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Why Tenants Should Have Renter's Insurance
Many lease agreements for renters merely suggest their tenants procure renter’s insurance when moving into a new apartment or condo. For management’s good, this suggestion should be made a requirement for all renters. This might seem a bit harsh or strict, but it actually makes a total sense – here’s why:
It’s Not Expensive
First and foremost, renter’s insurance is surprisingly affordable. The argument that it is too expensive is not valid. For just a couple hundred dollars a year, a renter gets the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their belongings are protected. A typical policy priced as low as $150 – $200 annually can cover as much as $15,000 in property damage and $100,000 for liability coverage! Some people may even have renter’s insurance included in their auto coverage without knowing it. If not, encourage tenants to do so by informing them that they may get a discount for bundling the extra coverage into their existing policy. As a leasing manager, you can also work out a corporate program with an insurance company where the residents in your building get a special discount for purchasing renter’s insurance with them. In short, incentive is a great persuader.
It will Reduce Late Payments and/or Evictions
If a renter is not insured and valuable items are damaged, it may hinder their ability to pay rent on time which affects your bottom line. What’s worse, let’s say the tenant works from home and a flood or firedestroys the equipment they use for work. The damages may adversely affect their livelihood long term. If they are unable to pay rent at all, you, as the leasing property manager, may be forced to begin the eviction process. Needless to say, the legal fees, back rent and headaches make evictions a costly and dreaded experience. Don’t let this happen to you. Make renter’s insurance mandatory.
Helps Condo Associations Too
It is quite common that condo owners rent out their units to generate income or sublet their condos when they travel. If a Water or Fire Damage occurs when the owner is renting out their condo, their property insurance will not cover the renter’s possessions. This leaves the tenant unprotected and likely to point fingers and come after the owner or association for compensation. For these reasons, reducing the amount of angry tenants in the management office is always a priority. How can you, as the leasing property manager, do this so that you can focus your energy on running things? Make proof of renter’s insurance apart of the application process when screening any prospective tenants. If there ever is a loss, the insured tenant would simply file a claim with their own insurance and live happily ever after. It would reduce foreseeable tensions between management, unit owners and their tenant or sublessor.
Mandating your tenants to carry renter’s insurance is really a win-win situation; it’s a low cost solution that eliminates headaches. Leasing property managers should establish policies that makes all the moving parts run smoothly. Requiring renter’s insurance, whether you’re a leasing property or an association, can make a significant difference should an emergency occur.
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How To Create A Home Inventory List
If you lost your belongings in a fire or burglary, would you know where to begin putting your life back together? A home inventory is a foolproof way to ensure you’re protected when disaster strikes.
Why You Should Create a Home Inventory?
If your belongings were lost in a fire or stolen, a home inventory can help you figure out immediately what to replace. Most importantly, it can help you obtain the funds you need to replace those items via your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy. Typically, after a disaster, insurance companies ask for a list of everything that was lost. This can be hard to produce during an emotional and difficult recovery time. A home inventory makes this process a lot easier, saving you time and ensuring a smoother recovery process.
How to Create a Home Inventory?
A home inventory is simply a list of everything in your home, how much each item costs and when you bought it. What’s the best way to create a home inventory?
- Compile a photo or video inventory.
Take photos or video footage of every room from different angles, opening cabinets and closet doors to ensure thorough coverage.
- Make a list.
In addition to your photo/video footage, write down all of your valuables, room by room. What’s the easiest way to create a home inventory list? There are apps designed to help you do this, or you can use a spreadsheet or a pad of paper. Just be sure to make extra copies, storing one off-site.
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Is There An Issue With My Sewer Line?
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.
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
Carbon Monoxide Detector Tips
Carbon Monoxide Detector Safety Tips
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas that can be safely detected in your home only by CO detectors. This is why it’s extremely important to properly install and maintain your CO alarms, and know what to do when one sounds.
- Purchase CO alarms from a trusted retailer. Choose alarms that are battery-operated or have batteries as backup.
- Make sure CO alarms bear the label of a nationally-recognized testing laboratory.
- Install CO detectors on every level in your home. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper installation.
- Make sure objects like furniture parts or drapery don’t cover the alarm. You can also use portable carbon monoxide alarms when you’re travelling.
- Interconnect CO alarms to provide the best protection. When one sounds, they all do.
- Install both CO alarms and smoke alarms in your home. You can also find combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Test CO alarms once a month by pressing the test button to ensure they work properly. Tell everyone in your household that you will be performing a smoke alarm test.
- Replace CO alarm batteries at least once a year. A good time to change the batteries is when Daylight Savings Time ends (in the fall). Also replace batteries if the audible trouble signal sounds to indicate low batteries.
- Replace your CO alarms once every 10 years but make sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions first. Each CO alarm has a different lifespan.
If a CO Alarm Sounds:
- Alert others in the home and make sure everyone gets out safely.
- Once outside, call 911 immediately. Do not go back inside until emergency services personnel give you the all-clear.
- Seek immediate medical help if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed or nauseous.
Preventing CO in Your Home
- Have your gas, oil or coal-burning appliances serviced by a technician every year.
- Buy only gas equipment carrying the seal of a national testing laboratory.
- Have your chimney inspected and cleaned every year. Chimneys can be clogged by debris that can cause CO to build up in your home.
- Do not operate gasoline-powered tools like portable generators in or near your house, garage or other enclosed space.
- Never use a gas range, oven or charcoal grill for heating indoors.
- Never run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open.
For professional fire restoration services or smoke odor removal, contact SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County today. 502.241.6861
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Identifying Toilet Backup And How To Solve It
One of the worst problems that you may encounter as a homeowner is a backed-up toilet. And unfortunately, there is no one single quick fix for this problem, as this problem has many different causes. Hence, we have listed down the most common causes and how you can fix it, if possible.
Too much toilet paper that went down the drain? Have mischievous kids that flushed down small toys or objects into the throne? Then these may be blocking the drain leading from your toilet to the sewage line. Because of this blockage, waste from the toilet go back up instead of down.
Deal with this issue the old-school way, by getting a plunger to remove the object blocking the drain. Alternatively, pressing a plunger down repeatedly while pouring several buckets of water down the bowl can help break down toilet paper blockages.
Tree root blockage.
Yes, the root cause may be a root itself. Since tree roots seek organic material to draw minerals from, there is a tendency for them to grow towards and into sewer lines. It is best to call a plumber to locate the tree roots causing the blockage, then have them cut. In this case, the sewer line may also need repair as well.
First, the plumbing vent may also be blocked, as evidenced by a gurgling sound from a nearby sink or shower drain. This blockage may be preventing air from getting into the drainage system, creating a vacuum that stops the flow of water. Second, if you are dealing with a toilet inside an older building, the toilet itself may not have its own plumbing vent.
Septic tank issues.
The fix may lie in the destination. Sometimes, issues with the septic system—such as the tank needing pumping, a failed leach field, or broken ejection pump—can lead to problems with the toilet. So if you are also smelling foul odors or unbelievably water-soaked grass, this may be the cause. As suggested above, it is best to call a plumber for repairs when it comes to this issue.
For the aforementioned problem, it is also good to have a remediation company manage it. After all, it’s not just the mechanical aspects of the septic tank that need to be fixed. There is also toxic materials in the tank that have to be dealt with.
Water Damage Due To Toilet Overflow? Contact the professionals at 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.
Furnace And Dryer Vent Warning
Now that winter is upon us, it is very important to service your furnace and lint traps on your dryer. This year alone, more than half of the fires to which we have responded have been caused by homeowners falling to change their furnace filters to keep combustible materials too near the ignition pilot components of their furnace.
It is also important to check the flex hose or lint traps on your dryer for lint clogs. These simple maintenance procedures can prevent a devastating fire event that could be easily avoided.
* Use Metal Dryer Ducts, either solid or flexible
* Clean the duct regularly- if there is a film on the screen, you can wash it with soapy water and a brush.
* Clean all around the dryer (outside and in ( where lint can potentially build up.
* Use caution drying clothes stained with chemicals such as gasoline, finishing oils..etc Line drying might be better.
Water, Fire or Smoke loss in your home or business? Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby today to speak to a Restoration specialist. 502.241.6861
How To Spot Mold, Fire and Water Damage In A New Home
The housing market is competitive and home buyers must take special care to evaluate properties thoroughly. This includes identifying mold and mildew, water and fire damage.
While it’s a good idea to call the experts, home buyers don’t have to rely solely on inspectors to spot warnings while house hunting.
Here’s how to spot problem areas such as mold, water and fire damage when looking for a new home.
Finding Mold and Mildew
There are more than 100,000 types and species of mold, but only a handful can be found around residential properties. Nevertheless, mold can cause mild to severe problems.
Mold thrives in damp conditions but can live just about anywhere. Winter provide ample opportunity for mold to thrive in areas of the home including basements, crawl spaces, flooring, around leaky pipes, window seals, and more. Even new construction homes can develop mold when they’re tightly sealed and lack ventilation.
What Does Mold Look Like?
Household molds are typically green, white, black, and sometimes, a light pink or orange. While not all molds are toxic, inside a home is no place for fungi and it will require careful cleaning and abatement to ensure the health and safety of every home occupant.
Where to Look for Mold
The first thing you should do when inspecting a home for mold is use your senses. Inhale and try to detect damp, musty smells or mildew. An unpleasant odor may indicate mold or other problems.
Next, inspect all exposed pipework, under sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms, as well as other pipework like hookups to the washer, etc.
Check basements for mold in corners and around window seals. If there’s no basement, check the crawl space near pipework and ventilation systems.
Always ask the homeowner about previous water-related problems or mold. As a last resort, you can also hire a mold detecting company to ensure your home is free and clear of any harmful contaminants.
Finding Water Damage
Like mold, water damage can be obvious or well hidden. And because mold thrives in damp environments, it’s very possible signs of mold could point to previous water damage or vice versa.
Water damage is a result of flooding, leaky or busted pipes, or extreme outdoor conditions. While water damage isn’t necessarily a deal breaker, it’s important to understand the risks and potential damages that may be lurking beyond what’s seen.
But don’t worry, water damage can be fixed with professional repair and restoration—the trick is finding the source and learning about the problem.
What Does Water Damage Look Like?
There are four basic signs of water damage: water accumulation, discoloration, changes in texture and odor.
Standing water is a sure sign that water damage is inevitable; other signs often reveal themselves in different ways and to various degrees.
Discoloration, for example, will be plain to see on a ceiling but not easily detected under floorboards or behind cabinetry. Changes in material texture (warping, buckling, sagging, or expanding) can signal water damage not easily seen.
Finally, damp odors or mildew can seep through drywall or from other interior spaces to signal water damage that may have to be inspected by a professional.
Where to Look for Water Damage
Water Damage can happen just about anywhere in a home. Here are a few areas that are most at risk :
- Ceilings – water damage on a ceiling can indicate a few problems, namely a leaky roof or attic (if the ceiling is on the top floor of a home), or faulty pipework somewhere on the floor above (usually a bathroom or laundry area).
- Walls – discoloration and texture changes are easily detected on walls (and ceilings). Be sure to check around door and window frames for areas that may need attention. A stain on a wall may indicate problems behind or above the wall and may require expert attention.
- Floors – several things can cause water damage to flooring including overflowing sinks, bathtubs, appliances and busted pipes. Replacing or restoring damaged flooring is the best way to remedy the problem.
- Basements – since water flows to the lowest point, basements are usually the most vulnerable to water damage. Be sure to check the sump pump, any frames around doors or windows, as well as any exposed plumbing, washer/dryer or hot water hookups.
- Appliances – check behind all major appliances like refrigerators, hot water heaters, washer/dryers, toilets, sinks, and showers. A cracked pipe or hose could signal problems.
Finding Fire Damage
A fire damaged home can be a diamond in the ruff for renovators or a total nightmare for first time buyers. Knowing what to ask a homeowner will help spur preliminary investigations, but a certified home inspector is the best way to ensure a property investment doesn’t turn into a lemon.
In particular, fire damage can be patched quickly and not to code, which can result in a multitude of problems for a new homeowner. A fire can damage electrical wiring between burned walls or materials, and toxic soot not properly cleaned and abated can pose serious concerns.
What to Ask Homeowners
Depending on when the fire happened, the damage may or may not be visible. Even without visible signs of fire, all home buyers should consider these questions:
- When (if at all) did a fire occur?
- Was it a localized fire (in a single location), or did it spread to multiple rooms?
- What steps were taken to repair the damage?
- Did the fire cause structural damage? If so was this repaired? How?
- Has the electrical wiring in the home been inspected for damage?
These questions will point your investigation in the right direction, but you’ll need to follow up with a professional inspection to ensure what the homeowners say is true.
Where to Find Fire Damage
According to the American Red Cross, the overwhelming majority of disasters they respond to are fire related. On average, residential fires total more than $7 billion in property damage throughout the U.S.
Most residential fires start in the kitchen, but that doesn’t mean fires don’t start elsewhere, like in bedrooms from forgotten lit candles, or in garages where flammable materials are commonly found.
You’ll know fire damage when you see or smell it: black soot and smoky odors typically indicate a fire-related incident. Any sign of fire damage should signal further investigation, either with the owners of the home or through careful examination by property damage professionals.
Homes that have suffered property damage are still viable options for new homeowners and renovators alike. Knowing what to look for, where to look, and what to ask homeowners is the best way to prepare for buying a home.
And if you’re still not sure about potential property damage, you can always call the experts at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County to assist you. We proudly serve the counties of Henry, Spencer, and Trimble as well. Our teams are available 24/7/365.
Got damage you’d like us to look at? Call 502.241.6861 to speak to a Mitigation Specialist today.
Winterize Your Investment Property In Just A Few Steps
Here are a few simple steps homeowners can take to ensure effective Winterization:
1. Clean the gutters.
Clean gutters before each winter to ensure they’re properly secured and functional. This includes ensuring drain spouts are directing runoff away from the foundation of the home.
2. Check and replace furnace filters.
Furnaces will be working overtime in winter, so it’s a good idea to check the filters once a month. Clogged filters restrict circulation and increase energy demand.
3. Run ceiling fans in reverse.
While a counterclockwise rotation generates a cooling breeze, some fans can be set in reverse to circulate warmer air.
4. Seal any air leaks.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, air leaks and drafts waste as much as 30 percent of total energy use. There are several ways to seal air leaks including:
- replace door bottoms or thresholds with ones that have pliable sealing gaskets
- upgrade single-pane windows with double-pane or other energy efficient windows
- keep the fireplace flue damper closed when not in use
- and seal air leaks around fireplace chimneys and furnaces with fire-resistant materials
5. Adjust the thermostat.
Turn down the heat when you leave home to save energy. A programmable thermostat makes this easy to do.
For Snow Birds and Part-Time Residents
Winterizing a home is critical for those who own an investment property and regularly leave the property in the winter. This is also true for people that own vacation homes or rental properties.
To keep a property safe, homeowners should perform a number of tasks that will ensure energy isn’t wasted and common hazards are mitigated.
1. Shut off the main water valve to the property.
The last thing you want to come home to in the Spring is a flooded basement, mold, or mildew. Once turned off, turn faucets to the on position to prevent pressure build up and a burst pipe as temperatures fall.
2. Unplug all appliances.
There’s no reason to keep appliances plugged in throughout the winter if no one is living in the home. You’ll save a bit of energy, and there’s no risk of appliances breaking or shorting out and starting a fire.
3. Turn off the gas line.
Just like shutting off the main water valve, turning off the gas will prevent gas leaks and other related incidents.
4. Clean out the refrigerator and pantry.
Perishable foods are especially vulnerable to unwanted pests and should be discarded from the home before homeowners leave. Non-perishable foods can be stored in air-tight containers for use upon return.
5. Tell the neighbors when you leave.
Nearby neighbors can be an extra line of defense for a winterized property. Let neighbors know when you leave, when you plan to return, and how they can reach you in case they see anything suspicious.
Bonus: Get an Energy Audit Energy
An energy audit is an easy way to determine what improvements should be made to an investment property to ensure the most energy savings during cold winter months.
In addition to saving money, an energy audit can help pin-point problem areas that could be dangerous or damaging to a property.
This type of audit is performed by a professional who can help you identify where a property is losing energy. He or she will also provide tips on what can be done to upgrade the property in order to make it more energy efficient. Contact a service provider to learn more.
Dealing with Damage
Take the time to winterize your property to prevent costly property damage. If it’s too late to prevent the problem, our team can be on the scene in no time.
Call SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby today to speak to a Mitigation Specialist. 502.241.6861
From fire to flood, and all damage in-between, the team at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County is equipped and ready to assist you whenever disaster strikes. We offer emergency services to provide 24-hour coverage to your investment property. We also service Spencer/Henry/and Trimble Counties.
5 Benefits of A Backup Generator
Backup (or standby) electrical generators provide power to a home during a power outage. When the utility power is cut off, a backup generator can immediately supply power to your home, either automatically or manually, depending on the device. While backup generators are costly, they can save you thousands or more dollars’ worth of damages and give you peace of mind. Here are five main benefits of backup generators:
- 1. Food Preservation – If the power is out for less than four hours, the food in your fridge should be safe. However, if it’s longer than that, foods like meat and eggs get spoiled. A backup generator provides power to your fridge and prevents food from spoiling.
- 2. HVAC system – Severe storms can cause lasting power surges in your area, compromising your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. A backup generator can prevent uncomfortable temperatures in your home.
- 3. Sump pump – When flooding or other disasters hit your home, your main defense against the water is your sump pump. But if there’s no electricity powering it, your home and your bank account will suffer the consequences. Install a standby generator to avoid tremendous losses due to water damage.
- 4. Frozen pipes – During a power outage in winter, there won’t be enough heat to warm up the plumbing system in your home. Pipes can thus freeze and burst, causing substantial water damage and costly repairs.
- 5. Hotel stays and looting – Power outages can force you to check into a hotel for several days. In addition to hotel costs, your home might be an easy target for looters who try to take advantage of the power outage.
Portable electrical generators are similar to standby generators, but can also be useful during power outages. However, they are not as safe, efficient, and reliable. If you want a whole-house backup power source, choose a standby generator, but expect to pay a lot more for the device and installation.
For water damage repair, mold cleaning, and fire remediation services, contact SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby at 502.241.6861
7 Safety Tips You Should Keep In Mind During This Thanksgiving Holiday
7 Safety Tips You Should Keep In Mind During This Thanksgiving Day!
According to the United States Fire Administration, there are more than 4,000 fires in homes across the country each year on Thanksgiving Day, and cooking fires are the main cause!
Follow these Thanksgiving safety tips to ensure your and your family’s safety during this season:
- Never wear loose fitting clothing when cooking. Those can easily could ignite and catch fire.
- Don’t leave your food or fire unattended.
- Keep children out of the cooking zone.
- If deep-frying the turkey, do it outside of the house
- Never put water on a grease fire.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency, and teach your family how to use it.
- In case of any emergency, call 911!
In the event of a Fire or Water Damage call the professionals at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby/Trimble/Henry/Spencer at 502.241.6861
Roof Maintenance Checklist For Fall
To prolong the life of your roof and ensure water doesn’t leak through, your home’s roof should be inspected twice a year. Once in late spring, and once during the fall. So don’t prepare for Halloween just yet – make sure you do the following roof maintenance tasks first:
- Trim the trees. Dead tree limbs can fall on your roof and cause damage, especially when it’s raining or snowing. Trees that are leaning towards your house could also fall on your roof or allow squirrels and raccoons to pay your roof a visit. Twigs, leaves, and other debris can cause rotting, gutter blockage, termite invasion, and roof damage. If you want to avoid these problems, remove overhanging branches and ensure that trees aren’t leaning towards your home.
- Check and clean the gutters. One of the best ways to prepare for the cold season is to clean your gutters and ensure they’re well-anchored. This allows rainwater and thawed snow to flow properly off your roofline, avoiding leaks and water damage to your home. So remove leaves and other debris from the gutters regularly throughout the fall. In addition to this, install gutter guards – these ward off any debris that would invade your gutters.
- Inspect the roof for damage:
- Check the roof flashings – these cover gaps near vents and chimneys, and can be dislocated during a storm. Replace faulty flashing pieces.
- If you have an asphalt roof, replace shingles that have bare spots, are warping, or are curling at the edges.
- If you own a wooden shake roof, look for signs of warping. If at least 25 percent of your wood shingles are damaged, replace the roofing material.
- If you have a metal roof, look for signs of pitting, corrosion or gapping seams as these can lead to leaks or underlay damage.
- Get a professional roof inspection if you feel you’re not up to the task yourself. Your roof might need adjustment and repairs. Do them now, don’t wait another winter!
Water Damage from a Roof Leak? Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby/Trimble/Henry/Spencer today to speak to a Mitigation Specialist. 502.241.6861
Emergency Board Up
Emergency Board Up Services
If your home or business incurs storm or fire damage resulting in an opening in your building you may be in need of emergency board up services. Any openings in the structure needs to be properly boarded up to protect the building from weather and illegal entry. Your insurance policy also requires you to be proactive on protecting your home or business after any type of damage has occurred, otherwise the insurance company could account any further/secondary damage to the structure as negligence.
Not every situation requires the most extensive board up that the U.S Fire Administration have in their board up procedure manual, such as after a fire where the entire home is destroyed and is considered a complete loss. While each emergency board up is different, let’s take a look at how to properly board up a structure after damage has caused an opening in the building.
Determining How Much Protection Is Needed
- Openings in the basement, first floor doors, windows and any point of entry accessible from a porch, fire escape or other potential climbing point require additional security measures. These openings should be barricaded with plywood, 2x4s, bolts and nails.
- Openings that are at least 10′ from ground level which are not accessible from a porch, fire escape, roof, or other climbing point can be secured with nails in each brace, and every 12″ around the perimeter. For these openings the plywood should be fitted so that it rests snugly against the exterior frame, butting up to the siding on wood frame buildings and up to the brickwork on brick buildings. It may be necessary to remove the staff bead so this fit can be flush and tight.
- Cut plywood to fit over the window and door openings, flush with outside of the molding. Note: For buildings with metal door and window frames the alternative is to cut the plywood and 2x4s to fit the inside of the door frame buffed up against the band molding.
- Cut the 2x4s to fit the horizontal dimension of the plywood. You will need two 2×4 exterior and two interior braces for each window and three sets for each door. Note: For buildings with metal doors and window frames the 2x4s for the outside will be cut to the dimensions of the plywood, fitting inside the door frame, against the band molding. For the inside the 2x4s will be cut to the outside dimension of the door or window frame.
- Pre drill 3/8th inch holes in the plywood and the braces.
- The holes will be placed approximately 1/3 of the length of the brace from each outside edge of the door and window jam.
- The two window braces will be placed 1/3 of the distance from the top and the bottom of the window.
- The three door braces will be placed; one in the center of the doorway, and one half the distance from the center to the top and to the bottom of the doorway.
- Place the plywood over the exterior opening and nail to the frame. Note: For metal frames place the plywood and braces inside the frame against the band molding.
- Place the 2×4 braces over the interior and exterior of the door or window.
- Place the large washer over the carriage bolt and place the bolt through the holes.
- Place washer and nut inside and tighten securely. Torque the nut so that it slightly compresses the interior 2×4.
Need Emergency Board Up Services? Contact SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby/Trimble/Henry today to schedule an appointment. 502.241.6861
Safety First With Your Fireplace
SAFETY COMES FIRST WITH YOUR FIREPLACE
Follow these fireplace safety tips to prevent home fire damage.
Fall has officially started, and before you know it, you will have to light up the fireplace to combat the cold, windy temperatures of the outdoors. But before your whole family sits in front of the fire, it is crucial you make sure it is safe and secure. With the luxury and warmth your fireplace brings, also comes the danger of fire and smoke damage to your home. There are a few steps you can follow to ensure your wood or gas burning fireplace is safe to use.
Start With The Cap
To start your safety inspection of your fireplace, you have to go outside of your home to your chimney. Make sure the cap that is on top of your chimney is in good condition, and there is nothing around it such as a bird’s nest or debris. The cap is an essential piece to your chimney because it prevents rain, snow, or wildlife from getting into your home. It also keeps hot embers emitting from your fireplace from getting onto your roofing. Your cap needs to be clear so smoke can escape properly from your home.
Check The Damper
After checking the chimney from the outside, go inside your home and inspect your the bottom of your chimney connected to your fireplace. With a flashlight, check if the damper in your chimney opens, closes, and seals properly. It is critical that your damper seals well because if not, you will a lose a great amount of heat from your home when your fireplace isn’t in use. While your damper is open, check the flue for any combustible objects such as animal nests. The flue needs to be completely clear, so smoke doesn’t come back into your home and cause unnecessary damage.
Don’t Ignore Your Gas-Burning Fireplace
Although gas fireplaces are low-maintenance, you still need to check some elements occasionally. Inspect the glass doors for any cracks or latch issues and test the igniter for any malfunctions.
Smoke or Fire Damage In Your Home? Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby/Trimble/Henry/Spencer to speak to a Mitigation Specialist. 502.241.6861
Removing Leaves From Gutters Reduces Your Chances Of Water Damage
Removing leaves reduces your chances of water damage If you’re lucky enough to live on a lot that is covered with trees, you’re probably like me and in awe of the beauty of nature every Autumn. What an amazing time it is to see the leaves turn colors. But then something not so amazing happens. They die and fall. All over your lawn, on your roof and anywhere else in the not so immediate area. What a disaster! It’s so easy to just turn a blind eye to their unsightliness and mentally prepare for winter weather. But ignoring the leaves isn’t going to make them go away, and not removing them is going to greatly increase your chances of suffering water damage. In this blog post, we’ll talk about the 2 ways fallen leaves can lead to home water damage!
Leaves clog gutters
If we had a dollar for every time we’ve mentioned this on our blog, we’d…have a lot of dollars. Your gutters play an incredibly crucial role in keeping your home dry. If they can’t do their job, the odds of water getting into your home spike dramatically. And there’s pretty much nothing worse for gutters than leaves. If you’ve ever climbed a ladder and seen the inside of your gutters, you’ll notice the hole leading down to the downspout in your gutter is quite small. Maybe 2-3 inches in diameter. It doesn’t take many leaves to completely clog that small hole. And when that happens, the water collected by your gutter will have nowhere to go and eventually overflow. If you’ve ever looked outside your window during a rain storm and have seen a waterfall pouring down, that’s what is happening. Why is that bad? Because the water is going to fall right next to your home’s foundation and pool up there. Why is that bad? Whether you have a pier and beam home, a slab foundation, or a basement, water next to your home is going to find its way through the concrete and into your property.
If you do nothing else this fall, please go out and clear your gutters. Or don’t, and tempt fate and end up with potentially very costly water damage. It’s the simplest and most effective way you can prevent home water damage. And sadly, it’s one of the most overlooked maintenance tasks for homeowners every year. That’s great for our business but really bad for homeowners that end up having to pay costly insurance deductibles for work that should have never been necessary.
Leaves prevent evaporation
When rain or snow falls, a large amount of moisture is introduced to your property. While some of it will run off the lawn and into the street and the on to a storm drain, a lot of it will soak into your yard. That is called groundwater, which in our business is called ‘an enemy’. While every environment has some ground water, certain types of soil and clay are more prone to collecting ground water. One thing that helps reduce the level of ground water in your lawn (and thus reduce the chances that ground water ends up soaking through your concrete foundation and into your home) is its ability to evaporate. And that’s where fallen leaves come into play. If your entire property has a layer of leaves covering it, any water that falls and seeps into your soil can’t evaporate. It gets trapped, allowing it to exert constant pressure on your home’s foundation. Over time, water wins. And that means you lose.
So do yourself a huge favor! Before the snow starts falling (or the rain if you live in the south), take a weekend and spend it getting leaves away from your home and out of your gutters. By just doing this, you’ve put yourself in so much better of a position to weather the winter and come out safe and dry!
If this knowledge comes too late, please don’t freak out. We can help, and we can make the process of fixing water damage in your home a lot easier and stress-free than you might think. Any time you call us our first step will be to come out and see what’s going on. As part of that step, we’ll do a full moisture diagnostic and determine how much water damage you have and what steps will need to be taken to fix the problem. While we are there, we will provide you with an estimate using industry-standard pricing. If you are happy with the estimate and trust our competency, we can begin work immediately and then work with your insurance adjuster to make sure your claim is dealt with appropriately (and in a timely manner).
Call SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby/Trimble/Spencer/Henry today to speak to a Mitigation Specialist. 502.241.6861
Protecting Your Important Documents From Water Or Fire
Protecting Your Important Records From Home Disasters
There are many different types of natural disasters that can damage your personal documents and important files. You should be sure to take special measures to keep home records safe from any type of disaster, including natural disasters. Disasters that are able to destroy home records that are not properly protected include fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods.
Why Is It So Important To Keep Personal Documents Safe?
Storing personal documents in a safe place not only protects homeowners from disasters but it also helps keep your identity protected. Disasters like floods and fires can strike at any time. Personal documents such as tax materials or bank statements are important to keep private.
Identities are stolen everyday, and if these documents are left lying around after a quick evacuation it makes it that much easier for the documents to slip into the wrong hands.
Other documents such as medical records and insurance policies are important for reference reasons. Keeping all personal documents safe either on the home’s property in a fire and waterproof safe, or in a safe deposit box at a bank, gives you peace of mind knowing that your documents are safely stored in case of a disaster.
There are several different types of personal records that should be stored in a safe place. Personal record items that should be stored safely include: tax records, bank statements, insurance policies, birth certificates, medical documents, and social security cards. Any types of records that are kept electronically should have a back up copy on a different device such as a CD or an external hard drive that is stored in an alternate place.
Understand Different Methods Of Safe Keeping
Safe keeping methods for personal documents come in many different forms. If you have personal documents in electronic form, make sure you have a back up of the documents on a CD or an external hard drive that is ideally kept in a different location. If you have old-fashioned hard copy files, there are a couple of different options for safe keeping. One of the most popular options for safe keeping of paper personal documents is a safe deposit box. Safe deposit boxes are located on an alternate property than the residence that helps ensure safety, especially in times of natural disaster.
Another option of safe keeping for personal documents that can be located at the home is a fire box. Fire boxes are boxes that can withstand heat up to a certain point that help keep documents safe during fires, but these boxes also lock. Documents can be locked away in the box and placed in a closet or under a bed in the home.
Understanding what documents to keep safe and the different methods available for safe storage are the right steps toward having what you need if your home is ever damaged by a flood, fire, severe storm or any other disaster.Water or Fire Damage In Your Home or Business?Contact SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby/Trimble/Henry Spencer today to speak to a Mitigation Specialist. 502.241.6861
How to Protect Yourself Against Electrical Hazards After A Disaster
How to Protect Yourself Against Electrical Hazards After a Disaster. After a natural disaster, you must take extreme care to avoid electrical hazards in your home, as well as elsewhere. Here’s how to protect yourself, your family and others:
- NEVER touch a fallen power line. Report it to the power company.
- During cleanup and other activities, avoid contact with overhead power lines.
- If downed power lines are in standing water, do not drive through it. Call, or ask someone else to call, the emergency services and the local utility company.
- If electrical equipment and electrical circuits are wet, or in or near water, switch the power off at the fuse on the service panel or the main breaker. Don’t walk in standing water to access the power switch; call an electrician to do it.
- Never switch the power on or off, or use an electrical appliance or tool, while standing in water. Don’t switch the power back on until all electrical equipment has been checked by an electrician.
- If you see sparks or frayed wiring when power is restored, or if there’s a burning smell but no visible fire, shut off the system at the main breaker immediately.
- Ask an electrician if it’s okay to use a power generator because, if the generator is online when service is restored, it could become a fire hazard and endanger the lives of the restoration workers.
At SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby we are a team of restoration, cleaning and remodeling professionals who offer disaster repair & cleaning for residential and commercial properties. We guarantee fast emergency response and the latest technology. Please contact us for more information. 502.241.6861
How DoesThe Hot Water Extraction Process Work
How Does The Hot Water Extraction Process Work
There are several techniques and methods to clean water damaged carpets. To ensure that a carpet is cleaned correctly, the process must be thorough and can take up to a couple of days, including the drying time. Although it may seem counter intuitive, sometimes the best way to clean water damage is to use more water. One of the most common methods to clean water damaged carpets is hot water extraction.
What is Hot Water Extraction?
Carpet fibers are usually densely woven, providing a comfortable walking surface when dry. These same fibers absorb a considerable amount of water when wet. Water damaged carpets need to be thoroughly cleaned and dried, otherwise residual moisture can lead to mold and mildew growth, structural damage, and lingering odors.
Hot water extraction is one of the most effective methods to clean water damaged carpets and restore them back to their original condition. This process utilizes extremely hot water, detergent, and a specialized brush and vacuum system to simultaneously deep clean and extract impurities from the carpet.
Hot water extraction can usually be done in a day, depending on the extent of the damage and whether a second treatment is needed.
The hot water extraction process:
- Carpet preconditioning: A high alkaline detergent is applied to the carpet surface.
- Agitation: A brush or other specialized equipment is used to help the detergent penetrate the carpet surface for thorough cleaning.
- Dwell time: The detergent must be given time to work for optimal cleaning; the duration varies depending on the type of detergent used.
- Cleaning: A specialized machine performs two actions at nearly the same time. First, a hot water and brush combination scrubs the carpet to loosen ground-in dirt and soil. The hot water sanitizes the carpet while the brush extracts deep stains and dirt. Then, a vacuum removes stains, moisture, dirt, and detergent. This step may be repeated several times depending on how dirty the carpet is.
- Drying: Despite how powerful the hot water extraction vacuums are, not all moisture can be removed from the carpet. Floor dryers, dehumidifiers, and standing fans are used to circulate the air and accelerate the drying process.
You may have heard of the term ‘steam cleaning’ before. In fact, ‘steam cleaning’ is a misnomer, and refers to the hot water extraction process. The terms are often used interchangeably.
Whether you call it steam cleaning or hot water extraction, the hot water extraction takes some time and patience, but can be very effective in cleaning and restoring water damaged carpets.
When Carpets Can’t Be Saved
Although the hot water extraction process is useful for most carpets, some carpets simply cannot be saved and must be discarded following water damage. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Exposure to raw sewage
- Exposure to black water
- Damage to the subfloor
- Structural damage below the carpet
Carpets which have been heavily soiled or exposed to sewage must be replaced, since bacteria and other pathogens may be present.
Can you DIY Clean Water Damaged Carpets?
If you are DIY enthusiast, you may be wondering if you can steam clean carpets yourself. The answer is that it depends.
DIY carpet cleaning can often be used to solve minor water damage to carpets. Rental steam cleaners are less powerful than commercial units. In addition, many of these machines do not have internal heating elements. Some may call for you to add separately heated water.
Professional carpet cleaners usually have truck-mounted hot water extraction units. These units are very powerful and heat water throughout the process. Professional carpet cleaning is recommended for severe and extensive water damage.
If not dealt with as quickly as possible, carpet water damage can lead to expensive problems such as structural damage, mold and mildew growth throughout the building, and more. It only takes a few hours before water damage begins to have long-term effects.
If you have a water damaged carpet following a leak or a flood, call SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby. Our technicians are on-call 24/7 to respond to late-night emergencies. 502.241.6861
Tobacco Smoke: Helpful Hints On Mitigating Damage
Does your home reek of tobacco smoke? Here are tips on how to remove the odor
It’s one thing to bring home smoke odor on your clothes and in your hair after a night of partying, but when that smell invades your home thanks to inconsiderate guests and their furtive smoking breaks, you must act quickly once they’re gone. Unfortunately, that smoky odor will permeate the fabrics in your home and will hold onto that odor, leaving you to smell it for days and weeks later.
You may not be able to easily remove all of the fabric from your home – particularly furniture, like a large sofa – but it’s very important to move all fabric items to an area unaffected by smoke, no matter how inconvenient. These items can include any decorative pillows, bedding, blankets, and especially curtains and drapes. If you have a washing machine that can handle large loads you should be able to run all of these items through a cold wash cycle with two (2) cups of vinegar added to the load.
Be sure to not use high heat to dry these items. The heat appears to reactivate the smoky smell, setting it permanently into the fabric. Instead, use a low heat or fluff cycle; if you can, line dry the items in the sun, which will be even more effective in removing the odor. And any light breeze along with the sunshine will be a bonus.
If you have a large, bulky item like a comforter, you may need to take it to your local dry cleaner. Put all of the smelly items into a trash bag and bring them to the cleaners; be sure to inform them that you require help in removing smoke odor. They can then use all of the professional techniques in their arsenal to banish the smoky smell. You may also want to include delicate items like curtains and window treatments. Window treatments can be expensive, so you don’t want to risk ruining them in your washing machine.
Once all of the items are washed and rid of the smoke odor, you don’t want to start the process all over again by returning them to a smoky home. Instead, put all of those clean items into fresh trash bags and store them in your garage or other area unaffected by smoky odor. You can return these items to their rightful locations once you have removed the odor from the home itself.
Remember that time is of the essence and these steps must be completed rather quickly. If you do one step without doing the others, the odor will simply redistribute itself around the home. If multiple rooms are affected, you’ll have to work on one room at a time. Once a room has been cleared of smoke, be sure to seal off the clean room as best you can. You don’t want smoky odor traveling to other areas – particularly an area you’ve just cleaned.
If you ever need help removing tobacco odors from the home, or need help mitigating a fire damage be sure to contact us as soon as possible. Dealing with carcinogens is never something that should be shrugged off as not a big deal. SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby prides itself on being a qualified and honest home restoration company.
Fourth Of July BBQ and Fire Safety Tips
Fourth of July BBQ and Fireworks Safety TipsJune 21st officially kicked off the beginning of summer. With summer already in full swing and many areas throughout the US being in extreme drought conditions and too dry, extra fire safety precautions for this Fourth of July weekend are a MUST! SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby offers these Fire Safety Tips.
• Never use gasoline to start BBQ grills
• Never dump hot coals in dumpsters
• If you are camping, be sure to check the regulations on fires. Many areas may be closed to all fires (including charcoal grills) due to extreme dry conditions
• Never leave a fire unattended and always be sure it is dead out when you leave
• When boating, always wear a Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device, and always have children closely supervised anytime they are around water
• If you want to include fireworks in your holiday celebration, check where professional displays will be held. Attending a professional fireworks display is the only legal way to celebrate the 4th of July,
Another great resource for Fireworks safety is The National Council on Fireworks Safety. Their article, "Be Fireworks Smart Before, During and After Your Consumer Fireworks Display" also offers helpful safety tips for firework safety. Remember to check your city or town's laws regarding fire safety and see if they have any rules regarding BBQ’s, cookouts and fireworks during this Fourth of July!
As always, Contact SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby for all your Mitigation needs. 502.241.6861
How to Stay Safe During A Thunderstorm
Thunderstorms can create hazards like lightning, flash flooding, tornadoes, strong winds, and hail. Did you know that, on average, lightning kills 51 people every year in the U.S.? Also, flash flooding is the deadliest thunderstorm-associated hazard, with more than 140 victims yearly. When a thunderstorm occurs, do you know what to do to stay safe? Find out below:
If you’re outdoors:
- Get inside a sturdy building. Don’t take shelter in small sheds, under isolated trees, in picnic areas, or in convertible automobiles.
- If a sturdy shelter is not available:
- Get inside a hardtop automobile and shut the windows. Don’t touch any surface in the vehicle that conducts electricity.
- Don’t attempt to drive to safety as most flash flooding deaths occur in automobiles.
- In a forest, take shelter under small trees surrounded by taller trees or find a dry, low area like a depression or ravine. Avoid lone trees and other tall structures.
- In an open area, find a low spot away from trees, fences, and poles. Become the smallest target possible — crouch down on your heels, head between the knees and ears covered. Minimize your contact with the ground and don’t lie down flat.
- If your city is prone to flash flooding or flooding, move to higher ground.
- Stay about 15 feet away from other people if you’re in a group.
- Stay out of water, off the beach, and get out of small boats or canoes.
- Avoid metal objects, such as clothes lines, and fences. Remove your backpack because it likely has metal pieces.
If you’re indoors:
- Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches. Stay in the inner rooms of the building, and keep drapes and blinds closed.
- Avoid using corded phones unless it’s an emergency. Cordless or mobile phones are safe to use.
- Don’t use electrical equipment or appliances. Unplug them in case of a power surge.
- Avoid water — don’t take a shower, wash your hands, wash dishes or do laundry. Stay out of the bathtub.
- Don’t lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls as the wire mesh in them can conduct electricity.
- Bring pets inside before the storm arrives.
For flood water damage repair and mold remediation service, contact your SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby at 502.241.6861.
Tips to Control Humidity In Your Home
Tips to Control the Humidity in Your Home
- Keep relative humidity below 55% throughout the entire house. If your thermostat doesn’t display humidity, use a hygrometer.
- Install exhaust fans in areas that produce high levels of moisture, such as the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room. Turn on the fans when cooking, showering, drying laundry, etc.
- Make sure that exhaust fans vent to the outside, and not in the attic or basement, where moisture can lead to mold infestation.
- Take shorter and colder showers and use a low flow shower head to decrease the amount of steam produced.
- When cooking, keep in mind that slow cookers release less steam. Also, cover pots with lids to trap in the steam.
- Keep firewood outdoors, as it contains considerable amounts of water that increases humidity if kept indoors.
- If the high humidity level in your home is hard to control, use a dehumidifier. Place them away from walls and furniture and don’t forget to close doors and windows when the dehumidifier is working.
- If the humidity level in your home is too low, consider purchasing a humidifier. Get one that’s appropriate for the size of your home.
- Reduce the number of plants in the home, as they actually release more moisture than they absorb. Make sure not to add too much water to the plants.
Ventilation is essential to reducing the amount of indoor humidity. For professional fire, water and mold restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby at 502.241.6861
Summer Heat Problems For Your Home
Although summers is one of the favorite times of the year, temperatures can really heat up during these days. With the heat problems will also occur more in your house. Here are a few problems that may happen and tips to help prevent them from being a big financial problem.
Summer heat and rain also force insects and rodents to find away for cover in your home. Bees, wasp, mosquitoes, ants, and other insects will find their way in your house.
Taking away the easy access points of entry to your home is the most important step for preventing insects from coming in. Proper screening of doors and windows will help prevent insects from coming in. Good weather stripping will also help.
Remove all standing water to prevent mosquitoes.
Other insects, such as bees, may make your home their home if they can find an existing space for themselves. Rodents will likely do the same, finding holes they can enter and creating nesting space. If you are noticing many insects or other pests in your home, it is necessary to find their access point by searching your home for holes or cracks.
Mold is one of the biggest problems of the summer due to moisture during long rain periods. Warmer air and higher humidity teamed up with summer rainfall can create the perfect habitat for mold to grow in homes. Mold can cause problems with breathing, damage property, and cause health problems.
Properly maintaining home ventilation and preventing spaces for moisture to collect, mold growth can be prevented.
If mold does begin to show in your home, the best chance for eliminating it is to call a professional. The professionals at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County specializes in Mold Remediation.
Basement flooding is a big problem in the summer for homeowners. With more rainy days in the summer moisture can find its way into your home's basement.
Cracks in the foundation or the ground may be too high, which allows water to pour down through windows or other openings.
Mold Or Water Damage In Your Home? Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County. 502.241.6861
SERVPRO Of Oldham/Shelby Specialties
Whether you need emergency flood restoration or just need your upholstery cleaned, SERVPRO of Oldham / Shelby County has advanced equipment and highly trained technicians to make it "Like it never even happened." We can help you with the following residential services:
Water Damage Restoration
Fire Damage Restoration
Storm Damage Restoration
SERVPRO Of Oldham/Shelby commercial services:
When your business operations are interrupted by fire or water damage, you need professional help to get your property back to business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of Oldham / Shelby County provides professional cleaning or emergency restoration services to get your business running smoothly again. We have the training, equipment, and resources to handle any size disaster. Learn more about our commercial services:
Commercial Water Damage
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Commercial Mold Remediation
Commercial Cleaning Services
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Home Heating Safety Tips
Home Heating Safety Tips
- Keep flammable materials at least three feet away from heating equipment, such as wood stoves, furnaces, and fireplaces.
- If you use fireplaces or portable heaters, establish a three-foot zone around them. Don’t allow children and pets to enter this zone.
- Never use an oven or gas-powered camping burner to heat up your home. This might result in carbon monoxide (CO) build-up.
- Have a trained technician install central heating equipment, stationary space heating equipment or water heaters according to local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
- Have your heating equipment and chimneys inspected and cleaned by a professional every year.
- Turn portable heaters off when going to bed or leaving the room.
- If you have a fuel-burning space heater, use only the type of fuel specified by the manufacturer.
- Have a mesh metal screen or fire screen installed to prevent embers from shooting out of your fireplace onto flammable material like carpets. Let ashes cool off before disposing of them. Put ashes in a metal container with a tight lid and store it outside the house.
- Make sure the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home are working well. Test the alarms monthly and replace batteries twice a year.
- Keep a multipurpose fire extinguisher close to an exit on every level of the home.
- If you smell gas in your gas heater, exit the home immediately and call your local fire department or gas company.
- Create a fire escape plan and practice it with everyone in the household. Establish all possible exits and escape routes in your home.
Water damage is another concern during the cold winter months. For water removal service or fire damage restoration, contact SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby/Trimble/Henry/Spencer/Carroll at 502.241.6861
Candle Fire Safety Guidelines
Whether you’re using candles to mark special events or create a charming atmosphere in your home, always remember that open flames are potential fire hazards. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly 10,000 residential fires are caused each year by careless use of candles. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when using real candles in your home:
- Burn candles in well-ventilated rooms. Don’t burn too many candles in a small room where air exchange is limited.
- Don’t burn candles in rooms with vents, drafts, fans or air currents to avoid rapid, uneven burning, flame flare-ups, and soot formation.
- Keep candles at least one foot away from flammable objects, such as furniture, curtains, paper, plants or electronics.
- Burn candles in sturdy candle holders and place them on horizontal, stable, and heat-resistant surfaces.
- Keep lit candles at least three inches apart to ensure that they don’t melt one another.
- Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
- Always supervise rooms with lit candles; blow them out if you leave the room or go to bed. Don’t use candles in bedrooms or other sleeping areas. Statistically, the most fires started by candles occur in the bedroom.
- Avoid burning candles all the way down — put out candles when there are at least two inches of wax left or ½ inch if they are in a container.
- Don’t move candles when they’re burning since wax can drip and cause injuries. Extinguish candles before moving them.
- Avoid using candles during a power outage. The risk of fire or injuries when using or handling candles in the dark is increased. Use flashlights and battery-powered lighting instead.
- Never use water to put out a candle to prevent hot wax from splashing. Use a candle snuffer to safely extinguish candles.
- Consider replacing burning candles with battery-operated flameless candles in your home. Most electrical candles look and smell like real candles.
Although candles are potential fire hazards in homes, cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires. For professional fire damage repair or smoke remediation services, contact SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby. 502.241.6861
7 Things that Cause Sump Pump Failure
7 Things that Cause Sump Pump Failure
1. Power Failure
The most common cause for sump pump failure is an electrical power outage. To prevent this, have a backup generator that can be manually activated. In the case that your primary pump mechanically fails, though, a generator cannot help in this situation. But in the event of a storm where the power is knocked out for any length of time, a backup generator can be a lifesaver.
On the same topic of power, some components of the sump pump may be vulnerable to damage from power surges. To prevent this, protect the entire electrical system from power surges with a service entrance surge protection device.
2. The Sump Pump is the Wrong Size
If you have an incorrectly sized pump, or if the pump is not installed properly, there will most likely be a problem. A small sump pump is often just as effective as a big one. When a sump pump is too big, the pump is forced to work harder, resulting in a shorter product lifespan. But if it’s too small, it may not be able to adequately pump out the water – again resulting in a shorter lifespan.
3. Improper Installation
Installing a sump pump must be done exactly right. Manufacturer’s instructions must be followed carefully for the installation in order to avoid severe water damage down the road. Most manufacturers recommend or require a check valve to be installed on the discharge line. If not installed, the back-flow of water can cause the pump impeller to rotate backwards and unscrew off the motor shaft. In this scenario, you will still hear the pump motor running, but it would not be pumping any water.
Most manufacturers require the drilling of a small air relief hole in the discharge line between the pump and the check valve which is intended to prevent the pump from having to overcome the air pressure in the discharge pipe. The discharge pipe must be of the required diameter.
Lastly, the sump pump pit should not be set in dirt or gravel. This causes debris to enter into your pump and can result in interference with the pump’s on/off switch or float arm.
4. Switch Problems
The leading mechanical cause of sump pump problems is a switch problem. This occurs when the pump shifts from its position inside the basin, rendering the float ineffective. Float is responsible for the smooth operation of the on/off switch. Your sump pump relies on both the switch and the float arm mechanisms to operate effectively.
5. Lack of Maintenance
Some pump manufacturers recommend the pump to be run every 2-3 months. Some recommend a yearly program completed just before the rainy season hits.
Here are some additional manufacturer recommendations:
- If there is a back-up pump, unplug the primary pump and run the back-up pump to make sure it works properly
- When testing your sump pump, go outside to make sure it is discharging water
- Sometimes the pump can run but not pump any water. This means the impeller has disengaged from the pump shaft or the check valve is installed backwards.
- Check the operation of the float to make sure it is not restricted
- Clean out the air hole in the discharge line
- Listen for any unusual noises when the motor is running
- Replace the battery on the back-up sump pump every 2 or 3 years
6. Frozen or Clogged Discharge Lines
If water cannot exit your home through the discharge line, your system will not work. It is important to keep the discharge pipe protected from freezing and free of sticks, dirt, rocks and other debris. Protecting the water’s exit point of the discharge pipe will keep debris and animals out of the system, making it optimal for your sump pump.
Grated covering will not stop the lines from freezing or becoming blocked by ice and snow. A special grated discharge line attachment should help; it is placed near your home on the discharge line. It includes openings that give water a way to flow out of the pipe if the line is blocked further down.
7. Product Defect
Though rare, product defect is always a possibility and does happen. It is wise to test the pump when it is initially installed to make sure the pump operates properly.
It’s All About the Maintenance
Don’t get me wrong, you cannot avoid all of these problems with maintenance. Let’s be honest – it’s a mechanical piece of equipment and mechanical pieces of equipment fail. It happens. But there’s no doubt that you can avoid many of these issues, and give a longer lifespan to the equipment by performing regular maintenance.
At the very least, follow these maintenance tips once per year. Some experts will even recommend that you do this every 2 months. Quarterly maintenance is probably the norm. It takes just a few minutes and can avoid some serious pains in the future.
- A vinegar solution can be run through the sump pump in order to clean it
- The pump will become free from tiny particles and debris which will allow the pump to run much cleaner
- This can be done by the homeowner and unless there is a serious problem, then you may need to call a professional.
- Make sure the sump pump’s float switch is not restricted in any way. If it is, it will cause the sump pump to not automatically kick on in case of a flood
- Lastly, clean all vents and air holes for maximum effectiveness
That’s it. Maintenance is super easy and keeps your home protected from water damage. Make this a part of your regular home improvement plan and you’ll surely save some money in your pocket by either putting off the purchase of a replacement sump pump for several years, or by avoiding water damage.
Water Damage due to Sump Pump Failure?? Call SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby at 502.241.6861
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How a Water Restoration Technician Assists After A Disaster
A water restoration technician has an extremely important job when a home is affected by excess moisture or fluid. Certified professionals in the industry can quickly reverse the extensive damage that a flood or sewage backflow can cause, and save as many items as possible in the process. And when dealing with contaminated fluids, especially when it has pooled in the home, only certified professionals should be allowed to manage the cleanup. Attempting to perform cleanup efforts without expert assistance can lead to injury or illness, both of which can be severe.
SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby's certified water restoration technicians are on call around the clock. As soon as a professional is on site, they will assess the situation and determine what items need immediate rescuing. If fluid has pooled in areas around the home, then pumps will be used to remove it.
The home will be dried using a configuration of heavy duty air movers and dehumidifiers. With the concerted drying efforts, the building will as good as new once professionals have completed their work.
When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of damage.
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Space Heaters Involved In 79 Percent Of Fatal Home Heating Fires
The following is provided by the National Fire Protection Association.
Published on February 11, 2010
Space heaters involved in 79 percent of fatal home heating fires
NFPA urges caution as peak time for heating fires continues AUDIO
Lorraine Carli, NFPA Vice President of Communications, talks about home heating safety: An introduction to NFPA's home heating report NFPA home heating survey results Leading factors contributing to home heating related fires? The issues of space heaters? Safety tips for home heatingFebruary 11, 2010
– While only 32 percent of home heating fires involve space heaters, they are involved in 79 percent of home heating fire deaths, according to the new report Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment
released today by the National Fire Protection Association
(NFPA). Heating equipment continues to be the second leading cause of home fires behind cooking and the second leading cause of home fire deaths behind smoking.
NFPA is urging caution and asking the public to practice safe heating behaviors as the peak time for home heating fires continues; half of all home heating fires occurred in December, January and February in 2003-2007.
“Half of fatal home space heater fires started because something was too close to the heater and ignited. Keep heaters and things that can burn at least three feet apart,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of communications. “Heating fires and the deaths they cause can usually be prevented with awareness and a few simple actions.”
The leading factor contributing to space heater fires in general was heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding. Other leading factors contributing to home space heater fires were failure to clean, which is principally related to creosote build-up in chimneys, and leaving an operating space heater unattended.
“Whether your chimney supports a wood or coal stove or just a fireplace, be sure to have it cleaned and inspected at least once a year to reduce your risk of having a fire,” added Carli. “And always turn off a portable space heater when you go to sleep or leave the room.”
In 2007, U.S. fire departments responded to 66,400 home structure fires that involved heating equipment. These fires killed 580 people, injured another 1,850, and were responsible for $608 million in direct property damage.
NFPA offers the following safety tips.
- Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
- Supervise children when a fireplace, fire pit, or other space heater is being used. Use a sturdy, metal screen to prevent contact burns, which are even more common than flame burns.
- All heaters need space. Keep things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.
- Use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
- Never use your oven for heating.
- Install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment, according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
- Have a qualified professional install the equipment.
- Make sure all fuel-burning vented equipment is vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. CO is created when fuels burn incompletely. CO poisoning can cause illness and even death. Make sure the venting for exhaust is kept clear and unobstructed. This includes removal of snow and ice around the outlet to the outside.
- Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms to avoid risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional.
Portable electric space heaters
- Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
- Use and purchase portable space heaters with an automatic shut off so if they’re tipped over they will shut off.
- Place space heater on solid, flat surface.
- Plug power cords directly into outlets and never into an extension cord.
- Inspect for cracked or damaged, broken plugs or loose connections. Replace before using.
Fuel burning space heaters
- Always use the proper fuel as specified by the manufacturer.
- When refueling, allow the appliance to cool and refuel outside or in a well-ventilated area.
- When using the heater, open a window to ensure proper ventilation.
- In portable kerosene or other liquid-fueled space heaters, always use the proper grade of the proper fuel.
- All new unvented gas-fired space heaters have an oxygen depletion sensor that detects a reduced level of oxygen in the area where the heater is operating and shuts off the heater before a hazardous level of carbon monoxide accumulates. If you have an older heater without this feature, replace it.
- If the pilot light of your gas heater goes out, allow 5 minutes or more for the gas to go away before trying again, do not allow gas to accumulate, and light the match before you turn on the gas to the pilot to avoid risk of flashback.
- If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not attempt to light the appliance. Turn off all the controls and open doors and window. Call a gas service person.
Wood burning stoves
- Install the stove, chimney connectors and chimneys following manufacturer’s instructions or have a professional do the installation.
- Wood stoves should bear the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
- In wood stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood. In pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets.
- Start the fire with newspaper or kindling, never with a flammable liquid, such as lighter fluid, kerosene or gasoline.
- Keep the doors of your wood stove closed unless loading or stoking the live fire.
- Allow ashes to cool before disposing. Dispose of ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from the home and any other nearby buildings. Douse and saturate with water.
- Chimneys and vents need to be cleaned and inspected at least once a year.
NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.
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SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile
SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile
The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.
It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen! Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.
Are you “Ready for whatever happens?”
Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.
The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program. Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company.
By working with SERVPRO® of Oldham/Shelby/Trimble/Henry to develop your personalized EmergencyREADY Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 20 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.
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of Your Facility!
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
Carpets and Upholstery Cleaning
Even the highest-quality items can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery.
Today's carpet and upholstery materials vary dramatically. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.
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SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby also offers a range of specialized cleaning methods:
- Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
- Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
- Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
- Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
- Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.
Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.
IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.
Preventative maintenance actions include:
- Regular vacuuming
- Spot removal
- Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
- Pilating the carpet to prevent matting.
- Using Walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet
Professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.
SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 21 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today.
Flipping a light switch. Plugging in a coffeemaker. Charging a laptop computer. These are second nature for most of us. Electricity makes our lives easier. However, we need to be cautious and keep safety in mind.
Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician.
When you are buying or remodeling a home, have it inspected by a qualified inspector.
Only use one heat-producing appliance (such as a coffee maker, toaster, space heater, etc.) plugged into a receptacle outlet at a time.
Major appliances (refrigerators, dryers, washers, stoves, air conditioners, etc.) should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Extension cords and plug strips should not be used.
Arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) shut off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs. Consider having them installed in your home. Use a qualified electrician.
Use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to reduce the risk of shock. GFCIs shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the home in bathrooms, kitchens, garages and basements. All outdoor receptacles should be GFCI protected.
Test AFCIs and GFCIs once a month to make sure they are working properly.
Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use. Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets so you don’t have to use extension cords.
Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture. There should be a sticker that indicates the maximum wattage light bulb to use.
Important Reminder Call a qualified electrician or your landlord if you have:
• Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers • A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance • Discolored or warm wall outlets • A burning or rubbery smell coming from an appliance • Flickering or dimming lights • Sparks from an outlet.
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Why Should I Have My Ducts Cleaned?
Indoor Air Quality
“Improve the air you breathe. ” Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are accumulating dust and debris... ... and become breeding grounds for a variety of health threats such as dander, dust, pollen, mold and mildew.
Promote Air Safety
Commercial air duct cleaning is a must, because air is flowing into almost every room, floor, meeting rooms and social areas, in the building or hotel through the heating and air conditioning system. Regular commercial air duct cleaning services help promote the health and safety of employees. The HVAC system of a buildings structure has become widely recognized as an Air Quality concern. The benefits of cleaning commercial air ducts of microbiological contaminants include creating a healthy and safe environment for employees, residents or occupants.
Recommended HVAC Air Duct Cleaning Schedule
To prevent negative health effects, Priority Building Services is committed to help you achieve and maintain clean air in your workplace with scheduled HVAC air duct cleaning services using industrial air duct cleaning equipment. Priority Building Services adopts NADCA recommended schedule for HVAC cleaning:
The cost benefits involve
- Improving HVAC system efficiency
- Increasing energy savings
- Prolonging the life of the entire HVAC system & equipment. Proper cleaning to increase air quality can also help prevent costly repairs and litigation.
Why SERVPRO? Insurance Resources
SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby Professionals understands your situation. As an agent or adjuster, you have a responsibility to keep claims costs down while still providing the best services possible for your customers.
SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby’s Franchise Professionals are uniquely qualified to help. Our results create a measurable difference, giving you many competitive advantages.
Emergency Response to Claims
Restoring property is SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby’s first priority. Your customer will appreciate the immediate response and you will know everything is being done to limit the damage.
Pretesting Reduces Claims Expense
Restoring property is less expensive than replacing property. Claims Professionals know the rule is, "Restore whenever possible, replace only when necessary." SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby ensures that pretesting is completed on every loss to determine restorability.
Claims Inventory Service
SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby can provide an itemized loss inventory.
Superior, Time-Tested Training
Effective training is the best way to help ensure your customers receive the service they deserve. SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby is trained to IICRC standards in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration.
Serving Adjusters and Their Clients
SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby knows your job is to interpret the policy and adjust the claim... and not to deal with problems from vendors! Working together we strive to save you time so you can focus on priority files, while having complete control of every loss you are assigned. 24-hour emergency response, damage mitigation, and loss assessment are available to you within hours. Our Franchise Professionals’ documented, measured performance increases value to you and your shareholders, managers and customers.
Hard-earned results have made SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby leaders in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry in our counties. The SERVPRO System is geared to achieve customer satisfaction and mitigation results, adding to your company’s competitive advantage.
A Fast Response Is Crucial
Faster To Any Size Disaster
24 Hour Emergency Service
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provide emergency water restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.
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A Fast Response Is Crucial
In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency.
An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately.
Water Damage Timeline
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
- Drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to swell and crack.
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
- A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Wood flooring swells and warps.
- Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
- Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
Protect Your Investment
The following is provided by the U.S Department of Homeland Security.
In addition to emergency planning and communicating with employees, there are steps you can take to safeguard your company and secure your physical assets.
Review Insurance Coverage:
Inadequate insurance coverage can lead to major financial loss if your business is damaged, destroyed or simply interrupted for a period of time. Insurance policies vary so check with your agent or provider about things such as physical losses, flood coverage and business interruption. Understand what your policy covers and what it does not.
Prepare for Utility Disruptions:
Businesses are often dependent on electricity, gas, telecommunications, sewer and other utilities. You should plan ahead for extended disruptions during and after a disaster. Speak with service providers about potential alternatives and identify back-up options such as portable generators to power the vital aspects of your business in an emergency.
Secure Facilities, Buildings and Plants: While there is no way to predict what will happen or what your business' circumstances will be, there are things you can do in advance to help protect your physical assets. Install fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and detectors in appropriate places. Secure ingress and egress and plan for mail safety. Plan what you will do if your building, plant or store is not usable. Secure valuable equipment. And make sure your buildings Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) system is working properly and is well-maintained. You should also determinge if you can feasibly upgrade the building's filtration system as a means of protection from biological and some other airborne threats.
Improve Cyber Security:
Protecting your data and information technology systems may require specialized expertise, but even the smallest business can be better prepared. Use anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date. Don't open email from unknown sources. Use hard-to-guess passwords. Protect your computer from Internet intruders by using firewalls. Back up your computer data and download security protection updates known as patches regularly. Subscribe to U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Cyber Alert System, www.us-cert.gov to receive free, timely alerts.
An investment in planning today will not only help protect your business investment and your likelihood, but will also support your employees, customers and stake-holders, the community, the local economy and even the country. Get ready now.
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Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing & Industrial
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Commercial Building Restoration Services
We are available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:
Commercial Building Cleaning Services
Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on a SERVPRO Franchise Professional to get the job done right the first time. They’ll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best. Learn more about our Commercial Cleaning Service.
Emergency Supplies for any Disaster
The following content is provided by The U.S Department of Homeland Security.
When preparing for emergency situations, it's best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth. Encourage everyone to have a portable emergency supply kit customized to meet their personal needs, such as the inclusion of essential medications. Talk to your co-workers about what emergency supplies the company can feasibly provide, if any, and which ones individuals should consider keeping on hand. Recommended emergency supplies include: water, food, both a battery-powered radio and a NOAA weather radio with an alert function, extra batteries, a flashlight, first aid kit, whistle, wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, filter mask plastic sheeting and duct tape in the event of airborne chemical hazards and moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties or personal sanitation.
Keep copies of important records such as site maps, building plans, insurance policies, employee contact and identification information, back account records, supplier and shipping contact lists, computer backups, emergency or law enforcement contact information and other priority documents in a waterproof, fireproof container. Store a second set of records at an off-site location.
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Every Business Should Have A Plan- Part One
The following is provided by the U.S Department of Homeland Security.
Preparing Makes Good Business Sense.
How quickly your company can get back to business after a terrorist attack or tornado, a fire or flood often depends on emergency planning done today. While the U.S Department of Homeland Security is working hard to prevent terrorist attacks, the regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency. While recognizing that each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if it plans carefully, puts emergency procedures in place, and practices for all kinds of emergencies. This guide outlines common sense measures business owners and managers can take to start getting ready. A commitment to planning today will help support employees, customers, the community, the local economy and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance to survival. Every business should have a plan. Get ready now.
Plan to Stay in Business
Business continuity planning must account for both man-made and natural disasters. You should plan in advance to manage any emergency. Be prepared to assess the situation, use common sense and available resources to take care of yourself, your co-workers and your business' recovery.
Risk assessment can be a sophisticated area of expertise that ranges from self-assessment to an extensive engineering study. Your organization's risk needs will vary according to the specific industry, size, scope and location of your individual company. Start by reviewing your business process flow chart if one exists, to identify operations critical to survival recovery. Carefully assess your internal and external functions to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating. You should also establish procedures for succession of management.
Include co-workers from all levels in planning and as active members of the emergency management team. Make a list of your most important customers and proactively plan ways to serve them during and after a disaster. Also identify key suppliers, shippers, resources and other businesses you must interact with on a daily basis. A disaster that shuts down a key supplier can be devastating to your business.
Plan what you will do if your building, plant or store is not accessible. Talk with your staff or co-workers and frequently review and practice what you intend to do during and after an emergency. Just as a business changes over time, so do your preparedness needs. Review and update your plans at least annually and inform your employees of the changes.
Emergency Planning for Employees: Your employees and co-workers are business' most valuable asset. Two-way communication is central before, during and after a disaster. Include emergency information in newsletters, on your company intranet, in periodic employee emails and/ or other communication tools. Designate an out of town phone number where employees can leave an "I'm okay" message in a catastrophic disaster. If you have employees with disabilities or special needs, ask them what assistance if any they require.
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Residential Cleaning Services
Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. The residential cleaning services performed by SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby will not only ease the burden of the constant maintenance of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.
You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."
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Residential Cleaning Services include:
Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
The SERVPRO carpet and upholstery cleaning service will not only get out the dirt you see, but will also remove the unwanted dust you don’t. A professionally cleaned carpet and furniture may make all the difference in brightening up a room and freshening up your home.
Air Duct Cleaning
We all have tasks around the house that don’t make it to the top of our priority list. Properly maintaining your home’s air ducts should not be one of them. Regular duct cleaning can increase your home’s heating and cooling efficiency and improve the quality of the air you and your family breathe.
Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home. Take advantage of SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors.
Sewage and Biohazard Clean Up
SERVPRO experts are ready to assist in the clean up of sewage and other biohazard materials and provide deep cleaning services for your home. Find out more about our franchise professionals.
Be READY with the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program
National Preparedness Month is the perfect opportunity to share the benefits of having the readiness plan in place with your customers, business and family.
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens."
In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile, can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including: Emergency Contact Information, Shut-off Valve Locations and Priority Areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.
The ERP establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 45 years experience and a System more than 1700 Franchises strong. Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is key to quick response and timely mitigation. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.
Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.
The ERP is no cost assessment, all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional to establish your Emergency READY Profile.
National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month. In recent years, many different types of disasters have affected the United States. Flooding, tornado's, hurricanes, wildfires, and blizzards are natural disasters that can threaten your home, business and community. During National Preparedness Month, SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County want you and your customers to be aware of the steps to help prepare for Mother Nature's worst.
For more information on disaster preparedness, visit www.ready.gov, or SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby. Our team can help your business prepare for the unexpected by creating an Emergency Ready Profile for your facility. The Profile is designed to be a quick and easy snapshot of your business providing critical facility information needed for detailed emergency preparation.
The time to prepare for a disaster is now. Call SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby to ensure that your business is "READY for whatever happens."
10 Ways You Can BE PREPARED
If disaster strikes, will you be ready? It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs. Consider the following steps to help you better prepare for an emergency situation.
Sign up for local alerts and warnings in Oldham and Shelby County. You can also download apps, and/or check access for wireless alerts.
Develop and test emergency communication plans.
Assemble or update emergency supplies.
Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
Participate in a preparedness discussion, training, or class.
Collect and safeguard critical documents.
Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
Protect your business by having an EMERGENCY READY PLAN in place. Contact us at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby to schedule with a Sales and Marketing Representative today.
Professional Carpet Cleaning
Professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today. With over 1,650 Franchises nationwide, there’s a SERVPRO Professional nearby and ready to serve you.
"Call the Professionals"
There's no such thing as a small disaster-especially when the water you don't see contains bacteria or can cause mold, rot and other unseen damage. Water damage can affect the value of your property. Before you get out the mop bucket and try to clean it yourself, consider how the damage can affect property.
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals know how disruptive water damage can be for your business. Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained and equipped to manage the drying process. By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your building will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards, which will help prevent secondary water damages. With rapid response time and a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can help you regain control quickly, ensuring your facility and its contents are properly dried deodorized and protected.
The SERVPRO Brand
SERVPRO's network of more than 1,700 Franchises is ready to help in the event a fire, water or mold loss occurs. Call on a restoration system serving insurance companies and their insureds, as well as thousands of commercial property owners nationwide. You can trust the SERVPRO Brand, too!
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With WEA, alerts can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm's way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a service. WEA may share:
- Extreme weather warnings.
- Local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action.
- AMBER Alerts.
-Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.
Visit www.ctia.org/wea to learn more about Wireless Emergency Alerts including how to determine if your mobile device is WEA-capable.
Tools to Keep you Safe
One of the best precautions you can take is to purchase a good quality weather radio. A weather radio is designed to alert you to potentially dangerous weather situations, like an approaching tornado. It allows you to be warned ahead of storms, providing you time to seek shelter. A weather radio is the most reliable source for weather alerts. Weather radios have made many advancements over the years and are very afforable. Most basic weather radios average around $30 and can be programmed to only alert you for the weather alerts you choose.
When shopping for a weather radio, look for the key following key features.
-Specific Area Encoding
- Ease of programming
If you need help programming your radio contact your local National Weather Service office for additional information, including county codes for your state, visit the NOAA Weather Radio website at www.nws.gov/nwr.
Shocking Facts about Lightning
Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Though the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only around 1 in 500,000, some factors can put you at greater risk for being struck. Here are a few lightning safety tips.
- Be aware. Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.
- Go indoors. Remember the phrase, "When thunder roars, do indoors." Find a safe enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.
-Avoid windows, doors, porches, and concrete. Do not lie on the concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
Building an Emergency Supply Kit
When disaster strikes it is far better to be prepared as much as possible. The following are items suggested for your Emergency Supply Kit.
- Water (1 gallon per person, per day)
- Food (non-pershable 3-day supply)
- Manual Can opener
- Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First Aid Kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust Masks or bandanas
- Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Hygiene Items
- Important documents
- Fire Extiguisher
- Matches in a water proof container
Be Storm Smart Be Storm Ready
Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms:
- 10,000 severe thunderstorms
- 5,000 floods or flash floods
- 1,000 tornadoes
- 2 landfalling deadly hurricanes
Know your risk. The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can effect where you live.
Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business.
In any weather event SERVPRO is here to help.
The CLEANUP TEAM
When disaster threatens, it is often too late to take the necessary steps to prepare homes, businesses and family members for the situation. Whether it's a blizzard, flood, hurricane or wildfire, disasters of all types often give little to no warning before they strike. The time to prepare for a disaster is now. No matter what part of the country you call home, we want to help ensure you are prepared for any type of disaster. Whether you have damage caused by a hurricane, tornado, flash flood, or any other reason, your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the resources, experience and training to help get your doors reopened for business as soon as possible.
Are you Ready?
According to the latest research, as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster,. 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 of 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.
Resolve to be READY
Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following the disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes. Call your local SERVPRO Franchise proffesionals to establish your Emergency READY Profile, and be "Ready for whatever happens" in 2016