Great deal of water...
Our crews were called on a Sunday afternoon to a local factory here in Bowling Green. One of their employees hit a pipe with a fork lift and busted it. The water ran for at least 2 hours before they could get it shut off. There were several offices affected as well as their entire warehouse. Our teams arrived within the hour of the phone call and got to work. It was a priority to get the offices back in working order so that their employees would have workspace the next day. Within 6 hours we had the water in all of the offices extracted and drying equipment was set. For the warehouse, it took several days to extract the water as we had crew members squeegeeing water as others sucked it up. We pride our crews for their ability to work well together and get the job done.
Pipes in the ceiling
Water damage from ceiling
In several homes and businesses there are pipes that run through the ceiling and when one of them bursts, it can cause a lot of damage. Fortunately, at this commercial property, they caught the leak in a timely manner and called us immediately. It is well known that the sooner we can get to your water damage, the less damage will occur. Once our crews arrived, they came in to extract the water that had gotten to the floors, removed the damaged ceiling tiles, some wet insulation. Once all of these materials were removed it allowed us to set drying equipment shortly. Our crews continued to check it daily until the drying numbers reached IICRC standards. It typically takes 3-5 business days to dry a structure properly.
We arrived onsite within an hour of the call of a commercial fire damage.
IF A GREASE FIRE STARTS:
- Cover the flames with a metal lid or cookie sheet. Leave the cover on until it has cooled.
- Turn off the heat source.
- If it’s small and manageable, pour baking soda or salt on it to smother the fire.
- As a last resort, spray the fire with a Class B dry chemical fire extinguisher.
- Do not try to extinguish the fire with water.
- Do not attempt to move the pot or pan outside.
Do not use flour, baking powder or other cooking powders that resemble baking soda or salt – they have a different chemical makeup and will not react similarly. They will make the fire worse.
There are many times that it may not be necessary to remove your carpet. Sometimes we will lift your carpet and place drying equipment beneath it. This is what we call "drying in place" or "floating carpet." If at all possible, we will try to save your carpet to save you money on the repair side.
Here are 5 steps to prevent carpet mold.
1. Remove water as quickly as possible.
2. Use fans to begin the drying process.
3. Use a dehumidifier to dry out the room.
4. Once it is dry, clean your carpets.
5. Sanitize your walls and baseboards.
The sooner you start cleaning up after water damage, the sooner you can stop mold from growing under your carpet. Call us today at SERVPRO of Warren County to help with your water damage needs.
Keep Trees Trimmed in Tornado Prone Areas
Home destroyed by tornado in Plano, Kentucky.
Tree Branches Become Debris in a Tornado
We love to have our tall leafy trees in our yards to keep our house cool during the Summer heat. The shade they provide is wonderful when the sun is high in the sky.
These same trees we love can also be very harmful during a storm or tornado if they are not trimmed regularly. Strengthening the trees around your property can help keep their limbs from being torn off and becoming debris in a storm. Here is what to look for when trimming threes around your home:
- Limbs with wounds
- Decaying branches
- Structural defects
- Limbs rubbing against each other
- Exposed roots
If your trees are trimmed properly before the stormy season they will be less likely to become debris. Many homes are destroyed by tornadoes in Warren County, KY. Learn more about the ways SERVPRO of Warren County can help during stormy weather.
How To Tell Mold From Mildew: 3 Key Identifiers
Battling mold and mildew in your Bowling Green, KY, home can be a year-round housecleaning challenge. From preventing costly mold damage to scrubbing away mildew in the shower, fighting household fungi can take time and a considerable amount of elbow grease. However, trying to clean up mold on your own may cause the further spread of spores and increase the risk of a severe infestation. Knowing how to tell the difference between mold and mildew can help you save time, money and let you know whether you need the services of a certified mold remediation and removal company.
Although mold and mildew are both part of the fungi family, they have different textures that are usually visible to the naked eye. Mildew growth is typically thin and slimy, while mold is usually fuzzy or wooly. You can perform a quick test by adding a few drops of bleach to the suspect area, as mildew grows lighter on contact while mold retains its color.
You may be able to tell mold from mildew by the color of the growth. Mildew is usually grey or light yellow as it spreads, while mold growth comes in a variety of colors, from green to white to black. If you suspect what you see is black mold, it is a good idea to avoid touching the area and call in mold damage specialists to treat the problem instead, as this type of fungus can be aggressive and will likely need professional intervention.
3. Growth Pattern
While both mold and mildew have a few similar qualities, the way each grows and spreads can help you tell them apart. Mildew is a surface fungus that can be wiped away easily, as it develops in flat, thin patches. Mold spores, however, penetrate the surface of any material they attach to and grow into wide patches that can be difficult to remove.
It can be difficult to tell mold from mildew when you encounter either in your Bowling Green, KY, home. However, knowing the characteristics of each can help you prevent mold damage and keep your home clean and sanitary.
For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROwarrencounty.com.
5 Ways to Prevent Space Heater Fires
Approximately 25,000 house fires every year are attributed to space heaters. User error is the primary cause, although heaters without essential safety features may malfunction and pose a fire risk. Here are five ways that you can prevent a burned space heater from starting a fire in your home.
1. Keep a minimum of three feet between space heaters and combustibles. Combustibles include bedding, curtains, and upholstered furniture. You should also only operate a space heater on a hard, level, non-flammable surface.
2. Don't operate heaters unattended around pets or kids. Children, cats, and dogs don't understand the principles of fire safety.
3. Purchase a space heater with safety features. One of the best ways to prevent a burned space heater is to purchase a model that automatically shuts off when it overheats. Check the model you are considering for a safety certification label, ground fault circuit interrupter plug, and a sturdy cord that is at least six feet long. Make sure the heater has all of the features you need to stay warm while running a very low risk of fire.
4. Turn off or unplug heaters when not in use. This can reduce the risk of a fire starting when you are elsewhere in your home or away from home.
5. Avoid plugging other electronics into the same outlet as a space heater. You should also never use an extension cord, as this equipment heightens the overheating risk.
Your heater can only work as designed if it is kept in working condition. You may need to regularly clean the filter on your space heater to prevent it from overheating. In addition to following these steps, you should also test the smoke alarms in your home and replace batteries or damaged units. If a burned space heater does cause a fire, contact a smoke cleanup service in Bowling Green, KY.
For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROwarrencounty.com.
When lightening strikes!
On Friday, December 10th, the Richardsville Fire Department crews worked a structure fire at Woodburn Baptist Church. According to Chief Skipper, the fire damage was confined to the church's attic and sanctuary ceiling. Fire Chief, Bob Skipper says it appears it was an electrical fire, or started because of ceiling-mounted lights.
Our SERVPRO of Warren County crews were able to go in and contain the damage after working through the night. We assured Pastor Tim Weeks that we would clean up enough so that they could still hold services coming up that following Sunday. Sure enough, church services resumed per usual Sunday morning, with a tarp on the ceiling covering the damaged area.
We were thankful for their trust in our crews to cleanup their fire damage and we thank them for their business.
Hitting the road to help in storm disasters
When a disaster strikes in an area across the nation, SERVPRO franchises unite and activate what we call, Storm. Being a corporate entity allows us to travel and help one another.
It is important to use here at SERVPRO of Warren County to "keep it green" and make sure that anyone that has storm damage is being taken care of.
We hold our staff of professionals to a high standard and expect nothing but the best for you.
When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Warren County can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.
SERVPRO To the rescue!
Commercial Building that suffered a fire damage.
We were on the seen within 1 hour and began working right away.
A small electrical fire caused a big mess at a local business here in Warren County.
Our team started the job by extracting the water from the fire sprinklers and fire department. Removing the water is the primary step after a fire to make sure mold will not begin to grow. Once the water was removed our cleaning crew could get to work cleaning up soot and smoke damage.
There is no job too small or too big for SERVPRO of Warren County. This building was quite large with water and fire damage. The property owners were impressed with our work and very thankful that they were able to get into their building so quickly after the fire.