What To Do About Freezing Pipes
To keep pipes from freezing on an outside wall:
- Let hot and cold water trickle or drip at night from a faucet.
- Open cabinet doors to allow more heat to get to un-insulated pipes under a sink or near an outer wall.
- Make sure heat is left on and set no lower than 55 degrees.
- If you plan to be away: (1) Have someone check your house daily to make sure the heat is still on to prevent freezing, or (2) drain and shut off the water system (except indoor sprinkler systems).
If Pipes Freeze:
- Make sure you and your family knows how to shut off the water, in case pipes burst.
- NEVER try to thaw a pipe with an open flame or torch. Use a hair dryer instead.
- Always be careful of the potential for electric shock in and around standing water.
MOLD: The Threat That Could Cause Major Issues
There are over 100,000 forms of fungi that can turn into mold. Mold in large amounts has the potential to cause health issues or even worse. Mold growths, or colonies, can start to grow on a damp surface in 24 to 48 hours. When water gets into a part of your home or business, getting the water out before mold has time to form is crucial. Mold reproduces by spores that can travel through the air, allowing mold to spread rapidly.
If your home has water damage due to:
- sewage back-up
- plumbing or roof leaks
- damp basement or crawl space
- overflows from sinks or bathtubs
- high humidity (from steam cooking, dryer vents, humidifiers)
...mildew and mold will likely develop within 24 to 48 hours (though it may not always be noticeable!)
If you think you may have a mold problem due to one of these issues, call SERVPRO of Paducah at 270-443-4555 today!
Lots of Rain Brings Flooding
When heavy storms hit, they can bring flood damage with them and cause intense destruction to many homes. In the case of your home, the intense storm flooded the streets and backed up sewage drainage which we have seen in recent weeks here in Paducah. In just a few hours of storming, intense wind, and rain, your home had become the host to foul-smelling black water.
Whenever your home experiences flood damage, it is wise to reach out for help right away. After all, water-based damages get far worse as time goes on, as they become a breeding ground for mold damage. However, because of the black water in your home, the urgency to get help is even more pressing.
Black water is a categorization of standing water. It is water filled with potential contaminants, such as bio hazardous materials, sewage, and petroleum gas. Here at SERVPRO, our highly trained technicians know exactly how to combat black water.
Once we arrive at your home, our SERVPRO technicians can get to work straight away. Due to the sheer volume of black water, we must remove it to inspect the damages to your floors, furniture, and walls. We can use truck-mounted extractors and wet/dry vacuums to remove the water and then dispose of it safely away from your home. Once the water has been removed, we can investigate and begin to take inventory.
Due to the nature of black water, anything carpeted or upholstered cannot be clean, as it cannot be guaranteed safe. All affected carpets and fabrics must be thrown away, but SERVPRO can help you make an insurance claim. Once belongings are removed, we can focus on demolishing the damaged materials inside.
Our water damage restoration technicians can make cuts to drywall and remove any affected flooring. Afterward, before a rebuild, our technicians can set up ozone machines inside of your emptied home to combat the foul smell the black water brought into your home. Once finished, we can leave your home to you, as if the flood never occurred.
If black water spills into your home and causes flood damage, never wait. Immediately contact SERVPRO of Paducah at 270-443-4555.
Conditions In Paducah Might Be Right For Mold
Extensive Water Damage leads to Microbial Growth
SERVPRO knows what to do if mold grows in your home.
It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.
If the right conditions exist, mold will grow. Those conditions include:
- Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.
- Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
- Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.
Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.
If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively re mediate mold in your home or business.
If you suspect mold, call us today at 270-443-4555
Fire originated in the living room and covered the Kitchen in Fire Residue.
Fire can become a disastrous thing. QUICK. Not just the fire itself, but everything that comes along with it. As often happens, the need for cleanup was more widespread than the fire itself. SERVPRO of Paducah workers will come and make any bad situation much better and easier to handle. While fire does much more physical damage, the smoke and soot that comes along can sometimes be the more difficult part of the cleanup/restoration process. We strive to assist customers any way we can during the process. Our SERVPRO of Paducah team will do whatever it takes to get your home, business, etc. back to the way it was, all while taking the stress of a bad occurrence off your plate. Our diligent, knowledgeable team is just a call away!
When Storms Hit
Fallen Tree that was uprooted from a storm on a home. SERVPRO Crew is trying to figure out how to get the tree off the home and were successful.
SERVPRO of Paducah is a strong, reliable and trusted leader in emergency response for our area. Our team is committed to informing our community on how to be better prepared for when severe weather hits. When a bad storm hits, it can cause mayhem and devastation. As a 24 hour emergency response team, SERVPRO of Paducah is here whenever you may need them. Our teams provide immediate and professional services to you, doing whatever they can to rectify such an unfortunate situation. Our crew members faced all kinds of storm damages in the past; including flooded basements, tree limbs falling down on homes and businesses & water damage in attics. Urgency is very important to us. We know how difficult and disastrous times like these can be. Our teams care not only about their work, but those who they are completing the job for. For any storm needs, call SERVPRO of Paducah!
Commercial Carpet Cleaning
Cleaning Carpet with Wand
Commercial carpet cleaning is a job that is very competitive in today's society. Whether you are needing your carpet cleaned due to damages, such as fire or water damage, or just because it is a frequently used and worn down area that needs a good cleaning, SERVPRO of Paducah team will go above and beyond to meet your expectations. For more severe jobs, the Alabama team may even come up to the job and price the cleaning. SERVPRO teams from all over come together and do what they can to make sure that the customer is happy and completely satisfied with the outcome.
If you ever need commercial carpet cleaning or even duct cleaning, call SERVPRO of Paducah today! We are always here to help with your needs.
How To Deal With Water Damage
A major water damage caused by a supply line on the 3rd floor.
SERVPRO of Paducah is an emergency team here, available to you 24 hours a day for storm, fire, mold and water emergencies. For our team, there is no job too large or small. The first step one needs to take when they realize they may have water damage is to take immediate action. Our crew is very experienced and have all witnessed numerous water damage jobs. If there is one word of advice is would be to call as soon as you notice a leak/water damage. Waiting just a couple of hours can increase the severity of the water damages.
SERVPRO of Paducah has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We understand that when something like this happens, you may be overwhelmed with all kinds of emotions. Let us take the stress and worry off your hands. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
Call SERVPRO of Paducah for any water needs today!!
SERVPRO is Storm Ready
While our area has not seen a major weather event recently, SERVPRO is always ready to jump into action. SERVPRO Storm Team works 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have a network of strategically positioned teams all over the country on standby when a storm happens. Inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any home or business in a matter of seconds. There is never a good time for a water damage caused by these storms to happen. Every hour spent cleaning up after these events is hard on the home or business owners. So, when these emergency situations occur SERVPRO has the means and manpower to help in a quick and orderly fashion. There is no job too large. If a local franchise can’t assist, then other SERVPRO franchises will be contacted to come and save the day! The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team has provided help and assistance in many instances such as the 2017 California Fires and 2017 Hurricane Irma and Harvey just to name a few.
SERVPRO Helps Your Business Run Better
Apartment that had major water damage causing massive mold growth.
At SERVPRO of Paducah, our goal is to provide the quality of service that keeps customers coming back. With the types of service that we provide, many of our customers are going through a trying time, dealing with major water damages in their homes or businesses.
In February 2019, Jim G. called us after a water damage, with ensuing mold growth, was discovered in one of his properties. Two sources of water intrusion, a window and an HVAC unit in the same area, were identified and corrected, and water mitigation, mold remediation, and restoration were performed.
In November 2019, Jim G. called again, water damage having been found again in the same property. The source of water intrusion was found to be a fallen tree limb on the roof. Repairs were again completed.
In December 2019, Jim G. again knew who to call when another property sustained extensive damages for the 3rd time. SERVPRO of Paducah is currently in progress in the restoration of this loss. We take great pride in offering services to customers who trust us to continually fulfill their restoration needs.