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Potential Fire Hazards and How To Prevent Them.

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

Potential Fire Hazards and How To Prevent Them.

No one ever believes a fire will start in their home, until it happens to them. Knowing what to expect in advance can help you prepare a plan. While a fire can start anywhere, at any time in your home, below is a list of the top four most common causes of fires and a few safety tips. 

  1. Kitchen Fires: Your kitchen is the number one area in your home where a fire can start. Burning food, cooking with grease, small appliances, water, constant people in and out, or electrical problems are all factors that can cause a fire in your home. Grease fires can get out of control quickly, spreading to other areas of your home before the fire department has arrived. When cooking with grease, always exercise extreme caution. Keep a lid, baking soda, or fire extinguisher within reach just in case you need to smother a fire quickly. Never leave food unattended while you are cooking.  
  2.  Electrical Fires: are the second most common cause of house fire. Old or faulty wiring, broken or outdated breaker boxes, faulty appliances, or the improper use of outlets can cause a fire.  
  3. Portable Heaters and Electric Blankets: can become hazards during the fall and winter seasons. If you are using a portable heater, always leave three feet of free space around the heater. Never place anything flammable on or near your heater. Whenever you leave the room, always turn it off. Even though modern electric blankets are considered generally safe, there are a few steps you can take to reduce your risk of a fire. Never plug electric blankets or heaters into power strips; always plug them into the outlet. Never use an electric blanket that has signs of excessive wear, such as tears, scorch marks, frayed cords, or damage temperature control. Avoid using an electric blanket that has wires and attachments that don't fit tightly. 
  4. Smoking: is the fourth leading cause of fires. It is far more dangerous to smoke inside your home than outside. Many items in your home could catch on fire if they touched a lit cigarette or hot ashes. It does not take much for an ember to catch a chair, couch, rug, or curtains on fire. Always make sure you put your cigarette all the way out. Put water on ashes or butts or put cigarettes out in a bucket of sand.  
  5. How Can You Prepare: While you can do everything in your power to prevent a fire in your home, sometimes accidents do happen. In these moments, you and your family's safety is the number one priority. The difference between safety and tragedy is preparation. Take the extra time to prepare yourself and your family now. Create a fire escape plan with your family. Map out at least two exit strategies for each area in your home. Designate a meeting spot that is a safe distance from your home that everyone knows where to meet once they escape. Practice as often as possible. Check your smoke alarms to ensure they are in working order. If your smoke alarms are ten years old or older, replace the entire unit. Install carbon monoxide detectors if you do not already have them in your home. 

Don’t feel overwhelmed after a disaster - call SERVPRO of Pickens County at 864-855-3993. We respond immediately to any fire loss in an effort to mitigate the existing damage, prevent further secondary damage, and reduce restoration costs.        

If You Have Fall Candles, Read This Before You Light Them.

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

If You Have Fall Candles, Read This Before You Light Them. 

Fall is officially upon us. I know you are excited to decorate, prepare for thanksgiving, and enjoy all the activities that come with fall. As the weather gets cooler and the leaves begin to change into vibrant colors, nothing gets you in the fall spirit quite like burning your new fall-scented candles. Whether you are using these candles to create a cozy and charming atmosphere in your home or you are using them to jump-start the fall season in your home, never forget that open flames are potential fire hazards. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the careless use of candles causes nearly 10,000 residential fires each year. Here are some helpful tips you can use to avoid fires caused by candles.

Candle Fire Safety Dos:

  • Blow candles out whenever you leave the room or go to bed. 
  • Always burn your candles in well-ventilated rooms.
  • Keep candles at least one foot away from anything flammable, such as paper, decorations, plants, and clothing.
  • If you are using candle holders, always use sturdy candle holders that you know won't tip over easily. Place them on horizontal, stable, and heat-resistant surfaces.
  • If you are burning multiple candles in an area, keep them at least three inches apart to ensure that they don’t melt one another.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Always place them up high or in areas they cannot easily reach. 
  • Consider replacing burning candles with battery-operated flameless candles in your home. Most electrical candles look and smell like real candles.

Candle Fire Safety Don’ts:

  • If you are in a small room, don’t burn too many candles. Limit yourself to burning only one candle in a small area. 
  • Don’t burn candles in rooms with vents, drafts, fans, or air currents to avoid rapid, uneven burning, flame flare-ups, and soot formation.
  • Don’t use candles in bedrooms or other sleeping areas. Statistically, most fires started by candles occur in the bedroom. Opt for using a diffuser or flameless candles in bedrooms. 
  • Avoid burning candles all the way down to the bottom of the jar— put out candles when there are at least two inches of wax left or ½ inch if they are in a container.
  • Don’t move candles while they’re burning. Hot wax can drip and cause injuries or severe burns. Extinguish candles before moving them or move them before lighting them.
  • Avoid using candles during a power outage. Instead, use LED flameless candles, flashlights, or battery-powered lighting. 
  • Never use water to put out a candle to prevent hot wax from splashing. If your candle comes with a lid, never extinguish the flame by placing it on top of the burning candle. Use a candle snuffer to extinguish candles.

If you have fire or smoke damage caused by a candle and are unsure of what to do next, don't stress! Call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993. Our crewmembers have specialized equipment and resources that help them respond quickly and effectively to any fire emergency in the Pickens County community and surrounding areas. 

Fall Fire Safety Tips You Can Use In Your Home!

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

For professional fire damage repair and smoke remediation, call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855- 3993.

Fall Fire Safety Tips You Can Use In Your Home! 

As the leaves change colors and the weather begins to cool down, you can start preparing for the fall and winter seasons ahead. You can't wait to start decorating your home and are excited to welcome your family and friends into your home for the upcoming holidays. Before you begin your holiday decoration and preparations, have you stopped to think about the fire safety risks that arise during the fall season? Below are a few fire safety tips to keep in mind during the fall: 

  • Change Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Detector Batteries and Test the Alarms.  We all have a love/hate relationship with Daylight Savings Time. However, this is a great time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detector. By changing the batteries during Daylight Savings Time, you can ensure the alarms will not fail when you turn the heat on in your home. Make sure you test each smoke alarm when you change the batteries to check the smoke alarm is still working appropriately. If your smoke alarms are older than ten years, replace the entire unit. If you have fire extinguishers in your home, check that they are in working order when you change your clocks each season.
  • Check and Service Your Heating Devices Before Turning On Your Heat:
    • Your HVAC system needs to be inspected, clean, and serviced by a certified HVAC contractor. It is also a good idea to check and replace your furnace filters with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters.             
    • If you are using space heaters, allow at least three feet of space around the heater. I know it is tempting to place a towel, blanket, or article of clothing on a heater to warm it up on a chilly fall day but do not place fabrics or other flammable materials on space heaters. Always turn your heaters off before you go to bed. 
    • If your home has a fireplace, have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional chimney sweep. Utilize the three feet rule and keep flammable objects away from the fireplace. If you can, install a mesh metal screen around your fireplace. 
  • Halloween safety – We know you can't wait to decorate your home and begin costumes preparations for Halloween. Remember to keep decorations away from open flames and other heat sources, and use battery-operated lights instead of candles in jack-o-lanterns. 
  • Outdoor fire risks – As the leaves begin to fall, you may notice them and other debris building up around your home. Remember to cut back trees, rake leaves, and remove other flammable debris. When storing your lawnmower and other gas-powered tools for the fall and winter months, empty them of their fuel first. Keep your roof, gutters, and downspouts free of debris as well. 
  • Create a fire escape plan.  The first step in being prepared is to have a plan. Did you know if a fire starts in your home, you have just two minutes to escape? It is vital you create a fire escape plan and practice it regularly. Create at least two designated escape routes for each area of your home. Pick a meeting spot outside that is a safe distance away from your home. Also, practice escaping your home staying low to avoid breathing in smoke. If you live in a multi-level home, practice getting out through windows using emergency ladders. 

Follow these tips, and fire will not be able to ruin your fall! For professional fire damage repair and smoke remediation, call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855- 3993. We will make it "Like it never even happened." 

How Prepared Is Your Business?

9/27/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pickens County recommends taking this month to revisit your emergency preparedness plan.

How Prepared Is Your Business? 

September is National Preparedness Month. As a business owner, you might be wondering, what does this month mean to you? SERVPRO of Pickens County recommends taking this month to revisit your emergency preparedness plan. According to the latest research, As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster. Below are a few easy steps you can take to increase your emergency readiness for your business. 

Assess Your Risk

The first step in being preparing your business for disasters is to determine your risk. Determine which disasters you are still vulnerable to based on preparedness measures you have already taken. The most common disasters businesses in Pickens County face are flooding, tornadoes, freezing temperatures, and fires. Performing a safety audit is a great way to highlight any areas in your workspace that could present safety hazards during a disaster. Take note of any hazardous materials. Remember to think about any additional risks that could obstruct your evacuation from the building. Remove any heavy equipment or products stored on high shelves. Assessing these risks before a disaster will help better prepare you in the long run. 

Stay Up-To-date On Local and National Emergency News 

Stay up to date on emergency news by ensuring you have a way to listen to your local and national officials. Sign up for local and national alerts as soon as possible. 

Train Your Employees In Emergency Preparedness and Workplace Safety

You can develop the best safety strategy for your workplace, but it means absolutely nothing without proper employee training. You need to ensure you communicate your strategy and communications plans to all your employees. Hold regular safety training, crisis-specific safety drills, and emergency preparedness forums to give your employees a space to ask questions and obtain relevant information precisely when they need it.  

Keep Emergency Supplies On Hand 

As an employer, it is your responsibility to keep your employees safe during an emergency. Have enough emergency supplies to last you and all of your employees at least three days. It’s not a bad idea to invest in a business emergency kit so that you don’t have to spend a ton of time assembling all of your individually-bought supplies into your own. 

Develop A SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile 

It is never a convenient time to deal with natural disasters, water, or fire damage. Every hour you spend cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. Creating a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your business will help you minimize interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how disasters can affect your business. An ERP is a no-cost assessment of your facility that will help get you back into your building following a disaster. By developing an ERP, SERVPRO of Pickens County will be your designated disaster mitigation and restoration provider. Your ERP will also identify a chain of command specifically tailored for your business; this, in turn, will save you valuable time and money so we can immediately begin work. When your ERP is complete, we compile everything into one document that you have 24/7 access to via our app. 

Ready to Get Started? Call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855 - 3993.   

The Benefits of Cleaning Your Commercial HVAC System.

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call SERVPRO of Pickens County, (864) 855-3993.

The Benefits of Cleaning Your Commercial HVAC System. 

The upkeep and maintenance of your commercial building can be time-consuming. Cleaning an air duct system in your office space or building with no evident issues can feel like an unnecessary waste of your time and money. Cleaning the air duct system in your building is not something you need to do every year, but you cannot afford to ignore it completely. 

Why Should You Clean Your Air Ducts?

Dust entering your duct system can result in poor indoor air quality, inefficient air filtration, and duct leaks. Dust can accumulate so much that it starts to break off and re-enter the air in your building. If you begin to notice your office space or warehouse becoming dusty faster, that is a good indication you need to have your air ducts cleaned. 

High humidity or water leaking into the ducts provides the perfect environment for mold to thrive. These microscopic mold spores will eventually circulate through your air space. Mold exposure can cause health effects for you, your employees, or building occupants. 

Pests and varmin can crawl into your HVAC system and make a home, leaving behind their nesting material, hair, and dead insects. Particles from these containments are blown out of your unit and into the airspace. 

If your building has high air quality and you are using high-efficiency HVAC air filters, the ducts of your building could stay clean for years. However, you will still have to deal with the occasional unexpected issue. You should have your duct system professionally cleaned and inspected once every three or four years.  

The Benefits of Cleaning Your Air Ducts 

Keeping your ducts clean is the best way to protect your heating and cooling system and the health of your building occupants. 

Improved indoor air quality — Clean ducts mean less dust, mold spores, pollen, and pest debris floating around the air in your building. 

Better HVAC system efficiency — Over time, the buildup of debris and dust in the ducts impairs the airflow through your HVAC system. The more dust and debris that collect in your system, the more the fan motor struggles to distribute cool air to your space. After cleaning your air ducts, the air will flow freely, and the fan motor will use less energy disbursing the air. In the summer, clean ducts pay off. Clean air ducts deposit less dust on the evaporator coil in your air conditioner. Even the tiniest amount of dust on the evaporator coil reduces its efficiency. 

Longer HVAC component lifespan — All of the dust and debris that blows through your ducts will eventually find their way to the fan motor and other components. Keeping the ducts clean will prevent excess wear and tear and help your unit last longer. 

Professional Duct Cleaning Makes the Difference - Call SERVPRO of Pickens County.

Duct cleaning isn’t a job to leave up to a regular building maintenance crew armed with a few vacuums. Attempting to clean the ducts without the right tools can worsen your indoor air quality because the debris dislodged will end up floating through your unit and into your rooms. 

SERVPRO of Pickens County will bring in equipment specifically designed to thoroughly clean your ducts without contaminating the air in your building. However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. In turn, this can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call SERVPRO of Pickens County, (864) 855-3993.

Tips For Protecting Your Family During A Storm In Upstate, South Carolina

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

Tips For Protecting Your Family During A Storm In Upstate, South Carolina 

In recent years tornadoes have become a reality for residents of Upstate, South Carolina. These super-cell storms usually pop up with little to no warning, and preparing in advance is the key to keeping you and your family safe. Tornadoes are powerful and unpredictable, but by beginning to prepare now, you can better your odds of coming out of the storm unharmed.

Things You Need To Do Before The Storm

Sign Up Now for Local Emergency Agencies Alerts

Our local emergency management agencies have a way for you to sign up to be alerted as soon as an emergency arises. These alerts include not just weather alerts but things like boil water notices and more.

The time to sign up for these alerts is before any weather emergency happens.

Know The Severe Weather Seasons and Language Used


While pop-up tornadoes can happen at any time in South Carolina, spring and summer are when they most often occur.

Understanding Tornado Terms

Tornado Watch

During a tornado watch, you need to keep an eye on the sky. 

Meaning the conditions exist for rotation to form in the blink of an eye.

Tornado Warning

There has been a tornado spotted on the ground or radar. You need to seek shelter immediately and stay there until the storm subsides. 

Locate and Secure Possible Projectiles Before The Storm

Before you hear the weather siren going off, take the time to figure out what items in your yard could pose a risk. If you cannot secure an item to the ground, it should be brought into your garage, shed, mudroom, or crawl space. 

  • Trampolines: If possible, youshould break down and store a trampoline or flip it over to be flush with the ground and anchor it. Doing so will prevent damage and keep them from becoming airborne.
  • Patio Shade Shelters/Screen Tents: Secure the frame to the ground and remove all fabric components. 
  • Swing Sets / Playground Structures: Remove swings, see-saws, and any other removable features.

Things You Can Do During The Storm To Protect You and Your Family

Seek Shelter During The Storm

  • Basements: If you have a basement in your home, this is the preferred place to seek shelter. You should shelter at the below-ground end if it is a walk-out style.
  • Lower-level, Interior Room: This is the second-best place to shelter if you do not have a basement. Preferably a room without a window.
  • Upper-Level Rooms: will NOT protect you during a tornado. Do not shelter in upper-level rooms. Go to the lowest level of your home and shelter in your basement or an interior room without windows. 

Stay Indoors During A Storm

I know it is tempting to look out the window or door during a storm, but you need to avoid rooms with windows or exterior doors. The safest place for you to shelter during a tornado is in a basement or a lower-level interior room with no windows. You and your family should stay dressed in clothes and shoes appropriate for the outdoor weather if you have to flee your home or shelter in a hurry.

What Not To Do After A Tornado

Do not let your curiosity get the better of you after a tornado. Even after the storm has passed, danger is still present. Downed power lines, storm surges, and washed-out roads can create rescue situations that have to pull emergency response and first responder teams away from other storm-related issues. If the damage is severe, it will still be there several days after the storm when conditions are safer for you to travel.

If you have storm damage to your home, call SERVPRO of Pickens County(864) 855-3993. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year. No matter the severity of the damage, we will make it "Like it never even happened." 

Easy Water Heater Maintenance Tips Anyone Can Do

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

If you are experiencing water damage caused by a water heater, SERVPRO Of Pickens County is ready to assist you.

Easy Water Heater Maintenance Tips Anyone Can Do 

The typical life expectancy for a water heater is 10-12 years. However, they can experience problems early on if not properly maintained. Regular maintenance can extend the longevity of your water heater while helping prevent the likelihood of catastrophic failure that causes severe damage. 

Below are a few tips on water heater maintenance you can use to prolong the life of your hot water heater. 

Tip #1: Frequently Flush Your Water Heater 

Your water heater stores water, even when you are not using it. If you do not flush your water heater annually, mineral deposits will begin building up in the unit. As mineral deposits continue to build up in your water heater, the heating elements become stifled. As more deposits build up on the heating elements, your water heater becomes less effective in retaining heat. 

To flush your water heater, whether it is gas-powered or electric, you need to turn off the source of power to your unit. Next, connect a garden hose to the spigot of your water heater, and place the end of the house outside or in a safe area to flush the water out. Before opening the valve on your water heater, start a faucet nearby to help create better flow in the system. 

Please note that the water in your water heater will be hot, so be careful when opening the valve. You should flush the water for around 5-10 minutes or until you stop seeing sediment and the water runs clear. 

Tip #2: Lower Temperature 

A simple water heater maintenance tip is to lower the temperature level of the unit. Lowering the temperature can help:

  • Reduce the chance of being scolded 
  • Decrease utility bills 
  • Prolong the life of the unit

Higher temperatures can cause quicker wear and tear on your water heater. It is recommended you set the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to help reduce energy usage. 

Tip #3: Frequently Check The Pressure Relief Valve

Another quick and easy water heater maintenance tip is checking your pressure relief valve. If pressure builds in your water heater, it can cause a catastrophic failure that may lead to the unit itself exploding. 

You can quickly fix this by turning off the power source to your unit and turning off the cold water supply valve. Place a bucket under the pressure release valve and drain the pressure using the valve tab. Once the pressure buildup is gone, the water will stop draining. 

Water Heater Maintenance Importance

Water heater maintenance can prolong the life of the unit and assist in preventing extensive water damage. The average life of a water heater can differ depending on regular maintenance and the type of unit, but they can last around 10-12 years but can begin experiencing issues as early as eight years old. 

If you are experiencing water damage caused by a water heater, SERVPRO Of Pickens Countyis ready to assist you. We provide 24/7 emergency services 365 days a year. We have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property and make your water damage "Like it never even happened."

What Is Your Severe Weather Safety Plan?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

If a severe weather event or storm damaged your home, SERVPRO of Pickens County is here for all your restoration needs.

What Is Your Severe Weather Safety Plan? 

If you live in Upstate South Carolina, you will eventually experience some form of severe weather. Severe weather is a terrifying thing to face. Not only can it cause significant damage to your home, but storms are unpredictable, and conditions can turn hazardous in an instant. The most important thing you can do before any severe weather event or storm is to make preparations so that you and your family will be safe. Have a plan in place in case intense weather moves quickly into your area. Being prepared will alleviate panic because you will know what to do, where to go, and how exactly to keep yourself and 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 safety.

Elements to Consider for a Severe Weather Preparedness Plan

Where Will You Seek Shelter?

You should always have a designated shelter spot in your home where everyone can head if the weather turns severe in an instant. 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. An interior closet or a bathroom with no windows will be a great place to shelter until the storm subsides. 

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. You should store your food and water in a waterproof and tightly sealed container. 

What Will Your Light and Power Source Be?

Power outages are common during severe weather, so it is a good idea to keep flashlights, led candles, and lanterns in your shelter area in case your home’s electricity goes out. Be sure to pack extra batteries, too, as they can lose their power with time. If possible, invest in a generator as well. Your area may be without power for several days, or you may not be able to safely leave your home for a few days after a storm. A generator can prevent food spoilage and allow you to carry on after the storm, should you not be able to leave your house for several days. A 5,000 to 7,500 watts generator gives enough power to run most household appliances. 

If a severe weather event or storm damaged your home, SERVPRO of Pickens County is 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. Call (864) 855-3993. For more information on SERVPRO of Pickens County, please click here

There's Water In My Crawl Space What Do I Do?

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

When water gets into your crawl space, it can be an enormous problem for you if you do not address it immediately.

There's Water In My Crawl Space What Do I Do? 

Your crawl space is often the most neglected part of your home. You probably do not check your crawl space regularly. Water can build up in your crawl space and create several problems. When the ground gets wet and dry throughout the seasons, this can lead to elevated moisture in your crawl space. 

What Happens When Your Crawl Space Is Wet

There are three common ways water can get in your crawl space: a leak, water seepage from the soil, or condensation. When you see puddles of water in your crawl space, you need to address them immediately. Moisture can cause rot, energy loss, and even attract pests to your home. 

Here are some of the problems you will experience when you have water in your crawl space: 

  • High Energy Bills: Having a crawl space means you have more area to heat and cool. However, when there is wetness inside your crawl space, the damp air will take more energy to heat up or cool down; in turn, you will use more power and have higher energy bills. 
  • Mold: Undeniably, mold loves moisture, and it feeds on organic materials, such as paper, wood, and cardboard. When mold is present in your crawl space, it will release airborne spores that can make their way into your home. Mold spores can cause health effects and can have a detrimental effect on your property value. 
  • Dust Mites and Pests: Dust mites love humid environments, which means they would love to be in the dirt in your crawl space. They can float in the air and trigger allergies and asthma. Dust mites can also attract pests, such as termites, mice, rats, and even snakes. 

Fix Your Crawl Space Problem

If you notice water in your crawl space, the first thing you should do is determine where the water is emerging. Surface water that gets into your crawl space comes from roof drainage, overflowing gutters, grading issues, or leaky basement windows. Groundwater could be another reason there is excess water in your crawlspace. Soil that surrounds your foundation can become overly saturated after heavy rain or snow. Finally, issues with your plumbing can also cause water to get into your crawl space. 

Always Keep It Dry

When you have identified why water gets into the crawl space, you will find ways to keep it dry. A dehumidifier and sump pump system can prevent water and moisture damage. Now, if your crawl space leaks when it rains, you need to get it under control. The main goal here is to get rid of humidity in the crawl space to prevent moisture. 


When water gets into your crawl space, it can be an enormous problem for you if you do not address it immediately. It is always a good idea to have regular inspections to ensure that everything is well. If you do notice moisture in your crawl space, you should have a professional fix it right away before it creates more issues that can be costly. 

SERVPRO of Pickens County offers excellent water damage restoration. Let us make it "Like it never even happened." Call us today - (864) 855 - 3993. 

SERVPRO Of Pickens County Responds Immediately To Office's Water Damage Emergency

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

We are committed to helping you regain production capabilities and minimizing interruptions so that you can get back to doing what you do best!

SERVPRO Of Pickens County Responds Immediately To Office's Water Damage Emergency

There is never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike in your office or business. Every hour spent cleaning up water damage is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. Instead of wasting your valuable time trying to mitigate the damage by yourself, streamline the process and call SERVPRO of Pickens County. We'll be there fast with the help you need. We have the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage. 

In this Easley office, the toilet supply line decided to burst after everyone had gone home for the night. When the doors were opened the following morning at 8 am, the office staff walked into a mess. Water covered the bathroom floor, and the carpet felt squishy. They discovered the water had seeped out of the bathroom into the carpeted hallway and soaked the carpet and several carpeted office spaces. After the plumber fixed the supply line, the office staff realized they still needed to remove the standing water in the bathroom, hallway, and office spaces. Knowing they could not waste time trying to mitigate this themselves, they immediately gave SERVPRO of Pickens County a call. 

The SERVPRO of Pickens County crew arrived within an hour. Our crew chief scoped the loss, assessed what equipment would be needed, and created a drying plan specifically tailored for this office space. First, our technicians removed the excess water from the bathroom and cleaned the area. The excess water trapped in the carpet was extracted and removed. Dehumidifiers were placed in various areas of the office to aid in the drying process. Thankfully by quickly calling SERVPRO of Pickens County, the carpet in the office did not need to be removed or replaced. The office was dry in a few days. 

SERVPRO of Pickens County can respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are proud to be a part of our Pickens County community and strive to provide the residents and business owners in our area with the fastest response times and our best work every day. We are committed to helping you regain production capabilities and minimizing interruptions so that you can get back to doing what you do best! When your small business, mid-size company, or large corporation experiences a disaster, do not waste time. Call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993! 

Tips To Prevent Roof Leaks In Your Commercial Properties

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

Tips To Prevent Roof Leaks In Your Commercial Properties. 

Water damage in a commercial facility can disrupt normal business functions. If not addressed quickly, excess water can cause extensive damage, costly repairs, and disrupted revenue. SERVPRO of Pickens County is committed to helping you regain production capabilities and minimizing interruptions so that you can get back to doing what you do best! No matter the size of the loss your business has experienced, we have the equipment, expertise, and resources to mitigate the damages and restore your facility back to preloss condition.

While most common leaks are an easy fix and do not require the help of a professional, if left undetected, your commercial facility could experience costly damage in the long run. Below are the most common detected leaks in commercial buildings and facilities:

  • Plumbing leaks: Deteriorating supply lines or outdated plumbing often trigger leaks in commercial properties. Luckily, these are easy to fix but does require a detailed inspection.
  • Toilet leaks: Toilet leaks occur due to wear and tear from use. Toilet leaks are an easy and quick fix. 
  • Faucet leaks: Faucet leaks are usually overlooked but are easy to fix. The rubber washer wearing off is the main trigger of a dripping faucet. A dripping faucet can cause hefty bills if not addressed straight away.
  • Basement leaks: Lack of waterproofing and substandard concrete can lead to water leaks in the basement of your commercial property. If not addressed quickly, these problems can lead to the deterioration of the structural integrity. 
  • Roof leaks: Roof leaks are a headache for commercial property owners. This type of leak is not as easy to fix and usually requires professional assistance. Roof leaks can be from multiple sources including, clogged gutters to surface hairline cracks. 

Unfortunately, roof leaks pose a serious threat to the building’s structural integrity. Below are a few professional tips to prevent roof leaks in your commercial property.

Routine inspections: It is recommended you inspect the roof of your commercial property and related fixtures at least twice a year.

Scheduling an inspection after a storm is the best move that any commercial property owner can make. Consider inspecting the roof of your facility as part of your maintenance routine. 

When inspecting the roof of your commercial facility, make sure you examine the following: 

  • Supporting structures
  • Roof edging
  • Expansion joint covers
  • Roof valleys
  • Lightning protection systems

Repairs & Upgrades:

Water fixtures supporting roofs such as roof valleys and roof edging are exposed to climate and can deteriorate quickly. It is recommended you repair or upgrade these structures as soon as you notice any damage. Issues like corrosion, cracks, and mold growth always need to be addressed immediately.

SERVPRO of Pickens County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Have Questions? Call SERVPRO of Pickens County – (864) 855-3993

Preventing HVAC Water Damage

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Preventing HVAC Water Damage

If your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is not maintained correctly, it can cause severe water damage. Clogged drains, frozen evaporator coils, and pipes that are not connected correctly are common causes of HVAC water damage. You must care for your HVAC system at least once a year. Regular maintenance helps to prolong the life of your unit and prevent additional heating or cooling expenses. Most HVAC maintenance tasks are pretty easy to do yourself, so there is no need to hire a professional most of the time. 

Preventing HVAC Water Damage

Change your HVAC filter regularly.

  • Changing the filter prevents the unit from overworking, which can cause freezing and then defrosting on the evaporator coils, leading to HVAC water damage.
  • Change the filter at least once a month with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters. Some air filters only need to be changed twice a year or once a month, depending on their type and how often you use your HVAC system.
  • Check your instruction manual first to know what type of filter you need and how often you need to change it.
  • Hire a contractor to change the filters if the filters are inside the furnace or air handler.

Clean the condenser

  • The condenser is the exterior portion of your air conditioner or heat pump. It requires proper airflow to work efficiently.
  • Once a year, at the beginning of spring, remove any dirt or other debris accumulating on the condenser.
  •  Keep plants away from the condenser and remove any cover from it to ensure proper airflow.
  • Leave at least two feet of space between the unit and the bushes or shrubs in your yard.

Maintain the condensation drain line

  • When your AC unit runs, check the condensation line opening to make sure you see water flowing to the drain. The amount of water that flows depends on the humidity level in the house.
  • Clean the AC drainage holes. Locate the drainage hole on the base of the cabinet (beneath the evaporator fins). Use a paper clip or wire to poke through the hole and clear it, thus ensuring the AC drainage is kept clear.
  • Once or twice a year, flush out your drain line with an algaecide to prevent mold or algae from forming. Use a commercial solution or regular bleach.
  • Make sure to properly connect and install the main drain line and emergency drain line.
  • Check that the pipe is oriented correctly, as the weather might have knocked it out of alignment.

How to unclog the drain line

  • Sometimes, the drain line gets clogged with algae, dirt, mineral deposits, and even mold or mildew, causing water to overflow into your home.
  • Attach a wet/dry vacuum to the drain line (removing the paper filter first) and suck the clog out.
  • Consider installing an overflow shut-off device on the drain line to automatically turn off the A/C unit if the drain line backs up.

Install a condensation pump

  • To avoid HVAC water damage, install a condensation pump. That helps excess water flow into the proper disposal drain.
  • Additionally, install a safety float switch to automatically shut down the power to the AC unit whenever condensation builds up, and there is a risk of water overflow.

Maintain the overflow drain pan

  • The drain pan collects water that has overflowed due to a clogged drain line.
  • Over time, drain pans made of metal or plastic may get damaged, resulting in leaks and water damage. If you notice leaks near the drain pan, carefully inspect it for damage using a flashlight.
  • Consider patching up small holes or cracks using epoxy glue or replacing the pan entirely.
  • Regularly clean the drain pan. Rinse the pan and clean it with a bleach-water mixture to clear out any dirt or mold growth.

Is your HVAC unit causing water damage? SERVPRO of Pickens County can help!

Knowing how to prevent AC from leaking is sometimes not enough to prevent your unit from causing water damage. When leaks occur, call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855 - 3993. We will make it "Like it never even happened." 

Water Damage Restoration Tips Everyone Should Know

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration Tips Everyone Should Know

Leaking pipes, burst sewer lines, and natural disasters can leave your home severely damaged. If your home is affected by water damage, you must quickly identify the cause and move fast to avoid secondary damage. 

Dealing with water damage in your home can be tremendously stressful to deal with, especially when it can lead to more problems for you to deal with later on. While these repairs often call for help from SERVPRO of Pickens County, there are a few steps you can use to minimize damage while you wait for help to arrive. 

What Does Water Damage Affect?

Water is a vital part of life, but water can also destroy anything and everything in its path – leaving you with a gigantic mess to clean up. As a homeowner, you must understand what areas water can seriously damage within your home. To be safe, you need to inspect the following locations for damage:

  • Drywall
  • Plaster
  • Insulation
  • Wood
  • Framing
  • Floor coverings
  • Electrical wiring
  • Pipes
  • Appliances
  • HVAC

As you can see, water can wreak havoc on your home’s structure and foundation and quickly wrack up a hefty restoration bill if left unattended.

What to Consider Before Water Damage Restoration?

To determine whether you will clean up the area yourself or call SERVPRO of Pickens County, the first thing you want to do is to evaluate the situation and consider a few of these factors:

Water Volume:

If you have a small or moderate amount of water in your home, you can typically manage the cleanup on your own if you have the proper tools. However, if there is a significant amount of flooding that is not going away despite your efforts, it is best to call a SERVPRO of Pickens County.

Source of Damage:

Before you call us, you need to determine the source of water and stop it if possible. If you cannot stop it yourself, consider calling a plumber before us. There are three categories of water we use to assess the severity of damage in your home.

  1. Category One: Water in category one originates from a sanitary source. Rainwater, water from leaky pipes, burst supply lines, broken toilet tanks or toilet bowls, or water from overflowed sinks or tubs, is categorized as a category one level of contamination. This water does not contain any contaminants and will not harm you. 
  2. Category Two: Water leaking from appliances like your dishwasher or washing machine is gray water. It is slightly contaminated and categorized as a category two level of contamination. 
  3. Category Three: Category three water is the most harmful type of water and is heavily contaminated. This water comes from the sewer or flooding from a nearby water source such as a river. It contains health hazards and is unsafe to handle.

3 Thing You Can Do Before Help Arrives: 

Properly assess your situation, and call SERVPRO of Pickens County. It is important to note that wet materials begin to mold after 24 hours, so you don’t have time to wait! There are a few things you can do while you wait for our arrival. 

1.Disconnect Outlets:

When you discover water damage, you need to unplug all electronics immediately. While you may not see the severity of the water damage, you still need to exercise caution around appliances and gas lines. Using this equipment could cause electrical shocks or even explosions. 

2. Inspect For Mold: 

Certain mold strains are toxic to humans and pose serious health effects. Mold can rapidly spread through your entire home once it attaches to organic material, so it is in your best interest to inspect for growth to avoid any health effects. 

3. Dry Water Out: 

If possible, you need to eliminate all moisture and dry out the affected areas. You can use fans or a large-capacity dehumidifier to circulate air and dry out the carpet, wood, and other surrounding materials. While this won’t prevent mold growth altogether, properly drying out the area will help minimize the damage.

11 Improvements You Can Make To The Outside Of Your Home To Prevent a Flood

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States and can happen anywhere at any time.

11 Improvements You Can Make To The Outside Of Your Home To Prevent a Flood

Owning a home is one of the most significant investments you can make in your life. Your home is your sanctuary. You work hard to provide a home and a future for yourself and your loved ones. Why risk damaging or losing your home when bad weather strikes? 

Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States and can happen anywhere at any time. Just one inch of water can cause significant damage to your home and require expensive repairs. While you can't prevent a natural disaster, you can prepare your home in advance to minimize the damage. Below are a few tips you can use to prepare your home for bad weather. 

 First, you need to determine the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) for your home. The BFE is the computed elevation to which the floodwaters are anticipated to rise. You need to know your BFE because it is used for flood plan management regulations in your community. Your local flood plan manager can help you find your BFE. 

  1. Improve your yard's grading. Water needs to drain away from your foundation or basement walls. 
  2. Add water-resistant exterior sheathing on walls and seal them to prevent shallow flooding from damaging your home. 
  3. If possible, repair sidewalks, patios, decks, and driveways that have shifted over the years. These repairs prevent water from pooling too close to your home. 
  4. When landscaping your yard and gardens, pick plants and vegetation that will minimize soil erosion. 
  5. Secure your yard items. Unsecure yard items can become hazardous during a flood or storm. They can be swept away or damaged by floodwaters, or they can also be swept into your home and cause more damage. Secure your yard items by anchoring them, attaching them to sturdier structures, or storing them indoors until the bad weather has subsided. 
  6. Consider getting window well covers so that water and does not accumulate in your window wells.
  7. Make sure your downspouts extend three to six feet and drain away from your home.  
  8. Use a rain barrel to catch rain runoff.
  9. Regularly clean and maintain your gutters and eavestroughs. Remove any leaves, twigs, and other blockages in your gutters or eavestroughs, so rainwater does not pool in your gutters or overflow onto your roof.  
  10. Keep storm drains near your home clear of leaves, twigs, and other debris. 
  11. Repair or replace your roof if shingles are deteriorating or missing. 

Remember, some of these tips may work better together than others. Not all of these options work together; you should always consult with a professional such as your insurance agent, an architect, an engineer, a contractor, or other experts in construction before making modifications to your home. 

If your home floods-don't panic! Call SERVPRO Of Pickens County. Our highly trained crews and state-of-the-art technology will make it "Like it never even happened." We will restore your home to preloss condition in no time. Give us a call at (864) 855 - 3993. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year. 

You Can Prevent Dryer Fires

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Dryer fires make up a large number of fires each year.

You Can Prevent Dryer Fires 

Do you remember the last time you cleaned out your lint filter on your dryer? What about the exhaust vent or dryer duct? Hopefully, it was recently. There are several ways your dryer can become a potential hazard, and unfortunately, dryer fires make up a large number of fires each year. You can easily avoid a dryer fire with a few simple steps and preventative maintenance. Below we discuss the most common causes of dryer fires and how you can easily prevent them. 

Causes of Dryer Fires 

Mechanical and Electrical Failure: 

Like anything with moving parts and electronic components, faulty wiring and damaged machinery can potentially start a dryer fire in your home. You should have these parts regularly checked and repaired if necessary. 

Improper Use: 

If you are using your dryer outside of the manufacturer's recommended guidelines, you could be in danger of starting a dryer fire in your home. You should never place items made out of plastic, rubber, foam or any items with instructions advising against drying with heat. You should also avoid overstuffing the dryer. 

Dirty Lint Filters and Vents:

Clogged vents, ducts, and filters are the number one cause of dryer fires. Usually, this results from a buildup of lint, but a fire can start due to an accumulation of dirt, grass, or anything that remains after going through the washer. The outside filter can also be clogged, which restricts airflow and leads to hazardous conditions. 

How To Prevent Dryer Fires

Make Sure Your Dryer Is Properly Installed: 

If you do not install your dryer correctly, it can lead to a plethora of complications or a fire. Many stores offer in-home installation; always take advantage of that whenever possible. 

You need to plug your dryer into a 240-volt electrical outlet. Plugging a dryer into a 120-volt outlet could cause several problems. You need to make sure the ventilation duct is attached securely to the dryer and to the exterior exhaust vent. When placing your dryer in your home, make sure it is not too close to other appliances or shelves. 

Clean The Lint Filter After Each Use: 

Heat can build up in a dryer if there is not adequate or proper airflow. The lint filter is the primary place blockages occur. When you don't clean the lint out of the filter, lint builds up in the filter and creates a tinder bundle that can cause a fire. Always clean the lint filter out after every load of laundry. 

Clean The Vent and Duct: 

Over time lint can sneak past the lint filter and build up inside the duct between the dryer and exterior vent outside your home. If you notice your clothes are taking longer to dry or they aren't drying completely, you may have an obstruction in your venting system. Additionally, if you smell a burning smell coming from your dryer or if you notice that your clothes and the outside of the dryer are too hot, stop the dryer immediately, unplug the dryer and check the duct and vent after they have had a chance to cool down. It is recommended you clean the dryer duct once every three months. You should regularly check your outside vent for clogs or other obstructions. 

Use Your Dryer Correctly: 

Pay close attention to product labels and instructions for washing a drying. Not only could you ruin the item, but you could cause a fire. Your clothes that are soiled with flammable compounds like gas, oil, or alcohol do not need to go in the dryer, as the heat can set them on fire. Wash them multiple times in the washer and then dry them on a clothesline or drying rack. Finally, never run your dryer while you are sleeping or are out of the house. 

If your dryer starts a fire in your home - don't panic! After the first responders leave, call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855 - 3993. We will make it "Like it never even happened." 

Lightning Safety Tips For Upstate South Carolina

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

You should always avoid being outside during a lightning storm. Check the weather first and decide if you need to change your plans for the day.

Lightning Safety Tips For Upstate South Carolina.  

It's officially summertime! For upstate South Carolinians, that means more time outdoors. Hiking, camping, boating, fishing, and swimming are just a few summer activities that residents enjoy during the warmer months. Unfortunately, warmer weather means pop-up thunderstorms. The potential for a lightning strike is something that you should always take seriously. 

You should always avoid being outside during a lightning storm. Check the weather first and decide if you need to change your plans for the day. Head back inside early if you see dark clouds forming and hear thunder in the distance. If you do find yourself in a storm, reducing and managing the risk of getting struck by lightning is possible through sensible lightning safety procedures. Below are a few tips you can use if you find yourself suddenly caught in a lightning storm. 


Tall mountain peaks, ridges, and above treeline terrain are high-risk areas for attracting a return current or a lightning strike. In the summer months especially, in the Upstate of South Carolina, pop-up afternoon thunderstorms create the perfect recipe for dangerous lightning conditions. Typically, these storms arrive in the afternoon, but it is not uncommon for them to begin earlier. If you're out hiking and hear thunder above the treeline, turn around immediately and get back to the shelter of the treeline. Never hide in the entrance of a cave. 

If you see sparks on metal objects or your hair begins to stand up, this is called a corona- which means that your body is signaling towards an imminent strike. If this happens, drop everything metal and assume the lightning position as quickly as possible. 

If you are camping, remember you should never pitch tents above the treeline. If you cannot avoid an exposed campsite, then you must get out of the tent and move at least 50 meters away in the event of a storm. Wait in the lightning position until the storm has passed. 

Rolling Hills and Gentle Terrain 

It is rare that lightning strikes in this terrain. Run for shelter if you hear thunder, but if you see the storm striking nearby, get in the lightning position. 


If you are out in an open field during a lightning storm, move more than 50 meters away from fences and irrigation pipes, these are conductors and attract lightning. Do not seek shelter under trees or by telephone poles if they are too close to a fence or irrigation pipes. 


It is extremely dangerous to take shelter under a lone tall tree during a lightning storm. However, uniform canopy forests are much less at risk of attracting lightning. Avoid trunks of large trees, but it is better to be under that type of shelter instead of out in the open. 


Swimming in a pool or boating on flat water such as lakes, wide rivers, or the ocean leaves one exposed to lightning strikes. Plan aquatic activities around the weather, and if you hear thunder in the distance or see dark clouds, get to shore as quickly as possible. 

I Used A Fire Extinguisher In My House How Do I Clean Up The Residue?

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

I Used A Fire Extinguisher In My House How Do I Clean Up The Residue? 

Being prepared for a fire can make the difference between dealing with a huge disaster or a mess. Having a portable fire extinguisher within reach is a fast and effective response for when a minor fire breaks out in your home. If a fire does begin in your home and you put it out with a portable fire extinguisher, unfortunately, you will be left with a slight mess to clean up. The chemicals used in various fire extinguishers are hazardous to humans and pets so, all of the fire extinguishers' dust and residue must be removed and cleaned. ABC multi-purpose fire extinguishers contain either ammonium phosphate or ammonium sulfate powder that is irritating to the eyes, skin, and lungs. Before you begin cleaning up, you need to identify the dousing agent. An air pressurized water fire extinguisher or CO2 fire extinguishers won't leave behind any harmful chemicals. All fire extinguishers will have a label or tag that tells you what type of fire extinguishers it is and what it contains.

Before you begin cleaning any fire extinguisher residue, you must remember to wear protective gear. Wear an n95 dust mask, goggles, and nitrile gloves to avoid a potential allergic reaction. A dry chemical fire extinguisher with non-toxic bicarbonate will leave behind a powdery residue. You can easily clean the left-behind powdery residue with a vacuum and a few simple steps. First, remove any large debris left behind after the fire. Once you have removed all the big debris, you can begin going over the area with a vacuum. It may take several passes with the vacuum to thoroughly remove all the powdery residue. If the space you are cleaning is for food prep or cooking space, it's crucial you thoroughly clean and sanitize the area after removing the residue.

A multi-purpose dry chemical fire extinguisher containing mono ammonium phosphate requires a different method of cleaning. You will not be able to vacuum up the left behind residue. You must quickly remove this residue by hand. Wear nitrile gloves and wipe the leftover residue with a clean cloth. If you can wet-wash the surface, use a 1:1 solution of warm water and baking soda. Thoroughly dry and sanitize the area once you have cleaned up all the residue.

If you have fire extinguisher residue and can't clean it up, give SERVPRO of Pickens County a call (864) 855 - 3993. Our top-of-the-line technology and cleaning products paired with our highly trained technicians will make it "Like it never even happened."

Remove Red Wine Stains From Your Carpet or Rug

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

What's the point of having a clean, inviting, and beautiful home if you don't use it to entertain your friends and family once in a while? Unfortunately, spills and parties go hand in hand. The worst and most stressful stain of all to remove from a rug or carpet is red wine. If you get a red wine stain on your rug or carpet, don't panic. SERVPRO of Pickens County has several methods you can use to remove the stain. The best part- almost all of these methods use items you already have in your home or can be found in your local grocery store. 

One of the oldest and most tried and true methods of removing a red wine stain from a carpet or a rug is using the club soda method. Follow the steps below to learn how you can remove red wine from your carpet. 

  1. Blot the stain as well as you can with a clean, dry cloth. 
  2. Carefully, pour club soda on the red wine stain. 
  3. Blot again, using a white rag or cloth, so no pigment transfers onto your carpet or rug. 
  4. Pour more club soda on it. 
  5. Blot again until the stain is completely gone. 

If you do not have any club soda on hand, do not worry or panic. Dish soap, water, and white vinegar mixed in a spray bottle will do the trick! Follow these steps below to remove a red wine stain using this method: 

  1. Blot the red wine stain as well as possible. 
  2. Add a tablespoon of dishwashing soap and a tablespoon of white vinegar to two cups of warm water. Mix well in a spray bottle. 
  3. Using a white cloth or white paper towel, only (so pigment doesn't transfer onto your carpet.) spray a small amount onto the stain, blotting the stain frequently with the white cloth until the stain vanishes. 

If you're out of club soda and white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide is a great alternative. However, the hydrogen peroxide could cause your carpet to become discolored, be sure to test this mixture in an inconspicuous area first. Once you've tested it out, follow these steps: 

  1. Blot the stain with a clean, dry cloth. 
  2. Mix two parts hydrogen peroxide and one part dish soap in a spray bottle or small bowl. Test it by applying it to a small, discreet area of your carpet or rug. 
  3. If this does not discolor the fabric, continue. 
  4. Apply the solution to the wine stain. However, continue to watch for discoloration. Do not continue to apply if discoloration begins. 
  5. Blot and repeat until the stain has disappeared from the rug or carpet. 

If any of these methods don't work or you can't get the stain out, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Pickens County. We have the latest and greatest technology that will make any stain disappear within a matter of minutes. If your rug or carpet needs to be cleaned or refreshed, call 864 - 855- 3993. SERVPRO of Pickens County will make it "Like it never even happened." 

Is Your Business Prepared For Anything?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pickens County is ready to help you 24/7, 365 days a year.

Is Your Business Prepared For Anything? 

Natural disasters occurring are inevitable. Although natural disasters are unpredictable and sporadic, most Pickens County businesses do not have an emergency plan in place or wait until it is too late to prepare. After a major disaster, the Institute for Business and Home Safety estimates that around a quarter of businesses can not reopen with an Emergency Ready Plan provided by SERVPRO of Pickens County, your business can avoid being part of the statistic. An ERP is 100% free and can serve as your insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. Being "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they do not necessarily have to be.

Is Your Plan Up to Date?

Did you know OSHA requires all businesses to have an emergency response plan? If your company employs more than ten people, you must have a written emergency plan. You should review your emergency plan and update it at least once a year. Your emergency plan needs to be up to date with current records, contacts, and guidelines. Updating your emergency plan can be time-consuming and confusing; by utilizing an ERP from SERVPRO of Pickens County, that process is streamlined. With an ERP, we will compile all your records, high-priority contacts, and guidelines for handling an emergency into one file that you can access 24/7 via our app or online. We will also provide you with emergency shut-off tags to place around your business and identify any high-priority areas at no cost. An ERP establishes SERVPRO of Pickens County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. Your ERP saves time and allows our crews to begin working immediately should you need it. 

Train Your Staff on Your Plan

You and your staff must know what to do and how to respond in the event of an emergency. It is imperative you coach your employees on their role in response to a disaster. If Pickens County officials are advising evacuation or for you to seek shelter wherever you are, it is vital to educate each employee on their role in emergency response. Identify safe spots within your building if you need to seek shelter. Remind your employees and staff to avoid elevators and only use the stairways in case of an emergency. 

Keep Emergency Supplies Handy

It is a good idea to invest in an emergency kit for the office. Make sure your kit contains shelf-stable food, water, and first aid supplies. These supplies will help you and your staff if you must shelter-in-place and ensure no one has to leave for any reason until the threat has passed. 

If your business is damaged due to a fire, storm, or other incidents, SERVPRO of Pickens County is here for you. Our commercial restoration technicians are ready 24/7, 365 days a year, so you are guaranteed a quick response. Call us anytime to report your damage. We'll make it "Like it never even happened." For more information on creating your ERP, click here

Do You Know Where To Go When A Tornado Is Coming?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Do You Know Where To Go When A Tornado Is Coming?

Last April, a tornado ripped through the Upstate and severely damaged parts of Oconee and Greenville County. Many residents that night sought safe shelter and remained physically unharmed. As we approach the first anniversary, we wanted to remind everyone of a few safety tips. 

  • Take cover in an interior room in your home. A cellar, bathroom, or closet are ideal places to wait out a tornado. A room with no windows is the best place to be. If you can't decide where to go, choose the bathroom. 
  • If you are stuck outdoors, find a ditch far away from items that can fly through the air. Lay as flat as you can. 
  • Do not stay in a car or try to drive away from a tornado. Cars can be lifted by high winds or crushed by debris. 
  • If you evacuate your home, do not return until local officials have said it is safe to do so. 

Act Quickly After Storm Damage

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Act Quickly After Storm Damage!

Strom damage can occur at any time with little to no warning. In Pickens County, heavy rains can cause flooding, and powerful winds can damage your property. Having a strategy in place to deal with the damage will help you get back to normal quicker. 

Photograph the Damage: If it is safe to move around your property, carefully take pictures of the damage, this allows you to have a record for the insurance company. 

Contact Your Insurance Company: As soon as possible, contact your insurance company. If they give you a claim number, keep it handy. 

Call SERVPRO of Pickens County: If your upstate home becomes damaged during a storm, call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993. We will work with your insurance company to make it "Like it never even happened."

The Devastating Effects Of Letting Smoke Damage Go Untreated

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

The Devastating Effects Of Letting Smoke Damage Go Untreated. 

Fire and smoke damage can wreak havoc on your property. A quick reaction can help you minimize the impact of destruction, as some of your items and household goods can be restored if treated immediately. However, the longer you wait to mitigate smoke and fire damage, the more costly the damage becomes. 

  1. The Restoration Cost Increases: When you delay the mitigation process, the damages begin to get worse. The longer smoke damage goes untreated, the harder it is to neutralize the odor. These challenges make the treatment process more time consuming, which equals to a more expensive bill. 
  2. Extensive Damage: Smoke and ash mixed with water produce a very corrosive element. If not cleaned quickly, this substance begins to eat away at your walls, floors, ceilings, and any other surfaces in your home. You will not successfully remove this substance by cleaning with soap and water. This substance requires proper cleaning with the right chemicals to remove it from your home. 
  3. Soot Deposits: If left for too long, soot can travel to rooms that were not immediately affected by the fire. Wall paint, carpet, furniture, drapes, clothing, and other items can be stained or damaged by soot. 
  4. Permanent Damage: Your home can suffer from permanent damage if smoke or fire damage is not mitigated promptly. Prolonged exposure can cause permanent damage to your walls, metal surfaces, clothes, furniture, and floors. 

If you experience smoke or fire damage, act quickly and call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855 - 3993. 

Your Pets and Winter Weather. What Can You Do To Keep Them Safe?

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Chilly weather and low temperatures spark various changes for us in the Upstate. Low temperatures, ice, and rain can be dangerous, especially to our four-legged friends. There are several things you can do to prepare and protect your pets from the cold winter weather. 

  1. Keep coolant and antifreeze locked away: If you put coolant or antifreeze in your car, clean up any spills immediately. Store them away and out of reach from pets. 
  2. Keep pets indoors more often: Pets should not remain outdoors for long in freezing temperatures. If you have outdoor pets that cannot be indoors, make sure you insulate their shelter and give them plenty of warm blankets. 
  3. Try a sweater or vest: Some pets can tolerate the cold better than others. However, some dogs and cats, especially older ones, could benefit from a sweater or vest to help keep them warm. 
  4. Protect their paws when they are outside: Your pet's paws are sensitive to sand, ice, snow, and chemicals used to melt ice. Massage petroleum jelly on paw pads or invest in pet booties. 

Are You Ready For Winter Weather?

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Although South Carolina doesn't often experience frigid temperatures, winter storms can damage property, create safety risks, close roads, and highways, and cause mass power outages. Before severe weather, you should do your best to prepare. Below are a few things you can do to make sure you are ready for whatever winter throws at us. 

  • Add rock salt and shovels to your disaster supply kit. 
  • Have sufficient heating fuel, in case you become stuck in your home. 
  • Learn how to locate and shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts. 
  • Have your vehicle serviced to ensure it is prepared for colder weather. 
  • Create a winter emergency kit that includes a shovel, windshield scraper, small broom, flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, water, snack food, extra warm clothes, first aid kit, pocket knife, extra medication, blankets, rope, and tow chain, road salt, booster cables, emergency flares, and a fluorescent distress rag. 

12 Days of Holiday Safety!

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

12 Days of Holiday Safety!

  1. Never leave a burning candle unattended: Remember to extinguish any lit candles when you leave the room, your home, or go to sleep. 
  2.  Turn off tree lights, decorations, and space heaters when you are away and before you go to sleep: Always unplug all of your lights, decorations, and heaters when not in the same room. 
  3. Only use outdoor and indoor lights as indicated on their packaging: Outdoor lights can operate safely in cold and wet environments. While indoor lights ensure they won't cause a tree fire. 
  4. Don't overload circuits, extension cords, or electrical sockets: Overloading circuits, extension cords, or electrical sockets could cause a fire. Space out your decorations to ensure they're not drawing electricity from one outlet. Never plug multiple extension cords together, and always use polarized or a three-pronged cord, rated to handle the electrical current your devices needed. 
  5. Never leave cooking or baking unattended: Always stay in the kitchen even if you are baking or roasting-and set a timer to remind yourself to check on cooking food. 
  6. Poinsettias and mistletoe are poisonous: Plants like mistletoe, holly, poinsettias, and amaryllis are highly toxic and should be out of reach from children and pets.
  7. Never throw wrapping paper in the fire: Small burning embers can land on the rug or carpet, setting it on fire. Wrapping paper with colored print or glitter can release harmful gases when ignited. 
  8. Check your smoke detector battery: Regularly test your smoke alarm, and replace the batteries twice a year. 
  9.  Don't drink and drive: Remember, if you plan to drink alcohol, make sure you have a designated driver to get you and your loved ones home. 
  10. Use a fire-resistant artificial tree and water your natural tree daily:     Keep your tree at least three feet away from heat sources and open flames. If you are using a natural tree, remember to keep it hydrated. 
  11. Maintain wood-burning fireplaces and chimneys: Clean your wood-burning fireplace regularly to breakdown the build-up of creosote-a flammable smoke residue. 
  12. Never share holiday or travel plans on social media: Do not put your travel plans or pictures on social media until after you return. You could be unintentionally inviting thieves into your home while you are away. 

SERVPRO of Pickens County wants to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday! 

Have A Safe And Jolly Holiday Season!

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

Have A Safe And Jolly Holiday Season! 

The holiday season will be here in no time. While holiday lights and decorations can be pretty, they can be hazardous to your home and your safety. 

  • Holiday lights are beautiful and add that special magical holiday touch to your home. Before you begin to hang them up, check each light strand. Older or broken lights can cause a potential electrical fire. 
  • When hanging Christmas lights, keep your ladder sturdy to prevent falls. 
  • To prevent a tree fire, water your tree frequently. Do not leave the lights on 24/7, and don't use real flame candles on or around your tree. Keep your tree secure by using a solid tree stand. 
  • Keep your chimney clean and your tree away from your fireplace. Avoid hanging garland around an open flame or heat source as it can catch fire.

The holidays are a happy time but, if you don't take precautions the holidays could turn hazardous in the blink of an eye. SERVPRO of Pickens County hopes you have a happy and safe holiday season. 

Safety First Before the Feast!

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Safety First Before the Feast!

Each November, families come together and gather around the table to feast on a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, and if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your happy holidays could quickly become hazardous in the blink of an eye. If you plan on using a turkey fryer during this holiday season, check out these tips we've put together. 

  • Turkey fryers can easily tip over and spill hot oil across a large area. Only use your turkey fryer outdoors and on a stable level area well away from anything that can burn. 
  • Establish a 3-foot kid-free and pet-free zone. Tiny hands and paws can cause spills and burn injuries. 
  • Do not overfill your turkey fryer; oil will spill out when the turkey is cooking. To determine the right amount of cooking oil, place the turkey in the fryer with water first. 
  • Never out a frozen turkey in the fryer. Always thaw your turkey before attempting to fry it. 
  • Turkey fryers can overheat. Make sure to check the temperature with a cooking thermometer so the oil won't overheat. 
  • Always use long cooking gloves when handling the pot, lid, or handles of the turkey fryer. 

If the unthinkable happens and fire strikes in your Pickens County home, give the experts at SERVPRO of Pickens County a call (864) 855-3993. We will help make it "Like it never even happened."  

Planning a Bonfire This Fall? Check Out These Tips First.

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

Relaxing around a fire pit during a chilly fall night is one of the best ways to end a barbeque, a night of camping, or get together. Whether you are in the comfort of your backyard or relaxing at a campsite, these firepit safety tips can help keep you and your friends stay safe this fall. 

  1. Choose the right location: First, find a level and open area to have your fire. Your fire pit needs to be at least ten feet from structures or items that can catch fire. 
  2. Pick the right fuel: If you're looking to enjoy an authentic fire accompanied by cracking and popping sounds, then a wood-burning fire is the best choice. For a quick lighting option, opt for a gas or propane pit. However, if you cant make your mind up, many store-bought fire pits allow you to switch between wood and gas. 
  3. Use the right wood: Always burn seasoned hardwoods. Materials like plywood can release toxic fumes, while softwoods can spark and pop excessively. Only use woods that fit entirely in your fire pit and do not stick out. 
  4. Don't use fuel accelerants: Using fire accelerants can be extremely dangerous. Fire starters can release toxic fumes, start an explosion, or cause your fire to grow too rapidly. 
  5. Add a screen: Using a fire pit screen is the best way to protect yourself and guests from embers and sparks that could ignite clothing or other materials. Choose a screen that has a heat resistant metal like steel or cast iron. 
  6. Check the weather and burn status: Wind can cause your fire to spread rapidly. If pollution levels are high, your local government may issue a burn ban to limit particulate matter and keep carbon dioxide levels down. Check both of these things before starting a fire. 
  7. Be smart around a fire: Avoid wearing flowy clothing or drinking excessively when around a fire pit. Always have an adult present if children are around the fire pit. 
  8. Extinguish the fire correctly: Make sure your fire is completely out by drowning the fire pit in water and then mixing the ashes and ember with the soil. Scrape partially burned logs to ensure the hot embers are off of them. Then, stir the embers to make sure everything is wet. 

Fire Prevention Tips For Fall and Winter!

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Never leave a fireplace or heater unattended.

Fire Prevention Tips For Fall and Winter! 

It's October, which means changing leaves and cooler temperatures. When the weather begins to cool down, we begin to see an increase in fires. Most of which are caused by space heaters, forgotten candles, or accidents in the kitchen. As you put out your decorations, space heaters, and your fall scented candles, keep these few safety tips in mind. 

  • If you leave the room, be sure to turn off heaters and extinguish candles. 
  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from space heaters and open flames. 
  • Never plug-in heating equipment into an extension cord. 
  • Always place heaters on level flat surfaces on the ground. 
  • Never use the stove to heat your home or dry your clothes. 
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms. 
  • Never use a space heater or any appliance with a damaged or frayed cord. 
  • Have a qualified service professional inspect your heating system annually. 

Dealing with fire damage can be stressful, let SERVPRO of Pickens County make it "Like it never even happened." Call (864) 855 - 3993! 

Serve Up Fire Safety In The Kitchen!

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Serve Up Fire Safety In The Kitchen! 

We've finally reached fall! As the leaves change, temperatures drop, and the holidays get closer and closer, we will find ourselves in the kitchen more and more. October fourth through the tenth is fire prevention week. This year's theme is "Serve Up Fire Safety In The Kitchen!" Cooking equipment causes 49% of all home fires. We're sharing a few tips to help you prevent a fire from starting in your kitchen. 

  • Most fires that start in the home involve the stove. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. Turn off the stove if you need to leave the kitchen for an extended length of time. 
  • Keep your cooking area free of oven-mitts, towels, wooden utensils, and food packaging. 
  • Keep little ones away from your cooking area. Make the kitchen a "kid-free zone." 
  • If you are sleepy, have consumed alcohol, or taken medication that makes you tired, don't cook. 
  • Always keep a lid. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan. Leave the pan covered until it's cool. 
  • When in doubt, get out of the house! If you have any doubts about stopping a small kitchen fire, get out. 

If you have a fire in your home, after the first responders leave, call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993! 

Hurricane Season and The Upstate

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Are you prepared for Hurricane and Tropical Storm Season?

Hurricane Season and The Upstate

We have reached the height of hurricane season. Although in the Upstate, we won't experience mass amounts of destruction like the coast. However, we must be prepared for whatever the weather throws our way. You should have the following items packed and ready to go in case any emergencies arise. 

  • A three day supply of water. One gallon of water per person per day. 
  • A three day supply of easy to prepare non-perishable food for each person in your household.
  • At least a seven day supply of medication and extra medical items. Don't forget extra batteries, hearing aids, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, and canes if needed. 
  • If you have an infant or toddler, add extra bottles, formula, baby food, and diapers. 
  • Include extra laminated copies of personal documents such as medication lists, pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, and insurance policies.
  • A fully stocked first aid kit needs to be included. 
  • You need to include a laminated copy of family information and emergency contact information. 
  • Emergency blankets for each family member will be needed.
  • If you have pets, include extra leashes, collars, food, water, carriers, and bowls for each pet.  
  • A few extra things to include are a flashlight, extra batteries, maps of the area, cash, cellphones with extra chargers, a multipurpose tool, a camera to take photos of the damage.

If you have damage from a recent storm, call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993. 

COVID19 and Your Upstate Business.

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

COVID19 and Your Upstate Business. 

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has sent the Upstate on a rollercoaster ride this year. We begin to feel relieved as we see a decline in cases, only to stress out again when we see case numbers rise as schools and businesses open back up. One thing that has been consistent, is the number of business owners reaching out to learn more about our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program. We've developed plans for all types of businesses to help them keep their staff and patrons safe. The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program provides business owners and their patron's peace of mind when they see our logo on the front door. They can tell and feel that the space has had a high level of cleaning. We sanitize all high touch areas.

Stores, restaurants, office buildings, and commercial buildings are great candidates for the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program. Please call SERVPRO of Pickens County for more information on the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program.

4 Steps To keep You In Business During A Flood

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

4 Steps To keep You In Business During A Flood

With heavy rainfall and stormy weather comes floods. The best way to limit business interruption from a flood is to prepare your business for it. Before storms create floods in your area, follow these steps to protect your Pickens County Business. 

  1. Clear Gutters: A blocked gutter can overflow and flood the roof. Remove sticks, leaves, and other debris that could cause a clog. Ensure your gutters are securely fastened. 
  2. Cut Back Trees: Cut back any tree limbs before bad weather. This prevents the possibility of loose branches falling into the building during high winds or rain. 
  3. Back-Up Data:  Before any bad weather starts, back up any important data. Many companies choose to have a server store their content as a precautionary measure. 
  4. Make a Flood Dam: You can build a flood dam with sandbags to protect your property from flooding with blackwater. 

If your business suffers flood or storm damage, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993. We'll make it "Like it never even happened." 

3 Reasons To Avoid Driving During A Flood

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

3 Reasons To Avoid Driving During A Flood 

It is extremely frustrating to be stuck inside your home when it's storming, but it is important that you avoid driving when roads begin to flood. A flooded street may appear easy to handle, but it's a risk to your safety. The following are just a few reasons why it is best to stay off the roads during severe weather.

1. It can damage your vehicle 

Your car does not have the necessary equipment to protect it from water. Water can flood your engine, causing it to malfunction. Electric components can short out, and areas of your car can rust, leaving you with a massive repair bill.  

2. There may be hidden road damage

A flooded road may appear safe, but you never know what could be lurking beneath the water's surface. Potholes, tree branches, and other debris from the storm could damage your car and make it more difficult for you to drive safely.

3. You could lose control of your car

Whether you've been driving for a few years or a few decades, you can't be prepared for everything. Just six inches of water can sweep you and your car away. One of the best travel tips for driving during a flood is to simply not to do it. Stay put if possible, and once the water has receded, you can find a more comfortable place to stay.

4 Steps You Can Take To Protect Your Home From Storm Damage

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

4 Steps You Can Take To Protect Your Home From Storm Damage

You can't control the weather, but you can prepare your home for it. When it comes to storm damage, basic upkeep goes a long way! Here are a few tips you can use to prepare your home. 

  1. Buy a Generator: A storm can knock out your power for several hours or days. A generator can go a long way towards ensuring you don't lose food or the livability of your home until the power is restored. 
  2. Trim Your Trees: Trimming your trees is a good way to protect your roof and windows. 
  3. Replace Missing or Damaged Shingles: If a shingle is damaged, it's more likely to break free. If a shingle is missing, then there is a gap for the wind to get under and do more damage. 
  4. Keep Your Gutters Clean: Make sure your gutters are free of debris, and your downspouts flow away from your foundation.  

Water Damage and Your Appliances.

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage and Your Appliances. 

Any appliance whose pipes or other fixtures feed into a water line has the potential to develop clogs or spring leaks that can lead to serious water damage if left unchecked. Below are the five most common sources of water damage we see most often.  

  1. Refrigerators.  The most common source of water damage we see is refrigerators. Most refrigerators are fitted with drain lines or ice makers. Drain lines in refrigerators can easily clog, which can cause water to puddle around the bottom of the fridge. Ice makers in refrigerators can cause water damage when the water supply line springs a leak.  
  2. Dishwashers. Faulty float switches or strainers clogged with food and debris can cause dishwashers to overflow and pour water into your home.  
  3. Washing Machines.  Clogged floor drains and loose hose connections are usually the main reasons why washing machines overflow. 
  4. Water Heaters. A faulty temperature and pressure relief valve, a leaky plumbing connection, or corrosion can cause your water heater to malfunction and flood your home. 
  5. Toilets. Overflowing toilets are usually caused by a clogged drain or a malfunctioning float that allows too much water to flow into the tank. 

Is Your Pickens County Business Prepared For A Fire?

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Is Your Pickens County Business Prepared For A Fire?

Your employees are a part of your team and an essential asset to your business. You and your employees want to feel safe every time you walk through the doors, and to do that, you must know what to do in an emergency. Below are a few tips that can help you and your employees become more prepared for a fire. 

  • Fire Plan: Make sure your employees know what to do if there is a fire. It's a good idea to have a fire drill once a year to keep employees updated on your protocol.  
  • Have A Safety Officer: Designate one person as your office's fire prevention officer. Their duties should include calling 911 immediately, composing escape routes and meeting points for employees, as well as keeping all your office safety plans, equipment, and information up to date. 
  • Evacuation Plan: If you work in a larger building, display fire evacuation plans in several places around your workplace. When developing the evacuation plan, account for employees who will need additional assistance. 

SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team. 

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. SERVPRO of Pickens County works hand in hand with the commercial large loss team to make it "Like it never even happened." 

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO of Pickens County.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Should a storm or major event strike, call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993

SERVPRO of Pickens County - "Professional and Courteous Clean Up"

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pickens County -  "Professional and Courteous Clean Up"

"Professional and courteous clean up of an upsetting water damaged area in our recently moved into home. Tammy Easler was most kind, helpful and reassuring." - Joyce S.

Joyce called SERVPRO of Pickens County, unsure if a pipe burst or a hose busted on the top floor of her home. The ceiling, walls, and carpet on the lower level were soaked with water. Our crew responded and immediately began the mitigation process. A crew chief surveyed the areas of damage with Joyce and inspected her areas of concern and created a tailored drying plan designed specifically for her home. The team removed the wet drywall, baseboards, insulation, carpet pad, and tack strip. Once the demolition was complete, our team set drying equipment. We dried her structure in three days. Joyce was so happy with our performance she left us a Facebook review.

If you need water mitigation please call SERVPRO of Pickens County(864) 855 - 3993! 

No One Plans On Disaster But You Can Plan For It!

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

No One Plans On Disaster But You Can Plan For It!

Disasters and emergencies always strike without warning. Planning ahead speaks trust to your employees and clients. In the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO of Pickens County, you can minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action. Are you ready for a disaster? 


  • The ERP is a no-cost assessment of your facility. 
  • It's designed to contain only the critical information needed for an emergency. 
  • The ERP establishes SERVPRO of Pickens County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. 
  • Identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin. 
  • The ERP provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information. 

To start your ERP call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855 - 3993. Please visit https://ready.SERVPRO.com/ for more information. 

3 Common Types Of Water Damage and How To Prevent Them.

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

3 Common Types Of Water Damage and How To Prevent Them.

You control every aspect of your home, from your decor down to the ac. Unfortunately, you cannot always control when disaster decides to strike. Water damage can be especially destructive. Although you can't control when or if you will have water damage, there are a few things you can do to minimize the risk. 

  1. Sewer Back-Up: To prevent your sewer from backing up, make sure the main wastewater pipe is fitted with a backflow valve. This valve will need to be inspected regularly by a plumber. 
  2. Groundwater infiltration: A sump pump is recommended to alleviate groundwater from flooding your home. We recommend installing an emergency generator so the pump will always be ready to operate at all times. 
  3. Water Heaters: Water heaters do not last forever. Rust will eventually damage the tank and cause leaks. However, this can be prevented by installing a tray or drip pan under your water heater. Once your water heater reaches ten years old, it needs to be inspected regularly.  

If you have water damage please call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855 -3993! Visit www.SERVPROpickenscounty.com for more information!

4 Steps To Keep Your Basement Dry

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

4 Steps To Keep Your Basement Dry. 

A wet basement feels and smells nasty. It can ruin floors, walls, and create mold growth. The first step to successfully stopping your basement from flooding is to identify the root problem. Here are four strategies you can use to keep your basement dry. 

  1. Add gutter extensions: if your downspouts are dumping water less than 5ft away from your home, you can add plastic or metal gutter extension to guide water further out. 
  2. Plug gaps:  Do you notice water dripping through cracks or gaps around plumbing pipes? You can plug these yourself using hydraulic cement or polyurethane caulk.  
  3. Restore the crown:  Your home should sit on a "crown" of soil that slopes at least 6 inches over the first 10 feet in all directions. You can build this back with a shovel and dirt. 
  4. Reshape the landscape: Create a berm (a mound of dirt) or a swale (a wide, shallow ditch) landscape features that redirect water long before it reaches your house. 

 If you have water damage in your basement call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855 - 3993! 

For more information please visit www.SERVPROpickenscounty.com

4 Tips To Protect Your Home From Flooding

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding is the leading cause of damage to homes. Other than being prepared to evacuate in case of a flood, there are several things you can do to your Pickens County home to minimize water damage. We made a list of simple steps you can take to keep your home safe. 

  1. Seal any cracks in your foundation: Use mortar or masonry caulk to fill in any gaps in the foundation.
  2. Have your lawn graded away from your home: If you notice rainwater pooling around your foundation, your yard may be tilted towards your home. 
  3. Install a flood sensor: A flood sensor can detect a small leak before it can cause significant damage. 
  4. Relocate your expensive or sentimental items to higher ground: If floodwaters are coming, move your valuables to higher areas to protect them. 

 If you have flood damage call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855 - 3993! 

For more information please visit www.SERVPROpickenscounty.com

5 Tips To Prevent House Fires

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

5 Tips To Prevent House Fires.  

Your home is where you build your life and make memories with your family. It's the epicenter of your life. That's why you would do anything to keep your home safe from fire and smoke damage. Although you can't control everything that happens in your home, we've compiled a few tips to help reduce the risk of a fire starting in your home. 

  • Test your smoke alarms regularly

The easiest way to avoid a house fire is to check your smoke alarms once a month. There is a button that you can press to test your alarm. If the alarm beeps weakly, then its time to change the batteries. 

  • Keep fire extinguishers around: 

Your best defense if a fire breaks out is a fire extinguisher. Make sure you have one in every room that is a potential threat, like the kitchen. 

  • Inspect all heating sources: 

Fires can be started by faulty heating sources. Have a professional check these annually. 

  • Practice caution with candles: 

Keep candles far away from flammable objects such as blankets and candles. Never put them on uneven surfaces. Always put them out before leaving the room. 

  • Maintain all cords: 

Before plugging anything in, make sure the cord isn't frayed or damaged. Damaged wires need to be replaced immediately. 

 If you have fire or smoke damage please call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993. 

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Pickens County today at  864-855-3993 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Local Church Recovers From Tornado with SERVPRO of Pickens County

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

Local Church Recovers From Tornado with SERVPRO of Pickens County

The city of Seneca was rocked by an EF3 tornado around three am on the Monday after Easter Sunday. Meteorologists tracked the storm all day, and many families were able to get to shelter before the tornado touched down. However, most residents were left without power or water.
The morning after the tornado, the pastor of Seneca Baptist Church called SERVPRO of Pickens County. A portion of the roof was peeled back, causing the pews and sanctuary to become soaked with rainwater.
Our team arrived and immediately began setting generators and installing power distribution boxes to help run our specialty drying equipment. We had to call in our Storm Team to help with the drying process. They brought a trailer load full of dehumidifiers and other drying equipment. Together, we were able to dry the church and make it "Like it never even happened."

If you have storm damage please call SERVPRO of Pickens County  (864) 855 3993 

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Five Tips To Make Your Carpet Last Longer

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

If you have carpet in your home then, your main goal should be to extend the life of your carpet. We have compiled a few tips to help you out! 

5 Tips For Making Your Carpet Last Longer: 

1. Vacuum regularly: 

Vacuuming regularly can help pick up hidden dirt and hair particles that can settle in your carpet fibers. 

2. Spot removal:

Anytime you notice a spot on your carpet, whether it be from food, household products, or your four-legged friends. It's best to act quickly and not let it sit. 

3. Groom carpet to prevent matting: 

Regular grooming prevents carpet pathways from forming and lifts matted areas. 

4. Move furniture to change traffic patterns: 

If you can, move your furniture around every six months. Moving your furniture around will prevent premature wear areas by moving your furniture around. 

5. Use welcome mats to limit the soil tracked in

Welcome mats cut down on dirt and moisture ruining your carpets. Pick a mat that is textured and can aggressively pull dirt from your shoes. 

We are Cleaning Experts

3/17/2020 (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 Pickens County, 864-855-3993

How To Prepare For A Flood.

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land. Floods can result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges, and other water systems. They can develop slowly or quickly, so know what to do is imperative. Start preparing now before a flood hits. 

What Can You Do Now? 

  • Know the types of flood risk in your area. 
  • Sign up for your community's warning system. 
  • If flash flooding is a risk in your location, then monitor potential signs, like heavy rain. 
  • Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response. 
  • Create an emergency kit and keep it a safe place. Take into consideration each person's specific needs, including medication. Include items for your pets in your emergency kit. 
  • Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. 
  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create and save password-protected digital copies. 
  • Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Consider installing check values and a sump pump with a battery. 

What Should You Do During An Earthquake?

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

What Should You Do During An Earthquake? 

Imagine you're at home or work, or maybe you're outside when suddenly the ground begins to shake violently. It finally occurs to you, what is going on, it's an earthquake. Do you know what to do next? Check out these tips below to learn how to protect yourself during an earthquake. 

  • Stay calm. Stay indoors if you are indoors. If you are outside, stay outside.  
  •  Stand against a wall, stand in a doorway, or crawl under heavy furniture if you are indoors. Stay clear from windows and outside doors. 
  • If you're outside, stay away from power lines, buildings, or anything that might fall. 
  • Don't use matches, candles, or any flame after an earthquake.  
  • If you're driving a car, stop the car and stay inside until the earthquake stops. 
  • Avoid elevators. 

An Earthquake is Coming What Do You Do?

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

An earthquake is the shaking of the Earth's surface, which results from a sudden release of energy in the Earth's lithosphere. Earthquakes can range in size from minor, where they can't be felt, to brutal, where destruction can wreak across entire cities. However, before an earthquake hits, there are a few things you can do to minimize damage to your home and ensure your safety. 

What To Do Before an Earthquake: 

  • Anchor heavy furniture, cupboards, and appliances to the walls or floor; to prevent them from falling over and causing damage to your home. 
  • Remove heavy objects from shelves. 
  •  Plan a meeting place for everyone in your family to meet after an earthquake. 
  • Make sure you have a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight, and extra batteries in your emergency kit. 
  • Know how to turn off the gas, water, and electricity. Turn the utilities off before the earthquake hits. 
  • Memorize the earthquake evacuation plan at your school or workplace. 

Protect yourself before the shaking begins! 

What Is Ice Blasting?

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Ice blasting is a nonabrasive, nontoxic, nonflammable, and nonconductive cleaning method. Ice blasting makes it "Like it never even happened."

Ice blasting is a form of carbon dioxide cleaning that utilizes dry ice pellets, the solid form of carbon dioxide. The dry ice is accelerated in a pressurized air stream and directed at a dirty surface. This method of cleaning is nonabrasive, non-conductive, non-flammable, and non-toxic. Commercial and manufacturing settings are the perfect places to utilize this cleaning method because it does not create any secondary waste or chemical residues.
Ice blasting involves propelling dry ice pellets at a dirty surface to clean it. The dry ice can either be in a pellet form or shaved from a larger block of ice. The shaved ice block will produce less dense ice medium and is more delicate than using the pellet form.

If your business needs cleaning, call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855 - 3993! We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Space Heaters and Your Home

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

With the weather getting colder, more people will be reaching for their space heaters. When using these types of heaters, please remember to never plug them into a power strip. Power strips cannot handle the high current flow needed for a space heater and can overheat and catch fire due to the added energy. It is always best for you to plug space heater directly into wall outlets. Follow these safety tips below to see how you can prevent a fire from starting in your home. 

  • Regularly check the cord of your heater. If it is damaged, frayed, or worn out stop using the heater. 
  • Keep the cord away from heat. 
  • Leave enough space the heater to allow for heat dissipation. Also, keep flammable materials away from heat. 
  • Always unplug unused appliances. 

If you experience fire damage in your home please contact SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993! 

For more information on fire damage mitigation please click here

Decorating For The Holidays? Follow These Tips First.

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Decorating For The Holidays? Follow These Tips First. 

Decorating for the holidays is one of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit! Unfortunately, emergency rooms see thousands of injuries involving holiday decorating every season. We hope you keep these tips in mind when decorating for the holiday season. 

  1. Plants like mistletoe, holly berries, Jerusalem cherry, and amaryllis are poisonous to children and pets.
  2. If your tree is artificial, check that it is fire-resistant. 
  3. For live trees, cut off two inches of the trunk to expose fresh wood for better water absorption, remember to water it and remove it from your home when it is dry. 
  4. Place your tree at least three feet away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources, and do not block doorways. 
  5. Keep breakable ornaments or ones with detachable parts out of reach from children. 
  6. Use indoor lights indoors and outdoor lights outside. Make sure you use the right ladder when hanging lights.
  7. Replace light sets that have broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. 
  8.  Check the directions on holiday lights to see how many light strands can be plugged into one socket. 
  9. Keep light plugs away from puddles and out of the snow. Do not nail, tack, or stress the wiring when you are hanging lights. 
  10. Always turn off all the lights and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. 

If disaster strikes during the holidays - don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Pickens County 864-855-3993! 

How To Thaw Frozen Pipes!

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

How To Thaw Frozen Pipes! 

Winter freezes are quickly approaching, which means frozen pipes will become more prevalent. If you turn on your facet on an icy day and only a trickle comes out, you may have a frozen pipe. Don't worry! We have compiled a few tips to help you thaw out frozen pipes and keep your home from flooding. 

  1. Turn on the faucet. As you heat the frozen pipe, the ice plug will begin to melt. Running water through the pipe, as cold as it is, will help melt ice in the pipe. 
  2. Apply heat to a section of pipe.  Do not use any device with an open flame. The high heat can damage the pipes or even start a fire. Instead, use an electric heating pad or hairdryer. 
  3. Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. Check all other faucets in your home to see if you may have another frozen pipe. 
  4. Call a licensed plumber If you are unable to locate the frozen pipe, if the area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe yourself. 

If a pipe bursts in your home, don't stress! Call SERVPRO of Pickens County 864-855-3993! 

Simple Tips To Keep Your Thanksgiving Disaster Free

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

Simple Tips To Keep Your Thanksgiving Disaster Free!

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, which means lots of fellowship, family time, and cooking in the kitchen. According to the U.S Fire Administration, an estimated 2,000 fires occur on Thanksgiving day. That is an average of five deaths, 25 injuries, and $21 million in property loss each year. The leading cause of these fires is cooking. SERVPRO of Pickens County wants you to have a safe and disaster-free Thanksgiving this year. Follow these simple and easy tips to keep your turkey day fire free! 

  1. Ensure that you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom. Test your smoke alarms every month and replace them if they are 10 years old or older. 
  2. Do not leave food unattended and keep a close watch on what you are cooking. 
  3. Keep combustibles and oven food packaging away from burners and heat sources. 
  4. Cooking oil can ignite quickly, watch it closely. 
  5. Don't wear loose sleeves while cooking. Long sleeves can melt ignite or catch on handles of pots and pans spilling hot oil and other liquids. 
  6. Have a "kid-free zone" of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot foods or drinks are prepared or carried. 
  7. Keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cool. 

Don't let fire and smoke ruin your holidays SERVPRO of Pickens County provides emergency services 24/7 - (864) 855 - 3993!  

To learn more, please visit Thanksgiving Safety Tips  

Keep Your Fall Fire Free!

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Keep Your Fall Fire Free! 

It's fall time! Which means cooler weather, beautiful colors, and an abundance of outdoor activities. Plan ahead this fall season to ensure its fire-free. Below are a few tips you can use to make sure you have a disaster-free fall.

Fall decorations, like dried flowers and cornstalks, are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters. Keep emergency exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes. Teach children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing catches fire. Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume. Consider avoiding billowing fabric. If you are making a costume, choose a material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame. It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. Use extreme caution if using a real candle. Place lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn and out of the way from doorsteps, walkways, and yards.

The Difference Between Safety and Tragedy.

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

The Difference Between Safety and Tragedy. 

It's October which means, it's Fire Prevention Month. During this month, you should take the time to reevaluate your emergency preparedness plans for your home and business. Pay close attention to your fire escape plan. Ask yourself, do you have two exit strategies for each room? If a fire does start in your home or business, can you escape in two minutes? If not, then identify these obstacles and remove them or work around them. Creating, implementing, and practicing a fire escape plan for your home or business may be the difference between safety and tragedy! Eight percent of people surveyed said getting out was their first thought after hearing a fire alarm. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone or business enough time to get out. 

Fire Escape Plans and Fire Prevention Month

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Escape Plans and Fire Prevention Month. 

It's October which means, it's officially Fire Prevention Month. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets aside a designated week each October to focus on fire prevention. During this month, evaluate your fire escape plans. The 2019 theme of Fire Prevention Month is "Not every hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!" According to the NFPA, once the fire alarm goes off, "you could have less than one to two minutes to escape safely!"

During a fire, every second counts. Fire experts agree; people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home or business. Creating, developing, and practicing a fire escape plan in your home and office can make the difference between safety and tragedy. Draw a map of each level of your home or business and show all the doors and windows. Find two ways out to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily. Choose an outside meeting place that is a safe distance in front of your home or business, mark the location of the meeting area on your escape plan. Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Plan for everyone in your home or office, with special consideration for elderly or disabled individuals. Practice your fire escape plan at least twice a year in your home or business.

How Can You Prevent Flood Damage To Your Pickens County Home?

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Preventing Flood Damage To Your Pickens County Home. 

Flood hazards can occur due to severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, seasonal rains, or other weather-related events. Floods can cause several problems from damage to your house and possessions, contaminating the water, to area-wide destruction. Below you can find tips to help you prepare for any type of flood situation. 

  • If you can, avoid building in a flood-prone area unless you elevate and reinforce your home. 
  • Elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel if susceptible to flooding. 
  • Install check valves in sewer traps to prevent floodwater backing up into the drains of your home. 
  • Contact community officials to find out if they are planning on constructing barriers to stop floodwaters. 
  • Seal the walls in your basement to prevent floodwaters from entering your basement. 
  • Sit down and review your insurance policy. Flood coverage is not a part of most homeowners, mobile home, or renters insurance policies. Know there is a thirty-day waiting period for coverage to take effect. 

If you experience flood damage to your home valuables, call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993! 

Is Your Business Prepared For Emergency Preparedness Month?

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Is Your Business Prepared For Emergency Preparedness Month? 

Every September is National Preparedness Month. This years theme for National Preparedness Month is "Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters". One way to be ready for disasters is to have an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your Pickens County business or facility. An ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, which makes it a great value that could save you a lot of time in the future. Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.

Having an immediate plan in action can help reduce your business interruption. The ERP is that plan. The ERP gives your Pickens County business top priority in the event of an area-wide disaster. The process of completing an ERP begins with our Disaster Recovery Consultants touring your Pickens County business or facility. During this tour, they locate the shut-off valves and high priority locations. They will also identify a chain of command for authorizing work to begin. Emergency contact information, your facilities electric or gas company, water company, and power company contact information is collected and compiled into a comprehensive document. This document is easily accessible online or through SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app. A copy of this document is also stored at SERVPRO Corporate. In the event of a county-wide disaster, your ERP will be sent to SERVPRO disaster teams. Disasters don't plan ahead, but you can with an Emergency Ready Plan. 

Want an ERP for your business? Call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855 - 3993. 

Your Pickens County Business Has Water Damage - Who Do You Call?

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Your Pickens County Business Has Water Damage - Who Do You Call?

When business owners think of water damage, they often envision massive storms, flooded offices, and shutting down business for several days. Many Pickens County commercial businesses suffer from water damage as a result of floods, water from weather events, and storms. However, many business owners, entrepreneurs, and business space renters overlook that storms, severe weather, and floods aren't the only causes of water damage. Below are a few examples that can cause water damage in any Pickens County commercial business. 

  1. Defective Sprinkler System Older offices and retail buildings can have outdated sprinkler systems. While these systems can work in conjunction with fire protection systems, they can also malfunction and cause flooding. Flooding can damage inventory, business assets, and equipment. 
  2. Damaged Appliances and Equipment This cause of commercial flooding is more common in Pickens County restaurants and catering businesses. If the appliance fails and water is sent across your business, especially when no one is around, you could walk into a huge disaster. 
  3. Broken Pipes and Plumbing Water damage is an immediate result of a failed plumbing system.
  4. Backed Up Sewer Lines This cause of water damage often catches many business owners by surprise. Contaminated water can enter your Pickens County business and cause health effects to your employees and ruin products should your sewer line back up or become damaged. 

 When you need some one to make it "Like it never even happened." - Call SERVPRO of Pickens County 864-855-3993. 

A Hurricane Is Coming Are You Prepared?

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

A Hurricane Is Coming Are You Prepared? 

Hurricanes are colossal storms that begin forming over the ocean. As they move inland they begin creating high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, rip currents, tornadoes, coastal and inland flooding. Follow these tips below, so you are better prepared before a hurricane. 

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings. 
  • Learn your emergency evacuation route for your area. 
  • Remove dead limbs and debris from your yard. Move patio furniture, garbage cans, bikes, and other loose and lightweight objects indoors. Anchor gas grills, propane tanks, and other objects that are too dangerous to bring indoors. 
  • Create an Emergency Communication Plan. Pick an out of state contact that everyone can check-in and report their status too. 
  • Make an emergency preparedness kit and a go-bag. A go-bag should include items you need to take with you in case you are evacuated. Your go-bag should be easy to carry and kept in a place where you can grab it quickly.  
  • Collect any financial, medical, educational, and legal documents and put them in your emergency kit. Put them in your go-bag and take them with you when you evacuate. 
  • Stock up on emergency supplies. You should have at least a three day supply of water and non-perishable food in your emergency kit, as well as extra medication, a first aid kit, hygiene items, and spare clothes. 

Weather The Storm With SERVPRO of Pickens County

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

You sit back and relax and listen to the rain pour outside. Suddenly you feel the carpet under your feet getting wet. Panicked you jump up and immediately look for a source, only to find this water is coming from outside your home. What do you do next? This exact scenario happened to this homeowner, and he called SERVPRO of Pickens County.
Our team was ready to work and arrived with equipment in hand. The crew began removing the water from the carpet. Due to the category of water that entered the home, parts of the baseboards and carpet padding were removed. Drying equipment was set to ensure the subfloor was dried. Once everything was dry, the carpet was treated and cleaned. When everything was dry and cleaned, the homeowner couldn't believe the results.

No Water Damage Is Too Big For SERVPRO of Pickens County

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

After noticing his dishwasher leaking, this homeowner decided to call SERVPRO of Pickens County. Our crew arrived promptly and immediately began the extraction process. Unfortunately, the damage was much more severe than the homeowner thought. Upon further inspection, our team found that the continuous hard floors in the home showed significant signs of water damage. After taking a few moisture readings, the crew discovered the subfloor was saturated with water and brittle. Before we began removing the floors, we removed the homeowner's furniture, keepsakes, and other belongings in these areas. The items were packed up and moved to our safe and secure storage space. Once the moveout was complete, our team began removing the cabinets and flooring. Then special drying equipment was set up to dry out the structure. After the structure was completely dry, we prepped the areas for the restoration process.

Dryer Fires Are No Problem For SERVPRO of Pickens County.

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

This laundromat experienced smoke and fire damage after a dryer spontaneously caught on fire. After the first responders left, the owner gave SERVPRO of Pickens County a call. Our technicians arrived and began the job with cleaning up and removing the leftover debris. Then they focused their efforts on removing the soot from the machines and restoring them to their previous condition. Our team removed two dryers that were too damaged to restore. The ceiling tiles were removed, cleaned, and put back in their original location. Finally, our crew focused on removing the smoke odor. Fogging and deodorizing equipment was set up to remove the odor. After a few days, the laundromat was ready to be reopened for customers.
Don't let fire and smoke ruin your business - Call SERVPRO of Pickens County 864 - 855 - 3993.

When Your Basement Floods Call SERVPRO of Pickens County.

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

What do you do when you walk in your home and find that your basement is flooded with water? The very first step you should take for a successful recovery is to call SERVPRO of Pickens County. That's what this customer did after discovering this mess. Our crew went out and assessed the damage and put together a comprehensive plan that would have the structure dry in a couple of days. Equipment was set up to dry out the wet areas. Then the demolition process was started. We took moisture readings and monitored every day until the structure was dry. The customer loved the daily updates and was ecstatic over the finished product.

When you have a disaster don't wait - call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993!

Dirty Carpets? That's Not A Problem For SERVPRO of Pickens County.

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

Dirty Carpets? That's Not A Problem For SERVPRO of Pickens County. 

This customer gave SERVPRO of Pickens County a call when he noticed some wine stains and heavy foot traffic had soiled his carpet. After trying to remove the stains with conventional cleaning supplies, the customer gave up and was ready for our crew to make it "Like it never even happened." Our technicians were ready to tackle cleaning two bedrooms, the office space, and the hallway. Wine stains can be difficult to remove. Our crew sprayed a spot treatment and pre-treatment on the set-in stains before cleaning the carpets. After that, the carpets were steam cleaned. The customer was thrilled that the stains were gone and that the job was done in one day.

When Disaster Strikes During The Holidays - Call SERVPRO of Pickens County

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

The water heater in this church began leaking, dripping water down the walls. Unbeknownst to anyone, the leak persisted and damaged the walls and carpeted areas. Instead of panicking the church members decided to call SERVPRO of Pickens County. Our crew arrived with equipment in hand, ready to mitigate the water damage. On top of needing mitigation, the church also needed to be open in time for the holiday season. Technicians and crew chiefs worked tirelessly around the clock to have the church back open in time. The mitigation process began with setting up drying equipment to dry out the wet carpeted areas. Our team decided that sections of the drywall needed to be removed for the wall to dry out completely.  Once the walls and carpet were dried out, the areas were prepped for the restoration team to take over. The customer was impressed with our quick turnaround time and that we kept them in the loop with daily updates. 

Don't Panic Call SERVPRO of Pickens County

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

The water heater burst and dumped mass amounts of water into this home. The kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, closet, and living room all suffered from water damage. SERVPRO of Pickens County responded with equipment ready to make it "Like it never even happened." We started the mitigation process by extracting the standing water. Then our team removed materials that were not salvageable.  The carpet padding, vinyl flooring, and part of the drywall were removed to aid in the drying process. Our crew worked fast to prevent any mold growth or secondary damage. Special drying equipment was set up to ensure that the different areas would be dry. We monitored daily and kept up with the drying process through daily moisture readings. The homeowner was ecstatic with the final result and our quick response time. 

Ruptured Water Line Versus Hardwood Floors

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Hardwoods

This homeowner called SERVPRO of Pickens County after noticing a few changes in their hardwood flooring. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to them the main water line in their home had ruptured. The water went untouched for a week before signs of damage began to appear. When our team arrived, most of the hardwood flooring displayed signs of severe water damage. Our production team surveyed the damage and determined the best course of action to mitigate the damage. To start the process, the crew moved the customer's belongings and furniture outside of the home and into a safe and secure location. The team then began the process of removing the flooring and set up special drying equipment to stabilize the work areas. After a few days, all the damaged hardwoods had been demoed, and the wet areas had been dried out. 

There Are Black Spider Webs In My House!

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

No those are not black spider webs or cobwebs you are seeing. These are actually called soot webs. After petroleum or synthetic materials burn soot forms and bonds together. You will typically see soot webs on the ceilings and in the corners of your home after a fire. Corners and ceilings usually have a cooler temperature and will collect more soot webs. As the air is seeking equilibrium, the webs will float towards higher areas with cooler temperatures. If you find soot webs in your home after fire don't attempt to remove them, as you can cause more damage to the wall or ceiling. Dealing with a fire is already stressful enough. Let SERVPRO of Pickens County handle the clean up for you. (864) 855 - 3993. 

When Storms or Floods hit Pickens County, SERVPRO is ready!

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

When Storms or Floods hit Pickens County, SERVPRO is ready!

SERVPRO of Pickens County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Pickens County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 864-855-3993

Do You Have Black Mold In Your Pickens County Home or Business?

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Do You Have Black Mold In Your Pickens County Home or Business? 

You may have seen the sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of black mold or toxic mold. These reports can alarm and confuse you. It's beneficial to get the facts so you can better understand mold. 

How Do I Tell If It's Black Mold? 

Many types of mold can cause reactions. You should contact us immediately if you see any signs of mold. Often, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. 

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today - (864) 855-3993 

Understanding Mold

When water invades your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Below are facts about mold. 

  • Mold is present everywhere, indoors and outdoors. 
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or A/C heating systems. Mold can also enter your home by attaching itself to your clothing or a pet. 
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies and can produce allergens and irritants. 
  • Any of sources of water or moisture must be addressed before we can begin the remediation process. Otherwise, the mold can return. 
  • Mold can often produce a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to the problem areas. 
  • Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent. Higher than normal indoor humidity can support mold growth.  

When you need mold remediation call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993 

Pickens County Document Restoration

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Pickens County Document Restoration 

Paper or documents that have suffered from water or smoke damage can deteriorate quickly. Valuable and irreplaceable documents can be lost forever if not handled properly. SERVPRO's Document Restoration Team can help you recover your damaged paper goods. 

Why Choose SERVPRO Vacuum Freeze Drying? 

If you have water damaged documents then, vacuum freeze drying is the most efficient and effective way to salvage your documents. The Document Restoration team utilizes a sublimation process to save your documents. This process can recover the most delicate documents including, photographs, X-rays, and entire business archives.

All members of the Document Restoration Team are HIPAA Master Certified, and your items are under 24/7 video surveillance once they arrive at the SERVPRO facility.  


If your file room has suffered from water or smoke damage and needs to be cleaned, dried, or decontaminated, then digitizing might be a good choice to eliminate the need for massive file rooms. 

Gamma Irradiation 

Your documents are contaminated and deteriorating if they have been damaged by sewage or flood water.  Gamma irradiation can be used to recover documents. This process is used for cleaning, disinfecting, and decontaminating documents and other consumer goods. A disruption in a living a cell results in damage to the cells DNA and the other cellular structures. The photoinduced changes at the molecular level can causes organisms to die or can render the organism incapable of reproduction. The gamma irradiation process does not create residuals or impart radioactivity in processed products. 

Certified Destruction 

We guarantee certified destruction to give you peace of mind that your documents are disposed of properly. 

If you have documents that need to be restored call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993 

Why You Need the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for Your Pickens County Business

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Why You Need the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for Your Pickens County Business

If your business experiences a disaster the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut off valve locations, and priority areas. Your businesses ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time.  

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile 

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility. 
  • A concise Profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. 
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. 
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. 
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information. 

The best time to plan for a disaster is not when the disaster happens, but well before the disaster happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it. 

Want an Emergency Ready Profile for Your Business? Call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993

When Water Damage Strikes Call SERVPRO of Pickens County

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

When Water Damage Strikes Call SERVPRO of Pickens County  

The first 24 hours after a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of the loss notification, SERVPRO of Pickens County will be there to ensure your water damage is handled. 


SERVPRO of Pickens County will inspect the affected areas to determine the extent of the water damage. We will review the inspection with you and answer any of your questions before we begin the work. 

Emergency Services 

We take steps to help protect your home or business, personal belongings, and other items from further damage by extracting the excess water and prepping the area for drying. We will explain the needed emergency services to you step by step. 


To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to the appropriate industry standards, we will monitor the drying process. We consistently communicate with you about updates. 

Restoration Services 

SERVPRO of Pickens County will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property or belongings. A final walk-through of the job site will be done with you to help ensure your property is returned to preloss condition. 

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists:  

The Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. The professionals at SERVPRO of Pickens County study the IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses. We implement these practices into every job. Our staff also has access to web-based training. Video representations and support materials are followed by a knowledge test at the end of each module. This keeps our technicians and office staff up to date on the industry standards and allows us to deliver the professional quality you expect.  

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and have the equipment to respond to you emergency 24/7. We can restore your home or business back to preloss condition.

Tips To Prepare For a Fire In Your Pickens County Home

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

When a fire breaks out in your Pickens County home you only have two minutes to escape. It is important that you are prepared when a fire starts so that you can escape your home quickly and safely. 

  1. Install the right amount of smoke alarms. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year. 
  2. Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one. 
  3. Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting outside spot outside of your home. 
  4. Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another. 
  5. Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell "Fire" to alert everyone they must get out. 
  6. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1. 
  7. Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes catch on fire. 

The 7 Ways to Prepare for a Home Fire

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration For Pickens County

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration For Pickens County

Fire can spread quickly and destroy anything that is in its path. A fire can be especially devastating for any business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Equipment, machinery, offices, and products can be destroyed leaving you with a huge mess to deal with. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we will respond immediately to get you back to business. 

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service 
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster 
  • A Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises 
  • Highly Trained Fire and Water Damage Restoration Specialists  

Commercial Fire Damage? Call Us Today - (864) 855-3993 

Tips To Minimize Water Damage From a Flood

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Tips To Minimize Water Damage From a Flood: 

To prevent water damage from a flood from ruining your home use these tips and tricks. 

  1. Have your plumber check the sump-pit and sumps pump (if you have them) to ensure they are working correctly and not blocked. 
  2. Ask your plumber about installing a backwater valve. This device stops water and sewage from coming back into the house during heavy rainfall. 
  3. Invest in water leak sensors and alarms that alert you to leaks in the home. 
  4. Keep your floor drains clear of obstructions. 
  5. Seal cracks around windows and in the basement, foundation and floors. 
  6. Protect your HVAC system. If possible have a professional elevate the furnace and hot water tank, to get it off the basement floor.
  7. Install shelves in your basement to keep items off your floor. Do not keep valuables and important documents in the basement. Store them upstairs where they are less likely to become damaged. 
  8. Do not pour fats, oils, and grease down your drain. They can solidify and clog pipes. 
  9. When there is heavy rain minimize your water use.  

Tips To Minimize Water Damage From A Flood: Inside The Home

Prevent Water Damage On Your Roof

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Prevent Water Damage On Your Roof

Replace Missing Shingles as Soon as Possible: Cracked, bent, and missing shingles provide an opportunity for leaks. 

Fix Ponding Surfaces Immediately: If pools of standing water are on your roof after it rains, you could have a big problem. Ponding can leave you vulnerable to rot and leaks. 

Clean Your Gutters Regularly: Gutters carry rainwater and rain runoff away from your roof and siding. If your gutters are clogged, they can't function properly. Lookout for leaks, rusted or twisted gutters. These could present problems down the line. 

Inspect Flashing Around Vents, Valleys, chimneys, Pipes, Skylights, and other Punctures and Seals: Any place where there are opening or joints in your roof, there is a potential for leaks. 

Keep an Eye on Your Attic Ceiling: You can spot leaks through the damage on your attic ceiling. If you notice damaged or moldy insulation, rotting, stained boards or ceiling tiles, puckering or discolored sheetrock, you might have a leak. 

Remove Ice Dam Buildup During Heavy Snows: You can prevent ice dams manually by using a roof rake to scrape off the snow and ice. 

Best Ways To Prevent Water Damage On Your Roof  

What To Do After a Thunderstorm

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

What To Do After a Thunderstorm 

Take the Appropriate Steps to Stay Safe: 

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway. You cannot predict how deep the water may be. It only takes 12 inches of water to move a small vehicle and 18 inches to move a large vehicle.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms. 
  • Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or to your local radio and television for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked. 
  • Help people who may need special assistance, such as infants, children, the elderly or the disabled. 
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
  • Watch your animals closely. Keep them under your direct control. 

If Lightning Strikes 

Follow these steps if someone has been struck by lightning: 

  • Call for help. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number. Anyone who has been struck by lightning requires medical care. 
  • Check the person for burns and other injuries. If the person is not breathing, call 9-1-1 and begin CPR. People who have been hit by lightning do no retain an electrical charge and can be handled safely. 

Recovering After a Thunderstorm  

Preventing Black Mold

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Preventing Black Mold 

  1. Keep it dry- Keeping your home dry is key to preventing mold growth. Putting dehumidifiers n basements, ceiling fans in bathrooms and good airflow can keep mold at bay. 
  2. Remove tainted material- it is imperative that you remove affected materials when and if you undergo mold remediation. 
  3. Keep it outside- Never bring old wood or porous objects in from outdoors. Mold spores grow on everything and go wild when brought indoors. 
  4. Use cleaning products- You can use mold reducing sprays in your bathroom and damp locations. 
  5. Get a dehumidifier- Dehumidifiers will suck the moisture out of the air and prevent mold growth. 
  6. Keep water away from your house- water is key to mold growth. Don't allow your home or basement to become flooded. You can prevent flooding from happening by grading your yard to keep water flowing away from your home. You can also install downspouts that divert water away from your home. 

A Guide To Black Mold

Flood Warning versus Flood Watch

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Flood Warning versus Flood Watch 

Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or is already occurring. If you are in a flood-prone area, you should move to higher ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to form. It is possible to experience a flash flood in areas that are not immediately receiving rain.  

Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or already occurring.   

Flood Watch: Be Prepared: A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.   

Flood Advisory: Be Aware: A Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten your life or your property. 

Flood Warning vs. Watch  

Have Water Damage to Your Pickens County Business? Better Call SERVPRO of Pickens County

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Have Water Damage to Your Pickens County Business? Better Call SERVPRO of Pickens County

There is never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up water and the mess left behind is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency arises in your business, call SERVPRO of Pickens County. We offer 24-hour emergency services, we will respond quickly with the help you need.  

Commercial Water Damage Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Pickens County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial building or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or a big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. 

Water Damage or Flooding? Call Us Today (864) 855-3993

Preparing Your Pickens County Business for an Emergency

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Preparing Your Pickens County Business for an Emergency 

It is important for businesses to plan and prepare for a disaster. A large-scale disaster has the potential to disrupt normal business operations and affect employees. It is important for any business to plan ahead in case of a disaster. Below are a few tips you can implement in your business preparedness plan. 

  • Include emergency preparedness plans in your business's newsletter, emails, or other communication tools. 
  • A telephone calling tree or a voice recording can be used to communicate with employees during a disaster. 
  • Set up an out of town number where employees can leave an "I'm okay" message during a disaster. 
  • You should talk to your employees with disabilities or functional needs about what their needs may be during a disaster. 
  • Plan for payroll to continue.  
  • Review and practice what you and your employees intend to do during and after an emergency. 
  • Establish facility shut down procedures. 
  • Establish warning and evacuation procedures. 
  • Make plans for assisting employees who may need transportation. 
  • Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio with a warning alarm tone and back up battery. 
  • Survey your facility and the outside equipment and make plans to protect them. 
  • Make plans to protect your windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection. Covering windows with plywood is a great second option. 
  • Check if your phone system will work without electricity. If not, set up one phone line that can operate without electricity. 
  • Establish an alternate operating location and back up suppliers. 
  • Prepare to move records, computers, and other items within your facility or to an alternate location. 
  • Consider how to recover any digital data if there is a significant power outage or the servers or computers are damaged. Keep tax, payroll records, inventory records, and essential information at an alternate site. 
  • Maintain three to five days of inventory. If a disaster occurs, the loss isn't as great. 

Emergency Planning for Business and Industry

Removing Mold from Your Belongings

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Removing Mold from Your Belongings 

Water and mold damage affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Pickens County understands that your home is more than a structure; your family's furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help make your house a home. 

Contents Restoration 

SERVPRO of Pickens County specializes in restoring your belongings damaged by fire, water or mold. Our expertise and "restore" versus "replace" mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that cannot be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items can be restored back to their original condition. We utilize several methods of cleaning your belongings, including: 

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residue or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning. 
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues. 
  • Spray and Wipe - Effective for items that can't withstand wet cleaning. 
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned. 
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of cleaning product 

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today – (864) 855-3993 

Severe Thunderstorm Watch versus Severe Thunderstorm Warning

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Severe Thunderstorm Watch versus Severe Thunderstorm Warning

According to the Redcross, a thunderstorm that produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or produces wind gusts of at least 58 mph, is considered severe. Thunderstorms produce lightning. Lightning kills more people each year than tornadoes and hurricanes. Thunderstorms can produce heavy rain, flash floods, and high winds. These effects can cause damage to homes and power outages. 

Know The Difference

Severe Thunderstorm Watch - this means severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the designated watch area. You should stay informed and be ready to act if and when a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. 

Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by weather radar. The warning indicates there is an imminent danger to your life and your property. 

About Thunderstorms

What To Do During a Thunderstorm

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

What To Do During a Thunderstorm 

  • Stay updated by listening to your local news or NOAA Weather Radio. Watch for the signs of a storm, like flashes of lightning, high winds, and dark skies. 
  • If thunderstorms are likely, stay indoors. Often, people who were struck by lightning were not in the area where rain occurred. 
  • When a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, you should take shelter in a sturdy building or in a vehicle with the windows closed. Do not take shelter in a mobile home, as they can blow over in high winds. 
  • If you can hear thunder then you are close enough to be in danger of getting struck by lightning. The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunderclap. 
  • Avoid using electrical equipment, appliances, and telephones. Use battery-powered TVs and radios instead. 
  • Shutter windows and close and secure outside doors. Keep away from windows. 
  • Do not use plumbing, bathe or shower during a thunderstorm. 
  • If you are driving, safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in your vehicle and turn on your emergency flashers until the rain ends. Avoid touching metal or anything that can conduct electricity in or outside the vehicle. 
  • If you are trapped outside and cannot make it indoors, avoid high ground; water, tall isolated trees; and any metal objects. It is not safe to stay in picnic shelters, dugouts or sheds. 

Responding Appropriately During a Thunderstorm

Restoring Your Belongings After a Fire

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Restoring Your Belongings After A Fire

After a fire, smoke, and soot affect not only the structure of your house but your belongings as well. SERVPRO of Pickens County understands your family's furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings make your house more than a structure; they make it a home. 

Contents Restoration 

A fire can be a stressful event to deal with. You may feel like you have lost everything. SERVPRO of Pickens County specializes in restoring your belongings, keepsakes and other contents after they have been damaged by a fire. Our expertise and "restore" versus "replace" mentality can help you save money while preserving your precious keepsakes that can't be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items can be restored to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning to restore your belongings, including: 

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet clean
  • Wet Cleaning - This cleaning method removes moderate to heavy residues. 
  • Spray and Wipe - Used for items that cannot withstand wet cleaning. 
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned. 
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

 If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today - (864) 855-3993

Mold Damage Emergency Tips

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Damage Emergency Tips

It only takes 48 hours for mold to become a problem in your Pickens County home or business when there is a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can have a negative effect on your health and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Pickens County has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle the mold problem. 

If you have a mold problem in your Pickens County home or business, consider the following facts: 

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems. 
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting. 

Below are tips on what you can do until help arrives.

What To Do: 

  • Contact SERVPRO of Pickens County immediately. 
  • Stay out of affected areas. 
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans. 

What Not To Do: 

  • Don't touch or disturb the mold. 
  • Don't blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth. 
  • Don't attempt to dry the area out yourself. 
  • Don't spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold. 

If you have a mold problem call us today - (864) 855-3993 

SERVPRO of Pickens County Fire Damage Restoration Process

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pickens County Fire Damage Restoration Process 

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Pickens County has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home. Although every fire damage is a little different and requires a unique solution, the general process stays the same. The steps listed below outline our process for the "typical" fire damage emergency. 

Step 1: Emergency Contact 

When you call SERVPRO of Pickens County our restoration process begins. A representative will ask questions that will help us respond immediately with appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment 

We carefully inspect and test the adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service 

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present) 

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces 

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing 

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We are also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment. 

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step-getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in your home or business. 

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (864) 855-3993

Commercial Storm Damage Restoration For Pickens County

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Storm Damage Restoration For Pickens County

Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There is never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give SERVPRO of Pickens County a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need. 

Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (864) 855-3993 

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Pickens County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial storm or water damage emergencies. Regardless of your property type or size, we will respond quickly to clean the property and manage the restoration project through its completion. 

SERVPRO of Pickens County Mold Remediation Process

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Process

Mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours after water has entered your home. SERVPRO of Pickens County understands mold and mold growth and has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. Our process is as follows:

Emergency Contact – (864) 855-3993

Our mold cleanup and restoration process will begin when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. However, mold can be hidden from plain view as it feeds on cellulose and water. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedure to prevent the spread of mold. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

Air Filtration

During the process of the mold remediation, we utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of mold spores 

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces the mold has grown on. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.


The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal. Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. 

Signs of Mold? Call Today –(864) 855-3993

Carpet And Upholstery Cleaning In Pickens County

9/29/2018 (Permalink)

Carpet And Upholstery Cleaning In Pickens County

Carpet acts as a filter in your home, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. The type of carpet and color, soil build-up, and traffic will determine how often you will need a professional cleaning.

We Offer A Range Of Specialized Cleaning Methods:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

Preventative Maintenance

All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life of your carpet. IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet. Preventative maintenance actions include:

  • Regular Vacuuming
  • Spot Removal
  • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked on the carpet

Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning? Call Today! (864) 855-3993

Ceiling and Wall Cleaning for Your Pickens County Home or Business

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Ceiling and Wall Cleaning for Your Pickens County Home or Business: 

Ceiling and wall cleaning should be part of the maintenance of your Pickens County home or business. Your ceilings and walls are exposed to dirt and dust, pet dander, cooking oils and grease, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants. Over time these contaminants can build up causing odor and diminishing the appearance of your ceilings and walls. You should also have your walls and ceilings cleaned before you paint so that the primer and paint can adhere properly. Whether you are looking for a professional cleaning or preparing to paint SERVPRO of Pickens County can help you. 

Using SERVPRO’s time-tested and industry-approved steps, along with our proprietary cleaning products and methods, we strive to restore your ceilings and walls without the need to repaint or refinish and to help the entire property smell fresh.

Need Professional Cleaning? Call Today (864) 855-3993

Emergency Ready Profile For Your Pickens County Business

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

When Disaster Strikes, You Can Be Ruined Or You Can Be Ready! 

As many as 50% of business close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready For Whatever Happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be. 

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile Advantage 

Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a no-cost assessment of your facility. It provides a concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile provides you with a SERVPRO of Pickens County professional to assist you with your mitigation and restoration process. We save time and can begin working quickly by identifying the chain of command for authorizing work. Your facilities ERP will provide SERVPRO of Pickens County with vital information such as shut off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information. 

To get started call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864)855-3993

or visit: https://ready.SERVPRO.com/Home/MobileApp 

How To Build An Emergency Survival Kit

9/1/2018 (Permalink)

How To Build An Emergency Survival Kit 

When you are creating your survival kit for your home, consider the supplies you might need to last you and your family for a minimum of three to seven days. In case of emergencies that require you to leave your home quickly, like a wildfire, prepare your kit well in advance, and store it in an easily accessible location. For emergencies that will require you to stay in place, you should gather supplies in advance and monitor the weather, to ensure you have everything you need. Having the proper supplies and plans in place can help make difficult scenario safer for you.

Below are some key considerations for a survival kit to fit an emergency situation. Consider how each could suit an emergency situation and prepare yourself appropriately.

  • One gallon of water, per person, per day
  • At least a three to seven day supply of any daily medication for family members and pets
  • Non-perishable and canned foods, along with a non-electrical can opener
  • Pet food and extra water for your pets
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Pen and notebook to keep notes such as important phone numbers in case the power goes out and electronic devices aren’t working.
  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio with extra batteries if needed
  • Extra clothing and blankets
  • First aid Kit
  • Emergency cash and checks
  • Charges for devices, including car chargers
  • A whistle
  • Duct tape
  • Copies of personal documents, including insurance policies and other important legal and financial documents.

How To Build An Emergency Preparedness Kit

How To Create A Fire Escape Plan

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

How To Create A Fire Escape Plan

  • Plan For Everyone: You should take into account the special needs of every member in your household. Young children and elderly family members may need extra assistance in case of a fire. Make sure someone is assigned to help them and choose a backup person in case the assigned person is away.
  • Find Two Ways Out: Find two ways out of every room in your home. Include windows and doors in your plan, and make sure all escape routes can open easily so you can get outside.
  • Involve Children In Planning: Consider having your children help create a fire escape plan. You can draw a map and of your home and have children mark at least two exit routes and the locations of the smoke detectors.
  • Choose A Meeting Spot: Decide on a meeting place that is outside and is a safe distance away from your home. This meeting place should be in front of your house so emergency responders can see you upon arrival. Agree to not go back in the house after you leave.
  • Check Smoke Alarms: Check that smoke detectors are properly placed and working.
  • Be Visible: Make sure that your house number can be seen quickly from the street by first responders.
  • Respond Quickly: Make sure that everyone knows that if the smoke alarm sounds, he or she needs to get out immediately.
  • Have A Backup Plan: If the planned exit routes are blocked or it’s not possible to leave the house, close all doors between you and the fire. Put a towel under the door and go to an exterior-facing window. Call the fire department and report your location.
  • Share With Everyone: Go over the plan with everyone who lives in the house and with visitors and overnight guests.
  • Practice Regularly: Practice and review the plan regularly (at least one to two times a year).

How To Create A Fire Evacuation Plan

5 Tips To Prevent Water Damage To Your Pickens County Home

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

5 Tips To Prevent Water Damage To Your Pickens County Home

Water is very invasive and can quickly spread throughout your property in a matter of minutes, absorbing into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Pickens County is always here to help whenever you may have a flood or water damage emergency. However, there are a few things you can do to prevent water damage from happening to your Pickens County home.

Be Careful Where You Plant: Some plants and trees have invasive roots. These roots can grow into water lines and cause major damage to your home. Be mindful of sprinkler systems, drainage fields, pipes and septic tanks when planting.

Clean Out Roof Gutters: Clogged gutters can cause water to pour into your foundation, the roof, or your basement. A good way to prevent this is to remove any leaves, bird's nests, sticks, etc from gutters.

Keep An Eye On Your Water Bill: If you notice your water bill increasing, or you receive one that is unusually high, then you may have a leak somewhere. Keep a close eye on your water bill to avoid prolonged water damage to your home.

Use A Drain Snake Instead Of Unclogging Materials: Clogs are inevitable. There is no way to avoid them, but there are better ways to clear them. Chemical drain cleaners can eat away at your pipes and cause leaks. However, a drain snake can cut through most clogs, wont damage your pipes, and is relatively inexpensive.

Never Pour Grease Down Your Sink: When you pour grease down your sink it can congeal and stick to your pipes. This can cause a blockage and some serious damage. Instead, pour grease into an empty container. Once it has hardened, toss it in the trash to dispose of it.

5 Tips To Prevent Water Damage

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Eight Disaster Preparedness Tips

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Eight Disaster Preparedness Tips

When disaster strikes having and using a preparedness plan can ensure you and your loved one's safety. Below are eight tips to help secure your safety when disaster strikes. 

  • Communicate Where You Will Be: Be sure to contact someone outside of the affected area. Let them know where you will be during the disaster. Business owners should remind their employees of how they will be notified when the facility reopens. 
  • Know The Warning Signs And Alert Signals For Your Area: Frequently check your local tv stations, radio stations, or community alert systems to stay up to date on emergency information. 
  • Check Your Emergency Survival Kit: Your emergency survival kit should be stocked with essential survival items and should be kept in an easily accessible place.
  • Collect Emergency Building Materials: It is a good idea to have extra plywood, sandbags, and waterproof tarps. 
  • Fuel Up Your Vehicles And Equipment: Make sure you have a supply of fresh fuel for emergency generators. It's a good idea to have an extra fuel supply and to store that extra fuel in an approved container in a safe place. 
  • Be Sure You Have Car Chargers For Your Cell Phone, Smart Phone, And Other Portable Devices: Having car chargers can help you connect with contacts if the power goes out. Don't forget to fully charge all devices before the storm. 
  • Secure All Outdoor Objects Or Move Them Inside: Common household items can become airborne in high winds. Business owners should secure signage, benches, and equipment to minimize potential damage. 
  • Know How To Shut Off All Utilities: It is a good idea to know how to turn off your gas, electricity, and water. However, you should consider utilities that could minimize damage to your home and leave them on. 

8 Disaster Preparedness Tips

Water Damage Tips For Your Pickens County Home

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips For Your Pickens County Home

Flooding and water emergencies do not always occur within normal business hours. However, SERVPRO of Pickens County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night. Below are some tips on what to do until help arrives.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives:

  • First, ask yourself "is it safe to stay in my home?"
    Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet objects can be VERY heavy, use caution before attempting to remove or pick up items.

What To Do:

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting.
  • Remove table lamps and other tabletop items from wood furnishings and wipe away the excess water.
  • Remove wet upholstery and cushions from the affected area and prop them up for drying.
  • Use aluminum foil or wood blocks and place them between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • If damaged occurred during the summer, turn on the air conditioner for maximum drying.
  • Remove any wet carpets or rugs.
  • Remove art objects and valuables and place them in a dry safe place.
  • Gather and remove loose items from the floor.

What Not To Do:

  • Do not use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not use television or other household items if they have been in the affected area.
  • Do not use ceiling fixtures or ceiling fans if they are wet.
  • Keep out of rooms where the ceiling is sagging.
  • Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.

Have A Water Damage Emergency? Call (864) 855-3993

Fire And Smoke Damage In Your Pickens County Home

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire And Smoke Damage In Your Pickens County Home

Once the fire department leaves, your Pickens County home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. Below are some tips to protect you and your home after a fire. 


  • Limit movement in your home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. 
  • Keep your hands clean. Hands covered in soot can further damage upholstery, walls, and woodwork. 
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpeted areas. 
  • If electricity is off, empty your freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor. 
  • Wipe soot off of chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant. 
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures. 
  • Wash both sides of leaves on houseplants. 
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system. 
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop soot particles from getting in or out of the HVAC system. 


  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Pickens County. 
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water. 
  • Don't attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture. 
  • Don't eat any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water. 
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be damaged or wet and can cause electric shock, and air movement can create secondary damage. 
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.  

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Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning 

With summer in full swing its imperative that your ventilation system is in excellent condition. The quality of your air is dependent on the cleanliness of your ventilation system. If your HVAC system has been running for some time without your attention, it could be circulating the following. 

  • Dust 
  • Pollen 
  • Odors 
  • Dirt and debris 
  • Other contaminants 

On top of having cleaner air to breathe, cleaning your HVAC system regularly can extend the life of the equipment. This, in turn, can save you money. 

However, duct cleaning is not always necessary to improve the quality of your air. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system. 

The Benefits Of Servicing Your HVAC Unit Include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information call SERVPRO of Pickens County today!

(864) 855-3993

Faster to your Pickens County Water Damage Event

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pickens County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Easley, Pickens, Clemson, LIberty, Six Mile and more.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Pickens County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Pickens County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Pickens County

SERVPRO of Pickens County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Our Certifications:

  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • CMR - Council-certified Microbial Remediator
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • CDS - Commercial Drying Specialist
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician

The Best Smart Leak Detector

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

After spending over 10 hours pouring water, mopping it up, and changing wet socks to test the performance of seven DIY leak detectors, we've decided that the D-Link DCH-S160 Wi-Fi Water Sensor is the best smart water sensor currently available. It's one of the few options that doesn't need a smart-home hub, making it a more affordable solution than the competition because it can work with your existing Wi-Fi network. It can—like the rest of the units we tested—deliver alerts whenever water is present, but it also throws in a few perks that aren't available on any other smart water sensor at this price.

The best smart leak detector

11 Ways Landscaping Can Save You Money

8/8/2016 (Permalink)

August, the downhill slope of summer, is a great time to take stock of your landscaping—and its impact on your finances. This year, did you sink cash into expensive purchases that didn’t thrive?

Preparedness on a Budget

6/8/2016 (Permalink)


It Doesn’t Cost a lot to be Prepared

It is no secret that many families and individuals are looking to cut back on spending. But with the frequency of disasters, both natural and manmade, can you afford not to be prepared? Preparedness doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. September is National Preparedness Month, and we are asking you to help your family and friends prepare for whatever may come. Here are a few tips* on how you can protect those that matter to you without spending a fortune.

Make a Plan. Work with you family and neighbors to make an emergency plan for the types of disasters that affect your area. Make sure everyone in your family understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. You can download Family Emergency Plan templates www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

Update Contact Information. Having accurate records for family, friends and neighbors will help you stay in contact and possibly help those in need. Make sure updated contact information is posted in visible places throughout your house and workplace.

Check Your Policy. Review your insurance policy annually and make any necessary changes – renters, too! When a disaster strikes, you want to know that your coverage will get you back on your feet.

Make a Ready List. You may not need all of the items in ready-made preparedness kits. Choose the essentials that fit your needs and budget. Don’t forget to keep supplies at work and in your car. Sample Ready Lists can be found at www.ready.gov/document/family-supply-list

Plan Your Purchases. You can save money by thinking ahead. Don’t buy preparedness items just before a storm when they’re expensive and supplies will be in high demand. Buy items at the end of the season when you can get good deals.

Shop Sales. Shop at sales and used goods stores. Buy preparedness items throughout the year, instead of all at once, and you won’t notice the cost as much.

Make Sure it Keeps. Store water in safe, containers. You don’t need to buy expensive bottled water, just make sure your water containers are disinfected and airtight

Request a Gift. We all get things we don’t need. Suggest preparedness supplies as gifts from your friends and family. It just might save your life.

Trade a Night Out. Trade one night out to fund your 72-hour kit. Taking a family of four to the movies can cost upwards of $80. Just one night staying in could fund your Ready kit.

• *The best tip: start now. Take small steps toward preparedness and before you know it, you will be Ready!

14 low-tech ways to keep your house warm over the winter

1/26/2016 (Permalink)

Looking for some cheap, easy ways to keep your house warm this winter?


Hiding in Plain Sight: Camouflage Your Storage

12/8/2015 (Permalink)

Do you see it? You do, but it took a second, right? I'm referring to the behemoth storage in the corner of this living room. Storing things, especially in small homes, isn't just about ....

Hiding in Plain Sight: Camouflage Your Storage

How To Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

12/7/2015 (Permalink)

As winter temperatures begin to creep up around your home you may start feeling nervous about your water pipes and plumbing. If so, you’re not alone. Frozen pipes (or rather, burst pipes) can cause expensive water damage to your home and property. Even a small tear in a water pipe can send hundreds of gallons of water each minute into your home.  


How To Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

12/7/2015 (Permalink)

As winter temperatures begin to creep up around your home you may start feeling nervous about your water pipes and plumbing. If so, you’re not alone. Frozen pipes (or rather, burst pipes) can cause expensive water damage to your home and property. Even a small tear in a water pipe can send hundreds of gallons of water each minute into your home.  


Outdoor Christmas Lighting Tips

11/25/2015 (Permalink)

It's that time of year! Before you put up your lights this season, check out these tips to make sure you are being safe and energy efficient. http://bit.ly/1QUugrc

Stair Cases

8/17/2015 (Permalink)

It's move out season for a lot of college students. Now that you child has started a brand new exciting chapter of their life, are you considering starting your new chapter with a fresh design in your house? Are you wanting to add more storage or update your look? Why not both?! With these awesome stair case ideas you can have a beauitful piece to look at while still being useful. Just click on the link below to see the possiblities.



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