Recent Storm Damage Posts

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. 

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.  

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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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! 

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! 

How Can You Prevent Flood Damage To Your Pickens County Home?

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Preventing Flood Damage To Your Pickens County Home. 

Flood hazards can occur due to severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, seasonal rains, or other weather-related events. Floods can cause several problems from damage to your house and possessions, contaminating the water, to area-wide destruction. Below you can find tips to help you prepare for any type of flood situation. 

  • If you can, avoid building in a flood-prone area unless you elevate and reinforce your home. 
  • Elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel if susceptible to flooding. 
  • Install check valves in sewer traps to prevent floodwater backing up into the drains of your home. 
  • Contact community officials to find out if they are planning on constructing barriers to stop floodwaters. 
  • Seal the walls in your basement to prevent floodwaters from entering your basement. 
  • Sit down and review your insurance policy. Flood coverage is not a part of most homeowners, mobile home, or renters insurance policies. Know there is a thirty-day waiting period for coverage to take effect. 

If you experience flood damage to your home valuables, call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993! 

A Hurricane Is Coming Are You Prepared?

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

A Hurricane Is Coming Are You Prepared? 

Hurricanes are colossal storms that begin forming over the ocean. As they move inland they begin creating high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, rip currents, tornadoes, coastal and inland flooding. Follow these tips below, so you are better prepared before a hurricane. 

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings. 
  • Learn your emergency evacuation route for your area. 
  • Remove dead limbs and debris from your yard. Move patio furniture, garbage cans, bikes, and other loose and lightweight objects indoors. Anchor gas grills, propane tanks, and other objects that are too dangerous to bring indoors. 
  • Create an Emergency Communication Plan. Pick an out of state contact that everyone can check-in and report their status too. 
  • Make an emergency preparedness kit and a go-bag. A go-bag should include items you need to take with you in case you are evacuated. Your go-bag should be easy to carry and kept in a place where you can grab it quickly.  
  • Collect any financial, medical, educational, and legal documents and put them in your emergency kit. Put them in your go-bag and take them with you when you evacuate. 
  • Stock up on emergency supplies. You should have at least a three day supply of water and non-perishable food in your emergency kit, as well as extra medication, a first aid kit, hygiene items, and spare clothes. 

Weather The Storm With SERVPRO of Pickens County

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

You sit back and relax and listen to the rain pour outside. Suddenly you feel the carpet under your feet getting wet. Panicked you jump up and immediately look for a source, only to find this water is coming from outside your home. What do you do next? This exact scenario happened to this homeowner, and he called SERVPRO of Pickens County.
Our team was ready to work and arrived with equipment in hand. The crew began removing the water from the carpet. Due to the category of water that entered the home, parts of the baseboards and carpet padding were removed. Drying equipment was set to ensure the subfloor was dried. Once everything was dry, the carpet was treated and cleaned. When everything was dry and cleaned, the homeowner couldn't believe the results.

When Storms or Floods hit Pickens County, SERVPRO is ready!

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

When Storms or Floods hit Pickens County, SERVPRO is ready!

SERVPRO of Pickens County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Pickens County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 864-855-3993

What To Do After a Thunderstorm

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

What To Do After a Thunderstorm 

Take the Appropriate Steps to Stay Safe: 

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway. You cannot predict how deep the water may be. It only takes 12 inches of water to move a small vehicle and 18 inches to move a large vehicle.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms. 
  • Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or to your local radio and television for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked. 
  • Help people who may need special assistance, such as infants, children, the elderly or the disabled. 
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
  • Watch your animals closely. Keep them under your direct control. 

If Lightning Strikes 

Follow these steps if someone has been struck by lightning: 

  • Call for help. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number. Anyone who has been struck by lightning requires medical care. 
  • Check the person for burns and other injuries. If the person is not breathing, call 9-1-1 and begin CPR. People who have been hit by lightning do no retain an electrical charge and can be handled safely. 

Recovering After a Thunderstorm  

Flood Warning versus Flood Watch

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Flood Warning versus Flood Watch 

Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or is already occurring. If you are in a flood-prone area, you should move to higher ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to form. It is possible to experience a flash flood in areas that are not immediately receiving rain.  

Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or already occurring.   

Flood Watch: Be Prepared: A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.   

Flood Advisory: Be Aware: A Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten your life or your property. 

Flood Warning vs. Watch  

Severe Thunderstorm Watch versus Severe Thunderstorm Warning

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Severe Thunderstorm Watch versus Severe Thunderstorm Warning

According to the Redcross, a thunderstorm that produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or produces wind gusts of at least 58 mph, is considered severe. Thunderstorms produce lightning. Lightning kills more people each year than tornadoes and hurricanes. Thunderstorms can produce heavy rain, flash floods, and high winds. These effects can cause damage to homes and power outages. 

Know The Difference

Severe Thunderstorm Watch - this means severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the designated watch area. You should stay informed and be ready to act if and when a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. 

Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by weather radar. The warning indicates there is an imminent danger to your life and your property. 

About Thunderstorms

What To Do During a Thunderstorm

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

What To Do During a Thunderstorm 

  • Stay updated by listening to your local news or NOAA Weather Radio. Watch for the signs of a storm, like flashes of lightning, high winds, and dark skies. 
  • If thunderstorms are likely, stay indoors. Often, people who were struck by lightning were not in the area where rain occurred. 
  • When a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, you should take shelter in a sturdy building or in a vehicle with the windows closed. Do not take shelter in a mobile home, as they can blow over in high winds. 
  • If you can hear thunder then you are close enough to be in danger of getting struck by lightning. The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunderclap. 
  • Avoid using electrical equipment, appliances, and telephones. Use battery-powered TVs and radios instead. 
  • Shutter windows and close and secure outside doors. Keep away from windows. 
  • Do not use plumbing, bathe or shower during a thunderstorm. 
  • If you are driving, safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in your vehicle and turn on your emergency flashers until the rain ends. Avoid touching metal or anything that can conduct electricity in or outside the vehicle. 
  • If you are trapped outside and cannot make it indoors, avoid high ground; water, tall isolated trees; and any metal objects. It is not safe to stay in picnic shelters, dugouts or sheds. 

Responding Appropriately During a Thunderstorm