Crazy Charleston Weather!
Ready for Spring, Charleston?
Charleston weather has been unpredictable at best in 2018! From flooding rain, inches of snow, crazy winds, and those glorious 80 degree days, it is no wonder that so many are struggling allergies, high energy bills, and mold/mildew popping up in new places. Condensation around windows, rains revealing leaks, moisture left behind by issues caused by days of freezing; all have the potential to mix with the infamous South Carolina humidity and temperature swings to cause microbial growth issues.
If you are noticing a new odor or musty smell or find new spots of growth in your attic during a fit of Spring Cleaning, don’t hesitate to call! We are always here to help. We will provide and assessment of exactly what you have going on, our recommendations on how to move forward, and an estimated cost to remediate.
We are here for you 24/7, Charleston! (843) 553-1226 or contact us through our Contact Us page on our website.
Our Newest Addition!
Welcome, Velo, to SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston!
Everyone likes new stuff right? We certainly do! SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston takes great pride in making sure we have the best possible products and equipment on hand. This allows us to take care of your restoration needs in the most efficient manner and reduce the impact on your day to day life.
This is our newest addition to the Production inventory: The DRI-EAZ Velo Low Profile Centrifugal Air Mover. The Velo is at least 10 pounds lighter and uses just shy of 50% less amps to run. These facts, coupled with reduced noise and size, make this fan ideal to most comfortably and quickly dry out water damage in your home or business.
Remember, we are here 24/7 for all of your fire, water, and mold restoration needs. (843) 552-1226
Leading Cause of Home Fires? Your Kitchen!
Kitchen fires are the leading cause of house fires!
House fires, no matter how or why they start, are frightening at best and can easily become deadly. What you may not know is exactly how preventable so many kitchen fires can be. Cooking equipment is at the top of the list for causing kitchen fires; and what is on the top of the list of reasons why? Pot and pans being left unattended. Food drying out and catching fire and, more notably, oils left on the stove exceeding their smoking point. Statistically fires that begin with cooking equipment are the highest cause of personal injury and sadly, the 2nd leading cause of deaths in home fires. Please take a few minutes to read up about preventing home fires on the National Fire Protection Association website.
We also did a little digging for some information on what oils have the highest and lowest smoking points. Whether you cook often or typically just use your oven for extra storage, the more you know, the safer you will be. Check out this table of smoking points of your favorite cooking oils from one of our favorite websites, The Spruce.
As always, we at SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston hope you never have to face the aftermath of a fire damage in your home, but in the unfortunate event that it does happen, we are here to help. We can be reached 24/7/365 days a year at (843) 552-1226, always with a knowledgeable manager answering the phone. No answering service here! We love taking care of you, Charleston... Feel free to call us anytime.
Pollen can be a pest in the Charleston area this time of year!
With Spring waking up and covering the Lowcountry with the dreaded annual pollen blanket, we feel it’s the perfect time to remind you that we at SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston offer HVAC duct cleaning! As allergies explode and everything gathers a faint yellow layer of dust, just remember relief is only a few weeks away!
Our duct cleaning process is eco-friendly and helps to eliminate pollen, dust, dirt, odors, and other air contaminates from your HVAC system... and in turn your home!
Changing the filter every month is without a doubt the most important thing you can do in order to prevent contaminates from making it into the duct work and air handler. While some filters are certainly better than others, build up still happens over the course of time. (Here’s a link from ConsumerReports.org to help you choose the best filter for your system during this year’s pollen season.)
Give us a call to reserve your spot for a duct cleaning this spring. (843) 552-1226 or use our website’s Contact Us page. We are always here to help and look forward to hearing from you!
Product Spotlight: Sporicidin
Only the best products for our clients. Check out one of or favorites, Sporicidin.
Sporicidin is the most widely used antimicrobial and disinfectant product at SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston. It is an EPA registered disinfectant for hard surfaces, and cleaner and deodorizer for porous surfaces. The active ingredients phenol and sodium phenate are also FDA approved for use in over-the counter medicines such as throat sprays. Effective against a wide range of pathogens, Sporicidin also provides residual bacteriostatic activity for up to six months.*
Sporicidin is effective against a number of molds and other organisms. Included are the following:*
- Aspergillus brasiliensis (formerly calls Aspergillus niger)
- Acinetobacter baumanniiPenicillium variabile
- Feline calcivirus (surrogate for Norovirus)
- Trichophyton mentagrophytes
- Mycobacterium bovis BCG (Tuberculosis)
- Streptococcus salivarius
- Streptococcus pyogenes
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Salmonella enterica
- Salmonella choleraesuis
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Escherichia coli (E. coli)
- Herpes Simplex Types 1/F & 2/G
- HIV-a (AIDS Virus)
- Polio Virus Type 1
- Influenza A virus (H1N1 Pandemic Flu)
- Vaccinia Virus
- Parainfluenza type 3 virus
- Human Coronavirus (Infections Bronchitis Virus)
- Methicillin Resistant
- Vancomycin Resistant
- Enterococcus faecium
Please feel free to contact of office at (843) 552-1226 if you’d like additional information about disinfecting high risk surfaces in your home or office. We can also be reach via our Contact Us page on our website.
*Information obtained directly from the Product Application Sheet provided by SERVPRO Corporate.
Winter Storm Grayson
Our view for several days at SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston.
Grayson blew through the Southeast January 3rd and 4th leaving unprecedented temperatures, ice, and snowfall. The Charleston area rarely gets any snow, much less 5 or so inches that stick around for a week! The white landscape in yards and lining roads was peppered with snowmen and driveways were in need of shoveling. Quite an unfamiliar scene for our coastal Lowcountry! The kids were thrilled to not have to return to school until the 10th, but in his wake, Grayson left a flurry of broken pipes, leaking roofs, and malfunctioning heaters.
SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston employees were all too happy to travel not just to our office in North Charleston, but also to Columbia, SC as soon as roads were remotely passable to help out. As of today (1/10) we still have a full crew working around the clock in the Columbia area which experienced far more widespread damage than here at home.
We love taking care of you, Charleston! Please call with any water restoration needs you may have. We are always here to help.
(843) 552-1226 ~ 24/7/365
Hurricane Irma Damage? We are here to Help!
Charleston, if you experience water damage during Hurricane Irma, we are here to help!
Along with most Eastern coastal communities, we have been monitoring Hurricane Irma over the last few days and preparing for any number of scenarios.
SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston hopes everyone escapes any severe impact from whatever Irma has in store for the Charleston area. However, if your home or business experiences a water intrusion, do not hesitate to contact us. Our office manager, Beth, will be taking calls 24/7 (No answering service!) and we will have crews on the road as soon as any travel restrictions are lifted.
We love serving the Lowcountry and are here for you and ready to help.
Take just a moment and save our number to your phone… just in case! (843) 552-1226
Stay safe, Charleston! ~The SERVPRO of GNC Crew
Is your college student ready for a flood??
Charleston students! Are you ready in the event of a flood or fire in your dorm or apartment?
With the school year approaching there are many college students on the move! Whether they are moving away from home or just moving from one dorm or apartment to another, one this remains the same. Renter’s Insurance! On more than one occasion, SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston has watched frustrated parents and students, throw away and have to come out of pocket to replace items damaged by water, fire, or mold.
For an extremely minimal premium, most content policies cover replacement cost of contents damaged the event of a water or fire loss, living expenses if you are displaced from the unit, and possibly items borrowed from someone else that happened to be damaged in the same loss. Some have liability coverage for injury after an accident with your pet or other incident in the home. There is also often coverage for a burglary or financial fraud.
Needless to say the value far outweighs the cost when you consider that recovering from a single event could cost thousands of dollars. Reach out to your local insurance agent for a quote before you unpack that first box! If you don’t know a local agent, feel free to give us a call for recommendations.
As always, we are here to help. 24/7/365 ~ (843) 552-1226 or on our website.
All of us at SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston hope you have a safe and amazing school year!
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