Excessive Rain and your Septic System
A sure sign you need your septic pumped
The winter season has definitely not been pleasant to us this year. The rainfall we have experienced in our region has been above the normal and taken its toll on those who have a septic system. The normal schedule for a septic system to be pumped is on average every 3-4 years but if you have been experiencing problems – you may need to call the professional for service earlier.
Common signs that your septic tank is full:
- Standing water over your septic system
- Smelling sewage when you in your yard
- Drains in your household are not draining properly.
- Your pipes are making unusual sounds (gurgle) when you flush the toilet
- You find sewage backup in your tubs and sinks
- You smell sewage when running your washing machine
If you have had your septic pumped and begin to have issues you may have a clogged or broken drainage pipe or your stack pipes on the roof of your home may be clogged. Having this inspected early can help you from having sewer back up into your home.
Sub zero temps = Busted Pipes in Clinton, SC
When the pipes burst the ceiling fell at this business in Clinton, SC
Winter officially arrived on December 21st and everyone here in the South wasn’t particularly welcoming of the season. We typically have mild to almost warm weather over the Christmas season, but Mother Nature had different plans this year. Below zero temperatures in the South is almost unheard of but they were here, and the havoc caused has been catastrophic for many home and businesses owners. The damage in many local business and homes were some of the worst we have seen. Frozen pipes that burst, along with power outages that didn’t help any situation. Christmas was different this year for many, but SERVPRO was there and will continue to be there not matter what the circumstances may be. This winter storm was an Historic Event, and we will be there for our community, now and in the future.
Protect your pipes
Frozen water line to an outside faucet
If you haven’t prepared for the freezing temperatures that will banket our area over the next few days, then today is the day to prepare.
- Disconnect outside hoses
- Insulate outdoor pipes
- Let your faucets drip
- Open your cabinet doors under sinks
- Turn up your heat inside you home
These are dangerous temperatures and when you factor in the wind, we are looking at below zero temperatures. If you are leaving your home or closing your business, you want to make sure you follow the above tips. Please take all necessary precautions to prevent water damage from freezing pipes.
Space Heater Safety
Space heater safety
With the colder temperatures moving into our area over the next few days, some people may be preparing to pull out the space heaters to help keep their homes warm. When the temperature drops well below freezing our main heat sources (heat pumps) cannot keep up - leaving larger rooms and drafty areas in your home harder to keep warm.
Always keep safety your top priority – and follow these tips to keep you home safe during these cold temperatures!
- Plug your space heater directly into an electrical outlet – never use an extension cord or power strip
- If your heater is an older model, consider purchasing a newer one as they have the most current safety features
- Choose a heater that allows you to adjust the temperature and has an auto timer and shutoff feature
- Place your heaters on a hard surface – clear of any drapes or flammable furniture
Winter is here – following these safety precautions can and will prevent a house fire!
Time to Decorate your tree
Our houses are beginning to look a lot like Christmas – Decorations are going up and families are getting geared up to decorate for the Christmas Holiday Season. Safety is key – review the below points to keep you and your family safe and festive this holiday season.
- Before you string up a single strand of lights, carefully check them for cracked cords frayed ends or loose connections.
- The combination of shorts in electrical lights and a tinder-dry tree can be deadly. Keep your tree well-watered. Not only will it stay fresh and green, but it will also prevent a house fire
- Ditch old stands of lights – purchase lights with fused plugs
- Remember the 3 light connection strand
- Check your extension plugs – if its hot unplug and replace the cord
- Turn off your lights when you go to bed or leave your home
Following these tips will you and your family safe from a house fire
Happy Thanksgiving Turkey!
We are a little over a week away from the kickoff to the Holiday Season – Thanksgiving. The shopping cooking and family time is here to celebrate all for which we are Thankful! Preparing for your feast is key to a successful Thanksgiving Dinner for you and your family! There are several ways to thaw a frozen turkey so pick the best scenario that works best for you.
Three Ways to Thaw a Turkey
- Refrigerator – the safest way - depending on the size of your turkey it is safe to thaw your turkey in the refrigerator for 1 -2 days (24 hours for every 5lbs of turkey. This is the safest way to thaw your bird – as it can remain in the refrigerator up to two days before cooking. So basically, you can start thawing your bird the Friday before Thanksgiving.
- Cold Water – Submerge the turkey in cold water and drain and refill cold water every 30 minutes. if you decide to use this method the turkey must be cooked immediately after thawing.
- Microwave – use the defrost method based on the weight of the turkey. Again, you must cook the turkey immediately after thawing.
No matter the method of your turkey cooking – our wish is your Thanksgiving Dinner is filled with love and fellowship as we enter the most wonderful time of the year.
Happy Halloween Trick or Treat!
Its almost time for the ghosts and goblins to take over the streets and neighborhoods of every town across the US. We have celebrated the month of October with Fall Festivals, Pumpkin patches and various events to wonderful season falls brings – not to mention the wonderful fall foliage we have experienced here in the South. Children are more than twice likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year. . It’s time to celebrate our little trick- or- treaters but safety first.
- Incorporate glow sticks in your child’s costume and use reflective tape or stickers on their candy bags
- Costumes should be fire-resistant
- Avoid masks – they can obstruct vision
- Cross the street at crosswalks and corners
- Remind kids no eating treats until they get home and their stash is checked
Enjoy this time with your family – Halloween is a magical time of the year for kids – and remember you can always raid their candy bag while they are sleeping!
Prepare for Hurricane Ian
Satellite image of Hurricane Ian off the coast of Flordia
Hurricane Ian is making its mark on the Florida coast and its path is headed right towards the upstate with heavy rain and winds. Preparing for this storm is key to riding it out without any major damage to your property.
- Secure all patio furniture, grills and accessories that could be easily moved with high winds
- Set up weather alerts on your phone or email
- Have water and non-perishable food on hand in the event of a power outage
- The leaves have started to fall so assure your gutters are free of debris so water can flow freely to avoid potential water damage
- Have some cash on hand – with a power outage the ATM may be down
Keeping update to date with local news and weather channels can prepare you for the storm ahead. We are keeping Florida and all those who are the path of Hurricane Ina in our thoughts and prayers.
Satellite image of a Hurricane over the Atlantic
Hurricane season officially kicked off June 1st – and so far, we have had a calm season this year. But don’t let your guard down just yet! We have just entered the peak season, so the potential for a severe hurricane is still possible.
Review the plan with your family and plan accordingly as we often forget the plan that you put in place a few months ago. Follow your local new sources and local government officials. Confirm the location of shelters near-by in the event a hurricane should hit.
Check your battery stash and non-perishable emergency supplies. Always make sure you have at least a month’s supply of your daily medication. Keep some cash on hand – remember if the power is out – local stores cannot swipe the debit card that we have grown accustomed too.
We are almost out of the hurricane woods, but until then stay safe and know you can count on SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties to be there for you!
Upholstery cleaning makeover - Clinton SC
Upholstery cleaning before and after a SERVPRO Clean
Party fowl take one! It doesn’t matter if this happens beside the pool or in the conference room in your office – SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties is up for the challenge. Cleaning is a big part of our business. Yes, we are known for the “emergency company,” but SERVPRO can also be your “Go Too” business for cleaning, outside of an emergency. This business in Clinton, SC reached out before ditching these cushions in the dumpster and we made it happen! These before and after photos really didn’t do the competed work justice! Always remember not all is lost – we all have a party fowl every once and a while – give us a call before ditching your carpet or your furniture! Chances are, we can bring it back to life once again!