Charleston Summer Sun and Fun
The Charleston sun can be brutal. Be prepared to protect yourself before hitting the sand! #BeReady #SERVPROnchs
Unless you have been trapped inside the last couple weeks, you are well aware that Summer has officially arrived in Charleston, SC! Temperatures are rising, beach and boat traffic are picking up, pools are full, and flip flops are the city wide choice of footwear. This time of year the risk of sun damage to the skin is at an all-time high. Premature aging, aggravated cataracts, skin tone change, and most importantly skin cancer are all risks of too much exposure to the harmful rays of the sun.
The US Environmental Protection Agency has a wealth of information available on the subject of sun damage and how to protect yourself. Obviously, staying out of the sun all the time is not an option that most of us on the coast will even consider. However, there are options to at least do what we can to protect our skin when we are out and about having fun in the Charleston sun! Sunscreen, hats, swim shirts, etc. Check out this article from the EPA for all the information you need: "The Burning Facts"
When you have taken the necessary precautions to protect your skin, you will also need to be prepared to have a little fun. We thought we’d help with that as well. Check out the Charleston Visitor’s Bureau calendar of family events for the Summer: Family Fun Events
Have fun and be safe out there!
Top 3 from AIRE SERVE of Summerville.
Thank you AIRE SERV of Summerville, SC for your HVAC Top 3!
Summer is just about in full swing and as the temperature rises outside, we start cranking down the temperature inside! This time of year has local air conditioning companies working around the clock repairing or replacing faulty units. Here at SERVPRO of Greather Northern Charleston there is also a spike in the number calls we get when rooms are flooding by clogged AC lines or overflowing drain pans. For this installment of Top 3, we reached out to our favorite HVAC contractor, Russell Harshman, the General Manager at AIRE SERVE of Summerville, to find out his top 3 word of advice to make sure your summer is a cool as possible.
Top 3 words of wisdom in the HVAC world in Charleston:
Have routine maintenance. A lot of homeowners (especially new homes) let maintenance go by the wayside. Here at AIRE SERV, we recommend twice a year maintenance to prevent breakdowns in operation and efficiency. Make sure the technician does a thorough electrical inspection on your indoor and outdoor unit, clears the drain line, cleans the evaporator and condenser coils, and checks refrigerant pressures. Ask for a report showing measurements for your records, if they cannot provide this then I would take it as a cautionary sign.
Use reviews and referrals. Charleston is a busy place with a lot of new-comers to the area. When problems arise a lot of folks don’t know who to call, so they ask for a referral from a local friend or a neighbor. More often these days people are turning to their neighborhood Facebook page for referrals and it has really changed the dynamic of finding what will work best for you in your area. AIRE SERV recommends you still do your research on the contractor using review websites easily found online. Things on the company webpage like 24/7/365 service, drug testing, background screens on employees and satisfaction guarantees are very important. AIRE SERV OFFERS ALL OF THESE TO EVERY CUSTOMER, EVERYDAY.
Don’t waste any more money on R-22 FREON. R-22 FREON is the type of refrigerant over half of South Carolina still uses to cool and heat their home. January 1, 2020 the EPA will complete the phase out of this gas by making it illegal to manufacture or import in the U.S. ...FOREVER! This means that any homeowner with an R-22 system in their home would, could or will find themselves in a position where their HVAC system will cost an unreasonable amount to repair in the event they need FREON to fix your system. Since this is a very common repair item, the problem will also get more common the closer we get to 2020. Homeowners will be forced to replace the entire system re-actively based on the cost of R-22 alone. At AIRE SERV, we recommend consulting with an HVAC professional to talk about the options to replace your system before then, PRO-ACTIVELY. To get your NO-COST NO-PRESSURE consultation, CALL AIRE SERV TODAY!
STAY COOL AND BREATH EASY CHARLESTON!
Russell Harshman, "I guarantee your satisfaction."
Phone: (843) 513-9153 Fax: (888) 803-1442 Website: www.aireserv.com/summerville
If you have an AC mishap that causes flooding or water damage in your home or business, SERVPRO of GnC is here for you 24/7. (843) 552-1226
School's Out, Charleston!
Congratulations Class of 2017 Charleston Area Students!
Congratulations Lowcountry students, teachers, school staff, and parents! One more school year successfully on the books and it’s time for summer! We will have plenty of summer safety and vacation activities to share with you during your family’s break from the school year, but for now we just want to say “Congrats!” SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston loves working with local schools across the Tri-County area and we look forward to helping you be as prepared as possible if you experience any unfortunate water or fire disaster over the coming months.
So, in between your trips to the beach and other Charleston summer shenanigans, be on the lookout for posts that can help you protect your home or business!
If you need us in the meantime, we can be reached 24/7 at (843) 552-1226
Top 3 from Charleston Lighting!
If a water or fire loss damages your light fixtures, call Charleston Lighting, one our favorite Lowcountry businesses.
We are so excited to have had the chance to talk to Melissa Muhl with Charleston Lighting & Interiors for our first Top 3 installment! In each blog post, SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston will be asking our local vendors their top 3 words of advice for their particular industry.
Many times when a building has a fire or water loss, the light fixtures cannot be salvaged and must be replaced, making it an ideal time to rethink lighting scheme and fixture style. So we asked Melissa to send us over her top 3 tips to making perfect selections. Here’s what she had to say.
Top three things to consider when choosing lighting for your home:
1. The Amount: Consider the things you do in each room and choose light that fits your needs. Bright enough to read in the study, dim enough in the dining room to set the mood for a fine meal, etc. Be sure you have the fixtures and levels of light you need for each space in your home.
2. The Placement: Are you plagued with glare from a too high lamp shade? Fumble around in your dim pantry? Pay attention to where the light – or lack thereof – is making tasks difficult or causing a safety concern. Back staircase anyone? A smaller harp to lower a shade, a small flush mount placed in a closet, all seemingly small things that make a big difference.
Light is also great at highlighting your passions and special places. Showcase some artwork in the wall, unique architectural feature in your home, or your kitchen island family gathering place with some brighter light for emphasis.
3. The Color: Have you noticed some medical offices seem to have a blue light? You favorite restaurant may have light with a golden hue? Light has color temperature ranges (measured in Kelvins) that allow you to choose between a warmer more golden light feel and a cooler more blue light feel. Choose your light bulbs based on 2700 Kelvins for a warmer look (check the side of the box). 3000 and above kelvins will provide the more cool blue feel preferred by some offices, retailers and institutions.
Above all else be sure to keep your lighting safe. No frayed cords or exposed wires.
Have any additional questions or looking to make a lighting change in your home or business? Feel free to give me a call anytime!
Melissa Muhl, Lighting Consultant
843-766-3055 ext 210
1640 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston SC 29407
Fire. Water. Mold ~ Like it never even happened.
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Help... on the go!
Free Red Cross emergency apps available for download today! #BeReady #SERVPROnchs
SERVPRO has had a long standing relationship with the American Red Cross, both as a first responder and corporate sponsor. The American Red Cross does far more than just show up after disaster has struck. They are constantly distributing new information concerning disaster repair and recovery and to educate individuals and businesses in being as prepared as possible. One of the best examples of this is their menu of mobile applications. There is an application for nearly every type of natural disaster. Hurricane, earthquake, tornado, fire, flood, etc. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Hello Care - Resources catered specifically to military family.
- First Aid - Have a first aid emergency? This should do it!
- Blood - A blood donation scheduling application.
- Pet First Aid - What to do during an emergency? Professional advice on every day pet needs.
Click on the American Red Cross today and download your favorites today.
As always, Charleston, we are here for you 24/7 - (843) 552-1226. Take a moment to save our number in your phone to save you time in the event of a fire, water, or storm disaster.
2016 storm damage costs at a glance.
What happened last year helps prepare us to serve the Charleston, SC are better this year!
Weather experts are expecting this year to be a quieter storm season than last year. CoreLogic’s 2016 Natural Hazard Risk Summary for 2016 details the cost of storm related damages incurred throughout the year. Thank you to Restoration & Remediation for taking all that detail and breaking it down for us! Click here to view full 2016 Natural Hazard infograpic. Even during a “slow” season, damage and restoration costs can be astronomical. The staff of SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston works tirelessly to ensure that we are prepared for any type of weather related disaster. We have trained technicians and state of the art equipment on standby at all times in order to arrive as quickly and prepared as possible to your home or business.
If you find yourself dealing with storm related damage this year, we are here to help 24/7! Just a phone call away (843) 552-1226.
2017 Spoleto Festival is just days away!
The Spoleto Festival is one of Charleston’s crown jewels each year and one of the many reasons SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston is proud to call the Lowcountry our home. Founded in 1977 in order to mirror the summer music and arts Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, Charleston set the perfect stage and has attracted musical and visual artists from all over the world. In true Charleston “love of all things local” fashion, the festival expanded rapidly to incorporate our abundant local and regional talent in 1979. Piccolo Spoleto was born and now showcases over 500 artists and performers each year. Truth be told, for most locals, it is our favorite part of this incredible 17 day event.
For more information on the schedule of events for this year’s Spoleto and Piccolo Festivals check out the links below:
~ Spoleto Festival, 2017
~ Piccolo Spoleto, 2017
See you on the Square!
As always, we love doing business with you, Charleston!
Is your Lowcountry Business ready for the 2017 Hurricane Season?
2017 Hurricane Season is almost here! Are you ready, Charleston?
With hurricane season right around the corner, it is time to start preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. Last year, North Charleston and the surrounding areas were hit with a lot of flooding due to record high tides and Hurricane Matthew. According to Weather.com, this year’s season is predicted to be a bit less active than last year, but it only takes one storm to cause substantial damage to your home or business. We are here to help ensure you are as ready as possible for whatever this season has in store.
If you own a Lowcountry business, take a few moments to reach out to Hoyt Williams, our Commercial Account Manager. He has experience in post storm or disaster restoration with SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Teams. This makes him uniquely qualified to help you set up a plan that will ready your business for a fire, water, or storm loss. SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston is locally owned and operated and we love taking care of our Lowcountry commercial clients. Having a relationship with us prior to the emergency call reduces response time, allows for priority scheduling, and arms our technicians with valuable information about your business so they can hit the ground running when they arrive on site.
Check out Weather.com’s detailed analysis of this year’s Hurricane Season here: 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast
Contact our office today and ask for Hoyt to make sure your business is ready. Contact via Website Here or by phone, (843) 552-1226 ~ 24/7
Does Your Charleston Area Home Have A Mold Problem?
We were happy to help remediate the mold in this Moncks Corner, SC home.
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (843) 552-1226
No Disaster Too Large or Too Far.
SERVPRO of West Virginia headed to LA in force!
The weather the last couple weeks has certainly wreaked havoc on many cities across the Southeast. SERVPRO franchises across the country came together to assist areas that were affected by disastrous storms and flooding. Last week while we were battening down here in Charleston anticipating Tropical Storm Hermine, teams from all over were headed to Louisiana and the Panhadle of Florida to lend a hand.
So many are still displaced from their homes and in need. If you are looking for a way to contribute but do not know where to start, please consider donating to the Red Cross. Volunteers are working tirelessly and no matter how large the organization, funds are not unlimited.
Hermine, thankfully, did not hit Charleston with the strength that was expected and yet we had crews working around the clock with homeowners and businesses all weekend that suffered extensive property damage.
We are here 24/7, ready to serve the Charleston area. Contacts us online or call 843-552-1226 and let us help you make it "Like it Never Even Happened."
We love taking care of you, Charleston!