SERVPRO at a Local School
Our SERVPRO team visited a local school to help with a water loss. The water was streaming down the near by sidewalks when our team arrived on the job site. Our team members began their job by sucking up all of the extra water surrounding the leak. Then, they began the drying process.
Our SERVPRO team brought in several dehumidifiers and air movers to get the drying process moving faster. Our team arrived to the job very quickly, and they were finished in just three short days!
When there is a job at a commercial building such as a school, our team members do their best to make sure that the students remain unbothered. Our team members go in and do their work at various times of the day to make sure that is the case. The flexibility of our teammates is one of the things that makes SERVPRO so special! We can accommodate to any schedule so that we can help out in any way possible!
We are beginning to see the effects of winter!
Yesterday, SERVPRO got a new job at a local health care facility. A pipe froze causing a large water loss at the commercial building. Kentucky is already beginning to witness severe affects of the winter season! Unfortunately, freezing pipes are a side affect of cold weather.
The employees of the local health care facility noticed the water leak after freezing temperatures affected the pipes. Shortly after, SERVPRO was called and quickly arrived on the scene. The pipe didn't burst during business hours. Most of the time, when events such as these take place, they are at inconvenient times. That's what SERVPRO is here for.
Our team was at the local health care facility until late hours in the night. We are happy to help at any time; day or night. It is only the beginning of winter now, it remains to be seen what the rest of the season will bring!
Natural Disasters and Mold
When Hurricane Harvey hit, our SERVPRO team responded immediately. Our team heard the news of the hurricane and prepared for the worst. With in a few days, our team was on the way to Houston. Most of our team focused on the rebuilding and restoration of residential and commercial businesses. There was so much flooding and water damage in the area, it was difficult to asses what the harm would be from the water damage.
When severe water damage comes into play, mold is likely to surface shortly afterward. Mold can begin to grow 48 to 72 hours after the water hits the exposed area. In the case of Hurricane Harvey, the area in question had the perfect growing environment for mold. This picture was the result of a ton of water on the area affected and massive mold growth. SERVPRO not only helped with the destruction and devastation in Houston, but they stuck around for the aftermath of the aftermath.
Mold in Insulation
A few months ago a terrible natural disaster hit Houston, Texas. Our SERVPRO team responded and headed down south. After our team responded to calls of storm and water damage, they addressed evidence of mold in multiple locations. Initially, one thinks that a hurricane is going to cause destruction due to heavy winds, rains and flooding. However, the average customer doesn't even think about the mold until the rain water and flooding has done it's damage. Our SERVPRO team responded to several jobs with mold issues after the long hours they put into storm repair.
By this time, our team had been out of state for almost three weeks helping with the aftermath of Harvey. They were going to stay longer if it meant addressing more issues such as mold.
This picture shows water damage in a customer's ceiling, which has insulation. Since insulation has to be removed for the drying process, the SERVPRO team could take the steps needed to address the mold issue. No job is too big or too small for SERVPRO.
Mold in your home
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO specializes in mold cleanup and restoration. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. If you are in need of mold remediation please call our office at (859)225-3193.
Important Water Do's and Dont's
- Stop the source of the water.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furnishings after removing any contents lying on the surface.
- Be aware of potential electrical hazards. Do not attempt to vacuum up water with standard vacuum equipment.
- Clearly designate wet areas with floor signs and safety tape.
- Pad or block wood furniture to prevent permanent staining of carpet.
- Carefully remove colored items from affected areas, especially those in contact with carpet and upholstery.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for even drying.
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
- Do not attempt to use electrical devices exposed to moisture or use unexposed electrical devices while standing on wet floors- especially wet concrete.
- Do not turn on ceiling fans or light fixtures if ceiling is wet. Avoid standing beneath sagging ceilings.
10 Best Practices to Avoid Christmas Decor Catastrophe
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!
Beat frozen pipes!
Of the most common occurrences during the winter months is water damage due to frozen pipes. Be sure to see that your pipes are well-insulated because this could result in a more consistent water damage. When pipes are exposed to colder weather for more than a couple days problems can begin to occur. Frozen water has less volume than running water. The pipe breaks due to the cold, water starts running and then you’re really in trouble.
Pipes will most commonly freeze in two main areas- where the water comes in and where the water goes out. Most homeowners will notice the problem when turning on the faucet because nothing comes out. Less commonly, frozen outgoing pipes from showers, toilets and sinks are a bigger problem because they will back up into the house. We always recommend you keep water dripping into the sinks-running water will be less likely to freeze. Worst case scenario, very low temperatures can cause your water pipes to freeze and ultimately burst. In order to prevent this from happening, abide by the following guidelines…
- Disconnect all gardening hoses and install covers.
- Keep your house temperature at 68 degrees or higher
- Open cabinet doors below sinks and allow heat from the home to circulate.
- Identify the location of the main water valve and the valve on your water heater. (Contact your local SERVPRO if you want a complimentary Emergency Ready Plan provided for your home.)
- Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape. This can prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls.
- Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents.
- Heat your basement and consider weather sealing your windows.
- Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home.
- If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, shut off water supply valves to your washing machine.
If a Pipe Bursts
Hurricanes and Water Damage
Living in an area prone to natural water related disasters, be that Hurricanes or water sprouts, means that it is imperative to take the proper precautions. This past year, the U.S. was affected by several hurricanes.
Here are some tips to help those in affected areas in the aftermath of a Hurricane.
- Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.
- Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
- Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
- Watch out for debris and downed power lines.
- Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
- Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away.
- Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.
- Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.
The stress of needing water removal services cannot be overstated. The costs and havoc it causes is overwhelming. Call your local SERVPRO anytime for your water emergency.
Winter Storm Warning and Watches
Winter Storm Warnings & Watches
Winter storms can range from a moderate snowfall over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding snow that lasts for several days. Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states, while others affect only a single community. Many winter storms are supplemented by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.
Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, you should be prepared in order to remain safe during these events. There are major differences between a winter watch and a warning.
Winter Storm Watch is issued approximately 24-36 hours before a more significant winter storm is expected. Heavy snow and significant ice accumulations are possible within a Watch area which can adversely affect travel.
Winter Storm Warning is issued when a significant winter storm containing heavy snow and/or significant ice is imminent or already occurring. Traveling is highly discouraged due to poor road conditions
- Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing. Check tire pressure, battery, and wiper fluid levels.
- Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out. Turn down your water heater. Mind your thermostat!
- Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.