Spring Moisture Breeds Mold In Horry County
Be proactive in the fight against mold!
Spring is just around the corner here in Horry County.
We are luckier than most in that we get warmer weather a lot sooner. We also get the rain that comes with the spring temperatures too!
Many people do not plan for the wet weather here in the springtime and end up paying dearly when excess moisture from the rain ends up giving them mold issues.
The best plan when dealing with mold is an offensive one. If you can deter mold from even forming in the first place you and your cohabitants will be much better off.
So use a few or all of these tips to make sure your dwelling stays mold free as long as possible.
- Find the likeliest spots that mold would form.
- Dry any wet or moist areas around your unit as quickly as possible.
- Make sure you have good ventilation in humid and moist areas of your home.
- Monitor the moisture levels in your home if possible.
- Clear out your gutters!
Having a good proactive mold plan with ensure you stay as close to mold free as you can.
If for some reason you still have a mold issue please call SERVPRO as soon as possible! 843-236-6278
Burn Awareness Week Is Here In Horry County
Burns can happen fast!
Burn Awareness Week, is usually observed during the first full week in February, is a chance for organizations and families to become educated about burn, and fire prevention.
Burn Awareness Week is an excellent opportunity to kick off a year full of burn awareness education.
Here are 16 awesome tips and facts right from the American Burn Association's website:
- Lack of safe play areas for children can increase the risk of scald burns. Establish a “No Kids Zone” in the kitchen. Safe play areas should be out of the traffic path between the stove and sink, where children can play and be supervised.
- Did you know? Steam in popcorn bags is hotter than 180°F and burn you in less than a second! When opening microwave popcorn bags, allow the bag to sit for at least a minute before opening it away from your face.
- Children grow fast and can reach new dangerous things every day that can burn them. Learn burn prevention tips at our Burn Prevention page.
- Supervision is the single most important factor in preventing tap water scalds. If you must leave the bathroom while a bathing a child, take them with you.
- It takes only 2 seconds of exposure to 148°F (64°C) water to cause a burn serious enough to require surgery! Coffee is often served at 175°F (79°C), making it high-risk for causing immediate severe scald burns.
- Did you know? When microwaving food, steam inside covered containers can quickly reach over 200°F and burn your hands and face. Pro Tip: Puncture plastic wrap or use vented containers to allow steam to escape while cooking. Or, wait at least one minute before removing the cover. When removing covers, lift the corner farthest from you and away from your face and hands.
- Don’t make hot coffee, tea, or hot chocolate in a mug that a child normally uses. Consider using mugs with tight-fitting lids, like travel mugs, when children are around instead. Got a kid? Get a lid!
- Older adults and babies have thinner skin meaning they are at risk for deeper burns and lower temperatures and shorter exposure times.
- Steam reaching temperatures greater than 200°F builds rapidly in covered containers. When removing lids from hot foods, lift the cover or lid away from your face and arms to avoid burns from steam contact.
- Microwave ovens are thought to be safe than conventional ovens, but microwaves can still cause scald burns. Microwaves heat foods and liquids to very high temperatures and can cause scald burns from spills, steam, and splashes.
- Microwaved foods and liquids may reach temperatures greater than boiling without the appearance of bubbling. Also, food heats unevenly in microwaves. Jelly fillings may be extremely hot, even if the outside of the food is warm.
- Did you know? It takes less than a second to get a third-degree burn from hot coffee!
- Unlike air temperatures maintained by thermostats, water temperatures can fluctuate a great deal. The temperature of hot water can depend on the distance the heater is from the tap.
- It only less than a second to get a third-degree burn from 155°F (68°C) heated water.
- Did you know? Water pressure may fluctuate due to running water in other parts of the home. Avoid flushing toilets, running water, or using the dishwasher or washing machine while someone is showering to prevent sudden surges of scalding water.
- Test the temperature of the water in the bathtub with your elbow or hand with spread fingers. The water should feel warm, NOT hot to touch.
If you have suffered fire damage at your home or office, call SERVPRO today! 843-236-6278
Surviving A Polar Vortex In Horry County
These tips could get you warmer quicker.
Ok chances are you will not suffer from a Polar Vortex in Myrtle Beach anytime soon.
Just to be on the safe side, here is a little more information that could help you in the event that you find yourself traveling to a region that may be affected by one.
Question: What exactly is a Polar Vortex?
Answer: "A polar vortex is a low-pressure area—a wide expanse of swirling cold air—that is parked in polar regions. During winter, the polar vortex at the North Pole expands, sending cold air southward. This happens fairly regularly and is often associated with outbreaks of cold temperatures in the United States." - Scijinks.gov
Here are 3 tips to help you survive a cold weather Polar Vortex event.
- Stay Hydrated and Eat Well. Being hydrated helps to constantly regulate your body temperature and eating something makes blood rush to your stomach which in turn moves it all over your body keeping you warmer.
- Learn to layer. Sweat cools the body so make sure the base layer moves sweat away from your skin then work from lighter layers to heavier ones. Do not forget about your head and feet either!
- Move around. Even if its just running in place or jumping jacks, create a little extra heat so that it can carry over for a bit and jumpstart getting or keeping you warm.
SERVPRO can help fix cold weather-related storm damage to your home or office, call today! 843-236-6278
Superbowl Party Cleanup In Horry County
We will clean after the game for you.
This year, you decided to go the distance by hosting a big game bash that guests will be cheering about until next season's opening-day kickoff.
A Superbowl Party like no other!
You have snacks, decorations, a huge TV, and plenty of seating. The invites went out and your friends and family are super excited ... mostly because they will not have to clean up the mess after everyone leaves!
You should not have to stress about cleaning up either.
SERVPRO can help you deep clean your carpets when your Horry County neighbor spills the salsa during a heated first-quarter drive.
SERVPRO can help with the rest of the house too from removing food that landed on your wall from an immature reenactment of that game-winning touchdown pass to restoring your favorite chair because your friend's soda was not in a covered container when they celebrated a little too hard!
So this Superbowl Party enjoy yourself like everyone else and then call SERVPRO to come to clean everything the next day! 843-236-6278
Keep Cold Weather Out Of Your Horry County Business
Keep the cold out and profits in!
Cold weather is here on the Grand Strand area and that means turning on the heat!
Is your Heating System ready for the strains that harsh freezing winter temperatures bring?
Here are a few maintenance tips from SERVPRO that will help you keep your heating system in good running condition so that you can stay warm in your business unit all winter long!
- Air filter cleaning and or replacing
- Cleaning your air vents
- Adding some insulation to your office or warehouse
- Adjust your thermostat for optimum heating throughout the unit
- Schedule an Inspection from your local SERVPRO
Do you need a hand with your Business's heating system maintenance on the Grand Strand?
SERVPRO is here to assist you. Through maintenance and repair, the experienced, professional, and friendly technicians at
SERVPRO will make sure your business's heating system is ready for the upcoming winter season. 843-236-6278
Icicles Can Do Damage In Horry County
Watch out when temperatures drop.
We don't get ice damage very often here on the Grand Strand, but when we do it can be dangerous!
Icicles and ice dams can damage your home and be very dangerous to people who walk under them unaware.
We all know what an icicle is but what exactly is an ice dam?
*** An ice dam forms when snow melts and the water runs downs the surface of the roof. As the melted snow hits cooler parts of the roof near the eaves, it freezes.
This process continues and eventually creates a dam of ice on the roof. As more snow melts, the dam stops the water, which freezes, making the dam bigger and backing up the meltwater, allowing it to leak under the shingles into the attic or eaves.
This can lead to water stains in the ceiling, structural damage and mold growth inside the home.
The biggest culprit to creating ice dams is heat loss from your attic. So it is best to keep an eye on your roof every year especially during the snow storms, to make sure ice dams are not forming.
If you do have water damage or mold damage from the ice on your roof this winter, call SERVPRO today!
*** Source: NDSU News Release
Space Heaters Can Burn Homes Down In Horry County
Stay safe while staying warm this winter!
Space heaters can be extremely dangerous to your Horry County home!
As temperatures drop here along the Grand Strand more and more people turn to those tiny little space heaters to help provide some extra warmth around the house.
There are two main types of portable space heaters, electric, and gas. The gas heaters should not be used indoors because the can emit harmful carbon monoxide. Electric heaters are not toxic but still pose a serious fire risk if handled unsafely.
*** Here are a few tips to make sure you are staying warm and safe when the weather gets cold.
- Electric heaters should be plugged directly into the wall outlet. If an extension cord is necessary, use the shortest possible heavy-duty cord of 14-gauge wire or larger. Always check and follow any manufacturer’s instructions pertaining to the use of extension cords.
- Buy a unit with a tip-over safety switch, which automatically shuts off the heater if the unit is tipped over.
If you do suffer from fire damage this winter please call SERVPRO right away!
*** Source: Energy.gov
Trees Can Burn Fast If Left Unattended in Horry County
Do not forget the water!
Do not forget about your Christmas tree!
Now that the holidays are over chances are you still have your Christmas decorations up and if you bought a real Christmas tree you probably put watering it lower on the list now.
Please do not forget that these trees are extremely flammable when they get dried out and lead to over 13 million dollars of damage annually!
*** Here are some tips to help you when you have a real Christmas tree:
- Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t break easily from its branches.
- The tree shouldn’t be shedding its needles readily.
- Always place your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights, and keep the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry out.
- Make sure all your indoor and outdoor Christmas lights have been tested in a lab by the UL or ETL/ITSNA for safety, and throw out any damaged lights.
- Any lights you use outdoors must be labeled suitable for exterior placement, and be sure to plug them into a ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.
- Keep all your holiday candles away from your Christmas tree, surrounding furniture and décor.
Bedtime means lights off! Don’t forget to turn your Christmas tree lights off each night.
If you do have fire damage from a Christmas tree fire call SERVPRO right away!
*** Source: Christmas Tree Association
Stop Freezing Pipes In Their Tracks This Winter
Preventing is better than fixing!
Pipes will freeze in your walls if there is not proper insulation!
If there are signs of water damage, mold or even moisture buildup when you open a wall up that might be evidence that a pipe burst sometime in the past.
This most likely came from improper insulation. The best thing to do if you find evidence of a burst pipe from freezing is to add more insulation before the temperatures drop below freezing!
Here are a few more tips to prevent frozen pipes this winter:
- Insulate the sides of your water tank
- Update your pipes and tanks if needed
- Fix any dripping pipes before the cold weather comes
If you have been a victim of water damage due to frozen pipes bursting or any other reason, call SERVPRO today!
Fix Frozen Pipes With These Tips
If your pipes burst, do this ...
A burst water pipe can cause serious damage to your home and property.
When pipes freeze, the water expands, which can cause the pipes to burst and then the thawed water starts a leak.
If you know what to do when a frozen pipe bursts you can be two steps ahead of a bad situation.
- Turn off the water at the main as soon as you notice the damage.
- Turning on all your hot and cold taps, this will help drain the system.
- Thaw any exposed pipes with a hairdryer if possible.
- If the damage has gone unnoticed for some time due to an absence in the unit, there could be significant issues with safety. Call the professionals at SERVPRO.
SERVPRO has been dealing with water damages on the Grand Strand for decades, we can help you when you need it most!