Mold on our clothes?
Mold in the house is something every homeowner dreads and fears. Mold can be toxic and spread quickly and quietly without you even being aware of it. If you have mold in your home, you likely had water intrusion either from rain or flood water or a leaky pipe. Mold can ruin your belongings – from your flooring and walls to your furniture and even your clothing. Many times mold-damaged belongs must be discarded for your safety or because they have been permanently damaged.
If you have found mold on your clothing or there is a potential for mold growth because of a flood, you may be wondering if you can save your clothes or if you need to throw them away. The good news is that (depending on when you found the molded clothing), you may be able to save them. With a little bit of persistence and quick action, you can often rid your precious clothing of damaging mold and make them safe to wear again.
Commercial carpet cleaning will make your carpet last longer
Let our talented technicians take care of your dirty carpets
Keeping your carpets clean will prolong it life. Business see a lot of foot traffic and with that comes dirt and debris. Here are a few things that can be done to help.
- Using mats on the outside of doors and rugs on the inside can help reduce what is tracked inside .
- Keep sidewalks areas swept free of dirt, leaves and grass clippings.
- Vacuum high traffic areas on a daily basis and all other areas as needed but at least every 2-3 days.
- Have a specific plan in place for spills or spots when they happen.
- Have traffic areas professionally cleaned at least once a month and all other areas every 3 months.
Doing these things will help you keep your carpets looking great, your business running smoothly and your clients or customers happy.
Call SERVPRO of Boyd, Carter, Greenup & Lewis Counties today (606) 836-8000
The Dangers of snow
Be safe out there this winter
With winter quickly approaching SERVPRO of Boyd, Carter, Greenup & Lewis Counties would like to remind everyone of some of the dangers of snow.
- Accumulating snow can make driving motor vehicles very hazardous.
- Visibility is reduced by falling snow and this is further exacerbated by strong winds creating whiteout conditions.
- Heavy snowfall can immobilize a vehicle entirely, which may be deadly depending on how long it takes rescue crews to arrive. The clogging of a vehicle's tailpipe by snow may lead to carbon monoxide buildup inside the cabin
- Snow buildup can weigh down a roof and cause trusses to cave in.
- Snow piling up outside the house can block dryer vents or even some furnace exhaust vents causing dangerous fumes to enter your home.
- Ice dams forming along the roof can create a backup of water to be forced up under your shingles.
So be safe out there this winter and if any of these thing happen to your home call us at (606) 836-8000 and we will send a crew over.
How to handle water damage
A flood can happen anywhere around the home or business and can occur for any number of reasons. Some are old pipes which have finally given up the ghost or have been ruptured by frozen water, faulty seals on a dishwasher or shower unit or external damage to a building during a storm are just a few of the ways a flood can occur.
Water damage to property, whether business or residential premises, can be a disaster if you don't know how to handle it. We are your local professional water damage specialists of Boyd, Carter, Greenup & Lewis Counties, and we will be on hand just when you need us.
Being knee deep in cold water in the middle of the night is something for which few of us are prepared, but which our professional technicians are ready. If you find the worst has happened then stay calm. Take some simple preventative measures to minimize damage to your premises.
Firstly check for any obvious dangers such as electrical equipment or instruments that may cause injuries such as machinery or tools; it may be necessary to isolate the electricity supply. DO NOT handle any electrical equipment.
Secondly take anything that can be quickly moved away from the flood area. Be aware that some things can get heavier when waterlogged such as fabrics, papers, and containers which may collect liquid.
Thirdly contact our trained SERVPRO professionals. When the worst happens, you need to know that the technicians are coming to help you are fully prepared, IICRC certified, with the right equipment and that they will arrive as quickly as possible. Since we are locally owned, you can rest assured that in your moment of need, we will offer reliable advice to help you tackle any problems as our technicians rush to the scene.
Water damage can be a stressful issue to grapple with but having a friendly and knowledgeable face available around the clock can mean you have one less thing to worry about. We can stop the flow, extract standing water, dry and remove moisture and restore your home "Like it never even happened."
Call us today at (606) 836-8000
Water damage from your washing machine
Washing machines have been the cause of countless water losses and mold in homes. SERVPRO of Boyd, Carter, Greenup & Lewis Counties respond to dozens of water and mold losses monthly.
A washing machine can leak into the floors and to the room immediately below causing extensive damage to the floors, drywall, and insulation. As a rule, every home owner should make a regular habit of checking the drain and hoses from their washing machine to ensure they are dry.
Hard water buildup on the hoses and fittings can also lead to water issues as it is a sign there is damage to the hardware. In addition to the hoses, look for water on the floor surrounding your machine to ensure the machine it’s self is not leaking.
Smoke alarms save lives
Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be install in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detectors requirements are met.
Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or client to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation.
Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance.
-Install smoke alarms on every level of the home including the basement.
- Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
-Test smoke alarms at least once a month using a test button.
-Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps" the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
-Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
Will you reopen after a disaster?
Soot Blanketing the floor after a Commercial Fire
As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
- A no cost assessment of your facility.
This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
- Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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Less than1 day before damage starts
Did you know?
At SERVPRO® of Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lewis Counties want to do what we can to help you be ready in case of a water damage in your home from such things as a pipe burst or clogged toilet. Quick response is essential to limiting water damage in your home, many think that water cannot cause that much damage or that it will dry on its own if they just leave it alone, but that will cause secondary damages.
The faster you act, the better you can minimize the damage. If disaster should ever strike make sure to call the SERVPRO team of Boyd, Cater, Greenup &Lewis Counties, we are eager toserve our community, and are ready 24/7 365 at 606-836-8000.
Heating, holiday decorations, winter storms and candles all contribute to an increased risk of fire during the winter months; Here are a few tips
- Have your furnace checked. It's worth the money to hire a professional to inspect and service your furnace once a year. If it's going to conk out, it's better to know trouble is co 2. Have your chimneys and vents checked. Fireplaces produce creosote which can ignite. If you light fires frequently, you need a chimney sweep service once a year. When you burn wood, make sure it's dry and seasoned so that it produces more flame and less smoke.
- Test smoke alarms. Make sure batteries are fresh. Place smoke alarms in the kitchen, laundry room and in bedrooms.
- Cover the fireplace with a screen. Tempered glass or a metal screen helps protect sparks from leaving the fireplace. Even so, make sure that children and pets sit at least three feet away when you light a fire in the fireplace.
- Beware of lit candles. Candles can set the mood for relaxation, and that's how they get forgotten or knocked over by kids or pets. Light candles only when you're around to watch them and blow them out when you're ready to leave the room. Ditto for cigarettes, pipes, etc. If you're going to smoke, try to do it outside.
- Beware of space heaters. The name should give you a clue -- space heaters need space. Like fireplaces, people and pets should not be allowed to sit any closer than three feet. Don't put space heaters near curtains, tablecloths or other fluttering fabrics. Make sure the space heaters you buy have automatic shut-offs before reaching dangerous temperatures.ming.
In the unfortunate event of a fire in your home call SERVPRO of Boyd, Carter, Greenup & Lewis Counties at (606) 836-8000 we are available 24/7 with all of your Fire & Water Restoration needs.
Do you have mold?
If you suspect you have mold in your home, you're probably right because it needs very little to survive. Cellulose is its favorite food, but it can also subsist on particles of dirt or dust brought into the home on shoes and clothing and needs only a small amount of moisture to begin growing.
When you start looking for mold, check anywhere dark and potentially moist. This includes top-floor ceilings because attics don't receive much light and even a slow roof leak can provide enough water. Also check around window frames that aren't properly sealed. Under the kitchen sink is another favorite place for mold, along with crawlspaces or between cracks in baseboards. Bathrooms are notorious for mold infestations behind leaky shower walls or under bathtubs, but colonies can grow anywhere pipes run behind the wall and moisture is present.
If drywall anywhere in your house feels wet to the touch, has cracking paint, discoloration or is bulging, chances are you have a mold infection.
SERVPRO of Boyd, Carter, Greenup & Lewis Counties has all of your mold remediation needs.
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