Bathroom Mold Prevention
Have you ever found mold in your home? Especially in your bathroom? Bathrooms are the hardest places in the home to prevent mold growth from happening. Mold loves to grow in small, warm, damp environments. When you run your shower, a lot of moisture gets put into the air along with the toilet holding water and the sink running. Without proper ventilation, all this moisture can sprout mold spores rather quickly. If you suspect mold in your bathroom, here are some of the most prominent places it grows: between the tile, surface of sink and counters, inside cabinets, and behind the toilet. Checking these places is your first step to seeing if you have mold.
If you find any, this is when you call a professional to see how bad the issue is. SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties has certified technicians who can come assess the damage for you.
If you do not find any mold spores, but want to avoid getting them in the future, here are some tips:
- Always use the ventilation fan when showering or taking long baths, and keep it running for awhile after you finish
- Use a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels low throughout your home
- Wipe off all surfaces in the bathroom and do not leave wet towels in the floor
- Check plumbing for leaks
Another product you can use to reduce moisture in the air is DampRid. This product soaks up water in the air and prevents the room from getting musty. It also works well when put in cabinets, so everything stored in the bathroom can stay fresh and clean!
#TeamElkins - Hurricane Florence
Before Hurricane Florence hit, the predictions about how much damage it would cause kept changing, and many residents on the coast of North and South Carolina evacuated. Now that Florence has hit the east coast with its full force the past few days, it is time to start putting these cities back together. The amount of damage caused surpassed what the local franchisees could handle, which is when Storm was activated. Storm Teams from across the county have traveled to help clean up the destruction caused by the storm, and so have we. Right now, #TeamElkins is working in North Carolina in the cities of New Bern, Sebree, Trent Woods, and Atlantic Beach. These cities are right off the coast and have been hit extremely hard. Team members have been sending back photos, like the one to the right, of all the destruction and it is devastating to think about. We are happy to be able to help those in need, and plan on staying as long as we can to help with the cleanup.
What is an ERP?
As a homeowner or business owner it is important to have an emergency plan and contacts close by in case anything out of the ordinary and unexpected happens. In most cases you cannot fathom the amount of stress involved. SERVPRO understands that stress. In most cases people don't think about the unanticipated things that may occur to your business such as flooding, tornadoes, fire, etc.
Pre-planning is key and SERVPRO has the experience. SERVPRO offers an Emergency Ready Program that is available to you. Our Emergency Ready Program, also known as an ERP, is the best way to minimize and reduce any interruption in your business following a disaster. According to the latest industry research, as much as 50% of businesses will not recover following a devastating disaster. A majority of the businesses that had a preparedness plan in place were able to reopen for business and survive.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you can minimize the business disruption. Pre-planning will give you an immediate plan of action and serve as a type of peace of mind insurance policy. Knowledge of what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation.
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a NO COST assessment of your facility. The ERP profile document will contain valuable information that will be needed in the event of an emergency. We will identify details such as shut-off valve locations, high priority areas, and 1st in line contact information. Our SERVPRO staff will come out at NO COST and walk you through the process. It takes very little time to complete and save a lot of time in the event you ever need it. This Profile will get you back on track quickly in the event of an emergency or disaster because you will have a plan of action to execute.
SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg, and Edmonson Counties is your local professional resource to assist you through the process of mitigation and restoration. You will have an industry leader close by and a life line to help you command authorization for the work to begin quickly. When your business has a quick reference of what, when, how, and who to call, you are able to respond and solve decisions that need to be made efficiently. Our number one goal is to have you re-open for business while saving you time and money.
Give us a call today and set up your ERP!
The Importance of Smoke Alarms
This piece of furniture has been partially cleaned after being in a fire. You can see how thick the soot was!
In the event of a deadly home fire, a working smoke alarm will significantly increase your chance of survival. Follow these tips to insure your prepared-
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, all throughout the home. Upstairs, downstairs, basements. Make sure you have inside and outside of bedrooms.
- Replace the entire smoke alarm every 8-10 years.
- test your batteries monthly
- once a year replace batteries in smoke detectors that are battery-powered and hard wired smoke alarms. (the only exception are detectors that contain 10 year lithium batteries.)
- Install both ionization AND photoelectric smoke alarms, OR dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors.
There will be times that you may be cooking something that puts off smoke. Even though its tempting, never disable your smoke alarm. That one time could be a costly mistake. Never ignore the sound. Always react promptly until you ultimately know that your safe and there is not a fire. In the event you are put in that situation, make sure you are safe and leave the building. Your life is more valuable then the contents inside.
When fire impacts your home or place of business, call on the professionals to get the job done. You don't have to wait, you can reach a team member any time of the day or night. We are on standby for you 24/7, 365 days a year! We can guarantee that anytime you call, you will get a SERVPRO professional on the line to help.
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More information at: https://www.ready.gov/home-fires
5 Appliances That Could Cause A Water Loss
Throughout your home there are 5 appliances that if not properly taken care of could cause a large water loss:
Hot Water Heater- The average life of a water heater is around 12 years, and 70% of their failures are because of leaks or bursts. Make it a habit to regularly check for leaks, inspect the anode rods, and piping.
Refrigerator- Your ice maker is the part of the refrigerator that typically causes the most leaks. They also typically leak in the back where you will not notice. If you replace the lines with braided steel alternatives, it could help prevent this from happening.
Dishwasher- Dishwashers are the same with refrigerators as they can cause slow leaks that you may not notice, but can cause significant damage to your flooring. Pulling the dishwasher out and inspecting under it is the best way to avoid long term damage from happening.
Washing Machine- Over half of water damage claims are the responsibility of faulty washing machine hoses. Annually check the hoses for wear and tear, or go ahead and replace them.
Air Conditioner- If you air conditioner is in the attic, once a month go check and make sure it is not leaking. When appliances are out of site, it normally takes longer to find problems. This could cause a slow leak to happen, and cause even more damage before you even realize it is happening.
How We Can Help Sell Homes Quicker!
Are you a realtor listing a home you are not too confident in? Are you a home owner wanting to sell your home yourself, but want to make sure it is top condition? SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties can help either situation you are in. We offer many services that can improve the value and appeal of your home. Some of these services include Duct and HVAC System Cleaning, Carpet, Upholstery, Drapery and Blind Cleaning, Ceiling, Wall and Hard Floor Cleaning, Deodorization, Mold Mitigation and Remediation we can take care of a variety of potential problems.
Having some of these services done before the selling process can quicken the selling of your home and give you more selling points to talk about.
Call SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio and Muhlenberg Counties with any questions about what we can do, and set up a free estimate on your home. 270-875-4883
National Preparedness Month - September
September of each year is National Preparedness Month. This is the time of the year the Department of Homeland Security encourages home and business owners to prepare for future disasters. Some of the ways that they suggest doing this is by:
- Learn lifesaving skills- such as CPR and First Aid
- Check your insurance coverage policies- They may not cover hazards such as floods, earthquakes and tornadoes.
- Create an escape route
- Start an emergency fund
- Learn where gas and water shut offs are in your home
- Sign up for local weather alerts
- Make emergency bags for each family member
- Consider what to do with pets during an emergency
- Have a designated place for important documents
- Have emergency phone numbers saved in cell phones and posted near house phones
Taking time throughout the month of September to do some of these things could really help you and your family during an emergency.
October 7th-13th, Fire Prevention Week
National Fire Protection Association
During the week of October 7th thru October 13th, 2018 the United States and Canada observe Fire Prevention week. Back in 1925, President Calvin Coolidge made the 1st Presidential proclamation of Fire Prevention Week. The goal for this week of awareness is to educate the public to take precautions in preventing potentially harmful and destructive fires and how we can survive. It is getting in front of a disaster that fire can cause and the processes that can reduce emergencies and damage caused by fire.
In the event that your a victim of a home fire, don’t hesitate to call the professionals. SERVPRO is there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will answer and react when you need us!
Call us today! 270- 975-4883
National Fire Protection Association
Home Escape Routes
Before entering the fall and winter seasons, create a fire escape route for your home. During these two seasons, the amount of home fires increases drastically for several reasons. Two of these being: fireplaces and outdoor fires. When either one of these fires are left unattended, the likelihood of something going wrong increases by a great deal. By creating a home fire escape route ahead of time, if an emergency hits you can be confident that you family knows what to do and can get to safety. Below is a link to the National Fire Protection Association’s website, where they have tips on creating an effective and child friendly plan.
By using some of these tips, you can prepare your family for what to do if your home does catch on fire. One of their biggest tips is to practice in the middle of the night. This way, you know that you family can wake up and remember the steps you put in place.
Let SERVPRO help you prepare for a diaster
Does the business you own or work for have a plan of action for when a disaster strikes? Most businesses do not, which causes problems when there is a disaster. SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties is a 24/7 business. We respond 7 days a week and can take care of a variety of issues that can happen. In all of our calls, one thing that we see is that there is not always a plan for when something goes wrong. With 50% of businesses closing after damage to their building, it is important to be prepared to help minimize the damage created.
SERVPRO has a free Emergency Ready Program where we come in your business and help gather information and photos for when a disaster hits. Having all of that information in one place can help you to react and get help on the way faster. Call us to schedule an appointment today!