Catastrophe Services, Inc. Blog

January 2016

• January 22, 2016 • No comments yet

After the year we’ve had in South Carolina, basement flooding is a sore subject. So accept our apologies, please, but with spring rains coming, it’s all the more reason to revisit how to prevent and mitigate basement floods in SC.

Keep your eyes open. Are there cracks in your foundation? Are windows broken or badly insulated? Get professional help. Also make sure your gutters are clean, with runoff points far from the building. If puddles form at runoff points, your soil is probably saturated. Consult a landscaper or plumber to help with drainage.

Guard your foundation. Protecting your foundation from seepage or floods depends on the water threat, your location, and the age of your home. Many concrete waterproofing methods are available, but consult a qualified concrete, foundation, or waterproofing contractor before proceeding.

If a flood has occurred, don’t enter the basement until the electricity has been shut off and you’re sure that no open circuits are in the area. Don’t touch any electrical equipment while standing in water. Remove excess water with buckets or a wet vac where possible. Call your insurance company and call us to learn more about water damage restoration.

Repairing your flood-damaged basement requires professional help. Even minor floods can cause serious mold issues, which threaten your health, the building’s value, and its architectural integrity. After salvaging property and repairing the fabric, a disaster recovery specialist will make sure there’s no mold damage.

If you have a flood-damaged basement in South Carolina, Catastrophe Services will restore it to its previous condition, or better. Give us a call at 803-788-1800. It’s our business to help you get your life back.

• January 15, 2016 • No comments yet

We normally devote this space to practical, hands-on disaster preparation and response—things like emergency kits and flood warnings. But since storm damage repair is expensive, and South Carolina has rarely faced such severe weather as we did in 2015, we’re going to offer a few tips on saving money.

Use windfalls wisely. Get a bonus from work? An inheritance or gift? Use a third to pay debt, a third for present costs, and save a third for the future.

Try to keep a slush fund. It’s easier said than done, but try to keep a slush fund handy—a money-market savings account specifically devoted to emergencies.

Lose the debit card. A radical step? Sure. But by making tiny purchases easy—think about all those late-night pizzas and candy bars—your debit card may cost your money. Figure out a cash budget for the week and stick to it.

Invest. Again, it’s not always easy. But investing 6 percent of your monthly income will leave you a good cushion for the future.

If storm damage strikes you, Catastrophe Services will work with you and your insurance company to restore your property to its previous condition or better. We’re cost-effective, and our record across South Carolina speaks for itself; but insurance doesn’t always cover doing the job right. Financial preparedness is the first step to a smooth storm damage repair process.

Do you have questions about storm damage repair in South Carolina? Call us. We’re here to help.

• January 1, 2016 • No comments yet

You are used to us sharing tips on coping with major disasters like fires, floods, and hurricanes. But are you prepared for the most common weather event of all?

Thunderstorms can cause catastrophic damage to life and property. Use these tips, adapted from the American Red Cross, to make sure you don’t become one of the countless people who deal with storm damage in South Carolina.

  • Understand warnings. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means that storms are possible, while warnings mean they are in progress and imminent.
  • Stay indoors. Most lightning strikes occur in areas without rain. If you can hear thunder, you’re in danger from lightning.
  • Avoid electrical equipment as much as possible. Don’t take baths or showers during storms.
  • If you’re outside and can’t take shelter, avoid high ground, trees, and metal objects.
  • Keep trees and shrubs trimmed.
  • Install lightning rods only after consulting with your local fire department.
  • Assemble at emergency preparedness kit and keep it current in case evacuation is necessary.
  • Never drive through flooded areas.
  • Call 911 to report downed power lines or the smell of natural gas.

2015 saw severe storm damage across South Carolina. If it touched you, give Catastrophe Services a call—we heal homes, restore businesses, and help you get your life back on track.

• January 1, 2016 • No comments yet

Just as South Carolina begins to heal from the historic floods of October 2015, more flooding has been reported upstate.

On December 30 the South Carolina Highway Patrol reported flooding on many roads in Greenville, Cherokee, Greenwood, Spartanburg, and Laurens counties. A full list of affected roads is here. [LINK: http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/30852755/flooding-reported-across-upstate]

Avoid flooded roads, as cars can be swept away by water.

Greenwood County appears to be worst affected; the American Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Main Street United Methodist Church, 211 North Main Street, Greenwood.

Remember flood defenses:

  • Assemble a family emergency kit.
  • Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
  • Heed flood warnings and head to higher ground.
  • Never drive or wade in floodwaters. If necessary, abandon your car and head to high ground.
  • Keep kids out of floodwater.
  • Be especially cautious at night, when it’s hard to recognize rising water.

Catastrophe Services joins with our neighbors to repair storm damage in South Carolina. If you’ve been affected by South Carolina storm damage, give us a call—we heal homes, restore businesses, and help you get your life back on track.

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