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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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Decorating For The Holidays? Follow These Tips First.

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Decorating For The Holidays? Follow These Tips First. 

Decorating for the holidays is one of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit! Unfortunately, emergency rooms see thousands of injuries involving holiday decorating every season. We hope you keep these tips in mind when decorating for the holiday season. 

  1. Plants like mistletoe, holly berries, Jerusalem cherry, and amaryllis are poisonous to children and pets.
  2. If your tree is artificial, check that it is fire-resistant. 
  3. For live trees, cut off two inches of the trunk to expose fresh wood for better water absorption, remember to water it and remove it from your home when it is dry. 
  4. Place your tree at least three feet away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources, and do not block doorways. 
  5. Keep breakable ornaments or ones with detachable parts out of reach from children. 
  6. Use indoor lights indoors and outdoor lights outside. Make sure you use the right ladder when hanging lights.
  7. Replace light sets that have broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. 
  8.  Check the directions on holiday lights to see how many light strands can be plugged into one socket. 
  9. Keep light plugs away from puddles and out of the snow. Do not nail, tack, or stress the wiring when you are hanging lights. 
  10. Always turn off all the lights and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. 

If disaster strikes during the holidays - don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Pickens County 864-855-3993! 

How To Thaw Frozen Pipes!

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

How To Thaw Frozen Pipes! 

Winter freezes are quickly approaching, which means frozen pipes will become more prevalent. If you turn on your facet on an icy day and only a trickle comes out, you may have a frozen pipe. Don't worry! We have compiled a few tips to help you thaw out frozen pipes and keep your home from flooding. 

  1. Turn on the faucet. As you heat the frozen pipe, the ice plug will begin to melt. Running water through the pipe, as cold as it is, will help melt ice in the pipe. 
  2. Apply heat to a section of pipe.  Do not use any device with an open flame. The high heat can damage the pipes or even start a fire. Instead, use an electric heating pad or hairdryer. 
  3. Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. Check all other faucets in your home to see if you may have another frozen pipe. 
  4. Call a licensed plumber If you are unable to locate the frozen pipe, if the area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe yourself. 

If a pipe bursts in your home, don't stress! Call SERVPRO of Pickens County 864-855-3993! 

Simple Tips To Keep Your Thanksgiving Disaster Free

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

Simple Tips To Keep Your Thanksgiving Disaster Free!

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, which means lots of fellowship, family time, and cooking in the kitchen. According to the U.S Fire Administration, an estimated 2,000 fires occur on Thanksgiving day. That is an average of five deaths, 25 injuries, and $21 million in property loss each year. The leading cause of these fires is cooking. SERVPRO of Pickens County wants you to have a safe and disaster-free Thanksgiving this year. Follow these simple and easy tips to keep your turkey day fire free! 

  1. Ensure that you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom. Test your smoke alarms every month and replace them if they are 10 years old or older. 
  2. Do not leave food unattended and keep a close watch on what you are cooking. 
  3. Keep combustibles and oven food packaging away from burners and heat sources. 
  4. Cooking oil can ignite quickly, watch it closely. 
  5. Don't wear loose sleeves while cooking. Long sleeves can melt ignite or catch on handles of pots and pans spilling hot oil and other liquids. 
  6. Have a "kid-free zone" of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot foods or drinks are prepared or carried. 
  7. Keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cool. 

Don't let fire and smoke ruin your holidays SERVPRO of Pickens County provides emergency services 24/7 - (864) 855 - 3993!  

To learn more, please visit Thanksgiving Safety Tips