Potential Causes for Holiday Fires
Fires around the holidays are very common. SERVPRO of Anderson hopes everyone has had a fire free holiday season. Here are the main causes of holiday/winter fires:
During the winter and holiday season people use their fireplaces more. Be sure to clean out your fireplace and watch the fire until it is completely burned out.
Throughout the holiday season people tend to cook more. Many people will start cooking and leave their food unattended. If you are cooking in the oven, do not forget to turn it off!!
Make sure the lights you choose to decorate with do not have frayed wires. This could easily start an electrical fire. We recommend you do not leave lights up year-round, as the chances of that strand catching fire increases.
People also tend to light more candles during the winter and holiday season. According to the National Fire Protection Association, four of the five most dangerous days of the year for residential candle fires are Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve. If you light a candle, make sure it is away from anything that could blow on it and catch fire. Also make sure it is on a sturdy surface and you don't forget to blow it out.
It is very common for a Christmas tree to catch fire if it is not treated properly. Make sure you water your Christmas tree if it is real in order to reduce the chance of it catching fire.
If you happen to experience a fire don't forget you can call SERVPRO of Anderson at (864)-224-0285!!
New Commercial Desiccant Dehumidifier
As SERVPRO of Anderson continues to grow, so do the jobs that we work on. This year has been an incredible year of growth where our production team has tackled jobs bigger than we ever thought we would. With all of this growth, it is only necessary that we keep up with the pace and add some new equipment that will allow us to function faster and better than ever. This huge new desiccant dehumidifier will allow us to get the job done in large commercial spaces in a hurry so that businesses can get back to normal after disaster strikes. Desiccant dehumidifiers dry differently than most dehumidifiers in that they use the chemical desiccant to do so. This commercial grade desiccant dehumidifier has the ability to dry already dry air and extremely difficult to try materials at extreme hot and cold temperatures!
Make sure you give us a call for any of your restoration needs, at SERVPRO Anderson. (864)-224-0285.
SERVPRO Anderson COVID-19 Cleaning
The global COVID-19 pandemic that hit the United States in early March has changed the way that we do things in many aspects of our lives. Here at SERVPRO of Anderson, it has changed what it means to be clean. During these unprecedented times, our production team has been working tirelessly to help sanitize and clean our local communities’ businesses, churches, and medical facilities. Our crew make it a priority to get out to any COVID-19 job within 24 hours of being called, because we know how important it is to keep business running. SERVPRO Anderson has the most dedicated production manager who always has her phone on for round the clock services. If you find that your business is in need of our services, make sure to give us a call at (864)-224-0285.
October is Fire Prevention Month!
Did you know that October was named fire prevention month because of the great fire that took place in Chicago in 1871? It is important that we raise awareness to the families and businesses of our community but educating people on how to practice fire safety. This year the NFPA’s 2020 campaign for Fire Safety Month is, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen”.
SERVPRO of Anderson is happy to support this campaign and we have a few tips for how you can practice fire safety while in the kitchen.
- Install a smoke detector near, but not in the kitchen.
- Never leave cooking food unattended.
- Keep dish towels, potholders, and paper towels away from the stove.
While it is important to know how to prevent a fire in your kitchen, accidents do still happen and can be devastating to your family’s home. SERVPRO of Anderson can assist with the clean-up, demolition, and restoration of any house fire. Our production crew is always, “Here to Help”!
What you Should Know About Black Mold
You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.
Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold. It is most likely to appear in areas that are warm, humid, and damp. Black mold can cause a musty smell, similar to dirt, in your home. Mold can come in a variety of colors. Black mold is typically a dark greenish-black color. However, just because mold is not this color does not mean it is not harmless.
You should contact us regardless of the color or type of mold. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb it. In many instances, multiple types of mold may exist in the same house or structure.
Call SERVPRO of Anderson for Mold Remediation!
African Dust and Tropical Storms
Have you noticed that this year's hurricane season is supposed to be more severe? There have been more tropical storm warnings than there usually are, and part of the reason is because of this season's African dust.
The amount of African dust over the eastern and central Atlantic Ocean can inhibit tropical storm development. Although this dust occurs almost every year, some years there is more dust than others. The dust is created in the Sahara Desert and is blown through the Caribbean Sea and Gulf Coast by strong winds. This dust creates extremely dry air over the ocean which can prevent tropical storms from progressing.
In years past, the African dust has prevented a lot of tropical storms from forming so far. Part of Hurricane season is still upon us, but hopefully we will not see any more severe tropical storms or hurricanes.
Call SERVPRO of Anderson today if you experience storm damage.
Emergency Water Damage Restoration 24/7
SERVPRO of Anderson is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
SERVPRO of Anderson has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration. We have completed a number of jobs in the Anderson area and know we have the skills to help you too!
About SERVPRO of Anderson
SERVPRO of Anderson specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
SERVPRO of Anderson Completes Commercial Water Damage
Customer's show room experiences water damage to carpet.
The owner of this supply shop in Anderson, SC noticed some water damage in his show room upon completion of some city work outside his business. With the recent summer rains, his business was flooding on a near daily basis. He called SERVPRO of Anderson to come out to help him clean up the mess the water was causing his showroom before it affected his products.
SERVPRO of Anderson was there the same day to dry up the water on the carpet and test the moisture levels throughout the building. The customer was impressed with how quickly our production crew responded and happy to prevent any further damage. We were able to get out there and get his business back open the very next day.
Commercial restoration can present some challenges, and SERVPRO of Anderson can respond faster to help minimize the disruption to your everyday business. Give us a call today for any of your water, fire, or mold needs at (864)-224-0285.
Five Fire Safety Tips for Summer Vacation.
When you are leaving home for your summer vacation, the last thing you want to worry about is a fire at your home. Luckily, SERVPRO of Anderson has some tips to keep your home safe while you are away.
- Make sure fire alarms are installed on every level of your home.
- Check all fire alarms to make sure they are working properly and put in fresh batteries.
- Unplug all appliances and electronics that will not serve a purpose while you are away.
- Turn off your HVAC system when you leave to not only save money on the electricity bill but prevent any potential fire hazards.
- Turn off your gas to prevent possible leaks.
These fire safety tips are quick and painless things that you can do to help ensure that your home stays safe from potential fire while you are away for your summer vacation!
Think you have Mold in your Home? Call SERVPRO of Anderson Today!
While the easiest way to tell if you have a mold issue in your home is to visually see the growth, there are other indicators that you may have mold growing in your home. Mold can grow quickly and can be an issue long before you ever see it. Here are a few signs, besides seeing it visually, that could indicate that you have a mold problem in your home.
You notice a musty smell
If you ever walk into a room that smells damp or of mildew, this could be an indicator that there is mold present.
There are signs of water damage or past flooding
If there is a spot in your home that has had some recent water damage or you know has a history of flooding, this is a prime spot for mold to start growing. Make sure to investigate the area closely and make sure that it is kept as dry as possible.
Knowing what to look for when it comes to mold can save you from potential spread of the growth. Keep an eye out for these signs and if you notice any of them, give SERVPRO of Anderson a call at (864)-224-0285.