October Theme of the Month
Ask your local marketing representative for a pink, Breast Cancer Awareness pen!
October Theme of the Month
Every October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month, SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties is focusing on raising awareness of this worthy cause, and also talking about prevention against problems in your home.
When you have a history of breast cancer, it if very important to do regular checkups, and screenings to prevent any problems from going unnoticed.
The same concept applies to your home or business. We have a “Property Screening” tool that is a free service for any of the local businesses in our area, called the Emergency Ready Profile. These profiles only take about an hour to complete, and you have a professional evaluating your property for potential issues.
This is also a great time of year to do a “policy checkup” on all of your properties or items that are insured. Double checking that you have enough coverage is very important in case any time of disaster strikes.
Using Technology During Storm Season
Being September, we are right in the middle of Hurricane Season for the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico (June 1st-November 30th). Because of this, it is important to use technology to help stay up to date on the weather and keep your family safe.
Store Important Documents Online
There are many different paid and free services where you can store word documents and PDF’s. A couple of these include Dropbox and Google Drive.
Ready.Gov suggested to upload insurance policies, identification for each family member, important medical records, and any information you may need on your pets. Even if you never need these documents during a Storm Event, they still may come in handy in day-to-day life.
Follow News Outlets
Take the time to set up automatic alerts on your phone or iPad to send you the latest Storm updated. Many areas also have text message alerts that would be texted to your phone, even if you are not connected to internet.
Mark Yourself Safe
The American Red Cross has a Facebook program where you can “Make Yourself Safe” in major disasters. This is a quick way to let your family and friends know that you are okay and ease their worries.
Get in Touch
Make sure you have up to date phone numbers in your phone for all emergency outlets. Also have a paper copy somewhere easy to access in your home.
Even when it isn’t Storm Season, always keep a phone charger with you. This can really help you out in a pinch!
For more information, visit ready.gov!
SERVPRO Now Doing Mold Testing
SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties has been handling mold jobs since we opened. While we have been certified to clean up since the beginning, we are now able to do the testing!
We can have a manager come to your home or business, collect samples, send them off, and get results within about a week. These results will not only tell you that you have mold, but also what type(s) that are present. It will also give you information about the types of mold, and what they can cause. This is great information to have when you are making decisions about your home or business.
If you have anymore questions about this process, feel free to give us a call at 270-659-0067!
September Theme of the Month
September Theme of the Month
Do not leave your safety to chance. Plan ahead this September during National Preparedness Month!
- Create an escape route from your home and business.
- Sign up for local weather alerts to be sent to your phone.
- Put together an Emergency Contact List.
- SERVPRO also offers a free program for businesses called the Emergency Ready Profile. Contact Vicky Matthews for more information at 270-670-2575.
- Take the time to put together an Emergency Kit. Below are some items to add:
3 days’ worth of food, battery-powered radio, first aid kit, whistle, face masks, plastic gloves, wipes, can opener, flashlights, duct tape, garbage bags, extra medications, checks/cash, change of clothes, file of important docs, blankets, fire extinguisher, toilet paper, local map, full gas can, extra phone charger and extra pet supplies.
#TipTuesday - Lamp Shades
This #TipTuesday is about an item that is in each of our homes, lamp shades.
Have you ever looked at your lamp and realized how much dust has built up and been annoyed at not knowing how to clean it? The answer is simple: lint rollers. Simply go over each area a few times, and the paper will pick up most of the dust/dirt it has collected over time. For the harder to reach places, use duct tape or regular tape.
For more tips and tricks, follow our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SERVPRO9750, or find us on Instagram @SERVPROTEAMELKINS!
If you have anymore questions on cleaning, or need to schedule a free quote on your home or property, reach our to us at 270-659-0067.
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!