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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!

Why Do I Have Mold In My Myrtle Beach Home?

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Do I Have Mold In My Myrtle Beach Home? We'll eliminate your mold!

You do not know you have mold unless it is too late!

Your best bet for not finding mold in your Myrtle Beach home is to make sure you do not have excess water or moisture issues in your home.

If left untreated a water leak or excess moisture situation can turn into mold growth in as little as 48 hours. Especially down here on the Grand Strand when conditions are almost always warm and humid, mold loves that environment!

If you suspect you have water leakage or excess moisture issues in your home call SERVPRO today. We have the tools, training, and manpower to restore your home back to its wonderful self again. 

If you see or smell mold then you should definitely call SERVPRO right away, we are experts in riding your home of that pesky problem!

We can do it all, call us today!

Crawl Space Water Damage Myrtle Beach

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Crawl Space Water Damage Myrtle Beach Don't be scared of your crawl space ... call SERVPRO!

Crawl spaces are notorious for water damage, especially here on the Grand Strand!

If your Myrtle Beach home has a crawl space and a pipe breaks or starts leaking you may not even know until it is too late!

Think about it, how often do you open up one of those little side doors and brush away the cobwebs and then go exploring under your home? If you are like us then the answer is probably never!

So how are you going to know if you have water damage in your crawl space ... you call the fearless technicians at SERVPRO that is how!

Our brave experts can navigate even the scariest of crawl spaces and report back to you what is going on under your home as well a plan to fix it if need be.

When you are just not interested in crawling under your home, call SERVPRO we will do it for you!

Does My Pool Have Mold Myrtle Beach

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does My Pool Have Mold Myrtle Beach Is this mold or algae?

Summer is here and in full swing! 

That means pools and swimming. Your pool might at times look like it has mold around the outside or rim. It is most likely algae and not mold.

Algae can grow when the chlorine levels drop in your pool and then the sun is strong. It can turn a perfectly clear pool and make it greener than the Hulk in what seems like overnight.

If the algae are inside your pool call a pool technician to service your water if the algae are outside your pool, give it a few sprays with a bleach /water combo and if it doesn't go away in a day or two you might have mold.

If it turns out to be mold call SERVPRO today!

To be 100% sure call the experts at SERVPRO of East Horry County at 843-236-6278 for any pool mold concerns in Myrtle Beach today!