Recent Cleaning Posts

What is a Puffback?!

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

What is a Puffback?

A puffback is when you turn on your furnace and you get black particles coming from your vents. That is called a PUFFBACK.

PUFFBACKS can arise when a furnace or oil burner malfunctions....oil is ignited and an "explosion" in the fire box occurs.

Three things to know about Puffbacks: 1. Puffback Is an Uncontrolled Explosion

2. Puffback Can Affect Both Oil and Gas Furnaces

3. Numerous Underlying Issues Can Lead to Puffback.

Puffbacks can be very dangerous to you and your home or business.

Be careful, cautious, and call SERVPRO of Fayette. We will clean damaged homes, businesses, and contents.

Contents include furniture, blinds, carpets and more!

If you have any questions please call us today!! 

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols


Do you have Carpet Damage from Pets?

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of a puppy sitting by a carpet stain. Do you have Carpet Damage from Pets?

Do you have animals? Your new puppy has marked their territory? Your new kitten missed the litter pan? If this has happened to you which happens more than you think. 

SERVPRO of Fayette County can help you with cleaning your carpets correctly. SERVPRO of Fayette County can be called to clean and deodorize your carpet that was soiled by a puppy or any animal. SERVPRO of Fayette County knows how stressful it can be to have a new pet and that smell can be awful. So we can get your home smelling very fresh again without you having to worry about the odor staying in your home. SERVPRO of Fayette County will make you as a customer very happy with the end result.

Call today for a free estimate.

“Like it never even happened.”

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols


Is Hoarding A Problem?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of a room full of clutter. Is Hoarding A Problem?


It was a term which began with folks known to have their savings by them, probably hidden inside their flock-beds; in the contemporary day, hoarding in a living or work space is a pattern characterized by excessive acquisition of and/or an inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that cover the living areas of the home, or an office area. 

You may have made a commitment to clear out and clean out. 

It takes time.

Some conditions that may be present in a hoarding situation:

  • Beds that cannot be slept in;
  • Kitchens that cannot be used for food preparation;
  • Tables, chairs, or sofas that cannot be used for dining or sitting;
  • Unsanitary bathrooms; Tubs, showers, and sinks filled with items and can no longer be used for washing or bathing;
  • Their clutter and mess is at a point where it can cause illness, distress, and impairment. 

Also, if pets are present, they may have caused significant damage to floors and carpeting because they have been having accidents inside. 

We do rebuild--We are also capable of laying flooring, carpeting and much, much more.  We are here to help, and estimates are complimentary.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols


Hardwood Floor Cleanings

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of light brown hardwood flooring with a mop and a full bucket of mop water. Mop cleaning on Hardwood Floors.

Did you know? 

Hardwood cleaning is a lot more than just sweeping and mopping

it may look clean but the flooring still builds up and accumulates soil. The sweeping and mopping does not get the breakdown of the soil. It just keeps the floor tidy.

Once you get a SERVPRO of Fayette County Professional in the home, they can restore the flooring for you. The SERVPRO Professional hardwood floor cleaning is more intensive then what you think. SERVPRO has trained Professionals to know how to complete the hardwood floor cleaning.  SERVPRO wants you to get your wood floors back and looking as good as new.

Call us today for a Free Estimate and schedule a Hardwood Floor Cleaning!

"Like it never even happened."

Tracy "Dusty" Nichols


Carpet Cleaning

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Carpet cleaning has many ways of being completed. There are different methods of ways of carpet cleaning.

  • Bonnet Cleaning is a less aggressive method for short pile carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction is different. It is a deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse helps restore deeply soiled areas in the carpet.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning is the most thorough cleaning method that SERVPRO of Fayette offers.
  • Dry Cleaning is used when color-fastness is an issue.

For carpet cleaning you should get your carpets done every 12 months. If carpets are not taken care of, they can soil so bad that they will never return to the restored fibers.

SERVPRO of Fayette County can help you get your carpets looking better than before.

For any questions, please call. 

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols


Cleaning Dryer Vents

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Do you clean out your dryer vents often?!

Here is why you should do it more than you think!

SERVPRO Of Fayette County want to send you a reminder to clean out your dryer vent! If it is clogged or has built up it could lead to a fire. Over 3,000 residential fires occur due to dryer lint build up. Shocking, right?! Fire starting from not cleaning out your dryer vent is one thing but another reason to do so is to help out with your appliance to work efficiently and to save on your utility bill.

So call SERVPRO of Fayette County, our professionals are here to help you or even give you some tips!

"Like it never even happened."

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols


Dirty Ducts?

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Do you know if your ducts are dirty? 

SERVPRO of Fayette County suggest that you should clean out your ducts more than you think.

Here is why:

Dirty Ducts can leave your home smelling with odors and can accumulate mold. Which no one wants in their homes/ business. SERVPRO of Fayette County Professionals can relate to why you would not want this in your home/ business. When doing Duct and HVAC System Cleanings can reduce odors and allergens but also can improve your operating conditions. Which can save you money and help with some health effects. This can also remove years of build-up in your home. Having your home clean and fresh from old debris. 

Call today for a free estimate.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols


"Like it never even happened."

Fall Cleaning instead of Spring Cleaning

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fall is officially underway and that means leaves are falling and crisp weather. For some homeowners they luck out and their leaves blow away or be some else's problem, but for many they have to deal with the fall cleanup. While working on cleaning leaves out of the yard, you should not forget to pull the ladder out and clean the gutters to help drainage issues come spring.

When gutters fill with leaves they become impacted throughout the winter months due to snow and ice. Once the warmer weather comes around the homeowner can experience issues due to the gutters getting full. Rather than the water pushing away from the house, the water will flow over the edge and fall into the foundation. All of this can be prevented by cleaning out your gutters in the fall rather than waiting until the spring.

Different Problems, Different Solutions

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning Solvents Some of the various cleaning solvents that SERVPRO uses for the different jobs that we encounter.

Ever since I was a young man, I've always believed that any stain could be removed with enough elbow grease, water and soap. I never knew until recently how wrong I actually was. Sure, good old fashioned elbow grease contributes to getting out most major stains, however, what I didn't know is that stains and dirt are all different, therefore requiring different solutions in order to mitigate. 

For example, some stains and dirt can be removed with dry solutions and dry sponges. These stains are hydrophobic meaning that water doesn't dissolve it and usually just makes it worse. Since this is the case, these stains are classified as lipophilic, meaning you would use some sort of solvent that is mainly fatty based in order to fully dissolve the stains and dirt. Stains can also be hydrophilic, where water and solvent will get the job done, and lipophobic, where the fatty based cleaner doesn't fully dissolve the dirt and stains. 

That is why every job and every stain is different, requiring tailor made solutions in order to completely clean the area to its original sheen, like the disaster never happened. 

Ultrasonic cleaning

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

What is ultrasonic cleaning? Ultra Sonic cleaning is a nonabrasive way of cleaning that involves submerging items in a liquid medium with a special solution that sound waves pass through to create millions or microscopic bubbles that lift away dirt, soot, smoke, and odor. This method is more effective and efficient than any other way.

Prevent pipes from freezing

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipe Frozen Pipe Burst

Night time temps are beginning to drop. Soon it will be time to wake up a little earlier to get the frost off our windshields. While preventing winter from coming is not likely to happen, we can take precautions to prevent worse things from happening from the cold, like frozen pipes for example.

Frozen pipes bursting is not only a devastating damage that can happen to your home but can also be costly. there are some things you can do tho to help prevent this.

1) turn the heat on. If no one is going to be in the home you might want to turn the heat down to save on cost while away, but its probably a better idea to leave the heat on. 

2) Allow faucets to drip. allowing the faucets to drip helps open up the pipe to help keep the risk of pressure build up and bursting down.

3) Keep cabinet/vanity/closet doors open if they contain pipes to allow heat to get in. 

4) Seal up cracks and holes where pipes run into the wall and floors.

5) Add insulation to areas that tend to be colder such as attics or basements. 

Smoke and Soot Clean up

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

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 from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

If you have had a fire in your home that has caused smoke or soot damage, call SERVPRO and a Franchise Professional will arrive, and make it,

             Like it never even happened.

What is a Puffback?

1/9/2017 (Permalink)

A puffback can be described as an explosion or misfiring inside the furnace. This can cause soot to be sent throughout the whole inside of a home. Covering walls, floors, furniture, drapes, cabinets, and pretty much all the things inside the home. A puff back can require some thorough cleaning to be done by a restoration company such as us, SERVPRO! It may even cause additional repairs on your home heating system.

Depending on the strength of the puffback and to what extent of its effect it can have on the home or building, can vary on whether or not how good the quality of oil that is ignited. There are other variables that come in to play as well, such as heater type, condition, building/home construction, etc..