COVID-19 Home and Business Cleaning
Due to COVID-19, it seems that most of the United States has shut down. While many people are sheltering at home, we do not need to forget the ones that are putting their health and safety on the line for us all everyday, and have continued to stay open. One thing that SERVPRO of Daviess County, Kentucky has done, is stayed open to continue the fight of killing this widespread virus. It has been our goal as a company to be there the second any essential businesses needed help cleaning, disinfecting or sanitizing.
Throughout these past weeks, we have worked with many local businesses on helping them maintain cleanliness in their business while remaining open to the public, along with performing preventative disinfecting and sanitizing for businesses waiting to reopen.
Top COVID-19 Cleaning Recommendations:
- Air Scrubbers - Removing Germs from Air
- Hard Surface Wipe Down - Ensuring Surface is Clean/Sanitized
- Fogging/Misting - Covering All Areas of Building
- Air Duct Cleaning - Avoid Further Circulation
Give SERVPRO of Daviess County a call for all your cleaning and sanitizing needs. Free quotes and financing options available!
Preventative Roof Maintenance Tips
As years go by, your roof goes through regular wear and tear. While eventually needing replacement, there are still several things you can to help prolong life of your roof.
Check for Normal Wear and Tear
While roofs naturally wear out, there may be times where slight damage that can be easily fixed without replacing the whole roof. Several times a year, take the time to inspect your roof yourself (or professionally) for any issues. Having these issues immediately repaired can also cut down on costs!
Gutters being properly taken care of and installed is very important the roof to properly drain, and remove water during rainstorms. Check that gutters are properly installed, and secure. It is also a good idea to semi-annually clean them for the best drainage possible.
Check for Storm Damage
After storms, check for any obvious damage that it could have been caused. This includes missing shingles, damaged shingles, or any flashing that has come loose from the roof.
Keep Your Roof Clean
Debris on your roof can cause extra stress and can cause issues. Keep an eye out to make sure there is not any buildup of limbs or leaves. These items on the roof for long amounts of time can also cause mold or mildew to begin growing, and erosion.
If you notice any issues with your roof, feel free to give SERVPRO a call. We are now providing roofing services, including repairs and replacement. We also have financing options available.
Germs & Viruses Cleaning
There are many different germs and viruses that are being passed around this year. You may be wondering what you can do to prevent these germs from spreading to your family. The easiest way you can do this is by staying home as much as possible, and by consistently cleaning highly used areas inside your own home. This can be especially important if anyone in your home is an essential employee or if anyone has been out and about during that day.
Here is a list of some high touch areas of your home that can be very susceptible to germs-
- Light Switches
- Fridge, Sink and Microwave Door Handles
- Car Door Handles
- Touch Points on Chairs
- Cabinet Handles
- Bathroom Sink Hardware
- Toilets/Toilet Handle
- Touch Screens
Another great way to help kill germs is by washing items infected by germs or worn outside the home as soon as possible. Doing this will help keep germs as bay when it is unavoidable for them to enter your home.
Trust SERVPRO to help disinfect and sanitize homes, businesses, vehicles, churches, emergency vehicles, healthcare facilities, and more. We offer free quotes, and are open 24/7 for your convenience!
Summer Grilling Out Tips
Now that it is springtime and families are spending more time at home, there is a lot more cooking happening! One of the ways many families cook together is by grilling out. This is a fun, ease to clean up way to make plenty of food for the whole family. But before you go outside and fire up the grill, here are a few ways you can make sure you grill accident free!
- Never use or light your grill near any structures
- Never leave a grill unintended
- If your flame goes out, wait at least 5 minutes before reigniting
- If you use propane, regularly check the tank for any issues
- Make sure no clothing is in danger of getting in the flames
- Clean grill regularly, this cuts down on anything that could catch on fire
- All legs of the grill should be on a stable surface
- If you use charcoal, be careful when using lighter fluid
- And finally, make sure to always have water on hand in case of emergency
Taking care of potential issues before they arise is the best way to prevent any major disasters from happening, and keeping everyone happy and healthy all summer long!
Coronavirus Preventative Cleaning
SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Daviess County, Kentucky, 270-683-1888
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Prepping for a Spring Break Vacation?
When it comes to a vacation, you probably have everything planned, and are excited to get on the road to your destination. But as you are planning your Spring Break trip this year, it is important to take preventative measures against issues while you are away.
Inspect Potential Water Issue Sources
Windows- Especially in older homes, it is important to check the seals around the windows, and make sure they are still in good condition. If not, take a few minutes to touch up before heading out the door.
Large Appliances- Dishwashers, clothes washers, refrigerators and water heaters all have pipes or hoses bringing and taking water from them. Take the time to check them, and make sure the hoses are all in good condition, and there are no risks of issues while you are gone. Another way to see if there are any leaks is to check under the appliance, and make sure there are no slow leaks impacting the floor.
Exposed Pipes- Walk around your home, and check to make sure all outdoor (or in the garage) pipes are well insulated against the cold. This will cut down on the chance of them busting.
Guard Against the Elements
When vacationing during the winter months, many people shut off their heat while they are gone. The better option would be to simply lower the thermostat, so that your home is not getting so low you risk pipes freezing. If you do lower the temperature, you can also leave your cabinet doors open, so warm air is circulating around the pipes.
While you are gone, have a house sitter come by a few times and ensure that no issues arise while you are gone. This will not only prevent any potential damage from being worse, but it will also put your mind at ease and help you enjoy your vacation even more!
Theme of the Month – March
Theme of the Month – March
Over the years, communication has changed drastically. Since our franchise was first purchased, SERVPRO of Daviess County, Kentucky has worked hard to ensure that we are keeping up with the trend. Our goal is to be able to serve our clients in the best way possible and ensure a stress-free process. Most of the time, this is achieved by one thing: great communication. We make sure this happens by going the EXTRA mile in communication!
During an insurance claim, you typically have an agent and adjuster. Our Marketing Representatives work hard to stay in constant contact with both of these individuals throughout the process, so they know how well the job is progressing. This helps them be able to put their trust in our team, and also be able to help the customer if they ask any questions about what is going on in their home.
We also know that this is a time that is extremely stressful for everyone involved. This is why we also have the Project Coordinator over each job call their clients every day. This is a good time to give updates, and ensure all questions are answered.
At the end of the job we ask for feedback on how we did. Every job has a Certificate of Satisfaction that is filled out and signed by the homeowner, which has different ratings of how we did in different areas. One of these areas is how well we communicated. Our franchise makes it a goal to get all 10/10, but especially in the communication area!
Home Pet Safety
Home Pet Safety
Home fires are some of the most common accidents that The Red Cross responds to, and over 1,000 a year and caused by… pets! Below are some ways to ensure this does not become your home and pets.
Protect Yours Pets- When there is a flame or a hot surface, keep animals away from the danger. This also helps keep you safe with not having them underfoot.
Dowse Open Flames- Pets are curious and tend to investigate all over your home when you are not around. Double check before leaving the home that there are no hazards for your pets to get into.
Flameless Candles- This is another great option for people wanting to cut down on open flames in their home. The bulb in the candle will ensure if it is knocked or nosed over, that no harm is done.
Make it easy on the firefighters, and if you have any cages, put them near an entrance. This will help get your pets out faster and it is safer for the fire department.
Keep leashes and collars near doorways, in case the firefighter needs them.
Get a “pet alert” sign for your front window stating the number of pets inside the home. This can help the firefighters get in and out quickly, and efficiently.
You can find more information at: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/pet-fire-safety.html
Theme of the Month – February
Try the cool, refreshing taste of SERVPRO of Daviess County, Kentucky!
Theme of the Month – February
Each month our Marketing Department promotes a different type of issue that could arise in your home or business. This February, we are working to help people know about what can happen when a pipe freezes in their home. Not only can this frozen water pipe bust and cause a large water issue, if not found and mitigated in a rapid amount of time, mold can also begin to develop. With the cold weather still going strong, and it is important to take precautions to prevent loss from happening.
Some things you can do to avoid a busted pipe is:
- Keep pipes properly wrapped and insulated, both inside or outside the home
- Keeping garage doors closed as much as possible. Especially at night
- Keeping thermostat the same, both day and night
- Opening cabinet doors so warm air can circulate
- Remove water hoses from outdoor faucets
- Let water drip from faucets when below freezing
Give us a call if you have any issues, our water estimates are always free!
Mold and Its Odor
In your home or business, there are many things that can go wrong and cause stress. One of those things is when mold is discovered. While the sight is enough to make you want to pretend you did not find it, the smell is often just as unpleasant. The odor that is given off is typically very powerful, it is often the first sign you notice when you have an issue on hand.
Mold prospers in dark, secluded places where they have access to water or moist air. It does not like light, so it is often found in dark places such a crawlspaces, basements, garages, and attics. It also can grow in your bathroom or kitchen cabinets, and on old food items.
Here are some more facts about mold:
What does it smell like?
· We often get calls asking “What mold smells like?” While it can smell different to everyone, you can look for an earthy odor. Some people describe it as rotten wood, wet clothing, or the outdoors after a hard rain.
What makes it smell?
· One of the stages that mold goes through causes it to release mycotoxins into the air. This is what creates the smell, by all the organic compounds in the mycotoxins.
How can I get rid of it?
· Your best bet is calling a professional to come take a look. SERVPRO of Daviess County, Kentucky is now offering mold testing, which can confirm any question about what you have going on. We come onsite, take the appropriate test samples, and then send them off. We typically have results with 5 business days. At this point, you know exactly what is going on, and what steps to take at this point.