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Esporta Soft Contents

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz & Princeton we have a state of the art Esporta machine to clean any and all soft contents. This includes even leather products, stuffed animals, whether or not they are soot damaged or even damaged by sewage. The items cleaned are certified food grade clean. The machine was developed in Canada by a gentleman whose son played youth hockey as a goal tender and his leather protective equipment was soaked with sweat and smelled terribly. He developed a hydraulic process that got the leather leg pads used by goalies back to like new condition. This evolved into this person starting his own company and manufacturing the best cleaning machine for soft contents made today. Out of Kelowna BC Canada, we have this machine and are part of the ECONA National Network.

Mold Under Wallpaper at Local Business

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold Under Wallpaper at Local Business Mold was found lurking behind the wallpaper at this local business.

Water and mold damage can be sly threats to your local business! Though everything may appear clean and dry after a water damage event, there may be something lurking in places you would not expect. The walls in the offices of this Murray business had mold growth beneath the wallpaper. When time came for renovations, the owner of this business discovered just how sneaky mold can be! SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton was quickly called to action and tackled the invader. Mold can be addressed in a variety of ways depending on the spore, the location, and the occupancy of the space. Mold can be a scary situation, but SERVPRO is not intimidated!

When mold affects your home or business, call SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton to leave your space, "Like it never even happened."

Arson: When Bad Things Happen to Good People

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Arson: When Bad Things Happen to Good People The vandal set fire to this couch by breaking into the window behind it.

One of the most difficult parts of working for SERVPRO is seeing our customers go through dramatic events. Though these events are the cause of headaches and heartaches, they generally occur at the blame of faulty equipment or unavoidable weather incidents. However, one local rental property owner experienced an event far more incomprehensible: a property of his was the subject of arson.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, arson is the leading cause of fire-related property damage in the United States.

When the property owner was alerted of the incident, SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton was called to the scene. The rental property was gutted from the inside out. Everything from the carpet where the fire started to the bathroom fixtures on the other end of the property had to be replaced. This job was completed swiftly and efficiently by the crew at SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton to ensure the safe return of the tenant.

4 Important Steps You Should Take To Reduce Space Heater Fires

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Space heaters can be very convenient, especially if you have one room in your home that never seems to get enough heat from your central HVAC system. Whether you use a space heater regularly or you only pull it out on the coldest winter days, here are four important steps you should always take to prevent fire damage in Murray, Benton, Cadiz, or Princeton, KY, from a burned space heater. 

1. Clean It Thoroughly
Before you use your space heater for the first time, make sure you clean all visible surfaces thoroughly. Dust and other small particles tend to build up on the heater’s surface and could potentially cause the unit to overheat or catch fire if not removed regularly. 

2. Leave Plenty of Empty Space Around Your Heater
Never put your heater up against a blanket, piece of furniture or any other item. If you do, you’re likely to have a burned space heater before long. Space heaters should always have at least three feet of empty space around them, free from furniture, carpets and other items. 

3. Keep Heaters Away From Kids
Don’t operate a space heater in an area where kids frequently play. To reduce the risk of fire if a child does accidentally knock over the heater, make sure you purchase one that has an emergency shut-off mechanism. You should also keep pets away from heaters whenever possible. 

4. Never Leave a Heater Unattended
Never leave a space heater unattended. If you plan to leave the room for a few minutes or a few hours, turn the space heater off beforehand. You can easily turn it back on when you return. 

Following these preventatives steps will minimize your chances of fire damage while warming your home. If you experience a burned space heater or fire damage even after taking these preventative steps, a fire damage restoration professional can help with your smoke cleanup and restoration needs. 

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Electrical Fire Safety

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Electrical Fire Safety Electrical fires are never pretty.

Winter weather and the holiday season puts great stress on home outlets. Along with the ordinary plug-ins (coffee pot, lamps, hair dryers) we add the stress of Christmas lights and space heaters. These additional items are potentially very hazardous and can lead do significant damage to your home, business, or property.

SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton wants to provide you with the steps necessary to prevent these things! However, if an unfortunate event occurs, we are here to help!

  • Frequently check electrical cords
  • Major appliances should be plugged directly into wall outlets (not extension cords)
  • Clean dryer lint filter after every use
  • Do not overload extension cords or power strips
  • NEVER leave space heaters or heated blankets on unattended
  • Unplug items after use

Use these tips provided by SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton as a proactive measure to prevent a fire damage event at your home or business.

Two Reason To Address Mold Immediately

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Two Reason To Address Mold Immediately Heavy mold in basement stairwell.

The presence of mold leaves behind an unmistakable musty odor. Although this fungus can develop inside a house when it is simply a little too humid, it is more likely to develop after flood water damages the premises. When that flooding is accompanied by sewage loss, the contaminants only exacerbate the problem. Homeowners in Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton, KY should try to prevent mold growth entirely. However, if mold does develop, then you need to address it right away before a bad stench turns into something much worse. 

1. Structural Damage
Mold is particularly destructive to certain materials, including gypsum board, plaster and wood. Over time, these materials may weaken and change color. You may not even see the damage if the item is painted, but the paint merely hides the mildew. The only way to ensure your home remains structurally sound is to remove all presence of mold. Certain structures may need to be replaced entirely to make sure your house is safe to live in. 

2. Rapid Growth
Mold growth can get out of hand in just 24 hours. It can spread exponentially when exposed to the right conditions. Leaks, condensation and high humidity can accelerate the growth process, causing the mold to overtake entire sections of walls and flooring. Over time, this can lead to toxic black mold

An even more dangerous aspect is that visible mold is only half the story. If you see mold, then there is a very high likelihood there is even more growing out of sight. You need someone to come out to your place immediately to ensure your house remains mold-free.

When bringing in a professional team in Murray, Benton, Cadiz, or Princeton, KY to address mold in your home, it is vital that every sign of it is removed. This includes the mold you see on the wall as well as spores that have entered the air. Without addressing the problem comprehensively, the mold growth will simply resume, sometimes in less than a day. Visit for more information on storm damage.

Flooding in Murray, KY: What To Do vs. What Not To Do

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooding in Murray, KY: What To Do vs. What Not To Do The SERVPRO crew is always ready!

Murray, Kentucky and the surrounding western Kentucky region are known to be prone to a certain among of flooding. This year we received a significant amount of rain during the spring months and the flood gates had to be installed. SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton has a few tips to help you remember what TO DO and what NOT TO DO during a flood event.

What Not To Do:

  1. Do not use your household vacuum to remove water.
  2. Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet.
  3. Do not leave wet fabrics ups. Hang fur and leather goods.

What To Do:

  1. Turn air condition on for maximum drying in the summer.
  2. Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  3. Remove art objects and collectibles to a safe, dry place.

For further information on how SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton would tackle your flood damage event, visit us here, or call us at (270) 573-1160 today!

Faster to Any Size Disaster!

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • 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.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton

SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Storm Season is Here in Murary, Kentucky... Be Ready!

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Season is Here in Murary, Kentucky... Be Ready! SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton is here to help when storms come through!

It's that time of year again when storms can appear out of nowhere with forceful winds and torrential rains. We all want to keep our homes and families safe during this time. The best way to keep your family safe is through an at home kit. It's all about safety first, and having a storm plan in place before it hits.

FEMA gives us great tips on how to get started preparing our families and ourselves for storms:

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?

  2. What is my shelter plan?

  3. What is my evacuation route?

  4. What is my family/household communication plan?

Have a family meeting and discuss these steps to see what works best for you. 

We hope you don't need us, but when the storms pass through --remember SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton is here 365 24/7! 

Are you “Weather Aware”? Tips for Being Prepared as Storm Season Approaches

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton has been involved in emergency storm assistance for many years now and during that time has actively worked with local insurance companies and emergency management teams to assist people in extremely difficult and dangerous situations. With severe weather season fast approaching our area, it is important to be reminded of some basic safety tips in order to stay prepared and alert during our ever changing weather patterns.  

From the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management:

“When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!” 

  • Before a thunderstorm arrives, know the key warning signs: dark clouds, lightening, and thunder

  • Get informed with a weather radio or by watching the news

  • Have an emergency kit on hand that includes flashlights, battery operated weather radio, first aid kit, food and water, and essential medicines

  • Stay inside and sheltered. If outside, move indoors or into a vehicle. Get out of water immediately. If trapped outside, make yourself as small as possible in a low lying area

  • Make sure to wait at least 30 minutes after the storm has passed before going outside 

In addition, in order to be prepared for a tornado:

  • Have a family tornado plan in place and practice a family tornado drill

  • Watch for weather signs like dark greenish skies, large hail, dark low clouds and load roaring sounds

  • Put as many walls and floors between you and the tornado as possible

  • Flying debris is the greatest danger during a tornado

  • If in a mobile home – GET OUT! Find a neighbor, underground shelter, or permanent structure for safety

As a trusted leader in emergency response for our area, SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz, and Princeton is committed to helping our community be prepared for weather emergencies. As a 24 hour emergency response partner, SERVPRO is dedicated to providing immediate and professional services to you and your family should the need arise during this severe weather season.