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Hurricane Season

7/28/2022 (Permalink)

Satellite image of a hurrincane Satellite over the Atlantic Ocean

Excessive Heat can fuel severe storms at any time. Our area has experienced extreme temperatures over the past few weeks, and we need to remember hurricane season is in the active state until November so don’t let your guard down just yet. Although hurricane season hasn’t been as active as predicted  this season we still need to be prepared and not just on the coast.  Rain, wind, and tornadoes can happen extremely far inland where a hurricane or tropical storm makes landfall. Review your emergency plan and make sure your family knows and understands your plan. Always follow your local weather stations as they can provide you the recommendations based on the threat of your community first. Most importantly keep our family safe and know you can count on SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties to be there if you need us!

Summer Heat Savings

7/20/2022 (Permalink)

Air Conditioner on the wall Air Conditioner blowing out cold air

The summer heat is taking it’s toll on us here in the south with record high temperatures and very little rain it can have your air conditioning running in overtime driving up your electrical costs. Follow these tips to help you save a little green each month.

  • Check your seals on windows and doors
  • Check your duct work or have your ducts professionally cleaned (Yes SERVPRO can schedule this for you)
  • Install a programmable thermostat
  • Upgrade your HVAC unit or at the least have it serviced
  • Wash your clothes in cold water
  • Change your air filters monthly
  • Keep your blinds closed during the extremely hot days and utilize natural light
  • Avoid cooking when the outside temperatures are high – yeah we said it .. eat out and support local businesses

Cooler temperatures will be here before we know – so let’s just embrace the Dog Days of Summer.

Summer Storms

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Storm clouds moving in Storm moving in over Laurens, SC

The extreme heat over the past couple of weeks are not only taking its toll on our yards and flowers dry conditions and warmer temperatures are the perfect mixture to create a severe thunderstorm. Summertime thunderstorms can come out of know where and sometimes with very little warning but there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself and your family when one hits.

  • Activate weather alerts on your smartphones
  • Keep your eye on the sky and check radar on weather apps
  • Stay inside your home and if your traveling in your vehicle find a safe place to park to ride out the storm
  • Stay out of the water when a storm is approaching, or you see lightening
  • Do not shower or wash dishes during a storm
  • Stay away from windows and glass doorways as lightening has no boundaries

Safety Before Fireworks!

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

Fireworks Display over the Lake Fireworks over the lake on an island!

As we gear up for the 4th of July Holiday weekend with family and friends – Food and Fireworks lets also remember safety! Firework start an average of 19,500 fires each year and that includes house fires and forestry fires. The lack of rain we have experienced in our area over the past several weeks will put a higher risk of a fire if you’re not careful.

  • Never set off fireworks inside or near your home – Use in an open area and point them away from your home, people, and pets. Better yet put your pets inside
  • Have a water hose or a bucket of water near by
  • Don’t light it Twice – Never attempt to re-shoot a firework that does not immediately fire – just toss the dud
  • Never allow children to hold or play with fireworks

If you don’t feel comfortable handling fireworks, then don’t! Leave it to the professionals and find a safe enjoyable place in your local area for the event. Cheaper on the wallet too! Have a safe and Happy 4th of July Holiday.

Stay Cool in the Extreme Heat

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

Thermometer reading high temperatures in the sun Thermometer showing high temperatures

Although we are still a few days away from the “official” first day of summer – but the elevated temperatures we have been experiencing over the past few days would suggest otherwise. The heat index in expected to reach 3 digits over the next few days so preparing now can help you and your family stay safe and cooler during this heat event.

  • Drink water and keep hydrated throughout the day
  • Avoid outside activities or mowing your lawn during the hottest part of the day 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Have your HVAC serviced to assure it is in good working condition
  • Keep your blinds and curtains closed during the day
  • Utilize your attic fan or ventilator to regulate heat levels and remove hot air from your attic
  • Bring your pets inside or keep them in a shady area replenish their water often
  • Check on your family and friends who are elder or more susceptible to illness

Following these safety tips can keep you cooler and safer during an extreme heat event.

It’s Vacation Time!

6/9/2022 (Permalink)

Man sitting on the deck enjoying the water Man who is currently in vacation mode with no worries.

Summer is finally here and it’s time to pack up the family and head out of town for a family vacation, but before you head out make sure you have prepared your home so you can have a worry -free vacation. Taking these extra measures will insure your home is the way you left it when you return.

  • Secure outdoor furniture and grills in the event a storm should hit while you are away
  • Check your cutters and downspouts to assure they are clear of any debris
  • If you have a pool, bring your toys, and supplies inside
  • Secure all windows and doors – including pet doors as you don’t want any wildlife setting up residences while your away.
  • Unplug appliances and electronics
  • Turn your toilet valves off to avoid any water damage and if you want to go extra – turn the water off to your home at the main valve. Just be sure to run the faucets until they are dry.
  • Adjust your thermostat
  • Contact your security company and let them know you how long you will be away and let your trustworthy neighbor know your plans too – sometimes they can be better than your own security system.

Following these simple steps can assure your vacation time will be stress and worry free! Enjoy your vacation – you’ve earned it!

Preparing for Hurricane Season

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

A hurricane with high winds hitting the coast High winds with a Huricane hitting the coast with a storm surge.

Hurricane season officially begins today, June 1 and ends November 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting an above average hurricane season this year. This number continues to increase from year to year, so being prepared is your first line of defense. Most power companies have a comprehensive storm response plan and so should you! There is only so much your local power company can do to help prevent outages. These companies are strengthening their grid, installing stronger poles, and upgrading wires, trimming trees, and placing outage-prone lines underground. But this doesn’t keep the power from going out. We must prepare for days even weeks of a power outage, especially if you live near the coast and in a hurricane prone area. Have an emergency kit ready – a portable radio – purchase portable chargers – being prepared and informed should be at the top of your list!

Safe Grilling this Holiday Weekend

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

Hamburgers over a fire on the grill Grilling burgers on the grill

We made it – yes winter is long gone and now it’s time to kick off sweet summertime with family and friends this Holiday weekend. That means grilling and chilling but lets all put on our safety hats before the festivities begin!

Three out of five households own a gas grill – unfortunately, about 8,900 home fires occur each year as a result of gas grills. If you have a grill master in your home, they may think they have everything under control but its more often an equipment malfunction that causes a fire to happen, more so if you haven’t been firing up the grill int the winter months.   Check your grill for propane leaks – only use grills outside in a well-ventilated area – secure your grill on a flat solid surface. Remember your grill is not an oven so never leave it unattended. Keep your home safe this holiday season and welcome summer safely!

Proud of our Employees

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

Graduate Griffin Lewis standing by the Clemson Tiger Proud of our employee Griffin Lewis on graduation day at Clemson

Our SERVPRO team is proud to congratulate Griffin Lewis on his recent graduation from Clemson University. Griffin has worked for our SERVPRO team as a technician for the past 3 years during every break he has had from Clemson. Griffin will be joining the insurance industry in June, and we hope to be able to work with him again on the other side of the industry. We strive to find the best possible employees in our local community either long or short term to give our customers the best service possible. Our team is our family, and we are so excited for Griffin and his next adventure as he has truly been an asset to our SERVPRO team. Thank you, Griffin, for all your hard work and dedication – Go do great things – we will be here cheering you on!

Prosperity Hoppin Saturday - Prosperity, SC

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tents set up at the Prosperity Hoppin Event SERVPRO was all set and ready to enjoy the weekend with the community of Prosperity.

SERVPRO is a household name throughout the US – most people associate this Brand Name with a disaster – a home fire or a flood. You can see SERVPRO in almost every emergency situation. But there is so much more to the company SERVPRO! With over 2000 franchises across the US – each one is unique in its own way. Yes, they are faster to any disaster – but SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties is also very active in their community supporting growth and economic development. Giving back to the community they serve is a top propriety and serving in various community organizations is a large part of their business. SERVPRO was in the midst of the festivities at the Prosperity Hoppin Event held this past weekend on behalf of the Prosperity Business Association where owner Kimberly Kitchens is the Co-Chair of this Association.