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How To Restore Your Belongings After Water Damage

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Water in home settings can be devastating, whether it comes from leaking pipes or backed-up drains or toilets. While there may be nothing you can do to prevent your items from becoming waterlogged in the event of an unexpected water leak, there are some things you can do to restore your belongings after water damage occurs. Here are a few ways you can clean up various items in your Kentucky home.

1. Separate Items

Before you officially begin the cleanup process, separate your items into those that are porous and nonporous. Porous materials may include wood, paper, rugs and other types of fabric. Generally, these are more likely to harbor mold and bacteria from broken pipe water, so it’s important to clean them quickly. Nonporous items are usually much easier to clean, since they don’t absorb water and are less likely to harbor bacteria and mold.

2. Dry-Clean Non-Porous Items

Dry cleaning may be appropriate when removing light water residue from non-porous items in your home. Items can also be dry cleaned before floor restoration professionals come in and thoroughly clean your items. 

3. Air-Dry When Appropriate

If you’re not dealing with hazardous water, such as sewage, it may be appropriate to gently air-dry most of your belongings. If possible, do so indoors unless the weather outdoors is ideal. You can increase the air flow inside your home with the use of open windows, air conditioners and fans. 

4. Toss Dangerous Items

Depending on the nature of floodwater in home settings, it may be dangerous to keep saturated items. If there is a high likelihood of the floodwater containing harmful bacteria, it may be best to throw away contaminated objects. In other cases, professionals may be able to safely clean and salvage some of your valuables. 

While you may be able to clean some of your belongings that water has damaged in your home, safety should always be your top priority whether you’re dealing with a broken pipe or a sewer backup. For help with dry-cleaning or salvaging contaminated items, it’s best to wait for professional help to arrive. 

HERE COMES THE FUN

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Meade County Fair July 20th – 27th, 2019 884 Hillcrest Drive – Brandenburg, KY 40108

There's a certain vibe to a county fair that simply doesn't exist anywhere else. The sights, sounds and—of course—the smells: grass crushed by thousands of footsteps; fried dough; the indeterminate, unmistakable mingled aroma of cattle, horses, poultry and people, call to mind the slowly shortening days and cooler, thrilling nights of late summer as surely as back-to-school sales and brawls at NFL training camps.

IT IS THAT TIME A YEAR AGAIN – MEADE COUNTY FAIR

July 20th – 27th, 2019

884 Hillcrest Drive – Brandenburg, KY 40108

$12 Gate admission includes rides and grandstand events. Kids under 2 are free but must purchase individual ride tickets. Tickets are available at ticket box on Midway.

Lots of events are schedule for this week!

Rides start

Monday & Tuesday 6pm

Wednesday 3 pm

Thursday 6pm

Friday 5pm

Saturday 4pm

Remember to stop by our booth and enter for your chance to win a GOLF PACKAGE!

Tips on Commercial Water Removal

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Finding water damage in your business can be quite disconcerting and cause panic. Call SERVPRO right away for remediation services

Tips on Commercial Water Removal

If you own a café, clothing store, or any business, you know that anything can happen. After all, owning a business is unpredictable. If there is a storm or hurricane, leaky pipe, or bad plumbing, then your business establishment can be drenched. In this situation, you know that commercial water removal plays an essential role. Many business owners know that it is important to immediately call in the expert before the water damage can escalate further. 
 
Before the experts can get to your location for the commercial water removal in the Kentucky area, there are some tips and strategies that you can take to remove water from your establishment. You can start by having all your employees help mop and blot out excess water from the floor. Make sure you remove any electrical appliances away from wet areas. After that, you can wipe off excess water from wooden furniture. Then you can place aluminum foil or wooden blocks between wet carpets and furniture legs. Don’t forget to turn the air conditioner on for optimal drying conditions. If you want to save your rug, make sure to remove it away from wet areas. If you have expensive art pieces, then it is best to place them in a safe and dry location. Gather any loose items that you can find on the floor. 
 
Once the SERVPRO technician arrives at your business site, you can rest assured that you are in good hands. The techs can begin the process by inspecting your business site to check for any damages and enough drying conditions. They can start the mitigation process immediately by using a vacuum to extract excess water. They can also use a moisture meter to measure the humidity in the air. They want to make sure that there is a right amount of dryness in the atmosphere to help them absorb moisture from the wet area. This strategy is to ensure optimal drying time. Afterward, the SERVPRO technicians can use disinfectant and odor neutralizing solution to get rid of any unpleasant odor that was left behind from the water damage. 
 
If you are interested in commercial water removal for your business establishment, then give SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties a call at 270-580-2200, and we can send our skilled technician to your business establishment. 

Talk About Structural Issues

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

If a fire ever burns inside your Kentucky home, the flames can cause devastation to your property. If the blaze gets hot enough, it can cause fire damage to your building materials and contents. If the conditions are ideal, flames can engulf just about anything that is in their path. The amount of time the blaze burns can make a difference as to how much fire damage takes place.

Items that are close to the source of the initial burn are the ones that get torched first. As the flames grow, your fire damage situation in Fort Worth can get worse and cause things to get ruined due to burning, charring, and soot residues. The amount of oxygen and how hot the fire got while burning can both change the types of damage caused during a burn. Slow burning, oxygen-starved blazes tend to create wet smoke that is tough to clean, but the number of objects burns may not be as high. When flames have plenty of oxygen and things, burn hot more charring on contents, and structural components are likely to occur.

Since insurance companies separate their coverage based on your contents and your building materials, our SERVPRO technicians categorize the damage caused to your home in either the contents or structure classification. If your possessions like furniture or art displayed on walls get ruined, then the problems would be placed in the estimate as damage to contents. If items such as your ceilings or walls get torched, then the problems would be classified as structural issues.

If fires do not get put out quickly, it is likely that structural components will get burnt. When things like drywall and ceiling materials get burned, they often get replaced. In some situations, our SERVPRO restoration crew has to remove and replace wooden studs or floor joists due to charring as well.

The general rule when determining whether wooden structural components are ruined or not is if there is more than a quarter inch of charring then the item must get replaced. If the charred material is less than a quarter inch deep, then it is possible to save the items by sanding them down and applying a specialized sealant paint to trap in pungent aromas. If you ever need help with structural charring issues, call SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties at 270-580-2200 24 hours a day.

Storms Can Cause Flooding and Water Damage in your home.

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

When your basement or main living space is under many inches of water, contact SERVPRO to dry out the property and help prevent mold

Storms Can Cause Flooding and Water Damage in your home.

A storm sweeping in can bring a storm with intense wind and rain that can cause water damage to your home. You may think nothing much of a storm staring when you are on your way to work, but if you have left your basement window ajar, it can be a problem for your home. By the time you get home, your downstairs entertainment room has been flooded, and your furniture has been soaking up water for hours. The situation can seem like a disaster at first glance, but there is help close by that can lend a hand. 
 
The longer that your home sits with the water damage in Kentucky accumulating, the more of a problem it can become for you. Your hardwood floors can blister and swell from absorbing the water, your furniture can soak up the water and become the perfect place for mold growth, and your electronics can malfunction. The sooner that you call for help, the more likely a successful remediation can occur. 
 
When we arrive, SERVPRO can immediately focus on getting the excess water out of your home. We can use tools like wet/dry vacuums and portable pumps to remove the flooded water from your property. After, we can use extractors to pull water from your furniture and curtains. Once the excess water has been removed from your home, SERVPRO can focus on any belongings that are in urgent need of remediation. 
 
We can send your electronics to a repair facility to try and draw any water out of them. Any boxes that had valuables packed in them can be emptied, dried, and repacked in new boxes. Once we are finished, we can set up tools like ventilation fans and dehumidifiers to help dry the structure of your home. 
 
If a storm hits your home and causes water damage, do not pause and consider what you should do. Reach out and contact SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties at 270-580-2200. Day or night, we make it our priority to get to your home as swiftly as possible. 

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Storm Damage?

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Homeowners insurance may help cover certain causes of storm damage, including wind, hail and lightning. However, damage caused by flood and earthquakes typically is not covered by a standard homeowner’s insurance policy. It's important to read your policy to learn what types of storm damage may or may not be covered.

WHAT TYPES OF STORM DAMAGE DOES HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE COVER?

Homeowners insurance typically helps cover the following types of storm damage:

  • Water and Ice Damage
  • Lightning Strikes and Power Surges
  • Wind, Hail and Fallen Trees

Water and Ice Damage

Whether it's a thunderstorm in the spring or a roof covered in ice, water can damage a home. While ice and hail damage are typically covered by homeowner’s insurance — up to the limits stated in your policy — coverage for water damage varies, depending on the cause. For example, you may find homeowners insurance helps protect you if a frozen pipe bursts in your home. Review your policy to learn what types of water damage it covers.

Lightning Strikes and Power Surges

Should lightning strike your home or other structure covered by your policy, the resulting damage, such as fire or smoke damage, is typically covered by homeowners insurance. Some policies also provide coverage for power surges and outages that are the result of a lightning strike, such as damaged electronics or appliances. As with any coverage, limits will apply. Check your policy or contact your agent to learn the types and amount of coverage it provides.

Wind, Hail and Fallen Trees

If a strong storm roars through, you may find your siding damaged by hail and shingles that the wind ripped off the roof. Homeowners insurance typically covers wind damage. Coverage also usually includes damage from hail, wind-driven rain or snow that gets inside the home when a roof or wall is damaged due to wind. Most policies also offer some coverage for fallen trees that damage your home, provided the tree broke because of a storm or wind.

Preventing Water Damage During a Vacation: What You Can Do

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties

If you are going on vacation soon, you may be worried about what could happen if your Kentucky, home floods while you are away due to a water leak. You should try not to get to stressed out about this concern - there are several things you can do both to defend yourself against a flood and understand what options for remediation you would have if water pipe repair was required.

Prepare Yourself

If you know you are going to be away for some time, there are several things that you can do to help protect your home from a water-related disaster. Some of these actions include:

  • Asking a friend, neighbor or family member to watch your house.
  • Insulating external pipes (if it is cold outside).
  • Cleaning and inspecting your sump pump, water hoses and gutters before you leave.
  • Checking for leaks in water-based areas around your home.
  • Turning off your water right before you go.

Taking action by following the advice above can help you avoid a flood and water pipe repair when you get home from your getaway.

What Might Happen

If a broken pipe floods your house while you are away, you may come home to find structural damage to various parts of your home. These could include floors, bathrooms and furniture, to name a few. Depending on how long the water has been sitting, it may be contaminated and require speedy removal.

Help is Available

You will hopefully be able to avoid a flood issue completely by following the preventative measures above. However, if you do come home from a relaxing trip only to find a flooded mess that will require water pipe repair, you will likely need to seek help from a water damage company, especially if highly contaminated water is involved. They will be able to understand what happened and what needs to be done to get everything back to a normal state as soon as possible.

Five Safety Tips to Prevent a Dryer Fire

6/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties

A clothes dryer is a common and convenient household appliance, but it can be dangerous if not properly maintained. Not only can the dryer break and need replacing, but it can also cause a lint fire in your Kentucky home. Follow these safety tips to help prevent any emergency situations.

  1. Have Your Dryer Professionally Installed
    Having your dryer installed by a qualified professional can put you on the right path to keeping your home safe. They can make sure that everything is installed correctly and working as it should, preventing any potential safety hazards.
  2. Clean the Lint Filter and Dryer Vent Regularly
    The most common cause of a dryer fireis not keeping the unit clean. You should remove lint from the filter before and after each use. Lint can also build up in the back of the dryer, so be sure to clean that area as well. The dryer vent should be cleaned at least every three months to prevent blockages.
  3. Have the Dryer Serviced Regularly.
    It is a good idea to have your dryer serviced on a regular basis. Hiring a professional to clean and inspect the appliance at least once a year can help minimize any problems and keep the unit safe to use.
  4. Keep Flammable Items Away From the Dryer
    A lint fire is not the only kind of firethat can occur when using your dryer. If a flammable liquid has been spilled on an item, you should never put it in the dryer. Be sure to keep any flammable materials away from the surrounding area as well.
  5. Make Sure the Dryer is Off Before You Leave the House
    If you are leaving your house or going to sleep, make sure that you turn the dryer off beforehand. If a fire were to start while the unit was unattended, it could spread and cause a lot of damagebefore you were aware of it.
    You can hire fire remediation specialists to help in case of a lint fire, but keeping your dryer cleaned and properly maintained can help keep your unit safe.

A Guide for Sump Pump Maintenance

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties

When you live in Kentucky you may find that owning and maintaining a sump pump on your property is a good step for mitigating potential water damage. However, simply installing a pump isn’t always enough.

Proper pump maintenance can also be important when it comes to protecting your home from water damage.

What Is a Sump Pump

The standard use of a sump pump is to keep water from accumulating in or around your home in order to help prevent costly damage that may arise from standing water. In most cases these devices are used in homes built in areas that experience frequent storms, wet climates, or frequent accumulation of water in areas such as a basement.

Some Steps for Maintenance

If you have or are considering installing a pump to combat accumulating water, it’s important to perform regular maintenance. Some steps you may want to take include:

  • Inspecting your pump for clogged screens or debris in the intake
  • Inspecting the discharge pipe for clogs, gravel, mud or other debris that can affect operation
  • Using a GFCI plug outlet for your machine
  • Inspecting the cord for wear and tear that could create problems
  • When in Doubt Ask for Help

If you feel your pump isn’t working properly, or that you may have too much water for it to handle, it may be time to call a professional for help. They may be able to tell you if there’s something wrong with your pump as well as help identify any issues that may be leading to the excess water. In the event of damage to your property you may want to speak with a water damage professional as well.

When it comes to protecting your home from water damage in Kentucky proper pump maintenance is just as important as having a sump pump installed. Keeping your pump maintained can help ensure it’s in operation when you need it. Remember, if you think there’s a problem with your pump or have more water than normal, it may be time to call a professional.

Do You Have Water Dripping From a Light Fixture?

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties

Water dripping from the ceiling is a serious and yet all too common problem. When that ceiling drip turns into water in a light fixture scenario, the situation can become hazardous. That is because electricity and water can be a dangerous combination. To ensure your family’s safety in Kentucky, call in a water mitigation team. While you wait for the team to arrive, there are four steps you can take to help get the job done quickly.

1. Utilities

Make sure the electricity, gas and water are turned off to the area affected by the leak. Water can conduct electricity from an active electrical line, and that can become a very dangerous situation as the current flows through the metal parts of the light fixture.

2. Announcing

Make an announcement to everyone in your home that there is water in a light fixture. You should probably also let them know the gas, water, and electricity will be turned off for an unknown number of hours. Once the water mitigation team arrives, and the source of the leak has been found, you can make another announcement regarding the required shutoff time.

3. Draining

Ceiling damage from water can sometimes pool and cause a protrusion in your ceiling. If that is true in your case, you may consider draining the area. With a bucket in hand, softly pierce the center of the sagging ceiling bulge with an item like a small wooden dowel. Be prepared for a deluge from the tiny hole.

4. Cleaning

Not only is it important to remove the water from the floor, but you may find it necessary to keep additional water from hitting your newly cleaned surface. Use a bucket to catch the leaking water if it is still dripping, and place towels around as necessary.

If the leaking water in a light fixture fell onto the carpet, you can make a request that your water mitigation team handle the water removal and disinfecting of the flooring area. Once repairs have been made, your home should be good-to-go.