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Don’t let a grease fire ruin your kitchen

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

The kitchen can be the heart of the home and the place where many memories are made.  When meals are being prepared there are usually people gathered in the kitchen helping out, so keeping everyone safe is a top priority.  What happens if a grease fire breaks out?  These types of fires can spiral out of control quickly.  Do you know what to do if this happens in your kitchen?  

Here are some things you should never do when dealing with a grease fire:

  • Do not pour water on the fire
  • Do not try to move the pot
  • Do not use any other baking product other than baking soda

So what should you do if a grease fire breaks out in your kitchen?

  1. Turn off the heat.  The first thing you should do if the oil starts to smoke is turn down the heat.  If there is already a flame, then cover the pot with a metal lid to cut off the oxygen supply to the fire.  
  2. Use baking soda on the fire.  Baking soda can put out small fires, but you do have to use a lot of it.  Putting baking soda on the fire will help keep the fire from spreading, and if it gets on your food it will still be safe to eat.
  3. Use a chemical fire extinguisher.  If nothing else is working then use a chemical fire extinguisher or help put out the fire.  It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with a fire extinguisher before you ever have to use one so that in an emergency you know what you are doing.  Once you use a chemical fire extinguisher on anything it will contaminate whatever it touches.  If a chemical fire extinguisher is used then proper fire cleanup is the only way to undo its effect.  

No one wants a fire to break out in their home, but if it does, give SERVPRO of Campbell County a call to properly get your home restored.  

Prepping your home before you leave for vacation

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

Concrete floor with ripped up carpet and water on it SERVPRO of Campbell County cleaning up water damage recently at a NKY home

As summer is quickly approaching it can only mean one thing….vacations!  With things starting to get back to normal, more people are traveling and going on vacations.  This should be a time to relax and enjoy time with your family and friends, and not worry about something going wrong at your home while you are gone.  You don’t want to come home from a vacation to find your home under water.  

Water damage can be caused by leaking pipes or appliances and can cause all kinds of damage to your carpets, furniture, wall, and can even cause structural damage if left unattended for too long.  So before you leave for vacation take some time to prep your home while you will be gone.  

  1.  Check for any leaks around your home before you leave.  Check all the pipes underneath the sinks, and check the water heater to make sure there are no leaks or cracks.
  2. Inspect all the hoses that are connected to any major appliances in your home, such as the washing machine, dishwasher, and ice maker.  Make sure there are no kinks in the hoses or any leaks.
  3. Check your rain gutters and downspouts to make sure there is no buildup or blockages.  These can lead to flooding on your roof which can then lead to damage to your home.
  4. Examine your sump pump, if you have one.  Make sure that it is running properly and that there is no debris that could cause a blockage.  
  5. Have a neighbor or family member periodically check on your home to make sure everything is fine while you are gone.  
  6. Turn off the water at the main to help prevent any water damage to your home

Doing a quick check of these things before you leave can help prevent coming home to a big, expensive mess.  Water damage can be very destructive and getting it cleaned up immediately is important to prevent further damage.  If you have any water damage to your home give SERVPRO of Campbell County a call.  

Teach your family about how to prevent a fire in your home

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

As adults we know the right and wrong when it comes to fire safety, but what about your kids?  Teaching our children about fire safety and prevention is essential, so here are a few quick tips to help keep everyone safe. 

  • Smoke alarms- install smoke alarms throughout your home and make sure to check the batteries often.  Teach your kids about what a smoke alarm does and what they should do when one goes off.  
  • Keep all lighters and matches out of the reach of children.  Consider using flame less candles in the home.  There are many great options out there now, and it will help prevent any accidental fires. 
  • Keep,kids away from the stove or grill while you are cooking
  • Fire Escape Plan.  Create one for your family and practice it.  Make sure your kids know what to do if a fire were to break out in your home.  Teach them to stay out of the home once they get out and to call 9-1-1.

Fires can happen very quickly and knowing what to do in an emergency can save your life.  Educating everyone in your home can help keep you all safe.

Don’t let your washer cause water damage to your NKY home

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

White washing machine with soap suds coming out onto the floor Don’t let your washer cause water damage to your NKY home

The washer and dryer can be the hardest working machine in your home sometimes.  The average American family does about 300 loads of laundry a year!  That is a lot for one machine to go through in a year.  With so much use can come some wear and tear on your washer, which can lead to problems and possibly even water leaking into your home.  There are a couple of things you can do to help keep your washing machine in tip top shape and to help prevent any leaking or water damage to your home.  

  • If your washer is an older machine the hoses can become worn out.  Be sure to check the hoses occasionally to make sure they haven become worn or brittle causing water to leak.  
  • Don’t overload the washing machine.  I know we all love to get as much in there as possible to get the laundry done quicker, but this can cause the washer to overfill and then it can overflow onto the floor or walls.
  • Use the correct amount of detergent.  Adding too much detergent can cause excess suds which can lead to it overflowing out of the machine.  Be sure to read the label and follow the directions of how much detergent you should use for each load.

As with any unwanted water in your home, the quicker you get the water cleaned up the less damage that it will create.  SERVPRO of Campbell County can get rid of any unwanted water in your home.  We are available 24 hours a day so give us a call.

If you find mold, give us a call

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

Have you found mold in your Northern Kentucky home?  Mold growth can be found in places that are dark and damp, such as an old basement, or sometimes in places where you might have had some water damage.  If you find mold,  give SERVPRO of Campbell County a call immediately.  We will assess the amount of mold and damage that might have occurred, remediate the problem, and help prevent future mold from occurring. 

Mold can be sneaky.  You might find only a small spot of it, but there can also be mold growing that you can’t see.  It’s important to get all mold assessed.  It’s also important to get it taken care of immediately because mold spores in the air can cause health problems for you and your family.  

If we find mold in your home the SERVPRO team of Campbell County will begin remediation by preventing contaminated air from traveling to other parts of your home.  In most cases we will set up a contaminant barrier and use air scrubbers to filter the mold spores out of the air.  Any carpet, drywall, or ceiling tiles that have been contaminated will then be removed and discarded.  If we don’t get rid of them then the mold spores will just redistribute, and our technicians will apply products that will help prevent any more mold growth.  

If you find mold in your home give SERVPRO of Campbell County a call immediately.  Our technicians are properly trained on how to remediate the situation and return your home to “Like it never even happened.”

Don’t let storms damage your home

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Spring has finally made its way into the NKY area and I know we are all ready for the warmer weather, the blooming flowers and trees, and all the other fun outdoor activities that come along with warmer weather.  But with that warm weather can also bring in rain and storms.  Storms can cause severe damage in many different ways.  

  • Lightning can strike the yard or your home and cause heat damage, or even start a fire
  • Storms can pop up quickly and deposit large amounts of rain.  This can cause flooding if your home isn’t prepared
  • If your home does flood and it starts to smell musty, then mold may have started to grow.  Getting mold cleaned up quickly and properly is important to preventing further damage
  • High winds can also cause damage by hurling debris around, blowing down trees, or pulling roof tiles or siding from homes.  

SERVPRO of Campbell County are specialists in storm damage remediation.  We are here to get your property back to “Like it never even happened.”  If you experience storm damage, give us a call.

We have the right equipment for any job

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Campbell County has all the proper tools and equipment to get the job done.  Technology and equipment are always advancing and we make sure to stay at the top of our game to provide you with the best service.  With all the proper equipment and technology we can get your property restored quickly and professionally.  

Water Extraction Equipment  
When water enters your property it needs to be removed quickly to help prevent further damage.  We have powerful extraction equipment that can speed up the drying process by removing large amounts of water efficiently.  

Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment  
Sometimes water and moisture can hide in the walls, floors, or other areas we can’t see.  We have specialized equipment, like infrared cameras that can detect moisture in these hard to find areas.    We also use hygrometers and other equipment to measure the extent of moisture saturation.

Drying Equipment   
Proper drying will help prevent any swelling or warping of floors, ceilings, walls, or furniture.  Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are used to remove the remaining moisture.  These machines help the moisture evaporate quickly and help pull the water vapor from the air.

Odor Removal and Deodorization  
Powerful odors can often be left behind after water or fire damage to a property.  In order to get rid of the odors we use air scrubbers, deodorizing agents, and thermal foggers to remove the airborne contaminants and to help control the air quality during the restoration process.  

If you need more information about the services that SERVPRO of Campbell County can provide please give us a call.

SERVPRO of Campbell County is here for you

2/28/2021 (Permalink)

Office with gray carpet and green SERVPRO machine SERVPRO of Campbell County helping keep business doors open during water damage

When you are a business owner, keeping your doors open for customers is a must.  Unfortunately a disaster can happen at any moment causing your business to come to a complete stand still.  Closing your doors for any length of time can cause a loss of money, a loss of customers, and could eventually lead to your business closing its doors for good.

At SERVPRO of Campbell County we understand how important it is to keep your business up and running.  A quick response along with the proper equipment and experienced technicians will help ensure that your business doors stay open.  

If fire, water, or mold damage strikes your business give us a call.  No matter the time, we are available.  We specialize in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential properties.  We make your property look “Like it never even happened.”  When an emergency strikes your business, give us a call and we will be there fast with the help you need.  

You have a fire extinguisher, now what?

1/31/2021 (Permalink)

Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home?  If a fire were to break out would you know how to use it?  Fires can happen quickly and can spread at a rapid pace.  Fire extinguishers are a great tool to help stop a fire quickly, but they can be a little overwhelming if you don’t know how to use them. 

Most household fires fall into one of 4 categories:

Class A:  These are fires of ordinary materials such as wood, paper, or cloth

Class B:  These are fires fueled by flammable liquids such as oil, petroleum, and gasoline

Class C:  These fires are caused by things like faulty wiring, appliances, or a fuse box.  

Class K:  These are your cooking fires caused by animal fats, greases, vegetable fats, and cooking oils

All fire extinguishers are labeled as to which type of fire they can be used for.  Most extinguishers used for the home are multipurpose and can be used for Class A, B, or C fires.  A Class K fire would require a heavier duty extinguisher.  

How to use a fire extinguisher 

Acting quickly in a fire and knowing how to properly use an extinguisher can help keep any damage to your home to a minimum, and can help save the lives of you and your family.
Identify a safe escape route:  Before you open the extinguisher make sure you have a clear path out.  If you can’t put out the fire you will need to have a safe way to get out of the home

Stand back:  Keep your back to the safe escape route and face the fire.  Stay between 6-8 feet of the flames as you operate the extinguisher 

Discharge the extinguisher- PASS:  In an emergency situation it can be hard to remember what to do.  Just remember the acronym PASS to guide you through the steps of using an extinguisher:

  • Pull the pin on the extinguisher 
  • Aim the nozzle on the hose low towards the base of the fire
  • Squeeze the lever on extinguisher 
  • Sweep the nozzle side to side.  Keep aiming towards the base of the fire and moving the hose side to side until the fire is out.  

Keep an eye on the fire:  After the fire seems to be extinguished, keep an eye on the area to make sure it doesn’t reignite.  If it does repeat the PASS steps

Call the fire department:  When a fire breaks out, sometimes your first reaction is to try and put it out before calling 911.  If you didn’t call the fire department before using the fire extinguisher then now would be the time to do it.  They can come out and make sure that the fire is properly extinguished.

Go to a safe place:  once the fire is out or if you can’t extinguish the fire, find a safe place away from the fire.  

Being prepared can help save your home and your loved ones.  Become familiar with your fire safety plans and how to use a fire extinguisher.  In an emergency situation, knowing what to do can make all the difference.  

Maintaining your water heater

1/31/2021 (Permalink)

Your water heater is one one of the things in your home that you don’t think about too often, until it’s too late.  Your water heater provides you with warm baths and showers, clean clothes, and sparkling clean dishes.  But if it isn’t properly drained and flushed you no longer have that warm water or even worse you could end up with water all over your floors.  

Over time sediment can build up on the bottom of your water tank and cause a clog.  The sediment is usually made up of minerals and other debris, but draining the water tank can help flush all of this out and help prevent any other malfunctions.  

How to flush a water tank

Fortunately it’s pretty simple to flush out a water tank, and it is recommended that it’s performed once every 1-3 years.

  • Shut off the water supply to the water tank.  On the top of the tank there will be a shut off valve that you need to turn to cut off the water.
  • Turn off the power to the water tank.  Before draining it you need to cut off the power to prevent burning out the heating element.  
  • Attach a hose to the drain valve.  Once the water tank has cooled off attach one of the hose onto the drain valve at the bottom of the tank, and lead the other end of the hose to a drain in the floor or to the outside of the home if possible.  
  • Turn on a hot water tap.  To alleviate pressure and help drain the tank quicker, turn on a hot water tap closest to the water tank
  • Open the drain valve.  Once this valve is open the water will begin to drain out of the tank.  
  • Turn the water supply back on to flush the tank.  Leave the drain valve open and turn on the cold water to help flush out any remaining sediment and debri that may still be in the tank.  Keep doing this until you get clean water, and then turn the water valve off again.  
  • Refill the water tank.  Remove the hose from the drain valve and close it.  Turn the water back on to the tank so that it can start refilling.  Once the tank is full then you can turn the power back on.  

Taking care of your water heater can help prevent unnecessary hassles and expenses in the future.  It is something that you can hire a plumber to do, or if you feel comfortable enough you can do it yourself.