Fall, Is That You?
Cooler temperatures are hopefully on the way, and soon falling leaves will serve as a reminder than the fall season is here. As the seasons change, so do our activities and home needs. The weather where we live can change in an instant, so a bit of attention now can save in costly repairs and aggravation later.
- Check for drafts around edges of windows and doors
- Have your furnace inspected
- Winterize your air conditioner
- Think about installing programmable thermostats
- Test and replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices
- Clean humidifiers
- Do a visual inspection of your roof
- Get your chimney/fireplace cleaned if you use one
- Clean your gutters
- Inspect your trees in case you need to trim them
There are so many beautiful and fun sights to see during the fall season. Make sure you are able to enjoy those things by taking care of this simple things before it turns into something bigger!
Odors Are No Fun
The smoke and soot from a fire can create some nasty and permanent problems if they are not properly and quickly taken care of.
When different materials burn, the smoke that is produced will travel throughout the building or home and can leave different types of residues, and deposits on surfaces that might be tough to get to and clean properly. Unless these problems are taken care of in a professional, and fast manner, then the residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to your items and contents, and can even result in the odors lingering around.
All of your restorable items that were in the affected areas will be professionally cleaned, deodorized, and taken care of. We will make sure that all items are back to preloss condition. These items include furniture, draperies, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC systems, and many more. We here at SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette do not just cover up the lingering odors with a fragrance, we look for the cause of the odors and remove them.
Don't Forget Under Your Home
The crawl space under a home is where you will find drain pipes and different wiring. You will also find the handler for your HVAC system. There is always the possibilities of malfunctions with the wiring or equipment, and it can then cause a fire. If a fire breaks out in the crawl space, smoke and soot would fill the HVAC system. It is highly recommended that you check your crawl space periodically for water, or mold that you might not be aware of. Fires in the crawl space can occur on a random basis, but can still happen and result in the displacement of the homeowners.
We recommend that you have the proper number of fire alarms throughout your home. In most cases, the fires that occur in the crawl space will burn unnoticed for a while since there is not typically smoke that comes out of it. This kind of fire could burn for hours or days, until the smokes starts to rise through the HVAC system, or if you just happen to see if from the outside.
It may seem inconvenient or a pain, but it is vital that you go under your home periodically to check for water, fire, mold, or other issues.
It might not be on the top of your mind, be aware of that space under your home. Be aware of any potential signs of fires in your crawl space and check it often. If you do experience a fire in your crawl space, call SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette!
Dangerous Lightning Strikes
Lightning is a natural phenomenon that scientists are still trying to fully figure out. A lightning strike has bolt temperatures that can rise up to being hotter than the surface of the sun, and their voltages can sometimes be greater than 100 million volts. Lightning is definitely one of the deadliest and dangerous forces on the earth. It’s no surprise that lightning could do some major damaged to any building that it might strike. It is important to know ahead of time what to do in the event that your home is struck by lightning.
How to tell if your home has been struck:
There are some simple things to do in case your home has been hit. First, you need to call 911, even if you have not detected a fire. The fire department will assess your home to make sure there are no hot spots, or fires that you might not can see. Once they deem it safe, you can enter. Second, you need to call your insurance company and tell them the situation. Lastly, you need to call an electrician so they can come out and check your wiring throughout.
Are You Prepared?
Disaster can strike at any minute, and it is important to always be prepared. Without the proper preparation, families and communities can be completely devastated. Even though local officials and relief workers will be on a scene after disaster, they may not be able to reach everyone immediately. Therefore, it is important to prepare your home for the needs of your family, your neighborhood and your community.
When preparing for emergencies it is important to remember that basic utility services such as gas, water, electricity and telephones may not be available for a period of time.
If you can, keep the following items in a central location in your home. Ensure that family members are aware of the "kit" in case of an emergency. Here's a simple list of what you need to keep on hand:
- 1 flashlight per person
- Extra batteries
- 1 gallon of water per day, per person
- Car charger for cell phone
- Non-perishable canned foods (be sure to have a non-electric can opener)
- Battery operated radio and clock
- First-aid kit
- Spare fuel
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Infant supplies
- Prescription medicine and glasses
- Whistle to signal for help
- Sleeping bags and blankets
- Sanitary items
- Pet supplies
If you need more information and tips, visit www.Redcross.org.
Fall = Allergies
If you are someone that is allergic to ragweed, you know that the fall allergy season is fast approaching. During the fall season, all of the dry leaves, grass, and hay are homes to lots of different mold spores and pollen. The thing about seasonal allergies, is that they can vary from one year to the next. Ragweed pollen is one of the most common causes of fall allergies. The plant grows everywhere in the select regions in the United States. We are quite familiar with it down here in the south. The peak ragweed season starts in mid-August and lasts throughout October. In addition to ragweed pollen, the pollen from other plants, trees, and grass can trigger some allergies in the fall. Also, if you are allergic or sensitive to mold, your allergies could be trigged during these months, too. Mold can grow indoors and outdoors. Here are some simple tips to follow to manage those allergies!
- Use a dehumidifier
- Clean and maintain room humidifiers
- Get yard work done
- Keep windows shut
- Call SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette if you see mold growth!
Stay Alert for Signs of Water Damage
A pipe in the kitchen bursts. The roof leaks after a strong thunderstorm moves through. The worst thing that can happen after a water leak, is to let the water sit in your home or business. Once you notice that a water damage has occurred, you need to find the source of the issue. When you locate the source, it is crucial to get the water turned off so that no more damage could occur. If the source happens to be located in a spot where you can not get to in order to shut it off, you will need to contact a local plumber. Once the water is shut off, call the professionals in green at SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette. There is no job that is too big or too small that we cannot handle. We will give you peace of mind as we tackle the water damage in your home or business. We can make it “Like it never even happened”.
Water damage might be hard to spot at first, here’s some signs to keep your eyes opened for:
- Water rings on walls and ceilings
- Soft and sagging in your ceilings or walls
- Wet and soggy carpet
- Warping on your floors, especially hardwood
Flooded Basements are No Match For Us
A basement is more likely to flood than another other place in your home. The reason that your basement is more prone to flooding because it is the lowest level of your home, and it is usually built partially or entirely below ground level. There are many different reasons as to why your basement would be flooding:
- Failed sewer pipe
- Heavy rains
- Storm sewer back up
- Foundation problems
- Hot water heater tank bursting
- Water supply line breaking
Do not let the water sit in your basement for too long. The longer the water sits, the more issues that will be presented. Sitting water can jeopardize your health and safety by causing mold growth. It can also damage your home’s structure. To quickly take care of the issue, you need to call SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette. Our highly trained technicians are prepared for these types of emergencies and can tackle any task at hand. We are available 24/7/365. Our crews are on stand by waiting for your call. Don’t hesitate, call today!
Are You Covered?
From an insurance adjuster’s view, damage from mold is usually not included and covered in the homeowner’s policy.
The Insurance Information Institute says mold is covered under the homeowner’s policy/coverage, only if it is a result of a covered danger. A good example of this would be, the costs of cleaning up mold caused by water from a leaky pipe in the bathroom. Mold that develops from high humidity or flooding, would be classified as a maintenance issue that the property owner would be fully responsible for.
The insurance industry wants to help keep all insurance affordable for homeowners. To make that happen, certain things cannot be covered under the policy, like mold. If the homeowner does want to have mold covered, they would have to pay a certain premium for that. Claims are becoming less and less because when things aren’t covered, why would someone want to even try?
SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette can give you a peace of mind, while taking care of any damage caused by mold growth. We can definitely make it “Like it never even happened." Call today at 205-921-1449!
A Clean Office is a Happy Office
There is a significant difference between doing your daily cleaning, and then getting a good, deep general cleaning. You and your business staff probably do not usually worry about all the dirt that has settled into your office and work areas. When dirt, grime, and odor go way beyond the scope of work that your regular janitorial staff does, you need to call the guys in green at SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette. We can remove an odor issue, or deep clean floors and carpets. You can rely on us to make your workspace look shiny and clean with prompt and courteous service. We would be happy to go over our entire list of services with you. Simply call our office at 205-921-1449. We are always here to help.