Fire Pit Safety this Fall
Fall is the time for outdoor fire pits and family time making smores. Fire Pit safety starts with selecting the right site. Make sure the ground is level. Keep fires located at least 10-20 feet away from plants and your home.
Never operate your fire pit beneath a building overhang or a partially enclosed space. Use a lot of caution with overhanging trees which can easily ignite.
For wood burning fire pits cut logs so their length is less than three quarters the diameter of the pit. Never use lighter fluid or gasoline to start a fire pit. Position chairs so that people can move about their seats without tumbling into the fire. Keep an eye out on children whenever a fire pit is being used.
SERVPRO of BULLITT & N. Nelson counties is available 24/7 in the event of a house fire caused by a Fire pit.
How Much Time does a Water Job Take
The typical timeline for a water job is around 3-5 days for a SERVPRO restoration specialists to take experience a water damage care of water damage. The first day is all about stabilizing the damage. This means we set out the Air movers and extract the standing water.
The second day we have most likely been in touch with the insurance adjuster and have a better idea as to what we are allowed to do. We begin tearing out and fixing along with continuing drying out the area. day 3-5 are focused on drying and monitoring the job.
Once the job has been completed the last step is for our SERVPRO specialists to come by and pick up the equipment. If you experience water damage please call us at 502-904-0710.
Hidden Water Damage
Water Damage in your home can be sudden such as a pipe bursting or an appliance malfunctioning. Water damage can also go undetected for long periods of time such as a slow leak.
Areas that are vulnerable to slow water accumulation are the areas under sinks, around air conditioning units, appliances, cabinets and toilets. Water can also come through windows, under siding and doors. These areas prone to water damage can lead to mold, rot and damaged drywall and flooring.
If you believe your home may have a moisture problem contact the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of BULLITT & N. NELSON Counties. Our trained professionals will create a plan of action to make your property look "Like it never even happened." Call us today at 502-904-0710.
What To Do After a Fire
There are some safety tips to keep your family safe and minimize the damage to your property after a fire.
1) Try to limit the amount of movement in your home to prevent soot from damaging upholstery and carpets.
2) Keep your hands clean so you do not soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
3) Take clean towels or sheets and put on upholstery and rugs.
4) Empty the freezer and refrigerator if the electricity is off and then prop open the door.
5) We recommend you change the HVAC filter.
6) Tape off Air registers.
7) Clean chrome with petroleum oil.
8) Wash off houseplants on both sides of the leaves.
Call SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties and a restoration specialist will be on site quickly to asses the damage and create a plan to get your home back to looking "Like it never even happened."
Things NOT TO Ignore after Water Damage impacts your home.
Water Heater Disaster
Whenever you experience water damage in your home due to a storm or a busted pipe please DO NOT panic. There are things that can help you deal with the stressful situation.
Please DO NOT allow the water to sit. If water is left alone the damage will cause the floors to warp. Mold growth may also develop. Placing tarps on windows and blocking off other areas can be a way to keep water from spreading.
We recommend calling your insurance agent right away and not waiting too long to report the flooding. That way they can get the process started as quickly as possible.
Finally it is a good idea to not attempt to make repairs without using a water damage remediation service. These professionals can remediate your home to prevent future damage and help save your belongings.
We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup & Restoration
Specialist in Flooded Basements
Basement Flooding can happen at anytime but most flooding occurs during a very heavy rainfall. basements are commonly flooded because they are built below ground level and are the lowest level of a home.
There are six common reasons why your basement could experience flooding.
1) Heavy rain causes water to gather around your home.
2) Storm sewer backup might occur.
3) Hot water tank may fail or water supply line may break.
4) Sewer lateral pipe may be blocked or fail.
5) Sanitary sewer back up.
6) The foundation drainage could fail.
SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties has trained professional crews available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to handle any flooded basement situations. We are also a Preferred vendor to many National Insurance Companies.
Problems that can cause a Toilet to leak in your home
There are several things that can go wrong with your toilet to cause it to leak water onto your bathroom floor. Plumbers tend to look at four main issues that cause the toilet to leak.
1) Bolts that have become loose.
If you see water at the base of the toilet the first thing you will need to look at is to see if the bolts around the toilet are lose. try tightening these bolts before calling a plumber.
2) A valve is Broken.
Another problem that can happen to cause a leaking toilet is a shut off valve that is broken. Plumbers can replace a bad valve so that a water damage specialist does not need to replace the walls and flooring when a faulty valve releases to much water.
3) A Faulty Gasket.
The gasket is the seal that holds the toilet in place and also keeps water from leaking onto the floor. A plumber can help replace a broken or dry gasket.
4) Toilet Bowl is Cracked.
Lastly if the toilet bowl is cracked there is a good chance that water will leak out. It can be hard to determine the source if you can't see the crack.
If your toilet experiences a leak where large amounts of water damage the floors and walls please call SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties.
Myths and Facts Regarding Mold
Mold Growing on Kitchen Wall
There are many misconceptions when it comes to mold. Just mentioning mold causes homeowners to panic so it is important to have the correct facts.
One common misconception about mold is that Bleach will kill mold. most household bleach products only discolor the mold and are not recommended for drywall, wood, carpet, and ceiling tiles.
Another common myth about mold is that a small amount is nothing to worry about. While it is true there is always some mold everywhere chances are it has been growing for sometime and will require a mold professional to determine the situation.
An additional common myth is that mold is only found in homes that have experienced water damage. It is true that mold usually forms in places that have problems with flooding but all homes can potentially have a mold problem.
Finally the myth that mold remediation is easy to do on your own is not always the case. Sometimes it can be handled easily if the mold affects a vert small area. But it is best to call the professionals to make sure the mold issue has been resolved.
If you think there might be mold in your home give SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties a call at 502-904-0710.
Grilling Sarety Tips during the Summer
Grilling Safety this Summer
This is a list of important safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association when grilling out this summer.
1) DO NOT GRILL inside and enclosed area such as a home or inside a garage.
2) Keep all children away from grills.
3) Make sure to check Gas Grills for leaks in the hoses.
4) Please remove all grease that may have built up on your grill and also in the trays.
5) If you smell gas and are using a propane grill call the fire department right away. DO NOT move the grill.
6) the grill needs to be two feet away from the house, the back deck, and any tree branches.
7) When using a charcoal grill be sure to let the charcoal cool down completely before throwing out the coals.
8) While using a propane grill if the flame goes out turn the gas completely off and wait five minutes before lighting it again.
Stay safe this summer while grilling out with family and friends.
Fire Safety Tips for the Summer
Shepherdsville Kitchen Fire
SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties wanted to share some important fire safety tips in the home while you enjoy the summer.
1) Only use grills on the ground floor. If you use on porches or balconies this leads to a higher risk for house fires.
2) Make sure and build campfires at least 10 feet away from your home and 25 feet away from tents and overhanging branches.
3) Always open your gas grill before lighting.
4) Wear short sleeves and use long handled tools while barbecuing on the grill.
5) Keep at least three feet safety area around your grill to insure safety for the kids and your home.
6) We do not recommend setting off your own fireworks because they can reach up to 1000 degrees and can cause third degree burns.
7) Never walk away from your grill while it is lit. keep an eye on it at all times.
8) Cleaning the grill after every use to remove the grease will help prevent a fire.
9) Put coals in a metal container after they have cooled.
10) Only use your grill outdoors because using them indoors can cause a house fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.