When to replace your smoke detector batteries?
Smoke detectors are not thought of often, unless they begin beeping, letting you know that the battery is dead. Although your smoke detector does alert you when a new battery is needed, it can be defective with no warning at all. The NFPA recommends that people test their smoke detectors every month to make sure that they are working properly. It is important that when you change the batteries in one alarm, you go ahead and change the batteries in the rest of the alarms in your home. First alert gives the suggestion to use daylight savings time as a reminder to change the smoke detector batteries. This year, that day falls on November 7th!
Smoke alarms are a crucial tool to help keep your family and home safe from a fire loss. Take the extra steps to prevent disaster.
Ida Storm Team
Hurricane Ida was a deadly and destructive Category 4 storm. This was the biggest hurricane to hit the United States this year, and the second-most damaging and intense hurricane on record to hit Louisiana. Many people suffered severe flooding in their homes as the storm continued up the east coast into New York.
SERVPRO of Anderson just dispatched our highly trained and skilled storm team to help with the clean up from hurricane Ida. Production will aid local SERVPROs in the mitigation and restoration process of peoples homes and businesses. We have multiple trucks filled with SERVPRO green drying equipment and other mitigation materials.
We are so proud of our Storm team and everything they do to prepare to help those in need. We are ONE TEAM!
This hurricane season has already produced 5 hurricanes, with Ida being the biggest storm to hit Louisiana in decades. While there have already been multiple storms this year, the NOAA is still predicting a few more to come. SERVPRO of Anderson is prepared to aid in any storm damage this hurricane season, but how can you prepare your home?
In the upstate of South Carolina, we occasionally receive severe weather from hurricanes that hit the east coast. It is important to be prepared for any disaster. Here are some tips to help prepare your home for possible flash floods.
- Prevent Basement Water Seepage
- Maintain and understand your indoor and outdoor plumbing
- Repair and protect your home's exterior
- Protect your possessions
Oftentimes we don't expect disaster to happen to us, so if you do find yourself with water damage during this hurricane season, make sure to call us at SERVPRO of Anderson to help get your home back to pre loss condition.
Call us at (864)-224-0285
September is National Preparedness Month
Did you know that September is National preparedness month? This entire month is set aside in observance to help raise awareness about the importance of preparing for any kind of disaster.
Wildfires have been on a rampage all across the globe this year, making it important to be ready if disaster may strike your area.
First, you should talk with you family and friends to make a plan. Communication is an important part of being ready. Make sure that your family know what to do and where to go in case you get separated.
Second, you should build a kit with supplies that can last for several days. Make sure to update kits often based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.
Third, know the risks of disaster in your area. This can help you prevent any kind of damage to your home or property. Check your insurance coverage for the types of disasters that are more common in your area.
Lastly, know who to call if your home or business does suffer damaged due to a disaster. Having the right people available to help mitigate, remediate, and reconstruct your home will give you great peace of mind.
At SERVPRO of Anderson, our team are trained to handle any job and we are faster to any disaster! Call us to help make a plan. (864)-224-0285
Stay safe and be prepared!
Real Quotes from Our Customers
Real Quotes from Our Customers
SERVPRO of Anderson has been under the ownership and operation of Johnny Lee for just over a year, and within that year we have prided ourselves in customer service. From our office staff to project managers to production staff, we make sure to communicate every step of the process. Here are some real quotes for a couple of our customers in the year that we have been up and operating.
Linda C. October 2020
“The Anderson SC office was wonderful to work with. I have dealt with another national water restoration company in the past. SERVPRO was by far the better company to have in my home. They were always considerate and professional. SERVPRO TECHS actually tried to create as little additional damage as possible. NOT SO WITH THE OTHER NATIONAL COMPANY...they came in and proceeded like bulls in a China factory. I would highly recommend SERVPRO for their professionalism and wonderful customer service.”
John W. Feb 2021
“So far 5 stars.
*Water damage from water line in bathroom
*Very professional and knowledgeable
*Awesome at presenting information in a very understandable way.”
If you suffer any water, fire, or mold loss to your home or business, make sure to give us a call at SERVPRO of Anderson.
Call us at (864)-224-0285!
Mold Removal vs. Remediation
Did you know that there is a difference between removing mold and remediating it? Removing mold can be a quick solution to remove growth from the surface it has contaminated. However, there are microscopic spores that can be left behind, meaning that it has not really been removed fully. At SERVPRO of Anderson, our production team has the training and expertise to remediate the microbial growth in a way that its presence is back to normal levels. Here are some steps you can take if you notice an overgrowth of mold in your home or business:
- Step 1: Emergency Contact 864-224-0285
- Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
- Step 3: Mold Containment
- Step 4: Air Filtration
- Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
- Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
- Step 7: Restoration
Personal Protective Equipment – Water Mitigation
Water mitigation jobs come in all types of variety because of the different types of water damage. The three types of water damages are white, grey, and black. Depending on which type of water our production crew is going to encounter on a job greatly effects they type of personal protective equipment they will wear.
White water jobs usually only entail a mask and some sort of foot protection, there are some water jobs that call for extra personal protective equipment. The different types of water that the loss encountered determine what kinds of PPE our crew will be sporting.
White water cause of loss would be where our crew only need a mask and foot protection. This is because white water is considered clean water. Grey water might call for a few extra pieced of PPE, like gloves and eye wear. This time of water loss might contain contaminants, so it is important to take those extra steps. Finally, Black Water is where you might see our production crew fully suited. This type of water loss can be contaminated with pathogens and toxins. At SERVPRO of Anderson, a black water job would entail full body suit, eyewear, gloves, and a HEPA mask.
Personal Protective Equipment – Fire Remediation
Personal Protective Equipment – Fire Remediation
According to OSHA, “Personal protective equipment is worn to minimize exposure to a variety of hazards. Examples of PPE include such items as gloves, foot and eye protection, protective hearing devices (earplugs, muffs) hard hats, respirators and full body suits.”
At SERVPRO of Anderson we take the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) very seriously. On every job that our production crew goes on, there is some use of PPE, even if it is just a mask.
On any fire remediation job, there can be many hazardous materials affected by the fire, such as asbestos, lead, household chemicals, and mold. These materials, on top of the smoke and soot, require additional personal protective equipment to prevent the inhalation and physical contact with any of these harmful substances.
Personal protective equipment that may be required on a fire remediation job, depending on the extent of the damages, could include:
- Respirator/ Face Mask
- Eye Protection
- Foot protection
Guidelines to Drying
While there is a science to how our production member place drying equipment based of level of saturation and materials affected, there are some general guidelines to look at to help choose the right course of action.
- Place enough air movers to create airflow across all wet surfaces and to maintain a balance between drying equipment.
- The number of air movers placed, depends on the situation
- Consider the surface being dried:
- Floors, Carpets, Walls, Ceilings, Under Cabinets, Etc.
- (Additional airflow is needed when walls and ceilings are wet)
If you suffer water damage to your home or business, make sure you call the experts at SERVPRO of Anderson to come out and help mitigate the problem. We service any time of water damage, including sewage, storm, and biohazard.
Give us a call at (864)-224-0285!!
Drying Science – Part 3
In any water mitigation job, after any standing water has been extracted, the next step is usually to dry the materials. At the beginning of a drying project, the restorer moves warm, dry air close to wet surfaces to evaporate surface and free water. The faster the air moves, the more quickly moisture is evaporated. Air moving equipment is used to enhance evaporation at the surface level and reduce drying time. While any drying equipment is placed, our production crew regularly comes out to monitor the progress and move the equipment as needed. The drier air and higher temperature of the material, the quicker bound water will evaporate. As water evaporates from wet materials, the air directly above the wet material becomes saturated and cool. This boundary level of humid, cool air can slow evaporation. Air movers enhance the evaporation by introducing air flow at the surface level replacing a cool saturated boundary layer with warmer, drier air from dehumidifiers.