Plan Evacuation Routes Now To Avoid Flooded Streets
SERVPRO team ready to help on flooding damage in Franklin, NY
Even though people are repeatedly warned not to drive through a flooded street, footage from almost every storm shows people doing just that. It also leads to tragedy in nearly every storm. Why do people continue to drive on flooded roads if they know the danger? Taking some time now to think how you would handle a flood in Franklin, KY, especially when you may need to act in contrary to the other traffic, can improve your chance of a successful evacuation.
Here are important travel tips when driving during a flood:
- Don’t ever drive through floodwater. With water weighing more than 62 pounds per cubic foot, it doesn’t take much to move your buoyant vehicle down a flooded street.
- Don’t drive on bridges above rapidly flowing floodwater. Floodwater contains heavy amounts of soil and debris, such as trees and building materials, which may weaken a bridge and cause a collapse.
- Don’t go around police barricades. These are placed because of known hazards. It may not look risky to you, but fast-moving water can overwhelm culverts and wash away sections of the road.
One of the best ways to make sure you don’t drive through a flooded street is to plan your possible evacuation routes now. It takes just a few minutes to look at flood maps online, which can provide important information about flood risk areas. You may not have time or access to look at this information during an emergency, so it can be smart to study maps now and plan at least two evacuation routes.
Make sure you return home only when local authorities declare the flooded roads are safe to travel in your area. Water will need to be removed from your property quickly to avoid additional damage from exposure. Calling a professional flood recovery team can help facilitate your recovery and get your home back to normal as quickly as possible.
Does Mold Ever Go Away?
Moldy bedroom in Hopkinsville, KY
The rotting forest is not likely your preferred home fragrance in [City, State]. There probably isn’t even a scented candle for that smell anyway; however, when black mold is present, the earthy, decaying odor persists. Does mold cleanup completely get rid of the problem?
Mold in the Environment
Mold is a natural part of the environment. Outdoors, mold is not the enemy:
- In a forest, organic matter litters the woodland floor. Mold assists in breaking down the matter and benefits the environment.
- Mold is everywhere in the form of microscopic spores in the air. It cannot completely be removed, as it is part of nature. Spores take hold and grow rapidly when exposed to humid conditions.
Mold in Your Home
Although mold may be helpful in a forest, it certainly is not welcome in your home:
- Even though mold is unwanted, it is impossible to remove all spores from the air inside of your house. It is considered remediated when the level of mold reaches an acceptable level.
- Immediately address any visible mold in your house. If you smell a musty odor, it is possible that the mold is hidden in walls, floors or insulation and requires mold cleanup. Without remediation, it continues to quickly spread throughout the house causing significant damage.
- Mold remediation specialists are trained in proper inspection and safety procedures. They use specialized equipment to remove any black mold, discard infected materials, contain the area and filter the air. Remaining structures and contents are cleaned and restored.
- Resolve the source of the water problem because without moisture, a normal level of spores in the air should not pose a serious threat to you or your home.
All types of mold, including black mold, are a part of the natural environment in [City, State]. However, the benefits of mold growth outdoors are not needed, nor welcomed, in your home. Mold remediation contains and rids your home of active mold growth while returning the air to a pleasant odor.
Damage by Smoke: Tips for Filing a Claim
Chimney fire damage in an Oak Grove, KY home
When fire ravages your commercial property in Oak Grove, KY, you probably know you must document all the areas that were burned by the fire to file an insurance claim correctly. What may surprise you is all the smoke damage you’ll find after a fire. Even if the fire occurs in the building next door, your building could take on damage from the smoke that wafts over. Just like structural issues, smoke and soot damage must be carefully documented in order for your claim to have a better chance of getting accepted by the insurance company. Here are some tips on how to do so.
Your insurance company will probably send an insurance adjuster to assess your property after you contact them, but you can help clarify the issues that need resolution by documenting all the necessary information. There are several things the documentation of your smoke damage should include:
- Date of fire loss
- Description of structures or damaged items
- Location of damage
- Police and fire department reports
- Smoke cleaning bid from remediation experts
It is also a good idea to include pictures or video proof of the things on your list. The more relevant the information you can provide, the stronger your claim will be.
The insurance company may send out its own adjuster, but keep in mind the entity for whom he or she works. The company's adjuster may have a vested interest in underestimating damage. To ensure objectivity, it may be prudent to hire a public adjuster who has no reason to have an agenda to save the insurance company money. The public adjuster's assessment, along with the detailed bid from the company performing smoke cleaning services, can serve as advocates for getting you the amount required to fix your building.
Whether you are dealing with smoke damage from a fire in your building or the one next door, it is important to know how to get the most out of your insurance policy. By providing detailed descriptions of the damage and filing in a timely manner, you increase your chances of a fair payout.
The Sneakiest Commercial Flooding Risk
Flooded basement due to heavy rain in Bowling Green, KY
When you think of problems you might have in your business in Bowling Green, KY, natural disasters might not be anywhere near the top of your risk profile. However, flooding isn't always natural. A burst pipe could potentially cause just as much damage as a storm. Frozen pipe damage is also often less predictable than storm or other natural damages.
Natural flooding doesn't just come from rivers overflowing. There are many things that could cause problems with water in your building:
- Heavy rains
- Overloaded or jammed drain systems
- Wind damage
Since these are major events, you're much more likely to check your facility after they happen. This reduces the risk of accumulating standing water: you catch the problem early and can call flood recovery companies to pump out the overflow.
Commercial facilities have high-volume water supplies in many cases. If you have a break in a supply line or any other pipe in your building, then you could face a lot of damage very quickly. This can easily equal or exceed the amount of water you might see from a major storm or a citywide flood. You could have avoided the issue by insulating pipes or keeping your building at a good temperature.
One thing that often turns a simple burst pipe into a cleanup nightmare is the unpredictability of the event. There are many factors that go into pipes freezing, and exterior temperature is just one example. Your building's insulation, the efficiency of your HVAC system, the type of plumbing you have and the location of the pipes in question all play a role. When the weather drops below freezing, you might be gambling with the future of your business if you don't consider all the angles.
In addition to the often-unexpected nature of flooding from a burst pipe, it might happen where you can't see it. Keep an eye out for moisture and discoloration in the walls after extremely cold days.
Oh, No! The Kitchen Sink Is Leaking
Leaking toilet causing water damage in a Hopkinsville, KY home
Have you ever found a big problem in your Hopkinsville, KY, house? Spotting a leak coming from your kitchen sink can leave you with a sinking pit in your stomach. How can you fix this problem before it causes major flooding and a huge financial burden? You need to keep these three simple steps in mind.
1. Stop the Water
As soon as you notice a leak, you need to make sure the water in home is properly managed. This means turning off the water supply to your kitchen sink. If there isn't a shutoff valve for this appliance, you may need to turn off the supply for your entire house. You can usually find the main shutoff valve near the utility meters or by the curb.
2. Call Your Provider
Any type of flooding in your house can cause some serious damage. You may have to replace building materials, clean furnishings and remove mold all because of a leak under your kitchen sink. Because the damage can be so costly, many homeowners choose to turn to their insurance policies for a little financial help. Whether you have the coverage needed to help pay for this incident, you need to call your insurance agent. This person will be able to help you understand your coverage and start a claim if possible.
3. Hire a Damage Specialist
To help you better address this problem, you should turn to the help of a residential water remediation specialist. This professional can help you with your kitchen repair and water cleanup. The water damage cleanup crew knows how to remove standing water, salvage water-logged materials and remediate your home. Quick remediation done by a professional can help you get back to normal sooner.
Flooding can happen in any home for almost any reason. Because water can start to fill your home in the blink of an eye, you need to know what to do in the case of an emergency.
The Value of Mold Inspections
The best advice is to err on the side of safety.
Buying property in Hopkinsville, KY, can be an expensive and risky venture. Added to those costs are the many tests and inspections involved in the process. As you consider whether to add a mold inspection to your list, carefully weigh the cost of the test with the potential costs of serious mold damage and remediation. If you purchase a property where visible mold is a problem, you'll pay for:
• Specialized materials
• Use of specialized equipment
• Removal and replacement of home materials (such as drywall and carpeting)
If you're found liable for anything related to a mold problem, you may also end up paying financial damages to the people using your building. Many property owners have found that it is more cost-effective to catch trouble before it has the chance to escalate into much larger problems.
What Good Comes From a Mold Inspection?
Should you pay for an expensive mold inspection? Maybe you already know there's a lot of mold. Visible signs are an obvious indication that there's a problem. However, mold testing may also reveal areas where water is getting into the framing of the building. This allows you to tackle the source of mold trouble, sometimes before mold has the chance to grow. If mold has lead to structural weaknesses, the inspection and resulting remediation efforts could also prevent much more expensive repairs. Finally, if the building was once affected by water damage and has been remediated, the inspection could provide confidence in those results.
Better Safe Than Sorry
The best advice is to err on the side of safety. An investment in a thorough mold inspection up front could potentially save you a lot of money in the end. It's also worth noting that mold is notorious for returning to areas that have once been affected by it. So, your efforts to protect yourself from mold damage in any of your Hopkinsville, KY, properties is a very good idea.
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The ABCs of Home Fire Extinguishers
Your home in Hopkinsville, KY, may be your castle, but if you do not have a fire preparedness plan in place, that castle could quickly burn down.
The unique shape, markings, and color of the fire extinguisher have long been established and accepted. Therefore, when standing near a small fire, everyone knows to look for the long, red cylinder to use for fire suppression. What most people do not know is that there are different types of classifications of household fire suppressors, and once purchased, the chemicals inside are not good forever.
The fire extinguisher has been around for over 150 years. Originally designed to put out combustible fires with potassium carbonate, as times changed and fires evolved, so did the fire suppressors. The units now come in three types:
Class A is for use on ordinary household combustibles.
Class B can be used on flammable gas or liquid.
Class C units are designed for use on electrical fires.
Although the specially designed fire containment containers used to be manufactured with only one of the various class of chemicals, the new and modern versions often contain all three. For that reason, most household extinguishers can put out a home fire and electrical fire at the same time.
Fire repair and restoration teams stress the importance of understanding that fire extinguishers are not meant to last forever. Depending on the brand you buy, the manufacturers typically state that most expiration dates fall somewhere between five and fifteen years from purchase date. If the label does not have a date, or there is no inspection tag attached to the unit, look at the pressure gauge and recharge as soon as the needle falls below the green area.
Your home in Hopkinsville, KY, may be your castle, but if you do not have a fire preparedness plan in place, that castle could quickly burn down. Keep your fire extinguisher handy, do not store it away in inaccessible areas. It only takes a few moments for a fire to overwhelm a room, but if you have the suppressor close at hand, you can be on top of the fire and not let it grow out of control. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROchristiantoddlogansimpsoncounties.com/.
Financial Help for Flood Damage
If you have never been through a flood, don't wait until it's too late.
Most homeowners in Hopkinsville, KY, don't realize that homeowner insurance does not cover floods. Separate policies are needed and those often take 30 days to go in effect. If you don't have flood insurance but damage to your home was caused by a storm in an area declared a federal disaster area, you may be eligible for FEMA grants. Here's what you need to know.
1. Federal Disaster areas are attributed to certain events are and are designated regions. You can find these at the FEMA website: https://www.fema.gov/disasters/year.
2. Funds may be available for damage to your property, including vehicle or personal property.
3. You can apply for a grant online.
4. An inspector will call you after you apply. Official inspectors have identification, do not ask for money and don't recommend certain contractors for repairs.
5. Grant money may pay for temporary housing, repairs, medical, or funeral expenses caused by the approved event.
6. You may still be eligible for assistance if you already made repairs and cleanup. Always take before and after photos.
7. You should still apply for assistance even if you have flood insurance or think your income may disqualify you.
8. Low interest SBA disaster loans may also be available.
Flood damage comes with a lot of complications including contamination of your home and personal property. A professional flood remediator can help you by using their expertise to remove what cannot be saved and clean what can. They are trained in disinfecting and cleaning all kinds of materials, as well as thoroughly drying your property to prevent the development of mold.
If you have never been through a flood, don't wait until it's too late. You can find out if your property is on a floodplain by checking the FEMA website. If you are at a higher risk for a flood, consider getting a specific flood insurance policy. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROchristiantoddlogansimpsoncounties.com/.
When you're away the cat will play...with the faucets!
SERVPRO of Christian, Todd, Logan and Simpson County is always ready when the unexpected happens.
The family pet caused this sink to overflow in Simpson County, KY while they were away on vacation. Luckily a family friend was checking on the house and pet and caught this before it caused too much damage. We aren't sure exactly how long the water was running, but the flooring was saturated below the tiles and the ceiling and wall below was buckling and had to be removed as well.
Our highly trained crew was able to get on the scene within an hour of the call to extract water and set drying equipment to begin the process. After a few days of drying and cleaning and pulling drywall the house was ready for repairs and the customer came home to a solution instead of a flooded mess.
Fire at Bluegrass Cellular
Sea of Green at Bluegrass Cellular
The tower on top of this Bluegrass Cellular building sparked and caught fire to the building causing extensive smoke damage and water damage putting the fire out. We had our SERVPRO crew on location as soon as possible after receiving the call.
- Day 1 was spent moving all salvageable contents to an on-site storage pod.
- Day 2 we began the process of removing carpet, ceiling tile, and base board. We also set up drying equipment and bagged up lots of debris. This was such a large job that we had to call in 15 temps per day to help with the daunting task. We are so happy to be a part of helping out Bluegrass Cellular in their time of need. We will soon have everything back "Like it never even happened."