inside can actually expand and cause damage to the plumbing that it is connected to.

If you do fall victim to frozen pipe damage call SERVPRO of Horry today 843-236-6278 we can help!

Flooded Ductwork Myrtle Beach Water Damage

7/22/2016 (Permalink)

If you have water damage in Myrtle Beach, call SERVPRO today! 843-236-6278

Water can cause damage so many ways!

This is an instance where our customers water pipe had busted and it flooded the entire lower level of his home. Our customer has very nice hard wood floors that had to be completely removed and new ones had to be re installed.

Our customer called SERVPRO to fix the water damage and then decided to have SERVPRO finish the repairs as well. We were in and out in what seemed to be no time at all thanks to our qualified repair technicians!

This is a video link to the customer's ductwork in their crawl space that had been filled with water from a broken pipe.

SERVPRO of Horry County fixed the water damage, repaired the flooring and made the customer more than happy!

Flooded Ductwork Video

Water Damage Clean Up in Myrtle Beach

7/15/2016 (Permalink)

This is a government building, if they trust SERVPRO to handle their water damage, you should too!

Pipes Break, Drywall Rots, and Mold Sets In!

These are all facts you have to deal with when confronted with a water damage. Water can save your life in the dessert but can be a real pain when its gushing into your living room.

Once the source of the water damage is located and fixed you are not out of the woods just yet. Actually most consider this when the real work starts. You have to make sure the water is completely gone as soon as possible before mold sets in (which can be as quick as 48-72 hours).

SERVPRO of Horry County specializes in water damage clean up in the Myrtle Beach area. We have the right equiptment to handle any size job quickly and efficently. Our trained and certified technicians are here to help you out 24/7/365 for when you might be in over your head!

Call SERVPRO today 843-236-6278

Water Damage Self Cleaning Tips

6/27/2016 (Permalink)

All this flooring was lost in a water damage.

Water in unwanted places can cause a lot of damage. Not only can it ruin your prized possessions, but also the house in which they are stored. If you’re able to act quickly, you can minimize the damage and possibly save some of your possessions. Some of your success depends on how long the water’s been around, there might be pieces of furniture that can be saved, and sometimes, even carpet, but any electronics hit by water are probably doomed.

Don’t treat flood water in unwanted places lightly: even if it's just damp, it is the perfect breeding ground for mold. Mold growth not only ruins walls, furniture, carpets, flooring, etc., it can lead to poor indoor air quality causing respiratory problems including asthma, and can lead to severe illness. Preventing mold growth is key to keeping your home’s air clean and healthy. So in addition to calling your insurance company, here are a few tips to deal with your flooded home and minimize the water damage. (Call your insurance company before you do anything, and tell them what you want to do.)

  1. Disconnect the power, unplug any electronics, and remove electronics, furniture and movable items immediately. The faster you get items out of water’s way, the more likely you’ll be able to save them. Definitely move all electrical items first, and if you can, turn off your power leading into the affected area, especially if water rises above electrical outlets. Pull up any carpets (wall to wall and area rugs) and underpadding. You may be able to save the carpet if you get it cleaned and disinfected, however, it may shrink and be better off as an area rug afterwards. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to save the underpadding, which acts like a sponge and absorbs a lot of water.
  2. Get rid of the water. There are several ways to get rid of the water. If you don’t have power, or are worried about loose wires, the old-fashioned, manual way will work. Use old towels, buckets and mops to soak up as much water as possible. As long as sewers in your neighbourhood aren’t backed up, you can pour the water down the drain, otherwise, pour onto your lawn or other permeable surface. A wet/dry vacuum can be used too, note: be very careful to plug it into outlets far away from water. Don’t use an extension cord as the connection could also short out and give you a nasty shock. Water and electricity don’t mix! If your basement or other flooded area is overwhelming and you have power, consider renting (if available) a sump pump from your local Rent-all or hardware stores. Getting rid of all the water and drying out the area is the most important thing you can do to prevent mold growth.
  3. Dry out the affected area. Once you’ve mopped up all the water, use fans and  a dehumidifier to help dry out the area. If it’s stopped raining, open windows to allow for air circulation and faster drying. You want to dry the area out as soon as possible. If the drywall was affected, you’ll probably have to cut away the areas that were touched by water as the drywall will crumble and the paper backing is a good source of food for mold. If you have baseboard trim, take it up first, and if it’s made from pressboard it will likely not be salvageable. If it was wood, you might be able to save it.
  4. Disinfect. After the area has dried out, including wood beams, insulation, drywall, etc., use a good disinfectant to get rid of any bacteria that might have come up through sewers, toilets, etc.  Disinfect all areas affected by the flood waters including walls and wood and non-upholstered furniture that sat in flood water.
  5. Prevent mold growth. After you’ve disinfected and let the area thoroughly dry out, apply a mold control agent to the affected area according to directions. Once a thin layer is applied, let it dry overnight. If you’re spraying an entire room, you might want to consider renting a mister from a hardware store such as Home Depot. It’s easy to use and very fast.
  6. Dispose of damaged items responsibly: you’ll be tempted to throw everything into a dumpster and send it all away and out of site. But if you can organize damaged goods into piles and take what you can to recycling centres, you will help alleviate the pressure on your local landfill site. Go to your city or town’s waste management website to find out where to recycle old paints, stains, adhesives and other toxic liquids, any damaged electronics from cell phones to TVs and computers, furniture, and even drywall. You can also look through Earth 911 to find recycling centres in your neighbourhood

OF COURSE, IF ALL OF THIS SEEMS LIKE TOO MUCH OF A HEADACHE OR YOUR ATTEMPT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL YOU CAN ALWAYS CALL THE PROFESSIONALS HERE AT SERVPRO 843-236-6278

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Water Damage and Insurance Claims

2/12/2016 (Permalink)

What could be lurking in your water?

Did you know...

When water invades your home, it can damage the structure, harm personal belongings and cause distress. Water damage, whether large or small, interrupts your day-to-day life, potentially causing undue stress to you and your family. Despite the shock, you also know the problem needs to be resolved quickly.

When calling your insurance provider to report the damage, ask for a SERVPRO Franchise Professional to cleanup the damage and restore your home and personal belongings. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals understand the physical and emotional strain this type of damage can cause. Staff will work with you and your insurance company to help ensure the water damage is cleaned quickly and properly. 

Upon arrival to your home, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional takes great care to ensure a water damage is handled properly by completing the following steps:

Inspection - SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will inspect affected areas of your home to determine the extent of damage. They will also review the inspection with you and answer your questions before beginning any work.

Emergency Services - Next, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional will take immediate steps to protect your home and personal belongings from further damage by extracting the water and preparing your home for drying. The Franchise Professional will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.

Monitoring - To ensure your home and personal belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will monitor the drying process. Written monitoring reports will document the drying process. The results will be communicated to you throughout the monitoring process.

Restoration Services - A SERVPRO Franchise Professional will repair property, reinstall carpets and clean affected areas of your home and personal belongings. A final walk-through will be conducted with you to ensure your property was restored to preloss condition when possible. 

Call SERVPRO today 843-236-6278

Frozen Pipes Burst

2/4/2016 (Permalink)

What a great testimonial and review of SERVPRO's services.

When the winter weather sets in your pipes can freeze and burst, what will you do if the flood is major?

Mr Bill Doar experienced that very problem last winter. He owns a property in Pawleys Island SC and had the misfortune of having his pipes freezing then bursting in his home. The water damage was way too much for a simple mop and towel so he decided to call SERVPRO.

He had never worked with SERVPRO before but something tells us that any Myrtle Beach water damage he experiences in the future will go directly to us again.

Click here to watch a quick video testimonial for the water damage and clean up services SERVPRO provided.

If your pipes burst this winter, heed Mr. Doar's advice and call the professional water restoration experts at SERVPRO, 843-236-6278.

Water Damage In My House

2/3/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage? We’ll bail you out.

What should I do if my home has water damage? 

Water damage—from a broken pipe, a leaky roof or a sink overflow—can cause significant damage to your home, especially if the damage is not properly repaired. 

There are some simple steps you can take until help arrives:

• If the source of water is still leaking, identify the source and stop it if you can.

• If the water is coming from a burst or leaking pipe, turn off the water at its source.

• If the water is coming through the roof or broken windows, try to cover them to prevent further damage.

• Move wet items to drier areas.

• Place aluminum foil coasters or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

• Save damaged items and any parts you may need to replace— your claims representative may want to inspect them.

• Do not use electrical equipment or appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors.

• To document the damage, make a list of the temporary repairs you make and take photographs.

• Make sure to save your receipts

SERVPRO specializes in water damage restoration and clean up, call us today if you need help. 843-236-6278

How To Fix A Water Damaged Phone

1/21/2016 (Permalink)

Water damaged phones are no fun, neither are water damaged homes.

These are the items you'll need to help dry out and fix your cell phone.

Paper towels, A box of uncooked rice, A container or zip-top bag

Here are 6 quick and easy steps to bringing your water damaged phone back to life:

Step 1: Remove parts of the water damaged phone.

The first step you must do is power off the phone. Then you have to take out the battery and remove the back cover if possible.

Step 2: Dry off phone all over immediately.

You have to then dry off the contents of the phone such as the battery, back, and front, and whatever areas got damaged.

Step 3: Fill Container or Bag.

Next step is to fill the container or bag almost to the top with the dry rice.

Step 4: Put phone and battery in the rice container/bag.

Put the phone and battery in the rice container and leave it in there with the lid over it for about 1-3 days to dry and take out all the moisture from the water damaged phone.

Step 5: Take phone out of container/bag.

The phone is still buried in the rice. After 1-3 days take the phone out, wipe the rice dust off and put the battery and back phone cover onto the phone.

Step 6: Turn phone on.

Turn the phone on and it should work fine with no problems whatsoever.

This post was borrowed from Instructables.com

If you need to fix a house that has water damage, that process is even easier: JUST CALL SERVPRO!

843-236-6278