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Water Removal And Damage Mitigation For Your Charleston Business

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Removal And Damage Mitigation For Your Charleston Business Mitigation lessens the damage that occurs to your property during water loss incidents or any kind of disaster that you might face.

Water Removal And Damage Mitigation

When your business contends with a significant water loss incident, you want to start working on a solution as expediently as possible. With so much riding on your availability to your customers during your normal operating hours, your Charleston business might take a substantial profit drop to be out of commission for weeks and weeks to get restored. This is where fast action on your part can actually do a lot to keep you from working around a lengtheir restoration schedule when you select a professional and accredited company to accomplish the work.

With our team of professionals, mitigation plays a substantial role in the work that we do. This process is something separate from the actual restoration work that your business later requires. Beginning with the water removal at your Charleston property, our SERVPRO team of technicians works quickly and expertly to remove all the dampness and moisture, effectively limiting the damage that this pooled water can do to the structure itself and the contents of your business.

In many ways, business owners assume that mitigation and restoration are in the same category, but this is not entirely true. While these processes complement one another, mitigation keeps the restoration work as efficient and limited as possible. Ultimately, a successful mitigation can shorten the potential time it takes to restore your building following a water loss incident.

The success of this process is based on your ability to react quickly and to get our SERVPRO professionals out to your property and starting the work. The faster that you respond to a disaster in your business, the faster that our experienced technicians can arrive and get to work.

Mitigation lessens the damage that occurs to your property during water loss incidents or any kind of disaster that you might face. When you have to contend with effects from an incident like this in your store or business, trust in the rapid response and experience of our SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston water damage restoration specialists. You can reach our team at SERVPRO at any time by calling (843) 577-2470.

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Sewer Line Blockages Could Allow Hazardous Flooding In Your Charleston Residence

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Sewer Line Blockages Could Allow Hazardous Flooding In Your Charleston Residence The SERVPRO Green Fleet Arrives Prepared for Stormwater Extraction and Restoration in the Charleston Area

Stormwater and Sewage Can Bring Double-Trouble--Call SERVPRO for a Safe Solution

While natural disasters like flooding are not at all uncommon to Charleston residents, sometimes it is the situations that we do not plan for and work to prevent that can end up taking you by surprise. Take for example the reality that every home and business in the area has a service line tapped into a sewer system networking through the city.

The bulk of these main lines are no wider than twelve inches, and can quickly become clogged or blocked by inappropriate things flushed or through external threats like invasive tree roots. When the main sewer line backs up, it can start to feed wastewater back through service lines. Without the appropriate measures to clear this line, wastewater flows back through your Charleston service line and into your home, causing flood damage and often a hazardous situation for your family.

Fortunately, our SERVPRO team of dedicated restoration specialists can help. With our hazmat training and extensive education regarding flood damage removal, we can work quickly to address all of the effects from this traumatic situation. In situations like this, cleanouts and emergency cleanouts (where applicable) get used to remove the wastewater working back through your system and into your house until the owner of the sewer line has the line jetted and clears the obstructions.

Extraction inside of your home is often one of the first steps taken by our SERVPRO professionals. Once the water has gotten pulled from the affected area, cleaning and disinfection follow suit while the area gets dried thoroughly with air movers and dehumidifiers.

One of the final approaches that must get taken is deodorization, as wastewater often comes with a harsh, pungent odor that lingers long after the cleaning has occurred. This process gets accomplished with the use of thermal foggers, hand sprays, and SERVPRO know-how.

While your home might be protected from traditional flooding as much as it can be, there are situations that are impossible to ward off entirely. For emergencies that require immediate attention, trust our SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston rapid response team to help you clean up the mess. Give us a call today at (843) 577-2470.

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Cleaning Mold Damage From Charleston Homes

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cleaning Mold Damage From Charleston Homes If unnoticed, mold can spread quickly through Charleston homes.

Cleaning Mold Damage

If unnoticed, mold can spread quickly through Charleston homes. In the spring and summer months, people are outside more often and simply do not notice it until they see it in the corner of the bathroom ceiling or perhaps smell that telltale, musty odor under their kitchen sink.

If you have or suspect mold damage in your home, you need to contact SERVPRO to both remove and prevent it from growing again. We follow the guidelines put out by the EPA to ensure we accomplish this correctly in your home and on each job.

First, we must clean and dry moldy materials and property. We begin with an inspection to find the extent and source of the growth. That requires going into every room, crawlspaces, and even behind walls if necessary. Our experts also need to use air content meters to find the highest concentration of mold in the home. Once we determine the location of the mold, our team members must move all non-infested items into a clean area of the home or to a secondary storage area to prevent accidental contamination.

Now, our crew isolates the contaminated area from the rest of the home and begins the remediation process. Our team members are familiar with both dry and wet methods of cleaning to remove even very thick levels of mold from surfaces. We also understand how to use HEPA filters. These special filters are designed for use in commercial vacuums and can trap even a single mold spore off a surface.

Second, as the cleaning begins, we need to dispose of non-cleanable, moldy items. That includes building material and personal property that is cheaper to replace rather than attempt to clean and restore.

Our mold remediation technicians need to dry all material and property without mold in less than 48 hours after arriving on-site. Quickly removing water and drawing out excess moisture stops mold growth and prevents new spores from expanding and starting the process all over again.

If you have mold in your home, even just the garage, you need an expert to remove it as quickly as possible. Contact SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston to make sure the job is done right the first time, so you do not have to call back a second. Call us today at (843) 577-2470.

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SERVPRO - Cleaning and Removing Fire Damage in Charleston Homes

6/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO - Cleaning and Removing Fire Damage in Charleston Homes SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston is here for you every step of the way when it comes to your home and your precious belongings.

SERVPRO Has The Tools and Technology to Restore Fire Damage From Your Charleston Property

A Charleston house fire can result in a massive loss of structure with damaged interiors and loss of personal property. More often, smoke and soot cover the home and property in layers of residues.

That is why SERVPRO places fire damage to Charleston and other homes into minor, medium, and major categories of cleaning, restoration, and repair. The intensity of the heat and how long the fire burns results in how our specialists decide which cleaning agents, tools, and methods to use after arriving at the home.

Minor Cleaning and Restoration – Here, the fire burned out quickly and the smoke and soot did not reach the entire home. The primary service our technicians perform is dry and wet cleaning to remove the residues from walls, ceilings, and personal property. Paper products like documents and books may need replacing.

Medium Cleaning, Repair, and Restoration – In these situations, the fire burned hotter and longer, leaving thicker residue layers throughout more of the house. It usually eliminates dry cleaning as an option, although our specialists can still clean and restore most of the structural and personal property at the location.

The increased heat also causes splintering and cracking of wood products like furniture and cabinets. SERVPRO restoration teams engage in minor repair work to these items, to include sanding surfaces and using sealants to repair the splintering. Odors left by the smoke and soot require intense cleaning at this level of damage and small, personal property items often require disposal.

Major Repair, Restoration, and Removal – Here, the fire burned very hotly and open flames caused physical damage to the structure and personal property. Smoke residues are on every surface in every part of the home, and the odors are very strong. Team members first actions are to remove and dispose of all burned property. It clears the home for restoration and removes many sources of the odors. If doors and windows were damaged, other specialists board them up to prevent secondary damage from the weather and to prevent animal intrusions into the home.

Technicians can still clean most items at the residence, but property with thick layers of residues such as curtains and upholstered furniture need the larger cleaning devices, such as an immersion tank, at our offices to completely remove the contamination.

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Restoring a home from fire damage is not a short or inexpensive process. SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston is here to help every homeowner through it and even help coordinate with all major insurance companies. If you need us, call (843) 577-2470. We are here for you.

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Cleaning Up What Others Leave Behind in Charleston Water Removal

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cleaning Up What Others Leave Behind in Charleston Water Removal Tools and equipment were used to find and remove the water damage under this hardwood floor.

For thorough water removal call SERVPRO

Hiring a professional Charleston water removal company like SERVPRO helps to ensure that the problem is addressed to the fullest extent of your expectations. Many water restoration and removal companies fail to deliver adequate solutions to common problems, either due to a failure to adequately train and prepare their workforce or out of negligence and willingness to do shoddy work. We are held to a nationwide standard in our work and can help to avoid all of these problems and more that can be left behind by a less trustworthy company.

Excessive Humidity

One of the most typical reasons to call in SERVPRO for water removal in Charleston after another company finishes its services is the presence of humidity in the home. Many types of water damage can create conditions of high relative humidity in your home, especially with the warm and wet environment typical of the Charleston area. Many companies either do not know or do not care to track humidity during and after their treatments, leaving behind a potential source of long-term damage for someone else to deal with. Our rigorous dehumidifying regimen ensures that all interior environments of your home remain at normal, sustainable levels of water content after a disaster.

Soaked Materials

Some homeowners may call in water removal and restoration services for their home and see all their problems disappear in a professional and timely fashion, only to have problems return weeks after payment has gone through. Other companies lack the industrial-strength drying technology used by SERVPRO that can create powerful air currents to dry out materials deep under the surface level. If you notice moisture in your home's structural materials after water has supposedly been removed, call us immediately so that we can take care of the problem before it results in an entirely new calamity.

Additional Damage to the Home

All of our techniques are carefully designed to avoid causing additional damage to the home, but many of our competitors do not take such considerations into mind when planning out a water removal strategy. If your home incurs damage in other ways from a water removal job, we should be able to send a team of technicians to repair the damage quickly.

SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston helps with water removal and restoration services for homeowners in the area. Call us 24/7 at (843) 577-2470 for our services or more information.

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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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