Local Flooding Damage
Flooding in Calhoun, Kentucky
After a couple of weeks without very much rain, Southcentral Kentucky has been experiencing a week of major downpour. While the past few rainy days have been much needed, there are other consequences to there being so much rainfall at once: FLOODING.
Many of the counties that SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties cover had flooding in not only homes, but also in many local businesses. Over the weekend, we had several homes and businesses call in needing emergency services. When it comes to a water job, one of the most important things is to quickly react and get onsite. Because of this, this is why we are open 24/7. This makes it where we can get onsite as quickly as possible, and begin the mitigation process!
If you are experiencing water damage or have any questions, give us a call at 270-875-4883.
The 3 Types of Water
Depending on how long a water loss is there before it is found, or where the water comes from, there are 3 different categories of water it can fall under. Below explains the differences, and their dangers.
Category 1- Clean Water
Examples of clean water are broken water supply lines, sink or tub overflows, or any other water line, such as a line to an ice maker.
This water category comes from a clean, sanitary source. This means that the water poses little to no risk to humans or animals at exposure.
Category 2 – Grey Water
Examples of this are: overflowing toilets (with or without urine), sump pump leaks or discharged water from appliances such as a dishwasher or washing machine.
This water category is when it comes from a source that contains significant contamination. The contamination includes chemical, biological or physical elements that could cause illness or discomfort after exposure.
NOTE: If left too long, grey water can quickly turn into black water, and cause even more damage to your home and health. It is best to call the professionals at the first sight of trouble.
Category 3 – Black Water
Examples of this are: sewage, seawater, and overflow from bodies of water.
This water category is when it is considered very harmful. This contamination includes unsanitary agents, dangerous bacteria and fungus, and toxic substances. This category has an extreme risk of causing illness and exposure should be avoided at all costs, unless you are a trained professional in properly fitting personal protective equipment (PPE).
4 Preventative Water Loss Tips:
4 Preventative Water Loss Tips:
- Beware of Trees: While having trees is great for the environment, and nice to have around your home, you need to be careful about what types of trees you plant. It is a good idea to plant trees with non-invasive roots at least ten feet away from your home. Trees with invasive roots should be planted at least 25 feet away.
- Maintain Appliances: It is important to check your appliances for any issues, and make sure they are working properly. Over time, even a small leaks can cause big problems if not quickly found.
- Check Your Bill: Pay attention to any spikes in water usage on your bill. This can even show up as a few dollars, which you may not see as a big deal, but it could be. This may be your only sign there is a problem!
- Take Action: Once you see a spike or find a problem, it is time to fix it! Not making it a priority could be a big mistake. A small water leak can cause a lot of damage if left unattended. Not only can the water cause issues, but the wet area can also begin to grow mold.
Call SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson County as soon as you suspect an issue, and we can come help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Fire Extinguisher Use
Whether it is your home or you business, it is important for you and everyone else in the area to know how to properly put out a fire with a fire extinguisher.
So, before you PASS the job to SERVPRO to clean up, remember the word PASS!
- PULL the pin out of the extinguisher.
- AIM the nozzle or hose at the base of the fire. Make sure to keep the recommended safe distance away from the fire at all times.
- SQUEEZE the lever to discharge the fire extinguishers agent.
- SWEEP the nozzle or hose from side to side until the fire has been put out. Even after it is out, continue around the fire, and make sure all sides are completely out.
Once SERVPRO is called, we are able to handle not only the fire extinguisher agent, but also help clean up from the fire, soot, and smoke the fire caused.
SERVPRO Specialized Services
No matter what you're SEARCHING for, we have your back!
There are quite a few services that SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties offer both homes and businesses not everyone realizes we can handle. Besides our basic services that we are mainly known for, you can call the guys in the green trucks for more specialized services. Some of these include:
-Rebuild & Remodel Services
-Air Duct & HVAC Cleaning
-Deceased Animal Removal
-Vandalism & Graffiti Removal
-Sewage & Toilet Overflow
-Trauma & Crime Scene Cleaning
-Office/Commercial Cleaning & Sanitation
-Carpet & Rug Cleaning
Life happens, and sometimes it turns into more than we can handle by ourselves. That is when SERVPRO is Here to Help®. If there is ever a time that you have a question about a situation (or an item) that you are not sure how clean or sanitize, give SERVPRO a call. We can have a manager check it out, and see what we can do for you!
COVID-19 Cleaning & Sanitizing
The whole world is currently going through these very unknown times due to COVID-19. One thing that SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties has done, is stayed open to continue the fight of killing this widespread virus. It has been our goal as a company to be there the second any homes, businesses, emergency services, hospitals, or churches have needed us.
Throughout these past weeks, we have worked with countless businesses on maintaining cleanliness in their business while remaining open, along with performing preventative disinfecting and sanitizing for businesses waiting to open back up.
The top services SERVPRO is suggesting for any business includes:
- Fogging/Misting - Covering All Areas of Building
- Air Scrubbers - Removing Germs from Air
- Hard Surface Wipe Down - Ensuring Surface is Clean/Sanitized
- Air Duct Cleaning - Avoid Further Circulation
Call SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmonson Counties for all your cleaning and sanitizing needs!
Roof Maintenance Tips
Throughout the lifetime of your roof, it goes through regular wear and tear. But there are several things you can do over the years to help prolong life of your roof.
Check for Normal Wear and Tear
While roofs wear out, there may be times where slight damage that can be easily fixed before it causes more issues. Twice a year, take the time to inspect your roof yourself or professionally for any issues. Having issues immediately repaired before they becomes a larger issue can also cut down on cost.
Keep Your Roof Clean
Having items or debris on your roof can cause extra stress to the roof, and can then cause issues. Keep an eye out to make sure there is not any buildup of limbs or leaves. These items can also cause mold or mildew to begin growing, and can cause erosion.
Gutters being properly taken care of and installed is very important the roof to properly drain, and remove water during rainstorms. Check that gutters are properly installed, and secure. It is also a good idea to semi-annually clean them for the best drainage possible.
Check for Storm Damage
After any large storms, check for damage that it could have been caused. This includes missing shingles, damaged shingles, or any flashing that has come loose.
While this may seem time consuming, it is important to take preventive measures to prolong the life of your roof. If you notice any issues with your roof, feel free to give SERVPRO a call. We are now providing roofing services, including repairs and replacement. We also have financing options available.
WE ARE OPEN
During these scary and unknown times, SERVPRO of Butler, Hopkins, Ohio, Muhlenberg and Edmosnon Counties is open 24/7 to ensure we are able to respond and assist in cleaning and sanitizing our local communities for reopening.
Some of the places SERVPRO has worked with so far includes:
- Residential Properties
- Property Management Facilities
- Educational Facilities
- Healthcare Facilities
- Food Service Facilities
- Churches and Church Facilities
- Retail Facilities
- Fire Departments
Even if your businesses has been closed, SERVPRO is able to come in and sanitize to ensure that after social distancing is over, there are no lingering germs.
As a trusted leader in the restoration industry give SERVPRO a call at (270) 875-4883 for a free quote, and to get on our schedule for sanitizing.
Germs & Virus Cleaning Tips
You may be wondering what you can do to prevent germs from spreading to your family during these unknown times. The easiest way you can do this is to begin inside your own home. This can be especially important if anyone in your home is an essential employee and is out and about during the day.
Here is a list of some high touch areas of your home that can be very susceptible to germs-
- Car Door Handles
- Touch Screens
- Touch Points on Chairs
- Counter Tops
- Cabinet Handles
- Light Switches
- Fridge, Sink and Microwave Door Handles
- Bathroom Sink Hardware
- Toilets/Toilet Handle
Something else you can do to cut down on germs spread to your family is to wash items worn outside the home with hot water as soon as possible. This will help kill germs and cut down the likelihood of germs traveling to other parts of the home.
Give our office a call at (270) 875-4883 for a free quote on cleaning homes, businesses, vehicles, churches, emergency vehicles, healthcare facilities, and more.
Grilling Out Safety Tips
During this time of year, many people are spring cleaning, and getting ready for the hustle and bustle of summertime. This includes getting your grill out for the first time of the year, and getting ready to begin grilling out! Below are some ways that you can prevent any mishaps from happening while grilling out this spring and summer:
- Wait five minutes before relighting after the flame goes out.
- Do not leave the grill unintended.
- If you have a charcoal grill, be cautious when using lighter fluid.
- Wear tighter clothing, so it does not dangle into the flames.
- Have water close to the grill in case of any accidents.
- Make sure the grill is not near any structure that could catch on fire.
- Make sure all legs of the grill are on a stable surface.
- Clean grill after each usage to prevent burned food from building up.
- Regularly check the propane tank for any leaks or issues.