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Importance of Keeping Rain Gutters Clear of Leaves

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fall is a beautiful season. The cooler weather gives relief from the summer heat and the leaves beautifully update the outdoor color pallet from green to red, orange, yellow and of course, many hues in between. Fall is the beginning of the holidays and creates a family atmosphere of warmth and all things pumpkin spice. And while fall can certainly be a favorite season, with the aesthetics of the outdoors often comes rain and wind. The combination of rain and leaves can wreak havoc on your gutters.  Although a huge necessity for the protection of your home a Gutters main purpose is to control the flow of rainwater protecting against potential damage to your roof, walls, foundation, and landscape.

Gutters are essential and maintenance is imperative. If your gutters are neglected you may find yourself dealing with some harsh water damage or flooding. Here are some of the issues that can be caused by neglected, clogged gutters and drains:

  1. Roof Damage

    Fall has its fair share of storms, high winds, and rain. Therefore the trees lose their leaves at an increased rate causing them to often land directly in or on your gutters. This results in clogging, meaning if you clear the leaves allowing the water to drain properly then the water has no place to go. Standing water anywhere is never a good thing and when it’s in your gutters it can actually cause soggy roof edges. The edge of your roof then becomes at risk and its underlying materials can become damaged. Eventually, the constant contact with the water will weaken materials, requiring costly replacements. When your roof is affected by water damage then it’s only a matter of time until it reaches your ceilings and eventually your walls. Simply setting up a ladder and pulling out loose leaves, could prevent a costly repair.

  2. Exterior Damage

    As mentioned before gutters are meant to pull water away from the home, but when there is an obstacle in the way of it doing its job rainwater will often spill over. The water spilling causes seepage into places that can’t withstand its effects. The overflowing water will begin to damage the exterior walls, windows, doors, and other, connected, structural aspects of your home. These areas of your house are not meant to come in contact with excessive water as rotting, warping, and structural weakening may happen.

  3. Damaged Foundation

    Having a strong foundation is vital for a structurally sound home. However, neglecting your gutters can easily shake your homes’ foundation. When there is an overabundance of water and it’s not directed away from your house then the foundation of your home is at risk to leakage issues, shifting, cracking and in extreme cases… sinkage. Your gutters lead the water toward your downspouts which are meant to bring water to a safe place where it is absorbed into the ground or directed into a drainage system. Homes with a  basement can be affected as the excessive water causes immense pressure against basement walls which could push inward and crack.

  4. Damage Causing Slippery Surfaces

    Fall may bring the rain and wetter weather, but winter comes shortly after so if you’ve neglected your gutters during the rainy season, winter may be unusually and exceedingly slippery. Water overflowing from gutters can fall onto walkways and driveways. When entryways are slippery it makes carrying in a handful of groceries a bit tricky. We are pretty sure no one wants their friends falling before even knocking on the door. Gutters left unattended can truly wreak havoc on a home and likely, a tailbone!

Maintaining Healthy Gutters

Now that you are aware of what neglected gutters can do to your home it’s best to clean debris from gutters at least twice a year, preferably after leaves have fallen and again in the spring. The best way to clean your gutters is to either call a professional or do it yourself by hand. It simply takes an extendable ladder, a small plastic scoop, a plastic tarp to protect your lawn, and a garden hose to flush out gutters and downspouts.

Fall may mean beautiful colors but it should also serve as a reminder to give your gutters
a little love and attention.

Water Damage In Your Home? Contact the professionals here at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County. 502.232.5213

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

Mold Behind Your Walls

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold behind your walls may be a part of nature, however, it’s one natural thing that you never want to see in your home. Even the most minor examples of mold can be visually unappealing and potentially cause issues.

Never Leave Black Mold Unchecked!

Some types of mold, specifically black mold, can be dangerous if left unchecked. In some cases, mold can be easy to identify and take care of, but in many cases, it’s the mold that you can’t see that is the biggest problem.

This is especially the case in flood/water damage scenarios, where water and moisture tend to infiltrate all different parts of a home or building, creating a idea environment for mold to grow.

One common issue people with water damage have to deal with is mold behind their walls. Here are some signs that there may be some mold growing out of sight in your home. 

First Off!

For one thing, even if you can’t actually see the mold behind your walls, there are still some tangible indicators that it cold be present. Some people tend to have allergic reactions to even non-toxic mold.  If you start noticing these symptoms out of the blue, it could be a potential clue, especially if there was recent flooding or heavy rains. In addition, mold, even behind the walls, still leaves a trademark odor.

If you can smell it, but can’t see it, there’s a chance that it may be growing behind the walls!

Have The Eye For Visual Signs

In some cases, there may even be visual signs on the walls itself, if not of the mold, there are clues that you’re at potential risk of mold.

For example, water stains on drywall aren’t 100% indicator that you have mold, but there’s clearly water coming in from some sort of source. With this in mind, chances are that you’re going to get mold in time if you don’t find and address the source. This is part of the reason why many experts recommend doing home examinations during periods of the year where there’s a lot of humidity or rain.

The Screwdriver Test

Other visual indicators of moisture include peeling wallpaper or condensation on the wall or ceiling. Be careful if you think there’s mold under your wallpaper, though. Peeling it off yourself to see may end up exposing you to a cloud of spores.

If you’re willing to do a more intensive test, consider trying to probe the wall in question with a screwdriver. If things are soft or crumbling, you may already have rot taking hold from mold.

How Can You Curb Mold’s Growth?

If you find that there’s mold behind the walls or have a suspicion that this is the case, there are a few things you can do right away to try to at least curb it's growth.

One example of this is using any means necessary to try and tune down the humidity in your home. In general, you want to try to shoot for indoor humidity at 55% or less. There are detectors you can buy to chart this, but if you live in a naturally humid area, you may need to buy dehumidifiers to try and keep the air dry.

Something else worth looking at is potential areas where excess moisture may get into your home. Cracks in the foundation or leaky gutters are common sources for extra moisture that could make the mold behind your walls grow faster.

When you initially discover that there’s mold behind your walls, some of the things we just mentioned are good ways to minimize the initial spread.

These Are More Of A Stopgap Solution Rather Than A Final Fix

Because of the potential danger that unchecked mold can cause, if you see evidence of it behind your walls or anywhere else in your home, make sure you reach out to professionals here at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County. 502.241.6861

 Not only do we believe in doing the most for our customers in the Oldham/Shelby area, but we’re also IICRC-certified.

This means we use the best cleaning and restoration tactics to help target mold and other remnants of water damage, and fix them so you can come back to your home or business with peace of mind.

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

Reasons You Should Clean Your Carpet

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

“I’ll clean it next time” is something most of us say when it comes to the bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom. Maybe you are in a hurry and can’t get to the whole house, so you say you’ll clean that part of the house “next time.” When in reality, next time comes and goes and we sometimes forget imperative parts of the house while we clean.

This can be said about the rug cleaning in your home. Even though we may skip it in our cleaning, we shouldn’t. It is very important to have your carpet cleaned on a consistent basis.

There are plenty of reasons why you should do this, and here are a few:

  1. Prolongs the life of your carpet

First and foremost, it’s important to take care of your investment that is your home and the carpet inside. You can keep the life of your carpet much longer than you think by simply keeping it clean. Keeping the resale value high on your home will make the selling process much easier, whenever that time comes.

  1. Air Quality

Is the air quality in your home bad? Or are your allergies seem to flare up a lot? Your carpet could be the cause of this. All the allergens hide in the carpet and if not cleaned regularly, tend to build up. Not only is it disgusting, but it’s also will affect your health!

  1. Allergy Relief

Similar to the air quality, if you are somebody that suffers from allergies, your carpet may be the direct cause of the flare ups. It’s important to clean your carpet, but even more important for sufferers from allergy.

  1. Aesthetically Pleasing

Of course, maybe the most obvious reason to clean the carpet is to make it look better! You know when you walk into somebody’s home, you notice if the carpet is really disgusting. Don’t have your guests notice this, and make sure your carpet is nice and fresh.

  1. Mold Inspection

During the cleaning, you or our experts can look for mold while they do it. Mold comes with many more problems on top of dirty carpets. Cleaning your carpet works as a preventative measure to keep mold out of your carpet, or find some pesky mold.

These are just four of the core reasons why you should be cleaning your carpet on the regular. Even if you can’t get to it, restoration companies like ours can do it for you. Simply call SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County today to make an appointment for your cleaning. 

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

Tips to Avoid Water Damage In Your Home

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Tips to Avoid Water Damage in Your Home

  • Examine your rain gutters and clear them of any debris or leaves. Make certain they are draining properly and have no place where water would build up inside.
  • Maintain the trees and vegetation outside your home. Inspect any landscaping near your utility pipes. You don’t want their roots to wrap around piping and break them. Remove shrubs and trees that have grown too big.
  • Inspect your roof and be certain that it is in good condition. If you find any cracked, curled or missing shingles then replace promptly.
  • Look through all your sink supply lines in your kitchen and bathrooms including showers and tubs. Tighten or fix all leaking drain pipes.
  • Check out your appliances every few weeks to be sure they have no leaks and function according to specified directions.
  • Upgrade the hoses of your washing machine. Brittle, leaky or old washing machine hoses are a common cause of water loss. Replace them regularly to avoid a big mess and costly damage.
  • Inspect the water pressure coming into your home. If it is set too high, your hoses and pipes could fail under the pressure. Purchase a water pressure gauge at a hardware store and attach it to an outside faucet. Then turn the faucet on all the way. You will get a reading from the gauge of your home’s water pressure. Average residential water systems are meant for 40 to 70 psi of water pressure. If it exceeds 100 psi, you should install a pressure regulator.
  • Set up water detection devices where a flood or leak is most likely to happen . This is a small electronic device that will sound an alarm when the sensor comes in contact with moisture. Install them near washing machines, toilets, water heaters, sump pumps and dishwashers.
  • Keep an eye on your water bill. If you see the usage of your water increases from one month to another without knowing why, you might have a leak somewhere. Don’t leave any mystery leads unchecked.

Water Damage in your home? Contact the professionals here at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County today. We are available 24/7 to assist you with the process. 502.241.6861

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

Preventing Mold In Your Carpets

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can grow in virtually every area of a home and on any surface, if given the right environment. That includes your beautiful carpets that you spend so much energy trying to keep clean and looking beautiful. While there can be many common causes for mold in a home, when it comes to moldy carpets there are a few things you can do to reduce the chances you ever have to deal with it.

Steps to prevent mold damage to your carpets

Mold Damage can be expensive to remediate. Not to mention the health effects it can bring upon inhabitants of the dwelling. As with many aspects of home maintenance, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Not only can moldy carpets be unsightly and need to be replaced, they can be the tip of the iceberg in terms of more substantial damage to your property. So consider taking these steps to keep black mold from growing on your carpets!

Control the humidity and temperature in your home

Mold grows best with a certain amount of moisture in the air as well as certain temperature ranges. One way to help prevent mold growth on any surface in your home, including your carpets, is to ensure your humidity levels never reach 60%. And while it’s unlikely you like living in this warm of a house, make sure you don’t set the thermometer to 80 degrees.

Consider a different floor covering in areas prone to moisture

Some areas of a home are just more prone to humidity and moisture. Like your bathroom, for instance. Every design aspect of your home should be done with appearance and functionality in mind, and that includes making sure you’re making smart decisions about the type of floor coverings to have in certain areas based on the area’s usage along with environmental aspects. When it comes to bathroom floors, and to a lesser extent basement floors, usually the smartest plan is to avoid carpets altogether.

Use carpet padding that is anti-microbial

There are a few different types of carpet pad most commonly used in residential homes. While some are more budget friendly than others, if you’re considering carpet in areas that may be prone to moisture issues, consider installing rubber-slab carpet padding. It’s much more resistant to mold growth than traditional carpet pads.

If you do get standing water on your carpets, get it out fast!

This goes for any surface type in your home, and it’s especially true with carpets. With the right humidity levels and temperatures, mold growth can accelerate quickly when food and water are present. Getting the water and excess moisture out immediately can be the difference between a close call and health problems for your family.

Clean your carpets regularly

Vacuuming your carpets regularly, along with having them professionally steam cleaned, can go along way in preventing mold growth. One of the components of rapid mold growth is food, and mold loves dirt, grime, food, and any other organic substance that can be found in your carpet fibers. Regularly cleaning your carpets is a great way to help reduce the likelihood of dealing with mold in the future!

Do you suspect you have mold growth in your carpets?

Typically if you have black mold on your carpets a visual inspection is all that is necessary. But in other instances, you may notice a musty smell or perhaps you’ve also been experiencing some troubling issues that you think may be attributed to high levels of mold. In most states, mold remediation companies must be different than mold testing companies. The way it works is that the mold testing company will come take environmental samples from your home and have them sent off to a lab to be evaluated. If it’s determined through the testing that your home has a toxic black mold problem, it’s at that point that you’ll want to hire a mold removal and restoration company like us. Call us today to speak to a Remediation Specialist. 502.241.6861

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

Winter Heating Safety

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

The following information was provided by the National Fire Protection Association. 

There is something about the winter months and curling up with a good book by the fireplace. But did you know that heating equipment is one of
the leading causes of home fire deaths? With a few simple safety tips and precautions you can prevent most heating fires from happening.
be warm and safe this winter!

• Keep anything that can burn at least three-feet (one metre) away from heating equipment,
like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.

• Have a three-foot (one metre) “kid-free zone”
around open fires and space heaters.

• Never use your oven to heat your home.

• Have a qualified professional install stationary
space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.

• Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.

• Remember to turn portable heaters off when
leaving the room or going to bed.

• Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.

• Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.

• Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

FACT

Half of home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.

Fire 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. 

Why Fire Damage Restoration is Urgent

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

A fire can cause severe damage to your home. After the fire has been extinguished, you may be left wondering what to do next. The answer is to call a fire restoration company. A team of fire restoration professionals can help to restore your home and get your life back to normal. Here’s why it is important to call a restoration team immediately after a fire.

Hidden Problems

Fire damage comes in many forms. This can include smoke stains and wall discoloration. However, ash and soot can be hidden in places that you might not be able to see. It can be hidden in places such as air conditioning vents and spaces behind walls.

A team of fire restoration experts will be able to quickly and effectively clean problem areas. If those places are not thoroughly cleaned immediately, this can cause a lingering odor. It can also cause health risks and a decrease in the quality of indoor air.

Eliminate Smells and Odors

Removing the smell of smoke is a difficult part of the fire restoration process. This is because particles of soot can get into parts of a building that are hard to access. If these areas are not properly cleaned, it can cause an odor that is hard to get rid of that can last up to several months.

Furthermore, the debris may contain dangerous substances such as carbon monoxide, benzene, and chemicals that come from burned plastics. The earlier a restoration team is able to start the restoration process, the more chances they have of completely getting rid of the particles and substances that cause odor and pose a risk.

Reduce Cost

Another reason you should call a fire restoration company immediately is because they have the ability to decrease the fire damage and other problems that could arise. Additionally, quick restoration can reduce the chance of structural damage being caused to your home.

Also, if damaged windows, walls, and roofs are not repaired quickly, it can allow thieves to enter your home. Trespassers can easily steal your personal belongings and cause more damage to your home and property. Calling a fire restoration team immediately can reduce the amount of fire damage and save you money at the same time. The more damage you are able to prevent, the less money you will have to spend.

There are many reasons why you should call a fire restoration company as soon as possible. Not only will it save you money, it will also reduce the amount of fire damage that is done to your home.

A team of experts would be able to get rid of any lingering smells caused by the build-up of ash and soot. They will also be able to get into and clean hard-to-reach places. Additionally, there may be hidden areas of your home where smoke and soot can build up. Professionals know exactly where to look for this kind of build-up and will have your home and life back to normal as soon as possible. If your house has had a fire, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby today! 502.241.6861

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

Carpet Cleaning and Water Damage

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

If you experience water damage from a flood in your home, professional carpet cleaning will be an important step in the damage restoration process. The most effective method for restoring carpets after water damage is hot water extraction.

WHAT IS HOT WATER EXTRACTION?

You may have heard people use the terms “steam cleaning” and “hot water extraction” interchangeably. In reality, there is no steam involved in hot water extraction carpet cleaning. There are a few problems with steam cleaning, most notably, that steam can actually set some stains in. Further, steam cannot rinse detergent or special cleaning solutions as thoroughly from carpets as hot water can. For these reasons, hot water extraction is the most popular and most effective method for carpet cleaning.

The professional carpet cleaning process begins with a thorough vacuuming to remove any loose dirt and soil. Next, during hot water extraction, hot water and cleaning agents are injected into your carpet at high pressure and agitated with a specialized brush in order to loosen dirt and grime. A technician then removes the water, cleaning solution and dirt with a high-powered vacuum. This process may be repeated, depending on the extent of the damage. Anti-microbial treatments can also be included in the carpet cleaning process to prevent the growth and spread of mold, mildew, yeast and other allergens.

Hot water extraction carpet cleaning is not just part of a flood restoration process. Proactive annual cleanings are an important part of regular home maintenance and long-term carpet care.

WHEN IS CARPET CLEANING NOT ENOUGH?

Hot water extraction will not be effective in some flood restoration or water damage situations. In these cases, it is advisable to discard the carpet, pad, and any other porous items like upholstered furniture that have gotten wet. Cleaning methods like hot water extraction are not sufficient to remove pathogens from this type of water.

  • Exposure to raw sewage or “black water,” which is water that contains human waste
  • Damage to the subfloor, such as warped or swollen particle board or plywood
  • Structural damage below the carpet

If you’ve experienced water damage and you aren’t sure what’s salvageable and what isn’t, SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County is available to you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, when you need service most. No matter what time of day, your call is sure to be answered by a customer service representative who will quickly send a qualified technician to assess the water damage and determine the best course of action.

Sewage Backup Should Be Cleaned Promptly

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Waste No Time with Sewage Cleanup

Is your septic tank backed up? Sewage cleanup from a septic tank backup or clogged sewer line is a dirty job that a professional will need to finish. However, it’s never a bad idea to start cleaning up until your plumber arrives. Before you do, protect yourself from bacteria-ridden sewage by wearing rubber boots, gloves, and a mask.

  • Shovel solids into a heavy plastic bag and dispose in a trash receptacle.
  • Soak up liquid with paper towels or rags, and dispose in plastic bags.
  • Use a wet/dry vacuum for small areas or to suck up any remaining puddles. Unclog the drains before disposing of the contents.
  • Tape a path of plastic sheeting to the floor to avoid soiling other parts of the house.
  • Place all affected, damaged and undamaged outside to air out.
  • Throw out carpets and rugs.
  • Thoroughly mop the area with a solution of bleach and water mixed 1:1.

Only time will get rid of the odor. Open windows and use box fans and dehumidifiers to air out the area for up to a week, possibly two. SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County will do the sewage cleanup work for you, from pumping and wiping up to deodorizing and restoring carpets and floors, if possible.

Sewage 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.

   

Clogged Gutters Cause Water Damage

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Clogged gutters cause water damage above-ground and below. Falling leaves in autumn may look poetic, however once they accumulate and obstruct roof runoff into your gutters and downspouts, a chain of events begins that could end with water infiltration into your home. Your roof sheds an enormous volume of water. A clogged, overflowing gutter in a rainstorm or during heavy snow-melt resembles a mini-Niagara Falls. The exterior walls or siding of your home are constructed to resist raindrops, not a continuous cascade from a blocked gutter overhead. Heavy runoff penetrates siding and infiltrates internal wall spaces. This may result in visible water damage to the interior of the house or covert damage inside the wall such as structural wood rot and mold growth. The deluge from an overflowing gutter also pounds the ground around the immediate perimeter of the house, saturating the soil and forming pools of water that soak deep into the earth, penetrating basement walls or seeping under the foundation.

Before clogged gutters cause water damage to your living, here are a few preventive measures:

  • Check and clean your gutters at regular intervals throughout the year, but especially during autumn when leaves are falling.
  • Consider installing gutter guards that screen out leaves and other debris while still admitting roof runoff.
  • To ensure adequate drainage and avoid overflows during heavy rains, you should have one downspout for every 40 feet of gutter length.
  • Make sure your gutters aren’t sagging. For optimum drainage into downspouts, gutters are installed with a slight pitch. Sagging disrupts proper gravity flow of water and triggers overflow.
  • Install downspout extensions that divert runoff far enough from the house to prevent penetration into the foundation or basement walls. Ideally, each downspout should discharge water at least three feet from the house. Downspouts can also be connected to an underground pipe to convey water even further away.

Water Damage as a result of clogged gutters? Contact the professionals here at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County. 502.241.6861

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