February showers bring flooding to Kentucky
They say April showers bring May flowers, except in The Ohio Valley. In this case, February showers brought record rainfall to our area, which resulted in massive flooding. The professionals at SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County were called in to help clean up what was left over from the flooding.
While in the middle of numerous current jobs, a priority service agreement customer called in with four inches of water in their basement. We put a crew right on the job to help get them back to normal. The priority service agreement was the reason why this customer did not have to wait in the LONG line of jobs that were piling up from the 300+ calls our office received after the flood. This job carried an added problem seeing that this church had a food bank in the basement that provides vital needs to the community. Because of the priority service agreement we were able to put them back to pre-flood conditions in a short amount of time allowing them the opportunity to do the work the community so desperately needs.
Need Answers? Why Mold Removal May Not Be an Ideal DIY Project
There are over 1,000 types mold found in North America. Did you know mold will eat just about anything? This includes metals, concrete, fabric and wood.
Spending a significant amount of time indoors makes mold, and it’s destructive nature, a major concern for many of us. Search DIY mold removal on the internet and you will find tons of articles suggesting different ways to rid your home of mold yourself. One of the most common suggestions is spraying the mold with bleach or some other concoction aimed and killing it. Mold cleanup is not that simple.
The EPA ( United States Environmental Protection Agency) has come up with a rigid set of guidelines for mold removal. The Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings document recommends that you should only attempt to remove mold yourself if the area impacted is less than roughly a 3ft. by 3 ft. patch. Even in this instance you should first wear protective gear and fix any leaky pipes or issues that caused the mold damage. IICRC ( Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) does not recommend spraying but promotes removal of mold and proper air filtration.Major steps in a proper mold remediation process includes analysis of the impacted area, thorough drying, fixing any causes of water and wetness as well as wearing proper protective gear during the process.
Before you take the health and monetary risk of improper mold remediation review the EPA guidelines and contact your local Louisville, Kentucky mold remediation and abatement professionals to have an analysis of the area. This will give you a better idea if your mold problem is a do it yourself project or not.
As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. Contact us for more information.
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Why pipes freeze!
Damage to a home after a frozen pipe burst
If your pipes are exposed to temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit for an extended period of time, the water can freeze and cause extensive damage to your home. This can be avoided!
Frozen pipes can occur for two basic reasons:
- Installation of pipes in an unheated space without adequate protection
- Insufficient heat in the area of the freeze
What types of pipes are susceptible this situation? Domestic water piping, HVAC heating and cooling piping and sprinkler piping are all vulnerable if left in cold and unprotected conditions as stated above. Plastic and metal pipes can burst when they freeze, and depending on the size of the pipe, even a small crack in a burst pipe can spew hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water in a day.
Why does a pipe burst, anyway? Well, when water freezes, it expands. The ice expansion will exert pressure against the pipe wall but also pressurizes the water trapped between the ice and a closed valve or fixture. As the water continues to freeze and expand inside the pipe, it causes the trapped water to continue to increase in pressure, thus, just as a can of soda will burst in your freezer, so does your water pipe.
Some common locations where pipes will freeze are outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, fire sprinkler lines and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas. These areas include basements, crawlspaces, attics, garages, bathroom sink cabinets and kitchen cabinets. Pipes along exterior walls that have little or no insulation, voids in the insulation or improperly installed building wrap are subject to freezing. You might want to check in on that sooner rather than later. Review the International Plumbing Code by clicking here.
With any questions or if your home has been water-damaged, call SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County on our 24/7 Emergency Service line, (502) 933-6005.
Tips for removing mold
Mold can easily grow on clothes and fabric if you have too much moisture in your home. Clothes made of cotton or other organic materials make great food sources for mold and mildew to live on.
It's best to consult a professional when dealing with mold. However, if you feel comfortable trying these steps to remove mold from clothing see below.
Tips to keep in mind when removing mold from clothes:
- It's best to wash your clothes in hot water. Hot water kills mold more effectively than cold water and better removes mold spores and allergens too. Of course make sure you don't use water so hot that it can damage your clothing.
- When you're washing your clothes with a mold killing solution, it's best to wash them through at least two full cycles. Then after your clothes have been washed hang them on the line in the sun. The heat from the sun and the sun's ultraviolet light help to kill mold.
There are quite a few solutions you can wash moldy clothes in to get rid of the mold. Some good ones include:
- Baking soda
- Mold killing detergent
For the full article and a step-by-step explanation of the cleaning process, click here.
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Residential Fire Damage in Louisville
When you need a quick fix for Louisville residential fire damage you'll need to hire a locally owned and operated company. If your property has suffered severe damage due to fire and smoke, it’s important to use a team of experienced damage control professionals.
Our certified technicians can quickly diagnose the damage, assess the general situation, and get right to work on containing and correcting the problem. The sooner you contact them, the less chance you have of further damage. With any fire damage, time is of the essence.
Louisville Residential Fire Damage Cleanup Needs
The trouble your property faces isn't over when the actual fire is finally put out. In fact, it may just be beginning. After the fire is extinguished, there is still the damage from smoke, as well as damage to the structure itself, to deal with. There is also plenty of work to be done to get the property properly cleaned up, such as removing debris, neutralizing odors, and ventilating the area.
A Fast Response Means Less Problems
The primary goal of SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County fire damage cleanup service is not only to limit the damage to your property but also to respond quickly enough to salvage as much as possible. A fast response is necessary to limit the damage and the overall cost of the job. After smoke and debris are cleared out, the restoration can begin, getting the property owner back to normal life in their family home.
Restoration Rather Than Replacement Is the Key
When it comes to fixing any fire damage in Louisville, KY, the key to a successful solution is restoration rather than replacement. While it would be easy for a cleanup team to simply recommend that the entire structure be torn down and replaced, the reality is that such a drastic measure may be completely unwarranted. It's usually far easier, more convenient, and more cost-effective to do a complete restoration job on your property rather than tearing it down.
What to Look for in a Fire Damage Service
Most people choose to go with a locally owned and operated business as they can respond to your emergency within a very short period and get immediately to work. A reputable restoration service will give you an overview of what to expect before you begin. They should clear away the debris, do a thorough cleansing of any fire damage to your structure, clean up your upholstery, and purify the air so that you won't fall victim to any noxious and poisonous odors.
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Restoring Commercial Properties
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County
SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Meet our crew of Project Managers and Office Administrators!
- ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
- CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
- IICRC Certified Firm
- WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
- LCT - Leather Cleaning Technician
- RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
- RCT - Rug Cleaning Technician
- HST - Health and safety Technician
- OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
- SMT - Stone, Masonry and Ceramic Tile Cleaning Technician
- FCT - Floor Care (Hard Surfaces) Technician
- SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
- ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
- RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
- OCT - Odor Control Technician
- UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
- FCT - Floor Care (Hard Surfaces) Technician
- SCT - Subrogation Claims Training
- SSI - Substrate Subfloor Introduction
University Frozen Pipe Damage
With winter coming in with a vengeance many commercial buildings have been impacted. The temperatures in Louisville have been hovering in the single digits, which has lead to many buildings experiencing water leaks due to frozen of pipes.
A large university in our area had a number of dorms and class rooms affected by water damage. This happens for a number of reasons, but the majority that we see are either unoccupied buildings or seldom used buildings like churches and dorms. These vacant buildings become targets for frozen pipes because usually the heat is turned off or extremely low. Although some of these disasters are unavoidable, many can be prevented by turning the heat up, or leaving the water in the pipes running by slightly opening faucets.
When the unavoidable happens, call the people at SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County and we can help make a very stressful and chaotic situation become more tolerable.
Our team of professionals can be there to help make it "Like it never even happened." with as little inconvenience as possible. We have the equipment and qualified technicians on hand to handle any size commercial loss and put you back in business as soon as possible.
Hotel Fire times TWO
Human nature gives us a false sense of protection and let's us think we are prepared for anything until the unexpected happens. No one can predict when a catastrophe will happen, but we can be prepared when it does.
A local hotel in the area was hit with not one, but two electrical fires. These fires happened within days of each other. The first fire was completely mitigated and the rooms were turned back over to the hotel. Two days after the first fire was completely cleaned up there was a second fire on the floor below in a similar electrical fire.
With multiple floors without electric and heat, the temperatures plummeted down to single digits for several days. So you guessed it, pipes began to freeze and subsequently began to burst sending water down affecting 5 additional floors. Did they know this was going to happen? No! However, because they had an Emergency Ready Profile in place many more floors otherwise affected were spared. With this plan provided by SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County, and the employees of this hotel, knew where the water and electric shutoffs were, preventing further damage.
Please take the time with your local SERVPRO Business Development Representative in your area and ask for an Emergency Ready Profile.
When disaster strikes, we are at our best!
Imagine coming into work early in the morning...as you approach the entrance to the front door, water and mud are seeping out. It's a scenario that plays out throughout cities in America daily, and in most cases businesses are left with a massive cleanup, and questions as to when business will resume as normal.
Recently this scenario was a reality for a Christian childcare center and SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County was there to help. The facility manager had arrived at his normal time to open the childcare center for the day. When he approached the entrance he could see water and mud pouring out from under the front door. That's when he realized that almost the entire building had been affected.
A water line underneath the building running to one of the bathrooms had burst, pushing up mud and water from under the building. A total of seven rooms were flooded. SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County was task with extracting water from all the rooms, removing affected contents, pulling cove base, and removing all carpet and pad.
Once all of the wet content had been removed, the drying process began. Over 40 air movers and 8 dehumidifiers were set up to ensure all moisture was eliminated. Then we disinfected every room and cleaned all the contents to insure it was safe to open back up to the public.
Does your business or property have a plan of action in place for when the unexpected happens? If not contact SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County and ask about our complimentary service known as an E.R.P (Emergency Ready Plan).
Where to Test for Black Mold
Recently SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County was approached by a young lady who was renting an apartment for the first time. The excitement of moving into her own place quickly turned to concern when she realized a musty odor coming from her downstairs bathroom. To compound the problem she began to have symptoms: coughing, sneezing, and watery eyes. SERVPRO recommended having an Indoor Environmental Professional come out and do an indoor air quality test. Here are some tips we recommend for people in the market to buy or lease a home or apartment.
Where to Test for Black Mold
Testing for mold is essential, and you should have a dwelling inspected for black mold before you buy it or sign a lease. If you suspect there may be black mold in your home, or you have never had your home tested, contact SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County for professional mold remediation services in Southwest Jefferson County. While many aspects of home-ownership can be handled in a D.I.Y. fashion, black mold is not something to be messed around with.
Black mold loves to live on the carpet. Dust collects in carpet fibers and those same fibers trap the humidity and dampness that enables mold to grow. Carpets in below-ground levels are especially susceptible to mold as there is more humidity there.
Carpet mold is often not visible from the surface, except in severe cases, which makes testing for it necessary even if you don't see any evidence.
Air Conditioning and Heating Vents
Air conditioning and heating vents actually create ideal conditions for black mold to grow. Dual-purpose vents that both heat and cool your house raise that risk as they are in constant use.
When you have mold in your air vents, those spores are being circulated throughout your home. The sooner you can perform mold remediation procedures, the better. SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County has a 24-hour mold emergency service hotline to quickly begin the process of cleaning your air vents.
Mold is unfortunately common in drywall, as it traps humidity. This is especially common as the seasons change from winter into spring. Because of the nature of it, mold in drywall is rarely visible except in severe cases. For this reason, it's imperative to have a potential home be tested for mold in the walls before you sign a lease or put down a deposit.