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Carpet Cleaning- Advantages of Mount over Portable

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Advantages of Mount over Portable

There are some big differences in the performance and ability of rental "shampooers" and hot water extraction units that professionals use. The major differences are in suction power, water temperature, spray jet power, and mobility. Additionally, professional carpet cleaning companies use high quality cleaning chemicals.

Suction Power

Rental machines are powered by electric vacuum motors. These motors are stronger than the motors on your vacuum. They are designed to extract liquid. Truck mount carpet cleaning machines are powered by a gasoline engine. The engine turns a piston at around 3,000 RPMs and creates suction for up to several hundred feet of hose. A gasoline motor has far superior power for suction. Better suction correlates to extracting more dirt.

Water Temperature

It is a widely accepted fact that water is better cleaning solution when it is hotter. Science has proven this to be true. Now, when you rent a machine you can only get the water as hot as the tap will allow. Rental machines do not have the power to heat water. By the time you extract, the water has actually been cooled down. A truck mount machine heats has the capability to heat water to up to over 200 degrees. The offers much better cleaning capability.

Spray Jet Power

Rental machines spray pumps are also electric powered, they offer around 250 PSI. This is the power at which they spray the carpet with water and cleaning chemicals. The more powerful your pump is, the deeper you can attack the dirt . The dirtier the carpet, the deeper down you want to spray and the more powerful of a pump you will need. With truck mount machines the pump is also powered by gasoline motor, allowing for up to 1200 PSI. The truck mount machine has the power to blast the carpet fibers with cleaning chemical and the suction power to suck it all up.


Rental machines are big boxes on wheels that are rolled around. They carry the clean water and the dirty water adding more weight to them. If you have a 2 story house you have to drag the heavy machines up the stairs. Then you have to unload the water before you bring it back down the stairs. Truck mount machines stay in the work truck; hose is run from the machine to wherever the carpet is. A light weight wand is the extraction tool that is taken into the home, allowing for very easy movement.

Rental machines just do not have the power that professional machines offer. They can clean the surface of the carpet, but are no substitute for professional cleaning. They can be used for small problem areas, but will never be as effective as a professional machine. 

Need a Carpet Cleaning In Your Home or Business? Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County today. 502.241.6861

SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County also proudly serves Spencer, Henry and Trimble Counties. 

Your Rental Property And Mold

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold prevention tips are very relevant to today’s landlords. Contamination of a rental property almost always requires professional mold remediation services to make the home habitable for tenants again. Also, in recent years, owners of rental properties have been held liable for mold in Civil cases. Tenants also bear some responsibility for eliminating indoor conditions that foster mold growth. For owners and onsite landlords, however, here are four mold prevention tips to help you fulfill your obligation to keep the property mold-free.

  • Maintain the building envelope. Moisture is the primary ingredient that triggers active toxic mold growth. Moisture affecting the indoor environment most often originates outdoors. Whether it’s rain dripping into the attic through roof leaks, or cracks and gaps in the structure that allow excess outdoor humidity to infiltrate indoors, regular roof maintenance as well as proper air-sealing of the walls, doors and windows, helps keep the living environment mold-free.
  • Stay on top of plumbing issues. Inside the house, no plumbing leaks—even inconspicuous pinholes or drippy faucets—should be considered “normal” and allowed to continue. Minor leaks you can actually see in aging water supply lines are also often happening in areas you cannot see—such as the attic or crawl space, prime locations for hidden mold growth.
  • Exhaust humid rooms. Bathrooms and kitchens often harbor excess humidity from steamy showers and cooking. Exhaust fans ducted all the way to the outdoors remove humid air that feeds mold growth. Invest in energy-efficient fans with timer switches to run for a limited time, then will shut off automatically.
  • Maintain the HVAC system. The air conditioner, in particular, can either be an ally in preventing mold contamination—or another cause of it. A properly functioning A/C helps keep indoor humidity low, discouraging the growth of mold. Make sure the system gets an annual check-up, including inspecting the indoor evaporator coil and air handler drip pan for mold growth. Mold contamination in these components is frequently dispersed through the ductwork into all living spaces in the house. Finally, having the duct system cleaned and sprayed with an antimicrobial agent will inhibit mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your rental home or business contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby to confirm and begin Remediation Services. 502.241.6861

SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby also proudly serves Spencer, Henry and Trimble Counties. 

Sewage Backup In Your Home

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Sewage Backup Cleanup

Along with our water damage services, SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County offers additional services to help out our clients. This additional water service is sewage backup cleanups. During harsh thunderstorms and periods of time where there is a lot of rain, flooding can occur. Not only can flooding cause damages to a home by causing water to come in, it can also cause backups in the sewage lines. Recently we have helped clients in Oldham/Shelby County with sewage clean up as harsh rain has caused their sewage lines to backup and cause damage to the home's drain pipes. If not treated quickly and efficiently, these sewage backups can cause propose serious risks.

With our 24 hour service, we are always on call to assist anyone with any sewage issue or other remediation needs.

 Sewage Backup In Your Home Or Business? Contact the professionals here at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County today. 502.241.6861

SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County also proudly serves Spencer, Henry and Trimble Counties. 

How To Detect A Slab Leak

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Slab Leak refers to a leak that actually occurs beneath the foundation of your house. In the case of most homes, there are copper water lines below the cement or concrete that serves as the base of your home. There is not much awareness of slab leaks, but they are actually a huge issue, and can easily be mistaken for a simple basement leak. However, there are some signs that can help you tell when you have a slab leak as opposed to a basement leak.


You probably want to spend as little time as possible thinking about your water bill, but it can actually be a great resource to help you detect slab leaks. If your water bill is unusually high, a slab leak could be the cause. A leak in these pipes can come in many different sizes, but regardless of what size some quantity of water will be flowing through it. This means that you are losing water 24/7, an issue that is bound to show up on your bill. If there is no other reason for the spike in cost, it is probably time to call a local plumber.

Watch and Listen for leaks

A strong sign that you have a leak in your pipes is the constant sound of running water. This may be a subtle noise, especially since you are accustomed to it, but try to take notice if the sound is constant. If there is water running and you are not using any water-based appliances, this can be a strong indicator of a leak.

If you think that you hear water running when everything is turned off in the house, check your water meter. There should be an indicator that spins when water is running. If it is spinning, then water is flowing somewhere, and it could be a slab leak.


This one may seem obvious, but it is still worthwhile. If there is water seeping through your floor, you obviously have some kind of leak. However, it can be difficult to tell if it is a traditional basement leak or a slab leak. Here are a few indicators to watch out for.

  • If the leak seems to be growing from the middle of the floor, rather than one of the edges or walls, it is more likely to be a slab leak. Basement leaks tend to result from cracks in the foundation, which tend to form at the edges rather than the center of the floor. A slab leak, in contrast, can occur anywhere along the pipe.
  • If the water from the leak is warm, this can be an indicator of a slab leak. Often times, both cold and hot water pipes are running under your home. If the leak is in one of the hot water pipes, then the wet spot on the floor will be noticeably warmer. Naturally, this only indicates a leak in a hot water pipe, so if the water is cold it does not mean that it is not a slab leak. It could simply be a leak in a cold water pipe.

A noticeable leak combined with one of the other indicators can strengthen your case for a slab leak. For instance, if your water bill is high, go check your basement to see if there are any water spots on the floor.

If you suspect a slab leak contact a plumbing professional right away!! 

Water Damage In Your Home Or Business? Contact a SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County today to speak to a Mitigation Specialist. 502.241.6861

SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County also proudly serves Spencer, Henry and Trimble Counties. 

Restoring Your Damaged Important Documents

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

When your business or organization is dealing with important wet documents or books and the potential related process or legal costs, or historical losses—paper drying suddenly becomes very interesting. So understanding how your documents can be salvaged may save you from a lot of fingernail biting while you wait for the process to play out.

This blog post provides an overview of the document freeze-drying process. And gives you some critical things to consider before you ever need help.

The Magic of Freeze-drying

When your documents and books arrive at a facility, your restoration provider will typically use freeze-drying (the scientific term of lyophilization) to remove water before completing any other necessary restoration steps.

The freeze-drying process uses a combination of low temperatures and low pressure to transform water from a solid to a gas. Condensing coils in the freeze drying chambers attract the gas and remove water from the chambers.

Most freeze-drying chambers can complete a job in 14 – 28 days, but newer technology has reduced the average drying time to just 5 – 7 days.

It’s important to understand that freeze-drying can be taken too far, in which case it may result in dry or brittle paper. So limits should be applied to prevent this from happening.
Three Things to Consider

Your document restoration needs can be time-sensitive and involve confidential or even priceless fragile materials. Damaged or lost documents can also set off a chain reaction of process or legal-related scenarios that can quickly grow very expensive. That’s why we recommend planning ahead whenever possible. If your organization has important documents or books that it could not afford to lose, be sure to:

-Consider how fast you would need them back, if something happened

-Evaluate your document restoration vendor options ahead of time

Water or Fire Damage In Your Home Or Business? Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County today. 502.241.6861

SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County also proudly serves Spencer, Henry and Trimble Counties. 

Water Damage- Where Is The Source?

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

The more quickly you can identify a water problem the less costly any associated damage will become.

When you begin noticing erroneous water collections around the confines of your home, water damage could be paying you an unpleasant visit. Becoming aware of these lingering water collection points is an important step in circumventing the entire problem. However if you can pinpoint the cause of your homes’ water leakage than your bank account will look a little fatter long term.

Common causes of Water Damage:

Bursting or leaking pipes

Backed up drains and toilets may result in untimely piping bursts due to unwarranted pressure on your home’s pipes. Faulty garbage disposals can lead to leaky pipes along with roots growing in the home’s front and/or back yards.

Crawl Space, Basement and Attic Concerns

These sections are more prone to the mishaps of water damage than any other area of the home. Lower level water damage jeopardizes the structure integrity of a home, and can lead to dangerous mold damage. These occurrences should be dealt with as soon as they become known.

HVACs (heating, ventilating and air conditioning units)

When air conditioning units are not routinely inspected, moisture may begin to buildup, thereby interacting with mold spores inside air ducts encouraging the mold to proliferate and cause damage.

Malfunctioning Household Appliances and Weather Related Natural Disasters

As appliances age, their performance and dependability contract. Also, natural disasters are difficult to predict and typically result in excessive damage.

If your Water Damage Source is still a mystery contact a plumber to diagnose the problem.

Water Damage In Your Home Or Business? Contact the professionals here at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County today to speak to a Mitigation specialist. 502.241.6861

SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby also proudly serves Spencer, Henry and Trimble Counties.

How To Prevent Water Damage- Clogged Drains

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

All plumbing systems develop clogs. There’s no way to avoid it. What to do? As the old saying goes… the best solution is prevention. You can easily avoid clogged drains in a kitchen sink, bathtub, toilet, and floor drain by not abusing your drain line and using caution when dumping things down the drain. Avoid pouring fats, oils, and greases (like bacon grease) down the drain as they have a tendency to clump together or solidify (congeal) and block your plumbing pipes.

Don’t ignore a slow drain. Take action at the first sign of a problem to prevent a complete clog or backup from happening. Start simple, then work your way up to fixes that require specialty tools, or a substantial investment of time and effort. Remove the excess hair and gunk that has built up at the surface of the drain. Cleaning strainers and pop-up stoppers frequently can easily clear a common bathroom clog.

If the blockage isn’t too far into the pipes, a plunger can likely clear a clog. Plungers are sold at any hardware store or home center. Those with larger rubber bells deliver more thrust. Be sure it has a sturdy handle so you can apply plenty of force. A plunger that has a cup with a flat bottom works well for sinks, tubs, and showers. Plunging can be quick and easy or it could quickly become a wet mess — be sure to have a bucket, rags, and a sponge close at hand.

Another way to prevent clogs, if you have a septic tank, is to have a professional inspect it every two to three years to ensure it is functioning properly. These regular maintenance inspections will help identify any potential issues early on and save you headaches down the road.

Water Damage as a result of a clogged drain in your home or business? Contact the professionals here at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County today. 502.241.6861

SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County also proudly serves Spencer, Henry and Trimble Counties. 

What You Should Know About Category 3 Water Damage

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

The following information is intended for use as general guidelines for Category 3 water loss cleanup. No two water losses are alike, and each situation must be treated based on the unique needs of the environment. Before tackling any water loss it is recommended that professionals attend an IICRC WRT Class, an IICRC ASD Class, and be familiar with the industry's standards of care (IICRC S500 and S520). 

Category 3 water loss involves water that is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents. Such water may carry silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials, or toxic organic substances. 

Examples include, but are not limited to: sewage, toilet backflows that originate from beyond the toilet trap regardless of visible content or color, all forms of flooding from seawater, ground surface water and rising water from rivers or streams, and other contaminated water entering or affecting the indoor environment such as wind-driven rain from hurricanes, tropical storms, or other weather-related events.

Category 3 Water Loss In Your Home Or Business? Contact the professionals here at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County today. 502.241.6861

SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County also proudly serves Spencer, Henry and Trimble Counties. 

How Unattended Water Damage Leads To Structural Damage

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

How Unattended Water Damage Will Lead to Structural Damage

Most people who have lived in a residential building have had problems with water damage at some point. Maybe the rain leaks through the roof and falls onto the floor. Sometimes a flood can rush into the home from the outside. Other times pipes from the refrigerator or washing machine become disconnected and flood the home. Some people think that cleaning up the water isn't all that is necessary; however, the damage that results can also cause structural damage. A few of the ways that water damage can lead to structural damage are discussed below.

Water Damage Warps the Wood

Many people have heard about wood warping and the problems that this can cause. For those that don't understand, wood warping refers to a change in the shape of the wood due to the damage from water. While some people think that wood warping is merely an aesthetic issue, remember that wood is used in walls and roofs as well. If the wood warps, it is no longer straight and the alignment that was used to keep the walls and roof strong has been moved out of place. This can lead to support problems for the structure of the home.

Water Damage Can Degrade Metal

Water damage can cause the metallic fabrication in the home to rust. People depend on metal to carry air conditioning fluids, heat, and clean water through the plumbing system. Many people have also reinforced parts of their home with metal. Water reacts with the metal and can cause the metal to rust over. This damages the integrity of the surface and can contaminate drinking water or decrease the efficiency of a heating system. People should have water damage treated to preserve the integrity of their piping and fabrication.

These are only a few ways that unattended water damage can have important impacts on the structure of a home. Treat water damage to prevent them from happening.

Water Damage In Your Home Or Business? Contact the professionals here at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County. 502.241.6861

SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County also proudly serves Spencer, Henry and Trimble Counties. 

How To Avoid Electrical Hazards After A Flood

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Much has been made of protecting your appliances from flooding, either by elevating them on crates or pallets, or better yet, moving them to a higher floor in your home or business.

Unfortunately, this is either not possible to do or is a step that is overlooked. Appliances are damaged by the thousands every year in flood related events. So what is the proper course of action after your home has been flooded and your appliances have been submerged in water?

The single best answer is that all flood damaged plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical appliances should be replaced, not repaired. It is the single best option with a almost zero risk factor. If work must be performed on these systems, then it should be done by a qualified, licensed contractor, rather than the homeowner.

If this sound like a rather strict approach, it is only because of the numerous accidents and injuries reported as a result of improper do it yourself repairs. 

Unit controls that have been damaged by floodwater are extremely dangerous, and any attempt to use them after they have suffered water or flood damage may result in fires or even explosions. Electrical appliances may produce serious electrical shock. Other devices that are at risk include water heaters, furnaces, boilers, room heaters, and air conditioners.

The repair of electrical units damaged by flooding and other related systems is by no means a job for the do it yourself artist. Even the most handy men among us should stay away from these types of problems and allow the professionals to conduct the work. This is especially true when it comes to control valves, as they are manufactured with very close tolerances, and should be replaced whenever they have been submerged in flood waters. 

In some cases, controls may appear to be operative even after the damage has occurred, but it is still unwise to engage the unit. It may work for a period of days or even weeks, but it still may fail, and any component that has been underwater poses a serious risk. 

Due to the serious nature of this sort of damage, and because so many things can and often do go wrong, it is in many cases cheaper and always safer to simply have the unit or units replaced.

While valves or controls may be repaired, the damage in other areas may go unnoticed. Acquiring a new unit is the single most effective way to make sure that your are getting a product that poses no safety threats to you or your family. 

Flood Damage To Your Home Or Business? Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County today. 502.241.6861

SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby also proudly serves Spencer, Henry and Trimble Counties.