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Why Green?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lexington vehicles are very noticeable when we are driving though your community. We have green cars, trailers, trucks and vans too. But have you ever wondered how SERVPRO chose this eye catching color? 

In the early 1970s, the founders of SERVPRO® used a color chip paint sample chart to identify the most eye-catching color.  It was a highly technical process.  The founders showed the chart to as many people as they could and asked, “Which color on this chart would be impossible to miss?”  By a wide margin, the color most identified was 1970 rally green, a color used on Porsche 911 automobiles.

Now used on entire fleets of vehicles in every SERVPRO franchise across the nation from production vans to disaster recovery storm trailers, our vehicles are prepared for any size disaster.

Getting Your Business Back Up & Running

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

There's nothing quite as difficult for a commercial establishment as dealing with any type of damage. However, knowing what to do when disaster strikes can prevent you from experiencing unnecessary emotional upsets for yourself, your employees, and your customers and mitigate the economic strain of lost business. There are many steps you'll need to take to get your commercial property back in order following a water damaging event. Contacting a team of skilled water damage restoration experts from SERVPRO is a good first step.

  • Quick Water Removal Mitigates Monetary Loss 
  • Quick Remediation Prevents Secondary Water Damage
  • Fast Restoration Helps You Get Back In Business

Contact SERVPRO Today 803-955-0342

Here at SERVPRO, we specialize in optimizing and expediting each component of the restoration process to ensure that you can get your business back in business. Moreover, each of our IICRC-Certified technicians will provide you with the personable care and excellent customer service that keeps you in the loop throughout the water damage restoration process. We can quickly reopen your doors "Like it never even happened."

We are Cleaning Experts

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Lexington at 803-755-9774 

Sewage backup at the IGA

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

two green SERVPRO trucks in a parking lot our production technicians at SERVPRO of lexington getting equipment out of the trucks to start the sewage clean up at the IGA.

Commercial Sewage at the IGA

Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since the water can contain bacteria and other microbes that can cause serious illness. SERVPRO of Lexington has technicians that are professionally trained to clean up with specialized equipment to safely clean up the contaminated water.

SERVPRO of Lexington were able to assist the IGA with their sewage back up. They got out there and started cleaning up as soon as they arrived to get all the contaminated water out. SERVPRO of Lexington franchise is always happy to help in your time of need.

Clean water:

  • Clean water can come from a broken water supply, that is not contaminated.
  • If the clean water is left untreated it can cause the water to turn into gray water and in worse cases it can turn into black water.

Gray water:

  • Gray water is contaminated and could cause some discomfort or illness.
  • It can be caused from a dishwasher overflow, toilet overflow with urine, and even your washer machine.

Black water:

  • Black water is very contaminated and could cause serious illness. Any contact should be avoided.
  • This can be caused from flooding of rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the water bowl with feces, and standing water that has begun to grow microbial.

tips on winterizing your home

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

Keep Your Home Safe!

Since the severe weather has made an appearance across the country, it's only right if I give you Awesome Tips on keeping your home and business safe!

Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or un-insulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off".
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puff backs.

What can happen when a flood enters your home.

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Flood waters with trees Flooding from a recent storm that occurred

Water Damage Events

Flooding and water emergencies can happen at any time. Flooding and water damages don’t wait for business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Lexington/and Cayce, West Columbia provides restoration and cleaning services 24 hours a day, including holidays.

Flooding and water damages can be invasive. Water can spread through your home causing damage to furniture, walls, floors, and personal belongings. Leaving water to long without being extracted can also cause mold to grow in your home. SERVPRO of Lexington/and Cayce, West Columbia arrives as quickly as possible to start the extraction process. This immediate response can help minimize the damage and loss inside your home.

 The water damage timeline

Within minutes of the water damage:

  • The water can start to spread throughout your home, and damage anything that is in its path.
  • The water can cause personal belongings to swell and warp such as books and photographs.

 1-24 hours after the water damage occurred:

  • The drywall can begin to break down and/or swell.
  • Furniture begins to swell.
  • An odor can start to occur in your home.

 1 week after the water damage has occurred:

  • Biohazard contamination can start to occur.
  • Mold and mildew to can start to grow and spread.
  • Wood flooring begin to swell and warp. Metal start to rust and corrode.

More than a week after the damage occurred:

  • biohazard contaminants can be a serious risk to the homeowners.
  • The mold growth can become more severe.

Need emergency services you can call us 24/7 at: 803-755-9774

Different types of storms and what they can do

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

What causes a storm to form?

  • The basic ingredients used to make a thunderstorm are moisture and unstable air. You need moisture to form clouds and rain. You also need unstable air that is relatively warm and can rise rapidly.
  • High levels of heat condensation form in a volume of unstable air that generates deep, rapid, upward motion in the atmosphere.
  • The heat energy creates powerful rising air currents that swirl upwards to the tropopause.

What are the different types of storms?

  • Hurricanes – start when the warm moist air from the ocean surface begins to rise rapidly, where it encounters cooler air that causes the warm water vapor to condense and to form storm clouds and drops of rain.
  • Ice storms – a type of a winter storm characterized by freezing rain, also known as glaze event or, in some parts of the united states, a silver thaw. The national weather service defines it as a storm that results in the accumulations of at least 0.25-inch of ice exposed surfaces.
  • Storm surges – a rising of the sea as a result of atmospheric pressure changes and wind associated with a storm.
  • Thunderstorms – typically a storm with thunder, lighting, heavy rain, and maybe some hail.
  • Tornadoes- a rapid rotating column of the air that is in contact with both the surface of the earth and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud.

How can a storm affect your home?

Storms damage to your home can include roof and structural damage. Storms with heavy rain can cause flooding inside your home damaging your floors, walls, ceiling, even furniture inside your home. Storms can last for as long as 12 to 200 hours, depending on season and geography. You should also protect your home when you know a storm is coming by checking your risks, protect your windows and doors, remove any flying objects, and protect your crawlspace and basement.

What to do after the storm.

If a storm has affected your home, you should always call your homeowners insurance and file a claim. Paying out of pocket can sometimes be costly. You can always call SERVPRO of Lexington to make it look "Like it never even happened." We are always available to help.

Smoke alarms can save lives

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke Alarms are a simple way to alert homeowners before a fire can destroy lives!

In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial spaces, check your state requirements or contact the local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms without batteries that are wired into the home need to be replaced every ten years, regardless of if they seem to still be working. Other types of alarms need their batteries replaced once a year, and the unit itself replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps "low battery," take the proper steps to replace the unit or batteries immediately. Don't put it off, you may forget.

In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke detectors offer benefits like not needing to be tested as often, and activating in the entire building, even if the smoke is in just one area.

If you need help installing a smoke detector or alarm contact your local fire department, a licensed electrician, or the American Red Cross.

All about Tornadoes

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

What is a tornado?

A tornado is a narrow, violently rotating column of air that extends from the base of a thunderstorm to the ground. Because wind is invisible, it is hard to see a tornado unless it forms a condensation funnel made up of water droplets, dust and debris. Tornadoes are the most violent of all atmospheric storms.

Where do tornadoes occur?

Tornadoes occur in many parts of the world, including Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America. Even New Zealand reports about 20 tornadoes each year. Two of the highest concentrations of tornadoes outside the U.S. are Argentina and Bangladesh.

How many tornadoes occur in the U.S. each year?

About 1,200 tornadoes hit the U.S. yearly. Since official tornado records only date back to 1950, we do not know the actual average number of tornadoes that occur each year. Plus, tornado spotting and reporting methods have changed a lot over the last several decades.

Where is tornado alley?

Tornado Alley is a nickname invented by the media for a broad area of relatively high tornado occurrence in the central U.S. Various Tornado Alley maps look different because tornado occurrence can be measured many ways: by all tornadoes, tornado county-segments, strong and violent tornadoes only, and databases with different time periods. Please remember, violent or killer tornadoes do happen outside “Tornado Alley” every year.

When are tornadoes most likely?

Tornado season usually refers to the time of year the U.S. sees the most tornadoes. The peak “tornado season” for the Southern Plains is during May into early June. On the Gulf coast, it is earlier during the spring. In the northern plains and upper Midwest, tornado season is in June or July. But, remember, tornadoes can happen at any time of year. Tornadoes can also happen at any time of day or night, but most tornadoes occur between 4–9 p.m.

What is the difference between a Tornado WATCH and a Tornado WARNING?

Tornado WATCH is issued by the NOAA Storm Prediction Center . Meteorologists who watch the weather 24/7 across the entire U.S. for weather conditions that are favorable for tornadoes. A watch can cover parts of a state or several states. Watch and prepare for severe weather and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio to know when warnings are issued.

Tornado WARNING is issued by your local NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office, meteorologists who watch the weather 24/7 over a designated area. This means a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar and there is a serious threat to life and property to those in the path of the tornado. ACT now to find safe shelter! A warning can cover parts of counties or several counties in the path of danger.

Content Credit: nssl.noaa.gov

What does ozone mean?

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

The use of ozone among restoration professionals has become widely accepted.  It is most commonly used in this field as a high grade deodorization technique that can combat strong odors like pet odor and even smoke. While proving successful in these areas, the practice of using ozone has expanded into microbial remediation as in certain concentrations of O3 proves lethal. The EPA has released recent information that Ozone use should not be used in mold remediation as hyphae and spores are not eliminated during the process, thus potential allergen agents still exist. The IICRC, our industry standard, even suggests against the use of nontraditional forms of mold remediation; however, countless professionals still insist that this technique is effective. This literary review hopes to shine some light on this particular subject and the potential for advanced technology in microbiological remediation.

What is Ozone and how does it Work?                         

Ozone is the triatomic form of oxygen. While atmospheric oxygen (O2) remains the more commonly known molecule, ozone, or O3, has an additional oxygen atom that reacts with other molecules. In this way, this unstable atom will react with other atoms to break them down, thus neutralizing odors.

Building Ecology and the Effects of Indoor Pollution

Building composition, activity, and use all relate to indoor environmental condition. While several baselines have been created to determine air quality, building ecology is relatively based upon its occupant’s sensitivity to their surroundings. Pollution generation within comes from any number of primary or secondary agents including bio effluents, mold, smoke, byproducts of HVAC systems, and various other Volatile Organic Compounds. In reality, VOC’s, by comparison, are consistently higher indoors than outdoors. Normal use (cooking, water heating, cooling and moving, cleaning products) produces VOC’s that pass through filters and HVAC units and can cause irritation or allergies to its patrons. For this reason, it is important to constantly monitor indoor environments, especially when considering your ventilation systems (Air Ducts, HVAC, Returns, and Vents). 

The Transition of Ozone Use to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Ozone has been used heavily in water purification efforts for some time to deter biological growth. In 1997, ozone use was accepted as generally safe for food contact applications (U.S. FDA 1997). Currently, it is used for the post-harvest treatment of fish and fruit, in order to remove the presence of mycotoxin contamination (mold growth) and insects. Eventually school of thought transferred to the restoration industry. If ozone could deter mold growth in fruit and vegetable processing, could it remove mold growth in homes?

According to one study conducted in 2008, ozone was reported to have successfully inactivated colony-forming fungal units both in a laboratory and simulated field condition on various surfaces. The question then becomes does inactive mold still present a hazard to occupants and is this sufficient for remediation purposes?

Modern Day Mold Removal, Remediation, and Treatment

The EPA has completed several reviews on the current status of mold remediation processes and the use of ozone across throughout the industry (EPA, 1996). Current OSHA and EPA guidelines shy away from ozone use for indoor air pollution as the positives often outweigh the negatives. Both occupants and technicians could be at risk of respiratory issues if ozone is used improperly or at too high of a concentration.

If used properly however, ozone may be used in conjunction with other cleaning methods. A pre-ozone treatment could potentially limit hazards to employees prior to remediation. While source control should always be the number one priority in any hazardous remediation effort, shunning technology will limit the efficiency of air quality improvement.

Other Technological Advances Used In Microbial Remediation

Efforts have been made to reduce the impacts of mold removal through other means as well. blasting, hydroxylase, and even UV light disbursement have all entered into the restoration industry as means to assist in the sanitization of an affected area. These methods take additional training and in some cases additional safety precautions for technicians that are completing the projects. These techniques, while effective in disinfecting areas, still need to be combined with more traditional types of remediation (Containment, Negative Air Pressure, Air Scrubbing, etc.) in order to properly remove mold growth.

Indoor air quality should be constantly monitored, as air pollution can be caused by a variety of issues. If you think you have a mold problem, please don’t hesitate to call in a professional as these problems get worse with time. Mold can hurt the value of a home, but it can be easily treated if the right company is hired to remediate the problem. Make sure that your remediation company isn’t doing more harm than good in your home.