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.
Professional COVID Cleaning Service
SERVPRO of Anderson understands that during this pandemic, everything is an adjustment and that it can be daunting. When COVID-19 became such a global issue in March, SERVPRO of Anderson knew that our production team could help the community in a big way.
Our team is specialized in biohazard cleaning of jobs ranging from viruses to sewage. For all COVID-19 jobs our production team comes fully suited up in personal protective equipment, to not only keep them safe, but also our community.
Here at SERVPRO of Anderson, we offer a cleaning program that goes beyond general cleaning that offers decontamination of the affected areas. Services like fogging of the affected area and a full wipe down are provided, depending on the customer’s needs. Whether the job be just a preventative cleaning to help ensure a feeling of safety and comfort, or a confirmed case of the virus, SERVPRO of Anderson is equipped to handle the job.
If you are interested in pricing for COVID cleaning give us a call at (864)-224-0285.
Different Types of Water Damage
Often times after someone has experienced water damage in their home, they do not know what the next step is. An important part of knowing what to do next, is knowing what kind of water you are dealing with. So that SERVPRO of Anderson can help you as fast as possible, here are some helpful tips to look for when dealing with water damage in your home. The categories of water damage are defined by the Institute of International Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
Category 1 (White Water)
Category 1 water damage is caused by water that does not contain contaminates that pose a threat to your health, or clean water. Clean water damage can come from things like a malfunctioning appliance, supply lines, and rainwater. Although category 1 home floods are safe to clean up yourself, it is important to know that clean water can quickly turn into category 2 water damage if left standing for as little as 48 hours.
Category 2 (Grey Water)
Category 2 water damage, sometimes also referred to as greywater, refers to water that is not sewage, but does contain contaminants. This can include water damage that comes from washing machines, dishwashers, bathtubs, sinks, or an overflowing plumbing fixture. Floodwater that comes from a weather event is also put into the greywater category. If your home has category 2 flooding, it is important to wear protective gear if you attempt to clean it.
Category 3 (Black Water)
Category 3 water, or blackwater, is defined as water that is contaminated with pathogens or toxins, such as human waste. In your home, this can come from broken sewage pipes or toilets.
Flooding from a weather event that enters a building as a result of a storm or hurricane, can potentially carry contaminants that puts it in the category of blackwater.
When it comes to home flooding, category 3 water damage pose the biggest threat to your immediate health and can be the most destructive. Due to the nature of the water, most contents that it comes in contact with are unsalvageable and must be torn out.
If you think that your home has been affected by a Category 3 flooding, it is advisable to contact a professional to help you deal with the issue. SERVPRO of Anderson is equipped with the right materials and crew to help make it, "Like it ever even happened!"
As August approaches, we are starting to come into hurricane season here on the East Coast. While these storms rarely come as far inland as Anderson, it is not unheard of like we learned with Hurricane Florence. Here at SERVPRO of Anderson, we are prepared for anything and want to make sure that as homeowners, you are too!
We prepare for incoming storms by making sure that we are stocked up on products to help clean your homes and by refreshing the production team’s knowledge with courses in restoration and water mitigation.
YOU can prepare by reading our blog on Categories of Water Damage, that way if disaster does strike, you can be educated on what you are dealing with. Another important tip is knowing where the water shut-off valve is for the home and knowing the right people to call in case there is damage beyond your ability to fix.
At SERVPRO of Anderson, we can be reached, day or night at (864)-224-0285.