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• 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.

• July 26, 2014 • No comments yet

If you’re looking to bounce back from disaster, we’re here to help, 24/7. But it’s often more than muscle power needed to clear debris. Sometimes you can get lucky, and a favored tree that’s heavily damaged is worth saving. Here are some tips to help:

First assess the damage—is the tree healthy besides the storm damage? You don’t want to rescue a rotting tree. Are 50% of a trees’ crown branches intact? This is the line that divides trees that could be worth saving from ones that are not.

Second, if the leaves are mostly gone, don’t reach for the fertilizer just yet. Give it some time to see if it starts to recover on its own.

Are major limbs broken? This will make recovery more difficult. Make sure any trimming or chainsaw work is done by qualified professionals.

Fourth, be on the look out for safety issues: look up and down for hanging wires, limbs, debris that might crash to the ground.

Whatever you do, don’t top the tree. This mistaken process is carried out to make the tree shorter and less prone to wind damage, but you cut off valuable growth in the process, often dealing it the final blow.

Lastly, make a (sometimes difficult) decision.

Need help? Give us a call. We can help decide what to remove and what to save.

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