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Hurricane Season and The Upstate

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane Season and The Upstate

We have reached the height of hurricane season. Although in the Upstate, we won't experience mass amounts of destruction like the coast. However, we must be prepared for whatever the weather throws our way. You should have the following items packed and ready to go in case any emergencies arise. 

  • A three day supply of water. One gallon of water per person per day. 
  • A three day supply of easy to prepare non-perishable food for each person in your household.
  • At least a seven day supply of medication and extra medical items. Don't forget extra batteries, hearing aids, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, and canes if needed. 
  • If you have an infant or toddler, add extra bottles, formula, baby food, and diapers. 
  • Include extra laminated copies of personal documents such as medication lists, pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, and insurance policies.
  • A fully stocked first aid kit needs to be included. 
  • You need to include a laminated copy of family information and emergency contact information. 
  • Emergency blankets for each family member will be needed.
  • If you have pets, include extra leashes, collars, food, water, carriers, and bowls for each pet.  
  • A few extra things to include are a flashlight, extra batteries, maps of the area, cash, cellphones with extra chargers, a multipurpose tool, a camera to take photos of the damage.

If you have damage from a recent storm, call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993. 

COVID19 and Your Upstate Business.

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

COVID19 and Your Upstate Business. 

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has sent the Upstate on a rollercoaster ride this year. We begin to feel relieved as we see a decline in cases, only to stress out again when we see case numbers rise as schools and businesses open back up. One thing that has been consistent, is the number of business owners reaching out to learn more about our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program. We've developed plans for all types of businesses to help them keep their staff and patrons safe. The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program provides business owners and their patron's peace of mind when they see our logo on the front door. They can tell and feel that the space has had a high level of cleaning. We sanitize all high touch areas.

Stores, restaurants, office buildings, and commercial buildings are great candidates for the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program. Please call SERVPRO of Pickens County for more information on the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program.

4 Steps To keep You In Business During A Flood

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

4 Steps To keep You In Business During A Flood

With heavy rainfall and stormy weather comes floods. The best way to limit business interruption from a flood is to prepare your business for it. Before storms create floods in your area, follow these steps to protect your Pickens County Business. 

  1. Clear Gutters: A blocked gutter can overflow and flood the roof. Remove sticks, leaves, and other debris that could cause a clog. Ensure your gutters are securely fastened. 
  2. Cut Back Trees: Cut back any tree limbs before bad weather. This prevents the possibility of loose branches falling into the building during high winds or rain. 
  3. Back-Up Data:  Before any bad weather starts, back up any important data. Many companies choose to have a server store their content as a precautionary measure. 
  4. Make a Flood Dam: You can build a flood dam with sandbags to protect your property from flooding with blackwater. 

If your business suffers flood or storm damage, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993. We'll make it "Like it never even happened." 

3 Reasons To Avoid Driving During A Flood

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

3 Reasons To Avoid Driving During A Flood 

It is extremely frustrating to be stuck inside your home when it's storming, but it is important that you avoid driving when roads begin to flood. A flooded street may appear easy to handle, but it's a risk to your safety. The following are just a few reasons why it is best to stay off the roads during severe weather.

1. It can damage your vehicle 

Your car does not have the necessary equipment to protect it from water. Water can flood your engine, causing it to malfunction. Electric components can short out, and areas of your car can rust, leaving you with a massive repair bill.  

2. There may be hidden road damage

A flooded road may appear safe, but you never know what could be lurking beneath the water's surface. Potholes, tree branches, and other debris from the storm could damage your car and make it more difficult for you to drive safely.

3. You could lose control of your car

Whether you've been driving for a few years or a few decades, you can't be prepared for everything. Just six inches of water can sweep you and your car away. One of the best travel tips for driving during a flood is to simply not to do it. Stay put if possible, and once the water has receded, you can find a more comfortable place to stay.

4 Steps You Can Take To Protect Your Home From Storm Damage

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

4 Steps You Can Take To Protect Your Home From Storm Damage

You can't control the weather, but you can prepare your home for it. When it comes to storm damage, basic upkeep goes a long way! Here are a few tips you can use to prepare your home. 

  1. Buy a Generator: A storm can knock out your power for several hours or days. A generator can go a long way towards ensuring you don't lose food or the livability of your home until the power is restored. 
  2. Trim Your Trees: Trimming your trees is a good way to protect your roof and windows. 
  3. Replace Missing or Damaged Shingles: If a shingle is damaged, it's more likely to break free. If a shingle is missing, then there is a gap for the wind to get under and do more damage. 
  4. Keep Your Gutters Clean: Make sure your gutters are free of debris, and your downspouts flow away from your foundation.  

Water Damage and Your Appliances.

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage and Your Appliances. 

Any appliance with whose pipes or other fixtures feed into a water line has the potential to develop clogs or spring leaks that can lead to serious water damage if left unchecked. Below are the five most common sources of water damage we see most often.  

  1. Refrigerators.  The most common source of water damage we see is refrigerators. Most refrigerators are fitted with drain lines or ice makers. Drain lines in refrigerators can easily clog, which can cause water to puddle around the bottom of the fridge. Ice makers in refrigerators can cause water damage when the water supply line springs a leak.  
  2. Dishwashers. Faulty float switches or strainers clogged with food and debris can cause dishwashers to overflow and pour water into your home.  
  3. Washing Machines.  Clogged floor drains and loose hose connections are usually the main reasons why washing machines overflow. 
  4. Water Heaters. A faulty temperature and pressure relief valve, a leaky plumbing connection, or corrosion can cause your water heater to malfunction and flood your home. 
  5. Toilets. Overflowing toilets are usually caused by a clogged drain or a malfunctioning float that allows too much water to flow into the tank. 

Is Your Pickens County Business Prepared For A Fire?

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Is Your Pickens County Business Prepared For A Fire?

Your employees are a part of your team and an essential asset to your business. You and your employees want to feel safe every time you walk through the doors, and to do that, you must know what to do in an emergency. Below are a few tips that can help you and your employees become more prepared for a fire. 

  • Fire Plan: Make sure your employees know what to do if there is a fire. It's a good idea to have a fire drill once a year to keep employees updated on your protocol.  
  • Have A Safety Officer: Designate one person as your office's fire prevention officer. Their duties should include calling 911 immediately, composing escape routes and meeting points for employees, as well as keeping all your office safety plans, equipment, and information up to date. 
  • Evacuation Plan: If you work in a larger building, display fire evacuation plans in several places around your workplace. When developing the evacuation plan, account for employees who will need additional assistance. 

SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team. 

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. SERVPRO of Pickens County works hand in hand with the commercial large loss team to make it "Like it never even happened." 

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO of Pickens County.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Should a storm or major event strike, call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993

SERVPRO of Pickens County - "Professional and Courteous Clean Up"

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pickens County -  "Professional and Courteous Clean Up"

"Professional and courteous clean up of an upsetting water damaged area in our recently moved into home. Tammy Easler was most kind, helpful and reassuring." - Joyce S.


Joyce called SERVPRO of Pickens County, unsure if a pipe burst or a hose busted on the top floor of her home. The ceiling, walls, and carpet on the lower level were soaked with water. Our crew responded and immediately began the mitigation process. A crew chief surveyed the areas of damage with Joyce and inspected her areas of concern and created a tailored drying plan designed specifically for her home. The team removed the wet drywall, baseboards, insulation, carpet pad, and tack strip. Once the demolition was complete, our team set drying equipment. We dried her structure in three days. Joyce was so happy with our performance she left us a Facebook review.

If you need water mitigation please call SERVPRO of Pickens County(864) 855 - 3993! 

No One Plans On Disaster But You Can Plan For It!

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

No One Plans On Disaster But You Can Plan For It!

Disasters and emergencies always strike without warning. Planning ahead speaks trust to your employees and clients. In the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO of Pickens County, you can minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action. Are you ready for a disaster? 

Why the SERVPRO ERP?

  • The ERP is a no-cost assessment of your facility. 
  • It's designed to contain only the critical information needed for an emergency. 
  • The ERP establishes SERVPRO of Pickens County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. 
  • Identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin. 
  • The ERP provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information. 

To start your ERP call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855 - 3993. Please visit https://ready.SERVPRO.com/ for more information.