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Don't Wait To Repair Your Flood Damaged Home In Charleston, Call The Professionals At SERVPRO!

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Don't Wait To Repair Your Flood Damaged Home In Charleston, Call The Professionals At SERVPRO! Give our SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston contractors and restoration specialists a call today!

Unrepaired Storm Damages Can Flood Charleston Homes

Charleston residents have grown accustomed to the rapidly changing temperament of the weather, including its persistent threat of becoming violent. Even though many homes have suffered damages at the hands of some of the more powerful systems that have come through the area recently, many resolved to repair these damages on their own and in doing so, left their property vulnerable to further damages. With vulnerabilities in your exterior defenses, homes become susceptible to flooding and water damages.

Roof and siding damage are among the most common lingering concerns that can allow flood damage to affect your Charleston property. While repairs like this can be costly, especially when many homes throughout the area require similar assistance, avoiding it allows the problem to worsen continually. Once torrential rainfall occurs again, this weather along with the subsequent runoff your roof can expect allows a steady flow of water into your house. Our SERVPRO team can arrive quickly to provide emergency board up services to prevent further penetration, but even with our rapid response, the effects are often already widespread.

Board up services and tarping like our emergency team can provide are only a temporary solution designed to allow our mitigation team to get to work on protecting your property as best as we can. Repair of the damage must occur for the restoration to complete, as much of the work that our SERVPRO team performs to return your house to original condition relies on the source of the damage getting repaired fully to prevent recurrences.

Extraction plays a critical role when flooding occurs, as this allows our technicians on site to see the full scope of the damage while we set up drying equipment. With a Category 1 loss like this, many of the affected materials can often get preserved and protected if our team gets contacted quickly at the initial signs of flooding.

While you might be in the group of homeowners that can appreciate saving money and taking repairs and restoration into your own hands, the longer that your home sits storm-damaged, the more likely situations like flooding become. Give our SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston contractors and restoration specialists a call today at (843) 577-2470.

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How Water Loss Incidents Can Cause Future Mold Growth Issues in Your Charleston Home

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Water Loss Incidents Can Cause Future Mold Growth Issues in Your Charleston Home Moisture is a breeding ground for mold. Inspect your home for sins of water leakage.

Ways to Get Longer-Term Results from Mold Remediation in Charleston

Mold colonies quickly form whenever there is excess moisture or even humidity in a home. The spores that cause mold growth are microscopic and natural occurring, and apart from moisture, they require an organic food source, oxygen and the right temperature to thrive. Because of the environment, a mold problem can keep recurring even after remediation, which is not only costly but also inconveniencing so finding ways to get long-term results from a remediation exercise is essential. 

Most exercises of mold remediation in Charleston happen after incidents of water loss because such events supply the necessary moisture for growth. Leaks that go unnoticed, especially in hidden sections of the property, can also lead to infestations. Such leaks are common in plumbing lines within wall cavities and beneath sinks or bathtubs. Addressing the source of the water helps prevent recurrence. Our SERVPRO Franchise professionals take measures to quickly bring down relative humidity levels below 60 percent after a water loss incident to prevent growth. Fixing small leaks and drying wet materials using dehumidifiers and air movers helps deal with the issue "Like it never even happened." 

Moisture retention is likely in sections of your home such as crawl spaces and wall cavities where airflow is constrained. Moisture is also likely to find a way in through ground seepage or absorption from surrounding areas. Our SERVPRO Franchise professionals use different approaches including using injecti-dry systems and pumps to extract the water from the affected areas. To prevent future problems we recommend long-term measures such as crawlspace encapsulation to lock out moisture. 

In cases of heavy infestation, the remediation exercise might cause other problems. For example, tearing down a section of heavily infested drywall can spread debris and spores to other unaffected sections of the property. Some methods of mold removal such as wire brushing can also cause other problems such as damaging the infested material. To help minimize these additional problems, our SERVPRO Franchise professionals create exclusion zones with plastic sheets to prevent the spread of debris. To clean heavily infested materials without damaging them, we use special techniques such as soda blasting and dry ice blasting. 

If you are facing a lingering mold problem, call SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston at (843) 577-2470 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Choosing Professional Restoration For Water Damages In Your Charleston Home

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Choosing Professional Restoration For Water Damages In Your Charleston Home We respond quickly and have the best equipment to deal with water extraction, don't wait call our experts today.

Fast Extraction for Damaged Charleston Properties

Water loss incidents require immediate action to protect what can get salvaged of your Charleston home. From flooding to interior plumbing and appliance failure, there are more reasons than most homeowners might believe to find your property contending with high volumes of water. Whenever you find this situation, reaching out to our professionals can be a wise decision to make.

While you might consider damage like this to require little more than water removal efforts for your Charleston home, water affects much more than what you can see on the surface. There is a finite timeline to correct these issues before they begin to warp and distort construction materials for your home, and so reacting quickly to the situation is vital to protect these elements. Our SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7 to respond to all manner of damaging emergencies that occur in local homes.

Part of our fast response lies in our ability to remain prepared for all manner of disaster that could affect our customers throughout the area. Our Green Fleet stays stocked with a wide array of advanced equipment designed to make short work of situations like interior flooding and water loss incidents. Our extraction equipment is efficient as well, from our truck-mounted pumps to portable sump pump options. We can remove the excess water quickly from the area, but that is only the beginning of the work that must get done.

When materials get exposed to pooling water, they immediately begin to absorb the liquid, and it can begin to change their composition, size, and look. Drywall can become irreparably damaged in less than a day when exposed to water or excessive moisture. Hardwood flooring and carpets can take as little as two days longer to become unsalvageable. You have to act fast and get our highly-trained SERVPRO professionals working on restoring your property with water removal as promptly as possible.

Water loss incidents pose a significant threat to the wellbeing of your home. Give our SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston rapid response team a call 24/7 at (843) 577-2470.

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SERVPRO Will Put The Flame Of Worry Out In Your Charleston Home After A Fire

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Will Put The Flame Of Worry Out In Your Charleston Home After A Fire Only the experts offer restoration after smoke from a fire has invaded your home.

Fire and Smoke Restoration Methods for Charleston Homes

Smoke can be a devastating effect from a fire that occurs in your Charleston residence. While many different areas could ultimately become affected by the spread of this damage throughout the property, homeowners often lack the specialized equipment or training to sufficiently clean up and restore the exposed elements. Our professionals can arrive quickly to begin the steps necessary to return your home to its original condition.

Fire damage can create a challenging restoration process for your Charleston home. While many homeowners tend to fixate on the structural damages that could have occurred throughout the disaster, these often get resolved with controlled demolition and reconstruction. Overcoming smoke and other fire effects on the contents of the property and the base elements of the house, such as studs and supports, requires the advanced technology and extensively trained technicians that arrive with our SERVPRO rapid response team.

Smoke effects can vary in your home based on the materials that combusted, the heat of the blaze, and how long it burned before it got extinguished. Our professionals can do an accurate and thorough assessment of the full reach of the fire damage to determine what equipment is necessary to overcome the effects. Often smoke damage lingers as a residue on surfaces and contents or a noxious odor that spreads throughout the property.

Cleanup for these effects often falls to high-powered vacuums, wet and dry sponges, and SERVPRO approved industrial cleaning detergents designed to break apart residues and their stains to recover the full vibrancy of the original material. To remove harsh odors from the premises, materials, contents, and even fabrics, our technicians have equipment like our thermal foggers. These machines release an odorless chemical compound that breaks smoke molecules apart to leave no discernable scent behind.

While there are many steps to overcoming smoke and fire damages in your home, our SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston team has the equipment and expertise to help. Give our rapid response team a call anytime disaster strikes at (843) 577-2470.

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Check Out What A Typical Water Cleanup in Charleston is Like When SERVPRO is Involved

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Check Out What A Typical Water Cleanup in Charleston is Like When SERVPRO is Involved We have the technology and equipment to cleanup and sanitize your home from dirty water.

Charleston Homes - Water Cleanup & Restoration

When there is a water spill, it is essential to clean the affected area thoroughly, a process which involves various steps. Clean is a relative state, so the steps involved depend on the level of cleanliness that you need to achieve. The three levels of cleanliness are sterile, disinfected and sanitary. For a residential property in Charleston, reaching sanitary condition is usually sufficient because it eliminates any health risks. We have IICRC certified technicians that can clean your property after water loss to achieve the sanitary level of cleanliness. 


Removing any water left standing after the spill is a crucial step during water cleanup in Charleston. If the water originates from a dirty source such as a faulty appliance, it might contain wastes that might soil, or even stain the contents in the house, if left unaddressed for long. Our SERVPRO technicians handle this by extracting the water within the shortest time possible. We have different types of equipment to match the type of extraction needed. We can use submersible pumps if the pool is over two feet deep or truck-mounted water extractors for lower levels.

After removing the standing water, various soils and debris might be left necessitating various cleaning actions including the use of chemical agents and mechanical processes such as agitating the surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians use pressure washers or brushes where mechanical action is needed. We also have various professional cleaning agents to remove dyes and other stain-causing materials. We evaluate the material involved to ensure we use the right agent. For instance, we do not use chlorine bleach on wool and silk or when removing stains from rust.

Bad smells are likely to develop after a water spill incident. The causes vary depending on the specifics of the incident. If the water spilled contains debris, such debris might reach concealed spaces causing the bad smells. Even clean water might dissolve or push ordinary debris such as pet wastes into hidden crevices resulting in smells that do not go away even after cleaning is done. Our SERVPRO technicians combat this by deodorizing the affected property. If there is a carpet, we treat both sides with an EPA-registered disinfectant then use a fogger to apply a deodorizing agent. On hard surfaces, we use mop application.

Water spills can happen at any time leaving you to handle the tedious cleanup process. Call SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston at (843) 577-2470 to help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Timing Is Crucial When Your Charleston Home Suffers Flood Damage

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Timing Is Crucial When Your Charleston Home Suffers Flood Damage Call us at (843) 577-2470, so we can help you get your family back home and everything back to how it once was, “Like it never even happened.”

Why Homes With Flood Damage Need Fast Mitigation From SERVPRO In Charleston

Charleston's lower-lying neighborhoods experience sporadic minor flooding throughout the year. During the winter, this can happen because of freezing rains that melt on contact with the ground. Once melted, any water that becomes diverted from drains in the street can end up flowing over yards, streets, and into homes. Yard waste can also clog drains and force water into homes. Many times, the flooding remains low to the ground.

SERVPRO responds quickly to flood damage in Charleston and provides our clients with top-notch service. Damage of any kind eventually worsens, but beginning proper mitigation can minimize overall costs related to the labor, cleaning, and restoration needs of a flooded house.

Having highly effective equipment and tools helps us perform the tasks involved in making minor repairs, cleaning personal belongings, removing damaged structures, and drying the interior becomes more effective when we respond faster. Working as quickly as possible to remove carpeting and saturated drywall sections mean our drying equipment works more efficiently.

We test areas of your home that may hold condensed moisture from evaporated floodwater and ensure that these areas also become dry again. Working quickly means many of these areas never sustain damage from excessive humidity. Other areas that became contaminated but undamaged require cleaning to ensure they do not become breeding grounds for bacteria and other pathogens.

When your home becomes unlivable because of flood damage, finding suitable lodging for your family can place an extreme amount of stress on you. We understand that continuing to live away from home places additional hardship on you and the members of your family. Rapidly finishing the work involved in clearing away the water and debris, cleaning surfaces, and achieving a dry environment means your family can get back to their normal routines and move forward with their lives.

We work as rapidly as possible on homes containing flood damage, regardless of the water level reached during the event. To move your family back home after such a disaster requires substantial teamwork, and SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston trains our employees in the most effective methods. Call us at (843) 577-2470, so we can help you get your family back home and everything back to how it once was, “Like it never even happened.”

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Got Water Damage In Your Charleston Business? Our Team Is Faster to Any Size Disaster!

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Got Water Damage In Your Charleston Business? Our Team Is Faster to Any Size Disaster! During water emergencies, we are just a phone call away.

Commercial Water Cleanup In Charleston Can Save Your Business

The pipe leaking under the sink in the bathroom of your music shop may force you to shut down for a time while professionals clean up the mess. We know that your business needs to be open for you to make a profit, so you can expect us to work quickly. Plus, we understand that you do not wish to disappoint your customers who like to come in daily to browse and shop.

SERVPRO water cleanup in Charleston can help you get back in business as soon as possible. Our teams are well trained and can stop the leak and remove water from the premises fast. Excess water can ruin your floor tiles and walls and can also damage the structure of the building. Plus, moisture can ruin various contents inside the store such as musical instruments and display cases, which can be costly. Dampness can also lead to mold growth, which can cause health effects. Calling us right away may help reduce damages and lower restoration costs.

The water removal process may involve the utilization of portable extractors, wet vacs and pumps to remove water quickly. If there is a large amount of water, we may need to employ truck-mounted extractors. Next, we can start drying the affected areas. Typically, our crews use air movers, heaters and axial fans to dry structures fast. If necessary, the team may use dehumidifiers to reduce moisture and to speed up drying.

Our techs may also need to pack-out some of the items inside the store such as sheet music, musical books and various instruments like guitars, organs, horns, and drums. If we remove any contents from the structure, our team can wrap, label and categorize every item. Plus, they can bar-code, photograph and tag all items. This step helps keep accurate records that can be helpful for your insurance claim.

SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston provides dependable commercial water cleanup restoration that can make it look “Like it never even happened.” During water emergencies, we are just a phone call away. Contact us at (843) 577-2470. When possible, we can return your shop to its preloss condition.

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How Our Experts Will Restore Your Home In Charleston After A Fire

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How Our Experts Will Restore Your Home In Charleston After A Fire With a wide array of resources and highly-trained technicians available 24/7, SERVPRO is a wise choice for anyone contending with fire damage.

Tools For Smoke Recovery At Your Fire-Damaged Charleston Home

Smoke can often be one of the most troublesome effects to overcome after disaster impacts your Charleston residence. From small localized events to widespread structural damages, smoke can penetrate far beyond the source of the flames to affect many areas and items within the property. One of the focuses of the rigorous training our technicians undergo to obtain their IICRC certifications for Fire and Smoke Restoration is identifying the type of smoke that has impacted the property and the appropriate measures to take to remove the harmful and noxious effects.

Overcoming the fire damages in your Charleston home might be more complicated and intricate than many homeowners realize. Our SERVPRO professionals get equipped with the latest equipment to provide efficient and effective service in removing harsh odors and residues from the premises following widespread smoke damages. This leading equipment can make our franchise a wise choice for those looking to reduce restoration costs without jeopardizing the quality of the completed product.

One of the tools at our disposal to help contend with the harsh environment that our technicians often get exposed to when entering a fire-damaged home for the first time is our hydroxyl generators. These machines can help clean an environment from not only harsh odors, but also germs, pollutants, lingering smoke, and other needs for sanitation. Best of all, these small machines can safely get used around pets and humans.

Thermal foggers are another piece of equipment vital to odor removal when our SERVPRO technicians are on site. These machines release a dense chemical compound safe for use on soft materials and open areas that neutralizes odor molecules on contact to eliminate the noxious scent permanently from your home.

Cleaning and air quality are primary concerns for professional restorers like ours when it comes to setting your home back to its original condition following a fire incident. With a wide array of resources and highly-trained technicians available 24/7, SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston is a wise choice for anyone contending with fire damages to their property. Give us a call anytime you need us at (843) 577-2470.

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How SERVPRO Technicians Train to Remediate Water Damage in Your Charleston Home

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How SERVPRO Technicians Train to Remediate Water Damage in Your Charleston Home SERVPRO has the equipment, expertise and training to meet all of your water damage needs,

The Partnership Of Trained Technicians And Advanced Equipment Is Why SERVPRO Is The Water Damage Solution In Charleston

The water loss remediation industry continuously devises new equipment that takes a Charleston property from soaked and deteriorating to dry and clean faster and more efficiently. As amazing as innovative tools are, it takes a crew of seasoned and highly-qualified technicians to use them to the best effect. Professional water remediation companies deliver their best outcomes when the workers pledge to train and recertify on a regular basis.

When you face water damage in your Charleston home, you benefit from cutting-edge equipment and crews who know how to operate them according to industry standards. Even diehard do-it-yourselfers recognize that managing water incursions is a tricky business, requiring not only hard work but also a solid understanding of the science behind water removal and structural drying.

Developing professional expertise to mitigate water damage is why SERVPRO sends our crew members to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) classes. The IICRC is a standards developing and establishing organization worldwide. Skills taught to the employees we sent to remediate and restore your home base their effectiveness on research.

An example of a task that might seem straightforward enough to be within the grasp of every homeowner is carpet water extraction. The equipment resembles a shop vac, and a homeowner typically feels comfortable operating a vacuum. Why SERVPRO requires crew members to complete a comprehensive IICRC course in carpet cleaning relates to the problems that can occur if standards are unknown or ignored.

The art and science of extracting water from carpeting or other floor coverings are not intuitive. An effective way to pull moisture out of a carpet is with a weighted wand extractor. SERVPRO IICRC-trained technicians learned and practiced the techniques that extract moisture without putting stress on the textile floor covering. Inexperienced individuals can stretch the carpet fabric by exerting too much pressure or moving too quickly across a surface. Inappropriate force might cause delamination of the carpet backing from the carpet face. 

SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston delivers high-quality water mitigation results by arranging for professional training of all our technicians. Schedule an appointment with our top-notch workforce by calling (843) 577-2470.

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Fire Damage In Charleston Is No Match For Our Skilled Technicians

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage In Charleston Is No Match For Our Skilled Technicians With the professional restoration services that we offer, it is possible to safeguard the structure and its occupants.

Professional Help Is Necessary When Restoring Fire Damage In Charleston

When flames engulf a property, the danger is obvious. However, the threat does not end after putting out the fire. The combustion process introduces gases and aerosols in the affected environment, and if not cleared, they might lead to health problems when inhaled. In addition to affecting the occupants, the structure also continues to deteriorate in different ways after the fire goes out. Debris and residues, some of which are acidic, can cause such deterioration. The water used to put out the fire from your Charleston property might also lead to deterioration. With the professional restoration services that we offer, it is possible to safeguard the structure and its occupants.

Some level of preparation is necessary before starting the restoration of fire damage in Charleston. It might include the separation of items based on the level of damage. Our SERVPRO technicians separate items into salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable categories which helps reduce the chances of throwing out salvageable items. With our electronic CCIS, content claim inventory service, we can even group items room by room. We also board-up the structure, which helps prevent further damages by intruders or weather elements.

The smoke produced as a fire burns causes some of the damage, so cleanup is necessary. While it is possible to wipe off some of the soot, most of the residues require further steps for proper cleaning. Our SERVPRO crew uses various approaches to clean your property. Mechanical agitation helps dislodge debris from affected areas. We also use some professional cleaning products, which work through chemical action that either dissolves or suspends the soils effectively removing them from the affected material. From our experiences handling clean up after fires, we understand the easiest ways to deal with different kinds of soiling. For example, we know that like dissolves like, so we evaluate the type of soiling before choosing a cleaning solution.

Some aspects of fires like smoke damage and bad odors spread easily even to parts of the property not reached by the flames. By working as a team, our SERVPRO crew cleans and deodorizes all affected areas.

Restoring damages after a fire should not overwhelm you. Call SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston at (843) 577-2470 to assist. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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