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May is Storm Month – Hurricane Preparedness

5/6/2024 (Permalink)

Hurricane Sign in the middle of clouds Now is the time to prepare for Hurricane Season

As we all start to gear up for the summertime season – it is also time to prepare for Hurricane Season. May 5 – 11 is National Hurricane Preparedness week. Experts are predicting an “Extremely Active” season – So now is the time to prepare!

  • Create an evacuation plan – our area may not be in the direct path of a hurricane, but it is still a good idea to have an evacuation plan especially if you have children in school. Review your plans with your family members and don’t forget your fur babies.
  • Build an emergency kit – Water – non-perishable food, battery powered radio and additional batteries. Flashlight and cell phone chargers along with additional charging stations in the evert you do not have power for an extended period of time. It is always a good idea to keep some cash on hand.
  • Stay Informed – Follow local news stations on social media and sign up for weather alerts in your area.

Fire Soot and Safety

4/25/2024 (Permalink)

Soot on walls after a kitchen fire Soot covering the walls in a home after a kitchen fire in Newberry, SC

No matter the size of a house fire, the soot residue can be visible to every inch of your home. Depending on the depth of the fire, no matter what you do to clean this on your own can be overwhelming. It is best to leave this to the professionals of SERVPRO. Soot, ash and char particles along with invisible chemical compounds can linger in your home from weeks to years!

Soot residue untreated or cleaned improperly can be inhaled in the lungs. Toxic particles can cause bronchitis, breathing issues and respiratory issues if not treated correctly. You can become nose blind to the smell but trust the professionals it is still there, and it is dangerous.

If you experience a house fire (even a small one) call the experts of SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties. We are trained in the soot removal and bringing your personal  items back to pre-fire conditions.

Protecting Your Investment – Tips from SERVPRO

4/16/2024 (Permalink)

Homeowner making a list of maintenance items Make your TO - DO list and check it twice!

Spring has officially arrived, and many homeowners find themselves outside planting flowers and getting their lawns looking beautiful for the season. But are you performing regular maintenance on your home? 

We have listed some preventative tips to help homeowners avoid some issues that could lead to calling us for SERVPRO services.

  • Clean gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters can cause roof damage and eaves to rot.
  • Check for any signs of termites – they swarm and are visible in the Spring.
  • Inspect your roof for any missing shingles or damage that may have occurred during the winter.
  • Check Sprinkler and Irrigation Systems – walk your property, check all sprinkler heads, and adjust as needed.
  • Check your exterior doors and windows for any damage- replace weatherstripping if necessary.
  • Schedule an air conditioning service – do not wait until the temperatures reach their highest and you are left in the heat.
  • Change your air filters throughout your home.

SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties are here for you!

Gutters and Pollen

4/4/2024 (Permalink)

Gutter broken off from a home after high winds Debris filled gutter and high winds caused the gutters to be pulled from this home.

Spring has arrived and so has the yellow powder of pollen that has covered our area in a very short time. The trees and shrubs are blooming, and we are all getting geared up for warmer weather. March and April are very unpredictable months. Rainfall and high winds are expected during this time of year.  Be sure you are checking your gutters regularly- leftover debris from winter along with the yellowish-beige , wormlike danglers called catkins are sure to fill up your gutters and cover the ground causing your gutters to fill and up become clogged and with rainfall  and strong winds can cause damage to your gutter system.  If your gutters get filled with catkins, it can cause water damage to your roof structure, rot the fascia board or even damage your gutters all together.

Don’t let your gutters end up like this home in Laurens, SC. High winds and clogged gutters made its mark on this homeowner.

Happy Spring!

Time to Clean your Ducts!

3/22/2024 (Permalink)

Man cleaning duct vent with a hose Having your duct work cleaned will improve air quality in your home!

Spring is finally here. The trees are already blooming, and the pollen is prominent everywhere you look! Spring means it’s time to clean and get ready for the summer season, but let it also be a time for home maintenance on your heating and cooling system. 

There are so many advantages to having your duct system cleaned after a long cold winter.  Air quality in your home is so important and having it cleaned and inspected helps keep the dust, pollen and dirt out of the air in your home. Having clean duct work will also help reduce your electric bill and adds more life to your HVAC system allowing it to function better.

SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties are trained in duct cleaning.  Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

Septic System vs Rain

3/6/2024 (Permalink)

Homeowner getting their septic tank pumped out Septic tank being pumped out due to overflow

Our region has experienced more rain over the past few weeks than we might see in an entire summer season. Winter is unpredictable and the added rain we have experienced is well over the norm. The over saturated ground may have taken a toll on your septic system, but there will be signs so make sure you are being proactive to avoid sewer backup inside your home.

  • Do you have standing water over your septic?
  • Do you smell sewage in your yard?
  • Do your pipes make unusual sounds when you flush the toilet?
  • Do you see sewage backup in your bathtubs or sinks?

If you should experience any of the above occurrences, you need to call a plumber to have your lines checked – it could be a full septic tank or a clogged drain line. Having your lines inspected can save you the inconvenience of having a major sewer backup inside your home.

Spring is Near!

2/29/2024 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech cleaning a chair in Newberry Our team getting this home Spring Clean!

Winter is almost behind us, only a couple more weeks and we can all officially kick off Spring Season!  Longer and warmer days are ahead so why not get a kick start on your spring cleaning?

SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties is ready and available for all your spring cleaning needs, from the carpet to the ceiling and all that in between we can get your home Spring Clean.

We realize that your carpets can take a beating in the wintertime, especially with all the holiday gatherings and the dirt and grime that winter alone can bring into your home. Winter is a dreary time of year anyway so when Spring arrives let SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties brighten your home and let our team handle the dirty work Winter has left you!

Rainwater Damage

2/19/2024 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying units drying out a water damaged floor Water Damage Dry out after flood water runoff entered a home in Chappells, SC

Heavy Rains across our area over the past few months has taken its toll on many homeowners. Rainwater can cause septic issues, soil erosion and foundation issues to your home. Evan a small leak can cause a significant amount of water to enter your home and cause major damage especially the lower levels.  This family in Chappells, SC experienced it firsthand when rainwater damage entered the downstairs area of their home causing severe flooding. SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties was onsite quickly to access the damage – extracting the water and removed the flooring to start the drying process quickly to get this home back in order.  If you should experience water damage, give us a call – we are here to help you no matter how severe the damage may be,  you are not alone!

February Is Heart Month

2/6/2024 (Permalink)

Hand holding a white heart February is American Heart Month!

February is celebrated with hearts and love, but its also American Heart Month. This year the American Heart Association is celebrating its Centennial 100 years of lifesaving work. This month is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about how to prevent it from happening to you.

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but it can be prevented if you take action to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Eat a healthy diet, enjoy foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids – Fish is the best natural source. Incorporating fiber in your diet helps reduce cholesterol levels. Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most powerful defenses against heart disease. Get regular exercise – studies show that exercise also helps manage your stress level, which is a two for one deal! Ditch the unhealthy habits - Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are key risk factors in heart disease.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and getting regular check-ups from your doctor will help you live a long, loving healthy life! You have the power to take the proper action to protect yourself against heart disease.

Winter Rains and Your Septic System

1/11/2024 (Permalink)

Truck pumping out a septic tank Homeowner having their septic tank pumped.

It is well known that our area has seen more rain over the past couple of weeks than most see in months. Heavy rains, severe storms have covered our area. With that, flash flooding has been put a toll on homeowners with a septic system. If you have an older system, the strain from the rain has put your system is even more stressful.

Most septic systems are designed to manage substantial amounts of rain, heavy downpours in a small amount of time can overwork our septic and cause overflow. If your septic is not regularly maintained can cause damage and long-term problems.

  • Schedule Regular Maintenance – Regular inspections and having your system regularly pumped by a professional will catch potential issues before they arise.
  • Drain usage – There are distinct items that should not be flushed down your drain. Avoid grease, fats, excessive food products and chemicals down your drain.

SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties cannot predict the weather or stop the rain from falling but we will be here for you if you experience water damage or a septic overflow in your home! We got you covered!