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Mold Damage in your London Home

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

mold in a home The mold in this home was caused from a roof leak.

Why SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties? 

Mold Cleanup

When a customer walks into their home and begins to smell mold, or see black spots, or starts to get sick from their home: they dread the M word. 

In our area, we tend to have mold damage that starts the most prevalentily in the summer months. The humidity has started, so mold is bound to be right around any corner. 

The problem with mold is that it creates an ugly scene on your bedroom wall, or favorite piece of furniture. Your friends at SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties are here to help with the following:

  • Black Mold Cleanup
  • Mold Inspections
  • Basement Mold Cleanup 
  • Bathroom Mold Cleanup
  • Attic Mold Remediation
  • Black Mold Damage Repairs

Whenever we deal with mold, our procedures change based on the variety of structure. Once a fungus develops, it grows structures called hyphae in all directions. These structures then release the seed-like spores that can travel around your home until they find other wet, organic materials to grow on.

We want to make sure you hope is safe from current and future mold growth. Call our offices today to see how our team of certified specialists can help your home. The sooner you get mold growth halted, the better.

London, Corbin, Somerset: Storm Season

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

lightning and storm damage Storm damage can be a scary thing to happen to your home. Trust the professionals to help!

Anyone that lives in Kentucky, knows that the storms can come in fast and furious. We have been known to have light thunder and lightning turn into a vicious tornado. These high wind speeds can create a lot of damage in their path. 

Something as simple as a stray branch or rock from the winds can break your window or roof. This occurrence can create secondary damages in your home. Anything from water, fire, mold, or cleanup services might be necessary. 

If items inside your house ever get wet after a storm, our SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties can help you by providing the following services:

  • Emergency Services after Water Damage
  • Leaking Roof from Storms
  • Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages
  • Flood Restoration
  • Water Removal Services
  • Water Clean Up

Trust our team to come to your home after a storm surge and help you put it back together "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage in London Basement

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

fire and smoke damage in London Fire damage in London home

Fire damage?

One homeowner awoke to smoke filling his bedroom. He rushed to get his family out, and later it was discovered the fire had begun in the basement. A candle had been left on with a blanket nearby. The flame had caught the material and created a fire.

The fire was stopped but he local fire department before too much secondary damage. The fire had created enough smoke damage that it had traveled to the main floor bedrooms. The smoke had put a layer of smoke and soot on on walls, windows, floors, and soft contents. 

How do we clean fire and smoke damage? 

SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties was called and able to help with the intense smoke damage. We have ozone machines, fire sponge methods, and other ways to clean up smoke damage in your home. 

And, on even more serious soot damage, we can use ice blasting. Ice blasting breaks down soot with high levels of solid carbon dioxide. It cuts soot at the source to get it off of material that is hard to clean off with traditional methods. 

Call our offices to see how we can help your home fire damages. 

Is your home prepared for summer storms?

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

summer rain Make sure to check your home during the summer storm season.

Summer storms in London:

Storm Types

The sun has made its appearance, but along with the sunshine comes summer storms. Storms are a natural occurrence but can create a lot of damage to your home. Here are a few summer storms that can create damage in your home:

Lightning- This can create some of the most damage. Lightning strikes can create fires in your home and especially your attic. 

Thunderstorms- Thunderstorms probably will not leave any damage, but they are typically a precursor for more serious storms that can cause damage. 

Tornadoes- Tornadoes usually leave a huge mess in their wake. They can create damage for miles and miles in several cities and towns across their path.

Home Damage

Here are a few places where storm damage more regularly occurs: 

Attic: You do not regularly go into your attic, so after storms, it is vital you check it out. Lightning can create fire damage or small sparks. Water damage can come through and hide behind furniture or other storage items against the walls. Check your attic for damage regularly. It’s important to assess your attic space as often as you check other parts of your home. 

Roof: Check your roofing after severe summer weather. You need to make sure there are no leaks or shingles that are missing. These need to be repaired as soon as you can to prevent secondary damage after a storm. 

Keep these tips in mind for summer storms to keep your home intact!

Water Damage Backup

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

water damage on floor with a fan Call us today if you think you have hidden water damage.

Did you know your refrigerator can cause water damage?

Recently, we had a homeowner call and tell us about her refrigerator that had backed up and poured water for several hours. She did get the water cleaned up but the water also leaked into her unfinished basement. Luckily there was no standing water, but she did notice water on her ceiling joists and that the basement floors were a little wet. 

She call SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties for help because even though she got most of the water up, she had hardwood flooring. Her flooring was her main concern but water can permeate under flooring and create a mess. 

This customer was happy she called us because we could use a moisture meter to test and see if water was holding under her floors. When you have water that does not dry quickly it can create a mold problem under the floors. 

We were able to test and let her know she did have water holding underneath her floors so we could set equipment to get it dry. 

Do you have a fire escape plan?

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

fire escape plan Fire Escape Plan 101

Have you ever thought about what would happen after a fire in your home? What would you do, what would your family do? Do you have a plan for the elderly, pets, and small children? 

If you answered no to any of these questions, you may want to consider a fire escape plan. Not everyone in your family could be ready and prepared to get out during such a dire emergency, so having a plan is the best way to keep them safe. 

You want to make sure everyone is included. You want to make sure there is a point person who can alert someone who may not hear or be disabled and not know what a fire alarm is. Also, assign someone to keep an eye out for the pets. The best way to prepare a pet is keep them in one area of the house during the nighttime or when you're away or keep them in a crate. Finding pets at night is hardest part  of making the plan. There is not way to know where they could be unless you have a standing place the entire family knows about. 

When planning this escape route for your family there are a few factors to consider: 

Have two ways to escape: You never know where a fire could start. You want to make sure there are a few different escape routes so you have a sure way to leave your home, if it is on fire. 

Pick a Meeting Spot: Find somewhere far enough away from your home that cannot catch fire from being close to your home, but it is not too far to go in the middle of the night or walk to alone.

Trial your smoke alarms: Make sure to test your smoke alarms quarterly or twice a year to keep them up to date and charged with working batteries. 

Trial your escape plan: Have every family member do the escape plan when there is not an emergency a couple times a year so everyone remembers what to do. 

Make a plan for if you cannot exit through the two escape routes: Sometimes if a fire spreads quickly it may be hard to a family member to get to an escape place. Make sure they know to keep their bedroom doors closed and to either exit through a window or stay put and lay a towel under the door to keep smoke out until emergency help arrives. 

Make a plan for when the fire is out: You want to make sure you have an idea of who to call when the fire has been put out. You may need window boarding, help with secondary damages, contents cleaning, or all of the above.

You local SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties has been cleaning fire damages for over twenty years. Call us for help after you have an emergency. We are here to help!

Preparing for Summer Fun

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

camping safety Fire Damage during Camping

Summer is a great time to gather with family and create a lot of fun memories! There's a ton to do when camping, and it can be a great place to light up a fire for smores.  These fun memories can mean several different situations with summer danger. There are a few ways to stay away from possible fire damages that could pose danger to you or your family's home away from home. Here are a few tips: 

  • When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for barbecue grills; do not add fluid after the coals have been lit.
  • When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight, and check hoses for leaks. 
  • When camping, always use a flame-retardant tent and set up camp far away from the campfire.
  • Always build a campfire downwind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building your fire. 
  • Always make sure the fire is out before going to sleep or leaving your campsite. 
  • Store liquid fire starter away from your tent and use dry debris to refresh the fire.

Keep your family safe this summer with fire safety tips for camping. 

Wind Damage in London

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

How can you prevent wind damage?

Spring is here and so is storm season. This week alone, our meteorologist has predicted more bad weather for our area in London.

Prevention: Do a checklist of your home before bad weather sets in. Look for downed power lines, trees that have rotted or seem weak, limbs that hang down, or even outdoor equipment/furniture that could be picked up by heavy winds. These pieces could be slung into your home and create damage.

Roof: Get a checkup on your roof. If you cannot, have a professional look for misplaced shingles, or other damages. See if you need a fix or a new roof before bad weather.

Insurance: Have a sit down with your insurance agent. See what needs to be updated to your insurance policy to protect you from wind damage.

Assess Damages: When the heavy winds or storms are over, go a look over your property to make sure nothing is out of place. You want to catch any damages early, so they do not create secondary damages. You also want to make sure they are covered on your policy so you can file a claim or get help for damage cleanup from a professional. 

Grilling Season is here in London

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

grill Grilling Safety 101

As spring arrives, so does the desire to grill for every dinner and cookout your family hosts. When grilling there are several ways that it can create a danger for your home and you. SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties wants you to stay safe this spring and summer. Here are a few tips to make sure you are safe when grilling up some delicious meals. 

  • Make sure your grill has no leaks 
  • Make sure your grill is on a level surface 
  • Always clean your grill after each use 
  • Do not wear loose or draping clothing 
  • Keep your grill several feet away from your home 
  • Always have someone keeping an eye on the grill at all times 

Grilling season is supposed to be fun. Follow these tips to keep your home and family safe this summer.

Out of the Woods

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

garden hose Springtime is here, but water damage is here to stay.

Springtime -- we are not out of the "winter woods" yet!

Even though warmer weather is starting to peek around the corner, winter water damage is here to stay.

We know it is that time when everyone is ready to get out of the house and garden to their heart's content. After a long winter of not being able to do yard work, gardening or working on that lawn you are so proud of – it is finally time to turn on that water spigot outside and get to work! 

But, you should know many times that the water spigot has a nasty surprise for you. A surprise hidden during the winter, frosty months is finally about to make its debut.

Only when someone finally turns on the water for the first time does the damaged pipe reveal itself. SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties handles many of these calls each spring.  Someone comes in from a good day of work in the yard to find a flooded house or flooded basement from that water pipe they just had on.  Let the water damage experts at SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties take care of any of your water damage needs. 

Enjoy the springtime and call our office if you need us!