Storm Damage leads to Water Issues
When it comes to storm and other weather-related damage, many people only think of the exterior structural damage to their property like fallen trees and damaged roofs. But what some people fail to realize is that exterior storm damage can often lead to interior water damage to their property.
Water will always travel the path of least resistance and unfortunately after exterior structural damage to a property, this often means the water will end up inside the property.
A quick response is crucial to help limit the additional interior damage. In the event of water or storm damage, SERVPRO responds immediately, any time, day or night. We understand the importance of responding quickly to help prevent secondary damage and reduce restoration costs.
Roofing service, board ups, roof tarps and tree removal are all among the emergency services we provide.
Additionally, we are experts in water damage restoration and provide professional and efficient service to our customers.
BBQ Grill Fire Safety
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, grill fires cause an estimated $37 million in property loss each year. Patios, terraces, screened-in porches and courtyards are all leading home locations for grill fires.
While outdoor barbecues can be fun times with family and friends, they can also present fire hazards if certain precautions are not taken. The misuse of outdoor grills is one of the leading causes of home fires during the warmer months.
A grilling mishap would definitely put a damper on family gatherings and outdoor fun! So, we would like to share some important grilling safety tips. Knowing and following even a few tips can help avoid a fire disaster.
- Only use grills outdoors.
- Keep grills away from siding and deck railings.
- Clean grills often and remove grease or fat build-up.
- Make sure the gas grill lid is open before lighting.
In the unfortunate event of a fire disaster at your property, SERVPRO is Here To Help! Our technicians are available 24/7 to provide emergency service!
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 provides 24 hour emergency restoration services including board ups and roof tarps. We respond quickly to prevent further damage to your property!
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.
We Specialize in Caring for Contents Damaged by Fire
When a fire occurs in a home, the damage is not always contained to the immediate area of the fire. Conversely, smoke and soot travel throughout the property, leaving a trail of damage behind. We, at SERVPRO Kenton County, understand that the personal belongings in a home are treasures of life that represent hard work and accomplishments. We know that the value of photographs, books, and other life mementos cannot be measured. That is why our fire technicians specialize in restoring contents damaged by fire and keep a "restore" versus "replace" mentality during the restoration process. After a fire, they take extra care to clean and restore the contents of the home to preloss condition.
In caring for the contents of a property after a fire, our technicians have expertise in:
- Contents Restoration
- Move Outs / Pack Outs
- Electronic Cleanup
- Document / Photograph Drying
- Contents Claim Inventory Service
Our fire technicians know that a home fire is a very stressful situation for a homeowner and they strive to provide excellent customer service by working efficiently and professionally.
SERVPRO of Kenton County Can Handle the Mess!
Whatever mess life brings, SERVPRO of Kenton County can handle it! Our technicians are trained to clean up messes of all kinds. We have the expertise and experience dealing with issues like soot, smoke, sewage, blood, mold, graffiti, water, and odors. We provide carpet and upholstery cleaning, HVAC inspections, commercial cleaning, crime scene cleanup and vandalism. So, if life presents you with a mess, give us a call! We can help! We have extensive training and industrial strength equipment and are committed to providing excellent customer service with open, honest communication during the entire restoration process. We work efficiently, but effectively to help make it “Like it never even happened.” We are always prepared and ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call and provide the service you need.
Use Stay At Home Time for Home Improvement Projects
We are all being challenged by the current situation, with the expectation to quarantine and self-isolate due to the coronavirus. Staying at home for an extended period of time can be difficult. However, there are many home improvement projects that can be undertaken by families to help pass the time productively and avoid cabin fever.
- Freshen up a room with a different paint color and new switch plate covers.
- Organize drawer and closet spaces.
- For a new look, update light fixtures, faucets or cabinet hardware.
- As weather improves, give your yard a boost by planting flowers, shrubs, and trees and pressure washing walkways, siding, and gutters.
- Add molding or shelves to a room or backsplash in the kitchen.
- Upgrade flooring or shampoo rugs.
- Strip and stain cabinets or furniture.
- Clean dryer ducts and replace furnace filters.
It is often hard to set aside extra time for home cleaning, reorganizing and simply making the home better. So even though this time of social-distancing seems stressful, we can definitely make the most of it by spending more time with the family and working on home improvements!
Take Proactive Cleaning Precautions!
As we all know, the CDC is responding to a respiratory disease outbreak caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19). This outbreak is prompting a lifestyle change for everyone as we attempt to slow the spread of the virus across the country.
It is believed that the virus is spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. And the World Health Organization recommends basic proactive measures like frequent hand washing, social distancing, and good respiratory hygiene. Although not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
How can SERVPRO of Kenton County Help?
Trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards, our professionals offer cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants. While following the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities, we can perform a PROACTIVE CLEANUP that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where there is no known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure. There is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, however, our proprietary cleaning agent, SERVPROXIDE, is an EPA-certified, hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19) on hard, non-porous surfaces.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, etc. While proactive cleaning will not prevent or protect a building from future contamination if an infected person was to enter the building following the cleaning, it may help minimize the spread of germs by disinfecting high-touch areas and surfaces.
Contact us today to take proactive cleaning precautions and schedule your cleaning!
SERVPRO of Kenton County 859-261-2400
March Madness is Here! Join Our Bracket Challenge!
March is here, and we all know what that means…It is time for MARCH MADNESS! We are adding to the fun and excitement this year by hosting a March Madness Bracket Challenge. We are inviting everyone to join our Bracket Challenge for a chance to win prizes valued up to $200! And prizes will be awarded for our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners! Not a basketball fan? That’s okay! You don’t have to be a basketball expert to play! It doesn’t matter what you base your picks on…best records, best uniforms, alma mater…whatever! To enter, simply click the link below, sign in, or create an account, and choose your favorite teams! Be sure to fill out your bracket before the opening games begin on Thursday, March 19th! Good luck!!
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Important Considerations Before Finishing the Basement
A finished basement can be a great home project, offering loads of potential for more living space, additional storage, and added value to the home. But before beginning this project, there are several areas that should be assessed for potential issues so that the appropriate plan can be developed.
- Inspect the Foundation – Leaks or cracks in the foundation are common and proper repairs should be made prior to a basement renovation. If flooding is an issue during heavy rains and storms, a sump pump should be considered.
- Determine Code Violations – Especially with older homes, there may be code violation issues to address. And certain cities will require obtaining permits before working on the property. Talk with local city officials to understand code and permit requirements.
- Eliminate Water Problems – Check walls, ceilings and floors carefully for signs of water damage and alleviate any issues. If not addressed prior to remodeling, more expensive problems like mold can develop later.
- Insulate Properly – Cutting corners on insulation will require the HVAC system to work harder to heat and cool the home, thus leading to higher energy costs for the property owner.
- Consider the Ceiling – Access to electrical and plumbing lines as well as ceiling height should be considered.
With all the considerations that go into a basement renovation, the project can become somewhat complicated and seem overwhelming. But with proper planning and preparation, a finished basement can be a perfect gathering space for family and friends.
Why is it Important to Hire Professionals for Fire Damage Cleanup?
After facing a fire damage situation, some homeowners might think they can save some money by handling the cleanup themselves. But what many do not realize is that exposure to soot can actually be dangerous.
Soot is the fine black particles composed of carbon and produced by the incomplete combustion of coal, oil, wood, or other fuels. It can consist of toxic acids, chemicals, metals, soils, and dust. The toxic composition coupled with the fact that soot particles are extremely tiny is what makes it so dangerous. The airborne particles are virtually invisible so one can unknowingly be affected by inhalation or ingestion. It can travel into the lungs and bloodstream and has the potential to do serious damage.
So unfortunately, safety risks from a fire do not end once the fire is out. During the fire damage restoration process, it is important to have proper safety equipment and ventilation procedures to ensure the safety of those exposed. The SERVPRO of Kenton County technicians have specialized fire damage restoration training and expertise to handle the cleanup in a safe and effective manner. So if you are faced with a fire damage situation, let the professionals do the work! Call us at 859-261-2400 and we can help make it “Like it never even happened.”