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Answers to Common Questions About Mold

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Answers to Common Questions About Mold If you see signs of mold growth, smell a musty odor, find evidence of water leaks, or know of any past flooding, you should take immediate action.

What does mold look like? 

Mold can appear in many colors and could appear as a dark spot on the wall or as black specks around the window. Mold in the crawlspace may look like chalky white growth or could be dark spots behind the sink. Many people in Kentucky, recognize black mold, but it could appear in several colors, beginning with the most common. 

• Black
• Brown 
• White
• Yellow
• Blue
• Green
• Orange
• Red
• Pink 

Any sign of mold should prompt you to contact a mold remediation expert, even if the growth spot only looks like hard water stains running below the knobs in the sink. 

How can you tell if it's bad mold?

Not all types of mold are dangerous, but black mold and other forms of mold in large amounts could lead to expensive repairs and mold cleanup efforts. The best way to prevent extensive damage and repairs is to treat any appearance of mold as if it were bad mold. The only effective and reliable way to tell what type of mold is in a building is to contact an indoor environmental professional. 

Who can safely remove mold? 

An IEP uses specialized equipment and testing methods to determine which types of mold are on the property, how widespread growth is, how high levels of contamination are, and where mold growth began. DIY tests tend to be inaccurate and could lead to ineffective mold remediation efforts. 

When should you act?

If you see signs of mold growth, smell a musty odor, find evidence of water leaks, or know of any past flooding, you should take immediate action to prevent further growth and to begin mold cleanup. Mold remediation experts in Kentucky, can get you started. Any time you suspect the presence of mold in your building, you need to act quickly for the protection of your property and those people who live or work in the building. 

What Secondary Damage can occur after water damage in your home or commercial building?

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Secondary Damage can occur after water damage in your home or commercial building? SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200

What Secondary Damage can occur after water damage in your home or commercial building? 

After water leaks or flood damage, if not properly dried and treated, a home or business can develop mold from the moisture left on: wood, tile, carpeting, windows, concrete, and/or other materials/items that were affected.  SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties strives to prevent secondary damage every time we remediate water damage. Building material and flooring are dried and treated to prevent mold and other allergens/contaminates using specialized equipment and cleaning products.

If water damage is not properly treated, the perfect environment is created for mold spores to grow in your home and to contaminate the air that is breathed.

Should you ever suffer water damage due to: a water heater leak, sink overflow, fire, refrigerator leak, excessive rain, storm damage, leaky roof, flood damage, or any other reason water has invaded your home or business, please know that SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties is here to help.  Faster to Any Disaster

Managing the Mold Remediation Process

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Managing the Mold Remediation Process SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200

When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, your local SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties Franchise Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.

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The mold cleanup and restoration process begin

 when you call SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection and Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect

mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from

plain view.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the

contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores

from spreading during the cleanup process.

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO® technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of

surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to

eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing

of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate

heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties Franchise Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. We are also trained to remove odors and deodorization using

fogging equipment. SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties Park Franchise Professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.

Commercial Fire Sprinkler Floods: 3 Ways to Protect Your Business

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Commercial Fire Sprinkler Floods: 3 Ways to Protect Your Business Flooding from a broken fire sprinkler system can be unexpected for you as a business owner

There are many different sources of flooding that can affect your Kentucky, commercial building. Some causes are common; however, even those that happen less often can be just as damaging. For example, you may not anticipate malfunctioning ceiling sprinklers to cause a flood but being prepared can help you protect your business in case the worst should happen. As you create a plan of action, there are a few strategies to consider that may reduce flood damage and allow your business to recover faster. 

1. Know Where the Water Shutoff Valve Is 

Trying to find your building’s water shutoff valve while the fire sprinklers are spraying water everywhere might prolong flooding and make matters worse. Locate your building’s main water valve ahead of time and map the fastest way to get to it. Give your managers a copy of the map so they can turn off the water if you are not there. The quicker you can cut off the water supply, the less serious the damage may be. 

2. Have a Flood Damage Service on Call 

Being able to call for help when your building suffers water damage can give you peace of mind, even during the worst of floods. Having a flood damage and restoration company on call that can perform mitigation services may reduce widespread problems that stem from a sprinkler malfunction. Experienced technicians can drain water from vulnerable areas and prevent water from spreading to adjacent rooms. 

3. Be Aware of Your Insurance Coverage

If you have business interruption insurance, take the time to fully understand what your policy covers so there are no unpleasant financial surprises after a fire sprinkler flood. Have your agent’s number posted in several different locations and call him or her right away after an incident so the claim can be filed as soon as possible. 

Flooding from a broken fire sprinkler system can be unexpected for you as a Kentucky, business owner. Being prepared for this or any type of water damage may help reduce the cost of mitigation and repair services, so you can recover quickly

Firework Safety

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Firework Safety SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200

Did you know fireworks cause nearly 20,000 home fires every year? Don't let your relaxing holiday weekend turn into a statistic

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

What Happens to Your Office After Storm Damage?

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What Happens to Your Office After Storm Damage? SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200

Flooding is one of the most damaging environmental disasters that can occur in your office building. If you’re not properly prepared, you can face significant damage and financial consequences. It’s also important that you have the assistance of an expert to tear out affected areas and thoroughly clean up the water and other damage. The Professionals will follow effective steps to ensure you can get back to regular business soon.

Inspect the damage

The storm restoration team will begin its work by looking at the extent of the issues in your building. The team will assess how much water got into your facility and whether there was any black water involved. Once the restoration professionals see the effects of the water damage, they can formulate a plan of how they’ll get your building back to a state where you can resume operations. 

Get Rid of Water

The first cleanup effort will be removing water from the flood. The experts will use a proven process to do this.

• Use industrial strength water extractors.
• Dry the affected area once water is removed.
• Sanitize the area to discourage the growth of mold and other harmful materials and substances. 

Remove Flooring

Once the water is gone, the restoration team will remove any severely damaged carpet, flooring, or drywall. This tear out process can be extensive depending on how large the flood was and how long the water sat in the area. 

Restoration

In major flooding incidents, the team will perform restoration. This process can take several weeks and may involve rebuilding portions of your office space. Be prepared to make some adjustments to your operations because your facility, may not be in regular working order for a long period of time.

Water removal, drying, tear out and restoration are critical components of cleaning up after a flood. Make sure you call a reliable company to handle this effort.

Showers VS. Baths

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Showers VS. Baths SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200

SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties is committed to doing our part to battle climate change and save our precious natural resources. Throughout the month we will be providing green tips and information to help you know how Recycle, Reduce and Reuse. A full bathtub requires about 70 gallons of water, while taking a 5-minute shower uses only 10-25 gallons. We are committed to making our community both here locally and globally better and stronger for this generation and ones to come. We are ready 24/7, 365 to help you, call us at 270-580-2000 so we can help make it “Like it never even happened.” when disaster from an upstairs neighbor’s bathtub overflows and you have water coming through your ceiling and making a mess in your condo or apartment. We are here to walk through the process with you from start to finish, helping to answer questions and guide you through the distressing situation

Safety in a Storm

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Safety in a Storm SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties. 270-580-2200

We are right in the middle of the storm season here in Kentucky.  When storms are present in the local area, make sure to tune in to your local TV station or local radio.  Alerts will be announced on both.  If there is a warning in your area, you should go to the lowest level of your structure and get in a central location on that level.  Storms can move very fast and cause tremendous damage to structures. 

If you have damage from the storm... call SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties.  We can help with drying any wet material that you might have.  We can also help with rebuilding or repairing the damage that has occurred at your home or commercial building.

When It Floods: What To Do and What To Avoid

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When It Floods: What To Do and What To Avoid SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties. 270-580-2200

When your home floods, whether from a storm or a broken pipe, your first instinct is probably to start getting rid of water and cleaning up. To makes sure the repair process goes smoothly, however, there are a few steps you should follow. The first priorities are safety and documentation, and then you can call flood restoration specialists to lead in the cleanup efforts.

Safety First

Water in the home can render it temporarily uninhabitable, so there are a few things to look for when you return:

• Damage to water, sewer or power lines
• Warped surfaces, such as floors or walls
• Damaged foundation
• Visible cracks or holes in any part of your home’s structure

Try to avoid wading in standing water, as it could be electrically charged. Just in case, it is a good idea to wear knee-high rubber boots to absorb possible shocks. Even if the water looks clean, avoid contact with your skin, as it could be contaminated, especially if you suspect it might have come from a broken pipe or sewer line.

Document Damage

Your insurance adjuster is going to need to know the extent of the damage. Be vigilant about keeping your cell phone charged so you can take pictures for the report. Avoid cleaning before you document the damage, or your settlement could be smaller because the problem will seem smaller than it is. Once you have adequate documentation, call your insurer. The earlier you file a claim, the sooner you can get the money for repairs or reimbursement.

Cleanup

Rather than attempt to clean up the water yourself, it is a good idea to hire a professional. Experienced restoration specialists can help locate the cause of the problem, whether the flooding came from groundwater or a broken pipe. They also know how to overcome water damage so that you do not experience mold or mildew problems later

Summer is here! Time to go for a dip in the pool to cool off for a bit!

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Summer is here! Time to go for a dip in the pool to cool off for a bit! SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200

Now that swim season is in full swing it’s time to take a closer look at those spots around you pool. If a pool is left untreated or without some sort of chlorine product algae and or mold can start to set in quick.

While algae is not hard to get rid of and is relatively harmless, mold can be a huge pain and massive ordeal if not taken care of quickly and efficiently! Not to mention mold could become hazardous to your health.

If you happen upon a spot that might be algae or mold when cleaning your pool give it a few sprays with a water/bleach mixture and attack it with a scrub brush. If the stains do not go away it is probably mold and you should call SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200 to come look into a proper mold remediation service before you fill that pool back up.

Claims for Commercial Fire Losses

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Claims for Commercial Fire Losses SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200

The process of putting out a fire can cause as much or more damage to property as the fire itself. While you want to resume normal operations as quickly as possible, it’s important to assess all aspects of fire damage and thoroughly understand how the provisions of your insurance policy can help you recover. Take these steps to begin the recovery process.

Mitigate Damage

Preventing as much damage as possible after the fire can reduce the amount of your claim. Consider implementing these fire mitigation measures:

• Limit access to the property to minimize the risk of injury or further damage
• If utility services have not already been cut off, switch off electricity, gas and water
• Resist the urge to begin clean-up efforts until fire damage professionals determine how to proceed

Document the Physical Damage

Your insurance provider will need to know the extent of your physical losses. These can be documented using 

 photographs that exist in off-site storage or on a website, and through business records maintained by outside accountants or vendors. Your bank may be able to provide blueprints that can assist in determining any level of damage to the structure that will require repair. Your insurance adjuster can help you through this process.

Determine the Extent of Records Loss

If vital financial records were damaged or destroyed in the fire and its aftermath, you may consider calling in a forensic accountant. Such experts can help you recreate financial records, substantiate your losses properly and ensure that you receive full value for the insurance coverage you’ve purchased.

Estimate the Cost of Business Interruption

You may need or want to continue operations at another location while restoration is in progress. In that case, you’ll incur these expenses, at minimum:

• Property rental
• Equipment and furnishings leasing
• Utility service fees

What To Salvage and What To Throw Away

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What To Salvage and What To Throw Away SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties. 270-580-2200

Caring for your home under normal circumstances can be stressful. When you bring flooding into the picture, it can become a downright disaster. Once your family is safe and you’ve checked with your insurance, it’s time to begin content cleaning. This is the first step to returning your home to its previous condition.

Is It Safe to Keep?

Your instinct might be to try to throw away everything that has been submerged in flood waters. This isn’t necessary, however; there are many items you may be able to safely save, clean and restore. Depending on what type of water they were exposed to, items such as drapes, clothing and other material goods might be able to be saved by washing them. This could be in your washing machine or dry cleaning, depending on the type of material. Other items that could be saved and restored include these:

• Rugs
• Furniture
• Toys
• Collectibles

Don’t Risk It; Throw It Away

Certain items should always be thrown away once exposed to flooding. Content cleaning cannot save these, especially if they were exposed to black water. Flood waters will make these unsafe for use or consumption:

• Food or beverages
• Medical supplies
• Clothing or canvas items
• Building supplies such as carpets, pads, drywall, and wood floors

Getting Help Cleaning Up

It’s best to start cleanup as soon as it’s safe for you to enter the flooded area. You want to protect yourself with gloves, masks, long pants and sleeves and rubber-soled shoes. The less exposure to contaminated water and items, the better.

One thing is for certain, when doing content cleaning after water backup or residential flooding, don’t go at it alone. Get help from friends, family, or professionals. They’ll be able to help you sort out which items are salvageable, and which are better off sent to the dumpster and replaced with new ones. 

Fire Safety

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200

According to the National Fire Protection Association, firefighters respond to a home fire every 79 seconds. Simple steps can be taken throughout the home to reduce the risk of fire and injury/loss of life:

  • Working smoke alarms should be found in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly to ensure they are working properly and the batteries are good
  •  Be sure fire extinguishers are available on every level of the home and that each household member knows how to use them
  • Reduce the risk of fire outside of the home by removing dying or dead trees and shrubs and by keeping dry brush and debris at least 30 feet away from the home. Keep gutters, roof, and eaves clear of debris
  • Be sure any candles in the home are placed away from curtains and other furniture, as well as out of reach of children and pets. Consider using safer alternatives such as flame less candles.

10 Tips To Make Your Home Safer From Fires

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 10 Tips To Make Your Home Safer From Fires SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200

It’s an unfortunate tragedy. A raging fire has ravaged your home. A restoration company has come to the rescue to return your home back to its prior condition. Hopefully you will never experience such loss again, but it is wise to prepare your home in the event of future disasters. Even if your home has never been devastated by a fire, the following fire preparation tips can prove beneficial in giving you greater peace of mind regarding fire safety in your home.

1. Smoke alarms: Test smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries annually.
2. Prepare children: Teach fire preparation to children, including the dangers of fire. Make sure they know the proper use of 911 for emergencies. Keep matches and lighters out of their reach.
3. Plan where to go: Create an escape plan and make sure everyone in the household is aware of it. Choose an outside meeting spot for all family members to gather upon escaping. Conduct practice drills at least twice a year.
4. Share contact information: Make sure all household members know who to contact in the event that they cannot find each other during a home fire.
5. Educate on proper techniques: Teach everyone in the household to stop, drop and roll in the event their clothes catch on fire.
6. Act if you smoke: Smokers should take extra precautions, as many residential fire deaths are caused by smoking materials. Avoid smoking in bed, especially while sleepy or medicated. It is better to smoke outside.
7. Handle heaters: Portable heaters should be turned off when not in use.
8. Take care of candles: Candles should be extinguished when not in use, and never left unattended.
9. Store other sources of light: Speaking of candles, consider using flashlights during a power outage instead of candles.
10. Examine the home for other fire hazards: Check the electrical wiring and home heating sources to make sure they are safe.

How Can You Prevent Water Damage?

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How Can You Prevent Water Damage? SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200

Regularly have your plumbing and fire sprinklers inspected and maintained to prevent leaks and burst pipes. If a major storm is approaching, prepare by placing sandbags around entrances and moving important documents and computers to a safe place. Install a water shut-off valve under your water heaters. Unfortunately, not all disasters can be prevented, but these tips can minimize the likelihood of severe damage.

Don’t let a broken pipe or toilet overflow disrupt your productivity. When you take swift action to prevent or address a flood, your water damage experts may be able to help you avoid a costly emergency and keep your business—not burst pipes—running smoothly.

A disaster in a home or business can be a very traumatic experience for people. We have a team of trained crew members who are experienced to help walk with you during the process and see what can be cleaned up and made like new.We love helping you make it “Like it never even happened." 

Thank you for choosing SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties. Give us a call at 270-580-2200

If you have mold, we can help.

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation If you have mold, we can help. SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200

Mold is no match for SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties, we have been its number 1 enemy since 2013. Our team of dedicated professionals who have years of experience in the industry use advanced water detection equipment to locate the source of the problem. Saving you time and money as we remediate any mold or water damage from losses like a dishwasher leak, pipe break, sprinkler head malfunction, toilet overflow or your washing machine that is on the second floor and was a huge selling point when you bought but now is your least favorite part of your home. Our team of technicians help walk with you through the process of having a disaster happen in your home or office, through speaking with insurance and supplying them with the documentation that they need to complete the claim process. We empower you to make decisions that are right for you, your family or business. We have been helping customers like you since 2013 make it “Like it never even happened.

The Steps You Should Follow After Fire Damage in the Home

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Steps You Should Follow After Fire Damage in the Home SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200

The Steps You Should Follow After Fire Damage in the Home

Few things are more complicated than having to deal with fire damage in the home. Sometimes, the steps that you as the homeowner take after the fire damage determine the speed at which the home will be restored to the state it was in before the fire damage happened. Below are is a guideline outlining the steps you ought to take after an electrical fire or another type of fire breaks out in your home.

Evacuation

The very first thing you need to do is ensure that all the people who were in the building have gotten out. In case there is someone still trapped in the building because of soot damage or smoke damage, you should call in emergency services such as the fire truck, fire sprinkler systems, fire hoses, and firefighters to help rescue them and put out the fire. Do not try to get back into the house once you are out where it is safe.

The fire suppression

The fire trucks and firefighters will arrive and assess the situation. The firefighters, fire hoses, and their fire trucks will do their best to try and put out the fire within the shortest time possible after getting to the scene. You might see a firefighter going into the house and trying to rescue people who are trapped in the soot damage. They use equipment such as fire hoses, fire sprinkler systems and other appropriate equipment to help them achieve fire suppression within the shortest time.

Understanding the Science Behind Molds and Mold Remediation

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding the Science Behind Molds and Mold Remediation SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200

Understanding the Science Behind Molds and Mold Remediation

The microscopic mold spores that eventually spread like a conflagration bringing about a mold infestation can be found pretty much everywhere. Their common spreading grounds include homes and business premises with plumbing or roof leaks.

All it takes for mold growth from the microscopic spores to a palpable infestation or the massive mold growth behind walls is a damaging water incidence and a 48 to 72 hours’ time-stretch. During this time you may arrange for the water to be removed so as to circumvent the mold in home problem that’s about to blow up.

Alternatively, you may get a licensed mold in home removal professional to help you inspect it and suggest the right course of action to tackle commercial mold damage.

Understanding Molds

The spreading of mold fungus mostly occurs as a result of water intrusion into a property or dry rot. No home is completely safe from the mold growth behind walls; considering they shoot from microscopic mold spores that often float about in the air or dry rot and are likely to enter your home through any available opening, including your windows, AC/heating system, and the door.

Mold growth thrives in the presence of moisture, not dry rot as many people love to assume. Meaning, they’ll be growing into colonies within two to three days whenever they’re exposed to water.

Mold in home or mold growth behind walls is detested for a number of reasons, among them is the fact that they tend to produce a very strong smelly odor. This is particularly the case with black molds. Speaking of which, mold remediation and restoration company often use the musty odor they produce to identify infested areas.

Also worth noting is that mold in home growth can also be supported by a higher-than-normal indoor humidity; to wit, anything above 45 percent.

Prior to any mold remediation process, it’s recommended that you make sure the humidity or moisture problem you’re facing in your home is properly addressed. Otherwise, it would just be a matter of time before the problem gets you back to square one.

Steps to Tackle a Commercial Mold Damage

• Use bleach and water solution to clean up the infested area. Read this bearing in mind that NO other household disinfectant can destroy black molds. It’s also important that you try to keep any member of your family or office staff away from the affected area.
• If the mold damage is contained within a room, then try to keep the door closed to prevent it from spreading further. The same can be said about mold growth behind walls.
• Never use a fan to dry the affected area. This will only disturb the spores, the result of which you’ll be spreading them somewhere else.
• In the event of a gigantic mold growth behind walls, you might want to call a mold mitigation or restoration company to come and help you tackle the problem.

You might also want to notify your insurance company. If your mold in home insurance policy happens to also cover mold removal and mitigation, you might want to notify them as soon as it’s reasonably possible to avoid creating up unnecessary complications.

Molds, Fungus and Mildews

While many people can’t tell the difference between molds, fungus and mildew, the difference between them is so striking to go unnoticeable. Of course, all the three are closely related.

First, be reminded that fungus is neither an animal nor plant. Neither does fit in the bacterium basket. If anything, it has its own unique kingdom of classification, and in which both mildew and molds happen to be subsets.

Both molds and mildews spread easily and thrive in the presence of water. They also have an almost similar smelly odor. But despite these common features, the two have their fair share of differences.

While molds feature multiple identical nuclei that tend to form black or green patches as they grow, mildews on the other hand have a flat growth with a tendency to lightly hang on surfaces as they grow.

Mildews can be found growing on paper, fabrics, damp surfaces and other organic materials in the house, whereas molds tend to grow on food, dry rot and permanent structures such as crawl spaces and walls.

Black Mold in home

As hinted by the sinister name, black mold is the most dreaded mold growth species. Its name alone is enough to strike fear in the hearts of many homeowners.

Easily identified by its black color, removing the black mold is even more problematic as opposed to the removal of its gray and green equals with a NOT so bad smelly odor.

Its smelly odor is also so intense and no kind of deodorization is enough to rid it off completely.

It’s for these reasons that it’s recommended that you reach out to a mold damage restoration and deodorization company for help every time you experience commercial mold damage.

Difference between Mold removal and Mold Remediation

As already mentioned, the mold grows from the tiny microscopic spores that naturally exist almost everywhere—both indoors and outdoors. Meaning it’s literally impossible to completely remove them from your home or premise.

This is to say any mold deodorization or Restoration Company claiming to also offer mold removal services is only selling a fallacy to clueless clients.

If you’re planning to have the problem tackled professionally, then you might want to pick on a restoration company that completely understands the science behind molds growth and their mitigation.

Suffice it to say that the best mold damage mitigation or deodorization company to settle for is one that offers mold remediation services and nothing about mold removal services. So by definition, mold remediation or mitigation focuses on reverting mold damage levels to manageable, natural levels instead of selling false hope to clueless consumers experiencing commercial mold damage.

How Water Damage Can Hurt Your Business and What You Can Do

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How Water Damage Can Hurt Your Business and What You Can Do SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties. 270-580-2200

Whether it comes from a broken pipe, a sprinkler malfunction or an overflowing toilet, water damage can be inconvenient and costly. It can cause harm not only to your building but to electronics and furniture as well.


In What Ways Can Commercial Water Damage Happen?


Water damage can be devastating to a company. The following list outlines some of the most common ways your building can suffer from a water disaster: 

• A hurricane or tropical storm causes flooding.
• One of the toilets in the restroom leaked overnight.
• A broken pipe or water main flooded your building.
• The fire sprinklers went off, causing an indoor rainstorm all over the office.


What Gets Damaged During an Indoor Flood?


Only a few inches of water covering the floor can cause costly damage to the carpets and walls and invite mold and wood rot. Furniture and expensive office equipment can be ruined. In severe flooding, the water may seep into the walls and damage electrical wires.


How Do You Deal with the Aftermath of Commercial Water Damage?


You should address water damage as soon as possible. SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties can get started on preventing mold, cleaning soaked carpets, and restoring waterlogged surfaces. You should also contact your insurance company for information on flood and water damage coverage.


How Can You Prevent Water Damage?


Regularly have your plumbing and fire sprinklers inspected and maintained to prevent leaks and burst pipes. If a major storm is approaching, prepare by placing sandbags around entrances and moving important documents and computers to a safe place. Install a water shut-off valve under your water heaters. Unfortunately, not all disasters can be prevented, but these tips can minimize the likelihood of severe damage.

Don’t let a broken pipe or toilet overflow disrupt your productivity. When you take swift action to prevent or address a flood, your water damage experts may be able to help you avoid a costly emergency and keep your business—not burst pipes—running smoothly.

How To Tell Mold From Mildew: 3 Key Identifiers

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Tell Mold From Mildew: 3 Key Identifiers SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200

Battling mold and mildew in your home can be a year-round housecleaning challenge. From preventing costly mold damage to scrubbing away mildew in the shower, fighting household fungi can take time and a considerable amount of elbow grease. However, trying to clean up mold on your own may cause the further spread of spores and increase the risk of a severe infestation. Knowing how to tell the difference between mold and mildew can help you save time, money and let you know whether you need the services our service for mold remediation 

  1. Texture 


Although mold and mildew are both part of the fungi family, they have different textures that are usually visible to the naked eye. Mildew growth is typically thin and slimy, while mold is usually fuzzy or wooly. You can perform a quick test by adding a few drops of bleach to the suspect area, as mildew grows lighter on contact while mold retains its color. 


  1. Color


You may be able to tell mold from mildew by the color of the growth. Mildew is usually grey or light yellow as it spreads, while mold growth comes in a variety of colors, from green to white to black. If you suspect what you see is black mold, it is a good idea to avoid touching the area and call in mold damage specialists to treat the problem instead, as this type of fungus can be aggressive and will likely need professional intervention. 


  1. Growth Pattern


While both mold and mildew have a few similar qualities, the way each grows and spreads can help you tell them apart. Mildew is a surface fungus that can be wiped away easily, as it develops in flat, thin patches. Mold spores, however, penetrate the surface of any material they attach to and grow into wide patches that can be difficult to remove. 

It can be difficult to tell mold from mildew when you encounter either in your home. However, knowing the characteristics of each can help you prevent mold damage and keep your home clean and sanitary.

When Storms or Floods hit SERVPRO is ready!

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit SERVPRO is ready! SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties. 270-580-2200

SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

A disaster in a home or business can be a very traumatic experience for people. We have a team of trained crew members who are experienced to help walk with you during the process and see what can be cleaned up and made like new.We love helping you make it “Like it never even happened." 

Thank you for choosing SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties. Give us a call at 270-580-2200

Severe Weather Safety

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe Weather Safety SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties. 270-580-2200

Severe weather can happen at any time, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms:

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,300 tornadoes
  • 2 land falling deadly hurricanes

Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action, and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Know Your Risk. The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms, and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take Action. Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Ways to live a greener life

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Ways to live a greener life SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties: 270-580-2200

As temperatures start to get a bit warmer and homes and offices start to climb, it important to try and save energy and money when keeping your space cool. Remember to turn off fans including ceiling fans when you leave to cut down on cost and wasted energy. SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties is committed to helping create and foster a green, healthy, inclusive, and positive community for all of us to enjoy and thrive in. We are ready 24/7, 365 to help you, call us at 270-580-2200 so we can help make it “Like it never even happened” when disaster from a dishwasher leak or pipe break takes its toll on your home. We are here to walk through the process with you from start to finish, helping to answer questions and guide you through the distressing situation. SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties has been serving the community since 2013. We are dedicated to helping our customers when disaster strikes and helping to make it “Like it never even happened.” We are ready 24/7, 365 at 270-580-2200 to help you. #SERVPRO #LikeItNeverEvenHappened #HereToHelp #ReBuildingStories

Here for you

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

When tragedy strikes, we focus on getting your business back up and running.

SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties has been serving the community since 2013. We are dedicated to helping our customers when disaster strikes and helping to make it “Like it never even happened,” We are ready 24/7, 365 at 270-580-2200 to help you. We are a certified firm who is committed to serving our community when disasters such as pipe breaks and fires occur.

A disaster in a home or business can be a very traumatic experience for people. We have a team of trained crew members who are experienced to help walk with you during the process and see what can be cleaned up and made like new.We love helping you make it “Like it never even happened." 

Thank you for choosing SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties. Give us a call at 270-580-2200

Cooking fires are leading cause of fires

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cooking fires are leading cause of fires SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties. 270-580-2200

Fire can and do happen anywhere and anytime, they do not take holidays off. SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties is here for you when disasters such as water or fire damage strike. Whether it be from a smoke in the breakroom at work from popcorn left to long in the microwave, or a space heater left to close to a blanket at home, we are Here to Help® you to life as it was before the disaster. We know that just because we deal with emergencies every day, you do not. So, we are here to share experience with you, as we guide you through the process of making it “Like it never even happened.” Our crews work with you and your insurance to take care of the details to insure you can come out after the disaster as if the fire never occurred. We walk with you through the process, guiding you with answers, advice, and experience through to the other side where life will come back together. We are always open to help you, call us at 270-580-2200

Mold is no match for us

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold is no match for us SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties. 270-580-2200

Our professionals use advanced water detection equipment to locate the source of the problem and remediate any mold or water damage. SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties has been serving the community since 2013. We are dedicated to helping our customers when disaster strikes and helping to make it “Like it never even happened,” We are ready 24/7, 365 at 270-580-2200 to help you. #SERVPRO #LikeItNeverEvenHappened #HereToHelp #ReBuildingStories #2705802200

A disaster in a home or business can be a very traumatic experience for people. We have a team of trained crew members who are experienced to help walk with you during the process and see what can be cleaned up and made like new. We love helping you make it “Like it never even happened." 

Thank you for choosing SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties. Give us a call at 270-580-2200 We are ready 24/7

Hitting the road to help in storm disasters

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hitting the road to help in storm disasters SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200

When a disaster strikes in an area across the nation, SERVPRO franchises unite and activate what we call, Storm. Being a corporate entity allows us to travel and help one another. 

It is important to use here at SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties to "keep it green" and make sure that anyone that has storm damage is being taken care of. 

We hold our staff of professionals to a high standard and expect nothing but the best for you.

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions

Torrential Rains cause flooding in Kentucky

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Torrential Rains cause flooding in Kentucky SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties. 270-580-2200

This home in Kentucky was flooded when torrential rains caused the city to overflow. SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties was at the scene to help local franchises that were inundated with jobs. There was debris scattered about and our crew was suited up in Tyvek suits, gloves, and masks to ensure their health and wellbeing was protected. The crew had to remove most of the contents from the garage and basement of this home due to the category 3 water that had saturated the items. Several hours were spent hauling out furniture and trash as well as mopping and wiping down hard surfaces. When all the mess was cleaned up, we then sprayed the area with antimicrobial to sanitize everything. The customer was very happy to have someone else take some of the burden of their loss away

Spring showers bring… unexpected water damage.

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Spring showers bring… unexpected water damage. SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties. 270-580-2200

We hope spring brings you more flowers and fewer showers, but if you experience water damage, you know who to call. SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties is ready when a disaster occurs in your home or office, our experienced crews will assist in answering questions, bridging the gap between you and your insurance, insuring that all necessary parties have the information needed to complete the job faster, and get you back to life before. If your home or office should have a water damage from a sprinkler break, a dishwasher leak, or a washing machine overflow from the second floor (which you loved when you bought the house because it is so convenient). Know that you can trust us to help guide you through it, we are ready 24/7, 365 to help you at 270-580-2200.

What To Do Until Help Arrives

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do Until Help Arrives SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties. 270-580-2200

Many of us do not know the first steps to take in the event of water damage in our homes. SERVPRO has over 40 years of leadership and training in cleanup and restoration services. SERVPRO has put together a few Do’s and Don’ts to help in the event of water damage in your home.

Water Damage from Clean Water

DO:

  • Shut off the source of the water as quickly as possible.
  • Turn off any circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the breaker box is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping & blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Remove any documents, computers and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.

DON’T:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards are at risk.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches or circuit breakers are exposed to water/
  • Leave books, newspapers. Magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove excess water. This could cause electrical shock or damage the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceilings are wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Mold damage in Brandenburg KY

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 of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade, & Hancock Counties 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 of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade, & Hancock Counties specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 270-580-2200

August Duct Cleaning Special - 10% off

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning August Duct Cleaning Special - 10% off SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties 270-580-2200

Hello Everyone.  SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties is pleased to announce a promotion on air duct cleaning.  All month long, we will be offering a 10% discount on all air duct cleanings in residential homes and commercial buildings.  Our trained production techs utilize a soft brush duct cleaning machine to clean away years of dust and debris from your heating and air conditioning ducts in your residential homes and commercial buildings.  This is a great opportunity to breathe a little easier in your home or business.  We will clean the ducts, registers, handler, and fog with a deodorizer.  You can call us to schedule an appointment or get an estimate and mention the 10% discount.  We are open 8 am to 5 pm at 4135 S HWY 259 in Westview or call at 270-580-2200.  Thanks

Candle Fire in Bedroom

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Candle Fire in Bedroom Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.

Candles may be pretty to look at but they are a cause of home fires - and home fire deaths. Remember, a candle is an open flame, which means that it can easily ignite anything that can burn.

Facts:
* December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.
* Roughly one-third of home candle fires start in the bedroom.
* More than half of all candle fires start when things that can burn are too close to the candle!

Candles and Kids:
* Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle.
* Keep matches and lighters up high and out of children's reach.

Candles are pretty and smell good, but think about using flameless candles, they look and smell like the real thing!

Be safe!

If something should happen, please don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade, and Hancock Counties at 270-580-2200 for assistance. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Loss projects are generally costly not just because the expense of the restoration can be higher based on the larger size of the project, but also from the potential lost business that will be a concern if normal operations are disrupted.

SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade, and Hancock Counties has been very good at working with commercial customers over the years who have been concerned that the restoration process could be expensive from the point of view that their customers will not be able to continue using the business during the recovery.    

Routinely, SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade, and Hancock Counties will work with the business owner to schedule the restoration work to minimize potential lost business.    

One way to handle this challenge is to perform the restoration off peak-business-hours so normal operations can continue during the day with a minimum of impact. We were able to arrange this work plan with two medical centers in 2017.  They had a loss that required we work after business hours, working through the night and early morning. Our crews were able to get the medical centers up and running by the following Monday morning

Satisfied Customer on Complete Water Restoration

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Satisfied Customer on Complete Water Restoration Before and After Photos from Bathroom Water Damage

I recently had a water loss in my bathroom. SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties was quick to respond. The staff explained each and every step of the process in a way that made me feel more confident that the job was going to be completed in a way that would meet my family's needs. I would highly recommend SERVPRO to anyone! 

From: Emily in Leitchfield KY

A disaster in a home or business can be a very traumatic experience for people. We have a team of trained crew members who are experienced to help walk with you during the process and see what can be cleaned up and made like new.We love helping you make it “Like it never even happened." 

Thank you for choosing SERVPRO® of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties. Give us a call at 270-580-2200

Fire damage and how SERVPRO can help

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

What would you do if you came home after a stressful day at work, and your house is on fire? Or you were about lock up for the night and you smell something burning and the business is in flames in the back room? Well, you’re going to call the fire department first but who is going to take care of all the damage and soot on the inside? SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade, and Hancock Counties will take care of all your worries. We’re trained with all proper licenses to be able to handle fire damage cleanup.

To be able to give you the best result we can, it’s best that we start as soon as we have approval from adjuster. We have a “pack away” with customers permission, we pack up personal items, we clean items and return them at the end. We have non-salvageable sheets and we bag up what we think is not savable and with your permission, we trash them. After everything has been removed from the house, we clean the ceiling with a sponge and that removes soot off ceiling. Then, we use a two-step method of cleaning the walls. We go through the affected walls and two people work together as a team, one will go through the wall with the first chemical and then the second person will wipe with another chemical. We also, clean the HVAC units in your home to make sure all the soot, smoke, and any other debris that could be in the system gets cleaned out. We clean all the furniture that was in the house and remove soot. Once we are finished inside the house, we clean all floors if they didn’t get removed from damage. We will also provide one more specialized service at the end of cleaning process to get rid of any other smell that didn’t get completely out during the cleaning process. If you have a fire in your home or business, let the professionals help you! SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade, and Hancock Counties. Contact us at 270-580-2200

New location

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

General New location SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties new location at 4135 S HWY 259 in Westview KY

Hello Everyone.  SERVPRO of Breckinridge, Grayson, Meade & Hancock Counties is proud to announce that we have moved to a new location in Westview KY.  We are now at 4135 S HWY 259.  We still have the same telephone number... 270-580-2200.  We were due for a larger location and the added space we have now is working out great.  It seems just like yesterday that we opened up and I can't believe how quickly we ran out of room.  We keep growing and it's all because of our great customers.  We'd like to thank all of you for your continued support.   Please feel free to stop by to see the new shop.  We will still be faster to any size disaster.  Thanks again. 

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