Recent Storm Damage Posts

What Damage to Expect at Your Business After a Storm

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

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What Damage to Expect at Your Business After a Storm

After a storm at your Charleston, SC, place of business, you may be wondering if a tear out should be done in order to restore damaged walls. Fortunately, a local storm damage restoration service can help with a variety of repair needs. Here are some damage types you can contact them about.

1. Roof Damage

After a storm, roof damage can be expected. This can occur from hail, flying debris, or water from gutter overflow. Any damages to your roof should be repaired as soon as possible in order to prevent other long term damages. During this process it’s not uncommon to see the damaged space tarped or boarded over in order to protect it until repairs can be completed.

2. Flooding

Storm flooding can create the need for a tear out. This is done by removing the section of damaged wall and replacing it with new material. Flood water damage is classified as black water. This means it can carry bacteria which is why it’s important to consult with your restoration service to find out if this step may be necessary. Additional, your repair team can help with water removal, drying the area, content cleaning, and restoring the space back to it’s original condition.

3. Wind Damage

Storm winds can also cause damage to your business property. High winds cane send objects such as branches, rocks or unsecured lawn furniture flying into the building. Additionally, they may damage roof shingles, or tear loose gutters. A restoration team can asses this damage and make the appropriate repairs.

A local service can help with your business’s storm restoration including a tear-out if needed. These professionals can handle a variety of damage types from damage to your roof from wind and hair, to storm flooding. They can also help take care of any wind damage that may have occurred. With a little time and work, your company can look like the damage never occurred.

What To Do When a Crawlspace Floods

10/23/2020 (Permalink)

Workman with protective suit crawing under house from crawlspace underneath a wooden deck - only his legs and feet showing A flooded crawlspace can put any home at risk of mold and structural damage

Measures To Drain And Dry A Crawlspace

A flooded crawlspace can put any home at risk of mold and structural damage. Here are four measures a homeowner can take to drain and dry a crawlspace following a home flood in Edisto Beach, SC.

1. Pump Out Water
Use a built-in sump pump or portable pump, such as a floating design, to extract water from a crawlspace. While homeowners can rent the equipment necessary to perform this task, it is generally safer to have experts perform this task. Standing water can alter pressure levels or other factors in ways that may put a home with storm damage at risk of further structural problems.

2. Eliminate Residual Moisture
A floating pump and other pump designs may not be capable of removing every trace of water from a crawlspace, especially if it is not level or sloped toward a drain. It may be necessary to move water with a push broom or extract residual moisture with a wet vac before drying a crawlspace. If you don’t have this equipment on hand, you should rely on professionals. A storm damage cleanup and restoration company can ensure that every step of a home flood water extraction and drying process proceeds at the right pace.

3. Consider Improving Drainage
Some crawlspaces in flood-prone areas are designed to allow water to pass through without collecting. It may be necessary to adjust the grading of a crawlspace floor to encourage water to drain out. Other modifications may be necessary to promote unimpeded flow and prevent pooling.
These three measures can help you handle a home flood that leaves flooded water in a crawlspace in your home. It is important to take steps to mitigate water damage as soon as possible. Pumping standing water out of a crawlspace within 24 to 48 hours can significantly reduce the risk of mold growth at a residence located in Edisto Beach, SC..

Understanding the Categories of Water Contamination

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Categories Of Water Contamination

As a commercial property owner, damage to your property is serious business. In various parts of the country, storm damage is a real threat to your building and the contents therein for a significant part of the year. A severe storm in Ravenel, SC may leave you facing various types of damage from wind, precipitation, and flood water, among others. There are different types or categories of flooding with respect to contamination, and it’s important to understand the differences, especially when it comes to flood cleanup.

Examining Water Contamination Categories
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) categorizes water damage based on the level of contamination.

Category 1. This refers to water that originates from a sanitary source, such as the holding tank of a toilet or a water tank. Sometimes this is referred to as clean water.
Category 2. This includes dirty water that has some level of contamination, like that of a leaky dishwasher or washing machine. This is also known as greywater or sullage.
Category 3. This type of damage is commonly referred to as black water and includes wastewater and any water that has come in contact with human waste. Floodwater that comes from storm damage is included in this category.

If you experience Category 3 water damage, it is strongly recommended that you reach out to professional water cleanup and restoration service to bring your property back to pre-damage conditions.

Understanding Water Damage Cleanup
Category 2 and 3 restoration jobs should be left to professionals who are trained and equipped to remove floodwater and any associated damage. Typical cleanup methods aren’t adequate to remove the hazardous contaminants, especially in black water. While you can probably safely clean Category 1 damage, clean water can not only become greywater if left unattended for a certain time period but also lead to the formation of mildew and mold.

Tips for Disaster First Responders

8/1/2020 (Permalink)

Team of happy firefighters looking away by firetruck at station Being a first responder is important work

A natural disaster can wreak widespread havoc throughout a region. When a disaster strikes Folly Beach, SC, residents in the area depend not only on their insurance providers and flood remediation experts but also on the emergency response teams that work to keep people safe. If you are new at being a first responder, here are some tips on how to protect yourself and work effectively after a flood.

Wear Personal Protective Equipment

Flood water is teeming with bacteria. Before you enter any structure that has been flooded, you need to put on the appropriate protective gear:

  • Chemical-resistant coveralls
  • Rubber gloves
  • Heavy duty rubber boots
  • Goggles

If you need to enter a small enclosed area such as a crawl space, it's also advisable to wear an N-95 mask. In addition to filtering out bacteria, it also keeps you from inhaling the mold spores that tend to multiple anywhere there's excess water. You can get these masks at most hardware stores, so it's easy to stock up before you head to the flood response site.

Protect Yourself With Medical Intervention
As a first responder, you run the risk of coming into contact with contaminated water and surfaces, so it's important to make sure your immunizations are up to date. If it's been over 10 years since you've had a tetanus shot, you should get a Td or Tdap booster. If you are working directly with infected persons, it is advisable to get a Hepatitis B shot. If you notice any symptoms such as headache, nausea, vomiting, rashes, fever, dizziness, or fatigue while working, stop immediately, and seek medical attention. By taking care of yourself, you are making room for others better equipped to take over the work and get it done more quickly.
Being a first responder is important work. Taking the necessary precautions to protect yourself and those around you helps you be more effective.

Crawl Space Full of Water? Here Are a Couple Tricks to Quickly Clean It Out

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

flooded homes Flooding from the last storm here in Charleston, SC

Under many homes in Charleston, SC is the crawl space, an area reserved for access to plumbing, wiring, flooring and other essential equipment for a home. Generally, if your home doesn’t have a basement, it should have a crawl space. The difference between the two is that you can stand in a basement but not in the crawl space. Also, many basements will have a sump pump, but few crawl spaces will.

This area typically has a reduced humidity level. Once the humidity passes 70%, mold growth can be explosive. Ideally, try to keep the level no greater than 50%. Of course, the greatest risk to the area comes from flooding.

What Causes Flooding in a Crawl Space?

The three most common causes of excess water under your home are:

  • Storm runoff
  • Pipe leak
  • Sewer leak

All three present different challenges.

A small pipe leak, if unnoticed, can eventually cause significant flooding. Storm runoff tends to be sudden and ferocious, and a sewer leak can cause biological contamination. How you deal with each will differ based on the cause, amount of water, how much solid material is in it and what equipment you have.

Can You Clear Out a Flooded Crawl Space Yourself? Quite possibly!

If you catch a flood quickly, you can virtually eliminate potential damage. If the amount of water is small, you can even use a shop vacuum to remove it. Larger clean water floods will require you to rent a pump.

However, if the water is from the sewer or has objects picked up by the flood floating in it, you may need a trash pump. They are designed to handle solids up to a certain size, so make sure you choose the right one when you rent it.

For major flooding – or standing water that’s been there awhile – you’ll probably need to hire experts. They have special truck mounted pumps and other equipment that can suck out the worst flooding and can remedy any black mold that’s started to form. They can also perform an inspection to find any hidden structural damage before it becomes a problem.

Flood Damage Restoration In Charleston

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Emergency Plans and Services for Floods in Charleston Homes

Preparedness for emergencies like flooding can be a wise effort for many Charleston homeowners to make when you get the opportunity. Making the time with your family to discuss your emergency plan can be beneficial to everyone involves. The same can get said about knowing what you intend to do about restoration and recovery when disasters strike your home. By planning ahead, you can save valuable time when you are amid a disaster.

Merely stating that emergency plans and preparations can help to reduce flood damage to Charleston homes might be accurate, but it does not help to achieve these goals, either. Many homeowners do not know where to start and how to protect what matters most in their houses when flooding might occur. Our SERVPRO team can help.

Much like we have done for hundreds of commercial properties, we can help your home and its occupants to understand the value of a ready plan for when things go wrong. An Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP) can designate our professionals as responding technicians for emergencies with accurate information at your fingertips to contact us. This same plan benefits our responding SERVPRO professionals as well, as this can give us the right information about utility shutoffs, priorities of the customer, and the layout of the structure to make restoration and recovery more efficient and effective.

In the same manner, having an emergency plan for your family during these disasters can ensure that everyone gets out safely and that the most valuable and irreplaceable belongings in the house make it out as well. By talking about emergencies before they occur, everyone involved can be more comfortable in their role and do their part to protect valuables and get to safety to contact our restoration team.

No matter how severe flood losses can become for your home, taking the initial steps to protect your property and its occupants involves preparing ahead of the disaster. To prepare a residential ERP or for help with your emergency planning, you can reach out to the experienced technicians of our SERVPRO of South & West Charleston team at (843) 823-7400.

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Professional Flood Damage Restoration In Your Charleston

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Professional Flood Damage Restoration in Charleston Saves Impossible Situations

When you come back home and find a foot of muddy floodwaters covering most parts of the house, a feeling of desperation is likely to overcome you since it seems like everything is lost. However, it is possible to salvage some items and clean the property to a sanitary level, especially if you involve a professional flood damage restorer.

Support When None Is Available
An instance of flood damage in Charleston is likely to affect many properties simultaneously, making it hard to get help since friends and neighbors are also dealing with the same fate. What worsens the situation is that most materials deteriorate when exposed to water over extended periods. A restoration crew from SERVPRO can perform various actions that help in the recovery of your valuable, including:

    •    Moving contents from flooded sections to elevated areas within the property
    •    Extract standing water from the house
    •    Set up dehumidifiers to maintain favorable humidity levels
    •    Enter the flooded house safely

Prioritizing Critical Actions
Restoring flooded property takes many steps to achieve the intended goal. Some actions may have more importance than others may because they affect safety, cost, or even the health of your family. Before starting the restoration, our SERVPRO technicians scope the loss site to determine what steps to complete first. For example, we confirm that power is turned off and use circuit testers to ensure there is no risk of electrocution for anyone who ventures into the house. Other steps that like water removal can follow later.

Dealing with Contamination
Floodwaters contaminate properties heavily, necessitating several measures to sanitize the property. Such contamination is much harder to deal with when it affects porous materials. Our SERVPRO technicians spray EPA registered disinfectants directly into the floodwaters before starting restoration to deal with contaminants. We also perform controlled demolition to remove carpets, drywall, insulation, and other porous materials from the property to ensure it is fully sanitized.

Do not lose hope when floods ravage your property. Call SERVPRO of South & West Charleston at (843) 823-7400 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Charleston Properties Benefit from SERVPRO's Swift Water Removal Service after a Storm-Damaging Events

12/22/2019 (Permalink)

High Water Yellow Sign reflecting off flooded road Too Much Water at Your Charleston Property? SERVPRO Provides Storm and Flood Damage Mitigation

Safety Considerations When Responding to Charleston Flood Damage

Regardless of the cause of flooding in your Charleston home, the members of our team who respond first follow an inspection protocol that emphasizes safety first for you and your family and our work crews. Helping you understand potential hazards and the ways we lessen their impact as we prepare to mitigate and remediate the damage done to your property is part of the transparent and open communication we pledge to provide during the entirety of the work project.

Flood Waters Create Health Hazards

Dangers can exist when responding to flood damage in Charleston. Our inspection team looks for concerns during the initial scoping of the scenario.  We devise plans to mitigate these dangerous circumstances before emergency services and remediation work proceeds.

Hazards include:

?    Slip, trip, and fall risks
?    Submerged debris
?    Working in confined spaces
?    Electric shock potential
?    Contact with chemicals and possibly toxic materials including seepage from natural or LP gas or oil lines
?    Exposure to biohazards and carcinogens including infectious waste, molds, and asbestos

Flood Waters Create or Worsen Structural Damage

Flood water is heavy as it collects on floors and surfaces. When it flows through spaces, the force it generates can be significant, eroding and weakening or even breaking down structural components. If the flooding followed storm damage from strong winds or driving rain intrusion to your home, the waters could worsen an already precarious situation. Before SERVPRO places water removal equipment and crews into spaces where the flooding concentrates, we must secure the area. We need to ensure neither machinery nor operators are at risk of harm from unstable flooring or sagging ceilings threatening to dump many gallons of water and deteriorated building materials from overhead.

Contaminated Water or Air Can Mandate Protective and Containment Strategies

Overland flood damage involves Category 3 or substantially contaminated water. Sewage, road and landscaping chemicals, industrial waste, dead animals, and organic waste are some of the most significant contamination contributors. As SERVPRO crews begin removing the fluids, we need to contain the contaminated water and arrange for lawful disposal. Our crews don personal protective equipment (PPE) and partition and seal off the workspaces. We employ negative pressure air scrubbing equipment to capture hazardous airborne particles and the odors they carry with HEPA filters, venting to the outdoors to prevent drift to unaffected spaces in your home.

SERVPRO of South & West Charleston ensures that necessary safety precautions are in place before and during your flood damage restoration project. Call us at (843) 823-7400 to schedule an assessment and begin the development of a custom recovery plan.

Our Experts Are Ready To Help After A Flood In Charleston

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

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You Don’t Need to Face Flood Damage Alone In Charleston

Assuming that your home is susceptible to flood damage eventually can be both overwhelming and a misrepresentation of reality. However, preparing for the possibility is a reasonable approach to ensuring your safety. Flood damage can occur even without extreme weather, and knowing which resources you have at hand to restore your home is the first step in mitigating your loss. A seemingly minor wind gust can cause a tree branch to crash through your doors or windows, allowing the storm into your living room along with all that ensues.

Homeowners in Charleston can put flood damage out of their minds thanks to SERVPRO. Our competent staff is prepared to handle your needs in the wake of an emergency regardless of its size; all you need to do is call our 24/7 hotline and allow us to guide you through the restoration process.  Upon arrival, our staff applies its expert knowledge to assess the extent of the damage and make recommendations. The assessment includes the use of industry-specific tools designed to monitor moisture levels and air quality, among others. As we gather the information, we develop a plan designed to preserve the health of your family and restore as much of your home as possible.  Throughout this process, we coordinate with other contractors who may need to perform repairs to any structural elements compromised by the floodwaters.

One of the most sensitive issues our SERVPRO crew handles is the disposal of personal items from your home. As a best practice, we remove most soft materials such as sofas, curtains, carpets, and other textiles from your home. Their porous nature allows them to become a breeding ground for unwanted bacteria, which is why we act quickly to get these items out of your home. However, we are mindful of any sentimental value some items may have and work in conjunction with you to identify the best course of action. The key to our combined success is working efficiently and minimizing the amount of time water is allowed to sit in your home.

Flood damage is severe, and we can handle it with the utmost professionalism. SERVPRO of South & West Charleston is your partner in the restoration process. Call our professionals at (843) 308-0178 and let us enter your home so we can leave it “Like it never even happened.”

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We Have State Of The Art Equipment To Restore Your Charleston Home After A Flood

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Hardwood floors wet from storm damage We are available 24/7 to offer our expertise, experience and equipment when you are faced with flood damage.

Tactics for Flood Removal and Decontamination in Charleston Homes 

When water damage happens in your home from intense storms or flash flooding from Atlantic storms, fast action is vital. Many homeowners in areas that frequently flood rely on consumer-sized wet/dry vacuums. This equipment delivers moderate success at water removal; however, it does nothing about the water migration under flooring, in carpet padding, or into crawlspaces.

SERVPRO technicians bring a diverse array of flood removal equipment to Charleston homes needing water damage mitigation. Different types of equipment work on different surfaces. For example, weighted extractor heads do little push water out of hardwood flooring affected by water; however, they are miracle-workers when it comes to wet carpet and padding.

The drying phase of mitigation from water damage does not occur until the completion of decontamination efforts. The reason for this is that the powerful air movers could push harmful particulate matter into the air and spread it to currently unaffected areas. SERVPRO technicians test the water to determine the types of bacteria or contaminants present in the water. Other actions technicians take to inhibit cross-contamination include:

  • Set up of negative air pressure areas
  • Containment of the area via covering the doorways and registers
  • Removal of saturated items without restoration potential 
  • Wiping down all remaining surfaces with appropriate antibacterial or antimicrobial solutions
  • Usually, a decontamination chamber is set up on the property for use by technicians coming and going into the work zone

Controlled demotion is a frequent action taken during flood damage mitigation. This technique may involve the removal of damaged sheetrock, removal of saturated insulation within wall cavities or pulling up damaged subfloor. All of these actions work to allow greater airflow for thorough drying of the structure. 

Odor control applications are a large part of turning around flood damage. Eliminating the distinctive, musty odor often requires more than one odor neutralizing method, but the technicians work until there is successful removal of all lingering reminders of the water loss.

SERVPRO of South & West Charleston at (843) 308-0178 is ready to perform flood removal when you need it that is why we are available 24/7 to make the water loss in your home "Like it never even happened."

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