Restoring your home after Fire
Fire season is upon us. The average wear and tear of firefighting efforts ultimately lead to extensive smoke damage, fire damage, and acidic ash debris that needs to be cleared ASAP to prevent further damage. SERVPRO of Versailles, Nicholasville, Danville, and Harrodsburg an IICRC certified business, have specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home or commercial business to pre-fire condition.
Whether your home or business is suffering from a small kitchen fire or a structural fire, our technicians are on-call and ready to restore the structure as soon as the call comes in. Timely mitigation is key to managing the restoration process. Acidic soot will begin to break-down glass and metals almost immediately following a fire. Our team will carefully test the affected rooms or any other rooms that may be affected to determine what type of damage has occurred and the best plan of aciton.
In most cases the walls and roof will become compromised, and in these cases we will board up missing windows. If water damage is present, we will use dehumidifiers and air movers to ensure the area is dry for the smoke and soot removal process. Once we are sure the surfaces are dry, we will use specialized equipment to remove smoke and soot. Smoke odor can pose as extremely challenging to deodorize, however, with our state-of-the-are foggers we are able to clean and sanitize all belongings to pre-fire condition. Getting your home to pre-fire condition is our main priority. Restoration may involve minor repairs, replacing drywall, painting, or installing new flooring.
· 24 Hour Emergency Service
· Faster to Any Size Disaster
· A Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,650 Franchises
· Highly Trained Fire and Water Damage Restoration Specialists
SERVPRO has the Mold Infestation Expertise
Mold damage occurs when a natural environmental fungus finds its way into your Versailles, Nicholasville, Danville, or Harrodsburg home. It treats many of the organic materials used to build your home as a food source, finds a suitably dark environment, where moisture exists and goes to work almost immediately.
Finding mold damage in your Versailles, Nicholasville, Danville, or Harrodsburg area home is quite common. Many homeowners suffer from this problem; some of you may not even know that it exists. Mold growth produces a dank, musty smell in a localized area surrounding developing colonies. If you know what to look for, or are familiar with the scent, it can be easy to identify areas fairly early. Unfortunately, most homeowners dismiss the odor, even after smelling it countless times.
Discovering mold damage often means that a larger problem exists, by the time you can visually see mold, growth is often out of control on the inside of a wall, ceiling, or floor. Professional remediation specialists, like those at SERVPRO, use specialized equipment to locate sources of water that allow mold growth to occur and use containment methods to stop the spread.
In most situations, homeowners that attempt cleaning moldy areas alone create additional problems that expand the affected area and cause additional damage. They do not understand that store bought chemicals only provide them with half measures, never producing quality results. SERVPRO mold remediation specialists never use chemicals as a sole method to control mold growth in your home.
It may be fun to learn which type of mold invaded your home. However, knowing the species of mold does nothing to change the methods used to mitigate the problem. Unless you specifically want to know, just to know, the mold home test kits that you find in your local supermarket are a waste of time and money. Besides, the results you receive from the lab after 7 to 10-days are often incomprehensible to anyone without an advanced degree in biology or medical testing.
Take advantage of mold remediation services available from SERVPRO of Versailles, Nicholasville and Danville today. We stand ready to help you recover and make the most of any emergency situation that may occur.
Contact our office at (859)-887-1123.
10 Best Practices to Avoid Christmas Decor Castrophe
Decorating the house for the holiday season is one of the most festive times of the year! It can also be the most hazardous if not done correctly. Using lights, trees and wreaths are necessary but proper precautions need to be taken to avoid the all too common house fire. First and foremost, be sure to read all instructions and manufacturer's installation procedures before you plan to use decorations indoors and outdoors.
In order to keep your family safe, follow these 10 best practices to ensure installation is done correctly:
1. Always, always check wiring! Even on new sets of lights there is still a possibility or frayed wiring. Do not fix frayed wiring with tape-always discard and replace sets.
2. Any and all light sets should be approved by the Underwriters Laboratory. Be sure to check which lights are approved for indoor use and which sets are approved for outdoor use. This differentiation is clearly labeled.
3. Always use clips when hanging lights. Never hammer nails into the wiring.
4. If hanging lights outside, only use heavy duty extension cords that are specifically designed for outdoor use.
5. In some cases, it is possible to plug outdoor lights and other decorations into ground fault circuit interrupters. These are used to prevent electric shock and break the circuit in instances involving a difference in electrical currents.
6. Utilize the timer feature on all lights, both when you go to bed and when you are not home.
7. Keep indoor lights away from curtains or furniture.
8. Avoid placing cords on floors in high traffic areas.
9. When decorating outside, keep ladders secure and always do so with supervision.
10. Finally, keep all candles away from fabrics or decor!
Call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold in your home
Mold in heating, ventilation, and HVAC systems in Versailles, Nicholasville, Danville, & Harrodsburg homes can cause serious health effects. Every time you turn on the air conditioner or furnace, numerous microscopic mold spores are forced out of the air ducts and into the air, which makes it easy to inhale them. Quick action is important to minimize the extent of the damage.
If you notice the presence of mold on your HVAC system, you can count on SERVPRO to neutralize the problem. Our mold damage control experts are available in Versailles, Nicholasville, Danville, & Harrodsburg areas 24/7 to respond to your emergency. We use advanced tools and equipment in every restoration project, and all our technicians are certified by the IICRC to ensure that our methods are up to date with industry standards.
You need to do something about mold damage in your air conditioning system if you notice obvious signs such as a strong musty smell or visible mold. The most obvious places include the drip pans, cooling coils, intake vents, and air ducts. If there are no visible signs of mold, but you can detect a definite odor, you should contact SERVPRO to inspect your system.
Mold damage in the air ducts should be dealt with immediately. Failure to do this can cause mold spores to spread throughout the house when the system blows air into the different parts of the home. The two main causes of mold in the air conditioning system are organic material and condensation. Condensation happens when parts of the HVAC system get cold.
Air conditioning systems often collect dust over time, both within the air ducts and in the unit itself. Dust is packed with all sorts of organic material, including dead skin cells and pollen, which are excellent food sources for mold. When you add a damp environment, it creates a suitable place for mold growth.
If you are looking for timely and efficient mold damage control services, SERVPRO of Versailles, Nicholasville, Danville. & Harrodsburg is always there to help. We have a large variety of resources that are effective at mold remediation, regardless of the extent of the damage. Call us today at (859)-887-1123.
SERVPRO of Versailles, Nicholasville, Danville & Harrodsburg 24 Hour Emergency Service
SERVPRO of Versailles, Nicholasville, Danville, & Harrodsburg is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – 859-887-1123
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Versailles, Nicholasville, Danville, & Harrodsburg has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Versailles, Nicholasville, Danville, & Harrodsburg
SERVPRO of Versailles, Nicholasville, Danville, & Harrodsburg specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Here at SERVPRO we are certified!
SERVPRO of Versailles, Nicholasville, and Danville is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to these companies.
IICRC Certified Firms must
- Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
- Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
- Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
- Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
- Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
SERVPRO of Versailles, Nicholasville, and Danville is an IICRC certified firm. Please call your local franchise for the following services. Visit IICRC for more information regarding these certifications.
- Carpet Cleaning
- Carpet Color Repair
- Carpet Inspection
- Carpet Repair and Reinstallation
- Commercial Carpet Cleaning
- Fire and Smoke Restoration
- Hard Surface Cleaning
- Hard Surface Inspection
- House Cleaning
- Leather Cleaning
- Mold Remediation
- Odor Control
- Rug Cleaning
- Structural and Commercial Drying
- Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning
- Water Damage
SERVPRO helps restore your commercial property after water damage
Flooding and water damage events on commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Versailles, Nicholasville, Danville, & Harrodsburg
SERVPRO of Versailles, Nicholasville, Danville, & Harrodsburg specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
SERVPRO answers to aftermath of Hurricane Florence
This photo was taken entering the flooded area
A little less than two weeks ago, Hurricane Florence impacted the entire eastern side of the United States. The area of the U.S. that was hit the hardest was North Carolina. The winds reached up to 140 miles per hour, resulting in the storm being catastrophic to the eastern coast. The category four hurricane dropped almost 40 inches of rain, caused billions of dollars in damage, and several fatalities.
As soon as the roads were clear, our SERVPRO team headed down to the coast of North Carolina to help in any way that they could. Our team responded to mostly commercial properties in Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, Havelock, Swansboro, and many other areas on the coast of North Carolina.
Our SERVPRO team is just one of many in North Carolina trying to help with the aftermath of the storms. Our team has been in the area for almost two weeks and may be down there much longer with the destruction caused by Hurricane Florence.
The Do's and Do Not's of commercial and residential fires.
When disaster strikes, timing is important. The first hours, even minutes are crucial to proper restoration. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. Make yourself and others in your household aware of what to do and what not to do.
What To Do After A Fire
· Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
· Keep hands clean so that you make sure not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
· Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
· If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
· Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
· Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
· Change HVAC filter.
What NOT To Do After A Fire
· Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
· Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
· Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
· Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
· Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
Emergency Ready Planning
ARE YOU READY FOR WHATEVER HAPPENS ?
Disasters and resulting business interruption can devastate companies ! It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster never reopen. However, of those that have reopened, the majority had some type of response plan in place. Now although no one plans on having a disaster, you can always plan for it. These type of disasters and emergencies strike without warning. With the thought of planning ahead we can establish a trustworthy relationship with clients and businesses.
TIMING IS EVRYTHING !
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you can help minimize the amount of time your business is in active by having an immediate plan of action. Timely mitigation minimizes the affect of water & fire damage allowing your property and business to be restored at an advanced rate with minimal down time.
WHY THE SERVPRO ERP ?
This is a no cost assessment of your facility which means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost. It was purposely designed to contain only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. In essence, it will only take a little time to complete, however it will save you a lot of time needed. This will establish SERVPRO as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. In turn, this gives you a piece of mind that should you ever need cleanup or restoration services, you have a trusted local provider that will be here for you 24/7. This also identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin. Which will in turn save time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage faster, which can save you both time and money. Lastly, the emergency ready planning provides facility details, such as valve locations, important areas, and priority contact information. Just by having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call provides solution in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency, you are always "Ready for whatever happens."