Esporta Wash System - Changing Content Restoration
Our newest investment at SERVPRO of Daviess County, Kentucky is the Esporta Wash System. This system is revolutionizing the way that companies are processing and cleaning textile contents. It is helping lower costs, raise quality, and cut down turn around time.
“Soft contents, textiles, and laundry is the largest category of contents in a home. This is easy to understand when you consider that the invoice from dry cleaner is often one of the largest expenses on the entire restoration job. However, less than 5% of these soft content items require actual dry-cleaning. Using the Esporta Wash System, restoration companies can restore 95% of the items in-house. “
With such a large portion of a disaster claim being the textile items, not having to send them to a dry cleaner to get processed is going to cut cost and time drastically.
In any emergency situation, time is everything. The faster a family can get their salvageable belongings back, the faster they can restart their lives. Here at SERVPRO, we understand that. This is why we are always investing in the newest, top of the line technology.
Read more about what the Esporta Wash System can do below for content claims below:
Everyone has the occasional moldy bag of bread, but how often do you inspect all of your food to make sure it is still in date, and good to eat? Every season take the time to go through your refrigerator, cabinets and pantry looking for expired or moldy food. Even items that are in sealed containers can get bacteria inside and start sprouting spores. Making it a habit of going through and getting rid of these foods can decrease the likelihood of mold growing in your cabinets and in your home. It is also a good idea to wipe down the insides of the cabinets and the refrigerator, so no spills start growing mold either.
If you think you have mold growing in your home, call us at 270-683-1888 to schedule a mold estimate.
7 Tips for Cooking and Avoiding a Fire
Almost half of all home fires are started in the kitchen area and the fires reported peak from 5:00-8:00 pm each night. With all the appliances in the kitchen, it is easy to forget something is hot and start a fire, especially if you have been working all day and are tired. It is easy to get distracted, and not notice a problem until it is too late.
Here are some tips on how to avoid causing sparks or smoke:
Be Present: Do not leave food while it is cooking.
Be Clean: Keep all cooking surfaces dry and clean from spills. Grease and food can help feed a fire. This also includes your microwave and toaster oven!
Be Restrictive: Do not let the whole family come into the kitchen while you are cooking. Children or pets can cause you to trip and cause problems if they are not properly supervised.
Be Proactive: Always keep a working fire extinguisher on hand and make sure everyone (who is old enough) knows how to use it.
Check appliance wires frequently to make sure they do not need to be replaced. Always unplug them when they are not being used.
Make sure the smoke alarm nearest your kitchen has fresh batteries every few months.
Be Smart: Follow the installation and usage instructions on new appliances.
Be Timely: Use a timer when cooking! By overcooking your food, you run the risk of it catching on fire or smoking up the house.
And last, but not least:
Be Careful: Use caution while working in the kitchen, and do not to get distracted. Do not wear clothing that could dip in your food or knock into anything. You should also be cautious of long hair when you are in the kitchen, and it falling on heat sources. The same goes with food packaging, grocery bags, and paper or kitchen towels.
#TeamElkins Hurricane Relief
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Knowing hurricane season was coming upon us, #TeamElkins put together a group of men and women who would be our Storm team during this time with them knowing there was a chance we would have to travel to help clean up from damage. During mid-September, we started getting weather alerts about several hurricanes hitting the coast. We got ready and were waiting when Hurricane Florence went through. We had many of our employees there, when another storm showed up on the radar: Hurricane Michael. After Michael hit, we started seeing videos and photos come through of all the damage, and knew we needed to step up and help. We sent a crew to Mexico Beach, Florida. There were no other words to describe what they saw but complete chaos. They said it looked and felt like a bomb had went off in the area. There was no cellular service, hardly anywhere to get food, and the roads were all almost closed.
While our crews are now back home, there is still a lot of clean up that is being done. It will take years for this town to bounce back to its potential.
If you would like to donate to the cause, follow the link below:
Bathroom Mold Safety
Have you ever found mold in your home? Especially in your bathroom? Bathrooms are the hardest places in the home to prevent mold growth from happening. Mold loves to grow in small, warm, damp environments. When you run your shower, a lot of moisture gets put into the air along with the toilet holding water and the sink running. Without proper ventilation, all this moisture can sprout mold spores rather quickly. If you suspect mold in your bathroom, here are some of the most prominent places it grows: between the tile, surface of sink and counters, inside cabinets, and behind the toilet. Checking these places is your first step to seeing if you have mold.
If you find any, this is when you call a professional to see how bad the issue is. SERVPRO of Daviess County has certified technicians who can come assess the damage for you.
If you do not find any mold spores, but want to avoid getting them in the future, here are some tips:
- Always use the ventilation fan when showering or taking long baths, and keep it running for awhile after you finish
- Use a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels low throughout your home
- Wipe off all surfaces in the bathroom and do not leave wet towels in the floor
- Check plumbing for leaks
Another product you can use to reduce moisture in the air is DampRid. This product soaks up water in the air and prevents the room from getting musty. It also works well when put in cabinets, so everything stored in the bathroom can stay fresh and clean!
Hurricane Florence - #TeamElkins
Before Hurricane Florence hit, the predictions about how much damage it would cause kept changing, and many residents on the coast of North and South Carolina evacuated. Now that Florence has hit the east coast with its full force the past few days, it is time to start putting these cities back together. The amount of damage caused surpassed what the local franchisees could handle, which is when Storm was activated. Storm Teams from across the county have traveled to help clean up the destruction caused by the storm, and so have we. Right now, #TeamElkins is working in North Carolina in the cities of New Bern, Sebree, Trent Woods, and Atlantic Beach. These cities are right off the coast and have been hit extremely hard. Team members have been sending back photos, like the one to the right, of all the destruction and it is devastating to think about. We are happy to be able to help those in need, and plan on staying as long as we can to help with the cleanup.
Air Duct Cleaning
Air ducts are something that many home and business owners do not think about on a regular basis. But along with the rest of your home, they also get dirt. SERVPRO of Daviess County specializes in cleaning HVAC Systems.
- The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
- Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
- Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the environment clean.
- As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor to microbial concerns.
- Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.
Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO of Daviess County will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.
In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, SERVPRO of Daviess County often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.
Call us today- 270-683-1888!
5 Appliances That Could Cause A Water Loss
Throughout your home there are 5 appliances that if not properly taken care of could cause a large water loss:
Hot Water Heater- The average life of a water heater is around 12 years, and 70% of their failures are because of leaks or bursts. Make it a habit to regularly check for leaks, inspect the anode rods, and piping.
Refrigerator- Your ice maker is the part of the refrigerator that typically causes the most leaks. They also typically leak in the back where you will not notice. If you replace the lines with braided steel alternatives, it could help prevent this from happening.
Dishwasher- Dishwashers are the same with refrigerators as they can cause slow leaks that you may not notice, but can cause significant damage to your flooring. Pulling the dishwasher out and inspecting under it is the best way to avoid long term damage from happening.
Washing Machine- Over half of water damage claims are the responsibility of faulty washing machine hoses. Annually check the hoses for wear and tear, or go ahead and replace them.
Air Conditioner- If you air conditioner is in the attic, once a month go check and make sure it is not leaking. When appliances are out of site, it normally takes longer to find problems. This could cause a slow leak to happen, and cause even more damage before you even realize it is happening.
How We Help Sell Homes!
If you are a home owner and realtor with properties to put on the market, you want the potential buyer to have a great first impression. Making sure your home is in its top condition is the way to make this happen. SERVPRO of Daviess County is able to assist both the home owners and realtors in preparing homes to be put on the market. Some of these services are listed below:
- Duct and HVAC System Cleaning
- Carpet, Upholstery, Drapery and Blind Cleaning
- Ceiling, Wall and Hard Floor Cleaning
- Mold Mitigation and Remediation
Making sure your carpets or HVAC systems have been cleaned can be a huge selling point on any home. This shows not only that it is already done and they do not have to worry about it, but that you took pride in your home and took care of it. Doing the little things like this is what can set you apart from the competition!
National Preparedness Month - Tips
September of each year is National Preparedness Month. This is the time of the year the Department of Homeland Security encourages home and business owners to prepare for future disasters. Some of the ways that they suggest doing this is by:
- Learn lifesaving skills- such as CPR and First Aid
- Check your insurance coverage policies- They may not cover hazards such as floods, earthquakes and tornadoes.
- Create an escape route
- Start an emergency fund
- Learn where gas and water shut offs are in your home
- Sign up for local weather alerts
- Make emergency bags for each family member
- Consider what to do with pets during an emergency
- Have a designated place for important documents
- Have emergency phone numbers saved in cell phones and posted near house phones
Taking time throughout the month of September to do some of these things could really help you and your family during an emergency.