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How To Deal With A Water Damaged Mattress

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Deal With A Water Damaged Mattress Water Damaged Mattress

Water damage can affect just about any household item.  One that can be a real pain to deal with is your mattress.  Before you start to take the steps to recovery you may want to decide if it is worth it.  Some things you may want to consider are the price and age.  If you have a cheaper or older mattress it may just easier to get a new one rather than restore the wet one. Depending on the material of the mattress it may be a lot more difficult to dry out cotton, foam, or rubber ones.  Mattress's with springs dry out much easier.  Finally the extent of the damage, sometimes it's just to serious and easier to get rid of the mattress. It is important to act quickly if you decide save the mattress.  Calling SERVPRO of Society Hill will save you a lot of pain and struggle.  Having the proper equipment to dry out the mattress properly.  SERVPRO of Society Hill will have your mattress completely dry and odor free in no time!

Safety Steps To Take After A Damaging Storm!

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Safety Steps To Take After A Damaging Storm! Uprooted tree after a storm with high winds.

No matter how much preparation or planning, there is no telling what damage a storm can leave behind! Collapsing roofs, broken windows, hazardous debris, and standing water in your home are just a few risks that can be left behind. Along with possible mold growth from water getting into carpets and furniture. Following these steps after a storm strikes will help keep you and your family safe.  If you smell any gas shut off the gas line.  Look out for any broken glass, sharp objects, or nails that could cause a risk.  While taking these immediate precautions, contacting a reputable restoration company such as SERVPRO of Society Hill as soon as possible to help in the recovery process. Next you will want to photograph any damage they may have occurred to have on record for your insurance company, as well as contacting your insurance company to get an adjuster out to survey the damage. After all these steps are take just leave the rest to SERVPRO of Society Hill to clean up any mess no matter the extent! 

How Smoke Can Damage a Home!

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Smoke Can Damage a Home! Here we have a heavily smoke damaged house.

It is not very hard to figure out if, and where you have smoke damage in your home after a fire.  Most commonly you will have discolored walls or ceilings, ash or soot on the floor, and charred items.  Besides the visuals smoke damage can also produce odor and other side effects that can damage property and health.  Although smoke damage usually is noticeable right away, but sometimes it does take a few days to surface.  Another precaution to be aware of after a fire is that your electrical system could have easily been damaged as well. Electrical damage can range from signs of corrosion, experience of short circuits or just complete failure.   Certain parts of a room may experience more damage then others. Ceilings are most common because of how heat rises. Also nail heads in the wall and ceilings will attract smoke particles.  A fire will continue to cause issues even after it has been extinguished, don't put you or your family health at risk.  Contact SERVPRO of Society Hill to help in any fire or smoke cleanup.  It's always important to act quickly to minimize the health risks as well as repairs to be done on the house. 

Dealing with Mold after Flooding or Heavy Rain

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Dealing with Mold after Flooding or Heavy Rain This is the result of not acting quickly after a flood damaged a basement.

After a flood or even just a heavy rain mold can always become an issue!  If you ever find yourself dealing with a water damage that could become mold issue contact SERVPRO of Society Hill.  Responding quickly is the first action to take.  The quicker we can get out there the less damage will occur and more time and money will be saved.  Also it lowers the chance of mold spores spreading throughout the flooded area.  The first action SERVPRO of Society Hill will take is make sure there is good ventilation in the building so that air can circulate.  Water extraction is the next step, making sure to remove as much standing water as possible.  Any items that may have already been affected by mold will be disposed in a sealed back to prevent any spreading.  Affected items that must be kept will be cleaned properly by the experts of SERVPRO of Society Hill.  The two main keys to mold prevention is 1. Keeping everything clean and 2. Keeping everything as dry as possible. Following these steps as well as keeping the number for SERVPRO of Society Hill handy will be great steps in preventing mold.

Winter Weather Hazards

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

During these winter months there are a variety of dangers that can occur and leave you in need of assistance.  First of heavy snow storms can brings lot of snow.  If enough snow builds up on power lines or tree branches they can snap and cause some serious issues.  Structural damage is a common one along with the potential of fire risk.  Always be on the look out for low hanging power lines as well as tree branches they may already be damaged. Just being aware could potentially save you a lot of trouble, as well as your life.  Another risk during these cold times is extremely low temperatures. One of the big risks of freezing temperatures is frozen pipes in your home or business.  When pipes are exposed to extreme temperatures they are at a high risk of bursting.  This will likely lead large water damages.  To help prevent this from happening look out for any pipes that me be previously cracked or just in need or replacing from age.  Also if you notice a pipe during freezing do your best to thaw it out before it get to bad.  If you are affected by any type of damage or loss this winter SERVPRO of Society Hill is always ready to take on any job!

Cold Weather Means Freezing Pipes!

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cold Weather Means Freezing Pipes! This pipe burst after a window was left open with the outside temperature way below freezing.

As we are right in the heart of the winter season we are seeing numerous pipes bursting from freezing temperatures.  Although sometimes it just happens and there is not much you can do, there are a few ways you can lower the risk of a bursting pipe.  The easiest is just inspecting the pipes.  Look for rusty pipes, cracks or leaks that may be occurring as well as any other noticeable damage.  These will all raise the chance of a pipe bursting by a large margin.  Another precaution you can take is by wrapping water line pipes in insulate.  Although this will not prevent freezing it will slow down the transfer rate of heat to cold. Leaving doors open to cabinets or closets at night will help warm air circulate preventing freezing.  Just being aware is the main key.  If you notice freezing on pipes take action to thaw the pipe out immediately.  SERVPRO of Society Hill is always one call away if all fails and a frozen pipe brings you disaster and damage.

Handling A Biohazard Cleanup

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Handling A Biohazard Cleanup No matter the mess SERVPRO of Society Hill cleans up the best!

You may think SERVPRO of Society Hill only specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration.  SERVPRO also offers fast, reliable bio hazard, and crime scene cleanup to residential and commercial property owners.  Franchise Professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove hazardous biological substances and take the proper procedures for disposal.  All of which follow the proper steps according to OSHA, EPA, and the local health regulations.  Any exposure to biological and chemical contaminants could cause serious health issues for anyone that is involved with the building.  If proper steps are not taken to remove and dangerous substances, it could lead to unhealthy and dangerous environments. Blood borne pathogens are up at the top as a potential dangerous substance.  SERVPRO of Society Hill will remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and any other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death.  Although all of these may difficult to deal with they happen, and that's where SERVPRO will help turn a messy situation into a clean one.

How to handle the fire aftermath

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire's can bring a wave of emotions after a they burn through a home.  Long after the flames and smoke have been extinguished. Families are still faced with the stress, fear, and uncertainty about the future of the home or property.  So after the firefighters have put the flames to rest, it's good to know what and what not to do until SERVPRO of Society Hill comes in for the mitigation process. Here are some tips of what can be done before help arrives:

  • Limit movement in the area to prevent soot particles from spreading. 
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Place clean towels or or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery. 
  • Do not wash walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.

So, before you risk causing more damage by attempting to clean up fire damage yourself, follow these steps and call the experts of SERVPRO of Society Hill.

Christmas Tree Fire Safety

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Christmas Tree Fire Safety Christmas tree Fires can burn a home down in minutes! Also be safe when decorating with a real tree.

The holiday season is upon us and many people will be decorating there homes for this festive time of year.  While these decorations are quite a site to see, they also come with some dangers.  One of the biggest potential hazards is Christmas trees.  A tree after it is cut needs to be properly watered to keep it from drying out.  Even after a while a properly watered tree will eventually dry out.  Soon after the holidays make sure you dispose of your tree properly, because this is when most fires occur.  When going to sleep or leaving your home always make sure to unplug any lights on the tree.  Most tree fires start because lights were left plugged in overnight or while away.  Also make sure trees are a safe distance from any heat source such as space heaters, fire places, and any furnaces.  Follow these tips to ensure that you have a safe and happy holidays!  If disaster does happen to strike this holiday season, SERVPRO of Society Hill is one call away ready to respond!

Biohazard, Vandalism, and Crime Scene Cleanup

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

It may not be the prettiest or easiest jobs to do, but SERVPRO of Society Hill offers fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration for any type of property. Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can cause serious health issues for anyone that comes in contact, or is around them.  If these contaminants are not taken care of properly, and removed they can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. Equipped with the proper safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Society Hill will make sure unsafe environments are restored into clean, safe homes and business.  SERVPRO also specializes in vandalism damage and cleanup.  Here are a few do's and don'ts when dealing with them.

DO:

  • Record all damage and photograph when possible.
  • Hose or wash egg or other residue damage from building exterior as soon as possible.
  • Carefully vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery.

DON'T:

  • Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains.
  • Discard broken or damaged pieces from porcelain, furniture or other contents that may be used for repair. 
  • Operate damaged lamps or appliances.

All of these issues can be hard to deal with physically and emotionally.  That's why SERVPRO is here is always ready to leave it "Like is never even happened."