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Dry Ice Blasting

8/17/2022 (Permalink)

man in tyvek Ice Blasting at a job in Somerset.

When fire damage happens to your home the soot and smoke damage can leave your home with charred debris. The best way to combat that charred soot is through dry ice blasting. Dry ice blasting helps restore your home. 

Dry ice blasting has become the preferred method to remove smoke soot, vaporized synthetic resins, and char. Dry ice blasting can reduce or eliminate the musty burnt smell that results from fire, smoke, and water damage.

Fire damage is always hard to get through when it happens to your home. Let the professionals at SERVPRO® of Henderson, Webster, Union, McLean, & Crittenden Counties help restore your home. Our customer's home in the photo to the right had fire damage in their basement. Our team was able to dry ice blasts to help restore wood beans, a stone fireplace, and more.

Content Restoration: Here to Help

8/17/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damage can create several disruptions in your home. One of those is your beloved home contents. Anything from children's toys, to shoes, or something more sentimental. No matter what it may be, we want to help restore your beloved items back to "Like it never even happened." Here are a few ways we can help: 

  • Dry Cleaning -used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning -An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can not withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning -used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning -Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning -Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Water Damage: How fast does it spread?

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage quickly runs through your home and your contents just as quickly as you read this sentence. Water damage does not only fill everything you own with it, but leaves a path of mold, mildew, and everything in between with it. Here are some places you may not that water can reach in your home: 

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.

If you have water damage to your home, please call our offices at SERVPRO® of Madison, Rockcastle, Garrad, & Lincoln Counties. It is best to let a professional dry out your home. Water can reach several places that take professionally drying and cleaning to restore. Trust the professionals to help in the aftermath of water damage!

Water Damage in your Henderson Basement

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

Do you know what to do when your basement floods?

When you walk into your basement and step on that first step to see water pooling under your feet it can be overwhelming. There are several ways to react when water damage is in your home. We don't want your cleanup process to be anything but easy! Here are some techniques you can use to make the process easier before we arrive:

  • Use wooden clothespins to hang up clothes, children’s stuffed animals, and photographs that may have been affected.
  • Make sure that furs and leather items dry separately and at room temperature.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture and wet carpeting.
  • Remove upholstery and cushions for drying.
  • Remove any excess water by mopping or blotting until we arrive.

Call your local SERVPRO® of Henderson, Webster, Union, McLean, & Crittenden Counties because we are here to help day and night. 

Lightning Damage: The New Storm

7/28/2022 (Permalink)

Have you ever wondered what could happen when lightning strikes your home? 

Firstly, did you know that lightning is more likely to strike your home if it was built on a waterway? Lightning is attracted to water. We recently had a fire damage clean-up in a home that took more than a year to complete (including reconstruction) because it struck a light fixture in the basement and inflamed three floors of the home. Lightning damage can create several different types of damage to your home. Here are a few types of lightning damage: 

  • Fired damage - caused by a direct strike to wood or other flammable substance
  • Electrical shorts - caused by electricity traveling through your wiring
  • Shock wave damage - damage caused by the wave of energy released during a strike.

Whether it is storm or lightning damage, we are here to help after the storm settles. 

How to Make Your Fire Safety Plan

7/28/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Safety- When it comes to escaping the damage

Have you ever thought about what would happen if you were awoken in the middle of the night by a fire in your home? We know that safety is your number one priority if there is a fire in your home. We have gathered some tips on how to combat a fire to get out to safety. 

1. Scope Out Your Home

Scoping out your home before a home fire may be a life-saving decision. Fire incites panic, and that can lead to poor decision-making in an emergency. You want to make sure you can get out safely of any room you are in when an emergency strikes. 

2. Move Any Obstacles

When planning your route, make sure that there is nothing in your way, and never will be. You can ensure the integrity of your escape plans by keeping dressers and tables away from windows and pathways. 

3. Practice Your Escape Route

Once escape routes are planned and pathways cleared, practice escaping. Many fire departments and municipalities encourage families to practice these routes monthly. You want to make sure your family is well practiced and versed in this route. You do not want to plan it, and everyone panic if the real thing ever happens. 

4. Seek Out Professional Guidance

Local fire departments or even government offices can offer help in planning a good escape and an emergency plan during a fire emergency, or any emergency for that matter. You want to make sure depending on the size and structure of your home that you and your family can still safely escape during an emergency.

HVAC Cleaning for your Commercial Property

3/6/2022 (Permalink)

Have you had your Henderson business cleaned recently?

Employees and customers can spend countless hours in your business or commercial property. During these times, the buildup can create allergy problems, illness, poor air quality, and other irritants. 

Air ducts and a lack of HVAC cleaning can be to blame for this. In fact, a non-maintained ventilation system is usually the culprit behind not getting good, quality air circulation in any building.

You always want to take time to be mindful of your HVAC systems. Our professionals can evaluate air quality and the system to see if it’s time for service. If your system has been around for a long time and you have not conducted a thorough HVAC cleaning, there is a chance that your air ducts have begun to accumulate a lot of the following:

  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dust
  • Dirt
  • Debris

Our professional and trained technicians are here to help with your HVAC cleaning. Do not let your ducts build up! 

Are you prepared in 2022?

3/5/2022 (Permalink)

We can all agree there have been several different emergencies in the past few years. Businesses have been closing and it has been a hard time for employee turnover. 

Let us help you be prepared!

The way to combat future years like the ones we have recently experienced is to prepare. Here at SERVPRO® of Henderson, Webster, Union, McLean & Crittenden Counties, we are here to help. One of the first ways we can help you prepare is through an Emergency Ready Plan or ERP. ERP's are a customized plan to help you get ready for unprecedented events and disasters.

These types of contingency plans can help you keep control during an emergency. When the weather hits sometimes you do not have time to be prepared. Whether it be snow, rain, or thunderstorm that create water or fire damages and power outages, being prepared is the way. 

Sometimes it can be hard to recall all the information you might need during an emergency. Our ERP keeps utility, fire, medical, square footage, water shut-off, and other information so that you do not have to remember it off the top of your head during a time of distress.  

One way to help alleviate damages is to stay prepared before they can happen to your business. For information on ERPs, contact your local marketing rep or call our local offices for help.

Is your Henderson Basement Flooding?

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

During this time of year, spring can bring a lot of unwanted flooding. Flooding in your Henderson home can occur when you have low floors. Here are a few tips that you can use to help combat flooding in your basement: 

Location: When rainfall occurs in excess, it can cause your basement to flood. Know your flood zones and check with your insurance company on possible flood damage coverage. 

Basement Drains: If you know your home is in a low area, consider a drainage system or a sump pump. 

Sources: When water damage enters your home, the best way to not allow it to happen again is to find the source. Drains and gutter systems can be placed in the wrong area and can even be placed in a way that directs water to your home, instead of away. Also, knowing your roof, foundation, and other areas to check on cracks and places of weakness. Consider a french drain or gutters that divert into a place not near your home.

When flooding enters your home, you can call a professional to help. Reach out to us at SERVPRO® of Henderson, Webster, Union, McLean & Crittenden Counties.

The three types of Storm Damages

3/3/2022 (Permalink)

Three Types of Storm Damage

Storm damage is a type of service we can help homeowners with, but there are several things that can go wrong during a spring storm. 

Wind Damage 

One of those extra aspects of a storm that hits is wind damage. Wind can create a host of issues for your home. Wind can upend your roof. When the shingles are rocked and slid out of place, this creates water damage. 

Lightning Damage 

Another one of those side effects of storms is lightning damage. Lightning does not just light up the sky, but it can light up your house if it strikes just so. Lightning strikes can cause severe fire damage and be unsafe. 

Flooding Damage

When storms hit, floods likely follow. Flooding can get inside of your home from multiple sources. Basements, crawl spaces, and even garages can flood from heavy rains. Outside of your home, flooding can disrupt driving situations and municipal water systems.