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3 common house fire types.

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

There are 3 main types of smoke and residues that can be left behind by fire damage in your home:

  1. Synthetic: These synthetic residues appear when oil-based materials are burned such as plastics and fabrics. This could include everything from window coverings, furniture, carpets, and electronics. When synthetic materials burn, they will produce a thick black smoke, leaving behind a smeary residue that can create quite the mess if not cleaned up properly. In these situations, avoid touching any of the residue to prevent smearing as vacuuming is the best approach to cleaning the residues left behind, followed by sponge cleaning.
  2. Protein: Fires caused by the burning of proteins such as meats and beans for example will leave behind a yellowish-brown residue. The texture of which is greasy feeling and can stick to any surface, making it a pain to clean up.
  3. Natural: These types of fires are caused by the burning of natural products such as wood and paper. They produce dry powdery residue that is grayish-black in color. These residues are easier to clean up than the synthetic or protein residues. Removing the residues can be done by vacuuming with a bristled brush, followed by sponge cleaning.

Most household fires experience a combination of all the above types.

SERVPRO of Sumter's  highly trained technicians are ready to assist you with all your fire restoration needs.

SERVPRO is ALWAYS here to help

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Sumter, 803-773-4331

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Act Fast, It is Not Just a Leak!

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

Mitigation means acting quickly to stop the damage from getting worse, without necessarily fixing the damage. The key to storm mitigation is stopping water leaks and minor flooding so materials can dry within 24-48 hours. This prevents the further damage of structural weakening or wood rot, and stops the growth of mold on damp surfaces.

Even while it is still raining or an active leak is present, there are ways to mitigate the damage. The key is to not wait. Even if your home has been spared from acute flooding, what seems like "minor" water damage from leaks and other water intrusions can turn into major problems over time – and need to be addressed immediately.

When a leak is discovered do not delay calling to get the clean up started.

Rain Can Be Trouble For Your Roof

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

With all the rain that we have been experiencing lately can turn the smallest of roof leaks into a major problem.

As the water begins to run into the attic of the home it will begin to absorb into the insulation causing it to become heavy on the ceiling of the home. The added weight to the ceiling could cause it to become unstable causing it to fall damaging contents and flooring in the process. 

The water in the attic could also affected duct work,  electrical line, as well as any contents stored in the attic.

If a roof leak takes you be surprise, call the experts in water restoration at SERVPRO of Sumter so we can make your roof leak "Like it never even happened."

Sumter County First Responders! Thank you

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Sumter would like to thank all the Firefighters, police officers, as well as EMS in Sumter County and the surrounding areas for all you do to keep our citizens safe and assist them in their most desperate time if need.

 In most communities it is the local fire department that is the first to respond to emergencies, whether they are small, day-to-day types or large disasters. As the first official government agency contacted, they have the responsibility to manage the incident. Consequently, any volunteer group that wants to provide assistance during these emergencies must work with the local fire/rescue organization if they are to be effective.

Ask your local Fire Department to speak to your schools on safety and fire tips.

A small leak may equal big problems.

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Mitigation means acting quickly to stop the damage from getting worse, without necessarily fixing the damage. The key to storm mitigation is stopping water leaks and minor flooding so materials can dry within 24-72 hours. This prevents the further damage of structural weakening or wood rot, and stops the growth of mold on damp surfaces.

Even while it is still raining or an active leak is present, there are ways to mitigate the damage. The key is to not wait. Even if your home has been spared from acute flooding, what seems like "minor" water damage from leaks and other water intrusions can turn into major problems over time – and need to be addressed immediately.

When a leak is discovered do not delay calling to get the clean up started.

Small leaks in your roof a large amount of interior damage.

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

Ceiling that fell in from roof leak Ceiling that fell in from roof leak

With all the rain and thunderstorms that we have been experiencing lately can turn the smallest of roof leaks into a major problem.

As the water begins to run into the attic of the home it will begin to absorb into the insulation causing it to become heavy on the ceiling of the home. The added weight to the ceiling could cause it to become unstable causing it to fall damaging contents and flooring in the process. 

The water in the attic could also affected duct work,  electrical lines, as well as any contents stored in the attic.

If a roof leak takes you be surprise, call the experts in water restoration at SERVPRO of Sumter so we can make your roof leak "Like it never even happened."

Nicotine can turn into a sticky situation.

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

before and after of a towel used to clean nicotine from a wall. Before and after of a towel used to clean nicotine from a wall.

We all see and hear the reports on how nicotine, affects the lungs, but many don't think about how it affects your home.

Nicotine, C10H14N2, is the additive compound found in tobacco and many tobacco substitutes that when in a vapor sticks to many surfaces in your home to include ceilings, walls, and flooring.

In the pictures you can see a towel that was used to clean nicotine off of a wall. In the first picture the towel is bright white and after just on wipe, the after picture, it is dull, dingy, and brown.

If you have or are acquiring a home that has been smoked or vaped in reach out to the cleaning professionals are SERVPRO of Sumter to assist you in removing the nicotine from your home or business.

A safe place to worship

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

Growth under a church pew Growth under a church pew.

With the current pandemic many churches have decided to close their doors to keep their congregations safe. Many churches made the decision to turn off the HVAC to the church during the time they were closed that lead to the discovering the presence of growth in many parts of the church as the prepare to reopen.

Here at SERVPRO of Sumter we are able to quickly address the growth as well as provide a proactive sanitation to allow for the congregations to return to a safe environment to worship.

Since the pandemic started SERVPRO has been the restoration company that many places of worship have trusted to clean and sanitize so that they can continue to be the safe haven for their members that the have always been.

Time Is Money

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Any water loss is scary and stressful, but when it happens to a business it can cause lost hours of operation. We have all the term "Time is money", and for businesses and water damages it rings true. 

In just minutes, water can travel the distance through ceilings, attics, and under flooring. In hours, the dampness and standing water can cause ceiling collapses, vinyl bubbling, and carpet delamination. Now all this damage on top of losing revenue is a big deal to all businesses. 

Not all damage can be seen until its too late for restoration, and time replacement. Once replacement is involved, repairs for a business can skyrocket. Most businesses never reopen after a disaster. 

Something else to consider is the structural integrity of a building. If the situation is not handled promptly, efficiently, and correctly, the building itself can become compromised.

Do not hesitate to call us! Even if you are not sure of extent of the damage, our professionals can come in and assess the situation for you and hopefully prevent any drastic down time for your business.