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Fast Action Is Crucial After a Flood in Your Charleston Property

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Fast Action Is Crucial After a Flood in Your Charleston Property Flood damage can accumulate quickly. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

How SERVPRO Handles Carpeting for Flood Damaged Charleston Homes

Some of our most involved work when handling the effects of flood damage in a local home happens when we start to restore or replace the carpeting inside the building. Depending on the situation, the carpeting may need no replacements whatsoever, a partial "patched" replacement job, or full replacement across one or more affected rooms. We take care not to replace any material that can still be saved, but regardless of what treatments we can use for the project, we always have our work cut out for us. 

Does the Carpet Need to Be Replaced? 

One of the first evaluations conducted by our inspectors after flood damage hits a Charleston home is the state of the flooring. Flood damage that involves black or grey water (including all flooding that happens during a storm) forces us to replace any affected carpeting as quickly as possible. Many floodwater sources are contaminated with bacteria and fungal spores and can lead to mold growth and potential health hazards inside carpeting that is not thrown out. Even with clean-water flooding, we may need to remove carpeting that has warped and shrunk too far to be saved. Not all situations require full replacements, however - sometimes we can cut out a fraction of the room's carpeting and replace it with material that matches the clean side. 

How We Save Clean Carpet 

The first step in saving carpet is to dry it as rapidly as possible. For this part of the process, we bring in our air movers, powerful devices that create air currents above and below the carpeting to whisk away water. During this process, we keep an eye on the materials to prevent them from shrinking as they dry. Sometimes, we may need to replace tack strips that have absorbed too much water. This is one of our top priorities since fresh tack strips can help to keep the shape in drying carpets. 

Putting Down New Carpeting 

If we need to replace carpeting for any reason, we compare the styling of your floors to our internal database to find matching materials. We install fresh tack strips and carpet rolls after deodorizing the area to make the room looking "Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston stays ready 24/7 to respond to local calls for help with flood damage from any source. Contact us at (843) 577-2470 for our emergency damage mitigation and restoration services. 

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Our Experts Can Handle Any Size Disaster In Charleston!

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Experts Can Handle Any Size Disaster In Charleston! Contact us anytime by dialing (843) 577-2470.

Why Charleston Residents Choose SERVPRO For Large And Small Scale Restoration Services


Charleston is home to historic churches and landmarks as well as bustling commercial centers and modern residential districts. We provide restoration services across South Carolina with an industry-leading team of technicians, crew chiefs, and customer-facing staff. At some point in almost every homeowner's lifetime, a property emergency occurs. We operate our call lines twenty-four hours every day to ensure that these issues are mild inconveniences rather than full-scale disasters. You can contact us to arrange services for mold, water, fire, or storm-related issues and trust us to use our experience, training, and equipment to bring your home back to its preloss condition.

Mold
The appearance of mold damage in your Charleston home does not necessarily mean a perpetual battle against microbial growth. However, it does mean you need to consider bringing in an Applied Microbial Remediation (AMR) technician to assess and control the contamination. Prolonged exposure to mold can rot wooden structure in your home, resulting in a much more considerable expense than it needs to be. Our restoration services for mold infestation revolves around containing, cleaning, and decontaminating the affected area to protect your home against future recurrence.

To effectively contain a microbial issue, we need to understand how fungi's spread and reproduce. Mold spores are microscopic organisms that are spread through the natural air flows of an indoor environment. SERVPRO control the spread of mold spores by using air-scrubbers with High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. Practices that may make spores air-borne, such as demolition of contaminated porous materials, are completed by a SERVPRO restorer with a negative air pressure machine to prevent spores released during the procedure escaping into unaffected areas of the home.

The standard procedure for removing mold colonies from your Charleston home is through agitative cleaning methods. They are scrubbing surfaces, sometimes with corrosive chemical agents for stubborn soilings, before thoroughly disinfecting the affected area. In the right conditions, mold colonies can grow in as little as 48 hours. SERVPRO technicians thoroughly, However, and dry the source of your mold issue to make sure colonies do not recur after the service finishes.

Water
When water is absorbed by a porous material, it can often distort the shape, which expands as water enters, and damages structural integrity. When we deal with water damage in Charleston, one of our first actions is to find and shut off the source to prevent further damages. SERVPRO restorers are experts at mitigating against losses and work with a restore over replace mentality.
 
We have specialist equipment for drying procedures as well as restoration services for wood flooring should you find it buckling and warping due to water problems in your Charleston home. Hardwoods naturally buckle cup or warp when they absorb moisture. SERVPRO technicians can take action to ensure that these distortions do not become permanent after the water is removed. Hardwoods need to be kept at a moisture content level of below 12% to avoid permanent deformation.

SERVPRO technicians can take regular readings of moisture content in materials by using the sharp probe of a moisture meter. The moisture content of flooring can be preserved at a natural level as the surrounding room is dried using dehumidification or rapid air movement. Returning hardwoods to a natural equilibrium below 12% can take months, but it is worth the effort. Buckling, warping, or cupping can successfully be sanded out in the most scenarios, then refinished to a pre-damage condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Fire
The aftermath of a customer-facing is a challenging experience for any homeowner. The priority for most people suffering fire damage in their Charleston home is saving possessions that have been collected over a lifetime. We operate an emergency line twenty-four hours a day for residents and commercial businesses who need restoration services for their home.

SERVPRO offers the restoration of damages to contents, structure, and valuables that you may have thought were irretrievable. Our specialty cleaning equipment includes ultrasonic immersion tanks for dense possessions like precious metals or ornaments as well as Esporta washing machines for fabrics. We can often carry out restoration services on site. In some cases, we may need to send items to an external storage facility in Charleston for specialist cleaning.

The structure of your home can often have a lasting, unpleasant odor caused by smoke damages. SERVPRO restoration services use a multi-faceted approach to odors that can get your back to its preloss condition. Thermal fogging equipment uses pairing agents to bond with odor particles and neutralize them completely. This equipment can be used in a controlled zone or through the entire house. During cleaning, SERVPRO technicians can direct spray surfaces and fabrics to control odor.

Storm
Emergencies need rapid responses and quick solutions. Our large loss recovery team is available to assist you with storm damage in your Charleston home. Over the years, our skilled professionals have gained a stellar reputation for hard-work, reliability, and expertise in recovering properties and possessions during extreme weather events. Restorers play a vital role in these events by performing mitigation tasks that can limit the chances of permanent losses being sustained.

In large loss scenarios, you may be temporarily relocated while work to restore your home is ongoing. SERVPRO technicians can digitally log and inventory your possessions and take them to an external storage facility while restoration work is carried out on your Charleston home. We take note of the items, the rooms the items were in, and their condition. Fragile items and valuables can be specially packed to avoid further damages. Once remodeling work is complete, our digital inventories mean we can return contents to their original places for when you return.

Reconstruction services are not uncommon after severe storms. As a homeowner, you want the procedure to begin as quickly as possible. However, contractors must be provided with a safe, secure, and powered property to carry out tasks. SERVPRO can restore power to the property or bring in portable generators, remove hazards, or perform vital drying and deodorizing of the property. Not only do these restorations services allow contractors to start work, but they also mitigate against permanent losses from water and mold damages.

SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston has a proven track record of restoration services that bring homes and businesses back to their preloss condition as quickly as possible. Contact us anytime by dialing (843) 577-2470.

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How Our Professionals Dry Your Water Damaged Home In Charleston

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Our Professionals Dry Your Water Damaged Home In Charleston Our SERVPRO technicians rely heavily on the power and precision of our air mover units to make water loss incidents “Like it never even happened.”

The Right Air Mover For Drying Your Charleston Home

Just being committed to offering effective and efficient water recovery services for Charleston homeowners is never enough for the work that must get done when these disasters strike. Our work focuses on the training and expertise of our water damage technicians. We also focus on the investment our branch has made in the leading equipment, products, and tools that help to complete restoration and recovery projects.

With a considerable span of severity in Charleston water damage incidents, the same approach is not ideal for every job that requires our professional SERVPRO technicians. Even with our extensive training through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in both Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD), much of the earliest stages of water loss recovery involve the placement of mitigation equipment like our air movers.

These high-powered fans are an integral part of water restoration and come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit the needs that our SERVPRO professionals have on a recovery project. Each of these machines forces heated air into the environment – and sometimes into saturated materials and structural elements themselves – to vaporize it for collection by strategically placed dehumidification units. This combination can play the most prominent role in reducing the relative humidity in a house.

Most often, we have two types that get used in the mitigation of water-damaged houses in the Greater Charleston area. Our most popular unit sits upright and is ideal for open spaces and many saturated construction materials. We also have a low profile model that is ideal for use underneath specific fixtures and furniture, but that can also get placed more easily in spaces where flood cuts have been made to dry out wall cavities.

Many specific tools make up the collective whole of efficient and effective water recovery. Our SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston technicians rely heavily on the power and precision of our air mover units to make water loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Give our specialists a call today at (843) 577-2470.

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How A Suppression System Can Save Your Charleston Night Club

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial How A Suppression System Can Save Your Charleston Night Club Give our specialists a call anytime you need us at (843) 577-2470.

Sprinkler Suppression For Fire Damage In Charleston Night Club

Overcoming the effects of a fire loss in your Charleston night club requires a fast reaction to the emergency. Often, with suppression systems installed, fires do not have a chance to become devastating and destructive forces to the building, though there are still direct consequences of this disaster to address. As much as you might want to take care of these problems on your own, professional recovery can help you to get your doors open again as quickly as possible.

Soot, smoke, and odors become widespread fire damage in Charleston clubs, though concerns also exist for overcoming the damage that the sprinkler system that had been running in the building has caused as well. These systems continue to shower affected rooms with water until the embers have been extinguished, which can lead to pooling and saturation of construction materials and electronics.

The DJ stand and set up on the stage of your nightclub is one of the most expensive areas of your establishment, as people come to dance to the music provided by this equipment. When it becomes involved in suppression, a damage assessment can determine the presence of fire damage, but our SERVPRO team must work to quickly mitigate loss by getting drying efforts started to protect electronic components and circuitry in units like amps, speakers, soundboards, and lights.

Our content management team can help to remove items affected by a fire or its extinguishment efforts to a safe spot nearby. We do have on-site recovery methods, though transporting to our nearby SERVPRO facility for concentrated cleaning, drying, and deodorization might benefit our customer if recovery efforts require your facility to shut down for a short time.

Multiple steps play a role in the full recovery of your damaged nightclub, but it is the business of our SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston team to get you back in business right away. You can count on our expertise and industry-leading equipment to make fire losses “Like it never even happened.” Give our specialists a call anytime you need us at (843) 577-2470.

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Charleston Structures Rely on SERVPRO for Water Extraction after Extreme Flooding

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Charleston Structures Rely on SERVPRO for Water Extraction after Extreme Flooding A Few Vehicles from the SERVPRO Green Fleet--Ready for Flood Damage Restoration in Charleston

Flood Water Removal Actions to Preserve Charleston Homes

With Cooper River and Wappoo Creek to the west and the Harbor everywhere else, Charleston is undoubtedly in what can be called a flood-prone area. Fortunately, those same flood threats also provide some of the finest water recreations on the Southeastern Coast for residents and hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
 
Charleston flood water removal needs to begin as soon as it is safe to enter the neighborhood. SERVPRO restoration teams train extensively on the latest extraction equipment to preserve as much of each home as possible.
 
They start with commercial grade pumps to remove the majority of the flood water. The inlet hoses are submersible, so technicians can drop them into ankle-deep or higher water to immediately begin operation. Depending on the size of the residence and the number of pumps needed, removal can take anywhere from one to several days.
 
For lower levels of flooding and in smaller rooms, SERVPRO technicians use more compact devices. These extraction wands can be adjusted for vacuum speed and also have a heating element to help begin drying out carpets and floors while removing the water trapped inside the carpet layers and between floorboards.
 
After drying the surfaces, team members then look for more water. In many homes, flood water collects in the sub-floor where it can rot the support structure, weakening and rendering it unsafe for walking. Technicians remove it by lifting a floorboard over the affected area or drilling a hole underneath a section of floor trim where it is normally unseen. Next, they insert a hose attached to a wand or another extraction device.
 
Removing the excess moisture trapped in the wood is important also. Team members complete this task by inserting a hose attached to an air mover and then forcing warm, dry air into the sub-floor. It pushes moisture out of the floor framing, speeding up evaporation. Our technicians can also rig "tents," of plastic sheeting and secured to treated floor area with tape to concentrate the drying stream of the devices. By reducing affected air and materials, we can increase the evaporation rate, thereby also the drying time.
 
Restoring every local home to a dry, safe condition after a flood is always the goal for SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston. If your home, or any area of it, is underwater, call us at (843) 577-2470 today to begin the removal process.

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Why Professionals are Needed for Fire Debris Removal in Charleston

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Professionals are Needed for Fire Debris Removal in Charleston Fire debris removal is dangerous. Let SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston use their expertise to restore your home.

SERVPRO Eliminates the Risk to Homeowners with Removal of Fire Debris from Burned Charleston Homes

The shock and confusion that affects a family in Charleston after a fire breaks out in their home can last until the condition of their residence gets restored to its normal, safe condition. We at SERVPRO realize the complications that any size fire can impose on a family. Our understanding of the situation makes a difference in how well your family copes with the stress and inconvenience until you can move back home and get things back to normal for everyone.

As soon as possible after a house in Charleston burns, removal of the fire debris needs to take place. Even in a property where the family can avoid the temporary moving out that many people must do, getting all of the rubble gathered together, bagged up, and carried out of the home needs to happen to eliminate the associated risks.

As we bag ruined carpets, rugs, draperies, blankets, and other charred remnants from the fire, we also use shovels and buckets to scrape floors clear of anything left behind. We also remove damaged belongings and dispose of these, also.

Should you want to go through such belongings to make sure that anything that holds particular value to you gets moved to the restoration pile, instead, and tagged as requiring priority attention. Just as we wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when removing and handling damaged materials, you should do the same when handling soot-covered items. Not only will gloves keep your hands clean, but once-safe items might now have splintered parts, jagged edges, or sharp points.

When we uncover things with a thick layer of soot but that otherwise do not show any signs of physical damage, we often take these things outside. Although they may not have sustained any burning, charring, or melting, they can still have damage at the molecular level. Some structural elements release gases that can cause health effects. We discuss these items and how industry standards prefer we handle them.

SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston can help make your home safer, faster by removing the debris created by a fire. Reducing your expenses related to disasters like this enables you to recover more quickly. We are always here for you, only a phone call away, at (843) 577-2470, day or night, 365 days a year.

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Our Professionals Can Save Your Water Damaged Charleston Home

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Professionals Can Save Your Water Damaged Charleston Home Reach out to us as at (843) 577-2470 as soon as you realize there is an issue, so no time is wasted in restoring your home.

Water Damage Restoration For Your Charleston Home

There are four appliances in your Charleston home that are the most common culprits when it comes to water leaks. These include your refrigerator, washing machine, sump pump, and dishwasher. These appliances should be inspected several times each year, as doing so could save you time and money you might lose cleaning up after a water damage emergency.

If you’ve already had a failed appliance in your home, the quicker you clean up the mess, the better. To help you do this, a professional water damage remediation company in Charleston is your best option. At SERVPRO, we have the experience and the tools needed to get the job done in a timely fashion, and we make it look as if nothing ever happened when we are finished.

In regards to your washing machine, the supply line that connects to the machine should be routinely checked. All materials only last so long, and several factors can affect the life expectancy such as water pressure, the type of water, how often you use the machine and installation techniques. Look for signs of water deposits or corrosion. It is a good idea to replace rubber hoses with braided metal supply lines.

If your refrigerator has an ice maker, it can spring a leak if the water line gets clogged or damaged. Check it to ensure it is attached securely as well. If you need to replace the line at some point, it is relatively inexpensive.

In most water damage emergencies, SERVPRO techs use a closed drying system, which closes off the affected area from the outside air and the rest of your home. Dehumidification equipment is used for the inside air, and we have to control the indoor environment using dehumidifiers and air movers. Smaller areas are easier to dry, and we can create a drying chamber by hanging plastic sheeting around the affected area, or we can close windows and doors.

Your dishwasher can leak around its base or under your sink. Look for discoloration of the floor or dishwasher, water damage to cabinets nearby, or soft or warped floor materials.

If you have a sump pump, having a backup power source installed such as a generator or battery backup is wise. Test it yearly, preferably before the wettest season.

SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston is always available to help you dry your home in Charleston or the surrounding areas back out after a failed appliance has created water damage. Reach out to us as at (843) 577-2470 as soon as you realize there is an issue, so no time is wasted in restoring your home.

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What is the Best Way to Dry Water Damaged Concrete in Charleston?

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial What is the Best Way to Dry Water Damaged Concrete in Charleston? SERVPRO of Downtown Charlotte is ready to tackle your water damage restoration needs.

Commercial Water Removal Experts In Charleston Talk About Removing Moisture From Concrete

Any building in Charleston that has running water can suffer from plumbing failure. When a pipe breaks inside your food storage warehouse, it is wise to call in a professional commercial water removal company such as SERVPRO. Our water damage restoration technicians (WRT) can utilized advanced equipment and techniques to dry out your contents and structural components quickly. When dealing with food storage facilities, we know that excessive moisture can ruin your food items. If your products get wet, it can become costly to replace several of your products, so conducting commercial prompt water removal is vital.

Even a small crack in one of your water pipes can spray hundreds of gallons into your company's building quickly. During any commercial water removal project in Charleston, we start by extracting the moisture while it is in its liquid form. Removing liquid H2O is much easier than removing it once it soaks into your contents and building materials and evaporates into the air. If there is a large amount of standing water, we first use a submersible pump to pull out the water and put it into a sewage drain. Next, we utilize heavy-duty extractors and specialized tools to remove moisture from wet surfaces, including your flooring materials.

Once all of the liquid water gets extracted by our SERVPRO team of WRTs, we then begin the applied structural drying (ASD) process. When implementing ASD, we use a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers. The air movers move moist air away from affected surfaces while the dehumidifiers pull moisture out of the air.

When drying out your food warehouse, removing moisture from your wet concrete floors is vital. Moisture that soaked into your concrete floors can raise the relative humidity levels inside your warehouse. When the humidity levels rise, the water vapor in the air can ruin your food products or cause problems with any wooden shelving units.

When drying out concrete, our water damage restoration technicians at SERVPRO can implement desiccant dehumidifiers. Desiccant dehumidifiers use a silica gel to attract moisture particles. The machine then heats of the gel to release the moisture. Desiccant systems work better with hard non-porous materials like concrete than refrigerant dehumidifiers. If you ever need concrete inside your warehouse dried out, call SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston at (843) 577-2470 24 hours a day.

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Our Experts Explain How We Stop The Slow-Moving Effects Of Flood Damage In Your Charleston Home

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Experts Explain How We Stop The Slow-Moving Effects Of Flood Damage In Your Charleston Home SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston has helped local homeowners for years to recover from the devastating effects of water and flood damage.

SERVPRO Stops These Slow-Moving Effects Of Flood Damage In Charleston

Flood damage can impact your home in many ways. While it might be clear and evident that waters can scar your carpeting, walls, furniture, and other visible parts of the home, some types of damage can reach much deeper if you do not take care of them quickly. SERVPRO technicians remain on standby 24/7 to respond to local disasters since only a few hours can make the difference between a smooth, simple water cleanup and a large-scale flood damage restoration project for victims of a disaster. Here are some of the ways that more significant damages can creep into your home if you are not careful.

Foundational Damage
One of the most essential reasons to hire a fast and certified mitigation company like SERVPRO for flood damage in Charleston is to prevent damage from happening to the foundation of your home. With extended exposure to floodwaters, your home's foundation may start to crack and break, potentially leading to a separate repair project that costs thousands of dollars. These damages can almost always be avoided through fast and comprehensive drying solutions like those planned out by our work crews.

Breakdown of Materials
The longer moisture remains in your property, the more liable materials around the house are to begin breaking down and wearing thin as a result of the water soaked into them. We prioritize removing standing water and excess moisture in your home as one of the first things to work towards when we arrive at your home hours after the disaster.

Mold Growth
Without fast drying and special preventative measures, the risk of mold growth in your home can be high after a flood. SERVPRO technicians are always certified to prevent and treat mold damage before and when it starts to appear in your home.

SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston has helped local homeowners for years to recover from the devastating effects of water and flood damage. Call us 24/7 at (843) 577-2470.

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Charleston Properties Rely on SERVPRO for Effective Smoke Odor Removal

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Charleston Properties Rely on SERVPRO for Effective Smoke Odor Removal Charleston Home Has Smoke Odors? Fire Damage? Call the Green Fleet for Improved Indoor Air Quality and Cleanup

Our Smoke and Fire Odor Removal Team Gets Your Charleston Home Smelling Lovely Again

There are many reasons why a home in Charleston might smell like smoke. Wood-burning stoves can back smoke into the home, stove-top fires can spread smoke into other areas of the house, and small fires that you managed to put out before it became necessary to call the fire department can leave smoky odors in your home.
 
We want homeowners to know that SERVPRO can help make their Charleston home smell healthy again after fire-related odors take hold and make things uncomfortable. We know how to make it “Like it never even happened." When we arrive at your home, we come prepared with the different tools and devices that can rid your property of the substances that create the odors. We do more than just adding a scent to cover the odors – we perform the work that makes them unable to bother you again.
 
We physically remove as many as possible items coated with soot or charred from a fire. Our first step in controlling odors is the removal of the soot and smoke residue that produces such odors. Cleanup can be the most crucial step to restoring good indoor air quality (IAQ.)
 
Sometimes smoke gets into the cavities inside your walls and ceilings. If possible, we remove the smoke deposits from those areas. Many times, we seal these areas so smoke particles cannot get back into your living space as they disintegrate into smaller pieces.
 
Thermal fogging works to remove leftover particles that cause odor. However, first, we discuss with you this and other result-producing options. Fogging forces chemical neutralizers into the same areas that the fire's heat pushed the smoke into, which is a good option for homes with numerous enclosed areas. Our hydroxyl generators and ozone machines can help deodorize the contents in your home if they seem to be producing offensive odors.
 
Ozone's benefits include working more quickly than hydroxyl generators can, while we can continue working in the area if hydroxyl generators suit your needs better. Hydroxyl generators can keep running even while the area remains occupied, and does not cause harm to damp carpets like ozone often does.
 
If your home has developed an odor from a past fire or other issues, call us, SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston at (843) 577-2470. We can make things pleasant again for you and your family.

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