Recent Water Damage Posts

Our Newest Addition!

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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

Is your college student ready for a flood??

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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 finally upon us, 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, they all have one need in common.  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!    

With Water Damage, Response Time is Critical!

5/13/2014 (Permalink)

Water Damage With Water Damage, Response Time is Critical! Faster to any size disaster! Any where in the Charleston Area.

SERVPRO strives to have the best response time possible when we are called for a fire or water damage.   Our 1-4-8 policy sets us apart when it comes to taking care of your home or business in the most expeditious manner.   Our goal is two-fold:  To reduce interruption to your family or business and to make the insurance claim resolution seamless and timely.  Dealing with all of the facets of a water damage and insurance claim can be overwhelming.  Adding additional frustration and cost to the mix due to a delay in response time is simply unnecessary.

Here is a timeline on how the damage from water can progress over just a few weeks:

WITHIN MINUTES…

  • Water spreads very quickly from source to adjoining rooms.   
  • Furniture can stain carpets.  
  • Paper items are ruined.
  • Color in carpets can run.
  • Odors, especially pet or smoke, are released from the carpet and pad. 
  • Electronics (computer towers, power bars, etc.) can be damaged.
  • WITHIN HOURS…

  • Wood and cabinets begin to swell, split or delaminate.
  • Drywall begins to disintegrate.
  • Bacteria begins to present and sewage contaminants become airborne.
  • Many metal surfaces will begin to tarnish.
  • Odor becomes stronger and more nauseating.
  • Wooden & Vinyl floors can bubble, buckle or cup.
  • WITHIN A WEEK…

  • Mold will begin to appear and affected areas will no longer be restorable.
  • Metal surfaces will begin to rust.
  • Mold and mildew can begin to cause health problems.
  • Wood on cabinets or doors and door casings begin to swell.
  • Water will have seeped into the internal areas of furniture increasing the cost of drying, or make drying impossible.
  •  WITHIN WEEKS…

  • Residence may need to be evacuated due to health hazards.
  • Drywall surface beyond the original affected area can be affected by seeping moisture, mold and mildew.
  • Wood on cabinets, doors and casings can split and finishes be destroyed.
  • Original affected area, as well as additional areas covered in mold and mildew, will become unsalvageable and will need to be replaced.
  • SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston is ready for your call. Contact us 24/7 at (843) 552-1226.  For non-emergent needs we can also be reached thru the on line Contact Us Form.

    Turn Around, Don't Drown!

    3/18/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Turn Around, Don't Drown! Turn Around, Don't Drown! Flood Safety Awareness Week 2014

    Flooding remains one of the top weather killers in the U.S., with the average number of annual fatalities totaling near 90. More than half of these fatalities are vehicle-related. The National Weather Service has been working to bring those numbers down and, for the past decade, has been doing so using its “Turn Around Don’t Drown” campaign, which is dedicated to teaching the public about flood safety.

    Hector Guerrero, warning coordination meteorologist at the NWS San Angelo, Texas, forecast office, began formulating a plan for a program to raise awareness of the dangers of driving or walking into flooded areas in the early 2000s. While Guerrero worked at the NWS forecast office in Brownsville, Texas, he became concerned when hurricane evacuees from the Texas coast would relocate to the heart of Texas’ Flash Flood Alley. He was also aware of the dangers associated with flash floods having grown up in Austin, also part of Flash Flood Alley. “I wanted a catchy phrase along the lines of the fire-safety mantra "Stop, Drop and Roll,” said Guerrero. “After brainstorming with a group of firefighters from Harlingen, Texas, I chose ‘Turn Around Don’t Drown.’” 

    Guerrero worked with a team from NWS Southern Region Headquarters and together they partnered with the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, and the City of Fort Worth Fire Department. NWS launched the “Turn Around Don’t Drown” program in Texas in 2003. Once the phrase was officially trademarked by NOAA, the program made its national debut in 2004. 

    Since then, hundreds of permanent “Turn Around Don’t Drown” signs have been established along roadways prone to flooding across the U.S. and the slogan has become an often repeated catchphrase in the media, classrooms and even the home. In addition to the NWS education materials, NWS partners also distribute resources bearing the phrase. 

    For information on how SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston can help if you are facing flood damage to your home or business, please take a look at the Water Damage Restoration page on our website.

    You can also Contact Us, 24/7, for help.  (843) 747-8750

    Atricle courtesy of NWS & NOAA