Catastrophe Services, Inc. Blog

June 2015

• June 17, 2015 • No comments yet

Hurricane season has officially begun, leading home and business owners across South Carolina to step up their emergency preparations. If you’ve yet to set forth a plan for minimizing storm damage or begun stocking your home and car with essential items in case of road shutdowns or evacuations, the team at Catastrophe Services encourages you to make this a priority. Because when facing severe weather, hoping for the best only works if you’re prepared for the worst.

As disaster restoration specialists in South Carolina, we cover storm damage, fire damage, water damage, mold damage, biohazard cleanup, reconstruction, and everything you need to restore your life and property.

When you contract us, we work with you and your insurance company to restore your damaged property to its previous condition or better. Though we’re licensed general contractors, restoration is all we do. Our experience delivering fair estimates and safe, on-time work has settled insurance claims across South Carolina and helped countless families and businesses return to normal after storms, fires, and other catastrophes.

Though our ultimate responsibility is to customers with damaged property, the insurance company usually determines the specifications and scope of work. Most insurance policies don’t quantify the adjuster’s role, and it varies based on the circumstances.

But since we’re South Carolina fire damage, mold damage, storm damage, and water damage specialists, Catastrophe Services works with you and your adjuster to implement fair, rapid, and cost-effective restoration solutions that get your life back on track.

A family business, we’re backed by the Restoration Industry Association (RIA), the oldest and largest nonprofit industry group dedicated to providing impartial, science-based restoration best practices.

If you’re affected by a disaster in South Carolina, get in touch with Catastrophe Services. We look forward to helping you regain your peace of mind.

• June 3, 2015 • No comments yet

People often underestimate the power of water damage.

Wind topples trees, fire devours homes, but water isn’t so violent. Things dry out, right?

If only it were so easy. A small amount of floodwater can render your home uninhabitable for weeks, months, or more. Even if your possessions escape damage, mold can invade your walls and foundation, posing a serious health risk.

Mitigating water damage requires quick action. Here’s what you should do (and what to avoid) while waiting for a Catastrophe Services Water Damage specialist to arrive:

  • Ventilate wet areas. If no mold is present, use air conditioning.
  • Use sponges, towels, or other means to soak up standing water from flat surfaces.
  • Remove carpets where wood floors are at risk.
  • Spread out wet fabric to dry.
  • Unplug and blow-dry appliances.
  • Freeze books and paper to kill mold.
  • Open drawers, closets, and cabinets.
  • Raise furniture from the floor to prevent stains.

Proceed with caution:

  • Never enter rooms with sagging ceilings.
  • Don’t operate appliances on wet floors.
  • Only use heat drying in ventilated spaces.

Taking these steps ahead of a Catastrophe Services Water Damage Specialist will help ensure a quick, successful water damage restoration.

• June 3, 2015 • No comments yet

We’re not just your South Carolina storm damage repair specialists; we understand that restoration and reconstruction starts with your family. If you’re not safe and happy, nothing else matters. So this hurricane season, re-examine your emergency kit.

You do have one, right? Because with a storm on the horizon, packing the kids and pets in the car and heading for high ground doesn’t count as a plan. A few fresh, common sense supplies can make all the difference in your health and peace of mind, so read on for our tips on a strong emergency kit, adapted from the American Red Cross.

  • Cash
  • Vital documents: passports, birth certificates, Social Security cards, etc.
  • At least two battery-operated flashlights
  • A battery-operated radio tuned to your local news/weather station
  • One gallon of bottled water per day per adult. Try to budget for a week.
  • Canned goods, crackers, peanut butter, pet food, and other non-perishables
  • Clothing & blankets
  • Prescription drugs and other medicines
  • Sanitation: soap, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, etc.
  • Basic tools: hammer, duct tape, screwdrivers, pliers, knife, etc.
  • Entertainment: books, cards, board games, etc.

Select two places for your family to meet if separated; one in or near your home, the other a landmark like a school or church. Make sure each family member knows your plan, and ask neighbors to help your kids and pets along if necessary.

Remember that after a storm phones, ATMs, internet, and other electronic resources often won’t work for days or weeks, so your emergency kit should be enough to sustain your family until you can return home or relief efforts begin.

Storm damage cleanup in South Carolina a long and often complicated process. We hope you don’t need your hurricane emergency kit, but if so make it strong enough to lean on while we help restore your property and reconstruct your life.

Got hurricane or other disaster restoration questions in South Carolina? Give us a call at 1 (800) 952-6106. We look forward to hearing from you.

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