Fire Damage at Downtown Louisville Apartment Building
SERVPRO of East Louisville was called to Baptist Towers in Downtown Louisville to cleanup after a fire broke out in a unit on the 17th floor. Our crews were on site right away to assess the damage and start working on the cleanup and remediation.
Our Professionals carefully inspected and tested adjoining rooms of the property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. Our crews set up dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.
Our technicians use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
Our team had to carry equipment up 17 flights of stairs because the elevators were compromised from the fire and water. There were a total of 52 units affected from this loss.
Storm in Granite City Illinois
Freak storm wasn’t only cause of flooding in Granite City. Here are the other problems.
SERVPRO of East Louisville sent a Storm Team to Granite City, Illinois to help cleanup after a freak storm sent flash flooding throughout the city. Our crews are working hard to remove water, mud and other debris from homes after the flood waters rose out of control. We specialize in this sort of cleanup and our crews are ready to help anyone affected by the water/storms.
Read the full article regarding the flash flooding in Granite City HERE.
"Flash floods that closed roads and delayed the start of the school year in Granite City are being blamed on the perfect storm: torrential rain, an outdated and inadequate storm drainage system, and political finger pointing.
A thunderstorm dropped between 5 and 7 inches of rain on the central and northern areas of Granite City Sunday night and into Monday morning, flooding the city and turning its roads into waterways. The southern part of the city received roughly 4 inches of rain.
“There was a deluge of water in a short time and the area couldn’t drain fast enough,” Madison County Chairman Kurt Prenzler said. “It was storm on top of storm.”
No Job Is Too Large
SERVPRO of East Louisville has participated many times in the Disaster Recovery Storm Team. Our crews are ready to be dispatched all over the country to assist in the cleanup and restoration after major flooding, strong storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, and any other event that causes damage to property.
It can be a stressful time for homeowners and/or business owners in the aftermath of a flash flood. That's why our crews are HERE to HELP make it "Like it never even happened." We treat each job with respect and do our very best to keep the customer informed every step of the way.
During the recent flash flooding in Granite City, Illinois our crews worked hard to remove debris, mud, and water from homes and businesses. Our customers can rest assured that we will do our best to save as many of their precious belongings while safely cleaning up the mess.
SERVPRO of East Louisville is proud to be a part of the Disaster Recovery Team!
TIPS: How to safely remove mold
Mold can easily grow on clothes and fabric if you have too much moisture in your home. Clothes made of cotton or other organic materials make great food sources for mold and mildew to live on.
It's best to consult a professional when dealing with mold. However, if you feel comfortable trying these steps to remove mold from clothing see below.
Tips to keep in mind when removing mold from clothes:
- It's best to wash your clothes in hot water. Hot water kills mold more effectively than cold water and better removes mold spores and allergens too. Of course make sure you don't use water so hot that it can damage your clothing.
- When you're washing your clothes with a mold killing solution, it's best to wash them through at least two full cycles. Then after your clothes have been washed hang them on the line in the sun. The heat from the sun and the sun's ultraviolet light help to kill mold.
There are quite a few solutions you can wash moldy clothes in to get rid of the mold. Some good ones include:
- Baking soda
- Mold killing detergent
For the full article and a step-by-step explanation of the cleaning process, click here.
If You See Signs of Mold,
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Water Damage Causes
Commercial property owners/renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings.
- Malfunctioning sprinkler systems
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.
- Damaged appliances and equipment . This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency.
- Broken pipes and plumbing. Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result.
- Backed up sewer lines. This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings.
If your business has suffered water damage, SERVPRO of East Louisville will get you back up and running again. Call us anytime 24/7 at 502-897-3608. We are HERE TO HELP!
Why it's important to call SERVPRO at the first sign of water damage
The amount of damage water can cause is amazing and often underestimated by homeowners. Excess moisture is bad enough, but when a home is flooded or hit with a plumbing disaster (like a busted pipe), the situation can quickly get out of hand. There’s a reason why these incidents are among the most expensive problems a homeowner can face.
Floods, sewage back flows, and other sources of contaminated fluid usually cause the worst damage. Water can be filled with all kinds of deadly substances, ranging from chemical residues to animal feces to parasites. Bacteria, viruses and fungi grow in an alarming rate in contaminated fluid, and severe health risks can be caused by these contaminants.
This problem is compounded by the composition of most homes, which are filled with organic materials. Drywall, wood and the matter that is trapped in carpet fibers are just a few examples, and they can give pathogens room to grow. Within 48 hours, mold may begin creeping behind the walls and releasing spores, and any organic materials that have been soaked through by contaminated fluid will usually have to be destroyed.
SERVPRO of East Louisville will dry the home quickly and apply antibacterial, antiviral, and anti fungal agents to all surfaces that had contact with the water. This ensures the family can return to a safe home.
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Sprinkler Damage to Downtown Louisville Skyscraper
SERVPRO of East Louisville was recently called out to a skyscraper building downtown that had their sprinkler system burst on the twenty-fourth floor, the damage from the water affected all the way down to the twentieth floor. For SERVPRO of East Louisville this was an "all hands on deck" job. All of the production staff, the marketing team, and several office staff were at the building helping to perform the remediation work.
There were large amounts of standing water on the affected floors that needed to be extracted. Our team of certified technicians removed all of the damaged ceiling tiles, extracted the water, and removed any other damaged items in the office areas.
The next step was to set up air movers and dehumidifiers to begin the dry out process. The equipment was set to get all of the moisture out of the affected areas, the air movers keep the moisture in the air moving around to get closer to the dehumidifier so it can be removed from the air.
Emergencies like this happen on a regular basis, SERVPRO of East Louisville has the experience and the team needed to take care of the problem and make your residence or commercial building is back to normal, "Like it never even happened."
Space Heater Fire Prevention
SERVPRO of East Louisville has been dealing with an abundance of fire jobs during the past couple of months. A majority of the fires we have been responding to have most likely started from space heater malfunctions. There are some things you can do to help with the prevention of a space heater starting a house fire.
Space heaters are one of the biggest starters of house fires, if you use these tips they can reduce the likeliness that SERVPRO of East Louisville will be doing fire remediation work at your home.
- Before using any space heater make sure that you inspect the heater for cracked plugs or loose connections.
- Make sure you NEVER leave a space heater on unattended, turn it off before leaving a room or going to bed and do not let animals or children near the space heater unattended.
- Keep everything that is flammable at least three feet away from the space heater (Curtains, furniture, clothing, and etc.).
- Plug in the space heater directly into the wall, do not plug into an extension cord or surge protector. Plugging it into these devices could cause the surge protector to overheat resulting in a fire.
As winter goes on and we go back and forth with temperatures from the 40's to below freezing, the ground will go back and forth from freezing to thawing during those fluctuating temperatures. As this happens during the winter months and into the spring, this will cause the ground around the exterior of buildings and houses to pool water.
When we have rain or snow melting this can cause leaks around the foundation of your home or business. You should do checks on the exterior and interior of buildings and houses to make sure there is no water coming in and causing water damage.
Once the areas are checked you should go back and add soil and/or sod to those areas to fix the pooling of water and fix drainage to take water away from the foundation. On the interior if cracks or leaking occurs you should take measures to fix any of those areas where water is coming in. Once the cracks have been fixed any water damage should be mitigated properly to decrease your chances of any secondary issues such as mold.
Taking these steps will help keep your building or home dry on the inside and keep water from pooling around the perimeter.
We are a localized restoration service that gets the job done quickly and efficiently. Call SERVPRO of East Louisville to book a service.
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Fire Damage in the early stages
SERVPRO of East Louisville heard about a house fire in the local area and showed up on the scene not long after the firefighters had put out the flames. Losing your home can be a very difficult thing to deal with, so SERVPRO wants to do what we can to provide customers with information on the steps to take during the early stages of the fire restoration process. We are here to help.
Our team of certified technicians and managers made sure that whenever the homeowners were ready to call their insurance company they would assist them with providing temporary housing situation until their home was inhabitable again. The next step is boarding up the home to ensure that the items remaining inside will not be stolen so the customer does not have to worry about losing the items that weren't damaged in the fire after the fact. Once the customer's insurance company approves our scope of work we will start the clean up and rebuild to get their home back to the way it was.
Our hope is that you, or a family member, never has to deal with a loss of this magnitude. However, if you are ever in a situation where you have a big loss in your home whether its with fire, water, or mold, just remember that SERVPRO of East Louisville is here to help. We want to make the whole process as easy and seamless as possible for the customer.