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Mold: Think Before You Bleach

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Mold: Think Before You Bleach Household cleaning products are not designed to abate mold.

Scientific studies on mold are ongoing and at this time do not provide conclusive information on the potential effects on human health.  There are a few things that are certain though; it grows at a rapid rate, it can permanently damage your home and it can be harmful to your health as well as anything living in your home.

Mold Treatments

At the first site of mold you may be tempted to clean the area using bleach or a similar product advertised as a "mold killer". Before you purchase anything, be sure you read the back of the label - you'll find that such products are often misleading.

  1.  Bleach does kill mold, but not on all surfaces. Non-porous items like glass, tile, bathtubs and showers can be treated with bleach or similar products. While surfaces like drywall and hardwood will endure further damage from bleach
  2. Spraying bleach on porous surfaces actually increases the growth rate of mold spores because excess moisture is provided.
  3. Bleach only removes the color from mold when used on porous surfaces, the roots or hyphae continue to grow. 
  4. Chlorine bleach is extremely harmful to the integrity of surfaces. It breaks down the fibers of wood, which causes it to lose its strength. Metal almost immediately begins to corrode when combined with chlorine bleach.

Rather than potentially causing harm to yourself or your home, it is best to allow a professional to treat the affected areas in your home or business. SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork is equipped with trained technicians and antimicrobial agents that can contain, remove and begin the remediation process on your home or business. 

Are Your Floors A Breeding Ground?

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

A flooded basement, burst pipes, a leaky toilet, these are just a few of the things we see on a weekly basis. The quantity of water in a damaged area can vary from centimeters to feet, but they all have one thing in common, and that is the possibility of mold growth.

Waterproof Flooring? Think Again.

Often homeowners become frustrated when the flooring they purchased must be removed after a water loss. The term "waterproof" is a huge selling point for the flooring industry. While it is great for spills and pets, it does not fully protect you from water damage should one occur. The joints that form together to create a water-tight bond do not form that same bond with walls, doorways and transition strips. Water gains access at these weak points and seeps underneath to the sub-floor. Leaving an affected area untreated creates the perfect conditions for a mold breeding ground. Mold thrives in damp, humid areas where moisture is abundant.

Just because you can't see it, does not mean it's not there! Don't take a chance when you find water damage, call SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork to protect your home or business. 

Disaster Relief Team

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Disaster Relief Team One of our SERVPRO Disaster Vehicles all the way from Chapin, SC

Ready For Any Disaster

SERVPRO prides itself on being faster to any size disaster - that includes major storms, tornadoes and hurricanes. SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork is a part of the Disaster Relief Team, an initiative that allows us to mobilize our services and cover areas we would not normally service. Our equipment is designed to allow us the flexibility to be where our customers need us. 

Our Commitment to Storm Relief

Just hours after the worst of Florence passed, the technicians of SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork packed up one of our vehicles with a towable generator and our indirect fired heater to begin water damage restoration. 

Using all of our resources, SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork was able to serve the residents of Hampstead, NC.

Santa? We Know Him!!

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Santa? We Know Him!! Santa's home away from home stays pristine thanks to the professionals at SERVPRO!

The North Pole is always busy this time of year - there are toys to be made, reindeer to be fed and lists being checked twice! With a winter wonderland that works around the clock all season long, who has time to make sure all of those snowy footprints are kept outside?! Even the tiniest elf feet can create a super-sized mess, and it takes a special crew to handle such a jolly job. Mr. and Mrs. Claus trust the professionals at SERVPRO to keep the North Pole carpets in tip top shape throughout the year, but SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork has an even more special assignment! Santa flies to Columbiana Centre every day until Christmas to visit and take pictures with boys and girls in The Midlands of South Carolina. Santa selected SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork to make sure that his Winter Wonderland is just as clean as The North Pole. Our professionally trained technicians keep his carpets and comfy chair stain and odor free all season long!

Freshen Up For The Holidays

If you’re having guests over during the Holiday season, let SERVPRO relieve some of the stress and freshen up your home with clean floors and upholstery!  From carpet to tile, we can handle it all – you’ll be glad you called!

Extensive Clean-Out? Not A Problem!

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Extensive Clean-Out? Not A Problem! This kitchen was in need of debris removal.

A home can become overwhelmingly cluttered for any number of reasons. Typically customers reach out to us on behalf of their loved ones in need of assistance. When we receive these types of calls we approach the situation with compassion and understanding because they are often sensitive ones. The services SERVPRO has the ability to offer, create the opportunity for a new beginning for some and represent a fresh start for the homeowner. We take pride in playing a part of this process.

During a recent extensive clean-out in Columbia, SC we were able to remove a large amount of debris, organize the homeowner’s belongings and thoroughly clean all living areas that were once uninhabitable. SERVPRO is equipped to handle all of your needs!

What Happens when you don't call SERVPRO

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Happens when you don't call SERVPRO The inside of the pool house was consumed with mold. This caused considerably more damage than the original water leak that had taken place.

During one of the hardest freezes in January, 2018 we had a customer that found a pipe that burst in their pool house. This caused water to leak throughout the building. They were able to turn the water off manually. The homeowners thought that since they wouldn’t be using the pool house until it got warm that they would allow it to air dry. This happens a lot. We get so caught up in our day to day activities that we just don’t have the time to worry about a water leak.

A few weeks later our customer found the pool house decorated with different kinds and colors of mold.

Once we got the call our crew was able to get the pool house packed out so that we could perform the necessary demolition and restore the property back to its original condition.

When you have a water leak give us a call at SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork.We will work with your insurance company and take care of the problem for you. Calling SERVPRO as soon as you find your water leak will save you time and money.

Restoring Your Harbison Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Harbison 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.

Irmo Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot are 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 SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork Today – 803-749-0178 

For Immediate Service in Chapin Call SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Chapin and surrounding areas. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 803-749-0178

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: http://www.SERVPROthedutchfork.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Conditions In Irmo Increase Likelihood of Mold

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 803-749-0178

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.