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The Dehumidification Process

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Dehumidification is the process in which excess moisture is removed from your property. The process often takes place following a deep cleaning or when water has to be cleared out following a flood. 

So what happens during dehumidification?

  1. The dehumidifier must be sized based on the area you need to have treated. The size is based on the number of pints of water a unit can remove in a 24-hour period. Use a humidifier with a capacity of 10 pints for every 500 square feet.
  2. A fan will start working in the dehumidifier. This will take in air from the area, particularly air with high moisture content.
  3. The air that is collected will come in contact with cooling coils. Those coils will remove moisture as the temperature is lowered.
  4. The treated air is released back into the room. The air should be dry at this point.
  5. The key is to get the relative humidity in a room to around 30 to 50 percent. This is a natural level of moisture that does not cause surfaces to become wet but still ensures the surfaces will not wear out.

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

Purchasing A Water Damaged Home

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

Buying Water Damage Homes

Have you ever been out house hunting, looking for a perfect flip home? The majority of the time these homes are the ones that are a little distressed and rough around the edges. The home may have been foreclosed or have some pretty extreme looking damage, however these are the homes that give you the best profit in the end. If no one else wants to touch them, it might be a wonderful opportunity, but it could also mean that the price of the home is wrong. Here are some ways to determine if a home is in need of water damage restoration is worth the buy. 

Mold

The first thing you will want to look for is signs of mold in a home as you are doing a walk through. Mold can be easy to smell right off the bat if it is extensive enough or has sat for a long period of time. You can also see signs of black streaking on the carpet or walls. You can see soft spots or even see large patches of growth. Mold can be very dangerous to breathe in and it is important that you hire professionals from a company like SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County and don’t attempt to take care of it yourself.  

A small amount of mold is not something that should make you leave the possibility of that flip in the dust, but it could be an indicator of a big problem. The only way to know how much of a mold problem you have is to contact a professional to give you an estimate of the damage and cost. 

Structural Damage

Water damage can many times cause structural damage, especially if the water was left to sit on a wood or other porous surface for an extended amount of time. If this is localized to a small place, it may not be a huge water damage restoration project, but if it was an entire floor that was flooded, you will want to consult water damage professionals to give you an estimate before buying. In foreclosures, you cannot ask the bank to make any repairs like you can with a private owner. However, you can discuss the budget with your water damage professionals and try to adjust the offer accordingly. 

Most water damage restoration projects are difficult to predict if you aren’t a professional. Water damage has a way of hiding in walls and threatening to be more difficult than it seems, at first sight, this is why it is important to consult a professional before you buy a home to determine how much the damages will end up costing. Before you make an offer on a home, discuss your budget with a water damage restoration professional, so you can have a better idea of what you can afford to offer. 

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. 

Protect Your Home From Storms

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Harsh weather and the elements can cause unexpected problems along with damage to your home when you least expect it. It may seem like there is little you can do to protect your home from huge storms with lots of rain, snow, or strong winds, although often, a small amount of effort and upkeep on your home can make a big difference during a storm.

The important thing to keep in mind when preparing your home to resist major storm damage is making sure loose or damaged shingles or siding are repaired. Loose spots or small areas that are already damaged make it much easier for strong winds and other elements  to create further damage from a weak spot on your home. This doesn’t necessarily mean the entire roof or siding on your home needs to be replaced, however small repairs now can help prevent further storm damage.

Another important way to keep your home protected from storms is by making sure water can be directed away from your home. Keeping your gutters and other drains clear is critical for the free movement of water. If the water is being taken away from the sides, windows, and doors of your home, you are much less likely to experience flooding and other water damage. In addition, proper sealing around doors or windows is key to keeping rain, snow, and hail outside of your home. Any small opening or crack provides a way for wind to get in and possibly damage windows and doors.

Taking these small steps before a storm hits can help save your home from expensive, destructive storm damage and repairs afterward. If you have any questions about storm damage and how to prevent or repair it, call SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County today. 502.241.6861

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

Detecting Commercial Leaks

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

How to Detect Leaks in a Commercial Building

To prevent such problems, protect your investment, reduce repair along with remediation expenses, while decreasing the chance of hidden, long-lasting consequences. 

The recent advancements in water leak sensing and shut-off technology make it easy to catch a leak at its source and fix the problem before it is too late. Installing a leak detection system in a commercial building is extremely beneficial, as it allows for the early detection of water leaks and the prevention of water damage.

An integrated automatic water leak system will alert the building management to the precise location of a leak, within minutes of detection (water sensors are working 24/7 to detect water leaks and send an alert as soon as they sense water):

  • ⋅ Wireless water leak detectors – The building is retrofitted with wireless sensors that respond with a local alarm and deliver notifications by phone, text and email to the building managers when a leak occurs;
  • ⋅ Cloud-based sensors – Cloud-based sensors are placed at sites of potential leaks – sinks, toilets, basements, plumbing chases, etc. – and can combine data from all units into a single portal that is monitored by the building operators;
  • ⋅ Automated sensors – These advanced water leak sensors automatically shut off water in certain applications when a leak is detected.

Well-designed water leak detection equipment is easy to install, very affordable, and highly efficient. It ensures business continuity and helps avoid costly repairs.

What to Do When You Find a Leak in Your Commercial Building

It is imperative to seek immediate professional solutions at the first sign of water leakage in your commercial building – the experts will take quick and efficient measures to fix the problem and will prevent water damage to your property and large scale, expensive repairs.

If you find a leak in your commercial space contact the professionals here at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County to speak to a Mitigation Specialist. 502.241.6861

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

Preventing Basement Floods

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Basement Flood Prevention: Basements are no longer ignored spaces where people store things they don’t need or use. Some build an extra room or a guest-bedroom in it; others design a media room or a game room in their basement. Regardless of what they chose to do with it, basements are seeing regular use these days.

Needless to say, flooding is a major concern to people who’re actively using their basements. If you are storing expensive media equipment, nice furniture and spending so a decent amount of  money in designing the rooms, you want to ensure they don’t get damaged.

The causes of a basement flood

Basements can be flooded due to several problems. There might be a massive leak in some pipeline in your home or someone left the tap open in one bathroom. However, the most common causes of basement floods are listed here:

  1. Basements can flood when surface water during rainfall or storms that run down the foundation walls and into the basement
  2. Sometimes, the ground water comes in contact with soil that’s already soggy. Hydrostatic pressure would demand that water find an outlet and that would be the basement
  3. There are times when the municipal storm drains are overwhelmed and excess water is pushed into residential outline foundation drains, causing some water to leak into the basement
  4. An obstruction in your home’s sewer line or the municipal sewer line can cause sewer water to rise through the sink or floor drains. This would flood the lower levels of your house.

Ways to prevent a basement flood

There are ways to prevent your basement from flooding to begin with:

  1. Gutters need to be cleaned and maintained regularly. They can get clogged or even damaged without you even noticing. If the gutters are kept clean and in good condition, there would be proper drainage of water during rains
  2. After rainfall or storms, ensure that the gutters aren’t overflowing
  3. Check the downspout for any sort of clogging or damage regularly. If you find a damaged downspout, repair or replace it as soon as possible
  4. Ensure that your pavement is sloped in such a manner that water flows away from the house and not towards it

These and some other precautions can lessen the likelihood of flooding in the basement. There are times when flooding can’t be helped. In such cases, you need to hire a professional to help you.

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

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

 

Preventing Frozen Pipes and Water Damage

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

PREVENTING WATER DAMAGE FROM FROZEN PIPES

Freezing temperatures can result in frozen pipes. When water freezes it expands, creating pressure on its container. As a direct result, unprotected and uninsulated plastic or metal pipes can burst and potentially cause extensive water damage. It’s been reported that a 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water per day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the potential for mold growth. There are 4 things that you can do to prevent frozen pipes and 4 things you can do to minimize damage in the event that you already have frozen pipes.

4 Things You Can Do to Help Prevent Frozen Pipes

  1. Locate water supply lines that are susceptible to freezing, including those in a basement, crawl space, attic, garage, or under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Insulate both hot and cold water pipes in these areas.  Water that is not flowing in a hot water supply line can freeze as easily as a cold water supply line.  One option is to allow water to trickle through the pipe so it won’t freeze.
  2. Install insulation that is designed to surround exposed pipes. Heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables can also be used to wrap pipes. You should only use products that are approved and designed for this purpose. Closely follow all manufacturers’ installation and operation instructions.
  3. Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. This will help prevent the freezing of water in the hose and hose bib that can result in pressure on the fitting. If you have inside valves that supply the outdoor hose bibs shut them off and open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  4. If you are leaving the property for an extended period of time during cold weather, you might consider the following:
    1. Be sure that the HVAC system is working properly
    2. Do not set your thermostat lower than 55°F,
    3. Open doors to cabinets where the plumbing is located to allow heat to get to the water supply lines and drain, or
    4. Shut off and drain the water system. However, if you have a fire suppression system in your house, it may be deactivated when you shut off the water.

4 Things You Can Do to Minimize Damage from Frozen Pipes
If your pipes are frozen:

  • Turn on your faucet and if nothing comes out, leave the faucet turned on and call a plumber.
  • If your pipes are insulated, remove the insulation to allow the room heat to get to the pipe(s).
  • Don’t try to thaw a pipe with a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device. Water damage is preferable to fire damage!
  • You can use a hair dryer to thaw a frozen pipe starting as close to the faucet as possible, working back toward the fitting at the wall.

If pipes burst:

  • Turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house.
  • Do not operate electrical tools or appliances in standing water.
  • Leave the water faucets turned on.
  • call a qualified Restoration Company and a plumber.

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 also proudly serves Spencer, Henry and Trimble Counties.

Fire Damage Cleaning And Your Property

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

The first and most important thing to look for when choosing a fire damage restoration company is a swift emergency response. What this essentially means is that the company should be available 24 hours a day and ready to come out in a hurry to help you repair and restore your home.

 It’s very important that you find fire damage cleaning companies that offer to come out quickly because it’s only that way that you can avoid further damage being caused to your premises. If you have a hole in your roof for instance, in your wall or even in a pipe, this can lead to water damage that will build up until addressed.

While it is the job of the fire department to help  put out fires in your building, it is the fire damage restoration company that will help secure your home with emergency board up if necessary.

Assessment

Once the company has seen your property and helped to prevent further damage, their next job will be to assess the extent of the damage and develop a of plan of action. This is an important step as it will be what enables them to give you some kind of timeline for the reparations as well as an expected price quote.

The key thing to remember here is that not all the damage to your property will be visible damage. Smoke can cause odor problems and damage in adjacent rooms and other areas that were directly affected by the fire and Restoration companies should identify the extent of this damage and then decide how involved the repair is going to be.

Removal and Disposal

Fire damage restoration companies will often offer removal and disposal services and this is one of the things they will do first when they start addressing the damage to your premises. Here, the intention is to remove your items that might be ‘beyond saving’. If something has been completely engulfed in smoke or if the fire has burned it to a cinder, then it will need to be disposed of. In these cases, it’s always useful to have the help of a fire damage restoration company when it comes to dragging your items out and disposing of them in an eco-friendly manner. This may also involve the removal of furniture, cabinets, countertops and other fittings.

Drying

You might wonder why a restorationcompany would ever need to dry anything. In fact, though, this is necessary due to the fact that fires can lead to burst pipes, tanks, and water mains as well as leaving your property exposed to the elements.

In some cases, you might have large amounts of standing water and in those cases, these companies will need to pump the water away with submersible pumps – often while attached to trucks.

Next up, the surfaces will be thoroughly dried and moisture may be removed from the air using dehumidifiers.

Cleaning

Next up, your fire damage restoration company will begin to clean your premises. This will involve removing any stains from smoke, soot or dust that results from the fire. As well, areas that came into contact with potentially contaminated water will also need to be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. This process also needs to carefully remove any odors that can otherwise linger following a fire.

Restoration and Remodeling

Once everything is clean, dry and sanitized, your fire damage restoration company can then begin actually making repairs and restoring your premises. The very best fire damage cleaning companies will actually be capable of offering the full range of remodeling services, thus meaning that they can repaint your walls, install new carpets, fix cabinets where possible, replace dry wall and more.

All this will help you to get your home looking not just as good as new but potentially even better.

 

How Quickly Water Damage Escalates

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

When water damage occurs in your home or business, the problem doesn't go away with time. Secondary destruction takes place as more time passes, causing an even greater damage.

Overwhelmed gutters, leaking pipes, backed-up toilets and natural disasters are a few common causes of water damage. Water pools into corners, damaging every material it absorbs into as the clock turns. Here’s how quickly water damage escalates.

How Water Damages the Home Within Minutes

Did you know that water can damage your home within minutes? Here’s what to look for:

• Furniture finishes, sensitive to moisture, start to turn white.

• Carpets quickly absorb water, and furniture left standing on these saturated surfaces stain the carpeting.

• Water contamination increasingly spreads, accelerating claim costs.

How Water Damages the Home Within Hours

Minutes turn into hours, and as those hours tick by, water damage becomes much more visible.

• Furniture in contact with the spreading water swells and delaminates.

• Increased humidity amplifies everyday smells. The risk for mold development grows. Leaking toilets and food left out increases risks, as these hazards interact.

• Non-colorfast fabrics dyes bleed.

How Water Damages the Home Within Days

Where moisture lingers, mold and fungi begin to appear, as wood warps and structures break down.

• Mold spores appear within 24 hours, and fungi grow — signaled by their distinct musty odors.

• Severe wood cupping and warping becomes apparent. After days, water damage to wood floors may mean replacing flooring in entire rooms.

• Wallpaper peels away as the adhesives release. Painted walls form blisters.

• Wood structures swell, split and warp.

At this point, if you act quickly to contact water damage restoration professionals, your home or business may be restored closer to its original condition before the loss occurred.

How Water Damages the Home Within Weeks

As the weeks pass, greater risks due to water damage threaten to your home and health.

• Mold roots itself into organic materials, destroying their integrity.

• Weeks worth of water damage may require the residence or business being completely gutted to its bare bones. Occupants become displaced for long periods and claims shoot up astronomically.

Minimizing Water Damage

Basements are the primary culprits for water damage and mold growth, due to humidity, dampness and poor air circulation. The humidity and water in a bathroom can also generate moist, stagnant air, and this air makes for a perfect breeding ground for mold. Attics, laundry rooms and wall cavities are also prone to water damage.

Where there is moisture or condensation, water damage and mold growth can occur. Getting ventilation into the structure and removing furniture away from saturated surfaces helps reduce water damage. But you can only do so much within minutes and hours on your own. 

Do not take any chances. Be safe and get help cleaning up water damage before it accelerates. Water damage can lead to expensive and extensive repairs.

Microbial and mold growth can occur within 24 hours, compromising health for all inhabitants, even pets. Prevent additional damage to your home to save meaningful and important items as well as the structure itself.

SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County professionals are certified water damage experts. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, a quick response time reduces the risk of extensive damage and repair costs. SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County professionals are with you every step of the way, as a reputable restoration company should be, documenting the damage before restoration and walking the claims adjuster through the property before and after services are rendered. Contact SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County today to schedule an appointment. 

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

Commercial Water Damage Tips

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

The most stressful thing you face during a commercial flood is damage to your electronics and computers holding important information. Along with worrying about the repair costs, you are also concerned about the revenue loss that can go on longer, depending on the damage the building has faced. Eventually, you might have to close the business until such further notice when the building is safe from any electrical shock and fire hazard.

THE FIRST STEP

When talking about damage control, the first step is to survey and assess the property. Depending on what type of water damage you are dealing with such as a burst pipe, over flooded toilet, broken running sink, etc, the building itself becomes a huge hazard. Since you are surrounded with electronics, you might get electrocuted fast and hard.

So, the first thing you need to do is turn off the main power supply switch from the circuit board. This will prevent those electronics from being damaged, where the water hasn’t reached yet.

3 ITEMS THAT NEED TO BE SAVED ASAP

Computers, shelf documents and printer, these are the three items that need to saved immediately in any kind of commercial water damage. While the servers hold all the data, you can easily extract the said data from the computer and call it a day.

As a backup, paper documents are the best way to build your data back up again and methodically store it in the new computers, when the business re-opens.

Finally, commercial grade printers store a copy of every print that you have made since you bought it, which means this electronic is also a data mine that can help you build your data back up again.

CALL WATER DAMAGE PROFESSIONALS

Once you have saved all the electronics and computers that were soaked with water and humidity, the next step is to call a restoration company. These people have the right tools to preserve your electronics at least long enough, so that you can extract data from them.

They use dehumidifiers and blast warm air into the damaged areas, which lowers the level of humidity and decreases microbial growth.

However, the water damage is just half the battle. Even if you think an electronic is beyond saving, set it aside for inspection. Leave no stone unturned because there are various ways to save electronics and restore the data.

No matter how severe the water damage, don't attempt to step foot in deep water where the electronics are placed, that is until you have cut off the main power supply. SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County is a cleaning and restoration service that helps with commercial water damage. These professionals are equipped to handle any kind of situation and will save your electronics and computers in no time. Call us today to speak to a Mitigation Specialist. 502.241.6861

Why It's Important To Act Quickly After Water Damage

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

When your home or business sustains water damage, it’s imperative that you contact an emergency restoration company quickly – as standing water can affect carpets and furnishings, warp or rot building materials and structures, damage electrical systems, ruin insulation, raise indoor humidity levels and create conditions conducive to mold and mildew.

Containing, removing and drying the water quickly is imperative, as is taking emergency measures to stop the flow of water. The longer your home or business’s furnishings and belongings remain in contact with water, the more likely they will be to warp, swell and sustain long-term damage. Additionally, the longer your items are exposed to moisture, the higher the risk for dangerous mold growth.

Water damage takes many forms – ranging from water intrusions and overflows to storm surges, accumulated water condensation, and seepage. The nature and cause of the water damage will often dictate the appropriate response. As a local, reputable, full-service water damage restoration company, we can handle all forms of water damage.

It is crucial that you contact your insurance company and our certified specialists right away. Reaching out to these two companies before doing anything else will ensure you have two separate evaluations to compare and contrast against each other, giving you the bargaining power you need to make sure the solution to this already difficult situation is as cost-effective as possible.

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