Water Damage due to sump pump failure
Today SERVPRO of Southeast Jefferson County received a called about a sump pump failure in a customers home. Sump pumps don't last forever, aside from electrical interruptions the sump pump has a life expectancy of only 10 years.
We arrived on site and most of the water had already dried up but the customer was very aware of the risk of mold after standing water has been in your home even if it was a short period of time. After the water was extracted SERVPRO placed several dehumidifiers and air movers in the basement to pull all of the moisture out of the air to prevent any possibility of mold becoming a problem for the customer. Sump pump failures are more common than people think, SERVPRO suggests people perform regular maintenance by regularly pouring a bucket of water in it to make sure it start immediately, making sure the vent hole is clear with no blockages, and making sure all pipes are tightly connected. Another option to make sure the battery isn't a concern is "deep cycle batteries" they are made to use a steady amount of energy over a long period of time so they are less likely to fail as quickly.
Why choose SERVPRO of Southeast Jefferson County?
Recently a Property Manager called SERVPRO of Southeast Jefferson County inquiring about our services. She was looking for a restoration company to lean on as a priority service provider when losses happen at the properties they manage. Then it finally came, the question everyone always asks, Why SERVPRO?
The question is an easy one to answer, SERVPRO of Southeast Jefferson County is faster to any disaster. We go by the 1-4-8 rule:
- 1-Within 1 hour a client will receive a call back with a firm time we will be dispatching a crew to their location.
- 4-Within 4 hours crews will be dispatched and onsite.
- 8-Within 8 hours equipment will be set and or the cleaning process will be underway.
Another reason why property managers utilize SERVPRO's services is our ability to handle large loss. With over 40 employees SERVPRO has the manpower to deploy an army of workers to your location. We also have the largest inventory of equipment in the city:
- 475 Air Movers
- 105 Dehumidifiers
- 2 Travel Supply Trailers
- 8 Generators
- 4 Power Distributions
- 40 Air Scrubbers
- Dry Ice Blasting Machine
- Soda Blasting Machine
Call SERVPRO of Southeast Jefferson County the next time disaster strikes your home or property.
Ice Storm Damage in Southeast Jefferson County
Earlier this week Louisville got its first frost and snow of the year. With the pretty snow comes a lot of unexpected problems. SERVPRO of Southeast Jefferson County received several calls about branches falling through roofs due to the weight of the ice that fell overnight. SERVPRO went out to the homes and put tarps on the effected rooftops to prevent anymore interior damage from being done. We also set up air movers to dry out any areas with water damage such as hardwood flooring to prevent it from buckling, and then started the steps necessary to repair the roofs. The best way to prevent this from happening is to make sure all of the trees around your home are well maintained and trimmed so that there are no branches hanging over your home.
Sump Pump Failure
Southeast Jefferson County suffered an ice storm and many homes and business had power outages across the city. With power outages comes sump pump failures which can cause flooding throughout the home. SERVPRO of Southeast Jefferson County was dispatched to several dozen homes in the area with inches to feet of standing water in their basement due to power outages. Our certified crews went out to the homes and extracted the standing water, pulled out any saturated flooring and baseboards, then set up dehumidifiers and air movers in the areas needed to get rid of the moisture. One way to prevent this sump pump failure issue due to power loss is to invest in a generator at your home. Don't hesitate to give us a call if you suffer any water damage in your home or business. We pride ourselves in excellent customer service and hope to make your disaster "Like it never even happened."
Two massive storms hit the United States in 2018
2018 brought two of the worst hurricanes to hit the United States in many years. While both were devastating, they were destructive in different ways. Hurricane Florence dropped almost 36 inches of rain in the Carolina’s causing extensive flooding statewide. Hurricane Michael brought winds upwards of 155 mph, devastating the Florida panhandle with damages that flattened some areas. SERVPRO of Southeast Jefferson County was called to help people affected in both states just weeks apart. The SERVPRO Storm Teams were activated to assist in the clean-up of these areas. With the water damaged caused by Florence, getting the water extracted and the drying process started was priority one for the team. This allowed the customers to return home safely, mitigating the risk to their health. As for Michael, this storm brought a number of different issues for the SERVPRO Storm Team to face. The wind was the main issue so getting roofs tarped was the first priorty, and debris had to be cleared before mitigation could begin. While both storms proved to be a challenge, the professionals of SERVPRO of Southeast Jefferson County showed compassion and professionalism that will be felt for years to come.
Fire safety this winter
When a fire strikes no one is ready for the emotion and fear they can instill. In most cases families can be displaced for months on end, contents are destroyed, and memories are lost. Recently, SERVPRO of Southeast Jefferson County was called to a home that had heavy smoke and soot damaged caused by a small appliance that had shorted out. A television in the back bedroom of the home had caught fire causing extensive damage to the bedroom and bathroom. Luckily no one was hurt in the fire, but now the process of cleaning up all the soot and tearing out damaged materials throughout the home has begun. SERVPRO of Southeast Jefferson County understands the process of cleaning a home or business after a fire. We also have the capabilities to do the reconstruction once the mitigation is complete. We work hand-in-hand with the home owner making sure that we can transform the residence back into a home they can make new memories in for years to come.
With the Holiday season upon us statistics show that November-January are the months when fires are most prevalent. It's important to make sure that your family has a plan in place in case a fire of a fire. Here are some tips to keep your family safe during the upcoming Holiday Season.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
- Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
- Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.
It's best to be prepared
One of the most damaging and devastating things you can ever experience as a homeowner is a flood.
There are many causes of household flooding that can include:
- Heavy rains
- Sewer back-up
- Malfunctioning sump-pump
- Pipe burst
No matter what the cause, you should know what you should do if your house floods. Taking care of the problem earlier will help you to reduce the amount of damage and can make the clean-up and repair easier. It's best to call a professional when dealing with water damage in your home. The certified technicians at SERVPRO of Southeast Jefferson County know exactly what steps to follow in order to prevent further damage, and to get your home cleaned up and dried out so you can get back to normal.
The first several days after a disaster are critical to preventing unnecessary secondary damages like mold. SERVPRO suggests the following steps to help minimize additional damage to your home, business and possessions.
- If the water has entered the structure through the flooding of a creek, stream or river, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is considered black water and could be hazardous to your health. Avoid contact with contaminated items as much as possible.
- Take the greatest caution while entering your home, and wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing when dealing with flooded areas.
- Do not attempt to operate any electrical equipment while standing in wet or damp locations.
- Throw away all foods - even canned goods - that have encountered flood waters.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Place fans at 45-degree angles to walls and move large furniture away from walls to create the best air circulation.
- If your home has a crawlspace, be aware excess moisture in this area can often foster mold growth.
SERVPRO also recommends having a three-day supply of water for each member of your family - including pets - along with non-perishable food, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries and a flashlight. Citizens should also keep in mind things like necessary medications and insurance documents.
Frozen pipe prevention
Winter is not that far away! Frozen pipes can cause a lot of unwanted water damage in your home if you don't take the necessary steps to protect your pipes from freezing.
Water expands when frozen, this results in tremendous pressure being put on your plumbing which can result in a pipe bursting and lead to a flood and water damage. Below are a few simple tips you can follow to prevent this from happening to you.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
- Remove, drain and store outdoor hoses, and close all valves leading to outside water sources.
- Search for water supply lines in unheated areas, ensure that they are closed.
- If you cannot close pipes in unheated locations, consider switching to insulated pipes or placing a sleeve over them.
- Open Kitchen and Bathroom cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate to the plumbing.
- In extremely cold situations let the water drip (run very slowly), running water will help prevent your pipes from Freezing.
Thaw Frozen Pipes
- Do not turn the water on full force right away, let a trickle come out for a short period of time.
- Keep the faucet open when treating frozen pipes.
- Apply heat to the frozen sections using a heating pad, hair drier or any other safe heat source.
- Check all pipes to ensure all are clear and not frozen.
In the event of a pipe burst or any water damage the most important thing to do is shut off the water immediately and then contact SERVPRO of Southeast Jefferson County to remove the water and affected contents.
How to Save Countless Dollars
Often in the event of water damage individuals tend to wait too long to respond, or simply call the wrong people to respond. When you call SERVPRO of Southeast Jefferson County to respond we act swiftly to contain and remedy the situation. This not only prevents future damage but also saves you money.
- A SERVPRO of Southeast Jefferson County Project Manager will be dispatched to your location to turn off the water source if possible and evaluate the situation.
- One of our local response teams will be dispatched to the water damage.
- The water will be contained and completely removed.
- The affected contents will be contained, removed and restored if possible.
- We will then bring in our advanced air moving and dehumidification equipment. Our experts will set up the air movers and dehumidification equipment for an efficient and complete drying.
- We will continuously return to the site to ensure that the affected area is properly drying, and to ensure that all the moisture has been removed.
- A Post-Job evaluation will be made to confirm all the moisture and affected contents have been removed and the situation has been remedied.
Be prepared this winter in Southeast Jefferson County
The winter months can create significant challenges for property managers. Snow and ice don’t have the predictability of grass and shrubs. Furthermore, grass and shrubs don’t cause ice damming and pipe freezes.
How you react to the challenges of winter can set the tone of your relationship with HOAs and association boards come spring and summer. Your clients are more likely to forgive circumstances that are out of your control. As long as they know that when mother nature strikes, you are there trying to get their home a quality fix, in a timely manner.
SERVPRO of Southeast Jefferson County recognizes the need to be prepared, this is why when we partner with property managers we help them build a comprehensive recovery plan. This way you can react confidently and quickly in the face of a disaster. Winter months aren’t the time for training in front of upset tenants. Our crews have received technical and service training to help them take the proper course of action while remaining empathetic to the situation.
Our office works with our partners to make sure documents flow through the right channels which simplifies settlement, whether there is a claim or the job is a direct pay. We also anticipate and recognize coverage issues so that tenants and owners understand how the claim will be settled.
The SERVPRO of Southeast Jefferson County Restoration brand is the most recognized and respected brand in the mitigation industry, and SERVPRO is equipped with the manpower and equipment to handle any situation.. You can feel confident you are calling the right people when you contact SERVPRO. After all, no one gets fired for hiring the industry leader.
Have Questions? Call Us Today – (502) 491-8666
Fire Safety in Southeast Jefferson County
This month November 2018 SERVPRO of Southeast Jefferson County tries to educate how to stay safe in case of a fire. Your local fire station provides lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires. See what programs your local fire station offers.
Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware, fire can happen anywhere, anytime.
LOOK - for possible fire starters. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
LISTEN - for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to leave your home safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
LEARN - more than one way out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.