SERVPRO answers to the aftermath of Hurricane Florence
This photo was taken entering the flooded area
A little less than two weeks ago, Hurricane Florence impacted the entire eastern side of the United States. The area of the U.S. that was hit the hardest was North Carolina. The winds reached up to 140 miles per hour, resulting in the storm being catastrophic to the eastern coast. The category four hurricane dropped almost 40 inches of rain, caused billions of dollars in damage, and several fatalities.
As soon as the roads were clear, our SERVPRO team headed down to the coast of North Carolina to help in any way that they could. Our team responded to mostly commercial properties in Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, Havelock, Swansboro, and many other areas on the coast of North Carolina.
Our SERVPRO team is just one of many in North Carolina trying to help with the aftermath of the storms. Our team has been in the area for almost two weeks and may be down there much longer with the destruction caused by Hurricane Florence.
SERVPRO of Bourbon, Clark, Harrison & Montgomery Cleanup Soot & Smoke.
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- 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.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Bourbon,Clark,Harrison, & Montgomery will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
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.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Kitchen Fire in Local Home
A few months ago our SERVPRO team responded to a fire at a local home. Luckily, the fire was contained to the proximity of the kitchen. When a fire takes place, the home is not just affected by the fire. There is also water damage from the sprinklers putting out the fire.
Our SERVPRO team goes in after the fire fighters have put out the fire and the damage has been done. Our team goes in and cleans all of the contents and gets rid of the smell caused by the smoke. The remnants of smoke is much harder to get rid of than imaginable. Our team works very hard by cleaning the walls, then painting them with an oil based paint. And lastly, adding a final coat.
After we repair the damages, we offer remodeling services as well. We are currently expanding in our remodeling and construction department. Our SERVPRO team likes to make sure the job is seen all the way to the end.
Emergency Ready Planning
ARE YOU READY FOR WHATEVER HAPPENS?
Disasters and resulting business interruption can devastate companies. It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster never reopen. However, of those that have reopened, the majority had some type of response plan in place. Now although no one plans on having a disaster, you can always plan for it. These type of disasters and emergencies strike without warning. With the thought of planning ahead we can establish a trustworthy relationship with clients and businesses.
TIMING IS EVRYTHING!
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you can help minimize the amount of time your business is in active by having an immediate plan of action. Timely mitigation minimizes the effect of water & fire damage allowing your property and business to be restored at an advanced rate with minimal down time.
WHY THE SERVPRO ERP?
This is a no cost assessment of your facility which means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost. It was purposely designed to contain only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It will only take a little time to complete, however it will save you a lot of time needed. This will establish SERVPRO as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. In turn, this gives you a piece of mind that should you ever need cleanup or restoration services, you have a trusted local provider that will be here for you 24/7. This also identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin. Which will in turn save time, so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage faster, which can save you both time and money. Lastly, the emergency ready planning provides facility details, such as valve locations, important areas, and priority contact information. Just by having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call provides solution in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency, you are always "Ready for whatever happens."
Fire at Nearby Theater
SERVPRO equipment on site.
Exactly a week ago, our SERVPRO team got the phone call that a theater in a nearby city caught fire. Our SERVPRO team responded immediately and drove to the theater in Kentucky. Our SERVPRO team members are trained in first responding and disaster recovery. They knew just how to get the job done!
The accidental fire began when a construction worker was using a handheld tool on the roof and the tool created a spark. Fortunately, the fire was contained to the roof. Most of the building’s damage was caused by smoke and water damage from the sprinklers attempting to put out the fire. The lobby, dressing rooms, office, restrooms, and many other areas of the building were affected.
There is a lot of work that still needs to be done but fortunately we have the right team for the job. Our SERVPRO team is working extremely hard to make it look like, “it never even happened”.
Mudslides and Flood Damage in Virginia
Our SERVPRO Storm Team has been in Virginia since Tuesday working on the damage that has impacted the Roanoke, Virginia. The flood has caused extensive water damage to a large area in Virginia. The flood is also affecting Maryland and North Carolina as well.
Floods are among the Earth's most common natural disasters. Thunder storms can escalate into a flood. This happens when rivers, lakes or streams overflow. It surges into a floodplain after racing across to adjacent land. Floods take hours and sometimes days to develop. This usually gives residents enough time to evacuate.
In this case, some of the results of the floods are mudslides. Mudslides can fall down their steep pathways and do some serious damage. Since the heavy rains began last week, there have been reports of mudslides running down into highways. This can be extremely dangerous.
The impact of this flood can be extremely severe, so please take caution if in the area.
The Benefits of Cleaning your HVAC/ Ducts
Your HVAC unit has to do with cooling and heating your home. Maintenance for your HVAC system is essential if you want your unit to run correctly for a substantial amount of time. Cleaning your HVAC system also entails duct maintenance as well.
Cleaning the ducts and vents means that they will be cleaning separate elements in the HVAC unit. It is important to clean multiple areas in the unit because it is unknown what lurks in your ducts. So, when turning on the air conditioning unit, those who have allergies may react from the dust, dander, or mold in the unit.
There are many advantages of cleaning your ducts/ HVAC unit. One benefit is having a more efficient system which will result in lower utility bills. Another benefit is having a healthier living environment. Keeping up with the system will also keep up the longevity of the unit, just like a “tune up” with a vehicle would improve its life span.
Your local SERVPRO franchise is offering a HVAC/duct cleaning special. The special is for $450 per unit. If interested in the benefits of keeping up with your HVAC unit, contact your local franchise today.
Summer's Natural Disasters
Every summer, the U.S. goes through an “active weather” season. The middle of spring through summer is a prime time for hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, thunder storms, and fires. Here at SERVPRO, we’ve already begun to see the impact of the severe weather. In Kentucky, we have already experienced a massive amount of rain. Luckily, our SERVPRO team is here for any natural disaster. We respond to water, wind and fire damage! Here are some weather events to look out for during the spring and summer months:
- Hurricanes–Hurricanes, with the accompanying wind, water, and flood, cause a lot of destruction in areas where they hit. When hurricanes gather strength, buildings, trees, and water infrastructures are commonly destroyed. The storms can also knock down power lines, posing a risk of electrocution.
- Tornadoes– Tornadoes are characterized by whirling winds and debris and can endanger life and property. They are common from spring until the middle of summer but can occur any time of the year.
- Floods– Floods are becoming more common in the U.S., with flash floods as the top weather-related killer. A few inches of water could bring extensive damage to homes and buildings. Heavy rains, levee breaches, and tsunamis cause floods. Many floods occur in areas that cannot absorb rainwater.
- Fires– The heat of the summer and the years of drought experienced in many parts of the country can precipitate massive forest fires that, in many instances, affect dwellings. Spontaneous combustion, volcanic eruption, and faulty electrical wires are other common causes of fires.
Call SERVPRO if you are ever in need after a natural disaster!
HVAC/ Duct Cleaning
Since the ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, inspecting the ductwork should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold and irritating dust throughout your building or home.
A routine part of a SERVPRO Franchise Professional’s service is inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC system and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may save you money.
Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, your SERVPRO Franchise Professional uses a Portable Ventilation and Air Duct Cleaning System to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals 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 a fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, your SERVPRO Franchise Professional can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.
Do you need Commercial or Residential Demolition?
Here at SERVPRO, no job is too big or too small. We do any water, fire or mold job and whatever else comes along with it. If it requires a little extra work, we are happy to get the job done! Our SERVPRO team offers demolition work if needed to your mitigation or fire job. Many of our customers don’t know that we offer these services.
After demolition is done, we also offer post construction work and final cleaning. Once the floors are down and the drywall is up, it’s time to remove the debris and dirt to lay carpet, paint and decorate. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can provide the debris removal services to prepare the building for interior design.
During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture. Excessive moisture could result in mold growth. If you think one of your projects mat have a moisture issue, rely on SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to provide the help you need eliminating moisture and preventing the potential for mold growth.