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The Benefits of Cleaning Your Commercial HVAC System.

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial HVAC Unit on roof  For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call SERVPRO of Pickens County, (864) 855-3993.

The Benefits of Cleaning Your Commercial HVAC System. 

The upkeep and maintenance of your commercial building can be time-consuming. Cleaning an air duct system in your office space or building with no evident issues can feel like an unnecessary waste of your time and money. Cleaning the air duct system in your building is not something you need to do every year, but you cannot afford to ignore it completely. 

Why Should You Clean Your Air Ducts?

Dust entering your duct system can result in poor indoor air quality, inefficient air filtration, and duct leaks. Dust can accumulate so much that it starts to break off and re-enter the air in your building. If you begin to notice your office space or warehouse becoming dusty faster, that is a good indication you need to have your air ducts cleaned. 

High humidity or water leaking into the ducts provides the perfect environment for mold to thrive. These microscopic mold spores will eventually circulate through your air space. Mold exposure can cause health effects for you, your employees, or building occupants. 

Pests and varmin can crawl into your HVAC system and make a home, leaving behind their nesting material, hair, and dead insects. Particles from these containments are blown out of your unit and into the airspace. 

If your building has high air quality and you are using high-efficiency HVAC air filters, the ducts of your building could stay clean for years. However, you will still have to deal with the occasional unexpected issue. You should have your duct system professionally cleaned and inspected once every three or four years.  

The Benefits of Cleaning Your Air Ducts 

Keeping your ducts clean is the best way to protect your heating and cooling system and the health of your building occupants. 

Improved indoor air quality — Clean ducts mean less dust, mold spores, pollen, and pest debris floating around the air in your building. 

Better HVAC system efficiency — Over time, the buildup of debris and dust in the ducts impairs the airflow through your HVAC system. The more dust and debris that collect in your system, the more the fan motor struggles to distribute cool air to your space. After cleaning your air ducts, the air will flow freely, and the fan motor will use less energy disbursing the air. In the summer, clean ducts pay off. Clean air ducts deposit less dust on the evaporator coil in your air conditioner. Even the tiniest amount of dust on the evaporator coil reduces its efficiency. 

Longer HVAC component lifespan — All of the dust and debris that blows through your ducts will eventually find their way to the fan motor and other components. Keeping the ducts clean will prevent excess wear and tear and help your unit last longer. 

Professional Duct Cleaning Makes the Difference - Call SERVPRO of Pickens County.

Duct cleaning isn’t a job to leave up to a regular building maintenance crew armed with a few vacuums. Attempting to clean the ducts without the right tools can worsen your indoor air quality because the debris dislodged will end up floating through your unit and into your rooms. 

SERVPRO of Pickens County will bring in equipment specifically designed to thoroughly clean your ducts without contaminating the air in your building. However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. In turn, this can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call SERVPRO of Pickens County, (864) 855-3993.

Tips For Protecting Your Family During A Storm In Upstate, South Carolina

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

Tips For Protecting Your Family During A Storm In Upstate, South Carolina 

In recent years tornadoes have become a reality for residents of Upstate, South Carolina. These super-cell storms usually pop up with little to no warning, and preparing in advance is the key to keeping you and your family safe. Tornadoes are powerful and unpredictable, but by beginning to prepare now, you can better your odds of coming out of the storm unharmed.

Things You Need To Do Before The Storm

Sign Up Now for Local Emergency Agencies Alerts

Our local emergency management agencies have a way for you to sign up to be alerted as soon as an emergency arises. These alerts include not just weather alerts but things like boil water notices and more.

The time to sign up for these alerts is before any weather emergency happens.

Know The Severe Weather Seasons and Language Used

Tornadoes

While pop-up tornadoes can happen at any time in South Carolina, spring and summer are when they most often occur.

Understanding Tornado Terms

Tornado Watch

During a tornado watch, you need to keep an eye on the sky. 

Meaning the conditions exist for rotation to form in the blink of an eye.

Tornado Warning

There has been a tornado spotted on the ground or radar. You need to seek shelter immediately and stay there until the storm subsides. 

Locate and Secure Possible Projectiles Before The Storm

Before you hear the weather siren going off, take the time to figure out what items in your yard could pose a risk. If you cannot secure an item to the ground, it should be brought into your garage, shed, mudroom, or crawl space. 

  • Trampolines: If possible, youshould break down and store a trampoline or flip it over to be flush with the ground and anchor it. Doing so will prevent damage and keep them from becoming airborne.
  • Patio Shade Shelters/Screen Tents: Secure the frame to the ground and remove all fabric components. 
  • Swing Sets / Playground Structures: Remove swings, see-saws, and any other removable features.

Things You Can Do During The Storm To Protect You and Your Family

Seek Shelter During The Storm

  • Basements: If you have a basement in your home, this is the preferred place to seek shelter. You should shelter at the below-ground end if it is a walk-out style.
  • Lower-level, Interior Room: This is the second-best place to shelter if you do not have a basement. Preferably a room without a window.
  • Upper-Level Rooms: will NOT protect you during a tornado. Do not shelter in upper-level rooms. Go to the lowest level of your home and shelter in your basement or an interior room without windows. 

Stay Indoors During A Storm

I know it is tempting to look out the window or door during a storm, but you need to avoid rooms with windows or exterior doors. The safest place for you to shelter during a tornado is in a basement or a lower-level interior room with no windows. You and your family should stay dressed in clothes and shoes appropriate for the outdoor weather if you have to flee your home or shelter in a hurry.

What Not To Do After A Tornado

Do not let your curiosity get the better of you after a tornado. Even after the storm has passed, danger is still present. Downed power lines, storm surges, and washed-out roads can create rescue situations that have to pull emergency response and first responder teams away from other storm-related issues. If the damage is severe, it will still be there several days after the storm when conditions are safer for you to travel.

If you have storm damage to your home, call SERVPRO of Pickens County(864) 855-3993. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year. No matter the severity of the damage, we will make it "Like it never even happened." 

Easy Water Heater Maintenance Tips Anyone Can Do

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

puddle of water on gray floor If you are experiencing water damage caused by a water heater, SERVPRO Of Pickens County is ready to assist you.

Easy Water Heater Maintenance Tips Anyone Can Do 

The typical life expectancy for a water heater is 10-12 years. However, they can experience problems early on if not properly maintained. Regular maintenance can extend the longevity of your water heater while helping prevent the likelihood of catastrophic failure that causes severe damage. 

Below are a few tips on water heater maintenance you can use to prolong the life of your hot water heater. 

Tip #1: Frequently Flush Your Water Heater 

Your water heater stores water, even when you are not using it. If you do not flush your water heater annually, mineral deposits will begin building up in the unit. As mineral deposits continue to build up in your water heater, the heating elements become stifled. As more deposits build up on the heating elements, your water heater becomes less effective in retaining heat. 

To flush your water heater, whether it is gas-powered or electric, you need to turn off the source of power to your unit. Next, connect a garden hose to the spigot of your water heater, and place the end of the house outside or in a safe area to flush the water out. Before opening the valve on your water heater, start a faucet nearby to help create better flow in the system. 

Please note that the water in your water heater will be hot, so be careful when opening the valve. You should flush the water for around 5-10 minutes or until you stop seeing sediment and the water runs clear. 

Tip #2: Lower Temperature 

A simple water heater maintenance tip is to lower the temperature level of the unit. Lowering the temperature can help:

  • Reduce the chance of being scolded 
  • Decrease utility bills 
  • Prolong the life of the unit

Higher temperatures can cause quicker wear and tear on your water heater. It is recommended you set the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to help reduce energy usage. 

Tip #3: Frequently Check The Pressure Relief Valve

Another quick and easy water heater maintenance tip is checking your pressure relief valve. If pressure builds in your water heater, it can cause a catastrophic failure that may lead to the unit itself exploding. 

You can quickly fix this by turning off the power source to your unit and turning off the cold water supply valve. Place a bucket under the pressure release valve and drain the pressure using the valve tab. Once the pressure buildup is gone, the water will stop draining. 

Water Heater Maintenance Importance

Water heater maintenance can prolong the life of the unit and assist in preventing extensive water damage. The average life of a water heater can differ depending on regular maintenance and the type of unit, but they can last around 10-12 years but can begin experiencing issues as early as eight years old. 

If you are experiencing water damage caused by a water heater, SERVPRO Of Pickens Countyis ready to assist you. We provide 24/7 emergency services 365 days a year. We have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property and make your water damage "Like it never even happened."

What Is Your Severe Weather Safety Plan?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

lightning striking over field with hay If a severe weather event or storm damaged your home, SERVPRO of Pickens County is here for all your restoration needs.

What Is Your Severe Weather Safety Plan? 

If you live in Upstate South Carolina, you will eventually experience some form of severe weather. Severe weather is a terrifying thing to face. Not only can it cause significant damage to your home, but storms are unpredictable, and conditions can turn hazardous in an instant. The most important thing you can do before any severe weather event or storm is to make preparations so that you and your family will be safe. Have a plan in place in case intense weather moves quickly into your area. Being prepared will alleviate panic because you will know what to do, where to go, and how exactly to keep yourself and your family safe. 

By knowing where to go, where your supplies are, and that you have made sure you can stay in your shelter, you can have much more peace of mind surrounding your family’s safety.

Elements to Consider for a Severe Weather Preparedness Plan

Where Will You Seek Shelter?

You should always have a designated shelter spot in your home where everyone can head if the weather turns severe in an instant. Ideally, this would be a basement, but you can also choose an area of your home that does not have windows and few exterior walls if a basement is not available. An interior closet or a bathroom with no windows will be a great place to shelter until the storm subsides. 

Do We Have Food and Water?

Once you seek shelter, it is wise to make sure you do not have to leave until the weather event has passed. It is a good idea to keep nonperishable foods and plenty of water in your shelter spot so you can stay put for the duration of the storm. You should store your food and water in a waterproof and tightly sealed container. 

What Will Your Light and Power Source Be?

Power outages are common during severe weather, so it is a good idea to keep flashlights, led candles, and lanterns in your shelter area in case your home’s electricity goes out. Be sure to pack extra batteries, too, as they can lose their power with time. If possible, invest in a generator as well. Your area may be without power for several days, or you may not be able to safely leave your home for a few days after a storm. A generator can prevent food spoilage and allow you to carry on after the storm, should you not be able to leave your house for several days. A 5,000 to 7,500 watts generator gives enough power to run most household appliances. 

If a severe weather event or storm damaged your home, SERVPRO of Pickens County is here for all your restoration needs. You can contact us as soon as you discover the damage for the quickest response possible, and with our 24/7 emergency line, you will never have to wait to get in touch. Call (864) 855-3993. For more information on SERVPRO of Pickens County, please click here

There's Water In My Crawl Space What Do I Do?

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

Water in crawl space with fan placed to dry it out When water gets into your crawl space, it can be an enormous problem for you if you do not address it immediately.

There's Water In My Crawl Space What Do I Do? 

Your crawl space is often the most neglected part of your home. You probably do not check your crawl space regularly. Water can build up in your crawl space and create several problems. When the ground gets wet and dry throughout the seasons, this can lead to elevated moisture in your crawl space. 

What Happens When Your Crawl Space Is Wet

There are three common ways water can get in your crawl space: a leak, water seepage from the soil, or condensation. When you see puddles of water in your crawl space, you need to address them immediately. Moisture can cause rot, energy loss, and even attract pests to your home. 

Here are some of the problems you will experience when you have water in your crawl space: 

  • High Energy Bills: Having a crawl space means you have more area to heat and cool. However, when there is wetness inside your crawl space, the damp air will take more energy to heat up or cool down; in turn, you will use more power and have higher energy bills. 
  • Mold: Undeniably, mold loves moisture, and it feeds on organic materials, such as paper, wood, and cardboard. When mold is present in your crawl space, it will release airborne spores that can make their way into your home. Mold spores can cause health effects and can have a detrimental effect on your property value. 
  • Dust Mites and Pests: Dust mites love humid environments, which means they would love to be in the dirt in your crawl space. They can float in the air and trigger allergies and asthma. Dust mites can also attract pests, such as termites, mice, rats, and even snakes. 

Fix Your Crawl Space Problem

If you notice water in your crawl space, the first thing you should do is determine where the water is emerging. Surface water that gets into your crawl space comes from roof drainage, overflowing gutters, grading issues, or leaky basement windows. Groundwater could be another reason there is excess water in your crawlspace. Soil that surrounds your foundation can become overly saturated after heavy rain or snow. Finally, issues with your plumbing can also cause water to get into your crawl space. 

Always Keep It Dry

When you have identified why water gets into the crawl space, you will find ways to keep it dry. A dehumidifier and sump pump system can prevent water and moisture damage. Now, if your crawl space leaks when it rains, you need to get it under control. The main goal here is to get rid of humidity in the crawl space to prevent moisture. 

Conclusion

When water gets into your crawl space, it can be an enormous problem for you if you do not address it immediately. It is always a good idea to have regular inspections to ensure that everything is well. If you do notice moisture in your crawl space, you should have a professional fix it right away before it creates more issues that can be costly. 

SERVPRO of Pickens County offers excellent water damage restoration. Let us make it "Like it never even happened." Call us today - (864) 855 - 3993. 

SERVPRO Of Pickens County Responds Immediately To Office's Water Damage Emergency

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Of Pickens County Responds Immediately To Office's Water Damage Emergency

There is never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike in your office or business. Every hour spent cleaning up water damage is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. Instead of wasting your valuable time trying to mitigate the damage by yourself, streamline the process and call SERVPRO of Pickens County. We'll be there fast with the help you need. We have the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage. 

In this Easley office, the toilet supply line decided to burst after everyone had gone home for the night. When the doors were opened the following morning at 8 am, the office staff walked into a mess. Water covered the bathroom floor, and the carpet felt squishy. They discovered the water had seeped out of the bathroom into the carpeted hallway and soaked the carpet and several carpeted office spaces. After the plumber fixed the supply line, the office staff realized they still needed to remove the standing water in the bathroom, hallway, and office spaces. Knowing they could not waste time trying to mitigate this themselves, they immediately gave SERVPRO of Pickens County a call. 

The SERVPRO of Pickens County crew arrived within an hour. Our crew chief scoped the loss, assessed what equipment would be needed, and created a drying plan specifically tailored for this office space. First, our technicians removed the excess water from the bathroom and cleaned the area. The excess water trapped in the carpet was extracted and removed. Dehumidifiers were placed in various areas of the office to aid in the drying process. Thankfully by quickly calling SERVPRO of Pickens County, the carpet in the office did not need to be removed or replaced. The office was dry in a few days. 

SERVPRO of Pickens County can respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are proud to be a part of our Pickens County community and strive to provide the residents and business owners in our area with the fastest response times and our best work every day. We are committed to helping you regain production capabilities and minimizing interruptions so that you can get back to doing what you do best! When your small business, mid-size company, or large corporation experiences a disaster, do not waste time. Call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993! 

Tips To Prevent Roof Leaks In Your Commercial Properties

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

Tips To Prevent Roof Leaks In Your Commercial Properties. 

Water damage in a commercial facility can disrupt normal business functions. If not addressed quickly, excess water can cause extensive damage, costly repairs, and disrupted revenue. SERVPRO of Pickens County is committed to helping you regain production capabilities and minimizing interruptions so that you can get back to doing what you do best! No matter the size of the loss your business has experienced, we have the equipment, expertise, and resources to mitigate the damages and restore your facility back to preloss condition.

While most common leaks are an easy fix and do not require the help of a professional, if left undetected, your commercial facility could experience costly damage in the long run. Below are the most common detected leaks in commercial buildings and facilities:

  • Plumbing leaks: Deteriorating supply lines or outdated plumbing often trigger leaks in commercial properties. Luckily, these are easy to fix but does require a detailed inspection.
  • Toilet leaks: Toilet leaks occur due to wear and tear from use. Toilet leaks are an easy and quick fix. 
  • Faucet leaks: Faucet leaks are usually overlooked but are easy to fix. The rubber washer wearing off is the main trigger of a dripping faucet. A dripping faucet can cause hefty bills if not addressed straight away.
  • Basement leaks: Lack of waterproofing and substandard concrete can lead to water leaks in the basement of your commercial property. If not addressed quickly, these problems can lead to the deterioration of the structural integrity. 
  • Roof leaks: Roof leaks are a headache for commercial property owners. This type of leak is not as easy to fix and usually requires professional assistance. Roof leaks can be from multiple sources including, clogged gutters to surface hairline cracks. 

Unfortunately, roof leaks pose a serious threat to the building’s structural integrity. Below are a few professional tips to prevent roof leaks in your commercial property.

Routine inspections: It is recommended you inspect the roof of your commercial property and related fixtures at least twice a year.

Scheduling an inspection after a storm is the best move that any commercial property owner can make. Consider inspecting the roof of your facility as part of your maintenance routine. 

When inspecting the roof of your commercial facility, make sure you examine the following: 

  • Supporting structures
  • Roof edging
  • Expansion joint covers
  • Roof valleys
  • Lightning protection systems

Repairs & Upgrades:

Water fixtures supporting roofs such as roof valleys and roof edging are exposed to climate and can deteriorate quickly. It is recommended you repair or upgrade these structures as soon as you notice any damage. Issues like corrosion, cracks, and mold growth always need to be addressed immediately.

SERVPRO of Pickens County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Have Questions? Call SERVPRO of Pickens County – (864) 855-3993

Preventing HVAC Water Damage

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Preventing HVAC Water Damage

If your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is not maintained correctly, it can cause severe water damage. Clogged drains, frozen evaporator coils, and pipes that are not connected correctly are common causes of HVAC water damage. You must care for your HVAC system at least once a year. Regular maintenance helps to prolong the life of your unit and prevent additional heating or cooling expenses. Most HVAC maintenance tasks are pretty easy to do yourself, so there is no need to hire a professional most of the time. 

Preventing HVAC Water Damage

Change your HVAC filter regularly.

  • Changing the filter prevents the unit from overworking, which can cause freezing and then defrosting on the evaporator coils, leading to HVAC water damage.
  • Change the filter at least once a month with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters. Some air filters only need to be changed twice a year or once a month, depending on their type and how often you use your HVAC system.
  • Check your instruction manual first to know what type of filter you need and how often you need to change it.
  • Hire a contractor to change the filters if the filters are inside the furnace or air handler.

Clean the condenser

  • The condenser is the exterior portion of your air conditioner or heat pump. It requires proper airflow to work efficiently.
  • Once a year, at the beginning of spring, remove any dirt or other debris accumulating on the condenser.
  •  Keep plants away from the condenser and remove any cover from it to ensure proper airflow.
  • Leave at least two feet of space between the unit and the bushes or shrubs in your yard.

Maintain the condensation drain line

  • When your AC unit runs, check the condensation line opening to make sure you see water flowing to the drain. The amount of water that flows depends on the humidity level in the house.
  • Clean the AC drainage holes. Locate the drainage hole on the base of the cabinet (beneath the evaporator fins). Use a paper clip or wire to poke through the hole and clear it, thus ensuring the AC drainage is kept clear.
  • Once or twice a year, flush out your drain line with an algaecide to prevent mold or algae from forming. Use a commercial solution or regular bleach.
  • Make sure to properly connect and install the main drain line and emergency drain line.
  • Check that the pipe is oriented correctly, as the weather might have knocked it out of alignment.

How to unclog the drain line

  • Sometimes, the drain line gets clogged with algae, dirt, mineral deposits, and even mold or mildew, causing water to overflow into your home.
  • Attach a wet/dry vacuum to the drain line (removing the paper filter first) and suck the clog out.
  • Consider installing an overflow shut-off device on the drain line to automatically turn off the A/C unit if the drain line backs up.

Install a condensation pump

  • To avoid HVAC water damage, install a condensation pump. That helps excess water flow into the proper disposal drain.
  • Additionally, install a safety float switch to automatically shut down the power to the AC unit whenever condensation builds up, and there is a risk of water overflow.

Maintain the overflow drain pan

  • The drain pan collects water that has overflowed due to a clogged drain line.
  • Over time, drain pans made of metal or plastic may get damaged, resulting in leaks and water damage. If you notice leaks near the drain pan, carefully inspect it for damage using a flashlight.
  • Consider patching up small holes or cracks using epoxy glue or replacing the pan entirely.
  • Regularly clean the drain pan. Rinse the pan and clean it with a bleach-water mixture to clear out any dirt or mold growth.

Is your HVAC unit causing water damage? SERVPRO of Pickens County can help!

Knowing how to prevent AC from leaking is sometimes not enough to prevent your unit from causing water damage. When leaks occur, call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855 - 3993. We will make it "Like it never even happened." 

Water Damage Restoration Tips Everyone Should Know

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration Tips Everyone Should Know

Leaking pipes, burst sewer lines, and natural disasters can leave your home severely damaged. If your home is affected by water damage, you must quickly identify the cause and move fast to avoid secondary damage. 

Dealing with water damage in your home can be tremendously stressful to deal with, especially when it can lead to more problems for you to deal with later on. While these repairs often call for help from SERVPRO of Pickens County, there are a few steps you can use to minimize damage while you wait for help to arrive. 

What Does Water Damage Affect?

Water is a vital part of life, but water can also destroy anything and everything in its path – leaving you with a gigantic mess to clean up. As a homeowner, you must understand what areas water can seriously damage within your home. To be safe, you need to inspect the following locations for damage:

  • Drywall
  • Plaster
  • Insulation
  • Wood
  • Framing
  • Floor coverings
  • Electrical wiring
  • Pipes
  • Appliances
  • HVAC

As you can see, water can wreak havoc on your home’s structure and foundation and quickly wrack up a hefty restoration bill if left unattended.

What to Consider Before Water Damage Restoration?

To determine whether you will clean up the area yourself or call SERVPRO of Pickens County, the first thing you want to do is to evaluate the situation and consider a few of these factors:

Water Volume:

If you have a small or moderate amount of water in your home, you can typically manage the cleanup on your own if you have the proper tools. However, if there is a significant amount of flooding that is not going away despite your efforts, it is best to call a SERVPRO of Pickens County.

Source of Damage:

Before you call us, you need to determine the source of water and stop it if possible. If you cannot stop it yourself, consider calling a plumber before us. There are three categories of water we use to assess the severity of damage in your home.

  1. Category One: Water in category one originates from a sanitary source. Rainwater, water from leaky pipes, burst supply lines, broken toilet tanks or toilet bowls, or water from overflowed sinks or tubs, is categorized as a category one level of contamination. This water does not contain any contaminants and will not harm you. 
  2. Category Two: Water leaking from appliances like your dishwasher or washing machine is gray water. It is slightly contaminated and categorized as a category two level of contamination. 
  3. Category Three: Category three water is the most harmful type of water and is heavily contaminated. This water comes from the sewer or flooding from a nearby water source such as a river. It contains health hazards and is unsafe to handle.

3 Thing You Can Do Before Help Arrives: 

Properly assess your situation, and call SERVPRO of Pickens County. It is important to note that wet materials begin to mold after 24 hours, so you don’t have time to wait! There are a few things you can do while you wait for our arrival. 

1.Disconnect Outlets:

When you discover water damage, you need to unplug all electronics immediately. While you may not see the severity of the water damage, you still need to exercise caution around appliances and gas lines. Using this equipment could cause electrical shocks or even explosions. 

2. Inspect For Mold: 

Certain mold strains are toxic to humans and pose serious health effects. Mold can rapidly spread through your entire home once it attaches to organic material, so it is in your best interest to inspect for growth to avoid any health effects. 

3. Dry Water Out: 

If possible, you need to eliminate all moisture and dry out the affected areas. You can use fans or a large-capacity dehumidifier to circulate air and dry out the carpet, wood, and other surrounding materials. While this won’t prevent mold growth altogether, properly drying out the area will help minimize the damage.

11 Improvements You Can Make To The Outside Of Your Home To Prevent a Flood

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded street with flooded homes and cars Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States and can happen anywhere at any time.

11 Improvements You Can Make To The Outside Of Your Home To Prevent a Flood

Owning a home is one of the most significant investments you can make in your life. Your home is your sanctuary. You work hard to provide a home and a future for yourself and your loved ones. Why risk damaging or losing your home when bad weather strikes? 

Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States and can happen anywhere at any time. Just one inch of water can cause significant damage to your home and require expensive repairs. While you can't prevent a natural disaster, you can prepare your home in advance to minimize the damage. Below are a few tips you can use to prepare your home for bad weather. 

 First, you need to determine the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) for your home. The BFE is the computed elevation to which the floodwaters are anticipated to rise. You need to know your BFE because it is used for flood plan management regulations in your community. Your local flood plan manager can help you find your BFE. 

  1. Improve your yard's grading. Water needs to drain away from your foundation or basement walls. 
  2. Add water-resistant exterior sheathing on walls and seal them to prevent shallow flooding from damaging your home. 
  3. If possible, repair sidewalks, patios, decks, and driveways that have shifted over the years. These repairs prevent water from pooling too close to your home. 
  4. When landscaping your yard and gardens, pick plants and vegetation that will minimize soil erosion. 
  5. Secure your yard items. Unsecure yard items can become hazardous during a flood or storm. They can be swept away or damaged by floodwaters, or they can also be swept into your home and cause more damage. Secure your yard items by anchoring them, attaching them to sturdier structures, or storing them indoors until the bad weather has subsided. 
  6. Consider getting window well covers so that water and does not accumulate in your window wells.
  7. Make sure your downspouts extend three to six feet and drain away from your home.  
  8. Use a rain barrel to catch rain runoff.
  9. Regularly clean and maintain your gutters and eavestroughs. Remove any leaves, twigs, and other blockages in your gutters or eavestroughs, so rainwater does not pool in your gutters or overflow onto your roof.  
  10. Keep storm drains near your home clear of leaves, twigs, and other debris. 
  11. Repair or replace your roof if shingles are deteriorating or missing. 

Remember, some of these tips may work better together than others. Not all of these options work together; you should always consult with a professional such as your insurance agent, an architect, an engineer, a contractor, or other experts in construction before making modifications to your home. 

If your home floods-don't panic! Call SERVPRO Of Pickens County. Our highly trained crews and state-of-the-art technology will make it "Like it never even happened." We will restore your home to preloss condition in no time. Give us a call at (864) 855 - 3993. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year.