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Flooded Basement After A Storm

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

How many homeowners have descended their basement steps after a heavy storm to find a pool of murky water? Water follows the path of least resistance, finding cracks and holes through basement walls. Flooding can often be attributed to insufficient drainage around basement walls, heavy rains, a faulty sump pump, or a combination of these factors.

SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County is highly trained in water damage restoration including basement and crawlspace flooding at a storm. We have the experience, expertise, and equipment to remove the water and dry your basement or crawlspace properly. Our water removal and drying process emphasizes monitoring and documentation to validate your property is dry.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • Highly Trained Water Damage Restoration Specialists
  • Locally Owned and Operated

Basement Flooding? Call SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County  

24 Hour Emergency Water Removal Service

Basements can flood day or night, on weekends and even holidays, weather dose not wait around for you and that’s why SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County offers 24 emergency service, 365 days a year. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Check For Roof Damage

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

After a major storm, it's a good idea to inspect your property for damage. Your home's main line of defense is your roof, and it takes a beating. Since it's hard to see your roof, be sure to pay special attention to things like dings in your gutters or tears in your window screens which indicate hail damage.

Even from the ground, you may see missing tiles or other signs of roof damage, but most leaks don't represent a need for whole roof replacement. Usually, the leak is coming from something requiring only minor roof repair. Find the source of the leak, stop it and clean the water damage.

Find the Leak Source

During storms, wind damage lets the rain into your roof. From the inside of your home, look for stains that indicate the source of a leak and the area that needs roof repair. You may see water stains on your ceiling or coming down a wall. When you see that, get your flashlight and head to the attic to look for the source of the leak in that area. Here are five common sources for a roof leak:

1. Vents and fans
2. Chimneys
3. Window dormers
4. Vent pipes
5. Unsecured nails and nail holes

Fix Water Damage

To complete your roof repair, start looking for materials that have been damaged by water. Check for discolorations and rotting wood, as well as wet drywall and insulation. If you find mold, you will need to be very careful not to spread the problem during cleanup. A mold remediation professional can help by creating a containment area while working on the water and mold damage. If you haven't found mold, be sure to start drying any wet materials right away. Mold can begin growing on wet damaged materials in as little as 48 hours. Complete drying is critical to preventing mold, and it may take longer than you realize, especially in a humid attic space. Specialists have monitoring equipment that they use to ensure materials are completely dry.

And remember SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County is just a call away at 419-353-2300. 

Don't let vandalism put a stop to your operation!

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner, not to mention can lead to a loss of business.

Need Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup Services?

SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from home and commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry. Our highly trained technicians can offer the following services:

  • General cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Brick, stone, and concrete cleaning
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Debris removal
  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Mold damage restoration
  • Contents cleaning

Call SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County - 419-353-2300

Different Types of Smoke

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Different Types of Smoke Bedroom fire

SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County professionals know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor.  Their knowledge of building systems  helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread.  The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke:

*Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

*Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

*The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process. 

TYPES of SMOKE:

*Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber) - Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.  Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

*Dry Smoke (Paper and Wood) - Fast-burning, high temperatures; heat rises, therefore, smoke rises.

*Protein Fire Residue (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire) - Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

*Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs) - While "puff backs" can create havoc, in most cases, SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County can restore the contents and structure quickly.

*Other types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue) - Special loss situations require special care.  

Don't put mold on hold

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

After a large freeze, water pipes may burst which if not dried properly, can lead to a significant amount of mold growth. Our team at SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County's team can provide demolition and drying services, and to prepare the affected area for renovation. 

Our SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County Response Team is able to complete the demolition and drying services in a timely manner so that your facility or home is not disrupted for any longer than needed.

Our SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County Response Team is ready to help anywhere in the United States at any given moment.  Our team helps with any type of commercial, storm, fire, or water loss.  Our trailers are loaded and ready to head out to help your business or home resume normal operating procedures ASAP.

The Moldy Facts

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

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 a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • 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.

SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County is here to help, just give us a call at 419-353-2300

Don't forget about the oven

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Don’t forget to turn off that oven!

According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency), between the years of 2011-2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 170,200 house fires each year involving cooking equipment.

In the study, the NFPA outlined that “Cooking equipment was the leading cause of home structure fires and civilian fire injuries and the second leading cause of home fire deaths,” and accounts for over 47% of all reported home fires.

Timewise, most cooking fires occur during the holiday season between November and December, however, the risk is always there. Be cautious, and aware of all cooking equipment.

Here are some tips:

  1. If there is a fire in the oven, shut it off, and do not open the door. By opening the door oxygen is now free to feed the fire, which does not solve the problem. Keep the door shut, and the lack of oxygen will eventually cause the fire to die out.
  2. Do not leave dirty pans on the stove, anyone, especially children, can walk by and accidentally bump the knob and thus turning on the oven.
  3. Do not pour water on a grease fire! The water will sink to the bottom, and steam will make the flames rise higher. Use a fire extinguisher. In addition, 55% of non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurs when the victim tries to fight the fire themselves!

Enjoy your meal, but please be careful of the dangers of cooking equipment. But if the unthinkable happens, don’t be afraid to call SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Tips for Smoke Detectors

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Since they came onto the market in the early 70’s, smoke detectors have reduced fire fatalities roughly in half.  Most fire fatalities are from smoke inhalation, a working smoke detector can get you responding sooner!

Here are some Smoke Detector tips to help keep your family safe:

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.

If you and your family do experience a fire, call upon your Fire Restoration Experts at SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas county at 419-353-2300

Commercial Cleaning

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning Services

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, call in your local SERVPRO of Bowling Green and Lucas County. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on local SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County to make your work space look its very best.

Specialty Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing bio-hazard contaminants. They have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Their cleaning services include the following:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls
  • Document Restoration
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Odor Removal
  • Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Vandalism
  • Interior/Exterior Painting

Your local SERVPRO Professional will get the job done right and get it done quickly.

Have Questions? Call Us Today! 419-353-2300

Returning Home

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

When returning to a home after a fire, there’s a lot to consider. Many homeowners will begin by assessing the damage caused by heat and soot. However, water damage comes hand in hand with fire damage. Before determining if it’s safe to return to your home, make sure you know how the water used to put out the fire may have affected your house. SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County can help you determine the extent of the damage and repair fire and water damage. Here are some things to watch out for when you return to your home for the first time after a fire.

Structural damage

If water has collected in your ceilings or walls, it could create a dangerous situation. Many homes have plywood subflooring, which will separate when exposed to extreme moisture. This could result in unsightly floor buckling or a dangerous weakening of your floor’s structural integrity.

Mold

As your house dries out from the water used to put out the fire, mold can begin growing. In fact, it happens fairly quickly: Mold spores can start developing in as little as 24 to 48 hours after the fire occurs. You can remove saturated carpets and furniture, but mold will grow in any areas of excess moisture – including places you can’t see, such as inside walls, ceilings or air ducts.

Poor roof drainage

If firefighters needed to direct water to the roof of your house, make sure it drained off properly. If that water poured into the yard too close to the house it could cause shifting, cracks and eventual leaks in the foundation. Inadequate roof drainage can also send water spilling into the ceilings and crawl spaces of the home.


Before returning to your home, call the experts at SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County for an inspection. We can deal with all the different kinds of damage that is associated with fire and water. We look forward to working with you to restore your home and make sure it is safe for your whole family.