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Tobacco Smoke: Helpful Hints On Mitigating Damage

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

Does your home reek of tobacco smoke? Here are tips on how to remove the odor

It’s one thing to bring home smoke odor on your clothes and in your hair after a night of partying, but when that smell invades your home thanks to inconsiderate guests and their furtive smoking breaks, you must act quickly once they’re gone. Unfortunately, that smoky odor will permeate the fabrics in your home and will hold onto that odor, leaving you to smell it for days and weeks later.

You may not be able to easily remove all of the fabric from your home – particularly furniture, like a large sofa – but it’s very important to move all fabric items to an area unaffected by smoke, no matter how inconvenient. These items can include any decorative pillows, bedding, blankets, and especially curtains and drapes. If you have a washing machine that can handle large loads you should be able to run all of these items through a cold wash cycle with two (2) cups of vinegar added to the load.

Be sure to not use high heat to dry these items. The heat appears to reactivate the smoky smell, setting it permanently into the fabric. Instead, use a low heat or fluff cycle; if you can, line dry the items in the sun, which will be even more effective in removing the odor. And any light breeze along with the sunshine will be a bonus.

If you have a large, bulky item like a comforter, you may need to take it to your local dry cleaner. Put all of the smelly items into a trash bag and bring them to the cleaners; be sure to inform them that you require help in removing smoke odor. They can then use all of the professional techniques in their arsenal to banish the smoky smell. You may also want to include delicate items like curtains and window treatments. Window treatments can be expensive, so you don’t want to risk ruining them in your washing machine.

Once all of the items are washed and rid of the smoke odor, you don’t want to start the process all over again by returning them to a smoky home. Instead, put all of those clean items into fresh trash bags and store them in your garage or other area unaffected by smoky odor. You can return these items to their rightful locations once you have removed the odor from the home itself.

Remember that time is of the essence and these steps must be completed rather quickly. If you do one step without doing the others, the odor will simply redistribute itself around the home. If multiple rooms are affected, you’ll have to work on one room at a time. Once a room has been cleared of smoke, be sure to seal off the clean room as best you can. You don’t want smoky odor traveling to other areas – particularly an area you’ve just cleaned.

If you ever need help removing tobacco odors from the home, or need help mitigating a fire damage be sure to contact us as soon as possible. Dealing with carcinogens is never something that should be shrugged off as not a big deal. SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby prides itself on being a qualified and honest home restoration company.

 

Water Damage Starts Working Immediately to Destroy Your Home

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Starts Working Immediately to Destroy Your Home What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you arrive home and are shocked to find a flood? If you imagine yourself calling your mother, your insurance agent and maybe the neighbor to find out whether she has damage, we’d like to re-align your priorities. “Water damage grows exponentially worse” Water damage grows exponentially worse, the longer you wait to call SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby.  Within a matter of hours, the damage spreads its muggy little tentacles.Mold & mildew get a foothold in your carpets, furnishings and inside the wall water damage  Mold removalStanding water breeds microorganisms that cause rot odor grows more noxious and permanentdrywall is soaked, warped and rendered uselesswood swells and becomes malformedmetal tarnishes and rusts. At this point, insurance claims start to rise astronomically and the chances of recouping full value drop dramatically. And that’s just the beginning of this horror story. Water damage is real!, within a day or two, fungi appears, showing up as green or black mold or some especially creative-shaped mushrooms. Adhesives lose their grip on your ceramic tile. Wallpaper peels. Wooden door casings swell up. Floors buckle. Fabrics are stained beyond preservation. Papers must be discarded. Paint peels. Electronic components fail. The occupants are at risk from air-borne and water-borne contaminants. At SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby, we have seen this timeline unfold time and time again and have made a profession out of mediating water damages to homes. That’s why we feel a sense of urgency when a homeowner calls to report a water-damaged home or business. For most people, this is their first go-round with the horror. They are confused and don’t know where to turn. Should you call your brother and ask if he’s ever seen such a mess? Call your friend who owns a swimming pool service? We are perfectly sincere when we say, No! SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby should be your first call. Even if the water entering your home was clean (from a broken water intake pipe, for instance), it quickly turns into a cesspool. Stagnant water is a prime breeding site for organisms that cause disease and damage. Water-soaked materials, even after they start to dry, provide a fine environment for growing a good crop of mold and fungi. If your first call is to SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby, we can arrest the growth of mold before it becomes a serious situation, detracting from your home’s safety, comfort and value. It’s critical to attack the situation ASAP. Homeowners sometimes try to dry the affected areas themselves and learn afterward that it’s more complicated than just wiping up the kitchen floor after a spill. Mold spores are all around us. It takes a good soaking to revive them. And then they get the upper hand.SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby teamSERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby are experienced mold clean-up, restoration and mold removal experts. You don’t need to call a contractor or your brother-in-law. One call to SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby is enough to launch a professional clean-up job. Don’t wait until your home is beyond help because of odors, stains, structural damage, system failure and black mold. When you have water damage, call SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby. We’ll get to work restoring your home to its pristine condition, the way you remember it before the flood waters hit.

Commercial Water Damage Cause and Prevention

7/14/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Prevention

Large-scale losses can be prevented by following a few simple guidelines. Know where your emergency water shut-off valves are located,  in case you are not available. SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby is prepared to create an Emergency READY profile to do just that. 

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. There is no cost to you to complete the profile. 

It is a good idea to locate a water damage restoration company that provides emergency response before disaster strikes. Do your due diligence and call a few different companies to ask any questions you might have about their services or their experience with companies similar to yours. How quickly cleanup begins will impact the size of the loss.

Causes of Commercial Water Damage

Water damage can happen at any time. Whether from natural disasters, leaking roofs, frozen pipes, sewage backups, or flooding, water damage is a serious concern and a major threat to your commercial property.

Understanding the cause of the flooding is essential for proper cleanup, as clean water from a broken pipe or a leaking roof during a rainstorm will be treated differently than floodwaters and sewage backups. Let the commercial water damage experts at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby handle the cleanup and restoration of your property. 

Call us today to schedule your Emergency READY profile. 50.241.6861

Electric Fire Safety

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Electrical Fire Safety

Electrical fires are a common source of fire in homes and offices that can be avoided by taking a few simple measures. Follow these electrical safety tips to help can keep your home or office safe from dangerous fire hazards. 

Appliances

  • Always plug major appliances, like refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers, directly into a wall outlet.
  • Never use an extension cord with a major appliance—it can easily overheat and start a fire.
  • Always plug small appliances directly into a wall outlet.
  • Unplug small appliances when you are not using them.
  • Keep lamps, light fixtures, and light bulbs away from anything that can burn.
  • Use light bulbs that match there commended wattage on the lamp or fixture.
  • Check electrical cords on appliances often. Replace cracked, damaged and loose electrical cords. Do not try to repair them.

Outlets

  • Do not overload wall outlets.
  • Insert plugs fully into sockets.
  • Never force a three-prong cord into a two-slot outlet.
  • Install tamper-resistant electrical outlets if you have young children.

Extension Cords, Power Strips, and Surge Protectors

  • Replace worn, old or damaged extension cords right away.
  • Use extension cords for temporary purposes only.
  • Avoid putting cords where they can be damaged or pinched, like under a carpet or rug.
  • Do not overload power strips.
  • Use power strips that have internal overload protection.

Any other electrical problems that need to be met should be done by a licensed and certified electrician. Do not attempt to perform any electrical work that is beyond your knowledge and skill set. Electrical injuries can be severe and even fatal. It is always a good idea to make sure a qualified electrician does all electrical work in your home! If you do experience a fire from an electrical malfunction, call a professional restoration company for immediate cleanup. 

Close Your Door To Prevent Fire Deaths

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

Close Your Door to Prevent Fire Deaths

One simple action, closing your bedroom door, could save your life.

Tests by UL’s Firefighter Safety Research Institute found that in the event of a fire rooms with an open door showed temperatures over 1,000°F, while a room with a closed door had temperatures at only 100°F. Research also showed that a closed door kept room conditions survivable longer than an open door.

“If you can get out of a burning structure, get out,” explains Steve Kerber, FSRI’s Research Director. “If you can’t, put a closed door between you and the fire to buy yourself valuable time.”

UL states that four decades ago, victims had an average of 17 minutes to escape a burning home after the activation of a smoke alarm. Today, that time has dropped to 3 minutes or less. Homes incorporating more open layouts and lightweight construction materials, and new materials in furnishings, allow fires to spread much quicker.

A closed door gives a layer of protection between you and a fire, which is especially important at night when the household is sleeping. A closed door also helps limit oxygen flow, which may help prevent a fire from growing. When escaping a burning structure, closing the door behind you can help limit property damage.

A reminder from Prevention 1st: In addition to closing your door, make sure you also install and test smoke alarms. Having a working smoke alarm cuts your risk of dying in a fire in half.

How To Fix Ceiling Stains Following Water Damage

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

How to Fix Ceiling Stains As a Result of Water Damage

The consequence of heavy rainfall, earthquake, tropical storm, hurricane or any natural disaster can result in water damage and ceiling stains. Even if your home is still intact, there can be leaky roofs or pipes that can be present as well. Ceiling stains can also be the result of letting the bath rub overflow in an upstairs bathroom.

If you believe that fixing the water damage and/or sealing the ceiling stain is out of your skill set, calling a water restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby, should be at the very top of your list. When it rains, it pours LITERALLY, so when it rains again, it can result in more water damage and ceiling stains in your home or place of business.

Unless the water has caused structural damage or has ruined the drywall, sealing a common water stain is something anyone can do with no problem.

To make sure that you fix the ceiling properly and that your ceiling stays beautiful and clear of water damage, you’ll need a few materials. Make sure that you have household cleaner, a wire brush, caulk or spackle and fine sandpaper for surface preparation. You’ll also need shellac to create a waterproof barrier over the area, primer, and paint.

The first thing once should do is make sure the ceiling stain isn’t soggy with water damage. If this is the case, you may have to replace the drywall to make sure that mold and mildew doesn’t form. Another thing, you have to make sure the problem is completely fixed before attempting to get rid of the ceiling stain. If the bathtub has a leak, please get a plumber to correctly fix the issue before attempting to replace the part of the ceiling that is stained.

If the surface where the ceiling stain isn’t wet, soggy, or extremely soft, your next move should be consisting of removing any loose paint that was a result. You can use the wire brush to help you when doing so. Along with removing the loose paint, you should also try to clean the area with any time of household cleaner. If you spot mildew or mold, make sure you disinfect with cleaner, bleach, and water. It is extremely important to make sure you wipe out the mold completely as it is a great chance that it may start to regrow.

Please make sure that the ceiling stain’s surface is completely dry before you prime. Some people even make sure that they use a hair dryer for small ceiling stains and a dehumidifier to dry up the bigger areas.

Before you prime, you should add a coat of shellac. It is best to let it dry then apply another coat. And always make sure you apply each coat in the same direction with a brush or roller.

After this is completely, you want to make sure that you use high quality primer to seal the stain permanently and completely.

Paint the area with the ceiling color after the primer dries. If you haven’t painted the ceiling for a while, the repair may appear lighter than the rest of the ceiling.

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

Professional Content Cleaning

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Professional Content Cleaning After A Disaster

Water and fire disasters come in many different experiences and there is nothing more devastating to a homeowner then to see their home damaged. Anger, fear, disbelief, and shock are just a few of the emotions that you and your family will go through after a disaster. More often than not, these disasters can cause severe damage to your property and personal belongings. That is where professional content and restoration companies come into play.

What is content cleaning?

Content cleaning is the detailed cleaning, drying, sanitizing, deodorization, and resurfacing of most household items that have been affected by a disaster. The content cleaning process helps to return your personal items back to their original condition. Content cleaning can help salvage family mementos, valuable art items such as painting, jewelry, and treasured pictures.

Damaged property

After any disaster, it is important to secure your property to minimize any further damage. Inspect personal property only if it is safe to do so. Take inventory so you can determine what can be saved and what must be replaced. This process can be overwhelming and it would be more than beneficial to contact a professional content cleaning company to do this for you. The professionals have an eye for what can be restored to pre-damaged condition. There may be more of your belongings that can be salvaged than you expect.

There may be some situations that require that your personal belongings be removed and relocated for immediate and thorough cleaning, restoration, and decontamination. If your home has suffered from extensive water or fire damage it is often easier, safer, and more cost-efficient to have your belongings taken to a secure facility to start the cleaning and restoration process.

Most content cleaning companies will provide what is called a pack-out service. This is where they will inventory and record your belongings, safely package and transport your belongings to their secure facility where the cleaning and restoration process will take place. Reputable companies will require meticulous documentation of your belongings to ensure that nothing is misplaced. In some cases, if your belongings cannot be returned home immediately after the cleaning and restoration process, the professionals will safely package and store your belongings in their facility until they can be delivered to your home.

Salvageable Items

  • Artwork and Antiques
  • Documents and Books
  • Photographs
  • VHS and DVD media
  • Clothing
  • Electronics
  • Furniture
  • Rugs

Here are just a few of the ways that professionals clean salvageable items.

Methods of content cleaning.

  • Dry cleaning is used for removing light to medium non-grease soils, or per-treating to remove excess soil before wet or immersion cleaning.
  • Wet cleaning, an aggressive method of removing medium to heavy soiling on items that can be cleaned with chemicals.
  • Spray and wipe, a method used when items may be damaged by chemical cleaning products.
  • Abrasive cleaning consists of agitation of the surfaces before being cleaned.
  • Immersion cleaning, effective for items that can be submerged in the cleaning chemicals.

For immediate help after a water damage disaster, contact a certified and insured restoration company like SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby. 502.241.6861 

 

What Should I Consider After A Wood Floor Is Flooded

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

What Should I Consider after a Wood Floor is Flooded?

In the event of a flooded hardwood floor, you should immediately drain the excess water, assess and document the damages, clear the flooded area, clean the dirt and dry the floor using air blowing equipment and dehumidifiers. At the end of this process, if the floor shows signs of cupping and crowning, consult a professional hardwood flooring installer to help you get the floor back in shape.

Successful restoration of flooded hardwood depends on factors such as response time, type of wood, amount of moisture and the degree of water damage already present. In any case, consider hiring a professional disaster restoration company that can adapt to the situation and provide specialized equipment for efficient drying. While waiting for the specialists to arrive at your home, here’s what you can do:

  • Stop the flow of water if the flooding occurred due to a burst pipe, washing machine failure or water heater failure.
  • Turn off the power to the affected room until the water has been removed.
  • Assess the damages before you begin the restoration in order to determine whether to clean up or replace the floor. Take photos, list damaged items and show them to your insurance company.
  • Remove any items (carpet, furniture, etc.) from the floor and take them to a dry area. Wear protective gear such as gloves, rubber boots and a mask.
  • Open windows and doors and to allow moisture to evaporate more quickly.
  • Start removing the excess water with a wet/dry vacuum cleaner or with mops and old cloth. If the water level is deep, use a pump to drain the water. Ask someone to help, since the longer the water stays on the floor, the higher the chances are for mold to grow and the bigger the damages will be.
  • Use dehumidifiers, heaters and fans to speed up the drying process. Place them on top of an elevated surface in the flooded area and close the windows. Direct the fans towards the floor’s surface.
  • Clean any debris and mud from the floor with non-abrasive brush and detergent while the heaters, fans and dehumidifiers are running. Rinse the floor with clean water and continue to dry the floor.

In conclusion, when dealing with a flooded hardwood floor, act quickly and contact a professional flood remediation company such as SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby. 502.241.6861

Professional Water Damage Restoration For Kitchen Tap Overflow

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

Professional Water Damage Restoration for Kitchen Tap Overflow

Water damage commonly takes place in the kitchen when the kitchen tap overflows. This problem occurs at the most inconvenient time in our kitchen. Even if the damage looks like it is just a small quantity of water, homeowners will never know the full extent of the damage until they discover what is below the surface. This is a reason why professional damage restoration should be done whenever this problem occurs in the kitchen.

There are also cases when water damage can be caused by the apartment above you if the owner of that apartment forgets to turn off their water in the kitchen or there is a broken. When you live in a higher unit and you leave the kitchen tap running and the sink overflowing, this may result in water running down the adjoining walls causing water damage to the apartment below you.

When you face this problem in your apartment or in your home, do not hesitate to call in a professional water damage technician to fix the problem. The technician will do full inspection of the damage and identify which method to use for restoration.

Water damage restoration companies usually start by extracting the water off the premises as promptly as possible. In this process, technicians use water damage restoration tools like dehumidifiers. Dehumidifiers are placed where the water had traversed. A dehumidifier can extract about 52 liters of water daily from the damaged part of your kitchen.

For the drying process, the technicians can use high-powered fans to ensure maximum air flow. Powerful fans are needed for the drying of cement, carpet, vinyl, wood, and other things in the kitchen. They help with the final drying of the premises by allowing them to operate until the walls and floors are completely dry.

The next part of the restoration process is applying antimicrobial solution to the damaged area of your kitchen. This chemical solution is needed because it helps remove mold and prevent its re-occurrence. Mold thrives in damp surface, so complete drying and antimicrobial disinfecting is needed to eliminate this problem.

If you have any water damage to your property, let a professional water damage technician handle the problem. There are water damage problems like mold growth and bad odor caused by contaminated water that only professional restorers can fix. If you want to fix these problems properly, contact a certified damage restoration company.

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

Blaze Buster: Fire Extinguisher Basics

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Blaze Buster: Fire Extinguisher Basics

Fire extinguishers save lives and property by eliminating fires just before they grow too big. It is therefore important to understand how fire extinguishers work to be able to use them effectively. A working knowledge of fire extinguishers and how they are used will come in handy in the event of a fire in your home, office, or property.

Basically, fire extinguishers work in getting rid of fires by either snuffing out the oxygen that is responsible for combustion, cooling the temperature of the fuel feeding the fire, or halting the chemical reaction behind the fire itself. Fire extinguishers use water, a dry chemical, or carbon dioxide as agents in order to stop the progress of fire.

Fire Extinguisher Ratings

Your fire extinguisher will come in the following ratings:

A

A fire extinguisher with the A rating uses compressed water as its agent and is effective against basic fuels like paper, wood, and carton.

B

B rated fire extinguishers are good against fires that are fueled by gas, oil, lacquers, solvents or kerosene and use carbon dioxide as agents.

C

Fire extinguishers with the C rating use dry chemicals that do not conduct electricity. This is why such fire extinguishers are primarily used to combat fires coming from electronics like computers and appliances.

ABC

These fire extinguishers are good against the first three kinds of fires.

D

Fire extinguishers with D ratings are used for fires that are sparked by powders or metals. These are commonly found in workshops and laboratories where such fires may occur.

K

Homeowners can use K rated fire extinguishers in order to beat fires from oils and fats. Fires fuelled by these items have a tendency to grow larger if someone douses them with water.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) advises homeowners and property owners to place fire extinguishers on each level of the home. Fire extinguishers with the A rating would be good for this while a fire extinguisher with the K rating is ideal for the kitchen.

Buyers should only go for those units with the proper Underwriters Laboratory (UL) seal when purchasing fire extinguishers.

We hope that this article has taught you an important feature of fire extinguishers. In case you encounter incidents of fire damage and even water damage, bio-hazard, and mold, please do not hesitate to seek the help of SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby. You can contact us by calling 502.241.6861 or by emailing us through one of the contact forms in our pages. SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby will help you recover from any disaster.