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Water Damage Timeline: From Minutes to Months, How Does it Affect Your Structure?

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Commercial Property in Spartanburg County Standing water in a flooded warehouse space. Water is constantly moving to find equilibrium, but the sooner SERVPRO comes out to extract, the better.

Untreated Water Damage

"What's a little water going to hurt," you say? Structures continue to deteriorate when water damage is left untreated. When left untreated, water damage goes through a general timeline:

Within Minutes

  • Carpets, padding beneath, and subflooring becomes saturated.
  • Furniture on wet carpets start to leach and stain.
  • Wood/wood products start absorbing water.
  • Personal belongings may be completely destroyed.

Within Hours

  • Humidity and other factors begin to generate unpleasant odors.
  • Particleboard cabinetry and furniture becomes distorted and the integrity of the material weakens, crumbling over time.
  • Dyes from non-colorfast fabrics bleed (clothing stored together, upholstery, etc.).
  • In 48 hours or less, clean or grey water can deteriorate to black water, and areas that experience water intrusion from clean water initially can quickly become contaminated.

Within Days

  • Mold can become visible and cause musty odors.
  • Allergen sensitivities can be caused by microbial organisms.
  • Wood may severely warp and cup, making most wooden floors unsalvageable.
  • Painted walls blister and wallpaper begins to peel away.
  • Structural wood within home, such as framing, begins to swell and split.

Within Weeks

  • The structure may become hazardous to human health and may need to be evacuated if health conditions become a concern.
  • Mold infests organic materials, rendering it unsalvageable.
  • Drywall crumbles while the home’s structural integrity declines.
  • Damage to the foundation becomes apparent.
  • Home may be salvageable but may need to be gutted down to the studs.

Within Months

  • Damage to the foundation may be significant.
  • The cost of repairs is likely more than the value of the home.
  • Damage that could have been prevented over time (i.e., neglect) disqualifies the owner from insurance claims.
  • The home may be unsalvageable

Don't go at it alone. Just because it "looks dry" doesn't mean it is dry.

Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Spartanburg County today at 864-576-2430

The SERVPRO Water Damage Experience

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

HOW WE PROCEED

Identify Source

We will check for the source of moisture in your building. The source must be stopped before any restoration or drying of the building can be successful. 

  • Stop the Source
  • Check for contaminated water

Identify Type of Water

We will identify the category and classification of water damage to ensure we restore your property based on industry guidelines. The level of contamination of water will affect the specific restoration process we use. 

  • Clean
  • Grey
  • Black

Survey Extent of Damage & Inspect the Premises

We inspect and test the damaged area to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration. 

  • Survey Damage
  • Complete Safety Inspection

Furniture Moved and Blocked in Place

We move furniture and property contents and block items to help prevent rust or furniture stains on wet carpet

  • Block Furniture

Emergency Water Extraction

We remove as much excess water as possible from affected areas

  • Remove Excess Water

Carpet Pad

We check whether the carpet pad should be removed to save or protect the subfloor

  • Inspect Carpet Pad
  • Remove Carpet Pad if Needed

Treatments

Our process may utilize deodorizers as odor treatments or EPA registered disinfectants as antimicrobial treatments 

  • Apply Deodorizer or Disinfectant 

Floor and Wall Inspection

We check the extent of wet flooring, subfloors and walls

  • Inspect Floor
  • Inspect Walls

Carpet

We examine carpet for damages and remove damaged carpet with guidance from you and the your adjuster 

  • Inspect Carpet
  • Removal Carpet if Needed

Measure Temperature/Humidity for Drying Analysis

We monitor the temperature and humidity levels to make sure conditions are conducive for drying

  • Measure Temperature
  • Measure Humidity

Equipment

Drying equipment removes moisture and brings the relative humidity level back to normal. We monitor moisture in wet materials until the materials return to acceptable drying goals 

  • Utilize Drying Equipment 
  • Utilize Monitoring Equipment 

How To Address Kitchen Sink Leaks

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

What To Do If Your Kitchen Sink Is Leaking

It’s not uncommon for a homeowner in Spartanburg to contend with flooding issues or other water problems. One of the most likely places to find leaks is under the kitchen sink. These issues can develop over time and slowly occur without your immediate detection. They may also start suddenly due to a burst pipe or plumbing malfunction. If you can effectively respond to these situations, you can avoid disasters and costly cleanup.


Crucial Steps To Take

Once you realize you’ve got water in your home, you need to act appropriately and swiftly so you can minimize damage and remedy the problem. Here are your initial steps when you find a leak under your kitchen sink:

  • Find the exact source of the problem
  • Shut off the water flow to the sink.
  • Call a professional plumber

Find the source

The faster you can determine where the leak originates, the better chance you have of avoiding major flooding. When it comes to leaks in the kitchen sink, there are a few usual suspects. The problem could reside at the valve or supply line, which will be under the sink near or against the wall. If the leak isn’t come from there, it could be a problem with the drain or with the faucet base.

Shut Off the Water

Once you’re confident you know where the leak is coming from, you need to turn off the water so you can put an end to the leaking. It should be simple enough to turn the shutoff knob, but if for some reason it won’t turn easily, you can shut off the main water line to your home.

Call a Pro

Luckily, if severe flooding requires total kitchen repair, you can call a licensed restoration crew to help. Before it gets to this point, you can avoid severe problems and contact a plumber to help you put an end to the leak and get your sink in proper working order once more.

Kitchen sink leaks are annoying, but they’re usually easy to address. Follow these steps and enlist the expertise of plumber, and you shouldn’t have to worry about flooding in your kitchen.

Bathroom Safety

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

If you have little ones chances are you have or will experience the not so fun joy of a toilet overflowing. With little ones it is usually rubber duckies and whatever item looks fun for them to see going down the drain. If caught quickly this is typically a quick fix but if left unattended a toilet can overflow out of the bowl and to your beautiful bathroom floors. It may seem minor but this could lead to water damage, mold, and possible bio hazard (sewage water). If this happens here are a few steps if you feel it safe you can take on your own:

  1. Confirm what is actually clogging the toilet (toys, toilet paper etc.)
  2. Scoop the water out of the bowl and clean up spillage 
  3. Use a plunger
  4. Use an auger
  5. Purchase a de-clogger
  6. Stop water from flowing into the toilet bowl
  7. Call a professional (if the previous steps do not work you can always call a professional to fix the clog and repair any damage caused)
  8. As always, call SERVPRO of Spartanburg County with any questions at (864) 576-2430! We are here to help.

Water Leak Tips

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Water leaks are subtle and may go unnoticed until they lead to a larger water damage or water bill!  These tips provided by the Water Damage Defense website will help you to get a handle on your water leaks before they turn into a big mess. Water trapped behind walls or paneling make it an ideal place for mold growth.

  1. Water Bill Checks

Make sure to monitor your water bills. If you notice the bill has a sudden increase, there is a good chance there may be slow leak and to ask your local water company to take a look.

  1. Check Your Meter

Test out your home water usage and meter accuracy. Check your meter and try not using the water in your home for two hours. After the two hours see if the meter has changed this is another indicator of a leak.

  1. Food Dye Trick

To check your toilet for leaks, put a drop of food dye in the tank.  If you see that the colored water is in the toilet bowl in under 15 minutes, you probably have a leak.  (Make sure you flush your toilet a few times after doing this, as to not stain your toilet)

  1. Fix Leaks and Drips Quickly

As soon as you see a leak or drip, make sure you fix it as soon as possible.  These are usually cheap fixes if you catch them at the beginning. Always dry as much as possible to mitigate further damages.

  1. Use Water Leak Alarms

Use water leak alarms as well as automatic water shutoff systems to make sure you catch leaks quickly.

Following these tips and tricks can help you catch sneaky leaks before they become a bigger issue.   Water leak alarms average in price as low as 9.00 – and as high as 200.00.

Planning for Water Damage Control: What You Need To Know

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

What You Should Know About Water Damage Restoration Planning

When homeowners find themselves faced with water from a flood or bursting pipes, they often want to know how long the restoration efforts will take. The answer depends on the extent of the damage, the type of water to invade the home and materials used throughout the affected area. A Spartanburg County water restoration team may tell homeowners to expect the process to take anywhere from two to three days, but to not be surprised if it takes as many as seven. Some factors that affect the time it takes to dry out a home include:

  • The type of water to flood the home
  • The size of the area affected
  • The building materials affected

Type of Water

Clean water is easier to clean up than black water, as the former doesn’t require special Hazmat materials or equipment. If your problems stem from bursting pipes, the solution may be as simple as fixing the pipes and drying out the area. If you do so within 24 to 48 hours, you can prevent mold and bacteria growth as well.

Size of Affected Area

The type of water isn’t the only factor to affect restoration times. The size of area plays a huge part as well. If the size of the affected area is relatively small, less than ten square feet, restoration efforts can take as little as two days, and you may even be able to perform them yourself. However, if your entire ground floor is flooded, it could take several days of professional efforts.

Materials Impacted

If it is just your carpet that is affected, restoration efforts shouldn’t require much of your time at all. However, if your drywall, insulation and/or framing are impacted, you may need to do more than fix a broken pipe. Restoration efforts in the latter instance could take as long as 10 days or more.

Every situation is different, and the water damage caused by bursting pipes could be far more severe than damage from, say, a leaking pipe. Talk to your local SERVPRO of Spartanburg water damage restoration team to learn more about what to expect.

Prepare Today for Water Damage

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

If you know you live in an area prone to flooding, or you live in a highlighted area on FEMA’s flood map, then it pays to be prepared early.

The water from a flood comes in fast and furiously, it can destroy your whole neighborhood within a matter of hours.

Here are a few tips to get your preparations started before it is too late:

  • Get familiar with evacuation routes and procedures.
  • Have a plan already in place for when a flood threatens your area.
  • If you get surprised by the flood and can not evacuate, make sure you have a disaster kit available and up to date.
  • Be aware of your flood insurance policy and keep extra copies and any phone numbers and policy numbers in a waterproof bag just in case.

Once the water resides, call SERVPRO for any water damage repairs, we have been helping people just like you for decades and we know what it takes to put the pieces back together!

Water Damage Happened, What Now?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County specializes in water damage and restoration. Whether it is your home or your business, dealing with water damage can be stressful. Call SERVPRO then contact your insurance company. We will dispatch skilled technicians to your location and start the restoration process and document everything for your insurer. To reduce some of the stress of the trying situation, here are some suggestions for reducing additional damage while you wait for us to arrive:

  • If the water source is not weather-related, shut off the water source to your property. This reduces the volume of water to be removed.
  • Go ahead and remove excess water by mopping, blotting, or squeegee to prevent the water from spreading further.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs, this will help save your furniture from further damage as well as prevent stains on the flooring.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpet so that the dyes do not bleed into each other, leaving stains.
  • Remove books, magazines, and colored items from carpets. This too will prevent dyes from spreading to other textiles.

Upon our arrival, we will handle everything else, whether if it is just drying, drying and cleaning, or a more extensive restoration project.

Call SERVPRO of Spartanburg County and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”  864-576-2430

What To Expect: Emergency Service

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

Sometimes when a water damage happens it can be in the middle of the night. Which can be confusing and very alarming. But SERVPRO is here for you no matter the time. 

When you call into our office whatever the time may be, you should be prepared to answer some questions.

  • Your address where the damage has occurred
  • Your name and contact info (also email if possible)
  • Your insurance information (if you plan to file a claim)
  • When did the damage happen?
  • Do you know what caused the damage?
  • Is there power at the location?

With SERVPRO's fast response time we need as much information as possible. So if you have a water damage at 2AM give your local SERVPRO a call and let us help you get back to "Like it never even happened."

CALL US TODAY!

(864) 576-2430

What To Expect

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

What are some things to expect from SERVPRO when you call us with a water damage?

  • Our Technicians will arrive within 4 hours of your call.
  • We are available 24/7, 365 days
  • Consistent communication from our technicians throughout the process.
  • We will monitor the drying process to watch for possible mold growth.
  • We follow the highest industry standards.
  • We will explain our process in detail before any cleanup or restoration is done.

Whether it is your home or business we are here to help you. Experiencing a water damage can be a confusing time. Our experienced Technicians are here to help make the process seem more streamlined for you.

Whatever the damage. Broken pipes, sewage, rain water, leaking appliances we're here for all of your restoration needs.

CALL US TODAY!

(864) 576-2430

What To Do

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

There are many different ways a water damage can happen in your home. Some you may not even think of. Each type of water damage handled accordingly. Hurricanes, flooding, sewage backup, busted pipes or broken appliances.

What To Do:

  • Remove excess water immediately
  • Remove furniture
  • Get air flow into the space
  • Hang rugs
  • Dry wipe down furniture

What NOT To Do:

  • Do not use your vacuum to remove water
  • Do not wait to call your local SERVPRO
  • Do not use electrical appliances in wet area
  • Do not attempt to clean sewage yourself

While you may want to tackle this on your own your first step should be to always call your local SERVPRO. Water Restoration is best done the first time. We're available 24/7 no matter the size or the cause of damage.

CALL US TODAY!

(864) 576-2430

Always Be Prepared!

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

With all the storms that have been hitting the Upstate lately, it is a good idea to be prepared for the chance of flooding in your property. SERVPRO of Spartanburg County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Spartanburg County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States. Whether an inch of water creeps into your basement, or a busted pipe floods your work, SERVPRO is here to help and make your property’s damage look "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Whether it is an emergency or a general cleaning, give us a call!

We Love Serving Our Spartanburg Community

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO provides restoration services for water damaged residential structures and affected contents. Water can enter and damage homes from numerous sources. Most residential water damages are caused by water pipes breaking or defective appliances such as dishwashers or refrigerators. Cold weather causes pipes to freeze and burst, flooding homes. A washing machine hose can break or the water heater can spring a leak. If not resolved quickly and properly, water can even cause secondary damages, like mold.

We want you to know, Spartanburg County residents, that we are here to help! We have been serving this community for well over a decade. We have literally seen it all, big and small. So, while no one ever wants to have to call us for service, if you experience a water damage to your home know that you are dealing with the industry leading experts and trust that we will make it "Like it never even happened." 

WHEN WATER INVADES

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County specializes in water damage repair and restoration.  We are dedicated to responding immediately to water damages.  A fast response time on a water damage can offer peace of mind and also reduce the chance of additional damages.  Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. 

The most common water damage scenarios are flooding caused by leaking appliances, water heaters, plumbing, overflowing toilets, sinks, bathtubs and storms.  If affected by water damage the most important thing to remember is safety first.  Ask yourself,  is it safe to be in the house? Are there any electrical issues?  Remember, water damaged materials can be extremely heavy so avoid any materials over head that are damaged. 

Call SERVPRO for your water damage repair then contact your Insurance Company. SERVPRO will dispatch a skilled and certified team to respond quickly to your damage.  We also work with many Insurance companies as a preferred water damage provider.

Before we arrive, there are a few tips that can reduce the amount of damage during our dispatch. 

  • Shut off the water source if possible
  • Remove excess water by mopping, blotting, or squeegee
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpets
  • Remove books, magazines, or other colored items off wet carpets

Upon arrival, leave everything else to us.  We will care for your home as if it were our own.  SERVPRO of Spartanburg County will work with your insurance company and help make it “Like it never even happened”

What To Do In an Event of Sewage Invading Your Home or Business

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage From Contaminated Water

Do:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly if contact with contaminated does occur.

Don’t:

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

When it comes to contaminated water, SERVPRO of Spartanburg County are experts. We have trained professionals that can properly and efficiently take care of your sewage problem. A tragedy could happen in seconds and at any time so, do not hesitate and pick up the phone and give us a call. SERVPRO of Spartanburg County has 24/7 emergency services.

864.576.2430

Water Damage Cleanup & Restoration

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

 SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can help provide a solution to your property’s water damage needs.

  • Uniformed Franchise Professionals will arrive on-site usually within four hours of notification to begin providing a resolution to the water damage situation.
  • Technicians communicate their assessment with the property manager or owner in detail before beginning the cleanup and restoration process.
  • Franchise Professionals utilize industry guidelines, knowledge, training and industrial equipment to examine the extent of the damage.
  • Restoration services include moisture detection, water extraction, dehumidification and contents inventory.
  • Closing the event work order in a timely manner through electronic claims reporting, consistent communication and professional restoration techniques.
  • SERVPRO Franchise Professionals – available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

 If your home or business is experiencing any kind of water damage, give us a call and our professionals will work with you to solve and restore the damages.

What To Do and What Not To Do When Experiencing Water Damages

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage From Clean Water

Do:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source
  • Turn of circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpet or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature

Don’t:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets to cause staining.
  • Leave oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

What does SERVPRO of Spartanburg County do about Water Damages?

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Flood in a building due to a leak in the ceiling.

One of our specialties here at SERVPRO of Spartanburg County is water damages. One might ask, “what do you do for water damages?” “Do you just suck water up?” The answer is no, completing a water damage job is so much more than just sucking water out of a residential or commercial property. It takes a lot of training and work to be able to get the job done right the SERVPRO way.

Our production are technicians are trained to classify what kind of water they will be working with on the job site and adjust their methods accordingly. While extracting water is part of the job, our technicians also do any demolition needed to affected areas and remove baseboards or floors in your property. That goes along with the drying process, an important step in completing a water damage. It prevents the property from sparking a growth of mold due to the humidity caused by the water which leads to more money or time loss.  SERVPRO of Spartanburg County have specialized equipment and methods to aid the drying process  to make sure it is completely dry before completing the job. We do not leave until everything is dry. To see for yourself what kind of work we do here at SERVPRO of Spartanburg County, go check out our videos on this website. You can also take a look at the video where our production manager Dallas Gunn goes on to talk about his experiences with water damages and how it has changed since he first started dealing with water damages back in 1994!

Restoring Your Spartanburg Commercial Property After A Water Damage Disaster

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Property suffering a water damage in Spartanburg, SC

Flooding and water damage events at Spartanburg commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Spartanburg County

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Flooding and Water Emergencies in Spartanburg County

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Spartanburg County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 864-576-2430

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of North & South Spartanburg County

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property

Attic Water Damage Prevention

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

This attic suffered water damage that was not spotted and treated so it lead to the grow of mold.

Attic water damage has quite a few causes and has multiple consequences as well. Attic water damage can lead to roof repairs, replacement of attic beams, insulation removal, sheetrock replacement, carpet replacement, and many more. Here are some tips to help prevent you from having to replace/repair things in your attic.

  • Inspect the roof regularly. When it rains, water may creep under split shingles and make its way into the attic. It ruins the walls and ceilings on its way down.
  • Prevent ruptured pipes. Usually the pipe lines run through the attic. If this is the case, make sure to insulate all exposed pipes to prevent them from rupturing over the winter. Also check for any tiny holes and check the joints to make sure that they are still in tact and not leaking.
  • Control condensation. If your attic does not have some type of roof vent to circulate the air up there, you might want to look into getting a powered vent fan to improve the circulation of air and prevent condensation.
  • Maintain attic appliances. Typically water heaters are installed in the attic. To prevent any water damage caused by the water heater, make sure it is flushed out regularly. If there is a central A/C unit in the attic, make sure you are checking the condensate drains and making sure that those drains are not clogged up.

Hopefully these tips will help you prevent any water damage from occurring in your attic. Taking the time to inspect all of this free, paying for damages is not. Call SERVPRO for any questions, comments, or concerns about your attic.

Attic Water Damage Prevention

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

This attic suffered water damage that was not spotted and treated so it lead to the grow of mold.

Attic water damage has quite a few causes and has multiple consequences as well. Attic water damage can lead to roof repairs, replacement of attic beams, insulation removal, sheetrock replacement, carpet replacement, and many more. Here are some tips to help prevent you from having to replace/repair things in your attic.

  • Inspect the roof regularly. When it rains, water may creep under split shingles and make its way into the attic. It ruins the walls and ceilings on its way down.
  • Prevent ruptured pipes. Usually the pipe lines run through the attic. If this is the case, make sure to insulate all exposed pipes to prevent them from rupturing over the winter. Also check for any tiny holes and check the joints to make sure that they are still in tact and not leaking.
  • Control condensation. If your attic does not have some type of roof vent to circulate the air up there, you might want to look into getting a powered vent fan to improve the circulation of air and prevent condensation.
  • Maintain attic appliances. Typically water heaters are installed in the attic. To prevent any water damage caused by the water heater, make sure it is flushed out regularly. If there is a central A/C unit in the attic, make sure you are checking the condensate drains and making sure that those drains are not clogged up.

Hopefully these tips will help you prevent any water damage from occurring in your attic. Taking the time to inspect all of this free, paying for damages is not. Call SERVPRO for any questions, comments, or concerns about your attic.

Spartanburg 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Spartanburg, SC.

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (864)576-2430

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Spartanburg County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of  Spartanburg County 

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Spartanburg County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup & Restoration

9/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water damages are no fun. SERVPRO of Spartanburg extracted and commenced the drying process as soon as possible to ensure dry floors.

Dorian might have not affected us this month but, That does not mean heavy rainfall has potential to cause a flood in your home or basement. Continue reading to find out what can causes a disaster like a flood and what SERVPRO of Spartanburg County can do you for you!

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Spartanburg basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (864)576-2430

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Spartanburg County and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (864)576-2430

Flooded Basement in Spartanburg County

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

This flooded basement was caused by a recent storm.

A water main break caused this basement in Spartanburg, SC to flood. This before picture shows the mess left behind after all water had receded.

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County was called in to clean up the aftermath! The owner was thrilled she said "This basement never looked this good in the 24 years I've owned this Property". If you are dealing with the aftermath of a water main break or a busted pipe, we are here to help. Let our local professionally certified team make it "Like it never even happened."

Restoring Your Spartanburg Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Spartanburg commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Spartanburg County

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Check Out Our Residential Carpet Cleaning Special!

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Leon Cleaning Carpet "Like it Never Even Happened"

Have you incurred water or other liquids soaking up your carpet? Do you have unsightly stains that haunt you or embarrass you when you have company over? Or do you just want to enhance your spring cleaning efforts? Well, we have great news: SERVPRO of Spartanburg County has just the solution for you!

We have a current special running where our highly skilled, experienced production crew will come out and clean your carpets (3 rooms and 1 hallway) for just $115! That's right; in just a couple of hours, your carpet can look brand new again. When you take advantage of this great deal, you'll thank yourself for trusting our cleaning specialists with your carpet. Just look at the difference in this photo! Leon, as well as the rest of our crew, pays close attention to details and makes sure that the job is done in the most efficient and satisfactory way possible.

If you would like one of our outstanding crew members to come revive your carpet, call us today to set up an appointment! (864) 576-2430

Flooding and Water Emergencies in Spartanburg

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Spartanburg County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 864-576-2430

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Spartanburg County

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property

What To Do If Floods Hit Spartanburg County!

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.


 


What do SERVPRO Franchise Professionals do?


 


Provide 24/7 Emergency Service


Highly Trained Water Restoration Specialists


Faster to Any Size Disaster


A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises


Preferred Vendor for Many National and Local Insurance Companies


Have Questions? Call Today 1-864-576-2430


 


Every water damage situation is a little different, and requires a unique solution.


 


What To Do After Flooding



  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.

  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.

  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.

  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.

  • Gather loose items from floors.


What NOT To Do After Flooding



  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.

  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.

  • Don't use television or other household appliances.

  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Flooding and Water Emergencies in Spartanburg

1/4/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Spartanburg County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Spartanburg County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 864-576-2430

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Spartanburg County

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property

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