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Turkey Fryer Safety
SERVPRO of Anderson wants to wish their community happy holidays as we approach Thanksgiving Day! While we hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday, we want to remind the community on the safety of frying a turkey to help avoid unnecessary disaster this holiday.
Any turkey fryer that uses cooking oil is extremely volatile, using large amounts of oil at very high temperatures. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires with more than three times the daily average for such incidents. If you are cooking a turkey in an oil fryer this year, please make sure to take a few extra steps to keep yourself and your home safe from a fire.
- Read the manual of the turkey fryer and know the weight limit of the turkey you are cooking.
- Do not over-fill your pot with oil. (Take into consideration that the turkey will raise the oil a considerable amount.)
- Do not leave your turkey fryer unattended for any amount of time.
If you suffer damages to your home or business, SERVPRO of Anderson is open 24/7 and is 'Faster to Any Disaster!'
At SERVPRO of Anderson, we have seen every size disaster and we know that some fire and water damages can greatly affect the contents of the structure. We have the right equipment and warehouse space to remove those contents affected by any type of damage, and clean/decontaminate them.
Our production team will pack out the contents in labeled boxes. Each box has a list of contents and photos are taken to reflect the notes taken by our production members. Once properly packed, the affected contents are then moved to our warehouse where cleaning and decontamination will take place.
There is a different process for cleaning depending on the type of loss the home or business sustained. While some affected contents cannot be saved with our cleaning process, our team always has the goal to leave your home or business in as close to pre loss condition as possible.
Call us at SERVPRO of Anderson at (864)-224-0285.
National Preparedness Month 2022: Fires
With September being National Preparedness Month, we at SERVPRO of Anderson like to take this month to give our community reminders on how you can prepare your home and business against disaster. There are all types of disasters that can strike your home or business that are out of our control, but how the structure holds up to the disaster and how quickly the mitigation and remediation work is done, is completely up to you!
When preparing your home or business for a Fire, there are some important things to keep in mind, courtesy of Ready.gov.
- Fire is FAST! In less that 30 seconds, a small flame can grow into a major fire. In minutes, a house can be engulfed in flames.
- Fire is HOT! Heat is more threatening that flames. Room temp. in a fire can be 100 at floor level and rise to 600 at eye level.
- Fire is DARK! It starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.
To help prepare for a house fire, make sure you have done annual maintance to your fire alarms, and check them monthly to ensure they are working properly. For a business, make sure that sprinkler systems are installed properly and tested regularly. In both structures, keeping the doors closed can not only save your life, but prevent extensive smoke and soot damages to rooms not directly affected by the flames.
To do more research on how to prepare for disaster, visit ready.org.
Drying Mat System
Drying Mat System
At SERVPRO of Anderson, we like to do everything we can to try and salvage the affected materials at our customer's homes or business. The first thing that our production crew will do when they arrive to the affected space, is take moisture readings of all the materials that have been affected by the water loss. These numbers will tell us a lot about the next steps in the mitigation process.
If the moisture reading numbers are low enough and there is a request to salvage the flooring, we have a specific drying technique where we place the mats pictured above on the saturated flooring.
While we don't recommend this process to all of our water mitigation clients, it can be a great option if the moisture reading is low enough upon arrival.
Call us at SERVPRO of Anderson to learn more about our services. Reach us at (864)-224-0285.
2022 Emergency Readiness Plan
Do you know what you would do if you suffered a major loss at your Upstate, South Carolina business? . When something does happen, like a fire or flood, it can close the doors to your business for weeks or even months. Having an emergency response plan is crucial to aid in the fast recovery of your business. This is a burden that no one ever expects, but SERVPRO of Anderson can help make sure you are prepared for the unexpected.
We offer a free service of coming out to your place of business and developing an emergency response profile that will help minimalize disruption in your everyday business.
An ERP includes:
- Assessment of business facility
- A portfolio that gives you important information if a disaster were to take place
- A guide to help your business become safe for reentry
- Creates a relationship with us to act as your mitigation and restoration provider
- A itemized list of water shut off valves and other emergency details.
Call us at SERVPRO of Anderson (864)-224-0285 to complete your Business ERP.
Meet Our Production Member, Toby!
Senior Production Member, Toby
Toby is one of SERVPRO of Anderson's senior production members. He has been with our SERVPRO branch since the very beginning, when our owner and CEO Johnny purchased the branch in 2017. He works hard every day to make sure that our customer's are satisfied and well informed.
One of his duties as a production team member is to document every step of his work at a customer's home or business. He does this by taking detailed notes and photos during each step in the mitigation or remediation process. You can make sure that if Toby is working on the jobsite, that things are going to be done as efficiently as possible.
You can always be sure to find him decked out in SERVPRO swag!
SERVPRO of Anderson has a fully trained production staff that is available for services 24/7, 365 days a year. We know that disaster can strike at any time of day or year, so we are always prepared to help. If you think that you need someone on site right away, don't hesitate to call us at SERPVRO of Anderson
Our production crew spend all year training, studying, and preparing to best handle any water, fire, or mold job that we may come across. Our team has worked on jobs of all sizes and with varying degrees of damages. At SERVPRO of Anderson, we believe that our customers deserve the very best, so we train to make sure that is a reality.
Call us anytime at SERVPRO of Anderson at (864)-224-0285.
Inspection of Storm Damage
Most of the storms that we see during the summer here in the Upstate of South Carolina do not leave extensive damages on the outsides of our homes. However, tornadoes and thunderstorms are much more likely to occur over the summer months, and these storms could leave you with some big damages.
After a big storm passes, it is always a good idea to provide an initial inspection of your home or business, before you call the professionals in for help. Doing this will allow you to communicate the extent and severity of the damages, giving us at SERVPRO of Anderson a better ide of what we are coming into.
For this initial inspection, we recommend to check your roof, windows, doors, shudders and your HVAC. If you see any extensive damages, make sure to record them to make information more accessible for insurance and your restoration/mitigation company.
Meet our Social Media Content Writer
Tess, our Social Media Content Writer.
Tess Rogers is the Social Media Content Writer for both SERVPRO of West Greenville County and SERVPRO of Anderson. She manages the social accounts and keeps the websites updated with current blogs, before and after photos, and pictures for our photo gallery. She works closely with our office staff and reads every detail about the water mitigation, fire remediation, and mold remediation jobs that she writes about. Before she began work as our social media content worker, she worked in the office closely with our office manager, Holly, where she learned the ins and outs of remediation work.
While Tess is currently a remote worker, you can be sure that she sees every happy customers comments and input on the social media outlets. If gives all of us at SERVPRO of Anderson great pleasure to serve our community.
Meet our Office Manager
Office Manager, Holly!
Holly Lee is the Office Manager at SERVPRO of Anderson. Her responsibilities encompass many aspects of our business, including account management, analyzing financial reports, monitoring compliance/risk management, and etc. She also acts our HR Administrator. Her incredible organization skills and wonderful personality keeps our team running smoothly. She is knowledgeable in all aspects of the restoration and mitigation business and can answer any question you may have.
Holly is one of the friendly voices that our customers have grown so accustomed to hearing when calling in to our office, and she takes great pleasure in making sure they are each taken care of.
If you want exceptional service through every step of your restoration or mitigation job, give us a call at SERVPRO of Anderson at (864)-224-0285.
2022 Summer Vacation Tips to Avoid Water Damage
Summer is here this week in the Upstate of South Carolina. With the warming weather and endless days of sunshine, people are starting to plan their summer vacations away from home. Recent surveys from CHUBB found that "close to 80% of homeowners overlook costly water leak exposure when heading out on vacation." At SERVPRO of Anderson, we want to make sure that you aren't those people, so we have some tips for you to help avoid any water damage.
- Complete a check of all appliances before you leave
- Test the sump pump if you have one
- Turn off the main water valve
- Regularly replace supply lines
These are just a few of the simple steps that you can take to help prevent water damage to you home while you are away. If you do suffer water damage, give the professionals a call at SERVPRO of Anderson at (864)-224-0285.
Commercial Mold Growth 2022
Cause of Mold Loss on Commercial building.
This commercial apartment complex in Upstate, South Carolina called us at SERVPRO of Anderson with suspicions of microbial growth on the outside of the structure. Our production crew was dispatched with instructions to inspect the area and provide the appropriate resources to confirm if the growth was indeed mold and needed remediation. There was visible growth in an outside closet on the drywall and ceiling. Our crew inspected all surrounding rooms to look for signs of microbial growth and take moisture readings to make sure that the issue did not extend into the rest of the house. After an estimate was provided, the production crew began to remove the affected material and treat the area to prevent further damages.
Call us at SERVPRO of Anderson at (864)-224-0285 for our commercial and mold remediation services.
Hurricane Preparedness Week 2022
SERVPRO of Anderson is a big advocate of hurricane preparedness and we fully support 'Hurricane Preparedness Week' that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration educates on every year. As a part of SERVPRO's storm team, we take the education and proper preparation of storm season very seriously.
This years Hurricane Preparedness Week is from May 1st-7th. The best time for you to start preparing before the upcoming storm season, starting June 1st. According to the NOAA, "Today you can determine your personal hurricane risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and review/update insurance policies. You can also make a list of items to replenish hurricane emergency supplies and start thinking about how you will prepare your home for the coming hurricane season."
Should You Use Bleach on Mold?
When you notice mold in your home or business, the first thing that comes to mind is how to remove it. Chlorine bleach has become one of the most common go-to's because it is quick and easily accessible. While the bleach does visibly remove the mold growth, is it really effective in mold remediation?
The idea that bleach can help you completely get rid of mold is a common misconception. These production are marketed to make people believe this to be true. While bleach does help to wipe away microbial growth on non porous materials, it cannot do the same for things like wood or drywall. The growth spreads into the pores of the material, and though the color may change on the surface temporarily, it will return if not properly remediated.
The best way to get rid of mold, is to call a professional to help. To get rid of mold completely, you must first find the root of the cause and fix the issue. Once the source of moisture has been addressed, the affected materials often need to be completely removed and then treated.
If you are uncertain of how to address a mold issue, it is always best to call a professional. SERVPRO of Anderson has a skilled crew that are available 24/7 for services. Give us a call for any Mold Remediation services at (864)-224-0285.
Happy Holidays 2021
This holiday season, here at SERVPRO of Anderson, we want to remind you to celebrate safely. With the chaos of the holiday, it can be easy to turn a blind eye to fire safety and for water damage to go unnoticed. If you plan on going out of town, make sure to take the proper steps to avoid any leaks.
Check out our fire safety blogs on proper kitchen safety, as well as how to avoid a Christmas tree fire. Remember, disasters don't wait for regular business hours. SERVPRO of Anderson is open 24/7 and we are Faster to Any Disaster! Give us a call at (864)-224-0285 if disaster should strike.
From our SERVPRO family at Anderson to yours, Merry Christmas.
Christmas Tree Fire Facts
Did you know that firefighters respond to around 160 home fires that are started by Christmas trees? According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly half of those fires are caused by electrical distribution and lighting equipment.
Some facts about Christmas Tree Fires; they cause around 10 million in property damage per year, 15% of fires are intentional, and 22% are caused by a heat source being too close to the tree. Having a dry tree greatly increases the chance of a Christmas tree fire. Make sure to keep your live tree well watered to avoid the lights starting a fire.
For any fire cleanup services this holiday season, call SERVPRO of Anderson. We are available 24/7 and are Faster to Any Disaster! Call us at (864)-224-0285.
Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means everyone will be doing a lot of cooking these next few weeks. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are around 2,300 residential fires each year on Thanksgiving. This rounds up to around 26 million in property losses. Cooking was by far the lead cause, with 73.5 percent of these fires. There are a few safety tips that you can use to help prevent a fire loss Thanksgiving 2021. According to the National Fire Protection Association, these are the top 10 safety tips for Thanksgiving.
Top 10 safety tips
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
- Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
- Keep knives out of the reach of children.
- Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
- Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
- Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
Keeping these tips in mind while you enjoy the holiday with friends and family is important, but if your home does fall victim to a fire loss, SERVPRO of Anderson is open 24/7 to help. Our production crew is faster to any disaster. Give us a call at (864)-224-0285.
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
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
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.
Drying Science- Part 2
SERVPRO of Anderson’s production crew uses airflow effectively to dry out affected materials. Air movement is crucial for evaporating moisture in materials. SERVPRO green air movers do this in a couple of ways. First, as dehumidifiers produce the warm dry air, the air movers create movement that then circulates the warm dry air throughout the affected space. This helps to lower the humidity in the area. Circulation is the key! It is also important that our crew effectively uses temperature to help dry out any affected materials. Temperature creates energy, which means that a high temperature creates a higher energy. When a water molecule has more energy, the faster it moves. The faster that the molecules move, the quicker that their bonds are broken causing the state to change from liquid to vapor. Our production team uses heat to speed the movement of the moisture along, increasing the rate of evaporation.
Increasing the Material’s Temperature + Lowering the Vapor Pressure of the Air above the Material = You have created the conditions for evaporation
Drying Science – Part 1
Did you know that there is a precise science behind how our production team places all drying equipment?
We use something called evaporative drying which is the process of removing moisture through evaporation and dehumidification. This includes equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers. The dry air acts as a sponge to absorb all the moisture from wet surfaces. Our dehumidifiers produce the dry air, and the air movers blow the dry air across the wet surfaces to speed up the evaporation process. Drying of wet materials needs to be completed as soon as possible to prevent further damages like microbial growth.
At SERVPRO of Anderson, we do this by managing 3 psychrometric conditions: humidity, airflow, and temperature. The drier the airspace, the less moisture in the air, and the lower the humidity allows the moisture to evaporate faster from all affected surfaces and materials.
Clemson, SC Lab Mitigation
Standing water on classroom in Clemson, SC
This Lab in Clemson, SC suffered major water damage during an experiment that got out of hand. This left about two inches of standing water in multiple classrooms and the connecting hallway. SERVPRO of Anderson met with the customers right away to go over some guidelines of the work our production crew would be able to perform. Due to the nature of the lab, they wanted to ensure that their materials were well cared for, as well as our crew safe while working near them. Extraction of the standing water was completed upon arrival and drying equipment set for overnight. Once the lab manager was able to meet with the production manager, they went over a list of work that would need to be done to completely dry the affected materials. SERVPRO of Anderson’s crew began work as soon as work was approved, setting more drying equipment where it was needed. Our production team made sure to work within the guidelines set by the manager to ensure the safety of their equipment.
Call SERVPRO of Anderson for any of our many mitigation and remediation services. (864)-224-0285!
COVID Cleaning for Anderson, SC Businesses
SERVPRO of Anderson production crew cleaning for COVID-19
SERVPRO of Anderson is still helping in the fight against COVID-19. Many businesses in the Anderson area are calling our production crew out to sanitize and fog their business when they have any direct contact with someone who contracted the virus. Our and their main goal is to make sure that their customers have a safe experience while at their place of business. Our production crew wear head to toe personal protective equipment while working to clean the building of any spores that may be resting on surfaces. We wipe down desks, doors, walls and everything else that an infected person may have come in contact with. Then, as an extra precaution, our production crew fogs the entire space to continue prevention of the virus. There are three levels of cleaning that we provide. They range from precautionary to a confirmed case of COVID-19. If your business needs a level 1, 2 or 3 COVID-19 cleaning, give SERVPRO of Anderson a call at (864)-224-0285.
Hidden Water Damage in Pendleton, SC Home
Sewage Leak from Toilet
This family had a sewage leak when a toilet overflowed into the bathroom. They quickly cleaned up the water and sewage they could see but called SERVPRO of Anderson out to see if there was any further damage. SERVPRO of Anderson’s production crew went out right away and found that although there was no visible water, under the tile standing water was still trapped. After a detailed examination of the area, production explained to the homeowners that they would have to remove the vinyl flooring in order to properly dry the bathroom. Demolition began immediately, removing vinyl, then the crew used the HEPA vacuum, treated the area and set drying equipment. After just a few days of the drying equipment being on site, the area was dry and ready for the reconstruction team to come in and get the home back to pre-water damage condition. If you suffer any water damage, it is important to have a professional come out and inspect to make sure there is no underlying damage. Water damage can go further than the eye can see. Give SERVPRO of Anderson a call at (864)-224-0285.
SERVPRO Anderson Storm Team
This year has been a cold year with winter storms reaching much further south than normal, all the way to central Texas. Here in the upstate of South Carolina, our community was lucky enough to escape the harsh winter weather. SERVPRO of Anderson has an amazing storm production team that is ‘Faster To Any Disaster’ locally, but our team also goes out of their way to help surrounding communities too! Texas experienced some very harsh weather that left many people without power for several hours, some even days. The very low temperatures, paired with the fact that homes in Texas are not built to stand the cold, caused water pipes in homes to freeze and burst. Our production crew were more than happy to pack up and head to Texas to help people local SERVPRO’s get their homes back to living conditions. Whether it is here in Anderson or out in Texas, we work as ‘One Team’.
Make sure to give SERVPRO Anderson a call for any of your mitigation needs at (864)-224-0285!
Water Damage Mitigation Process
Water Damage in Anderson Classroom
An Anderson school called us afterhours saying that they had a pipe burst in their kitchen sink. A nearby classroom that had both tile and carpet was affected from the water. Once the call came in, our dispatch team were called, and we contacted the customer back with an estimated time of arrival within 2 hours of the initial call. Once SERVPRO of Anderson’s team is on site, they speak with the customer to get a better understanding of the work they would like completed. Production extracted the standing water from the affected room and set the proper drying equipment. Depending on the extent of the water damage, there may be a need for demolition to remove affected materials. This is something that is always discussed with the customer or with the insurance covering the job before any demolition is actually done. For this specific job, we did not do any demolition. Over the next couple of days, our production crew went out to monitor the equipment and move it if necessary, to assure that the entire floor was being dried. Once the tile and the carpet give a reading that signifies the floor is dry enough, the equipment is removed and the process complete. Each water job comes with its own circumstances, some more complex than others, but SERVPRO of Anderson’s production crew will always follow all these steps to ensure you have a smooth mitigation process. If you have a water leak or flood in your home or business, give us a call at (864)-224-0285 and we will talk you through every step of the process!
WHY SERVPRO 2021
SERVPRO of Anderson has been acquiring new equipment so that we can be prepared for any size disaster. Our new commercial grade Desiccant Dehumidifier, paired with our new extended trailer and commercial size generator allow us to get out to any job, in any weather climate. This will allow us to help not only our community, but our fellow SERVPRO’s on the coast during hurricane season. Not only will we be able to aid in mitigation services, we can tackle whole projects while we’re there as well. We have received and assembled our final equipment to handle larger commercial and residential projects. Lastly, at the very beginning of 20201, we broke ground on our new SERVPRO facility that will give us the space to store this extra equipment, as well as customers contents before, during, and after cleaning. Our highly trained Team is here to help throughout the process whenever a disaster happens. Give us a call for your large or small mitigation or remediation needs at SERVPRO 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.
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!
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.
SERVPRO of Anderson Mold Myths and Facts
At SERVPRO of Anderson we have mold remediation services. Most of the time it’s in an un-used part of the home like a basement or attic.
Some customers try to handle the project themselves and find that the mold comes back a few weeks later. Here are some myths & facts about mold and the dangers. If you think you have mold, you should contact SERVPRO of Anderson to discuss the plans of actions.
MYTH NO. 1 BLEACH KILLS MOLD?
Liquid bleach is a solution of chlorine in water, usually 6 percent sodium hypochlorite, thus 94 percent water. Smearing bleach on mold may appear to kill it, but the effect is superficial and very temporary. Once the chlorine is gone - and it evaporates rapidly - what's left is all that water, feeding the mold.
There are many chemicals that kill mold. They're called biocides.
MYTH No. 2 'Toxic' Mold is the only dangerous type of mold.
"Toxic" mold or "black" mold is often touted by the hucksters in the mold industry as being the one that can cause health effects, the one you must eliminate. This is pure scare tactic.
Yes, there are some strains of mold that seem to be more toxic than others. But there is no such thing as good mold, or even tolerable mold, unless you like stinky cheese. Mold in your home is a problem, because it signifies a moisture problem. Moisture inside your home enables mold growth, and it can also lead to rot, threatening the structure itself.
On top of that, any mold problem that's allowed to continue often will pave the way for the dreaded "black mold." The most infamous "black mold," stachybotrys chartarum, is what's known as a tertiary mold. It's very slow to develop and usually follows earlier mold growths, actually feeding off the previous mold colony.
MYTH No. 3, Homeowners can properly remediate mold themselves?
Homeowners are not trained or knowledgeable about mold enough to properly remediate the damages, most times homeowners cause more damage when they don’t hire a professional. Most of the errors are in the contamination process. Not using vapor barriers or the proper equipment to clean the air during removal stages. When it’s not properly sectioned off, they can cross contaminate mold threw other area of the home that previously did not have mold spores.
Fact No. 1 : Mold is everywhere and mold problems exist indoors in every climate.
Mold is, literally, everywhere on the planet, in every climate. A house in the Mojave Desert can have a mold problem as easily as one in Florida or New Orleans.
Mold needs three things to thrive: moisture, food, and the right temperature. Moisture can collect in walls, attics and crawl spaces in the driest of climates with a little help, such as a roof or siding leak, plumbing flaw, and pressure differentials created by air conditioning, or even a poorly vented bathroom.
Food for mold is pretty much everything we build with and everything we own. Mold loves household dust... even in the kitchen sink. And the warmth mold needs is the same temperature range humans prefer.
Bottom line: Every home has mold but not every home has a mold problem. If you think you might have a mold problem, don't ignore it. Get help.
Fact No. 2 Home inspectors don't know mold.
Home inspectors - the ones who check out a house prior to sale - are generally ignorant about mold. Many inspectors will see mold and ignore it because there's no rot or obvious moisture. Others may not see it at all.
If you think you have mold in your property, call a professional remediation company like SERVPRO of Anderson – (864) 224-0285!
SERVPRO of Anderson is Here for You
SERVPRO of Anderson understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and fix the issue as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Anderson specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Anderson can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.
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. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Anderson.
We take great pride in doing our part to ensure the community is the best it can be.
Need Mold Remediation? Call SERVPRO of Anderson!
SERVPRO of Anderson provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. Our highly trained technicians can respond immediately to your residential or commercial emergency. We are a locally owned and operated restoration company and are trusted leaders in the industry.
Mold remediation is something that needs to be taken very seriously and should be done by professionals. SERVPRO of Anderson has technicians with trained experience in mold remediation who can handle any job no matter how big or small. Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:
- Emergency Contact - 864-224-0285
- Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
- Mold Containment
- Air Filtration
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
- Cleaning Contents and Belongings
Mold is the last thing you want in your home or commercial building. If you suspect there is mold in your home do not be afraid to call SERVPRO of Anderson at 864-224-0285!
Why SERVPRO of Anderson
SERVPRO of Anderson is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies.
IICRC Certified Firms must
- Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
- Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
- Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
- Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
- Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops the Standards for the Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.
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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.