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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. 

Do: 

  • 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: 

  • 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.  

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster – (864) 855-3993

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)

Water Damage Faster to your Pickens County Water Damage Event 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.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (864) 855-3993

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