Winterizing your home
Kentucky weather is highly unpredictable. It can be warm and sunny in the morning, and freezing and snowing by dinner time! But being prepared for the cold before it gets here will make it much easier to deal with.
Getting your home ready for the long, cold winter can be done by just making a few quick inspections to make sure everything is up to date. If you use a fireplace, space heater, or a wood stove make sure you have a smoke detector and carbon monoxide monitor installed close to the area that is being heated. You also want to make sure the batteries are in working order, so test the detectors once a month and change the batteries twice a year.
Your roof is another area you should check when you are getting your home ready for the winter. Check for any leaks on your roof and get those repaired to help prevent any further damage. Also cut down any limbs or branches that might fall and cause structural damage to your roof or home.
No one wants frozen pipes, so insulate any pipes that run along the outside of your home to help prevent your water supply from freezing. Keeping the heat inside your home is always a must during those cold days so caulk and weather strip doors and windows, insulate your walls and attic, and cover your windows with plastic from the inside to help keep everyone warm.
Why choose SERVPRO of Campbell County
Have you ever come home to find your furniture floating in your family room? Or, have you ever had to experience the destruction of your home and personal belongings due to a fire? We hope that you have never had to experience any of these situations, but being prepared and responding quickly can make all the difference in the world. With SERVPRO of Campbell County we know how important it is to get you and your family back into your home and into a normal routine again.
Why SERVPRO of Campbell County
- We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- We have the training and experience to make your home “Like it never even happened.”
- SERVPRO is the leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration
SERVPRO of Campbell County also offers other services. We are not limited to just fire and water restoration. Here are some other services that we provide:
- Mold mitigation
- Storm damage cleanup
- Duct cleaning
- Document restoration
- Electronic restoration
- General cleaning
SERVPRO of Campbell County is independently owned and operated, and you can always count on us to be there for you.
Tips to prevent house fires
A fire in your home can be emotionally and financially devastating for you and your family. But there are some common steps you can take to help reduce the risk of a house fire. Understanding how house fires start will help you in preventing a fire in your own home.
- The majority of house fires start in the kitchen. Never leave a hot stove or oven range unattended. Overheated pots and pans can cause a fire very easily if left unattended. Stay in the kitchen while cooking and use a timer to help remind you to check your food. Also make sure the oven and stove are free from flammable objects.
- Pay attention to your heating system. Heating systems should be cleaned and maintained every year to make sure they are working properly. If you are using a portable space heater make sure they are at least 3 feet away from items such as clothing, furniture, and bedding. Also be sure to turn them off when you leave home.
- Only let professionals do electrical work in your home. Many electrical fires result in improper installation by the homeowner. When using electrical appliances check for frayed or damaged cords, and remove any that are broken. Also use the proper wattage of light bulbs in lamps and other light fixtures.
- Decorative and scented candles are very popular in homes, but they are also a very big fire risk. Never leave candles burning unattended and make sure to put them out when you go to bed. Make sure candles are placed away from flammable objects and are placed on a sturdy surface.
Preventing Fires in the Bathroom
When you think of how fires can start, you probably don’t think about them starting in the bathroom. The bathroom is a very popular room in the house and there are some things you can do to help make this room safer.
- Curling irons and hair dryers are common tools used in the bathroom. Check the wires and cords and make sure they are undamaged, and throw away any damaged or broken appliances.
- Make sure the appliances are far enough away from a water source
- Unplug appliances when not in use, and never leave the bathroom when appliances are on.
Exhaust fans are also very common in most bathrooms in the home and in some commercial properties. They are used to help eliminate odor, help prevent steamed up mirrors and damp walls, and fogged windows. But if the fans are not cleaned and maintained properly they can present a potential fire hazard. The fans can collect dust and lint over time which can then cause the motor to overheat and ignite the lint. It is important to clean your exhaust fans on a regular basis to prevent a fire.
If your home should experience a fire SERVPRO of Campbell County has the proper tools and expertise to remove the odor and to help put the damage behind you so that return to your normal activities. Call SERVPRO of Campbell County today (859) 572-4920
Your family has just spent a nice long week on vacation, and after a 12 hour drive home you walk in to find the main level of your house flooded. This is not what you thought you would come home to. So now the panic of what to do and how to fix it starts to set in. Where do you start?
You call SERVPRO of Campbell County. We understand that there is never a good time to deal with a disaster. We know that in these types of situations you need help NOW, and that it may not be during normal business hours. We answer our phones 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Water can start to cause damage to flooring, walls, furniture, and personal belongings within minutes, so a quick response is crucial. A faster response time can help reduce the costs of cleaning and restoration.
Call SERVPRO of Campbell County anytime at (859) 572-4920 and let our specially trained technicians make your home “Like it never even happened.”
When a major storm comes through town it can leave a path of destruction behind it. Strong storms can cause structural and water damage to your home or place of business, and it can be devastating. If a storm has left your home with a damaged roof or a flooded basement here are some things you can do until the professionals arrive:
- Take pictures of the damaged areas and belongings. These are proof of the damages that need to be repaired and the items that need to be replaced.
- Check to make sure drains are not clogged and that the sump pump is working.
- Remove what water you can. If it is safe to be in your home or place of business then removing whatever excess water you can will help reduce damage.
- Call SERVPRO of Campbell County at (859) 572-4920. Our technicians can evaluate the damage done to your property and create a plan for the clean up and restoration process. They are trained using the most up to date processes and equipment to help prevent further damage or mold growth, and will work to get you back in your property as quickly as possible.
Don’t let water damage close your doors
At your place of business the last thing you want is for water to get in and cause damage to your building. But if water damage does strike your business, there are many different types of equipment that can be used to help in the drying out process.
- Air Movers and/or Axial Fan. These two types of equipment produce more air movement than a normal household fan, which helps increase the rate of evaporation and helps dry the structure as quickly as possible.
- Dehumidifiers. A professional grade dehumidifier can pull much more moisture from the air than a normal household dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers can also help pull moisture from hard to reach places and from water retained by building materials.
- Air Scrubber. If your water damage is caused by water that has been contaminated then your SERVPRO technician might decide to use an Air Scrubber. These machines trap airborne particles giving you cleaner air to breathe.
When water damage strikes your business or home it can be overwhelming. You have to worry about removing the water, drying everything out, and then putting everything back together again. SERVPRO of Campbell County is here to help make the mitigation pocess much easier and stress free. Give us a call at (859) 572-4920.
SERVPRO of Campbell County can help your business
At your place of business, a water or fire damage emergency is never a good thing. They can happen at the most inconvenient time and can cause a loss of revenue and productivity if not cleaned and restored in a timely manner. As a trusted leader in fire and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Campbell County professionals are well equipped to handle:
- Fire and Smoke Restoration
- Odor Control
- Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning
- Water Damage Restoration
SERVPRO of Campbell County provides 24 hour emergency services and will respond immediately to your call. Our technicians have the training and experience to handle your cleaning and restoration needs. We are locally owned and operated, faster to any-sized disaster, and have advanced restoration and cleaning equipment to get the job done. SERVPRO of Campbell County is your go to Restoration Company to get your commercial property back up and running.
Staying safe when lightning strikes
Summer is all about sunny days, warm weather, and enjoying the outdoors, as long as the weather stays nice. But we know that the weather here in Northern Kentucky can go from sunny and beautiful one minute to dark and stormy the next. Summer storms can come in fast and furious and they usually contain a lot of lightning and thunder.
According to the National Weather Service, lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year. This can cause a serious risk for you and your loved ones, as well as your home. So what can you do to help keep everyone and your home safe during a summer storm?
- Use the 30-30 rule. If you see lightning start counting to 30. If you hear thunder before you reach 30, then go inside and postpone any outdoor activity for 30 minutes.
- Find a safe enclosed shelter. If a shelter is not available then avoid open fields, or being on top of a hill.
- Stay away from tall trees or other tall objects.
Once you are indoors away from the storm you still have to be aware. Lightning can travel through plumbing, electrical systems, and through metal bars or wires in concrete walls and floors, so try to stay in an interior room during a storm. If lightning strikes your home, get everyone out of the house and call 911. The fire department will come and assess your home and make sure that it is safe for you and your family.
Stay Safe on the Fourth of July
It’s hard to believe, but it’s the Fourth of July! This holiday is the perfect time for friends and family to get together for pool parties, backyard bbq’s, and of course fireworks. Fireworks can be lots of fun and are very pretty to look at, but they can also be dangerous if not handled properly. Here are some tips to help keep everyone safe:
- Never allow young children to handle fireworks.
- Older children should handle fireworks while under adult supervision
- Anyone using fireworks should wear protective eyewear
- Never light fireworks indoors
- When lighting fireworks keep them away from other people, homes, buildings, and any flammable materials
- Never point or throw fireworks at other people
- Only light 1 firework at a time. Once you light the firework move away quickly to maintain your safety.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket, or shoot them off from glass or metal containers
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that didn’t ignite
- Keep a bucket of water or garden hose handy in case of a fire. Once the fireworks have completed burning, soak them in water before throwing them in the trash to help prevent a fire.
- Never use illegal fireworks
Whether you are hosting Fourth of July Festivities, or sitting back and letting the professionals do the work, SERVPRO of Campbell County wishes you and your family a happy and safe Independence Day.