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The Gutter Gorilla Difference

When it comes to gutter cleaning in Rock Hill, SC, our philosophy is simple: provide our clients with quality, dependable gutter services at a fair price. Unlike some gutter cleaning companies, we believe in honesty, hard work, and helpful advice. At the end of the day, your satisfaction is our primary goal. Before we pull out of your driveway, we will take the extra time to educate you about the work we performed. That way, you can sleep with confidence, knowing that your gutters are working correctly. We genuinely take pride in our work and strive to treat your home like it was our own, so you can focus on your obligations while we handle the dirty work. Regardless of the gutter service you choose, you can rest easy knowing your home is in the hands of trained, insured professionals. Whether you need a simple gutter repair or a complete gutter installation, we have the skills to get the job done with a level of service and quality unmatched by our competition. No shortcuts. No compromises. Only efficient, trustworthy gutter services in Rock Hill.

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Gutter Cleaning in Rock Hill, SC

We treat every gutter project as a top priority. Attention to detail is the heart and soul of our business. We go far beyond providing simple gutter services, giving you incredible insight into your seamless gutters project. Your gutter installation will be handled by licensed and insured professionals. It all starts here, please begin below.

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Foundation Damage

The primary role of your gutter system is to channel water off of your roof and direct it away from your home’s foundation. Gutter blockages can result in water running over the sides of your gutters. That water will eventually settle around your foundation. With time, pooling water will affect the reliability of your home’s structure, causing cracks, mold growth, and even collapse.

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Wood Damage

Your home’s gutter system is held up by fascia boards, which are typically made of wood. When your clogged gutters overflow with water, your fascia boards will begin to rot. On top of that, your fascia boards must hold the increased weight of your clogged gutters. The combination of rot and weight can cause your gutter system to fail, resulting in expensive repairs.

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Landscaping Damage

If you want to maintain the beauty of your landscaping, having clog-free gutters is essential. When your gutters can’t do their job, overflowing water will pour down the sides of your home. Eventually, this water will damage the trees, shrubs, and flower beds close to the base of your home.

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Gutter Damage

When your gutters are full of leaves and other debris, rainwater, and other forms of precipitation have nowhere to go. This causes water to fill your gutters to the brim. Because each gallon of water weighs around eight pounds, this extra weight will cause your gutters to crack, bend, or even tear away from your roof. Your gutters are rendered completely useless at that point, and you’re looking at very expensive repairs.

If you don’t have the time and patience to commit to proper gutter cleaning, The Gutter Gorilla team is here to help. We have been cleaning gutters in Rock Hill for years. With a fully trained team of gutter professionals on staff, we have the experience and resources to clean your gutters effectively and efficiently.

Common Signs of Clogged Gutters

One of the most common questions we get at The Gutter Gorilla centers around when homeowners need gutter cleaning in Rock Hill, SC. The answer is nuanced, but generally speaking, your gutters need to be cleaned twice a year or whenever they become clogged. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly easy for the average homeowner to climb up on a ladder, get on their roof, and look to see if their gutters are full of debris.

Luckily, there are some common signs that you can look out for to save yourself from costly repairs:

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Sagging Gutters

When debris like pine needles and leaves begin to build up in your gutters, the increased weight can cause your gutters to bend and sag. When this happens, your gutters can’t do their job of directing water away from your home. If your gutters appear to be sagging, chances are they are clogged.

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Birds and Pests

Animals like birds find gutters a very appealing place to make a nest. If you notice birds or other critters scurrying around in your gutters, it can be a tell-tale sign that your gutters are clogged with nest-making materials.

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Stains on Your Siding

If you see stains on your siding, there is a good chance that your gutters are clogged, and standing water is overflowing onto your siding. This overflow of water can damage the fascia boards behind your gutters and can also affect your roof’s shingles.

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Plant Life

It might sound far-fetched, but if your gutters have enough dirt and debris buildup, seeds within that dirt can sprout, causing a garden to grow in your gutters. If you notice signs of plant growth in your gutters, they are most likely clogged and need to be cleaned ASAP.

In today’s fast-paced world, we understand that your time is precious. If you believe your gutters are clogged but don’t have the time to check, we would be happy to travel to your home for an initial gutter inspection.

During your inspection, our team will check your gutters for clogs and debris. While we are inspecting your gutters for clogs, we will also keep an eye out for signs of wear and tear and other issues that might cause damage to your home. When we’re done, we will go over what we found and provide you with a cost-effective solution for any problems that arise. That way, you can spend more time focusing on your family and your life and less time worrying about fixing your gutters by yourself.

Gutter Installation in Rock Hill, SC

Buying a home is one of the largest financial investments that you will make as an adult. As a homeowner, you know that protecting that investment is a priority. While most homeowners do a good job of staying up to date with home maintenance, sometimes life happens, and things begin to slip through the cracks. For many homeowners, gutters and downspouts are often one of those overlooked items.

Whether you need gutters installed on your new home or your old gutter system is dilapidated and needs replacing, we’ve got your back.

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At The Gutter Gorilla, we specialize in custom gutter installation in Rock Hill, SC. Because we have our own machinery, we are essentially cutting out middlemen manufacturers so that our customers benefit from lower prices and higher quality gutter systems. We strive to be friendly, affordable, and effective. We will always make your schedule a priority over our own.

When you trust The Gutter Gorilla with your new gutter installation, know that you are working with the best in the business.

Here are just a few reasons why we are the premier gutter installation company in Rock Hill:

  • We only use premium materials and install seamless, 6” aluminum k-style gutters to hold more water.
  • Our installation methods are tried and tested.
  • Our gutter installation experts are knowledgeable, friendly, and ready to work hard for you.
  • We offer a warranty on all our products and services.
  • We are licensed and insured.
  • Your satisfaction is our #1 concern. We back that up with actions, not words.

When Should You Consider Gutter Installation?

Sometimes, it can be difficult to determine whether you need new gutter installation or gutter repairs. The most reliable answer will come after our team has had a chance to inspect your gutters in Rock Hill. Before you call our office to schedule an inspection, consider the following symptoms of a failing gutter system:

  • Gutters are starting to pull apart and separate.
  • Gutter guards are starting to sag and pull away from the roof.
  • The gutter hangers have begun to break or bend.
  • Downspouts are starting to crease or are no longer straight.
  • Gutters show signs of rust or have visible holes.
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Quick, Reliable Gutter Repairs in Rock Hill, SC

Cleaning and repairing gutters can be a tiresome task. We understand that the last thing you want to do with your free time is to try and figure out how to repair your damaged gutters. However, gutters that are left unrepaired can cause extensive damage to your home and lawn. If you see that your gutters are damaged, you must get them repaired by a professional as soon as possible. Gutter repairs range in complexity and can be as simple as patching a hole in one of your downspouts to re-securing gutters on your home’s fascia board. We recommend that you call our office to schedule a gutter inspection, so our team can get a full understanding of the repairs that need completing.

Here are a few signs that you should be aware of that usually require gutter repairs in Rock Hill, SC:

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Pooling Water
Puddles of water accumulating near your home’s foundation
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Leaks
The next time it rains, grab your umbrella and check your gutters for signs of drips or leaks.
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Displaced Hardware
If you notice gutter-hanging hardware laying on the ground under the edge of your roof, it’s time to call in The Gutter Gorilla. This is a sign that your gutters aren’t fastened securely. One strong gust of wind or heavy rainstorm could cause serious damage to your gutter system.
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Check your basement and your attic for signs of mold growth. If you see any mold or mildew, your gutters might not be doing their job of directing water away from your home.
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Peeling Paint
Have you noticed that paint is starting to peel down the side of your house? Is there rust beginning to form on your gutters? If so, you could be dealing with a leak. Usually, the result of rust or a puncture, this type of problem needs to be patched by a professional
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Uneven Gutters
If your gutters are uneven or starting to sag in the middle, it’s not a good sign. In situations like these, pooling water will not be able to drain towards your corner downspouts. Eventually, the entire gutter will pull away from your home. It is highly recommended that you hire our team of professionals to repair this problem before it gets even worse.

The Trusted Choice for All Your Gutter Needs in Rock Hill

At The Gutter Gorilla, our commitment is to provide you with an easy, care-free, educational experience. When you give us the opportunity to earn your business, you can trust that we will provide you with the highest quality gutter repair services at the best prices in the Lowcountry. From the moment we first visit your home for an inspection to the time we do our final walk though, your satisfaction is our top priority.

Ready to get started? Start your free estimate right from our website, or give our office a call today to learn more about our exceptional gutter services in Rock Hill. We will handle the heavy lifting while you spend your free time enjoying life!

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‘A progressive city’: Dozens gather to talk Rock Hill’s future at mayor’s breakfast

A line of dozens of Rock Hill residents and employees extended far in front of the city’s Sports and Event Center early Thursday morning. Several had a steamy coffee in hand. Most made small-talk as the line slowly funneled inside.The residents, dressed in ties and heels, weren’t there for a sports event. They were there for the mayor’s once-every-three-years key influencer breakfast.“It’s going to be a great day,” Mayor John Gettys told those at the breakfast.Inside, the line continue...

A line of dozens of Rock Hill residents and employees extended far in front of the city’s Sports and Event Center early Thursday morning. Several had a steamy coffee in hand. Most made small-talk as the line slowly funneled inside.

The residents, dressed in ties and heels, weren’t there for a sports event. They were there for the mayor’s once-every-three-years key influencer breakfast.

“It’s going to be a great day,” Mayor John Gettys told those at the breakfast.

Inside, the line continued around a table covered in pastries and coffee. The small-talk carried on as people settled around several circular tables.

The breakfast, which drew about 100 people, provided a chance for city employees and residents to discuss Rock Hill’s future and honor influential residents who’ve had an impact on the city.

Those who attended the two-hour breakfast were tasked with answering the question of the morning — What makes Rock Hill, Rock Hill?

On a stage at the front of the room, Gettys spoke with the four influencers who would be recognized.

Gettys sat on the stage in an armchair flanked by Bishop Herb Crump and Rev. Steve Hogg.

The two pastors met in 2004 when Freedom Temple Ministries, founded by Crump, was destroyed by fire. As a result, First Baptist Church, led by Hogg, sold its Main Street building to Crump’s congregation.

“Rock Hill is a place that’s not a perfect city, but it’s a progressive city,” Crump, from New York, said. “What a better story of unity, progression and a willingness to embrace differences than a Kentucky pastor and a New York pastor working together to make what I think we both believe to be one of the most recognizable transactions in the history of the city on Main Street?”

Crump said in order for the city to continue moving forward in establishing its own identity, Rock Hill leaders should not shy away from acknowledging the city’s historic and present racial and social injustices.

“In order for us to move forward, we have to continue in the efforts that were started by the previous administration and continued by this current administration of addressing real issues and not sugar-coating our efforts of addressing real issues affecting each and every one of us.”

The hundred in the crowd clapped. Some stood.

Hogg said, as the city continues to experience its immense growth, he urged city officials to be aware that parts of the city will not be equally impacted.

“We need to think about the people who are displaced as we grow,” he said.

“Absolutely!” Rock Hill NAACP President Norma Gray, who sat in front of the stage, said.

Dawn Johnson, who has served as chair of the city’s Economic Development Corporation, said she is doing exactly that.

During the breakfast, Johnson, founder of Rock Hill’s Black Economic Leadership League, discussed her efforts to bring more business development to the south side of Rock Hill.

“How can we do something uniquely different for this side of town, but have the same quality, growth, opportunities and jobs?” Johnson said.

Clinton College President Lester McCorn also is working to make sure the south side of the city sees the same development as the rest of the city. Thursday, he highlighted the Clinton ConNEXTion Action Plan, a partnership between the city and community partners, to bring more jobs, housing and businesses to historic Rock Hill neighborhoods.

The plan, established earlier this year, works to ensure those in the historic area in and around Clinton College, one of South Carolina’s eight historically black colleges and universities, have equitable access to resources and opportunities.

“HBCU’s are often in neighborhoods that are challenging, distressed,” McCorn said. “HBCUs have wonderful opportunities if they are positioned to bring economic and community development to those neighborhoods and lift them up.”

The plan has further established Clinton College as an essential aspect of the city, McCorn said.

“Not only is Clinton College punching far above her weight, Clinton College is literally changing lives,” he said.

Clinton ConNEXTion has already made an impact, McCorn pointed out.

He highlighted the city’s effort to create a new tax increment financing district in the south side of Rock Hill. The city is seeking $225 million for its south side redevelopment plan — as part of Clinton ConNEXTion.

“If we want to be ‘Rock Hill For All,’ we have to make an extra effort to make sure that happens because absent that vigilance and accountability does not bring about equality,” McCorn said.

The funds would go to improvements to the area’s streets, utilities, storm water and assist with property acquisition.

York County Council will discuss the proposed TIF during its Oct. 4 meeting. Rock Hill will hold a public hearing on the TIF on Oct. 11.

“This is the perfect moment,” McCorn said. “The stars are aligning in Rock Hill. This is our moment.”

The crowd clapped.

“I think that is our story in Rock Hill now,” Gettys said at the end of the breakfast. “It’s an explosion of opportunity and an explosion of colors … all the development, people that are coming in, engagement from so many that haven’t engaged before, so that really is our charge as we leave here today.”

This story was originally published October 1, 2021 11:01 AM.

Couple wanting second child instead ends up with four more in SC. ‘We were in shock’

A South Carolina mom hoping for a second child was shocked to learn she was expecting four of them.Ally Hampton was getting an ultrasound with her husband, Justin, when their doctor surprised them with the news that they were having quadruplets, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) said Friday.“He was just like, ‘I’m going to start from left to right.’ And we wer...

A South Carolina mom hoping for a second child was shocked to learn she was expecting four of them.

Ally Hampton was getting an ultrasound with her husband, Justin, when their doctor surprised them with the news that they were having quadruplets, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) said Friday.

“He was just like, ‘I’m going to start from left to right.’ And we were like, ‘What?’” Ally said before the doctor started counting.

By No. 4, the couple joked that they were ready for the count to stop.

“We were in shock,” Ally said, according to MUSC.

The Hamptons said they sought help with getting pregnant after having “fertility struggles” with their first child, a 3-year-old girl. They turned to Coastal Fertility for a treatment called intrauterine insemination, and Ally couldn’t wait to get the results.

“You’re supposed to wait two weeks before doing a pregnancy test,” she said. “But I was not patient and did it three days early. It was positive.”

Across the nation, health officials say about 6% of married 15- to 44-year-old women can’t get pregnant after a year of trying to do so.

The intrauterine insemination process is sometimes used for couples experiencing “unexplained” infertility, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on its website. Though it doesn’t increase chances of having multiples, drugs that are linked to it can, Healthline previously reported.

In 2019, the U.S. birth rate for triplets or higher multiples was 87.7 per 100,000, according to the CDC.

Dr. Rebecca Wineland of MUSC said being pregnant with four babies poses risks, and the Hamptons were “on edge” at first.

“From the beginning, they told us they were all in their own amniotic sacs,” Justin said in the hospital’s news release. “So they’re not identical. That actually increases the chance for survival. They also had their own placentas, which meant that they were getting their own nutrients.”

When Ally was about 29 weeks pregnant, it was time for the Hamptons to meet their new babies.

“It was just such a surreal moment,” Ally said in the news release. “I think they had 13 nurses waiting to help — they had everybody lined up.”

Three girls and a boy were delivered through cesarean section within two minutes of one another. The children — Ava, Blake, Colby and Colt — were taken to a neonatal intensive care unit, officials said.

Since then, the Hamptons have been trying to keep their older daughter on a regular schedule and are welcoming their newborns home as soon as they are healthy enough, according to a GoFundMe page that says it’s raising money for the family.

“I think we’ve already gotten into that, like, ‘This is our story,’” Justin told MUSC. “I don’t know how we did it before.”

The Howze Law Firm in Rock Hill, South Carolina Explains Bankruptcy Laws

The Howze Law Firm in Rock Hill, SC is explaining how the two bankruptcy chapters work in the state of South Carolina. South Carolina residents who are under financial pressure may find that filing bankruptcy is the right solution for them.Rock Hill, SC – The Howze Law Firm that serves the greater Charlotte metro area, is explaining the key benefits of filing for bankruptcy.The federal bankruptcy law provides people going through tough financial times with an opportunity to start fresh. If you are current...

The Howze Law Firm in Rock Hill, SC is explaining how the two bankruptcy chapters work in the state of South Carolina. South Carolina residents who are under financial pressure may find that filing bankruptcy is the right solution for them.

Rock Hill, SC – The Howze Law Firm that serves the greater Charlotte metro area, is explaining the key benefits of filing for bankruptcy.

The federal bankruptcy law provides people going through tough financial times with an opportunity to start fresh. If you are currently facing major financial difficulties, bankruptcy can pave the way for debt relief. At The Howze Law Firm, their bankruptcy lawyer will help clients maximize the benefits of filing for bankruptcy based on each client’s personal needs and situation.

Which Chapter to File for Bankruptcy

Filing for bankruptcy in South Carolina provides a solution to reorganize your debts or to help get your debts dismissed due to being insolvent. When someone is “insolvent” this means that they are in a financial state where they cannot pay their bills because their debts outweigh their income. In South Carolina, residents can file either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Deciding to file for bankruptcy relief will depend on several factors and qualifications, including the individual’s goal for filing for bankruptcy.

A Chapter 7 bankruptcy is what people frequently choose because it does not involve a repayment plan. The benefit is that unsecured debt like credit card debt and medical bills are wiped out. In a Chapter 7 the debtor can keep certain “exempt” property; What is considered “exempt” property is based on each state’s laws. The bankruptcy’s attorney’s job is to evaluate which assets are exempt and nonexempt and advise the debtor. Nonexempt assets can be liquidated by the bankruptcy trustee. You can own a home or car and file for Chapter 7, but these payments should be current by your lender before filing if you want to keep those assets.

Under Chapter 13, people must pay some or all of what they owe. A three or five-year repayment plan is typically set up. The benefits to Chapter 13 bankruptcy are that you can keep all your assets, lower interest rates on debts, stop penalties and late fees, stop a foreclosure, you may be able to pay fair market value for your car, debt is consolidated into one payment, and stop harassing creditor calls. Consulting with a Rock Hill lawyer for bankruptcy can help residents choose the best bankruptcy plan that is right for them.

About The Howze Law Firm

The Howze Law Firm Attorney Tracy Bomar-Howze has been practicing law for over 21 years. She is licensed in Michigan, South Carolina, US District Court, and the US Bankruptcy Court in the District of South Carolina. The firm offers free consultations and specializes in the legal practice areas of bankruptcy law, divorce, child custody, estate planning, probate, credit reporting inaccuracies, and creditor harassment.

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International Artist, Shepard Fairey Set to Paint Mural In Rock Hill

(Photo Courtesy:ObeyGiant.com / Photographer Jon Furlong)ROCK HILL, S.C. (CN2 NEWS) – Th...

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ROCK HILL, S.C. (CN2 NEWS) – The art scene in Rock Hill is about to get even bigger as world-renowned artist, Shepard Fairey comes to town.

According to leaders with the city of Rock Hill, Fairey plans to pain a large-scale mural on a wall located at 153 East White Street in downtown Rock Hill.

You may see him in action October 16th through the 19th.

This mural will add to Rock Hill’s Mural Mile Project.

While Fairey is in town, 60 art pieces have been chosen for public display and sale for a limited time.

Those interested can view the air October 17th through October 31st, Wednesdays through Sundays at the same location from 4 PM until 8 PM.

To learn more about Shepard Fairey visit: www.obeygiant.com and watch CN2 News Monday, October 18th at 6 PM.

“I’m very excited to paint a mural and exhibit my art in Rock Hill because I grew up spending a lot of time with family in the city and surrounding countryside,” said Shepard Fairey. “My mural celebrates various aspects of Rock Hill’s industrial history while also sharing my philosophy of open-mindedness, creativity, and adaptive disruption to progress into the future. I look forward to a great dialogue with the people of Rock Hill,” Fairey said.

“This project is a very important step in the further development of the “Mural Mile” in Rock Hill. The “Mural Mile” stresses the need to make art accessible, with murals on multiple buildings throughout the historic Old Town area. “We are so excited that an international artist of Shepard Fairey’s caliber has chosen to share his work with our Rock Hill community,” says Cathy Murphy, Downtown Development Manager for the City of Rock Hill. “This endeavor will truly bring attention and credence to our ‘Mural Mile’ project being completed over the next few years.”

Ambulance calls in Rock Hill region can lead to long ER waits, no guaranteed destination

If you call for ambulance service in the Rock Hill region, you’ll probably get a quick response, then face delays getting hospital care.A recent joint statement from South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the S.C. Hospital Association and the S.C. Emergency Medical Services Association addressed the problem of ambulances taking patients to already-crowded hospitals.“There is no one-size-fits-all response to this dynamically complex issue,” the statement said. “We are explor...

If you call for ambulance service in the Rock Hill region, you’ll probably get a quick response, then face delays getting hospital care.

A recent joint statement from South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the S.C. Hospital Association and the S.C. Emergency Medical Services Association addressed the problem of ambulances taking patients to already-crowded hospitals.

“There is no one-size-fits-all response to this dynamically complex issue,” the statement said. “We are exploring options that include patient education on appropriate (emergency medical services) and (emergency department) utilization, alternate transport options, as well as treatment in place, but these situations are not an immediate fix.”

The three organizations say they will continue to communicate and work to find solutions.

Officials who work with the emergency vehicles say people in the Rock Hill region can be assured an ambulance will arrive quickly when called. If ambulances in one county or township are in use, emergency management services from nearby areas will step in.

But most patients will end up waiting in the ambulance for 45 minutes to an hour. And that time could stretch up to two hours. Least serious cases will be directed to the waiting room before being moved into a treatment room.

“Turnaround time” is the period it takes an ambulance to pick someone up, drive to a hospital, and get the patient into an emergency room.

In Chester, the current ‘turnaround’ time for an ambulance is 45 minutes. Before the pandemic last summer, Britt Lineberger, director of Chester Emergency Medical Services, said turnaround time was about 15 minutes.

Lineberger’s job includes coordinating Chester’s ambulances, which run 24-hours, out of three stations -- in the city of Chester, Great Falls and Richburg. He also manages equipment, funding and personnel.

Chief of Fort Mill Emergency Medical Services Tim McMichael estimates that, as of Oct. 5, it took 15 minutes for ambulances to pick up patients in Fort Mill. (There is no formal data collection on this time estimate.)

At a briefing earlier this month, DHEC said the new Delta variant is causing the majority of hospitalizations in the South Carolina. Hospitals in this region have quickly filled.

That has led to another problem: There’s no guarantee you’ll land at the hospital you request.

As emergency rooms reach capacity, patients picked up in York, Lancaster or Chester counties can end up anywhere in the tri-counties. Emergency rooms in surrounding counties like Union, Richland and Mecklenburg (across the border in North Carolina) also are experiencing unusually-long wait times, officials say.

Staff manning the ambulance -- first responders who are either EMTs or paramedics -- will wait with the patient until they are taken in the hospital.

One caveat: Serious cases, like cardiac emergencies, strokes or trauma, are treated upon arrival, Lineberger said.

Lineberger says patients with cold or flu-like symptoms, who are not having trouble breathing, should not to call an ambulance.

“I would say don’t go (to the emergency room),” he said. “Go to your family doctor. Don’t take up resources. That’s where the problem comes into play. The emergency room is not a family doctor. It is not supposed to be. Please leave those resources because we’re so limited.”

However, people with more serious medical problems, even if the situation does not seem life-threatening, still should call, Lineburger said.

“Although we’re going to be with the patient longer, we’re trained to help ... We’re providing medication. Even for something like, let’s say, a hip fracture, a femur fracture, any kind of fracture. We can provide pain management, as opposed to waiting for 45 minutes to three hours before you get in (the emergency room),” he said.

Traditionally, a hospital that is crowded would let emergency service workers know the hospital is on “diversion.” That means ambulances are urged to seek a different hospital.

Lineberger said it’s not uncommon for all of the region’s hospitals in Chester, Lancaster, York, Union, Richland and Mecklenburg counties to be on diversion.

Ambulance services try to honor a patient’s request for a specific hospital. If the hospital were in “diversion” category, medics once would encourage patients to avoid that hospital.

“We can’t do that anymore,” McMichael said.

McMichael said the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control Bureau of EMS sent out a memo about three months ago, reminding first responders that diversion is “just a notification,” not a requirement.

When all the hospitals are in diversion status, first responders must pick the best option. That has led to situations where ambulances with patients are lined up outside the emergency room entrance.

The recent joint statement from South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the SC Hospital Association and the SC Emergency Medical Services Association said: “EMS recognizes the need to decompress hospital capacity as well as the role EMS plays in delivering patients to hospitals that are already at or near capacity. EMS systems are encouraged to honor hospital diversion requests when possible; however, there are situations in which EMS flexibility is not possible.”

As of last Tuesday, DHEC data reported that acute hospitals -- hospitals prepared to take critical patients, some coming by ambulance -- are at 80.5% capacity.

“If there’s more patients that are taking up those beds, for a longer period of time, that kind of backlogs everybody else,” Lineberger said. “If they don’t have any place for them to go ... that kind of back fills. Everything backs up into the ER, which is our entry point. That is going to create the bottleneck right there.”

Data gathered in a recent report done by The New York times shows that Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill is at 86% ICU capacity. MUSC Lancaster is currently also at 86% ICU capacity. There is no current data available for MUSC Chester.

Ambulances in the Fort Mill and Rock Hill area also take patients to hospitals in Charlotte. Atrium Health Pineville has an overfull ICU at 108% capacity. The ICU at Novant Health Mint Hill Medical Center in Charlotte is at 94% capacity. And Carolinas Medical Center ICU in Charlotte is at 90% capacity.

It’s important to remember that even if ICUs are not completely full, there usually is a shortage of ventilators, and there is not always enough staff to handle every patient, officials say.

A shortage of hospital staff, emergency medical service employees, and delays in training new employees due to the pandemic also contribute to delayed treatment.

The problem is complicated, and it’s not just specific to the area, or the state, McMichael says. “This is an industry wide problem.”

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