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Tips to Put Out Fires in the Kitchen Safely in Christian, Todd, Logan and Simpson Counties

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

kitchen fire If your home suffers fire damage, contact the experts at SERVPRO of Christian, Todd, Logan and Simpson Counties at 270-885-8811

SERVPRO of Christian, Todd, Logan and Simpson Counties recognizes that over half of home fires start in the kitchen. Some kitchen fires start out small enough that you might be able to put them out easily. By being proactive, you can save yourself and others from fire and smoke injuries in your Christian, Todd, Logan, and Simpson Counties home. 

Remember that fire is fast. If you cannot contain a fire immediately, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside the home.

SERVPRO of Christian, Todd, Logan, and Simpson Counties  has these tips to offer for handling a small cooking fire:

    • If the fire is on the stovetop or in a pot, put a lid on the fire to smother the flames. Turn off the burner  
    • If a cloth on the stovetop is on fire, put a lid on the fire to smother the flames.  Turn off any burners  
  • Do not use water on a gas fire or a grease fire. Pot lids will smother a fire. You can also use (a lot of) baking soda. Pour a box of baking soda on the fire
  • If the fire is in the oven, turn off the heat. Close the oven door.    

IMPORTANT:

Never leave fire-fighting to chance. SERVPRO of Christian, Todd, Logan, and Simpson Counties  knows that objects can be replaced.  People and pets cannot.

When you choose SERVPRO, You’re Choosing a Certified Team of Restoration Experts

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Let’s be honest. No homeowners like to think about needing the type of services we provide. But when they do, it’s because their homes have been severely damaged by fire, flooding, or accidents.

The type of help homeowners needs when we are called home restoration. And its goal is to get the home back to its original state. While sometimes a mop, bucket, and elbow grease are enough, in other circumstances, you need a team of experts to ensure your home can be restored.

When that happens, it’s important to understand the home restoration process—and why choosing the right team can be vital to you being happy with your results.

Damage Claims Are Common

According to the Insurance Information Institute, about one in 20 homeowners will need to file a home damage insurance claim every year. The statistic includes all causes of damage and doesn’t separate the claims based on whether they need restoration services.

We also have some statistics about individual types of disasters and issues, though. For example, about one out of every 350 American homeowners will deal with a fire damage claim each year, from causes ranging from storm and lightning damage to furnace fires.

When you think about the United States’ entire population, that statistic translates to millions of families. Some of these people will need to get help from a professional team. That’s when choosing a quality restoration company will make all the difference for you.

Our Training Matters

Beyond the training offered by SERVPRO at a national level, our technicians earn valuable certifications through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. This non-profit group provides various certifications to ensure restoration and cleaning technicians can use the latest proven techniques when restoring your home.

Fast Response Helps Prevent Additional Damage

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Quick water removal can reduce damage

SERVPRO is “Faster to any size disaster,” and this quality provides many benefits for homeowners of waterlogged residences. When a pipe has burst apart, a tub has overflowed, or a drain backed up, your home needs to have that excess water removed as quickly as possible.

Christian, Todd, Logan and Simpson  county homes that have excess water from disasters such as pipe failures and forgotten tubs dry out best when water removal services from SERVPRO are the first part of the entire process. Pumping out any water that is visible upon our arrival helps us gain a better visual so we can more easily assess the extent of the overall damage.

Larger amounts of porous materials require more aggressive drying methods than materials that are less porous. Our experience benefits homeowners in many kinds of disasters that can damage a home by giving us insight into how best proceed in almost any type of situation imaginable, and overflowing toilets and tubs, exploding water heaters, burst pipes, and flooding from natural sources are only a few of those catastrophes.

Removing water starts the process, but then we need to move toward removing the moisture that has escaped into the air through evaporation. This moisture can find its way into every part of your home and create problems later unless it is captured and removed. Dehumidifiers, heaters, air movers, and even open windows can work wonders when used together. Moisture meters provide us with a beginning reading of areas in your home that are compared to later readings, showing us our progress in drying out your home.

When dry, remaining problems can still exist, such as unusual odors. This is because odors are caused by particles, that although tiny, produce smells when they have been disturbed. We can rectify this problem with odor control methods. Other problems that can remain behind include over-stretched carpeting, and we can fix that problem, also.

Because floors are always saturated in a situation where standing water exists, we take great care in ensuring that these surfaces are completely dry. This prevents warping of wooden floors and sub-flooring. Otherwise, walking in your home may soon become hazardous for your family and guests.

In situations that have left your home partially submerged, call us, SERVPRO of Christian, Todd, Logan, and Simpson counties

We can begin water removal efforts so that your home is once again as it should be, perfectly dry. Accidents can occur at all hours of the day and night, and because of this, we are always available to take your call.

What to do during and after a flash flood

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

flood Call SERVPRO of Christian, Todd, Logan and Simpson Counties at 270-885-8811 for all your water restoration needs!!

Flash floods occur as a result of heavy rainfall, rapid snow thaw, city drains overflowing or dam/levee failures. They occur quickly and unexpectedly. Flash Floods can effect ANYWHERE at ANYTIME, because it does rain everywhere. Now, most places are more prone to flooding, and it would be wise to learn about your local area. Cities and Urban environments are most common to flash floods, because of the impermeable surfaces, like asphalt and concrete that make up a majority of our surface roads and sidewalks. 

Flash Flood Quick Facts

  1. Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
  2. Just 6 inches of rapidly moving floodwater can sweep someone off their feet.
  3. Just 2 feet of floodwater moving at 9 feet per second (standard speed of flash floods) is enough to sweep vehicles away, move 100 pound rocks, uproot trees or level buildings.

Survive DURING

  • Depending on where you are, and the impact and the warning time of flooding, go to the safe location that you previously identified.
  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
  • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.
  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. Fast-moving water can wash bridges away without warning.
  • If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, then stay inside. If water is rising inside the vehicle, then seek refuge on the roof.
  • If trapped in a building, then go to its highest level. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater. Go on the roof only if necessary. Once there, signal for help.

Be Safe AFTER

  • Listen to authorities for information and instructions. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Avoid driving, except in emergencies.
  • Snakes and other animals may be in your house. Wear heavy gloves and boots during clean up.
  • Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock.
  • Avoid wading in flood water, which can contain dangerous debris and be contaminated. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
  • Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows.

Don't Let Water Damage Ruin Your Summer Fun!!

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

busted pipe If you experience a busted pipe contact SERVPRO of Christian, Todd, Logan and Simpson Counties at 270-885-8811

With the temperatures quickly rising and the hot summer season headed straight towards us, our
the natural inclination is to turn up the A/C indoors!

However, the risk of water damage still poses
a threat even during the summer months.

The extended use of air conditioning units, if not properly maintained, can cause drainage issues. To avoid this, make sure to change your air filter regularly. Regular inspections and cleanings are also important to prevent and stop any issues in your unit from worsening. One thing to keep an eye on is the drainage pan. Check to make sure water isn’t leaking and accumulating in the pan. Especially in the hotter weather; mold, mildew, and fungus can easily grow and spread.

Another thing that keeps in mind is the potential for pipes to burst. Although burst pipes are more
common during the colder months, hot summer weather can still cause this headache for a home
or property owner. A good rule of thumb is to notice whenever there is a change in your water pressure. While it could be simply just an irritation, it could also be a sign that something bigger is on the verge of happening. This could be a result of corrosion build-up which leads to leaks and eventually, water getting into your home or office.

The risk for pipes bursting doesn’t stop there. If you notice cracks appearing on the walls, especially around the corner, it’d be safe to assume there have been changes in your foundation. An easy solution, however, is to consistently water the soil and even place plants around the perimeter of the foundation. The plants help moderate the temperature of the soil and can also serve to hold the ground together with their roots.

The last thing any home or property owner wants to deal with is water damage, no matter the
weather!

If you experience a busted pip in your home contact the water damage experts at SERVPRO of Christian, Todd, Logan and Simpson Counties at 270-885-8811, 24 hours a day, seven days a week!!

Busy Start to Storm Season

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

flooded road Nashville Flooding

As spring approaches and we look forward to warmer weather, the threat of severe weather also arises.  2021 has already seen it's share of storm events.

In February SERVPRO of Christian, Todd, Logan and Simpson counties sent a crew to Kansas City to help residents dry out from busted pipes.

Then flooding occurred in central Tennessee and your local SERVPRO has sent two teams to the area to assist local residents recover and get back on their feet! 

Whether the storm strikes across the country or across the street your local SERVPRO is here to help.  We are the industry leader in storm response and faster to any disaster. 

SERVPRO of Christian, Todd, Logan and Simpson Counties is ready to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Give us a call at 270-885-8811 

Commercial Sewage Job

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Image of SERVPRO vehicles parked at location Commercial Loss in Franklin KY

In this industry you never know how your day is going to go.  You could have everything planned out and then a call comes in that changes all of that.

Early Monday morning a call came in regarding a sewage backup in Simpson County effecting two business and a basement.

When our SERVPRO of Christian, Todd, Logan and Simpson counties arrived on site they found standing water and sewage back up.  Our expert team immediately began the dry out and extraction process.  Flooring was removed, contents were taken out for cleaning and equipment was set. By late afternoon the basement which had close to two feet of standing water was virtually dry and all the contaminated flooring had been removed.

Your SERVPRO of Christian, Todd, Logan and Simpson Counties  team is here all hours of the day to help with your commercial emergencies. You can reach us 24/7 at 270-885-8811

Preventing Dryer Fires

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

aftermath of a dryer fire Dryer Fire

Every year firefighters across the country respond to 13,820 home fires caused by dryers according to the National Fire Protection Association.

To help prevent these type of fires here are four best practices to ensure safety in the laundry room

1. Clean the lint filter

Not once a month, or once a week, but clean the lint after every load. Not only will it help prevent a fire, but your laundry will dry faster

2. Replace accordion style ducts

Generally, dryers are equipped with a 4-inch vent in the back, which homeowners or installers connect to the exterior vent with a duct. But not all ducts will do.

If you see a plastic or foil accordion-style duct connecting your appliance to the vent, it’s a good idea to replace it. These are risky because they can sag, allowing lint to build up at low points and trapping lint in their ridges.

3. Clean the dryer duct annually

If you notice your clothes are taking longer to dry, there maybe a blockage in the dryer vent system.  If you don't see exhaust from the outside, the vent maybe blocked with lint. Disconnect your dryer from the power source, disconnect the duct from the dryer and vacuum both the dryer and duct as much as you can access. While back there, it would be a good idea to clean behind and under the dryer

4. Handle chemical stains with care

Clothes stained with gas, cooking oils or other flammable agents need to be handled with caution. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends washing such clothing more than once and then hanging to dry. If a dryer must be used, use the lowest setting and a cycle that concludes with a cool-down period.

Contact SERVPRO of Christian, Todd, Logan, and Simpson counties for all your fire and smoke issues. We can be reached at 270-885-8811

Faster, anywhere, anytime!

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

Kansas City Frozen Kansas City

WOW! What a start to 2021.  Between record freezing in Texas and the mid-west and record rain fall here at home, your local SERVPRO has been busy.

SERVPRO of Christian, Todd, Logan and Simpson Counties sent a storm team to Kansas City to help residents of surrounding communities when pipes started bursting.  Our team spent three weeks helping homeowners and business owners get back to their lives and make it "Like it never even happened."

Back home record setting flooding ended the month of February and our team was on it.  Responding to basements being flooded and businesses who drains were backed up, SERVPRO worked until the water was gone and repairs could be.

With storm season approaching, remember it doesn't matter if it's hundreds of miles away, or across the street SERVPRO will be there. 

If you have any water, smoke, mold needs contact SERVPRO of Christian, Todd, Logan and Simpson Counties at 270-885-8811 

Flooding and Home Insurance

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

car in water Kentucky Flood

With the rain and flooding that has recently effected our area, now would be a good time to review your homeowners coverage with your local agent. 

The majority of the time groundwater is not covered by a homeowner's policy.  You will want to discuss your options with your agent in regards to your coverage.  If you have a basement, you want to make sure you have a sump pump endorsement that will cover you in the event that the water is to much for the pump to pump out.  If you live in an area that floods frequently talk to your agent about your property being in a floodplain and the coverages that are available to you. Remember after something happens, it's late to talk to your agent.

If you do suffer from water damage contact SERVPRO of Christian, Todd, Logan, and Simpson Counties at 270-885-8811!