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Why Choose SERVPRO
Why would you choose SERVPRO if you have a disaster at your home or business? Here are some great reasons why SERVPRO should be your first call!
1. Highly trained Technicians: All of our technicians are highly trained to handle any size disaster.
2. State of the Art Equipment: With the backing of SERVPRO, we are able to provide state of the art equipment to make the process smoother and more efficient.
3. Advanced Drying System: SERVPRO has the most advanced drying system available with our software and equipment.
4. 1/4/8/ Rule: SERVPRO is guaranteed to contact you within one hour, be on site within 4 hours and have a plan of action within 8.
5. Preferred Vendor: Being a preferred vendor with most insurance agencies allows us to work seamlessly with your insurance to make things easier for you.
These are just a few reasons why SERVPRO is the ONLY call you need to make when disaster strikes.
Call us today if you need help!
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Why choose SERVPRO when there are other options out there. There are many reasons but the main reason is our 1/4/8 promise to you, the homeowner or business owner.
ONE We guarantee we will return your call within one hour of receipt to get a good indication of your issue and get a crew en route.
FOUR We guarantee to have a crew on site within four hours of your initial call to guarantee the fastest mitigation saving property and dollars.
EIGHT We guarantee to have a verbal or written plan of action within eight hours of arriving on site. Making sure that you have a good idea of a plan for you home or office.
At SERVPRO we are always here to help. It is our pleasure to be Faster to any size Disaster every single day.
Don't hesitate to call us today if you have a need.
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Why SERVPRO? Because we Care!
Not only have our vans evolved but so has our science!
We know you have many choices when it comes to cleaning, restoration and construction. So when it comes to your home wouldn't you want the best? It is your largest investment and only becomes more valuable over time when cared for properly. So when disaster strikes your home, it is time to call SERVPRO. We are here to help 24/7 and understand how crucial time is when water or fire strikes your home.
SERVPRO has a 1/4/8 guideline for emergency losses that we adhere to.
1 Hour to respond to call
4 Hours to be on site
8 Hours to have a plan of action in place
Fast response saves you time and money. Often times with quick response we can salvage things that would be lost if only one day was wasted.
SERVPRO dries with science! Our system is uniquely designed to give us exact measurements and guidelines to dry your home in the most timely manner possible. SERVPRO has been evolving since the 1960's to become the #1 Restoration Company in the world!
When it's your home...only the best will do!
SERVPRO of Warren County
Faster to Any Disaster
Why SERVPRO When Disaster Strikes
Because our customers matter!
There are many things out there that can cause a great deal of damage to your home, business, personal property and auto. Many of those things we never think about until we have to.
Things such as a water heater bursting or an ice maker line rupturing can happen in the blink of an eye and you need someone you can call on that is proven and dependable.
That is where SERVPRO comes into the equation. From the moment you call SERVPRO with your emergency our clock starts ticking! Your emergency becomes our priority. We guarantee a call to establish a plan within ONE HOUR of your call to us from a qualified priority responder. Faster response time means less damage and cost to you and your family.
We also guarantee to be on site within FOUR HOURS of the initial call. Saving you time, money and STRESS!
We are here to help and we are here to help YOU!
Call us today for more information.
SERVPRO of Warren County
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Why is SERVPRO the Best Call?
Why should you choose SERVPRO?
There are many reasons why SERVPRO should always be your first call when you are facing any type of loss at your home or business. Below are just a few reasons that make us stand out!
1. Available 24/7/365. That's right! Any hour of any day we are just a phone call away.
2. We guarantee a response call within ONE hour. Faster response saves you money!
3. We are trained in all types of losses such as fire, smoke, water, biohazard, mold and so much more.
4. Our technicians are highly trained to take care of your home and save you time and money.
5. We are a preferred vendor with insurance agencies and will work directly with your adjuster/agent to make the process EASY!
6. We are locally owned. That means we are part of YOUR community and we are here to help.
For more information please visit our website at www.SERVPROwarrencounty.com
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We know you have many choices when it comes to remediation and restoration so why choose SERVPRO?
To begin, your local SERVPRO is owned and operated by people in your local community. They are part of your community and are there to serve you. SERVPRO is also deeply involved in community events that service your home town.
SERVPRO is a nationally recognized brand with a Science behind their method. Each loss is treated differently and according to a strict standard set forth by SERVPRO guidelines.
SERVPRO also offers a total A-Z package, allowing the home or business owner to have one point of contact during their entire process. From the time of loss to the time of moving back in SERVPRO provides strong communication and collaberation with the owner.
We offer fire, water, mold, duct cleaning, crime scene, biohazard and so much more. SERVPRO is truly your one stop call when it comes to disaster recovery making it feel like "It never even happened".
If we can be of service to you for your home or business call us today at 270-796-8080.
Emergencies don't just happen during business hours. That is why SERVPRO of Warren County is always ready to make it "Like it never even happened."
From waking up to a water line that has broken in your bathroom to a factory that has had a sprinkler system malfunction, SERVPRO of Warren County is available 24/7, 365 days a year to be there to help. With our expertly trained crews always available there is no need that can we can't meet.
The next time you find yourself facing a water, fire or smoke emergency don't wait until normal business hours, call SERVPRO of Warren County right when it happens. 270-796-8080 is the number you need, day or night, SERVPRO of Warren County is always ready.
SERVPRO of Warren County Takes Care of your Contents
Your home or commercial facility contains many of your most valuable possessions. SERVPRO of Warren County understands the trauma that follows a loss. When fire damage takes control of your life, we help you take it back.
Some of our Contents services include:
Inventory – One of the first priorities in fire restoration is to complete an accurate inventory to help ensure you can properly account for all your belongings. Your SERVPRO of Warren County technician can provide a detailed room-by-room inventory of contents, including digital photographs and bar codes for each item, suitable for filing insurance claims forms and relieving you of this often stressful and time-consuming process.
Move Outs – When the structure has suffered extensive damage, the cleanup and restoration process may need to be facilitated by relocating the contents for cleaning, deodorization, and storage while structural repairs are being completed. A supervised moving crew can carefully pack and move the entire contents of your home or office.
Contents Cleaning – All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery. SERVPRO of Savannah technicians begin by carefully inspecting and testing all fabrics in the structure to determine which cleaning methods are most appropriate. SERVPRO of Warren County can provide wet or dry cleaning. Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to as near as preloss condition as possible. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, bric-a-brac and much more.
Call SERVPRO of Warren County today!
Why You Can Count on SERVPRO for all Large Disasters
No matter the size of your water or fire loss in Bowling Green, KY, we are the perfect call to make. Our expertise stretches from the smallest water stain all the way to the largest commercial building in town. Here are a few reasons why SERVPRO of Warren County is right for the job.
1. Largest Restoration Company in the United States
SERVPRO franchises stretch across the entire United States and Canada with over 1800 different locations. In the event of a national disaster like flooding or a hurricane, Storm Teams from other states travel to band together and assist home and property managers with mitigation.
2. National Support from Corporate
Our corporate headquarters is stationed in Gallatin, Tennessee, which is only 45 minutes from Warren County. They offer educational courses, detailed content restoration, and franchise support measures to make sure we are providing top care to all of SERVPRO customers.
3. IICRC Standards- Industry Leading Knowledge
IICRC stands for Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration. This is the governing body that provides standards for proper building and mitigation process. We certify out technicians through this company in order to ensure safety and prevent further damage to homes and businesses.
New Marketing Representative
SERVPRO of Warren County is pleased to welcome Wesley Allen to the SERVPRO family. Wesley will be in our Sales and Marketing department.
Wesley is a Bowling Green native, and a graduate of Western Kentucky University. He has over 15 years experience in the insurance industry. In his time in Bowling Green he has made many connections and will be a valuable addition. He brings experience and a knowledge of the industry and an eagerness to learn more about the restoration industry.
In his spare time Wesley enjoys spending it watching his son play little league baseball and his daughter performing on stage. He also enjoys playing golf and cooking.
If you have any water issues please reach to Wes or any of the SERVPRO of Warren County team, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, at 270-796-8080
SERVPRO Named "Franchise 500" Top Ten
Deemed by Entrepreneur Magazine, SERVPRO Industries has been named as the Franchise 500 Top Ten for 2020.
This prestigious honor was granted for our national growth and proven tenacity throughout the trying year that was 2020. Entrepreneur's article highlights our efforts towards the record-breaking hurricane season, blazing fires in the Western US, and rolling out a new COVID-19 cleaning protocol that has produced nearly $40 million dollars monthly. Two other franchise-based companies in the Top Ten were Taco Bell and Planet Fitness.
SERVPRO has ranked in the Top Ten for 8 years, and jumped 17 spots higher since 2019 for this year's placement. CEO Rick Isaacson projects the SERVPRO franchise number to grow from a current 1,841 across the U.S. to over 2,000 this year. He is quoted in the article to say "We're basically a first-response company... That's useful both when you're attacking a new challenge and when you're building an empire".
Additionally, SERVPRO was named #1 in the category of cleaning and restoration. We hold the largest market share among all competitors, which we see ring true here in Warren County. American's in all 50 states prefer to call SERVPRO for all water, fire, mold, and cleanup needs over any other company.
This award has proven to be a humbling honor for our team. We feel as though we played a large part in the overall success of SERVPRO by traveling to storm relief missions and protecting southern Kentucky from COVID-19. Our efforts to support customers, the community, insurance personnel, and first responders will always be our top focus.
Any time, any place, any call: SERPVRO of Warren County is there with you and for you. We are thrilled to be deemed a part of the Franchise 500 Top Ten!
Why SERVPRO of Warren County is the #1 Choice
Any time, any size, any place, SERVPRO of Warren County is the #1 choice
SERVPRO of Warren County is the "jack of all trades"! Our services range from demolition to cleaning to drying and reconstruction. We find being well-rounded in our expertise as a top reason for being the #1 preferred restoration company in the nation! Here is a full list of services that SERVPRO of Warren County is certified to perform:
- Water Damage: Whether your water loss is from an appliance malfunction, a roof leak, disastrous flood, or ground water, we can fix it! Our technicians are certified by the IICRC to perform water mitigation and get your property back to before the loss.
- Fire Restoration: Fires can happen at anytime or any place. SERVPRO can help remove the damaged materials, clean the smoke and soot, and rebuild any size job.
- Mold Remediation: After you have an industrial hygienist examine the mold in your home or business, call on us to complete the remediation! We use a variety of techniques to remove and clean the microbial growth and make your home safe and healthy again.
- Sewage Cleanup: The most common types of sewage losses happen when heavy rains cause the drain systems to back up. This is the most bacteria-filled water that can flood a home, so calling on us immediately is the best way to avoid further damage.
- Biohazard Material Cleanup: SERVPRO certifies select technicians to handle our biohazard cleanups. This category consists of bodily fluid losses in crime scenes or chemical spills at factories.
- Storm Damage: Just in 2020 alone, our storm team has traveled to 7 major US cities to mitigate houses affected by floods and hurricanes. When heavy storms or tornadoes affect our community, SERVPRO will be on the front lines ready to help.
- COVID-19 Cleanings: Our world has been flipped upside down with this pandemic, and SERVPRO knew we were the team that could help sanitize for COVID-19 contaminations.
- Odor Removal: A negative air machine or an ozone machine is the answer to many odor issues you could experience. Our SERVPRO technology removes the air from any affected room and "scrubs" it clean. Many of our calls come from customers who have had smoke damage or animal smells.
- Pack-out and Inventory Services: Homeowners call on SERVPRO when they need a house emptied and inventoried after a loss or for a move-out. Our crews take detailed notes, pictures, and files for the easiest convenience and organization.
- Carpet and Air Duct Cleanings: These 2 services are easy to forget about needing, but can be detrimental to staying healthy in your home! We offer free quotes and can work with any schedule you may need.
- Reconstruction: After damaged materials are removed, the "put back" portion of mitigation begins. SERVPRO of Warren County started as a construction company, so you can trust in our long-term knowledge.
- Call on us or visit our Facebook page for more!
SERVPRO Sponsors Local Miracle Mile Run
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Warren County has a vast community full of philanthropists and activists ready to help others. SERVPRO makes it a priority to contribute as much as we can to our local nonprofits and projects to help those in need. Our largest sponsored event each year is the "Miracle on College Street Mile" benefitting "Life's Better Together".
Life's Better Together is an organization that donates proceeds to families with chronic illnesses. When a family is taking care of a sick loved one, finances and other responsibilities can fall to the side, so Life's Better Together steps in to help take care of the day-to-day needs. They hold multiple events throughout the year in Warren County, and we are honored to be chosen as the title sponsor for the Miracle Mile!
This race is Christmas themed and kicks off the Warren County Christmas Parade every year. Even though COVID caused the race to be virtual, that didn't stop us from raising funds and having fun! Be on the lookout on our social media pages for a grand total raised during this event.
If you have a sponsorship or volunteer opportunity that SERVPRO of Warren County could help with, call our Marketing Representative, Michael Ann, at 270-746-3701!
Why Your Home or Business Should be Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
Each cleaning comes with this SERVPRO sticker to help show customers your business is safe, clean, and ready to serve them!
Amid the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, SERVPRO industries knew that action needed to be taken to help protect and defend our beloved communities. We have always been a professional cleaning company, and we knew it was our duty to be the heroes who stepped up to the plate. This mindset helped create our program "Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned".
What is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned?
This program is a higher level of cleaning than the ordinary janitorial work. It was designed to proactively clean viral pathogens with our hospital-grade SERVPRO products. Customers can request this service whether a person testing positive for COVID-19 has been in a specific area, or if they just want to feel safe and clean each day. We serve restaurants, schools, retail businesses, office spaces, vehicles, and many other public spaces.
Call SERVPRO of Warren County at 270-796-8080 for a free quote today! Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is the best cleaning service provided in our nation, and being proactive could help save your loved ones, customers, or yourself.
Locally Owned- National Resources
Locally owned and operated.
We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Warren County is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Warren County community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.
We are proud to serve our local communities:
- Bowling Green
- Plum Springs
- Smiths Grove
Why Choose SERVPRO of Warren County?
We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster
Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water damage. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, we are strategically positioned to be faster to any size water emergency, so Charlotte residents can expect an immediate response, day or night.
We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists
As water damage specialists, we have the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete. Learn about our water damage training and certificates.
We Use Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques
We invest in the latest technology and equipment because it helps us restore your home more quickly and to minimize cost. This equipment allows us to detect hidden moisture and extract standing water quickly and efficiently. We also utilize professional-strength cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing products to cleaning and sanitize the affected water damage area for your comfort and safety.
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SERVPRO wins 2019 Chairman's Silver Award
Each summer, SERVPRO Headquarters holds a national convention to recognize the accomplishments, hold training sessions, and gather over 1700 franchises leaders from across the United States. Although this year's event was hosted completely virtual in light of COVID-19, it did not halt the company from celebrating its many achievements and remaining status as the #1 restoration company in the nation.
SERVPRO of Warren County was awarded the Chairman's Silver award for 2019! This honor is given to top franchises based on their sales performance from the prior year. Our sales team is led by Brad Evans, who began his career with SERVPRO in February 2019.
We are humbled and blessed to be recognized with this award, with the credit going to our amazing clients who trust us to restore and clean their properties. SERVPRO of Warren County thanks you all!
Feeding Our First Responders
Our Marketing Manager Brad thanking the Bowling Green firefighters for their dedication and bravery on the front lines
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on every single one of us. Businesses are struggling financially, health care providers are becoming sick and overworked, and our community is riddled with fear and worry. Our SERVPRO team wanted to give back in any way we could, and decided to say "thank you" to all of the first responders who cannot stay at home due to their work. So what better way to say thanks than to provide a warm meal?
Our marketing team hooked up the grill and traveled across Warren County for two days. We provided grilled pork chop sandwiches, chips, and waters to each fire station, EMS headquarters, the police department and the Sheriff's office. We even made time to stop by some of our insurance agents to thank them for referring us to their customers. The looks on their faces were priceless to us, and we could not thank them enough for still working and being on the front line of danger.
SERVPRO believes in community service and being one large team working together. First responders, we respect your sacrifice every day to keeping Bowling Green safe! Thank you for all you do!
Jonathan Britt Receives One Team MVP Award
Even an MVP needs time to relax!
“I have never seen an employee with as much grit, knowledge, and leadership as Jonathan Britt”. This is one of the many heartwarming statements that can often be heard from coworkers regarding our Commercial Production Manager, Jonathan Britt. During the most difficult year for the SERVPRO of Warren County family, Jonathan was the glue binding our team together and keeping us pushing forward.
Jonathan was named the One Team MVP, which is a prestigious award given by SERVPRO headquarters to one team member from over 1700 franchises nationwide. This title is granted based on providing the best service to clients, improvements made to the company, and the individual’s promise to be an overall exceptional teammate.
Within the past year, Jonathan has been the brains of many improvements in communication and leadership among our departments. His focus for the year was to increase the efficiency between our production crews and office staff. He has implemented many safety and training workshops for our technicians to ensure they are providing the best quality work to our customers. Also, he crafted an Employee of the Month program to incentivize and honor those employees who perform at the highest standard. Even with his meticulous schedule, Jonathan places top priority on encouragement and serving others.
SERVPRO of Warren County is eternally grateful to be led by Jonathan Britt and to follow in his vision for our future. Being a One Team MVP is no light achievement. We look forward to seeing the passion for work, ideas crafted, and success achieved in 2020.
3 Biggest Reasons to Work With SERVPRO
SERVPRO is locally owned, so it can respond quickly
Companies of all types and sizes come and go. The most successful ones stand the test of time because they provide reliable service, regardless of the customers' needs. When you enlist the help of a SERVPRO franchise, you can expect this kind of response and treatment. If you experience a disaster in the workplace, this professional cleanup team will work diligently to get your business up and running once more.
Types of Disasters the Pros Can Take On
You do your best to prepare for emergencies at work. Still, weather, malfunctions and other accidents can occur. A nearby SERVPRO franchise has the skill and experience to help with a variety of challenging situations. Call upon the team for:
- Flood cleanup
- Fire and smoke remediation
- Mold removal
- Storm damage cleanup
The Right Qualities
For something as critical as making your office safe again, you need to know that certified professionals are on the job. The right technicians will have an extensive background in disaster cleanup. Every team member with have professional credentials and the skills you would want. The team will use industry-grade equipment to remove water, clean up soot and ash, or get rid of mold from the surfaces of your Plum Springs, KY, building. The company also employs effective techniques to thoroughly sanitize the affected area so you can feel at ease about returning to work.
Never Far Behind
It's nice to know that you can call the professionals and have crews on the ground that same day. SERVPRO is locally owned, so it can respond quickly, no matter how extensive the damage may be in your building. If the team needs additional help such as technicians or supplies, the corporate office can mobilize forces and send more resources to help.
If you find yourself trying to recover from a disaster, make sure you hire a local SERVPRO franchise. The company has everything you would want in a professional restoration partner.
The 4 Top Steps for Fire Preparation
Call in the fire department
The 4 Top Steps for Fire Preparation
A business fire definitely qualifies as a disaster. To minimize the effects of a fire on your company a number of proactive steps should be taken. The top four actions to take for effective fire preparation in Plum Springs, KY, include some basic common sense and some smart planning.
- Equip your building with strategically placed smoke alarms and fire extinguishers
- Install a modern fire sprinkler system that protects the most crucial areas of the business
- Educate your employees on what actions to take when a fire breaks out
- Call in the fire department and a local fire mitigation team
Proper disaster preparation saves lives and property. It reduces business expenses and leads to a rapid recovery.
The Right Equipment
The fundamentals of fire preparation demand working smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. Alarms alert everyone to a fire quickly while extinguishers can be used to put out a small fire. Make sure someone is responsible for checking on these items periodically for functioning batteries and expiration dates. A sprinkler system brings water to flames quickly and is a great way to limit fire damage. The system will only be activated by flames and will not go off by itself or from small fires such as a lighter or cigarette. A good system can put out a fire on its own.
The Right Knowledge
Employees trained in the best practices of fire response have a crucial role to play in protecting your business. They can direct other workers and clients to the fastest exits and they can call the right people immediately. A faster response gives the fire less time to gain momentum. A small fire will do less damage and result in a shorter period of business interruption. The best fire preparation also takes into account the cleanup of soot and smoke damage in the aftermath. Professional cleanup removes water from the site and seeks to protect sensitive electronics from further harm.
The Most Common Places To Find Mold
Mold damage in a Smiths, KY home
The Most Common Places To Find Mold
You may think that mold damage manifests willy-nilly and that you can't begin to guess where it will turn up next. However, if you are aware of the conditions that bring mold about, it can be predictable. Once you have this ability you can more easily combat and prevent mold in Smiths, KY.
In the Walls
Many organic materials are used to build and seal your home, comprising your walls and ceilings. That means that there is a lot of surface area that mold can target. If any of the materials are exposed to moisture and darkness, dry it out as soon as possible and keep an especially wary eye out for mold growth. If these materials are compromised, they often need to be replaced, as they cannot be restored. These materials include:
- Ceiling tiles
In the Air
It is normal for mold spores to be floating in the air all around you, both inside and outside. So, they have an easy time getting into you heating, cooling and ventilation systems. Sometimes moisture can accumulate in your HVAC or swamp cooler creating an ideal environment for those mold spores to thrive, so be sure to check your appliances often for mold damage. You may end up spreading more mold if you try to clean these systems up yourself- you should consider contacting a mold remediation specialist in a situation like this.
In the Bathroom
If mold and mildew like moisture, what room in your house do you think they will enjoy the most? If you guessed bathroom, you are correct. Between your sink, shower, tub and toilet your wash room is a veritable wellspring of potential leaks, drips and water accumulation. Luckily, tile and porcelain are easier to clean than other surfaces, so you may be able to take care of mildew growth yourself if you catch it early enough.
Now that you know how mold works, you can practice targeted vigilance. Mold damage won't stand a chance in your household. Remember, if you can manage your water, you can manage mold!
Commercial Insurance: Is Mold Damage Covered?
Mold inside a wall
Three Things Commercial Insurance for Mold Covers
In Oakland, KY, there are a number of different events that may lead to the development of mold. If your commercial property undergoes any event that leads to mold, you may wonder what kind of insurance will cover your mold cleanup and fungus removal. If you have a mold problem in your building, you could be liable. When you run a business, it is your job to make sure that you have all of the proper insurance coverages. Here are three things commercial insurance for mold covers.
1. Costs of Replacement
When it comes to getting to the mold for fungus removal, sometimes mold remediation specialists will have to tear up structures to create access points. If your mold is inside the walls, for instance, you will have to break through drywall or other structures to get to the mold. When you do this, you have to replace your walls and other parts of the structure. Commercial insurance covers these costs.
2. Physical Losses and Damages
When you have limited fungus coverage, then you will have coverage for any physical loss or damage that you suffered because of the mold damage. If you have to replace any part of the building or replace any property, you can recoup the costs. In addition, these losses also cover the mold cleanup itself.
3. Testing Costs
After fungus removal, insurance will cover tests that ensure that the cleanup was successful. Say, for example, that you have the drywall or ceiling tiles replaced; you need to make sure that you got rid of every trace of mold. This will keep it from returning later.
Mold can be a problem in every building. If you need to invest in mold cleanup, it’s important to note that commercial insurance may be able to pay for it. With the right insurance policy, you can have coverage for mold remediation and hire a business to take care of your mold problem “Like it never even happened.”
Your Guide to the Nooks, Crannies and Crevices in Which Mold Likes To Hide
Mold damage in a Plano, KY bathroom
Mold. It's a word that sends a shiver up just about any homeowner's back. However, mold growth is much more common than most people like to think, and there's a good chance your home is hiding a few patches or two of the pesky fungus. The best way to find out is to look in all the spots where mold likes to hide.
Where To Check for Mold
Despite popular belief, mold does not confine itself to the walls of basements or beneath bathroom sinks. So, where do you want to check for the growth? To be safe, complete a thorough assessment of each of the following rooms:
- Living room
- Basement, attic and garage
- Laundry room
It's not enough to perform a quick sweep of each room though. You want to check every nook and cranny just to be sure mold growth hasn't sprouted in an unexpected location.
Dig Deep To Uncover Mold
You may be surprised just where you discover mold patches. From mold on wood to moldy drywall, you may uncover it all in your home. For this reason, you should really have a Plano, KY, mold remediation professional assess your home for possible signs of the fungi.
When checking your bathroom for mold, check in the shower stall, beneath the sink, around the toilet, in the walls and on the floor. Also, check your bathroom rugs and shower curtain, as both are known to harbor mold.
In your kitchen, you want to check on, in and under your sink. Check your fridge, both inside and outside of it. Evaluate the pantry, inside the microwave and in and on the stove.
In the bedrooms, check your mattresses. In your living room and bedrooms, check the windowsills, heating and air conditioning vents, curtains, plants and other pieces of furniture. In areas where there is pipes or ductwork, check around those. If you discover mold growth anywhere in your home, contact your Plano, KY, mold cleanup team.
Why Is IICRC Certification Important?
SERVPRO is certified with the IICRC for water, fire and mold damage
The standards for the restoration industry are set by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration. A professional who holds this certification is prepared to use cutting-edge techniques and offer the highest standard of service. There are several reasons that the Preferred Vendors of insurance companies maintain IICRC credentials.
The standards of this certifying agency are developed and maintained by leading restoration professionals. This organization collaborates with the American National Standards Institute and establishes its own standards:
ANSI and BSR standards apply to particular types of restoration, whereas Institute certification is earned by restoration professionals. In order to become certified, a service provider must demonstrate their knowledge of and ability to adhere to best practices for mitigation and restoration.
The Institute regularly updates standards and offers new certifications. Even after a professional earns a certification, he or she must still obtain 14 credit hours of continuing education every four years. This requirement ensures that the certifications issued by this agency remain current based on industry standards. Any professional who holds a restoration or mitigation certificate should be capable of meeting or exceeding the expectations of clients and insurers.
Preferred By Insurers
Most mitigation and restoration companies that insurance companies consider Preferred Vendors maintain certification. In order to be considered certified, a company or franchise must employ at least one credentialed technician. SERVPRO is an approved training school, and new franchise owners and employees are encouraged to obtain and maintain certification. Insurers can trust that certified restoration professionals will recommend the best methods for damage mitigation and restoration.
Clients and insurers should make sure that the service they hire to restore damage is certified by the IICRC. This certification indicates that professionals are trained in the most effective methods. Inquire about the certification status of a damage mitigation and restoration company in Richardsville, KY.
4 Important Steps You Should Take To Reduce Space Heater Fires
Keep space heaters clear of dust and pet hair
4 Steps To Take Preventing Fire Damage From a Burned Space Heater
Space heaters can be very convenient, especially if you have one room in your home that never seems to get enough heat from your central HVAC system. Whether you use a space heater regularly or you only pull it out on the coldest winter days, here are four important steps you should always take to prevent fire damage in Bowling Green, KY, from a burned space heater.
1. Clean It Thoroughly
Before you use your space heater for the first time, make sure you clean all visible surfaces thoroughly. Dust and other small particles tend to build up on the heater’s surface and could potentially cause the unit to overheat or catch fire if not removed regularly.
2. Leave Plenty of Empty Space Around Your Heater
Never put your heater up against a blanket, piece of furniture or any other item. If you do, you’re likely to have a burned space heater before long. Space heaters should always have at least three feet of empty space around them, free from furniture, carpets and other items.
3. Keep Heaters Away From Kids
Don’t operate a space heater in an area where kids frequently play. To reduce the risk of fire if a child does accidentally knock over the heater, make sure you purchase one that has an emergency shut-off mechanism. You should also keep pets away from heaters whenever possible.
4. Never Leave a Heater Unattended
Never leave a space heater unattended. If you plan to leave the room for a few minutes or a few hours, turn the space heater off beforehand. You can easily turn it back on when you return.
Following these preventatives steps will minimize your chances of fire damage while warming your home. If you experience a burned space heater or fire damage even after taking these preventative steps, a fire damage restoration professional can help with your smoke cleanup and restoration needs.
2 Reasons To Address Mold Immediately
Water heater leaked causing mold growth in a Bowling Green, KY home
Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home
The presence of mold leaves behind an unmistakable musty odor. Although this fungus can develop inside a house when it is simply a little too humid, it is more likely to develop after flood water damages the premises. When that flooding is accompanied by sewage loss, the contaminants only exacerbate the problem. Homeowners in Bowling Green, KY should try to prevent mold growth entirely. However, if mold does develop, then you need to address it right away before a bad stench turns into something much worse.
1. Structural Damage
Mold is particularly destructive to certain materials, including gypsum board, plaster and wood. Over time, these materials may weaken and change color. You may not even see the damage if the item is painted, but the paint merely hides the mildew. The only way to ensure your home remains structurally sound is to remove all presence of mold. Certain structures may need to be replaced entirely to make sure your house is safe to live in.
2. Rapid Growth
Mold growth can get out of hand in just 24 hours. It can spread exponentially when exposed to the right conditions. Leaks, condensation and high humidity can accelerate the growth process, causing the mold to overtake entire sections of walls and flooring. Over time, this can lead to toxic black mold.
An even more dangerous aspect is that visible mold is only half the story. If you see mold, then there is a very high likelihood there is even more growing out of sight. You need someone to come out to your place immediately to ensure your house remains mold-free.
When bringing in a professional team in Bowling Green, KY to address mold in your home, it is vital that every sign of it is removed. This includes the mold you see on the wall as well as spores that have entered the air. Without addressing the problem comprehensively, the mold growth will simply resume, sometimes in less than a day.
How Does a Restoration Company Respond to Large Losses?
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In the event of a hurricane, flooding, wildfires or other extensive damage in Smiths, KY, independent restoration businesses may find their resources pushed to the limit. This may result in longer response times and lower-quality service. In the event of catastrophic loss, homeowners should seek out a local franchise of a larger restoration company. Here three ways in which this model can improve speed and service quality.
1. Applying Local Expertise
When it comes to storm damage, various regions are prone to different types of disasters. Damage mitigation and restoration professionals gain experience with the types of damage that occur most often in a region. A local franchise combines the benefit of regional expertise with the resources of a national company.
2. Relying on National Reinforcement
In the event of a catastrophic loss, a local franchise may have a limited ability to meet homeowners' needs. A national network of more than 1,700 franchises enables SERVPRO to direct experts and specialized equipment to areas in need. This makes it possible for a local franchise to exceed the service volume of independent mitigation and restoration companies while maintaining quality.
3. Maintaining Service Quality
A national company with industry-standard certifications is a Preferred Vendor of many insurers because of its ability to stand by its work. The structure of this business can enable a franchise in an area experiencing a crisis to call on additional resources to meet local needs. This can ensure that every homeowner receives as fast a response time as possible along with complete, high-quality service.
A company with the ability to call on more than one thousand franchises is better able to respond to a catastrophic loss scenario than an independent mitigation or restoration service. When independent businesses are slow to respond, homeowners should rely on the leading mitigation and restoration company with a franchise located in Smiths, KY.
Mold Remediation: What To Expect
Moldy floor in a Richardsville,KY building
Realizing you have mold growth in your commercial property in Richardsville, KY, is never a happy discovery, but mold removal can be a fairly straightforward process. It can take anywhere from three to seven days to completely remediate your building, depending on several factors, including how much water or moisture has to be removed and how large the patch of fungus is. Here are the basic steps you can expect mold remediation experts to take to see the process through from beginning to end.
To understand the extent of the problem and to give you an estimate not only of the time that will be involved in resolving it but also how much it will cost to do so, technicians must inspect the affected area. They test the building for black mold to identify concentrations where growth is likely to occur. They also survey the damage that led to the growth and take care of it so that mold does not become a recurring issue.
To prevent further spread during the mold removal process, the problem must be contained before mitigation can begin. Experts block off the area and shut down air flow out of it to keep spores from moving to other parts of the building.
All materials infested with mold must be taken out of the building. This includes items that must be cleaned or discarded. It also may include drywall, ceiling tiles and flooring. Mold often roots into porous material, so it is usually easier to replace the material than try to get every spore that has embedded itself out.
After all mold growth has been dealt with, technicians replace the parts that have been removed and return the items that have been cleaned. It is a good idea to hire a company that performs both mitigation and restoration so that your recovery time is minimal.
Mold removal may put part of your building out of commission for anywhere from a few days up to a week. The benefit of getting the problem completely resolved is worth as much time it takes, though.
What You Need To Know About Your Commercial Property Insurance
Fire damage in a Smiths,KY business
Running a small business in Smiths, KY, can be hard work. It can also be expensive. To protect your investment, you probably have a commercial insurance policy. If your policy is like most, though, it is full of legalese. Even though you may not have the patience to read through dozens of pages, you should know how your policy addresses fire damage.
Why Your Company Needs Fire Coverage
When referring to fires, insurance professionals use the following two categories:
- Friendly fires
- Hostile fires
With friendly fires, flames stay where you intend them to stay. Fires in fireplaces or stoves are examples of friendly fires. Hostile fires are those that leave containment areas and cause damage. For insurance purposes, coverage is often exclusively for fire damage from hostile fires. If your business’s policy does not cover these fires, you may have to pay for any damage on your own. Of course, no insurance policy covers fires you intentionally set.
What Fire Coverage Covers
Commercial insurance typically covers the damages your business sustains during a fire. While policies vary in coverage levels, most protect the following:
- Outside buildings
If a fire does not completely destroy your business property, you may wish to work with a qualified fire-restoration specialist to restore your company to its pre-fire condition. Your commercial fire policy probably covers these expenses. Note, however, fire insurance does not usually protect your company from losses due to work stoppages. You aren’t out of luck, though, as you can purchase additional coverage to fill this gap.
Even small hostile fires can cause a tremendous amount of damage to the business you have spent years growing. As such, you must have a strategy for protecting your commercial enterprise from fires. With the right commercial insurance, you have the peace of mind you need to focus on meeting customer demands and maximizing profits.
Important Information You Should Know About Flood Cuts
Flood cuts performed in a Richardsville, KY home due to water damage
If your home has been affected by flooding in Richardsville, KY, you may feel overwhelmed by the process of restoration. A flood cut is sometimes needed after a home has been damaged by water, but you may be unsure if your home needs a flood cut, especially if you’re uncertain of the meaning.
What Exactly Is a Flood Cut and How Is It Done?
The term ‘flood cut’ is a simplified term for a common practice that is sometimes required after a home has sustained water damage. A flood cut:
- Is the process of making a cut in a wall 12 inches above the flood lines in order to tear out drywall
- Should be done once the home is free of hazards
- Requires specified equipment and tools to allow for a safe removal of drywall
Why Are Flood Cuts Used?
Flood cuts are generally used to:
- Remove damaged drywall and decrease the risk of contamination in the home
- Allow for an accurate analysis of structural damage that has occurred
- Allow for the restoration of structural damage
How Do I Know if My Home Needs a Flood Cut?
After flooding occurs, flood cuts are not always necessary. However, indicators that your home might need a flood cut can include:
- Having water in your home that is contaminated with potentially hazardous bacteria
- Having standing water in your home, even if it appears clean
- The interior of your home remained wet or damp for an extended period of time
Understanding what a flood cut is, why it is sometimes necessary and when it should be used after flooding occurs can help you better understand what is going on during your home’s restoration process. If your home has sustained water damage due to a flood, it can help to contact flood damage restoration experts who can help you safely and effectively restore your home.