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• November 25, 2015 • No comments yet

Winter is coming, South Carolina. Which as disaster restoration pros (unfortunately!), you already know means a lot of storm and cold weather preparation. And, a danger of frozen pipes. The time to ensure their safety is now—not when the frost hits.

These pipe winterization tips, adapted from the American Red Cross, will help ensure your pipes make it through the winter.

  • Inspect exposed pipes once a year. Call a plumber if insulation looks thin or frayed. Newspaper, “heat tape,” etc., can provide some degree of insulation, but consulting a professional is always good idea. Pay close attention if you’ve moved in the past few years, as there may be pipes you’ve missed.
  • During cold weather, open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to let air circulate around the plumbing. If there are water lines in the garage, keep the door closed.
  • If cold is severe, lets faucets drip.
  • Keep temperature constant all day.
  • If going away, set the temperature no lower than 55 degrees F.
  • Drain sprinkler pipes, swimming pools, etc. according to manufacturer specifications only. Never put antifreeze into appliance lines.
  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe and take quick action:
    • Leave the faucet open.
    • Apply heat to the exposed pipe using a hair dryer or heating pad.
    • Keep applying heat until pressure is restored.
    • If the frozen area isn’t accessible or pressure doesn’t come back, call a plumber.

Catastrophe Services is your disaster restoration specialist in Columbia and across South Carolina. We help you get your life back following a disaster—but it’s better to prevent them. Watch this space for more tips on South Carolina home safety.

 

 

• October 13, 2015 • No comments yet

Catastrophe Services, Inc. – CSI has mobilized teams of certified trained Techs, and manager to access damage in the affected areas due to the historic flooding. We are available for consultation on steps that you need to take to restore your property. We are offer a variety of service packages, from clean up, to equipment rental, to certified drying. Please contact local experts that have a track record for this kinda work and can restore your property. We have crews and plenty of drying equipment on hand.

• September 30, 2015 • No comments yet

Sewage backups are messy, unpleasant, and dangerous. Property damage aside, few catastrophes outside fire are such a direct threat to your health.

If you experience a sewage backup, keep these tips and facts in mind before contacting a South Carolina restoration professional:

  • Leave the building immediately. This goes for everyone, but is especially important for those who are under age 2 or over 60, pregnant, ill, recovering from surgery, on chemotherapy or prescription drugs, or HIV/AIDS patients.
  • Don’t attempt to clean up—the untrained will endanger themselves and others. Only restoration professionals should attempt sewage remediation.
  • Understand that absorbent sewage-saturated materials (bedding, carpet, upholstery, drywall, insulation, etc.) that can’t be washed in hot (130° F) water for at least 10 minutes must be contained as hazards and destroyed. Drying in place will compound the health risk.
  • See your doctor after sewage exposure to update your vaccinations, including Hepatitis B.

After sewage remediation make sure a third-party indoor environmental professional verifies that the building is safe to occupy.

Got questions about disaster restoration in Columbia or elsewhere in South Carolina? Catastrophe Services is here for you. Give us a call at [NUMBER]—our business is helping you get your life back.

• February 18, 2015 • No comments yet

In our never-ending quest to avert the need for water damage repair in Greenville, SC, we want to focus on winterizing your roof as we head into spring. If you think it’s too early to start planning, think again. If you’re going to get substantial work done on your roof before next winter, start planning now and schedule it as soon as possible. Many roofers are booking into the fall already and you may have to act quickly to get work done before next winter. Here are some tips to consider.

As the weather clears, it’s a great time to inspect your home because you can jump on any new damage you find. The easiest place to start, of course, is inside. Look for stains and drips that might signal a leaking roof. Look outside for dislodged bricks or siding. As you check the roof, look carefully around any penetrations such as skylights, pitch pockets, vent pipes, etc.

Remove any loose material that’s on the roof. This will make it easier to see the repairs that are needed.

Clean out the gutters. Clogged gutters can add strain to your roof.

Test out any HVAC or other systems that have components on the rooftop. Make sure the equipment is not rusting and is secured to the roof. Check any flashings surrounding the machinery.

If you have to clean snow and ice from the roof, follow sensible safety precautions. Don’t do it in the dark. Aim to do it around midday when it’s warmest. And work with a buddy. It’s terribly important to have help if you need it.

Lastly, as with so many maintenance issues, the sooner you get a roof fixed the smaller the costs will be. Water damage repair in Greenville, SC occurs with alarming frequency, and those who wait longest spend the most.

• August 18, 2014 • No comments yet

People blow hot and cold on whether climate change is happening, but this much we can agree on: it’s been a tough winter. This year, spring cleaning is about a lot more than raking old leaves and planting our peas. From burst pipes to flooding and more, Catastrophe Services is having a busy season helping to clean up the mess and repair burst pipes and other damage.

For over 25 years we’ve been doing restoration work, water extraction, plumbing, you name it, to get properties back up to standard and put the smile back on owners’ faces.

Experience is crucial, along with a commitment to constantly improve what we do. We are a licensed EPA certified family business and the only restoration company in South Carolina to have a Certified Restorer (CR) and Water Loss Specialist (WLS) at every executive position.

A lot of our secret, beyond the years of know how, the latest equipment, and the drive to make it better, is getting the simple things right. Like being available 24/7—disasters rarely happen in the middle of sunny days, and they’re never cleaned up by 5 PM. So we are prepared to jump on any emergency at any time. Another secret—and this sounds so obvious once you hear it—is that we do it all, from fire to flooding, from wind damage to mold.

Contact us or call immediately at 800-052-6106, and our award-winning team can help you get out of the mess, get out of overwhelm, get back in control, and get back to where you need to be.

• June 21, 2014 • No comments yet

You already know that wind damage in Charleston or Columbia, South Carolina can be huge. At Catastrophe Services, we’re in the business of cleaning up. But here’s a secret to reducing the likelihood you’ll ever need us: prior preparation.

But what can you do against a windstorm that hasn’t even hit yet? Plenty, starting from the top, literally. Think about your roof first—can it handle high velocity winds? Don’t guess—have it inspected. An up close review can determine if the shingles are nailed down, whether the shingles actually meet building code. They can also inspect the connection between the roof and walls, and make sure all pipes, HVAC units, and skylights are properly secured.

Next check out the exterior walls. Cracks and holes can let wind get in and do damage. Make sure siding is tightly attached and windows are securely fit.

Double check your doors—they should be triple hinged and have a deadbolt for protection. Lastly, if you have overhead doors, make sure they are well-braced to withstand wind.

Sound like a lot of work? Not as much as calling us after a storm. Need some help preparing? Give us a call; we’d rather help sooner than later.

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