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.
Keeping your Family Safe during a Fire
Two Minutes. Could you get your family to safety in just 2 minutes? If a fire were to break out in your home that may be all the time you have to get everyone out, so being prepared is critical. During a fire, an early warning from a working smoke detector and a well practiced evacuation plan can help save the lives of your loved ones. Learn what else you can do to get everyone to safety.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home including the basement, and both inside and outside of very sleeping area.
- Test the smoke alarms monthly. If they are not working then change the batteries.
- Replace the entire smoke alarm unit very 8-10 years, or according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
In the event of a fire, every second counts, so it is important to make sure that you and your family are prepared.
- Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
- Make sure that everyone knows two ways to escape from every room in the home, in case the primary way is blocked.
- Establish a family meeting place outside of the home.
- Establish a family communication plan and who they should call if they can’t find each other.
- Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1
- Teach children to not be afraid of the firemen or to hide from them.
- Make sure everyone knows how to STOP, DROP, and ROLL if their clothes are on fire.
- Practice feeling your way out of the house with your eyes closed or in the dark. Fires produce a black smoke making everything dark very quickly.
Nothing is more important than your family’s safety. Having a plan and being prepared is your best defense against a home fire. Your home and your material items can be replaced, but your family cannot. Practicing your family emergency plan on a regular basis can help everyone be prepared and can help save lives.
How Landscaping can Prevent Flooding
As homeowners we understand the importance and added value of landscaping. Curb appeal is the first impression people get of our homes, and springtime is the most popular time to spruce up our landscaping. While landscaping can make your house look pretty, if it’s not done properly it can also cause flooding to your home. Here are some tips on what you can do to your landscaping to help prevent flooding.
- Grade your yard in the proper direction. You don’t want to direct water to drain towards your home, or to have standing water around the base of your home. Install a dry creek bed in your landscaping or yard to help direct water away from your home.
- Leave a gap between mulching and the siding on your home. Mulch is porous and can absorb moisture. If you create a gap between the mulch and the siding of your home you can prevent the formation of mold and rotting.
- Direct your downspouts. Your downspouts should be directing water away from your home. If the downspout is too short or directing water towards a low spot in your yard it can cause pooling around your foundation which can lead to flooding.
The next time it rains, take a walk around your home and make sure that the water is draining properly and that you don’t have water pooling anywhere around your foundation. If you are still experiencing flooding then give SERVPRO of Campbell County a call. We will quickly get our experts out to your home, and help get it back to its original condition.
Happy Customers with SERVPRO of Campbell County
SERVPRO OF Campbell County understands the importance of satisfied and happy customers, and we strive everyday to make sure that our quality of work is up to the highest standards. We are always pleased to get positive feedback from our customers. Here are some recent quotes from real customers that were satisfied with our services:
“ These guys were great. Super friendly and just did a killer job. They were honest about the costs and honest about what was needed to be done and what I didn’t need to do. Saved me a ton of time and stress by me not having to do it myself. Would definitely recommend.”
“ No need to look anywhere else, the most knowledgeable and helpful staff I have ever dealt with. From the beginning estimate to the finished Job the whole process was smooth as can be and they handled everything. A+++”
“ The owner was timely and friendly. He did his test quickly and wasn’t afraid to explain what he was testing and why he was testing it. I would recommend to anyone.”
If you have experienced water, fire, or mold damage give SERVPRO of Campbell County a call at (859) 572-4920. We are here to help care for you and for your home or business, and to help make the restoration process a little less stressful.
Exterior Mold Growth
Have you noticed green moldy growth spreading across your roof, patio, or even the side of your house? While we mostly think of mold growing in a dark, damp basement, it can also grow outside of your home. Once mold settles in it can grow on nearly anything and can spread very quickly, so prevention is the key.
Moisture and excessive humidity create the perfect environment for mold growth. Whether you have brick, stucco, or even low-maintenance vinyl check for water spots, especially near gutter downspouts. Moisture pooling can be caused by clogged gutters and drains so be sure to check them regularly and make sure they are clean. Clogged gutters can cause water to run down the side of your home increasing moisture and the chance for mold growth.
Dark areas are also ideal for mold growth. Trimming your trees and shrubs on a regular basis can help prevent shady areas around your home. Also keeping your trees and landscaping from touching your home will also help eliminate any dark spots and reduce mold growth.
If you find mold growing around your home, identifying and cutting off the moisture supply is the best way to stop it from spreading. For any serious mold issues, SERVPRO of Campbell County is always available to help. Call us anytime.
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.