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Creating Your Family’s Fire Emergency Plan | SERVPRO® of Southern Lancaster, Kershaw, and Fairfield Counties

5/19/2023 (Permalink)

 img src =”fire” alt = " residential home caught on fire and is spreading to the roof ” > When disaster strikes, call SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster, Kershaw, and Fairfield Counties to help so you can focus on what matters most.

It may be hard to think about, but house fires happen every day across the country. Even if you do everything right and practice fire prevention as best you can, accidents happen and fire can spread quickly.

That is why it is important for you to create a fire emergency plan with your family and ensure everyone understands every detail. In the event of a fire, your family should be able to react quickly and efficiently in order to seek safety.

We explain how to create your family’s fire emergency plan below, so read on to get some great tips.

Go Over Escape Routes

If a fire breaks out in your main living area, chances are that there is a door close by that you could escape into. It won’t always be that easy, however.

Go through your house as a family and discuss each room as a group. Identify all of the exits and how to reach them quickly, and explain to your children how to open the windows in an emergency situation.

You should also go outside as a group and agree on a safe meeting location that everyone should gather at once outside. Ensure it is a safe distance away from your home, so consider a neighbor’s front yard or your mailbox across the street.

From there, do a practice evacuation! Even simply going through the scenarios once can help your children react faster in an emergency situation. You can even make a game out of it if you are trying to keep it light-hearted and less scary for your little ones.

Getting Out Safely

No matter how a fire starts, house fires can get out of control in minutes. If you are in the same room when the fire breaks out, find the nearest exit and call 911 as soon as you can.

The longer you stay in the room, the more the flames and smoke will grow and become more dangerous. Did you know that the smoke that fire produces is just as dangerous as the flames themselves?

Fire smoke contains toxic gas that can make you drowsy and disoriented. Even only a few deep breaths of the smoke can make you go unconscious. Stay low to the ground, and crouch or crawl out of your home if you have to.

Including SERVPRO in Your Plans

One of the most important parts about recovering from a house fire is choosing who will help you with your restoration. For us, we think the choice is easy!

Call us at SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster, Kershaw, and Fairfield Counties for a fast and thorough recovery. We specialize in fire damage restoration, and we can ensure that your home is returned to its preloss state quickly and efficiently.

We work hard to remove debris and clean soot from every inch of your home. After your space is clean, we can employ our deodorizers to remove the smell of smoke, and then we can get to work on your restoration. When we are done, you would never know your home suffered a fire! Call us to get the job done right.

Let SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster, Kershaw, and Fairfield Counties help you recover after a house fire. Call us today.

How Does SERVPRO Help with Large Commercial Losses?

5/9/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is a leading provider of commercial building restoration and cleanup services. They offer a range of services that can help businesses recover from losses due to fire, water, mold, or storm damage.

 When a commercial building experiences a loss, such as a fire or flood, it can be overwhelming for business owners and employees. SERVPRO can help alleviate some of the stress and quickly restore the building to its preloss condition. They have the expertise and equipment necessary to handle any size commercial loss, from small retail spaces to large industrial complexes.

 SERVPRO's services include water extraction and drying, smoke and soot removal, mold remediation, and rebuilding services. They also provide cleaning and disinfecting services, which can be particularly important in the aftermath of a fire or flood.

One of the key benefits of working with SERVPRO is their 24/7 emergency response. They understand that commercial losses can happen at any time, and they are always ready to respond quickly to minimize damage and get businesses back up and running as soon as possible.

 In summary, SERVPRO can help businesses recover from commercial building losses by providing comprehensive restoration and cleanup services. Their expertise, equipment, and 24/7 emergency response can make all the difference in minimizing damage and getting businesses back to normal as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster, Kershaw and Fairfield Counties is the right choice for all Water Damage needs

4/26/2023 (Permalink)

When it comes to home water damage, choosing the right restoration company is crucial. And for residents in Southern Kershaw, Lancaster, and Fairfield Counties, SERVPRO is the top choice. With their years of experience and unmatched expertise, SERVPRO of Southern Kershaw, Lancaster, and Fairfield Counties is the go-to solution for all water damage restoration needs.

One of the reasons customers should choose SERVPRO is their prompt response time. Water damage can cause significant and lasting damage to a home if not addressed quickly. SERVPRO understands the urgency and has a 24/7 emergency response team ready to deploy immediately, ensuring that they arrive on-site promptly to start the restoration process.

Additionally, SERVPRO has a team of highly trained and certified technicians who are skilled in handling all types of water damage, from minor leaks to major floods. They use state-of-the-art equipment and advanced techniques to extract water, dry out affected areas, and restore homes to their pre-damage condition.

Furthermore, SERVPRO works closely with insurance companies to streamline the claims process for their customers, making it less stressful and more efficient. They provide detailed documentation and work with adjusters to ensure that homeowners receive the compensation they deserve.

SERVPRO's commitment to customer satisfaction is unparalleled. They prioritize communication and keep homeowners informed throughout every step of the restoration process, ensuring that they are fully informed and involved.

SERVPRO of Southern Kershaw, Lancaster, and Fairfield Counties is the top choice for home water damage restoration. With their prompt response time, highly trained technicians, insurance claim assistance, and commitment to customer satisfaction, homeowners can trust SERVPRO to restore their homes quickly and efficiently.


4/26/2023 (Permalink)

Fire damage to a building can be devastating, leaving behind a trail of destruction and disruption. When faced with such a challenge, it's crucial to have a reliable partner by your side to restore your property to its pre-fire condition. That's where SERVPRO OF SOUTHERN LANCASTER, KERSHAW AND FAIRFIELD COUNTIES comes in.

SERVPRO OF SOUTHERN LANCASTER, KERSHAW AND FAIRFIELD COUNTIES, is equipped with the expertise and experience to handle fire damage restoration with professionalism and care. Our team of highly trained technicians follows a proven process to effectively treat fire damage and bring your building back to life.

First, we conduct a thorough assessment of the extent of the fire damage. We inspect the affected areas, including the structure, walls, ceilings, and contents, to determine the scope of the restoration process. This helps us create a customized plan tailored to your specific needs.

Next, SERVPRO OF SOUTHERN LANCASTER, KERSHAW AND FAIRFIELD COUNTIES employs advanced equipment and techniques to clean and remove smoke, soot, and debris from the affected surfaces. We use specialized equipment to neutralize odors and eliminate contaminants, ensuring a safe and healthy environment for the occupants.

We also takes care of water damage resulting from firefighting efforts. They use powerful extraction equipment to remove water and dry the affected areas to prevent mold growth and further damage.

Once the cleaning and drying process is complete, SERVPRO OF SOUTHERN LANCASTER, KERSHAW AND FAIRFIELD COUNTIES begins the restoration phase. We repair or replace damaged structural elements, such as walls, ceilings, and flooring, to restore the building's integrity. We also work diligently to salvage and restore valuable contents, including furniture, documents, and electronics.

Throughout the entire process, SERVPRO OF SOUTHERN LANCASTER, KERSHAW AND FAIRFIELD COUNTIES communicates with you, keeping you informed and updated on the progress. We work efficiently and effectively, minimizing downtime and disruptions to your daily operations.

SERVPRO OF SOUTHERN LANCASTER, KERSHAW AND FAIRFIELD COUNTIES understands the emotional toll of a fire and the importance of prompt and professional restoration. We are available 24/7, ready to respond to your emergency needs with compassion and expertise. With our extensive experience and cutting-edge technology, SERVPRO OF SOUTHERN LANCASTER, KERSHAW AND FAIRFIELD COUNTIES is your trusted partner in fire damage restoration, helping you get back to business as usual.

How is Mold Treated?

4/26/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO OF SOUTHERN LANCASTER, KERSHAW AND FAIRFIELD COUNTIES, follows a thorough process for mold remediation. First, our trained and certified technicians conduct a comprehensive mold assessment, including visual inspections, moisture readings, and air sampling to determine the extent of mold growth and identify the source of moisture. Once the assessment is complete, SERVPRO OF SOUTHERN LANCASTER, KERSHAW AND FAIRFIELD COUNTIES develops a customized remediation plan, which may involve containment of the affected area to prevent further mold spread, removal of mold-contaminated materials, and thorough cleaning and disinfection using EPA-approved antimicrobial treatments. We also address the underlying moisture issue to prevent future mold growth. SERVPRO OF SOUTHERN LANCASTER, KERSHAW AND FAIRFIELD COUNTIES's advanced equipment, such as air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, and HEPA vacuums, are used to effectively remove mold spores from the air and surfaces. Throughout the process, SERVPRO OF SOUTHERN LANCASTER, KERSHAW AND FAIRFIELD COUNTIES adheres to industry standards and guidelines, and conducts final testing to ensure that the mold has been properly remediated. Customer satisfaction is a priority for SERVPRO OF SOUTHERN LANCASTER, KERSHAW AND FAIRFIELD COUNTIES, and we provide documentation and communication to keep clients informed throughout the mold remediation process.

SERVPRO of Kershaw and Lancaster Counties Marketing Manager, Kerri Rice named Ambassador of the Year 2021

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

two women standing with awards Marketing Manager, Kerri Rice (pictured right) accepts her Ambassador of the Year for 2021 award.

On June 9, 2022, the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce held their annual Summer Soiree at Catawba Falls Events.  Our Marketing Manager, Kerri Rice was awarded Ambassador of the Year for 2021.  Kerri's attendance, participation, and volunteerism with the Chamber were all major components in her winning this award.

 Kerri has been involved with the Chamber for 2 years and in doing so has been able to be involved in many community events.  We look forward to what else she will be able to achieve!

SERVPRO of Kershaw and Lancaster Counties Participates in Community Event

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

Recently, the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce hosted a golf tournament at the Camden Country Club.  Two of our SERVPRO team members, Owner Michael Pezant, and Production Manager Greg Self were able to participate.  They were able to enjoy a full round of golf and network with many local professionals.  

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Fire

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

Before and After of soot cleanup on warehouse ceiling before and after fire Recently our SERVPRO team was called in to clean up after a fire damaged part of a warehouse in Lugoff, SC. Soot cleanup was part of the job.

SERVPRO Can resolve your Commercial Fire Damage in Kershaw and Lancaster Counties

Encountering a fire in your commercial property is every business owner’s worst nightmare. In addition to causing financial challenges, hardships, and damage to the property's structure, fires can leave the by-product of water damage that leads to the presence of unwanted mold. To ensure that your commercial property can be restored to its original safe and sanitary condition promptly, it's important to call SERVPRO. To get a clear, concise understanding of how to quickly address and resolve your fire damage issues, refer to the following outline:

Call Your Insurer

Your initial call after your property has suffered extensive fire damage is to your insurance agent. The insurer should be effective and expedient in helping you locate temporary accommodations where you can conduct business while your property is renovated and restored if this is appropriate. The insurer should also be able to assist you with the process of finding a professional fire damage restoration company. SERVPRO works with over 300 insurance agencies, and property management corporations. In some cases, your insurance provider can request that you create an inventory of all the personal belongings, capital improvements, electronics, furnishings, and documents on the property, as well as their value. SERVPRO can generate a comprehensive inventory for salvageable, non-salvageable, and questionable content to assist you. This is our helpful Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) form.  Final decisions, replacement or clean and repair of contents, are always between you and your insurance company. 

The Assessment of Water and Fire Damages

Although each aspect of the fire damage restoration process is important, the initial assessment plays an integral role in the whole procedure. During the assessment, specialists perform several tests to determine the time frame and costs necessary to restore your property. This forms the basis to implement the actual fire damage restoration steps. Standing water, the result of the firefighting efforts, must first be extracted. Our skilled technicians clean up debris and remove it for storage or discarding. The drying step utilizes dehumidifiers and air movers to draw moisture and humidity from the business. Soot cleaning and smoke and odor elimination continue the restoration process. SERVPRO possesses state-of-the-art equipment such as ozone machines, foggers, and mold remediation chemicals to bring the fire damage restoration to completion. 

The SERVPRO of Kershaw and Lancaster Counties is IICRC-certified crew offers you the precise, proficient services you need to get you back in business after fire damage. Call us at (803)-475-7500. 

Need Help with Fire Damage Restoration in South Carolina – Call SERVPRO

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

Picture of damaged wall/contents after fire in house Contacting SERVPRO after a fire in your home is the best recourse for effective results. Our technicians are standing by 24/7 for your emergency call.

SERVPRO Can Assist You to Handle Fire Damage in Your South Carolina Residence

After a fire breaks out in your residence, leaving the building immediately and having the local fire department extinguish the flames is essential. After the fire is out, using improper cleaning methods and products to clean your home can smear smoke residues and cause them to penetrate deeper into the affected materials. Call a restoration specialist like SERVPRO to stabilize your property and begin the restoration and rebuilding process.

We have the expertise, products, and equipment required to handle fire damage and return it to its pre-fire condition. The fire damage repair process varies slightly between cases and may involve the following activities:

  • Removing debris
  • Removing water and chemicals used to extinguish the fire.
  • Soot removal
  • Odor removal

During a fire, smoke and soot particles settle on and adhere to surfaces. Restoration involves removing the soot residues. Soot residues differ, and some types are easier to clean than others. The types of residues that our SERVPRO technicians usually clean include:

  • Wet smoke residues
  • Dry smoke residues
  • Dry and damp smoke residues
  • Fuel oil smoke residues

We use different cleaning methods to eliminate various kinds of residues. It is necessary to capture residues before removing them. Our SERVPRO technicians use fluids and air to release and carry soils away. Fluids and air carry suspended particles with them on contact. Dissolving and vacuuming are two methods we use to contact soils and carry them away. Vacuuming is effective in removing dry particles which are loosely attached to surfaces.

Our SERVPRO restorers can use thermal fogging equipment to remove odors.  Thermal foggers work by vaporizing petroleum-based or solvent-based deodorizers. They generate a fog or smoke that consists of small particles, ranging in size from one half a micron to 25 microns. They are approximately the size of odor-generating molecules. The particles make a fog similar to the smoke a fire produces, enabling the deodorizer to interact effectively with odor-causing residues.

For professional fire damage restoration services, call SERVPRO of Kershaw and Lancaster Counties at (803) 475-7500. We’re available around the clock.

How Can Trapped Water Get Removed from Hardwood Floors in Homes?

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

Clearing moisture from wood flooring is vital for restoring properties. 

Wood flooring and accents are particularly susceptible and sensitive to water absorption, making it vital to clean surface water concerns as soon as possible. From ceiling leaks to flooding, hardwood elements are at risk until extraction and drying begin for the property. Evaluating the presence of moisture and damp pockets against or already absorbed into these elements is an important aspect of pre-job scoping. 

The Sensitivity of Hardwood to Absorption

Water removal for homes, especially on hardwood surfaces and floors, should begin as soon as possible. A combination of extraction devices can help to eliminate pooling before excessive absorption. Cellulose in wood planks can aid in faster absorption rates, but drying these materials is still possible if the moisture has yet to chemically bond with the wood molecules. More than just hardwood flooring can be impacted by moisture damage, as well, including:

  • Wood framing, including crawl space joists
  • Shelves
  • Vanities
  • Furniture
  • Cabinetry

Potential Obstacles in the Drying Process 

While the extraction process might involve a range of tools from wands and wet vacuums to truck-mount extractors, drying is typically grounded with the same base machines and devices. Air movers can help overcome obstacles like vapor barriers and cool air pockets forming above drying materials that hinder recovery speed. Moisture monitoring with surface meters tracks the pace of water removal from wood planks and materials to prevent over-drying and subsequent harm.

Protecting flooring and installed elements in the property begins with effective surface mitigation solutions to remove standing water. We have efficient options for pulling free water trapped in the material as well before irreparable harm occurs. Count on our SERVPRO of Kershaw and Lancaster County team for a fast response to help at (803)-475-7500.