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Lets Talk Turkey In Horry Co

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Lets Talk Turkey In Horry Co Talking Turkey Fryer Safety

Turkey Fryer and Kitchen Safety for Thanksgiving

As we get ready to cook some turkeys this year, we have to remember that things can turn deadly very fast if we don't take the proper precautions while putting together our Thanksgiving meal.

Turkey fryers are a southern tradition when it comes to Thanksgiving Day, but they can also be very dangerous if not used properly.

Here are some turkey frying safety tips to remember this holiday season from our local Fire Department:

  • Make sure that you don't overfill the pot by measuring the proper level with the turkey in water first and then add the oil after you've measured the level once the turkey has been removed.
  • Once the oil has been heated to the proper level turn the burner off before adding the turkey so that if the oil does spill out it doesn't start a fire, and never put a frozen turkey into hot oil.
  • Make sure that you are using oven mitts and safety glasses when handling the turkey, and after you're done cooking allow the oil to cool sufficiently before disposing of it.
  • If you're working in the kitchen make sure that you are not wearing clothes with long sleeves, and that you are turning the pot handles in so that they don't get knocked over by accident.
  • Also, it's a good idea to keep kids and pets out of the kitchen while things are being prepared.

SERVPRO of East Horry County hopes that everyone has a great and safe Thanksgiving this year and we are thankful to serve our Grand Strand community!

It Is Never Too Early To Talk About Thanksgiving Safety In Horry Co

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO It Is Never Too Early To Talk About Thanksgiving Safety In Horry Co Stay safe and be grateful this Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is one of the peak days for home fires and injuries related to cooking in America!

Let's talk about some safety tips that you and your family can practice to make sure you can continue to be thankful for a roof over your head.

  • Keep an eye on the turkey and food, stay close while it is cooking.
  • Keep young children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should really stay as far away as possible.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over items that can cause you to spill hot liquids.
  • Keep all sharp objects out of the reach of children.
  • Never leave children alone in the room with a lit candle or unattended fire.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button. Just a reminder most modern smoke detectors are good for about 10 years after that it is better to just replace the whole unit not just the batteries.

If you follow these tips and use common sense you should have a grateful and safe holiday season.

If you do experience a fire damage this Thanksgiving call SERVPRO as soon as possible!

What Water Is Capable Of In Horry County

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Water Is Capable Of In Horry County You would be surprised at what water is capable of!

Surging flood water is capable of collapsing an entire community of homes ... but that is just the beginning!

The news is filled with images lately of the damage that rising flood waters have produced after the recent hurricanes and storms.

Not only is water a universal solvent which means it is capable of dissolving many materials but the speed at which it can move is stunningly aggressive.

Take for example the record-breaking cresting of the local rivers in our area. The damage produced from these unprecedented water levels included sinkholes, destruction of roadways and bridges as well as collapsing entire communities of homes.

We here at SERVPRO have the tools and knowledge to fix many of the different water damages to your homes and businesses. 

If you have suffered severe water damage call SERVPRO today 843-236-6278!

The Drying Process After A Major Flood In Horry County

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Drying Process After A Major Flood In Horry County The drying process is a trying process, so call SERVPRO!

The flood waters are gone ... what now?

It is hard to know what to do and what to expect when the flood waters from a major water damage finally recess. 

You WILL have questions:

  • Are there going to be obstacles you are not ready for?
  • Will it ever get back to the way it used to be?
  • Where do I start?
  • Who do I turn to?

The good news is that SERVPRO has been helping families and businesses just like yours for decades here on the Grand Strand. We have systems in place and technology on our side.

SERVPRO's expert technicians can help in every stage of the damage. With that being said the rules of cleanup vary from state to state and even county to county especially after a major flood that has impacted tens of thousands of residents.

SERVPRO has to adhere to the proper rules and regulations which can often change temporarily during emergencies when it comes to disposing of the trash and waste material as well as your belongings that are no longer salvageable.

This means that there will be some unsightly piles of items from time to time in neighborhoods all along the affected area. SERVPRO can work as quickly as the local municipalities allow and will always make sure they do their best to leave things better than the way they found them.

If you have severe water damage from flooding call SERVPRO today!

How To Wash Mold Out Of Clothes After A Flood In Horry County

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Wash Mold Out Of Clothes After A Flood In Horry County Clean everything as soon as possible!

After a severe flooding recedes and the cleanup process begins you are left with many questions.


One of the first and biggest issues to tackle is your clothes. Since you obviously need clothes to participate in everyday life you are going to want to get you and your family's clothes clean as soon as possible.

Here are a few tips to help make sure that your soiled moldy clothes get back to their pre-flood gloriousness.

First, check if your machines need to be cleaned. If they do follow this procedure:

  • Set the washer to the largest load capacity and fill with hot water.
  • Add one cup chlorine bleach.
  • Set the washer to a full cycle with a hot water rinse. Allow the washer to run through the entire cycle.
  • Clean the exterior of the washer and all other surfaces in the laundry room with a solution of chlorine bleach and hot water. Rinse with clean water.
  • Of course, if the machines are broken call a technician to come to help you first!

Now comes the washing of the clothes part ...

You can use vinegar to remove the mold and musky smell that your flood-damaged clothes may have. *Vinegar kills 82% of mold species and can usually kill the mold growing on clothes. Vinegar will also remove the moldy smell from the clothes.

How to wash your clothes with vinegar:

First, make sure you knock off and spray away any mud or large portions of debris from your clothing as this may jam up your machine.

  • To kill mold on your clothes using vinegar, put your clothes in the washing machine along with detergent and let the machine fill with water.
  • Then add about a cup or two of vinegar to your washing.
  • Let the washing machine run through its cycle as normal.
  • Alternatively, soak clothes in vinegar:
  • Let your clothes soak in a solution of one cup of white vinegar in a bucket of water for about an hour.
  • After soaking, wash the clothes with laundry detergent in your washing machine to wash away the mold and vinegar.
  • You might need to repeat the process to remove all the traces of mold and any moldy smell from your clothes.

If you or someone you know has been affected by flood damage and need help with your home, call SERVPRO now!

*Source: Moldpedia.com

When Should I Buy Flood Insurance In Horry County

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Should I Buy Flood Insurance In Horry County Get a policy in place ASAP!

The simple answer to the question: When should I buy flood insurance is ... NOW!

That answer of now is of course totally dependant on if you live in a flood zone or not. If you do, you absolutely should already have a flood insurance policy in place. If you do not live in a flood zone but live in low lying areas or in close proximity to rivers or lakes that could flood, well then you too should look into a flood insurance policy.

The thing about a flood insurance policy and why it is so important to have one in place is because they normally take about 30 days to activate so if you are trying to buy one when a hurricane is announced to be heading your way chances are that policy will not be in effect in time to help you should that hurricane cause you flood damage because most hurricanes only give you a week or two notice.

So in short talk to an insurance agent ASAP if you even think you might need flood insurance.

If you have sustained flood damage, call SERVPRO we can help!

When The Water Recedes The Mold Will Breed In Horry Co

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation When The Water Recedes The Mold Will Breed In Horry Co Don't overlook the mold!

The rivers have crested and now the flood waters have started to recede ... now the mold will start to grow!

The hurricane is over and gone, the rains and winds have subsided and the flooding rivers and waterways have stopped rising but just when you thought you finally had everything under control and you could start to go back to everyday life ... you see mold!

Mold can start to grow in just 48 hours in dark wet areas in and around your homes and office structures.

Mold can grow at a rapid pace and could possibly get out of hand very quickly.

When you have had significant water damage like the people in Horry County have had after the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence and the flood that took place in the rivers afterward the last thing you want to worry about is mold.

Let the trained professionals of SERVPRO help you in this time of need!

Horry Co Flood Damage Cleanup After A Hurricane

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Horry Co Flood Damage Cleanup After A Hurricane Stay Safe and Move to Higher Ground!

For some, the hurricane is just the beginning.

If you live in an area that is prone to flooding then you know that a major thunderstorm, tropical storm and or a hurricane can mean only the beginning of a long wet process.

All along the Grand Strand people live in waterfront areas whether it is the beach, the intercoastal waterway, or one of the major rivers we have flowing through our beautiful coastal area.

When there is a significant rainfall like ones experienced during Hurricane Florence your home may be at risk of major flooding from quick rising rivers and the grounds inability to drain the water quick enough.

If water damage does happen to you, know that SERVPRO is here to help as soon as it is safe to do so. We have been helping families put their lives back together after major storms for decades here in Horry County and we are not stopping now. 

Educate yourself about the possible and projected flood areas by clicking here on this interactive flood map to see if you are in harm's way!

We are here to help once the water recedes!

Hurricane Evacuation Zone Information Horry County

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Community Hurricane Evacuation Zone Information Horry County Know Your Zone!

Know Your Zone!

For emergency situations where evacuations are necessary especially during hurricanes, it is important to know your zone.

Here is a list to reference so you can make the best possible decision.

ZONE A:

About Zone A
Evacuation areas for ZONE A include:

All areas east of U.S. Business 17 up to the intersection with US 17
All areas east of U.S. 17 to the northern county line
Also includes all flood-prone areas along the Waccamaw River and the Great and Little Pee Dee Rivers, as well as all mobile home residents within Horry County.

ZONE B:

About Zone B
Evacuation areas for ZONE B include:

Areas South of Highway 707 and Longwood Drive
All areas in Longwood Plantation to the Waccamaw River
All areas east of US 17 Bypass to US 17
All areas east of US 17 to the northern county line
Also includes all flood-prone areas along the Waccamaw River and the Great and Little Pee Dee Rivers, as well as all mobile home residents within Horry County.

ZONE C:

About Zone C
Evacuation areas for ZONE C include:

Areas between Hwy 701 and Hwy 544
South of Brown's Chapel Avenue and Hwy 814
All areas east of Highway 31 (Carolina Bays Parkway) to Hwy 90
All areas east of Highway 90 to US 17 to the northern county line
Also includes all flood-prone areas along Waccamaw River and Great and Little Pee Dee Rivers, as well as all mobile home residents within Horry County.

For more information visit: https://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/Emergency-Management/Hurricanes/Know-Your-Zone

Foreclosed Home Cleanup in Myrtle Beach

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Foreclosed Home Cleanup in Myrtle Beach You buy it we'll clean it!

You have bought that foreclosed home in Myrtle Beach only to discover there are mold and trash everywhere inside ... who do you call to help you clean up all that filth?

SERVPRO that is who you call! Not only are we experts at cleaning and eliminating mold and trash, we have experience helping out even the most seasoned of real estate home or building flippers.

We can help with a bunch of different tasks ranging from a simple patch and mud job to total construction of an unsafe dwelling.

Let the company that has been helping investors and teams all along the Grand Strand for years give you the peace of mind that your investment in a foreclosed unit will be looking great and be structurally sound in no time!

Call SERVPRO the next time you buy that foreclosed property!