How Water Damage Can Spread Within A Home
Water is one of those substances that is needed by every living thing on Earth, and it is one of the most adaptable substances, as well. Taking the form of gas, liquid, or a solid, depending on its temperature, water can change from one state to another swiftly and easily.
In Southwest Jefferson County homes can have water damage throughout their entire structure because water does not remain in one location. A state of equilibrium is sought after, where water, as moisture, exists evenly distributed throughout any environment. When moisture evaporates and moves from one spot to another, this is part of that search for even distribution. Condensing onto another surface is also part of the process of achieving equilibrium.
While all of this is going on, water damage is becoming more extensive. Add to this that ice and snow on the roof can not only allow water to enter your attic but cause costly damage to the roof and the attic long before any damage is discovered in lower areas of the home.
There are many signs of water damage that you might find in your home, but almost all of them mean that the problem has existed for some time. This can mean repairs cannot wait, also. The sooner remediation of water damage begins, the better it can be for your home.
SERVPRO does more than remediation, repairs, and restoration. These and preventative measures can protect your home from future problems. Fixing the problem will not, alone, keep it from reoccurring again in the future. Making changes that allowed the water damage to exist in the first place is a huge step in making sure that repairs and restoration are worth the time and effort, as well as the money, put into repairing the damage.
Putting an end to water damage by knowing how it travels through your home, and the damage it can cause, are what we do best. When you have water damage, call us, SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County, at any hour of the day or night, at (502) 933-6005.
Ways You can Reduce the Amount of Flood Losses in Your Home
Tips from SERVPRO to Reduce Flood Damage and Property Loss
When a flood is imminent, and you have time before you need to evacuate, there are different things that you can do to decrease the amount of damage from floodwaters. These should only be done if there is enough time – you should never risk the lives of others or your own, in attempting to act on these tips.
There is not immunity to the effects of flood damage in Southwest Jefferson County and this harm can include effects caused by increased levels of humidity in the air inside your home. Higher levels of humidity can cause photographs to stick together and also permit mold to start growing on otherwise seemingly mold-free garments, among other things.
SERVPRO can always help undo the damage to your home, but you are in charge of your safety and that of your family. Floods are responsible for thousands of dollars in damage every year, and many deaths, as well. Here are some suggestions that can reduce the damage from a flood.
Move more fragile belongings to a higher level.
Simply taking items higher, such as electronics, television sets, stereos and speakers, computers, to another floor, or even to the attic, can keep these items from ever being touched by the dirty water that floods are known to bring.
Guard your food.
Food that is even slightly submerged cannot be consumed. Microbes can settle on indentations in cans and under the rims, posing risks even after food has been cooked correctly. Boxed foods should be placed in a large garbage bag and taken to a higher level to protect the packaging, and the contents, from high humidity levels.
Canned foods should be placed in sturdy boxes and also stashed in a safe location. Pathogens such as e-Coli produce toxins that are not removed or rendered inactive by cooking, making the food dangerous to eat. Food that is refrigerated or frozen might be able to be saved if it can be placed higher-than-normal in the refrigerator, but this is not guaranteed to protect the food, and everything should be examined upon your return before preparing any of the contents.
Open upper floor windows slightly.
Having windows open a slight amount can allow humidity to escape. During a flood, while it may seem like there is water everywhere and that humidity levels remain the same everywhere, this is not true. Humidity inside your home can become elevated rather quickly. Higher levels of humidity travel to areas of lower levels until an equilibrium is reached. However, do not open windows completely, as this can allow rain to enter, making matters worse.
As you go through your home, have a basket or two to place items in that must go with you when you leave.
When you evacuate your home, you will most likely need certain things while you are in a shelter or temporarily living with friends or family. These should include important items and anything else you want to protect, such as photo albums. Keys to vehicles and doors, personal identification and other documents, both prescription and non-prescription medications, cell phones, chargers, baby monitors, and few days' worth of changes of clothing for yourself and family members. Personal items and even memorabilia that are located in easy-to-reach areas that do not require any extra time to grab and place in your basket can help ease the stress of having to relocate temporarily.
We at SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County live in the same area as our customers, and we know how damaging floods can be when they affect our homes. We are always here to help your family return home as quickly as possible. Call us at (502) 933-6005, and we can begin working within an hour on restoring your home.
Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:
- Is it safe to stay in the house?
- Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
- Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
- Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
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What To Do After Flooding
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Gather loose items from floors.
What NOT To Do After Flooding
- Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don't use television or other household appliances.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
Summer Grilling Safety Tips for Southwest Jefferson County
Grill Safety to consider when breaking out your inner backyard culinary skills.
July is a peak month for summer grilling fires. The Memorial Day weekend is approaching quickly, it’s time to dust off the grills and let the inner backyard culinary skills to work. As exciting as it is to break out the grill for the official start of the summer season right, we have to always consider the safety that needs to be taken when preparing to light up the grill.
NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) says that the U.S. fire department responded to an average of 8,900 home fire that involved the use of grills, hibachis, or barbecues per year. These 8,900 fires caused annual averages of 10 civilian deaths, 160 injuries, and $118 million in direct property damage. Almost all the losses resulted from structure fires. The leading causes of grill fires were a failure to properly cleaning of the grill, placement of the grill because it was placed to close to a structure, and leaving the grill unattended. Five out of six (83%) of grills involved in home fires were fueled by gas while 13% used other sources of fuel.
Precautions to take while grilling
- Stay alert when grilling. Avoid grilling when you are tired or have consumed too much alcohol.
- Do Not leave your grill unattended.
- Keep the grill in a place that is free from flammable items and away from porch rails, and low lying branches.
- Keep children and pets as far away from the grill as possible
- Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.
NOTE: A light soap and water solution applied to the hose is a great way to check for leaks. You can often smell a propane leak, but propane will also release bubbles when the soap and water solution is applied. If you detect a leak, turn the gas tank and grill off. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.
- Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before igniting.
- If you smell gas while cooking, immediately move away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
- If the flames go out for any reason, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it.
- Keep your grill clean by regularly removing grease or fat buildup from the grates and trays below.
Charcoal grill safety tips to consider:
- If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid to the flames.
- Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
- Electric charcoal starters do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
- When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container with a lid.
Behind the Scenes at SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County
You may know us as the Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration Company. But did you know that there are over 20 services that we can provide. The team at SERVPRO® of Southwest Jefferson County is ready to help you at a moment’s notice 24/7/365. A few of the other services that we provide include…
- Mold Mitigation
- Document Restoration
- Duct Cleaning
- Vandalism Cleanup
- Forensic Remediation
- Storm Response
Our team here at SERVPRO® of Southwest Jefferson County can help you with whatever disaster that you may have. We are locally owned and operated, and ready to serve you.
Whether you are a homeowner, business owner, property manager, or first responder we are here for you. There is no disaster that is too large or too small that we can't handle. From our trained and uniformed crews to our professional restoration consultants, and our SERVPRO® Ready App that is in the palm of your hand, the cleanup team at SERVPRO® of Southwest Jefferson County is HERE TO HELP! For more information on how we can help you be prepared or for a consultation please call us at 502-933-6005.
Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration
Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.
Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.
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24 Hour Emergency Service
We are available 24 hours a day—our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have the qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.
Garage Fire in Mt. Washington, KY
The fire in this Mt. Washington, KY home started in the garage. SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County demo-ed the entire garage as well as took out carpet and pad in the living room and hallway due to smoke and water damage.
Our team of professionals packed out the contents in the laundry room, kitchen, dining room, and living room in order to begin the cleaning and deodorization process. The 3 bedrooms on the main level and 2 bathrooms were cleaned in place. This means we were able to clean all of the contents and interiors without packing up the items and bringing them back to our warehouse for cleaning. The entire basement, TV room, pool room, bathroom, were all cleaned in place as well.
Entire structure of the home including the walls, floors, carpets, baseboards, ceilings, and ductwork was all cleaned and deodorized.
SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County is in the process of painting the living room, hallway, kitchen, dining room, and laundry room. Our repair crew is also hanging insulation and drywall in the garage which will be painted at the end of the project. SERVPRO's repair technicians will be replacing the 2 garage doors as well as some of the damaged siding on the outside of the house.
It is our responsibility to make it "Like it Never Even Happened". Our highly trained technicians and project managers have been working directly with the customer and insurance adjusters to be sure the work is completely in a timely and professional manor. We understand this is a very difficult time for the homeowner and we do our best to provide excellent customer service and get them back in their home as soon as possible.
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Louisville Area Job Fair
Megan Price, Business Development Representative, and Alex Brewer, Project Manager, attended the Louisville Area Job Fair at the Fern Valley Inn. SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County is accepting applications.
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SERVPRO Carpet Cleaning Options
Today's carpet and upholstery materials vary dramatically. SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.
SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County Professionals also offer a range of specialized carpet cleaning methods:
- Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
- Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
- Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
- Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
- Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.
Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.
IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.
Preventative maintenance actions include:
- Regular vacuuming
- Spot removal
- Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
- Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
- Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the
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Flood Damage from Frozen Pipes and Plumbing
Busted water pipes make up nearly half of all in-home flood damage. This type of flooding is sudden and often due to hidden leaks, corrosion, or freezing. The cost and inconvenience of a busted pipe make it essential to start prevention while you still can. Flood damage in Southwest Jefferson County can happen during any season. While most homeowners associate flooding with warmer weather, many of you know that the winter is a dangerous time for in-home floods as well. SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County is well prepared to help you with your emergency during winter months as well as all other seasons.
Busted Pipes: Winter Prevention
The freezing of a water pipe makes it burst due to the stress it puts on the metal or plastic. To reduce the chance of suffering a busted pipe, you can take a few simple steps.
- First, it is crucial to know where to shut off the water. Now. If a pipe bursts in your home, the most immediate course of action is to turn off that main water supply. Most can be found inside, usually in the basement.
- Second, make sure that your heating system is checked regularly. Also, inspect the insulation on all of your plumbing as well as your cold water tank. Units located in the attic and other vulnerable locations should be protected with insulated sleeves.
- During severe cold snaps, open cabinets where pipes are located so warm air can circulate.
- Third, keep your heat on throughout the winter months. We know that winter can make heating your home costly, but during harsh, cold months, the chances of your pipes freezing get greater as the temperature plummets.
- Finally, make sure you shut off any external taps and disconnect water hoses outside.
What to Do if You Find a Frozen Pipe
If you see that one of your pipes are frozen, don’t wait around for it to burst or “thaw.” It won’t. What you need to do is immediately turn your water supply off to your home and slowly thaw the frozen pipe by applying a gentle, low heat to the area. You can use a hairdryer, hot water bottle, or even a space heater to accomplish this (never leave a space heater unattended). Never attempt to thaw a frozen pipe by using an open flame or other dangerous methods.
If you have run into an unfortunate flooding event due to frozen water pipes, we will take your call and help to minimize your anxiety. Our Emergency Services line means you can call us 24/7 when disaster strikes.