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Charleston's Commercial Mold Damage Experts Discuss Air Quality

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Charleston's Commercial Mold Damage Experts Discuss Air Quality Mold Can Close the Doors to Your Retail Shop in Charleston--Call SERVPRO for Remediation

Mold Remediation in Retail Stores Is Essential for Successful Commerce

If a slow water leak ever develops at your Charleston thrift store, microbial growth can take place. A fungus grows inside any building that is exposed to excessive moisture in places that were not designed to handle getting wet. When water leaks from a pipe or appliance slowly it can go unnoticed for a long time.
 
Fungi need elevated moisture levels, an organic food source such as wood, and temperatures between 68 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit to form. When working on a commercial mold damage project in Charleston, controlling your store's indoor environment helps control microbial growth. Once a fungus develops it produces microscopic spores that can circulate to other sectors of the building, creating more problems.
 
Most structures have microbes in places like attics and air ducts. If the relative humidity inside is higher than 60%, these inactive microbes can start to grow structures called hyphae. If spores inside air ducts have the ideal conditions, they can grow hyphae that spread across surfaces and lets off more microbes throughout the ventilation system.
 
The spores can spread all over your shop or large commercial building finding other moist areas to create more issues. Since mold can cause health effects with some people, if it grows inside the ventilation system, air quality becomes a serious concern. Any time a mold is found at a property, our SERVPRO technicians take measures to prevent microbes from spreading throughout the structure jeopardizing the quality of air your employees and customers breathe.
 
When microbes get activated inside air ducts, there are a few ways the problem can be mitigated. If the affected portion of the ducting can be accessed, then the contamination gets removed by scrubbing or using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. If the contaminated portion is not easy to get to or cannot be found, then antimicrobial chemicals get sprayed into the ducts with a sprayer or ULV fogging machine.
 
If the ventilation system is contaminated, it can spread pungent odors through your thrift shop. Clothes are porous materials that can store malodor particles. If products and contents inside your shop produce mildew-like odors, then we can deodorize them with ULV foggers or ozone systems.
 
We know that keeping your store smelling clean is essential for your business. We take special care when working to restore your company's assets. If you need help after damage occurs at your business, call SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston at (843) 577-2470 any day of the week.

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Charleston's Flood Damage Specialists Explain Drying Procedures

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Charleston's Flood Damage Specialists Explain Drying Procedures When your neighborhood floods, it is likely water finds its way into your home ruining materials and contents.

SERVPRO is Here to Help Dry Out and Restore Your Home after Flood Damage

Severe thunderstorms are known to come into Charleston and cause damage to homes and other buildings. When excessive amounts of rain pour down in short periods of time, water can get into a house and ruin materials and contents. If your neighborhood floods it is likely that water gets inside a structure.

In other scenarios, high-speed winds blow objects into the exterior of the building creating a hole for rainwater to leak inside. When mitigating flood damage in Charleston, it is vital to remove all moisture present promptly. If water stays inside your home for long periods of time, it can saturate building materials causing them to lose their structural integrity. If organic materials stay wet for over 48 hours, then mold can develop.

Whenever our SERVPRO technicians attempt to remove moisture, they know that the two main steps are extraction and drying. The extraction process takes place first so that standing flood water and drenched materials no longer exist. After as much water gets extracted as possible, the drying process begins.

When drying out a structure, the goal is to return moisture levels to preloss conditions as quickly as possible. There are four factors that affect how effectively materials get dried. The amount of water to be evaporated, temperature, humidity, and air movement all play roles in the structural drying procedure.

The amount of water present dictates which types of drying equipment gets utilized. The temperature inside the affected area must be between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit for best drying results. If there is no heat in the building, then portable heaters get brought in to heat up the building to desired temperatures.

Water evaporation causes moisture to be present in the air. If the relative humidity is too high, evaporation slows down. Often dehumidifiers get placed to pull moisture out of the air keeping the relative humidity between 30% and 50%. Air movers then get set up to circulate warm air around the affected region, increasing the natural evaporation rate.

Drying equipment stays set up until moisture levels return to what they were before water entered the home. For help with moisture after a storm, call SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston at (843) 577-2470 any time.

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Mold Damage Remediation in Your Charleston Home

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation in Your Charleston Home If a hidden pipe leaks, mold will begin to grow requiring professional mold remediation services from SERVPRO.

Rely on SERVPRO to Remediate Mold Damage and Restore Your Home

No matter how frequently and how well your bathroom in your Charleston home is cleaned, mildew or mold can start growing if you have a hidden water leak. Mold needs dark, moist areas to thrive, and a pipe, which is usually hidden under flooring or a wall, gives the best starting point for mold if it springs a leak. Staining on your walls, ceiling, or damaged flooring are signs you may have a hidden leak.

When you discover a leaky pipe and mold growth in your Charleston home, you want to act fast so that the mold damage can be cleaned up. The source of the moisture has to be taken care of first, but the mold keeps growing if you do not have it handled. Our technicians at SERVPRO are specially trained to clean up mold colonies and make your home safe again, so do not hesitate to contact us once you find mold in your home.

One of the first significant steps we need to perform in mold remediation is containing the contamination, so it does not spread to areas of your home which are clean. Building an area like this can include installing plastic sheeting for barriers, establishing negative air pressure in the area, and sealing HVAC vents to prevent mold from getting into your duct system. We may also need to create clean rooms for leaving, entering and decontaminating materials and equipment.

When SERVPRO techs prepare to remove the mold, the method we use depends on the kind of surface the mold is on. Nonporous materials can usually be cleaned. However, porous materials with visible mold growth often have to be removed and discarded. In most cases, settled spores can be removed by HEPA vacuuming and wiping with a damp cloth.

Drying your structure is of high importance as well so we can stop further growth of mold. Some of the drying procedures have to be delayed until containment and mold removal are completed, so the mold spores do not get spread throughout the home. By removing damaged materials which have absorbed moisture, we speed up the drying process. Dehumidifiers without much airflow can be used during containment and removal procedures.

SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston understands the importance of cleaning mold damage from your home in Charleston or the surrounding areas. Contact us at (843) 577-2470 if you suspect you have a mold issue so we can take care of it for you.

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Overloaded Outlets Could Cause Fire Damage to Your Charleston Home

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Overloaded Outlets Could Cause Fire Damage to Your Charleston Home A fire from an overloaded outlet does not always leave structural damage, but can leave behind strong odors that need to be removed.

Call on SERVPRO for Any Size Fire Damage 

Even small electrical fires can still do substantial damage to your Charleston home. While you might not have as much in the line of significant structural damages and reconstruction costs, there are still lingering effects that threaten your ability to live comfortably at home. To combat these conditions and restore your home back to the way that it used to be, professional restoration services might be what you require.

While the culprit for the fire damage in your Charleston residence might be an overloaded outlet that sparked, the surrounding area would also inevitably experience the damaging effects of this modest blaze. In these situations, some of the biggest threats that you face to live comfortably in your house again are the lingering scent and aesthetic damages to flooring, ceilings, walls, drapery, and contents in the affected area.

Deodorization is often one of the biggest concerns that homeowners have because the lingering smell from a fire can prove noxious to those even passing through the affected areas. Resolving this requires several pieces of equipment that our SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians use to eliminate the odor in the environment and from furniture and other contents around. One critical piece of equipment for this process is our thermal fogger. This equipment sends out a dense chemical fog that nullifies noxious odor molecules and leaves no scent behind.

When it comes to cleaning up the soot and smoke damages, often this involves vacuum systems and brushes on the surfaces, floors, and ceilings that soot has settled on. For set-in soot that does not come off easily, a wet cleaning solution may get applied to help remove the sediment and dirt. This process prepares these surfaces to be re-faced or repainted depending on where the damage was.

Fire damage in your home might not always require things like reconstruction, but they all leave behind effects that are difficult to contend with on your own. Trust the experienced restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston to help you bring your home back to preloss conditions quickly and professionally. We can get reached 24/7 by calling (843) 577-2470.

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Water Removal In Your Charleston Home After Toilet Overflow

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal In Your Charleston Home After Toilet Overflow Toilets overflowing are one of the most common reasons for water damage in Charleston homes.

Water Removal In Your Home

Toilets overflowing are one of the most common reasons for water damage in Charleston homes. Even though we cannot imagine our lives without toilets, there are many things which can go wrong with one that is improperly maintained. Septic tanks stop draining correctly, children attempt to flush toys, and general clogs from use can all cause problems. Most of the time, homeowners are thankfully able to notice an overflowing toilet quickly, but sometimes it can happen overnight or when you are out, creating even more damage.

A toilet overflow is capable of causing a great deal of damage to your Charleston home. You need water removal services and help to get your home dry and restored. It is not something you want to hesitate on, so make sure you reach out to our staff at SERVPRO right away. We are professional water damage remediation specialists who can help you get your home back in order.

Structures which are water damaged can create slip, trip, and fall hazards at the work site. Wet surfaces are usually slick, and power cords and equipment hoses can trip people. When needed, we post warning signs and alert you about these hazards.

Slippery floors are most commonly seen hazards in wet buildings. You might not think about the potential danger of walking form a wet carpet to a hard floor. SERVPRO techs might be okay and not slip on carpeting, but when we step onto hard flooring, it can pose a serious slip hazard. We ensure that you and your family understand this to avoid accidents.

We also use caution with power cords and hoses during our cleanup process. They can become tangled, so we always tape them down, or gather cords up with a Velcro belt or zip tie. Tack strips also can be unsafe when we need to remove carpets. Stepping on an exposed tack strip can be dangerous and painful. If the carpet is removed for drying, we may need to cover the tack strips with foam strips to prevent injury.

In a water damage situation, SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston realizes that there could be dangers in your home in Charlestown and the surrounding areas to consider during the restoration process. Get in touch with us at (843) 577-2470 right away after a water loss of any kind so we can help you.

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Drying Systems for Commercial Water Removal Services in Your Charleston Warehouse

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Drying Systems for Commercial Water Removal Services in Your Charleston Warehouse If you find pooled water on the roof of your business, your drainage system is not working properly and could result in commercial water damage.

Rely on SERVPRO to Remove Water and Dry Out Your Commercial Space after Water Damage

When you own a warehouse in Charleston, it is essential to check your roof on a regular basis. If you find a pond sitting up there, your drainage is not working efficiently. Remember, each inch of water weighs around five pounds. The pooled water can cause incredible strain over time and lead to leaks and water damage inside your building. Look for any damage to the perimeter flashing, roof membranes, or penetrations to the roof like pipes, drains, and gas lines. These critical safety measures can deteriorate over time, which leaves you with several potential hazards.

Dealing with a water intrusion in your Charleston business is not a fun task. You need commercial water removal services as soon as possible to get the standing water out and dry your building to prevent additional loss. Our staff at SERVPRO understands the urgency in a situation like this, so we are here to help whenever you need us. With the professional tools and training we have, letting us handle the problem is best to get your business back on track.

To dry your structure, we need to remove moisture from the air as well. Evaporation adds moisture to the air, and dehumidification removes the moisture. Two systems can be used for drying which is an open system or a closed system.

With an open drying system, the moist air inside your building is exchanged with the drier air outside. Opening up windows and using fans and air movers to ventilate the structure exchanges the air. These systems work only when the outside air has fewer grains per pound than the air inside. For the best conditions, outside air should have a high temperature and low relative humidity. The difference between the specific humidity of the air outside and inside is also significant.

In a closed system, SERVPRO techs close off the area affected by the outside air and from areas of your structure which are not affected. Dehumidification equipment is used to dehumidify the inside air. We must control the indoor environment with air movers and dehumidifiers for a closed system to work. It is easier for us to dry smaller areas, creating a drying chamber by hanging plastic sheeting or closing windows and doors. Air conditioning may be used as well to assist us in dehumidifying. By setting up a drying chamber, the drying process moves faster, and we can dry everything more thoroughly.

SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston is careful to use the best drying system to get your property in Downtown Charleston or the surrounding areas dry again after a water loss. You can reach out to us at any time by dialing (843) 577-2470.

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Restoring Flood Damages to Your Charleston Home

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Flood Damages to Your Charleston Home Flooding in any part of your home must be dealt with right away to prevent secondary damages such as mold from forming. Contact SERVPRO immediately.

SERVPRO Technicians Inspect Your Home Thoroughly for Structural Damage After a Flooding Event

Despite all of your best efforts to keep your Charleston home in the best possible shape and conditions, inevitable wear and tear are going to occur as the home ages. The footer that supports the foundation and all of the load bearing elements of your structure settle a little more as the ground freezes and thaws with the changing of the seasons. The age of your home can sometimes be a clear indicator to look for potential problems like cracked joints and worn out blocks in the foundation of your home. Replacing them now could provide you with an advantage to prevent issues in the future, but most homeowners do not recognize the signs of a weakened structure until it has already allowed a disaster to occur.
 
One of the most common threats that result from a foundation that is worse for the wear is internal flooding of the home. While this flood damage in your Charleston home might occur on a lower level (like the basement) where there is not a lot of foot traffic, this is often the storage area for some of the belongings that you want to save and treasure. Several inches of water on the floor of this level of your house that does not get remedied right away can cause irreparable damage to these contents, not to mention further compromise the already weakened structural integrity of the property.
 
Our SERVPRO team of professionals have trained eyes to inspect and assess the source of the water damage you are currently experiencing. Once these vulnerable areas have gotten determined, they can get repaired as part of the overall restoration process, ensuring that you are less likely to experience the same kind of problem again in the near future.
 
Extraction is a critical component of the flood restoration process, as pulling this water out of the area allows for the drying and restoration of the contents of your home that currently are in jeopardy. For high volumes, our technicians employ a pump truck from our SERVPRO fleet to pull the water out quickly and efficiently. This process allows the drying and dehumidification to get underway more expediently.
 
When you are experiencing flood damages to your home, you can trust the experienced and professional technicians that we have at SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston. We are available 24/7 for any emergency that you might have by calling (843) 577-2470.

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Mold Damage From A Roof Leak In Your Charleston Home

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage From A Roof Leak In Your Charleston Home The faster you act with a roof leak and mold damage, the quicker the issue can be taken care of, and you can avoid additional damage to your home.

Mold Damage From A Roof Leak

Even a small amount of roof damage in Charleston can let moisture seep into your home, which results in the growth of mildew and mold. You not only have a roof issue to repair, but you also need to address any damage which the leak has created to the inside of your home. You can often spot ceiling mold reasonably quickly. Brown discoloration, visible mold growth, or a musty odor near a roof leak are sure signs of a mold issue.

The faster you act with a roof leak and mold damage, the quicker the issue can be taken care of, and you can avoid additional damage to your Charleston home. Regular household cleaners are not typically enough to clear up a mold issue, which is why our professionally trained staff at SERVPRO should be called in.

As remediators, we record the conditions in your home, such as how severe the contamination is and how much moisture saturation there is. After we complete remediation, an indoor environmental professional might put on record that mold in your home has been returned to conditions that are normal.

The goal of SERVPRO staff is to keep the contamination of mold from getting airborne and spreading to areas of your home that are clean. Putting negative air machines near drywall demolition, for example, lowers how much airborne mold we are exposed to and makes the process of removing the mold more efficient.

After the mold has been returned to normal levels, the best solution is to get rid of excess mold contamination. We can accomplish this by physically removing materials that were damaged by growing mold, by vacuuming excessive spores of the mold into HEPA filters, and by damp wiping surfaces that are soiled with detergent cleaning products.

Correcting the moisture problem is the key to dealing with mold. We stop the source of the moisture, such as your damaged roof, which initially contributed to the growth of mold. Even the best cleanup efforts do not keep the mold from returning if your home still has moisture problems.

SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston understands that mold needs moisture to grow in your home in Charleston and the surrounding areas. We work quickly to eliminate the source of moisture and clean up the mold after you contact us at (843) 577-2470.

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Full-Service Fire Damage Solutions For Your Charleston Area Home

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Full-Service Fire Damage Solutions For Your Charleston Area Home When the Firefighters Have Finished Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Damaged Home in Charleston

Need Cleanup After Smoke and Fire Mishaps? Call the Skilled Team from SERVPRO to Make Your Life Easier

A fire has the destructive power to damage natural walkways, sidewalks, parking lots, roads, cars, and buildings. You should always consider fire-damaged structures on your Charleston area property as unstable. It is entirely possible to suffer structural damages that could pose dangerous risks to anyone that attempts to enter.

Always avoid working in or around fire damage in your Charleston area home. It is essential to have a restoration professional you trust inspect the entire area including, stairs, floors, roofs, ceiling, walls, and all utility supplies for safety before beginning work. You and your family should remain clear of all debris, leaving the heavy lifting to a professional.

Water used to combat the fire can expose untreated building materials to water damage that poses health risks and leads to additional damages or corrosion, rot, and mold. It is a given that it is necessary for your restoration company to understand multiple recovery methods and have access to the necessary equipment to handle each situation appropriately.

SERVPRO technicians can help ventilate the entire house, utilizing air-moving equipment to mitigate smoke odors after a fire. We also help you determine which items remain salvageable while transporting and disposing of all heavily damaged items. Smoke and soot residue can seep into a variety of surfaces, and each requires professional attention to limit losses you might experience.
 
SERVPRO's cleaning technicians wipe down all affected surfaces including countertops, appliances, walls, ceilings, and any furniture or personal belongings found in your home. We use EPA-registered disinfectants and advanced cleaning methods, both dry and wet, to mitigate damages as much as possible.

SERVPRO provides you with fully-certified IICRC technicians, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, year round. We diligently provide members of our local community with cleaning and restoration services you can trust and show it in every service that we offer to protect your home. You can count on our proprietary cleaning agents to be top of the line products to mitigate fire and damaging smoke effects to your belongings.

Contact SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston for full-service recovery solutions throughout the surrounding area. We help you make your property look its best when you can only imagine the worst. (843) 577-2470

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Water Removal Services Using Advanced Equipment for All Charleston Area Residents

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Services Using Advanced Equipment for All Charleston Area Residents SERVPRO uses various types of extraction equipment to remove water in your home during the restoration process.

Rely on Industry Trained SERVPRO Technicians for Thorough and Efficient Water Removal

One of the most important things to remember when dealing with water issues on your Charleston property is to take quick, decisive action. Every minute that you spend deliberating can lead to additional damages that make the possibility of successfully restoring your home, harder. 

Contacting a qualified water removal company in Charleston gives you access to professionals who understand how to extract water from your home correctly. With the proper personnel, resources, and equipment, your water removal company can make multiple passes to ensure proper water removal and quick drying of the structural components of your home. 

SERVPRO professionals take water removal seriously, using various types of extraction equipment to remove water from flooring, furniture, and other contents found in your home as quickly and efficiently as possible. It is a part of our job to make IICRC-industry certified technicians available who understand the water removal process and work hard to put training and experience to work for you.

SERVPRO technicians use both portable and truck mounted extractors that make removing water found on your property quicker. The entire extraction process involves putting the three major components, the heater, pump, and vacuum system, to work for you. Our technicians choose the right extraction tools for your circumstances while maintaining the delicacy necessary to protect your property.

Your local SERVPRO is an independently owned and operated company, offering a variety of water removal, cleaning, and restoration services throughout the area. We use infrared moisture detectors, hygrometers, dehumidifiers, air-moving equipment, and advanced drying and cleaning techniques to restore your property, personal belongings, and living environment to a quality pre-water damage condition that you and your family can enjoy. 

SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston has emergency response teams available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. We are always nearby and ready to help residents throughout surrounding areas with any size problem you may face. Call our offices today for access to qualified professionals, advanced equipment, and resources that enable you to recover, quicker. (843) 577-2470

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