Extreme Crawlspace Mold
Humidity is one of the easiest ways for mold to start developing, and in Kentucky, we have experienced plenty of it this summer. SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties are receiving calls daily about different discoloration that people are finding in their homes or businesses. While not every spot is going to be mold, there are many different types that you could be experiencing.
This photo is of the back of a very tight crawlspace which was around 30 feet deep. Around the front of the crawlspace, the homeowner could see some slight discoloration, and decided to give us a call. They thought that what they found was no big deal and wanted to take care of the problem early. Once our crew started remediating, that is when we found this corner and all the damage it had caused.
While it might not be fun exploring under your home, it is necessary to do regularly to prevent this type of damage. If you do suspect mold growth, call the professionals at 270-875-4883 to come take a look!
#TipTuesday - Your Broom
Today's #TipTuesday concerns an item that touches each room in your home: the broom.
This item is rarely replaced, and is often overlooked when cleaning the home, but it is important to give it a good soak every so often. When your broom has been contaminated, it can spread those germs all over your home, which is the opposite of what you are trying to do when sweeping.
If you have a plastic bristled broom, the easiest way to clean it is to fill a bucket with water, bleach and dish soap. Soak for 10-15 minutes, then rinse really well. You then want to let it fully dry before using it again.
Not only does this cut down on germs, this can also make your broom last longer. Take the time to do this quick task, today!
Watch vs. Warning
Do you know what the difference between a storm “warning” and a “watch” is? Many people do not know this difference, and now that we are in the middle of Hurricane Season, it is an important time to learn.
Even though Kentucky is not a coastal state, we still experience backlash from hurricanes in the form of thunder storms and heavy rain. This backlash is often warned against by either “Storm Warnings” or “Storm Watches”. While they are both a warning, they mean two different things:
A storm has/is currently developing in your immediate area. Take cover, get inside, get prepared.
A storm has popped up close to your area, and it is likely that your area will experience a storm also. Be careful and watch out.
While a “Storm Watch” is a little less intimidating then a “Storm Warning”, they both need to be taken seriously. Learn more at: https://www.weather.gov/safety/thunderstorm-ww
#TipTuesday - Lint Rollers
Today's hack includes a different way how to use a lint roller, other than on your clothing.
Have you ever noticed how quickly it seems like lamp shades collect dust? You are not the only one to think that, and be frustrated at how hard they are to clean with all the different types of material used to make them being different.
Next time you notice dust, try using a lint roller to pick up all the loose dirt. Around the edges, you can also use a rolled up piece of tape to grab the last little bits. This will do no damage to the fabric!
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @SERVPRO10205 for more tips and tricks on how to clean your home or business!
Q: Where does over 50% of home fires start?
A: the kitchen.
Each year, 50% of homes that suffer from fires are found to start in the kitchen. Of those fires, 63% of them are started on the stove top. While these are all accidents, they cause significant damage to homes, and can cause injuries or even death.
Here are several things to do in your own home to help lower this number: avoid burning food, check cords for fraying, do not put metal into the microwave, purchase a fire extinguisher, never let children or pets be alone in the kitchen, clean spills, throw away trash, clean our the toasters crumbs, do not wear loose clothing while cooking and pull back long hair.
The last tip is the biggest, make sure to never leave appliances on while leaving the room. While you might only be in the other room for a few minutes, fires can escalate quickly and cause thousands of dollars of damage.
Above is some items that have been wrapped, and are waiting to be packed into a pod. You can also see the pods in the background!
SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties is equipped to take on any of your job needs, including storing contents. With our industrial warehouse, we have the equipment and space to handle your items. When a home or business loss happens, a lot of the time they need their items cleaned, and then stored until their building is repaired. While repairs are done as quickly as possible, there is typically lag time between when the items have finished the cleaning process and when they are ready to be delivered back. To ensure that your items are well taken care of, not mixed up with another clients, and stays in great condition, we wrap these items and place them in pods in our warehouse with codes for each job. This dramatically decreases the chances of human error and helps make the business owners and families we work have peace of mind no matter how long their items stay in our possession.
Constantly improving our processes is how we make sure each of our customers are well taken care of and are put first.
While we are primarily known for our fire, water, and mold cleanup, SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties also provides a variety of different cleaning services. One of these cleaning services is Post-Construction.
When a home or business is being worked on or build, there is typically a lot of dust and debris. At the end of the job, someone is left to clean up the mess, so the building is ready to be used again. We can help with that! Let SERVPRO make it “Like it never even happened.”
We can do both interior and exterior cleaning. Some of the services we can provide are:
- Walls (dusting, wiping down, and removing dirt/smudges)
- Trash and plastic covering removal
- Ceiling, fan and light fixtures
- Air ducts (including vents and baseboard heaters)
- Windows (tracks and frame)
- Cabinetry, appliances, fixtures and counter tops
- And more!
- Exterior windows and doors
- All trash on property
- Washing exterior lights
- Entry door/doorway
- Pressure washing driveway and paved surfaces
- And more!
If you are in need of these services or would like a free quote, give us a call at 270-875-4883
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING: July 18th-21st
From 7/18-7/21 there has been an Excessive Heat Warning for all over Central Kentucky. While we typically do not consider heat being a threat to us, it is predicted that the heat index will rise to 100°-110° every afternoon throughout the weekend. It is unfortunate that this is the time of the week that many people get their outdoor work done or do activities outside. Being outdoors in these temperatures for any period of time can be very dangerous. If you will be outside working, playing, tending to animals, or playing outdoors, be very careful and take note of any signs or symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
If you do have to be outdoors, make sure to cool off in the air conditioning or shade periodically, drink plenty of fluids, check on any neighbors or elderly that may be impacted, and make sure any pets are also regularly being cooled off. All animals should also have access to plenty of fresh, cool water. It is also a good idea to move any activities until the morning or late afternoon.
July Theme of the Month - 2019
July Theme of the Month - 2019
Throughout the month of July, we are focusing on showing the public some of the many ways we can help both homes or businesses both in their time of need, and before.
One of the ways we can help minimize damage once a loss has happened is being timely. We go by a rule called 1-4-8. This means we have 1 hour to call the customer, 4 hours to be on site assessing damage and 8 hours to verbally brief the homeowner, agent or adjuster.
There is also a key program that we do before disaster strikes that you can take advantage of, our Emergency Ready Profiles. This program is completely free to business owners, and only requires a couple of hours of time on your end.
Once your appointment is scheduled, our trained professionals come in and asses your building. We then put together a packet of information for you to keep on hand in case of emergency. We also educate you and your staff about key information needed during an emergency.
Fire Safety - 4th of July
4th of July is right around the corner, and SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg & Edmonson Counties want you to know that we are here to help in case of any firework emergencies. With over 18,500 fires started by fireworks throughout the year, it is important to take safety precautions against this happening to you, also!
Make sure it is legal to buy and shoot fireworks in your area
When lighting fireworks, stand beside, not over them
Before touching fireworks, wait and make sure they have been fully ignited
Do not use glass or metal containers to shoot them out of
Young children should never be allowed to light or play with fireworks
Keep a water hose or bucket of water close to the shooting off site in case of emergencies
When cleaning up, wet the used fireworks before tossing to ensure they do not go off again
Never toss or throw fireworks at people, and keep them pointed away
After lighting them, immediately back away
There should always be adult supervision, even with sparklers
Do not purchase fireworks in paper bags as they were most likely used as displays