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When Ground Water Enters Your Home?

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

There are three main ways that ground water can enter your home, Basement seepage, water intrusion and sub pump failure. Excess ground water flooding is usually caused by abnormally large amounts of water not properly draining, which causes the groundwater to spread and enter your home.

Basement Seepage- Groundwater can commonly find its way into your basement by going through the cellar doors, improperly sealed windows, or cracks in the foundation. It is a smart idea to check your basement for cracks, holes, improper sealants, or areas where it looks like water can get through.

Water Intrusion- Ground water can find its way into a home that is not properly sealed, or has cracks.

Sump Pump Failure- It is common to find a sump pump in homes that are located in high water table areas. Sump pumps are meant to keep the area under a home dry and to prevent it from flooding.

The sump pump usually sits in a specially constructed pit where groundwater flows in through drains or naturally, and the sump pump will pump the groundwater out and away from the home.

Occasionally, a sump pump does fail. Whether improper insulation, maintenance, defects, clogs, or a power failure, if a sump pump fails, groundwater could end up overflowing through the sump pump and flooding your basement.

If groundwater is coming in, make sure to try to stop the water coming in the best you can and wait until the water level has stopped rising to call SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County. If you call a professional in while the water is still coming in very heavily, there would be a lot more charges associated with the job as they would have to repeat the extraction process until the water recedes.

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

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

How To Spot Previous Water Damage When Buying A Home

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

There are few things better in life than buying your own home. There’s a reason why it’s a popular dream to be a home owner. A new house means freedom, space…and liabilities for anything that goes wrong inside your home. Unfortunately, those problems are more common than you think; and with them, all those home-buying joys can quickly turn into a nightmare scenario.

One of the biggest headaches is water damage. Not every sign of water damage is visible and its impact on your wallet can be severe. That’s why it’s imperative to search for any and all signs of water damage during your inspection of the home before buying. Because if you are unfortunate enough to miss the signs of damage prior to signing the contract, you will be left struggling to take care of an issue that you are now completely liable for.

Luckily, you don't have to be an expert to spot the potential signs of water damage. By paying close attention and looking out for any of these possible signs, you should be able to avoid the expense and embarrassment that comes with buying a money pit.

Use your sense of smell

A lot of times you don’t visibly see water damage. You smell it.

Water damage often leads to the growth of mold and unless the previous owner hired a professional mold restoration company, it is highly likely that this mold will leave behind obvious signs. The most obvious sign is a musty, humid smell. If your prospective home smells like something’s off, it probably is. You'll definitely want to make sure you have it inspected for mold and water damage prior to signing the contract.

Be on the lookout for cracks

Cracks can form in walls – both inside and outside the home – the foundation, or ceilings. They can all be signs that the building suffered from previous water damage. This could also include traceable lines on the surfaces, along with peeling or flaky paint. The biggest problem with these sorts of cracks is that they allow even more water into a home going forward; for that reason, be thorough when looking for cracks.

Do you see any grainy substances? These are mineral deposits

You'll also want to carefully examine the walls, ceilings and floors for any signs of mineral deposits. These deposits can be nearly transparent and difficult to spot; you might want to run your hand along the walls and feel for any sandiness. Mineral deposits may have a whitish tint and are usually left behind after standing water or water-logged materials dry out.

Does anything feel…soft?

Most houses these days have a wooden foundation – at least on the interior. Wood is susceptible to rotting when exposed to moisture for a prolonged time. Use your hand to feel along walls, door frames and other places where you might suspect damage. Wood shouldn’t yield to you too easily.

As for the floors, a squeaky or moving subfloor could signify water damage from a leak that has bowed the board. Make sure to walk the house thoroughly.

Inspect doors, windows and any other openings

The doors, windows and other openings are an easy way for water to get into your home. For this reason, it is essential that you fully inspect these openings to make sure that they are completely sealed and watertight. In addition, you'll want to look at the surrounding areas to ensure the materials around the openings don't look decayed.

Natural openings to a home are usually one of the first signs of water damage. If you catch it up front, you can save yourself a migraine later.

Check around for sump pumps and other water cleanup equipment

A sump pump or other water removal equipment is usually a pretty obvious sign that the owner has experienced water issues in the past. With that said, isn’t it much better to have that sort of equipment on hand? A sump pump can help prevent any future issues; as long as the water damage in a home is not extensive, having that sump pump up front can really help.

Water damage is no joke. If caught early, it’s a minor headache for your family. If you let it linger however, you might be looking at some extremely costly repair bills for such a simple issue. Water has the potential to cause all sorts of serious problems for a home: mold, foundation rot, damage to insulation, dry walling, floors and subfloors – the list goes on. A home with a history of water damage could even dramatically lose its value.

Even if you don't currently have water problems, it's never a bad idea to invest in a sump pump. Having a sump pump lying around is a great preventative measure that immediately prepares you for any future water issues. Furthermore, even if your new home doesn't currently have water damage, you'll still want to pay close attention to all the factors above to ensure the problem doesn't rear its ugly head.

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

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

Safety Tips During A Lightning Storm

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that lightning is the third largest storm-related killer in the U.S., causing nearly one billion dollars in damage per year? Those are some sobering statistics you may want to keep in mind the next time you are trying to decide whether to play one more hole of golf or hike an extra mile when a potential storm may be brewing.

While summer is commonly known as the peak season for thunderstorms and lightning, spring is vast approaching and bringing storms with it as well. The following tips can help you and your loved ones stay safe should you be caught in a lightning storm.

How Can I Protect Myself?

It is important to understand that there is no safe place outside during a lightning storm. If thunderstorms are expected, you should stop any outdoor activities quickly — even if you are still mowing the lawn or enjoying a picnic. Many lightning casualties occur because people fail to seek shelter early enough. Keep an eye on local weather conditions and have a plan if thunderstorms are expected. Your home’s best protection against a lightning strike is a lightning protection system. In order to find out more you can contact a certified lightning protection specialist for information.

What if I'm Outside During a Storm?

As soon as you hear thunder, stop all outdoor activities and get into a building or a hard-topped vehicle for safety. It may be tempting to get into a golf cart or a lean-to, but those will not provide adequate protection. If you absolutely cannot get to safety, try to stay away from open fields, hilltops, tall trees or other tall objects. Go to the lowest place possible, such as a ravine or valley, and squat in a baseball catcher’s position — with your heels touching, ears covered, and head between your knees. Minimize contact with the ground and do NOT lie flat. You should avoid water and anything metal, such as golf clubs or bicycles.

What if I'm Driving?

Exit the road or highway you are on and park in a safe location. Stay in the vehicle and turn on emergency flashers until the storm subsides. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that can conduct electricity.

What if I'm Indoors?

You may think that watching television or shopping on-line are good ways to pass the time during a storm, but your best bet is to unplug televisions, computers and any other high-value electronics well before the storm hits. Once the storm begins, do not touch any electrical equipment or cords, including corded phones. It is OK to use cellular or cordless phones during the storm. Be sure to stay away from windows and doors and do not go on porches. Also avoid taking baths or showers during storms. Water is a conductor of electricity so if a lightning strike hits your house during a storm, it may travel through water and shock you in the bath or shower.

What if My House is Hit by Lightning?

If you think your home has been struck by lightning call 911 immediately and evacuate if you see fire or smoke. You may want to ask your local fire department to check for hot spots in your walls. If you use gas for heating and cooking, contact your  gas company or a licensed contractor to conduct a leak test before re-entering your home. Gas system components have been known to sustain punctures as a result of direct or nearby lightning strikes.

Water or Fire Damage as a result of lightning strike? Contact the professionals here at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County to speak to a Mitigation Specialist today. 502.241.6861

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

What To Do If Water Damage Occurs

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

What to Do if Water Damage Occurs

Immediately shut off the water to your home if damage is being incurred from a plumbing malfunction to prevent further flooding.

Move all possessions to dry ground such as valuables, documents, and electronics.

Do not use electricity if your home has water damage as the wiring can be impacted.

Have your home inspected by a plumbing professional.

File a claim with your insurance company so that your home can be repaired.

Contact a restoration services company to remove and extract moisture as well as water from your home.

Mold is able to grow within 24 hours of a flood, so immediately taking action against damage is importance.

Lastly, document the damage with pictures to ensure proof is obtained.

  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.   

HVAC Fire Prevention

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

The Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning system, more commonly known as an HVAC system, is a wonderful piece of technology that helps ensure your comfortable regardless of the weather outside. Like any electrical device, it can pose a fire hazard if not maintained properly. Most HVAC fire hazards are preventable with proper care and attention.

The Top HVAC Fire Hazards

HVAC systems are usually in a back room of the basement, outside behind the house, or in the attic – three places that are easy for homeowners to forget about.

Regardless of the season, HVAC fire hazards are present at any time of the year. Fortunately, many of these risks are preventable.

The Top HVAC Fire Hazards:

  • HVAC parts are old, corroded, or broken: This problem often stems from an HVAC unit that is not regularly serviced. Problems with essential parts can lead to decreased efficiency and also potential fire hazards.
  • Items are stored too close to the HVAC unit:The HVAC unit itself produces a considerable amount of heat. Storing combustible items such as boxes, paper, motor oil, and chemicals too close to the unit itself creates a high-risk environment for a fire.
  • Problems with connections or gas pressure:Problems with connections in a gas furnace can allow toxic gas to be released into the home, leading to both health and fire hazards.
  • The HVAC unit has an electrical problem: Whether the unit has a loose cord connection, a frayed cord, an old cord that overheats, or another issue, electrical problems with HVAC units can easily spark furnace fires.
  • A fuel line is leaking: This can be a harder problem to spot since many fuel lines are located inside or behind the unit. Yearly inspections can help catch old, at-risk fuel lines before they start leaking and posing a major fire hazard.
  • Improper installation: When an HVAC unit is installed improperly, it can lead to many problems such as reduced air flow and efficiency, along with increased costs. Improper installation can also cause serious problems such as carbon monoxide poisoning and fire hazards.

If you notice the smell of gas in the basement, evacuate the home and call your service technician immediately.

What You Can Do to Prevent HVAC Fires

Taking steps to prevent HVAC fires is the best way to avoid an emergency situation. In addition, these steps can save you a lot of long-term hassle and cost.

Tips for Preventing HVAC Fires:

  1. Schedule HVAC maintenance at least once a year. Not only is a yearly inspection a good way to ensure that every part is in serviceable condition, you can maintain optimal efficiency for energy savings.
  2. Don’t attempt DIY HVAC maintenance. Always hire a professional, certified technician to perform any repairs or tune-ups on your HVAC unit. DIY repairs can lead to accidental problems such as carbon monoxide poisoning or increased risk of fire hazards.
  3. Ensure that the area is properly ventilated. HVAC systems produce carbon monoxide, a toxic, invisible, odorless gas. Without proper ventilation, gas can collect in the home and become extremely hazardous to occupants.
  4. Be aware of what you store near your HVAC unit. It is advised to keep all items at least 3 feet away from the unit. Much like portable heaters and other appliances, HVAC units can get extremely hot and cause flammable items to combust. Storing items too close to heating equipment is one of the primary causes of home fires.
  5. Replace the filters on your HVAC at least twice a year, if applicable. Set a routine that is easy to remember, such as once during the spring and again during the fall. Not only will a filter improve the air quality in your home, it will help ensure proper airflow and reduce overheating.
  6. If you have an outdoor HVAC unit and keep it covered during certain seasons, make sure to remove the cover prior to the first use of the season. An obstructed airflow can cause overheating and pose a fire hazard.
  7. Install a carbon monoxide detector near the HVAC unit. Evacuate the home and call your HVAC technician if the alarm goes off.

Now that you know the top HVAC fire hazards and how to prevent them, you can take steps to keep your family safe year-round.

Fire Damage in your home or business? Contact the Restoration Professionals here at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County. 502.241.6861

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

Why Can't I Clean Water Damage Up On My Own?

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

When water damages your property, cleanup must start immediately. There is a 24 to 48 hour window from the time something gets wet to the time that mold begins to grow. After that time frame mold will multiply rapidly. When mold growth is widespread, you need the help of a professional mold remediation service to safely remove and treat the water and mold.

Get your property completely dry with a company that specializes in water damage restoration and emergency water extraction. At SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County we use professional water removal and drying equipment to complete the job as quickly as possible. 

Water Damage in your Home or Business? Contact the professionals here at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County today. 502.241.6861

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

What You Need To Know Before Calling A Plumber

3/30/2018 (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 occur 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 that 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 reading reviews. However, 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 give you an idea of how much money you would be spending. 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 that you can trust and count on. Let your instinct dictate 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? Make a list of questions to ask as a reference when calling the company.
  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. 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:

A water damage restoration team will assess the damage to your home. They will investigate to see 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. Keeping in mind however, if the water source is still running you should contact a plumber first and foremost.

A restoration specialist will remove the excess water as well as set equipment to dry the structure. Depending on the water source some personal items may be salvageable as well.

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.

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

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

BBQ Fire Prevention TIps

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

With summer fast approaching most everyone is looking forward to spending time with family and friends grilling their favorite foods. 

Whether you are grilling at home or at a campsite, it’s important to keep Grilling Fire Safety in mind. Check out the safety tips listed below to keep you and your family safe from fire injuries or damage to your home! In the event you do experience a fire remember SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County is a wise choice to turn to in your time of need!

• Charcoal and Propane BBQ grills should only be used outdoors and never inside the home.
• Place your grill far away from the home, deck railings and overhanging branches.
• Clean your grill regularly by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in the trays below.
• Never leave your grill unattended and keep children and pets away from grill area.

Never go to bed or leave your house until you are sure that the fire is completely out. Wind can be a dangerous factor in contributing to the spread of fire. Keep a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher handy in the event that your grill does catch on fire. Fire is one of the most devastating events that can occur to a homeowner. The effects can be costly and dangerous to the occupants of the home.

SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby are experts in cleaning contents or homes that have experienced fire and smoke damage. Call us today to speak to a Restoration Specialist. 502.241.6861

Why Should I Have My Ducts Cleaned?

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

1. Energy Efficiency Increase

When you have contaminated air ducts, your cooling and heating system will work harder, and this will reduce the lifespan of your system. When your air ducts are clean, it will increase your system’s efficiency, thus helping lower your utility bill.

2. Mold and Mildew Help

You could have a soggy, flooded or wet basement or crawlspace and this could have caused mold and mildew to grow. This could have penetrated your duct system. So having them cleaned and sprayed with an Anti-Microbial agent will resolve this issue.

3. Relief from Allergens

Allergens such as fungi, bacteria and mold can breed in your duct system. 

Pollutants come into your home and infiltrate your HVAC system, which can contaminate your air. The duct system also has the perfect place to harbor fungi, molds, bacteria, dust mites and other types of allergens. Clean ducts improve your home’s air quality.

4. Dust Reduction

As much as 40 pounds worth of dust is able to accumulate in a house with six rooms each year. Cleaning your air ducts is going to remove the dust that’s accumulated as the years go by so that it's not continually filtering back into your home.

5. New Furnace

You had a brand-new furnace installed. This procedure often is really messy and releases pollutants and dust into the system and your home . These will disperse into the air once the heat is turned on.

6. You’re a Pet Owner

If you have one or more pets, chances are that your ducts need a good cleaning. Pet fur often will go into your air vents and release germs, allergens, molds and fungus.

7. Fire or Water Restoration

If you recently had a problem with damage due to a fire or water loss, like slow leak, backup of sewage, ground water, or a bust pipe, it’s a good idea to have your ducts cleaned. Anytime you have abnormal levels of moisture, even though they might seem small, have the ability to potentially lead to significant pollution in the air due to things like mold spores.

8. You Bought a New Home

If you bought your home recently, having your air ducts cleaned is a good idea especially if the old owners were pet owners. Another reason is that they may never have had them cleaned. It’s a good idea to have it done before you move in.

9. You’re Renovating Your Home

Home renovations and remodeling often stirs up a lot of dust and releases dust from drywall into your home’s air. Debris and dust from the construction goes into your HVAC and starts to recirculate. To stop this from happening, have the ducts cleaned right after your renovation’s done.

10. You’re a Smoker

Your home’s ducts are your home’s respiratory system. When you’re smoking inside, your home’s ducts are going to become dirty and clogged and reduce their efficiency. If you’re a smoker, it’s better to stay outside so that your ducts aren’t negatively impacted.

11. Insects

Are you noticing that you have a lot of spiders and insects in it, it could be they’re living in your system’s ducts. It’s recommended that you do duct cleaning in the spring because a lot of insects love hiding in ducts so they’re able to avoid cold weather. When you are cleaning your ducts, it’s going to remove any dead insects and stop their life cycles so you don’t have another infestation.

12. Rodents and Vermin

If you’re noticing odors coming from the ducts  you may have dead animals like rats and mice in the duct work. So you want to have your ducts cleaned to get rid of anything that’s residing in the system itself.

These are reasons to consider having your air ducts cleaned. Not only will it help you save money but it also will make your home’s air a lot cleaner for everyone.

Dirty Air Ducts In Your Home Or Business? Contact the professionals here at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County to schedule a cleaning today. 502.241.6841

Is There An Issue With My Sewer Line?

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

A sewer line problem is not one you want to have in your home. However, how do you know if your system is progressing towards a problem or already has one? There are many signs of sewer line problems. Here are a few of the signs that you can be looking out for. As always, it is better to be watchful and catch the problem before it gets too out of hand. 

Sewage Backups and Blockages

If your toilets, sinks, and other drains regularly backup that is a sign that the system is not working correctly. The water and debris should be able to move through the line smoothly. If there is a build up in the system backups and blockages will occur. This is an easy way to spot signs of a bigger issue, and one that shouldn’t be ignored.

Sewer Gas Smell

Being able to smell sewer in and around your house is a sure sign that there is a problem. Sewer systems are built to be airtight and to move downhill, so if you’re able to smell sewage that is a problem. There is most likely a crack somewhere in your sewer system if you can smell sewage. Not only is the smell unpleasant enough  you don’t want the crack to get bigger!

Extra Green Grass Patches

You may be wondering why certain patches of your grass are suddenly greener and lusher. Sewage is a great fertilizer. Sewage leaks under your yard can create extra lush and green grass on the surface. Though the extra fertilization may be welcome to the appearance of the lawn the leaking sewage won’t be if it starts building up or pooling. So if you haven’t been fertilizing or water your lawn extra but it continues to get greener and lusher take that as a sign something else is fertilizing it.

Slow Drainage

This is a complaint many people with long hair have. However, if the sinks, drains, and toilets continue to drain slowly after multiple attempts to clean the line there could be a bigger problem. A blockage could be forming somewhere in the line. Issues such as root growth, channeling, and cracks can lead to slow draining lines. If your drains consistently drain slower it is time to look into further problems as this is only a symptom.

The signs of a problem in your sewer line are definitely noticeable. The key is to not ignore them once you start to see them. If one or more of these symptoms is happening regularly it is time to take action and call in a professional before it gets worse. 

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