The Many Colors of Mold
When many people think of mold, they think of it as being black in color. But mold actually comes in a variety of different colors including white, green, yellow and even pink!
While many fear that black mold is toxic, white mold does not usually cause the same concerns. It can be found on about any type of surface. Attics, basement walls and exposed dirt in crawlspaces are all common areas where white mold can be found. It also can appear on food as it is going bad.
Green mold is very common and prefers cool to moderate environments. Due to this, it is commonly found on rotting refrigerated foods and breads.
Yellow mold can be very bright in color and is usually easy to spot. According to moldguide.net, this variety of mold can be dangerous. It should not be touched or inhaled and it should be removed as soon as possible.
Pink mold often develops on shower floors and the bottom of shower curtains because it thrives in moisture-rich environments. It is difficult to completely prevent pink mold in the bathroom and usually requires continual maintenance to control the issue.
Although mold comes in a variety of colors, all thrive in similar, moist environments. To control or prevent mold, be sure to ventilate damp areas and monitor pipes and other areas susceptible to leaking! If you suspect a mold issue at your property, call SERVPRO of Kenton County. We are experts in mold testing and remediation!
It's September...NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH!
Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? National Preparedness is observed in the United States every September with the hopes of encouraging Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes and businesses.
How Can You Prepare?
Disasters usually strike unexpectedly, rarely giving any warning signs. But with a little thought and planning ahead, you can be better prepared for a disaster.
Disasters in the Home
No one expects a home fire. But there are steps you can take to be prepared just in case! Do you have an escape plan? Or how about a family meeting place outside the home? Do you have working smoke alarms in your home? How about a fire extinguisher? These are all ways to plan ahead and be better prepared for a fire disaster in your home.
A flooded home can also come unexpectedly. Have you checked and maintained the sump pump? How about the gutters on your home…Are they clean? Is your roof in good condition? Do you have your insurance agent’s contact information handy? How about the SERVPRO of Kenton County phone number? You might be in need of clean up and restoration!
Disasters in the Business
Are you prepared if disaster strikes your business? Many business owners are caught off guard when disaster strikes, but there are steps to take to be better prepared. Does your insurance policy cover the type of disasters that are most likely to affect your business? Do you have a plan in place to help continue business operations during the recovery process? Is your business data backed up? Have you contacted SERVPRO of Kenton County and developed an Emergency Ready Profile?
Join the nation this month by making an effort to be prepared! Take action now by planning ways to stay safe and lessen the impact a disaster might have on you, your family and your business!
SERVPRO of Kenton County (859) 261-2400
SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team Helps in Texas and Florida
In late August, the state of Texas was drastically affected by Hurricane Harvey. Billions of dollars of property damage was sustained to homes and businesses throughout the state. And unfortunately, September brought Hurricane Irma to the state of Florida, also leaving a trail of devastation and destruction.
SERVPRO of Kenton County is proud to be a part of the national SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team to help the people whose lives have been disrupted by these natural disasters. Our Disaster Recovery Team is available 365 days a year and is always prepared for the unpredictable. When localized storms overwhelm the local restoration companies, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is there to help manage the workload. SERVPRO has mobilization teams across the country to travel as needed, to support recovery after large storm events. With mobilized local command centers, management, crews, equipment and more than 1,650 franchises nationwide, the SERVPRO Franchise System has the ability and the manpower to relocate where needed and help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Our thoughts are with all those affected by the recent hurricanes as well as with all those assisting with the recovery efforts! Our hope is that with everyone working together, it will be a smooth, efficient and successful restoration and recovery process.
Water Damage in Alexandria, Kentucky
When Alexandria, Kentucky experienced heavy rains, the sump pump in this home failed and as a result the home was affected by water damage. Several areas of the home were damaged including the family room, bedroom and bathroom. The homeowners called SERVPRO of Kenton County for help! For this job, after the carpet and padding were removed, the SERVPRO water technicians removed the baseboards and drilled holes in the lower portion of the drywall. These holes allowed for the wall cavities to be dried more effectively. The SERVPRO drying equipment was set up in the affected areas. The air movers and dehumidifiers were monitored by the water technicians and once the dry out was complete, all equipment was removed and the debris was hauled away. Another job well done by SERVPRO of Kenton County!
Safe Use of Fire Extinguishers
If used properly, portable fire extinguishers can save lives and property by putting out or containing small fires until the fire department arrives. However, it is important to remember that there are limitations to fire extinguisher use.
The National Fire Protection Association offers some key tips and information regarding the safe use of fire extinguishers. The first priority is to ALWAYS get out safely. Every home should be equipped with working smoke alarms and have a home escape plan in place.
Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips
- Only use fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, is not spreading, everyone has exited the building, the fire department has been called, and the room is not already filled with smoke.
- For proper operation, remember the word PASS:
- Pull the pin – hold the extinguisher pointing away from you.
- Aim low – point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
- Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
- For the home, choose a multi-purpose fire extinguisher that is large enough to put out a small fire but not too heavy to handle.
- Read the instructions before a fire ever breaks out.
- Install the extinguisher near an exit and know when to exit the building. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately.
With proper use, a fire extinguisher can be an invaluable tool to help fight smaller fires in the home and prevent a larger disaster. But make sure to take the time to learn how to safely use an extinguisher and always remember that the first priority is to get out of the building safely!
SERVPRO of Kenton County Offers Continuing Education Course 9/20/17
SERVPRO of Kenton County is offering a free continuing education insurance credit course entitled, “Understanding the Restoration Industry: Property Fire Damage Restoration.” This course is for agents needing OHIO credits and will be held at our Northwest Cincinnati location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Forest Park, Ohio, 45240 on September 20, 2017 from 8:00am to 12:00pm with registration beginning at 7:30am. Please note that 100% attendance is required to receive CE credit for this course. Breakfast will be provided!
This course has been designed to teach and explain the special procedures used by professionals in mitigating and restoring fire damage claims. The purpose of the course is to provide insurance professionals a better understanding of what the insured is going through when they experience a fire damage situation as well as what is involved with the work performed by the mitigation vendor at fire damage work sites. Those in attendance will learn emergency tips which can drastically reduce the cost of the claim if performed in a timely manner and they will see examples of work performed to mitigate fire damage.
For reservations or more information, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati at 513-541-3200.
Please RSVP by September 13, 2017!
Course Number: 43375-OH
SERVPRO of Kenton County Helps School District After Water Damage
SERVPRO of Kenton County believes in giving back to the community whenever possible. We are always looking for ways to help out local schools, neighborhoods and charities by offering our time and talents.
For example, we were honored to help a local school district by donating labor and materials when one of the school buildings suffered water damage and needed dry out services. The school Board was very grateful for the donation because it allowed them to use funds elsewhere to better serve the students in the district.
SERVPRO of Kenton County strives to have a positive presence in the community and is happy when an opportunity arises to help the students, residents and employees of our community. We value our community and are proud to support in any way we can!
The Must Have Office Toy...Will This Increase Productivity?
A fidget spinner is a small gadget with ball-bearings that the user can rotate or spin between his finger and thumb. They are being marketed as the modern version of the stress ball, used to relieve anxiety and promote productivity.
How Are They Believed To Work?
Some believe that using the fidget spinner occupies parts of the brain that otherwise would distract the rest of the brain with random thoughts interfering with decision making and productivity. Others believe that body movements are actually part of the thinking process much like doodling or tapping a pen.
The Must-Have Office Toy
According to Forbes, fidget spinners are the must-have office toy of 2017. So for you or that co-worker or cubicle neighbor that constantly pen-clicks, desk-drums or nail bites, maybe pitch the stress ball and try upgrading to a fidget spinner!
What Do You Think? Would a fidget spinner increase productivity at your office?
Hail Damage - Give Us a Call!
Hail is a form of solid precipitation that consists of balls of ice called hailstone and occurs during severe storms. According to the National Storm Damage Center, hail causes approximately $1 billion in damages per year in the United States to homes, buildings, cars, and crops.
Types of Hail Damage
Roof Damage – When hail storms hit, the most common damage to homes and buildings is to the roof. When the roof damage goes undetected or unrepaired, more damage can occur to the home or building as water leaks through the roof and into the walls.
Window and Siding Damage – Often high winds accompany hailstorms causing the hail to fall at angles. When this happens, windows and siding can crack which also leads to the threat for additional water damage to the home.
Automobile Damage – The glass, plastic and metal surfaces of vehicles are particularly susceptible to damage from hail. Dents in the metal or cracks in the windshield glass are common occurrences in hailstorms.
Steps to Minimize Hail Damage
There are a few steps that one can take to minimize hail damage.
- Close Curtains or Blinds – Closing the window treatments can help prevent the wind from blowing broken glass into the interior of the building.
- Park in Garage – To protect vehicles, park inside a garage or under a carport.
- New Roof – If replacing your roof, consider using impact-resistant materials to help avoid future hail damage.
Hailstorms can be extremely destructive to commercial or residential buildings, especially roofs. If you are caught in a hailstorm and suspect that you have damage, SERVPRO of Kenton County provides 24 hour emergency restoration services including board ups and roof tarps. We respond quickly to prevent further damage to your property!
Just call SERVPRO of Kenton County (859)261-2400!
Don't Forget to Clean the Dryer Vent!
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires start each year by the clothes dryer. When lint and debris build up in the dryer vent, a common fire hazard is created.
Signs That the Dryer Vent Needs Cleaning
According to ABC news, there are many signs that it is time to clean the dryer vent. Several of these signs include:
- Clothing does not dry completely after normal drying cycle.
- A musty odor is present in the clothing following the drying cycle.
- Clothing seems unusually hot to the touch after a complete drying cycle.
- Debris is present within the outside dryer vent opening.
- Large amounts of lint accumulate in the lint trap of the dryer.
Reduce the risk of a dryer vent fire by watching for these signs and regularly maintaining the dryer vent. Not only will the risk for a dryer vent fire be reduced, clothes will dry faster and smell better!