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Watch out for Winter Fires!

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that the peak season for home and commercial fires is during the months of December through March? According to the United States Fire Administration, 905 people die from winter home fires each year and over two billion dollars worth of property is lost due to these fires. It is vitally important to be ever more vigilant in fire safety during the winter months than any other time of the year. So what is it that makes fires increase so much during the winter? Here are a few of them and what you can do to avoid these from terrorizing your home.

Heating Units and Fire

There’s nothing better than curling up next to a big space heater when the weather outside is frigid. While space heaters provide a lot of comforts they can also pose a great threat. Because of the heat, they generate if any flammable cloth or material lays by one too close for too long it will likely catch fire. If you use a space heater just take care that nothing flammable is ever near them. It really doesn’t take much for something to get hot enough to catch fire and begin to spread throughout the house.

Christmas Trees and Fire

A brightly decorated Christmas tree brings a great festive and Christmas spirit along with it. The concern, however, is that the tree is a tinder box for fires. Use great caution with the Christmas lights you use. Ensure they are reliable and won’t get too hot or spark. Also, don’t leave the lights on for extended periods of time, especially when you are sleeping or out of the house.

Cooking and Fire

Cooking is one of the biggest causes of winter home fires. With all the holiday goodies being baked, food in and out of the oven, and out of the fryer it’s no surprise so many fires are caused by this. In fact, most winter home fires begin during the hours of 5-8 PM, dinnertime. The prevention to this is simple, just keep a close eye on the food. If cooking a big meal with lots of family and friends, always have people in the kitchen looking for the food. Be vigilant and you won’t need to worry about your meal and your holidays going up in flames.

The principles for preventing home fires are always the same no matter what time of the year, it’s just that in the wintertime there are more potential threats out there. You’re following those principles by simply paying close attention and looking for anything that may be at risk for malfunctioning and causing a fire will bring you great protection in most cases. However, if tragedy does strike and you find yourself affected by a home fire, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County. 502.241.6861

At SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County we have teams of trained professionals experienced in fire damage restoration to help you restore your home back to normal in the event a winter fire affects you.

Handling Smoke Damage Effectively

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke is very pervasive!  It spread s quickly and long after it is gone, it’s smell lingers.  In cases of home fires, one of the main problems with cleanup and restoration is smoke damage.  Why?  Smoke spreads fast and its remnants settle into places that hard to reach and clean.  If you have experienced a fire in your home and need to have the effects of smoke damage removed, call SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County today (502-241-6861).  The fast you act the easier it will be to remove traces of smoke in your home.  After you call, here are some things that you can do to help speed up the process.

Ventilate the Area

Immediately after a fire is extinguished (and it is safe to be in your home), try to ventilate your home.  Doing so will allow much of the smoke to escape from your home and invite fresh air in.  This will help to minimize smoke damage.  Open your all doors and windows, but turn off your HVAC system because it will only transfer smoke throughout your home.  If you have central heating and air conditioning, close the vents in each room so that smoke does not enter into your vents.  Use fans near windows and doors to help ventilation.  Try using a vacuum cleaning nozzle/brush where any collections of soot have accumulated. Be careful not to press the nozzle down to firmly on the soot, instead hold it just above it to avoid staining.

Existing or extensive smoke damage requires the use of specialized equipment and techniques to remove.  Therefore, it is best to allow a trained professional to tackled a large amount of smoke damage.  SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County is certified and has trained technicians to help with this. Our team stays abreast of the latest methods and standards for restorations of all types including smoke and fire damage.  Call us today for assistance! 502.241.6861

Washing Machine Water Damages: Causes, Solutions and more

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Washing machines are one of the most common sources of water damage in the home, and the damage can be costly. After paying the deductible, the national average claim for water damage caused by washing machines is over $5,000.

Since each washing machine has multiple ways of causing water damage, many homeowners do not fully understand the risks, prevention options, or cleanup options. Knowing just a little about how your washing machine can cause water damage can help you save thousands of dollars and a lot of headaches.

Supply Hose Leaks Cause Most Washing Machine Water Damage

More than 50% of all washing machine water damage claims can be traced back to a supply hose failure. This can be caused by:

  • Pinching the hose while installing or replacing a washing machine, causing a hairline break
  • A poor connection to either the washing machine or wall
  • The hose’s own aging, which can lead to brittleness

Washing machine intake hoses are high-flow lines and can output over 600 gallons of water in an hour.

If your washing machine’s supply hose is more than 5 years old or isn’t steel braided, replace them as soon as possible. It may sound a little excessive until you realize that a new pair of hoses can cost under $30 and can easily be installed without a plumber.

You may also want to consider high-durability washing machine supply hoses.

The good news is that intake line water damage is category 1, which means it contains relatively few biological contaminants.

Washing Machine Drainage Issues Can Cause Flooding

If your sewer backs up, if there’s a clog in the drainage pipe, or if your drain pipe simply isn’t lined up right, your washing machine’s drainage system is going to cause at least some water damage.

The most crucial issue is to avoid a sewer line clog. If your sewer backs up, you could be faced with category 3 water damage, which is filled with contaminants that can pose serious health risks. Be extremely careful when running your washing machine if your home’s sewer line has a history of backing up, or if you’ve recently experienced a storm.

Internal Leaks are Also a Common Cause of Washing Machine Water Damage

A washing machine doesn’t have to be old, poorly installed, or poorly built to cause internal leakage. Simply overloading your washing machine on a regular basis can be all it takes to cause cracks and loosen valves, bushings, and gaskets. It may take a little more time and water to run more, smaller loads, but it’s worth it to keep your washing machine from shaking itself apart.

Washing machine internal leaks are considered category 2 water damage, since exposure to water that contacts detergent and machine parts could cause health complications.

When Does Your Washing Machine Leak?

If the leak is constant, you almost certainly have a supply hose issue. If the leak happens during the wash cycle but before the spin cycle, it’s most likely an internal leak. If you see water on the floor during the spin cycle, or immediately after the machine shuts off, then it’s most likely a drainage issue.

Preventing Water Damage from your Washing Machine

The most effective ways of preventing damage from your washing machine are to:

  • Replace the washing machine intake hose every 5 years
  • Check your sewer line after a storm, before running your washing machine
  • Don’t overload your washing machine
  • Have your machine professionally installed to avoid water line pinches and drainage issues
  • Shut off the intake valve behind your machine at the first sign of trouble
  • If you can’t access the intake valve, know how to shut off your home’s water main

Is Washing Machine Water Damage Covered by Insurance?

The good news is that your average homeowner’s insurance policy will absolutely cover water damage caused by your washing machine. The bad news is that the damage to your appliance will most likely not be covered, which is why it’s best to purchase a washing machine from a manufacturer with a long parts and labor warranty. While shopping around, keep in mind that almost 80% of all washing machine related water damage claims involved units less than 11 years old.

Can SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County Repair Water Damage Caused by my Washing Machine?

Absolutely. Our restoration team can cover any kind of water, including all category 1, 2, and 3 water damage from washing machines.

Call us today to speak to a Mitigation Specialist. 502.241.6861

5 Things You Need To Know Before Calling A Plumber

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Plumbing is an important part of the home. Your pipes and other plumbing systems must be well-built, developed and maintained. However, problems may still arise even if you take good care of your plumbing. You may not be prepared for such emergency situations. If problems like this arise, what automatically comes to mind is to call a local plumber. But before you do that, you must make sure first if you really need a plumber or another specialist.

So here are five things you need to know and consider before calling a plumber.

  1. Check if the plumber is licensed and reliable. A license alone is not enough. You also need to look into the experience and reputation of the plumber. You can do this by taking some time to read reviews. But don’t base your decision on the reviews alone. Just use this to have a quick background regarding the plumber’s reputation and skills.
  2. Get free estimates. This will help you get an idea of how much money you should prepare. However, you must keep in mind that affordability does not mean bad quality. Don’t equate quality with the price of the plumbing work. But don’t expect that the best plumber will be the cheapest.
  3. The plumber must not only be experienced and skilled; he or she must also be trustworthy. See to it that you entrust your home to a professional whom you can trust and count on. Let your instinct dictate you on this. And again, read some reviews.
  4. Check if the plumber offers workmanship warranty. Is he willing to fix any wrongs in case something comes up due to his performance? Is he reputable when it comes to installation work? Ask yourself questions so you can ask the potential plumber too.
  5. This is the most important. Ask yourself if you really need a plumber. Is the work needed fit for a plumber or would another specialist be more appropriate? Remember that there are things that plumbers can’t do. Assess the situation before you call a plumber. Chances are, you might not need a plumber after all, but a restoration specialist.

These are the kinds of things a restoration specialist can do:

There is a water damage restoration team who will assess the damage to your home. They will check if there is serious water damage due to flooding, burst pipes or other issues. So if the supposed “plumbing” problems have made your carpets, furniture and other valuables a mess, you don’t need a plumber, but a restoration specialist.

The restoration team will remove the water from your home and dry all your things to try and salvage your possessions. This means that they can solve both your plumbing and drying issues. Restoration specialists understand the many types of water damage. They can solve your plumbing and drying situations.

The next time you encounter a “plumbing” issue, ask yourself first the five things mentioned in the article before calling a plumber. Remember what plumbers can’t do that restoration specialists can handle. If you decide to call a restoration team, don’t hesitate to contact us here at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County. We also proudly serve the counties of Henry/Trimble and Spencer. 502.241.6861

Tis The Season For Frozen Pipes

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Tis The Season For Frozen Pipes!

Along with the beauty that winter brings, our homes and buildings can suffer immensely from the icy impact it was on water lines. Frozen pipes turn into broken pipes and broken pipes turn into floods. All around, winter is a heavy season for water damage emergencies and the best thing you can do to help protect your home is take preventative measures that will minimize the amount of water damage that could happen. You are going to want to start by winterizing outside faucets, hoses, and other water fixtures.  Don’t lose out on the fun of the holiday season by having to spend a ton of money and time on water damage repairs – take these 4 simple steps and enjoy the season:

  • REMOVE CONNECTIONS – Just because it is sunny during the day does not mean that the area is not going to freeze overnight. Connections to hose bibs can trap water and cause different types of fixtures to freeze and break. Make sure hoses and splitters are removed from the spigot. Many water damage occurrences come from broken and frozen pipes. Take this one easy step and you could save your home from major flooding.  
  • INSPECT EVERYTHING – Don’t assume that because there were no major water emergencies during the last few months that there isn’t any leaks or drips now. You will want to do a thorough inspection for leaks in all of the hose bibs and other water fixtures. Even slow drips can cause blockage and a freeze in pipes and fixtures when temperatures drop. Frozen pipes may not become apparent until next season, but you can definitely limit the risk of experiencing frozen and broken pipes by taking precaution now. ?If you find any leaks or drips, contact a professional that can help you repair the problem before it turns into a bigger problem.
  • ELIMINATE STANDING WATER – Draining your pipes and hoses is a VERY important part of preventing water damage from frozen pipes and seasonal broken pipes. Even though there are hose bibs that are freeze-proof, it’s not a bad idea to still shut off the water line (if you can) and draining the water out. Not everyone will have the option of cutting the water supply to the hose bib, then you will want to use extra insulation. 
  • COVER AND PROTECT – These steps have been easy enough so far. The next thing you want to do is to protect your outdoor faucets by covering them with insulation. There are hose bib covers that you can install on each fixture. Be sure to cover your frost free hose bibs for extra protection. Even though frost-free hose bibs are resistant to freezing, they are not completely resistant to frosting over during  winter. They are convenient and easy to install, fitting right over the top of your faucets. The insulation is thick and great at reducing the temperatures that can affect the valves.     

In the unfortunate event of a water damage, SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County highly trained team is available for you 24 Hours a day and 7 days a week! We are passionate about what we do and helping people during a time of need and easing the stress of the situation is important to us… no matter the time of day! 

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

How To Spot Mold, Fire and Water Damage In A New Home

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

The housing market is competitive and home buyers must take special care to evaluate properties thoroughly. This includes identifying mold and mildew, water and fire damage.

While it’s a good idea to call the experts, home buyers don’t have to rely solely on inspectors to spot warnings while house hunting.

Here’s how to spot problem areas such as mold, water and fire damage when looking for a new home.

Finding Mold and Mildew

There are more than 100,000 types and species of mold, but only a handful can be found around residential properties. Nevertheless, mold can cause mild to severe problems.

Mold thrives in damp conditions but can live just about anywhere. Winter provide ample opportunity for mold to thrive in areas of the home including basements, crawl spaces, flooring, around leaky pipes, window seals, and more. Even new construction homes can develop mold when they’re tightly sealed and lack ventilation.

What Does Mold Look Like?

Household molds are typically green, white, black, and sometimes, a light pink or orange. While not all molds are toxic, inside a home is no place for fungi and it will require careful cleaning and abatement to ensure the health and safety of every home occupant.

Where to Look for Mold

The first thing you should do when inspecting a home for mold is use your senses. Inhale and try to detect damp, musty smells or mildew. An unpleasant odor may indicate mold or other problems. 

Next, inspect all exposed pipework, under sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms, as well as other pipework like hookups to the washer, etc.

Check basements for mold in corners and around window seals. If there’s no basement, check the crawl space near pipework and ventilation systems.

Always ask the homeowner about previous water-related problems or mold. As a last resort, you can also hire a mold detecting company to ensure your home is free and clear of any harmful contaminants.

Finding Water Damage

Like mold, water damage can be obvious or well hidden. And because mold thrives in damp environments, it’s very possible signs of mold could point to previous water damage or vice versa.

Water damage is a result of flooding, leaky or busted pipes, or extreme outdoor conditions. While water damage isn’t necessarily a deal breaker, it’s important to understand the risks and potential damages that may be lurking beyond what’s seen.

But don’t worry, water damage can be fixed with professional repair and restoration—the trick is finding the source and learning about the problem.

What Does Water Damage Look Like?

There are four basic signs of water damage: water accumulation, discoloration, changes in texture and odor.

Standing water is a sure sign that water damage is inevitable; other signs often reveal themselves in different ways and to various degrees.

Discoloration, for example, will be plain to see on a ceiling but not easily detected under floorboards or behind cabinetry. Changes in material texture (warping, buckling, sagging, or expanding) can signal water damage not easily seen.

Finally, damp odors or mildew can seep through drywall or from other interior spaces to signal water damage that may have to be inspected by a professional.

Where to Look for Water Damage

Water Damage can happen just about anywhere in a home. Here are a few areas that are most at risk :

  • Ceilings – water damage on a ceiling can indicate a few problems, namely a leaky roof or attic (if the ceiling is on the top floor of a home), or faulty pipework somewhere on the floor above (usually a bathroom or laundry area).
  • Walls – discoloration and texture changes are easily detected on walls (and ceilings). Be sure to check around door and window frames for areas that may need attention. A stain on a wall may indicate problems behind or above the wall and may require expert attention.
  • Floors – several things can cause water damage to flooring including overflowing sinks, bathtubs, appliances and busted pipes. Replacing or restoring damaged flooring is the best way to remedy the problem.
  • Basements – since water flows to the lowest point, basements are usually the most vulnerable to water damage. Be sure to check the sump pump, any frames around doors or windows, as well as any exposed plumbing, washer/dryer or hot water hookups.
  • Appliances – check behind all major appliances like refrigerators, hot water heaters, washer/dryers, toilets, sinks, and showers. A cracked pipe or hose could signal problems.

Finding Fire Damage

A fire damaged home can be a diamond in the ruff for renovators or a total nightmare for first time buyers. Knowing what to ask a homeowner will help spur preliminary investigations, but a certified home inspector is the best way to ensure a property investment doesn’t turn into a lemon.

In particular, fire damage can be patched quickly and not to code, which can result in a multitude of problems for a new homeowner. A fire can damage electrical wiring between burned walls or materials, and toxic soot not properly cleaned and abated can pose serious concerns.

What to Ask Homeowners

Depending on when the fire happened, the damage may or may not be visible. Even without visible signs of fire, all home buyers should consider these questions:

  • When (if at all) did a fire occur?
  • Was it a localized fire (in a single location), or did it spread to multiple rooms?
  • What steps were taken to repair the damage?
  • Did the fire cause structural damage? If so was this repaired? How?
  • Has the electrical wiring in the home been inspected for damage?

These questions will point your investigation in the right direction, but you’ll need to follow up with a professional inspection to ensure what the homeowners say is true.

Where to Find Fire Damage

According to the American Red Cross, the overwhelming majority of disasters they respond to are fire related. On average, residential fires total more than $7 billion in property damage throughout the U.S.

Most residential fires start in the kitchen, but that doesn’t mean fires don’t start elsewhere, like in bedrooms from forgotten lit candles, or in garages where flammable materials are commonly found.

You’ll know fire damage when you see or smell it: black soot and smoky odors typically indicate a fire-related incident. Any sign of fire damage should signal further investigation, either with the owners of the home or through careful examination by property damage professionals.

Homes that have suffered property damage are still viable options for new homeowners and renovators alike. Knowing what to look for, where to look, and what to ask homeowners is the best way to prepare for buying a home.

And if you’re still not sure about potential property damage, you can always call the experts at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County to assist you. We proudly serve the counties of Henry, Spencer, and Trimble as well. Our teams are available 24/7/365.

Got damage you’d like us to look at? Call 502.241.6861 to speak to a Mitigation Specialist today.

10 Signs Your Home Has A Slab Leak

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

A slab leak is one of the biggest headaches any homeowner can experience. Not only are they costly and inconvenient to repair, they can be dangerous if left unresolved. By keeping your eye out for these 10 signs of a slab leak, you can catch this issue before it escalates into a major problem.

What is a Slab Leak?

Every house is built on top of a foundation, which is usually made of concrete and steel. This foundation, also called a ‘slab’, bears the weight of the house and provides the entire structure stability. Water pipes which provide water to the home are usually located below the slab.

A slab leak occurs when one or more of the pipes below the foundation leak. This is a serious plumbing emergency that leads to short and long-term problems.

Common causes of slab leaks include:

  • Shifting ground: Houses naturally settle over time. In some case, the weight of the house can lead to changes in how the ground is situated, leading to pipe leaks. 
  • Improperly wrapped pipes:Pipes beneath the foundation are wrapped in order to prevent friction between the metal of the pipes and the concrete slab. Sometimes, pipes are not wrapped well, slowly leading to worn spots and leaks.
  • Electrolysis: Water pipes that are made of copper can be vulnerable to electrolysis, a natural chemical reaction that occurs when copper reacts with minerals in certain types of soil.

10 Signs of a Slab Leak

Now that you know why slab leaks are significant and how they’re caused, let’s look at the top 10 signs of a slab leak.

  1. Cracks in the walls have formed.
  2. Cracks in the floors have formed.
  3. You have noticed a significant increase to the water bill even though you haven’t changed your habits
  4. The carpet on the bottommost floor is wet to the touch. In basements, you may notice a wet spot on concrete or warped flooring.
  5. Tubs, toilets, showers, or sinks have experienced a stoppage or blockage.
  6. You notice hot spots on the floor or in the yard. These are, as the name suggests, areas on the ground which are warm to the touch and indicate a leaking hot water pipe.
  7. Mold and mildew forms on the walls without an apparent cause.
  8. A strange odor that cannot be traced is present.
  9. You’ve noticed a significant decrease in normal water pressure.
  10. Your water meter dial is moving even after you have made sure that no sources of water, such as sinks, washing machines, toilets, or showers, are running.

Why are Slab Leaks Dangerous?

Slab leaks are dangerous for several reasons. Getting the leak repaired as soon as possible can help avoid long-term issues.

  • Water leaks lead to mold and mildew growth. Mold and mildew doesn’t usually stay relegated to one area; spores spread and take hold in other parts of the house. 
  • Water erosion can lead to a weakened foundation, which in turn can cause structural problems in the home.
  • Water erosion can also lead to the foundation itself shifting. This is a very serious problem that can lead to collapse.

Slab leaks can cause damage to a home significant enough to make a home unsafe and unlivable until the issues have been repaired.

What to Do if You Have a Slab Leak

A slab leak is a plumbing emergency, so it’s important to act quickly if you notice any of the 10 signs of a slab leak as listed above.

First, shut off the water to your home. This will help prevent further damage to the home’s foundation. Then, call SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County. 502.241.6861

Water causes damage within minutes of exposure. That’s why our emergency line is open 24/7 so we can answer your call for those unexpected late-night leaks. Don’t let a slab leak ruin your home. Call us!

Your Home Appliances That Can Lead To Water Damage

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Even new appliances can leak or cause flooding, learn how, and how to prevent it.

We all rely on our appliances to help with the daily routine.  More often than not, those convenient appliances run water through them, which means they have the potential to cause a water extraction emergency if they fail.  If your Seattle property has flooding, our water damage restoration technicians are standing by to help you 24/7 if your appliance fails.  Here are the top 5 appliances that can cause flood damage.

1. Refrigerators

Refrigerators produce a lot of excess moisture, particularly when they’re cooling items in warm environments. Every time the refrigerator door is opened, warm air passes over the condenser coil creating condensation. This condensation often pools as water on the bottom of your refrigerator.

Most refrigerators are outfitted with drain lines to siphon off this excess fluid. Drain lines become blocked with food, which prevents them from draining water effectively. Drain lines need to be cleaned regularly with chlorine bleach in order to keep them unplugged.

Another common culprit from refrigerators that can leak is the water supply line that feeds your ice machine.  Should this come unattached, you could be looking at a massive amount of standing water when you get home!  Its always a good idea to periodically pull the fridge away from the wall to check beneath.  There is a chance there could be some flood, wall, or hardwood floor damage that you haven't noticed.

2. Dishwashers

When a dishwasher overflows, often the cause is simply that someone put too much detergent, or the wrong type of detergent, into the dispenser.

In other instances, the malfunction may be due to a faulty float switch assembly or a strainer clogged with food and detergent debris. Float switches are relatively easy to replace, and strainers can be removed and washed in your kitchen sink with a mild detergent and a stiff bristle brush.  If you know for a fact that the leak and resulting flood damage is not related to the float switch or the strainer, then the likely culprit is one of the appliance’s many plumbing connections. The leak could be in the metal pipe fittings that connect the dishwasher to the main water supply, or in the flexible hosing that discharges used water into a drain underneath the sink.

3. Washing Machines

Washing machine leaks can be dramatic. Fortunately, they are easy to fix in most cases. Before you take out your screwdriver, however, make sure that the water on the floor isn’t due to a clogged floor drain.

The six most common sites for washer leaks are the inlet connections, the hose connections, the center post gaskets, the outer tub sea, the air dome seal and the pump. Refer to your owner’s manual for the exact location of these things on your model. Unplug your washing machine, turn off the water main and start troubleshooting these fixtures one at a time.

4. Water Heaters

When water accumulates around the base of a gas water heater, the leak is usually due either to a malfunctioning temperature and pressure relief valve, a leaky plumbing connection, or corrosion in the water tank itself.

Test the T&P valve by flushing water through it to clear any accumulated residue or debris. If the water tank is the culprit, then the entire water heater will need to be replaced.  Like any household appliance, the key to preventing a malfunction is proper, timely maintenance.  With water heaters, it’s best to have them maintained annually by a licensed and certified plumber!

5. Toilets

Overflowing toilets are due either to a clogged drain or a malfunctioning float that allows too much water into the tank. If plunging doesn’t clear the drainage pipe, then the blockage may lay in the pipes outside the house. Time to call in a professional plumber!

If you experience flood damage and need water damage restoration and water extraction services, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County 502.241.6861

Smelly Carpets Could Mean Your Need More Than A Carpet Cleaning

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

ou know how some places just smell musty and old? Like they haven't been cleaned in a while? What if you enter your home one day and notice that smell? Could it be your carpets went bad in a day, because that smell wasn't there yesterday? That's probably not the case. If you had a leak or water flood in on your carpets, you may have moldy carpets.

WHEN WATER DAMAGE STRIKES

One of the most important things about water damage is to treat it quickly. Whether you had water damage due to leaky pipes, or something more serious, if the water damage reached your carpets and was not treated professionally, you still have damage happening right beneath your feet. Mold is growing in your carpets, and you need to take care of it. ASAP.

Mold takes 24 to 48 hours to grow in the right environment and conditions. Your home offers a constant food supply to the mold spores. Mold spores feed on wood, drywall, insulation, paper and anything it can get attached on. After a day or more, the mold starts colonizing, creating those big black stains we all know from photos (or from our home, if luck wasn't on our side).

MOLD IS DANGEROUS, EVEN WHEN HIDDEN

In most cases, mold will be discovered after it colonizes, and by then its growth is pretty rapid. If you suspect you have mold, you should call a mold expert to check it out. Whether it's a water damage certified technician, a home inspector or mold testing company. The mold usually grows where water damage hit, or where high humidity is found. If water leaked on your carpet - that's where the mold will start growing.

To protect your carpets from mold after they're flooded by water, you should follow the steps below. If it already happened, and you missed one of the steps, you should check your carpets for dark stains or moldy smell. You don't want mold growing under your carpets, in your floors and all around your home.

STEPS TO PREVENT MOLD AFTER WATER DAMAGE:

  • Stop the water source - first thing first. Stop the water from flowing in and get them out of your home. If it's a leaky pipe or a broken appliance, close the water main. If it's the roof, try and see if you can get a roofing company to come for an emergency service and close the gap. Once you've stopped the water from coming, you need to get it out.
  • Extract the water - to prevent further damage and minimize long term effects, it's important to get the water out. If it's a small amount, you can blot it out or use a mop to absorb it (if on the floor and not carpets). If it's a large amount, call SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County  to help you with it.
  • Dry it up. Fast! - If you need some help with drying your home, we'd be glad to help as well. Call us and let us know what you need. It's important to have the property dried as fast as you can to avoid mold growth, as well as the water being absorbed in carpets, floors, rugs or other items. 
  • Steam clean everything you can - carpets, rugs, flooring, furniture - if it had water get to it you want it professionally cleaned right now, before the mold gets comfortable and colonizes. Call us to set up an appointment today. Once the mold sets in, that item is probably lost and will need to be replaced.
  • Sanitize the affected area - Use water and soap, and also use a solution of chlorine and water (read instructions, and use protective gear, please, for your own safety). This is part of our restoration process. 

We'll Make Sure The Mold Is Gone

If you still feel like your cleanup wasn't enough, or you feel there is mold hiding somewhere - contact us at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County. We'd be more than happy to pay you a visit and provide a professional opinion on the matter.

Remember, it's very dangerous to have mold in your home  Get your mold remediated as soon as you can. SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby can help you through this process as well. Our techs are professionally trained in Mold Remediation. 

SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County 502.241.6861

Should Your Air Ducts Be Cleaned?

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Generally speaking, if your air ducts look dirty, they probably are, and they should be cleaned professionally. Cleaning dirty air ducts on a regular basis reduces indoor pollution (that can cause health problems), reduces energy use and may prevent unexpected disasters and costly repairs.

The main reasons to have your air ducts cleaned:

  • Reduce indoor pollution 
    • Each year, up to 40 pounds of contaminants (dust, chemicals, dander, etc.) are created in a typical 6-room home through everyday living. These contaminants are pulled into the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system, and recirculated 5 to 7 times a day, on average. As a result, a build-up of contaminants in the ductwork is created over time.
    • Having a clean and properly functioning HVAC system is important for maintaining a good level of air quality in your home.
  • Save energy
    • If the ducts in your home are clogged with dirt and other contaminants, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling is wasted, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
    • Although filters block some of the pollutants that would otherwise get into the ducts, the ones that do enter will cause your heating and cooling system to work harder and consume more energy. If the HVAC system is clean, it works more efficiently and consumes less electricity.
  • Other reasons
    • Duct cleaning is necessary when there is a substantial amount of mold inside the ducts. Mold spores may be released into the home.
    • If vermin, such as rodents or insects, live in the air ducts, you should immediately call a pest control company.
    • Have the air ducts cleaned after a home renovation, when a significant amount of debris, dust and other particles (especially asbestos and lead paint) have migrated into the air ducts.
    • It is advised to have your heating system (fuel burning furnace, stove or fireplace) and ducts checked and serviced before the heating season. This helps prevent carbon monoxide from entering your home.
  • Don’t forget the dryer vents
    • When using a clothes dryer, lint accumulates in dryer vents over time, restricting the airflow. This is a fire hazard. The lint buildup can also contribute to excess household humidity and dust.
    • A clean dryer vent also allows the dryer to operate more efficiently, using less energy in the long run.

Dirty Ducts? Contact SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County today to schedule a cleaning. 502.241.6861