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Indirect Fired Heater

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Indirect Fired Heater Indirect Fired Heater - Crawlspace

SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork is a proud owner of an Indirect Fired Heater. Providing clean, dry, hot air to aid in thawing frozen job sites, increasing ambient temperature in structures and accelerating drying times, the Indirect Fired Heater is the perfect candidate for drying a crawlspace or inside a home or building. We are currently using this to dry a crawlspace in Columbia, SC. A busted pipe in the crawlspace caused water damage to the joists in the crawlspace. We set up the Indirect Fired Heater outside the home and ducted the heat into the crawlspace. Drying times can be reduced up to 50% and in given our humid climate here in South Carolina this piece of equipment is a must. 

The Indirect Fired Heater is great for heating buildings in cold weather, drying homes and mulit-level buildings, and crawlspaces.

2017 Hurricane Season

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 2017 Hurricane Season 2017 Hurricane Season- SERVPRO is ready to help!

The 2017 Hurricane Season is underway and the Atlantic has already experienced 5 systems. Hurricane season begins on June 1st and ends November 31st. The 2017 season has already brought us 4 tropical storms and 1 depression. 

It is important to be prepared in the event a hurricane is heading in your direction. These systems bring torrential rains, major flooding and dangerous winds. 

Here are a few tips to help you be ready:

1) Sign up for alerts and watch the forecast to determine your risk.

2) Develop an emergency plan for communication and evacuation.

3) Prepare an emergency supply kit.

4) Prepare your home, check with your insurance company regarding your coverage.

5) Prepare an emergency contact list of hospitals, shelters and other resources that may be helpful

Speculations are that the Atlantic will encounter 11-17 named storms, 5-9 hurricanes, and 2-4 major hurricanes. Take the steps needed now to be prepared.

#callSERVPRO #hurricaneseason

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Columbia 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 The Dutch Fork

SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork 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.

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork 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 - 803-749-0178

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 The Dutch Fork 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 The Dutch Fork

SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork 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.

 

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

5/11/2017 (Permalink)

 

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of the Dutch Fork for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of the Dutch Fork specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 803-749-0178

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 803-749-0178

Applied Structural Drying Technician

2/2/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Applied Structural Drying Technician SERVPRO Training Center

This past week one of our team members went up to coporate in Tennessee and completed his ASD class. Always getting better for you and making sure we have the right training. 

Pipes

12/30/2014 (Permalink)

Pipe bursts can cause major water damage. Be proactive by locating the shut-off valve for the water line that enters your property, and label it with a tag for easy identification. Make sure everyone knows where it is located.

SERVPRO Oyster Roast

11/26/2014 (Permalink)

On Thursday November, 20th we held our annual SERVPRO Oyster Roast event. It was an amazing night and trust me if you needed insurance there was plenty of that there! What a great night and thank you to all that made it possible.

Weather

11/17/2014 (Permalink)

We got a little bit of a taste of what winter may be like these last few weeks. So always make sure that you are prepared for the winter and what may come. You know how crazy the south gets with any hint of the white stuff.