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Do You Have Your Disaster Preparedness Kit Ready?

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

 

When preparing for a storm, it is important to make sure that you have an emergency supply kit on hand.  We all know that a supply of non-perishable food and drinking water are essential, but do you know what else should be included in your kit?  SERVPRO of East Louisville is prepared to help you pick up the pieces after the storm.  We want you to be prepared to weather the storm and recovery.  In addition to food and water, your disaster readiness kit should include the following items:

  • Battery powered or hand-cranked radio
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Manual can opener
  • Cell phone with battery backups
  • Important documents (like birth certificates, social security cards)
  • Prescription Medications

If you choose to weather the storm, it is important that you have all necessary items to get you through until help arrives.  As part of the network of SERVPRO storm teams, we are always ready to set out as soon as possible to help those affected.  We are ready and we want to make sure you are too!

Language Barrier Does Not Keep SERVPRO From Helping Those In Need! You Can Count On SERVPRO!

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

 

When it comes to our customer service, we do everything in our power to make sure you get the best service possible. We understand that sometimes this will come with complications. One complication that we sometimes see is a language barrier. When we come across a barrier like this, we know how to conquer it. We work closely with the customer to make sure they have everything they need, even if it means taking our time to understand exactly what the customer wants.

There are many reasons to chose SERVPRO of East Louisville as your water & fire mitigation company. One of many of those reasons is that SERVPRO of East Louisville actually has a large amount of employees that are bilingual. There are many areas of Louisville that have large Hispanic population. With that being said, we have several insurance agents in these areas of Louisville that prefer to use SERVPRO for their water and fire mitigation needs because of our bilingual capabilities. Whenever you are in the need of water or fire mitigation take into consideration that we have employees that are bilingual. 

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Ask The Pros - Can Clean Water Damage My Home?

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

 

While sewer water or blackwater as is it defined can quickly lead to mold growth in a home, clean water can also lead to dangerous mold growth. Blackwater contains lots of dirty bacteria that can quickly promote mold growth by itself. Clean water can cause mold spores that are naturally present in air and dust can also lead to mold growth.

The dangers in clean water leading to mold growth are that clean water can easily go unseen in a home due to the lack of odor when compared to black water. Clean water or gray water which is rainwater, can leak into a home’s attic or walls or crawl spaces and linger without being spotted. This water can then lead to mold spores activating and growing in these unseen areas. It’s not until the mold spreads to visible parts of the home or causes a musty odor that it is finally found. By that time, the damage caused by the mold can be quite extensive.

So even if you have a leak in your home that isn't Blackwater give SERVPRO of East Louisville a call to get the affected areas dried out to prevent further damage from starting.

Don't Forget To Plan for Water Damage

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

 

One of the most damaging and devastating things you can ever experience as a homeowner is a flood.

There are many causes of household flooding that can include:

  • Heavy rains
  • Sewer back-up
  • Malfunctioning sump-pump
  • Pipe burst

No matter what the cause, you should know what you should do if your house floods. Taking care of the problem earlier will help you to reduce the amount of damage and can make the clean-up and repair easier.

The first several days after a disaster are critical to preventing unnecessary secondary damages like mold. SERVPRO suggests the following steps to help minimize additional damage to your home, business and possessions.

  • If the water has entered the structure through the flooding of a creek, stream or river, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is considered black water and could be hazardous to your health. Avoid contact with contaminated items as much as possible.
  • Take the greatest caution while entering your home, and wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing when dealing with flooded areas.
  • Do not attempt to operate any electrical equipment while standing in wet or damp locations.
  • Throw away all foods - even canned goods - that have encountered flood waters.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Place fans at 45-degree angles to walls and move large furniture away from walls to create the best air circulation.
  • If your home has a crawlspace, be aware excess moisture in this area can often foster mold growth.

SERVPRO also recommends having a three-day supply of water for each member of your family - including pets - along with non-perishable food, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries and a flashlight. Citizens should also keep in mind things like necessary medications and insurance documents.

Storm & Water Prevention Matters

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage is very unpredictable and usually leaves the customer with costly repairs. While many homes and buildings are protected against fire damage by installing fire alarms and detectors, only few have protected their properties against water damage. What makes it worse is that water damage, oftentimes, is unrecognizable until the damage caused is already huge. The best way to prevent water damage and costly repair services, it is important to protect yourself, your home, and your business against it by following the tips below.

  • Perform regular inspections and maintenance on your plumbing systems
  • Repair and protect your home or building’s exterior

  • Winterize any exterior water shutoff valves each winter to protect from frozen pipes.

Finally, in case water has penetrated your home, the best option to take is to call a professional water damage repair services to minimize the damage caused. SERVPRO of East Louisville has professional tools and water extraction systems that can quickly remove water inside your home or building and prevent the damage from spreading.

When Disaster Strikes, SERVPRO Is At Our Best!

5/8/2022 (Permalink)

 

Imagine coming into work early in the morning...as you approach the entrance to the front door, water and mud are seeping out.  It's a scenario that plays out throughout cities in  America daily, and in most cases businesses are left with a massive cleanup, and questions as to when business will resume as normal.

Recently this scenario was a reality for a Christian childcare center and SERVPRO of East Louisville was there to help.  The facility manager had arrived at his normal time to open the childcare center for the day.  When he approached the entrance he could see water and mud pouring out from under the front door.  That's when he realized that almost the entire building had been affected.

A water line underneath the building running to one of the bathrooms had burst, pushing up mud and water from under the building.  A total of seven rooms were flooded.  SERVPRO of East Louisville was task with extracting water from all the rooms, removing affected contents, pulling cove base, and removing all carpet and pad.

Once all of the wet content had been removed, the drying process began.  Over 40 air movers and 8 dehumidifiers were set up to ensure all moisture was eliminated.  Then we disinfected every room and cleaned all the contents to insure it was safe to open back up to the public.

Does your business or property have a plan of action in place for when the unexpected happens?  If not contact SERVPRO of East Louisville and ask about our complimentary service known as an E.R.P (Emergency Ready Plan).

Did you know that SERVPRO of East Louisville has an Esporta Wash System?

5/7/2022 (Permalink)

 

What does this mean for you?  SERVPRO of East Louisville is capable of decontaminating soft contents from all categories of losses; including sewage, mold and can restore  damage caused by smoke and soot from a fire.  The decontamination efficacy of the Esporta Wash System (this means how well it removes the contaminants) has been validated by numerous third party laboratory tests performed by leading hygienists, universities, and industry consultants. 

Insurance professionals who select soft contents restoration through Esporta Certified Operators benefit from having delighted policyholders, faster and simpler claim settlements, and more accurate claim settlement costs.

This also means that more contents can be restored instead of replaced.  Many items in a home are irreplaceable and SERVPRO of East Louisville has the right tools and staff to make sure as many contents are restored!

Contact us today to learn more about the Esporta Wash System. 502-244-7985

Summer Is Right Around The Corner - Check Out These Grilling Safety Tips!

5/6/2022 (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

Be Prepared With An Emergency Ready Plan?

5/1/2022 (Permalink)

 

Owning a commercial property is a big responsibility and can come with many issues.  One of the most important things to keep in mind is protecting your investment.  SERVPRO of East Louisville offers a free Emergency Ready Plan to help our commercial owners do just that.

The Emergency Ready Plan consists of the following:

  • A walk through of the property with your maintenance person and a SERVPRO Representative.  
  • SERVPRO will document the sensitive areas, label water and gas shuts offs with either an Orange or White tag so they easily seen.
  • SERVPRO will include documentation, step-by-step written directions, and pictures of each shut off valve. 
  • SERVPRO will include the contact names and telephone numbers for all of the utility companies and property personnel that would need to be notified in the event of an emergency on the property.  
  • SERVPRO will take this information and place it into a nice binder for you to keep.

SERVPRO offers this service free of charge with no obligation simply because we care about the businesses in our city.  SERVPRO wants every business in the city to have an Emergency Ready Plan so they are prepared in case of an event.  The Emergency Ready plan can help you reduce the damage done to your property.

If this sounds like a great benefit for your company – call SERVPRO of East Louisville to schedule yours today.

Call Us Today – (502) 897-3608

Watch Out For Causes of Commercial Water Damage

5/1/2022 (Permalink)

 

There are a lot of things to consider when maintaining a commercial property. Of course, safety is managed by laws and requirements that every commercial property must maintain, however unexpected damage is still possible. One case of unexpected commercial property damage is water damage. Commercial water damage can not only be a safety threat, but be incredibly costly to repair.

So here are some possible causes of commercial water damage to watch out for. Windows with cracks or weak construction can allow leaks from weather to invade the interior of the building. Make sure windows are strong and up to date. The foundation of the building is an easy place for water damage to occur since it’s low to the ground where water runoff or storm build up can accumulate. Ensure regular checkups of the integrity of the foundation, including cracks and leaky pipes. Sprinkler systems are required in buildings for safety reasons, but nonfunctional sprinkler systems can pose a threat by unexpectedly turning on and soaking rooms. Like the other causes, make sure someone is constantly assuring the quality of the sprinkler system. The answer to all of these possible causes is to invest in a person or team who can ensure the maintenance of the commercial property.

If you own or maintain a commercial property that has experienced water damage, no matter how much, call your local SERVPRO of East Louisville we have dealt with commercial water damage before and knows exactly how to fix and restore your commercial property to make it “Like it never even happened.”