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Winter Storm- Preparedness Checklist

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Winter Storms can be devastating if we are unprepared!

2017 has taught us all too somberly that preparation is critical and emergency preparedness is prudent. With all the breaking news of recent disasters, we have been reminded that, though there is much we cannot control, there are steps we can take to be equipped.

At SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County, we want to encourage all business owners, property managers, and chief engineers at property sites of all types to be prepared for the storm season. Here are a few key things to have on hand:

Supplies:

  • Portable phone chargers
  • Sandbags
  • Plywood
  • Flashlights
  • Safety glasses
  • Emergency generators
  • Fuel

Many of these suggestions are only starting points for your check list. Each business has varying needs depending on location and operations. Know your team’s unique context and construct your supply list accordingly.

In addition to collecting and storing items in an accessible spot, it’s also important to make contact information for each service partner readily available. Cue these professionals to be on alert in the event your site needs help. If your business doesn’t have existing relationships with certain service providers, initiate connections now. Establish relationships with a reliable contractor, tree trimmer, electrician, restoration company, and others.

Another important storm preparation step to consider is insurance education. Know your policy, especially specifics on exclusions. Have clear knowledge about your business’ insurance coverage and authorize a team person to interact with insurance as well as manage payment, reimbursement and claims related to the clean up work performed.

Most importantly, do a walk through of the property to assess vulnerable spots before the storm. Know the areas that are already weak and mitigate them in advance of the storm. Pay close attention to gutters and tree branches, reinforce or trim when necessary.

Finally, for your business, SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County can create an Emergency READY Profile.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

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. 

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
     
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
     
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
     
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
     
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

There many more steps to the preparedness process and more checklist items depending on your specific needs, but these highlights are a good start.  We at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County want you to be equipped and confident in your storm preparedness.

Water Damage in your Home or Business? Need to schedule an Emergency READY Profile? Contact SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby today to speak to a Mitigation Specialist. 502.241.6861

The Top Reasons Why You Should Never Handle Mold On Your Home

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

The Reasons Why You Should Never Tackle Mold on Your Own

There are many reasons why taking care of mold on your own can be a bad idea. The first reason for this is that when you try and eliminate mold on your own, it is possible that you may not adequately remove all of the mold. Another reason for this is that it’s very difficult for an amateur to control all of the environmental conditions that promote mold growth on their own. Finally, the mold may grow because of improper maintenance of your household appliances. However, with some information, you can now how to tackle mold instead.

The cleaners used weren’t effective:

When it comes to the kind of cleaners that are recommended by usual DIYs, not all of them are effective against mold growth. The most commonly recommended cleaner is chlorine, which as it turns out, is not going to do much to destroy the mold growth on its own. This is because mold itself is a fungus and has deep-seated roots. These roots can go very deep and embed the roots inside porous surfaces. The chlorine itself can only take care of the mold growing on the surface of the material, but the roots will stay alive and grow again.

The thing with Chlorine is that it doesn’t seep inside materials in the way that most cleaners can do. So chlorine will only destroy the mold growth on the surface, but the mold growth underneath will still thrive. When it comes to a solution of bleach and water, the cleaner isn’t as effective because the bleach itself can evaporate. This would leave the water behind, meaning that the mold will have access to more water that will allow it to grow.

The environmental conditions can’t be controlled:

Mold doesn’t just grow rapidly, it also sends off spores through the home to help it move from room to room. These spores are tiny and can get everywhere inside your home, such as your furniture, walls, pets, and even you and your family. If the levels of this get very high, the mold can be dangerous to everyone exposed to the spores. 

There are certain environmental conditions you can control, such as the level of humidity inside the home. This should be kept in a minimum and that can be done using equipment such as a dehumidifier to reduce the levels of moisture in the air. You can also reduce the mold growth levels by reducing the temperature to slow down their rate of growth. So, based on all of that, the best way to reduce mold growth is to keep the environment at reduced humidity and temperature. 

The appliances weren’t maintained:

You can do things later when it comes to cleaning up the mold, but when you’re dealing with prevention, you will need to maintain the appliances inside the home. This means having them regularly checked and making sure that there were no leaks that need fixing.

Mold In Your Home Or Business? Leave it to the remediation specialist here at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County. 502.241.6861

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

Obvious Signs Of Water Damage

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Detecting water damage can be a difficult task as often water damage losses don’t become evident right away. In fact, most of them exist over a prolonged period before being identified and restored. By that time, the underlying problem causing the water damage becomes severe and managing it becomes extremely difficult. For avoiding any such situation and ensuring that you contact SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County before the problem turns bigger, you must get acquainted with the preliminary warning signs. The section below would introduce you to the most common indicators of water damage.  

Sound- If you think that all the signs of water damage are meant to be seen, you are wrong. There are some signs that can be heard. If you are hearing sounds of dripping water, rushing water, or creaking floorboards, it seems that your home might have already become a victim of water damage. It’s true that such sounds might also occur in spite of having a healthy plumbing system; however, still, you must get your home checked for water damage if you hear the sounds constantly.  

Smell- You must also keep your nose alert for detecting moisture or water damage in your home. Dampness boasts a distinct odor; it might resemble the pungent smell we usually associate with mold. So, when checking your home for water damage, you should look for smell besides other obvious indicators. 

 Puddles- If there’s a leak in your home’s plumbing system or if something in the system is dripping, you might soon see pools of water develop along the problematic area. Whenever you find any unusual puddle, do monitor it and find out whether it returns after being cleaned up. A puddle that comes back even after being cleaned up might be a sign of a seepage or leak.  

Mold- Mold typically occurs only when there’s water damage. You might not need to hire a  restoration service provider if condensation in the bathroom has resulted in mold formation. However, you will have to treat mold as a sign of excessive moisture formation in certain parts of your house and do the needful for getting those affected areas dried as quickly as possible. Getting rid of mold is also necessary for health reasons.  

Coolness- Are you finding it hard to heat up your home? If yes, treat the problem as a sign of dampness in your walls. Accumulated moisture tends to draw out heat of the walls so that it can get evaporated. This makes the walls and the entire home much colder.  Discoloration- Here, it must be noted that discoloration can occur due to a number of reasons; so, it’s important to make sure that the discoloration in your home is actually a result of water damage. If the discoloration has been caused by water “streaks” running down along an end of your house, it’s definitely a sign of water damage. In most cases, those streaks occur due to an overfull gutter. 

Water Damage In Your Home Or Business? Contact 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. 

Common Areas to Look For Mold When Purchasing A Home

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in homes starts to grow when you least expect it. Not only is it unsightly, it’s potentially dangerous, and simply cleaning it up without remedying the source will only result in the mold re-growing.

Mold in homes has many causes, including undetected water leaks in your walls, leaks from your roof, plumbing problems, and even from outside environmental sources, such as bringing in plants with mold issues, or tracking in spores on shoes. Unsurprisingly, mold is more likely to grow in homes after floods or severe water damage, and in humid climates. However home mold is most often caused by leaks in plumbing, leaky foundations, and roof leaks.

 Mold can impact the value or sale of your home, sometimes even for the long-term. Depending on the extent of mold damage, the value of your home can be significantly lost. Just as you would not want to buy a home with mold damage, understandably buyers on the market are also weary.

If you’re buying a house or inspecting your own, know what to look for. As you inspect, take note of areas where the accumulation of moisture is probable. Pay special attention to signs of water damage in areas where water intrusion is likely. In our experience, these are the top 5 of the most common areas to find mold in a home:

A damaged gutter that is leaking and diverting water near the home foundation.

  1. Near gutter downspouts that are not properly diverted away from the foundation or damaged gutters that are not carrying water and snow melt to a downspout and away from the foundation.

Mold growth on framing that is revealed by removing batt insulation.

2. Behind insulation along rim joists in crawl spaces. These spots are prone to mold as moist air can get behind the insulation and then condensate on the cool joist surface. The insulation should be discarded and replaced with a spray foam product to prevent future mold growth.

Improper venting has resulted in significant mold growth.

3. In attics near improperly vented exhaust fans. Don’t look only at bathroom fans, kitchen exhaust hoods can be culprits as well. Also, another common attic issue is related to insulation being blown into the eaves without installation of baffles, a home inspector can check for this.

Long term leaks under this sink have resulted in major problems.

4. Under sinks inside vanities and cabinets. Because these areas are often out-of-sight, out-of-mind, they are often neglected. Leaking shut-off valves and drain lines that have bad gaskets or seals can result in slow leaks that cause long-term problems.

Moisture from vents and leaking plumbing has resulted in a big problem.

5. Behind washing machines and dryer appliances where either pipes have leaked, or are not properly connected. Again, this area is often out of sight and can be neglected, but the moisture sources, if leaking, can ultimately result in mold growth.

If you have concerns about one of these areas as you inspect, be sure to bring it to the attention of the company that you hire for your home inspection prior to purchasing the home. A qualified and experienced home inspector is a very important decision when it comes to your home purchase. A good home inspector will have the experience to identify other problems beyond these common issues that you may need to be aware of.

If you suspect more serious problems, feel free to call one of our experts who can help you with further identification and clean-up solutions. If a home has mold issues, they can typically be resolved and cleaned prior to taking possession of the home.

Contact our remediation professionals here at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County today. 502.241.6861

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

Winter Storms - Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Freezing pipes are a problem where they often run through un-insulated or under-insulated attics or crawl spaces. It is definitely necessary to protect exposed water pipes. Leaving pipes unprotected can cause them to burst, which can result in a tremendous amount of damage to the home and the contents inside.

You can drastically reduce your chance of property damage by preparing your water pipes before a hard freeze. The following suggestions can help you accomplish this task.

What Kind of Water Pipes Freeze and When?

- Water pipes have the potential to freeze and burst when the outside temperature reaches 20 degrees Fahrenheit or below.

- Pipes that are most vulnerable to freeze are usually exposed to severe cold, such as:

- Outdoor hose bibs,

- Swimming pool supply lines,

- Water sprinkler lines

- Water pipes in basements,

- Water pipes in crawl spaces,

- Water pipes in attics,

- Water pipes in garages, and

- Water pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.

Preparing Your Home For The Freeze

Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located and are in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. A hot water supply line can freeze just as a cold water supply line can freeze if the water is not running through the pipe and the water temperature in the pipe is cold.

Consider installing products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Many products are available at your local building supplies retailer. Newspaper can also provide some protection to exposed pipes as long as the cold temperatures are not frequent or prolonged.

Take Action during Cold Weather

- Keep the garage door closed if there are water supply lines located inside.

- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing.

- Keep the heating thermostat set at a consistent temperature both day and night

- If going out of town during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home. Set the thermostat to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit, and open cabinet doors where there is plumbing.

- If you are going out of town and have a heat pump system, and if the temperature is forecast to be extremely low, you may need to switch the setting to emergency heat and reduce the thermostat setting to 55 degrees F.

Thawing Frozen Pipes after the Storm

- If you suspect that the pipe is frozen; keep the faucet open. Water will begin to flow as you treat the frozen area, which will help to melt more ice in the pipe.

- Make sure you know where the main water valve is located outside of your home. The frozen pipe may already be broken, and it will leak when the water is thawed. If this is the case, you'll need to turn off the main water valve to your home until the leak is repaired.

- Apply heat to the frozen portion of the pipe. This can be accomplished by using the following sources of heat: a heating pad, electric hair dryer, a portable space heater, or wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Make sure that electrical cords do not come into contact with water. Do not attempt to use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame devices; they present a serious fire hazard as well as release lethal carbon monoxide fumes into the air.

- Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. Call a licensed plumber if you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not within reach, or if you can't get the pipe to thaw.

- Inspect all other faucets in your home to find out if additional pipes are frozen. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze also.

Frozen Pipe Burst Causing Water Damage In Your Home Or Business? Contact SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County today to speak to a Mitigation Specialist. 502.241.6861SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County also proudly serves Spencer, Henry and Trimble Counties.

Mold Prevention

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Moisture control is the key to mold control. When water leaks or spills occur indoors - act promptly Any initial water infiltration should be stopped and cleaned promptly. A prompt response (within 24-48 hours) and thorough clean-up, drying, and/ or removal of water damaged materials will prevent or limit mold growth.

Mold prevention tips include:

Repairing plumbing leaks and leaks in the building structure as soon as possible.

Looking for condensation and wet spots. Fix source(s) of moisture incursion problem(s) as soon as possible.

Preventing moisture from condensing by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in the air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture level in the air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).

Keeping HVAC drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed.

Performing regularly scheduled building/ HVAC inspections and maintenance, including filter changes.

Maintaining indoor relative humidity below 60% (25 - 50%, if possible).

Venting moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.

Venting kitchens (cooking areas) and bathrooms according to local code requirements.

Cleaning and drying wet or damp spots as soon as possible, but no more than 48 hours after discovery.

Providing adequate drainage around buildings and sloping the ground away from building foundations. Follow all local building codes.

Pinpointing areas where leaks have occurred, identifying the causes, and taking preventive action to ensure that they do not reoccur.

Mold 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. 

Fire Restoration

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

The following is provided by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration certification. 

 Understanding The Fire Restoration Process

It is imperative that IICRC-approved fire restoration should be implemented as soon as possible after a house fire is out. The longer the delay in contacting a restoration company, the more opportunity there is for damage from water and smoke to intensify. A homeowner’s insurance company should be able to refer an approved and experienced restoration firm. It is surprising just how well restoration works in light of how destructive a fire can be. Depending on the damage, a home can often be restored to its before-fire state. A restoration team has a difficult task to perform, and a great deal of responsibility, but IICRC-approved technicians are well-equipped to return a home to its original condition.

The fire restoration process involves the repair of any structures damaged by smoke, fire, or water. Carpets undergo a chemical process to remove smoke odor. Sub-floor materials undergo inspection for damage and may need to be replaced. Upholstery and curtains are subject to a similar process. Furnishings are taken to a separate location and restored to pre-fire condition. The home is aired out for as long as needed to diminish the effects of odor and mildew, and deodorization efforts continue throughout the process. Through the cooperation of the insurance company, the restoration team, and the homeowner, a home can be restored and made safe to live in once again.

Fire Damage Repair Should Be Done With Professionals

With responsive and precise fire damage repair, even the worst disasters can be put in the past. Roaring flames have been one of man’s greatest enemies since the dawn of history, and though it’s easier to handle these days, it can still cause havoc if it gets out of control. Not only can the flames cause enormous damage, the ash, soot and smoke residue that remains will make the home almost noxious to live in. Both can create irritating odors, discolor walls or ceilings and cause breathing issues if there is a high concentration of ash left over.

Professional fire damage repair will remove the ash and smoke residue left behind. This has to be done quickly because ash is acidic and will cause materials to deteriorate if allowed to sit for long. Restoration professionals work hard to provide a thorough cleanup.  This will include treatment of every surface that is affected by ash and soot. This includes cleaning down walls, ceilings, furniture and countertops. Ash and smoke will almost always be present in the vents and ducts as well, as they are quickly taken up by the HVAC system. Professionals will access the home’s ducts to clean them out as well, preventing either from entering the home once again.

Upon eliminating all of the ash, soot and smoke, the home will quickly be free of any lingering odor.

How Should Fire Damage Cleanup Be Handled

If a house sustains fire damage, proper cleanup is crucial as the ash, soot and water will wreak havoc on what remains.  It’s bad enough there was a fire, but the water and chemicals used to extinguish it can cause secondary damage.  The remnants will continue to do damage long after the flames are extinguished.

The average person will attempt conventional cleaning methods like renting a steam cleaner and using common cleaning agents available at the store.  Unfortunately, this will barely make an impact on the problem and could cause bigger issues.  Chemical agents could react with the residue and cause permanent damage, and in some cases, they may cause toxic fumes.  Fire damage cleanup is one of the most difficult jobs out there, and it should be left to a professional for the best results.

When selecting a firm that does the restoration, consider what type of training they have. Do they have health and safety certifications? Are they experienced in a wide range of repair? Do they have proof of proper insurance and licenses?  The company that has the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) fire and smoke restoration Certified Firm meets all of these expectations and conditions. An IICRC-certified firm understands the need for a quick response.  Immediate action is necessary because the longer the delay, the harder and more costly the job will be as reactions within the damaged material can continue to occur. The fire may be gone, but the ash, soot and smoke odors that remain can continue to do harm.  Certified firms will use their knowledge of fire restoration to accurately test the damage and apply the proper repair techniques to bring the items back to preloss condition when possible.

Also, when hiring an IICRC certified firm you can be sure that they are up to date with the latest technologies and techniques. In order for these firms to keep their certification, they are required to take continuing education programs.  So when confronted with fire damage cleanup, choose an IICRC-certified professional.

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

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

Top Causes of Basement Flooding During The Winter Season

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Basements can flood just about any time of the year, and you might be surprised that it can even happen during the winter. The reality is that winter can present the most risk and only some of these are preventable. It is never a bad idea to have a water damage restoration company as part of your home maintenance list of providers, so you can respond quickly if you experience a problem.

The main causes of water damage basement flooding are ice floes, frozen concrete, blocked drains, and faulty plumbing. If you live near a river, you could find that an ice floe has blocked water flow and caused flooding in your neighborhood. This is not a common occurrence, but can happen. The other causes are more common.

The most common is a pipe break due to faulty plumbing or not having proper precautions in place to avoid pipes freezing. When water freezes, it expands and can cause a burst pipe. This is more common when pipes are weakened but can happen even with newer plumbing. Freezing water can also cause a problem in your home’s concrete foundation. Additionally, concrete expands and contracts during seasonal temperature changes, which can result in cracks that let water seep in, sometimes rapidly.

A blocked or slow drain is a problem any time of the year, but it can be a real problem during warmer periods during the winter when snow is melting and needing a place to drain.

During warmer months, you should take the time to inspect your property for good drainage and any cracks you might notice in your home’s foundation. Check your basement and plumbing throughout the year to reduce the chances of water damage from the causes you can control.

If you should encounter water damage, give us a call at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County. 502.241.6861. Any time of the year, we are here to restore your home, whether the water damage is a plumbing issue, winter woes or from putting out a fire in your home. We can also work with your insurance company.

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

Ways to Tackle Ceiling Water Damage

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

When you glance up at your ceiling and begin to see stains spreading (in several shades of brown and copper) you should know that such conditions are not normal. This is a sure sign that you have water damage wreaking havoc with your ceiling.

Ignoring those stains can also lead to seeing paint chip and crack on your ceiling – and walls. You’ll eventually notice the paint or wallpaper on your walls “bubble up.” Even so, all is not lost if you take action quickly. The key word is “quickly”. If you’ve already noticed this issue and it’s not dealt with immediately, further damage from water invasion will occur, weakening your plaster or drywall in the process.

Step 1: Find the source of the damage

You see the damage to your ceiling, now you must locate the source. Once you find out how the water is getting in, you’ve got to take steps to stop that source and fix it so that it won’t cause more damage. After you’ve judged the severity of the problem, you’ll have to decide on how to approach fixing the situation. Unless you have a lot of experience dealing with water damage and possess all of the necessary equipment you might consider doing the repairs yourself. But most of us don’t have that sort of expertise, and really, attempting such repairs as a novice can cause even more damage—and it might even be dangerous! The best course to take is to contact the experts: a company that handles water damage repairs on a daily basis.

Identify the signs of water damage:
Besides the most obvious—stains—look for these signs of water damage to your ceiling:
•    Odors (e.g. musty and/or earthy smells)
•    Discolored growths (a sure sign of mold)
•    Peeling wall surfaces (e.g. paint, wallpaper)
•    Ceilings that sag or cave

Most water damage noted above often occur with basement ceilings or garage. A leaking shower drain PVC pipe’s U-bend, for instance. Despite this, your initial task is to search for and hopefully discover where the water is coming from.

Step 2: Assessment of the time and cost of correcting the problem

You’ve discovered the culprit and found the source of the water invasion. Now it’s time to figure out a plan of action—and how much it’s all going to cost. You must prioritize your repairs. You may want to replace your pipes first rather than attempt fixing/replacing your ceiling. Dealing with the pipes first will ensure that no further damage will happen to your ceiling in case a domino effect happens. Once you’ve tackled the pipe situation successfully it should be safe to fix the ceiling. Doing repairs in the wrong order can end up very costly!

In fact, before you begin repair on your ceiling you should check for mold damage. If the water has been soaking into the material long enough you might have a severe mold encroachment building up. Mold spores can adversely affect the health of everyone in your household. As for detecting mold, you shouldn’t rely on your sight and sense of smell. You should hire a mold remediation specialist to detect and eliminate your mold situation.

Step 3: Remove sections of the damaged ceiling

Drying a damaged ceiling can result in chunks and pieces of the ceiling landing on your floor and furniture. So it’s important to cover the floor and furniture with a tarp or heavy canvas for protection. Once there is longer any water dripping or soaking your ceiling, it’s also time to begin drying the ceiling material. This can be accomplished by simply applying towels, cloths, or any other absorbent material to the ceiling itself, as well as using a fan to blow the ceiling dry. If there are portions of the ceiling hanging after this process you should use a knife or other cutting object to carefully remove damaged parts.

Next, be sure to smooth any ridges between the affected and clean areas. If you end up with large holes in the ceiling you’ll definitely need to use new sheets of drywall or plaster to fix those areas. Primer and paint will be required to cover the leftover stains on your ceilings.

Leaky toilets are often the primary culprits of water damage to ceilings in apartment buildings and condominiums. In fact, some toilets can waste as much as 200 gallons of water per day. It’s the responsibility of both landlords and tenants to identify and deal with such issues. These problems will eventually trickle down to the tenants below you and that’s not a good thing!

Natural disasters can cause major ceiling damage in the form of severe rain storms,  and tornadoes. After each such disaster it’s important to check your home for cracks. Check every room in your home with a flashlight and search for cracks and other breaches. Even the tiniest crack can cause major damage over time, so be thorough. While cracks found along the edge of the ceiling can be normal, long and wide cracks in the middle of the ceiling can mean future damage.

If you take the above steps immediately after any suspected water damage, you’ll be sure to minimize the cost and the amount of time you’ll spend inconvenienced as your ceiling is repaired.

Water 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, Trimble and Henry Counties. 

Water Damage: Consequences

12/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage: Consequences

Water damage can cause a great deal of destruction and can be caused by a number of things. Several different factors come into play; a leaky pipe, clogged drain, and flooding from a storm.

Water damage can cause a variety of serious problems if the issue is not addressed immediately. Restoration is critical when water damage threaten your home or business. Mitigation must be initiated immediately following water damage. Water damage restoration can involve removing excess water as well as applying special disinfectants and cleaners to take care of any residue that was left behind.

If excess water is not removed properly it can cause a pungent odor. In addition, excess water can cause bacteria to develop which can cause serious issues. Excess water can also cause floor boards and walls to decay.  The water following a flood can be removed by using a truck mount and wand to extract. Once the water is removed the cleaning solution can be applied over the entire area. Normally the disinfectants used contains a pleasant and fresh odor.

Water damage restoration may also involve having to tear up and throw away carpeting and padding. Depending on the degree of water damage will determine whether or not carpeting can be saved and restored. If carpeting can be salvaged it must first be dried during the truck mount extraction process. 

Water damage can be quite destructive and unexpected. However, if you are prepared for a flood emergency you will know exactly what steps you need to take in order to recover.

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 serves Spencer, Henry and Trimble Counties.