Ice Storm Damage
Earlier this week Louisville got its first frost and snow of the year. With the pretty snow comes a lot of unexpected problems. SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County received several calls about branches falling through roofs due to the weight of the ice that fell overnight. SERVPRO went out to the homes and put tarps on the effected rooftops to prevent anymore interior damage from being done. We also set up air movers to dry out any areas with water damage such as hardwood flooring to prevent it from buckling, and then started the steps necessary to repair the roofs. The best way to prevent this from happening is to make sure all of the trees around your home are well maintained and trimmed so that there are no branches hanging over your home.
Sump Pump Failure
Southwest Jefferson County suffered an ice storm and many homes and business had power outages across the city. With power outages comes sump pump failures which can cause flooding throughout the home. SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County was dispatched to several dozen homes in the area with inches to feet of standing water in their basement due to power outages. Our certified crews went out to the homes and extracted the standing water, pulled out any saturated flooring and baseboards, then set up dehumidifiers and air movers in the areas needed to get rid of the moisture. One way to prevent this sump pump failure issue due to power loss is to invest in a generator at your home. Don't hesitate to give us a call if you suffer any water damage in your home or business. We pride ourselves in excellent customer service and hope to make your disaster "Like it never even happened."
Two massive storms hit the United States in 2018
2018 brought two of the worst hurricanes to hit the United States in many years. While both were devastating, they were destructive in different ways. Hurricane Florence dropped almost 36 inches of rain in the Carolina’s causing extensive flooding statewide. Hurricane Michael brought winds upwards of 155 mph, devastating the Florida panhandle with damages that flattened some areas. SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County was called to help people affected in both states just weeks apart. The SERVPRO Storm Teams were activated to assist in the clean-up of these areas. With the water damaged caused by Florence, getting the water extracted and the drying process started was priority one for the team. This allowed the customers to return home safely, mitigating the risk to their health. As for Michael, this storm brought a number of different issues for the SERVPRO Storm Team to face. The wind was the main issue so getting roofs tarped was the first priorty, and debris had to be cleared before mitigation could begin. While both storms proved to be a challenge, the professionals of SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County showed compassion and professionalism that will be felt for years to come.
Fire safety this winter
When a fire strikes no one is ready for the emotion and fear they can instill. In most cases families can be displaced for months on end, contents are destroyed, and memories are lost. Recently, SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County was called to a home that had heavy smoke and soot damaged caused by a small appliance that had shorted out. A television in the back bedroom of the home had caught fire causing extensive damage to the bedroom and bathroom. Luckily no one was hurt in the fire, but now the process of cleaning up all the soot and tearing out damaged materials throughout the home has begun. SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County understands the process of cleaning a home or business after a fire. We also have the capabilities to do the reconstruction once the mitigation is complete. We work hand-in-hand with the home owner making sure that we can transform the residence back into a home they can make new memories in for years to come.
With the Holiday season upon us statistics show that November-January are the months when fires are most prevalent. It's important to make sure that your family has a plan in place in case a fire of a fire. Here are some tips to keep your family safe during the upcoming Holiday Season.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
- Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
- Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.
Be prepared this winter
The winter months can create significant challenges for property managers. Snow and ice don’t have the predictability of grass and shrubs. Furthermore, grass and shrubs don’t cause ice damming and pipe freezes.
How you react to the challenges of winter can set the tone of your relationship with HOAs and association boards come spring and summer. Your clients are more likely to forgive circumstances that are out of your control. As long as they know that when mother nature strikes, you are there trying to get their home a quality fix, in a timely manner.
SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County recognizes the need to be prepared, this is why when we partner with property managers we help them build a comprehensive recovery plan. This way you can react confidently and quickly in the face of a disaster. Winter months aren’t the time for training in front of upset tenants. Our crews have received technical and service training to help them take the proper course of action while remaining empathetic to the situation.
Our office works with our partners to make sure documents flow through the right channels which simplifies settlement, whether there is a claim or the job is a direct pay. We also anticipate and recognize coverage issues so that tenants and owners understand how the claim will be settled.
The SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County Restoration brand is the most recognized and respected brand in the mitigation industry, and SERVPRO is equipped with the manpower and equipment to handle any situation.. You can feel confident you are calling the right people when you contact SERVPRO. After all, no one gets fired for hiring the industry leader.
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This month November 2018 SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County tries to educate how to stay safe in case of a fire. Your local fire station provides lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires. See what programs your local fire station offers.
Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware, fire can happen anywhere, anytime.
LOOK - for possible fire starters. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
LISTEN - for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to leave your home safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
LEARN - more than one way out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.
Storm Damage? We are HERE TO HELP!
If you have storm damage, SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County is HERE TO HELP. We part of the SERVPRO Storm Team and we are available 24/7 with manpower and equipment. Whether you have water damage from flash flooding, structural damage from high winds, or smoke damage from a lightening fire we are here to help.
Our trained staff at SERVPRO of Southeast Jefferson County are here to assess the situation and stabilize your structure. We can help you find the resources you need to quickly clean up any situation whether you have a large tree that has come down, or a roof that needs repaired. We are able to bring in large equipment if needed to solve any problem. We are here to help be that resource for you in your time of need when a disaster happens. You can turn to SERVPRO of Southeast Jefferson County and know that we value you and your property. We know that your family and/or business are important to you and it is important to get things back to normal quickly. We work hard to help make it "Like it never even happened."
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A lot of people may not realize that mold is a common problem in homes and businesses developing in warm, damp environments. Showers and bathrooms are common areas for mold to grow, however mold can grow in any location of the home or business.
SERVPRO was called out to a business that was reporting some breathing issues in the summer of 2018. Unfortunately, SERVPRO was able to positively conclude that there was mold located in the business through a series of air quality tests and spot checks. Our crews showed up and began working to remove and clean up any and all effected areas. Once removal and proper cleaning had been completed our crews began the next step of sealing the walls and surfaces that had been effected and painted where needed.
If You See Signs of Mold,
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Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because removing all mold from a house or business is impossible; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Here are the facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
ERP Emergency Ready Plan
Owning a commercial property is a big responsibility and can come with many issues. One of the most important things to keep in mind is protecting your investment. SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County offers a free Emergency Ready Plan to help our commercial owners do just that.
The Emergency Ready Plan consists of the following:
- A walk through of the property with your maintenance person and a SERVPRO Representative.
- SERVPRO will document the sensitive areas, label water and gas shuts offs with either an Orange or White tag so they easily seen.
- SERVPRO will include documentation, step-by-step written directions, and pictures of each shut off valve.
- SERVPRO will include the contact names and telephone numbers for all of the utility companies and property personnel that would need to be notified in the event of an emergency on the property.
- SERVPRO will take this information and place it into a nice binder for you to keep.
SERVPRO offers this service free of charge with no obligation simply because we care about the businesses in our city. SERVPRO wants every business in the city to have an Emergency Ready Plan so they are prepared in case of an event. The Emergency Ready plan can help you reduce the damage done to your property.
If this sounds like a great benefit for your company – call SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County to schedule yours today. We look forward to hearing from you today.
It's best to be prepared
One of the most damaging and devastating things you can ever experience as a homeowner is a flood.
There are many causes of household flooding that can include:
- Heavy rains
- Sewer back-up
- Malfunctioning sump-pump
- Pipe burst
No matter what the cause, you should know what you should do if your house floods. Taking care of the problem earlier will help you to reduce the amount of damage and can make the clean-up and repair easier. It's best to call a professional when dealing with water damage in your home. The certified technicians at SERVPRO of Southwest Jefferson County know exactly what steps to follow in order to prevent further damage, and to get your home cleaned up and dried out so you can get back to normal.
The first several days after a disaster are critical to preventing unnecessary secondary damages like mold. SERVPRO suggests the following steps to help minimize additional damage to your home, business and possessions.
- If the water has entered the structure through the flooding of a creek, stream or river, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is considered black water and could be hazardous to your health. Avoid contact with contaminated items as much as possible.
- Take the greatest caution while entering your home, and wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing when dealing with flooded areas.
- Do not attempt to operate any electrical equipment while standing in wet or damp locations.
- Throw away all foods - even canned goods - that have encountered flood waters.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Place fans at 45-degree angles to walls and move large furniture away from walls to create the best air circulation.
- If your home has a crawlspace, be aware excess moisture in this area can often foster mold growth.
SERVPRO also recommends having a three-day supply of water for each member of your family - including pets - along with non-perishable food, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries and a flashlight. Citizens should also keep in mind things like necessary medications and insurance documents.