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Summer Grilling Safety Tips

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

Grill Safety to consider when breaking out your inner backyard culinary skills.

July is a peak month for summer grilling fires.  The Memorial Day weekend is approaching quickly, it’s time to dust off the grills and let the inner backyard culinary skills to work.  As exciting as it is to break out the grill for the official start of the summer season right, we have to always consider the safety that needs to be taken when preparing to light up the grill.

NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) says that the U.S. fire department responded to an average of 8,900 home fire that involved the use of grills, hibachis, or barbecues per year.  These 8,900 fires caused annual averages of 10 civilian deaths, 160 injuries, and $118 million in direct property damage. Almost all the losses resulted from structure fires. The leading causes of grill fires were a failure to properly cleaning of the grill, placement of the grill because it was placed to close to a structure, and leaving the grill unattended. Five out of six (83%) of grills involved in home fires were fueled by gas while 13% used other sources of fuel.

Precautions to take while grilling

Propane:

  • Stay alert when grilling. Avoid grilling when you are tired or have consumed too much alcohol.
  • Do Not leave your grill unattended.
  • Keep the grill in a place that is free from flammable items and away from porch rails, and low lying branches.
  • Keep children and pets as far away from the grill as possible
  • Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.

NOTE: A light soap and water solution applied to the hose is a great way to check for leaks. You can often smell a propane leak, but propane will also release bubbles when the soap and water solution is applied. If you detect a leak, turn the gas tank and grill off. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.

  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before igniting.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately move away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
  • If the flames go out for any reason, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it.
  • Keep your grill clean by regularly removing grease or fat buildup from the grates and trays below.

Charcoal grill safety tips to consider:

  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid to the flames.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • Electric charcoal starters do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container with a lid.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (502) 897-3608

Happy Valentine's Day Bunco

2/1/2017 (Permalink)

Community Happy Valentine's Day Bunco Valentine Bunco Winners

Thank you to all of the ladies who came out to roll the dice at our monthly bunco!  We LOVE you all and thank you for supporting SERVPRO of East Louisville.  We wish all of you happiness on Valentine's Day!

Water in the Winter

1/17/2017 (Permalink)

As the area’s weather is still ever changing from the 10’s to the 40’s, we may see on and off again snowfall, melting snow, and then again frozen. This can at times wreck havoc on your property. Water intrusions can happen through the roof, walls, windows, or any area not completely sealed---not to mention leaking appliances or broken pipes.

If there is ever a time water damage is noticed, no clean up is “too small”. It is important to address any and all water/moisture issues. The water you see, or not see for that matter, if its trapped in insulation or behind a wall surface, can contain bacteria, cause mold, rot, odor, or other unseen damage. No matter the size, call in one of our professionals for free to do an initial free assessment/ estimate of the damage.

Remember Safety first when it comes to water cleanup. If you can, prevent further damage on your own while waiting for one of our professional team members. If not we will follow up on- site quickly to…

  1. Identify the source/ type of water
  2. Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis
  3. Survey the Extent of Damage and inspect the premises.
  4. Perform Emergency Water Extraction.
  5. Apply necessary Treatments.
  6. Utilize drying equipment and monitor drying

We will work with you and your insurance company, if you have opened a claim, throughout the water remediation process.

REMEMBER don’t let water of any type sit- call us in and we will be there!

Do You Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Southeast Jefferson County Today – (502) 491-8666

 

Frozen pipe prevention

1/6/2017 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes are a sure way to water damage in your home, but how do you prevent frozen pipes in the winter? Our friends at American Family Insurance share some great tips on keeping your pipes from freezing.

The best way to prevent your home’s pipes from freezing is to keep them from being exposed to the cold. Here’s how:

  • Cover exposed pipes in crawl spaces or attics with insulation sleeves.
  • Re-route pipes to an inside wall.
  • Use caulking to seal cracks in the foundation or walls that let cold air in.
  • Disconnect garden hoses and turn off the water supply to spigots.
  • Keep cabinet doors open below your sinks to allow warm air in.

Other ways you can winterize your home from frozen pipes remove all the hoses from the outside water supply.  Once you have drained and stored the hose away, open up the outside valve.  This will allow the remaining water to drain and allows the pipe to expand without breaking. You should also consider a pipe sleeve to install over the outside water line to insulate and keep ice from forming. 

The American Red Cross gives great ideas on preventative action during cold weather to consider to keep your pipes from freezing as well.

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

There are many way to keep your home safe from winter pipe breaks.  Please feel free to reach out to SERVPRO of East Louisville at (502) 897-3608 if you need any help with your home.  

 

The Importance of Mold Remediation for Your Home in East Louisville

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Importance of Mold Remediation for Your Home in East Louisville Hidden Mold

In Louisville, SERVPRO Answers the Call for Mold Remediation

Once you become aware that mold is growing in your Sequoyah Hills home, removing the fungus should be your biggest priority.  Mold remediation specialists state that mold can put your health at risk while also compromising the structural integrity of your property. Mold removal is not a DIY project. Rule of thumb is if there is about 10 square feet or more of mold growth, don't attempt mold remediation on your own. Play it safe and hire a professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO.

Mold is a fungus that grows throughout nature. In the event that your house becomes moist and wet, conducive conditions are now in place for mold proliferation. The airborne spores that are naturally in your home will develop into strings of colonies that bloom into large areas of mold patches. Mold can show up in the form of black spots, blue, green, white or even red staining on porous surfaces. Discoloration on your walls and ceilings also present other problems.

Another danger of mold on your property is the threat of health hazards. Mold can cause allergic reactions and also precipitate unwanted symptoms like runny noses, watery eyes, and sneezing. Additionally, mold can cause respiratory issues and lung complications. Mold can leave an unpleasant odor as it permeates through walls, flooring and HVAC ductwork throughout your home. This musty odor is endemic to outbursts of mold growth. Masking the odor does not solve the underlying problem. Identifying and eliminating odors are for the technically trained experts.

The Importance Of Hiring Professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO

Although some homeowners are inclined to attempt the mold removal process on their own, this strategy is not advisable. Once you go beyond fungi on the bathroom tiles or a small patch under the kitchen sink, it is time to consider seriously professional assistance. Professional mold remediation experts will use specialized equipment that demands expert handling for mold containment, air filtration, and cleaning. They will also identify and eliminate most present mold to ensure that your home is restored to its original safe, sanitary condition.

Call SERVPRO of East Louisville Today

When you realize that mold has invaded your home in Louisville, it is important that you take action immediately. When it's time to call the right company to remedy unwanted mold, SERVPRO of East Louisville is the company to trust. With over 1,650 franchises and over 57 years of industry experience, our IICRC-certified technicians possess the expertise and training necessary to optimize the mold removal process for you.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in Louisville too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of East Louisville. Call us for help. (502) 897-3608.

Does your East Louisville Home Have a Mold Problem?

9/8/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does your East Louisville Home Have a Mold Problem? Got mold?

Mold Removal For East Louisville

Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation in East Louisville educes the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call Us Today – (502) 897-3608

We are proud to be an active member of this community. SERVPRO of East Louisville is locally owned and operated, so we’re already nearby and ready to help East Louisville residents and business owners with any size mold contamination.

Fire Damage Cleanup And Restoration Company For East Louisville

8/25/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Cleanup And Restoration Company For East Louisville Fire Damaged Home

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of East Louisville will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Fire or Smoke Damage?
Call Us Today – (502) 897-3608

We are proud to be an active member of this community. SERVPRO of East Louisville is locally owned and operated so we’re already nearby and ready to help East Louisville residents and business owners with any-sized fire and smoke damage emergencies.

What Happens If Your Tree Falls on Your Neighbor's House?

8/11/2016 (Permalink)

General What Happens If Your Tree Falls on Your Neighbor's House? What Happens If Your Tree Falls on Your Neighbor's House?

What Happens If Your Tree Falls on Your Neighbor's House?

In most cases, if your tree falls on your neighbor’s property, they will need to make a claim on their home’s insurance policy. If you were notified the tree needed to be removed before it actually fell and caused damage, you would then need to file a liability claim on your insurance

SERVPRO of EAST LOUISVILLE can handle emergency tree removal safely and quickly. We ensure that your property is secure by performing any tarp and board-up services needed. Remember After any storm damage or water damage situation in Louisville, your primary focus should be safety first:

•   Is it safe to stay in the house?

•   Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.

•  Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

•  Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

As a trusted leader in the water damage restoration industry, SERVPRO of East Louisville has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. "Like it never happened". Contact us for more information.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (502) 897-3608

Cleaning Hints and Tips

8/4/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Cleaning Hints and Tips Helpful Cleaning Tips from SERVPRO of East Louisville

Cleaning Hints and Tips

Crayon on walls: Pour a little dry-cleaning solvent on a soft towel (terrycloth works best). Start my blotting. If stain does not completely gone, rub gently, ensuring you feather outward from the center. This will work on most surfaces except antique wallpaper. You can also try one of the Mr. Clean sponges- the type you dampen before using. These sponges work great on many soils on both flat and semi/gloss painted surfaces.

Blood Stains (washable fabrics, carpet and upholstery only): Soak with cold water for about 30 minutes. If stain remains mix a little water with some unseasoned commercial meat tenderizer (this breaks down the protein in the blood). Soak for about 15 minutes, and then rinse with cold water. Allow to air dry- do not use a hair dryer, it may cause fabric to shrink.

Glass Cleaner: For best results use either crumpled newspaper or pages from a phone book.

Lightly Soiled Glass: ½ cup lemon juice, 1 gallon distilled water

Extremely Dirty Glass: 1 tablespoon household ammonia, 3 tablespoons denatured alcohol or vinegar, 1 quart warm water

All Purpose Cleaner: Dampen a sponge in the mixture, wipe surface. This is a mild abrasive, do not use on glass, chrome or other polished type of surfaces.

¼ cup baking Soda, 1 quart of warm water

Furniture Polish: Use a spray bottle to apply to wood surfaces, wipe clean with a soft cloth.

1 teaspoon lemon oil, 1 pint mineral oil

Brass and Copper Cleaner: Apply paste to item and let stand for 15 minutes. Wipe/buff clean using a soft white cloth. Make sure you turn the cloth so you are using a clean area at all times.

1 teaspoon salt, 1 cup vinegar, Enough flour to make a paste

Red Wine Stains: First try step 1, if stain remains try step 2. Remember, always blot, never rub the carpet or faberic. Rubbing damages the fibers, which may cause the stain to set. Once the stain has stopped transferring to the cloth, blot area with ¼ teaspoon dishwashing liquid in one-cup water. Follow up with a clean water rinse. Always allow the area to air dry.

Step #1: Soak area with either club soda or white wine. Allow to set for 5 minutes. Blot area with clean white cloth until the stain stops transferring to the cloth.

Step #2: Mix ? cup white vinegar and ? cup water. Blot in the same manner as above.  

Coffee or Fruit Juice Stains on hard-surface flooring (not for wood or laminate flooring): Soak a clean white towel in the mixture below. Place the towel over the stain for several hours. Repeat up to 4 times. Rinse area clean with warm water.

1- part Glycerine

3- parts warm water

BBQ Grill or Oven Racks: Place rack in a large black plastic trash bag. Pour enough ammonia to cover all areas. Tie bag closed and allow to sit for at least 24-hours. It is best to do this outside to prevent the smell of ammonia from entering your living areas. Remove bag and hose off. Wipe BBQ grill racks with the rinsing mixture listed above for red wine stains (This is to remove any remaining ammonia residue). 

Smoke Alarms: When you vacuum your carpet, vacuum the outside of all your alarms. When you change the batteries (Spring and Fall), vacuum the inside of the alarm.

Ballpoint-ink Stains: Place the garment stain side-down on a clean white towel and blot the area from the backside with a clean-white cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol can remove ink stains on cloths. By blotting from the backside of the fabric, the stain is pulled away from the surface, which increases the chance of its removal.

Mold or Mildew:  Spray mixture on surface and allow to set for 10 minutes. Wipe surface with a cloth damped with mixture. To remove residue and odor of bleach, rinse surface with warm soapy water.

1 part bleach, 10 parts warm water

Candle Wax on Carpet: First try step 1, if stain remains try step 2. Remember, always blot, never rub the carpet or fabric. Rubbing damages the fibers, which may cause the stain to set. Once the stain has stopped transferring to the cloth, blot the area with ¼ teaspoon dishwashing liquid in one-cup water. Follow up with a clean water rinse. Always allow the area to air dry.

Step #1: Fill a pot with ice and place on the wac until it is frozen solid, and then hit the wax with a hammer. Use a vacuum to remove the small pieces of wax.

Step #2: Place a brown paper bag or clean white towel over the wax and heat with a warm (not hot) iron. Move the towel or bag to a clean area a few times. Continue until the wax is gone.

Pet Stains (Urine or Vomit): Nature’s Miracle. You can find it at most large pet stores.

Need Cleaning Services?
Call SERVPRO of East Louisville Today – (502) 897-3608

Mold Damage Shouldn't be Left to Ruin Your Home's Interior

7/28/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Has the Certifications to Deal With Mold Damage

Mold can quickly grow with only a slight rise in humidity. Many homeowners find themselves struggling to combat the smells and odors mold produces on an ongoing basis. This will never win the battle against mold. The spores can remain dormant for extended periods of time; mold is a tough enemy to conquer. 

Another reason mold is so difficult to eliminate is because the spores are so tiny, they can become airborne, and then settle almost anywhere. They are carried by air currents, insects, and even on your pet's fur. In Halcyon, mold damage can take place in any home or office. The effects can range from discoloration of walls and ceilings, ruining of books and papers, (including important documents, items printed on low-acid paper, and photographs), and also causing carpets and other textiles to smell musty. 

Understanding Mold is the First Step in Eliminating It 

Mold is not a virus or bacteria, but it is still a pathogen that can cause adverse health effects. This is because it can be breathed in, come in contact with your skin through different ways, such as wearing clothing that contains mold, or from sitting on upholstered furniture that is saturated with mold. Mold is not only what you can see visibly, but also the spores that are released into the air. This is what can cause the musty odor many people associate with mold growth

If any spores are left behind after cleaning, it is only a matter of time before it will begin to grow and spread through your home or business again. Not only must any excess humidity be removed and things aired out, all possible areas that may contain spores need to be professionally cleaned. SERVPRO professionals are technicians and specialized cleaning crews who have had extensive training in the clean-up and elimination of mold and its spores. Having IICRC training and certification prepares us for heavy mold infestations that can ruin many of your belongings. 

We Are Experienced in Eliminating Mold Growth, as well as Cleaning and Refurbishing Many Different Materials 

Painting after cleaning is one way to eliminate mold's hold over your home. Other ways include using special cleaners and detergents that are designed to deodorize your home's textiles and carpets. These not only keep the smell away, but they also eliminate mold's foothold, preventing it from recurring. If mold has been affecting the enjoyment of your home or business, make a call to us at SERVPRO of East Louisville at (502) 897-3608, and we'll have your home or office smelling clean and fresh again.