July 4th is Almost Here
Independence Day is fast approaching which means a lot of people are gearing up for BBQs, swimming, and firework shows. Though fireworks are pretty and a fun way to celebrate, they also come with great dangers and risks if not handled properly. Here are a few simple steps that you can follow to keep you and your family safe during this summer holiday.
1. You need to make sure you have a source of water near by to put out any unexpected flames.
2. Never light a firework near dry grassy areas. This can cause a fire to start and spread quickly.
3. Do not wear loose articles of clothing when handling fireworks.
4. Be aware of wind conditions on the days and nights you want to light fireworks.
If the unthinkable happens and your home or business experiences a fire damage, don't hesitate to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Russellvile, Hamilton, and Fayette. There is no job too big or too small for our crews to handle. You can reach our office at 205-921-1449.
Get Hurricane Ready
The 2020 hurricane season is predicted to be more active than that of previous years. It's important to know what to do before it hits to help prevent damage or loss to your property.
List of Supplies
- An emergency plan for your family
- 3 days supply of water
- 3 days supply of non perishable food for each person or pet
- First Aid Kit
- Battery powered radio or radio alert
- Portable power bank to charge cell phones
- Full tank of gas in your car
- Whistle to signal for help
How to Prepare Your Home
- Cover your windows with storm shutter or plywood
- Learn if you are in an area that floods, and how to properly sand bag your home
- Clean out your rain gutters
If you’ve already experienced flooding or storm damage, don’t hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette! We are always here to help.
Water Can Quickly Damage Hardwood Floors
Floods are devastating to many areas of your home or business, and your wood floors will be seriously at risk. When water sits on top of hardwood, the wood absorbs the water through its pores and will cause warping and discoloration, potentially causing permanent damage. If you have experienced water damage to your premises, we would like to share some water damage recovery tips with you that can help:
- Remove Water Fast. Remove the water as quickly as you can. The longer the water remains, the worse the damage will be. The first 24 hours are critical, but if you are able to remove the water and dry your hardwood floors completely, you may be able to save them. You will also be alleviating the possibility of a mold invasion, too.
- Sand/Refinish. You will most likely need to sand and refinish the wood. This repair can bring your floors back to pre-flood conditions, or at least as close as possible. The sanding and refinishing step will save you both the time and the money that would be involved in having your flooring removed and new flooring installed.
Bring in the professionals. If you have experienced really serious water damage, your best choice is contacting a professional water damage restoration service. Choose experts in this area that have the personnel and equipment necessary to get your water damage taken care of as fast as possible.
- Find the source of water and plug it up.
- Remove all wet items from the flooring. If you have carpeting on top of your hardwood floor, remove both the carpet and the padding immediately. This is an area where mold can quickly become a real issue. Remember that your restoration professionals can help you with carpet-cleaning after a water damage event, too.
- Use a household vacuum or a shop-vac to extract as much water as you can, and be sure to contact your professionals if the amount of water is really large.
- Disinfect. Prevent mold and preserve your hardwood floors by using a non-sudsy disinfectant, and then vacuum again to remove standing water.
- Drying. Use a dehumidifier or run your heater or air conditioner constantly to keep the air dry inside the affected room(s).
- These are just a few steps that you can take yourself when your hardwood floors are affected by water. We are always here to help you with repairs and renovations to your property when you are affected by water damage, no matter the size.
Sump Pumps Can Fail and Cause Damage
If you have a sump pump, most the time you don't realize how important it is until it stops working. Power outages, failure and a sump pump that cannot handle the capacity are common problems. Avoid potential problems by doing routine inspections or replacing your old sump pump. Usually sump pumps should be replaced about 5 years or according to manufacturers guidelines and each year the sump, switch and float should be inspected as well. Pay attention to how often the sump pump is running and if it runs regularly or there is a higher water table, consider a sump pump with higher horsepower.
Another way to increase the pump's efficiency and prolong it's life is to clean your sump pit, remove any dirt, sand, gravel and other debris routinely. Ensure that the discharge line opening is free of obstructions so that water can be pumped through the line and out of your basement or crawlspace and also be aware in the winter the discharge line may freeze bringing the water back into your house. Regular checks can make sure you don't ever get surprised by your sump pump!
The Sun Can Damage Your Roof
As the summer sun’s intense rays beat down upon you, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is the damage that the sun is inflicting upon your business’ roof. The sun’s rays can lead to serious damage over time if you do not monitor the condition of your roof regularly. Understanding which types of damage to look for can help you to avoid serious deterioration of your business’ roof before it is too late to repair.
First, it is important to understand what causes roof damage during the summer. Summer days feature an increased number of hours with sunlight compared to other seasons, which prolong the exposure of roofs to the sun’s harmful rays. This exposure can deplete the oil out of the wood from which the roof is made. Another cause is a phenomenon known as thermal shock. Since temperatures are high throughout the day and cool off at night, the rapid change in temperature causes the materials of the roof to expand and contract. The materials weaken under these conditions, resulting in a damaged roof over time.
There are three types of damage that you should watch for when looking at your business’ roof for heat damage. The first of which being decay. Deformed, rotting, or broken shingles are common signs of decay. However, decay is most common for older roofs, so if your roof is relatively new, it should not be a concern. The second is warping of the roof’s materials, such as bent or curled shingles. While this damage is not immediately dangerous to your business, it will increase in severity after time. The third and final type of damage to look for is cracked shingles. When shingles curl, tension builds, which can cause shingles to crack. This type of damage requires immediate repair by an expert in order to best protect your business’ roof from sun exposure-related destruction.
Protect Your Home During Summer Storms
Flooding in your home can happen at any time, but your home can be even more exposed to water damage when it rains. As we move into the summer, storm damage becomes more of a threat to your property. Follow these tips to help protect your home from water damage during the next storm.
- Modify your homes water valves. If the city's main sewer line gets backed up during a heavy rain storm, you could find yourself standing in a puddle. You may want to consider installing an interior or exterior backflow valve. Backflow valves prevent your water system from being contaminated from water flowing backwards into your supply lines.
- Clear gutter, drains, and downspouts. Clogged gutters and downspouts can end up in a messy flood. Take the time to clean them and clear them of any and all debris before the rain comes.
- Cover your air vents. One of the most common ways water finds its way into a home is through the home's air vents. If you know that heavy rain is in the forecast and that you are at risk of flooding, cover your air vents with thick plastic sheeting from both the outside and the inside.
- Check your sealant surrounding doors and windows. Make sure that any gaps or holes in the sealant surrounding the doors and windows are filled in. This will help stop rain water from finding its way into your home.
If water still manages to find a way into your home and you need assistance, give us call and we will be there to help!
Do You Know What to Do?
Do you know what the process looks like to get your business back to normal after a water loss?
Although it is not something most people ever think about, a water damage can happen, and it can cause a great deal of damage if not treated properly. If you find standing water in your building, you will need to take immediate action to lessen the amount of damage to your property. As a business owner, you may want to hire a professional remediation company to clean up the mess. Here are several things that must happen to get your business back to normal.
1. Stop the Flow of Water: The most important thing you can do to minimize the damage to your building is to stop the flow of water. You can do this by shutting off the main water valve.
2. Extract the Water: Now that you have stopped the water flow, you can see how much water there is left to clean up. If it is only a little, you may be able to use a towel or mop to clean up the moisture. However, if it is more than a little, you may need to hire a professional remediation company to extract the water using specialized equipment.
3. Determine the Extent: Water damage water can easily get between cracks and into porous surfaces. This can lead to problems in drywall, subfloors, and other materials. A moisture meter can be used to identify water inside these areas.
4. Remove Unsalvageable Items: There may be some objects that have sustained enough water damage that they will need to be replaced. These items can be identified and removed before the drying process begins.
5. Dry the Area: It is important to dry out the area as quickly as possible so that mold does not have a chance to grow. Professional drying equipment can be used to speed up the drying process.
If something like this ever does happen and you do need professional help, don't wait to give SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette a call. We will make it "Like it never even happened."
What to do After a Pipe Burts
A pipe bursting can happen at the blink of an eye. Be advised that bursting pipes can cause extensive water damage, which is why it’s important to call a restoration company as soon as possible.
- Stop the Water
Turn off the water immediately. After you shut off the main water supply, you need to drain the pipes. To do this, turn on the cold water on every faucet on your property and flush every toilet at least once. Then turn off the hot water heater and run the hot water on every faucet. Taking these crucial steps ensures the leak will stop. But you’re not done yet.
- Reduce and Fix the Damage
At this point, it’s best to reach out to the professionals so they can fix the broken pipe. However, you might be able to locate the broken pipe yourself. Don’t walk in water as this brings the risk of getting electrocuted. It’s recommended that you turn off the electrical power no matter if the water is one foot or only one inch high. Unplug appliances and turn off the furnace. If it is safe, you can move valuable items, electronics and fabrics to higher ground.
- Call a Cleanup Company
Opening the windows and running fans run won’t prevent mold growth from bursting pipes. No matter how extensive you think the damage is, contact a water restoration company as there might be damage you are not able to spot. Mold and mildew begins to grow only 24 to 48 hours after such an event.
When your plumbing breaks, there’s little time to spare. Take these three steps immediately to reduce the water damage in Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette due to bursting pipes.
How to Prevent Mold From Damaging Your Home
Mold can grow almost anywhere, and your home is no exception. Here a few simple tips to help protect your home and stop mold growth before it starts.
- Monitor humidity inside: The EPA recommends between 30-60% humidity indoors to bring the chances of mold growth to a minimum.
- Direct water away from the house: The ground around the home should be sloped away from the house to prevent water from coming in.
- Improve air flow inside: A fan can help keep the air circulating, reducing the chance of high humidity and helps lower temperatures.
- Fix leaks: Regularly check on plumbing and appliances to insure there are no leaks happening. Also, check roof and gutters to make sure they are not leaking as well.
If you do find yourself with a mold problem, SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette can clean up and repair your home with ease. Call our office today at 205-921-1449.
Mold Can Ruin Your Summer Plans
While you’re getting ready to enjoy those summertime activities and head out on vacation, mold is just waiting to feed on the moisture in your home or business. Mold thrives during the summer months because of the humidity and warm temperatures. Sometimes mold is not visible to the human eye, so it might present itself as a musty type smell. If you start smelling that odor, mold could possibly be living in the walls, floors, and even in the air ducts throughout your home or business. It is very important to make sure that you are taking the correct steps to ensure mold does not start growing. Sometimes when mold starts growing, it can be difficult to get rid of.
When you leave to go out for your summer plans, make sure you are checking around your house or business for potential water build up that could be a home for mold. Some important places to check in your home would be underneath the sinks, around the toilets, and all around the bathtubs.
If you suspect mold growing in your home, call SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette for a free estimate!