Spring brings with it lots of sunshine and beautiful flowering trees in full bloom all around us, but also warmer temperatures and oftentimes strong winds and dry conditions that can spark wildfires.
"Residents are urged to exercise caution handling any potential ignition source, including machinery, cigarettes and matches," the National Weather Service advised. "Be sure to properly discard all smoking materials. Any dry grasses and tree litter that ignite will have the potential to spread quickly."
The NWS offers these safety tips:
- Take ashes outside, away from the house and combustible material.
- Put ashes in a metal bucket/container.
- Always use a metal container; never use a plastic or paper bag.
- Completely immerse the materials in water.
- Clear an area for the container — possibly down to dirt, ruling out the possibility that grass could catch fire if it were knocked over.
- Allow the contents to soak for at least a week.
Fire damage can have extremely catastrophic effects on your property. SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland is the area’s fire & water damage experts and are always “Faster to any size disaster.” Large or small, we will restore your fire- and water-damaged property, residential or commercial, with efficiency and detail.
Call us 24/7 at 662-846-1700. We’re here to help!
Back to Work
With the country easing back into a somewhat normal life, and as a growing number of businesses and workplaces welcoming back their employees, it’s more crucial than ever to have buildings and facilities thoroughly cleaned to keep everyone safe from the coronavirus and other health hazards.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, SERVPRO franchises throughout the U.S. -- including SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland -- are here to help keep your customers and employees safe, and also let everyone know you've chosen a higher standard of clean.
When you go with us, you’re choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned -- a defensive, proactive viral pathogen cleaning program backed by our more than 50 years of experience in cleanup and restoration. With an industry-leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions and remediation processes, we're helping businesses across the country open safely.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, these are currently known about Covid-19:
- It is spread from person to person and happens most frequently among close contacts (within about 6 feet).
- This type of transmission occurs via respiratory droplets.
- Current evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials.
- Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of Covid-19
Here at SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland, we have seen a spike of Covid-contaminated facilities that we’ve treated in recent months. Call 662-846-1700 today to schedule your Covid-19 cleaning.
When Natural Disasters affect your home or business
Whether a small home gets hit by a flood or a commercial building needs mold remediation, we can handle it! Do you know who to call in moments of water damage, fire damage, and sewer damage? Not only do we have a great crew of trained professionals, but we've got advanced state of the art equipment as well.
Time is money.
Natural disasters, fires, and floods can be one of the worst things to happen to your property. If you own a commercial property, it affects your employee's productivity and if your home is damaged, security feels lost. With our knowledgeable technicians and equipment, we work as hard as possible for as long as necessary to get your business back in shape.
A Five-Star Experience every time!
We're one of the top water and fire restoration companies in the entire U.S. We have our testimonials for proof - we pride ourselves in being honest and informative to make difficult processes much simpler for you.
We are IICRC Certified.
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration is the most trusted independent name in the restoration industry. To receive IICRC certification, a technician must take special classes and exams that follow the requirements from the ICRC.
SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland will make your disasters "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at 662-846-1700.
Facts about Tornadoes
We all may think we know "enough" about tornadoes; I mean, they are big, scary, and UNWANTED. But, did you know.....
- The winds of a tornado can reach speeds of up to 480km per hour
- In extreme cases, tornadoes can last several hours and cross distances over 150km!
- Tornadoes are measured using the Fujita Scale (or F-scale), ranging from F0 to F5, with F5 being the strongest and most destructive.
- Most of the world’s tornadoes occur in the United States in what’s known as Tornado Alley. Stretching from West Texas to North Dakota, this area can see more than 200 tornadoes each year!
- Tornadoes can be invisible until they pick up dust and debris, or a cloud forms within the spinning funnel.
More facts about tornadoes can be found at https://www.natgeokids.com/za/discover/geography/physical-geography/tornado-facts/.
A Professional Response to Fire Damage
Fire has a tremendous capacity for destruction and is one of the most widespread and common risks when it comes to commercial properties. As a result, most businesses have insurance coverage that includes protection against fire losses. When flames do break out, business owners contact professionals to respond to the fire and smoke damage. With the right equipment, these professionals help business owners get their properties back into working condition.
The Scope of Destruction
Experienced fire and smoke cleaning technicians understand that fire damage goes beyond the direct destruction. They take quick action to respond to several fire-related issues:
- Stains left behind by soot resting on porous surfaces
- Mold and mildew growth after the use of water to put out flames
- Corrosion on metal surfaces exposed to water and oxygen
- Poor air quality as smoke and mold particles hang in the air
The longer commercial properties sit after smoke damage occurs, the more likely it is that the extent and scope of the destruction will increase. The best response to fire and soot damage is to act as soon as possible.
Assessment of the Damage
As professionals arrive at a commercial property to respond, they'll assess the amount of fire, smoke, and water damage. As they begin their inspections, technicians also focused on safety. There are several safety risks inherent in the destruction left after a fire. Experienced fire damage cleanup and remediation professionals are certified and licensed to enter the property. In addition to training and authorization, they have the proper protective equipment to enter weakened structures.
The Cleanup Process
With safety procedures underway, cleanup and restoration professionals are ready to secure entry points and property breaches (such as broken windows and holes in the roof), establish security against further destruction, and begin removing debris. Technicians also remove as much equipment and inventory as possible. At this point, water removal and deep cleaning can begin.
The end goal of the cleanup work is to remove all evidence that a fire took place. When your properties are affected by the fire and smoke damage, the work of professionals begins with safety and results in pristine buildings.
The Science of Drying
Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? Having the knowledge of psychometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland is trained in the science of drying and follows strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of secondary damages, like mold. If your home or business suffers water damage, SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland will:
- Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
- Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor weather the materials are drying properly.
- Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment
What exactly does it mean to help “speed up Mother Nature”? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are we, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material—but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out.
SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland has the tools and equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces, inside walls, and much more. SERVPRO also uses state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying process of your home or business.
The bottom line? SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland has the training and equipment to help make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”
Severe Weather Preparedness Plan
Severe weather is an absolutely terrifying thing to be faced with. Not only can it cause severe damage to your home, but it is also extremely unpredictable, meaning conditions can turn hazardous in an instant. The costs of having storm damage restored can also be exorbitant, but the most important thing is making sure your family is safe.
As with any difficult life scenario, one of the best things you can do is to have a plan in place in case server weather moves into your area. That way, instead of panicking or being unsure of what to do, you can be certain of how to proceed to keep your family safe.
By knowing where to go, where your supplies are and that you have made sure you can stay in your shelter, you can have much more peace of mind surrounding your family’s well-being.
Elements to Consider for a Severe Weather Preparedness Plan
Where Will You Seek Shelter?
It is always a good idea to have a designated shelter spot in your home where everyone can head if the weather turns severe. Ideally, this would be a basement, but you can also choose an area of your home that does not have windows and few exterior walls if a basement is not available.
Do We Have Food and Water?
Once you seek shelter, it is wise to make sure you do not have to leave until the weather event has passed. It is a good idea to keep nonperishable foods and plenty of water in your shelter spot so you can stay put for the duration of the storm.
What Will Your Light Source Be?
Power outages are extremely common during severe weather, so it is smart to keep flashlights and lanterns in your shelter area in case you can’t use your home’s electricity. Be sure to pack batteries, too, as they can lose their power with time.
If your home is damaged by a severe weather event, we are here for all your restoration needs. You can contact us as soon as you discover the damage for the quickest response possible, and with our 24/7 emergency line, you will never have to wait to get in touch. Contact SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland at (662)846-1700.
Risks Associated with Lighting Candles
Burning candles in the home is an extremely common practice, whether it is for scent, ambiance or holiday celebrations—but with the regularity of an activity like this, it can be easy to forget the fire hazards that candles can pose in the home. While small, it is important to remember that candles are still an open flame and present the same dangers that any other type of fire would when in use.
Candles are responsible for nearly 10,000 fires every single year, many of which are entirely avoidable.
Many fires caused by candles are a result of people placing them too close to flammable objects, especially if they leave the room or fall asleep while the candle is still burning. Below, we will go over some candle safety tips so you can be certain you are decorating and celebrating safely.
Top Tips for Candle Safety in the Home
While candles can be a great way to decorate your home and add pleasant scents, you should still treat them as carefully as you would any other open flame. Here are some helpful safety tips:
- Keep candles at least a foot from anything flammable, such as drapes, upholstery or blankets.
- Rely on flashlights or lanterns for light sources instead of candles in case of a power outage.
- Make sure candles are always out of reach of young children.
- Do not place candles anywhere that they could be accidentally knocked over, especially if you have pets in the house.
- Do not leave the room if a candle is burning and extinguish a candle if you think you may fall asleep.
- Trim your candle’s wick before lighting to keep the flame low and prevent it from flickering or flaring up unpredictably.
- Avoid placing your candle in a place that is drafty as this can blow the flame.
If your home is damaged by flames or smoke, you can count on our expert technicians to handle every aspect of the restoration. We are here 24 hours a day to take your call, give you more information or dispatch quickly to begin your restoration. Call us today to learn more.
Water Damages in Restaurants
Owning a restaurant can be a very rewarding experience, but also filled with many obstacles. With multiple sinks, toilets, and a dish washing machine, as well as natural weather occurrences, the potential for water damage within your business is high. Water or flood damage in your restaurant can cripple your business and make it unsafe for you to continue standard operations until specific safeguards are in place. Contamination threats, such as bacteria or mold, that can arise from standing water, could close your doors immediately. To protect your restaurant and keep business flowing after a water damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland. We have water restoration experts capable of addressing standing water and implementing drying solutions, as well as cleaning technicians and biohazard specialists if needed to ensure the safety of your restaurant.
Timely response to a water damage is essential in minimizing the disruption of business. SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland offers 24-hour emergency water damage response, allowing us to address saturation and exposed materials quickly, and identify which areas are most prone to mold and microbial threats. We have a full line of potent antimicrobial products that can help to eliminate mold spores present on surfaces and protect them from potential colonization.
Removing any standing water in a timely fashion is necessary to not only protect the building your business operates in, but also your investment in the furniture, fixtures, and equipment in the restaurant. From wooden legs of chairs and tables, to bases of booths, and carpets & upholstery, prolonged exposure to excessive moisture can warp and distort these structures to the point of requiring replacement. SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland has industry leading drying and extraction equipment and to give your restaurant the immediate attention it needs.
Call SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland today at (662) 846-1700 for your Clean Up and Restoration needs, We’re Here to Help!
Flooding is defined as “an overflowing of water onto land that is normally dry.” Flooding can be caused by a multitude of different occurrences, the two experienced most frequently in the Florida Panhandle being tropical systems and heavy thunderstorms. Floods are the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters, therefore it is important to understand the different types of flooding possible in your area.
River Flood – a river flood occurs when water rises over the top of a riverbank. This can immediately affect structures located near the river, and if water levels continue to rise, affect homes and businesses downstream.
Coastal Flood – a coastal flood occurs when land areas along the coast are inundated with rising waters. A combination of factors, including tidal patterns, rainfall, and land elevation can all play a role in coastal flooding issues.
Storm Surge – Storm surge is a variation of coastal flooding in which the wind, atmospheric pressure, and waves of a severe storm greatly increase the water level in coastal areas. Highly common during hurricanes, storm surge can occur very quickly, and pose serious property and safety concerns.
Flash Flood – a flash flood is usually caused by heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time. Flash floods can occur with very little warning and be extremely dangerous. Clogged draining systems and standing debris can contribute to the likelihood of flash flooding occurrences.
Understanding different types of flooding, those that are most common in your area, and how to prepare, can help to protect both your and your property in the event of a flooding disaster. In the unfortunate event that flood waters have caused property damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland is Here to Help. For more information about our services, give us a call at 662-846-1700.