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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)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. 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 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! 

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