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Fire tips until help arrives.

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

Here are some helpful tips prior to the arrival of SERVPRO® of Sumter:

Emergency Fire and Smoke Damage Tips

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent further damage. 
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.  
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.  
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets and appliances then protect with a light coating of lubricant.
  • Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting a SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting a SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without consulting a repair service.

Fire and Smoke Damage Services

  • Emergency Response: Reduce Loss Severity/Pretesting for Restorability.
  • Contents Cleaning Specialists: On-Site or Move Out.
  • Structural Restoration Services.
  • Large Loss Completion with Trained Crew Leaders.

Hidden dangers in old buildings

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

When a loss happens in an old commercial building it may on the surface appear like a residential loss, but can truly be far different and possibly more dangerous.

Old buildings could contain hazardous building materials such as asbestos, lead, polychlorinated bisphenols (PCBs), chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), heavy metals, or even radioactive materials due to limited knowledge of the safety risks that exposures to these materials posed.

Due to the safety risks posed regulations have been set on federal, state, and local levels on how these materials must he handed and disposed of.

If you have a loss at your business do not try to take on the mitigation yourself and unknowingly risk possible exposure to one of these hazardous materials, call SERVPRO so we may put our knowledge and network of  professionals to work safely restoring your business back to preloss conditions.

Thunder Facts

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Thunder Facts 

  Thunder is the sound caused by lightning.

  • The intense heat from lightning causes the surrounding air to rapidly expand and create a sonic wave that you hear as thunder.

  • The average temperature of lightning is around 20000 °C (36000 °F).

  • The sound of thunder can be anything from a loud crack to a low rumble.

  • Light travels faster than sound so we see lightning before we hear thunder.

  • The closer you are, the shorter the gap between the lightning and thunder.

  • The speed of sound is around 767 miles per hour (1,230 kilometres per hour).

  • The speed of light is around 669600000 miles per hour (1080000000 kilometres per hour).

  • Thunder is difficult to hear at distances over 12 miles (20 kilometres).

  • Thousands of years ago philosophers such as Aristotle believed that thunder was caused by the collision of clouds.

  • Astraphobia is the fear of thunder and lightning.

Regular carpet cleaning can add months or years to your carpet life.

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Proper carpet care can be a complicated part of commercial cleaning and facility management. A ton of cleaning choices are available, and deciding what carpet cleaning process or chemical to use can be a confusing task.

Up-to-date vacuums can reduce cleaning times. In some environments, traditional upright vacuums cannot be used efficiently due to furniture and other impediments.

Carpeting should be vacuumed as much as possible. Foot traffic and airborne impurities like dust, pollen and other contaminants end up in carpet fiber along with hair, dander, skin and dust mites.

Provide manual spotting tools to employees so that they can perform regular spot removal.

Look for certified products when making the change to sustainable carpet cleaning. Just because a product or service is green certified, that doesn’t mean it won’t damage carpet materials during the cleaning process.

Routine maintenance is the key to carpet appearance and longevity.

Let us help you church weather the storm.

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Your place of worship is your congregation's shelter, helping shield them from the storms of life. But if life's literal storms damage your place of worship or if your cleaning needs go beyond the reach of your staff, call your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals. 

No stain is too small and no storm damage is too large for the SERVPRO System. SERVPRO Professionals have the training, experience, resources and equipment to restore and clean places of worship quickly, helping make it "Like it never even happened."

Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response.

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you.

Don't get swept way by flood water damage

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

Flood water poses drowning risks for everyone, regardless of their ability to swim. Swiftly moving shallow water can be deadly, and even shallow standing water can be dangerous for small children. Vehicles do not provide adequate protection from flood waters. They can be swept away or may stall in moving water.

Flood waters and standing waters also pose various risks, including infectious diseases, chemical hazards, and injuries, as well as displace animals, insects, and reptiles. To protect yourself and your family, be alert and avoid contact. 

Flood waters also may contain sharp objects, such as glass or metal fragments, that can cause injury and lead to infection.

It is very dangerous to play or drive in flood waters for these reasons.

  1. Please be mindful of all weather hazards during this time in our great state of South Carolina. 

Let SERVPRO help keep your church worship ready

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

Your church is your congregation's shelter, helping shield them from the storms of life. But if life's literal storms damage your place of worship or if your cleaning needs go beyond the reach of your staff, call your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals. 

No stain is too small and no storm damage is too big for the SERVPRO System. SERVPRO Professionals have the training, experience, resources and equipment to restore and clean churches quickly, helping make it "Like it never even happened."

Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response. The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you.

Let SERVPRO help you get back in business fast.

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

What would you do if you came to work and was faced with a water damage?  Hopefully call SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened." 

Upon entering his multi-shop business, a owner found that they were all affected by a pipe bursting sometime overnight.  They called us to start extraction and drying process in an effort to stop any further damage to their property.

As in any Business, time is money, and the longer they stayed closed, the more business they were losing.  We cannot stress the importance in time is critical when dealing with a water loss.  The longer water sits, the more damage it is creating.

We are usually able to arrive on site within an hour, until then, use the tips on our website to help.

Highly trained staff

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Sumter we are the only Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification, IICRC, certified firm within a twenty-five mile radius with certifications in both water and fire restoration.

This status as a certified firm means that all of our employees have completed all the necessary training to earn this honor.

SERVPRO of Sumter's knowledgeable staff is prepared to assist you with both residential and commercial losses of any size.

When a disaster happens it can be a time of uncertainty and confusion. Whether it is a small leak from a bathroom pipe or an entire manufacturing or warehouse facility. SERVPRO of Sumter is ready to put our knowledge to work to make your loss "Like it never even happened".

Even clear water can have contaminates on a microscopic level.

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

It is easy to just clean up the water and never consider the source. Contaminants hide everywhere. You may think that the water from the toilet bowl is fine to just clean up if no solids are present, however that is not always the case. Even daily cleanings of your toilet bowl can leave behind germs and bacteria. It is a known fact that the water in your bowl after you flush holds millions of bacteria. If you have an overflow these bacteria are now in your carpet and padding, or under your baseboards and soaking into your walls. 

The same is true from a water intrusion from a leak in ceiling or roof. The water passes through materials, such as insulation and drywall, that contaminate the water and leave behind bacteria. If insulation is left wet in your attic it can also promote growth. 

It is very important to have issues like these cleaned and dried by professionals. Let SERVPRO of Sumter help.