Sump pumps are great tools for your home
It’s a new year, and many people will start their search for a new home soon. Basements are very common in NKY homes, which means most of them will already have a sump pump installed. Sump pumps are great for helping to prevent flooding in your home, but if they don’t work properly they can cause a lot of damage. So if you are in the market for a new home there are some things you should check out before signing on the dotted line.
If you are buying a home with a sump pump, check for previous water damage that might have occurred before the sump pump was installed. This could be the reason the pump was installed in the first place. Water in your home can cause structural damage so be sure to check for any cracks or holes that water could get into and have them repaired before moving in. It’s also a good idea to test the sump pump and make sure it’s actually functioning and working properly.
Investing in a battery backup for your sump pump is also a good idea. When storms with high winds and rain come through, your power could be knocked out causing your sump pump to stop working. With a battery backup your sump pump will continue to work and help prevent flooding to your home.
Sump pumps are handy tools to have in your home. Just like any other device in your home they need to be properly maintained every year by cleaning it, checking the valve, changing the filter, and testing it. Doing these steps will help keep your home water free.
Hidden Water Damage
Water in your home is never a good thing. But it’s the water you don’t see that can cause the most damage. Sometimes household cleaners or a mop can’t get the job done, so it’s important to make the right choice when this happens in your home.
Home appliances can leak and cause water damage that you might not be able to see. The unseen water can contain bacteria, can cause mold or rot, and can cause other damage to your home. Having a simple maintenance and inspection routine for your appliances can help prevent any unwanted water in your home.
- Refrigerator- If your refrigerator has an ice maker check the hose connection attached to the water supply.
- Dishwasher- Periodically check the water supply line under the sink, and check around the base of the dishwasher to make sure there is no water leaking.
- Washing Machine- Hoses should be replaced every 3-5 years. Check for wetness around the hose ends, and check for signs of bulging, cracking or fraying.
- Water Heaters- Your water heater should be placed next to a floor drain. Check the water heater for signs of rust or any leaking.
Home appliances are what help make our homes function, but if not inspected and maintained properly they can cause a lot of unseen damage. If you notice any water in your home give SERVPRO of Campbell County a call to help get it cleaned up properly.
SERVPRO of Campbell County is here for all your commercial property needs
SERVPRO of Campbell County is here to help your commercial property when disaster strikes. We are the leader in restoration from fire and water damage, experts in the field of emergency services such as electronics restoration and document drying, and we are your best resource to help with other areas to keep your business running smoothly. Some other areas that we can help out are:
- Mold Containment and Removal
- Professional Cleanup
- Odor Removal
- Designing a custom Emergency Response Plan (ERP) for your business. This will ensure that your property and employees are ready in case disaster strikes
We know that keeping your doors open for business is of most importance. When disaster strikes call SERVPRO of Campbell County and we can help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Being prepared for the winter weather
Winter weather is quickly approaching the tristate. Cold temperatures, rain, ice, and snow are all possibilities this winter, so is your car equipped to handle these types of weather elements? If your car broke down on the side of the road do you have everything that you would need to keep you and those in your car safe and warm until help arrived? If the answer is no, then now would be a great time to prepare an emergency bag to keep in your car. Here are some great items to include in your emergency kit:
Extra hats, gloves, and blankets to help stay warm
Cell phone and a portable charger
Water and snack foods
A first aid kit with necessary medications
Flashlight and extra batteries
Hazard or other reflectors
If you get caught in a winter storm being prepared is essential. Get your car emergency kit ready now, and be ahead of the storm.
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.