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Make sure your family is PREPARED in case of a house fire!

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Would your family be prepared if a fire broke out in your home? If not, now is the best time to plan. Family fire preparedness plans save lives every year. Set aside time to gather as a household and create a plan unique to your home.

 Identify Exits

 Identify two different ways to safely exit each room if a fire broke out, such as doors and windows. Teach each member of your household how to safely exit through windows, especially on non-ground level floors.

 If you have members of the family who are unable to move themselves—such as babies, elderly relatives, or any individuals with disabilities—make sure to go over who can help them escape as well.

 Choose a Meeting Place

 Pick a spot outside of your home that’s a safe distance away to serve as your family’s emergency meeting place. Familiar locations like a mailbox, lamppost, nearby park, or a neighbor’s house are great. Walk out with your family to establish it as your official meeting place.

 Make sure every family member knows that once they exit the house, they should go straight to the meeting place and not go back inside for any reason.

 Teach family members to call the fire department only after they’ve safely arrived at the meeting place.

 Draw it Out

 Draw the layout of your home on a piece of paper. Mark the different exits and exit paths from every room. Don’t forget to include the family meeting place. Keep your plan somewhere accessible. When you have overnight guests, let them know about your safety plan.

 Practice Safety

 Once everyone knows the different paths they can take to exit the home and where to go, it’s important to know how to navigate through a burning house as safely as possible.

 Teach family members the following safety tips:

 Choose the escape route with the least amount of heat and smoke, but be prepared for less than ideal circumstances.

Before opening a door, lightly touch the doorknob. If it’s hot, the fire is close, and it’s likely better to choose another exit if possible.

If it’s necessary to travel through a room or hallway with a lot of smoke, stay low and crawl as necessary! Smoke rises.

In addition to these tips, make sure your house number is easily seen from the road. Firefighters need to be able to quickly find your home.

 Plan Realistic Drills

 Schedule practice drills at least two times a year. This is a great time to replace the batteries in your smoke alarms, which should be switched twice annually and tested monthly.

 If you have young children, warn them about nighttime drills. The point of the drill is to prepare them, not to scare them. If the fire alarm fails to wake up members of your family, assign someone to wake them up in a real emergency.

 Practice the safety tips from above as part of the drill.

 Nothing is more important than your family’s safety. Things, and even homes, can be fixed or replaced, but your family is irreplaceable. Your family fire preparedness plan can save lives.

 If fire or smoke damages your home, give SERVPRO® of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles a call at 812-574-5744 or Contact Us Here. With our restoration knowledge and training, we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Frozen Pipes??

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes are one of the most common and costliest property damage events during the cold winter months. In fact, a burst pipe can result in tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Fortunately, frozen pipes can be prevented quite easily and inexpensively.

How do Pipes Burst?

Contrary to popular belief, pipes do not typically burst where the ice blockage is located. The expansion of the ice against the wall of the pipe does not cause it to break. Rather, after a complete ice blockage in a pipe occurs, the continued freezing and expansion inside the pipe causes water pressure to increase downstream, between the ice blockage and a closed faucet at the end. This increase in water pressure is what causes the pipe to fail. Usually the pipe bursts where little or no ice has formed. Upstream from the ice blockage the water can always flow back towards its source, so there is no pressure build-up to cause a break. Water has to freeze for ice blockages to occur. Pipes that are adequately insulated along their entire length are usually safe from freezing.

Which Pipes are Susceptible to Freezing?

Generally, homes and structures in northern climates are built with the water pipes located inside the building insulation, which protects the pipes from subfreezing weather. However, ex­tremely cold weather and holes in the building that allow a flow of cold air to come into contact with pipes can lead to freezing and bursting.

Pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are all vulnerable to freezing, especially if there are cracks or openings that allow cold, outside air to reach the pipes. Research has shown that “wind chill,” can accelerate the freezing process.

Holes in outside walls where television, cable, or phone lines enter can allow cold air to reach pipes. When should you be alert to the danger of freezing pipes? That depends on the climate where you live, but the “temperature alert threshold” is 20 degrees F.

Original Posted by Rich Droste

If you've suffered a water damage due to a broken pipe, call SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles 24\7 at 812-574-5744 or Contact Us Here

How to prevent a home electrical fire.

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles has seen a rise in house fires causes by an electrical malfunction in recent months.  Understanding common causes and warning signs is very important. Make sure all electrical wiring installed correctly, do not overload the circuits and don't use defective or improper plugs.  Make sure that you perform scheduled maintenance.  Try to recognize the warning signs of possible electrical problems, such as, flickering or dimming lights, switches or outlets that are hot to the touch, look for discolored cords, outlets and switch plate covers. 

  Some other helpful tips for avoiding an electrical fire are to ensure that all electrical modifications are performed by a licensed professional.  Inspect and repair outlets and switches, replace malfunctioning or outdated fuses and circuit breakers.  Don't run cords underneath carpeting and discard any frayed or broken cords and never splice two cords together.  

  Electrical fires are among the most dangerous forms of combustion due to how quickly they can spread and grow out of control. By following the information above, you can help reduce the chances of an electrical fire occurring in your home.

Source:  https://www.thehartford.com/about-us/junior-fire-marshal/electrical-fire-safety

Are you Tornado ready??

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

How much do you know about tornadoes? We were surprised how much we didn't know. 

Please check our the information we have gathered below:

  • The average tornado moves southwest to northeast.  
  • The average forward speed of a tornado is 30mph,but could be as much as 70mph.
  • Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land.
  • Tornadoes are most frequently reported East of the Rocky Mountains during Spring and Summer months.  
  • Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3:0pm-9:00pm.

Who will you call with your Storm Damage needs?

Calling SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles will ensure someone is there FAST, and that someone will be certified and trained to handle your specific situation. 

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Contact Us 812-574-5744

SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles is your local Water Damage Restoration company!

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

If you are looking for professionals who have the knowledge and expertise to restore your home and property after it has suffered water damage, then you call SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles.

The water damage restoration professionals of SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles service businesses and homes that have suffered water damage around the Jefferson County area including Vevay, Hanover, Versailles, Aurora, Greensburg, Batesville, Lawrenceburg and beyond.

If you’ve had a pipe burst or a leaky roof or a toilet or tub that has overflowed, call SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles to clean up the mess and restore your home as if nothing ever happened.

When to Call Water Damage Restoration Professionals

Water damage to an Madison-area business or home can be caused in many ways. Heavy storms can reveal roof leaks and foundation cracks that let the water inside. During the winter months, pipes exposed to cold temperatures can freeze and burst.

Toilets, sinks, dishwashers, and clothes washers can slowly leak behind walls, under floors, and inside cabinets. Sewers can back up into basements and through the drains on lower levels of homes.

As you can see, there are many ways water can get into your home and damage it. While one may think that drinking water or rainwater isn’t as damaging as sewer water or black water, that’s not really the case.

Will Clean Water Damage My Home?

While sewer water or blackwater as is it defined can quickly lead to mold growth in a home, clean water can also lead to dangerous mold growth. Blackwater contains lots of dirty bacteria that can quickly promote mold growth by itself.

Clean water can cause mold spores that are naturally present in air and dust can also lead to mold growth. The dangers in clean water leading to mold growth are that clean water can easily go unseen in a home due to the lack of odor when compared to black water.

Clean water or gray water which is rainwater, can leak into a home’s attic or walls or crawl spaces and linger without being spotted. This water can then lead to mold spores activating and growing in these unseen areas. It’s not until the mold spreads to visible parts of the home or causes a musty odor that it is finally found. By that time, the damage caused by the mold can be quite extensive.

Look for the Signs of Water Damage and Call the Experts Right Away

Whenever it rains, it’s always a good idea to check around your home for any leaks. Check the external walls, the ceilings and around windows. If you have a basement or crawlspace, check it for any water entering into your home. Always check around sinks, tubs, showers, and washers for sitting water or even the smallest of leaks. It doesn’t take much water to cause damage to a home.

The quicker you spot a leak or water in your home, the quicker you can call water damage restoration experts like those at SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles to stop the damage and restore your home.  

SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles has the experience, expertise, and tools to properly and effectively remove the water and mold damage and restore your home "Like it never even happened." 

Call SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles today at 812-574-5744 to learn how we can help with fire, smoke, water and mold damage.

Southern Indiana Home Fire Safety

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!

1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

2. Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.

3. Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

4. If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

Tips for good Family Fire Safety Preparedness:

1.  Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.

2. Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.

3. Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.

4. Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire“ to alert everyone that they must get out.

5. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.

6. Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

If you do nothing else:

  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Smoking materials are the leading cause of residential fire deaths in the United States. If you smoke, take precautions: Smoke outside; choose fire-safe cigarettes; never smoke in bed, when drowsy or medicated, or if anyone in the home is using oxygen.
  • Use deep, sturdy ashtrays and douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before disposal.
  • Talk to children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended, even for a minute.

*Source:

www.redcross.org 

What kind of Commercial Services can SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles provide?

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster.  We provide 24-hour emergency services and will respond immediately to you emergency and have the training and experience to handle your restoration and cleaning needs.  

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Fast to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A trusted leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

It's never a good time to experience a fire or water damage emergency, especially at your commercial property or business.  SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles understands that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.  SERVPRO professionals have the training and expertise to respond promptly for professional cleaning and emergency restoration service situations.  When the need arises SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles is your go to Restoration Company to get your property back to business.  

We are available 24\7\365!

Have Questions? Call 812-574-5744

College Dorm Safety and Preparedness

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

For most college students freshman year is the first time for many that they've lived away from home and subsequently their parents.  We've compiled a list of some helpful tips to make sure your student is prepared for an emergency.  

Learn your buildings evacuation plan.

If you're living on campus, chances are your dorm will have an emergency evacuation plan.  Once you get settled, familiarize yourself with the building and learn the pre-planned evacuation routes.  Practice various routes, and make sure your are familiar with where the posted maps of the facility are.  

Don't overload your room's electrical outlets. 

It's best not to push dorm outlets to their capacity by plugging in too many multi-plug devices.  If you notice any scorched marks or burning smells around an electrical outlet, stop using that outlet and inform someone of the problem right away.  

Cook with care. 

Cooking equipment is involved in 86 percent of dormitory fires.  Be super careful when cooking in your dorm room.  NEVER leave your dorm when cooking appliances are in use. 

Don't tamper with fire safety features in your dorm.  

Most schools don't allow you to smoke or burn candles or incense in your dorm.  Please only smoke in designated areas and never leave a burning candle or incense unattended.  

Don't tamper with fire safety features in your dorm. 

All dorms should have smoke detectors.  It is important that you do not cover them up with decorations.  Also, it's not wise to remove the batteries for any reason.  If your dorm has a sprinkler system in place don't hang any decorations from them.  

Be mindful of clutter and how you decorate your dorm. 

It would be wise to limit the amount of decor you hang in your room as well as to keep clutter to a minimum.  Every poster, every tapestry or piece of decor you hang can be considered a fire hazard.  Also, avoid draping materials over hot items such as lamps that could potentially cause ignition.  

Prepare your home for water damage

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding in your home can happen at anytime, but your home can be even more exposed to water damage when it rains.  As we move into winter months, storm damage becomes more of a threat to your property.  Here are a few tips to avoid damage caused by storm and water.  

1. Modify your homes water valves.  If the city's main sewer line gets backed up during a heavy rain storm, you could find yourself standing in a pile of you-know-what.  You may want to consider installing an interior or exterior backflow valve.  Backflow valves prevent your water system from being contaminated from water flowing backwards into your supply lines.  

2. Clear gutter, drains, and downspouts. Clogged gutters and downspouts can end up in a messy flood. Take the time to clean them and clear them of any and all debris before the rain comes.

3. Cover air vents. One of the most common ways water fins its way into a home is through the home's air vents. If you know that heavy rain is in the forecast and that you are at risk of flooding, cover your air vents with thick plastic sheeting from both the outside and the inside. 

4. Check your sealant surrounding doors and windows. Make sure that any gaps or holes in the sealant surrounding the doors and windows are filled in. This will help stop rain water from finding its way into your home. 

If water still manages to find a way into your home and you need assistance, give SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles a call at 812-574-5744! We're available 24/7 for emergency services. 

Christmas Tree Fire Safety

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious.  Carefully decorating your home can help make the holidays easier.  We have gathered some facts and information you may find helpful this holiday season.  

Picking the Tree

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the Tree

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2" from the base of the trunk.  
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.  
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit. 
  • Add water to the tree stand and make sure to add water daily.  

Lighting the Tree

  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory.  Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.  
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.  Read the manufacturer's instructions for number of lights on a strand to connect.  
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree. 
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before going to bed or leaving your home.  

After Christmas

  • Get rid of the tree after Christmas.  Dried out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or laced outside against the home.  Check with your local community to find a recycling program.  
  • Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.  

SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles wishes you and your family the very best this holiday season.  In the most unfortunate event you experience a home fire, we will be there for you.  Call 812-574-5744 or contact us HERE anytime of the day or night we are #heretohelp