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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?

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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

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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 

Common Mold Issues

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Any home or commercial business can quickly become  infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.  

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO Professionals can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, they have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles:

  • Provide 24/7 Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Specialists
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry 

Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return. 
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Why Mold Removal may NOT be a DIY Project...

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

There are over 1,000 types mold found in North America. Did you know mold will eat just about anything? This includes metals, concrete, fabric and wood. 

People spend about 90% of our time indoors. This makes mold and its destructive nature a major concern for many of us. Search DIY mold removal on the internet and you will find tons of articles suggesting different ways to rid your home of mold yourself. One of the most common suggestions is spraying the mold with bleach or some other concoction aimed at killing it. Mold cleanup is not that simple.

The EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) has come up with a rigid set of guidelines for mold removal. The Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings document recommends that you should only attempt to remove mold yourself if the area impacted is less than roughly a 3 ft. by 3 ft. patch. Even in this instance you should first wear protective gear and fix any leaky pipes or issues that caused the mold damage. IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) does not recommend spraying, but promotes removal of mold and proper air filtration. Major steps in a proper mold remediation process includes analysis of the impacted area, thorough drying, fixing any causes of water and wetness as well as wearing proper protective gear during the process.

Before you take the health and monetary risk of improper mold remediation review the EPA guidelines and contact your local Durham, NC mold remediation and abatement professionals to have an analysis of the area. This will give you a better idea if your mold problem is a do it yourself project or not.

Source: http://www.gotmold.ca/2013/03/20-interesting-facts-about-mold/

Do you have mold on your important documents??

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

If your home or business has important documents that are affected by mold, we can HELP!

We use a specialized process called Gamma Irradiation. This is used for cleaning/disinfection and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods. In gamma irradiation, high-energy photons are emitted from an isotope source (Colbalt 60) producing ionization (electron disruptions) throughout a product. In a CAT 3 situation (sewage or flood water), documents are not only deteriorating but are also infected with all types of bacteria. In most storm situations you are dealing with CAT 3 water. Therefore, most of the affected documents that you will encounter will be contaminated. If this is the case then decontamination is always a must. In living cells, these disruptions result in damage to the DNA and other cellular structures. These photon-induced changes at the molecular level cause death to the organism or render the organism incapable of reproduction. The gamma process does not create residuals or impart radioactivity in processed products.

For additional information or questions on processes involving fire, water, or mold damaged documents please call our office at 812-574-5744, and we would be happy to further discuss services.