Even though it’s August, the hot, muggy weather has not slowed down! Here in Kentucky, many home or business owners have noticed discoloration in their buildings. This discoloration could be the growth of a four-letter word no one likes to here: MOLD.
With all the rain and heat we have experienced this summer, many dark, damp places have had the perfect opportunity for growth. In the photo to the right, this corner of a crawlspace had not been checked for mold in quite a while. After our crew got to work, and reached the back corner, they found that this damage was significantly worse than they thought.
Even if you have a tight, small crawlspace, it is important to check it out often. When you catch the problem in the early stages, it is much easier to fix then when it has escalated to this extent.
Q: How long does it take for mold to start developing?
A: within 72 hours.
After water enters your home, what is your next move? If there is not a lot of visible water, many times people decide to try to fix it themselves. While some things might be able to be taken care of at home, if you do not get the area 100% dried, something that many people do not think about will start developing in the next few days: mold.
With mold development beginning within 3 days, when you have water damage, you need to take care of it quickly. Because of this, mold is something that SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties deal with almost daily. With our climate being rather muggy at times, the moisture in the air can also be enough to trigger growth.
If you believe you have mold in your home or business, give us a call to schedule a quote. We have trained professionals on staff who can help plan the best course of action against the growth!
Home Fire Prevention
Almost half of home fires originate in the kitchen area of the home, which 66% of are started with food or other cooking materials burning. With these numbers being so high, it is important to take precautions and constantly be paying attention when anyone is in the kitchen cooking.
Below are seven things to “Be” when in the kitchen:
Be Timely- use a timer to avoid burning food.
Be Smart- use all appliances properly, and check cords regularly for fraying. Also, make sure to never put metal in the microwave.
Be Proactive- Purchase a fire extinguisher for your kitchen, and make sure everyone in the home knows how to use it.
Be Restrictive- restrict children from being in the kitchen without supervision, and make sure any pets will not get underfoot and cause issues.
Be Clean- make sure to wipe up spills on any cooking surfaces. These spills are a great course for a fire to begin. While your stove and counter top are obvious places to watch, don’t forget the crumbs in the bottom of your toaster!
Be Careful- Do not wear long sleeves, as they can easily get dripped in your cooking and make a mess. Also pull back long hair and throw trash away as soon as possible so it does not get on any hot surfaces.
Be Present- The #1 cause of fires is the person cooking stepping out of the kitchen. If you need to leave for any reason, turn off appliances until you return.
Storm Warning vs. Storm Watch
With it being mid-August, we are in the midst of Hurricane Season (June 1st-November 30th). With this being the case, there will be many different degrees of storms developing on the coast and in the gulf over the next few months. While these storms do not make their way up into Kentucky, we do receive some of their backlash in the form of rain and thunderstorms. While they are not near as dangerous as what we see on the coasts, severe weather is always to be taken seriously. In the coming months, there will be many different alerts and alarms going out about various weather developments. Two of these are “Storm Watch” and “Storm Warning”. But, do you know the difference between these two?
When a watch is going on, this means that it is very likely that severe weather could quickly develop.
Somewhere nearby, a storm has developed, and they are expecting more outbursts in the area.
While both of these warning should be taken seriously, knowing the difference is important for everyone to know!
#TipTuesday - Kitchen Sponges
This #TipTuesday is brought to you by the germs in your KITCHEN SPONGE!
When you are washing dishes or wiping down your counter tops, do you ever think about how fresh the sponge you are using is? While you should regularly replace your sponges, it is very easy to disinfect your current one and make it last a little longer.
All you have to do is soak the sponge in water, and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Then open the microwave, and let cool down before touching. You can also add some lemon juice to make the kitchen smell fresh!
When storing your sponge, never put it away while wet. If it is wet in your cabinet, it can not only sprout mold, but spread mold onto everything else in the area!
How We Stay Organized
These are the pods that items are safely packed into for storage!
When it comes to storing contents for a long amount of time, you want to know that your items are safe, and being well taken care of. We get a lot of questions about how we keep everyone’s items separate through both the cleaning and storing process.
We have three commercial warehouses on our property. Two warehouses are where dirty items are taken: one for storage and one for cleaning. In the cleaning warehouse, there are ONLY ONE CUSTOMER’S ITEMS AT A TIME. This ensures that any items that are yours will not get mixed in with another clients.
After they are clean, they are then brought into our “Clean Items” warehouse where delicate items are wrapped in bubble wrap and placed in pods. These pods have barcodes on them which tells us who they belong to. Doing it this way does a couple of things, it ensures that the items stay clean during storage, it makes sure there are no mix ups between customers, and it makes it very simple to find your items the second your home or business are ready for their return.
After building your home or business, there is always a lot of dust, dirt and trash that is still hanging around. Did you know that SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties can help take care of this problem? We have cleaning crews that can come in and clean both inside and outside to help make the building usable as quickly as possible. Some of the many services are listed below, you can add or take away any service that your property may not need:
Interior: trash and plastic coverings removal, widow washing, wall dusting, wall cleaning, door cleaning, air duct/HVAC cleaning, kitchen appliances, cabinets (inside and out), counter tops, trip, ceiling fan/lights and more.
Exterior: Outside of windows and doors, doorway, sidewalks, porches, pressure washing, all loose trash, exterior lighting, and more.
If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call and see if we can make it “Like it never even happened.”
WARNING: Excessive Heat 7/18-7/21
Over the next several days, there has been an Excessive Heat Warning declared for Central Kentucky. This means that the temperature will be ranging from 100-110 degrees each afternoon, and that prolonged periods in this temperature are very dangerous. This impacts anyone who will be working, exercising or playing outdoors during this time. This also means that car interiors will be rising to lethal temperatures within minutes.
Drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun, check on your neighbors and the elderly, and either bring your pets inside or make sure they have a cool shady spot to hang out in. It is also important for all animals to have plenty of cool, fresh water. If possible, delay any outdoor activities until it has cooled down, or move them until the morning time.
Take caution over the weekend, and make sure you take note of any signs or symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke!
Guns 'N Hoses 6th Annual Blood Drive Winner
Van Robarts presenting the winning plaque to the fire department!
Each year SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties partner with the fire and police departments and the American Red Cross called the Guns 'N Hoses Blood Drive. With 2019 being our 6th year of this partnership, we are excited to announce that the FIRE DEPARTMENT has finally one the competition again! After winning our first drive, they had fallen short to the police department for 5 years straight. We are excited for them, and cannot thank both departments enough for supporting this great cause.
Even when we are not hosting the drive, it is very important to continue to give blood throughout the year. With someone needing a transplant every 2 seconds, hospitals are continually spread thin. Take the time to help Save A Life!
#SaveALife #AmericanRed Cross #FireDepartment #PoliceDepartment
July Theme of the Month
July Theme of the Month
We are constantly striving to educate business owners along with the public on all the services that SERVPRO can provide them. After a disaster strikes, 50% of businesses do not ever reopen. SERVPRO wants to change that number. By assisting businesses ahead of time, we are able to prepare you to handle whatever life may throw at you.
After scheduling an appointment, our trained staff walks you through your building and puts together a profile of key information. It is then delivered to you to keep on hand. We will also periodically reach out to ensure all the information is still up to date.
Another way we are here to help minimize damage for both residential and commercial is our emergency 1-4-8 rule:
- 1 Hour to call the customer
- 4 Hours to be on site looking at damage
- 8 Hours to have a verbal briefing