Recent General Posts

Weather Safety: Fog

10/12/2019 (Permalink)

I don't know about you, but I love fall weather.  I love a cloudy, misty day.  It is a perfect excuse to snuggle up with a good book, comfort food, and the couch- with no other place to go.  However, it isn't as wonderful if you have to travel in this weather.  

Fog can create dangerous driving conditions- but don't worry!  There are simple things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones!

When you are traveling in fog:

  • Slow down! Driving at posted speeds can be very dangerous!
  • Use your low beam headlights- high beam lights will be spread and reflected in the fog's water droplets.
  • Do not change lanes or pass other vehicles.
  • Pay attention to the road and what is going on- now is not the time to be distracted!
  • Leave plenty of distance between you and others.
  • If you must pull off on the side of the road, pull off as far as safely possible.  Then turn off your lights and use your parking brake to avoid being hit by cars who may not realize you’ve pulled over.

What To Do After a Flood

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Man and woman standing in water in a building If you have a flood, don't panic! SERVPRO of South Mecklenburg County is here to help!

If a flood has occurred and you were affected, SERVPRO of South Mecklenburg County is here to help!  However, we want your safety to be your first priority- we will clean up the mess once it is safe!

  • Do NOT drive through even small amounts of water!  
  • If a road is closed- respect this and do not "try to make it"
  • Do not return to your property until you hear it is safe and you have the all-clear.
  • Let your loved ones know you are safe- cell phones/texting/social media
  • Do not drink, bathe, brush teeth, wash clothes/dishes with contaminated water- and remember that all flood water is potentially contaminated and dangerous.
  • My grandmother was right- a good rule to follow after a flood: "When in doubt, throw it out"!  This applies to food that may have not been kept cool/frozen or exposed to contaminated water.

Like we said, we value your safety above all else.  In our next blog, we will share how we will return your property and make it "Like it never even happened."  We are here for you!

Where is Autumn?

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

It continues to be hot and dry in the Carolinas.  We are hoping for relief soon, but until then, there are some things we can all do!

Inside:

Conserve water- turn off the taps and address those leaks!

When running water (getting it hot at the tap), collect the water and use it on plants.

Showers: Take shorter showers

Toilets: Install low-flow toilets and flush when necessary

Laundry: Wash full loads only

Outside:

Lawns:  Water less often and if you must, please do it in the early morning or late evening.

Sprinklers: Set timers, address leaks, and focus on the areas that need water (not the sidewalk).

Landscaping: Mulch around trees and plants- the Carolinas love their pine needles for a reason!

Cars: On a positive note, it is a perfect opportunity to skip a chore- avoid washing the car unless it is absolutely necessary or use a car wash that recycles the water.

Flood Safety

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

Last week, we shared what to do during our dry spell- but if you live in the Carolinas, then you know the weather can flip in an instant!  It is not unheard of to get strong storms and sudden downpours here.  Do you know what to do if you find yourself under a flood watch or warning?

According to the experts, you should:

  • Make sure you have emergency supplies
  • Listen to newscasts or follow weather apps for updates.
  • Have a gallon of water for each person and pet for at least three days.
  • Secure trash cans, lawn furniture, the cute gnome, etc.
  • If you must leave your property- turn off the power to your property and close the main gas valve
  • As you are leaving,if the rain has started or there is runoff from another area, remember to avoid driving through standing water and avoid low areas.

Crawlspace Remediation

4/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Mecklenburg County Technicians responding to crawlspace water damage.

WE LOVE WHAT WE DO TO HELP OUR CUSTOMERS IN TIMES OF NEED!

SERVPRO of South Mecklenburg County responded to a water damage call.  Our technicians responded to a water loss in a crawlspace.  The insulation had to be removed and eventually replaced once the area was completely dry.  

The technicians spray the area with an antimicrobial to prevent growth of mold and harmful microbes.  The area is then thoroughly monitored and dried. 

Our technicians left this area in better condition than before the water damage occurred!  The homeowner was very pleased and even said she doesn't mind going in the crawlspace now!