Mold: the good, the bad, and the ugly!
There's a variety of ways to make sure mold doesn't get inside your home. Here are few ways to keep the mold levels as low as possible in your home or business:
- Controlling humidity
- Fixing leaky roofs, windows, and pipes as soon as possible
- Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding
- Ventilating shower, laundry, and cooking areas
If mold is growing in your home or business, you need to clean up the mold and fix the moisture causing the mold problem.
**Mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution of no more than 1 cup of household laundry bleach in 1 gallon of water.
Call the professionals today!
If you want someone to take care of your mold damage efficiently and professionally --call SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties at 606-877-2160.
Have you gotten your ducts cleaned recently?
Sometimes we only think of HVAC cleanings for our own home. We want to keep our family happy and healthy. So, why not extend the same services to our customers. Dirty ducts can circulate mold, odor, and other contaminants throughout the building. Here are some concrete reasons why cleaning those ducts is the best way to go:
Allergies- We all carry allergies through our lives. Flowers, grass, and other natural things in nature flare up our stuffy noses. Dust is another contaminant that can flare our allergies up which is why cleaning those ducts helps prevent those in our customers, employees, and our own selves.
Pets- We all love our four legged friends, but they shed. And, where does that hair go? It can head straight to our air ducts.
Efficiency- During the drastic weather months of cold and hot, we want our ducts to run smoothly and efficiently. Did you know that getting your ducts cleaned can save you money, because like everything else, it works better when it's cleaned out.
We want the best possible service for our customers and calling SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties to clean your ducts is a great place to start!
You have a flooded basement -- now what?
It's never fun to come home to a flooded basement. Flooded basements occur during storm season or a rainy day gone wrong. We don't want your cleanup process to be anything but easy! Here are some techniques you can use to make the process easier before we arrive:
- Use wooden clothespins to hang up clothes, children’s stuffed animals, and photographs that may have been effected.
- Make sure that furs and leather items dry separately and at room temperature.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture and wet carpeting.
- Remove upholstery and cushions for drying.
- Remove any excess water by mopping or blotting until we arrive.
SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties is ready for any size disaster. If your basement floods, call us at (606) 877-216
Residents of Somerset, London, We are Here to Help with your Water Damage.
At SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties we want to make sure your home and/or business is handled by the best of the best. Our trained technicians are certified to help with your water damages.
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to safely clean and restore your home, utilizing the following procedures:
- Dispose of refuse
- Utilize advanced drying and monitoring equipment.
- Apply necessary treatments.
- Inspect carpet pad/carpet and provide service.
- Move and block furniture and contents.
- Perform emergency water extraction.
- Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premise for hidden moisture.
- Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis.
- Identify the source/type of water
If you have water damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties today at 606-877-2160.
Our storm team travels from Iowa to Pennsylvania!
Pictured above is a map of all of the states our storm team has currently traveled.
Our storm team travels all over the United States to care for other communities during their time of need. The local SERVPRO's in those communities get overloaded with calls, so they activate SERVPRO storm teams from all over the country.
Our teams head into the eye of the storm going from customer to customer to help with their storm damages. It's anything from a flooded basement to sump pump failure; these teams never stop. They work continuously to help the residents of these communities.
We went to Iowa in July, and we are still in Pennsylvania working with the most recent flooding right now. We hope to help all we can while we are on site. As always, we hope they don't need us, but if they do our storm team is always on standby ready to head into the next disaster.
Bleach on Mold? Don't do it!
Here is a photo of mold damage that we came upon at a residential job last year. Our certified technicians are trained to clean up mold damage.
Mold clean-up is one of the most calls we get here at SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties and for good reason. Mold can cause illness and other harmful side effects especially in children and the elderly. Many people want to automatically turn to bleach to try and clean up the mold by themselves, because they want it gone and fast. There are many reasons not to try to clean-up mold by yourself. It's always best to call a professional, so you don't spread the mold spores, and cause an even bigger issue in your home or business.
Here are a few reasons that bleach is not a good option for your next mold damage cleanup:
- Bleach is toxic.
- Bleach loses effectiveness overtime.
- Bleach does not kill mold on porous surfaces and can actually contribute to mold growth.
Don't clean up the mold yourselves, call your local SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."
IICRC Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) Courses
Candace, our Marketing Rep, learning all about the best practices to clean up your water damage.
Our team recently went to Bowling Green, Kentucky for a three day course on becoming IICRC-accredited Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) certified. This course teaches basic education for technicians and other team members in the science and practice of water damage restoration. Our marketing team went to learn more ways to help our customers. Candace, our Marketing Representative said: "It's awesome that our company sends all team members to these training's. No one teaches their employees about their services better than SERVPRO. I can't wait to get back to Kentucky and start helping my customers with everything I've been taught in this course." This course covered extraction, basic containment and basic mold procedures. Our team is back and ready to make your damages "Like it never even happened."
What's that smell?
Contact us for your fire, smoke, soot, and other smell removal.
Are you a business owner or in charge of a commercial property? Have you ever noticed any smells that could be pushing away business or a nuisance?
SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties is here to help! We provide Odor Removal and Deodorization to our customers. We are expertly trained in getting rid of those smells that make you want to leave a business --or even worse, fear for your employees and customers for those harmful odors.
We can identify and eliminate those offensive odors. We know it can lead to the worst of times with customers when there's a bad smell in the air.
Call your local SERVPRO --we have ozone machines and other techniques to get your property back to smelling "Like it never even happened."
Summer Fire Safety Tips to Minimize Fire Damage
It's that time of year again that everyone wants to pull out the grill and barbecue every night. We agree, but we also want you and your family to stay safe this summer season. Below are a few tips from FEMA to keep you stay grilling fire free this summer:
- Propane and charcoal BBQ grills must only be used outdoors.
- Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas, and foot traffic. Grills should be positioned at least 10 feet away from siding, deck railing, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep matches, lighters, and starter fluid out of the reach of children in a locked drawer or cabinet.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill area: declare a three-foot "kid-free zone" around the grill.
Remember these tips and you'll help minimize your chances of a fire damage!
Emergency Kit for Summer Storms
The summer weather is coming in fast this year, with heat waves, summer storms, and flooding right around the corner. It's always a good idea to keep your family safe by having an emergency preparedness kit just in case. Our friends at the American Red Cross suggest these items for your kit. Of course all items should be personalized to fit your family's needs.
- According to the American Red Cross a first aid kit may include:
- non-latex gloves
- assortment of adhesive bandages
- antibiotic ointment
- sterile gauze pads in assorted sizes
- absorbent compress dressings
- adhesive cloth tape
- aspirin packets (81 mg each)
- first aid instruction booklet
- A 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
- Personal hygiene items
- Blankets or sleeping bags