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Saving Money

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

Saving Money Saving as Business Owners

When you own or operate a small business, you typically don’t have unlimited financial resources to stay afloat. It is critical to manage your expenses so you can control cash outflow from your company. If your business is in a commercial building, your utility bills can make up a large amount of your monthly expenses. Managing and reducing energy consumption is a sure way to lower your bills, and keep more money in your business.

- Insulation Saves Energy

One fairly inexpensive way to reduce energy costs is insulating your property. You can save up to 10% of your energy bill by installing proper insulation and sealing your building. Sealing drafty windows is a great start, as well as adding insulation to exterior walls. Additionally, sealing around plumbing penetrations and correcting leaks in HVAC ducts is helpful.

- Turn Off Lights and Computers

At the end of the business day, have your employees power down their computers, and turn off all lights. Modern laptop computers and LED lighting consume far less electricity than their older counterparts. However, they still use a small amount of energy. Fully shutting off computers and lights can still result in savings in the long run.

- Utilize Smart Building Technology

Modern building controls, including programmable thermostats, are a great way to limit energy consumption. Smart thermostats can help you build a heating and cooling schedule that keeps your employees comfortable during business hours, while cutting back on usage during times that nobody is present. Motion-sensing light switches turn lights on when people are in a room, and automatically turn them off when no motion is detected. This minimizes electrical consumption, and cuts down your electric bill.

- Maintain your HVAC system

Dirty HVAC systems consume more energy to operate than a clean, well-maintained system. Clogged filters, dirty refrigeration coils, and dust buildup in the supply and return ducts all add resistance to airflow. The blowers have to work harder to push air, and consume more power as a result. Changing filters regularly, and scheduling periodic duct cleaning, can save you money in the form of reduced utility bills.

 

SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade and Hancock Counties can address your HVAC cleaning needs. We have the tools and training to keep your HVAC system running cleanly and efficiently, so you can keep a handle on energy consumption expenses in your business.

How Do I Get Water Out of My Kitchen?

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

Water flooding kitchen When you are surprised by water damage in the morning as you are getting ready to go to work, please remember that SERVPRO is waiting to help you out.

Bring in a SERVPRO Water Removal Team to preserve your home  

The water line leading into your refrigerator broke down about 12:30 am on Saturday. You didn’t notice it, of course, until you got up for coffee eight hours later. Then you feel it between your toes as you splash your way around, trying to find the leak and turn off the water.

What are Water Removal Technicians going to do when they get here?

First, they are going to isolate the leak and turn it off or block it if you have not been able to do so. Next, team members use a pump or an extractor for physical water removal from your kitchen, depending on how deep it might be. Once they accomplish that, other team members use tools like long-handled squeegees to push any trace water off the surface, allowing natural evaporation to begin, releasing water into the air. 

Next, one of our technicians performs a visual inspection and uses a thermal camera to examine the sub-floor. She does this to determine a couple of key issues:

  • Is there a crack or split in the kitchen flooring?
  • If yes, did it allow water to spill into the sub-floor area?

If the answer is yes to either question, our technicians can take positive action. Each team has the skills to make repairs to linoleum and other floor coverings, or remove and replace damaged flooring so it looks exactly as before, or better than it was before the spill. Before replacement, they go into the sub-floor and use commercial grade water pumps with flexible hoses to remove water. 

Once everything is back in place, SERVPRO technicians then place a humidifier in the kitchen. This device draws the excess water in the air and off surfaces to lower the interior humidity and completely return the home to its normal condition. 

Our water removal team at SERVPRO is prepared 24/7 to return every home to a dry, safe condition here and in our nearby communities of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade and Hancock Counties. Call our office today at (270) 580-2200 to develop a restoration plan for your home. 

How Quickly Should Extraction Begin After Water Damage

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Importance of Fast Extraction in Water Damaged Homes 

There are many reasons that water loss incidents should not get left to resolve themselves in your residence. With even moderate situations, damaging effects can still spread far beyond the source to affect multiple areas, materials, and contents. Additionally, affected areas include remote locations and spaces where homeowners cannot accurately determine the presence of saturation and moisture so that these effects can go unchecked and uncorrected without the expertise and equipment of skilled professionals like ours. 

We know how vital it is to address damage in your home, beginning with water removal, as promptly as possible. While there are multiple tools at the disposal of our experienced SERVPRO team, for standing water scenarios it is often wise for our team to assess the severity of the situation before determining the best equipment to use. Our technicians arrive with the full measure of these options to immediately deploy the best tool for the job. 

There are multiple reasons why water extraction and mitigation as a whole must get started as promptly as possible following a water loss incident. Without full knowledge of the severity and spread of the situation, homeowners can allow moisture and saturation to persist out of sight. This lingering dampness can facilitate microbial growth and can also directly damage structural elements and degrade construction materials. 

Another reason why mitigation must begin as quickly as possible is the containment strategies that our SERVPRO professionals utilize. With these practices, physical barriers, and advanced equipment, we can stop the spread of water damage throughout your property while we get to work on removing pooling water and drying out the affected regions with air movers and dehumidifiers. 

It is imperative for professionals like our SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade and Hancock Counties team to get to work quickly on water damage that occurs in your house. We understand what equipment and tactics are necessary to make these damages “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (270)580-2200.

Is My Business A Total Loss After A Fire?

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Understands Your Business is Your Life and Our Team of Professionals Work Hard to Restore Your Company to Pre-loss Condition
A fire does more than cause an inconvenience to your business. It damages, destroys, and stops your livelihood in its tracks.
How can my business be saved from total loss?
After a fire has ravaged your business, you may be overwhelmed by the way things look. There can be structural damage, ruined documents, and it may feel like you have lost everything. But a fire loss doesn't always mean everything is ruined. SERVPRO understands what your company is going through, and we are here to provide immediate restoration services to help you get up and running. Here is just a portion of what you can expect from our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT):
• Safety first – any components that are designated unsafe will be removed.
• Structure assessment – we examine the structural framing, support beams, and subflooring to ensure the above' soundness.
• Carpeting and floor coverings – these get removed for cleaning if possible and to prevent further damage to the floor underneath.
• Odor – Deodorizing is a big part of dealing with fire damage
• Smoke and soot damage – we clean using powerful chemicals that remove soot.
• Air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators to reduce odors and airborne particles
• HVAC systems – we service ductwork, so that clean air gets restored quickly
Specialty Restoration
Restoration is preferable over replacement, and we restore as much of the contents of your business as possible. We can reupholster furniture and clean drapery to remove smoke damage. You need your business restored so you can get busy doing what you do best, and we help by doing what we do best – clearing up fire damage.

Fire can be devastating, but our Green Team is available 24/7. Contact SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade and Hancock Counties for professional fire damage service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

How Can I Determine if My Office Building Has Mold Growing?

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Helps Business Owners to Address Mold Damage Fast

Mold is present in every home, but if you have excess moisture, then your commercial space becomes a breeding ground for mold spores. Even if you think you may have removed one patch, there could be other areas where mold is present. It is critical that you have trained technicians on-site to assess the mold situation so that you can have it cleaned up properly.

How Can I Test for Mold?

To address mold in your business, there are mold test kits available at nearby big box stores or local hardware stores. However, SERVPRO highly recommends contacting a certified specialist, such as a Industrial Hygienist, to assess your commercial space rather than spending money on a kit that may provide inconclusive results. From there, our crew can start in with remediation services. This process may include:

    •    Testing and identification of mold infestations
    •    Testing for indoor air quality

SERVPRO is available to help with your cleanup needs once you suspect mold inside your business. It is essential that the areas suspected to contain mold are not disturbed in any way until we arrive. This can cause mold spores to travel through the air, and the potential for health effects multiplies. You should:

    •    Protect the affected area from drafts or breezes
    •    Lower the humidity within the space
    •    Turn off all fans or ductwork to the impacted space
    •    If possible, block off or isolate the area

Cleaning Moldy Areas

Our certified SERVPRO technicians have the necessary training on safely and efficiently handling all potential mold infestations. We arrive wearing the appropriate gear, such as:

    •    Coveralls
    •    Gloves
    •    Goggles
    •    Face masks/respirators
    •    Protective footwear

During the mold cleanup, we utilize dehumidification equipment and air purifiers to achieve our goals. Our team uses EPA-registered cleaning agents and disinfectants to stop mold in its tracks so that your business space is left clean and safe for your employees and guests.

Call SERVPRO today take a look at your mold damage concerns. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster and available 24/7 for emergency response.

How Can SERVPRO Remove Smoke Odors from Homes?

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire damage restoration hinges on appropriate cleaning and deodorization tactics

We appreciate how fast fire and smoke damage can spread through fire damaged homes and mobilize quickly after these emergencies to help. Often efficient mitigation and emergency services can limit the irreparable damage and destruction that post-fire effects can cause.

  • Fire damage restoration
  • Fire damaged homes
  • Smoke remediation
  • Fire and smoke damage

How Can Smoke Remediation Help Fire Damaged Homes?

The need for smoke remediation after fire damage in homes and businesses is often universal.

Between partially combusted fuels that generate smoke and soot particles coating surfaces in the damaged portions of the property to lingering odors, we have multiple tools and products explicitly designed for remediating, neutralizing, and cleaning smoke damage and soil.

Regardless of how damaging a fire might become, our SERVPRO team has extensive training and experience in making it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime that you need us at(270)580-2200

Be Ready for Spring Break

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Spring break in Kentucky is rarely dry. If you are going to venture out you have to make sure you have a backup plan depending on how much rain we are getting in. Don’t forget to also make a plan on how to keep your home and property safe while you are away.

Follow these easy steps to help you have peace of mind and a real break over Spring Break.

-Keep valuables away from windows
-Set up times lights around your house
-Have a neighbor watch your house
-Turn your home phone ringer off
-Don’t announce your upcoming vacation on social media

It’s important to have someone watch and check your home not just for the potential break-in and robberies but in the instance of a pipe break or a leak. We often get calls from people who have just returned home from a trip to find their home flooded and a disaster. We highly suggest having someone check in on your home and know who to call for various emergencies.

SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade and Hancock Counties specialize in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. We can handle any size disaster!

Call us at (270)580-2200.

Types of Biohazard

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Many different biohazardous situations can occur in a home. Sewage backing up into a home is the most common biohazard problem. However, there are some less-frequent problems that may require special attention. In this blog, we will discuss two of these issues: Animal infestation, and hoarding. While many people think that these are not biohazard situations, they can each present health and safety risks that must be handled carefully.

Animal Infestation:

Animal infestation happens when non-pet animals take over your home. For example, birds or raccoons making nests in the attics or mice making their homes in your walls. Having these unwanted guests is not only damaging to your home, but it can be harmful to your health as well. Some animals can act as disease vectors, bring illnesses with them. Their droppings may also contain dangerous microbes that can cause disease.

Hoarding:

You’ve seen the hoarding shows on TV, and some people are wondering if that stuff is real. Well in some cases, it’s very real. There are a few different types of hoarders:

  • “Clean” hoarders that collect an excessive amount of stuff, but they generally keep a clean house. You normally see this in elderly couples’ homes, where they have collected many items over a period of decades.

  • “Dirty” hoarders that have a substantial excess of property and garbage in their home, and have lost control of the cleanliness of their living space. There may be piles of dirty dishes and trash everywhere, as well as large amounts of spoiled food. Insect and rodent infestation is a common side effect of this type of hoarding.

  • Animal hoarders. These hoarders have a large amount of animals in their home. They typically can’t keep up with cleanup of the animal waste, or the animals’ basic needs. This can result in dangerous amounts of bacteria from animal waste, and present a substantial health hazard.

Hoarding can cause permanent structural damage in a home. But the greater concerns are the health and safety risks involved. There can be air quality issues caused by mold or bacterial growth. Proper cleanup and waste removal are critical to bring the property back to a state that is safe for occupancy.

If you know someone that is dealing with any type of biohazard issue, SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade and Hancock Counties has trained, certified technicians available to help anytime.

Slips, Trips, and Falls

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Falling Slip, tripping, and falling

Slips, trips, and falls are the number one cause of injuries in the workplace. When someone gets injured on the job, not only does it hurt the employee physically and financially, but it also hurts the employers through increased insurance rates and lost productivity.

Typical locations on the body for slip, trip, and fall injuries:

  • Knee, ankle and/or foot
  • Wrist and/or elbow
  • Back and/or shoulder
  • Hip
  • Head

Typical Injuries:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Bruises and contusions
  • Fractures
  • Abrasions and lacerations

Some common workplace trips:

  • Uncovered hoses, cables, wires, or extension cords across aisles or walkways
  • Clutter, obstacles in aisles, walkway and work areas
  • Open cabinet, file or desk drawers, and doors

Human Factors:

  • Carrying or moving cumbersome objects, or moving too many items at one time
  • Not paying attention to surroundings or being distracted
  • Taking unapproved shortcuts
  • Being in a hurry and rushing
  • Failing eyesight and/or visual perception
  • Age
  • Stress or Illness
  • Medications, alcohol and drug effects

Measures to Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls:

  • Design of workplace & work processes
    • Design workplace and processes to prevent potential exposures to slip & trip hazards
  • Good housekeeping
    • Maintain clear, tidy work areas free of clutter
  • Safe walking practices
    • Follow safe walking practices and routes
    • Wear proper footwear with good traction

Maintaining Your Furnace for a Warm, Worry Free Winter

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

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Most people don’t think about their furnace until it’s time to crank up the heat. however, neglecting this crucial piece of home equipment when it’s not in use could wind up costing you in the long run not only in higher heating bills but also in fire cleaning and smoke cleaning costs. Here are some tips to keep your furnace in good working condition.

Get Your Furnace Professionally Serviced

The general rule of thumb is to get a professional to inspect and service your furnace once a year, typically in the early fall. This timing gives you the opportunity to fix any problems a technician finds before temperatures drop and you need to turn up the heat. Professional furnace technicians typically do the following during an annual inspection:

  • Clean your furnace
  • Test for operational efficiency
  • Tighten loose hardware and replace any broken parts
  • Check the wiring for fire hazards

The last action is essential to preventing home fires and avoiding additional fire cleaning costs, including flooding and smoke remediation.

Perform Simple Furnace Maintenance Throughout the Year
While it is best to have a professional take on more complex furnace maintenance tasks, there are some easy things you can do throughout the year to keep your furnace in prime condition. The most critical thing is to replace your filters regularly — every 90 days is standard for some filter types. If you have pets, however, it is best to switch the filters every 60 days.
You also need to check your thermostat to ensure it is working in tandem with your furnace’s electrical system. Circuits can get tripped and if they aren’t fixed, it can cause a larger, more expensive issue down the line. Finally, make sure you choose a sensible temperature for your home so as not to exhaust your system and keep your heating bills down.
Avoid the need for fire cleaning. If you diligently maintain your furnace, it will thank you with years of worry-free and fire-free warmth.