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Grill Season

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

Grill season is still in full swing and you know what that means, the possibility for grill fires. Anything from grease fires to hot temps can cause problems when grilling. SERVPRO of Fayette County has some tips to keep your home and family safe this summer!

1. Make sure your grill is at least 6 feet away from any structures. If you are too close to the side of your house or deck this could allow for heat and fire to cause damage to your home.

2. Regularly clean your grill. Always clean your grill after every use and clean out the drip pan. You can use any grill safe cleaner. Effectively cleaning your grill can cause any unwanted flare-ups.

3. Always have an extinguisher on hand. If you don’t have an extinguisher, you can always use baking soda. Always have the baking soda near your station when grilling for a quick response. If you ever have any issues with your grill and your property, call SERVPRO of Fayette County at 724-628-3022 

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

724-628-3022

Tips For Storm Damage

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

A picture of tree fallen on a house. Tips For Storm Damage

Severe storms can potentially result in costly storm damage repair if you’re not on top of the restoration process firsthand with a prominent Repair Company in Fayette County. So, when the storm is over, it’s important to know what to do, as well as what NOT to do. If you’ve experienced storm damage of any size, follow these key storm damage restoration tips.  

Parts of your Property to Keep an Eye On 

  • To ensure your safety when checking for house damage, make sure to watch out for fallen power lines, standing water that may be electrically charged, and wild animals. Here are a few other areas that you should keep in mind while making your initial visual assessment.  

Check your Plumbing for:   

  • Open water valves to toilets and sinks. If necessary, shut off all water to your property to help stave off any plumbing issues.     
  • A leaking irrigation system. This could be a huge threat to your landscape that could potentially spill into your property if not caught and quickly repaired.  

Check your Electrical for:  

  • Frayed wires and watch for sparks. Treat every wire as if it were live so that you don’t accidentally brush past one and get electrocuted.  
  • If you have structural damage or see exposed wires. Make sure to call an electrician if you find any of these on your property after water damage.   
  • If a limb or tree has fallen on a power line near your house, turn off the power and call the utility company. Do not attempt to cut or clear fallen trees that are around power lines yourself!    

If you Find Flooding: 

  • For flooding problems, the best plan is to call a professional restoration company. They have the necessary tools, qualified technicians, and knowledge to deal with flooding damage.  Get a pump or squeegee to remove any standing water while you wait for your technician to arrive. Make sure to take all necessary precautions and wear boots, gloves, eye protection, and a respirator if you decide to DIY this part. 

Who to Call After Storm Damage  

  • Having all of your ducks in a row now will help you be much more adept at handling a water damage crisis if/when the time comes. That’s why it’s best to have the number for SERVPRO of Fayette County on speed dial on the off-chance that a severe storm rolls through your neighborhood and leads to water damage on your property. If you’ve sustained water damage that requires professional attention, call us today at 724-628-3022 for a consultation.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

724-628-3022

Water Can Be Tricky

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Water is a really tricky thing to clean up at times.

Due to its state of matter, being a liquid, it can literally get into every spot of any area. This can cause severe damage if it is not mediated quickly. Since it can go basically anywhere, it is really hard to get it out from underneath carpets and from inside of the walls. However these are spots that must be remedied because water left in a dark, confined space is bound to create mold, and mold tends to spread rapidly within 24 to 48 afters after its initial growth.

Once the mold grows and spreads, your water problem turns into a mold problem. This tends to be more troublesome and costly for you as a customer. 

At SERVPRO of Fayette County, we take action quickly to prevent mold growth by taking the measures necessary to dry and mediate all the water in your household, no matter where it may be. We make it "Like it never even happened." Please contact us for any questions. 

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols 

724-628-3022 

Types of Damage Caused by Hail

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

A picture of a roof that has hail damage to the shingles. Types of Damage Caused by Hail

When the ravages of nature take a toll, causing roof damage, it can be upsetting.. Rain, sleet, snow load, wind can all cause problems and leaks, but the topic here is the potentially destructive force of hail.

Types of Damage Caused by Hail

Hail does not just occur at any one specific season, but can happen year round. When it comes to your roof, the damage is recognizable if you know what you are looking for. Here are some guidelines that may help.   

  • Impact indentations have no distinct edge, where installation dents likely have an edge from a hammer.  
  • Broken or cracked shingles can be a sign of hail damage if there are several and they are scattered across the roof, particularly the tile or terra cotta type.  
  • Spatter marks that look like something hit and then skidded.  
  • Missing shingles or those that look like the surface was broken away on impact.

Reasons Hail is Harmful  

Storm damage from hail can shorten the life of your roof. Keeping the roofing surface in good shape can help minimize damage. Make sure all shingles are nailed down and flashings are sealed at the edges to reduce roof damage. Secure rain gutter to prevent it coming down. Hail damage can cause leaks or even flood damage inside your building. Insulation can become soaked and the extra weight can cause sections of the ceiling to cave in.  

Getting Help  

In many cases, property insurance will help with the cost of repairs, providing that the roof has been well maintained. A professional water damage restoration company in Fayette County can help with storm cleanup. Water removal and mold abatement are key to completing a sound restoration and making your building safe again. Inspect for roof damage following every hail event to ensure problems are taken care of in a timely manner. If serious problems occur requiring flood cleanup, get the help you need.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

724-628-3022

Medical Bracelets

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

A picture of a silver medical bracelet. Medical Bracelets

Are medical ID (alert) bracelets/ jewelry useful?

  • The answer is yes!

The purpose of medical ID (alert) bracelet/ jewelry like identification necklaces and bracelets with medical information inscribed on the. This is to provide emergency health workers with information about any conditions you may have or other concerns that may be relevant to your care in the event you become unconscious or otherwise incapacitated.

Medical ID bracelets/ jewelry has been around since 1953. Most emergency responders are trained to look for such a necklace or bracelet when triaging a patient. Some people also get a tattoo or use an app for the same purpose, though these may not be referenced as often by health providers.

There are many things that can be listed on a medical bracelet/ jewelry. Among important information to consider listing on medical ID jewelry: Medical conditions, Medications, Medical devices, Blood type, If you have transplanted or missing organs, Communication/cooperation challenges, Do not resuscitate (DNR) orders, and Instructions.

If you are looking for a medical bracelet. Contact your local hospital and ask them if they offer free medical ID bracelets. If they don't, ask if they know of any medical foundations in the area that provide these bracelets for free.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

724-628-3022

10 Tips To Help Prevent A House Fire

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

Your home is your sanctuary. A place where your family spends time together and makes memories. That’s why it is so scary imagining your home getting damaged by an unfortunate fire. Although you can’t control everything that happens in your home, there are some necessary tips you can follow to prevent a possible house fire. Follow these tips below.

1. Regularly test your smoke alarms. Test your smoke alarms by pressing the button located on the smoke alarm, if it produces a weak beeping noise, it is time to replace the batteries.

2. Check your heating sources. Heating sources that aren’t working properly could potentially trigger a fire. Have them checked annually.

3. Maintain a clean oven and stove. Food particles left behind can get too hot on the burner or in the oven causing a potential fire. Make sure nothing is left too close to the stove that could catch fire.

4. Never leave your kitchen. Don’t leave your kitchen while cooking. It only takes a few seconds for a fire to break out. If you have to step out of the room, turn the burners off.

5. Check your dryer. Make sure to clean out your lint trap after every load of laundry. The build up of lint can cause a fire. Have your dryer inspected by a professional yearly.

6. Inspect your cords. Before plugging something in, inspect the cord to make sure it is not frayed or being chewed. Replace the cords as soon as possible if you notice that the wires have been damaged. Avoid running cords under a rug or between the wall and your furniture, it can get too hot causing a fire.

7. Store flammable products properly. Store common household cleaners and cosmetic items in a cool area. If they are exposed to high heat, they can combust.

8. Use caution with candles. Put candles out before you leave the room or go to sleep and make sure to keep them far away from blankets or any other objects that could catch fire. Place candles on an even surface to prevent them from being knocked over. Also keep them away from pets.

9. Use caution with your fireplace. Make sure there is a door between the flames and your flooring, you don’t want any sparks to escape. Allow enough time for the ashes to cool down before throwing them away.

10. Always have a fire extinguisher handy. When a fire breaks out, your best line of defense is a fire extinguisher. Make sure every family member knows how to use it properly in case of a fire.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

724-628-3022 

Musty Building?!

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

Many of the older buildings in the Fayette County area have a distinct smell. People may say that they smell musty or old material. One way to freshen up the place is to have some deodorization done by SERVPRO of Fayette County. 

We use state of the art equipment to clean the air within your building. Depending on the odor we have a few techniques that we could use.

  • Thermal fogging is a technique which helps penetrate deeply into building materials.
  • An ozone machine is used to help add a fresh smell to odors that seem to linger such as smoke.
  • Old fashioned deep cleaning of walls should not be overlooked.
  • Carpet cleaning, using hot water extraction to remove deep and hard to remove soils.
  • Adding to any of the above methods is that of heating, ventilation and air conditioning cleaning (HVAC). Getting the air ducts clean will definitely freshen any building, no matter the age. 

Any questions?

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols 

724-628-3022

Broken Hose

3/25/2022 (Permalink)

A picture of a yellow hose leaking water while flooding the yard. Broken Hose

A damaged hose will not only waste water and make outdoor chores more troublesome, but it can cause water damage to your home, as well. Unfortunately, you will often have no idea that there’s a problem until you find excess water around your foundation near the faucet or when the neighbor complains that you are flooding his or her yard!

WHAT ARE SOME WAYS THAT MY HOSE CAN HARM MY HOME?

Water damage to your home can occur any time water is allowed to run unchecked, and a faulty garden hose is a common culprit here. Damage could include:  

  • Erosion around walkways and driveways causing the concrete to crack or surfaces to collapse standing water to pool around foundations which can leak into low-lying parts of the home soaked ground conditions in your yard could attract insects and wildlife that may move indoors and infest your house  wet earth around large trees can cause them to fall, and they could end up on your roof or fencing  
  • wet conditions around your foundations can seep into your walls, leaving you with structural issues and possible mold infestations

HOW CAN I PROTECT MY HERMITAGE/DONELSON HOME FROM WATER DAMAGE FROM MY GARDEN HOSE?

You can take some do-it-yourself Garden Hose Repair: 4 Tips To Repair a Leaking Garden Hose (bobvila.com) to repair your hose if it leaks and creates issues. Here are some helpful hints:

Pinholes are often only visible when you turn on your faucet and see small streams of water from punctured parts of the hose. You can use electrical tape to seal these tiny holes since it has the elasticity and weather resistance needed to be effective out-of-doors.  Bigger tears in a hose can happen over time, and these will crack with exposure to extreme heat or cold. A hose mender - a short plastic or metal tube used to replace the damaged section - can be just the perfect fix here. A leak in your hose coupling is another cause of water damage. If you spot a steady drip coming from the hose coupling when you connect it to a source, the gasket may need to be replaced.  You may notice that the coupling has been bent while you are replacing your gasket, so now is the time to replace that coupling, as well. A bent collar loses the watertight seal between the hose and a spigot, nozzle, or sprinkler, causing a leak.

WHO CAN I TRUST TO REPAIR WATER DAMAGE TO MY FAYETTE COUNTY HOME?

A professional restoration company like SERVPRO can be onsite right away to help you recover from all the issues water damage can cause. You can expect our water damage restoration process to look like this:

  1. The restoration process begins when you contact us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis by asking you questions that will help us better understand which equipment and resources will best fill your needs.
  2. Next, we determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.
  3. The water removal process will then remove the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to clean hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property quickly.
  4. We use specialized equipment to take away the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.
  5. We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water once the removal has been completed. We are experts at cleaning content using several different techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.
  6. Restoration is the final step in the process of restoring your home to its original condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or significant repairs, such as reconstructing various areas or rooms in a home or business.  SERVPRO of Fayette County is here to help you with water damage to your home, no matter the size of the restoration project. If you have experienced water damage and find yourself dealing with mold, remember that we are mold remediation experts, too! We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

724-628-3022

Do Not Drive Through Flood Waters

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

A picture of a red car driving through flood waters. Do Not Drive Through Flood Waters

3 Reasons Not To Drive Through Flood Water

The temptation to drive through flood water can be difficult to resist. Perhaps you are eager to get home to deal with your flooded basement, or maybe you just don’t want to take the time to go around. Driving down a flooded street can be dangerous, so consider letting a professional storm damage restoration service clean up your basement, while you review these three reasons not to drive through floodwater: 

1. You could damage your vehicle. Most cars only have a few inches of ground clearance and even a large truck or SUV may not have more than a couple of feet. Flood water can damage the engine, electrical system and interior of your vehicle. Additionally, flooded roads may have potholes, debris and other obstacles concealed by standing water.   

2. You could lose control of your vehicle. As little as six inches of standing water on a flooded street can cause you to lose traction, skid off the road and cause an accident. 12 inches of water can cause most cars to float. A floating vehicle won’t respond to your attempts to steer or brake, which could lead to an accident, or even cause your vehicle to be washed away. Floodwaters can also stall engines. A car with no working engine can not be driven out of floodwater or maneuvered to avoid potential collisions.  

3. You could drown. A vehicle that is stalled or washed away by floodwaters can fill with water and cause drowning or be washed into a river or creek. The people who may attempt to rescue you from your flooded vehicle are also at risk of drowning. 

In almost all cases, the risks of driving down a flooded street outweigh any time or inconvenience you might save by not taking a detour. If there is a potential for flood conditions in the forecast the  travel tips  may help you successfully navigate areas at high risk for flooding.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

724-628-3022

Precautions Before/ After A Fire With Pets.

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

Fires start and spread quickly, especially with the flammable items that fill our homes. Do you want to be caught in a fire, unprepared? Take a close read of the points below. Go over them a few times because your pet's life may be at stake.

3 Precautions To Take Before A Fire

Ensure your pet's bed isn’t near any items that are highly flammable. Household items like curtains or chemicals are dangerously fast to go up in flames. Keep your pet's bed(s) near easily escapable areas, such as the front or back doors (we know this might sound crazy in day to day)

Place a leash near the front door. When a fire breaks out in your home every second is crucial. By placing their leash near the door you will know exactly where to go in the frantic moments. This saves more confusion when you’re outside, trying to keep your pets close to you.  

Train your pet(s) with basic (but vital) commands. It’s vitally important that your pet knows basic commands like “come”. This simple but effective step will also save time when leaving the house. It may also help you avoid having to search for your pet.  

3 Simple Steps To Take After The Fire 

Place your pet on a leash. Not only will this help them feel secure, but pets commonly try to escape when they feel stressed. Having them on a leash will reduce the risk of them running away, or getting injured outside the house.  

Give your pet water. It’s likely your pet will become hot and dehydrated after being around a fire. Make sure they have access to drinking water once you have left the house. This will help stop them from becoming overheated.

Make sure your pet is okay. Look and feel for any burns or injuries. It is recommended that you take your pet to a local vet for a general health assessment as soon as possible.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols 

724-628-3022