The weather in Northern Kentucky has been a little crazy the past couple of weeks! We have gone from below freezing temperatures and snow to almost spring like weather. Now we have the threat of lots of rain moving in over the next couple of days, and with that comes the chance of flooding. It can be a little confusing with all the different advisories and warnings that are issued, so here is a quick look at what they all mean.
Flood Advisory: A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be a problem, but it can be an inconvenience. Ponding of water on streets, low-lying areas, highways, underpasses, and elevated water levels in creeks and small streams are all possibilities during a Flood Advisory.
Flood Watch: A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding, but it does not mean that flooding will occur. A Flood Watch usually occurs when grounds are already saturated from recent rains, or when upcoming rains will have the potential to cause a flash flood. Be prepared if a Flood Watch is issued in your area
Flash Flood Warning: A Flood Warning occurs when flooding is imminent or occurring. It usually results in small creeks and streams quickly rising from their banks. If you live close to one of these creeks or streams, or in a low-lying flood prone area these dangerous flood waters can develop quickly and can be a significant threat to your property. Be ready to take action if a Flood Warning is issued in your area.
SERVPRO of Campbell County is available 24/7 and specializes in cleanup and restoration of your property after a water damage event. Give us a call and let us help you (859) 572-4920.
Preventing Mold After a Flood
We have more crazy weather heading into the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area in the next couple of days. It could be lots of rain, lots of ice, or lots of snow, which are all elements that could lead to flooding. If your home or business experiences water damage it is important to get it cleaned up immediately to help prevent extensive damage, and to also help prevent the growth of mold. Here are some tips to help prevent your home or business from mold growth after flooding or water damage.
- Wear protective eye wear, nonporous gloves, and a face mask when cleaning up after a flood to help protect yourself.
- It is best to open up windows and doors to help increase airflow in your home and improve ventilation.
- Get rid of any soaked porous or absorbant material that you can, such as ceiling tiles, furniture, dry wall, and carpeting.
- Clean the wet surfaces with detergent and water and use fans to help circulate air and help speed up the drying process.
- Discard items that have been soaked for over 48 hours
Following these steps will help prevent mold growth in your home or business. Even if you don’t suspect mold growth, it is always a good idea to call in the professionals to do an inspection. You can rely on the trained professionals at SERVPRO of Campbell County to inspect and take care of any suspected mold problem.
Myths About Mold
What do you think about when you hear the word “mold”? Does it make you cringe? Mold has a lot or misconceptions that can leave homeowners confused and misinformed, but mold in your home can be costly to both your home and your health. If mold isn’t treated properly, it can quickly grow into a major problem. Here are some common myths about mold to help keep you and your family safe.
- Bleach kills mold. Bleach and other retail products usually just discolor the mold and are aren’t recommended for use on porous surfaces. Using bleach or other retail products on wood, carpet, and drywall don’t usually reach the root of the mold, therefore causing the mold to return. Removing the mold from the area is the only way to make sure the mold is gone and will not return.
- Mold is only found in homes with water damage. It is true that mold forms in areas where there is water where it shouldn’t be, like flooding or a leak, but unfortunately all homes could end up with mold. Molds and mildews are present both indoors and outdoors, and mold spores can begin to grow within 24-48 hrs after landing on a surface that contains moisture.
- Dead mold can’t cause health issues. Even if you can kill the mold there are still allergens that can live in mold that are still active. Mold can also go dormant but then regrow when the environmental conditions are right. To protect your home and your family, it is best to remove the affected area and to remove the items that contain mold. Our technicians at SERVPRO of Campbell County are properly trained to handle mold allergens without further contaminating your home.
- Mold remediation is something you can easily handle yourself. Mold remediation can be handled for small areas fairly easily. But when the problem becomes pervasive, call SERVPRO of Campbell County (859) 572-4920.
A Clean House for the New Year
The holidays are over, all the decorations have been put away, and life is getting back to normal. We all have very busy schedules, so giving your house a good deep cleaning after all the hustle and bustle of the holidays may be something you don’t have time for right now. Let SERVPRO of Campbell County give your home a clean start to the new year. Our cleaning and restoration professionals have the equipment and expertise to give your home a deeper clean than your typical cleaning service.
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
We all have dust, and it can be everywhere! Our carpet and upholstery cleaning service will not only get out the dirt you see, but will also remove the unwanted dust you don’t. Professionally cleaned carpet and furniture will help give your home the facelift it needs as we head into spring.
Air Duct Cleaning
How many times have you had your air ducts cleaned? We all have tasks around the house that don’t make it to the top of our priority list, but properly maintaining your home’s air ducts should not be one of them. Regular duct cleaning can increase your home’s heating and cooling efficiency, and improve the quality of the air you and your family breathe.
Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to get rid of unwanted odors in your home. Our technicians have access to several odor eliminating products that can help knock out those unpleasant odors.
When your to-do list becomes too overwhelming, let SERVPRO of Campbell County take away the stress of maintaining a clean and healthy environment for your family. Call today to schedule an appointment at (859) 572-4920.
Commercial Cleaning Done Right by SERVPRO of Campbell County
Did you know that SERVPRO of Campbell County provides services like commercial cleaning and duct cleaning? Many businesses do a great job of daily cleaning, but the everyday wear and tear will eventually build up. When that happens, give SERVPRO a call. We do a great job at removing odors,deep cleaning of carpets and floors, and much more. Every member of our crew is trained specifically to be able to handle a commercial cleaning job of any size.
Our cleaning services include:
- Air ducts and HVAC - Drapes and Blinds
- Biohazard Cleanup - Odor Removal
- Carpet and Upholstery -Sewage
- Ceilings, Floors, and Walls
SERVPRO of Campbell County will respond promptly and get the job done right. Give us a call at (859) 572-4920 to get your business looking its best.
A Quick Response is Key to Preventing Water Damage
Flooding and water damage can be very invasive, and can quickly spread throughout your home and get absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. A quick response will help to minimize the damage to your home, as well as reducing the cleaning and restoration costs. Here is a quick look to show you just how damaging water can be to your home.
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
- Drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to swell and crack.
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
- A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Wood flooring swells and warps.
- Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
- Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
SERVPRO of Campbell County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
Call us anytime (859) 572-4920
Winter Storm Tips
We have been lucky the past couple of years in Northern Kentucky with very little snowfall or bad winter weather, but it can strike at anytime and it’s best to be prepared. The main types of precipitation during a winter storm are snow, sleet, or freezing rain. So what can you and your family do to stay warm and safe during a winter storm? Here are some tips to help you be prepared for when winter weather strikes:
- Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping.
- Create an emergency kit for your car. It is best to stay at home during a winter storm but if you have to be out in the weather, it is best to be prepared. Extra clothes, blankets, a flashlight, jumper cables, bottled water and snacks are all good things to include in your emergency kit. A full tank of gas is also a good idea.
- Use generators outside only
- Listen for Emergency information and alerts
- Stay indoors and dress warmly
- Be prepared for power outages
- Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly, and have extra batteries on hand for backup.
- Make sure you have enough supplies on hand to last a couple of days. Along with the milk and bread, make sure you have food for you pets, any medications that might be needed, batteries, flashlights, and radios.
Winter just arrived here in Northern Kentucky so now is the time to get your home or business ready for the cold. SERVPRO of Campbell County is always here to help if you need us. Call us anytime at (859) 572-4920
Storm Damage: Now What?
The damage a storm can do to your home can be devastating. In the first few days after the storm you might be overwhelmed with the damage that has been done, and with everything you have to do to get your home and life back on track. We at SERVPRO of Campbell County understand that you need help fast to minimize the damage. There are steps that you can take right away to help keep the damage to your home at a minimal.
- Safety first. Whether your home has been damaged by flooding, severe wind, or struck by lightening the aftermath of a storm can pose serious dangers. Live wires, mold, jagged windows, or flooding can all be hazardous. It may be wise to leave your home until the damage can be assessed.
- Once your home is safe, document the damage. Taking pictures of affected areas and belongings can be critical proof of damaged items and repairs that need to be made.
- Contact your insurance company. They will assign you a claims representative that you will work with to get the repairs done.
- Call the restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Campbell County at (859) 572-4920. Our trained technicians can evaluate the extent of the damage to your structure and contents and evaluate for possible mold infestation. Utilizing the most up to date processes and equipment, SERVPRO of Campbell County can make your home or business "Like it never even happened."
Preparing Your Business for Winter Weather
Winter is quickly setting up residence here in the tri-state area, and with that comes many different weather threats to your business. Pounding rainfall, snow storms, burst pipes caused from freezing temperatures, or power outages are all things that can lead to business shutdown or possible property damage. Now is a great time to make a plan to ensure the safety of your business and your customers.
- Check your commercial property for downed tree limbs and branches. Heavy rain, wind, ice, and snow can lead to falling tree limbs and branches, which could cause damage to your property or could possibly cause personal injury.
- Inspect your property regularly, especially the parking lot and walkways. Make sure they are draining properly to avoid any flooding.
- To prevent any slippery or hazardous areas inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways. Place mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
- Inspect your roof, water pipes, and gutters to make sure they are in proper order and clean of any obstructions. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Obstructions in gutters can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
- Ask SERVPRO Campbell County to complete an Emergency READY Profile for your business. This is a no-cost assessment to your facility and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.
Call SERVPRO of Campbell County (859) 572-4920 to help keep your business up and running when winter weather strikes.
We are the Pros at Flooded Basement Clean Up and Restoration
When you think of a basement flooding, the first thing that comes to mind of why this could happen is probably heavy rain. But basements can flood at any time. Basements are prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood and weather doesn’t always play a major role. Here some other things to also be aware of:
- A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
- Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
- Storm sewer backup
- Sanitary sewer backup
- Foundation drainage failure
- Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
- Sump pump failure
- Overflowing gutters
Have Questions about Basement Flooding?
Call SERVPRO of Campbell County (859) 572-4920
Unexpected water in your basement can damage your flooring, walls, and furniture, and can lead pretty quickly to mold if not treated properly. A flooded basement can put your health, safety, and home’s integrity at risk. Give SERVPRO of Campbell County a call and let our trained professionals handle the situation safely.
We are Flooded Basement Specialists:
- We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
- We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
- We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
- Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
- We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
- Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment
Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (859)572-4920