How to Restore Your Kentucky Home After Flood Damage
Heavy rain is a common cause of flooding in Kentucky, and it can cause contamination and damage to the structure and contents of your home. After a flood, the majority of homeowners are worried about getting the house looking great once again. However, recovering from flood damage involves more than just cleaning up the water, replacing the carpet and repainting the walls. Your priority should be ensuring that your property is safe.
Flood damage in your Hardin County residence creates the ideal environment for poor indoor air quality and mold, which can cause health effects. If you do not perform the post-flood restoration process well, the contamination from mold and bacteria can affect your home’s structure. Acting quickly after the incident can help prevent further damage.
Some steps you should take after floodwaters enter your house include:
• Call your insurance provider, meet the adjuster, follow the lead--if suggested--Ask if SERVPRO Is an Approved Vendor
• Hire an electrician if the water rose as high as the outlets, electrical panels, or switches of your house, or if it got to appliances or fixtures. Having an electrician check these items before turning the power back on ensures safety.
• Hire an HVAC expert to inspect your heating and cooling system, particularly if you suspect that the water got into ducts or heat registers.
• Hire a flood damage cleanup company to extract the water, remove the debris, and sanitize the affected areas.
SERVPRO of Hardin/Larue Counties Can Offer Many of the Above Services
SERVPRO is the company you can trust to perform effective flood cleanup in your home. Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRTs) are skilled in handling any flood cleanup scenario. We can arrive quickly to your residence, assess the destruction, and determine the steps to take towards restoring your home to its preloss state whenever possible.
Our technicians evaluate if it is possible to decontaminate the structure and contents or not. The decision to replace or repair depends on the porosity of the materials, pretest results, and type of contamination. We remove and dispose of porous items like carpet and pad appropriately since we regard them as infectious waste. If there is standing water, we can extract it using powerful portable pumps.
If necessary, our technicians can pressure clean the structural components of your property and then use an EPA approved disinfectant to disinfect affected surfaces. We also wash and dry interior wall surfaces and other inaccessible areas that rising water or sewage has contaminated. Our crew also removes any final debris and water and disposes of them in the right way. Once the cleaning procedure is complete, we place air movers and dehumidifiers in a property to speed up the drying process. We have the expertise to deal with the flood damage to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Flood damage calls for efficient cleanup services. SERVPRO of Hardin/Larue Counties can help you restore your flood-damaged home. Call us 24/7 at (270) 360-0448 for emergency restoration services.
SERVPRO is Your Innovative Leader in Storm Mitigation
With the winter season upon us, it is important to be ready for harsher weather. A disaster can strike at a moment’s notice!
Technology is working hard to let us be aware of danger with more time to prepare before it hits! Technology can also be a vital tool in preparing for emergencies or disasters, as well as during or after to stay informed of the situation and in communication with others. From common technology you already use on a day-to-day basis to taking a few extra steps to prepare. Below are a few things that will help you be ready in the event of an emergency or disaster.
Store Information Online
There are many places to store important information securely online. Services like Google Drive and Dropbox offer a free way to store different types of files, from a Word document to images of important documents. It's a good idea to save an electronic version of insurance policies, identification documents, medical records, and information on your pets, if necessary.
For commercial businesses, SERVPRO of Hardin/Larue Counties can gather all of our your emergency information for you and compile it in an App that can be digitally accessed at any time.
Follow the News
Stay informed by following agencies such as FEMA, local news channels, and local government, for the most up-to-date information in a disaster situation.
Mark Yourself Safe
The American Red Cross offers a Safe & Well check-in site to list yourself as safe or find family and friends in situations where communication is difficult to establish. Facebook also has a feature called Safety Check that is activated after natural disasters or a crisis. You will receive a notification from Facebook if you’re located in the affected area at that time.
Get in Touch
Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in your phone and e-mail for communication with family, friends, business contacts, and others whom you may need to get in contact with before, during, or after a disaster.
Keep a portable charger in your car and home in case of an emergency. You may need to recharge this from time to time, but you can also buy solar-powered chargers as well.
An Emergency READY Profile from SERVPRO of Hardin/Larue Counties, will provide a FREE assessment of your facility to help prepare you, your property, or your business for an any emergency. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your property or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.
Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your property or business. Put help in the palm of your hand with the Ready Plan App.
Get in touch with SERVPRO of Hardin/Larue Counties today for more information on developing an ERP for your property or business! Call us Today: 270-360-0448
One Simple Rule to Ensure Your Business Reopens After a Disaster
Save time and protect your business from disaster with a complimentary Emergency Readiness Profile!
When you run a business; time is money. Every minute that your business is closed down due to flooding, a fire or another disaster, you're losing profits and your employees are losing income. It's inconvenient for your customers and expensive for you and the employees who count on you. So, how can YOU minimize the effect a disaster has on your business?! Easy. Be prepared.
Did you know that only 50% of businesses will reopen after a disaster? The single, most important thing that you can do to prevent your business from becoming a statistic is to be prepared before disaster ever strikes. That's one reason that we recommend an Emergency Ready Profile to all of our commercial clients.
This simple profile takes only a few minutes to complete, requires minimal effort on your part and can save precious time when it matters most. Did we mention that it's FREE?! Our ReadyPlan program means that you can have the location of water shut offs or electric boxes available right in an app on your phone. It also lists emergency numbers and the appropriate contact person for multiple situations. You can share access to this app with anyone you see fit.
On the beach in Malibu when a water lines busts? Not a problem! Your employees have the Ready Plan app available with the water shut off location documented for quick shut off and SERVPRO of Hardin/Larue Counties already has your important information and is ready to handle your situation.
Need an ERP for your business?! Call us today 270-360-0448!
Prevention is Key When It Comes to Fires
Damage from a fire before mitigation
Fires will always happen, but we prefer that you personally never have to experience one! If you do, click here for tips on what to do until help arrives.
Fires devastates homes and businesses and cause damage in numerous ways. Not only is fire destructive, but it also leaves behind lingering and pervasive odors. Furthermore, your home or business may also have extensive water damage that results from the firefighter’s efforts to extinguish the flames. The professionals at SERVPRO® of Hardin/Larue Counties have the specialized training, equipment and experience to make it "Like it never even happened".
To increase the odds that you’ll stay safe, consider these common causes of fire. Use this information to plan how to make your home or business a safer place:
- Cooking: Avoid splattering grease, never leave kitchens unattended and keep flammable materials away from heat sources.
- Heating Equipment: Have your furnace checked regularly and keep portable heaters away from combustibles.
- Smoking: If you smoke in or near the house, always make sure the cigarette butt is fully put out and make the bedroom off-limits to smoking.
- Electricity: Look out for frayed cords, the overuse of extension cords and overloaded outlets, and don’t run electrical wires under rugs or heavy furniture.
- Candles: Never leave them unattended and keep them out of the reach of children or pets.
- Children: Keep them away from matches and lighters to suppress any curiosity they may have about what happens when different items burn.
- Inadequate wiring: It’s often found in older homes and apartments. Have a professional electrician check yours.
- Flammable Liquids: Keep fuels, solvents, cleaning agents, thinners, adhesives, and paints away from heat sources.
- Holiday Decor: Keep your Christmas tree well-watered and away from heat sources. Check decorative lights for damage and never place candles on or near Christmas trees.
- Grills: Keep them away from your home, deck rails, tablecloths and tree limbs. And never use them indoors, including your garage.
SERVPRO® of Hardin/Larue Counties has the knowledge, professional equipment and ability to get you back to your life. Besides the easily accessible areas, we also examine wall cavities, duct work, crawl spaces and plumbing chases to establish whether they also suffered any smoke or fire damage. We ensure that all fire damage is cleaned, repaired, or removed and leave your home or business "Like it never even happened".
Clogged Dryer Exhaust Ducts: A Common Cause of House Fires
Dryers are a common cause of house fires.
Most of us don’t think about maintenance on our clothes dryers, but we should! The U.S. Fire Administration reports that every year there are thousands of home fires started by clothes dryers. Lint and debris can build up in your dryer vent, reducing air flow to the dryer, backing up dryer exhaust gases, which can result in a fire hazard. It is recommended you have your dryer exhaust system cleaned at least twice a year.
How to tell if you dryer vent is clogged
- Normal drying cycle is not drying clothes
- If it takes more than 40 minutes to dry a load of clothes
- Clothes smell musty after normal cycle
- Clothes are hotter at the end of the cycle
- Large amount of lint accumulates in the lint trap
- Your laundry area is more humid
- Burnt smell in your laundry room
- Outside dryer vent cover is not lifting
What you can do to reduce the risk
- Clean your lint filter after each load of clothes
- Use dryer sheet and fabric softener sparingly
- Remove the back of the dryer to vacuum out lint that is trapped
- Keep area around dryer free of dust and debris
- The duct line that vents outside should be as short as possible
There are tips online on how to clean you dryer vent system, but it is recommended you hire a professional. In addition to the reduced threat of fire, a cleaning can pay for itself in less than a year through the improved efficiency with less drying time required.
SERVPRO of Hardin/Larue Counties is here for you should you do have a loss from a dryer vent fire. Please call 270-360-0448 for help.
We're Here to Help After Flooding
SERVPRO will take on the stress so you don't have to.
Hardin and Larue County residents are well aware of the sometimes heavy amounts of rain associated with seasonal storm activity. Not only are the structural components of a dwelling exposed to the devastation heavy rains, overland runoff, and storm surge inflict, fixtures and contents also can suffer significant damage. As restoration industry leaders in the region, we use a secure and reliable protocol to move household goods, furnishings, and personal possessions from flooded homes to safe and climate-controlled spaces for evaluation and treatment during restoration.
SERVPRO employs the Contents Claim Inventory System (CCIS) to document and track the articles we move from your flooded home. Traditional check-off lists join digital options including photos and barcoding, to ensure security. As our specially trained production facility technicians examine each item, we note the condition, devise a restoration plan, and document the results.
Our SERVPRO of Hardin/Larue Counties team members attend rigorous training courses sponsored by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), an international standards development organization. Rest assured that the products and methods we use to remove contaminants from items as diverse as your living room furniture to books and pictures to a child’s favorite stuffed animals or other “lovies” follow research-based best practice protocols.
Clearing the space in your home with a pack-out permits the SERVPRO technicians on site to work unimpeded, using the latest techniques to flush the salt and other contaminants out. Removing flood-soaked contents speeds the cleaning, containment, extraction, disinfection, and drying phases of remediation in your residence. The packed-out items get the focus needed to restore them as well, avoiding expensive replacement and preserving irreplaceable memories.
SERVPRO of Hardin/Larue Counties has your flood damage needs covered. Call (270) 360-0448 to explore the best options for your flooding scenario.
SERVPRO of Hardin/Larue Counties Can Handle All of Your Commercial Needs
When it comes to commercial properties, SERVPRO of Hardin/Larue Counties has the training and expertise to give you the results you want while minimizing the disruption to your clients. Whether it's a pipeline burst, air ducts in need of cleaning or a greasy kitchen....we can help make it “Like it never even happened.”
When it comes to commercial and residential restoration services, SERVPRO is a leader in the industry. Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, SERVPRO responds quickly to your Elizabethtown business’s emergencies. No commercial project is too big, because we have access to the resources of a nationwide network of 1,700 Franchises. Click on the link below to learn more!
- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing & Industrial
Have Questions? Call Today – (270) 360-0448
Commercial Building Restoration Services
When it comes to commercial and residential restoration services, SERVPRO is a leader in the industry. Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, SERVPRO of Hardin / Larue Counties responds quickly to your Elizabethtown business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies. No commercial project is too big, because we have access to the resources of a nationwide network of 1,700 Franchises. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:
Commercial Building Cleaning Services
When the dirt, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you need SERVPRO of Hardin / Larue Counties. You can depend on us to get the job done right and get it done quickly. Our highly trained technicians use top-of-the-line equipment to make your business shine again. Learn more about our commercial cleaning services:
Are You Prepared for an Earthquake?
Did you know that Kentucky is located near a major seismic zone known as the New Madrid Seismic Zone?
If an earthquake should happen....would your family be ready? make sure they are with these earthquake preparedness tips.
- If you're indoors when an earthquake begins: drop to your hands and knees. Cover your head and neck with your arms. Crawl under a sturdy table or desk if nearby. Hold on to any sturdy furniture until the shaking stops. If a table or desk is not close, crawl next to an interior wall.
- Create a family emergency communications plan that has an out-of-state contact.
- Plan where to meet if you get separated.
- Make a supply kit that includes enough food and water for at least three days, a flashlight, a fire extinguisher, and a whistle.
- Consider each person’s specific needs, including medication. Have extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment. Do not forget the needs of pets and service animals.
- Consider obtaining an earthquake insurance policy. A standard homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover earthquake damage.
- Consider making improvements to your building to fix structural issues that could cause your building to collapse during an earthquake.
Commercial Water Loss
A water line break in your business can be stressful and confusing since there are many factors to think about when figuring out if there is a leak, where it is, and how to repair it. The most common indication of a leak in your water line is physically seeing water come up on the street, on the sidewalk in front of your shop, or coming through the foundation wall. If the water is coming up in front of your business, it does not necessarily mean the leak is from the water line. Water travels and looks to the point of least resistance to surface.
Commercial water damage to your Hardin/Larue County business is a serious matter, and you want to get the water and damage cleaned up as fast as possible so you can operate as usual again. A closed business means lost profits. That is when you need to call in the professionals at SERVPRO of Hardin/Larue Counties, who can clean up the water and fix any damages the leak has caused. When the break is small, our technicians can repair it before they begin cleanup. For larger problems, we partner with other professional tradesmen who can fix the break in a timely and reasonable fashion. The municipality should be called in if to inspect and repair major street line breaks.
Another sign of a broken water line is a hissing or rumbling noise. Likely, your water main is broken if your water is not in use when you hear noise on the water pipe. The hissing is a great indicator of water exiting the pipe somewhere in-between the building and the city water main in the roadway.
Another sign is a water pressure which is low. Not all water main leaks result in this. However, it is a possibility that should be checked out by professionals. We can help you find the cause for the water line break so that it can be fixed properly and your building does not sustain any more water damage than it already has.
SERVPRO of Hardin/Larue Counties understands that when water damage of any kind happens to your business, that time is of the essence to prevent further damage and loss. That is why we are ready to come out to your building and help you anytime you need when you reach out to us at (270) 360-0448.
How to Minimize Fire Damage to Your Commercial Property
How to To Minimize Commercial Fire Damage
Every businesses in Elizabethtown, KY, should develop disaster preparation plans that incorporate a variety of situations, including a potentially serious inferno. Because of the unpredictable and destructive nature of this peril, adequate fire preparation is essential to safeguarding your building's structural integrity and minimizing financial losses. Employing three key strategies can help you avert an extensive fire damage restoration project.
1. Maintain Fire Sprinkler System
Your building’s fire sprinkler system is a vital safety feature. However, corrosion, damaged pipes, improper calibration and inadequate water pressure may impede its ability to function properly. To minimize the risk of a serious malfunction, complete an annual inspection.
Keeping sprinkler heads clean and clear of potential obstructions are also crucial. Never stack items on high shelves near the ceiling and avoid painting heads. You should also routinely clean them with a damp cloth to remove dust and grime buildup.
2. Keep Fire Extinguishers Accessible and Usable
Fire extinguishers are another example of valuable fire preparation devices. To facilitate easy retrieval, mount extinguishers in accessible areas throughout your building. You should also post visible signage indicating their location and ensure staff keep those spaces clear of obstructions.
Like your sprinkler system, portable suppression devices require routine inspections. During every evaluation, verify that the gauge is in the green and vital components, such as the nozzle, handle and pin, are intact and undamaged. Promptly replace units with a red gauge or compromised pieces.
3. Train Staff on Fire Suppression Techniques
Knowing how to use an extinguisher is also important. To ensure your staff react appropriately, train personnel on the PASS protocol.
To engage the device, pull the pin. Then, aim the nozzle at the base of the flames. Squeeze the handle and employ a sweeping motion to smother the inferno.
Although you can minimize the risk, no commercial facility in Hardin and Larue Counties, is immune from the threat of a potential inferno. Completing proactive fire preparation steps can, however, facilitate a prompt response, which may reduce the extent of fire damage.