Recent Storm Damage Posts
Storm Season is Upon Us
SERVPRO of Warren County has been busy helping those who need it most.
Our expertly trained storm teams have been on the move, helping homeowners and businesses make it like never even happened.
Our first stop was in Michigan, where the Detroit area suffered another round of flooding. Our crews spent close to a month helping the local SERVPRO franchise help those who experienced flooding to their homes or businesses. SERVPRO of Warren County's crews worked tirelessly to help those in need.
Before we had a chance to catch our breath, Hurricane Ida made landfall bringing devastation to the gulf coast and to the north east.
SERVPRO of Warren County sent a crew last Friday to the north east to help with the record flooding.
No job is too big, or too small, your local SERVPRO is on call 24/7 to assist you. Call us today 270-796-8080!
Rain in Motorcity
SERVPRO of Warren County has been on the move. After helping those in need in Bloomington Indiana our storm team headed to motorcity.
Detroit saw over 6 inches of rain in 24 hours, causing massive flooding in metro Detroit and surrounding areas.
After a week of hard work helping those in Indiana, our team loaded up and headed to where the need was greatest. SERVPRO of Warren County's storm team worked around the clock to begin helping those effected.
SERVPRO prides itself on making it "Like it never even happened," and we mean that. If it's down the street or back to back flood events. Our expertly trained crews will work for you in the event that your home or business has been damaged by water, smoke or fire.
SERVPRO of Warren County is here to help you, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week to help you! Give us a call at 270-796-8080
On The Road Again
Residential Flooding in Bloomington Indiana
SERVPRO of Warren County has been on the road helping those effected by recent flooding. Our expert crews have been putting in long hours in Bloomington Indiana helping homeowners make it "Like it never even happened."
The Bloomington area received upwards of 6 inches of rain on June 26. Our crews were dispatched on a Sunday night to start helping those we were effected by the flooding.
SERVPRO of Warren County is the leader in water mitigation, and our professionally trained crews helped dozens of homeowners who looked to us in their time of desperate need.
SERVPRO of Warren County is always ready to help those in need. It doesn't matter if that need is right across the street or across the country, we will be faster to any disaster
If your home or business experiences a water loss, make the right call and call SERVPRO of Warren County, 24/7 at 270-796-8080
When Lighting Strikes
If your home has suffered lighting damage contact the experts at SERVPRO of Warren County at 270-796-8080
Did you know lightning strikes occur in the United States about 25 million times each year?
The NWS says about 47 people, on average, are killed by lightning strikes, with hundreds more being injured.
Fortunately, there are ways to keep yourself safe.
If you’re able, the first piece of advice is to find shelter, preferably inside your own home.
If you are at home, the National Weather Service has several tips to stay safe:
- Stay off corded phones (you CAN use cell phones).
- Avoid plumbing: do not take a shower or wash your hands.
- Stay away from windows and doors.
- Do not lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls.
- Bring your pets inside.
- Remember that typical surge protectors will NOT protect against surges caused by lightning strikes.
Lightning is hotter than the surface of the sun, reaching temperatures of around 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
And that hot, hot heat CAN cause fires. About 24,600 fires are caused by lightning in the United States each year, according to the NWS. Of those, about 4,400 are house fires.
In our line of work at SERVPRO of Warren County we know just how much damage house fires can do. They can be devastating for families.
It’s unfortunate we know the damage, but luckily, we also know how to fix a lot of that damage. Our crews have the knowledge and experience to help you recover if the unthinkable happens. Just give us a call at 270-796-8080
How to remove odors caused by water damage
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Ways to remove bad odors after water damage
Water of all kinds can cause damage to your Warren County, KY building. While contaminated water may be more likely to cause lingering odors, clean water can also contribute by facilitating mold growth. If you are noticing bad smells after water damage, the following steps can help remove them.
1. Clean Surfaces
Both flooding and sewage loss can bring black water into your building. This water is highly contaminated and can contain bacteria, mud, waste and other debris. As a result, it can carry with it unpleasant odors. Everything that this water has come into contact with should be thoroughly cleaned, both to reduce these odors as well as to prevent bacteria from spreading within the building.
2. Perform Mold Remediation
Mold spores that have been brought into the building by contaminated water, as well as those already present, will grow quickly in a wet environment. Infestations of this fungus can then create a musty odor. Both the mold growth and the smell can be effectively removed by a mold remediation company.
3. Replace Damaged Materials
Materials like insulation and drywall can easily absorb large amounts of floodwater. These are not easily cleaned, resulting in bad smells that stick around as well as damage to the building. Removing and replacing these materials should reduce lingering odors.
4. Remove Odors From the Air
If you have tried the previous steps but still haven’t quite removed all of the bad smells, then you may need to clean the air inside the building. Using an air purifier, you can remove bacteria and other contaminants to create a clean and fresh-smelling environment.
After you have experienced water damage, it can take some time to return your building to its previous condition. Everything should be cleaned thoroughly and any mold growth should be removed. In most cases, it is best to have this done by a professional who has the necessary training and equipment to get the job done properly.
Call SERVPRO of Warren County for all your storm needs 270-796-8080
April in Warren county brings warmer weather, outside activities and the threat of severe weather.
As we enter the severe weather season SERVPRO of Warren county has a few tip to help you stay prepared and safe.
Remember a severe weather watch is when conditions are favorable and a warning is when sever weather is imminent or occurring.
During a severe weather situation, get inside, and put as many walls between you and the outside as possible. Stay away from windows and doors.
Get to the lowest possible room of the building that you are in, basements are the best option if available to you. Cover up with blankets, and remain calm.
If your home has been damaged from severe weather contact SERVPRO of Warren County at 270-796-8080 for all your home damage needs.
What is your Family's Weather Plan?
SERVPRO's Storm Vans Heading out to assist.
While we often receive advanced warning for some types of severe weather, there are also those times when severe weather manages to catch us off-guard.
One of the most important ways to ensure your family’s safety in severe weather is to have an established Family Emergency Plan at the ready.
If your family already has an emergency plan, be sure to practice it so everyone remembers what to do!
If you’ve not yet created a family emergency plan, there are some things listed below to take into consideration when creating it:
1. How will emergency alerts and warnings be received?
Thanks to today’s smartphone technology, it is easy to receive emergency alerts and warnings on your smartphone through many weather apps.
2. What type of storm shelter do you have?
Find an interior room on the lowest level that is away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls. Tornadoes are not the only situations requiring a form of storm shelter, and you can learn about more of the situations where they are necessary by visiting ready.gov.
3. What is our evacuation route?
Put together a map of various evacuation routes and keep it handy in the event of storms, floods or fires, which can force you out of your home in a hurry. Multiple routes are wise to have just in case one is impassable.
4. How will the family stay in touch?
You’re going to want an alternative communication plan for your family because reliance on cell phones can fail you in some circumstances.
Put a family Emergency Communication Plan in place and choose a safe meeting place for your family so that you can all meet there if separated.
If a storm does cause damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Warren County-
How to Protect Your Home From Storms
Damage to a home due to a fallen tree during a storm.
Prepare areas of your home that are vulnerable to wind, hail, heavy rain, flooding and other elements caused by severe weather.
While you can’t control the weather, there are measures you can take to help minimize the potential damage storms could cause to your home. Some preparations, such as roof and tree inspections, are helpful not only when it comes to storms, but are also good for general maintenance and upkeep. If you do experience significant damage and need help with storm cleanup, SERVPRO of Warren County can help repair your home, from water removal to rebuilding a wall that a tree knocked down.
Why Choose SERVPRO of Warren County?
We're Faster to Any Size Disaster
Floods and storms don’t wait for normal business hours, and neither do we. You can depend on an immediate response from our highly trained technicians, who are available 24 hours, seven days a week.
We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists
As water and storm damage specialists, we have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.
- Water Damage Restoration Technician
- Applied Structural Drying Technicians
Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources
We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Warren County is close by and ready to respond to storm and disaster events. We are proud to be an active member of the Bowling Green community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.
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Pennsylvania Storm Travel: August 2020
This home was flooded by a nearby river rising. Team Moody was able to remove the damaged services, dry the structure, and sanitize the area!
Storm Team Moody Travels to Pennsylvania for Flood Relief
During the first week of August, a tropical storm rolled through the east coast that caused an enormous amount of rains in many states. SERVPRO franchises across the nation were stationed in Virginia and Pennsylvania where the damage was overwhelming.
Specifically where SERVPRO of Warren County was stationed in the suburbs of Philadelphia, they were hit with over 8 inches of rain in 3 hours! The result of that was sump pump and drain failures in basements and the first floors of homes. The sewage systems cannot keep up with the amount of water coming in, so it gathers back into basements causing a flood. The majority of scopes of works for each customer was to remove flooring and drywall that sat in the contaminated water, set our industrial drying equipment for 4 days, and disinfect the rooms for any bacteria that came in with the flooding.
SERVPRO of Warren County and the members of Storm Team Moody are grateful that we are trusted to travel and help so many families during a devastating time. We take pride in being the ones called to serve. Check out or Facebook page for more details and pictures!
Are You Prepared?
This house was flooded due to heavy rains.
Summer storms seen to pop up in Kentucky unexpectedly this time of year. Some can be a short burst of rain while others can dump several inches in a short period of time.
A little preparation can assist in making this easier to deal with. Here are a few tips that may help:
- Review your insurance policy-
- Contact your agent to ensure you have proper coverage.
- Knowing what is covered and policy limits if crucial.
- Keep gutters clean of debris, and make sure that they are diverted away from the structure.
- Periodically check your sump pump-
- Clean the float.
- Check the battery backup.
- Make sure it is plugged in.
When a storm affects your property, SERVPRO of Christian, Todd, Logan, and Simpson Counties had the expertise, manpower, and equipment to minimize the damage and return you back to normal.
Call us at (270) 885-8811 and we can customize our Emergency Ready Plan to fit your needs and help prepare.
What You Need to Know About Summer Flooding
SERVPRO of Warren County is the number one choice for water damage cleanup!
In Warren County, we are home to Barren River Lake and many other smaller bodies of water. It is critical for us to know warning signs of a potential flood situation, especially if your home or business is nearby. SERVPRO has identified a few dangerous areas for people like you.
- Areas near rivers: riverbanks can easily overflow with water after heavy summer rains, which can quickly cause damage to any property surrounding it.
- Around dams: the worst cases scenario would be a failed dam that could cause a rushing surge of water into your home or business.
- Highly populated areas: with a large amount of buildings and roads in a certain area, this can prevent water absorbing into the ground to prevent flooding. Storm drains are the best option to aid in this situation, but even they can clog and fail.
Water can be dangerous even after a few inches, so more precautions are better than none. Call SERVPRO of Warren County with all of your water damage needs! (270) 796-8080
Removing Water from a Bowling Green Home
Air Movers and Dehumidifiers being used to dry this home in Bowling Green, KY
Heavy rains from a storm can cause standing water in your home or business especially if you have a basement or live in a low area. Often times, the mitigation process requires several pieces of equipment and professionals like SERVPRO to come in and effectively dry the structure. The quicker you make the call, the less chance mold has to grow. Here are a few materials that we use for any size water loss.
Industrial Air Movers: These are essentially large fans that are designed to dry out any structure type in homes and businesses. Our production technicians strategically place them across the effected area to ensure every nook and cranny is reached.
Dehumidifiers: Removing the moisture in the air is a crucial part of drying after a storm. SERVPRO takes the square footage of the wet area to decide how many dehumidifiers will be required for a safe drying.
Extraction Pump: This device removes any standing water for large floods over 2 inches. SERVPRO of Warren County has two types of extractors; one that is portable and needs electricity and one on a truck mount that requires gasoline.
Hiring professionals after storm damage is the best way to ensure your home or commercial property will be safely dried and healthy for those in the building. Call us at (270) 796-8080 for a free estimate on your water damage or reconstruction!
Traveling to Columbus, Ohio to Help After a Storm
Our Marketing Team and Production Technicians ready to start the day in Columbus!
SERVPRO of Warren County recently returned from Columbus, Ohio where citizens experienced extreme heavy rains for over 24 hours. This caused sump pumps to fail in basements and lead to inches of standing sewage water. When this type of water loss occurs, the work often includes removing carpet or flooring, cutting drywall and bringing in our air movers, and disinfecting all services that were touched by the water. Our production crews and marketing team spent eight days helping over 25 families restore their homes and make it seem "Like it never even happened."
As the largest restoration company in the United States, SERVPRO has created a strong network of teamwork across all franchises. A "storm" event is activated when so many homeowners are faced with a disaster that extra SERVPROs need to be called in for backup. This is only one of the many ways we stand together as a company in times of strife. We do not label ourselves as individual franchises, we are always "One Team"!
Are You Ready for Spring Storms?
Regularly check to make sure your pump is working properly.
Ready for the Spring?
Springtime is a good time to go over the checklist of things that we need maintain around our homes. Being prepared can help us save thousands of dollars in unexpected damages to our investment. Spring storms sometimes come at unexpected times in Bowling Green and although we do everything we can to be prepared, sometimes we get caught off guard. Check up on your sump pump and make sure that it is ready to take on those spring storms. A quick test can save you a lot of headache in the long run.
What If I Get Caught?
SERVPRO of Warren County is always at your service 24/7. We understand the storms that can sneak up on you and we are here to help make the problem go away. If you have an unexpected loss that effects your home, please reach out to us at (270) 796-8080. We will come out to your home, reverse the damages, and work with your insurance professionals to walk you through the process.
We Are Always Here To Help!
What To Expect When a Storm Causes Flooding
Flood water discovered in your basement after a storm has come through Rockfield, KY, can leave your home in a mess. The prospect of water damage and a tear out can be daunting, but having realistic expectations can help you cope better with the disappointment.
What Can Happen to Your Home
It is important to understand the possibilities in order to prepare emotionally and physically. Here are some of the likely effects of a serious storm system.
High winds could loosen or tear away shingles, rain gutters or shutters
Branches and even trees can be torn loose and fall, breaking windows or damaging the roof or siding
A heavy downpour can force water into cracks, causing leaks in the roof
Large hailstones can break shingles or windows, and may also pit aluminum siding
Rising water can find its way into the home through window wells, under doors, through cracks in the foundation, or even backing up through the sewer
How to Cope With the Aftermath
If the worst happens and you end up with water in your home, the most important thing is to extract the water as quickly as possible. A shop vacuum will likely not cut it when it comes to removing a lot of water. You would do well to call a water and storm cleanup and restoration service in Rockfield, KY to help out with their industrial equipment. They can use powerful extraction equipment and assess the damage. It may be necessary to do a tear out and replace carpet, subfloor and sheetrock due to saturation and contaminants. An expert cleaning and disinfection should be done as well.
Following the tear out, the storm restoration service can help with repair and replacement of damaged structural elements. There is nothing you can do to stop a storm, but knowing what to expect can help you deal with the issues with a more level head.
Protecting Your Building From Flood Damage
Storm damage in a Richpond, KY warehouse
Take Steps to Protect Your Commercial Building from Flood Damage
Flood damage from a storm can destroy your Richpond, KY, commercial building. Unfortunately, global warming and heavy rains have increased this risk in recent years. Major hurricanes have devastated communities that are not used to severe flooding. According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association, even minor or nuisance floods are occurring with increased frequency.
This type of storm damage is not easy to come back from, either. The National Flood Insurance Program reports that at least 25 percent of companies that close following a flood have to shut down for good.
Even if your business does survive, the flood cleanup process can be extensive. That is why you should take steps to protect your commercial building from flood damage. You can do this by:
- Moving your structure to higher ground
- Elevating the building above flood levels
- Building levels or barriers to block floodwaters
- Using seals, pumps and barriers to flood-proof the building
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has found that flood-proofing is the most cost-effective of these methods. Still, before you implement any flood mitigation strategies, there are some factors you need to consider.
First, of course, is the cost. You should analyze any potential projects and determine if the benefits outweigh the expenses. The amount of time each plan takes to implement and whether it puts your employees in danger should be taken into account, as well.
Your flood-proofing strategy should include an emergency plan that all your employees know and understand. Make sure that they all know what to do and where to go during a major storm.
You can also limit storm damage to your building by performing regular maintenance. This includes looking for cracks in the walls and floors along with checking any shutoff or backflow valves.
Of course, no flood damage mitigation strategy is fool-proof. That is why you need to look for reliable storm cleanup restoration specialists ahead of time. They can assist with the rebuilding process.
Facts About Restoring Your Belongings After a Flood
Stormwater damage home in Bowling Green, KY
According to the American Meteorological Society, the United States is experiencing an upward trend in the frequency and intensity of extreme precipitation events. If you have experienced stormwater damage in your Bowling Green, KY, home, you are undoubtedly concerned about the fate of your beloved property. Enlisting professional assistance is the first step in your content cleaning process.
Why Hire Professional Assistance?
Flood water is considered black water, the most hazardous type of damage. Cleaning up this level of contamination requires the immediate assistance of storm damage experts. Here’s why:
- This type of water may contain sewage, toxic chemicals and other hazardous materials, which require specialized safety and removal methods.
- Hazardous contamination is not always detectable by the untrained eye.
- Cleanup and restoration professionals are trained to work quickly, minimizing secondary damage that can spread as time passes.
Temporarily turning over your home and your belongings to strangers is unsettling and can feel stressful. The more you know about what to expect, the more comfortable you may feel with the process.
What About Your Belongings?
Your personal items undoubtedly hold sentimental and financial value for you. After the water is removed from your home, content cleaning professionals will begin restoring your valuables. Furnishings such as carpets, drapes and upholstery will be dried, cleaned and deodorized. Your hardwood furniture can be dried and refinished, but veneered pieces will likely have to be discarded.
Electronics such as televisions, DVD players and computers may sustain internal water damage. Your restoration team will use specialized processes to dry and refurbish them, if possible.
Water-damaged documents, photographs, books and other paper products can be difficult to reclaim. Remediation companies that provide document restoration generally use meticulous methods to dry and restore valuable papers, wherever possible. For your reassurance, these services generally include HIPAA-certified inventory and security procedures.
Stormwater damage to your home can create unwelcome upheaval in your life. You and your family may be without your familiar surroundings for much of the content cleaning process. An emergency flood remediation service can provide safe, expert care of your belongings and contribute to your family’s peace of mind during a challenging time.
How To Prepare Your Business for Severe Weather
Roof inspection in Plum Springs, KY
April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. However, sometimes that Spring storm may bring a little more than you bargained for. Strong winds and torrential downpours can cause serious damage to your commercial property. That is why it is important to prepare as much as possible to solidify your building against severe weather.
Keep the Water Away
Allowing rainwater or rising groundwater to sit on or near the building structure is a recipe for disaster. A few ways to divert rain away from your property include:
Building a berm or slanting the soil
Adding drip guards
Installing a rainscreen
Of course, your drainage system plays the biggest role in filtering water away from your building during a storm, so make sure it is in top condition. Oftentimes, property owners may not even realize they have faulty drainage until they are caught dealing with flood cleanup. Invasive tree roots are a common cause of drainage issues. As roots grow and expand they may lead to a serious pipe break, so you might want to have any problematic trees removed. Regularly cleaning and inspecting your gutters, downspouts and drain pipes can keep you ahead of the game next time a Spring storm rolls around.
Prepare for Strong Winds
High winds are one of the major causes of storm damage. Storm gusts can rip off shingles and sheathing, so having a routine roof inspection is essential. During inspection, ensure that shingles are nailed down and are not worn or degraded. Also check for a tight seal between the roof and the walls, and make sure that any air conditioning units, pipes or other entities are securely attached. In anticipation of strong wind, you might also want to check doors and windows. Doors should have at least three substantial hinges and sturdy locks to prevent them from swinging or blowing.
Always keep your building well-maintained and monitor the weather so that you have adequate time to prepare for a harsh Spring storm. Nevertheless, should your commercial property in Plum Springs, KY, suffer any type of storm damage, storm cleanup and restoration experts are Here to Help.
Storm Damage and Home Repair
Cleaning after storm damage in Rockfield, KY
Three Most Critical Components of Home Restoration
If your home gets hit by a storm and there is significant water damage you should expect your home to be under construction for quite some time in order to be treated and restored properly and safely. Depending on the extent of the damage incurred you may need to tear out walls and maybe even rebuild a portion of your home’s foundation. Here are the three most critical components of home restoration that you can expect if you need emergency restoration services in Rockfield, KY.
1. Water Removal
The first thing that needs to happen is to remove as much water as possible from inside your home. This includes removing all materials that are soaked (including carpets, bedding, mattresses, curtains, etc.), then using submersible pumps and industrial strength wet/dry vacuums to remove as much water as possible. After the majority of water is removed you probably need to set up some high-powered fans to dry out any remaining moisture in your home’s interior.
2. Extract Wet Infrastructure
If you experienced a substantial amount of water damage there might be water inside your walls, cabinets and floors. Storm restoration may entail tear out of your home’s infrastructure, someone may need to remove your drywall and perhaps even entire portions of your home. If the damage is this bad you should expect to need alternative lodging while repairs are being completed.
3. Clean and Sanitize
After the water is removed and all tear out tasks have been completed your home will need to be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. The extent of cleaning necessary will depend on the amount of water damage that was done. Sanitization is critical after cleaning to ensure no mold particles are left behind. Mold can be very toxic to all your home’s inhabitants so antimicrobial and antibacterial treatments are very important.
What Happens to Your Office After Storm Damage?
Water removal, drying, tear out and restoration are critical components of cleaning up after a flood.
Flooding is one of the most damaging environmental disasters that can occur in your office building. If you’re not properly prepared, you can face significant damage and financial consequences. It’s also important that you have the assistance of an expert to tear out affected areas and thoroughly clean up the water and other damage. The Professionals will follow effective steps to ensure you can get back to regular business soon.
4 Steps Professionals Will Follow After Storm Damage
Inspect the damage
The storm restoration team will begin its work by taking a look at the extent of the issues in your building. The team will assess how much water got into your facility and whether there was any black water involved. Once the restoration professionals see the effects of the water damage, they can formulate a plan of how they’ll get your building back to a state where you can resume operations.
Get Rid of Water
The first cleanup effort will be removing water from the flood. The experts will use a proven process to do this.
- Use industrial strength water extractors.
- Dry the affected area once water is removed.
- Sanitize the area to discourage the growth of mold and other harmful materials and substances.
Once the water is gone, the restoration team will remove any severely damaged carpet, flooring or drywall. This tear out process can be extensive depending on how large the flood was and how long the water sat in the area.
In major flooding incidents, the team will perform restoration. This process can take several weeks and may involve rebuilding portions of your office space. Be prepared to make some adjustments to your operations because your facility in Bowling Green, KY, may not be in regular working order for a long period of time.
Water removal, drying, tear out and restoration are critical components of cleaning up after a flood. Make sure you call a reliable company to handle this effort.
Design and implement an emergency action plan for your entire building
If you own or operate a business in Bowling Green, KY, you may be interested in improving your building's resilience to inclement weather such as a spring storm. Don't delay implementing the simple tips below to improve the quality of your working environment and the well-being of your employees.
1. Awareness of Conditions
The most basic step you can take as a responsible administrator is to stay aware of the local weather. Someone on staff should have as part of their job responsibilities a daily review of the weather forecast. If severe storms are projected, stay tuned to a NOAA radio broadcast or website for further information. Design and implement an emergency action plan for your entire building, including shutdown and evacuation procedures.
2. Preventative Maintenance
Even if you can't change the weather in your area, you can keep your building from suffering undue storm damage when the worst conditions strike. Maintain your buildings water and air barrier through yearly inspections of the plastic sheets, basement pumps, and roofing materials. Any moisture that has accumulated in the insulation or flooring should be deferred to a qualified flood cleanup professional. Make sure that all pipes and piping joints are in good condition and have sufficient sealant. If a pipe break occurs, shut off all water at the mains and locate a replacement part immediately.
Flooding during a spring storm can also be the result of poor landscaping. Ensure that the grade of the soil and roads near your property slopes away from doorways and crawlspace entry points. Check for blockages or overgrowth near drainage ditches. In flowerbeds, use heavy mulches or gravel to allow for drainage and to prevent erosion.
The checklist for flood readiness doesn't have to be miles long. By adding a few common sense steps to your monthly routine, you can be prepared for any spring storm.
3 Tips To Stop Sewage Backup
Sewer backup can cause extensive damage.
Preventative Measures To Prevent Sewage Backup
A sewer backup can cause extensive damage at a residence in Plum Springs, KY. There are several measures homeowners can take to reduce the likelihood of blockages in lines, and it may also be possible to install specialized equipment to prevent flooding caused by an overflowing municipal main. Follow these three preventative tips to reduce the risk of sewer damage.
1. Only Flush Sewer-Safe Materials
Only toilet paper should be flushed down toilets. If a toilet is prone to developing clogs, a homeowner may want to select thinner single- or double-ply toilet paper. No other materials should be flushed down toilets or put down drains. Even moist towelettes described as being sewer-safe may result in blockages.
2. Use Root Killer To Prevent Blockages
Old sewer lines may be more prone to blockages formed by invasive tree roots. Homeowners can treat lines with a foaming herbicide once a year to eliminate growth and prevent a common backup cause. Avoid solutions that contain copper sulfate, an ingredient that may damage pipe materials.
3. Consider Installing Specialized Components
Homeowners may want to consider installing plumbing components designed to decrease the likelihood of backups. Consult with a plumber to determine whether a backflow valve, overhead sewer or standpipe could significantly limit the risk of sewer damage at a residence. A backflow valve or standpipe can be relatively affordable, whereas an overhead sewer is a more costly solution.
These tips may help to reduce the likelihood of a sewer backup. Homeowners can take preventative measures to prevent blockages or clogs from forming in residential lines. Depending on the condition of these lines, a homeowner may want to invest in a sewer cleaning. Specialized modifications can prevent flooding resulting from an overflowing municipal main. If a property sustains any sewer or storm damage, homeowners should rely on a residential mitigation and restoration company located in Plum Springs, KY.
Solar Panels vs. Nature: What Could Crack the Cells
Solar Panels on the roof of a suburban house in Bowling Green, KY.
Solar panel damage is rare, but when it does happen, it’s usually as a result of a hard-hitting storm. There are a few things you can do to prepare if you know a storm is on the way to Bowling Green, KY.
The examples below of instances where panels stayed intact may give you peace of mind that yours could also stay safe.
When Nature Strikes
Solar panels are usually built to hold up even in the most extreme of circumstances. However, there are some common causes to damaged panels.
• Hail (especially when it hits the same spot repeatedly)
• High winds (uplift can happen when wind blows between your roof and panels)
• Roof damage (if your roof wasn’t built well to begin with, the panels can fly off with it)
Where Solar Panels Stayed Intact
Storms have tested panels with much success in recent years:
• Hurricane Maria: 180 mph winds didn’t even leave a scratch on a 645 kW solar array on a VA hospital in San Juan. It operated well after the storm, even though nearly all of the island was without power.
• Hurricane Sandy: panel damage was few and far between in New Jersey when this hurricane hit in 2012, days after the state installed dozens of panels.
• Severe hail in Denver: only one out of more than 3,000 panels on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory campus was damaged in this rare storm.
What To Do Before and After the Storm
Prepare for a storm the same way you would without solar panels. Don’t try to remove them, as the racks are built to handle the storm. You may want to take pictures of the system just in case. If the storm does cause an issue, you can show those pictures to your insurance agent. Most providers cover panels, but you may want to double check before it’s too late.
When you do experience panel damage, don’t try to fix it yourself. Always call a professional in Bowling Green, KY, first.
SERVPRO of Warren County is ready to respond immediately to water and storm damage emergencies.
Readying for Storm Season – Tips for Inspecting Your Building
Hail is one of the most common storm threats.
Tips For Inspecting Your Building
Finding and repairing vulnerabilities in your Bowling Green, KY building before a storm offers the best chance at seeing minimal damage. Fortunately, small things like proper exterior maintenance can dramatically improve your chances of getting through unscathed. Here are tips you can follow for inspecting your building before a storm hits.
Understand the Risks
Each storm brings its own unique threats. Some of the most common threats of all storms include:
- High winds
- Power loss
While you can’t eliminate all risk, preparing with basic exterior maintenance can minimize some of the impact. The tips below can help you keep your building maintained and know what to look for as you prepare for storm season.
Secure Loose Objects
Wind is one of the biggest risks during any storm. As you examine your building exterior, look for loose shutters, fences, doors and even windows. Any of these can break off, creating dangerous projectiles during a storm. Secure these with locks, window shutters or plywood.
Monitor Hanging Icicles
Icicles may seem attractive, but they’re typically a sign of a poorly insulated roof. Too much heat in the attic can melt snow, leading to water runoff into gutters. The liquid refreezes and creates a dam of ice that can collapse. Inspect your roof eaves for icicles and target those areas for an interior roof inspection and possible repairs.
Clear Unsafe Tree Limbs
Trees can be a major threat to your building in a storm. Inspect your building’s exterior for overgrown branches as well as trees with shallow, rotting roots. Prepare to have branches trimmed or vulnerable trees removed to prevent damage to your roof or windows in a storm.
One of the best ways to get your building through a storm safely is by preparing in advance. Take time to do basic exterior maintenance and building inspection to minimize the need for storm damage cleanup and expense.
Why Waiting For an Adjuster Has Risks
Flooded basement caused by heavy rains in Smiths, KY
You are relieved that you bought flood insurance, but when there has been widespread flood damage in Smiths, KY, it may take a long time before the adjuster makes it to your house. You are probably getting mixed advice. Some people say it is unwise to make repairs before the adjuster comes, but others say it’s your responsibility to prevent subsequent damage. It sounds risky either way, so what should you do? You don’t want to do work that the adjuster denies, but you also have a responsibility and a need to protect your property from further damage.
Here are some initial actions you can take and why:
- Document now. Take videos and photos of all property damage to share with your flood insurance company.
- Tarp exposed areas. If there was damage to your home’s exterior, allowing wind and rain to continue entering, then you should try to prevent this exposure.
- Remove water as quickly as you can. Your flood problem can quickly become a mold problem in as little as 24 – 48 hours. Mold spores are abundant in the air, and colonies multiply rapidly.
- Move belongings out of the water. If you have larger furniture items, they can be blocked or separated from the wet floor with foil to prevent further damage. Remove smaller items from the water.
- Begin the drying process. To prevent mold damage, continue ventilating and drying your property after water is removed. If your electricity is on and safe to operate, you should use fans and air conditioning to aid this process.
These actions are all in the category of preventing additional damage, which reduces costs for everyone. What’s great about working with a reputable flood recovery company is that they likely already have established relationships with flood insurance adjusters, paving a smooth path for the claims process and for getting your home back to normal as quickly as possible.
Floods Can Cause Unexpected Damage
Flood damage in Plano, KY
Flooding in Plano, KY is a serious business risk. Some businesses, especially those that maintain a lot of inventory, might be more susceptible to losses than others. The fact remains that flood damage could cause a host of problems:
- Data loss
- Rendering your facility uninhabitable
Most companies have business interruption insurance. It's most popular in industries that need to keep working constantly in order to keep up with client orders to fulfill customer expectations. However, business Interruption insurance is not a blank check. Providers will often want to know that their policyholders are doing everything they can to get back to normal operations, such as hiring professional recovery companies.
Keeping Information Safe
Mini companies also rely on detailed records in order to track processes and finances from year to year. This can end up piling up on office computers or in filing cabinets. Smart managers make sure that there are practice is in place, whether they are automated or manual, to maintain off-site copies of a business's most vital records. If client confidentiality is a primary concern, businesses often use flood-proof storage solutions for their information.
Avoiding a Move
Floods have the potential to make a business vacate premises temporarily. However, flooding could also lead to more serious problems, such as black water and structural degradation. There's one main difference between businesses that have to leave for a few days and those that have to move permanently: response time. Forming a partnership ahead of time with a repair company could speed up the process.
There is no way for business owners in Plano, KY, to predict when and where floods might happen. However, keeping cost-effective systems and practices in place to address known risks is always a good idea. While proactive measures are important, acting quickly when flooding strikes is also a key factor in a company's ability to remain in business after a disaster.
Roof Damage and Hard To Find Water Problems
If you have wet areas in the attic or home, you must repair and dry the areas as quickly as you can.
Wind damage from a storm in Bowling Green, KY, can blow roof tiles, leaving weaknesses for water to get into your home. When you can see signs of roof damage from a recent storm, it is time to have a full inspection to find additional damage. Roof repair will be critical to prevent interior and structural damages from water that can get in through the damaged areas in the roof.
Outside Wind Damage Clues
You probably suspect that roof damage has allowed water into your home. You may see signs of storm damage on the outside of your home, such as:
• Bent, broken or discolored shingles
• Rusting, sagging, or buckling gutters
If you see signs like these, it's time to call an experienced roof contractor to do a full inspection of your roof and begin repairs as quickly as possible to prevent future water problems.
Inside Water Damage
While the roof repair is underway, you may want to look for water damage inside. Where should you look?
• Check interior areas around clogged gutters. They are heavy and pull on fasteners, where water can get in. Clogs also cause pooling around your roof.
• Look for stains on the ceilings. Stay out of rooms until repairs are made, if the ceiling is bulging.
• Get in the attic. Look for damaged wood or drywall, and check for wet or moldy insulation.
If you have wet areas in the attic or home, you must repair and dry the areas as quickly as you can. Mold can develop very fast in moist areas and where water damage has occurred. Once the roof repair is complete, the leak is stopped and you can focus on interior cleanup. Mold cleanup should be handled very carefully to prevent further spread of mold spores in your home. A professional restoration company knows how to set up containment areas while they work to clean mold and water damaged areas. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROwarrencounty.com/.
Supporting the Red Cross
Red Cross Fun Run in Warren County
The Red Cross is a wonderful organization that helps to give back to the community in times of crisis.
The local Red Cross chapter here in Warren County works relentlessly to raise awareness and collect funds to be able to help in a person's time of need. We at SERVPRO of Warren County want to do everything that we can to show our support to them. They recently held a 5k Fun Run/Walk in the community to raise some extra money in order to be able to continue to give back. Our Sales Marketing Manager, Nikki Duff and our Sales Marketing Rep, Jordan Strange, attended this event to show our support! We pride ourselves on being there for our community in any way possible.
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.
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.
Storm in St. Louis is a humbling event
The Living Room in this Missouri home was flooded after several days of non stop raining. Our Warren County SERVPRO team was in town helping out local franchises with an over abundance of claims. 6 people from our location dropped what they were doing and went to St. Louis when we got the call that there was massive flooding and they needed as many crews as possible. Our Marketing team was in town first to assess the damage and set up appointments so that when our production team made it to town they could begin work immediately. We were able to help several families and businesses get their property back to preloss condition. Our crew is very humbled to be able to help out in times of crisis.
Flooding in St. Louis
Storm Troopers to the rescue
SERVPRO of Warren County received a call to travel to St. Louis, MO to help with the influx of claims that had come in due to massive flooding. Our crew loaded up and was on the way in a flash. By the time the crew made the 4 hour trip, our home crew had called several customers and had appointments lined up and ready so they could hit the ground running. We had six of our team members in the St. Louis area for 10 days helping out the local franchises during their time of crisis.
Our team loves to be there to help and get people back on their feet and will work as many hours as it takes to get them back in their homes and "Like it never even happened."
Torrential Rains cause flooding in Ohio
Category 3 Water calls for Tyvek suits and masks.
This home in Cincinnati was flooded with sewage when torrential rains caused the city storm drains to overflow. SERVPRO of Warren County was at the scene to help out local franchises that were inundated with jobs. There was sewage and debris scattered about and our crew was suited up in tyvek suits, gloves and masks to ensure their health and well being was protected. The crew had to remove most of the contents from the garage and basement of this home due to the category 3 water that had saturated the items. Several hours were spent hauling out furniture and trash as well as mopping up sewage and wiping down hard surfaces. When all the mess was cleaned up, we then sprayed the area with antimicrobial in order to sanitize everything. The customer was very happy to have someone else take some of the burden of their loss away.
Storm Team Recognition
Storm Team Highlighted in our Corporate Newsletter
Our Warren County team was proud to be recognized by SERVPRO Corporate in the February Storm Spotlight.
Our crew's dilligent work in the past 3 storm events has earned us this recognition.
Our Storm Team spends countless hours away from home helping when disaster strikes in other communities across the country. We know what it is like to be uprooted from your home and we work very hard to get things back to normal as soon as possible for these grief stricken families.
While our Storm Team is out of town our local crew has to step it up as well in their absence. We all work together as a team and make the magic happen.
Thank you to our team and thank you SERVPRO!!
Hurricane Matthew Damage
Hurricane Matthew Clean up
This photo is from late October to early November 2016, in Lumberton, North Carolina. This was a storm event for Hurricane Matthew. There were about 6 franchises chosen to participate in the clean up for the Housing Authority. These were townhouses that we removed all contents, made 8ft flood cuts on the bottom floor, cleaned to SERVPRO standards and dried for 3-5 days. We were gone for approximately 3 weeks working 12 hour days.
While on storm events we just perform emergency services and leave it ready for a local contractor to do the repairs. This is a very humbling experience for all involved and shows the dedication of all SERVPRO employees to spend that much time away from their families in order to help those in need.
Keeping on top of the IICRC Guidelines
Sea of Green!!
SERVPRO Of Warren County recently purchased several dozen new Velo Air Movers in order to keep up with industry standards. These pieces of equipment are lighter and more efficient than the old air movers that we are phasing out.
We follow stringent guidelines set in place by IICRC in order to keep receiving business from local vendors and offices.
Along with our state of the art equipment, we also have highly trained technicians that have to follow the IICRC standards when performing any work on Water Mitigation or Mold Remediation claims. Our crew is IICRC certified to remediate water losses and has to maintain this training by doing follow up classes every 2 years. It is our goal to do things the right way the first time in order to keep our business thriving and our customers happy
Storm Team Recognition
Storm Team Recognition
Warren County SERVPRO was happy to be recognized as the February Storm Spotlight!
Last year, the crew traveled to three Storm events which caused significant growth for the Franchise. The team traveled to Texas, Ohio and North Carolina helping Customers get their homes and businesses cleaned up after storm events. Our Crew prides themselves on hard work and dedication and are very humbled to be able to help out in these catastrophic circumstances.
They spent a lot of time on the road last year and are very diligent in their work and enjoy being able to help out in times of need.
We appreciate the recognition from our Corporate office and will continue to work toward helping our community and those around us in any way.