When Storms unleash, Mold Follows
When storms occur in your area, they bring a variety of problems.
Mold can follow in the storms path.
Storms create water damage that is sometimes unseen or never cleaned correctly.
When flood damages occur from storms, majority of the time that is not included on insurance. When customers do not have insurance sometimes that do not get the water cleaned up correctly. When water is not cleaned up correctly, the mold damage begins to grow. When mold begins to grow, it can hide in places that are not seen by the naked eye or even seen but smelt.
SERVPRO® of Madison, Rockcastle, Garrard and Lincoln Counties offer mold testing. Our mold testing helps you find out what kind of mold you are dealing with faster.
Once we find out what kind of mold, we can treat it better for your safety and home.
Water Damage Intrusion During a Storm
Did you know that there are two types of water damage?
Water damage does not only enter your home through one area. Water can enter your home through two different ways --the top and the bottom.
One of the ways that water can come in from the top is through your roof shingles not being secure or from stopped up gutters. This is why so many home specialists recommend cleaning your gutters out.
From the bottom of your property, groundwater can enter through garages and basements, and usually is not covered by your insurance. This kind of damage is a result of the flood or storm water and needs to be cleaned up, even if it is not covered. SERVPRO® of Madison, Rockcastle, Garrard, & Lincoln Counties offers financing for this reason.
Water damage needs to be cleaned up as soon as it is discovered. Once mold damage begins to spread the spores can be transferred when being dried with home fans and wet vacs.
Richmond, Berea, Mt. Vernon, McKee, Stanford, and Waco --call SERVPRO® of Madison, Rockcastle, Garrard, & Lincoln Counties. Your local water remediation specialists can get to you sooner to help stop the spread of mold and get that water damage cleaned up.
No Job Too Big: Commercial Mold Damage
Commercial damages are one of the emergencies that SERVPRO® of Madison, Rockcastle, Garrard, & Lincoln Counties takes on almost monthly.
From office cleaning to HVAC unit cleaning to water damage cleanup --we have done it all.
Most recently we have done a commercial mold cleaning for a structure in Berea, Kentucky. It was a large business that discovered mold on their walls and products. We had to set up an area of containment around the walls, which was sealed off to clean. We make sure none of the spores settle on other areas in the building or products. We cleaned off the mold and used our special products to make sure it was efficiently and effectively cleaned.
The owner and corporate offices of the building were extremely pleased with the job. Not only have we completed spring mold cleaning for this office, but for other buildings in the area as well. No one is exempt from mold growth, the best thing to do is call a professional at the first sign so the cost is lower and the change of it spreading are lower as well.
We offer mold testing as soon as we get on site, so we will know what kind of mold and how to clean the mold in the best way for your business or home. We do several mold testings for homes especially older homes that have settled.
Call today to get setup with a mold testing.
Fire Safety --It's Time to Check on Your Wiring
How long have you lived in your home?
Now, ask yourself the question --how long did the people before you live in your home?
When it comes to home safety from fire hazards and fire damages, the best way is to check for inadequate or old wiring. Inadequate wiring cause fires to break out in older homes or newer homes, if it was not installed correctly.
Some signs to see if you’ve bad or faulty wiring are:
- Lights dim if you use another appliance
- For an appliance to work, you have to disconnect another
- Fuses blow or trip the circuit frequently.
Have a licensed electrician come and inspect you house, or contact your landlord if you have any of the above occurrences.
SERVPRO® of Madison, Rockcastle, Garrard, & Lincoln Counties know fire damage, but we do not want to see it happen to you and your family.
Cooking Equipment Fire Damage
Do NOT leave pots and pan unattended when you are cooking on a stove.
Have you ever walked away from something cooking on the stove?
We are here to tell you, PLEASE, do not do that.
When cooking on a stove there are a variety of factors that can go wrong. We do not realize how distracted we can get with day to day tasks, children, pets, spouses, that we walk away from a pot or pan that is actively cooking.
Pots and pans can overheat and cause a fire if the person cooking gets distracted and leaves cooking unattended. Always stay in the room, or ask someone to watch your food, or just turn it off.
If you think you are going to be distracted when you are cooking, just do not cook. Wait until later, when you have more time and you will not be distracted by life's other tasks.
This is a common occurrence we see here at SERVPRO® of Madison, Rockcastle, Garrard, & Lincoln Counties. We want you to keep your home and family safe.
Water Damage in Your Home: How much is that going to cost?
Water Damage Expenses
Water damage becomes more expensive the longer it sits in your home. Water damage that has been extracted immediately is usually much smaller on the expense scale. Here are a few situations that can make water damage more expensive:
- letting water damage sit longer than 24 hours
- not calling a professional company to clean up the water and cleaning it up yourself
- not drying out the walls that have been impacted causing mold damage later on
- contents damage
- structural damage
- flooring damage for water damages in a high class, such as 2 or 3, that have to be replaced.
Any of those scenarios listed above can cause water damage to be more expensive in your home or business. We want to keep costs low for you and your insurance company --call the professionals today to keep you from ending up on the list of the more expensive side of water damage cleanup.
Is it time for a new Water Heater?
A water break can happen in a variety of ways in your home. A sump pump can fail, flooding can occur, but one of the most common is an old water heater.
Water heaters are not meant to last a lifetime in a home. The corrosion will build up and damage the tank, which leads to leaking and water damage in your home. The best way to avoid having that water damage emergency is to set a replacement date before the first signs of trouble occur in your water heater.
Many people do not know this, but water heaters should be inspected after ten years in use. Some customers even chose to replace their's sooner as to stay away from unforeseen damages.
Water damage happens from time to time, but taking steps to stop them from occurring can make them less-likely in your home.
Spring is Here --Check Your Home
Springtime means Sump Pump Time
There are many ways that your home can fail you this spring when it comes to water damage.
One of those is: sump pump failure.
When your home is prone to flooding from time to time you are at risk and should get a sump pump installed. Most of the time these are highly efficient ways to stop water from accumulating before it can cause a lot of damage.
In order to make sure your sump pump has not failed make sure you have it installed correctly, that it is plugged in, and powered. When checking the sump pump this spring make sure there are no stray debris to stop it from working properly.
On another note, homeowners who have a washer in the basement should install a sump pump for any accidents or mechanical failures that may occur with the washing machine.
Sump pumps are great ways to stop water from damaging your home this spring. Be on the lookout for more tips to keep your home water resistant this spring.
Water Damage--Be Prepared with an Emergency Ready Profile
An Emergency Ready Profile or ERP is a way for you to get help quicker and easier.
We have a Ready Plan App that is a tool for home and business owners, property managers, risk managers, and facility management to utilize for emergencies.
This allows for us to collect critical facility information to help speed up response times for your convenience.
Some of the lists of items included in your information are:
Utility Contacts and Shut Off
Emergency and Key Contacts
Photos of important areas of the building
Only you, us, and whomever you chose to be on the contact list for your building will know this information and have access to it.
This creates a spot for damage logs and is in an app format for your smartphone.
We want you to be ready when disaster comes your way.
What to do after a Storm?
After a storm occurs, it is time to assess the damages. It is not always fun to venture outside after the storm and see what the storm left in its wake, but the longer you wait to assess the damages the more costly they can become for you.
When storm damage occurs it can cause lightening, flood, hail, or wind damages.
The best process to take is to write down all of the damages that occurred and to take photos for your insurance company.
You want to make sure that you have before photos for some of the areas that had destruction, so the insurance company can compare the damages.
Storm damage can happen to anyone, as storms are unpredictable by nature, and pop up without notice at times. Make sure to have a plan and a list of assets so that if a storm damage does occur, and it's covered by insurance, you will be able to get your home back in order in no time.