Mold Testing Available through SERVPRO® of Pike, Floyd, & Knott Counties
Do you think you have mold damage? Everyone dreads when they smell something or see something that looks like it could be mold. The sinking feeling hits – “I could have a mold issue.” While not all mold is bad, some mold can cause health concerns for many people. Any kind of water flooding in your home or business can cause mold to grow --anything from water leaks to varying humidity. Here are a few different ways your can identify mold:
- You can visibly see the mold
- Musty odor –indicates mold is present
- Any type of moisture problems that may have caused mold growth
- Excessive humidity
If you think you have a mold problem, please call SERVPRO® of Pike, Floyd, & Knott Counties at (606) 886-3826, so we can test it. We are always Here to Help!
SERVPRO is able to handle your Large Loss Concerns
One of the biggest challenges a business faces when dealing with a water, fire, or even mold damage is how quickly can they get back to business. We know you're thinking about your inventory, your service to your customers, and the stress of your employees who count on these jobs.
At SERVPRO® of Pike, Floyd, & Knott Counties it is our primary focus to minimize or eliminate business interruption issues so that our clients are able to continue their normal business functions for their clients and staff.
Beside cleaning or drying services, SERVPRO® of Pike, Floyd, & Knott Counties is able to assist with furniture and equipment relocation, computer and machinery restoration, document restoration and long term storage if needed. Call us today at 606-886-3826.
Preventing Attic Mold Damage in Your Home
Mold can appear in a variety of places in your home. One of the most frequent places we find mold is attics. Here are some tips and tricks for preventing mold growth in the top of your home:
- Leaking Roof - Sometimes a roof leak is bad enough that water leaks into the floors below and becomes immediately apparent. However often the leak is small enough to cause attic mold, without being apparent in the living spaces of the home.
- Dryer Vents and other vents - This practice can pump warm, moist air into the attic where it can be trapped and begin the cycle of mold growth. It is always best to vent these items outside of the home.
- Missing or Improperly Installed Insulation - Missing or improper installation of the wrong kind of insulation can cause problems in multiple ways. Moisture from the lower levels of the home can rise and get trapped in the attic.
Hotel Fire in Prestonsburg
Most people know SERVPRO for residential fire and water damage cleanup. SERVPRO also has the means and resources to clean commercial properties too that have damage from a fire or wate
SERVPRO® of Pike, Floyd, & Knott Counties got a call for a severe fire damage at a hotel in Prestonsburg, Kentucky.
The walls and ceilings were damaged in the fire creating soot bubbles and other residue that could not be removed with regular cleaning.
We have special technique called Ice Blasting that removes this kind of damage from commercial properties.
SERVPRO is equipped to handle any size loss at any time for our customers. Call SERVPRO® of Pike, Floyd, & Knott Counties with your commercial fire damage. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."
Got Smoke Odor? SERVPRO has your back!
Often time the first question SERVPRO gets on a fire or smoke loss is – can you ever get this odor out? Yes! The highly trained staff at SERVPRO® of Pike, Floyd, & Knott Counties have many tools and techniques that they have perfected to help our customers.
The first step to any odor elimination process is to remove the source, the smoke odor may linger much longer until after that step is completed.
We have experience in odor elimination in rental units, vehicles, RVs, businesses, commercial buildings and of course with any fire or smoke damage. Let the odor elimination experts at SERVPRO® of Pike, Floyd, & Knott Counties help you make that odor and smoke damage "Like it never even happened."
Storm Damage --Be Prepared
Cleaning up after a disaster can put you in danger of a lot of different threats, from contaminated water, to animals and insects, to battered wood and sagging ceilings. If you are cleaning up this kind of storm damage, you should be wearing the following:
- Long pants
- Long sleeved shirt
- Sturdy shoes or boots (no tennis shoes or flip flops)
- Work gloves
It's also a good idea to have these products nearby to have for extra protection:
- Eye protection
- Disposable masks
- Hard hats
In addition, many disasters have unique hazards that require specific precautions. Please consult the Emergency Resource Library for information on a particular disaster. Thank you to our friends at the American Red Cross for this information of safety for our customers.
Three Types of Water Damage
Residents of Pikeville, Prestonsburg, Martin, and Hindman: water damage happens when we least expect it. Almost everyone has had some type of water damage from the smallest faucet leak to a bathtub overflowing to a washer hose mix-up. What you may not know; however, is there are three different categories of water damage.
Here are the differences in the categories of water:
Category 1: This water comes from a sanitary source and poses no real threat (examples: tub or sink overflow.)
Category 2: Refers to water that can contain chemical and biological contaminants that can cause sickness when consumed. Also, known as grey water (examples: toilet bowl water and sump pump failure.)
Category 3: This water has harmful agents such as bacteria and fungi. This type of water can cause extreme sickness and discomfort. Also, known as black water (examples: river, sewage, rising waters from floods, or standing water.)
SERVPRO is an IICRC Certified Firm, so we can determine what category of water is it, and how to best cleanup your water damage. Call SERVPRO® of Pike, Floyd, & Knott Counties to clean up your water damage and make it "Like it never even happened."
Mold Damage Cleanup: What NOT to do
Mold damage can happen at any time, but especially during these summer months. The weather is warming up and mold spores are coming out of hiding. Many people want to automatically turn to bleach to try and clean up the mold by themselves. It's always best to call a professional, so you don't spread the mold spores.
Here are a few reasons that bleach is not a good option for your next mold damage cleanup:
- Bleach is toxic.
- Bleach loses effectiveness overtime.
- Bleach does not kill mold on porous surfaces and can actually contribute to mold growth.
It's always best to let the professionals do the dirty work --call your local SERVPRO® of Pike, Floyd, & Knott Counties because we are here to help!
Swimming Safety with SERVPRO!
It's the best time of the year, because it's swimming season. The temperature outside has finally hit high enough for diving on into the water. The pool is a great place for families to relax and enjoy the summer, but it's always good to have helpful tips to keep safety a priority.
SERVPRO® of Pike, Floyd, & Knott Counties is here to help with tips on how to keep your family and friends safe while out at the pool or beach this summer:
- Always watch over young children and the elderly while out at the pool, but especially on the beach.
- Make sure to apply plenty of sunscreen, even on those cloudy days.
- Keep life jackets available for those who don't have swimming experience.
Does Insurance Cover That?
As summer season approaches it's always a good idea to review your insurance. Insurance is great --it keeps you calm during your storm. But, your insurance may not cover as much as you think.
Your agents want to help you, try to keep in contact with them on what to do when disaster strikes. It's never a bad idea to review your contract and discuss the ins and out of what is covered. Another good idea, is to check your deductible. How much will you need to pay out of pocket before it reaches the level that your insurance can help you? Also, is there separate coverage and deductibles for hurricanes, floods, etc.
It's always good to stay prepared, and we hope that disaster doesn't strike but SERVPRO is here to help 24/7 -365!