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SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Nomination Form

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

This is a close up of an american football modified to look like the lights on top of a police car. Nominate a fellow 1st responder who has gone above and beyond!

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Nomination Form


Who do you know that is exceptional at their job as a first responder? Who deserves to be honored by their peers and a grateful nation on a national stage? Who leads by example, shares their passion for serving and is an inspiration to others around them?

Tell us their story.

Tell us why they are the one who needs to go to Dallas to represent you and other first responders from this area.

The nomination due date is November 15th!!!

Please email your nomination to Dshupe@SERVPROofhorrycounty.com or deliver to our office at 418 Bradley Circle, Myrtle Beach.


We will be contacting you and the nominees to let them know they have been nominated, to interview them further, and to confirm their availability and desire to attend the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl.

To download the nomination form CLICK HERE!

  

What Can Cause Mold Growth In Your Myrtle Beach Home?

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

This is a picture of mold on a wall. These are just some of the things that can cause mold.

 

What can cause mold growth?

There are quite a few things that can cause mold growth in your Myrtle Beach home.  

For starters, water damage that is not properly mitigated could definitely be ground zero for mold growth. Mold can start to grow in as little as 48 hours so that is why you should hire a professional water damage mitigation company like SERVPRO of Georgetown and Horry Counties to clean it up right the first time. 

Another thing that can cause mold growth is high humidity. Of course, we all know that Myrtle Beach is a prime location for humidity! 

Lack of proper ventilation and blocked HVAC ducts can make your home a suitable environment for mold growth, so make sure you check on those frequently. 

Also think about leaks that are not properly repaired, if left unattended mold can definitely grow in a wet untreated area. 

These are just a few examples. If you have a mold issue in your Myrtle Beach home, call SERVPRO today! 

843-236-6278 | 843-436-2121 

 

Fall Weather Fire Safety On The Grand Strand

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

man and a young boy sitting around a campfire in the forest. Make sure your campfires are out completely!

With cool fall weather comes the increased use of fires, which also leads to an increase in wildfire probability!

Here is a quick tip to make sure you extinguish your campfire completely.

There is just something about the cool crisp air that makes a bonfire or campfire or even just a small backyard fire seem so much more enjoyable.

While the idea of a fire can be appealing, the thought of putting the fire out does not really come into play for most people until the evening winding down. At this point you are tired and just want to be done with the fire so you half-heartedly pour some water on the fire and call it a night.

Do not do this!

To properly extinguish a campfire you need to plan ahead. You will need a shovel and a few gallons of water.

When it is time to wind things down, start the fire smothering process by adding enough water to make what is called camp soup (muddy water). Then use your shovel to mix the embers until they are safely extinguished.

You should be able to hold the back of your hand over the fire at about 4 inches above and not feel intense heat. If you can not do this keep adding water and mixing.

When the fire is out safely you can get a good night's sleep knowing that you have not inadvertently endangered anyone or anything in your area, and that is how to practice fire safety here on the Grand Strand (or wherever you build a fire)!

If you ever need restoration and or repair help due to fire damage, call the experts at SERVPRO!

843-236-6278 | 843-436-2121

With A Fire, Every Second Counts

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

This is a close up image of a fires flames. Sometimes you only have seconds.

 

Every second counts during a fire.

During a fire, people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out.

In a matter of minutes, a small fire can produce a major flame problem, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place.

A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families and businesses have developed and practiced a fire escape plan.

Once a family or employee plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home or office understands the plan. The best way to do this is to develop some muscle memory by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. This will increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building an escape plan, and then practicing it.

The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan. (*Tips and statistics provided by the American Red Cross)

  • Draw a map of each level of your home or business and show all the doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
  • Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.
  • Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting area on your escape plan.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Plan for everyone in your home or office, with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.
  • Practice your fire escape plan during the day and at nighttime.

If you do suffer fire damage to your unit call SERVPRO when the coast is clear, we can help! 

843-236-6278 | 843-436-2121

 

National Preparedness Month Should Be Every Month

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

There is a picture of a floor plan with the words EXIT and Evacuation Plan written on it. Prepared, Not Scared

 

National Preparedness Month should be every month not just for the month of September!

National Preparedness Month is every September. The theme for this year's National Preparedness Month was " Prepared, Not Scared". 

The fine people over at READY.GOV have put together some ideas to help you in your evacuation strategy, your prep for disaster and other emergency need to knows.

Here are a few of the ways they have segmented those ideas:

  • Week 1: Save Early for Disaster Costs
  • Week 2: Make a Plan
  • Week 3: Youth Preparedness
  • Week 4: Get Involved in Your Community’s Preparedness

Obviously you should dig deeper into what actionable steps you and your family can and will do in the event that something life-changing does happen.

These procedures should be practiced all year long so they become muscle memory and can be done basically in your sleep! This way you will always be prepared!

 

Why Should I Call SERVPRO to Clean My Carpet

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

There is a steam cleaning attachment leaving a clean area as it is pulled backwards. SERVPRO has been cleaning carpets for decades!

 

Why Should I Call SERVPRO to Clean My Carpet? Well simply put ... we have decades of experience!

Whether it is a quarterly maintenance cleaning or a holy cow someone help get these Sunday Night Football Party stains out of my carpet kind of cleaning SERVPRO has your back!

We offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:

Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

You should call SERVPRO to clean your carpet because we have the professional equipment and technical know-how to do the job right the first time!

843-236-6278 | 843-436-2121

 

Who Do I Call For Odor Removal in Myrtle Beach

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

This is an up close image of a woman pinching her nose as if something stinks. SERVPRO will make that smell go BYE BYE!

Who Do I Call For Odor Removal in Myrtle Beach?

SERVPRO that's who!

When it comes to deodorization and odor removal the friendly staff at SERVPRO are experts! We are trained to identify and eliminate odors in your home, car, workplace or anywhere odors can take up residence.

The highly trained and certified staff at SERVPRO know that masking and other workarounds simply will not cut it on serious odors.

By identifying the cause of the odor, and determining the conditions where it makes contact with surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time. Our technicians have access to a few different odor removal products capable of penetrating deep into surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly and completely.

If you have an unpleasant odor bothering your nose, call SERVPRO today! 

843-236-6278 | 843-436-2121

Fire Prevention Week Is Here

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

This image is of 2 firefighters holding a hose to try and suppress large flames. Fire prevention is better than fire cleanup!

Fire Prevention Week Is Here, Sunday, October 6th, 2019 until Saturday, October 12th, 2019 is officially Fire Prevention Week!

This year’s theme is “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and Practice your escape!” Be a hero in your own home: Make a home fire escape plan with your family and practice it!

A few areas to also give some time discussing with family members are:

  • Smoke alarms at home
  • Home fire sprinklers
  • Home safety for people with disability
  • Smoke alarms for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Heating safety
  • Cooking safety

There are some safety tip sheets that you can download by going here: NFPA.org

If you do end up having a fire in your home, call SERVPRO we can help restore your belongings and your home so you can move forward.

843-236-6278 | 843-436-2121

Why You Should Let SERVPRO Clean Your Fire Damage

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Even the smallest fire damage should be cleaned professionally!

Question: I had a fire at my home, can’t I just clean the smoke and soot myself?

Answer: Technically yes, you can clean the fire damage yourself, it may seem simple especially if there was no extensive damage. We suggest you call SERVPRO.

We would not suggest a home or business owner trying to clean even small fire damages by themselves. It might look or seem like an easy task on the surface to handle alone but we can assure you that in order to do it properly it definitely is not.


The residue that remains from the soot and the smoke smell can remain in your home without the proper chemicals and techniques for removal.

With our extensive fire damage, training and professional odor eliminating equipment SERVPRO can return your home to its preloss condition.

Give SERVPRO a call if you have even the slightest bit of fire damage, we can help! 843-236-6278 | 843-436-2121

Do You Want To Go To The First Responders Bowl ... For FREE?

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Let us help show our appreciation.

Would you like to win an all-expense-paid trip to the annual SERVPRO First Responder Bowl in Dallas, Texas?

We here at SERVPRO of Georgetown, East, and West Horry Counties want to honor local first responders who are exceptional at performing their duties and have been recognized by their peers and the public they serve.

We are currently taking nominations of those who received recognition from their station or community. From those nominations, we will select a couple of individuals who will be rewarded with an all-expenses-paid trip to be honored at the annual SERVPRO First Responder Bowl in Dallas, Texas this coming December. 

This trip includes all tickets, transportation, lodging, and food for two. 

You will be honored and recognized at the bowl game for your outstanding representation of first responders everywhere.

We at SERVPRO of Georgetown, East, and West Horry Counties also want to honor our local First Responders by helping those that help others.

We understand that First Responders are a tight-knit family of professionals who stick together through good and bad. We here at SERVPRO want to help them take care of their own.

SERVPRO will continue to be an available resource when individual responders in our community need help.  We can assist in fundraising to help an injured first responder pay their medical bills, offer vehicles and manpower to help with charity events that directly benefit the families of injured or fallen first responders, use our voice in the community and online to spread the word about efforts needing attention and offer services for recently disabled First Responders who need accommodations made in their homes as part of dealing with their injuries.

We want to be your resource when individual first responders in our community need help. We need you, the first responders, to let us know who needs helps. To let us know how we can help. To let us give back to those that give so much to their community.


Call SERVPRO at 843-236-6278 or email us at Admin@SERVPROofhorrycounty.com to let us know that you are a First Responder and you know someone who needs our help.