University of Louisville Water Loss
The University of Louisville suffered a massive water loss just before New Years Even when a sprinkler head in a dormitory on the fourth floor froze and burst. Water seeped down all four floors causing serious damage to all rooms and hallways. The damage proceeded through multiple buildings that are connected.
SERVPRO of Floyd County was on scene quickly to begin the packout, demo, and dryout of the facility. Our crews worked with a moving company to remove all of the students contents. Once the rooms were clear of personal contents our crews worked to remove furniture, drywall, baseboard, ceiling tiles, and flooring so that the dryout process could begin.
With the help of a desiccant, dehumidifiers, and air movers the facility was able to start the drying process. Once the drying process is complete the facility will be turned over to the reconstruction crew. Upon the completion of the put back SERVPRO will begin the post construction cleaning of all surfaces and duct work so that the facility is ready for the students to move back in. We truly make it "Like it never even happened."
Lake Charles, LA Hurricane
Lake Charles, LA Hurricane Laura storm started on August 27th 2020. As the category 4-5 storm Laura made landfall our crews were already headed that way to be there quickly to assist with the cleanup and restoration. Our Storm Team included production staff, Crew Chiefs, Marketers and Project Managers from SERVPRO of Floyd County. Upon arrival it became very clear that this was much more than water mediation because almost every neighborhood suffered minor to major wind and debris damage.
The first obstacle in the cleanup process was having trees and other materials removed from customers homes SERVPRO crews from Floyd County set to work doing demolition work from small rooms to complete tear down of walls and ceilings of the entire home or business before starting water mediation and setting drying equipment with the help of generators.
Working tirelessly into the evening hours, enduring heat, no electricity, no running water and other essential services our crews went above and beyond and touched the lives of many families in need.
The crews of SERVPRO of Floyd County returned in November 2020 with their heads held high and many a 5 star review from grateful customers whose needs were taken care of in a disastrous situation. SERVPRO of Floyd County, and our owner Jason Wilson, received the "Storm Team Of The Year" award for the state of Kentucky.
It's Grill Season! Here Are Some Safety Tips Home Grill Fires
It’s that time of the year again, Grill season; everyone loves this time of the year when they get to spent it with friends and family outside grilling up some tasty meals. Before you start up that grill, let’s make use you are prepared to grill safely.
Here are just a few annual averages:
July (17%) was the peak month for grill fires, followed by June (14%), May (13%) and August (12%).
The grill had not been cleaned in roughly one-quarter of the fires.
More than one-quarter of grill structure fires started on an exterior balcony or open porch. Ten percent began when an outside wall caught fire; 5% began with some type of structural member or framing.
Eighty-five percent of grills involved in home fires were fueled by gas while 10% used charcoal or other solid fuel.
Gas grills were involved in an average of 8,700 home fires per year, including 3,600 structure fires and 5,100 outdoor fires annually. Leaks or breaks were primarily a problem with gas grills. Eleven percent of gas grill structure fires and 23% of outside gas grill fires were caused by leaks or breaks.
Charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in 1,100 home fires per year, including 600 structure fires and 500 outside fires annually.
Five out of six (83%) grills involved in home fires were fueled by gas while 13% used charcoal or other solid fuel.
The leading causes of grill fires were a failure to clean, having the grill too close to something that could catch fire and leaving the grill unattended.
A leak or break was the leading cause for outside or unclassified grill fires. Leaks or breaks were primarily a problem with gas grills.
SERVPRO of Floyd County is locally owned and specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. Give us a call today 812-949-2294.
Here Are Some Ways To Prevent Water In Your Home
SERVPRO of Floyd County would like to offer residents helpful tips to prevent water damages to your home.
Outside you should follow these steps:
1. Disconnect Hoses
Standing water in a hose may freeze back into the pipe and cause it to burst inside your home.
2. Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Clean your gutters at least twice a year to avoid blockage and ice dams.
3. Maintain or clear Bushes and Vegetation
Thriving shrubs can be a beautiful thing – except when their roots wrap around your pipes and break them.
Inside you should follow these steps:
4. Know your Water Main Location
Know the location of your water main and shut it off if you leave for an extended amount of time.
5. Check Appliances Regularly
Check and maintain your appliances regularly for leaks according to manufacturer’s directions.
6. Investigate Leaks Right Away and Fix Promptly
If you opt to ignore moisture damage, or postpone making the necessary repairs, be prepared to experience mold, mildew, or dry rot.
7. Upgrade Washing Machine Hoses
Old, brittle or leaky washing machine hoses are among the most frequent causes of water loss for homeowners. Consider installing stainless steel hoses.
8. Check Your Water Pressure
If the water pressure to your home is set too high, pipes and hoses may fail under the pressure.
9. Monitor Your Water Bill
Sometimes, the only way you know that water is leaking is taking a closer look at your water bill.
SERVPRO of Floyd County is locally owned and our team of highly trained professionals can respond to your emergency 24/7/365.
We can handle any storm disaster
SERVPRO of Floyd County is ready to handle any storm that comes our way!
Being prepared is our number one priority when it comes in impending inclement weather. Our team is always keeping an eye on the forecast, especially around our biggest storm seasons. We are always prepared with trailers preloaded with the equipment and tools we need to help if there should ever be a flood, tornado, or other natural event.
We live here too and know what it can be like to have a limb fall on your roof or your sump pump fail and flood your basement. These are situations that we have the capacity to handle in even the worst of times.
If you should find yourself in a situation such as these, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We can have our crews out to you any time, day or night. We will make it "Like it never even happened."
Being prepared when it comes to fire damage
A fire damage in your home can be a very scary time. The worry you have over what precious belongings can be saved following the fire and water from the fire firghters can be almost too much to bear.
SERVPRO of Floyd County has tried our best to be on the scene of fires as quickly as possible to share our insight on the fire cleaning and restoration process. We have kits available to homeowners to help them through the first few nights following a disaster in their home. Our kits include a blanket, toiletries, water, and more to try to ease the burden on what to do immediately following the disaster.
We have worked with insurance agents to help the homeowner find a hotel for the night in order to relieve that burden.
When the police and fire fighters have let us know it is safe to enter the property SERVPRO of Floyd County can help gather items that are needed immediately and have them cleaned and returned to the customer quickly. These items could include enough clothes to last a week or so and lovies for children.
Our crews can also be available to board up any windows and doors that might have been blown out during the fire or by the fire department.
Steps to take in House Fire Prevention
It is all too often that we hear sad stories on the news of a house fire that has altered people's lives. SERVPRO of Floyd County does not want you to be a sobering statistic of house fires. That is why we are here for you. Below are a few good tips on how you can help prepare your family for the event of a fire.
1. Practice your 2 minute drill as a family to plan your escape route! Statistics show that if a fire starts in your house, you have 2 minutes to escape. Proper planning can save lives!
2. Test your smoke alarms monthly! This fast task can alert you if a fire would occur.
Always remember that SERVPRO of Floyd County wants to keep you safe!
Should you have any fire or smoke damage to your house, please contact us for any assistance!
We are here for you!
Recently Floyd County Indiana suffered a severe thunderstorm with raging 70 mile per hour winds and flash flooding. It's important for homeowners to check over their property carefully after a storm like this blows through. Shingles could have been blown from the roof and need to be repaired in order to keep water damage from occurring in the future.
It's also a good chance for homeowners and property owners to take the time to make sure there isn't any lawn debris or trash blocking the storm drains around your area. If the flash flood water doesn't have anywhere to go there's a good chance it will end up in your basement. This can be especially problematic if the power goes out and your sump pump fails.
If you find yourself in need of disaster recovery services following a wind storm or flash flood don't hesitate to give SERVPRO of Floyd County a call day or night.
Proactive Cleaning at Commercial Property
You may be familiar with SERVPRO of Floyd County from all the residential work that we do in the Southern Indiana area. But did you know that we do commercial work as well?
SERVPRO of Floyd County was called to do a commercial proactive cleaning to help with preventative care for employees during this time of crisis.
SERVPRO was called to wipe down all touch point surfaces in the factory with commercial grade disinfectant to insure the surface was free of viruses and contagious.
This process gives employees and their management peace of mind in knowing they are doing everything possible to keep each other safe during this time of crisis.
If you would like information on having a proactive cleaning done at your home or business please give us a call at 812-949-2294.
How to Maintain Your Building’s Roof
A roof leak or collapse can be devastating to a business, causing flooding and ruining merchandise. Roof damage, in fact, is a difficult situation, making reopening your store in Southern Indiana or Louisville Ky, a hassle and expense. Avoiding this disaster isn't impossible, but steps can be taken to minimize the chances.
1. Attend to Small Problems Quickly
Don't assume your structure is intact simply because you can't see water stains. Wind damage and harsh rain can wear it down, causing tiny complications. Contact roofing specialists to conduct biannual evaluations, looking for any of the following issues:
- Peeled edges
- Cracked roofing
- Missing shingles
- Flashing issues
Leaving any of these unattended exposes the building to leaks and water damage. Fix things as soon as they come to your attention.
2. Tend To Drainage and Debris Early
Are gutters clear? If they become clogged, backups happen, allowing water to build in areas it shouldn't. This pressure could add unneeded pressure to the top, essentially weighing it down. That collapse is not pretty. Have property management look at the gutter system regularly, scheduling clean outs. Trees and brush become an additional hazard. Roof damage often happens when limbs and branches are picked up during storms and then thrown into the roofing. Those smacks punch holes and remove the protective shingles. To avoid this, have someone trim the foliage and, before a major weather event, pick up anything loose on the ground.
3. Apply To Insurance Immediately
If you need help restoring the premises, contact a water restoration company to inspect the establishment, looking for mold and flooding complications. Their recommendation may indicate a roof rebuild is needed. Don't underestimate that decision. Work with your insurance company to discuss the need, giving you the comfort of a secure new ceiling. In fact, ask about waterproofing for the future. This sealant might aid in keeping leaks from sprouting up in the future.
Roof damage has preventative measures. By looking at it periodically, management might find the weak areas, offering a chance to stop a major catastrophe. In addition, don't forget that taking care of the landscaping may also ward off potential troubles.
If you do have any of these issues pop up, don’t be afraid to call SERVPRO of Floyd County to get a free estimate today!